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Commercial Photographer’s Appeal for Gov’t Loan Scheme

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first_imgCommercial photographers in the country are appealing to the government through the Central Bank of Liberia to provide a small loan scheme them, especially for those that are engaged in buttressing the Liberian economy.Speaking to our Business desk yesterday, Eddie K. Weah, a photographer, said that commercial photography is a good business to engage in for Liberia.According to him, photographers need help from the national government to be empowered financially. “Photography is a good business that helps to build the country’s economy,” he indicated.He said that commercial photograph plays an important role in this new age, and commercial photos are finding their way into all sorts of unconventional spaces.Mr. Weah, who is also a student of the University of Liberia, explained that commercial photographing is everywhere, and smart companies know how to make use of the growing market for these photos.Photographer Weah further asserted that in order to be successful as an individual or country, commercial photography helps convey real feeling and evokes an emotional response to the international community as well as investors.He also used the occasion to extend his gratitude to the CBL governor for his many contributions towards empowering Liberian owned businesses.“I want to use this medium to appeal to the Government, especially the CBL governor, Dr. Jones to look into our plights.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MoU to be inked for ICT network expansion

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first_img…Chinese technology giant to dofeasibility assessmentThe Government’s US$32 million ICT network will be extended to areas within the coastline, following a feasibility assessment by Chinese technology giant, Huawei.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes addressing mediaAccording to Permanent Secretary of the Public Telecommunications Ministry, Floyd Levi the areas identified for expansion include Bartica, Linden, Kwakwani, Port Kaituma, Mabaruma, Annai and Lethem.The announcement of expansion came after a Guyanese delegation headed by Public Telecommunications Minister Catherine Hughes, visited the company in Shanghai, China, to secure the long-term capability of Guyana’s telecommunications networks, and to obtain technical aid and training capacity.In 2010, the Government secured a US$32 million loan from the China Exim Bank to build an E-Government network that was installed along the coastline of Guyana. The existing network consists of a fibre optic system in Georgetown, and a 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network that spans from Skeldon, Berbice to Charity, Essequibo Coast. It provides internet access to schools and government ministries on the coastline.Levi admitted that there are several shortcomings in the layout of the ICT network, particularly the unavailability of the severely damaged fibre optic cable. This cable was expected to have been laid subterraneous along the Linden to Lethem corridor, and should have had the capacity to provide Internet services to all hinterland communities in most administrative regions.“We asked Huawei to consider doing an assessment to expand on our network reach since it is limited to the Coastline and does not offer services to citizens south of Diamond…We don’t get to Bartica, we don’t get to Linden, Timehri, Annai or Lethem.”He said too that they have also asked the company to provide training for Guyana’s ICT engineers and technicians since only four engineers were trained to operate the cable when the network was built.The Permanent Secretary emphasised that once the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is signed in the next two weeks, the assessment will commence immediately. Through the assessment process they would be able to infer which would be the best technological method for the expansion. They are however actively pursuing satellite technology for remote areas since it is evident that it is more practical.Towards this end, the ministry has sent out expressions of interest to local satellite providers who have since accepted their requests to provide estimates for those areas.The ministry is also engaging the Chinese company to build a second data centre technology outside of Georgetown.“…maybe at a location in Kuru Kuru, Linden or Lethem,” he said.Huawei, which is China’s multinational networking and Telecommunications Equipment and Services Company, was the company that constructed the network in Guyana. It is reputed to be the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, having overtaken Ericsson in 2012; it also built the national ICT networks in Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Suriname, and Panama.Hughes, on the other hand, stated that Guyana’s problems cannot be solved in a traditional way and it is crucial for the establishment of a strong telecommunications sector:“What is exciting is that with the use of existing technology we have the capacity and also the opportunity to truly connect, transform and innovate.”last_img read more

