5-month-old dies in Belmont accident

first_imgPolice on the East Coast of Demerara are probing a fatal accident that occurred on Wednesday which claimed the life of a five-month-old baby.Randy Williams, of Belmont, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, was hit by a motor lorry while his brother was pushing him across the roadway in a stroller.According to reports, about 17:00h on Wednesday, the driver of the motor lorry was proceeding along an access road at Belmont when it is alleged that the eight-year-old boy who was pushing the toddler in a stroller attempted to cross the road and the vehicle collided with the stroller.The child was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver of the lorry is currently in Police custody, assisting with the investigation. Acting Traffic Chief Boodnarine Persaud related that as investigations continue, the Police are looking at all angles. He stated that up to press time, he was unsure as to whether or not the driver would be charged.last_img read more

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Senator Karnga-Lawrence’s National Security Concerns

first_imgGrand Bassa Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence on February 12, 2015 wrote a letter to the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Armah Zolu Jallah, calling for an urgent hearing on the Executive Branch of government to discuss the serious issue of national security.  Such a meeting, she suggested, requires the participation of the heads of all security agencies, including the Defense Ministry, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia and the Directors, respectively, of the Liberia National Police and the Immigration and Naturalization Bureau. Senator Karnga-Lawrence rightly conjectured (thought) that UNMIL might not be inclined to sit in such a hearing.  She therefore suggested that the Senate should have a closed-door meeting with that UN Agency for a frank exchange of information and ideas on the issue of Liberia’s preparedness for UNMIL’s scheduled departure in June 2016.Why is the Senator so concerned about Liberia’s post-UNMIL security?  She vividly explained her concerns in her letter to the Senate Pro-Temp.  “Considering what I have gathered from informal discussions and observations with those who should know,” she said, “unless some serious efforts are made to beef-up our national security prior to the conclusion of the UNMIL drawdown, the security of this country could be at risk.”This matter has for a while been the serious and constant concern of the Daily Observer, too.  In two very recent editorials just last month—February 17 and 20—we addressed the issue of national security and the nation’s preparedness for UNMIL’s departure.  In the February 20th editorial, we dealt with police harassment of ordinary people they are sworn to protect, and their penchant (fondness) for bribery.  We wondered whether this was due to low salaries and benefits—the same issue Senator Karnga-Lawrence referred to—or whether it is simply a question of CHARACTER.  In that editorial we contended, just as Senator Karnga-Lawrence has now stated, that it was critical that GOL should seriously address these issues (of salaries and incentives) “if ever we are to depend on these institutions (Police, Immigration, etc.) to protect us after UNMIL’s departure.”In our February 17 editorial, which was entitled “Preparing for UNMIL’s Departure,” we quoted Deputy Justice Minister Wheatonia Dixon Barnes telling the Liberian National Police and, by implication, all other agencies, to be “accountable and transparent” in all their work.We linked this accountability and transparency directly to our security agencies’ preparedness to take over from UNMIL.  If our police and other security agencies are underpaid and have to worry about where their families will sleep, they will not be up to the task of defending the nation because their minds and attention would be focused more on the issue of survival than on protecting the country.In several previous editorials, we have called for the re-equipping—Senator Karnga-Lawrence called it “beefing-up”—of our security agencies, especially with logistics—transportation, communication and travel allowances—to keep them independent, efficient and proactive.This Wednesday when we carried Senator Karnga-Lawrence’s story, we included in it two murder incidents in Nimba that clearly illustrated how unprepared our security forces are.  One man murdered another in Beeplay, in the Buu-Yao Administrative District, then fled to Buutuo, on the Ivory Coast border, and turned himself over to the police, who were the only two officers   stationed there.  When friends of the murder victim in Beeplay angrily descended on the Buutuo police station to avenge their friend’s murder, the two lone police officers fled the station, leaving the prisoner at the mercy of his attackers, who butchered him to death.We reminded our readers that this unfortunate incident occurred in exactly the same border town—Buutuo—which Charles Taylor and his band of rebels entered from the Ivory Coast to start the 14 year civil war that devastated Liberia and claimed nearly 300,000  lives.This, we submit, is more than sufficient evidence of the veracity (reality, genuineness) of Senator Karnga-Lawrence’s concern.We think the Senate should take the matter very seriously and expedite the hearing and the contact with UNMIL.  This would lead to a candid assessment of our military and security preparedness, and possibly to the Security Council’s reconsideration of its drawdown schedule.                  UNMIL has since 2003 been responsible for the nation’s security and is due to end its mission by June next year.  She, therefore, suggested that the Senate holds a closed-door meeting with the UN AgencyShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Opposition Leader submits third list of nominees

