first_imgDear Editor,In 2015, I wrote extensively about the lies and deceit being perpetrated by the AFC, not to mention the cronyism and corruption. However, once again, the lying and deceitful nature of the AFC is coming to the fore prior to the Local Government Elections (LGE).It behooves an RDC Councillor to stringently adhere to the facts and evidences on issues which he or she attempts to highlight to the public via the media. This is so since an RDC Councillor holds a key position and responsibility which is geared to foster socio-economic development of the Region.Many times, at the RDC statutory meetings, Councillors would be rebuked by the Regional Chairman for making unsubstantiated, irresponsible, and reckless statements, and he treated both sides of the House in an impartial and objective manner.On Saturday, 25thAugust, an RDC Councillor, Mr Devin Sookraj, made a reckless allegation against factory workers at the Blairmont and Rose Hall Estates. He was at the time hosting an AFC TV program ‘Alliance on the Move’. He claimed that these factories were sabotaged by workers under the directive of GAWU and the PPP, and that was the reason for the downfall of GuySuCo. He further claimed he was going to bring a former GAWU representative on the said program to substantiate his spurious and scandalous claim.It must be recalled that a Commission of Inquiry was held by the Coalition Government in 2015, and it listed a number of reasons why GuySuCo suffered a decline, but nowhere did the COI mention sabotage as being one of the reasons. Therefore, as an RDC Councillor, Mr Sookraj should not have been obsessed with wild allegations to gain political mileage to garner some votes, since the LGE is around the corner. This irresponsible Councillor needs to understand that the AFC has exhausted its baggage of lies and deceit, and they can no longer fool the populace. No number of lies can resurrect the AFC, and he should know that.Instead, Mr Sookraj should educate the people of Region 6 what his party has contributed to the socio-economic development of the Region since 2015. He should tell us what the AFC is doing to alleviate the sufferings and deprivations of the more than 4,000 sugar workers in Region 6. This Region, which was worst hit by the wanton dismissal, has been on a downward trajectory with no solution forthcoming. Instead, these AFC officials are on television ‘cussing’ down people who have been working assiduously to bring solutions to these problems, whilst they remain muted on the plight of the residents of the Region.It is a fact that Mr Sookraj, as an AFC Councillor, has never made any recommendation which can assist the sugar workers, yet he is on television spewing nonsense in his trademark incoherent manner. Mr Sookraj and his counterpart, Mr Dereck Basdeo, should be more vociferous in persuading people why they should vote FOR the AFC, and NOT why they should NOT vote for the PPP. The PPP has always been the vanguard of the working people of this country, unlike the AFC, which is hell-bent on extracting the last drop of blood before they are kicked out! The people can no longer be fooled, so stop fabricating lies!I am positive that both these ‘gentlemen’ would want to be nominated as Councillors at their respective NDC, so they should tell their constituents what they have done so far. I know they have been around selling lies and making deceitful statement about the many ‘things’ they will do for them.Sookraj and Basdeo should also explain to the residents of Region 6 the ‘legality’ of the $120 million contract which was awarded to AFC bigwigs, and the basis for the MoPI vehicles being used to transport sand for a private venture.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region 6last_img read more

first_imgDr. Norkeh being presented a sample butterfly from Dr. Gono, center, VPI Tozay looks onOn June 2, 2018, The Nimba County Community College honored Dr. Fredrick Norkeh for the many contributions made during the establishment of the college.The President of the college, Dr. Yar Dunlah Gonway Gono and her entire staffs praised Dr. Norkeh for making the college what is it today. She said during the though times at the college, Dr. Norkeh as board chairman stood firm and ensured that there is peace among the faculty and students.Dr. Norkeh was appointed by then President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as chairman of NCCC Board of Trustees in 2012 to ensure effective execution of the mandate of the institution, the position he held up to the coming of the CDC led government.Dr. and Mrs. Fredrick Norkeh were heavily received by the entire school body with dancing and praising, parading with him from the main entrance of the auditorium, where the occasion was held. They were both gowned by all the departments of the institution as sign of appreciation for his services he rendered as board chairman.NCCC Class of 2016 post with Dr. Gono near the newly dedicated monument eracted in honer of Dr. GonoIn response to the honoring and appreciation, Dr. Norkeh thanked Madam Sirleaf for calling upon him to serve his people. He also thanked the college for remembering his efforts or services to the college.Reflecting on how hard he had to work to get to where he is today, Dr. Norkeh said “education was hard to achieve in those days, especially for those from the poor background.”