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first_imgCounselor Theophilus Gould, representing the National Elections Commission (NEC) in the case of whether or not to proceed with the planned December 16 Senatorial elections, made what could well be considered a rather strange remark to the Court on Monday.   He told the Court that should it accept the petitioners’ request to halt the planned December 16 elections, “all of you would lose your respective jobs, because there would be a change of government.”Counselor Gould, who is also president of the Liberia Bar Association, warned that the petitioners’ real intent hadlittle to do with the Ebola epidemic, but more to do with what he called their real intention of establishing an interim government.  For if come January there are no newly elected Senators to replace the outgoing ones, a constitutional crisis could erupt that could lead to the fall of the government, necessitating an “interim government.”But the petitioners’ lawyer, Cllr. Laveli Supuwood, vigorously rejected that argument.  They were not interested in an interim government; but in preventing the violation of the Constitution by NEC and the Legislature.Cllr. Supuwood based his argument on Articles 86 (a,b) and Article 88 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, which deal primarily with Emergency Powers. NEC and the Legislature, however, in setting the election date to December 16, 2014, said they took into consideration the failure to hold the elections which, in keeping with the Constitution, were scheduled for October 14, 2014.  NEC and the Legislature feared that a further delay in holding these elections would, come January 2015, leave the Senate chamber half empty—or half full—depending on whether one sees this from the eyes of a pessimist or optimist.  In any case, that could veritably lead to a constitutional crisis, for the Senate chamber has never been halved during normal democratic times.The Supreme Court Justices will have to decide which is the lesser of two evils—hold the elections now, given the considerable decline in the Ebola epidemic, or wait until a later date and drag the country into an even deeper constitutional quagmire (swamp, predicament).  Most political parties, including the two leading ones, the ruling Unity Party and the opposition Congress for Democratic Change, have agreed to proceed with the December 16 Senatorial elections.There are, however, two sticky situations, which have nothing to do with the matter before the Supreme Court but are nonetheless at the very center of political discussion at this time.  The first is President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s announcement of Executive Order #65 banning public gatherings of any kind for the next 42 days.  This means that should this Executive Order be executed, it would abrogate campaign rallies or political gatherings.  The second situation is the senatorial campaign for Montserrado County of the President’s son, Robert Sirleaf.There are many who suspect a link between this Executive Order and the President’s son in the senatorial race.  And that is why some are calling it “sinister,” while others contend that it violates the constitutional guarantee of freedom of assembly.Ostensibly, Executive Order #65 is intended to prevent what happened last Friday—the CDC mass demonstration, which many felt renewed the threat of Ebola viral transmission. There were two portions of the Executive Order that raised RED FLAGS!  First, it is to last for 42 days, well past the date when the election results would be announced. The second is that the enforcement of the Executive Order is restricted to “the streets of Monrovia.”  Why Monrovia only, people are asking?  Is there a fear of public reaction when the Montserrado result is announced?  What would that result be and why the fear? People who were around for the 1985 presidential and legislative elections recall what Head of State Samuel Doe did on the day the results were announced: he ordered everyone to stay home and the streets of Monrovia were barricaded with soldiers and armored vehicles.  Of course, the purpose of that massive show of force was obvious:  Doe and Elections Commissioner Emmet Harmon blatantly (barefacedly) rigged the elections and they wanted no trouble afterwards.President Sirleaf herself can fully understand public suspicion surrounding her Executive Order, for she was present to remember that it was Jackson F., not Samuel K.  Doe, who REALLY WON that election!The Liberian people eagerly await the Supreme Court’s verdict which will come probably before the weekend.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThree teenage boys were on Friday placed on a total of $150,000 bail when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan charged for raping an 11-year-old girl.It is alleged that the accused: a 14-year-old, a 15-year-old and 18-year-old Caozuyag Menuy, while in the vicinity of Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara between October 1 and October 31, 2017, had sexual intercourse with a girl who is under the age of consent.According to the prosecution’s case, the boys allegedly held the child down and molested her, and the matter was reported to the Police after the child informed her parents about what had transpired.Defence attorney Paul Fung-a-Fat, in an application for bail for the boys, asked that the Magistrate be lenient and grant bail in a reasonable amount.Bail was granted in the sum of $70,000 for the 18-year-old, while the 15-year-old and the 14-year-old were each placed on $40,000 bail. The case will continue on August 24.last_img read more

