We must live a life of high moral standard and ethics

first_imgDear Editor,I have decided to pen this letter on moral standard and ethics from personal experience with people in Guyana, as well as those out of Guyana. The word ‘ethic’ can be defined as follows: ”a set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct.The basic concepts and fundamental principles of decent human conduct includes study of universal values, such as the essential equality of all men and women, human or natural rights, obedience to the law of land, concern for health and safety and, increasingly, also for the natural environment.”Let me begin with work ethic with the question: How many people in Guyana go to work on time? How many managers, supervisors, CEOs and clerks can you meet at 08:30h in their offices? I have visited several offices in Guyana and observed most workers going to work late and the bosses are never in office on time. I also observed that many workers just idle their day away collecting the Government’s money by false pretence, including their bosses.If you call many offices to talk to a person in position they are always in a meeting or not in office or too busy to take your call. They never return a call or reply to your email, Facebook or WhatsApp messages etc. I have seen these activities in most of our offices in Guyana more than 35 years now.Over two months ago, I saw a vacancy at the University of Guyana. I sent an application online I got a reply four days later stating that my application was received. After a month, I sent them an email of inquiry about my application.They replied in a few days saying that my application is still under consideration. It’s over two months now… I sent them another inquiry in a week and got no reply.Here is the highest academic institution of learning taking months to process a job application and don’t have the moral standard to write to me to say if my application was NOT accepted or to go for an interview. I may suffer a heart attack if they invite me for an interview.My next experience is with the Legal Affairs Ministry. They wrote me a letter dated November 28, 2017, informing me that my ”Application of Appointment as Justice of Peace and Commissioner of Oaths to Affidavits is now at the Minister of State for final deliberation.”That letter was only sent to me because I wrote about it several times in the newspapers questioning why my Police report took over two years to be sent to the Legal Affairs Ministry.After several inquiries to the office of the Minister of State by calls, to date it’s about eight months now and I did not received an email, phone call nor letter pertaining to the status of my appointment. This procedure of my application started in 2003 since the People’s Progressive Party Administration about 15 years now and to date it would be better if I was told I am not appointed and reasons given. (I have done over six Police interviews in those years).What I have discovered in this country is simple matters that can take a week or a month will take years because of incompetence and lack or morality and ethics.Sometimes Managers and Ministers are in their offices but they refused to answer calls; they tell their secretaries to say they are not in office. What are they telling their secretaries in simple terms is ‘’to lie for them’. A gentleman told me in Brazil you can buy a property and get the paper work done the same day or less than a week. Here in Guyana, is months and years and the royal run around at the Guyana Revenue Authority for the compliance. In Trinidad you get your Birth Certificate same day; here is weeks and months.I wrote a book and sent it to my publisher 01:35h I got a reply in five minutes. I sent Warwick University an email I got three replies in 10 minutes back and forth. How do we compare ourselves with these institutions abroad? Why can’t we be competent like them?I haven’t seen the great change of this country since modern technology all over you go is tons of old books and papers that should be replaced by CDs and flash drives. We don’t have much work ethics in Guyana.We are always late and used terms like ”it’s better to be late than never” we go to work late, watch TV late, wake late, and laze around our jobs doing nothing and people in this country have a real drinking problem they are always drunk even on their jobs.Most times, people are pushed into offices because of political affiliations and they get FAT salaries for doing absolutely nothing. We must ask ourselves many questions like how competent is this person holding this office? What did he/she ever run efficiently before? Are they honest? Are they punctual? Can they run this office? Do they have a stable family life? Are we very principled when it comes to keep our WORD AND TIME with people? You are a manager you invited an applicant for a job interview at 09:00h but you showed up at 12 noon. What example are you setting for that new applicant? NONE. You need to be fired.Simple evaluation of people should not take us long. But in this country people ”drag their feet” on their jobs even our schools have teachers who need teachings themselves because they are never in class and they can never complete the CXC exam syllabus on time.Our character, morality, integrity, punctuality and speaking the truth at all times are keys to the foundation of a person of exemplary character and attitude. Mahatma Gandhi had this to say about character:”In times to come people will not judge us by the creed we profess or the label we wear or the slogans we shout, but, by our work, industry, sacrifice, honesty and purity of character.”It’s about time we as a people wake up to these truths about morality and ethics and inculcate more efficient work ethics.Regards,Reverend GideonCecillast_img read more

