Statement by the President of the UN Security Council

first_imgBy The Presidency of the UN Security Council – SwedenThe United Nations 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 Peacebuilding 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, the Government of Liberia, and partners.The Security Council takes note of the peacebuilding 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, promote women’s active participation in peacebuilding, extend state authority and social services throughout the country, and build trust between Liberian citizens and government institutions.The Security Council encourages the Government of Liberia to accelerate its accountability and transparency efforts to bolster public confidence in advance of elections and transfer of power, and stresses the need for the government to honor its commitment to support the passage of the Land Rights Bill and the Local Government Bill, which will positively impact the lives and livelihoods of Liberian citizens and contribute to overcoming the societal and structural inequities that were at the root of the conflict, and emphasizes the importance of the legislature’s timely action to ensure these bills are passed.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 welcomes the signing of the ‘Farmington River Declaration’ on June 4 at the ECOWAS Summit, by 20 out of the 22 political parties that were registered at the time, committing to violence-free elections in October and a peaceful transition to a new government, encourages the Government to ensure adequate resources are committed and expeditiously distributed for the National Elections Commission, and reiterates its call on international partners to support the Liberian authorities in ensuring the credibility of those elections, including through the deployment of international electoral observers. The Security Council commends international partners for their continued support in preparation for elections and encourages their continued assistance.The Security Council commends the successful completion of the transfer of security responsibility to Liberia’s security services on June 30, 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 expresses its continued concern that women and girls in Liberia continue to face a high incidence of sexual and gender-based violence, and reiterates its call on the Government of Liberia to address the urgent and imperative need to combat impunity and hold accountable all perpetrators responsible for such crimes, to reinforce its commitment in this regard, including through the implementation of its national action plan on sexual and gender-based violence and improving women and girls’ access to justice.The Security Council emphasizes the need for continued international attention to, and involvement in, Liberia, and urges the Government of Liberia, 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 encourages the continued engagement of the international community and donors, including in support of the commitments made in the Liberia Peacebuilding Plan, to address capacity gaps identified in the UNCT’s mapping exercise needed to assure continuity of relevant peacebuilding 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 Peacebuilding Commission.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

Decline in Professional Accountants Concerns LICPA

first_imgLICPA president, Mr. SeimavulaEven though lots of Liberian students study Accounting at various universities, the president of the Liberia Institute of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA), Steven D. Seimavula, says a decline in Professional Accounting Technicians is worrisome.Professional Accounting Technicians are those who have completed specialized training in Accounting and are able to carry out critical analysis and problem solving.Though he did not give any statistical data about where Liberia stands with the number of professional Accounting Technicians in the country, at a press conference yesterday in Monrovia, Mr. Seimavula said there are not many professional Accountants in Liberia, and the few that are present are of retirement age, which he says indicates a bleak future for the profession and its impact on the economy.Seimavula said contrary to the public view that the Accounting profession is just about numbers, it is a professional career that prepares people to not only to take record of financial activities or prepare and balance financial records, but to detect financial malpractices that have the propensity to break down an institution and even the country at large.He said: “The Internal Auditing Agency (IAA), the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) are major public institutions that heavily rely on the expertise of Accountants to operate, and therefore, it is important that the government gives attention to training of young Accountants at a professional level to replace those aged technicians who are already on their way out.”At the LICPA training program, Mr. Seimavula said that students could not afford the cost to the tone of US$225, something which compelled the institute to open its doors to the public.This decision, according to him, led students to flood  the training program, with 750 now registered to study Business Law, Basic Accounting Processes and Systems, Communications Skills and Economics.This flow of students, therefore, has caused the institute to hire additional teachers, thereby imposing another financial burden.It is because of this, Seimavula said, they need support from the national government to augment their budget to a higher amount than the US$16,000 LICPA receives.LICPA is also set to carry out a number of events beginning August 6.According to Mr. Seimavula, LICPA will be hosting the Association of Accountancy Body of West Africa (ABWA), and at the same time, launch a study on Liberian Taxation, Business Law and Public Sector Accounting.The books are referred to as “Accounting Technicians Scheme for West Africa (ATSWA),” and they contain rich information about accountancy in Liberia.He said other West African countries under ATSWA have their own packs that students learn in relation to their accounting system, which accordingly works well with students in those countries.Seimavula said that the books will help students to understand the accounting system in the country and they will perform better than they should when learning about systems of other countries.The upcoming meeting in Monrovia is a fulfillment of Mr. Seimavula’s promise to connect Liberia with accounting organizations of West Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Blizzards lead Challenge Cup

