Position Struggle at EPA Vohiri Suspended

first_imgThe struggle for position at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is brewing as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s quest to create a new position at the Agency backfires.According to documents obtained by the Daily Observer, President Sirleaf has opted to create a Deputy Executive Director for Operations at the EPA, contrary to the Act establishing the entity.It all started when Civil Service Agency (CSA) Director General George Werner wrote to EPA Executive Director Amyaa Vohiri requesting a new position to be occupied by former Margibi County superintendent Levi Piah.“I write to appeal for the creation of the Deputy Executive Director for Operations (DEDO) within the EPA,” CSA Werner said in a letter dated October 14, 2014 addressed to EPA.According to Werner, the DEDO will be accompanied by a Special Technical Assistant to the DEDO who will assist the DEDO with facilitating EPA’s operations.He added that fiscal allocations for both positions will be placed in EPA’s 2014/2015 Budget but will require EPA management’s follow up with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.Knowing full well that the creation of the two positions would contravene the EPA Act, the CSA communicated the Terms of Reference (ToRs) to EPA in an apparent attempt to justify the Civil Service’s request.According to information obtained by this paper, the EPA boss apprised stakeholders about the CSA request, forcing Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh to immediately intervene.In his letter of November 7, 2014 addressed to the CSA, Konneh proposed that such a request is directed to the EPA Board of Directors for approval prior to any action by the Ministry of Finance to include the positions in the FY2014/2015 National Budget.“I therefore request that you direct your appeal to the Board for consideration,” Konneh advised.Similar to Konneh’s reaction, Madam Vohiri reminded CSA that the request “contravenes the Act establishing EPA, an autonomous agency situated under the office of the President of the Republic of Liberia. Further, your directive does not in fact reflect a current need of the Agency. The leadership structure of the Agency as enshrined in the Act allows for the Executive Director, one Deputy Executive Director and line managers to inform the management team that is currently operating the EPA as successfully as it can, given the budgetary and technical constraints,” Madam Vohiri declared.President Johnson Sirleaf in apparent anger, wrote the EPA boss informing her of her immediate suspension.“In keeping with the authority granted me under the Constitution as head of the Executive Branch of which EPA is a part, and in response to your gross misconduct and disregard to the instructions given you in a meeting on Thursday, November 20, 2014, you are hereby suspended for an indefinite period of time.“The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, in his capacity as chair of the National Environmental Policy Council, has been advised on the reason for this decision and requested to take appropriate action,” President Sirleaf said to the EPA boss.However, the Act creating the EPA does not call for the establishing of the two positions. According to Section 16 A, B & C, “There shall be an Executive Director who is a person with wide environmental knowledge.“The Executive Director shall serve for the period of 7 years and shall be eligible for reappointment, except that there shall be appointed an interim ED.“The ED shall have security of tenure but shall cease to hold office if he/she, resigns, found guilty of gross misconduct on the advice of the Board and approval of the Policy Council or unable to discharge the functions of his/her office for health reasons.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

THE BATHING BIRDS

first_imgThey were assumed to be true true loversThey coupled as one in the ancient porcelainThey splashed into this fountain full of hopesThey tangoed to the splatter of the washragThey began a new verve that was to live onThe Bathing BirdsThey sat high up over the old electric polesThey must be in a forever state to hold tightThey nibble amorously from aged old clayThey stare each other far into their red heartsThey cast a spell to say you are mine nowThe Bathing BirdsThey have flown oceans all on solo flightsThey made huge pacts with soldiers unknownThey climbed mountains over burning hot lavaThey walked with the devil’s aid for a push upThey bring different ropes to ties together nowThe Bathing BirdsShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Promoting enterprise, driving productivity” – GuyExpo 2016 declared open

