Two units of anti-riot police prevented what would have developed into a full-grown demonstration initiated by a group of students from the University of Liberia (UL) in Monrovia early Monday, January 13. The students were reportedly acting under the guise of student militants.Some of them — who became disgruntled — had gathered as early as 7 a.m. on the Capitol Hill campus of the UL; barricading the entire road. This later escalated to burning tires and other combustible materials.Their actions, were an attempt to disrupt normal activities at the National Legislature, which were set to have its resuming program Monday. They had also intended to use their tactic to draw the attention of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the indefinite closure of the institution.The quick intervention of baton-wielding police officers who swung into action, prevented the situation from getting out of hand. The officers started chasing away the students and stopped them from causing more disturbance to normal activities.Monday’s attempted demonstration halted traffic as well as stalled the free movement of pedestrians for at least half an hour.The students’ protests started last November when they called for the resignation and removal of the vice president for Academic Affairs/Provost, Dr. Wede Brownell.At that time students marched with a symbolic casket bearing an effigy (a doll) representing UL’s Provost and calling on Dr. Brownell to resign with immediate effect.“We will stop at nothing until Dr. Brownell takes her leave,” the students threatened.In an effort to bring the situation under control, a call went out from the University of Liberia’s Faculty Association (ULFA) for the Provost to resign her post or “we will not teach.”The instructors of the flagship institution decided to lay down their chalk until something concrete was done about their salaries. They also demanded that fulltime employment be extended to a certain category of instructors.The leadership of the University of Liberia’s Student Union (ULSU) also joined the call for the immediate resignation of Dr. Brownell.ULSU’s statement under the signatures of Acting president, Anthony F. Williams, as well as Calvin Raymond Summon, its secretary general, helped confirm that the system the Provost devised has failed to deliver for the students–and for the university.ULSU noted that test schedules, the registration processes, ‘Add and Drop,’ amongst others activities, were characterized by a cycle of errors, from which, according to the student group, Dr. Brownell failed to learn.ULSU, like the faculty association, went further to call on the Board of Trustees of the University of Liberia to convince the student populace of the Provost’s credentials. They said she claimed to have earned her doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Accounting, noting that in spite of this terminal degree that she claims to have, she is unable to teach the fundamentals of Accounting (Acct. 003).Following last year’s disturbances on the UL campuses in the wake of call for Dr. Brownell to resign, classes were suspended, but it was expected that normal academic activities would have resumed by now.The situation continues to deteriorate as the faculty reinforced its stand on the removal of Dr. Brownell.The ongoing saga turned bitter when the embattled vice president branded some of UL’s teaching staff as ‘crooks and criminals.’ Following that attack on some of the staffers, Dr. Brownell has vowed to remain and right the UL’s ‘messy situation.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
-County Attorney Karnley of Bomi ClaimsDays after former Speaker Alex Tyler denied any involvement in Bomi County’s Superintendent Adama B. Robinson’s alleged sale of US$2 million ‘scrap metal’ equipment at the center of a criminal lawsuit, Cllr. Juma P. Karnley, the county attorney, on Friday, February 22, 2019, claimed that Tyler was aware of the sale of the equipment.The US$2 million ‘scrap metal’ equipment is believed to be owned by a British investor, Mr. Hans Armstrong, who had complained to Cllr. Karnley that Superintendent Robinson, without his knowledge, took away his property in his concession area in Sackie Town, Bomi County.The matter was transferred from the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Bomi County to the Criminal Court ‘C’ in Monrovia for prosecution. However, Tyler’s name is not mentioned as one of the defendants as is in the case of Robinson.However, Tyler, when he appeared as a guest on the Truth FM Breakfast Show recently, claimed, that he had no knowledge that the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Bomi County had placed an injunction on the sale of the ‘scrap’, pending the outcome of a criminal investigation.Tyler said Robinson earlier informed him that there was an abandoned ‘scrap metal’ equipment in Sackie Town, and since there was no money to support the county team during the just ended County Sports Meet, it would be necessary that they sold the equipment to finance the team.“I did not know about the injunction and so I agreed with Robinson for the sale of the equipment to finance the team,” Tyler claimed during the show.Refuting Tyler’s assertion last Friday when he spoke with journalists in Monrovia, Cllr. Karnley alleged that at no time did Tyler claim that he did not know anything about the court’s injunction on the sale of the equipment.