Security Budgets ‘Considerably Slashed’

first_img– Advertisement – Sen Stephen Zargo The chairman of the Senate Committee on Defense, Security, Intelligence and Veterans Affairs, Lofa County Senator Stephen J. H. Zargo, has disclosed that the budgets of several first line national security institutions have been considerably slashed. Though he did not disclose the proposed budget amount or what it may have been ‘slashed’ down to, the Senate defense chairman has therefore “craved the indulgence of the leadership of the Legislature to reconsider the budgets of these front line institutions.”In his letter dated June 26 Sen. Zargo said his request is in consideration of the pivotal role these institutions have to play before, during and after the elections, especially the Liberia National Police and Immigration Services.“This, I believe will enhance their performance, especially during these critical electioneering period, even if this means slashing from other areas for now to have these institutions prepared for the challenges associated with elections security.”The October 2017 elections, Senator Zargo reminded his colleagues, is a period of heightened security alertness, which takes security experts to the point of making an analysis of Liberia’s security threat, which can be said to be basically internal.This, he said, is derived from the daily economic hardship exacerbated by unemployment, especially among restive youths.“A greater percentage of our population lives in abject poverty, while on the other hand former members of the disbanded Armed Forces of Liberia have threatened to ensure that a peaceful transition of government does not become a reality if what they perceived as severance benefits are not paid,” he said.Senator Zargo, a one-time policeman, however warned of a looming security threat “If we do not intend to paint a gloomy picture of our national security setting.”What is expected to avert what the Senate’s security chairman described as “this clear and present danger” is for appropriate steps to be taken to ensure that, even though the targeted manpower strength of the first line national security institutions has not been reached, “we can adequately provide the much needed logistics to the available few,” which would “significantly enhance” their performance, he said.It is in view of the foregoing that Senator Zargo said he is calling on the leadership of both Houses to ensure that the requisite funding is made available to the security institutions to enable them to function at an enhanced level in delivering services required by the Liberian people during the period leading to, during and after the elections.The letter was sent to the Committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget, which is currently working jointly with the House of Representatives for final appropriations of the 2017/2018 National Budget.Meanwhile, 22 Senators attended yesterday’s 44th day sitting, while Senators George Weah, Daniel Naatehn, Dallas Gueh and Sando Dazoe Johnson were notably absent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local firms must build capacity – T&T company

first_imgOil and gas opportunities…or will lose out to foreignersBy Jarryl BryanWith a view of introducing safety gear, training and services to the Guyana market, a Trinidad company is urging locals to take advantage of the chance to build their standards to qualify for the opportunities oil and gas offer or bear witness to those opportunities going to foreign firms with more capacity.Trinidadian company, Kronoco Safety Solutions, on Friday held an official local launch at its office on Sheriff Street. There, Kronoco’s Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Latoya Jack, stressed the importance of companies building their capacity.Kronoco Safety Solutions co-founder Darrel GilkesJack“The time for opportunities is here for Guyana, but unless we can do what it takes to grab hold of those opportunities, it will be lost to those who are willing and ready,” she related.She added that Guyana’s safety culture is very relaxed and “while we have existed for many years without monitoring man-hours to safety compliance rules, the culture surrounding oil and gas is very different. As such, the fear is if local businesses do not conform to these requirements, we will not be the ones benefiting from the opportunities in this land.”Quoting the famous Guyana Lottery Company motto, she noted that firms must remember “if you don’t have a ticket, you don’t have a chance.” She related that her company aims to improve knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in the extractive sectors.Meanwhile, the company’s co-founder Darrel Gilkes noted that Kronoco is distinguishing itself as the “new kid on the block” in terms of quality and training. He explained that the company intends to maintain high-quality standards.He noted that the training Kronoco will provide aims to prepare young people for a working environment. According to Gilkes, the company’s market research on Guyana has determined less than international safety standards; particularly relating to the use of safety boots.He also revealed that from conversations with local companies, the problem is not just firms failing to adhere to safety standards; but also the fact that some employees do not take OHS seriously.“(We offer) safety training, which involves working from heights, confined space procedures, risk assessment. These are all introductory programmes we are offering. In terms of products, we’re offering the V12 brand of safety boots, fire detection items, (etc).”It is understood that Kronoco intends to provide quarterly quality checks, providing continued support to workers.The wonder bootRick Corbin, a representative of V12 safety footwear and Völlner Lighting, also provided the audience with demonstrations. Corbin showed the audience the specific features of the V12 to back-up contentions that the safety footwear is both durable and comfortable.Corbin further explained that the bottom of the V12 boot is puncture and bulletproof, as the boot contains Kevlar midsoles. The foot beds of the V12 are made from memory foam and a shock-absorbing foam called “PORON”.As part of his demonstrations, Corbin took a small lead ball and bounced it on a foot bed made of traditional material and one made of PORON. This publication observed that while the ball bounced on the more traditional foot bed, the force of its landing was absorbed by the PORON foot bed.last_img read more

