Korvah Wins LNTTA Elections

first_imgMr. Amos Korvah, the acting president of the Liberia National Table Tennis Association (LNTTA) won its last Saturday’s presidential elections, beating Aaron Nawuoh, 44-8 votes.Mr. Korvah served as vice president under the late Lord Brownell, and began ‘acting’ as president since 2012.The election put to rest his stand-in leadership and agitation from a handful of members about the lack of financial reports which led to the postponement of election twice in 2013.Mr. Wennie Klimeth won the vice presidency, beating Narnue Davis 23-19 votes with Celestine King, receiving 10 votes.Secretary General Lamin Freeman was unopposed. The Assistant Secretary General position went to Gregory Ebulue and Anita Williams got the Financial Secretary position.The president in consultation with the Executive Committee will appoint the Chaplain and Treasurer.Meanwhile, president-elect Korvah said his leadership will amend the constitution regarding their tenure, from two (2) to four (4) years in accordance with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Statutes.He said his administration will also strive to foster peace and unity amongst the 52 members, complete the renovation of their headquarters at the Sports Commission on Broad Street and continue to take table tennis to schools and communities as way of decentralizing the game.“We are planning a colorful installation program and we hope to invite every stakeholder, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Chinese Ambassador,” Korvah said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Local Money Exchangers Identify with Ganta Border Security for Christmas

first_imgAs part of the Christmas activities, the local money changers at the Ganta Border on Monday, December 24, 2018 identified with the security apparatus assigned on the both sides of the Liberia-Guinea border at Ganta, with some assorted items for Christmas.Making the presentation to the security forces, the head of the group Jerry Mulbah praised them for their services rendered in protecting the lives of the business people and ordinary citizens as they trade across the borderline daily.“We are very grateful to you all for the protection you provided us in this borderline daily,” he said.“With the numerous contributions to our security, as money exchangers along this border, we are pleased to extend a little token of appreciation and urge you all to remain loyal to your calling and duty as state security,” he added.On the Liberian side, both Nathan Kpakar of ECOWAS Brown Cards and Col. Robert Gibson of the Liberia Immigration Service thanked the money exchangers for the token of appreciation extended to them as Christmas gifts.Col. Gibson of Liberia Immigration Service, Ganta Border making remark, after he received the packageThey urged the money exchangers to always remain law abiding, as they carry on their business activities along the border, adding, “we will continue providing the needed security you need so you can move freely in doing business and supporting the government.”On the Guinea side, the lead commander of the first gate, Capt. Keita, also extended his gratitude to the money exchangers for being the first group of young business people to give them presents for their services.“We are very happy of your token and the concern in general. We will do all our best to ensure that you receive the needed security, but we want you do away with criminal activities and learn to respect one another, regardless of being a Guinean or Liberian,” he said.The gifts, which are worth several thousand Liberian Dollars, includes assorted soap, both laundry and bath soaps. The parcels of gifts were presented to every department at the border, both Liberian and Guinean sides.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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CCAC hosts World Consumer Day 2019 Expo

first_imgAs the world celebrates World Consumer Rights Day on Friday, the Guyana Competition and Consumers Affairs Commission (CCAC), along with sister agencies under the Business Ministry, hosted its annual World Consumer Day 2019 Expo, which focused on technology.The expo was held on Main Street, Georgetown, and World Consumer Rights Day is celebrated worldwide every year on March 15.With the theme “Trusted Smart Products”, the exposition saw stakeholders in the technology field coming out to educate the general public about the safe use of their various devices.Director of the Consumers Affairs Commission, Dawn CushFeyona Austin, Consumer Affairs Officer and Head of the Consumers Affair Unit, said that since technology is taking over, it is important for Guyanese to learn of the pros and cons of technology use.“So, as consumers, we need to know what the pros are and what the cons are, because we need to be vigilant when we use and when we purchase smart products… We are offering everyone the opportunity to come out and learn what they need to know when using smart products,” Austin explained.Similar events were held in other sections of Guyana, including at Bartica, where the event was kicked-off.Currently, CCAC is hosting an essay competition wherein students are given the opportunity to write about their knowledge of technology.Director of the Consumer Affairs Commission, Dawn Cush, has said the main focus is being placed on technology education.Cush shared her enthusiasm at the turnout at the gathering, “This runs until 4, so everybody knows and everybody usually comes out. The turnout so far has been great, especially from the various schools around Georgetown”.One of the many craft displays at the eventGuyana Times caught up with Karen Abrams of STEM Guyana, who was one of the presenters at the Expo. She briefly explained that even though smart products offer tremendous potential for Guyana, they need to be utilised wisely.“I was invited by Director Cush; she wanted a representative from STEM Guyana to share our views on the benefits and disadvantages of Smart products, and one of the things that we shared is that these products offer potentials for Guyana but there are also some constraints and some concerns that need to be addressed from a consumer point of view,” Abrams said.The public and students of several schools in Georgetown tunred out in their numbers to support World Consumers Day 2019Companies that had displays at the Expo were GTT, Digicel, Starr Computers; global and consumer agencies, including the Food and Drug Department and the Consumer Affairs Department.last_img read more

