Facebook22Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit is accepting applications for the 2018 Discounted Bus Pass program. The program discounts the price of adult and youth bus passes for qualifying local non-profit and human service agencies, who pass them on to their clients. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 17. Applications are available on the Intercity Transit website or by calling 360-786-8585. Awards will be made on December 6, 2017. The program begins January 2018.Qualifying agencies must serve clients within the cities or urban growth areas of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, or Yelm, demonstrate a direct link between transportation and the provision of agency services, and address how using the transit pass program benefits the overall community. Once selected, organizations can purchase passes at half price, good for transportation on Intercity Transit local fixed-route bus service. Intercity Transit will discount up to $300,000 worth of monthly bus passes in 2018.Twenty-two organizations took advantage of the program in 2017. They include: Catholic Community Services, City Gates Ministries, Olympia Union Gospel Mission of Olympia, South Sound Parent-to-Parent Tumwater School District, and more. The passes are good for transportation on Intercity Transit local fixed-route bus service.Our community has many worthy agencies doing important work. Supporting these agencies helps everyone,” says Ann Freeman-Manzanares, Intercity Transit General Manager. “It’s one more way we work with local partners to help address the community’s unmet transportation needs.”
MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesMost Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIn defence, club captain Giorgio Chiellini made his return to the pitch to partner Matthijs de Ligt following his six-month absence with an ACL injury.Juventus are also keen on bringing in a deputy for first-choice left-back Alex Sandro, with Sarri eyeing a reunion with Emerson Palmieri.But the Brazil-born Italy international reportedly wants assurances from the man who brought him to Chelsea that he will be a regular starter if he returns to Italy.Tony Cascarino wouldn’t blame Harry Kane if he left Tottenham this summer JUVENTUS are reportedly eyeing up an audacious swoop for Harry Kane with the hope that the England captain can forge a deadly partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo.Italian outlet Tuttosport claim Maurizio Sarri sees the Spurs striker as the perfect foil for CR7 – just as Karim Benzema was at Real Madrid.1Using a near-telepathic understanding with the Frenchman, Ronaldo smashed in an astonishing 450 goals for Los Blancos.The two lifted the Champions League four times together before Juve swooped for the Portuguese superstar to mount their own assault on Europe’s top prize.Club bosses are desperate to hoist the famous trophy for the first time since 1996, and believe the capture of Kane to partner Ronaldo is the final piece in the jigsaw.The pair would form one of the most star-studded attacks in the world lining up in front of Paulo Dybala, who was said to have entered talks over a new five-year deal at the club last month.Kane only penned a new Spurs contract in the summer of 2018 that runs until 2024, but the club are reported to be “facing a battle” to keep him after another trophyless season.The England star has never shown any indication of leaving North London in the past – despite long-term admiration from Manchester United.But he has recently been said to be “considering his future”, after another disappointing season at his boyhood club, who he joined at the age of 11.And he might be tempted by serial Serie A winners Juve, who are also said to have turned their attentions to Lyon star Houssem Aouar as an alternative to Paul Pogba.Manchester United are keen to keep hold of the French midfielder this summer despite interest from his former club.Juventus have lined up 21-year-old Aouar, who is a £43million target for Chelsea as a back-up option if they fail to land Pogba.
First-time Red Stripe Premier League campaigners UWI FC will continue their march towards a top four position and a place in the semi-final round when they host last year’s beaten finalists and current leaders, Montego Bay United, in one of four matches today.Last week, the university boys improved their chances with a handsome 5-1 win over Boys’ Town, but will find Montego Bay United – a team which has been in the final for the past two years – tough nuts to crack. Not only are the opponents historically strong, but are in good form with Owayne Gordon and Allan Ottey handling the goalscoring responsibility since the departure of Dino Williams.Ronaldo Rodney has also been in good form as has been Jermaine Woozencroft. The issue with Woozencroft is that the opposition has been using rough play to stop him and he has been biting the bait.UWI’S MAIN MANGirvon Brown has been the main man on the offensive front