Pomeroon duo slapped with murder charge

first_imgLennox Baharally and Rondell Edwards were remanded to prison after they made an appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer a joint murder charge.The duo was charged for the murder of Mohammed Abdul Shameer, who died on April 26, in the Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) after a boat capsized.Accused: Rondell EdwardsAccused: Lennox BaharallyBaharally 34, a boat builder, and Edwards, 19, also a boat builder, reside in Upper Pomeroon River.Defence Attorney Jerome Khan told the Court that it was an unfortunate incident and his clients’ only mistake was to remove the body from the scene and place it on the river bank.Khan added that the boat capsized and the defendants were only trying to rescue the man, who died.The case was adjourned for August 15 and transferred to the Charity Magistrate’s Court.Reports are that three months ago, the two while aboard a boat collided with Shameer’s boat in the Pomeroon River.It is alleged that after the accident, instead of going to a hospital, the duo took the man’s body to a swamp area and reportedly concealed it.last_img read more

Harry Greaves’ Alarming Revelation

first_imgThe eminent economic and financial analyst and writer, Harry A. Greaves in his weekly Daily Observer column last week, produced an alarming revelation. Quoting “reliable sources”, Mr. Greaves, who is also a certified public accountant (CPA), told our readers that in March this year (2015), the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) had in its bank accounts a staggering US$80 million. But by the end of June 2015 – three months later – that money had been spent, leaving a paltry balance of US$500,000.The first question to ask is, is this true? Did NOCAL truly have in its bank accounts US$80 million? Who are Mr. Greaves’ “reliable sources”, and are they correct in their revelation?It is widely speculated – indeed most people believe – that though he resigned as chair in 2013, Robert Sirleaf still calls the shots at NOCAL. How does the President, his mother, allow that to happen? Is it true what many are saying – that she is incapable of standing up to her “most beloved son”, so that he always has his way and gets anything he wants? Then the President herself is responsible for the malpractices at NOCAL. No wonder she announced last week that she takes “full responsibility” for what happened there.If now, Greaves “reliable sources “are correct, then what happened to the US$80 million so quickly? Was some of it squandered on the “retirement packages” that some of the NOCAL staff and board members are said to have received?How on earth is it possible for such a stupendous amount of money to be so recklessly mishandled? Did those responsible forget that Liberia is a country where the vast majority of its people live in abject poverty?Did they forget that by the President’s own admission, the educational system is “in a mess”? That our health care delivery system, too, is terribly inadequate, and that is why nearly 5, 000 of our people, mostly the poor and destitute, perished from Ebola?Do the people who spent that money know what even one fourth of that amount, US$20million, could have done for Education and health in our country?With this kind of financial recklessness, even thievery, with what conscience do our leaders stand before the donors in Europe, America, Asia and Africa and plead for aid? We know of nowhere in the developed world that its officials would spend their taxpayers money in such a reckless and thievish manner. Even if the US$80 million allegation were untrue, what about the US$31 million that Clemenceau Urey left in the NOCAL accounts when President Sirleaf removed him as NOCAL Chair in February 2012? That is when she appointed her son Robert to that position.On Robert Sirleaf’s watch NOCAL was able to spend US$ 31 million in only the 18 months of his tenure! Doing what?We support Harry Greaves 100% in his call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to commission immediately an audit of NOCAL. Given the magnitude of this crisis, only an independent international auditing firm such as Price Water House or Coopers and Lybrand can do justice to the auditing of NOCAL.Indeed, the government’s own auditing firm, the General Auditing Commission (GAC) would be very reluctant even afraid to touch NOCAL.Why? This newspaper has in its possession a letter written by NOCAL Board Chairman Robert Sirleaf dated October 4, 2012, to Mr. Robert Kilby, Auditor General at the time. In his letter, Mr. Sirleaf told Mr. Kilby, “… the Board of Directors respectfully requests, on behalf of NOCAL, a temporary break in the audit process while we re-examine our internal control systems and attempt to ensure that the process is done correctly, efficiently and in a manner that will maximize the benefit of conducting an audit. Our Audit Committee stands ready to work alongside your designated focal personin order to reschedule the commencement of the audit.“I wish to thank you for your kind consideration of this request.”Does the GAC, even under a new management, have the temerity to touch NOCAL with an Audit? In any case, with such an intimidating letter on its file, what kind of audit will the GAC have the courage to undertake?In keeping with her own pledge proclaimed in her Inaugural Address on January 16, 2006, to make the fight against corruption “Priority No. 1,” we call on the President to face the tainted bull head-on by credibly auditing NOCAL.This is a matter of character and resolve.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Province offering newcomers free English skills

first_imgNewcomers to Fort St. John will now get to develop their English language skills for free.The Province announced on Monday that it will be investing $40,000 towards the local Literacy Society.Immigrants and refugees who come to Fort St. John will be the beneficiaries of this investment.- Advertisement -The funding will go towards recruiting and training volunteer tutors, then help match tutors with those who want to improve their English language skills.Fort Nelson will also be receiving $40,000 to deliver a similar program, in partnership with the Northern Lights College.Information on becoming an English Language volunteer tutor can be found by Clicking Here. Advertisementlast_img read more

