Bar Association Opens 3rd Legal Aid Clinic

first_imgTo help poor party litigantsThe leadership of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) has established a Legal Aid Clinic in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, as part of efforts to ensure that legal help is provided for people who cannot afford to pay legal fees and hire lawyers to plead on their behalf.The Grand Bassa County’s establishment brings to four the number of Legal Aid Clinics the leadership of the LNBA has constructed, to provide “free legal services” for party litigants who cannot afford legal fees.Montserrado, Margibi and Bong counties are currently benefiting from such exercises.Cllr. Joyce Reeves Woods, LNBA’s Chairperson of the Legal Committee, said that lawyers established the first Legal Aid Clinic in Montserrado County and then founded another one in Margibi County.She stated that after Margibi County, the LNBA’s Legal Aid Clinic committee will look forward to establishing another Legal Aid Clinic in Bong and Bomi counties, with financial support from United States Aid for International Development (USAID)’s Legal Professional Development and Anti-Corruption Program.Cllr. Woods reminded Margibians that the Legal Aid Clinic has come close to their doorsteps, and so they must take advantage of its services.Woods assured the residents of providing “pro bono lawyers” who will manage the Legal Aid Clinic.LNBA President Cllr. Moses Paegar, prior to opening the Legal Aid Clinic, said that formalities to establish Legal Aid Clinics in other counties have been completed, and called on residents to take advantage of the clinics.“People of Grand Bassa County come now and take advantage of this Legal Aid Clinic,” said Paegar, who praised the people of the United States for building the lawyers’ capacities.USAID Chief of Party Gerald Meyerman urged the residents to take advantage of the Legal Aid Clinic, by taking their cases there so that lawyers can resolve their problems, rather than taking the law into their own hands.Meyerman admonished the citizens of the county to shun violence, but to see the clinic as a relief for dispute resolution, while advising lawyers to allot some of their time to provide free legal services to those in need of justice.He then pledged USAID’s commitment to working with the LNBA in ensuring that the program works.Grand Bassa County Superintendent Janjay Baikpeh lauded the LNBA and its partners for taking the Legal Aid Clinic to the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No need to make announcement now – Granger

first_imgPre-election dissolution of ParliamentWith pressure mounting for President David Granger to dissolve Parliament in preparation for the March 2, 2020 elections, the President has contended that he is not obligated to do so at this time.President David Granger“I am not required to make an announcement at this stage. I will be advised by my Cabinet when an announcement could be made. I am aware of the constitutional requirement and right now, we are not in default, when the time is right, I will make such an announcement but right now, I am not in default, the Cabinet is not in default, the Government is not in default,” he said during an interview on local radio programme “Hot Seat” with Stan Goveia.The Head-of-State further stated that when the time is right, he will make such an announcement but for now, he is not in default, neither is his Cabinet or the Government.The APNU/AFC coalition government had previously contended that it will not dissolve Parliament in case the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) needs more money to prepare for the polls.The President, however, once again maintained that the Parliament will not be closed in case an emergency arises. “We need to keep the Parliament open in the case of an emergency. If funding is needed, we need to go back to the Parliament so I know what I am doing. I know what I am doing,” the President stated.However, GECOM has already indicated that it has enough funds to hold the 2020 General and Regional Elections.On Tuesday, Commissioners from both the Government and the Opposition side confirmed that GECOM has enough funds to cater for the expenses that would be incurred in hosting the elections on March 2 next year.Following the conclusion of the weekly statutory meeting, Opposition-nominated GECOM Commissioner Sase Gunraj was asked whether the Secretariat had enough funds for the holding of elections scheduled for March 2, 2020.“As far as I am aware, yes. GECOM has $8 billion at its disposal,” Gunraj said, though he could not say whether all the money has been released to them. Government-nominated Commissioner Vincent Alexander also echoed his colleague, noting that the monies allocated for GECOM are enough to ensure it conducts elections.“We do not have a problem with funding, as far as I know… If perchance, we don’t have enough funds, I think we still have some time to approach Parliament,” Alexander informed the media.Since announcing March 2, 2020, as Elections Day, and subsequent issuance of the election’s proclamations, calls have been mounting for President Granger to now dissolve the 11th Parliament.But Attorney General Basil Williams earlier this month said the coalition is still hopeful that the parliamentary Opposition – People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – will return to the National Assembly to extend its life; otherwise, he foresees a “crisis” situation in Guyana.However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had long thrown cold water on any expectation that his party will return to Parliament. In fact, the Opposition had not attended any parliamentary sitting since January when House Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, had refused to overturn the December 21, 2018, passage of the No-Confidence Motion as requested by Government and directed them to seek redress in the courts.If elections are to be held on March 2, 2020, as announced, then President Granger would have had to dissolve Parliament by December 3, 2019.This is in keeping with Article 61 of the Constitution, which states that election of members of the National Assembly should be done within three months after every dissolution of Parliament.last_img read more

