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first_imgRain-ruined Test heads for drawSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Cricket Australia announced that the last day of the third and final Test against West Indies will be free to spectators, as the rain-ruined affair appeared destined for draw following a second straight wash-out here yesterday.The adverse weather, which forced the abandonment of the third day, ensured the fourth’s day play was similarly abandoned without a ball bowled at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Only 11.2 overs were possible on the second day on Monday.Some showers have been forecast for the final day but once play is possible, CA is set to allow patrons in free to witness the final rites and Australia lifting the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy. Patrons will be refunded for the two abandoned days.West Indies ended day two on 248 for seven with opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scoring with 85 and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite getting 69. Denesh Ramdin is not out on 30.Australia lead the series 2-0 after winning the opener in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs and following up with a 177-run victory in Melbourne.Sammy’s Hurricanes lose againMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 skipper Darren Sammy was powerless to stop his Hobart Hurricanes from sliding to a second straight defeat – an eight-wicket loss to Melbourne Stars here yesterday. Sent in at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Hurricanes were limited to 124 all out off their 20 overs, with George Bailey top-scoring with 55 from 40 deliveries.Sammy gathered 17 from 14 balls to be one of just four batsmen in double figures as leg-spinner Adam Zampa (2-18) and seamer Scott Boland (2-26) stifled the innings.In reply, Glenn Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 56 from 32 balls, while in-form Englishman Luke Wright gathered 51 not out from 41 deliveries, as Stars cantered to their target with five overs left to spare. Sammy’s one over of medium pacer went for six runs.10 radio stations to broadcast Super50ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Radio stations across 10 Caribbean countries have agreed to carry live commentary of the NAGICO Super50 championship which begins today. The West Indies Cricket Board announced that the region’s premier one-day cricket tournament will be broadcast on radio stations in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.GEM Radio Five Limited, part of the One Caribbean Media Group, is coordinating the broadcast, headed by noted commentator Andrew Mason.”We decided to make the commentary feeds available at no cost to the broadcasters in order to ensure that the matches are carried live in all the territories,” general manager, GEM Radio Five Limited, Richard Purcell, said.”By so doing, we are keeping alive the great West Indian tradition of listening to cricket on radio.”last_img read more

Inmate Found Dead in Monrovia Central Prison

first_imgCredible information reaching the Daily Observer has it that the Liberia National Police (LNP) is investigating an apparent suicide at the Monrovia Central Prison, after a man accused of armed robbery was found dead last Thursday, June 5.Augustine Kollie, no known permanent address, was allegedly discovered dead at the notorious Block ‘D’ cell on Wednesday, June 4,  days before he was to be arraigned in Criminal Court ‘D,’ according to a source.Kollie has been held indefinitely without trial at the Central Prison.The source further hinted to the Observer that Kollie was discovered dead in his orange jump suit, standard prison attire.“Detailed evidence found in Kollie’s cell is yet to be released as investigation continues,” the source said.He was facing the charge of second-degree robbery, a crime that could have led to felony conviction with “significant jail time,” the source claimed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Even Bill Gates Can’t Survive in George Weah’s West Point’

first_imgA group of emotionally-charged youths in the Township of West Point yesterday told our reporter that they (youth) of West Point were planning to petition government to name the township in honor of soccer legend George Manneh Weah.The youth, who numbered more than 30 people, paraded the streets of West Point and some parts of central Monrovia Saturday night, when results from polling centers started to filter in with indications that George Weah will be replacing outgoing former Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Senator Joyce Musu Freeman-Sumo for the Montserrado seat in the 53rd Senate.The group, headed by 21-year-old Mustapha Swaray, declared that almost 100% of residents of the township consider George Weah as a messiah who will finally redeem them from their neglected condition of education and sanitation.  He said further that even the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, cannot survive politically in West Point, which is considered the soccer icon’s dominion.“There is no need to argue with our resolve to stay with Manneh for better or worse; even Bill Gates who is the world’s richest man cannot politically survive in George Weah’s West Point, and it will be a futile venture for anyone to attempt to sway our loyalty away from him.”Swaray maintained that for the first time in recent elections, West Pointers attended a confusion-free electoral process, adding that past confusions were ignited by the government.Displaying ID cards with photo of George Weah, the youths said: “We beat his (Robert Sirleaf) mother in 2005 and 2011, and if that was not enough now she has sent her son; she will never try our resolve again.”Polling at all voting centers in the township started a little behind time. But by mid-morning, voters sometimes in groups of five or ten,  following the Ministry of Health’s Ebola regulation of washing hands and observing the election commissions’ request for voters to observe a-three feet space between electorates, started queuing up to cast their votes.Many political commentators are hailing what they believe is the first smooth and violence-free election in the Township of West Point.Thousands of the township’s residents are now bracing themselves in preparation for the announcement of a date for what they expect to be their biggest ever political victory march.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man jailed for 3 years for trafficking narcotics

