President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has nominated the following persons to positions in government:The JudiciaryCounselor Roosevelt Z. Willie, Judge Criminal Court “A”Ministry of Finance and Development PlanningMr. Amara M. Konneh, MinisterDr. James F. Kollie, Jr., Deputy Minister for Fiscal AffairsMr. Eddie Eesiah, Deputy Minister for AdministrationDr. Mounir Siaplay, Deputy Minister for Economic ManagementMs. Tanneh G. Brunson, Deputy Minister for Budget & Dev. PlanningMs. Romell A. Watson, Assistant Minister for AdministrationMs. Juah K. Fieka, Asst. Minister for Revenue & Tax PolicyMr. Alieu F. Nyei, Assistant Minister for ExpenditureDr. J. Alexander Nuetah, Asst. Min. for External Resources & Debt Mang.Mr. Augustine Blama, Assistant Minister for BudgetMr. Lee Mason, Asst. Minister for Regional & Sectoral PlanningMr. Sekou A. Sanoe, Comptroller GeneralMinistry of TransportMs. Angela Bush, MinisterMinistry of LaborMr. Neto Zarzar Lighe, MinisterMinistry of Foreign AffairsMr. Isaac Nyenabo, AmbassadorMinistry of Commerce & IndustryMr. Hanson Kiazolu, Assistant Minister for Industry (replacing Mr. Sei Gahn)Ministry of State for Presidential AffairsMs. Kaitee Korto Flomo, Junior Aide de Camp to the PresidentMr. Stanley G. F. Stubblefield, Local Aide, Margibi CountyLiberia Airport AuthorityMs. Rose Stryker, Acting Managing DirectorForest Development Authority BoardMr. Isaac Manneh, Member (replacing Mr. Jucontee Woewiyu)Mr. Robert Gbobeh, MemberCentral Bank of LiberiaMs. Elsie Dossen Badio, Member of the Board (replacing Ms. Mildred Reeves whosetenure has expired)National Housing AuthorityBishop George Harris, Chairman, Board of Directors (replacing Mr. Francis Carbah)Mr. Floyd Thomas, Member of the Board (replacing Mr. Sam Gibson who resigned)Mr. Samuel Wlue, Managing Director (replacing Mr. Sam Thompson who isbeing reassigned)Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO)Mr. Sebastian Muah, Managing DirectorNational Port AuthorityMr. Tornolah Varpilah, Chairman of the BoardMr. David Gibson, Member of the Board (replacing Mr. Morris Dukuly)Mr. Cecil Barnes, Member of the Board (representing the Shipping & StevedoringAssociation)Liberia Petroleum Refining Company Cllr. Felicia Coleman, Member of the Board (replacing Mrs. Tupee Neyor who resigned)Mr. Amin Modad, Member of the Board (replacing Mr. Manyu Kamara)Liberia Maritime AuthorityCllr. Juah Lawson, Chairman of the Board of DirectorsMr. James Debbah, Member of the Board (replacing Mr. Debar Allen)General Services AgencyMr. Cole Bangalu, Deputy Director General for Administration (replacing Mr. Galakpai Kortimai)Grand Bassa Community CollegeMrs. Auguria Herring, ChairpersonRev. Nellie Wright, Vice ChairpersonHon. M. Gbehzohngar FindleyHon. Olubankie King AkereleHon. Etweda A. CooperHon. Hans BarchueMr. Simeon FreemanMr. Tarr Seyway, Student RepresentativeCllr. David A. B. JallahArcelor Mittal LiberiaEquatorial Palm Oil CompanyLiberia Agriculture CompanyChevronAccording to an Executive Mansion release, these appointments are subject to confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate where applicable.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The leadership of the University of Liberia (UL) graduate school comprising, the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and those from the Masters of Public Administration (MPA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, over the weekend led a team of ‘fighters’ whose concerted efforts are aimed at kicking the Ebola virus disease (EVD) completely out of Grand Cape Mount County (GCMC) and the rest of Liberia.Communities the UL graduate school leadership toured are in Kenema, Tewor District in Grand Cape Mount County, Western Liberia where they also distributed anti-Ebola materials, such as hand-sensitizers, buckets for regular hand washing and nutritional food for those previously afflicted by the disease and other members of the district.The leadership, which was headed by its president Varney Fahnbulleh, and assisted by the vice president, Alomeza Ennos, and the secretary-general, G. Sylvester Nunner, also created awareness in those communities aimed at avoiding the further spread of the deadly virus.Items distributed worth over US$5000, the president confirmed when he spoke exclusively to the Daily Observer shortly after they returned from the Cape Mount tour.Apart from materials distributed and awareness, the UL graduate leadership also educated the inhabitants about safe-burial methods in the wake of the outbreak and informed the communities of how to do proper contact tracing of suspected persons carrying the Ebola virus.According to Mr. Fahnbulleh, the exercise is aimed at putting an end to any new outbreak in any part of the country, “because, we intend to carry out similar awareness and distribution in Buchanan, Grand Bassa and River Cess Counties in the coming weeks.”Meanwhile, the Kennema Town Chief, Sensee Freeman, alolng with a team of elders, commended the UL graduate school leadership for the thinking about their district in this critical time of country’s health situation.He then promised to take advantage of the awareness messages and as well distribute items they received to the most ‘vulnerable’ family members in the district.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,This is the mantra of this Government and its subordinates: Ask no questions; whatever is handed down to you just simply accept; there should be no questions coming from the aggrieved party.It is a highhanded, dictatorial attitude handed down to us by our local slave masters, the PNC/AFC Coalition. From the “boss” himself, this has been the pattern of their behaviour: a top-down, draconian, dictatorial approach; it is our way or no way.Granger foisted a geriatric’s appointment on us in the person of GECOM Chairman Mr Patterson, and expects no one to question his so-called authority. The other Patterson gentleman did the same thing in his ministry with those arbitrary cash transactions wherein millions of dollars in public funds have been placed in his private account. He, too, is belligerent about those nefarious transactions, and wants no one to even ask about his stewardship of public monies.Recently, we have seen another misfit in Minister Sarabo-Halley, and her arbitrary dismissals just weeks into office. This minister is doing some slave master duties in getting rid of staff.You name a ministry and the corruption is there. Oh, what a wonderful Government we serve!Now, the latest in this line of corrupt transactions is the call by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo for the reinstatement of the fired Sherod Duncan. Duncan, you may recall, was the individual who, within 3 months of his appointment, had squandered over $5 million in corrupt activities, including signing of dubious cheques while making overseas trips at lavish costs to taxpayers. This is the person whose termination Mr Nagamootoo finds was harsh and arbitrarily done, and said he should be afforded the opportunity to get back his job.Now, my question is: What is harsh about terminating such a person? the answer is, “Nothing”. In Duncan’s case, his termination was an internal affair. If this matter had been taken to court, this man would have served jail time, yet Nagamootoo is making out a plea for this man. Isn’t this preposterous? If this is not the height of lawlessness, then tell me what is.No wonder there is public discontent and a no-confidence vote against this Government. The people are saying we have had it with this administration, and it is more than enough time for them to call elections and let us have an installation of a democratic institution called government.Respectfully submitted,Neil Adams
…requests additional $5B in 2018 Budget for completionAfter reassurance was given that the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project would be completed by the end of 2017, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has announced that the end date for this project has been pushed over to next year.The Minister made the announcement during his presentation during the Budget 2018 debates.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonIn providing an update on the expansion project, Minister Patterson told the House that the final completion and commissioning of the enhanced facility will take place in 2018. He added that the overall expansion works is 77 per cent complete with “the departure terminal is 50 per cent, the new arrival terminal is 70 per cent, the North-East runway is 95 per cent and the South-West runway is 60 per cent completed.”Moreover, the Minister went on to outline that the arrivals terminal is set to be completed in the first quarter of 2018, while the rehabilitated of the existing departure building is slated for completion shortly after.Patterson added that challenges arose in the expansion of the South-western runway, explaining there has been slippage during the efforts to wrap up the construction. As such, works to this section will have to return to the foundation level, which is expected to last for over a year.He assured that the deadline for the completion of the North-eastern expanded runway will be this month.Meanwhile, in order to see the CJIA expansion project through to next year, the Public Infrastructure Minister revealed that Government is requesting an addition $5 billion in Budget 2018.This is in addition to the US$150 million which will initially allocated to this project.Back in August of this year, the Infrastructure Ministry had organised a site tour for media operatives to be updated on their progress at the CJIA. At that event, Patterson confidently expressed the expansion works are in its “final lap.”It was at that occasion that the Minister reassured the public that the December 2017 deadline will be maintained. He had said that as of Augustm 80 per cent completion was achieved at the North East end of the runway, while the South West holds a 60 per cent completion.Regarding the financing of the project, the Minister told the media that they are almost at the monetary limit catered for in the 2017 Budget. While the initial overhead cost of the project remains at US$150 million, they have already exhausted US$85 million at that time. However, he had explained that the additional monies necessary for the completion will be coming from foreign loans and not through allocations in the local budget.The restoration and expansion of the country’s main port of entry, CJIA, commenced in 2013 under the People’s Progress Party Government. When the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government took office in 2015, the project was modified when a number of areas were downgraded from the original plan.
