Region Two Coalition Councillor Naithram (only name), has spoken about the substandard road works currently being carried out in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and is calling on Regional Executive Officer Rupert Hopkinson, engineers and residents to monitor projects that are executed within their areas.Speaking at the recent Regional Democratic Council (RDC) statutory meeting, Naithram said that several residents have made reports of “bad works” executed on a particular street in Anna Regina.The AFC/RDC councillor said that he immediately visited and conducted inspections and discovered that instead of using clay and loam, the contractor had used ‘slush’ from a nearby trench.On that note he questioned the supervision of the project. Naithram said that the ‘slush’ would eventually deteriorate and collapse the road shoulders.Naithram therefore asked that the REO and engineering team conduct proper monitoring of the works.AFC Councillor NaithramDuring the discussion, Head of the RDC and Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt said that he too noticed evidence of poor quality works at the Wakapao Secondary School.Ramdatt said he received information that the roof was leaking and that the contractor, who was reportedly blacklisted for contracts, was still given projects. In light of this, the Regional Chairman requested that the Regional Tender Board carefully review the way contractors are being awarded projects.In addressing the issue of the “bad works” executed on a specific street, Ramdatt acknowledged that several residents have noted their concerns over the poor quality works and the substandard materials used.The Regional Chairman called for the Bill of Quantities of projects to be distributed to RDC Councillors, the Anna Regina Town Council, residents and NDC officials. This he said would enable a better monitoring of projects in the various areas.Responding to this issue Regional Executive Officer Rupert Hopkinson explained that while it would be expensive for the Administration to photocopy the Bill of Quantities for each project it would be done if the RDC made such a request.Directing his attention to reports about substandard road works in Anna Regina, Hopkinson assured that a review will be done of the project specifications and requirements and that the contractor would be held liable for faulty works. He echoed the call for residents to “police” projects and to report defective works. (Indrawattie Natram)
The Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Boima Kamara, has admitted that the Liberian government is unable to control the rate of the US dollar against the Liberian dollar, but can only mitigate its fluctuations.Minister Kamara explained that the reason is because Liberia depends on imported goods and therefore the strength of the US to the Liberian dollar is determined by market forces abroad.However, he said until “we strengthen the structure of the economy by ensuring movement of people in ways that do not hinder the road network that forms the basis for which export takes place, the government will intervene with measures; and we need to appreciate that depreciation has not reached 10 percent.”Minister Kamara additionally said the impact of the new fiscal corrective measures being instituted by the government has resulted in securing a significant amount of money, which is being directed to other meaningful projects.He spoke yesterday at the Ministry of Information’s special press conference and noted that the implementation of a very rigid fiscal rule on travels alone has resulted in significant savings of about US$2.9 million in the 2016/17 fiscal year.Minister Kamara said, “The number of travels within government or by officials of government has reduced by 71 trips. This is from a mammoth 226 trips during the first five months of FY2015-2016, to 155 in the first five months of this current fiscal year.”He said the ministry will continue to engage spending entities to accelerate their spending and procurement plans for the timely execution of investment projects.“We were able to achieve this feat because we took some measures that we needed to take to address the challenging economic situation that our country is currently experiencing,” he said.Paramount among these fiscal measures, he said, is the aforementioned reduction in the number of travels by top government officials. “The new rule lowers the class of travel and the number of travel days. Also the travel rule also considers classes of travels, meaning the class of the flight that an official is traveling with—be it first class, business class or economy class. People are now traveling with the intent of bringing economic return to the country. Travel must reposition Liberia in context of engagement with partners,” he said.He reechoed the execution of the FY 2016/2017 budget which is guided by the implementation of fiscal rules that aim to streamline recurrent expenditures, especially spending on travel.On other developments, Kamara said the government has allotted spending entities to spend US$24.5 million on key public investment projects across different sectors. Minister Kamara said despite the slow revenue performance, the government remains resolute in securing funding for these critical public investments.He said “US$2.9 million has been disbursed to the National Elections Commission (NEC) toward preparatory works for the upcoming 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections. US$12.45 million of the total allotment has already been disbursed in cash on various projects, including US$4 million on the Mount Coffee Hydro, among others.” According to Kamara, the total approved expenditure for Public Sector Investment is estimated at US$79.75, and is focused on key priority projects that include initial financing of the 2017 elections, incremental government support to the UNMIL Transition Plan, road maintenance and completion of ongoing roads as well as support to the agriculture sector to kick-start government’s economic diversification program.Kamara said since the approval of the National Budget in October this year, the economic conditions which underpinned the draft budget during early May have changed.