Liberia Consoles Ghana

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a condolence message to the Government and people of Ghana following the death of at least 20 persons and injury of 22 others.Twenty people, mainly high school students, died after a large tree fell on them at the popular Kintampo waterfalls in the Brong-Ahafo region, one of the highest in the country. The tragic incident occurred on Sunday, March 19, 2017.The students were swimming when the freak accident happened. Wind and heavy rain appears to have caused the accident. Rescue teams used chainsaws to cut through the fallen tree and free those trapped underneath. Twenty-two others were reported injured and treated at local hospitals.A Foreign Ministry release states that in the message to her Ghanaian counterpart, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President Sirleaf, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia and in her own name, extended heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Ghana, especially the affected families.President Sirleaf further expressed the hope that the resilience and strength that the people of Ghana have always demonstrated during moments of challenge will be a bulwark or consolation during this difficult period.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 6 residents protest GWI over poor quality service

first_imgResidents of Region Six on Monday launched a picketing exercise outside of the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) Chesney Regional Office on the Corentyne to express their disgust and dissatisfaction over the quality of service and water they receive together with high bills.Protesters outside the GWI’s office at Chesney, CorentyneFrom the picket line they shouted, “We want good water,” as they held placards and marched in front of the utility company’s office.It was the second successive week that residents have protested outside the GWI’s office. Many of the protestors say that it is impossible for them to utilize water costing in excess of $12,000 in per month. According to several residents attempts to query their bills is met with hostility. One resident told this newspaper that when attempts are made to make queries they are told that the bills must be paid first before any questions will be entertained.On Monday, Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Regional Supervisor in Berbice Zamal Hussain, who joined the protest line, said that the PPP has been inundated with the complaints from consumers.According to him, the party decided to join the protestors and to take a leadership role since it is of the view that the management of the utility company does not care about the ordinary citizens.“We ask to see the official at GWI to ensure that we have some resolution to these problems. To date that is not forthcoming. We have seen that the disrespect for customers continues because many of them are being forced to pay their bills before they can query them. This is a violation of the rules. I think that you have to query the bills first before you come up with the right payments,” he said.He explained that residents in east Canje were promised that there will be no increase rates until they start to receive treated water. However, as from the time meters were attached to their service lines it attracted new charges.“I think this Government is really operating in a dictatorship manner. Even GWI the CEO we cannot see him as yet. He needs to meet with the persons from the different areas,” Hussain said.Some of the protestors claimed that for four days they have not received potable water. Apart from that, the quality of the water is also a worrying factor.“We are advocating the GWI respect customers and continue to listen to them,” Hussain added.Meanwhile, customers from New Amsterdam have expressed concern over the fact that the office in the town does not adequately address queries forcing them to travel miles to have their issues resolved. Residents said that on many occasions the office at New Amsterdam claims that the system is down hence, a query cannot be addressed.However, they demand that the customer is required to pay the bill as stated or risk disconnection.One customer from Canefield, East Canje was billed in excess of $16,000 for the month of November 2018 and $4000 for December.According to that customer, she went to GWI on two occasions to query the bill and on one occasion she was told that it was an estimated bill and on the other she was informed that it was an actual reading.“They send somebody to come and see if I have any leakage and the person read the meter and try to calculate what my bill should be and up to know they can’t give me a figure,” the woman told this publication.Meanwhile, efforts by this newspaper for a comment on the issues affecting Berbice to the GWI’s Chesney office was met with hostility.last_img read more

