‘Mission Accomplished’

first_imgThe Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has finally accomplished the quest to give allow their political leader, Mr. George M. Weah, to contest for the Senate in the upcoming Special Senatorial Election. However, this move had been scorned by the party’s critics, with some saying that it was just a “whitewash attempt” as Mr. Weah had long selected himself for the post and no one dare question his authority if they want to remain in the party.Weah contested in the party’s primaries at the weekend in Buchanan, Grand Basaa County and got the mandate his partisans to stand as a candidate for Montserrado County in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election early October.Weah booked his place for the hot seat unopposed and was amongst the first four candidates elected at the jammed packed hall.Other candidates elected include, former Unity Party stalwart and CDC newcomer Dr. Foday Kromah, Grand Cape Mount County, Nathaniel McGill, CDC secretary general secured his spot for Gbarpolu County while Prof. Ansu Sonii will lead the party for Margibi County, they all went unchallenged.In the most contested race, Cllr. Teplah Reeves defeated two other contenders, Emmanuel Toe and Rosina Shaack for River Cess County seat while Solomon Murrey was the lone candidate for Grand Bassa County, putting an end to speculation that CDC was prepared to support football star, James S. Debbah, who attempted joining the CDC to grab the seat.  Results from the polls suggest that CDC has finally parted company with incumbent Senator Joyce Musu Sumo Freeman, who as well tender in her resignation early this month.Political commentators described the outcome as “unsurprised” due to the involvement of Mr. Weah and other strong members of the CDC, who already expressed their desire to stand in the election prior to the primaries.   CDC partisans at the rally termed it as “Peaceful and Democratic”, expressing their desire to engage the upcoming election with every available political material to ensure that candidates contesting emerge as winners.Weah is expected to face challenges from fellow contenders, the first family candidate Robert Sirleaf and Christopher Neyor, both former employees of National Oil Company of Liberia and are kin on representing Montserrado at the Legislature.Meanwhile, primaries for Bomi and Maryland Counties were postponed based on series of protest emerging from the respective location.CDC confirmed the postponement and announced that Bomi primary will take place this weekend at the party’s headquarters in Monrovia to avoid further violence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gov’t Challenges Court in US$10.7M Vehicles Debt

first_imgThe court is yet to come out with a definite decision more than two months after government lawyers challenged the legality of the Commercial Court to hear a US$10.7M vehicle debt lawsuit brought against them by Lebanese businessman, George Haddad.If the court rules that it has jurisdiction, it means that it would proceed into the merit of the case, which may likely compel government to pay US$10.7m debt owed Mr. Haddad, a judicial expert hinted to the Daily Observer.Mr. Haddad‘s lawyer filed a lawsuit against the government claiming that  from 2000 to 2008, their client  sold and repaired several vehicles and also supplied spare parts to government institutions amounting to US$10.7M. However, government is yet to pay the money, despite their client’s persistent attempts to collect payment.Prior to challenging the court’s authority to handle the matter, government lawyers openly admitted that they were indebted to the Lebanese businessman.They made the confession when the court held a conference with both parties. Surprisingly, after hearing government’s admission and subsequent contention over the court’s jurisdiction, the Resident Chief Judge, Eva Mappy Morgan, one of the judges of the three-judge panel that is managing the court, suspended the case without setting a definite date for their ruling into the matter.The judicial expert informed this newspaper that the plaintiff and his lawyers do not know the reason behind the court’s delay in deciding the matter.According to the expert, the act that created the court provides that “It shall have jurisdiction over and in all civil actions arising out of or in relation to commercial transactions in which the claim is at least US$15,000…”The act further provides that “the court has jurisdiction over all commercial cases and claims, irrespective of the residence of parties or what . . . cause of action arose.”It further states that “it has jurisdiction over all disputes in connection with the creation, negotiation, and enforcement of any negotiable instrument, including the liabilities and rights associated with it.”“It has the power to adjudicate all commercial matters within its jurisdiction and . . . claims over which the circuit court, the debt court and the commercial court have concurrent jurisdiction may not need to be moved from the court at which it has been instituted.Despite these jurisdictions, a state lawyer, Cllr. Augustine Fayia, argued that the case be dismissed on the grounds that the court lacks what he termed as “jurisdiction” to try the case.He also contended that the court was established in 2010, which shows that the law creating it prevented it from hearing matters prior to its establishment.Cllr. Fayia’s contention came after the state lawyers and Haddad’s lawyers rested with the final arguments in early February.However, the state lawyer did not deny government indebtedness to the foreign businessman; rather Cllr. Fayia argued that the court lacks jurisdiction.The case arose in 2012, when Haddad’s legal team, the Sherman & Sherman Law Firm filed a lawsuit against government.In that lawsuit, the lawyers contended that from 2000 to 2008, Mr. Haddad sold and repaired several vehicles and also supplied spare parts to government institutions amounting to US$10.7M. However, government is yet to pay the money, despite their client’s persistent negotiations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CAPAM awards innovation in private sector

