Dear Editor,This is meant to alert the general public. Scammers and imposters are out plying their trade and the lower East Coast seems to be the targeted area. The popular “church feeding programme” scam is being used again.The architects of this scam have placed their “programme” under the aegis of Redemption Tabernacle Church located in Victoria Village. Donation sheets are endorsed by Pastor Rodney and Pastor Smith. There is even a cell number: 639-0372.According to one of the young men, “this is for a good cause, the church is feeding children”. I trust the pastor and members of that local church would use the media to let it be known that there is no such programme.Churches that want to start feeding programmes, I advise that you approach the Food for The Poor Organisation.That organisation can be a tremendous boost to such programmes.Imposters purporting to be utility meter readers are also targeting homes. During this month, two guys on a motorcycle called at my home and asked to read the water meter.This was a few days after the regular known young women attached to GWI would have done that. I told them to hold a while and picked up my cell phone. They took off on that bike like seasoned racers at the South Dakota Circuit.Utility companies, particularly GWI and GPL, train your meter readers to be well mannered, respectful and to display their identification cards at all times – not having it around their necks or pinned to the front with the main particulars turned inward and not displayed.Also, meter readers who are new to an area should let it be known to residents as they move around.Persons at home I implore you to be vigilant, be alert in light of the current trend.Should these scammers and imposters present themselves at your homes and you realise it, then do not hesitate to summon the police.Regards,Jerrold Long
… revenue leakage suspectedThe laws governing the scrap metal trade need to be completely revamped, according to recommendations emanating from the forensic audit report into the operations.The report was officially released on the Finance Ministry’s website and cited a number of irregularities and uncertainties surrounding the trade, including the fact that the laws governing the operations are severely outdated.The unit has its origin in the Old Metal Dealers Act Cap. 91:08 first promulgated in 1900. Supervisory responsibility for the unit was transferred from the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce to the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) by virtue of the 2012 Cabinet Paper dated January 31, 2012.The CHPA is conferred with specific statutory powers and duties which do not include the regulation of the business of dealers in Old Metals, as described in the long?title of the Old Metal Dealers Act 91:08.The report has recommended there be widespread consultation with key stakeholders before any concrete decisions are taken on the way forward in relation to the operations.The document pointed out too that interim measures must be put in place since the trade is currently at a standstill and exports are temporarily banned.Last year, scrap metal dealers pleaded with the government to quickly resume the trade, noting that the closure of their businesses has definitely reduced their earnings, thus denying them a comfortable living.The audit, which was conducted by Ram & McRae Accounting Firm, found that there is no consistent policy towards the trade, with government opening and closing the trade at will.It noted too that there seems a total lack of coordination between and among the four agencies involved: the Guyana Police Force, the Ministry of Business, the Scrap Metal Unit, and the Guyana Revenue Authority.The report said it is unclear why responsibility for the trade was transferred to CHPA and why no Export Duty is paid under the Customs Act.It suspected that there is a high probability of revenue leakage but because of the inadequate reporting, any estimate is merely speculative.Prior to the official release, Guyana Times published articles on the contents of the report after soliciting a leaked copy.Former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali had explained that the Unit was transferred for better management given that both sectors had one Minister, and the Scrap Metal Unit and the Enforcement Unit of CHPA were both viewed as having the capacity that can be interdependent in order to police the system.“You may recall that one time there was tremendous vandalism of property, even phone lines and so on as it related to the scrap metal trade, so an enforcement arm became necessary for the Scrap Metal Unit,” Ali pointed out, noting that instead of establishing another enforcement arm, a decision was made to bring it over to the Housing Ministry for more integration.Furthermore, the then head of the Scrap Metal Trade Unit Taslim Baksh had argued that the findings in the report are not justified.Meanwhile, the report also cited instances of illegal trade: “Inspectors and enforcers would visit unlicensed yards but we were informed that they do not observe the transfer of metals to licensed yards.”Former Junior Communities Minister with responsibility for Housing Keith Scott had stated that anyone found to be not guilty of illegal trading, they would be allowed to resume their operations, while the others would be dealt with accordingly.