Voinjama Adm. Building in Ruins

first_imgThe Voinjama Administrative Building that hosts most of the line ministries and agencies in Lofa County is still in ruins.Fire gutted the building when a gardener made a fire near the building on Christmas Day, December 25, 2015.During the fire incident on Christmas Day December 25, 2016, some residents described as looters by security agents stormed the Voinjama Administrative Building made away with some of the rescued office equipment. Liberia National Police officers deployed to protect the building during the course of fire arrested some of the looters and retrieved some of the looted items.Line ministries and agencies affected include the Ministry of Education County Education Office, Ministry of Justice County Attorney’s Office, the General Services Agency County Office, Land Commissioner Office, and Center for National Documents and Records Agency.To date the building is yet to be rehabilitated.After the incident, security officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in Lofa arrested the gardener, identified as Blama Fofana. Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) officials are worried about the condition of the building as the rainy season fast approaches.When contacted yesterday via mobile phone, Lofa County Superintendent George S. Dunor said a cost estimate has placed the rehabilitation work at US$49,000.Asked where the county administration will secure such funding, Supt. Dunor said donor organizations and the Liberian government have been contacted for assistance.“I would greatly appreciate financial and material contributions from all donor agencies and institutions in the country for the rehabilitation of our administrative building,” Supt. Dunor pleaded.He also disclosed that the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has also been contacted through its Quick Impact Project to help with the rehabilitation work on the Administrative Building. Supt. Dunor said during the course of the weekend, he was expected to hold discussions with Internal AffairsMinister Dr. Henrique Tokpah regarding funding for the repairs. Lofa County Attorney Cllr. Luther Sumo told the Daily Observer last week that after the fire incident, Blama Fofana was arrested and sent to jail.Speaking on pre-trial detainees at the Voinjama Central Prison, Cllr. Sumo said to date there are 63 detainees.He added that over the years in Voinjama City, pre-trial detainees have not been held beyond the statutory periods under the laws, while detainees at the Voinjama Central Prison have not served prison sentences beyond the statutory period under the Liberian Law.He, however, disclosed that a collaborative initiative has been set up with the Justices of Peace (JPs), magistrates and UNMIL Legal Monitoring section to prosecute the detainees in Voinjama City. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GN Bank Launches Mobile Money Service

first_imgGroupe Nduom Bank (GN Bank) Liberia LimitedOne of the leading commercial banks in the country, GN Bank-Liberia, in partnership with telecommunications giant Lonestar Cell MTN, has officially launched a Mobile Money services platform for their customers.Joseph K. Anim, Chief Executive Officer of GN Bank Liberia, said it is a fact that digitization of the economy is non-negotiable. Whether Liberia is ready or not, the global trends require that everyone wake-up to electronic and digital opportunities such as Mobile Money, he said.He said the current challenges with Liquidity in the economy make this direction more imperative, noting that digital money or Mobile Money, will improve Financial Inclusion by bridging the gap between the banked and the unbanked.“It will also allow the banked and unbanked to interact at the same level. Today therefore marks a major landmark in our financial landscape. I recall that on a few occasions when I have had the forum to make remarks, I had mentioned that, as a bank, our strategy has been in two fold — to stabilize the bank we took over in June 2016 and thereby provide a good base for an exponential growth in the Liberian economy, as well as to prioritize technology and introduce products and services driven by technological innovations,” he said.He further stated that: “Today, we are thankful to Lonestar Cell MTN Mobile Money for giving us the platform to move a step further in delivering our promise. Our focus as a bank is in the retail sector and, therefore, we plan to be one of the key agents for Lonestar Cell MTN Mobile Money in Key Counties such as Sinoe, Lofa, Margibi, Bong, Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Montserrado counties.”He mentioned that in the world today, mobile telecommunication subscribers use the platform for transactions and services including domestic and international remittances, bill payments, payroll deposit and purchases of goods and services ranging from prepaid airtime to groceries.He said the bank, collaboration with Lonestar Cell MTN Mobile Money, aims to provide the deserving people of Liberia with the convenience of transacting business wherever they are.The GN Bank Liberia CEO noted that over the last year, as the bank pursued the second phase of its strategy, they (GN Bank) have improved its products and services by providing customers with E- Alerts Services, E- Statements, SMS–Alerts and Internet Banking Services.He said in the first quarter of 2019, the bank looks forward to adding to its package ATM Services and Mobile Van Banking Services.“GN Bank is the People’s Bank and our overarching aim is to bring Banking to the doorsteps of the Customer and I wish to thank Lone Star for giving us a Platform to serve our customers. Permit me to thank our talented, dedicated and committed employees who wake-up every day, determined to serve the people of Liberia. Regardless of the challenges it is an absolute honor to work along with you,” he disclosed.Proxying for Lonestar Cell MTN CEO, Atty. Massa M. Dennis said the launching of the service will afford mobile money users do business with the bank to use the service.Atty. Dennis described GN Bank as one of Liberia’s most reliable banks and urged customers to take interest in the mobile money service being launched at the bank.“We are glad to partner with you in the launching of this service at the bank, it will afford mobile money users to be more efficient in their operation at the bank,” she noted.Mobile Money is an electronic wallet service. This is available in many countries and allows users to store, send, and receive money using their mobile phone.The safe and easy electronic payments make Mobile money a popular alternative to bank accounts. It can be used on both smartphones and basic feature phones.Most mobile money services allow users to purchase items in shops or online, pay bills, school fees, and top-up mobile airtime. Cash withdrawals can also be carried out at authorized agents.To pay a bill or send money to another person, the user selects the relevant service from their phone’s mobile money menu. Paying with mobile money is as simple and easy as sending a text message.As mobile money is a similar concept to a bank account, funds held in a mobile money account are protected by local financial regulations. Mobile money providers and partners such as Lonestar Cell MTN or GN Bank are required to check the identity of each user, making it much harder for fraudsters and criminals to use these services illegally.Mobile money services store a record of every transaction and account balance, so even if the phone or SIM card is lost or stolen, the user’s money is kept safe. Additionally, every transaction requires identification in the form of a secret PIN.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police Warn Public About Puppy Scam

