Liberia to Host 2018 AYEE Summit

first_imgMr. Pewee delivers press statement at YOCEL’s office Monrovia After it was earlier announced that the 2018 edition of the annual Youth Education and Empowerment Summit (AYEE Summit) was scheduled in Kigali, Rwanda, the organizers of the summit have now changed the venue to Monrovia, Liberia.According to the Founder and Executive Director of Youth Coalition for Education (YOCEL) Beyan F. Pewee, the decision to move the international youth event back to Liberia is based on the overwhelming support from the Liberian government, especially from the ministries of Education and Youth and Sports, including partners.It may be recalled that after a successful launch of the summit in 2017 at the Farmington Hotel in Margibi County, near the Roberts International Airport (RIA), a special organizing committee unanimously agreed to host the event in Rwanda, to give other young people the opportunity to aspire to greatness by becoming agents of positive change.“We realized later that Liberia needs the AYEE Summit the most, because this will serve as a golden opportunity to promote and enhance youth-related issues in line with the government’s ‘pro-poor agenda’ by showcasing the country’s talents at regional and international forum,” Pewee said.The essence of the summit is to ensure that young Liberians are given the opportunities to network and become productive citizens for sustainable future.“We have added a new edition called the ‘Brain Date,’ to give participants the chance to network with stakeholders, partners, donors, and entrepreneurs, to attract support for their individual activities and also expand their scope of operations,” Mr. Pewee said.He added, “We will also have more participants and experts in this 2nd edition who will educate and motivate the young people to greatness.”This year’s event will commence from November 18–22, with hundreds of young Liberians expected to participate, including former heads of states and top business and civil society leaders.Meanwhile, after several requests made by local and international delegates, the organizers have reduced the registration fees for the summit, with local delegates paying US$75, instead of US$180 as previously announced, while international delegates are to pay US$150.Over 120 delegates from 22 countries in Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East attended the summit last year in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Granger blames “small mindedness” for delay of OIA renaming

first_img– Gouveia disappointed with choice of words by HOSPresident David Granger in his weekly television programme “Public Interest” has slammed aircraft operators for the delay in renaming the Ogle International Airport (OIA), describing the behaviour of those operators as “small minded”.Gerry GouveiaOgle International AirportA few months ago, the president suggested the idea of renaming the airport as Eugene Correia International Airport but this did not go down well with some of the private aircraft owners who objected to the proposal.These include Air Services Limited, and Roraima Airways, who were more concerned with mending some of the issues plaguing the airport and to holistically develop Guyana’s aviation sector.At that time, President of the National Air Transport Association (NATA) Annette Arjoon had stated that despite tremendous contributions to Guyana’s growth over the years, the aviation sector has not seen the development and representation that it needs to propel it forward.President David GrangerCorreia Group of Companies is not a member NATA but according to Vice President Gerry Gouveia this was due to the fact that the group was “refused” a meeting with Michael Correria regarding the issues affecting operators at the Airport.However, the Head of State made the proposal on the basis that Eugene Correia would have contributed enormously to Guyana while he was alive. Although dead more than 50 year ago, his career was described as stellar since he was minister of communications responsible for aviation, a pilot, and also the recipient of a national award.“There is no doubt in my mine he is a deserving person after whom the airport should be named… Controversy arose not because of the character of Mr Corriea but because of the small mindedness of some persons who know nothing of Correia or what he has done for this country and that is very disturbing,” the president remarked.He added that he is very disappointed at a personal level at the malicious behaviour of those persons claiming that anyone who knows Correia would agree is the best name to use as consideration to rename the airport.However, the president noted that after he proposed the name change, he listened to the criticisms and would have met with a few people who objected. “As I said, I continue to be disappointed that they would put personality before nationality… it is my view that is a national interest that the airport is being named after a son of the soil who has done a lot”.However, the recent comments by the president have prompted a reaction from executive director of Roraima Airways Gerry Gouviea, who took to his Facebook page to express views on the issue.“The President is insulting the intelligence of the Majority of the Aircraft operators. I am baffled by his insistence and determination to rename the airport against the wishes of the majority,” the businessman stated.He went on to say it is obvious the President is oblivious to the enormous advantages and value of branding in the world of business. He also vented concerns with the words “small mindedness” used by the president during his television programme.last_img read more

