Over US$104.8M Needed for UNMIL Drawdown

first_imgThe Senate Committee on Defense, Security, Intelligence & Veterans Affairs, has reported to Senate plenary that the proposed UNMIL drawdown plan developed by the Government of Liberia and UNMIL covering the three fiscal periods of 2015-2018 will cost US$104,848,878.45, an amount which it concedes the government cannot handle alone. The report recognizes the need to lobby with immediate effect the country’s international partners for assistance. In its recommendation contained in the report read yesterday, the 15-member committee, headed by Lofa County Senator Stephen J.H. Zargo, noted that the 2015/2016 budget period is crucial as it is the period prior to UNMIL June 2016 drawdown, and that “the aggregate cost for this period is US$76,188.89.” “We therefore instruct that the Minister of Justice and chairman of the joint security report to Defense Committee in two weeks, as of today’s date with a realistic and achievable budget for consideration for this budget period, taking into consideration what the Justice Minister considered County/Regional Hot/Trouble spot or high threat zone approach,” the committee said.The committee further reported that during its engagement with national security institutions, it was discovered that some of them contribute considerably to the national budget while others whose budgetary allotments are far more than others, do not contribute.A case in point, according to the committee, is the Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization which in 2013-2014 contributed over US$3M to the national budget while the Liberia National Police could not produce any record to suggest that it contributed to the budget under the same period. “Therefore, we recommend that we allot based in part on institution’s contribution to the budget and in part on its strategic contribution.”During discussions leading to the recommendation, Justice Minister Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, in his capacity as chairman of the joint security, informed the meeting that he had convinced President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to include the UNMIL drawdown plan in the Post Ebola Recovery Plan and called for political will on the part of government for the UNMIL drawdown plan to succeed.Justice Minister Sannoh during the discussion reportedly clarified that the Government of Liberia’s plan for UNMIL drawdown would remain public.For his part, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Cllr. H. Varney Sherman, whose committee formed part of the meeting, encouraged the national security authorities to sufficiently publicize their activities, while Grand Bassa County Senator Jonathan Kaipay, advised that documents relating to the drawdown be provided to the Defense Committee, totally or in segments, considering their relevance and significance.In the same vein, Bomi County Senator Morris Saytumah encouraged the security authorities and the Executive Branch of Government to submit their budget in a timely manner in order to give the Legislature ample time to review them for consideration, a view shared by Gbarpolu County Senator Daniel F. Naatehn; while the security advisor to President Sirleaf encouraged continuous engagement with the people and economic empowerment of the youth and former combatants.Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh underscored the need to allay the fears and negative perceptions of the Liberian people in the face of the UNMIL drawdown saying there was no looming anarchy nor was the Liberian state on the brink of failure resulting from the departure of UNMIL.  The committee’s report is the aftermath of its meeting with Liberia national security actors held April 7, in the Conference Room of the Senate Pro Tempore. In attendance were heads of all national security institutions, including the Liberia National Police, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, Drugs Enforcement Agency, National Fire Service, Bureau of Correction and Rehabilitation, Armed Forces of Liberia, Ministers of Defense and Justice, and Security Advisor to the President of Liberia, among others.It may be recalled that last March, Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence informed her colleagues that unless some serious efforts were made to beef up the country’s national security prior to the conclusion of the UNMIL drawdown, the security of the country could be at risk, and therefore,  requested an urgent hearing in Executive session.The Grand Bassa lawmaker said such a meeting would require the participation of the heads of all security agencies, including the Defense Minister, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, the Police Director and the Chief of Immigration. It was based on Senator Lawrence’s concern that her communication was sent to the Committees on Defense, Intelligence and Veterans’ Affairs, and Judiciary, with the option to do further consultations and report to plenary within two weeks.Meanwhile, the plenary yesterday thanked the committee for its timely intervention and meeting with national security actors, and unanimously voted to adopt the recommendations contained in the report.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Illegal trade of foreign currency

