The death is announced of lifelong farmer, Mr. Sylvester S. Cox of Crozierville, Montserrado County, Liberia.This sad event occurred in Crozierville on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, following a brief illness.He was in his 68th year.Mr. Cox was born in the Township of Crozierville on March 15, 1948 to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Sackie Naford Cox of Crozierville.A product of the family of the late Liberian Ambassador John Cox, Sylvester was baptized and confirmed in Christ Episcopal Church of Crozierville and attended the church’s Parish Day School. One of his foster brothers was Mr. Thomas Cox, the late husband of dentist Dr. Ayele Ajavon Cox of Monrovia.A lifelong farmer, Mr. Cox grew cassava, fruits, vegetables and sugar cane, from which he produced rum.Mr. Cox faithfully served Christ Church for many years as a lay reader. He was in service performing that duty the Sunday before he died.He leaves to mourn is loss his wife, Mrs. Mabel T. S. Cox; four children: Ealine, J. Sylvester Jr., Comfort and Eva Leemu Cox; four grandchildren; a sister, Muria Cox; a brother, Winston Cox; and many other relatives.Funeral arrangements will be announced later.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) and partners will on July 5, 2016 launch an Aquaculture Project valued at US$492,000. The initiative is an effort to address the challenges and constraints of youth unemployment – cited as the reason the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports requested technical support from the FAO. The Technical Cooperation Project, titled: “Creating Aquaculture Enterprise for Youth Employment, Poverty Reduction and Food Security,” is meant to build the capacity of 600 vulnerable youths in aquaculture development in Margibi, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties.The project is aligned with the FAO’s Strategy Objectives 2, 3, and 4, focusing on rural development. It is also aligned with the United Nations Development Framework (UNDF) Pillar II: (Sustainable Economic Transformation), while at the same time contributing to the FAO’s Country Program Framework (CPF) for sustainable agriculture development.Meanwhile, On June 27, 2016, 40 youths from across Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties will benefit from a ten-day aquaculture training seminar on the provision of economic development through youth employment, entrepreneurship, and improved nutrition and poverty reduction.The training seminar is an extension of the first seminar, which was conducted in Compound 2, Grand Bassa County, from June 13th to 23rd, 2016. The ten-day seminar will bring together officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Bureau of National Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture along with young Liberian entrepreneurs and other key stakeholders.The objective of the training session is to develop small business management skills, gender wealth creation opportunities, and develop the potentials of young people for sustainable aquaculture entrepreneurship. Participants of the seminar are expected to acquire improved methods of fish farming and hatchery management techniques, and better business development strategies. A training guide which was developed at the end of the first session will be used as a reference tool for youth aquaculture in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mr. Flomo reads the press statement categorically condemning the alleged email sent to Cllr. Jerome KorkoyaThe National Elections Commission (NEC), through its director of communications, Mr. S. Henry Flomo has sharply reacted to an email said to have come from one of its staffers, regarding the voter roll which is aimed at bringing NEC into public disrepute.Addressing the media at an unusual and impromptu press conference yesterday, Mr. Flomo said the alleged email was illegally generated and has been circulated to harm the reputation and credibility of the electoral process.“The Commission clarifies that the alleged email was never written nor circulated by the Chairman of the Commission, Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya and the contents therein are false and only designed to cause confusion in the country,” he said. The alleged email, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, has ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ as its source while the recipient is Jerome Korkoya (email@example.com).It is said to have been sent to Korkoya on Wednesday, July 28, 2017, at 9:19 p.m., with the subject, “Unknown Database Changes”.The alleged email reads:“Good morning, chairman, I hope all is well with you. Last night while backing up the system database and folders, I noticed that there are changes and additions being made to the parent folder of the final voter roster. The most significant changes of concern to me is the creation of new voters file with same exact name as the previous, and the addition of numbers that were not included on the listing we all signed on a few weeks ago. “Most interestingly, the new folder being created mimics some of the same information in the initial parent folder listing. Going through the new folder, the names, ages, location, sex and location of voters have changed. Furthermore, the pictures of voters on the new listing do not match what is on the compiled final file of those that registered to vote. I am looking through this more and will provide you with additional information.” A subsequent email, which was later alleged to have come from Cllr. Korkoya, was dated Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 9:33 a.m. and addressed to all members of the Board of Commissioners. The alleged email concluded and admonished all of its recipients not to speak to the media or anyone concerning fingerprint inaccuracy.“I have not seen this from any of the complainants as part of their evidence and we need to make no mention of that. We will discuss this in our emergency meeting later today,” it read. Flomo said the email is false because the senders used firstname.lastname@example.org which does not exist on the Commission’s server.“For all official mails, internal and external, the NEC uses the first letter of first names and then the last names plus the domain address. Therefore, the sender is fake,” he stated.He added that the voter roll database is strictly controlled by the NEC Data Center and not the IT section at the NEC.“The IT section does not control infrastructure, is not able to comment on database changes as mentioned in the concocted email and the NEC uses Microsoft Outlook for all official mails, internal and external,” he explained.He pointed out that the NEC does not have fingerprint folders as mentioned by the alleged fake emails and that all documents are saved in the Commission’s database and not in folders.