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Drastic Action Awaits Mercenaries

first_imgMinister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Lewis G. Brown, says the Government of Liberia will not hesitate to drastically punish any Liberian caught in connection with the crisis in La Côte d’Ivoire.In a strongly-worded statement during the Ministry’s regular Thursday press briefing, Minister Brown announced that the Government of Liberia remains committed to the cordial relations between and among countries surrounding Liberia, and will do nothing to undermine those relations.“We realize that there is no abundance of work here, but one can find different things to do besides being a mercenary to fight in another country and disturb their peace.  If anyone is caught, this government is going to very serious action against that person,” Minister Brown said.According to the government’s spokesman, the border between Liberia and The Ivory Coast is well-secured through efforts by the Defense Ministry and other security apparatuses including the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).He said it is monitored to the extent that no group of people will use the territorial confines of Liberia to enter The Ivory Coast to destabilize the government of that country.He repeatedly said that it is time that, if anyone has a relative planning to take part or is a part of the crisis in The Ivory Coast to advise the person to leave because if any Liberian is caught, such person will not receive any mercy from the Government of Liberia.Minister Brown also disclosed that government has launched a full investigation in allegations of forced repatriation of Ivorian refugees in Liberia, back to The Ivory Coast.He declared that Liberia respects every international treaty and is cognizant of the safety and human right of refugees. This government will not be inhumane to forcibly repatriate refugees whose home country is in conflict.In her comment following Minister Brown’s statement, US Ambassador Deborah Malac noted that they are anxiously waiting to hear from the Liberian Government’s results from the investigation related to the forceful repatriation of Ivorian refugees.The instability in La Côte d’Ivoire started in September, 2002, when former military leader Robert Gaui was murdered in Abidjan.Following the killing of Gen. Guei, a rebel group attacked Boakai in the north followed by another attack in Danane, on November 28, of the same year.During the Danane attack, many fighters from Liberia were crossing over to The Ivory Coast fighting alongside rebels to overthrow the government of former indicted President, Laurent Gbagbo, who is currently at The Hague to face war crime charges and crimes against humanity.In 2010, after The Ivory Coast’s disputed election that brought President Alassane Ouattara to power, the civil crisis exacerbated and law and order broke down completely.With the intervention of French forces, President Gbagbo was arrested in 2011 and sent to The Hague to answer to war crimes.Amid the drama, mercenary activities with featured a Liberian connection have often been reported.To iron out the differences between the two countries, Presidents Outtara and Johnson Sirleaf last year held a palava hut discussion in Grand Gedeh County to build confidence and commit to resisting either territory being used by one group to destabilize the other.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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Future of oil and the maritime industries discussion hijacked?

