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I’ll be ready next year – Weir

first_imgFollowing an injury-plagued season, which culminated with a disappointing semi-final finish at the just-concluded World Athletics Championships, former Olympic 200 metres bronze medallist Warren Weir has vowed to put in some big performances in 2016. “Firstly, I must say things could be worse; I came out injured, but it’s not as bad as it could have been, it was a good season for the country. “I had my ups and downs – the down was not making the finals (200m World Championships), but I must give thanks to the ups – getting a World Relay (4x200m) gold medal; so I have to give thanks for all that I was able to do,” he said. “This was my second World Championship; it wasn’t the best. As a matter of fact, I considered it a failure, but everyone knows the injuries that I have been going through. But I will be ready for next year,” he swore. The 2013 World Championship 200 metres silver medallist revealed that he is still undergoing treatment, but is determined to leave his mark on the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and promises to put in a lot of extra work. He also wants to add more muscles to strengthen his slender frame. “I am still under treatment, but I’m looking to move ahead. But there is no rush to get back to top form, as it’s a long season and I’m taking it slowly as it has been steady progress and I will be fully fit and ready to go (when new season comes around),” he reasoned. “I am really looking forward to going to Rio and not only to put on a show, but to put on what I would say is an Oscar performance. I am looking forward to the Olympics and looking to really put it together at the Olympic Games. “So there will be a lot of extra work, a lot of new things going into training, a lot of new things we are trying for next season and we are looking to put on some bulk (muscle), not a massive bulk, but I am looking to put on some mass, so you will see me,” he added.last_img read more

‘Ridiculous Assertations’, Canadian Investor Blasts Ex-Minister Shannon

first_imgMr. Len Lindstrom, a Canadian Investor and writer of a book entitled “Corruption 101 Liberia Style,” has described as “nonsense andridiculous” the  allegation that he stole over US$13 million from Liberty Group of Companies, a licensed Canadian mining company, to buy himself an office building in his home country.Lindstrom is also the executive director of Liberty in Liberia.On February 23, 2014 Dr. Eugene Shannon, at a press conference in Monrovia, accused Lindstrom of having stolen US$7.9 million dollars, and another $4 million from Liberty’s Canadian Investors to buy an office building in Canada.Dr. Shannon also claimed that Lindstrom stole millions more to build himself a mansion and bought himself a yacht (ship).However, addressing a press conference recently in Monrovia, Lindstrom denied the allegation, stating he had never stolen even US$10 from Liberty Investors in Canada.“I have never multiplied millions of dollars, and these rubbish accusations were nothing more than a spiteful and malicious attempt to cover their own sins and wrongdoings,” Lindstrom stated.The truth of the matter, he declared, “is that I owned the office building for the last 30 years and the boat, which was nowhere near a yacht for several years before Liberty was even formed.”“I have lost everything due to the ongoing corruption in Liberia, but such is the nonsense of government executives, who have been clearly caught in their own web of repeated lies and extortive practices,” the Liberty boss further alleged. “These ridiculous assertions were complete and utter nonsense conjured up in their own devious little minds without the slightest shred of evidence of their unbelievable claims,” he noted.“Dr. Shannon and his cohorts, who had been openly exposed and seriously implicated over their illegal actions undertaken  while in office, as is clearly documented in the corruption book,” Lindstrom added, “colluded together to concoct a malicious  attack against me.”Furthermore, the Liberty boss went on, “in an unbelievable display of arrogance and obvious belief that due to his political connections, he is above the law, Shannon believes that he will continue to enjoy impunity regardless of what he does or says.Lindstrom quoted Dr. Shannon and his cronies as allegedly boldly declaring that Len Lindstrom was a pathological liar, a criminal, a crook, a thief, an embezzler, a fugitive hiding from justice, that I could not return to Canada, because I would be arrested as soon as I arrived, and that I was a false prophet, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and (I love this one the best) a snake in the green grass!“These are very bold statements, which were not stated as their opinion, but rather as emphatic assertions without evidence, document or proof.“And then,” Lindstrom went on, “Dr. Shannon had the unmitigated audacity to state he that he was going to sue me for slander for what I wrote in my book about the illegal activities of these same crooked officials,” Lindstrom disclosed.“The illegal activities were highly documented by clear and indisputable records with their signatures,  which in my opinion, indicates just how foolish intelligent people can become, when they are blinded by greed and determined to hide their sins behind yet more lies and denials,” he added.According to Lindstrom, Dr. Shannon’s intention is to create any means possible to entrap and fabricate criminal charges against him (Lindstrom), and to have him jailed or deported as an undesirable character.A Vancouver Sun reporter, however, describes Lindstrom as a “faith healer who has turned his hand to mining promotion.”An excerpt from Douglas Todd’s blog reads:”For years, the 58-year-old Christian evangelist travelled around Western Canada and faraway places like India, Pakistan, Rwanda and Tanzania, purporting to be a conduit for God’s healing powers.By 2006, he was mixing faith healing with stock promotion. Through his miracle crusades in Liberia, he became acquainted with local authorities and acquired some mineral concessions in that country.He sold the Liberian concessions to his private B.C. company, Liberty International Mineral Corp., and also staked vast tracts of land in B.C.To finance exploration, he sold shares to private investors. By November 2007, the company had raised more than $16 million.When I spoke to Lindstrom last summer, he told me he is no longer involved in faith healing and “hasn’t been to church in years.”Among the “concerns” the author lists about Lindstrom’s new found business opportunities, was that, “Lindstrom is not qualified to run an exploration company. His geological training consists of a handful of courses ranging from one to 10 days in length.”The full story can be found at http://www.canada.com/story.html?id=aaa074a7-d40f-404a-af1d-46b9a9706be5In January of this year, the Supreme Court of Liberia, in a case judged by Cllr. Philip A. Z. Banks, upheld the ruling of a lower court against the Ministry of Lands and Mines’ revocation of Lindstrom’s mining license. Lindstrom is the owner of the Liberty Group of Companies, which comprises of six other mining companies including; Liberty Gold and Diamond Mining Company, T. Rex Resources Inc, G -10 Exploration Inc, Golden Ventures Inc. Magma Mineral Resources and Craton Development.The MLME had argued that following reconciliation of vouchers issued and payment made, Mr. Lindstrom’s companies were actually indebted to government in the amount of US$280,000.They further contended that Lindstrom only paid for Liberty Gold and Diamond Mining Company and G-10 Exploration, but failed to pay for the other three companies (T. Rex Resources Inc, Golden Ventures Inc. Magma Mineral Resources).Besides, the MLME argued that even the two institutions named that Lindstrom paid for, failed and refused to submit work plans as required for those institutions.It was based on these irregularities, the Ministry alleged, that it took the decision to terminate Mr. Lindstorm’s mining exploration agreement and his companies’ licenses.However, in his judgment, Justice Banks stated that “nowhere in any of the letters of termination did the Acting Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy inform the licensees, Mr. Lindstrom’s companies, that they had the right to contest the termination of the mineral exploration agreement or the license held by them within thirty (30) days of the date of the letter of termination.”As such, “net effect of this omission is that none of the companies were notified that they had the right to contest the termination.Banks therefore ruled that the “act of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy is hereby declared illegal, irregular, improper, unlawful and  the termination of Mr. Lindstrom’s licenses are hereby ordered reinstated.”(Full story at https://www.liberianobserver.com/legal/canadian-investor%E2%80%99s-mining-license-case-supreme-court-denies-government-appeals)It is most likely from this court case that the latest war of words between former MLME Minister Shannon and the Canadian Investor originated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Granger to Jagdeo: “temper your language”