“If leadership was something that one were born with, then some of us will never become a leader due to the background we came from,” he said. “Some of us came from a poor background that could not permit us to become a leader, if leadership was something you were born with,” he added.The honoring and appreciation program was climaxed with an unveiling of a giant statue that was built in honor of Madam Yar Gono, President of the college. The statue was an initiative of the Class of 2016 known as “Class of Korkia”.The student council leader of the class, Williamson S. Walee, praised Dr. Gono for making the college the best among all the community colleges established under former President Sirleaf.Rep Larry Younquoi, representing the County Legislative Caucus, also praised both Dr. Norkeh and Dr. Yar Gono for their countless services, saying, “it is good to give a person a flower, while he/she is still alive”.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_imgThe Guyana Power and Light (GPL) has commenced remedial works on the damaged 69 kV submarine cable which runs across the Demerara River and links the Vreed-en-Hoop and Kingston power plants.According to the company, the armour and insulation protection of the cable, which extends to the conductors, was damaged at two locations in June and August by vessels traversing the Demerara River.The 69 kV cable, which rests along the upper Demerara River within proximity of Craig, East Bank Demerara, was dislodged by a barge sailing along the Demerara River in June.Due to the extent of the damages, two repair kits had to be sourced from China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC), the company that laid the cable in 2012.However, repairs to the cable were delayed due to the discovery of the second damage in August, which required additional diagnosis and testing.As a consequence, both repair kits were manufactured and shipped to Guyana.Following the arrival of the kits, the contractor, CMC, immediately commenced work to retrieve and repair the compromised sections of the cable, which were approximately 0.7 and 0.8 km offshore the Kingston Substation.Upon completion, the cable will be re-energised to transfer power generated by the Vreed-en-Hoop Plant to supply the eastern section of the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS).Additionally, as a preventative measure, the cable will be reburied in the Demerara River to a depth of approximately 15 feet.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi in action for Gor Mahia in a past Kenyan Premier League clash. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 13- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has challenged returning midfielder Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi to prove himself after re-signing for the club, three years since he left for seemingly greener pastures in the South African Premier Soccer League.Omondi has returned to the side after impressing in a number of training sessions and Kerr hopes the qualities he saw during that period will come on show competitively. “I saw a player with a player’s mind and someone who I believe will help the young players in the team,” Kerr told Capital Sport.Omondi, known for his fancy footwork and eye for goal was a star during his period at Gor, having been among the youngsters brought into the K’Ogalo stable by former coach the late James Siang’a alongside the likes of Musa Mohammed and Teddy Akumu.He left the club in 2014 for a move to South Africa, but the same never materialized. He returned to the country and has played for Sofapaka and Police FC in the National Super League.“He was a star then and that is great. But this is the present and he has to take the chance and make the future for himself. It’s all down to him and he will get all the help he needs from us,” the British coach, currently on holiday in his native England said.Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi in action for Gor Mahia in a past Kenyan Premier League clash. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Gor Mahia has also acquired the services of Ivory Coast striker Ephraim Guikan who joins from Mauritian side AS Port Louis.The arrival of Guikan who had been with the team for their final game of the season in Kisumu last month now means that Gor must drop at least one foreign players to maintain their number at five.Sources close to Capital Sport intimate that Rwandese midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza who joined at the beginning of this year is headed out after failing to amass enough playing time despite arriving with much expectation from Tanzania’s Azam.It is rumored he could be headed back to Rwanda with his former club APR.The club is also said to be trailing Ulinzi Stars’ winger Samuel Onyango who Capital Sports understands has already tendered his resignation with the military.