Senior champions lose in ISSA netball semi-finals

first_imgNew senior champions will be crowned in both the rural and urban ISSA schoolgirls netball competition when the finals are played tomorrow at G.C. Foster College. In the rural area semi-finals many-time champions Holmwood Technical were beaten by Manchester High while defending urban champions Camperdown High, were stopped by Excelsior High. Manchester beat Holmwood 39-37 in a close contest and will meet Denbigh High who easily got past Knox College 43-21 in the other semi-final. In urban action, Excelsior were 28-23 winners over Camperdown and they will meet Gaynstead High who defeated The Queen’s School 36-33 in the other senior semi-final. Denbigh will be gunning for two titles in the finals. Their junior team reached the championship match after whipping first-time semi-finalists St Thomas Technical 24-9. Holmwood, 25-19 winners over Manchester High, will be their opponents in the final. Gaynstead will also be hunting a double as their junior team is also in the final where they will meet Queen’s. Queen’s juniors defeated Camperdown 26-17 while Gaynstead cruised by Norman Manley 33-15 in the second semi-final. All eight semi-final matches were played at G.C. Foster College.last_img read more

‘We’ll Be There for You’

first_imgThousands of Liberians turned out on Saturday, February 13 at a packed Antoinette Tubman Stadium, to pledge their support to identify with outgoing Central Bank Governor, Dr. J. Mills Jones.In their various statements, the citizens from across the country’s 15 counties and various organizations around Monrovia said, “Dr. Jones, even though you are going out of the Central Bank, we will always be there for you in whatsoever initiative you undertake in public life.” They said Dr. Jones is the only Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia with a history of reaching out to the common people to relieve them of their economic difficulties.The head of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), Lusu Sloan in her remarks, said “Dr. Jones’ ten years of service at the Central Bank positively touched lives of his people in every sector of the Liberian economy.”Village Savings Loan Association (VSLA) president, Esther Nagbe, also said, “You have made the voices of Liberian women heard by economically empowering them. Wherever you go, Dr. Jones, we will forever remember you and will identify with you in whatever you plan to do in the Liberian public.”It is yet unclear what will be Dr. Jones’ next step after leaving the CBL; however, many of his admirers at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium bore placards expressing gratitude and support. “You have our support, Dr. Jones, we will petition you for any high public position,” they said. The multitudes were all attired in T-shirts bearing an image of Dr. Jones and inscriptions stating the names of their groups.In a shocking remark, former Chairperson of the ruling Unity Party, Dr. Charles Clarke, said it was his first time seeing an outgoing Governor of the Central Bank to be highly honored by such a multitude of people.In his own reasoning, Dr. Clarke, who also once served as president of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA), said Dr. Jones deserves the honor because during his regime he touched the lives of many people, noting, “This is not a mistake that he receives such an honor.”The honoring ceremony for outgoing Central Bank Governor was organized by the Grand Coalition of Liberian Organizations (GRANDCOALIO), which comprises various organizations, including business, sports and students, in the 15 counties of Liberia. Its chairman, Dee Maxwell S. Kemayah, who is also president of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA), had said earlier that they were honoring Dr. Jones because had it not been for him (Jones), Liberian owned businesses would not have tasted a bit of the proceeds from the resources of the country.Mr. Kemayah, known for his consistently blunt remarks that the Liberian business community does not need to beg for their own resources, indicated that they are watching every public official to know what impact their services will make on Liberians.He said it is based on their evaluation that they have to reciprocate Dr. Jones’ endeavors because his services at the CBL had significant impact on them.The CBL under the leadership of Governor Jones provided US$5 million through commercial banks to enable members of LIBA receive loans to foster their businesses.Mr. Kemayah recalled a remark he made about two years ago, during the funeral service of Dr. Jones’s mother, saying, “Governor Jones, we have come to just sympathize with you today, but what’s for you shall see your face.”In response to the honor, Dr. Jones commended the people for the honor and said Liberians are the only ones to help one another.He said though critics see his achievements to be detrimental to their philosophies, he believes that without a Liberian like him to help Liberians, they (Liberians) will not be lifted out of poverty.In the wake of the many honouring ceremonies that have been held for the outgoing CBL Governor, he has not on any occasion pronounced what his next course of action is in the public domain.On almost all the occasions, Dr. Jones has only been rhetorical in his speech, without a clear position on what he thinks about future positions.It may be recalled, however, that in September 2013 the Council of Elders and Chiefs honored Jones in the Fendell Community for his services. At that program he said, “I know what you people are thinking and we will get there.”Just last Monday, February 8, he mentioned in his speech at a dinner organized by the Central Bank in his honor that “I am leaving the Central Bank of Liberia, but I am not leaving public life.”These statements have left many with the notion that the outgoing CBL Governor would probably contest a position in the upcoming general and presidential elections in 2017, not ruling out the Presidency.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ellen’s Twilight: A Time for Evenhandedness and Constitutional Tolerance

