MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “If you could see it’s kind of like red, black, and blue,” said Mercado, who had four points and three steals. “Hopefully, it’s just a bruise and not anything more than that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Work gets tougher for Tenorio, Ginebra after big win over Magnolia PBA IMAGESSol Mercado has suffered injuries in the most of unfortunate of timings throughout his career.He once sprained his ankle during the 2017 Governors’ Cup finals and his latest setback could potentially affect Barangay Ginebra’s push for a playoff spot in the Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mercado said he suffered a bruised rib after taking an inadvertent elbow from Paul Lee in Ginebra’s game against Magnolia Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I got elbowed in the rib by Paul, I don’t think he did it on purpose,” said Mercado, who left the game with 5:02 left. “He just swung, and when it happened I had a hard time breathing so I got scared.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMercado was initially told to go to the Ginebra locker room immediately after the incident but the pain prevented him from doing so.Ginebra is in ninth in the standings with a 3-5 record and the team has to win all of its remaining games if it hopes to put up a strong chance of getting to the quarterfinals. View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding
Dear Editor,Recently published media articles reported the ill health of Mr James Patterson, Chairman of the Guyana Election Commission (GECOM). From a humanitarian standpoint, one should indeed be very sympathetic in learning that an illness has caused the Chairman to be in and out of the hospital. Given the demands of the office he holds, his age and the reported nature of the ailment; divine intervention towards a speedy recovery is wished and herein expressed.There are, however, many serious emerging implications as a consequence of this unfortunate vicissitude. It is, therefore, with restraint that one must consider the toll this experience will likely have, even with pious interventions. It brings to the fore and highlights the serious questions about critical decisions currently needed, regarding actions to drive the strongly required improvements of the functioning of GECOM’s Secretariat.There are many burning questions about accountability, transparency, and now, the special audit on some of GECOM’s staff operations which have been on the front burner for some time. It is imperative, critical and necessary for these issues to be resolved as Guyana heads to 2020 National and Regional Elections.The importance of GECOM getting it right cannot be understated. The immediacy of clearly verifiable results from transparent systems is of ultimate paramountcy. Further, the fact that 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) are over and the nation is still awaiting the release of the official report on the Elections, is indeed an absolute indictment which the organisation cannot afford. It begs questions about how long the official result of the next elections take, which can result in absolute chaos.The situation further justifies the need to have in place a mechanism that will further strengthen and support the ‘Statements of Poll’ system. As such, this column calls for GECOM’s Chairman and Commissioners to swiftly reconsider the seemingly cast aside, recent United Nations Assessment. This review, we are advised, would have more likely informed conditions for the complementary finger print system, and also engender stronger confidence in the voting population.It is very clear that GECOM stands vanguard over upholding Guyana’s democracy through its role exercised through the conduct of National Elections. In executing this role, the Chairman and Commissioners of the Organisation must be cognizant that less than acceptable conduct at the various levels, can influence a further rapid deterioration into social and economic anarchy. The policies of the organisation in this realm, must therefore provide equal opportunities to all stakeholders without fear, favour or ambiguousness.In the current environment, there is quite a lot to be achieved towards this end. Advanced preparation under an effective functioning and monitoring by an objective Commission is necessary. However, the possibility of the Chairman’s prolonged or even occasional absence at this time, informs further serious challenges.The fact that the results of the 2015 General and Regional Elections have been challenged in the courts on very serious operational and highly questionable grounds also speak volumes. It is correctly argued by many, that such matters should be treated as the matters of national security they are, and be given the most expeditious hearing once it is verified that the justifications stand on good grounds. This approach must be seriously thought out and effected by the Judiciary.The illness of Mr Patterson will slow down many things, even as the general public is aware that at least some of the Commissioners are kept in limbo. There are still very serious questions about the staff that works during the Elections. At the very beginning, the Returning Officers (ROs) were ‘hand-picked’, although there were serious allegations and objection against these persons.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
