Christmas Shoppers, Traders, Celebrate Amid Garbage Sprawl

first_imgAs usual, at the nation’s three general markets of Red-light, (Paynesville), Waterside, (Monrovia) and Duala, (Bushrod Island), Christmas shoppers, traders and others were compelled to celebrate the festive shopping season threading over layers of uncollected trash and making pathways through sprawls of garbage.On top of that menace at the three business districts, thousands of shoppers got the brunt of the stench of sewer and squalor everywhere, making their holiday shopping experience miserable.Regrettably, at the three crowded business districts, some shoppers were heard registering their disgust and indignation over the rotten filth and health hazard and expressing serious concerns about the sanitation crisis in Monrovia.The Urban Waste Management Projects under the financial stewardship of the World Bank has infused millions of dollars to alleviate the continuous sanitation crisis of Monrovia and its environs, apparently without much success.Sanitation companies contracted over the years by the municipal governments of Paynesville and Monrovia to collect and dispose of the overwhelming number of garbage sprawls everywhere have failed to keep up with the task.Collection of garbage over the years has not been sustained as inadequate garbage containers overflow and dumpsites remain unattended for several weeks, creating health hazards, untold misery and environmental problems to community residents.It was observed however that some of the sanitation companies made steady progress in keeping the streets of central Monrovia and along the Tubman Boulevard through Congotown relatively clean and tidy during the year in review.Sanitation and environmental analysts also attributed the failure of sanitation companies to meet the garbage disposal challenges of Monrovia and its environs to their refusal to incorporate community dwellers in the process.The analysts also claim that the entire planning, strategies, and implementation processes of the Urban Waste Management Projects have over the years left the community dwellers out for unexplained reasons.The issues of sanitation management should be the collective responsibility of all Liberians, not a portion of the Liberian society, they advised.In order for the sanitation crisis of Monrovia to be minimized, Municipal Governments of Paynesville and Monrovia must be able to design practical strategies that are suitable for the current realities. “It is indeed a disgrace to the nation that the capital city Monrovia continues to be the haven of stench, filth and squalor every year,” the analysts lamented.“Our rural back yards and small towns and villages are becoming better in terms of observing the basic and critical sanitation and environmental practices,” Ms. Helen Tornolah Totota’s Christmas shopper asserted.“Each Christmas and New Year season, when we come to Monrovia to buy our goods, we go back to our villages with plenty sicknesses such as colds, headache and fever from the rotten and uncollected garbage in all our market places,” Voinjama City businessman Moses Mulbah Kesselly complained.“I personally want different methods and ways to be designed to help clean all the big market places like Duala, Waterside and Red-light in our cities of Monrovia and Paynesville,” Mr. Kesselly said.For his part, Nimba County businessman Gonkawon B. Saywah, 58, stressed that effective next year, 2015, urban planners and municipal governments of Monrovia and Paynesville should employ practical ways to collect and dispose of the dirt.“I’m really frustrated and downhearted that each time I come to Monrovia, I see the markets of Duala, Waterside and Red-light very dirty and worse as I return home,” Mr. Saywah lamented.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DPP recommends rape charges for City Constable

