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Disorderly behaviour continued months after riot ended

first_imgDeadly Prison Riot CoI ReportThough the riots at the Camp Street Prison lasted for three days in March, the terror of disorderly behaviour reigned until May where prisoners continued to threaten the lives of prison officers.This was highlighted in the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report into the deadly prison riots which claimed the lives of 17 inmates. Commissioners pointed out that during the March 2-4 riots, inmates were using “long heavy logs to break down the door” of a section of the Prison made of wood, which had housed the condemned and other prisoners.“During this entire time, the prisoners were demanding that President Granger come to speak with them in the Prison Yard,” the reportChief Fire Officer Marlon Gentlenoted.It was further pointed out that the Guyana Prison Service and Police Force attempted to control the situation but were unsuccessful in their attempts due to a “mass number of angry and violent inmates” who were threatening and advancing towards officers.“Tear smoke was used by the Police to disperse the mob but same was picked up by the prisoners and thrown back to the riot unit. ThisCamp Street penitentiarydazed the ranks and they began to retreat causing the defence to be weak,” the report pointed out.However, many prison officers in their testimonies to the CoI which ended on May 9, had denied ever seeing tear smoke being used during the ordeal.When Fire Chief Marlon Gentle was under cross-examination by attorney Glen Hanoman, he was questioned to disclose his knowledge of tear smoke canisters and whether they are “flammable or pyrotechnic”. Gentle had responded that, pyrotechnics were not his expertise. However, when he was later questioned by Commissioners, the Fire Chief had recalled incidents in the 1997 riots and onwards, where the canisters were used.The CoI report has also highlighted that instructions were indeed, given for the riot unit to use shotguns. Several rounds were discharged, “causing prisoners to be subdued”. It was stated that this is what led to the end of the three-day standoff.The CoI report continued: “The Police and Prison Officers then began taking control of the situation and started to lock the prisoners down back in the divisions and Holding Area. A physical check was made of all prisoners and the tally was found correct. During the incident a number of inmates were injured as well as officers and efforts were made to render medical assistance to them.”It was after these events that Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan and Minister of State Joseph Harmon met with inmates at the Georgetown Prison Sports Club where a “gentleman’s agreement” was reached.In the aftermath of the three-day riots, Commissioners observed that: “prisoner’s discipline” had become “out of control”.“They literally took over the Prison Yard. A number of them were accused of walking with long sharpened instruments threatening officers, smoking marijuana openly and using their cell phones in officers’ presence,” an excerpt of the report revealed.“Prison Officers were prevented from retrieving [mobile phones] as prisoners with sharpened instruments threatened them and retrieved the parcels. Many officers reported sick, making the prison vulnerable to major security breaches. An emergency Joint Services meeting was held by his Excellency, President Granger who directed that order must be maintained within the Georgetown Prison…normalcy was restored when a Joint Services Operation Restore Order was done to search the entire prison and transfer ringleaders on May 14, 2016.”The Commission observed that “serious psycho-social trauma” can arise from the incidents surrounding the riots and have recommended grief counselling for staff, inmates and their families.“From evidence from both prisoners and officers many were observed to be highly traumatised by the events of both March 3 & 4, 2016,” the CoI report noted.When Chief Prison Officer Roddey Denhart testified on April 28, he disclosed that one prison officer was “chocked and robbed” in the compound of the Georgetown penitentiary. He had also testified that another inmate placed an improvised weapon, a spear, on the chest of another warden.last_img read more

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Liberia Climbs in FIFA Rankings

