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UNDP Gives LRA Major Tech Boost

first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has received a large consignment of technology (ICT) equipment and accessories from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Liberia.The equipment includes 50 desktop computers, 25 laptops, 50 UPS, 20 switches and 6 heavy-duty printers,  among others.The ICT support is in response to a request made by the LRA to UNDP earlier this year, to assist the entity in setting up its data center. The donation of the ICT equipment is the first phase of the data center project, the cost of which is estimated at over US$200,000.Presenting the equipment  over the weekend, UNDP’s Deputy Country Director for Operations, Rokya ye-Dieng, its Economic Advisor Janice James, National Economic Advisor Stanley Kamara, as well as the Team Leader for UNDP Sustainable Economic Transformation, Pillar DorslaFarcarthy, stressed that the partnership with the LRA is in fulfilment of UNDP’s mandate to promote human development.The UNDP Senior Managers urged the LRA to use the supplies to help promote independence in the collection of government revenues from all sources.The UNDP ICT’s Unit, headed by its ICT-LAN Manager,  Kaman Weah, is working closely with the LRA to ensure that the data center is set up and the equipment is used for the intended purpose. He said his technical team, which is composed of ICT professionals, will provide the requisite skills and capacities needed for the project.Responding on behalf of the LRA, its Deputy Commissioner General for Administration,  Oliver Rogers, lauded UNDP, which he described as a “Reliable Partner” in government’s implementation of its reform agenda under the Agenda for Transformation (AFT).Mr. Rogers indicated that the Liberia Revenue Authority was established to enhance revenue collection; revenue administration; institute tax policies that support economic growth; support the national budget; and deepen and widen the tax net.The Liberia Revenue Authority started full operations on July 12, 2014 but the Act establishing the entity was passed in September of 2013 and published in February of this year. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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15 new vehicles added to Police Force’s fleet

first_imgthe Guyana Police Force on Wednesday received a boost to its existing fleet of vehicles as Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan handed over 15 new vehicles.Among the vehicles given to the Police Force are five Mark X motor cars, eight Hilux Single Cab Pick-up trucks and two tow trucks. The keys to these vehicles were handed over to Assistant Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine at the Tactical Drill Square, Eve Leary.Before the handing over, Minister Ramjattan highlighted that this addition to the Force’s resources would definitely boost its efficiency.“These vehicles will definitely be a bolster to the capacity of the Police Force to get quickly to the scenes of crimes and also to ensure that the transportation for our Policemen and women from one place to another, in performing their duties, is effectively [done] and in a quick as possible manner,” he stated.Some of the new vehicles handed over to the Guyana Police ForceThe Public Security Minister explained that this move was part of the Five-Point Strategic Plan to enhance the capacity of the Force in order to reduce crime. He added too that the handing over came in time for the country’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations during which many assets would be needed on deck.On this note, Ramjattan urged that efforts be taken to ensure that the vehicles were properly used and maintained. He charged Police Officers to take care of the vehicles as though they were their personal property.“We are to ensure that Policemen don’t be involved in drinking and driving like we have seen in some occasions. That is not going to do justice to the fact that we are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on these vehicles, then you go crash them up and we have to spend more money to have them repaired,” he stated.In addition, Minister Ramjattan disclosed that negotiations were ongoing to procure another 28 vehicles for the Force. These are expected to be delivered later in the year.In his remarks, Assistant Commissioner Ramnarine expressed his appreciation to Government for boosting the Force’s transportation capacity, which he noted would enhance its operational capacity.“These vehicles are much needed. I want to thank the Honourable Minister and by extension, Government for realising the needs and many demands that we in the Force have, to serve members of the public,” he stated.The Assistant Police Commissioner pointed out that the increased vehicular capacity would also go towards improving the Force’s response time to reports, an area it has been struggling with over the years.“One of the problems we’ve had is our late response, poor response, no response in very important matters within the public domain in particular crime,” he stated, adding that the vehicles will go a long way in aiding the work of the Police over the coming weeks for the Jubilee celebrations.Additionally, Ramnarine also echoed sentiments of the Minister, urging the Divisional Commanders to ensure the vehicles were maintained in accordance with protocol.The Police Force is often criticised for the lack of vehicular resources, and in some cases, river transportation, which have been the core cause of ranks often being unable to respond effectively to reports when they are made.In many instances, citizens are forced to drive to Police stations to collect officers and take them to crime scenes.last_img read more

