No consensus on appointment – Teixeira

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first_imgFIU’s Deputy DirectorOpposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira on Monday contended that there was no consensus on the appointment of Abiose Thomas as the Deputy Director for the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).Opposition Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraIn her presentation on the contents of the report from the Parliamentary Committee of Appointments, Teixeira stated that “we made a decision on the Director… on the Deputy Director we feel strongly that a grave injustice has been done. We haven’t reached a consensus.”Chairperson, Dr George Norton requested that the report be adopted by the Parliament before moving a motion for the report’s recommendations to be approved.The Parliamentary Committee of Appointments came to a unanimous decision to appoint Matthew Edward Hugh Langevine as the Director of the FIU within the Finance Ministry, and Legal Advisor Abiose Thomas as the Deputy Director.Both appointments follow a recommendation of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (Amendment) Act 2015, Act No 1 of 2015 to select and endorse persons for the appointment as the Director, Deputy Director, Attorney and Accountant to the FIU.The FIU functions in collaboration with the Special Organised Crime Unit, the Guyana Revenue Authority and the Finance Ministry, in identifying and trailing persons fingered in committing financial illegalities.The Parliamentary Committee consists of Government Ministers; Chairperson, Dr George Norton, David Patterson, Amna Ally, Annette Ferguson, Cathy Hughes and PPP Members of Parliament Gail Teixeira, Dr Clive Jagan, Ganga Persaud and Juan Edghill.According to the Committee report submitted to Parliament on Monday by Public Health Minister, Dr Norton, Thomas was shortlisted from a list of 17 candidates that applied for the position.It was decided that she was the most suitable person for the position of the FIU Deputy Director. Her selection is subsequent to several rounds of due diligence exercises and interviews.last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE: Our Peace Clubs

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first_imgAs promised last week, we will commence from this week to publish the stories of our young peace volunteers. In their own words, we will feature the great but silent contributions of our volunteers to sustainable peace in Liberia. We will present their motivations, their roles and responsibilities in peacebuilding and their aspirations.Their messages of peace and vision should resonate with not just peace advocates, but with the entire youth of Liberia and Liberians in diaspora.This week, we present to you: Ms. Eno Edet Inwang-Peace Clubs Coordinator. We hope that you will find it inspiring.And in her own words:I am Eno Edet Inwang, a promising young Liberian. I am 19. I live with my mother, Ms. Anna K. Inwang on Newport Street, Monrovia. I am a graduate of the First Assembly of God High School on Carey & Buchannan Streets in Monrovia and presently a student of Sociology at the United Methodist University (UMU), Ashmum Street.Volunteerism has always been my passion since I was a little girl. As a young lady growing up, it was very good to be seen as a volunteer. I enjoy rendering my services and time towards the growth of humanity. My first encounter with formal volunteerism started when as the past president of the First Assembly of God High School, I represented my school at the Students’ Observance Day of International Day of Peace organized by Messengers of Peace – Liberia on Friday, September 21, 2012.At that event, I was amazed to see how happy young people are to volunteer their services and time for a particular causes— peace. It was then that I realized that peace advocacy is very important to our national development.I got more interested in the works MOP does after listening to all of the wonderful programs the young people of the organization undertook. I said to myself, “I TOO CAN CONTRIBUTE. I WILL NOT REST UNTIL I BECOME A PART OF THIS GREAT FAMILY AND MAKE MY CONTRIBUTION TO A SUSTAINABLE PEACE IN LIBERIA”.I am proud and happy that I presently serve as the MOP’s Peace Clubs Coordinator. My greatest moments have been reaching out to the young people in the peace clubs within the schools and communities, building and strengthening their capacities just as I strengthen my own capacity.At MOP, we undertake a lot of peace advocacy and mentorship programs for sustainable peace. Through this peace advocacy, lots of young people have been able to realize that they can be peace messengers rather than being used to create violence.Like we say in Liberia, other people have their “areas” but for me, peace is my “area”. What is yours?Through the continuous motivation I receive from my mother and siblings, I have been able to combine studies with volunteerism and I am particularly thankful to the Executive Director of MOP, Ms. Gwendolyn Myers, who has also served as a source of inspiration and nursing mother for me and all peace messengers.She has always been there watching my back. And I appreciate her guidance and pieces of advice that have made me become a better person.I want to use this medium to call on all Liberians especially the youths to be actively involved in peace building.As our Executive Director will say “WE ALL HAVE TO WORK TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE PEACE FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE”.Peace begins with just a smile, it comes from within, do not seek it from without.Mahatma Gandi said, “The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know 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

