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first_imgBy Alvin Worzi and David A. YatesFollowing a damning preliminary audit of the Private Sector Development Initiatives (PSDI), which accused several Liberian businesses including Sanvee Holdings, the group’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Benjamin Sanvee has taken a sabbatical as chairman of the Liberty Party to afford him time to settle his arrears.The PSDI established in 2014 was intended to provide loans to Liberian-owned Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) with the aim of creating access to financial stimulus for businesses across the country and encouraging inclusive growth and job creation.However, preliminary audit findings show that out of an initial amount of US$1,991,900 disbursed to thirty-six (36) customers, only US$282,500 has been recovered.At a news conference at his party headquarters in Monrovia yesterday, Sanvee said his decision to step aside as chairman of LP is intended to allow him to work with relevant authorities to ensure that his loan is repaid.Sanvee said: “I have asked the standard bearer of my party, Counselor Charles Brumskine, who has been so supportive from the interim to where we are today, along with the vice standard bearer and executive committee of the party for a leave of absence because I want an opportunity to have some time to work with the relevant authorities to restructure this loan and make it right.“We are at a pivotal juncture, and I will do nothing to be used as a distraction to take the Liberian people’s attention from the real issues. Hopefully, once we are able to put this aside, I will resume my duties as chairman of the party.”He explained, “I received US$45,000 to be repaid over a 26 months period. We have not made any payment since we took the loan because the business has not been doing well due to competition and other hurdles.“I invested it into a business entity called Sophie Dreams, the importer of Bavaria Beer, and did not at any point set up a bogus company to siphon government’s resources to use for my personal benefit.“What I did was what any other business entity would do. I have defaulted on the loan and I am not proud of that because it was never my intent, but due to the economic climate and competition in the market the beer was not able to take off.“I have closed up because I realized that I was (operating) at a loss and I needed to recover; and I will not apologize for being a Liberian. I received a legitimate loan through the Private Sector Development Initiatives. I am going to put myself in the position to correct those wrongs and I have spoken to my family members who are shareholders and we will do what we have to do,” Sanvee divulged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Mr. Benjamin Sanvee – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgMr. MacLean, who was 92, was one of the founding fathers of organized minor hockey in Fort St. John, and a driving force behind the construction of the Kids Arena.- Advertisement -Expressions of sympathy can be made, to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. There’s confirmation now from Hamre’s Funeral Chapel, that a memorial service for Ross H. MacLean, who passed away early last Friday, will be held at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the curling rink.last_img

first_imgA Police rank at the scene of the accident on Saturday eveningTwo persons are now dead and at least three others seriously injured following a two-vehicle smash up on the Linden- Soesdyke Highway on Saturday evening.Reports are the accident occurred at about 20:00h at the One Mile turn on the highway and involved a motorcar and a SUV.Guyana Times understands that the motorcar, HC 2554, was travelling in the eastern direction heading up the highway, while the SUV was coming from the opposite direction when the two vehicles crashed head on.At the time, the hire car, which operates at the Soesdyke junction to transport residents to communities on the highway, had passengers in the vehicle. Upon colliding with the other vehicle, the car reportedly spun around before coming to a halt. A woman, who was in the passenger seat of the car, went flying into the front windscreen. She reportedly died on the scene. Her identity was not immediately known. The driver of the SUV also died, while the driver of the hire car is said to be in a critical condition.Meanwhile, it was reported that the occupants in the SUV had just left the creek and that the driver was allegedly drunk. It is unclear how many persons were in the vehicle and their condition.The injured persons were rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where the woman was pronounced dead on arrival. The others were treated and some transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for further treatment. The driver died while receiving medical attention at the GPHC.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “If it wasn’t for her he probably wouldn’t have been discovered,” said Deputy Richard Lopez. Hudson was dehydrated and suffering from dementia. On Saturday, he was in the hospital and in stable condition. LANCASTER – A quick glance out the window of a speeding Metrolink train saved the life of a missing 79-year-old Alzheimer’s patient, sheriff’s deputies said today. Blain Hudson disappeard from his home in the 3800 block of Avenue T-6 on Wednesday night, prompting a two-day search by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies. A Lancaster woman was on her way home from work at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, when she thought she saw a body laying on a hill as she rode the speeding train, Sheriff’s Lt. Ken Wright said. When the woman went home she convinced her husband to take her back to the hill where she thought she saw the body, Wright said. They found Hudson lying unconscious. last_img read more