first_imgLiberia climbed three steps in the latest FIFA Coca-Cola Ranking for the month of June despite her ousting from qualifiers of the CAF’s African Cup of Nations and U-20 competition.The country moved to 116th position on the global scene, but remained 34 in Africa.Liberia ended April and May editions of the monthly examination by Fifa of its members’ countries at 119th spot.Lone Star before its narrow 1-0 win over Lesotho, recentlyCritics say that the three steps made by Liberia might be due to the 1-0 win over the Ivory Coast and Lesotho despite the latest disappointing defeats in the return legs.Meanwhile, Algeria made the most significant move in Africa beating the Elephants of Ivory Coast to move to 1st place in Africa, while Ivory Coast dropped to second.Despite their absence from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Egypt moved to third on the log, while Ghana, Cape Verde Island are fourth and fifth and Nations Cup defending champions Nigeria remained at number six.Sierra Leone moved to ninth position while Tunisia and Guinea are seventh and eighth and Cameroun is placed at the tenth spot.Meanwhile, there was plenty of movement in the latest edition in the ranking, with 77 qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ensuring a number of changes compared to last month.In the top 20, leaders Spain and second-placed Germany remained unchallenged at the top, with Argentina’s move into third place following wins over Uruguay (11th, down 4) and Chile (21st, down 4) edging Portugal down to fourth.Also benefiting from two victories are Italy (5th, up 3) and Russia (9th, up 3), the latter moving into the top ten for the first time since October 2010. Brazil, who is hosting the 2014 world finals and thus has no potential points-earning qualifiers, managed to stay 13th thanks to two runaway wins in friendlies against Iraq (97th, down 17) and Japan (24th, down 1).Six teams have reached their highest-ever position since the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking was launched in 1993: Algeria (19th, up 5), Haiti (57th, up 3), Dominican Republic (92nd, up 10), St Kitts and Nevis (106th, up 16), Philippines (143rd, up 4) and Timor-Leste (187th, up 19).The results of 146 ‘A’ internationals have been taken into account on the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, of which more than half (77) were qualifiers for the next FIFA World Cup. 25 were CONCACAF/AFC continental qualifiers and 44 were friendlies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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George Boley Sues GoL for Pension Benefits

