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Diamond residents still experiencing water shortage

first_img– forced to pay for water deliveryResidents of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, are voicing their frustrations over the lack ofThe water bowser making its rounds in the communitypotable water in the area.According to residents, two weeks have passed since they started experiencing the shortage, and have been told that they may face another three weeks without water.Aggravated residents told this publication that they were initially told the shortage was due to damaged equipment at the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) pump station.Currently, residents are receiving water from bowsers dispatched by GWI from they fill their containers. This, the residents say, is very inconvenient as the trucks pass by during the day when many of them are away at work, business or school.One resident Asha explained that she was told residents would have to wait another two weeks for the return of water, and this has become very frustrating: “They told us that something is broken and they have to get it fixed, and that the parts have to be imported. The water trucks would usually pass around but this is the first time that we are getting. We rely on our pump to pump out any water that is remaining in the pipelines, other than that we have to hope for the rain,” she stated.Other residents also explained that a local supplier of distilled water in the area has been exploiting the situation by charging residents large sums to refill their containers. The residents also revealed that the supplier has been taking the guise of an agent of GWI, and as such allegations of the Water authority charging residents for water delivery have arisen.“They coming around in a white canter and charging up to $5000 for a refill. People assuming that they from GWI and they ain’t denying it. Suh GWI end up tekin’ blame fuh something that they ain’t doing cause the GWI truck doan charge money fuh the water,” one woman stated.Meanwhile, one of the GWI delivery men explained that they will be distributing water on a daily basis around the Housing Scheme, and as such he is urging residents to gather as many storage containers as they could.“There ain’t got to limit on how much water each person can get, How much they can tek, that is how much we giving them. This is all free of cost…so they shouldn’t pay the delivery men or anybody else for that,,” he stated.last_img read more

Pork-knocker remanded on attempted murder charge

first_imgA pork-knocker, who hails from Retrieve, Mackenzie, Linden, was on Tuesday remanded to prison by Magistrate Clive Nurse on an attempted murder charge.Ernest Couchman, 60, who appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court, is accused of attempting to murder Victor Lustal. It is alleged that on August 31, 2015, at Co-op Crescent, Mackenzie, Linden, the defendant unlawfully and maliciously wounded the VC with intent to murder.The Court heard that statements on the case were not ready to be presented. The defendant is scheduled to make his next court appearance on July 19.last_img read more

‘I Signed Several Blank Checks’

first_imgBong County Representative Prince Moye has admitted to signing “several blank checks” in connection to the controversial US$1.2 million allegedly remitted to the House of Representatives for Oil and Gas Law consultation that was held across the nation by lawmakers.Liberia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) announced that it has launched an investigation into US$1.2 million allegedly provided by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) to the House of Representatives for the financing of a Nationwide Consultation on the draft Oil and Gas law at the time.Deputy House Speaker Hans Barchue, who presided over the nationwide consultation, has since announced that his committee received US$900,000 thereby rubbishing LACC’s probe of investigating US$1.2 million allegedly received by him (Barchue).He pointed accusing fingers at the chief financial officers of the House, Representatives Emmanuel Nuquay and Prince Moye, of Margibi and Bong counties, respectively.However, in reaction to the Deputy Speaker’s claims, Moye and Nuquay appeared on a local talk show defending their respective roles.Moye proudly told the Liberian people that, as co-chair of the Ways, Means and Finance Committee, he was aware of the financial transaction but never participated in any.According to the rules of the House, only the Chairman and Co-chair of the Ways, Means and Finance Committee, including the comptroller, are signatories to the account of the House.Nuquay, who was chairman during the period under review, denied ever signing checks relative to the transaction, but maintained that US$1.2 million was negotiated with NOCAL by Deputy Speaker Barchue.As chairman, Nuquay admitted to having full knowledge of the US$1.2 million but declared that he’s not aware of the expenditure part of the money.Even though Nuquay’s committee superintends financial issues at the House, the consultation was presided over by Deputy Speaker Barchue and, as such, “the entire fund was directed to the Deputy Speaker and I was never involved,” Nuquay has maintained.For his part, Representative Moye admitted to being in charge of financial matters after his boss (Nuquay) lost the confidence with leadership.He maintained that most of the checks met his consent before disbursement but he cannot account for the money in but rather the Deputy Speaker.“I signed several blank checks and left them in care of the comptroller before my departure to the United States,” Moye asserted.He added that all financial transaction executed by his office, “was done based on instructions from the Speaker or Deputy.”Political commentators believe that this latest case of financial malpractices reignite the discussion of auditing the entire Legislature.They also believe that Moye’s admittance to signing “several blank checks” is a sign of ineptitude on his part and must be investigated for the “motive behind his action.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Fight to the Finish and the Post-Ebola Agenda

