Beach Workers Storm Finance Ministry

first_imgHundreds of beach workers who were hired to keep Monrovia’s beaches clean, yesterday gathered in front of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) to demand eight months wage arrears.The workers also threatened to take their protest to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the current office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as part of their options to ensure that the government settles their salary arrears.According to spokesperson Edwin Kanneh, the beach workers have complained to the United States Embassy. They have also petitioned members of the Legislature and held a personal conversation with President Sirleaf and House Speaker J. Alex Tyler as well as other top government officials.Their situation, Mr. Kanneh said, has remained the same without any positive sign as to when their arrears would be paid.“The group includes about 1,900 people from the slum communities of West Point, New Kru Town, Fish Market, and ELWA Community,” he said.They were hired by the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA) to ensure that all beaches around Monrovia are kept clean.“We ensured that during the outbreak of Ebola, there were no cholera and diarrhea outbreaks in the country and if we cannot be rewarded, we must at least receive our arrears,” Mr. Kanneh stated“We are Liberians. Why will Minister Amara Konneh continue to have us treated like this? He makes a fabulous salary which has never been delayed. Why will he make us to work like slaves without our just benefits? We need our money,” Mr. Kanneh demanded.According to him, some Liberians believe that they are more important than their fellow compatriots. As such, they don’t prioritize what affects the interest of ordinary people.Based on his perception, he vowed that his group will continue a “peaceful protest” until their arrears are paid.He appealed to the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) to intervene by making the money available to pay them as they continue to work to maintain cleaner beaches in Monrovia.“We are involved in cleaning our beaches and also protecting them from illegal mining, but we believe that government has taken this project as a political tool,” Kanneh said.Kanneh claimed that there is what he described as “reliable information” that they might not receive their arrears because they did not vote for a particular candidate during the recent senatorial elections.He told reporters that they were going through many difficulties on the job even during the Ebola outbreak in the country. But they have always tried to ensure that there was no cholera outbreak.“The money in question would help us take care of our families, our rents, our health and also pay our children’s school fees.”Meanwhile, the communications director at the MFDP, Abraham Warity, told reporters that the Ministry has agreed to pay the workers beginning Friday, May 29.“The Ministry will pay them the first five months and the remaining three months will be negotiated,” he explained. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

San Beda nips Lyceum to move closer to NCAA juniors title

first_imgTaal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yukien Andrada and Jay Ynot likewise sparkled along with King Alcantara for the Red Cubs, who are seeking redemption after missing the crown the past three seasons.“It’s a great feeling to win Game 1, but the series is far from over,’’ said San Beda coach Manu Inigo, son of former Inquirer sports editor Manolo Inigo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Sanchez had 16 points and 14 rebounds while Amsali added 14 points and 14 boards. Ynot, playing his final year for the Red Cubs along with Sanchez and Amsali, finished with 16 points while Andrada contributed 14.The Red Cubs, looking for their 24th NCAA juniors crown overall, demolished their rivals in the paint with 64 rebounds, 32 of them on the offensive glass, the same total of rebounds for the Junior Pirates. Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption John Barba, the tournament’s MVP, had 21 points for the Junior Pirates while Gyle Montano added 18.SAN BEDA 94—Ynot 16, Sanchez 16, Amsali 14, Andrada 14, Alcantara 12, Delfino 8, Oftana 6, Valencia 3, Pelipel 3, Cabanero 2, Alao 0, Llarena 0, Pascual 0, Nicdao 0.LYCEUM 80—Barba 21, Montano 18, Omandac 11, Gamlanga 10, Garro 9, Guadania 6, Garing 5, Panganiban 0, Caduyac 0, Ragasa 0, Santos 0, Dejelo 0, Dumon 0, Gudmalin 0.Quarters: 25-14, 47-41, 67-58, 94-80ADVERTISEMENT Defending champ Zverev beats error-prone Nadal at ATP Finals 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MANILA, Philippines–Justin Sanchez and Rhayyan Amsali wound up with double-double figures as the San Beda Red Cubs downed the Lyceum Junior Pirates, 94-80, and moved within a victory of clinching the juniors title of the NCAA Season 95 basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust MOST READ DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees View commentslast_img read more

