Members of the Executive Committee of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) have resolved to appealingly write the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives for an investigation to find out who ordered their Chief Clerk and her deputy to complain the LFA President to the world’s football governing body, FIFA.The Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Alphonso Armah said the House’s Chief Clerk Mildred N. Sayon and Deputy Chief Clerk, J. Sayfura Geplay separately protested to FIFA against the eligibility of H. Musa Bility as President of the LFA.Armah said Mr. Geplay, in his letter dated the 21st of March, prayed for the intervention of FIFA because Mr. Bility is ineligible to contest as President of the LFA because he (Bility) is guilty of criminal conspiracy, theft of property, economic sabotage and tax evasion in the country.On the 14th of April, the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Mildren N. Sayon, did a follow-up letter.Mr. Armah, in an exlcusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, said the letters are not only erroneous but also unethical because Bility was never found guilty in any of the accusations and the letters from the Clerks would put the Honorable House in unnecessary public ridicule.According to Armah, when the LFA contacted as to whether the House’s Committee on Youth and Sports was aware of the letter, Representative Lester Paye, Chairman on said committee, declined.Armah said it is the LFA’s belief that the leadership of the House of Representatives is neither aware nor approved the letters and would therefore want the leadership to investigate on who mandated the Clerks to write FIFA.“We want the [House] leadership to investigate who mandated the clerks to write FIFA and we hope they would,” the LFA Chief Scribe said.Meanwhile, according to FIFA’s reply to the House of Representatives, the world’s football governing body has rejected a petition protesting the candidacy of Musa H. Bility, in the recent elections of the Liberia Football Association. A copy of FIFA’s response to the letters from House of Representatives was sent to LFA.Bility went unopposed and almost all members of his team secured another four-year term.In FIFA’s response, deputy secretary general Markus Kattner, said after a thorough analysis of the facts reported in the protest, “we have to inform you that this seems to be an internal matter which does not come under the remit of FIFA authorities.”“Moreover,” FIFA said, “we must inform you that the aforementioned LFA elective congress was under the observation from a representative of CAF.”“As a consequence of the above,” Kattner said, “FIFA is not in a position to intervene in this matter.”FIFA noted that as a general principle, it corresponds or communicates only with and through its member associations.The House’s Clerks’ letters seem to be similar to the Former Lone Star Players Association.The former Barrolle and Lone Star defender, Washington Blay, among others claimed that it was public knowledge of the guilty verdict of tax evasion by a private corporation belonging to Bility.The protest further explained that the private corporation owned by Bility “defrauded the government,” in an unstated amount. “[He was] found guilty by the Tax Court and restitution plan violated,” of which the Elections Committee failed to take into account and disqualify him.However, the protest did not say whether Bility was convicted of any of the alleged crimes against the State.The letter also claimed that there was an indictment for economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy and theft of property against Bility, though there was no evidence of conviction for the Elections Committee to base any punitive action on.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,We the people, through our legitimate representative the PPP/C, are saying no to house-to-house “elections”, did I say house-to-house elections? Yes, I did and that was not a mistake, it was a deliberate statement. The details of what I said earlier will be explained later in my discourse. We vehemently reject any skulduggery whatsoever. Only a free and fair process which rules out the house-to-house GECOM is promoting.The house-to-house so-called registration is not to add those who have reached the age of 18 years and are now eligible to vote, far from it, this exercise is to verify an already padded voters’ list. That list has the names of persons who are all non-nationals, but persons who are nonetheless in receipt of a Guyana Identification card thus making them eligible to vote at the upcoming elections.Information coming to hand is that there are a number of persons with fake ID’s who are to be placed on a voters’ list in preparation for Election Day. And here is how they plan to do it:Persons of the likes of Haitians and Venezuelans, even persons from faraway places like Ghana, are in receipt of Guyana ID cards with Guyanese names. Some of these persons cannot speak a word of English, nor are they familiar with the geographical location of the place they were told that they were born. Nevertheless, they are persons who have been afforded the title of having been domiciled here in Guyana and are eligible to vote.So, the house-to-house is a plan to re-register them in an area which is – as in the case of a Haitian I befriended – more “friendly” to their cause and in a place where their racial composition would not be called into question.The house-to-house