first_imgDear Editor,Officials of the Bank of Guyana (BoG) and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) need to be aware that the illegal trade of foreign currency appears to be very active among merchants and migrants from other countries, which may be a contributing factor to the reduced value of the Guyana dollar.Over the past month, I witnessed illegal activities first hand in two stores that I had only briefly visited.At one store on Regent Street, Georgetown, close to Regent Street, a Cuban national purchased several items which were paid for in US dollars.The goods, which were originally priced in Guyana dollars, were converted to US dollar equivalent at an exchange rate that was not aligned to those of the BoG, local commercial banks, or Cambios. Since I was next in line behind the Cuban customer, witnessing the transaction was inevitable. When my turn came to pay for my purchase, I curiously asked the female money collector, who appeared to be of Chinese origin working in concert with some persons of suspected Indian or Bangladeshi origin, if I could pay in US dollars too. Her curt response was, “Not for you! Not for you”.I continued my probe by asking her if she had a Cambio Licence and she responded in dismissive fashion by saying that she did not understand me. I left the store without desiring to press the matter further.The next occurrence of this type of activity was observed again on Regent Street, but closer to Albert Street, in a hardware store. A group of Spanish-speaking men and women entered the store under the guidance of a Guyanese man.They were escorted to a section of the store where a man of Chinese origin, who apparently owns or manages the store, proceeded to purchase sums of US currency from the foreigners. I looked around in the store, then went outside, inquisitively searching for any sign that the store operated Cambio services. However, there was none.I also heard stories from usually reliable sources about a store on Robb Street where mainly Cubans and Venezuelans are selectively invited to enter during the early morning hours. The grilled doors are then closed to permit the foreign nationals to conduct purchases using US dollars.If this is the usual and daily practice by shop and store owners who bypass, evade, and subvert the established regulatory financial system in Guyana, the reduced value of local currency compared to the US dollar is merely a symptom of a much larger problem that officials need to extensively investigate in order to restore order, the value, and stability of the Guyana dollar.Yours faithfully,Orette Cuttinglast_img read more

Young mother charged for trafficking

first_imgGeorgetown Magistrate Leron Daly on Thursday placed 21-year-old Kimberly Jupiter on $100,000 bail when she appeared in her court to answer a trafficking-in-person charge.It has been alleged that on March 7, 2018 at Independence Boulevard, La Penitence, Jupiter had in her possession 236 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Police Prosecutor Richard Harris told the court the marijuana was found in a room the defendant occupied with several other persons, but Jupiter admitted to the Police that the cannabis belonged to her boyfriend, who was not at the said house at the time.Defence Attorney George Thomas, who represented Jupiter, told the magistrate that his client has no previous or pending matters before the court, and is mother of a six-month-old baby. Thomas asked that bail be granted in a small sum.There was no information provided in relation to the person whom Jupiter described as her “boyfriend”.Bail was granted, and the matter was adjourned to April 4.last_img read more