first_img…tells Magistrate “de weed weight wrong”   A man, who has been jailed for three years for trafficking in narcotics, had objected to the amount of cannabis sativa he was accused of having.Victor Kipping of Trafalgar Village, West Coast Berbice, told Magistrate Rhondell Weaver at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court, that he was guilty of the offence but with an explanation when the trafficking in narcotics charge was read to him.On February 7 last, at Trafalgar Village he had in his possession 345 grams of cannabis sativa (marijuana) for the purpose of trafficking.When asked what his explanation was, Kipping told the Court that the marijuana was wet at the time it was weighed and so the weight he was being charged for was incorrect.The Magistrate then entered a plea of not guilty and ordered that the accused be tried.During the trial, Detective Constable Quincy Colder told the court that on the day in question, police officers acting on information went to the home of the accused at Trafalgar Village and on seeing the officers he scaled a fence and jumped into a trench with a black plastic bag in his hand. Colder said an officer also jumped in and arrested him.Constable Travis Griffith told the court that the trench was in front of the yard that Kipping came out of. He told the court that he arrested the suspect, who had a plastic bag, in the trench.According to the officer when the bag was opened it contained other plastic bags which were all sealed.The leaves, stems and seeds of marijuana were in the inner bags. Griffith that the marijuana was well protected from water and it was weighed while dry.Kipping was found guilty and sentenced to three years and fined $50,000.last_img read more

MOVEE Questions Sources of Campaign Financing

first_imgMOVEE political leader, Dr. J. Mills JonesDemands NEC’s prompt response to election irregularities, harmful effect of CoC, high incidence of invalid votes, other problems impacting election processThe Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) has raised serious concerns on what it calls questionable sources of campaign financing and the misuse of public resources, which it said created an uneven playing field in the first round of the presidential and legislative elections.In a statement yesterday, the party said this situation raises the question of the fairness of the electoral process and called on the NEC to provide a definitive report on financing and spending by political parties.MOVEE said the introduction of the Code of Conduct (CoC) by the Unity Party-led Government was not in the spirit of inclusiveness and fairness.“The entire process was disruptive, targeted and tantamount to abuse of power and done to the extent of skirting around the spirit and intent of the Constitution of the Republic,” the party said.MOVEE noted that the CoC harmed the electoral process and, in particular, created an uneven playing field for MOVEE, whose standard-bearer was its reported principal target.“Not only was it offensive to the doctrine of democratic participation, the Code ultimately beclouded the minds of our supporters and well-wishers with uncertainties, adversely impacting the performance of our party.“The electoral process, therefore, cannot be considered as fair because of the adverse effects on supporters and well-wishers of MOVEE and its standard bearer from the very start of the electoral process,” the party said. “MOVEE has a strong auxiliary support base that at least registered 300,000 members in its database. Our registered partisans processed ID cards, and exceeded 200,000 so that means we had about half a million members and well-wishers in our database.”The reported 12, 800 votes in favor of Dr. Jones, the release said, is less than 3 percent of the number in the party’s database.“This is a record of the unidirectional change of mind of potential voters over a relatively short period of time. While this may be possible, the question is, how probable is it? The concern of MOVEE is heightened by the high incidents of irregularities reported by a number of other parties and stakeholders.“These allegations of irregularities included poor management and inefficiencies that hang over the integrity and credibility of the electoral process,” the release said.It added: “MOVEE is particularly disturbed by the report of the emotional stress of voters in locating polling places, problems causing some voters to walk away without voting and challenges faced by the elderly, physically challenged and pregnant women.“Also there are reports of stolen ballot boxes, mix-matched tally sheets, and poor lightning. There were also an unprecedented number of more than 88,000 invalid votes.”These issues should be addressed immediately by the National Elections Commission (NEC) and all other arms of the government of Liberia with jurisdiction over electoral related complaints, the party said.MOVEE also said that it is regrettable that more than half of a million registered voters did not participate in the elections.The party, meanwhile, congratulated its partisans for the overwhelming turnout, which demonstrated the commitment to build a culture of democracy based on transparency, fairness, inclusiveness, and accountability, all of which bring credibility to the electoral process.“We thank the international community including, but not limited to, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United States of America (USA), the European Union (EU), the People’s Republic of China, etc., for the support of the electoral process,” the statement concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Head of NGO Threatens Gov’t with Lawsuit over L$16B Investigation If…