first_imgThe abrupt closure last Saturday of Benoni Urey’s radio station, situated at 10th Street, Sinkor, is a highly disturbing development indeed. A Ministry of Information press release issued Sunday by Deputy Minister Isaac Jackson said the closure action was executed by the Civil Law Court. But the press as well as bystanders and passersby observed a full contingent of officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) and the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), clad in full riot gear, standing outside the radio station, as though in full readiness for combat.One bystander remarked that the scene was a vivid reminder of the frequent attacks which the Samuel K. Doe and People’s Redemption government launched against the Daily Observer newspaper in the 1980s. What is most disturbing about this terribly unfortunate incident is that this is the third time the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government has moved to close down a media house. That is apart from the closure in November 2011 of Kings FM, Love FM (now LIB-24) and Power FM/TV. These closures were in connection with a riot at the party headquarters of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), executed on the eve of the election run-off between the incumbent President Sirleaf’s Unity Party and the CDC. The GOL said that in taking that action against the three electronic media outlets, GOL attempted to preempt a Rwanda-style radio broadcast that incited people to riot and kill. The three closures we refer to in this editorial are directly related to actions by these media houses which GOL deemed were particularly critical of the presidency. The first was in 2014 when government summarily shut down The Chronicle newspaper owned and operated by Philipbert Browne. This newspaper had been launching a persistent campaign calling for an alleged “interim government” that it said was in the making to unseat the incumbent national leadership headed by President Sirleaf. The second, which occurred on July 4, 2016, was the closure of the Voice FM operated by Henry Costa, whose highly controversial talk show were very critical of the country’s current political administration. Costa then moved his talk show to Mr. Urey’s LIB-24 FM. Costa’s prime offense this time was a letter allegedly written by President Sirleaf to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler, proposing a certain change in the statues. Costa conjectured that the letter had something to do with the Global Witness allegations of several government officials who involved in changing some of the country’s laws and regulations to accommodate the mining interests of the UK-based Sable Mining. Costa, in his talk show last week, interpreted the President’s letter to the Speaker to mean that she was the one whom Global Witness called “Big Boy 1.”That, too, was, in Costa’s typical style, highly explosive; and that may have tipped the sudden action against Urey’s station, which Costa was now using to air his broadcasts.It is not clear how or whether Costa definitively linked the President to any wrong doing by her letter to Tyler. We do not see how the President’s letter to Tyler linked her to any impropriety. Be that as it may, we are deeply saddened by the government’s over reaction. There are two reasons: first, this has brought the whole Global Witness allegations into sharper public focus and has forced people to sit up and think and listen and speak out and do their own investigation in a matter that seemed to be dying down already.We are deeply saddened, secondly, because we cannot see how this closure of yet another media house can help the President’s image—and legacy. There have been numerous criticisms against her administration. However, the one thing that people have unequivocally credited her with is her tolerance of media criticism. Here is a Liberian President who has staunchly followed President Tolbert’s lead in rejecting the iron bar that President Tubman imposed on freedom of speech and of the press. As far as Tubman, Doe and Charles Taylor were concerned, these freedoms were nowhere in the Liberian Constitution. And yet they were—and are—and despite the draconian laws still on our books, President Sirleaf has effectively avoided using them against the media, and actually constantly advocated their repeal.That is why she became only the second African leader to sign the Table Mountain Declaration.We pray that the President will maintain the tolerance she has exercised since her tenure began in 2006 and deal evenhandedly with the media on the high moral ground of constitutional faithfulness and tolerance.At the same time, we urge all our media colleagues to be equally evenhanded and fair to all whom they cover.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Another pregnant woman severely beaten by husband

