‘My Dream’ is theme song for Costa Rica World Cup qualifier

first_imgCurrently living his career dream, My Dream hit maker Nesbeth continues to see his stocks soaring, with his song selected as the current theme song for the upcoming Jamaica vs Costa Rica World Cup qualifier. The Reggae Boyz vs Costa Rica CONCACAF World Cup qualifier will get under way on Friday, March 25, at 7 p.m. inside the National Stadium It will be the third match in the semi-final round of qualifiers for the Jamaicans and the first of back-to-back matches against the South Americans. With the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) looking for maximum attendance at the National Stadium, Nesbeth’s highly revered hit single has been chosen to rally crowd support. “For this game, we are pretty happy that the rising popular artiste Nesbeth is partnering with the federation, with his latest song My Dream, which represents the nation’s dream,” said Janice Rose-Brown, director of operations, PR and events, Jamaica Football Federation, at an InStat software technology media briefing held at the JFF secretariat. “We all know that the theme for the World Cup campaign is, ‘Russia wi seh’, and in that light we know that it is the goal and the dream of the entire nation. Therefore, we are very, very pleased that for this game, because although the overall theme for the campaign is ‘Russia wi seh’, for each particular game, we have specific objectives reflected in whatever themes we choose,” she continued.last_img read more

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USAID/FED, Partners to Boost Livestock Production

first_imgIn bid to enhance livestock production in Liberia, the United States Agencies for International Development/Food and Enterprise Development Program (USAID/FED) has rehabilitated the Central Agricultural Research Institute’s (CARI) livestock quarantine facility in Suakoko, Bong County.The facility was dedicated last Friday by the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Ms. Deborah Malac.The program was attended by the Deputy Minister for Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Seklau Wiles, and the Chief of Party for USAID/FED, Agnes Luz and among other dignitaries.The CARI’s livestock house was destroyed during Liberia’s fourteen year civil crisis. Thanks to USAID/FED’s partnership with the government of Liberia, the facility was revamped to meet the needs of livestock farmers in the country.According to the project document, about 500 improved varieties of goats are initially expected to occupy the new facility.USAID/FED will focus on improving goats husbandry techniques to increase production, while USDA and Land O’ Lakes (USDA/LOL) are to restock the nation’s goat population.The document further explained that goat farmers under the FED program are going to benefit from an imported herd of genetically proven goats to upgrade their existing herd, adding that the facility would be used as a home for nucleus breeding.Cutting the ribbon off the animals’ house last Friday in CARI, Ambassador Malac stated the United States government was gratified to support Liberia’s agricultural programs to reduce poverty and help the country become food secured.“The U.S government has made and will continue to make major investments to support agriculture and agri-business in Liberia through its close partnership with government institutions and agencies. Through projects such as the quarantine facility and the establishment of a thriving goat sector in Liberia, the U.S. government reaffirms its long standing commitment to help reduce poverty and achieve food security,” she said.She emphasized that the facility was critical to the overall process of increasing the national goat herd and represented how her government coordinates investment among different government agencies.“Goats are primary asset of rural village households and farms in Liberia. Considering that nearly 80 percent of all the goat meat consumed in the country is imported from surrounding countries, we intend to reverse that trend,” she explained.The U.S Ambassador mentioned that FED has not only partnered with CARI to increase livestock production, but was also into rice seed multiplication and certification as well as the multiplication of improved varieties of cassava cuttings.For her part, Mrs. Wiles said the government of Liberia was thankful to the people and government of America for helping to revamp the agricultural sector of Liberia.The MoA’s deputy minister, who once served as the national livestock coordinator for her ministry prior to her appointment, said that Liberia had been very productive in livestock production prior to the civil crisis.“Before the war, this facility served as our dairy cattle’s bond that hosted exotic (foreign) breed used for the crossing. We firmly believe that its revamping begins the intention to increase livestock production. This is why we are thankful for the assistance of the U.S government,” she stated joyfully.Dr. Arthur Kanua is the director for livestock research at CARI.He earlier confirmed at the program that his institution (CARI) has partnered with USAID/FED and USDA/LOL to enhance animal farming in Liberia.Speaking exclusively with the Daily Observer newspaper, after the program, the Acting Chief of Party for USDA/LOL, Madam Allison Williams, disclosed that by June of this year her institution is expected to restock the facility at CARI with goats.“We will be able to bring high quality of animals perhaps by June,” she said.According to her, they are working with fifty-nine goat farming groups in the country to increase animal production, adding that farmers are taught to breed livestock as a business.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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Fish vendor jailed for escaping Police custody