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon said the presentation of International Innovations Awards (IIA) is a fitting conclusion to the 12th Biennial Conference of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM).CAPAM 2018 concluded, with a banquet and IIA ceremony at the Marriott Hotel, Kingston, Georgetown, on Wednesday evening. Minister Harmon commended CAPAM for celebrating innovation which explores new frontiers in the pursuit of public administration and management.“I wish to commend the International Innovations Awards ceremony that seeks to promote the spirit of innovation of the public service by recognising organisations that have made significant contributions to improving governance and service in the Public Sector,” Minister Harmon is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.This is the first time the Conference was held in Guyana. Minister Harmon said Guyana agreed to host the Conference based on its deep commitment to the Commonwealth’s programmes and activities. “It is our hope that we have been a good and gracious host, that we have properly facilitated the work and success ofMinister of State Joseph Harmon poses with the winners of the International Innovations Awards (IIA)the Conference and that we have contributed to CAPAM’s objective to improve public administration and management,” Minister Harmon said.CAPAM was held from October 22-24 at the Guyana Marriott under the theme “Transforming the Public Sector for Climate Governance”. Margaret Saner, former chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) and Chair of the IIA Assessment Panel introduced the Awards, noting that, “many of the finalists’ innovations speak to the resilience, determination and leadership of those involved, and often understate the challenges and obstacles faced. These people have demonstrated vision, ingenuity and sensitivity to citizens and colleagues’ needs.” She continued, saying that “some innovations were strongly community-based, while others focused on equipping the public service to better serve citizens or to enhance economic or social potential. They exemplify what is best about the public service and show what is possible even in the face of long-standing, deep-rooted problems.” The winners of the IIA were Unnayan Banka for reinventing education using technology, India, in the category of innovation incubation; Helping Elderly Singaporeans Plan for Retirement in a Digital World, Singapore for innovative policies, programmes, services, and access to services that are outward-facing and client-based in the category of citizen-focused innovation; Unified Agriculture Markets, India, for recognises innovations that are largely internal/inward-facing to government and consist of functional or whole-of-system policies or business processes in the category of innovation in Public Service Management; and InNEAvation (NEA´s Innovation DNA), Singapore in the category of innovation DNA.The awards ceremony reached its conclusion when Minister Harmon presented the overall gold medal to unified agriculture markets, India. CAPAM enables public service professionals to effectively solve challenges and pursue interests by exchanging knowledge, networking, and engaging in shared learning about leading practices.last_img read more

