Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRain or Shine center Beau Belga has been slapped a P17,500 fine and a one-game suspension following his ejection on Sunday.Already charged with a technical foul early in the game, the burly big man was whistled with a flagrant foul penalty one after a skirmish with Kia center Jason Ballesteros midway through the third quarter which led to his ouster.ADVERTISEMENT It was already Belga’s sixth flagrant foul and seventh technical foul for this season.The Sorsogon native will serve his suspension on the Elasto Painters’ game against TNT on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES NCAA: Perpetual Help extends Arellano’s slide MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’
Dr. Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone…As restitution for Ineligible ExpendituresFollowing series of letters from international partners concerning the George Weah Administration’s mishandling of donor funds, a World Bank letter, dated March 11, 2019, has called on Finance Minister Samuel Tweah to repay the amount of US$3,285,750 of “ineligible expenditures” back to the Bank’s account.The Daily Observer could not independently authenticate the letter. However Mr. Michael Sahr, a communications officer at the World Bank Liberia office, told the Daily Observer that the Bank was “working on a statement” concerning the letter, “to be released soon.”The World Bank’s letter, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, carbon copies (CC) to top leadership of ministries of Finance, Health, Gender, Children and Social Protection, Civil Service Agency, Forestry Development Authority, and the Liberia Water Sewer Corporation (LWSC).The money, according to the bank, includes US$35,750 worth of “stolen laptops” and unapproved debit of US$2 million, both from the Ebola Emergency Response Project; while the rest came from other unapproved debits from the Liberia Social Safety Nets Project under the Ministry of Health (US$500.000); Public Sector Modernization Project (US$500,000); Liberia Forest Sector Project under the FDA (US$200,000) and the Liberia Urban Water Supply Project (US$50,000).The letter, signed by Dr. Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director for Liberia, Africa Region, said: “We refer to the letter on the Ineligible Expenditure of the above projects, dated on February 7, 2019, and your reply on February 28, 2019.“Therefore, we are concerned that the reply only came to us on the refund deadline date, February 28, 2019. This, notwithstanding, we take note of the proposal to extend the deadline to March 31, 2019. We will extend the same in our system, and consequently urge that you meet the revised set deadline,” the letter said.It further added, “We also note your request to replenish the project accounts with the amounts that were ineligible on this request; we would like to bring to your attention that once the refunds are declared ineligible and invoices issued; the only option for the government is to refund the money to the banking details provided in the invoices.“Further, we also note that the Government of Liberia (GoL) has started replenishing the project accounts with sums of money amounting to US$100,000, $200,000 and $50,000, respectively for Public Sector Modernization Project (P143064) credit IDA 53590, Liberia Forest Sector Project (P154114) credit or TF A2427 and Liberia Urban Water Project (P155947) credit IDA 57740.“We wish to emphasize that this is non-compliant with the instructions as per the expenditures amount in line with the respective issued invoices to refund the total ineligible expenditures amount in line with the respective issued invoices as attached to our original to our original letter dated February 7, 2019. Upon receipt, refunds made to the World Bank will be credited to the respective Financing Accounts,” the letter added.The letter continues, “This is to request you refund to the World Bank the amounts totaling US$3,285,750 for the reported ineligible expenditure by making a payment back to the bank through details that are provided in the invoices attached to this letter and confirm the refund on or before March 31, 2019. Should your team have any questions relating to the invoices, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.“We look forward to receiving the refunds within the specified time frame avoid the World Bank invoking the remedies stipulated in the applicable financing agreements of each project.”Although the ministry is yet to respond to bank’s request for the money in question, the Minister of Information on Thursday, told a news conference in Monrovia that the Government strategy, under its Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, is to borrow, money under the scheme: “Dig hole, cover hole,” a Liberian parlance, which means to borrow money from different accounts to fulfill its obligations to an unrelated accounts payable.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It will be at least 35 years before 46-year-old Sheldon Lynch see the light of the outside world following a 12-member jury on Tuesday finding him guilty of raping a 10-year-old girl between December 7, 2010 and January 25, 2013.High Court Judge Simone Morris-Ramlall handed down life sentences to the offender for crimes which were said to have occurred in the Essequibo district.The jury considered the evidence after a few days of trial and returned unanimous verdicts on two counts of rape of a child under 16. However, the jury could not determine verdicts for a third and fourth count.In the victim’s address to the court, she detailed a harrowing account and said that she thought about suicide whenever she remembered what Lynch did to her. Justice Ramlall, in handing down the sentence, observed that the girl trusted the offender and he violated her, treating her as if she was a woman.“You have scarred her for life,” the Judge expressed, noting that the offender did not show remorse after being found guilty.Lynch was represented by Attorney-at-Law Clyde Forde, who had petitioned for the court to temper justice with mercy. The State was represented by Seeta Bishundial and Orinthia Schmidt.