first_imgThe Blizzards won the day with 31 points to GP’s 27. The Bliz leads the series with 424, GP has 315 and DC has 96 with only 2 race left.      www.ferrisfastcycles.comAdvertisement **Submitted      Sven Svenson rode his first Challenge Cup race as a Blizzard, Sunday, winning the Teepee Creek road race. He had a time of 2:26:00 hours for the 70 km race.- Advertisement –      Warren Miller of GP was second at 2:35:41 and Kern Perry of GP was third at 2:35:51. Sam Keats was 4th at 2:39:18 and Francis Plum 5th at 2:41:37. Sandy McDonald was 6th at 2:46:10.      Steve Magusin of GP won the 20 km event at 1:08:00 and Suzi Bach (FSJ) was second at 1:09:38.      Cherie Dunn did 2:14:31 hours for the 40 km distance.last_img read more

Messi scores 400th La Liga goal, sends Barca five clear

first_img“It’s monstrous,” said Valverde, after the 3-0 victory. “It’s easy to say but you have to score them one after the other, it’s a long-term job.“His numbers are stratospheric, incredible. He is from another galaxy.”Victory saw Valverde’s side restore their advantage over Atletico Madrid, who had briefly cut the gap to two points after beating Levante earlier in the day.“There is a lot of time left,” Valverde said. “It is a good cushion but nothing is done yet.”Real Madrid won too, beating Real Betis, to ensure Spain’s big three all prevailed in the same round for only the fourth time this season. Real remain 10 points adrift of Barcelona.Messi, meanwhile, extends his own hefty lead as the division’s all-time top scorer, which currently stands at 89 goals, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo, now at Juventus in Italy, owns a better goals-to-game ratio, with his 311 strikes coming in 292 matches. Messi’s quadruple century arrived in his 435th.In fact, it was one of Messi’s quieter nights in terms of performance and in another team it might have been Suarez or Philippe Coutinho picking up the plaudits.Suarez assisted Messi, applied a classy finish and was on the end of a scintillating team move for Barca’s first.– Sparkling Coutinho display –Coutinho was at the top of his game on Sunday © AFP / LLUIS GENECoutinho was the provider for that one and delivered a sparkling display to appease those doubting his future at the club.The Brazilian has endured a spell out of Valverde’s preferred starting line-up but he converted a penalty against Levante in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, and was arguably man of the match here.He alone supplied three passes in the build-up to Suarez’s opener. Arthur Melo started it, playing a one-two with Coutinho and then into the feet of Sergio Busquets.Busquets pinged the ball left to Coutinho, who twice exchanged with Suarez before the Uruguayan, off balance, found the far corner.Messi’s moment came in the 53rd minute and it was Suarez who started it, stealing back possession after a heavy touch from Anaitz Arbilla. He bounced it off Coutinho and found Messi, who touched and rifled in.Barca were enjoying themselves as Coutinho flicked the ball over one opponent’s head and Suarez did the same through another’s legs.The third goal was simple, however, Sergi Roberto taking a quick throw and freeing the scuttling Suarez. With the goalkeeper out, he looked up and chipped the ball into the net.– Griezmann fires Atletico to win –Griezmann’s penalty fired Atletico to victory over Levante © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUThe pressure had been cranked up a notch after Antoine Griezmann’s second-half penalty earned Atletico a 1-0 victory over Levante.Griezmann has now scored all of Atletico’s last six goals and his latest one proved the difference in a cagey contest at the Wanda Metropolitano.“We all pull the cart in difficult moments,” Griezmann said. “I cannot do anything without my team-mates.”The pressure has been on Real Madrid all season but they battled to a 2-1 win over Betis for their first league victory of 2019.Luka Modric sent a thunderous shot into the top corner but Betis were in the ascendancy after Sergio Canales poked in a second-half equaliser.Marcelo had been dropped by Santiago Solari, Karim Benzema taken off with a dislocated finger and Isco remained on the bench, watching three youngsters sent on ahead of him. Ceballos, who left Betis for Madrid two years ago, was one of them.With a free-kick on the edge of the area and goalkeeper Pau Lopez leaving his left-hand corner open, Ceballos duly sent a dipping shot into the gap to snatch a dramatic win.“It was an emotional moment for him,” Solari said. “A former player doing damage, football creates this kind of magic.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Messi scored his 400th La Liga goal and 17th of the season © AFP / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Jan 13 – Lionel Messi scored his 400th La Liga goal on Sunday, a total his coach Ernesto Valverde called “monstrous”, as Barcelona terrorised Eibar to reclaim their five-point cushion at the top of the table.Messi drove the ball into the bottom corner after being teed up by Luis Suarez, who added two goals to his own tally either side of the Argentinian marking another historic record at the Camp Nou.last_img read more

