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The ground-breaking ceremony for a US$5 million water project took place in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County last Thursday, January 16.The project is being implemented by the Liberian Municipal Water Project (LMWP) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The ceremony was graced by the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac, USAID’s Global Water Coordinator, Chris Holmes, LWSC Managing Director, Mr. Charles Allen, top US Embassy officials, as well as many distinguished Liberians.Speaking at the program Ambassador Malac reminded all that access to clean water in Liberia still remains low, despite the developmental progress made since the end of the civil crisis. in 2003.Amb. Malac placed emphasis on the fact that more than a quarter of Liberian citizens lack access to safe drinking water.“That is why we are pleased to join you today to officially launch the construction of a water pipeline extension from the water treatment plant into your area,” she declared.“Rebuilding Liberia’s – Robertsport’s included – water infrastructure is no easy task. I know this pipeline extension has been a long time coming, and I’m looking forward to seeing the full renovation of Robertsport’s former water treatment plant and installation of pipe-borne water points throughout the city as much as you are,” the American Ambassador said.She congratulated the local steering committee, LWSC managers, staff, employees, chiefs, elders and others associated with the water project for preparations and work so far initiated.“I know you have worked tirelessly with support from the LMWP to finalize the designs, sign contracts, and secure land for the various points throughout the city. You have undertaken the kind of careful planning that sustainable water demands,” praised the Ambassador.She furthered that the U.S. Government has been supporting the project since 2011 by undertaking feasibility studies and developing master designs with local leadership to establish an institutional framework for Robertsport’s water system.“We are committed to seeing this work through to completion, in partnership with the LWSC, the Liberian Government, and the Local Steering Committee,” Ambassador Malac assured.She, however, reminded Liberians that the project would not happen overnight and that USAID would work hard with the LWSC to get the next phase of construction moving later this year.According to the Ambassador, the water treatment plant and pipe-line extension would see the immediate benefit of clean water to 200 households and nearly 1,000 citizens and residents of Robertsport.In brief remarks, the Managing Director of the LWSC, Mr. Charles Allen, pointed out that as a major custodian of water initiatives in Liberia the dream for the provision of quality water to Liberians, businesses and foreign residents, was indeed in sight.Mr. Allen expressed delight over efforts of the LWSC and its support partners, especially USAID. He said their assistance would help the Liberian Government in its drive to restore pipe-borne water to all parts of the country, on a gradual and steady basis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) along with the Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) have taken exception to decisions by some countries to cancel flights and other investment activities with countries affected by the Ebola virus.Dr. Donald Kaberuka of the AfDB and Dr. Luis Gomez Sambo of the WHO both articulated their concerns during a visit with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wednesday, August 27, at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.With some African countries and international airlines withdrawing their people and cancelling flights to Liberia, Dr. Kaberuka stressed that the withdrawal actions by those countries concerned do not have scientific backing.He said such actions only help to worsen the situation in Liberia and other affected countries and not to help the situation.He added that the actions by these countries would further stall the economies of the affected countries and lead to other problems.He called on investors to reconsider their decisions to remain consistent with their plan and not to take actions that will create a stigma for people in Ebola-affected countries.Dr. Kaberuka asserted that besides the US$60 million AfDB has contributed to fight Ebola in affected countries, the institution still plans to commit more resources to fight and defeat the virus.Dr. Luis Gomez Samba of WHO also made it clear that the travel ban by some airlines and countries is not endorsed by the WHO.Such an action compromises efforts by international experts to come to the aid of the affected countries to provide the technical expertise needed in helping to eradicate the disease, he declared.He assured the Liberian government that WHO would use the US$60 million donated by AfDB to combat the disease until it is eradicated.Meanwhile, the travel ban and restrictions by some international airlines and African countries had earlier claimed the attention of Foreign Minister, Augustine K. Ngafuan.In his latest comment, Minister Ngafuan took exception to what he termed as “exaggerated actions” by some African countries to restrict their people from coming to Liberia or staying in Liberia.One African country to take such decision was South Africa that withdrew its citizens from Liberia and cautioned those wanting to come not to do so because of the Ebola outbreak in the Mano River Union sub-region.Already neighboring Ivory Coast had taken the lead in stopping Liberians from entering its territorial confines and halting ships from Liberia entering there, or stopping ships docking there from entering Liberia.Of late, Guinea where the Ebola outbreak began and subsequently spread by Guineans traveling to Liberia, also shut its borders with the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Precious K. Randolph, 31, a former administrative assistant and audit associate of Baker Tilly-Liberia, formerly (VOSCON), a provider of professional accountancy services, yesterday appeared before the Monrovia City