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

Race for No. 1: 49ers plummet; Raiders up to No. 2

first_imgRemaining schedule: at … How the race for the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft is playing out going into Week 16 after the 49ers upset Seattle and the Raiders fell in Cincinnati:Arizona (3-11)Lost to Atlanta 40-14Appear to be cruising to the No. 1 overall pick after blowout loss (coupled with 49ers win). Remains to be seen what remaining division opponents will be playing for in terms of playoff seeding. The Cardinals hold an advantage over the Raiders based on strength of schedule.last_img

Bee delay: Giants-Reds move start time back due to insects

first_imgCINCINNATI — Wet weather threatened to delay the first two games of the series between the Giants and Reds in Cincinnati this weekend, but both games started on time.The sun was shining and the skies were clear for Monday’s series finale, but the game was delayed anyway. That’s because a large amount of bees appeared near home plate just prior to the 12:35 EST start of Monday’s game, preventing both teams from taking the field.Monday’s delay lasted 18 minutes as the bees ultimately departed …last_img

Evolution Goes Forward, Backward and Sideways

first_imgAccording to an article by Becky Ham on MSNBC, evolution can make things more complicated or less complicated.  She referred to iconic cartoons that show the progress of evolution from slime to couch potato.  “It’s just a joke, but the idea that life starts simple and gets more complex over time persists even in scientific circles.”  One counter example, though, is the origin of single celled life.  Archaea and bacteria may be stripped-down versions of eukaryotes.  This idea from David Penny (Massey U, NZ) suggests that eukaryotes appeared first.    Penny said, “We do think there is a tendency to look at evolution as progressive.  We prefer to think of evolution as backwards, sideways, and occasionally forward.”  Penny and his colleagues deny the popular hypothesis that eukaryotic cells emerged from the fusion of earlier, simpler life forms.  “Although the idea seems contrary to our cherished notion that evolution makes organisms more complex,” Becky Ham (no relation to Ken Ham, as far as we know) wrote, “Penny and colleagues say it’s possible.”  Well, then, it follows that in evolution, anything is possible.  Penny’s colleague Chuck Kurland [Lund U, Sweden] provided more examples of simplification that “illustrate the Darwinian view of evolution as a reversible process in the sense that ‘eyes can be acquired and eyes can be lost.’  Genome evolution is a two-way street,” he said.Visualize a hockey puck on a frictionless surface infinite in all directions, moving about in various ways.  The concepts of forward, backward and sideways lose all meaning.  The same is true in relativistic Darwinland, where an incoming asteroid can cause extinction but also a boom in emergent innovation (see Fox News).  In the overall scheme of things, does it matter which direction is forward or backward?    For decades, most Darwinists have taught as fact the myth that eukaryotes are a more complex product that emerged from the fusion of simpler, more primitive microbes.  Progressivism is built into such a notion.  Now, if eukaryotes just appeared suddenly, then became stripped down into the other two kingdoms of microbes, then Darwinian miracles of emergence allow for anything.  Why don’t we extend Penny’s theory and conclude that bacteria are stripped-down humans?  (Sorry; that didn’t come out right.  Some people on the beach, though, do resemble amoebas.)Exercise:  Read the following sentence aloud:The Story of EvolutionEvolution explains more complexity, and more simplicity.  It explains why flight arose in some birds, but was lost in others.  With evolution, organs and genomes can become more complicated, or more streamlined.  Eyes emerge through evolution, but eyes are also lost by evolution.  Evolution makes the cheetah fast but the sloth slow.  By evolution, dinosaurs grow to skyscraper size, and hummingbirds grow tiny.  With evolution, peacocks grow more flashy and crows more black, giraffes tall and flatworms flat.  Evolution explains predator and prey, loner and herder, light and dark, high and low, fast and slow, profligacy and stinginess, terrorism and altruism, religion and atheism, virtue and selfishness, psychosis and reason, extinction and fecundity, war and peace.  Evolution explains everything.Now substitute the meaningless word Gribbleflix for Evolution and read it again.  There you have it: the world’s most successful, all-encompassing theory.  Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of Gribbleflix.  Don’t let the anti-Gribbleflix people sneak their dogma into the schools.  Gribbleflix is science.  Gribbleflix is a FACT!(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Chan to Phoenix

