BIN Urged to be Accountable, Transparent

first_imgThe Deputy Justice Minister for Administration and Public Affairs, Madam Wheatonia Dixon Barnes, last Friday admonished that as Liberia prepares to take over national security from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), security institutions should critically look at accountability and transparency if they are seriously assessing their agenda for the transition. “Self-assessment of every security institution should take into consideration transparency and accountability, promotion of good governance, human rights and respect for rule of law,” Cllr. Barnes declared.Addressing a two-day retreat in Bensonville, organized by the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Cllr. Barnes advised participants to use the retreat to develop a roadmap to help them address the gaps and challenges in the security sector which will be dealing with the issues of naturalization, immigration and cross border crimes.According to Cllr. Barnes, self assessment is about self-examination and identifying strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and trust of their institution. “You have to use this opportunity to complete a thorough analysis of yourselves and the BIN, particularly in the face of the UNMIL withdrawal and transition,” she said, adding, “Security sector reform is one of the critical areas of peace and nation building, especially in a post-war country like Liberia.”  Earlier, BIN Commission Col. Lemuel E.A. Reeves told his officers that “a few months from now UNMIL will leave our country and security will be in our hands and those of other national security actors. We must be able to take up the mantle to perform as credibly as the Liberian people deserve.”  “We should be looking at integrity, accountability and capacity building during these two days and we need to put aside our differences to make a very great impact for the future of the institution, ourselves and our country,” Col. Reeves said.  For his part, the head of the United Nations Police in Liberia (UNPOL), Gregory J. Hinds, said, “It is time for government to come out with a complete plan and benchmark that will encourage the international community to  fully support our transitional plan,  before  UNMIL’s withdrawal on June 30, 2016.”  “You need to do it, so that you may assume responsibility, development and implementation of your  transitional plan, which should  include BIN and other security agencies that are responsible for border migration management, to make them more effective and efficient to contribute meaningfully to the future of the country,” the UNPOL boss suggested.  Admonishing the participants, Hinds in a very soft tone told the BIN officers, “I urge you to remain an effective, efficient and reliable immigration service. It is your responsibility to discuss honestly your strengths, weaknesses and also think on what steps are needed for the BIN’s sustainability.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BC Public Accounts Math

first_imgIt looks like someone at the provincial finance ministry forgot to carry at least one zero. The Campbell Liberals now say they actually posted a surplus last year, of 2.9 billion dollars, far higher than the 400 million the government predicted. Finance minister Colin Hansen says the province’s economy is strong and, withstanding tough times better than the rest of Canada — or the U-S. He also says that trend should continue in the coming years. So combining this news, with the record oil and gas right sale revenue numbers, many government critics are now asking, why the Liberals need a carbon tax to fund their going green plans?- Advertisement –last_img read more

Preventing human-wildlife conflict

first_imgWhat to do when you encounter wildlife in urban areasThe province is also offering the following advice if you find yourself in this situation.Do not provide food to wildlife.Remain calm and never approach the animal.Always keep the animal in front of you (never turn your back) and back away slowly (never run).Keep children and pets close or pick them up. If possible, bring children and pets indoors.Make yourself look as large as possible by waving your arms above your head.Make loud noises, shout at the animal in a loud, aggressive voice or bang pots and pans and throw objects like rocks and sticks.Follow this link for more advice from WildSafeBC. The ministry says the chance of human-wildlife interactions will soon increase, and as such, residents should do their part in reducing that possibility.They say the “most effective and natural way” of preventing conflicts with wildlife in an urban setting is by putting away garbage, birdseeds, compost, pet food, and to keep fruit from tress off the ground.“Bears emerging from hibernation are looking for food and helping themselves to anything they can find,” the ministry writes. “This food-conditioned behaviour increases potential conflicts with people. Whether it’s a dirty barbecue or food scraps in composts, bears only need to locate food once to develop a feeding pattern of returning to an area.”- Advertisement -Other animals, such as young cougars, roam wide in search of unoccupied territory, increasing their changes of wandering into residential communities, park and campgrounds, the ministry goes on to warn.They say coyote pups are born in the spring and by July are attempting to hunt on their own.The public is asked to report all human-wildlife conflicts that threaten public safety or result in significant property damage by calling the Report All Poachers and Polluters line, toll-free at 1 877 952 7277, or visit their website.Advertisementlast_img read more

