The National Security and Good Governance Committees of the House of Representatives have opened an investigation into an alleged traffic violation involving Deputy Police Director Abraham Kromah.Kromah’s probe was prompted by a mandate from the plenary of the House requesting the Committees to investigate the Deputy Police Chief and report their findings to plenary in one week.The Joint Committees have a mandate to investigate Kromah, (102) of the Police over an incident of alleged traffic violation wherein he allegedly crossed his official vehicle in front of a 48-year-old man, Victor Johnson, who was reported to have been riding a motorcycle in Monrovia.Kromah’s action led to the victim breaking his two legs and sustaining other major injuries.According to a communication addressed to plenary in Monrovia last Friday, Montserrado County Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood narrated that the accident has left Johnson, a father of four, bed ridden at home, requiring assistance with bodily functions.In the communication which prompted plenary’s mandate, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) lawmaker asserted; “If this incident were true, it is not only disheartening but also a disgrace to our law enforcement.”However, Madam Munah Pelham-Youngblood maintained that the incident involving Kromah and the allegation of “brutality” is not the first, and as such, lawmakers must take action immediately to arrest the situation and protect the masses.Such conduct is not needed in our already fragile society, the District #9 representative pointed out.According to the victim, Kromah intentionally ordered his driver to hit him while he was riding on the back of a motorcycle.However, Kromah has denied the victim’s claim, adding; “I know Johnson well and so I will do nothing to harm him.”His account is that, “The motorcyclist dropped his bike and ran in fear upon seeing my car, as most violators do. My driver, mistakenly rolled over him,” Kromah said.On the other hand, Johnson dismissed the police claim, adding; “AB rolled his vehicle over me after the motorcyclist stopped for a little over five minutes, before putting his bike engine into motion.”Meanwhile, the victim’s wife, Madam Ellen K. Johnson, wants philanthropists, NGOs and other well-meaning people to come to the aid of her husband to enable him to seek medical treatment outside Liberia as “JFK Hospital in Monrovia forcibly discharged him even when it is known to doctors there that my husband is still in severe pain.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Lindo Creek CoI…raises conflict of interest concerns, witch-hunting campaignThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on Wednesday said the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) was established with a clear political objective, highlighting the fact that the Commission was also set up along partisan lines and is being headed only by one individual.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoIn a strongly worded statement, the main Opposition party lashed out at the coalition Government for the manner in which the CoI was established. The Party said it notes the unilateral establishment of the Commission, like others named under the Government, underscoring the deviation from the approach of the PPP Government to have bi-partisan talks.“It appears that this Commission was established with a political objective. Due to the partisan approach in establishing the Commission, which does not inspire trust and confidence, persons with vital information may be reluctant to come forward,” the Party speculated.The PPP said given the nature of the Commission’s establishment and the decision to start an inquiry with the incidents at Lindo Creek, as opposed to a more comprehensive review of the crime wave, the Party would find it difficult to participate in any of the events.The PPP/C also registered concerns over the obvious conflict of interest in naming a Commissioner, who is the father of a sitting Cabinet Minister and Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), one of the partners of the coalition Government, Raphael Trotman, who holds the portfolio for natural resources.The political Opposition said this move speaks to the growing trend of nepotistic taking place under the current Government, arguing that it should not be encouraged to continue. The Party also raised concerns over one single person being appointed to probe the Lindo Creek massacre.More importantly, however, the PPP noted that Minister Joseph Harmon’s statement in relation to the Commission being able to determine whether any senior officer should be sent on leave during the period of the inquiry highlights that this undertaking is aimed towards another witch-hunt.The Party hinted that this witch-hunting exercise might target top officials of the joint security forces, making reference to the establishment of the Paul Slowe Commission of Inquiry and the Government’s interference in the Police Service Commission’s promotion of senior Police Officers.“The PPP wishes to make clear that it will vehemently reject any attempts to erode the level of professionalism of Guyana’s security forces and the undermining of the functions of the civilian law enforcement authorities of Guyana,” a statement from the Party added.The PPP also claimed that the order signed by President David Granger, which establishes the Commission and defines its Terms of Reference remains a mystery since it has not been published as is required by law in the Official Gazette up to the time of Trotman’s swearing in.Former President Bharrat Jagdeo said on Tuesday that events pre-2002 have to be taken into account, stating that the involvement of the People’s National Congress (PNC) (the majority partner in the coalition) in the killings and civil disturbances preceding that year must be investigated.“I believe that no inquiry will be complete unless there is a comprehensive review of what took place and who the operatives were, particularly the political operatives,” he said in a statement.Jagdeo, who incidentally serves as the Opposition Leader, also highlighted several other incidents that the PNC has been named in. “Where are the 155 high-powered military weapons that were loaned to the PNC’s Ministry of National Development?” Jagdeo questioned.The former Head of State reminded that he has already made available to the media and publicly gone through the list of 400 young black men, which was circulated by the PNC, and shown that the authors of that list unashamedly included the names of victims of the crime wave, civilians and security forces.“That number has been mysteriously increased to 1431 by Minister Harmon. A credibly-constituted Commission of Inquiry, staffed by international jurists, will expose the intellectual authors behind the crime wave of the 2000s, including the political operatives who were involved,” Jagdeo stated.Jagdeo had previously expressed a willingness to help in drafting the CoI’s Terms of Reference and to also make his former Government officials available for questioning once they had specific information.
