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Lack of Accountability in Gov’t Worries UN

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first_imgUN Security CouncilThe President of the United Nations (UN) Security Council has said that lack of transparency and accountability on the part of the Liberian government is a worrying trend that needs urgent attention because it makes the citizenry to have no confidence in the governing establishment.As a result, the Security Council has urged the Unity Party led government to accelerate its accountability and transparency efforts to bolster public confidence as the October 10 elections approaches as well as the subsequent transfer of power, the UN SC said in a statement yesterday.The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led administration has been marred with series of corruption incidents and several anti-graft reports that have yet to be properly investigated and perpetrators brought to book.The latest of these entrenched corruption activities is the Public Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) loan scheme, which was “reportedly” set aside by government for struggling Liberian businesses. Unfortunately, however, the funds were divided amongst top government officials and family members and cronies, thereby leaving out those the scheme was actually meant to benefit. Investigation launched into how the funds were mismanaged has yielded no fruit as the case is seems to be forgotten already.The President admitted in her last Annual Address to the Joint Session of Legislature that her government has failed in the war against corruption because Liberians are dishonest, not only in government, but in their homes, as well as places of learning and of worship.The global body (UN) and its sub-organizations have continuously stressed that transparency and accountability are requisite tools for the attainment of peace and the advancement of development and improvement of lives in any country. China, which is a permanent member, currently holds the presidency of the Security Council.The Security Council, therefore, emphasizes the need for continued international attention to and involvement in Liberia and urges the government, UNMIL, and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) to continue to coordinate closely in the transfer of responsibilities, taking into account UNMIL’s drawdown and closure at the expiration of the final period of its mandate on March 30, 2018, as set out in Resolution 2333 (2016).The Security Council will continue to engage with the international community and donors, including in support of the commitments made in the Liberia Peace-building Plan, to address capacity gaps identified in the UNCT’s mapping exercise needed to assure continuity of relevant peace-building programs and assist Liberia’s continued efforts to achieve sustainable peace.“The Security Council emphasizes, in this context, the importance of the convening role of the Peace-building Commission,” the statement said.The Security Council commends the overall progress towards restoring peace, security and stability in Liberia, the commitment of the people and Government of Liberia to peace and to developing democratic processes and institutions, and the contributions of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) since its establishment in 2003, and welcomes the Liberia Peace-building Plan, entitled ‘Sustaining Peace and Securing Development’ (S/2017/282), submitted by the Secretary-General to the Council, pursuant to Security Council Resolution 2333 (2016) after development through close consultation between the UN and the Government of Liberia.The global security body said it has taken note of the peace-building plan and actions to be undertaken during phase I of the plan from April 2017 – March 2018 in support of the Government of Liberia’s commitment to develop, before UNMIL’ s departure, durable national capacities critical to sustain peace, and, in this regard, encourages all stakeholders to enhance efforts to fulfill their commitments and provide their support for successful implementation and emphasizes the need for expanded efforts by the Liberian authorities to address the root causes of conflict, reinvigorate reconciliation processes, promote land reform, advance constitutional and institutional reforms, especially in the justice and security sectors, and promote women’s active participation in Peace-building, extend state authority and social services throughout the country, and build trust between Liberian citizens and the government institutions.The Security Council notes the importance of credible presidential and legislative elections in Liberia in October 2017 and calls upon all stakeholders to ensure that the elections in October will be free, fair, credible, and transparent, including through the full participation of women, and that any dispute will be resolved peacefully through established mechanisms in accordance with the law.The Security Council also welcomed the signing of the ‘Farmington River Declaration’ on June 4, at the ECOWAS Summit, where political parties committed themselves to violence-free elections in October and a peaceful transition to a new government.The council also called on the Liberian government to ensure that adequate resources are committed and expeditiously distributed for the National Elections Commission,.The group also commended the successful completion of the transfer of security responsibility to Liberia’s security services on 30 June 2016 and encourages the efforts underway by the Government of Liberia to put in place an elections security plan aimed at responding effectively and appropriately to any incident of public disorder and calls on the government to provide adequate resources to implement the plan.The Security Council welcomes the support of bilateral and multilateral partners, including the UN, African Union, ECOWAS and the Mano River Union, and encourages them to continue to play a significant role in support of building and sustaining peace in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Monrovia gets share of crown