“The slow economic performance owing to lowering global prices for Liberia’s key export commodities, including iron ore and rubber, has triggered downward adjustment of real growth from 2.5 percent to –0.5 percent. This implies difficulties in realizing the full approved revenue envelope, especially the full tax revenue component,” he said. However, Kamara said with promising growth trends in the agriculture sector, especially rice, cassava production and fisheries, there are prospects for a bright future, beginning 2017, when the economy is expected to grow by 4.7 percent.He said the government is still determined to address these challenges through policies and concrete actions that will bring about positive results.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) has announced that it will hold this year’s National Open Time Trial Championship on Wednesday, April 26, at UL’s Fendell Campus, at 3:00 p.m.The LAF said the daylong competition would bring together over one hundred (100) athletes, both Liberians and foreigners, from schools, communities and athletic clubs, including professionals and amateurs.The competition, according to head coach Samuel Cooper, is open to everyone, both female and male; youth (born 1996 – 2000), juniors (born 1995 – 1999) and seniors (born before 1995).Cooper said 12 events will be featured. “They are 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, 4 x 400m relay and 1 x 100m relay,” Coach Cooper stated.He said in the end 15 Liberian athletes will be selected to represent the country for the Zone II Senior Championship and the ECOWAS Junior Championship, in the male and female categories, in Conakry, Guinea from May 8 – 16.The athletes would be those with the best times in each event.Accordingly, the athletes will also join the already 20 athletes in camp for possible selection for future competitions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Bar Association has weighed in on the video making its rounds on social media of Attorney Ryan Crawford’s exchange with a Police Officer; reminding the public of its rights when stopped by Police.According to the Association, a motorist can only be stopped by a uniformed officer because of an offence committed before they were stopped. In addition, officers must identify themselves and inform the motorist of this offence.“We take this opportunity to inform the general public that a motorist can only be stopped by a uniformed Police Officer for due cause if he has formed the reasonable suspicion in his mind that an offence has been committed. That is, the Police Officer must have formed a reasonable suspicion in his mind of an offence prior to stopping the motorist.”According to the Association, the officer is under a duty to identify himself and inform the motorist of the alleged offence. This is also in keeping with the Police Force’s published guidelines, the Bar Association stated, adding that a motorist is entitled to know the name, rank and identification number of the Police Officer and must comply with all lawful directions of the officer, the aforesaid duty being already discharged.They also stressed that all members of the Association are expected to conduct themselves in a befitting and ethical manner. Relating that the video was brought to its attention, the Association shied away from commenting directly on the incident in which the lawyer used expletives while addressing the officer before driving away.“The matter is under investigation and therefore (we) refrain at this time from making any comment thereon. We trust that the said investigation will include the circumstances surrounding the recording, publication and sharing of the video.”“We also put the general public on notice that the sharing and posting of such recordings on social media or in any such domain could give rise to the issue of the publication and sensationalism of obscene material for which they could be held liable.”Reports are that the incident occurred at Mahaicony on the East Coast of Demerara after a video surfaced on social media of a man questioning the Police Officer who pulled him over. He was later identified as Attorney Ryan Crawford and was operating a silver car with registration plates PNN 8482.The Police Officer, who recorded the video, stated on tape that the vehicle was pulled over because he could not see the driver. Nevertheless, Crawford insisted that that was not an offence. Throughout the exchange, Crawford could be seen lecturing the officer on his rights as a commuter and the correct procedure when stopping a vehicle.Requests for his documents and for him to roll up his window were, however, not complied with. At the ending of the clip, Crawford drove off from the scene.The matter has attracted the attention of many Guyanese and has significantly divided opinion. While some have expressed the need for more becoming behaviour, many have expressed frustration at constant random stops from Police ranks on the roadways.
