Internal Bickering on Capitol Hill

first_imgHouse Speaker Alexander J. Tyler has snubbed the rejection of the US$73 million Electoral District Development Bill by the Liberian Senate. The Speaker said no amount of public maneuverings and invincible hands can stop the money from being included in the national budget.The Speaker stated that the House is determined and stands by its decision to ensure that development goes backs to the districts, which they represent in the National Legislature.Speaker Tyler made the assertions Tuesday, May 20, when members of the National Governors Council of Liberia honored him for his “tremendous performance” at the national and international levels in the interest of the government and people of Liberia.“As we toured the country, we realized that there is the need to include the US$1m for the development of our communities. We are committed as Representatives of the people to ensure that development goes to the communities and we are also determined that from Gbarpolu to Maryland, every town will be developed,” Speaker Tyler told them.The Speaker also frown on the Liberian Senate for taking the rejection of the bill into the press instead of engaging the House of Representatives in order to find a ‘common ground.”“Internal issues must be handled inside before taken outside because it is not a good thing to run things in the press,” Speaker Tyler said. “As responsible and intelligent as everyone of us are, if we have an issue it would be appropriate to stop playing politics but rather sit on the round-table to sort things out than to take it to the media.“But we want to assure our people of development because when we end our tenure there should be something to boast of. Politics is politics, development is development; and the two can’t work together,” the Speaker asserted.He further said. “Let it be cleared that the US$73 million would not be implemented by the Legislature, we will only put it there.”Speaker Tyler’s statement stemmed from the unanimous rejection of the US$73 million for Electoral District Development Fund (EDDF) in the national fiscal budget following an hour of heated debate by senators during their 30th day sitting on Thursday, May 15.After its rejection, Senator Isaac Nyenabo is on record of being on a radio station and boasting of beginning the motion that rejected the bill.The Senate’s rejection of the Bill on Thursday followed a suggestion to plenary by a member of the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor suggesting that instead of the US$73 million, the Committee was suggesting an increment in the current County Development Fund (CDF) from US$200,000 to the amount of US$1 million each for the 15 counties.Meanwhile, after the certification of Speaker Tyler, the National Governors Council requested that “all internal issues, which affect the Legislature or the nation be settled internally without going to the media; the renovation of Chief Compound on Camp Johnson Road be made a priority; that the Governors Council represents all the 16 tribes and there be a budgetary allocation for the Council.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aircraft found at Yupukari brought to Timehri

first_img…still no new leadsThe illegal aircraft that was recently discovered camouflaged at an airstrip in Yupukari, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), has been repaired and flown to Timehri for investigations to be completed.The illegal twin-engine Cessna aircraft at CJIAAccording to a statement from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), the twin-engine Cessna Aircraft was flown from Yupukari to Lethem initially on Friday, before arriving at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at 10:00h on Saturday.The release outlined that aeronautical engineers from the GDF Air Corps, after inspecting the aircraft, had identified the problems which had rendered it inoperable. The necessary spares were sourced and the repairs conducted, thus resulting in the aircraft becoming operable.As such, it was flown to Lethem where it overnighted. This allowed for the GDF engineers to conduct further repairs and functional checks which then allowed it to be flown to Timehri. It is currently secured at the GDF Air Corps Hangar, Air Station London, CJIA.Meanwhile, investigations are ongoing with regards to all aspects surrounding the discovery of the aircraft.Outgoing Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips, told Guyana Times on Saturday that no further leads have been found with regards to finding the persons connected with the aircraft. However, he explained that with the aircraft now at the CJIA, investigators will be able to better examine it with more resources being available.On September 13, a Joint Service patrol discovered the illegal aircraft hidden just off of the Yupukari Airstrip, with United States registration N-767-Z.Subsequently, a team of investigators from the GDF, Guyana Police Force (GPF), Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) was deployed from Georgetown to the area to conduct investigations and were able to determine that the registration number was bogus.Moreover, investigators had discovered during interviews with nearby residents that the aircraft had been sighted circling the area on numerous occasions in the past.Additionally, a number of residents shared information they deemed as “suspicious activity”, including the presence of motorcycles or ATVs frequenting the area at midnight.Guyana Times was told by sources that a leak was discovered in the fuel tank. This, investigators believe, may have caused the aircraft to land in Guyana.However, it has been reported that one of the local law enforcement agencies was aware of the aircraft at least three weeks before the disclosure was made. It was reported that the security officials were monitoring the aircraft to see if anyone would return to salvage it.To this end, President David Granger has established a one-man Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to probe the discovery of the illegal aircraft and appointed retired Brigadier Edward Collins to investigate, examine, advise and report on all aspects under which the foreign aircraft had entered the country.last_img read more