first_imgA fish vendor was on Wednesday sentenced to spend the next two years in prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before City Magistrate Judy Latchman.Randolph ThompsonRandolph Thompson was found guilty and jailed for escaping from lawful custody.He was on trial for the offence which stated that on February 15, 2016, at the Tactical Service Unit (TSU), he escaped.According to the prosecution’s case, the 34-year-old man was at the time tasked with cutting grass in the compound of the TSU. The father of two was arrested for simple larceny.In that matter, he had pleaded not guilty to the charged which stated that on June 12, at Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, he attempted to steal a BK International truck battery valued $70,000.On June 12, he was seen by a security guard attached to the company jumping over the fence of the company’s parking lot. An alarm was raised after he was seen attempting to remove the battery from the motor vehicle.He was arrested and taken to the Ruimveldt Police Station where he was later charged. In that matter, Magistrate Fabayo Azore had found him guilty.last_img read more

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Press Statement by SRSG Karin Landgren upon Return from Security Council Meeting

first_imgSRSG Karin Langren: Good morning.I returned to Monrovia last week from Security Council meeting on UNMIL, on 20 March.  This meeting came at the midpoint of UNMIL’s current term or mandate which began last September.The Council had before it a report from the SG dated 18 February, updating it on developments in Liberia and in UNMIL.  I would like to share with you briefly five important points that were discussed in the Council, also in my statement, on 20 March at the meeting of the Security Council.  And then I will take questions.(1)     Liberia’s security situation has remained generally stable, and the situation along Liberia’s borders has also remained relatively calm.  There have been positive developments within the country, across the border with Côte d’Ivoire (I refer to last October’s meeting of chiefs and elders, and many others, attended by Presidents Johnson-Sirleaf and Ouattara), and the development of a regional security strategy for the Mano River Union.  These are warmly welcomed by Liberia’s partners.  I have spoken to you before about the challenges of mob violence, which has gotten worse, and also SGBV.  There is also the periodic violence related to concessions, and the UN believes the Government can do more to have consultations and information-sharing with all affected communities.  I also reported to the Council on demonstrations and strikes the country has experienced. (2)  Many challenges remain on the path to good governance and to reforms that will help this country have a more inclusive character.  It is the view of the UN that these reforms need to be pursued with greater urgency.  Let me say a few words about governance and reforms.I was pleased to report to the Security Council on efforts to secure greater public accountability, including the work of LACC, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission;  the work of LEITI, the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and measures taken with regard to irregularities, such as the suspension of forestry Private Use Permits. Liberia cannot afford to have its population believing that corruption allegations go uninvestigated, or that investigations are not followed by consequences. It’s particularly important that these positive developments are reflected in the natural resources sector, including consultations with affected communities.In terms of major reforms that are mentioned in UNMIL’s mandate – namely, supporting constitutional reform, decentralization and national reconciliation – progress is very slow, and several initiatives are almost entirely dependent on donor funding.  National Reconciliation:  while the Palava Hut programme was launched by EJS six months ago, there is no concrete progress in implementation.  This was just one of the recommendations of the TRC, as you know, and is contained in the National Reconciliation Roadmap, adopted in Gbarnga in December 2012 and launched last year in June.  The National Reconciliation Road Map so far has been almost exclusively funded by the international community, with the PBF disbursing $11.2 million over 2 years. There needs to be more operational capacity and stronger political will by GoL, including the disbursement of the allocated budgetary funding [[it is only US$500,000, but hasn’t been accessed yet]] if there is to be progress in the next few years. This is also true of constitutional review. The timeline adopted by the Constitution Review Committee was to complete civic education and public consultations by the end of March, and to validate proposed amendments to the constitution at a national conference this month.  After that, proposals would be presented to the President, still this month, before being considered by the Legislature, and then, after 12 months, a national referendum.  Time is becoming very tight if Liberians want to see changes to the 1986 constitution within the current timeframe.  The UN strongly encourages the legislature, the executive, and all Liberians to reflect together on reform possibilities.  This is a unique window of opportunity.(3)  Let me turn to the Security Sector:  in particular, the Police.  As you know, some important steps were agreed at a security sector reform retreat last September.  Including:  to professionalize the police by appointing senior officials from within the ranks, and increasing transparency in tenure and promotion systems.  The LNP and BIN have been working to become more effective institutions.  So it has been frustrating to see the facilities vacated by UNMIL in Foya standing empty for over a year, waiting to become a BIN training center; and to see a new LNP training centre in Harper, inaugurated last September still standing idle.  Over the past few months, the Government has made significant commitments to strengthening the security sector: – The Minister of Finance has been personally involved in trying to make it easier for funds related to UNMIL security transition to be disbursed to the police, the immigration service and other agencies.  