The SWAL-LFA Blackout Controversy

first_imgThe news that the Liberia Football Association has decided to quench fire with fire against a recent decision by the Sports Writers Association of Liberia on its ‘blackout’ on the FA sounds readiness for war.According to the LFA’s Liberia Football Today newspaper, in the last four years of Mr. Bility’s administration, SWAL had carried out three blackouts, including the latest which culminated from the incident at its Congress on March 22.Communications Director Henry B. Flomo admitted in a phone call that he has severed his relations with the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, and would live with the consequences.President Musa Bility, has been quoted, affirming that Security Committee member Police Commissioner Victor Gboyah, at the center of the crisis, “remained vigilant in doing his job for the upkeep of the football association.”“(He) did not do wrong in Buchanan,” President Bility was quoted as saying. I was in Buchanan on the fateful day and director Flomo showed a reasonable cooperation.At the recent installation of officers of SWAL, re-elected vice president for administration, Musa Shannon, re-elected EC member Maxwell Dee Kemaya, SG B. Aphonso Armah, and many important dignitaries honored SWAL with their presence.And I can bet my pen that LFA Chief Musa Bility wants the best for SWAL.I have had an unfavorable experience with Police Commissioner Victor Gboyah, and I know he can be unreasonable, and would threaten physical force. The LFA cannot promise cooperation when a security official shows an amount of disrespect to one of its partners.The LFA does not need any more distraction. The construction of its headquarters and the technical training center should be supported by all.And at the same time LFA needs SWAL and SWAL equally needs the LFA and it is therefore important that LFA pays some attention on the performance of Commissioner Gboyah and find a way forward, for without LFA, what will SWAL do, since we now copy stories on European games from the internet.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ministers still believe people are gullible

first_imgDear Editor,As I watch the news and read the daily newspapers, I can’t help but smile and curse at the same time when I see the coalition Government Ministers going all over the country to meet, greet and share out goodies to the ordinary people in their villages while making more promises that if the people re-elect them in the upcoming elections they will enjoy more good life.Editor, it makes me very angry to see that these Ministers still believe that the people are gullible and will forget all the promises that were made to them in 2015. Well, I have some news for these Ministers, don’t insult the intelligence of the Guyanese people, they are smarter than all of you and I guarantee, you are in for a rude awakening in the upcoming elections.Editor, I would like to focus this missive on the AFC Ministers because it is the votes that they garner that caused the coalition to win the elections and as everyone knows, most of those votes were from disgruntled PPP supporters. Leader of the AFC, Raphael Trotman in the Sunday Stabroek News of February 3, 2019, whilst addressing the National Executive Council of the party, acknowledged that the party did make some missteps in Government and the leaders forgot the masses and he knows they are hurt but promised that they will work fervently to make things right.Editor, for the enlightenment of Trotman, Nagamootoo, Ramjattan, Patterson and all the leaders of the AFC, let me share a classic example of their betrayal of the people.Before the 2015 elections, all of them were readily available and accessible. You could talk, call or text them anytime and you would get a reply. Lo and behold, after the elections, they were all missing in action. It was as if they did not exist anymore. On the rare occasions that they came to Berbice and held call-in programmes on local television stations, I tried to implore, nay beg, Ramjattan and Patterson to do something about my street which is in a deplorable state, but it was like throwing water on a duck’s back.They just brushed you off with all kinds of excuse and went along their merry way. During those times, they didn’t care a hang about the people but now they are running back to the people, begging them for their votes. Well, I want to tell them, “boat done gone a fall” and in the meantime, we the residents are repairing our street with our own money. You will hear from us in the upcoming elections.Yours faithfully,Imtiaz Baccuslast_img read more

