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  • ‘Liberians, Will Be Pleased With Their Security’

    first_imgDefense Minister Brownie J. Samukai Jr. has assured Liberians that they will be pleased about the performance and the level of protection the country’s security personnel will provide following the departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) by the end of this month.“If we look at today’s environment as compared to 2003, situation has completely changed for the better,” he told the Daily Observer in a brief interview. “Today, we have institutions that perform, including the judiciary that functions, civil society also functioning, free media environment, our democracy that led to two elections, which tells you that Liberians themselves are their own security.” Samukai said Liberians are already engaged into providing an enabling environment to do all the positive things, adding that UNMIL presence has helped Liberians to reach this level. He also said there is collaboration between the private security and the national security as UNMIL drawdown, but the government or national security will not provide arms for the private security.“UNMIL believes that Liberians are in the position to manage their own security and we have developed such capacity over the years to enable us manage such affairs. I don’t think that having all the huge security presence is needed now,” he said.He said the military as well as any other security apparatuses are ready to take over responsibility for the nation’s security after UNMIL mandate ends this month. Samukai said the numerical strength of the army is sufficient to handle security matters in the wake of UNMIL departure, because the military has been undergoing training in preparation for the drawdown exercise.To some Liberians, the coming of June 30, was a myth, but the reality is that 13 days from the today will signify the end of the UN’s military presence in Liberia since the end of the country’s civil crisis in 2003. During the 12 years of providing security to the country, the UN has been gradually drawing down its military presence, while working with local law enforcement agencies to handle the job. By Thursday, June 30, UNMIL will finally turn over its security operations to the Liberian security.Amidst skepticism from the public, the government continues to assure its citizens of its preparedness to not just handle the herculean task of national security maintaining law and order, but with ease because, according to Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, Liberians themselves are prepared to be a part of the process. Samukai reiterated government’s preparedness in a brief interview with the Daily Observer yesterday.UNMIL was established by Security Council resolution 1509 in September 2003 to support the implementation of the ceasefire agreement and the peace process; protect United Nations staff, facilities and civilians; support humanitarian and human rights activities; as well as assist in national security reform, including national police training and formation of a new, restructured military.“I think the government is ready in spite of the challenges, because whenever you have challenges, it creates an opportunity. In spite of those challenges, we are in the position to manage our own security as a people and country,” Minister Samukai declared.According to him, there is a need to also look where the national government can invest more resources to beef up the existing strength and manpower, including managing transport capability, providing for personnel and making sure that these tasks are performed to the needs of the people.“From our side, we believe that the roles and responsibilities that we have are easily executable because we have been doing the preparedness for a period of time. We are to the point where all of our security forces, I mean the police, our immigration personnel, have been going through different kinds of training, different kinds of operations, different kinds of scenarios exercises, including our participation in the UN Mission. So, we are very confident in the capability of the security sector,” he assured.Update on Current RecruitmentSamukai said the military had graduated about 154 additional personnel after they completed their advanced individual training (AIT) to prepare the army for the different roles and responsibilities it will play as a result of the drawdown of UNMIL.“We also completed the training of 154 recruits and we are now vetting about 400 persons to identify those that would be selected for the new round of recruitment process. Initially 4,000 persons applicants took the aptitude test and were screened,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Supreme Court Warns NEC

