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Pot cannot call the kettle black

first_imgDear Editor,In Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), there are three ‘gentlemen’ who have been referred to as the “three AFC musketeers” in the Moving Guyana Forward chat group, and they are marketing themselves as the mouth pieces of Ministers of the Government, feeling that they could capitalise on the gullibility of some residents, thereby reaping the fruits of corruption.In Guyana generally, there is an accepted norm that once you are seen in the company of the Ministers, interacting and probably drinking together, then you are in a position to get favours from these Ministers. These three Alliance For Change (AFC) executive members are always in some Minister’s company when they visit Region Six; misleading some people to conclude that these charlatans can extract favours from the Ministers on their behalf.One of these AFC members used the CIIP workers as though they were his private employees and is now a ‘secret’ contractor in the region. The other works with the Public Infrastructure Ministry and has been collecting bribes from contractors to get them contracts from Public Infrastructure Ministry; while the third one is a professional conman who collected bribes from a businessman from Albion and one from Skeldon offering to get them chicken import licences among other ‘services’. These ‘gentlemen’ have been the subject of much discussion in the Moving Guyana Forward chat group.Recently, these three AFC members made visits to Manchester, Albion, Kildonan, Black Bush and other People’s National Congress and People’s Progressive Party strongholds, offering to build streets and install street lights if the residents could only sign up as AFC members, which some residents have been doing. This matter was raised at our Regional Democratic Council (RDC) statutory meeting since April this year and the Regional Executive Officer (REO) had promised to investigate the matter since it is the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and the RDCs function to make budgetary proposals for these works and not some AFC members. Therefore, for these AFC executive members to do so is fraudulent misrepresentation and misleading. The AFC is ‘dead meat’ and this is a sinister strategy to show that the AFC’s membership is actually increasing and not dying as foretold by Ramjattan.I also spoke to some contractors who expressed their utter disgust with the corrupt behaviour of the ‘musketeers’. They claimed that any time they see these guys they have to hide since they are forced to fork out thousands of dollars to buy drinks at some popular liquor restaurant; be it Rose Hall or Skeldon. These guys have expensive appetites as well! These contractors claimed also that the profits they make have to be shared in so many ways making the contracts unprofitable!Last Saturday, one of these guys was on television addressing the privatisation of the Guyana Sugar Corporation and made some statements which are quite contrary to what is said by the Special Purpose Unit and the Agriculture Minister. He claimed to actually know the name of the buyer of Skeldon Estate. This was meant to let the public feel that he is very close to the decision makers so that the public will have more confidence in him when he does his ‘field trips’.These AFC executive members are expert marketers and have created their own niche in the ‘corruption market’ in Guyana and their leaders are silent since they are also members on the Moving Guyana Forward chat group and are aware of everything written in this letter. But the ‘pot cannot call the kettle black’!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Sixlast_img read more

Liberians Show Patriotism

first_imgAlthough The Elephants of Ivory Coast defeated Lone Star 1-0 on Friday, November 13 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia, Liberians were seen demonstrating patriotism towards their country.By midday, supporters had begun wearing their red, white and blue tee-shirts, blowing trumpets and queuing from the Benson-Lynch Street intersection to the ATS in obedience of the Liberian National Police’s instructions.Although Liberians knew that their national team was against a big team, both youths and adults converged in their thousands at the ATS highly optimistic and wishing Lone Star the victory.“My team is my team, my country is my country. Whatever the end result is, I will still be proud of Liberia and the Lone Star,” some females drunk with joy were heard saying down Lynch Street.Prior to the game on Thursday, November 12, the argument was against those who were sure of the outcome of the match.Amidst the euphoria that Liberia could have beaten Ivory Coast, the match went against Liberia.Nevertheless, Liberians were not discouraged, but encouraged themselves and appreciated Lone Star for losing by such a narrow margin.“Lone Star did well. We were not even expecting Ivory Coast to lead Liberia 1 to 0 because Ivory Coast has a world record in football. James Debbah is doing his best,” some women in the 24th Street community said.“Victory and defeat are two things expected in a game. It does not mean Liberia did not play. If we can beat Tunisia and Guinea Bissau, we should also accept defeat if Ivory Coast can beat us,” said another man.Unlike other games of the past when spectators cussed, insulted and threw stones when Lone Star was defeated, Liberians remained peaceful and accepted the defeat, a new trend that many hope can continue as Liberia participates in many more international games to showcase the country’s sporting talents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Basketball in Seesaw Petitions!