first_imgSAN DIEGO – A merciful easing of the winds fueling Southern California’s sprawling wildfires finally gave firefighters a chance to fight back against some blazes Wednesday, and weary residents could take solace in an overriding sign of hope: Just one person has died from the flames. That contrasts to 22 dead from a fire of similar magnitude four years ago, and while the final toll has yet to be tallied from this week’s fires, officials were crediting an automated, reverse 9-1-1 calling system that prompted the orderly evacuation of more than half a million people. That was 10 times the number evacuated four years ago. “They are more determined that people leave,” said Steve Levstik, who got his call 15 minutes before flames swept through his Rancho Bernardo neighborhood. “It was very intense. On the call, it was like, `This area, go! This area, go!’ In 2003, there was less guidance. It was like, `Just pay attention to the news and if it looks bad, leave.”‘ The Slide Fire, which has consumed more than 200 homes, more than doubled in size Wednesday to more than 10,100 acres. Still, it appeared to consume only a few houses Wednesday, and stalled on the mountainside on the northeast side of Highland. The Grass Valley Fire, after destroying at least 113 homes in and around Lake Arrowhead, slowed significantly, allowing firefighters to get it 30 percent contained. “They’re taking it down considerably,” said Dennis Bouslaugh of the U.S. Forest Service. Authorities said they had largely contained many of the fires north of San Diego, and all five fires in Los Angeles County were 50 percent contained or more. The death toll from the most recent blazes may rise as authorities return to neighborhoods where homes turned to piles of ash, but displaced homeowners and authorities were relieved that early reports were so low. The San Diego County medical examiner officially listed six deaths connected to the blazes, but he included five who died during the evacuation who were not directly killed by the fire. In 2003, all but a handful of the 22 dead succumbed to the flames. Terry Dooley, who was ordered out of his home with his wife and three sons Monday, said authorities learned important lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the 2003 California fires that wiped out 3,640 homes and blackened 750,000 acres during a two-week period. “They learned how to get things done more quickly,” Dooley said as he waited at a roadblock Wednesday to return home to San Diego’s upscale, densely populated Rancho Bernardo area. In addition to the reverse-9-1-1 system, authorities also shut down schools, halted mail delivery and urged people to stay home if they were not in danger. In 2003, only 50,000 people were evacuated in San Diego County. This week, more than 500,000 people were ordered to evacuate in San Diego County alone. Unlike many of the poor neighborhoods flooded by Hurricane Katrina, the hardest-hit areas in California were filled with upscale homes, with easy access to wide streets. Less-wealthy areas – including rural enclaves and horse farms that stretch through the mountains east of San Diego – benefited from easy road access and small crowds. Despite Wednesday’s progress, none of the six major blazes in San Diego County was more than 15 percent contained, and those fires threatened more than 8,500 houses. The top priority was a fire in San Bernardino County that threatened 6,000 homes and continued to rage out of control. This week’s fires have destroyed about 1,500 homes since they started late Saturday and triggered the largest evacuation in California history. The flames have burned about 674 square miles, across five counties, from Ventura in the north all the way into Mexico. Property damage has reached at least $1 billion in San Diego County alone, and President Bush signed a major disaster declaration for California. The president was scheduled to visit the region Thursday. On Wednesday, about two dozen people gathered at a police barricade in Rancho Bernardo, which was one of the hardest-hit areas, hoping to retrieve medications and belongings – or simply to see if their homes were intact. What awaited many was an apocalyptic scene: entire streets leveled, charred hulks of metal that once were cars sitting in driveways of homes with only chimneys left standing. House after house, 29 on one street alone, were reduced to piles of blackened concrete and twisted metal. At one point, police officers lifted a barricade into the neighborhood only to turn residents away several hundred yards down the road at a second barricade. Some of the homeowners cursed at the officers. “You let us in just to send us back out,” one angry man yelled from his car. Dooley knew his home was OK because his home answering machine still worked. Six of San Diego County’s 42 evacuation centers were full Wednesday but there was plenty of space at Qualcomm Stadium, home to the NFL Chargers, where 10,000 people sought refuge. People rested on cots that lined covered walkways circling the bleachers and quietly watched television as National Guard troops watched. There were no bathroom lines. Some displaced homeowners complained that the evacuations went too far. Ron Morris, 68, saw smoke but no flames when he was ordered to leave a motor-home park in Ramona, northeast of San Diego, Sunday night. He drove his home to Qualcomm Stadium’s