AFL Completes ‘Operation Watch Over’ in Mali

first_imgA Platoon of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) assigned with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Mali will for the first time participate in the medal parade in that West African state.To form part of the ceremony, the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., as head of an 18-man delegation departed the country on Wednesday for Mali to observe the AFL’s participation in the UN Medal Parade.Minister Samukai was authorized by the Commander-In-Chief (C-I-C) of the army and President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to participate in the first Medal Parade for the AFL troops serving under the MINUSMA mission in Diabali, Mali.Minister Samukai is being accompanied by the Chief of Staff (COS) of the AFL, Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankahn among others to witness the ceremony that is scheduled for Friday, June 6 in Mali. While in Mali, the Liberian delegation will assess the status, conditions and well-being of the troops and will hold discussions with Malian authorities on bilateral security cooperation, and with MINUSMA authorities on the rotation of AFL troops.Last year, C-I-C Sirleaf ordered enhanced Infantry Platoon of AFL personnel to Mali to form a part of the peacekeeping operations in June 2013.Prior to departing for Mali, Chief of Staff Ziankahn participated in the third and final leg of the AFL training, code named “Bonfire: Operation Watch Over III.” The exercise was implemented by the AFL in collaboration with authorities at the Ministry of National Defense in Monrovia. Defense authorities were represented at the occasion by the Deputy Minister for Operations, Saint Jerome Larbelee, while other representatives were officials from the offices of the Grand Bassa County Superintendent as well as mentors of the AFL.The well-attended exercise, which climaxed the Bonfire exercise ‘Watch Over’ was held on Wednesday, June 4, in Little Bassa, Grand Bassa County amidst drumming and singing of various Liberian songs led by the AFL Band Unit.Operation Watch Over, according to COS Ziankahn, is part of the AFL’s training involving field exercises where the soldiers are divided into factions fighting a ‘mock war.’ One fighting force used gorilla or jungle/rebel tactics, while the other, under government soldiers’ command, countered the rebel force using conventional warfare tactics.The Little Bassa ceremony was the third and final of a series of such trainings, which the AFL has used over the years to exercise the skills they acquired while in training, and at the same time, socialize with residents of local communities.“Operation Watch Over” is intended to also expose the troops to the different terrains across the country in case of any eventuality so that they will be prepared to defend and protect the territorial limits of Liberia.It is also intended to build the bridge of confidence between civilians and the new army, which operates on the motto, “A Force for Good”.“Because we are a civilian army…, we are obliged to maintain such status where the civilians will build confidence in the men and women of the AFL,” AFL’s 23rd Infantry Brigade Commander, Colonel Prince C. Johnson interjected.Several community members, including Moses Wee, Esther Garmai and Annie Koon, said they had hoped for the return of the soldiers to their community to entertain or reliev them of their various health situation free-of-charge.During the climax of the exercise, the AFL medical outreach team performed medical services for the community and shared gift items that included food and non-food items.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Technician found dead under shed by son

first_imgA technician was on Sunday night found in a shed in his yard by his young son, and despite efforts to save his life, the 42-year-old man died while receiving medical attention.Devendra BalgobinDead is Devendra Balgobin of lot 37 Middle Street, Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Guyana Times understands that the discovery was made at about 19:30h after the lad was sent by another relative to check on his father.Balgobin had reportedly been ill and was frequently in and out of the hospital. He was scheduled to return for treatment recently but had refused to go.He was admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Saturday but left the hospital on Sunday. His family was unaware that he discharged himself from the hospital and returned to his home at about 18:00h on Sunday.According to the now dead man’s stepson, Kevin, the technician was still alive when his younger brother notified him that there was “something wrong” with him.“His sister who lives at the back of the yard asked me to speak to him about going to the hospital because he kept refusing. He told me he was not going either and I went into the house and was on the phone talking with my friend when my little brother went outside and he told me daddy standing up funny. I get up right away and jump out the chair and look out and see him with his foot off the ground,” the stepson related.The young man stated that he immediately raised an alarm and neighbours, as well as other family members, rushed to render assistance.He added that Balgobin would usually consume alcohol and had been encountering difficulties with certain family members. It is suspected that he committed suicide as a result of domestic issues. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

SUSPECT INDICTED IN YANKTON WOMAN’S DEATH

first_imgA Yankton County Grand Jury has indicted 45-year-old Stephen Falkenberg on one count of 2nd Degree Murder and one count of 1st degree Manslaughter, punishable by up to life imprisonment.The Yankton man is charged in the March 1st death of 46-year old Tamara LaFramboise of Yankton.La Framboise’s dismembered body was discovered in Menominee County, Michigan on March 16th.Court documents state Falkenberg told his sister he had an argument with LaFramboise at her Yankton apartment and that he pushed her, she hit her head and died.last_img read more

