The ghost of the AFC

first_imgDear Editor,The Alliance for Change (AFC) has now invented an innovative and creative campaign strategy, which reproduces the inherent lies and deceit, but in another form.It was claimed by Mr Khemraj Ramjattan, on the Alliance on the Move programme, that PPP supporters are intimidating people from putting their names on the AFC candidates’ list. He further said the Guyana Police Force will be called in to deal with these PPP supporters. This is hard to believe, since no one can stop anyone from backing any candidate, that being an entirely private matter; unless these would-be AFC backers made a public proclamation to the effect.However, this is just a prefabricated excuse, or more like a good defence when the AFC fails at the LGE polls, which they are bound to!It must be recalled that, not so long ago, Mr Ramjattan lambasted and insulted the residents of the Upper Corentyne, accusing them of sitting down and drinking rum, and only waiting for the ‘lawyer boy’ to come and buy rum for them. Now he wants them to vote for him! He should apologise, and then ask for their support. Mr Ramjattan has always opined that Berbicians are illiterate and stupid, but he needs to understand that they have excellent long-term memories, and can recall insults verbatim.Moreover, the AFC is now promising roads, land, street lights, gun licences, and other favours once residents support them by signing on the LGE backers form. This is not only deceitful, but illegal. No political party can promise state resources in return for support and votes.Another ploy is their going into NDC areas where work was done by the Regional Democratic Council and taking credit for the work. This was done in the Kilcoy/Hampshire NDC, where I am the Chairman. This was raised at the last RDC statutory meeting.Furthermore, someone (named) told the viewers on the Alliance on the Move programme that only if the residents put their names on the AFC’s List can they gain access to the AFC Ministers, such as Mr Ramjattan and Mr Patterson, to ventilate their issues. This is a new form of corruption, holding the people at ransom to vote for the AFC. This is what should be investigated by SOCU and the GPF, not legal Cabinet decisions!Never in the history of this country has a political party been so barefaced and corrupted. Our State resources are being used to openly bargain for votes.Let the people beware of these illegal and nasty manoeuvrings of the AFC! The AFC’s ghost is now on the haunting!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

Final Ruling in FDA US$6M Case Today

first_imgThe Presiding Judge of Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia will today Thursday, August 20, render final judgment in the case involving five dismissed former employees of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).The five former FDA employees are charged with economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery and counterfeiting and robbing government of US$6 million.The defendants are Moses Wogbeh, former dismissed FDA managing director; John Kantor, former FDA technical manager; Jangar Kamara, former FDA manager for Commercial Forestry; David Blayee, former Surveyor for Grand Bassa County at the Lands, Mines and Energy Ministry, and Maxwell Gwee, former Director of Cartography at the Lands, Mines and Energy Ministry.They were indicted by the Grand Jury for knowingly conspiring to defraud the Government of Liberia of just revenue.They are accused of facilitating the wrongful and illegal issuance of 61 Private Use Permits (PUPS) that authorized commercial logging operations on nearly 2.5 million hectares of land.The indictment indicates that because of the defendants’ blatant abuse of their offices and violation of several provisions of the National Forestry Reform Law (NFRL) 2006 and the Community Rights Law 2009, the government suffered a loss in revenue of over US$6 million.Final arguments in the case were heard early last month by both prosecution lawyers and defense lawyers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New UL President Starting Strong