first_imgBy Andrew CarmichaelA 21-year-old pregnant woman is now nursing injuries about her body, becoming the latest victim of domestic abuse in Guyana.Seema Bisnauth, of Rampoor, Corriverton, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice – Corentyne), said that she was severely beaten on Saturday evening while at home.Seema BisnauthAccording to her sister Latoya, she visited her sister at her home on Sunday but after calling out for her several times without response, she realised that something was amiss.She said that she was eventually allowed into the house by her brother-in-law and found her sister lying on the bed.“When I see her laying down in the bed, her eyes were closed and she couldn’t see and he was right there. She told me that it is two girls from the market beat her up,” the 22-year-old Latoya told this publication. She said that she volunteered to take her sister to the hospital and while on the way to the medical institution, her sister finally confided in her that it was her husband that beat her.Swaswattie EtwaruShe said that her poultry farmer husband went home on Saturday afternoon annoyed and started hitting her, causing her to lose consciousness. She related that when she regained consciousness, she was lying on the bed and could not see.After telling her story, Bisnauth was taken to the Springlands Police Station, where a report was made.She was then taken to the Skeldon Hospital and subsequently transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital.Police later arrested the poultry farmer. The couple have been married for three months. They have a three-year-old child and Bisnauth is eight months pregnant.According to Latoya, this is the third time her sister has been beaten by her husband.She said the couple’s three-year-old child had to be removed from the home and now lives with a grandparent.This is the second woman in Berbice that has come forward to tell her story of domestic violence.On Monday, another woman was injured at the hands of her reputed husband but she refused to offer evidence against him. Swaswattie Etwaru, 33, who was severely beaten by her 24-year-old husband last week, which resulted in her being hospitalised, told this publication that she has refused to press charges against her husband. She said that her decision was influenced by the fact that she already has a child with her husband and is five months pregnant.On Tuesday, six months after Derrick Solomon, a taxi driver, was charged with attempting to kill his common-law wife, he walked out of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts a free man after she refused to testify against him.The 60-year-old man of Lot 10 Block F North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was charged for the attempted murder of Carol London on March 2, 2019 at their North Sophia, Greater Georgetown residence, where the couple shared a common-law relationship for over 10 years.When the matter was called before Magistrate Sherdel Marcus-Isaacs, London informed the court that she does not wish to proceed with the matter and will not offer evidence.The prosecution was contending that on March 2, Solomon and London had an argument and he left their home, when he returned sometime later, armed himself with a knife and dealt the woman several stabs about her body.The injured woman was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where she was admitted as a patient.The victim had received injuries to her hands and face.Just recently, Acting Police Commissioner Nigel Hoppie noted that statistics revealed that there were 2080 reports of domestic violence reports made in 2017 to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and as a result of those reports, there were 1171 cases made by law enforcement authorities.For the year 2018, there were 1491 reports, which led to 837 cases made by the Police.“We are all aware that domestic violence continues to be a serious social threat and it is everybody’s business because it does not only affect victims at their homes, it affects individuals at the workplace, and it affects every other family, it can also affect us at schools. Turning a blind eye to these occurrences can further threaten among other things, our culture…we can still hear insistent clammer by family members of victims for legal intervention,” Hoppie stated.last_img read more

“Tarzan” gets 19 years for 2011 killing of Brazilian

first_imgHigh Court Judge, Justice Jo-Ann Barlow on Tuesday sentenced 40-year-old Wycliff Smith also called “Tarzan” to a total of 19 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to the 2011 killing of Brazilian national, Armando Da Silva.Smith was initially charged for the capital offence of murder but opted to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter when he appeared at the Demerara High Court on Tuesday.The charge against him detailed that on January 21, 2011, at Moco Moco Mountain Foot, Central Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), he killed Armando Da Silva.It was reported that Smith and the deceased, who are known to each other, were imbibing with a group of persons on the day of the incident. However, during the drinking spree, an argument erupted amongst the parties.Smith, who became annoyed, left the location but later returned armed with a shotgun, which he subsequently used to fatally shoot the now dead man, to his chest.After the shooting, the now convicted man dug a shallow grave, in which he buried Da Silva. The matter was reported, and an investigation was launched. Smith was later arrested and charged for the heinous crime.As such, Justice Barlow handed down the sentence and ordered that the years the convict spent on remand be deducted from same.Attorney-at-Law Maxwell McKay represented Smith, while the State’s case was presented by Prosecutor Sarah Martin.last_img read more

