1,200 Traditional Fishermen Appeal for Support

first_imgTraditional fishermen are Liberians who are engaged in small scale fishing in communities located along the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. They depend on the practice as a trade as well as to feed their families, and 1,210 of them want support from the Liberian government and other public and non-governmental organizations in the sector.According to Mr. Wle Wle Kofa, chairman of the Traditional Fishermen Association of Liberia, (TFAL), members from West Point to New Kru Town and other areas that border the Atlantic Ocean are in need of material support.“Our members are hard hit by the coastal erosion that has affected West Point, New Kru Town, Colonel West and Popo Beach and I think it is about time the government and organizations in the sector turn to support our members,” Mr. Kofa said in an interview yesterday in Monrovia.He said TFAL has members from Cape Palmas, Maryland County to Monrovia, Montserrado County and they all suffer from the increasing coastal erosion that has affected Liberia in the last couple of years.“Our members live in poor and extremely poor communities and their children hardly get better education,” Kofa said, adding, “I think this sector has been ignored for a long time and it deserves some attention by the government and non-government organizations in the sector.”Kofa explained that traditional Liberian fishermen use smaller canoes for their work hence are unable to raise themselves above the poverty line. As a result their children suffer greatly, said Kofa. “Many times male children of fishermen follow their fathers to do the very job that has kept them down for so long,” he said, adding that, “without financial support that could help them purchase bigger canoes for large catches, the situation remains the same year after year.”The females, he said, to a large extent end up with children at an early age, “and this is not good for the country. The women later get involved in drying and selling fish at the various markets and the cycle continues.”Kofa made an appeal to the Liberian government not to forget the sector and those who spend their lives making a living in the only trade they know. “This particular industry has been practiced by our people from time immemorial and so we must find means to grow it.”Mrs. Betty Nyanti, a mother of eight, is the head of women whose husbands engage in small scale fishing in Colonel West. “I have been able to educate seven of my kids and only the 8th child followed his father to become a fisherman,” she said, “it’s been hard but I am thankful that my husband Stephen has been of great help.”She said her husband is sometimes fortunate to make a huge catch but “very often we sell some and use some for the family.” She admitted it is a hand to mouth occupation because at times, “Stephen returns with nothing.” She said the majority of her women friends have not been lucky.“Many children, particularly the women, don’t really get good education and they follow their mothers to sell in the market,” she said. She hoped the sector can be improved.Many Liberians residing in coastal areas of the country are involved in small scale fishing from Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, Grand Kru, Sinoe, Maryland and Montserrado counties, for what Mr. Kofa describes as ‘fishing to survive,’ and are in need of government and partners’ support to raise their occupation to a better level.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linden businesses decry sloth in holiday shopping

first_imgWith just one day left before Christmas, businesses in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) are still hoping for an increase in sales.While it is customary for business to bloom around this time of year, many businesses in the community have complained that things have not “picked up” as yet.According to some, this may be due to late payment of salaries and bonuses for some employees. Others have indicated that shoppers are now shopping smart and refusing to overspend or are simply “living from day to day” .Guyana Times ventured into the streets of Linden to get an understanding of the atmosphere as it relates to holiday shopping. Zeroing in on one of the main shopping areas – the Mackenzie Market Square, persons were observed shopping for household items, including decorations, vinyl and other items to enhance their homes.Long lines were also observed at commercial banks and a few shoppers were very much appalled at the steep increase in the prices of items, especially eggs which are being retailed for $1300 to $1600 per crate.“I pay $16,000 a crate for eggs. These people does just want exploit people in this place,” a female shopper remarked.This publication spoke with a few food vendors who noted that customers usually would wait until the last few days before Christmas to purchase vegetables, but this has reduced significantly.As such, they noted that they were optimistic that things would improve as the day progressed. “Well, they can’t get it to stay long so they does buy last minute. Vinyl and so people would buy early,” the proprietor of Curtis Greens Stand and Groceries noted.“Last year around this time was better, I could’ve afford to stock up my shop more . But now I frighten …because people ain’t get the spending power … most people living day to day,” he added.The businessman also pointed to a lack of jobs in the community which, he noted, is another contributing factor to the poor sales.Another vendor indicated that holiday shopping was the same last year and the year before was even worse. As a result, he said he has been stocking up “lighter” each year to avoid losses.“Things ain’t looking so perfect yet. It just getting worse and worse every year. I think things will pick up Christmas Eve day alone. You see, plenty people need these things, but they ain’t get the spending power. Linden want more jobs. That is one of the main problems. When jobs deh, money does come. Bosai is the only place right now that really contributing to jobs. If that place close down now, we might not see people,” he opined.This newspaper also spoke to a few business owners who sold decorations and household items and they indicated that sales have been slow.Overall, businesses seem to be awaiting an increase in sales. Over the past few years , vendors in the community have complained about the sloth in sales around the holiday season .Over at the Wismar market in Linden, the situation is no different, with vendors complaining. Recently , in an effort to revive shopping at the location, Regional Chairman Renis Morian and a team from the Regional Democratic Council organised a Christmas promotion there.last_img read more