first_imgThe Cabinet yesterday began a two-day retreat at a resort in Western Liberia, most likely to review the recent past and to chart the course for the year ahead.The President and her inner circle, comprising her chief lieutenants, have a lot on their plate.  Number one on their agenda may be to give thanks to Almighty God, to Liberia’s health and medical workers, to our international partners and to the Liberian people for their combined efforts in what appears to be a successful battle against the deadly Ebola virus.Like a thunderbolt the virus hit Liberia in March last year, killing people almost everywhere, ravaging our economy, reducing it to zero level growth and seriously injuring  our international relations.  But thankfully, the virus is disappearing, with most of the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) empty and no new cases reported in the past few weeks.  The ardent hope of the government and all Liberians is that by February, the virus would be gone and Liberia will at long last be declared Ebola-free.The Cabinet will have to strategize how to keep everything on course, so that there will be no more fresh outbreaks.  Now that schools have been reopened, the Education and Health authorities should assure the Cabinet that ALL schools, both public and private, are fully equipped with chlorinated buckets, thermometers, hand sanitizers, etc., to minimize or extirpate (remove, get rid of) anything remotely related to the virus. The Cabinet’s second task in this retreat is to fine tune something they have already begun planning: ways in which to jumpstart the economy and get it back on track.  Since we are still in January, we still have time to resume economic growth.  GOL has already pumped money back into the agricultural, educational and infrastructural sectors, and this should be a healthy beginning. With Liberians consciously and continuously observing all the anti-Ebola measures, the virus would soon be gone, and all of the expatriates involved in reconstruction of the hydro, electrical works of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), road building and other infrastructural activities would soon be back.  The expatriates’ return would provide a major impetus to economic recovery.   In recent editorials we suggested ways of putting our farmers back to work—by empowering them with tools, seeds, money, roads and access to markets.  Added to these could be encouraging the farmers to enter the animal husbandry business—poultry and eggs, pigs, cattle.  Marketing Association President Lusu Sloan could be encouraged to get her fellow market women involved in the  poultry business, like the  Mozambican market women, who control the poultry industry in that country.We also suggested in that recent editorial that GOL should find a way to engage the street sellers, boys and girls, able-bodied young men and women and introduce them to the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) and the Booker Washington Institute, where they may be introduced to accelerated programs in various trades.  This exercise would give them marketable skills which would empower them to be more gainfully employed. The President this week made a renewed call for government to fight corruption.   As we said in a recent editorial, this must start with the President herself and her inner circle.  We still do not know which Liberians are they that benefitted from the recent sale of the oil blocks.  This is the kind of veiled secrecy that raises concern and even alarm about government’s intentions. A senior member of government told the Daily Observer off the record last year that he sometimes shuddered (trembled) at the massive sums of money GOL approves to be paid to foreign businessmen.  At this Cabinet Retreat, can the Ministers and Agency Heads make a commitment to their Cabinet colleagues that in this New Year they will do everything to find Liberian businesspeople to whom contracts will be awarded?Just last weekend a 49 year-old man raped a 12 year-old girl to death.  The Ministry of Justice and the Liberian Judiciary could, by the way they handle particularly this case—hopefully efficiently and expeditiously—send a strong message to such wickedly demented people they will face the full force of the law for such heinous acts. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Getting hitched…

