Armed Robbers Attack Lawyer

first_imgA senior labor consultant, who is also a practicing lawyer with the Henries Law Firm on Benson Street, Monrovia, Mr. Gibson D. Manntain, was reportedly attacked and injured recently by suspected armed robbers. The incident occurred in the Soul Clinic Community near the late former President Moses Z. Blah’s residence. Manntain suffered a deep cut on his forehead, even after handing over L$7,320 plus US$800 and the keys to his vehicle to the alleged armed robbers.Narrating his horrifying encounter to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday, Mr. Manntain said the incident took place early Wednesday (April 1) at about 3:30 A.M.He said two men broke into his apartment armed with what he described as short single-barrel guns and requested for money and the keys to his Nissan Forerunner. They threatened to cut his baby into two and rape his wife, if he refused.The victim said for the sake of his family’s safety, he handed over the money and the keys to one of the men.“While I was confused and pleading with them not to harm us, one of them hit my heard with a sharp object and I began to bleed and immediately the men left,” he said.Mr. Manntain said he later sought treatment at a nearby Drug Store. The victim is a first year student at the Louise Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia.He said the money taken away by the robbers, included his tuition and he is therefore appealing to humanitarian organizations to come to his assistance.Police at the central headquarters of the Liberia National Police confirmed receiving a report about Mr. Manntain’s ordeal, and informed the Daily Observer that the case is being investigated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

House Probes L$500 Specimen Banknotes

first_imgThe House of Representatives on Thursday, August 4, during its 49th Day Sitting, constituted a Special Committee to investigate the new L$500 Specimen Banknote and make a formal report on Thursday, August 11.The Committee would investigate whether the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) created the L$500 Specimen Banknote after seeking the authority of the House, which has the sole constitutional authority to approve the printing of any denomination in Liberian dollars.The Committee is expected to summon Finance Minister Boimah Kamara and CBL Executive Governor Milton Weeks for the investigation.Margibi County District # 4 Representative Ben Fofana is the Chairman of the Special Committee, which is co-Chaired by Montserrado County District # 13 Representative Saah Joseph.Members of the Special Committee include Lofa County Districts # 2 and #3 Representatives Julie Wiah and Clarence Massaquoi, respectively; as well as Nimba County District # 4 Representative Garrison Yealue; and Gbarpolu County District # 1 Representative Alfred Koiwood.The House Plenary unanimously reached the decision, which allowed House’s Speaker J. Alex Tyler Sr. to appoint the Committee based on a letter from Maryland County District # 4 Representative Rev. Dr. Isaac Roland.The Maryland lawmaker indicated in his letter that contrary to what was authorized by the National Legislature, the CBL is currently carrying on an educational campaign to showcase the new higher-denomination Liberian banknotes.Meanwhile, the House Plenary has also established a Special Committee comprising of seven persons to investigate the authorities at Car Parking stations on how revenues generated from vehicles are being expended.The Committee is chaired by Rep. George Wesseh Blamoh and co-chaired by Rep. Clarence Massaquoi. Members include Rep. Haja Siryon; Rep. J. Gabriel Nyenkan; Rep. Solomon George; Rep. William Dakel; and Rep. Emerson Kamara.That Committee is also expected to report in a week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

