Representative Edwin M. Snowe has warned the National Port Authority (NPA) of the danger in releasing “falsehoods” about the tugboat contract with former Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant.Media reports have it that the former National Transitional Government chairman died of frustration after the NPA denied him (Bryant) a ‘lucrative’ tugboat deal.Bryant represented a Dutch company, Damen Shipyard, a business firm that won the contract through a competitive bidding process; the contract was later denied.Responding to said media report, the NPA issued a statement stressing that, “it cancelled the bid through the President’s office, based on a submitted Bill to the Legislature for the ratification of a US$14 million loan agreement between Liberia and the Arabic State of Kuwait.NPA: “The agreement—among other things— provides for the purchase of tugboats that require bidding for, following specific rules that must be preapproved by the Fund. The cancellation was done to avoid the duplication of the purchases of tugboats following the loan agreement with the Kuwait Fund.”However, in reaction to NPA’s assertions, Snowe announced that the port was releasing “false and misleading information to the public about the contract with former Chairman Bryant.”“Let them stop telling lies about the contract,” Rep. Snowe declared. “Some of us know all about the contract and we know exactly what happened. It’s a warning to them to stop issuing lies or else we will be forced to tell the public.I respect former chairman Bryant because he was a quiet and peaceful man; and would wish to remain quiet until he’s buried,” he furthered.Though he declined to state what aspect of NPA’s statement is totally untrue, he maintained that Bryant was not depending on handouts as is being speculated.Snowe then blamed the entire government for the “neglect of Mr. Bryant,” adding: “We all are responsible for neglecting Chairman Bryant.“How our government treats former leaders has become a serious problem. I blame us as lawmakers, for not playing our part to right the wrongs,” Snowe concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said the passing of the former Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), Charles Gyude Bryant calls for all political affiliations in the country to institute new programs that would enable all Liberians to emulate his legacy.The Liberian leader described the late Chairman, who helped restore peace after 14 years of instability in the country, as “Peaceful, but mentally dynamic, astute and engaging, kind and resourceful, a gentleman in every sense of the word, with a penetrating mind, even in the most difficult of times.”President Sirleaf made these assertions when she delivered a Panegyric last week on behalf of her government and people of Liberia at the funeral service of the former fallen NTGL Chairman. The service was held Wednesday, May 14 at the Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church in Monrovia.The Liberian government was requested by family members not to give the late statesman a state funeral. Family members said it was willed by Chairman Bryant that government has nothing to do with his funeral.The Liberian President told the audience that the late Bryant was a winsome personality of deep, unpretending humility, foresight and concentration, which portrayed nobility of character and strength of conviction.She noted, “His instincts served him and his country very well, and in trying or vexing situations, he was tolerant in a generous way, allowing the gush of fresh wind to blow through the halls of misunderstanding, shortcomings and obstacles.”President Sirleaf, whom the late chairman peacefully guided in leading to the process of her ascendancy, said he demonstrated vast knowledge of national affairs, underpinned by patience, understanding and a sympathetic attitude to the problems, and willingness to be of assistance when convinced of the necessity that justifies it. She said these attributes that the fallen NTGL Chairman had, inspired the nation.She said the people of Liberia shared a deep sense of grief occasioned by the death of this pre-eminent Statesman who served and led his country from the shackles of destruction and bore the torch of the democratic order; who served his country magnificently as a business icon with great understanding and zeal to propagate and restore the image of his beloved nation.“The sorrow of the Liberian people at the passing of so great a man, who signified to the world a new air of hope and peace, is being expressed by this celebration of his home going,” she pointed out.As a mark of last respect and a tribute to the late Chairman Bryant’s memory, President Sirleaf called upon all to give due reverence and reflection to this memory.“Let it be celebrated throughout the length and breadth of Liberia by its people at home and abroad, as a day of rejoicing and happy recompense, as well as a day of fondest familiarity and family hood,” she said Liberians should be reminded of how Chairman Bryant superbly navigated the tumultuous sea of self-destruction to bring Liberia into the harbor of national reconciliation.The Bishop Jonathan B. B. Hart, in his funeral discourse, said that membranes of the former chairman will forever remain in the hearts of every Liberian because he was the one who heal the wounds of the nation after over years of brutalities in the country.Bishop Hart noted that the late chairman risked his life in ensuring that peace and tranquility returned to his mother land; a country he loved so dearly.One of the three children of the late chairman, Charles Mleh Bryant, said that their father thought them the sense of humility, respect for others and the fear of God. “I will really miss my daddy because he was a true friend to all of us,” he said with tears rolling down his eyes.Meanwhile, the Trinity Cathedral was the scene of massive turnout of sympathizers including government officials, fraternity brothers and sisters, old friends, former schoolmates, business partners, among others.Following the funeral service, the late chairman’s remains were taken on a cortege with appropriate military escort to its final resting place in the township of Crozierville, Montserrado County where internment took place in the old churchyard of the Christ Episcopal Church.Charles Gyude Bryant, born January 17, 1949, died on April 16, 2014 in his 65th year. As Chairman of the NTGL from October 2003 to January 2006, Chairman Bryant is credited for fully implementing the mandate of the government as outlined in the Accra Peace Accord.