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#JaVotes2016: ‘I am not afraid’ – 53 year-old vendor

first_imgAt the corner of Law Street and High Holborn Street in Kingston Central,  Irele Bromfield, caters to early bird Election Day workers at her stall. The 53 year-old braved the anticipated tension to sell ripe bananas, biscuit and other items. “I’ve been out here from 6 o’clock this morning. I am not afraid,” she said, while standing beside her stall in the community of South Side. “I want Andrew fi win cause he’s better for the young people and better for me,” she added.last_img


The New Central Bank Building: A Reward of Visionary, Progressive Stewardship

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday dedicated the imposing new 12- story headquarters of the Central Bank of Liberia. She declared that it was a testimony to the great leadership of Governor J. Mills Jones and his team.Governor Jones returned the compliment by praising President Sirleaf for her determination to see the project successfully completed. He told the CBL’s crowded ground-floor auditorium that the President had frequently reminded him of her expectation that the building would be successfully completed. The Governor said yesterday’s dedicatory ceremony was a resounding fulfillment of President Sirleaf’s Vision for the Transformation of Liberia into a middle-income nation with a vibrant economy that meets the needs of all its people.The President said she was pleased that she stuck to her guns in insisting that the project moved forward against the advice “of some of our leading development partners.”The Daily Observer has reliably learnt that the reluctant “development partner” is the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which failed to see the need for the CBL to be in its own building.This magnificent structure is testimony to the importance of self reliance in our national development agenda, said Governor Jones.Indeed, there comes a time in the life of any nation when it must stand on its own feet, pull itself up by its own bootstraps in order to move forward and lift its people up from poverty, deprivation and dependency.Many Liberians have often wondered how long will we as a nation depend on other people to determine or national agenda, and tell us what we must do and how to improve the lives of our people. This mode of development has never worked for any country and never will.The sooner Liberians realize that no one but ourselves can develop our country, the sooner we will start taking ourselves seriously and work diligently and patriotically to achieve our national development goals.This is precisely why we at the Daily Observer have constantly argued that the government must develop the macroeconomic policies that will ensure that our people play a far more meaningful and dynamic role in the national economy.There are, however, a few Liberians who are convinced that their sole duty is to support, protect and defend a certain group of foreigners who are determined to continue dominating the Liberian economy.We have always reminded the government and people that so long as Liberians are sidelined in business, so long shall Liberians remain in perpetual poverty, powerless in their own rich country.We are grateful to President Sirleaf for standing by Governor Jones and his team to complete this great work, the new Central Bank Building. We are also grateful to Governor Jones and his team for their persistence, hard work, determination and patriotism in completing a befitting edifice for Liberia’s Central Bank that we can all take pride in.We further applaud the Executive Governor for being resolutely consistent. His philosophy of the self reliance of Liberians have been manifested not in words only, but in concrete deeds—reaching out to the poorest of the poor and empowering them in business, in a relentless and determined bid to lift them out of poverty.By the same token, he has used the CBL’s resources to complete the bank’s own edifice, for the first time in its 50-year history.If the Bank and other patriotic Liberians with the power and means continue to reach out and empower their own people in business by training, nurturing and capital, one day Liberians will be able to boast that yes, they own and control Liberia, in all aspects of national life.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Man feared drowned at Splashmin’s Resort

first_imgThe search is on for 25-year-old Dinesh Ramdas of Coglan Dam, West Bank Demerara, who was feared drowned at the Splashmin’s Fun Park, Linden-Soesdyke Highway on Sunday.Dinesh RamdasWhile information remains sketchy, Guyana Times understands that the young man and his family were outside of the Resort when a ball accidentally went into the Resort’s compound.In an attempt to get the ball, the man reportedly crawled under the fence. After some time has passed and Ramdas did not return, the family frantically started to search for him.Up to late Sunday evening, his body was not yet discovered. An investigation has been launched into the incident.Less than a year ago, the body of 18-year-old Ronaldo Gomes of Lot 8 Norton Street, Wortmanville, Georgetown, was recovered from the Splashmin’s Resort after he was believed to have drowned.The teenager went to the creek with his cousin, a bus owner who was hired to transport some persons to the private resort. As the group was getting ready to leave, persons realised Gomes was missing.Upon searching and making enquiries, they were informed that while swimming, the water became rough and the teen ventured out to the deep end. The cousin was reportedly told that the teen went beyond the barricade ropes and was allegedly hit by a jet-ski.A search was then conducted, and his body was found floating with injuries to his face.last_img read more


