Dear Editor,Attorney General Mr Basil Williams has failed abysmally to account for his dismal performance in office over the three years. His modus operandi of blaming me; the PPP Government; the staff at the AG’s Chambers, both past and present; and even judges, has not worked. The public has simply not bought into his story. As a result, desperation is stepping in.The string of failures has been unending, the latest being the case involving H.N. Sugrim. This case finally exposed Williams beyond redemption, (and) he knows it. It was filed after the PPP left office in June 2015, (and) it concluded in 2017. It was a winnable case, yet he lost it. The contract provided for the lodgment of a performance bond by the contractor within a stipulated time frame. The contract further stipulated that a failure to lodge that performance bond would be a basis for its termination. No performance bond was lodged. The contract was terminated on this very basis. This would have been an unassailable defence, once put forward by competent counsel, yet the case was lost. This case commenced and ended while the PPP was out of office, the press and public quickly realized how clumsy it is for Williams to blame the PPP.Obviously, Mr Williams recognizes this. He is again caught with his pants down. This time however, the time frames were clear: the PPP cannot sensibly be blamed for this case. He now has to come up with another distraction in order to divert attention from this abject failure. So, after a long and exhaustive rant at a recent press conference, most of which consisted of recklessly inaccurate assertions unworthy of a response, he announces that the Police will be called in to investigate “outsourced cases”.Imagine, after three years of holding office, this gentleman still claims ignorance of cases pending against the State. That admission alone should be the basis of his dismissal.The truth of the matter is: there is only one person for the Police to investigate in this matter; it is Mr. Basil Williams. The offence is “Misconduct in Public Office”. If I am contacted by the Police, that is the report I will make. I will supply all the details of the negligence about which I speak.Sincerely,Anil Nandlall, MP
In the wake of news of wells being poisoned by unknown persons, citizens of Ganta have begun strengthening community policing in collaboration with the Liberia National Police, Ganta Detail.According to Ganta Police Commander, Sgt. George Payne, the police, along with the community, will work hard to avoid harm coming to the community.Since last week Tuesday, he said, Police have begun regular patrols during the night hours from community to community with the assistance of community watch teams. The fear of the water poisoning intensified early Tuesday, 5th August 2014, in Ganta and its’ surrounding towns after a well was allegedly poisoned in a family compound belonging to Immigration Officer, Maj. Alfred Yormie.Although the report is yet to be verified as to whether the water was really poisoned, residents of the compound, and neighbors did notice that the well had been forced open and what appeared as a chemical-like powder was seen sprinkled around the well and in the yard, where the well is located.As of now visitation around Ganta night hours has become very difficult, because every community is on a watch to know who is moving around their community.“We are checking for any strange movement in our community,” said one of the community leaders.The news of poisoning water has caused alarm in the community, making citizens to be even more afraid of this than about of Ebola.Unconfirmed reports reaching the Daily Observer say that in Bahn, there was an alleged poisoning of a hand pump and materials like syringes and a glove were found under a nearby pump close to the Refugee Camp.And in Grand Gedeh, it was alleged that some groups of men were seen going around in Zleh Town telling people that they have Ebola medicine to be placed in a well, but some of the men were immediately arrested and are currently under detention at the police station in Zwedru.“Yes, we see the Ebola, but I think water poisoning is the one that is killing people and they are putting the blame on Ebola,” said Mr. Yormie.“If God had not been on our side to lead us to discover the poisoning of our well, we may all have been dead by now,” he added.Tension is said to be building up across Nimba in the fight against Ebola and about well poisoning and the poisoning of food items such as candy, among others.It is alleged that the four persons who died in Kakata recently, died from poisoned candy, which was given to some kids by unknown persons.However, two persons had reportedly died from Ebola in Nimba, one in Ganta and the other and the other along the Ganta-Saclepea road, while brinh rushed to the clinic.The little child who died in Ganta and another relative earlier tested positive of Ebola by the Ministry of Health (MOH) team, after their father died from Ebola almost a month ago. But they did not transfer them to the center until his death, while the relatives remain very serious.Residents are complaining of the slow response of the Ministry of Health workers in quickly relocating positive cases or expeditiously removing the Ebola bodies.“Our lives are at risk in this country, because those claimed to be Ebola positive are still living in the same community with other people,” said Yeesah Karto.The body of the man who died while en route to the Saclepea Clinic is said to be lying on the main road close to the town call Yarsonnoh, since his demise on 6th August 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
