GOL Refunding Koreans Would Be a Travesty of Justice

first_imgThe Jallah Special Independent  Committee which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed to  investigate the scandal involving the National Security Agency (NSA), whose operatives, without a warrant arrested several Korean businessmen and others and seized from them US$247,500,  made a number of forthright recommendations.In our editorial of November 13, 14, we commended the Jallah Committee in particular for recommending that the NSA ‘operatives’, having acted illegally, should be sent to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.The Jallah Committee further recommended that the government of Liberia (GOL) repay the Koreans their money.  The Committee’s full Report has not yet been made public.The Executive Mansion did, however,   issue a press statement indicating that President Sirleaf had received the Report and forwarded it to the Ministry of Justice.  She mandated the Ministry to review the Report and to ensure that “appropriate actions, including all of the recommendations contained [therein] be taken into consideration, consistent with law.”One of the recommendations made by the Jallah Committee concerned the US$247,500 which the NSA operatives seized from the Koreans, calling some of the money “counterfeit.”  Recommendation (c) of the Jallah Committee Report said inter alia: “The Government of Liberia refund to the Korean nationals the full amount of US$247,500, which they withdrew from the International Bank of Liberia (IB) on July 8, 2014 and which they proceeded with to the City King Hotel immediately thereafter and were arrested shortly after their arrival.”The Daily Observer approached Counselor Jallah and requested a copy of the Report, but he declined, saying he had already submitted it to the President and only her office could furnish us a copy. Since Chairman Jallah further declined to divulge any details of the Report whatsoever, we speculated in our November 13 editorial that being a reputable professional lawyer,   Counselor Jallah and his Committee had contacted IB Bank to confirm that the Koreans did indeed withdraw the amount of US$247,500.  We felt the Committee had found it absolutely necessary to do this, if for no other reason than to confirm that the full amount was legitimate money and not “counterfeit,” as the NSA operatives had claimed.We reckoned that had the Committee found the NSA’s “counterfeit” charge to have been true, the Committee would not have recommended that GOL “refund” the Koreans’ money.Without the benefit of having seen the Committee’s full Report, we do not know why Counselor Jallah and his Special Committee recommended that GOL, rather than the NSA operatives themselves, who seized the money, refund the Koreans.  Nor do we know what the Report said about what has happened to the money seized by the NSA operatives.What is now clear, however, is that the US$247,500 is in the possession of somebody at NSA.  Somebody within the Agency knows where that money is.  It is only appropriate, just and responsible that the Director General, Fumba Sirleaf, who happens to be the son of President Sirleaf, should be called to account for that money, since he heads that Agency.   We most certainly believe that it would be a travesty (mockery) of justice should the Liberian government be made to refund the Koreans’ money.  It would undermine everything the President has said or done to fight corruption which she, in her first inaugural address, described as “public enemy number one.”Such a precedent would open even wider the floodgate of corruption which the President herself has admitted to be “endemic” (common, widespread, rife) in Liberia.GOL paying back that money, which we know GOL does not have, given the grave economic crisis into which Ebola has plunged the country, would send a terrible message to the Liberian people and the international community, to whom GOL has appealed for support in the fight against this deadly virus.It is our uncompromising conviction that the NSA, and not the government, should be directed to find and make restitution of the money they seized from the Korean businessmen.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Can Mt. Nimba Overcome Mt. Wologizi in Crucial Match?

first_imgNimbaians take many things in life seriously and that also includes how they handle what they do for entertainment. And this afternoon at 3pm, the county’s football team will attempt to demand what is theirs against Lofa County in their final match in the County Meet Group B at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.And like the Nimbaians, the people of Lofa County are equally ambitious and they may likely not allow, yes, not allow themselves going down without a fight.With Nimba’s determination and Lofa’s resistance, the only thing remaining to settle scores will be the strengths of their respective players at what is expected to be a grueling 90 minutes encounter.Both counties have come so far and there should be something that can separate the best from the two, and that will be determined after the game today. Will it be Nimba or Lofa County to cruise forward?The two counties are prepared for this afternoon’s encounter and it is safe to say that the Nimbaians may call for extra-ordinary forces hidden in Mount Nimba while their opponents may seek assistance from Mount Wologizi.While it is too easy to say that because Global Witness, the British advocacy group, was able to draw attention on an attempt to have mishandled Mount Wologizi, the Lofa team is fully re-energized to demand what is theirs.But the problem is Nimba has demonstrated that it cannot be a mere pushover when it comes to important issues, including the struggle to demand respect. It is true that Nimba County is setting the pace in many endeavors in the country for others to follow; for instance, the economic development and its attendant employment opportunities in the county is beyond compare, and hence may prove a point with a victory. But was Lofa not in the past Liberia’s Breadbasket? True, Nimba County can equally claim a share in that honor and that makes this afternoon’s challenge between the two more exciting.It is true that Nimba County Sports Association Chief Tomah She Floyd is the man of the moment (remember he is Daily Observer’s Man of Year 2016), but Lofa County’s Attorney Cole Bangalu is marshaling his boys for an afternoon of beautiful soccer that both counties will relish for a long time to come.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Karasabai receives $1.5M to furnish Amerindian Hostel

