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first_imgThe Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning yesterday, dedicated the re-constructed building of the Salvation Army’s William Booth Junior & Senior High School.At the dedication Tanneh Brunson, Deputy Minister for Budget and Development Planning said the reopening of the new building will serve as a reminder to the perpetrators that the future of Liberian children will not continue to be compromised.“To you our future leaders, we have a responsibility to protect you and ensure that you have a bright future and as a Government, we will continue to seek your interest,’’ she said.She called on the Ministry of Justice, National Fire Service and the Liberia National Police to expeditiously complete their investigations so that the culprits are apprehended and brought to justiceShe informed the students that the government will continue to seek their interest, “You also have the responsibility to protect your beloved William Booth by reporting any suspicious activity to your school’s authorities.”The budget expert called on the administration and teachers of William Booth to continue molding the minds of Liberia’s future leaders. She reminded teachers that their chosen field is a noble profession because the future of Liberia rests on their shoulders.‘’You have the full responsibility to improve and provide activities to help all students achieve academic, sporting, cultural and a life-long learning,’’ she added.Minister Brunson also commended her colleagues at the Ministries of Public Works, Education, Finance and Development Planning and the Salvation Army family for their roles in getting the initiative by government to renovate the school.In remarks, the Salvation Army General Secretary, Major Samuel Amponsah extended his inner gratitude to the Government of Liberia for its rapid intervention to solve the unexpected distraction that reduced the classrooms to warehouse, and library computer lab.He said, “What has been done for us will forever be remembered by the William Booth family. We are grateful to the Government of Liberia.’’The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning presented a check for USD140, 155.00 to the administration in March for the reconstruction.The program was attended by representatives from the Ministries of Finance and Development Planning, Education, students and faculty of William Booth Junior and Senior High School.It may be recalled that the school was gutted by fire on March 4th 2015 by yet to be identified persons.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe football squad of the Legislature (LEG) has complained to the Ministry of Youth and Sports – the organizer of the 2015 Special Intra-Governmental Tournament, on the alleged use of ‘ineligible’ players by the Judiciary.LEG sports chairman Seth Wallace Joe told the Daily Observer yesterday that the protest was filed minutes after their 2-0 defeat at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.According to the protest, LEG accused players Hamilton Sarkor (# 8 jersey) and James Nimene (# 10 jersey) as active players and may not have acquired ‘inactive status’ that is less than three years, and therefore their participation violates the tournament’s regulation.The regulation says that players of participating public institutions with the exception of Assistant Minister or position equivalent to Assistant Minister and above – must be more than 30 years old. It also says players must be ‘inactive’ for more than three seasons.Former FIFA referee and Chief Protocol of the Liberia Football Association Alex Nagbo and retired Lone Star team manager Wortor Anderson are overseeing the protest- ruling is expected today.LEG, captained by former FIFA 1995 World Best Player, Sen. George M. Weah struggled in vain to break through the well-organized and young-adult Judiciary.The likes of Fofee Kamara, Sebastian Collins, Isaac Tondo and Rep. Henry Fahnbulleh could not be overcome despite the opponents’ efforts that were greeted with cheers by the crowd.Amidst the amusing play from LEG, Judiciary hit man – Tom Wilson rattled the net in the 11 minute.Sen. Weah – skillful and sensible – still could not take on the 11 men owing to his age and lack of endurance – with gangling defenders Ansumana Kamara and Amos Dickson mending the fence while Ernest Togba between the sticks.In the second half, Wellington Cooper increased the tally in the 61st minute.Howbeit if the protest succeeds, Judiciary could be out of the tourney, and on the contrary, LEG’s jerseys could remain in the ‘washing machine.’In the opener, GAC pinned NASSCORP 7-6 in a lottery kick, after a pulsating 1-1 tie.GAC’s frontier striker Freeman Koon scored in the 13th minute, but NASSCORP leveled in the 85th minute through a diagonal kick by Sie Anderson.Guiding Defense (Ministry of Defense) whipped LIBTELCO 2-1. Defense didn’t see the ball that much, but had an “army defense.”Capt. Soko Sirleaf and PVC Bradin Judueh scored in the 7th and 59th minutes, while LIBTELCO got the consolation goal in the 36th minute through Nathaniel Sayon.In today’s games, MYS will host LEG and FDA meets the Judiciary both in kickball. The winner of the first kickball game faces Finance Ministry. LBS and MYS football teams climax the day.Meanwhile, three kickball teams have dropped from the tournament, including NASSCORP, Ministry of State and Ministry of Youth and Sports.