I am not sure this has had measurable success yet and we look forward to good news.  The police training academy has over a thousand recruits waiting to start training and over 250 people ready to graduate. – Second, the President herself has committed to activating more training resources and better use of facilities for training.– And third, the President has committed to having a better balance in the 2014-15 national budget between investments in infrastructure, and investments in national security.UNMIL will continue to offer support and to work with the many partners contributing to this sector.(4)  The first Justice and Security Hub is operational and the court house will be inaugurated soon, currently scheduled for 28 April. Services are starting to be rolled out in Hubs 2 and 3 in Harper and Zwedru.  The Governement of Liberia will maintain the functioning of these hubs and these are recurring costs that will need to be budgeted for.  There are other important actions awaited in the justice sector, also for the public to have confidence that courts work, and work impartially. While the courts develop, it is important to work on Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms.  There are trained mediators and [others] in many counties to help people settle their disputes amicably.  I visited one of Liberia’s Land Coordination Centres recently, in Harper – there are six of these centres – and heard about long-standing disputes slowly being discussed and settled.  Also, this process is free.  The MoJ has begun nationwide consultations to develop a national ADR policy.(5) Finally, I reported that UNMIL’s drawdown has continued smoothly.  I expect to report to the Security Council on this in greater detail later this year.  Thank you very much and I think we will now open the floor to questions Mathew.Mathew Elavanathoduka (OIC-PIO): Thank you SRSG Karin Landgren. Now we can take some questions and please introduce yourself and your institution before asking questions thank you.Emmanuel Flahn (Microscope Newspaper): Good morning, my name is Emmanuel Flahn and I work for the Microscope Newspaper. I am concerned about the state of security in Liberia. In your report to the UN Security Council Madam SRSG, you said the security situation is stable. But on the hand people have said the security apparatus are doing nothing in the interest of the citizens. How you reconcile the two assertions made?Joseph Soko Konneh, Jr. (Voice FM 102.7): Good morning, my name is Joseph Soko Konneh, Jr. I am concerned about the challenges that you mentioned Madam SRSG relative to mob violence and sexual gender based violence. What is UNMIL doing about it to help curtail mob violence and SGBV in Liberia?Fabine Kwiah (Radio Veritas): Good morning Madam SRSG. My question focuses on the Justice and Security Hub that you have mentioned and you said the public needs to have confidence in the justice system. Is it that you are relating directly to Liberians who have been trained by UNMIL since its onset in the country because much has been pumped into the justice and security sector? So I think that needs to be further explained. Another one is that you mentioned about Liberia’s constitution saying that time is tight and that if Liberians want changes we need to go back to the 1986 constitution. Thank you.SRSG Landgren: Thanks very much for those questions. The first question is about the state of security. UNMIL works with the government to monitor what is happening around the country in terms of security, both in terms of incidence of violence, and I mentioned concessions, I mentioned demonstrations and issues like sexual and gender based violence, where we work to maintain statistics of cases that are reported. And on the one hand, when I say we welcome the news it is that since the last report to the Secretary General, security within the country is generally stable which is to say a lack of major outbreaks of violence. It is not to say that the situation is rosy in terms of these types of violence that I have mentioned. UNMIL is working particularly with different government ministries and also with communities which is very important around gender based violence and how to combat it within communities; and on mob violence, as you know recently there was a launch of a national campaign to stop mob violence. Now some Liberians call it mob justice, but we do not call it mob justice because that is not an acceptable form of justice where people are hunted down sometimes on the basis of rumors alone and hurt or killed by the communities. So as these things continue we are also working closely, and so as many other partners, with the security sector precisely to help build up their capacity and their presence around the country and confidence in them.I have visited the LNP and BIN all over the country and one of the challenges which UNMIL has raised many times is that you find a vast majority of the LNP in the capital. So there is still not a good spread of police covering the rest of the country. When I visit them in county capitals, I always find that they have inadequate logistics, their cars are mainly broken, they have difficulty getting fuel, they have no communications equipment, they don’t have stationeries and sometimes they don’t have furniture or uniforms and their numbers are usually far below the numbers that are officially suppose to have. And you hear about how little they earn and how difficult it is to be stationed out in some of these more remote locations. So we are advocating strongly for greater support LNP and to BIN. But for that to be effective, these security agencies also need well functioning internal systems. So UNMIL has been getting and sharing with them expertise in how do you manage budgets, how you manage people/human resources, how do you manager vehicles, how do you manager facilities so that they get maintained and do fall apart immediately? And these are some of the systems that need to be strengthened. Also other partners, I want to mention Ghana, has been supporting this