Why Ask for “Tribe” in a Police Investigation?

first_imgMr. Editor:It is disheartening to know that the Liberian society still highly tribalistic as it was a hundred years ago. Everywhere you go, people are desirous of knowing which tribe you hail from as though it is more important than the fact that you are a Liberian.I am taken aback and disappointed when police stations and other law enforcement agencies ask the question, “What is your tribe?” when investigating cases brought before them.The other day, I proceeded to a local police station to report an incident which occurred at my residence.The officer on duty asked a lot of questions to ascertain my place of residence, name, occupation, etc. Further, she asked me about my county of origin. My heart leaped with joy when I told her my county of origin is Cape Mount County. I then concluded quickly that there would be no need to ask about my tribe since she already knew my county of origin.My joy was short-lived. This question was immediately succeeded by the question: “What is your tribe?”. My face turned blue as I reluctantly said “Vai”.Now, do not get me wrong, I am proud to be who I am – a Vai – but the question is how does knowing a person’s tribe help the police to expeditiously adjudicate cases. I think it rather creates partiality amongst law enforcement officers in the execution of the duties.Let me close by strongly admonishing the Minister of Justice to remove the question “What is your tribe?” from the questionnaire sheets at all police stations and other law enforcement agencies within the length and breadth of Liberia.Remember, knowing person’s tribe during investigation does more harm than good in the adjudication of the case.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GOL Prosecutors from Specialized Training

first_imgA team of criminal investigators and prosecutors from the Liberian government has returned home after a week-long specialized investigative techniques training workshop on Transnational Organized Crimes Investigations in West Africa.  The workshop took place in Accra, Ghana at the West Africa Regional Training Center.A Ministry of Justice press release says the workshop was aimed at training criminal investigators and prosecutors in the use of specialized investigative techniques needed to effectively probe trans-national organized criminal activities.Trans-national organized crimes, include drug trafficking, human trafficking, diamond smuggling, forgery, cigarette smuggling, money laundering, arms trafficking, oil bunkering (theft and illegal export) and internet fraud.Investigators were trained in the specific skills needed to successfully conduct controlled deliveries and undercover meetings, including eliciting cooperation from a violator, preparing for and conducting a controlled delivery, preparing for an undercover meeting, use and handling of informants, establishing an undercover identity, surveillance and other techniques.The Liberian delegation led by Assistant Justice Minister for Taxation, Cllr. Aaron B. Kparkillen, included Cllr. Daku Mulbah, County Attorney, Montserrado County and Cllr. Serena F. Galawulo, Senior Legal Counsel. Other members were Officer Siafa Sheriff, Officer Richard Karyea, Bureau of Customs & Excise, Liberia Revenue Authority, Officer Lawrence Saydee, Transnational Crime Unit, Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization, Officer Jerry Kaine, Transnational Crime Unit, Liberia National Police, and Officer Momoh K. Ndorbor, Transnational Crimes Unit, Drug Enforcement Agency.Cllr. Kparkillen has expressed profound gratitude to the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs for the training opportunity. He gave the assurance that the training will be utilized appropriately in the best interest of the Government of Liberia.The training was sponsored and conducted by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Monrovia and the Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs who selected participants from the West African states of Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria with approval from their respective heads of institutions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weah Still Alone on 25% Salary, Benefits Cut

