Stop the Bickering Now: It Can Do No One Any Good

first_imgEver since Mr. Christopher Neyor published his Open Letter to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last week, there has been a torrent (flood, violent flow) of accusations and counter accusations among government officials and even sponsored by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.We think this is most unfortunate, for it is tantamount to “washing our dirty clothes” in public, which is totally unnecessary.  Only people in slums, who have no washing facilities within their homes, do that—and most do so in the back, not the front yard.But here we are—Mr. Neyor and the government itself, spilling it all out there, on the front pages of the newspapers, and on the airwaves, too!Whom is this hurting? Not Mr. Neyor, who has already, by his Open Letter, opened himself up to a barrage of revelations, criticisms and attacks, true or untrue; not President Sirleaf, who has already reacted in a somewhat restrained fashion—only because she was approached for her side of the story.  No, it is hurting Liberia and her government. We say that because here we had critical negotiations between two sovereign governments, Kuwait and Liberia, having taken place, only see some of these exposed in public—and not simply that, but exposed in a vicious and acrimonious manner.Question: When will we ever be able to get the Kuwaitis to sit with us again in any negotiations for any reason?  But doing what we have done, we have created in the minds of many governments and international institutions serious apprehensions about how serious, sensible, mature and considerate we are when dealing with development partners.Let us return to Mr. Neyor’s Open Letter and reflect on what the Daily Observer and other parts of the Liberian media have been arguing about the importance of transparency in government.We have constantly frowned upon shady deals in government circles, of many GOL Ministries and Agencies of not coming clean to the media and the public, yea the Liberian people, about what government is doing. This seems to have been going on from the very beginning of the operations of this most vital sector, petroleum and the company that manages it, the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).  That is why it was possible, in the very beginning, for one Nigerian businessman to walk away with US$250 million without investing a cent in Liberia.  All he did was to buy one of the oil blocks, then resell it to Chevron and walk away with that staggering amount, made off of Liberia’s resources, without the Liberian people knowing anything about it.  The President has had to higher several persons to head both the National Oil Company itself and its Board of Directors.  After she removed Dr. Foday Kromah she appointed Mr. Neyor and after him Dr. Randolph McClain. As for the Board, it was first headed, under Ellen, by Mr. Clemenceau Urey, who was summarily removed to install her son Robert Sirleaf.  That appointment was greeted with an avalanche of local and international criticism, but she remained stoic about it until she could no longer withstand it, and replaced him with her Legal Advisor, Counselor Seward M. Cooper.It seems that even up to this day the public has little knowledge of the workings of NOCAL.  This newspaper has reliably learned that there is still very serious speculation about exactly WHO is running NOCAL, even as we know that Dr. McClain is still its President and Counselor Cooper its Board Chair.  Is there, as is being talked about behind the scenes, an unseen hand calling the shots at NOCAL?We have indeed heard at least one name, but for legal considerations, we dare not mention it.Here again we reassert the need for transparency and accountability in government, to save the President herself and her government from the exact same situation that gave rise to Chris Neyor’s Open Letter.Here again we are confronted with stark reality of the Biblical dictum: “The truth shall make you free.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Journalist assaulted by Leopold Street residents during protest