first_imgThe South Pakaraimas’ community of Karasabai in Region Nine has received the sum of $1.5 million under the Government’s Presidential Grant Fund programme to furnish the sub-district’s Amerindian Hostel.The money was handed over to the Karasabai toshao in the form of a chequeMinister Sydney Allicock handing over the cheque to the Toshao of Karasabaidelivered by the Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Vice President Sydney Allicock, during his visit to the region on Wednesday.The Presidential Grant programme is an annual fund made available to communities engaging in green sustainable projects such as cash crop cultivation, community building, eco-tourism projects, village canteens and shops, general transportation, and village markets among other projects.Additionally, an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) was handed over to CommunityThe ATV that was handed over to the Community Development Officer (CDO)Development Officer (CDO) Shurland Davis.Minister Allicock explained that his office recognises there is need for more communication between the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs (MoIPA) and the South Pakaraimas’ peoples, hence the provision of the ATV to the CDO.The Department of Public Information pointed out that CDOs are deployed in the various sub-regions of regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine to monitor all village activities and projects. They also facilitate visits of Government officials, provide logistical information to authorised representatives of governmental organisations, NGOs, and CBOs. They usually represent the MoIPA in village activities, and may help in identifying issues and lobbying on their communities’ behalf to get projects realised.last_img read more

Zeeburg Secondary sweeper/cleaners forced to work Easter holiday

first_img…complain of ill-treatment by school’s headSweeper/cleaners attached to the Zeeburg Secondary School are now lamenting the gross mistreatment being meted out to them at the hands of the head teacher of the said educational facility.It is being reported that they were forced to work throughout the Easter holiday season even as school was out and there was nothing to be done.During the said period, the cleaners were placed to clean the old, condemned building which previously housed the secondary school.According to a reliable source close to the school, cleaners have never worked on holidays at the establishment in the past.However, the head teacher of the school, who reportedly is in the habit of punishing those under her authority, demanded for the first time that the cleaners report for duties during the two-week holiday period.The source revealed to Guyana Times that after sitting for hours on a daily basis after cleaning on the old building was completed, the cleaners were then asked to carry out a general cleaning on the new school’s building even as “ they’re was nothing to do, the school was already cleaned”.Additionally, this newspaper was informed that the cleaners are given limited cleaning supplies, including mops, detergent, buckets etc.Requests made by them to the head teacher for the issue to be rectified on numerous occasions reportedly went unanswered.Several reports have been surrounding the Zeeburg Secondary School after the school received new management in 2017.Letters of complaint written by teachers attached to the school, parents and students have been published in a number of newspapers with one titled “Disgraceful leadership at Zeeburg Secondary School”.In those letters, it was pointed out that parents are constantly being asked for finances for various projects which have not materialised.It was also reported that the school is taking hard-earned money to put up cameras which it is said cost over $900,000.Reports are that the head teacher uses her office to run a very lucrative cook house, while at the same time demanding and squeezing monies from parents to sustain this new industry at Zeeburg Secondary School.The transfer rate of teachers has been at an all-time high since the change of management in 2017. The source revealed that currently, six teachers have requested a transfer from the educational establishment.As such, calls are yet again being made for the Education Ministry to launch an investigation into these reports.Calls made by this publication for a comment on the issue went unanswered.last_img read more

