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NEC Condemns ‘Fake Leaked Email’

first_imgMr. 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 ‘admin@necliberia.org’ as its source while the recipient is Jerome Korkoya (jkorkoya@necliberia.org).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 admin@necliberia.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)last_img read more

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In Ganta Mob Violence: 16 Charged With Multiple Crimes

first_imgAccused 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)last_img read more

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New behavioural change app being developed

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

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Ex-sugar workers call for Agriculture Minister’s removal

first_imgWales 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.last_img read more

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Protected Areas Commission to develop Biodiversity Garden

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

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‘Guyana’s relations with Mexico remain unshakeable’ – President

first_imgPresident 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.last_img read more

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Duo robbed by gun-toting bandits at grocery shop

first_imgTwo 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.last_img read more

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Pensioner battling for life after Essequibo Coast accident

first_imgA 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.last_img read more

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Countries must work towards enforcing agreements – Ghana’s Director

first_imgAir Transport Meeting…more needs to be done to address barriers The recently concluded Air Transport Meeting which was organised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has tacked the main barriers that countries face when promoting air travel across the diaspora.In an interview with <> on Friday, Director General of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Simon Allotey, said that while the conference was successful in its aim to establish new relations, countries must work towards enforcing agreements that are signed with other nations.“The conference has lived up to its objectives on promoting air connectivity between the diaspora. The discussions were very practical because, over the years, we took several corporation agreements, MoUs which were never implemented,” said Allotey.He said the barriers lie within these policies which had never materialised, and member states are now working towards resolving the issues. This is evident in the memorandums of understanding (MoUs) that Guyana signed with Aruba and Ghana respectively.“This forum, we’ve realised that we need to put our words into actions. We have identified our key barriers to improving connectivity. Collectively, we’ve all resolved towards addressing these barriers and improving air links.Some of the barriers relate to regulations, policies at state and regional levels,” he stressed.For now, the participants have decided that free movement across the continents is the next step which can eliminate some of the glitches of the past.“We’ve all agreed that we should allow free movement of people within Caricom and Africa. We can achieve that by states accepting and implementing the various protocols on free movement of people, and these have been some of the barriers,” he explained.This publication also sought a comment from the Director of Policy Planning at the Aviation Ministry in Ghana, Ellis Hugh Tamakloe, as he appealed for more action on the part of governing aviation bodies in each country.Many officials would have shared their perspectives, and the conference would be successful only if the talks are followed by effective action.“From the discussions, there are a lot of things that we need to do. There are a lot of things that we’ve been doing, but we need to do more to actualise what we need to do to ensure that there is connectivity between the Caribbean and Africa and the Caribbean and elsewhere. We think that [if] the findings and discussions are implemented, then this will be successful for all of us,” stated Tamakloe.The MoU signed between Aruba and Guyana will see direct flights from Georgetown to Aruba in the near future. The same is expected in the agreement between Guyana and Ghana.last_img read more

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FITUG calls for political maturity

first_imgNo-confidence voteThe Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) issued a call for political maturity at a time when the nation is in uncharted waters following the historic no-confidence vote in the National Assembly on Friday last.FITUG on Monday acknowledged that the notion of such a motion was not new and has long been a constitutional feature; however, it was the first time that such a motion has been successfully charted.The Federation said it was heartened to learn that the Government has accepted the result of the vote and not too long from now national and regional elections will be held.“We, at this time, look to the Guyana Elections Commission to fulfil its mandate and deliver an election that is free and fair and free of fear too. Our organisation, of course, will be following developments on this front. We also recognised the statements of Leader of the Opposition, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, who has committed to dialogue with the Administration as our nation finds itself in uncharted waters. This, we believe, is a step in the right direction. We noted too that President David Granger has signalled his willingness to meet and we hope that such meeting could be soon convened, recognising the medical treatment the President is receiving at this time. We certainly hope those discussions will yield fruits in the interest of the Guyanese people,” FITUG said.On Friday last, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) successfully tabled a motion against the David Granger-led A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Coalition Government. The PPP/C, which has 32 of the 65 seats in the National Assembly, was able to successfully sway AFC’s Charrandas Persaud, ultimately leading to the collapse of the Government.Persaud, after his vote, said that he was pleased with his decision and noted that there were a lot of missteps by the Government that led him to supporting the motion. He cited the closure of the sugar estates among other things that led to his conscience vote as opposed to toeing the party line.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had first announced the no-confidence motion on the heels of devastating losses in the Local Government Elections (LGE) for the coalition Government and went ahead to file the motion with the National Assembly on November 15, 2018.The PPP/C had contended that the motion was lodged based on concrete reasons upon which the Guyanese people had rejected the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led coalition. It pointed to the thousands of jobs that have been lost as a result of the closure of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) estates.In addition, the Party referred to the various scandals that have erupted under the Administration. These include the single sourcing of the feasibility contract for the new Demerara River crossing, the single sourcing of a drug bond and the single sourcing of drug procurement contracts.The Party further noted the numerous breaches of fiscal laws flagged by the Audit Office of Guyana in its reports, as well as the lack of accountability in the D’Urban Park Project, with the Auditor General having to launch a special probe into the development.The depletion of Guyana’s gold and foreign reserves was also highlighted. In fact, a report from the central bank earlier this year had indicated that Guyana’s net foreign reserves, held by the Bank in foreign currency notes, have fallen to their lowest point since 2008.last_img read more