Cllr. Musah Dean, the lawyer who legally fought for the Supreme Court to acquit Hans Williams and Mardea Paykou of murder charge, is seeking for compensation for the prolonged detention of his clients.Hans and Mardea were arrested in January 2008 and convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for raping and strangulating a 13-year old girl, Angel Togba, on March 19, 2010.Fortunately, they were set free by the Supreme Court on August 15, 2014 on ground that there was no evidence to convict and sentence them to death by hanging.But, addressing journalists at his Carey Street office on Friday, August 22, Cllr. Dean disclosed that “We are considering pursuing legal claim against government to compensate our clients.”He added, “Our clients were wrongfully detained for over six years and six months. They need to be compensated for the harm and damages done to their reputation and character.”According to him, it is provided in the Constitution that anyone who is affected by government‘s action should seek redress in a Claim Court, which should be set-up by the National Legislature.He went on to say that the Legislature continue to delay in setting up said court, which according to him, would address injustices committed by government against innocent people.“In the absence of this court, government should take step to remedy the wrongs and compensate our clients,” he further contended.“Their reputations are destroyed, they are out of job, and they have lost everything they worked for in their lives. They suffered tremendous incarceration in an uncomfortable environment. So, they should be compensated,” Cllr. Dean maintained.In addition, Hans and Mardea lawyer said he was considering another alternative, either with some international institution like the ECOWAS Court, where people had gone and they have sought redressed for injustice committed against them by their respective governments and they have been compensated.“Look, they need to do so, because to prove our clients innocent, we invited the expertise of a team of American pathologists from Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences in the United States of America (USA) that conducted autopsy on the remains of Angel Togba,” Cllr. Dean stressed. “The American team, after their autopsy, concluded that Angel died of suicide. Dr. Thomas L. Bennett, a member of the team, who testified to his findings, told the court that Angel died by non-total suspension,” he added.Hans Williams and Mardea Paykue were arrested in January 2008 by the Liberia National Police (LNP), after the death of 13-year-old Angel Togba.According to defendants Hans Williams and Mardea Paykou, they discovered the body of Angel hanging from the curtain rail in their guest bathroom in November of 2007 in the Old Road Community.They tried all they could to save her and at the same time rushed her to John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center, but Angel was pronounced dead on Arrival.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
… passengers complain of delaysFollowing an Internet disruption that caused several flights to be delayed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the system is now up and running, officials have confirmed.It was reported on Monday that Guyana Telephone Telegraph’s (GTT) Americas II cable near the shores of Martinique had collapsed, causing hundreds of passengers departing Guyana to experience flight delays and cancellations after airlines were forced to perform the manual check-in of passengers.Nevertheless, Guyana Times understands that by Tuesday afternoon, operations at the country’s main port of entry returned to normal.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CJIA, Ramesh Ghir, related to this newspaper that late on Tuesday, technicians managed to implement a back-up server to correct the check-in system disruption, while signalling too that flight delays would likely decrease.However, a statement issued by the Airport on Tuesday outlined that some airlines “are experiencing cancellations” due to crew rotation and other operational issues, especially since it is the peak season.Meanwhile, later on Tuesday, GTT in a brief statement said it provided a solution to the airline reservation system, SITA, and as such, service was restored at 14:30h. Guyana Times had contacted the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Justin Nedd earlier in the day and he assured that the phone company’s technicians were working feverishly to fix the connection.This publication was reliably informed that earlier in the day, the system was up for some time but went back down moments later. Reports also indicated that mobile phone company, Digicel, dispatched a team to assist in correcting the disruption at the Airport’s check-in system.While the technical aspect of the issue seems to be on the mend, the hundreds of passengers who were stranded at the local airport have been complaining bitterly over the experience. In fact, this newspaper received several calls from frustrated passengers.Most of them complained about the way in which the entire situation was and is being handled, explaining that they understood the fault was with the airport systems. Nevertheless, they vented their anger over the treatment they received at the hands of staffers attached to Dynamic Airlines.“We saw in the papers that we can go check in at the airport (Tuesday) but when we called the airline people, they said they don’t know anything about that and hang up the phone… Every time we called the office, someone answers and hanging up the phone and when we do finally get onto them, these people don’t even know how to talk to you; we paid our money for tickets and this is the treatment we get,” vented one passenger, who give his name as Chetram.Meanwhile, several passengers related that when they contacted the airline’s office, they are told that they won’t be able to get any departing flights and will have to wait until two, and is some cases three, weeks after.“People have jobs and planned their vacations from months before and now they telling us we have to wait until three weeks to travel. How can I go then when I already applied for and was granted leave now; it is almost time for school to reopen, I can’t take my children then,” another woman complained.Nevertheless, Captain Gerry Gouveia told Guyana Times that a Dynamic Airways flight was scheduled to leave sometime Tuesday night. He also confirmed that an InselAir flight took off Monday evening following a cancellation earlier that day.On Monday, it was reported that hundreds of passengers departing Guyana experienced major flight delays, while others had their flights cancelled following the disruption with the Internet cables. GTT had noted that the company has redundant infrastructure and was working with SITA to migrate to redundant routes.
