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Pres. Weah Extols UN at 73rd Anniversary

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first_imgPresident George Weah: “We’ve also taken a number of steps to improve the education sector.”President George Weah has hailed the United Nations (UN) for its sacrifices and efforts in maintaining world peace, security and the rule of law, an Executive Mansion release said.According to the release, the President also paid tribute to men and women of that world body as well as the donor community for their countless contributions in lifting the ideals for which the organization was founded 73 years ago.“Liberia has been a direct beneficiary of the United Nations’ interventions and assistance, and it is now on its way to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” President Weah said in a release.He made the statement on Wednesday, October 24, when he joined the UN family in Monrovia in commemorating the 73rd Anniversary of its founding.President Weah, who was United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador in-service to humanity, recalled that the UN was established in 1945 to maintain world peace and security as well as improve relations among nations for the good of mankind.He used the occasion to reflect on his speech at the recently held UN General Assembly where he outlined Liberia’s efforts towards maintaining peace, security and development after long years of conflict.Weah told his audience that maintaining national stability in Liberia is more important and this can be achieved through dialogue among Liberians, since peace is still fragile.“Peace-building takes time, and we all know it is a process and not an event,” he said, adding: “Liberians are still bearing the scars of a civil war.”He promised to initiate a national peace dialogue as the best framework for sustainable peace and national development.“We therefore intend to initiate a series of national peace dialogues to achieve our goals through frank conversations at local levels, and to sensitize our youth so that they don’t repeat the mistakes of the past,” he said. “Liberia’s development and prosperity depends on sustainable peace, because peace without prosperity is like an unfinished agenda,” the President said.He called on Liberians, the UN, and the donor community to support the Pro-Poor Agenda that is designed to address Liberia’s development goals, which are aimed at lifting Liberians out of poverty.This year’s United Nations founding anniversary celebration is dedicated to bidding farewell to one of Africa’s greatest sons, former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, who successfully devoted his life to peace making and conflict resolution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cyprus serial killer appears before court as a child body is recovered

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first_imgCypriot captain Nicos Metaxas, 35, who allegedly confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls in three years, appeared in court just as police announced that they had recovered a fifth body from the lake where he dumped his victims.They retrieved another suitcase containing the remains of a human body, the second to be found in a week.Cypriot Phileleftheros newspaper reported that the body is said to be that of a child in an ‘advanced state of composition’. The two children who were killed are believed to be the six-year-old daughter of one of his victims and an eight-year-old Romanian girls.The murders of the island nation’s ‘first-ever serial killer’ first came to light on 15 April when the body of Filipina Mary Rose Tiburcio, 38, surfaced at an abandoned mine shaft. He was arrested on 18 April.At court, Nicosia’s Criminal Investigation Department Chief Nelphytos Shailos referred to the allegations that a 19-year-old Filipina woman was raped by Metaxas after she filed a complaint against him. The accused denied the allegations. The woman brought those complaints against the army officer after she applied for a modelling photo shoot he offered in 2016.READ MORE: ‘Sexist, nationalistic, militaristic’ – the environment that led to Cyprus’ first serial killerThe accused appeared in court without a lawyer and has been remanded in custody for another eight days.Protesters held banners and candles as they demonstrated in support of victims. All the women and girls that Metaxas is believed to have killed were reported missing to the police, except one from Nepal that was reported to immigration authorities. The police are being accused as not having done enough to prevent Metaxas from continuing the killings and showing institutional racism.Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou resigned on Thursday, and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday fired his top police officer Zacharias Chrysostomou.Police are now sorting through 350 witness depositions, using robotic equipment to find further victims in the lake, and assessing data found on electronic equipment belonging to the suspect. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Vacation guide to the town of Killarney in southwest Ireland

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first_imgKillarney is a town on the shores of Lough Leane in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. Its natural heritage, history and location on the Ring of Kerry make Killarney a popular tourist destination.Source: Expedialast_img