Reputed wife blames hospital for taxi driver’s death

first_imgAlbouystown execution— Police hunting suspectsAs investigations continue into the execution-style killing of Oswald Rambarran, 42, of Lot 93 West Ruimveldt Housing Scheme,Slain, Oswald RambarranThe reputed wife of the dead manGeorgetown, the Police are still hunting for the two gunmen; however, the reputed wife is holding out that the hospital did nothing to save the man’s life.Speaking with Guyana Times at her home on Monday, Dolly Yarde explained that after she received the news of the shooting she rushed to the hospital only to be told that Rambarran has to undergo a scan and it will cost $18,000.At the time, she did not have the money and as such contacted her daughter who subsequently brought it but that was too late. During that time, the man was kept in the emergency unit with a bullet lodged in his left-side temple.“Why they couldn’t do the scan and wait for his relatives come to have the money… that is my thing, why they couldn’t put him through the scan and take the bullet out of his left-side head… so they didn’t do anything so he died with the bullet in his head,” the angry woman related.She refuted reports in certain sections of the media that Rambarran’s body was riddled with bullets, claiming that he was only shot once. Yarde explained that she checked his body when she arrived at the Georgetown Public Hospital and did not see any bullet wounds to his body except his head.Yarde is not sure about the motive for the shooting since she claimed that the father of six did not have any enemies. But according to reports, Rambarran have had brushes with the law. Back in 2008, he was shot during a high speed chase after he and an accomplice were seen trying to put a man in the trunk of his car.The woman when asked about the 2008 incident and others that he might have been involved in, claimed that for the past 11 years, she never knew him to be involved in criminal activities.Meanwhile, a relative of the dead man who asked to remain anonymous told Guyana Times that the services at the Georgetown Public Hospital is “horrible” and is also claiming that the institution did nothing to save the man’s life.He noted that the man was rushed to the hospital at about 21:00h and was not attended to until after sometime.Oswald Rambarran was shot moments after delivering food at a residence in King Edward Street, Albouystown, Georgetown.He was reportedly driving off when two men on a motorcycle rode alongside him and opened fire. Persons in the area recalled hearing at least nine gunshots. Police later arrived at the scene and retrieved several spent shells that are being analysed.A post-mortem is expected to be done on Wednesday.Rambarran leaves to mourn six children, reputed wife and other relatives. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

