Liberia Chairs Africa Group at UN

first_imgAmb. Kemayah at the turn-over ceremony with a counterpart.On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah took over the chairmanship of the African Group of ambassadors to the United Nations for the month of December 2019, dispatch has said.As Chairman for the month, Amb. Kemayah will coordinate the affairs of the African Group of ambassadors to the United Nations, and serve as its official spokesperson at all UN functions, including meetings and high-level conferences.Amb. Kemayah, who received the gavel of authority at a turn-over ceremony, described the chairmanship as a noteworthy responsibility, and pledged his unflinching practical commitment to ensuring that the interest and common objectives of the 54 African countries are appropriately articulated, protected and strengthened at the United Nations–the largest global platform of multilateralism.He added, “It is indeed an honor to serve as Chair of this reputable Group; particularly being charged with articulating and projecting the voice of the African Union at such a global platform. For the fact that the African Group comprises 54 Members States, constituting approximately 28% of UN members; the largest regional body by a number of Member States, there is so much we can achieve working as a unified and well-integrated block.”Kemayah said that during his chairmanship, immense focus will be placed on Africa’s shared views on matters of priorities — peace and security, the inter-governmental negotiations on the reform of the Security Council, and African Candidatures, as well as strengthening of engagement with the aim to continue forging partnership with other regional blocks at the UN.He thanked Ambassador Moncef Baati of Tunisia for the steady commitment and the distinct manner in which he steered the affairs of the African Group for the month of November, and assured that he would strive to address pending issues before the African Group.“I am very much pleased with the briefing received from the out-going chair, and for handing over to me the mantle of authority. His briefing will certainly set the pace on how we proceed henceforth. We will vigorously commence here, using his briefing as the old mat so that we begin weaving the new and ambitious one. I trust that with the support of Member States, we will work collaboratively in addressing our pending issues. We take due note of pending matters as informed by the out-going Chair; including General Assembly Plenary Meetings, meetings with Coordinators of African Experts, pending candidatures (Africas nominees for the Committee for the Selection of Recipients of the Nelson Mandela Prize; and our on-going discussion on partnership with Nordic countries and with CARICOM, among others.” Amb. Kemayah said.He also acknowledged with appreciation, colleagues who reached out to him requesting him to serve as chair for the month of December 2019; especially the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Burundi,  Albert Shinjiro, who led the initiative, and assured that their confidence and trust reposed in him will be staunchly upheld.Kemayah then used the occasion to thank Madam Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the UN, and her team for their impressive performance in their representation of Africa, and expressed deepest gratitude for the remarkable support received from the African Group to chair the Special Political and Decolonization – Fourth Committee during the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, as well as the support to his current role as Vice President of Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.He also reiterated his appreciation for the honor to serve as Chair of the African Group, and expressed that he was grateful that his acceptance to chair at this time will not affect Liberia’s regular schedule.“Finally, on behalf of President George Weah, the Government and People of Liberia, I once more express my deepest appreciation to the 54 countries making up the African Group at the UN for the honor bestowed on me to chair them,” Amb. Kemayah 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

Accused, deceased had “fine scuffle” – Police witness

first_imgA jury was on Tuesday empanelled before High Court Judge Navindra Singh to hear the murder trial of Kelvin Chishlom, who has denied the May 1, 2014 murder of Nigel Lawson, who was fatally stabbed at Quamina Street, Georgetown.Chishlom pleaded not guilty when the charge was read by Prosecutor Tiffini Lyken at Tuesday’s arraignment.Accused: Kelvin ChishlomPolice Lance Corporal Quinn Sandy testified that he was performing duties on the day in question when he was summoned to the scene via radio set. He recalled seeing Lawson’s motionless body lying on the southern grass parapet on the road. Sandy told the 12-member mixed jury that he later met the accused, who told him that the now deceased man had gone into his yard and stolen his cellphone and I-pod. The Policeman told the jury that Chishlom told him that the two men had a “fine scuffle”. Sandy noted that, based on instructions, the accused man was arrested, taken back to the crime scene, and handed over to Policeman “Arjune”; and was later escorted to the Brickdam Police Station and placed in custody.The witness indicated that while there, Chishlom requested a telephone call, which was granted.Also testifying before Justice Singh and the jury was former Police Constable Delicia Browne. The former policewoman told the jury that Lawson was clad in blue-grey three-quarter pants and grey slippers. She said that after Constable Grant was taking photographs of the crime scene, she observed a red jersey soaked in a reddish substance that appeared to be blood. She noted that she later examined the man’s body and noticed that there was a wound to the left side chest and that his arm appeared to be broken.Lawson’s relative, Petal Jeffery, testified that Lawson had lived at Lot 198 Camp Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown. Jeffery, who attended the post-mortem examination, also noted that Lawson was buried on May 6, 2014.State Counsels Narissa Leander and Abigail Gibbs are assisting the Prosecution’s case, while Chishlom is being represented by Defence Counsels Hewley Griffith and Compton Richardson. A total of nine witnesses are expected to testify over the next few days. The case continues before Justice Singh today.last_img read more

