Fifth for Fajardo?

first_imgCarpio 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 View comments Etheridge available for 2 PH Azkals fixtures It took a stress fracture that benched Fajardo for most of the PBA Governors’ Cup for a rival to rise and challenge him for the plum.NorthPort guard Stanley Pringle, the 2015 Rookie of the Year awardee, zoomed to the top in the stats race with a cumulative average of 35.5 points.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 ChrissFajardo dropped to second with 33.2 after leading the race overwhelmingly for two conferences before getting shut down to heal his injury.But while Pringle poses a statistical challenge for the history-seeking Fajardo, the Beermen’s gentle giant will face voting challenges from Barangay Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar, who is at at third with 32.9 SPs. Aguilar, a Gilas Pilipinas mainstay, is expected to collect votes for playing a key role in the Gin Kings’ Commissioner’s Cup triumph. Ginebra is also in the hunt for the Governors’ Cup crown, with the Beermen crashing out in the quarterfinals.NorthPort’s Sean Anthony is at fourth with 31.3 and another Ginebra player, Scottie Thompson, rounds out the Top Five with 30.8.Thompson breaking the Top Five has made him a top favorite for the Most Improved Player plum.In the last quarterfinal series still undecided, Meralco hopes to complete a reversal against a higher-seeded Phoenix when both teams tangle on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bolts forced the Fuel Masters to cash in on their twice-to-beat edge with a 90-74 victory, unveiling a stingy defense that forged the sudden-death showdown. ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe curtains may have fallen on powerhouse San Miguel Beer, but the team’s main man in the middle is still in the race—very much in front of it, in fact—for the Most Valuable Player trophy.And it won’t be just another MVP win for Fajardo. The 6-foot-10 Cebuano is gunning for a fifth straight trophy, shattering the record of four shared by legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

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‘Hungry’ Joshua Pacio out to redeem self in title rematch vs Yosuke Saruta

first_img“I hope to showcase the things that I wasn’t able to show last January,” he said.“I need to be more aggressive, especially being the challenger. I’m hungry to prove myself again and bounce back.”There is extra pressure fighting at home but the Team Lakay standout hopes to use it as added motivation.“It’s pretty much the same. I’m excited and even more motivated because the rematch will happen here in the Philippines,” Pacio shared.“I must admit that there’s a bit of an added pressure on my part to perform, but at the same time, the hunger and the will to win far outweighs that.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes? PLAY LIST 03:47INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes?01:57Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight02:14Carpio 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 View comments Kevin Belingon recalls earning ‘Silencer’ moniker, aims to make more noise in Japan card Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “Now I need to focus even more, I need to be more confident,” Pacio said.“From what I saw in our last bout, our confidence was really low, and now we need to be more confident than ever.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 23-year-old Pacio is determined to redeem himself in the co-main event of ONE: Roots of Honor scheduled on April 12 at Mall of Asia Arena.Pacio insisted he should’ve been awarded the victory in their first fight but he also knows he could’ve done more to have secured the judges’ nod. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Joshua Pacio. CONTRIBUTED PHOTONo longer the champion this time, Joshua Pacio hopes to use his hunger to one of his advantages in his title rematch against Yosuke Saruta next month in Manila.Pacio looks to regain his confidence too against Saruta, who beat him by split decision to win the ONE strawweight world title two months ago in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifyinglast_img read more

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William V.S. Tubman’s Legacy:

