first_imgEVERTON (4-1-3-2)HOWARD,COLEMAN, STONES, MORI, BAINES,BARRY,DEULOFEU, CLEVERLEY, BARKLEY ,KONE, LUKAKUVARDY, ULLOA,MAHREZ, DRINKWATER, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,DE LAET, FUCHS, MORGAN, SIMPSON,SCHMEICHELLEICESTER (4-4-1-1)Leicester City are back on the top of the Barclays Premier League after another hugely impressive win, the 2-1 home victory over reigning champions Chelsea.It was their ninth league game without defeat; during that marvellous spell they have taken 23 points from a possible 27, with England striker Jamie Vardy claiming his 15th goal of the season against Chelsea and Riyad Mahrez adding his 12th.Everton return to Goodison Park after drawing 1-1 with Norwich City at Carrow Road last weekend where Romelu Lukaku scored his 15th goal of the season and eighth in the last seven Barclays Premier League and Capital One Cup games.The last three Premier League meetings between these teams have ended in draws, including both matches last season which both finished 2-2. At the King Power Stadium in Leicester the home side came from behind twice to earn a point.At Goodison, Leicester were leading 2-1 until an 88th minute own goal by Matthew Upson cost the visitors two points.last_img read more

INCHR: ‘Dire Consequences of Ending Tenured Posts’

first_imgMr. Colley (3rd from left) addresses the press in Monrovia.-Says President Weah treading on a dangerous pathThe Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) has urged the administration of President George Weah to rethink his decision to put an end to tenured positions at major anti-graft and revenue generating institutions as well as at the Commission itself — warning that such a harsh and undemocratic move would come with dire repercussions.INCHR Acting Chairman, Bartholomew B. Colley, at a recent press conference, noted that the Commission was purposely established to checkmate government on human rights’ issues in the country as well as promote and protect those pertinent rights.Colley said absorbing the power and functions of the INCHR and the other affected institutions within the presidency, as President Weah is doing with the willful appointment and dismissal of commissioners, “will be counterproductive to attaining peace and stability.”President Weah recently proposed a bill to repeal the tenure of heads of some government institutions, including the INCHR, that was passed by the House of Representatives and was awaiting concurrence by the Senate. The proposed legislation seeks to amend Article 15 of the 2005 Act creating the Commission.Many fear that when this legislation is passed, the INCHR will cease to be an independent Commission with the authority to monitor, protect and promote the rights of Liberians, and all those residing within the jurisdiction of the country.And like most rights institutions in the world, the Chairman noted,the INCHR is an integral part of the government; however, it is independent in both form and substance, because its role is to objectively bring out issues of human rights violations and hold the government accountable.The INCHR is vested with the authority to check on governance, the executive, legislature and judiciary with a unique function that involves the protection of various human rights institutions with an exclusive mandate to protect and promote human rights. This core responsibility, Mr. Colley added, places the INCHR in a unique  position.However, President Weah’s decision to bring an end to the independence of the Commission, Mr. Colley said, is raising eyebrows not just internally, but regionally and globally as some fear that the relative gains made in the protection and promotion of human rights in recent years could relapse if the President succeeds in his quest.He added that attempts to revert the independence of the human rights body by removing the security of tenure will seriously question its autonomy and independence.“The credibility of the Commission will also be eroded both domestically and internationally as well as cast doubt on Liberia’s commitment to human rights protection and promotion,” he said, adding that such a situation will have adverse consequences on the advancement of peace and stability in the country.Liberia has acceeded to several international instruments that protect and promote human rights. If the President’s quest comes to fruition, it means the government will be nullifying its commitments to these instruments, Mr. Colley said.Liberia is a founding member of the UN—a Charter that expresses a strong commitment to the principles of Human Rights; manifested and firmly articulated in the Universal Deceleration of Human Rights adopted and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 217A(III) of 10 December 948.In addition, Liberia is also a state party to the constitutive Act establishing the African Union (AU). The Act creating the African Union expresses deep commitment to human rights and the rule of law.Article 4(m) of the AU constitutive Acts enjoins on a state to have respect for democratic principles, human rights, the rule of law and good governance. The establishment of the INCHR, proponents believe, demonstrates the country’s commitment to these human rights and rule of law.Additionally, national human rights institutions across the globe are established based on the Paris principles adopted by the UNGA Resolution 48/134 (1993)—which emphasizes that these institutions are part of the Global Human Rights protection mechanism that is localized in the independent jurisdictions.The Paris instrument warned that state parties must never deviate from the standard established by the document as it is, unfortunately, being done by President Weah and his government.Fundamental among these principles are the following: a founding constitution or legislative statue, a broad mandate to promote and protect human rights, an independent appointment procedure with terms office specified by law, a pluralist and representative composition, regular and effective functioning and independence from the executive branchLiberia has also committed itself to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, a body established under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights in its October 2018 session in Banjul, which accentuated the need for support to the National Human Rights Institutions in Africa as well as to maintain that such institutions remain independent and viable in the sustainable protection and promotion of human rights.At a recent AU Advisory Board and National Human Rights Network in Africa Policy Forum meeting in Addis Ababa in November, the AU Commission enjoined member states to ensure that all integrity institutions, including human rights institutions, are guaranteed security tenures that ensure independence in the attainment of the objectives of human rights protection and promotion.However, commissioner James Wade of the INCHR also noted at the press conference that the President’s action is counterproductive to good governance as well as peace and stability.Mr. Wade noted that the INCHR is saddened by the proposed legislation seeking to amend Article 15 of the 2005 Act creating the INCHR. The proposed bill, in the opinion of the commissioner, undermines the spirit and intent of the Paris Principle as well as Liberia’s treaty obligations both regionally and internationally.The Commission is of the conviction that repealing the tenure provision for the Commission is contra-positive to pillar three of the President’s own development agenda on “sustaining the peace.”This pillar is anchored on the rule of law, which espouses a respect for both domestic and international human rights law.In light of the foregoing, the Commission wishes to remind the government that the INCHR has been accredited as status “A,” thus bringing the Commission on par with others globally that place premium on human rights protection and promotion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Albouystown night club owner nabbed in 19 kilo ganja bust