    first_imgChief Justice Francis Korkpor yesterday warned authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) not to disqualify any candidate that desires to contest the October 10 presidential and legislative elections because only the Supreme Court has the sole legal authority to do so.Earlier, Kamara’s lead lawyer, Cllr. Arthur Johnson, argued that his client was never given any due process of law before his rejection, which contradicted the Constitution of Liberia.Chief Justice Korkpor’s warning came after the NEC admitted that it did not accord Mr. Abu Kamara, a sitting assistant minister of Post & Telecommunications, due process as an aspirant for Montserrado County District #15 Representative seat. The NEC rejected Mr. Kamara because he is a presidential appointee that did not resign his post two years before the elections, according to the Code of Conduct.Justice Korkpor told NEC authorities that they “cannot disqualify a candidate only based on the application form that he or she has filled in to be qualified for participation in the election process.”“A form is not an individual that you rely on to disqualify anyone, because you should have first invited the candidate for investigation before rejecting their nomination, which you have failed to do with the case of Kamara,” Justice Korkpor pointed out, adding, “tell the NEC to stop their rejection formalities unless you heard our ruling into this matter.”The Supreme Court did not give a specific date when it will deliver its ruling in Kamara’s case.The Supreme Court on March 3, in its opinion (ruling), confirmed the constitutionality of the Code of Conduct (CoC), with three justices in favor and two against. The NEC’s admission came during an argument on whether its rejection of Kamara was in compliance with the CoC. In his argument, Cllr. Musa Dean admitted that Kamara was not accorded due process when the decision to disqualify him was approved by NEC’s Board of Commissioners.“When the nomination committee noticed that Kamara placed on his form that he was serving as assistant minister for administration at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, the committee immediately disqualified him and submitted the document to the Board of Commissioners, which immediately confirmed the action,” Cllr. Dean said.“Kamara filed his nomination form on June 19 and he was rejected on July 1. Besides, he had 48 hours to appeal the decision, and he failed to take advantage of that,” Cllr. Dean said in his argument.“Immediately after the 48 hours; that was, on July 3, the commissioners confirmed the decision without hearing from Kamara,” Dean clarified. The NEC said Kamara was in total violation of the CoC, because he did not resign his position as assistant minister, before applying as an aspirant for the forthcoming presidential and legislative elections. “He admitted on his nomination form that he has not resigned his position and that alone makes the NEC reject his nomination for violation of the CoC,” the NEC lawyer argued.“Kamara is still in violation of the CoC because he currently serves as an assistant minister at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and has refused to resign that position,” Cllr. Dean added.Kamara’s lawyer had argued that the NEC, without any legal basis and support consistent with due process, denied and rejected his application on grounds that he is prohibited from contesting for public office as outlined in the controversial Code of Conduct (CoC).Kamara said although he did not resign his post two years prior to the upcoming elections, “it does not warrant disqualification to contest as a candidate in Section 15.1 of the CoC.”Cllr. Arthur Johnson said his client had already prepared his letter of resignation, but at that time President Sirleaf was not in the country to approve it, before pleading by saying “we beg this court to allow him to resign and be made to participate in the forthcoming presidential and legislative elections.”Cllr. Johnson said though Kamara was still occupying his position at the ministry, he could not wait for the return of President Sirleaf to approve his resignation, on grounds that he was going to miss the nomination deadline.“This is how he managed to apply and indicated on the NEC’s application form that he is an assistant minister at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications. He never wanted to lie under oath, so he was fair enough to admit that he is serving as a presidential appointee,” Kamara’s lawyer argued.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Chief Justice Francis Korkpor – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Security guard dies days after being hit by truck

    first_img– Police yet to determine if accident linked to brutal murder of schoolteacherThe security guard who allegedly saw a car dumping battered Richard Ishmael Secondary School teacher Kescia Branche on Cemetery Road a few weeks ago died days after he was struck down by a truck on Princes Street.Dead is Norbert Lamazon of Princes Street, Wortmanville. He was reportedly struck from behind by a truck sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning last week. The man died late Saturday afternoon while receiving medical treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital.The dead man’s mother, Gloria Barker, told Guyana Times, via telephone, that the family received a call on Friday afternoon informing them that her son was missing.She said that a report was made to the Police and the family began searching for Lamazon. His daughter discovered his remains at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he died on Saturday.The grieving mother explained that details surrounding her son’s death were sketchy, but they were informed by hospital officials that Lamazon was involved in a hit-and-run accident.“We get the call and they didn’t say what happen. We search the hospital and so, but didn’t find him, but Saturday a friend said that they see he in the hospital and when he daughter reach there, he was already dead,” Barker related.A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Marlon Chapman said that the Police had questioned Lamazon in connection with the dumping of the teacher who succumbed days later, and he had shared some information with them.However, Commander Chapman did not reveal what information the now deceased man provided to the Police, while saying that it was too early to determine if the accident was linked to the brutal murder of the schoolteacher. The Police, however, are exploring every angle.“We spoke to him long before the incident and we are aware of his accident and subsequent death, and we have launched an investigation to determine what happened…it would be too early to say if it is linked to the information, but we are exploring all sides,” Chapman said.It was suggested that Lamazon might have been killed in order to “shut him up”, preventing him from giving the Police additional information.A post-mortem examination is expected to be performed on Lamazon’s body on Wednesday.Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