“We are bringing in new players and definitely whoever is coming in has to have the hunger to succeed and achieve, same as those who remain,” Kerr added.Gor Mahia won their record 16th league crown under Kerr who joined in June when the clubw as struggling for results. His target next season hugely hinges on continental football and he hopes the club will make it to the group stages.He returns to the country on December 28.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img1 Peanuts, absolute peanuts.That’s what Arsene Wenger managed to pick Monaco captain Emmanuel Petit up for in June 1997.The sum of £2.5 million would be just about enough to purchase you an unproven Polish midfielder by the name of Krystian Bielik by today’s standards.But 18 years ago it was enough to secure the services of a man who would go on to become one of the finest central midfielders in the game.While Gilles Grimandi also arrived on the same day as his countryman, from the same club, it would be Petit who had a major impact at Highbury.The pony-tailed Frenchman began his career with minnows ES Arques-la-Bataille, before then Monaco manager Wenger first spotted his countryman’s obvious talent.The teenager, who was initially fielded as a defender, became a key member of the side and, while Le Professeur trotted off to expand his footballing education with Nagoya Grampus in Japan, Petit stayed with the principality outfit.Petit became club captain and led Monaco to only their sixth Ligue 1 title during the 1996/97 season, which proved to be his last at the Stade Louis II.Initially he held talks with Tottenham Hotspur, but having pulled the wool over Spurs’ owner Alan Sugar’s eyes – taking a cab to the red half of north London rather than the nearest airport – Petit joined the Gunners and formed instant understanding with countryman Patrick Vieira.The pair underpinned Arsenal’s 1997/98 double winning campaign, before departing for the 1998 World Cup.Only Petit started the final against Brazil, but it was substitute Vieira’s perfectly weighted pass that set up Petit to score his country’s third goal and secure a maiden world title for Les Bleus.Meanwhile, the double proved to be the last silverware that Petit would win at Highbury, bar two Charity Shield victories.But thanks in part to Petit’s impact, Arsenal had become the only serious challengers to Manchester United’s almost complete Premier League dominance.Goals may not have been claimed by the hatful, but he contributed several memorable strikes during his time with the Gunners, including a piledriver against Derby County and a deft chip against Tottenham Hotspur.Defence splitting passes were more his thing, although he also turned his hand to acting in a 1998 episode of police TV drama The Bill.While his acting left something to be desired, Petit’s intelligence and composure with a football did not go unnoticed across the continent.He answered the Camp Nou’s call in the summer of 2000 and agreed to join Barcelona alongside fellow Gunner Marc Overmars.The double deal made Arsenal a whopping profit margin of 300 per cent, but while Petit may not have been the most flamboyant member of Wenger’s first great Gunners side, he was vital nonetheless.Grimandi, meanwhile, was a figure who may not have made headlines during his five years in north London, but was a reliable squad player.Now 44 years old, he is currently an Arsenal scout, sourcing new talent across the channel for his former club. Emmanuel Petit last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool and Manchester City have made contact with Rennes over a deal for Ousmane Dembele.The winger has broken into the first team this season and his tally of 12 goals has caught the attention of clubs around Europe.Borussia Dortmund have reportedly already agreed personal terms with the 18-year-old, while Paris Saint-Germain are keen too.But, according to L’Equipe, the Reds and City have now both made formal approaches for Dembele.The Premier League pair are aware of Dortmund’s advanced negotiations with the player and have decided to act fast.Dortmund had a bid of £12m rejected recently and Rennes are holding out for offers which exceed £20m. Ousmane Dembele: The Rennes winger has 12 goals in 25 appearances this season 1last_img

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “My hope is that whoever is the next superintendent is going to be a partner with the city of Los Angeles,” he said. Romer, who is facing mounting criticism for the school district’s poor academic record and takeover bid by Villaraigosa, showed a decided change of direction after earlier assurances that he would serve out his contract. He was on vacation and not available for comment, but district spokeswoman Stephanie Brady said the 77-year-old administrator’s decision was “personal” and was no secret within the district. Romer has offered to work as long as the district would like him to and until a replacement is securely in place. For months, the board has been planning the costly and lengthy superintendent selection process in closed-door meetings, said Marlene Canter, board president. And Romer’s offer merely came up amid these talks to help ease the transition, she said. It was not in response to pressure by Villaraigosa who had recently begun meeting with Romer over the high dropout rate and school governance. And