No need for proclamations that seek to subsume or erase unique identity

first_imgDear Editor,Will Mr John Mair disclose whether British ethnic groups – White British being the largest (and includes the Scots, Irish and Welsh who like to identify themselves as such), Asian British (4 per cent), Black British (nearly 5 per cent), Gypsies, etc – would also identify themselves only as British when “pushed” to satisfy some idea of homogeneity which does not exist but where cultural and racial diversity is celebrated with pride? (“Fascinating Oral History”, SN Letters, Oct 17, 2019).In every part of this planet, tribes, ethnicities, cultures, races, religions etc coexist, often in peace in civilised societies, and do not need or invite proclamations that seek to subsume or erase their particular unique identity.Guyana is proudly diverse and I identify as an Indian Guyanese, an identity that honours my citizenship as well as my history, heritage and my ethnic being as guaranteed by our Constitution and the UN Human Rights Charter.Sincerely,Ryhaan Shahlast_img read more

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US Military Commences Training for Health Workers in Nimba

first_imgThe US Military team has begun training health workers in Nimba County to work in the ETU being constructed in Ganta.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at the training site in Ganta, the Officer in Charge of the Mobile Training Team of the US Department of Defense, Maj. Jimmy Hightower, said the training covered basic knowledge of the Ebola virus and how to care for Ebola patients at high risk in the ETU.He said the training is being conducted under the World Health Organization guidelines on Ebola, considering how it spreads and affects people as well as how to treat it.“We are also training them in the management, treatment of Ebola patients and also the hygienic process involving cleaning, wearing the PPE, decontaminating and disinfecting Ebola affected areas,” he said.Of a total of 46 persons who started the training twelve of them will work in the low risk area while the remaining 34 who will be working in the high risk area are still in training.Nimba County was seriously hit with Ganta at the epicenter when Ebola was raging in Liberia.Although there have been no new Ebola cases for the past two months, notwithstanding, the issue of contingency needs to be put in place according to Dr. Paye Gbarmie of the Ganta Ebola Treatment Unit.Presently, the US Military is constructing another ETU in Ganta to backup the 20 bed ETU that is already operating.Maj. Jimmy Hightower told this paper that those undergoing the training include nurses who are already working in the ETU constructed earlier, noting that they have vast experience.At the training ground, participants undergoing hygienic training were seen carrying on the practical aspect of the training, demonstrating how to disinfect or decontaminate an Ebola affected area.Maj. Hightower praised Liberians for the high level of hospitality accorded the U.S. military everywhere they have traveled, specifically naming Voinjama,  Buchana and Ganta.“We enjoy working with them, because they are so helpful and we hope to assist in whatever capacity they will need in the future,” he concluded.Share 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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Bassa Citizens Decry Malpractices at Palm Bay

first_imgThe youth and other prominent citizens of Kporgbahn  Statutory District  No. Four, in Grand Bassa County have decried what they claimed as bad labor and other evil practices at the Equatorial Palm Oil company, commonly called Palm Bay operating in the district.The citizens are demanding the termination of the  senior assistant estate four manager,  David Woah, and his four supervisors, Emmanuel Bouyu; Allen Togba, Alphanso Gargar and one Marshall, for their alleged  involved in the said malpractices .According to a communication dated August 15’ 2014, under the signatures of the president of the District Youth, Isaac Gartaryon and 23 others including religious leaders,  women, students and community leaders, elders, and the head of the business community in the district, the company’s personnel in  question have reportedly indulged in tribalism, discrimination against other workers of the EPO and the other citizens. The document also accuses these employees of  marginalization of workers, illegal dismissal or workers, issuance of threats against workers and the denial of contracts rights of citizens and residents with valid contract licenses.Other counts against the accused include illegal payroll deduction, wrongful registration of overtime, the introduction of of ‘zoebayoo’ society from Nimba County  only identified Prince. The complainants further cite other brutal, unfair and illegal practices against and citizens.  The accusers said they can provide evidence to all of these allegations.“Because of these above mentioned reasons we are giving the EPO management  a 15-day ultimatum to take Mr.Woah and his men in question out of the plantation for perpetually permeating injustice against the workers and citizens who are not part of their tribesmen and their  clandestinely harmful society-Zeobayoo.  The accused are  also subjecting our people to harsh working condition and long hour works without compensation’ the communication emphatically spelled out.The citizezns anticipate the cooperation and consideration of EPO management in the matter at bar, promising to provide more information if there is no positive result within the 15-day ultimatum.When recently contacted via cell phone for his side of the story, Mr. Woah, he confirmed knowledge about the communication, but said he and his men have not been served copy of the complaint. “I cannot comment now until the proper time,” he told our reporter.When also contacted, the EPO Government Liaison Manager, Rev. Wisseh-Weah Bestman,  acknowledged receipt of the citizens’ communication dated on August 15, 2014. He expressed EPO’s grave concern about the communication and their allegations. He said an internal interrogation is expected to commence shortly.Share 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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Mop-up Exercise Made “Opportunities for Money Laundering”

