As UNMIL Drawdown Continues, Security Sector to Receive Substantial GOL Funding

first_imgFinance Minister Amara M. Konneh has disclosed plans by the government of Liberia (GOL) to increase funding for the national security sector in the coming 2014/15 fiscal year. According to Mr. Konneh, the security sector needs strong support to train, acquire logistics and deploy across the country to provide law enforcement for citizens as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown program continues. Speaking at the graduation ceremony of new police recruits at the National Police Training Academy (NPTA) in Paynesville on Saturday, Mr. Konneh declared that by the instruction of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Executive Branch has appropriated over US$94 million to the security sector. The security sector compromises mainly of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), the Liberia National Police (LNP), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), amongst others. In the current 2013/14 fiscal budget, the security sector’s budget envelop is about US$82 million. Konneh told the 288 new LNP recruits that a total of about US$20.5 million will be allocated to the LNP alone. Currently, the total allocation for the LNP in the 2013/14 fiscal budget is about US$15.2 million. Many police officers complain of low salaries and benefits, but the Finance Minister assured the young graduates that the government is doing everything within its powers to address their concerns. Mr. Konneh also disclosed plans by the government to beef up the strength of the LNP to approximately 8,000 within the next years to fill the security vacuum being created as a result of UNMIL departure. “We have committed ourselves to doubling the size of the Liberia National Police to 8,000 trained officers deployed throughout this country with the required logistics,” he said. The Liberian treasury boss noted that in order to achieve this goal, the government has put together an ambitious work program that requires training and deployment of 900 officers yearly, beginning July 2014. UNMIL came to Liberia in 2003, significantly supporting the provision of security throughout the country. After 11 years of their service in Liberia, UNMIL has begun to pull out their troops from Liberia and has vacated 12 camps in Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, Lofa, Bong, Grand Kru, Nimba, Sinoe and Rivercess counties each. This big reduction in the presence of UNMIL, Konneh observed, leaves Liberia’s security institutions, specifically the LNP, with the major task of deploying adequate manpower in those areas vacated by UN troops, to provide security for our country. “But as it is,” he observed “the LNP is constrained in both manpower and logistics, and we must invest in effectively deploying officers to these areas, to minimize any negative impact of the UNMIL drawdown on cross border trade between Liberia and her neighbors (Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast), and other law enforcement issues.” He assured the new LNP recruits that a further testament to the government’s commitment to improve and sustain the quality of LNP’s service to the Liberian people, GOL has opened an escrow account in the amount of US$2 million to fund its program with the LNP. According to the Minister, funding for the completion of the training of the new recruits dubbed Class-42 and the organization of the program was been sourced from the US$2 million account.Minister Konneh, however, challenged the graduates to insist on their moral responsibility to change the image of the police by upholding the core principles of honor, integrity, humility, selflessness, fairness, courage and obedience to authority.“As you operate in adherence to these principles, without even knowing it, you will be building an institution that the public will come to respect,” he said. For his part, Police Director Col. Chris Massaquoi thanked the graduates for mounting the courage to join the force in order to serve their country. Col. Massaquoi however warned officers of Class-42 to stay away from corruption and protect the image of the police.“If are caught in corrupt act, you will be prosecuted and if found guilty, you will be dealt with in lines with the law and the police manual,” Col. Massaquoi said in a strong word.Earlier, UNMIL Police Commissioner Gregory Hinds thanks the GOL for training more strong officers to fill the security vacuum being created as a result of UNMIL drawdown.Commissioner Hinds challenged the new recruits to serve their country well and not compromise their own integrity.Earlier, Acting Justice Minister Cllr. Wheatonia Barnes saluted the recruits challenged them to be more professional.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mere subterfuge and deception

