Ghana Grants 4,000 Liberia Refugees Stay Permit

first_imgThe government of Ghana has granted nearly 4,000 former Liberian refugees permanent stay in Ghana, the Deputy Minister of Interior, James Agalga has announced.In line with this, the former Liberian refugees will be able to take advantage of the numerous opportunities in the country for their personal development.At the commemoration of the World Refugee Day organized by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), several Liberian refugees were granted passports with permits for legal residence in the country.Mr. Agalga, speaking at the event, said everyone should use Refugee Day to “express appreciation and thanks to the citizens of Ghana for showing profound hospitality towards refugees.”He also said that Ghanaians were clearly adhering  to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, which legally defines who refugees are,  their rights, as well as legal obligations of the states involved.“Ghana is one of the only host countries in the world that has issued Convention Travel Documents to refugees who need to travel,” he said.He however urged the former refuges to reciprocate the goodwill by being law-abiding and focus on opportunities.UNCHR Representative Ghana, Chansa Kapaya, commended Ghana for fulfilling her international obligation and being generous asylum country since the early 1990s.“We say thank you to the government and the people of Ghana for your hospitality for hosting asylum seekers and refugees within your communities,” she said.Worldwide, there are 16.7 million refugees, with 2.9 million in Sub-Saharan Africa, however, some of them are going home now, she said.Ms. Kapaya noted that similar home-coming efforts were being made for refugees everywhere.According to The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), last year, 414,600 refugees returned to their respective countries.Currently, plans are in place to send Togolese refugees home by 2015.Unfortunately, that still leaves millions of displaced people, including over 20,000 in Ghana.Conflict in the Central African Republic and Mali, as well as unstable security in Nigeria has caused many more to flee their homes.The number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people has, for the first time since WWII, exceeded 50 million.Susan Ngongi, UN Resident Coordinator, said many host countries have “shown generosity well above their means.”She referred to Ghana as a “good example which lives up to international expectations to protect refugee. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Strike ends at Uitvlugt Sugar Estate

first_img…as workers, management settle disputeAfter demanding improved working conditions and a resolution to a pay dispute, sugar workers attached to the Uitvlugt Sugar Estate, on the West Coast of Demerara, ended their strike action on Wednesday. This came after the 162 members of De Kindren (DK-8) gang took industrial action over the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) reportedly refusing to give $2700 for a six-hour pay.The Uitvlugt Sugar EstateAccording to information received on Wednesday, managers divided the DK-8 gang into two groups to carry out duties over a longer period of time. As such, the DK-8 gang will perform duties to achieve 60 punts for ‘cut and stock’ and 22 punts for ‘cut and roll’. This comes after reports that grinding was being affected by the industrial action.Though they agreed to perform tasks, workers said they are still affected by the many vines growing among the canes, in addition to deep mud in the fields owing to the continued rainfall. The Uitvlugt workers were also frustrated when the Sugar Corporation paid their weekly salaries four days late. Some of these workers were transferred to Uitvlugt when Government ceased operations at Wales Estate in December 2016 under austerity measures.In recent days, GuySuCo did not say how the shortfall of 162 workers would affect operations. However, union representatives have been meeting with management on behalf of workers. Last week, workers nationwide were not paid their weekly wages but following reports by this newspaper, GuySuCo finally honoured its obligations and employees received their salaries this week. Representatives reportedly said that they were told that funds were not available.Protest for severanceMeanwhile, dismissed workers from Skeldon and Rose Hall Estates staged a picketing exercise outside of the Prime Minister’s Office in Region Six (East Berbice- Corentyne) at Port Mourant on Tuesday. The ex-workers continued to demand that Government settles the outstanding severance payments to them. They have been owed since December 29, 2017 but have only received half of their payments. This issue is at the centre of a civil suit at the High Court which contends that Government’s half-pay is unlawful.Many of the protesting former employees have claimed that the funds from the first half of their payment have already been exhausted as they have not been able to secure steady employment. The protesters had also vented their vexation of President David Granger’s recent comments that their payments were taking away from other sectors.last_img read more

