AFL Assured of Better Budgetary Support

first_imgHouse Committee Chair on National Defense, Rep. George S. Mulbah, has assured authorities at the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) that the next budgetary year would be huge to benefit personnel of the new Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).According to the Bong County lawmaker, the campaign to increase the budgetary allotment for the MOD vis-à-vis the AFL is to ease constraints the soldiers have endured over the years, thus excluding them from undertaking, and or accessing training in specialized areas. Since the restructuring of the new AFL in 2006, the numerical strength of enlisted men and personnel of the Army has remained constant owing to “inadequate” budgetary allocation at the National Legislature.Rep. Mulbah made the statement Wednesday, February 26, during program marking the official turn over ceremony of engineering equipment to the AFL. The equipment comprising pieces of earth-moving machines, mixers, excavators, etc were donated by the Government of the People’s Republic of China to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and the people of Liberia. The ceremony, which was held at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) on UN Drive in Monrovia, brought together an array of government and members of the international community.“If the Government of China had not made it possible for us to get these equipment, we would have been complaining to the Legislature for budgetary allotment for several other things including military hardware in the next fiscal year budget. This year budget will be the budget of the AFL, and this is the time Liberia will take full responsibility of the army,” Rep. Mulbah declared.Chairman Mulbah, however, promised to work with the AFL stating, “We will campaign in the Legislature for increment of the AFL budget.”Turning over the keys of equipment to the Acting Chair of the Cabinet, Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly, Chinese Amb. Zhang Yue said, “In the past decade, China has been active in assisting the Liberian Government and the people in their endeavors to reconstruct their country. We take Liberia’s development a priority, as our assistance is aimed at bringing tangible benefits with the development of bilateral relations, the exchanges and cooperation between the people’s Liberation Army of China and the AFL.” According to him, ever since 2004, through mutual military exchanges and cooperation, Chinese Ministry of National Defense has provided the Liberian side with nearly US$10 million worth of military assistance and 194 training slots.“In the coming month, seven AFL officers and soldiers will be going to China to join the new training program.”He disclosed that China appreciates the achievements made by the Liberian Government to develop national economy, speed up infrastructure construction and bring benefit to ordinary people.“According to the Protocol Signed between China and Liberia, Chinese government not only has provided the Liberian side with engineering equipment on gratis (free) to the value of US$4M, and also will send an engineering experts team to Liberia to work with the Engineering Company of AFL.”The team, he said, will arrive in Liberia in early next month. Ambassador Zhang also noted that it was not only of the hardware, but of the capacity that will enhance AFL to contribute to Liberia’s social and economic recovery; raise AFL’s profile in terms of civil-military relations.Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, who received the keys to the equipment on behalf of  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, expressed gratitude to China for the level of partnership and support giving to the Liberian Government in her post-conflict recovery drive.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 2 trench cleaners on the breadline

first_img…as NDIA takes away contractsTrench cleaners in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) complained bitterly to the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) at the monthly statutory meeting held on Tuesday after losing their contracts with the Region.The RDC facilitated a meeting with the affected trench cleaners to hear their plightSome of the contractors meeting with the RDC on Tuesdayafter their contracts were not renewed. According to some of the cleaners, they had been maintaining the trenches in the Region for as long as 10 years without many problems and suddenly they got instructions from the Drainage and Irrigation Department of the Region to ceased work.Some of the trench cleaners complained that when they first received the contract some of the trenches were in very bad condition and they worked for as low as $6, $7, and $8 dollars per rod. However, one cleaner has told the RDC that now the hard work has been done, the contract has been taken away from them and given to close friends of high officials within the Drainage and Irrigation Department for a lucrative amount of $200 per rod. Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt immediately called on Councillors to vote for an immediate investigation and to put a hold on all new trench cleaning contracts within the Region. As such, with the support of both sides of the RDC, a vote was moved for the investigation to be launched.last_img read more


first_imgWe have read many times that good eyebrows can make you look fresh, younger and that a good shaped brow is like having an instant face lift.Over the years I have left any number of beauty salons with a Groucho Marx look and spent the evening with a toothbrush scrubbing out too-dark a tint and leaving two, raw, angry strips on my forehead.As the man himself said: “I never forget a face but in your case, I’ll be glad to make an exception.” Yes, my thoughts exactly after a brow treatment. I’ve committed every beauty no-no when it comes to attempts at defining my brows including over plucking, plucking above the brow and home waxing. I find the whole eye-brow shape quest really addictive. I admit it, I have brow envy.But I’m stepping away from the tweezers and the DIY approach and exploring other options.Now we have HD Brows, threading, brow gels and powders and so many products to enhance, shape and define.Luscious, bold, brows are a big look on the catwalk this season thanks to model Cara Delevingne. However, just because strong brows are “in” doesn’t mean they will suit everyone’s face shape.It is important to choose the shape of your eyebrows according to your features.Strong eyebrows may look good on Keira Knightley but will look like giant caterpillars on me.HD Brows is a seven step eyebrow shaping treatment that focuses on design and involves techniques including, tinting, waxing and threading. It can dramatically transform even the most sparse and misshapen brows.I would advise looking at portfolios in salons to get an idea of what you would like and if it will suit your face shape. Prices in beauty salons across the county start at €30.If your budget doesn’t stretch to this, eyebrow threading has also grown increasingly popular and prices can start from upwards of €10.Threading, an alternative to waxing or plucking, uses cotton thread to shape and groom the eyebrows.Have a look at a YouTube clip of this ancient art of hair removal if you want to see exactly how it is done. Also, any beauty therapist worth her salt will have a chat with you before she styles your brows. Don’t be afraid to ask if a brow gel or palette will work better than a tint. Remember, beware the “Scouse Brow” look.LIFESTYLE: AVOID THE GROUCHO LOOK AND FIND THE PERFECT BROW was last modified: May 29th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:LIFESTYLE: AVOID THE GROUCHO LOOK AND FIND THE PERFECT BROWlast_img read more