There needs to be some kind of social media policy for public officials

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to the Stabroek News article, “Cops Probing Complaint against Gov’t Cultural Advisor…” published on October 05, 2018. It was with great shock that I recently learnt that the said advisor has a personal interest in the case brought before the High Court against The Bishops’ High School teacher. Now that the Police have turned up at his place of work in response to a complaint lodged by the teacher and his fiancée for allegedly breaching a section of the new Cyber Crime Act, my initial suspicions are confirmed.It seems to me Johnson is determined to achieve his end, no matter the consequences, even if it means causing this Government great embarrassment. That he would suggest the teacher is taking advantage of the law purely because it’s new is ludicrous. It matters not whether the law is two minutes or five years old, if a breach has occurred, the wronged party has the right to legal redress, as is provided for by the law. What Johnson seems to be saying is that the law is only valid when it serves his purpose.Further, that he would contend that Jackson and his fiancée’s complaints are a reflection of the relative strength of Jackson’s High Court matter is equally puerile.Clearly, the two cases are distinct and separate, and should be judged on their own merit. If this is the kind of faulty thinking that Johnson provides to his employers in his role as advisor, then the tax-payers of this country are being taken for a ride.Following Johnson’s logic, one can take the other side and argue that the alleged public slander of the named individuals is indicative of the relative strength of the case in which Johnson has a vested interest. How else can he explain the urge to offer public pronouncements on the matter which is before the court, and in which he is a witness?Mr. Editor, because of loose cannons like Ruel Johnson, there needs to be some kind of social media policy for public officials. Can you imagine how awkward it must have been for the Permanent Secretary to attempt an explanation to the Police for Johnson’s refusal to go down to the station? This Government must do better.Yours respectfully,Kevin Samaroolast_img read more

Gunmen storm Region 4 RDC office, escape with cash

first_imgFour gunmen in the wee hours of Thursday morning stormed the Region Four Regional Democratic Office, Triumph, East Coast Demerara, and carted off an undisclosed sum of money after torching two safes.Guyana Times understands that at about 02:00h, four men armed with handguns, invaded the RDC office compound from the back where they relieved one of two security guards of his cash and other valuables.The men then tied up the guards and made their way into the building where they torched two safes and escaped with an undisclosed sum of money.From reports, the two guards managed to free themselves and contacted the Beterverwagting Police Station.Investigators have since dusted the area for fingerprints and took statements from the guards.No arrests have been made. Attempts to contact the regional executive officer proved futile.last_img read more

In Ganta: NP Inaugurates Multi – Purpose Filling Station

first_imgOne of the leading petroleum vendors in Liberia, National Petroleum Liberia Limited (NP), on Saturday, September 10, 2015 inaugurated one of its multi – purpose filling in the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County.The filling station marked the third modern filling station to be built in Ganta this post war period by companies importing petroleum products to Liberia.In an overview of NP operations in Liberia, the Managing Director Mohamed S. Kanu said the beginning of his company’s business in Liberia was very humble, taking them through some sleepless nights, sleeping on the floor for several months before reaching to this stage.NP, which is originally a Sierra Leone based company, has several filling stations strategically located in and around Monrovia, as well as other cities such as Kakata, Buchanan and now Ganta.Kanu explained that people of Liberia and Sierra Leone share a common goal and culture, therefore the presence of NP in Liberia is the same as it is in Sierra Leone, from where it came.“We believed in downstream investment; employed the locals, paid municipal tax as well as real estate tax and the revenue,” he said.Mr. Kanu also noted that the service at the filling station is not restricted to serving gasoline, fuel and other lubricants, but the station will also sell type of stove that uses gas.He said the stove will help curtail environmental degradation, especially the use of charcoal, because it is very economical and refilling process will be done here in Liberia.“This stove will stop you from using coal and stop you from cutting down sticks for coal, let’s save the environment for the future generation,” he said.The management also introduced an engine oil known as “Castrol”, which he said is highly protective and gives an engine a good performance.The filling station also contains a shop that sells assorted goods including food, snacks, body lotion, lubricants, drinks, and many other items to afford commuters their basic needs whenever in transit. The program was attended by scores of local and national government officials, business people from Ganta as well other dignitaries including Mr. Francis A. Dennis, former president of LBDI and now Board Chair of NP.Hon. Jackson F. Doe Jr., Deputy Managing Director for Administration at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), praised NP for the extending services to the interior parts of the country, where the citizens will find it easy to have access to petroleum products.He said NP is one of petroleum importing companies that is really compliant with all regulations from LPRC and the government at large.However, the Management of NP Liberia Ltd is embarking on expanding services to neighboring Guinea and the Ivory Coast, while reaching other parts of Liberia as soon as possible.“As we speak, our station in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County is expected to be opened to the public soon,” said Joshua G. Karngar Administrative Officer, NP. Ganta has several multi – purpose filling station, including Total, Aminata, Super Petroleum (SP) and now NP, but only the NP has introduced the cooking stoves and refilling of other gas containers. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Study: Gray whale’s comeback exaggerated

first_imgBy Seth Borenstein THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PALO ALTO – One of the great success stories of the ocean, the return of the Pacific gray whale, may have been based on a miscalculation, scientists reported Monday in a study based on whale genetics. What was assumed to be a thriving whale population is actually at times starving because of a dwindling food supply, said study co-author Stephen Palumbi, a Stanford University marine sciences professor. And global warming is a chief suspect. Scientists may have underestimated the historical number of gray whales from Mexico to Alaska, according to the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. And that may have led to a misdiagnosis of what is behind surprising die-offs over the past few years and the appearance of many so-called skinny whales. Earlier this month the National Marine Fisheries Service reported that at least 10 percent of gray whales returning to one of their four main calving and breeding lagoons off Baja California showed signs of being underfed. Some of the whales even had bony shoulder blades. “This is a hint of a problem,” Palumbi said. “Our antennas should be up. Our antennas should be asking if the ocean is capable of supporting life the way it used to.” The study concludes that the original Pacific gray whale population hundreds of years ago may have been far higher than currently thought – closer to 100,000 whales than conventional estimates of 20,000 to 30,000. The scientists base that on how diverse the population of whales once was – information they gleaned by examining differences in the DNA of 40 whales. They studied 10 spots on the whale’s genetic blueprint. The diversity of genes in this group of whales indicates there had to be about 100,000 whales centuries ago, the scientists reported. If the whale population was five times higher than originally thought, that makes recent problems with the whale look far worse. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Is this the XI to stun Spurs in Germany? Predicted Dortmund line up v Tottenham

first_imgBorussia Dortmund host Tottenham Hotspur at Signal Iduna Park in the Europa League, kick off 18:00 GMT, and it’s live on talkSPORT.It’s perhaps the toughest draw of the competition, with both sides competing for the title in their respective top flights and eager to go all the way in Europe.BVB manager Thomas Tuchel’s squad is almost at full strength – Sokratis Papastathopoulos is the only notable casualty – and a strong starting line up is therefore expected.Could Shinji Kagawa return having missed the goalless draw with Bayern Munich at the weekend? Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Dortmund XI v Tottenham by viewing the slideshow above. 11. Marco Reus (left wing) 26. Lukasz Piszczek (right back) 11 29. Marcel Schemlzer (left back) 33. Julian Weigl (centre midfield) 11 10. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (right wing) 11 1. Roman Weidenfeller (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 17. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (striker) 11 11 11 23. Shinji Kagawa (attacking midfield) 11 8. Ilkay Gundogan (centre midfield) 11 6. Sven Bender (centre back) 15. Mats Hummels (centre back) 11last_img read more