D. Webster Urey V Dies – Former Assistant Minister of National Security, R.L.

first_imgThe death is announced of Mr. D. Webster Urey the Fifth (V),   which sad event occurred at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America on Thursday, November 20, 2014, following a brief illness.  He was 66. Following his graduation from Cuttington University College (now University), D. Webster V  commenced his professional career as Director of the Afro-Asian Bureau in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  He was later appointed Assistant Minister in the Ministry of National Security in the Executive Mansion.Following the 1980 coup d’etat, he served as Assistant Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Liberia and as principal of Todee Presbyterian Mission.Webster later traveled to the USA where he lived for a number of years.  According to his younger brother, Mr. Benoni Urey, Webster returned home three years ago.Mr. D. Webster Urey the Fifth was born on January 25, 1948, the second of 11 children born to the union of Mr. D. Webster Urey the Fourth (IV) and his wife Mrs. Emma Boyce Urey.D. Webster V attended the Careysburg Public School, B.W. Harris Episcopal School and Lott Carey Baptist Mission where he graduated from high school.  He later matriculated to Cuttington University College, where he graduated in Political Science.He wedded Ms. Teplar Tumu Urey and this union was blessed with a daughter, Emma Sophie Urey.  This marriage having ended in divorce, D. Webster V entered into holy wedlock with Ms. Shirley Urey which union was blessed with a daughter, Danielle Urey.Mr. D. Webster V was also blessed with a son, Fongbana  Urey.Survivors include several children, including a son,  Fongbana; six daughters,  Emma, Patience, Elaine, Danielle, Darmain, Daria; a sister Mrs. Abigail Urey Ngara;   several brothers, Calvin (Dedosta), Emmanuel, Edwin (Kumba), Benoni (Mai),   Ernest, Oral (Fatu) and Evann (Barkari); and many other relatives.       The funeral service will take place in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA on December 6, 2014.  Shortly thereafter the body of Mr. D. Webster Urey V  will be flown to Liberia where the final funeral rites will take place at the First Presbyterian Church of Careysburg, at a date to be announced.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Battling Corruption in Resource Rich Africa

first_imgWhen more than 40 heads of state recently met in Washington for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, improving economic opportunities topped the agenda. The leaders could take pride in Africa’s recent economic performance. But the gathering also spotlighted a daunting obstacle to sustaining robust and widely shared growth on the continent: rampant corruption that robs citizens of billions of dollars every year.By one estimate, illicit financial flows from Africa amounted to US$1.4 trillion between 1980 and 2009 — more than the economic aid and foreign direct investment the continent received during that period. A joint report by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Global Financial Integrity (GFI) found that a staggering 60 to 65 percent of this lost cash disappears during “commercial transactions by multinational companies.”The extractive industries — which take natural resources like oil and minerals from the ground — are particularly prone to corruption, because they generate huge wealth that is easily diverted to line the pockets of venal rulers or businesses. This can be devastating in resource-rich developing countries like the Republic of Congo, where the government depends on earnings from extractive industries for 85 percent of its revenue. The siphoning of Africa’s riches is an old story, of course, though today’s culprits are not European imperialists like Belgium’s King Leopold II, but unaccountable African officials and corporations, both foreign and domestic. The paradoxical result is the persistence of grinding poverty amidst apparent plenty, a paradox visible in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and a dozen other African nations. For too many Africans, improving governance of natural resource extraction is “a matter of life and death.”The sentiment is broadly shared among civil society groups across the continent. African citizens are increasingly aware that corruption and poor governance is cheating them and their countries out of billions of dollars. In a moving letter to U.S. President Barack Obama on the eve of the summit, civil society leaders from nine African countries declared that their children’s future depended on ending this destructive cycle:Our natural resources are an opportunity for us to create better lives for our future generations, but if good governance does not prevail, that chance will be squandered. And with oil, gas and mining, the one chance is all you get… We are fighting everyday to change our future. We risk arrest and intimidation to bring the issue of natural resources into the open. Where once silence reins people now debate in the streets how their revenues should be managed.Improving governance in the extractive industries would go a long way toward achieving the five goals of the Obama administration’s vision for the Africa summit: expanding trade and investment ties, engaging young African leaders, promoting inclusive sustainable development, expanding cooperation on peace and security, and gaining a better future for Africa’s next generation.Upon closing the summit, Obama announced that the assembled leaders had “agreed to step up our collective efforts against the corruption that costs African economies tens of billions of dollars every year — money that ought to be invested in the people of Africa.” The centerpiece of this effort would be “a new partnership to combat illicit finance,” based on “an action plan to promote the transparency that is essential to economic growth.”But where do we begin? Though it is an uphill battle, there are already a number of worthwhile international initiatives seeking to empower citizens to fight corruption and help ensure that natural resources benefit local communities. The authors of the abovementioned letter, for example, all belong to one network of NGOs called Publish What You Pay, which campaigns for transparency in extractive industries. The idea is that forcing companies and governments to publicly release information about their negotiated contracts and commercial transactions will discourage them from engaging in corrupt practices, and allow citizens to hold them accountable if they do.The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is another, increasingly influential coalition that requires participating governments to ensure that transactions between extractive companies and governments are fully disclosed to the public. To maintain their status as “EITI-compliant,” member countries must prepare annual reports about how they are implementing common standards. In parallel with this campaign, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released its own set of best practices, “Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises,” and the United Nations has produced its own document, “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.”These are all welcome initiatives. But what has their impact been? And how might they be improved?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Majority of sugar workers’ severance still in limbo