“I informed the public in general on a radio show in Bomi County that the said equipment is privately owned and that the procedure adopted by Superintendent Robinson was not legally correct since the equipment is being kept in Sackie Town waiting for the court’s order,” Cllr. Karnley said.Cllr. Karnley also alleged that Tyler was indeed aware of the illegal ‘scrap’ transaction when on April 28, 2014, he (Karnley) wrote then Superintendent Samuel F. Brown about a criminal investigation against the then Senjeh District Commissioner, James Tarpeh.Tarpeh with the help of Tyler allegedly staged a roadblock to prevent Armstrong from taking the scrap equipment from the county.Karnley claimed that based on that, officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) investigated Tarpeh and charged him with multiple charges that included “Obstructing public highway, felonious restraint, and terroristic threats.”Karnley also said Tarpeh was never prosecuted because Superintendent Brown prevented that from happening. He explained that while the case was pending Superintendent Brown was replaced with Robinson.“So, Tyler cannot say he does not know about the injunction on the sale of the scrap,” the Bomi County prosecutor claimed.Karnley also claimed that when Robinson was appointed, being aware of the scrap matters, Robinson, on December 19, 2019, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as the owner of the ‘scrap’ equipment (actually owned by Armstrong) with one Stanley Walker, a vendor, to sell the equipment that was placed under the custody of the court.Karnley alleged that he advised Robinson not to sell the equipment, but, Robinson refused to listen to his call before entering into the MOU with Walker.The Bomi County prosecutor also claimed that since Superintendent Robinson could not listen to his advice, on January 16, 2019 he wrote Prince Mulbah, Deputy Inspector General of the Liberia National Police, to conduct a prompt investigation about a complaint filed by Armstrong against Superintendent Robinson.Karnley claimed that he also told Mulbah that based on the MOU which was ‘criminally executed’, Stanley proceeded to Monrovia, where he hired a truck and loaded the equipment that was under the court’s authority, from Sackie Town. However, the truck was later arrested at the gate of Sethi Brothers Steel Rod Plant (Sethi Ferro Fabrik) near Jamaica Road, “after the would-be buyer was cautioned about their criminal involvement to purchase those stolen items.”That truck had been ordered released by the Criminal Court ‘C’ in Monrovia after the matter was transferred there.Karnley further explained that, in his communication, he asked Mulbah to conduct an investigation into the said transaction involving Superintendent Robinson and Stanley and to forward his findings in his office for prosecution, “so that it can serve as a deterrent against persons who would want to criminally take and carry away private properties of others.”But, Karnley claimed that Mulbah did not conduct the investigation when Robinson and Walker unilaterally decided to sell the scrap to Sethi Brothers when they were arrested.Sethi Brothers is the only authorized buyer of scrap metal in Liberia.For Armstrong, he said, before the arrest of the ‘scrap metals’ equipment, on March 9, 2012, he entered into the sale agreement with Euro-Liberia Logging Company.Armstrong also claimed that as part of the agreement he paid US$117,000 for several types of equipment owned by the company, “which is now considered as scrap metals equipment.”“These are not scrap, they are new equipment that I paid US$117,000 for, so Tyler should not say it is a scrap,” Armstrong said.According to Armstrong, Tyler cannot say he does not know about him being the owner of the equipment.“Because, at one time, my then lawyer and now Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean and I were invited by Tyler, who was by then Speaker, to discuss the equipment,” Armstrong further alleged.Armstrong also said, before taking over the assets of Euro Logging Company, another company, ITALGEMS had entered into a social contract agreement with the citizens of Sackie Town.However, Armstrong claimed that ITALGEMS operated in the county for six months and subsequently sold their equipment to Euro Logging Company, who later sold the equipment to him.“If ITALGEMs did not adhere to the terms and conditions of the contract, the only legal operation for the county administration was to issue a lawsuit against ITALGEMs and not to sell the equipment that I had purchased,” Armstrong said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) County Attorney Karnley of Bomi accused J. 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After 60 striking workers who were dismissed by bauxite company – Russian Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) – which is owed by RUSAL, for downing tools in protest of an arbitrary one per cent salary increase, Government met with the company on Wednesday.Led by Minister of State Joseph Harmon; Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman; Social Protection Minister Amna Ally; and Junior Social Protection Minister with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott; along with RUSAL’s representative Vladimir Permyakov and Director of Alumina and Bauxite Department at RUSAL, Sergey Kostyuk; met to discuss ways in which the issue can be resolved in an amicable manner.