first_imgCity Hall alleged cover-upThe Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has recommended that charges be brought against City Constable Clifton Pellew for the alleged rape of a minor, who was in his care at the City Constabulary last year.After much public pressure, City Hall turned the matter over to the Police, who following an investigation, sought advice from the DPP on the matter.This publication was reliably informed on Tuesday that the file has been returned to the Police with instructions that the charge be instituted.City Constable Clifton PellewThe incident allegedly occurred when a 15-year-old boy was taken into custody on August 17, 2017 for wandering. At some point during his detention, the minor was reportedly transferred to the Regent Street, Georgetown Outpost, where the alleged incident occurred between August 22 and 23.It was only after allegations made its way into the public domain that City Hall acted on the matter. In the aftermath of the allegation, Pellew and another officer, Corporal Quacy Baveghems, were sacked by authorities. It was at this point that the name of the accused found itself in the public domain.The Local Government Commission (LGC) is also expected to launch a probe into the allegation. Town Clerk Royston King had announced that following the receipt of legal advice, it was decided to forward the matter to the LGC.For its part, LGC Chairman Mortimer Mingo was quoted in sections of the press committing to investigating the matter as soon as possible. It is unclear at present if the Commission is ensconced in an office of its own. Previously, it had met in Parliament Buildings in order to conduct its affairs.ProtestsNot satisfied with the mere sacking of two officers, protesters have been holding impromptu demonstrations in front of City Hall. There have been accusations that authorities have been trying to cover up the issue. This is something that City Hall has denied.CulpableWhile commending the DPP for recommending rape charges, noted child rights activist Nicole Cole stated that the matter did not end there. When contacted by Guyana Times, the Rights of the Child Commissioner, the Child Protection Act applies to persons who knowingly do not report child abuse to the rightful authorities.“I applaud the DPP for recommending the rape charge against the perpetrator because the crime of rape is Guyana has become normalised simply because in many instances justice is extremely slow. Rape of a child or children is a very serious offence in every society,” she related.“The Child Protection Act of 2009 applies here. That Act clearly outlines that all citizens have to report the rape of a child and failure to do so is guilt (by) conspiracy,” the activist said.last_img read more

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Bar Association demands President give reasons for rejecting lists

first_img– says it’s the only way to determine whether unfit candidates were submittedBy Jarryl BryanThe Guyana Bar Association has become the latest body to condemn the unilateral appointment by President David Granger of a Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).In a statement on Saturday, the Bar Council of the Association expressed deep concern regarding the appointment of the elderly Justice (ret’d) James Patterson. Patterson, who did not feature on any of the lists Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo submitted, was sworn in on Thursday night after a brief meeting between Jagdeo and the President.Noting that no President of Guyana from either of the major parties has made a unilateral appointment of a GECOM Chairman in more than 25 years, it expressed fear that the appointment would lead to loss of public confidence in the electoral process.“The Bar Council expects that, in keeping with the ruling of Chief Justice George in the matter of Marcel Gaskin against the Attorney General, the President will provide reasons for the rejection of the 18 names submitted to him by the Leader of the Opposition as prospective candidates for appointment,” it also stated.“The Chief Justice ruled that reasons are required to be provided so that it is known why there is a rejection. Her Honour said that this is in order that the President may properly move to apply the proviso to Article 161(2) of the Constitution, which allows the President to appoint persons from the judicial category only.”According to the Association, the President’s power to make a unilateral appointment to the office is limited by the Constitution. And this power is only applicable when the Leader of the Opposition fails to submit a list as provided for by the Constitution.