US$14.2M Police Salary Allotment Raises Eyebrows

first_img-UNPOL, EU Reps AlarmThe US$14.2M out of the US$16.3M allotted to the Liberia National Police (LNP) in the 2017/18 fiscal budget for compensation to include salaries for civilian and paramilitary personnel overshadowed the release of a report on the Security Actions for Everyone (SAFE) Project yesterday.An honorarium and special and general allowances were also captured in the US$14.2 million, with US$3.1 million accounting for “non-financial assets.”The US$3.1 million, the police said, was intended for support and operations during the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.The report, released in Monrovia, covered police facilities and operations in four of the 15 counties, including Bong, Lofa, Montserrado, and Nimba, as well as police-community engagement.It was jointly conducted by International Alert, Liberia National Law Enforcement Agency (LNLEA), and the Center for Justice and Peace Studies (CIPS) with funding from the European Union (EU).It comes in the midst of the reported deplorable condition of prison facilities and other logistical situations experienced by the police.Yesterday’s forum was attended by representatives of the EU, United Nations Police in Liberia (UNPOL), and authorities of the LNP, among others.Meanwhile, participants agreed for the establishment of a Policing Trust Fund to provide support for needed police operations that are not reflected in the national budget.In separate remarks, European Union representative Agniesille Napierala and UNPOL’s Tabitha Mbugua said they believe that the allotment was unfair and unbalanced to make the country a safer place.“The Government of Liberia needs to improve on the budget to settle the imbalance and unfair distribution in it,” Mbugua, who proxy for the UNPOL commander, noted.“Such an imbalance in the budget would make it very difficult to have a strong partnership with the community in terms of support,” she said.Napierala also said the budget, that is hugely dominated by salaries, does not ensure accountability and transparency in the operation of the police.“How will the police manage to support the Community Watch Forum that is providing security assistance in the country to ensure a safer Liberia with the allotment of US$14.2 million as salary payment to staff of the LNP?” Napierala wondered. “How will they improve on the deplorable condition of prison facilities throughout the country?”Police Deputy Inspector General for Manpower and Training, William Mulbah admitted the huge financial difficulty posed by the budgetary allotment.“With the over 5,000 police officers, to set aside US$14.2 million for salaries is unfair and demeaning, and we had to work on it,” Mulbah assured.Despite the huge salaries, Mulbah said, they have made significant efforts in improving the relationship between the police and the community to make the country peaceful and safe.“This is evidenced by our handling of the ongoing elections process and our engagement with the community in combating crimes and improving on civilian complaints against police officers,” he indicated.The report said some police stations in the four counties do not have the necessary logistics for effective operations.“Some do not even have typewriters or computers and printers, and they have to resort to using commercial typewriters for their office operations. Many officers do not have uniforms and accessories and so, they have resolved to wear t-shirts as uniforms,” the report indicated.Cecil B. Griffiths, the president of LNLEA who read the report, said: “Moreover, many police stations in the rural areas, such as Zorzor and Flumpa police stations in Lofa County are in very deplorable conditions and need urgent renovation while the Ganta Police Station in Nimba County is in need of expansion.”The report also frowned on civilians recruited to assist police to man checkpoints in the country.“Community members complained that some of the police aides are the ones creating problems for them and are even operating without the supervision of the commander of police,” the report noted.The report also recommended that the police budget should be re-framed to capture the need for police stations in the counties.“Community members recommended that each police station should at least have one vehicle or motorbike, a computer, printer, solar panel or generator with a regular supply of gasoline, stationery and supplies, one smartphone for internet connectivity and food for the upkeep of detainees and suspects,” the report said.“To provide information about police work, community members are recommending that every police station should provide monthly or quarterly statistics on crimes, arrests, prosecutions and information about complaint mechanisms,” it indicated.On police achievement, the report said: “The police authorities made strong effort to promote accountability by issuing a number of tags to officers for identification purposes. This is a highly commendable initiative and we hope that the LNP authority will follow-up to ensure that all officers will have their names on their tags. Regular meeting between the police and community members is ongoing in addition to the SAFE project community dialogue; they are also having a regular policing forum in the various communities.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wanted Berbice man found hanging from tree

