In lower Margibi County, at least 13 candidates, including incumbent Senator Clarice Jah of the Unity Party; Saah Gbollie, former Margibi County representative and National Patriotic Party in the 52nd legislature; and UL Prof, Dean Ansu Sonii, were all vying for the single senatorial post. Prof. Sonii ran as an independent candidate, while Jah and Gbollie were seen as the front runners for the county’s senatorial seat.At the Rock Church School, about a mile from the Camp Edward Binyan Kesselly Military Barracks, polling got off to a very slow start. Voters from the surrounding communities, including Dwazon, Gbengba town, and the barracks, trickled in to cast their ballots.Few hours later, what appeared to be chartered vehicles, began bringing voters in. One of the bus drivers, Mustapha Kamara, told the Daily Observer that he had taken some of the voters from Soul Clinic Community in Paynesville City, Montserrado County.“I was parking in Redlight when they came to charter me to bring their partisans to vote here in Margibi,” he said.Kamara’s admission validates complaints made earlier this year in some quarters that people were being trucked in from other parts of the country to register and increase the voting population of certain candidates. This was widespread in the 2011 General and Presidential Elections, which President Ellen Johnson won for her second and final term.Our reporter further observed that some of the voters, who were brought in to cast their ballots, were drinking a white creamy substance. One of them told the Daily Observer: “We have to get in zico (a Liberian slang among young people, meaning ‘high’ or ‘tipsy’) before we can go and cast our vote.” However, the election officers did not allow them in until they had left their bottles behind.Further up the highway, in Margibi, is a very small community school at Marshall Junction, where another polling center comprising five rooms, was located.The election officers, even though they had no police officers to help them properly organize the process as was the case at Rock which had at least four police officers, still managed to keep the voting process orderly. Voters were seen observing the ‘2-3 feet apart’ preventive distance between voters put in place by the National Election Commission(NEC) against the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has so far killed more than 3000 persons in Liberia. The election had to be postponed twice for fear of the disease further spreading.It was the same slow turnout and cars bringing voters in, one of the polling officers who didn’t want to be named told the Observer. He, however, couldn’t say where they were being transported from.Off the highway and deep into Lower Margibi County, in Folley Town, the issue of health measures was thrown out of the window. Voters were “skin on skin” as they stood in the queue.At all of the centers our reporter visited, none had any of the 4700 thermometers and 10,000 hand sanitizers which Mr. Tolbert G. Nyenswah, head of Incident Management System (IMS), announced would be available at all the polling centers around the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Head of the Special Organised Crime Unit, (SOCU) Sydney James was subjected to questioning over allegations of improper spending at the white-collar crime-fighting institution. This is in light of the ongoing investigation and audit which stemmed after the termination of British adviser, Sam Sittlington.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan confirmed that an investigation is ongoing into the matter, where he noted that there were allegations of monies not being spent properly and it is now within the jurisdiction of the investigators to understand the spending procedures at SOCU.SOCU Head Sydney James“There are some allegations being made that monies were not spent properly…and of course, you listen to what the auditors of the Police Force has to say on that score and proceed apace with that. The investigators have asked a number of questions of Mr Sydney James and they’re in the process of understanding better, the system that is in place in relation to spending,” Ramjattan said on Friday.Meanwhile, Government is still looking for a replacement for British adviser to SOCU, Sam Sittlington, who was fired earlier this year by the British Government after it was revealed that he had set up a private fraud company in Guyana, which was seen as a conflict of interest with his role as a consultant.According to filed documents seen by this publication, the local company, The Fraud Company (Guyana) Inc, was incorporated under the Companies Act of Guyana on September 25, 2018, with Sittlington as the Director and Orisa Branche as the Secretary. Both signed consenting forms to the positions last August.As such, the Public Security Minister on Friday said the possibility of receiving an “alternate person” is still uncertain.“Having terminated Sam, it necessarily means either we’re going to get the alternate person or not. I’m going to endeavour to make that happen.”Guyana Times understands that the British High Commission in Guyana was unaware of Sittlington’s decision to establish a business locally and it was after this revelation that the UK Government fired the Ireland-based fraud expert.Sittlington had revealed that SOCU has not been operating in a manner in which it should and that there are instances of improper spending.The parliamentary opposition has maintained that SOCU, which was set up to fight money laundering and other white-collar crimes, has become a political unit under the APNU/AFC regime.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had said that Sittlington was going beyond his advisory role and taking on executive functions, pointing out that he was going on operations such as raids and arrests.SOCU was also under scrutiny after its Deputy Director, Sheronie James, resigned after a local Magistrate disqualified her as an expert witness based on her lack of qualifications.Ramjattan said James was recommended by senior officials after she would have indicated her qualifications, which the Ministry thought was genuine. However, he maintained that in the event of such misrepresentation, his Ministry would not hire the individual.“We were told that she has these qualifications and when she was asked to provide the certain certificates, it was not produced…It was some senior people that recommended her…If you say that you’re of a certain quality and it turns out you are not of that quality or qualification, you’re not going to get employment, not under me,” said Ramjattan.