Tax boss calms business community’s fears on oil contractors

first_img…says rightful taxes will be demandedWith oil production to come on stream in two years’ time, Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Commissioner General Godfrey Statia has assured the Private Sector that the Authority was making every effort in preparation for first oil.GRA Commissioner General Godfrey StatiaAddressing the gathering at the 26th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Thursday, Statia sought to allay certain fears expressed by the business community, saying that notwithstanding the various challenges and risks associated with Guyana’s newfound oil sector, the GRA was building capacity to ensure that taxpayers pay their rightful taxes and the contractors in the oil industry were no exception.“…With the right tools and attitude, the officers of the GRA should ensure that this vital resource contributes its rightful share to the coffers of Guyana. Despite the gloom and doom and pessimism expressed by numerous persons and many experts in the field, the GRA, which is the premier tax collection agency in Guyana, has embarked on a programme to ensure that Guyana benefits from every activity associated with first oil, be it at the upstream, midstream or the downstream,” Statia noted.While distancing the Authority from the process of determining what fiscal tools were used and how they were applied to particular oil and gas projects as part of the country’s legal framework, the GRA boss posited that Government, while it may have preferences, must also respond to the needs of the companies if the State wanted to attract and sustain Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).“Further, the uniqueness of petroleum taxation, when compared to the taxation of other goods and services lie in the industry’s special characteristics – its contribution to national economies, the high operating and development costs, high uncertainty in exploration activities, the volatility of oil prices, the inability of Government to fund its own exploration, the political and economic climate, and hostile neighbouring countries who harbour territorial claims which allow for increased risk, are all factors that warrant the demand for a higher rate of return by investors,” Statia asserted.Given the impending development and expansion Guyana is about to experience, Statia nevertheless posited that neither the Private Sector, Public Sector nor Government could ignore each other’s role in using the newfound resource for national development.“While the Private Sector can be the engine of growth, innovation and job creation, Government’s efforts to establish stable and supportive environments are also critical. The bottom line is clear: an array of actors is lining up to realise Guyana’s first oil era, and everyone has a role to play,” Statia noted, adding that such collective and interconnected actions were destined to achieve broad national development for the country and its people.Moreover, the Head of the tax collection agency went on to note that having recognised that the GRA lacked the optimal capacity to fully scrutinise the oil industry, it has sought international assistance to learn from the experiences and best practices of other countries, so that Guyana understood the financial, technical, and socioeconomic challenges that emanate from the oil industry.Don’t forget traditional sectorsMeanwhile, as US oil giant ExxonMobil prepares for first oil in 2020, former PSC Chairman Eddie Boyer is urging that the traditional sectors that have carried the country’s economy over the years not be forgotten.In his final address as Chairman, Boyer called for much focus to be placed on Guyana’s traditional sectors.“We should not look at oil and gas as the saviour only, but look at the industries that carried us to this point over the years and we are definitely conscious of those industries – the manufacturing, agriculture, mining and all the other sectors that we embrace in the Private Sector,” he posited.According to Boyer, much of the focus this year was to get the local Private Sector prepared for the mammoth opportunities that would be available as Guyana got into oil production.On this note, he urged that the Local Content Policy be examined carefully, emphasising that it should be balanced and advantageous to everyone.“With the advent of oil and gas, Guyana has already started to attract investors and the industrialisation of the nation has begun. The potential influx of capital and growth in GDP [Gross Domestic Product] has already resulted in foreign and local companies becoming interested in expanding through partnerships and investments, and we see the need to be prepared,” Boyer posited.last_img read more

Man threw saucepan of boiling water at Gardai

first_imgCOURTS: A man threw a saucepan of boiling water at a Garda after going on a rampage with an axe.Sean Gibson, aged 28, of Hillhead, Castlfin appeared at Letterkenny District Court today charged with the incident which occurred at 6, Markets Close, Castlefin. Gardaí were contacted by the accused man’s parents who were worried about his wellbeing and safety after they returned home to find an axe embedded in their wooden floor.Other household items had been badly damaged as a result of Mr Gibson wielding the axe.The defendant was taking refuge in a property close to his home, and it was at this location that Sergeant Jim Collins was assaulted in August last year.Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court, “The parents of Mr Sean Gibson were concerned after finding an axe embedded in the wooden floor, and other items in the house were badly damaged.“They contacted Gardaí as they were extremely concerned about his safety and well-being, he was seeking refuge at an address nearby.“However, when Gardaí arrived at the house, the defendant was not compliant and wouldn’t open the door for them as they attempted to negotiate with Mr Gibson.“Mr Gibson then proceeded to verbally abuse Sergeant Collins, and it was at this point he threw a saucepan of boiling water at the Garda.“The boiling water made contact with his arms and shoulder, he tried to lock the door, but Gardaí gained entry.“The defendant was upstairs and he struck Sergeant Collins with the shaft of a brush on his head and tried to push him downstairs.“He was eventually overpowered by Gardaí and subsequently arrested.”Solicitor for the defendant Gordon Curley said his client was deeply remorseful for his actions, and said his issues with alcohol and cannabis were contributing factors in this incident.Mr Curley told the court, “My client is 28 years of age, and he has a long, long history of mental health issues.“He’s got issues with alcohol and cannabis, at the time of the incident he had broken up with his long-term girlfriend and was in a bad place.The case was adjourned until November 21st after Judge Paul Kelly ordered a probation report in the case.Man threw saucepan of boiling water at Gardai was last modified: September 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:boiling watercourtsdonegalGardailast_img read more

JAIL FOR DONEGAL MAN WHO BIT OFF VICTIM’S NOSE

first_imgA DONEGAL man who bit the nose off an Algerian man during an unprovoked drunken attack has been jailed for four and a half years.Savage attack – Carrigans man Barry Fitzgerald.Barry Fitzgerald, 23 and from Carrigans, pleaded guilty to the attack on 35-year-old Ali Halimi outside a chip shop in Derry’s Waterloo Street on April 14 last year. Mr Halimi was sitting in his car outside the takeaway when crazed Fitzgerald, who was in the Irish Army at the time, grabbed him, bit off the tip of his nose and spat it out onto the floor of the car.The Donegal man then continued his attack, biting his victim on the back before dragging him from the car and beating him with his fists.Fitzgerald was based at Finner Camp at the time, having joined the Defence Forces five years earlier. He had resigned from the service after the case.A defence barrister said the Carrigans man apologised to his victim.He alos said Fitzgerald had “a deep sense of shame” at having let down his family and his former colleagues in the Irish Army.Judge Brian Sherrard said people who were socialising or working in the city centre needed to be protected from this kind of “barbaric violence”.He jailed Fitzgerald for four and a half years, with half of that to be spent on licence.JAIL FOR DONEGAL MAN WHO BIT OFF VICTIM’S NOSE was last modified: September 9th, 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)last_img read more

Two weather alerts for Donegal as Storm Lorenzo approaches

first_imgDonegal will be under two weather warnings tomorrow (Thursday) as Storm Lorenzo hits Ireland.A Status Yellow Rain and Wind warning will be in place for all of Ireland from Thursday morning at 9am until Friday morning.Heavy rain, flooding and disruptive winds are forecast for all counties for the duration of the storm. Western counties will see the worst of the strong storm. Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange wind warning for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick on Thursday night.High seas will make coastal flooding a strong possibility, according to forecasters, while gusts of up to 100km/h could bring down trees and lead to power outages.The National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) are meeting at 10.30am to discuss the impact of the storm. Donegal County Council has activated its Severe Weather Assessment Team in response to the event.“The exact track Lorenzo will take over Ireland is still subject to change. The most severe winds associated with Lorenzo are likely in Atlantic coastal parts on the southern flank of the storm, however strong winds are possible in all areas,” said Met Eireann. Two weather alerts for Donegal as Storm Lorenzo approaches was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Ronnie Lott appreciates the Warriors as only a mega-champion can

first_imgRonnie Lott watched the Warriors punch their ticket to the NBA Finals on Monday. His appreciation for that triumphant moment came from a place that most of us will never visit.See, Lott was one of the architects and caretakers of the 49ers dynasty. His 49ers won four Super Bowls in nine years. The Warriors are gunning for their fourth NBA title in five years. Not to mention a three-peat.“That doesn’t happen,” said Lott during an appearance on KNBR’s “Tolbert & Lund” show. “We tried. Got …last_img read more