  • Witness Protection bills for next sitting of National Assembly

    first_imgBy Jarryl BryanThe sitting of the National Assembly slated for Thursday, January 18th, will see further delay of several motions coming from the Parliamentary Opposition. Instead, the draft Witness Protection and Protected Disclosures bills will feature.According to the Order Paper, these pieces of legislation will be moved by Attorney General Basil Williams. It states that the Protected Disclosures Bill 2017 will create a Protected Disclosures Commission that will be tasked with receiving and investigating claims made by whistle-blowers in regard to improper conduct by public officials.Attorney General, Basil WilliamsThe document states that the Protected Disclosures Bill will “combat corruption and other wrongdoings by encouraging and facilitating disclosures of improper conduct in the public and private sectors, to protect persons making those disclosures from detrimental action.”The draft Witness Protection Bill, on the other hand, had contained a slew of new measures designed to deter the leaking of information which compromises those the Witness Protection Programme protects. Those measures include stiff penalties — such as 10 years in jail for bribery.Part VI of the bill also binds anyone, including participants or former participants of the programme, from disclosing information in relation to the programme; or face the penalty of a one million dollars’ fine and 10 years in prison.Parliament buildingAccording to Section 20 (1), this law applies to anyone who, without lawful authority, reveals information about the identity or location of someone who participated in the Witness Protection Programme, which can compromise their safety.Anyone who discloses information which compromises the integrity of the programme also commits an offence. In the case of participants, one does not even have to be part of the programme for the proviso to apply.Section 20 (2) stipulates that someone who underwent assessment to be considered for inclusion into the programme is barred from revealing his/her participation. He/she also cannot provide information as to the modus operandi of the programme.Witness protectionBut the coalition Government’s commitment to witness protection has been under fire in recent times. A nurse who was attached to the West Coast Berbice hospital was transferred with immediate effect in 2016 after she made complaints against a councillor from A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC).The nurse had complained that the councillor had been going to the hospital for an excessive daily dose of the painkiller ‘Pethidine’. The nurse had said she was targeted by the regional administration.The nurse, who filed complaints twice in 2016, said she refused to administer the 100 ml dose to the councillor, who would turn up daily to receive it. She claimed she received a letter of transfer after she was scolded for going to the media with her complaints. Some two days later, the councillor also reportedly resigned from her post and the party.Late last year, it was reported in sections of the media that the nurse still remained in a transferred status, despite the brouhaha in the media and the first reading of the Witness Protection Bill.And while this bill will be read, Opposition motions to revoke Value Added Tax (VAT) on education, for the Auditor General’s office to conduct a forensic audit on the Georgetown Municipal Council, and on the controversial parking meter contract remain in limbo. They have, in fact, been in that status for so long that the 2018 budget was in the meantime read, and VAT on education removed. In addition, the parking meter contract is in the process of being renegotiated by a special committee at City Hall.last_img read more

  • Differently abled persons given ‘agriculture experience’

    first_img…charged to use agriculture for entrepreneurshipThe Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA) on Wednesday welcomed a group of differently abled persons to their operation at Mon Repos, on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) where first-hand information was provided on the dynamics of agricultural activities.Participants touring the facility during the visitThe initiative, called the Agr-Ability Programme, is the first of its kind and aims to attract persons with disabilities into the sector. It was made possible through collaboration with the National Council for Persons with Disabilities.Throughout the day, persons were given a tour of the facility and the countless areas of agriculture which can be pursued. The GSA ranges in a number of fields, including farming, livestock production, forestry, animal health, and agro-processing.Those who attended came from Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Present at the event was Agriculture Minister with responsibility for Rural Affairs, Valerie Adams-Yearwood, who insisted that persons with disabilities should take advantage of such opportunities to advance their personal growth.Meanwhile, Coordinator Ganesh Singh urged the gathering to take up agriculture as a form of entrepreneurship. They have been trying to encourage more persons to get involved in such initiatives.Singh explained, “Over the past three to four years, we’ve been trying to get more persons with disabilities involved in agriculture. Whether it’s at the level of food processing or starting their own little farm, in ensuring that we start our own little business, become entrepreneurs and plant those two plots in your backyard”.He added, “We need to go in that direction and today could be the beginning of that. Some years ago, we started some hydroponics. With this visit, I hope we can definitely restart those initiatives”.This year, Agriculture Month is celebrated under the theme: “Sustainable Agriculture for Ensuring Food Safety and a Green Economy”. A calendar of activities were launched throughout this time. The main highlights include the National Tree Day observance at Ebini in the Upper Berbice River and World Food Day observance at Lake Mainstay, Wyaka, in Region Two.last_img read more

