first_imgThe Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has nominated a Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia.According to an Executive Mansion release, those nominated to the Liberian Senate are: Col. Daniel Dee Ziankhan as Chief of Staff, and Col. Eric Dennis as Deputy Chief of Staff.The newly nominated Chief of Staff is currently Brigade Commander of the AFL. If confirmed by the Liberian Senate, Col, Ziankhan will replace the Nigerian Command Officer-in-Charge, Major General Suraj Alao Abdurrahman.The nominations were made in keeping with Article 54, Section E, of the Liberian Constitution which authorizes the President to nominate and, with the consent of the Senate, appoint and commission members of the military from the rank of Lieutenant or equivalent and above.In a letter addressed to the Liberian Senate, President Sirleaf said the officers have met all the requirements necessary, including advance and strategic training at various military institutions, and their deportment and discipline have been highly commended by the country’s international partners involved in restructuring of the AFL. “They have my full confidence,” the President stated in the letter.President Sirleaf had, during her Annual Message delivery on January 27, 2014 that in my last year’s Annual Message: “I indicated that we would, at the 2014 Armed Forces Day Celebration, install a Liberian Army Chief of Staff. Having consulted the relevant committees and your good selves, we have officially nominated, for confirmation by the Honorable Senate, the Chief of Staff, the Deputy Chief of Staff and the Brigade Commander, all of whom, if confirmed, would be installed in these positions on February 11, Armed Forces Day. We will then bid farewell to General Suraj Abdurrahman who has served us so well as the Command Officer-in-Charge.”   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe local superintendent of Glakon Statutory District #2, in Grand Bassa County has stressed the need for national government to reintroduce and enforce its ‘Liberianization Policy’ to help boost the country’s economy.Superintendent Morris A. Siryon made the utterance last Monday, during an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at his office in the district.Mr. Siryon said the reintroduction of the Liberianization Policy will encourage Liberian businesses be it wholesalers or retailers as “it is government’s responsibility.He noted that it was predicated upon this commitment that government expediently introduced and enforced the Liberianization Policy in the 1970s to strengthen sectors of the economy that were aimed at supporting Liberians without any discrimination.When reintroduced and enforced, the policy should only be restricted to Liberians who engage in the business of retailers and wholesalers of flour, rice, gas stations, and all kinds of drinks among others, through the Ministry of Commerce rather than foreign businessmen who are said to be engaged in retailing and wholesaling with huge loans to help them prosper.Mr. Siryon regretted that the policy was reportedly suspended by the regime of the late President Samuel Kanyan Doe in the 1980s when he became Head of State of the People’s Redemption Council (PRC), a Military Government.He reiterated that if Liberians are given the opportunities to get loans backed by the policy, they will earn more profits to enable them invest in the country rather than foreign businessmen taking the money from Liberia and invest same in their countries.“Liberians will make immense contributions towards the economy to help rebuild post war Liberia if the policy takes immediate effect,” he underscored.“We are not against foreign businessmen who we can claim to be our partners in progress, but let Liberians be given preference to taste the fruits of the policy” he pleaded.He reminded government that the reintroduction and enforcement of the policy will definitely provide job opportunities for educated and skillful Liberian job-seekers in the country.He said the policy will also benefit educated students upon whose shoulders Liberia depends to help revamp the economy that will transform post war Liberia and the living standards of the war-torn citizens.He is therefore appealing to national government to see ‘all reasons’ and reintroduce and enforce the policy to enable Liberians get jobs, operate businesses for the booming of the economy through payment of taxes instead of wholly depending on foreign business people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgAgents of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) are currently grilling five suspects, including a shipper, after a quantity of cocaine was found under his vehicle at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD).According to information received, the drugs were found under the vehicle ofThe suspected cocaine retrieved from under the shipper’s vehicleshipper, Navindra Sarwan, on Monday sometime around 23:00h by CANU ranks.At the time, the vehicle was parked inside the compound of the CJIA CAMEX Bond at Timehri, EBD.It was reported that Sarwan was scheduled to ship ground provision and pumpkins on a cargo flight OJ 258 destined for Canada. After the suspected cocaine was found, Sarwan along with four other males were taken into custody pending investigations.Meanwhile, the drugs were weighted and amounted to over seven kilograms. Investigations are continuing.last_img read more