Overseas-based couple robbed after leaving CJIA

first_img…visiting Guyana for Christmas Hours after an elderly couple arrived at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, East Bank Demerara, they were attached and robbed by three men, one of whom was armed with a handgun.Based on reports received, upon arrival at the airport, Manboth and Kamala Shivran boarded a taxi and requested to be taken to their Lot 233 Ginder Lilly Avenue, Eccles, East Bank Demerara home.They had travelled from Texas, United States to Guyana to spend the Christmas season with friends and family. However, as they were heading to their destination, and in the vicinity of Craig, EBD, the driver, Jermaine Stephens, claimed he had suffered a puncture.Stephens reportedly disembarked the vehicle to attend to the flat, leaving the two elderly people in the car. In the process of changing the flat, a white Toyota Premio motorcar bearing registration number PSS 3916 pulled up alongside the car and stopped.Three men exited the car and Stephens assumed they came to his aid, but instead one of the men whipped out a handgun and held the two-elderly people along with the driver at gunpoint.The elderly couple was relieved of close to US$15,000 in items and cash. The gunmen also relieved the driver of his cash and mobile phone. The bandits also took the couple’s passports and phone.Guyana Times understands that after committing the robbery, the men fled the scene. The matter was reported to the Police, but no arrests were made. Over the past few days, several persons including business people were robbed of cash by gun-toting men.This occurrence, as seen in the past, is prevalent during the Christmas season. In November the Police launched the Christmas Security Plan for the festive season, including an increase in mobile patron.last_img read more

Pitch-in Day set for Thursday

first_imgBy StaffA crew of up to 2,300 people are expected to hit Fort St. John’s streets in the annual spruce up Thursday.Pitch-In Day is tomorrow and local organizations and schools will once again be armed with bags to pick up garbage all day long.- Advertisement -It is part of Pitch-In Week, with the city encouraging residents to clean their yards, homes and back allies.As an added incentive area residents should have received a coupon for free access to the Fort St. John landfill. To get involved in the Pitch-In Day, or for more information, you can call 250-787-5791.last_img

Worth £36million? See Anthony Martial’s highlights against Portugal

first_imgAnthony Martial made his international debut on Friday night as France played Portugal in a friendly.The pacy attacker came off the bench to replace Karim Benzema and had 16 minutes to make a mark.While he didn’t look too effective, Martial, wearing the No. 20 shirt, was on the pitch when Mathieu Valbuena curled home the winning goal from a free-kick.You can see how Martial got on in the video above…last_img

Coral Daily Download – Man United’s Champions League campaign on knife edge ahead of crucial clash

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager brings us the latest odds ahead on tonight’s Champions League action, with Manchester United’s campaign on a knife edge.Can Louis van Gaal’s men find their shooting boots at the right time? The Red Devils travel to Wolfsburg in what is a crucial final group game, and are 20/10 for victory against the German side.The draw is priced at 12/5 draw, and if that should happen, United will have to hope PSV also tie their game against CSKA Moscow to have any chance of progressing.Manchester City are the other Premier League side in action tonight and, though already through, are 4/6 to beat Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad Stadium, with a win likely to see them top the group.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Centinela challengers merit support

