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first_imgThe Criminal Court ‘B’ Judge has disclosed that for the Judiciary to be independent and corruption free, it needs adequate budgetary allocation.“We note with concern that even though numerous calls are being made for the Judiciary to be independent and corruption free, notwithstanding the Legislative and the Executive Branches of Government have failed to increase the budget for the Judiciary,” Judge Nancy F. Sammy of Criminal Court ‘B’ added, “at the time when the it needs adequate budgetary appropriate in undertaking measures for judicial reforms.”She made the assertion Monday, May 12, when she presided over the joint opening of the May 2014 Term of Criminal Courts, A, B. C and D, at the Temple of Justice.According to the Criminal Court Judge, for the Judiciary Sector to be totally independent, it needs adequate budgetary appropriation to enhance its work.“Increase the budget of the Judiciary, improve and increase the salaries of judges, provide better retirement packages for judges,” adding, “construct modern court facilities, throughout the country and judicial residential quarters especially for judges that will be assigned outside of Monrovia.”She further explained that “as judges, we are government’s officials and we are therefore, paid by the government.”But, the Judicial Canon six under rules of courts “forbids judges to engage in any business for economic gain. This means it is the obligation and the responsibility of the government to provide all basic needs of judges throughout the country, so that we may live decently.”“Regrettably,” Judge Sammy said, “we note with concern that the Financial Act which gives autonomy to the Judiciary is being circumvented by the reduction of the proposed budget by the Executive.”The Act, she said, mandates the Executive to only place notation on a transmitted slip and attached it to the budget of the judiciary without any deduction.“But, this act is currently being circumvented by the Executive to the extent that the Minister of Finance was recently cited by the Supreme Court to provide information on why the budgetary appropriation of the Judiciary was drastically reduced,” she noted.“With these how can we achieve judicial reform, or how can we have a strong and independent judiciary,” she wondered, “Then, when we do not have adequate and sufficient budgetary support to effectively enhance judicial reform, we must take into account that judicial reform is so expensive that it requires sufficient and adequate budgetary appropriation,”  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_imgFriday, June 12, marked the certification of 121 teachers of the WE-CARE Foundation Reading Liberia Program. The event took place at the Young Men’s Christian Association ( YMCA) on Broad Street.In his welcome statement earlier, WE-CARE Executive Director, T. Michael Weah, explained that the Reading Liberia teaching program is a research-based and classroom-testing of best teaching practices intended to improve teachers’ performances in the classroom, which had been going on since 2009. He said the training incorporates critical thinking, interactive and participatory learning methods and strategies, a new approach to teaching in the Liberian school. The new approach enables the students to question, examine, interpret, apply knowledge and work together.Reading Liberia is an initiative of WE-CARE Foundation, a local education non-profit, with support from the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) and the R.J. Braydon Charitable Foundation. Some of the books used in the teacher training program were donated by the International Book Bank (IBB).Reading Liberia trains teachers, librarians, writers, illustrators, designers and publishers and publishes culturally relevant books for children in Liberia. The Reading Liberia supervisor, Johnson Togba, said that the teachers were the last group and had gone through three of five-day workshops that were held for seven hours a day. It was followed by two implementation meetings during which the teachers were monitored and mentored for 12 months in their classrooms, while implementing the methods and strategies. They were also observed and assessed, while a trainer recommended them for accreditation and certification.For her part, Mrs. Ellen Fatu Varfley, Director for Professional Development of the Bureau of Teacher Education (BTE), Ministry of Education, and President of the National Teachers Association of Liberia, called on the certificated teachers to make the best use of the skills acquired during the training and mentorship. She thanked the WE-CARE Foundation family for their huge contribution to Liberia’s education sector. Mrs. Varfley along with Mr. J. Fernando Gbozuah, Program Director (BTE-MoE) presented the certificates to the teachers.The ceremony was attended by members of WE-CARE Board of Directors and more than 300 persons including guests from other education-related non-governmental organizations. 