Tragedy in Thievery

first_imgA 23 year-old man was found electrocuted on a light pole in the slum community of Buzzy Quarter when tried in the wee hours of Monday morning to steal power from the Liberia Electricity Corporation.When our Reporter, C.Y. Kwanue, arrived on the scene after receiving a tip-off, he met hundreds of people, some of them wailing. A precious young life had been lost in a most inglorious (disgraceful) fashion. The young man met his tragic fate while engaging in an act of thievery. In the process, he also disgraced his family, his girl friend, son and friends.The father of Kaleko Kollie, Mr. Emmanuel Kollie, was among those on the tragic and terrible scene. Emmanuel Kollie aptly remarked, “. . . a child who cannot hear can feel.” The remark was captured for yesterday’s Dr. Owl column.Everyone knows that Buzzy Quarter is a poverty-stricken area. But poverty, the world knows, is no excuse for stealing. Stealing is an anathema (disgrace, outrage) to civilization and society. It is also an abomination (hatred, scandal) to development.That is why the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has always complained that power theft is one of the grave impediments to its profitability and progress. LEC says that at least one third of the power it produces is stolen, causing the corporation millions of dollars annually. How then will it ever be possible for LEC to grow to the point where it can assure Liberians of sustained and uninterrupted power? Not possible!Yet power, or energy, is key to every country’s development, Liberia being no exception. The destruction of the Mount Coffee Hydro Electric Plant during the civil war—some say by Charles Taylor’s NPFL, others say by Alhaji Kromah’s ULIMO—was one of the major setbacks that the war caused Liberia. The war itself was a harbinger of darkness; but when they destroyed the hydro, that is when real, thick, black darkness descended upon the land, making it impossible for any development to take place. The destruction of the hydro alone set the country at least 50 years backward.And now here we are, over 12 years following the war’s end, with the hydro still being rebuilt, interrupted for almost a year by the Ebola tragedy, and LEC, with a lot of foreign assistance, striving to fill in the gap by providing some limited power, and the same Liberians it is trying to serve undermining its efforts by stealing power.We sympathize with the Kollie family for the loss of their son. But we are at pains to ask, What went wrong?At the age of 23, it was a bit late, was it not? for father Kollie, at after one a.m., to “advise” his son as he saw him take a set of pliers to go steal LEC’s power “to connect a customer.”What happened in the intervening years when young Kaleko Kollie was going through childhood and adolescence? Where were Mr. Emmanuel Kollie and his wife, the boy’s mother? We may never know whether he was given a slap on the wrist when he stole something as a child.But this is a deadly warning to all parents. We will use the ancient quote from the Book of Proverbs to sound the warning: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Poverty is no excuse for becoming a thief. There have been and still are many people who were once poor, yet went on to achieve greatness.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President will decide fate of Crime Chief – Ramjattan

first_img…would usurp Police Service Commission’s roleGiven that President David Granger appointed the Crime Chief, Lyndon Alves, he will determine the fate of the senior member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), who is currently on administrative leave, pending an investigation following reports of misconduct.This disclosure was made by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on the sidelines of an event last week.“If he is cleared he will come back if he is not well fine. The President, having appointed him, will make certain decisions,” the Minister said, despite the fact that the law states that it is the Police Service Commission that deals with disciplinary issues within the GPF.The Crime Chief was sent on administrative leave last week after whistleblowers pointed to several alleged corrupt acts he was reportedly a party to while stationed in Berbice.However, when probed about the status of the investigation, which is being conducted by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), Ramjattan referred the question to the Police Commissioner, Leslie James.Reports are the Crime Chief was allegedly shielding a few junior rogue ranks who have been linked to criminals among other transactions.The Minister noted that policemen who are aware of the situation will be giving statements to determine whether or not Alves returns to his job. “We have to take the statements from those police, of course, they will be questioned and of course thereafter legal advice will be sought,” he informed.Given that the OPR is conducting the investigation, meaning the police is investigating itself, which in itself has raised a number of questions, Ramjattan said, “you do not want to what call a Caricom Commission to come in?”Further, the Minister said that it is important for such cases to be investigated by the OPR to build confidence. He added that hundreds of cases have been investigated by the OPR before which have all been respected as they were even subject to further analysis. In fact, cases are even sent for legal advice from the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP).In the meantime, pending this investigation, the Crime Chief will remain on administrative leave until the investigation wraps up.Recently, allegations have stemmed against a lance corporal detective in Berbice of the rank being linked to the criminal network in the region.This was revealed after the rank’s cell phone number was discovered in the phone of now dead criminal Kelvin “Kelly” Shivgobin, who was shot and killed recently in the backlands of Black Bush Polder during a shootout with the police.It was alleged that the rank was being protected by Alves, who had previously headed the Berbice division.HandpicksIn August last year, President David Granger, during his search for a new Top Cop, said that he was looking for “unbribable” cops.On August 29, 2018, President Granger had handpicked five top-ranking officials from the GPF for the top police post, but former acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine had been excluded.They were Assistant Commissioner of Police Lyndon Alves, Maxine Graham, Leslie James, Nigel Hoppie and Paul Williams.Independent probeLast week also the Region Six, the Chairman, David Armogan, had called for an independent probe into the allegations, which he said are causing discomfort among residents and the business community in Berbice.Furthermore, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday last called out President David Granger for his silence on the matter despite being briefed on it. Saying it is perplexed by the Head of State’s reaction, the Opposition called for a wider probe into the matter.“The PPP wishes to stress that the reports by whistleblowers, published by the local media corps, provide enough justification for a wider probe to be ordered, particularly since what is at stake is public confidence in the leadership of the Force and a test of the commitment to address the issue of corruption,” the party noted in its missive on Monday.last_img read more