Kescia Branche’s trailAlfred Branche, father of the late Kescia Branche who was brutally murdered in November last year, broke down in tears in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday after seeing photos (exhibit A) of his 22-year-old daughter’s body at the time it was discovered.The preliminary inquiry into Kescia Branche’s death is ongoing in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, and apart from her father Alfred Branche, Hazel Richardson, an audit officer attached to the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation, also testified in the preliminary hearing.Taxi driver Matthew Munroe faces an allegation of murder committed on Kescia Branche in November last year. Attorney-at-Law George Thomas, representing the 47-year-old Munroe, told the court that his client, who has been in custody since November 30, has denied committing the crime, and is maintaining that he was not in the jurisdiction at time of Branche’s demise.Thomas claims that his client’s mobile phone was confiscated by the Police, and records can prove his claims.The Police are contending that the car from which Kescia Branche was allegedly dumped reportedly belongs to Munroe. Upon receiving that bit of information, the Police immediately named him as a person of interest.Munroe had departed Guyana for the USA allegedly at some time in November last year, but after spending some time in the United States, had returned to Guyana and presented himself to the Criminal investigation Department in the company of his lawyer.The Police say that during interrogation, Munroe could not provide information on his whereabouts on the night that Kescia Branche was brutally attacked; and that more so, he failed to give Police information on his missing car bumper.The late Kescia Branche, a teacher and resident of Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, was discovered lying at the corner of Princes Street and Louisa Row in Georgetown on the morning of November 5.She succumbed at the Georgetown Public Hospital two days after her discovery, and a post mortem performed on her body indicated that her death was due to brain haemorrhaging and blunt trauma to the head.According to reports, Branche had left home for a night of partying. She had left her three-year-old son in the care of a friend, who revealed that Branche told her she had intended to go to Palm Court to meet a male friend.The teacher had later returned home, but subsequently left again. She had told her friend that she would be home by 02:00h, but never returned.She was last seen leaving a nightclub on Lamaha Street in the company of two Police ranks.The father of Branche’s child was also arrested after the teacher’s mobile phone had been found in his possession. He, along with four cops, were questioned about her death, but were later released on station bail.The preliminary inquiry is expected to continue today.
…FITUG warns of repercussions if Constitution not upheldThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) on Wednesday joined the call for political leaders to respect the ruling handed down by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).GAWU General SecretarySeepaul NarineDuring an event organised to mark the 100th anniversary of trade unionism in Guyana, General Secretary of the Union Seepaul Narine said that there have been “brazen” attempts to overlook the Constitution as he called for election preparations to take urgency.“We cannot turn a blind eye to what appears to be brazen attempts to undermine that culture and disrespect our nation’s Constitution. It is a matter that we go to the greatest degree of discomfort, and racist apprehensions these days and the implications of which must be a concern to workers and the trade union movement. It would be remiss of the trade union movement if this conference does not call on political leaders to abide fully by the CCJ’s ruling and agreeing on a date for national and regional elections as a matter of urgency,” Narine shared.The CCJ ruled on June 18, 2019 that the No-Confidence Motion against the Government was validly passed with 33 votes on December 21, 2018. This means that the administration is now a caretaker Government.Last week, during the handing down of consequential orders, the CCJ ordered that a date for elections be set in keeping with the constitutional deadline. This meant that elections should be held in three months of the June 18 decision.Meanwhile, President of Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) Carvil Duncan was also vocal about what he described as the unsteady political climate and reminded that “hell would break loose” if Guyana’s Constitution is not upheld.“The Constitution is the rule of this country and if we don’t follow the Constitution, all hell will break loose. Let us do what is right and the Constitution dictates what is right. Let us do it,” he echoed.Private sector bodies and members of the diplomatic community have also called for the CCJ ruling to be upheld and that the Constitution be respected.On Monday, in a joint statement, members of the diplomatic community in Guyana, including the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union, stated they have taken note of the CCJ’s pronouncements on July 12.The joint statement by the group said that it is important for the rule of law that all invoked actors abide by the CCJ’s ruling and the relevant provisions of the Constitution. The diplomats further urged that this adherence be done expeditiously.This followed statements issued by the Private Sector Commission (PSC), which also urged compliance with the Court and Constitution. According to the PSC, the appointment of a new Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman must be done the right way.The commission, which is the umbrella body for the business community, warned that President David Granger must not go down the road of another unilateral appointment.While the Opposition Leader is solely responsible for selecting six nominees, the Head of State, in the informal process, would have opted to produce his own list, which to the surprise of many, consisted of former GECOM Chairman retired Justice James Patterson, whose appointment was ruled as “flawed” in the opinion of the CCJ.After several correspondences over the weekend, Granger and Jagdeo finally met on Tuesday, where it was disclosed that four of the 11 names submitted were “not unacceptable” by the President. However, those persons were not revealed. The discussions on the matter are ongoing.
