Senate Concurs With House on LISCR Agreement

first_imgThe Senate plenary yesterday voted 17 for, 3 against and one abstention to concur with the House of Representatives on the ratification of the Amendment of the Extended and Restated Agency agreement between the Republic of Liberia and the Liberia International Ship and Cooperate Registry (LISCR) LLR.The Senate’s expected concurrence of the agreement days after the House of Representatives made a “4G” passage, followed hours of delay leading to the commencement of yesterday’s sitting which finally got underway at 13:45 GMT (1:45PM).Almost two weeks ago, the joint committees on Maritime, Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petition of both Houses conducted a public hearing in the Joint Chambers of the Legislature, where presentations were made by Maritime Commissioner Binyan Kesselley, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning officials and legal experts, followed by questions posed by members of the joint committee.Giving reasons for the need to recommend the adoption and passage of the agreement, the joint committee noted: “That the agreement lends credibility and certainty to the management of the Maritime program, without which Liberia will not be able to retain the level of ship owners who are registered under Liberia’s maritime program.The joint committee headed by the experienced corporate lawyer, Senator Varney Sherman for Judiciary Committee, and Dallas A.V. Gueh for Maritime, noted that it is in the joint committee’s opinion that the ten years extension agreement will enable the Agent to perform the various tasks and responsibilities assigned to it by the amendment.Significant among these tasks, according to the joint committee, are the contribution of US$2m toward the acquisition of an asset in the United States for the Liberian government, to be used as headquarters of the Maritime Program; the Agent agreeing to assist the Liberia Maritime Authority in the effort to construct and develop an LIMA headquarters complex at the place designated by that authority.Also under the amended, extended and restated agreement, funds will be provided from Liberia’s share of revenue from the maritime program to construct the Maritime Institute in Marshall and provide instructional programs and instructors for the Maritime Institute in Marshall after it is constructed.Maintaining and expanding the maritime program to increase Liberia’s share of revenue would be additional 3%, according to the joint committee’s recommendation.Liberia also stands to benefit from the establishment of a ship recycling registry, which according to the agreement, is a new form of service that the maritime program does not provide but which is necessary for vessels selected to be scrapped or otherwise taken out of operation.The new agreement will keep LISCR, which still has years remaining on its current agreement, as Agent for Liberia Maritime program up to 2029.    Among signatories to the recommendation on the Maritime Committee are Senators Albert Tugbeh Chie, Henry W. Yallah, Varney Sherman all members, while Senators Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, co-chair and Geraldine Doe-Sherif were distant.Chaired by Senator Sherman, the Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petition Committee members include Senators Morris Saytumah, co-chair, Joseph N. Nagbe, Steven Zargo, Albert T. Chie, and Thomas Grupee, distant. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Opposition Leader calls for release of forensic reports

