Statement from The Stronach Group Regarding Horses Trained by Indicted Individuals

first_imgStatement from The Stronach Group Regarding Horses Trained by Indicted IndividualsHALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the horses in the care of those criminally charged, and with the utmost regard for the integrity of our sport, The Stronach Group has scratched all horses that were entered by the indicted individuals indefinitely and will also be refusing any future entries with respect to the horses that have been under their care until stand down protocols are finalized.last_img read more

After memorable weekend, Mark Barroca back into basketball mode

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Barroca was one of the heroes for Magnolia as it ended its two-game slide and recover in its quest to secure one of the elusive top two spots, which comes with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.With the Hotshots now in the playoffs, the former FEU stud said the Hotshots must not show let-ups, especially with one last game slated against Meralco on Saturday in Cagayan de Oro.“We have a big chance to get the top two if we win against Meralco. Hopefully, we get that on Saturday. Now that the opportunity is here, we have no other choice but to grab it,” he said.And it doesn’t matter for Barroca if he has to sacrifice his own honeymoon. All he wants is for Magnolia to achieve its goal of getting back in the championship round.“My honeymoon is going to be delayed, but we have to be professional here,” he shared. “After everything is done this conference, then we can go to our honeymoon.”ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson PSL: Foton opens new season with Generika-Ayala win Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings PBA IMAGESMark Barroca couldn’t let his first game as a married man end up in a loss.That’s why the 31-year-old guard tried to move heaven and earth to bring the Magnolia back to life after a lackluster first half which saw it fall behind by as much as 13 to GlobalPort on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “Coach told me to focus. I had a very hectic schedule and my wedding is already over, so coach reminded me that it’s time to go back to basketball,” said Barroca, who married his wife Russelle in a church last Monday.And focus, Barroca did.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe shifty playmaker triggered the Hotshots’ uprising, firing eight of his 12 points in the third frame fightback before ultimately claiming the 96-81 win over the Batang Pier.“Coach reminded us that we didn’t need to score, but rather, we need to defend. And that’s what we did,” he said. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Study on ‘out of school children’ to be launched

first_imgThe Education Ministry (MoE) will be commissioning a study into ‘out of school children’, with the aim of working towards achieving equitable inclusive education.The launching of the study is scheduled for today at the Regency Hotel, Hadfield Street, Georgetown.The agenda of the first meeting of stakeholders includes discussions on the goals, methodologies and potential results of a study about out of school children, while building capacities; the agreement between the MoE and key stakeholders about the Out Of School Children Initiative (OOSCI) study and, create an inventory with available data.The most important aim of the study is to generate a document which will study “the problem of out of school children and children at risk of dropping out.”?The Global ‘Out of School Children’ Report notes that despite dramatic improvements towards achieving universal primary education, more that 59 million children of primary school age were out of school in 2013.In Latin American and the Caribbean, “more than 21 million children and adolescents are out of school or at risk of dropping out.” Guyana has not been spared, as significant disparities exist between and among schools in the urban, rural, riverine and hinterland locations.In Guyana, the unacceptable drop-out rate, unqualified teachers, especially in the hinterland and riverine areas, and overall low performance of boys, are the major concerns for the Education Ministry. Children with disabilities and those required to work in order to support their families’ incomes are doubly challenged, as the education system is not currently providing the flexibility to facilitate attendance and full participation.For example, it is estimated that around 16 per cent of the projected age appropriate population are out of pre-primary school, and although there are less primary school aged children out of the system, there is a need to address the 14 per cent, or more, that are out of school at the secondary level.Some children who are enrolled in the system struggle with the consequences of an age gap beginning in the first years in primary, which progressively increases with each year. For example, utilising local statistics of 2010, the profile shows that more than 600 boys and girls were overage at age seven, with the figure rising to 4300 by age 14.The country is challenged by limited data on the causes of drop-out and out of school children, at national and/or sub regional levels. This study sets out to correct the vacuum caused by the limited data on out of school children.This study is supported by UNICEF/GOG, and is one of several studies that have taken place or are scheduled to take in many countries around the world.last_img read more