first_imgThe Plaintiff, former Vice Chairman of the Transitional Legislative Assembly, George BoleyThe former Vice Chairman of the Transitional Legislative Assembly Government (TLA), now an elected member of the House of Representatives from Grand Gedeh County, Dr. George S. Boley, has sued the Government of Liberia (GoL) at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria. According to sources in Abuja, the lawsuit was filed before the ECOWAS Court towards the close of the year 2017.Further, according to sources, the suit was filed following several alleged futile attempts by the former vice chairman of the TLA to have GoL honor its obligation to pay his pension benefits covering the period served as Vice Chairman of the Transitional Legislative Assembly Government. The lawsuit-SUIT NO: ECW/CCL/APP/46/17 names, in addition to the Republic of Liberia, several institutions as defendants. These include the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), and the Civil Service Agency (CSA) of Liberia.It has since been pending. However, documents in possession of this newspaper show that GOL, in response to the Boley lawsuit, filed its returns on 26 January 2013, pleading with the Court for an “extension of time to permit the filing of an informed defense on its behalf in the above referenced suit”. The GoL argued that its request for an extension of time was/is pursuant to Article 35(2) of the Rules of Procedure of the ECOWAS Court, which provides that “the time limit laid down in Paragraph 1 of the Article may be extended by the President on reasoned Application by the Defendant”.According to the GoL response, under the signature of Cllr. Augustine Fayiah, then Assistant Justice Minister for Litigation, “Article 35(2) requires that within one(1) month of service of an application, the Defendant/Respondent shall judge a defense to the Action. The Defendant/Applicant herein is however unable to file its defense within the above time limit made and provided by the Rules and Procedures of this Court due to the reasons stated infra”.In a three (3) count position, the response in its first count stated that Defendant, the Republic of Liberia, in the said Action was at the time engaged with the electoral and subsequent inaugural activities in which the 4th Defendant, the Ministry of Justice, was engaged in activities aimed at sustaining the Peace which, according to the GOL, had been achieved through sub-regional efforts. The response furthered that a significant number of lawyers representing the Defendant had requested and were granted compulsory leave of three months’ absence to contest electoral posts.According to the Justice Ministry, such challenges made it difficult to properly file returns; it was therefore obliged to request an extension of time. The Justice Ministry also argued that as a consequence of these developments, the ministry was constrained to assign additional lawyers to review the case file and provide defense thereto. Additionally, the Ministry maintained that such request for an extension of time was done in good faith with what it claimed was the genuine intent to promote “Due Process” of law.However, former Assistant Justice Minister for Litigation, Augustine Fayiah, in a telephone interview with the Daily Observer, noted that the Plaintiff in this matter, former Vice Chairman of the Transitional Legislative Assembly, George Boley, had raised issues of law in his suit which, in his opinion, are genuine. He added that the Ministry of Justice was at the time drafting appropriate legislation to address this issue of pension benefits for former officials and it was being done under his watch.He however added that drafting of the legislation was interrupted by the change in government from then President Sirleaf to now President George Weah, which saw the replacement of officials by new appointees. He could not, however, say whether the process was still on course as he was no longer serving at the Justice Ministry. When contacted to provide update on developments in the case, a key staffer at the Ministry confirmed knowledge of the case but said there was a need to refer to the Solicitor-General, who is actually in charge of the matter as the chief prosecutor of the Republic of Liberia.But observers, commenting on the case, told the Daily Observer that the lawsuit has brought into perspective the issue of pension benefits for former government officials. A well-known lawyer (name withheld) told the Daily Observer that the absence or lack of what he called a National Claims Court, where individuals feeling aggrieved by government can take their case for redress, is one of the main reasons why such cases have gained a broad view. He noted that the Government of Liberia, particularly the past government led by President Sirleaf, was woefully remiss on this issue.He added that rather than providing attractive salaries for GoL employees within the framework of appropriate legislation, GoL instead provided attractive US dollar benefits, which immediately comes to a halt when an individual leaves government service. In that case, according to the lawyer, the individual has to fall back on a portion of his net salary denominated in Liberian dollars, which is more than inadequate or incomparable to what was received previously in the form of benefits. He cited several cases as examples, including those of retired Justices Phillip Banks and especially Gladys Johnson, who have since retired without pension benefits.Others, according to him, include former legislators who served under the various transitional governments and other past officials including former Commissioners of the erstwhile Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Moreover, according to the lawyer, the Boley lawsuit could very well be a precursor to similar suits in the future. According to him, member states are obliged to provide local avenues of redress for people with grievances against the state and their failure to do so may lead to more of such suits, adding that the current lawsuit may just be a dress rehearsal for citizens’ legal action against their government at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice.He cited the case of a Nigerian national whose money was seized by officials after it was discovered that he was attempting to smuggle large amounts of undeclared foreign currency, wrapped around his body, into the country. The money was not returned to the individual after investigations showed that the money was legally his. But the individual, now an elected member of parliament in his home country, Nigeria, sued and won judgment requiring the GoL to restitute the money.A similar case is that of the money seized from some Korean businessmen by agents of the National Security Agency (NSA), who claimed that the businessmen were involved in illegal activities. Investigations however showed that the money was illegally confiscated by NSA agents under the watch of a son of President Sirleaf, although to date, the money has still not been restituted.Meanwhile, it can be recalled that in the dying moments of her tenure, President Sirleaf, at rather the eleventh hour, submitted to the legislature what was dubbed a pension bill for former government employees. But it was limited to her and a few individuals only. The legislature however did not pass the proposed bill into law, thus leaving former President Sirleaf for once in the cold.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Culture Minister should apologise for holiday mix-up – Norton

first_imgRegardless of the perceived magnitude of the blunder, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton believes the Culture Minister, Nicolette Henry owes the Hindu community a public apology for mixing up their religious holidays.Henry, the Junior Minister within the Education Ministry with responsibility for culture, youth and sports, confused Phagwah with Diwali and was seemingly oblivious to her mistake.“I would begin by saying Happy Phagwah, Happy Holi. On Sunday, March 12th, here in Guyana and around the world, Hindus will be celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights,” she stated, not realising her blunder as she continued her prepared speech.A minute later, she made the mistake again.Social Cohesion Minister Dr George NortonWhen compared with her Diwali speech last year, her Phagwah speech this year bore much resemblance – causing many to conclude that it was recycled.Public outcry surround the Minister not realising her mistake, not apologising for it and not finding it important enough to take the time to write a fresh speech about Phagwah.Interestingly also, the Culture Minister was absent from major cultural events hosted on March 12 in observance of Phagwah, including those at the IndianJunior Education Minister with responsibility for culture Nicolette HenryCultural Centre (ICC) and the Providence National Stadium where other Government Ministers had gathered.The Social Cohesion Minister, during an interview with Guyana Times at the Phagwah Mela at the ICC, suggested that Minister Henry was probably busy.Commenting on the Culture Minister’s holiday mix-up, Dr Norton conceded that the situation warranted an apology.“There is nothing wrong in an apology…I went public, and I apologised to the whole of Guyana because the occasion called for it,” he stated.last_img read more

