As the drawdown and departure of peacekeepers with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) looms, the urgency to train more security personnel has intensified.In the absence of the UN peace-keepers, the government is expected to train over 3000 officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), the Liberia National Police (LNP) and other security personnel in order to effectively man the country’s porous borders and decentralize security operations.To achieve this plan, according to Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh, the amount of US$20 million already allocated in the budget for security training was not nearly enough to meet the overall objective of security take-over from UNMIL.Minister Konneh, who is a core member of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Economic Management Team, has disclosed that the funds required for the training will by all means be increased to US$90 million.The Minister made the disclosure on Saturday at a joint graduation program of over 300 BIN and LNFS personnel in Sinje, Garwula District, Grand Cape Mount County.The BIN plays an important role in generating substantial revenues for the government, Minister Konneh, said pointing out that of the 2005/2006 fiscal budget, the entity generated US$300,000, while in this year’s budget, the bureau has contributed US$3.9m thus making an average of 25 percent increment to the budget.He further remarked that the security sector is important to the economic growth of the country starting with the BIN.Minister Konneh urged the BIN to continue its contributions to the rebuilding process of post conflict Liberia.“Your job is not just to guard the borders, but also to ensure that the interests of the investors that are coming into the country to invest are protected, because they too are graciously contributing to the growth and development of the country through the budget,” he told the audience. The crowd became elated when Minister Konneh praised the BIN for their decent uniforms.In his remarks, Vice President Joseph Boakai lauded authorities of the BIN and LNFS for their farsightedness in planning the training exercises.Such training will reassure Liberians that the state security will provide total protection for the citizenry in the absence of UNMIL, said VP Boakai.He urged the graduates to use the lessons learnt by exhibiting a high level of professionalism in their assigned areas.“In case of anything like civil unrest, it will be you who will first step in. The military should be the last line of defense because it is very expensive to use the military. This is why you were included to benefit from the first course of training,” the Vice President told the graduates with reference to the BIN.The program brought together an array of government officials including the Minister of Education, George Werner, representatives of UNMIL, the African Union, Economic Community of West African States, among other partners. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A La Grange, West Bank Demerara man was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment on Monday by Magistrate Clive Nurse when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court charged for cultivation of cannabis.Imtiaz “Sancho” Shaheed at the ganja farm on SaturdayImtiaz “Sancho” Shaheed admitted that he was found tending to ganja plants on May 26 during a Police eradication exercise at Ituni Road, Upper Demerara. The ranks of E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) during the raid discovered a three-acre cannabis farm, two tents, and a quantity of dried cannabis along with a quantity of groceries.A section of the marijuana farmThe suspect was reportedly alone. The Police destroyed the plants and tents. The 41-year-old man was also fined $30,000.
They also ask dog owners to report any unusual vehicles or people.The SPCA believe this is focused on large breed purebred or purebred looking dogs. If your dog is an outdoor dog, make sure the dog is secured in garages or outbuildings to protect them while you are away.The SPCA says this is similar to a pattern of thefts that occurred in this region in the fall of 2011, that saw over one hundred dogs stolen.- Advertisement -If you have any information to share, contact the SPCA or your local RCMP detachment.
