The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), Liberia Municipal Water Project (LMWP) and major water stakeholders, convening in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County Wednesday, are brainstorming on gaps indentified in revenue generation.The outreach event brought together the Local Steering Committee (LSC) of Robertsport, officials of LMWP, managers of LWSC and USAID’s lead engineer.During the interactive water forum ceremony held at the Robertsport Centennial City Hall, four professional presentations were made by staff and managers of LWSC, USAID and LMWP.In their presentations the provided comprehensive details on challenges, constraints and achievements on the critical aspect of revenue generation for sustained progress.It was disclosed that construction works on the pipes from the LWSC’s water treatment plant that would enhance greater access to safe drinking water continue to make steady progress.Speaking at the opening ceremony, LWSC Managing Director Charles B. Allen pointed out that serious revenue gaps continue to pose some financial and technical challenges in Robertsport. He underscored the need for the Local Steering Committee of Robertsport City to intensify its awareness and sensitization amongst the port city’s residents and business entities.Director Allen explained that the commercial component of the Robertsport’s water distribution reports have indicated some drops in production and revenue collection.He described Robertsport’s water project as a unique venture adding the achievements that will be made by the LSC could be extended to other projects in the country.The water agency is working with partners for the provision safe drinking water to all prewar water treatment plants in order to ensure the health and safety of all Liberians in the country.Mr. Allen further disclosed that several plans have been crafted by the LWSC’s technical staff and support partners for the provision of pipe-borne water in many parts of the port city of Robertsport.The LWSC MD also intimated that managing the Robertsport City’s water production and distribution have not generated the kind of money that was envisaged for the periods under review.Director Allen clarified that recruitment of Liberians to work at the LWSC’s water treatment at Robertsport was conducted on a professional, not a political basis.He commended the American Government and other support partners for the provision of critically needed funds for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of water facilities in the country.In his presentation, LWSC’s Deputy Managing Director for Technical Service, Frankie Cassell, expanded on the Robertsport Water Treatment Plant and Pipeline Extension Operations specifically on opportunities, challenges and the way forward.There must be realistic alternatives adopted by the water stakeholders that in turn increase customers’ connection to the commercial services of the Robertsport’s pipe-borne water facilities, he said.“In order to beat back the operational challenges in Robertsport City, water revenue generation must be increased by the connections of many water customers to the water system,” Mr. Cassell said.Other presenters at the Robertsport water forum included the Liberia Municipal Water Project Chief of Party, Alione Fall, who provided a synopsis on updates and summary of the water project.Senior engineer Masnoh Jallabah spoke on the construction phase overview, challenges and way forward of the LWSC Robertsport water project.For his part, the Project Manager of the LWSC and LMWP, Hne Coleman, provided technical synopsis on the Robertsport Water Improvement (Pipeline Extension), overview and challenges.In closing remarks, City Mayor James Kiazolu, Superintendent Mohammed A. Paasawee, chiefs, the LSC Chairperson and others thanked the support partners for the water project and pledged work with all those connected to the implementation components.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,In a shocking move, the APNU/AFC majority on the Georgetown City Council voted at the statutory meeting held on May 28, 2019, to immediately open a special bank account for the Social Development Committee, which is headed by former Mayor Patricia Chase-Green. The PPP/C Councillors voted against the opening of this special bank account for important reasons which will be explained.It should be noted that Councillor Chase-Green is not only the current Chairman of the Social Development Committee but she has also been the Chairman of that Committee during the previous two Councils, meaning that she has been at the helm of this Committee for more than a decade. This Committee is comprised of seven Councillors as members with two of them serving as Chairman and Vice-Chairman.It was Mayor Ubraj Narine himself who introduced the subject of a special bank account for the Social Development Committee