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_img… AG Chambers to hold training for lawyers, auditorsThe Attorney General (AG) Chambers has announced that it will be organising Anti Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) training and sensitisation workshops for attorney-at-laws, accountants and auditors,This comes even as Guyana prepares for the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) fourth Round Mutual Evaluation, scheduled for the first quarter of 2022. According to a notification from the Chambers, the workshops will be held on Friday and Saturday of this week.The first one, will cater specifically for the Lawyers. The second training session, for the Accountants and Auditors, will last for three hours. Both sessions will be conducted at Cara Lodge hotel.“These engagements are critical as Guyana prepares for its CFATF evaluation, and more so, given that the Money Laundering vulnerability levels for Attorneys-at-Law and Accountants/Auditors are generally considered to be high, based on AML/CFT trends globally.”“The workshops are intended to highlight the obligations of the Attorneys-at-Law and Accountants/Auditors, who are classified as Designated Non-Financial Businesses or Professions (DNFBPs) under local AML/CFT legislation. These categories of DNFBPs are required to report suspicious transactions to the Financial Intelligence Unit.”The chambers went on to explain that this is done only when, on behalf of or for a client, they engage in financial transactions as outlined under Section 18(11) of the AML/CFT Act 2009 (amended).“Further, in keeping with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Standards, these DNFBPs should be effectively supervised, to ensure their effective compliance with their obligations to assist in protecting the international financial sector and playing their part in combating ML and TF in Guyana and worldwide.”It was only recently that Calvin Wilson, a former Executive Director of the CFATF, had expressed concern over the negative effect the troubles at the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) could have on Guyana’s international status on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) watch list.The state of SOCU, Guyana’s main money laundering investigation arm, came to light when information was leaked to the media from a probe being conducted by the Guyana Police Force (GPF), which had unearthed irregularities that included falsified records and missing documents.According to reports, there was even a case of an official who alleged that his signature was forged. In addition, there are reports of listed expenditure being concocted and receipts being backdated.“If an important arm of the state is deemed to not be efficient at doing its job, in the anti-money laundering architecture, it means that the country is not meeting the international standards to be efficiently implementing the FATF recommendations,” Wilson had explained.“It means when the country is assessed, the report by the assessor will say exactly what (the headlines about SOCU say in the newspapers. It will identify the deficiencies and based on the ratings in the report, potentially the country can go back into the review for having the shortcomings.”He had given examples of Trinidad and Tobago and the Cayman Islands, who he noted are being reviewed with their systems having been found wanting by the task force during their evaluations. Wilson also spoke of the effects Guyana being blacklisted would have on the economy. “Potentially, if Guyana continues in this area, if there are no prosecutions, if there are deficiencies in other parts of the architecture, it means potentially the country can be placed on this (review) list.”Wilson had referenced Recommendation 19 of FATF, which urges countries and financial institutions to exercise greater diligence when dealing with countries deemed as higher risk. These recommendations including limiting business transactions with such countries.last_img read more

first_imgBreaching of procurement regulationsPublic Infrastructure Minister David PattersonOpposition LeaderBharrat JagdeoGuyana’s parliamentary Opposition, the People’s Progressive Party, is mounting pressure on Government to take action against one of its Ministers who was found guilty by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) of breaching regulations.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo called out the Government on its failure to act, saying there seems to be a “pattern” of questionable decisions made in relation to multimillion-dollar contracts by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government Minister, David Patterson, who heads the Public Infrastructure Ministry.Speaking at his weekly press conference at his Church Street, Georgetown office, Jagdeo said Patterson was taken before the Public Procurement Commission and they have unearthed adverse finding. “He is before the Police and they completed the investigation five months ago. Until now we have not seen any charges laid against him although he committed an illegal act according to the Public Procurement Commission,” the Opposition Leader said. Jagdeo added that as recent as Thursday last, he obtained information with regard to a road project contract involving the laying of asphalt in Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), where the Public Infrastructure Ministry is being accused for not following rules and regulations. He said the accusation of impropriety on the Region Nine project must be investigated. A similar accusation, he added, was also made about several other projects including the East Bank Berbice Road contract.The Opposition Leader also called out Minister Patterson on the payment of US$9000 to his personal bank account from a Chinese company. According to Jagdeo, the Minister’s statements about this matter leave many unanswered questions and appears to be non-factual.“He gave… an explanation that the Cabinet had approved the trip but the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) funded the trip, he took an advance from MARAD. Now I know if the Cabinet approves the trip then you get the advance from the Finance Ministry, why do you have to go to MARAD? But I suspect that when you get the advance from the Finance Ministry then you have to clear the advance, so why in the first place, in the first instance collect the money from MARAD and for the trip?”According to the Opposition Leader, the contractors could have also simply reimbursed MARAD directly since the agency has its own bank account that it uses for business purposes.“So all you had to do is give MARAD… it has a bank account. MARAD should have given their bank account [number] to the contractors and they would pay back MARAD directly. But how did the Association get his personal bank account details? Obviously the Minister had to give them his personal bank account details to deposit the money in,” Jagdeo further stated.He noted that eight months after the money was expended, Minister Patterson stated that he had “promptly” reimbursed MARAD, but until now there has been no proof to support the Minister’s claims of such.“We have not seen a cheque so how was it reimbursed? The Minister can easily show by cheque this was done. Did he encash it, draw out the cash and put it in a bag and went over to MARAD and give it back? So there are lots of questions that we have to get answers for,” Jagdeo added.Minister Patterson came under fire after the probe into the award of a consultancy contract to Dutch firm LievenseCSO for the feasibility study and design of the new Demerara River crossing found that there was indeed breach in Procurement Act.The Public Procurement Commission report outlined that after some 23 companies had expressed an interest in providing consultancy services, 12 were shortlisted and two managed to submit their proposals on time. However, Government failed to reach an agreement with either of the two companies in their negotiations and as such, the tender was annulled.The National Tender and Procurement Administration Board (NPTAB) then recommended that the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI) re-tender but it did not, the PPC report said. It went on to note that the Permanent Secretary of the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI) then “informed the Public Procurement Commission that subsequent to annulment of the tender by MPI, [Dutch Company LievenseCSO] Engineering contracting BV submitted an unsolicited proposal to provide consultancy services for the Demerara River bridge project.”As such, the Commission added that Minister Patterson approached Cabinet on November 18, 2016, seeking consideration and approval to use funds from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation to fund the feasibility study and to commence a contractual engagement with LievenseCSO as of January 1, 2017.The Commission found that there was a breach when this request to Cabinet was made by the Minister and not through the NPTA.last_img read more

first_imgPeople like to feel comfortable.No matter what the situation is, for most people, if they feel comfortable in their surroundings, they will be quite happy where they are.This is the same when it comes to nutrition, health and wellness. If you don’t know that there is an issue, you will be quite comfortable and you won’t notice that anything is ‘wrong’ until something shines a light on where you currently are.How you can lose friends and alienate people.1. Start a training regime.This one isn’t too much of a faux-pas within the grand scheme of things. However, that does depend on what type pf training you decide to partake in.If you start walking, jogging, some light running, yoga, Pilates etc., it is unlikely that you will be shunned at the water cooler. If you decide to start weight training or doing anything that involves structured training with an actual plan and a purpose, you may be subjected to an array of fables that will include such gems as ‘You will end up looking like a man’, ‘you will end up like a bodybuilder’, and other nonsense that just isn’t true.So on a scale of 1-10, training would come in at a 4-5 on the how to lose friends and alienate people chart.2. Go on a diet.If there is one way that you can suddenly become the centre of attention, for all the wrong reasons, it is when you go on a diet.By diet, I mean that you are changing the way that you are eating to improve your health, lose some weight or both.When you do this, you will make your co-workers feel uncomfortable. They will be forced to look at how they are eating. They will question why you are eating certain things. They will ask why you are drinking so much water. They will tell you horror stories about friends who have perished because of the diet that they have tried.They will basically try anything to steer you off course.This is because you are disrupting the norm; the rut that people get into of always eating junk, bringing ‘treats’ to work, freestyling their meals and snacks and not knowing or caring what or how much they are eating.Your diet, has highlighted this to them, and they don’t like what they see within themselves. So on a scale of 1-10, diet would come in at a 7-8 on the how to lose friends and alienate people chart. 3. Start training and a new diet together.Wo-Betide anyone who shall start a training program and a new diet plan at the same time.This is alien territory.Be prepared to be the brunt of their ‘jokes’.Have you given up alcohol also? No more invites out for you. Watching what you eat? No more dinner invites for you. Refusal of a Friday ‘treat’ Well aren’t you just a saint……You get my drift of where this is going.So on a scale of 1-10, training would come in at a 15 on the how to lose friends and alienate people chart.This is all a bit ‘tongue in cheek’, but the scenarios above are real and have happened more than once to people I have trained and to myself.People do not like to have their failings held up in front of them, especially when it comes to sensitive issues like their health and nutrition.There are a few ways that this can happen.> A health scare.Maybe your doctor has advised you to lose some weight because of cholesterol issues, or other weight or fitness related issues.> An awakeningThis ‘awakening’ usually comes out of the blue.For a friend of mine, his awakening came when the lift to his apartment was broken and he had to walk 10 flights of stairs to get to his flat.He got half way up and had to give up, he physically couldn’t make it up the stairs.His awakening lead to him losing 100lbs over 2 years and radically changing his life.> A friend or co-worker who decides to change their health and nutrition habits.This is the main one.This is the one that will snap you out of your comfort zone and make you look at yourself and your nutrition and health habits in a whole new light.While the first two on the list might make you change a few things as they will seem important, the 3 rd shouldn’t be ignored.If you feel uncomfortable around someone who is trying to better themselves, maybe it is because you have let things slip.You realise this, but you have become so accustomed to it that you didn’t see it as an issue until one of your friends decided to change their own habits.Don’t shy away from this.Use this as motivation and join your friend.You may have tried before and failed because you didn’t have any support. But with someone alongside you who is on the same journey as you, you may have the right ingredients to succeed this time.All you have to do is try.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training or to get a structured training program, please contact me through the link below.* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessDD Fitness: How to lose friends and alienate people was last modified: May 13th, 2017 by Emmet RusheShare 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:dd fitnessdietrushe fitnessweight losslast_img read more

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Shake your Shamrock at Sister Sara’s in Letterkenny this week as the popular Letterkenny Bar put up some super offer’s for young and old alike.If you plan to hit the town early on Wednesday night Sister Sara’s have the popular DJ Marty Temple operating the turntables with an array of great promo’s. On St Patrick’s Day with the annual Parade starting on our doorstep why not call in for a tipple, Pints of Guinness are on offer at only €3 as is Jameson whiskey and for the younger spectator we have a combo soft drink and tayto crisp deal at €3.DJ Benny B will be playing everything Irish from 3-6pm on Paddy’s Day with our resident DJ Marty Curran taking over for the night slot.So you have no excuses not to call in!Looking ahead on Friday DJ Scoop will be back with his Karaoke Mobile Disco and off course Sister Sara’s never disappoints on a Saturday, with the real party experience from DJ Marty C. Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy Sister Sara’s.GUINNESS AND JAMESON JUST €3 IN SISTER SARA’S ON ST PATRICK’S DAY was last modified: March 15th, 2016 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:DJGuinnessJamesonnewsSister Sara’sSportSt Patrick’s Daylast_img read more