Tobacco Control Council finally launched

first_img2 years after legislationAlmost two years after Guyana passed legislation to regulate the sale and use of tobacco products, the Government has finally assembled a council which will be responsible for enforcing the law.Dr Shamdeo Persaud has been named Chairman of the 9-member council, and Attorney Cassandra Alves as the council’s Legal Officer. Other councillors are Mahadeo Ramjag from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Shailendra Rai from the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS); Desiree Edghill, Executive Director of Artistes in Direct Support; Melissa Del-Richards, Assistant Director of Sports; Dr Mayon Amsterdam, Technical Officer at the Public Health Ministry; Dr Latoya Gooding from the Giving Hope Foundation; and Chronic Diseases Coordinator Dr Kavita Singh as the council’s secretary.The mission of the council has been influenced by the Public Health Ministry’s framework of the Health Vision 2020, which is a post-Millennium Development Goals agenda for Guyana through expanding universal health coverage and enabling health-enhancing behavioural and cultural changes in and through the delivery of improved health services.The council was established following the mandate of the Tobacco Control Act, which stipulates that a council be established with the important role of advising the Minister on matters related to tobacco control and the administration and enforcement of the Act.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence has said the council would play a pivotal role in how the ministry addresses non-communicable diseases.“It is my strong belief that you (the council) are well positioned to do the things that are required of you, because you represent all sectors of our community and you can interface with our citizens in our community groups — of the entertainment sector, of social media, our religious organisations etc — to spread the message of how important it is of us kicking that habit of smoking,” Lawrence asserted.The council’s Legal Officer, Cassandra Alves, told the gathering that Guyana is the first country in the Caribbean to implement a Tobacco Control Council. She, however, outlined the hard road ahead, as several regulations need to be implemented and enforced.“In accordance with the regulations passed last year, the tobacco industry had to start complying with the rules on the 25th of February this year, and they have started. We still have some problems with compliance; some people have stretched out the image too much, some have opted to not put certain things, some have put things on the package that they were not supposed to put there.“The tobacco industry cannot even put on the package a health message that they have made up, but only those that are prescribed by the regulations,” Alves explained.The Tobacco Control Bill was passed in the National Assembly on July 27, 2017. At that time, Guyana had the third highest prevalence rate of smoking in the world. However, in 2018, Guyana received the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) World No Tobacco Day Award for the passage of the bill.The bill bans smoking at all indoor workplaces and certain outdoor places, such as in any waiting area or queue in a public place, including but not limited to any public transport stop, bus stand or bus park.The legislation will be enforced by the application of several penalties in the form of fines and prison sentences for ‘certain transgressions’. These range from a fine of $200,000 along with 6 months’ imprisonment for persons who breach the new regulations, to fines for business entities of up to $9 million dollars.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence (sixth from right) along with the Tobacco Control Council memberslast_img read more

Companies team up for new drug

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. – Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp., partners looking to grab more of the $32 billion global cholesterol-drug market, will jointly develop a new medicine combining their Zetia with rival Pfizer Inc.’s blockbuster Lipitor. The planned drug, meant to reduce bad cholesterol levels in two ways, could hit the market when Lipitor’s patent expires in a few years, Merck and Schering-Plough said Monday. Information on when human testing would begin was not disclosed. News of the deal pushed up Schering-Plough’s shares more than 2 percent, while Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Merck shares dipped about 1 percent. Merck and Schering-Plough have a seven-year-old joint venture that markets two cholesterol drugs: Schering-Plough’s Zetia and a combo pill launched in mid-2004 called Vytorin. It combines Zetia and Zocor, Merck’s former blockbuster, which lost patent protection in June 2006. Zetia is the only drug on sale that limits absorption of cholesterol in the digestive tract. Zocor, like other drugs in a popular class called statins, limits cholesterol production in the liver. The Merck-Schering-Plough joint venture promotes Vytorin heavily, stressing that it fights cholesterol in two ways. “We anticipate that the Lipitor/Zetia combination may be more effective than Vytorin on cholesterol reduction and could capture an even larger share of the cholesterol-management market than Vytorin,” analyst Joseph Tooley of A.G. Edwards wrote in a research note. Halit Bander, the head of New York-based Pfizer’s Lipitor medical team, said the company can’t speculate on how the new combination would work. Schering-Plough spokeswoman Mary-Fran Faraji said combining Zetia with any statin reduces cholesterol levels about an extra 20 percent, roughly three times as much benefit as just doubling a statin’s dose. “This will present, if it’s approved, an additional option for physicians and patients,” she said. “There are really tremendous unmet needs in cholesterol management.” Heart disease remains the country’s No. 1 killer and many patients are unable to reduce their level of bad cholesterol – and with it cardiac risk – as much as doctors recommend. Meanwhile, new studies reported Monday that a complementary strategy of trying to stave off heart disease by boosting good cholesterol didn’t work well and had safety problems. Lipitor, the world’s top-selling drug, currently is protected by two patents, one facing a legal challenge, according to Pfizer. It is not expected to face generic competition until March 2010 or later. Last year, Lipitor brought Pfizer $12.9 billion in revenues worldwide, more than three times the combined sales for Zetia and Vytorin of $3.86 billion.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Common Fort St. John gas price drops again

first_imgHowever, it is still five cents a liter higher than the B.C. average, which at $1.218 is about half a cent below the national average. According the GasBuddy.com, the local price is also 18 cents higher than the low end price in the province, which it quotes as $1.089 at five filling stations in Langford on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. That, in turn, is another 12 cents higher than the low end price in Alberta at five stations in the Edmonton area, where it’s 96.9 cents a litre. – Advertisement –last_img

EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF THREE CAR SMASH

first_imgThe emergency services are at the scene of a three car smash in Inishowen.The accident happened at about 3.30pm at Aught outside Muff.It is understood one of the cars has been badly damaged in the crash. There are three ambulances and Gardai at the scene.However it is not known if there are any serious injuries to those involved.One eye-witness told Donegal Daily that one of the cars looks to be badly damaged.“IT looks pretty bad but I can’t tell if anyone is injured. One of the cars is in a right mess and there are three ambulances there. “Hopefully nobody is seriously injured but it does look pretty bad,” said the man.EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF THREE CAR SMASH was last modified: December 5th, 2013 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:AughtcrashInishowenmufflast_img read more

Jeremy Goyings, Nov. 7

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We finished corn about a week go. We finished all of the double-crop beans but 160 acres. We got rained out last week and we haven’t been able to get back into them.The corn was kind of like we expected. It had about the highest variability we’ve ever had on our corn crop. We did finish a couple of fields — the farthest southeast farm and the farthest north farm — where we got out of the dry belt where we had a 185 and a 180. So at least a little bit of extra moisture helped. It was the same way with the beans.The driest stretch was almost centered on the vast majority of our acres. Only a few tenths of rain made a difference. We normally think about a farm getting two or three inches more that made up for the differences in yields, but this year it was 20 bushels different with just two or three tenths. It was so starved for water just a little bit made a difference.Everything stood excellent. I was worried towards the end we’d run into some stalk issues, but the late rains seemed to keep the later corn a little healthier.The double-crops were excellent for our area.  A lot of times you celebrate if you can get your money back that you put into it. This year the vast majority of them have come off in the low 30s. We even had a 44-bushel yield on one field.We tried to get them in right after the combine after the straw was baled. We’ll try that again next year so we can try to take advantage of that bonus check at the end of the year.last_img read more

How to Integrate FCPX Into Logic Pro X

first_imgLogic Pro X is a solid audio solution for editing and mixing your productions. Get the most out of it by integrating Final Cut Pro X.During the development of my last documentary film, I went into the audio mixing sessions with my sound designer noticed that he wasn’t using the industry standard Pro Tools 12. Instead, he was using Logic Pro X. Being a film score composer who had been trained to use Pro Tools, he proceeded to tell me that more and more composers are making the move to either Ableton Live or Logic Pro.What I learned is that Pro Tools still runs around $800, Ableton Live runs $600 for the Intro version, and Logic Pro X is the cheapest route of the three at $200. This seemed to be an incredible value. Now, the built-in instruments aren’t too impressive, as they are essentially what you’ll find in GarageBand. But my sound designer was able to maximize the software’s usability by purchasing add-ons like GeoSonics from SonicCulture, Hans Zimmer Percussion from Spitfire Audio and Strings and Brass from East West.To help you successfully integrate your FCPX audio into Logic Pro X and back again, check out this great video from Dan Allen’s YouTube Channel.If you want a more comprehensive introduction to Logic Pro X, take a look at these extremely useful tutorials from MusicTechHelpGuy.Getting Starting in Logic XHow to Turn on Advanced ToolsWant to know more about film audio? Then check out these articles on PremiumBeat.How to Capture High Quality Audio for Low Budget FilmsAudio Tips for DSLR FilmmakersAudio Tips and Tricks: Removing Echo and ReverbWas this information helpful? What are your thoughts on Logic Pro X? Sound off in the comments below.last_img read more

Job Loss Fear in Kuwait

first_imgThousands of Indian engineers in Kuwait, including IIT graduates, are staring at possible job losses as the Gulf country has decided to recognise degrees only if India’s National Board of Accreditation had approved of the courses they studied.Read it at Telegraph India Related Itemslast_img

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