4 firemen to be charged for stealing from crashed plane

first_imgFour of the 12 firemen who are accused of stealing the personal belongings of crew members and passengers from the Fly Jamaica aircraft which crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) over two weeks ago, are to be charged and placed before the courts for the crime.This is according to Guyana Police Force (GPF) Public Relations Officer (PRO) Jairam Ramlakhan.“Please be advised that legal advice has been obtained to the effect that four of the implicated firemen be charged criminally,” Ramlakhan said on Tuesday.Based on advice from the Force’s Legal Advisor, Justice Claudette Singh, one of the firemen will be charged with simple larceny, while the other three will face charges to the effect of “having under their control articles reasonably suspected to have been stolen”.The four firemen are likely to appear in court soon.The Guyana Fire Service (GFS) was the first responder to the November 9, 2018 crash site when the Fly Jamaica plane crashed during an emergency landing less than an hour after taking off for Toronto, Canada, due to technical complications.The incident occurred around 02:45h and later that day, several crew members and passengers complained of missing belongings. Several firefighters were later implicated in the act of theft, which has been described as an embarrassment by many, since they had exclusive access to the crashed plane.It was reported that one of the firemen had reportedly returned some of the stolen items while some were found at the Timehri Fire Service. The following morning the matter was reported to the Police.Fire Chief Marlon Gentle subsequently confirmed that the dozen firemen were suspended from duties pending investigations by the Police. In the meantime, the Fire Service had also held an independent inquiry into the theft allegations.Justice Singh had ordered Police investigators to carry out further work before advising on a way forward.Meanwhile, at the recently-concluded International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Air Transport Conference held in Guyana over a five-day period.Several ranks of the Police Force’s Steel Orchestra were also implicated in stealing some model planes.It was reported that eight ranks were placed under close arrest and were being questioned on the theft of the items that were exhibits at a cocktail reception held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.According to the Force’s PRO, the case file into this incident is still with the Police Legal Advisor.last_img read more

RIVERINE PROJECT AIMS TO BREATH NEW LIFE INTO LIFFORD AND STRABANE

first_imgThe Reconciliation through the Riverine Project had its official launch yesterday at an event jointly hosted by Strabane District Council, Donegal County Council and the Riverine Forum in the Alley Theatre, Strabane. The project, which is funded by the International Fund for Ireland, seeks to address the impact of the conflict on the Lifford/Strabane area and their surrounding towns and villages by regenerating the border riverside area.Announcing the launch of the project Paddy Harte said the Reconciliation through the Riverine Project will provide opportunities to develop cross community and cross border relationships in the Strabane Lifford and wider hinterland areas through a dedicated programme of reconciliation.“The project will also seek to consolidate the work undertaken over the last 15 years in terms of building peace and reconciliation and leave a lasting legacy through the regeneration of the border riverside area by creating an iconic shared space for all.”Funding of one million euro was announced as part of the project and will be used to deliver a youth participation and a community participation programme. This is integral to the overall development of the shared space to ensure ownership of the space and to strengthen relationships as a means to addressing the legacy of the conflict and providing opportunities to work together so as to embrace the many cultures and traditions of the area.Speaking at the launch, Cllr. Noel McBride, Mayor of Donegal stated that this project is a great example of cross border collaboration both at council and community level.He paid tribute to the voluntary members of the Riverine Forum who have been instrumental in ensuring that funding is secured for this type of work. He stated that without their commitment and engagement, we would not have been in a position to secure this funding.Cllr. Karina Carlin of Strabane District Council reiterated these comments and acknowledged the role of the International Fund for Ireland in terms of investing not only in this project but in the very many projects that they have supported in the Strabane Lifford area over the last 20 years. She stated that “the International Fund for Ireland has been a great friend to this area for many years, taking a risk for peace when it was a much more difficult thing to do and through this investment we are now in a place where it is possible to achieve greater reconciliation through a unique, innovative and iconic project such as the Riverine.”Speaking on behalf of the International Fund for Ireland, Winston Patterson stated, “This major project to develop a shared space for the people of Strabane and Lifford, on a site that has been for so long associated with division, will be a lasting legacy to the peace process and, in a way, a tribute to all those who have worked over the years to bring us to this stage. The Fund is delighted therefore to be involved in the project and to be providing €1 million in funding for strands two and three of the project.”Patricia Hegarty, Co-chair of the Riverine Forum, which was set up to provide a platform to facilitate contact, dialogue and reconciliation amongst the diverse range of communities that live in this area, welcomed the launch of this project. She stated that this project is a culmination of years of work both at Council and community level and she encouraged any community or youth group interested in becoming involved in the project or with any ideas that the project can help support, to contact the project team at their office in Lifford at 00 353 74 91 72212.  RIVERINE PROJECT AIMS TO BREATH NEW LIFE INTO LIFFORD AND STRABANE was last modified: April 3rd, 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:iIffordRiverine Projectstrabanelast_img read more