“Petty” accountant fined for assault

first_imgAn accountant was on Friday morning fined ,000 after he pleaded guilty to an assault charge read to him by Magistrate Christel Lambert at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court, West Coast Demerara (WCD).Mark Newton, 24, of Lot 25 Hague, WCD, pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on August 14, 2016, at Vreed-en-Hoop, he assaulted Joseph Andrews.The prosecution contended that on the day in question, the Virtual Complainant (VC) and the defendant were both attempting to board a Route 32 minibus when the defendant fell.Newton reportedly got up and pulled the VC out of the bus and started to assault him. After several persons in the vicinity intervened, the defendant left the scene.The matter was reported and Newton was later arrested and charged.He explained to the Court that the VC pushed him out of the way in order to get into the bus and was unapologetic in doing so.Apart from the fine, Magistrate Lambert ordered Newton to seek anger management counselling, stating that he was “petty”.last_img read more

Japan to Build Reference Lab for Ebola, Other Diseases

first_imgA Japanese medical delegation has pledged to build a state-of the-art medical laboratory in Liberia that will be used to carry out research on infectious diseases, including the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD). The EVD outbreak ravaged every sector of the economies of the three worst-hit nations in the Mano River Union (MRU) basin. According to statistics of the 2014 EVD outbreak, among the three West African nations, Liberia recorded the highest number of deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that from December 2013 to March 30, 2016, Guinea, where the virus onslaught began, has reported at least 2536 deaths; while Liberia’s outbreak which began in March 2014 to March 30, 2016, has recorded 4806 and Sierra Leone, which announced their EVD outbreak a month or two after Liberia, has reported at least 3955 deaths. This is the worst ever Ebola outbreak recorded in history since the disease was discovered in the mid-1970s.The visiting Japanese Association of Medical Logistics for Disaster (JAMeLD), which was on an assessment mission to Liberia, presented its vision on strategies to assist the country in the prevention of infectious and other diseases including the EVD during consultations with authorities of the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in the health sector.According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, JAMeLD, which was led by its Executive Director, Dr. Yasuhiro Yamamoto, and included its Director, Ryo Chida and Advisor, Dr. Milanga Mwanatambwe, had earlier met with Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara. They were accompanied to the country by Liberia’s Ambassador accredited to Japan, Ms. Youngor Telewoda. Foreign Min. Kamara thanked the team for considering Liberia as a destination for a reference laboratory and venue for research on the Ebola virus and other infectious diseases.Minister Kamara expressed Liberia’s full preparedness to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Japanese medical team to launch their work in Liberia. She paid a special tribute to Ambassador Telewoda for her farsightedness and for the level of engagement and collaboration to bring the Japanese medical specialists to Liberia for such a meaningful venture that would enhance the nation’s Ebola recovery process. She stated that she was not surprised at Japan’s intervention in areas of disaster management and prevention looking at the country’s expertise in its own disaster management. She said Japanese intervention in Liberia’s latest outbreak is very critical to the country’s post-Ebola recovery efforts. She recounted many post-Ebola challenges but added that Liberia is now coping with the situation as it begins to build a resilient health system following the outbreak. Minister Kamara signed the MOU on behalf of the Liberian government, while Dr. Yasuhiro Yamamoto, who also heads the Japanese Ebola Countermeasure Medical Group (JECM) affixed his signature on behalf of his group. Speaking earlier, Dr. Yamamoto said they had come to Liberia on the assessment mission based on an invitation extended to them by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when she paid a state visit to Japan. He thanked Minister Kamara for the warm reception, adding that they had come to assist the country overcome its Ebola emergency situation. Dr. Yamamoto added that they were here to share knowledge with Liberian professionals on the control and prevention of other infectious diseases, including Ebola. He stressed that his team will especially share technical ideas with Liberian health professionals using the Japanese ways and methods of handling emergency cases and managing disasters; emphasizing the wealth of experience Japan has in disaster management. As part of plan, they are expected to give support and back up to logistics for medical care at the research lab when a wide scale disaster occurs in collaboration with Liberian medical personnel – doctors, nurses and other staff. They will also coordinate with relevant parties on the dispatch of medical teams and supplies to emergency areas. They will secure and supply medical equipment, including drugs, and other supplies for medical care, as well as keeping the site in a hygienic condition. They will provide training of Liberians in logistics management for medical care on disaster and carry on collection and analysis of data regarding logistics for medical care on the disaster for a next case. Before the guests left Liberia, they visited the Liberia Institute of Biomedical Research (LIBR), the John F. Kennedy Memorial and the Redemption Hospitals in order to locate a suitable site for the construction of the reference laboratory that would enhance the control and prevention of subsequent Ebola outbreaks in Liberia. MOUUnder the MOU, the Japanese have committed to provide high standard methods of early detection, care, training and research under the guidance of scientific methods, well established and highly recommended by the Japanese Scientific and Medical Technology Societies, closely working with the JECM.The JECM will provide, exhaustively explain and submit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs comprehensive documents on the medical technology of the highest standards to prevent occurrences and reoccurrences of the deadly outbreak of infectious diseases, including Ebola.The parties also agreed that the cooperation between the JECM Group and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs be strengthened to focus on specific key elements including: development of infrastructure for the National Public Health Institute; provision of medical logistics; the establishment of a National Public Health Reference Laboratory; and human resource capacity building, focusing on training in the following areas: disaster response and pandemics preparedness; infectious diseases specialists; emergency medicine specialists; and public health specialists in epidemiology, virology emergency preparedness, and research methodology.Under the MOU, the JECM Group and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will also focus on laboratory specialists in support to National Reference Laboratory, bio bank and blood safety; emergency medical services (EMS); emergency medical education; and establishing an exchange program between Liberian and Japanese specialists to engage in learning research and training. 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REMEMBERING THE APRIL 12, 1980 COUP: Tubman’s Chickens come Home to Roost