By J. Yanqui ZazaAs the year 2020 comes closer for the fifteen-countries of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) to form a single currency (ECO), proponents and pessimists are expressing their views.From Liberians, I have yet to read any serious debate. Or if they are debating ECO, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), our monetary institution, has limited information. On page # 70 of the CBL’s 2018 Annual Report, officials stated that “…the bank remains committed to the full implementation of the ECOWAS Single Currency Roadmap.” What would be the exchange rate between the Liberian currency and ECOWAS single currency, for example?Also, the administration should outline benefits and/or costs, if any. For instance, will Liberians lose if they use ECO and not the United States currency to import goods and services? Liberians import only 7% of their goods and services from Africa, while they import 93% from outside Africa. More so, is it realistic for Liberia to cut deficit spending from 41% (US $222 million deficit divided by US $530 million projected revenue) to 4%, ECOWAS deficit spending rate? The CBL reported that Liberia’s deficit spending of US $222 million in 2018, or a rate at 41% (deficit of $222 million/$530 million total revenue), was unprecedented.Here are the four primary requirements, according to ECOWAS:.• A single-digit inflation rate at the end of each year• A fiscal deficit of no more than 4% of the GDP• A central bank deficit-financing of no more than 10% of the previous year’s tax revenues• Gross external reserves that can provide import cover for a minimum of three months.The six secondary criteria to be achieved by each member country are:• Prohibition of new domestic default payments and liquidation of existing ones.• Tax revenue should be equal to or greater than 20 percent of the GDP.• Wage bill to tax revenue equal to or less than 35 percent.• Public investment to tax revenue equal to or greater than 20 percent.• A stable real exchange rate.• A positive real interest rateIf the administration can’t provide reliable revenue and expenditure projections, how will it fight to reduce its 27% inflationary rate to the 4% rate set by ECOWAS? If the administration is deficient in publishing annual reports, how would it encourage stakeholders such as the Liberian Electricity Company, National Port Authority, cell phone companies (Lone Star and Orange) to publish needed financial statements as required? The stability and soundness of any currency require trust, which is based on transparency and accountability of stakeholders.If Liberian stakeholders are far from being transparent and accountable, is the picture in other members of ECOWAS better? And, if negative economic conditions indicate that it is premature for these countries to adopt a single currency, what factors are encouraging authorities of ECOWAS to believe that their 385 million people will be better off when they adopt the single currency?Proponents hope that a single currency might reduce the impact of exchange rate fluctuation, impact of currency devaluations, might reduce the possibility of civil and religious conflicts, terrorism and could address the root cause of structural unemployment problems.The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) “…is a regional group of fifteen countries founded in 1975. Its mission is to promote economic integration in all fields of economic activity, particularly industry, transport, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, natural resources, commerce, monetary and financial questions, social and cultural matters…”Why is the management of “natural resources” not the focus of ECOWAS’ economic policy? Would a reasonable revenue intake generated from natural resources not help to reduce the budgetary shortfalls that West African countries face every year? Many African countries generate about 3% to 7% from natural resources, while monies collected from their citizens and businesses (i.e., excise tax, custom tax, import tax, real estate tax, income tax, value-added tax, etc.) represent about 60% of government revenue. (See IMF Reports of Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Guinea). It is only Nigeria that generates about 40% of government revenue from oil and gas. (See IMF Report).Aside from generating minuscule revenue from natural resources, they also are unwisely spending money collected from the pockets of their poor citizens. For example, the June 22, 2019 Economist Magazine reported that the number of Ghanaian government ministers has soared by 42% to 125, each with a car, guards and a taxpayer-funded home since Nana Akufo-Addo took office as President in January 2017.If true, this is the type of unnecessary spending that is now forcing Ghana to spend about 24% of government revenue on interest payment.On page # 