LINCSA chairman, Marvin Momboe Sarkor-Says National Commission on Small Arms ChairmanBy Charlotte Kruah, Student, UL Mass Communication Department The chairman of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LINCSA), Marvin Momboe Sarkor, has assured Liberians that the country’s borders will not be used for illegal trafficking of illicit arms and light weapons.According to him, Liberians have no reason to fear as the Commission is working with international partners, including Great Britain, USA, ECOWAS and many others to ensure that they help formulate policies and appropriate programs aimed at combating the proliferation of small arms and light weapons across the country.Chairman Sarkor explained that the Commission has set up a national control system which is intended to ensure that weapons brought in Liberia are not diverted to other countries for the use of arms conflict.He said LiNCSA and partners are working to help make their respective countries and people live peacefully, void of armed conflict.Sarkor said small arms and light weapons have a negative impact on society, especially reflecting on Liberia’s dark past and, as such, he called on civilians who are in possession of illegal weapons to peacefully turn it over to the Liberia National Police.He said the constant wave of illegal small arms by unauthorized persons is embarrassing for the security of the state because they are putting in place practical measures to help combat the flow of illicit small arms and light weapons in Liberia.Under the laws of Liberia only security institutions and personnel to include the Liberia National Police (LNP) the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), the Executive Protective Service (EPS) and other personnel assigned with the President of Liberia, among others, are allowed to carry arms.However, civilians are to use single barrel guns and for exclusively hunting purposes, he indicated.Sarkor said Liberia is a signatory to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), an international governing body charged with the responsibility of controlling arms, especially conventional arms.Sarkor represented Liberia a week ago in Equatorial Guinea on the ban of fossil materials to produce nuclear weapons and explosives, though Liberia does not have uranium.This article is published as an assignment from the UL Mass Communication Department.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has said the 12 rural spots to host special new hubs for broadband across the county will be a game changer.The Minister for Education and Skills revealed the locations after a Cabinet meeting where his Government colleague and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Energy Richard Bruton got sign-off on the National Broadband Plan.Minister McHugh said: “High speed Internet in rural areas is investing in people and communities for the future. “It will help people work from home, access services and generally make lives easier.”The National Broadband Plan kicks off in the new year with work to connect fibre optic cables to broadband connection points in community settings such as GAA clubs, community centres and public libraries. The community hubs will all be connected by the end of next year.In Donegal about €128m is being invested to connect 32,130 homes, farms and businesses thanks to the National Broadband Plan.Minister McHugh said: “Twelve of the special hubs are in Donegal. They will give people in rural areas access to free broadband while they await a high-speed connection to their own home or business. “They will make a tremendous difference to life in rural Donegal – in homes, schools, businesses and farms and in healthcare and other day to day services. They are a real signal of intent by this Government to support and sustain rural life and to help communities thrive.”The 12 locations in Donegal for the special rural broadband hubs are:* Carnowen Presbyterian Hall, Raphoe* Cranford Coole Community Centre, Cranford* Dunree Military Museum, Fort Dunree, Buncrana* Glenveagh National Park* Leghowney Community Centre* Malin Head* Meenreagh Hostel, Killygordon* Rathlin Knitwear, Glenn Cholm Cille* Ray Athletics Club, Ray, Milford* Amharchlann Ghaoth Dobhair* Comharchumann Oileán Thorai* Westbic, Ballymoon, KilcarMinister McHugh said: “The National Broadband Plan is an investment for the future. In the coming years small and rural schools up and down the county will see a massive difference. It will allow teachers access to materials and information in a way that was not possible before.“And I am using this hugely important decision by Government to call on multinationals, tech companies and other employers in big cities and urban areas to start planning now for bases in the regions. “This is a once in a generation opportunity to bring new industry and enterprise to Donegal over the next five years, to complement the hugely successful homegrown industries and fin-tech services that are employing thousands. And they can do this with the knowledge of first class, fibre optic, futureproofed broadband.Minister McHugh added: “When you break it down into the 300 areas where the Government is stepping in to invest in high speed internet, the reality is that it’s hugely beneficial and a solid investment in communities of the future.“It is a good deal for rural Ireland. It’s a powerful investment for the next generation and generations to come. It’s going to be life changing, just like rural electrification. And it’s going to provide new opportunities for people living and working outside our main towns and villages.“It’s quite simply a game changer for rural Ireland and I am proud to be part of the Government that’s delivering it. “People will see the difference that it’s making when they begin to see the hubs opening and they begin to use the high speed broadband. And that will happen in the coming months.”€128M broadband investment to connect 32,000 Donegal homes and businesses was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 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:donegalinvestmentroadband
