Trouble is brewing in Grand Bassa County as the leadership of various groups, including students, is demanding the immediate resignation of the Legislative Caucus Chair, Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence and the Deputy Speaker, Hanse Barchue.But Senator Lawrence has described the group as “not credible” without any Article of Incorporation to authenticate their legal existence.“I cannot respond to everybody without establishing their legality because they may not be the one who voted for me or they are some of the paid agents,” Senator Lawrence responded to a Daily Observer inquiry.Deputy Speaker Hanse Barchue is yet to respond to the groups’ demand. Efforts to contact him proved futile as his phone was switched off up to press time.The groups, under the banner of the Federation of Bassa Youths and Students (YEBYS), represented by its president, Melvin Ableejay, and the Patriotic Alliance of Bassa (PAB) Incorporated, represented by the media director, Jonathan A. Nawah, say it has become quite apparent to then that the current chair of the county’s Legislative Caucus, Senator Lawrence, “has instituted serious disunity in the county.”The group maintained that Senator Lawrence and others have been involved in numerous activities that are continuously promoting disunity in the county.“Some of these diabolical acts carried out by Madam Lawrence and the chief financer of her ill-established policy, Rep. Barchue, must honorably resign,” the group demanded.Reasons for their resignation, according to the group, include their alleged involvement in the “confiscation of the county Ebola mobile money account during the height of the health crisis and their refusal to give proper account of how the donated funds were used.”Her action, the group said, is deserving of impeachment and if she doesn’t respond, “We will impeach her as well as the Deputy Speaker.”The lawmakers, the group added, have incited and empowered the youths to call for the resignation of the county leadership without an iota of legality, thereby creating unrest among the citizenry of the county.“We are of the view that the unlawful dismissal of the county’s project management committee without due process was based upon the lawmakers’ action on an undated resolution prepared by the Legislative Caucus chair, but not signed by the secretary-general of the Caucus in the person of Rep. Robert Siaway,” they said.Another reason for the students’ demand for the lawmakers’ resignations, is that they have unlawfully and tenaciously denied the youths participation in decision making, they claimed.They also recalled the postponement of the county council sitting without the participation of delegates, which serves as the highest decision-making body at every county council sitting, as prescribed in Section 9 (h) of the country’s budget law.Therefore, the group resolved that the honorable thing to do is for the two officials whom they described as “political epidemics” to resign or their respective institutions will be left with no alternative but to galvanize citizens across the county to support their cause. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The lead facilitator of the House Reconciliation Retreat, Presidential Hopeful Augustine K. Ngafuan, has admonished members of the House of Representatives, that an “Honorable Lawmaker” does not try to adjust his or her conscience to justify or fit his or her wrong conscience.“Instead, a man or woman of honor adjusts his or her action in order to be true to his or her conscience,” Mr. Ngafuan said. “Do not only do good because others are doing good; do good because it is right to do good. And if a good number of you do good, the image of the honorable House of Representatives will truly be honorable!”The Victor for Change Political Party Standard Bearer said lawmakers should not only think about the next election, but also think about the next generation as substantiated with the laws they make and other legislative functions, which include representation and oversight.He made the remarks yesterday in Ganta, Nimba County during a two-day House Reconciliation Retreat of members of the House of Representatives at the Jackie’s Guest House Auditorium.Speaking on the topic, ‘Institutional Image Building,’ Mr. Ngafuan said,“When the most convenient thing to do is to sit down on Liberia, Men and Women of Honor Stand Up for Liberia; and when others are treating Liberia like an orphan who does not have parents, be that parent for Liberia; when others are treating Liberia like a mother who does not have child, be that child for Liberia. When others are treating Liberia like a street urchin who does not have a friend, be that friend for Liberia,” Ngafuan challenged.The former Finance and Foreign Affairs Minister told the lawmakers that in order for the ‘House of Representatives’ to have a new and better image, they should act as a separate and independent branch of government, and should coordinate and collaborate with the other branches of the government. He said the House of Representatives or the Legislature at large, should not appear like an obstructionist branch and cannot afford to appear like a spineless branch. “Do not say no to the Executive when you know yes is in the best interest of the country. Do not say yes to the Executive, when you know no is in the best interest of the country,” Mr. Ngafuan said. “Think for and stand up for Liberia, not just for yourself