for UWI FC, with good support from Anthony Greenland and Anthony Grant, and goalkeeper Amal Knight leading the defensive line. Montego Bay United are nothing like Boys’ Town and will be a much tougher unit to break down.In addition to the win that UWI FC will need, they will also need Humble Lion FC, the team currently occupying the fourth spot, to lose. The form book would suggest that a loss for Humble Lion is wishful thinking as their opponents, Reno FC, are well below their best and will be expected to drop points even though they are playing at home.At Stadium East, seventh-placed Cavalier FC will be hoping to capitalise on a slip-up by UWI FC and close the gap on them with a positive result over the slumping Boys’ Town.Tivoli Gardens still cannot consider themselves safe from the drop despite being six points clear of the battling Rivoli FC, who play away to Harbour View on Monday. With that being the situation, a positive result for Tivoli Gardens would be a fantastic result for Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey and his charges. Their opponents, Portmore United, are not in danger of falling out of the top four, but would be eager to regain the form which saw them top the table. Anything but the best from Portmore United could see them falter in the semi-final round and make the job easier for their opponents.Today’s Games• 5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Boys’ Town – Stadium East• 3 p.m.: FC Reno vs Humble Lion – Frome Complex• 3 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens FC vs Portmore United FC – Edward Seaga Complex• 3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Montego Bay United – UWI Bowl, MonaTomorrow’s game• 8:40 p.m.: Harbour View FC vs Rivoli United FC Harbour View StadiumPOINTS STANDING P W D L GF GA GD PtsMoBay United 27 15 9 3 45 15 30 54Arnett 26 15 5 6 42 20 22 50Portmore 26 14 5 7 31 24 7 47Humble Lion FC 26 10 9 7 24 22 2 39UWI FC 26 10 7 9 30 35 -5 37H. View 26 8 10 8 30 26 4 34Cavalier SC 26 8 7 11 21 25 -4 31Reno 26 7 9 10 25 38 -13 30Boys’ Town 26 8 6 12 29 43 -14 30Tivoli 27 8 5 14 30 37 -7 29Rivoli 26 5 8 12 25 34 -9 23Waterhouse 26 4 10 12 22 32 -10 22
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Santos said his fiesty form was just his way of helping San Miguel restore some semblance of order, especially after that humiliating Game 1 collapse two nights back.“When you own the throne and there’s someone who’s out to take it, you will get mad. For me, it’s nothing personal. I just showed what I’m supposed to contribute aside from my focus in the game and that I won’t back down to anyone on the floor.”‘Santos, though, gave credit to the Hotshots for shaking the Beermen to their core after that 102-104 defeat because it equipped San Miguel better in Game 2.This time, when it saw its a 21-point advantage dwindle down to as low as seven, 75-68, at the 8:26 mark of the fourth period, San Miguel knew what to do to weather the late rally from Magnolia.“What happened in Game 1 happened again today, when our lead was cut down. But it’s a good thing that we were able to catch up there.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netArwind Santos clarified that he wasn’t out picking a fight during San Miguel’s emphatic 92-77 Game 2 victory over Magnolia Sunday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.Santos nearly came to blows with Jio Jalalon in this game, but that didn’t stop him from tallying 24 points on a 6-of-12 shooting from three, to go with eight rebounds and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Emotional Nabor on Lady Bulldogs’ free fall: ‘It hurts so bad’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina But Santos knows that any sort of Magnolia comeback is a cause of concern which is what the Beermen will work on during the Holy Week..”It’s not good for us to play that way. Experience-wise, and we’ve already won a lot of championships, we shouldn’t play like that. When we’re leading, we should be able to preserve it until the end.”That’s why the 2013 PBA MVP is welcoming the week-long break with open arms as San Miguel eyes a better showing come Game 3 on Easter Sunday.“We’ll fix everything in practice. The good thing here is we have the time. Both teams can rest.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Maybe they thought I was looking for a fight,” said Santos in Filipino. “But that was only because I just want to win and I want to tie the series. It was going to be hard if Magnolia had gotten a 2-0 lead.”.@TheSMBeermen’s @arwindsotnas: “Bilang may-ari ng trono, kahit sinong umagaw, talagang magagalit ka.” #PBA2018 #PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/6cUzan16X4FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 25, 2018 View comments
