Pearl Brown Bull Pledges Support for Urey

first_imgSupport for Benoni Urey’s quest for the presidency has begun rising with several prominent personalities joining the struggle.Mr. Urey, former commissioner of the Bureau of Maritime Affairs in the government of former President Charles Taylor, announced his intent to stand in the race to replace President Sirleaf after her tenure expires in 2017.Since that pronouncement was made, there have been mixed reactions from the Liberian public. Some have expressed support for his bid, while others believe Urey is similar to his former employer, Charles Taylor, and as such electing him (Urey) would mean “a return to the regime of Charles Taylor.”The latest of Urey’s supporters is constitutional lawyer, Cllr. Pearl Brown-Bull. In her assertion on a local radio talk show Wednesday, April 9, in Monrovia, Counselor Bull declared her support for Urey, stating that Urey seems to be the right person for the job.Her statement was made in reactio to a recent war of words between Mr. Urey and a member of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government, Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah.Urey had earlier criticized Madam Sirleaf for leaving the country without addressing the problem of the Ebola Virus affecting Liberia.Reacting to said comment, Presidential Press Secretary Piah was quick to condemn Mr. Urey’s accusation that she does not have the country at heart.“Mr. Urey’s comments reflect a serious lack of governance [experience], political ineptitude and naivety on the part of a political nobody, who has allowed his quest for the presidency to render him mischievous and disingenuous,” Piah said. “Mr. Urey argues that President Sirleaf has no interest in Liberia and its people simply because she departed the country to participate in the 4th EU-Africa Summit at the time an outbreak of Ebola was reported in the country.”If this statement came from just anybody,” Piah continued, we would not have been surprised at all; but coming from a man who says he has his eyes on the Presidency, we are not only surprised but ashamed of him.”Urey angrily reacted to Piah and the President: “When substantial issues are raised against the presidency, they unleash their dogs to come after you.” Based on these exchanges, Cllr. Bull asserted that the responses from the President’s office are immature and unnecessary.“Judging from comments made by these people the President has around her,” Cllr. Bull said, “Makes me strongly support Mr. Urey for the presidency.”“I never wanted to do so before, but the people the President has around her have forced me to support Mr. Urey,” she asserted.Cllr. Bull is a signatory to the 1986 Liberian Constitution and a former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Though she may not be as well known or influential as many politicians in the country, such a statement from a ‘seasoned’ lawyer could serve as a political plus for Mr. Urey’s ambition for the presidency, a political analyst told the Daily Observer.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

More Than Me Academy Recruiter Appears in Court on Rape Charges

first_imgMacintosh N. Johnson, who has been accused of having sexual relations with ten students, ages 12 to 16, appeared at the Monrovia City Court Tuesday afternoon, June 24,  to face rape charges.The students were attending the “More Than Me” Academy, an American-run free education program, in the deprived community of   West Point, in Monrovia.After Tuesday’s brief court hearing, defendant Johnson was remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison, to await his trial, because the crime is a non-bailable offense under the New Criminal Law.The document that brought him under the jurisdiction of the court said that from 2009 to 2014, Johnson recruited the victims into a scholarship program sponsored by the Academy.The students, in their complaints, alleged that during and after the recruitment process, defendant Johnson had sexual relations with them, particularly, on the school’s Ashmun Street Compound.The victims further alleged that he also had sex with them in an unfinished building on a beach in the West Point Community.According to court records, the students claimed that Johnson took advantage of the school’s free education program to use them as sex slaves.They said, he warned them not to tell anyone, threatening to drop them from the scholarship if they did.The victims also claimed that the threat prevented them from speaking out or telling anyone about the abuse.The court records went on to say that the act was discovered by one of the nurses, Iris K. Martor of the Academy.The nurse discovered the practice, the document said, after she had provided medical treatment to a female student, who had complained of severe stomach pain.It was during the examination that Madam Martor suspected the symptom of Sexual Transmittal Infection (STI).When the victim was approached about the STI, she named Johnson, as the one who has had sexual relationship with her and the other victims.She also explained that on numerous occasions, defendant Johnson had forced her and other students to have sexed with him, and that they had to submit to his request because of fear that they would be dropped from the scholarship.   However, police alleged that during preliminary investigation, defendant Johnson denied the allegation of having sexual relationship with any of the victims.At that investigation, Police quoted Johnson as later saying, “The students entered his room on many occasions, sometimes they sleep in his room with Katie.”Katie Meyler is an American citizen and founder of More Than Me Academy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Outstanding cops promoted, rewarded