An unlicensed driver, who was driving an uninsured vehicle, found himself before Magistrate Wanda Fortune at the Linden Magistrate’s Court slapped with two charges.Wayne Fredricks is accused of driving motor lorry GXX 7945 with trailer TWW 5393 while not being the holder of a driver’s license and while third party insurance was not in effect. Reports are the incident occurred on July 12, 2019, on Burnham Drive, Wismar, Linden. In court, the Lindener denied the charges and was released on $20,000 bail. The case will continue on August 14, 2019.
Divestment of GuySuCo…Opposition calls for full disclosure of dealsThe National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) since it took over the privatisation process for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has sold approximately 1000 acres of land to the housing authorities.This was revealed by NICIL’s Special Purpose Unit (SPU) Head Colvin Heath-London, during a press conference. According to Heath-London, the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) received almost 300 acres as recent as a month ago.“We have given Central Housing and Planning in excess of 500 acres (of land),” Heath-London explained. “Up to recently, a month ago, we gave them close to 300 acres – so in excess of 1000 acres.”Meanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic has called for full disclosure of the deals with regards to the sales of land.According to Heath-London, the Rose Hall Estate (another of the estates being divested) has in excess of 4000 hectares of land. A total of 20,000 hectares of land are to be divested from all the estates.“GuySuCo, in their recapitalisation plan, had prescribed a certain acreage of non-arable land – land that was not in sugar cane production – to be sold to garner the funding for their recapitalisation. These lands are separate from those lands in production” he noted.“As you are aware, most of the land on the coast of Guyana once belonged to the Sugar Corporation and most of those lands were taken for housing projects. So these lands are to be sold and a lot of these lands that Central Housing and Planning has allocated are former GuySuCo lands. So we presently sell these lands to Central Housing, for their projects.”Heath-London further explained that land around the estates being divested would not be sold to investors but would be leased based on their production needs. At present, a consortium of investors from Guyana, Ghana and India are strong contenders for the Rose Hall estate.“The agricultural land around the three estates will remain the property of the people of Guyana. And these lands will be leased to the investors to provide for their production needs. The factories and the land surrounding the factories, in most cases 15 to 20 acres, will be sold in some arrangement with these investors to engender some longevity.“We don’t want to enter into arrangements with investors who will take the assets and then, in a few months or years, shove the assets down. So we’re looking for investors in it for the long haul,” he explained.A few days ago, Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon had revealed that Government planned to set up a committee to oversee the sale of the sugar lands. Harmon had noted that with the valuation completed, the process has started to facilitate the sale of the Sugar Corporation’s lands that are no longer needed by the “new GuySuCo”.“We’ve had to establish a State’s Land Sales Committee that will ensure there is transparency in the disposal of these assets, because, in our modern history, this will be the largest transfer of assets by the State to the Private Sector,” he revealed.According to the Government spokesperson, it is important to ensure that all the processes are transparent and open so that no one can question the process and say one buyer benefited more than another.“So that is being done right and that activity for the sale of lands that are not going to be part of the new GuySuCo will commence very shortly,” Harmon said.The sale of these lands is intended to raise money to sustain the downsized sugar industry, which only has three estates operating and is still facing financial troubles.Previously, GuySuCo had sold a portion of its lands to the CH&PA and according to President David Granger on Friday, he has instructed that the agency purchase more lands to facilitate Government’s housing drive.“Some lands will be coming out of sugar… But when those lands become available, I’ve asked Central Housing and Planning Authority [and] the Minister of Communities (Ronald Bulkan) to put in a bid for lands for low-income settlements,” the Head of State told residents on the East Bank of Demerara during a visit.An example of GUYSUCO owned lands around an estate