Accused Fight Subpoena of Bank Statements

first_imgAs the alleged US$950,000 Global Witness bribery scandal intensifies, Criminal Court A at the Temple of Justice has subpoenaed (summoned) four banking institutions to produce bank statements of United States dollar accounts belonging to several public officials, including Grand Cape Mount County Senator, Varney Sherman, and some international companies named in the entity’s report.International Bank (Liberia) Limited, Ecobank Liberia Limited, Guaranty Trust Bank Liberia Limited and Global Bank Liberia Limited are those financial institutions expected to appear before Judge Boimah Kontoe today to produce the bank statements of the accused that covered the period of January 2010 to September 30, 2010.Besides Cllr. Sherman, others whose United States dollar bank statements are expected to be disclosed include Sherman and Sherman Inc, Sable Mining, Western Cluster, Delta Mining Consolidated (Pty) Limited and West Africa Exploration.Others include: Senator Morris Saytumah of Bomi County; Sumo Kupee, Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC); Cletus Wotorson, former Senator of Grand Kru Conuty; Speaker Alex Tyler; Rep. Henry Fahnbulleh; as well as the Chairman of the PublicProcurement Concession Commission (PPCC), Willie Belleh, and former National Investment Commission (NIC), Richard Tolbert.Global Witness alleged in its reports that over US$950,000 in bribes and other suspicious payments were made to top government officials by UK mining firm Sable Mining and its Liberian lawyer, Cllr. Varney Sherman, chairman of the ruling Unity Party. The officials allegedly received money from Sable’s representatives to insert a loophole in the Public Procurement and Concessions Law, which would increase the mining company’s chances for securing the coveted Wologizi iron ore concession without submitting to a competitive bid. The court’s action was based on a communication dated May 19, under the signature of Cllr. Daku Mulbah, County Attorney for Montserrado County, one of government’s lead prosecutors.The communication, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, partly reads, “We request your Honor and the Honorable Court to order the banks to produce bank statements of United States dollars covered the period of January 1, 2010 to September 30, 2010, in the names of the entities and individuals.”The letter concludes, “The purpose for this request is to assist the Ministry of Justice and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) to complete an ongoing investigation.”Although the banks would appear to produce the statements, the accused have already asked the court to quash (suppress) the request.It is not clear whether that would happen today.In their request to suppress, the accused argued that the document which forms the basis for the appearance of the bank is a mere letter, of which is attached an affidavit totally unrelated to the letter.They further argued that the purpose, as stated in the communication, is vague, ambiguous and uncertain, that it does not form the basis for the issuance of the subpoena.“Whatever the actual purpose, it should be stated so that, we accused, as adversaries or opposite parties, would be fully informed and be given the opportunity to challenge or object to the issuance of the writs,” they said in the government summon.They argued that the confidentiality of any individual’s account at a bank and his transaction with a bank is a fundamental underlying basis for banking in Liberia and most parts of the world.“The confidentiality of the accused accounts with those banks are so sacrosanct that the law provides that the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) shall not, unless lawfully required to do so by law or court of law, reveal to any person information as to the affairs of any individual customer of a financial institution obtained in the exercise of its regulatory jurisdiction,” they said in the document.According to them, each of the financial institutions mentioned in the subpoena has its own internal regulations and contract provision with their customers on the sanctity of confidentiality of the customer’s account.“It seems therefore that this confidentiality obligation should not be set aside or violated by this Honorable Court unless good cause is shown, unless the account holder has the opportunity to object to the application to this court for disclosure of his account and transaction of his account,” those accused emphasized.Narrating the law, they claimed that it also provides that in publishing information obtained from commercial banks pursuant to its regulatory authority, “the CBL shall not publish any information which would disclose the affairs of any person who is a customer of a financial institution, unless the consent of such interested party has been obtained in writing.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LVF Frowns at LNOC’s Interference

first_imgThe Liberia Volleyball Federation (LVF) said it would remain “adamant and unapologetic” to the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) because its membership suspension was unfair.President Cllr. Moifee Kanneh said the LVF had a free, fair and transparent election in 2010, which was supervised by the Ministry of Youth & Sports. He disagreed that the LNOC termed the exercise as political interference.The volleyball boss maintained that the LNOC’s decision was excessive and personal, and they would therefore not bow to re-election, merely to be readmitted to the LNOC.Cllr. Kanneh spoke to the Daily Observer over the weekend in an exclusive interview in reaction to the LNOC’s directive to the Liberia Basketball Federation (LBF) to have re-election in 90 days, because its recent election was not free, fair and transparent.The volleyball boss said they were unduly barred from all activities of the LNOC in 2010 which refused to observe its successful elections.Cllr. Kanneh said since the suspension the LVF has been carrying on its annual activities –national league, school programs and training.He stated that without the LNOC’s input, they have benefitted from international trainings and congresses.The LNOC is the local governing body that represents the International Olympics Committee and sponsors technical training for athletes and technicians to participate in Olympic Games. The LNOC was established in 1954.The President of the LNOC, Philipbert Browne said the recent basketball election has procedural errors.Recently, the LNOC said Liberia Handball Association’s provisional membership has been suspended owing to the lack of free, fair and transparent election, which handball officials have rejected.“The LNOC does not have the authority to suspend and compel associations to do their bidding,” a handball official told the Daily Observer. “We have our rules and constitution that govern our associations.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Burbank wrangles Whole Foods out of town