first_imgFinance Minister Tweah (center) on arrival at RIA on Monday, March 4: “I will never, ever engage into any fraudulent activity against Liberia. Whoever, that is responsible, will face the full weight of the law.”Both Kroll and PIT reports explicit on this, as TEMT Chair, Finance Minister Tweah denies any wrong-doing Circumstances surrounding the “Mop-up exercise” conducted by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and the Economic Management Team, headed by Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah, have been described by the Kroll scoping report as “risky” with potential opportunities for “money laundering and execution of transactions with illegal businesses.”It may be recalled that in 2018, when the Liberian dollar was grossly depreciating against the US dollar, President George Weah publicly declared that his government was infusing US$25 million into the economy with the hope to conduct a mop-up exercise that will reduce the outflow of the Liberian dollar from the market.When done properly as was intended, the quantity of Liberian dollar in circulation will reduce thus leading to dropping of the skyrocketing rate between the two currencies in which Liberians transact business.While quoting the CBL, the Kroll report noted that the US dollar mop-up Exercise involved CBL Banking Department representatives undertaking the physical purchase of Liberian banknotes with new US Dollar banknotes.Information by the CBL, according to the Kroll report, could not be accompanied by documentation setting out how the Mop-up exercise was structured or implemented, or which organizations were targeted by authorities at the CBL.Kroll’s documentary review sourced US$20 million for the Mop-up exercise to CBL’s Federal Reserve Bank of New York account and, accordingly, the order was placed on July 10, 2018, prior to the Board of Governors decree on July 16, 2018.The Kroll Report could not establish whether or not the drawing of the US$20 million was made earlier than approval provided by the Board of Governors.According to the CBL analysis, Kroll identified that Liberian Dollar banknotes totaling L$2.3 billion (US$15 million) were purchased for the US Dollar Mop-up exercise between July, 2018, and October, 2018.Kroll said it was informed by the CBL that the remaining US$5 million was put into circulation as part of normal banking operations, and not retained for continuance of the US Dollar Mop-up exercise.The investigators said a CBL Board of Governors decree dated July 16, 2018, noted that the purchase of Liberian Dollar banknotes should have been sorted, and “sterilized” (banknotes assessed by CBL staff as being of sufficient quality for circulation) by the CBL prior to re-circulation for a minimum period of one year; instead, Liberian Dollar banknotes totaling L$1.2 billion (US$7.8 million) of the total banknotes removed from circulation as part of the US Dollar Mop-up exercise have subsequently been reintroduced into circulation within six months.Kroll noted that the CBL did not provided it with evidence that the board of Governors had authorized the banknotes to be introduced back into circulation before the period of one year had elapsed.Amid these discrepancies, Kroll said “the approach taken by the CBL to implement the US Dollar Mop-up Exercise, whereby small teams of bank personnel directly purchased Liberian Dollar banknotes from local businesses and foreign exchange bureaus in exchange for US Dollar notes, created an enhanced level of risk with respect to potential misappropriation of banknotes, potential opportunities for money laundering, and potential execution of transactions with illegal businesses.”It further acknowledged that there is a risk that significant funds were unaccounted for by the CBL, and it therefore recommends that the matter merits further understanding.Meanwhile, discrepancies identified by the Kroll Report have hauled some executives of the CBL, including Charles Sirleaf and former Governor Milton Weeks to the Monrovia Central Prison.Although the Technical Economic Management Team (TEMT) of the government headed by Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., orchestrated the mop-up exercise that saw well over US$150,000 vanish in to thin air, the government is yet to arrest Tweah or invite him for interrogation since this report was released on Thursday, February 28, 2019.However, Minister Tweah, who returned to Liberia on Monday, March 4 from Egypt, says he “will never engage into any fraudulent activities against Liberia,” denying wrong-doings in the recent mop-up exercise, geared towards stabilizing the Liberian dollar depreciation, against the United States dollars.“I will never, ever engage into any fraudulent activity against Liberia. Whoever, that is responsible, will face the full weight of the law” Minister Tweah stressed.According to the MFDP statement, over US$15 million, out of US$17 million, were infused into the economy by the TEMT, a team set-up by President George Manneh Weah, to address the Liberian dollar rapid fall against the U.S. dollar. Two million United States dollars (US$2 million), were given to Total Liberia, assuring Liberians that technical details of institutions that received the money will be disclosed in the weeks to come.Minister Tweah said about 2.3 billion Liberian dollars were realized from the 15 million United States dollars mop-up, and kept at the Central Bank of Liberia. The monies, he explained came as at December 2018 and were part of the mop-up money.The statement of the minister comes in the wake of two reports, one by the Presidential Investigation Taskforce (PIT) and the other, a USAID sponsored Kroll Associates Inc. audit, into allegation of ‘missing’ sixteen billion Liberian dollars (LD$16 billion).The reports also investigated the mop-up exercise by the Liberian government through the Central Bank of Liberia.The finance minister said the Technical Economic Management Team (TEMT), empowered by the President, came up with a strategy to get the ‘excess’ Liberian dollars from outside the CBL.He explained that in accordance with normal central bank operations, money auctions do not have impact on the exchange rate, and the TEMT trust the integrity of the CBL to do money operation.  He noted that no member of the TEMT outside the CBL saw physical money.He indicated that that the TEMT acted on the experience of the CBL to do money business, because the CBL monitors risks in the financial sector.“We acted on the experience of the CBL to monitor risks in the financial sector because, when managing risks, they go to the local banks to know whether they have secure environment for credit. The CBL also, as part of risk management, will ask whether these of the local banks policies and programs are safe enough for the public. Who am I to tell the CBL we will teach you how to do risks management,” the minister asked.However, the PIT report said the mop-up exercise created the platform for illegal business dealers to clean their illegal money.Minister Tweah told the PIT that “the TEMT, chaired by him, did not use the conventional auction method through the commercial banks. According to him, the aim of the exercise was to target monies in the hands of business people and not monies already in the banking system. He said this was the reason his team targeted business people and major forex bureaus, and not to go through the commercial banks,” the PIT report said.The PIT found in its investigations that reports from the six teams responsible to carry out the mop-up exercise revealed that some foreign exchange bureaus and businesses were not duly registered, while other businesses received cash without proper identification. In some cases, business entities the teams transacted with did not have addresses.“Some businesses received lesser amounts than what was reported by CBL,” the PIT report continued. “For example, the Union Local Forex Bureau located on Carey Street received a total of US$5,500 on two separate occasions (US$3,000 on July 17, 2017 and US$2,500 on August 16, 2017) than what was reported by CBL on its report as the total amount received, which was US$161,900.Share 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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2 Lindeners charged for narco possession