first_img…as part of Police Force’s 179th anniversary celebrationsOver $19 million in cash and prizes were given out to ranks for their outstanding performances over the past year, as the Guyana Police Force hosted its annual anniversary awards on Wednesday.The 179th Anniversary Awards Ceremony was held at the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) Drill Square, Eve Leary, where acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine commended ranks at all levels within the Force who continue to perform despite challenges.“We have made great strides forward, notwithstanding, that in our forward thrusts, we stumbled and fell on a few occasions, but we got up and forged ahead, cognisant of our oath of office and commitment to duty, to service the people of our country,” he posited.Ramnarine went on to say that the Force and its leadership remained firm and committed to continue serving the people of Guyana. In fact, he noted that even the absence of the Police Service Commission (PSC) and the exodus of dozens of very senior and junior officers have not prevented the Force from staying firmly and resolutely on course.“Let us continue faithfully. The future is promising. Let’s give of our best, let’s remain unmoved and not be distracted by adverse criticisms. Let us strive to conduct ourselves beyond reproach. I commend all of you… who will receive some form of award, and urge that others be patient. Your time is sometime around the corner,” the acting Top Cop asserted.Among those ranks awarded for their outstanding work and bravery was the group of officers who had confronted and arrested three bandits, who were in the process of robbing a supermarket at Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) last month after tying up a security guard.Additionally, the group of officers who investigated and brought to justice the perpetrators of the horrific piracy attacks off the coast of Suriname were also rewarded for their diligent work.Meanwhile, 22 Community Policing Groups (CPGs) across the country were recognised for their work, while 24 CPG ranks received a total of $240, 000 in monetary rewards for their volunteer work.Meanwhile, there was an on-the-spot announcement of promotions for five ranks made by Commissioner Ramnarine during the awards ceremony. Two Women Lance Corporals were elevated to the rank of Corporal, and a Woman Constable to Lance Corporal. In the special constabulary category, a Woman Special Corporal was promoted to Special Sergeant, while a special constable was elevated to Special Lance Corporal.last_img read more

Move to reduce fuel price is ‘political gimmick’– operators

first_imgEver since the Guyana Oil Company (GuyOil) announced a reduction in gas prices which took effect from Monday last, vehicle owners and operators are of the belief that it is nothing but a political gimmick to score points.This move comes weeks after oil prices would have dropped drastically on the international market.Super 95 Gasoline is now being wholesaled at $208.00 per litre or 27.44 per cent less, and Gasoil (LSD) at $207.00 per litre which 15.85 per cent less.Meanwhile, retail customers will pay $218.00 per litre for Super 95 Gasoline or 30.77 per cent less and $217.00 per litre for Gasoil (LSD) or 19.72 per cent less.The move to lower these prices came as a surprise to citizens, who expressed that it is seen as a “political gimmick”, given the present situation of the country following the no-confidence vote.Speaking with this publication, Lingo (only name given) stated, “I see this as a political gimmick. It ain’t really make nothing much because is the same expense when it raise back higher. This decrease is only for what going on now. This look like it would rapidly increase back in like a short time after or during this period.”Another operator, Cleon noted that it is too early to determine if the new prices would be beneficial. “We have to wait and see because at the end of the day, we got to calculate how much we get out of the amount that we buy. It’s early to say what’s the impact.”Government sought to indicate that this reduction came after Caricom suspended the Common External Tariff following the closure of Petroleum Trinidad (Petrotrin).Petrotrin was previously Guyana’s main fuel supplier.“Caricom’s subsequent approval would have also led to a reduction in acquisition costs. The Government, through The Guyana Oil Company, is therefore proud to cause these reductions to the benefit of all consumers,” the company stated.However, statistics show that the prices for oil have been declining since November 2018, where it stood at US$50.78 per barrel. In December, the prices were at US$45.41 per barrel.At present, oil is priced at US$55.26 per barrel.The parliamentary Opposition has long called on Government, through GuyOil, to reduce gas prices. At a previous press conference, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had said that there is fiscal space to make the adjustment with the tax regime to allow a reduction of gas prices for local consumers.Jagdeo had related that under the previous Administration, there was a system used in cases like these, where the taxes can be adjusted based on the movement up or down of the gas price so that the benefits would be passed on to the people.Given the mounting criticisms and the need for serious attention to be paid to the issue, the PPP/C General Secretary had said that “The Government, through public pressure, must adjust the rate at the pump. They have a lot of room. They have the fiscal space as well as the tax play to make that adjustment.”He had recalled when the prices for crude oil stood at about US$75 per barrel, lower than the US$120 high, before the rapid tumble a few years ago to about US$28.“We had argued that with the rapid tumble, the benefits should have been passed on to the Guyanese public, who would have seen lower prices at the pump and in their electricity bill. They never did that. And what happened was that they raked in billions in revenue; they collected over $25 billion at GPL alone.”last_img read more