first_img…drivers complain of inadequate securityThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) on Saturday morning removed yet another set of bus drivers from their parks to facilitate the vendors of Stabroek Market Wharf, whose facility collapsed about two weeks ago.The drivers of the Soesdyke-Linden Highway and Timehri, East Bank Demerara zones are now placed on High Street, Georgetown, and are currently utilising customer parking spaces in front of Ashmins and at the side of Silvies’ General Store.The move by City Hall to shift the minibus parks was made at about 08:00h on Saturday morning.Mayor of Georgetown Patricia Chase Green has since said these drivers were also removed to facilitate the Stabroek Market Wharf vendors. “That was a temporary move. We are working in collaboration with the traffic department and because of the relocation of vendors, we are trying to relocate the minibus drivers to (the) most appropriate spots, temporarily,” she said.However, the Mayor was unable to say how long the drivers would have to operate in that area.Close to 50 drivers, who operate within the zones, have since complained that they were never notified prior to the drastic move by M&CC.Raghoo (only name given) who plies his trade via the Linden Highway route said, “I was at the park and the Police them come and say we have to move and come park up by Ashmins…this area here is terrible because a lot of people is get rob around here and (this is) the alley way where all the thief man them is come through. Is right at the back here.”That driver opined that adequate security must always be available in the area, which he highly doubts will be made available. He also shared, “The vehicles them are driving fast, fast through here. People could get knock down”.Another driver, Amos Luciano explained, “Well normally our park is be on the other side and now they bring we till round here, which is a far distance… to me it rough to work from till round here by Ashmins. It hard because from the market to here is far…”He shared the view with the other drivers that the area is prone to criminal activities and is very unsafe, not only for the drivers but passengers as well.A vendor, Neisha Mentor, who operates in the area, venter her frustration as she explained how the removal affects her. “Once the buses move I gun move and right now I am annoyed about the situation because these people, the Council, has no system or no plan. If they wake up today and feel like they should move people, they comin and move people and that is wrong. They certain about they money and we got to look for it hay on the road,” Mentor explained.The vendor said she is very concerned about her safety, “because this is easy access for the thief men them. They gun come and is a set ah robbery gun do because Leopold ain’t deh far from here… wah gun happen when people got to travel night time?”She added that she fears that after hours, the Police will stop working and the citizens will be left to worry about their safety there. Already, drivers have been confronted by the Police for not adhering to the new laws as it relates to the new parking area.This is the second bus park that has been removed by City Hall to facilitate the vendors of the wharf which collapsed. The Grove/Diamond bus park, which was housed in the Stabroek Square was cordoned off on July 31.The short drop car drivers who operated in the area have since agreed with City Hall to occupy two lanes in the area at a fee of $1500 weekly.Meanwhile, the bus drivers are now plying their trade on Bugle Street, an area which they too have complained about their safety in.The move made by City Hall to remove the Grove/Diamond route 42 buses, along with short-drop car drivers, to facilitate the vendors of the Stabroek Market Wharf area, was described as “ridiculous” and “visionless” by the President of the United Minibus Union (UMU), Eon Andrews.“I think it was ridiculous. I think it is visionless because I know a couple of years ago there was a plan to put these persons (vendors) who were on that wharf North of the Digicel place where they had an Outpost so that they can do the necessary repairs. The postponement of that has caused the situation to worsen and now people could have died because of that thing breaking off,” head of the UMU posited.last_img read more

first_imgSome three weeks after the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had initially reported the “troubling development”, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Friday confirmed that a fake Identification (ID) card has surfaced in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).According to Chairman of the elections regulations body, Justice James Patterson (ret’d), which has oversight for the distribution of national ID cards, this discovery may just be the “tip of the iceberg”.The fake ID sent by the PPP last month“The public is warned that this may also just be the beginning of mischief that is afoot, a fifth column lurking and running about, abiding it’s time to come forth,” the Chairman said in a statement on Friday.On this note, Justice Patterson is calling on citizens to inform authorities if they are aware of any other such case.