first_imgDear Editor,A rather unusual event took place on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – one that raised several questions in my mind.I am referring to the “Guyana’s New Maritime Landscape, preparing for the future” conference, which was hosted by the Hughes, Fields and Stoby law firm and Cerulean Master Card under the rubric of the Guyana Maritime Administration at the Marriott Hotel.The invitation which was dispatched to many people by Nigel Hughes on behalf of Hughes Fields and Stoby advised that:“Guyana’s national efforts to prepare for the advent of the commercial production of oil have necessitated a revisit of our existing legal and regulatory framework for several industries and particularly for the maritime industry.“The current legal and regulatory maritime framework is inadequate for the development of the oil and gas industry which is upon us.“In order to meet this challenge, the Maritime Authority of Guyana (MARAD) has determined that it will host a conference on the 27th March 2019 at the Marriot where it hopes to benefit from the contributions of the stakeholders in the maritime industry as it sets about the task of crafting draft laws and regulations for the new maritime regime….“The conference will address four themes namely: Legal and institutional considerations to enhance governance of Guyana’s maritime industry, Industry best practices among the oil majors for self-regulation, Lessons learnt and new rules and regulations for enforcement.”One should remember that in September 2018, the same firm at the launching of its office in Houston, Texas, said: “Long before a potential investor even arrives in Guyana, the law offices of Hughes, Fields and Stoby will now be on hand in Houston, Texas, to guide clients through what could be a complex process of establishing business relationships in Guyana…From legal representation right through to assistance with the appropriate business protocols and linkage to a network of officials in the public and Private Sector, a client’s every need is attended to in ensuring the doors to doing business in Guyana are easily and readily open.”So the first set of questions relate to the organisation and funding of the conference.Why was the Guyana Maritime Administration not taking the lead in inviting people, even on their website there is no information about the conference nor its agenda, just the announcement?Why was Hughes, Fields and Stoby the “producer of the event” as stated on the flyer?Who was paying for the conference and the presenters – Regional Adviser, Caribbean, Colin Young; International Maritime Organisation, Vivian Rambarath-Parasram; Programme Leader, Maritime Studies of University of Trinidad and Tobago, Professor Eric Smith; Professor of Practice at the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, Eric Smith; Thomas Steigerwald, Maritime consultant and Retired Rear Admiral, United States Coast Guard, James Olson? Did the other companies named in the conference document – Guyana Shore Base Inc, Global Maritime Consultants Group, and GAICO contribute to the funding? Who paid Hughes Fields and Stoby to produce this Maritime conference? Certainly, l do not think MARAD could have had the money to do so. The second set of questions relate to policy-making.“The Vision” in the conference brochure is written by CA Nigel Hughes as Managing Partner of Hughes Fields and Stoby. The fact that the vision had no vision is not surprising, but here is the vision being propagated by a gentleman who is representing the interests of the oil investors, and whose wife is a Minister. A conflict of interest situation which was exposed over six months ago but which the Government has ignored.One wonders whether the Government has relinquished or parcelled out policy-making of our national concerns and interests to Nigel Hughes, Managing Partner of a company that is facilitating and benefiting financially from the oil interests.Who is representing Guyana’s interests? Or will we be seeing a repetition of the 2016 secret agreement?Why was the Foreign Affairs Ministry not present as there are Maritime issues with regards to our international treaty obligations as well as specific concerns with regards to our maritime boundaries and the oil sector?Furthermore, why was the selection of the local panellists restricted to their affiliation to only two law firms and one political party?Why were local companies which are involved in the maritime industry and other stakeholders in this sector not included as panellists? One wonders after examining this line-up at the conference if the draft local content policy touted by the Government is just another window dressing.Finally, has the discussion on the future of oil and the maritime industries now being hijacked to special interests and not national interests?Sincerely,Darion Comacholast_img read more

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WAEC Maintains June 27 for 12th Grade Exams

first_imgYesterday the West African Examination Council’s Monrovia office announced June 27 to July 1 as the new schedule to administer this year’s WAEC tests to 12th graders across the country.Dele G. Gboto, WAEC Head of Test Administration, advised all registered 12th graders to remain calm, adding, “Come what may, the set June 27 to July 1 schedule will not be changed for any reason.”Mr. Gboto spoke via mobile phone with the Daily Observer after the newspaper reported unconfirmed claims of deferment of the exam to next year.Similarly, the Ministry of Education (MOE) in collaboration with the WAEC said it is constrained to inform the public that the Liberia Senior High School Certificate Examination (LSHSCE) will be administered from Monday to Friday, June 27 to July 1.“Rumors circulating about the postponement or cancellation of the WAEC exams are untrue and misleading,” MOE said in a release. The ministry said education stakeholders including parents, candidates, school authorities, and the public are advised to adhere to the examination dates, which automatically will remain unchanged.WAEC, the release said, “is very confident of administering the exams from June 27 to July 1 as was previously scheduled.”MOE has also notified all 12th graders that no school administrations or candidates will be charged for the re-run of the exam.MOE further advised that there will be “No collection of flexibility fees; candidates should not be denied their WAEC identification card (ID) number for not paying project fees; candidates are encouraged to abide by all rules and regulations governing the exams.” Yesterday the Daily Observer reported the deferment of this year’s exam to next year. The paper’s report was based on comments WAEC Monrovia office, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., made via mobile phone with this newspaper on Saturday that his team of administrators is committed to administering the exam, but did not say when the exams would be administered. “We are still keeping to the exam schedule as everything is being done to avoid the reoccurrence of what we just experienced leading to the leakage of the tests,” Mr. Gayvolor told our reporter before hanging up.Up to press time last night, what was not clear was whether WAEC had secured the amount of US$300,000 required to reprint the exams, fueling speculations of the deferment to 2017. The excitement of thousands of 12th graders died down when it was announced that the WAEC examination was cancelled “because test materials have been stolen from their location at the Konola SDA high school campus.”Following the stunning disclosure, the MOE said the new dates are from June 27 to July 1. 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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Liberia’s Oldest Citizen Dies at 153