first_imgPresident Weah giving his State of the Nation Address speech at the Capitol Building. (Photo by: Nick N. Seebeh.)Orders WASSCE fees waived nationwideBy David S. Menjor and Alvin WorziMaybe it’s still too early to tell. But since President George Manneh Weah boldly committed to reduce his salary and benefits by 25 percent and allot them to a consolidated fund account to support other areas earmarked in the national budget, the only response from the 54th Legislature was a euphoric ovation.Weah, leading by example, expects the august body to “follow [his] lead”, but so far, nothing.In his inaugural address on Jan. 22, 2018, he noted that it is about time state resources do not end up in the pockets of government officials while the majority of the country’s population continue to suffer in abject poverty.Delivering his first State of the Nation address in the joint chambers of the National Legislature a week later, on Jan 29, Weah said, “In the interest of the people of Liberia, the struggle must end.”“With the assessment that I gave you earlier of the poor condition of our economy, I believe that it is appropriate that we should all make sacrifices in the interest of our country,” he said, noting further, “According to Article 60 of the Constitution, the salaries of the President and the Vice President are established by the Legislature, and cannot be increased or reduced during the period for which they are elected.”“However, in view of the very rapidly deteriorating situation of the economy, I am informing you today, with immediate effect, that I will reduce my salary and benefits by 25% and give the proceeds back to the Consolidated Fund for allocation and appropriation as they see fit,” he said, urging that “In the meantime, I would urge you, honorable ladies and gentlemen, to follow my lead, in the interest of your constituents.”As provided for by law, the office of the President is entitled to US$3,943,030 of the overall fiscal budget of the country in 12 months. The amount is apportioned as US$75,000 for basic salary, US$90,000 for special allowance, US$276,000 for means of foreign travels, while daily subsistence on foreign trips costs US$210,000.Others are foreign travel incidental allowance, US$105,000; domestic travel means of travel, US$112,500; domestic travel incidental allowance, US$239,686; and fuel and lubricant for vehicles, US$330,000.The repair and maintenance of vehicles, US$85,000; stationery, US$20,000; printing, publication and binding, US$60,000; consultancy, US$550,000; special presidential projects, US$650,000; special operation services, US$270,000; and general allowance, US$119,844.Weah admonished both houses of the legislature: “Let us all strive to practice servant-leadership, whereby all that we do inside and outside these chambers as elected leaders shall be for the benefit of the Liberian people, by whose mandate we have been given this responsibility to lead them, and this opportunity to serve them.”The 25% reduction, as promised by President Weah, would amount to L$421,125 (US$3,346.78 at CBL rate of LS$125.83/US$1) and US$18,000 deducted from his annual salary and allowances respectively. Bundled together, Weah’s annual reductions would amount to US$21,346.78.In a similar case in Tanzania, it can be recalled that upon winning the presidential election, President John Magufuli revealed that his salary will be and is at US$4,008 monthly as leader of that East African country.Magufuli, who was elected president in 2015 on a pledge to tackle corruption, made the disclosure during a speech broadcast live on state television in Dar es Salaam.He was hailed by his citizens for taking a bold step to fight corruption and reduce poverty.In the case of President Weah, it remains to be seen whether members of the country’s legislature will follow suit and reduce their salaries and benefits by 25 percent.Presently, a member of the House of Representatives is paid US$14,342, while Senators receive a little more per month as compared to members of Parliament in Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, who earn US$1,271, US$7,266, and US$8,715 respectively.In a related development, the President has announced that fees for the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) will be waived for 12th graders at private and public schools.President Weah made the announcement at his State of the Nation address on Monday, January 29, 2018, stating that he had previously made a promise that the “government will absorb the WASSCE fees for all 12th graders,” and remains committed to that promise.As the 2017 elections hung in limbo between the October 10 round and the December 26 runoff round, the Ministry of Education announced that the Government of Liberia could no longer afford to subsidize WASSCE fees. That pronouncement drove many stranded students to the party headquarters of Weah’s Coalition for Democratic Change, begging the party’s standard bearer for help.“My government has already started to disburse these fees by committing an initial amount of US$200,000,” the President told the 54th Legislature on Monday.Accordingly, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), in consultation with the Ministry of Education (MoE), has extended the deadline for registration for the 2018 exams. The new and final deadline is February 13, 2018. Any school failing to register its pupils by this deadline will be responsible for paying the exam fees for those students.MoE is directing all principals and school administrators to immediately register their students through WAEC’s online portal. Schools will be able to register their students without needing to make any payments.Schools that have already submitted WASSCE fees to WAEC Monrovia national office should expect those payments to be refunded once the Government of Liberia fulfills its remaining financial obligation to WAEC.The Ministry further urges all schools that have not yet registered their students to desist from collecting fees from students.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aston Villa news: Deal for winger done

