‘Security Situation Remains Generally Stable’

first_imgThe Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Madam Karin Landgren, has said that the security situation in Liberia remains “generally stable”.The SRSG made the observation when she recently addressed the 72nd summit of the United Nations.“When I say we welcome the news, this means that since the last report to the Secretary General, security within the country has been generally stable without any major outbreaks of violence. We are not saying the situation is rosy in terms of the types of violence that I have mentioned. UNMIL works with the government to monitor what is happening around the country in terms of security. Both in terms of incidence of violence in concessionaire areas, in demonstrations and issues like sexual and gender based violence, where we work to maintain statistics of cases that are reported.”According to Madam Landgren, during her visits to various bases of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) throughout the country, she noticed one of the challenges which UNMIL has raised many times is that a vast majority of the LNP is in the capital. As a result, there is not an even spread of police covering the rest of the country.“When I visited them in the county capitals, I always find they have inadequate logistics.  A majority of their cars are broken, they have difficulty getting fuel, they have no communications equipment and sometimes they don’t have furniture or uniforms. Their numbers are usually far below the numbers they are supposed to have officially. I heard about how little they earned and how difficult it is to be stationed in some of these more remote locations. This is why we are advocating strongly for greater support to the LNP and BIN. However, for that to be effective, these security agencies also need well functioning internal systems,” the SRSG explained.She said UNMIL has been sharing their expertise on how to manage budgets and human resources. They have taught members of the LNP and BIN how to better maintain vehicles and their facilities so they don’t fall apart immediately, since these are some of the systems that need to be strengthened.Madam Landgren mentioned Ghana has been supporting this by bringing groups of LNP officers for training at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. She said strengthening how these actors manage their own resources is a big part of making them more effective.“Let me turn to the Security Sector— in particular, the Police.  As you know, some important steps were agreed upon at a security sector reform retreat last September. These steps included professionalizing the police by appointing senior officials from within their ranks and increasing transparency in tenure and promotion systems. The LNP and BIN have been working to become more effective institutions.  So it has been frustrating to see the facilities vacated by UNMIL in Foya standing empty for over a year, waiting to become a BIN training center; and to see a new LNP training centre in Harper, inaugurated last September, still standing idle.  Over the past few months, the Government has made significant commitments to strengthening the security sector,” Madam Landgren said.In efforts to have the LNP and BIN equipped to take over the country she said, the Minister of Finance has been personally involved in trying to make it easier for funds related to UNMIL security transition to be disbursed to the police, the immigration service and other agencies. “I am not sure this has had measurable success yet, but we look forward to good news.  The police training academy has over a thousand recruits waiting to start training and over 250 people ready to graduate. The President herself has committed to activating more training resources and promised better use of facilities for training. President Sirleaf has committed to having a better balance in the 2014-15 national budgets between investments in infrastructure, and investments in national security,” she concluded.Madam Landgren assured Liberia of UNMIL’s continued support and promised to work with their many partners by contributing to the LNP and BIN.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Obstacles” in crater stalling completion of clean-up exercise

first_imgDiamond natural gas explosionWhile officials were expecting to finish clearing up the surroundings to cap the gas pocket that exploded last month when a Diamond, East Bank Demerara, resident was drilling a well in his backyard, they have stumbled upon several obstacles that have prevented them from completing the task within the three-week timeframe initially set.“We started the clean-up exercise and in process, we realised that a portion of the [collapsed] water trestle had fallen into the crater, as well the derelict from the driller is down there. So for us to run the pipes, we have to remove those obstacles. At the moment, we have an excavator, which is waiting there to try to extract that,” Senior Petroleum Technologist attached to Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC)Workers preparing to pump out the slush from the area surrounding the crater on WednesdayMitchell Prince told the Guyana Times on Wednesday.However, he explained that before they can go ahead with installing the materials to cap the crater, they will now have to clear the area of the remaining slush. At the site on Wednesday, workers assembled several pipelines, which they will use to pump out the slush from the area surrounding the crater onto a nearby empty lot.Moreover, Prince added that there were also delays in sourcing the appropriate equipment to carry out the work.“Due to some delays in acquiring the specialised equipment – we had to get a long boom excavator because a short boom couldn’t work – and also the integrity of the area, we cannot guarantee so have to get it working in a safe area,” he noted.  Nevertheless, the Senior Petroleum Technologist asserted that they are looking at another “two weeks or so” to cap the breached gas pocket.Initially, there were plans to construct a contraption apparatus similar to the one that was installed a short distance away over the Grove section of the scheme where there was also an eruption about a decade ago. A metal tank was constructed to trap the gas, which the family now uses for domestic purposes. At this most recent incident, authorities have also detected traces of methane gas.However, Prince could not say whether the same will be done here. “At this point in time, I cannot answer that question; it is left to my superiors… We are gonna be putting in the pipe there and a valve system. It will be similar [to the existing on in Grove] to some extent, however, we have not planned putting a tank,” he stated.Just over a week ago, GGMC’s Commissioner, Newell Dennison, told the Guyana Times that they will have to await the completion of the clean-up exercise for an assessment to be done on the crater before commencing works on the apparatus.“It is intended that we will construct an apparatus, we will construct the conductor casingsThe metal tank that was constructed at the Grove residence following the 2009 gas eruptionthat we would want to put into the vent; those things will have to be constructed. But I wouldn’t want to preempt what it is exactly that would have to be done because there might be modifications of what is intended and what we observe, after the full clean-up and actually get a good look at the orifice that has been presented to us,” Dennison has explained.At about 18:00h on June 14, construction workers were drilling a well at the Lot 1200 Section ‘A’ Block ‘X’, Great Diamond, residence (between Sixth and Fifth Avenue) when they hit a natural gas pocket causing an immediate explosion, with fluctuating eruptions as high as 30 feet which lasted the entire night.Local stakeholder agencies have since come together to monitor the situation. According to officials, the gas emanating does not pose any threat to surrounding neighbours and as such, a safe zone was established in the area.last_img read more