first_imgLiberia’s oldest woman, who was on July 24, 2016 decorated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has died in Paynesville. Madam Klayonoh Bleaorplue, who was reportedly born on March 7, 1863, during the American Civil War, died on August 2, 2016 at the residence of her relatives in Bernard Farm close to the old Omega Station in Paynesville.According to a senior member of the family, Madam Bleaorplue got ill as a result of a motor accident which occurred near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shortly after being decorated by President Sirleaf.Following the honouring ceremony, Madam Bleaorplue started feeling pain in her chest and was rushed to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Sinkor.At the JFK Hospital in Monrovia, a family member told the Daily Observer Thursday, Madam Bleaorplue was attended to by doctors and nurses in the Emergency Room (ER).A family member also added that the centenarian was hospitalized for a week and discharged on the 2nd of August and taken home where she quietly passed away at home the same day.The family told the Daily Observer that extensive preparations are underway by prominent Nimba citizens and other individuals to give Madam Bleaorplue a fitting burial soon.Madam Bleaorplue was in early May discovered to be Liberia’s oldest or longest living person by a longevity researcher, the noted Liberian herbalist Kpakae L. Roberts, who has established a research center to conduct research on centenarians in order to establish a Blue Zone area for Liberia.The major purpose of the research is to validate the authenticity of their ages, find out why they hardly ever get sick and the secret of their longevity for the benefit of others.Madam Bleaorplue hailed from Kelley and Dubuzon, between lower Grand Gedeh and Nimba counties. In a brief exclusive interview with Daily Observer last Thursday, a prominent Liberian, Philip Morton Simpson, born during the administration of the late President Edwin J. Barclay, urged the Liberian Government to work out modalities for the placement of Madam Bleaorplue in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest living person. Such initiative is critically important, Mr. Simpson noted, because it is a distinct credit to Africa and to Liberia in particular, since this oldest African republic was able to produce the world’s oldest living person, far ahead of the Japanese woman that was 117 years on her recent birthday celebrated in Japan.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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Rep. Morris Gives Champions Montserrado US$1,000

first_imgMontserrado County District #1 Representative, Lawrence Morris, in group photo with the county teamMontserrado County District #1 Representative Lawrence Morris has congratulated the victorious Montserrado County men’s football team with a donation of whopping US$1,000 as an initial contribution for their splendid performance during the course of the 2017-2018 County Sports Meet.He made the donation on Monday in Bentol City, Montserrado County.An overly excited Morris lauded the technical team and the boys for a job well done as the county has once again proven to be the center of almost everything in the country. He was also glad that the trophy was taken to the county capital where several people had the opportunity to see the trophy.The Representative said that he was proud of the county to have retained the title, which is the most prestigious of the entire tournament. “You promised us that you were going to bring this trophy back and we are very glad that you have lived up to this promise. The people of this great county are proud of you all,” he said.Rep. Morris initially provided LD$50,000 to the team during their camping for the finals and also bought them their full regalia (Montserrado county t-shirts and caps) including the technical team which cost almost US$700.The Lawmaker interacts with the players in Bentol, the county capitalHe promised to consult with the Montserrado County Legislative Caucus to reactivate Scholarship/Academic Program for players to have the opportunity to go to school to have vocational or career training.The technical director of Montserrado County Sports team, Alieu Bah, who received the gesture on behalf of the team, lauded the lawmaker for his numerous supports to the team during the course of the tournament. “You have again proven to be a true leader among your colleagues. You have always been with us since this tournament started and we must appreciate you for this.”Mr. Bah added that the team is prepared to clinch the trophy for the third time, which will be historic when the tournament resumes later this year. He presented the trophy to the District #1 lawmaker who represents the seat of the county capital.Liberia’s premier annual sports jamboree came to an end last Sunday at the Samuel Kayon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville when Montserrado County again clinched the football title in a similar fashion as the last edition.The champions retained their title with a 2-0 win against one of the tournament’s favorites, Bong County in the presence of soccer legend and the country’s President, George Manneh Weah and his wife who were in the VIP stands.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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The Globe and Mail: First Nation’s LNG aspiration being snubbed by province

