Capitol Hill is deeply worried about the current state of affairs and conditions of the personnel in the Liberia National Police (LNP), in awake of their confronting the spread of the Ebola virus.Lawmakers expressed concern in plenary yesterday, during discussions which followed the presentation of a complaint from River Gee County Representative Johnson Chea relative to the plight of police officers in the country.According to the River Gee lawmaker, information revealed that the payment of basic salaries and other amenities of police officers and personnel of the nation’s security apparatus were often delayed.This concern received majority support from members of the Lower House.“Since the graduation of the Academy Class 42 of the Liberia National Police, May 17, 2014, it will interest you to know that they have been paid for two (2) months (June and July). This [situation] is creating [serious] economic problems on these security personnel,” Rep. Chea indicated.He pointed out that there have been many complaints from security officers relative to their low pay or the [breach] in the disbursement of funds allotted for their operations.The River Gee County lawmaker opted for the appearance of authorities involved with the matter before House committees, a suggestion that was received and endorsed by plenary.This means that plenary instruction to the Committees on National Security, Ways, Means, and Finance to report findings in two weeks remains a straight mandate that should be implemented.Meanwhile, the House overwhelmingly voted to endorse the recommendations of the Committee on Broadcasting, Culture, and Tourism on relative to previous hearings involving top officials of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism on comments made against lawmakers.Representative Richmond Anderson’s report declared: “The hearing established and concluded that that Deputy Minister Isaac Jackson must be made to apologize to the House and its members for the expression of “Counterfeit lawmakers,” which he made an official communication to plenary, which was subsequently published in at least five local dailies. The apology should be read at the MICAT’s regular press briefing.”It was also agreed upon that the Code of Conduct be issued to every public official elected and appointed; in order to enhance coordination and professionalism in government.The Committee also recommended that the leadership of the Legislative Branch of Government advise its members against attitude that stand to divide or dislocate government’s operations.This followed the Committee’s assertions that lawmakers were also involved with hurling insults at presidential appointees, thereby inflaming an “unfortunate situation among government officials.”In a related development, President Johnson Sirleaf has informed the Legislature of the Executive’s commitment to allow Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Managing Director to brief lawmakers on details of the contract entered into involving the Norwegian government on the forestry sector.She noted that her office had instructed FDA boss to make full appearance before the Legislature in order to explain full details about the US$150 million five-year contract entered into by the Executive.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
2018 GCB/CGI Jaguars 50-Over League…GCC Skipper Leon Johnson and all-rounder Chris Barnwell struck fifties to lead Georgetown to another win, this time over West Demerara, and by 21 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method at the Georgetown Cricket Club Ground.Chris BarnwellRound 5 of the Jaguars 50-Over League continued on Monday, 24th September, with the might of Georgetown’s senior middle-order again reigning supreme.Barnwell smashed 84 while in-form skipper Johnson stroked his third consecutive fifty, a fluent 76, as the champs racked up 278-7 in their 49 overs, which was reduced from 50.Left-hand opener Robin Bacchus hit a good-looking 38, while Windies U-19 batsman Raymon Perez chipped in with 20.Bowling for West Demerara saw Jaguars all-round pacer Romario Shepherd and off-spinner Richie Looknauth bagging 3 for 70 and 13 respectively. Windes left-arm seamer Raymond Reifer ended with 1 for 63, the wicket of Barnwell.Bad light hampered play, halting West Demerara’s plans after Shepherd returned to hammer 65 in a brilliant chase. National opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul hit 23 while Mahendra Dhanpaul hit 24 in a valiant effort. Guyana Under-19 Fast-bowler Qumar Torrington was in lethal form with the ball for Georgetown, snapping up 4 wickets for 44 runs, while spinner Ramaal Lewis returned 2 for 34.Over at Enmore, East Coast went up against Lower Corentyne. East Coast won the toss and sent in the Berbicians to bat. Lower Corentyne amalgamated an acceptable 132 all out in 44.4 overs, with Junior Sinclair 19, Jonathon Foo (24) and Jason Sinclair (23) runs.Leon JohnsonBowling for East Coast, Young Academy players Javier Spencer, Bhaskar Yadram, and Amir Khan collected 3 wickets each for 22, 18 and 28 runs separately. Chandrapaul Hemraj also collected a wicket for his team.East Coast, in reply, failed to reach their target, and fell for 130 all out in 43 overs. Bhaskar Yadram top scored with 30, while Rajendra Chandrika and Kamesh Yadram added 15 runs each to the scorecard.Lower Corentyne win by 2 runsIn the match between Essequibo and Upper Corentyne, played at Port Mourant Community Centre on the Corentyne Coast, Essequibo set out to bat first, and were the second team of the day to master a double century with 236 for 9 off 50 overs.Anthony Adams top-scored with 52, Parmesh Parsotam 20, Chaitram Persaud 29, Ronsford Beaton 24, and Nealand Codogan 23 runs. Bowling for Upper Corentyne, Demitri Cameron and Gavrav Ramesh collected 3 for 42 and 2 for 63 respectively.For much of the day, Essequibo were in control of the game, restricting Upper Corentyne to 113 all out in 32.2 overs. Anthony Bramble (35) and Eon Hooper (31) were the only two batmen to attain double figures.Bowling for Essequibo, Chaitram Persaud collected 3 wickets for 17 runs, while Ronsford Beaton and Antony Adams collected 2 wickets for 20 and 19 runs respectively.Essequibo won the match by 123 runsOver at Bush Lot, East Bank won the toss and sent West Berbice in to have the first strike. West Berbice scored 216 for 6 off their allotted 32 overs. Gudakesh Motie top scored with 58, while the opening batsmen Leon Andrew and Kevin Sinclair scored 20 and 24 runs respectively.Javid Karim added another 34 to the score, and Trevon Griffith picked up 2 for 42 for the East Bank team.East Bank then set out to bat, and fell two runs short of their victory, totalling 214 for 7 off 32 overs. Sherfane Rutherford put up a fight, top-scoring with a substantial 98 runs off the innings, which awarded him the Man of the Match title despite his team’s loss. Trevon Griffith added 24 and Ronaldo Alimohamed 27.Bowling for West Berbice, Ceon Glasgow took 3 for 31.East Bank win by 2 runsRound 6 will witness East Coast versus West Berbice at Bush Lot; Georgetown taking on Essequibo at GCC; Lower Corentyne facing East Bank at Everest, and West Demerara going up against Upper Corentyne at Port Mourant on Wednesday 26th September, 2018 from 09:00 hours.