UNMIL Bangladeshi Diffuse Unexploded Bomb in Ganta

first_imgOn  24 April the UNMIL Bangladeshi Multirole Engineer contingent safely destroyed an unexploded bomb in the vicinity of the United Methodist Hospital in Ganta in line with its peace keeping activities geared toward making Liberia safe for its citizens after the long civil crisis came to an end over 10 years ago.The unexploded bomb was posing a great threat to the civilians, especially where medical activities are focused.It was discovered buried, a result of the fighting between warring factions over the city of Ganta in 2003, which left almost the entire city destroyed.Upon the discovery of the bomb by the hospital’s gardeners, they immediately called upon the Bangladeshi who confirmed it to be a mortar shell.Lt. Col. Mohammed Anwar Uddin, Contingent Commander of the Engineering Battalion, told this reporter that so far the Bangladesh Engineer Contingent in Ganta has disposed of 12 such unexploded bombs.During the Liberian uprising in 2003, Ganta was heavily contested by warring factions loyal to former President Charles Taylor and that of the LURD forces, leaving several unexploded bombs across Ganta.Since the war, people had been coming across these bombs in their localities, although no one has ever been harmed. Whenever it is discovered, the UNMIL Bangladeshi are called to dispose of them.The UNMIL Bangladeshi Engineering Battalion is involved in a multi-role peace keeping duty which includes the rehabilitation of roads, repair of bridges and other engineering works as well as disposing of unexploded bombs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Commissioner admits corruption a problem at Lands & Surveys

first_img…says several employees firedCommissioner of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC), Trevor Benn, has admitted that corruption and collusion are problems at the agency.Benn made this admission during an appearance on local radio programme ‘Hot seat’ hosted by broadcaster Stan Gouveia on Monday. Asked directly about the favoritism showed by staff for certain persons at the expense of others and the perception of corruption, Benn made no bones about the corruption within the agency.Commissioner of the GL&SC, Trevor Benn“Corruption in Guyana is a big problem. And lands and surveys is no different,” Benn said. “There is corruption at the institution, I would be the first to admit and whenever we find it we deal with it. In fact, for this year alone we sent home a couple of staff for corrupt practices,” Benn admitted.Another way the problem is being addressed, according to Benn, is through the digitization of records. This allows the commission to better track transactions dealt with by staff. Benn also noted that they are working to facilitate master’s level training for lands and surveys staff.GL&SC recently featured prominently in the news, when Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had dropped bombshell revelations last month that the Government has been quietly distributing massive tracts of prime state lands to employees of the Ministry of the Presidency as well as close associate to the PNC-led A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) faction of the coalition Government and officials of the States Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), which was formed to recover state assets.According to the party, the lands were all strategically located to massively benefit the beneficiaries from the coming oil boom. Jagdeo had revealed that most of the leases for these plots of prime real estate were issued by the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) after the December passage of the Opposition-sponsored No-Confidence Motion that caused the Government to fall.Among the state employees had been State Asset Recovery Agency (SARA) executive Eric Phillips. Phillips, had vehemently denied back in February that he ever applied for, or received any, 3000 acres of lands as was then being claimed.But the Opposition Leader had pointed to GL&SC File No. 321132/1604 which showed 1000 acres in the Essequibo River was issued to Phillips in April 2019 and File No. 3312317 for another 1000 acres in the Demerara River.Another prominent name to come up from Jagdeo’s revelations had been Chief Elections Officer (CEO) for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Keith Lowenfield. According to GL&SC documents, Lowenfield received land at Millie’s Hideout, Linden, Region 10.Since the revelations that persons closely affiliated to the government had snapped up land in prime locations, questions have been raised about the process that was used to allocate such large tracts of land.Among those questions have been exactly how much these beneficiaries paid per acre for their land and how they received information on which prime land locations were available, in the absence of advertisements.last_img read more

Competition heats up for winter at Letterkenny Golf Club

first_imgLetterkenny Golf News: With the Irish winter having finally caught up with us, golfers are finding it increasing awkward to play inland courses and with common sense prevailing, Letterkenny Golf Club have reduced their course to thirteen holes in order to allow members and visitors alike to avail of some form of competition during the winter months without having to use the mats.With the persistent rain and ongoing work being done to four of the main fairways, Saturday’s competition was postponed but taking the top honour on Sunday 13th was Johnnie Moore [21] with 26pts over the shorter course. Turkey competitions are now running from Monday-Sunday, seven days weekly with re-entry any day following first entry. The social club’s 25 card night has resumed on Wednesday evenings, everyone welcome, as has the quiz night on Friday evening under the supervision of Donegal ‘mastermind’ Hugh Mc Clafferty.Congratulations to long standing club member and former club secretary Dermot Rainey on his selection to the Letterkenny Business Hall of Fame at the award ceremony on Friday last.Commiserations are extended to the family of former club Captain Derek Mc Mahon who held office in 1971 and who was buried on Wednesday morning with a guard of honor from the club.Competition heats up for winter at Letterkenny Golf Club was last modified: November 18th, 2016 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:BarnhillgolfLetterkenySportweatherlast_img read more

Athletes of the week

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 HOLLY WILLARD Royal Willard looks to be the next in a string of successful runners for the Highlanders of Simi Valley, who are ranked No. 3 in Southern Section Div. I. She posted a win in her first high-school competition, finishing first in the freshman girls’ race at the Seaside Invitational on Friday in Ventura. Willard completed the three-mile course in 19:26, finishing seven seconds ahead of the second-place runner. MATT WABBY Senior, Crespi His second-half passing broke open a 6-6 halftime tie with host Palmdale. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound two-year starter completed four of his first seven third-quarter passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns to spark Crespi to a 28-6 nonleague victory. Wabby finished 6 of 15 for 219 yards and three scores – to Josh Morgan (30 yards) and D.J. Holt (57 and 27 yards). SHANNON MURAKAMI Junior, Saugus Murakami, ranked No. 2 in the state in Div. I, won the junior girls’ race at the Seaside Invitational on Friday in Ventura. Her time of 17:18 on the three-mile course was the best girls’ time and sixth on the meet’s all-time list. Quartz Hill’s Brieanna Morris finished second in 17:47. It was a measure of revenge for Murakami, who by her own admission lost to Morris “when it really mattered,” in last year’s Southern Section Div. I final. UP AND COMER center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more