first_imgBY DEVINA SAMAROO AND AHREEFA BACCHUSater its one-year hiatus, Guyana’s largest trade fair and exposition returned with a bang, with over 350 booths on display, as celebrations take full swing to usher in the country’s 50th independence anniversary on May 26.GuyExpo 2016, being observed under the theme “50 years: Guyana Means Business. Promoting Enterprise, Driving Productivity”, started off with the traditional launching ceremony at the Sophia Exhibition Centre, Greater Georgetown.Looking ahead, the Government envisions GuyExpo developing into an international event, whereby businesses from various territories assemble in one giant trade fair and exposition.“In order for the event to truly development, it needs to have both local and foreign participation. It needs toNEW GPC INC is among the more than 300 companies that are exhibiting their services and products at GuyExpo 2016become a much more foreign affair; that is, it must attract foreign exhibitors and it must attract foreign buyers. Guyana means business will have to be embodied in Guyana in the coming years and this event must become the launchpad for businesses seeking access to both local and foreign markets,” Business Minister Dominic Gaskin remarked during his presentation.Manufacturing industriesRecognising that Guyana has been unsuccessful in developing its value-added industries, Gaskin encouraged investors to refocus their efforts to ensure value is added to raw materials being exported.He acknowledged that there are a number of factors that discourage manufacturing in Guyana, not least of which are the high energy cost and lack of a skilled workforce.“This means to me, if left to its own devices, our local manufacturing sector is unlikely to change its course,” he noted, urging the Private Sector to work with the Government to develop the manufacturing industry.EntrepreneurshipPresident of the Georgetown Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Vishnu Doerga, during his brief opening remarks, emphasised that Guyana is overwhelmed with tremendous business potential, eagerly waiting to be touched.“The expectations are many, the potential is more than evident, the path is clear. It is time to demonstrate in actions more than in words that Guyana truly means business,” Doerga declared, noting that countless business opportunities are available in the country, but it just needs to right environment to stimulate startup and sustain growth.In this regard, he stressed that the spirit of entrepreneurship should be more widely promoted, especially in schools. “Entrepreneurship must become a catalyst for job growth. Students must leave the education system with knowledge of turning ideas into reality,” he stated.Doerga also noted that the Private Sector needs to diversify into other industries such as the telecommunication sector, the Information and Communication Technology sector (ICT) as well as the creative industries – all areas which have to potential to drastically reduce the unemployment rate.The GGCI President also mentioned that the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) needs to function as intended in order for business to blossom.“The CSME needs to allow promised access to [Caribbean Community] Caricom markets, access devoid of unnecessary barriers,” he noted.Speaking to the Government, the Private Sector representative underscored the need for a more level playing field of doing business in Guyana and urged the current Administration to act with urgency in ensuring this prevails.He also noted that tax regimes should stimulate rather than stifle Private Sector growth.Green economyPresident David Granger, during his feature address, reiterated the importance of a green economy in the development of the business sector.“A green economy is necessary for ensuring the sustainable management of our natural resources and our assets… it is also needed to wean this country off of its addiction to fossil fuels,” he stated.The President noted that it is his mission to build a green economy, and that moves are afoot to rapidly accelerate the transition towards having cleaner and cheaper sources of energy.He said over the next five years, his Government will ensure huge investments are made in the development of wind, solar and hydro energy.The President said his Government will also explore the possibility of offering incentives to encourage investments in renewable energy.Large corporations dominate small enterprises300 booths were on display from approximately 250 participants but disheartening to say, large corporations once again dominated the scene.Contrary to previous years however, the number of participating small enterprises diminished.Thursday evening’s launch saw a limited number of small businesses participating, while the large-scale enterprises dominated the Sophia Exhibition Centre. In previous years, small businesses took the opportunity to showcase their products, including locally made sauces and well as fruits and vegetables at the exhibition; however, this year it was noted that there was a limited number of small businesses participating.The larger booths expressed their optimism at being able to showcase their products to Guyanese at the expo, as it is a means of attracting a larger customer base.Communications Manager of Digicel Guyana, Vidya Sanichara explained that thus far they have had an encouraging response from visitors, and she encouraged persons to visit the booths to take advantage of the many promotions being offered. “We’re always at Guyexpo and we always anticipate a big crowd. We’re surprised to have such a huge crowd at the expo despite the weather. As you know, we recently launched our 4G service and that is what we’re pushing tonight,” she stated adding that they have a number of data plans and handsets at affordable prices available.The Marketing Director of GTT also shared similar sentiments as he encouraged persons to visit the booth. “At GTT there’s a lot of things going on and we have a lot of specials for all of our customers. As you all know we launched our 4G and we are proud of it as the fastest 4G in Guyana. We have a big stand with a lot of phone specials,” he explained.Meanwhile, a Marketing Representative of Roraima Airways explained that they have special packages available to visitors of their booth at the expo. “We know you have a lot of relatives coming in as well as those already here. We have aerial tours being offered for just $4200 and that’s the lowest you’re going to get it for a city tour of Guyana,” she stated.New Guyana Pharmaceutical Company Pharmacist Olivia Brown also took the opportunity to encourage visitors to trust the Company for all their pharmaceutical needs.last_img read more