first_imgThe question for voters in the Centinela Valley High School District on Nov. 6 is whether progress in the district over the past four years has been sufficient to re-elect the two incumbent candidates, or whether change is needed. Incumbents Jorge Luis Arroyo and Rafael Ramirez say problems persist but point to a district with more stable finances, better teacher retention, an uptick in standardized test scores and more students attending four-year universities. Challengers Gloria Ramos-Jaime and Sandra Suarez, who have the backing of the Centinela Valley Secondary Teachers Association, want to replace Arroyo and Ramirez and place increased emphasis on communication among administrators, parents, teachers, students and the community. We agree with the challengers’ perspective. While some see the district making incremental progress, we see Academic Performance Index scores that have leveled off, with this year’s Leuzinger High School score of 552 ranking dead last among South Bay high schools. We also see a continuing state of uncertainty stemming from the unfinished performing arts center at Lawndale High, contractor lawsuits and more fights this year at Hawthorne High. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Ramos-Jaime and Suarez have seen how the district functions from a grass-roots level and should be in a good position to make some necessary changes. Ramos-Jaime was a longtime Centinela employee who most recently served as the librarian at Lawndale High School. Suarez has served as PTSA president at Leuzinger and was co-founder of a nonprofit group aimed at improving education. She currently has two children attending Leuzinger. Both Ramos-Jaime and Suarez have expressed opposition to the district spending taxpayer money to fight a secession attempt by the Wiseburn School District, one of Centinela’s feeder districts. The challengers said they would focus on more technology- and industry-based education and ensure that classrooms at the performing arts center will be used to the benefit of students. Ramos-Jaime recognizes that smaller learning environments, such as Lawndale High, offer a better chance to improve student performance. Rather than trying more experimental programs, Suarez would like to see the district create a culture of high expectations and achievement. Putting all this into practice throughout the district would be difficult, of course. But we think Ramos-Jaime and Suarez would be dedicated to working hands-on with all the education stakeholders. They have our endorsement on Nov. 6. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Dowie says he was fall guy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I don’t think I’m responsible,” he said. I’m not repentant; I’m not sure what I’d repent for.” “I didn’t litter, I hadn’t had a ticket … I joined the Marines out of high school because I felt it was my responsibility. I never had any doubt I was on the right side and then one day you’re in this Kafkaesque nightmare.” Convicted at trial along with Dowie was his assistant, John Stodder, 50, of Palos Verdes Estates. Another top assistant, Steve Sugerman, a former deputy mayor in the Riordan administration who now has his own P.R. firm in the city, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was a key witness at the trial. Wearing a dark suit with a handkerchief neatly folded in the pocket and a yellow tie, Dowie said his highly visible position as the head of a prominent and politically connected firm made him vulnerable to dishonest employees and a company that wouldn’t protect him once accusations of wrongdoing surfaced. “It was the most enormous squeeze in the world,” Dowie said. “Once they decide who to blame, everyone plays their role … Someone has to be in the middle; someone has to take the fall. There’s a former Marine, an ex-editor who was profiled in Los Angeles Magazine … there’s a good one.” Breaking his two-year silence, former Fleishman-Hillard public relations executive Doug Dowie says he’s a fall guy in an investigation of Los Angeles City Hall corruption that failed to net a single public official. Dowie, a key adviser and insider in Mayor James Hahn’s administration, was convicted May 16 by a federal court jury on 15 counts of conspiracy and wire fraud in a scheme that involved overbilling the Department of Water and Power, the Port of Los Angeles, the Worldwide Church of God and architect Frank Gehry’s firm for his services. While he offered no defense at trial, Dowie, 58, a longtime West Hills resident, agreed to be interviewed by two of his former reporters when he was an editor at the Daily News from 1985 to 1990. The interview Thursday, which he described as “therapeutic,” was conducted at the Pacific Dining Car in downtown Los Angeles, a favorite haunt of Dowie’s, and one that is a regular meeting place for the city’s political elite. While Dowie intends a lengthy appeal of the verdict in the case, his failure to accept responsibility could backfire at sentencing with no-nonsense U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess, said Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor and Loyola Law School professor. “At sentencing, the courts give you a break for accepting responsibility,” Levenson said. “You usually get more credit for taking responsibility than blaming others. (Judge) Feess is really a straightforward judge and expects defendants to be so as well.” The charges grew out of the lengthy “pay-to-play” investigation of allegations contractors were being pressured to make political contributions. The probe remains open officially but the only charges brought involve the $300,000 in overbilling of the DWP, the port, and the other two clients hired by Fleishman-Hillard. Dowie said his relationship to Hahn’s aides, specifically former Deputy Mayor Troy Edwards, and the pro bono work done on Hahn’s behalf were unrelated to the company winning millions of dollars in city contracts. There was no private understanding with anyone in the Mayor’s Office with regard to the DWP billings or contract, he said. He said a “synergy” did develop and that Edwards, and Hahn’s Chief of Staff Tim McOsker would call for advice or perspective on city – but not political – matters, and that Fleishman-Hillard did raise funds or contribute to Hahn, as well as his campaign against San Fernando Valley cityhood. But such a close involvement was the way the City Hall system worked and he had contributed to City Controller Laura Chick’s campaign and given free advice to her until their friendship fell apart when her investigation of the $3-million-a-year DWP contract led to a “perfect storm” swirling around Fleishman-Hillard, Dowie said. At