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgGus KouwenhovenTHE HAGUE (Reuters) – A Dutch businessman convicted in April of selling weapons to ex-Liberian president and warlord Charles Taylor, was arrested in South Africa on a Dutch warrant, South African officials said last Friday.“Blood timber” trader Gus Kouwenhoven was sentenced as an accessory to war crimes for providing arms to Taylor’s government in violation of a U.N. embargo.Kouwenhoven, 75, has been living in Cape Town and had refused to return to the Netherlands for trial, citing health problems. He was not present at the trial.Dutch prosecution spokesman Bart Vis said Kouwenhoven would appear before a judge in South Africa on Friday and a court there would rule later on the Dutch extradition request.Known in Liberia as “Mister Gus,” Kouwenhoven ran two timber companies in the country from 2000 to 2003 and used them as cover to smuggle arms, according to the Dutch court that sentenced him to 19 years in prison.At the time, Liberia was in the grip of a civil war between then-President Taylor’s government and several rebel factions.Liberia’s string of conflicts since the 1990s left an estimated 250,000 people dead. Thousands more were mutilated and raped and all sides in the conflict used child soldiers.Taylor stepped down in 2003. He was arrested in 2006 and in 2012 sentenced to 50 years in prison for aiding and abetting war crimes in neighboring Sierra Leone by the Special Court for Sierra Leone.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img…says will uncover political authors behind gangs…urges extensive terms of referenceNot only is Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo open to a Commission of Inquiry into the crime spree that occurred under his presidency, he is in fact urging that Government launch the inquiry and uncover the political authors responsible.At a press conference on Saturday, Jagdeo called out Government on the question of the CoI, but he noted that if this CoI is to be launched, it must be with impartial and reputable adjudicators.Jagdeo also questioned the President’s delay in launching the CoI, considering that a number of other CoIs were ordered. He stressed that there were persistent reports of certain politicians visiting certain villages and orchestrating efforts to frustrate the work of the Joint Services.“You notice they have an approach to inquiries; they do not like… The CoI into sugar? They threw that away… The (CoI into assassination of) Walter Rodney? They didn’t like that because the findings were adverse. You want to bet if the findings for this one are adverse, then they will throw it away? So let’s have this CoI by all means, but let us have proper terms of reference and let us have credible commissioners, not the Paul Slowe type. Then you will see how politically inspired many of the killings were in that period,” Jagdeo posited.Intelligence reportsThe former President stressed that no criminal would receive political support from the PPP, a reference to a longstanding claim that certain politicians of the day had backed the criminals.He also noted that members of his former administration would be willing to assist the CoI with any specific information they may have.But Jagdeo expressed fears that intelligence reports from that period may have been tampered with by now.On Friday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon hinted that a CoI may be launched into extra- judicial killings that occurred during the period 2002 to 2008. Harmon posited that the Coroner’s Inquest Act requires an inquest be held for any unnatural death. Harmon noted that, at some point in time, relatives of the deceased have to get closure.When in Opposition, Granger had tabled a motion for an inquiry into killings during that era.As President, he is yet to order such an inquiry. According to Harmon, however, the President is still committed to probing these killings.last_img read more