first_imgSOCU prosecutions…Minister says businessmen among those implicatedQuestioning the need for secrecy with the forensic audits the Government commissioned, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is challenging the Administration to release, unredacted, remaining reports.Jagdeo issued this challenge during his recent press conference. He made reference to the ongoing Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) case. The Opposition Leader reminded that the defendants were being charged without the opportunity to even see the forensic audit report that allegedly incriminated them.“They should release all the forensic audit reports. Look at the case they built against some of our Members of Parliament using ostensibly, a forensic audit report into the Guyana Rice Development Board and then they are refusing to give it to the defence.”Minister within the Finance Ministry, Jaipaul Sharma“The defence had to go to court to order a copy and that is fair… but then they redacted most of the report. What is so secret about these audits? What do you have to redact? If you find corruption, then you find it. It is as simple as that… Make all the forensic audit reports public. We have been saying this for a while. And then people will see how shoddy some of these works are.”Jagdeo went on to question whether the reluctance to release the remaining audits may have something to do with the quality of work. There have been cases where officials who were subject to specific audits raised this very concern.But when contacted, Minister within the Finance Ministry, Jaipaul Sharma, questioned Jagdeo’s calls for the audits in the first place. According to Sharma, releasing the audits would give those implicated a heads up. And those implicated run the gamut from Public to Private Sector.“The forensic audits (implicated) other people. Business people… the forensic audits will have names of business people,” Sharma explained. “We don’t know if they’re guilty or not. I don’t personally think we should do that (release reports). The Police also don’t think we should share it, because it’s currently under active investigation.”Since coming to office, the coalition Government has initiated forensic audits into a number of Government entities. Over $130 million has been spent on these audits, which total 50. Having been completed by a number of local audit firms, they were handed over to the Police for investigations and prosecution.None have resulted in convictions. In fact, one resulted in an acquittal. That is the audit into the Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC).In a previous interview with this publication in September of last year, Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) head, Assistant Commissioner of Police Sydney James, had made mention of cases being delayed. He had revealed that since being handed over 20 forensic audit reports, the Unit had managed to complete investigations into three of these matters.Those matters were their investigations into Pradoville 2, the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited, and the Commonwealth Reports for which former Attorney General Anil Nandlall was charged.James had noted that SOCU’s other investigations were still a work in progress. He had revealed that in some cases, they were awaiting legal advice. Pressed on the delay, James questioned whether he had the authority to find out reasons for the delay from the Police Force’s Legal Advisor.Following last year’s appointment of the Unit’s special advisor, UK specialist Sam Sittlington, SOCU in a bold move had arrested and questioned a number of top officials from the previous Government. These arrests were in connection to property purchased at the Sparendaam seawall area on the East Coast that is commonly known as “Pradoville 2”.While the current Administration contends that the transaction is a criminal act because of the belief that the land was sold below market value, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had argued that subsidised housing has always been a part of the legacy of the PPP, and that countless Guyanese have benefited from lands sold below market value. No further action was ever pursued against these former officials and the arrests prompted resounding cries of ‘witch-hunting’.last_img read more

Gor hope to build on promising CAF Cup start

first_imgMalta-born Gor coach Dylan Kerr says: “We can take advantage of playing at home if a big crowd turns up, and I want my team to score more goals from the many chances they create.”All eight matchday 2 fixtures in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League will be played this Wednesday and AFP Sport puts the spotlight on each group.Group AV Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo host leaders ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast in a match between clubs longing for more African glory.The Kinshasa team were crowned African champions in 1973 and the Abidjan side won the 1998 CAF Champions League and the CAF Super Cup the following year.After surprisingly being held 0-0 at home by V Club, Raja Casablanca of Morocco aim to maintain a 100 percent CAF away record this season by winning at pointless Aduana Stars of Ghana.Group BAl Masry of Egypt and Renaissance Berkane of Morocco boast two of the sharpest strikers in Africa as they try to build on matchday 1 home victories.Ahmed Gomaa of Masry is in the Egypt World Cup preliminary squad after five CAF goals while Ayoub el Kaabi of Berkane scored nine in the 2018 African Nations Championship won by Morocco.Masry make the relatively short trip to Al Hilal of Sudan, but Berkane must fly from the northwest to the southeast of Africa for a showdown with UD Songo of Mozambique.Group CPointless CARA of Congo Brazzaville host pacesetters Enyimba of Nigeria in the second match-up of the round between former African champions.CARA conquered Africa 44 years ago while Enyimba are one of only three clubs to win successive finals in the premier CAF club competition, succeeding in 2003 and 2004.Having started with a 1-0 win over CARA, African rookies Williamsville of the Ivory Coast visit a Djoliba of Mali side desperate for maximum points after a two-goal loss at Enyimba.Group DGor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr salutes his players before the penalty shoot out against Hull City on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaGor Mahia must shackle five-goal joint Confederation Cup-leading scorer Oussama Darfalou of USM if they hope to pocket all three points in Nairobi.The Algerian sharpshooter has scored in four of five CAF matches and plays for a team Kerr acknowledges are “strong, tactically shrewd and can play at a fast tempo”.Having being brutally exposed defensively in Algeria, Young Africans need to beat Rayon in Dar es Salaam to get back into contention for a top-two finish and a quarter-finals place.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans cheer their team on during their friendly match against Hull City at Kasarani on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 15 – Gor Mahia hope home advantage, clinical finishing and crowd power can help them build on an encouraging start to the CAF Confederation Cup group phase when they host USM Alger of Algeria Wednesday at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani.The Nairobi outfit forced a 1-1 matchday 1 draw at Rayon Sports of Rwanda, hours before USM illustrated their strength by whipping Young Africans of Tanzania 4-0 in Algiers.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Youth Council hosted young people from Norway in Letterkenny last week as part of a newly funded European Youth project.The Youth Council have partnered with the Nordland Youth Council in Norway, to develop their YEP project, which is financed by the European Commission through the Leargas Erasmus + prorgramme.The project, which will see the Donegal Youth Council travel to Norway in July, aims to offer the Youth Councillors from Donegal and Nordland the opportunity to learn from each other and examine ways they can better improve their own structures and methods of working at local and regional level.The group have partnered due to the fact that they identified a number of shared issues, in that Nordland is a region in Norway which is very rural in nature and young people identified many similar problems they face in relation to rural isolation, travel and access to services. As part of last week’s activities the group held presentations and workshops to examine how each group carried out their own work, while also developing recommendations for how politicians could better listen to and include the voice of young people in their respective regions.The group then presented their findings to a number of county counciLlors in a special seminar in Letterkenny Public Services Centre hosted by Chairperson of the Letterkenny Municipal District Gerry McGonagle.During their visit to Donegal the Nordland Group also got to visit sites such as Glenveagh Castle and even attended the Under 21 Championship Gaelic football match between Donegal and Tyrone in Derry last week. DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL HOSTS NORWEGIAN PARTNERS was last modified: April 6th, 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)last_img read more