MINISTER’S NEW BUILDING CONTROLS DO NOT HELP DIRECT BUILD HOUSES – McGOWAN

first_imgFianna Fáil Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan said while everyone wants to see tighter controls on building standards the Environment Minister’s new regulatory system to maintain a high quality standard of building for dwellings does not take into account direct build houses.Councillor Patrick McGowanThe Ballybofey councillor said nobody wants to see cowboy builders going unregulated or leaving poor quality work behind .However he claims the regulations coming into force will penalize own-build home owners who want to construct their own family home. “Direct build One-off homes will be hit with a regulatory framework designed for large-scale developments in major towns and cities. This will dramatically increase costs and has the potential to damage the local construction industry at a time when it should be supported .“The Minister needs to listen to genuine public concerns. The cost of the regulations will place a hefty and disproportionate burden on one-off housing. local authorities will need extra staff to handle the deluge of information and paperwork that will result from the new system .“Surely the Government should establish a national building inspectorate or fund the Local authorities to enforce a system of targeted inspections, licensing or registration for builders. Information on builders could then be shared among the relevant authorities, with full prosecutions of any designers or contractors who are negligent in their duties.“An open register of inspections and prosecutions and reports of inspections could be made public. Transparency in the system would be of huge benefit and build public confidence.” He added that Minister Hogan’s rush to bring in new regulations such as septic tanks registration, property tax, water charges etc are being fast forwarded without taken into account the level of services available in the Rural West and North west compared to Dublin and the East of the Country .“Setting up these initiatives is costing tax payers far too much because they are not costed and too much is spend on Consultants or setting up new quango to run them..“Hogan will be going before the EU Parliament and EU Council of Ministers before the End of the year to tell them how he brought in all these changes but won’t say anything about all the unfair cost burden and ongoing hardships placed on the people as well.” Said Cllr Mc Gowan.MINISTER’S NEW BUILDING CONTROLS DO NOT HELP DIRECT BUILD HOUSES – McGOWAN was last modified: March 1st, 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:housesMinister HoganPATRICK MCGOWANlast_img read more

INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINALS DOWN FOR DECISION

first_imgNaomh Muire, Aodh Ruadh, St.Naul’s and Naomh Columba will this weekend battle it out for a coveted place in the All Sports Intermediate Championship Final.  Naomh Muire being the only Division Two side left in the championship are tagged as favourites to go and not only beat Aodh Ruadh in their semi-final but actually win the Championship outright.The men from the Banks last won the championship in 1998 and current manager Danny O’Donnell was a playing member back then, the only surviving member of that 1998 team that is still playing in this years team is Owenie McGarvey. Aodh Ruadh were defeated in last years decider and will be hoping to go one better and with the class and experience of Brian Roper and Niall McCready in your ranks the men from Ballyshannon will fancy their chances. In the other semi-final St.Naul’s who competed in the senior championship last year face Naomh Columba in what should be another intriguing semi-final clash.St.Naul’s will look to former county player Stephen Griffin for inspiration, while the men from Glencolmcille have been dealt a blow with the news that they will be without brothers Declan Maguire (Ankle Injury) and former county player Michael Maguire (Working Abroad) both are important players for Glen and their absence comes as a huge blow to the management and players.  INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINALS DOWN FOR DECISION was last modified: September 5th, 2013 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:Aodh RuadhGAAIntermediate ChampionshipNAOMH COLUMBANAOMH MUIREnewsSemi-FinalsSportSt.Naulslast_img read more

DARTS NEWS: SOUTH WEST DONEGAL DARTS LEAGUE

first_imgSouth West Donegal DartsHolders Roartys started off the season with a big 9-1 win in O’Donnell’s, John Con beat Andrew Gillespie in the first match which is worth two points 3-2 with John hitting an 118 checkout and a 180, Kilcar House had a winning return to the league with a 7-3 win over Big Francies, Raymond Hegarty beat Mike Naulty 3-1 in the opening singles match which put the home side 5-0 up and finally in Cashel, Glenhead had a good opening night win over The Bridge Bar 7-3 was the final score also in this match.Week One Results Glenhead 7-3 Bridge BarKilcar House 7-3 Big FranciesO’Donnell’s 1-9 RoartysCope House Bye Week TwoFriday 12th OctoberBridge Bar v Kilcar HouseBig Francies v O’Donnell’sSaturday Cope House v GlenheadRoartys ByeSaturday 20th October tournament in Big Francies, Ardara details next week.DARTS NEWS: SOUTH WEST DONEGAL DARTS LEAGUE was last modified: October 7th, 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:South West Donegal Darts Leaguelast_img read more

