CISOM Extols Prez. Sirleaf for Temporary Reinstating LIPA Officials

first_imgIn the wake of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s temporary reinstatement of three officials of the Liberia Institute for Public Administration (LIPA), the Citizens Solidarity Movement to Protect Presidential Legacies in Liberia (CISOM) has said that the move is in the right direction and a mark of a good leader who listens to both sides of the divide.“While we do not support officials of this government who usually engage in unorthodox (unusual) practices in the discharge of their duties, the three dismissed officials of LIPA challenged their respective dismissals with facts, and this led to their temporary reinstatement.CISOM is also using this medium to call on President Sirleaf to extend the decision taken to reinstate the three LIPA officials to NPA officials Madam Matilda W. Parker, former Managing Director and Christiana Kpaba Paelay, former Comptroller, who were suspended on the basis of an investigative findings of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission.According to a statement signed by CISOM’s director, Morris Swen, Sr., the LACC chairman informed journalists at a recent MICAT weekly press briefing that the report published by a local newspaper (not the Daily Observer) was not LACC’s  report and that the Commission was still investigating  the two officials.The fact that the LACC Chairman, Cllr. James Verdier, could have made such a statement, said the CISOM chair, clearly suggests that the officials deserve reinstatement pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.President Sirleaf was misled in taking the decision to suspend the NPA Managing Director, Ms. Parker and Comptroller, Madam Pealay, evidenced by the disclaimer issued by Cllr. Verdier, Mr. Swen insisted.“We don’t need a rocket scientist to tell us to what extent LACC boss has failed in the performance of his responsibility to fight corruption.“To present an inconclusive report to the President upon which two government officials were suspended is a dangerous precedent and this is to a large extent an undermining factor to fighting corruption for which Cllr. Verdier must be held accountable,” Mr. Swen suggested.“We want to remind Cllr. Verdier that in 1980 13 government officials were tied to the poles and executed in cold blood for [alleged] rampant corruption, without giving them the opportunity adequately to defend themselves in a court of competent jurisdiction. Today, we are still fighting corruption with the Commission charged with the responsibility to lead in this fight publicly disclaiming its own report. What if President Sirleaf were not a person who believed in the rule of law?  Matilda Parker and Christiana Paelay would have been victims of extra judicial treatment as was in the case of the thirteen top officials of the Tolbert administration under the People’s Redemption Council in 1980,” Swen 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

50-year-old suspect hospitalised

first_imgSophia stabbing– Family of dead woman calls for justiceThe 50-year-old suspect who fatally stabbed Nadina Kalamadeen on Wednesday evening at North Sophia, Greater Georgetown has been admitted a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) following the thrashing he received upon his apprehension.Murdered: Nadina KalamadeenOf no fixed place of abode, the suspect was reportedly given a sound beating by residents on Wednesday evening after he had killed the mother of five. The Police have said he is under guard at the medical facility.The 35-year-old woman was stabbed several times to the back by the man after she had refused to take on his advances while walking along First Street, North Sophia.When Guyana Times visited the dead woman’s home on Thursday, her family called for justice and a thorough investigation into circumstances leading up and surrounding the murder.It was reported that Kalamadeen was walking along the roadway in close proximity to her home when the suspect appeared and made several amorous advances towards her.After the woman refused to accept his advances, he reportedly whipped out a knife and dealt her several stabs to the back.The suspect attempted to run away, but an alarm was raised and he was apprehended by persons in the neighbourhood, who later handed him over to the Police.The injured woman was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.Mother of the deceased, Elimine De Freitas, told Guyana Times that the suspect was obsessed with her daughter, and now her only concern is seeking justice, to ensure that he is penalised for his actions.“All I know is that my child died. I hope that we get justice and the Police do what they have to do,” the distraught woman stated.She recalled that she was at home when she heard screaming at about 19:00h.“I just hear this hollering, so I thought was the neighbour making noise. We look out and I see everybody running and a lady on the road telling me that my daughter fall down and bleeding. As a mother, I just come out…and we carry her to the hospital.”DeFreitas refuted statements that her daughter had been in a relationship with the suspect, stating that Kalamadeen had been married to someone who works in the interior.“Is a man who live somewhere at the back, and he deh round the area for a while. Like he was desperate and obsessed with her,” the mother explained.Kalamadeen leaves to mourn her five children, mother and other relatives. The suspect is expected to be charged soon.last_img read more

