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The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira, is claiming that corruption and scandals are rapidly escalating under the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government.In just a span of 16 months, Teixeira stated, corruption and scandals are more than the present Government had accused the PPP Administration of committing. She stated that the Opposition has been keeping track of the scandals arising and Government’s consistent denial of them. She highlighted that to date, there are over 20 scandals in the Administration, and the incidents are rising every month.“From June 10, 2015 to August 8, 2016, in a matter of 14 months under the APNU/AFC coalition Government, we have discovered 16 scandals – an average of a scandal for each month,” she said, noting that within the month of August alone, three scandals were exposed.“This Government has been exposed with the most scandals and corruption in just 16 months than the PPP/C Administration was accused of in 23 years,” she said.Teixeira emphasised that months have passed and the nation is yet to know the cost of the inauguration ceremony. Other reported scandals, she noted, included the non-payment of persons under the HEYS project; the Specialty Hospital fiasco; the massive salary increases for Ministers; and the cost of the Durban Park project, which she said the Government has refused to provide information on the private company that was involved in the project prior to the Public Infrastructure Ministry taking over the project.The Member of Parliament stated that Government has to provide answers to the nation on the two fuel scandals that unravelled in April and in August.“Two fuel scandals relating to the issuances of fuel licences for the importation of fuel to companies that are made up of persons related to top officials or who are top officials in the Government who have no fuel bonds, no storage facilities and no offices,” she said, adding that the withdrawal of the fuel importation licence of the Chinese company which has invested millions of US dollars for storage facilities “appears to have been calculated to make room for these alternative importers.”Teixeira noted that an applicant for a fuel licence has to acquire an Environmental Impact Assessment and four additional licenses – provision of a bond under detailed specifications, transportation, storage, importation, premises, restrictions where storage can be located.“It normally takes a long time for an applicant to obtain all those licences –which is impossible to do in nine months,” she argued, highlighting that the licences were issued within the month to a Government official.She also stated that there is consistent and frequent violation of the Procurement Act by Government.Highlighting that $240 million was spent on the refurbishing of the Kitty Municipal Market, Teixeira stated that there is no scope of work or estimates that are available.“… and the project was not put to tender as the city has hired the workers and is implementing the works itself,” she added.She also stated that the awarding of the contract for boxed juices for the school feeding programme to a Suriname beverage company owned by RUDISA, that was neither the lowest nor the second lowest bidder, is questionable, since the impact on the local farmers and manufacturers will be felt.“DDL has come out publicly to criticise this, so too has another company Guyana beverages,” she argued.These scandals, she said, which have been uncovered expose a level of corruption and discrimination that has not been seen since the Burnham era.“The APNU/AFC Government lacks transparency and accountability, and is prepared to undermine and even violate the procurement and financial laws of this country as well as other constitutional provisions and statutory provisions,” she said.Meanwhile, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall opined that these scandals are evidence of the refusal to be transparent. He stated that although the Government is aware that their actions are affecting the nation, they continue unabated.