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman; Social Protection Minister, Amna Ally and Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle meeting with RUSAL’s representative, Vladimir Permyakov and Director of Alumina and Bauxite Department at RUSAL, Sergey KostyukDuring the meeting, Harmon asserted that Guyanese workers must be treated in a respectful manner and the country’s labour laws must be upheld.“There are two objectives to this: the Guyanese workers must be treated in a respectful and fair manner at all times; their rights must be respected and at the same time, the company must function and ensure it makes profits for its shareholders. It is a question of finding common ground and ensure that our workers’ rights are respected. We must find common ground to move forward. The issues must be dealt with in a clear way,” Harmon is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.Ally also shared that the Government has sought to lay out its contentions, giving the company an equal opportunity to do so as well. Adding to that, the dismissed workers will also get a chance to be heard today via a meeting with Government at Aroaima.Officials from the company also committed to making a decision after further discussions with their principals.Meanwhile, at a press conference on Friday last, when asked for a comment on the issue, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said Guyana’s laws must be upheld.The 60 workers were fired by the bauxite company for protesting against a one per cent salary increase. On Tuesday, residents of Kwakwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) in disagreement with the dismissal of the striking employees attached to the company retaliate by blocking the access road which leads to the company located at Aroaima.During initial deliberations, representatives of the company stated that they do not recognise the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU), which has been advocating for the affected workers.“We have no relation with this union,” the Russian company’s representative said. “It happened before I came to Guyana to work… it was an alternative poll. This poll took place on October 3, 2017. It was won by Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union.“Only a few weeks after, we got information that the Judge in (a case decided) this board was constituted with some breaches and could be considered illegal. It meant former worker was considered by decision of judge illegal. I think many people knew the Board was illegal. But nobody said to us such a (poll) could be considered nil and void.”This is a reference to the judgement issued in the case of the Trade Union Recognition and Certification Board (TURCB) versus the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG).FITUG General Secretary Carvil Duncan had claimed that TURCB unilaterally appointed a chairman in 2015 without consulting them, and only recognised the Guyana Trades Union Congress.In the written judgement issued by the High Court on November 8, 2017, it said FITUG was not consulted prior to the appointment of a chair in 2015. This was found to be in violation of the Trade Union Recognition Act, especially as it relates to the selection of a chairman of the organisation.Chairman of the Union, Lewis maintained that the company has no authority to ascertain this, stating that it a responsibility of the Trade Union Recognition and Certification Board (TURCB).
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers are set to hit the ice for Game 3 of the NPHL finals versus the Falher Pirates Thursday night.The boys in the blue and white lead the series 2-0 after stealing yet another game from the Pirates as Rick Cleaver scored the game-winner with twenty-nine seconds to play in the third period on Tuesday evening in Falher.Flyers General Manager Lee Hartman expects a full bench of players tonight and is hoping for the same thing in the stands from the fans.- Advertisement -“Looking forward to a great,” added Hartman. “Falher is bringing a busload of fans. We will need a few more fans to show up for us tonight. They guys are starting to regain their speed, nice to play a few games in a row.”Thursday night’s Game 3 with the Pirates is set to get underway at 8:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested he will not stand in the way of Harry Kane playing at the European Under-21 Championship this summer, if the 21-year-old hotshot is selected.The Spurs striker has played a pivotal role in the Under-21s qualifying campaign for the tournament in the Czech Republic, but recently made the step up to the senior side and scored 79 seconds into his debut.Kane is expected to travel with the Spurs squad on their end-of-season tour to Australia, but Pocchetino has revealed he is willing to negotiate with the England selectors over an agreement.“There are a lot of questions. I think that we have ahead eight very important [Premier League] games and we have time to speak about a lot of things that happen in the future. But why not?” said the Argentine.“Harry Kane is our player and after if I decide he is in the squad to go to Sydney, it is our decision. There are a lot of things to discus with the FA, with Gareth Southgate, with us, but always we try to find the best for the player, and for the national team and what is logical for Tottenham.”The 43-year-old believes Kane’s England displays in the last week, a cameo against Lithuania and his full debut against Italy, illustrate that he is very much the real deal after a stunning breakthrough season at Tottenham.Pochettino said: “It is a very good thing for him. I think that it is true that all which has happened was very quick, but in football the good times and the bad things can happen quickly, but it is real and he deserves the present and I am pleased for him.“Harry’s confidence is full now, but always in football you can improve. You need to put this idea in your head to move on.” Harry Kane 1
