PPP condemns press censorship

first_imgPersistent in its claims that media censorship was virtually nonexistent during its tenure in office, thePPP General Secretary Clement RoheePeople’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday strongly criticised the current Administration for engaging in such practices, particularly in suppressing the voice of the parliamentary Opposition.“Press censorship is being driven from the Office of the Prime Minister in particular and the Ministry of the Presidency in general, the vehement denials notwithstanding. Examples abound across the board,” a statement from the Party noted.PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee, who hosted the Party’s weekly news conference, also took a swing at private media, insisting that they too are guilty of encouraging political censorship.Rohee explained that the PPP would host weekly press conferences at which more than one press statements were often read and thereafter subjected to questioning by journalists, and the statements were promptly sent electronically to all media houses. He noted too that off-the statement questions were encouraged. However, a majority of the media houses in the country refuse to publish or broadcast the views of the parliamentary Opposition on current issues.“These statements and/or releases are usually either edited or never published by the Guyana Chronicle, the Kaieteur News nor the Stabroek News. This is a truth which none of the editors of these newspapers can deny and a fact which they don’t seem to have the courage to explain, save for political censorship,” he asserted.Rohee added, “What censorship basically does is to deny Guyanese readers another view apart from the official view which appears to take pre-eminence over the non-official views, including those of the PPP.”Brushing off contentions that his concerns are hypocritical, Rohee maintained that when the PPP was in office, “press censorship was virtually nonexistent, save for a few occurrences which cannot be described as press censorship”.Rohee explained that the State media under the PPP provided coverage to the then Opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Alliance For Change (AFC); however, the parties were not satisfied.Rohee said presently the PPP Opposition was not getting any coverage.“We did carry it; they were not getting enough, they wanted more, but we are not getting anything,” he posited.Two weeks ago, the United States Department of State scolded Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo for his attempts to censor the State media.Only recently, the Guyana Press Association (GPA) expressed concerns that the Prime Minister and his Director of Public Information, Imran Khan, continued to dictate the news being disseminated by the State media entities – the Guyana Chronicle, the National Communications Network (NCN) and the Government Information Agency (GINA).last_img read more

Nimba Rioters Seeking Bail

first_imgThe remaining 12 persons detained in connection with a violent protest that damaged millions of United States dollars worth of properties at the ArcelorMittal concession area in Nimba County, may likely be temporarily freed, if their request for bail is accepted by Judge Boima Kontoe.Cllr. Kontoe is the presiding judge of the Saniquellie Criminal Court in Nimba County, where the crimes were committed.ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company operating in the country.The 12 were among 41 persons who were directly involved in the riots and were subsequently released on bail.They were charged in early July 2014 with multiple charges, including rioting and  armed robbery.In their request for bail, the defense lawyers argued that there is no physical evidence or probable cause to believe that the crime charged were committed and the defendants were the people who committed the crime.The defense lawyers  further argued that prosecutors failed to display the confiscated arms as physical evidence.According to the defense lawyers, since there is not enough evidence, the court should grant their clients bail, so that they may be temporarily released  from further detention at the Monrovia Central Prison.However, prosecutors, in counter argument,  maintained that enough probable cause exists to require the court to bind the 12 defendants over to the grand jury (that is, for their cases to go to a grand jury).And the request for bail must be denied, because the crimes they were charged with are capital offenses and are non-bailable ones.Under the law, a suspect is usually allowed to get out of jail by posting bail unless he or she is accused of a capital crime.A capital crime is a crime such as murder, rape, or armed robbery that is punishable by long prison sentences, life imprisonment, or death. Bail, or surety, is generally denied by the courts for defendants accused of these types of crime. In many cases, bail is also denied if the defendant is a repeat offender or if the crime is a violent one. Also, bail is a certain amount of money or property value that must be posted with the court. By posting bail, a suspect can avoid having to wait in jail until his or her trial. The money or property is a guarantee that the accused will appear in court for each required court appearance and for the trial.Judge Kontoe will this week decide whether enough evidence has been presented by the prosecution to establish sufficient probable cause to deny the bond request; or whether there exists  no evidence to have the defendants’ bail denied.The defendants are accused of setting ablaze the properties of ArcelorMittal, including several pieces of mining equipment, a locomotive train, and made away with several valuable items.They were said to have fled to several hideouts, including their homes where they were arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police to undergo investigation in keeping with law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President Sirleaf Congratulates Tonga