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for Justice. They shall be satisfied.”

first_imgDear Editor,This is a quotation from the Bible that can be found on the big white rock next to the huge grey cross outside the St. Stanislaus College school compound on Brickdam.While most of us just walk past without wondering, the students who attended St. Stanislaus College in the eighties always knew that the school suffered a huge sacrifice in this nation’s struggle for democracy. The rock is in memory of the ultimate sacrifice paid by Father Darke.As a child growing up during tumultuous times in Guyana, we always had in our home a newspaper called the Catholic Standard, a vanguard for democracy and principle.As a people, as a nation, we must not forget the price that was paid for democracy and freedom, and we must never forget our heroes — those who paid with their lives for our freedom. We must not forget the value of democracy and the reason that we fight so hard for it. It is an essential foundation of political and economic stability.Participation in free and fair elections is the cornerstone by which we, the people, express our consent to be governed. This right was not handed to us on a platter by President Carter in 1992. We had to fight for this right to free and fair elections. While the children watched in awe and in fear during the long years of the PNC dictatorship, the upright citizens of this country waged a war against injustice and paid, a heavy price for the freedoms that we now enjoy.The people of this country cannot therefore offer a lukewarm response when our hard-earned freedoms are threatened. The first dent that President Granger put on our confidence was in hand-picking a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). The Guyana Elections Commission provides the mechanism through which the will of the people is determined. Our political culture demands consensus in the choice of a Chairman of GECOM.Political culture is important, because it represents our collective standards, values, virtues and wisdom; it is what we embody as a people. It is what the children learn from the adults, and it represents our baseline of standards – what we stand for as a nation – without it having to be articulated expressly. The people of this country are trying to improve political culture and take it to higher standards. Trampling of hard-earned political culture is the work of the ignorant. Ignorance must not rule over us, nor must the ignorant be given an opportunity to rule in the future, for the consequences of political power in the hands of the ignorant are already well known to us.We need skilled, competent leaders who are invested in service to the people. If there is one thing that we know well in this country, it is that politicians speak with forked tongues. We must therefore interrogate their utterances. Politicians must prove to us that they are genuine. We must not ingenuously believe them when they speak.President Granger made a grand speech about Local Government Elections (LGE). He said LGE is important to social cohesion. It is an entitlement of the people, and it is our right to select leaders; and on that basis, he therefore cannot postpone LGE. So the President asserts that his push for LGE is because it is a right, and that he is doing it for the benefit of the people and to improve social cohesion.However, the President’s claims are occurring against a backdrop of evidence that shows that there are certain glitches in the matrix. Four Miles, a community located in Region One, made a huge shout out to the Guyanese public at the end of August that the APNU/AFC coalition Government is pushing to form a CDC in titled Amerindian land (Guyana Times, 30th August, 2018).What is going on here, and what does this glitch in the matrix signify? This assault on the Amerindian people was not only against political culture, but it is against the law. The APNU/AFC Coalition continues to pursue its agenda as if it is above the law. This continuous aggravation by politicians against the people of this country is not appreciated. We elect statesmen and women to uphold the law and maintain and improve political stability, not to trample it.Further, CitizensReport (June 13,2018), informed the public that the APNU/AFC Coalition clandestinely changed two Amerindian Village Councils into Neighbourhood Democratic Councils without consulting the toshaos or residents of Aranaputa and Annai.Another glitch in the matrix was the clash between President Granger and the National Toshaos’ Council on Amerindian land rights. Anna Correia, in her article in the Guyana Times (April 9, 2017), asserted that this clash is part of a larger PNC philosophy geared to crush multiculturalism. Diversity is recognised worldwide as a virtue and a natural law that protects the human species against extinction.A fourth glitch in the matrix was the accusation, and the evidence provided, by the PPP/C that gerrymandering of the boundaries was taking place. Minister Bulkan has subsequently accused the PPP/C of trying to delay the LGE. Well, we don’t believe the Minister. The PPP/C has a valid claim.Maybe what can help us to understand President Granger’s resentment against the Amerindian people, his urgency for LGE and the motivation behind the gerrymandering is the opening paragraph of his article (on sale at Austin’s for $400) titled ‘Guyana’s Military Veterans.’ The paragraph begins with a sub-title: Promised Land.And continues thus: “In October, 1970, Forbes Burnham, Prime Minister of Defence and Chairman of the Guyana Defence Board reiterated his pledge that all military veterans would be entitled to a grant of state land once they had retired honourably from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).”The speech of Forbes Burnham “..I made an offer to the GDF that any long-serving GDF men, and women too, who retired or left the service honourably..would be given an opportunity, if they wish, along with others, to have control of large plots of land in the hinterland for development, agriculture, particularly, though there is no objection to other forms of use of the land.”Granger continued in his writing “..four Defence Ministers, and 28 years later, no land settlement scheme has materialised and the misplaced satisfaction of military veterans has turned to scepticism.”So, maybe President Granger’s passion for LGE is not so much for upholding the rights of the citizens, but for a dream for Amerindian lands crafted before many of us were born in an era of state control and dictatorship. If so, the Government is pursuing an agenda outside of the responsibilities given to it by the citizens of this nation. No government must feel that the people of this country are without courage, for thirst and hunger for justice flows through our veins, and a passion for righteousness ignites our heart.Sincerely,Sandra Khanlast_img read more

