‘LNP Needs more Manpower’

first_imgThe Liberia National Police Director, Col. Clarence C. Massaquoi, has asserted that in the wake of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown, Liberia will need a quality force of well-trained men to take over the security sector of the country.Speaking at the headquarters of LNP recently, Col. Massaquoi said, there is a need to build the capacity of the LNP in order to ensure that more men and women are enlisted to protect life and properties.According to the Police Director, the LNP is the leading security agency in the country that will be taking over Liberia in the drawdown of UNMIL by 2017.“We have been able to build the capacity of our officers and the LNP has over 600 college graduates and a little over 300 Master’s degree officers, and we want to assure the public the LNP will only accept high school graduates and not less than that as part of its capacity building program,” he noted. Col. Massaquoi disclosed that the current LNP has more than 600 college graduates as part of his commitments in the restructuring of the LNP and building the capacity of the country’s dependable security force.“We have recently deployed over 100 officers in the rural areas and additional 200 are expected to be deployed in the rural areas as part of our plan amidst UNMIL drawdown.  We will make sure LNP has more security in both the rural and urban areas,” he assured. According to the Police Director, the government has competing priorities including education, health care delivery and electricity.  However, Col. Massaquoi said despite the constraint President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the National Legislature have continued to support the LNP.Also appreciating the United States, Col Massaquoi explained that the American government has been working to ensure that the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) is fully trained and providing uniforms and other opportunities to have them well prepared to the level of other security. “We have built the capacity of the Standard Professional Divisions (SPD) of the LNP and also informed the public about conduct of officers including the issue of bribery and misconducts, stating that anyone found in the act will be suspended, dismissed or have salary cut,” he concluded.The police boss warned the general public of giving bribe to officers in the name of comprising the ethic of policing and creating a situation that undermined the profession, stating that anyone found in the hobby will be sent to court for prosecution.Col. Massaquoi indicated that President Sirleaf’s new appointments in the administrative structure of LNP are highly commendable.The newly appointed officers of the LNP include: William K. Mulbah, Deputy Inspector General for Administration, J. Titus Kimba, Commandant of the National Police Training Academy (NPTA), Weah B. Goll, Chief of Human Resource among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LACC’s Integrity, Fairness Questioned, Why Was Entire NOCAL Board, Legislature, which Received the ‘Bribes’…