it would allow the district to stop paying Romer’s salary when he stops working. “Our focus right now is finding a bold, reform-minded superintendent with great leadership skills to stand on the shoulders of Roy Romer’s (legacy),” Canter said. But the move could provide an opening for Villaraigosa, said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs. “It is still going to be a big fight. Most of the major competing interest groups, the unions, the board are allied against what the mayor wants. The wild card will be the parents groups,” Regalado said. The board must still find a head hunting firm before it can begin a lengthy process of public hearings. “Who the district hires will be a key of how we move in the future,” said A.J. Duffy, union president for the districts 48,000 teachers and health workers. “I have the utmost respect for Romer. He presided over the district for five years while test scores have gone up dramatically, in some cases higher than the state average and he will have have presided over the building of 160 schools by 2012.” Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday he wants to have a say in the selection of a new LAUSD superintendent after word surfaced embattled incumbent Roy Romer would be willing to step down before his contract expires. Romer told board members last month that he would leave his $250,000 a year post as soon as they found a replacement, according to district officials. His contract doesn’t expire until June 2007. But his offer is likely to set off intense campaigning and infighting as unions, parent advocates and even millionaires push their own candidate. Already Villaraigosa, who has vowed to put the issue of mayoral control on the 2007 or 2008 state ballot, said that he is looking for a reform-minded candidate who will push the issue of a school dropout rate and further raise achievement scores. last_img read more

first_imgLee MitchellA father-of-three who awoke from a drunken slumber to find a man allegedly performing a sex on him has been jailed for six years after brutally attacking the man.Lee Mitchell went into an uncontrolled frenzy and stabbed pensioner Patrick McLaughlin at least 20 times at a house in Carndonagh, Co Donegal on May 30th, 2014. So severe was the attack that the 74 year old lost the sight in one of his eyes and is now on a care home.Mitchell, formerly of Windmill View Letterkenny pleaded guilty to a Section 4 assault causing serious harm to Mr McLaughlin at 1, Ard Bhride, Carndonagh when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Garda Dermot Kenny told the court that gardai were called by the occupants of the house next to 74-year-old Mr McLaughlin around 10.20pm on the day of the incident.Mitchell’s former girlfriend lived at No2 and her parents said Mitchell had come into their home and said: “I’m only after murdering yer man next door. I hit him with a crutch and stuck (stabbed) him four times with a screwdriver – how am I going to get out of this. I need petrol to get rid of the evidence.”Garda Kenny said a colleague entered No2 and heard “a gurgling sound”.He found Mr McLaughlin covered in blood sitting on a chair. There were blood splatter marks all over the living room.Forensic tests found Mitchell had stabbed Mr McLaughlin 33 times using a knife, a screwdriver and the handles of both a frying pan and a pot.Mitchell later admitted taking heroin, drinking Buckfast and taking 20 diazepam tablets.During a garda interview the day after the incident, Garda Kenny said, Mitchell claimed he had been walking to the Montgomery house when Patrick McLaughlin came to the front door and called him in.He said he had been drinking with Mr McLaughlin had fallen asleep.Questioned by Peter Nolan, defending Mitchell, Garda Kenny confirmed that Mitchell told detectives he had woken up because he felt pressure on his legs.He said he looked down and saw Mr McLaughlin performing an alleged sex act on him.“I lifted the shaft of a brush. I hit him on the head – I saw a screw driver – I know I stabbed him in the neck. I was in a frenzy,” Mitchell had told detectives.“He (Mr McLaughlin) was screaming and trying to get off his seat.”Mitchell said he believed the attack had lasted two minutes but he could not remember.Cleaning agents were also found to have been used at the scene but Mitchell could not remember any attempt to clean up after him.Garda Kenny said Mitchell didn’t remember using other implements during the attack on Mr McLaughlin apart from the screwdriver and the brush shaft.Mr Nolan referred to a forensic report which showed DNA from Mr McLaughlin inside the underpants of Mr Mitchell.Medical reports showed that Mr McLaughlin suffered 33 lacerations including up to 20 stab wounds. The pensioner spent two months in hospital and has been in long term care since the incident and is unable to return to independent living. He had also lost sight in one eye as a result of the wounds.The reports also showed that Mr McLaughlin had mild to moderate cognitive impairment but doctors could not say if this was as a result of the attack.Garda Kenny said Mr McLaughlin had also denied carrying out a sex attack on Mitchell.When asked during garda interviews about drinking with Mr McLaughlin on a different occasion, Mitchell said he had done so and that during the previous meeting Mr McLaughlin had asked him to go to bed.