Businessman slapped with additional TIP charge

first_imgThe businessman who earlier this month appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly charged with trafficking nine Brazilian women reappeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before the Chief Magistrate on Friday facing additional charges.Mario FigueiraMario Figueira, 34, of Lot 6 Bel Air Promenade, Georgetown, pleaded not guilty to the eight charges which were read to him by Magistrate Ann McLennan.It is alleged that between August 18 and 24, 2016, while acting as an employer to the Brazilians, knowingly took possession of their identification cards.Figueira’s attorney K Juman-Yassin told the court that since his client was first charged, he has not missed any of his court hearings and as such he petitioned for bail.The prosecutor told the court that investigations into the matter have concluded and the nine Brazilians are presently in the custody of the Brazilian Embassy.Bail was granted at the sum of $200,000.The first charge had alleged that Figueira and a Brazilian, Joaquin Fillio, had recruited, transported and harboured the women for the purpose of sexual exploitation.The men pleaded not guilty to all the charges.Fillio was remanded to prison and Figueira was granted bail in the sum of $120,000 for each of the nine charges.last_img read more

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“Gov’t Needs to Build Mental Health Center”

first_imgThe President Pro Tempore of the Senate has recommended that government construct a health center and fully equip it to treat all sicknesses associated with mental health and employ the services of well-trained psychotherapists, like the late Dr. J. Oliver Duncan, who specialized in clinical psychology.He observed that the country’s current Rehabilitation Centers can no longer cater to the needs of people with mental disorder.“It is time we feel deeply ashamed taking pride in seeking medical attention abroad. We must now care for our very own and stop making referrals of cases to foreign countries, especially countries that are far younger than our democracy. We must now take steps to upgrade our health system to international standard, Pro Tempore Armah Zulu Jallah declared.The Gbarpolu County Lawmaker’s statement was contained in a speech he delivered at the graduation and culmination of the Carter Center training and certification of 166 general Mental Health Clinicians last Friday at the Administrative Building in Gbarnga, Bong County.If an economy must be productive and vibrant, Pro Tempore Jallah maintained that there must be healthy and physically fit communities. “The health of a nation is therefore paramount in any national development agenda as such the health sector must remain a compelling priority.”He reflected that the experience and trauma of the 14 years of war in Liberia continues to linger mainly on the minds of those who were severely tortured, witnessing relatives brutally murdered or sexually abused in front of them triggering an increase in the number of mentally affected citizens.Senator Jallah noted that the resolve of the Carter Center to train specialists to effectively deal with this segment of the population is laudable, and is a contribution that will reduce the mentally deranged population.Quoting from French General Napoleon Bonaparte and Dr. Denis Waitley, Pro Tempore Jallah said:”Courage is not having the strength to go on, it is going on when you don’t have strength” and “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”He commended Carter Center for not choosing to discriminate against the country’s mentally ill population or opting that they be ostracized. “You have both accepted their conditions and the responsibility to deal with them. You have given us courage and strength and the willingness to co-exist with them.”Throughout the ages, Senator Jallah recalled, the mentally disturbed have been viewed with a mixture of fear and repulsion. Their fate generally has been one of rejection, neglect, and unkind treatment from members of their communities.He said the necessity for the study of Mental Health is clearly very important in any human society,” but unfortunately, in Liberia today, institutions of higher learning have not done much in this regard.This truth is evident by the academic awards bestowed on medical students ranging from nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, pediatricians, midwifery, and doctors but very rarely do we see or hear any award in mental health.”He continued: “This is a challenge to our medical institutions across the country to solidify and encourage medical students to go for degrees in mental health because our country is in need of them just as it is in need of nurses and doctors.”The country’s uphill task then, according to Pro Tempore Jallah, is to produce the requisite environment necessary for the mental development of the individual because, he noted, socio-economic well-being is a determinant factor in the growth of the individual and society. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., he quoted: “a man must have food for his body, education and culture for his mind, and freedom and dignity for his spirit.”He challenged the graduates to exercise the most discreet etiquette of their profession in the discharge of their role to purge society of illnesses of all kinds especially mental illness, “because the least neglect in your sworn pledge to save lives would result in the loss of more lives.”Senator Jallah again borrowed from French General Napoleon Bonaparte who commenting on a similar situation once said: “Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.”Jallah warned: “You will have to answer for the loss of lives if you behave unkindly and ungenerously to your patients. You will have to answer for the loss of lives if you adopt hostile postures and transfer your aggressions and frustrations to your patients.”He then paid homage to former United States First Lady Rosalynn Carter for establishing the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program in 1991, and for subsequently launching her five-year initia¬tive in 2010 in Liberia to help the Ministry of Health create a sustainable mental health system to address a broad range of mental health conditions.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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Pembina Pipeline helps out United Way Northern B.C. through annual workplace campaign

