House Summons Works Minister over Damaged Roads, Bridges

first_imgPublic Works Minister Mobutu Viah Nyenpan will be quizzed by lawmakers on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 on the increase of bad roads across Montserrado County.Public Works Minister Mobutu Viah Nyenpan is expected to appear on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. before the full Plenary of the House of Representatives, having being summoned following reports of bad roads and damaged bridges in rural Montserrado County, specifically in Electoral District #1.About 15,000 residents have been enduring the associated hardship due primarily to the bad roads, as well as damaged bridges for which they have appealed to the government for assistance to augment efforts the District Representative have over the years exerted to revamp the road networks.Montserrado County District #1 Representatives Lawrence Morris.The lawmakers invited Minister Nyenpan and his principal deputies to appear before that august body on Monday, September 2, 2019, which marked the 1st day sitting of the 3rd Special Day.The decision by members of the House follows a communication from Montserrado County District #1 Representative, Lawrence Morris, over the refusal of Nyenpan after making assessments of the current condition of damaged brides in (Crozierville, Havephaet, Boiny, Bensonville/Nyehn and Koon towns) including the two bridges, Duala-Louisiana-White Plains via Harrisburg-Fendell-Monrovia.Additionally, Rep. Morris reported to plenary about the Bensonville, the capital city of Montserrado, being ‘neglected.’“In view of the above, I hereby request through your Honorable office to cite Minister Nyenpan and his deputies to appear before plenary on Tuesday, September 2, 2019 to provide explanations for the delay in rehabilitating the damaged bridge in Crozierville and its catchment communities.”Ministry Nyenpan is also expected to clarify reports of alleged misappropriated US$27 million out of the US$48.0 million the government provided in the fiscal year 2018/2019, as insinuated by some segments of the media.The US$27 million was allegedly the additional appropriation for infrastructural development, which should have formed the bedrock for sustainable economic growth and development.A make-shift bridge erected over a cut road by residents of Crozierville, White Plains and Harrisburg, rural Montserrado County (Photo: Simeon Wiakanty)The money was also intended to pave several community roads and the construction of bridges across the country.It can be recalled that during the Joint Budget Committee of the House of Representatives and the Senate at the ongoing hearing on the draft national budget for FY 2019/2020, the Ministry of Public Works failed to account for US$27 million allotted for road construction and rehabilitation.Thomas Fallah, Montserrado County Electoral District #5 Representative and chair of the Joint Committee, who appeared before members of the Committee on Monday, August 25, said it is “disappointing and embarrassing” for the Public Works Ministry, which heads the main pillar of the Pro-poor Agenda not to detail its expenditures.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ramjattan re-enforces 2am curfew

first_imgAmid an active countrywide campaign to crack down on noise nuisance, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has now re-enforced the ‘2am curfew’ for nightspots and other places of entertainment.In a statement on Thursday, the Public Security Ministry sought to “put into proper perspective” this recent decision of the Minister.It was explained that after taking into account the effects of alcohol consumption on crime and violence – including domestic violence, traffic accidents, the unproductive capacities of the population the day after along with other attendant circumstances such as the adverse effects of the proliferation of noise nuisance – Minister Ramjattan has determined that “it is in the best interest of the country to enforce the existing laws which have mandated that these entertainment facilitiesPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanto be closed at 02:00h.”This move, according to the Ministry, has gained support from women’s groups, religious groups and a number of other organisations. It added too that such legal restrictions are not uncommon in other countries.In fact, the statement outlined that the ‘2am closing time’ is provided for in the Music and Dancing Licences (Amendment), Act Chapter 23:03, Act #12 of 1982.That Act states at section 9 that: “A place, so kept or used, although so licensed as aforesaid, shall not be opened for any of the purposes afore said except on the days and between the hours stated on the licence: Provided that the holder of a first-class hotel licence may keep open the licensed premises for the purpose of dancing, singing, music or other public entertainment once in every week until the hour of two of the clock in the morning except on any Sunday.”“Place” as used in Section 9 means “house, room, garden, or other place” andGCCI President Deodat Indarcovers bars, clubs and restaurants – as well as open spaces used for dances and entertainment purposes.“This law is being enforced in the interest of citizens’ security and safety with the aim of suppressing criminal and other offences,” the missive from the Ministry stated while urging full public support in this process.Only last week, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President Deodat Indar, during an interview with Guyana Times reminded of the effects the initial enforcement of the 2am curfew had.“The 2am curfew had an impact on businesses and some of them had to close down,” he stated.Moreover, he raised the concern that some businesses were targeted while others were left to operate past the curfew time.“My compliant to the Police at that time [when the 2am curfew was enforced] is that they were implementing the law or enforcing the law unevenly. Some people were being targeted and closing down at that time while some were getting off with it,” the GCCI President posited.Indar was at the time commenting on the ongoing noise nuisance campaign. As part of a training exercise, which some 50 Police ranks underwent, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) together with the Guyana Police Force carried out an exercise last Thursday on Station Street, Kitty, where they tested the noise level at several popular nightspots using decibel meters.During that exercise, a few prominent businesses were left with no choice but to cease operations until the next day. The GCCI President insisted that if these enterprises were operating for lesser hours, it could have an impact on their income.Meanwhile, during an address to those 50 ranks, Minister Ramjattan had stated that tough action needed to be taken against bars and persons who are responsible for noise nuisances. He went on to suggest much more effective measures such as seizing equipment, revoking business licences, and increasing fines to curb this societal scourge.“We want to take the profit out of this illegal activity and that means we must start, after going through the procedures, ensuring that we can revoke some of the licences of these bars that play loud music or the (carts) selling their video and their tape recordings … or the cars of people,” Ramjattan said last week.last_img read more