first_imgAleksandar Tonev has left Aston Villa for Serie A new boys Frosinone.The Bulgarian winger cost Villa around £2.5m from Lech Poznan in 2013 after being recommended the the club by former star Stiliyan Petrov.But he struggled to make a major impression under Paul Lambert and made just eight starts in his debut campaign.He was loaned to Celtic last season, where he courted controversy after being banned for seven games for alleged racial abuse.The Scottish champions decided against pursuing a permanent deal for the 25-year-old and he has now opted to join Frosinone.The Lazio-based club will be playing in Serie A for the first time in its history this season and Tonev could make his debut in the league opener against Atalanta this weekend. 1 Aleksandar Tonev last_img read more

NEW PLAN POINTS TO EXCITING TIMES FOR DONEGAL’S CREATIVE SECTOR

first_imgMininster Joe McHugh sees a gap in the market for Donegal’s emerging creative sector. Pic by Donegal Daily.The launch of Donegal’s Creative Strategy is a great first step towards establishing the right conditions for creative entrepreneurship in Donegal, according to the Head of Enterprise at Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Michael Tunney.Speaking at the launch of the strategy in the Regional Cultural Centre, Mr. Tunney said that the launch of the document marked the end of a consultation process that had begun last August.“While the plan is not written in stone, it is a plan that we are formally launching today and the real process will begin now, the journey of implementing the plan.” He suggested that while the document has a ten-year horizon, it is very much geared towards the first two years.Pictured at the launch of the Donegal Creative Strategy at the Regional Cultural centre, Letterkenny on Monday were from left: Ursula Donnelly, Donegal Local Enterprise Office; Michael Heaney, Donegal County Council; Minister Joe McHugh who officially launched the plan; Seamus Neely, CEO of Donegal County Council; Eve-Anne Cullinan, MCO Projects and Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise Donegal Local Enterprise Office.“I think the strategy, in particular the larger document, outlines the importance of the bigger ecosystem that creatives operate in and that is an ecosystem that needs to be supported on an ongoing basis.I am delighted that the people within the various sections in Donegal County Council who do support and have supported the arts, the creatives and heritage, were all part of the process and engaged with us. The hope is that now, together with the businesses in the sector, we can make the plan happen.”The Chief Executive Officer of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely, told the large gathering in attendance for the launch, that the document presents an opportunity to create something of real value for the county. “What we have here is a confluence of a great set of opportunities. A fabulous wealth of raw talent at local and regional level, very strong abilities in the whole creative industries side and then an infrastructure at state, semi-state and even the private sector as well, that helps people realise the potential from that.This isn’t a strategy where we are starting from a standing stop. We have a lot of work done in terms of understanding where the areas of potential are. I believe we are only skimming the surface. It’s going to be an exciting time ahead.”Eve Anne Cullinan of MCO Projects who facilitated the consultation process, outlined the key elements of the plan before it was formally launched by Minister Joe McHugh.He reassured the audience on the government’s commitment to a massively improved broadband network and stressed the need for continued support for – not just newer creative industries like videography and gaming, but also the traditional creative industries as well.Meanwhile Donegal’s Mayor, John Campbell, insisted that the plan demonstrated the common sense of purpose the council shares as a public body. “I think we will play a key role in encouraging creative entrepreneurship and providing the right platforms. It does a great job of identifying and hopefully now providing the right supports to those involved in the creative sector.”EndsCaptionPictured at the launch of the Donegal Creative Strategy at the Regional Cultural centre, Letterkenny on Monday were from left: Ursula Donnelly, Donegal Local Enterprise Office; Michael Heaney, Donegal County Council; Minister Joe McHugh who officially launched the plan; Seamus Neely, CEO of Donegal County Council; Eve-Anne Cullinan, MCO Projects and Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise Donegal Local Enterprise Office. NEW PLAN POINTS TO EXCITING TIMES FOR DONEGAL’S CREATIVE SECTOR was last modified: May 19th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Van Dijk doesn’t even think Ramos is the best defender at Real Madrid