first_imgIn a release Niki Hedges of United Way Northern B.C. says “I am fortunate to have the kinds of people who are community minded citizens and working with employers and workplace volunteers such as Pembina Pipeline in Fort St John each year. United Way invites people to donate to United Way to help advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for all.”Pembina Pipelines matches donations made to United Way by their employees and contractors.Avi Sinclair says “We believe in giving back to our communities and we know that funds raised will go to impact people where there is the greatest need.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Henry ready to step in but wants Wenger to have ‘last word’

first_imgLong-running speculation about Wenger’s position at Arsenal intensified after the Gunners suffered a fourth successive defeat in all competitions, a 2-1 Premier League loss away to Brighton, on Sunday — a result that left them a huge 13 points adrift of the top four.Former France forward Henry, currently working as an assistant to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez, was asked on Sky Sports if he would take the Arsenal job should the opportunity arise.“Listen, I’m a competitor, you don’t back down from a challenge,” the 40-year-old replied. “We are hypothetically speaking before people jump ahead of everything, (but) I have never backed down from a challenge since I was young.“If I had listened to people who were talking about where I was going to be, I would not have been here.“When I arrived at Arsenal, they said to me, ‘Why are you outside of the box, you will never score goals?’ with my position being on the left or whatever it was. You don’t back down from a challenge, you always think that you can.“When I came back to play for Arsenal, everybody, all my friends were saying, ‘It can only tarnish your legacy, why are you going back there?’.”Henry added: “If you love a place and they ask — I repeat, they ask — for help, you are always going to say yes. What I am saying to you is again, we are talking about hypothetical thoughts.”Having won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups under Wenger, Henry, Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer, said he was desperate for the veteran manager to decide his own future.“We are talking about shall he quit or not — I can never say that,” Henry explained. “I am not sitting on the fence, I can never say that.“I have battled with this man, I can never say that. Do you understand what I mean? I can never say that.“What I don’t want to see is what’s happening to him, and I would like him to have the last word, whatever word it’s going to be.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal great Thierry Henry is currently assistant coach to Roberto Martinez with the Belgian national team © BELGA/AFP/File / LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 4 – Arsenal great Thierry Henry has said he would not “back down from a challenge” if a vacancy arose to succeed Arsene Wenger as manager of the Gunners.However, Henry is desperate for his under-fire fellow Frenchman to have the “last word” on an Arsenal career that started back when Wenger took charge of the north London club in 1996.last_img read more

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Federal Conservatives release plan that would support BC’s Forestry Sector

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As part of an election campaign, Bob Zimmer, Conservative incumbent for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, announced on Friday a plan that would see Federal support for British Columbia’s ailing forestry sector.According to Zimmer, if a Conservative government is formed following the Federal Election, a plan will be implemented that would see Federal support go towards helping out the workers affected by mill shutdowns and curtailments, among other issues.Some of the ways the Conservatives plan to support forestry include striking a natural resources competitiveness task force, increase funding to control pest species, and resolve the softwood lumber dispute with the United States.- Advertisement -Zimmer accuses the current Liberal Government of showing a lack of respect towards affected communities and that they are showing no interest in supporting the forest workers.“This Liberal Government has shown a complete lack of respect for these rural communities as this crisis has unfolded. It is clear to the forestry workers in BC that the Liberals’ Western Economic Diversification program is not working for them. And to stress further disinterest from the Liberals on this issue, the words Softwood and forestry are not mentioned in the Liberal party platform even once.”An estimated 5,900 people have been affected by mill shutdowns and curtailments.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Messi snubbed as Ronaldo, Salah and Modric nominated