Court, at the Temple of Justice for theft of US$42, 465.Madam Randolph was arrested on March 24, in relation to an investigation linking her to an illegal withdrawal of US$42,465 from Ecobank-Liberia account number 0011014700160904 belonging to an international company identified as GIP Esther of Paris, France.At yesterday’s hearing, Magistrate Kennedy Peabody sent defendant Randolph to the Monrovia Central Prison to wait trial, apparently based on her legal team’s delay in securing her bail.She has been charged with two counts of theft of property and misapplication of entrusted property, which is a bailable offence.Madam Randolph was assigned to manage GIP’s account at Ecobank –Liberia, according to court documents.The court documents allege that Baker Tilly also has an agreement with GIP Esther of Paris, France to manage and supervise that company’s funds at the bank.The defendant was arrested, after police received a complaint from Baker Tilly-Liberia manager, Theo Dekonty Joseph, alleging that from December 2012 to 2014, the defendant fraudulently withdrew money from the bank.The police alleged that during their preliminary investigations, defendant Randolph admitted to the commission of the crime, contending, however, that the amount of US$42,458 was overstated by her former employer.Police quoted defendant Randolph as saying “the actual amount withdrawn without authorization and converted to my personal use is US$39, 015. 53.”The court document also quoted police claiming that Madam Randolph said the amount in question was withdrawn by her when she served as administrative assistant and audit associate of Baker Tilly-Liberia.The police also claimed that the defendant was represented by one of her legal counsels, Cllr. Albert Sim, during the investigation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,We talk about creating jobs and having Guyanese who are self-sufficient, yet law enforcement is going around arresting ganja growers with an automatic three years for a nonviolent crime; an 18-year-old was also arrested with a three-year sentence in the same breath.In an industry that generates over 50,000 jobs globally, we need to wake up, get out of our 1920s mind-set, stop depending on the prospects of oil to be the saviour of an already resource rich country and look to implement regulation or perhaps even the legalisation of hemp and its sister product marijuana. With over dozens of by-products including clothing, paper, beauty products, hemp oil and seeds which are rich in vitamin A and B and omega fatty acids and other versatile textiles such as rope and building materials, we are literally sleeping on a gold mine of “green” materials, which goes hand in hand with our “going green” initiative. Or are we going to wait again for foreign interests and investment within this industry before we consider making a move?Cannabis and hemp alike have proven medicinal benefits and healing properties when in comparison to alcohol which in many cases is the cause of numerous deaths, murders and accidents due to over consumption. You cannot incarcerate the masses, not provide a plan to create jobs then wonder why the country is in shambles.Legalising the naturally grown plant would not have any more adverse effects than the over consumption of an 80-proof bottle of rum would have within Guyana.Sincerely,Stephanie Persaud
Dear Editor,A recent media report which revealed that four men were acquitted of rape after the complainants could not be located, failed to mention the length of time between the alleged acts and the start of the trials. Past experiences indicate that this intervening period is usually years, and the fact that the complainants could not be located would seem to support this inference. In any case, if rape cases are fast-tracked, especially given that Sexual Offences Courts are now established in all three counties, the issue of complainants not being located would not arise. To foster this fast-tracking, The Caribbean Voice suggests that in areas where the Sexual Offences Court cannot serve, special days be set aside each month in selected courts, to only deal with rape and sexual abuse cases.The media report also stated that one person was set free after the complainant refused to testify against him. In the context of Guyana, it’s quite possible that complainants would refuse to testify either because they and their families would have been threatened and/or would have been bought off. The Caribbean Voice has referenced this issue before and is among stakeholders suggesting that cases should still go ahead since Police investigations should acquire evidence besides the testimony of the complainant. As well, we suggest that when a victim refuses to testify, Police should launch a separate investigation to determine if the complainant was coerced into doing so by fear, money or other factors.Consideration must also be given as to why a victim may refuse to testify as it could be because the victim does not want to be in the presence of the perpetrator or that the victim does not want to graphically and publicly relive that experience. In such cases, the courts should make necessary adjustments to accommodate victims, including having a psychologist present.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voice
