Colombia, whose delegation was headed by Yaneth Giha, Deputy Minister of Social Enterprise and Business Group Defense, participated in the exhibit for the first time, which is viewed as recognition of the advancements made by the Colombia in the security and defense industries during the last ten years. By Dialogo April 18, 2013 At the event, which gathered approximately 700 exhibitors and 65 official delegations from around the world, CIAC exhibited its capacity to develop aviation armor, introducing the T-90 Calima training aircraft, a flight simulator of the Black Hawk helicopter and the maintenance processes for aircraft such as the Hercules and CASA 212. These companies have developed highly specialized products and services, in order to support improvements for the public forces in the fight against transnational organized crime and illegal armed groups. Coctermar introduced their Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), the River Patrol Boats (LPR), and the Light and Heavy River Support Patrol Vessels (PAF-L and PAF-P, respectively). CIAC is one of the four entities that are part of the Social Enterprise and Business Group Defense (GSED), which represented Colombia in the ninth edition of LAAD 2013, the most important security and defense exhibition in Latin America. Military Industry (Indumil), the Science and Technology Corporation for Naval, Maritime and Riverine Industry Development (Cotecmar), and the Police Revolving Fund (FORPO) also participated in the event. Indumil displayed the Córdova pistol, the Galil Ace rifle and air bombs, while Forpo exhibited uniforms and bulletproof vests. During LAAD 2013, the Colombian Aviation Industry Corporation (CIAC) signed an agreement with UNASUR for the joint construction of a training aircraft.
– Butcher Fund donates clocks to Police ‘B’ Division.BERBICE Cricket Board (BCB) president, Hilbert Foster, last Thursday, led a seven-member delegation to visit the Albion Sports Complex on an invitation from the president and Executives of the Albion Community Centre Cricket Club (ACCCC).The Albion Club had requested the meeting despite the pandemic crisis to discuss Berbice cricket development and seek answers to several concerns of theirs. The President, as part of his meet-the- clubs programme, readily agreed to the meeting within seventy-two hours.Since his election to the Presidency, the BCB leader has visited the majority of clubs in the county to listen to their concerns and recommendations.The BCB president was accompanied by Secretary, Angela Haniff; Treasurer– Dr. Cecil Beharry; Assistant Secretary, Ameer Rahaman; Assistant Treasurer, Rovin Bahadur; Public Relations Officer, Simon Naidu, and Executive Member– Mr. Edwards. The Albion Club president, Mr. Vemen Walter, thanked the BCB for agreeing to the meeting and congratulated the executives on the great job they are doing on and off the cricket field.Among the topics discussed were the immediate plans for Berbice Cricket, developmental programmes, relationship with the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), the ongoing BCB/RHTYSC programmes, functioning of BCB sub committees and representation of players at that national level.Walter expressed some concern at the BCB involvement in several legal matters and stated that Berbice needs proper representations on the GCB as decisions were taken about Guyana Cricket without any input from the county.Foster explained that the legal actions were about restoring democracy to Guyana’s Cricket and making sure that cricket development is for all Guyanese and not a selected few.He committed to having an Albion executive in the BCB official delegation whenever it meets with Sports Minister, Charles Ramson Jnr.Foster committed himself to work along with the Government of Guyana to develop the game and to work hard to return regional and international cricket to the Albion Ground, where the first ODI in the Caribbean was played in 1977 against Pakistan.He admitted that it was unlikely that any cricket would be played for the rest of the year, but stated that efforts would be made to conduct developmental programmes off the cricket field.The BCB delegation also provided answers to the ACCC on the Basil Butcher Trust Fund, Covid-19 response project, sponsorship after the COVID-19 pandemic and the work of the board’s four sub committees. Foster disclosed that the BCB was trying to establish a working relationship with some regional cricket boards in its ongoing development effort and arrangements are being put in place for coaching of youths using the internet.He also disclosed that numerous changes would have to be made in Berbice Cricket, including the reduction of cash prizes for finals and the attendance of spectators at matches.Both delegations agreed to meet in the future and Walters pledged Albion support towards the development of the game. The BCB delegation also handed over a donation of stationery, clocks, cleaning detergent and a warm-up football to the ACCCC.Meanwhile, the joint BCB/RHTYSC Basil Butcher Trust Fund, last Wednesday, handed over twenty clocks to the Management of the Guyana Police Force ‘B’ Division.Public Relations Officer of the BCB and RHTYSC, Vice President Mark Papannah handed over the donation to ‘B’ Division Traffic Chief, Mr. Williams. Under the Fund, a total of $250,000.00 worth of clocks would be shared out to public institutions across Berbice including schools, churches, fire stations and post offices.
