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LEC Expansion on GSA Road in Limbo

first_imgA presidential directive ordering the Liberian Electricity Corporation (LEC) to have completed carrying out mass connections of street lights, business entities and homes on General Services’  (GSA) Road in Paynesville by March 2014, has been left unfulfilled.Last year, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited the LEC’s Waterside head office and directed the management heads to ensure the connection of several communities in Monrovia.In response, the LEC’s managers assured President Sirleaf that the appropriate steps would be taken to address the growing demand of Monrovia’s residents through the provision of sustained electricity.The fate of that directive seems to be in limbo with the initiative appearing stagnant.The LEC’s management has given assurances of expanding its services to many parts of Monrovia and its environs for the past several years.These assurances from the LEC management are yet to manifest in the provision of light to the inhabitants of GSA road.Would-be customers have begun complaining about the inability of the LEC’s management to connect the densely populated community to the power supply lines in Paynesville.With the GSA Road recently being paved, connecting it to several communities in Paynesville, the sustained provision of electricity in that part of Paynesville is being seen by community dwellers as the next logical step in terms of development.Besides, the GSA Road Community needs electricity now owing to communities being prone to waves of suspected armed robbery, burglary and other related crimes for the past years.In interviews with residents around the GSA road early this week, Franklin K. Karmo, a businessman, said that he requested for the connection of LEC power lines to his business entity for the past 12 months without any tangible results.Mr. Karmo operates a provisions shop and claimed that he has received threats from criminals.He explained that a successful business outfit could only be maintained when the provision of electricity is sustained; especially in an area infested with suspected criminals.For her part, restaurant operator, Beatrice Hanson Morton, said, “My business entity has on many occasions been attacked by armed criminals who took advantage of the darkness due to the lack of sustained electricity.”She pleaded with LEC’s management to begin designing new strategies to accelerate the restoration of electricity in the GSA Road community.“We are being left in total darkness with no indication from the LEC that they have any plans to continue with the expansion of electricity in our area,” Madam Morton concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

15-year-old girl charged for Patentia Phagwah Day murder

first_imgHigh drama unfolded at the Wales Magistrate’s Court on Thursday when a 15-year-old girl was arraigned for the Phagwah Day murder of 25-year-old Dellon “Chicken” Bradford, formerly of Patentia Housing Scheme, West Bank Demerara (WBD).It was alleged that the teenager participated in the murder of the father of three, who was found along the Patentia Public Road with stab wounds on March 23, 2016 (Phagwah Day). The entire courtroom was emptied as the matter, presided over by Magistrate Clive Nurse, was held in-camera.The teenager’s Attorney, Lyndon Amsterdam, was unsuccessful in his application for bail and she was remanded until June 10, 2016.The defence Attorney said he was surprised his client was now being charged, when other persons were already charged for the murder.As the matter was being heard in the court, the Police were summoned to keep the peace as relatives of the teenager and the dead man clashed outside the courthouse.“Money can’t bring back me buddy, me buddy done dead already,” was the cry of one of the dead man’s sisters.His eldest sister, Samantha Williams, also maintained the innocence of her brother, in reference to the allegations that her brother was stealing from the family members of his reputed wife at the time of his demise.Meanwhile, the mother of the young lady told Guyana Times that her daughter was innocent and did not harm anyone. “Me daughter nah do nothing, me daughter innocent, de man who commit de crime leh them ketch he, me want justice for me daughter,” the emotional mother stated.Last month, Police had issued a wanted bulletin for Hemraj Bramdeo, called “Rickey Scrawley”, who they said was wanted for questioning in relation to the fatal stabbing at Skull City, Patentia.After the stabbing incident, two persons, including the mother of the 15-year-old, were questioned about the murder. It was alleged that on March 23, 2016, Bradford broke into a woman’s Lot 1 Skull City home and stole $200,000 cash and other items, while she was at her mother’s residence.The woman reportedly came home and caught the now dead man in the act and a scuffle ensued, during which he was stabbed multiple times.He was then rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, but was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he died.A post-mortem examination revealed that Bradford was stabbed six times and died of kidney failure, spinal damage and brain injuries.However, Bradford’s relatives are disputing that account and are arguing that he was murdered by the relatives of his reputed wife.The deceased man’s sister claimed that her brother and the mother of his child were involved in an argument after she refused to go home with him. It was during this argument he was stabbed to death, she alleged.last_img read more