parking lot. “It’s good that everyone got out, but they did it too early in my opinion.” he said. Authorities made no apologies. “One happy consequence” of the 2003 fires is that people remember that fire can be very unpredictable, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday in an interview. “All but the most unlucky people can see the fire coming,” he said. “There’s no reason you should have loss of life, certainly for civilians.” The only confirmed death from the flames was Thomas Varshock, 52, of Tecate, a town on the U.S. side of the border southeast of San Diego, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Authorities had told him to evacuate, but he didn’t leave and authorities left to take care of other evacuations, the medical examiner’s office said. Firefighters returned to save two people trapped at his home Sunday but were unable to rescue Varshock, said Rick Hutchinson, a deputy incident commander for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Four firefighters were overcome by flames. One was in critical condition Wednesday; another was in serious condition. Al Guerin, a San Diego County assistant sheriff, estimated only 100 to 200 people ignored evacuation orders. That number included 20 people in the rural community of Jamul, near the Mexican border. Firefighters returned to save them. Another 25 to 30 homeowners ignored orders Tuesday to leave unincorporated Deerhorn Valley southeast of San Diego, forcing firefighters to return to save them, Hutchinson said. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.On Wednesday, winds dropped to 21 mph to 36 mph, considerably less than the fierce gusts of up to 100 mph that whipped fire zones earlier in the week. As the fire threats diminished, authorities began allowing tens of thousands of people to return to their homes. “The vast majority of the city is now open for people to return,” San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders told a news conference late Wednesday afternoon. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Kolender said the priority now is getting people back into their homes and back to their businesses. The improving weather also allowed for a greater aerial assault on the flames and helped firefighters beat back the most destructive blazes. Within hours of returning to the sky, helicopters and air tankers dropped 30 to 35 loads of water on two fires that have burned hundreds of homes in the San Bernardino Mountains, near Lake Arrowhead. last_img

first_imgJust champion: Letterkenny Rovers – U-10sLetterkenny Rovers under-10 team has claimed a place in the U-10 champions league after beating Milford 2-0 in a close game.The Rovers defeated a strong Bonagee team in the semis 3-1 on penalties after the game finished 2-2 at the end of full-time.It’s another great sucess for the team and management as they won the under ten league in march. Rovers other under ten team Letterkenny Crusaders finished third after beating bonagee in the third forth place play off.Up next they meet the best county teams in the champions league.The Rovers and Crusaders teams FOOTBALL: LETTERKENNY ROVERS CLAIM PLACE IN U-10 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE was last modified: May 10th, 2013 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:FOOTBALL: LETTERKENNY ROVERS CLAIM PLACE IN U-10 CHAMPIONS LEAGUElast_img read more

first_imgFormer Donegal star Adrian Hanlon pictured with James O’Hagan.FEATURES: A new bar owner has warned local GAA players to be on their best behaviour – or they’ll receive the black card from him!James O’Hagan has taken ownership of The Corner Bar in Dungloe. The popular taxi man has decided to take over the local bar – but his new policies will directly effect Dungloe GAA players.The Corner Bar was a popular haunt for Dungloe GAA players before it closed, but they may now have to find a new watering hole! O’Hagan is an integral part of Tony Boyle’s backroom team at the club – and he has warned any Dungloe players frequenting his new premises to be on their best behaviour.He doesn’t want to see any of the players drinking anything other than water in the bar! He’s hoping his strict stance will educate the players on the importance of rehydrating their bodies after a hard match by taking the right fluids!O’Hagan has ferried people from all over the Rosses over the last two decades – and is a much loved local character.He officially opens the bar today and Donegal GAA star Eamon McGee – who O’Hagan has picked up on an occasion or two – will officially cut the ribbon for him.O’Hagan will be assisted in running the bar by Paul Bonner.There will be LIVE music tonight to celebrate the opening with WORK MATES getting the party underway from 10pm.Emily Whelan will play LIVE on Saturday night and there will be LIVE sport available all throughout the weekend. We’d like to wish James well on his venture and wish him every success in the future.NEW BAR BOSS WARNS ROWDY GAA PLAYERS THEY’LL GET THE BLACK CARD! was last modified: October 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesnewsSportlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For the fifth Christmas in a row, Uptown Whittier chiropractor Sheila Harrod is holding a toy drive for children of Bienvenidos Family Services.Harrod is waiving her co-payments – which range anywhere from $10 to $25 – for patients who bring in toys for the center, which helps abused children and impoverished families in East Los Angeles.