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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The African Leadership Magazine, a leading United Kingdom UK-based magazine published by African Leadership UK, has named the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) Africa’s development Bank of the Year 2014. The award ceremony took place recently at the Dateline Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas, the United States of America. LBDI’s senior vice president for Finance Mr. Reginald Bropleh recently flew to the US to receive the Award on behalf of the Management sending a clear message that LBDI is on the brink of taking its rightful place on the international banking stage. According to the African Leadership Magazine which focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience and tells the African story from an African perspective, “the award is in recognition of LBDI’s pioneering efforts in introducing and implementing innovative banking products which has assisted small businesses and contributed to the growth of the economy of Liberia.”Also honoring LBDI for excellent performance in Africa is the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Inc. which recounted how LBDI has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of economic development opportunities for Africans. In a resolution signed by the Chair of the Caucus, Dee Dawkins-Higler, the Georgia General Assembly, amongst other things, described LBDI as a global player who’s established banking relationships and partnerships have identified it as a proven leader in the banking industry worldwide. For his part, the publisher of the African Leadership Magazine, Dr. Ken Giami in brief remarks thanked LBDI for the milestone achievement in Liberia, a country, he stated struggling to rebuild its infrastructure following years of brutal civil war. Dr. Ken noted that LBDI’s consisted financing of development projects is going a long way in improving the lives and well-being of ordinary Liberians struggling to rebuild their lives. LBDI Management picked up the award just few weeks before the Bank acceded to the peer review mechanism of the prudential standard guidelines and rating system (PSGRS) of the Association of All African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI). The PSGRS mechanism will help LBDI to be rated among other development finance institutions (DFIs) in Africa. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LBDI Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, thanked the African Leadership Magazine for independently following the Bank’s performance in the country and awarding it for same. Mr. Davies also thanked the Georgia General Assembly for recognizing LBDI as a global player in banking. He said the awards will further serve as an encouragement for LBDI to perform better. The LBDI CEO however noted that the Bank will not rely on its laurels, but will ensure that access to finance is available for the Liberian populace. The African Leadership magazine is published by African Leadership (UK) Limited, a company registered in the United Kingdom. The magazine focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience, telling the African story from an African perspective; while evolving solutions to peculiar challenges being faced by the continent today.Since its maiden edition in August 2008, African Leadership Magazine has grown to become a leading pan-African flagship leadership-focused publication read by over 240, 000 targeted international investors, business executives, government policy makers and multilateral agencies across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Europe and the US. It is distributed at major international and African Leadership events around the world. It is a niche and unbiased African voice born out of a desire to ameliorate the lot of Africans by focusing on individuals and corporate bodies that are known for their legacy-based approach to leadership.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,The very thought that the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown is even considering splurging $20 million on itself under the guise that it is hosting a week of activities to celebrate its anniversary is just revolting.The members of the administration and/or the committee that came up with such a reckless proposal are evidently demented and not in touch with reality. They should be ashamed of themselves, and be condemned by those in authority at City Hall.How on earth could a municipality that is bankrupt; that is supposedly penniless; that constantly runs to Central Government for bailouts and other forms of financial assistance; that owes, as they say in Guyana, ‘Tom, Dick and HarryLall,’ even conceptualise such an idea. It is at best ludicrous.But the real question to be asked is: What does Georgetown have to celebrate? The collapsed wharf at Stabroek Market? The clocks at the various markets that do not work? The fact that the iconic City Hall is crumbling and falling apart? The rise in crime around the municipal markets? The non-completion of the Kitty Market? The statutory rape of a minor and killing of a mentally ill man whilst he was in the custody of the City Constabulary? They have done absolutely nothing to rejoice about.It would seem that the only validation and rationalisation that the Mayor could advance for the hosting of this ostentatious merriment is that the event is something which was held in the past but had been stopped, and that the event could be likened to that of the annual town weeks of New Amsterdam, Bartica and Linden. This reminds us of the pidgin-style saying: ‘Monkey see, monkey do’, which implies the act of mimicry, usually with limited knowledge and/or concern for the consequences.How pathetic! Do the New Amsterdam, Bartica and Linden municipalities fail to remit workers’ contributions to the Guyana Revenue Authority or the National Insurance Scheme, leaving their workers without any sickness, injury or maternity benefits?Sincerely,Modi Sankar
