The Senate has confirmed Deputy Transport Minister, Madam Juanita T. Bropleh, well placed sources at the Senate’s chamber told the Daily Observer yesterday.Madam Bropleh was recently nominated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the position of Deputy for Land and Rail Transport pending confirmation by the Senate.According to our sources, Madam Bropleh was confirmed last Thursday in an executive (closed door) session held at the Capitol Building.The Senate’s prompt action was the result of recommendations from the Committee on Transport.Despite controversy over her academic credentials that caught public attention, lawmakers said they are convinced that Madam Bropleh’s testimonies to the Senate Committee on Transport were based on facts.During Mrs. Bropleh’s confirmation hearing, Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee questioned the presidential appointee for being in possession of a letter of ‘Attestation’ from the University of Liberia (UL) instead of a copy of her degree which, according to Madam Bropleh, was acquired in 1981, nearly a decade before the eruption of the country’s bloody civil crisis.The letter prompted suspicion among lawmakers, sparking public debate over the credibility of the information provided.Our sources hinted: “The Deputy Transport boss’ credential was properly explained to plenary with supporting documents to prove that Madam Bropleh is a 1981 graduate of the UL.”The Senate Committee recommended confirmation, adding that the nominee has performed well in many capacities at several institutions prior to her appointment to the position by the President.She presented a letter dated June 26, 2008, under the caption Letter of Confirmation/Recommendation in which it is stated that Madam Bropleh graduated from the Department of Accounting, College of Business and Public Administration with a B.B.A. degree in Accounting on December 15, 1981.She graduated along with current Sinoe County Representative, Matthew G. Zarzar and other prominent people in society. Her commencement convocation was held on Wednesday, December 16, 1981, on the Fendall Campus of UL.Prior to her nomination, Madam Bropleh served as a tax administrator on the fiscal management team for the Ministry of Finance assigned to the Department of Revenues, now the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).She has also served as Special Assistant to the Minister of Gender and Development.Meanwhile, her confirmation endorsement by the Senate has been transmitted to President Sirleaf, the nominating party, in fulfillment of the constitutional obligation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Five Guyanese were on Saturday awarded the IChange Nations – Sydney Allicock Global Humanitarian Award, named after Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs.Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the award was conferred upon Minister Allicock himself when it was first established last year by founder and president of “IChange Nations”, Dr Clyde Rivers. The award honours Minister Allicock’s dedication to empowering the Indigenous people of Guyana and ensuring that standards of education and community tourism in hinterland communities are strengthened.The five persons on whom the award was conferred on Saturday are Jacqueline Allicock, Nicholas Fredricks, Victor Ferreira, Julio Perreira, and Glendon Allicock.Dr Rivers said that his research led him to Minister Allicock’s love for the environment. It was through that knowledge that the award was established. According to him, the Sydney Allicock Award was earlier this year presented to persons in Costa Rica, Peru, Spain and Hungary.Dr River said that since the establishment of the award, and with its presentations all over the world, persons are becoming familiar with Guyana’s fight to secure a green state.“When he opens his mouth, every word that comes out is wisdom, and every word brings us back to the original design of how this earth is supposed to run. He is one of the greatest men I know that is fighting for mankind. We are honoured to have an award in this great man’s name,” Dr. Rivers said of Minister Allicock.“I will make sure the world hears the message of this country,” he said.In his remarks, Minister Allicock compared “mother earth” to the human body.Founder of IChange Nations, Dr Clyde Rivers“The diamonds are like your eyes, the gold is like your heart, the rivers are like your veins. When you start to pluck out the diamond and gold and start to pollute the rivers, it is like what you could be doing to yourself,” he said.The Minister said that while the country can develop economically from its natural resources, that development should be done in a balanced way. He spoke of the pollution of the waterways and the detrimental impact it has on the life forms.“The very things that we depend on for our survival we attack, which is like causing slow suicide on ourselves. We have to understand and respect more the laws of Mother Nature. Understand what it means not to overdo; understand how to utilise or develop products that could be able to give you what you need,” Minister Allicock said.Meanwhile, the IChange Nation organisation also established another award in the name of humanitarian Dr. Astell Collins. This year, the organisation inaugurated the Dr. Astell Collins Global Inspiration Award. Six persons from the United States of America received that award.“What Dr. Collins stands for is, he is a man for the people, he is a leader,” Dr Rivers said.The IChange Nations is a reputable, internationally recognised organisation which identifies individuals for outstanding humanitarian work in their respective countries and areas of service.Last year, ten Guyanese, including Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona Broomes, received the Sydney Allicock Award Global Humanitarian Award.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse Association has awarded the rights to host the upcoming 2017 Pee Wee box lacrosse Provincial Championships.The Fort St. John Grizzles will be hosting the tournament at the Pomeroy Sport Centre and North Peace Arena from July 6 to 9th. Box lacrosse is Canada’s national summer sport, and is a growing sport here in the Peace Region. The sport has historically seen players largely from the Lower Mainland, where eight Junior and seven Senior teams compete against each other during the Spring before taking on the top team in Ontario for the Minto and Mann Cups, respectively.City Council received the report from the Association about the hosting of the provincials, and will be working with the organisation during the upcoming Spring in order to make sure that no other teams or events are disrupted by the tournament.- Advertisement –