The event runs on Sunday, September 7 at Kin Park, located in the midst of 93 Street to 96A Street, and the East Bypass Road (119 Avenue).Registration opens at 11:30 a.m. and the walk will commence at 1:00 p.m.Lunch, which is provided by Subway and Mr. Mikes, will follow and plenty of prizes will also be up for grabs. “Every year, thousands of animal-lovers in more than 34 communities across B.C. register, fundraise and walk to fight animal cruelty at the Scotiabank and B.C. SPCA Paws for a Cause,” reads the BC SPCA registration hand-out.There’s plenty of “start/finish line activities” for you to enjoy, including a vender market, prizes, games, demonstrations and face painting for the kids.Of course, any four-legged friends are also welcome to join in on the fun.- Advertisement -There’s a $10.00 registration fee available online, or you can register at the event.The money raised will be allocated as such:$200.00 to provide emergency supplies for an animal rescue.$350.00 to fund a first response to an animal cruelty case.$500.00 to shelter and care for an animal in need.“Every dollar you raise makes a difference and ensures we continue to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.” the hand-out continues to read.Advertisement
The 31-year-old Barcelona great was then virtually invisible during a chastening 3-0 defeat to Croatia that exposed weaknesses in Argentina’s defence and a lack of potency in attack.It took a great touch of control, following a superb pass from teammate Ever Banega, for Messi to finally open his account in Russia in the 2-1 win over Nigeria only sealed by Marcos Rojo’s 86th minute volley.Despite Messi’s problems in the tournament, under-fire Sampaoli suggested his teammates had to give “the best player on earth” as much help as possible.“Leo has such clear vision when it comes to football that he allows us to see things that, sometimes, only a true genius sees,” said Sampaoli.“It’s often difficult to be at the level of such a great player. He’s a shining light for us all, and we have to do our very best to all try to be at his level.”Sevilla midfielder Banega claimed Messi has now hit his stride.“It’s only normal – he wasn’t relaxed, we didn’t start the tournament as well as we should have.“Now, I see him a lot more comfortable now. He helped us win, and that makes a big difference.”But with Portuguese rival Cristiano Ronaldo racing ahead in the scoring charts on four goals so far, and England’s Harry Kane on five goals in just two matches, Messi risks finishing this World Cup with a whimper.France’s team, whose average age is 25, will be looking to awake from their recent slumber and Sampaoli, whose side’s average age is 30, underlined the danger of allowing the France to dictate play.As France look to underperforming striker Antoine Griezmann to lift his game, Sampaoli underlined a bigger threat in 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Kylian Mbappe, who struck France’s match winner in a 1-0 win over Peru, and 21-year-old Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.“France are known for being fast, their solid passing and moving quickly from defence to attack, and we can’t let them use their speed against us,” he said.“They will try to make us make mistakes, and try to hurt us on the wings. If Dembele and Mbappe play, they will be very fast for sure.“The key, for both teams, will be the actual game of passing and football.“We have two completely different styles but I have faith we will impose our own style and dictate the pace and rhythm of the game.”But, he added: “Argentina will play an aggressive style of football, we’re going to attack from kick-off.“Accepting defeat would be very difficult for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jorge Sampaoli says Lionel Messi needs help from his teammates © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONKAZAN ARENA, Russian Federation, Jun 29 – Coach Jorge Sampaoli has called on Argentina to lift their game to the level of “genius” Lionel Messi when they look to seal a World Cup quarter-final place with victory over France on Saturday.The tone of Argentina’s so far ragged bid for the title was set when Messi missed a penalty in the shock opening 1-1 draw with Iceland.
