1,900 Beach Workers Frustrated

first_imgAt least, the nearly 1,900 workers of the Beach and Waterways Project saw their expectation shattered after President Sirleaf’s one-week’s appeal to settle some of their four-month arrears failed to materialize.And the only word fit to describe the workers’ disappointment is: frustration.“I cannot believe that four months will go by and we are yet to receive any pay,” a 45-year-old mother told the Daily Observer during a follow-up visit to West Point Beach last Saturday.The woman, who had worked on the project for the last five years, added, “The letter from the President made us to feel that at long last all would be fine,” which did not happen.During a tour of the beaches that are included in the Waterways Project, the Daily Observer encountered workers who were so worried about their future.At the New Kru Town Beach, the workers told the this paper that since President Sirleaf’s letter assuring them of paying some of their arrears has not materialized, “We don’t know what to do.”The minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Edward B. McClain, Jr., in a letter dated April 23, 2014, appealed to the workers to “be a little bit more patient and give us a week…to make settlement of a portion of the arrears.”“It is a little over a week, and we have not heard any information from the president’s office. This is very troubling,” the workers’ spokesman said.  A presidential source told the Daily Observer Monday that President Sirleaf is concerned about the arrears’ payment. As such, she was reportedly making “frantic efforts” to settle “some” of the arrears.However, what is disturbing is, “the silence from authorities concerned,” particularly those who initiated the Beaches & Waterways Project to reclaim Liberian beaches from neglect.The project is part of government’s effort to boost tourism, gravely affected during the years of war.The Beaches & Waterways Project, according to interviews conducted in New Kru Town and West Point, has helped the communities to avoid many diseases that could have claimed lives, particularly of children.“Today our beaches are more beautiful and we now go there with our families,” said a resident of New Kru Town.Many inhabitants told this reporter that the project has ensured that residents in the various communities recognize their contributions to keep the beaches healthy as they are now.“In any case,” said a disgruntled worker, “paying us is one way to encourage those of us who work at the beaches.”The Beaches & Waterways project includes those in New Kru Town, West Point, Mamba Point and ELWA, with a total of nearly 1,900 workers, including students.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EU Clarifies Funding Role in Liberia’s Election

first_imgThe European Union (EU) delegation near Monrovia has dispelled comments in the Daily Observer’s February 8 editorial that most of the funding for the 2017 presidential and legislative elections rests on government.The editorial titled, “NEC, UNDP and Camera Manufacturers Working Hard to Fix Camera,” mentioned that, “There is a minimal donor funding, such as UNDP’s provision of the cameras, but Chairman Korkoya says most of the donor funding is being expended on the donors’ own activities surrounding the electoral process.”In EU’s reaction, the Head of Cooperation Section on Governance, Hans Lambrecht, clarified that the donor community has allotted the total of US$42 million for support to the Liberian electoral cycle, 2015 to 2018.Country and institutions that provided the fund, according to Lambrecht, are Sweden, the EU and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), with the UNDP as implementing partner or contractor for the use of this fund.Mr. Lambrecht said Sweden provided US$2.7 million, UNDP $1 million and the EU $11 million.According to him, the electoral project to which these contributions were made has the duration of 42 months beginning from October 28, 2015 to May 31, 2019.The objective, according to Lambrecht, is to increase the ability of the National Elections Commission (NEC) and the other electoral stakeholders to conduct their core activities in an impartial, transparent and sustainable manner.At the level of global objective, he said the funding is intended to enhance the democratization process in Liberia with emphasis on improving electoral institutions and processes.According to the EU Head of Cooperation Section on Governance, expected results are to ensure that NEC’s capacity requirements are identified and needs addressed, lessons learnt from the 2014 elections serve as baseline for future programing and support; voter registration is updated and voter registration process is improved; and women’s political participation and leadership is enhanced.Other expected results are security forces act in line with international standards during the election; that civic and voter education is carried out with support of civil society organizations; support the electoral legal framework and the constitution review process as it relates to elections; and harmonization of the election law and regulation.Additionally, logistics and operational support will be provided the NEC and core electoral stakeholders to contribute to the successful conduct of national elections; project set-up and management ensured; and donor coordination mechanisms established and effectively functional.“The lower contribution of the donors to the election, even though still significant, also shows that donors are expecting the government to take more complete ownership of the elections process this cycle. It is imperative that the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning transfers appropriated funds to theNEC and LNP for proper and efficient planning and execution, and lives up to the government’s financial commitment to the elections,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Elections or no elections, proposal will be submitted to MoE”— GTU