first_imgPolice are continuing to warn the public of a recent scam involving an advertisement in a local paper for purebred puppies. The ad offered English bulldog and Yorkie puppies for sale for a low price and provided an email address to contact for more information.Police say this scam is well-known to law enforcement, and reports of the fraud in North America date back as early as 2006. – Advertisement -Victims report sending money to the seller, who demands more money before eventually cutting off contact without delivering the animal as promised. The ad has been removed, but RCMP urge anyone who has responded to the ad not to send money.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN BEHIND INVESTMENT SCHEME JAILED FOR 18 MONTHS

first_imgTHE BALLYBOFEY businessman behind a get-rich-scheme which has left Donegal investors more than €20 million out of pocket has been jailed for 18 months.The High Court in Belfast this afternoon sent Francois de Dietrich to prison for 18 months today for failing to disclose his worldwide assets.Judge Deeney slammed the businessman and held him in contempt of an order to reveal his financial affairs in full. Although the Frenchman was not present for the hearing, Mr Justice Deeny issued a warrant for his immediate arrest.He said: “I’m satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that this was a deliberate contempt on the part of the first defendant (de Dietrich) who is seeking to evade his obligation to obey an order of the court and indeed his statutory obligation to respond to legitimate requests for information from the Financial Services Authority.“There are very large sums of money involved. The current freezing order of the court exceeds £20 million.”Dozens of people on both sides of the Irish border fear they may have lost millions of pounds in investments they made in liquidated stock through de Dietrich.Members of the business community, sporting figures and even travellers are thought to have been handed over money.Court proceedings launched by the FSA led to an injunction banning de Dietrich and his company ETIC Solutions from taking any more deposits.The regulatory body also obtained an initial order freezing £6.8m in assets linked to the businessman and later increased in £20.2m.But lawyers for the FSA argued that he had only revealed details of assets held in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Estonia.Mr Justice Deeny found that de Dietrich had acted unlawfully and failed to meet requirements for full disclosure of his assets.“He has taken deposits from persons in the United Kingdom, and quite clearly a neighbouring jurisdiction of the Republic of Ireland as well, when he had no licence to do so.Although he made no ruling on the issue of fraud, the judge stated: “The court has a reasonable apprehension that many people have been defrauded of large sums of money here.”He rejected complaints by the businessman about alleged leaks, adding that even if there had been any disclosures it would not justify his failure to provide the information requested.“He had full opportunity to provide details of his business. It does not seem to be it would have been difficult to do that,” Mr Justice Deeny said.“The claim on his behalf was that he had a bona fide business buying goods from insolvency practitioners on an international basis and then selling them on at a profit.”They held that an earlier injunction against de Dietrich was proper and should not be discharged.“It seems to me whatever about any single request, an overall picture emerges of somebody avoiding their obligations under the Financial Services Act and seeking to avoid compliance with an order of this court.”De Dietrich’s solicitor, Peter Madden, stressed that his client denied any fraudulent activity.He also argued: “If the FSA’s stated obligation is to protect consumers I don’t see how consumers could be protected if Mr de Dietrich is committed to prison.”Following the decision to have him jailed for contempt the lawyer confirmed plans to appeal the ruling.* MORE EXCLUSIVE REVELATIONS LATER THIS EVENINGEndsEXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN BEHIND INVESTMENT SCHEME JAILED FOR 18 MONTHS was last modified: January 28th, 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)last_img read more

