Chanderpaul quits international cricket

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC):Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul has called time on his illustrious international career, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced late yesterday.In a release, the WICB said the 41-year-old Guyanese had given notification via email that he was no longer available for selection.Chanderpaul played a record 164 Tests, amassing 11,867 runs at an average of 51. He is second on the all-time West Indies list of run-scorers to Brian Lara who scored 11 953 runs.He also played 268 one-day internationals and 22 Twenty20 internationals.Chanderpaul was axed last May by West Indies selectors following a run of low scores but said at the time he was focused on regaining his place in the side.He represented Guyana Jaguars in the ongoing Regional Super50 in Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

Mavericks bow to Suns in Dirk Nowitzki’s return

first_imgSpurs earn largest win of the season, clobber Clippers Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks passes the ball guarded by T.J. Warren #12 of the Phoenix Suns during the first half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 13, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX— The Phoenix Suns have just five wins this season, and two have come against the Dallas Mavericks.The latest was Thursday night, when T.J. Warren scored a season-high 30 points and the Suns snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 99-89 victory.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Harrison Barnes scored 15 but on only 6-of-15 shooting for the Mavericks. DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 15 rebounds.Dallas never led after the first quarter. Phoenix was up by 10 at halftime and as many as 15 in the third quarter.The Mavericks tied it twice early in the second period before a 9-2 spurt put Phoenix up 36-28 on Jackson’s fast-break dunk. Another dunk on the break, this one by Warren, gave the Suns their biggest lead of the half at 47-36 with 1:14 left. Dallas scored the next four points before Mikal Bridges banked in a 3-pointer from 35 feet at the buzzer to put the Suns up 50-40 at the break.The Mavericks cut it to 56-53 early in the third but Phoenix got two 3-pointers from Ariza and one from Jackson in a 12-4 run to lead 68-57 on Crawford’s driving layup. The Suns twice stretched the lead to 15 late in the quarter, the last time 78-63 after Warren’s driving reverse layup with 53 seconds left. Phoenix led 78-67 entering the fourth.Barnes’ basket cut the lead to 90-83 with 3:43 remaining but the Suns scrambled for a loose ball and Jackson sank a 3-pointer to make it 93-83. Barnes lost the ball to Ariza for a turnover, Crawford made a 19-footer and the Suns coasted from there.TIP-INSMavericks: Backup point guard J.J. Barea missed the game with a sprained left ankle. … Dallas was 2 of 19 on 3-pointers in the first half. Barnes was 0 for 6. … Mavs were playing for the second consecutive night, beating Atlanta 114-107 in Dallas on Wednesday.Suns: Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall draft pick, was just 3-of-13 shooting for seven points with five rebounds and four turnovers, compared with Dallas’ Luka Doncic, the No. 3 pick, who had 13 points, six assists, five rebounds and four turnovers. … It was the first Phoenix win this season without Devin Booker, who missed his sixth straight game (hamstring). … The 89 points were the fewest allowed by the Suns in a game this season.UP NEXTMavericks: Host Sacramento on Sunday. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Generally I thought our effort was good,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “We held them under a hundred. We just had a rough night offensively. We turned it over too much and their offensive rebounding hurt us. In the NBA today, it doesn’t matter what records are or anything else. If you go bad in a couple of key categories, statistical categories, you are going to have trouble winning on the road. ”Jamal Crawford added 17 points and Josh Jackson 14 for the Suns. Trevor Ariza had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists.“We were communicating. We were together,” the Suns’ Richaun Holmes said. “We all had the mindset to win.”Warren had 11 points in the first quarter and finished the game 11 of 17, including 3 of 4 on 3s. He credited coach Igor Kokoskov.“Igor, he had a lot of good sets for me tonight,” Warren said, “and my teammates did a good job finding me in my spots in transition. Just me being myself out there.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Suns: Host Minnesota on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Dallas loss came in the season debut of Dirk Nowitzki, who hadn’t played yet while recovering from ankle surgery. When he entered the game late in the first quarter, it marked his 21st season with the Mavericks, most by a player with one team in NBA history.Phoenix beat the Mavericks for the seventh straight time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBoth Suns wins this season came in Phoenix, the first a 121-100 victory in the season opener. Both games were late tips on national television.Dallas, which had won three straight and eight of 10 overall, made only 5 of 33 3-pointers. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentslast_img read more

