Business People Accuse Lonestar Cell MTN Staff in Bassa

first_imgThe proprietors and proprietresses of various businesses in Buchanan and its environs have frowned at the staff of the Lonestar  Cell MTN branch in Grand Bassa County for  engaging in the same business that they are operating, rather than focusing only on communication.Speaking to journalists, over the weekend in Buchanan, the proprietor of the John D. Zeon, at the premises of the FRUTUL,  said it is regrettable that the staff of the Lonestar Cell MTN, especially Francis Demore, would sell wholesale and retail cold water and even charge batteries.H. John Zeon said since Demore started operating the same businesses as theirs have begun to decline.He revealed that Demore is using the current of Lone Star Communication in the Telecommunication Building on Robert Street free of charge and not paying taxes but allegedly duping Government of its taxes.Speaking on behalf of his fellow affected business colleagues, Zeon appealed to the management of the Lonestar Cell MTN to quickly intervene, in order to avoid future confrontation.When contacted, Demore denied the allegation levied against him by his accusers.Demore, who is the chief technician of the Lonestar Cell MTN Bassa branch, clarified that he is not a water producer but a mere cold water seller.He claimed that he is using current from the company to make his business and added that it is his immunity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LIPO Begins Nationwide Awareness on Intellectual Property

first_imgPrince Decker, LIPO acting office in charge The Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO) has begun its first ever nationwide awareness aimed at helping copyright holders, the police, custom officers and the general public to understand the IP law.The awareness, held separately at the US Embassy in Monrovia and the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP), brought together over 100 participants from diverse backgrounds, including copyright holders, who were educated in the 2016 IP law, the process of filing in applications and its benefits in a bid to reduce the number of infringements.Prince Decker, the agency’s acting officer in charge, explained that after a month-long internal review of its past activities, they came to the conclusion that the lack of public awareness has created a challenge for the enforcement of existing legislations.“We realized that in the absence of awareness, we cannot create an environment of protecting artists’ and innovators’ work and helping them derive benefits.“Creating awareness in order for the public and the copyright holders to understand the law is critical to the future development of the country’s creative industries. Once awareness is created and the people are educated about the IP law, it is easy to intensify copyright enforcement and anti-piracy activities.“The core objective of this awareness is to educate copyright holders, the police, custom officers and the general public about the law so as to minimize piracy levels and provide an environment conducive to the growth of legitimate copyright industries in the country and also through their help when it comes to enforcing the law,” Mr. Decker said.The move by LIPO under the administration of Mr. Decker, who is also the register general,  has been hailed by stakeholders in the IP industry, because over the last decade there has been no public awareness to help people understand past or new IP laws; thereby making the law readily inaccessible.This means an average man on the street who is ignorant of the IP law is either in the regular habit of purchasing pirated work or committing some form of piracy, mostly unintentional; thus making the sale of pirated works worth millions of dollars.Mr. Decker disclosed that over the last few years, LIPO have witnessed a continued decline in local application for copyright and industrial designs protection; that those who infringe on IP rights, such as traders who sell pirated materials, infringed on the law unintentionally because they lack knowledge about the law and the institution.“The only way to stop this is through adequate awareness that will lead to the creation of an environment in which the rights of creators are respected and the reduction in infringement of IP rights. Therefore, we are committed to the protection and enforcement of the IP laws and policies that are increasingly important in today’s global economy, both to foster innovation and, more importantly, to protect consumers,” Mr. Decker added.Meanwhile, Mr. Decker added they are working out mechanisms to forge a close relationship and cooperation with the police and custom officers across the country, to ensure the tracking down and seizing of goods that are not in compliance with copyright laws at all entry ports of the country, and the safety of LIPO’s unarmed copyright Inspectors during anti-piracy raids.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