…move will disenfranchise voters – PPPThe Government-nominated Commissioners at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) are attempting to remove some 20,000 persons from the voters’ list, who have failed to uplift their identification (ID) cards – which will disenfranchise them.PPP-nominated GECOM Commissioner Bibi ShadickThis was revealed by People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-nominated Commissioner, Bibi Shadick, following Tuesday’s more than three-hour-long meeting.“Right now the push is to let people not vote… There’s a push to deregister some people because they didn’t go and uplift their ID cards and they don’t know where they [are],” she told reporters.Guyana Times understands that approximately 20,000 persons have not uplifted their ID cards since 2008. It was explained that GECOM will be putting out notices and advertisements to alert those persons to collect their IDs.Government-nominated GECOM Commissioner Vincent AlexanderBut according to Shadick, there are some people who think there is no need for ID cards so they never bothered to collect them. Moreover, she noted that there are cases where persons would have moved to other parts of the country, such as the hinterland, and cannot conveniently come out to uplift their ID cards.Back in August, Chief Justice Roxane George ruled that persons cannot be removed from the voters’ list unless they are dead or otherwise disqualified to vote under Article 159 (2) (3) or (4) – something which the PPP Commissioner reminded.However, Government-nominated Commissioner, Vincent Alexander explained to reporters that these persons will be given the opportunity to verify their existence before they are taken off the list.“The consensus seems to be that we should do everything to contact them, whether it’s register mail or publication in the papers. Everything should be done to contact them and if they are not contacted then the contentious issue is what do we do?… The proposition is that they not be placed on the voters’ list because simply their whereabouts unknown. You can’t verify their existence,” he posited.Further questioned as to whether they are trying to use the National ID card as a voter ID card in a ‘backdoor’ manner given that this has been vitiated in the courts years ago, the Government-nominated Commissioner responded in the negative.Instead, he noted that it is being used as a form of verification especially since attempts were made on two occasions previously to verify these persons’ existence to no avail.According to Alexander, they are simply looking to use the ID card to determine the presence of voters and verify their existence.“So it’s like an objection. So the issue is not the ID card. The issue is that these persons, since 2008, and beyond 2008, have not in any way presented themselves to be present, to be known, to be alive, to be existing, to be resident. Calling on them or writing to them gives us an opportunity to make a determination, in the context of an objection, as to where are they…. They’re given the opportunity [to prove their existence], no one is denying them the opportunity,” he contended.Commissioner Alexander further related that they are using provisions in the National Registration Act to do this.No need for ID cards to voteHowever, while the Government Commissioners are attempting to take persons off the list for not having ID cards, in Guyana there is no requirement that a person must have an ID card to vote.In 2015, with over 35,000 identification cards still sitting at GECOM that belong to persons registered since 2008, the then GECOM Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally, had said that persons do not need ID cards to vote at the May 11, 2015 elections.As a matter of fact, it is the current GECOM Chair, Justice Claudette Singh, who in 1998 in the High Court case ruled that the requirement for voters to have a voter ID card in 1997 was ultra vires Articles 59 and 159 of the Constitution (despite a parliamentary agreement to use the cards) when Esther Pereira, a PNC supporter, petitioned the High Court to set aside the results of the 1997 elections.Antagonising GuyaneseAnother contentious issue discussed at GECOM’s statutory meeting on Tuesday was a proposal to highlight unverified persons’ names on the Official List of Electors (OLE) or voters’ list. The PPP Commissioners expressed concerns that this could potentially raise a red flag at the polling stations and result in those persons being denied to vote at next year’s March 2 elections.However, Alexander claimed that the proposal was merely a verification mechanism. He noted that the data collected during the now-scrapped House-to-House exercise is being verified, but since that only amounts to the approximate 370,000 registrants, there is need to have a “wholesome” verification method for the remaining registrants on the list.This move comes on the heels of GECOM previously reversing an order for anyone who did not register during the House-to-House exercise but is on the voters’ list, to verify their registration during the 42-day Claims and Objections exercise, which commenced on October 1.However, Shadick posited that all of this is being done to antagonise people and the process leading up to the March 2020 polls.“What we want is for people to be satisfied that there is a process that is fair to everybody… [So] while you can advertise and say they must come [to uplift their ID cards and verify their existence] that’s not a reason for deregistering people but apparently, that’s what they want to do… These Commissioners are afraid of people going to vote so they trying as hard as they can to get as many people as they can not to exercise their franchise. You can’t disenfranchise people and that’s a battle I will fight to the last breath,” the PPP Commissioner stated.Nevertheless, while these issues were discussed at Tuesday’s meeting, PPP Commissioner, Sase Gunraj, had an emergency and as such, they could not put the matters to vote in his absence.However, the other PPP Commissioner, Robeson Benn, contended that the disagreement on these issues may result in court actions, which could potentially further delay the elections again.But Alexander insists that there will be no delays to next year’s polls since all of these issues will be ventilated in time for the hosting of elections.