DPP advises extradition for former insurance company manager

first_imgA few months after Zameel Shaheed, the former manager of Demerara Mutual Life Assurance, was slapped with 45 fraud-charges, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has advised that an extradition proceedings be initiated for the accused to be brought here to face the charges.Police Prosecutor Shellon Daniels informed Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus when the case was called in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The Prosecutor asked for an adjourned date to report on the proceedings; hence, the Magistrate adjourned the matter until November 18 for report.Last March, the Magistrate issued an arrest warrant for Shaheed after he failed to show up for a third time in court.Shaheed, who is reportedly in the United States, is accused of defrauding the insurance company of over $40 million. He has failed to show up in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where he is to answer to the charges.It was reported that Shaheed was the manager of the Claims Department at Demerara Mutual Life Assurance.Between 2013 and 2017, he allegedly authorised transactions amounting to in excess of $40 million to 16 persons who were not entitled to claims. Shaheed, however, collected the monies for his own use and benefit.Hence, the matter was reported and an investigation was carried out after which the charges were instituted. Following the audit, Shaheed reportedly submitted his resignation while overseas.last_img read more


RHT, Upper Corentyne advance to final

first_imgBCB/ANSA McAL Skyy Vodka 20/20 Tournament…High-level cricket returned to the Upper Corentyne area on Sunday, and residents turned up in large numbers to witness the semi-finals of the 2018 Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) Skyy Vodka 20/20 Tournament at the Number 69 Vikings Ground.The victorious Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets Cricket TeamThe stands were packed to capacity while spectators also lined the boundary boards around the Ground. Upper Corentyne and Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets advanced to the final after recording victories over Albion and Skeldon.Both games were closely contested as all four teams fought all the way, to leave the large crowd on their feet.In the first match, Albion, batting first, were restricted to 104 all out in 20 overs. Ritesh Umroa (22), national player Jonathan Foo (21) and Ramesh Kassinauth (18) were the principal scorers while Upper Corentyne’s Devendra Budhoo took 2-15, Devendra Chatterpaul claimed 2-19 and A Roopchand bagged 2-20.Albion, expertly led by Foo, defended the small total with purposeful bowling and fielding, but two attacking innings from Rishi Persaud (39) and Latchman Roopchand (35 not out) saw Upper Corentyne to 106 for 6 from 19.3 overs.National Under-19 left arm spinner Kevin Umroa took 3-18 while off-spinner Karran Arjpaul picked up 2-19.In the second semi-final, Skeldon won the toss and surprisingly invited RHT to take first strike despite the Number 69 pitch proving difficult for stroke playing.National Under-19 players Kevin and Junior Sinclair added 32 for the first wicket in six overs before Errol Byass trapped Junior Sinclair lbw for 7.RHT then slipped to 32-3, after losing two more wickets for no runs. They eventually struggled to 63 for 6 at the end of the 13th over before National Under-19 player Kevlon Anderson produced a classy innings of 45, which included a single boundary.He received crucial support from all-rounder Keith Simpson (20) to add 50 for the seventh wicket. RHT reached 125-8 from 20 overs as medium pacer Jermaine Reid took 4-12 while Byass supported with 2-30.Skeldon began their chase aggressively and raced to 50-2 from six overs as Naresh Deo (34) and Ryan Ramdass put up two good cameos. However, the introduction of Captain and leg-spinner Shawn Pereira changed the course of the game as he spun webs around the confused Skeldon batsmen to end with 5-9 from four overs.No other Skeldon batsman reached double figures as the home team were bowled out for 88, much to the disappointment of the large crowd. Eon Hooper and Kevin Sinclair took two wickets each for 10 and 21, respectively.The grand finale is scheduled for Sunday, October 14, at the same venue. Albion and Skeldon are scheduled to battle for third place while the winner of the tournament walks away $100,000 richer.BCB President Hilbert Foster was full of praise for the massive turnout of spectators while he was also very impressed by the cooperation of the Number 69 Vikings Cricket Club.The Club, with the help of overseas donors, undertook emergency work at the venue valued more than $700,000 to accommodate the final of the tournament sponsored by ANSA McAL under its Skyy Vodka brand.Foster also committed to taking more major First Division matches to the area in the future.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>File & Caption: Shawn PereiraFile: RHTCaption: The victorious Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets Cricket Team2last_img read more