CANU commissions $42M investigative unit

first_img– agency working to remove stigma attached to Guyana as “transshipment” countryThe Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) commissioned a spanking new building to house its investigative unit to the tune of $42 million.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan cutting the ribbon during the commissioning ceremony of the new $42 million building at CANU’s headquartersThis is according to CANU’s Deputy Head, Lesley Ramlall, who said the investment was expected to assist the agency in achieving its goal of removing the stigma attached to Guyana as a transshipment country for narcotics by 2022.He added that the building would be equipped with all of the necessary equipment and infrastructure to ensure that the fight against the narcotics trade was effectively and efficiently executed.“Over the years, CANU has continued to be the primary agency in the fight against narcotics trade in Guyana. So it is timely that, as we continue to expand that we have adequate accommodation and office spaces to accommodate all of our staff… In the last two years, our position and our aggressiveness is testimony and based on the outcome of what we are seeing, it is testimony that we are in the right direction.”Ramlall explained that in previous years, CANU has been faced with tremendous challenges in executing its mandate, but most of these revolved around human resources and infrastructural provisions.However, with this investment, it is expected that more will be done in the near future to boost the agency’s manpower and facilities.“… especially in the form of kits, equipment and a vast increase of the authorised strength has impacted immeasurably on the Unit’s intelligence and operational capabilities.  Additionally, this level of support has resulted in the seizure of narcotics, arrest, and prosecution of traffickers in some of our rural and remote areas. More so, it has afforded the Unit the establishment and commencement of operations at other locations as mandated by Cabinet,” Ramlall said.Meanwhile, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who was at the commissioning ceremony, noted the importance of pumping finances into an agency such as CANU and as such, he remained committed.He added that the challenges CANU has encountered over the years were testimony to the fact that more resources were needed to ensure they were overcome.“Funding to increase the workforce, funding to increase the infrastructure, funding to increase the assets. And then, of course, the maintenance of the assets, the increasing of the training of personnel, and all of those things require loads of money,” Ramjattan noted.On this note, he stated that the drug enforcement body has managed to impress the Finance Ministry, hence the construction of the new facility.last_img read more

Surinamese businessman found at Number 63 beach with gunshot wound to head

first_imgThe body of a Surinamese national, identified as Nitender Omewra Singh, was on Monday afternoon found on the Number 63 Beach on the Corentyne Coast in East Berbice with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.Investigators standing next to the body at the Number 63 Beach, BerbiceSingh was implicated in a cocaine bust last Tuesday by Surinamese authorities. Some 2300 kilograms of cocaine was found in rice in a canter truck, which was intercepted at Jules Sedney Haven by the narcotics brigade of Suriname.His body was discovered by ranks who were on routine patrol in the area about 16:20h. A spent shell and a cell phone were found next to the body of the businessman. This publication understands that tyre marks were also seen next to the body.Investigators have since observed that limited blood found on the scene suggested that the body might have been dumped there.Meanwhile, a source close to the investigation told this publication that several persons in the area were asked to submit footage from their surveillance cameras. An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

United Nations monitoring mission to watch Site C impact on Wood Buffalo Park

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A United Nations mission in Alberta has shifted the focus from a world heritage site, to the Site C dam in BC.According to an article from CTV News from the Canadian Press, Wood Buffalo National Park is a NESCO world heritage site and has been since 1983. The park is under review this week because of a request from Mikisew Cree First Nation.They also have petitioned the world body back in 2014 to list the park as being under threat from many different developments.- Advertisement -The park is located where the Peace and Athabaska rivers converge.The article also states First Nations and conservationists have expressed concern about how two dams already on the Peace River are affecting the park which is a problem they say will get worse from the Site C dam.The World Heritage Centre came to a decision in 2015 that a review of effects on Wood Buffalo National Park were warranted.Advertisement Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Government issued permits for the Site C dam to go ahead as scheduled in the summer.A “reactive monitoring mission” was started on Sunday. The mission is supposed to last 10 days. This is another situation for the Site C dam, with 2 other First Nations fighting in court to have the project stopped.Many have said the Trudeau Government issued the permits quietly, without consultation.Perry Bellgarde, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said this month that the hydro project “is not being handled in keeping with Canada’s constitution nor with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”Advertisement The World Heritage Committee’s decision to go ahead with the review of the park was because of concern over the engagement with First Nations.“with concern the lack of engagement with indigenous communities in monitoring activities, as well as insufficient consideration of traditional ecological knowledge.”last_img read more