United sets Palmdale schedule

first_imgPALMDALE – United Airlines released a schedule Monday for its June start-up of Palmdale service, offering two departing flights daily between the high desert and San Francisco. Beginning June 7, the airline will offer two departing and two arriving flights daily aboard a 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft. United’s Web site shows departures will be at 10:30 a.m. and 7:05 p.m.; returning flights are 9:55 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. As of Monday, fares were still to be determined. The schedule will allow for connecting flights to about 60 destinations offered either by United or its Star Alliance partners. Supporters of the airport are hoping to persuade travelers that L.A./Palmdale Regional Airport is a better alternative than Los Angeles International because there are no parking fees and no 405 Freeway driving hassles. “If you’re flying out of LAX and you have an 8 a.m. flight, you had better be rolling out of here by 4 a.m. and then you have to pay $15 to $20 a day for your car just to sit there,” said Danny Roberts, the city of Palmdale’s executive director for community redevelopment. “(If) there’s an accident on the freeway, you’re toast.” United’s launch of its Palmdale service is being aided by an incentive package worth about $4.6 million that includes $2 million from the city of Palmdale, with $900,000 coming from a federal grant to underwrite any losses the airline incurs. “The big thing for us is we need to support the airline or we won’t see service for a long, long time,” Roberts said. The revenue guarantee agreement does not set fares. However, there is a statement that they “shall not vary significantly in price levels or terms and conditions” from those offered for routes of similar distance and in similar-size markets. The airline and the city have set a goal of generating $4.4 million with the new service. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Barca new boy Dembele eyes titles, World Cup

first_img“What I want is to be here, to play with the world’s best players,” Dembele said in an interview with Mundo Deportivo newspaper.The best players, he said, “are at Barca and it’s for that reason I came here. To win titles for the team and then to be able to be with the France team at the World Cup in Russia”.Dembele again played down any comparison with Neymar.“Neymar is a great player and I still have to strive to improve, to play as I know and offer up my best qualities,” the Frenchman said.“I like to dribble and give the decisive pass to my teammates.“What I hope is to be able to adapt well to the team and to know them all, Messi, Suarez, Iniesta… But above all, to have a good entry into the squad.“At Rennes I played more down the left wing, but also down the right and sometimes in midfield. At Dortmund, it was the same, I alternated wings. I don’t have problems with the position I’ll take up.”Dembele acknowledged that Barca had been interested in signing him last season, but he said he “would not have played what I needed to”.“I had only been playing professionally for half a year. I had to learn more,” he said.Dembele will now form a fearsome forward line alongside five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez as Barca aim to wrestle the Champions League and La Liga titles back from rivals Real Madrid.He will have to wait, however, until at least September 9 to make his debut when Barca host Espanyol in a Catalan derby.Dembele announced himself as one of Europe’s top prospects with a stellar season at Dortmund, scoring 10 goals, after joining from Rennes for just 15 million euros a year ago.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s new player Ousmane Dembele (R) poses with his new jersey next to Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu at the Camp Nou stadium on August 28, 2017BARCELONA, Spain, Sep 4 – Barcelona’s new signing Ousmane Dembele said Monday he had eyes firmly fixed on winning titles and a place in France’s squad at next year’s World Cup.Dembele, 20, transferred to Barca from Borussia Dortmund in a 105 million-euro ($125 million) deal that could rise to 145m with add-ons depending on his performance, as the Catalan giants splashed out to fill the gap left by Neymar’s own world record 222m-euro move to Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more

Italy coach Ventura sacked after Azzurri failed to reach WCup

first_imgThe 69-year-old had refused to resign despite a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden on Monday saw Italy miss the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.“As of today Gian Piero Ventura is no longer the coach of the national team,” the FIGC said in a statement.Ventura had defended his leadership as “one of the best records in 40 years” despite failing to lead the 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 winners to their 19th World Cup.“I lost only two games in two years,” he had told Italian television show Le Iene in a brief interview.Since the former Torino coach took over in July 2016, Italy have lost three matches — against France in Bari (3-1), Spain in Madrid (3-0) and against Sweden in the World Cup first-leg play-off in Solna (1-0) — winning nine and drawing four.Former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has been touted by the Italian press as the favourite to replace Ventura, as the 58-year-old Italian is free since being sacked by Bayern Munich at the end of September.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Italy’s coach Gian Piero Ventura watches their FIFA 2018 World Cup qualification first leg match against Sweden, in Solna, Sweden, on November 10, 2017ROME, Italy, Nov 16 – Gian Piero Ventura was sacked as Italy coach on Wednesday after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup finals.The veteran coach’s fate was sealed after a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome.last_img read more