…urges citizens to be on lookout, call in PoliceThe Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has issued a warning to residents to be on the lookout for persons posing as employees of the election agency, who then go on to request documents from these residents.Guyana Elections CommissionThis was communicated by GECOM’s Public Relations Officer, Yolanda Ward, and via a notice. In the case of Ward, she noted that GECOM received reports from residents of persons purporting to be GECOM officials.According to Ward, these ‘officials’ visit homes and offer to conduct transactions as part of the ongoing Claims and Objections exercise (C&O), despite the fact that during C&O, residents visit GECOM’s office and not the other way around.“GECOM is urging residents to be vigilant and to only conduct transactions at the permanent and temporary GECOM Registration Offices,” Ward noted in communication with members of the media.While the PRO’s warnings were for the general public, the notice from GECOM specifically advised residents in Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), to be on the lookout for persons coming into their community and telling them that house-to-house was illegal.“Do not accept offers to be registered,” GECOM further advised. “These persons have not been authorised by GECOM and you should not furnish them with any personal information. Please report any instance of such to the nearest police station.”Last week, Opposition-nominated Commissioner Sase Gunraj told reporters after a meeting that Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield updated them that more than 2100 transactions had been recorded at the time during the C&O exercise.He further related that they are still trying to get more details on other aspects such as the H2H data, as well as the overseas fingerprint cross-matching before any decisions are taken. According to the Opposition-nominated Commissioner, the encoding (entering data into GECOM’s database) of the H2H data is scheduled to finish by today.The preceding week, Government-nominated Commissioner Charles Corbin had told reporters that the encoded data will be available for scrutiny before the C&O exercise concludes in November.GECOM was forced to bring the controversial H2H Registration to a premature end on August 31, by which time it had obtained in excess of 370,000 registrants.It was then decided that the new data obtained will be merged with the existing National Register of Registrants (NRR) Database – something which the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has been against.
Jiffy Lube won their first game as they defeated Sunlife 71-55. Lucas Ziebart was Jiffy Lube’s best player. Having a solid game for Sunlife was Isaiah Gladysz. In the Junior Division Team Teal and Team Black played to a 36-36 draw. The player of the game for the teal squad was Tyler McArthur and the top player for the blacks was Trista SoychuckTeam Red barely edged Team Yellow 33-31. The player of the game for Team Red was Adam Nelson and getting for nod for the yellow squad was Duncan RossTeam Purple defeated Team White 38-32. Ty West was the top player for Team Purple. Shannon McBrearty was recognized as the player of the game for Team White.- Advertisement -In the Senior Girls Division D. Bauer got past Jiffy Lube 35-28. The player of the game for D. Bauer was Alexis Ziebart and Rebecca Lessard was rewarded for her efforts as player of the game for Jiffy Lube.Motive 7 beat Sunlife 52-37. The top player for Motive 7 was Tori Coulter and getting the same honour for Sunlife was Miah O’Neil.In Senior Boys play D. Bauer had an easy time with Motive 7 60-36. Adam Bowie was the player of the game for D. Bauer while Jake Chong had a strong game for Motive 7.Advertisement
With the Kings long since out of the playoff race, Lombardi has focused on the future. In the past four weeks he has traded Craig Conroy, Sean Avery, Brent Sopel and Norstrom. Since his hiring last April, Lombardi has made a net gain of five draft picks in 2007 and 2008. The Kings have committed roughly $22.5 million to 11 players for next season, giving them significant cap room. But Lombardi’s late moves put a dent in the Kings’ defense, one that will need to be addressed this summer. In dealing Norstrom and Brent Sopel (on Monday), Lombardi sent away two of the Kings’ top five defensemen, and another, Aaron Miller, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the centerpiece deal of a busy day, the Kings sent Norstrom, winger Konstantin Pushkarev and 2007 third- and fourth-round draft picks to Dallas for defenseman Jaroslav Modry, a first-round pick in 2008, second- and third-round picks in 2007 and the rights to defenseman Johan Fransson. “This is my hardest day, other than the day I was fired (by San Jose),” Lombardi