Lough Eske Castle, a Solís Hotel & Spa is pleased to announce they have been awarded The Quality Employer Awards under the Medium Hotels category at the Irish Hotels Federation annual conference 2017.Opened 10 years ago in 2007, this year is an exciting year for the team at Lough Eske Castle with 10th anniversary celebrations taking place later in the year and receiving recent awards such as Ulster Spa of the Year by Irish Tatler and Ulster Venue of the Year by WeddingsOnline.ie.Managed by Solis Hotels & Resorts, and owned by Harcourt Developments Lough Eske Castle is Donegal’s only 5 star hotel with over 170 staff employed at the castle, mainly from the local area. This year is the 80th anniversary of the Irish Hotels Federation; the IHF conference took place at the Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny from Sunday 26th – Tuesday 28th February 2017. The Quality Employers Awards 2017 celebrates standards of excellence in human resource management across Ireland’s hotels and guesthouse sector.The awards, which were presented by Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, recognise hotels and guesthouses that attract, empower and develop employees in line with the overall goals and objectives of the Quality Employer Programme.Mrs Catherine Monahan, Director of Human Resources at Lough Eske Castle said they are absolutely delighted to receive this award and it makes it so much more special on their 10 year anniversary.“We believe that hiring talented employees, investing in them, recognising them and empowering them within an environment of belonging and purpose will ensure our employees are motivated and engaged. Our employees truly are our competitive edge and therefore it is imperative that we view them as our greatest asset.” Solís Lough Eske Castle receives Quality Employer Award was last modified: February 28th, 2017 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:donegalQuality Employer AwardSolis Lough Eske Castle
The Hill Farmers for Action will have its Donegal Launch at the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny next Thursday night (March 5th) at 8pm.This is seen as an important new development in Donegal farm politics and the new lobby group is hoping to attract 20,000 new members across the Western Seaboard.A number of prominent speakers will be in the Mount Errigal and it is hoped that many new members will join the group. There are three key objectives for immediate consideration: they include full land eligibility: d single farm payments for disadvantaged areas. These are core to the future of rural Ireland’s survival insofar as retaining agriculture as the key economic driver on for rural Ireland.The whole issue of commonages will also come up for debate along with the current situation in the Glas scheme. It is pointed out that while Glas is now open, planners are unable to forward the details online to Dublin. LARGE CROWD EXPECTED AS HILL FARM GROUP TO LAUNCH NEXT WEEK IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: February 26th, 2015 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:donegalhill farmerslaunch
The trial has started of a young Donegal man charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a young Ballybofey woman.Kym Harley, 19, died on October 14th, 2014 following a road traffic incident at Dreenan, Ballybofey. A 22 year old man, Gary O’Donnell is charged in connection with Ms Harley’s death at Dreenan, Ballybofey.Mr O’Donnell of Steeple View, Dunwiley, Stranorlar, denied the charge and pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Judge John O’Hagan at Letterkenny Circuit Court today.The court was told that the late Ms Harley was the daughter of local Fine Gael county councillor and publican Martin Harley and his wife Denise.She had celebrated her 19th birthday just days before she was killed.The trial, before a jury of six men and six women, is expected to last two days.Trial begins of man charged with causing death of young Ballybofey woman was last modified: December 13th, 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:BallybofeydonegalGary O’DonnellKym Harley
DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEBrian Mc Cormick Cup Area Shield FinalsCranford United 1 Glenea United 0Cranford got the better of Glenea in a tight affair in Cranford Park to win the Gweedore Area final. It was a tight game throughout with both defences cutting out any trouble from both forward lines. Keelan Mc Elwaine for Cranford and Darren Mc Geever for Glenea came closest in the first half. The second half was another close contest with both teams struggling to create chances. With the game looking like it was heading to extra time in the 93rd minute Brian mc Veigh turned brilliantly on the edge of the box and fired home to the bottom corner. Mc Veigh and Seamus Mc Laughlin were best for Cranford with Ryan Mc Fadden and Padraig Mc Gee doing well for Glenea. St. Catherines 3 Donegal Town 0St. Catherine’s played Donegal Town in the Area Final in Emerald Park on Sunday. After both sides had created chances the game opened up on thirty six minutes. Brandon Mc Ginley got the ball and ran at the Donegal defence and he got inside where he was fouled. Jason Noctor stepped up and he cooly put the penalty into the back of the Donegal net to put the Saints one nil up. The Saints could have gone two nil up when David Conwell had a chance but it went wide of the Donegal goals and that’s how it stayed till half time. The second half started with the Saints quickest off the mark when on forty seven minutes Brandon Mc Ginley got the ball outside the Donegal town box and he hit a shot into the bottom corner of the Donegal Town net to increase the Saints lead. Donegal then had to take risks to try to get back into the game. They created some chances but they could not find the net. Gary Cunningham had a chance for the Saints but his effort went wide. Donegal had a chance to get on the score sheet when Ted Bustard had a chance but it went wide also. David Conwell got on the score sheet for the Saints in the last minute when he hit an unstoppable shot from outside the box. Best for the Saints were Brandan Mc Ginley and Jason Noctor. Best for Donegal Town were John Paul Byrne, Ted Bustard. Castlefin Celtic 1 Ballybofey United 0In good playing conditions it was a scrappy Area Final at Park View. Both teams found it hard to settle in the first half. The first chance fell to PJ Mc Menamin. JP Malley squared across the box but PJ Browne got down well to save in the Ballybofey net. Chris Darby had Ballybofey’s best chances when he forced Castlefin keeper Anthony O’ Hagan into two great chances to deny him. Chris Darby should have given Ballybofey the lead before half time but his brilliant strike from the right wing was excellently saved by Anthony O’Hagan. Castlefin started the brighter of the second half when a Dominic Mc Glinchey free kick from 25 yards hit of the crossbar. Darby had the best chance of the game in the 70th minute only for Anthony O’Hagan to save when one on one. With 10 minutes remaining Castlefin found a breakthrough and the winner PJ Mc Menamin’s long ball from the back line found Barry Tourish. Tourish went on himself to finish low in the bottom corner giving PJ Browne no chance. Ballybofey searched for an equaliser, but Ryan Kelly’s excellent strike from the edge of the box curled slightly wide. JP Malley had the final chance of the game as he tried to round PJ Browne in the Ballybofey net only for Browne to do well and gather the ball. Referee: Kevin Logue Best for Castlefin: Michael Dunnion. Best for Ballybofey: Chris Darby and Shaun McGowan Bonagee United 5 Rathmullan Celtic 1Bonagee were one up in the first minute when Aiden Mc Laughlin put Darren Ashmore through and the striker hammered home from the edge of the box. Rathmullan came close on fifteen minutes when a David Miller cross from the right was headed wide by Dara Patton from six yards. Bonagee got their second on twenty minutes when Frank Mc Brearty played a great ball wide to Lee Mc Monagle and his cross into the box was headed home by Ashmore. Rathmullan came close on twenty five when Dara Patton saw his strike come of the post from just inside the box. Both Patton and Coyle for the visitors came close on forty nine and fifty minutes only to see their strikes on goal go over the bar from close range. Frank Mc Breathy made it three on fifty three minutes after good work from Paddy Mc Gowan who found him on the edge of the box and after beating the defender he hammered home from just inside the box. Rathmullan brought on Ryan Connelly and Caolan Kelly and Carr in the home goal made two great save from Connelly on sixty minutes and again three minutes later. Ashmore got his third on seventy four minutes. After a great through ball from Lee Mc Monagle he hammered the ball to the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the box. Ashmore got his fourth on eighty minutes when again he was put through by Mc Monagle and he rounded the keeper and shot home from ten yards. Ryan Connelly came close on eighty three minutes only to see Carr in the home goal turn his strike round the post. Rathmullan’s goal came from the penalty spot on eighty eight minutes. Dara Patton made no mistake from the spot kick. Team effort by both sides with Darren Ashmore man of the match. Referee: Con Mc Laughlin. 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HAVE YOU some Christmas excess to work off? Then, the 46th annual St Stephen’s Day 5k at Finn Valley AC might just be the trick to get off the couch tomorrow!The hardy annual always attracts a large turnout and, with professional boxing star Jason Quigley to get the race underway tomorrow, the event this year promises to be another well-attended one.Registration will be held from 10am for a 12 noon start. This 5k has seen many different guises over the years and has continued to grow and grow into a major community event with around 500 out and about this last few years young and old – walking ,jogging and at the sharp end, world class athletes pushing ahead.Finn Valley AC expecting large crowd for 46th St Stephen’s Day 5k was last modified: December 23rd, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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)