first_imgAfter the injunction restraining order filed on the Liberia Basketball Association two days congress, which was to begin on Friday, August 7, the Rufus Anderson’s leadership overturned the petition.Reports said the Aggrieved Stakeholders’ bond for their petition valued about US$50,000 but the Anderson leadership upturned it with a bond of US$100,000.His Honor Judge Yusuf D. Kaba of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, Montserrado County, gracefully lifted the Injunction and Temporary Restraining Order; hence Rufus Anderson’s administration has a “new march order” to go ahead with congress.After 24 hours – on Wednesday, August 12, the Aggrieved Basketball Stakeholders, through the Sayeh and Sayeh Law Firm, headed by Cllr. Wilfred Sayeh, filed another Stay Order, to halt the Anderson’s order.In a telephone interview with the spokesperson of the aggrieved stakeholders, Calvin Diggs, he said they are expected to appear before Judge Kaba today (Thursday) at 2:00pm to give or provide evidence why the stay order should be maintained.Unconfirmed report said the aggrieved stakeholders, which include Malcolm Joseph and Ali Sylla are expected to display dossier of constitutional crisis and inappropriate financial records to defend their action.Also, in a telephone interview with Rufus Anderson, he explained that the “Stay Order” came in the conclusion of finalizing a “new day” for the congress.Though, he minced his words, Anderson stated that the LBA is resolved to “win the case” and stage the congress.The Ministry of Youth and Sports – the political governing body of the sports in the country and the “failed” negotiator between the Rufus Anderson administration and the aggrieved party has promised not intervene in the court’s proceedings.Deputy Minister for Sports, Henry Yonton, said the Ministry respects the court and would abide by any decision.The President of the Liberia National Olympic Committee, Philipbert Brown, said the court is the right place to settle disputes, so the LNOC also supports any decision.It may be recalled that the court, in its June Term AD 2015, ordered the writ under the hand of Ellen Hall, Clerk of Court to stop the fifth planned basketball congress. The first date was January 28; later to February 6 and 7, and to February 17 and 18 and then to April 7.“Respondents are hereby ordered restrained, enjoined, refrained and prohibited from conducting 1st Respondent (LBA) Congress and elections until otherwise ordered by this court,” the writ said.Since January 2015, with the resumption of all sporting activities across the country after the Ebola outbreak, there has been wrangling over illegitimacy, bogus clubs and financial misapplication in the Liberia Basketball Association.The Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) fruitlessly intervened to resolve the crisis between the LBA leadership, headed by Rufus Anderson and the Aggrieved Stakeholders, led by Calvin Diggs, Malcolm Joseph, Ali Sylla and Edwin Fahnbulleh.Recently, during a protest against Rufus Anderson’s administration, two entrances of the Sports Commission were sealed off (wielded) and players displayed placards, which was climaxed with a bloody fight between the parties at the Liberia Baptist Seminary.After several unsuccessful attempts, the Ministry of Youth and Sports wrote the continental governing body of basketball, FIBA-Africa to intervene in the LBA leadership case.Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton said in his letter dated 3 April that on the ongoing stalemate was due to the unremitting contestation for “legitimacy and expiration of tenure” by some aggrieved members, structured under the named: Liberia Basketball Presidents Association.Other issues included accusation against the MYS for releasing funds to Anderson’s leadership when the crisis was yet to be resolved, and accusing the MYS as deceptive practice in the resolution of the case.Though Minister Yonton rejected the accusation of any form of deception in the search for solution in the LBA crisis, it could not address why it released U$58,000 to Anderson’s administration.In spite of their argument an MOU was signed and an elections commission, headed by Yanqueh Borsay appointed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police, fire departments seek bigger budgets

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“You’re going to ask us to take 8percent from our budget,” said Fire Commission President Genethia Hudley-Hayes, who noted she is “someone who does oversight of the Fire Department for the city of Los Angeles.” “In good conscience, I can’t do that. I won’t do that.” City agencies were asked to submit their budget requests by Thursday for the Mayor’s Office to review. The mayor, who is scheduled to meet today with general managers, had asked each department to cut back amid a projected $75 million shortfall next year. Villaraigosa spokesman Matt Szabo said the mayor wanted all departments – including police and fire – to follow his directive. “That being said, the mayor’s top priority is public safety,” Szabo said. “The budget he submits in April will give priority to police, fire and other critical public-safety services.” Los Angeles’ police and fire departments defied Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s call Tuesday to cut their budgets for next year and instead proposed major spending increases to improve public safety and emergency services. Commissions that govern the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department said they could not submit budget proposals with the 8 percent reduction requested by Villaraigosa without imposing draconian cuts, including layoffs. Instead, both agencies submitted budget requests to the Mayor’s Office that call for increases – $250 million more for the LAPD and $72 million for the LAFD. Funding for the agencies represents more than half the city’s total general-fund budget. If adopted, the LAPD would have a budget of $1.5 billion while the LAFD would have $607 million. Police Commissioner John Mack said the LAPD needs the money in its proposed budget to fund programs required under a federal consent decree and to meet the mayor’s goal of reducing crime. “We as a commission and the public need to recognize, we don’t anticipate by any stretch of the imagination this is the final budget,” Mack said. “Given the tight fiscal climate we are operating in, clearly we have to recognize there will be some hard decisions made, there will have to be some trade-offs.” But, he said, the commission believed it needed to also pay for an in-car camera system to monitor officers for incidents of potential excessive force or racial profiling. “It is important for everyone to understand that the LAPD is going to provide the best services possible and it takes money to accomplish that,” Mack said. Hayes said the LAFD is coping with demands for massive reform after audits by Controller Laura Chick that found continuing problems with racial and sexual harassment. At the same time, demands on the Fire Department – particularly emergency medical care – are rising with the closure of the emergency room at King-Harbor Hospital and the shutdown of other hospitals in the area. Fire Chief Douglas Barry said he has yet to quantify what an 8 percent reduction would mean for services and whether any fire stations would have to close. The LAFD budget was described as already lean, with most of the proposed increases being used for salary boosts and infrastructure improvements. Added to the city’s current fiscal problems is the potential loss of $270 million if the city’s telephone-users tax is ruled illegal. The mayor and City Council have put a measure on the Feb. 5 ballot that would ask voters to put a 9percent telephone tax into effect. “If that doesn’t pass it will hurt more than the Fire Department,” Barry said. “It will hurt the whole city.”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

