‘War on Civil Liberty’

first_imgOpposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has termed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s quest to restrict certain rights under the Constitution as “a clear war against the civil liberty of the Liberian people.”President Sirleaf on Wednesday, October 1, communicated with the 53rd National Legislature requesting the endorsement of both the House and the Senate, among others, to “restrict the movement and certain rights of individual citizens.”Addressing a news conference in Monrovia Wednesday, CDC through its Youth League Chairman, Jefferson T. Koijee, noted that Madam Sirleaf’s letter to the Legislature is “tantamount to death to her citizens,” and as such, must be resisted by all well-meaning and law abiding Liberians.Backed by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), CDC warned members of the Legislature to resist the temptation that comes with the President’s communication and ignore said request in order to protect and save the lives of thousands of Liberians that would be exposed to the danger if the President’s request is granted.CDC further warned members of the Legislature not to attempt debating or introducing the letter on the floor of plenary, adding; “There are unspecified consequences awaiting those of our lawmakers that will fail to listen to the desire and demand of the people.”“Any attempt to approve this request by our lawmakers will meet the stiffest resistance and we will have no regret for our action even if the President is to be a victim of the people’s action.The interpretation of Madam President’s letter is that the country is at the verge of chaos. We represent the interest of the people and we want to assure the President and the entire government that any action that tempers with the rights of the people provokes a serious anger,” CDC said.Koijee called on partisans and peace-loving Liberians to assemble at CDC’s headquarters in Congo Town Thursday morning to begin a “strong and peaceful protest against the President’s quest for more power.”Meanwhile, civil society institutions in Liberia rejected in the strongest terms the President’s letter calling for additional power.In a press statement issued in Monrovia Wednesday, the National Civil Society Council of Liberia (NCSCL) believes issues raised by the President in her letter to members of the National Legislature, “threaten civil liberty, stability of the state, and undermine the core of our democratic system of government, which effectively threatens the future of our country.”NCSCL: “We are of the view that the current powers granted under the August 7 State of Emergency and the increased international support are sufficient to deal with the situation at hand, and the President does not need any extra-constitutional powers to ensure success in this.“The request by the President to assume full authority above and beyond the provisions of Article 1, which alters the time and manner of elections, as well as several articles of Chapter 3, which seeks to limit various fundamental rights, as provided for under our Constitution, in our mind constitute an attempt to strengthen the powers of the presidency as opposed to the people.“Liberian Civil Society notes that these actions do not propose to provide any more solace to our people than those that had been previously taken.”The civil society actors concluded by calling on members of the Legislature to reject the letter in its entirety, and continue with the status quo. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taxi driver slapped with illegal gun charge

first_imgA taxi driver was on Thursday remanded to prison when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with an illegal gun possession charge.Leon Anthony Welcome of Lot 794 Pattensen, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, denied the charge which stated that on September 17 at Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, he had in his possession one Taurus revolver, when he was not the holder of a firearm licence.Welcome was represented by Attorney-at-Law Steven Roberts, who told the court during his bail application that at the time of the search, his client had just collected his vehicle from a man named Alfred Gray. The lawyer proceeded to request for bail to be granted in a reasonable sum to his client.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on September 17, ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), acting on information, went to KC Taxi Service, where the 44-year-old is employed as a taxi driver.The ranks, the Prosecutor said, conducted a search of the car, HC 1647, and the firearm was found under the driver’s seat. According to the Prosecutor, the defendant was then told of the offence, in which he replied, “Alfred left the gun in my car the night before”.The Prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds of the prevalence of the offence and the penalty the charge attracts. He then pointed out that the defendant had clear knowledge and constructive possession of the firearm.The Chief Magistrate, after listening to the facts, remanded Welcome to prison and the case was adjourned to October 11.last_img read more