30 of the IMF Report on Ghana, average interest payment from 2017 through 2021, was $5.7 paid from an average revenue of $18.2. Interest payment increased because debt increased. Ironically, Ghana has increased its debt from US$5 billion in 2005 to US$30 billion in 2018 even after it benefited from the Debt Cancellation Program called the “Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC).Note, 33 countries including Ghana met HIPC item #3 and item #4, because they had established sound financial reform and promised to spend a significant portion of their revenue on reducing poverty.If the numbers provided by the IMF Reports are correct, African governments will continue to pay high interest on debt because governments continue to generate low revenue from natural resources and continue to spend unwisely.Therefore, whether ECO is adopted now or in the future, none of these countries will meet and/or sustain ECO since the governments are relying on monies from pockets of their citizens. Implicitly, IMF reports indicate that total revenue will be less than total expenditure, and authorities will continue to cut social spending (i.e., for example, salary harmonization, downsize, right-size).Anytime a country or countries fail to obtain adequate cash because they are using, for example, 24% of their government revenue, to pay for the cost of borrowing, the currency rate becomes unstable, and citizens, investors, and third parties loose trust in the economy, a recipe for chaos, demonstrations or violence, etc.Yes, I welcome ECO. In addition, African countries should unite and generate reasonable/adequate revenue from their natural resources.Criteria to join the ECO (ECOWAS Single Currency)Sierra Leone 2019 National Budget IMF Report on Ghana National BudgetIMF Report on Cote d’Ivoire National BudgetNigeria: Selected Issues; IMF Country Report No. 19/93IMF Report on Guinea National BudgetThe Economist MagazineShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The executive of the People’s Progressive Party has elected Irfaan Ali as its presidential candidate for the upcoming Regional and General Elections.This has been confirmed by a Freedom House source. Ali was among five candidates contesting for the position. These were Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira; former Attorney General Anil Nandlall; former Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony and Member of Parliament, Dr Vindhya Persaud.Ali served as Housing, Tourism, Industry and Commerce minister under the PPP administration. More details in Sunday, January 20th edition of the Guyana Times.Irfaan Ali
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Santa Claus is coming to Lomita and the Eastview section of Rancho Palos Verdes (weather permitting) on from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6-9 and Dec. 13 and 14 and Dec. 16. The visit is sponsored by local businesses and coordinated through the Lomita sheriff’s station. A sheriff’s patrol car will precede Santa’s sleigh to announce its arrival. Rainouts will be made up on the following Tuesday or Wednesday nights. Here’s Santa’s schedule: Dec. 6: Dodson area north of Toscanini Drive in Eastview. Dec. 7: South of Toscanini Drive and Strathmore area in Eastview.Dec. 8: Caddington and Crestwood areas in Eastview.Dec. 9: South of Lomita Boulevard between Pennsylvania Avenue (Torrance border) and Narbonne Avenue in Lomita.Dec. 13: South of Pacific Coast Highway from Torrance border to Western Avenue to Palos Verdes Drive north in Lomita.Dec. 14: South of Lomita Boulevard and west of Western Avenue in the areas of Narbonne, Eshelman and Walnut avenues in Lomita.Dec. 16: North of Lomita Boulevard from Torrance border to Western Avenue in Lomita. For information, call Sgt. David Rozas at 310-891-3227 or 310-539-1661, Ext. 2230. . 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division / Watson Hire Division OnePromotion /Relegation Play-OffCRANFORD DO ENOUGH TO GET PROMOTED Dunkineely Celtic 2 Cranford United 3Having taken the lead in this Premier Division / First Division play-off Dunkineely Celtic remained in the driving seat until the half time interval. Paul Mc Fadden opened the scoring in favour of the Darney Park men. Despite Philip Buchannan scoring from the penalty spot to level the game Dermott Gallier struck to reinstate Dunkineely’s advantage.Having enjoyed the lion’s share of possession during this match it was Cranford United who would triumph. Buchannan got his second when he headed to the net after Shaun Mc Elwaine had flicked on a corner kick at the near post. With time running out Cranford were awarded a second penalty. Up stepped Buchannan to complete his hat-trick and in doing so sending Cranford United up to the Premier Division for the 2013/’14 season. Dunkineely meanwhile will contest the Watson Hire Division One next season.Man Of The Match: Philip BuchannanDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division / Watson Hire Division OnePromotion /Relegation Play-Off Dunkineely Celtic 2 v 3 Cranford UnitedDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 18-5-2013 K.O. 2p.m. Downtown Cup FinalErne Wanderers v Fintown Harps AFCSUNDAY 19-5-2013 K.O. 2p.mBrian Mc Cormick Cup FinalGlenea United v Rathmullan CelticSOCCER: DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: May 12th, 2013 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:Donegal League