at the statutory meeting. He actually pushed for such an account to be opened which seems to indicate that he was probably ill-informed and did not make any inquiries or do any research on the issue.The question of a special bank account for the Social Development Committee has always been a problematic issue since there are no provisions in the laws or by-laws sanctioning a special independent bank account for the Social Development Committee to be managed by certain Councillors. I argued against the opening of this bank account and referred to the Keith Burrowes Report which had recommended the closing of this account since 2012.I had also objected to a special bank account for the Social Development Committee at the previous Council where former Town Clerk Royston King seemed to have misinterpreted Section 148 (3) of the Municipal and District Councils Act Cap 28:01 which referred to maintaining separate (ledger) accounts for revenue and expenditures for money deposited into or spent from the authorised bank account for such purposes which was the general rate fund. The Municipal and District Councils Act (M&DC Act) also makes provision for loans taken out by the Council which are not considered as revenue and must be deposited into a separate loan fund.To understand the structure of the Georgetown City Council, one must refer to the Municipal and District Councils Act 28:01 where the City Council consists of the elected Mayor and Councillors as the policy-making and oversight body while the administration of the Council is headed by the Town Clerk where decisions of the Council are executed and Standard Operating Procedures are followed.The Municipal and District Councils (Amendment) Act of 2013 outlines the duties of Councillors in Section 8A and it does not include any power to undertake administrative duties which are under the control of the Town Clerk or the City Treasurer. So the activities of the Social Development Committee relating to the selling of Mashramani and Carnival spots, issuing loans and bursaries and maintaining a separate bank account appear to be outside of what is permissible by law and also beyond the scope of Councillors’ responsibilities. The responsibility for executing all revenue-garnering activities or executing payment decisions of Council falls under the offices of the Town Clerk and the City Treasurer and not the Social Development Committee, which appears to be usurping the responsibilities of the Town Clerk’s office.Further, Sections 60-69 of the M&DC Act refers to the formation of Committees and rules governing such committees. No committee has the power to enter into contracts unless such authority is given by the Council. Selling of spots for Carnival and Mashramani can be considered as simple contracts which the Social Development Committee does not have the authority to undertake and this is an administrative task which should be performed by the Town Clerk’s office.If there was ever a decision made by the Council to assign such responsibilities to a Committee or to certain Councillors, no evidence was produced to substantiate such a claim such as the minutes of a meeting where such a decision was made. In addition, no such responsibility is assigned in the Terms of Reference for the Social Development Committee either.A Commission of inquiry was authorised in 2012 to investigate the operations of City Hall due to accusations of corruption and mismanagement. The Commission was headed by Keith Burrowes and it made forty-five (45) recommendations which were to be implemented by the Georgetown City Council. It was reported that one of those recommendations included the closing of a number of bank accounts, including the Social Development Committee’s bank account which also existed at that time.The Social Development Committee has never produced any audited financial statements for any monies which were collected, spent, disbursed or loaned over the years even though the Committee had been involved in numerous activities and events.Everyone is aware that the Georgetown City Council has been experiencing financial difficulties for many years and so it would have been expected that all activities would be geared towards garnering more revenue or reducing expenses for the Council. But according to reports, the Social Development Committee was giving away free spots for Mashramani, offering discounts and also paying certain Councillors, including Councillor Chase-Green, for working Mashramani and Carnival while Council workers also received extra pay in addition to their regular salaries.It should be noted that the Social Development Committee handles all Mashramani, Carnival and Independence activities for the Georgetown City Council in addition to other social events. Councillor Chase-Green had openly said at a statutory meeting that all monies from the Carnival celebrations must be deposited in