first_imgBy Lamini A. WaritayPart 2 (Final)Following the nocturnal military activities a few hours earlier, Liberians on the morning of April 12, 1980, suddenly found themselves catapulted into a different sociopolitical era from the one they had hitherto known. For many, the situation was palpably surreal. It was an earthshaking political upheaval comparable to George Orwell’s Animal Farm revolution–with the once powerful and mighty changing places with the downtrodden they had been ruling ad infinitum.Clearly, a few bullets, a fatally bayoneted Head of State still dressed in his pajamas, and a brief radio statement announcing the dissolution of the government and directing all army, security and government personnel to take note and act accordingly, had brought to a bloody end the grand old True Whig Party (TWP) governance. Even those who had staged the coup—mostly young, often hungry and poverty-stricken, unexposed and functionally illiterate lower-ranking soldiers—seemed bewildered by their relatively easy success in uprooting a long lasting oligarchy.They and some other fellow Liberians were not alone in their incredulity of what they were beholding that fateful April morning. To the outside world, Liberia, under the dominance of the so-called Americo-Liberians, was an oasis of peace and tranquility in a continent where coups and other forms of violent political/military disruptions had become commonplace. And so any idea or expectation that a military takeover (let alone one pulled off so virtually effortlessly by elements considered then as the dregs of the army hierarchy), could ever befall this largely Christian oriented West African country was unthinkable.But for those who had been following the Liberian story under what clearly had become known and acknowledged as a ‘minority class’ governorship for 133 years, the People’s Redemption Council (PRC) putsch came as little surprise—never mind the swiftness and surgical precision with which the dozen or so men had carried it out.   Indeed, for many keen observers of the situation then obtaining in pre-coup Liberia, the country of less than two million citizens at the time was a messy socioeconomic and political disaster waiting to happen. And so to such analysts, it was less a question of why, but when and how the demise of the system would come about.Several scholarly publications and write-ups have since detailed the fundamental as well as the proximate causes that led to the 1980. And so a newspaper article of this kind cannot venture in that direction. All that is perhaps worth stating in this brief recalling of the coup is that the reasons for the ‘1980 Revolution’ ranged from socioeconomic and political injustices and contradictions, to insensitivity on the part of the elite bordering on social stratification and arrogance of power.Otherwise, how can anyone rationalize a governance system in which less than 5 percent (%) of the population controlled 90% of the commanding heights of the economy? Similarly, how come the ‘minority class’ perpetually dominated all three branches of government–Executive, Legislature and Judiciary–to the blatant disadvantage of the so-called ‘indigenous masses’ of the people, during which time nepotism became the stock-in-trade among the elite?‘Nut Parade’ and Executions It was this prevailing state of affairs in pre-coup Liberia that influenced editors of a major African magazine then being published in the United Kingdom to come up with a very insightful cover story titled`: ‘Tubman’s Chickens Come Home to Roost.’ The well written narrative encapsulated the features of the ever-enduring rule of the Americo-Liberian class, and highlighted the prolonged and muscular presidency of the country’s leader, William V. S. Tubman, who had the good fortune of peaceably dying in office, as opposed to his ill-fated Vice President, William R. Tolbert Jr.–an otherwise well-intentioned Baptist minister and relatively liberal leader who ended up paying for the ‘sins’ of his forbears.Notwithstanding the assassination of the President and the events that followed, the coup was hailed nationwide. For weeks and even months on end, throngs of Liberians in various parts of the country jubilated, sang and danced, waving palm fronds and describing and treating the coup makers as heroes and liberators. Most of the people interviewed while celebrating the coup made it clear that the day was like Independence Day for the country–the declaration of July 26, 1847, notwithstanding.Meanwhile, while the carnival-like atmospherics spawned by the overthrow went on endlessly on the streets, equally appalling happenings beyond the killing of a leader (never mind his many imperfections) were taking place. A few days after the coup, many former regime officials (including top ranking cabinet ministers in the TWP government), who had been rounded up and detained, were given the ‘nut parade’–a degrading political punishment in which the victims are paraded in the streets virtually naked. When questioned why this was, some of the coup sympathizers retorted that they were simply imitating the cruel treatment perfected by elements of past TWP administrations against their political opponents.What many did not notice at the time was that the parade was a prelude to an even worse fate awaiting the now cowed ex-government officials who were already being tried at a hastily organized military tribunal at the Barclay Training Center (BTC). (The new leaders cared less that all those on trial were civilians, and not enemy combatants captured in a wartime situation).The executions of the 13 hapless erstwhile officials took place barely ten days after the coup. (So much for transparent trial). Earlier that day (April 22) the young military leader (Master Sergeant Doe) had held his first press conference at the Executive Mansion, where he was repeatedly pilloried by foreign reporters attending the media event to provide justification for the killing of an ageing civilian President instead of arresting him. Doe simply repeated that President Tolbert had been shot because he “resisted arrest.”Minutes after Doe’s press conference, and while we were streaming out of the Mansion, the then civilian Information Minister, Gabriel Nimley, almost as an afterthought, called back the foreign and local media representatives and announced that those media personnel wishing to witness a pending execution at the BTC were welcome to do so at that moment.No one among us had the slightest hunch that he was referring to the detained ex-government officials. Many thought it had to do with common criminals caught in the looting spree that characterized the immediate aftermath of the coup. Because of this, some reporters, including a few colleagues with whom I had gone to cover Doe’s press conference, turned down the invitation and simply went about other