Tidy Towns garden competition in Buncrana to take place next week

first_imgThe Buncrana Tidy Towns’ garden competition will take place next week at the Buncrana Library it has been announced. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 2 at 6:30pm with refreshments being served on the night.The committee would like to extend a special thank you to Anne Doherty who anchored this year’s competition and to our celebrity Judge, Horticulture Instructor Gareth Austin. Meanwhile, the awards ceremony for the 2019 Supervalu TidyTowns competition will take place on Monday 30 September in the Helix, Dublin.A spokesperson for Buncrana Tidy Town’s said: “We would like to wish our fellow Tidy Towns groups across Donegal the very best of luck for Monday. The work put in by volunteers across the county has as always been fantastic.”Tidy Towns garden competition in Buncrana to take place next week was last modified: September 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

R23.7bn approved for SA infrastructure

first_img9 October 2012 The Development Bank of Southern Africa approved R27.5-billion for infrastructure projects, 86% of which are in South Africa, during 2011/12, the bank said on Monday. Announcing its annual results in Pretoria, the bank said that total commitments for the financial year ending March 2012 were R8.4-billion, while disbursements totalled R8.1-billion.Renewable energy programme The bank said it was working with the National Treasury and the Department of Energy on a renewable energy programme involving independent power producers. South Africa has so far selected 47 preferred bidders to provide 3 725 MW of renewable energy through this programme, and the DBSA said that its support of approved projects amounted to a potential participation value of R22.6-billion.Municipal infrastructure development In support of municipal infrastructure development, the bank said it had approved R8.7-billion in funding for South Africa’s municipalities – although its ability to convert these approvals to disbursements had been affected by “strong participation” from the country’s commercial banks. “In the areas of medium and under-resourced municipalities, the bank successfully disbursed R797-million and R63-million to the two markets respectively,” the DBSA said in a statement. To help improve municipalities’ ability to maintain and develop new infrastructure, the bank had also, through its Vulindlela Academy, trained 19 000 people in planning, finance, and management in 2011/12, including 12 787 officials from the country’s municipalities and development finance institutions. “Furthermore, as part of the DBSA’s support to local government, technical and planning experts were deployed to various municipalities throughout the country to alleviate constraints on service delivery,” the bank said. The bank also supported the Department of Basic Education’s school infrastructure programme, providing project planning, preparation and management for the construction of 49 schools in the Eastern Cape. The project, to the value of R672-million, is expected to be completed towards the end of 2012. Regional infrastructure development In supporting development in the wider southern African region, the bank disbursing US$54-million of a $206-million loan facility to the Zimbabwe National Road Administration – its biggest commitment to Zimbabwe to date. In addition, R1.3-billion was disbursed to Zambia’s National Road Fund Agency, while R542-million was disbursed to the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank as part of a credit agreement reached during the year. The bank said its results for the year “were lower than expected in a very challenging operating environment”. While total assets grew by 10.5% from R47.4-billion to R52.4-billion, “impairments and unrealised revaluation loses on equity investments impacted negatively on the Bank’s net earnings, resulting in a net loss of R370-million”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Sponsor Post: The Rise of the Micro-Screencast

