Ellen to Deliver Annual Address Monday

first_img“Historians will look back at this time and judge us by how we conduct ourselves in this critical moment in time,” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said recently.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will deliver her annual message on the state of the nation next Monday, January 25. Her message is expected to highlight crucial reports which ensued in 2015 and draw a prospective picture on how she intends to steer the nation amidst the tough economic times and the restoration of Liberia’s security sector in the wake of UNIML’s final drawdown by June 2016.The President is expected to most importantly outline the devastating effects Ebola had on West Africa’s fragile economies and divulge plans for ensuring a resilient health system amidst the successful fight on the recurrence of the Ebola virus twice in the country.Inarguably, the President would proffer that prevention isn’t just the best cure, it’s also the most cost-effective cure and urged the Legislature to commit to a response that will have lasting benefits for the citizenry to invest in stronger health systems that will help prevent future Ebola outbreaks from escalating into international epidemics. The President’s annual message is part of her statutory obligation to deliver an address on state of the Republic on the 4th working Monday of each year, as enshrined in the 1986 revised constitution of Liberia. This year annual message of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf shall mark her 10th oration to the Legislature since she assumed the nation’s highest office in 2006. This national convocation brings together the three branches of government and is presided over by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Article 58 of the Liberian constitution states: “The President shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the administration’s legislative program for the ensuing session, and shall once a year report to the Legislature on the state of the Republic. In presenting the economic condition of the Republic the report shall cover expenditure as well as income”.Lawmakers of the 53rd Legislature along with special invitees will converge in the William R. Tolbert Jr. Joint Assembly Hall to grace the occasion. According to the House Chief Clerk, Mildred Sayon, Monday’s ceremony begins 2pm with the arrival of invited guests and the delivery of the President’s message at 4:00 o’clock PM.The President will also present her Legislative agenda and request coordination for the passage of certain bills that will enhance our economic and political growth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man granted bail on larceny charges

first_imgAkeem Cort of Campbellville, Georgetown was arraigned on Friday last before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts in relation to two charges of larceny.Akeem CortThe first charge alleged that on June 19, 2019 at Campbellville, Georgetown, he stole from Jamal Cummings one bicycle valued at $15,000.The second charge alleged that on the same day, at Kitty, Georgetown, he stole from Joan Bailey a purse valued $2,600.The 24-year-old defendant pleaded not guilty to both charges, but facts presented by Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh detailed that, on the day in question, the 64-year-old Bailey was walking along the roadway when she was approached by Cort, who was riding a bicycle which he had allegedly stolen from Cummings. He snatched the woman’s purse and attempted to escape; but an alarm was raised, and persons in the area apprehended and handed him over to the Police, and he was later charged with the offences.The prosecutor did not object to Cort being placed on bail, and thus he was placed on bail in the sum of $65,000 and under the condition that he reports every Monday to the Kitty Police Station until the hearing and determination of the cases.He was also instructed to make his next court appearance on July 26.last_img read more