first_imgSixty-two-year-old Lionel Thomas, who set the house of his ex-wife on fire in an attempt to kill her, was on Tuesday morning discovered hanging from a dunks tree (also known as a dungs tree) at his farm at Rose Hall, Corentyne, Berbice.The now dead man, Lionel Thomas, and Owamawattie Alves in happier timesThe Ankerville, Port Mourant, Corentyne, resident was taken to Ramoo’s Funeral Home where his body awaits a post-mortem examination. It is suspected the man committed suicide.On Wednesday last, Thomas attempted to kill his ex-wife using a knife, a piece of wood, and a broken glass, before allegedly setting fire to a $27 million house, reducing it to rubble.The victim, 47-year-old Owamawattie Alves, also called “Ann”, sustained injuries and was rushed to the Port Mourant Hospital where she was treated and admitted.The mother of four told Guyana Times that she walked away from the 28-year relationship two years ago, but the now dead man has been stalking her every move.According to Alves, the relationship was very abusive and she decided in 2016 to put an end to it after her husband was jailed for two years for abuse perpetrated against her. She said ever since his release from prison, he has been threatening to kill her.She related that on June 16, 2018, while she was at the Port Mourant Market, he approached her with a cutlass and threatened to end her life, but she was able to escape and reported the incident to the Police.There were several other instances where by she was attacked and terrorised by the now dead man. The woman lived with her 17-year-old daughter in the house that was reduced to rubble on June 20.last_img read more

Opposition yet to receive draft of National Youth Policy – Dr Anthony

first_imgDespite Government’s announcement that a draft of the National Youth Policy has been finalised andFormer Culture, Youth and Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthonycompleted, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is yet to receive a copy of the Policy draft. This is according to former Culture, Youth and Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony.In August 2015, Presidential Adviser on Youth Empowerment Aubrey Norton had announced that the National Youth Policy draft had been completed and was awaiting review from the President and Minister of Education.Earlier this year, the former Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, issued a call to Government to make the policy available so that it can be appropriately assessed. However Dr Anthony, in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times related that to date, the Party has not received a draft, of the document which outlines the plans for the development of young people as proposed in President Granger’s party manifesto. “We have not been invited to any discussions on the youth policy,” he stated.According to Dr Anthony, under his tenure, the PPP/C had prepared a draft of the policy after widespread consultations, and as far as he is aware, it is the same policy that the now Government has revised. “When the PPP was in office, we had a draft policy that was done with assistance from the Commonwealth Youth Programme, and a number of other external consultants. So there was a draft that we did, and I understand the new Government took that and is revising it, but we haven’t seen what has come out of what they have revised,” he related.He explained that the draft that the PPP/C had procured was compiled off of the input of persons nationwide and covers a wide range of youth-related issues. “What happened is that there were a lot of consultations. We had people from across the regions, and young people talking about what they would like to see in the Policy. We also had a questionnaire which we sent out to people to get their thoughts. So from the ideas that people put forward, we were then able to prioritise some of these ideas in the policy itself. The one that we had drafted included things about job creation, youth funding, and what young people wanted to do…for example start their own business and things like that. So a lot of that was included in the plan,” he stated.Finance Minister Winston Jordan during the presentation of Budget 2016, revealed that allocations were made for youths: “There is significant allocation of resources for training at both the technical and vocational levels and in youth entrepreneurship. This budget allocates resources to deal with youth unemployment in a holistic way. Training will be done in literacy and numeracy, counselling and guidance and youth small business development.”last_img read more