Rafael Nadal looks to Australian Open with confidence after surgery Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rose, the top pick in the 2008 draft, was named the NBA’s most valuable player in 2011. He had missed Minnesota’s previous game with a sore left ankle.Because of an assortment of injuries, this was just his fourth career game against the Bulls. He said he got 50 tickets for family and friends.“I’m happy I didn’t change throughout this whole process,” he said. “I remained myself. I stayed true to my family. There was a lot of people that jumped off the boat when I was going through things. I (saw) who they were. I know what’s fake love and what’s real love.”Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 20 rebounds as the Timberwolves won their second straight on the road.Zach LaVine had 28 points in 26 minutes off the bench and Lauri Markkanen added 16 for Chicago, which had won two straight and three of five before Wednesday. LaVine had missed the previous five games with a sprained left ankle.ADVERTISEMENT “I thought he looked good and aggressive,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said of LaVine. “I like when he drives the ball. He attacked on his first two touches and sometimes that can get you going.”Both Rose and fellow former Bull Taj Gibson received loud ovations when they were announced during player introductions.Towns scored the game’s first basket, but it was Rose who set the tone early. He repeatedly attacked the basket — showing the form of earlier in his career before the rash of leg injuries — and had 10 points (5-for-8 shooting) and five assists in the first quarter as Minnesota took a 29-18 lead.The Timberwolves’ advantage was up to 60-37 at halftime.Rose had 19 points through three quarters as Minnesota took an 83-65 edge into the fourth.The Bulls pulled within 91-74, but Rose stopped the momentum with a jumper and Dario Saric added a 3-pointer on the next possession for a 96-74 lead with just over seven minutes remaining.Later in the fourth, the UC crowd started chanting, “MVP… MVP… MVP…” when Rose stepped to the foul line to complete a 3-point play.“I had to crack a smile a little bit,” he said. “It made me reminisce about some of the old days and how grateful I was to be in that position at a young age.“With the year I’m having, it’s very special to come back here and play.”GOOD HEALTH Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose (averaging 18.7 points on 48.9 percent shooting) is playing at an All-Star level. When asked if he thought that was possible when Minnesota picked up the guard late last season — after he was waived by Utah — Thibodeau said:“I did. The thing that people forget about Derrick is he was MVP at 22. He was still young and that was the biggest thing. I always felt if he got back to being healthy that he could be very productive.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: Gibson finished with 16 points in 26 minutes . G Jeff Teague missed his fifth straight game with a left ankle injury.Bulls: LaVine had been sidelined since injuring the ankle late in the Bulls’ 97-91 loss to the Orlando Magic in Mexico City on Dec. 13. He originally was expected to be sidelined two to four weeks. “Ankle hurt a little bit,” he said. “I got tired of sitting down. It still hurts a little bit, but I’ll be OK.”UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host the Atlanta Hawks Friday night.Bulls: At the Washington Wizards Friday night. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose (25) drives to the basket past Chicago Bulls forward Justin Holiday (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)CHICAGO — For much of his seven seasons with the Bulls, Derrick Rose was a favorite son of Chicago. He was native born and virtually universally beloved.Things, though, soured towards the end as injuries mounted. The former franchise player was traded in 2016 and serenaded with boos upon his return a few months later.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The 30-year-old is hoping Wednesday night began a new chapter in his relationship with his hometown.Rose had 24 points and eight assists in just his second career game in the United Center against his former team, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 119-94 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe was cheered loudly throughout by the sellout crowd of 21,852.“It was great, man,” he said. “I didn’t expect it to be like this — overwhelming at some points. You can tell the support is still here.” LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Over a year ago a vehicle of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) slammed into a poor rural woman and her very young daughter in faraway Tappita, about 150 miles from Monrovia. They both sustained broken legs and one of the mother’s legs had to be amputated. The child also sustained broken teeth. That was over a year ago and the mother and child are still languishing in Tappita, apparently forgotten!The Daily Observer and the Liberian public knew nothing about this sad story until the mother’s brother, James Toeman, traveled to Monrovia and walked into our office to tell us what had happened to his sister and niece.Our