by bringing groups of LNP officers for training at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. So strengthening how these actors themselves manage the resources that they have is a big part in making them be more effective.SRSG Landgren: Regarding the Constitution, the 1986 Constitution is Liberia’s current Constitution. That is the Constitution that applies right now. But many Liberians have said that it is… have pointed out that it concentrates a lot of power, a lot of decision making in the hands of the Executive. Many Liberians also pointed out that the administration of this country is concentrated in Monrovia. In fact for some of the decentralization self-initiatives that have been discussed to be implemented including the Local Government Act, which is currently under review, there will need to be constitutional changes. So it’s really is a question right now for Liberians. Do you want to see these things changed? Because if you do than the constitution will need to be changed to make that possible. Why is it important right now? Well, right now Liberia has a president who has named this Constitutional Review Committee and is opened to the possibility of reforming the Constitution, reviewing the Constitution. For this to happen, many things have to come together – the president, the legislature, the public in the form of a referendum – get to agree or reject the proposals that are made. So it’s very important in this fairly limited time because these are complex processes. That there will be more of an open debate about do you want changes in your constitution? This is the chance if you do and what kind of changes do you want to see. So that is why we emphasized this moment as a real window of opportunity to make these changes if Liberians want to see them. Thank you.Mathew Elavanalthoduka: Some more questionsArthur Douglas (ELBC): Good morning, my name is Arthur Douglas and I report for the state radio, ELBC. My attention is drawn to your comment on the national reconciliation strategy. And you said there is not much done, no credible or tangible program in place for the implementation despite the president’s commitment to the process. What exactly do you mean? You also talked about corruption, calling for more robust approach to corruption. You cited the issue about the Private Used Permits with the Forestry Development Authority. I have understood from your presentation that the UN has been following the issue of corruption. But is the UN also considering or let me just say, what is your assessment of government’s own response to clamping down on corruption considering the president’s assertion on corruption? My final question has to do with your frustration about the idleness of some facilities you turned over to government. In Harper, I was there when donors turned over the police barrack. You also talked about the one in Foya. Have you engaged government to find out why are these facilities still idle? Thank you.Joseph Soko Konneh, Jr. (Voice FM 102.7): Again I am Joseph Soko Konneh Jr., Voice FM. You talked about the limited number of police officers in Liberia in the midst of UNMIL’s drawdown. How is the security system going to be like, especially UNMIL is leaving Liberia gradually and Liberia and  what do you think is going to be UNMIL’s next move in strengthening the security sector? And from my end finally, the issue about – despite it wasn’t mentioned – Ebola, it got some security implications. Liberians are saying government should close its border with Guinea and what is UNMIL doing about it? Thank you.SRSG Landgren: Thanks very much. You asked about the lack of progress around some reformed initiatives especially around reconciliation and I think what I said was no concrete progress since the last time UNMIL reported on this to the Council. What is happening is that –I’ll mentioned three things that are – have been set in motion. But in all of these three things, we see very slow progress. The first is the palava hut initiative. As I mentioned, this was launched last October in Zwedru. But it is not yet being rolled out. There are some studies being undertaken of how different communities in Liberia themselves manage palavas – palava hut type processes and we would indeed like to see that speedy up. It’s a very long time now since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission reported it will be five years I believe this year. And again it is in the hands of Liberians how long do you want to wait for some of these processes to get underway. But to the UN these appear to be important processes to continue the discussion about what happened in the past and how to make sure that this doesn’t befall this country again.SRSG  Landgren: A second initiative is the national symbols project. If you recalled in July 2012 the national orator of that year, Dr. Elwood Dunn spoke about Liberia’s national symbols and was asked to head a small process to review these symbols. This is not the first time in Liberia’s history that the symbols have been looked at. So, that is moving forward again and we are coming up to two years since that fantastic speech in July 2012. I don’t believe we have seen real progress or recommendations with regards to Liberia’s national symbols.The third initiative is Liberia’s history project and looking at writing a share history of Liberia to have all of Liberia’s people agreeing on one version of what happened and how this country developed. Now I know that there had been some plans put in place for the writing of that history, but my understanding is, that has been stalled right now for lack of funding. So that is the more complete background to the lack of concrete progress in the past six months.In terms of clamping down on corruption, there had been significant public commitments made to do this and I mentioned some positive examples. Now the country has a new head of LACC and the country will have a new head of LEITI, these are important institutions to support and audit reports of national institutions remain extremely important. And it is my view that there is interest in being transparent as possible, as public as possible about both investigations into allegations of corruption and the measures taken against people who are accused. So we strongly urged that this continue and strengthened.There was another mention of the idleness of the facilities in Foya and Harper as I mentioned the president has recently committed to fast-tracking training facilities and so we are hopeful that these institutions would not stand idle much longer and would be used in full to speed up the training of the BIN and the LNP.  