Ronaldo on Sh18.6bn Nike deal: Football Leaks

first_imgRonaldo, who joined Juventus in 2018, after trophy-laden spells with Real Madrid and Manchester United, has had a contract with the US clothing giant since 2004 which “guaranteed him a base fee of 3.65 million euros”.“For as long as Ronaldo plays for a Category A club, he was to be paid 16.2 million euros (Sh1.9bn) each year,” the German publication said.Nike responded to the reports saying: “We do not comment on athlete contracts.”The best-paid German included in the report, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, earns 1.2 million euros (Sh137mn) a year from Adidas.The figure dropped by 800,000 euros (SH91mn) after he retired from international football in 2018.0Shares0000(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Champions League title on five occasions © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOPARIS, France, Sep 6 – Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo will earn Sh18.6bn ($139 million) from his contract with Nike, documents in the latest Football Leaks revelation carried by Der Spiegel magazine showed on Friday.His most recent deal, which is to run until 2026, also included a bonus of Sh458mn for winning the individual award, according to a draft contract.last_img read more

LFC boss talks up £20m target but do ‘very big’ Man United have the edge?

first_imgLiverpool and Man United are the English clubs heavily linked with Memphis Depay, the PSV and Netherlands winger.Here, talkSPORT looks at the latest stories surrounding the 21-year-old…Depay has NOT spoken to Man United but wants transfer to a big competitionWhen quizzed about reports claiming he is already in talks about becoming a Man United player, Depay dismissed the rumour. “There’s absolutely no truth in that,” he said. However, he did admit It would be great to go to one of the big leagues in the summer and with the youngster being valued at around £20m, he added it would be fantastic to make a big money move. “If that would become reality, it would be fantastic. It is a dream to make a transfer with such a big impact.”Rodgers needs a goal scorer and does not rule out Depay transferLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised Depay, who has scored 21 goals in 28 league games this season, but was unwilling to discuss if the club were interested in signing him. “The kid is a very talented player, of course. But I wouldn’t like to confirm either way. It’s clear we need the goal threat for next year. There’s going to be a whole raft of players that I’m sure will be looked at, then will be up to the club if they’re affordable and if they’re available.”PSV manager Phillip Cocu hails Louis van Gaal“I’ve worked with Van Gaal. He’s an absolutely outstanding coach,” Cocu, Depay’s club boss said. “[Man United] is a very big club. Beautiful English club. The Premier League is a fantastic league. The total experience in England is great,” he added.Depay should pick Liverpool, says KuytIn the Liverpool Echo, former Netherlands international Dirk Kuyt has been talking up Liverpool, who he played 285 times for. “I look through red glasses because I played six years for Liverpool,” Kuyt said. “Only when Memphis does that will he realise just how big Liverpool are.”Liverpool have more fansAnother former Liverpool player, Bolo Zenden, who left PSV for Barcelona when he was 21 has also been discussing the merits of Liverpool, claiming in De Telegraaf “they have the most fans in England.” Zenden spent two years at Anfield, but also claimed that regular first team action is not guaranteed on Merseyside, “even there you have to look at your prospects of playing,” he said. There was acknowledgement from him, though, that Man United have an advantage in manager Louis van Gaal, who worked with Depay during the 2014 World Cup. 1 Memphis Depay latest last_img read more