NBS to block former CEO from cashing $59M cheque

first_img…denies unlawful detention allegations…managers, guards released on station bailA few hours after issuing a $59.3 million cheque to its former Chief Executive Officer, Maurice Arjoon, the New Building Society (NBS) said it would be taking steps to “safeguard the sum” since it was only issued “to avoid confrontation.”The Society, in a bid to prevent High Court Marshals from levying its assets, locked customers and staffers in its head office for over five hours. The standoff came as Arjoon’s lawyers secured a levy for $59 million in compensation following his wrongful dismissal in 2011.Former NBS CEO Maurice ArjoonNBS issued a three-page statement on Wednesday denying unlawfully detaining customers, Marshals and a Police Officer, claiming that it thought it was being robbed.The financial institution claimed that subsequently members of the Guyana Police Force informed management that the men were Marshals executing a levy.However, customers locked in the building reported that they were prevented from leaving by security.“Assuming that they were correct to levy for the Pension Benefits, this payment ought to have been made from the Pension Scheme Funds and not the NBS assets. The Society will, therefore, seek to redress this illegal and improper conduct of Mr Arjoon’s representatives, his lawyers and the Marshals,” the Society noted.NBS’s management also outlined that the dismissal of Arjoon and two other senior officers had nothing to do with the Berbice Bridge or the intervention of any Government officials at that time. They added that the Society’s investment in the Berbice Bridge was a very lucrative one and has been proven to be a correct decision. It was maintained that Arjoon and others were seeking to cover up their failure to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the performance of their duties.Attorney Sanjeev Datadin interacting with Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum during Tuesday’s lockdownThe Board of Directors of the Society at that time unanimously agreed to the dismissal of the three officers for serious infractions, including gross misconduct and negligent performance of their duties. The payment of $69 million by these officials in an unauthorised manner and under highly suspicious circumstances caused the Society to suffer a loss by reimbursing the account holder via a court order in the sum of $71 million, the Society noted.Building a caseFollowing the illegal detainment of a number of persons, the Police said that they were hoping to interview all the persons who were locked in as they sought to build a criminal case against the Society’s management.About 16:45h on Tuesday, a number of NBS staff was allowed to leave the building. Though they all refused to comment, two workmen who were locked in the building related to media operatives that they were prevented from leaving.“The guard man locked the door. When we told him we wanted to (urinate), he said to (urinate) right in there,” one of the workers related.“All the customers and so talking to them and they ain’t want move. They ain’t want open the door,” the other said.After Police gained entry into the building, they arrested several managers and security personnel for false imprisonment. They were later released on station bail as the investigations continue.Inaccurate representationArjoon’s Attorney, Sanjeev Datadin, in a telephone interview with Guyana Times said that the Society’s statement was “utterly preposterous” and did not accurately represent the events of Tuesday afternoon. He clarified that the Marshals arrived with a single Police Officer and presented the court order to the Inquiries Officer and were told to await the arrival of the Operations Manager.He noted that this was complied with but after the lockdown, armed ranks arrived on scene.“They were fully aware that there were court marshals who were wearing ID badges and fully aware of the court orders; they had the court order, it was handed to the staff – the staff went upstairs with the court order. They wanted to resist the levy and they locked the doors, which, by the way, is unlawful. Interfering with a marshal in the course of a levy is a criminal offence,” Datadin noted.He further stated that his client would have already deposited the cheque and if the Society made any move to revoke that cheque, then it would be contempt of court.“I would love to see what steps they want to do to secure the money. There is a court order that say they must pay Mr Arjoon, and if they’re not going to pay the man, then surely they are all happily ready to answer the contempt charges,” he reiterated.“Their lawyers wanted to give a cheque for $10 million and then we’re going to talk about the rest because they supposedly can’t write a cheque for the amount, a company that made billions in profit can’t write a cheque for that amount….,” Datadin added.He noted that the story of being afraid of being robbed was “entirely a concoction of convenience”.The caseThe former CEO took NBS to court for his outstanding pension and other benefits in 2011. Arjoon had originally sued the lending agency for some $550 million in damages.High Court Judge, Justice Brassington Reynolds subsequently ruled in the dismissed CEO’s favour, awarding him more than $79 million in outstanding payments and benefits. The court also ruled that he should be paid a monthly pension of $372,498.The Judge further ordered that the former CEO should receive financial compensation for the damages he had suffered; and moreover, that he was entitled to his pension and severance benefits, in accordance with provisions stipulated in the laws of Guyana. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