Peru’s Guerrero cleared for World Cup as ban cut

first_img“The suspension period starts on 3 November 2017, the date on which the player was provisionally suspended by the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee,” it added.The 33-year-old attacker, who plays for Brazilian giants Flamengo, was banned after “testing positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine” following a World Cup qualifier against Argentina on October 5.The former Bayern Munich striker missed Peru’s play-off victory over New Zealand, which made the South American nation the 32nd and last country to qualify for the World Cup, after being provisionally suspended for 30 days for the offence on November 3.He was then slapped with a one-year suspension by FIFA on December 8, but the decision to partially uphold his appeal means Guerrero will be free to represent his country in Russia.Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 on aggregate to secure a first World Cup finals appearance since 1982. They have been drawn alongside France, Australia and Denmark in Group C.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Peruvian captain Paolo Guerrero as banned after “testing positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine” following a World Cup qualifier against Argentina on October 5, 2017 © AFP/File / Ernesto BENAVIDESPARIS, France, Dec 20 – Peru captain Paolo Guerrero has had his one-year drugs ban reduced to six months, FIFA said in a statement sent to AFP on Wednesday, allowing him to play at next year’s World Cup.“The FIFA Appeal Committee after taking into account all the circumstances of the case, in particular the degree of fault of the player, considered a six-month period of ineligibility to be a proportionate sanction,” FIFA explained.last_img read more

State proposes re-entry facilities for inmates

first_img“We are now at the brink where re-entry programs … are exactly the right thing to do,” he said. If the facilities are implemented, city and county officials would need to work closely with local law-enforcement officials to make them effective, Singer said. Tilton said the practice of setting parolees loose in communities with no resources, training or job prospects makes investing in rehab programs the better alternative. “You should want one of these (facilities) in your backyard,” he said. “These are your citizens and your community, and if we don’t invest and give them some tools to come out and be successful, then you’re going to have people come back to a community who are going to commit more crimes.” While Tilton did not specify where any such rehab centers are in the works, he did say he has been working with officials from Los Angeles County cities, including Pasadena and those in the San Gabriel Valley, as well as throughout the state. Some officials have embraced the idea, others needed more information, hence the need for workshops such as Friday’s to spread the word, he said. (626) 579-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “There are opportunities for us if we acknowledge that these aren’t convicts, these aren’t parolees – these are citizens coming back into our communities,” said James Tilton, state secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, who presented the workshop. He and other correctional officials called the workshop as a way to inform interested parties from the Los Angeles area about how the facilities might work in their communities. Corrections officials cited statistics showing that California prison inmates have a 70 percent likelihood of ending up back in prison after release. The creation of these “re-entry facilities” could be one way to decrease those numbers, officials said. “The system isn’t working,” Whittier Police Chief David Singer said, addressing workshop participants. “We need to do something to fix it.” Los Angeles County Assistant Sheriff Marvin Cavanaugh said he believes the time has come to look at giving pre-release inmates tools to survive in the real world. LOS ANGELES – State corrections officials shopped around a new recividism-reduction concept to officials from Pasadena and around the county Friday – the creation of small, local detention facilities that could prepare inmates for life on the outside. These secure rehabilitation centers, which could be made possible through the recent passage of AB 900, a prison reform bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger in May, would house convicts serving the last six to 12 months of their prison sentences. The centers would target inmates considered by officials to have a high risk of committing another offense after release. Those inmates would receive special services such as substance-abuse treatment, vocational training, anger-management classes and housing and job placement, officials said. The centers could be built in counties and cities where inmates would be sent upon release, said correction officials, who presented the concept to various city, county and law-enforcement representatives at a downtown Los Angeles workshop, hoping for buy-in on the concept. last_img read more

Dodgers: Spanish announcer Jarrin gets 5-year extension

first_img “After five years, I will see how I feel physically,” said Jarrin, who will be 75 when the contract expires. “If I feel fine, like I do now, I will continue. I love what I do, and I feel privileged. The Dodgers have treated me well. This contract will allow me to finish my career with the greatest organization in baseball.” The club already had exercised Jarrin’s option for 2006. New hires: The Dodgers on Friday named former Daily News sportswriter Jorge Martin director of publications and Joe Jareck assistant director of public relations. Jareck had been working as a researcher for ABC Sports in New York. Martin most recently worked for Adelphia Communications, helping the company relaunch its Multi-Cultural Marketing program. Tony Jackson,(818) 713-3675 160Want 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Jarrin was inducted into the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 and also has a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. This season, he will again be teamed with Pepe Yniguez for the Spanish broadcasts on KWKW-AM 1330 of all 162 games, with Dodgers pitching legend Fernando Valenzuela joining them for all 81 home games and road games in National League West cities. Wunsch improving: Left-hander Kelly Wunsch, who underwent surgeries both to his right ankle and left hip last summer and was questionable for opening day, now is expected to be at full strength by the start of spring training – which gives the club much more flexibility in how it assembles its bullpen. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Friday he no longer is actively pursuing a left-handed reliever, something he identified as a priority when he was named to the job Nov. 15. “(Wunsch) should be a guy who comes to spring training ready to compete,” Dodgers trainer Stan Johnston said. “(But) we will monitor his activity as far as his running … and we’re not going to force him to do anything that puts him in a position of hurting himself.” Wunsch, who has been throwing for about a month, will come to camp on a minor-league contract. But with rookies Hong-Chih Kuo and Tim Hamulack the only lefty relievers on the 40-man roster, Wunsch will be a virtual lock to make the club if he stays healthy. center_img More than a half-century after he emigrated to the United States from his native Ecuador and 47 years after he became the Spanish-language radio voice of the Dodgers, Jaime Jarrin says the thought of retirement has never crossed his mind. This week, Jarrin officially backed up that claim by signing a five-year contract extension that will keep him in the broadcast booth through the 2011 season. And possibly longer. last_img read more