Major division between African cultural groups

first_img– as majority vote for scrapping IDPAD-GA major rift between several prominent African groups was put on full display on Sunday when a number of the attendees voted in favour of having the International Decade of People of African Descent-Guyana (IDPAD-G) scrapped, while a handful voted in favour of it restarting from the beginning.The meeting, which was held at the Critchlow Labour College, saw representatives from many African cultural organisations, while some were clearly absent. Among the issues raised were the appointment of IDPAD-G’s Chief Executive Officer Olive Simpson, and the overcrowding of certain groups on the team.African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) Head, Dr Eric Phillips, who is also Chairman of the Reparations Committee, told the gathering that a majority of the groups under IDPAD-G’s were formed last year. In an attempt to sell the audience on the legitimacy of the group, he said it was done in consultation with others.Certain revelations were made during the meeting, including the fact that IDPAD-GIDPADA-G’s Chairman Vincent Alexanderrented office space at 121 Regent Street, Bourda, Georgetown from Charles Corbin, the brother of former People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Leader Robert Corbin.According to Dr Phillips, issues like these need to be ironed out as they would give the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) reasons to raise concerns about possible conflicts of interest between Corbin and IDPAD-G’s Chairman, Vincent Alexander, who are also both Commissioners of the Guyana Elections Commission.Another point raised by the ACDA official was the fact that there were concerns over the proposed structure and strategy for IDPAD-G touted by the Chairman. Instead, it was recommended that five thematic areas – expiation, economy, education, equality, and employment – be used to craft policies.But, more importantly, the ACDA official said the $68 million that has been allocated to IDPAD-G should be used to create a college of African village leaders. This entity, he said, should be used to discuss the many challenges, but more seriously the fear about the coalition losing the 2020 election. Concerns were also raised about many returning Guyanese being given prominent roles when there was talent here.The meeting, which was chaired by Jonathan Adams, said based on the unanimous decision taken at the meeting, the vote would be submitted to the IDPAD-G management, who would decide on the next course of action. In the meantime, he called on the participants to fix their differences and work together.In March, Guyana hosted the 2018 IDPAD Summit, which brought together more than 60 academics, black activists, and other expert speakers from around the world to focus on eradicating the plight of African descendants through the implementation of possible solutions.The International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in a Resolution (68/237) adopted on December 23, 2013. It was subsequently launched by UN two years later, thus commencing the 2015-2024 decade aimed at highlighting issues relating to Africa and its millions of descendants around the world.Guyana had subsequently established a local arm, the IDPAD-G Committee, which is the only one of its kind in the Region, and has received the support of the Guyana Government.last_img read more

Parents oppose cuts in program for deaf

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Language Arts class Elizabeth Castillo of Norwalk has been deaf for much of her life. With help from Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District’s deaf and hard of hearing program, Castillo expects to graduate from La Mirada High School this year. But Castillo’s father, Aurelio, is afraid that his other daughter, 6-year-old Leslie, won’t get those same services. The district plans to eliminate its program and have its students transfer into the Los Angeles County deaf and hard of hearing program. “It’s ridiculous,” Aurelio Castillo said. “The program already is in place and it helps so many people. Why change something that is working? What they’re saying is they don’t care about the special kids.” The move will mean that elementary school students with hearing deficiencies will be bused to Paramount, while middle- and high-school students will go to Downey instead of Eastwood Elementary, Los Coyotes Middle and La Mirada High schools. The Castillos were among the students and parents who attended last week’s Board of Education meeting, asking the district to leave the program in place. The district provides three full-time teachers and 14 interpreters who helplast_img read more

Roy Hodgson: Harry Kane WILL start against Italy

first_img1 England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Harry Kane will start Tuesday night’s friendly against Italy to mark his full debut for his country.Kane has been in blistering form this season and the Spurs striker took just 79 seconds to open his international account against Lithuania on Friday in a comfortable Euro 2016 qualifying victory.Hodgson resisted the temptation to start the 21-year-old on Friday but has revealed that the 29-goal striker will play in Turin from the outset.“Harry Kane will make his full debut, playing from the start and Wayne Rooney will captain the team,” said Hodgson.Kane replaced Rooney in the second half against Lithuania, but the England manager is relishing the prospect of seeing the two combine in attack at the Juventus Stadium.Hodgson said: “I think it’s nice to see the two of them on the field together.“They’ve played a lot in training and the other night they could have but they didn’t because Harry took Wayne’s place.“So I am pleased to see them playing together in this game and Harry certainly deserves his chance.”Despite announcing Kane’s inclusion from the start, Hodgson remained coy on the rest of his line up, unlike opposite number Antonio Conte who elected to reveal his Italy team over 24 hours before kickoff.“I understand why Antonio has done that because this is a friendly match and it’s a time to experiment with players,” said Hodgson.“But if you really want to know our line-up you will have to wait until tomorrow night when the game kicks off.” Harry Kane last_img read more