Rory with John Haran and Michael Murphy at the launch of WinningST EUNAN’S stalwart Rory Kavanagh may make a dramatic return to the Donegal team, it was confirmed tonight.Kavanagh was speaking at the launch of his book in front of more than 500 people at Letterkenny’s Mount Errigal Hotel.His book ‘Winning’ details his journey as a player with club and county. And many of his team-mates from Donegal and St Eunan’s were there – with Michael Murphy and John Haran his special guests.When asked if would consider a return to Donegal, Kavanagh responded: “Never say never.”And Rory Gallagher told Charlie Collins the door was always open to a return for the Letterkenny man.The night however was all about Kavanagh’s career so far. He paid tribute to Naomh Conaill for winning against his St Eunan’s team in the county final last Sunday, before going on to praise coaches and mentors at club and county for their contribution to his success – with special mentions for Jim McGuinness and Rory Gallagher.“This book is a tribute to Jim, Rory, all the players and every single person in the back room team,” said Kavanagh.He later admitted of his Donegal team-mates: “I miss all the craic and I miss all the banter.”Leading tributes to Rory was Donegal captain Michael Murphy who spoke of how he always looked up to the St Eunan’s man who was one of the great leaders of the Donegal team.Eamon McGee, Neil Gallagher and Karl Lacey also spoke of their bond with Kavanagh during their run to three Ulster titles and an All-Ireland in the golden age of the last few years. The book – Winning – was ghost-written by journalist and Meath GAA legend Liam Hayes with assistance from Donegal sports writer Alan Foley.Published by Hero Books, it’s on sale now for €17.99 and is described as an honest account through the eyes of a player of the world of gaelic football.Next Thursday we get the manager’s view when Jim McGuinness launches his book at the Highlands Hotel in Glenties.Rory pictured with his family at the book launchRory with county colleagues including Maxi Curran and Rory Gallagher this eveningSt Eunan’s club stalwarts Charlie McAteer and Anne Russell Forde enjoy the craic at the book launchGALLAGHER: ‘RORY KAVANAGH WELCOME BACK ANY TIME TO DONEGAL TEAM’ was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 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:donegalJim McGuinnessMichael MurphyRory GallagherRory Kavanagh
Chloe McGee pictured here with the Badminton Ireland team as they depart for Rio from Dublin airport this afternoon.The three time Olympian from Raphoe will no doubt be a star at Rio 2016.The Olympic games has been over shadowed with the Zika and doping scandals but Magee has no concerns heading to the games. “I think it is something everybody has been talking about but we have been well briefed by the doctors.” “I fully trust them that they have given us the information and I believe what they are telling us is right. They won’t let us go if it is too dangerous.” – said Magee.We wish Chloe, badminton Ireland – all the Donegal Olympians, and all representing Ireland at the summer games the very best of luck.Donegal Olympian Chloe jets off to Rio was last modified: August 6th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsOlympic GamesRio 2016Sportzika virus
When you’re editing external audio files, protecting the original recording is essential. Follow these steps to safeguard your audio while you work.Top image via Shutterstock.Good field recording engineers will often do things like leave plenty of headroom to avoid peaking out a recording if someone suddenly laughs, screams, or makes a loud noise. This is an excellent way to preserve the quality of the recording, but it can make it difficult for you to make creative editing choices if you are constantly riding your computer’s volume just to understand the content. Further, with the wrong approach, you can accidentally apply permanent effects to your audio. Here’s one way to preserve the original recordings while you edit.Image via Shutterstock.Before you begin editing, create one folder with your original audio files and a second one called “Edited Audio.” Paste copies of the original audio files in the “Edited Audio” folder. You now have two copies of your project’s external audio. Open all of your “Edited Audio” in Adobe Audition and make any necessary edits.It’s very important that you do not change the duration of any of your clips in Audition. The copies must match the originals in duration, or they will fall out of sync.If you recorded something like an interview in a very controlled environment, this would be an excellent time to create a batch processing command if you are in a hurry and just need functional audio for easier editing. Because you still have your originals, it doesn’t matter if your first attempts are slightly off the mark.Once you have completed your edits, you can save all of the files and close your audio editor. Notice in the picture below that metadata sidecars appear after you perform your edits; this is normal.Remember that the audio files in Adobe Premiere Pro are still the unedited original files. In order to substitute them with your newly edited files, you first need to take the originals offline. Highlight all of the audio files listed, right-click, and select “Make Offline.”A dialogue box will ask if you want to keep the media on disk or if you should delete the files once they are offline. Adobe Premiere defaults to keeping them on disk. Make sure you select “Media Files Remain on Disk,” or you will delete your original audio files!Relink your media to the newly edited files in your “Edited Files” folder by selecting all of the offline audio files you just disconnected, right-clicking, and selecting “Link Media.”A new dialogue box will allow you to browse to the new files’ location. Click the “Locate” button and navigate to the “Edited Audio” folder containing your newly edited audio files. You can verify that you’re using the correct path by looking at the area near the top of the dialogue box for “Last Path” and “Path” indications. “Path” will show the new location you’ve just specified. Once you can see everything is correct, then click the “Locate” button.In this instance, to solve the problem of audio that is too quiet due to the headroom the engineer left while recording, I increased the volume of each clip in Audition, and I can clearly see that the waveforms in my timeline are now larger. To further verify the audio’s functionality, right click on one of your audio files and select “Reveal in Finder.” If all has gone well, then a Finder window will open showing the files in the “Edited Audio” folder.It is important to note that using the “Edit Clip in Adobe Audition” command is also a way to edit audio without altering your originals. However, there are several scenarios during which that command can take quite a bit of time if you have already started editing and don’t want to individually affect each clip. Although you can highlight individual audio clips in the project folder inside Adobe Premiere, you currently cannot send a batch of clips to Audition, which is very time-consuming if you need to quickly adjust several files. I typically find that this scenario arises when there are several takes during an interview or a segment of dialogue — or if there are several different audio files that all generally need the same treatment.Do you have audio editing workflow tips? Let us know in the comments.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Germany’s Yannick Maden in three sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Rafael Nadal powered into the French Open third round on Wednesday with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over German qualifier Yannick Maden to continue his bid for a 12th Roland Garros title.The 17-time Grand Slam champion was in dominant form for the majority of the match and will play Belgian 27th seed David Goffin for a place in the second week.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal appears to be hitting form at just the right time, after following three consecutive semi-final defeats on clay with the Italian Open title before arriving in Paris.He finished the match with 43 winners against just 23 unforced errors as Maden simply could not live with his illustrious opponent.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal’s win-loss record at the French Open now reads an astounding 88-2.“He (Maden) is a good player. He had already won four matches so was full of confidence,” he said. “For me it was an important victory.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 32-year-old Spaniard wasted little time in wrapping up the first two sets on Court Suzanne Lenglen.World number 114 Maden may have briefly allowed himself to dream of an outrageous upset when he broke twice to level at 3-3 and then 4-4 in the third set, but Nadal put him back in his place with two quick games to seal victory. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Not yet in top shape but Stanley Pringle still lights it up for NorthPort Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments