AFL Chief Of Staff Outlines Vision

first_imgBarely a week following the submission of the report from the Board of Inquiry (BOI) established by the Commander-in-Chief (C-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to probe the recent West Point incident, the Chief of Staff (COS) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankahn, has registered his regret for the shooting incident. General Ziankahn at the same time outlined what he considered his vision for the army in the coming years.His expression of regret and unveiling of his vision was contained in his press brief note yesterday for the first time since he assumed the leadership of the force.His maiden press briefing was held in the compound of the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) on UN Drive in Monrovia. The briefing ceremony was attended by several high ranking soldiers and their mentors.Prior to unveiling his vision, Brig/Gen Ziankahn described the recent West Point incident as the most unfortunate and highly regrettable situation the soldiers have encountered with the civilian population since the force was rebranded  in 2006.He disclosed the constitution of an AFL Disciplinary Board for those found culpable in keeping with the recommendations from the BOI report. The Chief of Staff then promised to implement the BOI’s recommendations,  particularly that concerning the involvement of AFL soldiers found culpable by the board, in keeping with the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).  Following the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), the President and C-I-C Sirleaf, on August 19, directed that West Point in Monrovia and Dolo’s Town in Margibi County be quarantined.  The C-I-C’s  directive came at the time when these communities were suspected of keeping in their homes people suspected of being afflicted with the EVD.In compliance with the C-I-C’s directive, the Joint Task Force,  including the AFL, officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) and BIN were  immediately deployed in these communities. It was following this deployment that law and order got out of hand, whilst the quarantine order was in place. The melee that ensued resulted to injuries of some members of the security forces and civilians.The shooting that ensued also led to the subsequent death of a 16-year old Shaki Kamara. He reportedly died of injuries sustained in the process. The C-I-C consequently set-up a BOI to unravel circumstances that led to the incident consisting of high level security personnel, including those from U.S. Defense Advisory Department and the ECOWAS Advisory Training Team. In line with the BOI’s recommendations, C-I-C Sirleaf ordered COS Ziankahn to institute all necessary disciplinary actions.VisionAs for his vision, COS Ziankahn perceived the AFL as a force that should inspire the  confidence and trust of the Liberian people.  It should also be a force that is compassionate. “My vision for the AFL stems from lessons learnt from our immediate and past history. In keeping with the maxim that experience is the best teacher, I perceive the AFL to be a force that smiles when the good people of Liberia are smiling and at the same time feel the pains of the people too.” Gen. Ziankahn also visualized the AFL as an Armed Force that earns the respect of the people through professionalism, adequate motivation and respect for the rule of law.“Simply put, my vision for the AFL is to lead a robust, disciplined, effective Armed Force, with clear ideas of its Constitutional and statutory role, respected by the people and highly motivated to accomplish its responsibilities within the framework of the law.” According to him, his mission and goals compel him to  remain relentless, and his actions channeled to actualize his vision. The Chief of Staff has assured the public that he will strive to ensure that the AFL continues make a positive impact on the lives of the average Liberian as a “Force for good.”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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Cllr Gongloe Wants Education Prioritized in Nimba

first_imgCllr Tiawan Grogloe (center) with Bahn City Mayor Angie Dopoe (right) at the programA prominent son of Nimba, Cllr Tiawan Gongloe, has called on the new Nimba County administration to prioritize education for Nimba County to be successful in its development drive.Speaking at the induction ceremony of Mr. Dorr Cooper as Superintendent of Nimba County recently, Cllr. Gongloe said education is the key to every society and the best way to get rid of poverty.“Encourage education initiatives that help students to excel and to achieve their goals,” he said.Cllr Gongloe told the newly inducted county officers that an educated person can work in any part of the world.Stressing on the importance of education, Cllr Gongloe lamented that during the civil uprising, those who went into exile as refugees with skills were able to find work to sustain themselves, and fared better than those who owned big cocoa farms and rubber plantations.Cllr Gongloe concluded that nobody can run away with cocoa, rubber or palm farms, “but you can run away with education and make a living anywhere.”The learned counselor cautioned the newly inducted leaders to be respectful to the elders and lawmakers, and to also listen to critics, “because they are the people who track all your activities.”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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Keep your surroundings, drains clean – Minister Harmon