the Social Development Committee account even before Council approved this new request.The stated purpose for this new special bank account for the Social Development Committee, which will be opened with immediate effect, was to allow staff and other community members to have access to small loans outside the “bureaucracy of the Treasurer’s department”. In other words, the APNU/AFC Mayor and Councillors are stating that they intend to bypass the City Treasurer’s office and also violate the laws and existing procedures.At a statutory meeting in September 2011, former Councillor Junior Garrett (deceased) “lamented the fact that the cash-strapped Council had apparently become a loan agency to certain senior members” (Guyana Chronicle 1/7/14). Citizens and former workers have alleged that the Social Development Committee bank account was used as a slush fund with no accountability and that monies were spent at the whims and fancies of those who controlled it.Employees of the Georgetown City Council make contributions to their credit union which allowed them in the past to take out small loans from time to time from that institution. But the Town Clerk and City Treasurer have been illegally using those contributions for other purposes instead of remitting to the Credit Union and this has been going on for many years. As a result, the Council workers cannot obtain any loans from the Credit Union. The City Council has not yet brought the credit union accounts up to date so workers continue to be deprived of the benefits to which they are entitled from the Credit Union.But the deliberate failure of the Council to remit employees’ contributions to the Credit Union is simply not enough reason to disregard or violate the laws and also the recommendations of that Commission of Inquiry, to open a special bank account which will be controlled by the Social Development Committee which is chaired by Councillor Patricia Chase-Green.So even with new Mayor Ubraj Narine and many new Councillors on board, the dysfunctional state of the City Council continues to prevail with yet another unsound and detrimental decision to open a special bank account for the Social Development Committee to “bypass the bureaucracy of the Treasurer’s department”.I call on all citizens to contact Mayor Ubraj Narine and also the Councillors to reverse this decision in the interest of accountability and good governance.Sincerely,Bishram KuppenCouncillor –Georgetown CityCouncil
– robbed of guns, cash at ECD bankA security officer attached to the Roshan Khan (RK) Security Service was on Monday evening shot and robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash. The robbery occurred at about 19:30h in the vicinity of a popular Le Resouvenir, East Coast Demerara (ECD) bank.Dameon Pears, a 34-year-old security guard, was attempting to make a deposit at the bank when he was shot to his knee and relieved of the cash which belongs to a popular supermarket.According to information received, Pears and another guard arrived at the bank with the cash and upon their arrival; they saw a car parked a short distance away. It was while they were walking towards the bank that the gunmen pounced.The gunman’s accomplice also relieved the security guards of two .32 firearms. Crime Chief Wendel Blanhum told Guyana Times that Police are yet to make any arrest but noted that investigators are reviewing the CCTV footage from surrounding businesses.Last October, another security guard attacked to the security service was shot during a brazen daylight robbery in which gunmen carted off close to $4 million. Garvin Trotman, 29, of Enmore, East Coast Demerara, was shot twice to his right shoulder by three armed bandits, moments after he and his colleagues had uplifted cash from the Dr Balwant Singh Hospital and were en route to the bank. The bandits rode up on motorcycles alongside the RK Security vehicle and opened fire on the guards while demanding the cash. In that incident, the guards were relieved of the undisclosed sum but not of their weapons.
Members of the group went through a number of sets that varied in difficulty, and even involved the use of a sword. Tammy Bilodeau is the lead instructor for Willow Moon Internal Arts. She says that people may have heard of Tai Chi before, but don’t fully understand what it is.“Tai Chi is movement that is done very mindfully, consciously and slowly with an emphasis on posture,” she says. “There are a number of benefits to Tai Chi such as lowering blood pressure, strengthening of thigh muscles and improving body awareness.”- Advertisement -Bilodeau adds that one of the great things about Tai Chi is that it is an athletic activity that almost anyone can do.“Almost everybody can do Tai Chi because of it’s gentle aspect, there’s no impact to it,” she says. “People have many limitations in my classes such as knee and shoulder issues, and they are able to adapt.”
