The three-week ultimatum of for officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to open Liberian dollar bank accounts in order to receive their salary arrears has sparked anxiety among lawmakers on Capitol Hill since the mandate was issued, in the wake of the drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).In yesterday’s session of the House of Representatives, the lawmakers mandated the House’s Committee on National Security to investigate the ‘LNP pay crisis,’ and report in two weeks – a week before the Police’s ultimatum elapses.The investigation of the ‘New Police Ultimatum’ to have an individual Liberian dollar account in three weeks was due to a complaint from Montserrado County District # 9 Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood.The Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) lawmaker said the LNP administration, through an internal memo, has threatened all officers in the 15 counties that if individual accounts were not opened in three weeks, said officers should not blame the Police for not getting their pay.“But what seems to be troubling in this situation is how many of the police officers in rural parts of the country have access to banks? Will they leave their posts of duty to go to other locations to open bank accounts? And if they do not meet the deadline, what happens to their money they have already worked for?” Rep. Youngblood asked in her letter to plenary.“So in view of the following, my distinguished colleagues, I write to seek the support from plenary to mandate the relevant committees to probe into these issues surrounding our LNP,” she added.Youngblood further told her colleagues that the Police memo also said that 50 percent of their salaries owed will be paid in US dollars, while the other 50 percent will be in Liberian dollars.For over seven years, civil and public servants have been paid via direct-deposit to their respective bank accounts to improve government’s efforts at transparency, accountability and fairness, and tackle corruption.The LNP was one of the security outfits whose officers were paid in US dollars; but with the announcement by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to pay 30 percent allowances in Liberian dollars owing to economic constraints, the Police was given a consideration of 50 percent in US dollars and 50 percent in local currency.However, with the consideration made since May, the LNP have not received their salary, and it is still causing an increasingly alarming threat to security as reports of criminal activities are now on the rise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Fulham and Manchester City at Craven Cottage stadium in London, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero sent Manchester City back to the top of the English Premier League after being gifted goals by Fulham to seal a 2-0 victory on Saturday.City moved a point ahead of Liverpool, which hosts Tottenham on Sunday but will have played a game more than Pep Guardiola’s defending champions.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James to sit out last 6 games of Lakers’ season Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event It is little wonder Fulham is next-from-last and facing relegation given the sloppiness of the defending before both City goals.A misplaced, casual clearance by Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the fifth minute was seized on by Kevin de Bruyne. Aguero received the ball from the Belgian and he teed up Bernardo Silva to strike low into the net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFulham was so ineffective on the ball that, when the hosts finally strung passes together in the 15th minute, there were ironic cheers around Craven Cottage.It was a brief intermission from the City supremacy. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Among its remaining seven games, City still has to play a resurgent Manchester United and third-placed Tottenham.“Seven games left for the Premier League, and it’s easy — we have to win every game to be champions,” Guardiola said. “We have a tough, tough opponent (Liverpool). But that’s the challenge.”Fulham is 13 points from safety with 18 points to play for.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director View comments Fulham defender Joe Bryan even helped City with its second goal in the 27th.Bryan’s slack attempt to pass the ball back to Calum Chambers was intercepted and Bernardo Silva squared to Aguero, who struck past goalkeeper Sergio Rico for his 19th league goal.With a comfortable lead and little threat from Fulham, City could afford its finishing being wayward after the break when Aguero came off injured.“He says he felt something, but hopefully he’s not injured,” Guardiola said. “He decided on not continuing. Hopefully it will not be a big issue.”Next up is another game against relegation-threatened opposition, with Cardiff going to City on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness says the Government is focused on developing Falmouth into a world class destination, where its rich culture and history are fully utilized.He noted that through the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), significant investments will be made to transform Falmouth “into what undoubtedly will be the gem of the Caribbean.”“This is a town that has a wealth of assets in terms of its culture, sites of interest and its architecture. However what defines Falmouth best of all is its people. The people … are the heartbeat of everything that we see here,” Prime Minister Holness said.He was speaking to the media at the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier in Trelawny, following a tour of the town centre on January 26.The Prime Minister emphasised that through partnership with the residents, vendors, craftspeople and other stakeholders, the Government will transform Falmouth into the mecca of tourism in the Caribbean.“What we are trying to do with the PAJ and other agencies is to ensure that brand Jamaica is on full display where both locals and visitors can enjoy. It’s not that we want to create enclave investments. We want to make the entire town a place where both locals and visitors can enjoy world class facilities in an intelligently planned environment,” Mr. Holness added. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness noted that the cruise shipping industry has recognized the value of Falmouth.“The challenge however is that the pier and the rest of the facilities are literally cut off from the rest of the town. The rest of the town is not keeping with the standard of this facility,” he stated.Prime Minister Holness added that he has a lot of confidence in the PAJ’s commitment to fulfilling its mandate and ensuring that the people of Jamaica get the desired results from their hard earned tax dollars.