The Association of Disabled Females International (ADFI) in Liberia has sued (called on someone formally for something) the government—with emphasis on the National Legislature—to ensure that a bill in support of their welfare is removed from the back-burner—where it obviously has picked up some moss—and pass it into law. The bill, according to the ‘disabled’ women, has been lying in a committee room at the National Legislature, ever since it was submitted, early last year. The bill was sponsored by a Maryland County Representative, Isaac B. Roland and Montserrado County lawmaker Muna Pelham Youngblood.It raised issues relative to war reparations (reimbursement, compensation) and the establishment of a War Victims’ Trust Fund for disabled females in the country. The ADFI already operates in the country, in collaboration with war-survivors; it also seeks reparations (war-damages) for other kinds of war victims.The renewed appeal to members of the 53rd National Legislature, to fast-track the passage of the bill seeking to establish a War Victims’ Trust Fund at the national level was made by Ms. Meimai Hoff, ADFI executive director of ADFi. According to Ms. Hoff, when the bill is passed, government would be obliged to offer some compensation to war victims across the country—something, she says is done in international circle.Demands for reimbursement came in vogue (fashionable, a trend) after Germany lost World War I, and the victors, including the UK, France, and Russia—later joined by the US, Italy and Japan, (the Allies), defeated the Central Powers, including Germany Austria and Hungary. The allies they demanded reimbursement for the loss and damage they sustained from the war.The cost to Germany—the main instigator of the war—was 22 billion pounds that took Germany 92 years to deliver. Final repayment ended on October 3, 2010. “Since 2005, we have had a stable government with good governance, headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,” Ms Hoff continued.Against that backdrop, Liberian war-victims are hopeful that something will be done to give them a leg up as they try to rebuild their lives.This is why we are appealing to our lawmakers to revisit the bill, flung into the committee room so long ago,” the head of disabled females lamented.Ms. Hoff went on to remind President Sirleaf to reinforce her commitment to urge ministries and agencies to employ people with disabilities. The female leader of the ADFI made these recent appeals during an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer. The interview took place at the close of a program that marked the end of a day-long workshop, at which the disabled community was targeted for public education, in preparation for the pending October (2014) special election. The first in the series of such exercises, the workshop was facilitated by the National Elections Commission (NEC) and hosted at the ADFI Headquarters in Slipway, Central Monrovia. ADFI executive director Hoff told this paper that the essence of the workshop was to educate members of the disabled community about procedures toward exercising their rights at polling centers when, election time comes around. Over 61 disabled participants from various communities and townships in Monrovia and environs attended the ‘educative program,’ with the intent of sharpening their awareness on ‘how to proceed (go on) to the ballot box,’ come election season.“We want the disabled, especially the females with various forms of disabilities, to be informed about how to participate in the upcoming election,” Ms. Hoff explained. According to the social worker, the exercise was also intended to reawaken the disabled and get them involved in doing the right thing, when it comes to voting. She reiterated that people with disabilities need a disable-friendly environment to go about exercising their inalienable (undeniable) rights in keeping with the Constitution of Liberia. Ms Hoff observed, however, that during the conduct of the 2005 and 2011 general and presidential elections, most of the polling centers and precincts were not disable-friendly enough to allow people with disabilities to cast their votes. “This time around,” she continued, “the ADFI has decided to begin taking some corrective measures to enable the disabled participate in the electoral process, without any constraints. She added that there are more disabled female non-voters, compared to their male counterparts; therefore, there was a need to identify disabled females and train them to ensure their involvement, beginning with the approaching October exercise. (With an assist from Keith Neville A. Best)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
With 14 months to the 2017 transitional elections, the main opposition political party, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), has expressed fear over the use of manual voter registration and has called for a biometric voting system to address the issue.To prevent election fraud, CDC is urging President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to support the development of a reform agenda to get rid of the “Manual Voter Registration,” which the Party says would result in 90% fraud.The CDC said that the Biometric Voter Registration is better to promote transparency and fairness, because its use would considerably decrease the potential for fraud.Nathaniel McGill, the CDC Chairman, said during a press conference yesterday at the party’s headquarters in Congo Town, that President Sirleaf should exert every effort to provide the US$24 million requested by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the Biometric Voter Registration system, in order to allay the “fears of voters” concerning the possible occurrence of fraud.He did not state what the CDC would do if the President insists on using the Manual Voter Registration.McGill told journalists that the CDC and other political parties were taken aback when the NEC announced that the President has said the country would not support the use of Biometric Voter Registration System due to lack of money.“The NEC has informed us that only US$10 million has been allocated for the Manual Voter Registration and there would not be any additional amount – most likely the additional US$14m – for the Biometric Voter Registration,” Mr. McGill said.