first_imgINSANITY, it is said, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Although widely attributed to Albert Einstein, this saying must have also been uttered by someone watching the Sacramento political scene. When Gray Davis was elected governor nine years ago, the state was suffering from an embarrassment of riches. Capital gains tax proceeds from the dot-com bubble provided first a six-, then a 10- and finally a 12-billion-dollar surplus over three consecutive years. The myopic Davis and his equally shortsighted allies did not understand that this revenue growth was not sustainable. They found ways to not only to spend the entire windfall, but to expand programs so that the state faced a permanent ongoing obligation. When “dot-com” went “dot-bomb,” the state and its taxpayers faced a series of huge deficits – rising to double-digit-billion-dollar shortfalls. This mismanagement of state finances was a major factor in the recall that replaced Davis with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Evidence that demands caution is everywhere. Income-tax receipts – the funding source on which the state most relies – are down over last year. Another bellwether of economic activity, consumer confidence, is down too, due to the return of high gasoline prices and the collapse of the subprime mortgage market. Moody’s estimates that home foreclosures nationally will double this year to 800,000. Many tens of thousands of these will take place in California. And the stock market is erratic. The warnings of shrinking economic growth are clear, and state officials must show vision beyond the end of their noses. Righting the budget ship is not a job for girlie men, and Arnold and the Legislature need to step up now and prepare to cut spending. Why not raise taxes? California already resides firmly in the top 10 in per capita taxation. Piling on more taxes in what is already a high-tax state would further damage the economy as more businesses and jobs flee, ultimately reducing revenues. Spending cuts are the only logical answer. California is generous with taxpayers’ money, ranking in the top 10 in another category, spending per capita. Those who wish to maintain state programs would do better to cut modestly now rather than see the state face magnified hardship and possible insolvency in the future. Part of our annual budget process is the May Revision, which allows the governor and his advisers an opportunity to update their spending plan based on the latest available information. We need a fiscally responsible budget based on actual revenues and realistic estimates of potential growth or decline in tax proceeds. Optimism as an operating principal is not a substitute for prudent judgment – the captain of the Titanic was optimistic that he would set a transatlantic speed record. Better to be honest with the folks now about having to cut back than postpone bad news, as Gray Davis did, and cause even more pain and consternation. Will the governor and lawmakers repeat the insanity of a half-dozen years ago, hoping for a different result? It may not yet be time to call in the men in the white coats to take away the occupants of the Capitol building, but they should keep their nets ready. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Contact him through the organization’s Web site, www.hjta.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While serving out the remaining three years of Davis’ second term, Schwarzenegger made a good-faith effort to put the state back on a sound financial footing. In fact, although he was unable to completely erase the ongoing structural deficit created by his predecessors’ frat-boy approach to spending, he brought the annual multibillion-dollar obligation down into the low single digits. And he did this without raising taxes. This gave taxpayers hope that with more time in office he could eliminate the structural deficit entirely and re-establish a pay-as-you-go approach to state spending. However, in January the governor released his proposed $143 billion 2007-08 budget – a 9.1 percent spending-plan increase over this year – which appears to be based less on fiscal reality and more on the sunny optimism with which he seems to approach all his tasks and challenges. In February, State Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill revealed the governor’s budget plan would result in expenditures exceeding revenues by $2.6 billion. This would leave the state with a nearly $1 billion deficit instead of the reserve of $2.1 billion the governor hoped for. Worse, this budget would result in an even larger deficit the following year. However, considering more recent developments, this analysis could very well prove to be overly optimistic as well. Indeed, Hill herself now warns that we won’t have to wait until next fiscal year for a larger budget deficit. We will be facing an unanticipated shortfall for the current fiscal year that ends in June. last_img read more