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED Van Dijk has waded into the war of words Lovren and Ramos are engaged in 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move shining Ramos is known for his aggressive style on the pitch and the never say die attitude that has brought him so much success. He has amassed 19 red cards in La Liga, while he caused a stir in the Champions League recently when he left Milan Havel with a bloody nose, something he later apologised for.He is far from popular on Merseyside, either, as many Liverpool fans blamed him for the shoulder injury which forced Mohamed Salah off during the first half half of the 3-1 loss in May. Virgil van Dijk isn’t keen on Sergio Ramos’ style of play, saying the Real Madrid skipper is “not his type” of centre-back.Ramos is generally regarded as the best centre-back in the world, having won everything there is to win in the game.He joined Real Madrid from Sevilla in 2005 and has won four league titles, as well as the Champions League four times, two European Championships and the World Cup, in addition to two Spanish Cups.center_img Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ huge blow BEST OF MONEY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ramos and Varane have both been part of Real Madrid’s recent Champions League successes, which saw them win three on the bounce However, he has been involved in a war of words with Van Dijk’s Liverpool team-mate, Dejan Lovren, who doesn’t appear to be able to let the Reds’ Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid go.“Ramos is not the best. He’s a great player and I respect what he has achieved, but he is not my type of central defender,” Van Dijk, the world’s most expensive defender, told Dutch news outlet De Telegraaf“Ramos’ team-mate at Real Madrid, Raphael Varane, is my favourite. An excellent defender, young and has already won a lot.“Myself, I don’t like to defend in the way Ramos does. I try to avoid the situations he gets into, and don’t even try to make slide tackles.” Popular Football News REPLY REVEALED REVEALED ADVICE Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more

UPDATED: NEW BUDGET BOMBSHELL: €50 CHARGE FOR MEDICAL CARDS, NURSING HOMES FACE AXE

first_imgNEW leaks from inside the Government today show that thousands of people will face a €50 charge for a medical card – and that nursing units face closure.The leaks come after well-publicised rumours of cuts in welfare benefits and child benefit in what is already being billed as the worst budget ever.Health Minister Dr James Reilly met with the Fine Gael and Labour parliamentary parties yesterday and outlined his “serious concerns” for the health service. He said that frontline services would be further affected by impending budget cuts given the level of resources he is being directed to reduce for Budget 2012.There is already uproar on the back benches – particularly in Labour – over some of the proposals.There are now real fears that nursing units in Donegal are under serious threat.And that Letterkenny General Hospital – already vastly under-funded compared to other regional hospitals – could face massive cuts next year, at time when it is already struggling. As the December budget draws closer, Sinn Féin councilor Cora Harvey has criticised the government  amid growing fear among mothers in relation to Child Benefit.Cllr Harvey said: “The threat to children’s allowance in the next budget is causing real concern among families that have been severely affected by the provisions of the last two budgets.“Child benefit is of enormous importance to all families as working families need it to contribute towards childcare costs that are twice as expensive as elsewhere in Europe, while stay at home mothers need it to pay for basic expenses.“Child benefit is essentially a payment to the mother and is designed to help with the costs of raising a child. Sinn Fein have consistently supported child benefit as it is the only payment that automatically goes directly to the mother of the family, this payment has a significant positive impact on mothers and in particular for mothers in low income.”Cllr Harvey added: “Parents feel that they have suffered enough with income levies, pension levies, the loss of mortgage interest relief and the loss of the early childcare supplement. Furthermore Government budgetary policy appears to be hell bent in hitting children the hardest, Children must not be made pay for the failings of banks, builders and politicians. “I would urge the Government to resist any cuts made to child social welfare, we need to ensure that all children in Ireland are equal and not means tested.”UPDATED: NEW BUDGET BOMBSHELL: €50 CHARGE FOR MEDICAL CARDS, NURSING HOMES FACE AXE was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 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:cutsletterkennylast_img read more