AFC bows to pressure from citizens, PPP

first_imgParking meter fiasco… calls for project’s suspension, slams M&CC for overreaching authorityDespite refusing to support the parliamentary Opposition when it brought a motion to debate the contentious Parking Meter Project in the National Assembly, the Alliance For Change (AFC) arm of the coalition Government has now bowed to pressure and has come out criticising the initiative.A Parking Meter in GeorgetownIn a statement to the media on Tuesday, the AFC expressed concerns over the Georgetown Municipality overreaching its authority on a number of matters, including taxation arrangements, traffic arrangements and road ownership.The political party argued that the current arrangements of the parking meter project do not appear to be in the best interest of the public and therefore called on the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to suspend its implementation.The AFC said the suspension period should be used by the authorities to reconsider the pertinent aspects of the Finance Ministry’s review of the project and seek a second independent review of its contract with Smart City Solutions Inc (SCSI).“The AFC is of the view that the current arrangements do not appear to be in the best interest of the people of the city. The party therefore registers its serious concern with regard to the handling of this project from its inception to its current stage, but specifically in terms of the lack of sufficient prior public consultation; the absence of transparency and of a competitive bidding process; the seeming lack of proper planning with regard to exemptions and the pricing and penalty structures,” the party expressed in its statement.Further, the AFC said it views “with alarm” this development, as there appears to be an apparent “exclusivity and monopolisation of paid metered parking in the city”.In spite of these assertions, the AFC contended that it is “neither supportive nor against” the implementation of paid parking in Georgetown.The party also said it recognises the autonomy of the M&CC as the duly elected representatives of the Georgetown Municipality to regularise parking and to raise revenue.MotionIn an invited comment, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament (MP) Irfaan Ali told Guyana Times that he called out the AFC over its hypocrisy as it did not support the parking meter motion which was tabled in the National Assembly.The motion had called for a debate on the transparency of the project, method of procurement involved, terms and conditions of the contract, and the overall lack of consultancy with stakeholders.Ali, who had tabled the motion, contended that the AFC cannot claim to be an innocent party, nor can it divorce itself from the collective decision by its Government when the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) aligned Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan signed the By-laws for the project to be implemented.“The Government, of which the AFC is a part, has the ability and power to suspend the project as the very Government has the majority of Councillors on the City Council,” the politician argued.Ali also rapped the AFC for making this issue a political football, highlighting that the execution of this project has had devastating impacts on the business community and the pockets of the people.He also noted that notwithstanding the many appeals from the public and the parliamentary Opposition for an urgent intervention, the Government, of which the AFC is a part, never budged in allowing a constructive re-evaluation of the “glaringly biased and detrimental” project.To this end, Ali contended that the AFC must answer why it refused to support his motion, which was presented to the National Assembly if it truly is concerned.ProtestsMarked as a unique moment in Guyana’s history, a mass protest by disgruntled taxpayers was conducted on Friday last against the parking meter project. A second protest against the initiative is slated for Thursday and it is expected to attract a much larger crowd.Many have already complained of the injustices meted out against them from employees of the parking meter company.For instance, some have complained of parking meter officials clamping their vehicles before their time has expired and that 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) is still being charged, even as the new tax regime reduced it by two per cent.One of the glaring aspects of the contract is that if it is cancelled, City Hall will be forced to pay SCSI for 49 years.Additionally, the By-laws include draconian measures such as in an area of both metered parking and unmetered parking, a driver is banned from parking in the unmetered zone and a violation can result in a short prison sentence.It also stipulates that the city wardens will not be liable to any damages to vehicles during the course of clamping or towing.Moreover, it was discovered that consumers are losing huge monies with the structure of the parking meter cards.The prices for the cards vary from $570 to $11,400. The rate for parking is $50 for 15 minutes plus VAT – taking the total to GYD$58 for 15 minutes or $232 per hour.If any of the cards are used up to its limit, there is a non-transferable balance on the cards.For example, a $580 card gives a consumer a maximum parking time of two hours. The balance on the card after paying for two hours is $36. This balance is therefore wasted as it cannot purchase the minimum parking time, nor can it be transferred. The same applies to all values of cards.Several professionals have contended that the current implementation of the project is unlawful since the By-laws governing its operations are still under the review of the Attorney General and are yet to be approved by Cabinet and gazetted.A team of lawyers have already signalled their intention to challenge the project in the courts on the basis of it being unlawful.last_img read more

Police record 14% increase in rape

first_img…decrease in murder, increase in other crimesThe Guyana Police Force on Wednesday revealed that at the end of March 2017, there was a reduction in serious crimes by three per cent with a whopping 43 per cent decline in murders.However, there were increases in other crimes such as robbery under arms, robbery with violence, larceny from a person, robbery with aggravation, and burglary.In addition, there was a 14 per cent increase in rape and an 18 per cent decrease in break and enter and larceny. In each of the categories, the Police were able to apprehend and charge the perpetrators with a solve rate of 28-87 per cent.Up to March 31, there were 23 murders recorded, with 10 of them committed in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank); six in F Division (Interior locations); four in B Division (Berbice) and three in D Division (West Demerara). This is in comparison with 40 murders for the same period in 2016.The Police further stated that 37 unlicensed firearms (18 pistols, four revolvers, seven shotguns and eight rifles) were seized when compared with 16 last year. These include.The statistics released on Tuesday revealed that the reduction of serious crimes although not significant – coupled with the large number of illegal weapons seized and the number of persons arrested and charged with indictable offences – were positive indicators that the Police Force is gaining the public’s trust and support in the fight against crime.Traffic offencesWith respect to traffic, the Police recorded a 21 per cent decrease in fatal accidents. Twenty-six fatalities were recorded up to the end of March, compared to 29 for the same period last year. Of the 26 road fatalities, seven were drivers, six pedestrians, five pedal cyclists, four motorcyclists and four occupants of motorcars. Speeding continues to be the major contributor to road deaths as it was the cause of 14 accidents, followed by driving under the influence of alcohol with four. The Police had instituted charges against 17,846 traffic offenders up to the end of March. Speeding offences topped the list with 4469.last_img read more