Man City romp to 4-1 friendly win over Real

first_imgReal were unable to contain Guardiola’s side once they got their noses in front early in the second half.The £28.5 million (32 million euros, $37 million) spent by City on Nicolas Otamendi two years ago now almost seems like small change after City have splashed out around £50 million each on Kyle Walker, John Stones and Benjamin Mendy over the last 12 months.But after Otamendi pounced from a couple of yards out to smash the ball into the net, the entire complexion of the International Champions Cup encounter changed.Until that point, Real had been the more dangerous side in an end-to-end encounter, with Isco, in particular, causing City’s back five problems with his range of passing.Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale (R) heads the ball away from Manchester City’s Danilo during their International Champions Cup match, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, on July 26, 2017 © AFP / RINGO CHIUCity’s new £32 million keeper Ederson – culpable in last week’s friendly defeat to neighbours Manchester United – was forced to produce smart saves to deny Isco, Karim Benzema and Casemiro, with the latter also heading against the post.Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero both went close at the other end, but once Otamendi found the net in the 52nd minute, on the rebound after Stones’s header was saved, City were rampant.Substitute Raheem Sterling calmly tucked away a lovely through-ball from the impressive Kevin De Bruyne just moments after firing a shot inches wide.The advantage was then extended to three after Stones scuffed a shot into the far corner from a De Bruyne corner.City were twice denied a third by the woodwork, with Francisco Casilla producing a stunning finger-tip save to push De Bruyne’s free-kick onto the post and then Leroy Sane smashing the ball against the near post within seconds of entering the field.But the icing on the cake arrived for Guardiola’s side in the final 10 minutes, when 17-year-old Spaniard Brahim Diaz cut inside off the right and curled a beauty into the top corner from the edge of the area.Real grabbed a late consolation when Oscar Rodriguez produced a stunning effort from 30 yards which soared into the top corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s John Stones congratulates teammate Nicolas Otamendi after scoring a goal during their International Champions Cup match against Real Madrid, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, on July 26, 2017 © GETTY/AFP / Sean M. HaffeyLOS ANGELES, United States, Jul 27 – Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City has spent big to bolster their defence this summer, but showed they will be a force to reckon with at the other end this season in a 4-1 friendly win over Real Madrid on Wednesday.A second-half blitz in front of 93,000 fans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum saw City secure their first pre-season victory in style.last_img read more

Di Maria Man United transfer: Woodward in Cardiff to talk business?

first_img1 Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di Maria You’re my Angel, you’re my darling Angel…Those aren’t our words, they are the words of legendary reggae-fusion singer Shaggy, but they might also be those of Ed Woodward, considering his pursuit of Angel di Maria. Could the singer’s immortal lyrics be enough to convince the winger that Man United will show him the love he needs?For a more insightful view on Di Maria’s protracted transfer to Old Trafford, talkSPORT rounds up the latest news…Woody in CardiffEd Woodward was in Cardiff to see Di Maria and his Real team-mates beat Sevilla 2-0 in the Super Cup. Man United have revived their interest in the winger, say the Mail, and Woodward was there to discuss a deal.Transfer hint from Van GaalIn an interview with the Mail on Sunday, the Man United manager dropped a huge hint over his interest in Di Maria. “Now we have five number 9s and four number 10s and we don’t have wingers to play attacking width, not at the highest level, of Ronaldo or Di Maria or something like that,” he said. “So I have to play also in another way and you have seen that.”No to player sales, says ClementSpeaking to the Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT, Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement said his club were not planning to sell any of their big names before the close of the transfer window.Don’t go, AngelAccording to El Confidencial, World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo is trying his best to convince Di Maria to stay. Apparently he did it last year when the winger’s future was in doubt and he had a great season, scoring in the Copa del Rey final and winning the Champions League.Do you think United can sign Di Maria before the summer transfer window deadline? Comment below…last_img read more