“It should be obvious therefore that Guyanese cannot satisfy themselves that there is an objective and lawful basis for the President’s unilateral appointment of Justice James Patterson to that office unless publicly stated reasons for the rejection of the 18 persons found by the President to be unfit to hold the office of Chairman of the Elections Commission are provided.”“Only if clear and detailed reasons are provided which show cause why each of the 18 rejected persons is unacceptable to the President for appointment to the office of Chairman of the Elections Commission would it be possible to establish that the Leader of the Opposition failed to submit a list as provided for by the Constitution,” the association added.The Association pointed out that the Chief Justice’s ruling stated that reasons are required can be considered as part of the laws of Guyana until it is challenged and set aside by a higher court. Thus, it urged that the Constitution be considered in light of that decision.Legal challengeOn the same day Patterson was sworn in, Jagdeo had vowed to oppose the appointment while hosting a press conference. In light of the former President’s utterances, it is only a matter of time before the appointment is challenged in the courts.According to the Bar Association, it expects that the reasons for rejecting 18 candidates prior to unilaterally appointing Patterson will be provided, in line with the Chief Justice’s ruling. This, the Association noted, is “to avoid the necessity of further litigation on its part.”“The Chief Justice also ruled that while the President is immune from suit, his decisions and actions are not. Thus, whether in the exercise of his discretion there has been compliance with the Constitution is justiciable,” the Association noted.AFCNor was the Alliance For Change (AFC) spared. The coalition partner had announced on Friday that it supported President David Granger’s decision to appoint Patterson. According to the party, the President’s move was one that “averted a looming constitutional crisis.”Noting that the AFC claimed each list fell short of the constitutional requirements for the post, the Bar Council expressed regrets that the AFC did not provide legal submissions that defined the precise legal reason each of the list fell short.“Unlike the Bar Council, the AFC did not seek to provide assistance to the Chief Justice by providing legal submissions in that regard so that the precise legal reason each of the lists fell short of what was required by the Constitution could be publicly known,” the association added.The listsThe first list, submitted in December of last year, had contained the following nominees – Governance and Conflict Resolution Specialist Lawrence Lachmansingh; Attorney and outspoken anti-corruption advocate, Christopher Ram; retired Major General Norman McLean; Business Executive Ramesh Dookhoo; businesswoman Rhyaan Shah; and History Professor James Rose.The second list, submitted in May 2017, read as follows: retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy; retired Justice William Ramlall; former Magistrate Oneidge Walrond-Allicock; Attorneys Kashir Khan and Nadia Sagar and Captain Gerald Gouveia.The third list of nominees contained former GECOM Chairman and Major General (rtd) Joseph Singh, Attorneys Teni Housty and SanjeevDatadin, vocal conservationist Annette Arjune-Martins, Onesi La Fleur and Krishnadatt Persaud.Businessman and engineer Marcel Gaskin had moved to the High Court in March of this year, to challenge the constitutionality of President Granger’s reasoning behind his rejection of the list of nominees.In July, Chief Justice Roxanne George, SC, overruled the President’s interpretation of the Constitution regarding the appointment of a Chairman for GECOM, finding that there is no particular preference for the appointment of persons within the Judiciary.In her determination, Justice George found that there was no valid argument to support the idea that the Chairman should be a Judge, former Judge or person eligible to be a Judge, and noted that persons from each category are equally eligible for the post.She had also found that Granger is required to give reasons for his rejections and that his failure to do so could be subject to judicial review. To date, Granger has not provided details on why the 18 nominees were unfit for the GECOM Chairmanship.last_img read more

