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

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

Financial Planning for Military Caregivers Webinar Discussions

first_imgAudience member question:Do you have any opinion of leading military caregiver families through Dave Ramsey’s class?Answer from audience member: I usually encourage clients to study personal finance resources beyond the popular financial gurus. I think it helps clients build a better understanding of the important fundamentals involved in effective personal finance. I also think it helps them to develop their own understanding grounded in their own study and experience. Caregiving may involve…Less personal timeLess family timeNeed for work-life balanceFinancial issuesPhysical and emotional stressThought from audience member: It can be difficult sometimes for a caregiver to openly acknowledge those costs.What are the most common issues families face?Audience member #1: Many of our soldiers are overwhelmed by the idea that they can no longer do what they know and they have to figure out another direction. I often have to use MRT to help them look past this concern and find the answers within themselves.Speaker: Where are the jobs in the whole bubble of your experience? There are plenty of jobs around what you’ve done. Where can you use your experience in the bigger picture.Audience member #2: Being a MFLC counselor referrals are made to financial consultants at the installations.What are the most common questions military family caregivers ask?Audience member #1: Most of my families are looking at when their payments will begin – there are so many different sources of income that come from different pots they may become overwhelmed. They have a hard time creating a budget without absolute answersAudience member #2: I like that “you have two choices, to know where your money is going or wonder where it went.” Unfortunately a lot of people live by wondering where their money wentAudience member #3: We call it a spending planAudience member #4 to audience member #1: yes, task & info overload is a common challenge. Sometimes the support we can offer is to help families to sort and manage the info & tasks. When we’re under physical & psychological stress, it can be a challenge to remain objective, focused, prioritized, etc…How do you get service members & caregivers to open up about their needs?Audience member #1: Taking the time and making the effort to build rapport/relationship with clients can help them to feel safe about talking.Audience member #2: flexibility and active listening skills are very importantSpeaker mentioned humor was very helpful when done respectfully. Good Resources suggest by speaker and participants:Military One Source – Financial & LegalPowerpay.orgConsumerFinance.govFinrafoundation.orgEbenefits.va.goveXtension.orgeXtenion.org – Online Resources for You!WarriorCare.DoDLive.milAFBA.comEach military installation has a personal financial manager at the Military and Family Support Center Below are questions and discussions from our Financial Planning for Military Caregivers Webinar. center_img This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published January 29, 2016.last_img read more