first_imgTomorrow, November 29 will be observed as national holiday in memory of the late President William V.S. Tubman, thus far the longest serving President of this country. The day was set aside by an Act of the 3rd Session of the 42nd National Legislature, declaring November 29 each year as a national holiday to pay homage to the late Tubman. As the nation observes this day, there would be many reflections on the life of this former leader of this country. Usually on this day, the younger generation in Monrovia, observed it with beach-parties. Unfortunately, because of the Ebola epidemic, the government has banned all beach parties or activities, on health reasons since the virus is also spread through body contact.Meanwhile, in keeping with protocol, President Sirleaf has declared tomorrow as a national holiday. A Proclamation issued on Wednesday said it is in recognition of his productive and meaningful services and policies, including the Open Door Policy, the National Unification and Integration Policy, the granting of suffrage to Liberian women as well as the policies on social and economic development nationwide and his contributions to the emancipation of African Colonial territories into self-governing statehood.Furthermore, the Proclamation  declared that the celebration is in consideration of the numerous contributions, profound changes and lasting accomplishments made by President Tubman during his administration as the 18th President of the Republic of Liberia. In this light, the people, desirous of showing their deep appreciation, esteem and approval for his outstanding, noble and remarkable leadership, did petition and request the National Legislature of the Nation to issue permanent record of their sentiments in honor of his birth for posterity.   Indeed, as the nation and its people reflect on the life of this man, there would be many issues that would be subject for discussion. Some may look at his weaknesses as President of this country for a protracted period, while others may view his life from some of the positive contributions, such as the National Unification Policy, which was designed to integrate the country, the women suffrage, which has afforded women the opportunity to vote and be elected, as well as his Open Door Policy to attract foreign investments for African oldest independence country. Others may look at his role in the independence of other African countries.Today, as the nation remembers its former leader, I am particularly interested in his role in the formation of the former Organization of African Unity (OAU), which is today referred to as African Union (AU). I take particular interest in this because it was one of the greatest achievements of the late Tubman, who conceived the idea of African unity.To accentuate this idea, the late President convened what is historically known as the Sanniquellie Conference which was attended by the then President of neighboring Guinea, Sekou Toure, who drove from his country to Liberia and the late Prime Minister of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah. The President, according to research, organized  the Sanniquellie conference, few months after attending a conference on African unity held in Accra, Ghana in April 1958, during which time he was the only head of state who attended the eight-nation Conference of Independence African States.At the Conference, the late President, sensing the importance of African Unity, reiterated these ideas in his opening statement when he, among other things said, “Through hardship and humiliation we, as Africans have demonstrated the qualities of patience, perseverance and endurance. I believe that through the admission of such qualities we are destined to assume a new role in world affairs. However, we cannot fulfill our mission, nor can we expect to receive the admiration and respect of others, if the people of this continent are divided, suspicious, envious of one another and insincere in their dealings.”Being imbued with this idea of African Unity, it is said that upon returning to Liberia, the late President issued an Official Gazette on January 26, 1959, which advanced three points: -That a single Convention which would provide for a permanent organization to be known as The Association States of Africa, be concluded among the independent African nations and those which have fixed dates upon which they shall achieve independence, with the understanding that other non-independent countries of Africa shall have the right to join the organization upon attaining independence.-That the Associated States of Africa provide for continuing consultation on problems of common interest and for the peaceful solution of all disputes which may arise among its members.-That, within the said organization, Regional Associations be recognized where they already exist, or be organized to develop closer unity and provide uniform and common solutions to specific problems in certain areas.Concluding, the Gazette said, “The Liberian Government feels that these political, social, cultural and economic actions should be achieved in consonance with the aims of its endeavors to achieve peace and raise the level of living of the inhabitants of the earth.”With the Gazette, the late President began setting the stage for the holding of this historic conference in Sanniquellie, the provincial capital of Nimba County, where the three leaders – Toure, Nkrumah and the host Tubman,  met from July 15 to 19, 1959. According to the book, “President Tubman On African Unity,” it was at that meeting that the late President Tubman announced his idea of the “Community of Independent African States, within whose framework African countries could cooperate socially, culturally, economically and educationally without any state surrendering its sovereignty to other members of the Community.”Further elaborating his ideas on African unity, President Tubman, following the Sanniquellie conference, stated in a an Address to the nation on July 27, 1959,  on the occasion of the celebration of Liberia’s 112th independence anniversary, pointed out that unity in Africa was “absolutely necessary for the total liberation of the continent.”He then said to his African colleagues, “Freedom is finally in array in Africa and the entire continent is responding to its vibrations. If it is to be triumphant, if the remotest corner of this continent is to be liberated from the shackles of oppression, we must not be divided. We must unite behind its banner for victory, not by violence and bloodshed, but by relentless and persistent demands for the inherent and just rights of all men to be free and independent.”“Or I would suggest as a slogan or watchword the declaration of the Prophet Nehemiah: “Not by might nor by power but by the spirit, saith the Lord.”As the late President determinedly continued to preach this idea of African unity, others welcomed that, thus leading to the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on May 25, in 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. That body has now been metamorphosed into what is today known as the African Union (AU) to meet the changing trend in world affairs. Its major objectives, according to Dr. Joseph Saye Guannu’s history book on Liberia, were “the total decolonization of Africa, promotion of economic and social development of the continent; fostering of cordial relations among African states and peoples and working toward the political unification of Africa. In short the decolonization of Africa was the primary objective of the OAU for which it put effective mechanisms in place”.On this day which is the 119th birth anniversary of the President Tubman one of the legacies of the former President that we as a nation and people can vaingloriously brag about was his role in bringing about the OAU to unite the continent and ensure the independence of other countries. That dream and idea about an organization for the continent, continues to live on.Being conversant of the role Tubman played in the formation of the OAU, when about two years ago I formed part of President’s delegation to the official opening of the new complex of the AU, constructed by the Chinese,  one of my major concerns or focuses was to ascertain as to whether or not there would be any mention or photo of the initiator of African unity, President Tubman. To my utter surprise, there was no photo  conspicuously displayed, as in the case of others in the lobby of the building, as was in the case of other African leaders.It was that which prompted me to do the article, entitled, “AU Treatment Of Liberia: Was It A Mistake Or An Oversight?” In that piece, I expressed surprise that the photo of President Tubman was not seen among former African leaders as displayed in the lobby of the building. As I said before,  before venturing into the building, I observed a golden-plated monument of former Ghanaian President, Kwame Nkrumah, who was then Prime Minister of Ghana when President Tubman conceived the idea of an African unity.  As I entered the building, my eyes ran to the photos of some individuals and former leaders who contributed to the African struggle and the formation of the former Organization of African Unity (OAU), which has been replaced by the AU.Disappointingly, as I was viewing those portraits of those leaders, I thought as a Liberian, that the portrait of the late William V.S. Tubman of Liberia, a man said to have played a major role in the formation of the OAU, would have also been there. But that was my greatest surprise. I saw the portraits of the former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela (now deceased), who was also former leader of the African National Congress (ANC); former Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Patrick Lumumba; former Prime Minister of Nigeria Abubakar Tafawa Balewa; President Gamal Abdul Nasser of Egypt and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.The photo of President Tubman, who indisputably initiated what became the OAU, one of the main architects of the OAU, now AU, was only seen in a group photo of some leaders said to be ‘Founding Fathers of the OAU’. I was really saddened by that, considering the role of the “old man” in the African liberation struggle. It was based on this I asked in that article as to whether this was an “oversight” by the AU not to have included the late Tubman into the photos of these great former African leaders, as in the case of others, considering his role in forming the OAU.Whether this has been corrected or not, on his 119th birth anniversary, I try to reflect or retrospect on this particular contribution by President Tubman because what he envisaged many years ago, has made progress,  especially the decolonization of the country and that as the issue of unity in Africa continues to live on and remains firm. Besides, the issue of African unity, the AU has also established organs and institutions to ensure good governance and also to promote democratic tenets and values.As I conclude this panegyric, let me say that if there is anything that we also can boast of as a people and nation, as we observe the late Tubman’s birthday, is the continued existence of the OAU, now AU. For this, we can pat ourselves on the back for the dream of WVST. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! “PAPAY.” REST IN PEACE!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LINA Boss Blames Ellen’s Unpopularity for Son, Gbehzohngar’s Defeat