“Please, should any such misconduct come to your notice, as members of the public you have a civic duty to inform the nearest Police station as well as the GECOM Head Quarters at 41 High Street, Kingston Georgetown, or any of its offices countrywide for onward transmission to the investigating authorities,” the GECOM Chairman pleaded.The issue of fake ID cards was first raised by the PPP last month when it reported that a man was caught with a fake identification card in Berbice. The Party said this confirmed its fear that persons are being issued with falsified documents.At the time, Divisional Commander Lyndon Alves had denied knowledge of the report.But the PPP had said that the man caught with the falsified document was taken to the GECOM Office at Springlands and the Returning Officer, at that office after doing the necessary checks, confirmed that the Guyana ID card was fake, fraudulent and a forged document.The Party said this was “a most troubling development,” especially in light of widespread public suspicions that dishonesty is taking place at the Citizenship Ministry.“It would be recalled that functions now being performed by that Ministry were formerly performed by the Ministry of Home Affairs and that they were, specifically, disengaged from that ministerial portfolio and transferred to this newly created unit, styled “Ministry of Citizenship,” the Opposition had noted.The PPP went on to remind the nation about the shocking revelation in 2016, that the same Ministry was procuring a staggering 300,000 birth certificate forms.“This incident confirms our fears that they are falsified Guyana Identification Cards and source documents, which are being published under a centrally directed electoral design,” the party said.It added that in the circumstances, “we call upon the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to do a thorough and comprehensive investigation into this matter and to make its findings public. We call upon the general public to take note of this very serious matter and to be alert for the circulation of similar falsified, fake and forged Guyana ID cards and other source documents.”The party also vowed to monitor the situation carefully and to update the nation as more information becomes available.Back in February, Region One (Barima-Waini), Chairman Brentnol Ashley had raised concerns over the active participation and involvement of Government Member of Parliament (MP), Richard Allen with the General Register’s Office (GRO) visiting team issuing birth certificates in the region.In a letter to the editor, Ashley pointed out that this was happening although the A Partnership For National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) geographic parliamentarian was not employed by the GRO.“While I commend the work of the Register’s Office for reaching out to Region One with the objective of ensuring the people of the region are registered, I am questioning the transparency and equality of treatment due to MP Allen’s apparent “embedding” in the team’s day-to-day operations and process of the issuance of birth registration,” he had said.Ashley went on to disclose that he has even received reports of Allen personally distributing birth certificates in bulk to people in various communities.With Local Government Elections due this year, birth registration documents are critical for the registration of voters and in the past, the Toshaos and other community leaders had been the ones who worked with the GRO team, since they were knowledgeable about the eligibility of residents in their communities.last_img read more

first_imgTo report a wildfire or unattended campfire, people should call *5555 on most cellular phones or 1-800-663-5555.For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current wildfire activity, please visit the B.C. Wildfire website. The May-long weekend is approaching and many residents around the Peace River Region will probably be out participating in various outdoor recreational activities.Yet, wildfires are a growing concern over the summer months and as people begin to spend more time outdoors.- Advertisement -Currently in the Peace Region, the fire rating is low to very low, but that can change within a day or two with some hot and dry weather, says Jill Chimko, fire information officer at the Prince George Fire Centre.According to statistics released by the federal government, more than half of all fires are caused by people.Chimko says that at the start of the season in B.C., almost all forest fires are human caused and the Province’s wildfire management branch will be especially vigilant over the long weekend, ensuring people put out their campfires and are careful with any yard clearing they may do.She says anyone can be charged for costs associated with putting out a wildfire he or she started. People can also be charged for not reporting a wildfire or not having the necessary tools available for putting out a small fire. These tools include either eight litres of water or a firefighting hand tool.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWith the local aviation sector poised to undergo expansive development in the coming years, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is preparing for that ‘tsunami’ with the construction of a state-of-the-art head office at Providence, East Bank Demerara.Director General Egbert Field (centre) with Public Infrastructure Ministers David Patterson and Jaipaul Sharma turning the sod for the new GCAA headquarters at ProvidenceThe new GCAA complex will be constructed behind the Guyana National Stadium to the tune of some $1.2 billion.At the sod-turning ceremony on Friday, GCAA Director General Retired Lieutenant Colonel Egbert Field explained that this new building will be constructed to cater for what’s to come in Guyana. He noted that the complex will feature a gymnasium, nursery, and cafeteria, better offices for all departments, a conference room, and possibly a training centre.