Now, more need to be done clearly with the police. Many people have observed that outside the capital, almost the further away you go the harder it is to find police presence in the number that they are suppose to be and effectively equipped with the facility they need in order to work.UNMIL remains extremely engaged on it, the police need to lift their game, they are committed to doing so and what is important right now is that funding has been allocated in the current budget specifically for UNMIL transition in order words specifically to fill gaps created by UNMIL’s gradual draw down and that is in addition to the regular funding in the budget for the security sector. So the Ministry of Finance has made this commitment to make it easier for the security agencies to get access to those transition funds. And that is USD6 million dollars budget which include some money for hubs two and three as well. So we are waiting to see the results of whether the money in that pipe line is indeed flowing to the LNP in particular.Let me say few words about Ebola. And the first thing I want to say is that this action to combat the spread of Ebola in Liberia is being headed by the government by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare under Health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale. So I am not taking the place of Dr. Gwenigale when I share this information with you. The government has drawn a national response plan, they have launched a national task force and they are taking this epidemic very, very seriously. The latest news we have is that there has been a total of eight suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola infection reported in Liberia. But I want to emphasize suspected or confirmed, there is not confirmed cases it is suspected or confirmed that includes four deaths of the eight, two were confirmed Ebola infection, one of whom died in Lofa County, the other of whom as Dr. Gwenigale who has reported who has been isolated in Margibi County who travelled from Foya. There are two probable and two suspected cases located in Foya.Yesterday, UNMIL Chief Medical officer accompanied the World Health Organization Country Representative and the government’s chief medical officer on a visit to Foya to access prevention and containment measures that are being taken by the authorities and by partners. The WHO doctor has remained in Foya and is still in Foya to look at those measures and of course the international community is eager to give all possible support to the government of Liberia as it combats the spread of this epidemic. Thank you.Mathew Elavanathoduka OIC-PIO: Thank SRSG. Any more questions?Fabine Kwiah (Radio Veritas): Hello again. I have two questions on security. You always mentioned that the security situation is generally stable and calm along the borders. Nonetheless, a year ago, I remember vividly, there was this incidence down the 12th Street in Sinkor where UNMIL personnel from Uganda allegedly murdered a Liberian girl. The incident was reported in the newspapers and on the radio. Now, during a press conference in this same room sometimes last year, I remember Aleem Siddique was here and I asked him about the fate of the case. I wanted to know the outcome of the investigation.  It took him time to answer the question and promised the press that he would return with the investigation outcome. Since then nothing has been said about it.My next question is that you have mentioned that governance and reform are being challenged, and therefore the need for renewed efforts to address the challenges. You named some institutions like LACC and LEITI. How do you explain that?Haji Massaley (SKY FM): Good morning. Madam SRSG you mentioned that the security system is stable and calm. You also said that the country has witnessed mob violence and demonstrations as well as strikes under the period in review. How can you be more explicit in reconciling that statement?SRSG Landgren: Thank you very much. That is a very good question. I want to be absolutely cleared with this group what we mean when we say generally stable overall. I have reported to the Council on the types of incidents or the types of violence that continue to occur; and they continue to occur as you pointed out. There have been strikes and demonstrations as well as continuing mob violence and sexual-based violence. And, there is no one saying that there is no crime in Liberia. But, you also know that UNMIL is not going to stay until there is the day when there is no crime in Liberia. What we are mainly looking at are incidents of the types that could challenge the overall stability of the country. So, when we look at the past six months, that is why we say generally, stable. We are not saying no crime, no violence. Similarly, when we look at the border with Cote d’Ivoire we are saying there is no confirmed cross-border attacks during this period. When I look back to 2012 and the situation prevailing then, we had many suspected or confirmed cross-border attacks across that border. So, this is a real change, and of course the fact that countries in this region have gotten together and committed themselves to regional security mechanisms. It is immensely important when one considers Liberia’s history, how the problems begun, and how problems were instigated across this borders in the past, this is a fantastic state of affairs. These are commitments from all the countries in the Mano River Union. So, that is the context in which we saying that