Senior Reporter C.Y. Kwanue wasted no time in reporting the story in yesterday’s newspaper. The Daily Observer management was grateful and impressed that UNMIL responded immediately to the story. Matthew Elavanalthoduka, Officer-in-Charge of UNMIL’s Public Information, in a letter written the very next morning, referred to the article and stated that all UNMIL vehicles are insured. “Following the accident,” the letter continued, “UNMIL referred this matter to the insurance company and put the claimants in contact with the company. UNMIL . . . has again followed up with the insurance company to facilitate urgent communication between the company and the claimants in this matter.”Unfortunately, the UNMIL letter did not name the insurance company. Otherwise we would have contacted the company to determine what it had done for these sick, destitute and hapless people. Now here we are, over a year following the accident, and the victims can hardly move around because they were provided no crutches, nor has the child’s teeth been attended to.UNMIL should know that most insurances companies do not rush to attend to accident victims, especially in a faraway place as Tappita. We believe that if the company had gone to find the victims, something may have been done to attend to their urgent needs. But a year later and no serious relief—not even crutches to help them walk? Surely UNMIL does not expect this woman and child, who cannot even walk, to travel to Monrovia to run behind an insurance company. They most probably have never even heard of such a thing—an insurance company—nor perhaps ever travelled to Monrovia. How would they get here in the first place? Who would pay their fares? How would they manage mobility-wise since their feet are injured and they have no crutches. Where would they stay and how would they be able to find the insurance company? It is for these reasons that we feel compelled to appeal directly to Madam Karen Landgren, the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), for her immediate, direct and compassionate intervention in this case, to bring some relief to these poor, injured and helpless people.One last thing: about three weeks ago, just down the street from the Daily Observer office, an unattended UNMIL truck crossed Camp Johnson Road and ran up the sidewalk near the AMEU University, killing instantly a shoe shine boy who was sitting there.We don’t know what has happened to that case, but we appeal again to the SRSG to look into it as soon as possible and ensure that justice is done to this other unfortunate family, including children, if any, affected by the sudden and unexpected loss of their father.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, Sr., says he would neither recuse himself nor resign under an ‘induced and influenced scheme or resolution from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.’Speaker Tyler said he would uphold, maintain and protect the sacred doctrine of separation of powers as enshrined in the Liberian Constitution, including maintaining the independence of the Legislature.In a press conference in his office yesterday on the House’s second floor, the Speaker said: “My refusal to recuse or resign is meant to set a precedent in the Legislature over the Executive’s continuous political diabolical ploy by inducing or influencing lawmakers against their leaders.”In an unyielding tone, the Speaker said he would continuously and constitutionally remain the Speaker until he is duly removed.The Speaker told scores of journalists that even if Justice-in-Chambers, Jamesetta Wolokollie, as per his petition, delays to prohibit, enjoin and restrain the so-called and renegade lawmakers from pursuing illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and irregular procedural method and process to remove him, there will be parallel sessions.He however expressed his explicit confidence in the Judicial System, hoping that his petition for Prohibition would be addressed speedily as in the case with Montserrado County District # 6 Representatives Edwin M. Snowe, when he petitioned the (same) Justice-in-Chambers Jamesetta Wolokollie against a day’s quorum constituting a monthly quorum.It may be recalled that in June, the Speaker accused President Sirleaf of blackmail, financial inducement and other dictatorial and undemocratic schemes to unseat him.The Speaker indicated that despite all the intrigues, persecution, intimidation and witch hunt and character assassinations, there were possible threats to his life.In an unrelenting tone, the Speaker also accused the President of being the chief architect of the Global Witness Report to fight against corruption and to unconstitutionally exercise control over the House of Representatives and the Legislature.The Speaker further said the President is using surrogates, firstly by calling for his recusal on what they termed moral grounds, which he rejected as an illegal and unfounded call. He said that it is not moral or legal to punish