“The fake email from Chairman Korkoya to fellow commissioners, regarding the subject, does not exist on our mail server. It is not just strange but fake and in fact, the Chairman in particular normally uses his AOL account for email purposes,” he said.Flomo noted that the Commission is urging all citizens, mainly voters and partners to remain calm and await the opinion of the Supreme Court and that the Commission remains transparent and credible. The head of the IT section at the NEC, Mr. James Dogbey also noted that his department knows nothing about that email and it has been verified as a fake email from an unidentified source with the intent to damage the good reputation of the Commission.Meanwhile, Rodney Sieh, publisher of Frontpage Africa, who received the purported email and published it on his newspaper’s website said he called on the NEC to give a quick response, but the Commission said it could give a response only through a press conference as it did yesterday. Responding on the Bumper Show yesterday as to how he got the alleged email and whether it is authentic, Sieh said he received it from an insider from the NEC and whether it is true or not lies in the hands of the Commission to clarify.With a few more days to the ruling of the Supreme Court in the LP, UP vs NEC’s ongoing October 10 representative and presidential elections alleged irregularities and fraud case, the alleged email appears to be generating more tension and bringing the electoral body under further scrutiny.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Accused of being in possession of human skeleton, an angry mob beat two suspects to death, while a third is being treated at a medical facility in Ganta.In the recent mob violence in Ganta, Nimba County that resulted into the gruesome killing of two suspected “heartmen,” (ritual killers), the Liberia National Police (LNP) has charged 16 persons with multiple charges, and sent them to the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in Sanniquellie for prosecution.According to the LNP Nimba County Crime Services Department (CSD), the 16 people were charged with murder, criminal conspiracy, and criminal mischief due to their connection with the recent mob violence in the county.A police source informed the Daily Observer that there were several persons arrested, but after thorough investigation and screening, 16 were held liable for being at the center of the violence saga, while some were placed on parole to report regularly to the police.On March 20, 2019, a large group of residents, among them some women, reportedly intercepted and ransacked a taxi cab that was transporting seven suspected murderers in Ganta, pulled the suspects and mobbed two of them to death.According to information, the seven men were arrested in Bleevalay, Sea Gbeyi Administrative District for being allegedly connected to a skeleton that was discovered in a creek near the town.No one has yet identified the person whose skeleton was discovered, but the entire issue flared up during confusion between two groups of people that resulted to a fistfight.In the quarrel, one of the men accused his friend of being a witchcraft, while the other one too accused his friend of being involved with the killing of an unknown man that was later buried in a nearby creek.Following a tipoff to police assigned in Saclepea, central Nimba County, concerning the startling revelation, the officers dropped the fighting case and mounted investigation into the alleged killing, thereby arresting all those linked to the act.Several persons were detained for interrogation and, because of the nature of the case, the Saclepea Police Detail decided to send the suspects to Sanniquellie for further investigation.Based on that, the police hired a commercial cab to transport the suspects. However, while en route to Sanniquellie, the taxi reportedly developed mechanical fault, thus making an abrupt stop before entering Ganta.At that point, some residents, among them commercial motorcyclists, who heard of the story, reportedly mobbed two of the suspects to death, while another one that was badly wounded in the attack, was transferred to a nearby health facility for treatment.Since the mob incident, police effected several arrests and later released those who they discovered were not involved, while those they investigated and established were directly connected to the mob violence sent to court for prosecution.Our investigation continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The School of Nations has partnered with one of the latest technology companies in Canada to finalize and test their latest app, “The Virtuals Game”, which will be able to develop critical real-world prosaically behaviour.JAYGOR Inc. has set out to develop a game helping children to be mindful of positive qualities to help them grow through real-life challenges, and opportunities to help others collaborate with the institution.According to a representative of the school, “Technology is part of our society and everyday lives, and it’s amazing how society has adapted so effortlessly to these major changes.“We are marvelled at the technology; the science behind it all. This kind of stuff is what we used to see in sci-fi movies when we were kids. Kids already love playing video games, and they already spend all day on social media messaging friends. We would be supporting this behaviour with this”.The virtual is a new gaming app incorporating the latest software and technological innovations to produce a refreshing new gaming experience.With its main goal of being able to help youths grow in an important way, there’s already a ton of awesome educational apps for academic topics like language, math and science.“Parents have already lost the battle against technology. Children, and even adults, now spend most of their free time posting, updating! Everyone’s worried about their selfies, their hash tags, how many likes did my photo get? How many shares? Will this go viral? But modern technology doesn’t only have to be superficial and egocentric. We can use technology to educate….to evolve,” the representative said.Moreover, while the approach is to educate through inspiration and fun, the key capacities include courage, honesty, kindness, perseverance, flexibility, creativity, patience, generosity, responsibility, tolerance, service, and more.“We want kids to see virtues as the powerful superpowers they really are. We turned to virtues and character strengths, those universal qualities valued across all cultures and (which are) fundamental to human growth, peace and prosperity”.The Game is being developed by a team of the world’s top software developers working on the latest technology.Social entrepreneur and founder of the project, Gordon Naylor, brings over 40 years’ experience in using business strategy to enable positive social change with a focus on empowering children and youth around the world.The team has already developed and tested prototypes of the product line, and is ready to take its creation to the next level through the final stages of testing and development.The School of Nations will get first releases of the product, and will be invited to join the collaborative process.