Devolve Senate into One Committee, Two Senators Urge To Intensify Anti-Ebola Fight

first_imgLofa and Rivercess County  Senators, George T. Tengbeh and Dallas A.V. Gueh, have suggested that the plenary of the Senate devolve into a single committee to address issues relating to the fight against the Ebola virus disease.According to the communication authored by the two Senators, “Our  suggestion in no way suggests  that we do not need the various committees to do their work, but the sole purpose of the state of emergency is for the Liberian Senate to provide rigorous oversight in its quest to defeat the virus.”The lawmakers reminded their colleagues that despite the intervention of government and the international community in the fight of Ebola, “there are still lapses and challenges, such as the continued suspension of health workers despite the shortage of manpower in that area.”The Senators further made reference to the threat of strike action by health workers for pay and improved working conditions; while according to them, patients are threatening to leave the Ebola Treatment Units (ETU), because of hunger and the lack of adequate medical care.Despite massive international interventions, the lawmakers charged, the virus is still spreading exponentially, while they believe the task force response to death (for testing) and the sick (for transportation) to isolation centers is disappointingly slow.“We are of the strong conviction that a strong oversight in this fight will go a long way in curbing the rise and exportation of this disease. As such, we further suggest that the Senate be briefed weekly, when we are presented with where we are succeeding and areas that are still posing challenges in this fight.  This will enable us find a workable strategy that will ensure success.”In the debate that followed, Bomi County Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson  placed the difficulty in containing the Ebola epidemic on the shoulders of Health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale. Senator Johnson appealed to President of the Senate, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, who presided at yesterday’s sitting, to appeal to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to ask Minister Gwenigale to reinstate the two dismissed health workers’ leaders.In even stronger language, Bong County Senator Henry W. Yallah lamented that because of the attitude of the Senate to take decisive actions on some important issues, he sometimes finds it difficult to come to plenary.“Our colleagues have two major issues in their communication, such as the constitution of the Senate into one single committee to approach the Ebola issue, and the issue of the Executive Branch of government’s unwillingness to implement decisions emanating from the Senate against senior members of the executive.”It was then decided that the communication, like all others that contain Ebola-related issues, be sent to the Committee on Health, chaired by Senator Peter Coleman,  for further deliberation with a final report to the plenary on Thursday.In a related development, Senator Coleman yesterday informed the Senate that Health Minister Dr. Gwenigale will appear before his committee today to discuss several issues relating to the Ebola fight.­­ Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Will Verdier Finish the Fight against Corruption in Liberia?