“It’s always a big hit because people love to save money at this time of year and also feel good about giving,” she said Monday, standing in front of a mound of teddy bears, games and dolls.The toy drive, which began Dec. 3, has collected about 200 toys so far, including about 20 stuffed turtles made by women at a Rowland Heights church. The drive continues through Wednesday evening.Anyone wishing to donate can drop off toys at Harrod’s office, 6501 Bright Ave.“I’m asking people to please stop while they are out shopping and pick up a toy to drop off,” she said. “This is the season when it is most blessed to give.”Harrod started her annual drive after learning from a patient about the services provided by Bienvenidos to families and children and how the organization needs donations.“The families they help often don’t have anything,” she said.Barbara Kappos, the director of Bienvenidos, said donated toys are given to parents to give to their children.“These are people dealing with poverty, domestic violence, AIDS and child neglect,” she said. “It makes them feel good to give their kids a little happiness and joy during the Christmas season.” 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more

first_imgThe Team Donegal Oil lads get ready for the road!Four Donegal lads, Gavin Harris, Arthur McMahon, Michael McGarvey and Sean McFadden will take to their bikes and take part in the “Race Around Ireland”.The lads, who make up Team Donegal Oil, will join cyclists from all over the world on Sunday 30th of August 2015, at Trim Castle, County Meath for the 7th Race Around Ireland and The Irish Ultra Challenge.This event is 2100km long and is ranked the highest event in the UMCA World Cup calendar and these boys from county Donegal are certainly gearing up for the challenge.Training hard with their own sports and taking part in many adventure races & events over the last number of years makes them no strangers to this type of non-stop cycling challenge.The four boys will take part in the relay cycle, which will be non stop 24 hours a day! They have 5 days to finish the cycle relay and hope to have it completed in less than 4 days, 1 days ahead of the allotted time.The Race around Ireland is listed as one of the world’s toughest endurance events but also allows amateur riders to compete with elite riders from all over the world!These Donegal lads are no strangers to cycling and sport, especially Sean McFadden from Letterkenny who has achieved hugely successful triathlon, cycling, adventure racing and running wins. Sean was winner of The Race 2015 and runner up of The Race 2014, he finished top 3 in Ras Mumhan, An Post Ras 2 years in row and Lough Keep Triathlon Winner 2014. Arthur McMahon played rugby till he was 36 and after taking part in the Donegal Coastal Cancer Challenge in 2013, to raise money for the Donegal Hospice after his mum sadly passed away from cancer, he has been taking part in many adventure challenges ever since and admits himself he is “hooked”.Michael McGarvey, originally from Falcarragh, living in Letterkenny is another avid rugby player with Letterkenny Rugby Club, he is training hard for this event and regularly takes part in local charity events, just last week he participated in the WAAR, Wild Atlantic Adventure Race.And last but not least, Gavin Harris from Convoy, the teams Ironman has been taking part in cycling races since 2007 and is delighted to be part of “Team Donegal Oil”.Not only is this a challenge for themselves personally as “Team Donegal Oil” but they are delighted that they can also raise money for Donegal’s Austism Family Support Group.The Autism Family Support Group was set up 9 years ago to support parents, families and individuals on the autism spectrum. All the members of the group all work on a voluntary basis and their aims are to support families and to offer children the opportunity to take part in a number of different activities without being judged. They are actively raising autism awareness within their children’s community.“We are delighted that we can support The Autism Family Support Group” a very hard working worthwhile charity who do great work under the radar and they deserve support” say’s Arthur McMahon.On the build up to “The Race Around Ireland” they have organised a charity cycling weekend, so if you would like to join them on Saturday the 30th and Sunday the 31st of May Team Donegal Oil, the Donegal based Autism Family Support Group and The Mark Anderson Budapest Fund will be running a charity cycling weekend.On Saturday there will be The Kirkstown Hillclimb, a perfect training run for anybody doing the Donegal 3 Day Race but which will suit all abilities. Sign on at 9am in the Aura Leisure Centre Car Park in Letterkenny and first competitor away is 10am. Please contact Gavin Harris, Sean McFadden or Arthur McMahon for a time to suit. They will accept donations to the charities at sign on.On Sunday the 31st of May they will be having a 45km Charity Sportive at an easy controlled pace.Sign on at Donegal Oil Company, Port Road, Letterkenny at 9am for a 10am set off.The run is for charity and will suit all levels. There will be a coffee stop at the newly branded Harris’ Applegreen Service Station in Convoy. Again they will collect donations at sign on for the Autism Family Support Group and The Mark Anderson Budapest Fund.You can follow “Team Donegal Oil” online on their Facebook page – and thank you to everyone help them raise some money for their charity however small or large and who knows for these Donegal lads, perhaps the next challenge will be to “Race around America” ? You can donate to the charity at the link below : LADS GEAR UP FOR ‘RACE AROUND IRELAND’ was last modified: May 24th, 2015 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)last_img read more