first_imgDear Editor,There has certainly been a buzz around Guyana since the discovery of oil in commercially exploitable quantities.  Every day you can read something about Guyana internationally, be it in the Oil & Gas Journal, the New York Times, and so on.  But no one speaks about the Guyanese economic prospect of the high risk of wasting all these funds because of corrupt ruling politicians and weak national institutions.When President Granger spoke from the Parliament Buildings on May 16, 2015, he said, “Let us now put past rivalries behind us and work in unity to banish poverty, ignorance, fear, and hatred. We assemble here today to witness the swearing in, not of a party leader, but of the President of all the people. I shall be a good President for all the people”. Editor, what do you think of his rhetoric now?Between the rhetoric and the reality, all we got from Team Granger so far was a fairy tale after they spent some $1.1 trillion of taxpayers’ money.One is struck by the complete lack of commitment and competence by Team Granger toward this concept of the “good life”. After four (4) years of Grangerism, the road to a new Guyana appears littered with the wreckage of the usually empty PNC messages from the past. These messages – “the good life”, “a Government of national unity”, “the opportunity to offer democratic renewal”, and so on, were all offered by Mr Granger personally.But since that offering, all that Team Granger has done was embark on a massive administrative disaster fuelled by high levels of policy paralysis and gross incompetence. This situation is nothing but a bad omen for the Guyanese people.They have delivered very little of what they promised after these four (4) years. It was Team Granger who promised to “free the people from the shackles of racism” but yet in every single appointment they have made, the evidence reveals a ratio of them choosing, 9 out of 10 times, people who are “kith and kin” (Hoyte’s words) and “PNC people” (Volda’s words).These people promised to solve the endemic problems of corruption, nepotism and crime but they have not. It was Mr Granger himself who promised to “protect our citizens” using his military training to guide policies to allow the Guyanese people to feel safe.  Today every woman, man, and child are at a greater risk of being robbed, murdered or physically harmed at the hands of domestic terrorists (drug-infused-kick-down-the-door armed bandits included).Thus, if one reflects on these Granger phrases, they appear as mere subterfuge and deception.  All that talk on the foyer of the Guyana Parliament on May 15, 2015, were really a smokescreen for the real agenda, which Team Granger pursued diligently since coming to the office.The rational middle not was fooled because regardless of how you dress up Team Granger, it is nothing but the same old PNC with its nepotism, political intolerance, major acts of conflict of interest, executive incompetence and financial squander.That is their legacy.  The Granger legacy!  The PNC legacy!Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

U-23 Lone Star Bows 3-1 to BYC

first_imgThe national U-23 soccer squad lost its first practice derby to local football giant BYC I, in preparation for the 2015 CAF Cup first qualifying round against the Black Meteors of Ghana in Accra on Sunday, April 26.The reigning football champions hammered the U-23 Lone Star 3-1 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium during their early morning practice.The U-23 Lone Star, dubbed the Satellites, drew with ELWA United, 1-1 and whipped LPRC Oilers 2-1.BYC’s striker Mark Paye raised the curtain in the 26th minute through a diagonal pass from Abraham Cokies. The 50 minutes first half ended 1-0 in favor of the Go-Blue boys, owing to an inconceivable penalty missed by central defender Alvin McCorneh.Despite the goal difference, both sides controlled the ball equally.BYC has a corner, four (4) throws; three shots (2) on target and three (3) off target; committed 12 fouls which resulted in three (3) yellow cards and a penalty.The U-23 team has two (2) corners, five (5) throws; shots three (3) on target and three (3) off target; committed 16 fouls and got a yellow card.Fifteen minutes into the second stanza, BYC hit man and goal-hero, Larmine Jabateh, increased the tally through an assist from Molley Gray. Three minutes later (68th minute), Karleo Andersson ended a pass from Blamo Nimely to 3-0. Later, in the 89th minute, Abraham Darbeh decreased the tally 3-1.Meanwhile, on Saturday the U-23 Lone continue its practice training games against Nimba United in the morning and engage Jubilee FC in the afternoon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Serbia’s Kolarov given boxy Lada for World Cup goal

first_img0Shares0000Serbia defender Aleksandar Kolarov scored the winning goal against Costa Rica and got a Russian car as a present © AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov had a good day in Samara: he scored a magnificent World Cup goal and was presented with a Lada by the governor.The Roma defender struck a thunderous second-half free-kick that clinched Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday. “Kolarov scored a wonderful goal and we gave him a prize — a certificate for a Lada 4×4,” acting governor Dmitry Azarov was quoted as saying by the Izvestia newpaper.“He was very happy and the entire team celebrated the news.”There was no comment from any of the Serbian players about what they thought of the gift.The no-frills brand has been trying to improve its image after spending much of its history being the butt of jokes for its unreliability and outdated design.Lada was called Zhiguli in the Soviet era and is still produced in the Samara region by the VAZ factory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Amazing Arsenal story! Does Arsenal Wenger know this happened? Title winner tells shocking tale on talkSPORT

first_imgArsene Wenger may be an old hand when it comes to the Premier League, but there was a time when he considered a revolutionary breath of fresh air.When the Frenchman arrived at Arsenal in 1996, he inherited a talented squad of mostly English players, with a core group that had won titles and cups galore under the management of George Graham.Wenger set about signing class French players like Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit and later Robert Pires and Thierry Henry, to supplement the famous Graham backline of Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Adams, Bould and Keown.The Arsenal manager also implemented what was considered a more scientific approach to player preparation, overhauling the training and dietary approach at the club.But old habits die hard, and as former Arsenal midfielder-turned-talkSPORT presenter Ray Parlour explained to us, the English contingent didn’t suddenly become mineral water-drinkers… and the French players weren’t exactly paragons of health themselves.Check out the video above to hear Ray’s brilliant Arsenal story.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS CLUB AGM FIXED FOR THE 7TH OF DECEMBER