Pedestrians can be charged for causing road accidents – Traffic Chief

first_imgTraffic Chief Linden IslesThe number of accidents allegedly caused by pedestrians has seemingly increased, and Traffic Chief Linden Isles has reminded that they could be charged under the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, Chapter 51:02.In a brief telephone interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Isles explained that if a vehicle swerves from a pedestrian who may have run across the road, and in the process ends up hitting another vehicle, that pedestrian could be charged for causing the accident.According to Section 62 of Chapter 51:02 of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, “If any person wilfully loiters or remains on any roadway in such a manner or in such circumstances as to be likely to cause danger or obstruction to persons driving or propelling vehicles on the road, he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than seven thousand five hundred dollars nor more than fifteen thousand dollars”.The Traffic Chief told this publication that many of such cases have not been reported in recent days. In fact, he said, “For the past year or two or three, we hardly had persons being charged to that effect.”He was keen to note however, that drivers were obligated to slow down at pedestrian crossings countrywide in keeping with the laws of Guyana. On the other hand, Isles reminded that pedestrians must not “dash across” the road at any given time, even though they may be on pedestrian crossings, as he reminded that vehicles take time to apply their brakes.On June 1, a seven-year-old child was killed on the Agricola Public Road, Greater Georgetown, by a sand truck after the driver reportedly swerved when she reportedly ran across the road.Although reports on this matter are still sketchy, the truck driver was released on bail after being severely beaten by residents in that area.His life was barely spared by officers who came to his rescue; however, his truck was torched and mostly destroyed.Other reports had indicated that the truck bearing registration number GWW 962 was heading to Georgetown when he allegedly swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle and ended up in the path of the pedestrians.The driver of the truck was subsequently released on $100,000 bail as the investigation continues.last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the government’s roadmap for growth was the latest in a long line of glossy reports that promised much but delivered little.He said the Medium Term Economic Strategy, published today, sets out business as usual but is based on economic assumptions from a government which had consistently mis-forecast growth projections.Deputy Doherty said: “This government is big into reports, but not into action. It’s easy to see that it paid external consultants €70,000 to advise them on this report because it is full of spin but vague on facts. “This is the seventh set of growth assumptions from this government and if it gets it right, it will be the first time. Nothing gives me hope that they will meet these targets because they are committing to pursue the same policies which will entail continuing with austerity, continuing to be hands-off on the mortgage crisis and failing to stimulate the economy with the reserves available to the State in the NPRF and other avenues.“For the hundreds of thousands that have been left on the dole queues from this government the message is cross your fingers and hope that you’re not one of the nearly 10% that will still be unemployed in five years’ time.“In addition, while this is a growth plan which is supposedly about addressing recovery, it does not address how it will fix what this government and the last has destroyed over the last six years. There is talk of keeping spending low and no further tax increases but there is no plan for fixing the ailing health service which will see more cuts in the New Year, nor of reducing the tax burden for low and middle income families.“Finally, the government still has its head in the sand when it comes to our unsustainable debt burden. The passing reference today to last year’s ‘game-changer’ shows that the government is not seriously pursuing the strategy to separate banking debt from sovereign debt. It is waiting for Europe to offer up a debt solution, but it is failing to press the issue and ensure Europe knows that the Irish people refuse to continue carrying this debt.”  GOVERNMENT ROADMAP FOR RECOVERY WILL NOT DELIVER – DOHERTY was last modified: December 17th, 2013 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:government targetsPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny AC Chairman, Brendan McDaid, has said he’s hopeful that in the region of 200 will take part in Sunday’s Danny McDaid 15K road race.The race is named after double Olympian, Danny McDaid, who competed in Munich in 1972 and Montreal n 1976.“It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of the year again. Sunday will see the ninth staging of the race which has grown steadily over the years,” the chairman commented. “It is at the right time for people who are thinking of longer distances,” he said. “People have been doing that many 5ks now that it is a nice change and it gives them a feel of where they are at in their training. We are expecting a large turnout and hopefully the weather will be kind to us,” he added.Once again, the main sponsor of what is the longest race in the Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix Series is the Station House Hotel.Siobhan Barrett-Doherty of the Station House Hotel said the hotel was delighted to be associated with such a beneficial local event.“This is an event with strong local affiliations and we like to be able to support local initiatives as a local home-gown hotel,” she said. Registration at the Aura Leisure Centre from 10 am, with the race starting at 11.30 at Ballymacool Terrace. LETTERKENNY AC HOPING FOR LARGE TURN-OUT FOR DANNY McDAID 15K was last modified: August 8th, 2013 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)last_img read more


first_imgThe wedding of Eoghan McMonagle and Edelle McHugh todayYOU may have thought the Sam Maguire Cup’s World Tour of Donegal was over – but the tour continued this evening when the famous trophy made a guest appearance at its first wedding since last week’s All-Ireland triumph.And happy couple Eoghan McMonagle and Edelle McHugh were delighted with this particular wedding crasher!Sam wasn’t even a Plus One when they exchanged vows earlier today. But by the time the trophy arrived at the Silver Tassie in time for the reception, he was a ‘Plus Three’ at his first Donegal wedding in two decades.For Donegal captain Michael Murphy and Glenswilly clubmates Neil Gallagher and Gary McFadden personally delivered the Sam Maguire to the wedding bash.And because this was the first Donegal wedding Sam has been to in 20 years, it made for one very special wedding day snap.Pictured above is the happy couple with close family and friends with Sam the star guest. Below, we are told, is a picture of one guest handing over a large amount of cash to another.Something, apparently, to do with one of them winning an All-Ireland final bet.We won’t be taking any tips from one particular fella next time we’re down the bookies!SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL ARRIVES AT ITS FIRST WEDDING IN 20 YEARS! was last modified: September 30th, 2012 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:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL ARRIVES AT ITS FIRST WEDDING!last_img read more