MAN CHARGED WITH EXTORTION AND MAKING THREATS TO KILL

first_imgA man has appeared in court charged with extortion and making threats to kill.Letterkenny District Court.Miroslow Klukzak, 37, appeared before Letterkenny District Court. He is charge with the offences on April 4th, 2013 at 20 Celtic Apartments, Pearse Road, Letterkenny.No details of the alleged offences were given in court.Klukzak, of 59 The Maples, Lismonaghan, Letetrkenny was sent forward for trial at the Letterkenny Circuit Court on January 28th next.MAN CHARGED WITH EXTORTION AND MAKING THREATS TO KILL was last modified: January 20th, 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:extortionJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District Courtthreats to killlast_img read more

West Ham news: Premier League fixtures 2017-18 – Every Irons game revealed

first_imgWest Ham United’s 2017-18 Premier League fixtures12/08/2017 15:00 Manchester United v West Ham United19/08/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Southampton26/08/2017 15:00 Newcastle United v West Ham United09/09/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Huddersfield Town16/09/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United23/09/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur30/09/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Swansea City14/10/2017 15:00 Burnley v West Ham United21/10/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Brighton and Hove Albion28/10/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace v West Ham United04/11/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Liverpool18/11/2017 15:00 Watford v West Ham United25/11/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Leicester City29/11/2017 19:45 Everton v West Ham United02/12/2017 15:00 Manchester City v West Ham United09/12/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Chelsea12/12/2017 19:45 West Ham United v Arsenal16/12/2017 15:00 Stoke City v West Ham United23/12/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Newcastle United26/12/2017 15:00 Bournemouth v West Ham United30/12/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United01/01/2018 15:00 West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion13/01/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town v West Ham United20/01/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Bournemouth30/01/2018 19:45 West Ham United v Crystal Palace03/02/2018 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v West Ham United10/02/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Watford24/02/2018 15:00 Liverpool v West Ham United03/03/2018 15:00 Swansea City v West Ham United10/03/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Burnley17/03/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Manchester United31/03/2018 15:00 Southampton v West Ham United07/04/2018 15:00 Chelsea v West Ham United14/04/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Stoke City21/04/2018 15:00 Arsenal v West Ham United28/04/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Manchester City05/05/2018 15:00 Leicester City v West Ham United13/05/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Everton Scroll down for West Ham’s 2017-18 Premier League fixtures 1last_img read more

GLENREE UNITED GIRLS SET FOR ALL-IRELAND BID

first_imgGlenree girls are headed to the All-Ireland blitzGLENREE U12 GIRLS HEADING FOR ALL IRELAND BIDMcGinn football grounds in Buncrana was the setting on Saturday last for the next round of U12 girls blitz.Glenree utd along with Swilly Rovers, Kilmacrennan, Moville, Greencastle and Buncrana arrived in high spirits on a beautiful sunny day to compete for a pathway to the next level, all Ireland finals in Dublin. After obtaining the Donegal title a number of weeks earlier Glenree utd were eager to go the distance and some five games later and superb showing of football skills from all teams Glenree U12 girls secured their place in this year’s blitz final in Dublin in three weeks time. Good luck to all the team that will be travelling to Dublin.  Many thanks to all who travelled to McGinn park on the day to support the teams. It is your support and encouragement that keeps the dream alive! A big word of thanks goes to our coach Cathal for all his hard work and dedication for this team. Thanks Cathal!Sincere thanks for Danielle Doherty for all her time, help and support during these past months.A special word also for Michelle, a vital part of the team for all her help and support over the year. GLENREE UNITED GIRLS SET FOR ALL-IRELAND BID was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 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:All-Ireland bidGlenree United girlssoccerU-12slast_img read more