Amaju Pinnick NFF President But in a swift response to the spurious news in circulation, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, insisted last night that it was nothing but fake news.A statement by the Presidency warned those dropping the name of President Buhari in the allegation to desist from such.The statement read, “A press release in circulation in the last 24 hours, to the effect that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Amaju Pinnick, the NFF Chairman, is fake news because anyone familiar with the President’s unmitigated and unshakable commitment to the due processes of the law will not make such assumptions of the President.“The position of the President that allegations of criminal nature should be addressed only by investigation and law enforcement agencies, within the framework of the law has not changed.“It is not in the nature of President Buhari to say go and arrest that man or woman as formed the practice in the past.“Rather, he allows all allegations of this nature to be addressed using the mechanism of the rule of law even as law enforcement and investigation agencies should not in any way be hampered in performing their duties.He warned those who are seeking to influence any investigation (if ever there is any) to desist from such.“At the same time, nobody should drop names to seek to influence the course of those investigations.”Earlier on Saturday, the NFF has described the news as outright falsehood, stressing that there was no such order from the Presidency.It also dismissed the so-called travel ban on Pinnick as part of the fake news from those who do not wish Nigeria football well. By Duro IkhazuagbeAttempts to drag the Presidency to rubbish the lofty gains made by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) under the watch of Amaju Pinnick fell flat yesterday as the Presidency in Abuja denied any directive for the arrest and prosecution of the NFF chief.A section of the sporting media had reported at the weekend that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed security agencies to arrest and prosecute Pinnick on allegations of bogus fraud at the Glass House running into billions of Naira. “Mr. Pinnick was in Accra, Ghana on Friday, 4th January 2019 for a meeting with NFF and CAF partners AITEO and returned to Nigeria the same day. He has been going about his lawful official and private activities unhindered. The NFF published its audited account in two major national newspapers (THISDAY and Daily Trust) on Thursday, 20th December 2018 and in another major newspaper (Vanguard) on Tuesday, 25th December 2018. Anyone interested in the Federation’s financial transactions can refer to those pages. “The report is completely unfounded and is only a product of the writer’s imagination. The NFF President, who is also the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football, has not received any such message from any of the agencies mentioned by the writer and has also never been placed on travel ban. “Before appointment into FIFA committees, Mr. Amaju and the two Nigerians in there passed rigorous integrity and eligibility tests. FIFA and CAF have not reported to anyone that their money is missing, and both organizations have been doing auditing of monies given to the NFF. Two years ago, FIFA handed the NFF a clean bill of health on financial management. Our accounts are audited by the same company that audits FIFA-PriceWaterHouse Coopers. “We also urge our sponsors and partners, football stakeholders in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large, and other media institutions to disregard the said news report as its another attempt by the mob against the NFF to tarnish the image of the Federation and its leadership for whatever gains,” concludes the statement.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram “Our lawyers will take up the matter of the fake news item with the newspaper company that first published it in its online edition. But we urge other media companies and outlets to be painstaking in verification of their news items. “The attention of the Nigeria Football Federation has been drawn to a news item circulating in a section of the media saying a directive has been issued by President Muhammadu Buhari that the President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick be prosecuted and that Pinnick has also been issued with a travel ban. “All incomes into the NFF from the Federal Government, FIFA and CAF from 2014 till now have been correctly recorded and reflected in our accounts. The NFF received nothing like the N59 Billion that the fake news reporters have been hawking. It is laughable.