50% of children in hinterland access secondary education – UNICEF

first_imgGuyana celebrated the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) World Literacy Day on Saturday under the theme “Literacy and Skills Development”. In this process, many urges were made for reading to be implemented throughout the metamorphosis of a person’s lifetime.This comes in light of the fact that many persons in Guyana do not access a secondary education and literacy is the only way to liberate them from the stigma of being illiterate.A section of the gathering at the World Literacy Day workshop on SaturdaySpeaking at a workshop, which was held at Grand Coastal and organised by the Rights of the Child Commission (RCC), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Representative Sylvie Fouet, gave an analysis of the education sector in Guyana, which highlighted the fact that only half of the children in the hinterland communities attend secondary school after they would’ve graduated from the primary education programme.Additionally, only 75 per cent of children on the coastland are provided with the opportunity to complete their secondary education. As such, literacy is important to sharpen their reading and writing skills.“Literacy is a child’s right that is very important to a right to quality education but overall, literacy also empowers and develops a young person to become an adult. In Guyana, it’s very critical to overcome the fact that there are a couple of challenges that are part of school. Data states that 75 per cent of teenagers will access secondary school in Guyana and maybe outside the coastal area, actually its 50 per cent,” said Fouet.She added, “Some may not have the chance and others may not continue along the study path. That’s why we need to study literature and literacy is a really good foundation. Also, maybe to give a second chance to teenage mothers or those who have come into contact with the law, literacy is powerful for empowerment.”A policy was recently introduced to reintegrate teenage mothers back into the school system. The UN representative requested that the policy be implemented at the soonest to prove its effectiveness.In attendance was also Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo who linked the presence of literacy with the establishment of good leadership.Chairperson of the RCC, Aleema Nasir also made her contributions towards the discussions which were facilitated stating, “This sustained engagement of the children and youth of Guyana is to provide a beneficial reshaping and reorientation in the thinking, approaches, attitudes and self-confidence of Guyana’s adolescent children.”In the general world population, it is estimated that more than 750 million adults are illiterate, and two-thirds of this figure are women. Adding to that, some 250 million primary-aged children do not have a grasp of basic literacy skills, while 124 million children and adolescents are out of school.last_img read more

Toll hike for Berbice Bridge as Govt talks hit roadblock

first_img– increases to go into effect from November 12…shareholders call for Govt buyout…as NIS seeks to protect investmentBy Jarryl BryanNew tolls will be implemented for the usage of the Berbice River Bridge, after the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI) hit a roadblock in its talks with the Government for increases in keeping with its agreement.This was announced by BBCI Chairman, Dr Surendra Persaud, during a press conference on Tuesday. According to Persaud, the company was formally informed by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson that Government would not agree to requests for an increase.“The Minister instead proposed that the Government undertake the responsibility only for servicing the bridge pontoons and offered to arrange a meeting with the Minister of Finance for further consultations on the matter,” Persaud, who is also the Chairman of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), said.“Please note, however, that these options are outside the contractual agreementBBCI Chairman, Dr Surendra Persaudthat exist within the contractual agreement and thus would be a breach… The construction of the Berbice Bridge would not have been possible without a partnership between the Government and Private Sector. In that partnership, the Private Sector invested approximately $9 billion.”Persaud revealed that maintaining the pontoons is only a small part of the operational cost. He added that the Minister’s offer would be of “little” help. As a consequence, and following legal advice being tendered, increases will be applied to all classes of vehicles.Cars and minibuses will now be charged $8040; pickups, small trucks and four-wheel drive vehicles, $14,600; medium trucks, $27,720; large trucks, $49,600; Art trucks, $116,680; freight, $1680 and boats passing through the river will be charged $401,040.These increases go into effect from November 12, a date Persaud stressed was advised by their legal team from Cameron and Shepherd. The BBCI Chairman also made it clear that the increases were compounded by the inaction on the issue.“There appears to be a fallacy that the required adjustment would benefit the shareholder. This is not the case. Any excess revenue, as detailed in the tolling policy, is applied to an adjustment in the following year.”“Since no adjustments were ever made, no surplus has been earned, resulting in the adjustments to the toll being compounded. There is a contract. There is an established formula within the contract.”Persaud also noted that Government can subsidise the costs of the increases. He pointed out that this is implemented around the world and that Government has a track record of such decisions.NIS investmentThe majority voting rights on the BBCI board of directors is controlled by the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). A source close to the entity on Tuesday told this publication that the NIS through its chairman, Dr Surendra Persaud, was forced to push for the increase in tolls in order to protect its investment. The source noted that rightly so, Dr Persaud duly complied.Shareholders non-supportfor increasesMeanwhile, this publication reached out to other shareholders with ordinary shareholders several of whom stated that they did not support the magnitude of the increase being proposed, adding that such increases will cause severe economic hardship to commuters.One of the shareholders told Guyana Times that the it however recognises that the Berbice Bridge is in serious financial jeopardy given that debts have reached maturity and few options are available to stave off bankruptcy.“The Government should to sit down with the bridge company and work out the appropriate subsidy with due reference to the financial model and or the Concession Agreement. This is necessary as a result of Government’s refusal to allow incremental increases, or in other words, refusing to honour its contractual obligations as per the Concession Agreement,” the shareholder said.Another noted that if an agreement cannot be reached, them it is recommended that the Government buy back the bridge and compensate investors in keeping with the financial model and other investment documents.“Once the Government executes a buyback it will be able to lower tolls. If this is approached properly Government might still be able to preserve public private partnerships in Guyana,” the shareholder stated.It added that the investors assumed significant risk to build the bridge. While the Bridge has been de-risked for several years, following its successful opening, the ordinary shareholders are yet to receive a single cent in dividends.“We recognise the efforts of the directors of the bridge company who has a fiduciary duty to preserve the financial integrity of the company in the context of the dire circumstances the company must be facing at this time. We also empathises with commuters who are caught in the middle,” a representative of a shareholder told Guyana Times.PolicyAccording to the toll policy, the increase is calculated based on “the level of traffic on and under the bridge for the two previous financial years.”The policy states that, “it takes consideration of the toll levels at the start of operations, any provisional toll level applied during the year and the toll level at start of operations adjusted for inflation.”The policy goes on to note that the toll level is adjusted by the use of the consumer price index of the most recent period and two years prior to that. The second part of the formula, it added, computes a provisional toll level to be used until near the end of the financial year.“The company’s contractual and non-contractual cash flow requirements are taken into account. These include cash requirements for servicing of debts, routine operations and maintenance, periodic servicing, trustees fees and dividends to shareholders.”“Any excess cash generated by the provincial tolls applied during the year, is used to reduce the cash flow requirement for the next year and therefore the final toll level required,” the policy adds.The ownership structure of BBCI is made up of ordinary share capital of $400 million owned by private investors and preference shares of $950 million owned by NIS.The bridge, which was built under the previous Government at a cost of approximately US$40 million, was supposed to generate enough revenue to cover operational and maintenance costs while providing a return on the Public/Private Partnership investments.last_img read more

Leeds cool interest in Lazio defender

first_imgLeeds United have cooled their interest in Lazio defender Diego Novaretti, according to reports in Italy.The Championship side have already brought in three players from Italy this summer and they have been linked with Novaretti, who was tracked by Manchester City during Roberto Mancini’s time in charge of the club.The Argentinian, 29, managed only nine Serie A starts last season and had been tipped to make a fresh start at Elland Road.However, Leeds will shelve plans to sign him as they edge closer to a deal for Juventus’ Denmark international defender Frederik Sorensen. 1last_img

Warnock to decide on Hunt’s Crystal Palace future

first_img1 Jack Hunt in action for Nottingham Forest Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock will decide whether to keep defender Jack Hunt at the club once his short-term loan deal expires at Nottingham Forest.Hunt has made 11 appearances for Stuart Pearce’s side this campaign and his strong performances have attracted a lot of interest from other clubs, sparking reports he could already be lined-up for a permanent move away from Selhurst Park.However, Warnock is an admirer of the 23-year-old and is set for talks with the player before he returns to south east London at the start of next year.“I do like Jack Hunt, I’m not in a rush for him to go anywhere,” he said.“It’s good to see him getting good games at a good level playing week in, week out. We will just have to play it by ear.“I will be speaking with Jack before the January transfer window.”last_img read more

Exclusive – Rowett ready for Birmingham City challenge

first_imgNew Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has told talkSPORT he’s ready for the huge challenge which awaits him at St Andrews.The former Burton Albion boss joins a side in the Championship relegation zone following four winless games, including an 8-0 hammering at the hands of Bournemouth.But the man who spent two years with the club as a player is relishing the task ahead of him.Rowett told Drivetime: “I know it’s a massive challenge but I’ve always been one to take on challenges rather than worry about what might be and things that could go wrong.“For me it’s onwards and upwards and will drive forward.”last_img

EMBATTLED PAT THE COPE SAYS HE WILL FIGHT TO RETAIN DONEGAL’S VOICE IN EUROPE

first_imgPat The Cope Gallagher has appealed to Donegal voters to get behind him after a new opinion poll suggests he has a fight on his hands to retain his seat in the European Parliament.Pat the Cope Gallagher.The Irish Independent poll suggests that Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy will top the vote with 17%, followed by Fianna Fail Senator Thomas Byrne.The remaining two seats would appear to be a battle between sitting Fine Gael MEPs Jim Higgins and Mairead McGuinness with 11% and Luke Ming Flanagan on 12%. Although it is early days yet, the polls suggests that the veteran Donegal politician is on 9% with a tough road ahead of him.But Pat The Cope Gallagher told Donegal Daily that he is prepared for the fight of his political life.However, he said he could not do it without the support of the voters of Co Donegal.“I have given my life to Donegal politics and now I am up against it. Donegal needs a voice in Europe and I am determined to be that voice. “We need a voice at the table as funding from Europe continues to be handed down and I am determined to be that voice to ensure that the people of Donegal are looked after,” he said. EMBATTLED PAT THE COPE SAYS HE WILL FIGHT TO RETAIN DONEGAL’S VOICE IN EUROPE was last modified: April 26th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalEuropefundingMEPPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

