The Acting Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Cllr. Lemuel E. A. Reeves, on Saturday, November 9, warned all 234 of BIN’s first post-war graduates that their authority would not hesitate to strip them of their uniforms or punish any officers going against the norms of the institution.“Do not compromise your integrity and that of the institution. Obey only lawful partners and whatever you do not understand seek the advice of your superiors, they will always be available to provide you with the necessary clarifications.We will not hesitate to disrobe you or punish any of our officers who choose to go against the norms of the institution or the country,” Cllr. Reeves further warned when he spoke at the program marking the official graduation ceremony of the BIN Basic Recruit Class one.The ceremony was graced by an array of government officials and foreign dignitaries, and held at the National Police Training Academy, in Paynesville outside Monrovia.He disclosed that the graduates would shortly be deployed to start mending the holes in Liberia’s 176 ports of entries, which, according to him, will soon be created as the result of the gradual withdrawal of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).“You will be assigned with the responsibility to protect our borders against illegal entry, human trafficking, and other cross border crimes.”“As you go forth in your assignments take them very seriously, and follow your operational procedures by upholding the ethics we have taught you as your guide,” the BIN boss advised the graduates.Stressing on the lack of logistical support, Cllr. Reeves said, “Despite the challenges we face, our officers are ready to patrol our borders.”“You are aware that the terrains in which most of our borders are situated are difficult to patrol, and therefore require more logistical support to enhance the mobility of those officers already assigned.”Commenting on the importance of training, the Acting BIN boss stressed that training was the backbone of building the capacity of every security institution, adding: “this is why we are calling on government to provide us with the needed support to start with the training of another batch of recruits.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A busy Easter period has seen some big results for our local teams and left all of them with plenty still to play for as the season reaches its climax. After a disappointing holiday period, time is fast running out for Hayes & Yeading United as they continue their fight to avoid relegation from the Blue Square Bet Premier.A return of just one point from their two weekend fixtures against Cambridge United and Luton Town has left them four points adrift with just three games to go.On Saturday things are unlikely to get any easier when promotion chasing Mansfield Town travel to Kingfield.They have won five of their last six league games to top the division’s form table along with champions Fleetwood Town so a special effort looks necessary for Nas Bashir’s team.There has been a lot of positivity around Hampton & Richmond Borough recently with the last week again being a good one. On Saturday they picked up a tidy 2-0 win at Farnborough before beating Wealdstone by the same scoreline on Monday night to win the Middlesex Senior Cup.However, despite these fine results, a midweek win for Havant & Waterlooville over Salisbury dropped them back into the Blue Square Bet South bottom three.Nevertheless, Mark Harper’s team do appear to still hold all the cards. They have two games in hand on their nearest rivals, who they trail by a point, and next face a trip to Eastbourne Borough who have lost their last four.The Stones meanwhile have endured a punishing week – they have played three times since Saturday.A fine 4-1 win over Kingstonian at the weekend got them off to a great start and lifted them to within two points of the Ryman League Premier Division play-off places.Since then it has been a different story. On Monday they made the short journey to Uxbridge to take on Hampton in the aforementioned cup final but came unstuck and on Wednesday they could only draw 0-0 with struggling Harrow Borough in the derby.They now find themselves four points away from the much coveted fifth place with a game in hand and must raise themselves for the visit of title chasing AFC Hornchurch on Saturday.The Urchins have won four of their last five and drew with leaders Billericay in their last match so will provide formidable opposition.As for boss Dave Anderson (pictured above) and his Harrow side, they will feel it has been a generally positive week.Aside from the battling point against Wealdstone in front of a bumper crowd of over 600, they picked up a surprise 2-1 win at high-flying Cray Wanderers on Saturday.The two results have left them three points and two places above the relegation zone with three matches to go.Consequently, Saturday’s game at Hastings United couldn’t be much bigger for them. The Sussex club are one of the two teams immediately below Harrow and are five games without a win.With three of the four relegation places having already been assigned, another loss for the U’s could be terminal.At the other end of the table, Hendon are still battling for a place in the play-offs.Their Easter fixtures against midtable sides Margate and Wingate & Finchley would have had most Greens supporters thinking that six points were achievable.As it turned out they only picked up three after a shock 3-0 home defeat to the Kent club and then a stunning 5-0 away win against their north London rivals.These results have left them one point off fifth among a group of five or six teams of which there is little to choose between.As end of season run-ins go, theirs is one of the kindest. The toughest match of their final three should be against Kingstonian on Saturday.The K’s are still in with an outside chance of a play-off place themselves but they will arrive at Vale Farm having played three times in a week (Saturday, Monday and Thursday) so fatigue could be an issue.If Hendon do slip up they could end the day four points adrift with just two games to go, so a win looks essential.All Premier League and Football League season-ticket holders get in for half-price at all our local non-league clubs’ home league games. Check their websites for details.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
