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AFL Chief of Staff Reiterates Readiness to Deal with ‘Politicians’

first_imgCOS Johnson: “Our soldiers are professional trained to maintain the country’s peace.”Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Chief of Staff, Major General Prince C. Johnson, III, has reiterated its readiness to deal with people, particularly “politicians” who continue to make political utterances on issues relative to the security of the state, as doing so, without knowing the consequences, is tantamount to undermining the country’s peace.Gen. Johnson’s warning came in the wake of a series of comments on radio phone-in show by people claiming to be politicians, but who are “absolutely ignorant of the inner workings of the military and the security sector of the country.”He spoke on Monday, December 10, at the start of a two-day training for journalists under the title, “Defense Correspondents.” Gen. Johnson said that there are lots of “well-informed politicians,” some of them presuming to have close ties with state powers, but do not know the serious security implications of what they say on various media outlets, including radio phone-in programs.“We are sometimes taken aback when we hear people, who are close to state powers, making remarks that could jeopardize the country’s security, particularly the AFL,” Johnson said.He further stated that politicians tailor their views on issues of national concern to get votes, though, at some point, they might be right; but the majority of their comments are intended to gain them popularity.It may be recalled that on November 26, the Chief of Staff assured Liberians and foreign residents of the AFL’s readiness to deal with any threat in the aftermath of the establishment of the war crimes’ court in the country. This followed what the AFL considered as a statement of threat in so-called ‘self-defense’ and ‘big mouth talk’ of anyone feeling threatened for their actions in the civil war.Gen. Johnson then said, “Nobody can reverse our gains to peace, because we are trained to deal with any security threat, issued by a former warlord or whoever.”At Monday’s event, Gen. Johnson said it will be fair enough on the part of journalists to contact relevant authorities within the military or at the Ministry of National Defense before reporting on issues of sensitive security nature to the public.According to him, when there is any security issue, journalists should make it their duty to contact some former security experts in the country to get the appropriate information on related issues.He said when information pertaining to the movement of troops is not properly handled with adequate knowledge, it could eventually lead to serious security implications, adding that politicians and other stakeholders should be speaking on issues they are well abreast of instead of commenting based on mere sentiments.On the role of the media, Gen. Johnson said building partnership with the media, looking at the critical role it plays in information dissemination, is important in that the partnership between the media and the military remain cordial so that the public understands what the army is doing in terms of improving the livelihood of the citizens.He said if information going out there pertaining to security is sent out wrongly, there could be chaotic consequences to undermine the country’s peace.The two-day training aims to strengthen relations between the Liberian media and the AFL and to foster a better working relationship.The gathering also seeks to discuss how the media, the AFL, and the Defense authorities can foster a better working relationship in the months and years ahead, with the media being used as a channel in reaching out to the public.The MoD and the AFL see the media as a critical partner in the discharge of their duties. As such, a cordial and harmonious working relationship is important in helping the ministry and the AFL deliver on their statutory mandate.Several topics, including “Understand the Military Environment,” “National Obligations in Handling Security Information,” the “Role of the Media in Reporting Security Issues,” and “AFL Legal System,” were discussed at Monday’s gathering.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Kamwatta village faced with drug shortage, illnesses among migrants – Toshao

