… supports her transfer out of Natural Resources MinistryAs conflict-of-interest concerns continue to rage over Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry Simona Broomes’ mining concessions and her oversight of the industry, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) has now joined the call for the Minister to be reassigned to another Ministry, since herMinister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomespresence in the current Ministry was a clear conflict of interest and posed a threat to impartiality.Minister Broomes has been at the centre of a raging debate after this publication reported that she was granted a new mining permit on March 4, 2016, just about two months after she was transferred to that Ministry and handed responsibility for the mining sector.However, the Minister, who has said she transferred her mining interest to her two children, has since denied this and stated that the documentation which was ‘leaked’ was for her daughter, who was also named Simona Broomes.This publication, however, was able to confirm that the National Identification (ID) number on the application is that of the Minister and not her daughter.The GGDMA, in its strongly-worded statement, said that the subsequent “spin” by the Minister that the permission was her daughter’s hinted at the Minister’s “inability to deal impartially with mining matters and the facts”.Such actions, it said, threaten the entire industry. The GGDMA recalled that prior to becoming Minister, Broomes had both positive and negative interactions with members of the mining community.As such, the Association is arguing that when these pre-existing relationships and “bridges that may have been burnt in the past” within the sector are considered, it would be difficult for the Minister to operate in her post “impartially and without personal bias”.“No existing miner, in good sense, can refuse a request from the sector Minister for her to be given permission to take gold from their land,” the GGDMA said, adding that it must be recognised that such permissions and all future requests or permissions rest in the hands of the agency under her direct preview.“It is foolhardy for anyone to expect that in Guyana you can deny the Minister permission and then expect to get an impartial hearing on matters. If somehow the Minister is indeed capable of staying impartial in this regard, the question remains of whether or not she should be put in such a position in the first place, where reasons for her actions can always be defended, even when they are affected by secret or closet biases,” it stated.Calls for transferThe GGDMA said it supported the call for the Minister to be reassigned to another Ministry.“The GGDMA, therefore, is heartened by the comments of His Excellency, President David Granger that he will reassign the Minister if a conflict of interest arises. We declare that there is a clear conflict of interest and call on the President to honour his words. Minister Broomes can serve well in any other Ministry,” the release stated.Miners concernedThe GGDMA said that it is being bombarded with calls from miners who have expressed concerns about the clear case of conflict of interest involving the Minister, but are reluctant to voice their concerns publicly for fear of victimisation.“At our recently-held miners’ meeting, the issue was also raised. Members have since privately contacted the leadership of the Association to express their concerns. Both miners and mining equipment suppliers have expressed a concern as to their ability to refuse a request from the Minister or her children in mining. For example, should they request credit terms for mining supplies, a supplier would be hard pressed to say no or even complain, since the agency for complaints is headed by the very Minister,” the Association stated.Already there have been calls from several persons, including the newly-appointed President of the Transparency Institute (Guyana) Inc (TIGI), Troy Thomas and former Government Minister, Dr Henry Jeffrey for the Minister to be reassigned to another Ministry.They both agree that this could remove the cloud of conflict of interest.read more
The Ebola Virus Outbreak in Liberia, as it stands now, may no longer be a hindrance as many are now bracing the storm to carry on their normal affairs.In the diplomatic domain, two influential European countries have sent ambassadors to represent them in Liberia.The new Ambassadors representing the Kingdoms of Netherlands and Denmark respectively, on Monday presented their Letters of Credence to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at separate ceremonies at her Foreign Ministry office.The two Ambassadors are resident in Accra, Ghana.The new Danish Ambassador, Ms. Margit Thomsen, on behalf of His Majesty, the King of Denmark, conveyed fraternal greetings and best wishes of the King and the people of Denmark, noting that relations between Liberia and Denmark have throughout the years been characterized by good and fruitful cooperation.Demark and Liberia, she said, have cooperated closely, especially in connection with improving women’s conditions, economic empowerment of women, raising awarenes and strengthening the campaign against gender-based violence, and supporting women food producers.“Liberia made impressive progress in reinstating peace and restoring the country after the cessation of conflict in 2003 – construction of infrastructure, restoring water and electricity, while building of the educational and health sectors were underway,” Ambassador Thomsen noted.She said that all of a sudden Liberia’s development path suffered a setback due to the eruption of the Ebola virus. She assured President Sirleaf that Denmark was committed to helping the Government and international partners to contain the further spread of the virus.“Denmark wishes to continue to support Liberia also in the years ahead when Liberia will be back on the good path towards further development,” said Ambassador Thomsen.Ambassador Hans Docker, for his part, expressed Netherland’s desire to stand firmly with Liberia during this time of the Ebola crisis. He informed President Sirleaf that a vessel with anti-Ebola supplies is headed to the region in two weeks.Ambassador Docker disclosed that he has also been appointed as the “Dutch Special Ebola Envoy” to the affected countries; and that his government will do all that is necessary to help eradicate the virus from the region.The Kingdom of Netherlands is currently mobilizing to send healthcare workers, a mobile laboratory as well as build an Ebola treatment unit where it is most needed in the region.In separate remarks, President Sirleaf updated the two new Ambassadors on the Ebola situation in the country and expressed satisfaction over the current level of intervention of the international community, including support from the two countries. The people of Liberia, with the help of many international partners, are now effectively containing the further spread of the virus.