…as Govt lambasted for pre-emptive closure of sugar factoriesGovernment used its one seat majority to approve in the National Assembly a financial supplemental paper that would provide it with $2.5 billion in capital and current supplemental finances, but those efforts were staunchly examined by the Parliamentary Opposition.Opposition Parliamentarian Dharamkumar SeerajAt the sitting, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder was first in the line of fire. Asked to explain the $600 million being sought under line item one of the paper, Holder blamed the need for the money on the non-performing Guyana Sugar Corporation and the need to maintain drainage and irrigation at the estates. This, he noted, includes residential drainage.Opposition Parliamentarian Dharamkumar Seeraj lambasted the Government for closing the estates without undertaking adequate studies that would have ascertained the cost that would come with closing the estates. According to this Member of Parliament, Government is only now coming to terms with the costs of its decision.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder“We are only in the fifth month and already this Ministry (wants more money),” Seeraj said. “This indicates that this Ministry is unsure about what it’s doing. I would ask the Minister of Agriculture to explain how it intends spend this money.”Holder explained that the NDIA would be responsible for 26 additional drainage pump stations with 55 pumps; three additional pump stations with eight pumps; and the maintenance of 4,560 additional miles of drainage and irrigation canals, 1000 miles of access dams, and 760 bridges, among other things.A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two entities will see the NDIA contracting GuySuCo to maintain middle-walks and canals, and rebuilding access dams, among other things. The NDIA would supervise the works, while GuySuCo would provide the manpower for the work.Additionally, GuySuCo would provide a coordinating officer at each estate to inspect and verify the work.According to the supplemental paper, the money is being sought “to offset increased expenditure for National Drainage and Irrigation Authority arising from the transfer of drainage and irrigation responsibilities previously undertaken by GuySuCo.”While Holder was able to provide basic information on expenditure at the various estates since the beginning of the year, he ultimately had to commit to laying over certain documents in a week’s time.On that note, the sums were approved as part of the overall sums that ultimately were approved.The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICL) has officially taken over the divested sugar estates.Some $30 billion had been sought by the state, with NICIL outlining earlier this year that the funding is expected to cover a four-year period to provide capital and support infrastructure maintenance and upgrades at Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt estates.The Special Purpose Unit (SPU) established under NICIL to oversee the divestment of the sugar corporation’s assets had selected London-based PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to value GuySuCo’s assets, so that they could be sold to private investors.Government had, through State Minister Harmon, announced it would be keeping the divested estates running, since it would make more economic sense for investors wanting to buy the estates to see them functioning. Monies would therefore have to be allocated to keep the estates running.