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Senate C’ttee Recommends Tolbert Nyenswah Confirmation

first_imgThe Senate Committee on Gender, Health, Women, Social Welfare and Children Protection, has recommended the unanimous confirmation of Deputy Minister of Health-designate for disease, surveillance and epidemic control, Tolbert D. Nyenswah.According to the recommendation contained in the committee’s confirmation hearing report read before plenary yesterday, Mr. Nyenswah was found to possess the requisite educational background and work experience to effectively discharge the duties and functions of Deputy Minister of Health.Following a thorough examination of the statement made by the nominee and his record of service with the Ministry of Health for 17 years, the committee chaired by Senator (Dr.) Peter S. Coleman said it was convinced of Nyenswah’s passion, determination, caring leadership and managerial skills and a commitment to excellence.The recommendation states that “The Committee also observed that he is a highly effective and an excellent strategic planner and program implementer as exemplified during the Ebola crisis, with the ability to find solutions to challenging problems. His vision (regarding) disease surveillance and epidemic control will positively and effectively impact the Ministry of Health in building a resilient health care system in Liberia,” said the report.“The committee is convinced that the nominee has the requisite educational background and work experience to effectively discharge the duties and functions of Deputy Minister for Disease, Surveillance and Epidemic Control, and in view of the foregoing, the committee is pleased without any reservation to recommend to the plenary of the Liberian Senate to unanimously confirm the nominee for the post he was nominated to occupy.”The confirmation hearing done on June 24 was signed by Senators Jim Tornolah, Daniel F. Naatehn, J. Bleh-bo Brown, members, and Peter S. Coleman, Chairman.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf recently nominated Nyenswah to a position that does not exist at the Ministry of Health which raised eyebrows among lawmakers, including Senator Coleman who argued that if one should be created, an amendment to the Act creating the Ministry of Health was needed.The lawmakers contended that the creation of such a position needed to be legislated, and that until the President proposed an amendment to that law, Mr. Nyenswah was not considered a candidate for confirmation hearing.But in her letter of nomination to the Senate, President Sirleaf countered that her action was in keeping with an Act to amend the New Executive Law, which provides for the appointment of more than one deputy minister within a ministry as was approved on May 16, 1974.It can be recalled that during his appearance before the Senate plenary a few days ago, Mr. Nyenswah, who heads the Incident Management System (IMS) for the fight against the Ebola Virus, warned that while Liberia had seen zero cases of Ebola for quite some time, there was a possibility of re-introduction of the disease in the country.He however asserted that so long as there was appropriate recognition, triage, isolation and treatment of re-introduced cases, “we can prevent the spread of infection in our country.”He cautioned that closure of the borders with neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone is only a cosmetic fix to solving the problem.The fear created by the warning had hardly subsided when Mr. Nyenswah announced the most dreaded news Monday evening that there was a very likely confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus disease in Liberia, contracted by a 17-year-old boy who died last Saturday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man Electrocuted in Logan Town

first_imgA man identified as Mitchell Larmah died on Monday when what eyewitnesses said was a live electrical wire that reportedly latched on to the steel rod he was carrying. The incident occurred in the Logan Town Community on Bushrod Island near Babylon.Eyewitnesses told the Daily Observer that, “Mitchell was carrying a steel rod when he mistakenly touched a loose current wire while passing close to the house they were building.”When the incident occurred, an eyewitness said the deceased’s body suddenly began to peel from the face down, to the disbelief and utter amazement of onlookers.“We observed that the steel that the deceased was carrying in his hand touched the wire, which led to his electrocution,” one account said.“Right after the incident, Mr. Larmah was rushed to the Cynthia Community Clinic in Babylon where he was pronounced dead upon arrival,” added another eyewitness.The eyewitnesses said the deceased was working for a man identified as Morris Jusufu, who they said was not present during the incident. Mr. Jusufu confirmed knowing the deceased, but denied hiring him as contractor.The deceased was a resident of the Jamaica Road Community on the Bushrod Island. He was a mason by profession. Eyewitnesses disclosed that this was the second time that such an incident had occurred at the building.Meanwhile, the deceased was buried on Tuesday in keeping with the Muslim tradition. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Number of illicit drug overdose deaths among BC residents steady over the past month

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After the staggering numbers came out about illicit drug deaths, most notably fentanyl, those numbers are still appearing to be steady, according to the government.The government announced a task force in recent months and those task groups are focused on specific aspects of the response have been formed and are well underway.According to recent numbers released by the government regarding fentanyl deaths, from 2013 to 2016, the Northern Region has been at the top when it comes to fentanyl deaths.- Advertisement -This year, in 2016 (January through June), the breakdown is as follows:Northern region: 75%, Island region: 71%, Fraser region: 60%, Interior region: 58%, Metro region: 58%.From 2012 to 2016, the northern region has seen 238 fentanyl deaths. So far this year to date, there have been 21.Advertisementlast_img read more

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We have realistic AFCON chance- Wanyama

