House Regrets Allison’s Death

first_imgThe House of Representatives has expressed its deepest regrets over the death of Attorney-at-Law Michael Allison, who served as one of its consultants during the formulation of the New Oil and Gas Law.Atty. Allison’s body was found early Friday morning, the 13th of February on a beach behind the Royal Air Maroc Monrovia office in his underwear with froth at his mouth.The House said Atty. Allison will be missed for his hard working spirit demonstrated during the oil consultation when he availed his expertise to synchronize and validate views and comments from across the country, reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the Liberian people.According to a press statement under the signature of the House’s Acting Press and Public Affairs Director, Nelson Carr, the consultative role of Atty. Allison and two others hired as consultants, strengthened the national effort to sustain a vibrant Hydro Carbon Sector.The release also said the Honorable House joins the many voices calling for a speedy investigation leading to the cause of his death.“The Speaker and Members support any certified pathologist(s) to conduct an autopsy to establish circumstances surrounding the cause of death of Atty. Allison,” the release noted.The House of Representatives described the death of Atty. Allison as “unfortunate and regrettable.”“It is with a heavy heart the Honorable House of Representatives expresses its deepest condolences to the bereaved family, friends, loved ones and the Maryland County Bar Association,” the release said.The late Atty. Allison, son of the late former Defense Minister Gray D. Allison, was the Managing Director of the BRICS Mano River Union Legal Consultants.Atty. Allison was reportedly the whistleblower of the ongoing investigation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), involving Speaker Alex Tyler, Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue and Rep. Edwin M. Snowe and others.The case involves the questionable payment of US$25,000 to consultants in the formulation of the New Oil and Gas Law, which is the subject of a US$1.2m given to the National Legislature for a nationwide consultation.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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Public officials should declare local, foreign assets – US Embassy deputy

first_imgBy Vahnu ManikchandOutgoing Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy in Guyana, Bryan Hunt is of the view thatDeputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy in Guyana, Bryan HuntGuyanese public officials should be made to publicly declare all assets, both local and overseas, in the name of transparency.This comes in light of Government using its one-seat parliamentary majority back in January to turn down a motion tabled by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition that would provide for all Members of Parliament (MPs) making public declarations of taxable income and all assets to the Integrity Commission.In an exclusive interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Hunt said that without siding with any of the political parties, he believed that public disclosure of assets was an important aspect of transparency. He noted that it was important for not only the executive branch but all State officials to publicly declare all of their assets.“While this is a debate the Guyanese public needs to have as oppose to the international community, I think in principle the ultimate objective should be to have all public office holders, all senior civil servants disclose fully all assets they may hold whether it’s in Guyana or overseas,” he posited.According to Hunt, there needs to be disclosure legislation that is not only on the books but actively enforced across the board for all public office holders at all levels. The US diplomat, who will be leaving next month after a three-year tour in Guyana, said that it was equally critical for the same to be applied to Opposition members as well.“So, I would encourage both sides of the (National Assembly) to move as quickly as possible to put those sorts of public disclosure laws in place,” he urged.However, the outgoing Deputy Chief of Mission opted not to take a position on what process should be adopted to ensure such transparency.“What specific legislation, whether it’s multiple legislations, whether it’s broad or in over some period of time, whether you start with A and move to B, I’ll leave to the politicians and the public to debate, but the end goal of all of this needs to be full disclosure of all assets, wherever they may be held anywhere in the world,” he stated.The proposed Code of Conduct for Government officials and parliamentarians is part of a menu of measures that call for accountability and proper demeanour by MPs and Government officials.According to the proposed Code of Conduct, the coalition Government has, over time, committed to being scrutinised by all as it believes that it is accountable to the people. The Government assures that it will continue to strive to live up to its promise of transparency and accountability in all of its endeavours.In fact, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration had long been pushing for transparency and had even accused members of the PPP/C regime of stashing their wealth abroad.However, when the Opposition proposed the motion to have Ministers’ tax records and statements made available to the Integrity Commission and released to the public, it was defeated by Government. The coalition noted that it was not in favour of the public declaration, and would prefer to make such disclosures to the Integrity Commission instead.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had stated that he had already declared all his assets to the Integrity Commission and was willing to disclose his international possessions as well, if Government was prepared to follow suit.“Yeah… I will declare everything local and overseas. The local money is in my Integrity Commission everything. Everything you have to declare there, you would have seen it there,” he stated back in April.Jagdeo, who was at the time speaking about the leaked “Panama Papers”, declared that he did not have any hidden wealth in shell accounts. He took the opportunity to restate that the coalition Administration should agree to have the International Police (Interpol) or any other credible, independent international firm investigate the local and overseas wealth of all current and former parliamentarians.“We are prepared to do this, ask them if they are prepared to do this; to go with us jointly and make a request of anybody, if not Interpol, an investigative firm, together to look at all of the holdings of everyone,” he remarked, while ruling out the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU) which he said was loaded with “political hacks” who were surreptitiously looking to damage people’s reputations.“Let’s do this as a motion in Parliament, so the international organisation won’t treat it as partisan, they will treat it as a national thing,” Jagdeo, who served as President for 12 years, said. “Not just the status of all Presidents and ex-Presidents, all Members of Parliament, their holdings abroad.”Jagdeo, who was at the time speaking about the leaked “Panama Papers”, declared that he did not have any hidden wealth in shell accounts. He took the opportunity to restate that the coalition Administration should agree to have the International Police (Interpol) or any other credible, independent international firm investigate the local and overseas wealth of all current and former parliamentarians.“We are prepared to do this, ask them if they are prepared to do this; to go with us jointly and make a request of anybody, if not Interpol, an investigative firm, together to look at all of the holdings of everyone,” he remarked, while ruling out the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU) which he said was loaded with “political hacks” who were surreptitiously looking to damage people’s reputations.“Let’s do this as a motion in Parliament, so the international organisation won’t treat it as partisan, they will treat it as a national thing,” Jagdeo, who served as President for 12 years, said. “Not just the status of all Presidents and ex-Presidents, all Members of Parliament, their holdings abroad.”last_img read more