first_img…construction of main access bridge delayedThe small village of Kamwatta Hill in Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini), has been plagued by a number of alarming issues, from the delayed construction of the main access bridge to inadequate medical supplies, which are yet to be addressed.One of the trucks stuck along the bypass last weekSpeaking with Guyana Times on Monday, Toshao of Kamwatta Hill, Maurice Henry stated that complaints were being raised by health officials about the shortage of medicines for quite some time. It was also a trending shortcoming among previous healthcare workers. The village is currently inhabited by 377 residents and over 60 migrants, making accessible healthcare essential.“There is shortage of drugs for a long while. There’s a young health worker who recently started working and he said he hasn’t received any kind of drugs in adequate amounts although they made requests. When the former health worker was there, we used to get complaints about the shortage of drugs,” Henry noted.He said this issue comes on the heels of various sicknesses among the migrants, who have set up camps and were offered refugee status in the community. While the language barrier continues to challenge their communication with locals, officials cannot provide for these persons and have opted to offer land for farming.“Since they [the migrants] came, the Village Council tried their best but we couldn’t afford because we don’t have money to support them wholly. The Regional Council give some food supply seven times. Right now, they are faced with diarrhoea and vomiting in the camp. The language barrier with us and them is a little difficult. We can’t really understand clearly,” the village head explained.Meanwhile, educational facilities are yet to be opened to the migrants, since regional officials are relying on Government to establish a segregated facility for school-aged Venezuelan children.“On the education side, we were asking some time ago if we cannot have the children enrolled at our primary school. The education officer said that they have some setbacks unless the Government has a separate place for them.”Kamwatta BridgeAlong with healthcare and migrant glitches, infrastructure continues to pose a challenge in the village and surrounding areas. For one week, two trucks belonging to the Guyana Water Incorporated were struck along a bypass route since the Kamwatta main bridge was dismantled for repair works.Consequently, Henry indicated that planks along the bypass structure were damaged after the vehicles were removed on Saturday. Already, bus operators have complained that the structure is unstable.“The trucks were removed but they left some damages to the part that the contractor made. The small bypass where the trucks was fastened damaged now and I get a complaint that some of the planks is not in good condition. It’s quite shaky,” he informed.Works on the Kamwatta Bridge was expected to commence since July but this publication was told that this operation never commenced.“For a long while, the contractor came and dismantled the bridge. It has been two months now and nothing has been done to fix the right bridge that he was contracted to do. I received a copy that the contract was signed since March and the work was supposed to commence since July. Nothing has been done so far on the bridge.”Initially, persons within the village had requested for an alternate road to be rehabilitated, instead of using a bridge. The Toshao expressed that using the mainland route through the Wauna Oil Palm estate was more effective for the locals but this idea was never considered.He said, “It has another main road but it is not in full usage. That road runs through the Wauna Oil Palm estate. We had asked that if that could be renovated and upgraded because that is mainland. It doesn’t have no bridge and we thought that would be more recommendable but nobody come to our assistance for that.”This publication understands that without the main bridge or a suitable makeshift bypass, there is no connection to leave the village.last_img read more

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Chelsea Ladies start with FA Cup win

first_imgRachel Williams scored an extra-time winner as Chelsea Ladies’ new-look side began their season with a 2-1 victory against Bristol Academy in the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup. They made the perfect start at Staines Town’s Wheatsheaf Park ground, where Ji So-Yun put them ahead after only a minute.The visitors were level by the interval and Chelsea went close to restoring the lead in normal time when Gilly Flaherty headed narrowly wide.But England international Williams, one of the Blues’ new signings, found the net in the 110th minute to send them through to the next round.See also:After such a busy pre-season I just can’t wait to get startedChelsea win at Bristol in WSL openerFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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2010 final draw accreditation