It was planned that Dinnage, currently the global president of Discovery’s Animal Planet brand, would take over from Scudamore, in charge for 19 years, early in 2019.Quite why she has rejected the high-profile position remains unclear, with a Premier League statement issued Sunday simply saying: “Despite her commitment to the Premier League in early November, Susanna Dinnage has now advised the nominations committee that she will not be taking up the position of chief executive.”This was a far cry from Dinnage’s comments following the initial announcement of her appointment last month, when she said: “With the support of clubs and the team, I look forward to extending the success of the League for many years to come.When Scudamore took over as chief executive in 1999, the Premier League’s domestic television rights deal was worth around £670 million.The latest deal for rights between 2019 and 2022 sold for more than £4.5 billion.While the vast majority of that money still comes from television giants Sky and BT, it also includes the sale of 20 matches to retail giant Amazon’s streaming service for the first time.Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, Burnley chairman Mike Garlick and Leicester chief executive Susan Whelan led the recruitment process, with Buck describing Dinnage as “the outstanding choice” from a “very strong field” of candidates.Now, however, the Premier League will have to re-open the search for Scudamore’s successor.“The committee has reconvened its search and is talking to candidates,” the Premier League statement issued Sunday also said.“There will be no further comment until an appointment is made.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Susanna Dinnage will no longer be the new chief executive of the Premier League despite having previously accepted the position © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / AMANDA EDWARDSLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 30 – Susanna Dinnage has shocked English football by deciding she no longer wants to be the chief executive of the Premier League despite previously accepting the post.Dinnage, a television executive, was announced as the successor to the long-serving Richard Scudamore in November, with her appointment hailed as a major step forward for women in sports administration.
By Anita Snow THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA – With Raul Castro in charge, Cuba has raised payments to milk and meat producers, is paying off its debts to farmers and has stopped blocking the import of parts needed to keep vintage cars rumbling along. Travelers can even bring in DVD players and game consoles, highly coveted by Cubans starved for high-tech entertainment. Raul’s ailing brother Fidel is still showing leadership behind the scenes, and as provisional president Raul has taken only small steps. But he’s already giving clues to how he might govern once he takes full control – paying special attention to quality-of-life problems, publicly scolding state managers and bluntly acknowledging that salaries don’t cover basic needs. The new Chinese buses on intercity routes are evidence of the Raul effect. They were in the planning before Fidel got sick, but they have become much more visible since Raul gave a speech late last year saying he was sick of hearing bureaucrats’ excuses and wanted results. To boost food production, lawmakers agreed in June to pay producers 2 times more for milk and meat included in the island’s heavily subsidized ration program and in meals provided at similarly low-cost workplace cafeterias, schools, hospitals and community centers. The prices consumers pay will remain the same. At the same gathering, National Assembly members were told that the state had just paid off debts worth $23 million to the small farmers and cooperatives that grow two-thirds of the island’s fruits and vegetables, and renegotiated $35 million in other debts. The change is evident in style too. Where a Fidel speech could devote hours to communism, his brother’s oratory is much more short and direct, and Cubans love his public attacks on government failures. But 76-year-old Raul is only a caretaker president, and officials insist that 81-year-old Fidel will be back. And as long as Fidel is alive, no one thinks Raul will dare to make big moves that could annoy the older brother he has loved and admired since they were boys. Thomas Fingar, the U.S. deputy director of National Intelligence, told the U.S. Congress in June that while the Cuban public has high expectations of improvement, “Significant, positive political change is unlikely immediately.” As caretaker president, Raul has “very limited running room,” said Cuba analyst