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to the government and people of the Kingdom of Tonga on the occasion marking the Kingdom’s 46th Independence Anniversary on June 4, 2016.Tonga, officially known as the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 169 islands of which 36 are inhabited. June 4 is celebrated annually throughout the islands of the Kingdom as its Independence Day (also known as Emancipation Day). Tonga became fully independent from Britain in 1970, but had never relinquished its sovereignty to any foreign power. In 2010, Tonga took a decisive step towards becoming a fully functioning constitutional monarchy, after legislative reforms paved the way for its first partial representative elections.According to a Foreign Ministry release, in her message to His Majesty King George Tupou VI, King of Tonga, President Sirleaf extended sincere felicitations to him and through him the people of the Kingdom of Tonga on behalf of the G=government and people of Liberia, and in her own name.As both countries strive together in furtherance of the principles of the United Nations in promoting peace, security and cooperation among all nations, President Sirleaf prayed that the Almighty God will endow King Tupou VI with wisdom and strength as he leads his compatriots to greater prosperity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fugitive ‘wife killer’ caught

first_imgGanesh Dhanraj, wanted by police in connection with the strangulation of his reputed wife on Wednesday, was on Sunday morning shot by police in Parika, East Bank Essequibo, and is presently in custody, assisting with investigations.Police reportedly caught up with the 28-year-old Dhanraj, also known as “Andre”, at about 02:00hrs on Sunday, but had to open fire on the fugitive in order to effect his arrest. Having sustained gunshot injury to his right arm, he was subsequently taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, where he was treated before beingNabbed: Ganesh Dhanrajreleased into police custody.This newspaper had previously reported that Dhanraj had allegedly strangled 29-year-old Dhanwattie Ram, his reputed wife, with a bed sheet on Wednesday morning.The mother of three was said to have suffered abuse at the hands of Dhanraj for approximately 12 years. Determined to end the reported verbal and physical abuse at the hands of the man she had trusted to protect her, Ram had left Dhanraj’s home with her three children four days prior to her death, and had gone to live with her relatives in Parika. However, on Tuesday evening, the accused visited the home where Ram was staying and demanded that she return home with him. She reportedly refused, and this angered him to the point where he allegedly physically assaulted her before leaving the premises.On Wednesday morning, the woman was on her way to report the assault to the police station when the suspect reportedly intercepted and forced her into his vehicle, taking her to his home. Neighbours heard her screams as the man assaulted her in his house, but upon entering the yard, they saw him running towards the Parika backdam.Ram’s lifeless body was subsequently found in a sitting position on a chair, with a sheet knotted around her neck.last_img read more

Govt appeals CJ’s favourable ruling on rice farmers’ leases

first_imgSix farmers were successful in their legal challenge of the President’s revocation of their leases for lands at Seafield and No 40 Village, West Coast Berbice; but three months after that challenge, they continue to wait on court costs, since Government has appealed the Acting Chief Justice’s ruling in favour of two of the six plaintiffs.The farmers contend that, in November 2014, former President Donald RamotarActing Chief Justice Roxane George, SChad granted them 50-year leases for State land located in the rear of Number 40 Village, West Coast Berbice. The Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA) had cancelled the leases last year, and this had led to the farmers filing legal actions challenging that cancellation.After President Granger had cancelled the leases, the farmers again filed court action, and were successful in their challenge against the revocation.After consideration of the arguments put forward by both sides, acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, on August 8 ruled that the farmers’ leases constitute property under Article 142 of the Constitution, and that President David Granger’s revocation of those leases amounted to depriving the applicants of property without compensating them, as noted in the Constitution. She had also determined that the revocation was “unlawful, null & void.”The plaintiffs were Brian George and his daughter; Tiffany Hubbard and Vaughn Aaron; Joylyn, Gratien and Herman Nicholson.However, Government has, through the Attorney General’s Chambers, appealed the CJ’s decision in regard to Brian George and Tiffany Hubbard.According to the law firm representing the farmers, Mohabir A. Nandlall & Associates, the AG did not contest the acting Chief Justice’s decision relating to the four Nicholsons. Nandlall’s firm, however, contends that court costs should still be paid to its clients, even though the appeal was filed during the latter part of the six-week timeframe in which notices of such appeals should be tendered.In a document seen by this publication, Nandlall wrote the Attorney General onAttorney General Basil WilliamsOctober 4, appealing for the awarded court costs to be paid to the principal claimants Brian George and Joylyn Nicholson, but, to date, the costs have not been paid.Last August, the court had also granted to the applicants a conservatory order which prohibited the servants and/or agents of MMA/ADA or any other officer of the State from entering upon, remaining, occupying, or in any manner whatsoever interfering with the applicants’ quiet and peaceful possession, occupation, and enjoyment of the said lease, unless compensation, which is to be determined by the parties, is paid.Attorney for the claimants, Anil Nandlall, had stressed that at no time were the applicants afforded a hearing by any person or body or authority; hence they were not offered the opportunity to show justification why their leases should not have been cancelled.He further expressed that Chief Justice George had “rejected the arguments” advanced by Attorney-General Basil Williams, which posited that President Granger’s actions were immune from legal challenge, and that the applicants’ leases were invalid because they were not signed by President Donald Ramotar.last_img read more