Police probing Public Infrastructure Ministry’s procurement breaches – SOCU

first_imgDHB feasibility The Parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party has written to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), asking that the procurement breaches in relation to the award of consultancy contract for the feasibility study and design of the new Demerara River Bridge be investigated; and SOCU has responded, informing that the issue is engaging the attention of the Guyana Police Force.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira wrote to SOCU head Sydney James on August 15, requesting that the procurement breaches be investigated “with a view to instituting criminal charges against the Minister of Public Infrastructure, Minister David Patterson.” In a response dated August 16, James acknowledged receiving the correspondence, and said, “The matter is now engaging the attention of the Guyana Police Force.”Additionally, he informed that Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine, and Police Legal Advisor, Retired Justice of Appeal Claudette Singh, have been informed of the request for an investigation.Teixeira had, back in September, written the Public Procurement Commission (PPC), asking that that body investigate the selection and award of a $146 million contract to Dutch consulting firm LievenseCSO for the feasibility study of the new Demerara River Bridge after it was revealed, and later confirmed by Minister Patterson, that the company was sole-sourced and had not even bid for the project.In the Commission’s report to the Opposition, it highlighted the breaches in the Procurement Act. In response, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, said Patterson would now have to justify his actions before Cabinet.“It was not discussed at Cabinet [as yet], but certainly I expect the Minister of Public Infrastructure would address the matter, and that by the next Cabinet meeting, would bring to Cabinet a position on the issue that has been put into the public domain,” Harmon told reporters at his Post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday.According to the PPC report, seen by this publication, some 23 companies had expressed an interest in providing consultancy services; 12 were shortlisted, and two managed to submit their proposals on time. However, Government failed to reach an agreement with either of the two companies in their negotiations, and as such, the tender was annulled.The National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) then recommended that the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI) re-tender, but it did not, the PPC report said. It went on to note that the Permanent Secretary of the MPI then “informed the Public Procurement Commission that subsequent to annulment of the tender by MPI, [Dutch Company LievenseCSO] Engineering contracting BV submitted an unsolicited proposal to provide consultancy services for the Demerara River Bridge project.”As such, the Commission added, Minister Patterson approached Cabinet on November 18, 2016, seeking consideration and approval to use funds from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC) to fund the feasibility study and to commence a contractual engagement with LievenseCSO as of January 1, 2017.The Commission found that there was a breach when this request to Cabinet was made by the Minister and not through the NPTAB. The PPC also noted that Cabinet considered the memorandum submitted by the Minister, and in November 2016 approved a total sum of $161,514,420 to be used from the DHBC to cover cost for the feasibility study for a new bridge across the Demerara River.According to the PPC, General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge, Rawlston Adams, indicated that the DHBC Board was not a party to the decision to use these funds for this purpose as approved by Cabinet, and further stated that he had not signed the contract on behalf of the DHBC, but only because he was requested to do so by the Public Infrastructure Minister.As a result of the findings of the probe, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has called for Minister Patterson to be charged with corruption.last_img read more


first_imgU-14 Div 1 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment27-May-2011Aodh RuadhNa RossaAodh RuadhConceded by Na RossaU-14 Div 2 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-May-2011Killybegs2 – 43 – 7Naomh ColumbaKillybegs25-May-2011Kilcar1 – 26 – 5BundoranKilcar25-May-2011Naomh Naille7 – 102Naomh BridNaomh NailleU-14 Div 1 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-May-2011Ardara3 – 202 – 2Four MastersArdaraGAA: DONEGAL (SOUTH) U-14 RESULTS was last modified: May 29th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgKELLY’S RESTAURANT, MOUNTAIN TOP, LETTERKENNYDue to continued success & unbelievable growth on the reopening of our new 150 restaurant, we now seek fun, ambitious, talented, energetic team members in all areas.SERVICE STAFF, COOKS, CHEFS, CLEANERS & KITCHEN PORTERS. Candidates must be willing to work in a very fast paced environment and flexibility is a must as these positions will include various hours on various days.To apply please call in person with a current c.vorpost your c.v to:FAO Restaurant ManagerKellys RestaurantMountain TopLetterkenny.Closing Date Friday 5th of July.  JOBS: KITCHEN PORTERS, COOKS, CHEFS WANTED FOR BUSY RESTAURANT was last modified: July 1st, 2013 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:JOBS: KITCHEN PORTERS WANTED FOR BUSY RESTAURANTlast_img read more


