ANC Identifies with Muslims during Ramadan

first_imgThe opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) on Monday donated several assorted items to Muslims worshiping at three mosques in Monrovia.The party donated praying mats, teakettles and several bags of rice to Muslims at the Benson and Gurley Streets, and the Airfield mosques.At the separate presentations, ANC Coordinator for Montserrado County, Baseh F. Cooper, said the ANC decided to identify with the Muslims as they end the Holy Month of Ramadan.He stressed the need for unity among Muslims and Christians, and asked Muslims to continually pray for peace and unity in Liberia. ANC Vice-Chair for Mobilization and Recruitment, Musu Sanoe, lauded the Muslims for their continued prayers and fasting for the country as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has now turned the sector to their Liberian counterparts.Madam Sanoe said it is necessary for religious people to pray for the sustenance of peace in the country as Liberians now oversee the security of their country.Sanoe, also a Muslim, suggested that the party does not discriminate along tribal and religious lines.Imams Abraham Kamara and Sheikh Abu Baker Sumamoro, of the Benson and Gurley Street mosques (respectively), received the items on behalf of the Muslims. They lauded the party for identifying with them during the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan. They assured that the items would be used for the intended purposes.The ANC is headed by businessman turned politician Alexander B. Cummings.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt mum on findings of BoI report into arbitrary firing of PSM staff

first_imgThe special Board of Inquiry (BoI) report on the arbitrary firing of staff at the Public Service Ministry by Minister Tabitha Sarabo-Halley has already been reviewed by President David Granger but to date, the Government’s lips are sealed about its findings.Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-WilliamsPublic Service Minister, Tabitha Sarabo-HalleyOver three weeks ago, this special report was officially handed over to the State Minister, Dawn Hastings-Williams, who in turn presented the document to President David Granger for his review, but both Minister Hastings-Williams and the Ministry of the Presidency remain mum on the matter.Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon on Saturday told Guyana Times during a telephone interview that it is the State Minister who would be in a better position to divulge any information on the findings of that report or to comment on the next step.He, however, confirmed that the report was seen by the President recently.“I think the President has given his guidance. The Minister of State would have had it. So you will need to speak with her [Minister Hastings-Williams] about it.”Since the BoI report was initially handed over to Minister Hastings-Williams weeks ago, attempts by this publication to contact her in this regard have proved futile.One week ago, Harmon had stated that although he was not provided with a copy of the report or has not yet been briefed as to its findings at that time, the staff from the Public Service Ministry that are involved in the matter are still employed by the Government.“It [report] was completed and it was sent to her [Minister Hastings-Williams] and then I think she passed it on to the President. So, I don’t know whether the President has completed his reviewing of it. I cannot say specifically.”He noted that until a decision is made in relation to the BoI report, the staff remain on administrative leave.Almost a month ago, Minister Sarabo-Halley defended the firing of staff members from her department shortly after she would have assumed office, saying that there was evidence at her disposal to warrant dismissal.“I think that the evidence that was before me suggested that something needed to be done and the investigation would bear whether or not that was rational,” the Minister stated at a recent press conference.She, nevertheless, did not reveal any bit of evidence that she referred to but noted that the investigation will soon wrap up with the findings.On May 31, 2019, the personnel staff and chief accountant at the Public Service Ministry were sent packing by Minister Tabitha Sarabo-Halley shortly after she was appointed to that post.When the news broke about the arbitrary firing of personnel staff and the chief accountant, the Government initially denied firing them but one week after, Director General Harmon confirmed that indeed, the workers were sent home.But he said higher authorities had since intervened and the dismissed staff were eventually sent on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation. He had maintained that the staff in question are still employees of the Government as the decision by Minister Sarabo-Halley to terminate their services has been halted.ScholarshipsHowever, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had alluded to the fact that the fired workers were initially targeted and arbitrarily dismissed after they revealed that the children of a Government Minister received payments amounting to over $20 million in the last two years.One of those revelations is that the children of Minister Simona Broomes had allegedly received over US$86,000 in 2018, monies that were transferred from the Department of Public Service. Then again, this year, another transfer of millions reportedly took place.Given the controversy around that situation, the Public Service Department has made a decision to publicise all scholarships to ensure “transparency”. It was confirmed that both children of the Minister in question received grants to study overseas, but Sarabo-Halley could not state if the monies were transferred to their personal accounts.last_img read more

