What is the real purpose of the City Constabulary?

first_imgDear Editor,With this recent massive robbery that was committed on a popular jewellery store at the Stabroek Market — a heist that could rival ‘The Great Train Robbery,’ which occurred in 1963 when a Royal Mail train was heading from Glasgow to London — the citizens of Georgetown should expect nothing less than the resignations of the Georgetown Mayor, the Town Clerk, the Chief Constable, and the Clerk of Markets being immediately tendered.Of course this will never happen, as those at City Hall cheerfully stumble from one scandal to another without any reprimand ever being meted out to them.The role of the City Constabulary seems to be only that of body protection: for securing of the multiple residences of the Mayor, the Town Clerk and other members in and out of the city; and for chasing vendors around downtown Georgetown whilst the poor vendors and patrons in and around the municipal markets are robbed with impunity on a daily basis.What is the real purpose of the City Constabulary, which has well over 100 employees and about five stations in Georgetown? Which, according to the Town Clerk, has the same power as the national police (GPF) in the maintenance of law and order in this country? Couldn’t they simply use these extensive powers to guard the markets?He proudly boasts that his Constabulary is responsible for policing the entire 15-square mile area of the capital city, with its approximately 180,000 citizens; and that they are also empowered to protect citizens as they patrol the city. Does this include the Stabroek and other municipal markets, which are burgled on a daily basis?The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown should be ashamed of themselves, and should hang their heads when they see citizens. They have been raising market stall rents, property rates, licence fees and certificate charges, solid waste collection costs, yet the municipal markets have leaky roofs; are dark and rat infested and insecure; the abattoir is dilapidated and barely able to slaughter animals for consumption as food; the Day Care Centres are being shuttered; City Hall and most other municipal buildings are in a most ruinous condition; there is no municipal swimming pool or other recreational facilities; and the cemetery is a national disgrace, to name a few maladies.Mr. President, isn’t this jewellery store robbery the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back? Should there not be a Commission of Inquiry launched at City Hall?Regards,Kwasi Sandersonlast_img read more

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Is GOL Really Listening to Criticisms from Cultural Advocates?

first_imgThe Liberian government finds itself in a difficult position after cultural advocates began criticizing its move to start the construction of the new culture center in Ben Town, Margibi County, describing such a plan as an irreparable damage to culture.According to the government, the first phase of the project will begin with fencing the 52-acre of land secured for the National Culture Center and building a concrete pillar fence with barbed wire. The government also said 30 acres will be used for construction of the new cultural village. Phase two of the agreement will start with the construction of pre-fabricated buildings to be positioned at 15 different sites in accordance with the master design layout.The cost of the project has been put at US$200,000, and the contractor, Manyu Kamara of Link Architecture Contractor and Consultant, will pre-finance the purchase of all equipment and materials.For more than eight years now, government has been hit with extensive criticisms from cultural advocates for its refusal to relocate the new cultural center to Behsao after selling Kendeja. The refusal is seen as a direct setback to their arguments.No matter what arguments advocates advance about this project, the Liberian government made the unilateral decision to kick-start the project.Maybe the Liberian government’s decision came in the wake of trying to boost the public’s confidence that culture is part of the government’s national agenda and that the assertions that they do not care about culture is wrong. Whatever the case may be, the Liberian government has taken a decisive stance.The project, if not completed for the budgeted amount, will also make way for skepticisms or doubts from campaigners, and would certainly elicit disagreements among citizens, while still being strongly backed by the Liberian government.However, many thought that the announcement from the Liberian government could open a new chapter of relationship after much delay to build the center, but that seems far from becoming a reality.Saifa Ballah, Executive Director, Flomo Theater Production, added his voice to the heated condemnations of the step taken by the Liberian government to build the culture center in an area that does not possess any cultural value by calling it a direct punch to their faces.“The first problem with this new center is that it will be built with pre- fabricated Ebola materials, which is not part of our culture,” Mr. Ballah said, adding that the so-called new center is another money scheme for government officials. “A culture center does not need to be built with pre-fabricated Ebola materials, but rather with typical traditional building materials,” he said. He added that the lack of consultation with stakeholders and technicians is the cause that the center is about to be misplaced and generate new problems for culture.“Does the Liberian Government consider the National Cultural Center a national priority and if it does, then why must a government ask an unknown company to pre-finance so important a national endeavor?” the Daily Observer newspaper asked in one of its editorials.The editorial added: “The Cultural Center in Marshall? Marshall has beautiful beaches and imposing new mansions already, but there is nothing cultural in Marshall besides Fanti Town. And the Fanti people are not even Liberians. This is as such a misplacement of our sense of cultural value.”Regarding the Observer’s assertion that the National Culture Center would be misplaced in Marshall, President of the Liberia National Culture Union (LINCU), Kekura Kamara, said “a culture center should be built in an area that has significant cultural value, not an area like this new location.”The LINCU boss said it is unfortunate that the Liberian government is pretending to have a cultural agenda after failing miserably to do so in the past year, “and this is definitely a cover up for the US$100,000 that Kendeja was sold.” “No one has seen the blueprint of the village, expect a few government officials. And the worst part is that they do not care to seek advice from the real technicians on the ground about how a cultural center should look like,” Mr Kamara noted.Kamara said that government is afraid to engage stakeholders because they do not want to account for the money that Bob Johnson paid to purchase Kenedaja, the former cultural center. “If they refuse to listen to us and go ahead with building the new center, it will be abandoned because no real cultural practitioner would like to live in a pre-fabricated building that does not represent their culture,” he added.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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National County Sports Meet Match Day 2 Round Up

