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NEC Burns 2014 Election Materials

first_imgThe National Elections Commission (NEC), according to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), has begun the process of burning ballot papers and other electoral materials used during the 2014 Special Senatorial Election.A ceremony symbolic of the commencement of the burning of the used elections materials took place Friday at the Upper Montserrado County Elections Magisterial Office in Bensonville, where used elections materials from Upper Montserrado County and the NEC Central warehouse were burnt.At the ceremony, NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya said the destruction of the used elections materials was a requirement of Section 4.16 of the New Elections Law of Liberia.Section 4.16 of the New Elections Law of 1986 states: “The Commission shall preserve all writs issued for elections and all ballots cast and registered voters made in elections until the validity of such election and its results can no longer be disputed. The ballot paper may then be burned.”Chairman Korkoya said ballot papers from Lofa and Bong counties will not be burned in the ongoing exercise until the Supreme Court can hand down final ruling into complaints arising from the conduct of the 2014 elections in the two counties.However, Ballot papers and other elections materials from the Rivercess County Electoral District #2 representative by-election will be burnt during the ongoing exercise.“The destruction of ballot papers and other materials used during the 2014 elections is also intended to clear the Commission’s warehouses across the country and provide space for the storage of materials for the 2017 elections,” Korkoya said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GBTI Hurricane Fund musters close to $2M for Bahamas

first_imgThe Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Limited (GBTI) has generated close to $2 million through the GBTI Hurricane Relief Fund-Bahamas, which was initiated shortly after Hurricane Dorian ravaged several islands in the Bahamas early in September.GBTI Executive Director Richard Isava presents the Hurricane Relief Fund-Bahamas to Director General of the Civil Defence Commission, Col Kester Craig at the CDC officeFollowing the hurricane, the Bank committed $3 million and encouraged its customers, staff and members of the public to join the relief efforts by donating to the fund.The fund was closed on October 1, 2019 and the total was handed over on Friday to the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), which is coordinating the national support efforts here.Meanwhile, GBTI had donated its $3 million directly to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) of the Bahamas to also aid their relief efforts.GBTI expressed gratitude to all those who contributed to the fund as it anticipates the complete transformation of the island back to its original state and the relief of the Government and people of The Bahamas.last_img read more

200 RUSAL jobs in jeopardy as US sanctions hit home

first_imgSome 200 Guyanese jobs have been threatened following a decision taken by Oldendorff Carriers, a German-headquartered bauxite transshipment company, to close its operations in Guyana.This move comes in light of a recent choice taken by the United States (US) Government to impose severe sanctions against Russian Aluminium (RUSAL), which has a large operations base here.RUSAL majority-owned Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) operates in Linden and Berbice.According to media reports, this matter was discussed at Cabinet on Tuesday with hope that discussions could be held with RUSAL with the aim of finding a replacement company.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman told sections of the media on Thursday that he has planned to meet with the two unions representing RUSAL and Oldendorff workers.Both the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU) and the People United and General Workers Union were unaware of this move, but raised concerns over whether workers will be paid severance.Ever since the US sanctions against Russian business tycoon Oleg Deripaska, main owner of the EN+ conglomerate — co-owner of Rusal — begins to sink in, the local operation in Guyana has significantly scaled back on its exportation of bauxite.Rusal is one of the largest aluminum producers in the world, and has operations here in Guyana in the form of the Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI), employing over 500 persons.According to reports, the sanctions against Rusal have caused aluminum prices to surge, since the sanctions freeze all of the company’s assets under the US jurisdiction.BCGI said recently that it has continuously been monitoring the situation. A senior management official at the company had said that since the news broke, there has not been any change to operations here.However, while reiterating that it is still too early to make an assessment, the official noted that, over the past three weeks or so, the company has being making “huge investments” to purchase equipment.The US Treasury Department recently announced sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, 12 companies they either own or control, and 17 senior Government officials who Washington said were profiting from the Russian Government’s engagement in “a range of malign activities” around the world.“Russian oligarchs and elites who profit from this corrupt system will no longer be insulated from the consequences of their government’s destabilizing activities,” the US statement added.The Treasury Department warned that US entities would be “generally prohibited” from dealings with the persons and firms on the sanctions list, while added that companies outside the United States could face sanctions for “knowingly facilitating significant transactions for, or on behalf of,” the sanctioned entities.A report published by Reuters on Friday said the US Government’s decision to include Deripaska on its sanctions blacklist will reverberate around the world, because his business empire has a global footprint and counts major multinationals as partners.Deripaska, estimated by Forbes magazine to have a net worth of $6.7 billion, is the main owner of the conglomerate EN+, co-owner of some of the world’s biggest metals producers, Rusal and Nornickel.According to the international news agency, Deripaska’s inclusion on the U.S. sanctions list could potentially create complications for companies with which he does business. They include German car giant Volkswagen and commodities trader Glencore.Rusal, Reuters reported, had said it regretted its inclusion on the U.S. sanctions list, adding that its advisors were studying the situation.Hong Kong-listed Rusal is one of the world’s biggest aluminium producers. It says exports to the United States account for over 10 percent of its output.Rusal owns assets in Italy, Ireland, Sweden, Nigeria, Guyana, Guinea. It also owns a stake in Australian QAL, the world’s top alumina refinery.last_img read more

