The attention of the Daily Observer is drawn to a front page story carried in its April 23rd edition under the headline,”Defying Odds, Pres. Weah, Rep. Kolubah Meet”.According to the story, Representative Yekeh Kolubah met with President Weah at his (Weah’s) house in what observers say was an attempt to calm the tension arising from threats issued by ex-generals of former rebel faction to have the Montserrado County District #10 representative arrested if he failed to turn himself over to them.According to sources, the meeting between the two men came as the result of efforts by some legislators, key among them Jay Nagbe Sloh, to broker peace and defuse the tension which had gripped the city in recent days.Further, according to sources, President Weah’s decision to meet with Representative Kolubah demonstrates a genuine commitment to maintaining the peace and security of the nation.The Daily Observer welcomes this development and commends President Weah for demonstrating true statesmanship. This newspaper remains mindful of statements made by crisis and war mongers threatening the peace and swearing that President Weah would never ever meet with Representative Yekeh, as was being hinted in some circles.But they were in for a rude awakening as President Weah remained unmoved by their pessimism and asinine heeding — a virtual slap in the face, so to speak. But no sooner had the meeting between the men been concluded, officials of this government again took to the airways and social media castigating Yekeh Kolubah, calling all sorts of names and and casting aspersions on his character. As it appears, these rogue elements have resumed the offensive in what observers say is a deliberate attempt on their part to derail future planned engagements between President Weah and Representative Yekeh Kolubah.Once again the Daily Observer must warn of the dangers inherent to such blind pursuits of a hate agenda purposely designed to stoke the flames of conflict. This newspaper in its April 19 editorial “Is another April 6, 1996 Unfolding Before Our Eyes” spoke about omens and how “coming events cast their shadow before”.This newspaper recounted the story of Caesar’s wife having a dream in which an owl, a nocturnal bird, sits perched in the middle of the market place in broad daylight which was considered a bad omen.It also recounted that the month of April in Liberia is ominous because it is during this month that several disastrous events have taken place. Such disasters, the Daily Observer noted, are foretold by signs which appear in broad sight.The April 6, 1996 bloody fracas was preceded by clear signs that things were to fall apart. Magistrate Bedell Fahn’s order to parties to appear in court on Good Friday was one such sign which went unheeded and the result was disastrous.From the perspective of this newspaper, the sudden appearance of two black snakes in the office of the President and their subsequent but mysterious disappearance is an omen which portends danger for the country or for even the President.Although his meeting with Representative Kolubah recently served to reduce the tension considerably, the Daily Observer notes that tension is slowly rising again as supporters as well as officials of this government are, once again, upping the ante and inciting hate on social media. The Daily Observer has received information that plans to stir up trouble by violently attacking perceived political opponents and loot the city are being hatched. And this bodes trouble — big trouble!The meaning of the omen cast by two snakes appearing in the President’s office and then disappearing without trace should not be lost on the nation, least to mention President Weah, as tension begins to build anew. For example, Presidential Affairs Minister Nathaniel McGill’s dalliance with ex-generals of defunct rebel factions needs to be checked forthwith by President Weah.President Weah should refrain from heeding the advice of political rejects striving to find their place in the sun. Unfortunately President Weah finds himself surrounded by a coterie of individuals with deeply stained characters, some of who have in the past filed malicious lawsuits against the country seeking to profit from illegal arrangements concluded while they were in public service.There are also others who, having spent decades abroad in virtual obscurity have assigned unto themselves roles as advisors on nearly every issue, especially those having to do with security. They previously served despotic governments which, like “Humpty Dumpty”, fell and could never be put together again. Yet, they have the temerity to pretend as though their advice can now make a difference.They are indeed a desperate bunch, harried by the hardships of America and deeply longing for the opportunity to return to the master’s vomitus. And the sooner President Weah can realize that he is dealing with the likes of lapdogs and vultures, the better it will be for him.He (President Weah) must not be discouraged and he must not falter in halting the slide of the nation back into deadly armed conflict. Indeed, the nation and this government has no need to indulge the likes of unrepentant individuals, conmen and murderers sworn to a life of violence.The Daily Observer welcomes and commends President Weah for his display of true statesmanship.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Water Inc (GWI) is taking steps to immediately clamp down on non-revenue water loss, particularly that caused by pilfering or metering inaccuracies.According to GWI’s Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, plans are underway this year to install ultrasonic meters countrywide to alleviate the issue. “In 2017, we discovered a number of issues with people taking water illegally and it’s a good spectrum of people taking water illegally – those who live in opulence, those who are squatting, but these things we have to arrest…We have to meter the entire country if we are to reduce the non-revenue loss.”Dr Van West-Charles was at the time outlining the utility company’s 2017 year-end performance. He explained that the meters to be installed were proven successful during a recent pilot programme. “… these new meters are able to detect leaks in homes. It will also help us to become more efficient in meter reading.”According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), citizens are being encouraged to be responsible, report leakages and pay their bills in a timely manner, as these measures will assist the water company as it continues to upgrade its services. During 2017, GWI had embarked on purchasing and installing approximately 20,000 meters, but the process was delayed owing to issues with the procurement process. The Managing Director is optimistic that the full implementation of the devices will be achieved in 2018 and unmetered customers and those who require meters replaced will be the beneficiaries. The Government has indicated its commitment to support GWI as it aims to achieve universal access to safe and affordable drinking water. To this end, the sum of $3.2 billion was allocated in the 2018 National Budget for the water sector.