first_imgAction scene from the match between Bomi and Rivercess counties.Like any other competition, the 2018/2019 National County Sports Meet continues to become more attractive as the preliminary stage draws to a close.The second round of games on Wednesday, December 19, saw some teams edging closer to the quarterfinals, with just a single point needed in their final group match.Group INimba County is one of the teams that need a single point in their final game. The host county of Group I collected their first win in the competition on Wednesday after comfortably beating Gbarpolu 2-0 at the Sanniquellie sports stadium.Kulah Gorloryorn was the hero for the Northeastern County scoring a brace-his third goal of the competition- to move one step away from qualification.Defending champions Montserrado County bounced back after conceding defeat in their first game. The champions narrowly defeated Sinoe County 1-0 through Roosevelt Dennis lone goal.In the group’s final fixtures for Saturday, December 22, Nimba will take on Montserrado County that will be fighting for a win to book their ticket to the quarterfinals. Anything less than a win for the defending football champions, their fate will be decided from Sinoe and Gbarpolu’s game result.On the other hand, Sinoe and Gbarpolu will also be competing for a win and a favorable result from Nimba and Montserrado’s game to secure a spot in the last eight.Group IIThis group comprises three teams, Grand Gedeh, Maryland and Grand Bassa. Host county Grand Gedeh finds themselves in the waiting position after two consecutive draws in their two group games. The 1989 winners were unable to win in their second game after a 1-1 draw against Grand Bassa on Wednesday at the Albert T. White Sports Stadium in Zwedru.The final group match is between Grand Bassa and Maryland with the winning side advancing to the quarterfinals along with Grand Gedeh, while a draw will see two of the group’s members with better goal difference or highest goals advancing to the last eight.Group IIIGrand Kru County went atop of the group with six points after pinning host county Margibi 1-0 at the Nancy B. Doe Stadium in Kakata City. The four-time winners will now need a draw in their final match against Lofa on Saturday to make their way to the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.Lofa, on the other hand, collected their first three points after defeating Grand Cape Mount 2-0 and will need a win in their final match to qualify, as a draw or loss will have them keeping their fingers crossed for a favorable result from the Margibi verses Cape Mount’s match.Margibi and Cape Mount will also be fighting for a win combined with more goals, as one side could qualify on goal difference.Group IVThe C.H. Deway sports pitch was also an area of excitement on Wednesday. After winning their first games, River Gee and Bong counties settled to a 1-1 draw to increase their points to four apiece and will now need just a draw in their final games to travel to Montserrado County for the quarterfinals.Later in the second kickoff, host Bomi County could not afford to play another 90 minutes without putting smiles on the faces of their home supporters. Bomi fought hard and utilized the last 15 minutes to defeat River Cess 1-0. The Northeasterners are now third in Group IV and will need a win against River Gee to qualify.Saturday, December 22, 2018 Fixtures:Group INimba vs. MontserradoGbarpolu vs. SinoeGroup IIMaryland vs. Grand BassaGroup IIIMargibi vs. Grand Cape MountGrand Kru vs. LofaGroup IVBomi vs. River GeeRivercess vs. BongShare 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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Kerr to swim at Senior Nationals starting today