Softball Drops Pair of Home Games to Evansville

first_img Preview The Valley on ESPN3 Full Schedule Roster Junior Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) recorded the loss to fall to 10-12 on the season. Smith pitched five innings and gave up five earned runs on nine hits and walked two batters. Evansville built a 5-0 in the first three innings of game two. Later the Purple Aces, scored three runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth inning to end the game early. Watch Live Evansville 4/9/2017 – 11 AM Live Stats Evansville (15-20, 6-5 MVC) defeated Drake (19-18, 3-8 MVC) by scores of 8-2 and 10-0 (5 innings).center_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team dropped a doubleheader to Evansville in Missouri Valley Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Buel Field. Next Game: Evansville took back the lead back and extended it to 5-2 over the next two innings. The Purple Aces added another two runs in the sixth inning and capitalized on a Bulldog error in the seventh for one more run in the 8-2 victory. Evansville struck first with a two-run home run by Morgan Florey in the first inning of game one. The Bulldogs later tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. With two outs, sophomore Kennedy Frank was hit by a pitch by Florey and Frank then stole second base. A single by senior Kaitlyn Finneran (Morrison, Ill.) allowed Frank to score while Finneran advanced to second on the throw to home. Freshman Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) was the next batter and she reached base on a throwing error by Florey as Finneran’s run tied the game at 2-2. Freshman Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) and Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) each had one hit along with Finneran’s. Florey tossed seven innings and struck out eight batters. Maddox had the Bulldogs’ lone hit in the second game. Freshman pitcher Aryka Knoche (Little Canada, Minn.) pitched 3.1 innings and allowed seven runs (six earned) on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Knoche dropped to 2-3 on the year with the loss. Buie pitched 1.2 innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits with one walk and one strikeout. Drake and Evansville close the series Sunday with a game at 11 a.m. Following Sunday’s game, the Bulldogs will host Iowa State on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

DD LOCAL – ENROLEMENT STARTED FOR DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY CHILDCARE

first_imgDrumkeen Community ChildcareECCE & playschool children enrolments for September 2013 Playschool open morning will be held on Monday 26th August from 10.30am-11.30am for all new playschool children starting 2nd September 2013. Please call 074 91 34844.  Tyrconnel Martyrs Flute BandPractice every Tuesday in the hall @ 7.00pm. All new members welcome. We’ll teach you to play the flute or drum and have some fun!! Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann Drumkeen  Lotto Results 14th Aug 01, 02, 21, 24. No jackpot, 1 winner €100. Pearse Doherty, Gweedore. Next weeks jackpot €1,400. Go raibh maith agat. Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm) Please note the new deadlineDD LOCAL – ENROLEMENT STARTED FOR DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY CHILDCARE was last modified: August 18th, 2013 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:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

DONEGAL COUPLE SWAP SLEIGH BELLS FOR WEDDING BELLS

first_imgNewly married couple Laura and Aodhan McNamee got an early wedding present when got their picture taken with SANTA.The couple who are both from Lifford tied the knot earlier this morning.However, en-route to their wedding reception they stopped off at The Courtyard Shopping centre after hearing a special guest was in attendance. The couple had been informed that SANTA was their and they were delighted when he agreed to pose for a series of pictures with them and their bridesmaids, groomsmen and best-man.Mulroy College Choir, Milford, were also on hand to sing congratulations to the newlyweds Laura and Aodhan.The happy couple are now off to their reception at The Silver Tassie Hotel and we hope they have a great night.All at Donegal Daily would like to wish them all the health and happiness in their future together. 🙂  DONEGAL COUPLE SWAP SLEIGH BELLS FOR WEDDING BELLS was last modified: December 5th, 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:choirFeaturesMulroynewspicturesSANTAWedding Partylast_img read more