the overall security is generally stable and remains stable.In terms of more details about accountability, first of all, I will encourage you to speak directly to LEITI and to LACC and get them to tell you the different measures they have taken or planning to take. The head of LACC was confirmed in his new post and, I think, at his confirmation talked about measures he foresaw LACC taking and planning to take. In the case of LACC, they have worked on financial disclosures of officials and have made the information public. In the case of LEITI, there is a post-contract audit process they have been involved in and also they are looking at incomes from the extractive industries. So, these are very important initiatives and I want to encourage these institutions and their progress.On the specific case you have mentioned, we would like to come back to you. I would only have an update on that case. Thank you. Thank you all very much.Mathew Elavanathoduka OIC-PIO: Thank you and with this we have come to the end of this press conference. Thank you all for coming and thank you to all the UNMIL Radio listeners. Please note that there are copies of the 27th Progress Report of the Secretary-General to the UN Security Council available for your pick up. Also there is a leaflet on the Ebola-virus which describes the prevention methods and symptoms.   Thank you SRSG.SRSG Landgren: Thank you.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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SIM Box Network Busted, Two Arrested

first_imgLTA arrested these suspects (from left), Dorcat Tartee and Jefferson Mulbah in connection with the SIM Box operation. – LTA investigating illegal telecommunications activities that could cost Liberia major revenue lossesThe Liberia Telecommunications Authority is investigating a major SIM Box Network busted over the weekend, where hundreds of SIM cards from both Lonestar Cell MTN and Orange Liberia were used to illegally terminate in-bound international calls. SIM Box operations are considered one of the gravest offenses, according to the LTA, depriving the Government of Liberia hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue.The LTA’s Anti-Fraud and Legal Units had two adults arrested and detained on the morning of Friday, October 5, for allegedly operating SIM Box units with hundreds of SIM cards from both operators.SIM Box Units are illegal in Liberia and are used to by-pass the proper channels to register international calls terminated in the country. SIM Box units disguise in-bound international calls as local calls, making as though the call is coming from a local number. By this, perpetrators are able to manipulate the process defrauding government and service providers of hundreds and thousands of dollars annually.Friday’s operation, LTA’s first bust this year, occurred in Mamba Point near the Old CID headquarters.After a tip-off, the LTA Anti-Fraud Unit moved into covert surveillance. The Authority’s Legal Unit secured a Writ of Arrest through the Monrovia City Court, which assigned sheriffs, then moved in to arrest the suspects, Miss Dorcat Tartee and Mr. Jefferson Mulbah.SIM Box unit arrested by LTA over the weekend.SIM Box equipment and a large number of SIM cards from Lonestar and Orange were confiscated at the scene.  Empty casings for the SIM Cards were also confiscated, along with a large number of used and unused dollar scratch cards.LTA has not disclosed whether the SIM cards arrested were registered or not. However, any unregistered SIM Cards in the batch constitutes a major regulatory violation with potentially heavy consequences and fines for GSM Providers.The LTA has previously warned GSM Providers of the threat unregistered SIM Cards pose to national security.LTA Chairman Ivan BrownThe two individuals remain in police custody pending further investigation.  LTA Public Affairs Director Jarsea Burphy says, “the Anti-Fraud Unit vows to remain vigilant in combating fraud, we thank the Court and Police for responding swiftly. Our next step will be establish if these cards used were registered and  then to calculate the revenue lost  to the government and people of Liberia. ”The LTA Chairman, Ivan Brown, will head the Authority’s investigation going forward with a strong team  of Commissioners, (Zowana Titus, Maria Harrison, Israel Akinsanya and Edwina Zackpah). He has commended his staff for their vigilance and commitment.According to the LTA, the Mninstry of Justice will be responsible for processing the evidence for prosecution of the suspects.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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Boakai, Weah Meet Ahead of June 7 Protest

first_imgFormer VP Joseph N. Boakai (right) honored an invitation by President George M. Weah to meet and discuss the rising tension in the countryIn the face of mounting political tension occasioned by announcements by several political parties and individuals of a planned mass public anti-government protest on June 7, 2019, President George Weah, at the urging of several concerned parties, met with former Vice President Joseph Boakai at his Foreign Ministry office on Tuesday, May 1.Details of the meeting, said to have been held to defuse the political tension, have been scanty as neither party has divulged anything beyond what an official Executive Mansion Press release said were frank discussions held between both men, and a commitment to do all within their power to ensure respect for the constitution and laws of the country.But the official hush-hush over details of the discussions has, according to analysts, left the public wondering whether such pledges of commitment to ensure respect for the rule of law meant in effect that that the planned protest will be called off at the insistence of President Weah.It can however be recalled that recently, Presidential Press Secretary Smith Toby, declared that President Weah was aware that large sums of money, in excess of US$350,000, had been made available to the organizers of the June 7 planned ‘peaceful protest’ to pay