first_imgThe integrity and fairness of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has been called into question by Mr. Clemenceau Urey, one of the former government officials who the corruption watchdog indicted last week for alleged corruption.During an Information Ministry press briefing last Thursday, the LACC Chairman, Counselor James Verdier, said the Commission had indicted Mr. Urey and Counselor Bill Dunbar on “bribery, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal facilitation, criminal conspiracy and economic sabotage for the amount of US$50,000.”  The two men have been forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution, Cllr. Verdier added.  Mr. Urey said he had been invited by the LACC to answer questions relating to “lobbying fees” which the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), during his tenure as Chairman of the Board, had paid to members of the National Legislature.Responding to the LACC’s allegations, Mr. Urey said the facts are “simple, clear and undisputed.”  The National Legislature, said Mr. Urey, “had demanded lobbying fees for the ratification of NOCAL’s contracts.  When we protested and advised that it was vital to the national interest to immediately jumpstart the oil sector, and that legislative ratification of the contracts was necessary to do so, we were informed that it was standard procedure for nominees and the Executive Branch to pay Lobbying Fees for the passage of Bills and confirmation.”Mr. Urey continued, “Since NOCAL was unaware of the ratification procedures which obtained at the Legislature, we consulted with the relevant Government officials at various levels of Government and we were advised to pay the fees the Legislature was demanding in order to ensure that the contracts be immediately ratified. “Based on this advice,” Mr. Urey continued, “NOCAL’s Board met and seven of NOCAL’s nine-member Board of Directors voted to approve the payment of the Lobbying Fees.  This included the Minister of Justice, the Government’s chief legal officer, who is also a statutory member of NOCAL’s Board of Directors.Since NOCAL did not have the funds, the Board instructed Dr. Fodee Kromah, NOCAL’s President, and Chief Executive Officer, to obtain a loan from LPRC to make the payment.”Mr. Urey told the Daily Observer yesterday that all of this had been done in the year 2006, the first year of the incumbency of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Mr. Urey then made a detailed listing of what he called “the following facts:The Chairman only votes in cases where there is a tie.  Since there was none in this case, I did not have to vote to approve the payment, even though I concurred with the Board’s action.  Attorney Verdier, I and the Liberian public are entitled to know the legal basis of your recommendation for me to be prosecuted for corruption.As Chairman of NOCAL’s Board of Directors, I did not participate in the day-to-day management or operation of NOCAL.  I did not sign any check or any disbursement of the payment to the Legislature.  Once again, Attorney Verdier, I and the Liberian public are entitled to know the legal basis of your recommendation for me to be prosecuted for corruption.Why have counselor Stephen B. Dunbar and I been singled out for prosecution?  Is this a witch hunt?  What about the other five Board members – including the Minister of Justice – who voted to approve the payment?  Attorney Verdier, why did you intentionally and deliberately refuse [to recommend also] the other five Board members – including the Minister of Justice – who voted to approve the payment?  Why only me and Counselor Dunbar?Since this LACC investigation began, I was able to obtain the list of all the members of the Legislature who received payments and the individual amount each received.  Attorney Verdier, why did you intentionally and deliberately refuse [also to recommend] ALL the members of the Legislature who solicited the payment as well as those who received the NOCAL payments?  Why this selective prosecution, Attorney Verdier?Since it is a recognized and undisputed principle of criminal law that the persons who demand and receive illegal payments are equally,  if not more guilty than the giver, why did the LACC recommendation for prosecution then not include all those who solicited, as well as those who received the NOCAL payments?  Had LACC done so, this would have set the proper example and sent a clear message that all who are connected with and [requested and received] illegal payments will be subject to criminal prosecution.“Given these facts, I fail to see how LACC can justify its decision to recommend me for prosecution and at the same time exclude the main persons who should be prosecuted.“LACC’s decision to recommend me for prosecution for corruption is clearly politically motivated because it obviously has no legal or factual bases and I can assure Mr. Verdier that I will not stand by and be used as a political scapegoat to further the political aims of others.“Let it be known that I am fed up with my name constantly appearing in the newspapers and on the airwaves about this allegation where individuals who do not know me personally, make loose and negative remarks about my character which I have [striven] to build over the years.  Please, therefore, proceed expeditiously with your prosecution so that I can be given the opportunity to clear my name.”Cllr. Verdier was not available over the weekend for comment, as his phone was turned off.  The LACC public relations officer, Ben Kolako, when contacted for an appointment to follow up with the LACC chairman regarding the indictments he made at the MICAT press conference last Thursday, October 23, told the Daily Observer that his boss was not ready to give interviews. At the press conference on Thursday, Cllr. Verdier admitted that the LACC had been “media shy… because this involves people’s characters and reputations.” With Urey’s response, more of those named are expected to issue responses to the LACC’s indictments in the coming days.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GUYDA donates laptop to Annandale student

first_imgThe Secretary of the United States-based Guyana United Youth Development Association (GUYDA), Beryl James, on Tuesday presented a laptop computer to a 15-year-old student of Annandale Secondary School. The beneficiary, Abena Andrews, explained that she had approached the members of GUYDA during Guyana’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in New York, at the end of June, and explained to them that she was in dire need of a computer to continue with her education.“I took the opportunity to request a laptop computer, as I became aware that they (GUYDA) would usually assist in these areas, and I was promised a laptop by my father, but he passed and my mother wasn’t financially stable enough,” Andrews said. GUYDA was founded in 2002 and has since made many donations to students in Guyana through the sponsoring of education at tertiary facilities and assisting in the continuation of students’ education through the provision of adequate equipment.“We presented computers, projectors and screens to Guyana Special Needs; we recently sent 20 kids to Essequibo technical institutes, we paid their tuition, and we recently gave partial scholarship to a young lady who starts college next month. And there are many others,” James told Guyana Times.last_img read more