first_imgIreland’s most senior Judge – the Chief Justice, the Hon Mrs Justice Susan Denham – together with the Chief Executive Officer of the Courts Service, Brendan Ryan, have launched a new single and combined Letterkenny Court Office in the Courthouse in Letterkenny.They were joined by solicitors, barristers and judges during a reception held in the town on Friday.The new combined office of the old Circuit and District Court offices are part of the implementation of the Courts Service proactive efforts regarding the Public Service (‘Croke Park’) Agreement. Val Cronin was appointed the new office manager incorporating the Circuit and District Court offices in Letterkenny.The Deputy Manager was confirmed as Margaret Sharkey and the officer in charge of Civil / Family Law will be Ms Brid Doherty.This is part of the 21 changes identified as central to the Courts Service response to the Croke Park Agreement,” said the western regional manager Brendan McDonald.“The Courts Service Action Plan under the Agreement is designed to equip the Service to deliver services and support frontline court operations, at a time of reduced funding and staff numbers, through a programme of structural, operational and organisational reform.“This new office structure allows for the optimisation of resources – so as public services do not suffer in a situation of lessened monies and people being available to the Service.”It was also announced a consultation process is now underway for the new court buildings in Letterkenny. They will be based at the old swimming pool site.IRELAND’S TOP JUDGE IN LETTERKENNY COURTHOUSE VISIT was last modified: June 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:IRELAND’S TOP JUDGE IN LETTERKENNY COURTHOUSE VISITlast_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Nua (Palmdale), AVC’s middle blocker, recently set a single-match record for kills with 28. She has 276 kills this season and is second all-time at AVC in that category with 469. “I always thought I’d play (at a four-year school), but only if a coach recruited me,” Bull said. “I wasn’t going to pursue it.” Sophomore middle blocker TaMesha Jefferson (Lancaster) is being recruited by Cal State Dominguez Hills. All three have helped lead the third-place Marauders (11-5, 7-3 in Foothill League) to one of their best seasons in years. AVC has a chance to bolster its long shot odds of landing an at-large playoff berth when it plays host to first-place San Bernardino Valley tonight at 5. The Marauders conclude their regular season at home against Chaffey of Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday at 5. “They’ve helped each other,” AVC coach Jane Cwayna said. “Tiffany sets them up and Jennie kills them.” LANCASTER – At the start of the season, Antelope Valley College sophomore volleyball standouts Tiffany Bull and Jennie Nua weren’t expressing much interest in playing at four-year schools. But both are having the type of season that have fueled scholarship ambitions. “That’s what helped me decide,” Nua said. Bull, a setter who helped lead Littlerock High to its first Golden League title in 2004, has already set a new AVC all-time record for assists. She has 1,419 with two remaining matches. Both players have been contacted by several out-of-state schools. Bull, who plans to major in public relations or communications, has been contacted by a Montana State Northern coach, and said she’s interested in playing for its Div. I program if scholarship money is offered. Nua said CS Northridge is the state’s only school that offers the deaf studies major she plans to pursue. She said her preference is to attend an in-state four-year school. All-conference: AVC was represented by four players on the All-Foothill Conference women’s soccer team. Sophomore defender Jillian Janosky (Palmdale) was a first-team selection for a second consecutive season. Freshman striker/midfielder Amber Solis (Littlerock), who led the team with eight goals, was also a first-team selection. Freshman defender Ericka Mendoza (Palmdale) and freshman striker Katie Tague (Palmdale) were second-team selections. State-bound: Jose Navarro (Antelope Valley) and Jelani Carter (Palmdale) placed 74th and 76th at the Nov. 4 men’s and women’s Southern California championships in San Diego. Both advance to the Nov. 19 state meet in Fresno. Gideon Rubin, (818) 713-3607 gideon.rubin@dailynews.com 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_imgA drink driving case against a Letterkenny man was dismissed due to an ‘irreconcilable conflict’ in paperwork.Enda McGowan, of Dromore, Letterkenny, was before Letterkenny District Court charged with drink driving on May 15, 2016. McGowan was approached by Gardai at Tobin’s Service Station and Garda McKenna detected a ‘strong smell of intoxicating liquor’ from the vehicle, a red Volkswagen Golf.Garda McKenna formed the opinion that McGowan was incapable of having proper control of a mechanically propelled vehicle in a public place’.McGowan was subsequently arrested and convened to Letterkenny Garda Station, where a breath sample recorded 33mg of alcohol per 100 ml of breath.Defending solicitor Kieran O’Gorman contested that while the Garda had formed an opinion ‘on the smell alone’ that there had ‘to be evidence that the Garda had reasonable grounds that he was incapable of having control’.Mr O’Gorman pointed out that the fixed charge penalty notice (FCPN) was dated June 23rd, but that the certificate of posting stated that it had been posted on June 22nd.