Five keys for Raiders against the New York Jets

first_imgLife is good for the Raiders.They’re creating a buzz at 6-4 and as it stands are in position for the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC, with a projected rematch against 7-4 Houston, currently the No. 3 seed and atop the AFC South.Not only that, but the Raiders are also reasonably healthy going in to Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium against the New York Jets.It’s labeled as a “trap” game by people who pick games for a living, given that the Jets are 3-7 and the Raiders have a road …last_img read more

As Bumgarner joins D’backs, Giants officially bid farewell with tribute video

first_imgAs the Arizona Diamondbacks prepared to introduce Madison Bumgarner at Chase Field on Tuesday, the San Francisco Giants bid farewell to a player they called “one of the greatest pitchers in the 138-year history of the franchise.”Moments after the D’backs announced they agreed to a five-year deal with Bumgarner that’s worth a reported $85 million, the Giants released a team statement and a video tribute to the left-hander on social media.Thank you, Madison. #ForeverGiant | #SFGiants pic.twitte …last_img read more

How Fintech Can Help Startups Grow Faster

first_imgFintech has proven invaluable in the startup world. When you’re starting from scratch, you need all the help you can get, and fintech solutions quickly come to the rescue. Thanks to these financial services, many a small business has begun to thrive. Let’s take a closer look at how technology has simplified the financial matters for initially small ventures.Loans and lendersHardly any startup is completely satisfied with its finances the moment it begins to operate. There are plenty of challenges ahead which could easily be solved by a quick bank loan. While in the old days even qualifying for the loan meant walking from one bank to the other with tons of paperwork, nowadays the whole process is much simpler. You can be only a few clicks away from having your credit score estimated, or your loan pre-approved. For starters, just find an online loan calculator. Time is money, and this is extremely time-saving. Also, it is much easier to gain a better knowledge of the different offers and compare them before taking the plunge.Overseas feesAll entrepreneurs shiver at the very thought how much they had to pay to credit companies when they were doing business with overseas clients. Let’s admit it, no one likes wasting money on high transaction fees, and that had to come to an end. With services such as PayPal, more money can be spent on “what matters,” and that is investment growth.Instant invoicingThe most dreadful situation for every startup is the period when you are entitled to the money for your services and products (as they have already been delivered), but you are still waiting for the clients to pay the invoice they have received. Today, however, a startup can choose to finance the receivables instantly. Professional investors can be invited to finance the invoices for a negligible fee, while the startup decides which invoices it wants to see financed, i.e., how much money it wishes to collect.Satisfied customersAutomated billing processes will increase efficiency and accuracy. It can also improve customer experience to reduce churn. For instance, automated emails on a comprehensive billing platform can handle payment reminders, declined card notifications, renewal notices, etc. Good subscription management software will contribute to your bottom line by reducing revenue leakage and handling complex compliance issues like revenue recognition. In short, a robust fintech billing solution ensures seamless cash flow, scalability, revenue growth, and improves customer satisfaction.CybersafetyAnother advantage of fintech is the fact that it has also raised the bar when it comes to cybersecurity. Since fintech has made all the payment processes much simpler and faster, it is only too luring an opportunity for hackers. That’s why cybersecurity has been strengthened, and methods such as fingerprint and voice recognition are no longer reserved for spy movies.Financial overviewOne of the biggest advantages of fintech is the fact it gives the owner an opportunity to be fully aware of how the company financially stands at the moment, instead of waiting for the monthly reports. As well as that, fintech services make it possible not to oversee the bills which are due. Admittedly, every small startup struggles at the beginning with paying regular bills and tends to delay the inevitable long enough to get hold of the expected revenue. Unfortunately, it so happens that the deadline is passed, which calls for some extra fees. Nevertheless, fintech gives out timely warnings.To summarize, fintech has greatly influenced the lives of both business owners and their customers, but in a great way. It makes the business run smooth, enabling the startup to tackle the challenges successfully and evolve into a bigger company. As for the downsides, perhaps the only one would be that it may become hard to keep track of the latest fintech solutions, which are constantly appearing, and differentiate among the best. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Milos Mudric Milos Mudric is a content specialist and tech enthusiast. He is the founder of Silver Fox Digital and SEObrainiac.com and he occasionally writes interesting stories about Blockchain, IoT and Fintech. Related Posts Tags:#Fintech#growth 6 User-Interface Musts for Personal Finance Apps The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The Top 5 Issues Faced by Futuristslast_img read more