SWILLY GROUP CONTINUES TO EXPAND AS IT ANNOUNCES 10 NEW JOBS

first_imgDonegal training company, the Swilly Group has announced the creation of ten new jobs.A major recruitment drive has begun at the Letterkenny company to fill these vacant positions to start in early 2013.The Swilly Group has secured a number of major training contracts to start in early 2013. The training business unit within the Swilly Group are actively advertising and recruiting tutoring and support staff. Karl Sweeney, Director of Training Services at the Swilly Group, said “We are delighted to announce this major expansion of our training division.“We have secured a number of major training contracts for 2013 the details of which will be announced in the coming weeks”.Karl continues, “We are looking for highly qualified tutors in the areas of Healthcare, Computer Networking and Transport Management”. A number of office administration positions are also to be filled”.The Swilly Group is located in the i:Tek building on Business Park Road, Letterkenny. The Group currently employ 35 full and part time staff with offices in Letterkenny, Dublin and Belfast. The company won the overall award of Donegal Enterprising Business of the Year in 2011 and received an “Excellence in Marketing Award” at this year’s Letterkenny Business Awards.The Swilly Group is interested in hearing from persons with qualifications and tutoring experience in Healthcare, Computer Networking or Transport Management.The vacant positions are currently advertised on www.monster.ie. Alternatively persons wishing to apply for any of the vacant positions can email their CV to info@swillygroup.com. SWILLY GROUP CONTINUES TO EXPAND AS IT ANNOUNCES 10 NEW JOBS was last modified: December 11th, 2012 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:new jobsSwilly Grouplast_img read more

GOLF NEWS: DOREEN BROWN IS THE WINNER OF THE LADIES COMPETITION AT MURVAGH

first_imgDonegal Golf Club (Murvagh)Ladies Competitions:11th & 13th May – Sponsor: Harbour RestaurantDoreen Brown, one of the stalwarts of the Ladies Club was the deserving winner of the Harbour Restaurant voucher with a score of 38pts. Rosemary Carr was the runner up with 35pts with Norma Mullooly and Kathleen Fox 3rd and 4th with 34pts each.1. Doreen Brown (23) 38pts2. Rosemary Carr (24) 35pts3. Norma Mullooly (12) 34pts BOT4. Kathleen Fox (21) 34pts5. Jane Brown (24) 33pts BOTFront 9 Helen O’Shea (14) 20ptsBack 9 Mary Bonner (21) 17pts9 hole CompetitionMary T. Martin (32) 16ptsUpcoming EventsList for High, Medium and Low Competition on Saturday 24th May in Locker Room.The Little Bullet – annual competition between the Ladies of Bundoran GC & Donegal GC – which this year is sponsored by The Irish Defence Forces and Absolute Beauty, Donegal Town is been held in Donegal on Wednesday 28th May. Play is in 4 balls and times 10.10 to 11.20 and 14.30 and 16.30 can be booked through the shop – 2 ladies from Bundoran and 2 ladies from Donegal.Friday mixed:Another successful social mixed scramble took place on Friday. Margaret Johnston, Philip Hamilton & Matt Shovlin were the winners with Mary Daly, Michael McGarvey & Brendan Reck in runner up position.Next one is on Friday 23rd with running draw from 5.30 to 6. Phone the club if you wish to play to let the organisers know.Men’s Competitions:18th May – Sponsor Donegal Plumbing & Heating. Barry Kennedy secured 1st place in the Donegal Plumbing and Heating singles stableford narrowly beating Tom Geraghty on a break of tie. Jason Conway continued his recent good form taking 3rd with Oliver Roche in 4th. Danny McMenamin claimed the gross.Results:1. Barry Kennedy (19) 40pts (bot)2. Tom Geraghty (12) 40pts3. Jason Conway(5) 39pts4. Oliver Roche (6) 38ptsGross. Danny McMenamin (8) 27ptsNeil Johnston won the Saturday sweep on the 17th of May with 38pts and Captain Frank Cook was runner up with 35pts ResultsNeil Johnston (13) 38ptsFrank Cook (19) 35ptsUpcoming CompetitionsSat 24th – Sweep (Stableford). Saturday sweep is a qualifying competition. Sunday the 25th (Stableford) sponsored by O’Donnell’s Bar & restaurant and the winner will win theDamien Wilson Memorial trophy.Thursday SpecialsAfter a week where the weather was not so pleasant, normal service resumed and the sun was out again for our Thursday competition, which ensured we had our best turnout out of the year to date with 60 players taking their chance.This week’s winner picking up his fourth prize in as many weeks was Frank O’Donnell with an excellent score of 37pts on a break of tie from Dylan Devitt in 2nd also with 37pts, Liam Mundy claimed 3rd Prize with 36pts and Club Captain Frank Cook was 4th with 33pts on a break of tie.Phillip Hamilton won the prize for the 1st 9 with 22pts and Sean Diver was the best of the past players with 35pts.Draw for the Phoenix Cup has been made and will be posted on the Notice board on Thursday 22nd, first round matches must be played by the 18th June.Our Annual 3 Ball Scramble in aid of Cregg House will be played on Thursday 29th May.GOLF NEWS: DOREEN BROWN IS THE WINNER OF THE LADIES COMPETITION AT MURVAGH was last modified: May 19th, 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:golfMurvaghNoticesSportlast_img read more