first_imgBURBANK – A split City Council on Tuesday night shot down the controversial Whole Foods Market proposed in the Rancho equestrian district, a victory for neighborhood residents who feared a traffic nightmare, but killing a chance for the popular natural foods grocer to locate a store in the city. The council voted 3-2 to deny the market proposed at 901 W. Alameda Avenue, which was appealing its case. The rejection came despite several attempts by the developer to reduce the store size to 52,340 square-feet from 59,500 square-feet proposed, and to create a fund to address traffic, equestrian safety and other concerns in a community where houses come with backyard stables. “I would hope that Whole Foods wouldn’t fold its tent,” said Mayor Todd Campbell, who supported the store. “We desperately want a Whole Foods in Burbank. “What people are worried about (is) they don’t want their identity to change. I still support it. I think it’s better than a lot of projects. Maybe we need to do more to support the equestrian life, regardless of the Whole Foods.” But Councilman David Gordon said store proposal defied earlier zoning for the lot – a smaller “specialty food store” – which was amended in 1998. “It seems to be a run-around of our existing zoning, or at least the intent of it.” Gordon said. “It’s the right store and the right time,” said Councilwoman Marsha Ramos. “The problem is it’s not the right place.” But Councilman Jef Vander Bought said the city should not pass up on what could be a boon for the neighborhood. “It is an opportunity for us to do something for the city,” he said. “There will be impacts for some that live close to the area, but these are impacts we all face.” Councilman David Golonski, who suggested previously the store be reduced to about 40,000 square-feet, said he still believed the proposal before him was too big. “I do have concerns about the size and the intensity driven by the size,” he said. “I’m still looking considerably smaller.” Based in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods is known for its progressive environmentalism and organic produce and is a much-sought-after business for cities. The nearest outlets are in Glendale and Sherman Oaks. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Michael Hastings, a consultant and former City Council member working with developer Tom Davies, declined to comment on the decision, but Rancho resident Roman Gora, who helped organize the opposition, relished the victory. “I’m mainly appreciative that the council understand uniqueness of the Rancho and concerns of the neighborhood,” Gora said. “We wish Whole Foods well in finding a new location.” The market was proposed for Alameda Avenue – a busy four-lane road – and Main Street, a narrow two-lane road that empties into the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. The store, which was to include two levels of underground parking, was slated for a 76,000-square-foot lot. The projected car trips to the proposed store were cut to about 4,170 per day, down from 4,854 according to the most recent estimates. The number of car trips from the office building now on the site totals about 1,700 trips per day, city studies said. “The Whole Foods Market fits this site,” said Davies, the project’s Westlake Village-based developer. last_img read more

DANIEL AND MAJELLA IN PORTUGAL TO SUPPORT CLIFF RICHARD

first_imgDaniel and Majella tonight in Portugal with Sir CliffTHEY’VE both faced criticism for their stance, but tonight Daniel O’Donnell and his wife Majella are in Portugal staying with Cliff Richard.Richard together with companion John McEllyn and several friends, including Daniel O’Donnell enjoy the sunset and a bottle of Bollinger champagne from the balcony of the pizzeria Bellavita on the coast of Portugal.Richard has emphatically denied an alleged historic child abuse incident going back to 1985. His home in England has been searched. Both Daniel and Majella have publicly backed the singer, expressing anger at how a BBC news crew had filmed the house search.They have been criticised by survivors of sexual abuse who say they should have waited until police investigations were complete.Now they have gone one step further in their support – flying to Sir Cliff’s villa to see him.  DANIEL AND MAJELLA IN PORTUGAL TO SUPPORT CLIFF RICHARD was last modified: August 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:Cliff Richarddaniel o’donnellMajellaportugallast_img read more

JSE to feature African companies

first_imgQualifying criteria for companies wishing to list on the Africa Board include being accredited by the World Federation of Exchanges, as well as having subscribed capital of at least R500-million. There are currently nine companies on the JSE which qualify to move onto the Africa Board, and as of 19 February, the Africa Board already has one listed company from Africa on the exchange. According to the stock exchange, the decision came about after it was continually approached by foreign investors looking for ways to diversify their portfolios; the Africa Board was conceived as offering the best value. The benefits to African companies listed on the board include increased trading hours and greater exposure, increased liquidity, improved product offerings, strategic positioning for the rest of Africa, and favourable listing requirements, fees and obligations. Dlamini said the establishment of the Africa Board was not primarily done to coax investors back to Africa, as 40% of the JSE already consisted of foreign investors. “Only companies classified as African by the South African Reserve Bank will list of the board, and a company is African if it is domiciled in Africa,” the JSE’s Maureen Dlamini told BuaNews this week. Qualifying criteria Pension is a massive industry in South Africa and Africa, and the Africa Board gives pensioners and those with a bit of money behind them the chance to invest in Africa’s top companies. Foreign clients, including investors from within Africa, are able to trade on the Africa Board through local brokers, or alternatively through JSE member brokers, Dlamini said. South Africa’s JSE Limited will in February launch the Africa Board, a new trading segment on the exchange’s main board featuring top companies from across the continent, in a bid to increase interest and investment in African companies.center_img She added that an African company already listen on an exchange in its home country could still apply for a listing on the JSE’s Africa Board. Rather, the board was established to give Africans the chance to invest in profitable African companies, allowing “Africans to invest in Africa”. “If a company is based outside Africa, but the majority of its activities are geographically located in Africa, then it [also] qualifies as an African company.” Source: BuaNews For ‘Africans to invest in Africa’ 30 January 2009 Benefits for listed companies While emerging markets have traditionally been seen as riskier than developed markets for investors, the stock performance and market value changes between the two markets reveal quite a different story, Dlamini believes.last_img read more