Fatal fire in Dawson Creek

first_imgAn 83 year-old Dawson Creek woman has died after a fire Friday afternoon.A fire at the Selwyn Place apartments on 10th street, started at around 5 p.m. Friday evening.   Dawson Creek Fire Chief Gordon Smith says the fire started in the kitchen.   Fire fighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to any of the other units in the building.The 83 year-old woman suffered third degree burns and was rushed to the Dawson Creek Hospital where she later passed away from those injuries.- Advertisement -The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.last_img read more

GAA NEWS – SEAN MacCUMHAILL MEMBERS WARNED TO PAY MEMBERSHIP OR LOSING VOTING RIGHTS

first_imgREGISTRATION.Membership fees are now due. If you have not paid your membership by 31st March it will affect your voting rights at the AGM and will affect your ticket allocation. You can download the forms from our website, just click on Downloads and print off the applicable form or you can get them from Club Registrar Stephen Lynch on 0874147764 or any Committee member or Team Coach. Notice for Team Coaches: There are plenty of forms available in the lock up. ST PATRICKS DAY PARADE.Thanks to all the children that took part in the parade on Sunday. They are a credit to the club. Thanks to all the coaches and parents who helped out. Special thanks to Darren Collins for all the organizing and for all the flags.SENIOR FOOTBALL. The Seniors traveled to the Cross on Sunday to take part in the George Callaghan Memorial Cup. After a very entertaining match mac Cumhaills emerged victorious on a scoreline of 3-08 to 1-07. Thanks to Red Hughes for the invitation and their hospitality.FIXTURESUnder 14 A’s. Bye.Under 14’B. Home to St Eunans C. 11.30am Sunday 23rd.Seniors/Reserves. The opening matches of the league take place this weekend. We play St Nauls on Sunday in Mac Cumhaill Park. Lets get out and support the lads. Throw in is 1.30pm and 3.00pmMinors. Home to Glenfin Monday at 5.30pm.RESULTS. Under 14 A’s: Had another comprehensive win on Friday. They played Red Hughes in Mac Cumhaill Park. They are top of the table after two games.Under 14 B’s: The B’s had no game this week.UNDERAGE TRAININGThere is no underage training this Wednesday night. There is an Under 21 County game on in Mac Cumhaill Park. LOTTO RESULTS.There were no winners of this weeks Lotto. Numbers drawn were 4,7,21 and 28.There were 5 match 3 winners.Gary Gallen, Jessica Morrison, Dom Gallagher, Seamus mc Ginty and Marie Gillespie receive €30 each.Shane Mc Nulty’s team selling this week.Next weeks Jackpot is €9,200.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in Jackson’s Hotel for the next few weeks. Starts at 8.30pm all very welcome.CLUBHOUSE BARThe Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties. For all your special occasions, christenings, birthdays, functions. Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more informationIRISH DANCING CLASSESIrish dance classes every Wed in Gaa centre 6 to 7 pm and 7 to 8 pm also Saturdays 4 to 5 pm and 5 to 6 pm qualified tutor reg with coimision le rinci gaelacha.Adult keep fit non competitive Irish Dance Lessons will begin shortly. For further information contact Lorraine on 087 12613493G ASTRO TURF PITCHState of the art 3G Astro pitch is available. Please contact Terry O Reilly(0866095347) for times etcSIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Martin.GAA NEWS – SEAN MacCUMHAILL MEMBERS WARNED TO PAY MEMBERSHIP OR LOSING VOTING RIGHTS was last modified: March 18th, 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:Sean MacCumhaill noteslast_img read more