HWL Donates School Materials to Ebola Survivors

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first_imgHOPE Worldwide Liberia (HWL), a faith-based relief and development organization that is working in the country to alleviate suffering and injustice through education and community health, last Saturday, April 18, donated school materials to Ebola affected children and survivors.The donations were presented to seven institutions and health centers in Montserrado County.The institutions that benefited from the donations include Orphan Vulnerable Children (OVC) from ELWA Hospital, Persons Living Association of Liberia in Sinkor, District #2, and District #5 in Montserrado County, Shara and the Kingdom Foundation in Soul Clinic Community.  Dorbor M. Suah, HWL Executive Director, who made the presentations on behalf of the organization, said the donations were intended to help children whose parents died during the Ebola epidemic to get back to school.He said since the Ebola outbreak, children and their families have been exposed to extreme distress due to factors that include loss of family or perpetual family separation, isolation and overall disruption of society.According to the HWL executive, children have been especially frightened by prolonged confinement at home or at the various isolation units where they witnessed the suffering and passing away of their family members before their eyes.Although the numbers of new Ebola cases have declined, orphans and child survivors continue to face abandonment and stigmatization in their respective communities.Mr. Suah also disclosed that his organization in partnership with the United Kingdom-based HOPE Worldwide International is expected to pay the yearly tuition for seven of the affected children in each of the selected communities upon receiving their final academic clearances.“Though HWL is taking some time to cater to the affected children, we are sure of what we do, and want to maintain a good relationship because we don’t want to be liars. This is why we are here to give each of you a book bag,” he explained.Mr. Suah then called on the children to pray along with them to ensure that other humanitarian organizations reach out to them for their onward support.Community dwellers as well as students who benefited from items distributed by the leadership of HWL expressed gratitude to the organization.They called on other faith based organizations to emulate the good example of the Hope Worldwide-Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Increase in fatal accidents recorded for 2018 – Top Cop

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first_img…says crime rate declined by 11%There has been an overall spike in the number of fatal accidents recorded for 2018, when compared to the same period last year.This was revealed by Police Commissioner Leslie James on Friday during his remarks at the A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) annual award ceremony, where he gave a breakdown of some crime and accident statistics for this year.According to the Top Cop, serious crime on the other hand has decreased by 11 per cent. “We’ve had a spike in the fatal accidents… We have seen a decrease of 11 per cent in serious crimes overall. Even the specific types of serious crimes we’ve seen a reduction.”While examining these statistics, James informed that next year will see a “muchPolice Commissioner Leslie Jamesreformed” Guyana Police Force (GPF). This is given into consideration since their main goal is to improve capacity in training, infrastructure and human resource; areas which are crucially essential at this time.“The main aspect that we’re addressing at this point in time up to the end of 2018 would be training, infrastructure and human resources management. We’ve recognised that there is a need for those things to be addressed almost immediately.”He used his platform to make some requests, which can affect how the GPF can function in a positive manner. This includes provisions for a traffic advisory board, training board and promotion board. At present, consultations were convened to determine whether these panels should be reinstated.‘There is need for the Traffic Advisory Board. There is need for a training board and of course, a promotion board. We have strongly recommended the resuscitation of those Boards. If we are an organisation that can be recognised as a prudent organisation, those Boards ought to be in place,” the Police Commissioner insisted.Christmas preparationsFor the approaching holiday season, calls were made for persons to monitor the use of the roadways and desist from driving under the influence of alcohol. It was noted that special attention will be given in an effort to reduce fatalities and moreover, avoid a surge in these offences for 2018.“I would like to take the opportunity to urge the motorists and pedestrians to especially at this point in time, when there is this urge to imbibe excessively, to be careful on our roadways. If you have to drink, don’t drive.”Close attention will be paid to entertainment establishments and other individuals who play music at an “unacceptable” volume.James explained, “I’m also taking the opportunity to call on establishments to conform with the laws of Guyana which at a time, when you are required to cease the playing of music. Equally, I will call on individuals who will be hosting barbecues and other activities.”“Your permit would have has a stipulated time. I’m asking that you cooperate with your staff when they approach you to remind you of the time when your music should be shut off,” he further stated.His “Christmas message” was, “I would urge all of us to take some time out to be with our loved ones and the persons who mean the most to you. It is a time of sharing, a time of giving. Visit the older folks [and] gain some knowledge from the older folks and show them love.”last_img read more