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Wear your way to Hawaii with On the Rocks Pub

first_imgHere’s how it will work.  From now until Thursday November 21, 2013 at 4 p.m. to enter your name at any of the following locations:On the Rocks Pub & Night Club – 10440 100 St, Fort St JohnSears – 10520 100 St, Fort St. JohnA&W – 9512 Alaska Rd N, Fort St JohnMicro Consulting Sales & Service – 9516 100 St, Fort St. JohnTrail Blaz’n Power – 10516 Alaska Rd N, Fort St JohnHB Health & Body Wellness Spa – 10440 100 Ave, Fort St JohnRustic Country Decor – 9512 100 St, Fort St. JohnLock Solid Lock and Key – #5-10404 101 Ave, Fort St. JohnBurgers & Brew – 10419 Alaska Rd S, Fort St JohnEcono Liquor – 10419 Alaska Rd S, Fort St JohnScoop Clothing –  9935 100 Ave, Fort St JohnEnter as often as you’d like at any of the locations above.  Then on Friday November 22, 2013 at 8:20 a.m., Ted Sloan will narrow things down to 5 qualifiers.  Those five people will be given a shirt, not just any shirt, but our special On the Rocks Pub & Night Club Wear your Way to Hawaii Shirt.You’ll have to wear this shirt for the next two weeks (until December 6, 2013).  You can only take the shirt off to shower.  We won’t just be taking your word for it either, we’ll have our staff, your friends, family and co-works checking up on you at random times of the day.  For example, everyone’s friend Ted Sloan goes to work at 4:30 a.m. each weekday, so on his way to work, he’ll randomly stop by your place to make sure your wearing the shirt.- Advertisement -And if you wear the shirt the entire time, your name will go in the final draw for a trip for two to Hawaii with airfare from Fort St. John and five nights accommodation.We’ll pick the grand prize winner on Friday December 6, 2013, when the final five qualifiers will finally get to take of their shirts.Good luck and start entering your name now for an amazing getaway to Hawaii from On the Rocks Pub, Air Canada and Moose FM.Advertisement Attached you’ll find a copy of the complete contest rules and regulations.last_img read more

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Ex-Arsenal star threatens to ‘punch’ Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge

first_img 2 tense The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos latest Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City SORRY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Alexander Hleb has jokingly threatened to ‘punch’ former Arsenal teammate Cesc Fabregas if the duo come face-to-face on Thursday night.Hleb is expected to start for BATE Borisov in the Europa League when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Hleb however, featured for Birmingham City and Konyaspor in between four spells with BATE.And the silky midfielder is eagerly awaiting the chance to pit his wits against the World Cup winner.“It will be nice to see Cesc again,” Hleb told the Daily Telegraph . “We’ve been messaging each other. When I see him, I will … [makes a mock punching gesture] no, I’m joking.”Although Hleb was coy when asked which player is better, he insisted Fabregas knows the real truth. The 37-year-old could line up against his former Gunners colleague Fabregas in midfield, should Maurizio Sarri continue to reserve the Spaniard for Thursday nights.The duo were at Arsenal between 2005 to 2008, until Helb joined Barcelona after losing both the Champions League and League Cup Finals.Three years later after an equally barren spell of silverware in north London, Fabregas also moved to Catalonia although his career somewhat differed to the former Belarus international’s.Fabregas has represented Barcelona and then Chelsea with distinction, winning one La Liga title, the Copa del Rey and the FIFA Club World Cup, as well as two Premier League titles and the FA Cup. Most Popular Football News Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ BEST OF scrap Hleb’s career went downhill somewhat after leaving Arsenal revealed Hleb and Fabregas embrace after beating AC Milan in the Champions League in 2008 LATEST “Ask Cesc, he knows!”Former side Arsenal have recovered from a difficult start under Unai Emery to record ten staright consecutive victories in all competitions.And Hleb is convinced the Gunners are definite title challengers.“Of course,” he said, when asked if they can lift the trophy.“They start not good, but now like a rocket they go up.”last_img read more

