‘LFA Leadership Ready for Business,’ Says Sec. Gen. Mlontgomery

first_imgLFA SG: “We are ready for business.”That was the message from Mr. Isaac T. Z. Montgomery, secretary general of the Liberia Football Association in an interview with the Daily Observer recently.Mr. Montgomery said the administration will take advantage of all Confederation of Africa Football rules and regulations, along with that of LFA to make sure that Liberians enjoy an excellent administration that will give them their money’s worth.“We have sent out our calendar of events to all stakeholders,” Montgomery said. “And on this calendar contains what we are doing for the year.”He said the LFA has increased benefits for players and has also ensured that referees are provided with the needed capacity to make their job more enjoyable.He admitted that without referees there can be no enjoyment of football and therefore they need to have proper capacity because of the nation of the job.“It also means that we want our referees to show fair-play in the discharge of their duties and will not encourage poor handling of our matches,” he said.Montgomery noted that when the league resumes, all scheduled will be played on the same day and there are eight venues for the league.He said the rebranding of the league is extremely important to the administration that youth football, including women football, will be given a priority.“We’ve just completed issuing out a fine of over U$5,000 to CAF because of the last administration’s withdrawal of our youth team from CAF league,” he said.He said CAF and FIFA send out their competition schedules in the early part of the year and when a FA commits to participate and later withdraws, it attracts a heavy fine.“It is anything that a FA can plead for a reduction of the fine because it is stated and FA officials are aware of it,” he said.He said to ensure that the LFA does not suffer such an unnecessary waste of resources, the LFA is working ahead of time to make sure that Liberia plays any competition it commits itself to.“Under our watchful eyes,” Montgomery said, “we will make sure that Liberia participates in any competition that we will commit our youth teams, including the female teams too.”Taking a cue from the above CAF arrangement, Montgomery said the LFA has sent letters to all the teams to get their commitment to participate in the league.“We want to apply the best practice in the administration of our local games,” Montgomery said.He assured the general sporting public and stakeholders that the new administration is determined to do things consistent with CAF and FIFA expectation.“But we cannot do it alone and we need your support,” he said. “Our football president Mustapha Raji is dynamic and he makes football administration more enjoyable and we want you to have that enjoyment when you support the team of your choice.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Patterson to explain procurement breaches to Cabinet

first_imgDHB feasibilityAfter a probe into the award of a consultancy contract to Dutch firm LievenseCSO for the feasibility study and design of the new Demerara River Bridge found that there was a breach in Procurement Act, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson will now have to justify his actions to Cabinet.This is according to Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who told reporters at this week’s post-Cabinet press briefing that the matter was not on the Council of Ministers’ last meeting. However, he noted that it is likely to come up at the next Cabinet session.“It was not discussed at Cabinet [as yet] but certainly I expect the Minister of Public Infrastructure would address the matter and that by the next Cabinet meeting, would bring to Cabinet a position on the issue that has been put into the public domain,” the Minister of State said.The Public Procurement Commission (PPC) revealed the breaches in its report to the Opposition last week.Back in September, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira wrote the Commission asking it to investigate the selection and award of a $146 million contract to LievenseCSO for the feasibility study of the new Demerara River Bridge after it was revealed, and later confirmed by Minister Patterson, that the company was sole-sourced and had not even bid for the project.The PPC report, which was seen by <<<>>>>, outlined that after some 23 companies had expressed an interest to provide consultancy services, 12 were shortlisted and two managed to submit their proposals on time. However, Government failed to reach an agreement with either of the two companies in their negotiations and as such, the tender was annulled.The National Tender and Procurement Administration Board (NPTAB) thenPublic Infrastructure Minister David Pattersonrecommended that the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI) re-tender but it did not, the PPC report said. It went on to note that the Permanent Secretary of MPI then “informed the Public Procurement Commission that subsequent to annulment of the tender by MPI, [Dutch Company LievenseCSO] Engineering contracting BV submitted an unsolicited proposal to provide consultancy services for the Demerara River Bridge project.”As such, the Commission added, Minister Patterson approached Cabinet on November 18, 2016, seeking consideration and approval to use funds from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC) to fund the feasibility study and to commence a contractual engagement with LievenseCSO as of January 1, 2017.The Commission found that there was a breach when this request to Cabinet was made by the Minister and not through the NPTA. The PPC also noted that Cabinet considered the memorandum submitted by the Minister and in November 2016 approved a total sum of $161,514,420 to be used from the DHBC to cover cost for the feasibility study for a new bridge across the Demerara River.According to the PPC, General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge, Rawlston Adams, indicated that the DHBC Board was not a party to the decision to use these funds for this purpose as approved by Cabinet, and further stated that he had not signed the contract on behalf of the DHC but only because he was requested to do so by the Public Infrastructure Minister.As a result of the findings of the probe, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has called for Minister Patterson and the entire Cabinet by extension to be chargedDHB General Manager Rawlston Adams and LievenseCSO’s representative Arie Mol after signing the consultancy contractwith corruption.“It’s either Patterson has to bear the brunt of it or the entire Cabinet because it had Cabinet approval so this is an unbelievable act of corruption,” he said while disclosing to media operatives that the People’s Progressive Party [PPP] intends to send the report to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).“…let me make it clear… we plan to send this report to SOCU given that when Mr [Sam] Sittlington made a presentation in Parliament, and our Opposition MPs there pointed out that they were not investigating the numerous instances of corruption, egregious cases of corruption under this Government, that they seem to have their focus only on a few PPP people, he said, you can write up, submit the report… So we will be writing SOCU and submitting their report and then we will follow it up there,” the Opposition Leader had said.Later on Thursday evening, the Opposition Chief Whip revealed that she wrote the Head of SOCU, Sydney James, on Wednesday, calling on the Unit “to take action as required under the law.”Meanwhile, the Public Infrastructure Ministry earlier this week had denied breaching the Procurement Act, saying that several measures had to be put in place to accommodate the large volume of traffic utilising the Demerara Harbour Bridge.“There is and has been an urgent need for a new bridge across the Demerara River and Government is cognisant of this and has taken every decision, within the law, to ensure that the realisation of a new bridge is not unduly delayed. The people of Guyana deserve nothing less,” a statement from the Minister said.last_img read more