said. “Emotionally it rips your heart out, but this was something I thought we needed to do.” At the end of a long day, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi found himself with a heavy heart, a depleted roster and a team without a captain, but also with some major optimism for the future. The Kings made three deals in the waning moments before Tuesday afternoon’s trade deadline, the most notable of which sent defenseman and team captain Mattias Norstrom to the Dallas Stars. Also, the Kings acquired veteran defenseman Jamie Heward from Washington for a 2008 fifth-round pick and traded forward Jason Ward to Tampa Bay for a 2007 fifth-round pick. At the end of a dizzying day, the Kings were left without Norstrom, their captain since 2001-02, a rock-steady presence on the ice and in the dressing room but also a defenseman with a burdensome contract. Norstrom, 35, is due $4.25 million next season as part of the two-year extension he signed last March. By trading Norstrom, Lombardi accomplished his two primary goals. He cleared roster space – Modry will be a free agent this summer – and stockpiled more draft picks.
0Shares0000Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe in action during training.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe has been ruled out of the team’s friendly match against Comoros with an ankle injury while Girona FC striker Michael Olunga is doubtful in the game slated for Saturday night in Morocco.Olunga, who suffered a hamstring muscle strain in training, is set to undergo a late fitness test ahead of the match that is scheduled to kick off at 7 pm Kenya time. “We were hopeful that Timbe who has been carrying a nagging ankle injury would recover in time for the match,” Harambee Stars interim coach Stanley Okumbi said.“Unfortunately, the medics have just informed us that they have ruled him out for today’s match as playing him risks aggravating the injury.That notwithstanding is that we continue to monitor Olunga’s situation, which means that he may need to undergo a late fitness test to ascertain whether he is fit to play a role in the match but as it stands now he is a doubt and we may not know until very late whether it will be safe to play him,” explained Okumbi.Harambee Stars are slated to play Comoros and the Central African Republic, away in Morocco, in two international friendlies, which are in preparations for the team’s 2019 AFCON qualifier against Ghana.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The 31st year of the Earagail Arts Festival will be dedicated to the memory of a dear friend of the local arts scene – Dessie Larkin.Dessie Larkin RIPDessie Larkin, a former county councillor who passed away in March, was a long-serving board member and former Chair of the Earagail Arts Festival.The Letterkenny man was fondly remembered at the launch of the festival on Monday at Rockhill House Estate. “He demonstrated what was important about the festival. That was about bringing people together and celebrating what is probably one of the most fundamental human endeavours, which is art,” said Artistic Director Paul Brown.Joan Crawford, Failte Ireland, Pauric Kelly, Inishowen Motors, and Paul Brown, Artistic Director of Earagail Arts Festival at the 2019 launch. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinDessie’s presence was greatly missed at the festival launch, as people gathered to listen to music and to hear important figures within the community talk highly of the summer to come.The festival was officially launched by Leas Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Niamh Kennedy. She had only good words to say about this year’s upcoming festival with its “diversity, illumination, culture and to showcase us in a way that only Donegal can.”Méabh Conaghan and Cllr Niamh Kennedy at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinat the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinRuairí Friel & Sarah E Cullen at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinThis year’s festival takes place from 10th-28th July 2019, marking the next era of the festival’s cultural evolution, continuing investment in the making of great artwork, creating an opportunity for a new generation of artists and fostering wider participation in the arts across the North West of Ireland. This year’s programme leads with a major new music commission in partnership with India’s leading folk festival in Rajasthan. Along with this is a series of spoken word, circus, comedy and special events celebrating diversity and freedom of movement and a visual arts programme from east to west reaching across bridges, islands and horizons.Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Paul Harrigan at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinKaroline Sweeney, Jimmy Stafford and Patrick Gildea at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinMeabh Uí Chonnachain, who is one of the board members for the festival, said that this year’s festival is about “diversity, equality, bringing together artists, programmes and visual art.” She also talked about the impact Earagail Arts has on Donegal with the number of people that attend the festival. More than 38,000 people attended different events last year. Sixty per cent of them were local and the rest were mostly from Northern Ireland.Earagail Arts Festival Board member Meabh Uí Chonnachain at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinDeirdre McGrory, Ellen Corby and Lauren Hauchard at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinLast year the festival promoted 309 performances in 29 venues spread across 16 towns, villages and islands over 23 days. There are so many different events that range from music to drama to open mic, comedy and spoken word and many more. With a festival this big, there is sure to be something for everyone. The festival kicks off on Wednesday the 10th of July in The Cottage Bar in Letterkenny with Mouthpiece Open Mic which promises laughter, tears, surprises and a warm, supportive atmosphere.Earagail Arts Festival brochures are now available in usual outlets, or on eaf.ie.See the gallery below for more photos from the launch: Margaret McGlynn, Siobhan Grant and Frances Spears at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinEunan Kelly and John Curran at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinAmanda Boyle, Leonard Watson, Jimmy Stafford and Joan Crawford at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinEoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde and Aodh Mac Ruairí checking out the programme booklet at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinPaul Harrigan and Jeremy Howard at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinLeas-Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Niamh Kennedy officially launches Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinKaroline Sweeney, Castle Grove County House, Sue Glackin, Donegal Food Tours and Carol Harkin, McGrory’s Hotel, at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinThe launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House Estate. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinEaragail Arts 2019 launched in memory of Dessie Larkin was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Earagail Arts Festival
Last year’s winners Jinja SS celerating after winning the tournamentThe National Organising Committe for the Copa Coca-Coal Schools tournament has confirmed the list of 60 school that will take part in this year’s edition in Mbarara.The surprise inclusion has been Kibuli SS who where initially eliminated in the group stages of the Kampala region qualifiers.Kibuli tried as much as possible to qualify, reaching an extent of going to court but all in vain.After several consultations, the record champions have been allowed to take part in circumstances that leave a lot of stones unturned.They join four other schools that qualified through the Kampala region including Old Kampala, Lubiri SS, Kawempe Moslem and Kakungulu Memorial.Last year’s winners Jinja SS also qualified through the Busoga region along with Agape, Iganga View and Jinja Progressive.Jinja SS (in yellow) defeated St. Mary’s Kitende (in green) on penalties to win it last year.For the losing finalist St. Mary’s Kitende, they used the Wakiso route to get to the final tournament.They will be joined by Buddo, Standard High Zzana, St. Juliana and London College as the representatives from Wakiso.The tournament starts this month in Mbarara City, which will be represented by the hosts Mbarara High School and St. Joseph’s Vocational School who are making their maiden appearance at the games.St. Joseph’s Vocational School has been previously known as a power house in both Volleyball and Basket Ball but their success in the football arena has left observers puzzled and OBs celebrating.St. Joseph’s Vocational School (sky blue) playing against Walden High School (red) in the Mbarara regional finals last weekThe full list of participating schools at this year’s Copa Coca-Cola in Mbarara as per region:–Kamapal Region. Kibuli SS, Old Kampala SS, Lubiri SS, Kakungulu Memorial SS, Kawempe Moslem SSS.–Wakiso Region. St. Mary’s Kitende SS, Buddo SS, St. Julian High School, Standard High Zzana SS, London College Nansana.–West Nile. Panyango SS, Paidah SS, Biyaya SS.–Acholi. St. Jospehs College-Layibi, Bishop Angelo Negri College, Rev Jebuloni Issoke Memorial Collage.–Lango. Lira Town College, Mentor High School, Adwari SS.–Teso. Light SS, Serere SS, Amuria High School.–Bukedi. Hill View College Bulangira, Rock High School, Kamuge High School.