After dealing with the death of John Spencer, the Emmy-winning actor who played Vice-Presidential candidate Leo McGarry on “The West Wing,” the cast and producers of the series which has amassed 25 Emmys to this point are now contemplating the end of the show itself. NBC announced Sunday that the show would end its seven-year run on May 14, when the victor of the current Presidential campaign between Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda) and Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) is sworn into office. The April 2 and 9 episodes will cover an eventful Election Day. Episodes in between will strive to achieve closure for the show’s many characters. Executive producer John Wells, who took the reins from series creator Aaron Sorkin after spats with NBC over production delays, said writers finally came to a decision as to which character would win the election in the past couple of days. “We’ve spent the entire year going back and forth on that question,” Wells said during the final press conference of the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “John’s passing came at a point when we thought we had made the decision. We spent time over Christmas holing up and asking ourselves . . . was it even appropriate to do the show without John, actually.” Wells said that the dual considerations of Spencer’s passing he died Dec. 16 of a heart attack (ironically, his character on the show suffered from heart problems, as well) and the storyline reaching the end of the Administration of Josiah Bartlett (Martin Sheen) convinced producers that they had “reached a beautiful place to end the series.” Spencer “met so much to all of us,” said Allison Janney, who won four Emmys portraying C.J. Cregg. “It feels like an organic ending to the show I can’t imagine going on without him.” Added Bradley Whitford, who played the impassioned if neurotic Josh Lyman, “It was very hard the first time we go in and he’s not there. . . . It’s very hard to understand how somebody just goes away.” The cast has a handful more episodes to shoot before production wraps for good and, Janel Moloney, who played Josh’s loyal assistant Donna Moss, said, “We don’t want to spend a second not appreciating what this is.” Spencer will appear in one final episode. The Feb. 12 episode will deal with his character’s death. Wells said he considered tinkering with the episodes Spencer had shot before he died, but said with a smile, “He would’ve been p—ed at me if we changed it.” McGarry’s death will come five days before Election Day. Since there’s no real Constitutional provision as to how to deal with the death of a Vice Presidential candidate that soon before an election, Santos will have the option of announcing a new candidate or keeping quiet and trying to get one nominated through Congress. “It makes for compelling drama on the show,” Wells said, “during this complicated and difficult time for us.” “If the show achieved a level of grace for Americans,” reflected Martin Sheen, “it was in how it made Americans appreciate public servants. We can be cynical about the people who lead us, but being a public servant is an honor, and some decent people who serve our country never get any recognition. The show reflected a hope ‘This is a possibility and we could aspire to this.’” Whitford said, only half-joking, “I would never be able to leave this show, so I’m kind of glad it’s ending.” David Kronke, (818) 713-3638 firstname.lastname@example.org AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Serenity Hair & Beauty, Gaoth Dobhair are proud to announce that they will launch their new Day Spa with a ‘Girl’s Day Out’ on Wednesday the 15th of July from 12.00pm-8.00pm!‘Serenity’ will also launch their new Elemis BIOTEC facial at the ‘Girls Day Out’ on the 15th of July. BIOTEC Facial, exclusive to ‘Serenity Hair & Beauty’ in Donegal, is a unique fusion of active formulas, hands on touch and state of the art technology.100% of women who experienced the Elemis BIOTEC Facial agreed that they saw dramatic instant result, including, the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, acne and dryness.With 7 stunning facials to choose from you will leave Serenity with the skin of your dreams.Experience the BIOTEC Facial on our open day for a special price of only €30, this €30 can then be redeemed against future Elemis BIOTEC Facials, Elemis Treatments and Elemis Products in the salon. All clients who avail of the BIOTEC Facial special on our Girl’s pamper day will be treated to a mini make over by serenity’s professional team in the Hair and Make up studio.Call Serenity Hair & Beauty on 0749560700 to book your slot for the Girl’s Pamper Day!SERENITY HAIR AND BEAUTY LAUNCH NEW SPA WITH ‘GIRL’S PAMPER DAY’ was last modified: July 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnews
DERRY All-Ireland winner and GAA pundit Joe Brolly has slammed his fellow Sunday Game panellists, saying they haven’t a clue when it comes to picking the best players of the year.Brolly says the pundits fail to consider the treble-marking dished out to players like Michael Murphy and Aidan O’Shea.“Against Kerry last year, or Monaghan in this year’s Ulster final, Michael Murphy – Donegal’s Roy Keane – was subjected to the same treatment (as O’Shea this year),” said Brolly in his column. “In fact, it is Murphy’s constant reality. “Sure he was shackled by Vinnie Corey in the Ulster final” bleat the sheep. Yeah, Vinnie and the rest of Monaghan’s fearsome zonal defence. Set them man v man on the square and see how that one comes out for cousin Vinnie. Meanwhile, the lively wing half-back can scamper up the wing on the solo and kick the odd point.“When I pointed out the other night that Murphy had scored 0-8 against Mayo and their sweeper, including 0-4 from play, Colm O’Rourke said and I quote “But he did nothing else.”“The others around the table nodded in agreement. At which point Jesus stopped weeping and burst out laughing. Murphy’s ruthless disposal of Tyrone in the final quarter, his brilliant orchestration of the win over Derry, his destruction of Galway and near single handed fight v Mayo counted for nought against Ciaran Kilkenny’s lively efforts against Westmeath and Kildare and 15 touches in the final. There’s a new criteria: The number of touches. Michael Murphy or Ciaran Kilkenny? In what bizarro-world could the answer be Ciaran Kilkenny? Answer: On the Sunday Game couch. Similarly, Aidan O’Shea v Jack McCaffrey? Answer? Jack McCaffrey. Baaaaaaaaa.” JOE BROLLY: SUNDAY GAME ANALYSTS ARE LIKE SHEEP FOR SNUBBING MICHAEL MURPHY was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalJOE BROLLYMichael MurphyRTESunday Game
LIVING THE DREAM targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Latest transfer news on talkSPORT.com RANKED REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST However, the Liverpool ECHO claims Grealish will not be moving to Jurgen Klopp’s side.It had been reported that the Merseyside club held talks with Villa’s sacked technical director Steve Round about the possibility of a £25million deal, however this has been dismissed by the ECHO.This paves the way for Spurs to sign the forward after he was unable to guide Villa to promotion back into the Premier League last season. Villa appear to be keen to cash in on Grealish after failing to win promotion back to the Premier League Liverpool will not be making a summer approach for Jack Grealish contrary to reports suggesting the Reds were going to battle Tottenham for the Aston Villa star’s signature.Grealish, 21, looks set for an exit from his boyhood team as Villa frantically look to gather the funds in an attempt to solve their own financial problems. IN DEMAND 1 The Reds are looking to sign a player of a similar style to Grealish.However, it is understood Liverpool could make another approach for Lyon star Nabil Fekir after a deal for the Frenchman collapsed last month.
DES MOINES, Iowa – After playing in the East-West Shrine Game last Saturday, former Drake University standout Eric Saubert accepted an invitation to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl as a late addition on Thursday. The game will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala., kicking off at 1:30 PM CST and broadcasted live on NFL Network. Saubert will participate in Friday’s walk-through for his only preparation for Saturday’s game.Also it has been reported that Saubert will be put on the South roster. Print Friendly Version Last week, Saubert generated a lot of buzz at the Shrine Game and had an impressive week of practice leading up to the game. In fact, during the NFL Network’s broadcast, analyst Mike Mayock identified Saubert improved his draft stock and thus “made money” by impressing scouts throughout the week.