Fans go wild after Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini saves his country

first_imgFrance have GriezmannBrazil have Neymar England have Harry KaneCroatia have ModricBelgium have Fellaini— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) July 2, 2018 2 Belgium vs. Japan:Without Fellaini0 goals2 concededWith Fellaini3 goals1 goal every 10 mins0 goals conceded🐐🐐🐐 #BEL— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) July 2, 2018 Roberto Martinez was stunned to see his side slip to a 2-0 deficit Before Fellaini Came On:– Belgium 0-2 JapanAfter Fellaini Came On:– Belgium 3-2 Japan— Football Daily (@footballdailyuk) July 2, 2018 At 2-0 down, boss Roberto Martinez decided to bring on Maroune Fellaini and West Bromich Albion flop Nacer Chadli and you could almost hear the jaws dropping in disbelief back in Belgium.Chadli had barely played all season for West Bromwich Albion and Fellaini is…well, Fellaini.But what an impact the Manchester United man had.Although Fellaini is deemed uncultured and awkward compared to his more glamorous teammates, he is certainly effective. Getting substitutions right in crucial games can be extremely difficult for managers.For every Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 1999, there’s a Steven Gerrard in 2015.It was clear to everyone watching that Belgium needed to make a change after being played off the park by Japan in Russia. Fellaini was the difference for Martinez ⚽️ #WorldCup Knockout Goals: Messi – 0 Ronaldo – 0 Fellaini – 1🐐 The Real GOAT.— SPORF (@Sporf) July 2, 2018 And he proved that to full effect on Monday night, scoring the equaliser and turning the game completely around as Belgium secured a 3-2 win to progress to the quarter-finals where they will face Brazil.Fans on Twitter could not believe just how good the lanky midfielder was, even pointing out a certain stat which will upset messrs Ronaldo and Messi no end. Jose Mourinho envisioning all of the times he’s going to bring Fellaini off the bench to do exactly this next season…— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) July 2, 2018 2 There can’t be that many players in world football that are better than Fellaini in the air— Arsène’s Son (@hughwizzy) July 2, 2018last_img read more