“There is a complete contradiction there,” Mr O’Gorman said.After deliberating on the matter, Judge Paul Kelly ruled that Garda McKenna’s opinion had been validated by the subsequent breath test and that the arrest was valid.However, Judge Kelly said that the documents were incompatible and that there was an ‘irreconcilable conflict’.“The FCPN procedure is flawed in this case,” Judge Kelly said. “It was posted the day before it was issued. I am dismissing the summons on that basis.”Case falls as penalty notice issued a day after it was posted! was last modified: April 6th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Enda McGowanGarda McKennaJudge Paul KellyKIeran O’GormanletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more


first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Matt Chapman’s mom has gotten used to the army sergeant buzzcut, but the look alarmed the third baseman’s Postmates delivery guy the other day.“I kinda snuck up behind him like ‘Matt?’ and he was like ‘Woah!’ Chapman said. “I’ve never had people freak out over a haircut like this before.”All this attention paid to one haircut might be spent elsewhere if the haircut-to-offensive-production correlation didn’t fit so seamlessly. Since Chad Pinder took clippers to his locks in …last_img


first_imgHarvard prof doesn’t back down from claims that alien spacecraft may be zipping past Jupiter orbit (Fox News). Avi Loeb should know better. He should know that making such an inference requires assuming that intelligent design is a valid scientific theory. Others think that Oumuamua asteroid is just a floating conglomerate of cosmic dust (Fox News). Who admits to going to the funny pages first in the big Sunday paper? Darwin always delivers a good laugh.T. rex evolved into a monster predator by dumbing down its brain (New Scientist). This article claims T. rex had a smaller relative brain size than an ancestor. “The change could be a consequence of growing so large” (see non-sequitur). And yet it was a monster predator, reporter Yvaine Ye admits. Conclusion: it dumbed down its brain in order to eat. But in the limit, what if a mighty hunter forgets what to do with the prey? If this were a law of nature, why don’t the best hunters perform the best clown acts?Chickens Peck Intruder Fox to Death, Because They’re Dinosaurs (Live Science). This may be the worst headline ever on the “birds are dinosaurs” meme. Fox enters henhouse. Darwin takes over:But chickens, like all birds, are the descendants of dinosaurs. And this particular coop held 3,000 hens. As soon as the sun set and the light-controlled, automatic hatch door closed behind the fox, the birds channeled their inner Tyrannosaurus rex and attacked the fox.Last we checked, T. rex didn’t have a beak, or hunt in packs, or fly with those puny arms. Kentucky Fried T. rex, anyone?Aliens Might Shoot Lasers at Black Holes to Travel the Galaxy (Live Science). “An astronomer at Columbia University has a new guess about how hypothetical alien civilizations might be invisibly navigating our galaxy: Firing lasers at binary black holes (twin black holes that orbit each other).” Yeah, they might.The women too scared of climate change to have children (BBC News). Think, ladies. Even if you believe in man-caused climate change, refusing to enjoy one of the greatest benefits of life—having a family—is not a good strategy. The ones who couldn’t care less about climate will just out-breed you, harming the climate faster than ever before.  Even the pro-warmist site Medical Xpress admits that the way to save the planet is to “stop trying to be its friend.”Lemmings, by JB Greene. Used by permission. (Visited 398 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgGet your sneak peek of episode 16 of Play Your Part, here:Sakina Mohamed, CEO of the Greater Rape Intervention Project, is one of the guests on episode 16 of Play Your Part. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSakina Mohamed believes that the world would be a better place if there was no violence against women and children. Mohamed, the CEO of the non-governmental organisation Greater Rape Intervention Project (Grip), is one of the guests on Play Your Part this week.Grip was founded in 2000 after a teenage girl contracted HIV through a rape; she died of an AIDS-related illness.The episode will be broadcast on Saturday, 30 December 2017 on SABC2 at 18:00.Here’s more on the other guests on this episode:Sandi MazibukoSandi MazibukoMazibuko is the founder of the fashion label, Fabrosanz. The company does fashion styling, make-up and hair. The designer began by doing the sewing herself, but now focuses on design; she has employed a team for the cutting and sewing.Shalate TeffoShalate TeffoChildren’s home Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng is run by Teffo and her mother, Asnath. Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng, which means “little gifts of home” in Setswana, has helped hundreds of destitute children and their families. Through the home, Asnath has taken in orphaned or abandoned children and raised them among her own.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more