DEA Identifies Barriers to Drug Fight

first_imgThe Director of Liberia’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Anthony K. Souh, has decried what he termed as “impediments to the fight against illicit drugs in the country.” Since its creation by an Act of Legislature, the DEA has been struggling to gain traction due to the lack of a proper legal framework and logistical support to the agency, says Mr. Souh. DEA needs the required logistics and trained manpower if it is to meet public expectations in terms of limiting the power of those engaged in the illicit drug trade against our national security, health and economic interests, Director Souh explained. Souh made those comments in a statement of appreciation to authorities of the United Nations Organization on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) in Monrovia who recently donated several vehicles and equipment to the DEA. UNODC Representative to Liberia, Jesus Agvilar Cereno, on making the presentations said the donations to the DEA signify a strong dedication and collective commitment to building a modern, efficient internal security and criminal investigation system. The equipment and two vehicles, valued at US$80,000, are to further empower the DEA to cope with challenges of transnational crime, organized crime, and drug trafficking that are taking advantage of the country’s vulnerabilities, which can undermine the country’s stability and development efforts, said Mr. Cereno.  The donation has added impetus to the work of the agency, said Director Souh, declaring that fighting drug- related crimes is critical to the stability and security of the country. He said drug abuse is deadly and needs to be addressed decisively to prevent obstruction to national security interests.UNODC is an agency of the UN that is leading in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime with the mandate to assist member states in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism jointly with international partners, notably the US State Department and the US Embassy accredited near Monrovia.  The US has committed to enhancing the security sector, including the DEA and the Trans International Crime Unit (TCU) to be efficient and reliable antinarcotics and anti-organized crime agencies. The presentation was witnessed by several government officials including the Assistant Justice Minister for Administration, Wheatonia Dixon Barnes, who received the keys to the donated vehicles and later presented them to DEA Director Souh. She admonished that the donations, particularly the vehicles,  should be maintained and used for the intended purposes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BWI-AVTP Graduates 258

first_imgThe Accelerated Vocational Training Program (AVTP) at the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, Margibi County last weekend graduated 258 persons who completed courses in eleven disciplines.Some of the disciplines are Automotive, Carpentry, Drafting, Masonry, Plumbing, Domestic Science and Electrical.The event marked the 15th postwar graduation ceremony of the AVTP at BWI.The AVTP was established when the government, during the administration of President William R. Tolbert, Jr., identified the need to build the manpower capacity of the nation’s growing youth population through technical and vocational education and training. Established in 1977 the AVTP was a solution to the inadequate institutions of higher learning to absorb the high number of high school graduates, especially in 1976, when over 14,000 students graduated from high schools across the country. The Charter allows the AVTP to be established at all government owned vocational high schools, including the ones at BWI and the Liberia-Swedish Vocational Training Center in Yekepa, Nimba County.Youth and Sports Deputy Minister for Administration, Dr. T. Nancy Freeman, gave the keynote address on the topic, “The Importance of Technical Vocational Education on Our Development Agenda.” Said Dr. Freeman, the progress and prosperity of most nations of the world are closely identified with economic development. This is because the economic competiveness of a country depends on the skills of its workforce, she said, adding, “The skills and competencies of the workforce, in turn, are dependent upon the quality of the country’s education and training systems.”Vocational education, she said, is therefore considered as one of the crucial elements in enhancing economic productivity.“Technical and vocational education are tools for national development. It is also a form of education in both science, applied science and humanity, all aimed at developing individuals with the right attitude to work and the competency necessary to compete in a global society,” Dr. Freeman told the graduates. As a result, she said government was making all efforts to ensure that technical and vocational education is encouraged and promoted among Liberian youth, noting, “It is a relevant tool for addressing economic, political, and social crises that threaten the political and economic stability of nations.”She observed that reducing unemployment, lack of skilled workers and dropout rates, and the changing demographic nature of the workforce have placed the issue of workforce education high on the educational reform agenda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AG now blames Council of Legal Education chairman for delay