first_imgSecond Phase Asset Declaration AssessmentIn its second phase Asset Declaration assessment report, published October 7, 2013, the LACC named the following as first-category offenders cited for material and intentional misrepresentation of the facts on the Asset Declaration forms:T. Nelson Williams (LPRC Managing Director),Pete Norman,Chris Massaquoi (Police Chief),Brownie Samukai (Minister of Defense),St. Jerome Larbalee,Joseph Johnson,Robert E. Cooper,Danny B.B. Sarte (BIN Deputy)Henry D. MooreSamuel T. NimelyMiekee S. GrayDarlington GeorgeFreddie Robert TaylorOretha Snyder DavisDaniel WarnerBenedict F. SannohHilary Siakor-SirleafHenrietta BadioAbraham Siafa Fahnbulleh This second phase booked 19 of the 77 officials assessed. The first phase listed only four.In the first phase of AD assessments, eighteen (18) officials simply refused to cooperate, and as such, their Asset Declarations were unverified:1. Sebastian Muah, Deputy Minister MOF (cleared in second phase)2. Christian G. Herbert, Deputy Minister MPW3. Etweda Cooper, Supt. Grand Bassa Co MIA4. Victor Boye Smith, Deputy Minister MPW5. Abraham B. Samukai, Comptroller MPW6. Toagoe Karzon, Comptroller MOH7. Ernest Z. Coleman, Finance Officer/Ganta Hosp MOH8. Magaret Ansumana, Deputy Commissioner LiMA9. Emmanuel N. Reeves, Deputy Commissioner LiMA10. Jefferson ES Witherspoon, Accounts Payable Manager LiMA11. J. Tiah Nagbe, Deputy Minister MIA12. Ernest Gray Davis, Asst Supt Dev/Bomi Co. MIA13. John Z. Buway, Supt. Margibi Co. MIA14. Enson J. Amara, Accountant LiMA15. Florence Dukuly, Deputy Minister MIA16. Victoria W. Duncan, Asst Supt Dev/Margibi Co. MIA17. Nathaniel Gbaba, Deputy Managing Director NPA18. Ernest Omaboe, Director of Security, LiMA LACC Chairman, Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr.Following his confirmation by the Liberian Senate, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appointed Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr., as Executive Chairperson of the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission.His appointment took effect February 24.In her letter of appointment to Cllr. Verdier, dated February 24, President Sirleaf said: “Please accept my congratulations and expression of trust in your ability to make a meaningful contribution in your area of responsibility as we strive to move our country forward in a process aimed at enhancing peace, reconciliation and development.”“President Sirleaf in November last year appointed Cllr. Verdier as Acting Executive Chairperson of the LACC pending confirmation by the Liberian Senate,” a press release by Public Relations Officer Ben Kolako said yesterday.Verdier replaces Cllr. Frances Johnson Allison, whose five-year tenure expired in September 2013.At a turning over ceremony last November after Verdier’s appointment as Acting Executive Chair of the LACC, Cllr. Allison described her tenure at the LACC as “challenging”. During her time in service, she said, the LACC developed into an institution. She leaves behind a legacy of having investigated and prosecuted several corruption cases including that of former Police Chief Muna Sieh. Accepting the mantle of responsibility for the controversial Anti-Corruption Commission, Verdier pledged his collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and other related institutions to ensure the institution’s progress.The LACC was created on May 8, 2008 by an Act of the Legislature. Said Act defined corruption as:”Any act or acts, decision or decisions or use of public resource or resources by a public or private official in the discharge of official duties and/or responsibilities which, in order to satisfy the selfish desire or interest of the said official or other person or persons, natural or legal, ignore the established laws, regulations, and thereby, denies, deprives, and prevents, the State or person or persons natural or legal from receiving entitlement, consideration, and/or treatment.”It also described as acts of corruption bribery, embezzlement, extortion, fraud, influence peddling, insider trading, misuse of entrusted public property and vested authority, and any economic and financial crimes, which are now provided for under the Penal Code of Liberia, or may, hereafter, be defined and enacted.The Act also gives the LACC the mandate to create anti-corruption strategies. One such strategy involves the declaration of assets by all public officials.In its first report on Asset Declaration, published on May 20, 2013, the LACC said the Asset Declaration strategy had the full backing of the President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. From March to May 2013, however, the LACC conducted an assessment of the Asset Declarations submitted by 63 randomly selected public officials from the Ministries of Finance, Public Works, Internal Affairs and Health & Social Welfare; the National Port Authority, the Liberia Maritime Affairs and the LACC itself.Of the 63, four (4) were found to be misrepresented, their accumulated wealth unexplained: 1. ORETHA ZEON (NPA Port of Buchanan Operations Manager)(Intentional and material misrepresentation; unexplained wealth accumulation)CASE: Mrs. Oretha Zeon works as Operations Manager at the Buchanan Port. Mrs Zeon is on a net salary of USD 840. She declared no other source of income. Mrs. Zeon