This is the first time the Sr. Canucks and the Flyers have met in a showdown in nearly a decade.“They have a really good team,” added van Nostrand. “Since coming back into the NPHL a few years ago [leave of absence] they have had respectable teams. This year they have added some talent and I believe that they have a really good shot at winning the Coy Cup this.”The Flyers will now focus their attention on NPHL action as they have three games left before the playoffs start in February where they will be eyeing to bring home a league championship.Next up the team is a clash with the Sr. Canucks in Dawson Creek on January 23rd. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers were eliminated from Coy Cup contention on Thursday night in Dawson Creek.In a must-win Game Two for the Flyers, it was the Senior Canucks who came out on top in overtime to sweep the best of three-game series. Dawson Creek took Sunday’s clash in convincing fashion by the score of 8-1.“It was a fantastic hockey game,” said President Paul van Nostrand. “Our team showed a total about-face after the performances versus Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek. They really played a wonderful game and had a lot of chances, Travis McLean played great. I told them after the game that they can hold their heads up high.”- Advertisement -Dawson Creek General Manager Jason Gies added that his team’s goal was to not only compete for the NPHL Championship but also for the Coy Cup from the get go.“We injected a lot of youth into the lineup this year and our goal from the start was to try for both trophies. In order to do that we had to go through a very good team in the Flyers. The showdown is a great way to see who is the best team to represent the area.”The last time the Flyers competed in such a showdown was in 2015 when they won the Coy Cup in Fort Nelson after defeating Whitehorse in two games to advance to provincials.Advertisement
City led the quarter-final, second leg 1-0 on the night at that stage after Gabriel Jesus’s second-minute opener, but the hosts felt aggrieved after Leroy Sane had a second goal wrongly disallowed just before the break.Salah ensured there was to be no stunning comeback when he coolly chipped home his 39th goal of the season 11 minutes into the second half before Roberto Firmino sealed a comprehensive aggregate triumph for the five-time winners.Guardiola admitted beforehand that his side needed the “perfect” performance and the hosts got the perfect start as they opened the scoring after just 117 seconds.Liverpool were unhappy at Mateu Lahoz in what was to be the start of a controversial night for the Spaniard when Virgil van Dijk claimed he had been pushed by Raheem Sterling in the lead-up to the goal.Sadio Mane and Robeto Firmino celebrating. Photo/COURTESYThe referee was unmoved, though, and with the Dutchman out of position, Fernandinho’s through ball found Sterling and his low cross was swept home by Jesus.Liverpool fans would have been forgiven if memories of their 5-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season came flooding back.City were helped signficantly that September afternoon by a first-half red card for Sadio Mane and the home fans were screaming for the Senegalese to be dismissed again on 14 minutes for a late challenge on Nicolas Otamendi.However, Mateu Lahoz settled for a yellow card and a booking for City goalkeeper Ederson, who rushed from his goal to push Mane persistently in retaliation.Salah had been an injury doubt after limping off in the first leg, but Liverpool were unable to spring the Egyptian free in the first 45 minutes as City peppered the visitors’ box with crosses without finding the final touch.Bernardo Silva saw a deflected effort spin just wide and then rattled the post with a deflected long-range strike.– Firmino seals it –Liverpool celebrating. Photo/COURTESYThe turning point came seconds later when Sane turned into an empty net after Loris Karius’s punch came back off his own player James Milner.Mateu Lahoz wrongly ruled the goal out for offside, sparking City and, in particular, Guardiola’s anger.Liverpool could have delivered the knockout blow even before the break had Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain managed to maintain his balance instead of firing high and wide after rounding Ederson.Guardiola ran onto the field to pull his protesting players away from the official before embarking on his own rant at Mateu Lahoz that saw him watch the second half from the stands.City understandably failed to maintain the intensity of their first-half display in a third huge game in six days after also blowing the chance to win the Premier League in a thrilling 3-2 Manchester derby defeat on Saturday.Unsurprisingly it was Salah who got the decisive away goal and in some style.Just like his opener in the first leg, Salah followed up after Ederson had denied Mane with a wonderfully-judged chipped finish past the despairing Otamendi in the 56th minute.City were condemned to a third straight defeat for the first time in Guardiola’s near two-year reign 13 minutes from time when Otamendi was caught in possession and Firmino slotted in off the far post to the delight of the Liverpool fans gathered behind Ederson’s goal.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Salah celebrates Liverpool’s first away goal and his 39th of a prolific season.© AFP Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 10 – Mohamed Salah ensured Liverpool’s return to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in a decade as a 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday took them through 5-1 on aggregate and ended Manchester City’s European dream for another season.On a night of high frustration for free-spending City, manager Pep Guardiola was sent off at half-time for taking his furious protests towards Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz too far.