The political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) has pointed fingers at President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for what he believes was her encouragement and promotion of the recent alarming increase in ritualistic killings in the country, saying “apparently she wants it to prosper.”Mr. Simeon Freeman recalled that at the height of the Ebola Virus outbreak, President Sirleaf did something about it by deploying police, “and when the people became uneasy, she brought the army out immediately. Did anybody give her a blue print to go and shoot in West Point?”With the police force poorly equipped, Mr. Freeman said the army is sitting down because nobody is threatening the President. “When she was threatened during the Ebola virus, it became necessary to equip the police, but now that her safety is not threatened, it is the poor people’s children that are dying or going missing. She encourages that.”Mr. Freeman, who spoke in Monrovia yesterday, pressed that instead of being more robust, President Sirleaf decided to go to the Ministry of Gender to launch 18 days of care. “For who? Care for our children that are dying? Let’s get serious,” he added.The MPC leader again reiterated his recent position on the size of the current government, describing it as very large with about US$251 million of its budget spent on salaries alone, with an expected rise next fiscal year by another US$10 million or US$15 million because of the payroll rationalization scheme.“We need to reduce the size of the government to at least 10 ministries and agencies of government, and as part of that cost-saving scheme we will determine who has to own a car and how it would be owned,” he said.Under his administration as President, Mr. Freeman said he would replace most of the country’s embassies with consulates that does the work of the ambassador and also takes away the burden of cost by having an embassy without the associated cost of an ambassador and administrative staff.On what his government will do with the Armed Forces of Liberia, Freeman again recalled that Liberia went to war because of the inequitable distribution of wealth, and reflected that for over 160 years the country never went to war, except when France and Britain came to Liberia and took portions of the land and gave it to Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone, but that the three neighbors have since lived peacefully.The phasing out of the army, Mr. Freeman maintained, will be one major cost-saving scheme he intends to implement if elected president, which will leave the country with 5,000 police officers. “Right now the budget of the police is about US$15 million, of which US$12.5 million is spent on salaries alone, with nothing left to buy uniforms. We can’t be demanding so much from the police when they are poorly capacitated,” he said.With the phasing out of the army, Freeman said the membership of the police force could increase by 20,000 to 30,000 which could be determined by civil structure, and will be fully capacitated by ensuring that every policeman is assigned a motorbike.“So the army is phased out and as part of that cost saving scheme, we will now open companies, encourage the setting up of private structures that will be funded like it was done in America, Britain, China, Russia, South Korea and all serious countries that are developed. We want to use government money that has been saved to redeploy it in a non-existing private sector that will for the first instance assume some of the 30,000 people that will be coming out of government. They will then automatically be employed in the private service,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
National Urban Policy stakeholders posed prior to thematic discussions.The UN-Habitat in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and Cities Alliance, have underscored the importance of national urban policy that will promote transformative, productive, inclusive and resilient urban development for the country.The calls for the timely urban policy was made on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 during a National Urban Forum (NUF) aims to advance the agenda for sustainable urbanization in Liberia. The forum, which is funded by Cities Alliance and UN-Habitat, was hosted by authorities at the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA).Remy Sietchiping, Chief of Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit of Urban Planning and Design Branch of UN Human Settlements Program, based in Nairobi, Kenya, spoke of UN-Habitat preparedness to assist Liberia.“As a UN agency, we are always happy to assist member states and Liberia is of no exception, because this policy will help the country with its urban affairs initiative. We have seen the quest and excitements from the people of Liberia towards this policy,” Mr. Sietchiping said.He said that UN-Habitat has changed its programming by moving ahead to help cities without policy to be enacted, especially working with partners, including Cities Alliance.Mr. Sietchiping said the UN-Habitat is not expecting for the government to start the implementation of policy crafted, particularly the urban policy, but partners and citizens.He said the role of the media is pivotal in the implementation of the urban policy, especially encouraging citizens and government partners in the execution of the policy.He added, “The urban policy, if enacted, will create coordination among different stakeholders, and hope that government and partners will stay engaged.”According to UN-Habitat, the National Urban Policy (NUP), is a coherent set of decisions derived through a deliberate, government-led process of coordinating, and rallying various actors for a common vision, and goal that will promote more transformative, productive, inclusive and resilient urban development in the long term.The day-long event brought together partners, including representatives from some of the youth organizations, women leadership, mayors of other cities, among them Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Koijee.The forum was held to appraise stakeholders on the state of the national urban policy development process in Liberia, and seek inputs and commitments to ensure timely completion of the diagnosis phase of the country’s NUP.Momolu Johnson, Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Administration, described the NUP as cardinal for the country’s transformation.