first_imgLocal law schoolIn an attempt to provide some clarity on what may have led to the delay in Guyana acquiring the permission to set up a local law school, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams has now shifted blame on Chairman of the Council of Legal Education (CLE), Reginald Armour.While Williams insists that the CLE had in 2017 given Guyana approval to establish this school, he said Armour had principally stated that the Council should defer the establishment of more law schools.Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil WilliamsThere are presently three laws schools in the Caribbean offering the Legal Education Certificate (LEC). These are the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica, the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago, and the Eugene Dupuch Law School in The Bahamas.The AG told a press conference on Monday that Armour had placed the issue of whether Guyana had received approval for the establishment of a local law school on the CLE’s agenda last year. According to him, a press statement was also issued in this regard without the Council’s approval.But more than that, Williams is alleging that former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, was behind Armour’s move to put the matter on the agenda. This, he argued, was an unprecedented move, since the CLE Chair did not consult with him, but rather with an Opposition member.Further, Williams asserted that such a move taken by a treaty organisation could have implications for the Chairman. As such, he hinted that Guyana could perhaps take this matter to the Caribbean Community (Caricom) to have that body consider Armour’s perceived handling of this issue.Council of Legal Education (CLE), Chairman, Reginald Armour“We don’t know what the motivation of Mr Armour (was), but certainly I don’t believe he is acting in a manner in which a person who is a custodian of a member organisation should; because, as far as I know…the agenda is set by people in the sitting Government, and not people from the Opposition,” he posited.He continued, “If this Chairman continues to act in the manner in which he is acting — against the interest of Caricom — we would have to take the matter to the Heads (Heads of Government) again; but I am not sure Guyana (would) be comfortable with such a person remaining in office to chair this organisation.”The AG went on to state that the CLE Chairman’s action is unheard of, particularly coming from a person in an international public service organisation “…and we are wondering whether it would be in our interest for the person to continue (serving in that capacity).”Williams also reiterated that a Review Committee cannot overrule a decision taken by the Council in 2017 in regard to the issue.The Attorney General had, in early December 2017, said in a statement that the CLE Chairman was relying on a report of a Review Committee to state that the CLE never gave permission to Guyana to establish its own Law School after decades in the belief of the Guyanese legal fraternity.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall had queried if graduates of this proposed law school would be eligible to practise anywhere else in the Caribbean or the world, or whether graduates would be qualified to practise only in Guyana.He also questioned the quality-control scrutiny, or steps taken to verify and authenticate the academic integrity and standards of the partners that would be assisting Guyana to set up the school.Government, in January 2017, announced it would start a project to establish the JOF Haynes Law School of the Americas. The project comes after some two decades of lobbying for an alternative to the three existing laws schools currently servicing the Caribbean region.The JOF Haynes Law School is being established through a public-private partnership entered into between the Government of Guyana, the Law School of the Americas (LCA) and the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), and will add to the existing options available to holders of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB).The feasibility study for the establishment of the School here is yet to be conducted.last_img read more

Media hype causes increase in demand for foreign currency

first_img… shortage occurs on a regular basis – BoG GovernorBank of Guyana Governor, Dr Gobind Ganga has blamed the sensationalisation by the media for a sudden increase in demand for foreign exchange.Dr Ganga, at an emergency press conference on Thursday afternoon, said the issue of foreign currency shortage is obviously being sensationalised as there are usually bouts of shortages of foreign exchange in the financial system.Bank of Guyana Governor, Dr Gobind GangaHe said the Central Bank is currently working with the commercial banks to ensure an adequate supply of legitimate demands for foreign currencies.“We have conducted as of today (Thursday) a market analysis and find that the immediate demand is at a maximum of about $6 million and this has moved from a working balance excluding commitment, from US$10.7 million on Monday (December 5), in terms of working balance. Request for foreign currency at that time was almost nothing. They had about US$8.3 million.Ganga said it was following by a story by the Kaieteur News on Monday; the Bank was flooded with requests from the commercial banks for foreign currencies. He said however, that not all of the requests were found to be legitimate demands. The bank’s chief said it had requested from the commercial banks invoices to substantiate the requests, but only received letters or emails requesting a particular amount sent to the commercial banks.“This situation arises out of this panic that started on Monday, because on Monday, there was a situation where the net balance in the banking system was US$10.7 million and there was a net to of $8.3 million,” he explained.He said however, that the commercial banks have made great strides and success in satisfying most of the demands. He said he has already spoken to the Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of commercials banks who have committed to addressing the issue.“This is something that occurs on a regular basis. From time to time, you will have this. But we do work with the commercial banks and the non bank cambios to resolve any excess demands, but as this time, there is not chronic situation out there, the commercial banks are dealing with this issue as we speak, some of them are bringing back some foreign currencies that they had elsewhere to address some of the demand,” Ganga said.As I indicated, a number of people go to the bank and cambios requesting foreign exchange for speculative purposes and it is very easy. We have to be very careful.We have also asked the banks to be careful, less the country ends up like Trinidad and Tobago, which is at this point unable to find some US$1 million to pay the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and a private rice exporter who is owed US$6.7 million by Trinidad authorities. Speaking to officials at Central Bank there, Ganga said there is a situation where at least one commercial bank there does not sell foreign currencies.The Central Bank Governor said the problem in Trinidad is now reflecting on Guyana’s system and that is one of the main reasons why Guyana has temporarily stopped the purchasing of Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados currencies from cambios here.He said persons from those countries have been coming to Guyana and exchanging their monies for US dollars. “You have some of them who are coming in with huge amounts for speculative purposes and you have to filter those”.The Governor maintained that there are no shortages and that no commercial bank has ever approached the Central Bank for foreign currencies and have been turned away.“Every one of the commercial banks that approach us would have received currencies if demanded,” he assured. He however noted that for individuals requesting currencies must have some legitimate documentation upon request of the funds.“You know people are travelling, most of them travel with currencies, it’s available. In terms of wire transfers, we may have an issue there and as I have indicated before, we are working with these banks to ensure that the demand out there is met”.last_img read more

