PYJ Warns Community Radios Against ‘Castigation’

first_imgSen Johnson (R) and Representative Johnson Gwaikolo at the occasion.Senator Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ) of Nimba County has warned community radio stations in the county to “stop castigating” their leaders as well as allowing critics to use their stations to assassinate the characters of their leaders.Senator Johnson, who spoke at the close of the County Council Sitting on September 2, urged local reporters and station managers to show love to their beloved county, Nimba, and stop the attitude of using their stations to castigate their leaders and bring them to public disrepute, saying, “If you don’t love me, love your county.”Nimba County Community Radio Association has always been in the budget of the County Council Sitting, which has enabled the association to carry on the construction of a media center in Sanniquellie City. In the just concluded County Sitting, the amount of US$30,000 was allotted for the community radio association (NICORA) for the continuation of the construction of its media center, making it a total of US$90,000 from the county.There are about 13 community radio stations in Nimba, with at least 10 actively functioning.In 2014, NICORA embarked on the construction of media centers as a means of improving communication channels with communities where students and well-meaning people can go to do research.But local radio stations have come under criticisms from politicians, who say the stations castigate them or allow their opponents or critics to lash out at them, and without any regard to their portfolio.During the course of the 2017 election, the Liberty Party (LP) branch of Truth FM in Saclapea refused to allow other politicians to air campaign messages, after the LP alleged that Radio Saclepea was not giving it enough air time as compared to the Unity Party (UP).In the same direction, the All Liberian Party (ALP) of Mr. Benoni Urey opened Radio Slehtowah in Ganta as a means of speeding up his campaign messages because most of the other stations were accused of taking sides with various political parties as well as politicians.And due to the proliferation of the radio stations, Sen. Johnson stressed Nimba’s unity, arguing that any hate message could lead to disunity and confusion, something he wants the stations to desist from doing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Security guard dies in bee attack

first_imgAn East Coast Demerara (ECD) family is now in a state of shock after a swarm of bees descended on 59-year-old Ramnarine (only name) called “Bush”, resulting in the man’s death.Reports are the security guard was walking along the Mon Repos Public Road, ECD at about 13:00h when he was attached by the bees.Guyana Times was told that the man was on his way to the market when the incident occurred. Eyewitnesses reported that the bees were nested in a nearby clump of bush but were disturbed by a herd of cattle.There was nothing onlookers could have done as they stood by and watched Ramnarine died in excruciating pain, an eyewitness said.The dead man’s son, Sunil Ramnarine told this publication that he was at work when he received the shocking news of his father’s death.By the time he arrived at the scene, his father’s body had already been removed.The bereaved son said he has no siblings and his mother passed away two years ago.last_img read more

Tiger Pond launches $5M Cassava Processing facility

first_imgTiger Pond village, located in the Karasabai District, South Pakaraimas, Region Nine, recently commissioned a $5M Cassava Processing facility as part of its Community Development Project (CDP).The processing facility, furnished with modern equipment, is producing cassava by-products such as cassareep, packaged cassava bread, farine, and tapioca.Some of the products produced from the Tiger Pond Processing facility in Region NineMinister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, who declared the facility opened, lauded the villagers for being visionaries and investing in such a venture.While it is a great investment, she reminded them that for the majority of Guyanese, cassava is not a main staple, hence, they (the villagers) need to seek markets before manufacturing the products in large quantities. Minister Garrido-Lowe also encouraged them to ensure the proper maintenance of the facility.Minister Garrido-Lowe told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that “while most, if not all, Guyanese use the cassareep, the majority of them do not eat farine and the other foods. We would have to really work hard to introduce the farine to them. Right now, their main markets will be the surrounding villages and neighbouring Brazil”.Only recently, the village of Karasabai commissioned its $5M CDP tourism project – the Kezeé Eco-Lodge.The Community Development Project (CDP), which falls under the ambit of the Amerindian Development Fund (ADF) is in its second phase; over 100 communities were selected to execute the project which includes venture in farming, agro-processing, aquaculture, poultry and cattle rearing, mining, village infrastructure including; construction of a village office and multi-purpose building, a village shop and museum, and transportation and tourism.The project aims to strengthen entrepreneurial and institutional capacities of the village economy of Amerindian communities, improve linkages with the private sector to further develop value chains and strengthen institutional frameworks to support local economies.last_img read more