US diplomat renews call for Venezuela to respect treaty

first_imgThe Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) held its annual dinner at the Anna Regina Town Hall on Saturday Evening where US Charge d’Affaires and Ambassador (acting) Terry Steers Gonzalez called on Venezuela to respect the treaty signed in Geneva on February 17, 1966 in resolving the Guyana/Venezuela Border controversy.US Charge d’Affaires and Ambassador Acting Terry Steers Gonzalez and members of the Essequibo Chambers of Commerce on Saturday eveningIn addition, he said with the discovery of oil, Guyana can soon become an oil-rich nation, while reiterating that if the industry is not monitored as it should, it can be a failure.He warned that politicians should not get involved and the Government should have a Natural Resource Fund, which must be transparent, enviable and nonpartisan and should be managed by an independent body.The US Charge d’Affaires noted that there will be an imaginable amount of revenue coming into Guyana and with good financial management, Guyana can become an oil-rich state and ultimately transform the country.Meanwhile, ECCI President Suean Seewnarayan also echoed the call for a well-planned and organised oil industry.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Devanand Randatt said after a series of meetings with the regional heads of the security forces – Police, Army and fire – he was assured of a peaceful and crime-free holiday season.Furthermore, Randatt told the gathering that after meeting with the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), he was also told that there will be a stable flow of electricity during the season.last_img read more

Nandlall to represent family of man who died in Police lock-ups

first_imgDead: Lallbachan Bachan…to file for compensation, writes DPP requesting inquest to be heldFamily of the late Lallbachan Bachan of Lot 21 Maria’s Lodge, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), who was found dead in the Suddie Police Station lock-ups, has obtained legal representation from Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall, who is in the process of filing for compensation for the death of the young father.Nandlall, during a press conference on Friday at his South Road, Georgetown office, told members of the media that he also intends to write the Police Commissioner, Leslie James, requesting a full probe into the death of Bachan, who was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.In addition, the family’s lawyer is expected to also write the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack, requesting that an inquest be held into the death of the father of four.Further, Nandlall argued that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is responsible for the safety of persons in custody and must be answerable when such situations occur.Moreover, he told this publication that it is illegal for relatives to be prevented by the Police from visiting their imprisoned family member.“It’s an absolute abuse of power and absolute abuse of the constitutional rights of citizens of this country to deny access to them while they are in the lock-ups,” Nandlall noted.“The law will determine what compensation (the family gets). You ask for an amount and you now have to prove that you are entitled to that. If you prove, for example, the Police are liable, right away you get a quantum and then you build on that,” he stressed.Nandlall pointed out that Bachan was merely 39-years old and would have continued earning until the age of around 55 or 60.“So you calculate how much he would have earned, then you have dependencies, he has two minor children, so somebody has to pay for that,” the Lawyer stated.The attorney, on another note, pointed out that Bachan was not supposed to be in the lock-ups for that extended period.The now dead man, according to his wife, Samantha Bachan, was arrested on June 12 for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was placed on $20,000 bail at the Suddie Police Station and was told to appear before the District Court on June 20.The tearful woman recalled that when her husband appeared at the Court on the given date, the matter was postponed to June 28. He was, however, unable to attend Court on that date and a warrant was issued for his arrest.She explained that on the said date, the Police visited their home, where they allegedly dragged him into the van and transported him to the Police station.The widow said her mother-in-law took dinner for him later in the evening but was prevented by the Police from visiting him.In fact, relatives were even told that Bachan “has to bear his punishment”.The father of four, after hearing this, cried out to his mom, telling her he was in pain and was feeling dizzy, but the Police denied his request to visit a doctor.On June 28, his mom took breakfast for her son but was again turned away by the Police for the entire day. The following day, the widow said she was finally granted permission to see her husband who enquired about his kids and complained again of feeling unwell.On the afternoon of June 30, Bachan said her mother-in-law went to visit him but was turned away once again.On July 1, she recounted that as the family was preparing to visit the Police station, they received news that he had died.As the widow wiped away her tears and spoke through a shaky voice, she explained that she rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital where she observed her husband bleeding from his head, which was also swollen. This left them to believe that the man was beaten.After the incident, Police, in a release to the media, said that the man’s body bore no marks of violence. Contrary to this, the family had photographic images showing what appeared to be marks of violence.The Police also said that Bachan was the lone prisoner in the cell. A Post-Mortem Examination conducted by Dr Nehaul Singh on the man’s body gave the cause of death as asphyxiation – something the family found suspicious.Bachan’s wife said she found it strange that not only was a Post-Mortem conducted on the same day of her husband’s death, but on a holiday. Bachan, a former ambulance driver at the Suddie Public Hospital, leaves his wife and children to mourn. (Davina Ramdass)Family members of the late Lallbachan Bachan with their Lawyer, Anil Nandlalllast_img read more

Valencia planning move for former Arsenal and West Ham star

first_img1 Valencia are ready to pounce for former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Alex Song.The 28-year-old is currently contracted to Barcelona, but he has spent the past two seasons on loan at Upton Park.?West Ham, however, do not want to sign the player permanently after deciding to pursue other targets.That, according to Mundo Deportivo, has allowed Valencia to make their move and they are now set for talks with Barcelona this week.Song has just one year remaining on his current contract at the Nou Camp and reports claim he could be available for under £5m. Alex Song played just 15 games for West Ham last season last_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain to fight Manchester United for Andrea Belotti

first_img Andrea Belotti in action for Italy 1 French giants Paris Saint-Germain are aiming to derail Manchester United’s plans of landing Andrea Belotti, by beginning negotiations for the Italy international.United were seemingly in pole position to sign the highly-rated forward, who is also a long-term target of Arsenal, Chelsea and other top European clubs.The 23-year-old seems likely to leave Torino this summer and while United’s interest remains firm, they will face stiff competition from France in the shape of PSG.According to Canal+, the Parisians have placed an initial £53m offer on the table for the prolific striker, falling well short of his £88m release clause.Torino are holding firm for now but will likely come under siege once the summer window really kicks into gear.It remains to be seen whether PSG are successful with their opening offer, or whether they return with a more substantial fee and leave United out in the cold.last_img read more

Man spotted leaving dealer’s house appears on drugs charge

first_imgA man who was spotted by Gardai leaving a known drug-dealer’s home has been fined for possession of drugs.Patrick Marley appeared at Letterkenny District Court to face a charge of possession of drugs on June 7th, 2016. Gardai were patrolling the Long Lane area when they spotted Marley of Knocknamona Crescent, Letterkenny.When they searched him they discovered he had €10 of cannabis in his hand.Marley, who had 19 previous convictions, was fined a total of €150 by Judge Paul Kelly.Man spotted leaving dealer’s house appears on drugs charge was last modified: November 17th, 2017 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:courtdrugsletterkennyLong LanePatrick Marleylast_img read more

WHAT A TRULY SCARY LINE-UP AT THE CAVERN THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND!