an innocent person, for the constitution is clear that an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of competent jurisdiction. Speaker Tyler’s claims were rejected and condemned by President Sirleaf’s office.Tyler’s SessionsAt yesterday’s session in the House’s official chamber, Plenary unanimously rejected President Sirleaf’s proposal to the Legislature to increase excise tax on phone calls but endorsed a considerable increment on tobacco, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.There were 32 present, five excused and one sick; totaling 38 that constituted a quorum.Speaker Tyler mandated the office of the Chief Clerk to convey the endorsed act to the Senate, but with the split sessions in the Lower House and establishment of a six-man Senate committee, headed by President Pro Tempore Armah Jallah to help resolve the conflict in the Lower House, some political pundits are wondering whether the Senate would accept the act.The House plenary has meanwhile summoned Education Minister George Werner to appear on next Tuesday, at 11am, due to the dismal performances of 12th graders in this year’s WAEC exams.However, Minister Werner has informed the Honorable House through a letter of the celebration of Liberia’s 169th Anniversary of the National Flag, on Wednesday, August 24, while Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara, also officially informed the House of the death and funeral arrangement of Dr. Edward B.McClain, Jr., Minister of State for Presidential Affairs & Chief of Staff to the President.Anti-Tyler’s SessionsThe Anti-Tyler lawmakers have also summoned Education Minister Werner on why students in pre-kindergarten of Public Schools in Grand Kru County should pay tuition amid the government’s policy of free tuition.Minister Werner is expected to appear in the Joint Chambers on Thursday, August 18, at 11am.The Anti-Tyler lawmakers numbered 36, with three official excuses, making them 39.They also set up a committee to investigate the misconduct of “recused Speaker Tyler” for accusing them of being induced to recuse him and bringing thugs in the Capitol Building to boo or laugh at them.The anti-Tyler lawmakers have also agreed to communicate to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Central Bank of Liberia to freeze payment of goods and services of the House of Representatives and other payments excluding salaries, allowances and gasoline/fuels.Justice Minister’s PositionIn a brief conference yesterday with journalists, Justice Minister Frederick Cherue has disclosed that his frequent visit in the Legislature is to protect the peace in the wake of the division in the Lower House. Cllr. Cherue said he has been having meetings with both parties about “Peace and Legality.”Sources close to the anti-Tyler lawmakers, have accused the Justice Minister of leaning on the Speaker’s side.Chief Zarzar Karwor’s MediationAlso speaking, Chief Zarzar Karwor disclosed that his brief meeting yesterday with Speaker Tyler and the anti-Tyler lawmakers “was to put cold water in the fire.” He told journalists that both parties have been asked to come to his office on 24th Street Sinkor for a meeting on Thursday, August 18. He did not state the time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Immigration Commissioner Cllr. Lemuel Reeves has assured Liberians that officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) are fully prepared to handle the country’s security as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) draws down by June 30.Commissioner Reeves gave the assurance yesterday in Monrovia when he addressed the Ministry of Information regular press briefing on Capitol Hill.“The BIN is a major player in the transition plan of UNMIL’s drawdown and handing over of full security responsibility to the government. It continues to work with government security sector and international partners to initiate reforms to maintain the country’s peace,” Reeves confirmed.He said the BIN has been involved with capacity-building of its staff locally and internationally with the support of Liberia’s international partners.Commissioner Reeves underscored the need for BIN officers who will be performing functions previously assigned to UNMIL over the years, to have the requisite skills, capacities, knowledge and expertise to carry out their expected responsibilities. In the area of logistics, Commissioner Reeves said, “Since 2014, the government had purchased 34 rough terrain motorbikes for BIN officers that are assigned nationwide to enhance their respective operational capacity.” Apart from the motorbikes, he said four pickups were purchased by the government and assigned to the BIN. According to Commissioner Reeves, from 2009 to 2016, about 179 officers were trained at the Ghana Immigration Training School and Training Academy in basic immigration formalities.Between 2013 and 2016, the bureau recruited over 750 personnel who were trained in investigation techniques; law and arrest procedures; laws of arrest; search and seizure evidence; the Liberian Constitution; basic human rights, Commissioner Reeves said. Those training courses, he said, were part of security reforms designed to increase the personnel’s competencies on the job.