Microfinance Chairman Promises More Capacity Building

first_imgThe newly elected chairman of the Network of Microfinance in Liberia (NEMIL), Rev. Steve N. Gaye, has promised to focus on capacity building of member institutions, including seeking national and international support for the network.Speaking over the weekend during the Network’s special elections, held at Market Place in Monrovia, Rev. Gaye said his leadership will ensure that all members are supported, as capacity building is key to the survival of the network.“We will also create training opportunities for members of the network to help make them vibrant financial institutions,” said Rev. Gaye. “Microfinance needs investment, requires technical skills and the education of all of its members by means of attending workshops on time and being briefed by experts.  That will be the new position of the network,” said Rev. Gaye, adding that“All members will know what they are doing and writing, including reading financial statements,” he stressed. Said Gaye, “We will also focus on developing cordial relationships between the network and government agencies, seeking national and international assistance that will build the network and ensuring that we provide the necessary services needed by the people.”He noted that the issue of capacity building, particularly education of its members was one of the key problems faced by the network over the years. The vice chairman of the Network, Mother Betty Sharpe from SHOCAS, said the organization has been working with people with disabilities over the last ten years.The issues of transparency and accountability will also be prioritized in order to overcome the stigma that ‘Liberian people can credit but cannot pay’.“We need to graduate from taking the money and investing in things that are outside which are not part of the intended purpose,” she said, “Unity can also help us in living up to our statements and paying back the money.”She promised that the leadership of the Network would denounce the issues of ‘I, me, and myself,’ but reach out to Liberians who are in need.In her remarks, the observer and senior secretary of the Microfinance and Financial Inclusion Unit, Central Bank of Liberia, Selina M. Keagon, said she was impressed by the outcome of the elections and hoped that the leadership will work in the interest of its members.“We believe in good leadership structure and want to encourage you to work together for the improvement of the microfinance sector of the CBL,” Mrs. Keagon admonished.She said microfinance is one of the units the CBL is working closely with and believes that the new leadership will take NEMIL to a higher level.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NCN Chairman disputes bitter clash over appointment of CEO

first_img…says only 1 Director objectedBy Devina SamarooChairman of National Communications Network (NCN) Inc Bish Panday has rejected claims outright that there was a bitter clash among board members over the appointment of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lennox Cornette.An online media outlet reported on a leaked email exchange which suggested that the NCN chairman took it upon himself to appoint Cornette, despite objections from other board members who reportedly argued that his candidacy should be disqualified since his employment at the Guyana Telephone Telegraph (GTT) came to an end in 1999 after it was discovered he forged the signature of then Deputy General Manager Terry Holder.New CEO of NCN Lennox CornetteHowever, Panday told Guyana Times on Saturday evening that the article is riddled with inaccuracies and he called for evidence to be produced to validate the contents of the publication.In providing clarity on the matter, he explained that the board of directors agreed Cornette’s appointment during a meeting on April 7.Later in the evening, he said one of the directors raised a concern regarding the appointment of Cornette.This director has been identified as Imran Khan.Panday explained that the “concern” was investigated, the findings were brought up for discussion and thereafter all but one member gave the approval for Cornette to be appointed the new NCN CEO.“One objected and the others agreed, I can’t go with the one that objected. He objected after the event, he did not object before the man was appointed and if one director objected and seven directors said ‘yes’, I can’t go with the one who objected,” Panday explained.The chairman maintained that at no point was there a “bitter clash” among board members of the appointment of the CEO as reported in the article.“That part of the article is a blatant lie,” he said.Furthermore, Panday pointed out that Cornette should not be condemned for one mistake he made years ago, explaining that the investigation revealed that Cornette had no other blemish after that incident.According to reports, Panday had told the board member who objected just this.“In view of the phone calls I delayed my hand and did some investigations. I met with Mr Cornette and put the GT&T issue to him. He readily admitted that in 1999, he did sign Mr Terry Holder’s name and there was a parting of ways between him and GT&T. He said it was a mistake he has regretted ever since and it’s the only blot on his copy book.”It was also reported that Panday contacted Cornette’s last two employers, Jialing Forests and Conservation International and they both spoke highly of him.Director of Public Information Khan in response reportedly posited that “I am gravely afraid of entrusting Mr Cornette with the authority of CEO at NCN, or anywhere else for that matter, in light of his admitting to what effectively constitutes fraud. Should this information become public Chair and colleagues I am afraid that we would find ourselves in extreme difficulties to defend it.”Khan is said to have recommended that veteran broadcast journalist Enrico Woolford be appointed as the NCN CEO.Notably, the article quoted no other board member objecting to the appointment of Cornette.It highlighted that the only other board member to contribute to the email exchange was Dr Paloma Mohammed who appeared to have supported the Chairman’s position.Meanwhile, Cornette, a former journalist who is now a communications consultant and preacher, will take up his post from May 1, 2016 and succeeds Molly Hassan, who resigned a few months ago.He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business, a Bachelor in Social Sciences, (majoring in Mass Communications), a Diploma in Public Communication, and certificates in planning promotion from Bailbrook College, England.last_img read more