first_imgA Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU)-led operation on Tuesday morning resulted in a night club owner of Hogg Street, Albouystown being taken into Police custody for possession of narcotics.The marijuana found at the night clubPolice “A” Division Commander Leslie James confirmed the CANU operation, but could not say the exact number of persons who were arrested. However, the Police officer later confirmed that some 19 kilograms of marijuana had been unearthed at the night club.Even as investigations continue, Guyana Times has been informed that parcels of compressed cannabis have been found at the club. This latest find was significantly more than another bust in Berbice one week ago, which led to three men being taken into Police custody after a boat was intercepted with a large quantity of marijuana. It was found along the Upper Berbice River in the vicinity of the Aroaima Village two Sundays ago.Police ranks on patrol reportedly observed in a wooden boat one of the occupants, identified as Lamount Leacock, called ‘Farrai’, 29, of Kwakwani Waterfront, Upper Berbice River, who jumped overboard with a grey tarpaulin and a bulky salt bag.The ranks managed to intercept Leacock, and a search was conducted on the bag, during which two large parcels wrapped in black plastic and transparent Scotch tape were found. The illegal substance amounted to 5.68 kilogrammes.The other two occupants of the boat — Lyndon McPherson, 34, a security guard and owner of the boat, of Kwakwani Waterfront; and Sheldon Sooklall, 24, a mason of Kwakwani Park, Upper Berbice River — were searched but nothing suspicious was found. They both denied any knowledge of the drugs being found in the bag.last_img read more