481 cases of child sexual abuse recorded in 6 months

first_imgAs of June 2018, Guyana has recorded an increase in reported cases of sexual abuse against children.The eye widening figure was related by the Director of the Childcare and Protection Agency (CC&PA), Ann Greene on Friday during an interview with Guyana Times.“By the end of June, we had 481 sexual abuse cases and that’s and increase,” she revealed. Greene went on to explain that she believes the high number exposed itself only due to intensive work by the department.According to her, “it’s not an increase to say it is more now than what it was before because we got more awareness, we got more channels to report. We encourage persons to report more so when we do all these programmes and all these awareness and so on, put in a hotline and all of that, the reports would increase, but it does not signal that there is more child abuse this year than last year”.She sought to point out that she believes the figure exposed is just a ‘tip of the iceDirector of the Childcare and Protection Agency, Ann Greeneberg’ since abuse, especially sexual abuse, is often hidden and goes unreported.Greene said she believes a holistic approach is definitely needed, as the Department continues to raise awareness in the heart wrecking area of child sexual abuse.It was further related by the child enthusiast that most of the children from the 481 figure are under the age of 16. Moreover, Greene said most of the matters reported are still being investigated.Numerous cases of child sexual abuse have managed to ache the heart of readers in recent days. Several weeks after being found guilty of two counts of sexually penetrating a 10-year-old girl on May 30 and June 2, 2014, at a West Coast Demerara (WCD) village, Abdool Jamil, a 67-year-old pensioner, was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in jail.On August 13, 2018, he was ordered to serve two life sentences by Sexual Offences Court Judge Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, who said the offender must serve at least 45 years before he was eligible for parole.When he was allowed to have his say, the pensioner, a father of six, told the Judge that he never raped the child – lamenting several times, via vivid description, that he was impotent.“I never had sex with a young person, much less this person,” Jamil told the court.The child, through an impact statement read by child counsellor Celeste Mullen, said she could not concentrate or perform well in school. She said she could not forget what happened to her.“I felt really bad and upset. My life has not been the same and my grades started to drop. I trusted him, he was nice to me, but I don’t want to see him again. I want him to be punished,” the now teenaged girl expressed.Back in July, in what she said was meant to send society a strong message, Justice Sewnarine-Beharry also sentenced 46-year-old Navindra Badal, called ““Uncle Ravi,” to serve two consecutive life sentences for raping a nine-year-old girl on two separate occasions during 2016.It was determined in the Sexual Offences Court that the acts were committed between July 1 and 31, 2016, and August 14 and 15, 2016, at an East Coast Demerara village.Now 11 years old, the victim also said she wanted the offender to go to jail for what he had done to her.Following a series of attacks on a young victim, Rohan Daniels, a logger, also known as “Shine Buck” was found guilty on two counts of sexual activity with a child family member by a 12-member jury at the High Court. The panel deliberated for about three hours and they were tasked with handing a verdict on four separate counts of child sex activity.According to the particulars of the first and fourth counts for which he was found guilty, “Shine Buck” between April 12 and 13, 2014, and July 23, 2016 performed vaginally penetrative acts on the minor. She was between 10 and 13 years old during the span of the attacks.last_img read more