or your constituency.”Some of the practical steps aimed at building a positive image, according to Mr. Ngafuan “include building capacity for research; strengthening the Legislative Budget Office (LBO); improving the public participation in the crafting of legislation and public access to information and strengthening the Press Bureau of the House to make it to execute its functions.”Making the formal opening remarks, House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay said the leadership is committed to reconcile its colleagues and re-brand the image of the Legislature.The Speaker mentioned four pillars he believed are cardinal to ensure that the House of Representatives enhance a national agenda.He named the four pillars as “reconciliation, image construction, coordination as well as capacity building.” He admonished his colleagues to see the retreat as a new beginning and platform on which they can resolve their differences and work together for the common good of the nation.The House Deputy Speaker, Hans Barchue appealed to his colleagues to remain united and focus on issues that will promote the image of the legislature. He maintained that until the House unites itself into a common front to forge ahead with reconciliation, the process of actualizing the purpose for which it was elected would remain elusive.He told the lawmakers to sort out their differences with focus on the scrupulous implementation of the national development agenda. The Chairman of the House Committee on Peace, Religion and Reconciliation, Rep. Ricks Toweh, (Nimba County District # 6) challenged his colleagues to surmount what he called the hurdles of hate and selfishness for the common good of Liberia.He warned that posterity will harshly judge the august body if the national development agenda remains unattended to as the result of personal interests. He maintained that in as much as the Legislature is composed of diversity, the general interest of the state remains paramount and as such must supersede individual interests.The Nimba County lawmaker stated that disagreement is part of Legislative Politics on the biggest platform of national debate and as such must be encouraged as the building block to sustain the young democracy and not a ground to breed hatred and misconception among lawmakers.According to Atty. Toweh, the Legislature is the microcosm of the nation and if divided through personal and ideological differences such indifference affects the larger society and retards progress. He cautioned his colleagues to evoke the strength of success through the bond of unity as provided for in the national anthem.On behalf of the Nimba Legislative Caucus, Hon. Richard M. Tingbeh described the action of the House in recent past, as an attempt to arrest what he considered as a checkpoint against issues detrimental to the economic life of the Liberian people.Ganta District Representative Jeremiah Koung and Nimba Superintendent Fone Zuagele also made separate remarks.According to him, the decision by the House to host the retreat in Nimba County is not a mistake because the people of Nimba are peace loving and see this intervention as a new day in the Legislature.Fifty nine (59) lawmakers attended the retreat while 14 did not, including former Speaker Alex Tyler, Moses Kollie, Dr. Bhopal Chambers, James Boney, and others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Paramount Chief Moinamah Jah: “In Liberia, land is a symbol of identity, heritage and hope, because if you live in abject poverty but you have land; you are considered rich…” Participants and traditional chiefs, who attended the just-ended three-day ‘intensive’ workshop creating awareness on “public land and its inventory” in Gbarnga Bong County have appealed to the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) and its partners including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Peace-building Support Office (PBSO), as well as other organizations that are in the business of mitigating land disputes for support to more training workshops.Senjeh District Paramount Chief (PC) in Bomi County Moinamah Jah, who spoke on behalf of the traditional chiefs, said financial support to such training will help to diminish land-related disputes that have overwhelmed the country.“In Liberia, land is a symbol of identity, heritage and hope, because if you live in abject poverty but you have land; you are considered a rich person since land is an asset,” PC Jah told the participants and facilitators.“Before then,” he said “land in Liberia was plentiful so one could not hear too much land palava (confusion), but nowadays, the fight for land is despairing, because many people have nothing else to depend on but their ancestors land,” Chief Jah said.The Paramount Chief said the establishment of the LLA demonstrates that the government is desirous of addressing some of the land-related issues, but argues that it will not be sufficient to deal with the many land-related problems.PC Jah added, “When these kinds of workshops are held, it would help to open the minds of people; and will also reduce some of the land disputes.””We the traditional leaders have long been mediating by creating a balance in the process of tribal land disputes, and in some cases, our efforts have resulted to restoration of peace and reconciliation; but today, many Liberians, particularly the young people, do not respect the traditional way of solving problem-they