NEC Conducts Dispute Resolution Workshop

first_imgThe National Elections Commission (NEC) has begun hosting a series of workshops aimed at conducting free, fair and transparent presidential and legislative elections a year from now.Liberians are expected to go to the polls next October to elect a new president, vice president and members of the House of Representatives.In order to successfully carry out those elections, NEC is now conducting a workshop on the processes leading to ‘Electoral Dispute Resolution’.The workshops are geared toward acquainting stakeholders with the electoral dispute hearing mechanism and processes common to the elections complaints hearing.The four-day workshop, which started Monday, October 3, is intended to drill stakeholders on the various phases of the electoral dispute resolution process, the NEC said.Joey Kennedy, NEC Public Relations Director, said issues being discussed at the workshop include electoral complaints types; how to file a complaint; initial reaction of NEC to complaints; who adjudicates complaints; the complaints hearing process, remedies and appealing.He said the workshops are held in phases with participants attending at different intervals.The first phase of the workshop was held on Monday and brought together senior NEC staff, while Tuesday’s session was attended by officials of the 22-registered political parties.More than 20 lawyers of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) attended the Wednesday, October 5, session, while the 4th and final session of the workshop will be held today, Thursday, with members of civil society in attendance.The workshops are sponsored by the European Union through UNDP, USAID and IFES.Meanwhile, massive renovation works have begun at NEC headquarters in Monrovia. Works are being carried out on the James M. Fromayan Conference Hall, where official results of elections are announced. The replacement of the steel fence using concrete bricks is also taking place at the Commission. The process will also include the replacement of damaged entry and exit gates and the installation of lights to illuminate the compound during night hours.Concrete slabs are also being constructed to replace corroding grid-irons over drainages at the headquarters.The Liberian government is funding the renovation project, which is implemented by the General Services Agency (GSA). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mahaica man nabbed with gun in haversack

first_imgA 27-year-old resident of Belmont, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara was on Sunday evening arrested at a shop at Bamboo Landing, Barima-Waini, North West District after Police, reportedly acting on information, conducted a search on a haversack he was carrying and unearthed an unlicensed .38 revolver.Taken into custody, grilled, and later charged, the suspect is expected to make his court appearance shortly.last_img

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Freedom Radio, MTV takes GNBA to court …after being fined over “infringements”

first_imgTwo broadcasting agencies, Freedom Radio Inc and Multi Technology Vision (MTV) on Friday filed legal proceedings in the High Court against the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) over a decision to impose fines for alleged infringements.Separate applications were filed by the two agencies, questioning a decision taken by the GNBA in relation to alleged infractions on their part and furthermore, the lawful appointment of their governing Board to appoint a committee to hear the matter.The applications were filed by Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall, while the respondents were listed as the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) and the Attorney General.General Managers of the applicants, Raymond Singh for Multi Technology Vision (MTV) and Raymon Cummings for Freedom Radio, made their applications on the basis that no Governing Board of Directors of the GNBA was lawfully appointed for the year 2019-2020.In the case of Freedom Radio, a letter dated July 12 and sent by the first respondent, informed the applicant that it had observed breaches of the broadcasting guidelines. The content broadcasted on a programme called “Free Talk”, which aired on June 4, 2019, was allegedly “in contravention with the Sections of the Guidelines which states: Controversial or offensive references to opponents shall be avoided.”In another letter, the applicant was invited to a hearing on July 26, 2019 “concerning an infraction on June 4, 2019”.After the hearing, they were informed that the alleged infraction will be taken against the governing Board of Directors. The applicant was invited to another hearing on September 25.In a letter dated August 21, the applicant was also informed of a breach in the broadcasting guidelines on a programme called “The Chat” which was aired on July 11, 2019. They were invited on September 17 to address the infraction.The hearings pertaining to both infractions were heard on September 25, 2019, before a hearing committee established by the GNBA. On October 2, they were asked via a letter to pay a fine of $75,000 along with a written statement from the broadcaster, stating that the host would not repeat the infraction.Meanwhile, for MTV, a letter was sent by the GNBA on March 21, informing them that an infringement was detected during a February 2 airing of one of their programmes called “Viewpoint”.On April 12, the applicant was informed of another infringement detected on another programme titled: “On The Precipice of a Constitutional Crisis” which was aired on March 21.By letter dated June 3, the applicant submitted a written response to the GNBA pertaining to several identified purported infringements. But on July 12, they were notified by the authority of a breach of the Broadcasting Guidelines in the content broadcasted on a programme called “Ed Live”, which aired on the June 8.On September 25, the applicant was invited to a hearing on September 25, concerning the three infractions. In the October 2 letter, they were slapped with a fine of $150,000.As such, the applicants are requesting an order to quash the decision of a hearing committee that was established by the Governing Board, on the grounds that the Board was not lawfully appointed, and because the said decision was “unconstitutional, unlawful, illegal, unenforceable, invalid, irrational, unreasonable, capricious, arbitrary, null, void and of no effect”.“Effective from the 1st February 2017, the members to the Governing Board were appointed by Prime Minister Moses Nagamatoo for a term of two years. Since the expiration of the abovementioned appointment on the 31st January 2019, no Governing Board of Directors has been appointed or reappointed,” proceedings filed in the court stated.The document states that the decision, which was disbursed via a letter on October 2, 2019, by the Board Secretary, Violet Boyal, and addressed to the applicants “is in violation of the doctrine of separation of powers, contrary to and in violation of Article 144 (8) of the Constitution of Guyana, unlawful, void, illegal and of no effect” and on the grounds “that the decision is ultra vires, capricious, arbitrary, unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect”.Also, the applicants argued that the committee is “not a tribunal prescribed by law for the determination of the existence or extent of any civil right or obligation as provided for and contemplated by Article 144 (8) of the Constitution of Guyana”.The requests called for a declaration that the decisions of the hearing committee which were addressed to the applicants are in violation of their rights and freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 146 of the Constitution, and in violation of their right and freedom of protection of the law as prescribed by Article 144 (8).last_img read more