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Residents asked to be tourists in own backyard

first_imgTo end off the week long event, the Visitor Centre will be giving out passes and coupons to several local attractions to promote what the city has to offer.During the summer season, the Visitor Centre is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information on the week long event, please contact the Visitor Centre at 250-785-3033. For one week, residents of Fort St. John will be encouraged to be a tourist in their own town.Taking place from June 11-18, the Fort St. John Visitor Centre will be presenting “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town Week.” This year’s event will begin with a BBQ on June 11 at the Visitor Centre, taking place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. with all the proceeds being donated to the SPCA.- Advertisement -The week long event is designed to raise awareness of all services available through the Visitor Centre to residents and visitors of Fort St. John. Some of those services include trip planning advice, event information and accommodation booking. The week also draws attention to the attractions and activities the Peace Region has to offer. Other events taking place throughout the week include the Energetic Amazing Race, Plan Your BC Vacation Day, Taste of the Town and many more. There will also be draws and prizes available to be won all week. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Prince: I fathered Smith baby

first_imgHe said he would file a lawsuit if Dannielynn is turned over to Stern or Birkhead. Von Anhalt, 59, and Gabor, 90, have been married for more than 20 years. Gabor, a one-time sex symbol and star of such 1950s films as “Moulin Rouge” and “Queen of Outer Space,” has been in declining health in recent years and suffered a stroke in 2005. She was partially paralyzed in a car crash in 2002. Von Anhalt, who is Gabor’s eighth husband, said he and Smith met in the 1990s when Smith was still married to elderly oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II. He said Smith approached him and Gabor at the Plaza Hotel in New York. “She was a very big fan of Zsa Zsa and wanted to be like Zsa Zsa,” he said. “She wanted to be a princess.” The husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor said Friday that he had a decade-long affair with Anna Nicole Smith and may be her infant daughter’s father. The claim by Prince Frederick von Anhalt comes amid a paternity suit over Smith’s 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn. The birth certificate lists Dannielynn’s father as attorney Howard K. Stern, but former Smith boyfriend Larry Birkhead is waging a legal challenge, saying he is the father. “If you go back from September, she wasn’t with one of those guys, she was with me,” von Anhalt told The Associated Press in an interview Friday in Los Angeles. He said the two started an affair soon after, meeting over the years in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. For much of that time, he said, Smith urged him to make her a princess like his wife. But short of divorcing the actress, he said, the only solution would have been adopting Smith. Von Anhalt said he did consider that and even filled out adoption papers, but Gabor refused to sign them. He said he never admitted the affair to his wife, but that he’s sure she knows. She would sometimes answer the phone when Smith called him, von Anhalt said. “She was a very sexy woman,” von Anhalt said. “To have an affair with her is the top, you know.” Von Anhalt’s royal credentials have been the cause of speculation over the years. According to stories in the British press, he was born Robert Lichtenberg, the son of a German policeman, and bought his title after being adopted as an adult by a bankrupt daughter-in-law of the last kaiser.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

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Coral Daily Download – Accumulator special! Wigan, Sheffield United and Portsmouth for Big Al?

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman tells the boys the latest news ahead of the new Football League season, with Big Al opting for Wigan, Sheffield United and Portsmouth in his season-long accumulator.He also brings the top prices on offer for the US PGA Championship, as hot favourite Rory McIlroy bids to secure a second straight major.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Arsenal line-up v Middlesbrough: Gunners’ new boy to make his debut?

first_img1 Arsenal welcome giant-killers Middlesbrough to the Emirates on Sunday, in their FA Cup Fifth Round encounter. Arsenal welcome giant-killers Middlesbrough to the Emirates on Sunday, in their FA Cup Fifth Round encounter, live on talkSPORT, from 3.30pm.The holders beat Brighton 3-2 in the previous round, while ‘Boro dumped Premier League champions Manchester City out with a memorable 2-0 victory at the Etihad.Gabriel Paulista is in line for his Gunners’ debut, while boss Arsene Wenger confirmed Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny will return between the sticks.However, midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be out for two weeks – the Welshman limped off in Tuesday’s win over Leicester – with a hamstring injury, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy remain on the sidelines.Will Gabriel make his first start and will Alexis be fully fit? talkSPORT takes a look…Possible Arsenal line-up against Middlesbrough:GoalkeeperSzczesny will return between the sticks as the Gunners’ cup goalkeeper.The Polish international has lost his place to David Ospina in recent weeks, after being disciplined for smoking in the showers following his side’s defeat at Southampton, but a solid performance could boost his claim for a regular place.DefenceGabriel moved the Emirates for £11m in the January transfer window and Wenger has hinted the Brazilian could make his debut.Kieran Gibbs has spoke of his frustration at missing out recently following injury, but the Englishman should come into the starting XI and will keen to prove his worth.MidfieldA central factor in Arsenal’s good recent run has been the introduction of Francois Coquelin, who has added strength and protection to the Gunners’ back four.With Ramsey out, Tomas Rosicky should step into the central midfield role, and the Czech starred against Brighton in the previous round.Santi Cazorla’s performances have dropped slightly in the past couple matches, and Wenger may see fit to rest to the Spaniard, with the rejuvenated Mesut Ozil operating in the no.10 role.AttackIf Alexis is fit, Danny Welbeck could come in for Olivier Giroud, who has under performed recently.But it is difficult to see the Chilean start after picking up another knock midweek, and that should see him start from the bench, with Theo Walcott and Welbeck either side of Giroud.Arsenal fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Middlesbrough? Comment below…Arsenal v Middlesbrough is live on talkSPORT, Sunday from 3.30pm. Click here to stream.last_img read more