always say that is “old system,” PC Jah said to a deafening of applause in approval of his statement.The paramount Chief said it will take a considerable time for the rural inhabitants to understand the different categories of land; namely, private, customary, public and government lands, noting, “During our generations, we have three categories of land: government, private, and customary lands, therefore, we need more of such workshops for the people to sufficiently understand these different categories of lands.The participants named land ownership and distribution, land demarcation, gender disparity as some of the problems responsible for land disputes in the country.Commissioner Ellen O. Pratt addresses the closing ceremonyLLA Commissioner Ellen O. Pratt, with oversight of Land Use and Management, lauded the participants, and the traditional chiefs for their recommendations, and promised to work on them along with other relevant agencies for possible implementation.According to Commissioner Pratt, vast majority of Liberia’s population is involved in subsistence agriculture. Farmers, many of them women, operate in an informal and precarious system without any legal titles to the lands. In the aftermath of the country’s 14-year civil war, the government began the long overdue process to modernize its land tenure system, putting policies in place so that each parcel of land would be productive, and economically valuable.”She then challenged the participants to help educate their respective communities on the knowledge they gained from the training so they too can help mitigate some of the land-related crisis.Commissioner Pratt also admitted that violent land disputes are reported to be more frequent in urban than rural areas, but assure participants that with the establishment of the LLA, land disputes will be considerably reduced.Some topics that were discussed, included gender equality and land rights; understanding the institutional and organizational arrangements of the LLA, county land offices; Land Boards, the importance of Public Land, and how communities can assist in managing and or safeguarding the category of land for future use, etc.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 17-year-old Charlestown, Georgetown resident, who was arraigned with two-gun related charges by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, will be spending more time behind bars as he was further remanded to prison after reappearing in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Colin Denny of Charles and Howes Street, Charlestown, was charged after he was allegedly found with a .32 pistol along with one matching round of ammunition without being the holder of a firearm licence on June 13, 2018. He later denied those allegations when it was read to him on his first appearance.However, Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that the weapon was concealed in Denny’s pants crotch. As such, bail was denied and he was remanded to prison.In court last week, the youth was further remanded to prison after no special reasons were given for him to be granted his pretrial liberty. He was ordered to return on November 19.Defence lawyer Keshia Chase in her bail application had told the court that on the day in question, her client was in the company of six other males when Police visited the area.She noted that upon seeing the officers, the other males scattered leaving Denny. Chase further told the court that the weapon was not found on her client’s person but rather in Howes Street, Georgetown.
… under close arrestTwo policemen are now under close arrest in New Amsterdam after a quantity of marijuana was discovered in a car belonging to one of the officers.The ranks were on Monday afternoon busted with five kilos of cannabis.The car in which the marijuana was foundBoth Constables are attached to the Traffic Department in New Amsterdam. Reports are that one of the ranks, who was on official business on the West Coast of Berbice, and was at the time driving a minibus belonging to the Force was seen stopping a car. At that time, the rank who owns a car, was the only person in the bus.After the car was stopped, the driver came out of the vehicle carrying a parcel in his hand and boarded the bus. Reports are that the bus then pulled off and stopped a short distance away. The driver of the car then exited without the parcel.Guyana Times understands that the rank telephoned another rank and asked him to take his car to Vrymens Erven, which is situated in New Amsterdam.When the bus arrived, it is alleged that the parcel was transferred to the car and both vehicles went back to central Police Station.Commander of B Division (Berbice), Errol Watts, was informed of the suspicious transaction on the West Coast of Berbice, and lay in wait for the two Constables.When they arrived, several senior officers were called and informed of the situation. The owner of the car refused to hand over the keys to the Commander, claiming that he did not know where they were.Reports are that the officer said his friend had borrowed his car and if anything was found inside, he would not be guilty.Watts ordered that the car be broken into. When the trunk was opened, two plastic bags containing what was suspected to be cannabis was found. It was weighed in the presence of the two traffic Police. Both suspects are under close arrest. Police are now looking for the man who left the parcel in the Police bus.