“Guyana is moving swiftly ahead. The waves of the tsunami are now lapping on the shores and if we are not ready, we will definitely be swamped,” GCAA Head stated.Field went on to highlight the many achievements in the aviation sector, but recognised that much more needs to be done.“The work must continue and this new headquarters that we are about to embark on, in terms of its building and construction, is a very important item which will see Guyana move into future as we continue our progress,” he posited.Currently, GCAA is renting two buildings at High Street, Kingston, Georgetown for $42 million annually.“It’s not a sustainable model for an institution such as GCAA or any Government institution renting. There is no permanency in it and you can’t plan and develop as you like,” Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said.Junior Infrastructure Minister Jaipaul Sharma disclosed that with the GCAA always having to move around to various rentals, huge sums of monies were expended— including $25 million to maintain Colgrain House which it used to occupy. He added that apart from the high rental rate for the current property the Authority is occupying, a three-year caveat was imposed on the GCAA and this is the reason behind the Authority “aggressively” pursuing its own space.His senior, Minister Patterson, acknowledged that the new GCAA headquarters is being established at a time when there is a “vast shift” in the aviation sector with its responsibilities expanding into dimensions never seen before here. To this end, he urged the GCAA to gear up for what’s to come.Friday’s sod-turning was done on the 10 acres plot of land, which was procured at the cost of $25 million, and was witnessed by GCAA Chairman Larry London and other Board members as well as former Junior Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson, among other officials.Construction for the $1.2 billion complex is expected to last for 18 months; however, the GCAA Head told reporters that they are yet to secure funding for the project. Chinese Ambassador Cui Jianchun, who was also at the event, informally indicated that his country can put up some of the funding.Nevertheless, the project is currently in the tendering process before the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB). According to Field, he is hoping that construction starts later this year since the rental contract for the building which the GCAA occupies will expire in 2021.last_img read more

first_imgPulchinski didn’t find out about Woods’ absence – officially anyway – until PGA Tour officials faxed the list. Of course, he didn’t know about Mickelson, either. And that was OK with him. “I don’t necessarily need to get a telephone call from (Woods) or his agent explaining to me why,” Pulchinski said. “I don’t feel I need that. It’s not just him, it’s any player. In the years that Phil didn’t play, no one was calling me from Phil’s camp. I don’t take any offense to that. That’s the way the business of golf is. It doesn’t bother me at all.” jill.painter@dailynews.com (818) 713-3615 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The tournament has a gaping hole without Woods, the world’s No. 1 player. But the consolation for organizers and fans is that the tournament has eight of the top nine ranked players in the world. Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Mickelson, John Daly and others will tee it up on Thursday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. Mickelson hasn’t played at Riviera since 2001, when he was 5-over par and missed the cut. “I’m starting to play well, so I want to play a little more,” Mickelson said from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am. “I want to try to get in contention a couple more times because I wasn’t in contention the first three weeks. That’s why I wanted to do it. Also, I’m real excited about how I’m driving the ball and Riviera is a course where you have to drive the ball well. I haven’t played the best there in the past.” Mickelson, who lives in San Diego, said he’ll fly back and forth so he can spend time with his kids. That’s a considerable amount of travel, although he’ll be flying on a private jet. Tiger Woods isn’t playing at the Nissan Open, but Phil Mickelson is in the field. Tournament organizers weren’t shocked when Woods’ name was not on the commitment list, but they were surprised to see Mickelson included. center_img Usually, Phil’s out and Tiger’s in. This year, Tiger’s out and Phil’s in. “It was a pleasant surprise,” said Tom Pulchinski, the tournament director. “(Mickelson) normally doesn’t play. We’re normally not on his regular schedule. I haven’t heard anything about why he is playing, but I’m glad he is.” last_img read more

first_imgFourth-seeded Phil Mickelson got a minor scare, trailing fellow lefty Richard Green of Australia and not taking the lead until the 14th hole. Mickelson won, 1-up, when Green missed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. Jim Furyk, the No. 2 seed, also trailed at the turn until making three straight birdies and beating Brett Quigley, 2 and 1. Shaun Micheel, who ended Woods’ worldwide winning streak last September by beating him in the first round of the World Match Play Championship, was up to his old tricks. He knocked out one of the top seeds – Adam Scott at No. 3 – in 21 holes. Scott made a birdie on the 18th to force extra holes, then three-putted on No. 3, missing a 5-foot par putt. Woods said only the score made it look like an easy day. For the second straight year, the shortest day belonged to Stephen Ames. He was on the losing end of