Snow said Bush “liked what he heard last week” when he was briefed on Petraeus’ plans. “But he is commander in chief and it will be up to him to make final determinations about what he will recommend,” the spokesman noted. Inside the crowded congressional hearing room, Rep. Tom Lantos, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Petraeus his proposal amounted to only a “token withdrawal” after years of war. “What I recommended was a very substantial withdrawal,” the general replied evenly from the witness chair, his uniform adorned by four gleaming general’s stars and nine rows of medals. “Five Army brigade combat teams, a Marine Expeditionary Unit and two Marine battalions represent a very significant force.” Petraeus referred only obliquely to political difficulties in Iraq, saying, “Lack of adequate governmental capacity, lingering sectarian mistrust and various forms of corruption add to Iraq’s challenges.” As for the much-maligned Iraqi military, he said it is slowly gaining competence and gradually “taking on more responsibility for their security.” Petraeus didn’t say so, but Ambassador Ryan Crocker, the day’s only other witness, strongly suggested that the administration’s troop buildup had prevented a debacle. Crocker said 2006 was a “bad year for Iraq. The country came close to unraveling politically, economically and in security terms. 2007 has brought improvement.” Petraeus is both the architect and the commander of last winter’s change in strategy, and private Republican polls show him with greater public credibility than that of the president. In long-awaited testimony, the commanding general of the war said last winter’s buildup in U.S. troops had met its military objectives “in large measure.” As a result, “I believe that we will be able to reduce our forces to the pre-surge level … by next summer without jeopardizing the security gains we have fought so hard to achieve.” Outside the hearing room, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he hoped Petraeus’ testimony could lead to a bipartisan consensus. That seemed unlikely. “This is simply unacceptable,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a written statement. Inside the hearing, Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler of Florida told Petraeus that despite his assessment, most independent experts say Bush’s so-called surge in troop strength has failed. Criticized in advance by some opponents of the war, the general went out of his way to proclaim his independence. “I wrote this testimony myself. It has not been cleared by nor shared with anyone in the Pentagon, the White House or the Congress,” he said. Petraeus said the withdrawal of the Marine unit would be followed in mid-December with the departure of an Army brigade numbering 3,500 to 4,000 soldiers. After that, another four brigades would be withdrawn by July, he said. That would leave the United States with about 130,000 troops in Iraq. Petraeus conceded that improvements in security in Iraq were uneven across the country. Using 13 pages of colorful charts, he said, “The level of security incidents has declined in eight of the past 12 weeks, with the level of incidents in the past two weeks the lowest since June of 2006.” Ticking off some of the gains, he said, “We have disrupted Shia militia extremists, capturing the head and numerous other leaders of the Iranian-supported Special Groups, along with a senior Lebanese Hezbollah operative supporting Iran’s activities in Iraq.” U.S. and Iraqi forces had dealt “significant blows to al-Qaida- Iraq,” he said, although he conceded that the terrorist organization remains dangerous. Despite Petraeus’ generally optimistic report, the extent of any improvement has been a matter of debate. The Government Accountability Office, a congressional agency, recently reported that Iraq has partially achieved only four of 18 political and military goals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Petraeus said it would be “premature to make recommendations on the pace,” and he recommended that Bush wait until March to make any decisions. The cuts he outlined would return the U.S. force to levels in place when Bush ordered a buildup last winter to allow the Iraqi government time to forge a reconciliation among feuding factions. Petraeus slid into the witness chair at a politically pivotal moment in a war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,700 U.S. troops in more than four years. The Pentagon reported nine deaths on Monday. The president invited congressional leaders to a meeting today at the White House, and is expected to make a nationwide speech on the war in the next few days. White House press secretary Tony Snow said Bush will place a lot of weight on his general’s recommendations. WASHINGTON – President Bush doesn’t exactly need permission from his commanding general to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. But it never hurts, and he’s got it anyway. Gen. David Petraeus outlined plans Monday for the withdrawal of 30,000 troops by next summer, drawing praise from the White House but a chilly reception from anti-war Democrats. Petraeus said a 2,000-member Marine unit would return home this month without replacement in the first sizable cut since a 2003 U.S-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein and unleashed sectarian violence. Further “force reductions will continue,” he told a nationally televised congressional hearing that was frequently interrupted by anti-war protesters.
possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Sadio Mane got his 2018/19 season off to a great start with a brace during Liverpool’s 4-0 opening weekend victory over West Ham.The Senegal international became the first Liverpool player since John Barnes to score in three consecutive season-openers – and he’s in with a chance of achieving another goalscoring record when the Reds travel to Crystal Palace on Monday night. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won NEW ERA REVEALED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes silverware Crystal Palace v Liverpool match previewIf Mane finds the net at Selhurst Park in what will be his 150th appearance in English football, he will become the first Liverpool player to net in three successive league meetings with Palace.Mane will be feeling confident he can do that as he has already scored five Premier League goals against the Eagles in his career so far – more goals than any other team.The clash promises to be a high scoring game too as in the 18 Premier League matches between the two sides, 63 goals have been scored at an average of 3.5 goals per game. ALTERED How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Mane enjoys scoring against Palace smart causal gameday Latest Premier League News 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Predicted Liverpool XI v Crystal Palace
A man who allegedly attacked a doorman in Letterkenny has been sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court in January.The case was heard at Letterkenny District Court.Ian Balfour, a father-of-four, was remanded on his own bail in relation to the attack at the Central Bar in Letterkenny on February 23rd last. Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told Letterkenny District Court today that while the accused faced a Section 3 assault charge, this may be amended in light of the medical report on the victim.Balfour, 36, of Bellanaleck, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh has been signing on at Ballyconnell Garda station in Cavan.He appeared in court wearing grey suit and tie.Some of the victim’s family were also in court for the short hearing.Balfour, a part-time farmer, had been out on a stag party with friends before the alleged incident happened.Judge Paul Kelly remanded him on his own bail and ordered him to continue signing on on a weekly basis.MAN SENT FORWARD FOR TRIAL AFTER ATTACK ON BOUNCER was last modified: November 25th, 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)
Donegal Minor Hurlers Surprise Antrim.It doesn’t happen too often which makes it all the sweeter: a Donegal county hurling team deservedly beat their Antrim opponents. Admittedly the Saffrons fielded their U17 team but it must be remembered that the majority of the North West squad are also U17. A good day for manager Tom Clare and his boys; a good day for the support underage hurling is enjoying from the County Board; a great day for the teenage hurlers who are gradually coming of age.The writing was on the wall from the early minutes: a point from Tom Clare followed by a goal from Conor Griffen set the tone. Antrim kept in touch, mostly from forays towards the Donegal goal. Further points from full forward Clare, half-back Jack O’Loughlin and a brace from mid-fielder Eddie Lynch left the home team leading 1-05 to 1-03 at the break. The loss of the influential Kyle McGrath midway through the opening half due to a shoulder injury was eased by a high quality substitution in James Doherty. The only other sub used was Macauley Carr (for Mattie Porter) whose speed on the wing impressed. In passing it might also be noted that the squad had several of the starting 15 unavailable due to injury. Donegal started the second half with a flurry of scores. Goals in quick succession from Paul Nelson and Conor Griffen as well as points from Griffin, Clare, Sean Curran, Justin McBride and Sam Doherty ensured a well-earned victory. Antrim had a purple patch in the final quarter which kept the locals on their feet but it proved too little too late. The end result was: Donegal 3-10, Antrim 3-06.The home team and management may be happy with the overall balance of the squad. The fact that eight Donegal names were on the scoresheet, that the bulk of the scores came from play, that six different clubs figured in the starting fiveteen and that the Antrim keeper had a busy and productive day promises well for the future of this young squad. This was their third game of the season and the first ever victory at Ulster ‘A’ level. Manager Tom Clare was particularly pleased that his squad put two good halves together.The Donegal team was: David Ireland (St.Eunans), Kiaran Rami (Aodh Rua), Kyle McGrath (Burt), Eugene Drummond (Aodh Rua), Stephen Doherty (St. Eunans), Jack O’Loughlin (Buncrana), Justin McBride (Setanta), Eddie Lynch (Aodh Rua), Paul Nelson (Buncrana), Conor O’Grady (St.Eunans), Sam Doherty (Buncrana), Sean Curran (Mac Cumhaills), Conor Griffen (Mac Cumhaills), Tom Clare (Buncrana), Matthew Porter(Carndonagh). The subs used were James Doherty and Macauley Carr, both from Buncrana.Referee Alan Nash, from Derry, kept the game flowing from start to finish. GAA NEWS: DONEGAL MINORS UPSET THE ODDS AGAINST ANTRIM was last modified: April 1st, 2014 by John2Share 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:AntrimdonegalMinor Hurlers
QPR 2 Manchester City 3 Yaya Toure’s 74th-minute header gave the Premier League leaders victory at Loftus Road, where QPR pushed them all the way.Jay Bothroyd headed home Joey Barton’s free-kick to give Rangers the lead and Edin Dzeko’s fine solo effort levelled the score on the stroke of half-time.A neat finish from David Silva put Manchester City ahead after the break before Heidar Helguson equalised with his third goal in four games.But Toure’s winner denied the R’s a second upset in two weeks against one of the division’s elite.After a humbling defeat away to Tottenham last week, QPR were glad to be back at home and hoping to emulate the 1-0 victory over Chelsea a fortnight ago.And although the result was not reproduced, their performance was arguably better.QPR striker Helguson netted his third goal in four matchesHelguson, whose penalty secured a the derby win over Chelsea, could have put Rangers ahead on two occassions in the opening quarter-of-an-hour, firing a volley just wide of the far post and then testing the hands of keeper Joe Hart after cutting inside from the right.Rangers surged forward in numbers and after winning a corner, Helguson had a third chance, steering a header wide.It was Bothroyd, though, who headed in the opener to put Rangers ahead after 28 minutes.After he was fouled wide on the right, the striker worked free of his marker to head the resulting free-kick from Barton beyond Hart. Just as it did against Chelsea, Loftus Road erupted.Rangers were unfazed by their opponents’ mesmerising ability to sweep down the other end and create chances, and the home fans thought a second goal was inevitable when Bothroyd rose again at the far post but headed wide a Jamie Mackie cross.But again, as quickly as QPR had fashioned the opportunity, City were down the other end and they had an equaliser a minute before half-time.Within seconds of James Milner advancing over the halfway-line, Dzeko cut inside from the left and beat two defenders with pace before firing inside keeper Paddy Kenny’s near post.The Hoops resumed the second half with the impetus and more trickery from Shaun Wright-Phillips gave Barton the opportunity to force a great save from Hart, but the following 15 minutes turned into something of a shooting gallery for the league leaders.And they took to the lead for the first time on 52 minutes.Again, Dzeko peeled away to the left touchline and crossed low to the feet of Silva. The Spaniard needed just a deathly touch to move past Danny Gabbidon and score.Both Dzeko and Aguero fired more shots the wrong side of the goal frame but it did nothing to deter the QPR spirit, and for this they deserved their 69th-minute equaliser through Helguson.The City defenders were livid in their calls for offside, but as he deflected home Bothroyd’s header he was short of the last defender and the goal was legal.But as much as Rangers deserved to draw level, the winning goal came after a serious lack of concentration at the back that allowed Toure to steal in between Gabbidon and Anton Ferdinand to head home.
An all-round effort from India Red players helped the side thrash India Green by 219 runs in the opening match of the Duleep Trophy at the Greater Noida Sports Complex ground on Friday.With the win, the Yuvraj Singh-led brigade secured six points by virtue of an outright win in what was the country’s maiden first-class game played with the pink ball.After a miserable first innings by both the sides, where India Red managed to take a slender 10-run lead, Man-of-the-Match Abhinav Mukund (77 in first innings, 169 in second) once again flourished in the second essay to take the side to a mammoth 486, with valuable contributions from centurion Sudip Chatterjee (114) and Gurkeerat Singh (82). (Also read: Duleep Trophy: Kuldeep Yadav’s five-for puts India Red on top)There was no stopping the duo of Mukund and Chatterjee, who forged a 240-run stand for the second wicket while Mukund added another 70 runs with Gurkeerat for the fourth wicket. Despite off-spinner Shreyas Gopal’s five-wicket haul, the India Red batsmen kept exerting pressure on the bowlers, leaving them clueless.In reply, the Suresh Raina-led India Green brigade, failed to put up a fight in both the innings to be skittled out for 151 and 277. If Rajasthani rookie pacer Nathu Singh (6-53) brought the opposition’s downfall in the first innings, it was chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (6-88) who bowled India Red to an emphatic win within the first hour of the final day.Chasing a massive 496 in the fourth innings was never going to be an easy task for the India Green, but opener Robin Uthappa raised the hopes with a quickfire 66-ball 72 to lay a strong platform. (Also read: Floodlight malfunction overshadows pink ball debut in Duleep Trophy)advertisementBut the Karnataka batsman’s dismissal triggered a mini-collapse before skipper Raina (90) anchored the innings with a valiant effort. The southpaw, however, kept losing his partners as the batsmen found the going tough against the left-arm leg spin of Yadav.Tottering at the overnight score of 217/7 after the third day’s play, Raina and pacer Ashoke Dinda (10) began the proceedings on Friday, but lost the three remaining wickets in less than an hour to hand India Red a victory.India Red will now face the Gautam Gambhir-led India Blue at the same venue from Monday.
A day after stunning the defending champion Gael Monfils of France, Indian Qualifier Yuki Bhambri produced yet another scintillating performance as he swept aside Guido Pella of Argentina to enter quarter-finals of the Citi Open in Washington DC on Friday.Bhambri, ranked 200th in world rankings, recovered from a set down and registered what turned to be an emphatic 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 win over Pella in a match that lasted for two hours and 10 minutes.The 25-year-old gave a tough fight to his Argentinean counterpart in the first set but couldn’t win it.However, in the next two sets, the Delhi lad stepped up his game and won them rather easily.Bhambri will now lock horns with 15th seed Kevin Anderson — who shocked Dominic Thiem of Austria — for a place in the semi-finals.