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COLEMAN ‘MISKICK’ SNATCHES POINTS FOR EVERTON

first_imgSome may have called it a miskick but Seamus Coleman will take them all.Seamus ColemanThe Killybegs man has been struggling to find form again after his recent injury.But he will bed elighted to have netted the winner against Cardiff as Everton won 2-1 this afternoon at Goodison Park. The heroics of Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall looked to have earned a crucial Premier League point for the Welsh side, but the Scot cut a dejected figure after being beaten by Coleman’s miskick. COLEMAN ‘MISKICK’ SNATCHES POINTS FOR EVERTON was last modified: March 15th, 2014 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:evertonKillybegsseamus colemanlast_img read more

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DONEGAL ABUSE VICTIM DEMANDS NEW INQUIRY IN THE NORTH

first_imgA leading campaigner for a clerical abuse inquiry in the North has repeated his call for the Stormont government to initiate an investigation after claims made by Ian Elliott saying that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church are using “covert means to limit internal investigations”.Donegal man Michael Connolly says the victims of abuse can have no faith or confidence in any reports prepared and produced by the Catholic Church child watchdog organisation.“The only inquiry that victims of abuse can have confidence in is one based on a statutory footing which would have the legal ability to obtain information and produce a transparent outcome,” said Mr Connolly. “These types of revelations made by Mr Elliott create more hurt to the hundreds of survivors who have been subjected to horrendous physical, mental and sexual abuse in parishes and schools across Northern Ireland for decades who are not getting any younger.”The Donegal man says victims of clerical abuse feel they are been ignored by political leaders in the North.Said Michael: “Survivors over the age of eighteen abused in Magdalena laundries and victims of clerical abuse met with junior ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann at the beginning of June 2013. Since then we have written on a number of occasions to the joint committee in the hope of a positive response but despite our best efforts we have only received a number of letters in response from the correspondence secretary which reads “your correspondence is currently under consideration”“One must only look to the reports released by the Catholic Church child watchdog committee for a small indication of the amount of victims throughout Northern Ireland, one must also take note of the recommendations made by the European Committee on Torture and also the outcome of the European convention of human rights Vatican public Inquiry last month of a much-needed Northern Ireland state Inquiry. “We urge the Northern Ireland assembly to respond positively to our call and begin the process of initiating a state Inquiry without further delay and give the abuse victims the justice they deserve.” DONEGAL ABUSE VICTIM DEMANDS NEW INQUIRY IN THE NORTH was last modified: February 22nd, 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:DONEGAL ABUSE VICTIM DEMANDS NEW INQUIRY IN THE NORTHMichael Connollylast_img read more

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Popular Donegal beach to get new beach wheelchair

first_imgEnjoying the sunshine at Marble Hill beach will become a more inclusive experience for people with the launch of a new beach wheelchair today. This Tuesday afternoon will see the introduction of Donegal’s fourth beach wheelchair at the stunning seaside hotspot near Dunfanaghy.The specially adapted wheelchairs offer users autonomy to cross over difficult terrain, or a third party can assist by pushing the bar. The wheelchairs are currently available at Carrickfinn, Rathmullan and Downings. Booking details are available at http://www.donegalcoco.ie/services/environment/blueflagbeachesgreencoast/, with booking for the Carrickfinn facility made by contacting Donegal AirportThe launch of this newest beach wheelchair at Marble Hill is part of Donegal County Council’s initiative to improve beach access for visitors of all abilities. Thirteen beaches along our coast are now fully wheelchair accessible and work is continuing on more beaches.Details on how to book the wheelchair at Marble Hill will be released following the launch.Popular Donegal beach to get new beach wheelchair was last modified: May 29th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:beach wheelchairMarble Hilllast_img read more

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A’s get bad news on promising young pitcher

first_img“He’s still a young guy and he’s going to get past all this at some point. He’s being tested for some reason,” A’s … MESA, Ariz. — The A’s were hoping this was the spring they could finally get a good look at promising pitching prospect James Kaprielian, but they will have to wait a little longer.The right-hander had a setback just before the start of spring training, and an MRI revealed a strained lat muscle. Kaprielian will be shut down for the next two weeks and be re-evaluated Feb. 27.last_img read more

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