A lessee of a three-bedroom house, which was gutted by fire and “completely burnt down” recently in the Paynesville 12 Houses Community, has asked authorities of the Liberian National Police (LNP), the Liberian Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the National Fire Services (NFS) to investigate the blaze.Madam Mariama Kaba, who has just moved into the house this past February, had leased the house for one year and said lease was renewable.She told the Observer via phone recently that on the night the house got burnt she had walked on the road (Tubman Boulevard) to get something (not specific). According to her, before she left, she instructed the security guarding the house to also look after her 10-year-old twin girls, who were in their room playing video games.“While on the road, the security called me and told me that smoke was coming from my room. I ran home and entered the living room. When I opened my door, the whole room was filled with thick black smoke. I told everyone to get out of the house. But by then the fire had already spread to other parts of the house,” Mariama explained.According to her, she was not able to rescue the “tons of belongings” she had in the house and all of them were burnt to ashes.When asked about the cause(s) of the fire, she stated that she could not be certain what had caused the fire, but she could hear bystanders saying that it was the high voltage from the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), which was supplying the house with electricity.Mariama said it was just the second week after she got connected to the LEC supply line and that the current was always “fluctuating,” meaning the current was not stable.According to her, when the fire started, they had called the National Fire Service, “but it took forever” before they got there and when they did, “the house had already burnt to ashes.” No authorities from either of those agencies—LNP, LEC and NFS—could be reached for comments as their phones were either said to be switched off or rang endlessly.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Many people seem to be under the impression that a free press means that the media can say whatever it wants. That is not the meaning, though. Free press means that the media is able to report on all events and issues that affect the lives of the public without interference or limitation by the government. However, the basic tenets of good reporting still apply. What are those basic tenets? Accurate, verifiable information confirmed by multiple sources. It does not mean that the reporter can pull together unrelated quotes to make an article reflect his or her personal point of view.I recently held a press roundtable to sum up my time here in Liberia as Ambassador for the United States of America to Liberia. I pointed out progress I have seen as well as areas of concern that need the attention of all the people of Liberia. However, Front Page Africa misrepresented both the content and tone of what I said. Especially egregious among the many misrepresentations was a quote attributed to me that questioned the readiness of Liberia’s security forces to assume responsibility as UNMIL draws down. This is absolutely false, as a transcript from this session will bear out. While acknowledging the work that remains to be accomplished, I also noted progress and emphasized the responsibility that citizenry also plays in ensuring a law-abiding culture takes root and flourishes – in response to two different questions, one on mob violence and one on the UNMIL drawn down. I said:“As for mob violence, it continues to be a concern for us and others, and I think for Liberians themselves to see how quickly some of these incidents can spin out of control. Again, I go back to this need for personal and community responsibility, which each citizen has a role to play in ensuring the security and stability of the State. The government and the security forces have a certain role to play, but they cannot be in every single location. So, it’s really incumbent on communities and counties and districts to develop their own mechanisms to ensure that people don’t allow these kinds of events to spin out of control. When they happen and they end up in either injuries or death to individuals, or destruction of property, you’re only hurting yourselves – you’re not necessarily hurting the target of that anger.Then in response to a different question on the UNMIL draw down:“We have confidence that over time that the government and the people of Liberia are developing the mechanisms and the systems and the institutions to assume responsibility for their own security. And, that really is something that has to happen. It’s been a long time coming. UNMIL has now been here for 12 years, almost 13 years…That’s a long time for a peace keeping mission. Over the last several years, their actual role in terms of maintaining security in the country has really been diminishing. You see them around, but they’ve been drawing down gradually over the last couple of years. So, it’s an inevitable process. It’s something that has to happen. We work, the UN works, with the Liberian National Police. We, of course, have been working with the Armed Forces of Liberia. We work with the Drug Enforcement Agency. Other partners are working with BIN. They are gradually developing capacity to take on responsibility. We’ve seen some progress with the LNP. There’s a lot more work that needs to be done, particularly at the level of local police officers.” Good reporting is an essential part of democracy. It helps the people understand what is happening in their country and with their government. It enables people to become better citizens and respond to issues that affect their lives. However, the press is powerful, and bad reporting is contrary to the goal of a free press. Bad reporting is incendiary – leading to public discontent and reaction that is not in keeping with building a strong, stable country. Journalism is a powerful tool that needs to be used wisely. When used well, journalism improves the country and the lives of the people. When used poorly, journalism is a destructive weapon. I encourage all of the media outlets in Liberia to use their powerful tool of journalism wisely.