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Slum Communities Tackle Offensive Drains

first_imgA three-day clean-up campaign of the foul smelling and revolting septic drains running through Newport Street and several other slum communities of Soniewhein and Buzzy Quarters in the capital, Monrovia, kicked off yesterday Thursday.The Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) initiated the long overdue project with support from Oxfam, an international relief agency which provides poverty and disaster relief in many countries around the world. The theme of the gutter cleaning project is “Operation Clean the Sonie.”The fetid drains are fertile breeding sites for flies, mosquitos and other disease carrying insects. The foul smell from the drains is a source of irritation and embarrassment to community residents.Dozens of wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels and rain boots as well as face-masks and gloves were turned over to the leadership of Montserrado County Electoral District #8 focal person to carry out the revolting but necessary feat.The drains run with feces and garbage of all sorts thrown in them by community residents who then suffer the stench of their refuse all year round.    The chairman of Soniewhein and Electoral District #8 of Montserrado County, Abel Glaysuah, said 20 youths from each of the four communities have been contracted for the unenviable job of cleaning the nasty drains.The four communities include Newport Street, Buzzy Quarters, Soniewhein, Lynch and Center Streets.Mr. Glaysuah said each of the 80 youths will be paid the amount of US$5 per day, summing up to US$15 for the three days of work (from yesterday, April 30 to Saturday, May 2.)“We are glad that MCC and Oxfam are helping us to clean the drains which pose a serious health hazard to the communities,” Mr. Glaysuah said. The project, he said, is the first of its kind that the MCC has undertaken since the leaderships of those communities were elected in August last year. Mr. Glaysuah then expressed the hope that the MCC would extend the project to other areas outside of Montserrado Electoral District #8. In separate remarks, the Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), Charles Allen, and Deputy Public Works Minister for Technical Services, Claude Langley, challenged the youths from the communities to keep the gutters clean at all times, be it rainy or dry season.They admonished residents to stop dumping garbage in the gutters as the clogging of the drains will not support good health and the free flow of water.Monrovia City Mayor Clara Mvogo, urged the leadership of the communities to take charge of the drains and maintain them throughout the year.She expressed appreciation to LWCS authorities for collaborating with their counterparts at the Ministry of Public Works to clean the drains.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Over 2,000 Raffle Tickets Sold for Omega Market Project

first_imgMrs. Rhonda von Ballmoos, Secretary General of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), has disclosed that over 2,000 tickets have been sold so far in the raffle draw to complete the Omega Market building.Madam von Ballmoos said the support they are receiving from Liberians towards the project is fascinating and urged them to continue to buy more tickets ahead of the final raffle draw. “If such a strong support from the public continues we will be able to sell all the tickets before the draw on December 31,” Madam von Ballmoos said. She made the remarks on Thursday, December 24 at the fourth raffle draw held at the Paynesville City Hall, which produced 37 winners with prizes ranging from U$100, five 50-pound bags of rice and a two-day weekend stay in a luxury suite with breakfast, buffet and dinner for two.“To ensure fairness we want everyone who wants to take part to go to the project site and see the level of work that is being done so they can know that the sisterhood is serious about this project,” Madam von Ballmoos said.She said that the project comprises three market buildings, of which two have been completed, with the main building still under construction.“Any amount we generate from ticket sales goes directly to the market project because we want it to finish on time,” Madam von Ballmoos added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bank of Guyana considering penalties for Republic Bank

