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first_imgJustice Minister Cllr. Benedict Sannoh has assured Liberians that the security sector will obtain full capacity to assume responsibility for the country’s security by June 2016.Minister Sannoh’s assurance comes in the wake of the anticipated withdrawal of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) peacekeepers by early next year.He made the disclosure over the weekend at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism’s press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.According to Cllr. Sannoh, who is also Attorney General of Liberia, though the training of the security personnel from the different institutions have not reached their full capacity, the government and its partners are committed to ensure that the sector is built fully to assume its rightful duty.Cllr. Sannoh explained that the public’s trust in the security sector, especially in the performance of the Liberia National Police (LNP) has increased as compared to previous years.He made specific reference to the just ended special senatorial elections that was conducted in a peaceful environment under the watchful eyes of the police with support of other agencies including those from the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).“The training of LNP, BIN, DEA and all the officers from the various security institutions were disrupted due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, but we are working to ensure that their training and capacities are up to the required level,” Cllr. Sannoh reiterated.He then admitted that building the capacity of the country’s security agencies remains a serious challenge to the government.He disclosed that phase-one of the UNMIL drawdown has been completed, which led to the deployment of the LNP and other security personnel in Grand Cape Mount, Lofa, Nimba and other areas formally manned by the peacekeepers.“While phase-two of the drawdown was disrupted by the Ebola crisis including the training exercises, it is critical for the government to take over its responsibility from UNMIL,” Minister Sannoh said.  According to him, in spite the outbreak last year, the various security agencies had contributed by protecting lives as well as maintaining law and order in the country.“We are proud to say that significant progress has been made in the justice and security sector, but there are still challenges as we continue to take steps in our efforts to maintain peace in the country,” Minister Sannoh indicated.Second Michael Allison Autopsy Report AwaitedIn a related development, the Attorney-General has disclosed that the Ministry of Justice is carrying out another autopsy on the late Michael Allison due to the level of public interest in the case.“The first autopsy was conducted and we are waiting for the second autopsy report. As soon as the report is completed, the information will be provided to the public,” Minister Sannoh assured.He lauded the international community for the high level of support exhibited in handling some of the country’s major challenges, especially during the Ebola crisis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Cummings: “If elected at the October polls as President of Liberia, we will work with the ANC, that together we will build a better Liberia” Gbarnga City in Bong County came alive over the weekend when the county’s chapter of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) endorsed and elected Alexander B. Cummings as the party’s standard bearer.Mr. Cummings ran unopposed in Bong and won the nomination through a white ballot.  The Gbarnga delegates that took the decision were selected from the seven electoral districts in the county, the party has said in a statement yesterday.The Bong County primary that elected Mr. Cummings is the ANC’s second afterMontserrado County partisans made similar endorsement a fortnight ago. The exercise is expected to take place in all 15 counties.Prior to the delegates’ endorsement of Mr. Cummings, he and his entourage were earlier welcomed to the city by Ambassador Jeremiah Sulunteh’s many supporters, among them the party’s eminent members and natives of the county, while on their way to the ANC’s headquarters.Mr. Cummings’ candidacy was formally endorsed by several prominent groups in Bong during a program held before the county primary at the party’s headquarters in Gbarnga.Others endorsed with Mr. Cummings were Representative Lester Paye, who recently announced that he will join the ANC.Meanwhile, Mr. Cummings has again dismissed reports that he is worried about theSupreme Court ruling on the Code of Conduct, adding, “I am not affected by the court’s ruling.”Shortly after his endorsement by his Bong County partisans, Mr. Cummings thanked his fellow partisans and supporters, and promised them that it if they were willing to work with him and the ANC, that together they could build a better Liberia.He also drew their attention to the many untapped resources in the county, including the Kpatawee Waterfalls and its capability to bring hydroelectricity to the residents.“You deserve to have electricity throughout Bong. After 170 years, we deserve a better Liberia,” Cummings added.ANC chairman Lafayette Gould reminded the crowd of the county’s importance to the country, “because this county is one of the most diverse regions whose contribution to the country’s development cannot be overly emphasized.”