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– Says President had “specific reasons” for not choosing RamnarineNow that a substantive Commissioner of Police (COP) has been appointed in the person of Leslie James, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said he has neither an adverse nor positive opinion of the selection, since he was not granted enough time by the President to consult.“This impeded on my constitutional authority,” he said, noting that he brought that to the President’s attention on Thursday when he met with him at State House.According to Jagdeo, he was assured that measures would be put in place to safeguard against a recurrence of correspondences being delayed.Jagdeo recalled receiving a call from the President inviting him to a meeting, which he agreed to attend. On Tuesday, he received a correspondence from the President, in which Article 2:111 of the Constitution of Guyana was cited.“Having received the correspondence on Tuesday, looking at it, I realised thatPresident David Granger, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, and Attorney General Basil Williams met on Thursday at State Housepursuant to the Constitution and the constitutional definition of meaningful consultation, the President had not met that definition; and I caused a letter to be sent to his office, pointing this out to him — that he needed to indicate who is going to fill what posts is required by the constitution,” Jagdeo recounted.Further, the Opposition Leader said, on Thursday morning he received a letter from the President, in which he indicated that James would be the new Commissioner of Police.“He wanted him to be the Commissioner of Police, since, having received that — although I was hoping to get it in advance, so I could have solicited a more informed view about the candidate, or his nominee — nevertheless, I attended the meeting, because I wanted to ensure I fulfilled my constitutional role, and this matter had been pending for a very long time, and I think it’s important that we get people to full substantive posts,” Jagdeo explained.During the meeting, the President indicated his preference, according to Jagdeo. At that time, the Opposition Leader said, he used the opportunity to ask several questions, and raise concerns about the lateness of the correspondence and how it impeded his ability to have some form of consultation with others about the potential of the nominees.He said, “The President undertook that in future there would be a long enough lead time to avoid the occurrence or the recurrence of such a situation, because I said it does impede or this — impeded on my constitutional authority to considerPresident David Granger and Attorney General Basil Williams during the consultation with Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo and Member of Parliaments, Irfaan Ali and Gail Teixeira on Thursdaythe matter carefully and talk to others.”Jagdeo told media operatives that he has heard from various people at various points in time about the individuals (nominees). “And I do know many of them, because they have been in the Force for quite a long time, and I did not intend to raise rumours or conversations that people shared with me that can’t be substantiated by evidence at consultation, because I would do injustice to the individuals concerned,” he added.Selection processThe Opposition Leader further argued that the President did not have an adverse position to any of the nominees, because he did not have a chance to go through the process; so he went a bit further to find out from him the process that led to his decision.“So he said to me that the test was a basic test, that it was designed for Grade 6. He asked the Ministry of Education to design a test for Grade 6, and that he will share with me some of the basic things, that it was more just of an assessment of general knowledge,” Jagdeo explained.The process was conducted by the President, Attorney General Basil Williams, and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.Jagdeo further noted that Granger explained that the assessment was not “pitched at a level to disqualify” nominees, but to gather information on their “general knowledge.”Meanwhile, President David Granger has said he has “specific reasons” for not choosing former Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine for the Top Cop position.He nevertheless assured Jagdeo that the findings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into his (President’s) alleged assassination plot last year had not tainted the nominees.Jagdeo said he questioned the Head of State as to what role the former Assistant Commissioner of Police, and recently appointed Head of the Police Service Commission, Paul Slowe, played in the selection process.Slowe had been the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the alleged plot to assassination the President last year.“I asked about the role of Paul Slowe, and whether the COI would have tainted some of the nominees…He assured me that Paul Slowe recused himself at the Police Service Commission when some of the nominees were discussed,” Jagdeo told media operatives.The CoI report completed by Slowe had, among other things, recommended that then substantive Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud be forced to resign, or be removed if he refused.Ramnarine was acting as Police Commissioner when the allegation was levelled, and he told the CoI he felt a proper investigation was not conducted.As such, the report also recommended that sanctions be imposed against him for his failure to ensure that a proper investigation was conducted.Jagdeo, at that time, had indicated his belief that Slowe had “had an axe to grind,” and was acting on the basis of vendetta.He also drew attention to the fact that the now PSC Head had in fact served on the Coalition’s campaign team in the last General Elections held in May 2015.“He was put there to do a hatchet job on the leadership of the Police Force, destroying professionalism,” Jagdeo had said.