Complaints about a new generation of utility smart meters aren’t unusual, but in Naperville, Illinois, a citizen’s campaign against them has resulted in arrests, a trial, and now a complaint in federal district court against the city and four police officers.The trouble began when the city began replacing analog utility meters with newer wifi-enabled devices. Malia Bendis and Jennifer Stahl were among those who objected, and they helped launch an opposition group called Naperville Smart Meter Awareness, the website The Blaze reports.Two years ago, both were arrested after Bendis used her cellphone to make a video recording of the installation of a smart meter at Stahl’s home; the meter was being installed over Stahl’s objections. Bendis was handcuffed and arrested for “attempted eavesdropping,” charges which were later dropped. Bendis was acquitted of a second charge, resisting a peace officer, last October.Now, Bendis, a 42-year-old mother of three and a part-time nurse practitioner, is suing the affluent Chicago suburb and four police officers, claiming false arrest, the use of excessive force, discrimination, unlawful retaliation, and malicious prosecution. The complaint, filed on January 23, seeks unspecified damages. Smart meter program challenged in courtAccording to Bendis’ court complaint, the city of Naperville set aside $22 million in 2010 to install smart meters on homes and businesses under a program called the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative.Bendis and others opposed the program, citing both financial and health concerns. They founded the opposition group and in late 2011 filed a court complaint to block the installation of meters in instances where people didn’t want them. That case is still pending.Bendis became an outspoken critic of the program, and eventually the city hired a security company and put her under surveillance, her complaint alleges.Then, in January 2013, the city council met behind closed doors and voted to arrest Bendis and anyone else “who interfered with their plan to forcibly install the ‘smart meters,’” the complaint says.The city instructed its workers and police officers “to enter onto the objecting residents’ properties and install the meters, even if they had to force their way onto the residents’ property.” During these “forced installations,” the complain continues, some residents, including Bendis, made audio and video recordings of the installations.No one was arrested until January 23, 2013 when Bendis and Stahl were both handcuffed and taken into custody. Eavesdropping law found constitutionalBendis initially faced two charges: attempted eavesdropping, a misdemeanor, and resisting a peace officer.Her complaint claims that police knew they couldn’t charge her with eavesdropping, a felony, because the law had been declared unconstitutional. So they chose the “attempted eavesdropping” charge because it could be filed without the approval of a prosecutor. But a county state’s attorney dismissed the charge anyway.Bendis did go to trial on the “resisting a peace officer” charge and was acquitted by a jury last fall. Charges against Stahl were eventually dropped.The complaint seeks unspecified punitive damages as well as attorney’s fees.Contacted by email, City Attorney Jill Pelka-Wilger said she couldn’t comment directly on the lawsuit.“The City of Naperville continues to focus on our Smart Grid program,” she wrote. “Our program is in line with the national effort to modernize the electronic power grid system. We have installed 58,000 meters and continue to move forward increasing energy efficiency, reducing emissions and lowering electricity consumption costs.”
The biggest delegation to arrive was from Kenya which included 112 members. The Nigerian and Scottish delegations also arrived on Sunday with 69 and 60 members respectively. The number is expected to rise as 100 more are scheduled to arrive from Canada and Norfolk Islands at night.The Isle of Man team at the CWG village.Also, teams from Tanzania, Lesotho, Rwanda, Wales and several other nations arrived.The first team from Canada will check in at the Games Village on Monday and will include the boxers and lawn bowl players.Scott Stevenson, director of sport, Commonwealth Games Canada ( CGC), said the support staff was slated to move in to the Village on Sunday.”Work has progressed far enough and we’re ready to start moving in to the Village,” he said. Stevenson also expressed his satisfaction on the condition of the Village.”The dining hall and the training facilities, are truly exceptional. The residence towers have been a huge challenge for us, but I’m happy to say they too are finally falling into line.”A total of 35 Canadian support staff will move in to the village on Sunday. About 40 athletes and coaches from women’s gymnastics, shooting, table tennis, and men’s field hockey are scheduled to arrive on Monday.CANADA’S SUPPORTGary Lunn, sports minister of Canada called up MS Gill late on Sunday evening to give his support to the Games. “We are not worried by reports in the international media which are often exaggerated. Difficulties do come at large events. We had them in the Vancouver Winter Games. We are confident that you will overcome them. We are coming with full force. I look forward to meeting you in Delhi,” Lunn said.advertisementIn response, Gill assured him that all Indian authorities are working very hard to overcome the shortcomings. “We look forward to welcoming the Canadian contingent very soon,” he said.