first_img…46% to receive full severance this month…PPP willing to fund worker’s legal challengeHour after Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, put the Coalition Government on blast for their “illegal” actions”, relative to withholding full severance payments to sugar workers terminated by the state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), the Government moved to the National Assembly to ask for approval for $1.93B – initially $1.75B – to pay some, not all, sugar workers the full sums of monies owed.Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Friday told the National Assembly that the dismissed sugar workers whose severance packages are $500,000 or less will be paid in full by January 31. The Minister made the statement as he sought a supplementary provision of $1.931 billion in an effort to provide 50 per cent of severance packages to the fired workers.Union representatives and Cabinet members along with President David Granger at the meeting on Friday morningThis decision to pay some of the workers full severance was made during a meeting on Friday between union leaders and a delegation of Ministers who met with President David Granger at the Ministry of the Presidency. Prior to Jordan’s announcement in Parliament, Minister of State Joseph Harmon earlier Friday disclosed that almost half of the redundant workers will get all their severance money.Minister Harmon said the unions were forthright in their position during the meeting, something which Government appreciates.Meanwhile, Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) President Komal Chand also stated that the meeting was held in a positive atmosphere with both sides engaging in meaningful discussions.President Granger, who addressed members of the union, said this is the start of talks between the two sides so that an agreement can be reached at the earliest possible time. The Head of State noted that this is the time for all stakeholders to come together, putting aside all prejudices and partisan interests and work for the national good.The Government on Friday also stated that the Board of Industrial Training (BIT) as well as the Port Mourant Training Centre will be utilised to train and upgrade the skills of the workers. Additionally, the service of the Micro Credit Unit at the Social Protection Ministry is available to lend assistance, as there is micro-financing available for start-up projects.Robust debateDuring the robust debate, GAWU President Komal Chand questioned whether Government was aware of the number of workers that had been made redundant from each estate, noting that there was a disparity between the numbers provided to the House and the numbers the Union received from the Ministry. He noted that according to a Ministry’s document 1789 persons were fired from Skeldon, 1356 from Rose Hall, 1705 from East Demerara and 375 from Wales.In response, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder explained that 1851 were from the Skeldon Sugar Estate, 1181 were from the Rose Hall Estate, 1480 were from the East Demerara Sugar Estate and 251 from the Wales Sugar Estate. Holder, however, contended that the statistics provided by Chand were from a different period.Chand also asked Holder to provide a number of managerial and security personnel that had been relieved of their jobs to which the House was informed that security staff had not yet been severed since protection is still needed at the various estates to prevent vandalism.Former Trade Unionist and Opposition MP, Gillian Burton-Persaud questioned the House as to whether the sum being sought included overtime payments, which were still outstanding. She also probed Holder to determine whether he is aware of the provisions in the Termination and Severance Pay Act that speaks to fines and the computation of severance.Opposition Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira questioned why provisions for severance were not made in the 2018 Budget presented in November of 2017, while her colleague Bishop Juan Edghill sought to have Holder disclose when the Government became aware of the number of workers made redundant.Holder explained that Government became aware of the number on November 30, 2017, hence the reason for the provisions not being made in the Budget.Minister Holder, in response to Opposition MP Neil Kumar, informed the House that of the total amount, $609 million will be paid to Skeldon workers, $705 million to Rose Hall workers, $815 million to East Demerara workers, and $150 million for Wales.Legal challengeIn a gesture of magnanimity, PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo announced on Friday that his party stands ready to fund any legal challenges which sugar workers may bring against the Government for their full severance.This is besides the pro-bono legal service the party lawyers have already been providing to disaffected sugar workers. Jagdeo made it clear that separate severance payments are illegal and called for the Government to follow the law in its entirety. This is a reference to the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act, which stipulates that severance must be paid in a timely manner after termination of work.Moving forward, the Opposition Leader said, “We will continue to battle for the sugar workers.” He added that since the Opposition’s call for no closure of sugar estates has been ignored, the political Opposition will be working to ensure that there are “decent private investments” moving forward – all in the interest of creating jobs for sugar workers. He stressed too that once the PPP/C resumes office any “underhand” dealings will not be legitimized, but dealt with accordingly.The issue of 50 per cent severance came in a presidential address to the National Assembly read by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo at the January 10 sitting of the National Assembly.The coalition Government closed all but the Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt estates.A Special Purpose Unit set up by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited has contracted PricewaterhouseCoopers to evaluate the assets of the closed estates at Skeldon, Rose Hall and Enmore before selling them. Thus far, a number of foreign and local companies, including the Demerara Distillers Limited, have expressed their interests in buying the Enmore and Skeldon Estates.Since the closure of the estates, Government has been heavily criticised for not having a clear direction to steer the terminated workers.last_img read more