SOCU’s head to be replaced

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first_imgPolice Commissioner Leslie James has made known the administration’s intention to replace Head of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Sydney James.SOCU’s embattled head,Sydney JamesPolice CommissionerLeslie JamesSpeaking on Wednesday on the sidelines of the Police Awards Ceremony held at the Tactical Services Unit’s Drill Square at Eve Leary, the top cop said the Guyana Police Force (GPF) will soon issue a release naming the replacement of Sydney James.“I can say to you that, a little later today, I will make an announcement as regards the replacement of the head of SOCU,” Commissioner James said.The SOCU Head was recently sent on administrative leave amidst allegations of mismanagement of funds at the unit. The decision came months after a special audit had unearthed several instances of mismanagement of funds and falsification of documents at the entity. The audit had also found some unaccounted-for expenditure, which could not be verified by a paper trail.The audit was ordered by the Police Commissioner in February; and although the Top Cop has not commented on the findings of that audit, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had described the revelations as “damning”.The probe into the operations of the white-collar crime-fighting unit was triggered after the former British adviser Dr Sam Sittlington had made a number of allegations against the Unit.Following those allegations, James was questioned over allegations of improper spending. This is in light of the ongoing investigation and audit which was conducted after termination of the British adviser’s services.The Public Security Minister had confirmed that an investigation was ongoing into the matter, and he had noted that there were allegations of monies not being spent properly and had said it is now within the jurisdiction of the investigators to understand the spending procedures at SOCU.After being fired amidst a conflict-of-interest scandal, Sittlington had revealed that SOCU had not been operating in the manner in which it should, and he had said there are instances of improper spending.The parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has maintained that SOCU, which was set up to fight money-laundering and other white-collar crimes, has become a political unit under the APNU/AFC regime.The PPP had said that Sittlington was going beyond his advisory role and was taking on executive functions. It was pointed out that Sittlington was going on operations such as raids and arrests.SOCU, also, was under scrutiny after its Deputy Director, Sheronie James, had resigned following a local Magistrate disqualifying her as an expert witness based on her lack of qualifications.Ramjattan had said James was recommended by senior officials after she had indicated her qualifications, which the Public Security Ministry had thought were genuine.Questions were previously raised about the Police investigating James, and whether there could be any bias involved; however, the Public Security Minister had assured that the investigation was perfectly normal, and that in addition to the Police’s own internal audits ongoing at SOCU, the Auditor General could come in and take control of the proceedings.He had said the Police auditors were seeking to better understand the systems which had been in place for spending at the agency.This comes even as the parliamentary Opposition had expressed concern about SOCU moving away from its original mandate.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had previously charged that SOCU’s mandate was not being delivered, especially since it was suspected of taking political directives. He had noted that that was responsible for its failure rate.SOCU has had several of its cases tossed out of the courts, including a number of charges against former Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) executives and Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry (GBTI) directors.The Opposition has since called for the Unit to be dismantled, but President David Granger has contended that Government would instead work to restore public confidence in SOCU.last_img read more

“Keep Your Five Alive” action continues tonight

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first_imgAs the electrifying action in the GT Beer “Keep Your Five Alive” Indoor Knockout Futsal Competition continues tonight, reigning champs West Front Road-Gold is Money will begin their quest to retain the crown in a highly-anticipated match-up.Aside from that, four other matches will feature some of Guyana’s best futsal teams at the National Gymnasium.Part of the action in this year’s GT Beer “Keep Your Five Alive” competitionIn the opening clash of the night, Albouystown will come up against Upsetters, before Future Stars get a chance to clash with Alpha Warriors. Later in the evening, Kitty Hustlers will face off with Back Circle, and later Bent Street will go up against Linden’s Dave & Celena All Stars.In the final clash of the night, Alexander Village will have their hands full with the reigning champions West Front Road-Gold is Money.The five winners of tonight’s encounters will join Tiger Bay, Silver Bullets, Showstoppers, North East La Penitence, Ol’ Skool Ballers, Sparta Boss, Rhythm Stars, Agricola, Swag Entertainment, Sophia and Leopold Street as they advance to the round of 16, which is scheduled to be hosted at the same venue on Saturday.According to promoter Kevin Adonis, close to $800,000 in prize monies and trophies will be up for grabs and only the winners on each day of competition will progress to the next phase.Adonis, who conceptualised the tournament six years ago, said the whole idea of “Keep Your Five Alive” is that teams have to keep winning to keep their five players on the court. “That is the only way of keeping your five alive,” Adonis stated.last_img read more

