first_imgDeputy Lands, Mines & Energy Minister Sam Russ and LEC Managing Director Foday S. Sackor in the House Chambers yesterday• Threatened to Hold Minister Sendolo, LEC Board Chairman Yhap By Leroy M. Sonpon IIIThe lack of coordination among the branches of Government has created setbacks following a move by the House of Representatives to halt all contract negotiations taking place between the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and private institutions relating to the sub-contracting of electricity transmission operations in leeward counties and other parts of the country.In a motion tabled in the chamber of the House by Foreign Affairs Committee chair Edwin M. Snowe, the House agreed that the Government should stop negotiating management services agreements with foreign companies until the LEC is investigated on the procurement audit carried out by the General Auditing Commission (GAC) against the Manitoba Hydro International (MHI), which allegedly unearthed serious irregularities that they insist need to be addressed.The Montserrado County District # 6 lawmaker’s motion further said the House will probe the LEC on the recruitment of foreigners instead of Liberians for contract labor works.Furthermore, the House has summoned the Chairman of the Board of Directors of LEC and the Minister of Lands, Mines & Energy to appear on Tuesday, June 13.Plenary took the decision yesterday following hours of debate into alleged financial malpractices at the LEC, based on a letter submitted to the House last week by Montserrado County District #13 Representative Saah Joseph.Rep. Joseph’s letter accused the LEC, along with its Board of Directors and officials of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy of acting wrongly in the execution of a contract with the Manitoba Hydro International.Rep. Joseph demanded to know what has become of the GAC’s audit report on the LEC with regards to how US$42 million was expended.Meanwhile, the plenary of the House also voted to reinforce its insistence that the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, who was absent at yesterday’s hearing, appear on Tuesday June 13.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgJudicial appointmentsBy Samuel SukhnandanRecent comments made by both President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in relation to appointing a substantive Chancellor and Chief Justice for the Judiciary clearly indicate that the impasse has further deepened.Head of the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA), Mike McCormack, is hoping that both parties would soon put aside their differences and reach a compromise.McCormack is calling for an end to this state of affairs, as he feels the longer it takes to appoint persons in these two top positions, the longer would the quality of justice here continue to be affected.“The essence of the appointment of the full positions as opposed to the acting is it ring-fences the individual against political influence. You cannot be removed. And positions of (this) nature, the essence of the job requires political impartially and independence be protected,” he reminded.The GHRA head said the same state of affairs obtained in regard to the appointment of a chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).“These are major appointments, as is the chairperson for the Elections Commission; but the process by which they are being selected is secretive,” he noted.McCormack told Guyana Times on Thursday that no one has a clue about the process which President Granger used to select Justice Kenneth Benjamin for the position of Chancellor and Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards for the position of Chief Justice; nor is anyone aware why they are unacceptable to the Leader of the Opposition.The human rights activist said he supports calls made by the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) to have this matter resolved. While explaining that this matter would be of particular interest to the GBA, he said all groups should be equally concerned about similar — and in some cases far more important — matters. He was referring to issue surrounding the appointment of a Police Service Commission.McCormack said, “The problem is (that) there is no politics in Guyana. Politics is a process of compromise and give-and-take, and getting something of what you want, and each party getting enough to stay in the game, so to speak…and you move on and keep improving compromises. That is what politics is about.”He contends that politics in Guyana is profoundly dysfunctional, and this, in turn, causes compromises to be seen as weaknesses. “There is nothing as a courageous compromise, which is a contradiction in our terms of politics. There are no politics, but there are power struggles here,” he added.The GHRA head went further, to state that Guyana has two parties, “who are beholding to the leaders, not to the people who elected them. So there are not many points of political power that can mediate problems like this. Everything revolves around the way two individuals relate to each other.”On that note, McCormack said, the situation unfortunately can be resolved only by constitutional reform. “Neither party is interested in constitutional reform, so we will have to look for a solution beyond the political parties,” he said.