Senior officer in B Division under investigation for allegedly taking bribe

first_imgA New Amsterdam, Berbice man has been arrested, while a senior rank is accused of accepting an 0,000 bribe to not lay charges against the accused in an illegal firearm case who is currently on remand.Kevin France, 51, a self-employed man of Lot 55 Palmyra Village, Berbice, is accused of having one 9 mm pistol and 13 live rounds in a car without being the holder of a firearm licence.Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine told Guyana Times that the investigation has been launched and the Police want to get to the bottom of the allegation, since a senior Police Officer has been implicated.“The Commander drew something to my attention, but I am satisfied that the man who was found with the firearm has been charged and is before the court. I asked that an investigation be launched, because of the fact that a senior officer is involved; it could have been any officer; we need to get down to the bottom of it to find out whether it is true or false,” Ramnarine told Guyana Times in an exclusive interview.The investigation was launched after a phone conversation between Frances’ wife, Destiny Harris, and someone claiming to be the Senior Officer was given to the Police. During the conversation, the $800,000 bribe was requested:VOICE OF MAN –“I can release the car this afternoon if you want.”VOICE OF HARRIS – “Yes, I would like to have the car back this afternoon. So I give you the eight hundred today and tomorrow to the court?”VOICE OF MAN – “Yes, you come to the court tomorrow and someone will take the money and he will be out.”VOICE OF HARRIS – “So the whole case will be finished and there will be no story?”VOICE OF MAN – “It could have been finished already…”VOICE OF HARRIS – “When will this person be out?”VOICE OF MAN – “He could have been out already. I will go over just now and call the person and call you back and tell you what to do… Don’t tell any one that you spoke to me. Don’t tell nobody because I am assisting you. When you came to bring the cash to me, you alone. Get dressed and I will call you back just now.”On Monday, Jason Thomas told Guyana Times that the Police had detained his car and were charging him for having a dark tint.“The Police knew why my car got the tint and they never charge me. Look the other day I stop right in front of the station and picked up three girls … Now they want to charge me,” Thomas complained.Harris took the recording to Attorney-at-Law Charrandass Persaud who said the Police confirmed that the voice on the recording was not that of the senior rank but that of a conman, Jason Thomas.He said, “The voice was identified by a senior police rank and also the girl herself as that of Jason Thomas who is known to the Police for all kinds of things.”Investigations revealed that Thomas was once a student of Harris.Thomas, who was arrested, was on Monday released. He also told this publication that he had a good relationship with the Police.When contacted, the senior rank, who was initially implicated, said senior investigators were handling the matter. He said he was informed that Thomas was put on station bail as investigators are gathering more evidence. However, he noted that he could not comment further on the matter.The Attorney says that Thomas could be charged for receiving money under false pretence and for impersonation the officer. “The fact is that you have to get the voice analysed by an expert.”According to Persaud, when he was contacted, he advised Harris not to pay any more money. By this time, however, she had already handed over $800,000.Guyana Times could not ascertain whether Harris had a confrontation with Thomas in the presence of Police. However, Police are continuing to gather evidence.last_img read more