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. – Inconnu swimmer Skyeler Kerr is in Edmonton this morning, set to compete in his first event at the 2016 Canadian Swimming Championships.The swimmer, who won one silver and two bronze medals at the Age Group Nationals in Calgary last week, will competing in five events at the swim meet. Beginning with the 50 metre Freestyle this morning, Kerr will swim in the 50 metre Butterfly on Friday, both the 50m Backstroke and 100m Fly on Saturday, and the 100m Freestyle on Sunday.This will be the third major national event this season for Kerr, who also competed at the Olympic trials in Toronto back in April. Kerr says that he needs to become a true morning person in order to achieve success at the meet, due to all of the qualifying heats for each final happening during the morning hours. He says that everything from his sleep schedule and diet, to how he trains can play an important factor during each of his qualifying events.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Arsenal transfer update! Bordeaux close in on Gunners starlet

first_imgBordeaux believe they are close to agreeing a loan deal with Arsenal for Yaya Sanogo.Arsene Wenger is keen for the France Under-21 forward to get some first-team experience, and had suggested he would prefer that to be at another English top-flight club.But now it appears the Ligue 1 side have won the race to sign the Gunners starlet.Bordeaux president, Jean-Louis Triaud said on Soir de Foot radio: “We are working on the arrival of Sanogo. He wants to come to us, it’s a certainty.“The goal is to have him for Monaco [who they play on Sunday]. We asked for Arsenal keep us informed. They had given me as a response date of Tuesday or Wednesday. I explained that I prefer Tuesday.” Yaya Sanogo in action for Arsenal 1last_img read more

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Reports – Lazio begin talks with Liverpool defender

first_img1 Lazio are set to enter talks with Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, according to reports in Italy.The French international’s agent is due to meet with the Serie A side’s hierarchy this week in the hope a deal can be thrashed out between the two clubs before the start of the season.Sakho, who joined the Kop club from Paris Saint-Germain in 2013, has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League but Brendan Rodgers is reportedly keen to keep hold of the 25-year-old.It has been revealed by Italian news outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi that Stefano Pioli’s side want to sign Sakho initially on loan, with a view to a permanent switch at the end of next season.Sakho is contracted to Anfield until 2017 but could be persuaded to leave the Merseysiders for regular first-team football next term. Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho last_img read more

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Government agencies owe residents billions

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The government wants you. That’s because the Internal Revenue Service is sitting on more than 5,000 refund checks – totaling over $5.7 million – that were mailed to Los Angeles County taxpayers this year but returned as undeliverable. “It’s only about 1 out of every 1,000 checks that don’t get into the hands of the taxpayers,” said IRS spokesman Victor Omelczenko. The agency also has 303 refund checks totaling $287,000 intended for taxpayers in Ventura County for their 2006 tax returns. A quick search of the lost property database turns up a range of famous names that shouldn’t be hard to locate – including Apple CEO Steve Jobs (who apparently is owed $37 from his own company). “Clearly the state of California has failed in ensuring the private property held by the state is returned to its rightful owners,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Garin Casaleggio, a spokesman for Controller John Chiang, said that in the early 1980s the state Legislature cut funding for a locator unit that would track down missing owners. The office has still done some cross-checking but has not had the resources to go much beyond that, he said. However, Chiang said he recently re-established a five-person unit that will resume that function. harrison.sheppard@ dailynews.com 916-446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre When a check is returned to the IRS, the agency searches its own records to see if the original address was correct and to see if it has any other recent addresses on file for the same taxpayer. If the person cannot be located, the money is held by the U.S. Treasury indefinitely. Often, however, the check is sent to the taxpayer the following year, when the person files their next tax return with an updated address. Meanwhile, two California agencies are also holding property that belongs to residents who cannot be located. The California Franchise Tax Board has millions of dollars in unclaimed state tax refund checks. While the agency hasn’t yet compiled figures for the 2006 tax year, in the previous year more than $8 million in checks were returned as undeliverable. And the California State Controller’s Office is holding about $5.3 billion in 8.7 million accounts in unclaimed property that has accumulated over the years – ranging from the contents of safe deposit boxes to bank accounts and stock certificates. last_img read more

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IT’S ALMOST TIME TO GET OUR ‘HOUSE’ IN ORDER!