COUNCILLOR CALLS ON DONEGAL PUBLIC NOT TO RETURN IRISH WATER APPLICATION PACKS

first_imgCouncillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig of Can’t Pay Won’t Pay has called on householders in Donegal not to return the Application Packs currently being sent out by Irish Water to assess Water Charge levels.Councillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla EasbuigThe West Donegal-based county councillor says it could be the first step in building a boycott of the charges.“Every day I am hearing from people who are struggling to get by and are extremely worried at this latest bill they will have to find the money for. My message to them is that I will not give a cent to Irish Water and I advise them to do the same,” he said. “There is enormous anger at the introduction of these charges and I am struck by the number of people who have contacted me to say they will not pay them. I believe that Irish Water and the government are in for a huge shock when they discover the level of resistance there exists to these charges and I believe it is possible we can defeat them by not paying what is effectively double taxation.”Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig says his other concern is that Irish Water is a halfway house for privatisation of our water supply.“Water is a precious natural resource. It is too important to be treated as a commodity to be bought and sold for profit. Our water supply must remain in public hands and I am believe this will not happen under Irish Water. The whole rationale of introducing charges is to create a profitable business which can be sold to corporate interests.”“As a first step I am saying to householders, bin the Application Pack from Irish Water. Do not give them your PPSN numbers. Don’t make their job any easier in trying to assess charging levels. You will not be alone in doing this. I and thousands of others will do the same. Whatever they decide to levy on us we will not pay it and we will stand together against any attempts to force us. A widespread boycott will throw the system into chaos.” “We have yet to see installation of water meters in the county, but it appears to be not far off. Can’t Pay Won’t Pay will offer their full support to any community which is organised and resists the installation of meters or any organised community that needs assistance in removing any meters installed. We believe that acts of civil disobedience are fully justified in resisting the attempt to turn our water supply into a profit supply.”COUNCILLOR CALLS ON DONEGAL PUBLIC NOT TO RETURN IRISH WATER APPLICATION PACKS was last modified: September 8th, 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:boycottIrish Waterouncillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuigwater chargeslast_img read more

Donegal Deputy hits out at the Agriculture Minister over fodder crisis

first_imgFianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has expressed his disappointment with Minister Michael Creed who is not due to appear before the Agriculture Committee until September.Deputy McConalogue wrote to the Chair of the Committee earlier this week asking for the Committee to be recalled so that the Agriculture Minister could outline his plans to deal with the impending fodder crisis.  A date for the Committee meeting has now been set for September 4.“I am extremely disappointed that the Committee will not meet until next month, given the seriousness of the situation facing farmers.  It is obvious that Minister Creed is completely out of touch with the reality on the ground and is failing to grasp the gravity of the cash flow issues facing farmers the length and breadth of this country,” said McConalogue. Deputy Charlie McConalogue“There appears to be no sense of urgency on the part of the Minister.  This is exactly what happened last year but farmers will not survive another harsh winter unless a plan is implemented in the coming weeks.”Spokesperson on Food & Horticulture Jackie Cahill added, “We have laid out a 12 point plan to avert the impending fodder crisis, which was published last month.  While the Minister has adopted some of the measures, we need to see him embrace the plan as a whole if we are to prevent a repeat of last winter.“This meeting needs to be brought forward.  There is no time to waste.  The Minister must outline his plans so that they can be rolled out without delay.”Donegal Deputy hits out at the Agriculture Minister over fodder crisis was last modified: August 19th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