SAA wins 4-star rating for 12th year running

first_img20 January 2014 South African Airways (SAA) has been awarded a 4-Star Airline rating by global airline rating firm Skytrax for the 12th year running, the airline said on Friday. SAA is the only carrier on the African continent to have achieved the 4-star rating, which “signifies that the airline has achieved a good standard of product across all travel categories, with standards of staff service delivery in both the onboard and airport environments also being well ranked,” SAA said in a statement. SAA CEO Monwabisi Kalawe said the airline’s staff was dedicated to providing the best customer service possible, adding: “We have worked hard to ensure this ranking and will implement further improvements.” Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted said: “SAA has both maintained and improved quality levels throughout the past year, and continue to deliver world-class product and service standard to their customers, making their four-star ranking well-deserved. “The Skytrax ranking provides an accurate and independent guide for travellers around the world, and the 4-Star Airline status is a most respected category. SAA has been ranked a 4-Star Airline for a number of years, and we are delighted to see them retain this status for 2014,” Plaisted said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

‘A Christmas Story’ Butter Sculpture at The Ohio State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Pink bunny pajamas, leg lamps and triple dog dares have become a part of many holiday traditions as families gather around to watch A Christmas Story every December. Now families that come together at the 2018 Ohio State Fair will be able to relive butter-sculpted scenes from the movie! The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

Firefox May Come to Android – Too Little Too Late?

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Browsers#Google#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Last week, Google announced a change in how software can run on Android, the company’s mobile operating system which powers such devices as T-Mobile’s G1 and the upcoming MyTouch 3G. Instead of just allowing Java applications that run on Google’s Dalvik virtual machine, Android will now allow software that runs natively in on the Linux operating system itself. This will be made possible through a new toolset for developers, the Android Native Development Kit. The change may allow Mozilla to bring their young mobile browser, Fennec (aka “Firefox Mobile”) to the Android platform. Mobile is one platform that Mozilla has yet to conquer. Only recently, a second alpha version of Fennec was made available for Windows Mobile devices (version 6 and up). If the Android NDK provides the proper capabilities for bringing the mobile version of Firefox to Android, that would only be the second mobile platform that Fennec supports. According to a report from CNET, Mozilla is considering the possibilities. “I think our community would be interested in doing it, because Android will be appearing on more smartphones with the capabilities to provide a good browsing experience,” said Jay Sullivan, Mozilla’s vice president of mobile.The only question now is whether or not Fennec will ever have a shot at becoming a popular mobile browser. Although development is moving along at a reasonable pace, it’s certainly had its setbacks along the way…and it’s nowhere near a version 1.0 yet. Meanwhile, WebKit is taking the lead when it comes to browsers on many of today’s hottest smartphone platforms. The open-source WebKit code currently powers a lot of the newest browsers on the market including the one that ships on Android, iPhone’s Safari browser, and the browser on the Palm Pre. Where does that leave Fennec? Apparently, it leaves it competing against Opera, which already has a solid foothold on the other mobile platforms lacking a decent mobile browser – Opera even became the top mobile browser recently. Hopefully with the new NDK from Google, Fennec will be able to make its way onto at least one of the top smarthphone platforms out there. But we wonder: will anyone care when it arrives? sarah perezlast_img read more