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2 more bodies of fishermen recovered

first_imgPiracy massacre…all fishing activities halted…families still awaiting answersAs Surinamese authorities continue to search for the missing fishermen from the two recent pirate attacks, two more bodies have been found.Guyana Times understands that these bodies are the same ones that were spotted by the rescue team a few days ago, but they were unable to recover them due to the thick mud that were in the area. However, after returning to the area the following day, the authorities managed to retrieve the bodies, which were brought to shore on Friday morning.This now brings the total body count to three, while five survivors have been accounted for. Between the two attacks offshore Suriname, 17 fishermen are still missing from last Saturday’s and Wednesday’s horrific attacks.In the case of the first attack, sea bandits not only raided four boats, but brutally chopped and shot at the 20 crew members, before tying them up to heavy items such as batteries and the boat anchor and throwing them over board.Meanwhile, authorities in the Dutch nation are having difficulty identifying the victims of last weekend’s attack, as well as the most recent one on Wednesday, which left a boat captain dead and his crew members missing.To this end, the Surinamese Police are calling on families of the victims, most of whom are suspected to be Guyanese, to come forward and provide the Police with the necessary identification details of their missing relatives.The Police note it is important for investigators to have a complete list of the correct details (name, first name, birth date, ID number or passport number) of the victims, and so the families are being urged to contact or visit the Department of Capital Crimes located at the Havenlaan Zuid number One, (Police Station New Haven, top floor). They are being asked to walk with relevant documents, such as copy ID card, passport and photo). The Capital Crimes Department can be reached at numbers 403645/403252.Moreover, Secretary of the Fishermen Collective in Suriname, Mark Lall, told <> during a brief interview on Friday that, in addition to contacting the Police with the correct identification information of their loved ones, they should also check with the boat operators to ensure that those persons were indeed on the five boats that were attacked during the past week.Asked why the boat operators have not provided this information on the identity of their workers, Lall explained that most of the fishermen go by ‘sea names’ and soSurinamese law enforcement officials taking one of the bodies to shoretheir real identities are unknown to the boat owners.“That is the problem, the boat owners know the fishermen mostly by their call name, which is a normal thing we noticed for Guyanese people. Your name can be, for example, Lall but the only name you’re known as is “Fatman” because that’s your calling name… So it’s important that the families make contact with the Police authorities and the owners whose boats and workers were victim of piracy, to find out if their loved one was on the trip,” he stated.Lall noted that some boat owners have decided to halt operations at sea temporarily as fear of imminent attack looms.There have been reports that two fishermen who were believed to be out on the boats that were attacked, and listed amongst those missing, turning up safe and sound after not being able to make the trips.Among those Guyanese who are missing from last weekend’s incidents are: Ramesh Sanchara; Ganesh Persaud, Vickey Persaud, Glenroy Jones, Bharat Heralall, Ralph Anthony, and Tiaknauth Mohabir. The missing men so far identified are: Tilaknauth Mohabir, 50, also known as ‘Kai’; Ganesh Beharry; Ralph Anthony Couchman, 19, also known as ‘Burnham’; Ramesh Sancharra, 48; Glenroy Jones, 21; Randy Burnette; Ramnarine Singh; Bharat Heeralall, also known as “Record”, 49; Bobby Ibrahim; Sunil, known as Poddock; Mahesh Sarjoo, 35 and Rajkumar Bissessar.On the other hand, even as the Surinamese Police urge relatives to provide identification details, frustrated families in Guyana continue to lament the lack of information forthcoming from authorities both here and in the neighbouring Dutch-speaking country, while they are also awaiting an active response from the Guyana Government.Many of those families have since travelled to Suriname with the hope of getting answers about their loved ones. The brother of one of the missing fishermen, Ramnarine Singh, told this newspaper relatives want the Guyanese authorities to get involved with their Surinamese counterparts, so that the necessary information can be filtered down to anxious families, while assistance can also be given wherever needed.