first_imgPlans for the hosting of this year’s Linden Town Week have already begun with the Linden Mayor and Town Council maintaining its hold on the event’s franchise for the second consecutive year.Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell said hosting the event would not be a challenge for the municipality and, as such, noted that mechanisms are being put in place to facilitate a smooth run-off.The Mayor added that she was optimistic this year’s event would be a true expression of the town. The municipality came in for harsh criticism last year following its decision to organise the event, which had taken on the form of a franchise over the years; however, the Mayor noted that the founder of the event will play an integral role this year.“2019 Town Week is going to be amazing. I do not see it as a challenge. The first year we did have some amazing people working with us. We do have onboard with us Norville Fredricks, who was instrumental in the creation of the Linden Town Day,” she said.Promoters are being invited to submit event proposals for various activities while the municipality is expected to focus on educational and cultural events.A committee, headed by the Deputy Mayor, is being established to ensure all sections of the public are catered for.“They are going to start pulling together that team needed to manage the Town Week headed by the Deputy Mayor and the people they select from within the community, of course, that are going to work together to make the Town Week as successful as it can be. Keep in mind that the reason for the Town Week is to develop our culture, our economic status and to showcase those to the world. I am sure we are going to have a successful Town Week,” Arrindell said.The pageant, which was absent from last year’s event following a sexual scandal involving delegates, is expected to be back on the calendar this year.“There has been no discussion as it relates to the pageant, but I am almost certain if it is an event that is worth getting into, it will be something that we do. It may not be the Council doing it, but, of course, if there is any person out there who has the expertise to manage a pageant, we welcome their support and we will work along with them,” the Mayor indicated.She further stated that the involvement of the community and stakeholders was pivotal for the successful hosting of the annual event.last_img read more

first_imgData scandal– following disavowals from political partiesWhile it is understood that Guyana is home to a branch of the SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica (CA), the National Youth Council (NYC), has become the latest organisation to distance itself from the company, after the main political parties did so.Storage crates being wheeled from CA’s office in LondonCA, a political consulting firm from the United Kingdom, has been making headlines around the world for its alleged use of data gleaned from millions of Facebook accounts during the 2016 United States presidential elections to send targeted advertisements. There are even reports that the firm had a hand in the BREXIT campaign.Soon after an investigation was launched in the United Kingdom, the former General Secretaries of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the Alliance for Change (AFC), Donald Ramotar and David Patterson respectively, were quoted in sections of the media denying ever contracting the company.Current General Secretary of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Joseph Harmon, also made a similar denial.In 2015, at the time of the General and Regional Elections in Guyana, Jamal Goodluck was part of the steering committee of the NYC, which did work to improve voter turnout. In an interview with this publication on Tuesday, Goodluck, now the council’s chairman, also denied that his organisation had links with the firm.The SCL group office is located on Charlotte Street, Lacytown. However, the extent of its work in Guyana is unclear at this point. Requests from this publication for a comment and information from SCL authorities have so far not been answered.Since the expose, neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) has joined the list of countries that have launched probes into the work of the British political consultants. According to a report from the T&T Guardian, a local probe is targeting the organisation’s alleged link with the past People’s Partnership administration for the 2015 general election.The Guardian has stated that the country’s Attorney General, Faris Al Rawi, announced the moves in Parliament after Christopher Wylie, a former CA employee – now whistleblower – said the firm worked for the T&T Government in 2013 during his testimony before the House of Commons in the UK.According to the Guardian, Wylie referenced a former national security minister and CA’s monitoring of internet browsing in T&T.“The alleged acts committed by Cambridge Analytica and its affiliates potentially constitute breaches of T&T law,” Al Rawi was quoted by the Guardian as saying when he announced the action.The Attorney General also said his office would audit all Government ministries, statutory authorities, state enterprises, and the National Security Council to ascertain the truth behind whether any contracts were established, any payments made, or any services rendered by CA or its affiliates.last_img read more