Pilot’s body recovered, flown to city

first_imgEteringbang plane crash The body of Captain Randy Liverpool, who was killed in a plane crash late Thursday, has been recovered from the wreckage and brought to the city.Liverpool lost his life when the aircraft he was piloting exploded after crash-landing at the Eteringbang Airstrip in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) sometime around 17:45h. He was the lone occupant of the Cessna 206 aircraft bearing registration number 8R-GHB at the time of the crash.In a statement on Friday, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said the man’s body arrived at the Eugene F Correia International Airport sometime around 13:45h, where family members and colleagues were gathered to pay tribute and lend moral support.Meanwhile, Aviation Authority inspectors along with an investigator from the Guyana Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Unit have been dispatched to the crash site to begin their investigation.While it is still unclear what transpired, acting GCAA Director Chitranie Hiralall told Guyana Times when asked that the Air Traffic Control tower did not receive any distress call from the pilot. In fact, she noted that they got a report prior to landing – indicating that the aircraft was preparing to land – and at that time, there were no issues.The death of Captain Liverpool has sent shockwaves throughout the civil aviation fraternity, including the GCAA. Captain Liverpool worked with the GCAA as an Air Traffic Controller before pursuing his dream of becoming a pilot.At the time of the accident, he was flying an aircraft owned by Domestic Airways Inc (DAI). The company’s Director, Captain Orlando Charles, described Liverpool as “a very experienced pilot with over 3000 hours of flying in the hinterland regions”.Liverpool is married and recently got his first child, who is just three-months-old now.The news of the accident and the pilot’s death comes at a time when the aviation industry is still reeling from a plane crash on the West Bank of Demerara earlier this week.Reports are that the Cessna aircraft had run out of fuel and sometime around 19:00h on Monday, crashed about one mile from the Boeraserie Water Conservancy at Canal Number Two, West Bank Demerara, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).The aircraft, which is the Guyana Adventist Medical Aviation Services (GAMAS) medevac plane, had two occupants at the time – the pilot, Captain Lincoln Gomez, who suffered a broken jaw and a police officer, Michael Grimond, who has a broken leg.They were transporting the body of dead missionary, Christopher Matthews, from Arawai to the Eugene F Correia International Airport (Ogle airport). The Director of the Kaikan Bible School in Guyana had reportedly fallen off a mountain and died on Monday morning.last_img read more