Phil Peters, of the pro-democracy Lexington Institute think tank outside Washington. “He seems to be looking for small practical things that can make Cubans’ lives easier.” Cuban exiles in Miami are consumed with rumors that Fidel is dying or dead. But Cubans on the island rarely mention him nowadays – they’re already more focused on what Raul, Fidel’s constitutionally designated successor, will do. They were pleased to hear him confirm on television that state salaries fail to cover basic necessities, and some even cheered when Raul delivered a slap at inefficient state managers by commenting sardonically about government farms infested with a fast-growing, thorny bush called marabu. They nodded knowingly as Raul publicly questioned why all Cubans, not just children under 7, aren’t guaranteed milk in their monthly food rations. They also noticed that the milk comment was dropped from the official transcript of the televised speech. On a personal level, Cubans were moved to see Raul appearing to choke back a sob after kissing an urn containing his wife’s ashes at her state-televised funeral in June. Cubans have never had such a personal glimpse of Fidel, who does not appear in public with his family. Authorities insist the brothers are united, and bristle at suggestions Raul is more open to change than his brother. They note that Fidel also hinted at reforms in November 2005, when he acknowledged that if government corruption and inefficiency are not controlled, “this revolution can destroy itself.” Dissident economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe wrote in an essay e-mailed to international media that he suspects government hard-liners are worrying that possible changes could undermine their legitimacy. He also noted that just five days after Raul said he would be open to discussing improved relations with a new U.S. president, Fidel wrote that the United States – “the empire” – would never negotiate with Cuba. In the past, Raul expressed interest in China’s model of a market economy in a one-party state. But Vice President Carlos Lage says Cuba won’t copy that model. “The countries now working to build socialism in different parts of the world,” Lage said, “are doing so in situations very different politically and economically from ours.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
England manager Roy Hodgson has told talkSPORT he is excited to see how newly appointed manager Jurgen Klopp can transform his new Liverpool team, but has warned the German it won’t be a straightforward job.The Reds have moved quickly to land former Borussia Dortmund chief Klopp, who was announced as the new Anfield chief on Thursday following Brendan Rodgers’ departure last week.Klopp has already spoken of his plans to introduce a ‘full throttle, emotional, fast and strong’ style of play at Liverpool, who currently sit in tenth place having claimed just three wins from their opening eight games of the season.And Hodgson has said he will keep a watchful eye over Klopp’s progress with a group of players who will play a ‘major part’ in the future of the England side.“It’ll be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp can do there,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “He’s a charismatic manager and has a lot of energy.“I wish him well in what is going to be an exciting job, though it won’t be an easy one, because they haven’t really achieved what the Liverpool fans want to achieve for a number of years now.“I had a good relationship with Brendan Rodgers, he was always very helpful to me when it came to the England team and the release of his players, and I’m looking forward to that same relationship with the new man.“There are a lot of Liverpool players at the moment who play a major part in our thoughts going forward in regard to the England team. So the relationship with Jurgen, the work he does with the players and how the payers develop during their time with him, will be very important to me.”Hodgson is, of course, a former Liverpool manager himself, having taken charge of the side following the departure of Rafa Benitez in 2010.He lasted just seven months, however, before being replaced by club legend Kenny Dalglish in January 2011, and the England boss sympathises with Brendan Rodgers following his own departure from the hotseat.He added: “I do feel sorry for Brendan, I feel sorry for all managers who lose their jobs and it was obviously a surprise for him when it came about.“Unfortunately that’s a part of our lives as managers and we have to get on with the fact that even if someone is doing a good job, they are always in danger of losing it and then the new man will always arrive with pomp and ceremony.”