(From left:) Kesselly and Lavelanet display a pack of country rice ready for exportIn its bid to help promote Liberian businesses locally and internationally, and to empower farmers throughout the country, the management of NOBEL Liberia recently formed a partnership with Fabrar Liberia Incorporated, exporters of the red Liberian country rice to the United States, according to a press release yesterday.Two Fabrar executives, Mrs. Jeanine Cooper, founder, and the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Fabio E. Lavelanet, who met with the Chief Executive Officer of NOBEL Liberia, Mr. Jallah Kesselly, for the business deal, said they were excited to begin the exportation of the Liberian country rice, branded the “Lone Star Rice”, to the United States for supply to Liberians, other Africans, as well as Americans, and encouraging them to have a taste for Liberian home-produced rice.Mrs. Cooper said a 40-foot container of red Liberian country rice is expected to be exported to the United States through the management of NOBEL Liberia for Liberians in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and other Liberian communities in the United States.For his part, the CEO of NOBEL Liberia, Mr. Kesselly, expressed appreciation to the management of Fabrar for the initiative to promote Liberia abroad by making the first attempt to export homemade Liberian rice for consumption by Liberians and others in the US. The slogan for the exercise is “Helping Liberia to rise again.”Also speaking, the CEO of Fabrar, Mr. Lavelanet, said every five bags of the Lone Star rice being shipped to the United States is the contribution to the livelihood of one farmer, and further noted that the shipment of 4,000 bags has contributed to the livelihood of 800 farm families.“Every bag purchased puts $3 in the hands of a farmer,” Mr. Lavelanet said.Observers believe the exportation of home-grown Liberian rice to the United States will help in the promotion of Liberia’s locally produced commodities, and will also dignify the work of Liberian farmers.Since its establishment, NOBEL Liberia has always made its support and services available to Liberian owned institutions by providing guidance and other means that will help Liberians sustain themselves and their families.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A proposal to move portions of a test wing from Florida to Edwards Air Force Base is still alive, but requires more study because of potential risks of losing test and evaluation capabilities, according to congressional and Air Force leaders. Air Force officials said an initial study of the idea conducted by the Rand Corp. showed potential savings in moving the 46th Test Wing from Eglin Air Force Base to Edwards. The Air Force would not release the study, but did issue a statement stating the proposal would require further analysis. “The analysis results confirmed that consolidation may provide some cost benefit to the (Air Force),” said John Manclark, director of Air Force Test and Evaluation. “But we can’t afford not to get this right, so we will take the time to further study the risks to the warfighter before considering implementation.” The proposal to move portions of the test wing is one of several options being looked at by Air Force Materiel Command to cut costs. After leaks to the news media, the Air Force acknowledged the proposal was under consideration, prompting Florida civic leaders to rally against the idea. The 46th Test Wing performs test and evaluation work on air-launched systems and uses A-10, F-15, and F-16 aircraft. The unit also operates a climatic laboratory in which aircraft can be tested in a variety of simulated weather conditions. The unit has roughly 3,500 personnel, with about 960 of that total being military service members. The proposal would involve moving about 700 of those military positions. “Given the insight provided by the analysis, the Air Force will continue to study the issue and work with Congress to find the right way ahead for Air Force test,” said Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Air Force chief of staff. “Budget pressures and 16 years of continuous Air Force combat operations leave us with little choice but to consider serious options to gain efficiencies.” Before any consolidation action can be taken, two additional reports required by the 2007 Defense Authorizations Act Conference Report must be delivered to Congress, the Air Force statement said. Florida lawmakers were able to put the proposal on hold last year by inserting language into the 2007 defense appropriations bill blocking any funds from being used to transfer test and evaluation assets from Eglin. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said the Rand study shows the Air Force was moving too hastily with the proposal. “And the study says there are long-term risks that might outweigh potential cost savings from moving the 46th Test Wing,” Nelson said. “When it comes to maintaining military readiness, we should not undertake a move the study says could lead to reduced testing or a greater reliance on costly private contractors.” U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued a statement Thursday that took no position. “I am pleased to see that Air Force Materiel Command is taking the necessary steps to fully examine and evaluate any potential savings in Test and Evaluation,” McKeon said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“We don’t want to lose focus. We now want to find a way where we can be able to balance between the two; league and GOtv Shield. That is one area we need to be very careful of because we might end up messing ourselves,” Manoah told Capital Sport.He adds; “If it were me, the NSL is of more importance. We missed last year by a whisker and this time we cannot afford to miss. We should not make a mistake of losing focus.”The former Chemelil Sugar head coach has asked for commitment from his players, noting they have a good shot of playing Premier League football for the first time in their history.Vihiga leads the National Super League table with 40 points after 20 matches, keeping a four-point buffer between them and second placed Nairobi Stima.“It is not a big gap and we need to be very careful with our remaining games. The Super League is very competitive,” the tactician added.Meanwhile Manoah hopes the new Vihiga County Government will continue supporting the team despite a change in leadership that saw incumbent Moses Akaranga replaced by former Emuhaya MP Wilber Otichillo.Vihiga United midfielder Charles Okwemba vies for the ball with Tusker FC’s Boniface Muchiri during a GOtv Shield quarter final clash at the Nyayo Stadium on August 20, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe tactician admitted they faced a tough build-up to their GOtv Shield match against Tusker due to the change of guard, but the win calmed their nerves even as they lay hope that Otichillo and his team will not drop them off the huge plate of county government funds.Akaranga had invested hugely in the team, sponsoring them to a tune of almost Sh40mn a season and had also bought them a team bus.“The outgoing governor was very passionate and committed to engaging the youth through football. We are heartbroken with the changes; we are nervous because we don’t know whether the incoming executive will still support us. If not, then we will have lost four years of hard work,” the tactician narrated.He however hopes the fact that they are on the verge of KPL promotion and have secured a GOtv Shield semis slot for the first time in their history will convince the new county bosses to ensure the flow of finances does not dry up.“The win against Tusker was very important for the players especially because it will stabilize their minds, motivate them and as we shift focus back to the league, we will be calmer and less stressed,” the tactician admitted.Vihiga will shift their attention to their league tie against St Joseph Youth in Mumias on Sunday afternoon.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Vihiga United head coach Edward manoah during a past match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 21 – National Super League side Vihiga United would rather concentrate on earning promotion to the Kenyan Premier League than put all their efforts towards hunting for GOtv Shield honours, head coach Edward Manoah has hinted.Vihiga cruised to the semi-finals of the Shield with a shocking 2-0 win over defending champions Tusker FC, but though Manoah says they will strive to strike a balance between the two competitions, earning promotion tops his agenda.
Manchester City stand a greater chance of retaining the Premier League title this season because there is more harmony under Manuel Pellegrini than there was under predecessor Roberto Mancini.That is the view of former Blues goalkeeper Nicky Weaver, who believes that the title will be contested between City and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.Mancini won City’s first title in 44 years back in 2012, however just one season later the Italian had been sacked after the Blues’ meek defence of the championship saw them finish 11 points behind neighbours and champions, Manchester United.But Weaver does not envisage there being a repeat scenario under Pellegrini’s stewardship.“Mancini obviously had a little bit of an ego on him and he had players like Balotelli and Tevez, who were making the front pages of the papers as much as the back pages,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“Since Pellegrini has come in, those players have left and there seems to be a lot more harmony in the camp and they all seem to be pulling in the right direction and singing from the same hymn sheet.“I think he [Pellegrini] is calm and sometimes that can be a good thing. We saw what happened with Man United last year, it’s not always easy to retain the title.“He has added players and maybe he will add a few more before the end of the window but I certainly expect City to be right up there and I probably expect Chelsea to be their nearest rivals.”