no time, he said, was his firm’s free work for Hahn, L.A.’s Best and a citywide book-reading campaign billed to DWP accounts. Dowie said he was never offered anything by the government, a team led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Kamenstein, for information regarding pay-to-play, or other matters. “I didn’t have anything.” Kamenstein said, “The verdict speaks for itself. The evidence more than supported the charges against him and the jury agreed.” Dominick Rubalcava, a Dowie friend who served as president of the DWP’s board of commissioners for Hahn, called Fleishman-Hillard’s work “first class.” “They did what they were hired for,” Rubalcava said. “Given what has happened with these charges being proved, it’s a terrible disappointment.” Now living in an apartment in Westwood, Dowie said he believed his high-powered team of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher lawyers provided aggressive cross-examination of witnesses, including addressing issues raised in a Jan. 6, 2003 e-mail string that included him asking Stodder how much they could “pad” the DWP account and whether it could take as much as $30,000 – an e-mail jurors cited as helping seal their decision. “Will I to my dying day regret using `pad’ for `add?’ Of course I will,” Dowie said, insisting the e-mail was taken out of context out of more than 1 million messages and without regard for all the conversations going on at that time. “If I’d planned to do something (improper), let alone illegal, I wouldn’t … send it around the world.” In retrospect, he said he wishes he would have launched a full-fledged investigation or called the cops when an account executive, Fred Muir, a former Los Angeles Times reporter and editor, in October 2003 made allegations of fraudulent billings after Dowie upbraided him for taking clients to his new firm. “Fred Muir’s charge was an insult,” Dowie said. “We weren’t a bunch of guys sitting around a shack doing something wrong.” Dowie said he trusted his employees “enormously,” and that in some cases while they “clearly were being dishonest,” they might not have felt they were until they were caught “in this nightmare.” He said Fleishman-Hillard’s billing system was such that it made writing up the bills easy: “It’s like having a kid in a grocery store punch in for you.” And since the company billed the DWP about $25 million over the life of the contracts, he said the magnitude of the employees’ dishonesty if they just added a few thousand dollars was “like someone swiping half-and-half out of the refrigerator in the office kitchen.” Sometimes he drove his employees too hard, he says. “Clearly there are people who worked for me over the last 30 years who didn’t like my style and I feel bad about it. I never meant to belittle anyone, or hurt anyone’s feelings.” Dowie’s conviction makes it unlikely he will be able to revive his wrongful dismissal suit against Fleishman-Hillard – the St. Louis-based company he feels betrayed him to protect the firm. A federal judge already has tentatively ruled against him. “In the Marines we never let our dead stay on the battlefield; at Fleishman-Hillard they walked around the battlefield and shot their wounded.” Richard S. Kline, the firm’s general manager in Los Angeles said Dowie was treated “more than fairly and completely appropriately.” “The judgment of the court speaks for itself.” Asked about the prospects of prison, Dowie said he’s not scared of it, hardened by Marine training at Parris Island, S.C., and a 13-month tour in Vietnam during the war. He said he’d be “at a loss” to explain why he was in prison. “I don’t know what I’d tell my cellmate … that I made money to send to St. Louis so they could stab me in the back and then (cooperate) with the U.S. attorney? I’d be the most stupid guy in the chow line.” Overall, he remains proud of the work he did as a journalist, and as a P.R. man; proud of his decisiveness and fearlessness in the face of confrontation, adding no one testified the job he and the company did wasn’t “superb.” “I was a star up to the day I wasn’t a star at Fleishman-Hillard.” (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgO’HANLONThe sudden death has taken place of Susan O’Hanlon, 6 Fairgreen Hill, Long Lane, Letterkenny. Removal from Letterkenny General Hospital Chapel of Rest today, Saturday, at 3pm, going to her late residence. Funeral from there on Monday morning at 9.15 for 10 o’clock requiem mass followed by interment in New Leck Cemetery. Family time please from 11pm to 9am.GAVIGAN The death has occurred of Joe Gavigan of Crove, Carrick. Reposing at his last residence. Funeral Mass tomorrow, Sunday, at St. Patrick’s Church Meenaneary at 1pm. Burial afterwards in Kilcar Cemetery.McKINNEYThe death has taken place at Lifford Hospital of Thomas Mc Kinney, Drumlougher, Carrigans. Removal from Lifford Hospital today at 1.30pm, going to his late residence. Funeral from there on Monday at 2pm for Service in Newtowncunningham Presbyterian Church, followed by burial in the family plot. Family time please from 11pm to 11am. Family flowers only please.SHOVLIN The death has occurred at Letterkenny General Hospital of Nancy Shovlin, Caravan Road, Dungloe. Her remains will repose at McGlynn’s Funeral Parlour, Chapel Road with viewing from 2pm today, Saturday and  Holy Rosary at 9pm. Funeral Mass in St Crona’s Church, Dungloe, on Monday at 11aam, followed by burial in the adjoining graveyard. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Medical 2, Letterkenny GeneralHospital c/o Shaun McGlynn, Funeral Director or any family member.MARLEYThe death has taken place of Michael Marley, Carricknamana, Killygordon. His remains will repose at his home from 4pm today, Saturday. Funeral from there on Monday at 10.30am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Crossroads. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Medical 1, Letterkenny General Hospital c/o any family member. Family time 11pm – 10am.GALLAGHERThe tragic death has occurred of Paul Gallagher, 36 Dr Mc Ginley Road, Letterkenny. His remains are reposing at the residence of his sister Donna Gallagher, 13 Ard Na Ri, Letterkenny. Funeral mass in St Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny tomorrow, Sunday, at 2.30pm, followed by burial in St Columba’s Cemetery, Kilmacrennan. DOHERTYThe death has taken place at her home of Maureen Doherty (Roe), Railway Road, Buncrana. Funeral from her home tomorrow, Sunday, at 12.45pm going to St Mary’s Church, Cockhill for Funeral Mass at 1.30pm. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2012 was last modified: January 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAYJANUARY 7last_img read more