first_img…clean-up exercise commences at AlbouystownMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, and a team of representatives from the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the Mayor and City Council (MCC) on Saturday paid a follow-up visit to Albouystown, in the southern wards of Georgetown, to commence sanitation works aimed at enhancing residents’ quality of life and reducing the risk of flooding.The clean-up exercise is being spearheaded by the CDC, in collaboration with the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the private sector, and residents.Minister Harmon applauded the residents for their cooperation, noting that they have made significant progress since the exercise started early Saturday morning.In his charge to residents assembled at the junction of Hill and James streets, Minister Harmon encouraged them to continue to support the exercise, even as he reminded them that it is every individual’s responsibility to keep their surroundings clean.“We want to encourage all communities to come together and clean up their environment. Ultimately, it is you in the community that will be affected when it is not clean,” he reminded.The minister also said the CDC would be donating some equipment to the community so that cleaning exercises can be conducted regularly, in order to maintain a clean and healthy environment.“The Civil Defence Commission will be leaving some equipment here in the community so that you can also continue to do this. It is not just a one-off exercise, and you have to keep doing that all the time,” he advised.,Director General (Ag) of the CDC, Lieutenant-Colonel Kester Craig, said that while the minister and the team were distributing cleaning hampers to flood-affected residents in the community last week, they soon realised that there was an emerging garbage crisis, and quickly mobilised efforts to enhance general sanitation there.Lieutenant-Colonel Craig said the CDC has provided trucks to transport all the garbage to the dumpsite, as well as a range of necessary equipment, including shovels and spades, to assist in executing the works.“This is a community-based initiative and we want to ensure that this doesn’t happen only in Albouystown, but other communities would come on board and help clean up their environment. The approach is more in keeping with the Civil Defence Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy, and what we’re doing here is reducing the risk with the work being done,” he said.A total of six blocks, 13 canals and alleyways are scheduled to be cleaned today. Three blocks have already been cleared, and the other nine blocks will be completed during the course of the month.last_img read more

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Atletico beaten at home by Espanyol

first_imgDiego Simeone fielded a weakened team, presumably with one eye on the Europa League final later this month, as Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa, Saul and Diego Godin were all absent from the starting line-up.But Espanyol took full advantage, scoring the first goals Atletico have conceded at home since January, to climb to 15th in the table.“At no time did we hurt Espanyol,” Atletico defender Filipe Luis, who returned from injury, told BeIN Sports after the match. “They have played a great game and we were never comfortable.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leo Baptistao (C) celebrates wrapping up an impressive win for Espanyol at Atletico Madrid © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, May 6 – Atletico Madrid lost at the Wanda Metropolitano for the first time in La Liga as Espanyol snatched a surprise 2-0 victory on Sunday.Oscar Melendo and Leo Baptistao each scored in the second half to end Atletico’s unbeaten run in the stadium they moved into at the start of the season.last_img read more

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The Skipper

first_img“I knew in my bones that this was in the works, so I’ve already fully kind of acclimated to the reality of it,” Steiner said after being notified by a reporter that his record had been broken. He didn’t seem too broken up. Steiner said his own framed Guinness certificate was “somewhere lying around.” Byars accomplished his feat July 19 where the Allegheny River and French Creek meet in his home of Franklin. That day, the water was perfectly calm. Byars, a junior test engineer with a local company called Liberty Electronics, arrived with videographers and a bunch of rocks. Absent was his wife, Renee, his “only groupie.” She got there late and thus missed his record breaker. When Byars moved to Franklin eight years ago, he began skipping stones for fun. “We were just walking through town and my wife saw a sign that said stone-skipping, and she said, `Why don’t you try?”‘ “I said, `Nope.’ She said, `You can win fudge.’ I said, `OK.’ I said, `Sign me up.”‘160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Jonathan D. Silver PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE At 6-foot-2 and 253 pounds, Russell “Rock Bottom” Byars is hardly dainty. But that hasn’t stopped him from skipping his way into the record books. Last month, Guinness World Records certified Byars, 43, of Franklin, Pa., as the planet’s greatest skipper of stones on water. Most people who undertake this pastime are usually thrilled to skip, say, 10 times. Byars, a kind of superhuman, stone-skipping freak of nature, far bested that. His magic number: 51. “I actually threw 40 stones that day, but that was the first skip that I threw,” Byars said. He estimated it traveled 250 feet. Asked his secret, he replied, “You know what, I really don’t know.” Guinness experts analyzed film of his record-breaking effort frame by frame, checking the concentric circles left by each hop – or, as stone skippers say, by the plinks and pitty-pats. “It was only a matter of time,” said Kurt “Mountain Man” Steiner, the previous Guinness champion. Steiner, 42, of Emporium, Pa., nailed 40 skips in 2002. He equated Byars’ feat to breaking the 4-minute mile. He and Byars enjoy a playful rivalry, having competed against one another at Franklin’s annual stone-skipping contest and in Michigan. last_img
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FIFA’s ethics committee to appeal against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini’s eight-year bans

first_img Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini 1 Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini could face even longer bans after FIFA’s ethics investigatory chamber confirmed it is appealing to increase the eight-year suspensions handed down to the two most powerful people in world football.Blatter and Platini have themselves appealed against the eight-year bans imposed by the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber last month, but now face a counter-appeal from the investigators who had originally sought a lifetime ban.The bans were imposed over a £1.3million payment made to UEFA president Platini, signed off by FIFA president Blatter, in 2011 which they said was to settle a verbal agreement made 13 years beforehand.A spokesman for FIFA’s ethics investigatory chamber told Press Association Sport: “I can confirm that we intend to appeal.”FIFA’s appeal committee will hear the appeals from Blatter, Platini and the investigatory chamber. The case can then go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.last_img read more

