‘I’ll be a Formidable Force’

first_imgThe president of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) Rufus Anderson has claimed that he would be a formidable force in the forthcoming elections of the association.Mr. Anderson said he still has some loyal friends who will re-elect him instead for another term.The LBA boss boasted staging successful leagues amidst the lack of contracts and huge negative propaganda.In January 2010 leadership elections Anderson defeated Jake Kabakollie and Rep. Solomon George.He said he included Mr. Abraham Samukai, who vied for the position of vice president for administration and Bruce Quaye, the candidate for the vice president for operations on his team. All three of them won, he said.Unfortunately, two years later, Samukai resigned, citing administrative reasons.Mr. Samukai, the owner of K-Delta female basketball champion, is said to have joined ranks with Mr. Malcolm Joseph that he said he defeated in 2010. Mr. Joseph, Cestos Mogars boss, is reportedly interested in the vice president for administration post.Meanwhile, Anderson confirmed that his administration agreed to a resolution of some stakeholders to create an independent committee to replace the LBA’s Secretariat and host a general Congress or combined both, to be called an Elective Congress.The resolution, he said was drafted and adopted at the headquarters of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) with its president Philibert Brown serving as an observer.“The January 28 date set for the elections for the leadership of the association is scrapped,” he admitted, “and a new date will be finalized in Thursday’s executive meeting.”However, when he was contacted LNOC president Brown said he was only an observer and the resolution speaks of the result of the meeting and lies in the purview of the Executive Committee.“I was only an observer. I was only there to observe and it’s what I did— but there was a resolution,” Mr. Brown said.Meanwhile, some basketball pundits have hailed Anderson’s leadership and urged him to appeal to the Executive Committee to adopt the resolution.They said that an Independent Elections Committee is necessary to promote free, fair and transparent elections.It may be recalled that in 2010, ex-LBA president Gbor Wilson established a five-man Elections Committee outside of the LBA Secretariat. Attorney Joseph P. Gibson headed the committee.Though, the LBA’s Executive Committee gives the time-frame for the elections, the Elections Committee will produce the election’s guidelines in accordance with the LBA’s Constitution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police called again as tensions over Belle Vue farmlands intensify