PNCR congress focuses on countering PPP

first_img– Granger says consensus with partners being soughtThe People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) held its second General Council Meeting for the year on Saturday, May 19, to reconnect with the party base, but, according to information coming out of the congress a prevailing theme was how to resist the parliamentary Opposition’s criticism of its various policies.According to the PNCR in a statement to the media, Party Chairman, Attorney General Basil Williams urged the party to be ready to put up with the resistance from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).“In his welcome remarks, the Party Chairman spoke of the 60 years of light that the PNC has provided in this multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multireligious country of Guyana and reminded members of the leader’s congress speech in which he said that members must stand up for our party and defend it.”“The Chairman said that the task of members is to stand up and defend the party, the Government and the coalition. He then proceeded to list the many achievements of the Government over the last three years,” the party also stated.Meanwhile, in her report to the General Council, PNCR General Secretary Amna Ally brought the Council up to date on the state of the party and the work of the Party Secretariat over the last quarter. According to the release, the focus of her report was on membership, achievements, Local Government Elections, projections and other related party affairs.President David Granger delivered the feature address, in which, according to the release, he highlighted daily challenges being faced by the Government from “sections of the media”. In addition, the President’s address had a cultural aspect.“The Party Leader spoke on the celebration and importance of Chinese and Portuguese Arrival Days, and also that of Indian Arrival Day, African Emancipation Day and Amerindian Heritage Month. The leader told General Council that Guyanese were blessed to be living in a country with such diverse cultures and ethnicities; peoples from all over the continents of Earth, living, mixing, loving and working together.“The way forward is based on certain principles, right now we are engaged in discussions with both the Alliance For Change and the other partners in the APNU … seeking consensus,” Granger was quoted as saying.”In addition to the addresses from party leaders, reports for the last quarter were also presented to the General Council by representatives of the National Congress of Women (NCW); Guyana Youth and Student Movement (GYSM); North American Region (NAR); Georgetown District of the PNCR and the 10 administrative regions.last_img read more

Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgThis Bill would ensure that criminals who commit first-degree murder would not be eligible for parole until they serve the full 25 years of their sentence.  Similarly, second-degree murder convicts serving life sentences wouldn’t get parole until their parole eligibility period is served.Not only will this legislation keep killers off our streets longer and make them fully serve their punishment, the families of murder victims will no longer have to suffer the anguish of attending repeated early parole eligibility hearings.In another step to protect Canadians, their property and their communities, our Government has also introduced in the Senate our proposals to tackle auto theft and property crime.Auto theft is highly lucrative for organized crime and costs Canadians approximately $1-Billion each year.  Bill S-9 proposes to give law enforcement and the courts better tools to tackle auto theft, as well as the trafficking of all types of stolen or fraudulently obtained property.Advertisement MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“Conservative Government Continues to Push Justice Reforms”As many constituents may recall, I have been fighting to end “House Arrest” for violent offenders since the former Liberal Government introduced the legal loophole in 1995.- Advertisement -In fact, it was 11 years ago this month that I introduced for the first time a Private Member’s Bill to address the frequent misuse of conditional sentencing by proposing to restrict the use of Section 742.1 of the Criminal Code so that violent criminals could not serve their sentences in the comfort of their homes.I continued to re-introduce this legislation in subsequent Parliaments until our Conservative Government, when we took power in 2006, introduced legislation to restrict conditional sentencing.  However, the opposition parties gutted that Bill as it wound through the Parliamentary process so that many violent offenders, including those convicted of aggravated assault, human trafficking, luring a child and arson, among other offences, remain eligible for conditional sentencing.Now, our Government has re-introduced legislation to end the use of house arrest for these crimes. If passed, Bill C-16 would give clear instructions to the courts that those who commit serious violent and property offences will go to jail!And in our ongoing efforts to utilize the time and resources available in both Houses of Parliament, our Government has also introduced legislation in the Senate to ensure “serious time for the most serious crime”.  Bill S-6 would repeal the ‘faint-hope clause’ that allows murderers to obtain early parole.Advertisement And most recently this week, our Government introduced legislation to crack down on organized drug crime.  Bill S-10 proposes mandatory jail time for drug trafficking carried out for organized crime purposes or when a weapon or violence is involved.  Prison time will also be mandatory if drugs are sold to youth or the trafficking takes place near a school or an area normally frequented by youth (a measure contained in another Private Members’ Bill I repeatedly introduced in Parliaments past).We have also introduced legislation to strengthen the sex offender registry and to strengthen measures against online child predators.For more information on our Conservative Government’s justice reform agenda and all of our legislation, go to www.parl.gc.ca.last_img read more

Conwal Badminton Club hosting tournament in aid of Donegal Hospice

first_imgThe Conwal Badminton Team is organising a Badminton Tournament in aid of Donegal Hospice.The events will take place at Conwal Badminton Hall, opposite to St. Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny.The schedule is as follows:Monday April 10th: Beginners group [Minor BC] MensTuesday April 11th: Intermediate group [Minor AB] MensWednesday April 12th: Beginners and intermediate ladies’ group If you would like to enter you can contact John Love on 086 392 3594 or Previn Kutty on 089 226 3422. You can also email them at conwalbc@gmail.comThere will be a Drums Performance by the “Metal Masters” team (Hari Narayan/10years age and Neil Augustine/9years age from Illistrin School) before the matches to entertain the crowd.For more you can visit their Facebook page by clicking here. Conwal Badminton Club hosting tournament in aid of Donegal Hospice was last modified: April 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:conwal badminton teamdonegal hospicefundraiserlast_img read more

CARA BUNDORAN TEN MILE CHALLENGE GETS UNDER STARTER’S ORDERS

first_imgA packed audience including members of Buundoran town council, the tourist board, the Tir Chonaill Athletics club, sponsors and the local community gathered in Bundoran’s library for the launch of the 2012 Cara Bundoran 10 Mile Challenge.Race director Paddy Donoghue, Tir Chonaill AC, indicated that the event has already captured the imagination of runners throughout the country and has already proven that it has the potential to be one of the biggest single events in Bundoran’s calendar.He highlighted the supportive and positive involvement of Cara Pharmacy directors, Canice and Ramona Nicholas, local sponsors, Bundoran Town Council and the work of Tir Chonaill Athletics Club, ensuring that the event will be even more successful than last years –when over 500 runners and walkers participated. Canice and Ramona Nicholas, representing main race sponsors Cara Pharmacies, highlighted the ever increasing popularity of the event.And this year it is the committee’s goal to make it even bigger and better.A tremendous breath taking course along the coast line of Donegal and Leitrim with backdrops of the broad Atlantic, Ben Bulbin and the Dartry mountains has been meticulously planned.The event will enhance the, well established, image of Bundoran as a great activity family destination’ The event will benefit the grass roots development of athletics in Donegal and two local charities.The organising committee have established an independent board that will make a final recommendation/decision on the 2012 charity recipients.The race takes place on Sat 10th March 2012 and al details, including registration and prize structure can be found on www.carabundoran.com.CARA BUNDORAN TEN MILE CHALLENGE GETS UNDER STARTER’S ORDERS was last modified: November 13th, 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:Cara Bundoran 10 MIle Challengelast_img read more