“We want to say to the President, we prefer the Biometric Voter Registration. Please find the additional US$14 million,” he said.In his argument, Mr. McGill said the party has formally written to the Legislature, and suggested that US$14 million should be re-directed from the money allotted for the renovation of the Executive Mansion.He also suggested that the budgetary allotment of the National Security Agency (NSA), in the amount of US$9 million, be sliced and added on to the Liberia National Police (LNP) allotment in the wake of the drawdown ofthe United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).Reports say that the CDC political leader, Montserrado Senator George M. Weah, who arrived in the country yesterday, has sanctioned the warning against the use of Manual Voter Registration, arguing that voter fraud was one of the reasons the CDC boycotted the 2011 presidential run-off.An aide to Sen. Weah told the Daily Observer yesterday via mobile phone that the Senator will press the President to use biometric voter registration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– PPP says Govt must act swiftly to evacuate Guyanese desirous of coming homeCitizenship MinisterWinston FelixThe Guyana Government’s delegation has returned from Antigua, St Maarten and the British Virgin Islands, where the Needs Assessment Team was sent in the wake of Hurricane Irma.Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix, who spearheaded that team, on Thursday met with members of the local media corps and briefed them on some of the relief initiatives Government is currently considering and to provide a first-hand account of the extent of the devastation.According to Minister Felix, in addition to food, building and medical supplies, some of the affected Guyanese have been inquiring about the possible evacuation from the devastated islands to Guyana, specifically of school-aged children.He explained that many of the Guyanese have expressed a willingness to remain on the Caribbean islands in order to cash in on the rebuilding efforts.According to Felix, the information supplied to him and his team indicates that in St Maarten there are some 7000 Guyanese domiciled, while in Tortola, BVI, the population stands around 1500.Aerial footage illustrates the extent of the damage in BVI (KCRA.com)Felix was quick to point out that whatever relief efforts that would be made by Government, it would be incumbent on the Governments of those countries to spearhead the local relief efforts and the supplies would not be sent directly to Guyanese groupings.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who was on hand for the press engagement, had earlier indicated that Guyana currently has 10 containers of supplies ready for delivery to Antigua – the designated hub for all of the relief efforts pouring into the region.According to Minister Harmon, Government has secured the assistance of the British Government, through the local High Commissioner, for use of a C-130 military cargo aircraft in order to transport the supplies from Guyana to Antigua.Felix also used the opportunity to highlight shortcomings encountered by the team which he said were due in part to the extent of the damage to the communities that led to the Diaspora members being unprepared for the visit.This was compounded by curfews that had been set in place both in St Maarten and Tortola, BVI. Felix told media operatives the team was unable to travel to the neighbouring Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke or Anegada, the other two of the larger populated islands in the BVI where Guyanese currently reside.Providing an extensive briefing, Minister Felix reported that the Needs Assessment team was flown to St Maarten, by chartered aircraft, where there was complete devastation of the island much like Barbuda – which has since had to evacuate all of the residents to the neighbouring sister island of Antigua.According to Minister Felix, “there we met total devastation of the island” with many houses in sight being without roof, electricity or water. Telephone services have also been disrupted and “there was severe damage to property”, he added.The team did manage to meet with a pocket of Guyanese living in St Maarten and they “all expressed the need for assistance in terms of building materials, water, bedding and items to make them comfortable”.He did report, however, that while they would have been able to meet with a few representatives in St Maarten, “they were so badly affected that the level of preparation we expected there, we did not have it, so we did not meet large numbers of Guyanese, remember those persons were also affected by the Hurricane.”According to Felix, the team while in Tortola managed to meet with a small number of Guyanese, estimated to be between 80 and 100.He told media operatives the team did manage to traverse the British Overseas Territory, where they were able to have a first-hand assessment of the extent of the damage in addition to meeting with BVI’s Premier, Dr Orlando Smith.According to Felix, while the requests from the Guyanese living in Tortola were similar to those heard in St Maarten in relation to food and medical supplies, they needed some additional supplies.He spoke to the need for vector control materials such as treated mosquito nets as a result of the mosquitoes.Minister Felix was quick to also point out that during his meetings with Guyanese living in Tortola, “many of them did not want, they did not express a need to return to Guyana, those we met did not express a need to return to Guyana, but they wanted their children return.”He told media operatives that this request posed a situation that would have to be carefully managed given the immigration and other demands that could make the process a tedious one.“Unaccompanied children on travel is never advisable particularly where the aircraft might not be 1, a private charter, so that is a situation we have to manage carefully.”The Minister did point out that the Guyanese delegation has made some recommendations namely, Antigua be made the staging point or hub for the relief efforts and that children returning to Guyana be accompanied by an adult.It was reported that the Guyana Government has agreed to also repatriate to Guyana Dereck Ragnauth’s corpse. The 55-year-old Guyanese perished in the BVI when his house collapsed killing him during Hurricane Irma.The Office of the Leader of the Opposition, in an earlier statement, had reiterated calls made by the PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo for government to act swiftly to initiate steps to evacuate Guyanese desirous of coming home. The PPP General Secretary noted that Hurricane Irma has practically reduced some of these islands to ground zero. “It is, therefore, incumbent upon the Government of Guyana to take immediate action,” it said.The PPP also expressed sincere hopes that the rebuilding process will be swift; and a smooth and successful implementation of all emergency interventions, both infrastructural and humanitarian.