Man pardoned by President jailed on rape charge

first_img…to serve 20 yearsAn ex-convict, who was pardoned by President David Granger two years ago, has been jailed again, this time for raping a 48-year-old woman.Justice Jo-Ann Barlow handed down the 20-year sentence to Raymond Gouveia, called “Ryan”, 22, of West Coast Berbice, for raping the middle-aged woman shortly after he was released from prison.Initially, Gouveia had pleaded not guilty to the indictment, which stated that on September 14, 2015, he sexually penetrated the woman without her consent.The Judge told Gouveia that the victim was old enough to be his mother.“She was going about her own business when you attacked and violated her. She sustained injuries and you thereafter threatened her. The sentence of this court is 24 years,” the Judge said in handing down her sentencing.Justice Barlow further told the convicted rapist the crime carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. However, the court was being lenient by imposing the 24-year jail term.In addition to that, two years were deducted for the mitigation by Defence Attorney Sasha Roberts and also his age.The Judge also took into account that Gouveia was remanded for almost two years and as such, deducted another two years from the sentence.Roberts, in mitigating for leniency, said Gouveia is the eldest of five children and was forced to drop out of school at the primary level. After dropping out, he started to work as a coconut peeler to supplement his family’s income.When asked if he had anything to say, the young man remained silent.In 2015, Gouveia was sentenced for sexually assaulting a young lady, who also lived on the West Coast of Berbice. Gouveia who was reportedly friends with the young woman who lived in a nearby village, attempted to rape her, but she fought him off. He was subsequently charged and jailed for that matter but was released sometime after.Residents in his village had revealed that he is out of jail because he was pardoned.“I de get a two-and-a-half year and I come out May 23,” the man had told Guyana Times shortly after he was charged for raping the 48-year-old woman.As a child, he allegedly raped two girls and was sent to the New Opportunity Corp (NOC) and while there, he also raped a boy.The 48-year-old victim, in relating the incident, stated that Gouveia attacked her while she was coming from the backdam.“While I was walking, he was walking to go down to the backdam and when I coming out I saw the boy coming to go the backdam. I kept my eyes on him… he just run from behind me and grab on me and lick me down to the ground. Then he was holding me down, pressing me down with one hand and strip me out and he raped me.”last_img read more

Bill would streamline name-change process

first_imgBut the Name Equality Act of 2007 would make it as easy for them to change their last names as it is for wives upon marriage. County-issued marriage license applications and state-produced domestic partnership certificates would be amended to allow couples or individuals to jot down any last name they wish to adopt. “AB 102 is about equality and flexibility, and getting with the times,” said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, who proposed the legislation. “The name change thing has been so frustrating,” said Maya Scott-Chung, 41, a public-health educator who, along with her partner, MeiBeck Lee Scott-Chung, spent about eight months getting their names changed to reflect the last names they chose upon becoming parents of a baby daughter, Luna. During the process, the Oakland couple had to each submit a petition to adopt a new, hyphenated last name; pay for a legal notice in a newspaper advertising their request for a month; wait months for a court date; wait again for the state government to determine they were not on a sex-offender list; and finally receive a one-page document with their new name. That was half the ordeal. Next, they applied for new Social Security cards – without them, they couldn’t replace their driver’s licenses or modify their names on bank accounts and credit cards. The Social Security cards took a year to arrive. Although the proposed measure would still require that wait, couples could begin the process months sooner. The proposed law would allow the DMV to issue licenses or identification cards to men who present a marriage license or those who show a certificate of domestic partnership with their new name – without having to rely on the Social Security card. The bill passed Monday afternoon on a 46-26 vote. Most Republicans voted against the bill, which was opposed by the Campaign for Children and Families, a statewide pro-family organization with a conservative agenda. “This is creating same-sex `marriages’ in name by calling two homosexual men `Mr. and Mr. Smith’ to give them the honor and appearance of marriage,” said Randy Thomasson, president of the group, in a statement. “This violates the spirit of Proposition 22, in which California voters demanded that marriage stay between a man and a woman.” (916) 441-4651160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Suppose you are a husband who, upon marriage, would rather take your wife’s last name. Or maybe you are in a domestic partnership and want to take your partner’s surname, or create a new name altogether. The state Assembly passed a groundbreaking measure Monday that would make it a whole lot easier to do just that. If AB 102 is adopted by the Senate and signed by the governor, California would become the first state to allow domestic partners to change their names without having to obtain a court order. Under current law, husbands or domestic partners can legally change their names, but only through a cumbersome process that requires a judge’s intervention, takes many months of hassle and costs hundreds of dollars. last_img