Public servants’ increase 10% is all Govt can afford − President

first_imgThe Guyana Government has made its final offer to Public Servants for 2016 and Head of State, David Granger is adamant the administration would like to proceed and make the payouts on its offer but remain engaged with the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) to have outstanding issues addressed in the coming year.The President made the disclosure on Thursday, when he appeared with local journalists on his weekly television programme, the “Public Interest” and addressed the offer to pay a 10 per cent salary increase to public servants earning less than $99,000.President Granger told the media that Government’s proposal “is as much as we could do as of the 1st September, and we intend to proceed with that.”He was asked to respond to the likely refusal of the proposal by the GPSU’s general council and the likelihood of government making an arbitrary award in the increase of public servants’ wages and salaries for 2016.“I am not saying that the public servants do not deserve more but we did everything that is possible,” the President stated.Qualifying his position, the President said the proposal is by no means, “unjust,” but rather “it is what is affordable at present.”President David GrangerBudget 2017He reminded too that government wanted to wrap-up the negotiations for this year, since it had to complete the 2017 Budget, which would have to reflect any increases for public servants.President Granger has already announced that the 2017 Budget will be presented on December 5, and that government is committed to remaining engaged with GPSU since there are still a number of demands to be addressed.“We entered negotiations in good faith and we haven’t discontinued negotiations but that is the final offer we put on the table because we had to prepare next year budget so we had to tidy up this business before the last quarter,” said Granger.He used the opportunity to also reflect on the economic context, within which the salary increases are being negotiated and made, namely, the falling international commodity prices which have been taking a toll on government revenues, in addition to the high levels of indebtedness.The President spoke of the billions that have had to be forked over from central government to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as subsidies.According to the Head of State, GuySuCo is being bailed out to the tune of $10 billion annually and this is in addition to the problems being faced in the falling prices for sugar, gold and bauxite which represent some of Guyana’s main revenue earners.The President used too that in addition to the increases being asked for by public servants, government has been finding it difficult to channel sufficient funds to more social programmes such as health and education.Meanwhile, President Granger also used the occasion to respond to critics of the administration that have been responding to the announcement that only half of the 2016 allocations in the Budget have been spent.Attitude problemsAccording to President Granger, they (critics) “ought not to be afraid that there have been any malpractice,” since the explanations “are quite simple.”He pointed to the lack of ministerial planning units, the problems being experienced at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) and the third major problem being “attitude problems.”This, he said, will not be a problem in the coming year since mechanisms are being put in place to ensure that these kinks are ironed out.On the matter of the need for planning units, the President said when the new administration took Office in May 2015, the ministers found that the level of advice being proffered was not in keeping with that which was expected.“So many ministers who took over last year were not receiving the quality of advice on the plans that I feel, that we feel now, that they deserve to have.”He said it was this situation that led primarily to the decision to establish the ministerial planning units.Tender Board problemsGranger spoke too of the ability of government to process the numerous tenders. According to the President, “there is just too many requests for that board to handle.”He suggested that maybe what is needed is a bigger board or more regular meetings of the tender board—akin to what obtains in the sitting of night courts.“Those are two main problems, the absence of planning and the capability of the tender process,” according to Granger.The Head of State said too, “I would admit there is an attitude problem, too,” and sought to assure that this will be corrected by presenting the annual Budget ahead of the beginning of the financial year.He explained that what inherently happens when the Budget is presented in March, is that the monies do not become available until June, which eventually leads to the bottlenecks at the national tender board.According to Granger, presenting the Budget early will mean that no Permanent Secretary—the accounting officer for any ministry—will be able to say in January that the money is not available to begin executing programmes.“Lack of planning and lack of preparedness will not be an excuse because they will know in December what the allocations are,” he stated.last_img read more

4 teams seal spots in play-offs

first_img…Tridents, Stars eliminatedAs the 6th edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League comes to a climax, four teams have sealed their spots in the playoffs which begin on September 11 at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence East Bank Demerara.They are the Trinbago Knight Riders, the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs with 10 points each and the St Kitts Patriots with nine points.St Lucia Stars have already exited the tournament with seven points. They would have played their 10th match on Sunday against the Barbados Tridents with a victory.However, the Barbados Tridents currently on four points with two games remaining, mathematically will not advance even if they win the remaining games.The competition is well poised with the best of the best moving full steam ahead with the aim of winning the title.Meanwhile, in match 25, The Jamaica Talawahs again climbed to the top of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a win over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Sunday night at Warner Park in St Kitts.Their win now means they qualify for the playoffs alongside Guyana Amazon Warriors, Trinbago Knight Riders and the Patriots while the Barbados Tridents and St Lucia Stars will have to return to the drawing board for the seventh edition in 2019.On a rain-hit day, Tallawahs produced a marvelous batting performance which took them to 206 – 6 with Rovman Powell leading the way. However, Patriots conceded the loss by seven wickets with 5 balls remaining as they slumped to 118-3 in 10.1 of their revised 11 overs from the D/L method.Patriots were up to the chase with their skipper Chris Gayle leading the way, even as Evin Lewis picked up a first ball duck.Rassie van der Dussen was striking right alongsidee Gayle before the rain interrupted with the score on 65-1.After the resumption and revised method, Gayle (41) and Ben Cutting (0) lost got out in consecutive balls to push Patriots back. Van der Dussen and Mahmudullah (28) tried valiantly but failed to achieve the target but were left not out.After the match was delayed an hour due to rain, Glen Phillips started aggressively while Johnson Charles (13) and Kennar Lewis (9) were dismissed early.Fabian Allen got the breakthrough in the fourth over when he removed Charles as he mistimed a well-pitched up delivery and lob it to cover. Lewis went by a soft dismissal also as he popped one to mid-off of the bowling of Brathwaite. Tallawahs were 42 – 2.Rovman Powell and Phillips put on a lively 39-run partnership as the team was striking at just under 10runs per over. Phillips eventually was dismissed for 40, caught lbw by Alzarri Joseph.David Miller then entered and played the excellent supporting role to the rampant Powell who belted 11 fours and four sixes from 40 balls. Miller on the other hand clapped only one six and two fours in his 20-ball stay.They took the score to 160 before Tallawahs would claim their next wicket when Miller slashed one to point and found substitute fielder Shamar Brooks with him on 32.Brooks then produced a direct hit to run out Dre Russ for 1 as his batting woes continue. Two balls later, Powell was bowled by Ben Cutting, walking across the line for a flick. JT were 184-6 with 1.3 overs left.Colin de Grandhomme (14) and Ross Taylor (8) were left not out and took the score past 200.last_img read more