Cold weather helped to kill pine beetle in Alberta

first_imgNew scientific data suggests frigid temperatures this winter have killed off, more than 90 per cent of the mountain pine beetles, in Alberta forests. However, experts won’t know until later this spring, if the death rate is high enough to actually stop the destructive bugs, from continuing to spread east, to new healthy trees. Computer models run by the Canadian Forest Service indicate, that 95 per cent of the beetles have died in southern Alberta and the Rocky Mountain Parks, after devouring vast areas of forest, in the BC interior. – Advertisement -However, experts say, the kill rate must reach a staggering 97.5 per cent to keep the bugs in check.last_img read more

Video: Man United transfer window loan scores thunderbolt on Bolton debut

first_imgManchester United loanee Saidy Janko enjoyed a dream debut for Bolton Wanderers last night, scoring a wondergoal and getting an assist in a 3-1 victory over Fulham.The 19-year-old moved to the Macron Stadium on transfer deadline day, with Andy Kellett going the other way in one of the window’s more surprising deals.Janko is highly rated and showed why on Tuesday evening with a thunderbolt from the edge of the box to give Bolton the lead in the 80th minute.Earlier, the Swiss played his part in his sides’ equaliser, delivering the cross from which veteran striker Eidur Gudjohnson struck home.Watch highlights of Bolton’s game with Fulham, including Janko’s assist and goalSee how Bolton fans reacted to Janko’s display… 1 Manchester United loanee Saidy Janko enjoyed a dream debut for Bolton Wanderers last night, scoring a wondergoal and getting an assist. last_img read more

Gore wins Nobel for heading off violence

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Climate change is and will be a significant threat to our national security and in a larger sense to life on Earth as we know it to be,” retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, former U.S. Army chief of staff, told a congressional panel last month. The Nobel Peace Prize Committee agrees. In awarding the prize Friday to climate campaigner Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a U.N.-sponsored network of scientists that has explained the dry details of global warming in thousands of pages of footnoted reports every six years or so since 1990, the Norwegian committee said the stresses of a changing global environment may heighten the “danger of violent conflicts and wars, within and between states.” Gore, fresh from a near miss at winning the U.S. presidency in 2000, translated the numbers and jargon-laden reports into something people could understand. He made a slide show and went Hollywood. His documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” won two Academy Awards and has been credited with changing the debate in America about global warming. Despite a live global stage, Gore did not take questions from reporters Friday, avoiding the issue of a potential 2008 presidential run. His aides repeatedly say he won’t enter the race. Gore donated his share of the $1.5 million prize to the nonprofit Alliance for Climate Protection. It was all about the message. “This is a chance to elevate global consciousness about the challenges that we face now,” he said Friday at the offices of the Alliance For Climate Protection, a nonprofit he founded. “The alarm bells are going off in the scientific community.” Those like Sullivan who study the issues point particularly to the impact of drought and altered climate patterns on food and water supplies, leading to shortages that could spur huge, destabilizing migrations of people internationally. In a report in May, scientists advising the German government noted scenarios that could upend the lives of millions, driving them across borders to overwhelm other lands. “The dieback of the Amazon rain forest or the loss of the Asian monsoon could have incalculable consequences for the societies concerned,” said the German Advisory Council on Global Change. In some cases, potential backlashes from warming weren’t foreseen even a few years ago. One example: The stunningly swift shrinking of Arctic Ocean ice has drawn attention to looming international disputes over rights to the newly open seas. Climate hot spots The unpredictability of when, where and how some of the changes will occur has frustrated Pentagon planners and others trying to prepare. A 2003 report commissioned by the Pentagon warned that abrupt climate change “could potentially destabilize the geopolitical environment, leading to skirmishes, battles, and even war due to resource constraints.” But that study’s scenario for abrupt change hinged in part on fears that the Atlantic’s Gulf Stream current might slow, chilling northern Europe and eastern North America and curtailing food harvests. Now, however, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says it’s “very unlikely” the current will slow abruptly. Unpredictability was dispelled elsewhere in the panel’s reports this year. It found, for example, that warmer and drier conditions are already shortening the growing season in Africa’s Sahel, a conflict-ridden region long burdened by food and water shortages. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the German scientists cited other potential “hot spots,” including: Egypt’s vital, low-lying Nile Delta, where the livelihoods of millions may be at risk from rising sea levels and salinization of agricultural areas. The Asian subcontinent, where the retreat of Himalayan glaciers will dry up downstream water supplies, and rising seas and stronger cyclones will threaten tens of millions on the Bay of Bengal coast. The poor nations of Central America, where more intense hurricanes could severely damage economies, destabilize political systems and send streams of uprooted people toward the U.S. border. At the same time, the German scientists said, the climate challenge is an opportunity to unite the international community. In that spirit, Britain last April organized the first U.N. Security Council meeting to consider climate change as a threat to international peace. Global efforts have faltered, however, in trying to cut back emissions of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases – in part because the Bush administration opposes such internationally mandated reductions. That in itself may help sharpen world tensions, the German report said. If, amid recriminations and finger-pointing, governments fail to unite on global warming, “climate change will draw ever-deeper lines of division and conflict in international relations,” it said. In announcing the award earlier in the day in Oslo, Norway, Nobel committee chairman Ole Danbolt Mjoes said the prize was not a slap at the Bush administration’s current policies. Instead, he said it was about encouraging all countries “to think again and to say what can they do to conquer global warming.” Skeptics downplay award Still, President Bush, had no plans to call Gore to congratulate him. But spokesman Tony Fratto called it “an important recognition” for both Gore and the scientific panel. Some in the shrinking community of global warming skeptics and those downplaying the issue, were dubious, however. “I think it cheapens the Nobel Prize,” said William O’Keefe, chief executive officer of the conservative science-oriented think tank the Marshall Institute. O’Keefe, a former oil industry executive and current consultant to fossil fuel firms, called Gore’s work “rife with errors.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PEACE PRIZE: Panel says former vice president and U.N. group have raised awareness of climate changes that may intensify global conflict. By Charles J. Hanley THE ASSOCIATED PRESS What does global warming have to do with global peace? The globe may find out sooner than we think, experts say. last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Established accountancy firm seeks staff