“We just want to know something, if he dead or alive… and if he dead, then we want the body to come back home, and we would need help with that, and the Government should do something to help with this,” Kenrick told this newspaper.Furthermore, calls are also being made for the Guyana Government to step up and work along with the Dutch authorities to ensure the safety of fishermen.“This situation is a terrible one, and something has to be done. For a long time this will continue if somebody does not put their foot down and stop this… The Suriname and the Guyana governments have to do something,” another concerned relative, Gildarie Persaud, urged.Thus far, Police in Suriname has seven suspects in custody, and they are being grilled on last weekend’s attack. Meanwhile, over in Guyana, ranks in ‘B’ Division (Berbice) have also arrested four persons over the past three days for questioning on the attack, which occurred in Surinamese waters.Speaking with the <>, Divisional Commander Lyndon Alves explained that the men were arrested on intelligence information given by the Surinamese Police.“Based on some information passed to us, they were arrested and are presently being questioned as it relates to the Suriname attack,” he said, while opting not to divulge any further details regarding local investigations.Among those in custody is Nakool Manohar called ‘Fyah’, of Number 43 Village, Corentyne. The man’s family has invited the media to speak with them to pronounce the innocence of the man in custody [Manohar], but refused on-camera interviews when the media arrived. However, they claim that one of the masterminds of the piracy attack resides on the East Coast of Demerara.Meanwhile, <> understands that three of the five survivors of last Saturday’s piracy attack have returned to Guyana. However, they are all tight-lipped about the incident, saying they did not see or hear anything.One is hospitalised locally after being discharged from a Paramaribo hospital. Another is at home after medical personnel in Suriname refused to remove a bullet from his foot. Sources say the men were forced to come home after being unable to pay the high medical bills in the neighbouring country.This publication on Friday tried to speak with survivors, but they have all asked not to be part of any media story on the piracy attack. (Vahnu Manikchand)last_img read more

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Junior Canucks win first game of the NWJHL season

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek Junior Canucks got their NWJHL season started with a win Friday night.The Canucks travelled to play Fairview Friday and came away with a 5-2 win.  The Canucks started the scoring early in the first with a goal from Dustin Bahm at the 3:21 mark.  That was followed by a power-play goal for the Flyers tieing the game.  The Flyers then took the lead with a goal from Rene Girod.In the second period, the Junior Canucks took control of the game and scored three goals.  Nick Vanderpleug, Brandon Rowley and Tanner Bahm each put one past the Flyers goalie.- Advertisement -In the third, Lane Wycotte scored on an empty net to make the final score 5-2.The Fort St. John Huskies will be opening their 2018/19 NWJHL regular season against the North Peace Navigators in Peace River this weekend.The Navigators will be honouring former head coach Darcy Haugan, who was killed along with 15 others in last April’s bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos, during a ceremony before Saturday’s game.Advertisement The ceremony in remembrance of Haugan before the game will feature Haugan’s family and a number of the Navigators’ alumni.The game takes place at the Baytex Energy Centre on Saturday, September 22nd at 8:00 p.m. local time/7:00 p.m. Pacific time, with the game to be streamed on the Huskies’ Ustream page.last_img read more