Local Longhorns fans are loyal

first_img For most of the year, Texas alumni in Los Angeles are a small, but dedicated group. They meet at alumni functions and in sports bars with satellite feeds. If they want news on their alma mater, they have to rely on the internet or wire service reports. They recognize each other by hand signs, distinctly colored clothing and sometimes, depending on how long they’ve been in Los Angeles, an accent. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “It’s hard to feel like you are truly alone when you can’t drive five miles without seeing a Longhorn window sticker,” said Chance Miller, who will succeed Kennedy as president. “I was in IKEA once, with a neighbor who grew up in England, and I saw someone wearing Longhorn attire. I flashed them the “Hook ‘Em Horns” hand sign and they flashed it back. My neighbor asked why our ‘cult’ has a hand sign?” This week, any Texas alumni who is anybody has come out of the woodwork, loud and proud in burnt orange, flashing the “Hook ‘Em Horns” hand sign and fielding calls from college buddies desperate for tickets to the Rose Bowl. Miller scored his ticket for $525, from a friend whose wife had to stay home in Dallas, because she was having morning sickness. Face value for Rose bowl tickets was $175. You’d think the president of an alumni group would have an easier time scoring tickets, but the demand for tickets to Wednesday’s national championship was so strong, even distinguished Texas alumni like Beverly White, a reporter and anchor for KNBC Channel 4, had trouble coming up with them. White didn’t get hers until Tuesday night, the night before the game. “My wonderful husband (Xavier Higgs) came through at the last minute,” White said. “I feel bad, I got three more calls from friends today trying to get tickets and I couldn’t help them.” PASADENA – Tricia Kennedy doesn’t care if she sticks out. She’s a graduate student at USC, she bought tickets to Wednesday’s national championship game at the Rose Bowl through USC and she sat in the USC section. But in her heart, she bleeds burnt orange. “During football season, I have a personal rule to wear something burnt orange Wednesday through Saturday during game week,” said Kennedy, the president of the Los Angeles chapter of Texas Exes alumni group. “I wear it as much as possible.” center_img White and Miller were some of the lucky ones. Many Texas’ fans flew in without tickets, hoping to buy them outside the stadium, but found the going rough. Sherry Rigby flew in from Chicago with a ticket to the game, but spent several hours outside the Rose Bowl before the game trying to buy tickets for her mother, who’d flown in from Utah, but wasn’t having much luck. “Last year, you could buy them a dime a dozen, but not this time,” she said. “I came in expecting to pay three figures, but now I’m thinking I might have to go four figures. … I’ve offered my mom my ticket a hundred times, but she won’t take it.” Sanger Lee, a Texas alumnus who lives in Los Angeles, also was shut out. Lee and several of his friends who flew into town for the game, showed up early to tailgate and try to find tickets, but weren’t willing to pay the $1,000 asking price. “If we don’t end up getting tickets, we’ll just go to Hooters in Hollywood to watch the game. Texas Exes is having a party there,” said Lee, who attended several Texas Exes events during the season. “I feel bad for my buddies, they flew in from out of town and they can’t even go to the game.” Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Text pervert lived in Donegal