Power Sharing Begins

first_imgThe famous saying ‘power to the people’, an elusive idea since the formation of the Liberian state, now appears to be on the verge of becoming a reality under the administration of the Unity Party-led government. After several years of tireless efforts since the inception of the UP government in 2006, and with the involvement of key individuals who want to ensure that the part of the Liberian Constitution which says that “All power is inherent in the people” is fulfilled, decentralization of power is about to happen here.Power is indeed inherent in the people, but in Liberia, this has been more rhetorical than practical. Power has been in the hands of a few people who control the state wealth and dictate the affairs of the sate from their comfort zone in Monrovia.It is now time for inclusiveness in the political and economic dictates of the country for wholesome national development, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared, insisting that it is time for actions and deeds.  Decentralization, which ensures the delivery of public services, inclusiveness in the governance process, has been difficult to achieve. The Liberian state has remained backward as a result.  This can no longer be the case, the Liberian leader has indicated.  She made the comments when she launched the National De-concentration Platform (NDP) on Wednesday in Gbarnga, Bong County. The NDP is a monitoring and evaluation tool that seeks to track the progress made by Ministries and agencies of government’s decentralization plans.The NDP launch clearly indicates that the Monrovia-based ruling hegemony or authoritative central government, will soon become a thing of the past as the President has begun to share some of her exclusive executive powers with county superintendents.  President Sirleaf noted that though efforts to decentralize the delivery of public services are not new, her government’s determination is to build on these previous ideas and early initiatives to learn lessons from them, and from similar programs elsewhere in the world. One great obstacle that hampers local decentralization that was highly stressed by the President was local capacity building. She said one of the lessons her government has learnt is that it is important to ensure that local capacity is adequate to support the public transfer of services to local jurisdictions. “Failure to have adequate local capacities is often the basis of recentralization, though we are endeavoring to avoid this pitfall by exploring and seeking innovative ways that can respond directly to our national needs,” she said.  She alluded to the fact that the effective delivery of public services in a coordinated manner that builds synergies requires adequate public facilities, especially in government centers where offices and other facilities are located in easy proximity to each other.  This is meant to ensure that their operations and maintenance can benefit from economy of scale while making their services more accessible to the populace.  “In this respect, an important part of our decentralization program is to establish government centers in all counties as our resources will allow. This will be a major undertaking in which we will commit a lot of resources,” President Sirleaf said.Administrative Directives President Sirleaf directed that superintendents from now on are to confer with the authority to coordinate and manage the delivery of services in their counties. “All ministry and agency staffs deployed to the counties shall fall under the coordination of the county superintendent.”  She called on the Ministry of Internal Affairs to collaborate with all ministries and agencies immediately to coordinate a process to harmonize the finance, procurement, human resource, audit, and monitoring and evaluation of services in the counties to avoid the multiplication of these services in each ministry and agency.  MIA is to begin the process of developing a professional local government civil service with support from the CSA. “The line ministries and agencies should delegate authority for the implementation of, if agreed, county based projects  with heads of line ministries’ county based projects implementation officers, who will then operate under the counties’ coordinating mechanisms.” The Executive has, however, entrusted superintendents with increased responsibility, so as to be the bridge to the people. “We promise you that we will make every effort to train and capacitate you,” the President vowed.Fiscal directive  To achieve the above administrative reforms, President Sirleaf directed the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) to expedite the establishment of what she termed, ‘Counties’ treasuries.’  She explained:  “This is to make it possible that all government employees receive their salaries in their counties. This is intended to provide support to ministries like MOE, MOH, who are de-concentrating, but their quality of services is hampered by the movement of staff to and from Monrovia in pursuit of their salaries.”  To superintendents, she said, “It is really you that will be on the spot.  If we get it wrong, we will be in serious trouble because there will be recentralization. If we get it right, you and the people will take the credit.” Though these are “tall orders” she assured them that they are doable.  The launch of the NDP, which was witnessed by an array of high profile government officials, the Doyen and members of the Diplomatic Corp, heads of international organizations, traditional leaders and delegates from all 15 counties, add to the numerous reforms, such as the Civil Service Agency (CSA), Liberia Law Reform, Constitution Review Committee, which can be considered as software initiatives.  Meanwhile, several international partners, in remarks, lauded the government for the initiative and urged the administration to build capacities of local officials to ensure success.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Historian offers Lincoln insights

first_imgPASADENA – Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin joins a long line of fellow historians fascinated by Abraham Lincoln, a man, she said, written about more than anyone except Jesus. She spoke about his appeal Wednesday for the Distinguished Speaker Series at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” is her Lincoln history published in 2005. It explains how Lincoln placed political rivals, some of whom initially despised him, in his cabinet and molded them into the effective team that guided the nation through the Civil War. “Lincoln said they were the strongest, most able men in the country,” Goodwin said. “Lyndon Johnson said, `It’s better to have your enemies inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.”‘ Lincoln asked William H. Seward to be his secretary of state, and he accepted, Goodwin said, believing he would be a de facto prime minister who could boss Lincoln around. But he soon learned he was mistaken, and he and Lincoln became such good friends, Goodwin said, Lincoln would often visit Seward’s house to relax after a hard day at the White House. Goodwin also said Lincoln’s strengths included empathy, praising others when they deserved it, taking responsibility for his cabinet’s failures, learning from his mistakes and readily admitting he made them. “He use to say, `I’m smarter today than I was yesterday,”‘ Goodwin said. emanuel.parker@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Championship round-up: High-flying Norwich go top

first_img Championship round-up: High-flying Norwich go top 1 Norwich City have moved to the top of the Championship table after they beat Brentford 3-0 at Griffin Park.A second half strike from Nathan Redmond and a Cameron Jerome double handed the Canaries all three points against the Bees, who drop to tenth in the division.And Watford moved behind them into second place as Matej Vydra’s penalty gave them a slim 1-0 win over second from bottom Blackpool, with previous leaders Nottingham Forest playing Fulham on Wednesday.Charlton Athletic continued their unbeaten start to the campaign as they drew 1-1 with high-flying Wolverhampton Wanderers at The Valley.Andre Bikey-Amougou put the Addicks ahead after 25 minutes but Danny Batth cancelled out his effort in the second period as the two sides shared the spoils.A late Simon Cox strike ensured Reading were victorious over Millwall at the Madejski Stadium.The match had been heading for a 2-2 draw in Berkshire but Cox was on hand four minutes from time to score from close range with six minutes left on the clock.Bolton Wanderers were also 3-2 winners on the night with a Joe Mason hat-trick downing Rotherham at the Macron Stadium.It took two second half goals for Sheffield Wednesday to continue their bright start to the Championship campaign.The Owls had been drawing 0-0 with Birmingham City at St Andrews but summer signing Stevie May and Jeremy Helan struck to give them all three points, moving them up to seventh position.Cardiff City’s return to the Championship has yielded mixed results and they were beaten for the third time this campaign as Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough claimed a 1-0 win.Kike’s goal two minutes into the game was all it took for Boro, who jump to eighth, as they managed to see out the rest of the match without conceding.Ipswich Town moved into ninth as Jonathan Parr and Daryl Murphy gave them a 2-0 triumph over Brighton.Meanwhile, Leeds United came from behind to register a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at Dean Court.Andrew Surman put the hosts in front but Souleymane Doukara, Giuseppe Bellusci and Mirco Antenucci all netted in the second period to give the team, being temporarily managed by Neil Redfearn, the win.And, the night’s other match, Huddersfield Town held Wigan Athletic to a 0-0 stalemate at the John Smith’s Stadium.last_img read more

Arsenal flyer sidelined and will miss Barclays Asia Trophy

first_img1 Danny Welbeck England forward Danny Welbeck will not travel with Arsenal to the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore as he continues to recover from the knee problem which ruled him out of the end of last season, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.The Gunners will take a 27-man squad to the Far East in the first leg of their pre-season preparations, with summer signing Petr Cech joining up with his new team-mates for the first time since a £10million switch from Chelsea.Welbeck, though, is to remain in London as he looks to shake off the knee injury which kept him out of the final few weeks of the season, missing both the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa and England’s June internationals. Wenger said on the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com: “Welbeck isn’t completely recovered from the problem he had. He is not back in full training, so he will stay behind.”Speaking last month, Welbeck indicated there was no serious issue, just needing more time to recover. He said: ”It was worse than we first thought it was, but it is just a natural healing period and usually I heal faster than others.”last_img read more

Liverpool and Tottenham target Riccardo Montolivo rejected ‘several’ offers this summer, claims agent

first_img1 Riccardo Montolivo Liverpool and Tottenham target Riccardo Montolivo rejected several offers this summer, according to the player’s agent.The midfielder, who is captain at AC Milan, made just 10 Serie A appearances last season as he returned from injury.Despite a stuttering season, clubs across Europe were linked with the Italian, including the Premier League pair of Liverpool and Tottenham.However the 30-year-old’s agent, Giovanni Branchini, says neither Milan or his client considered striking a deal.“There have been several teams asking about him, but neither us or Milan have taken any offers into consideration,” Branchini told Calciomercato.“We can’t forget he’s a player who has been out for a year with his tibia injury, and then he had another operation.“I don’t think the problem is a lack of fitness, but just a lack of game-time in general.”last_img read more