‘Support the Person Capable for the Job’

first_imgCentral Bank Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones has called on Liberians to support a person capable of doing the work for them, and not to undermine their compatriot.Governor Jones made the statement Wednesday, January 6, at program marking the dedication of the Coalfield market in Paynesville City.The CBL Governor said there are capable Liberians to move the country forward to meet the desired goal.He said Liberians should not allow people to fool them that they cannot move the country forward, noting that it only takes the support of all Liberians to help the one who is willing, and not to undermine him/her.Governor Jones said, “I am committed to working with all of us to see how we can move this country forward, to see how we can move Liberia forward. We are committed to that whether we are at the Central Bank or outside of the CBL; we are committed to working with all Liberians to move Liberia forward.”“And if you ask me if we can do it, my answer to you is ‘yes, we can!’ And don’t let anybody fool you because we can create a better future for ourselves.”The Central Bank Governor whose micro loan scheme across the country has been viewed by Legislators and other Liberians as a political ploy to position himself to contest the presidency in 2017, urged the audience to desist from acts that bring their compatriot down while the person is striving to go up.“But we need to put down the crab mentality,” he told his audience, “where if you see somebody going up then you want to pull them down. If you keep pulling people down, we will continue to remain down the bucket because nobody will be able to see the top of the bucket, if we continue to pull people down.”He alluded that everyone has his/her shortcomings, and no one is perfect. However, the CBL Governor cautioned Liberians to consciously think and support the person that can perform better instead of getting people who are ill-prepared and don’t mean any good toward their country.“Our doors remain open; you are our brothers and sisters and all of us must be our brothers’ keepers; therefore, we need to work together to ensure that our country is on the right path with the nations,” he said.Also speaking, superintended of the Coalfield Market, Mrs. Korto Rogers, showered praises on Governor Jones for his immense economic support to Liberians, especially businesswomen.Mrs. Rogers said Governor Jones and Mr. Dee-Maxwell Kemayah, president of the Liberian Business Association, contributed financially to the roofing of the market, calling their contributions “‘timely,’ because business people were embarrassed selling in the rain.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pres. Weah: Brumskine’s Death ‘Paralyzing’

first_imgThe late Charles Walker BrumskinePres. Weah has described the death of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine as ‘paralyzing,’ the Executive Mansion said in a release.On Wednesday evening, November 20, 2019, news about the sudden death of Cllr. Brumskine, Liberian statesman and legal luminary was announced.The President said, “The news of the passing of such a national asset is indeed paralyzing.”He added, my wife, First Lady Marie Clar Weah, and I, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Brumskine family, particularly Estelle, his wife, and three children, Charlene, Charles Jr. and Walker.”“Indeed, our Nation is broken. The cruel hands of death have taken away a fine Liberian patriot, a man of peace, who preached Liberianism for far too long. I had the privilege to interact with Cllr. Brumskine on many occasions,” President said.He said that despite the lake of politics, “which consistently divided us, we both respected and admired each other.”“He, particularly as a big brother sharing Bassa affinity, wanted the best out of me; his many counsels and overtures I shall never forget. There is no gainsaying about the fact that Liberia has lost a great fighter, who would never settle down unless the right and legal thing was done. He put Liberia first. He made peace and ordered his political badge,” the release quoted President Weah.Weah: “Indeed, history will remember Cllr. Brumskine as a principled politician, whose tenacity and wisdom as a lawyer and humanitarian saved this nation from many odd events. Liberia will miss this great hero and progressive of our time. My sympathies also go out to the leadership and membership of the Liberty Party, which he faithfully served and fought for.”Meanwhile, the President has ordered that the National Ensign be flown at half-mast tomorrow from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