Early Budget an attempt to avoid scrutiny – PPP/C

first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) does not support the passage of an early budget, saying the dynamics of the situation limit its scrutiny of Government’s performance.Finance Minister Winston Jordan had announced that the National Budget 2017 would be presented in early December and would aid in the timely implementation of Government’s agenda.Former Junior Finance Minister Juan EdghillHowever, the PPP/C is contending that it will not get to examine and compare the actual expenditure for 2016, since the 2017 Budget will be presented and debated while the 2016 Budget is still being implemented.Former Junior Finance Minister Juan Edghill, during a news conference on Monday, explained that the books for the fiscal year close on December 31; therefore, if the Budget is presented before that date, then figures on the various Ministries and agencies’ performance will not be available for comparison during the budget debates.“We will be debating and examining a budget where a current budget is being executed and we don’t know for sure actuals. For example, between December 21 and December 31, do you know what the expenditure of this country can be? If the books are not closed, we don’t know how much they spent, how much is their capital expenditure, how much is their current expenditure to find out what we are doing for 2017; so we will be at a disadvantage,” Edghill explained.Given these circumstances, he suspected that Government’s early budget presentation could be its sneaky way of evading public scrutiny.“We are very concerned if this is another three-card trick that is being played out in the public where we are going to be duped. Is this another form of corruption to hide underperformance and create opportunities for greater levels of corruption….?” he mused.Edghill maintained that there was no haste for an early budget presentation, noting historically, the country’s budget was presented in the first quarter of the fiscal year. He noted too that there were already mechanisms in place for the interim spending of the Government, which is 1/12 of the previous budget, until the new budget is presented and passed.last_img read more

Householders who have broadband with Vodafone are being hit with price hikes

first_imgThe telecoms giant is increasing prices by up to €84 a year and it is ending some of its older mobile phone plan deals.The company confirmed that broadband prices are rising by between €5 and €7 a month from November on wards.In a statement, the company said: “This adjustment is in response to increased operational costs, primarily due to the rise in wholesale prices.”It added that the price of its recently added TV, broadband, home and mobile package will not be affected by the increase.A spokesperson said: “Customers have the option of changing their plan and should contact a Vodafone customer service agent for details.”Vodafone is also ending some low-priced mobile phone plans.“A small number of customers who are currently on old, outdated plans are currently being moved to the new Vodafone Red 30 Day plan as Vodafone upgrades its internal systems,” a spokesperson said.“Vodafone has been in contact with affected customers to inform them of the move.”Managing director of price comparison site, Eoin Clarke, said: “In June, Open Eir confirmed an increase of €3.50 a month in its fibre broadband prices for wholesale customers.“Now, we’re seeing Vodafone raise its prices by between €5 and €7 per month as a result of costs associated with this wholesale hike – although not all customers are affected.”He warned that we could see price increases from other broadband providers too.Sky, Eir and Virgin have already increased prices for their services this year. Householders who have broadband with Vodafone are being hit with price hikes was last modified: October 15th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:broadbandprice hikesVodafonelast_img read more

