LONDON (AP):Less than 24 hours before the global football spotlight falls on Leicester in their bid to win the top tier for the first time, Newcastle came out best in the scrapping at the other end of the English Premier League yesterday.The Magpies moved out of the drop zone for the first time since February after midfielder Andros Townsend’s superb free kick gave Newcastle a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.”The victory means a lot. It gives us momentum, confidence and a connection with the fans,” said Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.Sunderland again had to rely on its top scorer Jermain Defoe, with the striker grabbing a last-minute equaliser from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw against Stoke, who took the lead through striker Marko Arnautovic.”Where would we be without Jermain Defoe?” said Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce before answering his own question. “Relegated probably.”Despite drawing, Sunderland dropped into the relegation zone, one point behind 17th-place Newcastle and one point ahead of 19th-place Norwich, who lost 1-0 at Arsenal after Danny Welbeck’s goal in the 59th.”The last thing you can do down in the dogfight is feel sorry for yourselves,” said Norwich manager Alex Neil. “We didn’t get what we deserved.”Both Sunderland and Norwich have three games left while Newcastle have two.At the top, leaders Leicester can win the title by beating Manchester United today.
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– commences hearingsThe much anticipated Family Court has finally commenced operations and is currently hearing cases.Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh, announced on Tuesday in statement that the Family Division of the High Court has been established and began hearing cases since May 6, 2016.It has been almost five years since the Family Court building was completed and handed over to Government. Works were ongoing for over seven years to have the Family Court established and in operation, but this was been constantly delayed over the past years.For almost a year, the delays were blamed on the acquisition of furniture and the hosting of Commissions of Inquiries (CoIs) at the building, located in the compound of the Georgetown Supreme Court, overlooking King Street.Then more recently, revision of the Rules of Law had caused the opening to push back. However, in February, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams had laid over the completed Rules of Law, which will govern the practices and procedures of the Family Court. The rules were completed a while ago but some “necessary amendments” had to be made.The Chancellor acknowledged the numerous hurdles that had beset the functioning of the facility, noting that the Supreme Court will treat those as lessons learnt.The Family Court will hear and determine all proceedings which touch and concern family matters. The procedure of the Family Court will be governed by the Family (Proceedings and Procedure) Rules 2016 (FPPR).The main applications that could be made to the Court are for divorce, custody and access, division of property, maintenance, guardianship, parentage orders including paternity orders, protection of children, wardship, variation of an existing order and breach of orders. The Court is meant to encourage dispute resolution, including alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and therefore will facilitate a participatory approach to problem solving so that family disputes can be dealt with justly and expeditiously while ensuring the welfare of family members, especially children.The Family Court will be presided over by two judges. However, the FPPR will be applied by Judges who are assigned to the Berbice and Essequibo jurisdictions of the High Court where the Court shall receive and hear applications at the New Amsterdam and Suddie High Courts respectively.The Court has its own registry for receiving applications in family matters and includes a child friendly space in the form of a Children’s Waiting Room for parties who are required to attend the Court. The well trained staff of this new registry are geared to provide a customer friendly process for persons who attend at the registry and the Court.The Court will work in close liaison with the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) in matters affecting the welfare of children. In addition, it is expected that parties to family court matters will utilise the Mediation Centre of the High Court.Justice Singh expressed appreciation to the Government of Guyana; the United Nations Children’s Fund; the Government and people of Canada, as well as its diplomatic representatives in Georgetown, for the support readily given to the training of Judges and support staff in the anticipated work of the Family Court.
The Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) has dedicated the first ever motorbike parking station in Monrovia.The modern terminal was dedicated yesterday in the A. B. Tolbert Road community by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.The dedication of the hub is in gradual fulfillment of a request made by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the PCC at the dedication of the Du-port Road Park for the construction of a terminal that would shelter the cyclists from heavy rain and the scorching sun.The area consists of a parking lot, washing station, event spot, garbage can and a latrine. There are 55 bikes that need a terminal or parking station at various major junctions in the city. According to Paynesville City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson, they would soon receive a newly erected hub.“At the Du-Port Road Park dedication, President Sirleaf challenged the city government to create an enabling environment for pen-pen riders – a place that would bring sanity to their jobs. It is in fulfillment of challenge that we embarked on this project,” Mayor Gibson said.She said that with the construction of the terminal on the A. B. Tolbert Road, commercial motorcyclists will relocate from the ELWA Junction thereby promoting the free flow of traffic. The terminal will also create a safe and clean environment for over 150 bike riders and their passengers.According to Mayor Gibson, the construction of the hub, which will gradually be replicated across the city, is a significant step towards integrating the municipality’s motorcyclists into the formal sector.“This safe and organized hub will be replicated throughout the city,” she promised, adding that employment opportunities will come with the construction of each hub. “We are also creating employment for one monitor and evaluation person who will man the premises on a daily basis,” she added.Mayor Gibson expressed pride in the ELWA bike riders. “I am very proud of our bike riders at ELWA and their union for exemplifying good behavior and organization in their efforts to contribute considerably to the transport sector of our municipality.”She said the city has partnered with the pen-pen boys, their mother organization and the Liberia National Police to abide by the laws of the land.She thanked Vice President Boakai for gracing the occasion and called on him to extend her appreciation and gratitude to the President for challenging the city and endorsing her vision.She also lauded the community residents for their cooperation and dedication to the endeavor, which would not have been realized without their full participation.She indicated that the appearance of the municipality is the reflection of its occupants and “therefore all residents of the city should do all they can to keep the reflection glowing.”In his speech, VP Boakai made mention of the enormous contributions the cyclists make to the economy of the country. He said though they have some lapses, “they are of great significance to the development agenda of the country.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Rev. Tabla with others at the groundbreaking ceremony.The Ebenezer Community Church in Minnesota, the United States, on September 8, 2019 broke ground for the second phase of its building project. This new phase estimated at US$4.5 million, includes a 20,000 square-feet edifice with a 1,000 seat sanctuary, as well as offices and educational space.The Educational space, according to Dr. Tabla, will be named in honor of Rev. Dr. Peter James Flamming, Pastor Emeritus of the Historic First Baptist Church in Richmond, VA, USA. Under Dr. Flamming’s leadership, First Baptist Church Partnered with Ebenezer Community Church in significant ways including the acquisition of the 4.3 acres of land and the first phase construction. First Baptist Church of Richmond is also where Rev. Lott Carey held membership before going to Liberia to serve as Pastor of Providence Baptist Church on Broad and Ashmun streets in Monrovia and Chief medical Officer of the Republic of Liberia. The Lott Carey Baptist Mission School in Brewerville, Liberia is named in honor of Rev. Lott Carey.According to Senior Pastor of the Ebenezer Church, Rev. Dr. Francis O. S. Tabla, construction “by God’s grace is expected to begin this fall to be completed in late summer of next year,” with Dennis Batty & Associates as Architect and Terra Construction as General Contractors. The church’s first phase was completed in early 2016 with a 14,000 square feet facility at the cost of U$3.02 million.The 2nd phase groundbreaking ceremony coincided with the church’s 19th anniversary celebration, under the theme: “Expectation from the Lord” (taken from the text of Proverbs 24:14). The celebration included revival services and a thanksgiving service graced by anointed men and women of the gospel, including Reverend Simeon L. Dunbar, Senior Pastor of the Liberty Christian Center in Johnsonville, Liberia.A blueprint of the current and future place of worship of the ECC.Rev. Dunbar, a revivalist and preacher who is also a former school mate of Dr. Francis & Rev. Christine Tabla at the Booker Washington Institute in Kakata, Liberia in the mid eighties, delivered a power-packed thanksgiving message under the theme, “The Blessings of the Lord”, from the text Proverbs 10:22: “The blessing of the Lord makes rich and adds no sorrow”. He challenged ‘African’ Christians to “break forth and make a difference at home and abroad for the time is now.”During the course of the thanksgiving service, Deacon Gladys Freeman-Fahngon, was installed as Chair of Deacons, while Deacon Chester Weah, was installed as Vice Chair of Deacons. Deacon Richard Z. Toweh, was licensed as a Minister of the Gospel; Licentiate Massa J. Logan was installed as Director of Evangelism; and Brother Thomas Mason, as Church Clerk.Dr. Tabla said the services were graced by the unprecedented presence of God to the extent that “God held up the rain for the groundbreaking to occur without any setback.”Some dignitaries, including, Hon. Carlton George, Liberia’s Consul General to the Midwest, deputizing for Liberia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Hon. George Patten; Madam Wokie Freeman-Gbogba, Assistant City Manager of the City of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; and Reverend Clint Calvert of the Minnesota Wisconsin Baptist Convention, attended the program. Other guests were Hon. Arthur Biah and Mrs. Georgette Gray of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota; Mr. Isaac Russell, National President of the Maryland County Association of North America (NAMCAL), Mrs. Lydia Wuo, President of Minnesota chapter