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Ministerial Code of Conduct ineffective – TIGI President

first_img…should outline penalties for transgressions The Ministerial Code of Conduct, which was finalised in 2017 and was intended to hold Ministers to a certain standard while in office, seems not to have lived up to expectations. This is according to Transparency International of Guyana Inc Head, Dr Troy Thomas.Dr Thomas was at the time making an appearance on the Globespan 24/7 live show in New York on Saturday, titled “Integrity in politics”. The anti-corruption advocate pointed to the recent accusations of conflict of interests levelled at Government Ministers. According to Dr Thomas, the shortcomings of the code are evident.“One of the biggest issues with the revised code of conduct is that it does not articulate a penalty. So I’m not sure it’s worth the paper it’s printed on. It has several things in it. But if you breach them, then what? We don’t know and I think that needs to be articulated very clearly in there,” Dr Thomas said.“When they released the draft initially, it did not have anything about resolving the conflict through the Integrity Commission, that’s something we had argued for. It was in the revised version.”But Dr Thomas noted that also in the revised version were provisions for the conflicted person to take measures to resolve their problems themselves. According to the anti-corruption advocate, these are things that should be determined by the Commission.“The impunity is one of the greatest problems. So far, nobody has been convicted of all the things we found out… so far, there’s more of an incentive to take the risk and enrich yourself than do the right thing and remain poor,” Dr Thomas said.The code of conduct is made up of 11 Articles. Article One prohibits public officials from taking bribes, while Article Two focuses on discrimination. Article Three prohibits public officials from accepting “any gift, benefit or advantage from anyone, [except] personal gifts from a relative or friend”. This provision, it states, does not apply to gifts received on behalf of the State.Article Five states: “No public [official] shall use his or her official influence in support of any scheme or in furtherance of any contract or proposed contract or other matter in regard to which he or she has an interest”.Article Six has provisions for ensuring confidentiality. It prohibits public officials from disclosing any information that is classified as privileged or confidential, to any unauthorised person. Article Seven prohibits officials from using public property such as money, equipment, supplies or services for unapproved purposes.Article Nine prohibits public officials from accepting “lavish or frequent entertainment” from any person or entity that the Government has or may have dealings with. This, the Article notes, includes invitations to sporting events and concerts.Article 10 prohibits officials from using their office in an improper manner for personal gain, while the final Article forbids anyone in public life from having outside employment “except with the written consent of the relevant authority”.ConflictEarlier this month, it was revealed that former Minister of Housing, Valarie Patterson-Yearwood’s husband, Godfrey Yearwood, was awarded a contract to build homes for a project spearheaded by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA); an agency which she had responsibility over as Housing Minister.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had disclosed at a press conference earlier this month that the construction worker went to him after he had exhausted efforts to collect his payments from the Minister’s husband.According to the Opposition Leader, the man had written President Granger four times over the past year for the Head of State’s intervention but only got acknowledgement responses.Chief Executive Officer of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), Lelon Saul had revealed that he was aware of this issue of non-payment.“A complaint was lodged at the Ministry, I think it was sometime last year, and we would have called in both parties and we advised them to settle the issue,” Saul told reporters earlier this month.Further, the CH&PA Head had also noted that the award of the contract to the Minister’s husband for works under a Ministry she was heading was a clear conflict of interest even if the contract was awarded through a competitive bidding process.“If the contractor in question is the spouse of the Minister, certainly it would be a conflict of interest,” he posited.To this end, the CH&PA Head called for a review of the awarding process so that there is no reoccurrence of such a situation. It is a call that was echoed by other sections of society, including Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc.There have also been revelations that Videomega Productions, the multi-media company owned by Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, received multiple contracts from the Government.last_img read more