Watch: Ireland West Airport treats travellers to eggcellent surprise

first_imgPassengers travelling from Birmingham, Edinburgh, and Manchester were treated to an egg-stra special surprise when they landed at Ireland West Airport.After touching down in Knock, travellers went to the baggage reclaim belt to nab their belongings.But a special surprise was in store… Watch: Ireland West Airport treats travellers to eggcellent surprise was last modified: April 1st, 2018 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:EasterIreland West AirportKnocklast_img read more

Cheerio! Raiders QB Derek Carr, back in London, is trolled in the NFL shop

first_imgDerek Carr needs a new travel agent.Last year Carr — and the Raiders — visited London for an NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks. It did not go well. Carr was sacked eight times (two were negated by penalties). The last, early in the fourth quarter, drove Carr to the sideline with a left arm injury. Final score: Seattle 27, Oakland 3.Carr and the Raiders are in London once again as we speak — for an NFL game against the Chicago Bears. Whereas the Raiders were reeling at 1-4 last October …last_img

Tidying Up Your Financial Life

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionHaving recently gone through a household and financial document purge in preparation for an upcoming move, I can attest to the satisfaction that is experienced when possessions and financial records are prioritized and  organized. Sorting and shredding is just one piece. Below is a list of nine ways to tidy up your financial life:Create a Financial Inventory– List key financial data in one document including bank and brokerage accounts, insurance policies, credit card numbers, loans, names of financial advisors, and the location of important documents. A good template financial inventory form was developed by the Vanguard investment company.Consolidate Financial Accounts– Prepare a net worth statement (assets minus debts) and list all your financial assets. Many people have multiple brokerage and bank accounts, IRAs, insurance policies, and more. Identify assets to be consolidated. The objective is to consolidate similar assets to a minimum number of custodians.Close Financial Accounts– Eliminate and replace accounts that charge high fees and/or do not offer high interest rates. Another good candidate for closure is mutual funds with high expense ratios, often because they include pesky 12(b)(1) fees that are assessed for marketing expenses. Compare at least 3 account providers.Review and Update Beneficiary Designations– Identify financial assets that have a beneficiary designation including life insurance policies, IRAs, and tax-deferred retirement savings plans such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans. List them all in one place on this worksheet. Review your beneficiary designations and revise them as needed. Also be sure to list contingent beneficiaries in case your first beneficiary designee predeceases you.Review Automated Payments– Review recurring bill payments that are automatically deducted from financial accounts and cancel those for discretionary products and services that are no longer used. Common examples include gym memberships, Netflix fees, newspapers, “[X] of the month” clubs, and satellite radio fees.Calculate Your Net Worth– Make a list of everything that you own (assets) and everything that you owe (debts). Assets minus debts are your net worth. Update your net worth statement annually to keep track of balances owed to creditors, how much money you have, where you have it, and how it is doing.Purge and Shred Documents– Save year-end statements for financial accounts, such as mutual funds, and shred the monthly or quarterly statements that came before. Do the same for credit cards that provide an annual summary report. Save paper bank statements for up to a year or electronically. Retain tax records for up to 7 years in the event of an audit and records for capital assets (e.g., stock) as long as you hold them plus 7 years.Open Mail Immediately and Act on It Once– Sort mail related to personal finances into three categories: 1. Discard (e.g., advertisements and certain donation requests), 2. Pay soon or immediately, and 3. File for long-term reference. Avoid making piles of mail that require “revisiting” later and can result in late payments.Actively Solicit Price Quotes- Contact your insurance agent(s) and inquire about money-saving discounts on new or existing policies. Do the same with current or potential utility providers. For example, there may be a better cell phone plan that provides the service that you need for less or energy audits that can save money.For additional information about tidying up your finances, review the University of Wisconsin Extension fact sheet Organizing Your Finances. By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, boneill@njaes.rutgers.eduIn April, two things happen that can motivate people to tidy up their financial lives. First, spring is here and the notion of “spring cleaning” in general is popular. Spring cleaning often involves clearing out clutter in the garage, donating unworn clothing and household goods, re-arranging photo albums and items in storage, and other decluttering and organizing tasks. A second motivation to tidy up personal finances in April is that income taxes are due and many people are actively reviewing their financial records at this time.last_img read more