first_imgThe Director General of the Liberia News Agency (LINA), Mr. Jay Nagbe Sloh, has revealed that “the unpopularity and the dislike” of President Ellen Johnson-Sirelaf led to the eventual defeat of her son, Robert Sirleaf who, according to Sloh, should have been the best person to serve the people in the Senate from Montserrado County.Mr. Sloh, a former political propagandist of the ruling Unity Party (UP), also said the out-of-favor (dislike) of the President is to blame for the defeat in the Grand Bassa capital Buchanan on Friday of President Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley.“If the President had not gone to Grand Bassa County to campaign for Senator Findley, he would have won,” Mr. Sloh said.The tough-talking political commentator and LINA boss made the damning remarks yesterday on a radio talk show.LINA is a government news outlet, housed in the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism. Its aim is to carry government messages, policies, plans, and programs to the Liberian people, including those in the remotest areas of the country, as well as report/collect news from the counties.Mr. Sloh argued that two defeated candidates proved to their respective counties of being the best candidates to represent their own people, but their alignment with the President caused their defeats.Though he failed to outline what caused the unpopularity of the President, who has ruled the country since 2005, some political pundits argue that   “corruption and the untimely leasing of the oil blocks” increased the hatred of the Liberian people.Additionally, an official of the Friends of Zoe Emmanuel Pennoh, who begged anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the media, told our reporter that the primary reason Rep. Pennoh’s lost in Grand Gedeh County was the endorsement of his candidacy by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the Unity Party.The UP publicly supported the candidacy of Rep. Zoe E. Pennoh and did not field a candidate in Grand Gedeh.The spokesman said majority of the people in the county have the perception that the support of Rep. Pennoh by the President meant that he (Rep. Pennoh) is in support of the government incarcerating their kinsmen without fair trial.It may be recalled that some Grand Gededians and others are in jail for allegedly being  accomplices in the Ivorian Civil War, in which armed supporters of former President Laurent Gbagbo, believed to have lost the 2008 election to Alhassan Ouattara, were trying to overthrow latter. Mr. Sloh and officials of the Friends of Zoe Pennoh’s allegations stemmed from provisional results of the Saturday senatorial poll. In the provisional tally, Amb. George Weah of the Congress Democratic Change (CDC) is said to have overwhelmingly defeated independent candidate Robert Sirleaf, the President’s son, who was also contesting for the Montserrado Senate seat.Also, another CDC candidate, Marshall Dennis, is poised to win Grand Gedeh, ahead of UP- endorsed candidate Rep. Pennoh.Moreover, in Grand Bassa County, Liberty Party’s Jonathan Kaipay is ahead of Gbehzongar Milton Findley, who is currently President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate.When contacted, Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek M. Piah told the Daily Observer that even though he hadn’t listened to Mr. Sloh on the radio, however, he counter argued that those candidates have not lost the senatorial race because the President supported them.“The President has endorsed all Unity Party candidates in the race. Some of them, including Mr. Morris Saytumah in Bomi, J. Milton Teahjay in Sinoe and Conmany Wesseh in River Gee, are winning their race. Why they are not losing because the President is supporting them, too?” he asked.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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FDA, SCNL and Partners Assure Community Involvement in GolaMa Project