first_imgIt’s certainly a scary line-up at the Cavern in Letterkenny this weekend.It all kicks off tonight wit a special Graduation Party with Joe Decks and a Southern Comfort Promo.Tomorrow night sees the Big Saturday Night Out with DJ Marty Friel. Things keep rockin’ on Bank Holiday Sunday with the Ultimate Fancy Dress party with €200 for the best dressed reveler.And on Bank Holiday Monday, DJ Marty will bring things out with a bang on the decks.   WHAT A TRULY SCARY LINE-UP AT THE CAVERN THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND! was last modified: October 24th, 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:bank holiday weekendThe Cavernlast_img read more

Council votes to annex parcel

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The city’s plan to annex 1,885 acres, about 1,000 of which it owns, is part of a strategy to limit mining on the property, where the federal Bureau of Land Management owns the mining rights. The zoning would allow residential development, parkland and open space. An area that would overlap a portion of the open space would permit mining, pending court decisions on Cemex’s entitlement to mine in the area. Cemex and its attorneys previously had filed two letters of opposition to the city’s annexation plan. On Wednesday, the company declined to comment on the council’s vote. Susana Duarte, Cemex’s vice president of communication and community relations would only say, “We are evaluating the situation.” City planners said the annexation and prezoning would have no significant environmental impacts. Luoma said the BLM initially had lodged no concerns or opposition to the city’s plan, but weeks after an official comment period ended the agency did an about-face. An Oct. 21 letter penned by Mike Pool, state director for the bureau, said the city failed to adequately describe the site’s mineral resources and Cemex’s plans, and the potential impact an annexation could have in the face of the dispute. SANTA CLARITA – The City Council has approved a zoning change and annexation of Soledad Canyon land where Mexico-based Cemex plans to mine 56.1 million tons of sand and gravel, a project Santa Clarita continues to battle on several fronts. City planners cannot seize on Tuesday night’s decision until the council formally approves the process Nov. 22. The wheels are in motion to file an application with the agency that oversees municipal boundary changes in Los Angeles County. “We will prepare the application to submit to the Local Agency Formation Commission within the next week or so,” said senior planner Kai Luoma. Luoma met with LAFCO officials several weeks ago lay the groundwork, discussing where logical boundaries might be drawn. “The conclusion … that the annexation project will have no impacts to mineral and energy resources is not supported by the fact that the city has continuously opposed the CEMEX and other mining projects in the Soledad Canyon area,” the letter said. Council members were not persuaded. “Everything that was prepared for this action certainly satisfied me, gave me a level of comfort to move forward,” Mayor Cameron Smyth said Wednesday. Luoma said the application could be in LAFCO’s hands for six months and the land could become part of the city by next May. On another front, attorneys for the city will seek a judgment today in a U.S. District courthouse in downtown Los Angeles in a lawsuit filed against the BLM and the federal Department of Fish and Wildlife. The city claims the agencies shirked their duty to perform a proper environmental analysis before granting Cemex permission to mine the land. “If we win, they have to go back and redo the environmental analysis on-site and comply with the Endangered Species Act and the Environmental Policy Act,” said Geralyn Skapik, an attorney with Burke, Williams and Sorensen LLP. A favorable ruling could put the mining project on the back burner until the bureau fulfills its obligations. If the agencies prevail at the administrative hearing, the court will have found they complied with their obligations “and the project will likely be one step closer,” Skapik said. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 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

Santa Clarita Things To Do

first_img Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Turkey Toss will feature games, refreshments and a beanbag toss contest for ages 4-12 to win turkeys and pumpkin pies, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at Richard Rioux Park, 26233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 222-9536. “A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18 beginning Nov. 25 through Dec. 22 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Kenny Bob Davis will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12 or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit www.comedyinvalencia.com. Nature hike will teach how Native Americans used local plants, 8-10 a.m. at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Wendy Langhans at (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Holiday Arts and Crafts Fairwill feature handcrafted items from throughout California, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m today in parking lot No. 8 at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3415. Sierra Club hike from Rice to Wiley canyons will meet, 9 a.m. today at the entrance to Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Henry Schultz at (661) 284-5613 or Gaylon Rodin at (661) 263-0568. The NeaT will perform British rock, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the Santa Clarita Open Air Market at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission to the market: $1.50 for adults; children 11 and under are free. Call (661) 259-3886. Festival of Trees will feature decorated trees, wreaths, kids’ activities and more, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today at 21119 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of SCV. Call Judy Belue at (661) 254-3063. last_img read more