Child advocacy group, Street Child of Liberia, has embarked on the construction of six public elementary schools in two districts in Grand Cape Mount County. Street Child’s Community Animator, Laybianumah T. Kwakpae told the Daily Observer yesterday that two of the schools are under construction in Garwala district and four in Teewor district. He said the estimated cost of the project is US$25K. “The Tienimai Public School and the Kangafalie Public School will be in Garwala,” he added. The remaining four schools in Teewor, he said, “will be the Sinje Teewor Elementary School, Bumah Public School, Njojah Public School, and the Ducorbongoma Public School.” Anticipating the completion of the schools for the next academic year, he said nineteen teachers have been selected to undergo training at the Grand Bassa Teacher Training College. He explained that each of the classrooms will be expected to accommodate 45 students and it will provide relief for parents and their children in the six communities.“While Street Child is providing other building materials and benches for all the classrooms,” Kwakpae said, “the communities are also bringing rocks and other needed materials as their contribution.” Kwakpae also revealed that Street Child has provided US$2, 900 to each of the six communities to engage in farming in the organization’s Income Generating Initiative. “The money is intended to develop farms in the six communities and the income from the farms will be used to pay teachers and take care of other necessities,” Kwakpae said. He said the communities have embraced the plan and are working to ensure that they are successful. Meanwhile, Kwakpae said each of the six communities has made available 10 to 15 acres of farmland and the people are busy working on them. “They are very excited about the two projects,” he said, “because they know they are the ones that will benefit in the end.” Street Child provides support to street children by reuniting them with their parents and guardians, as well as empowering parents with seed money to ensure that they have means of support. SCoL has over 400 children in its program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Samguan, Paul and John Flomo to join other popular comedians to receive certificates of appreciation from the Liberia Movie Union (LIMU) for the roles they play in producing well-liked films for the Liberian market.The comedians will be so honored at an event scheduled for October 10 at Crown Hill Cinemas in Monrovia, where they will join guest artists, including Takun J and Soul Fresh, in entertaining the audience. Speaking to Martha Akorsah in an interview, the LIMU president said that it is better to give a man his honor while he is still alive, adding that comedians play a central role in the reawakening of the love for local movies in Liberians.“We are hosting this award to inform them that the union is about to introduce a series of policies and regulations to control the proliferation of movies on the market,” she said. “Liberia has a vibrant growing film industry, but its reputation is now at stake from the (large number) of substandard movies.”She disclosed that some of the of the regulations that will take immediate effect after the event would be the screening and reviewing of films by the Movie Control and Critique Committee before they can be made available to the general public.“Only those films that are registered with the union will be screened for marketing purposes. Films that do not meet this requirement will not be placed on the market,” she said, adding that serious remedial actions, including fines, suspensions and probations will be imposed on movie houses caught bypassing the channels on releasing films to the market.“Few films will be released on a monthly basis to make way for (a level playing) field, distribution and launching so as to enable production companies (to) generate more income, thus given time to the Movie Control and Critique Committee to reviews more films,” she said. “While it true that producers and directors are doing all they can to improve the standard of Liberian pictures, the leadership cannot continue to allow low quality and substandard films to dominate the market.” The union president said that LIMU sees the film industry as a sector with excellent potentials for growth, and this can only be accomplished when more measures to scrutinize locally produced films are put in place to raise them to international standards.The benefit of this new policy and regulation, she said, is to ensure that the public has available to it quality films that would inspire and encourage people, attract large budget films and make the collection of royalties from television stations, hotels, entertainment centers and many more a reality for those in the film industry. “When this policy is implemented, Liberian films will be able to compete with other African films on the international market,” she emphasized. Entrance fee to the October 10 event at Crown Hill Cinema is L$100. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Sophia, Greater Georgetown man is now homeless after his house was destroyed by fire on Tuesday night.Quincy Benn, 41, a driver, of D Field, Sophia, said he secured the house which he shared with his son, about 19:00h and went to work.The rubble at D Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown following the fire on Tuesday eveningSpeaking with Guyana Times, Benn recalled receiving a call from his neighbour about 21:00h informing him that his house was on fire. According to Benn, by the time he reached home, the entire house had burnt to the ground.His neighbour, Akeela Best told this publication that she heard screams of “Fire! Fire!” and she rushed out and saw Benn’s home engulfed in flames.“I saw the bright light while I was inside, but we didn’t really know it was a fire until the boy started hollering ‘fire! fire!’, is then when we look outside, we see the whole back of the house burning; the fire burned from the back to the front, glass started to break, the whole house gone up in flames,” Best recounted.She said that she called the Campbellville Fire Station, but the building burnt quickly. She added that by the time the firemen arrived, the house was already burnt.“The fire truck tek a lil time to come, but when they come, they house was already burned down; the fire was too much, till in front it deh blazing everything did done gone,” the woman relayed.The fire is suspected to have stemmed from an alleged illegal electrical connection, but Benn is contending that it may have been deliberately set by a woman with whom he had a dispute.The Police and the Guyana Fire Service are investigating.
Loyola’s Josh Brown tied the game in the 70th minute and Jamil Devers ended things with a header off a corner kick in sudden death to end Wilson’s season with a 2-1 loss at Long Beach City College. The Bruins, who were seeded No. 1 in Division I, finished with a 25-2-4 record. “It was just one of those days,” said first-year Wilson coach D’Angelo Waddington. “When it’s not your day, you can’t make it happen. Today wasn’t our day.” For the first half and large portions of the second, it appeared it was Wilson’s day. Senior Parker Pharis gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead with a beautiful shot from about 25-yards away in the 16th minute. He won a 50-50 ball, settled and beat Klasila to the right post. “It was an amazing shot, an amazing play,” said Waddington. Early in the second, Wilson had a chance to take at least a two-goal lead. Forward Erik Rivas beat Klasila to a ball near the edge of the penalty area and had two teammates charging toward the goal. But his pass never found Kenneth Staelens or Pharis and the opportunity was missed. Six minutes later, Garrett Gunther also beat Klasila to a loose ball and got a shot off, but it bounced off the side of the net. Loyola (25-6-3) tied the game when Devers sent a beautiful cross from the right corner to Brown, who only had to redirect the ball past Bruin goalie Rogelio Ruiz. Regulation ended in a 1-1 tie and neither team scored in two 10-minute overtime periods, sending the game to sudden death. David Felton can be reached at email@example.com or (562) 499-1318. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Photo Gallery: Wilson vs Loyola LONG BEACH – There was a six-minute span early in the second half of Tuesday’s CIF Southern Section Division I boys soccer semifinal when Wilson High could have put Loyola away. Twice in that time, Cubs goalie Kevin Klasila came way off his line to challenge for a loose ball, only to have it taken away by a Bruin forward who was just yards away from an open goal. Wilson, however, never capitalized on either opportunity, and it eventually came back to haunt the Bruins.
1 Goncalo Guedes in action for Benfica Arsenal may have to splash out £65m to land Benfica target Goncalo Guedes after president Luis Filipe Vieira began negotiating a new deal to keep the 17-year-old at the club.The Gunners have reportedly scouted the player but no deal is yet in place to bring the teenage sensation to England.Guedes made his first team debut in Saturday’s Portuguese Cup victory against S.C. Covilha and travelled with the Benfica squad to Monaco for their Champions League encounter this week.The highly-rated youngster is attracting major interest around Europe and Arsene Wenger’s men have been joined by German side Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan in the race to sign him.However, fearing Guedes’ departure, Vieira is expected to offer the striker a new, long-term contract lasting until June 2019, to ward off interest.Benfiquistas have set Guedes’ release clause at £65m, which could be a stumbling block for any bidding suitors.
1 Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey Arsene Wenger says the club are trying to work out what the underlying reason is behind Aaron Ramsey’s injury setbacks but expects him to be back in action in two weeks.Ramsey suffered his third hamstring injury of the season during Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Leicester.The Wales international was recently out for six weeks, but he managed to start four games and thought his injury nightmare was behind him.But he suffered more heartache when he picked up another hamstring strain just nine minutes after appearing as a substitute during the midweek victory at Emirates Stadium.The Arsenal manager says he has no long-term concerns over the fitness of Ramsey but wants to find a reason why he keeps breaking down.Wenger said: “We haven’t found the underlying reason. There is an underlying reason that is certainly medical or biomechanical because he is a guy who is serious, works hard, has a controlled and disciplined life, so there’s no obvious reason why he should have muscular problems.“We have individualised training for the players and prevention. I don’t think that is any special case that has been neglected, it’s just that we have to find a reason why that happens. It’s not a major injury, it’s a Grade One, a small injury, a small muscle problem.”
160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe 18-year-old victim was discovered in front of a classroom building. She was taken to a hospital in an ambulance. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. A young woman who attends USC was discovered unconscious by another student on the campus today, and police are investigating the incident as a possible rape, authorities said. USC Campus Police reported the incident to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Southwest Station at 4:20 a.m., Sgt. Frank Banuelos of the LAPD’s Southwest Station said. Police units and an ambulance rushed to 3520 Trousdale Parkway on the USC campus, an RMG News crew reported. “We are treating it as a crime scene and we’re waiting to the talk to the female student,” Banuelos said before dawn, adding that the victim was found unconscious on the campus by another student.
Gardai searching for a missing yacht skipper have found his car keys and his car but there is still no sign of him.Wood Magic, the yacht at the centre of the mystery moored at Sheephaven Bay, Ard on Sunday. Photo by Moses Alcorn.The emergency services are becoming increasingly alarmed about the man’s welfare after he disappeared almost two weeks ago.His yacht, named Wood Magic, has been anchored just 100 yards off the Co Donegal coast at Sheephaven Bay for at least ten days. A search for the man has found his car at Fahan Pier around the Donegal coastline and the keys of the car were later discovered in the abandoned yacht.Fears for the man have grown since a small dingy attached to the yacht was found turned upside down on Saturday evening.A hatch on the yacht was also opened when boarded by Gardai.There were no signs of a struggle but many of the man’s personal belongings are still onboard. Gardai have now listed the skipper of the boat, who is from Buncrana on the Inishowen Peninsula, as officially missing.The man’s family say they are very concerned about his welfare and have not heard from him in almost two weeks.A spokesman for the Malin Head Radio Coastguard said “There is serious concern for this man and we are appealing for anybody who may know of his whereabouts to contact the Gardai.“All his personal belongings including his car keys are untouched on the boat.“We have tried to telephone him but his mobile phone is not ringing.” The Donegal Mountain Rescue Team were drafted in today to search nearby uplands for fear the man could be injured.The Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo also patrolled Sheephaven Bay along with the marine rescue services including the Mulroy Coastguard.MISSING SKIPPER UPDATE: CAR AND KEYS FOUND BUT STILL NO SIGN OF SAILOR was last modified: June 30th, 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:sheephaven bayskipperWood MagidYacht