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Ontario Christian increases postseason honors

first_imgDOWNEY – It’s good to be an Ontario Christian Knight right about now. Two days after the boys basketball team won its first CIF championship, the girls soccer team grabbed its fifth title, battling top-seeded Lancaster Desert Christian to a 1-1 tie in the CIF-Southern Section Division VI championship Saturday at Allen Payne Stadium. But the Knights, who had scored 18 goals in their four previous playoff games, played the pesky, high-scoring underdog role again to rousing success. “I wasn’t worried about this team at all,” said Ontario Christian coach Dave Belden. “This team has a lot of leadership and maturity and I felt that if we created chances, we’d get corners and we’d eventually break through.” Belden’s faith was rewarded in the 60th minute. The Knights, who kept the ball on the Desert Christian end of the field most of the second half, drew a corner kick from the right side. Airth unleashed a perfectly lofted cross into the penalty box that junior defenseman Jaclyn Bollema headed into the net. “It was just a great cross by Trisha,” Bollema said. “She put the ball right where it needed to be. It was all about the cross.” The Knights kept coming after Bollema’s third goal of the season – all off headers from corner kicks – drawing three corners in the final 10 minutes. They weren’t able to score, but their tenacity drew the praise of Desert Christian coach Deann Lewis. “They just kept coming at us,” Lewis said. “I didn’t think we really got into a rhythm, but they played well and fought hard.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The co-championship marked the Knights’ fifth since 1996 and first since 2004, when Ontario Christian grabbed a D6 co-championship. “It’s just great to have OC on my jersey right now,” senior midfielder Trisha Airth said. “Playing for this school and this community means so much to me and everyone on this team. This championship is for everyone.” center_img Just as it has been throughout the postseason, Ontario Christian (20-6-5) came in as the underdog. The Knights entered the playoffs having finished second in the Christian League and had to defeat Woodcrest Christian in overtime in the semifinals. Add in an opponent in Desert Christian (23-1-3), which hadn’t given up a goal in 17 consecutive games entering play, and the Knights were feeling slightly disrespected. “I don’t think anyone really thought we’d get here or that we should be here,” Airth said. “I think we proved tonight that we belong on the same field as this team.” To do that, the Knights had to do what had been practically impossible: come back against Desert Christian goalkeeper Caitlin Aikenhead. Aikenhead was one game away from tying the CIF record for consecutive shutouts and was given a one-goal lead in the 55th minute on a score by Carleigh Hobson. last_img read more

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QPR turn down £12m bid from Leicester for West Ham and Newcastle target

first_img1 QPR have turned down a £12million bid from Leicester City for striker Charlie Austin, talkSPORT understands.It’s understood the west London club want closer to the £15m mark if they’re to let the forward leave west London.Newcastle United and West Ham have both been linked with the former Burnley hitman, but are yet to firm up their interest.Austin is still expected to leave Loftus Road this summer and the Foxes are likely to return with an increased offer. Charlie Austin last_img

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HAVE YOU SEEN BEN THE CHOCOLATE LABRADOR?

first_imgHave you seen Ben?Pet owners and the public have been asked to be on the lookout for a chocolate Labrador who has gone missing in the Buncrana area.The dog, who answers to the name of Ben, was last seen on Thursday.He has a red collar and is a very friendly dog. Anybody who comes across Ben or may have seen him can email us at info@donegaldaily.com and we will pass the information on to his owner. HAVE YOU SEEN BEN THE CHOCOLATE LABRADOR? was last modified: November 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Benbuncranachocolate Labradorlast_img read more

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The women of Donegal to ‘Rise’ up at the County Museum

first_imgA special exhibition telling the stories of 300 of Ireland’s mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives involved in the 1916 Rising, is on display at the County Museum, in Letterkenny until Thursday, 30th March 2017.Visitors to the exhibition can explore this remarkable variety of previously unseen items, from personal objects, images and documentation, to newly digitised birth, death, marriage and census records from private and public collections.The exhibition outlines how members of Cumann na mBan mobilised to support the Volunteers, arriving in Dublin from places such as Glasgow, London, and Liverpool. Visitors can hear the story of music teacher Annie Higgins, dispatched from the GPO with a message for rebels in the North but arrested along her way, the note confiscated, its contents never revealed. Previously unseen images of key female characters, on loan from the collection of Sorcha MacMahon, are also on display. Mná 1916 – Women 1916 is curated by Sinead McCoole, an author and historian whose collaborations and expertise in many areas of Irish civil history, including the Rising, have been received with acclaim both at home and abroad. Enhanced by material from the Military Archives, the National Library of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland, it’s a fitting tribute to the resilience and ability of those previously considered the ‘fairer’ sex.To mark this year’s International Women’s Day on the 8 March 2017 women of all ages, from all over Donegal and the North West are being invited to join in a collective conversation about women’s lifetime experiences at an event in the Regional Cultural Centre and in the Donegal County Museum in Letterkenny. Sinead McCoole, author of Easter Widows and curator of Mná 1916-Women 1916 will visit the Donegal County Museum to give a guided tour of this exhibition during this event on International Women’s Day.Further information on this event will be made available in the coming weeks. The women of Donegal to ‘Rise’ up at the County Museum was last modified: February 7th, 2017 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)last_img read more

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Cardiff ace signs contract to stay at club for another three years

first_img targets 1 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Etheridge told Cardiff City TV: “The club has been great to me since I started. We had a fantastic year last year and it’s been great to continue that and extend my deal.”The Philippines international cannot wait for his debut season in the Premier League. “Every game is going to be a great experience – all of them,” he said. “Of course, you’ve got Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge… I could go on and on.“But I’m looking forward to the first game of the season, then coming back here for a full house against Newcastle. I can’t wait.”Chief executive Ken Choo said of Etheridge, who began his career with Fulham: “We are delighted to see another of our key performers from the 2017/18 campaign commit his future to the club.“We look forward to seeing him continue to grow as a player and giving his all for the Bluebirds.”Etheridge will have tough competition for the number one jersey as Cardiff also signed QPR keeper Alex Smithies. The QPR keeper will stay at the club for another five years targets Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has signed a new contract keeping him with the club until the summer of 2021 at least.Etheridge, 28, joined the club last summer from Walsall and immediately established himself as the number one, playing in all but one of Cardiff’s Championship matches and keeping an impressive 19 clean sheets as they secured promotion to the Premier League. RANKED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST The bizarre reason why Man United didn’t sign new Liverpool playmaker Minamino blunder Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND LATEST TRANSFER NEWSlast_img read more

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FORMER KERRY STAR TOMÁS Ó SÉ SELECTS SIX DONEGAL PLAYERS IN HIS TEAM OF THE YEAR

first_imgFormer Kerry star Tómas Ó Sé has risked the wrath of his former colleagues and family after selecting his GAA team-of-the-year. Ó Sé selected Michael Murphy ahead of the ‘Star’ of the All-Ireland final Kieran Donaghy, while he also opted to omit his brother Marc Ó Sé from his team.Ó Sé selected six Donegal players in total on his team, and six Kerry players. Mayo’s Keith Higgins, and Dublin duo Paul Flynn and Diarmuid Connolly make up his side.Ó Sé selected Paul Durcan, Neil McGee, Frank McGlynn, Neil Gallagher, Michael Murphy and Ryan McHugh.Ó Sé opted for Murphy ahead of Donaghy at full-forward because of the leadership skills displayed by Murphy throughout the entire championship campaign.Ó Sé said, “Kieran Donaghy is close at full-forward but Michael Murphy’s leadership and attitude throughout earns it for him. Even in the last minutes of the final he was throwing everything at it. Despite Paul Durcan’s error in the All-Ireland final, Ó Sé believes it didn’t cost them the match, and that the Four Masters man has been the best keeper in the country.Ó Sé said, “Donegal’s Paul Durcan is my goalkeeper. He’s a clever guy to kick out ball. Yes, he had a bad one in the final but that didn’t cost them an All-Ireland.Hopefully the selection of Ó Sé mirrors the official selection made by the GAA when choosing their All-Stars for the 2014 season.  FORMER KERRY STAR TOMÁS Ó SÉ SELECTS SIX DONEGAL PLAYERS IN HIS TEAM OF THE YEAR was last modified: October 3rd, 2014 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) Tags:donegalGAAKerrynewsSportteam of the yearTomás Ó Sélast_img read more

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