From Man Utd to Hong Kong, Forlan’s still going strong

first_imgAfter ending a one-year stay with Inter Milan in 2012, Forlan has played for five clubs, including Mumbai City in the Indian Super League last year.But Forlan, who has now played for clubs in eight different countries, said he is enjoying a new lease of life with Kitchee, where he is regularly finding the net.“It’s great. Great relationship, good guys from different countries, so I’m really enjoying my time here,” Forlan said in an interview with AFP.Diego Forlan trains with Hong Kong and says he still loves playing at the age of 38 © AFP / ANTHONY WALLACE“I really enjoy (it), it’s beautiful. It’s been my work for almost 20 years and it’s been great. I don’t feel (it is) like working, it’s something that I enjoy playing, something that I’m privileged (to do), so that’s why I’ll keep going and keep playing.”Forlan isn’t the only footballer to enjoy a late-career flourish in Asia, whose increasingly wealthy leagues have attracted a steady stream of veteran players.This week he will return to Japan, where he had an 18-month spell with Cerezo Osaka in 2014-15, as Kitchee face Kashiwa Reysol looking for their first win in the AFC Champions league.– Trophy treble –After losing 3-0 at Tianjin Quanjian in China and 6-0 at home to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors in Group E, Forlan said the debutants “need to improve a lot”.“We know it’s a difficult competition, so we hope we can do much better than the way we’ve done it in the first two games,” he said.“For the next game it’s going to be difficult,” added Forlan, ahead of Tuesday’s match in Kashiwa, about 50 kilometres from Tokyo. “Every game is difficult for us, we know they have really good teams.“Going back to Japan is going to be nice, I really enjoyed my time there with family.”Forlan twice topped the La Liga scoring charts in Spain, with Villareal way back in 2004-05 and Atletico Madrid in 2008-09.He acknowledged that becoming the first Hong Kong club to reach the knockout stages of Asia’s premier club competition is going to take a remarkable turnaround.But Forlan has his sights set on a domestic treble with the reigning Hong Kong champions, who are 11 points clear of Pegasus in the current domestic standings.“We hope we can win the league. We have a big lead over the second and third team,” he said.Diego Forlan trains with Kitchee in Hong Kong © AFP / ANTHONY WALLACE“And then to see (if we can win) the FA Cup and also the Sapling (League) Cup, that will be awesome for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Diego Forlan takes a breather during training with Kitchee in Hong Kong © AFP / ANTHONY WALLACEHONG KONG, China, Mar 5 – Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan said he hasn’t lost his passion for football and has no plans to retire as he embraces his latest challenge: firing Hong Kong’s Kitchee in the Asian Champions League.Uruguay’s Forlan, now 38, has shone on the sport’s biggest stages with Manchester United and Atletico Madrid, and also when he won the golden ball at the 2010 World Cup.last_img read more