Anti-gang unit arrests 64 suspects

first_imgLess than a week after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared an all-out assault on the city’s most violent gangs, police from a newly formed task force have arrested 64 people in some of the San Fernando Valley’s most dangerous neighborhoods. Officers from the 50-member violent-crime task force have stopped about 110 suspects over the past five days in the Valley, arresting 64 on charges ranging from narcotics and weapons possession to auto theft. It’s an early indication of how focused efforts can suppress violent crime, police said. But questions remained about a crackdown on gangs – like a litany of others before – that could prove short-lived without a more comprehensive, and likely more costly, prevention strategy. “Our goal is to reduce violent crime 5 percent in the San Fernando Valley,” said Lt. John McMahon, head of the task force and an 18-year LAPD veteran. “Traditionally, resources go to other areas where violent crime occurs. I cannot remember this type of resources ever dedicated to the violent crime in the Valley.” Last year, gang-related crime jumped 43 percent in the Valley and 14 percent citywide. The surge followed years of decreasing Valley crime rates. Unlike patrol officers, the task force roams across the city. The tactic had been tried in the southern part of the city, where a majority of the violent gang-related crime occurs, but never in the Valley. The most controversial part of the mayor’s plan is a change in a decades-old LAPD policy that had prohibited officers from naming street gangs. Critics say naming them could now trigger a spate of violence among gang members jockeying for notoriety. McMahon disagreed. “The increased public awareness about who (the gangs) are and how they affect different communities should trigger more cooperation with the public,” he said. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Our concern is that the message that we want to send out there – we are about prevention and intervention, but you are going to have to wait for that side of the strategy because right now it’s about suppression,” said Bobby Arias, co-founder of North Hills-based Communities in Schools, a gang prevention and intervention program. “It can make our life difficult when what they are seeing at the community level is just the hammer.” Villaraigosa has vowed to introduce an intervention strategy as part of his anti-gang initiative. Meanwhile, an ad hoc committee on gangs headed by Councilman Tony Cardenas is evaluating the city’s gang programs. A recent independent, city-funded study of the programs headed by civil-rights lawyer Connie Rice found them ineffective. The roving task force will hit the Valley’s most dangerous gang areas for the next six months to a year. The program will then be re-evaluated. This week, the task force focused on North Hollywood and Van Nuys, home to the Barrio Van Nuys and Blythe Street gangs. Those communities account for 45 percent of the region’s violent crimes so far this year. last_img read more

RATHMULLAN GETS READY TO SWITCH ON ITS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!

first_imgStamps are being saved for this year’s Rathmullan’s Christmas lights.It may only be the start of summer but one Donegal village is already planning ahead for Christmas!A novel new fundraising idea has been launched in Rathmullan to raise funds to install the Christmas lights in the village in December.Dessie McLaughlin, Mary McAteer, Moira McHugh, Tracey Buchanan, Bernie Kane and Fr. Martin Collum from the Rathmullan Lights Committe launching their Stamps initiative this week. Pic by Francis Diver.People can buy stamps in their local shops, schools and business premises from now until November at €1 each. With the stamps on sale in the local school, it is a great opportunity for the children of the area to be part of the lights come December. Once you collect a book of twenty stamps you will be entered into a draw for many exciting prizes.For the past number of years the village had a Christmas tree on a voluntary basis with Jimmy Joe Morrison providing the tree, Jason Morrison supplying the teleporter to erect it with local volunteers and members of the FAS Community Employment Scheme and the Rathmullan Enterprise Group.The Rathmullan lights committee wishes to thank all those who erected the tree down the years and everyone for their generous donations last year to buy the lights.The Light Up Rathmullan campaign gives the local community and visitors to the area over the summer months an opportunity to get involved in this initiative and for all the community to get involved and have some prize in their town. The committee has also held a number of coffee mornings as well as selling shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day before launching their unique stamps campaign and while it may seem a bit surreal to be thinking of Christmas lights in April, this new idea has certainly got people talking and this will translate into Euros as the year progresses.Like many other towns and villages in the county, Rathmullan has suffered badly from the recession and especially emigration.They only have one grocery shop open run by Niall and Celine Carberry while the other one in the town for generations, Gallen’s closed its doors last year.Rathmullan is lucky in that it experiences a great growth in numbers from Easter to Halloween and when the weather is fine the beach is a great attractionRATHMULLAN GETS READY TO SWITCH ON ITS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS! was last modified: April 27th, 2015 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:Christmas lightsdonegalRathmullanstampslast_img read more