first_img0Shares0000Six of the best? Cristiano Ronaldo is on course to move ahead of five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi after being nominated to win the award for a sixth time on Monday © AFP/File / ALEJANDRO PAGNI, FRANCISCO LEONG, STFLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 3 – Lionel Messi was left off the shortlist for the FIFA’s men’s player of the year award for the first time in over a decade on Monday as his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo was named alongside Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah.Messi has dominated the award along with Ronaldo over the past decade, but the Barcelona star has been omitted from the top three for the first time since 2006. A five-time winner of the award, Messi has also finished second in the voting for each of Ronaldo’s five previous wins in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.Ronaldo ended a nine-year stay at Real Madrid on a high with a fourth Champions League in five years before joining Italian giants Juventus in July.Yet, that might not even be enough for the Portuguese to edge ahead in his battle for supremacy with Messi by adding his sixth crown when the winners are announced on September 24.End to Messi-Ronaldo dominance?Midfield maestro: Luka Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and led Croatia to the World Cup final © AFP / Johannes EISELERonaldo’s former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric is best-placed to become the first new name to win the award for 10 years after a superb season for club and country.As well as his influential displays in Real’s Champions League triumph, the Croatia midfielder won the Golden Ball for the best player at the tournament as Croatia reached their first World Cup final, finishing as runners-up to France.“I really hope Modric will win because I think what he did in the World Cup was really special,” said legendary former Manchester United and Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel in his role as a FIFA ambassador on Monday.“He’s this quiet guy we know from Real Madrid, but when we saw him in the World Cup he became a majestic leader. He was wearing the captain’s armband, leading from the front, first guy to put a tackle in, and we saw a side of Luka Modric I hadn’t seen before.”Mohamed Salah scored 44 goals in a prolific debut season at Liverpool © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYSalah’s 44 goals in an incredible debut season for Liverpool saw him edge out Messi and French World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann for a place in the top three.The Egyptian led Liverpool to the Champions League final before cruelly suffering an injury early on in Kiev against Madrid that also limited his participation at the World Cup.France may not have any runners for the best player award but two Frenchmen lead the finalists for the best coach as World Cup-winning manager Didier Deschamps and former Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane are joined by Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic.Didier Deschamps has won the World Cup as player and coach © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVDeschamps became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach with victory over Dalic’s Croatia in Russia, while Zidane led Real to a third consecutive Champions League win in May before stepping down.The best goalkeeper prize is to be contested by Tottenham and France’s Hugo Lloris, Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel, son of Peter, and Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois, whose World Cup heroics earned him a move to Real Madrid.Ronaldo and Messi both feature among the 10 nominees for the Puskas Award for best goal of the year, along with Gareth Bale’s sensational overhead kick in the Champions League final.Lyon’s Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg and German midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan are joined by Brazilian five-time winner Marta in the running for the best women’s player after winning the Champions League with the French giants.Reynold Pedros of Lyon, Japan boss Asako Takakura and Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman are in the running for best women’s coach.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Arsenal maintain winning EPL start