Vincent Browne to host last show at end of July

first_imgVeteran journalist Vincent Browne is to present his last episode of ‘Tonight with Vincent Browne’ at the end of this month.The Sunday Times report that Browne’s contract will not be renewed.The show attracts an average of 120,000 viewers, however recently this has fallen to 80,000 viewers on some episodes. Browne, who is set to turn 73 this month, has been presenting the show since January 2007.It is unknown whether another presenter will continue to present the show following Browne’s departure.This is a real shame. Few hold politicians to account like Vincent Browne. He’ll be sorely missed #vinb https://t.co/4P0P95zc3P— Paul O’Donoghue (@paulodonoghue93) July 2, 2017Tomorrow’s Sunday Times has a report on #Jobstown from the only journalist who attended the whole trial pic.twitter.com/2HSYF6jxFT— john burns (@JohnBurnsST) July 1, 2017 Vincent Browne to host last show at end of July was last modified: July 2nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:journalistTonight with Vincent BrowneTV3Vincent Brownelast_img read more

Man run over; wife arrested

first_img“It’s an on-again, off-again relationship between him and her even though they’re married,” he said, noting they lived in separate residences. Gibbons said he preferred not to comment on the case, adding that he likes to keep his defense strategies “close to the vest.” molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALHAMBRA – A Baldwin Park woman faces charges of attempted murder after she plowed into her husband with her SUV in the courthouse parking lot as he returned from lunch for jury duty with a female juror, police said. Cynthia Estrada, 23, was arrested by Alhambra police Sgt. Joe Flannagan on April 24 – the day of the incident – after turning herself in at the East Los Angeles station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, said Alhambra police Sgt. Kean Oda. She is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and infliction of great bodily injury under the circumstances of domestic violence, according to a felony complaint. Gilbert Alvarado, 22, of West Covina was transported to Alhambra Hospital Medical Center, where he was treated for a fractured left knee cap and cuts and abrasions on both arms, Oda said. Estrada is being held at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood on $1,050,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear in Pasadena Superior Court this morning for a hearing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsDefense attorney Mark Andre Gibbons said that although today’s court date was supposed to be a preliminary hearing, he and L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Mari Estrella, who declined to comment on the case, plan to ask the judge for a continuance. Oda said Alhambra police received a call at 12:45 p.m. April 24 to respond to the parking lot of the Alhambra Courthouse, at 150 W. Commonwealth Ave. Upon arrival, an officer found paramedics tending to Alvarado. The man told officers that his wife had hit him with her Chevy Blazer and fled the area, running into several parked cars in the process, Oda said. The front license plate from Estrada’s vehicle was found at the scene as well. Though police could not locate Estrada, she turned herself in to sheriff’s deputies at about 5 p.m. the same day, Oda said. Flannagan interviewed her at the Sheriff’s Department, then booked her into custody. Oda said Estrada admitted to Flannagan that she hit Alvarado with her car that day, and that the couple have recently had “domestic arguments.” Oda also said Estrada told Flannagan she hit Alvarado with the car after seeing him returning to jury duty from lunch with a female fellow juror. last_img read more