Sanchez yet to shine at UTD, admits Mourinho

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first_imgMourinho, whose team take on Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday, believes it will be next season before the 29-year-old shows his best form.“What is wrong is that he came at the worst moment of the season, in the winter market,” said the Manchester United boss. “That’s why I don’t like the winter market very much.“I think this was a chance that we didn’t want to lose and we made. But we don’t believe a lot in the winter market.“And for sure next season will be better for him. But of course he is learning how to play with us and we are learning how to get the best out of him.”Pundits have suggested integrating Sanchez in mid-season has had an adverse effect on the form of teammates, in particular midfielder Paul Pogba.But despite the obvious teething problems, Mourinho does not see Sanchez as a weakness in the United team.“No. That’s something that we can develop and we’re going to develop with time, with experience and living these experiences together,” said the manager.“I don’t consider that a weakness, I consider that a huge potential to be developed.“He’s fit and if he is trying too hard, that’s great. He is not afraid to take responsibilities, not afraid to try things.”Sanchez’s eight appearances have included two defeats, at Tottenham and Newcastle, which all but ended United’s lingering hopes of challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title.– Sanchez happy –But despite an underwhelming start to Sanchez’s United career, Mourinho said the player remains happy.“He’s fine,” said the United boss. “He’s happy that the team is getting results — lately he was unhappy when we lost matches with him but he’s a guy with great maturity and attitude and we couldn’t be happier.”United’s eagerly awaited league encounter with rivals Liverpool comes with both clubs chasing second spot behind champions-elect City.And, at the start of a week in which Mourinho is also looking to progress in the Champions League and FA Cup, the United manager believes he and opposite number Jurgen Klopp are at similar stages in terms of developing their clubs.“They have qualities and they have weaknesses,” he said. “We have qualities, and we have weaknesses.“And one of my good qualities as coach was always to know my team’s weaknesses very well and sometimes I tried to hide them and sometimes I have to try to compensate them with other things.“But we are very similar in terms of points in the Premier League. Liverpool have already qualified for the (Champions League) quarter-final and we still have 90 minutes or two hours of a big fight to try to be there.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez has scored just once for United since his arrival from Arsenal © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 9 – Jose Mourinho admits he has not got the best out of Alexis Sanchez since his January transfer because the former Arsenal forward moved to Manchester United at the “wrong” time.Sanchez was signed in a swap deal that reportedly made him the Premier League’s best-paid player but the Chile international has scored just one goal in eight United appearances, well below his career strike rate.last_img read more

Exercisers heed call of computer

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe group was divided into three: people who got no calls, people who were called by trained health educators and people who got computer calls. The automated calls were interactive – i.e. press “1” if you reached your goal last week – and participants got prerecorded advice on how to overcome challenges. Exercise levels were measured with devices that estimate physical activity and intensity. A lot of participants thought they’d need a real human to get motivated. But in fact, after a year, both of the called groups were topping 150 minutes of exercise a week. Those who got computer calls averaged 157 minutes while human-called participants logged an average 178 minutes. The no-call group averaged only 118 minutes. Abby King, a senior investigator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, said the study shows that alternative ways can be used to encourage people to become more active. Results of the study, funded by the National Institute on Aging, are in the current issue of the journal Health Psychology. The 62-year-old Horiguchi has worked with computers for decades as a programmer and systems analyst among other things but considers herself a “people person.” And to her surprise, she found herself in tune with computer coaching. “I think it started growing on me immediately. Maybe my mind was more open than I thought it was,” she said. Gender didn’t make a difference on call responsiveness, with both men and women doing well with the computerized version, King said. Researchers are now looking at how to combine people and machines for a cost-effective model that still provides a human touch and are looking at other technological reminding possibilities such as text messages. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BERKELEY – Fitness research shows that when a computer talks the talk, even couch potatoes can be persuaded to walk the walk. Researchers at Stanford University, who studied sedentary people for a year, found that automated exercise reminder phone calls had about the same get-up-and-go power as calls from human counselors. “The recording had a very nice, kind of cheerleader voice. It sounded very natural,” said study participant Rita Horiguchi, who was initially disappointed to be assigned to get computer calls. “She would say things like, `That’s very good. I think you can go a little farther next week.’ So I would do a little bit more.”‘ Horiguchi was one of 218 adults over 55 in the San Francisco Bay Area who took part in the study, known as Community Health Advice by Telephone, or CHAT. The goal was to get them out walking at a brisk pace for 30 minutes most days, or engage in some other medium-intense activity, for a total of about 150 minutes a week. last_img

DONEGAL MAN GETS HIS HANDS ON SAM AS HE’S NAMED IRELAND’S NO1 FAN

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first_imgJIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES, PATRICK’S WINNING SAM!A COUNTY DONEGAL man has got his hands on Sam Maguire – a week before the All-Ireland final.Patrick Houton, from the Malin GAA club, was named Ireland’s No1 fan!And the accolade doesn’t just come with the honour of lifting Ireland’s most famous sports trophy. He also got his hands on a superb prize of €10,000 for his club.Patrick has been Club Treasurer for the past 13 years and currently performs the role of Vice Treasurer.He is also the current ladies team main sponsor and is one of the main men behind the Malin lotto, a key source of income for the Connolly Park club.The competition was run by Today FM and Supervalu – with Patrick making it through to the last four, before claiming the title. Last year Mary ‘Football’ Breslin from Kilcar took the overall award.Patrick was nominated by daughter Jacqueline.“I thought he would be a great candidate for this due to all the work he has done for the Malin GAA club over the past number of years,” she said.“So I wrote up a section on why I think my father Patrick Houton is Ireland’s number one GAA supporter and sent it away.“I thought nothing of it and a few days later I received a phone call in relation to the competition. I was told Dad had been short listed down to the final four competitors in the competition out of thousands of entries. “Dad has done a lot for the Malin GAA club over numerous years.“Dad has 26 great lotto sellers from around the parish of whom he collects lottos from every Sunday morning without fail. The lotto money is the club’s main source of income and without this money Malin couldn’t function as a club.”DONEGAL MAN GETS HIS HANDS ON SAM AS HE’S NAMED IRELAND’S NO1 FAN was last modified: September 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL MAN GETS HIS HANDS ON SAME AS HE’S NAMED IRELAND’S NO1 FANlast_img read more

Man United star Alexis Sanchez misses start of US tour due to visa issues

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first_imgAlexis Sanchez has not travelled with the Manchester United squad for their pre-season tour of the United States because of visa issues.The Chile international claimed a ‘personal administrative issue’ had prevented him flying out with the rest of the squad on Sunday evening. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade who plays? It has now been revealed it is because of the suspended jail sentence he accepted in Spain back in February.Shortly after signing for the Red Devils earlier this year, he accepted a suspended sentence and paid £890,000 in return for avoiding a trial over unpaid taxes.The former Barcelona star is one of a number of high-profile players to have fallen foul of Spanish tax laws. 2 NEW ERA Understand Alexis Sanchez’s present absence from @ManUtd tour is due to visa issue. He accepted 16-month suspended jail sentence in Spain in February. Could be granted a waiver but process taking longer than anticipated.— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) July 16, 2018United flew to Los Angeles on Sunday night, where they will spend two-and-a-half-weeks touring the country. How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? It is understood he could be granted a waiver to meet up with Jose Mourinho to meet up with the squad at a later date, but the process is taking longer than expected. Latest Premier League news Boss Jose Mourinho has included seven rookies in his squad, including prolific youth striker Mason Greenwood and midfielder James Garner.Sanchez failed to truly hit top form at Old Trafford last season after completing a big-money move from Arsenal in January, which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Emirates as a result. How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence possible xi center_img ALTERED Sanchez lies dejected on the Wembley turf after defeat in the FA Cup Final last season Sanchez has trained with the squad in Manchester, but not travelled to the US predicted How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? gameday Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener 2 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? smart causal last_img read more