West Ham ready to offload striker as Italian giants make move

first_img1 Enner Valencia in action for West Ham Lazio have made West Ham forward Enner Valencia their No.1 transfer target this summer, according to reports in Italy.West Ham are desperately searching for a striker this summer, meaning the Ecuadorian is unlikely to be first choice at the Olympic Stadium next season. Slaven Bilic has reportedly given Valencia permission to speak to other clubs but he may have to wait until his current side finally land a forward. According to Sky Italia, Lazio are at the front of the queue in the chase for Valencia and have been in contact with the Premier League side on numerous occasions to seek talks. The Italian club are also open to a loan deal with an option to buy at the end of next season but it is understood the Hammers will only consider a permanent deal.last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has accused local government representatives of denying evidence of substantial cuts to discretionary medical cards across the county.Medical cards are being slashed across Donegal.The Fianna Fáil Deputy said the cuts are affecting numerous people with serious illnesses and disabilities.He said his constituency office has been inundated with cases where people with cancer, severe disabilities or debilitating illnesses have been refused a medical card or had their card revoked over the past few months. This week in the Dáil, the government rejected a Fianna Fáil motion deploring what the party describes as ‘deliberate targeting of sick people in need of clinical support’.The motion called on the government to stop these ‘underhand cuts’ to discretionary medical cards and to ensure that no-one in clinical need is denied a medical card.Deputy McConalogue said, “It is disgraceful that the government rejected this motion. The government is denying what is clearly happening on the ground. Figures show that nationally, more than 1,000 discretionary medical cards are being withdrawn every single month.“I have been dealing with many cases in Donegal of cancer patients, children with severe disabilities and people with serious illnesses being denied medical cards or suddenly having their cards revoked. How can the government deny that cuts are taking place under the radar? “There is no doubt that there is a cynical campaign to reduce the number of medical cards in use in Donegal and across the country. This is the worst kind of cost-cutting tactic. The Health Minister James Reilly has once again failed to manage his own health budget this year, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that he is expecting to cover some of that budget overrun by removing supports from sick people who otherwise would be entitled to a medical card.“The government representatives in Donegal can deny this all they like, but the bottom line is that it is happening in communities right across this county. People with serious conditions here in Donegal are being denied medical cards and we need to know why.”Deputy McConalogue called on the local government representatives to stand up for Donegal patients and demand a stop to these cuts.“This attack on sick people must stop. I am calling on the local Fine Gael and Labour representatives here in Donegal, who must be receiving as many of these cases as I am, to tell their colleague the Minister for Health James Reilly the reality of what is happening and to put a stop to the sneaky cull of discretionary medical cards,” he said.  MEDICAL CARDS ARE BEING SLASHED ACROSS DONEGAL CLAIMS DEPUTY was last modified: October 10th, 2013 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:deputy charlie mcconaloguemedical cardsslashedlast_img read more