first_imgGuyana Teachers Union President Mark Lyte on Tuesday during a brief interview with Guyana Times said that whether or not elections are held in three months’ time, the Union will go forward to present its proposal to the functioning Government for a salary increase.Lyte said, “I hope that the election process does not affect our proposal. In fact we are trying to submit the document and have it discussed before that time comes (elections)”.Elections are likely to be held in 2019 following the collapse of the GovernmentGTU President, Mark Lyteafter a vote of no-confidence was passed when its own party member Charrandas Persaud voted for it on December 21, 2018.According to the President of the Union, the members would have met to conduct its General Council meeting back in December, 2018, where it was decided that other members of the GTU would be consulted before the Union makes the submission of the salary proposal to the Education Ministry.While being careful not to divulge anything specific in the document, he disclosed that the GTU is seeking more benefits this year, as many were not granted last year. The union president noted that a few of the old benefits will reappear in this year’s proposal to the Ministry.Things went haywire during the last bargaining process between the Government and the Union which left children in empty classrooms as teachers resorted to the streets, calling for increased salaries.It was only late in last October that the GTU and Education Ministry came to an agreement with regards to teachers’ salary, an impasse that lasted several weeks.As the agreement was inked on October 24, 2018 for a 12 per cent increase for 2016 and eight per cent for 2018, Lyte had said that the Union has learnt its lesson and is looking forward to broker a better agreement come 2019.Moreover, the GTU President pointed out that the Union has “learnt so many lessons” and is now better prepared for the next bargaining process with the Education Ministry.He explained that he believes the agreement made will better satisfy teachers and their families and even result in classrooms being better serviced. On the other hand, the General Secretary of the GTU during an exclusive interview with this publication said she believes the Union should have been more diligent in its doings. She stated, “As a Union we needed to do a little more work, we needed to be a little more diligent in what we were doing, but it’s a learning experience and come 2019 our teachers, if it’s going to be a three years or a five years agreement, our teachers will see many more benefits coming their way”.“Those teachers who would have felt neglected over the past years and they weren’t being able to gain access to their benefits I want to say to them rest assure GTU has been there for you, we will continue to be there for you and your benefits are intact,” she added. A 40 per cent salary increase for public school teachers was initially proposed for the year 2016. Over time, the percentage would be increased for all categories of represented teachers. For the year 2017, the Union was hoping to have bargained for a 45 per cent increase, which would then increase to 50 per cent for the remainder of the years indicated in the agreement (2018-2020).last_img read more

Guyana close out Caribbean Championship with bronze

first_imgAfter an amazing week at the 60th Caribbean Table Tennis Federation (CTTF) Senior Championships in Jamaica, the Guyanese team ended their 2018 run on a high note, copping three bronze medals.National men’s champion Christopher Franklin, Trenace Lowe and Chelsea Edghill were the only Guyanese who made it into the semi-finals of the senior singles round and although they did not make it into the final, the trio played their matches valiantly to clinch the bronze.In the semis, Lowe suffered a loss to the dominant Dominican Republic’s Yasiris Ortiz 3-4. Ortiz eventually went on to take the gold medal in the women’s singles. The first set was Ortiz’s 11-4, but the second went to the Guyanese 14-12. The match became intense when Ortiz took two sets 11-5, 11-4, but Lowe struck back with two of her own, 11-8, 11-5. Lowe almost tasted victory, but narrowly missed the last set, losing 11-13 to the eventual winner.Edghill was pitted against another strong Dominican Republic player and suffered the same fate as her countrywoman losing 9-11, 3-11, 6-11, 2-11. Edghill’s bronze will add to her well-deserved Under-21 gold medal.Over in the male singles, another Dominican Republic athlete was the one to stop Guyana in their tracks as Samuel Galvez edged past Franklin 9-11, 10-12, 9-11, 5-11. Despite the loss, Franklin played brilliantly to push his opponent to four sets.At the senior Caribbean Championships, Guyana won two silver medals in the male and female teams categories, two bronzes in the women’s doubles, three bronzes in the men’s and women’s singles and the highlight of the tournament for the locals was the gold medals from Shemar Britton and Chelsea Edghill in the male and female Under-21 category.last_img read more