PROTEST IN SUPPORT OF BALLYHEA GROUP IN FALCARRAGH THIS SUNDAY

first_imgThe local Cloughaneely branch of Right2Water West Donegal will be gathering at the crossroads Falcarragh on Sunday 28th December at 12 noon in support of ‘Ballyhea Says No to the Bondholder Bailout.’The Ballyhea Group have been campaigning for 200 weeks now.The groups’ spokesperson Dermot Flynn said- ”The people were sold out to the vampires and vultures by the government. “€69.7 billion was the ultimate capital cost to us of bailing out the banks – that amounts to over €15,000 for every woman ,man and child among us.”Owen Curran chairperson of Right2Water Donegal said ” We see the Water Charges campaign as part of a much bigger struggle ,which also includes the campaign to repudiate the odious bank-debt that has been imposed on the Irish people.“Our government made it a priority to bailout the bondholders ,while at the same time claiming they did,not have the capital to invest in necessary sewage and water infrastructure. Those were political choices.”Bring placards and banners to show support for our friends and comrades in Ballyhea. All welcome. PROTEST IN SUPPORT OF BALLYHEA GROUP IN FALCARRAGH THIS SUNDAY was last modified: December 26th, 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)last_img read more

GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgStarting with championship news, and well done to our reserves, who had a comprehensive victory over Naomh Colmcille in the second leg of the first round on Sunday afternoon. Our seniors did not enjoy the same result however, and exited the championship. Our third team held St Eunans to a draw in Páirc na nGael on Saturday evening, in the first round, first leg of the Junior B Championship. We must give a special mention to John Joe Doherty and Noel Hegarty, who lined out for our third team while the 1992 county team reunion was underway in the Abbey Hotel. At the time of going to press the return leg was due to be played this Saturday evening, August 25th, at 7pm in Letterkenny. Our under 21 side will continue the championship on Tuesday evening next, August 28th, with a home draw v Naomh Colmcille. Throw in at 7pm at Páirc na nGael. In underage news, pride of place goes to our under 14 lads, who took home the Division 2 Championship title on Wednesday evening last, with a 4 point victory over St Nauls. This victory is another in a very good season for the club at underage, and we congratulate Gabriel, Andrew, and all the lads on their success. Our under 13s lost out to neighbours Cill Chartha in the league on Friday evening. Tráth na gCeist: The All County General Knowledge Quiz, in aid of the Donegal Team training fund, takes place this Friday, August 24th. The quiz will be broadcast live throughout the county to all club venues. The Naomh Columba quiz will take place in The Glen Head Tavern, at 9pm. Winning teams from each club will take part in all county final in the Abbey Hotel on Fri 20th Sept. Please come along and support. Ádh mór: we wish the county team every success in Sunday’s semi-final, and safe journey to everyone making the journey from the southwest to Páirc an Chrócaigh! It’s all systems go for our charity cycle in aid of Temple Street on Sunday, September 9th. Anyone who is still looking for a sponsorship card, please get in touch asap. A table quiz and barbeque will take place in the Glen Head Tavern at 7pm that evening, with some good prizes up for grabs, so get your teams together now and get studying!GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: August 21st, 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:GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Transfer news: Juventus ready to sign Man City star for just £175,000

first_img PAYBACK Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Foden has the potential to be one of the best in the world. Most Read Football Stories latest Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 1 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions revealed whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Manchester City could lose wonderkid Phil Foden for just £175,000 as Juventus plot a shock transfer swoop next summer, according to The Mirror.The 18-year-old midfield ace is set to be out of contract at the end of the current season and the Italian giants are readying a move should talks about a new deal fail to reach a conclusion at the Etihad Stadium. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos scrap SORRY LATEST BEST OF If the deal were to occur it would echo the one which saw rivals Manchester United lose Paul Pogba to the same team.If a new deal isn’t confirmed then Foden will be available for a minimal fee, owed to City for their development of the player.News of Juventus’ interest is likely to put pressure on manager Pep Guardiola and the club given the loss of Jadon Sancho last season and what appears to be the imminent exit of Brahim Diaz to Real Madrid. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion tense Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Manelast_img read more