Forestry Commission anticipates more markets in 2018

first_imgThe Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) is hoping to strengthen its markets during the course of this year, and has already commenced discussions to regain access to the United Kingdom (UK) for the marketing of Greenheart and other products.According to the GFC, there had, in 2017, been positive developments in this area, as a number of local exporters have been able to export Greenheart to the UK. Also, the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between the European Union (EU) Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT), which should be finalised by June of this year, will create greater access and more lucrative market opportunities for local forest products to the European Union (EU) and other markets.According to the Forest Commission, this nation’s forests offer a wide range of goods and services, in addition to timber. The commission plans to further explore this potential to develop these alternatives.It said the bilateral partnership between Guyana and Norway provides a platform for exploring similar opportunities. Under that partnership, an estimated US$30 million to US$40 million have been earned annually. This, it said, indicates the level of opportunity that may be available from environmental services and non-timber production.Moreover, the GFC has said it saw total log exports of US$14.6 million in 2017, compared to US$16.5 million in 2016. The highest revenue earner for the year was sawn lumber, which recorded US $16.5 million. Products which saw increases in 2017 are: split wood, increasing from US$1.9 million in 2016 to US $3.6 million in 2017; and plywood, which increased from US$1.3 million in 2016 to US$1.4 million in 2017.The Forestry Commission said the sector faced several challenges in 2017, among them being the lower overall global demand, lower prices for tropical timber products, and a general contracting of international markets.last_img read more

Judicial backlog remains hefty: Duo waiting 18 years for rape trial

first_img…another awaiting trial close to 20 yearsEven with the January 2017 implementation of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) that has seen swifter adjudication of some civil matters; the judicial backlog remains hefty especially for criminal proceedings whereby some accused persons are awaiting trial for almost 20 years. Kenrick Persaud known as Arvin and Rajesh Singh known as “Toast” were committed to stand trial at the Demerara Assizes since 2001 for an alleged rape committed in October 2000. Similarly, Collin Smith who was committed to stand trial five months after his alleged Carnal Knowledge of a girl under twelve years offence in February 1999, his matter remains in the system.Lennox Tong has been committed to stand trial since March 2007 for Carnal Knowledge of a girl under 15 years that allegedly occurred in 2006 while Selwyne Hope has been waiting since 2011 for an alleged 2008 offence. Meanwhile, Kenneth Vickerie called Zoonie has been waiting since 2006 for an alleged 2003 Carnal Knowledge offence. Edward Samuels called Robin was committed to trial in 2008 for alleged carnal knowledge of a girl under 12 years in 2003. Many of the alleged victims are now adults.Many other accused persons for rape, murder, robbery under arms and other serious offences, have been awaiting trial for eight or even ten years. Recently, the High Court in Demerara began recording murder trials in Courts 2 and 3.This follows the 2017 installation of the Sexual Offences Court which started recording trials and multiple matters have seen swift disposal. It is believed that with these technological advancements that there will be improvements in adjudication as civil trials have seen.However, with the roster of only three judges sitting at the January Assizes, it is unlikely that three lists of 253 cases will see dramatic deductions via disposed matters. Justices Navindra Singh and James Bovell-Drakes are dealing with murder cases and Justice Jo-Ann Barlow at the Sexual Offences Court. Earlier this month, Guyana Times observed telling numbers from statistics drawn from the three lists which had shown that 61 per cent of matters were sexual offences with the majority being child victims.154 cases are sexual offences while the remainder ranges from murder, attempted murder to manslaughter and the like. During the last criminal session in the Demerara county, which ran from October to December, only seven per cent of cases were disposed – reflecting the need for an increased contingent of Judges to hear matters.Guyana Times has already perused a report from Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) ChildLink about child sexual abuse in Guyana wherein it was suggested that counseling services have been improved to help affected children recover. The report reflected that in 2014, 3883 cases of child abuse were reported to the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) of which 628 (or 16 per cent) were child sexual abuse cases. In 2017, the CC&PA saw a total of 4179 cases of abuse reported, with 841 (20 per cent) of these being child sexual abuse. It was also found that in a period of three years (2014- 017) there was an increase of five per cent in reported cases of child sexual abuse.ChildLink had further explained that in 2015 and 2016, the CC&PA received 676 and 734 reports of sexual violence, respectively constituting 15 per cent of the reported cases of abuse against children.Child sexual abuse is when an adult or older child coerces, forces, or persuades a child into sexual activities, according to ChildLink, which describes the act as alarming and distressing since it causes trauma among other issues for a child.last_img read more