Having endured a difficult first half the season, the France star has scored nine goals and provided six assists in his last 12 club appearances as United have shot into fourth with Premier League eight wins in nine and reached the FA Cup quarter-finals after convincingly beating Chelsea earlier this month.“He is a leader in training, he is a leader in the dressing room,” Solskjaer said ahead of Sunday’s clash at Old Trafford.“Players are allowed to be themselves. He spends a lot of energy being a leader on and off the pitch.”The midfielder has become as well-known for his colourful hairstyles and his social media posts as for his football skills during his time at Old Trafford.“If you want the nice car, different haircut, it is not a problem. I can’t do anything about my grey hair, but it is not a problem that you have whatever haircut you want,” said Solskjaer.“It has never been a problem with Paul. I remember when he was 16, he wanted to feel good. If you feel good, you will play well.”Pogba’s social media use was a problem for Mourinho, who was reported to be unhappy that the midfielder broke United rules by filming an Instagram video in the training ground changing rooms to wish Jesse Lingard a happy birthday in December.– Distractions –That was shortly before the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool that cost the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager his job.Solskjaer believes it is important that players remain focused on their job, and do not have too many off-field distractions –- making what seemed to be a passing reference to the appearance of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge at the Brit Awards at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday.“Paul has always been a larger-than-life character. But you don’t want to give anyone an excuse really, so of course, you don’t go to the Brit awards this week,” he said.“We know leading up to the other game against Liverpool there were stories about players not being focused.“It is not about that. We know they are focused, we know they are doing their best but he does help himself by toning it down a bit … Knowing him, he wants to win, he wants to be the best.”Solskjaer is also keen to ensure victory over Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday, not least to silence the many fans in his native Norway who support Jurgen Klopp’s team, who are separated from leaders Manchester City by goal difference.“There are loads of Liverpool fans back home and it has been like: every year is going to be their year. Then it gets to October and it’s: ‘Ok, next year’,” he said.“But now they are in the race so for them it is going to be an exciting finish to the league now they are in it.“That is none of our concern. We just have to concentrate on ourselves.“We are not thinking about doing anyone any favours, but I would think the whole of Manchester will be supporting us on Sunday!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates with Paul Pogba © AFP / Ian KINGTONMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 24 – Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that Paul Pogba is channelling his extrovert personality in the right way after toning down his off-field behaviour, ahead of his side’s huge match with title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday.Pogba has rediscovered his form since Solskjaer took charge at as United’s interim manager in December following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
A full moon Charity Night Walk event will take place on Saturday 6th December in Glenveagh National Park at 4.30pm. This will be a family and friends event. The duration of the walk will be approx. 10Km on a easy trail walk and will take approx.2-3 hours.The walk will be open to members of the public and will raise funds for The Donegal Mountain Rescue Team. Registration for this event is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org FANCY A FULL MOON WALK IN AID OF THE DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM? was last modified: November 27th, 2014 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:donegaldonegal mountain rescue teamFULL MOON WLAKglenveagh national parkLYIT
The parents of Sligo boy Rory Gallagher have gained strength and courage from one kind Donegal family.The Leslie family of Killybegs have raised over €10,000 for the care of five-year-old Rory, who has cerebral palsy.Bert and Anne Leslie have provided immeasurable comfort for Rory’s parents Shauna and Gerry from Cliffoney in Co.Sligo by raising funds for his intensive pre-surgery programme in Spain. The determined little boy requires double hip surgeries in Boston and is currently attending a neurological rehabilitation centre to ensure the best possible outcome.Mum Shauna Gallagher said the Leslie’s generous help came at a particular time of need.Shauna and RoryShauna said: “It’s costing €2,700 per month to have Rory in this centre, we get no help from the health service to cover any of the costs associated with his treatment.“Rory requires double hip surgeries in Boston Children’s Hospital which are going to cost €123,000. We are under a lot of pressure at the moment to try and provide Rory with the care he requires. “It’s been such a tough journey but Rory’s our world, he makes us smile day in, day out!“Bert Leslie along with his wife Anne and family have done more than we could have ever imagined for Rory.