…says it will lobby for sector to remain openBy Samuel SukhnandanThe International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) has expressed deep concern over the closure of several sugar estates and the impact on the local industry.IUF General Secretary Sue Longley, who is in Guyana for an official visit and a workshop, told Guyana Times on Thursday that her organisation has been paying keen attention to the developments.“We have been following this closely for some time. We’ve worked historically in sugar to improve working conditions with a view to having a stronger and healthy sugar sector in the Caribbean,” she said.The IUF official noted that it has been a concern for her organisation with the changes taking place in the Caribbean regarding sugar, starting with St Kitts and Barbados. “We were hoping that remaining producers like Guyana would remain very much committed to the industry,” she added.Longley stated that the IUF has been receiving regular updates on the developments within the local Guyanese sugar industry from affiliate trade unions like the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE).“Sugar is important in Guyana and we were hoping maybe against general investment patterns that Guyana would be able to maintain a strong and vibrant sugar sector,” she explained.Enmore Estate“So, we remain very worried about the developments and we are committed to working with our affiliates here so that workers are treated well if closure has to take place. And we will also be lobbying to make sure that there is a sugar sector going forward,” the IUF official added.Asked to comment on the manner in which the retrenchment has happened so far, Longley said, “Like we’ve heard, it’s not just figures on paper, but there is a very human impact or cost on those retrenchments. And we take note of the suicides that have taken place.”On that note, she said if retrenchment has to be done, then it must be done fairly in negotiation with the unions. “There should be fair treatment and recognition of what those workers contributed to the economy and in particular. I think it is important that these retrenchments take place in transparent and open discussions and those settlements are negotiated with the unions that represent those workers.”VisitsMeanwhile, GAWU President Komal Chand told this publication that Longley and a team from the Caribbean grouping of the IUF would be visiting affected sugar workers in several parts of the country. He said the visits would help these union officials to have an understanding of the impact workers faced.“Our main concern right now is to strengthen our solidarity to get more support. We cannot alone be able to win this fight and challenges. And these are some real challenges and issues that threaten our workers’ right to employment and to be able to provide for their families,” he stated.Many civil society bodies and other interest groups have been urging the coalition Government to rethink the closure of estates and to implement plans that would tackle the welfare of workers.In its end-of-year statement, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) highlighted that come 2018, there would, in fact, be 5000 sugar workers who would be left unemployed if Wales was factored into the current numbers. The body is of the view that this action will have “serious repercussions” this year.In November, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) announced plans to retrench thousands of workers, which it did. GAWU says the downsizing and subsequent closure of sugar estates would lead to the loss of more than 15,000 jobs, and the potential threat of poverty for 50,000 to 100,000 people.In May 2017, Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.The Special Purpose Unit, which forms part of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), has been mandated to conduct evaluations, surveys and inventory assessments before any steps are taken to actually sell the estates. The SPU has since solicited the assistance of an international financial company to undertake these assessments as part of the plans to downsize the industry.