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Boxing Etc.

first_imgLuis Collazo, who tonight will take on Sugar Shane Mosley in a welterweight title fight at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, will be displaying a lot of ink. He has been racking up the tattoos the past nine years. “I’ve been getting tattoos since I was 16,” the 25-year-old southpaw from Brooklyn said. “I probably have over 30 tattoos. I can’t even tell you how long they took (to be done).” … In tonight’s main undercard bout, Juan Lazcano will take on Vivian Harris in a super lightweight title elimination fight. A win would give Lazcano his second shot at a world title. He lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Jose Luis Castillo in a battle for the vacant World Boxing Council lightweight title in June 2004. Lazcano, of El Paso, Texas, is 31. He is 37-3-1 with 27 knockouts. Harris is the former World Boxing Association junior welterweight champion. The 28-year-old from Brooklyn via Guyana is 27-2-1 with 18 knockouts. He won the WBA belt with a second-round TKO of Diosbelys Hurtado in October 2002 and made three defenses before losing his title to Carlos Maussa via a seventh-round TKO in June 2005. … Friday at the Playboy Mansion, Goossen Tutor Promotions will host a card that will be shown live (8 p.m.) on Fox’s “Best Damn Sports Show Period.” Tony Thompson will take on Timor Ibragimov in the heavyweight main event. Thompson, of Washington, D.C., is 28-1 with 17 KOs. Ibragimov, of Uzbekistan, is 21-1-1 with 13 knockouts. 160Want 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

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No shame in losing, says embattled PSG coach Emery

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro scored the goals for Real in the second half, either side of Edinson Cavani’s scrambled effort for the hosts.The defeat condemned PSG — who had Marco Verratti sent off in the second half — to a 5-2 aggregate loss, the second season running in which they have been knocked out in the last 16 after the humiliating loss against Barcelona a year ago.“The objective was the Champions League. Now is not the time to think about the future,” said Emery, who is out of contract at the end of this season.PSG have still not made it past the quarter-finals of the Champions League since Qatar Sports Investments bought the club in 2011 and started to lavish huge sums of money on players.They took their spending spree to a whole new level last year, spending a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) to sign Neymar from Barcelona and committing 180 million euros to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.Once again they have fallen short, but despite the crushing nature of another premature exit from Europe, Emery believes the Qatar-backed club will eventually go all the way in the Champions League, even if it is without him at the helm.“We all want it to be quick and fast. But I’m convinced PSG can do it,” he said.“It’s sure that we will continue, as much as patience allows, to build a team which can win in the future. When I came here I said I was sure this team can win the Champions League. But it’s a process.“It could be next year or after that. But PSG fans will see in the future, that the team can win it and then win many times.”– ‘Perfect match’ for Madrid –Emery, like midfielder Adrien Rabiot, said that the 3-1 defeat in the first leg had ultimately left his team with too much to do in the return.Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo shake hands after Tuesday’s game in Paris © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONRonaldo was the hero of the tie for Real, once again coming good on the European stage. After his brace in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, his 51st-minute header at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday effectively killed the tie.Madrid march on, still in contention to win the Champions League for the third season running.“We played well right from the beginning, pressing high up the pitch. It was a perfect match. It is not easy to come and win here,” said coach Zinedine Zidane, who had been under pressure just a few weeks ago but has come out of this tie with his position strengthened.The quarter-finals in April await for Real, keeping their season alive given that they are 15 points adrift of leaders Barcelona in La Liga and out of the Copa del Rey.“It is true that we have had difficult moments in the league and the cup, but that’s part of football,” said the Frenchman.“Over the last two years these players have won so much and it is difficult to maintain that level.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Unai Emery refused to discuss his future as PSG coach after the Champions League loss to Real Madrid © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPARIS, France, Mar 7 – Beleaguered Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted there was no shame in losing to Real Madrid after the expensively-assembled French side crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of the holders.“To be eliminated in the last 16 is a disappointment, but to lose against Real Madrid is not. They deserved to go through. There is no other analysis,” said the Spaniard whose side, shorn of the injured Neymar, lost 2-1 in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.last_img read more