Scientists stirred by star quake

first_imgPASADENA – Magnetars are among the rarest objects in the universe, and the oddest. The collapsed remnants of enormous stars, they have a magnetic field about a million-billion times as strong as Earth’s. Though they weigh more than 300,000 times as much as our planet, they are only about 12 miles across. Astronomers have only discovered 13 magnetars. It was a stroke of luck, then, that Caltech astrophysicist Michael Muno happened to be watching when the Westerlund 1 magnetar experienced a sudden “star quake.” Only five days earlier, everything had appeared normal when Muno and his colleagues were watching the magnetar, a type of neutron star. Astronomers detect magnetars by the beam of X-rays they emit. The beam rotates with the star, scanning across the Earth like a lighthouse beacon. On Sept. 16, the dead star – one of the dimmer magnetars scientists have detected – was quietly rotating once every 10.5 seconds. But Sept. 21, while Muno and his colleagues had satellite observatories trained once again on Westerlund 1, that all changed. “There was a sudden burst lasting not even a second that was 100,000 times brighter, and then it settled into a state that was 100 times brighter than before,” Muno said. “It’s been like that since.” As well as increasing in brightness, the magnetar suddenly sprouted two new beams of X-rays and sped up .001 percent. “A change by one part in 10,000 might sound small, but it is actually a huge jump in the rate of spin for such a heavy, compact object,” wrote University of Texas at Austin astrophysicist Robert Duncan in an e-mail. “All these observations, and others by Muno et al, provide fascinating clues about the physics of magnetars,” said Duncan, one of the first to theorize magnetar’s existence. Astrophysicists still aren’t sure what causes these stellar outbursts, but think it might be tied to the tug of war between the magnetar’s magnetic field and its crusty exterior, Muno said. For a while, the crust can resist as the magnetic field tries to pull in different directions, he said, but eventually it succumbs and jerks into a new alignment. Only by analyzing the details of such outbursts will astrophysicists be able to put their theories to the test, however. “\ have certainly give the theorists a lot to think about,” Duncan wrote. Understanding magnetar dynamics could also provide physicists important clues about matter in extreme conditions. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, EXT. 4451160Want 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

Northern Gateway proposal will meet 209 conditions

first_imgThe federal government has given the project a conditional green light, but proponents must now demonstrate how conditions will be met and undertake further consultations with Aboriginal communities as part of next steps in the regulatory process.“In December 2013, the Joint Review Panel found that construction and operation of the Northern Gateway Pipelines project is in the public interest, subject to 209 conditions being met by the proponent,” a news release from the Government of Canada reads. “After carefully reviewing the report, the government accepts the independent panel’s recommendation to impose 209 conditions on Northern Gateway Pipelines’ proposals.”The review included feedback from over 1,450 participants in 21 different communities, reviewing over 175,000 pages of evidence and 9,000 letters of comment.- Advertisement -The National Energy Board, responsible for some 73,000 kilometres of pipeline transporting crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products, will now issue Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity to Enbridge.last_img read more