declared [i.e., under oath] the value of a story building [under construction] at US$15,000. However, when the LACC’s AD Verification Team doubted that a concrete storey building could be valued at US$15,000, a revaluation was ordered and funded by Mrs. Zeon and the self-same house was revalued at US$51,200. This is a clear indication of a glaring and intentional misrepresentation of the facts while under oath, which is in violation of the Laws of Liberia.When asked for the source of income to fund the construction project, since her NPA salary clearly cannot cover the project, Mrs. Zeon claimed that her children in the USA assist in the process by sending her money regularly to finance the construction. When asked further to provide evidence of banks transfer documents to substantiate her claims, Mrs. Zeon failed to present the documents to the Team, noting that she started working long before members of the LACC’s AD Verification Team were born. This failure of Mrs. Oretha Zeon, NPA Operations Manager/Port of Buchanan, left the AD Verification Team with no other conclusion but to find INTENTIONAL AND MATERIAL MISREPRESENTATION [while under oath] and UNEXPLAINED WEALTH ACCUMULATION.Mrs. Zeon no longer holds the management position at the Port of Buchanan and now resides in the USA. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) 2. MATILDA PARKER (NPA Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer)(Intentional and material misrepresentation)CASE : Ms. Matilda Parker is the Managing Director (CEO) of the National Port Authority (NPA). Ms Parker embarked on a campaign of misrepresentation from the beginning of the process to the end of the process. Ms Parker purchased a house in the Sophie Community for US$65,000. However, when the LACC’s AD Verification Team asked about the means of payment, Ms. Parker said cash downpayment. After the Team expressed surprise by a US$65,000 cash downpayment, Ms Parker later changed the story and said she made the purchase in installments. Ms Parker was given 2 weeks to bring the receipts of the installment payments. She later wrote back that the receipts were missing. The AD Verification Team asserts categorically, that both of the above statements cannot be true at the same time – a cash downpayment of US$65,000 vs installment payment of US$65,000. One of the two assertions is definitely false and Ms Parker knows exactly which one is false.Ms. Parker was also asked to disclose the seller of the aforementioned Sophie Community Property and the contact details of the seller. Ms Parker disclosed the name of the seller, but declined to give any contact details (telephone, residential address and/or other means of contact). This again is blatantly false information given to the LACC Team. No reasonable person will pay a hefty US$65,000 for a property, but claims not to have any contact information on the seller. This is clearly intentional and material misrepresentation and Ms Parker must be held to account.Ms. Parker’s USA House: Ms Parker USA house was put at US$750,000 (2012) on her declaration. When asked for documents on the mortgage, the house was discovered to be valued only US$300,000 (2012). When asked to explain the gross disparity, Ms Parker said it was an error. LACC AD Team wonders how a US$300,000 house can be erroneously valued at US$750,000. Another one of Ms Parker’s intentional and material misrepresentations, even up to the very end of the process. Ms Parker multiple misrepresentations [while under oath] left the Team with no other option but to find intentional and material misrepresentation of the facts.Nearly one year later, Ms. Parker still holds the position of NPA Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer.center_img Eight could not be verified due to “outstanding issues”.1. Sam Foday Brown, Supt. Bomi Co., MIA2. Samuel Kofi Woods, Minister MPW3. Stephen M. Yekeson, Jr., Deputy Minister, MPW4. Boom M. Wilson, Comptroller General, MOF (Cleared in second phase)5. Matthew TK Flomo, Deputy Minister, MOH6. Varney Sirleaf, Deputy Minister, MIA7. Blamo Nelson, Minister, MIA8. Vivian T. Cherue, Deputy Minister, MOH (cleared in second phase)Three (3) officials asked to be exused and were so granted:1. Ranney B Jackson, Deputy Minister, MIA2. Neneh Kroyahn, Finance Manager, LiMA3. Amara B. Konneh, Minister, MOF (cleared in second phase)Of the 63 Asset Declarations assessed, 30 were verified as accurate:1. Z. Adonie Greaves, Asst. Supt for Development, MIA2. Binyan Kessely, Commissioner, LiMA3. Desire S. Satia, Finance Director, LiMA4. Alexander Mitchell, Procurement Manager, LiMA5. Christiana K. Pawlay, Comptroller, NPA6. Patrick M. Konneh, Port Manager/Buchanan NPA7. Joseph D. Wiles, Port Manager/Harper, NPA8. Patrick B. Dunor, Port Manager/Greenville, NPA9. Wheazor Mulbah, NPA10. Christopher B. Gray, Procurement Manager, NPA11. Nyekeh Forkpah, Deputy Managing Director, NPA12. William L. Slour, Assistant Minister, MPW13. Andrew K. Kear, Assistant Minister, MPW14. B. Wion Kanteah, Sr., Procurement Director, MPW15. Bonar Kerkula, Chief Accountant, MPW16. Joseph Y. Forkpah, Assistant Comptroller, MPW17. Decontee King Sackie, Assistant Minister, MOF18. James F. Kollie, Deputy Minister, MOF19. Angela Cassell-Bush, Deputy Minister, MOF20. Dede D. Sandiman, Assistant Comptroller, MOF21. Juah