first_img…technical difficulties, poor service unacceptable – GovernorIn the wake of weeks of complaints from Republic Bank customers about the service following an upgrade to its system, the Bank of Guyana is considering amendments to the legislation to allow it to institute specific penalties against commercial banks for poor service and other infractions.This was revealed at the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday by Bank of Guyana Governor, Dr Gobind Ganga, after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Natural Resource Fund. According to Ganga, they are, in fact, considering a suite of legislation to give the central bank the teeth it needs to discipline banks.“There are a number of persons who have been disappointed as to their conduct when it comes to this new platform they’re trying to put in place. The central bank is also very disappointed. We’ve been in contact with Republic Bank to ensure they have the necessary structure in place but I should tell you they have been very, very slow”.Bank of Guyana Governor, Dr Gobind GangaHe added that at the last meeting that was held with the Bank’s CEO, Amral Khan, it was conveyed that the Bank was trying its best to rectify the issue.“But that very best is still not what we are accepting. So we are ensuring that they are continuously addressing this issue to make it more acceptable to the public. We are hoping that when this platform is put in place, they’ll be able to compensate the customer some way or the other”.It was pointed out by Finance Minister Winston Jordan that the Bank of Guyana does have the authority to issue circulars reprimanding banks. Ganga also noted that the central bank will be meeting with the Guyana Association of Bankers on Friday to discuss its concerns.The Bank’s Governor noted that when they do move towards sanctions, it’s going to be a substantial one. When asked, however, Ganga shied away from singling out Republic Bank for sanctions.“Republic Bank is forcing us in that direction, not just with their current conduct but future conduct…this will be across the banking system. This is not something for one individual…We are not threatening anybody. We want to put things out in the open. We will say this is what is expected of you, and if you are not going to do what you are required to do, then this will be the penalty”.Republic Bank was in the process of transitioning its services for much of last month. During that time, customers complained of long lines and in some cases, the unavailability of certain services.This came little over a month after the Central Bank of Guyana denied Republic Financial Holdings Limited, the parent company of Republic Bank (Guyana), permission for the purchase/acquisition of the operations of Scotiabank in Guyana.In late November 2018, after the proposed buyout was announced, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had stated that Republic Bank Limited’s acquisition of Scotiabank’s operations in Guyana could be unhealthy for the local financial sector.His statements came on the heels of the Canadian-based Scotiabank announcing that it has signed an agreement to sell its banking operations in Guyana and eight other Caribbean nations to Republic Financial Holdings Limited.last_img read more

New officers urged to not “succumb to the temptation of corruption”

first_img…as GPF inducts 92 new officersThe Guyana Police Force on Wednesday hosted a Passing Out Parade for 98 new officers who recently completed the Basic Recruit Courses 364 to 66, successfully inducting them into the realm of the Force.Training began on September 6, 2017, with 127 new recruits, however, because of the intensity of the courses, only 98 graduated.The new officers were subjected to teachings in crime, traffic and Information Technology along with other aspects of training to make them well rounded PoliceSenior officers with the best graduating student of each courseOfficers.While delivering the feature address, Assistant Police Commissioner Nigel Hoppie applauded the officers for completing the training course. He noted the fact that they are part of the parade bears testimony to their strong will and dedication toward protecting the citizens of Guyana.“As the new generation of Policemen and women you will face moral challenges and high public expectations and you are expected at all times to exhibit that professionalism and dedication so necessary for the execution of duties. From this point forward until the day you leave this job, you will be in the public’s eyes subject to constant comments… it is just a fact from now on,” he said.“Remember the oath you took to serve and protect the citizens of this country, this must always be on the forefront of your minds. Avoid temptation and remain honest when carrying out your functions. Law enforcement officials are expectedThe newly minted Police Officersto display special qualities,” Hoppie added.He urged the officers to be committed to serving their communities, to execute their duties without fear or favour and to develop a high degree of self-discipline and integrity. In addition, he noted challenged the officers not to succumb to the temptation of corruption.“Be vigilant. The multidimensional and multifaceted nature of crime today requires vigilance and foresight to maintain that stronghold on perpetrators. It is becoming more evident that traditional reactive styles of policing do no effectively contain crime and criminals in a society that is rapidly changing through technological advances. As a consequence proactive measures are necessary and you are to be the architects of same,” he noted.He explained the qualities will prove to be invaluable to the work of the officers. He challenged the new officers to take every opportunity to enrich their knowledge, skills and abilities to address the weaknesses. He noted the officers are required to display high moral and ethical standards at all times, adding they are to not only be Policemen in uniforms.“You need to be imbued with the understanding that the public comprises people with an infinite variety of attitudes and disposition which will often be at variance with yours, hence the need to display the level of professionalism that is in keeping with a modern Police Force. Remember this is a service profession. It is your responsibility to protect and serve, never take action based on emotion,” he noted.“One of the fundamental keys to successful law enforcement is good Police-community relation or the relationship between the Police and the community you serve. Good Police community relations are imperative to developing trust between Police and citizens, without this trust Police work becomes much less effective,” Hoppie explained.In presenting the course overview, Sergeant Anderson said since the commencement of the training sessions the ranks were exposed to various techniques and the essential principles of policing practices and principles.At the parade, the graduates were awarded trophies in the categories of most improved, runner up and best student for each course.last_img read more