activities. Not for me. Ever the curious, I decided to go see what the heck Minister Nimley was referring to. And lo and behold, the unforgettable event turned out to be the pointblank shooting by an enthusiastic firing squad (including a female sharpshooter) of 13 former government officials tied to electric poles lining the beachfront.As the shooters released volleys at their targets, the crowd that had gathered at the grisly event vigorously applauded and sang. I recall a female BBC reporter (Ann Bolsover) standing by me at the scene asking why the civilian spectators were happy and cheering at such a gory sight. Even for me, who was aware of the depth of anger bordering on hatred that the ‘masses’ nursed for the overthrown government, I couldn’t quite come out with a ready answer for her. The public spectacle became so unbearable for me that I literally fled the scene—walking briskly along the BBC correspondent who was at the same time rushing to the Liberian Telecommunications Corporation’s facilities on Lynch Street (Mobile phones were light years away by then) to send her dispatch on the dramatic executions.As if to reflect the spine-chilling nature of the executions, even the weather that day suddenly turned dreary. It took quite some time for most residents of Monrovia to know about the executions, as there had been no prior public announcement or notice to the effect. Except for a few relatives of the former officials who had gone to see them on a routine visit only to be subsequently caught up in the rather bizarre situation, most other family members only came to know about what had befallen their fathers, brothers and uncles by way of word of mouth as the shocking news gradually spread in the city.Gunpoint and ExcessesMeanwhile, incidents of rape of particularly women previously considered fashionable and socialites, multiplied in and around Monrovia–with undisciplined, often intoxicated armed soldiers forcing their way into homes of those associated with the overthrown government. (A typical example of such a real life experience has since been captured by Helene Cooper, a Liberian author, in her celebrated book, The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood).Just a few weeks earlier, these out-of-control soldiers could only dream of having such women. The coup and the gun they carried now offered them the opportunity to have such women at will. In addition to what author Cooper had revealed about her own family’s experiences during those tumultuous post-coup times, there were many publicly untold stories/reports that were even worse, including instances where mothers and daughters were all simultaneously violated in the same house, with just the walls between the rooms separating the awful incidents.One such reprehensible act told to me by a victim particularly stands out for me and has never left me: a soldier forcibly violating a woman while her teenage son was hiding under the very bed where the act was taking place. The mother, sensing that soldiers were coming into her house and may possibly sexually assault her, had told her son to hide under the bed lest he be killed. Hardly did she know that she would momentarily be in that same bed with a drunken soldier.Truth be told, the April 12, 1980 coup was undoubtedly highly popular. For most Liberians at the time, it was a necessary change of the guard, and a much-needed opportunity to right the wrongs of the past. But the excesses that accompanied the military takeover were becoming so sickening that the late Rufus Darpoh (then Supervising Editor) and I (in my capacity as Editor-in-Chief) took an editorial policy decision to restrain the new regime by writing editorials and ghost commentaries critical of the regime.This rearguard journalistic action predictably landed us in one trouble after the other with the increasingly intolerant junta. We were repeatedly summoned to either the Executive Mansion or the Ministry of Defense for questioning. In one particular frightening case, a dozen heavily armed soldiers entered our newsroom at the Ministry of Information and led us at gunpoint first to the Defense Ministry then on Benson Street, and then to BTC, where we were detained and threatened with execution if we persisted in using the government-owned newspaper to publish anti-regime materials.At one point, we were detained at the MP quarters at BTC for a whole day without eating, awaiting the then very powerful Commanding General Thomas Quiwonkpa to decide our fate. Luckily, just before we were about to be locked up in the famous (or is it the infamous) Post Stockade pending our transfer to the notorious Belleh Yallah maximum prison, a few media guys, including the present Minister Counsellor at the Liberian Embassy in Abidjan, Mohammed Kenneth, came to intercede for us, after BBC’s Focus on Africa had broadcast our arrest and detention.With time, and as we became more and more disenchanted with a coup that we had initially supported and defended, and with the efforts of certain individuals who kept bad-mouthing us to Gray D. Allison, the soldier Minister of Information (killed subsequently by NPFL fighters during the civil war), Mr. Darpoh was fired from the paper and I was transferred from my Editor-in-Chief position to the Ministry of Information’s Public Affairs department as Deputy Director (a sort of demotion made to seem in my letter of appointment as a ‘promotion’). Subsequently, Tom Kamara (deceased) took over the editorship of the paper, and I was fortunate enough just at that time to clinch a coveted Fulbright scholarship to study at Boston University—despite efforts within government circles to deny me the opportunity to leave the country.Recalling the causes cited for the coup that fateful morning, and juxtaposing these with what is obtaining now in the ‘indigenous’-dominated dispensation largely characterized by greed/avarice, selfishness and nepotism, one is left to wonder now whether what appeared to have been a necessary corrective military/political action on the morning of April 12, 1980 (with all its bloody aftermath and other excesses) was ultimately worth the effort.Some may say it was worth the struggle and spilling of blood irrespective of the military dictatorship that it ushered in because it brought about majority and multi-party rule. Others may argue that even after 37 years, some, if not most of the fundamental/underlying causative factors that led to the coup remain bubbling beneath our body politic. The jury may still be out on this other less acrimonious debate than that which my friends were having in my room (see Part 1 of this article) during the deceptively tranquil night before the April 12, 1980 coup. What remains clear, though, is that those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Halting Gongloe ‘Was in Line with Supreme Court’s Protocol’