Firmino gives Liverpool fitness boost ahead of Champions League final

first_imgBut the Brazil international was able to take part in the first session of the squad’s pre-final training camp on Tuesday, putting him in the running to face Tottenham in Madrid on June 1.Firmino was the first player to arrive on the south coast of Spain for some individual sessions with strength and rehabilitation staff.Having fallen just short in the Premier League title race, Jurgen Klopp’s 26-man group are spending six days in Marbella before returning to England to finalise preparations for their attempt to win Liverpool’s sixth European Cup.“Roberto Firmino today trained alongside his teammates following a muscle strain that ruled him out of Liverpool’s last three matches,” a statement on Liverpool’s website revealed.“The Brazilian took part in the Reds’ first session of their Marbella training camp on Tuesday morning as he works his way back to full fitness.“Firmino has been working with the club’s medical staff on his rehabilitation from the issue and his reintroduction into full team training will be carefully managed under their supervision, with specialised programmes planned over the coming days.”Also included in Liverpool’s group is Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, who continues his rehabilitation from a serious groin problem suffered almost three weeks ago.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has returned to training © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 21 – Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is on course to be fit for the Champions League final against Tottenham after returning to training during the club’s break in Marbella.Firmino missed Liverpool’s last three Premier League matches due to a thigh injury.last_img read more

Man United news: Mourinho chases Dortmund star, Pogba swap deal and more

first_img Shock Nani swoop – Shock reports have emerged from Turkish news agency DHA, who have claimed Mourinho wants to bring his compatriot Nani back to Old Trafford. The Portuguese has a £6.3m release clause but United are unwilling to pay that for the 29-year-old, who left Old Trafford for Fenerbahce in July 2015. 5 United join the race for Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Manchester United have made enquiries for Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Mkhitaryan, according to the Daily Mail. The Armenian is thought to be available for £25m after refusing to sign a new contract, but the Red Devils face competition with Arsenal and Juventus considered favourites for his signature. 5 Zlatan Ibrahimovic signing will have to wait – Manchester United may have to wait for Sweden to be eliminated from Euro 2016 before they sign Ibrahimovic. The Times report that Sweden boss Erik Hamren has told his star man to delay his transfer to Old Trafford and focus on the national team instead. 5 David De Gea not joining Real Madrid – Manchester United fans can breathe a sigh of relief this summer, according to Spanish outlet Marca, who say that Real Madrid are no longer interested in signing goalkeeper De Gea. The Spaniard was the focus of a summer-long transfer saga last year but Zinedine Zidane is happy with current number one Keylor Navas. 5 Matteo Darmian involved in Paul Pogba switch – click the arrow, right, for more Manchester United transfer rumours – The Sun are reporting that United will use Italian right back Darmian as a makeweight as they try to lure Pogba back to Old Trafford. Juventus have enquired about Darmian’s availability while the Red Devils are believed to have had a £60m bid for Pogba rejected last week. 5 Jose Mourinho sealed his first signing as Manchester United manager with Ivorian Eric Bailly joining the club on Wednesday.The defender signed for around £30m from Villarreal as Mourinho aims to strengthen his defence ahead of his first campaign at Old Trafford.And expect there to be plenty more to follow the 22-year-old as the Red Devils try and build a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.Among Mourinho’s priorities are a striker and a midfielder, while he also assesses the current crop of players at the club.Click the arrow above, right, to see the latest Manchester United transfer rumours.last_img read more