CAN’T PAY WON’T PAY LAUNCH STINGING ATTACK ON COUNCIL

first_imgThe Can’t Pay Won’t Pay group has launched a stinging attack on Donegal County Council finance director Garry Martin.They have also have called on homeowners to ignore his plea to pay outstanding Household Charge.“Donegal people have maintained the strongest boycott of the Household Charge of any area of the country. This appears to have seriously rankled Garry Martin, who as Finance Director was responsible for collection and has been the most ineffective Finance Director of any council in the country in getting people to pay this unfair charge.” said Can’t Pay Won’t Pay spokesperson Francis McCafferty. “Instead of harassing people who have taken a principled stand against the Household Charge, the Finance Director would be better served pursuing developers for the millions outstanding in development charges or pursuing them for compensation for the public money which has had to spent on unfinished estates.”“His claim that 60% of Household Charge has been collected in Donegal is based on discredited figures. It has been shown through CSO figures that there are more than 83,000 properties liable for the charge and not the 65,000 figure continuously used by the Council. When the real figure is used, the non-payment rate is in excess of 55%. This is a clear indication that the boycott remains strong and capable of also beating the Property Tax.”“Homeowners should not register for the Household Charge as they will be giving all their details to the Revenue also for collection of the Property Tax. The Revenue has the same basic problem that the Councils had last year: they do not have a register of properties in the state. That is why it is important not to give them any information. It is the most effective weapon we have. We call on all homeowners to stand firm and support the boycott. Opposition is growing to the Property Tax. The teachers union, the TUI, voted at it’s conference last week to campaign against it while the UNITE trade union has decided to support the boycott.”Donegal County Council told Donegal Daily that they are not currently in a position to respond to the CPWP group’s statement. CAN’T PAY WON’T PAY LAUNCH STINGING ATTACK ON COUNCIL was last modified: April 8th, 2013 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:Can’t Pay Won’t PayDonegal County CouncilFInance Director Garry Martinlast_img read more

Producers say talks with striking Hollywood writers break down

first_imgNegotiations between striking Hollywood writers and studios collapsed Friday, the culmination of a day in which the sides traded barbs and accusations. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced that the round of talks that started Tuesday had broken down, stalling efforts to end the five-week strike that has sidelined many prime-time and late-night TV shows. “We’re puzzled and disheartened by an ongoing WGA (Writers Guild of America) negotiating strategy that seems designed to delay or derail talks rather than facilitate an end to this strike,” the producers alliance said in a statement. In response, the guild said the chief alliance negotiator, Nick Counter, slammed the door on bargaining after presenting an ultimatum and before the union could respond to his latest proposal regarding crucial new-media compensation issues. Last week, the studios had proposed a flat $250 payment for a year’s use of an hourlong TV show on the Web. That contrasts with the $20,000-plus residual that writers now earn for a single network rerun of a TV episode. Friday night, the guild said producers were holding to their $250 offer and demanding that writers give up on proposals including unionization of animation and reality and, “most crucially, any proposal that uses distributor’s gross as a basis for residuals.” As word of the breakdown spread, some writers expressed frustration. “It’s disheartening that a month into this, I’m not getting the overwhelming sense that we’re getting any closer to a settlement,” said Robert Port, a writer for the CBS series “Numb3rs.” “I hope we can continue to negotiate and wrap this thing up.” Earlier Friday, in a letter sent to its members and released publicly, the guild said that “highly placed executives” have told some writers that the companies are preparing to abruptly end the talks by accusing the guild of an unwillingness to bargain. The letter said any such anti-union claims are “absolutely untrue” and challenged studios to negotiate “day and night, through the Christmas and New Year’s holidays” to reach a settlement. The union’s remarks reflect its vulnerability, said one observer. “I think the producers are displaying their leverage quite publicly and aggressively and the writers know it and are fighting back,” said Jonathan Handel, an entertainment lawyer at the Los Angeles law firm of TroyGould and a former associate counsel for the guild. “At the end of the day, the companies have the leverage because they have the money,” he said. Studios also can try to reach a favorable deal with the directors guild, Handel said, and use that to set a “pattern bargaining” template the writers would be expected to follow. — Associated Press writer Daisy Nguyen contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings “As we prepared our counteroffer, at 6:05 p.m., Nick Counter came and said to us, in the mediator’s presence, ‘We are leaving. When you write us a letter saying you will take all these items off the table, we will reschedule negotiations with you,’” according to a union statement. A detailed alliance announcement on the talks’ collapse was released a short time later. An e-mail message sent to the alliance requesting comment from Counter was not immediately answered. The guild said it remained “ready and willing to negotiate, no matter how intransigent our bargaining partners are, because the stakes are simply too high.” Hopes that a settlement might be imminent were dashed just two days after the sides had expressed their first hint of optimism. The alliance reiterated its position that its latest offer aimed at settling a central contract issue – compensation for the Internet and other digital media – makes it “possible to find common ground.”last_img read more