G20 leaders commit to ending poverty and inequality

first_img17 November 2014The G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane, Australia, has committed to improving the G20 countries’ GDP by at least an additional 2% by 2018.Speaking at the end of the summit which ran from 15 to 16 November, South African President Jacob Zuma said the G20 countries also agreed to enhance investment and trade, significantly increase job creation, as well as implement a growth strategy with the aim of reducing inequality and poverty.“This year’s G20 Summit was organised differently as it focused mainly on measures to achieve economic growth globally and to create jobs by lifting the world’s GDP by 2%. Australia, as the current chair of the G20, has kept the agenda of the Summit focused on issues related to the global economy, development, growth and trade,’ said Zuma.Current developments in G20 countriesDuring the Summit, G20 member countries briefed their peers on the current developments in their respective regions. In this regard, South Africa provided an African perspective on a number of issues such as the global economy and trade, infrastructure development, inclusive growth, the global financial situation and combating the scourge of Ebola, amongst others.On the current global economic situation, President Zuma said G20 countries need to, amongst others actions, accelerate infrastructure development especially in Africa in order to sustain global growth. “This will help lift intra-Africa trade and contribute immensely toward enabling our continent to industrialise and to create jobs in high value sectors, so that Africa can produce value – added manufactured goods,’ he said.G20 Global Infrastructure HubThe G20 Global Infrastructure Hub, knowledge-sharing platform between G20 governments, the private sector, development banks and other international organisations established during the Summit, will act as a conduit to promote intra-Africa trade and form linkages with other G20 countries.The Summit also agreed that International Financial Institutions (IFIs) needed a relook, as emerging markets and developing economies now account for the largest share of global growth.“This shift in the structure of the global economy must be reflected in the governance structures of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Trade Organisation (WTO),’ said Zuma.International tax systemG20 leaders also made a commitment to modernise the international tax system, as this was critical to ensuring fairness, and to secure countries’ revenue bases. Commenting on this recommendation by the leaders, Zuma said although tax loss attributable to base erosion and profit shifting has not been quantitatively measured, there are indications that developing countries suffer severe tax revenue losses due to these practices.“All countries with open economies stand to benefit when multinationals pay their fair share of taxes. We support the work done by the [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development] to co-ordinate international efforts to curb base erosion and profit shifting.“We have already implemented measures in our domestic tax legislation in relation to base erosion and profit shifting. We are fully committed to resolving outstanding technical and policy issues and to finalise these by the end of 2015,’ Zuma said.Agreement to exchange informationSouth Africa is among 51 countries that signed the Agreement on Automatic Exchange to Financial Information in Berlin, Germany, in October 2014. In this light, Zuma said South Africa is on the way to realising the agreement and by 2017, the country would have systems in place to share information.“We feel strongly that we must continue to contribute towards strengthening tax administration capacities of developing and low income countries to fully participate in this reform agenda,’ Zuma said.South Africa called for open channels of communication amongst regulators across borders. Recently, South Africa asked the Financial Stability Board and other international Standard Setting Bodies to make concerted outreach efforts to consult with and include the experiences of emerging market and developing countries, as well as other non-G20 countries.On trade, Zuma said the African continent wants to move from being a net exporter of raw materials to exporting value-added goods through beneficiation and manufacturing. “In this regard, Africa has adopted an ambitious industrialisation, infrastructure development and market integration programme,’ he said.EbolaOn Ebola scourge in some parts of West Africa, Zuma said South Africa and Senegal made a presentation to the leaders on the need to work together in addressing the serious challenge posed by the epidemic.In a statement, G20 leaders pledged to contribute more resources in curtailing the outbreak of Ebola and thanked international organisations such as the United Nations, World Bank, IMF and others, for their support and contributions. The leaders recognised the need to support international efforts to contain and control the epidemic.BRICS meetingAs is usual during the G20 Leaders’ Summit, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) held a meeting on the side-lines to discuss the agenda of the G20 Summit and to provide input on issues such as economic growth and development and the role that business can play in stimulating economic growth. The BRICS leaders also thrashed out infrastructure development in Africa and the topical issue of the current Ebola epidemic. SAnews.govlast_img read more

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