–Busoga. Jinja SS, Agape SS, Iganga Town View SS, Jinja Progressive SS.–Bunyoro. St. Edwards Bukumi, St. Peters High School-Hoima, Kitala Modal SS.–Rwenzori. St. Paul SS, St. Mary’s SS Simbya, Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational.–Mbarara. Mbarara High School, St. Joseph’s Vocational-Mbarara, Walden High School.–Bushenyi. Ryakasinga Che, Ijuumo Progressive SS.–Kigezi. Kishenyi SS, Kigezi High School, St. Gerrard Nyakibare.–Masaka. Blessed Sacrament SS Kimanya, Masaka SS, St. Josephine Bakhita.–Mpigi. Royal Giant High School, Kisozi Seed SS, Hope SSS.–Luwero. Nakaseke International College, High Starndard SS Katera, Savior High School.–Mukono. Green Valley High School, , Namagabi SS, Hands of Grace SS.–Mbale. Maluku SS, St. Joseph Buyaga, Sironko Preogressive.–Sebei. Sebei College School.Comments Tags: copa coca-colaKibuli ss
Sserunkuma was the League top scorer in 2018/19. (PHOTO/AGENCY)KABIRA/KAMPALA – 2017/18 StarTimes Uganda Premier League top scorer Dan Sserunkuma has been axed from the squad currently preparing to take part in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).The Vipers forward is part of the 9 players who were announced as discontinued from the AFCON preparations on Monday, 20th May.He is joined on the list by KCCA FC playmaker Allan Okello and last season’s league top scorer Juma Balinya.The others include James Alitho, Charles Lukwago, Mustafa Mujjuzi, Halid Lwaliwa, Daniel Isiagi and Disan Ggaliwango.Sserunkuma, Okello, Balinya, Alitho, Lukwago and Muguzi will join the other Cranes team that is currently preparing for the 2019 COSAFA Cup in South Africa.For Lwaliwa, Isiagi and Ggaliwango, they are set to pack their bags and head home after also failing to make the COSAFA cut.Among the 20 that were earlier summoned to the AFCON team, only 11 are maintained by head coach Sebastien Desabre and his technical team.The 11 will be joined by the 15 professionals who were also called up, and head to the United Arab Emirates for another training camp.The Cranes will hold another training camp in the UAE.From there, they will hold a mini-camp in Abidjan, Ivory Coast where they will play two build-up games before departing for the AFCON finals in Egypt, next month.The list of players that have stayed in CampAllan Kyambadde, Timothy Awany, Patrick Kaddu, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Moses Waiswa, Taddeo Lwanga, Bevis Mugabi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Isaac Muleme, Khalid Aucho and Godfrey Walusimbi.Uganda at AFCON 2019Group A-Egypt-DR Congo-Uganda-ZimbabweUganda’s Fixtures-Democratic Republic of Congo v Uganda, Cairo Stadium – June 22nd @2:30pm-Uganda v Zimbabwe, Cairo Stadium – June 26th @5pm-Egypt v Uganda, Cairo Stadium – June 30th @7pmComments Tags: 2019 AFCONallan okelloCOSAFA Cup 2019dan sserunkumaJuma BalinyaSebastien Desabretop
Jose Mourinho has insisted that Willian will not be sold by Chelsea.There have been reports that the likes of Willian and Juan Cuadrado could be offloaded by the Blues following their signing of Pedro.However, while boss Mourinho did not rule out a move for Cuadrado, he made it clear that Willian will be staying at Stamford Bridge.Mourinho also refused to comment on reports Chelsea are close to clinching the signings of Everton’s John Stones and Juventus’ former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.There has been speculation that Stones could hand in a transfer request in order to force a move, but Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said there has been no sign of the defender doing so.There has also been speculation over the future of Victor Moses. Tottenham and Aston Villa are interested in the Chelsea wide-man, according to the Daily Telegraph. Meanwhile, Oscar has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at West Brom, where Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois will return from suspension.Oscar is unavailable for the trip to The HawthornsQPR have signed midfielder Tom Rosenthal, the 18-year-old son of former Liverpool and Tottenham striker Ronnie Rosenthal.Rangers recently missed out on United States defender Tim Ream, who has said that the success of Fulham’s previous American players was a major factor in his decision to join the Whites.Fulham are still awaiting news on the knee injury suffered by keeper Marcus Bettinelli at Wolves when he collided with team-mate Matt Smith, who has been ruled out for up to six weeks.Thomas Eisfeld has left Craven Cottage, returning to his native Germany to sign for second-tier side VfL Bochum.Fulham’s Under-21 side were in action on Friday evening. They lost 3-0 at home to Wolves.And striker Andre Gray has completed his move from Brentford to Burnley.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook