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Deputy Speaker Collected US$50K in PUP Benefits

first_imgA dismissed managing director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) being tried for allegedly misapplying US$6 million from the Private Use Permit (PUP) funds told Criminal Court ‘C’ that Deputy House Speaker, Hans Barchue, received over US$50,000 from the permits.Witness Moses Wogbeh in his testimony claimed that the money was part of what his administration collected from companies that were operating under the permits across the country.“The Speaker received the money as a cash contribution for the people of Compound #1 in Grand Bassa County,” the defense witness further alleged, adding, “the US$50,000 was received from Forest Venture one of several logging companies operating under the PUPs in the county.”Wogbeh together with three other managers of the FDA and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME) were accused of issuing 61 PUPs that authorized commercial logging on nearly 2.5 million hectares of farmland in the country.They are facing charges including criminal conspiracy, forgery or counterfeiting and deceptive obstruction of government by public servants.Besides Speaker Barchue’s US$50,000, the defense witness claimed that government also received an undisclosed financial benefit from the PUPs that were issued.He went on to say that the financial benefit was through export tax, and administrative and block inspection fees, while the communities also received cash benefits including repair of roads, bridges and the construction of clinics.”He made the revelation when he was asked to explain whether government or a community under whose approval he issued the PUPs received financial or material benefits.Further in his testimony, the defense witness admitted issuing the permits but failed to say how much of the 61 permits his administration issued to companies to carry out logging activities in the county.“We relied on the 2006 National Forestry Law and its regulation to issue the permits to companies in the country,” he contended.This is the second time that witness Wogbeh has accused senior government officials of being aware of the issuance of the controversial PUPs.Recently, he implicated Agriculture Minister, Florence Chenoweth, who was then chairperson of the Board of Directors of the FDA, of approving the issuance of the PUPs, a claim to which the minister is yet to respond.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Now it’s the children

first_imgDear Editor,On October 21 this year, a group of Queen’s College students were robbed of their money and cell phones on Camp Street while they were going to their after school extra lessons. One day earlier, another Queen’s College student was robbed at the bus stop. And just three days prior, a Christ Church student was stabbed and robbed of his cell phone at the corner of Camp and Robb Street.In February, the media reported, “Seven students fell victim to robbery … resulting in a quantity of cash and valuables being stolen, while in the vicinity of Macaw Lane, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown…The traumatised youngsters are said to be between the ages of 15 and 16 and are attached to the South Ruimveldt Secondary School”.In October last year, the media had reported: “Sixth form Queen’s College student Renée Daniels was robbed and stabbed multiple times … as he was heading home from a group he was volunteering with….in the vicinity of the Stabroek bus park”.In September of last year, yet another media report stated that, “A student attached to a school on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) was attacked and robbed …while making her way home from school….the student had just exited a minibus in Stewartville, WCD… the perpetrator accosted and choked her from behind before demanding that she hand over her valuables. The frightened teen handed over her backpack which contained her valuables, including money and her cell phone”.As well, The Caribbean Voice is aware of other similar incidents that never made the media. In fact, comments on social reveal that similar attacks against students have been taking place across the coastland. For example, a number of posters stated that students are being regularly robbed in the Diamond-Grove area. Similar incidents were mentioned at Mon Repos, in Essequibo, on the Corentyne and so on. Added to that, the numerous UG students who have been attacked and robbed, both at Turkeyen and Tain and nursing students at New Amsterdam and the picture becomes absolutely, awfully, alarming.Parents have been expressing their anger and frustration on social media and in interactions with The Caribbean Voice. Rightly or wrongly, the view was expressed that “President Granger campaigned on providing jobs for youth and ‘now we know what he was talking about’”. The fact is that the criminals are usually young people, mostly operating in bicycle gangs, or congregating in areas where students have to pass or wait for transportation. And since all those sports are public knowledge, one has to wonder why the Police do not take measures to patrol those areas when students are dismissed. The Police Force needs to establish a Schools Safety Division as an urgent imperative.Meanwhile, parents are calling on the Minister of Public Security and the Police Commissioner to protect their children. As well, they are calling on the media to bring pressure to bear on the Government to implement measures to eliminate this trauma on their children. For The Caribbean Voice, our greatest concern is indeed the trauma and the attendant mental health issues that often arise and that can derail the education of some of these youngsters, if not their lives. As it is, our young people already face and deal with an overflowing plate as we have seen a rise in bullying and cutting, drugs and alcohol, sexual abuse and teenage pregnancy and depression, stress and suicide. Unless these pathologies are addressed without politically footballing them, Guyana’s future itself could become traumatic— oil money or no oil money.Regards,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse Association has a busy schedule ahead; tournaments, practices

