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  • Brathwaite buries bitter memories

    first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):In the space of just four deliveries on Sunday, West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite banished bitter memories that had haunted him for the last five years.Playing in his Twenty20 International debut against Bangladesh in Dhaka back in October 2011, a 23-year-old Brathwaite conceded 14 runs off the penultimate over with the hosts needing 22 off the two last overs, in pursuit of 133.With eight runs left off the final over, Bangladesh got home off the fifth delivery, to deal West Indies a three-wicket defeat and claim victory in the one-off T20 game.DEBUT IN BANGLADESH”I remember my debut in Bangladesh when I didn’t come through for the team and we lost and I made it my business to say Carlos Brathwaite will develop to be a match-winner.”Brathwaite became an instant hero at Eden Gardens as he blasted West Indies to a four-wicket win and to the capture of the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup.With the Windies needing 19 off the last six balls, Brathwaite clattered sixes off the first four deliveries in a stunning finish.”It’s better than a dream. Initially, the plan was just to get bat on ball and run as hard as possible. We knew we couldn’t waste any balls and that was just the first plan,” Brathwaite said afterwards.”Fortunately, I got the first couple of away, that kind of settled the nerves a bit. Then after the third one I knew that all I had to do was get bat on ball on the fourth one and we were world champions. Fortunately, all four went for sixes and here we are, world champions, a treble for West Indies cricket.”Brathwaite finished on 34 not out off 10 deliveries, in an exhilarating 54-run stand with Man-of-the-Match Marlon Samuels, who was unbeaten on 85 off 66 balls at the end.”It’s one of those out-of-body experiences. As a young man you dream of winning a World Cup – probably just winning a game – and to be able to do it among all these legends in T20 cricket, to be able to do it for the people of the Caribbean (is special).” he explained.Brathwaite had earlier contributed with the ball, taking three for 23 as West Indies restricted England to 155 for nine off their 20 overs.last_img read more

  • Ellen Should Publicly Apologize to Shaki’s Family’

    first_imgThe Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), has recommended that President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf openly extend a public apology to Shaki Kamara’s family and provide compensation to the family.The INCHR also strongly recommended that the President provide monetary compensation to the family, an amount to be determined by the government in collaboration with the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia.The Daily Observer contacted President Johnson-Sirleaf’s Presidential Press Secretary, Jerolinmeh Piah for is reaction to the INCHR’s recommendation.  But he declined to comment, saying he had neither seen the report nor spoken with the President about it.  As soon as he did, he would give the press her reaction.The INCHR launched the long awaited investigation report on Shaki Kamara, who was shot in the leg in on August 20, 2014, when people of West Point Township revolted against a forced quarantine order  implemented by a contingent of the Armed Forces of Liberia.Speaking on Wednesday at the launch of the Report at the office of the Commission, the Chairperson of the Commission, former Associate Justice Gladys Johnson, said the 15-year-old, Shaki Kamara was shot in the leg, which shattered his leg resulting in profuse bleeding and death.According to the Report, unidentified witnesses informed the Commission that Shaki Kamara was shot in the leg by a police officer.  Meanwhile, the report said a military personnel shot Titus Nuah after residents of the township resisted the family of West Point Commissioner Miatta Haja Flowers remaining in the township.The Chairperson of the Commission explained that, the commission was informed by the witnesses that they are ready to prove their allegations, but only if their safety will be guaranteed by Commission and the government at large.“The West Point shooting affected persons, including Titus Nuah, who was shot in his stomach; Sylvester Kromah, who sustained serious lacerations from barb wires while attempting to escape the scene of the shooting and angry mob from West Point; and Shaki Kamara, who died as the result of profuse bleeding and late medication,” Commissioner Johnson said.According to Madam Johnson, Dr. Vuyu. Kanda Golakai, Dean, A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, Professor and consultant, department of surgery, John F. Kennedy medical center explained that, “Based on still photographs and video images of the injuries sustained by Shaki Kamara, the victim of those injuries could have been successfully treated by a competent person or team in Liberia and should not have died as a result of such injuries.”According to Titus Nuah who was shot in the stomach and in the same room with at Redemption Hospital with Shaki Kmara, “Shaki was administered drips. He constantly requested water to drink but received none; he called out to the nurses but no one came, he rolled down from the bed to the floor and crawled to my bed telling me ‘Timaya, I will die. I want to drink.’ He called plenty times crying and nobody came, he stopped talking and sleep carried me. When I woke up around 5: 30 a.m., Shaki was dead.”According to the Commissioner Johnson, through video recording, first aid was administered to Shaki Kamara’s wound by Medicine Sans Frontieres (MSF) and the Armed Forces of Liberia at the scene of the shooting, crying and explaining that he had gone to buy bread.The Commission also says, the misjudgment or perhaps the intentional violation of the quarantine order by the township commissioner, Miatta Haja Flowers to evacuate her family from West Point assisted by the very security forces deployed to enforce the quarantine order, was a glaring display of special treatment for commissioner Flowers and family and discrimination against the residents of West Point.“These actions and circumstances by the township commissioner and the security forces led to the protest and later the death little Shaki Kamara and others who received injuries at the shooting situation in West Point,” Cllr. Johnson said.The commission has also recommended to the government through the Ministry of Internal Affairs that the commissioner of West Point be reassigned or replaced; that the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf extend a public apology to the family of Shaki Kamara; and compensate the family for their loss.The INCHR also recommends that Titus Nuah be flown to a renowned Hospital in Accra Ghana, for further evaluation or treatment accompanied by a family member and physician who operated on him at the SDA Cooper Hospital in Monrovia.  For this, the government through the office of the President should underwrite the cost.The commission has at the same time called on the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to openly apologize to the people of Liberia and the victims of the shooting incident of August 20, 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • The Impact of Ebola on the Educational System of Liberia

