Trio from the Dominican Republic fined and deported for overstaying in Guyana

first_imgThree persons from The Dominican Republic were on Wednesday brought before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer separately to the charge of overstaying their time in Guyana.It is alleged that on July 6, Fiordaliza Tajeda, Keila Perez and Wilaury Calderon in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), failed to comply with their permit; that is to say that the Dominican nationals had overstayed their permitted time in Guyana.The prosecution’s facts stated that on the day in question, Police ranks acting upon information visited the Bartica boat stelling where they met the three accused and they were questioned about their passports. It was then that the trio revealed that they had all overstayed their time. They were then escorted to Police headquarters, Eve Leary, in Georgetown.Their defence Attorney Paul Fung-a-fat told the court that the women enjoyed the wild life and the food while having their toes in the sand in Guyana.The trio plead guilty to the charge and were fined $50,000 each or two weeks imprisonment by default of payment. The trio will be deported immediately after paying their fine or serving their jail time.last_img read more

‘No Money Paid for Awarding Contracts’

first_imgPublic Works Minister Gyude Moore has lashed out at people who he said are trying to tarnish his hard-earned reputation by insinuating that road construction contracts are awarded to firms for a kickback.“There is no way anybody at the Ministry of Public Works under my leadership would award a contract to a firm that does not qualify for it simply because somebody has been given money to be able to do it,” he said.In an interview in Monrovia yesterday, Minister Moore described himself as a professional. “I think it is important for people to understand that my training is not in engineering. I am a good manager and that is why the President sent me to the Ministry of Public Works.”Trained in foreign policy and international security, Moore said he is not one of those people who want to spend their entire lives working for the government. “What I want to be able to do is I believe what the President was trying to do for this country, and that is why I left graduate school and came back home to work for her, for our country in the government that she has established. So when this is done, I am walking away from the government,” he said.Moore said that as Minister of Public Works, he does not by himself evaluate the bid to award a contract. Rather, the Minister is the head of the procurement committee. “But when bids are open, all of the prices are announced and every contractor who bidded on the contract hears the prices. Then the Ministry appoints an ad hoc committee or bid evaluation committee which does the evaluation and makes a report to the procurement committee,” he explained. The procurement committee, according to Moore, does not do the evaluation, but listens to what the evaluation does, and then they vote up or down.In this fiscal year, Moore disclosed, his Ministry has US$23 million for ongoing works, US$4 million of that amount for repairs and maintenance while US$3 million is put under the Small Business Act (SBA) so that only Liberian companies can compete for it. For instance, he said the US$1.5 million side walk construction project from Vamoma House to S. D. Cooper Road was won by the Liberian company MDNC. “When I first came to public works, one of the things that I noticed, and it happened in the middle of the Ebola crisis, was that almost all expatriate firms left the country and the only people who remained and were working were Liberian companies,” he noted.Based on this, Moore disclosed that he had a meeting with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and raised the suggestion that certain percentage of civil works expected on the Fish Town-Harper road project should be subcontracted to Liberian companies.“This will allow them to be able to copy and transfer knowledge so that in the future these companies would be able to bid for some of the big contracts,” Moore said.The AfDB told him that it was a good idea, but that such a change occurs during the project appraisal and that the Fish Town-Harper road project had already been appraised, he saidHowever, he said AfDB noted that whoever wins the contract during negotiations, the Ministry can negotiate with them so that part of it would be given to a Liberian company.Moore said a similar discussion was brought up when the Arabs came for the Gbarnga-Mendikorma road.“So when people say that we don’t care about Liberian companies, I have no idea what they are talking about because I want to see evidence of any Public Works Minister before me that approached international lending institutions to talk about the possibility of subcontracting, putting it in the appraisal documents for subcontracting civil works to Liberian companies. “We are doing everything within our power to be able to empower Liberian companies, but by the same token, we have to get value for money. If a Liberian company is deserving and meets the criteria, that company will be awarded the contract,” he said. This practice of trying to destroy a person, to damage his reputation, is giving reason for a lot of young people to think that maybe as soon as one goes into government, “you have to be corrupt, which is not the case,” he contended. “But because people cannot win a contract legitimately, they do everything within their power to destroy other people,” the Minister observed.Moore, however, said he was not troubled by what he described as “wild allegations of bribe taking” because “some of those people making those claims are not credible characters, and everybody knows some of them offer opinions for money.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Telecom Authorities to Prioritize Customer Service