“The ANC is not in the county to just collect votes, but because of the value that it brings to the entire country and the party,” Gould told the cheering partisans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA handyman is battling for his life after he was chopped at least 12 times during a home invasion on Sunday morning at his Angoy’s Avenue, Berbice home.Rene Anthony JumanAn injured Mohamed IshmaelThe house that was invaded by banditsThe injured man has been identified as 30-year-old Rene Anthony Juman of Lot 162 Angoy’s Avenue New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). He is now nursing a fractured skull after he was chopped to his head and a broken shoulder.Four of his front teeth were also knocked out by the bandits. Based on information received, at approximately 01:45h, two men entered the house through a door that was left open.At the home later on Sunday, the injured man’s father, 50-year-old Mohamed Ishmael explained that on Saturday, his son went to his workplace to collect his wages and then returned home. However, owing to the heat, the young man fell asleep in the hammock leaving the door open.The men entered the premises by scaling a side fence; then they walked up the stairway and climbed onto the verandah’s roof to make their way into the verandah.Juman was awakened by the men who immediately started to assault him with a crow bar. The father explained that he heard strange sounds and as he was about to investigate, he too was attacked.“One reach in the bedroom and choked me and then the other one came in and said, ‘We don’t want him, let’s go for the mother’,” Ishmael recounted, noting that his wife was taking in all that was happening around her.Ishmael, who is currently undergoing dialysis treatment, explained that the intruders left him in the bedroom and went to his wife’s room. The bandits reportedly used a crowbar to break open the door to get access to the man’s wife, Bibi Ali. She received one lash to the head as they demanded cash and other valuables.“They didn’t take anything; all they ask my wife for is for the money. We had no money, according to my wife. I really don’t deal with money because of my sickness and I don’t see too well,” Ishmael noted.According to the former mechanic, at the time of the home invasion, there were five smartphones in the house which were visible, but the bandits did not take any.Juman, who had his salary in his possession at the time of the attack, was not robbed of the money. In addition, the gold chain he was wearing was not taken.The entire ordeal lasted about 30 minutes, Ishmael reported. He told Guyana Times that the two armed men were wearing masks, but he was able to recognise one of them from his voice.“After they recognised like my son is dead – because he fall down flat and remained there – apparently, the tall one panic and he jump on the sink and get away, but before, he called the short one by his name and that is how my wife recognised the other one,” Ishmael further related.The bandits are said to be residents of the community. Up to press time, Police had not made any arrest.Meanwhile, the severely injured man was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital, but the family was told that x-rays could not be done on him, given the lack of films.This situation, his father stated, forced his wife to demand that her son be discharged and taken to a private medical facility in Georgetown, but he was later taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital.When contacted, Director of Regional Health Services, Jevaughn Stephen explained that doctors were trying to stabilise the injured man before transferring him to the Georgetown Public Hospital for treatment, but family members were impatient.Juman remains in the Intensive Care Unit at the Georgetown Public Hospital.last_img read more


first_imgListen to her full interview with CKNW’s Shane Woodford below: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The next B.C. election is still a year and half away, but Premier Christy Clark is already starting to qualify her hitherto bullish presentation of the Liquefied Natural Gas file.That’s part of her latest response to questions about the development of the B.C. LNG industry, which has been long on lofty government economic and climate change superlatives, but short on final investment decisions regarding any of the twenty project proposals.- Advertisement -In the run-up to the last election in 2013, the Premier promised over 100,000 LNG jobs, $1 trillion in economic activity, a prosperity fund with $100 billion over thirty years, and, three LNG plants by 2020.However, like everybody else, she’s still waiting for any one of the aforementioned long list of plant proponents to actually commit to putting shovels in the ground.Getting back to the election, the Premier says the province is considering tax cuts among other options due to financial dividends brought on by a strong overall provincial economy — but, she also says it won’t be a pre-election spending spree, even though the government expects money will be available in the coming year.In a year end interview, she also declined to reveal whether she has any immediate plans to shuffle her cabinet again, but did suggest it could happen before the May 2017 election campaign.