Winds may give way to spring rain

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Wacky spring weather marked by gale-force winds earlier this week in Santa Clarita will give way today to cloudy skies and perhaps some rain. Today will be partly cloudy with mild temperatures peaking around 70 and winds up to 15 mph. The National Weather Service calls for a 30 percent chance of April showers overnight, with winds picking up to 25 mph and lows dipping to a chilly 44 degrees. The chance of rain will fall to 20 percent on Sunday, with highs in the mid-60s and winds gusting up to 20 mph. Most of next week will be clear with highs in the mid-70s and 15- to 20-mph winds out of the north. Clouds and slightly cooler days are forecast Thursday. In recent days, city workers responded to several calls of tree limbs down in the high winds, but no serious damage was reported.last_img read more

GAA: FOUR MASTERS’ SEAN IS NEW COUNTY CHAIRMAN

first_imgFOUR MASTERS’ Sean Dunnion is the new chairman of the Donegal County GAA Board.He was elected to the position in a three-way vote today.Mr Dunnion replaces PJ McGowan who stood down from the position after a successful period in charge. Sean has been a stalwart in GAA circles in Donegal for several years, chairing the Donegal Town club for seven years as well being PRO.In today’s vote at the annual convention at the Abbey Hotel, Mr Dunnion defeated Charlie Cannon and Mick McGrath.Cathaoirleach – Seán DunnionLeas Chathaoirleach – Danny McNamee Rúnaí – Aodh Máirtín Ó FearraighLeas Rúnaí – Seán McGinleyCisteoir – Grace BoyleLeas Chisteoir – Frankie DohertyPRO – Jim Quinn Comhairle Uladh (1) Pat ConaghanComhairle Uladh (2) Brendan KellyToscaire Ard Chomhairle – Niall ErskineOifigeach Cultúir – Con O’Donnell Oifigeach Oiliúna – Anthony HarkinOifigeach Forbartha – Michael McMenaminOifigeach Leanaí – Mick McGrathGAA: FOUR MASTERS’ SEAN IS NEW COUNTY CHAIRMAN was last modified: December 17th, 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:GAA: FOUR MASTERS’ SEAN IS NEW COUNTY CHAIRMANlast_img read more

Donegal mum gets nice Halloween fright after scooping €63,294 on lotto!

first_imgA Donegal woman got the Halloween fright of a very nice kind when she scooped a very tidy sum on the National Lottery.The woman, who wishes, to remain anonymous, scooped a total of €63,294.This thrilled winner, in her fifties, bought her ticket in a Supervalu store in the Glebe in Donegal Town. The woman, who matched five numbers plus the bonus traveled to Dublin with her husband and son to collect her cash.She revealed that she abandoned choosing family birthdays for her Lotto numbers a year ago.“I switched to Quick Picks and that seems to have done the trick with this win!”She plans to use the funds towards some home improvements. Donegal mum gets nice Halloween fright after scooping €63,294 on lotto! was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 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:donegalDonegal TownHalloweenlottomumwinnerlast_img read more