    first_imgGood afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen,If anyone had told you or me that 2014 would be such a disruptive, terrifying year, I hardly think that any of us would have believed the prediction.  And so it has been from the point of view of the Liberian family, diminished, impoverished, and partly annihilated; from the point of view of our educational institutions, this latter being the focus of this presentation.Ebola did not overtake Liberia suddenly. We simply failed at all levels to take the necessary, precautionary measures at the appropriate time.  What we must do now is to examine thoroughly its impact and the remedies needed to prevent more deaths, the remedies needed to mitigate sufferings, the remedies needed to put Liberians in a productive frame of mind despite the pall Ebola has put us under.Education, which is the non-porous building blocks of any nation focused on a holistic development, continues to take a beating in our country and Ebola has only added its own severe debilitating lash to a system already struggling excruciatingly to acquire excellence in delivery and excellence in results.  But the hiatus which Ebola has imposed upon us must be turned into periods of evaluation, assessment and planning so that more consistent, well-thought-out education agenda can evolve, an agenda fully supported morally, socially and financially, the execution of which will pit excellence successfully against mediocrity.  This will be hard work, of course, for everyone, given where our education system is in general and where it needs to be situated regionally and globally.During this Ebola crisis, our students have died. Our students have become orphaned. Our students have been displaced. Our students for the most part are presently not very constructively engaged. Our students are again on the familiar path to becoming over-aged students in classrooms. Our students are peddlers hawking their wares in moving traffic on our city streets and at market stalls. Only God knows how many of these minors are getting a very   poisonous taste of the adult world.  They will never be children again.  They can never regain lost innocence.Our teachers also have died.  Others have been forced for economic reasons to again abandon the profession.  For some this abandonment will be definitive. So many teachers, those from private and faith-based institutions have no earnings now; yet they have families to support.  Others have no family left. Some have left the country; they will remain resignedly in other lands and there face the stigma, the ostracism, even the hostility that Ebola has saddled Liberians with rather than return to their homeland to work towards keeping Ebola and the likes of it out of our boundaries, out of our world. Despite these enormous physical, psychological, economical and educational challenges being thrust upon our education system, we must, with proper planning, insight and a real ounce, just an ounce of patriotism meet these challenges in the short, medium and long terms. Let the Ebola hiatus serve as a springboard for the educational system to be infused with dogged determination on the part of us the citizens to help bring about the changes we would like to have. Ours is a small country; our population is relatively small thereby making it easier for Liberians to do better things for ourselves.The Ministry of Education is providing books for the public schools which are in the majority.  Together with its International Partners it continues to train teachers.  It has established School Boards in each of the fifteen counties.  It has demanded higher academic qualifications in the field of education for its district and county education officers and it has made available the national curriculum for all schools.  Despite these noble efforts and more, the WAEC results, including the WASSCE pilots, the results of entrance exams administered by tertiary institutions continue to be dismal.   Why is this so?  I believe that the 1980 coup d’état the protracted period of civil unrest have given Liberians in general a different mindset with regards to the value of education. Additionally, corruption has gained perceptibly, that is in full view of all, an enduring status. Therefore we now have on our hands herculean but not insurmountable tasks, although they are exacerbated by the Ebola outbreak. Gratefully the international community has taken note of this universally menacing ogre and is reaching out to chase it, hopefully out of creation.Education institutions are particularly vulnerable, in spite of the belief that this crisis will pass.  Therefore for the immediate future I strongly suggest that Government, with the help of its partners make available to private and faith-based institutions soft loans to enable them to bounce back so as not to add to the hardships of parents and guardians some of whom have not been able to work over a period of several months.Additionally, the following suggestions are also implementable to the benefit of our education system. That the formation of teachers especially mastery of the contents in the key subjects – Language arts, math, science, civics – be given the greatest priority in a consistent comprehensive way in each of the fifteen counties.  That, the counties be given greater autonomy in conducting educational activities and that they be rewarded for creativity in teaching/learning strategies which have appreciable results.     That the counties be held responsible for the outcomes of external exams and the ranking nationally of their respective schools and counties.Very importantly, most importantly  each Liberian must convince himself/herself that education is the only productive way forward for our country and that each of us needs to take  personal responsibility in giving prominence to education, for if our education system is inadequate we will produce inadequate functionaries.  We cannot afford to do this to ourselves in a would shrinking everyday and thereby making the competent and incompetent easily discernible.A modicum of will power at the official level and at the level of ordinary citizens could go a long way in making the education system resistant to any viral pandemic.I thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • SOCU now doing basic Police work – Jagdeo