“In July and August, the situation was extremely terrible as the disease was very strange to us and support and interventions were at their lowest. Many of our citizens died, while the government instituted several measures, including a State of Emergency to tackle the spread of the virus,” President Sirleaf recounted. “Today, we can see results and are well on the road to defeating the virus with the help and support of everyone.”The Ebola virus disease has had a grave impact on the country’s economy and its development drive, she added.President Sirleaf informed the two new diplomats that a post-Ebola recovery plan is being developed to mitigate the economic challenges that may arise. She pointed out that when such time comes, private sector partnerships will be highly encouraged and anticipated to aid the recovery process.As a way of turning the Ebola devastation into opportunities, President Sirleaf noted that all will now be done to finally eradicate the virus as well as integrate the overall regular healthcare programs so as to ensure that the healthcare system comes out strong with solid infectious control measures and programs in all health facilities.The Liberian leader particularly thanked the Danish Government for its support to the country’s Gender and Women’s Empowerment Program through the Ministry of Gender and Development.Diplomacy Amidst EbolaThough countries affected by the Ebola virus were ostracized during the heat of the crisis with many nations banning airlines and vessels emanating from the affected region from entering their countries, the coming of the two diplomats signals that things have began to improve with several institutional and global leaders bracing the Ebola storm and paying solidarity visits.The decision of the two European countries to use this time to tighten diplomatic ties with Liberia tells the rest of the world that they can still do business with Liberia in spite of the crisis.In the heat of the crisis there was no information of any diplomat leaving the country or closing of embassies as was being done by top entrepreneurs, concessions and other top foreign residents. The country was also shunned by many of its neighbors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)read more
The Calvary Temple polling center in District #2, Jacob Town, Paynesville, has so far had an eventful day of two incidents where persons were barred from voting, due to irregularities with their voter registration cards, according to polling officers. The first individual, a woman, went earlier this morning to vote and was stopped because, although the name and voter registration number on the card she presented matched the information the polling officer had on record, the photo on the voter’s card was not the same. Therefore, she was turned away. The second instance involved a man who, having presented his card, was also turned away because polling officers said his name and voter registration number had already been marked in the voter roster. Interestingly, the man’s voter registration card was not perforated, as is required of polling staff before a voter is given the ballot to cast their vote. His hands also did not show indelible ink, which should prove that he voted. The voter in question, Nyumah Salamie (voter registration #220900312), has since been demanding that he be allowed to vote, insisting that the fault with his voter card is the responsibility of the National Elections Commission, not his. Meanwhile, just outside the Calvary Temple polling center, a man was held by personnel from the Liberia National Red Cross because he showed signs and symptoms of Ebola, eyewitnesses told the Daily Observer. It is not clear whether he was on his way to cast his vote, but the unnamed man, believed to be in his late forties, appeared to be very weak, had a high temperature and his eyes were red. There was no account of him vomiting or having displayed other signs, but what Red Cross personnel observed about him gave them sufficient basis to place him under observation at the Red Cross depot located just near the polling center. He was later taken away by Red Cross personnel to an undisclosed location. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)read more
Carlos Bacca scored 26 goals for club and country last season 1 Atletico Madrid are on the cusp of beating Liverpool to the signing of AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, according to reports in Spain.The Colombian only moved to the San Siro from Sevilla last summer and he ended last season with 20 goals in all competitions.?But Bacca is ready to leave already after reportedly being disappointed at Milan’s seventh-place finish in Serie A during his debut campaign.Initially it was thought Liverpool would pounce for the 29-year-old after trying to sign him last summer.However, according to Cadena Ser, Atletico are closing in on a deal for Bacca after holding talks with Milan.The Spanish side are set to fork out around £24million and could complete the signing by the end of the week.read more
Lagan Harps FCOur Ladies second team drew 2-2 with Bonagee Utd. Scorers were Sinead Dunne and Caoimhe Walsh.Our u/16 girls had a 5-1 win over Clonmany with Aine Deasley(2), Zoe Green, Erin Coll and Caoimhe Walsh scoring. The ladies team play Ballyfermot ladies in the semi-final of the WFAI Junior cup on Sunday 24th August at 3.00pm.Our schoolboys are all back in training now.Anyone wishing to join can contact the following, u/8’s Martin Doran (086-2379864), u/10’s Seamus Crossan (086-1736898), u/12’s ernie Pollock (o87-2268916), u/14’s Gavin Murray (086-2603570), u/16’s John Crawford (086-8245899).Our men’s team start their season with a Brian Mc Cormick cup tie against local rivals Dromoghill Fc. Kick off is 2.00 in Orchard Pk.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 12,16,21 and 23.Nine people had two numbers with Micky Mc Grath drawn out and winning E50.The club wishes a speedy recovery to Phonsie O’Donnell and Benny Rodgers who are hospitalised at the moment.SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN U16’S GIRLS TEAM HIT CLONMANY FOR FIVE was last modified: August 11th, 2014 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:Lagan Harps FCNoticessoccerSportread more
Daniel O’Donnell looked over the moon yesterday morning (Sat) as he shared a pic of his newborn niece.In the pics shared by Daniel himself, we see him holding the baby girl alongside her mother, Daniel’s niece and PA, according to RVSP Live.In a second photo, we see Mia with both of her parents, Neil and Trish as they smile happily holding the new member of their family. Swipe down to see the gorgeous pics of Daniel and his grand-nieceDaniel O’Donnell beaming in pictures with newborn grand-niece was last modified: September 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)read more
Scene-setter: … ESPN’s outstanding basketball writer Jackie MacMullan recently endeavored to discover how elite NBA athletes handle pressure.Along the way she encountered the Warriors’ Stephen Curry who volunteered that he cost his team the 2016 NBA championship.Could it be?At the risk of undoing three years of intensive therapy, we take you back to Game 7 of that series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the score tied 89-89, just a little under one minute to play in regulation.