…Minister opts for disciplinary action rather than sacking reckless ranksWhile speaking at two separate events on Friday, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan went on a rampage, bombarding the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for their inexcusable acts of negligence, particularly those taking the country by storm in the past weeks.According to the Minister, the country is seemingly becoming immunised to the malpractices of the GPF, especially given that such instances continued to persist on a regular basis. This is as Ramjattan alluded to the most recent incidents which saw a number of top-ranking officials being removed from their posts owing to indiscretions occurring under their watch.Adding to that, just days ago, yet another criminal managed to sneak his way out of the Lusignan Prison, in the latest of more than three major breaches in public security for the year thus far.In light of these alarming events, the Minister, during an address to the media, lashed out at the Police Force, saying, “When you do the [Latin American Public Opinion Project] LAPOP poll, apart from politicians, the Police Force is probably the most distrusted institution in the country.”However, when questioned as to what will be the approach taken in penalising the ranks who were involved in these incidents, the Minister appeared to be torn between placing the culprits under disciplinary action or removing them from the Force entirely.Nevertheless, he opted for the more lenient method. “I am 400 Policemen short. This year alone, nine senior officers retired and there is a tremendous shortage of quality people who got experience. That is why sometimes, in moments like these, you are cornered by the decision whether to knock off or whether to chastise and reprimand and tell them to come back and hope that they perform. It’s about giving people a second chance; I like second chances,” Ramjattan stated.He further argued that sacking officers was not exactly a smart move. “Knowing also the reality of so much Policemen short and also senior ranks who have retired, leaving a lot of vacuum; you go there and knock them off, sometimes it might not be in the interest of the Police Force. These are fellows we sent for training overseas and all kinds of thing and you might very well be wasting an asset, which, if given a second chance, might do better.”With that being said, Ramjattan acknowledged his role in this matter as the head of the Public Security Ministry and, as such, pledged that “we have to recharge, rejuvenate and do some greater work”.On that note, the Police Force has embarked on a leadership training programme, targeting a number of ranks with the aim of developing the capacity of the nation’s law enforcers, to reduce the incidents which paint the Police Force in a negative light. Revisiting the first session of the project, which commenced on Thursday, Ramjattan related, “At the leadership meeting, I gave them a charge as to the kind of professionalism that I want from them and also the honesty that must come from leading members of the Police Force and not to make these embarrassments reoccur because they tarnish the whole Force.”With the launch of this new initiative, the Public Security Minister looks forward to a reduction and eventual eradication of these damaging cases, altogether. Meanwhile, not overlooking the extent of defects existing within the GPF, Ramjattan indicated that investigations into the matters were still ongoing and based on the findings, necessary action would be taken, especially if the misconduct continued.As such, Ramjattan pointed out, “There are lots of people who, if they were Ministers, would’ve done it differently. I am going to deal with it the way that I know best and that is to talk to them, to urge them on and if their behaviour continues to be egregious, then we will have to do something.”