“Between 2013 and 2015, we recruited 501 officers, trained them and subsequently deployed them in the various counties. Through the UNMIL quick impact project, hundreds of the officers were trained in other areas such as fraud detection, passenger profiling and border management,” Reeves told journalists yesterday. In addition to progress the Bureau has made, the BIN is developing a five-year strategic plan, policies for administration, designed to strengthen the institution and put into place systems that will help enhance the officers’ capacities in their respective assignments.“Authorities of BIN have held a series of meetings with the alien communities to strategize ways to reduce illegal residence and create awareness as to their legal responsibilities under the Liberian laws, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocols, as well as the ones governed by the African Union (AU),” Reeves said.The BIN has a statutory mandate to protect and manage the various borders, monitor the entrance of aliens into the country and the exits and entrances of Liberians as well as ensure that non-Liberians who reside in the country do so on the basis of the law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee said he has discovered what looks like a conspiracy in the Senate to divide the county, owing to “cheap propaganda” that the Gbi and Doru District is marginalized and not developed, and should therefore be annexed by Rivercess County.Senator Grupee spoke to reporters in Ganta on Saturday, October 1, naming River Cess County Senator Francis Paye of being the one behind the move to divide Nimba County under the pretext that residents of Gbi and Doru have petitioned the Senate to have the district be taken over by Rivercess County.According to Senator Grupee, Senators from Nimba County are yet to see the said petition, adding that “the Senate Plenary is continuing to enforce the idea to the extent that it has set up a committee to look into the matter and bring their findings back to the Senate by January next year.”He said two years ago, residents of Gbi and Doru petitioned President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, complaining about being “marginalized” by the Nimba County authority, but that a copy of the petition secretly surfaced at the Senate as though some of his colleagues were acting on the content, wanting to see Nimba County divided.“[If] most of the citizens from the district are not aware of the petition, then how did it get to the Senate?” Grupee wondered.Senator Grupee has meanwhile called on the Senate to discontinue the matter and see reason for unifying citizens, rather than pursuing division, adding, “There is no part of Liberia that is well developed than the others.” The citizens of Gbi and Doru district, through their commissioner David Toe, informed the Daily Observer of their dissatisfaction with the behaviors of Senator Paye and some officials from Rivercess county, who they claimed were trying to create animosity or bring division within Nimba, “for their own selfish gain.”Commissioner Toe said during the course of the 2014 Special Senatorial Election, Francis Paye went to Gbi and Doru and asked the citizens to vote for him, promising that if he wins, he will advocate for the district to be annexed to Rivercess. Toe said it was because of this promise that Senator Paye unilaterally petitioned the Senate to grant the district a statutory status to have their own representative at the Lower House in future elections.“It is based on the promise that Senator Paye continues to press for the annexation of Gbi and Doru District to Rivercess, but the chiefs and elders in the district are not aware of any of the petition, which he said was done to convince citizens from Gbi and Doru residing in Monrovia,” said Toe.River Cess Senator Paye does not seem to deny the allegation against him. “Let Thomas say whatever he wants to say and you can go ahead and publish what he has said,” Sen. Paye told the Daily Observer via a phone interview yesterday. “I don’t have time for what Thomas has to say; he is a Senator, but the people in the disputed district know what they want. I am a Senator and traditional leader of my people, so I don’t have to respond to every little statement.”River Cess has only two electorial districts, compared to Nimba County with nine electoral districts. The ninth district is Gbi and Doru, which is a forest-rich region where farming, hunting and timber are the leading business activities. Gbi and Doru District lies at the southern tip of the county, bordering River Cess.Aside, Nimba benefits from the County Development Fund (CDF) which is determined to a large extent by each county’s population. Nimba also benefits from Arcelor-Mittal’s Social Development Fund to the tone of US$1.5 million annually. It therefore appears there may be more to gain by River Cess annexing Gbi and Doru District. River Cess County has only 2 seats in the House of Representatives. An annexed or new district will give them a third, while at the same time, potentially increasing the county’s CDF allotment. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