first_imgTEN people have lost their jobs at wholesale food business in Convoy.BWG Foods says it’s closing its business formerly known as Morris Brothers.It says 17 of the 27 staff are being transferred to its Value Centre business in Letterkenny but that 10 other members of staff will lose their jobs. In a statement to Donegal Daily, a BWG spokesman said: “Redundancy packages are being offered to those ten employees whose roles are not being transferred.”BWG only bought Morris Brothers last May for an undisclosed sum.Wholesale grocery business Morris Brothers had been operating in Convoy since 1952.Fintan and Joseph Morris and their staff will kept on with the business after the buy-out. Morris Brothers had serviced more than 450 retail businesses across Donegal, Sligo, Cavan, Mayo and Roscommon before the buy-out by Dublin-based BWG.At the time of the buy-out Leo Crawford, group chief executive of BWG, said: “It’s a statement of intent that we are growing our business.“We’re reasonably pleased with how the business is trading but the grocery sector is not a market showing growth.“The question is, have we reached the bottom or not? I wouldn’t say with 100 per cent certainty that there will be a recovery next year.”The news came on the same day as it was announced 36 jobs in Creeslough are under threat after the Lafferty family placed their bar, shop and service station in examinership. HEARTACHE AS CONVOY LOSES COMPANY AND TEN JOBS AFTER 60 YEARS IN BUSINESS was last modified: March 1st, 2013 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:convoyHEARTACHE AS CONVOY LOSES BUSINESS AND TEN JOBS AFTER 60 YEARSlast_img read more


first_imgThe Balor: arts groups and community organisations could have funding chopped, claims councillorCOMMUNITY groups across County Donegal which rely on funding from Donegal County Council may not get it this year if the council defaults on its budget next Monday, it has been claimed.Every year each electoral area has a special fund set aside to assist community groups and arts bodies.Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and independent councillor John Campbell opposed the 2014 budget earlier this week in protest over Government austerity measures and in particular the transfer of water assets to Irish Water. They return to County House in Lifford next Monday to vote again on the issue.Now independent councillor Frank McBrearty says he fears the collapse of the council next week will see the collapse of funding to organisations across the county.“What we do with the budget is still in our hands,” he said.“My greatest fear is that if the council does default and the council collapses the decisions on how the budget is spent in 2014 will fall to Phil Hogan and administrators appointed in Dublin. “So many projects across Donegal rely on council funding and there is no guarantee whatsoever that this will continue. It will be out of our hands. Funding could be stopped, or halved or quartered. We don’t know.“Groups like the Balor Theatre or the CPI initiative in Castlefin are the sort of organisations which will lose out unless councillors pass a budget next week. That’s the truth of the matter and Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein know it.” COMMUNITY GROUPS COULD SEE FUNDING AXE UNDER ‘PHIL HOGAN’ RULE – McBREARTY was last modified: January 10th, 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:community groupsDonegal County CouncilFrank McBreartyfundinglast_img read more


first_imgA man has appeared in court charged with extortion and making threats to kill.Letterkenny District Court.Miroslow Klukzak, 37, appeared before Letterkenny District Court. He is charge with the offences on April 4th, 2013 at 20 Celtic Apartments, Pearse Road, Letterkenny.No details of the alleged offences were given in court.Klukzak, of 59 The Maples, Lismonaghan, Letetrkenny was sent forward for trial at the Letterkenny Circuit Court on January 28th next.MAN CHARGED WITH EXTORTION AND MAKING THREATS TO KILL was last modified: January 20th, 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:extortionJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District Courtthreats to killlast_img read more