Spector seeking new lawyer

first_imgHe said that San Francisco attorney Dennis Riordan, who joined the team in its last weeks, will stay on to handle legal motions but not as trial counsel. Spector did not attend Wednesday’s hearing. The 67-year-old record producer is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. Clarkson, 40, died about 5 a.m. Feb. 3, 2003, from a gunshot fired in her mouth as she sat in the foyer of Spector’s Alhambra mansion. The defense contends the shot was self-inflicted, either an accident or a suicide. The prosecution contended Spector shot her. Clarkson’s mother and sister, who attended the entire trial, were present Wednesday with their lawyers. They have filed a wrongful-death civil suit against Spector. Attorney Roger Rosen, who headed the often-fractured defense team during the long trial, asked the judge to relieve him and attorney Bradley Brunon from further representing Spector. The judge agreed and said he had also been informed that New York lawyer Linda Kenney-Baden was leaving the case. LOS ANGELES – Most of Phil Spector’s defense lawyers are bowing out of his second murder trial and the legendary music producer has begun an intensive search for a new lead counsel, a remaining lawyer told the judge Wednesday. “I’m the last man standing,” said attorney Christopher Plourd, who presented scientific evidence during the trial, which ended last week in a mistrial. The jury deadlocked 10-2 with the majority favoring conviction. “Mr. Spector is actively seeking new lead counsel. He probably needs three, four or five weeks to do this. He’s interviewing one lawyer today,” said Plourd, who added that six lawyers were waiting in the wings to talk to Spector. “I don’t know if I’ll stay on the case or not,” Plourd told Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler. New York attorney Bruce Cutler, who began the trial as Spector’s lead counsel, was dismissed just before closing arguments. Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson, who formally announced that the prosecution will retry the case, urged a quick turnaround in getting started again. But the judge said he understood the need for “a reasonable amount of time” for a new defense team to prepare. He ordered Spector to appear in court Oct. 23 with his new lead lawyer and said he hoped a trial could begin in four months. But he added, “I am not setting anything in stone.” Fidler warned that Spector had better choose a lawyer with an open calendar, saying he will require the lawyer to represent that he can be ready to go to trial without undue delay. “One of the things Mr. Spector is finding is that good lawyers are busy,” Plourd said outside court. “Their calendars are full.” Rosen said it was Spector’s decision to seek new counsel. “I have fulfilled my obligations to represent Phillip and I support his decision to get new counsel. Sometimes when you have new sets of eyes and ears they see the case differently,” he said. He said he would now be able to get back to clients who have been waiting patiently for the Spector trial to end. Rosen said his advice to a new lawyer taking the case would be: “Be prepared for a long journey and don’t make any plans for the weekends.” Plourd said Spector had hopes of an acquittal from the beginning and, “We hope to do better next time.” Asked if Spector’s money was responsible for the results, Plourd said, “I don’t think money made any difference. The facts and evidence control the decision-making, not the lawyers, not the showmanship of attorneys.” 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

2 Rampart cops suspended

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“His activities did not rise to the level of a police officer. He was directed to a certain location to see if he behaved properly, and he did not behave as a police officer should. “We believe there was criminal wrongdoing, and we made that recommendation to the District Attorney.” Prosecutors are expected to decide next week whether to press charges. Bratton refused to provide specifics, but said Zamora’s partner was not a target of the investigation, and the department was still determining his involvement. In 1992, Zamora was assigned as a patrol officer at Rampart – which was at the center of a corruption scandal in the late 1990s in which members of the division’s anti-gang unit were accused of brutality and misconduct. As a result, the LAPD and the U.S. Justice Department entered into a consent decree in 2001, giving a federal judge oversight of the department. The judge is scheduled Monday to decide whether to extend the decree for at least two more years. Officials have estimated the city will have to pay a total of about $70 million to settle lawsuits filed by those who claim they were framed, shot or beaten by Rampart police. Bratton – who has previously vowed to identify “problem officers” before misconduct occurs – said he believes the Zamora investigation is an “isolated incident.” “The men and woman of this command have been doing a fabulous job,” he said. Since the consent degree was imposed in 2001, the LAPD has conducted 623 audits which have resulted in 66 “administrative failures” – which could be as simple as an officer failing to take a complaint from a member of the public – and 15 “criminal failures,” such as improperly handling evidence, falsifying reports, perjury and obstruction of justice. Eight LAPD officers have been convicted of criminal charges, including one for stealing guns from the department, another for sexually battering victims of domestic violence and a third who demanded a $500 bribe to file a report. “On one level, it’s always sad when there’s an allegation that an officer has tarnished the badge or crossed the line,” Los Angeles Police Commissioner Alan Skobin said. “On another level, there should be a comfort knowing that the vast major of men and women in department, and department’s leadership, are not willing to sanction or tolerate any inappropriate conduct.” LAPD Police Protective League President Bob Baker would not comment on the case because it is a personnel matter, a spokeswoman said. josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com (818) 713-3669160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two LAPD officers assigned to Rampart Division – where a corruption scandal spawned a federal consent decree – were suspended Friday after failing an integrity test, Chief William Bratton said. Officer Edward Zamora, 44, a 16-year veteran, and his partner, whose name was not released, were assigned to their homes after failing an undercover “audit” of an arrest on Tuesday night. The action culminated a six-month investigation of Zamora that was launched after a routine review of officers’ activities and records, including arrest reports and personnel complaints. “We ran a series of investigative stings at him,” Bratton said at a news conference at the Rampart station. last_img read more