DONEGAL PLAYERS GET THEIR HANDS ON THE RAILWAY CUP

first_imgMcHugh, the McGees and Murphy: Pic Kieran Murray Sports ImagesDonegal players helped Ulster win a third inter-pro football title in a row under Joe Kernan with a 3-12 to 0-17 win over Leinster.However Neil McGee missed the Croke Park game after picking up a back injury just before throw-in.Two goals from Jamie Clarke, including a first-half penalty, and another from Monaghan forward Conor McManus helped Ulster recover from a bad start. Derry defender Chrissy McKaigue was sent-off in the 69th minute for a second yellow card offence.Dublin’s star forward Bernard Brogan was the top-scorer for Leinster with 0-11, which included nine frees.The GAA had hoped for a reasonable turnout from the public at Croke Park, with the proceeds going to charity.However, the game was devoid of intensity or atmosphere in the big Croke Park stadium with just a few thousand paying customers. Ulster hit eight wides in the opening 24 minutes and manager Kernan called for Donegal’s All-Ireland winning captain Michael Murphy, who had been unavailable last week.Ulster were lucky to only trail by 0-9 to 1-4 at half-time.A brilliant strike from Conor McManus, after a pass from Clarke, put Ulster ahead five minutes into the second half.Crossmaglen star Clarke banged in his second goal in the 53rd minute to put daylight between the teams, with Ulster five points clear.Leinster went 39 minutes without scoring from play but Brogan’s frees kept them in touch until Kevin McManamon’s monster point broke their scoring drought. Ulster maintained their cushion with points from Mark McHugh, Clarke and Sean Cavanagh.Leinster finished strongly with points from Cluxton and Brogan, and although Derry defender McKaigue was sent-off for a second yellow card offence on Brogan, Ulster held on.Ulster: P McConnell; C McKaigue, C McKeever, E McGee; A Kernan (0-1, f), D Hughes, P Harte (0-1); S Cavanagh (0-3, 3f), D Givney (0-1); M McHugh (0-1), M Penrose (0-1 f), Joe McMahon; J Clarke (2-1, one pen), K Niblock, C McManus (1-2)Subs: M Murphy (0-1) for Niblock (25), Justin McMahon for McKeever (HT), G McKiernan for Givney (HT), M Poland for Penrose (59), K Hughes for McHugh (65). Leinster: S Cluxton (0-1, a 45); K Lillis, G Molloy, B Malone; M Quinn, G Brennan, A Flynn; MD MacAuley, J Heslin (0-1); B Connor, B Murphy, C O’Sullivan; B Brogan (0-11, 9f), J Sheridan (0-3), R BarrySubs: P Keenan for Connor (HT), R O’Carroll for Lillis (41), K McManamon (0-1) for Barry (44), S McCormack for Sheridan (54), J Stafford for Murphy (61)Referee: Paddy Neilan (Roscommon)DONEGAL PLAYERS GET THEIR HANDS ON THE RAILWAY CUP was last modified: February 25th, 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:DONEGAL PLAYERS GET THEIR HANDS ON THE RAILWAY CUPlast_img read more

MINISTER ANNOUNCES LANGUAGE PLANNING PROCESS FOR DONEGAL GAELTACHT

first_imgThe Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley, TD has announced that he has published the first Donegal notices in respect of the following Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas.These include Gaoth Dobhair, Rann na Feirste, Anagaire and Loch an Iúir.“I am delighted to announce that I have published the first three notices under section 7(3) of the Gaeltacht Act 2012. These notices officially mark the beginning of the language planning process on the ground in these areas,” said Minister McGinley. Organisations will be given up to two months from 16 January 2014 to apply to Údarás na Gaeltachta to be selected to prepare and implement language plans in the areas. The Department will publish language planning guidelines under the Act on the same day.Organisations will be given up to two years, from the date on which Údarás na Gaeltachta selects the organisations, to submit a language plan to the Department for approval in line with the prescribed language planning criteria.After that, organisations will be given 7 years to implement the language plans with assistance from Údarás na Gaeltachta. The Department will periodically review the implementation of the plans during the 7 year period.“Now that the language planning process has been officially initiated in 3 Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas, I am hopeful that a further 10 notices will be published in respect of 10 other areas next year with the remainder to follow thereafter,” said Minister McGinley.  MINISTER ANNOUNCES LANGUAGE PLANNING PROCESS FOR DONEGAL GAELTACHT was last modified: December 21st, 2013 by John2Share 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:Dinny McGinleydonegallanguage planslast_img read more