first_imgThe Cape Town International ConventionCentre in the Cape Town city centre willhost the final draw for the 2010 Fifa WorldCup on 4 December 2009.(Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS• Delia FischerFifa Media Officer (2010)+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 2010 [email protected]• Wolfgang EichlerFifa Media Officer (2010)+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 471+27 11 567 [email protected]• Rich MkhondoChief of Communications2010 Organising Committee+27 83 201 [email protected]• Jermaine CraigMedia Manager2010 Organising Committee+27 83 201 [email protected] ARTICLES• Media accreditation for 2010• World-class media hub for SA• Drive to make 2010 spectacularOctober is the month for print media, photographers and web journalists to apply for accreditation for the final draw for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The draw event, to be held from 2 to 5 December in Cape Town, will not only determine the groups in which qualifying teams will play, but will also see a number of press conferences, the opening of Green Point Stadium, a media expo on future World Cup bidders, and more.The media accreditation process for the final draw opened on 1 October, and closes on 30 October. The accreditation application form can be found in the Fifa World Cup section of the Fifa Media Channel.The draw itself will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa at 7pm on 4 December. Media-related information for the draw – media accommodation, media facilities and activities throughout the draw week – is available on the Fifa Media Channel.Once an application has been made, the applicant’s information will be subject to a review process by Fifa and the World Cup Organising Committee. There will also be a mandatory screening by the South African National Intelligence Agency. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail.This process is only for written press, photographers and websites.There will be a separate accreditation process for rights-holding television and radio broadcasters, which will be managed by the Fifa Broadcaster Servicing Team on behalf of Fifa TV. For more information on broadcasters’ accreditation for media rights licensees, contact [email protected] main media activities during the final draw week are:2 December 200911h00 – Media conference following the meeting of the Organising Committee at the media centre in the Cape Town International Convention Centre14h00 – Mayoral welcome at Green Point Stadium, in the new stadium’s first official event3 December 200910h00 – Fifa Executive Committee meeting on Robben Island. Due to limited capacity, a special registration will be required. Further details will be provided on the Fifa Media Channel.It was on Robben Island where, for many years, political prisoners had to fight for the right to play football, with men secretly playing the game in their cells with balls made of pieces of paper, cardboard and rags tied together with string. The island’s authorities finally gave in, granting inmates the right to play football in 1965.The prisoners then built their own goals and would swap their drab prison garb and play in the colours of their teams on Saturdays. The Makana Football Association was founded on Robben Island in 1969. It was a football association which adhered strictly to the Fifa Statutes and principles and the Laws of the Game. On 18 July 2007 the Makana FA became the first Fifa honorary member association.4 December 20099h00 – Team seminar at the CTICC. Open to TV crews and photographers for the first five minutes.9h00 to 12h00 – Media expo by the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cup bidding countries. This will provide the 11 bidders for the next two World Cups an opportunity to present their bids to the media. The bidding countries are Australia, Belgium-Netherlands, England, Indonesia, Japan, Korea Republic, Mexico, Qatar, Spain-Portugal, Russia and the US.The event will take place at Workshop 17 at the V&A Waterfront, and will include interview opportunities with representatives of the bidders. Media transport will be arranged from the media hotels and the CTICC to the venue.This event is independent from the final draw, so separate media accreditation will be required. The accreditation procedure for the expo will be conducted via the Fifa Media Channel.19h00 – Worldwide broadcast of the final draw, followed by a mixed zone and a host city exhibition.5 December 200910h00 to 11h00 – Opening of the first Football for Hope centre in the Cape Town township of Khayelitsha.12h00 to 18h30 – First World Press Day at the CTICC to provide media with first-hand information on the preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and on South Africa.19h00 – World Press Day media partyFifa Media ChannelMedia representatives who have not already registered for the Fifa Media Channel can do so at https://media.fifa.com.The Fifa Media Channel is the primary communication channel between Fifa, the Organising Committee of each Fifa competition and the media.This password-protected online service is designed to provide media professionals with details on activities, including press conferences, team training sessions and other media resources, information on competition media facilities, including stadium media centres, ticketing, Fifa and Organising Committee media contacts, and any special media announcements.Approval to access the Fifa Media Channel does not mean you have been granted accreditation. The media accreditation process for any Fifa competition requires the completion of an accreditation form via the Fifa Media Channel that is specific to the event.last_img read more