DANIEL’S CENTRE DECLARED A HUGE SUCCESS AFTER 5,000 VISITORS IN JUST WEEKS

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first_imgThe Daniel O’Donnell Visitors Centre has been declared a huge success after more than 5,000 people paid to see the star’s memorabilia just a few weeks after it first opened.The centre, which is the brainchild of local businessman Pat Nora Gallagher, opened at the beginning of May in Dungloe.The star has revealed he had no idea how popular his old memorabilia would be. “The centre is doing really well! It has surpassed all of our expectations with over 5,000 visitors through the centre already.“I never expected that people would be that interested in seeing all my memorabilia! Thank you to everyone who has made the effort to come along. It really has benefited the community to no end,” he said.The centre features a catalogue of the singer’s private memorabilia including his wedding suit, his old schoolbag and dozens of his gold disks.The star, who has taken a break long tours, often pops into the centre to the delight of fans. The centre’s visitors book reveals the name of fans who have travelled form as far as America and Australia to see Daniel’s private collection.Despite the miserable summer weather the Donegal star revealed he has been busy learning Irish and improving his golf game.“Apart from the weather, I have been enjoying my time off. I went to Irish college to brush up on my Irish language skills. It was really interesting but very difficult. I was amazed at the number of foreigners that were able to speak Irish fluently! I will definitely go again next year.“I also took some golf lessons which I found really helpful at the time. Unfortunately, since then, I can’t seem to play the new way or the old way,” admitted Daniel.Ends DANIEL’S CENTRE DECLARED A HUGE SUCCESS AFTER 5,000 VISITORS IN JUST WEEKS was last modified: August 1st, 2012 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:Daniel O’Donnell Visitor’s Centrelast_img read more

HOW DONEGAL DAD LIAM SHED 7-STONE IN HIS OWN OPERATION TRANSFORMATION

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first_imgSlimmer Liam is enjoying a lighter lifeA DONEGAL Man United supporter shed an astonishing 7½ stone – and can now fit into a Red Devils jersey he wore 21 years ago!Liam Skelly, a coach with Moville Ladies GAA team, certainly showed he’s got Sam willpower when it comes to battling the bulge.And as hundreds of people across Donegal get involved in TV’s Operation Transformation, Liam has shown what you can do when the weight becomes just too much. Liam is pictured above as he is now – proudly holding the Sam Maguire.And below he is pictured when he weighed 24-stone.He says he did it for his wife Kaye and their children Pádhraic (12) and twins Clodagh and Niamh (11) – after several trips to Slimming World.“The pounds piled on over the years,” he said. “I had really bad eating habits, eating entire loaves of bread along with loads of junk food like chocolate and sausage rolls.“I started to eat more healthily. I hate the gym so started walking instead and do around six kms every day, with a few more at the weekends.“Now I can fit back into a Man Utd top I last wore in 1993 at the age of 22. I can also fit into my 1992 Donegal jersey which is brilliant.”He even finds it easier when he goes on trips to Old Trafford. The airline seatbelts didn’t fit him a year ago; now he’s got plenty of room.“I love that 1993 jersey. It’s my favourite,” he said. And he’ll be wearing it when United take on rivals Liverpool today.Liam weighed 24 stone before starting his new healthier lifestyleWhen Jim got to meet Liam – Croke Park just after the final whistle in the All-Ireland final! And wearing his 92 jerseyHOW DONEGAL DAD LIAM SHED 7-STONE IN HIS OWN OPERATION TRANSFORMATION was last modified: January 13th, 2013 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:HOW DONEGAL DAD LIAM SHED 7-STONE IN HIS OWN OPERATION TRANSFORMATIONLiverpool FCMan UtdMoville GAAlast_img read more