first_img– GPA condemns attackWendell Jeffrey, a journalist attached to Safetv2 Headline News, Channel 2, was on Wednesday attacked and beaten by protesters in Leopold Street, Georgetown, who were at the time protesting the killing of a resident.Smoke emanating from the tyres that were set alight during Wednesday’s protest on Leopold StreetThirty-five-year old Odinga Williams of Leopold Street was shot and killed by Police in the wee hours of Wednesday morning at Norton Street, Wortmanville, as he was a suspected criminal.As such, relatives of the father of one along with residents of Leopold Street launched massive protest action in the area by burning tyres and other objects as they called for justice since they believe that Williams was unlawfully killed.At the time of the protest, however, the residents and relatives had indicated that they did not wish to engage the police in any discussions.Jeffrey a journalist of over 10 years, reported to the scene of the protest to provide coverage of the incident.Guyana Press Association President Nazima RaghubirThe journalist, who was wearing his media pass which states in part “Police Media Pass”, attempted to speak to a number of irate protestors but he was mistaken for a member of the Guyana Police Force. As such, he was immediately attacked by a gang of men and badly beaten.Speaking to Guyana Times at the Davis Memorial Hospital, Georgetown, Jeffrey detailed what took place on the day in question while noting that he was left traumatised.“Just before I cross the police line, the police were shooting maybe blanks or so at them [protesters] because they were lighting more objects so I guess that they were very agitated at the time I went in. So I hear somebody say bai the police! So, they came and I tried to say no I’m with the press but it was too late”, Jeffrey stated.Wendell Jeffrey, the journalist who was assaultedHe recalled that he was beaten to his head with a bottle, cuffed to his face, spat upon, his cellphone was thrown to the ground and damaged while a few of them attempted to relieve him of his camera.As a result of the beating, one of Jeffrey’s tooth was shattered. “Somebody cuff me, broke my tooth, I have to get it extracted”.Jeffrey revealed that he was saved by a relative of the now dead man who intervened.“In fact one of the ladies who came to shield me is the aunt of the guy who died, two of them came, she was the closest one to me and she hugged me and told the guys don’t hit him and stuff and as we walked back to the police line, she was telling me that she is the aunt and so on” Jeffrey revealed.The journalist, who is also a pastor, said that he is grateful that he is alive since the incident could have been much worse.The Guyana Press Association (GPA) in a statement condemned the attack and is calling for the incident to be thoroughly investigated.According to the Association’s Head, Nazima Raghubir, she “personally feel that if the account that the police were present while this incident took place is true, we need to ensure the police address this”.The GPA President used the opportunity to caution all media practitioners to be cognisant of their surroundings when covering situations highly fuelled by emotions.Media operatives are being advised to that “If the situation has the potential of moving towards violence and life-threatening, remove yourselves, cover these events in groups only and try to ensure that our mere actions or questions do not incite further harsh reactions”.last_img read more

Chris Haugan wins Cactus mountain bike race

first_imgMatt Gilmore came in second place with a time of 23:20. He was followed by Nicki Haugan in third place, who clocked in at 24:18.Fourth position went to Tate Haugan as he registered a time of 25:00. Pat Ferris took fifth as he clocked in at 28:27.Tonight, riders take part in the Baldonnel time trial at 7 p.m., while on Sunday they will take part in the Bear Flats S & S Turbines Hill climb on Hudson’s Hope Road at 10 a.m.- Advertisement –last_img