Angry sealers fling innards at protesters of Canada hunt

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The hunters prefer to use spiked clubs called hakapiks to crush the seals’ skulls, rather than possibly damage the pelts with a bullet to the brain. While the practice appears barbaric to some, veterinarians insist the pick is more humane and efficient. The fishermen in the isolated island communities of Quebec and Newfoundland say the hunt supplements their meager winter incomes, particularly since cod stocks have dwindled dramatically during the past decade. They resent animal-rights activists, who they say have little understanding of their centuries-old traditions. The hunt brought $14.5 million in revenue last year, after some 325,000 seals were slaughtered. Fishermen sell their pelts, mostly for the fashion industry in Norway, Russia and China, as well as blubber for oil, earning about $60 per seal. The federal government maintains Canada’s seal population is healthy and abundant, with a population of nearly 6 million in the Arctic north and maritime provinces. Regulations require the sealers to quickly kill the seals with a pick or bullet to the brain. The pups also must be over 2-3 weeks old and have shed their white downy fur before being killed. Mark Small, president of the Northeast Coast Sealers Coop, has been sealing off Newfoundland for about 40 years. He said the activists do not understand how important the hunt is to family fishermen. “I think the Canadian public realizes these are coastal people who live off the sea and depend on the hunt to survive in small communities where the fish stocks are not there,” Small told the AP in a telephone interview from St. Johns. Animal rights activists claim the fishermen often skin the seals alive or leave some pups to die if they are not immediately knocked unconscious. The Humane Society has had high-profile allies in celebrities like Paul McCartney and his wife, Heather Mills McCartney, who traveled to the Gulf of St. Lawrence two weeks ago to pose with the newborn pups. In a video message from London, the McCartneys proposed that Canada could end the slaughter by offering a license buyback program to sealers. The French film legend Brigitte Bardot came to Ottawa earlier this week. She said she was stunned that a developed nation would still let such a practice continue, three decades after she first came to Canada to frolic with some pups in an attempt to end the slaughter. The unseasonably mild temperatures in the Gulf of St. Lawrence have made the ice thin and many of the harp seal pups appear to have drowned, prompting protesters to call for the quota of 325,000 kills to be lowered to compensate for the natural deaths. John Grandy, a veteran animal-rights activist on board a plane chartered by the Humane Society to monitor the hunt and report any abuses, also said fewer pups were on the ice this year. “That tells us many have died, they fell through before they could swim,” Grandy said. Roger Simon, spokesman for the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, disputed concerns about a high natural seal mortality this year. “There will always be some mortality and some drowning,” Simon told The Canadian Press. Aboriginal and Inuit hunters began the commercial kill in November in Canada’s frozen Arctic waters; the spring leg will move off the coast of Newfoundland in April. The St. Lawrence hunt can last from three to 10 days, depending on hunting conditions. Martin Dufour, a helicopter pilot from Quebec who was ferrying the Humane Society protesters out to the ice, said he was not opposed to the hunt, only the way in which the seals are killed. “I don’t know why they use the picks,” he said. “It’s a savage way and the seals are too young.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE – Infuriated sealers trying to fend off animal-rights activists flung seal guts at the inflatable boat filled with protesters – in the first of what promised to be many days of angry confrontations between the two groups. Saturday was the first day of Canada’s contentious seal hunt on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and reporters and activists tried to get as close as permitted, but their presence angered sealers hunting for scarce animals on small, drifting ice pans. At one point, a sealing vessel charged up to a small inflatable boat carrying protesters, and a fisherman flung seal intestines at the observers. “They threw carcasses at our Zodiac and they came rushing at us in their boat and tried to capsize us in the wake,” Rebecca Aldworth of the Humane Society told The Associated Press. “This is standard behavior out here; the sealers feel that they’re completely above the law.” last_img read more

FORMER DONEGAL PLAYER TO MANAGE ROSCOMMON

first_imgDES Newton, who played for both Roscommon and Donegal, had been appointed the new manager of Roscommon, it was announced today.He was favourite to succeed Fergal O’Donnell who quit the post last month.Newton had been favourite for some time for the position and his appointment was ratified by the Roscommon County Board today. A winner of an All-Ireland U21 Football title and two Connacht Senior Football Championship, Newton has been involved with Kilmacud Crokes in recent years and will commute from Dublin for training and matches.Former All-Star corner back Enon Gavin has been confirmed as one of his selectors with another set to be appointed in due course.FORMER DONEGAL PLAYER TO MANAGE ROSCOMMON was last modified: November 18th, 2011 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:DES Newtonwho played for both Roscommon and Donegallast_img read more