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City Construction Value Still Ahead of 2009 Pace

first_imgThe value of construction in Fort St. John last month was nearly double what it was in the same month last year. 39 permits worth more than $3.3 million were issued, as compared to 15 issued in April of 2009, worth less than $1.9 million.- Advertisement -In addition, that pushed the 2010 year-to-date total to more than $14 million, as compared to just $3.3 million last year.However, it should also be noted, last year was a down year, and the four month total for 2008 was more than $32 million.In terms of revenue, the 39 permits added nearly $12 thousand to city coffers, and raised the year-to-date total to nearly $80 thousand.That’s about four and a half times the four month total of last year, which was just over $18 thousand…and it is also about $20 thousand ahead of the comparable 2008 total.Advertisementlast_img read more

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City score seven in FA Cup stroll, Oldham knock out Fulham

first_img0Shares0000Opening strike: Raheem Sterling puts Man City aheadLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 6 – Premier League champions Manchester City began their FA Cup campaign with a 7-0 thrashing of Rotherham on Sunday but Fulham, battling to avoid relegation from English football’s top-flight, were beaten 2-1 by fourth-tier Oldham.Barnet ensured there would be a non-league presence in the fourth round with a 1-0 win away to second-tier Championship club Sheffield United. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola may have made eight changes from the team that beat Premier League leaders Liverpool on Thursday but still fielded a strong side for the visit of Championship side Rotherham, with Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus all starting as playmaker Kevin De Bruyne returned from injury.Sterling made it 1-0 in the 12th minute and City then scored twice in the closing stages of the first half.Phil Foden, the England Under-21 international, got on the end of a cross from Ilkay Gundogan in the 43rd minute to score his first home goal for City before Rotherham defender Semi Ajayi turned the ball into his own net.Jesus made it 4-0 early in the second half before Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane added further goals.“We are going to try and do well in every competition we play in,” Guardiola told the BBC.Turning to Foden, he added: “He missed some simple passes and he needs to be solid but he is young. When he attacks the central defenders he is incredible.”– ‘Phenomenal’ Oldham –Denis Odoi put Fulham ahead in the 52nd minute at Craven Cottage but Sam Sturridge drew Oldham level with a penalty before Callum Lang’s header two minutes from time sealed a comeback win.Daniel Iversen compounded Fulham’s misery by saving an Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty just moments earlier.“It is Roy of the Rovers stuff,” said Oldham boss Pete Wild. “The character in the dressing room is phenomenal.”Elsewhere, Barnet beat Championship high-flyers Sheffield United thanks to Shaquile Coulthirst’s 21st-minute penalty.“It’s unbelievable — that’s the only word I have at the minute,” said Barnet captain Callum Reynolds after the north London club’s triumph.“I mean they (Sheffield United) are third in the Championship and we beat them at their ground.”Watford manager Javi Gracia changed his entire starting side from the team that drew 3-3 at Bournemouth, with Venezuela forward Adalberto Penaranda making his Hornets debut at non-league Woking.But hopes of Woking, 110 places adrift of the Hornets, enjoying a shock win suffered a setback when Will Hughes curled in a 13th-minute shot from the edge of the area.Watford made it 2-0 16 minutes from time when Troy Deeney scored from close range.“It was a good performance,” Gracia told BT Sport. “I was sure it was the best option for us (to change the side) because we knew it would be a demanding game.”-Millwall beat HullMillwall came from a goal down to beat Championship rivals Hull 2-1, substitute Shane Ferguson scoring twice inside the closing eight minutes.QPR defeated Championship leaders Leeds by the same scoreline, Jake Bidwell grabbing a 75th-minute winner for the west London club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Rodgers pleased with Everton draw and says ‘bad luck’ cost Liverpool win