K. Feika, Commissioner, MOF22. Sebastian Weah, Director, MOF23. Jerry Taylor, Director, MOF24. Frances Johnson Allison, Chairperson, LACC25. Walter T. Gwenigale, Minister, MOH26. Bernice Dahn, Chief Medical Officer, MOH27. Ka-Rufus Morris, Procurement Director, MOH28. Annette Dennis Doe ,Chief Accountant, MOH29. Daniel D. Young, Hospital Administrator, MOH30. Zolia Y. Martor, Assistant Minister/Planning, MOH”It is a maxim amongst corruption fighters that ill-gotten wealth is going to show up somewhere – in bank accounts, in lifestyles, in personal property collections and in real estate investments etc,” the LACC Asset Declaration report stated. “In an open and transparent society, ill-gotten wealth must not have hiding place(s)… In the fight against corruption there has to be examples – good examples made of those who lied on their AD forms, those who failed to file, and those who are caught spending well above their declared means. Without good examples made of violators of the public trust, the fight against corruption is doomed.”Six months to one year later, many of the officials listed, whose asset declarations were found wanting (not to mention those who have yet to declare their assets) still hold their positions. Most notable among them is NPA Director, Matilda Parker. These findings give solid evidence to the local and international outcries against unpunished corruption in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration. It remains to to determined whether the incoming LACC boss will make good examples of these violators of public trust or soft-peddle the fight against corruption. 3. BLAYON BROWN SARLEE (Comptroller, Ministry of Internal Affairs)(Intentional and material misrepresentation; unexplained wealth accumulation)CASE – Mr. Blayon Brown Sarlee works as Comptroller, Ministry of Internal Affairs. He disclosed a Gross salary of US$1,350. He disclosed no additional source of income, including the fact that he has been a civil servant at MIA for more than a decade. Mr Brown Sarlee, as an accountant, declined to disclose the value of his house(s) – in the space for value he wrote N/A. The LACC AD Verification Team then requested an independent and objective appraisal from Mr. Sarlee. He then disclosed his “objective” appraisal of the house (picture below) to be US$45,000. LACC AD Team, suspicious of the appraisal, contacted the engineer. Mr. Sarlee’s [contracted] engineer disclaimed the appraisal at LACC’s Office – noting that the appraisal was done for banking purposes but NOT acceptable at all for LACC purpose.Notwithstanding the aforesaid, Mr. Sarlee knows or should know that the house picture aside cannot under normal circumstances cost US$45,000. This is a deliberate effort by Mr. Sarlee to understate his assets so as to have his assets commensurate with his declared gross income of US$1,350. This property is clearly 3-4X the value declared by Mr. Sarlee. AD Verification Team’s only logical conclusion on Mr. Brown Sarlee’s AD is intentional and material misrepresentation of the facts [under oath]; unexplained wealth accumulation.An Observer investigation also uncovered a 2010 audit of the Grand Kru County Administration by the General Auditing Commission (GAC), covering the 2007/2008 fiscal period, during which Sarlee held the post of MIA Comptroller. According to the report, Sarlee withdrew US$10,950 on an unsealed and unnumbered voucher that was signed by then MIA Minister Ambullai Johnson, who was finally dismissed for graft. The amount withdrawn by Sarlee was accounted for by Sarlee as a “quarterly disbursement of non-taxable income” for nine (9) county development staff personnel’s salaries. The report notes that “for the period under audit, Superintendents and other county administration did not follow the Budget Law and the procedures established by MIA through CDSS”. Sarlee is also mentioned in the same regard in a 2010 GAC audit of the Grand Gedeh County Administration.4. ATTY. CHARLES GONO (Deputy Commissioner, Marine Safety and Environment)(Unexplained wealth accumulation)CASE – Atty. Charles Gono, made a declaration on his cash position. He also disclosed several concurrent work-in-progress construction projects, which necessarily restricts his ability to save. Atty. Gono was asked to explain the cash deposit of US$34,000 (in 3 installments) over a period of 2 months (June – August 2011) which deposit is within the period under verification. Mr. Gono responded in writing that (1) My salary being paid at ECOBANK and the bank workers were allegedly stealing from customers accounts; hence I withdrew my salary and took it home…. (2) also I noticed my son was stealing my money so I took it to International Bank Liberia Ltd.The AD Verification Team reviewed the above-mentioned ECOBANK salary account of Atty. Gono and found that that account was never used to accumulate savings. It was basically used as a conduit for the deposit of salary and the gradual withdrawal of salary. Accordingly, this account, most certainly, could never have been the base from which Atty. Gono accumulated the savings, from which he claimed the three-installment deposit of US$34,000 in only 2 months in the IBLL account was made. This invalid and incorrect explanation led the AD Verification Team to reasonably conclude unexplained wealth accumulation.last_img read more