Everton complete Mina move as Man Utd miss out on quiet deadline day

first_img0Shares0000Yerry Mina’s move from Barcelona to Everton was the biggest of a quiet transfer deadline day for the Premier League © AFP / YURI CORTEZLondon, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – Everton secured the services of Colombian World Cup star Yerry Mina from Barcelona on an unusually quiet deadline day in the Premier League as Manchester United failed to satisfy manager Jose Mourinho’s desire to sign a centre-back.For the first time the Premier League deadline was moved forward to the day before the season kicks off when United host Leicester City on Friday. Unlike in England, the window for the rest of Europe’s leading leagues doesn’t close until later in August, meaning Premier League clubs have faced even more inflated prices when buying from the continent.Yet, an expected deluge of deadline day deals failed to materialise with Everton the most active after also sealing a season-long loan deal for midfielder Andre Gomes from Barcelona and the capture of Brazilian winger Bernard on a free transfer.Mina scored three times in three games at the World Cup in Russia, including against Everton’s England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with a dramatic stoppage time header to send their last 16 tie to extra-time.Yet Mina failed to impress in making just six appearances for Barca after joining from Palmeiras in January and the Catalan giants were keen to cash in on the 23-year-old, who cost just 11.8 million euros seven months ago.After Chelsea shattered the world record fee for a goalkeeper with an 80-million euro (£71.6 million, $92 million) swoop for Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, there was little late movement from the top six clubs with Mourinho in particular frustrated at missing out on a host of targets to bolster his defence.Harry Maguire, who could face United for Leicester on Friday, Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham and Mina were all linked with United, while Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin emerged as a late target on Thursday. But Mourinho accepted early on Thursday he was unlikely to get his wish.– Liverpool steal a march –Liverpool look like the big winners of the window as they have emerged as second favourites for the title behind champions Manchester City after doing their business early in splashing over £170 million on Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.Despite slashing a club record £60 million on signing Riyad Mahrez, City have enjoyed a quiet window.Wonder kid: Manchester City signed Australian teenager Daniel Arzani on Thursday © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIAustralian teenager Daniel Arzani joined the English champions from sister club Melbourne City on Thursday will be sent out on loan to Celtic.Tottenham Hotspur became the first Premier League side since the summer window was introduced in 2003 to not make a single signing.But manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted he is happy with his squad after tying down the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min to new contracts.“We have a very good squad, with very good players and it is very difficult to add players to that,” he said.Leicester arguably enjoyed the best deadline day as on top of resisting United’s interest in Maguire and tying down Jamie Vardy to a new four-year deal, they snapped up defenders Filip Benkovic and Caglar Soyuncu.Wolves’ impressive summer of dealing on their return to the top flight continued by signing versatile Belgian international Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht.West Ham signed Spanish striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal and Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez to complete a near £100 million summer spend.Fulham secured season-long loan deals for Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico, Atletico Madrid striker Luciano Vietto and Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah.The promoted west Londoners also sealed a permanent deal for Bristol City defender Joe Bryan. Ghana striker Jordan Ayew has joined Crystal Palace from Swansea on a season-long loan, while Huddersfield brought in Montpellier’s Belgium Under-21 winger Isaac Mbenza on a season-long loan.Southampton made a late bid to sign Liverpool striker Danny Ings with a deal sheet submitted to the Premier League, giving Saints an extra couple of hours to get a loan move finalised0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

CARTOONIST JARLA HAS FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES ………….

first_imgCARTOONIST JARLA HAS FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES …………. was last modified: July 15th, 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:cartoondonegalGarth BrooksJarlalast_img read more

NEW SEARCH FOR MISSING ARLENE

first_imgCOPS in the North are to carry out fresh searches for the body of the murdered Castlederg schoolgirl, Arlene Arkinson.Arlene was just 15 years old when she disappeared in 1994 after a night out in Bundoran, County Donegal. She would be 32 now.Convicted child-killer and rapist, Robert Howard, 77, managed to beat a murder rap, even though cops believe he is the killer. A PSNI spokeswoman said: “Investigations into Arlene’s murder are continuing. We intend to mount further searches in the coming months.”The police had been due to carry out searches for the missing teenager last January, but they were called off because of the weather. New searches will begin next month.The spokeswoman added: “Arlene’s family have been kept up to date with the plans for a new search.”Arlene Arkinson will be missing for 17 years on Saturday, 13 August. Robert Howard beat the murder rap because the jury wasn’t told he was already serving life for murdering a 14-year-old girl in London.Arlene’s family have always appealed for information on where her body is, so she can be given a Christian burial.NEW SEARCH FOR MISSING ARLENE was last modified: August 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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:arelene arkinsonbundoranmissing tyrone teenagerlast_img read more