“It won’t work if political parties are not behaving as political parties, and more than power groups who are more concerned not to allow the other side any merit or advantage, regardless of the public cost of it,” Mc Cormack declared.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday drew reference to the letter he had written to President Granger since February 2018 about these appointments, when he rejected the President’s nominees. Jagdeo reminded that in his letter he had committed to continuous engagement with the President.Asked whether he would seek to re-engage the President, Jagdeo made it clear that, as the President, Granger would have to re-initiate the discourse. He noted that he was waiting on the President to get back to him on the mode of future discourse, and stated that the proverbial ball has always been in the President’s court.But a few days prior to Wednesday, President Granger had said there is nothing left to discuss on the matter. The Head of State had said he had looked forward to a timely settlement of the appointment, which many deem critical to the effective functioning of the Judiciary, but that didn’t happen.Granger had initially said the proverbial ball was in the court of the Leader of the Opposition. He explained that Jagdeo had rejected his candidates and had not made any counter-proposals in regard to the appointments. He, nevertheless, reminded that the decision is solely dependent on consultations with Jagdeo on these two important appointments.Amidst the impasse between the President and the Leader of the Opposition over these appointments, the local legal fraternity has been calling for confirmation of the current two judicial heads. In fact, President of the GBA, Kamal Ramkarran, had said the fraternity supports Justices Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Roxane George for the respective positions of Chancellor of the Judiciary and Chief Justice.last_img read more

first_imgThe teams from St Eunan’s and Steelstown U14 Girls team who played a friendly over the weekendClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 19.03.14In Association with Letterkenny Shopping CentreThe new Club App is available to download from iTunes and the App Store and will be available on Windows in the coming days. It costs just €0.99c and will prove a great way to keep up to date with the latest developments, be sure to accept push notifications. The Seniors and Reserves get their League campaigns underway this Sunday away against St. Michael’s as they seek to defend their league titles. Throw-in times are 1:30pm and 3pm.The Juniors are training in the Park at 5pm this Saturday (22nd) with the league scheduled to get underway on April 19th.The Minor Boys A team have no game this weekend, they will be back in action the following week against St. Mary’s, Convoy. The B team make the short journey to Glenswilly with the game fixed for Monday night (24th).The U14 Boys football A team got their season underway with two good wins against Milford and Downings and they will host St. Michael’s this Sunday. The B team travel to Lifford to face N. Padraig and the C team are away to MacCumhaills B. Games throw-in at 11:30am. Thank-you to the team effort from parents, children, managers, mentors and supporters for the good turnout in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and to all in the club who helped in any way.Girls U16 Football training is on Wednesday’s in Game On between 6:50pm and 8pm. Cost is €3 per week.Girls U14 Football training is on Thursdays at 6:50pm in Game On. Cost is €3 per night. All players must bring gum shields now to training. The side is hoping to play another friendly on Sunday week.The Sunday Morning Football Academy begins on Sunday, April 6th at 11am for 4 to 10 year olds. There may be a short meeting this Saturday at noon in the Clubhouse – keep an eye on Social Media and e-mail for confirmation.We are honoured to be a host club for the 2014 hurling Feile. Contact Fergal Finn if interested on 089-2170933 or finnfergal@gmail.com. This week’s lotto numbers are 1-10-18-24. 4 x match 3, each getting €25. Sean Mc Veigh, 55 Windmill View; Gareth Mc Glynn, Rockhill; Benny Doherty, 81 Foxhills; and Derek Kelly, c/o the hurlers (Adrian). Next week’s jackpot is €1200Congratulations to Neil Gordon and his players on their fantastic victory in the MacLarnon Cup Final on St. Patrick’s Day.GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S LAUNCH CLUB APP was last modified: March 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AppClub App launchedst eunan’s gaa club newslast_img read more

