The Foreign Ministers of the Republics of Liberia and Cameroon have agreed to work for the establishment of a Joint Commission for Technical Cooperation between their two countries.Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan and the Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Cameroon, Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, made the commitment during bilateral discussions held at the Cameroonian Ministry of External Affairs at the end of the just ended First Ministerial Conference of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), the conference was held in the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé from May 4 to May 5, 2014. At the close of business, the two officials agreed that officials and technicians from both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Liberia and the Ministry of External Affairs of Cameroon will sort out the details leading to the establishment of the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission aims to focus on agriculture, education, forestry, sports as well as trade and commerce. The Foreign ministers recalled the historical ties and friendship between both countries dating back to 1919 when Liberia played a pivotal role at the League of Nations when German-Cameroon was placed under trusteeship and the 1960’s during the struggle for independence in Africa. The two ministers recounted the reciprocal visits of the late President William V.S. Tubman of Liberia, and President Ahmadou Ahidjo of Cameroun when they observed the need for stronger partnerships at the levels of the African Union (AU), and the United Nations as the effective ways to strengthen common interest at the global scene. Minister Ngafuan, according to a release, reminded his counterpart of the vital role Cameroon played in developing the talents of Liberians in the area of sports, specifically recalled Cameroon’s contribution in helping to mould the Liberian soccer legend, George Oppong Weah as well as celebrated soccer star, James Salinsa Debbah, and Joe Nagbe:“Cameroon was a ‘Mecca’ for Liberian soccer players”, he added. Minister Ngafuan used the opportunity to commend Cameroonian Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Beng’yela Augustine Gang for being an exceptional ambassador and a “true representation of Cameroon in Liberia”.The Liberian Foreign Minister also expressed gratitude to the Government and People of Cameroon for the successful hosting of the First Ministerial Conference of TICAD V in Yaoundé, Cameroon.He averred that the warm reception and hospitality Cameroon accorded participants at the conference made him proud as an African. Cameroon’s Foreign Minister Mbonjo, for his part, recounted the good works of the Liberian Embassy’s Minister Counselor/Charge d’Affaires, Siaka G. Fahnbulleh, Sr. which he said, have restored and rekindled the strong bond of friendship between the two countries. He committed himself to working closely with Minister Ngafuan to deepen and solidify the bilateral ties that have existed between the two countries for more than five decades. Sitting through the discussions were Liberia’s Minister Counselor/Charge d’Affaires accredited to Cameroon, and Cameroonian Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Amb. Beng’yela Augustine Gang.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) says it is currently investigating an incident which saw a Berbice teen being detained by Police for four days last week after an allegation was levelled against her.Concerns were raised by several stakeholders after reports surfaced in the media that a 16-year-old girl, who hailed from Corentyne, Berbice, was locked up in a police station way beyond the 72-hour detention period after being accused of simple larceny.CCPA Director Ann GreeneCCPA Director Ann Greene confirmed on Wednesday that the report on the matter was being prepared as the Agency’s probe continued into the unfortunate incident.Greene, who appeared tight-lipped, said that she would need to receive and review the report before she could disclose any information on the issue.Meanwhile, B Division (Berbice) Commander Lyndon Alves told Guyana Times that a file on the incident has been prepared and will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.The teen’s mother, Radikha Udho, related that her daughter was asked to assist an elderly woman from their village. After the teen left, the woman claimed that she could not find her US green card and several other items.Udho recalled that it was while she was at the market that she received a call stating that she needed to visit the Number 51 Police Station after the elderly woman had made a report about the missing items and was accusing her daughter of theft.Udho was requested to take her daughter to the Number 51 Police Station the following Friday, to make a statement, but the teen was subsequently locked up for four days.Further complications arose as the teen was initially placed on $100,000 bail. A senior rank of B Division had stated that the bail that had been set was too excessive and given the circumstances, the officer could have used his discretion. After much deliberation about the excessive amount, the station bail was reduced to $50,000.The officer also mentioned that the matter could have been dealt with differently; he added that if it was necessary that the teenager had to be locked up, it could have been done without her being held for such a long period.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers 1 Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to see his side taking more risks in attack as they bid to remedy their goalscoring problem.The Reds have netted only three times in their opening five Premier League games this season.Liverpool fans will be hoping for a considerable boost to the tally on Sunday when Rodgers’ men host Norwich, against whom the Merseyside outfit have notched 21 goals over the course of their past five meetings.And Rodgers said ahead of the contest at Anfield: “It is about risk-taking.“I think, for some reason, that wee bit of risk has gone out of our game.“We need to ensure we take those risks in order to create in the game and bring that intensity to it.“The players have been working really hard at that over the last week or so and it only takes that one performance to spin the season around again.”