first_imgGolama project steering committee membersThe Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and the Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia (SCNL) have pledged greater community involvement in the implementation of the GolaMa project.The assurance was given recently at the third annual Steering Committee meeting held in Monrovia.The GolaMa project is aimed at conserving an internationally important forest corridor in the Gola forest in Gbapolu County.The project provides support to forest dependent communities to manage their own forest as well as improves livelihoods and establishes a pilot model for sustainable financing.FDA Deputy Managing Director Bowen Sayon said the GolaMa project will be used as a flagship program to carry out other conservation projects in the forest sector of Liberia.Mr. Bowen argued that the GolaMa project is one of the best models ever developed by SCNL and partners to conserve forest in Liberia.He said what FDA is interested in is to develop a vibrant protected area management mechanism that takes in to account the involvement of forest dependent communities.Mr. Sayon, however, noted that without the participation of communities in the establishment of protected areas in Liberia, it would be difficult to achieve the goal of sustainable forest management in Liberia.He said as a result, FDA has embarked on the process of developing a protected area strategy that focuses on improving livelihood for communities and benefit sharing.Mr. Sayon emphasized the need to develop what he calls human wildlife policy to ensure that people who are victimized by wildlife are given some kind of benefits.Also speaking, SCNL Executive Director Michael Garbo disclosed that the GolaMa project is on track and that his institution remains engaged with communities, local leaders and stakeholders in the forest sector to improve the quality of work in the GolaMa corridor.Mr. Garbo said the project is making great impact in the lives of people with the corridor and as such they have embraced the project without reservation.Also, the Secretary General of the Steering Committee Anne Gardner said livelihood activities continue to increase with the training of cocoa and rice farmers.Madam Gardner said the project is also training beekeepers and provide loan to women group as part of the GolaMa livelihood program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mother and daughter laid to rest