Sorenstam remains in hunt

first_img Hall of Famer Beth Daniel is 6 under in a group of four players, including Marisa Baena, who had an ace Sunday on the par-4, 154-yard fourth hole. Recent Pepperdine All-American Katherine Hull is at 5-under par, tied with three others. Two-time defending Office Depot champion Annika Sorenstam and former USC star Kim Saiki are part of a three-way tie at 4 under. Sorenstam and Saiki have four holes to play. All the rest have at least five, with 10 remaining for Han, Icher and Jang in competition scheduled to resume today at 8 a.m. “It’s unfortunate for the fans and the event that we have had a little bit of tough weather,” Gulbis said, “because it’s such a good golf course.” Said Sorenstam, the seven-time LPGA Tour Player of the Year who entered the Office Depot with 63 career tour victories: “It was another long day. I thought I played pretty good, though. I hit a lot of good shots and putted well, but it’s a tricky golf course.” Jang, who was tied for the lead before taking a double bogey on her final hole Sunday the par-3 seventh was happy with her placement but unhappy her putting. “My short putting is not really good,” she said. “I’m hoping to be better (today). The wind was in my face. Hopefully, (today) will be different.” Gulbis is getting used to different. “Most of the rounds have been pieced together,” she said of an event that has had play halted by darkness after each of its three days. “I don’t think I’ve played a full 18 yet.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Seventeen players enter extra time today within five shots of leader Han, who holds a two-stroke lead over second-round co-leader Katrine Icher and Catriona Matthew. “I’m happy with my position,” said Matthew, who started the tournament 69-68 and closed Sunday with a birdie on her 11th hole. “It was nice to finish with a birdie.” The Office Depot challengers reflect the quality of this latest edition of the tournament, which is playing at its third venue in five years in Los Angeles and attracted 29 of the tour’s top 30 players for the occasion. Eleven of those leading money winners remain in contention on a course where a bad bounce and there have been plenty of them can result in a quick bogey or worse. Weetibix Women’s British Open champion Jeong Jang is one of four players at 7-under-par, including Natalie Gulbis, the 22-year-old U.S. Solheim Cup team member who is bidding for her first tour victory. Leader Hee-Won Han, 9 under par for the tournament thanks in large part to a 65-68 start, got in just eight holes Sunday before play was halted at 6:28 p.m. because of darkness. “It was cold out there,” she said. “I’m tired. I’m better off playing (today). My plan is to do the same thing I’ve been doing, to play aggressive (today) and enjoy myself.” center_img RANCHO PALOS VERDES — One of the best fields of the LPGA season will try again today to finish the Office Depot Championship, which might wind up in the tour record book for the tournament that produced the fewest complete rounds in a single day. All 78 cut survivors will be back in action at Trump National Golf Club, which has combined fog and wind with its traditional fare of spectacular views, tricky bounces and difficult greens, to stretch an extra day out of the tour’s first stop at the oceanside course. last_img read more