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairIt was high drama again at Belle Vue, West Bank Demerara on Thursday when farmers blocked the Belle Vue Cane Farmers Marketing Co-op Society Chairman’s machinery from clearing farmlands they say has rightfully been theirs for more than 60 years. However, as the events unfolded, popular businessman Deodat Deokinandan, who has been chair of the society since 2013, denied ever threating the farmers as he accused them of squatting on the Society’s land.The intense emotions played out during the morning hours in a usually quiet community which lies near the defunct Wales Sugar Estate. Farmers were adamant that the Co-op Society and Deokinandan, called “Beard Man”, would not touch an inch of the farmland as they blocked an excavator from land clearing operations as they renewed claims of being bullied. This stemmed from an initial stand off from Sunday afternoon after the Society opted to fence sections of the lands and allow cows to graze in the fields which was incensed farmers over their loss of investment.Police ranks called in to settle tensions that erupted on Thursday“He bully us and take the number three section; now we got all this cultivation here and he bullying us for the number four section but we nah decide for this hymac go in one inch here; it got to come out because he taking advantage on us because he has money. He want walk pon all these poor people but this is the end of everything,” farmer Imraz Hassan declared as he stood in front of the hymac.He made his position clearly known when ranks from the Wales Police Station arrived on the scene in a bid to settle escalating tensions. When tensions were less animated on Sunday, one rank had spoken with the sparring farmers that he wanted to preserve law and order but Thursday’s face-off saw a more boisterous demonstration.“This hymac come here illegally. This is not “Beard Man’s” property; this is the Society’s property and this land belongs to the Government of Guyana. We are farmers’ children that lived here for 60-odd years,” Rampertab Rajpat told this newspaper as he told stood in front of the heavy-duty machine.After sugar operations ceased, descendants of Belle Vue farmers moved to plant diversified crops but the businessman, along with several of his central committee members, categorised the demonstrators as squatters.SquattingThe Society provided documents purporting to show that many of the farmers allegedly sold their shares to the society while others supposedly relinquished their lands for the society to operate.“I am never a bully and will never be a bully. These people come illegally and squat on the Society’s land and it is not the right thing to do and dem ah seh de President tell them to do that… I don’t know who is the real bully but these people already take compensation from the Society; some in 2011 and some in 2014,” Deokinandan explained.Aggrieved farmer Rampertab RajpatHe says the cows grazing in the lands fenced off are legally placed since this was passed during a general meeting of the Society. He also denied claims that he has been threatening the farmers at Belle Vue. Society Secretary Antoinette Manichand meanwhile said many of the farmers were errant members and were taken to arbitration for not paying their share of fees in land rentals to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). She observed that it would be unfair for the Society’s contributing members to offset the costs for those who were not paying their dues. It was earlier explained by members that the descendants were reportedly no longer interested in cultivating sugar cane.“The arbitrator gave them a month and a half to pay off their debts and they didn’t pay up so gradually we expelled them and we accepted new members but they going about reaching Government officials until the matter reached the Cabinet with Dr Roger Luncheon. We had a meeting with them and they agree to accept compensation,” she said.Another scene from the heated stand-off which left the hymac suspendedShe also claimed one such farmer was Francis Ferreira who was allegedly paid $290,000 in compensation; a cheque made out in the name of the businessman, while others were paid hundreds of thousands and some over a million dollars for their fields. She provided documents to this effect. Guyana Times spoke to an unmoved Ferreira who outright denied giving up his land rights.“I aint give up no rights; its three years after bullying that people accept money due to frustration… the Cabinet minutes said the farmers should be reinstated. I am prepared to go, this hymac is going to walk over me today!” expressed Ferreira.However, the machine was removed from the area just before lunchtime. Thereafter the farmers moved to protest the Co-Op Society in the afternoon. Nevertheless, the grazing cows and fences erected could remain in place as the society maintained that since farmers lost their rights it does not intend to pay compensation for the crops they have been planting since 2017. Deokinandan held out that he, nor his society, is obligated to pay any compensation owing to the farmers “squatting” on the land.The Co-op Society shows that Ganpat Rajpat was paid $1.5 million in compensationThe Belle Vue farmers are descendants of multiple sugar cane workers turned farmers who came from all across Guyana and were contracted with Bookers company to supply canes to Wales and live in the Belle Vue Pilot Scheme from 1956. Cane operations ended with Government’s closure of Wales Estate in December 2016.last_img read more

Sunni insurgents resilient

first_imgDefense Secretary Robert Gates said the success of the mission, which was starting well, could not be measured for months and that it was designed to give the Iraqis more time to settle political and sectarian differences. “The issue that we’re all trying to figure out is how best do you get the Iraqis to reconcile their differences – because after all, this is not going to be solved by the military. It has to involve political reconciliation in Iraq, among Iraqis,” Gates said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “We’re basically buying them time,” he said. The latest deaths raised the U.S. military death toll in Iraq to 3,217 since the war began in March2003, according to an Associated Press count. In Shiite-controlled eastern Baghdad, a U.S. Bradley fighting vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb Saturday evening, set afire and destroyed, spokesman Maj. Steven F. Lamb said. There were no casualties. Across Iraq, at least 20 people died Sunday, a sign that violence continued to abate as U.S. and Iraqi forces press ahead with what many view as a last-chance bid to quell the sectarian violence in Baghdad and central regions of the country. Police said the bodies of 16 people, most shot in the head and showing signs of torture, were found dumped nationwide. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – Sunni insurgents, resilient despite the five-week security crackdown in the capital, killed at least six more U.S. troops over the weekend. A Sunni car bomber hit a largely Shiite district in the capital Sunday, killing at least eight people. The U.S. military said four U.S. soldiers died and one was wounded when the unit was hit by a roadside bomb in western Baghdad. During the ongoing security sweep in the capital and surrounding regions, the soldiers’ battalion had found eight weapons caches and two roadside bombs and helped rescue a kidnap victim, the military said. A fifth soldier was killed in an explosion in Diyala, an increasingly volatile province just northeast of the capital. A Marine died in fighting the same day in Anbar province, the vast, largely desert region that sprawls west of Baghdad to the Saudi Arabian, Jordanian and Syrian borders. The Sunni insurgency controls the regions. All of the U.S. victims were killed on Saturday, the military said in a series of statements that also reported that a seventh soldier died from noncombat injuries but gave no other details. While U.S. and Iraqi troops have flooded the Baghdad streets and a heavily armored U.S. column was sent north to adjacent Diyala province, attacks on American and Iraqi forces have been robust. last_img read more