GAA NEWS: MILFORD CLUB NOTES

first_imgLotto NumbersThis week’s lotto numbers were 1-5-13-16. No jackpot winner. One match three gets €70. Harry Orr, Ballyare, Ramelton. Next week’s jackpot is €4,420.Senior Men Milford 0-16 Na Rossa 1-8A good performance last Saturday night from the boys in a game they controlled from the start. Milford played nearly all the football in the first half but still only went in 6 points to 5 at half time. Milford stormed out of the blocks at the start of the second half and went into a 5 point lead before a goal for Na Rossa brought it back to a 2 point game. Na Rossa then had a midfielder sent off half way through the second half and there was only one team in it from then on in a good team performance by Milford. Milford: Caolan Mc Gettigan (0-1), TJ Evisson, Conor McNulty (Oisin Barrett 20m), Cormac Friel, Dean Burgess (Ryan Ferry, 45m), Barry McNulty, Enda McHugh, Dermot Friel, Lorcan Friel(Jason McConigley, 55m) James Gallagher, Chippie Barrett(0-3), Mark Farren (0-1) (Jamie Heena, 45m), Cathal McGettian (0-3), Kevin McGee (0-1), David Curley (0-7).Ladies TeamsThe senior ladies are at home to Malin on Friday Night in the league. Best of luck to Amber Barrett, Orla McAteer and Shannon McGroddy who are all part of the Donegal team who play Tyrone on Saturday in the Ulster Final.WebsiteFor all the latest information and news checkout the new look club website at www.milford.donegal.gaa.ie  GAA NEWS: MILFORD CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Milford GAA noteslast_img read more

REVEALED: THE €1,000 HANDBAG DONATED TO DONEGAL CHARITY BY SARAH JESSICA PARKER

first_imgIT’S BEEN the talk of Donegal all week and today donegaldaily.com can reveal the designer handbag donated to a Donegal charity by Sarah Jessica Parker is an iconic chain handbag….a horn and metal Paco Rabanne Le 69!And you would need to have a few quid to buy one – they retail on the internet for around €1,000!In 1969, Paco Rabanne launched “Le 69 ” bag made up of metal plates which became the it-bag of a whole generation. More than forty years later, it was relaunched in its original shape and in acrylic, gum and aluminum.‘Sex and the City’ siren Sarah Jessica Parker donated the handbag to the Killybegs Women’s Group.And it has been kept at the local Garda station for safe keeping until the raffle – tickets will cost €5 – next month.The actress, who played Carrie in the hit show, said in the note that she would like to send all her love to all the ladies who will be at the event on July 15th, and also added “I miss Ireland and send my best wishes.” Jessica Parker regularly visits county Donegal, where she has a home in Kilcar with her husband Matthew Broderick.Group treasurer Carol McLean said earlier this week: “All I can tell you is a local would need a lot of wages to afford it.”“Never did we expect such a generous donation- we are absolutely thrilled. This will be a superb fundraiser. At only €5 per ticket you have the prospect of carrying a classic handbag owned by Sarah Jessica Parker. We expect a huge demand.”And while the bag retails for between €865 and €1,500, the fact it was once owned by the actress makes it much more valuable.REVEALED: THE €1,000 HANDBAG DONATED TO DONEGAL CHARITY BY SARAH JESSICA PARKER was last modified: June 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegalkilcarKillybegspaco rabannesarah jessica parkerlast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: ST EUNAN’S BOYS BRING MacLARNON CUP BACK TO LETTERKENNY

