ALP standard bearer, Benoni W. UreyAll Liberian Party (ALP) political leader Benoni Urey says he has always been a fighter in the cause of improving the lives of the ordinary masses. And in the spirit of this cause, Urey says, he is launching a presidential bid to eventually rescue Liberians from their current precarious living conditions perpetuated by the current regime.As a man who is successful in the business arena, Urey is poised take his successful track record to the poll come 2017 in the cause of economic, political and social liberation.“I have been here”According to him, he stands the best chances of all in the presidential race because he has always been with the Liberian people, especially the ordinary ones during the nation’s dark days; therefore, he knows the plights and their needs. “I have been here with the ordinary people; I have gone nowhere so I know the plights of our people,” he told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, August 30, adding that managing Liberia is simple, but those who have been opportune to occupy the highest positions do not love the country neither its people.Though being someone who is accustomed to victory, as he believes, Urey is also a believer in the realities of life, as a result, he expects to either win or lose next year—but does not want to experience the latter to the current ruling establishment, neither to any of its associates. “I do not have to be president”In this regard, he said, he will not rule out partnering with other opposition politicians or parties to unseat the Unity Party (UP) government. Urey says he and other politicians are discussing a merger to have the weight that would eventually deny the ruling party a third term. They have been having several meetings to ensure that this comes to fruition in 2017, though the issue of who becomes the standard bearer, in case of any merger, remains sticky.“I do not have to become president of Liberia,” Urey told the Daily Observer, “I just want to see the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf small group of people who together govern Liberia for their own purposes come to an end.” For this reason Urey said, “I am preparing myself to fight tooth and nail to ensure that no one will come from the UP to take power—if it requires me to spend everything that I have, even down to my precious life, to ensure that the UP and its many tentacles spread all over the place, with some in disguise, receive massive defeat at the poll next year.” As a successful Liberian businessman, Urey does not see any possibility of losing next year’s election, but if he does, he promised to remain on the ground—as he has always done— and work with any victorious candidate, but cited the UP or any of its associates, as an exception.He compared a UP victory or the emergence of any of its associates to an “old wine in a new bottle.” “Ellen and her cronies have failed the Liberian people, and so, they must be booted out. The President and her associates, some of whom have left her sinking boat, have ruined our country and let us to know that they don’t have the commitments to move this country forward,” he said.“If it cost my life, I am willing to die, but UP and its associates will not win,” Urey said, adding that victory in this case is sure as ever.The ALP leader further told this newspaper that Liberia has always lacked a president that would exhibit leadership commitment to move the country forward. “We need a president who is farsighted, committed and above all, love the country and its people. But we have been unfortunate in this regard,” he said.ReconciliationUrey also noted that genuine reconciliation under this government has become illusive, because those who are supposed to commit their political will to the process are themselves not reconciled into their hearts. He therefore frowned on the manner in which the process of reconciliation is being conducted and those appointed to lead that direction. “The ALP has a list of 15 ‘Musts’,” Urey said, “and the first ‘Must’ is that we must reconcile Liberia.” Highlighting what he saw as a fundamental issue with the erstwhile Truth and Reconciliation process, Urey asked, “How could you bring someone who has almost lived his entire life abroad and was not here when devastations were ongoing, to come and lead such a nationally important process?” The person is not part of any social and fraternal group to bring some level of relevance to the process of mending the hearts and healing the wounds of Liberians. And as a result, he said, President Sirleaf does not want Liberians to reconcile, because she is not willing to lead the process.“When you have a President who says one of her major weaknesses is her inability to forgive, this clearly indicates that we are not ready for reconciliation in this country. And I strongly believe that President Sirleaf cannot make Liberia a reconciled state when she herself is not willing to reconcile with others,” Urey added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
… additional homes being constructed, infrastructural works ongoingBy Lakhram BhagiratThe Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) on Tuesday handed over the keys to the owners of the homes in its Model Village at Perseverance Housing Scheme, Providence, East Bank Demerara. The model houses were constructed for the CH&PA’s Housing Solutions Housing Expo in May.Minister within the Communities Ministry, Valerie Patterson, handed over the keys on site to the new owners and urged them to preserve it, while noting that their homes would be the center of attraction for a long time.Minister Valarie Patterson handing over the key toWinston PersaudThe homeowners, Deborrah Wilson and Winston Persaud, expressed their satisfaction with the units and noted that they are in the process of making minor modifications and installation of electricity before they move in.The residents of the Model Village cannot make any exterior changes to the homes until after five years. The residents were also called upon to work with the Community Development Department at the CH&PA to form a home owners association within the Perseverance Housing Scheme.Forty-six-year-old Wilson said she had been waiting 24 years to own her own land and home, and was elated to be afforded the opportunity to be a resident in the Model Village. Both Wilson and Persaud paid $6.8 million for their homes.Keys were also given to Gary Rowe and his family, who will occupy the $7 million single elevated home.Minister Valarie Patterson handing over the key toDeborrah WilsonMinister Patterson said they are currently doing road works within the scheme and added that they are also in the process of constructing 20 three-bedroom houses in the area.“We are going to build 40 flat concrete duplexes right here at Perseverance. It is going to be like three feet off the ground, land clearing is already in progress and that total construction cost will be like $540 million. This project of the 40 duplexes we are very hopeful that it would conclude by the end of December this year. Each apartment would be a total of $7.1 million – $6.8 million for the apartment and $300,000 being cost of land,” Minister Patterson said.She urges interested person to visit the CH&PA Brickdam Office next Tuesday and Wednesday, where they would be able to prequalify for the 40 duplexes so they could be able to source financing. She added that they are also in talks with the financial institutions to be more lenient with persons applying for loans to build or purchase homes.Some 758 units of 530 duplexes and 228 town houses will be built under this Government, to maximise land use and increase affordability, while building cohesive communities in 10 locations across six regions.Additionally, the Chief Executive Officer of the CH&PA along with a team is currently in China where they are testing conductors for the electrification programme at Farm, Eccles, Peters Hall and Barnwell on the East Bank of Demerara. The CH&PA said they are aggressively pursuing the programme and have already begun the infrastructure and preparatory works.“Already the poles are on the ground and the CEO and other technical staff are in China and they are doing the testing of the conductors and immediately after that is approved they will be shipped to Guyana. We already have the transformers and cable on their way to Guyana (from Colombia). We don’t want to have defective equipment coming here,” the Minister, informed.
…buyers, investors wanted for Skeldon, Rose Hall, Wales, East Demerara, Enmore factoriesBy Gary EleazarThe Special Purpose Unit (SPU) that has been set up under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) has begun the process of selling the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) assets, including a number of estates.Conducted under the ‘Sugar Industry Privatisation and Diversification’, the outfit isFinance Minister Winston Jordancurrently soliciting proposals from companies or persons either individually or as part of a joint venture or consortium “with an interest in the privatisation and/or diversification of Skeldon, Rose Hall, Wales and East Demerara ‘Enmore’ factories.”The request for letters of interest by the SPU is identified as the first step in the process of finding and shortlisting buyers or investors.The entity has noted too that in order to increase transparency, it is partnering with a suitably qualified international financial services firm ‘to provide technical and financial advisory support in the process leading to a successful privatisation and diversification of the sugar industry.’At the time of announcing the creation of the Special Purpose Unit, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had indicated that some $60 million had been set aside to hire an accounting firm in order to lead the divestment process, including updated valuations of the assets.Those looking to invest in, or purchase any of the assets have a month since the deadline for submission of letters of interest is November.NICIL has since stressed that it is under no obligation to accept any or all of the letters received.Included in the more than $6.3 billion supplementary request earlier this year wasMinister of State Joseph Harmona sum of $130 million earmarked as a subsidy for contribution to local organisations.According to the explanatory remarks accompanying the request, the money is “to provide for the establishment of a Special Purpose Unit to manage the reform of the sugar industry.”According to the Financial Paper, the amount includes provision for employment costs, utilities, professional and legal fees, advertisements, operating supplies furniture and equipment.“This is a Special Purpose Unit designed purely for what I indicated… the focus of this Unit is privatsiation and divestment of identified assets one of which is Skeldon Estate, that is their top priority,” Minister Jordan had told parliamentarians at the time.The Finance Minister told the House that other identified properties will soon be transferred to the Special Purpose Unit for divestment by that outfit.GuySuCo, he said, will identify the lands or assets to be divested after which it will be transferred to the Special Purpose Unit.“In other words, we pulling out this whole exercise from GuySuCo so GuySuCo can continue with its operations,” according the Minister Jordan.The Finance Minister said some $30 million has been set aside for the payment of salaries for the Unit which he expects will be headed by a Director and deputy along with support staff.As part of the ongoing divestment of the assets belonging to the beleaguered GuySuCo, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, recently announced that Colvin Keith-London has been appointed head of that SPU.That Unit has been tasked with the divestment of GuySuCo’s assets, inclusive of its lands; and according to Harmon, Keith-London will be based at the Kingston Headquarters of NICIL.That Unit was first announced by the Agriculture Minister when, in recent months, he presented to the National Assembly a policy paper on the future of the sugar industry.