  • President to present 85 persons with national awards

    first_imgOn the occasion of Guyana’s 50th independence anniversary, President David Granger, Chancellor of the Orders of Guyana, on Wednesday announced that some 85 persons have been selected to receive awards under the Order of Roraima of Guyana and the Order of Service of Guyana.Among the awardees for the second highest national award – the Order of Roraima – is Freundel Jerome Stuart, Prime Minister ofHouse SpeakerDr Barton ScotlandAttorney Rex McKayBarbados. Prime Minister Stuart will be awarded for his dedication and commitment to the Caribbean Community and his unflinching support for the rights of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).Attorney Rex Herbert McKay and Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Umax Adolphus Scotland have also been identified to receive that award for their long, dedicated and outstanding service as a legal practitioner and commitment and service to Guyana in the diplomatic, parliamentary and legal fields and in the public service respectively.Identified for the Cacique’s Crown of Honour (CCH) for his long and outstanding service in the field of business is Inderjeet Beharry, Director of Edward B Beharry and Company. Also to receive the CCH for her outstanding service in the administration of the law is Chief Justice Yonette Decina Cummings-Edwards. For his long and outstanding service in tertiary education, in industrial relations and trade unionism and in jurisprudence in Guyana and the Caribbean, Dr Harold Alexander Lutchman; former Vice Chancellor University of Guyana will also receive the award.The Golden Arrow of Achievement will be awarded to Lawrence Anselmo, for his unflinching commitment in the safeguarding of the rights of the indigenous peoples of Guyana and his research in the Arecuna language. Marilyn Patricia Dewar, music teacher and Accompanist of the Woodside Choir will also receive this award for her long and outstanding service in the field of education.Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will receive the Order of RoraimaMeanwhile, the Medal of Service will be awarded to retired coordinator of People’s National Congress Reform Marjorie Eleanor Charles. Also to receive this award is Mohindra Persaud, General Manager and Director Nand Persaud and Company Limited.The Military Service Medal will be awarded to Colonel Paul Anthony Arthur and Nazrul Hussain for their distinguished service beyond the normal call of duty as Officers in the Guyana Defence Force.The Disciplined Services Medal will be awarded to Maxine Lavern Graham, Senior Superintendent, Staff Officer Administration 1 forsustained and dedicated service of a high order in the Guyana Police Force; and Brian Linden Alexander Joseph, Assistant Commissioner of Police/Head of the Presidential guard, for sustained and dedicated service of a high order in the Guyana Fire Service.last_img read more

  • Exclusive – You must be brave to earn the support of Tottenham fans, Hoddle tells Adebayor

    first_imgGlenn Hoddle has warned players like Emmanuel Adebayor they must prove they are brave to win back the support of the Tottenham Hotspur faithful.In a damning interview the Togolese striker claimed he and his team-mates would rather play away from home than set foot on the White Hart Lane pitch because they’re upset by their critical supporters.But Hoddle, who is still adored by the Spurs fans for his thrilling midfield displays, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast that respect must be earned through their performances and shouldn’t just be expected to be given unconditionally.“They’re fantastic supporters [at Tottenham],” he said. “They always have been but the one thing they are is very demanding. Most crowds are but they are particularly demanding.“I remember it as a kid coming into the team at 17 but in the end you set a standard for yourself and if you didn’t reach that standard they would soon let you know.“You have to be a strong character. You have to be brave on the ball to play at Tottenham in front of those fans. If you show that character and that ability they will be behind you forever.“At the moment things are not going too well at White Hart Lane and the players have got to be showing more character and be brave on the ball. Sometimes you look at bravery through physical tackles but great mental strength and bravery is getting on the ball. You only need two or three players shying away and you can’t function as a team.”last_img read more