Chris Gayle might play in the Pakistan T20 league

first_imgA top official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that West Indian T20 specialist Chris Gayle had given his consent to take part in the Pakistan Super League scheduled to be held in Doha from February 4 to 24, next year.Najam Sethi, who is heading the PSL secretariat in the board, said that they were now in touch with the hard hitting West Indian opener.”We are in direct contact with him now after we spent lot of time trying to trace him and I am happy to report that he has consented to be part of the PSL,” Sethi said.Sethi, a former Chairman of the PCB, who heads the powerful executive committee in the board, had last week signed on former Pakistan greats Wasim Akram and Rameez Raja as brand ambassadors for the T20 league which is being hyped up by the PCB.Gayle, a specialist T20 player has figured in all the foreign T20 leagues in the cricket including the Bangladesh Premier League and is a regular crowd puller in the Indian Premier League.According to Sethi nearly 80 foreign players have signed consent forms to take part in the PSL and the process of short listing the best available 20 to 25 players would be completed soon.Besides Gayle the PCB has targetted some other specialist T20 performers including West Indians Keiron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Dwyane Smith, Samuel Badree and players from other countries as well including Kevin Pietersen and Brendon McCullum.last_img read more

Proposals for renaming Haryana stadia

first_imgChandigarh, May 16 (PTI) Nearly 90 per cent of the panchayats in BJP-ruled Haryana have recommended that sports stadia named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi be renamed after Bhagat Singh and other martyrs, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij said here today. “..The gram panchayats concerned had been asked to send proposals to suggest names for the sports stadia.. These proposals are under consideration of the state government. ” he added.Too years back, Vij had said that he had recommended to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar that the sports complexes in the state named after Rajiv Gandhi be renamed after Shaheed Bhagat Singh.Vij had said that there are total 226 sports complexes in the state. The minister today also said that a special campaign would be launched in Haryana to deter sportspersons from indulging in doping. He said that during the campaign, the state would be divided into four zones and team of central government would be invited to inform sportspersons about the precautions that they may take to avoid accidental or habitual doping. With a view to reach out to every sportsperson, this campaign would later be launched at the district level, he said while addressing a function here, according to an official release. The sports minister said that with a view to promote sports activities in the state, sportspersons were being provided opportunities and facilities so that they could excel at national and international levels. PTI SUN AKK AKKlast_img read more

Formula One fan survey says Lewis Hamilton most popular driver

first_imgFormula One is feeling a fresh wave of optimism under its new owners, while Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are the two most popular drivers, according to an extensive fan survey released on Friday.The Motorsport Network’s Global Fan Survey, carried out in 15 languages and with feedback from 194 countries, found fans liked the sport’s new direction.The data was gathered since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in March and published to coincide with this weekend’s showcase Monaco Grand Prix.U.S.-based Liberty Media took over as commercial rights holders in January, with former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone moving aside.The data revealed that, compared to a 2015 survey, there was a 44 percent increase in fans’ belief that Formula One was ‘the pinnacle of motorsport’ and a 43 percent improvement in the statement that the sport fields ‘the best drivers’.It also showed that the average age of a Formula One fan was coming down — 26 percent of those who took part were under 25 — with an average age of below 36.There were also more female respondents than previously, albeit still only 10 percent of the total. But fewer fans were watching regularly compared to 2015 due to dwindling free-to-air opportunities.Hamilton, now a triple world champion, saw his popularity double compared to 2015 and the Briton commands a level of global fan support not seen since the heyday of seven-times champion Michael Schumacher.The Mercedes driver’s support was strongest in Europe and the Americas. Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were ranked third and fourth, behind McLaren’s Spaniard Alonso.advertisementRaikkonen was previously the favourite and while his levels of support remained broadly the same, the top two had seen a surge in popularity.Ferrari was ranked as the top team by nearly a third of respondents, almost double that of the Italian outfit’s closest rivals Mercedes.Mercedes was the most popular team in Britain, presumably due to Hamilton, but not in Germany.Red Bull’s 19-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen proved more popular among the over-45s than in his own age bracket.Fans in the Asia-Pacific region were 50 percent more likely to attend a race than those in Europe, and MotoGP was the next most followed series after Formula One.last_img read more