Guyana gets regional help to review 16% VAT rate

first_imgThe Guyana Government has reached out to its regional counterparts through its institutional support mechanisms to assist with its review of the Value Added Tax (VAT) imposed on numerous products locally at a rate of 16 per cent.According to information recently divulged when Finance Minister Winston Jordon revealed the mid-year report on the nation’s accounts and spending, Government reached out to the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC) to review the efficiency of the application of VAT.A mission from that regional body is due to arrive in Guyana in the third quarter of this year, according to the Ministry.It was explained that since taking office in 2015, Government established a Tax Reform Committee (TRC) which examined the country’s taxation system and made recommendations for improving its efficiency and in order to inform policy decisions on the way forward with respect to the application of VAT.A systemic review of VAT was considered necessary by that review panel.According to the Finance Ministry, a reduction in the VAT without due analytical rigour will possibly cause a significant loss in revenue thereby handicapping the delivery of public services such as health, education, public assistance, and infrastructure.Guyana currently has 177 items that have been zero rated and 11 that are exempt from VAT and it is anticipated that the review will include both the rate and the base on which VAT is applied to ensure stability of revenue collections, and lowered minimum threshold for VAT.VAT rates across the Region range from 7.5 per cent in The Bahamas to 18 per cent in The Dominican Republic.Guyana currently has 177 items that have been zero rated and 11 that are exempt from VAT and according to the Finance Ministry, it is anticipated that the review will include both the rate and the base on which VAT is applied to ensure stability of revenue collections, and lowered minimum threshold for VAT.The Finance Minister in his report documents VAT collections for the first half of the year at $17.3 billion, which is 5.0 per cent more than the same period in 2015.VAT on imports did decline by $1.4 billion while VAT on domestic supplies increased by $436.4 million.It was pointed out that the declining VAT revenues on imports was due to a fall in imports by the wholesale and retail sector, while significant collections of VAT arrears, amounting to $125 million and $75 million from the manufacturing and services sectors, respectively, were responsible for the increases in VAT on domestic supplies.The Finance Minister has also reported that Excise tax collections reached $15 billion during the first half of 2016, but this represents a decline of $311.5 million compared to the same period in 2015.The Ministry explained that this has resulted from a decrease in collections on imports for petroleum products of $429 million, tobacco of $71.2 million and alcoholic beverages of $43.5 million which together more than offset increases in domestic collections of which collections on alcoholic beverages rose by $227.7 million.The reduction in excise taxes collected was also said to be due in part to measures implemented, namely the removal of the tax charged on the importation of vehicles under four years old.last_img read more

SWAL Elections Postponed

first_imgThe pending elections of the Sports Writers of Liberia (SWAL) scheduled on Jan. 24 has been postponed by the Elections Commission due to some discrepancies in the listing of its membership , the commission’s chairman Momolu V.O Sirleaf announced yesterday.Chairman Sirleaf took the decision after the commission had a brief but crucial meeting with candidates, outgoing officials and other stakeholders of SWAL at the Press Union of Liberia’s headquarters in Monrovia. The elections are now slated for Feb. 7, 2014.The listing discrepancies were unearthed by the Elections Commission as a result of a protest filed by one of the presidential aspirants, Mr. Leroy Sonpon who suspected manipulation.Chairman Sirleaf said of the 134 names presented 16 are not members, while 15 registered members were deliberately or accidentally left out.Sirleaf said to make the election process freer, fair and transparent there was a need for the election to be postponed so that the membership list could be better scrutinized and those left out included.He said the listing would be a reconciliatory listing, meaning every registered member, whether financially obligated to the institution or inactive for a while will all be included.He indicated that the new listing should be sanctioned by the outgoing president, Fumba Kanneh, chairman of the membership committee, and the Secretary General, Roland Mulbah, who is contesting the presidency.The new official list, he said should be presented to the commission Monday Feb. 3, 2014.Meanwhile, in his protest letter to the chairman of the elections commission, Mr. Leroy Sonpon made reference on the discrepancy, especially the addition of some non-members while other active members’ names were left out.   He therefore craved the commission’s intervention to investigate and determine the validity of the list to promote the intent free, fair, transparent and independent elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rescue Bong County from Ebola!