“Totem Pole Rock” GCGY8PSometimes what you see isn’t what you get. According to the cache owner, the geocache “Totem Pole Rock” (GCGY8P) is really Gooney Bird Rock. Whether you call it Totem Pole or Gooney Bird, hcameron‘s hide has still been logged nearly 200 times.Gooney Bird RockThe difficulty 1, terrain 1.5 geocache was placed in September of 2003. It has been found by geocachers from around the world. Adventurers simply drive outside of Moab, Utah to find the geocache. They should exercise some caution. As indicated by the vehicle in the picture above, four-wheel drive is recommended.”No Bull — Great Canyon” (GC12R1Z)The desert in the Moab area is rich with scenic geocaches. A short drive away from “Totem Pole Rock” is “No Bull — Great Canyon” (GC12R1z). See the picture on the right.As with any geocache in an extreme environment, take precautions. Make sure you pack plenty of water, a first aid kit and food. Geocachers, prepared with supplies, recently rescued two women who were stranded in the desert not far from these geocaches.You can see all the Geocaches of the Week by clicking here.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedHome sweet boulder. — Lameirinha (GC16670) — Geocache of the WeekMay 9, 2013In “Community”The Director’s Travel Bug Hotel (GC3MFAD) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 15, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”A photo is worth 1000 finds? – The Mountain of Moonlit Rocks (GC1CB) – Geocache of the WeekJune 18, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”
IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Skype’s litigation woes with eBay had businesses a bit worried. Funding Skype in the enterprise looked risky with the potential that a judge could at some point pull the code base out from under Skype and leave businesses stranded.But that’s not an issue anymore. According to Network World, Skype now has rights to the code that is essential for the service to run. That means Skype for business is a green light for the companies seeking to use the VOIP service.Last month, eBay agreed to sell Skype to a consortium that included the founders, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis. As part of the deal, Skype retains the technology that would be required to service business users.Using the Skype network can save companies and organizations millions of dollars per year in telecommunications costs. Call centers, international calls and a host of other services can be transferred to the Skype VOIP network.Skype is making a big play in the corporate market. Earlier this year, the company announced Skype for SIP, which gives businesses the capability to hook a company’s SIP infrastructure into the Skype network.The beta program is underway with several PBX providers, including Cisco and Shoretel.Still, the biggest issue is better integration. As one analyst said to Network World:“It’s a game changer,” said Irwin Lazar, an analyst with Nemertes Research. “The level of frustration trying to get SIP to work can be enormous.” Tags:#enterprise#news alex williams 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now
President of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (JMEA), Metry Seaga, says the upcoming Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) will be another opportunity for local businesses to promote their goods and services to an international audience.Slated for the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, from May 30 to June 1, Mr. Seaga said the trade show will provide for interaction between local and international business stakeholders, giving Jamaica a much-coveted platform inside the valuable global export market.“What we will be doing is to promote the use of products manufactured in Jamaica and elsewhere, and seek to assist in securing markets for both raw materials and finished products. This will be a multisectoral international trade show, which will connect Jamaica to the rest of the world and the rest of the world to us,” he noted.“There are numerous opportunities that are readily available and waiting for us to tap into. We must not allow them to pass us by, and this is where the JIE plays a critical role by providing promotional exposure and local and international business-to-business opportunities,” he added.Mr. Seaga, who was speaking at the official launch of the second staging of the JIE at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa on January 22, said it is the vision of the JMEA to continue to be the driving force for a thriving manufacturing and export-led economy.“We manufacturers, primary producers, service providers and other exporters must march on, because it’s the private sector that trades, not the Government. But it is our role to ensure that their focus is directed at facilitating private sector-led growth,” he argued.“Together we can achieve this vision for Jamaica. When you go back to your companies, examine how you can better support local manufactures and service providers, or a micro, small or new company through your procurement policy,” he told the gathering of private-sector players.“Examine if it’s time to move the sale of your goods and services beyond our borders. Additionally, now that we are on track with our macroeconomic indicators, let’s start focusing on the microeconomics and higher levels of growth,” Mr. Seaga further urged.The JIE is designed as a global expo, open to local and international companies across all industries, including tourism, construction, business process outsourcing (BPO), agriculture and manufacturing.It is expected to attract participants from the Caribbean, Canada, North and South America, China, the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe.The show, at its inaugural staging in 2017, attracted over 600 overseas buyers and suppliers of goods and services, and Mr. Seaga is promising an even bigger event this year.