PM Heads List Honoured By NRSC

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, heads the list of 12 persons and organizations honoured by the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) for outstanding service to the organization over the past 20 years.The awardees, inclusive of three former Prime Ministers, were presented with special plaques during the NRSC’s 20th Anniversary Banquet, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on April 18.The former Prime Ministers receiving awards were: the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson; Mr. Andrew Holness, the current Opposition Leader; and Mr. Bruce Golding, all of whom chaired the NRSC.They were recognized for their contributions to advancing Jamaica’s road safety initiatives and programmes, designed to reduce traffic accidents and the resulting fatalities occurring on the nation’s roads.Other recipients of awards included: late orthopaedic surgeon, Professor Sir John Golding, who was instrumental in establishing the NRSC, which he served as the first Vice Chairman; former Chairman of the Jamaica Association of General Insurance Companies (JAGIC), Errol Ziadie, who provided support services during the NRSC’s fledgling years; the Jamaica Bankers Association (JBA); Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS); National Health Fund (NHF); Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); Fédération Internationale de l’Autombile (FIA); and Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS).By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Tourism Minister Urges Collective Effort to Curb Visitor Harassment

first_img Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has called for a collective effort to curtail visitor harassment in order to safeguard the industry’s gains and surpass the country’s record-breaking outturns achieved in 2017. Story Highlights “We cannot afford to reverse the gains we have made and continue to make. This is why it is so important to curb the vexing issue of visitor harassment so that our thriving tourism sector can experience further expansion,” the Minister added. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has called for a collective effort to curtail visitor harassment in order to safeguard the industry’s gains and surpass the country’s record-breaking out-turns achieved in 2017.“We made history in Jamaica when we welcomed 4.3 million visitors to the island (in 2017). The sector (also generated) approximately US$3 billion in earnings, representing an 11.2 per cent increase (over 2016).“We cannot afford to reverse the gains we have made and continue to make. This is why it is so important to curb the vexing issue of visitor harassment, so that our thriving tourism sector can experience further expansion,” the Minister added.He was speaking at the opening ceremony for a sensitisation workshop for parish judges at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on January 13.Mr. Bartlett said visitor harassment remains an issue for the tourism sector and lauded the workshop’s participants for their interest in being sensitised on the issue and how they can help to curb it.He pointed out that the industry, having soared to levels “beyond our wildest imagination” in 2017, must be “protected at all costs”.Mr. Bartlett said despite challenges with visitor harassment, recent surveys indicate that up to 60 per cent of tourists are “very satisfied” with the Jamaican experience, with 42 per cent being repeat visitors.“Our intention is for those numbers to be higher… so we have no room for complacency. The visit should resonate so well with those who land on our soil that they will unhesitatingly give us an A plus rating consistently,” he emphasised.Mr. Bartlett said, in this regard, industry stakeholders have a pivotal role to play in safeguarding the sector, adding that “we have to be very firm in our pledge to decrease incidents of harassment and, over time, see to its elimination”. Mr. Bartlett said visitor harassment remains an issue for the tourism sector and, such, lauded the workshop’s participants for their interest in being sensitized on the issue and how they can help to curb it.last_img read more

Philippine Ports Authority Starts Year on a High Note

first_imgzoom The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has reported a surge of 34 percent in its net income which stood at PHP 2.3 billion (USD 46.3 million) for the first quarter of 2017.The figure is higher by 32.8 percent against the target of PHP 1.78 billion. The company’s net income for the same three-month period of 2016 reached PHP 1.93 billion.Gross income increased to PHP 3.48 billion, representing a 9.10 percent rise on PHP 3.19 billion collected in 2016, mainly attributed to an increase in arrastre and stevedoring fees, dockage fee, pilotage fee and the variable fees coming from the Manila ports cargo-handling operators Asian Terminals, International Container Terminal Services and Manila North Harbour Port.In February, the PPA overhauled its growth forecast for this year despite registering a banner year in 2016 to flat due to vital developments, including the continuing volatility of the Philippine currency and the expected drop in the operation of the mining industry in the country.The positive results generated during the period as well as the decline in total corporate expenditures contributed in the increase in net profit for the quarter.For 2017, the revised Corporate Operating Budget (COB) was reduced to PHP 14.59 billion which is only 2 percent more than the 2016 COB as revenues from port dues, berthing, anchorage, arrastre/stevedoring, pilotage, wharfage for export, Ro-Ro fees as well as non-traditional income sources, are expected to shrink.last_img read more