Reports: Gunners set to reignite interest in PSG star

first_img1 Julian Draxler Arsenal have contacted Paris Saint-Germain over a possible deal for Julian Draxler.The Germany international only joined the French giants in January after they paid Wolfsburg more than £35million to sign him.However, the signing of Neymar from Barcelona and the expected arrival of Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe means Draxler is unlikely to feature regularly this season and he is ready to leave.Arsenal, according to Le 10 Sport, have now been alerted to the situation and have contacted PSG to see if a deal can be struck.The Gunners are long-term admirers of Draxler and were tracking him before he moved to France.PSG are reported to want to recoup the full £35.5m they paid for the Germany international in January if they are to let him go.last_img read more

Fire crews try to save structures in blaze path

first_img(818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe lake, which typically draws capacity crowds in these waning summer weekends, will be closed until the fire is controlled, said sheriff’s Deputy Rich Nichol, who patrols the popular recreation area at the foot of the Grapevine. Campgrounds in the area were evacuated on Monday, then as the threat resumed Wednesday, deputies ordered some 30 boaters off the water. The lake that normally reflects the intense blue of the forest sky was almost black from ash and the heavy smoke above, Nichol said. Helicopters frequently buzzed overhead, drawing water from Pyramid to douse the stubborn flames. By late afternoon Friday, the fire that has sent enormous clouds of brown smoke over the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys had jumped from the Los Padres National Forest into the Angeles. Because of the fire, the South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a special smoke advisory Friday for the Santa Clarita Valley and areas in the San Gabriel Mountains. ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – With a wall of flames charging through thick wilderness, firefighters wrapped a historic treasure in a metallic guard to protect it from a blaze that has burned out of control since Labor Day. The restored Slide Mountain fire lookout tower, one of just three remaining in the sprawling Angeles National Forest, surely stood in the path of the massive Day Fire, which by Friday evening had consumed more than 12,000 acres of forest about 30 miles north of Santa Clarita. “Firefighters went in there prior to the fire and basically wrapped it in fire retardant material, the same type of stuff they use in their survival tents,” said Ed Linquist, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman. A short distance away, crews were taken by boat across picturesque Pyramid Lake to clear brush around campgrounds, restrooms and other structures in danger of igniting. last_img read more

4 burglary suspects may be tied to other cigarette thefts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The intruders had gloves, pry bars, bolt cutters and headset lights, Jennings said. The intruders had pried open a door to reach a ladder to the roof, then cut a hole in the roof, he said. Arrested on suspicion of burglary were Gevork Galtadjian, 19, of Winnetka; Gayk Tatevosyan, 21, of Glendale; Artak Nadarian, 21, of Los Angeles; and Alla Rayeva, 19, of Studio City. Each was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail. A national retailers association says cigarettes have become increasingly attractive to thieves as stores limit the cash they have on hand and cigarette taxes and rising prices make a carton more valuable – up to $50 for 10 packs. PALMDALE – Four burglary suspects from the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles were arrested at a tobacco shop where, deputies said, they cut a hole into the roof. Detectives are looking into whether the four are connected to other cigarette thefts, which are often committed by organized theft rings that sell the cigarettes to other shops for resale or on the street. Deputies were sent to the Cigs and Cigars store in the Amargosa Commons shopping center on 10th Street West about 1a.m. Friday in answer to a burglary alarm. Employees of the company that monitors the alarm system told deputies they could hear intruders moving around in the store. Deputies surrounded the store and caught two young men coming out and another young man and a young woman at a car in the shopping center parking lot. 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