“Not only did they raise over €10,000 to help Rory with his wish to walk but they gave me strength and courage to continue at a time when I was feeling so low and tired.“They reminded me that people do care about my Rory and do want to see him succeed with his wish to walk.“They have guaranteed Rory a place in the neurological rehabilitation centre. This means more to us as a family than anyone can imagine. All we have ever wanted is the best for Rory. Words can’t describe just how we feel, it’s such a weight off our minds,” Shauna said. Bert and Anne run the family owned business SeaQuest Systems in Killybegs. Rory recently had a very special day with the family at the factory looking at the boats and machinery in production.The brave little boy also has a new best friend in little Hugh, Bert and Anne’s grandson. Rory got to meet another Rory – Ruaidhri Leslie, who so kindly shared his 40th birthday celebrations to help raise funds for our little Rory.Ruaidhri allowed his family and friends to post funny photos of him on Facebook in the build up to his big birthday, with SeaQuest making a donation for every like the photos received.Shauna said all the support has been fantastic: “Rory is returning to Boston Children’s hospital early next year and while we are anxious and a little worried we are so very thankful for the wonderful support.“Having a child with special needs brings can bring some very special people into your life and we just can’t thank the Leslies enough for all they have done to help our little boy Rory.”Rory was 8 months old when his parents were given the devastating news that he had cerebral palsy. They were told that he would never talk or walk.Rory is proving the medical experts wrong, he talks very well and his parents are doing their utmost to make their little boy’s wish to walk a reality.He is improving so much and still going in the right direction, Shauna says, and she couldn’t be prouder.“He is missing home at the moment and is looking forward to returning to Ireland in a few days time, he is looking forward to a trip to Belfast as he will be a guest of honor at his hero Carl Frampton’s upcoming fight on November 18th.”Rory and Carl FramptonRory’s parents aren’t in the least bit surprised that Rory is into boxing as he has been their little fighter from the day he was born.Shauna said: “It’s been a tough journey to get Rory this far. We have got the public to thank for helping us give Rory the opportunities he deserves.“He is working very hard in the neurological centre and has achieved so much in the short time he has been attending.“He is now fully toilet trained (considering we were told he would be in nappies for life, this is an amazing achievement), he is feeding himself, he is learning to sit correctly, learning to stand and most importantly learning to walk. Rory’s determined to walk!” Shauna said.If you would like to support Rory’s Wish to Walk, visit: www.rorygallagherswishtowalk.comFamily of brave little boy stunned by the support of caring Donegal fundraisers was last modified: November 9th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Rory Gallagherwish to walk
Tags: top Some of the Cranes players celebrating the solitary goal they managed against Zambia on Sunday. Courtesy photo.FOOTBALL–Ahead of the Cranes second group game at the 2018 CHAN tournament, head coach Sebastian Desabre is confident the team can still progress to the knockout stage despite currently occupying the last spot.The French man who has over seen only one competitive fixture since he took charge wants a positive response from his players.“Yes it is one tournament and it’s three games. We lost the first game but we have another chance to win the next one. We all have to get behind the team because it will not be easy against Namibia but i believe we are ready for the task ahead,” Desabre said after Wednesday’s training session.“I asked for a good and positive reaction from the players in the final group games because we still have a good chance to go through to the next round. Concluded the former Ismaily tactician,” he added.Uganda lost its first game 3-1 to group leaders Zambia in one of the games of the tournament so far.One or two changes to the team may be effected as goalkewper Benjamin Ochan who was at fault for Zambia’s third goal paves way for first choice Ismail Watenga.Another change may occur either at left back as KCCA’s Isaac Muleme was so exposed in the first game or in the attacking midfield area due to the inefficiency of Muzamir Mutyaba.After Wednesday’s training session, midfielder Saddam Juma highlighted on the fact that the mistakes made in the first game should be avoided against Namibia.“We have prepared well for the next game. Said Ibrahim Saddam Juma. We expect that the team will be positive and try to play like we did in the first half against Zambia,” he said.“We made a lot of mistakes in the second half of that game (Zambia) but hopefully we will avoid such scenarios because we need to win both games starting with the one against Namibia,” he added.Anything but a win will leave the Cranes chances of progression to the next round hanging by a thread.Uganda has never qualified to the knockout stages of CHAN in any of the three times they have featured in the tournament and with the loss to Zambia in the first game fresh in the memory of the fans, the hopes of making history in Morocco are as slim as they can get at the moment.Other group B game tomorrow.Zambia vs Morocco @7:30pm at the same venue.Group B standings.1. Zambia 3pts.2. Namibia 3pts.3. Ivory Coast 0pts.4. Uganda 0pts.Comments