Attendance to fall as costs rise in L.A. schools

first_imgBy Naush Boghossian and Paul Clinton STAFF WRITERS Hundreds of thousands of students are scheduled to stream back into Los Angeles Unified schools today for the start of the fall session as the district grapples with declining enrollment and the sixth year of a massive construction program. A projected 700,000 students will be enrolled at LAUSD this year – official figures are expected in October – down from last year’s 708,000, officials said Tuesday. The slipping student figures come, though, as the district has built 67 new schools and still has 77 left to go in its $19.2 billion construction program – the largest public works program in the nation. Faced with the dropping enrollment – and rising construction costs – the school board may be forced to reconsider in coming months the envisioned scope of its building program. “The program is still on track to deliver two-semester neighborhood schools by 2012, and we have a very big year coming up in our construction program,” said Guy Mehula, LAUSD’s chief facilities executive, noting that eight schools will open in the 2007-08 school year. After adding a new elementary school in Wilmington a year ago, the district won’t open any new schools in the South Bay or Harbor Area. A new four-classroom addition will add 100 seats to San Pedro’s Leland Street Elementary School, allowing Principal Susan Masero to house a parent center and two kindergarten classes. At Leland Street, the addition comes as enrollment is declining. Masero expects about 550 students when classes start today. A year ago, Leland Street had 644 students. The new school year also marks a milestone 39 schools – including four locally – that will convert from multitrack, year-round schedules to traditional schedules. The district’s decision to shift Gardena’s Peary Middle School to a traditional calendar was met with mixed reaction from the community when the school announced the move in early August. The classrooms of Gardena’s only middle school must absorb about 600 new students. Harbor Area board member Richard Vladovic has said he supports returning all schools to a traditional calendar to relieve overcrowding. He supported the shift at Peary Middle. “I think those calendars are better for kids and families for planning purposes,” Vladovic said. “This way, all children will have the same experience.” Other local schools that will shift to a traditional calendar include Cabrillo Avenue Elementary in San Pedro, Normont Elementary in Harbor City and Meyler Street Elementary near Torrance. Mehula said he plans to go to the school board in a month to update members on the traditional calendar program and present a list of schools that are necessary to meet the goal of getting all students to a two-semester school by 2012. The district still has 142 schools on year-round calendars, down from 220 five years ago, Mehula said. LAUSD officials are also working on getting two key pieces of legislation passed this year to ensure they get state matching funds needed for the construction program. Before leaving his post, former Superintendent Roy Romer warned the committee charged with overseeing bond money for the construction program that costs could fuel a $2 billion to $3 billion shortfall. Of the $19.2 billion construction program, $12.5billion is coming from local taxpayer dollars through four bond measures – the rest is from state matching funds. “Some (of the deficit) gets reduced by the state match, and some of it will get reduced by the projects we don’t need,” Mehula said. paul.clinton@dailybreeze.com160Want 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


Paul Pogba’s special link with Zinedine Zidane and Michel Platini revealed

first_img 2 A quick scroll through France’s Euro 2016 squad and it’s easy to see why the hosts are among the favourites to win the competition.The likes of Antoine Griezmann, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba stand out in a collection of highly talented footballers carrying a nation’s hopes on their shoulders.But it’s 23-year-old Pogba who is likely to draw comparisons with two other famous midfielders who were crucial to previous France successes on home soil.Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane inspired victories in the 1984 European Championship and 1998 World Cup, respectively, and like Pogba at Euro 2016, both played their club football for Juventus.At Euro ’84, Platini scored nine goals en route to France’s first ever major tournament win, where Spain were defeated in the Paris final. In addition he picked up the second of three Ballons d’Or (when it was the award for European Footballer of the Year).Then at France ’98, Zidane scored twice in the World Cup final as the hosts were crowned champions at Brazil’s expense. He also won that year’s Ballon d’Or.Pogba has shown the quick thinking, grace and creative touch Platini and Zidane did, and this season at Juve he weighed in with nine goals and created 14 in all competitions. That superb vision recently wowed fans when he picked out Olivier Giroud for his goal against Cameroon in a pre-tournament friendly as you can see below. MICHEL PLATINI Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane won the European Championship and World Cup with France and both played for Juventus at the time He has spoken of his desire to become football’s greatest midfield player and, three years on from winning the U20 World Cup, where he was awarded player of the tournament, Pogba seems poised to do something special when Euro 2016 gets underway at the Stade de France.Can he follow in the illustrious footsteps of Platini and Zidane?Let’s watch all three players in action…PAUL POGBA 2 ZINEDINE ZIDANElast_img read more