Everton midfield target to be allowed to leave current club

first_img1 Carvalho made 38 appearances for Sporting in 2017/18 Everton target William Carvalho will be allowed to leave Sporting Lisbon this summer, according to reports.Sky claim both the Portuguese club and player’s representatives are now actively seeking a transfer for the 26-year-old, with the ideal destination being a Premier League side.The Toffees’ new boss Marco Silva previously managed Carvalho during his season in charge at Sporting, hence why links have arisen regarding a potential move to Goodison Park.West Ham pulled out of a deal to sign the midfielder last summer, citing concerns over the player’s fitness as the reason.Carvalho will have the chance to prove his credentials on the world stage shortly, as he is a member of Portugal’s 23-man squad for the World Cup this summer.last_img read more

Gerard Gallant blasts Pete DeBoer: “For that clown to say that … it’s not right”

first_imgSAN JOSE — Vegas Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant blasted Pete DeBoer on Tuesday hours before Game 7 of the feisty first-round series for comments the Sharks coach made about Gallant talking to San Jose’s players during games.“For that clown to say that in the paper yesterday, it’s not right,” said Gallant, who denied engaging in trash talk with Sharks players.“Logan Couture, I thought it was an embellishment, so I’m yelling at the referee, not at Logan Couture,” Gallant said. “The other …last_img

6 Steps to organize a Cache In, Trash Out (CITO) event

first_imgSave the Earth & geocache? Yes please! We call it CITO (Cache in Trash Out).In 2016, geocachers around the globe will gather together during the weeks of April 22-30 and September 17 – 25 to pick up trash, remove invasive species, repair trails and more—plus earn a pretty sweet new souvenir. If you’ve never hosted a CITO before and you don’t know where to begin, read on! Here are 6 steps to get you started. 1. Choose a location and a dateSince your CITO event will result in an improvement to a public space, pick an area that’s important to you and/or that needs special attention. Make sure you have permission to host the CITO from the local land manager. If you are unsure about which location is best, call a local park manager or geocaching organization. They can provide assistance and support in selecting the best location.2. Pick an activityAt it’s very basic, a CITO event should involve geocachers taking part in an activity that produces an environmental improvement to a park or another cache-friendly place. CITO activities have ranged from trash pickups, to tree plantings, to invasive species removals, to trail maintenance. Need inspiration and direction? Talk to the land manager to find out where volunteers are most needed. See if there are any local environmental organizations already doing volunteer work, with whom you can partner. Call your city’s Parks and Recreation department to find out if any city volunteer initiatives are planned.3. Fill out the cache submission formYour CITO event will need to be submitted online at least two weeks before the date of the event. Give yourself a bit more time than that to square away any details.Type & Location: Select Cache In, Trash Out as the event type, and enter the coordinates where your event will take place.Waypoints (Optional): Is there parking near your event? A trailhead you need to find to get to the right spot? Let folks know.Description & Summary: Where is the event, what time does it start and end, and what will folks be doing? Is any special type of clothing or gear required? Will there be activities suitable for young children, or do you have to be a spring chicken to partake? Will there be a lunch break? Any safety concerns? The more details you can supply, the better. Share with your Friends:More 4. Wait for the event to be published.Once you’ve reviewed and submitted your event listing, your local Reviewer will likely publish the event or request changes to it within a week. If you don’t hear from your Reviewer, check to make sure the event listing is actually submitted and enabled. Check to see if the Reviewer has posted any Reviewer notes in the cache logs section. Once you’ve made any necessary changes, review and submit the listing once more. Feel free to ask your Reviewer for advice if you’re struggling with the event listing.5. Once the event is published, let people know about it!Is there a local geocaching organization you can reach out to, to let them know about your CITO? Maybe there are even some non-geocacher volunteer organizations you could recruit…the more the merrier! 6. On the day of the event…Show up early.Watch the cache page and your e-mail for last minute questions.See to it that every person knows what the activity is, and how to do it.Agree on a time and location to meet up and debrief at the close of the event.After the event is over, keep the event listed long enough to allow people to log the event. Then write a thank you note, and archive it. Voila!That’s all, folks! Remember: the CITO 2016 souvenir will be available for events during the weeks of April 22-30 and September 17 – 25, so if you’re planning to host an event that weekend make sure you submit the cache listing at least two weeks in advance, preferably more. SharePrint Related6 steps to organize a Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) eventJanuary 26, 2017In “Environmental Initiatives”CITO 2019 Season 1 RecapJune 11, 2019In “Community”Geocachers Cleanup Awards for Cleaning UpJuly 8, 2012In “Community”last_img read more