first_imgFor more information, you can visit the Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse Association’s Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse Association has a busy schedule ahead.According to Lyndsay Beer, of the Lacrosse Association, the teams will be heading to Red Deer this weekend for a tournament.Other happenings within the Lacrosse Association includes Tuesday night practices and scrimmages on Thursdays at the Pomeroy Sport Centre starting at 5:00 p.m. for the minor groups.- Advertisement -Also on Thursdays, the Association has a free drop-in for senior players, 16 and up, at the Field House from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.Beer says they hope they can get more to the free drop-in for senior players, adding that no experience is required and that only basic safety equipment is required.“Every Thursday night we run a free drop in for Seniors, age 16 plus, at the Field House from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30pm. Due to low attendance, we might have to drop this. We’re hoping to get it out to the public a little more. No experience necessary and only a helmet, stick and gloves are required. ”Advertisementlast_img read more

Spectra Energy plant loses power over the weekend

first_imgThere were no injuries reported but there was plenty of public concern, when as part of the process of restarting full operations, it was necessary to undertake a controlled flaring, to purge some of the natural gas at the plant.Spectra also concedes, while it continues to work with all of the authorities involved, throughout the process, of restarting full operations at the plant, more flaring, may periodically occur.- Advertisement –last_img


first_imgBABY STEPS WITH ÁINE: Hi everyone. I hope you’re all well and ready for a fun filled weekend. This week I’ll be sharing some new-born present ideas.There’s nothing more exciting than the arrival of a new-born. For many of us, showering the little bundle of joy with beautiful gifts is the perfect way to welcome them into the world. Choosing presents can be tough. If you’re like me you will probably choose the safest option of clothes. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. Babies go through so many clothes so parents will be grateful for these.However, sometimes you might find you want to buy something a little bit different but you’re struggling with ideas.Here’s some things we received, and loved: Pram Toys:These are something we never thought about before Ava arrived. They are great entertainment for babies while parents are out and about. It might be a good idea to get something small if you are unsure of what pram system your friends have chosen.Milestone Cards:These are great. You can capture your baby, their milestone and date all in one photo. They can then be put in order in a photo album for reminiscing in years to come.Hand/Footprint Kit:The precious moments of the first months fly by. Creating keepsakes using handprints and footprints is a great way to capture memories of just how tiny and wonderful they are. These kits are such a lovely idea and something fun for parents to make.Books: These mightn’t be a present you think of straight away. They’re not something that will be used in the first few weeks but babies develop so quickly.Story books are a fantastic way of inspiring little imaginations, teaching babies and, of course, wonderful entertainment.  There are so many great interactive books out there. Lift-the-flap books are Ava’s favourite at the minute. Personalised gifts:Personalised gifts are one of my favourites. They can be so unique and special.  They are a great way of marking the new-borns arrival and adding personal touches to a baby’s nursery. Photoshoot gift voucher:We received this wonderful gift voucher for professional photoshoot will let you capture the cuteness of your little one and you can cherish them for years to come. There are so many packages available to suit every individual.Something for the new mum:New-borns receive so many gifts in those first few weeks so why not treat the new mum. After a long 9 months of pregnancy and labour she will definitely deserve it.This journal (above) is a great idea to help capture the precious moments of motherhood. Thoughts, family quotes, or special events can be recorded each day for five years, Perfect for the busy mum-on-the-go!A homemade pamper kit to personally suit the new mum will also go down well. Make sure to include plenty of chocolate.Don’t forget the dadsDads are easily pleased so, a beer or two will do the trick!!Finally, gift receipts are really useful. Parents might want to change the items for a bigger or smaller size, or receive duplicates.For some beautiful and unique gift ideas have a look on and for reading and happy shopping,Áine xBABY STEPS WITH ÁINE: PRESENT IDEAS FOR NEWBORNS was last modified: May 28th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:ÁineBaby BlogBaby StepscolumnFeaturesnewsPresentslast_img read more


first_imgThe Alternative Community Cinema group which was set up in the west of County Donegal a number of years ago is to hold its first event of 2012 on Saturday 11th February.In recent years the community based group has held various events at which screenings of films and documentaries regarding global issues and matters of current affairs have been shown to audiences in the west Donegal region.The latest event, which will be held in Ionad Naomh Padraig, Dobhar, will feature the the film ‘Even The Rain’, a dramatic film set in Bolivia in the year 2000 which examines the similarities between the colonial occupation of the region 500 years previous by European imperial powers and modern day globalisation, with the fight to prevent privatisation of the Bolivian peoples water supply. The evening will also have guest speakers Ciaran Campbell of the trade union Mandate and Donegal independent TD Thomas Pringle, who will speak on the effects privatisation could have in Donegal and the current on going campaign against the household, septic tank and water charges.Event organiser and spokesperson for Alternative Community Cinema, Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said that the projects latest film showing had a very important message considering the current issues facing the people of Ireland today.“Community events such as this are a progressive way of not only educating but also a way in which the community itself can come together to debate, discuss and move forward together. The film itself shows what can be achieved when people pull together and has a very important message for Ireland today” Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig said.Stating the current issues in Ireland Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig continued, “Just like the issue which is depicted in this events film, we have a very similar situation forming in our own country today with powers from outside such as the IMF influencing the current government to move toward the privatisation of services such as our water, just as was the case in Bolivia over ten years ago. “And it is also worth noting that one of the private firms involved the Bolivian issue was Veolia, a private global water company who is also now involved here in Donegals water supply. So I think this particular film will resonate with a lot of people here given the fact we are facing threats of water charges and the distinct possibility of the privatisation of our water.”The film night will also feature food for everyone attending and the evening will finish off with live music by the band ‘Wee Small Gods’. Those attending are invited to bring their own drink. The event to be held on Saturday 11th February will start at 7.30pm sharp and admission is free. For more information you can contact the event organiser Micheál Cholm on 0868845476.ENDS THE SILVER SCREEN RETURNS TO DORE FOR A NIGHT OF ALTERNATIVE CINEMA was last modified: February 2nd, 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:Alternative Community CinemaDorelast_img read more


first_imgRE-POSTED: “They’re all replaceable” –  so says film critic and broadcaster Barry Norman about the screen icons from the Golden Age of Hollywood.There’s no room for sentiment with the 78-year-old who tells it like it is – and was – as he prepares to take centrestage at Letterkenny’s An Grianan Theatre on Sunday in his show: “Barry Norman’s Favourite Films”.Speaking about his time interviewing Hollywood screen legends, the respected film critic told “They’re all replaceable, well, they are, there are also people who say the stars aren’t as great as they used to be, I don’t believe this is true, in fact, I think the best stars today are certainly as big.” He also didn’t hold back about the current state of the film industry saying that “at least seventy per cent of movies are just about tolerable down to dreadfully awful.”Norman hasn’t seen The Twilight movies, “made for 15-year-old girls” and describes Arnold Schwarzenegger as, “not an actor but a human special effect” and tells us that John Wayne had to be held back from thumping him.Anecdotes about Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman trip off Norman’s tongue matter-of-factly and whet the appetite for what promises to be a gem of a show for any film fan.Best remembered for his BBC ‘Film’ review programme which he hosted for almost thirty years, his current tour is an insight into four classic movies with a second half for Q&As. He says: “I talk about four classic movies and they are the kind of films that most people would have seen and would remember with affection, I hope.”The films are: The Adventures of Robin Hood (with Erroll Flynn), Dirty Harry, Casablanca and Gone With The Wind.Asked if people had moved on from these classics, he said: “Of course people have moved on from them.  I’ve moved on from them but they are still terrific movies and if you are interested in good films you can’t just move on from a good film because another one that is slightly different has come along.“A good film is a good film is a good film.“Listen, I’m not one of those that say, ‘oh they don’t make them like that anymore’ because the best movies today are as good as any other made and technically better than many others made before. “What I’m uneasy about is the fact that movies nowadays are aimed at a core audience of 15 – 18 yr olds which is a bit terrifying really.“That mainly lies with the really big Hollywood studios which are now run, not by people who care about film, but by accountants and they just look at the balance sheets.”He has watched around 12,000 movies and might bristle politely at being asked what’s his favourite film or actor for the umpteenth time, and why not?Even the title of his show he says is a “total misnomer”. “I didn’t think of it. Clive Conway my agent did.”(Clive Conway Celebrity Productions and the website Barry Norman is at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkennythis Sunday April 1st at 8pm. Telephone Box Office 074 91 20777 fortickets.FILM CRITIC BARRY NORMAN TAKES US BEHIND THE SCENES OF HOLLYWOOD’S CLASSICS was last modified: March 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:An Grianan TheatreDONEGALDAILY INTERVIEW: FILM CRITIC BARRY NORMAN TAKES US BEHIND THE SCENES OF HOLLYWOOD’S CLASSIC MOVIES AND SCREEN ICONSletterkennylast_img read more

Defending State Champs prepare for 2018 season

first_imgDefending state champion Fortuna High varsity football is preparing for its 2018 campaign and returning quarterback Zac Claus, now in his senior season, knows his team will be playing with a target on their backs.“Everyone will give us their best shot this season because we won state last year,” Claus said. “I’m super excited to get this year started.”Fortuna beat Katella in the 2017 Division 5-A California Interscholastic Federation State Championship game 54-33, concluding what was a 14-2 …last_img read more

SA starts social grant clean-up, upgrade

first_imgSassa is to conduct home visits during this period to accommodate beneficiaries over 75 years of age, bedridden beneficiaries at their homes and institutions such as hospitals. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is embarking on a major project to re-register and verify the identities of the country’s social grant beneficiaries in order to rid the system of corruption and ensure that grants are paid to the right people only. A rigorous information campaign will be run by Sassa to educate beneficiaries, community members and organisations about the new system. Beneficiaries of the child support grant will be required to bring their babies, along with their birth certificates. Fingerprints will be taken of the child to verify his or her identity. With the new system, beneficiaries will be issued with a SASSA-branded smart card which they can use anywhere in the country. She said the cost for the entire process to re-register beneficiaries was about R15-million, which included the upgrading of the call centres where people can call 0800 601011 if they have problems or want more information. During the second phase – from 1 June to 31 December – existing eligible beneficiaries, including bank beneficiaries and children, will be enrolled on the new biometric-based payment system at Sassa pay points, local offices and designated sites. Biometric-based payment system Working with Home Affairs “During this period, particularly from 1 April, beneficiaries should continue to collect their grants at their respective pay points including banks … new beneficiaries will be enrolled on to the new biometric-based payment system as from 1 March 2012 at Sassa local offices upon application,” she said in Pretoria last week.center_img 20 February 2012 “For many beneficiaries, this will be a dream come true … The system will allow the right person to be paid the right amount and be enrolled within close proximity of the communities where they live,” Dlamini said. She urged beneficiaries to bring their IDs and existing SASSA-branded cards, when re-registering, warning that no one would be re-registered without these documents. Sassa also has interfaces with the Home Affairs system, which will enable them to easily get information, such as if a beneficiary has died. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said the process would be completed in two phases, with the first phase starting in March and ending in May. She also allayed fears that there would be disruptions in the paying of social grants during the re-registration of over 15-million beneficiaries. Dlamini warned that apart from the child’s birth certificate and fingerprints, there were no other ways of verifying the child’s identity. The department will be working with the Home Affairs Department to check and confirm if the child belongs to the mother. Sassa CEO Virginia Peterson said 686 000 beneficiaries had been “lost” in the system and they would be following up on them. This included people who had died or moved to another province, for example. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more