first_imgThe St Eunan’s College players back at the school this eveningST EUNAN’S COLLEGE boys returned in triumph to Letterkenny today after winning the MacLarnon Cup after an epic final battle with Coláistí Inis Eoghain.The Letterkenny school took the Ulster trophy on a two-point margin.St Eunan’s GAA club contingent in the teamMan of the Match Conal Boyle and Captain Conor O’Donnell  PICTURE SPECIAL: ST EUNAN’S BOYS BRING MacLARNON CUP BACK TO LETTERKENNY was last modified: March 17th, 2014 by John2Share 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:letterkennyMacLarnon Cup Winners 2014St.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

McGUINNESS SHOULD HAVE FORMED A HUMAN CHAIN TO STOP McHUGH AT DEPARTURE GATE – HAYES

first_imgFormer Meath great Liam Hayes said Jim McGuinness should have formed a human barrier with his players to stop Mark McHugh getting on a flight to New York.Mark McHughThe Kilcar playmaker left for the US this week as Donegal take on Antrim in the Ulster semi-final.Hayes expects Donegal to overcome Antrim but they are a pale shadow of the team which won the 2012 All-Ireland without McHugh. “The flight of Mark McHugh to New York tells a story which is deafening – even for those men housed in the cement like bunker of the Donegal dressing room.“That the heartbeat of the Donegal’s All-Ireland winning team of 18 months ago would prefer to wear the yellow and gold in New York – where he is representing another Donegal team – and would get on a flight the week of the county’s second championship outing is bizarre.“And that nobody (but mainly manager Jim McGuinness) did not form a human barrier at the departure gate was unforgiveable.“Donegal will beat Antrim and they will appear not to miss McHugh, but by taking the field without him they are admitting to their rivals that they are accepting their role as a shadow of the team that the 2012 All-Ireland title,” claims Hayes.  McGUINNESS SHOULD HAVE FORMED A HUMAN CHAIN TO STOP McHUGH AT DEPARTURE GATE – HAYES was last modified: June 21st, 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) Tags:donegalJim McGuinnessLaim HayesMark McHughlast_img read more

DEAD WOMAN WAS SIXTH PERSON KILLED ON SAME STRETCH OF ROAD IN RECENT YEARS

first_imgThe young woman killed when her car collided with a bus in Co Donegal was the sixth person to be killed on the same stretch of road in recent years.The dead woman, named locally as Siobhan Hutcheon from Ardmore Manor in Muff, was killed instantly when her car was in collision with a Bus Eireann coach yesterday afternoon.The accident happened just after 3.30pm on Saturday on the N13 between Letterkenny and Newtowncunningham close to the townland of Ardee. Ms Hutcheon, who was in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.Three children in the car were rushed to Altnagelvin Hopsital in Derry and two are understood to be in a stable but critical condition.Accident scene investigators spent a number of hours at the scene of the crash on Saturday afternoon.The dead woman’s body was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where a post mortem was due to take place. It has now been revealed that six people including Ms Hutcheon have been killed in the past five years on the same stretch of road.Bizarrely two young men were killed on the exact same date as the latest fatal accident five years agoLife-long pals Gary McLaughlin, 21, and Darren Downey, 19, were killed in a single vehicle accident on May 4th, 2009.All victims including Ms Hutcheon wer rpayed for at the local All Saints Church in Manorcunningham today.Last night local county councillor Paul Canning, who lives close to the scene of the crash, revealed there was a plan to look at straightening the dangerous stretch of road. The road comes into a series of tight bends from two straight and long stretches from both the Letterkenny and Derry directions.Cllr Canning revealed “It is perhaps something we should look at again. I recall we even went as far as to consider purchasing land in the area in the event of straightening that stretch of road.“Perhaps we should at that again in the light of yet another crash and another lost life,” he said.DEAD WOMAN WAS SIXTH PERSON KILLED ON SAME STRETCH OF ROAD IN RECENT YEARS was last modified: May 4th, 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)Tags:crashdonegalGardaiNewtowncunninghamSiobhan Hutcheonlast_img read more