Tiny kitten found in Letterkenny – do you know who owns him?

first_imgA small kitten was found near St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny yesterday.The lady who found the kitten says that he seems well cared for, so she knows he belongs to someone.“We found him up a tree yesterday and it was by the luck of God we were there as we went up to our back shed to pull out our patio table, we are never up there! “He is such a loving, friendly kitten. Someone is missing him.”Pippin, a name given to him by his foster family, is around four months old and they think he is a male.Nicola has also made an advert for re-homing him just in case his owner cannot be found. If you recognise this little kitten please don’t hesitate to call 0857842178.To view the advert, you can click here.Tiny kitten found in Letterkenny – do you know who owns him? was last modified: August 16th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:foundkittenletterkennylostSt Eunanslast_img read more

Controversial decisions put San Francisco Giants’ culture under a microscope

first_imgThe San Francisco Giants took a ride to the mountain top three times this decade, but as the 2010s draw to a close, the team is farther away from the peak than it could have ever imagined.Three consecutive losing seasons knocked the Giants down to earth and the view from the bottom of the baseball world has left fans disappointed and dismayed.It’s not just the sub-.500 records and the general void of hope that’s led to widespread frustration. It’s the manner in which the Giants have …last_img

Last of the Darwin Celebrations

first_imgOn the 24th of November 1859, 150 years ago today, Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection and the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life sold out.  Biographer Janet Browne (03/07/2009) explained in the bonus features of the film The Voyage that Shook the World (see Resource of the Week for 09/19/2009) that the image of people rushing into bookstores, bumping elbows to grab copies of Darwin’s bombshell book, is a myth.  It was only a modest run of 1750 copies, for one thing – far less than the hundreds of thousands of copies a Dickens novel might obtain, “or the 60,000 copies of the solidly religious Bridgewater Treatises that had accumulated on the nation’s shelves by 1860.”1   And the Origin was sold out to booksellers – not to the public.  Nevertheless, the impact of Darwin’s ideas is no myth.    With the passing of the second big Darwin celebration this year (see 02/13/2009), it is perhaps appropriate to note some of the last hurrahs of the season.  Live Science reported that “Darwin is going digital” as drafts of rare Darwin manuscripts are being posted online by the Darwin Manuscripts Project.  Making this information accessible can, of course, benefit both supporters and critics of Darwinism.  The BBC News published winning entries in a “Darwin photo competition” that celebrated “exploring and investigating nature” (a worthy activity engaged in by both creationists and evolutionists).  A cartoony image of Darwin graced Science Magazine’s Darwin Anniversary blog Origins announcing that the National Science Foundation posted an interactive, online report on “The Evolution of Evolution” – i.e., “on the influence of Charles Darwin on many walks of science.”  National Geographic allowed evolutionist reporter Ker Than to clobber Discovery Institute rep Casey Luskin with a quote from Don Prothero that “intelligent design advocates simply ignore the evidence.”  (Luskin typically answers such charges on Evolution News and Views.)  Over at New Scientist Rowan Harper gathered quotes from Darwin’s letters and writings and organized them in interview fashion.  First Q&A: “What was it like, coming up with the idea that changed the world?” – to which Darwin replied, “Like confessing a murder” (see 11/30/2005).    One last anecdote: PhysOrg reported that a rare 1st-edition copy of the Origin was discovered on a toilet bookshelf of a guest lavatory in Oxford.  Perhaps its owner hoped the guest would become intrigued enough by the subject to motivate a Victorian download.1.  Janet Browne, Charles Darwin: The Power of Place (Princeton, 2002), p. 88.Whew.  Now that the silliness is over, let’s; get on with 200 years of intelligent design science.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Domestic flights in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa has a number of airlines flying between its major cities, and some of its smaller ones, with fares ranging from first-class to cut-price economy. Flights can be booked online from anywhere in the world.South African low-cost airline Mango is owned by South African Airways (Photo: Mango Airlines, Facebook)South Africa has a number of airlines flying between its major cities as well as to some of its smaller ones, with fares ranging from first-class to cut-price economy. Flights can be booked online from anywhere in the world.Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) was formed to own and operate the nine principal South African airports, including the three main international gateways – OR Tambo International (Johannesburg), Cape Town International and King Shaka International (Durban). The other six are Bram Fischer (Bloemfontein), Port Elizabeth, Upington, East London, George and Kimberley.There are several other privately owned international airports in South Africa, including Lanseria International, outside Johannesburg, and Nelspruit Airport/Kruger Mpumalanga International, conveniently situated near the country’s major wildlife reserves.Acsa is a partially state-owned company.See Acsa’s website.Seven major domestic airlines operate in the country, as well as a number of smaller charter airline companies.South African Airways, South African Express and Airlink fly between all the major cities and to some of the smaller ones.Kulula.com and Mango offer cut-price flights on the more popular routes between Johannesburg (OR Tambo and Lanseria), Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and George.British Airways, operated by Comair, operates flights between the major centres.All flight operators offer online booking services, with payment by credit card or directly into the relevant bank account.You need to be at the airport 90 minutes before departure for domestic flights.Kulula.comKulula.com offers low-cost, single-class flights between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International and Lanseria airports, and Cape Town, Durban, George, East London and Port Elizabeth. It has also added other southern African countries to its itinerary, and flies to Windhoek, Harare, Mauritius, Victoria Falls and Livingstone, and flies from Nairobi.Call centre: 0861 KULULA / 0861 585852International bookings (from outside SA): +27 11 921 0500General enquiries: info@kulula.comGroup bookings: groups@kulula.comKulula.com online bookingsMangoA no-frills carrier operated by SAA, Mango offers low-cost, single-class flights between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International and Lanseria airports, and Cape Town, Durban, George, Port Elizabeth, and Bloemfontein. Mango also flies from OR Tambo International to Zanzibar.Reservations: +27 11 978 1111Call centre: 086 100 1234Call centre from outside SA: Johannesburg: +27 11 359 1222, Cape Town: +27 21 936 1061E-mail: enquiries@flymango.comMango online bookingsSouth African AirwaysSouth Africa’s national carrier flies locally between Johannesburg (from OR Tambo International and Lanseria), Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, George, Pietermaritzburg, Mthatha, Kimberley, Polokwane, Richards Bay, Upington, Nelspruit/Kruger, Hoedspruit, Skukuza, Phalaborwa, Mmabatho, Sun City, Pretoria, Manzini and Maseru – as well as into Southern Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. It offers economy, business and first class cabins.Reservations: +27 11 978 1111Call centre: 0861 FLY SAA (0861 359 722)Call centre from outside SA: +27 11 978 5313E-mail: help@flysaa.comSAA online bookingsAirlinkAirlink flies locally between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, George, Pietermaritzburg, Mthatha, Kimberley, Polokwane, Upington, Sishen, Nelspruit/Kruger, Phalaborwa, Skukuza, Pretoria, Manzini and Maseru – as well as into Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Mozambique. Classes are economy, business and first.Customer care and head office: +27 11 451 7300 / +27 10 590 3170Call centre: 0861 FLY SAA (0861 359 722)Call centre from outside SA: +27 11 978 5313 (customer support online bookings) +27 11 978 1111Group bookings: +27 11 451 7300 or +27 10 590 3170E-mail: info@flyairlink.comSouth African Airlink online bookingsSouth African ExpressSA Express flies locally between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Hoedspruit, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Nelspruit, Mahikeng, Richard’s Bay and Pilansberg – as well as into Botswana, Namibia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Flights are in economy and business class.Call centre: 0861 FLY SAA (0861 359 722)Reservations: +27 11 978 1111, E-mail reservations@flysax.comGroup Reservations: +27 11 978 9905, E-mail groupsales@flysax.comSouth African Express online bookingsBritish AirwaysOperated by Comair, British Airways offers return flights to and from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and the Kruger National Park in economy, premier economy, business/club or first class. It has a codeshare agreement with Kulula.com.Reservations: +27 11 921 0222 option 1British Airways online bookingsFlySafairA wholly owned subsidiary of Safair, the aviation cargo and aircraft leasing company, FlySafair is a low cost, no frills airline that operates between Cape Town and Johannesburg (OR Tambo International), Durban, East London, George, and Port Elizabeth. Like other low cost carriers, it has a buy-on-board programme when it comes to food and drinks.Reservations: 087 135 1351; email: help@flysafair.co.zaFlySafair online bookingsOR Tambo International AirportOR Tambo International Airport flight information: 086 7277 888OR Tambo International Airport help desk: +27 11 921 6262Online booking servicesA number of independent web-based agencies offer pricing comparisons between the airlines, and online booking services. These include:Travelstart, which also powers the SA Tourism bookings page;SA Airlines;SA Flights; and,Cheap Flights 4 U.Updated December 2015Originally published April 2002Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more