Chelsea hammer struggling Stoke City 5-0

first_imgA late Willian penalty and a fine individual effort from Davide Zappacosta completed the scoring in a game that had long since ceased to be a contest.By contrast, Stoke’s team selection suggested manager Mark Hughes was prioritising Monday’s New Year’s Day game at home to fellow strugglers Newcastle United.Teenage full-backs Tom Edwards and Josh Tymon both started while influential midfielders Joe Allen and Xherdan Shaqiri were named as substitutes.It took just two minutes and 35 seconds for Stoke’s makeshift side to be exposed. Willian sent over a long, looping free-kick to the far post where Rudiger rose to head powerfully home.It was 2-0 after eight minutes.This time Stoke did manage to clear a set piece, a corner on this occasion, only to see the ball drop to Drinkwater just outside the area.A touch to control and a swish of his right boot later and the ball was flying into the top corner, leaving Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland helpless.A third goal seemed inevitable and it arrived after 23 minutes.Willian slipped the ball to Pedro who allowed it to drift across his body, wrongfooting Tymon in the process, before striking it low into the corner of Butland’s net.At this point, it appeared that the record Premier League victory -– Manchester United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995 -– could possibly be eclipsed.Instead Chelsea’s intensity dropped.This gave Charlie Adam more time in midfield. The Scot used it wisely, floating a delightful ball into the path of Mame Biram Diouf, who used his upper arm to control it before he slotted his shot under the body of Thibaut Courtois. The goal was rightly disallowed.Stoke then fashioned another opportunity in the opening minutes of the second half.However, Saido Berahino’s understandable lack of confidence having not scored since February 2016 saw him shoot tamely at Courtois.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s thoughts were already turning towards Wednesday’s London derby trip to Arsenal. The Italian removed Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata by the 71st minute.Two minutes later, Chelsea had their fourth goal. Willian, who was clearly bundled over by Geoff Cameron in the area, sent Butland the wrong way with his penalty.With the game nearing its conclusion, Zappacosta chose the moment to score his first Premier League goal, collecting the ball on the right, cutting inside and driving a low shot past Butland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Antonio Rudiger opened the scoring with just three minutes on the clock before Danny Drinkwater thundered in a second for his first goal for the club. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 30 – Chelsea demonstrated the yawning chasm in squad depth that exists in the Premier League with a 5-0 canter past Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.While both sides rotated their squads after a hectic series of fixtures, Chelsea maintained their quality on the pitch in a scintillating opening half-hour, racing into a 3-0 lead and effectively winning the match through goals from Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater and Pedro.last_img read more

Sheriff violates policy in Mel Gibson DUI arrest

first_img But the OIR report found that the department did not violate policy regarding the inflammatory comments because — although the comments where stricken from the initial report — they where included in a supplemental report and presented to the District Attorney. “The initial response from first and second level supervisors was to order that the comments be entirely stricken from the police report as unnecessary,” the OIR stated in the report. “However, before being implemented, that instruction was modified by the unit commander, who proposed that the comments not be included in the narrative of the report but that they be placed instead in a supplemental report.” The OIR report explains that the unit commander did that to limit the media’s initial access to the information while still getting the information to the DA’s office. However, the OIR report added that “the unusual manner in which that information was conveyed, specifically, the segregation of the “remarks ” section into a supplemental report that was not available to the media, certainly bears further attention.” As for Hilton, who initially was released early from jail, despite a judge’s order that she serve her full sentence, the report “indicates that the investigations surrounding the Hilton jailing have, to date, not resulted in any founded violations of policy,” according to the OIR. The hotel heiress was ordered jailed for 45 days for violating the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related DUI case. The report said some of the treatment Hilton received while serving her sentence may have appeared preferential but was not unusual for a high-profile inmate. For example, according to the report, whenever Hilton walked past other inmates in the jail’s corridors they where ordered to face the wall. The report states that this is done for security reasons whenever an inmate classified as being at risk of attack by other inmates is moving through the jail because it gives deputies more time to react if another inmate attacks. Hilton also received a new uniform instead of wearing a recycled uniform. The report said this happened because there were no uniforms in her size in regular circulation. The jail ordered a number of uniforms in her size, which are now in circulation. The report also includes:Efforts to address the “recurring episodes ” of deputies arrested off-duty for alleged DUI;The results of the department’s internal investigation into allegations that resulted in a multi-million-dollar payout in litigation costs;Reporting on inmate deaths that occurred over the past year;Modifications to the inmate search policy;Changes to the department’s vehicle pursuit policy.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department employees violated policy regarding the 2006 drunken driving arrest of actor Mel Gibson, according to the sixth annual Office of Independent Review of the department released today. The same review indicated that no policy violations were found in the jailing of socialite Paris Hilton earlier this year. According to the report, one jailer and two supervisors violated policy when they failed to follow routine release procedures, and the same two supervisors again violated policy when they “decided to drive Mr. Gibson away from the station (after his release) without a sufficient law enforcement reason for doing so, and failed to enlist the station watch commander in these decisions,” according to the report. The OIR is an independent oversight group responsible for ensuring that internal investigations by the sheriff’s department are “thorough, fair and effective in addressing allegations of misconduct and other critical events,” according to an OIR statement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ The report on Gibson states that when he was released, proper signatures required for the “notice to appear ” citation where not obtained nor was his palm print obtained on a booking slip. The field supervisor began release procedures without checking with the station supervisor and failed to follow station release procedures. The station supervisor violated policy when he failed to contact the watch commander once he learned that the release process had begun, according to the report. The three employees later received disciplinary action from the department, the report states. Sheriff’s personnel were accused of giving Gibson preferential treatment during the arrest, and trying to withhold details of the original arrest report, which contained alleged anti-Semitic statements made by Gibson to the arresting deputy.last_img read more

Transgenders try to trump hatred

first_imgEach year, in November, her group tries to spotlight the problems of transgender people during the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Members of LOTUS have also met with the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to discuss how officers deal with transgender inmates. “We are working to make police officers more sensitive when they deal with transgender folks,” said Ortega. Last year, her group held the first-ever transgender job fair in Los Angeles County. “We are here to show we are smart and capable and that a lot of good work is getting done by LOTUS women,” Ortega said. Mendia, meanwhile, said she wants to create a Whittier chapter of LOTUS. “LOTUS has served to make me feel less isolated and given me the opportunity to make a difference for others,” she said. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Nationwide, the murder rate of transgender persons is 17 times the national average – the highest rate of any minority group, according to the League Of Trans-Unified Sisters, or LOTUS, a support group of transgender people working to change society’s attitudes toward them. “It’s ignorance, more than anything else, that creates fear,” said Vicky Ortega, who founded LOTUS and also works as a health education specialist at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Los Angeles. “It seems like when people learn you are transgender, it’s a free ticket to pick on you,” Ortega said. In 2004, the last year for which statistics were available from the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, hate crimes that targeted transgender people rose to 13 from nine in 2003. Ortega said she has experienced name-calling and has found derogatory notes on her car. WHITTIER – They have the highest probability of being murdered than any other minority group in the nation. But it’s not just violence: People who choose to change their sex also suffer inordinately from job discrimination and a lack of access to health care – problems Elizabeth Mendia has experienced since she embarked on a journey two years ago to change the body she was born with. She remembered how one local service group that had invited her to speak canceled after finding out Mendia, 39, who formerly went by Edric, was now Elizabeth. “It was both disappointing and disturbing,” said Mendia, executive director of the Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project. last_img read more