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ELECTRONIC TABLET STOLEN FROM CHILD DURING ‘DISTRACTION THEFT’ AT SUPERMARKET

first_imgA mum-of-two who was caught with a stolen Samsung Galaxy tablet following a ‘distraction theft’ at a supermarket has been given a two month suspended jail sentence.A Samsung Galaxy was stolen during the robbery at a Letterkenny supermarket.Angelica Milesieu, 40, was with her children and another young adult at LIDL in Letterkenny on October 31st, 2014. Another young family in the supermarket complained that a Samsung Galaxy electronic tablet had been taken from a child.When Gardai viewed CCTV footage, they recognised Ms Milesieu of 3 Pump Street, Kerrykeel close to the incident.When they stopped her at Raymoghey, Manorcunningham, the electronic device was found in her car.Ms Milesieu admitted handling stolen goods and Letterkenny District Court was told she had number of previous for thefts around country.Judge Paul Kelly asked if the children in the CCTV footage where the accused woman’s children and he was told they were.“So she was supervising this theft,” he said.He said he thought she was unsuitable for community service because of health issues and sentenced her to two months in prison but suspended the sentence for 12 months and ordered her to be of good behaviour.ELECTRONIC TABLET STOLEN FROM CHILD DURING ‘DISTRACTION THEFT’ AT SUPERMARKET was last modified: April 14th, 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) Tags:courtdonegalhandling stolen goodsKERRYKEELLIDLSamsung Galaxytheftlast_img read more

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COIMÍN AND TAOBHÓG LAND COUNTY BUNSCOIL TITLES

first_imgBy Micheál O Dochartaigh: Coimín NS and Taobhóg NS win County Football titles in Glenfinn.In sun-drenched Páirc Taobhóige, Glenfinn, eight schools battled it out to become this year’s Allianz Cumann na mBunscoil County Div 2 champions in both girls and boys football.In the girls competition the following schools took part: Scoil Treasa Naofa, Malin; St Naul’s, Keelogs; Sraith Mór, Glendowan and Scoil Taobhóige, Glenfinn. This year saw one of the most thrilling games ever at schools level with Taobhóg and St Naul’s needing extra time to separate them. Taobhóg eventualling winning by a few points. In the boys section Scoil an Choimín, Glenfinn; Gaelscoil Cois Feabhail, Moville; Fintra NS, Killybegs and Sraith Mór, Glendowan took part. There was certainly some fine displays by the young players and in the end Scoil an Choimín emerged victors for the second successive year with a strong skilful performance all day.Cumann na mBunscol would like to thank Glenfinn club for the use of its excellent facilities, referees Jason Friel and Gerard McHugh, the ladies from Glenfinn for providing refreshments, and County Star Frank McGlynn who presented the prizes.COIMÍN AND TAOBHÓG LAND COUNTY BUNSCOIL TITLES was last modified: June 12th, 2014 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:Allianz Cumann na mBunscoilScoil an ChoimínTaobhóglast_img read more

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Chelsea starlet finally completes permanent move away

first_imgJeremie Boga has signed for Sassuolo after failing to make the grade at Chelsea.The 21-year-old made just one appearance for the Blues after signing for their academy in 2008. If the attacking midfielder proves to be a success in Serie A, the Blues have an option to buy him back for a set price.He made just one appearance for Chelsea, during the defeat to Burnley on the opening day of the Premier League last season.However, a red card to Gary Cahill meant he lasted just 18 minutes before being substituted.He came through the academy at Stamford Bridge, scoring twice in the FA Youth Cup Final in 2013 as the Blues succumbed to Norwich City. Boga spent last season on loan at Birmingham City As with every Chelsea youngster, Boga endured his fair share of loan spells across Europe, representing Rennes, Granada and Birmignham City.A statement on Chelsea’s website said: “We thank Jeremie for his service and wish him well in his future career.” He made just one appearance for Chelsea, but was substituted just 18 minutes into his debut after Gary Cahill received a red card against Burnley 2 2last_img read more

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LETTERKENNY ROVERS AND COCKHILL CELTIC EMBROILED IN RACISM ROW

first_imgThe FAI are investigating an alleged racist incident that occurred in an FAI Intermediate Cup match between Letterkenny Rovers and Cockhill Celtic last month.Delegates from both clubs have been instructed to attend an FAI hearing regarding the alleged racist incident next week.Representatives from both clubs will meet with officials from the (DCU) Disciplinary Controls Unit. It is believed that a Cockhill Celtic player made racist remarks towards an opponent during their 4-3 win over Letterkenny Rovers.It’s the second time in just over six months that Donegal Soccer has been rocked by racism allegations.In March, national attention was brought to an incident involving Castlebar Celtic’s Thierry Baba.Castlebar Celtic alleged that Baba was the subject of racist chants from a section of the Swilly Rovers support at an SFAI U-15 National Cup tie at Swilly Park. Swilly Rovers were found guilty and fined €1,000, although the fine was reduced on appeal and a donation was made to charity.LETTERKENNY ROVERS AND COCKHILL CELTIC EMBROILED IN RACISM ROW was last modified: November 7th, 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:Cockhill CelticFAILetterkenny RoversnewssoccerSportlast_img read more

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