first_imgJob Vacancy: A Letterkenny-based Chartered Accountant is currently seeking accounts technician/accounts support staff to join their professional team. Bonner Gill & Co. seeks Accounts Technician/Accounts Support Staff to provide maternity leave cover with immediate start.Three years previous experience preferable. Job details:Knowledge of Micropay essential.Working Knowledge of Vat essential.Successful candidate will work as part of a team and may be required to do Secretarial Duties one day per week.37.5 hours per week – Monday to Friday.Closing date for applications Friday 15th September 2017. To apply for this role and for further information please contact:-Personnel Partner, Bonner Gill & Co., Chartered Accountants, Grand Central, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal or email info@bonnergill.com  Job Vacancy: Established accountancy firm seeks staff was last modified: September 6th, 2017 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:Accounts TechnicianBonner Gill & Cochartered accountantsEmploymentjobrecruitmentVacancylast_img read more

DIVER’S HYNUDAI KEY ‘DRIVER’ BEHIND ST EUNAN’S GOLF CLASSIC

first_imgSt Eunan’s GAA are delighted to welcome Diver’s Hyundai Garage, Canal Road, Letterkenny, as main sponsor of the annual club golf classic.The club would like to thank Terence Diver most sincerely for his support.This year’s golf classic takes place on May 23rd and promises to be another great day out with some great prizes on offer. Anyone interested in taking part should contact James Friel 086 8255474 or Paul Carr – 087 2836567, for further details.The club tried to get Terence to don the black and Amber jersey at the launch but, being the proud Gaoth Dobhair man that he is, it was a step too far so he opted to stick with the green and black – a true GAA man. Maith an fearPictured at the launch of this years classic are Terence Diver – Hyundai Garage, Cathal Green – Club Chairman, James Friel and Ciaran Haran of the organizing committee, Catherine Fletcher – Ladies, Paddy Flood – Hurlers, Rory Kavanagh/Éamonn Ó Dochartaigh – Senior Footballers and Vincent Mc Glynn – Club Executive  DIVER’S HYNUDAI KEY ‘DRIVER’ BEHIND ST EUNAN’S GOLF CLASSIC was last modified: April 17th, 2015 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:DiversGolf classicHyundailetterkennySt Eunan’s GAA clublast_img read more