participants an amount of US$5 each, which according to a security official (name withheld), appeared to convey the impression that protest organizers have sinister motives and intent.Toby’s statement came shortly after a brief, but mutually agreed encounter between President Weah and one of his fiercest critics in person of Montserrado County District #10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah, who is a leading proponent of the planned June 7 protest. The statement was followed by a string of scathing attacks on social media directed at all those individuals and political parties associated with the upcoming protest.Although it remains unclear whether any deal was struck between the President and the former VP, public expectations remain high for a toning down of the harsh rhetoric coming from both sides of the divide as expressed by former Senator and Senate President Pro Tempore Cletus Wotorson, when he paid an impromptu visit to the Capitol on Tuesday, April 30.While calling for dialogue and toning down of the associated rhetorics, the former President Pro Tempore informed members of the 54th Senate that too much confusion is going on in the country, specifically through the news media.Additionally, the former senator urged his compatriots to request a meeting with the Executive, adding it is the moral responsibility of the Senate to do so. He however suggested that senators first hold a closed-door discussion amongst themselves to harmonize their approach to the discussions.Meanwhile organizers of the June 7 protest have vowed to go ahead with their planned action irrespective of discussion held between President Weah and former Vice President Joseph Boakai. They disclosed this during a press conference held recently in Monrovia.It can be noted however that there have been no change in official announcements warning against the protest march and warning also that organizers will be held liable should anything go wrong.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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Danczyk Wins Chainsaw Carving Competition

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Competition has come and gone for another year.The contest is one of the largest of its kind in the world, and featured carvers from as far away as Denmark and the UK. Reigning 2-year champion and Oregon native Chris Foltz wasn’t able to make it to the competition this year, allowing for a new champion.Mike Winia from Ontario, the last-minute addition to the competition to replace Foltz ended up taking 3rd place for his Lion carving. Last year’s 3rd place winner Jeff Samudosky placed in 2nd for his Gargoyle carving, while Chad Danczyk was crowned champion of the contest for his carving of two cranes. Carvers Choice went to Tommy Craggs’ Medusa carving, while Joerg Jung took the People’s Choice Award for his Moose relief carving.- Advertisement – The 1st Place carving at the 2016 Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Competition, carved by Chad Danczyk. Facebook photo. The 1st Place carving at the 2016 Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Competition, carved by Chad Danczyk. Facebook photo. The 2nd Place carving at the 2016 Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Competition, carved by Jeff Samudosky. Facebook photo. The 2nd Place carving at the 2016 Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Competition, carved by Jeff Samudosky. Facebook photo. The 3rd Place carving at the 2016 Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Competition, carved by Mike Winia. Facebook photo. The 3rd Place carving at the 2016 Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Competition, carved by Mike Winia. Facebook photo. The Carver's Choice Award carving at the 2016 Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Competition, carved by Tommy Craggs. Facebook photo. The Carver’s Choice Award carving at the 2016 Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Competition, carved by Tommy Craggs. Facebook photo. The People's Choice Award carving at the 2016 Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Competition, carved by Joerg Jung. Facebook photo. The People’s Choice Award carving at the 2016 Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Competition, carved by Joerg Jung. Facebook photo.last_img read more

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Okumbi out as Belgian Put appointed Harambee Stars coach

first_imgThe 61-year-old has been handed a two-year contract in what will be his third national team duty after Gambia, Jordan and Burkina Faso who he steered to the 2017 African Cup of Nations finals.Put’s first assignment will be on December 3 in the upcoming CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup where Harambee Stars will face the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda in the opener.He has been in charge of Algerian giants USM Alger but has now left the North African nation for Kenya national team job.Put’s biggest achievement in the continent was leading Burkina Faso to the 2013 African Nations Cup final where they lost to Nigeria.However, Put was at one point banned in Belgium for allegedly being involved match-fixing. The same match-fixing allegations cost his job in Jordan.FKF has been under pressure to replace Okumbi after the former Mathare United coach failed to fit in the big shoes of the national team since he was handed the role in 2015 after the Nick Mwendwa regime took office.Okumbi was last in charge of the national team on October 8 when Harambee Stars were stunned 2-1 by lowly ranked Thailand in the international friendly to condemn the former Mathare United head coach to his third loss over the last four matches.They lost 2-1 to Sierra Leone in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier, drew 1-1 with Mozambique in a friendly, then lost to Iraq 1-0 in international friendly.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Belgian Put has been appointed Harambee Stars Head Coach. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 18 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has appointed Belgian Paul Put as the Harambee Stars Head Coach replacing Stanley Okumbi.Put was unveiled on Saturday during the FKF Annual General Meeting that is being held at in Mombasa County.last_img read more