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has presented to President David Granger an additional six names from which to consider filling the post of chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).The Opposition Leader has expressed hope that this list of names he has submitted to the Head of State represents the final time he would have to engage in this exercise, and the way would now be cleared to allow for the soon appointment of a chairman of the Elections Commission.The Opposition Leader has also said he is hopeful that the President would take into consideration the ruling of the acting Chief Justice (CJ) in regard to the constitutional stipulation governing the appointment of a chairman for the GECOM.This list of nominees for the GECOM Chairmanship includes Major General (retired) Joseph ‘Joe’ Singh; Teni Housty; Sanjeev Datadin; Annette Arjune-Martins; Onesi La Fleur and Krishnadatt Persaud.In the letter to the President accompanying the list, Jagdeo said arriving at the six names was not an easy task. He said that regarding the antecedents in relation to the matter and a subsequent meeting with the President at State House back in June, he continued elaborate and protracted consultations with various stakeholders in an exercise that lasted for several weeks.During that process, he said, he solicited their views and sought nominations in efforts to ensure that six names were presented to the President that satisfy the requirements contemplated by Article 161(2) of the ConstitutionRegarding the nominees, Jagdeo explained that one is a former chairman of GECOM, while two are attorneys-at-law with over 10 years of “good standing” at the Guyana Bar, and both are qualified to be appointed as judges of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in Guyana.Another of the nominees, he explained, is an attorney-at-law with over 40 years of good standing, and is a former magistrate who served in that capacity for over 20 years; another nominee is a business executive in the local airline industry, and has received national and international acclaim for her work in protecting Guyana’s biodiversity; while the other person has distinguished himself as an agriculturalist, and has made a sterling contribution in Guyana and the Caribbean in the area of Education and Religion.At a press conference on Friday, Jagdeo lamented the absence of a chairman at the helm of the Elections Commission, particularly since the country has to begin preparations for first the Local government elections next year.“I believe that the absence of a chairman of the commission is an untenable position. The work there in GEOCM is totally stalled. They are on remote, on automatic mode, and many of the pressing issues that have to be resolved, not only for local Government elections, but national elections coming in a short period, those issues cannot be addressed”, Jagdeo stated.last_img read more

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Private sector bodies object to Government’s new VAT policy