Keith Anderson of Anderson Auctioneers in Donegal has won the Regional Excellence Award in the prestigious Irish Independent and KPMG Property Industry Excellence Awards competition.This renowned property awards programme is designed to independently recognise the highest standards of professionalism and excellence across the entire property sector.The Ballintra man was the sole winner of the Regional award, a category encompassing all areas outside of County Dublin. Over 120 entries over 10 categories were considered by the 17 judges, with the lavish final taking place at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Thursday evening.Speaking to Donegal Daily, Keith says he is delighted to take the trophy back to Donegal.“It was a great night, there were over 900 people in the Convention Centre.“I am delighted especially as we are a small team and to win over such tough opposition makes it sweeter.” Keith, pictured above with his wife Kathleen, thanked his staff, Sabrina and Regina for their contribution.Keith’s mother Una Anderson also attended the awards ceremony to watch with pride as her son was given the trophy.Anderson Auctioneers is firmly at the heart of the community, first opening its doors over 120 years ago by Keith’s great great grandfather Alec in 1897. Keith is now the fifth generation to take the reigns of the historic family-run business.Donegal auctioneer scoops prestigious Property Industry Excellence Award was last modified: November 25th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:anderson auctioneersDonegal TownKeith Anderson
A protest march against water charges will take place in Dungloe this Saturday.Brid O’Donnell is asking people to don their Santa hats for a water charge protest in Dungloe this Saturday.Brigid O’Donnell from Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, who attended last week’s large protest in Dublin, has called on the people of the area to come out and show that they will not accept water charges in any form.“Quite a few of us from the area went up to Dublin last week and were part of the huge movement which brought the city centre to a standstill”, she said. “We wanted to keep the momentum going, so when we got back we decided to organise a local protest. There hasn’t been a protest in Dungloe yet, so we wanted to give the people of the area a chance to have their say. Whether in Dublin or Dungloe our message is clear: we will not accept water charges and we will not pay them.”She added that her own area has been very badly hit by the years of austerity.“These charges will only take more money out of the local economy and makes things worse. The time has come to stand up and tell the government we cannot give any more. No one has been fooled by their recent climbdown and we well know that If we allow the charges to come in, they will only be increased in future years.”“In January they will begin charging again and we must be prepared to show that we are very serious in our intention to boycott the charges. That is why I am calling on people to support the protest on Saturday. I know it is close to Christmas and it’s a very busy time of year for everyone, but I think people will support what we are trying to do. It will only take an hour or so of your time and will be well worth it if it contributes to getting rid of water charges. ” She is also asking people to bring their placards and their SANTA HAT if you have one!The protest starts at 1pm and the organisers say that in keeping with all Can’t Pay Won’t Pay events, only non-party political placards and banners are welcome. SANTA HATS AT THE READY FOR DONEGAL WATER PROTEST THIS SATURDAY! was last modified: December 17th, 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:donegaldungloeprotestwater charges
Much of the summer has been taken up by rumours linking Chelsea with a move for Romelu Lukaku of Everton, with an £80 million deal said to be on the cards.However, the Blues are reportedly looking at a new striker ahead of the 2017/18 season as Antonio Conte plots both domestic and European success.Robert Lewandowski is unhappy at Bayern Munich after missing out on the Bundesliga top scorer award for the 2016/17 campaign – his 30 goals putting him one behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s total for Borussia Dortmund.The Poland striker’s agent, Maik Barthel, has explained the falling out: “Robert told me that he got no support and that the coach [Carlo Ancelotti] gave no call to help him in the last game to win the top-scorer title.“He was as disappointed as I have ever seen him.”Now that Lewandowski’s future at Bayern is unclear, Chelsea are set to launch a bid to bring him to Stamford Bridge, and here is how the Blues support reacted… Could Robert Lewandowski be playing for Chelsea next season? 1