“We need to urgently engage in strategies planning for us to move with the country urban agenda. This NUP is very timely to assist us put things into place and move the country in positive direction. The collaboration with Cities Alliance and UN-Habitat remains a great partnership to help Liberia achieve greatly,” Mr. Johnson said.He said the lack of policy implementation has haunted Liberia for years, and it is time to transition to full policy execution, especially with Cities Alliance.Johnson added, “It is time for us to use partnership to turn things around for the good of everyone.”“Again, in previous years, lots of preference has been given to the urban sector, and it is time to move to the leeward counties because, we cannot keep focusing on Monrovia to promote urbanization,” he said.Famater Roesler, Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Urban Affairs, called on stakeholders to craft policy that will promote urbanization with key focus on all cities in the country.“We believe that with the NUP, it will be a great help for Liberia, because it is through that partners can have documents as working tools for the various cities,” Madam Roesler said.William Cobbett, Director for Cities Without Slums Alliance of Cities Alliance at the UN House in Brussels, Belgium, called on government and partners to focus on all cities, and residents to achieve the NUP’s goal.“The NUP, if crafted, will allow government and partners to take development to the least developed county to address social and economic issues, including youth employment,” Cobbett added.The Liberia Urban ContextLiberia’s urban population in 2008 comprised 47% of the total population of 3.5 million with an annual urban population growth rate of 4.7%. Estimates now suggest that out of a total population of approximately four million, more than half of the population (2.1 million) resides in urban areas.Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia, has felt the greatest impact of urbanization in Liberia. The civil strife of the 1990s expanded the population of the city to more than 1 million by 2010.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
-hopeful for owed salaries, potential job alternativesMore than seven months after financial constraints had caused Fly Jamaica to pull out of the Guyana market, Government’s Department of Labour is expected to meet with the affected staffers to address the matter of salaries owed to them and explore the possibility of job alternatives.The crashed Boeing 757 aircraftThe Department will today (Tuesday) engage the ex-staffers at its Lot 82 Upper Brickdam, Georgetown Boardroom at 11:45h.A former flight attendant of the airline, which had crash- landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in November 2018, has said she is looking forward to the issue of owed salaries being discussed at today’s meeting, and is also hoping to get back to work soon, as she has been at home since the airline has had that tragic accident.Disclosing that she is owed more than $700,000 for the period November 2018 through March 2019, she argued that passengers would have booked their flights in advance with Fly Jamaica, yet the airline is making excuses instead of paying its staffers following the accident.“I am not sure about the old employees, but for the new batch, our last salary we received was in October, so we are owed from November through March,” she disclosed.This ex-staffer further claims she is owed two weeks’ severance pay. “If I am calculating my salary (correctly), for the last five months, it would be approximately $765,000 without our severance pay,” she revealed.She told of how she had struggled to balance herself financially through this waiting phase, and reminded that workers attached to the airline are most likely the only ones who had not sued for damages, although they are owed salaries for several months.“While we weren’t doing anything (following the crash), they are obligated to pay us. They never issued a letter until March 31st. Our contract ended on March 3rd for the new batch. So we were still active employees,” she reasoned.Besides owing scores of workers, the embattled airline also owes passengers, who have found themselves in a dilemma similar to the workers’, with Fly Jamaica still trying to refund affected passengers, some of whom were left stranded following the crash.The Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) was forced to intervene in the situation following several complaints filed by angry passengers. The airline has promised to refund affected passengers by July 1.Some 46 complaints have so far been received by the CCAC, and claims therein are valued at about $8,316,504, the Commission said back in May.Initially, the airline had promised the Commission to begin payments in March, but has been unable to do so due to lack of funds. Subsequent to that announcement, Fly Jamaica had made its staff redundant at the end of March. This was announced by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Ronald Reece in a letter to employees on Friday, March 29, 2019.It has been reported that the Jamaica-based airline had employed some 400 persons; and Reece had assured employees that the compensation they are owned from November to date would be paid, but he pleaded for time to fulfil this commitment.Of the 120 passengers and eight crew members who had been on board the Boeing 757 at time of the crash on November 9, 2018, at least six had sustained injuries during the crash-landing. An 86-year-old woman died as a result of brain swelling one week after the incident.The flight had left the CJIA for Toronto at about 02:10h on November 9, 2018, but had reportedly encountered hydraulic issues, and the pilot had returned to the CJIA, where the aircraft had crash-landed at about 02:53h.