Banks DIH moving towards solar power

first_img…to cut electricity costsIn order to cut costs and preserve the environment, Banks DIH Limited will be investing heavily in the acquisition of solar energy panels for its operations, according to its Chairman and Managing Director, Clifford Reis.Reis made this announcement at the Company’s 62nd Annual General Meeting on Saturday at Thirst Park, Georgetown.“Our focus for the new financial year (2018) will be further investments in solar energy, an initiative which was tested and introduced in 2017 at our Main Street Qik Serv Restaurant… Your company operates within the principles of sustainability, so as to ensure the health and safety of its employees, and to reduce the impact to the environment… Our plans to invest in solar energy panels as an alternative energy source is intended to save costs and preserve our environment,” Reis told stakeholders.According to the Chairman, the company registered an after-tax profit of $4.243 billion for 2017. This result was produced because the company’s trading profit rose in 2017 by 22.3% over the previous year, although after-tax profit fell by 9.76% over the period, because of a one-off gain in 2016, according to the Annual Report.Reis told shareholders that the Group’s net asset value per share has increased from $31.72 to $34.33, representing an 8 per cent increase. Because of that, the company has decided to increase its dividend proposal to shareholders to $1.04, resulting in an overall cost of $884 million.The chairman noted that the company’s improved results were made possible by an increase in sales of malt products, aerated and liquor beverages, along with food products. He added that the company also benefited from the reduction in prices paid for several key raw and packaging materials, inclusive of sugar.He also related that the company was able to extend its distribution warehouse by 15,900 square feet in the brewery.“Additionally, my fellow shareholders, the services offered by our sales and marketing team were further enhanced through the introduction of handheld devices for the Preselling Department. This innovation has resulted in cost savings, better management of products and services, and a more satisfied customer base in terms of time saved between the placement and the filling of orders,” Reis noted.The Banks Chairman and Managing Director also stated in his report that the implementation of the Environmental Levy of $10 per container on all non-returnable glass and PET containers had helped to reduce consumer spending, which ultimately affected retail sales.In addition to that, Reis said the company weathered the effects of an artificial increase in foreign exchange rates, which affected the acquisition costs for raw and packaging materials, plant and machinery spares, and capital equipment; in addition to foreign exchange and payment for goods and services.As it relates to the company’s legal challenge with the Guyana Revenue Authority, Reis told stakeholders that the matter is still pending before the Court.He explained that on 1st April 2016, the GRA consented to a substantial tax write-off for a local manufacturing company, Demerara Distillers Limited; and acting on legal advice, Banks DIH wrote the GRA, claiming that it was entitled under Article 149 (D) of the Constitution to be treated equally by the State.“The Guyana Revenue Authority did not respond favourably, and as a result, Banks DIH Limited acted on legal advice and pursued legal action against the GRA and the Attorney-General, claiming that Banks DIH Ltd is entitled to have the GRA treat its liability for consumption tax for the years 2001-2006, and its liability for excise tax for the years 2007-16, equally or materially in a manner that the GRA treated the local manufacturing company’s liability for the same period,” Reis told stakeholders.Banks DIH filed a $28 billion legal challenge to reclaim overpaid consumption taxes between 2001 and 2006l and is claiming that it paid $12.8 billion in consumption tax, but that $9.09 billion of that amount was overpaid. The payment of the total amount was made between 2001 and 2006.At the company’s AGM, Banks DIH also awarded employees for their outstanding service, and donated cheques to the Hope Secondary, Vreed-en-Hoop Primary, St Agnes Primary and the Kuru Kuru Cooperative College.last_img read more

Ducks get split vs. Sharks

first_imgFor the second consecutive night, San Jose had a big third period against the Ducks. It didn’t matter much the night before, but two third-period goals were what the Sharks needed Wednesday to grab a 3-2win. The win pulled San Jose (35-19-1, 71 points) within three points of the first-place Ducks (33-14-8, 74) in the Pacific Division, just where it was before the Ducks’ 7-4 win Tuesday at SanJose. ANAHEIM – The Ducks were able to break serve Tuesday night with a win in San Jose. The Sharks returned the favor Wednesday at Honda Center, leaving both teams where they started. “We said before the game that (Tuesday’s win) didn’t mean anything unless we came back and got some points out of this one,” Ducks center Rob Niedermayer said. “That was a tough one to lose.” The Ducks had a chance to put some distance between themselves and San Jose, taking a 2-1 lead 44 seconds into the third period on a rare goal by Shawn Thornton. Thornton’s second goal of the season came off a rebound from Corey Perry’s shot, as he picked up the loose puck and pushed it past San Jose goaltender Vesa Toskala. But the Ducks weren’t able to hold the lead, thanks in large part to Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo. Cheechoo, who scored twogoals in the third period Tuesday, scored two more Wednesday, including the tying goal with 9:24 left in regulation. center_img “He’s been a thorn in our side,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “He scored two again tonight, and we’ve got to find a way to limit his offensive production.” Milan Mihaleck put San Jose ahead with 3:46 left, as he redirected a wrist shot from the point by Marc-Edouard Vlasic with three seconds left in a power play. “I thought it was just a straight shot,” Ducks goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov said. “I don’t know what happened. I stayed in front of the player and I didn’t think someone tipped the puck. Maybe they did, I don’t know.” Cheechoo scored his first goal for San Jose with 10:38left in the second on a bizarre play. It came off a one-timer, as Joe Thornton created space to the left of the Ducks’ goal before feeding a wide-open Cheechoo. But Cheechoo’s shot bounced out of the goal as quickly as it entered it, with Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin picking up the loose puck and heading down the ice. The referees initially ruled no goal and play continued for 1:36 before the puck was stopped. After an officials rule, Cheechoo and the Sharks were rewarded the goal and the time was reset to 10:38. Teemu Selanne notched his 32nd goal on a slapshot from just inside the San Jose blue line with 5:08 left in the second to tie the score 1-1. “They played hard and we played pretty hard,” Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer said. “In close games like that it comes down to a couple mistakes or breaks either way. We were guilty of a couple of mistakes that led to goals for them.” theodore.berka@sbsun.com (909) 386-3866 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