Nick Young watched Saturday’s pregame ceremony honoring USC’s seniors with envy, knowing he may never get the same treatment. The junior has said he will explore his NBA options after the season, and will turn professional if he receives feedback that he will be a first-round selection. “That was very emotional coming out there because it could be my last game at Galen,” Young said. “I try not to think about it, but it kind of got to me because I want my jersey hung up like that too.” Out of AfricaFamily members joined Chris Penrose and Lodrick Stewart for the pregame festivities. Abdoulaye N’diaye, who comes from Senegal in western Africa, said his parents hoped to come out for their first USC game but could not get a travel visa. “I’m thinking about sending the framed jersey to my parents back in Africa so they can see what I accomplished,” N’diaye said. Pruitt may go proGabe Pruitt, who said Friday that he planned to return for his senior season, said after the game that he still may attend the NBA pre-draft camp June 4-8 in Orlando, Fla., to see where he stands. – Matthew Kredell 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Afflalo, who scored 20 points in the Bruins’ final home game, said he barely gave consideration to whether this was his last game at Pauley. “You know that the possibility is there,” Afflalo said. Sources close to Afflalo said there is a chance he could return for a senior season and UCLA is not actively recruiting anyone to fill his scholarship – but he and his father (Benjamin) both said after the game a decision will not be made until UCLA’s participation in the NCAA Tournament is complete. No place like homeThe Bruins finished 16-0 at home, their first perfect season at Pauley since the 1974-75 team went 15-0, but the non-conference schedules are quite different. UCLA’s non-conference home schedule this season consisted of Long Beach State, UC-Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, Oakland, Sam Houston State and Michigan. In 1974-75, the non-conference home schedule was Wichita State, DePaul, Loyola-Chicago, Oklahoma State, Memphis State, Davidson, Oklahoma and UC-Santa Barbara. – Brian DohnYoung NBA bound? By now, Arron Afflalo is an ‘ol pro. Not to be confused with going pro. While questions engulfed UCLA’s junior guard, and leading scorer, about whether he will return for his senior season after the fourth-ranked Bruins beat Stanford 75-61 Saturday at Pauley Pavilion, he coolly pushed aside the issue time and again.
It is etched in stone in football. The coordinator works in the press box. He’s the eye-in-the- sky with his lists, charts, computer printouts, horoscope and ouija board within easy reach. He’s more likely to watch the food channel than spend a game on the sideline. Legend and lore tell you the offensive coordinator has the perfect play for a third-and-11 situation on the 25-yard line on the day after a three-quarter moon with the sun at 10 o’clock when playing against a middle linebacker of Irish and Hawaiian descent. It’s the view he knew as quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders. It’s the view he knew during the past two seasons as USC’s assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach. Lane Kiffin, who has shuffled off to the Oakland Raiders, and Sarkisian were a Committee of Two for those two seasons. They developed the game plan together each week with Sarkisian serving as the senior member of the committee. On game day, Kiffin was in the press box calling the plays. Sarkisian had the option to offer suggestions. Or he could change a call if he so desired. Football people think the committee concept contributed at least a couple of speed bumps last season when they were a few speed bumps away from playing for the national championship. Things will be smoother on offense this season without a committee making critical decisions, even if two seems a small, uncluttered committee. Sarkisian learned his trade from Fred Petersen and John Featherstone at El Camino, Norm Chow and LaVell Edwards at BYU, Chow and Pete Carroll at USC and Norv Turner with the Raiders. He’s ready, working on his own, to direct USC’s offense to a new level. To those with concerns, Carroll said, “Let me make it clear, Steve Sarkisian, since he took over, has always been in charge of the offense.” A key will be the head guy. Carroll is a defensive coach. Defensive coaches have a tendency to want to play it safe and sane on offense. They do not want the offense to muck things up for their defense. USC might get a legitimate test today against No. 14 Nebraska in Lincoln. A legitimate test will provide more than a hint about Sarkisian. If Carroll turns him loose. Back to working where you can smell the grass and hear the hits. “I love the feel of being on the field with the quarterback,” Sarkisian said. It’s not the same when you’re in the press box talking with the quarterback via a head set. If and when things unravel, Sarkisian wants to be nose-to-nose with John David Booty, his quarterback. “I can look in his eyes,” he said. “I can look in the eyes of the rest of our offensive players.” For all their talent, and their No. 1 ranking, the Trojans are young at the offensive skill positions. The wide receivers who played in the season opener against Idaho went into the game with one reception as a group. Sarkisian wants a first-hand sense of how they and other young Trojans, such as tailbacks C.J. Gable and Stafon Johnson, along with center Kristopher O’Dowd, are reacting under fire. Jay Norvell, UCLA’s new offensive coordinator, agrees. He also is calling plays from the sideline. UCLA opened the season with a 45-17 win at Stanford. USC coasted against Idaho and still won, 38-10. Grumbles, and even some boos, about the Trojans not crushing the Vandals, 76-3, can be dismissed because Carroll had the team/Sarkisian playing under wraps. Such noted offensive minds as the late Bill Walsh, Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden called or call plays from the sideline. Carroll was his own defensive coordinator for his first five years as USC’s head coach. He worked on the sideline. It also is etched in stone that Sarkisian is in good company on the sideline. Mwsptcol@aol.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! So why is Steve Sarkisian, USC’s offensive coordinator, calling plays from the sideline? Because, he said, “This game is not a video game.” Because he likes it when he has his feet on the ground. “This is the view I’m used to,” he said of the view on the field, the one he knew as quarterback at West Torrance High, El Camino College, BYU and in the Canadian Football League. It’s the view he knew during his first tour at USC as quarterbacks coach.