first_imgThree women and a man arrested and charged in connection with the discovery of a drugs factory in Ballybofey have had their cases put back until February 24th.Ching Ann Low appears in court.The three women, Meil Ling Chen, 56, Li Jiuan Choong, 27 all appeared by video link from the Duchas Centre this morning at Letterkenny District Court. The women were informed that the evidence is still being compiled in the case.The man in the case Ching Ann Low, also appeared by videolink from Castlerea Prison and also had his case adjourned until February 24th.All four are charged in connection with the discovery of €360,000 of cannabis above the Lee Ho Chinese restaurant on January 21st last.At hearingALLEGED DRUG FACTORY WORKERS APPEAR IN COURT BY VIDEOLINK was last modified: January 27th, 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:Ballybofeycannabis factoryLetterkenny District Courtvideolinklast_img read more

first_imgA French backpacker has issued an SOS to a kind Donegal farmer who gave herself and her friend a lift yesterday.The hitch-hiker lost her phone and believes it could be in the farmer’s car.Although she didn’t get his name, he is 45 years old and has three children aged 17, 10 and 8 and his wife, who works in insurance, plans to do the Dublin Marathon. The couple have a Landrover and live in rural Donegal.The man kind gave the backpackers a lift when he was collecting sheep from Connemara and driving them back to Donegal yesterday.The phone is a Nokia Lumia and contains lots of contacts and photos and is of great sentimental value.If you are the farmer or you may know him, then perhaps you can pass on this email address to arrange for the phone to be collected. They can get in touch by contacting anais.mehl@gmail.com BACKPACKER SENDS OUT SOS TO DONEGAL FARMER FOR HER LOST PHONE! was last modified: October 6th, 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:backpackerdonegalfarmerphonelast_img read more

first_imgPacked: The Bayview Hotel in Killybegs. Picture from Stephen McGinleyIT has been the soul of the community in Killybegs for almost two centuries.And tonight the Bayview Hotel re-opened its doors thanks to a businessman from Singapore.Peter Gabriel spotted the hotel for sale on the internet….then flew 7,000 miles to see it with his family. As the Christmas lights went on in the fishing town this evening, the Bayview re-opened its doors again to the public.It will bring much-needed jobs to the town.And just as important, bring back its soul.Pic: Stephen McGinley  HUGE CROWDS TURN OUT AS BAYVIEW HOTEL RE-OPENS IN KILLYBEGS was last modified: December 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bayview HoteldonegalPeter GabrielSingaporelast_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Real World#web curt hopkinscenter_img Here at ReadWriteWeb we are, I think you can safely say, obsessed with the upcoming robot-man slugfest on Jeopardy. We’ve covered it three separate times already. Tonight is the first of three nights where the IBM supercomputer Watson fights it out against Jeopardy‘s two biggest champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. So why are we so into it? Robots will kill you with their pincers, and humans are made of soft, squishy meat. Technically, I suppose, Watson is not a robot (nor Jennings a human). But it’s close enough for government work. I really do not want SkyNet to kill us off once it proves it can best our best and brightest. In essence, I think it may get ideas in its head. Oh, how I kid. I don’t really think Watson will start purging the universe of the human virus. Not soon. But there is a path to that paranoid possibility and I seem to have seized on the notion that a machine beating Ken Jennings like a rug is definitely one of the steps between the bombe and the Apocalypse. One of our writers, Mike Melanson, contrasted this contest with Gasparov vs. Deep Blue:“It’s almost like a computer winning at those is less offensive than a computer being able to process language and beat us at trivia.”Audrey Watters, on the other hand, is clearly in the pay of the machines. “I remember watching Ken Jennings wipe the floor with other competitors during his stint on the show. I found his knowledge of trivia both encyclopedic and machine-like. And I must confess, I’m eager to watch a computer kick his butt. Probably because I found him to be smart and smug and when I played along at home, he always beat me to the buzzer. I think that Watson marks an interesting achievement in AI. What I really look forward to, however, is the day when we can program computers to replace boring TV game show hosts.”Jennings and Rutter! Do not be the men who lost the human race to this Digital Khan. Who are you supporting? Man or machine? Let us know in the comments. Here. Here’s Watson’s anti-human propaganda. Watch it. And be terrified. See you in the underground. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgThe Congress government in Rajasthan has accused the Centre of adopting a “discriminatory attitude” towards the State’s farmers, reflected in the lower targets set for procurement of mustard and gram on minimum support prices in comparison with the national average. A ceiling of 25-quintal purchase on a day has been set for the farmers.State Cooperative Minister Udai Lal Anjana has taken up the matter with Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, requesting him to enhance the procurement limit by 40%. In a letter addressed to Mr. Singh, Mr. Anjana said the Centre should allow the purchase of 14.35 lakh metric tonnes of mustard and 8.65 lakh tonnes of gram to give remunerative prices to farmers.Mr. Anjana said the procurement targets of 5.50 lakh metric tonnes for mustard and 4.17 lakh metric tonnes for gram were insufficient and would fail to provide relief to farmers. The difference in MSP and market prices for the two crops ranged between ₹700 and ₹1,000 per quintal, he said.The Minister pointed out that the State government had opened 246 procurement centres for mustard and 210 for gram. “There is a tremendous enthusiasm among the farmers to get themselves registered online, as the State government is committed to giving them full prices for their crops,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s been a while since we played together as a team. This is the core of Seasons 76 and 77 and we’re really just happy,” Valdez said. “We no longer knew what was happening on the floor, but we just played for all. When you see us, we’re just enjoying the game and it boosts our morale.”Valdez, though, made it clear that as great of an experience it was for them, the main purpose of the exhibition game will always be for the benefit of the scholars of both schools.“We really enjoyed the game and it’s been a while since we played Ateneo-La Salle and we’re glad that La Salle gave us a good fight, not only for the scholars, but also for pride and the fans who came here to watch,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES Gilas rebounds mightily with ripping of Taipei “All this time, we’re just laughing,” a beaming Valdez shared.With the Lady Eagles feeling the pressure early on after going down 0-2, Valdez said the team opted to take things lightly and eventually settled down, joking with each other and just enjoyed their time on the floor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We told ourselves that it’s humiliating [if we lose in straight sets], so we calmed down and tried to get a set. Honestly speaking, we just told each other to fight because there’s a lot who came out to support us. Coach Tai (Bundit) also said the same, that the score doesn’t matter and we really just have to enjoy,” she said.And they did enjoy as Valdez and company relished the rare chance to play with their former teammates. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ateneo Lady Eagles share a laugh after winning over La Salle Lady Spikers in Battle of the Rivals. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLaughter is indeed the best medicine.And Alyssa Valdez believes Ateneo’s laid-back mentality on Sunday propelled itself to a thrilling five-set victory over La Salle in Battle of the Rivals.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READlast_img read more

first_img“In addition, my experience in life and my academic”In addition, my experience in life and my academic background (the courses I took several years ago in my PhD or masters programs, about human rights and feminism) led me in this direction,” he says.Rafizadeh is originally from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria, recently moved to the US and became a US citizen. He is also a policy analyst, public speaker, best-selling author, business advisor and leading expert and commentator on US foreign policy and Middle East.The title of his book “illustrates the intersection between religion, male-dominated societies, and womens rights.””I have been asked about the word God. The word God refers to the religion of Islam, its legal codes regarding women, and Muslim men who use this God to justify their violence against women. In the book, I explain that how words of God in Quran clearly provide the platform (powerful platform with specific legal code) for men to subjugate and dehumanise women,” he says.Asked how his childhood experiences shaped his future in politics and human rights advocacy, he says, seeing how people were being abused and harassed on a daily basis shaped how he looks at the world. Also, growing up in both the Persian and Arab world gave him a unique perspective about the social, political and cultural landscapes of both Arab and Persian, Sunni and Shia, and Muslim and non-Muslims communities.”As you know, there are some deep-rooted tensions between Arabs and Persian. A marriage between an Arab and Persian is very rare. So, I think I was lucky enough to have an Iranian and Syrian parents and grew up in both societies and saw the differences first hand,” he says.advertisementOn problems he faced being an Iranian-Syrian, he says the first thing that comes to his mind is being subject to constant racism with the level of racism in Iran much higher than that of Arabs.”The second thing was racism in Europe before I came to the US and became a US citizen. Before becoming naturalised, I was not allowed to get on the plane, by mostly German officers (as well as sometimes security forces from Arab countries), although I had a valid visa and I was travelling to speak at or work for some of the most significant and largest institutions in the world such as the UN, ICRC, and the Diplomatic Academic of Vienna.”I would get back home humiliated and had to get another ticket or had to have my visa reissued if it had expired,” he recalls. (MORE) PTI ZMN ANSlast_img read more