first_imgBerbice double murder/suicide…Husband to be interred todayThe two Berbice women who were hammered to death on Wednesday last by their husband and father respectively were on Sunday laid to rest at the Stanleytown Cemetery in New Amsterdam Berbice.The funeral service, conducted according to Hindu rights, was held a short distance from where they were brutally murdered at Glasgow. Several close family members of the perpetrator, Jainarine Seetaram, were at the funeral service for the two women.Hundreds turned up to bid farewell to the two women. Many were inconsolable after viewing the bodies.Addressing the ceremony in what could be considered a very brief funeral service, former Regional Vice Chairman for Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne), Baupaul Jagroo, called on the community to take a lesson from the incident. He said similarinstances are occurring too often in society.“People feel that when they have a problem, it is a big problem. There is no problem that is too big to solve,” Jagroo said. The perpetrator might have been of the opinion that whatever problem he had, it was too big to be solved. Jagroo noted that had the perpetrator spoken to someone about his problem, he would have recognised that there are others with bigger problems that his. “Then he might not have committed the act.“We need to stop this thing, and we are hoping that this is the last; but it is something that we have to work on. We need to reach out to our people and have conversations in the community…” Jagroo offered.Referring to the perpetrator, Jainarine Seetaram, Jagroo said many who knew him would not have expected such an act from him.“He was such an easy-going person, and this gives me the impression that women are not safe, because if this guy can commit such an act, then one would think that anyone else can do it. So women, like all of us (do), need to safeguard ourselves and try to do the right thing,” Jagroo posited.He added that some may err, but there is always correction to any problem.The couple’s ten-year-old son was also attacked on the day of the tragedy, but he managed to escape.RecapDindamattie Behari, 37, was found lying motionless in a hammock at her Lot 1078 Glasgow New Housing Scheme, Greater New Amsterdam home, while her daughter Surujdai Khan, 20, died on her way to hospital after being assaulted with a hammer by her father.The perpetrator’s lifeless body was found hanging from a beam under an abandoned house about 400 metres away from the scene of the double murder.About two weeks ago, the perpetrator had accused his wife of having an affair with someone else, leaving investigators to believe that this accusation might have been the motive for the killings.His funeral is set for today.last_img read more

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$2.5M project for Tuschen NDC never executed – Chairman