Wales severance criesAs Wales sugar workers continued to decry the challenges they are facing since the closure of the Estate, the former employees, their family members and other supporters once again protested the refusal of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to give them severance pay as they called for Agriculture Minister Noel Holder’s removal.Enough is enough! Former Wales workers and their supporters gathered outside the Ministry of the Presidency and Agriculture Ministry, calling for severance benefits (Carl Croker photos)“Who must go? Holder must go,” was the resounding call by the ex-employees on Wednesday as they gathered outside the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP) and Ministry of Agriculture. The former employees made it clear that they must be paid their severance.This was underscored by father of four Alvin Bradford, who is demanding his termination benefits.“I does plant and I does cut lil broom and sell, but I can’t go at no company for wuk, they paying $1500 and $2000 a day – that can’t do nothing for me and I got four children and that ain’t easy to maintain. When the Estate shut down, that was the last one I get,” Bradford noted.Guyana Times was told that Minister Holder was upset that the protest was held outside his Ministry as the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) took over management of the Wales Estate, which was transferred from GuySuCo to the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) last December.The workers said on Wednesday that not being able to earn was not only affecting the education of their children but their family life as a whole, since couples have had many arguments over declining finances.“Whatsoever thing you plant and sell, that’s it. You’re not getting work. Work hard at Wales, you can see it’s like ghost-town right now. Before when the Estate was alive, we were happy, but now we getting more sad, getting more quarrels, everything not right in the home,” a retrenched worker observed.Young men in their late teens and early twenties were also affected by the Estate’s closure. Supporting their colleagues, they indicated that they too were facing challenges. Amos Sookram told this publication that he was “expecting changes” from President David Granger, but as of now, he did not know “what is going on” in Guyana. A father of one, “Sonny”, said that he worked for five years and was waiting on his severance. He voiced concerns over the conduct of Education Ministry officials and the Police when going about “picking up children” in the Wales area, as he contended that the parents “have no choice” other than to keep their children at home.More than 300 former Wales employees who refused employment at Uitvlugt are still waiting on severance. The workers declined to take up work at the West Coast Demerara Estate since it is 22 miles away from Wales, noting that this violates the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESPA). A court action since was filed on behalf of the workers by their representative body, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) in March last year. However, to date, the matter is yet to be assigned to a judge by the acting Chief Justice. Speaking on this matter on Wednesday, GAWU President Komal Chand related that the Union was still waiting on the judicial arm to act on the matter.Official operations at Wales Estate were shut down in December 2017. Earlier this month, the former Wales sugar workers staged similar action and expressed much frustration that their colleagues from other estates were paid all or part of their severance, just weeks after the entities were closed.However, their former employer has long maintained that they were not entitled to this benefit with acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the State entity, Paul Bhim, saying earlier this month that GuySuCo has honoured all its obligations regarding the payment of severance at the Wales Estate.
