‘Liberia Losing a Lot’

first_imgThe Resident Representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Liberia has observed that the country is losing a lot because she is not prioritizing agriculture and spends too much on imported agricultural products. In order to make agriculture workable and transformative, Dr. Margaret Hilda Kilo pointed out that attention must be given to road networks, cross border security and women’s involvement in agriculture. The AfDB Executive made the statement recently when she held talks with the President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Armah Zolu Jallah, at his Capitol Building offices. Dr. Kilo, who has been in Liberia since 2011 and will retire in 2018, informed Pro Temp Jallah about her passion for agriculture, and disclosed that she already has 200 hectares of farmland in Cameroon. For his part, Pro Tempore Jallah underscored the significance of a sustainable agricultural program in Liberia and wants government to invest in oil palm production by simply strengthening smallholder farmers. Jallah told Dr. Kilo that he was constructing a nursery of palm seedlings and intends erecting a processing facility in Gbarpolu County to add value to agricultural products such as cassava, and wants government to work on a five-year agricultural program in the oil palm industry and empower at least 150 family heads in the industry. Since the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has growth impact and that agriculture is the bedrock of a country, Pro Temp Jallah said he thinks the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture should be increased to an appreciable amount to enable the MOA effectively support agriculture. Jallah, who hails from one of the country’s mineral rich counties, is suggesting that the government owns and operates government farms as encouragement to individual farmers and be able to give out seedlings, seed rice and other agriculture-related products and remove all stringent local laws that are intended to deny many farmers the right to farmland. The MOA’s 2016/2017 budget is US$9,428,260.00.Meanwhile, Jallah has promised to collaborate with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, J. Alex Tyler, to make appropriation in the National Budget as support to smallholder farmers and all agriculture-related projects. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Robbery accused to spend more time in prison

first_imgOdinga Haywood of Drysdale Street, Georgetown was on Friday further remanded to prison by Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly when he reappeared before her on three counts of armed robbery.The 20-year-old has denied that on February 21, 2018 at Waterloo Street, Georgetown, while being armed with a knife, he robbed Trevor Singh of a Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued $60,440.He had also denied that on that same day at Lamaha Street, Georgetown, while being armed with a knife, he robbed Ibrahim Takur of a Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued $70,000.He further denied that on the same occasion, armed with a knife, he robbed Mohamed Takur of an iPhone and headset valued $122,000.Attorney George Thomas, appearing for the accused, said his client would be willing to lodge his travel documents and comply with any bail conditions, once released.However, the Prosecutor objected to the defendant being placed on bail, stating that a weapon was used to commit the crimes, and the defendant had admitted to the offences after he was arrested.The case will continue on September 21.last_img read more

Teen to spend more time on remand

first_imgNineteen-year-old Don Cameron, who is no stranger to the courts, was on Friday further remanded to prison by Magistrate Leron Daly on a simple larceny charge.Cameron had denied the allegations made out against him when he had made his first court appearance.The prosecution is contending that on June 19, 2018, at Alexander Street, Kitty, Cameron stole one Samsung phone valued $45,000.During his second appearance on Friday, the unrepresented teen pleaded with the court to grant him bail in a reasonable sum.Bail was, however, refused, and Cameron was further remanded to prison until September 21.On his first court appearance, Cameron’s mother told the court she had adopted him when he was a baby, and after he found out two years ago that she was his foster mother and not his biological mother, he had become wayward.She told the court that the teen no longer resided with her, and that he was previously convicted on a simple larceny charge for which he had spent two years at the New Opportunity Corps.“When he came out, he was smoking weed and behaving disorderly,” the woman told the court.She informed the court that she was tired of Cameron’s behaviour and “jail ain’t doing nothing for him.” The Police Prosecutor objected to bail being granted, and asked that the lad be remanded.last_img read more

Radio Lethem officially on air

first_imgRadio Lethem went officially on air Sunday in Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo), withPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Ministers Cathy Hughes, Ronald Bulkan and Sydney Allicock being interviewed in the studio of Radio Lethem (GINA Photo)its inaugural broadcast being its opening ceremony, the Government information Agency (GINA) has said.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo officially switched on the station and extolled the importance of community radio stations.“It is important for the people of the hinterland to have a radio station, so they can communicate with themselves in the region and the rest of Guyana, and for them to know what’s happening,” he told the gathering.The Prime Minister who has government’s oversight of the Broadcast Sector, said the establishment of community radio stations is part of his government’s efforts to connect Guyanese despite geographical locations.The establishment of the radio station, he stated, is one ways of bridging the gap and closing the communication divide.Nagamootoo, speaking of the involvement of all Guyanese in the country’s advancement, stated that all indigenous communities must be part of the process.Prime Minister Nagamootoo reminded those gathered that his Government promised Guyanese that the coastland and the hinterland will be integrated and the radio station is one of the ways of achieving this.Regional Chairman of Region Nine Brian Allicock told the gathering that it is always good to know what’s happening on the inside, but most importantly, on the outside.“I am so happy to tell you that we are on the right path of communication as this is critical. I thank this Government very much for that radio station and in time to come a television station,” he said.He called on fellow residents to continue to work for the further development of the region despite their political differences.In his remarks, Mayor of Lethem Carlton Beckles expressed appreciation to the Prime Minister and team for the establishment of the radio station and promised it will be used for its intended purpose.“This is historic; this is a jubilee within a jubilee,” the mayor said.Meanwhile, National Communications Network’s (NCN) chief executive officer Lennox Cornette said the state broadcaster is reorienting its Georgetown operations in an effort to extend its reach by moving from a central focus to communities to promote values in Guyanese citizens.“This is the first expression in a community radio model so we can disseminate information from the region to central and from central to the region,” Cornette stated.Meanwhile, 12 young persons from within the region were trained as community broadcasters.Minister of Public Telecommunications Catherine Hughes, Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Sydney Allicock and Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan also attended the opening ceremony and were among the first to be interviewed on the station.The ceremony was also attended by representatives from neighbouring Brazil including the Mayor of Bonfim.Radio Lethem is one of two hinterland radio stations to be established.Radio Mabaruma is scheduled to be officially commissioned shortly.last_img read more

Pieces of O.J. easy to buy online

first_imgThe auction house conducted a court-ordered auction of Simpson items in 1999 to help pay off a $33.5-million award won by the Brown and Goldman families in a wrongful death lawsuit. Simpson’s 1968 Heisman Trophy was sold for $255,500 to Tom Kriessman, a Philadelphia steel company owner who said he purchased it as an investment and to impress his girlfriend. But other items from Simpson’s home went for little more than their value as regular objects, Morgan said. The whole auction raised about $430,000. Many of the items being offered on the Web Friday were photographs, helmets and jerseys signed by Simpson long after the end of his football days. And even vintage goods offered on eBay, ranging from trading cards to magazine articles about his trial, seemed to have few takers. Bidding for a 1975 action figure of Simpson in football gear had drawn only a handful of bids. Simpson continues to make some money through autograph signings, although the amount is unclear. Last year, a judge in Santa Monica, rejected a bid by Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman, to gain control of Simpson’s publicity rights to help satisfy the lawsuit judgment. During the case, a Simpson attorney said his client made only a few thousand dollars through his appearances.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – Yes, Simpson sells. Or at least, he’s being sold. O.J. Simpson memorabilia is readily available on the Internet these days, whether it’s a $425 signed Buffalo Bills helmet or an eBay-offered copy of his notorious book, “If I Did It,” for $13.99. An autographed USC football jersey was being touted by a sports memorabilia site for $629.10, marked down from $699. It’s hard to judge the demand for such items, but at least one person appears to want the memorabilia: Simpson. The football Hall of Famer-turned-celebrity defendant was under investigation Friday in an alleged armed robbery at a Las Vegas casino hotel room. Simpson says he went to the room to get back memorabilia that were stolen from him, including the suit he was allegedly wearing the day he was acquitted in 1995 of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. Other items included his Hall of Fame certificate and a picture of the running back with J. Edgar Hoover, Simpson said. Simpson told The Associated Press that he was told the people who had the items hoped to sell them for between $50,000 and $100,000. That might have been optimistic. “I would be surprised to learn that his collectibles are increasing in value. Sometimes notoriety does increase interest in collectors but perhaps his notoriety is too recent,” said Levi Morgan, a spokesman for the auction house of Bonhams and Butterfields. “It could very well be that 50 years from today there is some cache or desirability” but at the present time there appeared to be little interest, Morgan said. last_img read more

Blackwater bill passes House

first_imgAt the same time, all U.S. contractors are immune from prosecution by Iraqi courts. The bill’s passage came on the same day that a government minister told The Associated Press that the official Iraqi investigation said Blackwater security guards involved in the September incident face trial in Iraqi courts and the company should pay compensation to the victims. The White House and congressional Republicans said they support the intent of the bill, but thought it was drafted poorly. In a statement issued Wednesday, the White House said the bill would have “unintended and intolerable consequences for crucial and necessary national security activities and operations.” The statement did not explain further or give examples on how the bill would affect national security. The White House referred questions to the Justice Department, which declined to comment. Before passage, the House voted 342-75 to ensure the legislation would not affect intelligence operations. Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., accused Democrats of rushing the bill through Congress in a partisan bid to criticize the Bush administration’s handling of the war. “It is amazing to me the number of men in Blackwater that have lost their lives and we never hear it on the other side of the aisle,” Shays said. “Blackwater is evil. That’s the way it appears in all the dialogue.” Rep. David Price, who sponsored the bill, said the White House’s objections were unfounded and “should infuriate anyone who believes in the rule of law.” Blackwater founder Erik Prince told a House panel Tuesday that he supports expanding the law. “Beyond firing him for breaking the rules, withholding any funds we can, we can’t flog him,” Prince said of the intoxicated Blackwater guard. “We can’t incarcerate him. We can’t do anything beyond that.” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the FBI was assuming control of the Sept. 16 probe from the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The step was taken, in part, on the possibility that the investigation might lead to the case being referred to the Justice Department for prosecution.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Democrats called the 389-30 vote an indictment of the incident, which left at least 13 Iraqis dead. Senate Democratic leaders said they planned to follow suit with similar legislation and send a bill to President Bush as soon as possible. “There is simply no excuse for the de facto legal immunity for tens of thousands of individuals working in countries” on behalf of the United States, said Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas. The FBI arrived in Baghdad Thursday to investigate the Sept. 16 shooting. Bush administration officials acknowledge they are unsure whether U.S. courts would have jurisdiction in the case or others like it. In a separate incident, a drunken Blackwater employee left a Christmas Eve party in Baghdad and fatally shot the guard of one of Iraq’s vice presidents. That contractor was fired, fined and returned home to the United States; no charges have been filed. The current law, called the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, covers personnel supporting the mission of Defense Department operations overseas. But because Blackwater’s primary mission is to protect State Department officials, defense lawyers probably would argue the law does not apply. LEGISLATION: Senate will follow with a similar bill in response to Baghdad incident that left 13 Iraqis dead. By Anne Flaherty THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The House passed a bill Thursday that would make all private contractors working in Iraq and other combat zones subject to prosecution by U.S. courts. It was the first major response by Congress to a deadly shooting in Baghdad involving Blackwater USA security guards. last_img read more

GARDAI SMASH LETTERKENNY BROTHEL RING

first_imgGARDAI have smashed an organised brothel in Letterkenny – just days after it was set up, donegaldaily.com can reveal.Two Romanian women had set up the brothel last Monday and garda had set up a surveillance operation at an apartment in the town after large numbers of men were seen entering the premises.Last night gardai raided the premises, arrested two women – aged 28 and 20 – and recovered €875 in cash, condoms and sex toys. Today at Buncrana District Court the two women were fined €300 each, with the rest of the money recovered in the operation was set aside to fly the women back to Romania.“There seems to be a few in from Romania because there is money to be made and this needs to be discouraged,” said Judge Paul Kelly.We understand the two women advertised their services on a website and that a large number of men from the Letterkenny area had visited the apartment in the 48 hours in which it operated.We also understand that Gardai have details of the men involved and prosecutions may follow.This is just the latest prostitution scandal to hit Letterkenny.Garda sources say they are aware of several escort agencies being operated by a Co Donegal man and associates from Dublin. Women are flown into the town from eastern Europe as well as the UK.Websites used to advertise the brothels have also been monitored and details of men who left messages have been traced.Sources say a large number of men from Co Donegal may well be ‘named and shamed’ as a result of the investigations into six different brothels in recent months.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comGARDAI SMASH LETTERKENNY BROTHEL RING was last modified: December 8th, 2011 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:brothelescort agenciesletterkennylast_img read more

FAMILY OF TRAGIC CHURCHILL FARMER LOSE RIGHTS TO FARM

first_imgBreaking News: The son and daughters of a man who died in suspicious circumstances have lost their claim to keep his farm.The late Seamus Doherty.Seamus Doherty, 67, who was well-known across the county for dealing in animals, was found dead at Drumacanoo, Churchill on June 17th, 2012. His death is still the subject of a Garda investigation and a financial reward has been made for information on his death.He died at his home having suffered head wounds.Mr Doherty’s son and daughters claim he solely farmed his mother’s land, an 11.6 acre farm at Prucklish, Churchill, since she died in 1998.No will was ever made and the late Mr Doherty’s seven brothers and sisters claim the farm, valued at one stage at €171,380, should be divided equally in eight different ways.However Seamus Doherty’s family claimed he farmed the lands exclusively since the death of his mother Annie.The Doherty family first decided to take an action seeking to have the lands divided after a son of Seamus Doherty began to cut down trees on the farm.Since then a bitter dispute has erupted between both sides including the late Mr Doherty’s children and their aunts and uncles Veronica, Bernadette, Philomena, Francis, Billy, Vincent and Eamon.The brothers claimed that they maintained the land including cutting hedges and clearing drains.The case was heard at a civil siting of Letterkenny Circuit Court.Mr Doherty’s siblings claim they gave him a farm of land nearby which was 28 acres in size as part of a gentleman’s agreement that the farm at Prucklish would be divided in eight different portions.However they now claim that his siblings are trying to claim the family farm for themselves.Vincent Doherty, 53, a brother of Seamus, claims he lived with his mother until she died.He claims that although he never worked the lands extensively, he kept two goats and two ponies.Billy Doherty, 57, another brother, said his mother would be disappointed if she saw what was happening in the court pitting family against family and neighbour against neighbourJudge John O’Hagan said it would be lucky after costs if there was any money left to be divided.The late Mr Doherty’s son, Brian Edward Doherty, said he had farmed the land all his life with dad.He claimed that his late uncle Patrick Doherty had told him that he was going to leave the land to his father Seamus and would, in turn, be passed on to him.Catriona Doherty, 26, a daughter of Seamus Doherty, said she remembers as a child going to marts and working on the land with her father.She said none of the other brothers or sisters ever worked the landShe also denied that her uncle Vincent ever kept goats or ponies at the house.Ms Doherty, a barrister, said there is no question that her father worked the land.“My father had problems and he took a drink but that doesn’t mean he didn’t farm.“He went farming every day. He would have put us on the bus for school as my mother worked from early morning and he would have went to the land,” she said.Barrister for the plantiffs, Peter Nolan, said nothing was made by Seamus Doherty or his family when a letter about the land was sent to him in 2006.This letter was asking all the siblings to allow Eamon Doherty to be the administrator of the late Patrick Doherty’s estate.However, Mr Nolan said Mr Doherty or his family never said they were claiming ownership of the land but merely objected to Eamon Doherty being administrator.A number of neighbours gave evidence on behalf of the late Seamus Doherty’s family saying they never saw anyone else working the lands at Prucklish apart from the late Mr Doherty.They also told Judge O’Hagan that they always thought the late Mr Seamus Doherty owned the land.Barrister for the late Mr Doherty’s family, Desmond Murphy, said it was a pity that Seamus Doherty died in tragic circumstances and could not give evidence.“The evidence says he was in possession of the land. The Dohertys were not there by their own admission and so that gives him exclusive access,” he said.Judge John O’Hagan described the case as a very tragic one and said whatever decision was made would affect grandchildren for generations to come.However, he said he was satisfied that the appropriate length of time had not passed to allow adverse possession by Seamus Doherty and his family.He said he appreciated that Brian Edward Doherty was still working the land and had animals on it and gave him three months to vacate the lands.He also ordered that both sides in the case pay %50 of the costs.FAMILY OF TRAGIC CHURCHILL FARMER LOSE RIGHTS TO FARM was last modified: July 31st, 2013 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:ChurchillfarmhorsesSeamus DohertyThe Rocklast_img read more

CHARLIE COLLINS JOINS ARENA 7 BOSS IN BID TO PUT HIGHLAND RADIO OFF AIR

first_imgVOICE of sport Charlie Collins has joined forces with Letterkenny businessman Enda Nicholls in a bid to oust Highland Radio off the airwaves, it has emerged.The Sunday Times reports that Collins, who quit Highland earlier this year, is part of a consortium with the owner of Arena 7 entertainment complex which is bidding to win the license to broadcast in north Donegal from next year.Until now the only person named in the consortium is Inishowen businessman Paddy Simpson who has extensive business interests including Derry’s version of Arena 7 on the city’s Buncrana Road. Mr Collins worked at Highland for 22 years.Friends say he left the station where he worked as general manager and head of sport.That position was later given to presenter Shaun Doherty.The consortium would put the station back in the hands of Donegal people. It is currently owned by a Galway family. However Highland has vowed to fight to keep the license to broadcast for another ten years.* For all the latest breaking news online – www.donegaldaily.com CHARLIE COLLINS JOINS ARENA 7 BOSS IN BID TO PUT HIGHLAND RADIO OFF AIR was last modified: August 27th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Charlie CollinsHighland Radiopaddy simpsonlast_img read more

FIVE GOOD REASONS TO CELEBRATE FEELING GOOD IN INISHOWEN!

first_imgThe Feel Good Fortnight mural at the pier in Buncrana. Pic by David Porter.The people of Inishowen are being invited to a very special evening at The Exchange, Castle Avenue, Buncrana on Tuesday night.Insight Inishowen is celebrating five years working with the people of the peninsula on building a caring and resilient community, promoting mental and emotional wellbeing, and preventing suicide. To mark the occasion the group will host a public meeting at The Exchange on Tuesday May 6th from 7.30pm.The evening will celebrate everything Insight Inishowen has achieved, in partnership with the community, over the past five years, and will give people an opportunity to take a closer look at the wide range of services and initiatives this award-winning group offers. Rachel Duffy with some of the ‘yarn bombing’ from last year’s Feel Good Fortnight.One such initiative is the development of the group’s counselling services, which will be officially launched on the night. There will also be the chance to hear details of other up-coming events and initiatives, such as the third annual Feel Good Fortnight promising “two weeks of sunshine across Inishowen, whatever the weather!”Ending with Insight Inishowen’s AGM, including committee elections, the evening will also give people the chance to get involved with this proactive and creative community group.Acting chairperson Ruth Garvey-Williams said: “It’s important that we celebrate what we have achieved as communities in Inishowen. Five years ago there was much sadness and concern about suicide rates. Following a public meeting, Buncrana Community Combating Suicide was founded. The group grew to serve the wider Inishowen peninsula, and was renamed Insight Inishowen in 2012.”Ruth added those considering volunteering could contribute as little or as much time as they could afford. “There are many areas where people can help out,” she explained.”People who volunteer will find they get just as much out of it as they put in. Giving back to your community gives you a great sense of wellbeing.” With a wide range of projects and initiatives, there is something for people of all ages and backgrounds to contribute. Whether you enjoy making cups of tea or knitting a square or two for Feel Good Fortnight’s “yarn bombing” art projects, helping to run events or offering administration, financial or legal skills, come along to The Exchange on May 6 to find out how you can get involved.ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONInsight Inishowen, formerly Buncrana Community Combating Suicide, was set up following a public meeting in 2009 at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel attended by around 400 members of the community.Working in partnership with the community, Insight Inishowen has developed a range of services including a counselling service, ASIST and mental health training courses, mindfulness workshops, workshops tackling exam stress among school students, awareness campaigns and much more.Feel Good Fortnight was established in 2012 and brings individuals, community groups and businesses from across Inishowen together for a wide range of events, projects and programmes that help promote emotional wellbeing in the community. Last year the group received recognition for the success of Feel Good Fortnight when they won the prestigious Judges’ Special Award at the 2013 all-Ireland Pride of Place Awards. For more information contact Ruth Garvey-Williams on 0877955401 or email ruth@vox.ie.FIVE GOOD REASONS TO CELEBRATE FEELING GOOD IN INISHOWEN! was last modified: May 4th, 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:buncranadonegalfeelgoodInishowenlast_img read more