The Club held a very successful Family Fun day at Páirc na nGael on Sunday last.Thanks to all those who set up tents, provided the home baking, sandwiches, teas, barbecue and much more. To all who helped with the novelty events and the races your help and participation made the day a massive success.Our Senior team were defeated in a home league game against Red Hughs on Saturday evening. The reserves will play in the championship against Naomh Ultan this weekend. Time and details available at training. The Minor team are scheduled to play Red Hughs in the Northern Division Final this coming weekend .All Details will be available at training. Beidh an comórtas Scór ar siúl gan mhoill. An bhfuil suim agat páirt a ghlacadh? The Annual Scór Competition will take place soon and we would love to hear from anyone interested in taking part. Entrants must be under 16 and categories include solo/group singing,recitation,drama,instrumental group,quiz and Irish Dancing.Following on from last year’s competition we would like to have as many entries from our club as possible. If you would like to take part or help out with year’s Scór competition please contact our Oifigeach na Gaeilge Stephen Doherty or Scór Co-ordinator Maura Bn.Uí Bhaoill. Check our website letterkennygaels.Donegal.gaa.ie for all club details.Lotto results for week-ending the 18th September No’s drawn were 6,10,17,18 Match 3 winner was Michael Logue Loch an Uir. Annagry. Lotto results for week-ending the 25th September No’s drawn were 4,15, 17 & 19. Match 3 winner was Mary Thompson Lisnennan.Ends GAA NOTES: LETTERKENNY GAELS was last modified: September 26th, 2011 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:Letterkenny Gaels
RAY HOUGHTON AT KEADUE ROVERS TODAY (pic Anne Boyle for donegaldaily.com)FORMER IRELAND AND LIVERPOOL legend Ray Houghton was the star of the show as the FAI visited the home of Keadue Rovers in Burtonport today.The ex-soccer star happily chatted to club members and posed for dozens of pix with the club’s underage stars of the future.FAI boss John Delaney was there too – but not too many kids recognised him. Houghton however was an altogether different ball game….the Glasgow-born ex-international with strong Donegal roots was enjoying his day back in his ‘home’ county.“It’s been very special,” he said, “we’re all really enjoying being here.”Houghton was also on Arranmore Island today – officially opening United’s new stand.The FAI are spending several days in Co Donegal with boss Giovanni Trapattoni and his assistant Marco Tardelli at Donegal County Council HQ in Lifford tomorrow evening. They will announce the forthcoming squad for the World Cup qualifiers in Ballybofey on Friday.RAY HOUGHTON AT KEADUE ROVERS (pic Anne Boyle for donegaldaily.com)RAY HOUGHTON AND JOHN DELANEY WITH KEADUE ROVERS UNDERAGE PLAYERS AND REPS TODAY (pic Anne Boyle for donegaldaily.com)RAY HOUGHTON AT KEADUE ROVERS (pic Anne Boyle for donegaldaily.com)RAY HOUGHTON AT KEADUE ROVERS (pic Anne Boyle for donegaldaily.com)RAY HOUGHTON AT KEADUE ROVERS (pic Anne Boyle for donegaldaily.com)FAI VISIT: LEGEND HOUGHTON IS STAR OF THE KEADUE ROVERS SHOW! was last modified: July 18th, 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:RAY HOUGHTON AT KEADUE ROVERS (pic Anne Boyle for donegaldaily.com)