first_imgChief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor-Supreme Court defends Chief Justice Korkpor’s chastisement of Bar Association PresidentDays after Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor publicly chastised the president of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe, for remarks made during the official seating of newly appointed Associate Justice Yussif Kaba on the Bench of the Supreme Court, the chief justice on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, saw it necessary to defended his action.In a release issued on Wednesday, the Supreme Court says the action of Chief Justice Korkpor was in line with the protocol of the court.“It is an established rule and protocol of the Supreme Court that at the official opening of each Term of Court or at formal judicial program held at the court, those who speak in response to the Chief Justice’s addresses or remarks must confine themselves to what the Chief Justice has spoken on,” the release said. The Supreme Court statement aimed to defend Korkpor decision to halt Gongloe, whose remarks called in to question the integrity of the Supreme Court.According to the release, the opportunity to speak at such high judicial function is given usually to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Dean of the  Supreme Court Bar and the President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) and “is not intended to create a platform for the introduction of extraneous matters.”“If the protocol was not followed,” the Supreme Court release added, “the nonconforming speaker was ordered to discontinue his or her speech, stressing, ‘This is exactly what happened when the President of the Bar veered from the matter at hand into his own personal agenda during the seating of Associate Justice Yussif Kaba.’”During his remarks, which were suddenly interrupted by the Chief Justice, Cllr. Gongloe emphasized that the official position of LNBA has been, and still is that the removal of Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh was “unconstitutional.”“The LNBA maintains that the bill of impeachment was a product of the violation of a court order, that the impeachment was done without a procedure prescribed by the legislature as required by Article 43 of the Constitution,” Gongloe noted.He added, “and that by the removal of Ja’neh for performing his legal duty, the senate violated Article 73 also of the constitution.”According to Gongloe, the removal of Ja’neh for performing a legal duty creates a precedent that has the potential of making other judges, especially of subordinate courts to be afraid of freely preforming their legal duties when it comes to cases in which the interests of government or powerful persons or entities are involved, which he said “defeats the purpose for which courts exist in our system of governance.”On the issue of media report about Chief Justice Korkpor’s actions, the Supreme Court release said, they see it as being “unfair the Front Page banner headline of the Daily Observer newspaper captioned, “Chief Justice Korkpor Stifles Free Expression? …Interrupts LNBA President Gongloe’s remarks in unprecedented fashion,” and the banner headline of the New Democrat newspaper captioned, “Gongloe Faces Public Speaking Ban,” which insinuated that the action of the Chief Justice was to stifle free expression.”According to the release, the current Supreme Court Bench prides itself as being perhaps the most open and tolerant bench in the history of the Court, and will never endeavor to hinder the fundamental rights of any person.“The public will agree that there have been numerous false publications about the court, and in particular about its administrative head, the Chief Justice, without any reaction of reprisal,” the release noted.They further noted that this does not show any sign of weakness, “but the level of tolerance the court has reached in observing the right of all to free speech. But the Chamber of the court being a sacred place, cherished by all, must be kept reserved and preserved.”The release continues, “It cannot and will not be reduced to an arena where lawyers, who have lost a case will vent their anger. When a lawyer loses a case he or she may not agree with the decision, but he is obliged to comply with and abide by that decision of the Supreme Court.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana aims for expansion in air connectivity