Much of the younger generation is hoping to taste the same euphoria their parents knew 20 years ago when France won its first World Cup.“They’ve talked so much about ’98 but I wasn’t even born. We’re going to make a new ’98!” said 15-year-old Martin said after the team’s semi-final win this week. Football fever has built over the last four weeks as the country took its young national team to heart, with ecstatic scenes after their semi-final victory.Just a day after France celebrated its Bastille Day national holiday, many families gathered on Sunday to watch from camp sites or hotels, while giant screens have been erected in 230 fan zones across the country under exceptionally tight security.The biggest gathering is at a fanzone beneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which police said had reached its maximum capacity of 90,000 people on Sunday a full three hours before kick-off.Marc, 32, and his wife and four-year-old son were among those who went to the fanzone, which is walking distance to the Champs Elysees avenue where all national triumphs are celebrated.“These are rare moments, we have to enjoy them,” he said.On Tuesday, when France beat Belgium to qualify for the final, hundreds of thousands of revellers gathered on the Champs Elysees.And if Les Bleus end up striking gold on Sunday, the numbers will likely be far higher.“It’s very touching to see the whole of France reunited, regardless of where people come from or social class,” said 26-year-old Lea Perier in the northern town of Bayeux as she waited to catch a train to Paris to watch the match with friends. Although she “normally hates football”, Perier found herself swept up in the wave of excitement. And if they win? “I’m going to party in every single street in Paris,” she grins. – ‘Proud to be French’ –The biggest fanzone is in Paris, where 90,000 fans are expected to gather near the Eiffel Tower to watch the match © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAUWith success on the pitch, a country riven by tensions and still shaken by a string of attacks that have killed nearly 250 people since 2015 has been able to revel in a newfound feeling of togetherness.“We must be proud to be French! We don’t say it enough,” star striker Antoine Griezmann reminded his compatriots on Friday.Despite France’s enviable lifestyle, it has lacked “joie de vivre” for years, with numerous surveys finding the French some of the most pessimistic people on Earth.Much of this is down to decades of high unemployment, mounting public debt and the more-recent homegrown terror threat that has fuelled immigration fears and support for far-right parties.The national football squad, most of whom are non-white, has provided a tonic to a divisive debate about French identity after their impeccable performance on and off the pitch as national ambassadors.“France today is a France full of colours,” star midfielder Paul Pogba said this week. “There are people of many different origins, that’s what makes France so beautiful. We all feel French, we’re happy to wear this shirt.”Such talk has led to inevitable comparisons with 1998 when France last won the World Cup, celebrating diversity with its “Black, Blanc, Beur” (Black, White, north African) team led by Zinedine Zidane.– Political afterglow? –French President Emmanuel Macron joins a crowd shouting support for France on the eve of the World Cup final © POOL/AFP / PHILIPPE WOJAZEROne person desperate for victory will be President Emmanuel Macron, a keen football supporter who will be at the stadium in Moscow with his wife Brigitte.Former president Jacques Chirac enjoyed a surge in popularity following France’s 1998 victory — and Macron too will be hoping for the same amid a poll ratings slump.A World Cup win “could indeed make him appear closer to voters. After all, football is the sport where societal differences are blurred,” said Frederic Dabi of the Ifop polling institute.And a win would likely boost economic growth, with the sportswear industry already enjoying a boom. Fans have been snapping up team jerseys, with the “authentic” Nike version repeatedly selling out despite a 160-euro ($185) price tag.– Terror fears –Fireworks surround the Eiffel Tower for Bastille Day celebrations on Sunday, the day before France plays in the World Cup final © AFP / Lucas BARIOULETDespite the excitement, security will be in the back of fans’ minds after more than three years of deadly attacks, often targeting crowds enjoying a night out.France has deployed 110,000 police and security forces across the country over the weekend.“Everything is being done so the French can live these festive moments with peace of mind, despite the terrorist threat which remains at a high level,” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said. In case of a French victory, some 4,000 police officers will be on duty in Paris on Sunday night, and a huge area around the Champs Elysees will be blocked off to traffic for the first time in recent memory.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France supporters began revelling in Paris hours ahead of the match, with the Eiffel Tower fanzone opening four hours before kickoff © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAUParis, France, Jul 15 – French fans dared to dream of a World Cup victory on Sunday as they prepared to watch the final on a sunny summer weekend after a tournament that has lifted spirits and led to a rare sense of national unity.Across the country, parks, bars and balconies have been transformed into a sea of blue, white and red flags as football fever sweeps the nation, with a flood of excited fans hungry to watch the action.
Dele Alli Dele Alli just done this..https://t.co/z7RfO8vUXT— The Spurs Brain (@TheSpursBrain) August 4, 2015//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Tottenham fans may have found their new darling of White Hart Lane.After the emergence of Harry Kane and Ryan Mason last season, Dele Alli’s display during Spurs’ pre-season fixture with Real Madrid suggests he could be the next in line.Ali agreed to join Mauricio Pochettino’s side in January before being loaned back to MK Dons to finish the 2014/2015 season, and will be looking to break into the first-team reckoning this term.The 19-year-old showcased maturity belying his tender years, including a clever nutmeg on former Spurs star Luka Modric. Can he make an impression this season? Spurs supporters certainly thinks so… 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The new $7 million Santa Clarita Community Center in Newhall will open Saturday, with a ceremony planned for 10 a.m. Replacing a deteriorating facility in downtown Newhall, the new center at 22421 Market St. boasts 17,000 square feet. That means plenty of space for the community’s Ballet Folklorico and boxing programs. The city also offers special programs such as homework help, a toy-lending library and basketball. Tours will be offered starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The center replaces a 7,000-square-foot rented facility, too small to accommodate the community programs. The center first opened 10 years ago, and membership now stands at more than 2,000.
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Pictured at the launch of the Naomh Conaill 5K on Wednesday night were Martin Doherty, Kieran Kennedy (official sponsor), Martin Regan (Senior team manager) and players, Daragh Gallagher, Charles Mc Guinness and John O Malley.COMMUNITY NOTICE: The annual Naomh Conaill 5k was launched last week and this year the Club are delighted to announce Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant as the main sponsor. Kieran Kennedy attended the launch and was happy to sponsor such a worthwhile event, “We’re delighted to sponsor the 5k this year”, he said. “Each year the numbers participating are growing and this year we expect a huge crowd. I suppose it does show how important exercise has become to people nowadays”.Martin Regan local senior manager also attended the launch and who will have his team at the starting tape on the evening. “I think it’s great to have an evening like this as a change from your normal training routine” Martin said. “Already there’s a few of the lads laying down challenges to each other so it’s fair to say they’ll be a few side-bets”. One of the local senior players, Daragh Gallagher, is also looking forward to the event. Daragh said “It doesn’t matter whether you want to better your time or just get out for a stroll, it’s all about participating”.The 5k takes place on Thursday 16th July @ 7pm at the Naomh Conaill GAA clubhouse in Glenties. Registration is from 6pm.There is ample parking and full changing/shower facilities. Tea and refreshments will be served immediately after the run/walk. Entry fee is €8 for adults and €3 for under 16’s.COMMUNITY NOTICE: KENNEDY’S BAR SPONSORS NAOMH CONAILL 5K was last modified: July 7th, 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:Kennedy’s BarlaunchedNaomh Conaill 5KNoticesSport
MAYBE it was the weather – but Finn Harps were definitely under the weather as they crashed to a 4-0 away defeat on Friday night at Mervue United.The temperature at Fahy’s Field was still in the high 20s by kick-off, and the referee was to rightly allow water breaks through the game.But the weather was to be the only treat for the Harps fans. Kevin McHugh forced a good save after 15 minutes from the United keeper Connor Gleeson.But it was the home side which took the lead four minutes later.Harps midfielder Mark Forker was adjudged to have fouled Noel Varley on the edge of the Harps box, and Jason Molloy curley the resultant free kick into the top corner.Forker tried to make up for his error on the 34th minute as he fired in a low shot that looked bound for the equaliser, but Gleeson pulled off another fine save. At the other end Ciaran Gallagher pulled off a stunning save just before the break to leave it 1-0 to the home side at half-time.Within six minutes of the re-start Mervue extended their lead with a scrappy goal as Mike Duffy bundled the ball over the line and Harps night got much worse in the 59th minute when Marc Ludden’s stunning strike from distance found the back of the Harps’ net.Paul McVeigh had the chance to pull a goal back shortly afterwards when in on the keeper but Gleeson saved again.And in the 78th minute Ryan Manning added a stunning fourth home goal from the edge of the box. MERVUE HIT FINN HARPS FOR FOUR IN GALWAY HEAT was last modified: July 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:MERVUE HIT FINN HARPS FOR FOUR IN GALWAY HEAT