first_imgChief Harry Deneron of the Acho Dene Koe, which holds 750 members, says he’s frustrated that the Nation continues to be ignored by the province, and says while he’s not against fracking or pipelines, the issue may end up in court if his community isn’t going to benefit from job creations.The Acho Dene Koe’s traditional lands were divided up in the 1950’s, and today, while some continue to live in B.C., many rest on the borders of Yukon and the Northwest Territories.This is what Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustand says is holding back any sort of agreement, going on record to say he has to be selective in where to invest, with a preference for B.C.-based First Nations, according to the Globe.- Advertisement -The provincial government most recently celebrated the success of an agreement with the Nisga’a First Nation in allowing a natural gas pipeline through their land to reach proposed LNG plants on the coast.Read the entire Globe and Mail article here.With files from the Globe and MailAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Five-star Liverpool thrash sorry Everton

first_imgMichael Keane pulled a goal back for Everton before Origi got his second and Sadio Mane finished off a blistering counter-attack to make it 4-1.The scoring did not stop there as Richarlison cut the deficit once more, but Georginio Wijnaldum hammered the final nail in the Everton coffin a minute from time as an eighth defeat in 11 league games sees the Toffees slip into the bottom three.“All the goals were incredible,” said a delighted Jurgen Klopp, who made five changes in total. “Wonderful goals, sensational passes, super pieces of football. I loved it a lot.”Klopp insisted this fixture remained the “standout” one in Liverpool’s season despite the massive points difference between the sides at either end of the table.However, the German’s actions spoke louder than words as he could afford the luxury of leaving out Firmino and Salah at the beginning of a hectic month for the Reds in three competitions.“We needed fresh legs and I had to show my respect to the boys in the squad,” added Klopp. “They proved it. It is much more fun making changes, all of the boys are ready to deliver performances like this.”Origi scored the 96th-minute winner when the sides met last season at Anfield and proved his worth within six minutes this time with a calm finish to round Jordan Pickford and slot into an empty net after a sensational pass from Mane cut Everton open.Shaqiri was making his first start of the season, but also showed no signs of rustiness in front of goal by finishing off another Mane assist on his trusty left foot.“My biggest dream is to win the title with this club and give it to the fans,” said the Swiss midfielder.“We have to focus on the pitch, stay grounded and work hard every day. If we win, it will be amazing, but we still have a long way to go.”– Everton mistakes ‘not normal’ –The under-fire Marco Silva saw his side slip into the relegation zone © AFP / Paul ELLISAt the other end, Liverpool were without the suspended Alisson in goal and looked poor at the back all night as their long wait for a clean sheet at Anfield this season continued.Keane took advantage of a slip from Dejan Lovren to lift a delightful finish over Adrian to briefly breathe new life into Everton.That was extinguished on the half-hour mark as Lovren made amends with a brilliant ball over the top which Origi cushioned into his path before lobbing Pickford.Liverpool then struck again from an Everton corner as Trent Alexander-Arnold led the charge from one end of the field to the other before squaring for Mane to curl into the bottom corner.Under-fire Everton manager Marco Silva had made a substitution just 35 minutes in to try and turn the tide with Bernard replacing Djibril Sidibe and the Brazilian made an impact as from his cross the ball came off Richarlison’s shoulder to leave Adrian helpless.But Silva must now wait to see if he is offered another stay of execution by the Everton board ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Goodison on Saturday.“I am not the right person to answer about the situation, this question is for different people,” said Silva over growing calls for him to be fired.“The type of mistakes we are making is because the players are playing under big pressure because of the position in the table. They are making some mistakes that are not normal for the level we are.”0Shares0000(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Shaq attack: Xherdan Shaqiri (right) scored on his first start of the season for Liverpool © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 5 – Liverpool surged eight points clear at the top of the Premier League as Divock Origi was the scourge of Everton once more in a thrilling 5-2 Merseyside derby win for the European champions at Anfield.All but one of the goals came before half-time as Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, who replaced the rested Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, put Liverpool 2-0 up inside 17 minutes.last_img read more