Who’s saying what at the World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Neymar was widely criticised for writhing in agony on the turf, then getting on his feet and sprinting off soon afterwards, during Brazil’s 2-0 win against Mexico © AFP / SAEED KHANMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 3 – AFP Sport picks out some of the best quotes at the World Cup:“I feel it was a tragedy, but I have to accept the defeat as a fact, I feel devastated and very disappointed.” — Japan coach Akira Nishino on the Blue Samurai’s crushing last-gasp loss to Belgium after going up 2-0 in the second half.“To be fair, we were thinking it was like two years ago against Wales.”— Belgium captain Eden Hazard admits memories of his squad’s shock Euro 2016 defeat to Wales haunted him when they were down against Japan.“That was a test for the team and its character… We survived it, we have gone through and that is the most important thing.”— Belgium coach Roberto Martinez after his side produced one of the great comebacks in World Cup history.“Look, I think it’s more an attempt to undermine me than anything else… I don’t care much for criticism, or praise, because this can influence your attitude.”— Neymar after being widely criticised for writhing in agony on the turf, then getting on his feet and sprinting off soon afterwards, during Brazil’s 2-0 win against Mexico.“I think it’s a shame for football… This is a very bad example for the world and the world of football.”— Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio on a certain Brazilian player — whom he did not name — wasting time.“I think we’ve been in this position before many times over the last however many years.”— England manager Gareth Southgate on his country’s dreadful recent record in the knockout stage of major tournaments.“More alone than a lone madmen. The exit is that way.”— Argentina sports newspaper Ole leaves its readers in no doubt over their opinion of Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli following the team’s last 16 defeat to France.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

L-PLATE TEENAGER WAS DOING 160KM/HR IN RUSH TO SEE GIRLFRIEND

first_imgEaton: Was doing 160km/hrA TEENAGER who didn’t have a full drivers’ license was caught doing 100mph on his way home to see his girlfriend.Farmer Stanley Eaton, who is 19, was stopped by Gardaí in townland of Sharon, Glebe, Newtowncunningham on February 13. Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian agreed with Judge Paul Kelly that the reading of 160km/hr was the equivalent of 100mph.Eaton had a learner’s permit, was not accompanied by an experienced driver and hadn’t displayed ‘L’ plates on his car, the court heard.“It was a case where he was driving from Tipperary on a long journey, was almost home and on his way to see his girlfriend,” said Mr Dorrian.“This incident occurred on a long stretch of straight road and he had allowed his speed to creep up.”Mr Dorrian said Eaton, from Glenmacquinn, Letterkenny, admitted the speeding offence which took place 11 days ago.“He is the youngest of six children and no-one from the family has ever been before the courts before and in that sense it is something of an aberration for the family,” said the solicitor.Judge Kelly told Eaton that he was “a very lucky man” that Gardaí had caught him speeding when they did before an accident happened.He fined Eaton a total of €400 and told him he must sit a driving test.Eaton said he hoped to do so in “the next couple of months.”L-PLATE TEENAGER WAS DOING 160KM/HR IN RUSH TO SEE GIRLFRIEND was last modified: February 24th, 2014 by John2Share 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:courtdangerous drivingletterkennyManorcunnighamStanley Eatonlast_img read more