    first_img…probing murders, grievous bodily harm, theft not the Unit’s functionGuyana’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) – a body established with the exclusive mandate to investigate financial crimes under the country’s international treaty obligations – is now made to do regular Police work, including investigating murders, robbery and theft, according to its protocol recently developed by the Public Security Ministry.SOCU was established in 2013 as a law enforcement agency to investigate exclusively, allegations and reports relating to money laundering and terrorism as part of Guyana’s international obligations to strengthen its Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML&CFT) apparatus.However, the Unit’s responsibility has now been expanded to include basic duties being executed by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and based on the approved protocol of the SOCU, apart from investigating referrals from the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and suspected criminal transactions relating to financial crimes, including money laundering and financing of terrorism, the body is also tasked with probing non-financial crimes.Among the “specific responsibilities” of SOCU are investigating corruption and bribery, murders, grievous bodily harm, robbery or theft, forgery, piracy, counterfeiting currency, counterfeiting and piracy of products, environmental crimes and gold smuggling.Investigation of many of these crimes, however, is the mandate of the GPF and does not fit within the expected responsibility of SOCU when it was established, based on a recommendation from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF); the regional watchdog body for money laundering and terrorism financing.Armed with a signed copy of the SOCU protocol, Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo told a Thursday afternoon press conference at his People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Robb Street headquarters, that this new mandate is ridiculous and with this expanded mandate, not much is left for the rest of the Guyana Police Force to do.Jagdeo urged that the Unit return to its original mandate.“This is a Special Organsied Crime Unit, it can’t do 21 things, it has to go back to its core functions, which was [fighting] money laundering and terrorism. There are other places in the Police Force where they deal with piracy, smuggling, fraud, murder… you have the CID or environmental crimes and counterfeiting of products, that’s not for SOCU,” the Opposition Leader declared.Confusion in the campJagdeo also lamented the seemingly high degree of confusion in President David Granger’s Cabinet over who exactly should be responsible for SOCU.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, whose Ministry drafted the SOCU protocols, stated in that document that the Unit will report to the Police Commissioner, as well as act on instructions emanating from the top cop.However, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams on Wednesday, hinted at plans to remove the body from under the purview of the Guyana Police Force.Jagdeo weighed in on the confusion, stating that again, its pure absurdity and incompetence in the Government.“This is the nonsense that goes on in the Government, a useless bunch of Ministers. They don’t even know what they are doing… the incompetence is unbelievable,” Jagdeo stated.Delinking of SOCUMeanwhile, the former President also signalled his party’s staunch opposition to the intended delinking of SOCU from the Guyana Police Force, declaring “I don’t support the removal of SOCU from the Police Force.”Jagdeo said while the Police Force may have capricious action time and again it is Government by laws, protocols, regulations and standard operating procedures (SOPs), removing the Unit from under the Police Force can lead to significantly political interference.“When you transfer these powers to bodies that report to Ministers or Office of the President (now Ministry of the Presidency) etc, that’s when it becomes a black hole… you don’t know who they will act and they will be influenced to take political actions against opponents, so we believe the Unit was set up under the Police to support the FIU. That’s what it does, the FIU doesn’t need a policing arm,” the former Head of State said.FATF/CFATF site visitAsked if the now broadened mandate of SOCU could impact Guyana’s exit from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) watch list, when a team from that body and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) conducts an onsite visit here in a matter of weeks, Jagdeo said that the visiting delegations are likely to unearth the many deficiencies in the system, including the fact that the Attorney General “lied” about having a fully functional FIU, despite Government now moving to put the staff of that body in place by mid-September, ahead of the visit.“These people (visiting teams) are going to find a SOCU which was set up to support this (FIU) now doing environmental crime, they will find now that SOCU has been politicised… they will find a lot of deficiencies and they will find a Government that is not serious about going after real cases of money laundering but is more concerned with using the State machinery SARU, SOCU, FIU everybody to come after political opponents, that’s what they will find and we will speak to them about it,” Jagdeo said.SOCU has been under heavy scrutiny from many quarters of society, including rights groups after a botched operation on December 30, 2015, involving a high-speed chase on Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown, which resulted in the deaths of three persons – Guyana Defence Force Sergeant Robert Pyle, his wife Stacy Pyle and the driver of a canter truck Linden Eastman.Sergeant Pyle and a team from SOCU were supposed to be conducting surveillance on the home of former Head of NICIL Winston Brassington at Cowan Street, Kingston, Georgetown, and became engaged in the high-speed chase down Carifesta Avenue with a vehicle occupied by Opposition parliamentarian Charles Ramson Jr, his wife Alana Seebarran and her brother.During that high-speed chase, Pyle slammed into the truck that was travelling in the opposite direction, resulting in the three deaths.The Government has since refused to launch a Commission of Inquiry into the incident, prompting condemnation from politicians and rights groups.last_img read more