first_img…blames RDC for poor supervision, loss of moneyThe Tuschen-Uitvlugt Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) has lost over half of its yearly subvention for 2018, because one of five projects it awarded was never executed, due to suspected negligence on the part of regional officials to monitor the operation.Guyana Times understands that that NDC is usually allocated a $4 million subvention for the year, and the Regional Administration would control the flow of this money to mobilise the respective projects.Chairman of this NDC, Vishal Ambedkar, explained that while four projects were completed, a contract was last December awarded for the fifth project — construction of a shed and concrete base at the NDC compound, to the tune of $2.5 million — to C King Construction, but those works were never initiated.“In 2018, the NDC would have identified five projects to be done from our subvention grant, which is given by Central Government. Of those five projects, four of them were completed, and one was incomplete. That one was awarded, and the contract was signed on the 14th December, 2018. However, that project was never realised,” Ambedkar explained.He said that that project entailed construction of a shed and concrete base within the compound of the NDC, to house a few pieces of mechanical equipment which the Council possesses.“This project was for the construction of a shed and concrete base at the NDC compound. We have a mini excavator and a tractor, and we were planning to buy a tractor-driven attachment to maintain recreational grounds and school compounds. These (pieces of) equipment need to be stored in an enclosed area, so that they’re not exposed to the elements,” Ambedkar explained.This publication understands that the NDCs are responsible only for signalling what projects should be done. Thereafter, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) would tender and award the operation to a contracting company.“The input that the NDC had in this project was basically to identify the work to be done. Everything else falls under the responsibility of the RDC, where it is monitored and payments are distributed,” Ambedkar explained.He said that, on one occasion, the contractor turned up at the site and indicated that works would commence shortly. However, it has been over three months and the individual never returned to undertake the works.“During the project, we would check to see if the project was done in keeping with the contract. Nothing was ever done at the site. The contractor came into the NDC and he told us he was going to start (working on) the following Monday. We have never seem him back after then,” Ambedkar clarified.The NDC is of the view that poor supervision on the part of the regional officers, who have responsibility to monitor the execution of the project, is to be blamed for this situation. He said the NDC has sent several pieces of correspondence to the RDC, indicating what has transpired, but to no avail.He added that it is extremely worrying, since that amount of money is more than half of the NDC’s yearly subvention, and cannot roll over to the next year if works are not completed.Asked if another agency could be given the contract to execute the works, Ambedkar said he was told that “a cheque was already prepared” for the initial contractor.“We feel that the regional officers would have failed to monitor and supervise this project properly. The NDC would now be seeing a loss of $2.5 million, which is more than half of our funds. We sent letters asking why this project wasn’t started since January, February and March. We don’t get a response unless we visit the office,” he clarified.Ambedkar believes the system is flawed, in the sense that the NDCs are capable of handling the works and disbursing monies for the projects. He is convinced that closer attention would be paid to what is done, as well as to hiring contractors who are efficient and trustworthy, if the NDCs are allowed to be directly responsible for executing their projects.The Chairman stated, “In my opinion, I think the system that is used is to implement these projects needs to be changed, where the projects are monitored and the allocation of payments should be done directly by the NDC. Right now, the funds do not come directly to the NDC. Our district will be losing $2.5 million, and it’s not the fault of the NDC.”last_img read more

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PNC, AFC refuse to reveal advisors’ names

first_imgAppointment of “honorary” advisorsRamjattan says “I am not talking”“I will not answer that” – Oscar ClarkeBy Edward LayneThe Alliance For Change (AFC) and the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) the two larger parties inAFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattanthe A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) ten-month-old coalition government, have refused to reveal the names of the over 30 persons who were appointed advisers upon their recommendation.On Thursday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon disclosed that during the period 6 October, 2015 to 8 February, 2016, 34 persons were identified on the recommendation of the AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan, the PNCR General Secretary Oscar Clarke, and the APNU General Secretary Harmon, and the instruments were accordingly issued.However, the other 33, who are supporters of APNU/AFC are yet to be named.When contacted on Friday for the identities of the AFC nominees who were appointed, that party’s leader Khemraj Ramjattan refused to speak to this publication.Even before the question was asked, Ramjattan declared, “as I told you all, I am not talking, take care, bye.”Meanwhile, AFC General Secretary David Patterson also refused to comment on the matter.“I have no comment, write that I have no comment at all,” Patterson said.General Secretary of PNCR Oscar Clarke was also contacted but while he confirmed that he did recommend persons for appointment he refused to state how many persons and their identities.When told about the disclosure by Harmon and asked how many persons he had recommended and theirGeneral Secretary of PNC, Oscar Clarkeidentities, the PNCR GS stated, “you didn’t ask him (Harmon) that question?”.When the question was put again to Clarke, he insisted that this publication put the question to Minister Harmon“I made recommendations yes, but you ask him how many persons… the 34 persons he mentioned, you ask him how many recommendations I made,” Clarke insisted.After the question was put repeatedly to the PNCR’s GS, he declared, “I do not propose to answer that, you ask him, I am not going to answer that, you could ask me all night I won’t answer.”Harman’s disclosure is the first time the government confirmed that indeed it appointed more than 30 “honorary” advisers.Harmon made the disclosure in his public statements on the appointment of businessman Brian Tiwari as one of the 34 advisers, after the coalition government came under public attacks for the appointment of these persons who were described as “campaign supporters.”He revealed that the President was not informed at the time of the appointment, but was subsequently informed, but was not in agreement with having Tiwari as an “Honorary Advisor” and the appointment was rescinded. The Minister of State said he agreed with the President’s decision and his rationale for rescinding the appointment.It is unclear whether or not the President will rescind the appointments of the other 33.The Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has been consistently calling for government to be more open in its decision-making, including making public the Terms of Reference (ToRs), as well as the names of the nearly 30 persons, many of whom were appointed in the United States and Canada, as Advisers on Diaspora Affairs.PPP/C Member of Parliament (MP) Anil Nandlall had told reporters that while a few persons were named, there has been no proper public disclosure by the Administration regarding these persons and what they were appointed to do.“We have not heard any public announcement emanating from the Ministry of the Presidency. We want to know who these people are, how they were selected, what their qualifications are, what are their sectorial responsibilities, what are their portfolios, what are their remuneration packages, offices going to be rented for them, expenditures are going to be paid, light bills and phone bills are going to be paid, utility expenses are going to be paid. We need to know these things,” Nandlall told a news conference at the PPP’s headquarters on Robb Street, Georgetown.At an AFC appreciation dinner and dance in Toronto in October 2015, Earth Marshall, Ron Alert and Dr Rohan Somar of the AFC’s New York Chapter and Accountant Tameshwar Lilmohan of the party’s Tornoto Chapter were appointed Ministerial Advisers on Diaspora Affairs and presented with their Certificates of Instruments by Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, on behalf of President David Granger.The others, according to Nandlall, were appointed at a People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during the same period.last_img read more