ATS Out; Bassa, Kakata Stadia In

first_imgThe ongoing renovation at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) located at the UN Drive in Monrovia, has ruled out its usage in the pending 2015 Liberia Football Association (LFA) national League.Football Chief Musa Bility on Tuesday said the ATS’ renovation would take at least eight weeks, meaning the field might be readied during the 2nd phase of the league.Howbeit, the LFA boss has added the Doris Williams Sports Stadium located in the Port City of Buchanan to the list of pitches to be used for the pending league.He also named the FC BYC pitch, the Blue Field – located in PHP Community in Monrovia and the Nancy B. Doe Sports Stadium in Kakata, Margibi County.Bility said even though the playing pitch at Doris Williams stadium is still below expectation, the technical arm of the FA will work to improve it before the commencement of the league.Howbeit, it’s not really clear whether the LFA would allow for teams to play at the TUSA Filed Sports Pitch in Gardnersville; the Barnersville Estate Sport Pitch in Barnersville Estate, the Unification Town Sports Pitch in Margibi County, and the D. Tweh Field in New Kru Town because of being substandard.But sources say the fields would be used if the financial tag of its usage is tackled by clubs who claimed to be their home fields.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DNA testing equipment being used to pursue 2 cold cases – Crime Chief

first_imgInvestigators from the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Cold Case Unit are aggressively pursuing two unsolved murders with the aid of the recently acquired testing equipment at the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory (GFSL).Crime Chief (ag) Senior Superintendent Michael Kingston on Monday confirmed that focus is being placed on two of the several cold cases at this point.“We have a few that we are working on but I am not prepared to speak on them at this point in time. We are looking at two at the moment and that is all I would say on it,” he told this publication.On Wednesday last, new equipment funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was commissioned at the GFSL which is housed at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown.The equipment is said to boost in the fight against crime in Guyana since it now enables the lab to conduct critical tests which it was never able to do despite being officially opened some five years now.Director of the $1.049 billion facility, Delon France at the recent commissioning ceremony had said that the laboratory is now a national pioneer for human identification using Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) testing and it enables for testing of “three main things: DNA testing for comparison or matching evidence to a suspect, paternity testing, family mapping or family testing where you can use the family DNA to identify a suspect even if we don’t have that particular suspect’s DNA. We can match a crime scene to a family member and then we can narrow it down through investigation of who actually committed the crime”.When the building was first commissioned, it had four departments including toxicology, documents, trace evidence and chemistry with six non-analytical departments namely security, quality system, information system, facilities operations, evidence and administration departments.Acknowledging that the wait for such services was indeed a lengthy one, the Director informed that four persons are being trained to use the long-awaited equipment. In addition, a number of training sessions are also on the schedule for crime scene personnel of the Guyana Police Force (GPF).In April last, the now-suspended Crime Chief, Lyndon Alves, had told this publication that the Guyana Cold Cases Unit was probing five murder cases that have been pending for a number of years.Alves had explained that these cases were being pursued by both the Cold Cases Unit and the Major Crimes Investigations Unit (MCIU).The most recent cold case to be solved in Guyana is that of the murder of businessman Ramzan Alli, which occurred at Coldingen Railway Embankment Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD), between July 11 and 12, 2009.His then wife, Milaimi Alli, was nabbed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) recently for the 2009 murder of the businessman. She appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a murder charge.The charge stated that Alli, while being in the company of another, murdered her husband Ramzan Alli at Coldingen Railway Embankment Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD), between July 11 and 12, 2009.Investigators reportedly received new information that alleged Alli paid her then lover $7 million to kill her husband, which led them to reopen their investigation into the murder of the fuel dealer in March 2009.Thirty-eight-year-old Zaheed Mitchell of Foulis, ECD, was also recently charged for his involvement in the murder of Alli.last_img read more