Cape Town a Volvo Ocean Race stop

first_img14 October 2013The beautiful city of Cape Town will feature as a stop for the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race. The city has a long history with the event, going back to the original Whitbread Around the World Race in 1973/74.At the announcement of Cape Town’s inclusion on the Around the World route at the V&A Waterfront last month, Volvo Ocean Racing CEO Knut Frostad said: “Cape Town is an iconic city, and the sight of Table Mountain on the horizon as you approach the port at the end of Leg 1 is something every ocean racer looks forward to.”Race routeThe 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race will begin in Alicante, Spain and head south some 6 500 nautical miles to Cape Town. The boats are expected in Cape Town at the end of October and beginning of November 2014.There will be an in-port race on 15 November, followed by the departure of the fleet on 19 November for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. From there, they will set sail for Sanya in China, followed by a leg to Auckland in New Zealand.From there, the teams will head around Cape Horn before stopping at Itajai in Brazil. Heading north, the boats will next dock at Newport, Rhode Island on the east coast of the United States.That will be followed by an Atlantic crossing to Lisbon in Portugal. Lorient, in France, will host the penultimate stop before the boats finish in Gothenburg, Sweden after covering a total distance of 39 379 nautical miles (72 930 kilometres).‘A valuable boost’Grant Pascoe, the city’s mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing, said Cape Town was delighted to be hosting the epic race.“Not only does this race offer worldwide marketing exposure for Cape Town and raise the City and V&A Waterfront’s profile as a top leisure and events destination, it also provides a valuable boost for the many local industries through visitor and organiser spend,” Pascoe said.Bruce Parker-Forsyth, the CEO of WorldSport, which is the host port delivery partner for Cape Town, said the partnership between the city, V&A Waterfront and WorldSport would result in an ocean legacy programme being set up before and continuing after the Volvo Ocean Race stopover.For the next two editions of the race, the organisers have introduced a one-design Volvo 65 boat, which will allow teams to begin preparations much later than before and still be competitive.SAinfo reporter and Volvo Ocean Racelast_img read more

Bad gene cripples flu defenses

first_imgIt was a puzzling case. The 2.5-year-old French girl had been healthy, but in 2011 she had to be hospitalized because she was struggling to breathe. After testing for a variety of bacterial and viral infections, her doctors diagnosed her illness as severe influenza and began treating her with the drug Tamiflu. The girl lived, but she spent 20 days in the hospital, part of that time on a ventilator to help her breathe.Now, researchers have figured out why the girl nearly died from a disease that many of us get—and survive—every year. They identified a mutated gene that crippled her defenses against the flu virus. The study suggests that faulty genes could explain other cases of lethal flu.You might think your last bout of flu was bad, but if it didn’t land you in the hospital, doctors don’t consider it “severe.” The number of people who come down with severe flu each year depends on the strain of influenza virus that’s in circulation, but young children and the elderly are usually the most susceptible. “These people would have died before the intensive care era,” says physician Jean-Laurent Casanova of Rockefeller University in New York City. 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To determine if the girl carried any mutations that could explain her illness, the researchers sequenced the portion of her DNA that codes for proteins. They found that both copies of the girl’s IRF7 gene were mutated. Her mother and father carried different mutations in this gene. However, both parents also had a normal copy of IRF7, so they were healthy. Because the girl inherited a defective version of the gene from each parent, she had no normal copy.IRF7 is one of the control switches of our immune system. When viruses infect our cells, it cranks up genes that encode antiviral proteins known as type I and type III interferons. But the mutated versions of IRF7 that the girl carried don’t perform their job, the researchers determined. For example, the team tested the girl’s dendritic cells, normally a major source of type I and III interferons. In response to flu virus, the activity of type I and type III interferon genes was abnormally low in the patient’s dendritic cells, the team reports online today in Science. The researchers also measured the dendritic cells’ production of one type I interferon: interferon-α2. Her dendritic cells made none of this antiviral protein.Casanova and colleagues also wanted to gauge how the mutations affected cells that are attacked by the virus. Flu viruses invade cells that line the lungs, but obtaining those cells from patients is difficult. So the researchers converted some of the girl’s skin cells into stem cells and then coaxed them to specialize into lung cells. After exposing these cells and control cells from healthy people to influenza virus, the researchers then tested them for a viral protein. Compared with the control cells, about twice as many of the lung cells were infected with the virus.“Severe flu is not only a viral illness, it’s also a genetic illness,” Casanova says. The mutations the researchers identified are extremely rare, so they probably don’t account for many cases of severe influenza in children. But the researchers are searching for different mutations in IRF7 and in other related immune system genes that also lower kids’ defenses. He adds that the findings suggest treating children who have severe influenza with interferon-α.“It’s a very elegant study,” says immunologist Paul Thomas of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. “They show that just one mutated gene can control susceptibility” to severe flu. Viral immunologist Jacco Boon of Washington University in St. Louis agrees. “It’s a great paper for the field” and provides “very convincing evidence” that these mutations left the girl vulnerable to the disease, he says.The patient the researchers studied is now nearly 7, and she hasn’t had another bout of severe flu, thanks to annual flu shots. But her good health poses a mystery. IRF7 provides protection against other viruses, and mice lacking the gene quickly succumb to viral infections. Yet the girl hasn’t become seriously ill. “The susceptibility to flu and not these other viruses is intriguing,” Boon says. Casanova suggests that other genes might step in for IRF7 to control these infections.last_img read more