first_imgTHE CARA Pharmacy chain just got bigger – after the company announced today it has a new outlet in Killybegs.Cara are the “proud new owners” of McGee’s pharmacy in the fishing town.It takes to 12 the number of pharmacies under the award-winning Cara brand run by couple Canice and Ramona Nicholas. “We are very excited about our new venture and we hope we live up to the wonderful reputation that Pat and Celia Mc Gee have built up over the years,” they said in a statement.“We look forward to bringing Cara Pharmacy to Killybegs and we cant wait to meet all the regular customers of Mc Gee’s Pharmacy.“We’d like to take this opportunity to wish Pat and Celia nothing but the very best for the future, they are a wonderful couple and no doubt will continue to be a very familar face in the Pharmacy.”* DONEGALDAILY.COM – 1.6MILLION PAGE VIEWS EVERY MONTH* LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on * GOOGLE STATISTICSBUSINESS: CARA PHARMACY NEW OWNERS OF KILLYBEGS STORE was last modified: March 13th, 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:BUSINESS: CARA PHARMACY NEW OWNERS OF KILLYBEGS STORElast_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team has signed Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.), Aryka Knoche (Little Canada, Minn.), Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) and Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) to National Letters of Intent for the 2017 season, head coach Rich Calvert announced Thursday, Dec. 3. “We feel the most important aspect in the recruiting process is finding quality student-athletes that represent Drake softball both on and off the field,” Calvert said. “We’ve found that in this class that will have big shoes to fill replacing a strong senior class. What is great about these four newcomers is that they each can play numerous positions, which is a trademark of our program.” Buie is a versatile multi-sport athlete for Gardner Edgerton High School, where she plays basketball and runs track and field. Due to track and field and softball sharing the same spring high school season in Kansas, Buie hasn’t played softball for Gardner Edgerton but plays for the DeMarini Aces Gold softball club. She has medaled several times in the javelin and pole vault at the Kansas state track and field meet. Knoche, a pitcher and first baseman for Roseville Area High School, earned her first varsity letter in softball as a seventh grader. A two-time team captain, she earned all-section honors in 2014 and all-conference honors in 2014 and 2015. Maddox, a first baseman and outfielder, has helped Foothill High School earn back-to-back third place finishes at the state tournament. She is a three-year letterwinner and two-time all-state selection. The final member of the 2017 signing class is Roemmich, local product from Valley High School. She has guided the Tigers to the state tournament in each of her first three seasons, including to a third place showing in 2015. A midfielder and outfielder, Roemmich was named first team all-state as a sophomore and junior. “They each have outstanding characteristics, a great passion for the game and excel in the classroom,” Calvert said. “Time will tell on the impact they will have on the softball field, but they all come from programs, whether high school or club, that have achieved tremendous success during their time. We look forward to seeing them develop over their careers.”Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgScott Houston came in second on the men’s side as he cleared 18-4.5 on his final attempt and missed all three attempts at 18-8.25. Women Mary Saxer, marking her ninth Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee appearance, finished in second, vaulting 14-11. Morris, who won the inaugural Capital Square Vault last year, cleared 15-8.5 on her first attempt to win her second-straight title. Sam Kendricks, Nike, 18-8.25 (5.70) Scott Houston, Shore AC, 18-4.50 (5.60) Jeff Coover, Under Armour, 18-0.50 (5.50) Logan Cunningham, Nike, 18-0.50 (5.50) Augusto Dutra, Brazil, 17-6.50 (5.35) RESULTS Men Kendricks was nearly perfect on the evening as he cleared the bar on his first attempt at the first four heights. He then cleared 18-8.25 on his second attempt to secure the win. DES MOINES, Iowa – Sam Kendricks, the 2016 Olympics bronze medalist, and Sandi Morris, the 2016 Olympics silver medalist, won the second-annual Capital Square Vault presented by Catch Des Moines and the Des Moines Register in downtown Des Moines on Wednesday, April 26.  Print Friendly Version  Sandi Morris, Nike 15-5.75 (4.72) Mary Saxer, Nike/NYAC, 14-11 (4.55) Alysha Newman, Nike, 14-5.25 (4.40)Kortney Ross, USA, NHKatie Nageotte, adidas, NHlast_img read more

first_imgTwo people have been injured following an explosion at a house in Raphoe.The explosion, a suspected gas leak, happened just after 10am on the outskirts of the town.The two people have been taken to hospital but the extent of their injuries is not yet known. It is understood that the house has been extensively damaged in the incident.Fire tenders from Stranorlar and Strabane as well as a number of ambulances attended the scene.Breaking: Two people rushed to hospital after explosion at Raphoe house was last modified: February 28th, 2018 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:donegalexplosionfireRaphoelast_img read more