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Citizens play their part to build the nation

first_imgThe Play Your Part TV series will feature 13 episodes of 48 minutes each, and will be hosted by Kabelo Mabalane (pictured in the centre)South Africans who are doing the country proud with their positive work will be highlighted in a television programme created by Brand South Africa and SABC 2, which launched the Play Your Part TV Series at the Market Theatre in Newtown on 11 June.As the nation celebrates 20 years of freedom, the show aims to inspire the people of the country to do the smallest of things that will affect another person, to make South Africa a better place. The show will air from Sunday, 15 June on SABC 2 at 9pm. The series will feature 13 episodes of 48 minutes each, and will be hosted by Kabelo Mabalane, a kwaito star, Comrades Marathon runner and recovering addict. Mabalane has been playing his part by highlighting addiction and doing various charity work.Mpumi Mabuza, the stakeholder programme manager at Brand South Africa, said: “We are happy to be launching this inspiring TV series at the newly named John Kani auditorium at the Market Theatre. How fitting for us to launch such a programme in our 20th year of freedom on a stage named after a South African theatre and television legend.”Play Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of the nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change. “There are amazing people doing amazing things every day, in every part of our country, and the Play Your Part platform is perfect for you to share your stories, and to celebrate each other as citizens of our wonderful country,” said Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s brand manager.The TV series at the newly named John Kani auditorium at the Market TheatreVISION 2030The chief executive, Miller Matola, recalled how South Africans rejoiced four years ago when the country hosted the football World Cup. “We are launching this programme on a day that brings much joy to me. It was this time four years ago that I was filled with pride to be South African,” he said.Matola spoke about how everywhere he went he could tell who was South African by how proudly they stood. “South Africans everywhere were walking upright as a sign of pride for hosting the World Cup with no major glitches and showing the world how good they are at being hosts.”He also told the audience how Brand South Africa was the custodian of the image of the country and that Vision 2030 was the next World Cup for South Africa. Every citizen should help to bring it to fruition.The National Development Plan, or Vision 2030, is a plan to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.LET’S ALL BE CHANGE AGENTSMabalane, who rose to fame in the late 1990s as part of the trio TKZee, a kwaito group, said he believed the good in South Africa outweighed the bad – and that was why he agreed to be part of the show. “My epitome of active citizenship is the youth of 1976, who I believe showed what a group of ordinary people could do if they put their heads together.”He had fun recording the TV series and gaining insight into events like choosing South Africa’s flag after the first democratic election. “After seeing some of the entries of the designs for the flag, I thank God some were not chosen,” he said, to much laughter.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola with Play Your Part TV series host Kabelo Mabalane. Matola said that all South Africans had a role to play in bringing the country’s Vision 2030 strategy to fruitionPLAY YOUR PART STORIESSome of the inspiring stories featured on Play Your Part are:● Mercy Senyatsi, a life orientation teacher at Dr AMS Makunyane Secondary School in Polokwane, Limpopo. “Originally, I was inspired by my late parents who raised and tutored many children, irrespective of their family background,” she says. Throughout her career, Senyatsi says she has been touched by the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children. She is living up to her name, bringing mercy and hope into the lives of those who most desperately need it.● Emmanuel Khumalo, founder of Numbers Foundation in KwaMashu, Durban. “In November 2013, I launched Numbers Foundation, a non-profit organisation with the main objective of providing extra lesson tuition, fighting bullying and discrimination, and aimed at getting kids off the streets and into homes and back to school. We believe that education, shelter and love are important. My name is Emmanuel Khumalo, I am 18 years old and I live in KwaMashu, Durban and my story is of educational change. I am the founder and the president of Numbers Foundation, a foundation aimed at improving and changing our country.”● Trevor Knowlden, founder of Freewheelers Cycling Club in Steenberg, Cape Town. “[We use] the bicycle as a lure to keep youth away from drugs, substance abuse, and teenage pregnancy and growing the numbers of gangs… In 2004, I founded Freewheelers Cycling Club to provide a healthy alternative to youth of Steenberg in the Western Cape. We take youth from various surrounding communities on mountain biking and road cycling outings.”last_img read more