Cemex, city agree to talk deal

first_imgUnder federal contracts spanning about 20 years, Cemex planned to mine 2million tons a year in the first decade, ramping up to 4million to 5million tons a year over the next decade. Cemex officials announced Tuesday that they called off plans to open the 56.1million-ton mine next year and want to negotiate a compromise with the city instead. The city has bankrolled a roughly $8million campaign to scale down or block the mine, planned for a hilly area outside city bounds between Canyon Country and Agua Dulce. Details of the compromise were not given. The Sulphur Springs Union School District abuts the mine property, and school officials worried mine operations could snarl traffic and pose a health risk for kids at the district’s eight schools. The district partnered with the city in opposing the project. “I’m happy they sort of postponed it,” said Kerry Clegg, who has served on the school board for about 17 years. “The mining (operations) would have generated a lot of dust, and we’re downwind from it. We’re concerned about indoor air quality problems for kids.” The district had planned to monitor indoor air and take action if it deteriorated. Clegg, a semi-retired research molecular biologist, said many were concerned pollution from increased truck traffic might kindle childhood asthma cases. Clegg lives in one of the Stonecrest neighborhoods that were annexed in July after after a sometimes heated battle that saw city officials pushing for jurisdiction over the community – which provided a landbridge to acreage it owns at the mine. Clegg favored annexation, noting the city is better positioned than the county to fight the mine. County supervisors granted the mining permit under a consent decree in 2004. City activists honed their sparring moves decades ago battling BKK Corp.’s plan to site the world’s largest trash dump in Elsmere Canyon – in the Angeles National Forest – with the county’s blessing. Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean, then a civilian who founded the SCV Canyons Preservation Committee, dug in until federal legislation enacted in 1995 protected the area. “No matter what we did or said, proponents of the dump would not come to the table and talk about alternatives,” she said. “This … is an entirely different situation.” City officials have drawn some parallels, noting both were multiyear battles to retain the community’s character and quality of life. McLean said there’s a notable difference. “Cemex, however, at this point is willing to come to the table to try and come to an equitable solution,” she said. “We are sitting at the table, and we have almost a year to discuss what will or will not happen on that site.” (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Santa Clarita has agreed to lay low in its aggressive $8million battle against gravel mining giant Cemex, a fight that included a bitter annexation struggle of a neighborhood near the company’s proposed quarry in Soledad Canyon. In this first sign of some sort of compromise, residents and activists who have led the impassioned fight are upbeat. “I’m optimistically cautious,” said Andy Fried, founder and president of Safe Action For the Environment, a nonprofit corporation formed eight years ago to oppose the mine. Fried declined to say more because the group hasn’t met since Cemex announced Tuesday the mine is on hold. SAFE has spent roughly $120,000, hiring an expert in air quality and health issues whose studies contradicted results found in county and federal environmental reports. Fried, an Agua Dulce resident, says the group would accept mining at “historic levels” of 300,000 tons a year, as would the city. last_img read more