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed the win against Burnley© AFP Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 17 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was Arsenal’s match-winner again as the Gabon forward sealed a 2-1 victory against Burnley to extend his side’s perfect start to the Premier League season on Saturday.Aubameyang had netted the only goal in last weekend’s win at Newcastle and he emulated that crucial contribution with another decisive strike at the Emirates Stadium. Alexandre Lacazette’s first goal of the season had given Arsenal the lead before Ashley Barnes equalised for Burnley just before half-time.It was a encouraging afternoon for Arsenal manager Unai Emery as his widely written-off team continued to bounce back from their dismal end to last season.Failing to finish in the top four and losing the Europa League final against Chelsea robbed Arsenal of a Champions League place and led to a summer of recriminations as fans vented their frustrations.But Emery has quietly assembled a more vibrant squad than he had in his troubled first campaign.With two successive wins to start the season for the first time in 10 years, the early signs are promising for Arsenal ahead of sterner tests against Liverpool and Tottenham in their next two games.As well as goals for Arsenal’s two main strikers, there was a virtuoso performance from on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, who had two assists in his first start.Club record signing Nicolas Pepe impressed after coming off the bench as half-time and although former Chelsea defender David Luiz was hardly rock solid on his debut, Emery’s back four did enough to keep Burnley at bay.Mesut Ozil was again absent from the Gunners squad after the German midfielder was ill earlier this week.Ozil missed the Newcastle match because of “further security fears” after being involved in a carjacking incident with team-mate Sead Kolasinac in July.But Ozil’s absence wasn’t a hinderance against a Burnley team who suffered their eighth successive loss at the Emirates.Lacazette, back from an ankle injury that meant he was only a substitute at Newcastle, came close to putting Arsenal in front when he met a Sokratis flick with a close-range header that Nick Pope tipped over.– Deft touch –It was only a temporary reprieve for Burnley as Emery’s side took the lead from the resulting corner in the 13th minute.Ceballos’s corner reached Lacazette at the near post and he showed impressive strength to hold off Erik Pieters as he turned away from a gaggle of Burnley defenders, his determined effort sending him slipping to the turf but not before he guided his shot through Pope’s legs.Ceballos showed a deft touch and quick feet to escape the attentions of his marker, drawing a huge cheer from the Arsenal fans who are already comparing him to Gunners great Cesc Fabregas.Reiss Nelson squandered a chance to double Arsenal’s lead when he fired too close to Pope, who also denied Matteo Guendouzi after another attack sliced through the Burnley defence.But Burnley drew level in the 43rd minute when Dwight McNeil’s shot deflected to Barnes and he took advantage of Arsenal’s sloppy marking to poke home from close range for his third goal of the season.Nelson had a goal ruled out for offside against Nacho Monreal moments later in what proved to be the young winger’s last contribution before he was replaced by Pepe at half-time.Pope was in fine form and he pushed away Ceballos’s shot from the edge of the area, but even the Burnley keeper couldn’t stem the tide forever.In the 64th minute, Ceballos tenaciously won possession and found Aubameyang, who accelerated towards the Burnley area.With Burnley’s defenders backing off, Aubameyang had time and space to drill a blistering strike past Pope, sparking a fevered touchline celebration from Emery as Arsenal’s early-season momentum gathered pace.0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Tottenham to get £11m for flop and other players to go in clear-out