BC Oil and Gas Conference kicks off in Fort Nelson

first_imgThe BC Oil and Gas Conference in Fort Nelson kicked off wednesday night with a keynote speech from well-known commentator Rex Murphy. Murphy was in Fort Nelson and spoke to conference delegates about the importance of the energy industry to the greater picture of the North American and world economies, while entertaining the audience with his unique mix of insight, humour and  political commentary. The conference goes until Friday and is being held at the newly completed Northern Rockies Regional Recreation Complex. Premier Christy Clark will be addressing the conference Thursday, and commentator and author of the book “Ethical Oil”, Ezra Levant will be speaking at the conference on Friday. Topics being covered in the conference include the impact to communities of a transient workforce, water resource management for unconventional gas exploration, and the evolution and future of the LNG markets.- Advertisement – Fort Nelson has been experiencing a boom in recent years with the growth of the the Horn River Basin gas play. For live conference updates, follow the Twitter hashtag #bcoilgasconflast_img read more

Liverpool and Manchester United target scores in big Bayern Munich win

first_img Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski, who is reportedly being tracked by a host of Premier League teams, scored Bayern Munich’s fourth goal in the German giants’ routine 4-1 win over FC Koln on Friday night.The Polish striker’s value under Pep Guardiola has been questioned in recent weeks after being dropped to the bench and operating on the wing rather than his favoured centre forward position.Lewandowski notched his 14th goal in all competitions this season with a chested finish into an empty net after typical dazzling wing play by Arjen Robben to help extend Bayern’s lead at the top of the Bundesliga to 11 points.Despite his impressive scoring record this campaign the former Borussia Dortmund man’s long-term Bayern future is in doubt, which has allegedly fostered interest from Manchester United and Liverpool. 1last_img read more

GAA: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTES

first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 15.08.11Well done to the Reserve Footballers that advanced to the semi-finals of the Senior Reserve Championship with  a good win over Naomh Conaill on Sunday evening in Glenswilly. The lads got first half goals through the impressive Eddie Blake and John Keeney to take a commanding half time lead in what had been  aclose, tense affair until then. Caolan Flood added another goal in the 2nd half to seal  a 3-05 to 0-08 victory. The Juniors finally got a game under their belt as they took on St. Michael’s in a friendly. Thanks to St. Michael’s for travelling up for the game. They still await the outcome of the Downings no-show for their preliminary round play-off.The Seniors had a free weekend. They may have a league game this weekend in preparation for their Championship replay.The Minor Boys Footballers begin their Championship campaign this Friday evening with an away game to Milford in their 1st round, 1st leg game. Throw in is at 7pm. They will hope to make it a unique double for the club after the Minor hurlers claimed the Championship title a few weeks ago.The U-14 Div. 1 boys advanced to the northern Board Championship Final after a hard fought win away to Gaoth Dobhair in last week’s semi-final. They will take on St. Mary’s, Convoy in the Final at a date to be arranged. The U-14 Div. 2 boys travel to Milford on Wednesday for their shield semi-final at 7pm.The U-15 and U-13 Football also gets underway over the next few weeks.The Sunday morning U-10 Football Academy returned last week and is on again this week at the usual time of 11am. It may well be cancelled on Sunday the 28th due to Donegal’s involvement in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final v Dublin.The U12 Hurlers came back in dramatic fashion to equalise against Burt with a goal right at the end after earlier throwing away a 7 point lead. The U16 Hurlers are awaiting details of their next game. There is a 3 day high performance session for all county U14, U15 & U16 Hurling players in Burt starting Wednesday at 10am. St Eunan’s hurling players selected for these county panels need to attend.The U14 Ulster Camogie Blitz took place in Carndonagh on Saturday, 13th August with the County Camogie team beating Cavan and losing narrowly to Derry and Antrim. Well done to the St Eunan’s girls who represented the county. Camogie fixtures for August include the 19th for the U12’s in Ballybofey and finally the 26th for the U12’s in Burt. The camogie referee course for adults & young whistlers has been postponed. If you wish to attend the course please contact Gavin Craig. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets for the Camogie finals please contact Gavin Craig.U-16 & Minor training is on each Monday at 5:30pm. U-12/13 Hurling training is on Tuesday at 5:30pm. The Friday Hurling & Camogie Academy begins at 6:30pm on Friday in O’Donnell Park. There is a major Fundraising Table Quiz in the Clubhouse this Friday night in support of the Donegal Co. team training fund. It will involve clubs from all around the county and be broadcast on Highland Radio. Anyone wanting to volunteer to help on the night or take part, should contact Charlie McAteer asap on 087-2668633.There were 3 winners of this week’s lotto that matched 3 numbers and win €35 each.  The numbers drawn were 3-6-7-17 and the winners are: Valerie Doherty, Aughlihard (Adrian), Eddie Brennan, Crievesmith and Edmund Cassidy, Ballyraine Rd. (both card). Next week’s jackpot is €1,200.GAA: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 15th, 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:St Eunan’s GAA club noteslast_img read more