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club NotesThe GAA National Draw tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from any club member. This is a great fundraiser for the club as all proceeds from the sale of these tickets stays with the club.The Club AGM is fixed for the 7th of December at Errigal Collage at 2pm. Nomination & Motion forms can be downloaded from the club Webpage. All club members are invited & encouraged to attend. The football presentation night for U-13 to U-16 boys & girls is on this Friday 28th at 7pm in the A7. Tickets are €10 each to include meal and disco until 10.30pm.Underage football coaching continues this Friday for U-6 (6-6.45pm) & U-8 (6.45-7.30pm) in the hall at Woodlands School & U-10 & U-12 is in the Aura from 7.30-8.30pm. New members welcome.Indoor Camogie continues every Monday evening at the Aura Leisure Centre from 7-8 pm for 5th & 6th class girls and Wednesday evenings at the LYIT sports hall from 6-7pm for 4th class & younger. Contact 086 8163605 for information. New players welcome.Our Club Dinner Dance will be held on the 28th December at The Radisson Hotel. In light of the clubs success this year this should be a memorable and enjoyable night. Hurling training for U-6, U-8, U-10 and U-12 continues every Thursday at the Aura from 6.30pm-7.30pm. This is open to boys and girls from 4 to 13 years. Please contact Dan Harnett 0867392780 or Sharon Harnett 0868405785 to book or for more information.Lotto numbers for week ending 23/11/14 were 5, 7, 12 & 21. Lucky dip Anthony McDaid, Friends of the Gaels.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGael  GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS CLUB AGM FIXED FOR THE 7TH OF DECEMBER was last modified: November 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AGMGAALetterkenny GaelsNoticesSportlast_img read more

ANGER AND FRUSTRATION AS REMAINING WHALES LEFT TO DIE ON BEACH

first_imgAustrian woman Antonia Leifner watches agonisingly as the 5 pilot whales slowly die on the beach at Ballyness Bay, Falcarragh, Co. Donega. (North West Newspix)Locals reacted angrily yesterday after five Pilot Whales, which were part of a larger pod, were allowed to die over several hours on a scenic beach in Falcarragh.The whales were part of the pod of 13 whales which beached at Ballyness Beach in the early hours of Monday morning.The whales were saved on two occasions in an operation involving dozens of people and a local man using a JCB to drag the whales back out to deep water. However seven of the whales which were successfully ushered back out to sea beached again an hour later just before 5pm on Monday afternoon.Yesterday there were distressing scenes as the five surviving whales lay dying on the beach about a kilometre from the original beaching.Earlier in the day a total of seven of the whales were buried in a ten foot deep mass grave and covered in lime.A young Austrian woman, who is spending the summer, in Donegal was visibly upset. Antonia Leifner, 24, made numerous journeys to the water’s edge to gather water to pour on the dying animals.She said “I am so sad. I do not see why these beautiful creatures should be allowed to suffer like this.“This is not right. This is not humane. They should be put to sleep humanely,” she said.Other families walking on the beach were also visibly upset by the whales struggling to breath.Workers from the National Parks and Wildlife Service were on scene. Earlier in the day they had pleaded with people not to visit the beach to allow the whales to die in peace and not to interfere with machinery burying the animals.Regional Manager of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Mr Dave Duggan, said he appreciated people were upset.He revealed the NPWS normally had two options to dispose of such animals including lethal injection and by firearm.“They are the two normal options but they were just not available to us. “Using an injection requires a very specialist chemical and we did not feel it was appropriate using a firearm on a public beach with members of the public about.“We appreciate it was distressing for passers-by but we had no option but to let the whales pass away naturally,” he said.Local county councillor Seamus O’Domhnaill, who has attended the scene for the past two days, said he appreciated that people were upset when they heard the dying whales gasping for air.“Of course it is upsetting but that is part of the reason why the NPWS asked people to stay away.“Hopefully the remainder of the pod will pass away and we can bury them humanely,” he said.A spokesman for Donegal County Council, who oversees the disposal of the dead whales said “In the interest of minimising potential environmental damage, it has been agreed to bury the carcasses at the beach.”All 12 of the beached whales have now died while there were also unconfirmed reports last night that another whale, believed to be the last remaining in the pod, had beached.ANGER AND FRUSTRATION AS REMAINING WHALES LEFT TO DIE ON BEACH was last modified: July 9th, 2014 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:beachCllr Seamus O DomhnaillDave DuggandonegalFalcarraghwhaleslast_img read more