Every current Premier League club ranked by season tickets sold – from 20 to one

first_img 20 2. West Ham United sold 52,000 season tickets for the 2016/17 season 20 20 =15. West Bromwich Albion had reported season ticket sales of 15,000 by July 2016 =15. Swansea City reportedly sold 15,000 season tickets by July 2016 20 20 20. Bournemouth sold 7,000 season tickets for 2016/17, the lowest in the Premier League – click the right arrow to discover which club sold the most season tickets in 2016/17 20 It is an oft-repeated statement that football is all about the fans, and English football boasts some of the best supporters around.The Premier League features packed stadiums, week after week, and is one of the best supported sporting competitions in the world.A large portion of these stadium goers are those with season tickets, which allow fans entry to all 19 home games throughout a single  leaguecampaign.But which club saw the highest season ticket sales in the 2016/17 season?Using officially released and reported figures, talkSPORT take a look at the teams which sold the most season tickets last term, using the 20 sides that will be playing in the top flight this coming season.You can see the results by clicking the right arrow, above… =18. Watford sold 14,000 season tickets for the 2016/17 season =15. Huddersfield Town sold 15,000 season tickets in 2016/17 (in the Championship) 6. Everton sold 32,000 season tickets for 2016/17 14. Crystal Palace sold 18,000 season tickets in the 2016/17 season 20 4. Manchester City sold 40,000 season tickets for the 2016/17 season 1. Manchester United sold 55,000 season tickets in 2016/17, the most in the Premier League 20 3. Arsenal had reported season ticket sales of 45,000 in July 2016 =10. Brighton and Hove Albion sold 23,000 season tickets in 2016/17 (in the Championship) 13. Southampton sold 20,000 season tickets for the 2016/17 season 20 20 7. Tottenham Hotspur had reportedly sold 28,000 season tickets by July 2016 20 20 12. Stoke City had reported season ticket sales of 21,000 by July 2016 =8. Liverpool had reported season ticket sales of 25,000 in July 2016 20 =10. Leicester City sold 23,000 season tickets for the 2016/17 season 20 20 =8. Chelsea reportedly sold 25,000 season tickets by July 2016 20 5. Newcastle United sold 38,000 season tickets for 2016/17 (in the Championship) 20 20 20 20 =18. Burnley had reported season ticket sales of 14,000 in July 2016 last_img read more

HUNDREDS EXPECTED AT TRUCK FEST THIS WEEKEND

first_imgHundreds of people are expected to converge on Letterkenny’s Clanree Hotel today for the annual North West Truck Fest.Dozens of trucks of all shapes and sizes will be on show.As well as trucks, there will be a fleet of classic bikes and vintage cars for all to see. This is the seventh year of the event and the second time it has been staged in Letterkenny.So far the organising committee of the event has managed to raise a staggering €70,000 for local charities.This year’s even is being held in aid of the Donegal Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Marc Anderson Budapest Treatment Fund.For those with only a passing interest in trucks and cars, there will be plenty of other distractions! On Sunday afternoon there will be live music and family entertainment including bouncy castles.One of the highlights of the bust weekend will be the convoy of trucks through Letterkenny starting at 5pm on Sunday, bringing the weekend events to a close.More information can be found on www.northwesttruckfest.com HUNDREDS EXPECTED AT TRUCK FEST THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 25th, 2013 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:letterkennyTruck Festlast_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Saturday, August 12. John GAVIGANThe death has occurred of John Gavigan, Dundrum, Dublin / Ardara, Donegal, peacefully after a short illness at the Beacon Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved and loving husband of Anne, much loved father of Susan and Ian, grandfather of Tara and Eoin. Will be very sadly missed by all his loving family – son and daughter-in-law, brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews, and many friends. Funeral on Monday after 10am Mass in the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Balally. Burial afterwards at Shanganagh Cemetery. Family flowers only. Catherine BUNTINGThe death has occurred of Catherine Bunting, Clontallagh, Downings, Donegal.Reposing at her late residence. Removal on Sunday to the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Carrigart for Mass at 11.30am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family time from 11pm until 11am.  John WILSONThe death has occurred of John Wilson, Magherabeg, Downings, Donegal.Removal from the Eternal Light Chapel of Rest, Mountain Top took place yesterday evening at 6pm to his late residence. Removal on Sunday to Holy Trinity Church, Carrigart for Service at 12 noon, followed by burial in the adjoining Churchyard. Family time from 11pm until 11am. Sarah SHARKEYThe death has occurred of Sarah Sharkey, Killult, Falcarragh, Donegal.Funeral Mass took place yesterday in St. Finain’s Church, Falcarragh. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House private from 11pm till 10am Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Donegal Hospice.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: August 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegal death noticesobituarieslast_img read more