first_img…British styleThe “Gangnam Style” song and dance by K-Pop singer Psy spoofed the poseurs aspiring to the upscale Seoul district, “Gangnam”. It eventually received more than three BILLION views on YouTube, and had even Obama and Cameron prancing in the requisite “horsy” manner!! Well, your Eyewitness isn’t sure if the wedding of Prince Harry to US black actress Meghan Markle garnered nearly as many views as Gangnam Style, but it’ll certainly influence weddings around the globe for the next decade!!Fundamentally, “Gangnam” and “The Big Fat British Wedding” were both “spectacles” that sought to show us plebes how the other half lives. Why else would, for example, half of the US get up at five in the morning to see how an occasional helicopter pilot would become hitched to a retired US starlet? And here we thought, when they threw out George III back in the day, the Americans didn’t want to have anything to do with Royalty anymore!! As it is, they just couldn’t get enough!!Fact of the matter, most of us want to be part of “something bigger” and that’s what the Monarchy’s done for the English. Queen Elizabeth and her other “royal bloods” allow the English to connect to what they see as a long and glorious history when they have an empire on which the “sun never sat!! As the British go through a second shrinking from the world stage after WWII, this sentiment’s gonna grow with the Brexit movement.The show just put on – and as carefully choreographed as the Gangnam Style video – will now say to the common Britisher that it’s worth it to shell out almost US$300 million annually just to upkeep the Royals. “Only” about US$50 million come directly from the British purse – “The Privy Purse”. The rest comes from real estate and other investment mostly by Elizabeth – on which she pays no taxes!!Now, what does all of this have to do with us?? Not a damned thing!!! And that’s why your Eyewitness was interested in how many Guyanese were interested in “The Wedding”. Was it because Meghan Markle is what we would call a “Red Woman” in Guyana, and so many of the species could relate to marrying a prince?? So what’s all this talk about being “liberated” and all, when a fella with just a title can turn their heads so!!?So how come when Marcus Garvey gave out titles and fancy costumes like lollypops, it didn’t have the same effect?? Whatever it is, the hoi polloi have to identify with the elite to escape from their own desperate lives of anonymity.So who’re the elite in Guyana? The ones with the easy money??…to corruptionThere are some Guyanese who’re a mite taken aback at how quickly the members of this Government have taken to corruption of one sort or another. It was like ducks taking to water. And that’s the whole point, isn’t it?? These fellas were already prepared for the corruption they KNEW would come their way once they got into office.  Let’s face it: corruption became so entrenched during the Burnham years that it infected our national DNA!!Members of the once proud Civil Service were reduced to receiving a fried rice from the businessman across the table, who wanted one of the innumerable permissions that had to be obtained to do business in Guyana. “Goosing someone” under the table received a whole new meaning at this time!! While a few were still proud to know what a friend they had in Jesus, they were prouder of the bribable contacts they had in one Government office or other!!It was surreal when life became a matter of securing “lines” – persons in Government they could bribe!!And like Freddy Krueger…THEY’RE BAAAACK!!!…to mediocrityAsked to grade his administration after three years in office, President Granger said they’d made “great strides”!! On which front?Politically? Country’s still divided. Socially? Still no “cohesion”. Economically? The five sisters are all on intensive care.last_img read more

Passenger boat goes up in flames in Berbice River

first_imgA 25-seat passenger boat went up in flames at the New Amsterdam Market Wharf, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on Thursday, shortly before passengers were boarded for the four-hour long trip to Sand Hills. Reports are at about 16:00h on Thursday, the captain of the vessel and one crew member were aboard and were about to commence loading passengers and cargo when the incident occurred.Guyana Times was told that the captain powered on the engine and the battery sparked, igniting the few drops of gasoline that were left on the battery from ‘fueling up’ moments before. This led to an explosion, forcing onlookers to cut the boat loose to avoid damage to the wharf and other boats which were also moored at the wharf.Both the captain and the sailor reportedly plunged overboard and swam to shore. The Coast Guard responded and pulled the burning boat to shore.last_img read more