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first_img• Slideshow: La Canada vs Monrovia LA CA?ADA – Monrovia High School assistant girls soccer coach Jaime Payne fought back tears after Shannon Brooks’ goal in the 74th minute gave the Wildcats an emotional 1-0 victory over host La Ca ada on Thursday. The Wildcats contained Spartans striker Nancy Avesyan with defenders Samantha Rogers and Wallace. “It took a total team effort to get this shutout,” Wildcats coach Randy Medina said. fred.robledo@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Monrovia players honored Payne’s cousin and their coach by wearing black wristbands. The Wildcats also won despite not having the services of Payne’s sister, midfielder Lisa Kelley, who broke her toe in Wednesday’s practice. “I love these girls,” Payne said. “It meant a lot to see them wear the bands and be so supportive. My head wasn’t all here today, so to get a win, especially the way we got it, felt good after everything that has happened.” Brooks, who hit the post on a free-kick minutes earlier, said her eyes lit up when sweeper Amy Wallace sent a long ball for her. She beat the Spartans’ offside trap, then steered her shot past goalkeeper Colleen Boyd for the game-winner. “When you see it coming and you’re all alone, that’s when you have to bury it,” Brooks said. “Nobody thought we would win the league title again (after graduating three first-team seniors), but we wanted it and we got it.” center_img The victory earned the Wildcats (11-5-4, 6-1-3) a share of the Rio Hondo League title with the Spartans (12-5-3, 6-1-3), and gave the Wildcats the league’s top seed entering the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, because of a superior head-to-head record. It had been a tough 24 hours for Payne, who learned on Wednesday that her cousin, a Marine pilot, died in a helicopter crash in Iraq. last_img read more

OLYMPIAN BOYCE AND MARINE HARVEST TEAM UP FOR JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT DAY

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first_imgOlympian and Letterkenny AC member, Brendan Boyce was guest of honour at the recent Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) ‘Working it Out’ day. The event brought together seven schools from the Fanad peninsula and was organised in conjunction with Marine Harvest, who is supporting Brendan Boyce on his road to Rio.Olympian and Milford native, Brendan Boyce was guest of honour at the recent Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) ‘Working it Out’ day.The event was run by JAI, a voluntary-run organisation supported by local businesses, which aims to encourage students to stay in school and education.Organised in conjunction with Marine Harvest, the event invited seven schools from the Fanad peninsula to take part in the ‘Working it Out’ day in the Rossnakill Community Centre, which combined the world of sport and mathematics. Marine Harvest is Ireland’s largest producer of farmed Atlantic Salmon and the business is supporting Brendan Boyce on his road to Rio.Olympian and Letterkenny AC member, Brendan Boyce was guest of honour at the recent Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) ‘Working it Out’ day. The event brought together seven schools from the Fanad peninsula and was organised in conjunction with Marine Harvest, who is supporting Brendan Boyce on his road to Rio.Key Account Manager, Annette Rodgers, said the children were very excited to meet an Olympic athlete.“We were delighted that Brendan could attend the JAI awards. The students really enjoyed learning more about his sport, race-walking, and the Olympic Games in general. They took part in a Q&A with Brendan and he gave them a quick demonstration of how to race-walk.“Each school presented Brendan with good luck messages and cards, and who knows, his visit may well have inspired the next generation of Olympic athletes from Donegal. On behalf of the whole team at Marine Harvest, we want to wish him every success in Rio this summer.” Olympian and Letterkenny AC member, Brendan Boyce was guest of honour at the recent Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) ‘Working it Out’ day. The event brought together seven schools from the Fanad peninsula and was organised in conjunction with Marine Harvest, who is supporting Brendan Boyce on his road to Rio.Thanking Junior Achievement Ireland and Marine Harvest for the invitation, Brendan Boyce said: “I was delighted to be able to attend the JAI event and it was great to see so many students getting active, while also learning about mathematics. Education is equally as important as getting active and this event is a clever way to mix the two disciplines. A sincere thanks to all of the schools and students who made the wonderful good luck messages and cards – I’ll proudly display them in Rio this summer.”Participating in the “Working it Out” programme were; St. Columba’s National School Ballyheerin, St. Davaddogs National School, Tamney, Scoil Cholmcille National School, Kerrykeel, Croaghross National School, Portsalon, St. Patrick’s National School, Doaghbeg, Drumfad National School and Scoil Mhuire National School, Caiseal.Patricia Friel, Programme Coordinator at Junior Achievement Ireland spoke about the positive benefits of the JAI and ‘Working It Out’ programme.“Junior Achievement Ireland works with local businesses and schools to teach young people about the world of work while also encouraging them to remain in education. The event is designed to test students’ mind and body, so we mix long division and penalty shootouts with averages and skipping and ratios and basketball.Olympian and Letterkenny AC member, Brendan Boyce was guest of honour at the recent Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) ‘Working it Out’ day. The event brought together seven schools from the Fanad peninsula and was organised in conjunction with Marine Harvest, who is supporting Brendan Boyce on his road to Rio.“It’s about making subjects more fun and enjoyable and we had a great day with the students and staff from the participating schools. We’ve been working very closely with the schools in Donegal and we’d like to say a particular thank you to the team at Marine Harvest who invest a lot of time, resources and finance into this initiative.” For more information on Marine Harvest, visit www.marineharvestireland.com or Junior Achievement Ireland, visit www.jai.ie or to follow Brendan’s journey to Rio visit www.brendanboyce.co.uk.OLYMPIAN BOYCE AND MARINE HARVEST TEAM UP FOR JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT DAY was last modified: May 18th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Brendan BoycedonegalMarine HarvestOlympicsRiowalkerlast_img read more