Wapiti Off-Road Association hosting ice races at Charlie Lake this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though you probably have your dirtbikes, quads, or side-by-sides stored for the winter, you might want to bring them out of storage and tune them up this week.The Wapiti Off-Road Association is going to be bringing ice racing to Fort St. John this weekend. The Association will be hosting off-road recreation vehicle races at Charlie Lake on Saturday. The races are set to begin at 9:00 a.m., after registration between 7:00 and 8:15, and a race meeting.This will be the first of three ice races put on by the Association, who will also be hosting ice races in Grande Prairie on February 4th and 25th.- Advertisement -More details can be found on the Association’s website at http://wapitioffroad.ca.last_img read more

Ginola: ‘Tottenham are building something very special and MUST keep Pochettino

first_imgDavid Ginola has told talkSPORT Tottenham can be serious Premier League title challengers for the next six years – but ONLY if they keep manager Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine boss has been linked with a move away from north London after what has so far been a flying season for Spurs, who currently sit second in the table.Both Chelsea and Manchester United are said to be interested in the 43-year-old, though Pochettino recently dismissed reports of a possible exit by insisting he is settled at the club.Tottenham’s excellent form has club legend Ginola excited for the future, with the former midfielder confident the team are on the verge of ‘achieving something really special’.But he said Spurs must secure Pochettino’s long-term future as boss to realise their lofty ambitions.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the White Hart Lane hero said: “I can see something different at Spurs right now.“When I was playing at Tottenham, there wasn’t any chance for us to win the league. But under Pochettino – with the way he deals with players, tactics, everything – you can see that the team is moving in the right direction.“It’s not just finishing in the top four anymore, now they have a chance to do something more important – winning the league.“The position of Spurs right now is very interesting. They have come from behind and are right up there, ready to step up for the title.“It’s very interesting to see Spurs and Arsenal fighting for the title this season and I think it should be the case for the next few years also.“The next five or six years are looking very promising for Spurs.“To bring stability to a club you need to keep the manager in charge for a certain time. Why? Because he’s going to work with players and he will add some players.“If you trust his ability to bring back success at the club you need to keep him for at least four or five years – a long term period.“And that’s what Spurs and Daniel Levy are doing. You can see what they’re trying to achieve, they’re doing something really special.”last_img read more

AIDAN SCOOPS €10K PRIZE AS HE WINS DRAGON FACTOR

first_imgAIDAN ROBB is celebrating after winning the 2011 Donegal Dragon Factor on Friday night.The man behind Cargo Defenders – an alert system to reduce incidents of theft of cargo transported by side-loaded truck trailers – walked away with the €10,000 top prize.He is pictured here with one of the main sponsors and Dragon judge Hugh Downey of Sharp Design. The night was a huge success & the calibre of all the finalists was superb. They pitched their ideas to perfection, had polished presentations and all spoke extremely well.Seven local entrepreneurs went head to head in the Dragon Factor for a fantastic €10,000 business prize package at the live final in Craoibhin Community and Enterprise Centre.Aidan left walked away with a range of prizes including €2,000 in start-up capital, a website, a stationery suite, financial and legal advice package, office equipment and signage.The Dragon Factor, the brainchild of the voluntary committee at Craoibhin, was inspired by the success of RTE’s Dragon’s Den. The committee launched this idea earlier this year in the hope of injecting new optimism into the local economy, in some small way.Said Aidan: “I’m over the moon. It was a great night – and I’m just delighted to have won.”More than 250 people attended the event.AIDAN SCOOPS €10K PRIZE AS HE WINS DRAGON FACTOR was last modified: March 5th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

These Arsenal fans were loving Danny Welbeck’s first-half performance

first_img targets 1 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Welbeck is going to get double figures again this season. Impressive.— gjć (@1GAFC) September 26, 2018 silverware Latest Arsenal FC News England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Welbeck is congratulated by his team-mates Welbeck has been superb under Emery so far, only plays a sporadic role but he’s been really impressive this season and most importantly scoring goals. Great team player, would like to see him get a new contract. #afc— Ryan (@_RyanAFC) September 26, 2018 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP It’s put Arsenal in control of their third round tie and some Gooners were quick to praise Welbeck on Twitter.A few eagle-eyed fans pointed out how Welbeck has now scored four goals in 2018, which is one more than Alexis Sanchez, who left the Emirates Stadium for rivals Manchester United in January. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Welbeck > Anyone— Fred – AFC⚽️ (@FredLIO) September 26, 2018 rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta gameday cracker REVEALED Welbeck has more goals than Sanchez in the beautiful year of 2018— أحمد (@EgyptianGawwd) September 26, 2018 Danny Welbeck is on a roll! #COYG— Samuel Karangira (@Mhmz_Sam) September 26, 2018 LATEST Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Danny Welbeck is one of the most ridiculed players in English football but very few are laughing tonight as he has been in great form during Arsenal’s Carabao Cup tie against Brentford.The striker, who has 42 appearances for England, is something of a bit-part player for the Gunners but he’s certainly given Unai Emery plenty to think about with his first-half brace against the Bees. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Welbeck > sanchez #ARSBRE #CarabaoCup— yanga vava (@vavis10) September 26, 2018last_img read more

FAMILY TRAPPED IN FLIPPED CAR REVEAL THEIR NIGHTMARE CONTINUES A MONTH LATER

first_imgThe Faulkner family’s battered car after it was recovered from the field.A mum whose family survived a horrific car crash in Ballybofey a number of weeks ago say her kids are still reliving the nightmare.The Faulkner family became trapped in their car when it left the road and flipped upside down into a field.Luckily a group of Donegal soldiers returning from duty at Finner Army base in Ballyshannon were on hand to rescue the family. However Laura Faulkner has revealed that her three children cannot get over their nightmare and scream every time they have to go on a journey in their car.“It is a nightmare. The oldest two simply shout and scream in terror every time we have to go on a journey in the car.“Even a simple and short journey like visiting their grandmother a short distance away is a nightmare.“We’re hoping that they will overcome it in time but they just seem to be reliving the nightmare over and over again,” she said. Irish soldiers Stephen Healy and Davy Leech who with two other friends rescued a family after their car had veered off the road and into a ditch outside Ballybofey. (NW Newspix)Laura said her family owe so much soldiers Stephen Healy, David Leech, Lee McFadden and Conor Doherty.The mother-of-three, who was a front seat passenger in the stricken car, told how she thought she was going to die after becoming trapped inside the car.Laura, her husband Neil and the couple’s three children, Mia (3 months), Alyssa (18 months) and Amber, 4 years, were traveling back after a night away at the Gap Lodge in Barnesmore to celebrate Neil’s birthday.But disaster struck when their car veered violently off the road and into a field.The terrified family could not get out of the car after its doors became embedded between an embankment and a barbed wire-fence on the outskirts of the town of Ballybofey. Laura revealed “One minute we were traveling along and the next minute the car went out of control. Neil pulled out of the way of oncoming traffic and then he steered left and we ended up upside down in the field.”Laura said she had visions that the car was going to explode into flames.“I managed to climb into the back to help the children who were screaming with fear.“I honestly thought “I am going to die, I am going to die.” I didn’t know what was going to happen as we lay there. I thought the engine could explode at any minute and we would be all killed,” she said. However just seconds later as they lay helpless and with their children screaming in the car, help arrived.The soldiers calmly parked their own car and set about rushed to the stricken family’s aid.Last night the four soldiers said they only did what anybody would have done.David Leech said “We were just in the right place at the right time – it’s as simply as that. We were just happy we could help.”Laura said she hopes her children will eventually get over their ordeal but said she will never forget the heroics of the Donegal soldiers.“We will never forget how brave and kind they were. If it wasn’t for them we could have been trapped in that car for hours and nobody would have known we were there.“Our ordeal could have been much worse. We were only trapped for a short time but it was just the whole ordeal which is sticking in the children’s minds.“Hopefully time will be a healer and we can return to spend some more time in Donegal,” she said.FAMILY TRAPPED IN FLIPPED CAR REVEAL THEIR NIGHTMARE CONTINUES A MONTH LATER was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ballybofeycrashed cardonegalFaulkner familysoldierstrappedlast_img read more

New online calculator helps farmers find most profitable delivery option

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Is the more profitable delivery option the elevator 10 miles from the farm offering $8.50 per bushel of soybeans or the processor 45 miles away offering $8.58 a bushel? It is important for farmers to avoid the temptation to sell their soybeans and grain based solely on the per bushel price offered. Farmers must also fully take into consideration the costs associated with that sale. After all, there is a significant difference between maximizing revenue and maximizing profitability.In order to assist farmers in making the most profitable delivery decision, the Soy Transportation Coalition recently unveiled an updated online calculator that determines the expected revenue and costs from local and distant delivery options. At no cost and in a number of short steps, a farmer can determine the most profitable delivery option — whether the local option offering a more modest price or the distant option offering a higher price. The calculator is designed to work for soybeans, corn, wheat, or any other agricultural commodity.The calculator allows farmers to input the bushel capacity of the delivery vehicle along with the costs of fuel, labor/time, and maintenance — ensuring that the full cost of delivery is incorporated into the calculation. A farmer finally will input the spot prices at a local and distant delivery location, the mileage to both, and the time required for both deliveries. The calculator will then determine the more profitable option.“When deciding where to sell soybeans or grain, farmers cannot simply focus on the price being offered, they also need to consider the costs associated with the actual delivery,” said Scott Gauslow, a soybean farmer from Colfax, North Dakota and chairman of the Soy Transportation Coalition. “Sometimes the benefits from the higher price can be outweighed by the additional costs of delivering those soybeans and grain. Maximizing revenue should not be our goal. Maximizing profit should be.”In addition to a new overall appearance, the calculator has added a feature that allows farmers to input a contracted rate for those who elect to hire someone to transport their soybeans and grain rather than making the delivery themselves. New apps have also been created for both iPhone and Android devices — enabling farmers to access and utilize the calculator remotely in addition to their home computers.The recent abundant harvests in the U.S. and South America, the more modest economic growth in China and other key importing countries, and the strengthening of the U.S. dollar compared to the currencies of our foreign competitors all have produced considerable headwinds confronting much of U.S. agriculture, including the soybean industry. As a result, farmers are well advised to explore any and every opportunity — including each link in the agricultural logistics chain — to increase efficiency and reduce costs.“The calculator works equally well for soybeans, corn, wheat, and other commodities,” Gauslow said. “While many farmers have their own system for deciding the most profitable delivery location, we are hopeful many will explore this free tool and find it useful in the future when managing their farming operations.”The revised online calculator can be accessed via the Soy Transportation Coalition website at www.soytransportation.org.last_img read more

Quickly Turn Your Blog Into an Android App with Feed.nu

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … You can blog directly into the Feed.nu interface (it’s simply a hosted WordPress blog), and edit your posts there, should you choose. As it’s based on your RSS feed, the app will update as you update your blog.It’s still in beta, but it’s a fully-functioning beta, so check it out. Looking for a quick and easy way to get an app into the Android Market, but don’t have the time, skills, or money to develop one? Feed.nu can help.The site offers a way for you to make your own app, ready for the Market, in just a few minutes. Once you sign up for a Feed.nu account and upload your feed info, you’re able to download a .apk that you can, in turn, upload to the Android Market. That step requires an Android Market developer account (and that will set you back $25), and honestly, it seems to take more time to get your screenshots and high-resolution icons in order for the Market application and upload than it does to actually use the Feed.nu tool. audrey watters Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more