Freezing Rain warning issued for Fort Nelson

first_imgFreezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. FORT NELSON, B.C. – A freezing rain warning has been issued for the Fort Nelson region.Environment Canada says rain is falling near Fort Nelson where warm air is moving over sub-zero temperatures at the surface.  Freezing rain will end later this morning as the surface temperature rises above zero and the front moves out of the area.A photo of from the Drivebc.ca webcam in Fort Nelson shows the freezing rain- Advertisement -A local highway report suggests the freezing rain could be anywhere from Fort Nelson to Liard River.See the full weather warning below.7:31 AM PDT Wednesday 30 October 2019Freezing rain warning in effect for:Advertisement Fort NelsonFreezing rain is expected or occurring.Freezing rain is falling near Fort Nelson where warm air aloft is moving over sub-zero surface temperatures.Freezing rain will end later this morning as the surface temperature rises above zero and the front moves out of the area.Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.Advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal target Lavezzi set for Italy return, says agent

first_imgLiverpool and Tottenham target Ezequiel Lavezzi “wants to play in Italy”, according to his agent.The winger’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires in the summer and he is unlikely to extend his stay.Liverpool and Spurs have expressed an interest, as have several sides in Serie A, with reports last week suggesting the player had already entered talks with both Inter Milan and JuventusAnd now Lavezzi’s agent, Alejandro Mazzoni, has admitted that his client wants to play in Italy once again.“In football everything is possible, and PSG have a very strong team,” Mazzoni told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.“Lavezzi’s contract is set to expire, and if he doesn’t renew, he’ll be free to talk to other clubs in February.“He misses Italian football a lot and he wants to go back to Italy. [Napoli] president [Aurelio] De Laurentiis was clear that he didn’t want his return to Napoli. The Azzurri have a strong team.“Right now we can’t speculate on a turn of mind, but we’ll see.” 1 Ezequiel Lavezzi last_img read more

Choir marks National Choral Singing Week with call for new members

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best known choirs is putting out a call for new singers to join its ranks to mark National Choral Singing Week.The Inishowen Gospel Choir is trumpeting the health benefits of singing in choirs to mark National Choral Singing Week.The event takes place from 10th to 16th October in association with Mental Health Ireland to mark World Mental Health Week Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins. The Inishowen Gospel Choir was established over a decade ago and has become one of the north west’s most popular choirs, singing at events and festivals around the country.The choir attracts people of all different ages and musical experience who share a love of singing and performing.It meets every Monday night at Colgan Hall in Carndonagh at 7.30pm.The choir has a busy schedule of performances through the year, from weddings to festivals, which gives its singers plenty of opportunities to perform. It has performed at festivals from Glastonbury to the Electric Picnic and performed with leading Irish musicians such as Declan O’Rourke and Liam Ó Maonlaí.Musical director of the choir, Anna Nolan, said the benefits of signing in a choir are obvious and people who have not experienced it, and think they would enjoy it, should try it.“Over my ten years with the Inishowen Gospel Choir, I have seen it have such a positive effect on so many people. I have seen it boost people’s confidence, offer a place for friendships to grow and really give people a sense of achievement and general joy. All in all I would wholeheartedly advocate the sentiment that singing is good for your health.”For further information and to get in touch with the choir go to www.inishowengospelchoir.net or www.facebook.com/TheInishowenGospelChoir/Choir marks National Choral Singing Week with call for new members was last modified: October 12th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Inishowen Gospel Choirnew memberslast_img read more