Arsenal 0-0 Hull City: Jakupovic denies Gunners to ensure an unwanted replay

first_img Arsenal 0-0 Hull City 1 Hull City earned a replay against FA Cup holders Arsenal at the Emirates in Arsene Wenger’s 100th game in the competition.  Eldin Jakupovic was the hero for the visitors in the first half, denying Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott with good close-range saves.The best chance of the game came after the break when Joel Campbell struck the post as Wenger extended his record of only ever losing an FA Cup game to lower league opposition once.However, the draw means the sides will do battle again in a replay, something neither side wanted with big games against Barcelona and Ipswich next week.Both Hull and Arsenal made a number of changes for the tie with Steve Bruce rotating ten players and Wenger making nine.Manchester United loanee Nick Powell started brightly for Hull but it was Arsenal who has the first real chance of the game when Walcott dinked a smart cross in for Welbeck – making his first start in ten months – who could only head straight at goalkeeper Jakupovic.Welbeck went close again four minutes later as he took Calum Chambers’ pass in his stride before firing a shot on the angle against the feet of the Hull stopper.Arsenal continued to dominate the chances as Walcott tried a low drive across goal but again Jakupovic was equal to it to keep the scores level at the break.It was more of the same after half time and Chambers thought he could have had a penalty after being clattered in the box but referee Mike Dean waved away the protests.The Gunners’ best chance of the game came in the 54th minute when Campbell – taking over free kick duties from the absent Mesut Ozil – whipped his effort against the post after Jakupovic crucially got his fingertips to the ball.The Swiss international goalkeeper continued to thwart the Arsenal attack, this time pulling off a splendid stop from Welbeck’s curling effort on the edge of the area.Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud entered the fray for Campbell and the impressive Welbeck, but they too were unable to break the stubborn Tigers defence.And it ended goalless, meaning a replay that neither side wanted, with Arsenal fighting on three fronts and Hull pushing for promotion to the Premier League.last_img read more

Advertising Feature: Moose sings ‘We Love You England’ like a pop singer

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Jobs: Mc Gettigan’s Hotel hiring Chef and Reception Supervisor

first_imgDue to their continued success Mc Gettigan’s Hotel, Letterkenny are recruiting for the following positions:Experienced Senior Chef De Partie / Grill Chef (Mc Gettigan’s Hotel / Warehouse Bar + Kitchen)We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Senior Chef De Partie / Grill Chef to be part of our dynamic Kitchen team. You will need to have the followingExcellent culinary background required, 2+ years’ experience in this role.Have excellent HACCP & Hygiene awareness.Be able to work in all areas of the kitchen.Be able to work under pressure whilst also producing excellent cuisine.Confident working on your own initiative and also part of a successful team.Have experience in a busy Kitchen.If you are interested in joining our team and have the relevant experience for the role, we want to hear from you, please apply with CV to hr@mcgettiganshotel.comExperienced Hotel Reception SupervisorExperienced  Hotel Reception Supervisor required to join our busy team at Mc Gettigan’s Hotel (full time role). The ideal candidate must have previous experience as a Senior Receptionist in a Hotel Reception.They must have the ability to assist and work closely with the Reception Manager in ensuring an efficient Hotel Reception service, increasing room revenue, controlling and taking full responsibility whilst on duty.Supervisory dutiesTo ensure the smooth running of each shift on the Reception desk.To assume complete control and full responsibility whilst on duty for each shift, including arrival preparations and departures.To ensure all  Hotel Standards are adhered to by all members of the Reception team whilst on shift.To ensure the correct telephone technique and manner is assumed by all Receptionists whilst on duty.To resolve where possible any guest complaints, otherwise, informing the Manager on Duty of complaints to ensure they are dealt with at source.Ensuring 100% guest comfort in the guest bedrooms and with other Hotel facilities.Successful Candidates must have:Previous Senior Hotel Receptionist experience – 2 years.A commitment to offering exceptional service and standards.Applicants must have fluent English and excellent communication skills.Ability to work well in a team environment and on own initiative.Knowledge of Hotsoft reservation system would be an advantageThis is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated individual to be part of an exciting hotel team, if you feel you have the relevant Hotel experience for this role, we would like to hear from you, please forward a CV tohr@mcgettiganshotel.com Jobs: Mc Gettigan’s Hotel hiring Chef and Reception Supervisor was last modified: July 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:chefChef de PartieGrill ChefhospitalityJob Vacanciesletterkennyletterkenny jobsMc Gettigans Hotelreceptionlast_img read more