of NAMCAL; Ms. Alice Temah-Cooper, Queen of the Minnesota Chapter of the Booker Washington Institute National Alumni Association of North America, Reverend George Wonlon, Executive Director of the Liberian Ministers Association of Minnesota; Ilan Sharon, Jewish Liaison of African/Christians United for Israel; Apostle Samuel Barnes Carr, Senior Pastor of Triumphant Living Miracle Assembly of God, Gardnersville, Liberia; along with believers from other parts of the USA. Liberian gospel recording artist Ethelyn Naiah, AKA “Give Me a New Day” and Liberian-Ghanian gospel musical artist Steve Kelly, AKA “This Year Is My Year” also graced the occasion.Rev. Dr. Francis & Rev. Christine Jallah-Tabla, Pastors of the church and also natives of Liberia, earlier welcomed and thanked those who attended the event and asked God’s blessings upon them for their encouragement, friendship, prayers and support given to Ebenezer Community Church over the years. He also applauded friends and well-wishers, who gave generously and continue to support the project’s Gofundme page and other mediums to assist the church with the construction cost.Ebenezer Community Church is a body of believers that love God, care for each other and doing missions at home and abroad. The church has a growing congregation of over 700 members pursuing the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Liberian community in Minnesota and the African community at large. The following nations currently make up the membership: Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and the USA. The church continues to be a great testament to what God can do with and through a hand full of people who believe Him for great things; a beacon of hope, inspiration and pride to Liberians and all Africans in the diaspora, and a success story for all acquaintances and well wishers. All are welcome to visit the church when in Minnesota: 9200 West Broadway, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445.The church seeks to provide more ministry in evangelism and discipleship; services to the elderly and adult literacy programs; mentoring programs to help shield youths from gangs; cultural diversity orientation to help reduce cultural conflicts; as well as tutorial program to assist those with deficiencies in English and mathematics.At the close of the program, African dishes were served.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
(From left) DMA Bangura and DMC Wisner-Acting Minister Sets Records StraightThe Deputy Minister for Commerce and Trade Services at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, A.E. Nyema Wisner, has strongly rejected speculations that the recent closure of Fuzion Bar and Restaurant in Sinkor, Monrovia was an attempt to get at the Urey Family.Contrary to the wide social media speculations, Mr. Wisner said, Fuzion Bar and Restaurant was shut down by the Commerce Ministry’s Inspectorate for refusing entry to a team from the Ministry that was undertaking an inspection of business entities in Monrovia.The Acting Commerce Minister noted that when it comes to executing its statutory mandate, including the inspection of business entities throughout Liberia, the Ministry does not see anybody as being above the law and vowed that the Commerce Ministry will remain vigilant in doing its work.Mr. Wisner, addressing a press conference at the Commerce Ministry on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, called on Liberians to desist from politicizing the work of the Commerce Ministry, particularly the ongoing inspection.He also admonished the public to realize that the Commerce Ministry is not at war with the Urey Family, but simply trying to enforce its statutory mandate, regarding a conducive business climate for Liberia through practices that meet international best practices.He said the US$3,000 (three thousand United States Dollars) fine imposed on Fuzion Bar and Restaurant was not illegal, but strictly in accordance with the law.A Commerce Ministry release quotes Mr. Wisner as saying that fines are levied by the Ministry on the basis of business category.The release named the various categories as US $200.00 for small businesses, US $700.00 for medium entities and US $3,000.00 for big ones.‘’We imposed the fine since September 4, 2019 and even gave a 72-hour ultimatum for them to comply,” the Acting Commerce Minister added.He said the Commerce Ministry re-opened the business after the 24-hour time the law allows the Ministry to keep a business shut down for had expired and that the legal team from Fuzion Bar and Restaurant made an appeal to the Ministry for some reduction in the imposed fine.It can be recalled that Inspectors from the Ministry, led by Commerce Inspector General, Josephine Davies, were prevented from entering Fuzion Bar and Restaurant on August 28, 2019 while undertaking a nationwide inspection of business houses across Monrovia.“During the same exercise,” Wisner added, “the Commerce Ministry inspected other businesses within the same vicinity, including Royal Grand Hotel, Boulevard Hotel and Sajj House, an indication the Third Quarterly Inspection was not directed at Fuzion Bar and Restaurant or members of the Urey family, as is widely insinuated on the social media.“The ongoing inspection was preceded by a week-long public service announcement in August 2019, outlining details of the exercise, including protection of consumers and continuous compliance with standard regulations, amongst others,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Twenty-eight-year-old Adonis Harrison was last week remanded to prison after appearing before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman to answer to charges of illegal possession of a firearm and assault.He denied both charges, one of which stated that on September 7, 2018, he assaulted his reputed wife Joan Joseph.The other charge alleged that on September 8, 2018, at Savannah Black in the North West District of Region One (Barima-Waini), he had in his possession a shotgun without being licensed to have same.The prosecution is contending that at about 21:00h on September 7, 2018, Harrison became annoyed with his reputed wife and started to verbally abuse her, and subsequently physically assaulted her. Joseph’s mother intervened in the dispute and carried her daughter away.The following day, when Joseph returned home, she found the firearm in a bag. Since she was fearful for her life, she took the firearm to the village toshao, and the toshao handed the firearm over to the Police. The defendant was thus arrested, and he admitted to the offence in a caution statement.Magistrate Latchman has remanded Harrison to prison, and set the case to continue this week.