No Kidd-ing around

first_imgAmid questions about their direction, the Lakers hope one answer might come in a highway-robbery deal before Thursday’s trade deadline. They have expressed interest in all-star guard Jason Kidd, who is owed $41 million the next two seasons. With those financial considerations in mind, the New Jersey Nets are considering trading Kidd to the Lakers in a package that would not include either center Andrew Bynum or forward Lamar Odom, the two most valuable assets after Kobe Bryant. “We’ve looked to make deals over the last few years close to the trading deadline,” Jackson said Tuesday, “and they’ve all been really key players that we thought would make a difference. “We just didn’t want to do a lateral move or something like that. “That’s one of the reasons why we think if you do something, do it right. Do it big.” No Phil Jackson-coached team ever has lost six straight games, although that will be no comfort as the Lakers play host to Portland tonight at Staples Center. They have dropped their past four games in the closing minutes, almost finding new ways to lose. Although the Lakers have victories over the Western Conference’s top five teams, they have gone just 16-18 after opening the season with 15 of their first 20 games at home. They now would have to go 20-8 to finish with 50 wins. The Lakers would have to take into account the luxury-tax implications of adding Kidd, as well as the difficulty in bringing a player up to speed midseason in the triangle offense. Even so, Jackson’s patience might have run out after Thursday’s 114-108 loss to Cleveland, a game in which the Lakers led with 3:23 left only to watch the Cavaliers finish the game by making five consecutive trips to the foul line. Asked if he felt the Lakers had to make a move, Jackson answered: “After Thursday’s loss, I was very disappointed in our team. I thought our chemistry was not good. I told you guys … that I saw defeat in some faces in a ballgame that was close. “It was right down to the wire all the way through, and we’ve had four games like that out of our five losses that have been right on the nub and we haven’t been able to produce.” Bryant called Kidd “one of the top point guards in the history of the NBA” and suggested the two wouldn’t have a problem co-existing: “If a name like Jason Kidd comes across the table, you have to look at it.” The Nets, who have slipped to 25-29 and two games out of the Eastern Conference’s top eight, would have to be open to a package probably built around Kwame Brown and Jordan Farmar as well as several expiring contracts and draft picks. In the meantime, the Lakers will move forward after the latest in a never-ending cycle of injuries. Forward Vladimir Radmanovic slipped on ice in Park City, Utah, on Saturday, and separated his right shoulder and will be out eight weeks. The Lakers already have lost key players for nearly 120 games this season due to injury. They are hopeful Luke Walton – who has missed 11 games with a sprained ankle – can return in the next week and Brown will follow sooner than expected. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img EL SEGUNDO – As the Lakers reconvened Tuesday following the All-Star break, they could find the seventh-place Denver Nuggets closer in their rear-view mirror than the fifth-place Houston Rockets ahead on the road. Whether the Lakers are stuck in reverse or merely stalled out thanks to a combination of injuries and a difficult schedule, they will start the second half of the season having lost five consecutive games and 11 of their past 15. last_img read more

Predicted Liverpool line up v West Ham: Reds to continue their fine start against Bilic’s Hammers?

first_img 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 6. Dejan Lovren (centre-back) 11 11 11 12. Joe Gomez (left-back) 23. Emre Can (centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 9. Christian Benteke (striker) 7. James Milner (central midfield) 10. Philippe Coutinho (attacking midfield) 11 Liverpool host West Ham on Saturday boasting an unbeaten record in the Premier League so far.The Reds are also coming off the back of a hugely encouraging 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Monday night where, if Petr Cech hadn’t been in imperious form, they could have been out of sight by half time.The Hammers, meanwhile, have fallen from grace somewhat since their opening day victory at the Gunners after successive home reverses to Leicester and Bournemouth.The Merseysiders are unequivocal favourites for the showdown at Anfield but, with captain Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana both sidelined, could the visitors cause a shock?Here’s how we expect Liverpool to line up on Saturday afternoon… 21. Lucas Leiva (defensive midfield) 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right-back) – take a look at the full predicted line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think by leaving a comment below 11. Roberto Firmino (attacking midfield) 11 37. Martin Skrtel (centre-back)last_img read more

These Liverpool fans couldn’t get enough of Firmino’s goal and celebration v PSG

first_imgEye see what you did there, Roberto 👁— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 18, 2018 Bobby Firmino is a striker that any team in the world would want. What a gem! #ynwa #lfc— Tejas Shetty (@PadmaNaby) September 18, 2018 Finally, Bobby Firmino!! What a footballer, what a man. World Class 🔥. #LFC— Sufyaan (@LFC_18_5) September 18, 2018 possible standings Latest Liverpool FC News Firmino is easily the most intelligent player we have, certainly in terms of maintaining possession and finding a pass when in trouble. He’s like Alonso in an advance position. #LFC— Edward the Penitent (@Red_Ed88) September 18, 2018 He’s definitely got an eye for the goal 😉 #Firmino #LFC #LiverpoolPSG— Javs (@Javedmsumfink) September 18, 2018 Even with one 👁 he still scores Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliviera 🔥 🔥🔥 #lfc— Osei_One™️ (@osei_one) September 18, 2018 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 1 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Firmino earned Liverpool a great win huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining Firmino really has an eye for goal tonight #Firmino #LFC #LiverpoolFC— Luciano Pace P (@luc022) September 18, 2018 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Liverpool got their Champions League campaign off to a flying start after earning a 3-2 victory over a lacklustre Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield.A stoppage-time strike from Roberto Firmino saw the Reds claim the famous win after they initially blew a 2-0 lead. REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED silverware Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars smart causal But Firmino, who came on as a second-half substitute after sustaining a nasty looking eye injury during the Reds’ victory over Tottenham last weekend, ensured his side would come away with all three points with a brilliant strike into the corner.It was a great goal but the celebration was even better as the Brazilian made reference to his eye injury.And these Kopites were loving Firmino’s tongue in cheek humour. Below you can see Firmino’s celebration and the reaction from some Liverpool fans on Twitter. Bobby Firmino, what a man!#LFC#LFCPSG#YNWA— Ben Gunn (@Ben_Gunn) September 18, 2018 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED last_img read more