To request an application, contact VNY Public and Community Relations at (818) 909-3529 or e-mail at VNY@lawa.org. Starbucks Coffee is accepting applications from nonprofit agencies for grants under its “California Giving Program.” The program is a first for Starbucks and is expected to award $1 million in grants. Interested groups must be California-based registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits with programs, services or projects that focus on creating better futures for children. Only online applications will be accepted at www.starbuckscalgiving.com and the deadline for applying is Monday. Submit Community Column items via e-mail at email@example.com; fax to (818) 713-0058; or mail to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills 91365. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Marvel Entertainment, the nonprofit group TeachersCount and the Granada Hills OfficeMax store are asking local middle school students to nominate their favorite teacher for their nationwide “OfficeMax Super Hero Teacher of the Year” contest. The grand prize-winning teacher will get $6,000 in prizes for school and personal classroom supplies, and the student who nominates him or her will earn a $500 OfficeMax gift card. Both will also make an illustrated cameo in a special edition teacher-themed comic book featuring the superheroes of the Marvel Universe. Students who want to nominate their teachers must write an essay 200 words or less describing “Why My Teacher is a Super Hero.” Those interested can pick up contest entry forms at the OfficeMax store at 18050 Chatsworth St. in Granada Hills. Entrants must drop off their completed entries at the store by March 17, or mail them to TeachersCount, 10 E. 40th St. Suite 1900, New York, NY 10016, postmarked no later than March 17. OfficeMax will announce the winners on National Teacher Day – May 9. TeachersCount is a nationwide organization with the purpose of improving the public perception of the teaching profession and to provide services, resources and information to teachers and prospective teachers. Van Nuys Airport is accepting applications from San Fernando Valley high school students who are interested in a career in aviation. Officials will select a maximum 20 applicants based on merit for the Aug. 7-11 program. The airport will accept applications through May 1. The winners will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the facilities at both Van Nuys Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. They will also make field trips to the Boeing Company in Long Beach and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. The guitar class at Christopher Columbus Middle School in Canoga Park received an $85,000 donation of new instruments from Time Warner Cable – Los Angeles and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Robert Frost Middle School in Granada Hills and K.I.P.P. Los Angeles College Preparatory School downtown also shared in the donation. The money bought each school 20 Fender Squier electric guitars at the beginning of the school year. “Music teaches organizational skills, and being in a band teaches teamwork,” Columbus guitar teacher Monique Brusca said. “The earlier children start and stay with music, the better their scores are on the SATs.” The donation is part of the foundation’s efforts to restore $4 million to school music programs nationwide in the 2005-06 school year. The foundation has donated $30 million to 1,200 schools nationwide since its inception in 1998, $1.185 million of which has gone to schools in the Los Angeles area.
More than 7,000 people are expected to gather at three different protest marches against water charges across Co Donegal tomorrow.The biggest of the protest rallies will be in Letterkenny where organisers expect an estimated 5,000 to take to the streets of the county’s biggest town.Marchers will gather at the Port Roundabout at 2pm before walking up the town’s Main Street before a number of speakers will address the crowd at Market Square. A slightly smaller crowd is expected in Ballyshannon where a rally will start at the Abbey Centre at 2pm before protesting through the town.A large crowd is also expected in the border town of Lifford for the third and final protest which also starts at 2pm.Mayor of Donegal, Cllr John Campbell as well as councillors Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig and Gary Doherty have appealed to people to take to the streets to make their voices heard.Why I’ll be marching tomorrow – by Corinna McCallig, from Ardara. Corrina McCallig“I am marching in Letterkenny tomorrow for one reason only – because most people can’t afford it. People forget that the Celtic Tiger by-passed Donegal apart from a few small pockets. We have four children and we can’t afford it. I have talked to women about this and they cry because they can hardly put food on their tables for their children nevermind find another €600. I am one of the lucky ones in that my husband now has a job. But he was unemployed for three months and we were hardly able to make ends meet. I am marching because I know in my heart of hearts that Irish Water is going to be privatised. We can’t let that happen. We have to stand up to the Government on this issue. As I speak I am looking outside my window because I know Irish Water are calling to my house in the next few days to install water meters. I will physically stop them from doing that. I will never pay for water because I feel we are already paying for it. That is why I am marching in Letterkenny and I would ask for as many people to join us as possible. We have to stand together on this issue.”(As told to Donegal Daily) MORE THAN 7,000 PEOPLE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THREE WATER PROTEST MARCHES ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: October 31st, 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:BallyshannondonegalIrish WaterletterkennyLiffordwater charges