Car Jackers caught by Nassau Police

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 21, 2017 – Nassau – A vehicle stolen on Tuesday March 14 is recovered now and two men are in custody for the armed robbery and auto theft.  The pair was found in Pinewood Gardens in the stolen vehicle around 5pm on Saturday.#MagneticMediaNews#carjackerscaughtbyNassauPolice#Nassaumenfoundinstolencar Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#carjackerscaughtbyNassauPolice, #magneticmedianews, #Nassaumenfoundinstolencarlast_img read more

Two multivehicle crashes snarl traffic on I805 through Chula Vista

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first_img Posted: October 9, 2018 October 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A pair of multi-vehicle crashes Tuesday on Interstate 805 snarled morning traffic all the way to Chula Vista and sent at least one motorist to the hospital.The first crash involving four-vehicles happened shortly before 5:50 a.m. on northbound Interstate 805 near Market Street in the Lincoln Park area, California Highway Patrol Officer Tommy Doerr said.The driver of a Ford minivan was transported to a hospital, Doerr said. The extent of the driver’s injuries was not immediately available.The second crash involving a motorcycle happened shortly before 6:20 a.m. on northbound I-805 south of state Route 54 in Chula Vista, Doerr said.A witness told dispatchers a white van crossed into the HOV lane, cutting off the motorcyclist, and the motorcycle collided with the white van, according to a CHP incident log.An ambulance responded to the scene, but Doerr could not say if anyone was transported to a hospital following the crash.As of 6:45 a.m., traffic was congested on northbound I-805 all the way to Telegraph Canyon Road, Doerr said.CHP officers were investigating the circumstances of the crashes. Two multi-vehicle crashes snarl traffic on I-805 through Chula Vistalast_img read more

3rd grader raped by 50yrold man

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first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA Class-III student was reportedly raped by a 50-year-old man in Rajoir upazila of Madaripur on Monday, reports UNB.The incident came to light on Thursday night when the victim was taken to Madaripur Sadar Hospital as her condition deteriorated. Her family tried to conceal the matter fearing for her future.A case was filed on Friday and police said they were trying to arrest the alleged rapist Nur Hossain, 50, son of Razzak Mridha of Sarmangal area in the upazila.”‘I took shelter at a van-garage during rain on Monday noon. Taking advantage of the situation, Nur Hossain gagged me with a towel and raped me,” the victim said.last_img read more