DD Motoring: Sadness as a familiar face gone from Donegal highways and byways

first_imgFrom this valley they say you are going,We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile,For they say you are taking the sunshine,Which has brightened our pathways a while.These were the opening lyrics of the song, Red River Valley sung so beautifully by Gary Mangan at his father’s funeral in Glendowan Church last Friday. A voice like his father’s before him, so infectious that the congregation were drawn into the chorus. What Gary did in music the late John Mangan did in the art of having a chat which made it so comfortable for you to join in his conversation.John Mangan could have been forgiven for never going outside his front door considering the hand of cards that life dealt him in his early life robbing him of the ability to walk. John got Polio as a young boy still only at school. This was the start of a journey as John was hospitalised for years in Dublin, Letterkenny and later Killybegs with the added complication of getting T.B. Advertisement When John arrived home from hospital not able to walk very far on crutches and with no wheelchair. Local neighbours made John’s first wheelchair out of anything they could get their hands on. The finished product may have looked crude but it was the start for John.The Latin word ambilare translated means to walk or move about which was an early medical care were patients were moved by lifting or wheeling. The people that made John’s first ambilare of sorts did two very important things for John, in that they made it possible for John to move about on his own steam and also in turn made John start the positive process of believing in himself.CruckrawIn 1961 The Artist Derek Hill ask if he could paint a portrait of John complete with his home made wheelchair and his dog Jack in a field near Glendowan which was also to give John a much needed boost of self belief. Advertisement The 1961 portrait By Derek Hill of John Mangan painted in Churchill complete with John’s dog Jack and Cruckraw Hill in the background. The painting is a part of the Dublin City Gallery Collection at The Hugh Lane Gallery.Derek included the local landmark Cruckraw Hill in the picture.John built his home looking out over Cruckraw and even though John would never physically reach the top of the mountain he would take his bearing from watching the clouds heading out over it every day of his life.John Mangan pictured in same place 53 years after Derek Hill first painted John’s portrait in 1961 complete with John beloved Cruckraw Hill in the background. Photo Brian McDaid.John spent his life outdoors doing voluntary work selling and promoting for the Irish Wheelchair Association. So what passed over Cruckraw in the morning in Churchill, weather wise had a good chance of ending up in Letterkenny that day where John was a familiar face at the old Dillion’s Supermarket and then at the Courtyard Shopping Centre.A view of Cruckraw Hill and Glendowan Chapel from the historic Cemetery at Colmcille Abby where John Mangan was laid to rest beside his late wife Betty last Friday .Photo Brian McDaidJohn was a familiar sight in the 1970s where he would call into Hegarty’s Auto Services for petrol on his way home. Starting off driving an old DAF 66 car which was belt driven opposed to having a drive shaft, and then a Ford Escort Mk2, which was automatic and had hand controls for the brakes and throttle.BettyIn 2014 when John was interviewed for a feature for his lifetime achievement and contribution to the Irish Wheelchair Association, he was still trying to come to terms with the death of his wife and his rock Betty who passed away with cancer in 2012. He missed her so much.John Mangan with his daughter Rosemarie Sharkey and Geraldine Rodgers as last years coffee morning at his home for the Donegal Hospice in memory of his late wife Betty. Photo Brian McDaidMarried in 1971 and with three children Gary, Jackie and Rosemarie, John sat at home trying hard to look for the brighter coloured clouds passing out over Cruckraw after his wife died, but it was his children and grandchildren that were now his inspiration who gave John the support he much needed to get back to the John we all knew. Charlie Molloy, John’s grandson smiling away for the camera pictured with his mother Jackie as John was gets his pictured taken for the Irish Wheelchair Association feature in 2014 Photo Brian McDaidOn Friday last John made his final journey from his home to the Glendowan chapel for his funeral and then on to Colmcille Abbey Cemetery to join his late wife Betty. Betty’s brother Paschal Gillen an Irish Army Piper stood on the highest point in the graveyard in the historic Abbey to welcome John to his final resting place as the sound of the bag pipes filled the valley below. Now from that famous Abbey John and Betty still have a view of Cruckraw, but now from the Gartan side as they watch over the family and friends with love from above.Rest in Peace JohnDD Motoring: Sadness as a familiar face gone from Donegal highways and byways was last modified: August 3rd, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:brian mc daidjohn manganlast_img read more