first_imgMr. Abraham Dassama Sellu: “One thing that is wrongly spread out there is the perception that Liberia is the worst country in the world.”The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a local non-governmental organization (NGO) has threatened to institute a decisive legal action against the government should they give an exclusive right to any foreign investigative body to single-handedly probe the “missing” L$16 billions saga.Abraham Dassama Sellu told reporters over the weekend in Monrovia that allowing only the investigative team coming from the United States of America or any other part of the world to probe the missing billions saga will be an act of subverting the sovereignty of the country. Mr. Sellu is the CEO of Democracy for Empowerment and Economic Empowerment (DEEP), which loan money to petty traders, many of them being women.Sellu is also the founder and CEO of Conduit of Potentials (COPs), a vocational institution instilling disciplines and vocational skills into the lives of hundreds of young people from Paynesville and many other parts of the country.“If government will subvert (undermine) this country to any foreign body to independently conduct this investigation, and particularly on this soil by which officials of government and its citizens will be subject to scrutiny and interrogation not headed by Liberians, my office will be left with no other alternative but to issue legal and appropriate actions against this government. And our action will immediately stop the process,” he said.Sellu said he is not against the country receiving some assistance from foreign partners, but giving to foreign persons what Liberians with integrity are capable of doing is an act of letting the world know that the country’s independence gained in 1847 is meaningless.“Furthermore, turning over this investigation wholly to another nation such as America, belittles every Liberian as being not reliable, trustworthy and a lesser human,” he said, adding: “We are saying nothing good can come from Liberia? Are there no fathers, pastors, Imams of integrity in the land?”Sellu added that inasmuch as the country is experiencing another challenging issue with respect to the missing L$16 billion, and that with contradictions coming from the government on this issue, compromising the reputation and integrity of the country, every member of the investigative team who is not a Liberian of a foreign investigative body is wrong, illegal and un-nationalistic.According to him, how Liberians view their own country can be responsible for national progress or retrogression in its development agenda.“Are there no prominent individuals or lawyers or law enforcement institutions with integrity to spearhead this investigation, or are we all so bad that no country we travel to should ever trust us, respect or give us positions of trust, or are we telling the world that no Liberian can be trusted at all?” Mr. Sellu rhetorically asked.Sellu pointed out that if government cannot handle its own internal problems, then it means that it will be useless for Liberians to go to the polls at every election to vote.He meanwhile called on all Liberians, regardless of status, to be patient as the investigation into the missing billions takes place.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

7 to vie for Miss Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary title

first_imgThe Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary will, on May 1st, host its first annual Miss Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary Pageant and Fair at the West Demerara Secondary School’s ground. The event promises to be a grand one, with gates opening from 10:00h to signal the start of the cricket competition, which would be followed by a football competition commencing at 13:00h.There will be additional games and other attractions for everyone to enjoy. The organisers say it is the event that no one wants to miss, and add that the pageant begins as 18:00h, when the seven young students will be engaged in a fierce battle for the crown. Not only would the young ladies be given the option to display their professional, casual and evening pieces, their smarts would also be tested during the question-and-answer segment.Additionally, each of the seven young ladies would be required to produce and execute a talent piece.Vying for the coveted crown are third former Bianca Durga, along with fourth formers Lisa Bernard, Jada Payne, Mokeba Best, Sarah Brathwaite, Elizabeth Emmanuel and Kimba Coates.Each contestant selected an issue that they along with fellow students experience on a daily basis, and each would have to do a presentation on their platform during the public speaking segment.Bianca: “I chose the topic ‘dangers of social media’ because, as a teenager, we are constantly on our phones and other devices using various social media sites, but we do not know the dangers those sites pose. I want to make my fellow students and others aware of how we can use social media for education, and that is why I am in this pageant.”Lisa: “Domestic violence is a growing issue, and it is something a lot of my fellow students experience or know someone who (does) it. It affects everyone, and we need to do more (to combat it). I want to work with parents and children to make sure we can fight this.”Jada: “In my community of Pouderoyen, a lot of young people are curious, and they are curious about sex for various reasons. This is the reason I chose teenage pregnancy as my topic, because I feel we need to do more to make sure young ladies are not taken advantage of.”Mokeba: “Every day some child is being sexually abuse, and it is the fathers, brothers or other family who abuse the child. I want to focus on telling my fellow youngsters to speak up and speak out against all forms of abuse.”Sarah: “I am going to look at the effects of teenage pregnancies, because plenty time young people are getting pregnant and then they have to drop out of school to take care of the baby, and they are not ready yet. So I want to highlight what a good education can do, and reasons why we should not focus on boys.”Elizabeth: “Our school is in a community that has a lot of poverty and drug use. We see that on a daily basis, and that is why I want to tackle drug abuse, because it is happening among a lot of young people. We have to make a change.”Kimba focuses on suicide, but was unable to be a part of the interview due to illness.last_img read more

Slow pitch league holding season opening AGM

first_imgThe deadline to register a team for this year’s season is April 28, so if you are interested in joining the league but have not done so yet, you are encouraged to attend the AGM.Wednesday’s meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The meeting will be taking place Wednesday, April 4, and will take place in the comforts of Fort St. John’s Lido Theatre.Some issues that will be discussed at this year’s meeting include setting a date for the Icebreaker Tournament, membership updates and the Nicole Kelly sentencing.The meeting will also look to fill the roles for this year’s league president and treasurer, as well as the league director position.- Advertisement -It will also highlight dates for this year’s Ump Clinic and year end clean up.Regarding league fees, no changes have been announced yet and league executive Janet Prestley believes there will be no changes this year.Two representatives from each team are required to be in attendance and the first game of the season is scheduled for Monday, May 7.Advertisementlast_img read more

Superleague curling results

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Govt distances self from NAREI citrus fruits importation ban

first_img…Agri Minister suggests higher tariffsBy Lakhram BhagiratOne day after the National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) Chief Executive Officer announced that it is completely restricting the importation of citrus fruits into Guyana, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder told Guyana Times that there is no Government-imposed ban on citrus fruit importation.NAREI CEO, Dr Oudho HomenauthAccording to Holder, this would not be possible since Guyana is a signatory to the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) and World Trade Organisation.“The WTO states that you have to bring in things from outside but you can put a tariff. The CSME has a common external tariff which all of Caricom imposes on foreign goods and that can be used on these things. We are not banning anything,” Holder explained to this newspaper.The news that there was a ban on the importation of citrus fruits did not go down well with the business community, which on Saturday criticised the decision.But Holder quickly quelled those criticisms saying that the Ministry does not have the authority to impose a ban.Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder“The Ministry of Agriculture doesn’t ban anything. We do not have that authority. Nowhere in the law permits the Ministry of Agriculture to get involved with these things. You have to get licenses to bring in these things and the Ministry of Business offers licenses. NAREI is part of the Ministry of Agriculture, we don’t give licenses for anything. NAREI NPPO (National Plant Protection Organisation) has the authority to refuse stuff coming in that has not met the sanitary and phytosanitary requirements and that is entirely different from banning,” he added.In order for agricultural products to be imported into Guyana, one has to have the requisite documentation which includes a pest risk assessment to determine that the produce is free of all pests and diseases. Besides that, importers have to be licensed.Further, the Minister explained that Caricom produces citrus as well and with the CSME agreement in place, Guyana has certain obligations. He further related that higher tariffs on citrus would be a possibility rather than a complete ban.NAREI’s announcementNAREI’s CEO, Dr Oudho Homenauth told Guyana Times in an interview on Friday that the organisation is restricting the import of all citrus fruits. This move, he noted, was in keeping with the policies of the Government of the day. He further related that the ban on citrus has always been in place.However, the Minister said that as far as he is aware, there has been no ban and one was never in place.“I would have to clarify it with Dr Homenauth because if there is some phytosanitary reason why it can’t come in then it [the ban] will be there. I won’t know that until I speak with him….A person could be bringing lemons from the US and bringing it into Trinidad and then to Guyana and it comes as a Trinidad product so it has to be very carefully monitored to ensure the origin is Caricom and if it is not then the necessary duties are paid but there is no ban. If the necessary certificates are not presented then it would not be allowed entry because we have to protect our agriculture, can’t be bringing foreign diseases in this country,” Holder said.However, importers are contending that the ban, which seemingly came into effect recently, poses a threat to their business since consumers require a variety. While they are cognisant of the fact that the local citrus industry can adequately supply the local market, they are of the opinion that variety creates an even playing field.On Saturday when Guyana Times reported the ban, many persons took to social media expressing mixed reactions. Some were all for the ban explaining that the local market has the ability to cater to the demands while others were expressing disappointment over the lack of variety. The common concern was that the local citruses are inconsistent in taste and size as well as price.Moreover, many suggested that the Government implement consistency mechanisms so that it could alleviate the concerns of those on the fence over the ban.last_img read more