HURLING: MINOR BOARD RESULTS

first_imgU 14St Eunans 5.11 Aodh Ruadh 1.1Mc Cumhaills 4.10 Carndonagh 0.1 Buncrana 6.6 Setanta 3.1Burt 4.6 Four Masters 0.8Dungloe/Gaothdobhair 4.10 Letterkenny Gaels 0.2  MinorAodh Ruadh 2.16 Strabane 0.1St Eunans 5.8 Burt 2.14Buncrana 6.12 Setanta 1.1HURLING: MINOR BOARD RESULTS was last modified: April 24th, 2015 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:donegalHURLINGMinor Boardlast_img

GAA NEWS: CONVOY EARN A POINT AFTER HARD FOUGHT CLASH WITH CARNDONAGH

first_imgConvoy GAA News:Club Lotto 9 matched  2 counties. LD LH LS RN. 5 won €20. Sally Bonar,  Jean o Kane Gerard mc Hugh Convoy, Jack Gillespie Killygordon, Peter Connaghton Raphoe,. Next week’s lotto is €1800. Next week’s lotto is in Moores at 7:30. Leave all lotto either in Moores or Paul Lynch Convoy.Ladies Training @7 on Wed 7.30 Fri All Players welcome. The Senior ladies are away to Ardara in the Championship this Sun 28th all support Welcome .Any girls wishing to play Minor this year can attend ladies training and can also attend u -16 Girls training on Mondays from 7-8 new players welcome.St. Marys Gaelic 4 Mothers and Others team would like to thank sincerely all those who attended in such large numbers, their Table Quiz last Thursday night in Breen’s Bar, Convoy. The quiz was a huge success and a very enjoyable night was had by all. The amount raised was €680.00 which will go towards the purchase of a new team Jersey. A particular thanks to the Club and the Executive committee for their support with the quiz and to Mairead Browne PRO for promoting it for us. Thanks sincerely to Breen’s Bar for the use of their premises. Joe O’Donnell, Quiz Master, Sinead Kelly & Donna Quinn for marking the answer sheets, the raffle ticket sellers, Paul Lynch for doing up the questions for us and Madge Toye for providing the food at the interval. To our many sponsors a very sincere thank you: Aishling McHugh, Ciara Cairns, Elaine McDermott, Carolyann ODonnell, Maria O’Donnell, Vincent McGahern, Jackie Gallagher, Ann Strain McKelvey Trailers, (killygordon)Sinead Kelly, Caroline Black, Claire Tinney, Edel Flynn, Gavin Harris, Orla O Donnell, B.Beautiful, (Raphoe) Embroidery & Alterations (Convoy), Sean Bonners Londis, Alice Bonner (Stranorlar), Caroline Black and Aisling Cleary. Thanks also to Pat Flynn for sponsoring 1st prize and to Julie Patton for sponsoring the losers prize.To everyone who helped make the quiz the success it was, thank you, we couldn’t have done it without yous! G4M&O trains every Wednesday night at St. Mary’s pitch at 8.15pm. New members are always welcome to join.Underage training each Friday from 6-7 all welcome €2 and Gum shield The U8 s will not have Blitz this Sat Due to Donegal Game  . Our u 10 squad travelled to Newtown on Fri evening to a blitz well done to all who took part and thanks to St Colmcille  for your hospitality.Well done to the boys on their win away to Red Hughs on Mon past U14 boys training Tues evening. 6.15 For 6.30 start.The u12 boys have a Home Game this Wednesday night at 6:30. Players to be at pitch for 5:45. Please bring gum shield and €2. This years Cul Camp takes place at St Marys Pitch from 29th June Till July 3rd co-ordinator E.Shovlin 0892152249 Booking can be made online www.gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps or on the morning of the CampSenior Drew at Home with Carndonagh 0-9 to 0-9 Reserves were beten by Carndonagh 2-14 to 0-13  Next Game  Seniors playing Na Rossa in Convoy at 8pm on Friday and The Minors will have Championship match on Mon 29th at home on 29th June .Pride of place this week goes to Club Ladies Player Ciara Gallagher and indeed All the U 21 Ladies and Mentors on Winning The All Ireland  U21  Final  Congratulations to each and everyone of you.Any Managers who want notes included tx 0872140060 thanks you I cant put in your notes if I don’t have them –mairead PRO GAA NEWS: CONVOY EARN A POINT AFTER HARD FOUGHT CLASH WITH CARNDONAGH was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:convoyGAANoticesSportlast_img read more