LBJ challenger, antiwar voice McCarthy, 89, dies

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first_imgWASHINGTON – Former Minnesota Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, whose insurgent campaign toppled a sitting president in 1968 and forced the Democratic Party to take seriously his message against the Vietnam War, died Saturday. He was 89. McCarthy died in his sleep at an assisted living home in the Georgetown neighborhood where he had lived for the past few years, said his son, Michael. Eugene McCarthy challenged President Lyndon B. Johnson for the 1968 Democratic nomination during growing debate over the Vietnam War. The challenge led to Johnson’s withdrawal from the race. The former college professor, who ran for president five times in all, was in some ways an atypical politician, a man with a witty, erudite speaking style who wrote poetry in his spare time and was the author of several books. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “He was thoughtful and he was principled and he was compassionate and he had a good sense of humor,” his son said. When Eugene McCarthy ran for president in 1992, he explained his decision to leave the seclusion of his home in rural Woodville, Va., for the campaign trail by quoting Plutarch, the ancient Greek historian: “They are wrong who think that politics is like an ocean voyage or military campaign, something to be done with some particular end in view.” McCarthy got less than 1 percent of the vote in 1992 in New Hampshire, the state where he helped change history 24 years earlier. Helped by his legion of idealistic young volunteers known as “clean-for-Gene kids,” McCarthy got 42 percent of the vote in the state’s 1968 Democratic primary. That showing embarrassed Johnson into withdrawing from the race and throwing his support to his vice president, Hubert H. Humphrey. Sen. Robert Kennedy of New York also decided to seek the nomination but was assassinated in June 1968. McCarthy and his followers went to the party convention in Chicago, where fellow Minnesotan Humphrey won the nomination amid bitter strife both on the convention floor and in the streets. Humphrey went on to narrowly lose the general election to Richard Nixon. The racial, social and political tensions within the Democratic Party in 1968 have continued to affect presidential politics ever since. “It was a tragic year for the Democratic Party and for responsible politics, in a way,” McCarthy said in a 1988 interview. “There were already forces at work that might have torn the party apart anyway – the growing women’s movement, the growing demands for greater racial equality, an inability to incorporate all the demands of a new generation. “But in 1968, the party became a kind of unrelated bloc of factions … each refusing accommodation with another, each wanting control at the expense of all the others.” Although he supported the Korean War, McCarthy said he opposed the Vietnam War because “as it went on, you could tell the people running it didn’t know what was going on.” “I admired Gene enormously for his courage in challenging a war America never should have fought,” Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., said Saturday. Drawing a parallel to the current debate over the Iraq war, Kennedy said, “His life speaks volumes to us today, as we face a similar critical time for our country.” Former Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D., said McCarthy’s presidential run in 1968 dramatically changed the antiwar movement. “It was no longer a movement of concerned citizens, but became a national political movement,” McGovern said Saturday. “He was an inspiration to me in all of my life in politics.” McGovern won the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination, when McCarthy ran a second time. Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., who ran for vice president in 2004, said McCarthy “was a remarkable American, a man who spoke his conscience, and he was a great leader for my party.” In recent years, McCarthy was critical of campaign finance reform, winning him an unlikely award from the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2000. In an interview when he got the award, McCarthy said money helped him in the 1968 race. “We had a few big contributors,” he said. “And that’s true of any liberal movement. In the American Revolution, they didn’t get matching funds from George III.” After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, McCarthy said the United States was partly to blame for ignoring the plight of Palestinians. “You let a thing like that fester for 45 years, you have to expect something like this to happen,” he said in an interview at the time. “No one at the White House has shown any concern for the Palestinians.” In a 2004 biography, “Eugene McCarthy: The Rise and Fall of Postwar American Liberalism,” British historian Dominic Sandbrook painted an unflattering portrait of McCarthy, calling him lazy and jealous, among other things. McCarthy, Sandbrook wrote, “willfully courted the reputation of frivolous maverick.” In McCarthy’s 1998 book, “No-Fault Politics,” editor Keith C. Burris described McCarthy in the introduction as “a Catholic committed to social justice but a skeptic about reform, about do-gooders, about the power of the state and the competence of government, and about the liberal reliance upon material cures for social problems.” McCarthy was born March 29, 1916, in Watkins, a central Minnesota town of about 750. He earned degrees from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and the University of Minnesota. He was a teacher, a civilian War Department employee and college economics and sociology instructor before turning to politics. He once spent a year in a monastery. He was elected to the House in 1948. Ten years later he was elected to the Senate and re-elected in 1964. McCarthy left the Senate in 1970 and devoted much of his time to writing poetry, essays and books. With a sardonic sense of humor, McCarthy needled whatever establishment was in power. In 1980 he endorsed Republican Ronald Reagan with the argument that anyone was better than incumbent Jimmy Carter, a Democrat. On his 85th birthday in 2001, McCarthy told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that President George Bush was an amateur and said he could not even bear to watch his inauguration. In an interview a month before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, McCarthy compared the Bush administration with the characters in the William Golding novel “Lord of the Flies,” in which a group of boys stranded on an island turn to savagery. “The bullies are running it,” McCarthy said. “Bush is bullying everything.” McCarthy was an advocate for a third-party movement, arguing there was no real difference between Republicans and Democrats. In 2000, he wrote a political satire called “An American Bestiary,” illustrated by Chris Millis, in which high-level advisers are portrayed as park pigeons – “they strut and waddle” – and reporters are compared with black birds who flock together. He blamed the media for deciding who is and is not a serious candidate and suggested he should have kept his 1992 candidacy a secret, since announcing it publicly did no good. McCarthy also ran for president in 1972, 1976 and 1988. For McCarthy, the 1950s and 1960s were the Democratic Party’s high points because it pushed the Civil Rights Act through Congress and championed national health insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. “I think he probably would consider his work in civil rights legislation in the 1960s to be his greatest contribution,” his son said Saturday. The bad times, Eugene McCarthy said, began with America’s increased involvement in the Vietnam War and the simultaneous failure of some of Johnson’s Great Society social programs. Instead of giving people a chance to earn a living, McCarthy said, the Great Society “became affirmative action and more welfare. It was an admission the New Deal had failed or fallen.” In recent years McCarthy had lived at Georgetown Retirement Residence, an assisted living center in Washington. He and his wife, Abigail, separated after the 1968 election. She died in 2001. Survivors include daughters Ellen and Margaret and six grandchildren, Michael McCarthy said. A private burial is planned for next week and a memorial service in Washington will be scheduled, Michael McCarthy said. TIMELINE: 1916: Born March 29 in Watkins, a central Minnesota town of about 750. He earned degrees from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and the University of Minnesota. 1948: Was elected to the House. 1958: Was elected to the Senate, and re-elected in 1964. 1968: Got 42 percent of the vote in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary. He ultimately lost the nomination to Johnson’s vice president Hubert H. Humphrey, who eventually lost to Richard Nixon. 1970: Left the Senate to devote much of his time to writing poetry, essays and books. 1972, 1976 and 1988: Ran for president. 1992: Ran for president, got less than 1 percent of the vote in New Hampshire. ABOUT THE VIETNAM WAR: “As it went on, you could tell the people running it didn’t know what was going on.” – McCarthy. 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

IRISH COUNTRY NIGHT AT LETTERKENNY SUPERPUB SISTER SARA’S

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first_imgSister Sara’s ‘Irish Country’ night, which has been held every Friday over the last number of weekends has been heralded as a massive success.Huge crowds have flocked to the Letterkenny super-pub over the last fortnight and a big crowd of Country and Western fans are expected to descend on the venue again tonightSince re-opening under new management a number of months ago, Sister Sara’s has flourished. It has now firmly re-established itself as one of the best venues in Letterkenny.On Saturday, you can watch all the LIVE Barclays Premier League action on all their big screens.While later that night resident house DJ Marty Curran will be getting you in the party mood.Don’t miss another unforgettable weekend at Letterkenny’s No.1 super-pub Sister Sara’s. IRISH COUNTRY NIGHT AT LETTERKENNY SUPERPUB SISTER SARA’S was last modified: November 28th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’s Irish Country Musiclast_img read more

Ryan McHugh named as one of the best players in Ireland

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first_imgRyan McHugh has been named as the fifth best GAA player in Ireland – in an article which profiled the fifty best players in Gaelic football. Irish Independent GAA correspondent Colm Keys listed his fifty best players from last season, and placed the Donegal livewire in the N0.5 position.McHugh enjoyed an incredible campaign for Donegal last season and was undoubtedly Donegal’s best performer. Keys wrote that McHugh is pound for pound as good as any footballer in Ireland.Keys said, “Pound for pound McHugh matches the best footballers in the country.“From Donegal’s first league game against Down when he scored two goals to their last championship match against Dublin, when he sprinted over 80 metres to touch home a goal, his probing and ball-carrying have been superb between half-back and half-forward.“Hard to remember him wasting a ball.” He is odds on to win his first GAA/GPA All-Star award at the glitzy banquet on Friday night.Paddy McGrath and Patrick McBrearty have also been nominated for an All-Star award following their heroics last season.Ryan McHugh named as one of the best players in Ireland was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 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)last_img read more