first_img…as it signs Air Services Agreements with 16 States The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) between December 10-14, 2018, attended the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Air Services Negotiation (ICAN) event, which was hosted in Nairobi, Kenya, by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.The annual ICAN event, in which seventy-one ICAO contracting States participated, specifically provides a gathering of these member States so as to conduct multiple bilateral and plurilateral air services negotiations, consultations and networking opportunities.The Guyanese group comprised of Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Col (Ret’d) Egbert Field, and Director for Air Transport Management, Saheed Sulaman. They would have conducted twenty-six meetings at ICAN.As a result of these meetings, Guyana signed sixteen Air Services Agreements (ASAs) with states including Luxembourg, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, United Kingdom and Mozambique, among others.Additionally, Guyana also signed a Code Sharing Agreement with Australia and a Technical Cooperation Agreement with Ghana for the exchange of knowledge and technical expertise in the area of civil aviation.These negotiations are aimed at setting the framework for expansion in air connectivity of Guyana with the rest of the world and aid to Guyana’s efforts in becoming a strong international air traffic hub.While these agreements were initialled and memoranda of understanding were signed with these countries, signatures at the Ministerial level are still pending. Moreover, airlines from other countries can commence flights to Guyana at any time provided that the airlines are operating by the conditions outlined in the ASAs.Negotiation of these agreements is complementary to the work started at the ICAO Air Transport Meeting which was held in Guyana in 2018.last_img read more

Jagdeo named FAO’s Special Ambassador for Forests, Environment

first_imgFormer President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo was on Friday appointed the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Special Ambassador for Forests and the Environment, the Organisation’s Director General José Graziano da Silva announced on the final day of the 23rd session of the Organisation’s Committee on Forestry (COFO) taking place in the Italian capital of Rome.Former President Bharrat JagdeoAs Special Ambassador, Jagdeo will promote the role of forests in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, raise awareness of the vital contributions of forests to food security, rural poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration, and encourage actions to support the sustainable use of forests and other natural resources, the FAO said on its website.“Dr Jagdeo has been working with FAO to promote environment and forestry around the world, and we are very happy he joins his voice to our efforts,” said Graziano da Silva in thanking Jagdeo for accepting the role of Special Ambassador.The former Guyanese Head of State described his appointment as a “great honour” and acknowledged FAO’s work in so many areas critical to life and well-being on the planet.Jagdeo, named Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environmental Programme in 2010, pledged to continue to raise the profile of forests and advocate for global recognition of their importance.A global advocate for international action to combat climate change, Jagdeo, who became the youngest Head of State in the world at 35 and went on to serve two terms as President 1999-2011, launched the Jagdeo Initiative to create a more competitive agricultural sector in the Caribbean by 2015.He also conceptualised the internationally renowned Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), a strategy aimed at outlining Guyana’s vision in promoting economic development, while at the same time combating climate change.Jagdeo will also draw on his experience serving on the UN Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Group on Climate Financing, as a patron of the Delhi-based World Sustainable Development Forum, as an IUCN Patron of Nature, and President of the Assembly of the Korea-based Global Green Growth Institute.The former Guyanese leader was elected and served as COFO Chairperson for the 22nd and 23rd sessions of FAO’s forestry committee.The UN has a tradition of enlisting the support of prominent individuals to underline priority issues and to draw attention to its activities.last_img read more

FIFA boss says Saudi-Iran spat should keep out of football

first_img“It’s very clear that politics should stay out of football and football should stay out of politics,” Infantino said at a joint news conference in Tehran with Iranian Sport Minister Massoud Soltanifar.“There are of course political issues between countries all over the world but this should not have an impact on the football tournament.“The solution is always just to play home and away like in every competition in every country.”The FIFA chief acknowledged that Saudi Arabia had voiced security concerns after protesters angry at its execution of a top Shiite cleric attacked its embassy and a consulate in Iran, prompting it to cut ties.“Obviously the guarantees must be there, the safety must be there,” he said.The Iranian minister denied there were any legitimate security concerns.“Iran is a totally safe country,” he said, while welcoming “FIFA’s non-political approach”.“We asked (Infantino) to insist on that so we can host games in the normal way from the next round and our clubs will not be forced to go to third countries to be able to play,” Soltanifar said.Later on Thursday, Infantino also met President Hassan Rouhani who urged FIFA to ensure “questions not related to sport do not influence sport and that people are not deprived of watching competitions in their own stadiums”.The FIFA president then went to watch a derby match between Tehran rivals Persepolis and Esteghlal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and FIFA president Gianni Infantino hold a football shirt with Rouhani’s name during Infantino’s visit to the capital Tehran on March 1, 2018 © IRANIAN PRESIDENCY/AFP / HOTEHRAN, Iran, Mar 1 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday that a two-year diplomatic rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran should not be allowed to get in the way of football.Saudi clubs have refused to play in Iran since the kingdom broke off relations in January 2016 forcing AFC Champions League fixtures with Iranian clubs to be played in neutral Oman.last_img read more