‘It was my hardest day watching Aston Villa in 46 years,’ club legend tells talkSPORT

first_imgAston Villa legend Brian Little has claimed their 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool was the hardest to watch in 46 years.The Villans were demolished by their opponents on Sunday and the Reds could have had more had they not opted to substitute Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho.And Little, who played for and managed the club, admitted he couldn’t quite believe how poor the Aston Villa players were in front of their own fans as relegation to the Championship now seems a real possibility.“I’ve met Remi Garde and he’s a decent person and he’s trying his best,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“But, from my point of view, I joined the club in 1969 and I’ve lived around this area for most of my life. I’ve had 46 years of Aston Villa in my blood, in many respects, and yesterday was the hardest day I’ve had to sit and watch the team play.“There wasn’t an individual in the team who had a good game, or anywhere near a good game.“You often have games of football where you lose badly but there are still three or four lads who really put a shift in but everyone played so far beneath their best it was untrue.”last_img read more

Inter Milan interested in signing Manchester United right-back

first_img targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on RANKED The right-back fell way down the pecking order at Old Trafford last season and he made just eight Premier League appearances.Darmian has long been a target of Juventus and there was talk he would join them during the current transfer window.However, the Italian champions have since swooped for Valencia full-back Joao Cancelo.That set Juve back around £35m and they are now no longer looking at a deal for Darmian.Inter Milan, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, have been alerted to this and are back in the race for the 28-year-old.The San Siro club explored the possibility of signing the Italy international earlier this summer, but feared he was destined for Juve. LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED 1 LATEST Inter Milan are back in the race for Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian.The Italian is looking to leave Old Trafford this summer but he is yet to secure a move away. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Darmian has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