first_img 10 Aaron Lennon: Is he the key to landing Berahino – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who else is going to be leaving Spurs – Lennon spent the second part of last season on loan at Everton, but it is thought the Toffees are not keen to offer the £6m Spurs value the winger at. The 28-year-old, though, is also rumoured to be part of a Tottenham bid to land West Brom’s Saido Berahino, with Lennon and Andros Townsend being offered in exchange for the striker. Townsend is also a reported Sunderland target. 10 10 Younes Kaboul: Captain’s price may need to come down – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who else is going to be leaving Spurs – Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is believed to value Kaboul at around £5m, which is said to have put off potential suitors. Kaboul, 29, has a year left on his contract and has not appeared in the Premier League since 9 November. The centre-back was given the captain’s armband at the start of the season, but with the arrival of Austria international Kevin Wimmer from Cologne, there is little chance of making further appearances. Etienne Capoue: The midfielder is going to be sold – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who else is going to be leaving Spurs – Capoue is one of a number of players expected to be off in the next few weeks, with Tom Carroll and Alex Pritchard emerging as possible first team players. Lewis Holtby: No way back for Germany midfielder – Holtby joined Tottenham in January 2013, but spent last season on loan at Hamburg in Germany. During his time at Spurs, the midfielder has also been loaned to Fulham and will be free to leave again. During his time in the Bundesliga last term, he was seen having a heated chat with Hamburg fans. 10 10 Tottenham’s defence has already been strengthened with the arrivals of Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer.Spurs spent £3.5m on right-back Trippier and around £4m on Cologne centre-back Wimmer and more players are expected to turn up at White Hart Lane.However, there are also likely to be plenty of departures and Tottenham are hoping to sell around 10 of their first team players.Click the arrow above, right, to see which players are rumoured to be leaving Tottenham in the summer. 10 Emmanuel Adebayor: Tottenham striker wants to stay – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who else is going to be leaving Spurs – “Can’t wait to come back to Tottenham and show everyone the passion I have for the club. Looking forward to pre-season!” Not words many Spurs fans would have jumped for joy upon reading, but that is a recent tweet from Adebayor. He played 13 times for Spurs last season – four of them as a substitute – scoring just twice and with a year left on his contract, it is believed the hierarchy at White Hart Lane will try and get rid of him. 10 10 Vlad Chiriches: Another defender not needed by the club – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who else is going to be leaving Spurs – As well as Wimmer, Tottenham are interested in taking Toby Alderweireld to White Hart Lane, pushing defenders Chiriches and Kaboul further down the starting order. The Romanian has operated at right-back, but Spurs have now signed Kieran Trippier from Burnley, who joins Kyle Walker and DeAndre Yedlin in that position. Benjamin Stambouli: French midfielder’s Spurs career was short and sweet – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who else is going to be leaving Spurs – Stambouli, unlike Chiriches, Capoue and Paulinho, was bought during Pochettino’s time as manager. He did impress during his limited appearances, but the Frenchman is another player likely to be sold to make room in midfield. Paulinho: Expensive flop has option around Europe – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who else is going to be leaving Spurs – The Brazilian has been one of the biggest flops and one of the most expensive, arriving for around £17m two seasons ago. Over the last few months there has been reported interest from Italy as well as previous club Corinthians. Mousa Dembele: Tottenham midfielder to join Chelsea? Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who else is going to be leaving Spurs – Tottenham are expected to bring in some new players this summer, but the club are also said to be preparing to get rid of some of at least 10 from their first team. The Telegraph reports that Dembele is one of those. He has not been able to replicate the form shown at Fulham, which led to Spurs’ purchase of him in 2012. Chelsea are rumoured to be keen on bringing him in as a replacement for Jon Obi Mikel, though West Ham may rival them. Roberto Soldado: Popular striker to say adios to his fans – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who else is going to be leaving Spurs – Galatasaray have opened up talks with Tottenham with a view to buying striker Roberto Soldado, who has failed to find the back of the net regularly in the Premier League. An £11m fee has been offered for the 30-year-old Spaniard, who despite his limited goals, is still popular among the White Hart Lane faithful. He may not score many, but his general play is good and he works hard in other areas of the pitch to bring team-mates into play. 10 10last_img read more

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ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGNER BLASTS DONEGAL DRIVERS FOR BROKEN LIGHTS

first_imgA leading road safety campaigner said she is shocked at the number of people driving with defective headlights in Co Donegal.Mary Clinton of A-CEART said she counted 29 cars with broken lights on a short journey just this week.She said potholes may cause damage to cars but drivers now had no excuse not to fix them. “Potholes may put out a bulb but people simply do not have an excuse any more not to fix them. They could go out and buy a bulb the next day.“This is a personal gripe of mine but I think people should sort their headlights. There is absolutely no excuse and it is a major danger on our roads,” she said. ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGNER BLASTS DONEGAL DRIVERS FOR BROKEN LIGHTS was last modified: December 30th, 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:A-CEARTheadlightsMary Clintonlast_img read more

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DONEGAL HONDA OWNERS GETTING A MOOOVE ON FOR CHARITY!

first_imgThere will be a charity Honda run in the Rosses area this coming Sunday, March 16th in aid of the Donegal Branch of MS Ireland.The fun run will leave the Burtonport Community Centre at 12 noon traveling via Dungloe, Meenamara, Loughanure, Crolly, Annagry via Kincasslagh and back to Burtonport.Registration is from 11am at the community centre. All participants must were the necessary safety gear and bikes will be checked prior to departure. Refreshments will be served and there will be various prizes to be won on the day.This is the first Honda run of the season in the west of the county and all bikers are asked to come out and support this worthy cause.Further information is available from (086) 8066170.  DONEGAL HONDA OWNERS GETTING A MOOOVE ON FOR CHARITY! was last modified: March 9th, 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:charity runHondaMS Irelandlast_img read more

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