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New billboard protests `Beijing float of shame’

first_imgAbout 100 journalists and Internet users deemed dangerous by the Communist Party are known to be jailed in China “for nothing more than trying to report what is going on independently,” Morillon said. Former Pasadena City Councilman Bill Paparian, who also served as mayor, called on parade attendees to turn their backs on the float as it rolls down Colorado Boulevard. “We must not turn our backs on our sisters and brothers in China who suffer for basic human rights and religious freedom,” Paparian said. “To show our support for them, we must turn our backs on the Rose Parade’s Beijing float of shame.” The billboard is the latest move by a disparate union of groups from the human rights, religious freedom, labor, Falun Gong, Burmese and Tibetan communities united as the Pasadena Coalition for Human Rights. The billboard was paid for by the Visual Artists Guild, a Los Angeles-based group promoting human rights in China. Organizer Ann Lau and others said Mayor Bill Bogaard, who has been criticized for leading efforts to bring Beijing into the Rose Parade, stopped his car Monday afternoon to watch a portion of the news conference before driving off. Bogaard could not be reached for comment. In October, the City Council rejected recommendations from its Human Relations Commission to send a strong statement to the Beijing district that helped organize the Rose Parade float and is Pasadena’s sister city. Instead, a council majority voted to “endorse” sending a generic statement in support of human rights to all of Pasadena’s sister cities. todd.ruiz@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444 www.insidesocal.com/pasadenapolitics 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Interlocked manacles and chains evoked the five Olympic rings on an eye-catching billboard unveiled Monday above Arroyo Parkway. Paris-based Reporters Without Borders erected the provocative sign blocks from where a Beijing Olympic float will participate in the Rose Parade on Jan. 1 as part of an international campaign calling attention to the jailing of journalists and human-rights abuses by the Chinese government. Pasadena has become a flashpoint in the global debate about whether China’s worsening human rights record signifies it has broken the promises made to secure its Olympic bid. “Today, China is the biggest prison of journalists and cyber-dissidents,” said Lucie Morillon, director of Reporters Without Borders’ operations in the U.S. last_img read more

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POACHER: ‘MAN IN A WET SUIT ASKED ME TO HOLD SALMON FOR HIM’

first_imgA MAN caught by fisheries protection officers with a salmon and a net on the River Finn insisted he hadn’t been poaching – but was just holding them for a man he never met before.Patrick ‘Paddy’ McMenamin, from Doneyloop Estate, Castlefinn, was detained on the river on June 11, 2013.An illegal gill net was found with a small salmon meshed in the net. McMenamin had previous convictions for similar offences in 1997 and 1998.He said he lives half a mile from the river and met another man who was well-equipped and was wearing a wet suit who gave him the net to hold.“I’m never near the water; it was only that night that I was down,” said Mr McMenamin.Judge Paul Kelly told him it had been “a very expensive offer of assistance” adding: “You should have told the man with the net to take his net elsewhere.”McMenamin was fined €150 for possession of the fish, €150 for the possession of the net and ordered to pay costs of €350.POACHER: ‘MAN IN A WET SUIT ASKED ME TO HOLD SALMON FOR HIM’ was last modified: February 4th, 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:castlefinnPaddy McMenaminpoacherriver finnlast_img read more

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ATHLETICS – LETTERKENNY AC REMEMBERS LATE BILLY WARD

first_imgIt was a sad week for the club with the passing of Billy Ward. Billy, the former vice principal at Loreto, Letterkenny, was laid to rest at Conwal Cemetery on Friday afternoon following Funeral Mass in St Eunan’s Cathedral.Billy played major role in the club in its earlier years and was a highly respected figure within the sport of athletics all over the country. In 1977 when the club’s adults structure was being revamped, he was elected vice captain to Charlie Kelly. Two years later, the club picked up its first adult championship when winning the Donegal novice cross country championships.It was also around that time that Billy set up the Monday night indoor session for young boys and girls at the Loreto gym – a session which is still continuing at the same venue 36 years on. He was heavily involved in the senior juvenile section of the club and accompanied these athletes to national competitions. Billy was a keen long distance runner himself and completed 25 marathons during a long career.The club extends it sympathy to Billy’s wife, Mary Rose, son Liam, daughters Aoife and Caoimhe, and to his relatives and friends.Best wishes to Ruairi Finnegan who travels to Italy to compete in the 1500 metres at the European junior track and field championships this Thursday.Congratulations to Peter Gibbons who will represent Ireland for the first time at the international schools championships in Santry this weekend. There was no joy for Mark English or Darren McBrearty in the European under-23 track and field championships last week in Finland, with neither making it through to their respective finals. In the 4 x 400 relay, Mark clocked the fasted of all splits with his 46.09. Letterkenny AC’s Teresa McDaid was Irish team manager for the event.At the Irish Milers Club meet, Darren McBrearty clocked 1:48.7 for the 800 metres. Other LAC runners who competed in the same meet were Ruairi Finnegan (1:49.67), Dan Mooney (1:48.97), Conor Morrison (2:00.22) and Peter Gibbons (2:00.82)Chris Johnston was second to Keith Shields of Foyle Valley in last weeks’s St Johnston 5K road race. Chris ran 15:34 – just a second behind the winner, City of Derry’s James Brown third in 16:07. Others LAC runners in the top ten included Michael Black (4th in 16:30) and Kieran Crawford (10th in 17:13).On Friday night in Rathmullan, Eddie Margey was the fasted of the black and amber vests when posting a time of 16:09 to finish fifth overall. The race was won by Gerard Gallagher of Finn Valley in 15:26, with his club mate, James Speight second in 15:32 and Chris McGuinness of Foyle Valley third in 15:34. Other Letterkenny AC runners in the top ten were Paul McGlinchey (6th in 16:14), Ivan Toner (7th in 16:22) and Kevin Ferry (8th in 16:29). A total of 225 runners took part.There was no winner of the club’s weekly lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 2, 8, 16 and 22. The four match two winners were Kyle Gormley, Paul McGlinchey, Pauric McGinley and Martin Gibbons who each receive 20 euro. This weekend’s jackpot will be 630 euro. ATHLETICS – LETTERKENNY AC REMEMBERS LATE BILLY WARD was last modified: July 18th, 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:Letterkenny AC noteslast_img read more

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Cancer care boost for LUH with second permanent breast surgeon appointment

first_imgCancer care at Letterkenny University Hospital is to be improved with the appointment of a second breast cancer surgeon on a permanent basis.The confirmation comes two years after the much-needed post was first announced in April 2017. A locum consultant was assigned in the interim, while campaigners and patient advocacy groups continuously lobbied for assurance of a permanent position.Minister Joe McHugh has today confirmed that the recruitment process is underway. He said: “The appointment of a second breast cancer surgeon on a permanent contract in Letterkenny is an important development for health services in Donegal and the North-West.“The National Cancer Control Programme has confirmed the appointment in order to meet the need of patients in Donegal and neighbouring counties.  The recruitment process is underway.“The new post offers patients and their families more assurances about the care available in LUH and the Government’s commitment to the hospital and healthcare in the North-West.”Mr McHugh, Minister for Education and Skills, also praised the work of campaigners, including Betty Holmes and Noelle Duddy, who have been raising the importance of cancer care in LUH for several years. “I’d also like to acknowledge the determination of consultant surgeon Michael Sugrue on the issue of cancer care in Donegal and the National Cancer Control Programme for giving LUH such focus and consideration,” Minister McHugh said.“The news of the new breast surgeon appointment also comes as LUH management confirmed that nurses have been recruited at the hospital to ensure the new Short Stay ward opens at the end of the month. Both of these are important developments for LUH and for healthcare in the North-West.”Cancer care boost for LUH with second permanent breast surgeon appointment was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:breast surgeoncancerLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

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NFL picks, Week 5: Raiders, 49ers stay hot; Rams fall to Seahawks

first_imgLong story short, NFL parity is back and predictability is gone, except for these sure-fire Week 5 picks (fingers crossed):49ers 26, Browns 20: Baker Mayfield needed only 3.5 seconds to chug a beer at an Indians game this summer. He won’t be afforded such time to throw during the 49ers defense’s coming-out party on “Monday Night Football.” Line: 49ers -3 1/2Raiders 17, Bears 14: Khalil Mack’s vengeance can’t carry the Bears, but it sure rivals the Charles Jefferson revenge game against …last_img

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