KCCA FC defeat Proline to go second in league

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first_imgAzam Uganda Premier League KCCA FC 2-0 Proline FC StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Tuesday, 08-05-2018Proline’s Savio Kabugo (left) fights for the ball with Derrick Nsibambi of KCCA on Tuesday (photos by Shaban Lubega)KCCA FC required two second half goals to defeat a Proline side that missed several goal scoring opportunities as the Kasasiro Boys moved second on the 16 team league table.Shaban Muhammad and Derrick Nsibambi scored at the start and of the second half respectively to ensure that KCCA move to within five points leaders Vipers SC who could only manage a 1-1 draw at Kirinya JSS on the same day.The game started on a high tempo with end to end action as Proline’s David Owori shot wide after only three minutes when he was played through on goal by Daniel Isiagi.Both teams seemed to settle thereafter until Shaban shot straight at Saidi Keni in Proline’s goal following a through ball by Mustapha Kiiza on 35 minutes.Seconds later, a mix up in the KCCA defence allowed Isiagi to find him self one on one with Charles Lukwago but the striker shot straight at the KCCA’s number one.Two minutes later, Isiagi teed up Gift Ali but the midfielder could only shoot over the cross bar with Lukwago clearly beaten.The chances continued coming thick and fast for Mujibu Kasule’s men and with four minutes of the first half to play, Isiagi found him self unmarked in the are but his goal bound shot was cleared of the line by Isaac Kirabira.There was one more opportunity for Proline before the end of the half and it was captain, Joseph Mandela’s turn to miss when he miss-cued Owori’s cross, only six yards away from goal.At the start of the second half, KCCA FC head coach Mike Mutebi made two quick fire substitutions which saw Muzamir Mutyaba and Derrick Nsibambi come on for Lawrence Bukenya and the in-effective Jackson Nunda.The tide looked to have changed as KCCA started pressing continuously and they finally got their reward on 49 minutes when striker Shaban Muhammad pounced onto a poor headed back pass by Ssaka Mpima and clipped the ball over Saidi Keni to make it 1-0 to the Kasasiro Boys.Shaban Muhammad scored KCCA’s first goal against Proline.Four minutes later, Proline’s Gift Ali shot from outside the box but his effort could only find the right hand post and out of touch for a goal kick.Minutes later, Isiagi was onto it again as the striker found space in the box but could only direct his header wide of the mark.KCCA substitute Muzamir Mutyaba ran through on goal on the hour mark, rounded Keni but decided to cross instead of scoring into an empty goal and his cross found Mpima who cleared the ball way from danger.Proline knew that time was running out on them and Mpima crossed in from the right only for Isiagi to connect weakly while one on one with Lukwago and saw his effort go out of touch for a goal kick.He (Isiagi) had one more chance to make amends for his misses but again saw his header tipped over the bar by Lukwago after brilliant work down the right by Ali.With 15 minutes to play, Mujibu had seen enough and decided to take Isiagi off along with Ronnie Musana, replacing the pair with Joshua Okiror and Isaac Owori respectively.Proline finally put the ball in the net with two minutes to go but Owori’s effort was ruled out for off side.One minutes into stoppage time, Julius Poloto delivered a delicious cross into the area and Derrick Nsibambi headed it into the bottom left corner to make it 2-0 and ensure that his side take all three points on the day.KCCA now move to 54 points from 27 games, five behind leaders Vipers who have played one more game than the Kasasiro Boys.For Proline, they remain second from bottom with 27 points from 28 games and with two games to play, relegation is what Mujibu Kasule should start preparing for unless a miracle of sorts happens.The other games played today:Kirinya JSS 1-1 Vipers SCURA FC 0-0 Masavu FCComments Tags: derrick nsibambiKCCA FCproline fcShaban Muhammadtoplast_img read more

Giants-Yankees: How baseball’s cruel cycle has them playing on opposite fields

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first_imgThe Giants landed in New York City on a late night of July 2016 in disarray.The team with the best record in baseball (57-33) to that point had just lost its fifth game in a row on an unfamiliar trail of combustion from San Diego to Boston.The Giants would go 2-1 in the Bronx, marking the mere beginnings of a historic collapse in San Francisco that sent them plummeting from an early playoff elimination into bottom-feeding obscurity quicker than a New York minute.The Giants and Yankees faced …last_img read more