Messi focussing on positives as Argentina’s Copa hopes hang by thread

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi saved Argentina from defeat against Paraguay but admits the team is not gelling © AFP / Douglas MagnoRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Jun 21 – Lionel Messi was looking at a glass half full after his penalty kept alive Argentina’s hopes of reaching the Copa America knock-out stages following a 1-1 draw with Paraguay.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi’s 57th-minute penalty cancelled out a first-half opener from Paraguay’s Richard Sanchez on Wednesday night. But Argentina also had goalkeeper Franco Armani — perhaps lucky to still be on the field at that point after denying Derlis Gonzalez a clear goalscoring opportunity in the first half — to thank for saving a second-half penalty.“We have to think positively and keep our confidence,” said Barcelona forward Messi.“We need to improve and arrive in the best shape possible for the next match … and we have to win.”Defeat would not have ended Argentina’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals since eight of the 12 participating teams will progress to the knock-out stages.As well as the top two in each of the three groups, the best two third-placed finishers qualify.“It would crazy if we couldn’t progress from the group given that there are practically three teams that go through,” said Messi, who will turn 32 on Monday.Defeat at the Minerao stadium in Belo Horizonte would have meant that Argentina could finish no higher than third — Colombia have already won the group after two straight wins.Now they know that victory over invitees Qatar in Porto Alegre on Sunday will likely be enough to see them into the quarters.However, the Asian champions are in the same boat as Argentina, with one point from two matches, and are even ahead of Lionel Scaloni’s team on goal difference.And Argentina have showed few signs of finding the kind of form that took them to three major tournament finals in as many years — all lost — from 2014-16.– ‘Searching for a team’ –Argentina had been second best in the first half of their 2-0 defeat by Colombia last Saturday, but then still conceded both goals in a much improved second-half showing.Scaloni dropped Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint-Germain for the Paraguay match but Argentina produced another disjointed and unconvincing display.But Messi insisted that the level of competition is tougher than some appreciate and pointed to Venezuela holding Brazil to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday as proof.“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy playing in a Copa America, we’re searching for a team, for a performance,” said Messi.“Venezuela made it hard for Brazil. At the moment we’re not winning any more in the (Argentina) shirt and we have to put things right to earn the three points” against Qatar.Messi came to Brazil hoping to end a painful run of losing finals with Argentina.Despite winning La Liga 10 times and the Champions League four times with Barcelona, he’s never won a major honor with his country.Three times — 2007, 2015 and 2016 — he’s lost in a Copa America final and in 2014 Argentina were also defeated by Germany in the World Cup final.But after their first two performances here, the question is not whether they can end their 26-wait for a major title, but simply whether they can avoid taking the first flight home.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Moorpark to get new police chief

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Sheriff’s Cmdr. Marty Rouse praised Matson for his experience in managing patrol operations and developing and implementing community outreach programs. “He’s kind, approachable and truly cares about the law enforcement mission,” said Rouse, who oversees the Moorpark station. “His real strength is forging partnerships.” Most recently, Matson, who will make about $118,000 a year in his new position, was the captain for East County Patrol Services, where he supervised 61 deputies and 10 sergeants. “He has some big shoes to fill,” City Councilman Clint Harper said. “We’re going to miss Dick Diaz tremendously … He walks on water as far as everyone in Moorpark is concerned.” The appointment comes two months after the city opened the $11 million Police Services Center, which houses both sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers. MOORPARK – A longtime sheriff’s officer with a commitment to community policing has been named Moorpark’s next police chief and will return to the city he used to patrol. Capt. Jeff Matson, who has 23 years’ service with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, assumes control of the station on Spring Road on March 26. He succeeds Capt. Dick Diaz, who is retiring after a 36-year law enforcement career. “It’s almost like coming home,” said Matson, 53, of Simi Valley, who once worked as a patrol officer in Moorpark. “It’s a dream job.” Matson will oversee 40 officers, half of whom are responsible for the 36,000-resident city – one of the safest in the county. The city contracts for its police services with the Sheriff’s Department. Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 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

Late rains leaving homeless in cold

first_imgRotary and Kiwanis clubs and churches are now providing meals for the homeless at various times in the afternoon, usually at the church sites or the Samaritan Center. Meanwhile, weather forecasters say more rain is possible this week. (805) 583-7602160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHe said he could go to an overnight shelter in Oxnard but prefers to stay in Simi Valley, where he grew up. Virginia Nelson, director of the Samaritan Center for the homeless at 280 Royal Ave., said although her center is usually open just in the mornings from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., she has been keeping the doors open later when it rains. “We’ve stayed open several days because it was just pouring and people were exhausted,” she said. “We’ve given them tarps, sleeping bags, anything we can to help keep them protected.” The Samaritan Center is open weekdays all year and usually attracts about 30 homeless men and women who come for breakfast, showers, laundry facilities and dry clothes. The sleep sites had been open through March 31 at the Knights of Columbus Hall and various Simi Valley churches. SIMI VALLEY – Some homeless people in eastern Ventura County have been searching for dry places to spend the night during a spate of unseasonably late rains that hit the area after Simi Valley’s indoor sleep sites closed for the year. Churches and the Knights of Columbus in Simi Valley traditionally open their doors nightly from Nov. 15 to the end of March, and now that they are closed, some homeless have been camping in the rain. “It’s been tough. I bought a tarp so I could keep my stuff dry,” said Darren Navarro, 34, who said he is normally grateful to take advantage of one of the indoor sleep sites offered by volunteers. “I came from Texas in January and I’ve stayed in the sleep sites while I could. Now I’ve been camping in the hills, just trying to keep warm and dry.” last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man who was arrested after a number of near crashes during a 100kph chase told Gardai he was driving to have his car scrapped.Raymond Hepburn, 40, of Drumbeg, Raphoe, was already banned from driving for 10 years when he met a Garda checkpoint on October 12th, 2011.He fled the scene and led Gardai on a high-pursuit chase through several villages before abandoning his red Seat car in the middle of a road. Along the way several cars had to drive into ditches to avoid Hepburn.Letterkenny District Court was told that a truck even had to take evasive action to prevent being hit by the Hepburn.He was charged with seven cases of dangerous driving and driving without a license.The court was told that the accused already had 20 previous convictions for various offences including drink driving and forging a driving license.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client was only taking the car to the scrapyard as it was worth just €200.He accepted it was probably the end of his driving career for the moment.Judge Paul Kelly ordered a probation and community service report on the father-of-two and adjourned the sentence until October 15th.BANNED DRIVER CLAIMED HE WAS GOING TO HAVE HIS CAR SCRAPPED was last modified: July 21st, 2012 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:bannedHIGH SPEED CHASERaphoeRAYMOND HEPBURNlast_img read more