RAPHOE PACK A PUNCH WITH TERRIFIC CHARITY DONATION

first_imgAnthony RYan, from the Irish Kidney Association, accepts the cheque from Gary McCullagh.Raphoe Boxing Club showed just how big a punch they pack when they presented more than €726 to the Irish Kidney Association.Anthony Ryan, manager of the Irish kidney association renal support house Beaumont, accepted the money from the club’s trainer Gary McCullagh.Well-known Gary knows first-hand the work the IKA does after he donated one of his own kidneys to his son Christian last year. The money was raised through the club’s 25 year anniversary dinner dance held recently.The Renal Support Centre is a self catering hostel in Beaumont opened by the Irish Kidney Association.The centre provides accommodation for families with state of the art rooms, a large kitchen living room and laundry room and is all free to kidney patients and their families.  RAPHOE PACK A PUNCH WITH TERRIFIC CHARITY DONATION was last modified: November 29th, 2013 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:Gary McCullaghIrish Kidney AssociationRaphoe Boxing Clublast_img read more

Nottingham Forest sign ex-Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers star Armand Traore

first_imgNottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of former Arsenal and Juventus full-back Armand Traore.The Senegal international was released by Queens Park Rangers in June following five years with the west London club.But he has quickly found new employment with Forest handing him a three-year deal which begins on August 1.Forest will be the fourth English club of the 26-year-old’s career following his spells at Arsenal, Portsmouth and then QPR.He also made 10 Serie A appearances for Juve during a loan spell in Turin during the 2010/11 season. Armand Traore in action for Queens Park Rangers 1last_img read more

Oxford United appoint former Leeds and Swansea assistant as their new boss

first_imgOxford United have announced the appointment of former Leeds assistant head coach Pep Clotet as their new manager.The 40-year-old Spaniard, also Garry Monk’s number two at Swansea, replaces Michael Appleton at the Kassam Stadium. Appleton, after leading Oxford into Sky Bet League One during the 2015-16 campaign, opted to leave the club last month to become assistant to Craig Shakespeare at Leicester. Clotet has previous managerial experience at Cornella, Figueres, Espanyol B and Malaga B in Spain as well as Swedish side Halmstad. “I am delighted that Pep has chosen to launch his managerial career at Oxford United,” chairman Darryl Eales told the club’s official website.“It is an appointment that demonstrates our growing reputation within football as a forward-looking and ambitious club.“Pep is a proven coach, progressive and hugely knowledgeable, and I believe we are fortunate to have attracted such a highly-regarded individual who is destined for an outstanding managerial career.“Pep was the unanimous choice of the board and we believe he will build on the significant progress we have made over the past three years and accelerate our collective objective of sustainable Championship status.”Clotet announced on Twitter last month that he would not be linking up again with Monk at Middlesbrough. He said: “I’m really thrilled to be embarking on this new challenge at a club as ambitious as Oxford United.“It’s an exciting prospect and I’ll be giving my all to ensure that as a team, and with the fans’ support, we go on and achieve the targets we set ourselves.“I wish to thank the chairman, Darryl Eales, and his board of directors for placing their faith in me.” 1last_img read more

Mexico admits its treatment of illegal migrants isn’t good

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s federal Human Rights Commission acknowledged Wednesday that the country uses some of the same methods in dealing with illegal migrants that it has criticized the United States for employing. The admission comes as Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez called on Latin American countries to unite against a U.S. House of Representatives bill to toughen border enforcement. The bill, which passed Friday with a 239-182 vote, would make illegal entry a felony, and enlist military and local police to help stop illegal entrants. But officials of Mexico’s federal Human Rights Commission acknowledged that Mexico already employs both tactics in its own territory. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “As a matter of fact, (Mexico’s) population law does include prison terms for illegally entering the country … and this is something that has been the subject of constant complaints,” said Mauricio Farah, a national inspector for the rights commission. Jose Luis Soberanes, president of the rights commission, said Mexico also uses many government agencies, such as the police and the military, to detain undocumented migrants, even though Mexican law technically doesn’t allow that. “One of the saddest national failings on immigration issues,” Soberanes told a news conference, “is the contradiction in demanding that the North (the United States) respect migrants’ rights, which we are not capable of guaranteeing in the South,” along Mexico’s border with Guatemala.last_img read more

Kurtenbach: Andre Iguodala’s play highlights the massive advantage the Warriors have over the Rockets

first_imgYou could see it in the first two games of the series: the Rockets are … OAKLAND — As the Warriors and Rockets’ second-round series heads to Houston, where the home team is likely to get a “fair-chance” whistle, a reminder:This series is not about refs, it’s about rest.And with that being the case, the Warriors have a massive advantage.The contrast between the Warriors’ desired style of play and the Rockets’ is stark. The route both teams took to this point of the season is as well.last_img read more

Activation Gallery – Free State

first_imgBrand South Africa and Lesedi FM hosted a dialogue in Kroonstaad, Free State where measures to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women and children in the province, and in South Africa as a whole, were discussed.The dialogue was attended by the community and broadcast live on Lesedi FMlast_img