A driver attached to the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry on Monday collapsed and died moments after arriving at the house in which he resided, which was engulfed in flames, and has also left several others homeless.Dead: 47-year-old Gavin NorthDead is 47-year-old Gavin North, who was one of several tenants that resided at the Lot 48 Princes Street, Wortmanville, Georgetown, two-storey structure which went up in flames at about midday on Monday.Guyana Times understands that North arrived at the scene and began salvaging household items from the apartment he occupied when he suddenly fainted. The man was rushed by neighbours to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in an unconscious state but died while receiving medical attention.When this publication arrived at the scene, tenants related that the fire originated from the upper flat of the building, gutting everything in its path. However, while most of the lower flat was saved, the belongings were all damaged by water used to douse the fire.A few of the displaced tenants were at the scene, trying to see what they could salvage as others contemplated their next move.Oneika Landry, one of the persons who resided alone in one of the apartments in the lower flat of the building explained that she was not at home when the fire started. However, firefighters managed to save most of her apartment but damaged all electrical appliances in the process.The burnt building“I was at work when one of my taxi friend called me and told me the house is on fire. But when I got here the fire department was already here trying to get it out…well the most I got was water damage but all my electrical stuff is no more,” Landry related.Meanwhile, a frustrated single parent, Chancey McDonald, who shared an apartment with her brother and four children, related that everything was lost in the blaze, which makes her unsure about her next move.“They were trying to get the doors open to see what and what they could’ve get out but they didn’t get out anything, because the fire was already in our room…Everything is burn, we do not have anything,” she explained.Meanwhile, the Mayor and City Council has committed to offering assistance to the displaced families.
That’s more than one third of the monthly precipitation norm, but it didn’t come close to the September 16th record of 26.4 millimetres set in 1944. According to incomplete Environment Canada records, yesterday was also the coolest day in Fort St. John so far this month, with an official high of 17.1 degrees. The only other day with a recorded high of less than 20 degrees was the 2nd of the month, when the temperature reached 18. However, the weather bureau records do not include any statistical information for the 5th of September. Today the high is likely to slip below the 14 degree average for this time of year, as Environment Canada has it projected it at 10 degrees.- Advertisement –
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has committed to staying at the club – despite bomb threats from bigots.“It leaves a bad taste in the mouth, but I’m totally committed to the club, the fans and the players,” he said at a press conference for Sunday’s Old Firm derby.“It’s my most difficult week in the job. We all know why it’s happening.” Lennon has been targeted by loyalists before.In 2002 he was substituted at half time playing for Northern Ireland after a UVF plot to kill him was uncovered by Special Branch.Bullets were sent to the former Celtic captain earlier in the season, while a suspicious package addressed to him was also intercepted.And parcel bombs were this week sent to Lennon, Paul McBride QC and Labour politician Trish Godman. Lennon was asked if he would be a target at any other club.“It wouldn’t, no,” he said. “And it’s not because it’s my aggressive behaviour on the pitch any more.“A lot was said about that when I played and I think you all know the reasons why these things are happening now.“It’s good that people are talking about it and we will get something done about it.”Asked about those who want to kill him, he said: “I am baffled that my persona can cause this type of poison in people. “I am a football manager, a football person, not a politician.