So That’s What The Feds Are Doing With Seized Bitcoins

first_imgWhat are the Feds doing with all that Bitcoin they seized from Silk Road last year? Auctioning it off to interested parties, as it turns out. The US Marshals Service announced Monday that it’d be auctioning off 50,000 bitcoins, worth roughly $19 million, on Dec. 4. It is a silent auction, where potential bidders must submit their bids in advance with no prior knowledge of other bidders’ offers. This is the US Marshals Service’s second Bitcoin auction, about five months after it first began to sell off the assets seized in last October’s Silk Road raid. (Last time, venture capitalist Tim Draper was the auction’s sole winner, taking home an amount of Bitcoin worth $19 million at the time.) This latest auction is for bitcoins the Feds found on a computer belonging to alleged Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht. Ulbricht and prosecutors reached a deal in January that would allow these Bitcoins to be sold. See also: Former Bitcoin Exchange CEO Arrested In Silk Road Drug Trafficking SchemeIt’s a powerful reminder that, while Bitcoin may be a pseudonymous currency, there is nothing anonymous about it, and the Feds can find and charge any user they need to. Though the black market site Silk Road was located on the Dark Web and extremely covert, the Feds were able to find its creators by following the trail of the bitcoins exchanged. There will be no concern, however, about tracing the bidders on these particular bitcoins up for auction. All bidders are required to register and prove their identities before being allowed to make an offer. They must also vow that they are not affiliated with Silk Road or its alleged creator in any way.Photo by fdecomite on Flickr A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… lauren orsini Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts Tags:#bitcoin#Cryptocurrency#Ross Ulbricht#Silk Road 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Trump Meets with Senate Republicans; Budget Committee Approved Tax Bill

first_imgPresident Trump met with Senate Republicans at the U.S. Capitol on November 28 to again press for passage of the Senate GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill. Shortly thereafter, the Senate Budget Committee approved the GOP tax bill, removing the last hurdle for the tax bill before it moves to the Senate floor.Approved Tax Bill The luncheon between the President and GOP senators concluded just prior to the Senate Budget Committee’s approval of the fiscal year 2018 budget resolution and GOP tax bill. The committee approved the legislation by a 12-to-11 party line vote. A full Senate vote on the bill is expected later this week but could come as early as November 29. Floor amendments to the bill are expected.GOP HoldoutsSenate Republican leadership, along with Trump, continue to press forward in their efforts to rally the necessary 50 GOP votes for the tax bill’s approval. “We know we can’t move forward until we get 50 people satisfied, and that’s what we’re working on,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters after meeting with the president. He likened the challenge to dealing with a rubik’s cube.Several Senate Republicans have remained noncommittal to the tax bill, while Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has expressly stated he’s a no vote on the bill as it stands. However, chances of the bill’s success seemed brighter on November 28 for Republican leadership, as several key GOP votes expressed optimism.Johnson and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., both voted yes on the bill in the Senate Budget Committee on November 28, a move that allows the bill to come to the Senate floor. Corker’s vote was swayed by an “outline of an agreement ” with GOP leadership, he told reporters. Later in the day, Johnson said in an interview that Trump has said he will “fix” the issues Johnson has with the tax bill.Additionally, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Susan Collins, R-Me., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., met privately with Trump after the GOP luncheon. Graham signaled the meeting resulted in “progress.” As with Johnson, Trump reportedly told Collins that he will also address the problems she has with the tax bill.Democrats OpposedSenate Democrats remain largely united in their opposition of the GOP tax reform bill. Senate Finance Committee (SFC) ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in a November 28 tweet that the bill would be “devastating for middle class working Americans.” Likewise, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said on November 28 that the bill will raise taxes on middle-class families. “Bipartisanship and compromise are possible on tax reform. We can do a better job than this and not saddle the next generation of Americans with even larger deficits, even larger debt,” Schumer said in a tweet.In contrast, SFC Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, in calling for bipartisanship on November 28, said that he has “never seen it worse” when it comes to partisan politics. “I wish we could get Democrats and Republicans together – this is a time when we ought to. I call on my Democrat friends, let’s work together and get this done,” Hatch told reporters at the Capitol. At this time, it remains unclear whether the bill will have any, even if marginal, Democratic support.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more