  • NBS senior staff charged for false imprisonment

    first_imgThree New Building Society (NBS) staff members were on Wednesday arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to false imprisonment charges.The charges read that on January 23, 2018, Anil Beharry , Anil Kishun, and Deka Tularam prevented eight persons, inclusive of Court Marshals and Police Officers from leaving NBS’ Avenue of the Republic office. The trio pleaded not guilty to theThe doors to the NBS headquarters which were blocked and locked on January 23, 2018charge.Media personnel and members of the public were not allowed in the courtroom when the matter was presided over by Magistrate Fabayo Azore.On the day in question, Court Marshals and Police Officers had visited the lending agency to execute a levy of the business’ assets.Just two days prior, Justice Brassington Reynolds awarded some $59 million in damages to the company’s former CEO, Maurice Arjoon for wrongful dismissal and pension. The company had locked its doors, claiming that it was under the impression the lending agency was being robbed, preventing customers from leaving the building.During the six-hour standoff, Joseph Allen, Gina Arjoon, Martin Brown, Alex Green, Patrick Higgins, Ganesh Hira, Shawn Kalicharran, and Goodish Singh were all confined within the building.Arjune had initially sued for $550 million; however, he was only awarded $79 million and a ruling that he should receive a monthly pension of $372,498.The trio was released on self bail and will return to court on March 26 before Magistrate Dylon Bess.last_img read more

  • Volunteers see wild life population drop

    first_imgPopulations of local wildlife have dropped slightly from last year. Volunteer for the Winter Wildlife Count Stan Gladysz explains why. [asset|aid=819|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8f21b461b3024b3adfa6c1aa00561ba7-stan gladysz_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -Gladysz volunteered to count the animals near Charlie Lake along with other volunteers last Sunday. Deer, elk and moose were some of the animals counted. Gladysz expects more animals will be counted next year.Advertisement [asset|aid=820|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8f21b461b3024b3adfa6c1aa00561ba7-stan gladysz 2_1_Pub.mp3] The information collected by volunteers is used to monitor wildlife populations.last_img read more