first_imgThe Guyana Association of Bankers Inc (GABI) has strongly objected to recent claims by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) that the local banking sector is not satisfying its taxation payment obligations.In press statement published in today’s edition of Guyana Times, the Association made reference to an article carried in a local newspapers on February 4, 2019 in which Commissioner General Godfrey Statia, said local commercial banks owe approximately $4 billion in corporation taxes.But according to the GABI, commercial banks and non-bank financial institutions over the years have made all taxation payments to the Government as required by law.The Association further highlighted that financial statements are prepared, reviewed and finalised in keeping with domestic, regional and international accounting and taxation standards as well as Bank of Guyana regulatory guidelines.The issue stemmed from Citizens Bank receiving Notices of Assessment from the GRA back in December 2018, claiming additional corporation taxes amounting to some $534,416,000.At a press conference on Friday, however, Statia explained that “banks are commercial entities in the business of lending and have bad debts; however, while the financial standards allow banks to make provision for these debts in their accounting, the Corporation Tax Act speaks about bad debt in a different light. We deal with actual bad debt – not because you provide for a bad debt means it will actually be bad… You cannot write off that debt as a provision and expect GRA to accept it.”However, the Bankers Association said that the approach currently employed by the commercial banks has always been accepted by the relevant authority and this has been well-documented and confirmed by the tax collection body.“GABI has been advised that members have met their tax obligations and is confident that its position is robust and indisputable. GABI members are committed to steadfast and strict adherence to the financial guidelines and to the laws of Guyana as they continue to serve the Guyanese people,” the GABI noted.The Association had already approached GRA, through the Bank of Guyana (BoG), to come to an agreement on the matter but the tax boss is adamant that he will not change the assessment. In light of this, GABI said it has engaged experienced, legal and accounting minds to pursue this matter to the fullest extent on its behalf.Statia had explained that the law currently only allows GRA to accept actual bad debt as a write off once the banks can show that sufficient steps were taken to recover the debt.“We are contributory negligent because we allowed it to go on for years so people were of the opinion that they were doing the right thing,” Statia had pointed out.last_img read more

first_imgA Starbucks is also rumoured for the site, however, Spina says no lease agreement has been signed with the coffee chain. The city’s newest hotel opened to a full house earlier this month, and business hasn’t slowed down since.About 50 executives, dignitaries, hotel guests, and local hoteliers were on hand Thursday evening to mark the grand opening of the Microtel Inn & Suites along the Alaska Highway.Carlo Spina, co-general manager of the hotel, said he knew the hotel would be busy when it had a soft opening on June 5, but not as busy as it’s been — with industry crews, Alaska Highway travellers, and American military filling up the rooms.- Advertisement -“It’s met and exceeded our expectations,” Spina said.“We’ve been quite busy from day one, and we hope it continues throughout the year.”Construction on the property, estimated between $10 to $12 million, began in March 2014, following months of demolition of the old buildings located on the site. The hotel has 87 rooms, four of which are apartment-style suites with full kitchens for long-term stays.Advertisement Rates start around $159 and run as high as $269 for long-term stays.Pizza, steak, and coffee eyed for propertySpina said development of the property isn’t finished.Construction work continues on a pair of new restaurant spaces, which will house a Pizza Hut and a MorisonsSteakhouse, part of the Browns Restaurant Group.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Ulinzi Stars head coach Robert Matano has said their poor start on the KPL second leg is not permanent.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.NAIROBI, Kenya, July 5 – The game of musical chairs that is the AFC Leopards coaching job continues to revolve, with former Sofapaka and Tusker FC title winning coach Robert Matano set to return to the club for a period of six months beginning next Monday.AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule has confirmed to Capital Sport that the tactician, fondly referred to as ‘The Lion’ has agreed personal terms with the club and is scheduled to report to training July 10 to take charge of the club dwindling at 12th spot in the Kenyan Premier League log. “We have had talks with him and reached an agreement. We have asked him to go clear with his former team Bidco United then report to training on Monday. I am confident that he is going to return the team to the top,” Mule said.