that record rout by Woods at La Costa, but experienced the flip side of this fickle tournament by making seven birdies in 11 holes to bury Robert Karlsson of Sweden, 8 and 7. MARANA, Ariz. – Tiger Woods got the first match out of the way Wednesday, although this time he had to work for it. One year after he set a tournament record with a 9-and-8 victory in the opening round, Woods relied on a big par save early and a near-ace on the 14th hole to put away Ryder Cup teammate J.J. Henry, 3 and 2, in the Accenture Match Play Championship. center_img “It was actually a pretty tight match,” Woods said. “J.J. hit a lot of beautiful putts in the middle part of the round and even on the back nine, and those putts just didn’t go in. Had they gone in it might have been a different story.” Woods advanced to face Tim Clark of South Africa, a 3-and-2 winner over Robert Allenby. Some feel this might be the toughest hurdle in Woods’ unlikely quest to win 11 straight PGA Tour events, the record Byron Nelson set over five months in 1945. But on a warm day of swirling winds in the high desert he did himself a favor by not getting behind. He was 2-up until the 14th, when his 8-iron spun back to within a foot of the cup for birdie. From there, it was a matter of when Henry would run out of holes. Ames ran out of holes quickly, only this time he left the course with a smile. Ames, who grew up in Trinidad & Tobago and now lives in Calgary, didn’t even realize he had won the match after chipping in for birdie on the 11th and final hole. Then he called his wife, who was surprised to hear from him so soon. Ames said the conversation went like this: “You’re done?” she said. “Yeah. I played 11 holes,” he replied. “And …” “I won’t be coming home tonight,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgA superb collection of Olympic Games posters and related memorabilia, from 1900 right up to this year’s London Olympics has juts gone on display at the County Museum in Letterkenny.This exhibition draws on Paul Foley’s Olympic poster and memorabilia collection.It is a diverse collection of images includes official posters for the football tournament held in the summer games. The posters broad popular appeal and ability to relay messages through eye-catching and memorable imagery means that many of them are now prized souvenirs or collectable works of art and design.From 1896 to 2012, various different cities have hosted the Summer Olympiads (three were missed due to war).Each host city has created its own unique promotional poster, the design of which often reflected the prevailing cultural and artistic tone of the period.Throughout the history of the games, Olympic posters have provided a unique visual record evoking everything from time, geography and style. They are considered one of the major ways to spread information on the Olympic movement and convey the Olympic spirit. Olympic posters are not only a piece of art but every poster has a story to tell, it is not only a memento of the Olympic Games but it celebrates physical and sporting achievement and offers inspiration to the athletes of tomorrow.Football has been included in every Olympiad except the first games in 1896 and 1932, as a men’s competition sport. While football tournaments were played at the 1900 and 1904 games, these were contested by various clubs. The games of 1908 were the first international tournament.“I think people who visit this exhibition will be inspired. Even people who are not normally interested in sport will enjoy visiting the exhibition because the posters and memorabilia are snapshots in time – a visual record of sport and art, politics and place, commerce and culture,” said Caroline Carr, Assistant Curator at Donegal County MuseumAdmission is free and all are welcome. SPIRIT OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES CAPTURED IN UNIQUE DONEGAL EXHIBITION was last modified: July 18th, 2012 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:Donegal County MuseumOlympic Games exhibitionlast_img read more

first_imgA barmaid has been charged with allowing people to be drunk in her pub.Letterkenny court.Gardai revealed they visited the Millview Inn in Stranorlar at 3am on September 8th, 2013 and found nine people on the premises. Inspector John O’Toole told Letterkenny District Court that two people on the premises were very drunk.One of them had to be carried out of the pub while another was so drunk that he could not be woken.Gardai revealed they had called past the bar at 2am but did not suspect that anybody was on the premises.It was only later when they noticed a taxi pulling up outside the bar that they suspected there may be late-night drinking.Gardai spoke to barmaid Geraldine Bonar who was in charge of the bar.She said she accepted the seriousness of the matter and knew it was 3am but had no excuse why the bat was still open.Judge Paul Kelly asked solicitor Patsy Gallagher what excuse his client had for allowing two men to be “senseless drunk” on her premises at 3am.Mr Gallagher said hic client said one of the men had sneaked into the pub after being drinking in a different bar.However, he said she fully accepted she should have “kept a closer eye” but that she had no previous convictions.Judge Kelly fined Ms Bonar, 34, of Callancor, Drumkeen, €150 and dismissed other charges against her but stressed he was recording a conviction against her.BARMAID FINED FOR ALLOWING PEOPLE TO BE DRUNK IN HER BAR was last modified: September 13th, 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:courtdonegalDrumkeendrunkGeraldine BonarMillview InnStranorlarlast_img read more