Donegal’s first private Beauty College opens to enhance industry job prospects

first_imgMotivated pupils are being invited to enrol at Donegal’s first fully-private Beauty College, which opened in Letterkenny this February.The Saffron College of Hair and Beauty College opened at Tobins Complex in Letterkenny, where experienced professionals are now delivering courses in a salon-themed environment. The College was established by Anjali Mohammed, who dreamt of setting up a school to train beauty therapists to the highest standard so they can have the best job prospects. Miss Ireland Lauren McDonagh with Anjali (right) and her staff at the opening of the Saffron College of Hair & Beauty in Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonAnjali has almost 20 years’ experience in the beauty industry, owning two salons in Letterkenny at O’Boyces Corner and Mount Errigal Hotel and eight  in India. The inspiration to set up a college came last year, when she struggled to find a full-time therapist with the skills and confidence to work in her salons.Through 11 ITEC Diploma courses and 16 Certificate Courses, Anjali has set out to equip trainees from all across the North West with the best knowledge and experience to work on their own. Business Management is a key module on the long-term courses to help therapists go on to kick-start their careers in beauty and hairdressingThe wide range of courses cover Beauty Therapy to Body Therapy, Makeup, Massages, Nail Art, Hair Styling, specialised beauty treatments and more.Anjali and her staff at the opening of the Saffron College of Hair & Beauty in Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonStudents will gain a wealth of knowledge from experienced industry leaders who work around the North West, including; Nail tutor Kasia Ar, Beauty Therapy Tutors Doreen McGlinchey and Brenda O’Neill, who will also teach reflexology, Hair Styling tutor Grainne Boyle of Headmasters, and MUA Katriona McGeehan of Kats Kreations will teach makeup Makeup. Anjali will deliver Beauty Therapy almost all other classes, and is excited to share her many years of international experience with eager students. New and established therapists who study at Saffron will gain internationally recognised qualifications to add to their treatment lists and increase their earnings. They will gain some of the most advanced knowledge and skills available locally to work in the ever-popular beauty industry. Anjali said: “Beauty is a service that never goes out of demand. Our expert tutors will give students all the training and the confidence they need to work on their own. The demand for skilled graduates is there, so you will start making money after the 9-month courses.”The opening of the Saffron College of Hair & Beauty in Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonOrla Kelly from Urban Decay with Anita Coyle at the opening of the Saffron College of Hair & Beauty in Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonCourses range in duration, and are held on a full-time, part-time and evening basis. Anjali said: “The only requirement from applicants is that they are serious about the course and have the motivation to commit to the classes. They must want to make a career out of beauty.”The luxurious college is designed like a salon so students can adjust to the real working environment. Saffron staff with guests at the opening of the Saffron College of Hair & Beauty in Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonMakeup and skincare training is delivered with some of the best brands in the world, including Dermalogica, Inglot, Illamasqua and Mac. The Saffron College also provides a years’ support following course completion to ensure their students are cutting edge. Anjali and the teaching team are excited to welcome their first classes, beginning from 5th March 2018. Applications are open now for the wide variety of courses.Browse the prospectus at enquiries, call Saffron College of Hair and Beauty on 0749123006. Email: Sponsored PostDonegal’s first private Beauty College opens to enhance industry job prospects was last modified: March 6th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:anjali mohammedBeautycourseseducationhairletterkennyOPENINGsaffron college of hair and beautytraininglast_img read more