“I have never talked about politics or talked about religion, I just talked about football as a sport and predominately for the good of the game up here.“I have tried to be as positive as I can about all things in Scottish football.“I have had spats with people, yes, but that’s just in my nature and I don’t think that will change. “I think it is pretty unprecedented what has happened and I hope it is not going to get out of hand.“Anyone in any walk of life shouldn’t have to deal with something like this.“It is uncomfortable, you see your face every hour on the hour on the news and, after a while, you start thinking ‘is that me they are talking about?’“It is disconcerting and uncomfortable, but I am well looked after by the people in charge and there is an ongoing investigation so I don’t want to comment too much on that.”The Co Armagh man said the threats would not force him out of the club.“My life has changed a bit, but I have tried not to change it too much,” he added.“I am not under armed guard or anything like that, but we have had to curtail a few things and change things about my lifestyle, which is unfortunate. But I am hoping things can be brought to a head.“I’d like to thank the police for all their briefing and the professionalism they have shown and the security they have given me over the last week, 10 days, they have been absolutely fantastic and made life as easy as possible under the circumstances.“I’ve had this for 10 years, but I don’t want to say you get used to it, because you never do.”Asked if he regretted taking the job, he added: “You get an opportunity to manage Celtic once in a lifetime. I would have regretted it the rest of my life if I hadn’t taken it.”NEIL LENNON: ‘I’M TOTALLY COMMITTED TO CELTIC’ was last modified: April 23rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Gaeil Fhánada GAA News:Lotto ResultsNumbers: 3, 6, 7, 9, 10. Bonus: 9No jackpot winner.€100 Dan Heraghty, Tullyconnell.€50 Casey Poole, Glassagh.Next week’s Jackpot: €1750Intermediate Championship Semi Final ReplayGaeil Fhánada 1-6 Naomh Colmcille 3-11Hard luck to the boys who suffered defeat at the hands of Naomh Colmcille on Sunday last in the Semi Final replay at O’Donnell Park.Team: Paul O’ Connor, Fergal Friel, Paddy Heraghty, Frank Sweeney, Ryan McGonigle, Cathal Martin, Mark Friel (0-1), Kevin McElwaine, Shaun McElwaine (0-1), Brian McVeigh, Seimi Coshia Friel (0-2), Johnny Friel (1-1), Joe Blaney, Michael Sweeney (0-1), Marty McAteerReserve Intermediate Championship FinalOur Reserve team are yet to face Buncrana in the Reserve Intermediate Championship Final, match details to be confirmed later. We hope to see a huge turnout of support that day!Gaeil Fhanada Senior LadiesGaeil Fhanada 3-12 :: Glenswilly 1-0The Senior Ladies had another big win this weekend beating Glenswilly in the All County League.Team: 1 Lisa McConigley, 2 Eimear Mc Conigley, 3 Aisling Howe, 4 Shona Rogers, 5 Maggie Friel, 6 Orla Mc Gonigle, 7 Mariosa Friel, 8 Maireád Coll, 9 Aoife McDevitt, 10 Hannah Shiels, 11 Shauna Howe, 12 Siobhan Coyle, 13 Orla Sweeney, 14 Mary Sweeney, 15 Natasha Mc Elwaine, 16 Rosheen Mc Ginley, 17 Aisling McDevitt.Scorers: Siobhan Coyle 1-06, Aoife Mcdevitt 1-01, Aisling McDevitt 1-00, Hannah Shiels 0-03, Maggie Friel 0-01, Maireád Coll 0-01The ladies play Robert Emmets next weekend in Trialough at 11am. This is the last game in the league and a win will see the ladies in a play off for promotion to Division 2. Come out and support the ladies! GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA SENIOR LADIES EARN COMPREHENSIVE WIN OVER GLENSWILLY was last modified: October 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAASport
DEELE HARPS Football Club have got into the festive spirit with the club having erected a Christmas tree in Ballindrait.The club is inviting everyone to the official switch-on of the lights tomorrow.Santa Claus will be in attendance at the Ballindrait Church Hall from 3.30pm until 5pm, when the lights will be switched on. “Evertone is welcome – please come along and bring the kids to meet Santa. With tea, coffee, sweets and treats in store, even the big kids will be happy!” the club said.Transfer news: Santa Claus moves to Deele Harps this weekend! was last modified: December 9th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ballindraitDeele Harps