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BEO BANDS BATTLE IT OUT AT RCC IN LETTERKENNY THIS FRIDAY

first_imgComórtas BEO Arais Arís, yes back again for another year. BEO are happy to announce that they are running another Nationwide School Competition which is open to all schools north and south of the border.This Friday 5th October sees some great local talent on display at the RCC in Letterkenny, where eight bands battle it out to see which band will represent BEO at the official “Comórtas BEO” launch in Wexford on 19th October. So, whether it be “Apollo 6”, “Insanity”, “Jamaican Vampires” ,” Kyle O’Neill & The Pocketnotes”, “The Candela Ways” , “The Capitol” , “The Mathew Trainor Experience” or “Transit Getaway” , come along and show some support for your favourite band, they need your vote!Later on that evening, “In Their Thousands” will take to the RCC stage performing some tracks from their latest EP. A must see gig! BÍGÍ LINN, everyone welcome!! For this and further BEO events please check out www.beoireland.com. BEO BANDS BATTLE IT OUT AT RCC IN LETTERKENNY THIS FRIDAY was last modified: October 2nd, 2012 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)last_img read more

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GARDAÍ AND RSA IN SCHOOL BUS AND CAR SAFETY BLITZ

first_imgGARDAÍ and officials from the Road Safety Authority have carried out a series of checks on school buses and parents cars across Co Donegal.The operation will continue for several weeks.Earlier this week Gardaí checked vehicles of parents outside Loreto in Letterkenny. Close by two officials from the RSA checked to make sure all buses being used by pupils at the school met safety requirements.It’s understood no offences were detected.Gardaí were making sure seatbelts were being worn by both parents and their children.Tax discs and insurance were also subject to random checks.  GARDAÍ AND RSA IN SCHOOL BUS AND CAR SAFETY BLITZ was last modified: October 4th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Around Whitter

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Military minded? Fair offers tips PICO RIVERA – Beginning at 9:30 a.m. today, students interested in learning more about educational opportunities offered by various military academies can get plenty of first-hand information at the Military Academy Fair, sponsored by Rep. Grace Napolitano. The event is at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7734, 9128 Bermudez St. Representatives from the West Point Academy, the California National Guard, the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Coast Guard and the California Maritime Academy will be present. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.; the program starts at 10 a.m. and continues until noon. Holiday day camp registration opens NORWALK – The public is invited to a physicians’ forum from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Cerritos College Student Center, 11110 Alondra Blvd. The forum is sponsored by the college’s Project HOPE (Health Opportunities and Pipeline to Education) in conjunction with the California Latino Medical Association and the Future Latino Doctors National Network. The event will include a panel of physicians who will share their experiences in the medical field. During the event, the audience will be given information about careers in the medical field and will have an opportunity to ask questions. WHITTIER – Registration is now open for the city’s holiday day camp, to be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m Monday through Friday from Dec. 19 to 30 at Palm Park Activities Center, 5703 Palm Ave. The fee is $80 per week per child. Space is limited. Camp includes daily snacks, two field trips, arts and crafts, sports and games and enrichment activities. For more information, call (562) 464-3438. Straight Talk program slated LA MIRADA – You can get a lot of straight talk on complicated subjects via the city’s Straight Talk/La Mirada program, which offers ongoing individual, family and couples counseling and support groups. Anger Management For Teens is an ongoing support group that helps teens develop effective ways of expressing anger. A teen support group meets weekly. Parenting skills class is a 10-week class focusing on helping parents of school-age children develop good parenting skills. The class is on-going and can be joined at any time. There is also a class for parents of pre-teens. Other ongoing sessions include an anger management support group for adults, a men’s support group, a support group for women age 60 and older, and a group for women over 30. For more information on when and where classes and support groups meet, call Meg Kalugen, (562) 943-0195. Goodwin to speak at Nixon Library YORBA LINDA – Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” will speak at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd. For more information, call (714) 993-5075. Century Singers set to perform WHITTIER – The New Century Singers Whittier performs its annual holiday concert, “Let’s Celebrate the Season,” at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at East Whittier Methodist Church, 10005 Cole Road. Join director Judy Kertes and accompanist Clella Snider at this free community event. The chorus also receives donations of support and for its scholarship fund. For more information, call (562) 695-1785. From staff reports160Want 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

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