is to “perfect” or update the list, to match what would be declared on Election Day if a recount is so ordered. Seeing that the PNC is not too au fait with figures, they are trying their utmost to get the numbers to match.This is a seemingly airtight plan of theirs but information that is in our possession makes us all the more knowledgeable and more resolute to disappoint them. We would be blocking this avenue ever manifesting itself in a botched election victory for the fraudsters.Now, those in Government circles would want to dismiss this as another Opposition propaganda attempt to derail the house-to-house programme. But I ask them to take a walk around Georgetown and speak to persons at random, you would get the shocking reality as to what I am talking about.In another instance, some of the foreigners are already boldly using their fake identification to transact business. Fantastic! Some of the foreigners are so clumsy that they are utilising their ID to gain employment in some of those security services who underpay their workers. I say no more.The next election is earmarked for a massive fraud as one PNC supporter puts it. The PPP/C is in for a “great surprise” next election. That surprise is a one seat election victory for his party. He further asserted, “Is you all who want election … well is election you all gon get don’t be surprise”. So, there you have it, they have let the cat out of the bag, they have given their party’s plan away.In all of this, I think the Chief Elections Officer is aware of the plan, he cannot feign ignorance of the fact because much of what I said is taking place right under his nose in Georgetown. It is the most talked about topic in the city so how can he say that he is not knowledgeable of it?In any case, if he so claims ignorance of the fact then from henceforth he is put on high alert of this well thought out scheme and should make every effort to rectify it before it is too late.I still think Lowenfield is redeemable because he is not too comfortable with the plan, he sees jail time awaiting them if that scheme is not abandoned. But others of the conspiracy are adamant that the plan will work. After all, they must do something for “their boy,” come what may we must push for that one-seat majority win again.I call on Lowenfield to come clean and adhere to the Opposition’s call for a no house-to-house registration and go along with a clean voters’ list. The people would not be kind to you if you deny them the right to choose who governs them, they would call for the severest of penalties for the lawbreakers. The people of Guyana would be asking for the head of those who denied them the right to choose their own Government.I call on Mr Lowenfield to rid himself of this fraudulent scheme because at the end of the day the buck falls on him. You would have to face the music as the one who supervised a fraud committed on the Guyanese people. It is not too late to come clean on these actions sir.Respectfully,Neil Adams
Public Service Minister, Tabitha Sarabo-HalleyArbitrary firing of staffThe Special Board of Inquiry (BoI) that was commissioned by President David Granger to probe the arbitrary firing of staff at the Public Service Ministry by Minister Tabitha Sarabo-Halley has completed the probe.Director General of the Ministry of Presidency, Joseph Harmon on Friday told the media that the report from the BoI was handed over to the Ministry.Just a few days ago, Minister Sarabo-Halley defended the arbitrary firing of staff members from her department shortly after she assumed office, saying that there was “evidence” at her disposal to warrant dismissal.“I think that the evidence that was before me suggested that something needed to be done and the investigation would bear whether or not that was rational,” the Minister stated at a recent press conference.She, nevertheless, did not reveal any bit of evidence that she referred to but noted that the investigation will soon wrap up with the findings.On May 31, 2019, the personnel staff and chief accountant at the Public Service Ministry were sent packing by Minister Tabitha Sarabo-Halley shortly after she was appointed to that post.When the news broke about the arbitrary firing of personnel staff and the chief accountant, the Government initially denied firing them but one week after, Director General Harmon confirmed that indeed, the workers were sent home.But he said higher authorities had since intervened and the dismissed staff were eventually sent on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation. He had maintained that the staff in question are still employees of the Government as the decision by Minister Sarabo-Halley to terminate their services has been halted.ScholarshipsHowever, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had alluded to the fact that the fired workers were initially targeted and arbitrarily dismissed after they revealed that the children of a Government Minister received payments amounting to over $20 million in the last two years.One of those revelations is that the children of Minister Simona Broomes had allegedly received over US$86,000 in 2018, monies that were transferred from the Department of Public Service. Then again, this year, another transfer of millions reportedly took place.Given the controversy around that situation, the Public Service Department has made a decision to publicise all scholarships to ensure “transparency”. It was confirmed that both children of the Minister in question received grants to study overseas, but Sarabo-Halley could not state if the monies were transferred to their personal accounts.Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon
With the administration having already given several billion dollars in subsidies and loans to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), President David Granger has stated that Government can no longer bailout the cash-strapped entity.President David GrangerSpeaking on his weekly televised programme ‘The Public Interest’, the Head of State pointed out that the present model of the sugar corporation has failed, thus necessary and immediate changes need to be made to return the industry to a viable and profitable one.“(GuySuCo) is the single, oldest and continuous industry in Guyana and it is haemorrhaging. Government cannot afford to keep on bailing it out. There has to be change, the very nature of the change is something that is still to be decided but the model that we inherited and the plantation model that we have used for three and a half centuries has failed,” Granger posited.He told reporters on the programme which aired on Friday night, that Government is now looking at a more modern model for the industry because it recognises the impact GuySuCo has on the lives of Guyanese.“We feel that there are some parts of the industry which could be made profitable. When you look at the cost of the Skeldon Factory, when we look at the closures which have taken place even under the previous administration, we have come to the conclusion that there’s got to be major change and that change has to happen in 2016,” asserted the Head of State.Only Tuesday last, Cabinet was briefed by top GuySuCo officials on the current status of the corporation’s operations, as well as future plans. Following that engagement, Cabinet has established a sub-committee to look into the options proffered by GuySuCo about its future.With Government adamant about having a final decision on the way forward with the sugar industry, the sub-committee is expected to submit its report by mid-November outlining what approach should be adopted.At the post-Cabinet briefing on Thursday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon disclosed that among the options outlined by GuySuCo were to allow the corporation to run ‘as is’ or engage in limited diversification.He further outlined that the corporation is of the belief that the worst option was to maintain the status quo, that is to say do nothing and allow the corporation to go as it is; since there would be serious implications for the national treasury, which can incur the cost of some $18.6 billion in 2017 and another $21.4 billion in 2018, just to maintain this option.GuySuCo already has an excess of $80 billion in debt, notwithstanding the fact that only last week, the cash-strapped GuySuCo was asked to repay a loan of almost $4 billion which it received from Central Government as part of its $12 billion subsidy last year.“Your Government was forced to divert money from economic development and social projects to rescue the ailing corporation with an immediate injection of $12 billion. An additional $11 billion had to be provided the next year, 2016, making it a total of $23 billion bailout in 18 months,” the 2015 Auditor General report had highlighted.This comes in light of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) advising the Guyana Government to reduce bailouts to the cash-strapped industry, especially given that experts are saying that it is not a viable option.
Finally, Charlie Lake’s Isabel Maddigan was the first to complete the Women’s 55 Plus division at 31:15, while Fort St. John’s Marie Bernardin was the first local runner to finish, placing second with a time of 32:04.The event also featured a 1 km Kids Fun Run, which saw over 50 kids, led by Moose FM’s Ted Sloan, hit the road, running for the good cause.For a complete look at the event’s results, click here.As of Monday the total amount of money raised has not yet been tallied. Moving to the Female categories, the 13 and Under division was won by Fort St. John’s Hana Edwards, placing first with a time of 24:44.Local runner Lindsay Bell was first in the Female 14-19 division, finishing the run with a time of 29:05, while Tara Maddigan, also from Fort St. John, placed first in the Female 20-39 division, with a time of 21:32.Maddigan’s time of 21:32 was the fastest by any of the female participants.The 40-54 age division was won by Marnie Schreiner, who finished with a time of 25:01.Advertisement The 5 km Run and Walk featured a variety of divisions for participants, each separated by age and each involving a 5 km distance.In the Male 13 and Under, first place went to Fort St. John’s Quinlan Snider, who finished with a time of 24:12.The next division, the Male 14-19, was won by Grande Prairie’s Clayton Dirksen, who finished with a time of 32:50. Two runners from Fort St. John tied for second, as both Tyrell Fenton and Michael Basco completed the run with a time of 56:08.- Advertisement -Fort St. John’s Mike Fewlek finished first in the Male 20-39 division, with a time of 20:53.Bruce Haley’s first place finish was a double dose of victory, as not only was his time of 19:53 the fastest of the Male 40-45 division, it was also the fastest time from any male in the event.Finally, the Men’s 55 plus division was won by Gerald Bernardin, who finished first with a time of 24:04.Advertisement
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The 2019 World Junior A Challenge is set to take place this December at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek.In a partnership between Hockey Canada, the Canadian Junior Hockey League, B.C. Hockey, NHL Central Scouting and the local host committee, Two Canadian teams, Team Canada East and Team Canada West, will compete against the Czech Republic, Russia and the United States for the gold medal.Different ticket packages are now available for purchase for the World Junior A Challenge.- Advertisement -A Full Advance Package can be purchased for $199.00 which includes a ticket to every game played at the Encana Events Centre, including Bronze and Gold Medal Games.The 2019 World Junior A Challenge is taking place on December 7 to the 15 at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek.For more information and to purchase tickets, you can visit dawsoncreekeventscentre.com.Advertisement
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0Shares0000When Sadio Mane fired home Liverpool’s fifth goal against Porto, he became the first African to hit a Champions League hat trick © AFP / Francisco LEONGLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 15 – Often overshadowed by team-mate Mohamed Salah’s debut season, Sadio Mane burst back into the spotlight as the first Senegalese player to hit a Champions League hat-trick in Liverpool’s 5-0 demolition of Porto.Salah and Roberto Firmino were also on target on Wednesday as Liverpool’s three lightning-quick forwards took their joint tally for the season to 63 goals. Mane scored the first, third and last goals at the Estadio Dragao as Liverpool virtually ensured a first Champions League quarter-final for nine years, with the second leg at Anfield now a formality.“Everyone is always talking about the three, but the team make (it) easier because without the team we are nothing,” said a smiling Mane, with the match ball cradled in his arms.“They do a great job behind (with) all they give us, and we are the lucky boys and we score all the time.”Mane had been the least prolific member of a fast and furious Liverpool attack that has continued to sparkle despite the departure of Phillippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142 million ($200 million) in January.Mane had most often been the player sacrificed earlier in the season when Jurgen Klopp opted to go with only three of the “Fab Four”.A year ago Mane, a £36-million signing from Southampton in 2016, seemed indispensable to Klopp’s rebuilding at Anfield.His time at the African Cup of Nations coincided with a five-game winless run in January and February that ended any chance of a first Premier League title since 1990, while Klopp’s men were also dumped out of the FA Cup and League Cup.– ‘Not jealous’ –This season it has been Salah who has shone with his fleetness of foot and finishing ability, taking the Egyptian to 30 goals in just 36 games for the club — a record that helped Salah beat Mane to win African Player of the Year in January.“It is a new situation, Mo Salah is in. They are best friends so he is not jealous, but it is like everybody is watching there now what is he doing,” said Klopp earlier this month.Mane got the break he needed to open the scoring in Portugal thanks to an error from Porto goalkeeper Jose Se.His confidence seemed to soar and he finished off a characteristic speedy counterattack led by Salah and Firmino for Liverpool’s third, before smashing home from outside the area to complete his hat-trick.“He gave the right answer,” said Klopp. “I said to him after the last game ‘finally you are back’ when we met on the pitch, and tonight he showed it again what a fantastic player he is.Against Porto, Sadio Mane stepped out of the shadows of team-mates Mo Salah and Firmino © AFP / Francisco LEONG“He was always fantastic for us even in his not so good moments.“That’s the real quality if you are not on your 100 percent and still scoring, maybe not that often. If you keep on working really hard it will come, like he did. There can be a moment like this.”Mane’s historic feat did not go unnoticed in his native Senegal, where the 25-year-old is expected to provide the inspiration for his nation at this year’s World Cup.“Mane spits fire in the Dragon’s stadium” and “historic hat-trick” were among the headlines in the Senegalese press.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Latoya Gray knew she had a knack for electronics engineering, but the thought of spending tens of thousands of dollars on a degree from a four-year private school made her feel ill. So after two years at the University of Southern California, Gray decided to ditch the institution and seek out an equivalent degree at DeVry University, a decades-old for-profit school that has garnered a reputation for its practical approach to electronics. “I couldn’t afford USC any more. And the smaller classes and environment at DeVry was a lot more comfortable to me,” said Gray, who also cut her tuition in half by attending DeVry. The question that inevitably surfaces at for-profit, publicly traded schools is whether students are more of a priority than the shareholders who invest in the universities. Analysts who cover the sector say quality usually trumps profits, but there isn’t always a clear definition between academics and the desire to bolster the bottom line. But executives at Apollo Group, parent company of the University of Phoenix, say the stringent requirements of a regional accreditation puts the onus on them to perform beyond what is expected. “It is my sincere belief that for-profit schools have additional pressure because of the pure nature that we are for-profit,” said Matt Johnston, University of Phoenix’s campus director in Southern California. Heightening that pressure is greater scrutiny of for-profits’ recruiting tactics. All universities recruit to enhance student populations, whether diversity or stronger academic reputations are the ultimate agenda. But recruiting draws pause at times when regulators perceive it simply as a means to bring in more tuition. Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Education issued a report that stated the University of Phoenix violated the Higher Education Act, which prohibits paying recruiters based on the numbers of students they enroll, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The university eventually paid the department $9.8 million to settle the allegations. Other for-profits have also come under fire for their business models. ITT Tech, Career Education and Corinthian Colleges are all for-profits that have endured some form of scrutiny by either federal or state regulators. And yet amid all of the scrutiny surrounding these institutions, students still choose to attend these schools. The reason: For-profits are perceived to offer a no-frills atmosphere that enables students to work hard and get their degrees sooner. Meet Matthew Hanke, 22, who is attending DeVry University in Canoga Park. His ebullient personality and ambition are reminiscent of a student at the most prestigious of universities. And his ability to design Web sites and make sense of complicated techno-jargon are characteristics he’s hoping will help him land a job with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “I choose DeVry so I can get there faster,” said Hanke, who’s on the brink of graduating. He also admits that DeVry is a bit pricey when compared with state schools (several thousand dollars more a semester), but at the rate he plans to finish his degree, he figures he’ll make up the cost of tuition by entering the work force sooner than his rivals at four-year universities. “It’s worth it to me. I’ve loved my experience here … The faculty and the student-to-teacher ratios are great,” he said. DeVry boasts about 8,000 students in California and about 53,000 nationally, with plans to open a new campus in Colton, Calif. Incidentally, just as Hanke has enjoyed his time at DeVry, so have those who have invested in shares of the Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based company in the last year and a half. Since October 2004, the value of DeVry shares has jumped more than 50 percent on the New York Stock Exchange. Conversely, shares of Apollo Group have declined more than 20 percent in the past two years. ThinkEquity analyst Kirsten Edwards said the Phoenix, Ariz.-based company is encountering some difficulty drawing more students from online advertising campaigns. But Matthew Litfin, analyst with William Blair & Co., is of a different philosophy. Instead, Litfin said, the stock has had a tough go because of inflated expectations and growth rates. “At one point, UOP was growing at 25 percent a year, but that has since slowed to about 5 percent,” said Litfin, who also noted the company is focusing more of its attention on its relatively new Western International University. The company is also opening a Long Beach campus in the next several months. Tuition at the University of Phoenix generally ranges between $17,000 and $18,000 for an undergraduate degree. The school currently boasts about 200,000 students across the country. Despite the lackluster performance of Apollo shares, students at University of Phoenix seem relatively happy. During a recent visit to University of Phoenix in Woodland Hills, students Shanna Fichera and Roya Madi were gushing about their new communications class. “The hours are great,” said Madi, 28, who works for a pharmaceutical company during the day. Fichera, 19, echoed a similar sentiment, adding that the classes also “feel much easier than high school.” Evan Pondel, (818) 713-3662 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant What is known is that for-profit universities are proliferating in Southern California, drawing skepticism among academics while inspiring hope for those who would rather not attend a four-year institution. “It’s true that when you are trying to please two groups, you have to make decisions based on the reliability, quality and long-term views of these groups. And there are abuses that can happen,” said Kirsten Edwards, a research analyst at ThinkEquity partners in San Francisco. “But many of these schools have the highest level of accreditation and the perception is changing about the quality they offer.” It is often assumed that four-year universities are “regionally accredited,” considered the highest level of accreditation for an academic setting. Harvard University is regionally accredited and so are the University of Phoenix and DeVry University, two for-profits with several campuses throughout Southern California. The U.S. Department of Education requires schools to meet stringent requirements to receive such accreditation. That’s because regional accreditation is considered a litmus test in terms of credibility when it comes to issuing degrees. From the perspective of a publicly traded university, regional accreditation may also serve as a marketing tool, enabling the company to entice and capture an audience that would otherwise attend a traditional university.