… Kaieteur News peddling that lie since 2008 – Dr Ramroop“I want to state categorically that after the lease, the Government of Guyana did not spend a single cent on theState of the Complex on acquisition – At the time of acquisition, the entire Complex was in a state of disrepair: fences had fallen apart; drains were blocked; roads were inaccessible; vegetation was overgrown; garbage was prevalent; equipment and installations were vandalised beyond repair; the buildings were infested with termites and unfit for occupation; there was also flooding in some sections despite it being the dry seasonclean-up or any other expense that went into rehabilitating or reconstruction of any of the buildings (in the Sanata Complex at Industrial Site Ruimveldt).”This was the reaction of Chairman of the Queens Atlantic Investment Inc (QAII), Dr Ranjisinghi Ramproop, who over the weekend responded to the continued spate of “inaccuracies and false” assertions that have been peddled by the Kaieteur News ever since 2008 when Guyana Times was launched.He noted that Kaieteur News has repeatedly published the accusation that Government had in fact spent millions of dollars on the Sanata Complex before it was sold to QAII – a notion that has been repeatedly debunked by QAII and the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Government’s holding company that executed the privatising of the Sanata Complex.QAII paid in excess of half a billion dollars for the complex which has since proven to be one of the more successful privatisation ventures in recent times.In a news article published recently, the Kaieteur News said, that the Government had utilised some US$5 million (GY$1 billion) to rehabilitate the Sanata Textiles Complex before it was sold to QAII at a cost of US$3.4 million.According to Dr Ramroop’s QAII in a recent missive to once and for all clear the air; “the fact is all repairs, rehabilitation and other works were done by the QAII Group to the tune of millions of dollars, after acquisition of the lease as the complex at the time of privatisation was in a state of disrepair.”Over the years, Kaieteur News has repeatedly published a number of blatant lies in relation to the privatisation of the Sanata Complex and its principal.In a recent attempt to malign the Sanata Complex privatisation deal, the Glenn Lall-owned Kaieteur News published the litany of lies and libellous accusations under a front-page banner headline “Govt spent US$5 million to rehab Sanata, then sold it to Ramroop for US$3.4 million – Audit report reveals”.That article had relied on an audit conducted by former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran, but this too did not substantiate the claims made by the publication since it t is a matter of public record that the clean-up of the Sanata Textiles Complex, inclusive of asbestos removal, was done during the lease and after the purchase when QAII took possession of the complex and was totally funded by QAII.The reporter, who wrote the article at the time, did not adhere to even the scantiest standard of responsible journalism.In fact, the entire audit said about the Sanata purchase, which Kaieteur ironically published, was: “By Order No. 40/2010 dated November 29, 2010, NICIL sold 18.891 acres of land and buildings and erections at the Plantation Ruimveldt (Sanata Textiles) to Queens Atlantic Investments Inc (QAII) for $689 million (US$3.4 million). The note on NICIL’s publication reads: After being advertised for sale but no proposals was received, in mid-2007, a proposal was received from QAII for the development of the compound with a US$27 million investment plan.It has also been pointed out that the recent repetition of the falsehoods by Kaieteur News coincidentally appeared in an article which suggested that the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) had launched an investigation in a well belonging to QAII in the Sanata Complex. The newspaper suggested too that millions had been owed to the utility company.This has since proved to be completely unfounded.QAII owns the well that is located in the compound and according to QAII’s Dr Ramroop, the water utility company has never owned the piece of infrastructure which also supplies scores of nearby residents with potable water – free of cost.The investigation reported on by Kaieteur News, was in fact initiated by GWI on the very day that Guyana Times reported that Atlantic Fuels Inc – a company which has as one of its Directors in the person of the GWI Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles – obtaining a fuel licence under controversial circumstances.