  • Who’s your American Idol?

    first_imgLaKisha Jones, left, and Sabrina Sloan, right, wowed the judges during Wednesday night’s American Idol. Who was your favorite? Tell us what you think at Idol Chatter, our American Idol blog with Daily News reporter Fred Shuster. And be sure to weigh in tonight, when the viewers vote four contestants off the show. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

  • Ghana court suspends football federation

    first_img“GFA has undermined its existence and therefore in the interest of protecting the national interests, we say the attorney general owes the duty to take urgent measures to stop this,” Akuffo said in the country’s capital of Accra.“The GFA has now become an instrument for self-aggrandisement by people who run it to make themselves rich.”In an explosive documentary aired last week, a Ghanaian investigative journalist used a hidden camera to allegedly capture federation officials and referees soliciting bribes worth millions of dollars.After the release of the film, Ghana government announced it wanted to “take immediate action” to dissolve the GFA.On Friday, the governing body of world football FIFA announced a 90-day suspension of the GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi.In the documentary aired last Wednesday, Nyantakyi was accused of requesting $11 million from reporters posing as investors to secure government contracts.Football is Ghana’s national sport and the revelations have sent shockwaves through the country just under a week before the start of the World Cup finals in Russia.Ghana’s senior men’s team, the Black Stars, failed to qualify.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The president of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has been suspended over allegations of corruption © AFP / CARL DE SOUZAACCRA, Ghana, Jun 12 – A Ghana court on Tuesday ordered the suspension of the country’s embattled football federation, paving the way for its dissolution following explosive corruption allegations.The High Court of Ghana granted the request of Ghana’s attorney general Gloria Akuffo to suspend the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and its officials.last_img read more

  • Morfee Elementary School in Mackenzie receives funding for wetland project

    first_imgPEACE REGION, B.C. – A small wetland project at Morfee Elementary School in Mackenzie has received funding from the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP).In the Peace Region during 2019—2020 the FWCP has funded 26 projects totalling approximately $1.5 million.The goal of the school project is to create a natural functioning wetland to support waterfowl, bats, amphibians, songbirds and invertebrates led by the British Columbia Wildlife Federation (BCWF), this outdoor space will also serve as an outdoor classroom for students to learn about nature, science, and art.- Advertisement -“In addition to creating this small educational wetland for the school, BCWF is also educating First Nations communities through a series of wetland workshops, increasing wetland stewardship in our region,” says FWCP’s Peace Region Manager, Chelsea Coady.This project was approved by the FWCP Peace Region Board and aligns with the region’s Action Plans, which identify priorities and projects eligible for FWCP funding.The FWCP is a partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries & Oceans Canada, First Nations, and Public Stakeholders to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by existing BC Hydro dams.Advertisement BC Hydro funds the FWCP annually in order to fulfill its applicable water licence obligations, and the FWCP directs those funds toward priority actions to fulfill its mission.In total across British Columbia FWCP has approved 97 projects in 2019—2020 to be delivered First Nations, consultants, government organizations and stewardship groups.To view more about the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program; CLICK HERElast_img read more

  • Sissoko: Arsenal is the ‘club of my heart’

    first_img1 Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko has left his future at St James’ Park in doubt by revealing his love for Premier League rivals Arsenal.Speculation surrounding the 25-year-old’s future with the Magpies has been rife, with the Frenchman linked with moves to the Gunners and Paris Saint-Germain.Reports suggested Sissoko was not in talks regarding a potential move to the Ligue 1 club, but the former Toulouse man said he would love to win the Champions League adding that remaining in England was a priority for his career.“I remain focused on Newcastle,” Sissoko told Telefoot. “If something should happen, it will happen.“England remains my priority. If Arsene Wenger calls me? We will have a discussion man to man. Arsenal has always been the club of my heart.”Sissoko, who has 27 caps for France, said his dream was to play for a “big club”.He added: “I would love to win the Euros [in 2016] with France and the Champions League too. I want to continue to go further and higher.”last_img read more