“It will be the platform where we stamp our mark as the place of choice to do business in the Caribbean and expand our reach to the rest of the world,” he said.Activities over the three days of the event will include an opening ceremony, cocktail reception, workshops and opportunity for one-on-one meetings.The Hilton Hotel is the main sponsor of the JIE. Slated for the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, from May 30 to June 1, Mr. Seaga said the trade show will provide for interaction between local and international business stakeholders, giving Jamaica a much-coveted platform inside the valuable global export market. “What we will be doing is to promote the use of products manufactured in Jamaica and elsewhere, and seek to assist in securing markets for both raw materials and finished products. This will be a multisectoral international trade show, which will connect Jamaica to the rest of the world and the rest of the world to us,” he noted. President of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (JMEA), Metry Seaga, says the upcoming Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) will be another opportunity for local businesses to promote their goods and services to an international audience. Story Highlights
zoomImage Courtesy: K Line K Line’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Oceanic Breeze, sailing from Ichthys LNG Project in Australia, has made a maiden call to Japanese Naoetsu LNG Terminal.The vessel is owned by K Line and INPEX Shipping, and dedicated for carrying 0.9 million tons of LNG per year from the Ichthys LNG Project in Darwin, Australia to the Naoetsu facility, operated by INPEX Coporation.K Line also revealed its plans to be more involved in the shipment of LNG, LPG and condensate exported by the project.Ichthys LNG Project would, in addition to LNG, produce around 1.65 million tons of LPG per year and some 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.The project’s first LNG cargo was carried by K Line’s LNG carrier Pacific Breeze in October 2018 and the first LPG was carried by the company’s Grace River. K Line said that Aframax tankers, operated by its subsidiary in Singapore, would carry condensate products.
In front of 7,092 fans at the Schottenstein Center, the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks 83-77, in their final tune-up before the start of the regular season. “It’s fun to play in cities like this that don’t have an opportunity to see you on a day-to-day basis, especially in the state of Ohio,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. “It’s fun for us and hopefully it’s fun for the city of Columbus.” Point guard Ramon Sessions led the Cavaliers with 26 points. Sessions started in place of Mo Williams, who was excused from the game because of the death of his father-in-law. “I thought he played well. He was in a kind of tough situation with Mo not being here,” Scott said. “He knew he would have to play some tough minutes, but I thought he played pretty well on both ends.” Point guard Daniel Gibson also missed the game for the Cavaliers with a neck strain, while the Bucks were without former Ohio State star Michael Redd and rotation regulars John Salmons, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Corey Maggette. With neither team at full strength, the game was closely contested throughout. Cavaliers guard Anthony Parker connected with Sessions for an alley-oop layup to give the Cavaliers a two-point lead to start the second half, but a scoring burst from guard Chris Douglas-Roberts gave the Bucks a one-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. After battling back and fourth throughout the final quarter, a breakaway lay-up by Sessions gave the Cavaliers a one-point lead with less than four minutes remaining. The Cavaliers extended their lead to as many as seven points, and forward Jamario Moon intercepted a pass from Bucks center Brian Skinner, which lead to a Parker 3-pointer to give the Cavaliers an eight point lead with 24 seconds left. Parker finished the game with 18 points and zero turnovers, while playing a team-high 38 minutes for the Cavaliers. “He not only picked up the scoring, but he ran the offense a lot. He played 37 to 38 minutes and not one turnover,” Scott said. “That means that you can count on him to do the little things, and he’s one of the guys who knows what we’re doing pretty well.” The 7,092 attendance number was a significant drop from last year’s Cavaliers preseason game in Columbus, which drew 18,021 fans. Now the Cavalier with the longest tenure with the team, center Anderson Varejao said that he wasn’t disappointed with the Columbus fans. “It’s my fourth time here and it’s always good to come here and play games,” Varejao said. “The fans do a good job.” Despite not playing, Gibson said that it’s a good experience for Cavaliers fans in Columbus to get to see the team live. “It’s just a lot of fun, getting out there in front of fans that don’t have the opportunity to come to the ‘Q,’” Gibson said. “You got to assume you have funs in just other than Cleveland.” Moon said that playing in front of a city without an NBA franchise reminds him of his days playing with the Harlem Globetrotters. “I’m always excited to play in front of different people who can’t come watch me play, and that’s what I did for my whole career for my other teams that I played for trying to come and get to the NBA,” Moon said. “It gives a lot of people that can’t get to Cleveland a chance to come out and see a good brand of basketball that the Cavaliers put out on the floor.”