A Region One (Barima-Waini) teen is currently a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he was air-dashed to the city following an accident. The 25-year-old Baramita, North West District man was struck by an unlicensed, drunk teen as he was heading home.Jermin Baird in his hospital bedFrom his hospital bed, Jermin Baird told Guyana Times on Wednesday that he was hanging out with some friends in the wee hours of May 14 having attended a Mother’s Day lime.He added that he left for home about 02:00h, and his intoxicated 16-year-old cousin struck him down with a motorcycle.The young men were both picked up and rushed to a nearby health facility, before being air-dashed from the remote area to the Georgetown Public Hospital.Baird suffered a broken leg and arm. The interior worker said he was the father of two children, with the younger being three years of age.Meanwhile, the teen reportedly sustained several abrasions and other minor injuries. On Sunday, May 13, at least two other accidents occurred.On the Essequibo Coast, a 20-year-old almost lost his life on his way home when he was struck by a vehicle which he does not remember. The young man, Yoni Thomas, who was discharged from the Georgetown Public Hospital last Thursday, admitted to this newspaper that he was “taking a few shots” with his friends to celebrate the occasion.He was rushed to the Suddie Hospital before being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he underwent CT scans among other examinations.The young man was being treated for a fractured skull and minor injuries he received as a result of the accident. On the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, in a much more devastating accident, at least three persons have succumbed after a car collided with a minibus.Six-year-old Arianna Hughes; Quinton Odle, 42 and Shennelle Hughes, 31, all breathed their last at Georgetown Public Hospital days after the tragedy.
A woman and her daughter were left traumatised after they were robbed at gunpoint, moments after reaching their Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara home on Friday. The entire episode was captured by surveillance cameras that surrounded the family’s house.The armed man executing the robbery on FridayReports are the two women had visited a city bank earlier in the day and may have been trailed by the perpetrators in a silver-grey car. The surveillance footage posted by the women on social media showed that within a minute after arriving at home, the car pulled up alongside them and two men exited.The men who were carrying handguns and had their faces covered with handkerchiefs exited and walked towards the parked vehicle belonging to the women. They then relieved the women of an undisclosed sum of cash and escaped in the motorcar that was driven by an accomplice. Persons in the area were in shock and hardly had time to react.The Police are in possession of the surveillance footage as they continue their investigations. Attempts to contact the women proved futile.
Sergi Canos scored a goal of the season contender for Brentford on Monday.Introduced as a second-half substitute against Reading, the on-loan Liverpool youngster hit a brilliant half-volley after bamboozling two Royals defenders to earn the Bees a 2-1 win.Check out the sensational strike above.
Dublin may have claimed her as their own.But it transpires that the woman who gave birth to the first baby of the year is in fact a Donegal woman.Catriona Mitchell, who lives in Churchtown in Dublin, received huge attention when she gave birth to baby girl Amelie Rose just 35 seconds after midnight at Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital on January 1st. Catriona (nee McConnellogue) is originally from Muff but has been living in Dublin for a number of years.She is the daughter of proud new grandparents Rose and Packie McConnellegue from Glackmore, Muff.Catriona, along with husband Neil, was pictured looking absolutely stunning shortly after she gave birth.We wish both parents, grandparents and little Amelie Rose every health and happiness for the future. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com WE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN – IRELAND’S FIRST BABY HAS HER ROOTS IN DONEGAL! was last modified: January 4th, 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:2012Amelie Rose MitchellCatriona MItchellfirst babymuffNiel MItchell
Exclusive: BRITAIN’S famous Red Arrows are set to carry out a spectacular aeronautical display in the skies above Donegal, Donegal Daily can reveal.Donegal County Council has joined Derry City Council and Limavady Borough Council to host the incredible event.It will take place over Lough Foyle on Sunday June 29 to coincide with the end of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. We understand the event will be officially announced in Greencastle this Friday – where the displays will officially begin before heading up the Foyle to Derry City.The events – along with the end of the race – is expected to draw thousands of spectators to the Inishowen side of the Foyle.The Red Arrows badge shows the aircraft in their trademark diamond nine formation, with the motto Éclat, a French word meaning “brilliance” or “excellence”.“This is massive for us,” said one chuffed Donegal County Council official. “There will be huge interest in this – it promises to be a special day.” MASSIVE TOURISM BOOST AS RED ARROWS SET FOR SPECTACULAR DISPLAY OVER DONEGAL was last modified: May 14th, 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:donegalGreencastleLough FoyleThe Red Arrows