first_imgThe Grim Reaper marches down Letterkenny Main Street to mark the death of the NowDoc service. Pic by Northwest Newspix.More than 400 protesters marched behind a coffin in Letterkenny today to protest at what is being described as the downgrading of the NowDoc service locally.The current service operates from three centres across north and west Donegal in Letterkenny, Carndonagh and Derrybeg.However, under a new trial the HSE wants to close the Carndonagh and Derrybeg centres and put an extra doctor on call for those regions based in Letterkenny. Actors Niall Eachmharcaigh and Hughie Beag O Duibheannaigh from TG4’s drama Ros na Run re-enacted the death of the NowDoc health service at Letterkenny’s Market Square.The death of NOwDoc is re-anacted.Pic by Northwest Newspix.A vocal crowd carrying placards then marched down the town’s Main Street to the current NowDoc centre at Oldtown in Letterkenny.Among the public representatives present were TDs Dinny McGinley, Charlie McConalogue, Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Thomas Pringle as well as local county councillors Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig, John Campbell and Gerry McGonagle.Government TD Deputy Dinny McGinley asked people not to rush to judgement. “We’re in the middle of trial period. We’ll have to see what comes of it but people are anxious and they will always be anxious when there are changes to healthcare,” he said.He added that he refused to blame the government.Some of the crowd which attended today’s protest rally.Amongst those who came to protest was Eamon Greene, 67, who walked a mile on the protest using crutches.Mr Greene, from Gaoth Dobhair, said he would be dead if it not for the NowDoc service.“I would have been dead but the NowDoc service. I collapsed twice and I live 45 minutes from Letterkenny. “If I had been waiting for a doctor from Letetrkenny, I would have been dead. These changes cannot b allowed to happen,” he said.His sentiments were echoed by Gerard McElhinney, 54, who suffers from spinal problems and also uses crutches.And county councillor Gerry McMonagle warned that the plans will have widespread implications.“People in Letetrkenny might not think this has any affect on them but if the service in Letterkenny is being stretched to the west and north of the county, it may leave the town without cover.” MORE THAN 400 PROTEST AT ‘DEATH’ OF NOWDOC SERVICE was last modified: August 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalletterkennyNowDocprotestlast_img read more

‘Dhal’ smiles for Chandpur restaurant following win in first ever Irish Curry Awards

first_imgChandpur Indian restaurant in Donegal Town are celebrating this week after picking up a prize for Best Chef in the Irish Curry Awards.In the first ever edition of the awards, held yesterday in Belfast, Chandpur took the top prize in the Best Chef category for Ulster.Owners Rana and Susan Miah were over the moon to have won in their category. They were also shortlisted for the award of Best Indian Restaurant in Ulster. Chandpur were among some of the most prestigious restaurants in the north and south of Ireland to be shortlisted for awards, as only the hottest curry houses received recognition for their contributions to the Irish food scene.The restaurant has many other awards to their name for their outstanding dishes and customer service. And with this latest win, they have even more good news to spice up their spirits!‘Dhal’ smiles for Chandpur restaurant following win in first ever Irish Curry Awards was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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