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama passes the ball in training during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 12 – Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama believes that the national football team has a decent chance of qualifying to next year’s African Cup of Nations in Cameroon after their win over Ghana and a draw over Ethiopia put them top of Group F.The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder believes that the current generation of players have what it takes to steer the team into Africa’s biggest stage and has vowed the team will work their socks off to get to Cameroon, breaking a 14-year drought. “That’s the plan (qualifying) because we have been missing AFCON for most years and I believe our time is now. If it is not now, then I don’t know,” Wanyama told Capital Sport.He added; “We have to be humble and take game by game. For us I think it’s a realistic chance and things are looking good, but still there’s lots of work to do. We have to stay on our feet and try to do the work.”Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama in training during a session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHis sentiments were shared by striker Michael Olunga who believes the team has placed itself in an advantageous position especially with the Ghana and Ethiopia results and has called upon his teammates to pull together and get the team across the line.“Of course the players now believe this is our time. We have a huge chance of qualification, but the job is not yet done. We have to keep working for the remaining games,” Olunga noted.Stars might book themselves a slot at next year’s Cup of Nations as early as this Sunday if they win against Ethiopia, but this will be determined on whether or not Sierra Leone will be admitted back to the qualification process.The Sierra Leonians were banned by FIFA over government interference and consequently their double header against Ghana cancelled.Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga attempts to make a pass under pressure from David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluCAF in a statement on Thursday said the Leone Stars will only be reinstated once they fully comply with FIFA’s requirements. A source at CAF says there is the possibility of the West Africans being ejected off the qualifiers especially with little time left for qualification.If they are ejected, then Stars win against Ethiopia, they go to seven points with only the match against Ghana remaining. Ethiopia will remain on one with the three points gained from Sierra Leone deducted.But, if Sierra Leone remain in contention, then Kenya needs two win against Ethiopia then beat the West Africans in November to rubber stamp their tickets to Cameroon.But even before all that, Stars have a tough assignment against Ethiopia’s Walia Ibex at Kasarani on Sunday and their target is nothing short of three points.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama challenges winger Paul Were for the ball during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Ethiopia were very dangerous when we played against them in Bahir Dar and it is not a team we can take lightly. It will be 90 minutes on the pitch and we urge our fans to come out and support us and we will represent them with a result,” Olunga noted.Skipper Wanyama has also urged the side to be at their best and has also congratulated his teammates for their performance in Bahir Dar, saying they showed they can grind out results and will do so for the win on Sunday.“I have to congratulate the team for the character and mentality they showed in Bahir Dar in a full stadium. We had a very strong mentality because managing the game with such a crowd is not easy. The fans were behind them from the first minute and the players showed they are mature to give their best in such circumstances,” Wanyama noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Film kisses, dances made actress shine

first_imgOBITUARY: Woman who took roles that challenged society’s rules on sexual conduct is recalled as a “no problem” star. By Jill Lawless THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON – Deborah Kerr, who shared one of Hollywood’s most famous kisses while portraying an Army officer’s unhappy wife in “From Here to Eternity” and danced with the Siamese monarch in “The King and I,” has died. She was 86. “I have never had a fight with any director, good or bad,” she said toward the end of her career. “There is a way around everything if you are smart enough.” She was invited to Hollywood in 1946 to play in “The Hucksters” opposite Clark Gable. She went on to work with virtually all the other top American actors and with many top directors, including John Huston, Otto Preminger and Elia Kazan. Tired of being typecast in ladylike roles, she rebelled to win a release from her MGM contract and get the role of Karen Holmes in “From Here to Eternity.” Playing the Army officer’s sex-starved wife in a fling with Lancaster’s Sgt. Warden opened up new possibilities for Kerr. She played virtually every part imaginable from murderer to princess to a Roman Christian slave to a nun to adulteress. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Kerr, who had Parkinson’s disease, died Tuesday in Suffolk in eastern England, her agent, Anne Hutton, said Thursday. For many she will be remembered best for her kiss with Burt Lancaster as waves crashed over them on a Hawaiian beach in the wartime drama “From Here to Eternity.” Kerr’s roles as forceful, sometimes frustrated women pushed the limits of Hollywood’s treatment of sex on the screen during the censor-bound 1950s. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated Kerr six times for best actress, but never gave her an Academy Award until it presented an honorary Oscar in 1994 for her distinguished career as an “artist of impeccable grace and beauty, a dedicated actress whose motion picture career has always stood for perfection, discipline and elegance.” She had the reputation of a “no problem” actress. last_img read more