first_imgSomething alarming is happening in Bong County.  Our Correspondent Marcus Malayea reported yesterday that within one week, 73 new Ebola cases have been turned up there.This is a very serious development demanding the immediate and decisive response by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) and the other leading stakeholders including Medecin sans Frontier and the American health and military contingent with the expertise and resources to marshal (organize, assemble) the appropriate and swift intervention required.  It seems to us that there are three types of interventions required right now.  First, we need an intense and comprehensive AWARENESS campaign.  Correspondent Malayea says not only are many Bong people still in denial of Ebola’s existence; but they don’t want to follow the rules.Dr. Sampson Azaokoi, the Chief County Health Officer, told a press conference at Phebe Hospital this week that the rapid spread of the virus is a direct result of the attitude problems on the part of the local residents, who fail to adhere to measures announced by the Health authorities.  Dr. Azakoi referred to “the entrenched culture of silence” in the county, meaning that people are refusing to report or bring their sick relatives and friends to the testing centers.He further lamented that those suspected of the virus or show symptoms “are not prepared to be quarantined, nor are they willing to report to the health facilities for early treatment.”Dr. Azakoi warned that should these negative attitudes of the Bong County people continue, it will lead to “a breakdown of the fabric of the society.”This critical circumstance warrants the direct intervention of the MoHSW Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, who is himself a son of Bong County and knows the culture and language of the people.  Can he assist the Awareness Teams in formulating clear, concise and emphatic messages that the people will understand and accept? Or at least offer some suggestions to the teams as to the manner of approach that will win the people’s confidence and acceptance?A massive awareness promotion campaign seems to be most urgently needed in Bong County at this time.The second intervention urgently needed in Bong is the revamping of the testing and treatment centers in the county.  These centers need more trained staff, equipment, food and water to adequately care for the patients.   The health workers also need more personal protection equipment (PPE).  This will reduce their fear of exposure to the virus.  We recall that Bong’s two major hospitals, Phebe and C.B. Dunbar, were closed for a period because health workers stayed away for fear of contracting the virus and dying as did many of their co-workers.Thirdly, Correspondent Malayea reported that health workers do not believe that the MoHSW  “is doing enough to encourage them to provide services around the country. Yesterday’s editorial tried to address this problem.  But it was pegged to the “go-slow” action by health workers at Island Clinic in Monrovia.  Now the health workers in Bong County are saying the exact same thing: they are not happy.Dr. Gwenigale and his team must find a way to decisively address this burning issue which, it seems to us, is a matter of urgency nationwide.We are faced today with the worst health crisis in our history.  Never before have we seen our people dropping dead in so many places around the country—and it is not getting better yet.  Here now is Bong County in the focus of the crisis.  Now is NOT the time for government and health workers to be quarreling.  No!The GOL alone, of course with the support of the development partners, can resolve this impasse between health workers and their bosses.   We fear that so long as the impasse maintains, so long will our fight against this deadly virus be undermined.  For who can do without the health workers?  We need ALL of them on board.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Establishment of War Crimes Court Requires Effective Communication’

