By all accounts, the turnout of journalists in Ganta last weekend for the Congress of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) was impressive. There were nearly 300 in attendance. But there were also serious problems.Most of the journalists who turned out were interested in and committed to ONE thing only—the election for president. Other matters on the Congress agenda were treated as totally secondary or non-essential. It was observed that very many of those who turned out remained outside talking politics and “electioneering”. They had little or no time for anything else.They were unconcerned about the PUL’s finances; about how to grow and consolidate the membership; about the PUL’s stance on the forthcoming 2017 elections and how the Union and its print and electronic member institutions could effectively cover them.More importantly, what did the PUL think were some of the salient issues in the coming presidential and general elections and how the PUL’s member institutions would deal with them? How could PUL take the lead in ensuring that the entire Liberian electorate remained FOCUSED on the most important ISSUES that should dominate the discussions in the coming elections?What role should we in the Liberian media play in the debates among presidential candidates, and which media institutions should take the lead in facilitating the presidential and other debates?Are these not some of the important issues the PUL Congress should have been concerned about? We think they very definitely were, but the PUL members in Ganta did not think so. They were concerned primarily about who would be the next president. How disturbingly unfortunate!But the successive PUL administrations, especially in the past two decades, have themselves to blame for this lack of interest in the discussion of issues at PUL congresses.Why do we say that? Because successive PUL administrations have failed to hold regular meetings, as was done in the 1980s and previously. There were regular monthly meetings at the YMCA where important national issues were discussed.Such meetings have in recent times taken place once in a blue moon and only where there is a crisis and PUL members are called only to vote on press releases issued to address a crisis.No, an organization like the PUL, if it wants to be taken seriously in the nation, should take the lead in the discussion of national issues. But to be reduced to petty political rivalry within the Union, as was displayed in Ganta and heretofore, is very sad and tends to make the PUL irrelevant in national affairs. The other matter of concern is how the PUL is being supported – surely not by the members themselves and the member media institutions, but mainly by donors. Where, then, does the Union stand on the critical issue of National Self Reliance, when the PUL is itself so seriously dependent on foreign donors?Finally, the winner of the presidential election in Ganta last week, Charles B. Coffey, is an employee of the Liberian government, working for the state broadcaster, the Liberian Broadcasting System (LBS). But we understand he had earlier pledged that if elected, he would resign his post and once again become an independent journalist.We await that resignation and his assumption of personal independence. That would give the PUL the hope of unfettered leadership. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Police are investigating the circumstances which led to a fire destroying four cars belonging to 37-year-old Faisal Hydarlie in the wee hours of Tuesday morning at his residence in Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Based on reports received, the businessman parked his white Toyota IST motorcarThe destroyed interior of the Toyota ISTand his other vehicles in front of his house and went to bed. He was later awoken at around 02:30h by the sound of a loud explosion. Upon checking, he saw the IST motorcar with registration number PRR 3019 on fire.He immediately contacted the Guyana Fire Service but by the time they arrived at the scene, the fire had already caught onto a grey Toyota 212 motor car bearing licence plates HC 2405; a grey Toyota AE 100 motorcar with registration number PKK1530 and a grey Toyota AT 192 motorcar, with registration plates PSS 9995.The firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze.When Guyana Times visited the area on Tuesday, the owner of the vehicles was at the Police Station. Based on information gathered, Hydarlie of Section C, Block Y,Another vehicle which was damaged as a result of the fireGolden Grove, EBD retired to bed at about 22:00h on Monday leaving his vehicles intact.The Police have launched an investigation to determine if the fire was deliberately set.
The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) recently engaged staff of the Linden municipality and the Linden Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) as it culminated its 2018 Regional Tax Campaign.The campaign was facilitated by the Communication and Tax Advisory Services Division which focused on several topics relevant to procedures at the GRA and the 2018 tax laws and regulations.At the meeting held with the Linden Municipality, one of the main topics coveredTax Specialist Roopnarine Ramkishun speaking to personnel at the Linden Mayor and Town Councilthe two per cent Withholding Tax on resident contractors which the Town Council, as a Central Authority, may have to apply when outsourcing. GRA’s Tax Specialist Roopnarine Ramkishun led discussions in that regard, expounding on the obligations of both the contractor and contractee and the entities and transactions that are exempt from this law.The residents were also notified of the current developments at the GRA’s branch office at Casuarina Drive, including the selling of a quantity of alcoholic beverages by way of sealed bids. The public was informed that the winning bid will be subject to G$16 per excise stamp for each bottle. The rationale behind the introduction of the excise stamp was explained in detail at the workshops.The engagement with the LCCI concentrated more on trade and miscellaneous licences, in particular the recent passage of the Tax Amendment Bill which will allow the GRA to issue a provisional licence to small shops pending the grant of such permits as building permits and fire permits.Discussion with the Chamber members enabled the Authority to garner feedback about its services and whether or not those services are working in the best interest of businesses in the Town.The tax sensitisation campaign is in keeping with the GRA’s mission to promote compliance through education. The exercise commenced in May 2018 focusing on the 2018 legislative amendments and Excise Stamp control programme. Essequibo, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo); and Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) were the locations visited.
1500m Finale: 3: 04.75 543 pts400m Finale: 0: 50.36 543 pts200m Pursuit/MS Finale: 0: 24.82 666 pts3000m Finale: 0: 00.03 666 pts4.Hannah North – 1,7821500m Finale: 3: 04.53 666 pts400m Finale: 0: 47.24 130 pts200m Pursuit/MS Finale:0: 24.40 443 pts3000m Finale: 0: 00.04 543 ptsDivision 4,1. Nolan Cote – 3,6321200m Finale: 2: 49.25 1,000 pts400m Finale: 0: 54.52 816 pts200m Finale: 0: 28.10 816 pts2000m Finale: 0: 00.01 1,000 pts5. Emerson Bigras – 1,8721200m Finale: 3: 10.25 443 pts400m Finale: 1: 01.45 543 pts200m Finale: 0: 30.91 443 pts2000m Finale: 0: 00.05 443 pts7. Austin Macgregor – 1,148Advertisement 1200m Finale: 3: 15.42 362 pts400m Finale: 1: 04.63 196 pts200m Finale: 0: 32.43 295 pts2000m Finale: 0: 00.01 295 ptsDivision 5,3. Jacob Paradela – 2,468400m Finale: 1: 12.01 666 pts200m Finale: 0: 39.64 543 pts100m Finale: 0: 22.98 443 pts800m LT Finale: 2: 30.87 816 pts5.Erik Hansen – 2,114400m Finale: 1: 18.14 362 pts200m Finale: 0: 39.52 666 pts100m Finale: 0: 22.41 543 pts800m LT Finale: 2: 48.71 543 pts6. Varvara Whale – 1,341400m Finale: 1: 20.57 443 pts200m Finale: 0: 42.48 241 pts100m Finale: 0: 22.89 295 pts800m Finale: 2: 44.21 362 ptsDivision 6,1. Ivanka Whale – 3,00050m Finale: 0: 13.23 1,000 pts100m Finale 0: 26.33 1,000 pts200m Finale: 0: 50.16 1,000 pts2. Henry Pos – 2,44850m Finale: 0: 16.93 816 pts100m Finale: 0: 31.88 816 phs200m Finale: DNS 816 pts3. Claire Mcphedran – 66650m Finale: DNS 666 pts 1500m Finale: 2: 38.73 1,000 pts500m Finale: 0: 47.29 1,000 pts400m Finale: 0: 38.67 1,000 pts1000m Finale: 2: 28.27 543 pts3000m Finale: 0: 00.01 1,000 pts2. Nyam Newlove – 3,4481500m Finale: 2: 39.81 816 pts500m Finale: 0: 48.89 816 pts400m Finale: 0: 39.89 816 pts1000m Finale: 1: 41.36 1,000 pts3. Brooke Braun- 2,4431500m Finale: 2: 45.71 666 pts500m Finale: 0: 53.26 295 pts400m Finale: 0: 43.42 666 pts1000m Finale: 1: 50.21 816 ptsDivision 3,2. Matthew Mitchell- 2,5931500m Finale: 2: 56.72 816 pts400m Finale: 0: 48.12 666 pts200m Pursuit/MS Finale: 0: 25.01 295 pts3000m Finale: 0: 00.02 816 pts3. Sidney Bennie – 2,418Advertisement Division 1, Mixed Genders5. Jessica Telizyn – 1,8721500m Finale: 3: 22.19 443 pts500m Finale 1: 06.66 543 pts1000m Finale: 2: 00.40 443 pts3000m Finale: DNF 443 ptsDivision 2,1. Joshua Telizyn – 4,543Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club held its first short track interclub event of the season on Saturday.In the Division 2, skaters Joshua Telizyn, Nyam Newlove and Brooke Braun finished one through three. Telizyn would finish with the fastest time in every event except for the 1000m race. He would also win the day in terms of points collected with 4,543. Newlove placed second throughout the day except in the 1000m which he won with a time of 1:41:36. Braun had a solid afternoon of skating finishing in second or third in all events.Matthew Mitchell and Sidney Bennie placed second and third in Division 3. Mitchell would excel in the 1500m as he was four-tenths of a second away from first place. Bennie would place third in the 200m team pursuit with a time of 0:24:82.- Advertisement -In Division 4, speed skater Nolan Cote would finish tied for top spot barely missing out on the full 4,000 points by less than a full second in the 200m and 400m events.Ivanka Whale of Division 6 would run the table and finish in first place in every event she participated in, including a 5 second gap in the 100m skate.The results were as follows:Advertisement
Rickie Lambert has hailed Steven Gerrard and admitted he was in awe of his Liverpool teammate when they first met.The lifelong Reds fan joined his boyhood club in June from Southampton, at the age of 32, and he admits he feels fortunate to be playing alongside the former England skipper.“There was a period of five years when he was the best player in the world,” Lambert told LFC Xtra.“He’s gone on to win so many trophies. I know he hasn’t won the Premier League but he’s won almost everything else. He has driven the club on so many times, it is unbelievable.“He’s really down-to-earth and made me feel really welcome at England when I first joined. I remember being very nervous around him actually because I looked up to him so much. But he was a normal lad.” Rickie Lambert and Steven Gerrard 1
– Manchester United –Eight members of Manchester United’s celebrated ‘Busby Babes’ team were among 23 people who died when their plane crashed after attempting to take off in poor conditions in Munich on February 6, 1958.England superstar Duncan Edwards was among those killed, while Sir Bobby Charlton — who went on to win the World Cup with England — was only slightly hurt. Manager Matt Busby recovered from serious injuries and rebuilt United into a force that would win the European Cup a decade later, in 1968.– Rocky Marciano –American boxing legend Rocky Marciano was killed when his jet crashed into a tree as it was coming in to land in the US state of Iowa, on August 31, 1969. Marciano, 45 when he died, was world heavyweight champion between 1952 and 1956 and retired undefeated with a 49-0 record.– Uruguay rugby team –Uruguay’s Old Christians rugby team were on a plane which came down in the remote Andes mountain range on October 13, 1972. Only 16 of the 45 on board were rescued, two-and-a-half months later — during which time the starving survivors resorted to eating the frozen remains of those who died in the accident.– Zambia football team –On April 27, 1993, an aircraft carrying Zambia’s national football team crashed into the sea shortly after take off from Gabon, en route to play Senegal in a World Cup qualifier, killing all 25 on board. The team was recognised as one of the strongest fielded by the African nation, having thrashed Italy 4-0 at the 1988 Olympic Games. A report into the crash, issued a decade later, blamed pilot error and an engine problem.– Matthew Harding –In an incident with striking similarities to the Leicester crash, Matthew Harding, vice-chairman of Premier League football club Chelsea, died on October 22, 1996 when his helicopter came down in poor weather as he returned from a League Cup win against Bolton Wanderers.Like Vichai, the popular Harding was known for his largesse and ploughed millions of pounds into his club.– Payne Stewart –The flamboyant American golfer Payne Stewart was killed on October 25, 1999 after his jet lost pressure and hurtled into a field in the northern US state of South Dakota. Stewart, aged 42 when he died, had 11 PGA Tour victories and three major titles.– Russian ice hockey team –A plane carrying top-tier Russian ice hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed due to pilot error after taking off for their first game of the 2011-2012 season in the Belarus capital, Minsk. All of the players were killed.– Chapecoense – A plane carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense football team ran out of fuel and crashed in the Andes near Medellin, Colombia, on November 28, 2016.Seventy-one of the 77 people on board were killed, including 16 of the 19 players. Chapecoense were en route to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Colombia’s Atletico Nacional.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Smoke rises from the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed in a car park outside Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium on SaturdayHONG KONG, China, Oct 29 – The death of Thai billionaire and Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash has shocked fans, but it is not the first air accident in sport.Here are eight other aviation disasters to hit the sports world:
Ray Wilkins has backed Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein bid to run for FIFA presidency, telling talkSPORT the ‘squeaky clean’ Jordan chief is the perfect man to bring around change at the governing body.The 39-year-old has formally submitted his candidature for the role, saying there is now an “opportunity for change” after Sepp Blatter was suspended for 90 days by FIFA’s ethic committee.And Wilkins, who worked under the prince during a spell as manager of Jordan’s national team, believes he should team up with former Manchester United and Football Association executive David Gill to clean up FIFA following Blatter’s notorious reign.“Prince Ali is a difference class,” Wilkins told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s squeaky clean, and that is what FIFA needs at the moment.“He’s the ideal man to take on the role and, this is just my feeling, if he took David Gill alongside him you would have the perfect couple to run FIFA.“FIFA should certainly take Prince Ali on board.”Gill was formerly Britian’s FIFA vice-president and sat on the FIFA Executive Committee, but left the role after just two months in protest of Blatter’s re-election as president in May.