Harvest issues in Brazil

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems that all the rain that central and northeastern Brazil lacked between October and December is falling now in January.  In some areas, it has rained every single day since Jan. 1 and the precipitation anomaly approaches 100%. But for some areas in Mato Grosso, the top Brazilian soybean-growing state, those rains have arrived too late. That’s why AgRural cut its yield estimate again in early January, from 46 to 43.8 bushels per acre. If realized, this average yield will be the lowest for Mato Grosso in 10 years. In some irrigated areas of Bahia and Minas Gerais, where the first areas are already mature for harvest, there are some cases of pod sprouting.Bad for harvest and some mature fields…Those rains have delayed the harvest progress in Mato Grosso. Last Friday, 3.6% of its soybean area was harvested, compared to 7.4% a year ago and 5% on the five-year average. Yields vary from 22 to 36 bushels per acre, but areas planted later have higher potential. Besides the excessive moisture (which has had a decrease from the previous week, but is still high), the erratic planting pace also contributes to the slow harvest progress. In Paraná, the No. 2 producing state, harvest is complete in 2.3% of the area, compared to 5% last year and 2% on the five-year average. Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul, in central Brazil, have also begun the harvest, but it is still very incipient (0.3% and 0.6%, respectively). In Brazil as a whole, 1.5% of the soybean area is harvest, compared to 3.5% last year and 2% on the five-year average.…but good for the bulk of the cropAlthough holding back the harvest pace in some areas, the constant rains in January have benefited many soybean fields across the country, especially those planted later in Mato Grosso and also in the Northeast states. In the South, the drier and warmer weather inspires some concern, especially in Rio Grande do Sul, where the crops still have a long way to go. But the soils have abundant moisture and there is no real threat to the crop development so far. Also, there is rain in the forecasts.Still above 100 mmt?On Jan 12, the federal crop agency Conab made just a minor adjustment in its soybean production forecast. The Brazilian production fell from 102.5 million tons in December to 102.1 million tons. A 0.8 million ton cut in Mato Grosso was partially offset by upward revisions in other states. Although the crop failure is not going to be as severe as initially expected, it is hard to believe that the Brazilian production will surpass 100 million tons. In early January, AgRural lowered its production estimate from 99.7 million to 98.7 million tons, still a record high. Much can still happen. Soybean yields still depend on weather conditions until March or April, depending on the state.CornSummer cropThe summer corn crop, which was planted from September to December, is in very good shape, since at this time of the year the production is concentrated in the South and in the Southeast, where the weather conditions have been favorable. AgRural projects the production at 27.6 million tons, compared to 30.1 million tons last year. The 8% decrease is due to the smaller planted area. In December, the forecast was at 26.7 million tons.“Safrinha”For the second crop, or “safrinha,” which is planted right after the soybean harvest, AgRural expects a record planted area, with an increase of up to 5%, because the domestic prices are good. Brazilian exports have been very strong, we almost don’t have corn at the spot market right now and the summer crop, which is 5.3% harvested so far, is smaller than a year ago. So, the market is pushing up prices in order to “buy” more acres for corn. Also, many farmers have already sold a significant part of the crop and must plant in order to meet contracts.Corn shortageWith record exports and prices skyrocketing in the cash market, small poultry and pork producers have had a hard time to feed their flocks. Last Friday, the federal crop agency Conab announced that it is going to sell 500 thousand tons out of its 1.476 million ton stocks.DelayThe delay in the soybean crop in some states, especially in Mato Grosso, is a problem, but farmers are likely to plant corn until the end of March, after the ideal window, hoping for an extended rainy season. Planting is 0.8% complete in south-central Brazil, compared to 3% a year ago and also 3% on the three-year average.Total corn productionIf we have favorable weather conditions until May or mid-June, Brazil can produce 82 or 83 million tons, compared to 84.7 million tons last year.last_img read more

ODGA recognizes youth and leaders

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On April 2 at Plumb Hall on Ohio State University campus, the Ohio Dairy Goat Association held their spring conference for all Ohio dairy goat youth.To receive these awards the youth have to take part in many activities throughout the year. They must show in affiliate club goat shows, including the Ohio State Fair and national dairy goat shows and participate in the skillathon. They must give demonstrations to other 4-H members and work at affiliate club dairy goat clinics as well. These youth are the outstanding youth from all age groups. Premiere youth winners were:11 – 12 years: Arika Zeiter, Fulton County13 – 14 years: Heather Cade, Delaware County15 – 16 years: Alexandria Stewart, Ross County8 – 10 years: Hunter Dye, Delaware County17 – 18 years: BreAnn McFarland, Guernsey County.The overall winner was Alexandria Stewart.In addition, the Ohio Dairy Goat Association 2016 youth Ambassadors were selected. They are 18-year-old Jonathan Roe-Warner from Salesville, a member of the East central Ohio Dairy Goats Association and Salesville Stitch and Stock 4-H; and 18-year-old BreAnn McFarland from Byesville, a member of the East Central Ohio Dairy Goat Association, Salesville Stitch and Stock 4-H Club, and Meadowbrook FFA Chapter. She is a senior at Meadowbrook High School and will be at Ohio State University in Wooster in the fall. These ambassadors will be at the Ohio State Fair in July working the show along with the ODGA Buckeye Classic show in Lore City on June 4. They will also travel throughout Ohio to attend many dairy goat shows at the county fair levels.Pat Cornell of Medina was chosen as friend of ODGA. She has been a member of ODGA for 30 years, holding various offices in the organization. Cornell travels in the summer an fall judging youth dairy goat shows is known for making and selling goat’s milk soap at many farmers markets. She also donates her time teaching soap making at dairy goat clinics. Pat raises dairy and Boer goats for the children in Medina County as well.last_img read more