first_imgA man who sent sexually explicit text messages and images to at least 10 women has admitted harassment.Jeff Cheyne, aged 58, originally from the Shetland Islands but living in Schull at the time, pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to 10 sample counts of harassment of women on an indictment that contained 41 charges. Garda Martin Bohane said” “Initially five women contacted gardaí about receiving texts and picture messages of a sexual nature. The messages were all from one number that they did not recognise. Following an investigation, no name was connected to the phone which was pay-as-you-go.”Gda Bohane said that after the initial period of sexual texting, the offences died down for a while. Then more women came forward to complain that they had received similar messages of a sexual nature. He said that, after another lull, the messages started again and more women came forward with statements of complaint.Garda Anthony Roche became involved in the investigation and saw Cheyne on CCTV at a shop getting credit for the phone in question.Cheyne was living in Schull at the time. The address on the charge sheet was Loughtea, Ballina, Co Tipperary, and he has since moved to Co Clare, said his barrister, Ben Shorten.Gda Bohane said there was a total of 10 complainants referable to this accused in a period from 2014 to 2016.“These messages stopped once he was identified by gardaí,” said Gda Bohane. “Once the evidence was put to him he made full admissions. He is from the Shetland Islands.”The accused moved to Donegal in 2000 and lived for a time in Dingle before moving to Schull. He had no previous convictions.Siobhán Lankford, prosecution barrister, said the women were quite distressed by the content of the texts sent to them.There was no evidence about how he got the numbers of the women he was texting or of the precise messages or images that were sent other than that they were of a sexual nature.Mr Shorten said the accused was remorseful and apologetic to the women.“He spoke about the sheer stupidity of his actions,” said Mr ShortenThe barrister said Cheyne’s partner was in court to support him.Mr Shorten asked Judge Gerard O’Brien if he would consider a lengthy adjournment to allow the accused to undergo psychosexual counselling and take part in the Safer Lives programme. Judge O’Brien put sentencing back until October 25.Text pervert lived in Donegal was last modified: May 5th, 2018 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)last_img read more


first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. Club The €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 19 were Gregory O’ Loughlin, c/o Paul Duncan and Joe & Gada Britton, c/o Britton’s Pharmacy. The numbers drawn were 4, 12, 13 & 23 with the jackpot now standing at €3,000.  The last event in the Sports Prediction FUN Quiz was the recent Senior Football Championship Final. Martina Callaghan, Garvagh came out on top with a fine score of 100 points which was 10 correct forecasts out of 20. In 2nd place was Eamonn Gorrell, 22 Ardeskin Heights with an excellent score of 95 points followed closely on 90 points by Pat Mongan, Cullionbuoy. Many thanks to everybody who supported the quiz and also Gareth Britton from www.allsports.ie 1st Prize: €200.00 Cash & All Sports Donegal Jersey – Martina Callaghan (100 points), 2nd Prize: €100 All Sports Shopping Voucher – Eamonn Gorrell (95 points), 3rd: Pat Mongan (90 points), 4th: Maeve Espey, Walter Espey, Seamus Faulkner, Colm Mc Fadden & Michael Murphy (85 points) The Senior Board AGM is scheduled for Friday December 28th @ 8.30 pm in Dom’s Pier 1.  GAA: FOUR MASTERS CLUB GAA NEWS was last modified: November 19th, 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:GAA: FOUR MASTERS CLUB GAA NEWSlast_img read more


first_imgAS the seconds count down to the Donegal Rally, here’s a nostalgic look back at the rally of 1983….and the special stage which started in Market Square in Letterkenny that year.DDTV: BACK TO SQUARE ONE! VIDEO OF SPECIAL LETTERKENNY STAGE 1983 was last modified: June 18th, 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:ddtv donegal rallylast_img read more


first_imgThe Emergency Medical Helicopter Service is to be extended to the North West Region in light of Letterkenny Hospital’s recent flooding disaster.Pat The Cope Gallagher MEPPat the Cope Gallagher MEP has received confirmation from the Minister for Heath, Dr. James Reilly, T.D. that the Emergency Aeromedical Support (EAS) service will now cover this region.Mr. Gallagher wrote to the Minister for Health in the aftermath of the devastating flooding urging him to extend this emergency service to the North West. For the past year the service has been used on a pilot basis mainly in the West of Ireland.Mr Gallagher said the agreement will last for up to three months.“Firstly, I am pleased that the Minister for Health has agreed to my suggestion,” he told Donegal Daily.“In reply to my letter, the Minister stated that in relation to the continuation of the service, that he has agreed along with his colleague, the Minister for Defence, to an extension of aeromedical support by the Air Corps to the EAS service for a period of up to three months, pending receipt and consideration of the report on the review of the pilot. “The north western area including Letterkenny General Hospital will be covered by the aeromedical support service during this period.”“The Minister also stated that a review of the pilot EAS service has been completed and is being examined. Both immediate and longer term issues will be considered in the course of this examination, including the possibility of an all-Ireland service.”Pat the Cope has thanked both Ministers for their immediate response to his request. EMERGENCY MEDICAL HELICOPTER SCHEME FOR DONEGAL AFTER HOSPITAL FLOODING was last modified: August 29th, 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:Emergency Medical HelicopterFLOODINGLetterkenny General HospitalPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more