Christian university welcomes Romney

first_imgVIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – There were no jeers, no protests, and no mention of the religious doctrines that divide them – just the patter of applause and nods of agreement. Taking the stage under a cloudy sky, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney charged the graduates of Regent University with forsaking the shallow water and seeking the depths where life is about others, one’s “spouse, family, friends, faith community, country.” It could have been just one of many routine commencements held across the nation Saturday, but this was a Mormon addressing students of a school that labels itself “America’s pre-eminent Christian university,” a scene pundits could predict would be tense given the evangelical community’s concerns with followers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But Saturday, as during the first four months of his campaign, Romney’s religion has not risen as the high hurdle once predicted. The White House hopeful has faced several other campaign bumps, but his religion – one viewed with hesitancy by many evangelical Protestants – appears to be taking a back seat. Romney steered away from any specific mention of his faith on Saturday, opting for broader mentions of marriage, of service, of faith in God, of the spirit that drives America. Graduates should strive to go beyond the bounds of comfort, Romney advised, like great Americans before them. “This too is your heritage, to reach beyond the shallows of selfishness and to shape the character of the nation,” said Romney, draped with a black robe and scarlet-rimmed graduation hood. “The deep water will be more rewarding and more exhilarating than you can imagine. Come on in, the water’s fine.” Speaking at Regent, a school founded by televangelist Pat Robertson and home to the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), is one of many moves Romney has made to assure wary voters that he and they are not unalike. When news broke that Romney would address graduates, some students and alumni balked. They argued the pulpit at Regent was reserved for those who follow their same tenants. CBN’s Web site lists the LDS Church as a cult. “Mormons are some of the most exemplary human beings, especially in regard to their behavior patterns and their adherence to the fundamental values of our society,” the site says. “But their religious beliefs are, to put it simply, wrong.” Robertson avoided any talk of that Saturday and introduced Romney as a “person of great distinction” and an “outstanding American.” Those attending were gracious to Romney. “His message seems to be pretty impressive, very strong,” said John Rivers, a Southern Baptist from Richmond, Va. “Nothing offended me.” “He’s a good, upstanding person,” added evangelical Christian Trevor Hartman of Charleston, S.C., who dismissed any need for concern about Romney’s faith. “There’s no reason for a protest,” he said. “You wouldn’t be a good Christian if you did that.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Court lets Taylor keep van Gogh

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The lower court also correctly ruled that the Holocaust Victims Redress Act did not establish a right to sue for the return of confiscated property, the appeals court held. In court documents, Taylor’s attorneys acknowledged that Nazis forced Mauthner and her family to give up jobs, pensions and homes, but said they had no information on whether Mauthner sold the painting or it was stolen from her. In its opinion Friday, the 9th Circuit took note of the geographic and legal journey the painting has made. “Vincent van Gogh is said to have reflected that `paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.’ The confused and perhaps turbulent history of his painting “Vue de l’Asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-R Demy” may prove the truth of his observation,” the court wrote. Taylor said in court papers that she had never seen information suggesting the painting was ill-gotten by the Nazis. Her father, Francis Taylor, bought the painting in 1963 on his daughter’s behalf for $257,600 at a Sotheby’s auction in London. A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit demanding that Elizabeth Taylor turn over a Vincent van Gogh painting once confiscated by Nazis. Four descendants of the late Margarete Mauthner, whose possessions were seized by the Nazis after she fled Germany in 1939, claimed in a 2004 lawsuit that Taylor failed to review the ownership history of “View of the Asylum of Saint-Remy” before acquiring the painting more than 40 years ago. The heirs contended a sales brochure warned the painting was likely confiscated by Nazis. They asked for restitution and for the painting, which was appraised at between $10 million and $15 million when it hung in Taylor’s living room about two years ago. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said a lower federal court properly ruled in 2005 that the statute of limitations had expired for the state law under which the family filed its claim. last_img

Worse than Courtois and McGregor? Rare howler from World Cup winner

first_imgBayern Munich lost their first home game in 11 months and were not helped by this mistake from Manuel Neuer.Borussia Monchengladbach won 2-0, though Pep Guardiola’s side are still 10 points ahead of second-placed Wolfsburg.Raffael scored twice, but it is his first that will have left Ballon d’Or nominee Neuer fuming as he allowed the ball to slip through his hands.In the Premier League, Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois gifted Hull an equaliser, while Loic Remy’s tame shot found its way past Allan McGregor in the Hull goal to seal a 3-2 win for the Blues.last_img read more

Crystal Palace received no summer offers from Spurs for star man, reveals Alan Pardew

first_img Yannick Bolasie Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has revealed the club received no offers from Tottenham during the summer for Yannick Bolasie.The winger was heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane in the most recent transfer window after impressing last season.But Pardew has now explained that no contact was made by Spurs and it was all speculation.“Yan is a fantastic talent. There was a strong link in the media but actually no link officially from Spurs to us,” said Pardew.“Not manager to manager, not chairman to chairman, chief executive to chief executive – there was no contact.“So really and truly therefore it suggests that there was no interest. But the media like that story and it’s a good story for this week.” 1last_img read more

U.S., others put pressure on Syria

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The central challenge now for the resolution will be getting the support of Russia and China, which have been hesitant to use the threat of sanctions to back up a call for more Syrian cooperation. President George W. Bush insisted Tuesday that the United Nations hold Syrian leaders “accountable for their continuing support of terrorism.” Yet Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a phone conversation Tuesday with Assad, welcomed Syria’s stated willingness to cooperate with the investigation and emphasized that the council must proceed carefully. The two discussed the “urgent need for cautious action by the international community in order to prevent the emergence of new sources of tension in the region,” the Kremlin said in a statement. The new draft spells out a list of stern measures against Syria. UNITED NATIONS – The United States, France and Britain on Tuesday demanded that Syria detain government officials suspected of involvement in the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister and ensure their cooperation with a U.N. probe or face possible sanctions. The call was contained in a strongly worded draft resolution that orders Syria to make the suspected officials or individuals “fully and unconditionally available” to investigators who have accused Syria of obstructing their work. That language was a clear attempt to pressure Syria into giving the probe access to top security officials – possibly including the brother-in-law of President Bashar Assad – who may have been involved in the Feb. 14 assassination of Rafik Hariri. In a report released last week, chief U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis implicated top Syrian and Lebanese security officials in the assassination and said Syria was not cooperating fully with his probe. Syria hotly denies those claims. It would slap an immediate travel ban and asset freeze on suspects identified by the commission. It states that Syria must allow interviews to take place outside the country and without Syrian official presence – a key concern of the Mehlis. “I think we’ve learned something about trying to interview witnesses in an authoritarian society,” U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said in a reference to U.S. efforts to interview Iraqi scientists during its hunt for weapons of mass destruction. If Syria does not fully cooperate with the investigation, the draft says the council intends to consider “further measures,” including sanctions, “to ensure compliance by Syria.” In an appearance before the council earlier Tuesday, Mehlis urged Syria to help “fill in the gaps” about who orchestrated the car bombing that killed Hariri and 20 other people in Beirut. “I cannot send 500 investigators, which I do not have, to Syria to look for documents because I do not know where I would find them,” he told reporters after emerging from the council meeting. “It would be a good idea if the Syrian authorities made an extra effort by themselves.” France’s Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sabliere said: “We should not tolerate anything short of full cooperation.” The Security Council could hold a meeting Monday, attended by the 15 members’ foreign ministers, to adopt the resolution, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said. Diplomats say the presence of the foreign ministers would give the resolution added weight and increase pressure on Syria. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more