Barcelona reportedly considering surprise move for former Chelsea defender

first_img REAL DEAL The 34-year-old has now emerged as a shock target for Barcelona Latest Chelsea News Barca appear to have given up hope of landing number one target, Ajax’s Matthjis de Ligt, in January and are currently considering alternative options.Getafe’s Djene Dakonam and Unai Nunez of Athletic Bilbao are also rumoured to be on their radar, with Thomas Vermaelen and Samuel Umtiti sidelined due to injury.But, according to El Mundo Deportivo, Barca could turn their attentions to Ivanovic to act as defensive cover.The experienced defender has been ever-present for Zenit this season but could be in line for a shock return to one of Europe’s elite clubs. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa shining Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January gameday cracker 1 punished Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Barcelona are reportedly considering a stunning move for former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.The Zenit Saint Petersburg man, who won the Premier League title three times during a nine-year stay at the Blues, could join the Blaugrana on loan as the Spanish giants eye defensive reinforcements. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT targets JIBE OFF Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars tense last_img read more

Nominations now open for Donegal Sports Star Awards

first_imgSPORT: Nominations have opened today for the 41st Donegal Sports Star Awards. Chairperson Neil Martin is expecting a big entry again and has appealed to sporting organization to get nominating immediately. Mr Martin told Donegal Daily, “2016 has been another big year for Donegal sport locally, nationally and on the world stage.The county has enjoyed many great successes on the team and individual front so it’s very important that those achievements are recognized” Mr Martin said. The Chairperson confirmed that Donegal County Council will once again be the exclusive sponsor of the awards.“We’re delighted that the Council will be providing the financial backing which has been so important to us down the years.”“Chief Executive Seamus Neely has been very happy with the profile that the Donegal Sports Star Awards has given the Council across the county in promoting a healthy lifestyle and honouring those who have been nominated and been successful at our annual function which has gone from strength to strength over the last decade.”There will be at least one new category this year as the Primary Schools will be split with an award for a big school and small school. Flags will be presented to both of these categories as well as the winner of the secondary school award.These flags similar to the Green Flag can then be raised on the grounds of the winning schools. The Hall of Fame winner will be chosen by the committee therefore no nominations will be accepted in this category.Nominations can be done online from the nominations page and emailed to info@donegalsportsstarawards.ie or by completing a simple nomination form, which can be downloaded and posted to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton.Those not using on-line can simply post their nominations to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton. A brief summary only of achievements will suffice.Pictorial and DVD footage is also required. For further details visit www.donegalsportsstarawards.ie. The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 25th. The Donegal Sports Star Awards presentation function takes place on Friday, January 27th in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Nominations now open for Donegal Sports Star Awards was last modified: October 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sponsored row to raise funds for Good & New Cancer Bus

first_imgCumann na gCurach Gaoth Dobhair will undertake a 15km sponsored row in aid of the Donegal to Galway cancer bus service.The curachs will depart from Machaire Rabhartaigh pier in Cloich Cheann Fhaola at 2pm, and will make their way Machaire Gathlán pier in Gaoth Dobhair on Monday the 7th of August next.The Donegal to Galway bus provides a free service for Donegal patients attending University Hospital Galway for cancer treatment. Since its foundation in 2007 the club has undertaken an annual sponsored row in aid of local charities and has raised thousands of euro for their benefit.This year they will be accompanied on their row by curachs from Cumann Rámhaíochta Chloich Cheann Fhaola, a neighbouring club. The Cloich Cheann Fhaola clubs participation is greatly appreciated as they are very kindly taking time out from their busy regatta training schedule in order to help raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause.Eight curachs will participate with a total of 24 rowers and they will be accompanied by local boats on their journey.A spokesperson for the group says; “This year, having seen the TG4 documentary ‘Turas na hAilse’, we have decided to raise money for the Donegal to Galway cancer bus service. “We will row from Magheroarty to Magheragallon on the 7th of August which may be a tough journey but please spare a thought for ‘the toughest journey’ that Donegal cancer patients have to endure and donate as much as you can to this wonderful service. Go raibh maith agaibh.”Donations may be made to any member of Cumann na gCurach, sponsorship cards are available locally and contributions may also be made via Cumann na gCurachs GoFundMe account on their Facebook page. On the day, facilities will be available at Machaire Rabhartaigh pier and Machaire Gathlán pier for people who wish to contribute.Sponsored row to raise funds for Good & New Cancer Bus was last modified: July 28th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:charityCumann na gCurachfundraisingturas na hailselast_img read more