– Termination letters rescinded; investigation launchedOne week after Government denied firing the personnel staff and chief accountant of the Public Service Ministry, Director General of the Ministry of Presidency, Joseph Harmon on Monday confirmed that indeed, the workers were sent home while adding that an investigation has been launched into the incident.Public Service Minister Tabitha Sarabo-HalleyMinistry of the Presidency’s Director-General Joseph HarmonThe workers were sent packing by newly appointed Minister of Public Service, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley on May 31.Harmon, however, told Guyana Times during a telephone interview that the termination letters were rescinded and that the workers are now on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.“In fact, it is known that that Minister did in fact purported have fired these persons. As of now, I think that decision is in abeyance pending an inquiry which will be conducted in a short time to determine whether in fact there were any breaches, grounds for dismissals, but certainly, an enquiry is going to be held into that. They are presently on administrative leave rather than dismissed.”He maintained that at this point, the staff in question are still employees of the Government as the decision by Minister Sarabo-Halley to terminate their services has been halted.Following the revelation, Deputy Director of Press Affairs at the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP), Ariana Gordon told sections of the media that while allegations have been levelled against the public service employees, they were not dismissed.However, shortly after a document seen by this publication proved otherwise. A “Determination of Contract” letter signed by the Minister in question was addressed to a staff member stating that his services will no longer be required.“Pursuant to the aforesaid contract of employment, your services are hereby terminated with immediate effect”, the letter stated.Several staff members were said to have also received similar letters. Employees who have been removed were called PPP “moles” by political activist David Hinds, who is said to have a close relation with the subject Minister. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, at his press conference last week alluded to the fact that those workers were initially targeted and arbitrarily dismissed by Minister Sarabo-Halley after he blew the whistle on transactions at the Ministry of the Presidency which he claims saw the children of a Government Minister receiving payments amounting to over $20 million in the last two years.Jagdeo noted that the staff at the PSM were sent packing shortly after his first disclosure because the Government believed that those workers had leaked information to the Opposition about corrupt actions by the Administration.“That is what their response is, information that we should know about, it is not their money and there is no secrecy about how you spend our money – taxpayers’. But they fired all the staff of the personnel department and they fired the accountant, and clearly, they are worried that within that department you have many more secrets, many more secrets, and they thought that those people released the information and they did not. They just unfairly dismissed them using some spurious excuse of restructuring,” Jagdeo said.He stated that the workers were unfairly dismissed. In recent days, the Opposition has been revealing information about alleged corrupt practices within the Government.One of those revelations is that the children of a senior Minister allegedly received over US$86,000 in 2018, monies that were transferred from the Department of Public Service. Then again, this year, another transfer of millions reportedly took place.“In 2019, another child of that Minister got transferred from the same Office of the President, the Ministry of the Presidency, Public Service Division, $2,510,575. So combined, over $20 million because the other one was over $17 million – over $20 million…this is taxpayers’ money and clearly, we need an explanation, let the country decide if the explanation is a plausible one. So, we have been asking for an explanation and guess what? Silence from the Ministry of the Presidency and silence from the Minister, a person who is very, very vocal on other matters, it’s silence.”According to the Opposition Leader, the Public Service Minister rushed to illegally fire all the staff in the department that had access to this information, since the Government believes that those fired workers had sent information to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).