With millions of eyes on St Kitts and Nevis during the CPL T20 games, it can be said that there has been a significant boost in tourism as persons take action to the St Kitts tourism motto ‘Follow Your Heart’, says Stanley Knight, Permanent Secretary in the Youth, Sports and Culture Ministry.Appearing on the radio-television programme ‘Working for You’ on Wednesday, Knight said that the Government of St Kitts and Nevis has part ownership of the local Patriots cricket team and this ownership exists as a part of the tourism brand. The part ownership stems from the contract to host the first few games and the finals. He explained that the hosting of the finals is independent of that contract which now allows for the branding of St Kitts and Nevis.The PS said that the viewership of the finals is expected to increase: “One of the reasons for this is that the media value increases as the lights on our facility are the best in the region and it allows for simply a much higher quality broadcast,” said Knight.Knight added that hosting the finals also brands the country as a destination and gave an analogy of how the destination is branded.“A man leaves his house intending to go somewhere but does not know where he is going,” he explained. “Where ever he arrives, he is going to say ‘Here I am’. The value of the CPL finals to us is that we are now giving those persons a specific destination to go to because we are telling them to ‘follow their heart’ to St Kitts. That is the message we are trying to get across.”Knight said that the brand can also be expanded into sports tourism: “If your passion is sport and if your passion is cricket, ‘Follow your heart’ to St Kitts and Nevis,” he said, adding that expanding the brand brings value to the country.Knight said that the tourism product can also be extended into Pan-Caribbean travel when there is a slight decline in the North American, European visitors during the month of August. He added that many persons often stay for Culturama, which is right on the heels of the cricket matches. (SKNIS)
The Guyana Energy Agency (GEA), as part of its Energy Month observances this year, has launched a video competition for secondary school students in Guyana to make a case to promote renewable energy development and reduce the carbon footprint within their respective schools.Under the theme ‘My Green School’, the competition targets students of Forms One to Six (Grade Seven to Twelve) and was organised in an effort to sensitise youths at a secondary school level on energy use, environmental issues and sustainable development, as well as encourage learning in a creative format.Inspired by the vision of the GEA, the students’ video should make a case to promote renewable energy development and reduce the carbon footprint within schools. Renewable energy and energy efficiency offers the greatest scope for reducing Guyana’s dependence on fossil fuels, diversifying the energy mix and attaining energy security.Recognising the importance of wider uses and exploration of cleaner renewable sources of energy, especially given the fact that Guyana possesses great potential in renewable energy sources, The GEA decided that in addition to first, second, and third place winners being awarded prizes, the school of the winning entry will be the recipient of a solar photovoltaic system or suitable energy efficiency technologies for a value of approximately $2 million.The deadline for the submission of entries is September 16, 2016 at 15:00h. The guidelines and additional information for the competition can be obtained from GEA’s website www.gea.gov.gy.The observance of Energy Month serves to provide an additional platform that assists in fulfilling part of the mandate of the GEA by allowing “us to disseminate information essential to improving public awareness on sustainable energy, conservation and overall efficiency. The overarching objective being to ‘empower’ Guyana’s youths and citizens as a whole such that behavioural changes can occur thereby aiding in the country’s sustainable development and the realization of the vision of a ‘Green Guyana’.”Caricom Energy Week (CEW) is an annual feature that is celebrated simultaneously across the Caribbean by Caricom member states. This year, a decision was made by Caricom to have the entire month of November labelled ‘Energy Month’. Hence, going forward CEW will now be CEM-Caricom Energy Month.
The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) held a disaster preparedness camp on Saturday for children ranging between the ages of five and eleven.Some of the children participating in a fire drillThe camp aimed at teaching children the basics in what to do in the event of a disaster. They were taught first-aid, fire safety, water sanitation and hygiene, and solid waste management.The one-day camp was held at Camp Ayanganna, the Guyana Defence Force Headquarters, Georgetown, under the theme “Planting the Seed for Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness”.The camp is the first of its kind and was sponsored by Digicel (Guyana) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Head of CDC, Retired Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup said that the aim of the camp is to ensure that children are aware and equipped to handle disasters. The Retired Colonel pointed out that many times children lose their lives because they do not know what to do when a disaster such as a fire, occurs.“I hope we can manage them and ensure that the seeds are really planted on fertile soil so that they can go home, teach their parents, brothers and sisters and schoolmates,” Colonel Ramsarup stated.“We are hoping to do it every August. We don’t just want to do it in Georgetown, we also want to go out in other regions,” he added.UNICEF representative for disaster risk management Ian Jones said that it is important for children to be participating in such camps. Jones noted that UNICEF continues to play a major role in the lives of children.“We are very much involved in making sure that children are fully involved in disaster management,” Jones stated.During the camp, the children were formed into groups and given small prizes after completion of each task.The CDC continues to implement Disaster Risk Management Systems (RDRMS) across all 10 administrative regions of Guyana.
Beaten bandit Patrick Goodluck, 22, of North Sophia, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman as the trial into the robbery commenced.He was jointly charged with Colin Amos, 21, of 72 Sophia, Georgetown, for robbery under arms and possession.On their first appearance, Goodluck and Amos both pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on August 17, at Georgetown, they attempted to commit robbery under arms and they attempted to rob Roger Lovell.They were both apprehended and given a severe beating by residents of North Sophia.During Wednesday’s hearing, Magistrate Latchman was informed that both defendants were given different dates to appear in court, as such she set the matter for September 6, when both Goodluck and Amos will appear before her