Dawson Creek RCMP received a report at about 10:30 a.m. on July 7 that a man had approached a residence on James Paul Road, near the intersection of Highway 97 North and the 212 Road. The male reportedly tried to convince the young persons inside to allow him to enter the home. He was unsuccessful, and left the home in a white vehicle.The male suspect was described as being between the ages of 45-55 years old, estimated to be between five feet eight inches and five feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build, balding, grey hair, and wearing glasses and a plaid shirt.Police report this is the only known instance of an event of this nature. They would also like to remind parents to explain to their children the importance and the dangers of allowing strangers to enter their residence.- Advertisement -Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP detachment at 250-784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
President of Pomeroy Lodging Ryan Pomeroy said that the addition of live gaming tables further enhances the experience of playing at Chances.“It concludes the full casino experience. We were offered electronic tables, slot machines, and bingo games in the past and I think this brings a full gaming entertainment experience to the community. It’s a product several people enjoy and we’re happy to bring it to the community.” he stated.He concluded by stating on to say that it’s been a process to get Chances where it is now from when it first opened but the demand was there to support the change.- Advertisement -“It was a unique situation wherein we opened as a gaming centre and added the live tables. Typically live tables are only in casinos so I think first and foremost we needed to prove support from the market and the patrons that visit the facility but also support from the City and the lottery corporation. It took a period of time. We’ve been open for seven years now but we’ve built along the way.” Pomeroy concluded.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are currently investigating suspicious deaths involving livestock.According to RCMP, on September 22, they received a report of a bull that was found dead and missing its genitals.RCMP say it is unknown when the bull had died, but significant time had passed before it was reported.- Advertisement -Then on October 1, RCMP received a report of a horse that was found dead, also missing its genitals.In both instances, the RCMP attended to investigate but were unable to determine a cause of death.Police say there is no indication they died due to predators and it is unclear whether the two events are related but both are considered suspicious in nature.Advertisement The B.C. RCMP Livestock Section has been contacted for consultation.If you have any information regarding these incidents or if you see any suspicious activity, you are being asked to call RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
1 Serbia’s Nemanja Gudelj (L) scuffles with Albania’s Bekim Balaj and Andi Lila over a pro-Albania flag which was flown over the stadium by a remotely operated drone Serbia and Albania are facing stiff sanctions after UEFA charged the countries with a number of offences following the abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgrade.The match was abandoned after a melee erupted after a mini unmanned drone trailed a pro-Albania flag over the stadium.UEFA has announced disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the football associations of both countries.Serbia have been charged with the throwing of missiles and fireworks, crowd disturbance, invasion of the pitch by supporters, insufficient organisation and use of a laser pointer.Albania have been charged with refusing to play and the display of an illicit banner.Both countries are likely to be handed heavy fines and other sanctions, including possible points deductions, when UEFA’s disciplinary body hears the case on October 23. Albania faces forfeiting the match and Serbia could play future games behind closed doors, but UEFA is not expected to expel the countries from the competition.UEFA president Michel Platini has described the incidents in the Partizan Stadium which followed the drone trailing a flag of Greater Albania banner – which incorporates parts of various other countries including Kosovo – as “inexcusable”.The flag was hauled down by Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic and then brawls erupted involving players, officials and fans before English referee Martin Atkinson led the teams off the field with score at 0-0 as disruption in the stands threatened to boil over, with objects being thrown onto the pitch at Albanian players.Platini said in a statement: “Football is supposed to bring people together and our game should not be mixed with politics of any kind. The scenes in Belgrade last night were inexcusable.”FIFA president Sepp Blatter added: ”Football should never be used for political messages. I strongly condemn what happened in Belgrade.”Neither country had requested they be kept apart