first_imgTwo alleged gang members of the mining town of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), were hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday after being arrested during a sting operation carried out by the Tactical Crime Unit in the community.Twenty-year-old Adrian Webster called “Dutchie” of Lot 326 Canvas City, Wismar, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), and Uriel Lewis, 28, of Lot 464 South Amelia’s Ward, Linden, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and both pleaded not guilty to a charge of narcotics possession.The first charge stated that on September 12, 2019, at Canvas City, Linden, Region 10, Webster had two grams of cannabis in his possession. The second charge alleged that on September 12, 2019, at South Amelia’s Ward, Linden, Lewis had three grams of cannabis in his possession.According to Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris, on the day in question Police ranks from the McKenzie Police Station were on mobile patrol when they received information and proceeded to South Amelia’s Ward.The prosecution’s case stated that when the ranks arrived, they met the defendants and conducted a search. During the search, a ziplock transparent bag containing leaves, stems and seeds was found in Webster’s left side pocket.Lewis was found with two ziplock transparent bags, in his front left pocket that contained seeds, stems and leaves.Both men were subsequently arrested and taken to the McKenzie Police Station, where the substance was weighed in their presence. The prosecutor further told the court that Webster told the arresting ranks that “Oh, officer is a lil thing help me nah”, while Lewis stated that “Officer this weed is me own”.The Magistrate, after listening to the facts, fined Webster $10,000 and Lewis $12,000.They were also ordered to seek counselling and were further instructed to perform community service at the McKenzie Police Station.last_img read more

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Open-space assessment opposed

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A Valencia resident who’s fed up with the city’s new push for an open-space measure and its property tax bite hopes to galvanize grass-roots opposition to the proposal. Jim Farley’s not against shrub-adorned hills instead of houses chockablock – he just wonders whether city residents should be saddled with the cost of buying them. “I’m against setting the precedent of a property tax assessment,” Farley said. “My concern is, once we set the precedent with this, even though it’s only $25 (a year), it opens the door for every other issue that’s `too important.”‘ On the heels of a failed November 2005 initiative to fund a park and open-space measure, the Santa Clarita City Council last week approved plans to pursue an undeveloped land preservation district. “(If they’re) only taxing people within the city, taxpayers in the city will be paying for something that benefits folks in the unincorporated areas,” he said. The Gas Co. technician says he’s never been politically active before but this issue vexes him, so he’s set up an e-mail address to organize an opposition voice. Should he attract a following, Farley has offered to provide an opposing argument on the ballot materials. The council is due to receive the engineer’s report April 24, and ballots could be sent out around May 25. Voters would have 45 days to return them. Farley can be reached at jimfarley@noscassessmenttax.com. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The particulars will be spelled out after an engineer’s report is done, but guidelines call for a $25-a-year assessment for each single-family home, a limit of $1 a year in adjustments, a term of 30 years and a focus on buying and conserving undeveloped land. Parkland may or may not be included. In November, the council approved $100,000 to fund consultants and the engineer’s report, but the city is prohibited from advocating for the measure. A citizen committee has raised funds for an ad campaign – consultant Scott Wilk declined to disclose how much – and should open its campaign headquarters in about 10 days. Mailings and a door-to-door effort will begin after the council approves the engineer’s report, Wilk said. Farley, a self-described conservative Republican, objects to what he calls the “slick marketing campaign” attached to the earlier measure, saying it was unfair to present a one-sided, pro argument only. A benefits assessment will be part of the report, but Farley wonders in advance about fairness, especially if the land buys are outside city limits. last_img
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KCB hit Commandos, inch close to promotion

first_imgHaving dropped the pot at the doorstep twice in the last two years, the bankers were in no mood to make similar mistakes and started the game with pace and precision.In the third minute, the impressive Martin Nderitu tried his luck with a shot from distance but the Commandos keeper gathered it well.Three minutes later a brilliant team move by the bankers saw Chris Ochieng race to the ball on the right before hitting a superb low cross into the area, but a rushing Shami Kibwana could not get a touch on the ball with the keeper to beat.KCB FC defender Bethwell Warambo shields the ball against a Green Commandos attacker during their National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the 13th minute, Shami turned provider making a good run to create space on the left cutting in a cross, but Kennedy Owino’s point blank tap was brilliantly saved by Commandos keeper Bonphas Munyasa.The pressure finally bore fruit in the 21st minute when Dennis Ng’ang’a’s free-kick from the right took a wicked deflection off a defender before finding its way past keeper Munyasa.KCb were on top of their game, but Commandoes had shown some good moves and signs that they would try and claw back something off the game.But, they were limited in their chances with their only effort at goal coming in the 33rd minute when Victor Muhanda’s shot from range went straight to the keeper.In the second half, the bankers kept their press on and nine minutes in, they should have been two up.Chris Ochieng raced through to a loose ball inside the box and managed to beat the keeper, but he took way too many touches inside the box when he should have pulled the trigger allowing the defense to race back and block.KCB FC defender Shami Kibwana shields the ball against a Green Commandos attacker during their National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThere was a slight push on him as he went for the shot, but the referee turned a deaf ear on the calls for a penalty.The bankers though doubled their lead in the 63rd minute when Owino tapped in past the keeper from six yards out after a textbook counter saw Simon Abuko float in a decent cross with pace and power.With a comfortable lead, KCB contained the pressure of the game with Dennis Orenge and Samuel Mwangi coming in to consolidate the result.Mwangi had two chances late on, one with a shot from distance while the second was from close range, both going wide.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000KCB FC players celebrate Kennedy Owino’s second goal against Green Commandos during their National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – KCB FC inched closer to a return to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) after beating Green Commandos 2-0 in a National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Friday evening.Goals in either half from Dennis Ng’ang’a and Kennedy Owino saw the bankers move to 69 points in the standings with three matches to go and if Nairobi Stima drop points against Administration Police on Saturday, they will only need two wins off the last three ties to gain promotion.last_img read more

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Newcastle to axe McClaren in next 48 hours, Leicester star has £30m exit clause

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Steve McClaren’s future at Newcastle United remained in a state of damaging limbo on Monday night although the former England coach is expected to be sacked within the next 48 hours. (Guardian)Newcastle are preparing to contact possible replacements for McClaren — including David Moyes, Rafael Benítez and Nigel Pearson — to gauge their interest in the position. (Daily Telegraph)It will cost £30 million to prise Jamie Vardy away from Leicester City after the Premier League leaders inserted a buyout clause into their record-breaking striker’s contract. (The Times)Highly-rated Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante is in line for a new deal to stave off interest from the big guns. The 24-year-old, signed for just £5.6million from Caen on a four-year deal last summer, has made a stunning impact on the Premier League title favourites. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham have opened talks with Mauricio Pochettino over a new contract. Boss Pochettino is a man in demand after overseeing a brilliant transformation job at White Hart Lane. Manchester United and Chelsea both have the Argentinian on their wanted lists in their respective searches for a new manager. (Daily Mirror)Diego Costa is a shock transfer target for Paris Saint-Germain. The French giants have already been linked with a raid for Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard. But now the club, who aim to dump Chelsea out of the Champions League for the second year running on Wednesday, have also turned their attention to star striker Costa. (Daily Star)Max Allegri has ended speculation about his future by insisting: I will be at Juventus next season. The Italian boss has been heavily linked with the Chelsea manager’s job — and even the Real Madrid hotseat. (The Sun)Liverpool scouts watched Serie A duo Leandro Paredes and Piotr Zielinski over the weekend. The Reds sent their representatives to eye the pair in action for Empoli. (Daily Star)Southampton misfit Gaston Ramirez says he would consider making his loan move to Middlesbrough permanent if the Teessiders win promotion to the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…??Rangers boss Mark Warburton ‘feels some sympathy’ for Celtic counterpart Ronny Deila‘It wasn’t a game, it was an EVENT!’ Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle looks back on electric north London derby‘Benteke has gone down far too easily’ – Former Premier League referee says Liverpool penalty decision was wrong callBarcelona ready to launch move for Leicester City sensation Riyad MahrezNewcastle United and Swansea City monitoring Napoli forward Manolo GabbiadiniEverton preparing £23m bid for in-form Sporting Lisbon forward Islam SlimaniFrench starlet Kylian Mbappe snubs Arsenal and Real Madrid interest by signing Monaco dealLiverpool winning race to land Belgian wonderkid Samuel BastienArsenal, Leicester City and Manchester United joined by Barcelona in battle for French starletNapoli join Arsenal and Manchester United in chase for Ajax’s ‘new Bergkamp’Bayer Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak a top summer target for Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

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Santiago fire not expected to be contained until Nov. 2

first_imgSANTA ANA – Firefighters attacking the Santiago fire today were blocking the blaze from crossing a mountain ridge into Riverside County, and fire officials said they don’t expect the fire to be fully contained until Nov. 2. The fire, which was blamed on arson, has injured eight firefighters. Now in its eighth day, the fire has blackened 28,012 acres of foothills, canyons and mountains in the northeastern corner of Orange County. Firefighters have the blaze about 65 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. Some people under mandatory evacuations were allowed to check on their homes yesterday and collect medicine and other personal items. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the canyon areas of Santiago Canyon Road between Silverado Canyon Road and Live Oak Canyon Road, including the Santiago Estates area and Jackson Ranch Road. Areas along Live Oak Canyon Road through the Trabuco Canyon area, including O’Neill Regional Park, to Trabuco Creek Road are also included in the mandatory evacuation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Santiago fire has destroyed 15 homes and nine outbuildings, and 8 residential structures and 12 outbuildings were damaged. There are 1,732 fire personnel assigned to the fire, which has caused an estimated $7.9 million. Slack air helped the firefighters yesterday. Firefighters worried that coastal winds could blow the fire downhill into the Corona area if it crossed the ridge, which also marks the line between Orange and Riverside counties. Hand crews and bulldozers have carved a pair of parallel fire breaks both on the ridge and at the fire’s northeast edge, generally a mile southwest of the ridge. 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

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