first_img– As President Sirleaf calls on WATRA to take the interest of consumers into accountPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has challenged delegates who attended the West Africa Telecommunications Regulatory Assembly (WATRA) conference in Monrovia last week to seek and promote the interests of consumers.The President made the appeal recently at the official opening of a two-day WATRA conference in Monrovia, which brought together delegates from ECOWAS Member States under the auspices of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA).The President called on ECOWAS Member States not to only focus on urban areas, but also the rural parts of the sub-region to protect the interests of students, small businesses, farmers, and ordinary people.According to President Sirleaf, ECOWAS is transforming from a Community of States to a Community of Peoples, and emphasized that ECOWAS is taking practical steps to meet the collective socio-economic needs of its people.She challenged the delegates to facilitate inclusive growth and progress among its people, which she believes is one of the key strategies of the implementation process.The President named telecommunications, transportation, energy, agriculture, security, commerce, and trade as programs in progress to meet the general objectives of WATRA. She then expressed her satisfaction “with the level of developments that have taken place over the last few years in the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sector of ECOWAS.She commended the West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly, especially the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), for the conference and called for healthy deliberations.Meanwhile, the chairperson of LTA, Angelique Weeks, said access to the internet has grown from 1.3 to 30.8 percent, while the percentage of citizens with telephones has also increased from 24 to 84.6 percent over the years.Since the adoption of the regulatory guidelines on access to submarine cables and landing stations in West Africa, many positive things have happened in the country, the region, and Member States, Madam Weeks added.“These are examples of some of the good things that we as national regulatory authorities (NRAs) can accomplish when we collaborate to harmonize policies and regulatory frameworks in the supreme interest of our respective countries. I am sure that many such examples can be found in each of your respective countries,” she noted.Weeks revealed that the average monthly price of wholesale international E1 capacity link from Monrovia to Europe was reduced from US$8,000 to US$750, while the monthly retail price of 1 megabyte (Mb) to access internet services has fallen from US$1,200 to $450.E1 is the European format for DS1 digital transmission.“It is in this regard that I urge each delegate to be tolerant and courteous as we engage in deliberations over the next two days to discuss ways and means to improve the manner in which we steer the affairs of WATRA and interact as national regulatory authorities,” she added.Also speaking, the outgoing chairman of WATRA, Gaoo Gomes, said based on past experiences, it is difficult to protect the interests of consumers in the sector, adding that WATRA’s main objective is to fight for the improvement of the sector with a view to protecting the interests of consumers.He noted that WATRA was established in 2004 to address the telecommunications network problems in the West Africa sub-region.Gomes commended President Sirleaf for her continued support to the sector by creating the enabling environment to improve the sector in Liberia and other parts of the region.The opening ceremony was attended by senior government officials including Dr. Frederick Norkeh, Minister of Post and Telecommunications; Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, chair of the Senate Committee on Telecommunications; Grand Kru County Representative Nimene Bartekwa, chair of the House’s Standing Committee on Telecommunications; and a representative from Liberia’s GSM operators.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stoke defender signs new loan deal with League One side

first_img1 Stoke City defender Dionatan Teixeira has extended his loan spell at Fleetwood until the New Year.The 23-year-old, who has made just one Stoke appearance since arriving from Dukla Bystrica in June 2014, joined Fleetwood at the start of this month.He has racked up six appearances for the League One club already and now they want to keep him for longer.So Premier League Stoke have agreed to let the Brazil-born Slovakia Under-21 international stay with Fleetwood for a total of three months, which will end on January 2. Dionatan Teixeira last_img

FIFA opens formal proceedings against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini as duo face lengthy bans from football

first_img Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini 1 Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini will have formal hearings later this month into allegations that they breached FIFA’s ethics code, it has been announced.Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German judge who heads the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, has opened proceedings against the pair after studying reports from investigators.Outgoing FIFA president Blatter and UEFA president Platini are facing lengthy bans if found guilty of several breaches of FIFA’s ethics code over a £1.3million payment made by FIFA to Platini in 2011. A decision is expected before Christmas.A statement from FIFA’s ethics committee said: “The adjudicatory chamber has studied the reports carefully and decided to institute formal proceedings against the two officials. For reasons linked to privacy rights and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the adjudicatory chamber will not publish details of the sanctions requested by the investigatory chamber in its final reports.“In the course of the proceedings, both parties will be invited to submit positions including any evidence with regard to the final reports of the investigatory chamber and they may request a hearing.“The adjudicatory chamber intends to come to a decision in both cases during the month of December.”It is understood investigators have called for bans of at least six years for Blatter and Platini – who are both provisionally suspended – based on four potential ethics code breaches: mismanagement, conflict of interest, false accounting and non co-operation with or criticising the ethics committee.Korea’s former FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-Joon was banned for six years last month and the allegations are at least as serious as those he was sanctioned for.Meanwhile, Blatter has revealed he was “close to death” after collapsing earlier this month. Read the full story here.last_img read more