first_imgThere has been a huge welcome for long-awaited return of the Lough Swilly Ferry.The service, which links Buncrana with Rathmullan, will take place for the rest of the summer months.The ferry was due to be up and running a number of weeks ago but there had been difficulties leading to the delay. A number of tourism operators had expressed their concerns after having the ferry as part of their schedules while showing Donegal to tourist groups.The Mayor of Buncrana, Cllr Nicholas Crossan, said a repeat of the this year’s delay should not happen again.He says the discussions should be starting now, based on usage of the service over the summer.He also says a framework should be agreed before the budget meetings at the end of the year so that everyone knows where they stand before the 2012 season. Cllr Crossan says this would also allow the service be promoted in brochures and websites while people are planning their holidays.EndsWELCOME RETURN FOR LOUGH SWILLY FERRY was last modified: June 18th, 2011 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:lough swilly ferrylast_img read more

Transportation plan probed

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The state Assembly delved Monday into Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s multibillion-dollar transportation plan, raising questions about construction methods, including the one proposed for the 405 Freeway car-pool lane. Specifically, Assembly Transportation Committee members questioned the administration’s desire to expand the use of the design-build method of construction, in which the same contractor handles the project from design through completion. That method was approved recently in fast-tracking the 405 project to ensure that it receives federal funds, and supporters say the project will be a testing ground for design-build. But it remains controversial because it reduces the role of Caltrans engineers in the final product. The administration is pushing to use the method on other projects, something Democratic committee members questioned, wondering why the administration wants to expand design-build before it sees the 405 project results. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Instead of waiting for the statute to be fully implemented, the administration is asking us to go on faith,” said committee Chairwoman Jenny Oropeza, D-Carson. But state Department of Transportation Director Will Kempton said he doesn’t want to use design-build on every project. Instead, he wants to expand its use to give the state more experience with it, without having to lay off state engineers. He also said design-build would be effective “for focused, selected projects where it makes sense.” Schwarzenegger has proposed a $222 billion, 20-year infrastructure project called the Strategic Growth Plan. Of that, about $107 billion is dedicated to transportation. The administration is looking to place the first round of what will eventually be $68 billion in bonds on the ballot this year, in either June or November. The Transportation Committee is planning a second hearing for Wednesday on the transportation element of the plan. Other committees will study the plan’s other elements over the next several weeks. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 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


first_imgDONEGAL TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has condemned the €60M Garda cuts across the country.More than 100 Garda stations will close and 14 rural districts scrapped. Five stations will go in Donegal and the Glenties district scrapped.He described the plan as “a savage attack on rural Ireland”. The Donegal North-East TD said: “Today’s news that another hundred garda stations will be closed will be a further serious blow to rural Ireland as well as some urban communities who have already disproportionately suffered under the cuts regime imposed by this and the previous government.“This savage attack will also see 14 rural garda districts closed in an effort to centralise the policing of huge swathes of rural Ireland in to urban areas.”He added: “Both the Irish Farmers’ Association and the Garda Representatives Association, the representatives of rural Ireland and of the vast majority of Gardaí, have repeatedly rejected these ongoing station closures as they know the value of community policing. These are people who know rural communities unlike those who are in charge of drafting these proposals.“The government are attempting to spin this reform of policing structures when we all know that is the austerity agenda at work here under the mask of “reform.” Sinn Féin put forward budget proposals this week demonstrating how the deficit could be closed without targeting frontline services. Rural communities should not have to suffer even more because of the fiscal ineptitude of the government.”    GARDAI FACING €60M CUTS: MacLOCHLAINN CONDEMNS ‘SAVAGE ATTACK ON RURAL IRELAND’ was last modified: December 5th, 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:GARDAI FACING €60M CUTS: MacLOCHLAINN CONDEMNS ‘SAVAGE ATTACK ON RURAL IRELAND’last_img read more