2014 Arnie Isberg One Pitch Tournament to take place this weekend

first_imgArnie Isberg was a long time resident of Fort St. John, who, throughout his life, was dedicated to various athletic programs in the region. He was an avid baseball player in his earlier days, a basketball referee, also volunteered his time for the city’s high school basketball program.Unfortunately, Isberg fell victim to Pleomorphic Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that only affects approximately 350 patients in North America, and is an extremely challenging health issue to treat.Last year’s tournament raised just over $15,000.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Male found dead at St. Martin’s Anglican Church on 100 Street

first_imgThe incident was reported at 8:00 a.m., and with assistance of B.C. Ambulance, the male, 40, was transported to the Fort St. John Hospital where he was pronounced dead.The RCMP says they’ve confirmed the male’s death to not be suspicious, and will continue working with the B.C. Coroner Service to investigate the matter further.If you have any information you would like to share, contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100.- Advertisement -If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or via the web at www.crimestoppersfsj.ca.last_img read more

England seek World Cup exorcism as Belgium expects

first_imgSouthgate’s young charges however come to Russia quietly confident after a solid qualifying campaign and encouraging friendly results against the likes of Brazil, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.They play Tunisia in the historic city of Volgograd on Monday evening knowing anything other than a win would scatter pre-tournament plans, with Belgium looming later in Group G.Southgate’s lack of experience was much fretted over when appointed but the former Under 21s coach has cultivated an atmosphere of unity and a determination to bury past failures.Probable teams for the Group G match between Tunisia and England in the World Cup 2018 in Russia. © AFP / Laurence SAUBADU“This team shouldn’t be burdened with that because they’re a fresh group, most of them have very few international caps, so the future is all ahead of them,” Southgate told reporters at the Volgograd Arena on Sunday.England captain Harry Kane, who is yet to score a goal in a tournament, has vowed an aggressive approach against opponents expected to defend in numbers.“First and foremost we are going to want to attack the game, we feel like we are going to have a lot of possession of the ball,” the Tottenham forward said.– Hazard to shine: Martinez –Belgium, meanwhile, enter Russia on more familiar ground: a squad stuffed with stars but questions over their manager.Tunisia’s midfielder Ahmed Khalil (C) attends a training session at the Volgograd Arena on the eve of their World Cup Group G match against England © AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURISpaniard Roberto Martinez was a left-field choice to replace Marc Wilmots after Euro 2016 and the former Everton boss seems no nearer to solving the puzzle of getting Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne playing to their sky-high potentials in the same side.The boys from Brussels face Panama, Central America’s World Cup debutantes, in Sochi.Probable teams for the Belgium – Panama match in Group G of World Cup 2018. © AFP / Laurence SAUBADUMartinez on Sunday said Hazard was ready to light up a tournament in the same way as Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo did with his stunning hat-trick against Spain on Friday.“I think Eden is in a great moment of his career, look at his age, he is the captain, in terms of leadership — he never finds it difficult to show for the ball,” he said.Results under Martinez have been excellent — Belgium haven’t lost since he took over — but there is a sense that this tournament represents their best chance at World Cup glory.– Post-Zlatan Sweden –Monday’s early game sees Sweden take on South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod in a clash from a Group F that also contains holders Germany.Asian powerhouses South Korea are hoping to avoid a repeat of 2014, when their performance in Brazil was so dire that the team was pelted with toffees © AFP / Johannes EISELEThe Swedes come to Russia at the dawning of the “post-Zlatan” era, after their talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from internationals after the last Euros.“We must focus on us, we are here now, the squad that has been selected is the one that will play,” captain Andreas Granqvist told AFP.Sweden beat France in qualifying, and finished ahead of the Netherlands who failed to make it to Russia. The Swedes later advanced by eliminating Italy in a play-off.Asian powerhouses South Korea meanwhile are hoping to avoid a repeat of 2014, when their performance in Brazil was so dire that the team was pelted with toffeesProbable teams for the Sweden – South Korea Group F match on Monday. © AFP / Laurence SAUBADUFour years ago, South Korea’s performance was so woeful that the players were pelted with toffees on their return to Seoul.They will need to summon the spirit of their 2002 home heroics in order to extricate themselves from what is arguably 2018’s toughest group.“I think we will have to beat Sweden if we want to get to the last 16,” said South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong.“We’ve waited a long time for this World Cup.”In snake-hipped Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-Min, the Koreans have a world-class player and potential match-winner.But in truth they are a shadow of the team who famously reached the semi-finals as 2002 World Cup co-hosts.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England captain Harry Kane (L), who is yet to score a goal in a tournament, has vowed an aggressive approach against opponents expected to defend in numbers © AFP / PAUL ELLISVOLGOGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – England open their World Cup campaign on Monday with manager Gareth Southgate seeking to banish memories of dismal recent finals performances while Belgium’s “Golden Generation” kick off as dark horse challengers.England, winners on football’s biggest stage more than half a century ago, crashed out without a win four years in Brazil, and haven’t won a knock-out match in any tournament since 2006.last_img read more