The tests that could decide when Spurs move into new their new home

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? However, according to the Independent, even this could prove tough for the club, as they still must pass safety tests and successfully complete test events in time for the new date.Tottenham originally planned to move into their 61,000 capacity home on September 15, however multiple delays obstructed this process.Upcoming matches against Chelsea (November 24) and Southampton (December 5) will almost certainly be played at Wembley and so too could games with Burnley (December 15), Bournemouth (December 26) and Wolves (December 29).This would mean the new date for Spurs’ first match at the stadium would be January 13, against Manchester United. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 1 no dice Tottenham’s move into their new stadium could reportedly be delayed further, until January 13, if they don’t pass upcoming safety tests.As it stands, Spurs are scheduled to play Chelsea at home in their first match at the arena on November 24, though it is understood this will soon change and the target game will become Burnley on December 15. Latest Tottenham News Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won punished center_img gameday cracker revealed targets OFF Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ BIG PRESENTS UP TOP What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas It is understood the situation all depends on whether the club can get fire safety systems fully completed in time for the two scheduled test events, which are pencilled in for late November.Haringey Council will only grant the necessary safety certificates if this all goes to plan.Tottenham have until early November to make a final declaration on the issue, as they don’t need to inform the FA whether they will need Wembley for their December matches until then. Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa A view of Tottenham’s new stadium on October 23 REVEALED statement last_img read more


first_imgBUNCRANA Leisure Centre has warned that it is still running up huge costs, because it doesn’t have enough money to run it.A spokesman also commented extensively on what he called “rumours” relating to the swimming pool which is run on a voluntary basis.He said he wanted to clarify a number of issues concerning the use of consultants for forthcoming building work. “We just want to clarify rumors that have been circulating. Buncrana Leisure Centre were awarded a grant of 2.8 million euros almost 10 years ago from The Swimming Pools Fund.“Buncrana Leisure Centre Committee had no input into the selection of a design team for this project & that is why the appointment of a Design team took until recently.“Donegal County Council were in total control of all appointments. After much badgering on our part, in the past few months a Design Team has been appointed by the DCC,” he said.He went on: “The firm is from Dublin but these people will only draw up preliminary plans which will then go out to public tender. This tender will be open to all local builders & we are hopeful & WILL BE INSISTING that a local builder will get the contract for the refurbishment of the centre. “Of course if the refurbishment is to go ahead then we will have to raise 20% in matching funding so please continue to support us in our efforts to make this a State of the Art facility for the people of Inishowen.“Furthermore, one report said that Buncrana Town Council gave us the grant of 60,000 (a pittance when you consider that we use approx. 2000 euros of oil per week to heat the pool), this was inaccurate, it is the Donegal County Council that provides this grant.”But he warned: “We would ask the community to please use the centre & support our fundraising activities as without their help the Centre is in real danger of closure. Overheads are outweighing income & we cannot continue like this.” WARNING OVER FUTURE OF BUNCRANA LEISURE CENTRE was last modified: May 20th, 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:WARNING OVER FUTURE OF BUNCRANA LEISURE CENTRElast_img read more


first_imgThe one and only Mullaghduff Band.The proud and historic tradition of the fife and drum in the Rosses makes its way to New York City this week with the visit by the Old Mullaghduff Band to the St Patrick’s Day Parade.Mullaghduff Band, founded in 1881 were officially invited to attend the World famous parade last year and the 12 months preparation will culminate with their appearance and march down 5th avenue next Monday at noon.A group of more than 60 will depart the lovely West Donegal townland on Saturday morning and later that night they will be special guests at the Donegal Association Dinner Dance in Queens NYC. The Donegal Association of New York itself even goes further back than that of the Mullaghduff Band having marched in the St Patrick’s day parade in 1860…21 years before the formation of the band in Mullaghduff.That shared history forms a great part of the weekend in New York and the band have attracted the attention of TG4 who are recording the run-up to the trip as well as the band’s participation on the day. A National US TV channel are likewise linking up on the day to capture Mullaghduff band’s attendance in New York.Pauline Bonner Sweeney who is the Trip President and a member of the hard working committee captured the mood of the touring group.“We are honoured to be representing Mullaghduff and Donegal at the St Patrick’s day parade as well as at the Donegal Association Dinner Dance. “We are very aware of the History shared by our band, the Parade and the Association in New York and everyone is really looking forward to the trip. We have many friends and family from all over Donegal either living in the States or travelling out and who have been in touch. It will be a special time for us all”.Mona and Maura Gallagher. MULLAGHDUFF BAND TO BRIDGE YEARS OF HISTORY IN NEW YORK was last modified: March 12th, 2014 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:donegalMullaghduff Bandnew yorkrossesSt Patrick’s Daylast_img read more