DONEGAL IN THE MARCH SUNSHINE: YOUR INCREDIBLE PICTURES

first_imgWith temperatures again threatening to reach 20 degrees again tomorrow, Donegal has been enjoying some of the best March weather ever!The forecast is good until at least Friday bringing us an early peak at what we hope summer will be like. Thanks to all of you who sent in the pictures featured here.Email your pictures to info@donegaldaily.com and we’ll gladly put them up for you.Let’s show all our readers around the world what they’re missing and let the rest of Ireland know that Donegal really is the nicest place to live!Our pictures above comes from the Rosses snorkelers who really know how to make a splash. Is this the busiest playground in Ireland? Rathmullan by the sea courtesy of Rathmullan, Donegal.Both of the very different above pictures were taken by Michelle O’Reilly at Marble Hill today!Robert McClean took this wonderful Donegal sunset this evening below:This wonderful picture below was taken by Charles, from Tory Hostel, as a boat arrives in the harbour out of the hazy sunshine.Roxtown Bay, Urris, Clonmany, below was captured by Sally Friel, Dunaff, Clonmany.Mairead O’Donnell certainly captured the Donegal sunshine in this picture below: Chelsea and Chloe running down a sand dune at Arlands Burtonport, captured by Mary Rodgers below:Mary Rodgers also took this lovely pic below:DONEGAL IN THE MARCH SUNSHINE: YOUR INCREDIBLE PICTURES was last modified: March 27th, 2012 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:donegalDONEGAL IN THE MARCH SUNSHINE: YOUR INCREDIBLE PICTURESpicturessummerlast_img read more

WOW – THESE STUNNING SNAPS SHOW DONEGAL BASKING IN GLORIOUS SUNSHINE

first_imgThese stunning snaps show capture Donegal in all its stunning beauty, the photos are taken by the supremely talented photographer Adam-Rory Porter.  The first picture was taken earleir today, which shows the breathtaking beauty of Inishowen, while the second beautiful picture was taken late yesterday evening, just as the sun was going down after a glorious day.If you’re out about today, taking in all Donegal’s beauty in this fine weather, then send us your snaps to info@donegaldaily.comWOW – THESE STUNNING SNAPS SHOW DONEGAL BASKING IN GLORIOUS SUNSHINE was last modified: May 28th, 2014 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:Featuresnewsweatherlast_img read more

H-DNL football: Bell-less Loggers shut out on the road at Chico

first_imgCHICO — The Panthers didn’t take their Friday opponent lightly.As Eureka came to visit Chico High Friday night, the Panthers knew little about their opponent, except for the Loggers’ 1-1 record against Chico’s Eastern Athletic League competition this season, and, the fact that they won 12 games last year, thus advancing to a CIF NorCal Regional game.Eureka’s résumé made Chico’s 35-0 win all the more impressive by the end of Friday’s game. Though both offenses started slow, as a result of …last_img read more

Punjab stumbling in stubble burning fight

first_imgEarlier this week, a committee headed by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Nripendra Misra, took stock of preparations by Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi to combat pollution from the burning of stubble. Various studies say that during November such burning of straw contributes to 20%-50% of the pollution in Delhi.A key focus of the meeting was ascertaining the extent to which States had distributed agricultural equipment to prevent such burning, according to an official privy to the proceedings but who didn’t want to be identified.‘Haryana well on target’“Haryana is well on target but Punjab (which has the largest wheat acreage) is lagging behind,” the official said. States have been provided nearly ₹650 crore — courtesy the Union Agriculture Ministry — to help farmers buy subsidised equipment such as Happy Seeder, Paddy Straw Chopper/Cutter, Mulcher, RMB Plough, Shrub Cutter, Zero Till Drill, Super Straw Management System on Combine Harvesters, Rotary Slasher and Rotavator.All of this equipment is expected to disbursed by October 15. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had said last week that Punjab has delivered 7,337 subsidised agro-machines/farm equipment. Of this, 2,819 machines/equipment were given to individual farmers, 2,144 to cooperative societies and 2,374 to Custom Hiring Centres across the State. In all 24,315 machines are expected to be delivered.The committee, which meets monthly, is an inter-ministerial task force led by the Principal Secretary and comprises of Secretaries from the Union Ministries of Earth Sciences, Agriculture, Environment, Power as well as Chief Secretaries of the States involved.To deal with pollution in Delhi, the State had readied 70 road-sweeping machines as well as 400 water tankers to check rising dust. (With inputs from Vikas Vasudeva)last_img read more