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES The Painters have never been the same ever since Guiao left Rain or Shine at the end of last season to take up a job at rebuilding NLEX.Chan said he is grateful for his time with Rain or Shine and hopes to make an impact with his new team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m excited and I hope that I can help Phoenix make it to the playoffs,” the 33-year-old Chan said.“I told [the team] that I can do whatever they want from me,” the 2012 Governors’ Cup Finals MVP added. “Again, I just want to help the team make it to the playoffs.” ‘Busy’ Duterte can’t join athletes sendoff Chan has career averages of almost 11 points, 2.9 rebounds and two assists. He played for Gilas Pilipinas several times, including the 2013 Fiba Asia in Manila where the country finished second to Iran.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Before Chan, the Rain or Shine management let go franchise player Paul Lee, practically hours after news of the Guiao transfer to NLEX broke.Lee is now with Star and a big part of the Hotshots’ future.What Lee is to the Hotshots is what Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia hopes he can get from Chan, a native of Bacolod who had an outstanding collegiate career at Far Eastern U.“I hope he can have the same impact with us like what Paul Lee has with Star,” Vanguardia said even as he also sees Chan’s arrival as a chance for Matthew Wright to learn a thing or two about being one of the best outside guns in the league.The Painters had also dealt away JR Quiñahan to GlobalPort before the Batang Pier made a deal a few months later that reunited him with Guiao at NLEX.Rain or Shine won last season’s Commissioner’s Cup with Pierre Henderson-Niles as an import but bombed out in the quarterfinals of its title defense.The Painters and Fuel Masters are still awaiting approval of the trade from the office of commissioner Chito Narvasa.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Rain or Shine dealt away another vital piece of its two PBA championships under former coach Yeng Guiao on Monday as it sent Jeff Chan to Phoenix Petroleum in exchange for Mark Borboran and a second-round Draft pick.Chan, the 10-year shooting guard, will thus make his appearance for a third PBA team after being acquired by the Elasto Painters from Red Bull around 2009, when Guiao was starting to form what would become one of the league’s best squads.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Indiana Jokingly Wishes “Former Basketball Manager” Jim Harbaugh A Happy Birthday

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh turned 52 today, and the Wolverines aren’t the only ones wishing him a happy birthday. Harbaugh’s sister Joani is married to Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, and back in 2012, while head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Harbaugh served as a manager for the Hoosiers for a game, bringing chairs out for the team during timeouts, among other things. Indiana jokingly wished their most famous former manager a happy birthday this afternoon.Of course, Harbaugh is no longer coaching in the NFL or the Pac-12. He is at a rival Big Ten school, and some Hoosier fans don’t appreciate this gesture, no matter how tongue-in-cheek as it may be.harbaugh indiana comment 1harbaugh indiana comment 3harbaugh indiana comment 4harbaugh indiana comment 5harbaugh indiana comment 6Well, we thought it was pretty funny, at least.last_img read more

Video: Urban Meyer Wants To Talk, Mike Mayock Is Having None Of It

first_imgUrban Meyer tries to talk but Mike Mayock stops him.Urban MayockUrban Meyer is part of the NFL Network’s draft coverage this evening. After the Dallas Cowboys took Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith early in the second round, it was brought up that Smith’s brother, Rod, is on the Cowboys. Rod Smith also played at Ohio State for Meyer before getting dismissed in 2014. Meyer apparently wanted to talk about that fact tonight, but NFL Network expert Mike Mayock wouldn’t let him get a word in. Watch Meyer point to himself as if he’s saying, “can I talk?” It’s pretty funny. Urban trying to get in to talk about Jaylon Smith’s brother Rod (former Buckeye) and Mike Mayock having none of it pic.twitter.com/a9YGIofjY5— Lloyd Ribner III (@LloydRibner) April 29, 2016The NFL Draft is currently airing on both ESPN and the NFL Network.last_img read more