Playing a part to back the Boks

first_imgNMMU students showed their support in enthusiastic fashion. Kanyisa Jonono of the HIV preventionprogramme loveLife pledged his support for Play Your Part. Children at Charlo Primary showed thattheir blood is green.(Images: Emily van Rijswijck) MEDIA CONTACTS • Yusuf Jackson  SARU media manager  +27 82 739 7733 RELATED ARTICLES • Rugby World Cup – back the Boks • New drive to spark local sports frenzy • SAB wins big, greens Boks • Bright future for FNB stadium • The other rugby world cupEmily van RijswijckBrand South Africa paid Port Elizabeth a visit as part of its Play Your Part campaign, and to pledge its support for the Springboks ahead of the all-important Tri Nations clash against New Zealand.The campaign was launched in June, and asks ordinary South Africans to do whatever they can, no matter how big or how small, in making the country a better place to live in. The campaign will also throw the spotlight onto any initiatives which are already bearing fruit in this regard.The Boks clashed with arch rivals New Zealand on 20 August at the new Nelson Mandela Stadium, the first meeting of these two rugby giants in 41 years on Port Elizabeth soil. The home team won the game, beating the All Blacks 18-5.Despite a few early setbacks, the Springboks remain the only Tri Nations team – of themselves, Australia and New Zealand – that has never lost all of their games in the tournament.Their form has caused concern among fans ahead of the Rugby World Cup next month, but the Boks – two-time and current world champions – are determined to become the first team ever to successfully defend their world title three times.The Springboks’ schedule during the group stages of the tournament is as follows:Sunday 11 September, against Wales;Saturday 17 September, against Fiji;Thursday 22 September, against Namibia;Friday 30 September, against Samoa.The final takes place on Sunday 23 October.Saru has its own national Springbok supporters’ initiative – the Unite 2011 campaign, which features “Let’s Do It Again”, a specially commissioned anthem from award-winning local groups Freshlyground and Goldfish.National rugby prideWith less than two weeks until the Springboks depart for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Brand South Africa is initiating a series of rugby-related activities to garner countrywide support for the team.First up was a visit to Charlo Primary School, in a suburb north of the city centre, where the Boks are clearly firm favourites, judging by the enthusiasm with which national coach Pieter de Villiers and his assistants Gary Gold and Dick Muir were greeted.Also present was Oregan Hoskins, South African Rugby Union (Saru) president, and Neela Hoosain, Brand South Africa trustee.After a short video presentation by Saru and a Q&A with Bokkie the Springbok mascot, children queued excitedly for autographs. Then the Springbok coaches gave a rugby clinic to a lucky few.Twelve-year-old Lubabalo Tsako was adamant that the Springboks would be victorious. “They can do it. I believe in them.”At the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Brand South Africa asked students to pledge their support for the Play Your Part campaign.“They are signing a pledge to play their part to make South Africa great. Part of this means to support the Boks ahead of and during the Rugby World Cup,” confirmed Vuyo Veza, Brand South Africa representative.Blanket Mandilake and Ntombikayise Ngetu, two second-year IT students at the campus, gave a high-five in support of the Boks and said they were very sure the team will come home with all the glory.“We wish them all the success. We are 100% behind them,” said Mandilake. Kanyisa Jonono of the Love Life Campaign pledges his support for Play Your Partlast_img read more