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JAIL FOR THUG BEHIND ATTACK WHICH LEFT MAN IN COMA AND WITH LOSS OF SIGHT IN HIS EYE

first_imgStephen O’Donnell pictured outside Letterkenny courtA JUDGE has jailed one man and given a suspended sentence to another after a man they assaulted spent weeks in a coma, lost the sight in an eye and continues to suffer mentally from the attack.Conor McHugh, who is 19 and from Ballintemple, Falcarragh, and 22-year-old Stephen O’Donnell, from Knockfola, Brinaleck, appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court. Both men admitted an attack on Patrick McLaughlin in the early hours of March 18, 2013, in Falcarragh.O’Donnell, said the judge, had let the attack striking Mr McLaughlin first. McHugh then assaulted the man before O’Donnell battered him again using his fists.CCTV footage also showed that O’Donnell’s version of events – that he had retaliated to an assault by Mr McLaughlin – was a lie.McHugh, said the judge, knew the victim had already been knocked down to the ground and that a significant assault had already taken place against the victim when he hit Mr McLaughlin who was offered no resistance to the men.Judge Comerford said Mr McLaughlin’s injuries were incredibly significant.He lost a degree of his eyesight in one of his eyes; he was now capable of independent living but requires a degree of support.“He was left him in a coma for a number of weeks. these were life-threatening injuries,” said the judge.However as there were 7 separate blows – involving three blows and four falls – it was impossible legally to say which impact caused the injury.O’Donnell was given a six month suspended sentence for the first assault and two and a half years in prison for the second assault, with the last 18 months suspended.He said during O’Donnell’s year in prison he will miss the birth of his first child.McHugh was given two years – suspended for two years – on the following basis, he should be of good behaviour, he is not to be convicted of any offences of violence or drunkeness and thirdly – within one week and – for the next 23 months – he must give €125 per month to gardai to be given to Mr McLaughlin if he will accept it. If he doesn’t the money should go to the St Vincent de Paul.The judge said he accepted the money was “a paltry sum” when set against the injuries but he wanted McHugh to make some sort of acknowledgement each month for two years.“It will make him think about what he has done and will give him less money for socialising,” said Judge Comerford.He also ordered that the 18 month part of O’Donnell’s sentence should be suspended for two and half years from the date of his release from prison.JAIL FOR THUG BEHIND ATTACK WHICH LEFT MAN IN COMA AND WITH LOSS OF SIGHT IN HIS EYE was last modified: April 30th, 2015 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:assaultConor McHughcourt casecourtsFalcarraghjailSTEPHEN O’DONNELLlast_img read more

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MARVELOUS MAJELLA’S FUNDRAISING EFFORTS COULD TOP €500K

first_imgMajella O’Donnell’s brave headshave on Friday’s Late Late Show could end up raising more than €500,000 for charity.The businesswoman and wife of singer Daniel O’Donnell has already passed the €400,000 mark for the Irish Cancer Society.And with huge publicity surrounding her efforts, that figure is now likely to top the half a million euro figure. Majella was overcome as she learned of the amazing figure earlier today.“No, No, No. Oh my God! Oh my God!” she said as Ryan Tubridy revealed the figure on RTE radio this morning.Majella, who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, had her head shaved on the Late Late Show in an emotional charity drive for the Irish Cancer Society.The text lines, phone lines and website of the Irish Cancer Society all crashed under the subsequent traffic as people tried to donate money. “Mother of God Almighty and Heaven above, thank you everybody so so much,” she said this morning.“It’s incredible. Absolutely incredible. I can’t even put into words – it’s amazing.”Majella said she thought her efforts would raise €10,000 and perhaps even €50,000.But she revealed that her husband Daniel told her to aim high and try and raise as much money for cancer research as possible.“He told me to reach for the stars and I may hit the moon. I can believe what has happened. It’s just incredible,” she said. MARVELOUS MAJELLA’S FUNDRAISING EFFORTS COULD TOP €500K was last modified: September 17th, 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)last_img read more

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Half-time: QPR 1 Leeds United 1

first_imgJermaine Jenas levelled for QPR following a goal from Ross McCormack, who had earlier had a penalty saved by Rob Green.McCormack was adjudged to have been fouled by Richard Dunne after latching onto Luke Murphy’s clever pass after 10 minutes, but his resulting spot-kick was easily stopped by the Rangers keeper.However, McCormack found the net with the help of a deflection four minutes later, when his 25-yard free-kick went in via the head of the unfortunate Kevin Doyle.Rangers hit back a minute before the interval. Doyle laid the ball off to Jenas, who fired into the bottom corner from inside the penalty the area.QPR: Green, Hughes, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Traore, Jenas, Henry, Hoilett, Morrison, Doyle.Subs: Murphy, Keane, Yun, Carroll, Benayoun, Sendles-White, Maiga.Leeds: Butland, Peltier, Lees, Pearce, Warnock, Murphy, Austin, Stewart, Kebe, Wickham, McCormack.Subs: Smith, Hunt, Mowatt, Byram Wootton, Brown, Cairns.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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