PPP exploring end of October for regional, national elections

first_img– calls on GECOM to urgently make decision on way forwardThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is now considering a date in late October for the hosting of early General and Regions Elections – a timeline that was worked out by the PPP-nominated Commissioners at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThis was revealed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo at his weekly press conference on Thursday. He told reporters that this is a more realistic date for holding of early polls.“We’ve stuck with September 18 ‘cause that’s the constitutional date, but we know the Government is unconstitutional and it would be impossible now – given that the decision has not been made to hold elections by September 18. So, I’ve seen a timeline worked out by our Commissioners which has— with all of the processes being followed so that you don’t come cut corners— elections towards the latter part of October,” he stated.However, the Opposition Leader noted that the PPP Commissioners did not get to submit this proposal to GECOM at its last meeting on Wednesday.“I don’t think they really had an opportunity [to make the submission]. I don’t want to talk about what took place at the meeting because I think all of the parties are in discussion,” he noted.Nevertheless, Jagdeo posited that if GECOM is to immediately abandon the ongoing House-to-House Registration and move to a Claims and Objections alternative, then an October elections would be possible.“If they move now, we can have elections early… I’ve seen the timeline. You can achieve [it]. If you do that now, like say they start on Monday with a Claims and Objection, or even Wednesday if they need time to prepare, you can achieve end October…,” he contended.On this note, the Opposition Leader called on GECOM to urgently come up with a decision, noting that Guyanese are anxiously awaiting a way forward.“GECOM must act with alacrity, recognising that people are out there waiting. The enumerators are in limbo… Guyanese people are in limbo in the face of the Commission saying they’re waiting on the Chief Justice’s ruling… Why don’t they stop it now? They should stop it immediately, and that is the only course forward and to start Claims and Objections – it’s a time-tested method,” he stressed.Following a meeting on Wednesday, the Retired Justice Claudette Singh-led Elections Commission failed for a second time to come up with a decision on how to proceed regarding elections and the ongoing House-to-House (H2H) Registration. The Commissioners were tight-lipped about the meeting, but it was noted that GECOM would be able to advise President David Granger “very soon” on their preparedness for early polls.The Elections Commission will be meeting again today to continue their discussions.However, Jagdeo is insisting that GECOM should go ahead and scrap the ongoing Registration and move to a Claims and Objections period. This, he pointed out, would be consistent with the recent ruling of Chief Justice Roxane George on the constitutionality of ongoing H2H Registration.Last week, Justice George ruled that while the conduct of H2H registration is not unconstitutional, it would be unconstitutional for the exercise to remove qualified persons from the voters’ list for reasons other than death or those disqualified under Article 159 (2) (3) or (4).According to the Chief Justice, GECOM cannot operate in a normal elections cycle and any verification process used must take into consideration the December 2018 passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM).“The NCM is an extraordinary circumstance that GECOM must bear in mind in its decision making as it conducts the House-to-House Registration and for that matter, any verification process that has as the objective, the compilation, or revision of the list of electors for the required upcoming elections,” Justice George noted in her written ruling that was recently released.Perusing the CJ’s decision at Thursday’s press conference, the Opposition Leader posited that despite three sections of the ruling stating clearly that it would be unconstitutional to remove qualified persons from the list, GECOM is still continuing with H2H, which, in the first place, intended to de-register everyone and create a new National Register of Registrants Database (NRRD).“You’d recall that the reason for House-to-House Registration was to de-register all Guyanese who had been registered before and create a new list. That meant that if you registered before and if you didn’t re-register then you’re not gonna be on the database for the future and you couldn’t vote. But the Chief Justice said you cannot [be removed from the voters’ list], GECOM doesn’t have the authority [to do that],” he asserted.To this end, Jagdeo underscored the importance of abiding by the CJ’s ruling and prepare for the hosting of early elections, especially since the country has been on hold since December last year.“The Government is an important interlocutor in people’s lives and, therefore, many people are uncertain as to how to engage this Government because we’ve made it clear that much of what they’re doing, in fact most of what they’re doing, is illegal because the Government is unconstitutional… In another part of the world, this would be described as a dictatorship… we’ve been a bit more generous in saying its unconstitutional rule. But what you’ve had here is a coup d’état by abdication of responsibility,” the Opposition Leader stated.President Granger has maintained that he needs to be advised by GECOM on its preparedness before announcing a date for General and Regional Elections. However, some Government officials have been floating around a date in December, but Jagdeo is insisting that polls can be held long before yearend if the H2H exercise is scrapped and a Claims and Objections period is used instead.last_img read more

Sunderland close to deal for Senegal international

first_img1 Sunderland are edging closer to completing a move for Fenerbahce forward Moussa Sow.The Senegal international has one year left on his current contract with the Turkish club but talks over a new deal have stalled.And now, according to L’Equipe, Sunderland have held initial talks with Sow’s representatives over a possible transfer, although a fee with Fenerbahce has yet to be agreed.Sow, who made his name during a prolific season at Lille in 2010/11, joined the Istanbul side in 2012 and scored 15 goals from 33 appearances last term. Moussa Sow last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgMONTEBELLO – A man who was struck and killed on the westbound Pomona (60) Freeway in Montebello on Tuesday may have been a transient, authorities said. Capt. Ed Winter of the coroner’s office said the man was on a freeway lane when he was hit by several vehicles, but the death was preliminarily listed as accidental and not the result of suicide. The man, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which was reported about 4:30 a.m. on the 60 Freeway at Paramount Boulevard, said CHP Officer John Seumanutafa. Auction to benefit For more information, call (562) 945-3787, Ext. 102. Free movie at activity center LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Activity Center, 15775 Imperial Hwy., welcomes families to its “At the Movies” at 1 p.m. Saturday. This weekend’s screening is “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie.” Free popcorn and punch will be served. For more information, call (562) 902-3160 or visit www.cityoflamirada.org. – From staff and wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Boys & Girls Club WHITTIER – The Boys & Girls Club of Whittier will hold its 33rd annual Gala Auction on Saturday at the Anaheim Marriott, 700 W. Convention Way, Anaheim. The event, which raises money for the more than 1,700 children ages 7 to 18 served by the club, is responsible for more than 20 percent of its annual operating budget. More than 500 children are served each day at the Greenleaf Avenue facility. A silent auction starts at 5:30p.m., with dinner at 7:30p.m. A live auction starts at 9 p.m., followed by dancing. To view a list of live-auction items, visit www.bgcw.org Tickets for $175 per person are still available. last_img read more