first_img…Finance Ministry denies making changesA number of private sector organizations have come out swinging against measures from the state’s tax regime — measures that have started biting into the livelihoods of exporters. However, this development comes even as Government is distancing itself from such changes.Finance Minister Winston JordanIn a letter seen by this publication, the private sector bodies cited the recent troubles of the Guyana Rice Exporters Association (GREMA), which had complained that changes were made to the policy that allowed them to recoup costs.Where they had previously been allowed to reclaim costs associated with Value Added Tax (VAT) inputs in goods they produced for export, they contended that Finance Minister Winston Jordan had, in a correspondence, backed GRA’s discontinuance of this policy.“Such refund claims were allowed since 2007, when VAT was first introduced,” the letter dated April 19, 2018 stated. “We consider the decision by the Government and the GRA a reversal of a commitment you gave the country less than four months ago: that none of these proposed amendments will negatively affect any individual or business. We also consider your new position ill-advised and counterproductive to the interests of the businesses we represent and to the economy of our country.”“Responding to concerns raised by the President of GREMA that the action by the Government is negatively affecting the competitiveness of the rice exporters, you advised that the export of rice is an exempt item, and that the provisions of the Value Added Tax Act which provide for zero rating of exports do not apply. In justifying the position, you volunteered that you had consulted with the Commissioner- General of GRA.”The letter went on to point out that it appeared the minister was “badly misled”. The bodies in the letter reminded the Finance Minister that it is he, and not the GRA, that bears responsibility for setting policy. It urged the minister to remind GRA of its duty to just administer the tax laws.Wasn’t meBut the Finance Ministry, in a statement on Friday (April 20), strongly denied that any changes have been made, or will be made, that will impact exporters in a negative way. The ministry’s denial came on the heels of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo alerting the public to this impending change.In fact, the ministry accused this publication of not telling the truth in the story published on Friday (April 20) while failing to make known the minister’s correspondence to GREMA.“The Ministry categorically denies this allegation, and makes pellucid that the export of taxable items remains zero rated. Since the implementation of VAT in 2007, it has not been charged on exports, and that has not changed. Furthermore, there have been no discussions or contemplation to charge VAT on exports.”“Please be assured,” it had continued, “that such a proposal with far reaching consequences would not be introduced without proper consultation and analysis of the impact on the manufacturing sector and the export and local economy. It should be noted, in accordance with section 17 and 18 of the VAT Act, where the local supply of goods is taxable, they are zero rated for export. In these cases, input VAT can be recovered. However, if the local supply of goods is exempt, then the export of these items is considered an exempt supply.”At a press conference on Thursday, Jagdeo had revealed that local Guyanese exporters are next in line to be taxed by the current Government as serious consideration is being given to have the zero rating of exports for Value Added Tax (VAT) purposes removed.Jagdeo had said that this new development was brought to his attention recently.According to Jagdeo, exporters were shocked to learn of the coalition Government’s plans to implement this new taxation initiative. He said it is a misguided approach to collecting more taxes. He had said this decision could destroy the entire local export sector, where goods are going to become internationally uncompetitive, factories will have to close, and more people could lose their jobs.“Almost every country in the world where VAT is in place, they have a zero rating of the exports. So, it allows the producers to claim back their input VAT on their imports, so they can be internationally competitive. In our case, this will change,” Jagdeo told the media conference.The PPP General Secretary said this matter has been engaging the attention of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA), where there are “serious worries in those quarters.”Jagdeo said he hopes the organisation will take some urgent action to represent people in this regard, and to call on the minister to reverse this decision forthwith.He said, “It will harm our economy and damage all our exports the way it is now being treated.”GMSA President Shyam Nokta previously blasted the Government’s tax measures and lack of an economic plan, saying Government’s policies were harming, rather than helping, the manufacturing sector.There is no positive indication that Guyana has so far managed to manoeuvre its way out of the economic slow lane in which it has been stuck for the past three years due to the minimal GDP growth.Finance Minister Winston Jordan made this admission during a press conference last week. Revealing that the 2017 end-of-year economic report has been completed, he linked the dismal figures to sectors, including sugar.Initially, Government had projected that Guyana’s economy would have grown by a 3.8 per cent growth rate for 2017. This projection was reduced to 3.1 per cent, and then again to 2.9 per cent.last_img read more

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City “extremely concerned” by Champions League ban story

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Belgian defender Vincent Kompany raises the Premier League trophy © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 13 – Premier League champions Manchester City said Tuesday they were concerned “individuals intent on damaging” the club may be behind a news report that European football’s financial regulators are poised to recommend they be barred from the Champions League.European football’s governing body UEFA and the Premier League launched an investigation this year after allegations made in German magazine Der Spiegel that the club broke Financial Fair Play rules. The New York Times said Monday that members of the investigatory chamber of UEFA’s financial control board, set up to analyze the accounts of clubs suspected of breaking cost-control regulations, met two weeks ago in Switzerland to finalize their conclusions.“The investigatory panel’s leader, the former prime minister of Belgium Yves Leterme, will have the final say on the submission to a separate adjudicatory chamber, which could be filed as soon as this week. The body is expected to seek at least a one-season ban,” said the Times.However, City said they were fully co-operating with “the CFCB IC’s (club financial control body investigatory chamber) ongoing investigation”.“In doing so the club is reliant on both the CFCB IC’s independence and commitment to due process; and on UEFA’s commitment of March 7 that it ‘will make no further comment on the matter while the investigation is ongoing’,” read their statement.“The New York Times report citing ‘people familiar with the case’ is therefore extremely concerning.“The implications are that either Manchester City’s good faith in the CFCB IC is misplaced or the CFCB IC process is being misrepresented by individuals intent on damaging the club’s reputation and its commercial interests. Or both.”It was unclear if such a ban, if levied, would be enforced next season or in the 2020-21 campaign, the Times said, noting that with qualifying for Europe’s most prestigious and lucrative club championship set to start in June there is little time to finalize a sanction.Manchester City would also have the right to appeal such a ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.City were fined 60 million euros ($67.3 million) and subjected to squad, wage and spending caps in a 2014 settlement agreed with UEFA following a previous breach of the rules.But the club says the claims made in Der Spiegel were an “organized and clear” attempt to damage its reputation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Sir Bobby Charlton: England record holder and Man United captain Wayne Rooney will go on scoring