Ouma faces first test as Vipers visit wobbly Bright Stars

first_img Tags: bright starsStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetopvipers sc Ouma during a recent Vipers’ training session (Photo by Vipers Media)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueBright Stars FC vs Vipers SCChampion Stadium, MwerereSaturday, 05-01-2019 @4pmMWERERE – Vipers SC new head coach Nam Ouma will face his first real test as the Venoms take on Bright Stars at the Champions Stadium on Saturday afternoon.The Kenyan who replaced Javier Martinez at the helm last week oversaw a buildup game against ESCON that his side won comfortably but against Bright Stars, his scale will be switched on.At the time Ouma starts his work, Vipers are second on the log and have not lost a league game since the start of the season.Coming off the back of a 0-0 home draw against Tooro United, everyone associated with the Kitende based side will be eager to get all three points, knowing that KCCA who are currently 8 points clear at the top, may pull away soon.Vipers’ Captain Taddeo Lwanga and goalkeeper Bashir Ssekagya remain unavailable due to injuries. Okello, Abraham Ndugwa together with Rahmat Ssenfuka face late fitness tests to determine their availability. However, alterations to the starting XI that drew with Tooro United are expected.Vipers’ Tito Okello (left) is doubtful for Saturday’s game (file photo)For Bright Stars who will be without left-back Dan Bilikwalira who is on loan from Vipers, have been in wanting form of late.The Matugga based side have not won in any of their last four League games (D1 L3) and have consequently dropped into 8th on the log.Match Facts:This will be the 11th fixture between the two sides since Bright Stars gained promotion in 2014.In the previous 10, Vipers have not lost any to Bright Stars, winning 4 and drawing the other six.Last season, the Venoms took four points off Bright Stars despite the reverse fixture ending goalless.Bright Stars head into the game having won only one of their last six League games (D2 L3).At home, they are winless in their last three (D2 L1).For Vipers they have won three of their last four League games (D1 L0).Away from home, the Venoms have won three and drawn as many in their last six fixtures on the road.The other fixtures on Saturday (4pm):-SC Villa vs Bul FC-Kirinya JSS vs URA FCComments last_img read more

Winter bird tour to highlight environmental richness of threatened Donegal bay

first_imgBallyness Bay has been in the news recently on account of a major plan to convert this beautiful tidal estuary into a large-scale shellfish farming area.There has been a great deal of shock in the locality about proposals that would see vast ugly beds of shellfish dominate this stunning coastal location between Falcarragh, Gortahork and Magheraroarty.People generally believe that the bay should be retained as an amenity for the local community and visitors. They think that it is far more valuable as a natural asset contributing to the well-being of all those who use and enjoy this amazing landscape.They also conclude that it can contribute greater economic benefit to the community through the growth of sustainable employment built around diverse outdoor activities and eco-tourism.Bird watching is just one of the many strands that form part of these varied outdoor pursuits. It is something that draws visitors into the area from far afield with the opportunity of viewing a rich array of coastal birdlife in an unspoilt natural setting.Ballyness Bay is an ideal location in which to appreciate the wonderful selection of birds to be found on our shores at this time of year. Protected on its seaward side by extensive sand dunes, this relatively sheltered bay and its surroundings provide excellent habitat for a wide variety of resident bird species as well as many seasonal visitors.It is particularly good as a wintering ground for waders and waterfowl, and its shores have been designated as a Special Area of Conservation.A guided tour on Saturday the 16th of November will offer the chance for people to explore some of the stunning locations around this lovely tidal landscape and learn more about the abundance of birdlife it nurtures.Those who come along will learn to identify birds that have flown south from more northerly locations to overwinter here, alongside some of the hardy locals that stick around through the colder darker months.This event is weather dependent. It is hoped those who come along will have an opportunity to observe some of the wildfowl, though in nature nothing can be guaranteed with certainty. It will be led by a local ecologist who has worked on various research and conservation programmes throughout Donegal. Those who wish to join in should phone (074) 918 0994 or (086) 822 0404 to reserve a place.As one might expect for a coastal walk in Winter you will need to wear warm clothes and sturdy, waterproof footwear, and if you have them to bring a pair of binoculars or a portable telescope.The tour will begin at 10am and should take about three hours. It is organised by The Glasshouses (LAN Ctr.) Cill Ulta, Falcarragh, and supported by Donegal ETB.Winter bird tour to highlight environmental richness of threatened Donegal bay was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

QPR boss hints at Barton recall

first_imgMark Hughes has told Joey Barton he will be brought back into the QPR side if he continues to show the right attitude in training.Manager Hughes says he is pleased with the player’s reaction to being dropped last weekend and is considering recalling him for today’s game against Arsenal.Hughes explained: “He’s fine and has trained well. If he continues to train well then he’ll be a valuable option for me“He was disappointed not to be in the team, obviously, but I spoke to him about it and he understood.”Click here for the QPR v Arsenal quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img