Dear Editor,For quite a number of years, I’ve always gotten angry whenever illegal immigrants caught in Guyana are hauled before the courts. Some get fined and deported, and I cannot recall any being jailed. I’ve always had the opinion that it is wrong, and reading Thursday’s papers, I felt a great relief when reading the article wherein our Minister of Foreign Affairs announced that steps would be in place to accommodate those desirous of entering Guyana.There are many reasons that cause people to enter another country, especially illegally; either for better opportunities, and like how we are witnessing problems in neighbouring countries that are causing people to migrate from their country all around. I must applaud Mr Greenidge and say it’s a much welcome move.However, Editor, I urge that even though we would be allowing immigrants, I hope that before this plan is executed, the authorities install proper mechanism in place to prevent lawlessness to occur. No doubt, once the floodgate is open, many would utilize the opportunity to enter, especially criminals/fugitives and drugs mules/dealers/barons.Our whole country is being kept back from development by means of technology because of our dinosaur’s era internet service we are getting for ages, and I hope that all ports of entry would be equipped with internet-ready computers and have network access with other countries, so that background checks could be made on those desirous of entering Guyana. And plans should be in place for monitoring of suspicious characters and the various offenders that would use the opportunity to enter here.Over the years, I’ve witnessed many deportees returning to Guyana, and they would amass followers and boast of the country they got deported from, and compare Guyana with those countries. Sadly, many would believe these disgraced criminals, unknown to them that sometimes the stories they are telling are not true; but it would motivate many of our ignorant youths, and they would end up looking at these deportees as some sort of saviour, and the deportees would encourage them to do all sorts of things, including crime and using illecit drugs.I’ve personally witnessed more than one such incident, so I am just using that as an example so that the authorities would put mechanisms in place to protect our youths; because they are vulnerable, especially our girl children. Not everyone entering Guyana would be bad, and I am quite sure we would be getting a lot of talented people also.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bates
A construction worker lost his life Saturday after falling from the roof of the house he was working on at Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne).Dead: Youraj SewlallDead is Youraj Sewlall, 29, of Number Nauth Village, Corentyne.Reports are the father of two and several others were constructing a house when he slipped and fell from the roof.This publication was told that when Sewlall fell he came into contract with an electric wire from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) before hitting the ground where several colleagues rushed to his assistance.He was taken to the Skeldon Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police have since questioned all the workers as investigations continue.Sewlall leaves to mourn his wife and two children.
The trial date has been set for the Essequibo woman Bibi Safora Salim, who is charged for using Facebook to issue threatening and derogatory statements against President David Granger.The date was set by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when Salim, who was charged for attempting to exciteBibi Safora SalimPresident David Grangerhostility on the grounds of race contrary to Section 2 (1) (C) of the Racial Hostility Act, Chapter 23:01 of the Criminal Offences Act, appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. The trial has been set for June 15, 2016.In April 2016, Salim pleaded not guilty to the charge and was placed on $200,000 bail.The 52-year-old mother of three, who hails from Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo, was taken into Police custody for questioning following her Facebook post about shooting the President.She was represented by Attorney Euclin Gomes, who told the Court that his client was “technologically challenged”.This claim was, however, challenged by Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers who strongly objected to bail and told the Court that Salim admitted in a statement to the Police to being the owner of the laptop from which she used a password to access the said account.He also objected to bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence, threats posed, and the racial remarks that were used on social media against the President.Salim reportedly sent two photos via whatsapp messenger to her son, which shared similar sentiments.According to Prosecutor Jeffers, the case files are completed and some 14 witnesses are slated to testify in the trial, which should have commenced since May 11.
The 144thSynod of the Anglican Diocese in the region got underway in Guyana. The highest decision- making forum of the Anglican Church in Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, got underway with a Grand Mass at St George’s Cathedral on Sunday.Reverend Charles Davidson in his address to the gatheringThe event is three days of debate and discussions on crucial issues in the church. Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Guyana, Reverend Charles Davidson set the tone for the rest of the session. In the Reverend’s address to the hundreds in gathering, he reiterated the importance of the responsibility of Christians make sure the body that Christ gave us continues to be vibrant and avoid the negative influences present in our everyday lives.One of the issues that will be discussed is the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Diocese of Guyana and the Ministry of Laity in the Church.Also present at the service on Sunday were Diocesan President Marin Porter, Brotherhood of St Andrew; Diocesan President Joan James, Mother’s Union; Henrietta Edwards, and the Clergy of Diocese among others.This is the first Synod since the consecration of the Right Reverend Charles Davidson as the eighth Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Guyana.
A Better Hope, East Coast Demerara, woman lost her life on Saturday, after she was stuck by a car on the Vryheid’s Lust Public Road, ECD.Dead is Shanti Singh, 30, of 75 Better Hope, who was reportedly hit by a car while running across the road. According to a Police release, the fatal accident occurred at about 19:20h.Police investigations have so far revealed that car PRR 530 was travelling along the northern side of Vryheid’s Lust Public Road when Singh, who was on the said side, attempted to run across the road but ended in the path of the car which collided with her.The woman received extensive injuries about her body and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead.The driver is currently in police custody assisting with investigations.