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to miss Arsenal’s Europa League clash at Qarabag

first_imgHenrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to not travel with the Arsenal squad to Azerbaijan on Thursday for their Europa League group match at Qarabag.The Gunners face the Azerbaijani champions in Baku’s Olympic Stadium but it is understood the playmaker could decide against making the trip due to the tensions between Azerbaijan and his native Armenia. gameday cracker REVEALED 2 The club were prepared to allow Mkhitaryan to make a decision and he is set to stay behind as he did when he was a Borussia Dortmund player in 2015.The 29-year-old would be required to apply to the Azerbaijani government for a permit to travel to the country.When Dortmund played Gabala in the Europa League in October 2015, the Azerbaijani embassy indicated to Germany he would have been granted one.This raises doubts about his availability for the Europa League final, should Arsenal get there, as it is due to happen in Baku next May. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware Getty BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Latest Arsenal FC News Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT LATEST Mkhitaryan could miss the Europa League final which is due to be played at the same venue as Thursday’s game However, it is believed a definitive decision on that has not been made yet.Hostility between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region dates back to the early 20th century.The area has been under the control of the Azerbaijan military since a 1994 ceasefire, bringing an end to a six-year conflict with Armenia.However, further clashes erupted in 2016 and tension in the region remains high. REVEALED Mkhitaryan in action during Arsenal’s first Group E game against Voskla Poltava What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas rookie error 2last_img read more

European football chiefs to protect domestic divisions after ‘Super League’ talk

first_img Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? TOP WORK gameday cracker tense 2 Liverpool lost to Real Madrid in a thrilling 2018 Champions League final. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Most Popular Premier League Stories latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings “Domestic football is at the heart of the game throughout Europe for all football stakeholders: players, clubs, leagues, national associations and, more importantly, fans.“Proposals for a closed Super League will have serious and lasting implications for the long-term sustainability of professional football in Europe.“Within this context, the European Leagues fully supports UEFA in the management and organisation of European Club Competitions and shares with UEFA the common principle of protecting and enhancing competitive balance in European football.” Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT European football chiefs have insisted they will protect the domestic game across the continent after more talk of top clubs creating a Super League.A report based on leaked documents has claimed that Europe’s top 16 clubs – a list which is said to include Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal – could form a breakaway closed franchise group within three years. huge blow SORRY whoops predicted However, the Association of European Leagues has voiced its continuing objection to any such proposal and warned that the consequences for league football across the continent could be dire if it happens.A statement said: “The European Leagues note the ongoing rumours and speculations around the possible creation of a European Super League by the big European professional clubs.“The Association of European Leagues has consistently voiced its strong opposition to the creation of any ‘closed and franchised-style’ Super League.“The Leagues support the European sports model based on a pyramid structure where the mechanisms of promotion and relegation and the sporting merits of clubs are at the core of any competition. changes Manchester United took on Juventus in the Champions League this season. 2 revealed The relevant documents, which also name Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan, were released by Football Leaks and published by German news magazine Der Spiegel.They suggest the 11 founder members of the league, which it is claimed could be established by 2021, would be immune from relegation for 20 years.last_img read more

HEARTACHE AS GIRL (19) KILLED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH

first_imgThe scene of this morning’s crash. Pic North West News PixANOTHER family is in mourning as a result of a death on Donegal’s roads after a 19-year-old girl was killed this morning.She was the front seat passenger in the car – the 19-year-old male driver received minor injuries. Gardaí at Ballybofey say they are investigating the single vehicle fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Dreenan. Ballybofey at approximately 4.25am this morningA Garda spokesman said: “A 19 year old female front seat passenger was fatally injured when the car she was travelling in hit a ditch, the 19 year old male driver was injured.“He is believed to have minor injuries. No other persons were involved.”The spokesman added: “The road is now closed to facilitate Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and diversions are in place. “Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was travelling in the area who may have information about the incident to contact them at Ballybofey Garda Station on 074-9137740, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.” HEARTACHE AS GIRL (19) KILLED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH was last modified: October 14th, 2014 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:BallybofeydonegalDreenanfatalroad crashlast_img read more