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Video: Watch Southampton new boy Virgil van Dijk in action for Celtic

first_imgSouthampton have swooped on deadline day to sign Virgil van Dijk from Celtic.The Dutch defender cost the Saints £11.5m as they look to improve their backline but if you’re not up on your Scottish football you might not know too much about him.Check out the video above to see how Van Dijk looks in action.last_img

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Job Vacancy: Assistant/ Junior Quantity Surveyor required

first_imgA well-established Construction Consultancy firm is seeking an Assistant/ Junior Quantity Surveyor on a permanent basis.Assistant/ Junior Quantity Surveyor:Requirements: 1-3 years Quantity Surveying experience.Degree Qualification in Quantity Surveying.Proficient with BoQ’s and tenderingWork on own initiative or as part of a teamCompetent in the use of Cubit/ Buildsoft/ Excel/ Word/ Microsoft Project.Excellent Verbal and Written Communication.Own transport.Working under the supervision of the Project Surveyor, the range of duties will include:Preparation of sub contract procurement packagesmeasurement of bills of quantitiespreparing and checking valuationsmonitoring and checking variationspreparing materials orders schedules etc.To Apply: To apply, send CV by email to donegaldailyjobs@gmail.com with QUANTITY SURVEYOR 401 in the email subject line.  Job Vacancy: Assistant/ Junior Quantity Surveyor required was last modified: June 27th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:BuildingconstructionJob VacancyjobsQuantity Surveyorlast_img read more

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DANIEL HAS PERFECT CHRISTMAS – VISITING FRIENDS AND LOSING AT GOLF!

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed he had the perfect Christmas – watching old movies, singing hymns and visiting friends.The star said he did all the important things in life over the festive season including visiting family and friends.The only downside for the singer was losing money playing golf! “I hope you had a lovely Christmas. We had a lovely quiet time. As always I was delighted to get to sing with the choir at Christmas Eve Mass. It was a lovely service. When mass was over we followed our usual tradition and went to my mother’s house for Kathleens home-made soup.“On Christmas morning I went back to sing at our local mass and afterwards went to the local hospital and sang a few hymns for the residents.“Majella, Siobhan, Michael & I had our dinner in our own house this year, and as always we ate too much. We spent the evening watching old movies.“Over the few days of Christmas we managed to catch up with a few of our friends who we haven’t seen for a while, which was lovely. I did manage to sneak in a game of golf as well. Sadly I lost the money!!! My mother has been in great form and I was able to take her to visit some friends also,” said Daniel. The star said he was very busy leading up to Christmas doing quite a few radio and television interviews.Daniel revealed all his Christmas news on his monthly update on his website.“The weather has been quite good here and as I write this letter I’m sitting at our dining room table looking out on the Atlantic Ocean with Owey Island in front of me and Aranmore Island just to my left.“The sun is shining and the trees at the end of the garden are swaying in the breeze. Siobhan is already gone back to work in London and Michael leaves tomorrow. He too is working in London now. So they are both delighted and lucky to have jobs. Majella and I are going to Dublin where we’ll spend the New Year and then on the 2nd we’re off to Tenerife. We’ll spend the month of January there,” he added.DANIEL HAS PERFECT CHRISTMAS – VISITING FRIENDS AND LOSING AT GOLF! was last modified: December 30th, 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) Tags:CHristmasdaniel o’donnellhymnsmovieslast_img read more

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