Several workers and pensioners attached to the Uitvlugt Estate, West Coast Demerara, on Wednesday picketed their employer’s directives that they will not be paid unless they open bank accounts. This was revealed by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) which said the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) must take steps to improve relations between workers and management. In the same vein, it called on the State-controlled entity to refrain from compulsion and threats.GAWU noted that the past and present employees picketed the estate’s administrative office to call on GuySuCo to put an end to coerce them to have their wages and pensions be sent to the bank.“The State-owned company is now telling the aggrieved that soon they will not be paid unless they submit their banking information to the estate. While we would want to believe the Corporation knows that withholding workers’ wages in an illegal act by itself, GuySuCo’s belligerently disrespectful attitude towards long-standing practices, laws, and even international conventions, in recent times, has us believing that the company is least bothered by the fact and the stain of notoriety,” the Union stressed on Wednesday.Highlighting the continuing incidence of crime, GAWU said pensioners and workers have expressed fear of being robbed after they exit the bank. More than that, it was observed that vendors who ply their trade near pay offices would be disadvantaged as well.The Union body posited that the Corporation’s moves are contrary to the Labour Act which requires at Section 19(1) that wages be paid in money. Section 19(4) of the Act also mandates employers to pay wages at convenient places near to the workplace; something that GAWU says is noteworthy.Workers, according to GAWU, contend that they will now be forced to expend several hundred dollars weekly in order to travel to the banks at Vreed-en-Hoop and Parika to withdraw their wages. This would be similar to what occurs with most workers that are attached to large entities. GAWU however says its workers and pensioners “worry” that they may be forced to make more than one trip if the ATM is not working at the time they wish to withdraw their wages.The Union also claims that one unnamed bank increased its withdrawal fees and added that other banks “may well follow suit”.“[Workers] related that with pay rates frozen in the sugar industry since 2014; lesser work opportunities; and a reduction in incentive payments, among other things, they can hardly bear the costs GuySuCo is asking them to fetch. They said, as it stands right now, they are barely keeping their heads above water as they have been forced to significantly cut their cloth to suit their purse,” GAWU observed.GAWU on Wednesday said it stands with the workers and the pensioners and calls on GuySuCo to do “what is right and decent and to pay the workers at their regular pay offices as they have been doing for a long time now. To compulsion and threatening attitude of the GuySuCo will not augur well to improve relations between the workers and the management which has been badly beaten over the last three years.”Efforts to contact the management of the estate for a comment on the matter proved futile.
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Neymar’s first season in Paris following his world record transfer from Barcelona was brought to a premature end by a foot injury. But before that there were concerns the Brazilian had a frosty relationship with Cavani, with the duo notably bickering over penalty-taking duties.There were no such problems on Wednesday, as the pair led PSG to another victory in the absence of the suspended Kylian Mbappe.“I haven’t done anything special. It is important that they exchange with one another,” said Tuchel, whose team are already eight points clear at the top of Ligue 1.“They play in the same team don’t they? I haven’t done anything. They are grown ups and, above all, they are pros.“I also get the feeling that along with Kylian Mbappe and Angel (Di Maria) they are a quartet who want to win trophies and improve together.”PSG go to Nice on Saturday looking for an eighth win out of eight in the league — if they do that they will match the best ever start to a season by any French club, set by Olympique Lillois in 1936.– Mbappe back –The good news for Tuchel is that Mbappe can return having completed his three-match ban, and the France star will surely feature ahead of next Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Red Star Belgrade.PSG need a positive result in Europe after losing away to Liverpool in their opening group outing, but first they face Patrick Vieira’s Nice, who have won three of their last four matches, and can welcome back Mario Balotelli after he missed the midweek victory at Nantes.“I know what I can get out of Mario at the moment and I am going to use him. He can maybe last an hour, or 80 minutes. The important thing is that he is ready to help the team,” said Vieira.Lyon, Marseille and Lille are all eight points off top spot, and Lyon entertain a Nantes side whose Portuguese coach Miguel Cardoso is reported to be on the verge of the sack after a poor start to the season.Nicolas Pepe could not prevent Lille from losing at Bordeaux in midweek © AFP/File / NICOLAS TUCATMeanwhile, Marseille go to Lille after beating Strasbourg 3-2 in midweek thanks to Valere Germain’s stoppage-time goal.Monaco visit Saint-Etienne on Friday looking for a first win since the opening weekend of the season.Player to watch: Nicolas PepeLille must be delighted that the 23-year-old Ivory Coast international forward turned down the chance to move away from the club in the summer transfer window. The financially troubled northern side may have needed the money, but keeping Pepe gives them a much better chance of remaining up towards the top of the table.He was unable to prevent Christophe Galtier’s side from losing at Bordeaux in midweek, but he has four goals this season and will be hoping to fire Lille to a fourth win from four home games when they host Marseille.FixturesFridaySaint-Etienne v Monaco (9:45pm)SaturdayNice v Paris Saint-Germain (6:15pm), Angers v Guingamp, Caen v Amiens, Lyon v Nantes, Reims v Bordeaux, Strasbourg v Dijon (all 9pm)SundayRennes v Toulouse (4pm), Montpellier v Nimes (6pm), Lille v Marseille (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Edinson Cavani and Neymar talk tactics during PSG’s win at Rennes last weekend © AFP/File / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIERPARIS, France, Sep 28 – Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel says he has done nothing special to improve the relationship between star forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani, despite the pair playing a key role in helping the French champions enjoy their best ever start to a season.Cavani scored twice and won a penalty that was converted by Neymar as PSG came from behind to beat Reims 4-1 on Wednesday, making it seven wins from seven games this season.
Arjen Robben in action for Holland against England in 2012 England will take on the Netherlands in a friendly at Wembley in March, the Football Association has announced.After being handed an easy Euro 2016 qualification group, the FA and England manager Roy Hodgson vowed to line up strong opposition in the friendlies prior to the tournament in France.The FA had already announced friendlies against Spain, France and Germany and they will now tackle the Dutch on March 29.It will be the 20th meeting between the Three Lions and the Oranje. The last encounter took place in February 2012, when Arjen Robben scored a stoppage time goal to give the Dutch a 3-2 win.Unlike England, who won all 10 qualifying matches, Holland failed to qualify for Euro 2016.Despite finishing third in the 2014 World Cup, they could only manage a fourth-placed finish in their European Championship qualifying group behind Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey.England’s next friendly is against Spain in Alicante on November 13. Four days later they host France at Wembley. They travel to Berlin to play Germany on March 26 before hosting the Dutch. 1
CAPPRY ROVERS NOTES 16/11/2015CAPPRY ROVERS LOTTOThe numbers drawn in this week’s draw were 1, 10, 14, 22 . There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was Ronnie Reilly, Roadhouse Bar.Next weeks jackpot is €3850.Remember if you’re not in, you can’t win!!!CAPPRY ROVERSCappry Rovers are to play Drumoghill FC in the FAI Junior Cup on Thursday evening in Cappry Park with a 7.30pm kick off. As always, all support greatly welcomed.Training in Cappry Park on Tuesday evening from 7pm.CAPPRY ROVERS RESERVESCappry Rovers had a free weekend in the league. They are back in action again next weekend when they venture through the gap to play Donegal Town. The game is on Saturday at 2pm in the Hospital Field.CAPPRY ROVERS U16’sCappry Rovers played Lagan Harps on Saturday morning in Cappry Park. They ran out 4-0 winners with Joel Bradley Walsh and Kaine McGlynn getting 2 goals apiece. They are due to play Ballybofey Utd next Saturday.CAPPRY ROVERS U14’sCappry played away at Lagan on Saturday and dominated the game from start to finish. However they found it hard to break down the Lagan back line and went in tied at 0-0 at halftime. In the 2nd half Cappry got the opening goal when Kieran Thompson found the back of the net. Lagan to their credit got back on level terms when they scored on a rare break. With 10 minutes to go Cody Laverty grabbed the winner for Cappry.They are at home to Castlefin next Saturday.CAPPRY COLTS U14’s The Cappry Colts travelled to Raphoe last Saturday morning and, despite defeat, produced their best performance of the season so far. Again, this young Colts side put in a magnificent effort and were rewarded when Oisin Doherty scored just before the half-time break. Fourteen players in all lined out on Saturday and all played their part in the wet and wintry conditions. As we have said before, this is a very young Cappry side and this season in a very tough East Donegal League will stand to them as the season goes on. Next up for the Colts is another away game this weekend when they make the trip to Lagan.CAPPRY COLTS U12’sCappry Colts and Fintown Harps braved the weather conditions on Saturday to put on a fine display of football. Cappry started well with Shaun Ryan scoring the 1st quickly followed by Eoin McGonagle, Fintown pulled 1 back, but just before halftime Cappry piled on more pressure with 2 more goals from Odhran Quigley Doherty and Charlie Griffin. At the start of the 2nd half Cappry continued playing like they did in the 1st half with Shaun Ryan getting his 2nd followed shortly after by Niall Marley. Fintown kept pressing but the in form Shay Doherty kept them at bay. Cappry scored 2 more before the final whistle with Niall Ryan and Paddy Long getting on the score sheet. A fantastic performance from the Cappry Colts. SOCCER NEWS: CAPPRY FACE DRUMOGHILL IN FAI JUNIOR CUP CLASH was last modified: November 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:soccerSport