Rapelang Rabana addresses the groupat the WEF Young Global Shakers gathering in Davos. The keyword is access, says Rabana.(Images: Global Shapers) MEDIA CONTACTS • Yeigo Communications +27 21 424 2675 • Rapelang Rabana Global Research and Development The Telfree Group @rapelangrabana RELATED ARTICLES • Social media growing strong in SA • Africa’s telecoms growth potential • SA at Davos: 20 years after Mandela • Internet promotes African freedom • Education goes mobile with VodacomEmily van RijswijckSouth African ICT entrepreneur and businesswoman Rapelang Rabana was a member of the first-ever delegation of young global shapers to the recently concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.The annual gathering took place from 25 to 29 January under the theme The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models.Global shapers are between the ages of 20 and 30 and are considered by WEF as having the potential to be leaders in all sectors of the global society.The 70-strong group included 20 young CEOs, a nanotechnology professor, a 24-year-old mayor from the Philippines and a bio-engineer who created a cardiac surgery simulator now used worldwide.The WEF website notes that with half of the world’s population under the age of 27, it is vital that young voices are heard at the annual meeting.WEF founder Klaus Schwab refers to his group of global shapers as “digital natives” who have grown up with the internet. The shapers were able to engage with world leaders during the annual meeting, and to give their perspectives on global problems such as unemployment among young people.Rabana, now 27, is no stranger to news headlines, having left her mark at a young age in the hugely competitive telecommunications field dominated largely by the huge conglomerates.In 2008 she was one of 200 young South Africans identified by the Mail & Guardian in their annual list of people with whom one should have lunch. The list, compiled by the weekly newspaper, showcases the country’s young trendsetters and trailblazers in their respective fields.Soft-spoken and eloquent, this University of Cape Town (UCT) business science graduate shared her vision on the WEF’s global shaper channel on YouTube. She said it is all about “access” – to opportunities, education, knowledge, ideas or other people – in order to secure a better future.She added: “I want to continue to find ways to deliver life-changing services. I see access to Davos as an opportunity to extend the reach and potential of my greatest aspirations.”Communication pioneerAnd helping people to have easier access to communications is exactly what Rabana set out to do when she started Yeigo Communications back in 2007 with two fellow UCT graduates.Yeigo was South Africa’s first mobile voice over internet protocol (Voip) company, and offered a software platform for voice calls made via mobile data networks. This was compatible with a wide range of mobile phones, and could be done at a fraction of the cost of conventional voice call networks.Yeigo’s business model worked on the same lines as Skype, another popular Voip application, and soon caught the attention of overseas investors.Just one year after starting to offer their services, Yeigo made a major global breakthrough with the multi-million sale of a stake in the company to US-based Quality One Wireless.Now heading up the Global Research and Development division at Swiss-based telecommunications company Telfree, with which Yeigo has partnered, Rabana’s dream is to continue doing what she does so well – making links and connecting ideas on a greater scale so that all South Africans can have some chance at changing their lives through mobile access.“Mobile broadband takes access to a new level,” she said. “These are engaging and exposing people to another world out there. The ways to make an impact are endless.”Ambassador for UN youth initiativeRabana was also chosen as ambassador for the 2011 World Summit Youth Awards (WSYA), a UN information communications technology initiative. In this role she encourages young South Africans in the fields of electronic technology to take part in the initiative and in so doing, receive recognition for their efforts. Getting recognition through WSYA, while it holds no monetary value, is a sure way to attract likeminded people.The competition selects the best digital projects, products, applications and services by young people. Projects are chosen for efforts in reducing poverty and hunger, tackling ill-health, gender inequality, lack of education, lack of access to clean water and environmental collapse – all issues which tap into the UN’s millennium development goals.The award is promoted throughout the 160 UN member states to encourage young people to use their knowledge of the internet and mobile technology to create ways to put the development goals into action.read more