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Wanyama out of Harambee Stars friendlies

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama during a training session at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 7, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 23 – Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama says he will be unavailable for Harambee Stars friendly games against Swaziland and Equatorial Guinea as he looks to fully recover from a knee injury that kept him out of action for four months.The midfield powerhouse says his club Tottenham Hotspur have already communicated to Football Kenya Federation informing them of the player’s unavailability. “I have just returned from injury and I haven’t played many games and I still need time to fully recover. I don’t think I will be strong enough to play these games but I wish the team all the best, “Wanyama said.He added: “The club has already called the Kenyan team doctor and asked them not to use me so I have to do what the club wants.”The skipper also missed the friendly match against the Central Africa Republic in March on advise from his club. He only played one game against Comoros.Stars are ready in camp ahead of the two friendly games. They play Swaziland on Friday and Equatorial Guinea on Monday, both games to be staged at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Another chance for Barca’s old guard to leave heavier stamp on Europe

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique are Barca all time greats © AFP / Pau BarrenaBARCELONA, Spain, Apr 30 – It was ten years ago Alex Ferguson dubbed them the best team he had ever faced but those left from Barcelona’s iconic generation still have work to do.Three remain and when Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique line up against Liverpool on Wednesday, they may wonder if this could be their best chance of another, and perhaps final, Champions League triumph. Pep Guardiola’s mesmeric side had just danced around and dizzied Manchester United in 2009, their 2-0 victory completing an historic treble, when Ferguson conceded: “Nobody has given us a hiding like that.”But not long after the final whistle at Wembley, Ferguson expressed doubts too, about the longevity of that Barca group and then, whether they could ever be replaced.“Great teams go in cycles and the cycle they’re in at the moment is the best in Europe,” he said. “How long it lasts and whether they can replace that team…they have the philosophy but it’s difficult to say if you can find players like Xavi, (Andres) Iniesta and Messi all the time. Probably not.”Xavi and Iniesta have gone, succeeded by the all-encompassing Ivan Rakitic and, more recently, Arthur Melo, who could mature into the kind of player his predecessors would admire.Messi, who turns 32 in June, Busquets, who will be 31 in July, and Pique, already 32, have hung on, driving the club through fresh cycles of success.But in some ways perhaps, Ferguson was right. They could never sustain the Guardiola method in full, in part because pressing began to neutralise possession but mainly because that group of players was unique.In the Champions League, glory came again quickly in 2011, United again the victims, but from 2012 to 2018, it followed only once more, after beating Juventus in 2015.When Barcelona outplayed United in 2009, they had already won La Liga, the first of eight league titles in 11 years, the last of those confirmed by victory over Levante on Saturday, when Messi scored the winner.“Our objective now is the treble,” said president Josep Bartomeu.He knows domestic dominance has been tarnished by underachievement in Europe and, regardless of whether they win another double this term, this team’s season will be defined by them beating Liverpool, and then either Tottenham or Ajax on June 1.Messi, Busquets and Pique have played in 34 Champions League semi-finals matches between them and while the likelihood is there will be more to come, nothing is guaranteed. If the next takes as long to arrive as this one, Messi will be almost 36.When Ernesto Valverde took charge at the start of last season, Barcelona were wounded by consecutive Super Cup defeats to Real Madrid. “For the first time I feel inferior to them,” said Pique.Now they sit 18 points ahead of them in the league, having finished 17 clear of them last season. But inferiority in Europe still rankles. It is Madrid’s name on the cup next to four of the last five years.And for the remnants of one of Barcelona’s most symbolic eras, time is running out to put it right.There are green shoots emerging, a new cycle – Arthur, Ousmane Dembele, Clement Lenglet and Carles Alena – coming through.“I hope I can be part of the new wave,” Lenglet told AFP Sport in February. “There is a regeneration of the squad that is preparing for the future and I hope to be a part of that.”Frenkie de Jong could face Barcelona in the final in Madrid, in what would be his last Ajax appearance before joining the Catalans in July. He may not replace Busquets but the 21-year-old will, at the very least, challenge him.Pique has been one of his team’s standout players in central defence but there are plans there too. The 19-year-old Jean-Clair Todibo arrived from Toulouse in January and Matthijs de Ligt could follow De Jong from Ajax in the summer.As for Messi, there may never be a successor but four Champions League titles, one fewer than Cristiano Ronaldo, means there is a sense hanging over the club of a record unfinished.In that way, Liverpool could encounter the same problem Manchester United did a decade ago. “We never got control of Messi,” Ferguson said. “But a lot of people will end up saying that.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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