‘Needs to be Chelsea’s right-back’ – Some fans rave about starlet after Leeds stunner

first_img Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos seriously Reece James looks like a PL footballer— KG (@ElMagoCF4v2) November 4, 2018 Reece James is such a Talented right back! Just scored for Wigan against Leeds. If Chelsea dont want him a really smart Premier League club will pick him up for a snip— El Pivote (@elpivoteftbl) November 4, 2018 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The answer to the question “Messi or Ronaldo?” is Reece James.— GeorgeWeahsCousin (@WeahsCousin) November 4, 2018 SORRY whoops If Chelsea bought Reece James from Ligue 1 for £19m, he’d be a starter— Mowgli. (@Shikargar) November 4, 2018 LATEST WIGAN LEAD Reece James curls one into the bottom corner from 25 yards and the Latics are in front. Watch Wigan v Leeds now live on Sky Sports Football or follow: https://t.co/d9TR6L1Aln pic.twitter.com/Rsjbo2L2UH— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) November 4, 2018He was also solid defensively, continuing the fine form he has displayed this season, but it was James’ superb goal that had people talking.After scoring, social media was abuzz with praise for the England youth international, and we collect some of the best reaction below… Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ revealed latest gameday cracker Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Reece James looks like hes got everything you want in a right back, shame he will never get a look in at chelsea and probly sign for a championship team when the horse has already bolted at an age of 24 or something.— DrizzyWHU (@DrizzyWHU) November 4, 2018 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Teenage defender James is highly-rated at Chelsea Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update RANKED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Decent half from Leeds but yet again we’ve had so much possession with very little end product other than the goal. Wigan’s Reece James looks a great talent.— David Kevin Williams (@DaveKWilliams) November 4, 2018 tense 18-year-old James, the right-back, is currently representing Wigan in the Championship. He’s started all but one of their 16 league matches to date, and has earned rave reviews.The teenager, who was named Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Season for 2017/18, made his most recent appearance on Sunday afternoon, starting against Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds. Reece James doing Reece James things. #CFC #LoanArmy https://t.co/W4ztYy84Gx— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) November 4, 2018 Most Read In Football scrap #WIGLUFC Reece James is Wigan’s best player by a country mile, still confident we can drag him out and go ahead 🙈🤷🏿‍♂️— NDL Jack (@ItsSquadYT) November 4, 2018 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF And he made his mark on the match inside the first 10 minutes, opening the scoring with a remarkable free-kick. Chelsea’s famous loan army ensures clubs all around the world can call upon the services on players contracted to the Blues.And one member of the loan army really caught the eye on Sunday afternoon – Reece James. Reece James NEEDS to be Chelsea’s next right back! A lot has been made about Mason Mount and rightly so but James should get the same hype!— Mark (@sparkz91) November 4, 2018 Can see why Reece James is being linked with £10m moves in January. Looks a player.— Mighty Whites Pod (@mightywhitespod) November 4, 2018last_img read more

DD COMPETITION: WIN TWO FREE FAMILY PASSES AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS

first_imgEclipse Cinemas in Lifford/Strabane have teamed up with Donegal Daily to give two lucky readers the opportunity to win a fantastic prize.Eclipse will give away two FAMILY PASSES to TWO lucky winners.All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to answer the following simple question. Question: Name any film showing at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane??Email answer to info@eclipsecinemas.com DD COMPETITION: WIN TWO FREE FAMILY PASSES AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DD competitionEclipse CinemasEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Baze suspended for failing alcohol test

first_imgARCADIA — Jockey Tyler Baze was removed from his mounts on an important card at Santa Anita on Sunday after being suspended for failing a breath-alcohol test when he went to Indiana to ride on Saturday. Stewards at Hoosier Park said Baze exceeded the .05-percent limit in the breath test given daily to Indiana racing license-holders. They gave Baze a seven-day suspension that could be adjusted after a hearing. California honors suspensions handed down in other states. Baze’s agent said the 22-year-old had been recovering from the flu and drank so he could sleep on the flight to Indiana. “He had a Bloody Mary on the airplane, and I think he had a beer,” agent Ivan Puhich said. “(Fellow jockey) Felipe Martinez told his agent that Tyler wasn’t drunk. But I said, They have rules and Tyler broke them. You have to play by the rules.’ “ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Baze rode one winner in 10 races in the first three days of the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita. He suffered through a terrible season at Del Mar while battling an eating disorder that Puhich said left the jockey weak. The suspension cost Baze the chance to ride Leprechaun Kid, who got second-place money with replacement David Flores in the $250,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at Santa Anita on Sunday. — Kevin Modesti center_img 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

GRITTERS OUT IN FORCE TONIGHT AS TEMPERATURES PLUNGE

first_imgDonegal County Council gritters will be out in force tonight following a warning of a plunge in temperatures.Gritters will be back on Donegal’s roads tonight.Gritters will be out on a number of primary routes across the county from 9pm onwards.A total of 17 routes are to be gritted. These routes can be viewed on the council’s new interactive gritting route website.Donegal County Council says its Winter Maintenance Policy for Roads is to endeavour, within the limited resources available, to maintain major traffic routes in the county in a passable condition.However it has warned that the primary responsibility for road safety remains with the driver.The winter gritting map‘Assume that no road is ice free’ warns the council. Despite today’s storm and sudden plunge in temperature, it is understood that temperatures will rise in the coming days. GRITTERS OUT IN FORCE TONIGHT AS TEMPERATURES PLUNGE was last modified: December 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:county councildonegalgritterslast_img read more