The Protected Areas Commission (PAC), over the years, has been raising awareness on the conservation and proper care of the environment; as such, the organisation has begun efforts towards developing a Biodiversity Garden on the eastern section of the Botanical Gardens in Georgetown.Staff of the Protected Areas CommissionPAC Deputy Commissioner Odacy Davis highlighted these plans.“For most persons who would frequent this location or even drive around, it may appear as if it’s just bush, but it’s an actual representation of different types of forests. So, what we’re envisioning is for schools, students, institutions, the ordinary man or family to be able to come into the Botanical Gardens and see what a wetland eco-system would look like,” he is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.“This is not very common in many places, and so what we want to do is encourage all Guyanese to really embrace what we have here in the Botanical Gardens. We have at least over 180 species of birds in the Gardens; we have sloths here; we have caimans in the canals. This is really an ecosystem that supports many animals and many species so what you see here is really something special in the capital city of the country,” she noted.The Garden would be a unique landmark in the heart of the city.The Biodiversity Garden will also serve as an educational tool. There are plans to conduct tours, and the construction of three teaching benabs for primary, secondary, and tertiary students has already begun.“…They can sit there and teach concepts on conservation and the environment, and they can go through the entire biodiversity gardens. So, really, we want to use the Botanical Gardens not only as a place for recreation, but for education and even to support the Green Development Strategy. This is really how we can protect and embrace this beautiful environment that has been entrusted to us,” Davis said.
President David Granger on Friday evening said that bilateral ties between Guyana and Mexico remain strong as the two countries have cooperated in the areas of agriculture, disaster management, education, oil and gas and trade.The President was at the time delivering the feature address at a reception held at the Marriott Hotel Guyana to commemorate Mexico’s 208th independence anniversary.“Mexico’s Independence gave birth to a nation, which today enjoys regional and global respect. Mexico can be proud of its achievements over the past two hundred and eight years. Guyana and Mexico have enjoyed excellent relations since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations on March 1, 1973. Guyana and Mexico this year celebrated forty-five years of diplomatic ties. Mexico has provided a valued, new market for Guyana’s rice; provided valuable technical support to resuscitate the coconut industry; provided scholarships to buildMexican Ambassador to Guyana, Ivan Roberto Sierra Medel shows off some pictures of Mexico, which were on exhibition, to President David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger Guyana’s human resource capacity; provided assistance in the field of disaster management and has begun to work towards cooperation in the field of oil and gas,” President Granger said.The Head of State said following the Fourth Caricom-Mexico Summit, held in Belize, last October, he met Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and Mexico decided to provide training to Guyana in disaster management.Since then, two representatives from Guyana’s Civil Defence Commission (CDC) have gone to Mexico to attend a disaster preparedness workshop.“Guyana’s relations with Mexico remain unshakeable. Our two states are forging enduring and fruitful ties. Guyana, on this auspicious occasion, reaffirms its close friendship with Mexico,” said President Granger.Meanwhile, Mexican Ambassador to Guyana, His Excellency, Ivan Roberto Sierra-Medel, said Mexico is grateful for Guyana’s support and friendship as he noted that significant progress has been made in key areas of bilateral relations.He noted that while cooperation has increased, particularly in the areas of climate change adaptation, disaster preparedness and response and education, there has been much success in the rice industry.“Reciprocity is the bedrock of diplomacy so Guyana’s amazing hospitality encourages us to work harder to yield better results. Mexico is now the largest buyer of Guyana’s paddy. In just 12 months, we have bought more than 200,000 tonnes of paddy from Guyana and may I say, high quality paddy,” said the Mexican Ambassador.The event was also attended by First Lady Sandra Granger, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and members of the diplomatic corps.
Two armed bandits on Saturday evening attacked and robbed a minibus driver and his conductor while they were reportedly making a purchase at a shop at the Grove Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara (EBD).The victims, 40-year-old Wazeem Hussain of Section C Block Y, Golden Grove, EBD and 35-year-old Mark Richman, also of Golden Grove, along with others, were in the business place about 21:00h when the two armed men entered and instructed everyone to lie on the ground.The perpetrators then relieved the two victims of their cash, documents and cellphones. During the ordeal, one of the bandits discharged a round into the concrete floor, but no one was injured.The men then quickly fled the scene on a blue Honda CG motorcycle. The Police were immediately summoned and an investigation was launched.
A 70-year-old Essequibo Coast pensioner is now battling for his life at the Suddie Public Hospital after he was struck down on Wednesday morning while cycling on the Richmond Village Public Road, Essequibo Coast.Injured is Livan (only name given), called “Tuesday”, of Danielstown Village, Essequibo Coast.According to reports, the cyclist was struck about 07:30h by a 23-year-oldThe car that was involved in the accidentgoldsmith. Guyana Times was told that Livan was proceeding home from Anna Regina when he was struck by motor car PKK 6474, which was travelling in the opposite direction.He was picked up and rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital in an unconscious state and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with head injuries.When this publication visited the scene, a resident in the area revealed that a loud crash was heard and upon investigating, he saw Livan lying motionless on the roadway while the motor car had reportedly stopped in another lane. The pensioner was picked up and taken to the hospital. The driver of the car has since been taken into Police custody and has been assisting with the investigation.