Coroner’s Service Releases Reports Showing Number Of Provincial Fentanyl Deaths

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The BC Coroner’s Service has released two reports this afternoon showing that the number of fatal fentanyl overdoses is on the rise.The total number of illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C. from January 1st to April 30 of this year is 256. This represents an increase of 88.2% from the 136 deaths that occurred during the same period last year, and more than half of the 480 that occurred during all of 2016. Of those deaths, 15 occurred in Northern Health’s jurisdiction, with 4 of those deaths in the Fort St. John area. Two of the four deaths occurred in Pink Mountain and Wonowon, and are classified as fentanyl-detected deaths.Fentanyl was detected in 49% of the illicit drug-related deaths ‎that occurred in the first three months of this year, compared to the 32% detection rate for all of 2015.- Advertisement – A copy of both reports can be found here:http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/death-investigation/statistical/illicit-drug.pdfhttp://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/death-investigation/statistical/fentanyl-detected-overdose.pdfAdvertisementlast_img read more

North Peace Museum set to add another piece to collection

first_imgIMG_0214FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – If you are wondering why there is a foundation being laid at the North Peace Museum, The Fort St. John North Peace Museum is going to have a new attraction for people to look at coming in September.The Bartlett Allen second homestead house is sitting just north of Taylor currently and will be coming to the North Peace Museum.Heather Sjoblom, the museum’s curator, says they hope to move the house onto the foundation in September.- Advertisement -The house doesn’t have the original flooring in it any longer, hence why a new foundation is being built so the building can be put in.The building will go on top of the foundation and they will replace some of the logs that are missing from the bottom. There is some work that needs to be done to the house, such as the roof as it is missing many shingles. They will also be renovating the house from the inside, a process that could take a little while.The building will be permanent, and they hope to have it open from May until September.last_img read more

Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho

first_imgThe 29-year-old has signed a four-year deal with a Sh14.7bn (120 million-euro) buyout clause and will be formally presented on Thursday.The announcement of Barca’s third signing of the summer transfer window after Gerard Deulofeu and Nelson Semedo came just hours after the Catalans suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Sunday.Midfielder Sergio Busquets had put pressure on the club’s board by claiming Barca had to strengthen their squad before the transfer window closes on August 31.Barca have so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to land a more natural replacement for Neymar with huge bids for Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele being rejected by Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund respectively.“I hope you are as happy as I was there,” Neymar wrote on Instagram to wish his international teammate well.However, Paulinho’s arrival has not been warmly received by the Barca fanbase.Over 80 percent of fans urged the club not to sign him for over 20 million euros in a survey conducted by Barcelona sports daily Mundo Deportivo.That lack of enthusiasm is due to Paulinho’s chequered career at club level in Europe.After spells in Lithuania and Poland as a teenager, Paulinho moved to Tottenham Hotspur from Corinthians in 2013.Yet he failed to shine in two years in England before moving to Guangzhou in 2015 for 14 million euros.However, he has rebuilt his career in China and established himself as a regular in a rejuvenated Brazil side since the appointment of Tite as coach a year ago, most notably scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 win away to Uruguay in World Cup qualifying back in March.And Paulinho’s former coach at Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas, believes his move to Barca is a huge boost for the prestige of the Chinese Super League.“Because Paulinho’s come here, he’s done ever so well and now he has a transfer to one of the biggest clubs in the world,” said Shanghai SIPG coach Villas-Boas.“I think it shows that the big clubs are also looking at our league. It’s a reflection of the players and the quality of work that is being done here.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil’s Paulinho pictured during a World Cup qualifier against Uruguay in Montevideo on March 23, 2017BARCELONA, Spain, Aug 14- Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday after agreeing a Sh4.9bn ($47 million) fee with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.“Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Paulinho Bezerra for 40 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.last_img read more

Milan back in Champions League race after fiery Bologna win

first_img0Shares0000AC Milan battled past Sassuolo to take third place in Serie AMILAN, Italy, May 7 – AC Milan revived their Champions League hopes with a 2-1 win over Bologna on Monday as tempers flared with three players sent off and a bust-up between French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and coach Gennaro Gattuso on the sidelines.Gattuso’s side move back into fifth place — three points behind Atalanta who occupy the final Champions League berth — with three games left to play this season. Milan had dropped out of the European places after a draw against Parma and loss to Torino but now move level on points with Roma who are sixth.Champions Juventus and second-placed Napoli are already assured of Champions League football next season but the battle for the final two berths remains tight with Inter Milan on 63 points, followed by Atalanta (62), AC Milan (59), Roma (59) and Torino (57).“These are important points, we’re right there now for the Champions League,” said Gattuso whose side are targeting a return to elite European football for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.Spanish winger Suso opened for Milan on 37 minutes with the game springing to life in the second half with Fabio Borini tapping in the second on 67 minutes.Bologna’s Mattia Destro pulled one back on 72 minutes, with Milan playing the final quarter of an hour a man down after midfielder Lucas Paquetá was sent off for arguing with the referee.In a nervy finale Bologna finished the game with nine men with Nicola Sansone and Mitchell Dijks both sent off late.The absence of the pair could prove costly for Bologna, just five points above the relegation zone, and need points next week against Parma before their final two games against Lazio and Napoli.– ‘Behaved badly’ –There was also pitchside drama early when Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia picked up an injury 25 minutes into the game at the San Siro with the Milan coach asking on-loan Chelsea player Bakayoko to start warming up.Bakayoko — on the bench after arriving late for training — started to warm up without enthusiasm to the fury of Gattuso who instead asked another substitute José Mauri to come on.Gattuso and Bakayoko were caught on camera exchanging insults with the French player saying twice “Fuck off, man” and the coach replying “I’ll see you later”.“I don’t want to talk about that here but in the dressing room, with my words, which I cannot use on television,” said Gattuso.“I waited seven, eight minutes and he still hadn’t put on his shin guards, so I chose José Mauri. I have 27 players, we wear a glorious jersey,” continued the 2006 World Cup winner.“Anyone can tell me to get lost on the touchline, but we’ll then meet in a room eye-to-eye and see. The priority is Milan.“We have to focus on the victory and not waste time on other things.“At the end of the season, we will see who has behaved well and who behaved badly.”Bakayoko joined the club on loan from Chelsea last summer with an option to buy for 35 million euros ($39 million) but has been the subject of racist chanting this season several times notably from Lazio supporters.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fabregas wants Premier League and Champions League double

first_img1 Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas has set his sights on domestic and European glory next season.The Spaniard won his first Premier League title at the weekend as the Blues beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, having failed to land the crown during eight years at Arsenal.But he is already demanding more next term, and is targeting success in the Champions League as well as on home soil.“The Premier League has always been a trophy that I wanted to get in my career. Hopefully it will be the first of many,” Fabregas told Chelsea TV.“I hope the future holds many trophies, many Premier Leagues, Champions Leagues and hopefully we can start building a fantastic team that next year can fight for the Premier League and Champions League.“It feels great. It’s the feeling that I really wanted to get. It’s a special moment, a special trophy. The most difficult league in the world, so very proud.” Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas has set his sights on domestic and European glory next season last_img read more

Three held in house burglary

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Officers from Montebello Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit on Wednesday arrested three men suspected in a burglary and several cases of identity theft. Jewelry, sports memorabilia, digital cameras and other valuables were stolen from a Montebello home on March 10, said Sgt. Brian Dragoo of the Montebello Police Department. A tip a few days after the burglary led officers Wednesday to a house where the suspects were believed to have been seen together, Dragoo said. Police detained three men when they arrived at the house in a van. After obtaining a search warrant, officers found in the van jewelry, a DVD player and tools allegedly taken in the March 10 burglary, Dragoo said. on suspicion of burglary and receiving stolen property. A search of the men’s homes discovered more property allegedly stolen in the March 10 burglary and documents pointing to the suspects’ alleged involvement in widespread identity theft, said Dragoo. “All the property we recovered was from one location,” Dragoo said, adding that officers “found hundreds of pages of escrow papers stolen from a Downey escrow company.” Dragoo said a common identity theft practice is to take papers, such as escrow documents, and use the personal information to access credit accounts. Downey Police Department is investigating whether the suspects used the stolen documents in this way, he said. The suspects had prior warrants for their arrest for forgery, narcotics possession, and a probation violation, Dragoo said. Oscar Castillo, 34, of Downey, Wallace Castillo, 33, of Whittier, and Marcos Blackhawk, 20, of Montebello were arrested sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more