RISE IN SEA TEMPERATURES SEES SHARKS, WHALES AND JELLYFISH GATHER OFF COAST OF DONEGAL

first_imgHuge numbers of basking sharks and other sea-life have gathered in the waters off Co Donegal.A rise in sea temperatures in recent weeks has seen many of the creatures return to our coastline – especially off Inishowen.As well as large numbers of Porbeagle sharks and basking sharks, there have been sighting of huge minke whales which can grow up to 24 ft and weigh five tonnes. As well as these larger creatures, there have been sights of large shoals of jellyfish.Wildlife ranger and marine expert Emmett Johnston said up until recently there were very few sightings of many creatures especially basking sharks.The rangers had been left baffled after the shark’s disappearance but soon realised it was related to the drop n sea temperatures.However he said in the past couple of weeks, Donegal’s waters have literally been awash with sea-life. “It is a complete transformation as to what was happening a few weeks ago.“Back then a number of creatures including the basking shark were nowhere to be seen because they had passed through our waters.“They had headed out into deeper waters where the temperatures are a little warmer and where they can feed better.“However the temperature has risen now and there are lots of sightings of a lot of different species including basking sharks and even minke whales,” he revealed.Ends RISE IN SEA TEMPERATURES SEES SHARKS, WHALES AND JELLYFISH GATHER OFF COAST OF DONEGAL was last modified: August 2nd, 2011 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:Basking Sharksminke whalelast_img read more

DONEGAL GIRLS’ INCREDIBLE JUNK KOUTURE DRESS

first_imgIT’S that time of the year again – when students turn every day pieces of rubbish into incredible clothes.And this incredible entry into Junk Kouture from three students at Coáliste Ailigh in Letterkenny is already winning hundreds of online votes.The dress is the work of Kirsty Nic Giolla Bháin, Jessica Ní Ghallachóir and Aoibhinn Ní Mhuimhne. There’s no finer gúna around.So don’t just sit there – get voting for CalypsoHere’s the linkhttps://www.facebook.com/ERPIreland?sk=app_1405174289738922&app_data  DONEGAL GIRLS’ INCREDIBLE JUNK KOUTURE DRESS was last modified: February 27th, 2014 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:Colaiste AilighentryJunk Kouturevotelast_img read more

Cardiff sign defender Brown from Wealdstone

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesCardiff City have signed defender Ciaron Brown from Wealdstone.The 20-year-old, who previously had a trial with Sheffield Wednesday, made 66 appearances for the Stones after being signed from Bedfont Sports.“I’d like to wish Ciaron a very successful career,” said Stones boss Bobby Wilkinson.“It’s a great achievement to become a pro. He’s worked very hard and we will always support him and we will follow his progress with great interest.”Cardiff will visit Wealdstone in a pre-season friendly this summer as part of the deal agreed between the two clubs.See also:Stones defender to join Sheffield Wednesday on trialShrewsbury sign Eisa from WealdstoneStones complete signing of striker BubbWealdstone bring in Reading defender on loan Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kidnap bid foiled in Goa

first_imgPanaji: The South Goa police on Saturday foiled a kidnapping attempt of a businessman from Vasco by three persons. The kidnappers, who were being chased by the police, pushed the victim from the car. “Three people kidnapped Harish Solanki from outside his shop and demanded a ransom of ₹10 lakh,” acting Superintendent of Police Dinraj Govekar said. The victim was pushed out of the moving car, after a police control room van started chasing the Tata Indica vehicle which the kidnappers were driving, the police officer said. “The victim is fine. There are no injuries. We have identified the kidnappers,” Mr. Govekar said, and added they would be caught soon.last_img read more