LADIES FOOTBALL: BRAVE GLENFIN JUST COME UP SHORT AGAINST TERMON IN COUNTY FINAL

first_imgTermon celebrate againBRAVE Glenfin came up just short as Termon made it four senior county ladies titles in a row.It looked easy in the end at the excellent pitch at St Mary’s, Convoy, as the reigning All-Ireland champions won 4-13 to 1-11.But it could have been so different had Glenfin taken some early chances – and the excellent Karen Guthrie been given a penalty for being dragged down in the box. Termon raced into an early lead, Shannon McGroddy netting after just six seconds.Geraldine McLaughlin added points to give Termon an early 1-04 to 0-01 lead.Glenfin did respond, it was worth the entry fee alone to see Guthrie point from distance off her left foot to reduce the deficit to 1-04 to 0-04.Then Geraldine McLaughlin scored to the net from the penalty spot as Termon pulled ahead and led at half-time 2-08 to 0-05. Glenfin dominated the second half but every time Termon turned the ball over, it led to scores. Player of the match Roisin Friel added a third goal after Glenfin hit four points on the bounce to leave the game at 3-11 to 0-11.Glenfin got a late consolation goal, only to see Geraldine McLaughlin net at the other end to leave the final score 4-13 to 1-11. LADIES FOOTBALL: BRAVE GLENFIN JUST COME UP SHORT AGAINST TERMON IN COUNTY FINAL was last modified: September 13th, 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:donegal ladiesFootballGlenfinnsenior finalTermonlast_img read more

DONEGAL TD DOHERTY PUBLISHES BILL TO CURB BANK BOSSES’ PAY

first_imgSinn Féin finance spokesperson, Pearse Doherty TD, today published a Bill that seeks to curb excessive pay and pensions received by top bank chiefs in the covered institutions.The Bill applies a levy of 20% on bank executive’s earnings in excess of €150,000 per year and 45% on earnings in excess of €250,000 per year.The effect of the levy when combined with PAYE and PRSI would be to reduce the excess pay by 65% and 90% respectively. The Bill also seeks to impose a 99% charge on pension payments in excess of €100,000 per year for all bank officials who retired from the covered institutions after the introduction of the banking guarantee in 2008. Deputy Doherty said: “In recent weeks Sinn Féin have had a series of revelations of the grotesque pay and pension packages of current and former senior bank officials in the covered institutions. Many of these individuals played key roles in the financial and economic crash.“Across the state ordinary people have been angered by the lavish pay-outs received by these bankers. That taxpayer’s money has been used to save these banks and is currently being used to pay the pensions and salaries has added insult to injury.“The Bill I am publishing today seeks to change all of that. The Bill applies a levy of 20% on bank executive’s earnings in excess of €150,000 per year and 45% on incomes in excess of€250,000 per year. The effect of the levy when combined with PAYE and PRSI would be to reduce the excess pay by 65% and 90% respectively.“The Bill also seeks to impose a 99% charge on pension payments in excess of €100,000 per year for all bank officials who retired from the covered institutions after the introduction of the banking guarantee of 2008. “The effect of the Bill would mean that former and current bank executives would see their incomes drop significantly. However they would still be earning far more than the average person.“We don’t need to pay Certus €120,000 to undertake a review of excessive bankers pay. In 2009 Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Féin all voted for a proposed cap on banker’s pay of €250,000. The only party not to support the proposal was the party of Micheál Martin and Michael McGrath.“It is my intention to have this Bill debated and voted on in the Dáil as soon as possible. I do not accept the government’s claim that its hands are tied on this issue. My Bill is based on the already existing levy on bankers bonuses introduced in 2010.“It is time for all TDs to stand up and be counted on this issue. Either they are in favour of bankers and former bankers getting obscene pay and pensions at the expense of the taxpayer or they are not. How they vote on my Bill will make this very clear.” DONEGAL TD DOHERTY PUBLISHES BILL TO CURB BANK BOSSES’ PAY was last modified: November 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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 TD DOHERTY PUBLISHES BILL TO CURB BANK BOSSES’ PAYlast_img read more

GIN MAKES MAN SIN AS HE FINED €100 FOR THEFT

first_imgA 47 year old man, who has been “drinking heavily”, has been fined €100 for stealing a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin from Tesco in Letterkenny.Letterkenny courthouse.Philip Donkar admitting taking the alcohol on October 1st last. The court heard Donkar, of 20 Fortwell, Letterkenny, had purchased a number of items but left without paying for the gin.He was observed on CCTV taking the gin and was apprehended by security staff.Solicitor Gordon Curley said his client was “contrite and ashamed” of his actions and was under the influence of alcohol at the time.However, he co-operated and the property was recovered.The court heard he has previous convictions for using a false instrument, larceny and also having unlawful carnal knowledge.Judge Kelly fined the man €100 and allowed him three months to pay.GIN MAKES MAN SIN AS HE FINED €100 FOR THEFT was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:alcoholdonegalLETETRKENNYPhilip Donkartescotheftlast_img read more