TWIN TOWN CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB NEWS

first_imgNew Club merchandise will soon be available.There are Adidas polo shirts,T-Shirts,hoodies,rain jackets and 3/4 zip tops available.Keepan eye on notes and facebook for updates.A big thanks to McKelveys Bar for their kind sponsorship.Tickets for our Annual Draw will soon be on sale. Club sympathies are offered to the Kelly family,Ard McCool on their recent bereavement.Best wishes to Eileen McKelvey.Next club meeting is 23rd May at 9pm sharp in McKelveys Bar.Hail Hail  TWIN TOWN CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 8th, 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:TWIN TOWN CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

DOHERTY DEMANDS GOVERNMENT GIVES PEOPLE ‘BREAK FROM AUSTERITY’

first_imgSinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said the upcoming budget must give people a break from austerity.Deputy Doherty was commenting today as the Department of Finance sent the parameters of Budget 2014 to other government departments today beginning the budget process.He said: “Since July 2008 €28billion has been taken from the economy in budgets or adjustments yet unemployment and emigration are still out of control. Clearly austerity is not working. “People need a break. The cuts and taxes introduced by this government are pushing families over the edge. Many have to choose between putting food on the table and heating the family home.“There is space in the budget arithmetic to give people a break. The government should take it.“There are now four months to listen to constituents and groups on the ground and their concerns must be taken seriously.“Sinn Féin will once again present a costed set of budget proposals setting out a fairer way to economic recovery and job creation which protects those already struggling and asks those who have more to pay more.”  DOHERTY DEMANDS GOVERNMENT GIVES PEOPLE ‘BREAK FROM AUSTERITY’ was last modified: June 19th, 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:DOHERTY DEMANDS GOVERNMENT GIVES PEOPLE ‘BREAK FROM AUSTERITY’last_img read more

PAISLEY: ‘I TRUST TONY BLAIR BECAUSE OF HIS PROTESTANT ORANGE ORDER DONEGAL GRANDAD’

first_imgIan Paisley – Pic courtesy of BBCIAN Paisley has spoken of how he came to trust former British Prime Minister Tony Blair – because he was descended from Ulster Protestants.Dr Paisley was speaking during a BBC NI documentary broadcast on Monday night which has led to bitter recriminations with the former First Minister saying he was stabbed in the back by both his church and the DUP – for going into government with Martin McGuinnessJournalist Eamonn Mallie asked Dr Paisley about his relationship with Tony Blair. “We were both Ulster Protestants,” said Paisley.“His grandfather was a Protestant from Donegal and a leader there in the Orange Order. He understood where I was coming from.”He said he was aware that Blair’s grandmother had warned him never to marry a Catholic; and Blair had confirmed this.But when Blair told him that he was converting to Catholicism, Paisley said he told him: “You fool.” Mr Paisley also recalled the plot to unseat him as DUP leader. He has alleged there was a meeting with Peter Robinson, Nigel Dodds  Mr Dodds, party whip Lord Morrow and his special advisor Tim Johnston.“Nigel Dodds said to me I want you to be gone by Friday,” said Paisley“I just more or less smirked and Peter said ‘no, no, no he needs to stay in for another couple of months’.”Eileen Paisley said her husband was “assassinated with words and deeds”, treated shamefully and was left with no option but to stand down.She described Nigel Dodds as a “cheeky sod”. “I detected a nasty spirit arising from some of the other MPs and the way they spoke to Ian,” Mrs Paisley said.“I was very annoyed one day with the way some of them spoke to him and addressed him.“Whenever they said to him about what was going on and he said to them ‘well, that’s what should be done’ and they said ‘och doc’, you know? Sort of, ‘don’t be so stupid’.“That sort of set the alarm bells ringing in my head,” she added. Mrs Paisley also said attempts to paint her son Ian Paisley Jnr as sleazy because of a planning inquiry ultimately were found not to be true.“All the sleaze was in his own house,” Mr Paisley said in reference to Peter Robinson, in a swipe at his wife’s notorious affair.PAISLEY: ‘I TRUST TONY BLAIR BECAUSE OF HIS PROTESTANT ORANGE ORDER DONEGAL GRANDAD’ was last modified: January 21st, 2014 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:donegalIan PaisleyOrange OrderTony Blairlast_img read more