Sam Allardyce discusses England exit: I could not watch them play at Wembley

first_img Sam Allardyce: The Crystal Palace boss lasted just 67 days in the England hotseat Sam Allardyce has revealed how he could not bear to watch England after losing his job as the national manager.The Crystal Palace boss lasted just 67 days and one match in the job before leaving the role by mutual consent following a covert national newspaper sting.Allardyce, who said he acted like a “f****** idiot”, left the job two weeks before he would have led England out for his first match at Wembley, against Malta in October last year. It was a game he could not even bring himself to watch in the end.He said in an interview with the Daily Mail: “I couldn’t watch. I tried to. I maybe lasted 15, 20 minutes. But I couldn’t continue. I had to turn it off and watch something else.READ MORE: Survival success helps Sam Allardyce put England nightmare in the past“It was Wembley and I hadn’t even had the opportunity to get a game under my belt there. That would have been a big moment for me. It was a gut-wrencher, that.”The former Sunderland, Bolton, West Ham and Newcastle boss was beaming with pride after landing the job with the Football Association and believed the time was right for him to take on the task.He added: “I wasn’t just proud to be the England manager. I was ready. I felt comfortable being there.“Our vision of changing St George’s Park because we were going to work from there. All my staff were going to work from there to make things better.“And we made a good start, winning that first game in Slovakia. And then all of a sudden it was over. Apart from the last two they were very good days.”Allardyce regrets mocking former England manager Roy Hodgson in the meetings with undercover reporters caught on camera but has yet to have the opportunity to apologise to his predecessor. He said: “That was embarrassing for me. No doubt about that.“I haven’t spoken to Roy. I made a decision not to call him because I thought it would be better to wait until I saw him, face to face. But I haven’t seen him yet. That will be the time to address it though. I’ll definitely do that.”He took advice from Sir Alex Ferguson before jumping back into the game with the Eagles three months after losing the England job.“Fergie invited me to a game,” Allardyce continued.“He told me to get up and get back out there. He’s a man of great wisdom. The more people like that support you, the quicker you recover.“The only thing I could do to help myself was jump back into the game. I needed to do it for my own rehabilitation.“It was the only way I could try to put what had happened with England behind me. Otherwise I’d have been pondering too much. It would still be playing on my mind, simmering, seething.” 1last_img read more

DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

first_imgJOSEPH DOHERTYThe death has occurred of Joseph Doherty, 318 Curragh, Killygordon. Suddenly, at his home. Sadly missed by his sons Joseph, Michael, Kieran and Laurence, daughters Maureen and Frances, brother Vincent, sister Celine, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, relatives and friends. Remains will be reposing at his home from 2pm on Saturday. Funeral mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Crossroads, on Monday at 11 am, followed by interment in the adjoining cemeteryJAMES O’DONNELL The death has occurred of James O’Donnell, Kilcar. Removal from his home tomorrow morning, Saturday, at 10.30am to St. Cartha’s Church Kilcar, for funeral mass at 11am, followed by burial in the local cemetery. ROSE HEGARTYThe death has taken place at St Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar, of Rose Hegarty, Malinmore, Glencolmcille.  Reposing at the home of her daughter Rosemary Foy at The Old School, Malinmore, Glencolmcille.  Funeral on Saturday morning with 11am Requiem Mass in St Columba’s Church, Glencolmcille, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.  Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to St Joseph’s Hospital Patients’ Comfort Fund, Alzheimer’s Society or Carrick Day Centre c/o any family member. House strictly private please on the morning of the funeral. EUGENE FOXThe death has taken place of Eugene Fox, Church Road, Carrigart.  Funeral on Saturday morning with 11am Requiem Mass in the Church of St John the Baptist, Carrigart, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. The house is strictly private please at the request of the deceased. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012 was last modified: May 25th, 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:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAYMAY 25last_img read more

Fischer Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week

first_imgHis performance bested the previous Drake school record in this event, which was set in 2000 by Matt Gabrielson with a time of 8:06.44. Fischer’s time also ranks as the second fastest time in Missouri Valley Conference this season and one of the top 30 times in the nation. ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week presented by Eagle Bank and Trust Company, the conference announced Tuesday, Feb. 7. Academically, Fischer holds a 3.81 grade point average and is a double major in English and public relations. The Scholar-Athlete of the Week honor is the fifth of the year for Fischer and marks the 13th of the year for a Drake student-athlete. Fischer, a member of the Drake track and field team, shattered the school record in the indoor 3,000 meters by nearly two full seconds with a time of 8:04.98 at the Meyo Invitational Saturday in South Bend, Ind.  His time was good enough for a fourth-place finish in a deep field that featured some of the nation’s top distance runners.center_img 2016-17 Drake MVC Scholar-Athletes of the WeekFeb. 7 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Track & FieldJan. 31 – Becca Jonas, Women’s BasketballJan. 23 – Caitlin Ingle, Women’s BasketballJan. 3 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballDec. 27 – Redd Timmer, Men’s BasketballDec. 27 – Becca Jonas , Women’s BasketballNov. 22 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountryNov. 1 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountryOct. 25 – James Wypych, Men’s SoccerOct. 4 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountrySept. 27 – Mueng Sunday, Men’s SoccerSept. 6 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountryAug. 30 – James Wypych, Men’s Soccer Print Friendly Version To qualify for the honor, student-athlete must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.last_img read more

WATCH: Tourism Ireland film showcases glorious Glenveagh Castle

first_imgTourism Ireland has created a new online film showcasing grand estates and glorious gardens of Ireland which features Glenveagh Castle in Co. DonegalViewers are taken on a tour of Ireland’s more ‘glamorous’ side as tourists are invited to come and follow in the footsteps of lords and ladies at some stunning structures.Titled “Great Houses, Castles and Gardens of Ireland”, the video gives viewers a glimpse into some of the most beautiful properties and estates around the island of Ireland. From horticultural beauty to architectural grace, amazing interiors and even the opportunity to stay in some of these marvellous houses and castles, this video was created to encourage potential visitors to come and explore discover these fantastic places for themselves.The film is being promoted through Tourism Ireland’s social platforms, including Facebook (almost 4 million fans worldwide), Twitter (403,000 followers) and YouTube.  WATCH: Tourism Ireland film showcases glorious Glenveagh Castle was last modified: July 7th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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 tourismGlenveagh CastleTourism IrelandTravellast_img read more

Size Doesn’t Matter

first_imgBy Kim CalominoNot to state the obvious, but the housing market is just that – a market. Homes come in countless varieties designed to meet the needs and wants of the countless types of buyers. If builders hope to sell houses, they must meet buyers’ demands.Which buyer a builder is targeting, however, doesn’t (or shouldn’t) define how a home is constructed. And at its most basic, it is how a home is constructed that determines if it is green — that’s how, not how big.A Continuum, Not an AbsoluteWhen the term “green” is used to describe a building, it shouldn’t be construed as an absolute. While some of us who have been working in the green building arena for a long time fret over the loose use of “green” — commonly termed greenwashing — I think we might also want to keep an eye on ourselves as well, lest our “green high horse” attitude leads us to shun all but the most pure.It is generally agreed that green building should address energy efficiency, resource conservation, durability, health, and comfort. Trying to address any or all of these attributes is typically an exercise in relativity: more energy efficient, durable and comfortable than what? Which resources and how much to conserve? What’s “healthy”?The practice of green building progresses along a continuum, so it makes sense for the builder to identify a baseline and move beyond that in a process of continuous improvement.Your Baseline Is Wherever You’re Starting FromWhat baseline? Code is one obvious, if not lofty, initial benchmark. Often the most challenging baseline to move beyond is the builder’s mind-set. But in practical terms, each builder has a natural baseline, regardless of product type: the builder’s current practice. For some builders, that baseline may already be well above code. In fact, some local regulators, wisely or unwisely, have already set about to define a local version of the green baseline.Because of the increasing visibility of various voluntary green rating systems, the market may actually be homing in on an agreed green baseline. The market (and hence the baseline) is also beginning to reflect a growing conviction by many Americans that we really do need to do something about our impact on the environment. Politicians, most notably President Obama, have finally provided some leadership, which will also tinker with baseline. But the continuum will remain.Okay, So What About Size?To argue that a large home cannot be green is to say that the baseline/continuum argument applies to some but not others. Most would agree that nearly anything that gets built could have been built greener, at least in some aspect. And certainly this applies to large homes as well.Of course there’s the resource argument: simply put, bigger buildings typically use more resources. But that tendency can and should be mitigated, even in large homes. If big was really the issue, there wouldn’t be green rating systems for schools, hospitals, or large office buildings. We’d only allow home-schools — small ones, of course — and small local retail shops. We’d limit office size and frown on large regional hospitals in favor of small local clinics. That would be silly.When I hear the question, “Can large homes be green?,” I think the questioner is really asking, “Is it right for some people use more resources — live in big homes — when they could live in smaller homes like the rest of us?” That question is not really about green building; it’s more about moral or social equity, and I don’t think the green building movement should dilute its focus by debating the issue. We need to get ALL buildings as far down the continuum as possible, as quickly as possible, rather than dither over the tiny minority of homes that are large.Unless the market for large homes just up and disappears, they’re going to get built and bought. There might be fewer of them, and they might be smaller, especially in these economic times. And heck, who knows, there might even be a permanent shift occurring right before our eyes. But let’s focus on getting those builders and buyers to move along the continuum, not argue about where the line gets drawn on size.Read an opposing viewlast_img read more