…unfortunate, but City Hall is financially strapped – MayorAuthorities at Cevon’s Waste Management have said the entity is forced to lay off approximately 45 of its workers with effect from September 1, because City Hall is yet to begin paying in excess of $100M that is owed the entity.Georgetown Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green, has said it is unfortunate that the situation at Cevon’s has deteriorated to this situation, but the Georgetown municipality is still strapped for cash, and cannot honour its obligation to pay the garbage disposal companies.Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-GreenCevon’s Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal pulled their garbage disposal services after being owed more than $300 million by City Hall, and not receiving any payment despite promises being made in this regard.According to Mayor Chase-Green, negotiations are still ongoing with these garbage disposal companies, but she is not in a position to say when the M&CC would be able to begin making payments.The Cevon’s management has said its decision to maintain a state of normalcy was due to loyalty to its employees, and vice versa. “There is, however, a point beyond which we are unable to go. It is therefore with considerable regret that we announce that, with effect from September 1st, Cevon’s Waste Management must discontinue the employment of 45 employees. We deeply regret this eventuality, and commit ourselves to restoring the jobs of the displaced workers as soon as the situation normalises,” the company has said.“In the face of the amounts owing to Cevon’s by City Hall, we have continued to shoulder all of the responsibilities associated with the delivery of the service, including crucially the costs associated with workers’ wages and salaries and the maintenance of inventory. This, given the extent of the outstanding City Hall debt, has become unsustainable,” Cevon’s explained.Having failed to pay the companies more than $300 million for services provided from 2015 to 2017, Town Clerk Royston King wrote to the companies, indicating that their withdrawal of services signals voluntary termination of services. Three smaller contractors have been hired to perform the task of the two companies.City Hall reportedly owes Cevons Waste Management approximately $198 million, and Puran Brothers $174 million. The companies have indicated that they may be forced to take legal action against the municipality if they are not paid their respective money.The M&CC has, for quite some time, been described as cash-strapped, and on multiple occasions, work around the city has had to be halted, since the municipality was unable to pay workers. Earlier this year, it was reported that the Council and its partners (the contractors) had reached an agreement which in substance said the City Treasurer would focus on paying the current accounts while working to find an arrangement to settle the outstanding debts for 2016, even as service disruption was being avoided.
Now to the Paladin Black sox who hosted a double header against the undefeated Peace River Stampeders, and game 1 was a serious pitching dual between Peace River’s Jevon Titus and FSJ’s Ryan Stickel – no runs through 4, the stampeders cashed two unearned in the fifth, and finally in the bottom of the 7th the sox got three, Danny Pappin knocked in two of them, and the Sox handed the Stampeders a 3-2 loss for their first defeat of the season. In game two, a little different an atmostphere, plenty more offense, infact this one was tied at 7 after 4 innings, before Peace River shut the door, they win 12-8 and earn a split.- Advertisement –
Coming up Monday Morning’s Issues and Answers – Mayor Jim Eglinski is on the show to review the past three years and talk about his vision for the next three years if he is re-elected Mayor.If you have a question for Jim, email email@example.com or leave a comment below.- Advertisement –
– Police vs GNIC clash postponedMatches organized by the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) will continue this weekend with some crucial fixtures.Jayden Dowlin goes down the ground for DCC in a recent encounter at the MYO groundBeginning on Saturday will be a highly anticipated GISE Star Party Rental and Trophy Stall First Division Two-Day semifinal between University of Guyana (UG) Trojans and the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) in Queenstown at the DCC ground beginning at 09:30h.The other semifinal between Police and GNIC will not play due to the unavailability of the Eve Leary ground however; it will be played next weekend.The Noble House Seafood Second Division Two-Day tournament will also continue with one match this weekend. Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) will host Diplomats from 11:00h daily.The other competition is the V-Net Communications Under-13 Pairs 25 overs Tournament which will see Transport Sports Club taking on DCC from 09:30h and Bel-Air Rubis going up against GCC at 13:30h at the MYO ground.
Dimitry Seluk Tweeted that a deal was close: “Toure has passed a medical in London. Yaya is close to signing a new contract.”Toure has over 100 caps for the Ivory Coast and has previously played for Beveren, Metalurh Donetsk, Olympiacos, Monaco and Barcelona.He was previously rumoured to be on his way to West Ham, but that has since been dismissed by the Hammers.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Yaya Toure headed to West Ham UnitedLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 29 – Yaya Toure is reportedly on the verge of joining a club in London after his agent revealed the former Manchester City midfielder has completed a medical.The 35-year-old left the Citizens at the end of last season and is currently a free agent.