‘Too many things coming out of Man United’, says Fergie’s former right-hand man

first_img 1 Meulensteen says the leaks are undermining the manager and the unity at the club Rene Meulensteen fears dressing rooms leaks are ‘a problem’ at Manchester United that needs to be resolved – and quickly.Just hours before United’s Carabao Cup clash against Derby County on Tuesday night, it was claimed Paul Pogba had been stripped of the vice-captaincy after a fresh falling out with manager Jose Mourinho.After the third round defeat which saw Derby go through on penalties, Mourinho confirmed the rumours were true and that Pogba would no longer wear the armband and the pair were filmed having a frosty exchange in training on Wednesday.It’s the latest incident of leaked information from within the walls of Old Trafford, with the apparently deteriorating relationship between Mourinho and Pogba dominating the back pages since before the start of the new season.WATCH: Mourinho and Pogba filmed in frosty exchange at training ground after defeat to DerbyAnd, speaking with talkSPORT host Jim White on Wednesday, Sir Alex Ferguson’s former right-hand man Meulensteen said: “There are too many things coming out, whether from Mourinho or the players, and that causes constant disruptions inside and outside the club.“Obviously there is a problem because there are certain things as a manager between your players you want to keep between the walls of the dressing room.center_img “That is part of the strength of the squad and that’s what you need when you are getting into difficult times, like Man United are in at the moment.“That’s when you need to pull together and close the ranks, rather than throw something out that again opens up the speculation and causes a lot of disruption.”Listen back to Rene Meulensteen’s interview on talkSPORT abovelast_img read more

DONEGAL ALL IRELAND WINNER SIGNS FOR FINN HARPS

first_imgFormer Donegal player Adrian Hanlon has agreed to sign for Finn Harps.The 2012 All-Ireland winner has agreed to sign with the Finn Harps Reserves side who play in the USL for the remainder of the season.Hanlon has been in brilliant form for Dungloe this season, and his form has propelled them to the top of Division Two. His form prompted a recall to the Donegal set-up but Hanlon declined the offer.Hanlon is a talented soccer player and has played for Keadue Rovers for the past number of seasons.Finn Harps Reserves manager John Francis Doogan has also secured the services of another Keadue Rovers player in the form of Corey Gallagher, as he bids to strengthen his side for the remainder of the USL season.There has been surprise expressed following the departure of Johnny Bonner from Finn Park. It’s believed Bonner became frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities afforded to him and decided to leave.Bonner has opted to sign for Letterkenny Rovers, while former right-back James Doherty has joined Swilly Rovers. DONEGAL ALL IRELAND WINNER SIGNS FOR FINN HARPS was last modified: July 2nd, 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:Adrian HanlonAll-Ireland winnerdonegalfinn harpsnewsSportlast_img read more