first_imgDungloe celebrate capturing the All-County Division Two title after defeating St Naul’s earlier this afternoon.Dungloe are on course to emulate the Arsenal side of 2004, after the unbeaten Rosses men were crowned All-County League Division Two champions earlier this afternoon.Dungloe defeated St Naul’s on a scoreline of 2-7 to 2-3 to win the league title.The victory ultimately means that Dungloe will sample top-flight football again next year for the first time since their relegation in 2012. Dungloe under the stewardship of former Donegal legend Tony Boyle have enjoyed a superb season.Dungloe are deserving champions have been excellent and consistent all year.They’ve also blooded a number of their minor stars into the side this season, and they’ve made a positive impression which bodes well for the future.A credit to their consistency is the fact is that so far they’ve remained unbeaten all year. Manager Tony Boyle is a big Arsenal fan, and he will be hoping his side can emulate the Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ side of 2004 and remain unbeaten in the league for the entire season.With promotion wrapped up, Dungloe can now focus their attention on facing Gaoth Dobhair, Termon and Killybegs in the Donegal SFC. THE INVINCIBLES – DUNGLOE CROWNED DIVISION TWO LEAGUE CHAMPIONS was last modified: August 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:ChampionsDivision TwodungloeHome-page Sportnewslast_img read more

Giants to hold public celebration of life for Willie McCovey

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO–The San Francisco Giants and the family of Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey are inviting fans to AT&T Park to celebrate the life of one of the franchise’s most beloved figures.McCovey passed away Wednesday at the age of 80 after battling ongoing health issues.The Giants and McCovey’s family are planning a public celebration of life to be held Thursday, November 8 at 11:30 a.m. at AT&T Park. …last_img read more

R160m home for National Library

first_img13 December 2004Queuing to gain access to South Africa’s National Library will be a thing of the past when a state-of-the-art R160-million building opens in Pretoria’s city centre in 2007.The library will become the focal point of a Government Boulevard linking new government buildings and other historic sites with the Union Buildings, and form part of the rejuvenation of downtown Pretoria.Construction on the four-storey, 2 700 square metre building will start in January 2005 and is due to be completed in 2007.The new facility will feature a raised public piazza leading to its entrance, steel and glass covered walkways and ramps, double-volume reading rooms with views onto the streets, and conveyer belts linking the different sections to ease the movement of books.Architect Jeremie Malan told Business Day that the design of the building would allow 60% of the space to be used as book stack rooms “with the best air-conditioning systems, keeping temperatures at an optimal 18 degrees Celcius and 40%-50% humidity”.Speaking at a sod-turning ceremony on 3 December, Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan said the modern glass-and-brick building would reflect the dynamic future of the National Library of South Africa.“The National Library building will add a new and exciting dimension to the capital of South Africa, while revitalising the CBD and providing a much-needed investment of capital, human resources and future activity”, Jordan said.The National Library came into existence through the merger in 1999 of the former state library in Pretoria and the former South African library in Cape Town.The new Pretoria branch will provide approximately 1 800 seats compared to the 130 presently offered by the existing facility.The National Library is the custodian of the country’s documentary heritage, receiving – in terms of the Legal Deposit Act – a copy of every book, magazine, newspaper, government document and any other document published in South Africa.The library has a collection of over three million items from legal deposits, donations, and exchange agreements, and is a primary resource for researchers, writers, students and the general public.The new building is expected to store over 3.5-million documents over the next 20 years.“This will be the largest and most modern library on the continent”, said National Librarion John reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more