Funding announcement ‘imminent’ for cross-border Riverine Project

first_imgA funding announcement is due to be made soon for the Riverine Project in Lifford and Strabane, according to Cllr Gary Doherty.The Cllr said that approval for the project could be “potentially the best news the towns have had in a generation.”There are reports that almost €9 million has been granted to the project which will create a new shared public space on both sides of the River Foyle between the towns. Cllr Doherty said “while we must be careful not to pre-empt any funding announcement by SEUPB, and respecting the procedures and protocol within which any funding body must work within, there are strong indications that we have been successful with the funding application for the Riverine Project.“The €8.96 million which it is believed has been granted will transform the riverside areas of both towns and it has the potential to kick-start a period of re-generation on both sides of the border. Our communities can now look forward to the development of 30 acres into a shared parkland with walkways, a public events space, pedestrian bridge, river access and a world-class play experience for our children and young people. This is potentially the best news these towns have had in a generation.“I am absolutely delighted that both Donegal County Council, as Lead Partner working with Derry City and Strabane District Council, working collaboratively over a long number of years  have successfully taken this project over the line. I want to pay tribute to all the hard working staff members from both Councils who have put so much effort into this. They put the shoulder to the wheel, especially after we were knocked back last year, and they ensured that we would be successful this time.“I would also pay tribute to all the elected members in both Donegal and Tyrone who wouldn’t take no for an answer when this project was knocked back on numerous occasions. This project is a testament to their hard work, and is a shining example of what can be achieved when elected representatives work together for the benefit of our communities. In particular, I would like to thank my colleague Pat Doherty, who as MP for West Tyrone was instrumental in ensuring Riverine stayed at the top of the agenda for both Councils. “Finally, this project is a massive endorsement of the hard work and commitment of community groups in the wider Lifford and Strabane areas. They actively engaged with both Councils to ensure that the evidence was there to show that this new facility would be used by the community to foster enhanced links and relationships across the border.” Funding announcement ‘imminent’ for cross-border Riverine Project was last modified: June 12th, 2019 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)last_img read more

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Stateless Zim residents gain citizenship

first_imgZimbabweans are expected to go to the polls before the end of 2013.(Image: Jordi Matas, Unicef)MEDIA CONTACTS • Obinna AnyadikeEditor-in-Chief, Irin+254 20 7622 1343RELATED ARTICLES• Zimbabwe ready for investors• Zim families enjoy sweet success• Zambia, Zim host world tourism meet• Giving Zimbabwe’s diaspora a voiceSource: Irin NewsStanding in a winding queue in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, Judith Kapito, 38, cannot hide her excitement: she is waiting to receive a new identity document, one that will offer her rights and opportunities she has long been deprived of.Kapito was born to Malawian parents who migrated to Zimbabwe – then Southern Rhodesia – in 1960. She lost her citizenship in 2001, when the government’s amendment of the Citizenship Act forced those born of alien parents to renounce their foreign citizenship.Kapito, who was born in Zimbabwe and registered as a national of the country, had no other citizenship to renounce. She became stateless, and remained so until the country’s new constitution, passed in April 2013, restored her status as a Zimbabwean.“For 10 years, I had no identity, just a name. I had no country to call mine because the government of Malawi, where my parents came from, did not consider me as its citizen and could not help me in any way.”The processing of documents at the Registrar General’s office has been slow, but Kapito remains upbeat. “I am happy that there is now… a new constitution that brings back my citizenship, and I see so many opportunities ahead of me,” she told Irin News.Once she acquires her new passport, Kapito plans to become an informal trader, buying hairdressing chemicals from Botswana for resale in Zimbabwe.“My citizenship was taken away at a time when things were bad in Zimbabwe, and it was difficult to make ends meet. I could not cross the border, not even to Malawi, which was supposed to be my country, and thus could not make money as other traders were doing,” she said. Myriad challengesIn 2000, an economic and political crisis began when the government of President Robert Mugabe forced out thousands of white commercial farmers to resettle black Zimbabweans, leading to the displacement of former farm workers, massive unemployment levels and acute shortages of basic commodities. The move also forced millions of people to migrate and others to rely on cross-border trade to earn a living or access food.Kapito’s statelessness followed soon after. The 2001 amendment prohibited dual citizenship; people who had migrated to Zimbabwe had to renounce their natural citizenship before they could acquire a Zimbabwean one. Kapito did not have the details, such as the name of her Malawian village head, needed to acquire a Malawian passport from the embassy in Harare, which she could then renounce.Since then, the challenges have been myriad. An unemployed widow with three school-going children, she has been struggling to get a court directive to inherit and sell an old truck that her late husband left behind because she could not obtain a marriage certificate; both she and her husband were considered foreigners who could not legally marry in Zimbabwe.Kapito is among thousands of migrants and their descendants to face such difficulties.Her neighbour Duncan Sapangwa, 30, whose parents also migrated from Malawi, hopes that restoration of his Zimbabwean citizenship will help him open a bank account for his small carpentry business.“Banks always turned my applications for a loan down because they said I was an alien who could run away from Zimbabwe any time. I have no doubt that my business would have grown if I had access to a loan,” said Sapangwa.The Harare municipality also refused to put him on the city’s housing waiting list, he said, because of his “alien” status.“I have many relatives who used to work on white farms but were chased away by the new owners. The government said they could not be resettled under the land reform programme because they were foreigners, and they ended up as beggars on the streets. Since we are now citizens once again, we hope the future will be better,” he added. Thousands statelessAccording to the Harare-based Research and Advocacy Unit’s December 2008 report, A Right or Privilege: Access to Identity and Citizenship in Zimbabwe, the law prohibiting dual citizenship left thousands stateless, most of them young people.“Among the most affected are young generations of Zimbabweans whose grandparents migrated from Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia” for a variety of reasons, including war, famine and unemployment back at home, said the report.Thabani Mpofu, spokesperson of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, said it was difficult to establish the exact numbers of those considered aliens living in Zimbabwe as no formal study has been conducted, but he said the figure could run to “several hundreds of thousands”.The acting president of the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations, Lucia Masekesa, accused the government of having been insensitive towards migrants and their families.“The political leadership in this country failed to consider the plight caused by taking the so-called aliens’ citizenship away… Nothing was done to cushion them,” she said. Voting rightsOnce Kapito and Sapangwa receive proof of citizenship, they will be able to exercise the rights due any other citizen of Zimbabwe, including, crucially, the ability to vote in the impending general elections.Kapito was prevented from voting in the 2000 general elections because of widespread political violence against perceived opponents of the government. Afterwards, considered an alien, she was unable to vote in the 2002 presidential election or the 2005 and 2008 parliamentary polls.Mugabe, who has been in power for more than three decades, set 31 July 2013 as the next election date. This decision was met with an outcry from the opposition, who pointed out that amendments to electoral laws were still being debated and that the voter registration exercise needed more time. The Southern African Development Community has since intervened, asking Mugabe to extend the date to 14 August.Whatever the date, Kapito says she is happy she will finally be able to cast her vote.Still, Arnold Sululu, a member of parliament and of the parliamentary committee on home affairs and defence, warned that it was too early for many to celebrate the restoration of their citizenship.“Many people of migrant origin are facing problems getting new identity documents and passport[s], and it may be a while before normalcy returns,” he said.last_img read more