first_img1 SSir Bobby Chartlon has congratulated England captain Wayne Rooney after the striker became the nation’s record goal scorer, and insisted that the 29-year-old will go on scoring for club and country.Rooney netted the record 50th goal in the 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Switzerland, beating Charlton’s tally of 49 strikes that had stood since 1970.And Charlton praised the Manchester United striker for reaching such a landmark.“I would like to congratulate Wayne on becoming England’s leading goalscorer,” Charlton told Manchester United’s official website. “It is a record that I am sure [Rooney] will hold for a long time, and it is clear to see that [Rooney] will go on scoring for [his] club and country for a long time to come.”Charlton, who was part of England’s World Cup winning side in 1966, admitted he was slightly disappointed to no longer hold the record, but expressed delight that it was Rooney who finally surpassed the long-standing goal tally.“I obviously cannot deny that I am disappointed that I now don’t hold this record, however, I am absolutely delighted that it is Wayne, as captain of my beloved club and country, who now holds this record,” the 77-year-old added.“I have always been very proud to hold this record. Playing for my country was always an honour and a privilege and something I did with great pride.” Wayne Rooney last_img read more

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POPULAR DONEGAL RESTAURANT OPENS NEW ‘COFFEE COLLEGE’!

first_imgPromoted postWould you like to make your coffee business profitable while making perfect coffee everytime?Well now you can, also no need to travel far away to do it. The Hatter Barista College a new division of The Hatter Tea Room, Stranorlar, are now offering Barista training.It’s the first of its kind in Donegal and the North West.Paddy McMenamin, Head Barista and Trainer spotted a gap in the market for this new service.Up until now anyone who was looking for training in this field would usually have to travel to Dublin or Belfast for training, incurring travel and accommodation charges on top of course fees. Thankfully now there is a new option, The Hatter has a few different options for anyone that wants full training in the art of coffee making, or as it is known Barista skills.For companies, you can hire a trainer for a day or half day to call out to your premises and teach your staff on their everyday machine, which means that the staff don’t have to travel and can learn their skills in the comfort of their own workplace.For individuals, a Barista course can be done in The Hatter Tea Room itself, a half day in the classroom for theory and then a half day in the shop itself, earning practical experience by making all the different coffees most customers might ask for.One of these courses will take place on the 26th of May, and with places filling up quick, anyone interested should contact the College as soon as possible.Also for the home coffee enthusiast, the Hatter offer a home barista course. This entails students taking a course also in the shop, where all the home brewing techniques are shown and described and then shown how to brew at home.Some of the techniques include French press, Hario drip coffee and Mokka pot.The courses are delivered in a professional manner with the emphasis onthe student getting confident in making all the drinks.Previous customers have the found the course very benifical and rewarding,complimenting the manner of which the course was laid out and thecontent. In the near future The Hatter will also be holding courses for anyone who is interested in Starting their own Cafe/Coffee Shop, offering practical advice on everything that someone would need to start on the journey of opening a new business.From accounts, ordering, margin calculating, barista skills to getting the best price for utilities and equipment, this will be one stop shop for all their needs.If anyone would like more details on any of the above courses please contact the Hatter Barista College by mail on: thehatterbaristacollege@gmail.com or by calling 07491 75383.POPULAR DONEGAL RESTAURANT OPENS NEW ‘COFFEE COLLEGE’! was last modified: May 19th, 2016 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:COFFEE BARISTAdonegalHATTER TEA ROOMSStranorlarlast_img read more