ATHLETICS NEWS: RESULTS FROM THE LIFFORD AC 5K

first_imgResults from Sunday morning’s race. A big thank you to all the athletes that turned out to take part. Delighted with the turnout given the short notice and a credit to all who were involved. Thanks to the stewards who marshalled and without whom races like this would never take place. Thanks also to those who provided spot prizes and made refreshments and thanks to Mary Foley yet again who never fails to turn out to help at our road races.Well done all and hope to see you all back again soon. PlaceNameClubGenderBib NoChip TimeTotal Pace1Robert GallagherM2418:18.93:40/K2John DalyLetterkenny ACM11518:33.13:43/K3Alan McGinleyLifford ACM16618:48.43:46/K4Gary GallagherLifford ACM6819:08.53:50/K5Charlie McElwaineLifford ACM14519:09.23:50/K6Paul CoyleM5119:21.33:52/K7Joseph ClarkeM419:43.73:57/K8Fionntan MooreLifford ACM15720:54.64:11/K9Karen GallagherLifford ACF16221:13.04:15/K10Kevin McMenaminLifford ACM15321:28.54:18/K11Shannon CraigLifford ACF15621:41.04:20/K12Rhona DuaneDonore HarriersF6621:42.14:20/K13Pat McCreaLifford ACM11821:46.84:21/K14Paul DuddyStrabaneM12422:02.04:24/K15Ronan GallenLifford ACM5022:10.34:26/K16Shaun O’DonnellLifford ACM11922:17.74:27/K17Liam MaguireLifford ACM11322:22.24:28/K18Amanda MonaghanLifford ACF10322:22.24:28/K19Conor FoleyM15022:42.04:32/K20Paddy TourishLifford ACM7822:45.14:33/K21Aidan CoyleM16422:45.34:33/K22Sharon CarlinLifford ACF15223:01.74:36/K23Ursula CoyleLifford ACF7223:09.44:38/K24Wilson CraigLifford ACM15423:12.24:38/K25Joe McNultyLifford ACM14823:14.14:39/K26John McElwaineLifford ACM13723:27.04:41/K27Joe GallenLifford ACM4523:29.14:42/K28Paddy GallagherLifford ACM16123:29.64:42/K29Damian MooreLifford ACM15823:37.44:43/K30Karl DohertyLifford ACM8323:48.34:46/K31Liam ClearyLifford ACM15923:51.14:46/K32Jacqui TimoneyLifford ACF16924:05.24:49/K33Martin BrowneM524:19.04:52/K34Liam DalyLifford ACM16324:19.64:52/K35Danny BurnsLifford ACM8624:30.64:54/K36Michael RoulstoneLifford ACM11724:30.64:54/K37Declan McCallionLifford ACM6024:39.74:56/K38Darren ReidLifford ACM3624:55.14:59/K39Fintan CarlinLifford ACM15125:22.05:04/K40Noel McNultyM17125:38.05:08/K41Cormac O’DonnellLifford ACM16826:28.05:18/K42Mary MullenLifford ACF14626:39.65:20/K43Andrea McGaviganLifford ACF5226:40.65:20/K44Carmel HoynesLifford ACF926:41.05:20/K45Deborah ConroyLifford ACF726:41.35:20/K46Kevin HeffernanLifford ACM16027:28.25:30/K47Caroline ConnollyLifford ACF16527:29.75:30/K48Christine McNultyLifford ACF14727:30.85:30/K49Carmel BrindleLifford ACF3427:41.65:32/K50Karen CarlinLifford ACF13327:55.25:35/K51Kathleen CraigLifford ACF15528:49.25:46/K52Audra DiverLifford ACF6529:21.55:52/K53Diane ArbickleLifford ACF6129:21.75:52/K54Cormac CarlinLifford ACM14930:55.36:11/K55Rosemary BoggsLifford ACF3231:47.76:21/K56Grainne RiceLifford ACF631:49.06:22/K57Eva McCloskeyF1032:04.86:25/K58Shannian CoyleF1232:18.66:28/K59Caroline CrawfordLifford ACF13534:13.36:51/K60Joan McHughLifford ACF16740:15.88:03/K    ATHLETICS NEWS: RESULTS FROM THE LIFFORD AC 5K was last modified: December 9th, 2013 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:ATHLETICS NEWS: RESULTS FROM THE LIFFORD AC 5Klast_img read more

BRILLIANT ENGLISH IN SENSATIONAL 800M RUN – BUT MISSES OUT ON WORLD FINAL

first_imgDONEGAL athlete Mark English had a sensational run in the World Indoor Championships today – but missed out on a final place.The Letterkenny AC man, who will be 21 later this month, was in the third of three heats in the Ergo Arena in the Polish seaside town of Sopot.He was also up against runners with better Personal Best times. Mark’s best time before today’s race was 1.46.82 – a new Irish indoor record which he set in Athlone last month.He finished fourth in his heat – in 1.47.60 – but had been in second at one stage – and was clipped twice by other athletes during the gruelling run. He was a second outside the qualifying time as a fastest loser for this Sunday’s final.But he can take a great deal of heart out of today’s run.Earlier the Donegal man had told the Irish Independent that he remained focus on succeeding. “My motivation in athletics is always to get the most out of myself, not to make other people happy,” he said.The full interview is here:http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/athletics-focused-english-taking-swift-progress-in-stride-30070790.html BRILLIANT ENGLISH IN SENSATIONAL 800M RUN – BUT MISSES OUT ON WORLD FINAL was last modified: March 7th, 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:800MErgo Arenamark englishPOLANDSopotlast_img read more

WHAT A ‘LORA LORA’ LOLLY FOR LUCKY LAURA!

first_imgLaura collects the cash!Little Laura Callaghan’s luck is officially in!Laura picked six numbers to win the Bonagee United Lotto jackpot which was €3,000.Laura is pictured with Niall Callaghan (the lotto seller) and her father, Damian Callaghan. WHAT A ‘LORA LORA’ LOLLY FOR LUCKY LAURA! was last modified: July 28th, 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:BOnage UtddonegalLaura Callaghanlotto jackpotlast_img read more