Plans to build Letterkenny’s first Supermac’s have been put in doubt by fresh appeal from the Letterkenny Shopping Centre.Permission was granted on a conditional basis last December for the construction of a new fast-food outlet and car park on Letterkenny’s Port Road. The planning application remained open to appeals up to mid-January.A new objection was lodged this month to An Bord Pleanala from Lindat Limited, which is part of the Harcourt Developments Group and owner of Letterkenny Shopping Centre. The appeal against Donegal County Council’s decision was centred around planned usage of the proposed Supermac’s site at the Old Tinney’s Coalyard.Revised Letterkenny Supermac’s Building Proposal. Design by Corbwell DesignLindat Ltd said their tenants, Tesco Ireland Ltd, sold their interest in the property to Supermac’s in December 2016. As such, any alterations to the land would require consent from Lindat. The appeal claims that this was not done by Atlantic Enterprises Limited, whose directors are Supermac’s chief Pat McDonagh and his wife Una.Other issues taken with the development included the extra traffic congestion that a fast-food takeaway could create on the Port Road and Station Roundabout, the increased noise levels at night and waste management issues.Lindat also raised concerns that landscape and boundary works at the planned Supermac’s site could compromise the support of Letterkenny Shopping Centre, which sits at a higher level. Other objectors who initially submitted appeals to Donegal County Council have been notified that they can make submissions or observations to An Bord Pleanala in relation to Lindat’s appeal.Is Supermac’s off the menu for Letterkenny? was last modified: January 25th, 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) Tags:An Bord PleanalaLetterkenny Shopping Centre.planningSUpermacs
Experience a bracing coastal walk to the historic Kilbarron Castle ruins on Saturday 30th August at 3pm as part of National Heritage week.The Kilbarron Castle Conservation Group is organising a “Walk &Talk” tour from the Marine Centre in Creevy along the coastal path to Kilbarron Castle. The walk to the castle is about twenty minutes from the Marine Centre.During this time the story of the people and the events surrounding this historic place will be told. Afterwards all those participating are invited back to the Creevy Co- Op’s Marine Centre for some light refreshments and to see a display about the work to date of the Kilbarron Castle Conservation Group.All is free of charge and will be a fun afternoon. Remember to wear good walking shoes and bring a raincoat in case it rains.For further information: Telephone (071) 985 2896 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kilbarroncastleconservationgroup GET ALONG TO THE CASTLE WALK AND TALK TOUR was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The jury is now considering the verdict of a Donegal-based Garda accused of sexually assaulting and harassing two female colleagues.The jury of ten men and two women retired almost two hours ago in the case of Garda Kevin Corby.The three day trial heard graphic evidence of how the two female Gardai were both sexually assaulted and harassed by Corby. Corby, who is in his 30s, faced seven charges of sexual assault and two charges of harassment but one of these charges of sexual assault was withdrawn by Judge John O’Hagan.The alleged incidents happened simultaneously over a number of months in 2010 and 2011.It heard how the married officer insulted the women about their sex-life and their weight.The women revealed how they dreaded going to work on a daily basis because of the alleged harassment and one of them even tried to take her own life.He jibed them about needing to “get a good ride” and not eating too much or they wouldn’t get a man.The court also heard how Corby, on two different occasions, pushed them along a corridor in a swivel chair and pushed his groin up against them.On another occasion he pushed himself up against one of the women form behind and she could feel his erect penis pressing against her.One of the women also claimed that he put his hand into her Garda vest on one occasion and touched her breast.On another occasion while in a patrol car Corby put his hand on one of the female Garda’s leg and then moved it up towards her groin area and told her if her husband didn’t do it then he would.The court heard how the accused was known as Cheeky Corby.However the court also heard from three different male Gardai who also worked with Corby in the same station.One of the Gardai said he had never heard such remarks in his numerous years as a serving member.Another told how he told Corby to give it a break after he “crossed the line” with the female Gardai.However Corby told them “Fuck them, they are well able for it.”Summing up barrister for Corby, Mr Peter Nolan said the case was a “storm in a teacup” and “political correctness gone mad.”He also referred to the fact that one of the female Gardai had bought Corby red Santa boxer shorts as a present for Christmas – just weeks after some of the alleged incidents.“If you are going to join the Guards then you have to be able for a bit of banter.“This is a ridiculous case for prosecution to bring before the people of Ireland.“If we were all to be done for putting our hands on someone’s knee then we would all be in jail,” he said.But state barrister Patricia McLaughlin put it to the jury that if it was their wife, daughter or sister, would they not think it was indecent.JURY CONSIDERING VERDICT OF GARDA ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT was last modified: November 1st, 2013 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:Kevin CorbyLetterkenny Circuit Courtsexual assault