Sponsor Post: 5 Must-Haves For A Successful Hybrid Cloud Implementation

first_imgrww sponsor 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Sponsors#web Editor’s note: We offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write posts and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.Businesses have spent millions of dollars to create optimized data centers that contain important business policies and corporate data. At the same time, functional users are racing to adopt the cloud model for application dev/test, migration, training and IT sandbox purposes. IT leaders are often faced with the pressures of enabling users with cloud-based architectures while allowing for secure and safe access to corporate data and policies.Hybrid cloud computing can relieve those pressure points, deliver business agility and reduce operating costs. However, implementing a successful hybrid cloud requires a careful and thoughtful approach. Below are five must-have requirements for a successful hybrid cloud implementation.Self-Service InterfaceEnterprises have a wide range of functional users that require cloud resources for ad-hoc use cases including development and testing, application migration, software evaluation, consulting, support and training. Solutions like Skytap Cloud provide users with a self-service solution so that they can be agile, productive and effective. At the same time, IT owners are provided with self-service admin capabilities to set-up approved templates, security rules, VPN access policies, budget visibility and control.Before you choose a cloud service, be sure to try the self-service aspects so that both IT and functional users can use the service effectively. The promise of cost savings and agility associated with cloud computing can only be realized if a cloud solution meets both needs.Before you choose a cloud service, be sure to try the self-service aspects so that both IT and functional users can use the service effectively. The promise of cost savings and agility associated with cloud computing can only be realized if a cloud solution meets both needs.Secure Cloud ArchitectureEnabling a hybrid cloud solution requires a thoughtful and pragmatic approach to security. The solution must include operational security measures across data center security, physical security, access security, virtual data center security, compute (virtual machine) security, network security, storage security, and operations security. In addition the data transport between the cloud and your data center must be secured with an iPSec VPN connection. Last but not least, the solution must allow for OS file system level data encryption so that your user data is secured at rest.Configurable Role-Based User Access Control (UAC) Enabling sophisticated user access control (UAC) is a key requirement for enterprise adoption of Hybrid cloud based solutions. Users within an enterprise often have different permission levels depending on their role. An administrator may have the right to view a complete audit trail of activity in a virtual data center, whereas an offshore tester may only have access to a sandbox test environment to complete specific test cases. Most cloud providers only offer a limited set of user access controls. Make sure the solution you evaluate offers a rich UAC model with the ability to set fine-grain permissions for different levels of access to a virtual data center. In addition, you should be able to create sandboxes and publish for vendors or consultants with no access to the corporate network.Cloud Policies, Quotas and Charge-backsThe ability to enforce enterprise IT policies with cost controls and charge-back billing to internal groups are key requirements for most IT organizations. Most infrastructure providers offer no advanced cost control capabilities or the ability to isolate usage to internal groups for charge-back. Make sure the solution offers cost control capabilities, such as auto-suspending resources when not in use to save costs. In addition, the solution must ensure quotas can be applied to individuals and organizations to cap usage. Finally, the solution should enable IT policies to be enforced globally, such as approved subnet ranges for virtual data centers and the ability to prevent assignment of public IP addresses to virtual machines.Snapshots and CollaborationMost enterprise applications comprise of multiple interconnected services. Providing the ability to snapshot an entire virtual data center becomes important to encapsulate these applications and enable entire IT environments to be replicated accurately and quickly. Snapshots are especially useful when diagnosing performance issues, architecture change or software bugs, as an entire application stack can be suspended at the point of failure for debugging. It is also useful to save a “golden image” for rapid deployment at a later date.In a hybrid cloud configuration, the VPN connections and associated security policies that these applications use must persist across snapshots. Without this capability, users and IT will spend a lot of time on manual set-up and change management work. Cloud-based virtual data centers are not only dynamic in nature but can be used by distributed teams for collaboration. IT professionals can be prototyping a new network installation and need to share it with a security expert for review, or a tester can find a bug that’s very hard to replicate, snapshot the VDC and share it with a developer for debugging. Hybrid cloud solutions should include collaborative sharing and workflow capabilities. Without a doubt hybrid cloud computing architecture holds a lot of potential to deliver agility, cost savings and IT productivity to all enterprises. By paying a close attention to these five must have requirements, IT organizations can ensure their cloud journey is secure and successful.Sundar Raghavan is chief product and marketing officer at Skytap, a leading provider of cloud automation solutions. Sundar is responsible for overall product direction, marketing strategy and execution. He is an industry veteran with a successful 18-year career in product and marketing roles at Google, Ariba, Arbor Software (now part of Oracle), and Microstrategy.Photo by avanzero 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more