first_imgThe newly inducted President of the University of Liberia, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, yesterday pledged to carve for the institution “a nobler destiny.Delivering her Inaugural Address at the UL Fendall Campus, she said this “nobler destiny,” an inspiring phrase she borrowed from President Edwin Barclay’s immortal and beautiful anthem, “The Lone Star Forever,” includes such attributes as “a sense of mission, perseverance, courage, pursuit of excellence, diligence, discipline, humility, integrity, compassion and perspicacity, which means vision and strategic thinking.”All of these noble attributes are what it will take Dr. Weeks to succeed in the execution of her new responsibilities and her vision, to take UL “to a nobler destiny.”She was very astute and forthright in her praise of her immediate predecessor, Dr. Emmett Dennis, who indeed found the UL in a complete mess when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called him to leader lead UL nine years ago. There was at the time a lot of corruption on the UL campus, especially in the Admissions Department, where students were admitted not on the basis of merit but money.At one graduation ceremony during that period, it was belatedly discovered that a good number of the so-called “graduating seniors” had not completed the sophomore year.  And many of these unscrupulous staff members were in cahoots with many of the students who were prepared to join in vigorous resistance to the new measures Dr. Dennis was trying to implement.All of this was a clear indication that UL had, by that time, lost is mission as the nation’s oldest and leading institution of higher learning.A lot has changed in Dr. Dennis’ nine years of leadership at UL.  The admissions procedures have improved.  And Dr. Weeks, in her inaugural address yesterday, paid tribute to Dr.  Dennis for his capable leadership.  This included considerable staff development, including over 60 with advanced degrees, many of them terminal.All the UL faculty and staff understand what Dr. Weeks, their new president, means when she says she will lead with “a sense of mission, perseverance, courage, pursuit of excellence, diligence, discipline, humility, integrity, vision and strategic thinking.”UL’s faculty, staff and students know that like Dr. Dennis, Dr. Weeks is a woman of an   immense degree of discipline and experience.  Dr. Dennis served for many years in top positions, including provost and vice president at one of America’s leading universities—Rutgers.  In her Inaugural Address yesterday, Dr. Weeks told her audience that as a trained scientist, she had spent 30 years at another leading US university—Florida International—which she thanked for seconding her to UL.She has every intention of bringing most of her invaluable academic experiences garnered in the USA to UL, in a determined bid to move Liberia’s preeminent university “to nobler destiny.”Accordingly, she outlined a number of plans in staff development as well as new and advanced academic programs.   She will drastically reduce the number of first degree holders teaching at UL.  She will within the next three-four years establish two graduate programs—a Master’s in Public Health and a Master’s in Environmental Sciences.  UL will also introduce Bachelor’s programs  in Mechanical Engineering, Architecture and Information Communications Technology, Fisheries and an Honors College.In partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) and international partners, a Master of Public Health MPH curriculum is being drafted.And working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Weeks said, UL intends to establish a Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences. Moreover, she is hoping that with the development of in country graduate programs, our science students will be able to pursue graduate studies right here in Liberia and be prepared to remain here and serve their country.The new UL president also plans the establishment of an  Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Division in the TJR Faulkner College of Science & Technology.UL is also planning a Fisheries Program in the College of Agriculture and Forestry.These plans and more suggest to us that UL is off to a fresh and dynamic start under its new president.  Seems determined to be just as visionary and dynamic as her sainted father, Dr. Rocheforte L. Weeks, whom President W.V.S. Tubman called to head UL in 1959 when she was only seven years old.  It was Dr. Rochforte L. Weeks who took the initiative in 1962 to acquire the land and begin the development of the new Fendall campus.Dr. Ophelia Weeks told her audience yesterday that neither her father nor her mother, Mrs. Eupheme Cooper  Weeks, ever dreamed that their daughter would one day follow her father’s footsteps to become UL president, too.We congratulate Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks and wish her God speed in her great new assignment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

German Ambassador Reminds Liberia of Bilateral Preconditions

first_imgGerman Ambassador to Liberia, Hubert J. Jäger Liberia and Germany, like other bilateral partners, have had diplomatic relations over 50 years now, with the desired benefits reflected on both countries.Germany has been proactive in contributing to Liberia’s post-war infrastructure projects, including the Mount Coffee Dam for which over €230 million was contributed during the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Administration.As the two countries’ bilateral relations continue in the George Weah Administration, German Ambassador to Liberia, Hubert J. Jäger, at Germany’s National Day reception on October 3, 2018, said his country is still active in the country, taking into account transparency, predictability and proper governance as well as fiscal responsibility and sustainability in the country.Ambassador Jager’s statement has come at a time the Weah Administration is being implicated in financial malpractices that have led to the alleged disappearance of 16 billion Liberian dollars and for which the public is holding the government to account.Amid this challenge, government officials have taken opposing sides on the matter as to whether or not money is missing. The most recent statement came from Central Bank Governor Nathaniel Patray, informing the public that “No money is missing,” though he remains resolute that the CBL will cooperate with the investigative team that the government has set up to probe into the matter.Liberia, the German Ambassador said, is faced with enormous problems ranging from infrastructure to human development and health which, according to him, Germany is in the position to liaise with other international partners and the European Union to address.World Bank 2017 report puts Germany first on the list as the largest economy in Europe.With Great Britain’s decision to exit the EU, the German Ambassador said his country remains committed to the EU to help address global challenges posed by different situations.He said though the reunification of East and West Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall was viewed with skepticism by a few, this unity has driven Germany to gain the economic strength it has now.Germany is one of three countries that recognized Liberia’s independence after 1847.  The bilateral relations between the two have led German businesses and non-governmental organizations, including the German International Development Cooperation (otherwise known as  GIZ), to operate in Liberia.Speaking on behalf of the Liberian government, Acting Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin recalled Germany’s contributions to the growth and development of Liberia, referencing construction of feeder roads in south-eastern Liberia as part of the many contributions.Minister Shoniyin also recalled support from Germany to the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) as key in the UNMIL (United Nations Mission in Liberia) transition process which, accordingly, capacitate those security agencies in logistics.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Repairman gets 2 years’ jail for stealing from employer

first_imgUriel Amsterdam was on Monday sentenced to two years’ imprisonment after he confessed to a larceny charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The police stated that between October 8 and 9, 2019, at Fourth Avenue, Subryanville, Georgetown, Amsterdam stole $200,000 cash, a gold ring valued $42,000 and a gold chain valued $70,000 belonging to Tenika Archer.The court heard that on the day in question, Amsterdam was hired by Archer to repair her roof, during which time they were also consuming alcohol. After some time, Archer went on some errands and as such, left Amsterdam in her home.However, when she returned, there were no signs of Amsterdam and upon closer inspection, the items were discovered missing.During his appearance in court, Amsterdam related that he had a newborn baby and admitted stealing the items to purchase clothes and other baby items.After hearing the case, Magistrate Faith McGusty handed down the sentence.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, April 28

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Real Madrid could offer Gareth Bale to Chelsea in a straight swap deal for Eden Hazard. The Spanish giants have already been in touch with the Blues about the Belgian star. (The Sun)Manchester City are set to launch a £30million bid for Jack Wilshere. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger issued a ‘hands-off’ blast last month after it emerged the midfielder was on City’s summer wish-list but they are set to press ahead with a move for the England ace. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal are planning a £24 million move for Barcelona winger Pedro. The Spaniard is set to leave the Nou Camp and Arsenal are first in the queue, although Manchester United, Liverpool and Inter Milan are all also keen. (Daily Express)Lukas Podolski wants to return to Arsenal when his loan deal ends in the summer. Podolski has been on loan at Inter Milan since January, but is failing to produce his best form, and is still without a goal in his 13 appearances for the Italian club. (Daily Mail)Aston Villa are showing interest in Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford. The 21-year-old has impressed on loan at Middlesbrough this season, where he has scored 19 goals. Crystal Palace, Everton and Southampton are also monitoring his progress. (Daily Mail)Robin van Persie has given Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal a boost by revealing he wishes to stay at Old Trafford beyond the summer. (Daily Mail)Porto have made a late attempt to beat Chelsea to Brazilian sensation Nathan – but the Blues are confident of completing a £4.5million for the 19-year-old. (Daily Mail)Everton and Stoke City are battling several Bundesliga clubs in the race to sign Bayern Munich’s Mitchell Weiser on a free transfer. (Daily Mirror)James McCarthy has committed his future to Everton by insisting he is going nowhere in the summer. The midfielder has been linked with Tottenham and their bitter North London rivals Arsenal this season. (Daily Mirror)West Ham are monitoring Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson. The Cherries marksman has hit 23 goals to spearhead the south coast club’s chase for promotion to the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United reject Bebe is being lined up for a shock return to English football with Reading. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…German flyers set to rival Tottenham for star centre-backReports – Inter Milan steal a march on Chelsea and Arsenal in race for Serie A starletReports – Fenerbahce set sights on Tottenham and Liverpool targetMan United striker Javier Hernandez on future: ‘Only God knows’Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini: Lukas Podolski wants Arsenal returnTottenham transfer rumours: Is the ‘next Franck Ribery’ on his way to White Hart Lane?last_img read more

Liverpool transfer news: Reds face defender blow as Juventus swoop

first_img Liverpool target Martin Montoya Juventus have moved into pole position to sign Liverpool-linked Barcelona defender Martin Montoya.The 24-year-old right-back is deemed surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp following Dani Alves’ two-year contract renewal and Aleix Vidal’s arrival at the treble winners.The Catalan star, who is contracted to Luis Enrique’s side until 2018, was tracked by Brendan Rodgers throughout last season but wants to play Champions League football next term, something which Liverpool cannot offer.It is a blow to the Premier League side as they try to find a quick replacement for the out of contract Glen Johnson and continue their pursuit for Southampton star Nathaniel Clyne.And the Old Lady are likely to beat the Merseysiders and Serie A rivals Inter Milan to Montoya’s signature this week, according to Turin-based outlet Tuttosport.Montoya made only 12 appearances in all competitions last season. 1last_img read more

‘KNOW YOUR MEDICAL CARD ENTITLEMENTS’ – COUNCILLOR

first_imgBUNDORAN Town Councillor Diarmaid DohertyHaving been contacted by a large number of worried pensioners whose medical cards are currently being reviewed, Sinn Féin Town Councillor Diarmaid Doherty is asking people with elderly relatives, neighbours or friends to be aware of the stress these reviews are causing and to please make sure that everyone is aware of their entitlements.Councillor Doherty said that the following are the base income thresholds to qualify for a medical card.A Single person under 66 years of age can earn €184 per week. A Couple under 66 years of age can earn €266.50 per week,A Single person aged 66 to 69 can earn €201.50 per weekA Couple aged 66 to 69 can earn €298.00 per weekSingle person aged 70+ can earn €700 per week And a Couple aged 70+ can earn up to €1400.00 per week.As there are other factors that can increase your income threshold for a medical card, Councillor Doherty would recommend people obtain further information by phoning Citizens Information on 076~1074000 or by going to www.citizensinformation.ie. ‘KNOW YOUR MEDICAL CARD ENTITLEMENTS’ – COUNCILLOR was last modified: December 5th, 2012 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:’KNOW YOUR MEDICAL CARD ENTITLEMENTS’ – COUNCILLORbundoran councillordonegallast_img read more

PROSTITUTES NOW MOVING INTO DONEGAL HOUSING ESTATES – GARDAI

first_imgDonegal Gardai have revealed that prostitutes are now setting up their businesses in the middle of busy housing estates to avoid detection.Prostitutes are now commonplace in Letterkenny.Members of the local vice team told Donegal Daily that prostitutes are moving away from traditional apartment block set-ups.It follows a number of raids by Gardai at various locations at Lower Main Street in Letterkenny in recent weeks. But one member revealed “They’re moving more and more into housing estates where they would not normally operate.“They are more anonymous in the larger estates as traditionally they have operated out of the same apartments and they have been under general surveillance.“People coming and going to houses would be a natural thing on a business housing estate and that is what is going on,” he said.The Garda added that prostitutes operating in Ireland are actually charging more money to clients than they are in England. “If you consider this and also the fact that it is cheaper to live in Donegal than it is in Dublin, there is a ready market there,” he added.An investigation by Donegal Daily showed that there is now a thriving prostitution market in Letterkenny with up to at least a dozen prostitutes operating on any given day.All the women, most of whom are foreign nationals, are advertising their services on the website Escort Ireland.As well as pictures of the women, prices for their services are also included on the women’s personal pages.Even more bizarrely are comments left by punters using the services of the women throughout Letterkenny. PROSTITUTES NOW MOVING INTO DONEGAL HOUSING ESTATES – GARDAI was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalGardailetterkennyprostituteslast_img read more

Gardaí dismiss claims of fake garda cars in Inishowen

first_imgGardaí have confirmed they have not received any reports of a fake garda car in Inishowen. Reports have been circulating on social media in recent days about a mysterious car with flashing lights following people close to the Donegal-Derry border.It is understood that the reported car is also cream in colour and has a Cork registration. Gardaí in Buncrana said they had received no reports of a fake garda car operating on the peninsula and urged anyone to report it to their local garda station if they see such a vehicle.Gardaí dismiss claims of fake garda cars in Inishowen was last modified: July 31st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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