And after the facility, at 8001 Garvey Ave., got a fresh coat of bright red paint, some called it an eyesore. “What are they trying to do? See the building from outer space?” said Rob Anderson, of Rosemead. Anderson has been so bothered by the paint job that he’s started a one-man war, calling City Hall, the dealership and its parent company, Atlanta-based Manheim, to complain. “They just think I’m the nut from Rosemead,” Anderson said. Pullen maintains that only a few neighbors have complained over the years and that the dealer auction has a solid relationship in the city. ROSEMEAD – The 18-acre Los Angeles Dealer Auto Auction was the first of its kind in California, opening nearly 60 years ago. Through the decades, the auction has seen its share of changes and upgrades. Today, it offers weekly auctions – some that last until 2 a.m. – exclusively for automobile dealers. “Our motto is we are the first one in California, we’re the finest, and the we’re the friendliest,” said General Manager Ed Pullen. While some in the community value the auction’s history and continual good business, a handful of neighbors consider it a nuisance. “We are very appreciative of what the city allows us to do,” Pullen said. Former City Councilman Jay Imperial, who served on the dais for nearly 30 years, said the auction has a good reputation in the city. “They’ve done a lot of good things in the community,” he said, such as providing a consistent source of revenue. The auction also contributed to the community by leasing land for $1 a year to the former Boys and Girls Club building at 7850 Garvey Ave. The most common complaint the city has received is about the increased traffic during auction hours, said Brian Saeki, redevelopment administrator. Jesse Duff, interim community development director, said the city recently required the auction to make some upgrades, including adding new windows. The dealer auction also installed a new canopy. Duff said code does not restrict the paint color for the facility. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
CHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are continuing to investigate what could have caused a fatal ATV rollover in the Chetwynd area last Monday.Shortly before 1:00 p.m. on August 15th, the Chetwynd RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision involving an off-road vehicle approximately 35 km south of Chetwynd on Highway 29.A 59 year-old Chilliwack man was on a hunting trip with friends and missed his check-in time, causing a search to be initiated. The man was later located by members of the hunting team and found deceased under an overturned ATV. His name has not been released.- Advertisement -Upon arriving at the scene, investigators determined that the man had rolled backwards down a steep incline while negotiating a sharp turn on an ATV, which landed on top of the man.The cause of the accident is currently still under investigation by police and the BC Corroner’s Office. The collision appears to be accidental and no foul play is suspected at this time. No further information is being released at this time.If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to the Chetwynd RCMP at (250) 788-9221 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisement
Rickie Lambert deserves to be given the chance to lead England’s frontline in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland.That is the view of former Three Lions striker Dion Dublin, who feels the Liverpool man should replace injured club team-mate Daniel Sturridge in the starting XI for Monday’s clash in Basel.“I want to see Rickie get a shot. I want to see him get a start, I want to see him show what he can do,” he told Matt Holland on the Players’ Lounge.Danny Welbeck is the hot favourite to directly replace Sturridge after his impressive cameo in the 1-0 win over Norway on Wednesday night, but Dublin feels there’s no reason Lambert and the new £16million Arsenal signing cannot both play.“If you’re going 4-4-2 then stick them up together,” he added.“I would like to see them both play together, but then where do you put [Wayne] Rooney? Do you put him in behind? Somebody has got to miss out because Rickie has to come in.“I would like to see him given some game time with a partner. He’s the same sort of player I was. He’s done well, he’s kept his mouth shut and he’s got on with his job.“He’s not moaned [about his lack of minutes] and I think he deserves a fair crack of the whip.”
1 West Brom defender Jonas Olsson is set to undergo minor Achilles surgery that will rule him out until January, the club have announced.Dutch orthopedic surgeon Professor Niek Van Dijk will carry out the operation in Portugal on Friday with the Baggies estimating Olsson will be out for four to six weeks.“I have been struggling with this on and off for some time and I’ve come to the point where it feels like surgery would help it,” the Sweden international told the club’s official website.“The recovery time is short so I hope to be back 100 per cent some time after the New Year.”The 31-year-old has made just five appearances so far this season and has not featured since the Capital One Cup victory over Hull in September. West Brom’s Jonas Olsson