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Nimba Caucus Chair Resigns

first_imgThe chairman of the 53rd Nimba Legislative Caucus, Senator Thomas S. Grupee, has resigned as chairman of that body.Speaking at the close of the Nimba County Council Sitting in Sanniquellie on Feb. 22, he said there had been no appreciation for their work because the county always claimed they are not together. The official turning over of office was expected to take place on Feb. 24 in Monrovia.Senator Grupee said, “Our work is not recognized because the county felt that we are not together and for this we are doing everything possible to remain together.”There was no sign of sympathy among any of the elders when Senator Grupee announced his retirement from the caucus chair during the opening and closing remarks of the County Council which was held from Feb. 19-22.The Caucus chair has been one of the key problems among the Lawmakers since the removal of Senator Prince Johnson, who had always complained that his removal was undemocratic.This year Nimba County Council Sitting was well attended by a cross section of the citizens, including 11 lawmakers, but it did not reflect how the 2013 County Council Sitting was conducted when county officials reported on its achievements and shortcomings.At this year’s Sitting there was no general report from the Caucus, nor was there the County Superintendent’s report on its past performance.There was no mention of the July 10, 2014 incident in Yekepa, when scores of Nimbians were arrested for vandalizing Arcelor Mittal’s facilities at Mount Tokadeh.Nor was there a report on the status of those still in jail and what the county is doing for them to get a speedy trial.The status of the controversial scraps issue was also not mentioned.Senator Grupee’s resignation had been looming since last year when he announced over a local radio station that he would resign.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police on path to digitally investigate, report crime

first_imgA multimillion-dollar Police Records Management Information System (PRMIS) was on Thursday launched, aimed at equipping the Guyana Police Force (GPF) with the needed technology to investigate and report crime digitally.Under the CariSECURE project, the technological hardware and software deemed necessary in advancing the work of GPF was handed over as Guyana curbs the various forms of criminal activities that plague the nation.United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative to Guyana Luca Renda related that the primary objective is to reduce crime by improving the quality, comparability, reliability and use of data and promoting the use of information management system.“The focus on this region is dictated by a stark reality. Despite progress in recent years, including here in Guyana, Latin America and the Caribbean remain unfortunately, by statistics, the most violent region in the world”.According to the UN official, effectively addressing crime requires an integrated approach that enlists the collaboration of many Government agencies with the Police leading the way.“It is critical that the Police force is equipped with all the tools required to be effective in the fight against crime, including modern technology. The Police must have improved information management system capacity through the use of modern information systems, along with new intelligence and emergency response system. These tools together can provide a new depth of data to improve operational policing, decision making and criminal justice research”.He explained that the piloting of this modernized system at the Fort Wellington and Alberttown Police Stations will drastically improve the work and crime fighting skills of the local police.“Police officers deployed to crime scenes would have the means to electronically enter information into a computer, store that information on a server, retrieve real time data, analyse trends, and prepare tactical operation and strategic reports in a more efficient and timely manner. The piloting of the application in two Police stations, Alberttown and Fort Wellington, will provide evidence and lessons that will be reviewed to scale up this approach nationally at a later stage”.Meanwhile, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Government Mark Cullinane emphasised that criminals become savvier globally every day with their crimes becoming more sophisticated owing to information technology. He stated that this is the reason for an advanced data records management system.“Such data will equip Police officials with the ability to conduct crime hotspot mapping, victim and offender profiling, and intelligence gathering. These are just some of the crucial competencies that will empower Police officers to effective fight crime. The PRMIS will assist in advancing the GPF into 21st century policing. PRMIS will shift the Police away from paper-based crime recording, resulting in greater efficiency through customised, digitised reporting processes”.He added that in addition to the new system, Police officials would also be trained in crime analysis. Also, in the coming months, CariSECURE will establish an integrated system that connects key criminal justice agencies which policy makers will use to effectively allocate resources and develop programmes that result in positive outcomes for Guyana.Additionally, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan stated that it is the hope for every Police station to be equipped with such technology following the six-month piloting phase.“This system will make it easier to identify persons of interest and allow the user to easily pull up information on lists of persons who are known to be child molestors, sex offenders, deportees, murderer, and witnesses and also to know where there are…drug traffickers, gang members and even suspects that the Police would have taken a note of. All of these are going to be captured and even disaggregation can happen”.International stakeholders, Guyana’s Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan and Police Commissioner, Leslie James during the launch of PRMIS on Thursday.last_img read more

Saudis, Iranians ally against strife

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Following their first official talks in Saudi Arabia, the Iranian and Saudi leaders on Saturday pledged to fight the spread of sectarian strife in the Middle East, which they said was the biggest danger facing the region. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and King Abdullah also stressed the importance of maintaining Palestinian unity and bringing security to Iraq, the official Saudi Press Agency said. The agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying he supported Saudi efforts to calm the situation in Lebanon and end its political crisis. Iran supports Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah group, which is trying to topple the U.S.- and Saudi-backed government. The talks between the two leaders have been touted as a possible means to defuse sectarian tensions in Iraq and Lebanon, and prevent Iran from sliding further into isolation. “The two leaders asserted that the greatest danger threatening the Muslim nation at the present time is the attempt to spread strife between Sunni and Shiite Muslims and that efforts should be exerted to stop such attempts and close ranks,” the Saudi Press Agency said. Iran and Saudi Arabia have had chilly relations since the 2005 election of Ahmadinejad, whose refusal to suspend uranium enrichment has led to U.N. Security Council sanctions and made Iran’s Arab neighbors increasingly wary of the country’s nuclear program. But Abdullah personally met Ahmadinejad at the airport before the two headed into a meeting. The king later threw a banquet in his guest’s honor, the Saudi Press Agency said. The Iranian leader left Riyadh late Saturday after the talks. Saudi and Iranian analysts said cooperation will benefit both countries, as well as the whole region. Shiite-majority Iran and Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia are on different sides of the two conflicts that are threatening to ignite the Middle East – Iraq and Lebanon – and the Saudis have expressed concerns over Iran’s nuclear program. Dawood al-Shirian, a Saudi analyst, said the kingdom would not have agreed to receive Ahmadinejad “if it didn’t know that the visit would add to its political achievements.” last_img read more

First Nations LNG employment study

first_imgThe province is providing the Treaty 8 Tribal Association with nearly $134,000 to help its members take advantage of regional economic development opportunities – including liquefied natural gas.The Labor Market Partnership funding will help the tribal association hire a consultant to do a five-year action plan and study.It will focus on the skills needed for future jobs, on existing skill gaps, and on ways employers can best meet their work force needs through local hiring.- Advertisement -Five of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association member bands are participating, including the West Moberly, Saulteau, Prophet River, Halfway River, and Doig River First Nations.Other Treaty 8 bands will be invited to participate in the research.“Treaty 8 First Nations will play a very important part in supplying workers to help with the labor shortages that our area is going to see in the near and distant future,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said. “This report will go a long ways to identifying the areas that need to be strengthened so that we can all take advantage of these benefits.”Advertisement The project will last 43 weeks, wrapping up with a report scheduled to be released in late August of next year.last_img read more

Russian footballers cleared after FIFA doping probe

first_img0Shares0000FIFA said it could find no evidence of doping among players from World Cup host nation Russia’s squad © AFP/File / FABRICE COFFRINILAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 22 – FIFA has ended a doping investigation into Russian footballers named in the country’s provisional World Cup squad after finding “insufficient evidence” of any wrongdoing, it said on Tuesday.World football’s governing body launched a probe into “possible anti-doping rule violations” by players “against whom a suspicion had been raised” following the publication of the McLaren report on mass doping in Russia. The enquiry was part of a broader investigation into players likely to participate at the World Cup, the result of which was “that insufficient evidence was found to assert an anti-doping rule violation”, FIFA said in a statement.FIFA added it had “informed the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) of its conclusions, and WADA in turn has agreed with FIFA’s decision to close the cases.”The report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, produced at the request of WADA, revealed a “state-sponsored” doping system in Russia that reached its peak during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.The bombshell revelations prompted the suspension of numerous Russian athletes with several stripped of medals, while the country was formally banned from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, where Russian competitors were only allowed to take part as ‘neutrals’.Several Russian footballers were named in the McLaren report, although they were never publicly identified.As part of the probe, FIFA said it carried out “an assessment of all information and evidence contained in the McLaren report, with the support of scientific and legal experts.”FIFA also got in touch with McLaren “to obtain further details from him” and sent questions to Grigory Rodchenkov, the Russian whistleblower who served as the former head of Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory.Samples taken by FIFA and confederations which were stored in WADA-accredited laboratories of players listed in the McLaren report and “high-level” players were re-analysed for banned substances.Samples seized by WADA from the Moscow laboratory were also retested.“All results were negative,” FIFA said.In addition, FIFA performed unannounced doping controls during the process of the investigation, with the Russian squad “one of the most tested teams” ahead of the tournament.FIFA said it was also still working alongside WADA on an investigation into several players who will not be involved at the World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chapa Dimba All Stars ready for 2nd friendly

first_img0Shares0000Enock Wanyama receives instructions from Martinez Rodriguez Ismael, one of the LaLiga coaches, during their trainings at Futbol Salou, Cambrils.CAMBRILS, Spain, May 11 – The Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom All-Star teams held their third training session at Futbol Salou in Spain on Saturday ahead of their second friendly match against Gimnastic de Tarragina on Monday.The trainings conducted by La Liga’s Jose Ruiz and Ismael Rodriguez were tactical and technical-based, with much focus on ball control, recovery from a goal, speed and field decision-making by players. “The players are physically fit and that is why most of our trainings are more on tactics and not much on their physique. Based on their last friendlies, we decided to improve their ability to recover from a goal and focus on their speed as well,” said Rodriguez.The team will on Sunday night have an opportunity to watch champions-elect Barcelona take on Gatafe at Camp Nou. The team on Friday toured the iconic stadium and also had an opportunity to check out some of the historic cites in the Spanish city.Saeed Aleeley Sheikh of Chapa Dimba All-Stars (Left) and Marion Idd (Right) pairing up during a training session ahead of their friendlies with Reus today at Futbol Salou grounds, Cambrils.“Our team is learning a lot here. We are bonding well as a team and our ball coordination is greatly improving. We scored goals in our first friendly match against Reus and we are confident to score more goals in our next friendlies on Monday” said John Atem Kato on of the stars of the Chapa Dimba squad.The All-star boys lost their first friendly match on Thursday against Reus Deportiu 5-3 while the drew 3-3 against the same team’s ladies’ side.The 32 players – 17 boys and 15 girls were scouted from across the country during the eight regional finals of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom tournament.Their technical bench consist of two coaches – Pauline Awuor of Acakoro Ladies and Ted Amumala of Lugari Blue Saints. The two were selected through a draw conducted on 28th April at Gymkhana Grounds during the Nairobi regional finals.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chelsea transfer target has made a decision on his future

first_imgChelsea target Federico Bernardeschi has his heart set on a move to Juventus after deciding to leave Fiorentina.The 23-year-old is on the Blues’ radar as they attempt to reinforce their squad in time to defend their Premier League crown in the coming season.And Fiorentina director Pantaleo Corvino this week confirmed that the forward wants to leave the Serie A club after deciding against extending his contract.But, according to Sky Sport Italia, Bernardeschi has no intention of joining Chelsea as he wants to make the switch to Italian champions Juve.It has even been reported that the Italy Under-21 international has already agreed personal terms with the Turin giants.Now all that is left is for them to agree a fee with Fiorentina, with a player-plus-cash offer, including either Stefano Sturaro or Tomas Rincon, mooted. Federico Bernardeschi is set to leave Fiorentina 1last_img read more

Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough: Live talkSPORT commentary and team news

first_img ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED What is the team news?Morgan Fox, Sam Hutchinson and Sam Winnall all featured for the under-23s over the international break and could return to the matchday fold.Boro have no new injury worries as they look to extend their unbeaten run away from home to four games.Britt Assombalonga will be hoping to be given a chance back in the starting XI after Tony Pulis’ side drew a blank against Forest. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Sheffield Wednesday host Middlesbrough as the Championship returns from the international break.This season is already shaping up to be some battle at the top – and both of these sides look set to be involved. BEST OF RANKED REVEALED FOOTBALL LATEST Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 Wednesday have hit form after a slow start and sit in the playoff places after a run of just one defeat in their last seven.The visitors slipped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Forest before the two-week break, but have only lost once on the road so far this term.What time is kick-off?This Championship clash is the Friday night offering on October 19.Kick-off in South Yorkshire is at 7.45pm.Last time Boro visited here in 2017, they came away with all three points thanks to goals from Jonny Howson and Ryan Shotton.How can I listen on talkSPORT?We will have live coverage of this game from 7.30pm on talkSPORT2.To listen in, use your DAB Radio, our mobile apps or the web player. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move It was all smiles for Jos Luhukay as his side won at Villa Park Getty last_img read more

Colon wins first Angels’ Cy Young in 41 years

first_img Voting for all BBWAA awards takes place at the end of the regular season and excludes postseason performance. Cleveland Indians left-hander Cliff Lee came in fourth with eight points, and Mark Buehrle of the White Sox was fifth with five. Colon gets a $500,000 bonus for winning the award _ more than the entire salary of Lee, who made $345,000. Buehrle receives $60,000 for finishing fifth. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Bartolo Colon won the American League Cy Young Award on Tuesday in a surprisingly one-sided vote, becoming the first Angels pitcher in 41 years to take home the honor. Colon, who led the league with 21 wins, was listed first on 17 ballots and second on the other 11 for 118 points in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He was the only pitcher named on every ballot, easily beating out New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera, who received 68 points. Rivera got eight first-place votes, while 2004 winner Johan Santana of the Minnesota Twins received three and finished third. Dean Chance was the only other Cy Young Award winner in the Angels’ 45-season history, winning in 1964. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Though Colon (21-8) was the league’s only 20-game winner, this year’s Cy Young race was thought to be close. His 3.48 ERA and 157 strikeouts ranked eighth, while Rivera racked up 43 saves and a career-best 1.38 ERA. Santana went 16-7 with a 2.87 ERA and led the majors with 238 strikeouts. Both Colon and Rivera pitched for division champions, but the voters ultimately gave more weight to the starter: Colon threw 222 2-3 innings to Rivera’s 78 1-3. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, Colon wasn’t much help in the playoffs. He lost Game 1 to the Yankees in the first round, then left Game 5 of that series after only 23 pitches because of inflammation in his right shoulder. The injured ace was left off the roster for the AL championship series against Chicago, and the Angels were eliminated in five games by the White Sox, who went on to a World Series sweep of Houston. last_img read more

Burglary suspect caught

first_img 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The man may have been living illegally in the Dunbar Street house while removing its appliances, officials said. The man was coming out of the house when the agent arrived to check on it after noticing the night before that items were missing, deputies said. PALMDALE – A suspected burglar surprised by a real estate agent at an unoccupied house was captured Wednesday after a 90-minute search through a west Palmdale neighborhood. Deputies surrounded the neighborhood south of Rancho Vista Boulevard near 22nd Street West and called in a Fire Department helicopter to help look for the man until a sheriff’s helicopter finished helping with a car chase. “He was in a backyard,” Sgt. John Hudson said. Jeff Corkill, 25, was identified as an ex-convict paroled after serving a prison sentence for shooting at an occupied dwelling, sheriff’s officials said. last_img read more