Both side are struggling at the wrong end of the La Liga table. (PHOTO/COURTESY)Deportivo Alaves vs LeganesEstadio de Mendizorroza, Vitoria-GasteizFriday, 13-12-2019 @11pmRef: Cesar SatoAlaves posted consecutive wins and clean sheets against Valladolid (3-0) and Eibar (0-2) in November to lift themselves into mid-table, but they’ve been shuffled back to 15th over the past fortnight following defeats to Real Madrid (1-2) and Granada (3-0). While their narrow home reverse to Los Blancos can be easily excused (especially considering their fine effort in the game overall), last weekend’s beating against Granada at Los Carmenes was pretty woeful stuff from Babazorros.Asier Garitano’s side are still five points clear of the drop zone, but they will view this Friday’s fixture against second-bottom Leganes as a must-win affair, considering they face Barcelona at Camp Nou in the final match before Christmas.Defeat in both upcoming games could well see Alaves sucked into the relegation dogfight but their home form this season suggests they can hit back on Matchday 17. Babazorros have only lost to Real and Sevilla at Mendizorroza, where they have won four from eight this term, also picking up a decent 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid on Matchday 11.It’s been a miserable campaign overall for Leganes but they managed to register their second win of the season last weekend after a run of one draw and four defeats from five. An Oscar Rodriguez double salvo spearheaded a much-needed 3-2 success for Los Pepineros against Celta Vigo at Butarque, and the result finally lifted Javier Aguirre’s side off bottom spot.Lega still remains five points adrift of the safety line, though, in 19th and their away record this term doesn’t bode well for them going into this Friday’s game. Los Pepineros have picked up just two points from seven outings on their travels and have failed to score in four of their last five away matches.Their form on the road is the key reason Lega are still stuck in such a bad position and punters should be wary until there’s some kind of turnaround. Lega will hope to land their first away win of the campaign on Matchday 17, but this venue hasn’t been kind to them in the recent past, as they have failed to triumph at Mendizorroza in their last eight visits.Alaves are 15th in La Liga but have a fair home record this term, winning four and drawing two from eight games at Mendizorroza. Their two defeats came against Real Madrid and Sevilla. Leganes head into this Friday’s clash on the back of a 3-2 home win against Celta Vigo last week; however, they have toiled on the road this season with two draws and five defeats posted from seven outings. Alaves have not lost to Leganes in their last eight encounters against Los Pepineros at Mendizorroza.The other La Liga fixtures this weekendSaturday, 14-12-2019-Granada vs Levante @3pm-Real Sociedad vs Barcelona @6pm-Athletic Bilbao vs Eibar @8:30pm-Atletico Madrid vs OsasunaSunday, 15-12-2019-Getafe vs Real Valladolid @2pm-Celta Vigo vs Real Mallorca @4pm-Espanyol vs Real Betis @6pm-Sevilla vs Villarreal @8:30pm-Valencia vs Real Madrid @11pmComments Tags: Deportivo AlavesLeganesSpanish La Liga
23 May 2013The African Union (AU), previously the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), marks its 50th anniversary this week with a series of events aimed at building a common identity and sense of belonging among all people on the continent.On Monday, the Scramble for Africa Conference, involving academics from the continent and the diaspora, started in Pretoria. On Wednesday, a gala dinner pitched as a networking session with African embassies took place in Pretoria, and on Friday Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile will open the exhibition “Cultural Brokerage: Africa Imagined (Act1)” at the Pretoria Arts Museum.The activities will culminate in the Africa Day celebrations planned for Saturday, when President Jacob Zuma will unveil an artwork at the AU’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as South Africa’s cultural contribution to the organisation’s 50th anniversary.The Department of Arts and Culture, the City of Tshwane and the Africa Institute of South Africa are celebrating the anniversary under the theme “2013, Year of Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance”.According to Mashatile, the anniversary will encourage South Africans to see themselves as part of an African movement for change, while acknowledging the role of the OAU in bringing an end to apartheid.“As the government, we are particularly interested in pursuing a social cohesion programme that will help the people of the country and continent to redefine their social, political and cultural identity in a manner that will give them a sense of belonging and ownership to determine their own future and destiny,” Mashatile said.Promoting African unityIt has been 50 years since the emergence of the OAU and a decade since the formation of the AU.Comprising 54 member states, the organisation brought the continent together to collectively address its challenges, including conflict, social upheaval, climate change and poverty.It seeks to promote an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa that is people-centred and represents a dynamic force on the world stage.Significantly, during the 2008-09 global economic crisis, Africa’s economies continued to expand, and growth forecasts for the continent remain positive.However, the benefits are not reaching all Africans. Poverty, hunger and disparities in health, education and social participation are preventing the continent’s people from fully realising their full potential.Africa Day will enable the continent to take stock of its assets, capabilities, opportunities and challenges and to look forward and define the pan-African values that will underpin the African agenda over the next five decades.Source: SAnews.gov.za