first_imgJarmal Dehtho, Associate Dean, Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia (UL)-Grimes Law School Associate Dean suggestsAn Associate Dean at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia (UL) said he believes that the idea behind the establishment of the War Crimes Court should be effectively communicated to not make it appear as witch-hunting.According to Cllr. Jarmal Dehtho, citizens need to understand that there should be an established system with the responsibility to punish people accused of committing crimes against unarmed civilians as documented in the Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) report. These perpetrators, he said, should face justice to serve as a deterrent.“If we have to build a society that is in adherence to the rule of law, then we need to communicate effectively with our people so that they can understand that perpetrators of violence must not be allowed to go free. They must be made to account for the crimes they have committed,” Dehtho told journalists recently in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County during the National Convention of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) that saw the election of Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe as president of the bar.“Citizens should understand that without this court, there would be no punishment on the worst crimes committed by warlords. And these violent leaders [who] continue to plague the country all give reason for concern,” he said.Dehtho disclosed that citizens need to know that the court has been successful in punishing people who had committed major crimes against humanity in other countries and, as such, it can also be successful in Liberia only if we were to communicate its objectives effectively to the citizens.With this initiative, the UL Law School Dean believes that it would dispel the notion about the war crimes court being a witch hunt.“Our citizens should understand that the war crimes court is not about witch hunt, [rather, a means of] holding people accountable on the wrongs they committed,” Dehtho said. “I strongly believe that people who committed crimes during the war should not go away freely but they must be made to account for their wrong.”Dehtho’s call comes as the debate of the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia continues to trend on talk shows on nearly all the local radio stations in Nimba County, with many of the callers expressing opposing views taking into consideration the country’s development drives.As for Saclepea City Mayor in Nimba County, Jeremiah Nyagian condemned the setting up of a war crimes and economic crimes court in the country, “because such exercise would delay the country’s development programs.”He said, the issue of a war crimes court will be a calculated witch-hunt, where individuals perceived as former fighters from any of the erstwhile warring factions would be targeted. In so doing, he noted, the accused will not have fair justice.Mayor Nyagian out-rightly condemned those who he said are the proponents for the establishment of war crimes court, asserting that they are not doing any good for the unity of the country.Nimba County Superintendent, David Dorr Cooper, said if the war crimes court issue is done to cover all Liberians, it will not be fair and would not be considered as justice for all.On the issues of Gongloe’s election, Dehtho said, was it ensure that the Bar speaks with a unified voice, which the elected president stands for.“Under Gongloe leadership the Bar will not be silent anymore on crucial national issues. We are going to speak, but with a unified voice,” Dehtho disclosed, adding that although some lawyers individually speak on major national issues, this would not happen during the Gongloe administration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Skinner slips by for win

first_imgFONTANA – How much disappointment can one heart take? Five days after his Daytona 500 dreams were crushed by the smallest of margins, Mark Martin seemed in line to have at least one happy night Friday in the San Bernardino County 200 at California Speedway. “Mark Martin is probably the best race car driver outside of Dale Earnhardt to ever put on a helmet,” Skinner said. “He had us tonight. “I don’t know if he missed a shift. I had to do the slowest restart all night. Ron and Mark got together a bit. I would’ve rather finished 15th than wreck Mark for the win.” Hornaday said that while he’d apologize if he saw Martin, he felt the leader was too slow coming to the line. “There are only two people who know what happened, and that’s Mark and I,” Hornaday said. “Mark knows he tried to get me out of the gas … I touched Mark, and it looked like he tried to come back up to block me from passing him. When he did, he was still off the ground a little bit and I spun him out. “I hate to see that because Mark is such a clean racer and a great competitor. I wish it hadn’t (happened) or it was somebody else.” Driving a Ford truck sponsored by Bad Boy Mowers, a company from his hometown of Batesville, Ark., Martin hoped to give his car’s owners, the Wood Brothers, their first victory since 2001. Instead, he found himself taking an unplanned spin through the infield grass before he even reached the start/finish line. He finished 23rd. Skinner was more than happy to take advantage. Along with Martin, he had one of the best trucks of the night (Martin led the most laps, 45 to Skinner’s 43). “You know, I’ve lost so many races being right where Mark was and ending up where he did,” Skinner said. “Doggone, it’s time we won one.” Skinner said he couldn’t quite remember where he was born in Ontario. “You know, I turn 50 this year. I can’t even remember stuff that happened last month,” he said. “I’d have to check my birth certificate. “I’ve hit a lot of walls.” jeff.gluck@sbsun.com (909) 483-8551 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img But with five laps to go in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and Martin leading the field to the start/finish line on a restart, Palmdale’s Ron Hornaday made contact with the sentimental favorite and sent his truck spinning into the infield. By the time the caution came out, Ontario native Mike Skinner had passed both Hornaday and Martin, then held off the field on one final restart to win his 20th career truck series race. last_img read more