Digicel and interCaribbean Airways present Prize to October Text to Win Winner

Digicel and interCaribbean Airways present Prize to October Text to Win Winner

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNovember 11, 2014 – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Digicel Press Release) – Digicel and interCaribbean Airways have teamed up to give customers the opportunity to walk away with a roundtrip ticket and spending money to popular destinations- the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica.The month of October saw Sara Divert, a student at the TCI community College walking away with the second of the three prizes – a roundtrip ticket to Haiti and $500 Cash. All customers have to do is text play to 7171 from their Digicel phone for a chance at walking away with the grand prize. The cost to play is $0.75 per text. Games run for a month long period. Currently the game for a roundtrip ticket to Jamaica and $500 cash is live and will end on November 30.Head of Marketing for Digicel, Ava-Dayne Fulford says, “This partnership with interCaribbean Airways gives our customers the opportunity to walk away with a very exciting prize package of a trip plus spending money! I’m sure this will come in handy for a number of persons who would love a Christmas trip back home or someone who wants a nice getaway vacation – either way, it’s a great package.”Yvonne Rankine of interCaribbean Airways, during the presentation to Octobers Prize winner, said “interCaribbean likes to be associated with winners and we are happy to be able to present Sara with her prize and we hope she enjoys her trip.”To find out more about the promotion like DigicelTCI and interCaribbean on Facebook. Related Items:ava-dayne fulford, christmas trip, digicel, games, Intercaribbean Airways, yvonne rankine Recommended for you Thousands without power in TCI Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lineslast_img read more

Official Conmebol suspends the Libertadores Final

Official Conmebol suspends the Libertadores Final

first_imgAfter the shameful images coming from Buenos Aires, Conmebol finally decided to move the Copa Libertadores final for tomorrow.Things have turned incredibly dangerous for all the normal people who came to the Estadio Monumental to witness the Copa Libertadores final, a game that Conmebol decided to cancel because Boca Juniors isn’t psychologically able to play on Saturday.Without them knowing, there was a major battle between the Argentine hooligans and the local police from Buenos Aires that was the ultimate reason for the match to get suspended.Conmebol has announced that the match will take place on Sunday at 5 pm local time, but the incidents from this Saturday could push the federation to properly sanction the horde of fans who still can’t understand that football is not about violence.The biggest confusion came as skipper Pablo Perez was taken to the hospital with a nasty eye injury after the Boca bus was attacked by River fans, but his injuries weren’t able to get confirmed by Conmebol doctors and this is what eventually prolonged the agony as thousands of fans who were already inside the Monumental were waiting for hours.This video is insane. River fans see an opening to get inside the stadium and then my goodness… pic.twitter.com/M5DWSlq7nE— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) November 24, 2018With the physical condition of the skipper’s eye, as well as another two players from Boca Juniors, the players were adamant on the match getting postponed but FIFA and Conmebol started to make rash decisions and even pushing the game to be played.It was evident that the match needed to be suspended from the very moment in which the bus was attacked, making the whole situation go for longer than expected was the main reason why the fans outside the stadium were also able to create chaos and make things increasingly difficult.But the real complicated moments began right after the announcement was made, as the most difficult moments were about to start due to all the uncivilized fans who were outside the stadium were starting to create even more problems for the people who decided to attend the stadium.There was a moment right after the suspension was made official, in which many fans who didn’t have a ticket forced their entry to the Monumental Stadium and mobbed the police that was guarding that area. This is what unleashed the biggest chaos.Imágenes del escándalo en las intermediaciones del estadio Monumental | Seguinos por AM 910 pic.twitter.com/i5EWPwl1sURiver Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).— Radio La Red AM 910 (@radiolared) November 24, 2018With those fans inside the stadium, who are nothing more than criminals, the people on the inside got really scared and many refused to leave the premises until the situation got regulated.There were images of River president D’Onofrio talking to the press, when the corridor on the inside got mobbed and the connection was lost.There were many incidents reported during the following hours after the cancellation, a shameful display that reflects the reality of Argentinean football today.And finally, the most concerning incident happened outside of the stadium as River Plate announced that they were going to request for the fans to save their ticket in order to attend the match on Sunday.The criminals outside the stadium, were spotted robbing many fans off their tickets as they left the stadium just a few blocks away. Both presidents from both clubs say that the unruly fans were not that many, but the images on social media say otherwise.It’s a really sad day for football, stay tuned for more information on Sunday.Balas de goma se disparan a las afueras del Monumental pic.twitter.com/oFCQSwSRhQ— Goal Argentina (@GoalArgentina) November 24, 2018What should Conmebol do to act against the River Plate fans who spoiled the Copa Libertadores final this Saturday? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more