“We have a good team in terms of players but our problem has been discipline. That is the sole reason we settled on Matano because of his track record on that area. We trust he will put the team back together,” Mule declared.Robert Matano converses with Benjamin Nyangweso before Ulinzi’s GOtv Shield final match against Tusker FC on October 20, 2016. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe former Ulinzi Stars boss will take charge for an initial six months, up to the end of the season and the contract will be reviewed in December with an option of extending.Matano has had two previous spells with Ingwe, having coached the side in 2010 and 2011.The tactician, the only coach to win the Kenyan Premier League title with two different teams started off the year as the tactician of second tier side Nairobi City Stars before leaving last month to join Thika-based Bidco United.After leaving Tusker at the end of the 2013 season, Matano moved to Nakuru where he joined four-time champions Ulinzi Stars, working with the military side until the end of last season when his contract expired amidst health issues.Under the new coaching structure at the den, Matano will be assisted by Tom Juma who had been holding brief after the departure of Dorian Marin while Tanzanian Dennis Kitambi will drop down to the role of Team Manager/Analyst.AFC Leopards head coach Dorian Marin shouts instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Mathare United on June 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya-Lidonde sacked-Meanwhile, the club has fired Team manager Tony Lidonde and goalkeeper Alex Mwangi over what Mule termed as ‘an internal issue’. With Kitambi already taking over the TM, Mule says they will settle on a new goalkeeper trainer over the next two weeks.Ingwe has been a club notorious of hiring and firing coaches with Matano set to become the fourth man at the helm this season and the 17th since 2009. They started off the season with English coach Stewart Hall who however, left at the start of June.They then picked on Dorian Marin, but the Romanian would go down as the shortest serving coach having managed the team for only two weeks.He left after disagreement with the team’s leadership despite having handled the team in the Super Cup in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and their league match against Mathare United.The former Kenyan international who has previously worked with Administration Police and Muhoroni Youth says he is optimistic the club will rise despite finding them struggling at 12th spot on the Kenyan Premier League table. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaFormer Kenyan international Juma then took charge but has only been in charge of three matches before Matano’s imminent arrival.Gilbert Selebwa, Edward Manoah, Nick Yakhama, the late Chris Makokha, Robert Bollen, Jan Koops, Tom Olaba, Luc Eymael, James Nandwa, Pieter de Jongh, Zdravko Logarusic, Ivan Minnaert and Ezekiel Akwana are among the coaches who have occupied the hot seat that is AFC Leopards coaching job since their return to top flight in 2009.Interestingly, the huge coaching turnover has not come with trophies attached to them. The club has only managed to win the GOtv Shield in 2013 under the tutelage of James Nandwa who went on to be sacked in 2014.They are still waiting on a maiden Premier league title since 1998.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img CSKA Moscow and Manchester City UEFA has decided to take no action against CSKA Moscow for having fans inside the closed stadium in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Tuesday night.Some 200 to 300 people supporting the Russian outfit were inside the Khimki Arena for the Champions League encounter, despite the game being ordered to be played behind closed doors after previous offences from the home fans.But UEFA is satisfied that rules were followed at the match and has opted not to further punish CSKA.Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has already claimed it was “unacceptable’” his side were not allowed any supporters at the game.The Belgian defender said: “You say ‘no fans’ then all of a sudden you turn up and basically the only team that hasn’t got fans is Man City. So who’s getting punished? Who is being done for racism? Man City or Moscow?”UEFA chief of press Pedro Pinto said the ‘supporters’ were guests of sponsors, staff or parents of ball boys who are not covered by the stadium ban, which was imposed for racist behaviour by fans.He added: “The game was still played behind closed doors – we have sponsors that get tickets to every game even when sanctions are involved, as do staff and the parents of the ball boys, and that was the situation yesterday.“As far as the corporate guests are concerned we cannot control what they wear or if they take scarves or flags but there was no inappropriate behaviour or banners.“Less than three per cent of the stadium was used and the club do not get gate receipts and enjoy the product that is the Champions League – they were still penalised.” 1last_img read more