first_imgAlex White T.D. Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources presenting the SEAI award to Colm O’Kane (Ballyliffin Loudge Hotel and Spa) with Neil McDaid and Noel McGonigle (Daigon Ltd) who helped to deliver the project.Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa are celebrating after being awarded first place in the Small Business Category at this year’s National Sustainable Energy Ireland Awards.The award, which recognises and rewards excellence in energy management was presented by Mr Alex White, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources at a gala dinner last Thursday in the Shelbourne Hotel, DublinThe Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland praised the hotel for demonstrating how, in tough economic times, costs can be reduced through a holistic, inclusive approach to running a small business. Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa.Speaking about their success at winning the award, Ballyliffin Lodge Manager Mr Colm O Kane said they are delighted to have won.“This award is a fantastic recognition of the hotels initiatives towards energy management, and a testimony to the hard work of all our teams and everyone involved. We started to look at our energy consumption as a business and our goal for 2014 was simply to maximize efficiencies while reducing running costs.Mr O Kane went on to say “We implemented some quick wins like replacing our light bulbs with low voltage alternatives and we installed motion sensors so areas are only lit up when in use. We replaced taps and shower heads with low flow aerator and push button types again saving water.“The hotels most ambitious change and the one which has had the greatest impact, was changing how they heated the building itself, and the efficient supply of hot water, in particular to their 17 metre swimming pool.” The hotel changed all its oil boilers and retrofitted four Airthermal heat pumps and now are no longer dependant on oil and its fluctuations in price.Ballyliffin Lodge were delighted to be able to avail of the services of local company DaiGon Renewable Energies Ltd for the implementation of their new heating and energy management system.Mr O Kane said “DaiGon have done a tremendous job They had tried and tested systems, they knew the costs involved, but they also knew the savings to be made in monetary terms and in environmental terms. They pitched a very professional case as to what their system could do and why it was suitable for our business. When given the go ahead they implemented it on schedule with little or no disruption.”Neil Mc Daid of DaiGon said they were delighted to have installed the new system at the Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa.“It was a tremendous opportunity to work in our local area making a difference. DaiGon have been in existence for 14 years now and both Noel and I have great pride in the heating systems that we design and the Ochsner machines that we install. We know the machines to be reliable and when the heating system is designed to meet the needs of the customer we know we can deliver the performance efficiencies as promised. “We would like to thank Sean & Mary Keogh Owners of The Ballyliffin Lodge, Colm O Kane and all the team for their belief in us and for giving us this opportunity.”The Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa has reduced its carbon footprint by over 140 tonne per year and as well as this recognition from the SEAI they have been awarded the Green Hospitality’s Gold Award.Both staff and customers are fully supportive of the changes the hotel have made in their strive to continue to create and maintain a sustainable business.The Ballyliffin Lodge now plan to work towards the Platinum Green Hospitality Award and further improving their eco-friendly credentials. DONEGAL HOTEL WINS TOP SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AWARD was last modified: November 23rd, 2014 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:Ballyliffin LOdge and Spadonegalsustainable energy awardlast_img read more


Park coming after 12-year wait

first_img“There’s always a possibility we will go back and do more to it,” he said. “Improving parks is what we do. But we’re working for county (Department of Parks and Recreation). It will be up to them.” (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAUGUS – The county Board of Supervisors is preparing to seek bids from construction companies to turn a weed-choked, 6.8-acre lot in unincorporated Saugus into a long-overdue park. The board is expected on Tuesday to vote on the Pacific Crest Park project, which would install $843,000 worth of lawn, trees, parking and other improvements to the lot next to Mountainview Elementary School in the 22200 block of West Cypress Place, where officials promised a park a decade ago. The building contract is expected to be awarded in August, with the park completed next April. “It’s a good sign when you see us requesting bids from contractors,” said Ken Pellman, spokesman for the county Department of Public Works, which is heading the construction. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Though an agreement for the county to share the park with the Saugus Union School District was struck as early as 1994, it has remained a dirt lot with hillside views of the Santa Clarita Valley. Officials said it took time to raise the required funds from park fees paid for by developers. According to county Public Works, the county only completed acquisition of the park site in March 2000 from Pacific Bay Homes, which built the surrounding subdivision. About $399,000 of the budget was allocated for construction – an irrigation system, lawn and shade trees, trash cans, park benches, chain-link fencing, a granite path and parking. The rest will pay for utility connections. Projected operating cost is about $71,000 per year, including staff salaries, grounds and vehicle maintenance, utilities and a mowing contract, according to Public Works. The proposed park’s features are less than those of parks operated by the city of Santa Clarita, which include swing sets and even wireless Internet access. But Pellman said the county could improve the park later. last_img read more