    first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: THE Donegal Motor Club Annual Prize Giving was held at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny on Saturday.There was a big turn-out as tributes were paid to those who did so well in rallying last year.  PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL MOTOR CLUB PRESENTATION NIGHT was last modified: April 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL MOTOR CLUB PRESENTATION NIGHTlast_img read more


    first_imgA book of Irish language stories by the late Paddy Mc Garvey of Loughanure, the first book from this particular Gaeltachta area since 1969, will be launched in Aislann Rann na Feirste this Thursday night, December 5th at 8 p.m.Trí fichead alt a bhí i gcló ar An tUltach sna blianta (1990 -2003) atá sa chnuasach seo le Pádraig Mac Gairbheith (Padaí Eoin) as Gaeltacht Loch an Iúir i Rosa Thír Chonaill, an chéad leabhar as an Ghaeltacht seo ó tháinig an dara heagrán de Thiar i nGleann Ceo le Tadhg Ó Rabhartaigh ar an mhargadh i 1969. Bhí dlúthbhaint ag Padaí Eoin le Niall Ó Dónaill (Niall Éilíse) a chuir in eagar an Foclóir Gaeilge – Béarla i 1977. Ba as Loch an Iúir an bheirt acu agus is cosúil gur spreag Niall Padaí Eoin dul i mbun scríbhneoireachta i dtús an lae.Ina óige d’oibir Pádaí i siopaí Bhriainidh Dhonnchaidh i Rann na Feirste agus Mín Chormaic, bhí sé seal gearr ag obair in Albain agus deich mbliana fichead ina stát- sheirbhíseach leis an Roinn Leasa Sóisialaigh ar an Chlochán Liath. D’oibir sé ar feadh blianta fada gColáiste Mhuire Loch An Iúir mar reachtaire.Thoisigh sé a scríobh do An tUltach sna caogaidí agus scríobh sé chomh maith do Amárach, Anois, Gaeltacht, Ireland’s Own agus Ireland’s Eye chomh maith le mórán clár a dhéanamh do RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta. Is cosúil fosta go raibh tionchar nach beag ag scríbhneoirí eile as ceantar Loch an Iúir ar an fhear óg seo, daoine mar Tadhg Ó Rabhartaigh, Fionn Mac Cumhaill, Niall Mac Suibhne, Pádraig Mac Giolla Bhríde, Frainc Mac Grianna, Iósaf Ó Searcaigh agus Briainidh Ó Beirn a bhíodh i dteagmháil le Padaí Eoin go minic.Ba i stair a dhúiche ba mhó a bhí suim ag Pádraig Mac Gairbheith agus cuirfidh an pobal suim sa tseanchas áitiúil fá leithéidí Donnchadh Mór, Cassie na bhFlowers agus Mary Pheigí Taimí chomh maith le aistí spéisiúla staire ón pharóiste agus ar fud an chontae. Ba chóir go mbeadh an leabhar seo ina chuidiú do neartú na Gaeilge i Loch an Iúir agus go gcuirfeadh sé le stór seanchais na Rosa atá i leabharthaí mar Na Glúnta Rosannach, Óglach na Rosann,Ó Ghleann go Fánaid, Idir an Dá Ghaoth agus Rann na Feirste.The book was edited by John Sweeney, Loughanure, a close friend of the Mc Garvey family who gave Paddy a commitment before his death in 2005, that his work would be published.The book will be launched in Aislann Rann na Feirste by renowned author An Dr Pádraig Ó Baoighill of Rann na Feirste and Monaghan who spent much time in Paddy’s company discussing folklore and history. There is an open invitation to the launch.‘Scéaltaí PhadaÍ Eoin Mac Gairbheith’ is published by Coiscéim ( and is available from all good Irish language book sellers and in local outlets in the Rosses and Gweedore areas. LATE LOUGHANURE MAN’S BOOK TO BE RELEASED IN HIS MEMORY was last modified: December 4th, 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:book launchLoughanurelast_img read more