Euro 2016: Wales player ratings v NI including Bale, Ramsey and Allen

first_img SUB ONE – Hal Robson-Kanu – 6 – He would have had a goal to his name had McAuley not put into his own net. James Chester, defender – 9 [man of the match] – The West Brom defender may have had a mixed season for his club, but he has been a rock at the back for the Dragons. Northern Ireland were better in the first half and Chester, 27, helped keep them out, keeping a clean sheet. 12 Ben Davies, defender – 7 – The Tottenham man has had in impressive tournament and he performed well again to see out a clean sheet. Joe Ledley, midfield – 6 – The Crystal Palace man was fairly quiet overall before being substituted on 63 minutes. Wayne Hennessey, goalkeeper – 7 – According to Squawka, the Crystal Palace goalkeeper completed more passes (12) than Bale in the first half. He made decent saves when called upon – including an early chance which he palmed away to deny Stuart Dallas. Ashley Williams, defender – 6 – The Swansea defender was disappointing but he led the Dragons to victory, setting an example late on when he picked up an arm/shoulder injury after a clash with Jonny Williams and he was determined to continue to see out the win. SUB TWO – Jonny Williams – 7 – Made an impact of the bench, looking lively and running directly at the Northern Ireland defence. Sam Vokes, forward – 6 – Missed a decent chance from a deadly Ramsey cross, but good hold-up play overall. 12 Neil Taylor, defender – 5 – The Swansea left-back was pretty poor overall but he made a vital late block to help his side to victory. 12 12 12 Gareth Bale, forward – 7 – The Real Madrid star sent in the cross which was turned into his own goal by Gareth McAuley, deciding the tie. 12 12 12 12 12 Wales booked their place in the last eight of Euro 2016 with a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland. Gareth McAuley’s own goal in the second half settled the contest after Gareth Bale sent in a dangerous low cross. Chris Coleman’s men will face the winner of Hungary v Belgium – live on talkSPORT. How did the Wales players fare in one of their biggest ever wins? Click the arrow, above right, to see our player ratings… 12 Joe Allen, midfield – 7 – The Liverpool man did not play as well as previous matches, as Northern Ireland dominated in the first half and overran the midfield. 12 Aaron Ramsey, midfield – 7 – The Arsenal midfielder had a first-half goal ruled out due to offside. A key part of Wales’ midfield. last_img read more

Senior Menu

first_imgLunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Suggested donation is $5, or $2.25 for those 60 and older. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays in the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. For information, call (805) 517-6261. All meals are served with whole-grain bread, green salad, yogurt, cottage cheese or cheese stick, fruit and low-fat milk. Here is this week’s menu: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Monday: Centers closed due to Memorial Day. Tuesday: Chicken primavera, cauliflower, vegetable blend Italian. Wednesday: Cook’s choice. Thursday: Beef sirloin tips, peas, vegetable blend Italian. Friday: Sweet and sour chicken, cauliflower, lima beans. 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

Liverpool youngster commits future to the club by signing long-term contract

first_imgLiverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has signed a new long-term contract with the club.The 18-year-old defender made his first-team breakthrough last season and went on to make a total of 12 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side.Liverpool said on their official website: “Trent Alexander-Arnold has committed his future to Liverpool by signing a new long-term contract at Melwood.“The 18-year-old penned the deal at the training ground – where he has been part of the group that began pre-season training on Wednesday – after agreeing fresh terms with the club.”Alexander-Arnold made his senior debut in the League Cup against Tottenham in October last year and made seven Premier League appearances.Alexander-Arnold said: “It’s not a good thing if you ever are satisfied in football, you’ve always got to strive for better.“There is always room for improvement.“I’ll get back into training, I’ll work hard and I’ll try to fight for a place in the team.” The 18-year-old defender made his first-team breakthrough last season 1last_img read more