NEW FIGURES SHOW JOBLESS NUMBERS DOWN BY ALMOST 3% IN DONEGAL

first_imgDonegal’s jobless figures are down by almost 3% in some areas.Dole queues are dow in Donegal.Senator Jimmy Harte has welcomed the reduction in live register figures with only Dungloe bucking the trend with an increase of 4.The figures were released by the CSO this week and show that there is almost a 3% decrease locally in Donegal. “While the overall figure is still too high, it is clear the number of people signing on locally is in gradual decline and this is a move in the right direction.“This is good news for people locally here in Donegal,” said Senator Harte.However with so many people leaving the county, most of the decline is probably down to emigration.Donegal County 20,668    20,064Ballybofey2,609    2,717Ballyshannon1,512   1,460 Buncrana4,420   4,075Donegal1,297   1,259 Dunfanaghy1,571   1,474Dungloe2,119   2,023Killybegs1,154    1,140Letterkenny5,986  5,916NEW FIGURES SHOW JOBLESS NUMBERS DOWN BY ALMOST 3% IN DONEGAL was last modified: October 5th, 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:live registerlast_img read more

SLIGO GAA REFEREE SWITCHES TO DONEGAL IN ROW OVER APPEALS

first_imgONE of Sligo’s most respected GAA referees has switched to Donegal after claiming the Sligo County Board treated him “like dirt.”St Molaise Gaels’ whistler Eugene MacHale, a former Mayo star, is furious after the Hearings Committee’s decision to reduce bans recommended by the Sligo Competitions Control Committee (CCC) and the board’s failure to appoint him to referee championship matches.MacHale is angry that the Hearings Committee rescinded the red card awarded to St Mary’s player Mark Breheny, one of the top forwards in the county. The former county star gave the interview to today’s Irish Independent here:http://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-football/ref-switches-county-after-bans-reduced-3026926.html   SLIGO GAA REFEREE SWITCHES TO DONEGAL IN ROW OVER APPEALS was last modified: February 22nd, 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:SLIGO GAA REFEREE SWITCHES TO DONEGAL IN ROW OVER APPEALSlast_img read more

Robot plane sensors OK’d

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Northrop Grumman Corp. has completed acceptance testing of the first production version of new integrated sensors for the Global Hawk robot reconnaissance plane, the program manager said. The sensor package includes electro-optical and infrared cameras and synthetic aperture radar, produced by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. “The installation of this new sensor package on Global Hawk is a significant milestone for the program,” said George Guerra, Northrop Grumman’s Air Force Global Hawk program manager. “The imagery provided by this sensor, even under the worst imaginable environmental conditions on the ground, will go a long way in meeting the needs of the war fighter.” The new sensor package features improvements derived from technology developed for and used on Lockheed Martin’s U-2 spy planes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Northrop Grumman expects to accept several more production sensor suites from Raytheon later this year. Two RQ-4A Global Hawks with the new production sensor suites are expected to enter active duty this fall. Pre-production Global Hawks have already flown more than 4,500 hours in combat over Afghanistan and Iraq, even though they were still in development. A Global Hawk plane flies under computer guidance at an altitude of at least 60,000 feet, above bad weather and prevailing winds, for more than 35 hours. During a mission, it can transmit images taken over an area about the size of Illinois. Northrop Grumman assembles the planes in Palmdale. last_img read more