first_imgPresident David Granger is calling on Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to refrain from divisive statements following comments made in New York about Government’s discrimination against Indo-Guyanese and other Guyanese who are supportive of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition.Former PresidentBharrat JagdeoSpeaking on this week’s television programme, The Public Interest, the Head of State remarked that the Opposition Leader should “temper his language” as he responds to calls from commentators and various sections of society for Government to engage the indo-community more.The President outlined that “crass” remarks such as those made by Jagdeo create divisiveness. “The language use by the Leader of the Opposition could be divisive and I would urge him to restrain his comments,” Granger stated.The Head of State pointed out that Guyana is multi-religious community and his Administration does not want to religious extremism to exist here, having witnessed the damage it does in other parts of the world. Similarly, he posited that there is no room for ethnic extremism since that would pull the country apart.Granger went on to say that his coalition Administration is pushing for a more cohesive society and has been reaching out to all section of the population.“To suggest that Indians being persecuted does not necessarily call on the Government to reach out, we have! We are a multiethnic coalition; I would say we are more multiethnic than any other Government in the history of Guyana and we have reached out to all of the communities in Guyana but there will be extremists to continue to speak in divisive terms and this is what you need to put an end to,” Granger posited.President David GrangerHe went on to say that the actions and comments of the Leader of the Opposition is working against the cohesive society that his Administration is working towards.Jagdeo at a meeting with the Diaspora in New York two weeks ago said “Guyana needs a spirit of community to ensure that we defend our people through these dark times. There is an assault on democracy, on the people of Indian origin and there is an assault on the supporters of the PPP…”In fact, Government had even released a statement condemning his remarks but the Opposition Leader had maintained his stance, noting that the Jagan-founded PPP will continue to defend the rights of Guyanese people.Jagdeo said he was surprised Government would respond to comments he made overseas when he only repeated things that he would have said numerous times at home during press conferences and on the campaign trail of the recently concluded Local Government Elections (LGE).“Despite the charges made, my record on bolstering racial harmony and advancing equal development across the country, regardless of race, speaks for itself. That is not a position I need to defend. However, I have spoken out and will continue to speak out about the injustices against our people,” he outlined his in statement.Moreover, the Opposition Leader posited that the Government-issued statement seems to be orchestrated by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.“I am inclined to believe that the Nagamootoo-styled statement has more to do with the reception given to me by thousands of people, representing the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – in contrast to the small crowd and protest actions that greeted him.”On the other hand, Government in its statement accused the Opposition Leader of race baiting and calling his remarks “irresponsible, hateful, and malicious fabrications.” It said that the statements were made at a time when the nation is focused on the efforts to foster closer relations and achieve a greater level of social cohesion.The Government said that it considers Jagdeo’s statements as reprehensible, which are aimed at “sowing seeds of division, discord and race hate”.Nevertheless, several other politicians, social activists, including some sympathetic to the APNU/AFC Administration and even trade unions have all condemned the Government’s mass dismissal of hundreds of personssince it took power back in May 2015, most of whom are either of Indian origin or supporters of the PPP.last_img read more