Flood defence study is massive step forward – Slowey

first_imgDonegal TD Joe McHugh and Cllr Terence Slowey have welcomed funding for a study identifying flood mitigation works in the west of the county.It follows confirmation from Minister Kevin Boxer Moran that the Office of Public Works is to fund minor flood mitigation works and a flood defence scheme study from Portnoo to Dooey Point.Minister Joe McHugh welcomed the funding which is to be given to Donegal County Council. “This is an 18km stretch of coastline which has been prone to flooding in the past and funding of €76,500 has been approved to fund a study between Dooey Point and Portnoo,” said Minister McHugh.“I want to thank my Government colleague Minister Moran for his decision on this case which is an important process for local people.”Cllr Slowey said the move is significant for the area.“Donegal County Council submitted an excellent case to the Office of Public Works for this study,” said Cllr Slowey. “I am grateful to Minister Moran and his team at the Office of Publuc Works for giving this study the go-ahead.“The study will be extensive and while it will follow the coastal route from Portnoo to Dooey Point, the council will also be able to identify other areas of concern.“Flooding experts from the OPW will also be involved in monitoring the progress of the report which will feed into the Irish Coastal Protection Strategy Study which collates information on current risk and possible future risks right up to the end of this century.“This study will be extremely helpful for current residents along this stretch of coastline but also for future generations, mapping the risks which lie ahead.” Flood defence study is massive step forward – Slowey was last modified: October 24th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Canadas economy shrinks for the second time in three months

first_img More Canada’s economy contracted for the second time in three months on lower energy production, the clearest evidence yet of a soft patch that’s expected to linger through the first part of this year.Gross domestic product declined 0.1 per cent in November, Statistics Canada said Thursday from Ottawa, matching the median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists.Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz signalled earlier this month he will take longer to add to his five interest-rate increases since the middle of 2017 because of signs of setbacks to growth. The weakness, even if temporary, illustrates risks to an economy that needs business spending to take over from consumers who are burdened by record debts. Is Canada headed for a recession? The numbers leave the Bank of Canada “decidedly on hold for the next couple of quarters,” Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC World Markets, said in a note to investors.The central bank predicts the annualized pace of growth will slow to 1.3 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2018 and again to 0.8 per cent in the first three months of this year. The economy is expected to rebound after that on strong job creation and business spending, with policy makers saying interest rates will still likely move higher over time.Output from the energy industry fell 0.6 per cent, Statistics Canada said. Lower production of petroleum and coal also drove a 0.5 per cent decline in manufacturing in November, the third drop in four months. Wholesaling fell by 1.1 per cent led by machinery and equipment, and construction fell for the sixth straight month to the lowest since the middle of 2017.Tumbling prices for Alberta oil late last year led the provincial government to impose production cuts that began in January. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are facing pressure before elections this year to develop stalled pipelines and send crude overseas rather than accept lower prices in the U.S. market.Retail spending remained weak in November, with a 0.3 per cent decline led by a 2 per cent drop in car sales. Retailing has declined by 1.2 per cent over the last year, the only major industry besides construction to shrink over that period.There was some evidence the weakness may not last. Transportation and warehousing was dragged down by a postal strike that ended around the end of the month, and Statistics Canada also said there were maintenance shutdowns at some auto assembly plants and offshore oil sites on the east coast after a storm.With assistance from Erik HertzbergBloomberg.com Output from the energy industry fell 0.6 per cent, Statistics Canada said. Lower production of petroleum and coal also drove a 0.5 per cent decline in manufacturing in November, the third drop in four months.Getty Images Greg Quinn Share this storyCanada’s economy shrinks for the second time in three months Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Comment Reddit Facebook What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation 21 Comments Bloomberg News Canada’s economy shrinks for the second time in three months GDP numbers leave Bank of Canada ‘decidedly on hold for the next couple of quarters’, says economist Join the conversation → advertisement ← Previous Next → Sponsored By: Recommended For YouDollar slips for 3rd day on U.S. rate cut betsS&P 500, Dow hit new highs on rate cut optimismBrazil halves 2019 economic growth forecast to 0.8% from 1.6%Company Profile for Organigram Holdings Inc.TSX flat as healthcare offsets materials’ gains January 31, 20199:13 AM EST Filed under News Economy Featured Stories Twitter Emaillast_img read more