Football Improves to 2-0 in PFL Action with Dominant Home Win over Valparaiso

first_imgAfter a scoreless first quarter, Drake’s offense opened the scoring early in the second quarter with a demoralizing 15-play, 64-yard drive. The Bulldogs gashed the Crusaders for chunk plays, including an 11-yard gain by Lauer on a third-down screen pass, and a 14-yard run by Lauer to get into Valpo territory. Full Schedule Roster Two plays later, Meis hauled in a screen pass and weaved through defenders for an 11-yard touchdown to give Drake its second touchdown in three-and-a-half minutes. PDF Box Score Next Game: On its fifth drive, Valparaiso moved the chains for the first time with a 13-yard run. Following a roughing the passer call, the Crusaders knocked home a 46-yard field goal to cut Drake’s lead to 14-3. The Bulldogs found pay dirt again in the second quarter after starting a drive near midfield. Corwin found fullback Jackson Ostroski (Bixby, Okla.) on a flag route for 23 yards, and Cross Robinson (Naperville, Iowa) took a sweep 15 yards. In the blink of an eye, the Bulldogs were on Valpo’s 23-yard line. Devin Cates (Yuba City, Calif) set the Bulldogs up in the red zone with a 20-yard catch on a post route before Lauer took a handoff out of shotgun and bulldozed his way into the end zone from one yard out. The score gave Drake a 7-0 lead with 13:34 left in the second quarter, and it was all Bulldogs from there.  Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team improved to 2-0 in the Pioneer Football League and 2-3 overall with a 35-6 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday at Drake Stadium in front of 3,060 fans. Preview The Bulldogs will look to add to that advantage in their next game at Butler on Oct. 12. Kickoff in Indianapolis is scheduled for 12 p.m. CDT. Quarterback Ian Corwin (Tulsa, Okla.), who last week was named the FCS Stats National Freshman of the Week, continued his strong form by completing 13-of-20 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Running backs, Drew Lauer (St. Peters, Mo.) and Caden Meis (Parker, Colo.) spearheaded Drake’s rushing attack, combining for 167 yards on 29 carries with three touchdowns. Valparaiso failed to mount much offensively throughout the game, and especially struggled early. The Crusaders’ first four drives ended with three three-and-outs and an interception by Warner. As a result, Drake’s offense benefitted with great field position throughout the contest. Drake was its own worst enemy on Valpo’s ensuing two-minute drill. The Bulldogs jumped offside, and the Valparaiso quarterback, realizing he had a free play, took a deep shot. The pass fell incomplete but Drake was flagged for defensive holding. The defense stiffened to force a punt, but the Crusaders’ punter took the snap and scampered around the right side for 10 yards and a first down. The Bulldogs’ defense turned in an outstanding performance, limiting the Crusaders to 66 yards passing and 65 yards rushing. Collin Seymour (Peosta, Iowa) and Will Warner (Pella, Iowa) each intercepted a pass, and Drake’s defensive line got home for three sacks. Of Valpo’s 13 drives, seven ended in three-and-outs and two culminated in turnovers. at Butler 10/12/2019 – 12 p.m. Following Seymour’s interception, Drake dialed up two deep shots, the second of which resulted in a 24-yard reception by Doran. Corwin sold a play-action to Lauer before hooking up with Cates for 14 yards, and the two connected again moments later. Cates ran a slant out of the left slot and made an impressive catch in traffic between three Valpo defenders for a 4-yard touchdown. The play made it 35-6 with 8:10 left in the third quarter, and the game ended with the scoreboard reading the same score. A few plays later, the Bulldogs were penalized for pass interference, setting up the Crusaders for a 41-yard field goal as the clock hit zeroes. The Bulldogs scored all 35 of their points in a span of 20 minutes and 24 seconds between the second and third quarters. With Saturday’s result, Drake has outscored its opponents 76-23 through two PFL games. Drake (2-3, 2-0 PFL) has won 16 games in a row against Valpo (0-5, 0-1 PFL). HTML Box Score The Bulldogs needed only two plays and 35 seconds to add to their lead in the second half. Corwin found Isaiah Skinner (Glendale Heights, Ill.) for 22 yards, and Meis exploded for a 53-yard touchdown on the next play to extend Drake’s advantage to 28-6. The Bulldogs cruised down the field to answer minutes later. Lauer gained the edge, hurdled a defender, and was tackled 15 yards later at the Valparaiso 27-yard line. On 3rd and 12, Corwin delivered a strike to Steven Doran (Germantown, Wis.) for 14 yards and a fresh set of downs. Lauer sprung loose for a 15-yard touchdown on the next play to give the Bulldogs a 21-3 advantage with 2:05 left in the half. Story Links Watch Live Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines YOUTUBE TVlast_img read more