$10 Million for Competitiveness Project

first_imgThe Jamaica Competitiveness Enhancement Programme has received $10 million in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives.The programme is being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and is being funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).It aims to facilitate economic growth by improving the competitiveness environment in Jamaica, through the promotion of specific reforms to reduce the cost of doing business, thereby improving efficiency and the ability of businesses to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.Physical achievements up to February 2013 include: Phase II amalgamation of payroll taxes (Development of Consolidated Annual Return form); tax reform; land and titling reform; implementation of Phase II growth inducement strategy; and 70 per cent completion of the secured transactions legislative process.Anticipated targets for 2013/14 include: continued implementation of growth inducement strategy; reducing distortions in the current tax system; strengthening of tax policy and simplification of tax administration; reform of the secured transactions framework; and strengthening land property rights, inclusive of probate and land transfer reform, and the development of a strategy to optimise revenue yield from public lands.The programme, which started in April 2008, is scheduled to be completed in March 2014.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

First Cyber SAFE Certified Ships Delivered

first_imgzoom The first ships to be classed with Lloyd’s Register’s cyber notations have been delivered to Global United Gas Carriers in Korea.Built by Hanjin Heavy Industries, in collaboration with Alpha Ori Technology, the ships have been awarded the notation Cyber (AL-SAFE) certifying the autonomous systems onboard as safe.The SMARTShip technology was installed on board Global United Gas Carriers’ new vessel, the Trammo Dietlin.Lloyd’s Register said that this is the first real example of the digital transformation in shipping – the ships will operate in an autonomous mode for selected functions using cutting edge digital technology. The new cyber-enabled features allow crew to operate ships more efficiently. This is also the first example of a ship certified to stream data into a big data platform.The autonomous systems were enabled by Alpha Ori Technology with the purpose of several systems being able to operate with a level of automation onboard three vessels to varying degrees. The aim was to minimise human error and make the operation of ships systems safe and more efficient when running in autonomous mode.Elements of the navigation, cargo and machinery systems have been certified AL2, which means that systems provide on and off-ship decision support for operators. This provides operators and shore-based support staff with instant access to operating data from these systems for monitoring and diagnostics through the cloud, with which they can make more informed decisions and respond to issues faster and more efficiently.The Air Handling Unit has been certified AL3 which means that systems that operate autonomously, but with an active human ‘in-the-loop’. The system continuously monitors operational information from fire and gas systems, cargo systems and navigational positioning systems and then uses this information to automatically adjust the unit’s operating parameters to maintain a safe and comfortable environment within the accommodation space.“From this point, the degree of autonomy on cyber-enabled ships will only grow and comprise more and more functions and reach higher and higher levels, and thanks to LR’s procedures this will be achieved safely,” Nick Brown, LR’s Marine & Offshore Director, said.last_img read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State lands at No 17 in final AP Poll

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann calls out to referee after a blocking charge on the Buckeyes in the first half of the game against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Mar. 2 in Madison Square Garden. Ohio State lost 68-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will await its placement in the NCAA Tournament as the No. 17 team in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll before the bracket is unveiled Sunday.The Buckeyes dropped four spots from No. 13 in last week’s poll after it fell 69-68 to Penn State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament on Friday. No. 7 Michigan won the tournament, beating No. 10 Purdue 75-66 on Sunday.No. 4 Michigan State is the only other team from the conference ranked inside the top 25.While the Big Ten tournament ended Sunday, no other Power Five conference has begun its respective tournament yet. The ACC tournament begins Tuesday, while the Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC tournaments all begin on Wednesday.Ohio State will not know where it is headed to play its next game until the bracket is released on Selection Sunday. In an early release of the NCAA Tournament selection committee’s bracket on Feb. 11, the Buckeyes were listed as a No. 4 seed in the east regional with Villanova as the No. 1 seed. No. 2 Duke and No. 3 Texas Tech rounded out the regional.The bracket was an early look at how the committee viewed the teams at the time and does not reflect how the final 68-team bracket will look Sunday. read more