in the draw, and the other main criteria which could also persuade UEFA to keep them separate – being involved in an armed conflict and not having diplomatic relations – did not apply.UEFA did keep apart Russia and Ukraine, Spain and Gibraltar and Armenia and Azerbaijan.Albanian supporters had been banned from entering the stadium by UEFA on safety grounds and the match was set against a backdrop of tight security.Tensions have never been far from the surface between the nations over Kosovo, the province with which both countries share a disputed border and is recognised as independent by the United States and major European Union countries but not by Serbia – a bone of contention with Albania.Albania’s captain Lorik Cana told Albanian television his players were attacked by stewards inside the tunnel.The Albania squad returned to a heroes’ reception, with up to 3,000 flag-waving supporters gathering outside Tirana’s airport to welcome the team home.Albanian prime minister Edi Rama praised the players on Twitter for “the pride and joy they gave us” – though Serbian TV has alleged the prime minister’s brother was the man responsible for controlling the drone in the stadium.The Serbian FA has launched fierce criticism of Albania claiming their team acted with restraint despite being provoked by the “offensive” flag and were then attacked when they tried to remove it from the field.It said Albania’s response to the controversy had been “scandalous” and suggested it had been a “scenario of a terrorist action planned in advance”.The statement said: “Serbian player Stefan Mitrovic managed to catch the flag and, as it can be clearly seen on all the footages, started to fold it as calmly as possible, in order to give it to the fourth official and for the match to be continued. Absolutely all of the Serbian players and officials on the bench were in their seats, calm and without any attempt to show force or rage because of the incident. However, Albanian players acted very aggressively and physically attacked Mitrovic.“For the truth and justice we will not and do not want to allow the perpetrators who violated football to present themselves as victims.”The statement said the Serbian FA had then asked UEFA to finish the match after emptying the stadium or to replay it this week but the Albania FA refused.It added: “According to that, we estimate that they are directly guilty for the match abandonment and we expect that UEFA disciplinary bodies will register the match with 3:0 result, in favour of Serbia.“It is a scandalous fact that the other party, with their ‘job well done’ is ridiculing not only FA of Serbia and Serbian people but also, we dare to say, UEFA.”
Any one of four Premier League giants could find themselves in Champions League qualifying The race is on to finish in the Premier League’s top four and earn a shot at the Champions League next season, but fourth doesn’t guarantee a place in the group stages.Instead, the team that clinches fourth place will most likely have to contest a qualifying round play off to reach the Champions League proper.With Chelsea and Tottenham nailed on to finish in the top two, four clubs are battling to clinch the remaining two Champions League spots available via the English domestic league.Liverpool currently sit third in the table, which would be good enough for a Champions League group place, with Manchester City fourth, three points behind the Reds but with a game in hand.Manchester United are a further point behind City, having played the same number of games as their local rivals, while Arsenal have a game in hand on both Manchester clubs, but are six points away from fourth with just five fixtures to play.Here, talkSPORT explains what finishing fourth will mean for the clubs concerned and who they could potentially face.Finishing fourth in the Premier League will mean a place in the ‘League Route’ of the final Play-off Round of the Champions League… with one exception. If Manchester United finish fourth AND win the Europa League, they will qualify for the Champions League group stage directly, courtesy of their victory in Europe.Under these circumstances there will only be four Premier League clubs in the Champions League (ie. fifth won’t be given the Play-off Round place). If United win the Europa League but finish outside the top four of the Premier League, there will be four English clubs in the Champions League group stages automatically, with the fourth-placed team contesting the Play-off Round.What is the ‘League Route Play-Off Round’ and which clubs could contest it?There are 10 teams in this round drawn in five ties – the five winners will go into the Champions League group stage, with the five losers entering the group stage of the Europa League.The 10 teams in this round are as follows:– Clubs that finish fourth in Spain (Sevilla are currently in fourth, but that place could yet be taken by Atletico Madrid or Villarreal), Germany (currently Borussia Dortmund, but could be Hoffenheim) and England– Third in Italy (currently Napoli, but could