Govt ducked info on ExxonMobil contractors

first_img…refused company’s openness to be audited – JagdeoThe revelation from ExxonMobil itself that it gave Government the list of local companies it is using is not going down well with the parliamentary Opposition. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is expressing surprise that Government had hid these details from the Guyanese public.Opposition LeaderBharrat JagdeoOn Monday, Jagdeo ‘called out’ Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on the Government’s reluctance to come clean, given that ExxonMobil had given Government information on the company’s local content commitments.“Guyanese would recall that, last month, when asked about his failure to make the disclosure, Minister Trotman was flippant in saying that he ‘did not know why Exxon had not released the names’ of the local companies it engaged.  It is only over the past several days that Guyanese became aware that Minister Trotman was in fact in possession of the information,” Jagdeo said.He added that he feels firmly that Trotman is hiding behind the Chairman of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Natural Resources as another excuse for not making the information public. “It is a flimsy excuse and it exposes his reluctance to act.  There is nothing stopping his release of the names of the local companies.”Jagdeo went on to reiterate his call for the Government to release the list of 309 local companies used by ExxonMobil in 2017, as well as the 227 used during the first quarter of 2018.Pre-contract costNatural Resources MinisterRaphael TrotmanGovernment’s acceptance of a pre-contract cost of US$460 million in the Production Sharing Agreement it signed with Exxon has been a sore point between Government and civil society for quite some time.Guyana will have to audit and verify cost oil claims ExxonMobil will make on its revenue. Exxon is expected to use revenue from its production in order to recoup its capital investment. Whatever remains of this is the ‘profit oil’ Guyana will have to split with the oil company and its associates.According to Annex C of the PSA, pre-contract cost “shall include four hundred and sixty million, two hundred and thirty seven thousand and nine hundred and eighteen United States Dollars (USS 460,237,918) in respect of all such costs incurred under the 1999 Petroleum Agreement prior to the year ended 2015.”The fact that this is money Exxon will have to recoup at the expense of revenues that would have actually been retained by the Government during that time period has caused outrage. However, ExxonMobil is not opposed to the audit, but the Government simply did not audit it.The Opposition Leader, in addressing this issue on Monday, said he has noted ExxonMobil’s position in saying that audits of pre-contract costs are “expected and customary” in the oil sector.“In doing so, I think it is clear, again, that the Coalition Government failed the Guyanese people in the re-negotiation of the oil contract,” Jagdeo stated.“If ExxonMobil is open to an audit, why wasn’t this done? Why did the Coalition Government not audit the pre-contract costs before including it in the re-negotiated contract?  Why was there no verification done? There was clearly no push-back from ExxonMobil.   Given this state of affairs, there is reason for alarm regarding the quality of representation Guyanese received from the Coalition Government in this re-negotiation,” Jagdeo declared.Jagdeo recalled that he had, in June, declared that fair questions had been asked by civic-minded Guyanese about the pre-contract costs. He reiterated his call for these questions to be answered.“I reiterate my call for the Government to resist its proclivity towards secrecy and ensure that the answers to these questions are given,” he stated.last_img read more

Education matters

first_imgThe Los Angeles Unified School District is a glaring example of how education policy has been hijacked by bureaucrats and special interests. We want better schools, but we lack confidence that our votes can bring them about. We’ve grown weary of politicians mouthing the same old platitudes without any substance or follow-through. Enter Ed in ’08, a project of Strong American Schools, headed up by former LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer. This bipartisan campaign, funded with up to $60 million from the Broad and Gates foundations, has one goal: Make education a top issue in the 2008 presidential race. Ed in ’08 has a unique platform based on higher standards, more effective teaching and extra attention to students who need it. The campaign plans to stir up voter pressure to force presidential candidates from both parties to take up its agenda. That’s the key. Our leaders won’t take education seriously until we do. We can only hope that Ed in ’08 will do its part to get the politicians’ attention. Meanwhile, we must all do our own part, and that begins with showing up at the polls May 15.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! JUST 10 days away in Los Angeles, there’s a hotly contested election upon which hangs the fate of the nation’s second-largest school district and its 700,000 students. On Wednesday, the two candidates in that race met for two rare debates. Guess how many people showed up? Two dozen, at best, at the first event. Maybe 60 at the second. Garage sales typically attract bigger crowds. The choice in the May 15 school board election between reformer Tamar Galatzan and status-quo defender Jon Lauritzen couldn’t be more profound. The stakes – our children and their future – couldn’t be higher. And most voters couldn’t care less. In the March primary election, a dismal 7.8 percent of eligible voters turned up at the polls. We’ll be lucky to match that May 15. At the very time when the need for quality education is greatest, due to the ever-competitive global marketplace, the public’s interest in education is at a low. It’s not just in Los Angeles. National polls show the public’s interest in education well below interest in several other topics. Why? Probably because the issue has proved so intractable. last_img read more