My Donegal… with bikini model Alannah Harrigan

first_imgAlannah Harrigan, from Burnfoot, is a makeup artist and model. She is currently competing to reach the finals of Miss Bikini Ireland, the winner of whom will have the chance to represent Ireland in the Dominican Republic at Swimsuit USA.Alannah also blogs about makeup, fashion, and more recently her progress in Miss Bikini Ireland.To help Alannah get to the Dominican Republic you can help her by texting ‘BIKINI 109’ to 57003, as votes for the final are 50% from the judges and 50% from the public. Text cost €1 and are unlimited up until the final on the 14th of October. If you are voting from Northern Ireland or the UK text ‘BIKINI 109’ to 60999. An avid athlete, Alannah can be found at the gym 3 – 4 times a week, or more recently everyday as she prepares for the Miss Bikini Ireland final.(1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?One of my favourite places is definitely an Grianan in Burt , the view up there is something else especially on a nice day you can see for miles around . Another favourite would be Fort Dunree , another great view point . (2) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I wouldn’t really change anything about Donegal , maybe the internet speed though .(3) Who is the one person that you look up to and why?I have a whole lot of people I look up too I couldn’t just pick one person . I admire anyone who is hard working & passionate about what they do.(4) What’s your happiest memory in Donegal?I was born here so I have so many good memorys .I actually really enjoyed secondary school . I went to Colaiste Chineal Eoghain in Buncrana, an all Irish Speaking Secondary school . I love Irish , there were only seven people in my class and we all had such a great relationship .Even with the teachers and the other years everyone was like one big family & we got to do a lot of things like talent shows , quizzes , school trip with other schools. I also really enjoyed going to Culdaff beach during the summer , it always felt like we were on a holiday when we were there even though we were only half an hour down the road .(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?The All Ireland 4 years ago was a big proud moment for the county, I still remember the buzz about Donegal after they won . .(6) If you found a magic wand that allowed you to grant one wish, what would it be?To cure all illnesses . There are so many people suffering in this world and I think most people’s wish would be to cure all illnesses . No one likes to see anyone suffering .(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Football special is one of my favourite Donegal made products, sadly it’s a rare treat at the minute .(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Jim McGuiness because of his positive attitude & dedication . (9) What has been the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?I like getting compliments about my personality more then a compliment on my physical appearance . So a compliment to do with my personality .(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Couldn’t choose one person but the Donegal team of 2012 would be up there.(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?We are spoilt for choice when it comes to good food in Donegal. My favourite restaurant would probably be Harry’s in Bridgend . They use fresh local produce & the food is just amazing . I also like Stateside in Letterkenny & they do a lovely Paleo Menu for anyone trying to eat healthier .(12) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?‘It’ll be grand’ , we’re all so easy going and use the word ‘grand’ a lot . Nothing ever seems to be too much of a problem . (13) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?There is not enough work & a lot of young people have to go aboard to get work .(14) What is your favourite food that you associate with Donegal?I love sea food & Donegal is known for having nice fresh fish .(15) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people? I can’t think of anything that annoys me about Donegal people .(16) Do you have a favourite local band?Velvet Rose are a duo from Inishowen , both girls Caitlin & Chloe have amazing voices & there harmonies are flawless . They play at weddings & do gigs. There Facebook page has videos of them singing also .(17) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?I would improve some of the schools in Donegal if I had a million euro , as some schools don’t have proper classrooms , not enough funding for trips , special needs assistants & materials for there subjects .(18) Where’s the most unusual place you’ve logged on to Donegal Daily?It’s not really too unusual but probably Galway , when I was down there for awhile I was able to tell my family what was happening in Donegal before they knew about it.(19) What is your favourite thing about modelling? I loved getting glammed up before a photoshoot, I find it really relaxing . To be honest I enjoy every aspect of it .(20) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Donegal people are great for supporting each other & there is a great sense of community. When an event occurs everyone seems topull together .I also like that the Irish language in Donegal is still being spoken in the Gaeltachts & in non Gaeltacht areas . The Irish Language is really important to me as it is a big part of Irish culture & history .My Donegal… with bikini model Alannah Harrigan was last modified: October 1st, 2016 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)last_img read more

Blackburn v QPR: Young in the Rangers team

first_imgLuke Young is a surprise inclusion in the QPR starting line-up for their game at Blackburn. The defender makes his first appearance in the side for two years.Joey Barton is still injured, there is no Clint Hill for Rangers, while Will Keane starts up front.Blackburn: Robinson; Keane, Hanley, Kilgallon, Spurr; Cairney, Lowe, Williamson, Conway; Gestede, Rhodes.Subs: Eastwood, King, Dunn, Varney, Taylor, Etuhu, Feeney. QPR: Green; Simpson, Dunne, Young, Assou-Ekotto, Hoilett, Henry, Benayoun, Carroll, Morrison, Keane.Subs: Murphy, Austin, Yun, Zamora, O’Neil, Donaldson, Maiga. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Humboldt State defense set for huge test in showdown against No. 13 Central Washington

first_imgArcata >> A check of the Division II leaderboard will tell you only one other team in the nation has as potent an offense as Humboldt State.Come this afternoon, though, the firepower it will be facing is almost nearly as impressive.Not only is today’s meeting at Tomlinson Stadium a battle for the outright lead in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, but it sees two of the top offenses D-2 has to offer facing one another when No. 17 Humboldt State faces No. 13 Central Washington in …last_img read more