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img“Brendan, 46, has signed a deal with the Foxes to June 2022 and will be at King Power Stadium for Tuesday night’s Premier League visit of Brighton and Hove Albion,” Leicester said in a statement.“He will take charge of the squad for the first time ahead of Sunday’s trip to Watford.”Leicester sacked Claude Puel on Sunday after a 4-1 defeat by Crystal Palace left the 2015/16 Premier League champions languishing in 12th.“At Leicester City, the foundations are in place for us to grow and achieve many things,” said Rodgers.“Hopefully with my experiences and the talent of the players in our squad we can be successful together.“I’m very privileged and honoured to be here as Leicester City manager and I’ll give my life to make the supporters proud of their club.”Rodgers’s departure with just three months of the season to go is a huge blow to Celtic, who moved quickly to reappoint a club legend in Lennon.“I have given everything to Celtic as a player and manager already in my career and I am ready to do the same again,” said Lennon.“I will be doing all I can to continue the great work that has gone on in recent years.”The Northern Irishman won three league titles in four years during his first spell in charge between 2010 and 2014 and led Celtic to the last 16 of the Champions League after famously beating Barcelona in 2012.“Neil has already enjoyed a hugely successful spell as manager of Celtic and, of course, served the club with distinction as player and captain over so many years,” said Celtic in a statement.“Neil will take up his role immediately and will be in charge of the team for the trip to Tynecastle tomorrow (Wednesday) against Heart of Midlothian.”– Celtic ‘disappointed’ to see Rodgers leave –Rodgers has rebuilt his reputation in Scotland after being sacked by Liverpool in 2015, just a year after nearly delivering a long-awaited Premier League title.He joined Celtic in 2016 and has won every domestic trophy on offer since, lifting two trebles of Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup and League Cup, as well as this season’s League Cup.However, not even the lure of a third treble or breaking the Scottish record by winning 10 league titles in a row was enough for Rodgers to reject the riches and prestige of a return to the Premier League.“Brendan is a football manager of the highest quality and we are very disappointed to see him leave the club,” said Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell in a statement.“This is an opportunity he wished to pursue and that is something we have to respect.“He gave the club so much and has created so many wonderful memories for the club and our supporters. His achievements are historic.”Despite his success in Scotland, Rodgers’s reign will also be remembered for a lack of progress in European football.His first match in charge of ‘The Bhoys’ was a humiliating 1-0 loss to Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar in the first leg of a Champions League qualifier.Celtic did make it to the group stage of the Champions League in his first two seasons in charge, but suffered club-record defeats in a 7-0 thrashing away to Barcelona and 5-0 at home to Paris Saint-Germain.Defeat by Valencia last week saw the Hoops eliminated in the last 32 of the Europa League for a second straight season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brendan Rodgers has returned to the Premier League with Leicester City © AFP / JOSE JORDANLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 26 – Leicester City appointed Brendan Rodgers as the Foxes’ new manager on a three-year deal on Tuesday as Neil Lennon returned to Celtic until the end of the season as Rodgers’s successor.Former Liverpool manager Rodgers won seven domestic trophies in nearly three seasons in charge of the Glasgow giants and leaves the Hoops eight points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.last_img read more


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first_imgThe public came out in force to see Donegal business leaders get their hands dirty in a charity car wash to help fund a life-changing operation for little Mikaela Breen.Donegal Business Network hosted the ‘Bosses Wash for Cash’ event in Letterkenny on Saturday last to raise money for specialist treatment for the seven-year-old Convoy schoolgirl.DBN Director Darren Donaghy said the ‘Bosses Wash for Cash’ event was a great success with several thousand euro raised for the ‘Mobilize for Mikaela’ Go Fund Me campaign. Donegal Business Network (DBN) ‘Bosses Wash for Cash’ event in Letterkenny on Saturday, November 18 to raise money for specialist treatment abroad for the seven-year old Convoy schoolgirl who has Spina Bifida. Photo Clive Wasson“We’re still counting the money raised from the event but the support from the public was been phenomenal. A huge thanks to everyone who turned out to support the fundraiser and to all who assisted in organising what was a fantastic event. A special thanks to Tailored Facility Solutions for facilitating the car wash at their headquarters in Letterkenny.”“We will be presenting a cheque for the total amount raised next week to help towards little Mikaela getting the treatment she needs.”Mikaela was born with a Spina Bifida condition which affects her bladder and bowel functions (neurogenic bladder and bowel).Donegal Business Network (DBN) ‘Bosses Wash for Cash’ event in Letterkenny on Saturday, November 18 to raise money for specialist treatment abroad for the seven-year old Convoy schoolgirl who has Spina Bifida. Photo Clive WassonShe is now racing against time to avoid further debilitation by undergoing specialist surgery abroad at a cost of up to €70,000. Her parents Sinead and Chris have set up a Go Fund Me campaign called ‘Mobilize for Mikaela’ to help raise some of the money needed.Donations can be made at Go Fund Me. The page is called Mobilize for Mikaela and the link is https://www.gofundme.com/4jk7rbkDonegal Business Network (DBN) ‘Bosses Wash for Cash’ event in Letterkenny on Saturday, November 18 to raise money for specialist treatment abroad for the seven-year old Convoy schoolgirl who has Spina Bifida. Photo Clive WassonDonegal Business Network (DBN) ‘Bosses Wash for Cash’ event in Letterkenny on Saturday, November 18 to raise money for specialist treatment abroad for the seven-year old Convoy schoolgirl who has Spina Bifida. Photo Clive WassonDonegal Business Network (DBN) ‘Bosses Wash for Cash’ event in Letterkenny on Saturday, November 18 to raise money for specialist treatment abroad for the seven-year old Convoy schoolgirl who has Spina Bifida. Photo Clive WassonDonegal Business Network (DBN) ‘Bosses Wash for Cash’ event in Letterkenny on Saturday, November 18 to raise money for specialist treatment abroad for the seven-year old Convoy schoolgirl who has Spina Bifida. Photo Clive WassonDonegal Business Network (DBN) ‘Bosses Wash for Cash’ event in Letterkenny on Saturday, November 18 to raise money for specialist treatment abroad for the seven-year old Convoy schoolgirl who has Spina Bifida. Photo Clive WassonDonegal Business Network (DBN) ‘Bosses Wash for Cash’ event in Letterkenny on Saturday, November 18 to raise money for specialist treatment abroad for the seven-year old Convoy schoolgirl who has Spina Bifida. Photo Clive WassonDonegal Business Network (DBN) ‘Bosses Wash for Cash’ event in Letterkenny on Saturday, November 18 to raise money for specialist treatment abroad for the seven-year old Convoy schoolgirl who has Spina Bifida. Photo Clive WassonDonegal Business Network (DBN) ‘Bosses Wash for Cash’ event in Letterkenny on Saturday, November 18 to raise money for specialist treatment abroad for the seven-year old Convoy schoolgirl who has Spina Bifida. Photo Clive WassonDonegal Business Network (DBN) ‘Bosses Wash for Cash’ event in Letterkenny on Saturday, November 18 to raise money for specialist treatment abroad for the seven-year old Convoy schoolgirl who has Spina Bifida. Photo Clive Wasson Community comes together to fundraise for little Mikaela Breen was last modified: November 23rd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Bosses Wash for CashMikaela BreenMobilize for MikaelaSpina Bifidalast_img read more


first_img4 November 2014As relations between Denmark and South Africa continue to improve, visiting Danish minister Mogens Jensen says his country will step up trade with the Southern African country by a 50% margin.Speaking at a bilateral meeting with South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies in Cape Town on 3 November, Jensen said his government regards South Africa “as a port to the rest of Africa’.Jensen, a minister of Trade and Development Cooperation, said South Africa is one of the favourite destinations for his countrymen, with 27 000 Danes visiting the country each year. In this regard, Denmark is looking into introducing a direct flight from his country to South Africa.South Africa’s total trade with Denmark has been increasing steadily, from R2.9-billion in 2009, to R4.8-billion in 2013, according to Davies.“The total exports to Denmark from South Africa increased from R1-billion in 2009 to R1.4-billion in 2011, with the exception of 2010 (R917-million), 2012 (R1- billion) and 2013 (R890-million). The decrease in total exports from South Africa to Denmark in 2012 and 2013, can be attributed to a decline in external demand, due to slow recovery in the EU,’ said Davies.In addition, total imports from Denmark to South Africa have been increasing exponentially since 2009, according to Davies. “Total imports increased from a low base of R1.9-billion in 2009, R1.9-billion in 2011, R2.4-billion in 2012, and R3.9- billion in 2013, with exception of 2010,’ he said.At the meeting, the two ministers also discussed the Bilateral Investment Treaty and the yet-to-be-launched Tripartite Free Trade Area.On the Bilateral Investment Treaty, Davies said South Africa has submitted a notice of termination of the Bilateral Investment Treaty to the Danish government. Davies said a new investment policy will be drafted to replace the old treaty.The investment policy aims to modernise and strengthen South Africa’s investment regime by implementing a series of policy measures. These measures will ensure South Africa remains open to foreign investment, provides adequate security and protection to all investors, while preserving the sovereign right of the South African Government to pursue developmental public policy objectives, according to Davies.On the Tripartite Free Trade Area, Davies said the programme will be launched next month, replacing the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, East African Community and Southern Africa Development Community (COMESA-EAC- SADC).Adding, Davies said the Tripartite Free Trade Area approach is developmental and rests on three pillars: infrastructure development, industrial development, and market integration. It is envisaged the free trade area will remove barriers to trade and promote regional integration.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.govlast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With another growing season underway across corn country, the National Corn Growers Association encourages farmers to complete a mental check list and assess your farming operation and any potential impact for pollinators like honey bees.If you are using treated seed, remember to consider the following five basic steps for stewardship of treated seed during planting season:Follow Directions: Follow directions on treated seed container labels for handling, storage, planting and disposal practices.Eliminate Flowering Weeds: Eliminate flowering plants and weeds in and around the field prior to planting.Minimize Dust: Use advanced seed flow lubricants that minimize dust.Bee Aware: Be aware of honey bees and hives located near the field, and communicate with beekeepers prior to planting when possible.Clean and Remove: Completely clean and remove all treated seed left in containers and equipment used to handle harvested grain and dispose of it properly. Keep all treated seed out of the commodity grain channels.Likewise, as you plan summer spraying of insecticides, consider best management practices on your farm. This is especially critical if you have bee hives on your farm or on neighboring land. It’s all about awareness and communication.Always refer to the pesticide label for application requirements. It is also advisable to identify any risks of pesticides to be used and discuss the best timing and management practices with any nearby beekeepers. You can find more information related to seed treatments at seed-treatment-guide.com and bee friendly practices at honeybeehealthcoalition.org.NCGA also encourages growers with marginal land not in production to also consider habitat development projects like those being offered by Pheasants Forever. Pheasants Forever has partnered with Project Apis m. and Browning’s Honey to offer landowners a new conservation program, the Honey Bee and Monarch Butterfly Partnership, designed specifically to create native wildflower and grassland plots that positively influence upland bird, bee and butterfly populations.The Honey Bee and Monarch Butterfly Partnership is forged out of a desire to create diverse, high-quality habitat for pollinators.last_img read more


first_imgIf you work in video production long enough, negative feedback from clients is inevitable. Here are a few ways to handle the situation.Top image via ShutterstockIt should go without saying, but sometimes a reminder is helpful: Clients are not bad people. They just don’t always know as much as you do about video production and editing. It can be exceptionally frustrating to get feedback that’s critical of your work for seemingly unfounded reasons. Before you get into a fight that could damage your relationship, try some of these tips to get through the pain.1) Don’t Respond Right AwayTake a deep breath. Walk away from your computer and take a moment to yourself. If you have enough time, do an activity to take your mind away from the project. Go for a run. Play a game. Talk to a friend. Find some perspective that will help you disconnect your feelings toward the criticism from the job you need to do.2) Consolidate and Clean Up the CriticismsBefore you begin to respond, consolidate and clean up the criticisms as best you can. Once you have everything listed out, you can evaluate each criticism point by point. You may find that many of the criticisms are connected or based on the same point. You can also clean up the language to be more constructive than critical. It will help you moving forward.3) Make a PlanDon’t respond defensively. Respond proactively and propose a plan to make any necessary changes towards finishing the project. Cleary go over the consolidated criticisms, point by point, and what you can do to alleviate their concerns. Try not to be combative in your responses, and keep your points concise. If you find that hard to do, try this next step.4) Write an Angry Email (and Delete It)This is a historically tried-and-true method for working through frustration. Open a blank Word doc and write out how you really feel. How did the criticism make you feel? What would you really like to say about it? Get it all out. Once you’re satiated; delete it.5) Kill Them With PositivityWhen you finally do respond, put your energy into positivity. It may feel insincere, but it’s better than the alternative. Don’t let even the slightest hint of negativity creep in unless you’re looking for an argument. It will also have an effect on you. At the end of the day, all you can do is put your best foot forward. If someone is unwilling to work with you professionally on a project, you may need to reconsider working with them again.Here’s a sample template to use: Hope the above advice helps! Every client and every project will be different — as will be your relationships with them. If it’s work you care about, critical feedback will always be difficult to hear. But at the end of the day, it’s just part of the process of making things better.Have any other advice or techniques for handling criticism? Let us know in the comments!last_img read more