“I just laughed because I thought he was joking,” Mitchell had told gardai.The court was told that Mitchell had 40 previous convictions, two for assault, and had been in and out of prison since he was sixteen years old.He had a horrific upbringing, had been sexually abused, his parents had split up and he had little formal education.He was also a heroin addict and an alcoholic and had tried to take his life on a number of occasions, the court heard.Barrister Peter Nolan also revealed how Mitchell had been in a crash and had received €50,000 in compensation but had spent it all in less than six months on drink and drugs.Mitchell took to the stand and apologised to his victim.“I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and pain I caused. I’m really sorry for what I done. I’m sorry to whole community. This is not me. I’m not that person,” he said.He said he wished to get on with his life, was now working in the prison kitchen and wanted to go to Killybegs Catering College when released from prison and work in the catering industry.Passing sentence Judge John O’Hagan said he was looking at sentencing Mitchell to seven and a half years as the attack was at the lower end of the higher range of offences.He said the attack on Mr McLaughlin was done in an “uncontrollable frenzy.”He said there were a number of mitigating circumstances including Mitchell’s early plea, the fact that he had been drug and alcohol free as proven by urinary tests since January and that he was now engaging with the prison services.Judge O’Hagan said that while it was not an excuse for the savage attack on Mr McLaughlin, he said there is strong forensic evidence to suggest something did happen of a sexual nature.He added that Mitchell has completed a number of courses, and despite the probation services saying there is a high risk that he could reoffend, Judge O’Hagan said he believes that Mitchell does have “a genuine remorse.”He sentenced him to six years in prison and backdated it until July 23rd last when Mitchell was taken into custody.SIX YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR MAN WHO STABBED PENSIONER 20 TIMES IN FRENZIED ATTACK was last modified: May 6th, 2016 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:Carndonaghcourtfrenzied attackjailLee MitchellletterkennyPATRICK MCLAUGHLINPENSIONERlast_img read more

first_imgThe successful St Eunans Under 15 teamSt. Eunan’s Under 15 boys were victorious in the annual Ulster Og Sport blitz in Derry today.St. Eunan’s defeated Erne Gaels (Fermanagh) in the semi-final at 2.10 to 1.01.They then defeated Clan Eireann (Armagh) in the final at 2.06 to 1.04. St. Eunan’s were under the management of Jim Clarke.ULSTER OG SPORT TITLE FOR ST. EUNAN’S U15 BOYS was last modified: September 8th, 2013 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) Tags:GAASt Eunansu15.last_img read more

first_imgNEW figures released by the Health Service Executive show an astonishing 789 patients have been on outpatient waiting lists at Letterkenny General Hospital for more than three years.The statistics were contained in a nationwide report which showed that just under 178,000 people are on waiting lists nationally for public hospital outpatient appointments.Letterkenny General has been praised in several recent reports for its efficiency in dealing with patients when compared to other hospitals. But the waiting list figures will come as a shock.One issue, we understand, involved a high number of patients who actually fail to turn up for appointments.We also understand that County Donegal’s main hospital is again over budget after the first quarter of the year and is working despite major constraints from the Department of Health.Nearly 60,000 patients nationwide have been waiting over six months for an outpatient appointment and some patients have been waiting over four years to be seen in outpatientsThe HSE says its outpatient waiting list data is not complete as several larger hospitals are not included in the statistics, which means that the actual total number waiting could be well over 200,000.The Irish Hospital Consultants Association said its members have treated 10% more patients in the past two years and were working well beyond their hours to provide services. Advertisement It said that increased patient demand and resource cuts meant it was proving difficult to treat all patients as quickly as consultants would like.The Irish Medical Organisations said the publication of the figures is an important first step, but that more specific details of waiting times are required.Reacting to the report, the Irish Patients Association said that people who were waiting years to be seen could die as a result of the delays.   SHOCKING: THE 789 PATIENTS ON WAITING LISTS AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL FOR MORE THAN THREE YEARS was last modified: April 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SHOCKING: THE 789 PATIENTS ON WAITING LISTS AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL FOR MORE THAN THREE YEARSlast_img read more