Exclusive – Sugar insists: ‘Tottenham takeover talk is absolute rubbish!’

first_imgLord Sugar has rubbished speculation Tottenham could be taken over by a US consortium.A group of California-based businessmen are reportedly keen to take control at White Hart Lane having secured backing from a major global private equity investor.But Sugar, the former chairman who retains close ties to the north London club, has told talkSPORT it’s ‘nonsense’.“I can tell you there is no takeover,” he insisted on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, after he had given his backing to current chairman Daniel Levy.“It is all nonsense, it is all rubbish, and the company that have made that statement are doing it for their own publicity. It is total and absolute rubbish.”last_img read more

ELDERLY COUPLE LEFT TERRIFIED AFTER ATTACKS ON THEIR FARM

first_imgA terrified Milford couple have appealed for assistance in identifying those who’ve attacked their farm and property on a number of occasions recently.Barney McBride and his wife Vera, from the downland of Golan, say they have not slept since the latest attack on their property at the weekend when extensive damage was inflicted with sheep and lambs being released on to the public road.Mr. McBride, who is 74 years old, says he fears for what might happen next after what is described as a campaign of terror on their farm and property.The farm which is three miles from Milford has been the scene of a number of attacks and thefts in the past couple of years with intensive Garda investigations ongoing. However nobody has been apprehended.Making a public appeal to the public to come to the family’s assistance, Mr. McBride said that everyone has ‘a fair idea’ who is causing this damage but more evidence is needed to bring them to justice.The Tirconail Tribune report the latest attack came at the weekend when sheep were turned loose from their pens and a number are still missing.Five tubular gates were stolen and the four tyres on their cattle trailer were slashed to bits. Locks were removed from sheds and this pattern of damage has been consistent with earlier attacks when livestock was stolen and material damage was inflicted on their property. Members of the Garda Crime Unit spent time on the farm on Monday and officers from Milford are monitoring the situation very closely.We understand the Gardai are following ‘certain lines of investigation’. However it is seen as a highly sensitive situation.The Gardai at Milford can be contacted on 07491-53060 and all information shall be treated with confidentiality.ELDERLY COUPLE LEFT TERRIFIED AFTER ATTACKS ON THEIR FARM was last modified: December 10th, 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:attackdonegalfarmGardaiMilfordlast_img read more