Bin Laden presses Europe to quit war

first_imgIn the new tape, bin Laden said European nations joined the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan “because they had no other alternative, only to be a follower.” “The American tide is ebbing, with God’s help, and they will go back to their countries,” he said, speaking of Europeans. Bin Laden urged Europeans to pull away from the fight. “It is better for you to stand against your leaders who are dropping in on the White House, and to work seriously to lift the injustice against the believers,” he said, accusing U.S. forces and their allies of intentionally killing women and children in Afghanistan. Al-Jazeera aired two brief excerpts of the audiotape, titled “Message to the European Peoples,” which al-Qaida had announced Monday that it would release soon.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CAIRO, Egypt – Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden called on Europeans to stop helping the United States in the war in Afghanistan, according to excerpts of a new audiotape broadcast Thursday on Al-Jazeera television. Bin Laden said it was unjust for the United States to have invaded Afghanistan for sheltering him after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, saying he was the “only one responsible” for the deadly assaults on New York and Washington. “The events of Manhattan were retaliation against the American-Israeli alliance’s aggression against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, and I am the only one responsible for it. The Afghan people and government knew nothing about it. America knows that,” the al-Qaida leader said. The message appeared to be another attempt by bin Laden to influence public opinion in the West. In 2004, he offered Europeans a truce if they stopped attacking Muslims, then later spoke of a truce with the U.S. In both cases, al-Qaida then denounced those areas for not accepting its offer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsState Department spokesman Sean McCormack dismissed the new tape as typical of bin Laden’s tactics and expressed faith in the European allies. “I think our NATO allies understand quite clearly what is at stake in Afghanistan as well as elsewhere around the world in fighting the War on Terror,” he told reporters. “It’s going to require a sustained commitment over a period of time and we have seen that kind of commitment from our European allies.” FBI analysts were reviewing the tape but were not immediately able to say how long it was or when it might have been recorded nor could they provide other details. Spokesman Richard Kolko said it was being examined “to determine if it is authentic and for any intelligence value.” “As the FBI has said since 9/11, bin Laden was responsible for the attack,” Kolko said in a statement. “In this latest tape, he again acknowledged his responsibility. This should help to clarify for all the conspiracy theorists, again – the 9/11 attack was done by bin Laden and al-Qaida.” This has been the deadliest year in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in late 2001, with more than 6,100 people killed – including more than 800 civilians – in militant attacks and military operations, according to an Associated Press tally of figures from Afghan and Western officials. last_img read more

Bausch & Lomb solution recalled

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe fungus is commonly found in plant material and soil in tropical and subtropical areas, with strains often showing up in sinks, drains or bathrooms where people handle their lenses. Without treatment, which can last two to three months, the infection can scar the cornea and blind its victims. The sharp rise in infections brought a flurry of product-liability lawsuits. One woman in Florida alleges that the solution caused her to lose an eye, and at least eight other people underwent cornea transplants. “Bausch & Lomb’s top priority is the safety of our customers, and we want them to have complete confidence in our products,” Chief Executive Ronald Zarrella said in announcing that MoistureLoc was being removed immediately from markets worldwide. Extensive federal inspections of the Greenville, S.C., factory where MoistureLoc was made for U.S. and several Asian markets have not turned up evidence of “contamination, tampering, counterfeiting or sterility failure,” Zarrella said. “That leads us to conclude that some aspect of the MoistureLoc formula may be increasing the relative risk of Fusarium infection in unusual circumstances. We are continuing to investigate this link but, in the meantime, we’re taking the most responsible action … by discontinuing the MoistureLoc formula.” ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Bausch & Lomb Inc. has permanently withdrawn a new-formula contact-lens cleaner viewed as the “potential root cause” of a far-flung outbreak of fungal eye infections known to cause blindness. Its stock, hit hard over the past month, rose nearly 13 percent Monday. The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that the eye-care company thinks ReNu with MoistureLoc’s unique disinfecting and moisturizing agents “in certain unusual circumstances can increase the risk” of developing Fusarium keratitis, adding that the way some people used the solution may have contributed. “Based on the understanding we have now, there are a large number of factors that sort of have to come together for this to come into play,” said Dr. Daniel Schultz, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “That is what makes this more different than your average user-error scenarios.” The company suspended U.S. sales of MoistureLoc on April 13 after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was investigating a spike in infections in Americans using the product. The outbreak first surfaced in the Far East, leading to a halt in sales in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia on Feb. 18. “At this time,” the FDA added in a statement, “we recognize that Bausch & Lomb has proposed the formulation as the potential root cause of the increased relative risk of Fusarium keratitis.” Schultz said a monthlong investigation of the factory would likely find some manufacturing issues but he downplayed their significance.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgU-13 Div 1 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Sep-2011 Ardara 6 – 11 5 – 13 Dungloe Ardara Minor Div 1 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Sep-2011 Kilcar 1 – 12 2 – 7 Aodh Ruadh Kilcar Quarter Final 1st LegMinor Div 2 Championship Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Sep-2011 Four Masters 0 – 11 1 – 7 Naomh Columba Four Masters Semi Final 2nd LegMinor Div 1 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Sep-2011 Aodh Ruadh 1 – 6 2 – 14 Kilcar Aodh Ruadh Quarter Final 2nd Leg 05-Sep-2011 Naomh Brid 1 – 9 3 – 6 Dungloe Naomh Brid Quarter Final 1st LegMinor Div 2 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Sep-2011 Naomh Naille 1 – 7 0 – 5 Bundoran Naomh Naille Semi Final 2nd Leg Minor Div 1 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Sep-2011 St Johns 1 – 12 1 – 13 Naomh Conaill Killybegs Quarter Final 2nd LegU-13 Div 2 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Sep-2011 Ardara B 1 – 3 4 – 8 Naomh Naille ArdaraU-14 Div 3 FinalDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Sep-2011 Bundoran 5 – 7 2 – 1 Naomh Brid Aodh Ruadh Div 3 FinalGAA RESULTS – DONEGAL SOUTH was last modified: September 11th, 2011 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)Tags:Donegal SouthGAA RESULTSlast_img read more

Liverpool dealt huge blow in pursuit of Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele

first_imgDembele’s first season at the Nou Camp saw him dogged by injury but this reportedly hasn’t put Jurgen Klopp off from going after him.It was widely reported that Jurgen Klopp was so keen on the France international; he was willing to meet with the player’s mother to try and secure Dembele a move to Anfield.However, Barca president Josep Bartomeu dismissed the notion that Dembele could be on his way out of the club.On a trip to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, Bartomeu said: “(Philippe) Coutinho, Dembele are for us a big investment.“They are very important players and we expect a lot from them.“Coutinho probably in the last four months has been very active for the team.“But Dembele is a very young player, a very talented player that we are, of course, expecting a lot from.“He’s been demonstrating during the season that he’s a good young player for us.“But, of course, next season will be different.“It’s not easy to play in Barcelona the first year because the model of football is quite different from the rest.“But after one year I’m sure we are going to see Dembele and Coutinho at a very high level.” Liverpool have been hit with a huge setback in their pursuit of highly rated Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.The 21-year-old has endured a frustrating season since the Catalan side bought him from Borussia Dortmund for £135.5million last summer. 1last_img read more

AVC hopes to end skid today

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week If AVC has any chance, it will need a spark from its tepid offense. The Marauders are ranked eighth in the nine-team conference averaging 216.3 total yards, and were held scoreless in their last two games. They are led offensively by receiver Milton Davis (Desert High), who’s averaging 57.3 all-purpose yards. San Bernardino Valley is ranked eighth in the conference in defense, allowing an average of 282.5 yards per game. Another big key for AVC will be the effectiveness of defensive lineman John Ikahihifo (Highland), who’s expected to play after suffering a concussion in a 27-0 loss on Oct. 8 to Victor Valley College. Players to watch for San Bernardino include quarterback Ryan Rising (132.5 passing yards per game) and running back Kendrick Harris (70.2 rushing yards per game). LANCASTER – As far as the Antelope Valley College football team is concerned, there’s no better time than today to end a 12-game losing streak that’s the second longest in school history. And looking ahead at the remainder of its schedule, AVC may not have a better chance to end the skid than this afternoon, when it plays host to San Bernardino Valley in a 1 p.m. Foothill Conference game at Marauder Stadium. AVC’s three remaining opponents, Grossmont of El Cajon, Desert of Palm Desert and Chaffey of Rancho Cucamonga are a combined 13-7 overall and 11-2 in conference play. The Marauders (0-6, 0-4), coming off a bye, should match up better against San Bernardino Valley (2-4, 1-3), which is coming off a 14-10 conference loss to Mt. San Jacinto of Hemet. Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Football Has 65 Student-Athletes Named To PFL Academic Honor Roll

first_imgSAINT LOUIS, Mo. – A total of 65 Drake University football student-athletes have been named to the Pioneer Football League Academic Honor Roll, the league announced. PFL athletic directors and coaches established the honor roll as a way to recognize the league’s outstanding student-athletes. The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in football at member institutions during the fall semester and posted a 3.0 grade-point average or higher during the semester while enrolled full-time in accordance with NCAA rules.Drake has had over 60 honorees each of the last five years with 66 last season, 68 in 2014, 66 in 2013, 62 in 2012 and 61 in 2011. Below are Drake’s 2016 PFL Academic Honor Roll SelectionsDustin Anthony, Fr., Actuarial Science Ximi Asani, Sr., Information Systems/Marketing Jacob Bacon, Fr., Actuarial Science Blake Beauchamp, 5Sr., Marketing Jack Borvan, Fr., Pre-Athletic Training Alex Bray, Fr., Business Studies Brandon Bullock, Jr., Finance/Marketing Devin Cates, So., KinesiologyAlex Ciszewski, So., Management Marketing Jacob Clay, Fr., Business Studies Nathan Clayberg, Jr., Accounting/Finance Andrew Clifford, Sr., Management/Marketing Colby Crawford, Sr., Health Sciences: Clinical & Applied Zach DeLeon, Jr., Accounting/Finance Austin Dismond, Jr., Marketing Danny Donley, So., International Business Marketing Rory Driscoll, 5Sr., Health Sciences: Clinical & Applied [Biology] Colby Dunn, Sr., Pharmacy Brady Eckert, So., Physics/Astronomy Fred Epting, Jr., Marketing Tanner Evans, Sr., Finance/Politics Chris Evans, Fr., Psychology Keegan Gallery, Sr., International Business Marketing Kyle Garcia, Sr., Management/Marketing Jacob Hardy, Fr., Health Sciences Sam Hefner, So., Finance Marketing Zach Jakalski, Jr., Marketing/Information Systems Victor Jergens, Fr., Finance Jeremy Kahen, Sr., Management/Marketing Isaiah Kent-Schneider, So., Environmental Science/Secondary Teacher Education Seth Krueger, Fr., Kinesiology Joshua Lee, Sr., Computer Science [Data Analytics] [Mathematics] Ryan Lemke, Sr., Health Sciences: Clinical & Applied Sean Lynch, Jr., Politics Michael Maize, Sr., Elementary Teacher Education Ian Malaby, Fr., Kinesiology/Biology Mack Marrin, Sr., Law, Politics & Society [Rhetoric Media & Social Change] Ben Mawdsley, Fr., Chemistry/Anthropology/Sociology Mitchell McFarlane, Fr., Actuarial Science Aaron Melton, 5Sr., Information Systems/Marketing Grant Menard, Sr., Law, Politics & Society/Marketing Alex Minton, So., Biology Jacob Mury, So., Finance [Biology] Cole Neary, Jr., Biology Kyrell Newell, Sr., Accounting/Finance Connor Ostrander, Jr., Finance/Accounting Tony Petta, Sr., Health Sciences: Clinical & Applied Tom Pugh, Fr., Entrepreneurial Management Riley Rahuba, Fr., International Business Peter Read, Jr., Health Sciences: Clinical & Applied Brock Reichardt, Jr., Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Kieran Severa, Jr., Health Sciences: Clinical & Applied Collin Seymour, Fr., Environmental Science Grant Snow, Jr., Finance AJ Spitz, Jr., Rhetoric Media & Social Change Cody Stepanek, 5Sr., Marketing Tyler Terveer, Jr., Accounting/Marketing Cody Thibault, 5Sr., Marketing Tyler Updegraff, Jr., Marketing [Graphic Design] Terry Wallen, Jr., Finance Will Warner, Fr., Actuarial Science Payson Wick, Sr., Entrepreneurial Management/Marketing Conley Wilkins, Sr., Entrepreneurial Management/Management Andrew Yarwood, Sr., Management/Marketing Zach Zlabis, 5Sr., Information Systems/Marketing  Drake’s 65 honorees were the third most in the PFL behind Dayton (79) and Butler (75). In all, the league saw more than 550 student-athletes recognized on its honor roll for the fourth consecutive year.center_img Following Dayton, Butler and Drake in total of honorees was Marist (52), Jacksonville (48), Davidson (47), Campbell (43), Morehead State (43), Stetson (43), Valparaiso, (41) and San Diego (40).  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

News in brief: West London duo join Crewe on loan until January

first_imgFulham and QPRCrewe have signed youngsters Mesca and Tom Hitchcock on loan until January from Fulham and QPR respectively.Hitchcock scored on his QPR debut.Striker Hitchcock, who had a spell with Bristol Rovers last season, recently told West London Sport he wanted to go back out on loan in order to pick up more first-team experience.BrentfordBees defender Aaron Pierre has joined Cambridge United on loan until January.HarlequinsQuins’ Premiership match against Gloucester on 22 February at Kingsholm will now kick off at 2pm.MiddlesexThe club have organised a series of events to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Click here for more details.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more