Antonovich won’t back shelter site

first_imgCASTAIC – County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich withdrew a proposal to locate a winter homeless shelter on the grounds of the Pitchess jail, citing the Castaic Town Council vote against locating the temporary facility there, officials said Friday. County officials maintained that the plan could work – the 40-cot shelter would have opened at Pitchess Detention Center’s visitors’ parking lot from Dec. 1 through March 15, perhaps once every four to six years. But last week’s 4-3 vote by the local policy advisory panel against staging any homeless facility in Castaic – an unincorporated community of 22,000 northwest of Santa Clarita – convinced them to back off. “Supervisor Antonovich will oppose placing the shelter at Pitchess,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Antonovich, whose 5th District includes Castaic. “The community spoke through the Town Council, and he will honor their wishes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We are working to find an alternative solution that makes sense to the homeless to the community of Santa Clarita Valley. We’re confident we can find a solution for all parties involved.” The Pitchess proposal was scrubbed as Antonovich is working to keep constituents happy with county governance – some Castaic residents and business owners have talked of annexing to the city of Santa Clarita. But Bell denied this influenced the decision. “The supervisor was under no pressure whatsoever,” he said. “He merely took into account the views of the community.” John Kunak, president of the Castaic Town Council, said he was pleased with Antonovich’s decision. “I’m very pleased to see the supervisor has listened to the community view as said to him by the Town Council,” said Kunak, who backed the county plan, but voted against it after dozens of opponents packed last week’s Town Council meeting. “I felt that my responsibility was to represent the people, and the people were telling me not to do it. Antonovich did the same thing.” center_img Opponents said a shelter would increase crime in the community – the county lockup is within a mile south of the nearest subdivision, separated by an eight-lane Interstate 5. Sheriff’s officials have said the facility has had no impact on crime in neighborhoods that have hosted it. Council member Lloyd Carder II, who supported the shelter plan, said he was disappointed by the local reaction. “I wonder if these people are going to be happy if a child succumbs to the elements because the mother couldn’t find shelter,” he said. “Everybody is afraid of the unknown. I’ve actually met some of these people, and it changed my way of thinking. It’s possible we could’ve changed theirs. We just didn’t do a good job.” “The county did a very good job presenting this proposal,” Bell countered. “In addressing the concerns of the Town Council at the meeting, we feel that we’ve met most of the expectations. However, at the end of the day, they voted to oppose. “We do maintain that it’s a good site. But it’s not a good site if the Castaic community doesn’t want it there.” Meantime, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority on Friday granted the Santa Clarita Community Development Corp. the contract to open a local emergency shelter for the ninth consecutive winter. Some wonder whether it could open on time, even if the county offers an alternative. “Basically, we would have to issue all the contracts by the first week of November,” said Andy Pattantyus, an SCCDC board member. “Right now, it seems unlikely we would open on the first of December.” The embattled nonprofit group never had a permanent facility, and complaints from residents have forced it to relocate every few years. The county in August proposed a long-term solution: It would partner with the city and rotate the shelter among four to six sites each year between the two jurisdictions. Officials offered Pitchess as this winter’s shelter site – it will reopen in December 2006 at a yet-undetermined city site. Pattantyus remains optimistic that the county would come through. When the city turned the shelter out of the Via Princessa Metrolink Station last year, the county offered a maintenance yard on Centre Pointe Parkway. The 40-bed facility opened nearly a month late on Christmas Eve, hosting about 77 homeless. Of those, 19 managed to obtain permanent housing, the SCCDC said. “I’m not going to hold my breath because I’m not too sure how long I have to hold it,” Pattantyus said. “But the county and LAHSA want something to happen. It’s just a matter of how they do it, with some degree of buy-in from the community. “At some point, decisions have to be made for the greater good. That’s the dilemma facing the county – they have to make a decision for the greater good knowing the decision is going to be unpopular.” Bell said the county was up to the challenge. “The clock is ticking, and we’re well aware of it,” he said. “We’re confident we will come up with a suitable alternative.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more