Arsenal to complete third summer signing next week

first_img LATEST Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 2 gameday cracker Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Torreira scored four goals in 36 league appearances for Sampdoria last season, and he’s started two of Uruguay’s four matches at the World Cup, including Saturday’s 2-1 defeat of Portugal in the round-of-16.If signed next week, Torreira will become Unai Emery’s third signing since his appointment as Arsenal’s new manager to succeed Arsene Wenger. Arsenal will complete the signing of Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria next week, according to reports.Torreira, the midfielder, is currently representing Uruguay at the World Cup, and he’s caught the eye on their route to the quarter-finals. Torreira has impressed playing for Uruguay at the World Cup silverware How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Arsenal have been in talks with the 22-year-old since before the tournament kicked-off in Russia, and it appears they are close to wrapping up a £25million deal for Torreira.According the the Mail on Sunday, the north London club will next week finalise the agreement with Sampdoria for Torreira, the transfer expected to be announced when Uruguay’s World Cup campaign comes to an end. smart causal Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? NEW ERA England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won crackers Latest Arsenal news Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Torreira has emerged as one of the finest young midfielders in Europe 2 REVEALED The Gunners have already brought in Stephan Lichtsteiner, the full-back, from Juventus, and goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen. The signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, the Borussia Dortmund central defender, is expected to also be announced this coming week.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho slams ‘disrespectful’ Manchester City for lacking class

first_img 2 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener 2 impact Jose Mourinho has said Manchester City might be a rich club that signs the best players but they “cannot buy class”.The Manchester United boss was responding to a question about City’s Amazon Prime documentary, which aired this week. Mourinho told City they cannot ‘buy class’ Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday ALTERED How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes “I think you can have a fantastic movie, respecting others,” he told Sky Sports.“You don’t need to be disrespectful to have a fantastic movie.“You can be a rich club and buy all the best players in the world but you cannot buy class.”Amazon’s eight-part documentary of City’s title-winning season lifts the lid on life in Pep Guardiola’s dressing room.The fly-on-the-wall documentary ‘All or Nothing: Manchester City’ gives a fascinating insight into the 2017-18 campaign.center_img Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack highlights LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS smart causal An animated Guardiola is seen telling his players to “hate me” after drawing at Crystal Palace while his half-time team talk during the Carabao Cup final at Wembley is passionate.Snippets of a touchline row with then Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger during that game are also shown, as is some footage of the tunnel fracas during City’s shock FA Cup loss to Wigan.Fabian Delph is also seen slamming the dressing room door after his sending off in the 1-0 fifth-round defeat at the DW Stadium.However, Mourinho is clearly not a fan of the show and his comments will not go down well in the blue half of Manchester.City host Huddersfield on Sunday, with United facing Brighton on the south coast later in the day. possible standings A scene from the documentary How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware NEW ERA England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies wonlast_img read more