…says ‘Green Paper’ does not offer enough protection to GuyaneseGuyana must be financially prepared for the incoming oil boom if the country and its people are to truly benefit from the revenues earned from this new sector.This is according to financial analyst Sasenarine Singh who said that it must first be established that this oil wealth will only be felt by the masses around 2024.“Those who are spreading this myth that the good life is coming in 2020 are out to mislead the people for political purposes,” Singh, a former Alliance For Change (AFC) member, said.Another point, he made, is if the institutions are not in place in time and are not constructed to be independent of partisan politics, most of this oil wealth will go toFinancial analyst Sasenarine Singhwaste.Singh told Guyana Times on Sunday that there were several negatives that could happen.“Extreme macro-economic volatility can cause the foreign exchange rate to change in such a manner that the production process will become extremely uncompetitive,” he added.He said it could cause wild spending, which could allow too much good cash to be thrown into too many bad projects. Such actions, according to Singh, will drive a rapid increase in the cost of living that will eat up any potential gains from the oil wealth, because most people can see their disposable income declining.“It can expose the nation to wide swings in revenue between periods of high oil prices to those with low oil prices, which means less revenue. You do not develop a nation with such inconsistent revenue flows,” Singh further added.The former AFC member said careful attention must be paid to the idea that Guyana could be faced with a US$40 per barrel oil price. “Have we thought about this? Are we planning for this? Will we be able to deliver the services to the people at such a low price for oil? So, how can Guyana prepare for these un-eventualities?” he questioned.First and foremost, Singh is of the opinion that Guyana must protect the budget process and the national budget to not make it too dependent on the oil revenue. For a start, he said it must only have access to the interest income from the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) thus making the revenue swings more predictable.Green PaperBut he also questioned how far Guyana has gone to put systems in place to create such a fund. The financial analyst claimed that while the Green Paper was released and the highlights look good on paper, when the fine print is studied more closely, people would realise that there is much more work to be done, because “this Green Paper is shallow and does not cover enough of the bases to protect the people of Guyana”.“For example, I am extremely concerned about the adequacy of the system aroundGuyana is expected to become an oil-producing nation by mid-2020the withdrawal of funds from the SWF. Withdrawal of the capital from the SWF must never be a partisan political measure and thus a simple majority in Parliament is unacceptable to authorise the depletion of the capital of the SWF,” he opined.While he agrees that Government must have flexibility to withdraw the interest income earned, Singh said that should be automatic, but never the capital. Also, such withdrawal must have national consensus from all sides, including civil society.But Singh did not stop there. He told Guyana Times that the Green Paper has not properly thought out on how to transform the SWF after all the oil has been exhausted. He said the unborn children of Guyana have an even bigger right to these funds than the current generation and he was yet to find the meat on what the Green Paper proposes to protect inter-generational equity for these unborn children.“So the entire oil and gas framework must be strengthened to ensure that consensus is built around all processes. When it comes to these oil and gas revenue, 51 per cent of the stakeholders cannot and should not equal 100 per cent,” he added.As regards local content, Singh believes all the local Private Sector is doing is scrounging on the edges for the crumbs while all the core services continue to be provided by companies outside of Guyana. “Even neighbouring Trinidad that has “no skin” in the game, no risk exposure is benefiting from the Guyanese oil and gas industry more than Guyana.”He continued, “So, when will we take our rightful place as the local owners of these resources and secure a more equitable access to the oil services business; after all, all of the environmental risk is ours, all the resource depletion risk are ours and there are so many other risks that we totally own, but yet cannot see the returns to match those risks.” (Samuel Sukhnandan)
Long-time Arsenal and Liverpool target Eder Balanta is closing in on a move to Sampdoria, reports in Italy claim.The Colombia international, 21, has been linked with a host of clubs in the past 12 months, including Barcelona and Juventus.Indeed, back in October of last year, Barca midfielder Javier Mascherano praised Balanta’s talent after speculation touted him as a possible signing for the Catalan giants.“He looks very good. He is very young, but from what I have seen he has a lot of quality and is good at bringing the ball out from the back,” Mascherano told Marca.Arsenal have also been monitoring the youngster and it was thought that the Gunners would step up their interest following the departure of club captain Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona for £15m.However, it has now been reported that Sampdoria have beaten everyone in the race to sign Balanta by offering River Plate £5m for the talented centre-half Eder Balanta 1
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