first_imgBrendan Rodgers told talkSPORT he was “pleased with the performance” and a “good point” at Everton, but bemoaned what he saw as Liverpool’s “bad luck” to concede at Goodison Park.The Reds took the lead shortly before half-time, but Everton levelled matters before the break after a defensive mix up involving Liverpool’s three central defenders.“I thought we were much the better team in the first half, looked a real threat, deservedly went in front, then gave away a poor goal on half-time,” the Northern Irishman explained after the game.“Second half you expect a reaction from them [Everton] and in that moment we defended well, had good organisation, without being overly bothered and had more threat on the counter attack.“It’s a good point away from home in what is always a tough game, the Merseyside game, so [I am] pleased with the performance but a little bit frustrated that we couldn’t get the win.”The draw meant Liverpool have won a solitary match in their last nine games in all competitions, failing to keep a clean sheet in those nine matches, but Rodgers felt his team was unlucky to concede the equaliser at Goodison.“Today was more bad luck,” Rodgers argued. “The ball comes into the box and Emre Can gets good contact on it, he wasn’t rash, he just wants to defend it back to where the ball came from.“Normally that will go out for a throw in and you are happy and it’s good defending, but he’s unfortunate to hit Martin Skrtel, it then ricochets on to Sakho and falls absolutely perfectly for Lukaku who finishes it really well.“So that was just bad luck, but of course we’ll analyse that and think we could do better.”last_img read more

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first_imgRancho Palos Verdes resident Alan Cook is well into his second career as a novelist. After retiring as a computer analyst for IBM and other companies, he began writing about his passion, walking. His first book, “Walking the World: Memories and Adventures,” is a memoir of long walks taken around the country. Then he ventured into mystery writing and recently completed his third mystery, “Honeymoon for Three.” Set in 1964, the story centers around a high school nerd-turned-murderer who stalks a man and a woman during their honeymoon trip to a series of Western landmarks. Cook also is a poet, photographer and member of many literary societies, including Mystery Writers of America, The Author’s Guild and Southwest Manuscripters. He will be among six authors to speak at the 50th Books and Authors Luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 14 at the Torrance Marriott Hotel. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After 50 years hosting this event, the Palos Verdes Woman’s Club has developed a loyal following of attendees who return to hear talks by celebrity authors and to get a jump start on their holiday gift giving with autographed copies of new books. Other authors scheduled to attend include New York Times best-selling mystery/food writer Elizabeth Adler with her new book, “Meet Me in Venice”; Karen Olsen with her new book, “Day of the Dead,” a thriller about a New Haven police reporter who connects the dots between the John Doe “floater” in the harbor, the police chief and the city’s immigrant population; and Patricia Smiley, introducing “Short Change,” a murder set in Los Angeles’ Gold Coast. Also Gary Lyons, curator of the Huntington Botanical Gardens, will review his book, “Desert Plants: A Curator’s Introduction to the Huntington Desert Garden.” And children’s book author Barbara Hart, an Emmy-nominated writer, will discuss her book, “The Adventure of Octopus Rex.” Tickets, which include lunch, are $50 and can be bought by calling Connie Beck at 310-265-1173. meredith.grenier@dailybreeze.com 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

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TRANSFER ALERT! Liverpool could face battle to sign in-demand Real Madrid ace

first_img Real Madrid ace Jese Rodriguez is now PSG’s top target this summer 1 Paris Saint-Germain are ready to battle Liverpool for Real Madrid winger Jese.The Spaniard has just one year to run on his current contract at the Bernabeu and he is expected to leave this summer.Liverpool are keen on the 23-year-old and they have reportedly held preliminary talks with Real Madrid.However, according to L’Equipe, PSG have now made Jese their No.1 target for the rest of the transfer window.The French champions had looked at bolstering their attacking options with Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette, but they have been put off by the striker’s price tag.Arsenal have already had a £29.3million bid for the Frenchman rejected, while in contrast Jese can be snapped up for £20m.last_img

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BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT ENGLISH CLINCHES BRONZE MEDAL IN EUROPEAN FINAL

first_imgSuperb Mark English arrived on the world stage after claiming a brilliant bronze medal in the 800 metres at the European Championships.Superb run by Mark EnglishThe 21 year old Letterkenny man ran a season’s best in a time of 1.45.03 to claim the medal.The UCD student almost clinched a silver medal but was pipped in the last five metres by the Polish athlete Artur Kuciapski. His run was just two hundreds of a second outside the all-time Irish record which will surely be in his grasp in the coming months.English timed his run to perfection and was sitting in fifth with just two hundred metres to go.Sonia O’Sullivan said English ran such an intelligent race.“You could sense that if he didn’t go too soon he could hold on. It was absolutely fantastic. We new he had it in him but you still have to go out and do it. “People don’t understand how difficult it is to get one of these medals. To come out and do what he did was absolutely amazing,” she said. BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT ENGLISH CLINCHES BRONZE MEDAL IN EUROPEAN FINAL was last modified: August 16th, 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:bronzedonegalEUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPSmark englishlast_img read more

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