Sri Lanka level ODI series with big win over SA

first_img10 July 2014Despite a defiant century from in-form Hashim Amla, the Proteas slumped to an 87-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the second one-day international at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on Wednesday.Sri Lanka’s victory levelled the three-match series at 1-1, with the series-decider set to be played in Hambantota on Saturday.Top scoreAfter winning the toss, Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews elected to bat and it proved a good decision as Tillikaratne Dilshan led the way from the top of the order with an innings of 86 off 90 balls to help the home team to 267 all out after 49.2 overs.Mahela Jayawardene weighed in with a slowish 48, while Lahiru Thirimanne contributed 36 and Matthews 34.Steyn injuryUnfortunately for the Proteas, they lost fast bowler Dale Steyn to a hand injury in only his third over when he tried to take a sharp caught and bowled off a shot by Dilshan. Fortunately for South Africa, however, fears that he might have broken the hand were later dispelled and he could be available for Saturday’s showdown.In Steyn’s absence, Ryan McLaren once again underlined his all-round value to the team with a return of 4 for 48 from his 10 overs. Imran Tahir snared 2 for 41 in his 10, while Vernon Philander returned 2 for 49 in 7.2.Amla’s excellenceOnly three South Africans reached double figures in the Proteas’ batting reply. Despite this, Amla struck his third consecutive century, following tons against a Sri Lankan Board President’s XI and against Sri Lanka in the first ODI. He made 101 off 102 balls, in an innings of just 180 all out.“He’s an amazing cricketer and it is great to have him in our side, especially when he is playing like that,” South African captain AB de Villiers said in a post-match interview. “Even though we lost tonight, we still have confidence in him and the whole batting line-up to get it right in the last game.”DamageNew ball bowler Lasitha Malinga did plenty of damage to the South African batting, claiming a haul of 4 for 24 in six overs, but it was the Sri Lankan spinners who put the skids under the South African batting effort by taking wickets and restricting scoring.Dilshan secured the man of the match award by following up his 86 with a return of 3 for 40 with the ball. Ajantha Mendis also excelled, picking up 2 for 18 in 6.1 overs.‘I’m very disappointed’“I’m very disappointed. I thought we started really, really slowly with the ball, but pulled it back nicely to what seemed like a decent total to chase down,” De Villiers said.“We started really well with the bat and Hash played an amazing innings, but we unfortunately could just not form partnerships around him, so it’s very disappointing, but we are still in the series and we’ll move on to Hambantota and try and fix things there.‘A big blow’Assessing what the loss of Steyn meant to South Africa’s chances in the big loss, he concluded: “Look, losing Dale was a big blow up front. I thought the guys tried really hard right until the end of our bowling innings. I thought we did extremely well to get it down to 260-odd, which was chaseable, not easy, but chaseable.“I would have liked to see us get closer than what we did.”last_img read more