The Tottenham v Fulham quiz

first_imgTottenham and Fulham meet at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Test your knowledge of the history between the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly. [wp-simple-survey-27]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Warriors outworked in Miami, plus other takeaways from 122-105 loss to Heat

first_imgMIAMI — Speaking with reporters before the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr cited the Miami Heat as a model for consistently playing hard. “No matter what kind of season they have, I know they’re going to be playing their (butts) off.”The Warriors (4-16) then received a personal lesson in hard work, losing to the Heat 122-105 in Miami on Friday, getting out-hustled on the boards and failing to move the ball with the same commitment as their opponent.A slow start created an early deficit as …last_img read more

Kohli, De Villiers magic hands Bangalore 13-run win over Pune

first_imgStar batsmen A.B. de Villiers and Virat Kohli smashed quick-fire half-centuries followed by a disciplined bowling effort which guided Royal Challengers Bangalore to a comfortable 13-run victory over Rising Pune Supergiants in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest in Pune on Friday. (This is how Kohli, De Villiers handed RCB a thumping win over Pune)De Villiers (83 off 46 balls) and Virat Kohli (80 off 63 balls) helped Bangalore post a competitive total of 185/3 in 20 overs. In reply, despite opener Ajinkya Rahane’s 60, the hosts lost wickets at regular intervals and could manage only 172/8 in 20 overs. (Photo Gallery)Kane Richardson (3-13) and Shane Watson (2-31) were the pick of the bowlers for Bangalore, while Harshal Patel and Tabraiz Shamsi claimed one wicket each.Chasing a challenging target of 186, Pune got off to a disappointing start, losing opener Faf du Plessis (2) and Kevin Pietersen (0 retired hurt) inside two overs.The hosts received yet another blow as the side lost Steve Smith (4), after Virat Kohli ran him out to put Pune in a spot of bother at 18/2 in 2.3 overs.But opener Rahane along with new batsman and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (41) used their experience to best effect to hold on to the wicket and sneaking in with runs to help team post 36/2 after completion of powerplay.Rahane showed his class yet again with the bat to bring up his half-century in just 37 balls and help team stay in hunt for the run chase.Dhoni-Rahane combined to post 73/2 in 10 overs.Dhoni was aiming to take on the bowlers, but got out in the 16th over to have the team in trouble.advertisementThisara Perera hit Patel for 25 runs in the 18th over to put Pune back into the run chase. But the 19th over saw Watson dismissing Perera to have match turned on in favour of the visitors.Earlier put into bat, Bangalore got off a slow start, losing opener K.L. Rahul (7) in the fourth over to put a breaks on the scoring.But his opening partner Kohli and de Villiers kept the scoreboard ticking, sneaking in with ones, twos to take the score to 48/1 after completion of the powerplay.But soon after the powerplay, the in-form duo unleashed their pyrotechnics to smash boundaries and sixes at regular intervals without losing any wickets to take team to 97/1 in 11 overs that set up the stage for yet another big score.Kohli and de Villiers made it look simple as the Indian and South African pair brought up their 100-run partnership for the second wicket in just 69 balls and helped their team reach 128/1 in 15 overs.The duo put on 155-run partnership for the second wicket to take team to a competitive total, before Kohli and De Villiers were dismissed in successive balls in 20th over.Perera (3-34) was the pick of the bowlers for Pune.Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore: 185/3 in 20 overs (AB de Villiers 83, Virat Kohli 80; Thisara Perera 3-34) vs Rising Pune Supergiants 172/8 in 20 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 60; Kane Richardson 3-13, Shane Watson 2-31)last_img read more