The No. 8 Ohio State women’s basketball team (15-3, 5-1 Big Ten) led by five points at halftime, but failed to finish off No. 19 Michigan (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten) in the second half, falling 84-75 to the Wolverines Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center.The Wolverines clawed their way back into the game after trailing the majority of the game. Over the final 2:59 of the third quarter, they went on a 13-4 run to take a 62-58 lead. The visiting team extended its lead and closed the game with a 22-17 fourth-quarter run.Ohio State struggled in the second half, shooting just 25.6 percent from the field. The Buckeyes also finished 6-for-30 from 3-point range. Their shooting woes were not the only problem. Ohio State was out-rebounded 44-31 in the game.“I don’t think we had the focus that we needed tonight to win, way too many mental errors against a good Michigan team,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “I thought they played well, and when we made mistakes they made us pay. They shot 53 percent and outrebounded us by 13, we shot 36 percent, you’re not going to win a game.”A 15-point first half from senior forward Stephanie Mavunga boosted the Buckeyes to a 41-36 lead, but she was held to just six second-half points before fouling out with 1:52 remaining in the game.Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell added 20 points, shooting 5-for-14 from the field. Mitchell tied the all-time made 3-point record in all divisions with 58.3 seconds remaining in the game. She has made 441 career triples.The Buckeyes forced 21 turnovers to their eight, but Michigan executed its offense well when it maintained possession, shooting 53.7 percent from the field.The Buckeyes’ pesky defense and solid ball movement was effective in the first half. That changed in the second half behind Michigan center Hallie Thome’s domination in the paint. The 6-foot-5 junior finished with 27 points, despite facing early foul trouble.“[Thome] was incredible the first go around so we really wanted to make sure we found her early and got her touches early and last game it was the opposite. Last game Mavunga got those two fouls early and she was out,” Michigan head coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “For our team to stay as close as we did at half without [Thome] being in the game, I felt pretty good at half going in.”Michigan senior guard Katelynn Flaherty, who averaged 23.1 points per game entering the game, was held to just three points on 1-for-9 shooting in the first half. But she finished with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists, with most of her scoring coming during the Wolverines’ second-half charge.
21Feb Rep. Griffin: Priorities include car insurance reform, job training, better roads and broadband State Rep. Beth Griffin this week announced priorities for the 2019-20 term including lower car insurance rates, improved mental health services and skilled trades training, and investments in road repairs, rural broadband and drinking water systems.Griffin joined House Republicans in unveiling priorities for the two-year term in an action plan called “Leading the Way for an Even Better Michigan.” Griffin, from Mattawan, was a member of the special committee that helped select the priorities.“My focus continues to be on what matters most to families and taxpayers in Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties,” Griffin said. “I will fight to help families keep more of their hard-earned income while investing in top priorities including job growth, schools and the systems our communities need to protect residents and function at their best. This plan will help lead to solutions making our daily lives better and our future brighter.”Griffin’s priorities include:Lower car insurance rates. Griffin supports reforms to drive down costs for Michigan drivers, who now pay the highest average premiums in the nation.Investments to improve schools and skilled trades programs. Griffin continues to support increasing investments in K-12 education, with a heightened emphasis on helping students and workers gain skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing economy.Road and bridge repairs. Michigan is spending more than ever before on road repairs, which Griffin supports along with efforts to maximize the return on taxpayer investments.Safe drinking water systems. Michigan is a national leader in efforts to detect and eliminate PFAS and other contaminants in drinking water. Griffin supports these efforts and is fighting for permanent solutions to provide clean drinking water in affected communities such as the City of Parchment and Cooper Township.Expanded broadband access in rural areas. Griffin continues to advocate for technology upgrades to boost communication and internet access for students, job providers and families across Michigan.Improved mental health services. Building on a special House task force from last year, Griffin will push for policies expanding access to mental health services – particularly for students and senior citizens – so they may live happier and independent lives.The House action plan is available at www.gophouse.org/leading-the-way/..Griffin is in her second House term representing the 66th District. #####