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Council candidates report spending

first_imgBric said Monday his arrest record has been public knowledge since he ran for council in 2003, and he condemned negative campaigning. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – With just a week before election day, two City Council candidates are fending off attacks from a mailer questioning their integrity, while two others led the field of four in spending. Up for grabs in the April 10 runoff are two seats to be vacated this month by Mayor Todd Campbell and Councilman Jef Vander Borght. According to campaign-finance disclosures filed March 28 by the husband-wife candidates, Carolyn Berlin has spent $22,000 and her husband, Philip Berlin, $26,900. Carolyn Berlin, who served on the city planning board for nine years until 2003, declared total contributions of more than $27,000 this year as of March 24, of which $20,700 is a personal loan. Philip Berlin, who served on the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport commission from 1995 to 2001, had a campaign war chest of $26,400, including a $20,700 loan. Gary Bric, who finished first in the Feb. 27 primary, has raised $21,200, which includes a $4,800 loan. The restaurant owner and city Traffic and Transportation Committee member has spent a total $19,100. Candidate Anja Reinke declared contributions of $18,701, including an $8,000 loan. The city Police Commission member has spent about $19,600. An independent political committee called Working Californians spent more than $18,039 in support of Bric and $5,017 on behalf of Reinke. A negative campaign mailer has appeared, noting Bric’s run-ins with the law and attacking Reinke’s position at a local charity. The Coalition for Responsible Leadership spent a total $4,720 on a mailer that pointed to Bric’s 1997 conviction for driving under the influence and 1990 arrest on bookmaking charges, which were later dropped. last_img read more

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FA confirm they are not happy with Mourinho decision and will appeal

first_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice Popular Premier League News Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REAL DEAL Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 1 The Football Association is appealing a decision made by an independent regulatory commission to clear Jose Mourinho of using foul language.The incident occurred at the end of Manchester United‘s Premier League match against Newcastle.After coming back to win 3-2 amid a backdrop of intense scrutiny about the Portuguese’s Old Trafford future, the 55-year-old manager was filmed in an animated mood.Footage showed Mourinho making comments in Portuguese, at one point looking into a camera, as he headed towards the tunnel after the final whistle on October 6, leading to an FA charge for using abusive, insulting or improper language. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January deals REVEALED Footage showed Mourinho making comments in Portuguese, at one point looking into a camera, as he headed towards the tunnel after the final whistle on October 6, leading to an FA charge for using abusive, insulting or improper language tense Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday cracker Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? The United boss was cleared of that charge by an independent regulatory commission at a hearing on October 31, but the FA has now confirmed it has appealed that decision.A statement from the governing body read: “Having carefully considered the written reasons of the Independent Regulatory Commission relating to the case involving Jose Mourinho, the FA can confirm it is appealing the decision.” whoops shining last_img read more

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