first_imgPromoted postA very different and exciting new venue is on its way to Letterkenny. The new establishment, “HOUSE” Wine Bar & Tap Room on Main Street, will open in the coming weeks. HOUSE aims to bring something fresh to Letterkenny with an Upbeat Vintage Wine Bar & Tap Room.It will be serving a variety of locally crafted beers and an exclusive selection of great tasting wines by both the glass and bottle, picked to suit every wine lovers taste buds.The inviting name gives a sense of comfort and relaxation with a speakeasy feel, “Your Home from Home”, winding down after a long day at the office to a delicious bottle of your favourite, while tucking into Cheese on crackers and Olive Tapendade.HOUSE Wine Bar & Tap Room will be committed to using the finest locally brewed Irish beers. We will also be holding regular craft beer tastings, which will be perfect for any after work corporate team-building events, birthday celebrations, or even after a big meal as a little digester.For more information and Updates about Letterkenny’s best kept secret visithttps://www.facebook.com/housewinebarandtaproomLooking forward to welcoming Letterkenny into HOUSE!! IT’S ALMOST TIME TO GET OUR ‘HOUSE’ IN ORDER! was last modified: February 5th, 2015 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:houseletterkennylast_img read more

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MULROY COLLEGE, MILFORD JUNIOR AWARD WINNERS – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgFirst Year Prize Winners at the Mulroy College student awards with seated from left Victoria Sweeney (1st Student of year) Eileen McGettigan, (1st Year Head) Julie Anne Mc Gonigle (Class Teacher) Fiona Temple School Principal, , Michael mcFadden, Guest speaker, Caroline Dormiron(Class Teacher) Sean Mc Fadden (Class teacher) Kacper kitowski (1st Student of year) Photo:- Clive WassonSecond year prize winners at the Mulroy College student awards with seated Maria Ryan, class teacher, Aisling Mc Ateer, Class Teacher. Peadar Sullivan, Year Head, Fiona Temple, School Principal, ,Michael Murphy, Guest Speaker, Annemarie Docherty class teacher, Danielle Friel class teacherPhoto:- Clive WassonSecond year joint Students of the year, Mason Murray and Kellyanne Buchanan with Peadar O’Sullivan, year Head, Michael Murphy, Guest Speaker adn Fiona Temple School Principal at the Mulroy College student awards. Photo:- Clive WassonStudents who received appreciation awards at the Mulroy College student awards. Photo:- Clive WassonAnna Russell,1st girls basketball player of year Eoin Logue Junior athlete of year with Michael Murphy, guest Speaker and Fiona TEmple, School Principal at the Mulroy College student awards. Photo:- Clive WassonKaren Gallagher Junior Athlete of Year, Eoin Mc Gonigle, Gaelic Player of Year, Megan Ryan, U14 Gaelic Player fo the Year, Calire Friel, 2nd Years Girl Basketball Player of the Year and Kerri Sweeney, U15 Girls Soccer Player of the Year with Michael Murphy, guest Speaker and Fiona Temple, School Principal at the Mulroy College student awards. Photo:- Clive WassonAcademic Award winners and Appreciation Award Winners at the Mulroy College student awards. Photo:- Clive WassonMULROY COLLEGE, MILFORD JUNIOR AWARD WINNERS – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: May 24th, 2016 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:donegalJunior Award WinnersMilfordMulroy Collegelast_img read more

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15 years ago Manchester United signed this superstar

first_img How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 2 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack possible xi possible standings However, he was worth every penny as the Portuguese spent six memorable years at United where he won nine trophies including three Premier League titles and a Champions League.He was also awarded his first Ballon d’Or as a Red Devils player in 2008.The magical journey from boy to man started after United played Sporting Lisbon in a friendly on 7 August where a youthful Ronaldo came up against experienced defender John O’Shea.Ronaldo gave the Irishman an evening to forget as United lost 3-1 to Sporting and Ferguson knew he had to get his man.Five days later, Ronaldo was a red and it was the start of something special. highlights On 12 August 2003, Manchester United completed the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo – a transfer that will go down as one of the greatest in Premier League history.Ronaldo, aged 18 at the time, was snapped up by Sir Alex Ferguson for £12.24million – peanuts in today’s market but it was the most expensive transfer for a teenager at the time. gameday center_img Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes He really took his game to the next level from the start of the 2006/07 season where he won his first league title at United. He was also given the PFA Player of the Year prize.However, Ronaldo’s Old Trafford journey came to an end in 2009 when Real Madrid came calling and he said goodbye to the United fans after completing his £80m move to the Bernabeu which was a world record fee at the time.Things have changed a lot since then as Ronaldo is set to make his Juventus debut in a pre-season friendly at Villar Perosa after he completed his £100m move to the Serie A champions earlier this summer.But one thing is for sure, CR7 will never be forgotten at United. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade smart causal impact Ronaldo was handed the no.7 shirt, previously worn by David Beckham 2 Latest Football News ALTERED Ronaldo scored in the Champions League final victory over Chelsea in 2008 NEW ERA last_img read more

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