Exclusive – Liverpool legend expects club to overcome ‘learning curve’

first_imgLiverpool legend Kenny Dalglish believes the club have made a slow start to the new season because they are experiencing a “learning curve” in juggling so many competitions.The Reds’ unexpected success in finishing as Premier League runners-up last season resulted in the team qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in five years, but so far they have made a lacklustre start to the new season.Surprise league defeats to Aston Villa and West Ham, plus only a narrow victory over Ludogorets in Europe and requiring penalties to see off Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup has left fans on Merseyside questioning whether they can repeat their heroics from last time out.But former Liverpool boss and player Dalglish is convinced the club will gradually find their way.“When you step up in class and you meet good opposition or you’re playing extra games because of your success that’s a learning curve,” he told Kick Off.“It’s a learning curve for some of the players who have come in and it’s a learning curve for Brendan [Rodgers], he’s not been in Europe before. They’ll take a bit of time to settle down but what they did last year they’ve been rewarded for.“They’ve just got to kick on again this year and I’m sure they’ll get it right. They got it right last year and came so close, I’m sure they’ll do the same this year.”last_img read more

LETTERKENNY BUSKING FESTIVAL – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgLetterkenny Mayor, John Pat McDaid and Toni Forrrester, CEO Letterkenny Chamber watching 3Libretto taking part in the Letterkenny Chamber Shop LK busking Competition in Letterkenny on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonJohn Pat McDaid, letterkenny Mayor watching Conor McCarthy from Carrigart taking part in the Letterkenny Chamber Shop LK busking Competition in Letterkenny on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonPeter Breen from Letterkenny taking part in the Letterkenny Chamber Shop LK busking Competition in Letterkenny on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonJohn Pat McDaid watching Nineteen 80 Something , DAvid Doherty, Emett O’Neill and Jamie Boner taking part in the Letterkenny Chamber Shop LK busking Competition in Letterkenny on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonAnthony Cauldwell, Finn Blache, Ineke Abbas, Donal Kavanagh, Kieran Devlin and Conor Sweeney taking part in the Letterkenny Chamber Shop LK busking Competition in Letterkenny on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonHarald Jungst,playing a hand pan for Fiona Higgins, Liam Porter, Grace Corbel, LEO and John Pat McDaid as he is taking part in the Letterkenny Chamber Shop LK busking Competition in Letterkenny on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonAnthony Cauldwell, Finn Blache, Ineke Abbas, Donal Kavanagh, Kieran Devlin and Conor Sweeney taking part in the Letterkenny Chamber Shop LK busking Competition in Letterkenny on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonMary Anne McDonnell taking part in the Letterkenny Chamber Shop LK busking Competition in Letterkenny on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonTadgh Brennan from Ramelton taking part in the Letterkenny Chamber Shop LK busking Competition in Letterkenny on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonThe Majors the Minors – Ciaran Coyle and Emory Ramsey taking part in the Letterkenny Chamber Shop LK busking Competition in Letterkenny on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonConor McCarthy from Carrigart taking part in the Letterkenny Chamber Shop LK busking Competition in Letterkenny on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonA young lad looking ofr money for buskers Niamh O’Raw and Emer McLaughlin from Buncrana taking part in the Letterkenny Chamber Shop LK busking Competition in Letterkenny on Saturday last. Photo Clive Wasson LETTERKENNY BUSKING FESTIVAL – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: July 18th, 2016 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:donegalLetterkenny Busking Festivallast_img read more