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ARDARA NOMINATE ANTHONY HARKIN FOR DONEGAL MANAGER’S JOB

first_imgSo who will fill this man’s shoes?THERE’S MORE horses in the field in the race to succeed Jim McGuinness as Donegal manager after Ardara nominated Anthony Harkin for the job before the deadline last night.Harkin is highly rated; as are the other three who are known to have bid for the job.Anyone who thought that going for this position was a poisoned chalice can think again – there’s a determination in this county to keep the Donegal success rolling now that Jim has gone. And with Michael Murphy saying the players are ready to get behind whoever the next manager is, it may not be the unforgiving job some in the Dublin (and some local) media would have you believe.More twists and turns ahead….. ARDARA NOMINATE ANTHONY HARKIN FOR DONEGAL MANAGER’S JOB was last modified: October 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Anthony HarkinArdaradonegalGlentiesManagerlast_img read more

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Leicester’s Filip Benkovic admits to demanding loan move to Celtic

first_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Latest Transfer News Leicester defender Filip Benkovic says he pushed for a loan move to Celtic a matter of weeks after signing for the Foxes in a £13million deal.Benkovic, 21, will play for the Scottish champions for the rest of the season after completing a late move before the loan window closed last week. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti It was thought Benkovic was recruited to replace Harry Maguire moving on center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM RANKED “I want to play as much as possible, so a season-long loan with Celtic was agreed and Leicester has the option of recalling me in the winter.“There were other loan options – clubs in Italy, Spain and Germany, but I just wanted to go to Celtic.“I think this is the best option for me for preparing for football in England and their Premier League – that’s why I am delighted to go to Celtic.“Because Leicester didn’t sell Harry Maguire, I knew this would be what happened to me.“Going to Celtic gives me up to a year to adapt to British football so I am looking at this loan very positively.”Benkovic was an unused substitute in Celtic’s Old Firm victory over Rangers last weekend.His parent club have an option to recall him in January if they need him but appear content to let him continue his development. IN DEMAND The Croat has been at Leicester for less than a month after being snapped up from Dinamo Zagreb.However, it became clear Claude Puel’s side were not going to sell prized defender Harry Maguire so this prompted Benkovic to ask the manager if he could look for first team football elsewhere.Benkovic told the Daily Record: “I was at Leicester for three weeks and it was great. The price tag was nothing to do with me.“But I didn’t want to spend all season on the bench so I spoke to the manager and told him how much I respect the club, but I want to improve and the only way to do that is to get games.“I’m young, I need the minutes on the park and the manager agreed with me. 1last_img read more

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ALMOST €4M NEEDED TO KEEP HOSPITAL OPEN AND UP TO STANDARD

first_imgAlmost €4 million is needed to keep Carndonagh Community Hospital open and keep it in line with standards.That’s what a very large crowd who turned up at the Colgan Hall in Carndonagh tonight for a rally to voice their protest at fears that the facility may close.The public meeting, which was attended by up to 500 people, heard concerns about the hospital and the 30 patients currently there. Dr John Madden last week raised concerns that the HSE had plans to close the unit like many other community hospitals around the country.Deputy Joe McHugh said he did not think the hospital would close but it needed a major cash injection of €3.7 million over the next three years to meet HIQA standards.There was much anger from the floor of the meeting from people who said they had relatives in the unit.Many said that while hospitals such as Letterkenny served many patients, it was simply to far away for the people of Carn and surrounding areas. They said the hospital was a vital step-down service for many patients of Letterkenny which would be otherwise even more burdened but for community hospitals.Other public representatives at the meeting included Deputies Padraig MacLochlainn and Charlie McConalogue.Carndonagh Community Hospital is the latest to feel the pressure over Government cuts with recent protests about Lifford Community Hospital also.Picture by kind permission of Newspixirl. ALMOST €4M NEEDED TO KEEP HOSPITAL OPEN AND UP TO STANDARD was last modified: January 28th, 2012 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:Carndonagh Community Hospitalprotest meetinglast_img read more

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