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Consumers Prefer Operator Billing to iTunes, PayPal Accounts

first_imgConsumers prefer operator billing for mobile content purchasing, according to analysts at Strategy Analytics. In a new report authored by Paul Brown, the firm asked consumers in the U.S. and Western Europe to rate their interest level for several different mobile payment options. Surprisingly, operator billing came out on top, even over the use of pre-registered accounts such as iTunes or PayPal and over the use of credit cards/debit cards.For the survey, Strategy Analytics asked 1,000 consumers in the U.S. and 1,500 in Western Europe to rate how they would prefer to pay for apps, using a scale of 1 – 5. The percentages reported below are based on those who responded either 4 or 5 from the scale provided (4 = interested, 5 = very interested).In the U.S., 38% of respondents said they would prefer operator billing and 40% said the same in Western Europe. And in both regions, paying for purchases via iTunes or PayPal are preferred over entering either credit card or debit card details. Preferred Billing MethodsIn the U.S., the breakdown is as follows (remember, participants were asked interest levels for each item, not to pick their favorite – these responses aren’t meant to total 100%):38% – Operator billing31% – Pre-registered accounts31% – PayPal22% – Credit or Debit Card entry, where information is saved22% – Credit or Debit Card entry, where you re-enter it each timeIn Western Europe, the responses were:40% – Operator billing26% – PayPal18% -? Pre-registered accounts16% -? Credit or Debit Card entry, where you re-enter it each time??11% – Credit or Debit Card entry, where information is savedBy Plan TypeWhen responses were broken down by plan type (pre-paid, post-paid or family plan), responses varied a bit. In the U.S., pre-paid users said they preferred PayPal, a pre-registered account or their credit card, while those on post-paid and family plans still preferred operator billing. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perezcenter_img However, in Western Europe, both pre-paid and post-paid respondents showed interest in operator billing, with 44% or post-paid respondents and 30% of pre-paid respondents interested. The second most popular option was then PayPal.Content OwnershipThe report also looked at how consumers prefer to pay for mobile content – via ads, fees or rentals, for example. Not surprisingly, people said they prefer free content.In the U.S., nearly half want free, ad-supported content and 27% said they want to pay a one-time fee to own the content. In Europe, 40% prefer ad-supported content, while one and five prefer a one-time fee to own content. Only 10% in the U.S. and 8% in Europe said they were interested in renting content. The full report is available via the firm’s website here. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more

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Sandals drops major bomb makes Misick brothers look terribly suspect

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Feb 2016 – A weekend statement from Gordon Butch Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International paints a grim, very grim picture for the lead defendant, Michael Misick in the ongoing SIPT trial.Stewart said principals of his company did not know that $1.65 million dollars, plus, was paid into the account of Prestigious Properties and they named four Misick brothers as owners of that real estate firm: Michael, Washington, Philip and Chalmers through his law firm, Chalmers & Co. A high powered law firm and a big time accounting firm were hired by Sandals and reportedly scoured the SRI accounts in search of the alleged pay out, and with the pressure from the DOJ or US Department of Justice; Sandals did find the payment. According to Stewart, it cost him a fine by TCI Authorities of $12 million and he fired the Treasurer who according to this release went rogue to issue the money to Prestigious Properties. “The unauthorized payments were made by a Senior Executive and then Treasurer of Sandals. This culminated in the separation of the Senior Executive from the company and was followed by Sandals filing a lawsuit against him in the Bahamas to recover the unauthorized payments.” Sandals said they also had to give evidence to the DOJ and SIPT and said the Robin Auld Commission of Inquiry was what led them to dig deeper and Sandals found that others also siphoned money from the company; they are now facing prosecution in Jamaica. PNP Party takes credit for Beaches pier resolution Related Items:beaches resort and spa, butch stewart, michael misick, prestigious properties, robin auld commission, sandals, Sipt Recommended for you TCI: Judge rules there is ‘a case’; all nine defendants will go to trial in September Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp SANDALS RESORTS FIRST HIGH STREET STORE OPENSlast_img read more

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Amazon stops selling Dash buttons goofy forerunners of the connected home

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Amazons Jeff Bezos asked Twitter for philanthropy ideas and Twitter responded

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Victims of disappearance cant speak fearing recurrence

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