be Roma) and Portugal (most likely Sporting, but could yet be Porto)– Five teams that have come through from the Third Qualifying Round (via the League Route – this is for clubs that have entered the qualification process courtesy of a domestic league position that is lower than first, ie. they aren’t national champions).These five teams are taken from the 10 teams in the League Route Third Qualifying Round, which are:– The third-placed club in France (most likely Nice, but could yet be PSG or Monaco)– Second in Russia (currently Zenit, but could be CSKA Moscow), Ukraine (Dynamo Kyiv), Belgium (currently Club Brugge, could be Gent), Netherlands (currently Ajax, could be PSV Eindhoven), Turkey (currently Istanbul Basaksehir, could be Fenerbahce or Besiktas), Switzerland (Young Boys), Czech Republic (currently Slavia Prague, could be Viktoria Plzen), Greece (currently PAOK, could be Panathinaikos) and Romania (currently Steaua Bucharest, could be Viitorul Constanta or Dinamo Bucharest).When Premier League clubs enter in the League Route Play-off Round draw, five teams are seeded and five are not (based on UEFA co-efficient score).This can have a dramatic effect on the quality of opponent a club faces. For example, in the 2016/17 Play-off round, Roma were unseeded and drew Porto, who knocked the Italian club out, 4-1 on aggregate.But even being seeded is no guarantee of a favourable draw. Last summer LaLiga side Villarreal were among the seeds, only for the Spanish club to be paired with unseeded Monaco, who have subsequently gone all the way to the last four.Here is a list of all the clubs still in contention to qualify for the League Route Play-off Round, ranked by current UEFA co-efficient score (in order to be seeded, a club will need no more than four clubs in the draw to have a higher points total than they can boast):1. Atletico Madrid (140.828)2. Paris Saint-Germain (126.266)3. Borussia Dortmund (124.899)4. Sevilla (112.771)5. Arsenal (105.021)6. Manchester City (100.021)7. Porto (98.866)8. Manchester United (89.021)9. Napoli (88.499)10. Zenit (87.106)11. Dynamo Kyiv (67.526)12. Ajax (64.092)13. Monaco (62.266)14. Liverpool (56.021)15. Roma (53.566)16. Fenerbahce (51.840)17. PSV Eindhoven (46.172)18. Besiktas (45.840)19. Viktoria Plzen (40.635)20. CSKA Moscow (39.606)21. Club Brugge (39.480)22. Sporting (36.866)23. Gent (35.480)24. PAOK (35.080)25. Young Boys (28.915)26. Nice (16.766)27. Panathinaikos (15.080)28. Istanbul Basaksehir (10.340)29. Slavia Prague (8.135)30. Dinamo Bucharest (6.370)31. Viitorul Constanta (5.870)=32. Hoffenheim (0)=32. Steaua Bucharest (0)What do these rankings mean for the Premier League clubs?Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal would definitely be seeded if they were in the Play-off Round draw, but Liverpool could find themselves unseeded if they are forced to qualify.If, for example, Dortmund, Sevilla, Napoli, Zenit and Ajax make it to the Play-off Round, Liverpool would be unseeded.The answer to that, of course, is to guarantee a group stage place by finishing third. 1
After many years of hard slog and tackling the issues many chose not to, Inishowen Community Radio’s Jim Doherty has been given some small recognition.The ICR manager travelled to the annual Community Radio Training Feile in Athlone where he was given the Outstanding Contribution to Local Radio Award.Jim was presented with his award by Broadcasting Authority of Ireland chief executive Michael O’Keefe. INISHOWEN COMMUNITY RADIO BOSS PICKS UP TOP AWARD was last modified: May 31st, 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:Inishowen Community RadioJIm Doherty
Minister for State Mr. Kevin Humphreys is to meet with seasonal workers in Donegal following concerns raised by Thomas Pringle TD.Deputy Thomas PringleThe concerns were around seasonal workers accessing social welfare supports.In the Dáil, Deputy Pringle expressed the problem seasonal workers in Southwest Donegal encounter in accessing Jobseekers’ Benefit. The problems has arisen when the casual worker does not have enough qualifying contributions and therefore must claim Jobseekers’ Allowance, because it is means- tested, some people risk losing a significant amount of income and can’t meet their outgoings.The second issue involves self-employed part-time farmers working casually in the fishing industry in Donegal not meeting the criteria to claim subsidiary employment.Pringle also pointed out that workers are finding it disruptive having to travel a long distances round- trip to get their employer to stamp their docket every week.“Unnecessary travel can be difficult for seasonal workers as it is an added expense,” says Pringle. And he added “I look forward to meeting with Minister Humphreys and am appreciative of his proactive approach to my concerns around seasonal workers. I will follow up on progress after the meeting.”MINISTER TO MEET WITH SEASONAL WORKERS IN CO DONEGAL was last modified: February 26th, 2015 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:Deputy Thomas Pringledonegalseasonal workers