first_imgEditor’s note: we offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write ‘Sponsor Posts’ and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.Remember what it was like to capture video off a computer screen before desktop recording software came along?You’d mount a big, expensive camera on a tripod, point it at the screen and, unless you had tweaked a bunch of settings or loaded special software, you’d get black bars creeping up and down the screen because of a refresh rate mismatch. And once you solved that problem, you still needed to be well versed in editing tools, video-tape transfer and replication.1990s: Cost of Production and Distribution = Very HighThe advent of all-in-one desktop recording software was a minor revolution, because it gave ordinary computer users the means to capture anything they could see on their computer, edit it into a finished production and get it onto a CD-ROM or their Web server.Now, anyone could be a software trainer—or at least share tips and show off cool stuff that they’d done on their computer.Just as blogging platforms lit the fuse that rocked the world of online publishing, tools such as Camtasia Studio brought screencasting production to the mainstream. And video-sharing sites (think YouTube and came along to eliminate distribution costs and hassle. The read/write Web took a step forward.2000s: Cost of Production and Distribution = LowThen along came “instant” screencasting tools such as Jing, ScreenToaster and Screenr (see ReadWriteWeb’s reviews), which have lowered the barrier even further. The cost of these tools is nothing. And because content uploading and hosting is built right in, the time between idea and posted content has shrunk from hours to seconds. Think it, record it, post a link.If the all-in-one screen recorders are like blogs, these new apps are like Twitter. And they’ve birthed a new mode of communication: the casual, disposable micro-screencast.2010s: Cost of Production and Distribution = 0Meticulously orchestrated and slickly edited screencast productions will always have their place. But now it’s also practical to fire off a quick, informal micro-screencast in the time it takes to jot an email or dial a phone number.And just as with Twitter, a stripped-down feature set and length limitations can be a benevolent deficit. The author has no time to ramble and no temptation to fiddle around, “improving” something that’s good enough. (Anyone who has wasted 15 minutes tweaking the formatting of an unimportant document just because you could, raise your hand!)On the other hand, simple doesn’t mean poorly executed. You don’t want the equivalent of typos and grammatical errors in your screencast. So, keep these basic tips in mind and you’ll make something worthy of the viewer’s time and attention.Three Tips for Micro-Screencasting ExcellencePrepareThis is as easy as pausing to collect your thoughts and maybe jotting down on a sticky note three things that you want to communicate. This will help you focus and be succinct.PracticeNo one wants to watch you hunt around, looking for the right window or browser tab. A quick dry run goes a long way towards smooth delivery on the first take.PauseMemorize the hotkey that pauses your recorder (or write it at the top of your sticky note). Use it to stop and regroup if your brain freezes or you start to bumble. It’s faster than starting over.How about you? Are screencasts part of your day-to-day communication? Got a story or tip to share?Daniel Foster (@fosteronomo) is a marketing writer at TechSmith and edits the company’s monthly e-newsletter. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Sponsors#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… ReadWrite Sponsorslast_img read more

Is Twitter a Mental Vacuum?

first_imgmike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market When we talk to our less technologically-inclined friends about Twitter, we often run across the objection that they really don’t care what so-and-so ate for lunch today or what movie they are seeing tonight. And every time, we try to extol all the other benefits of the world’s most popular microblogging service. But could we be wrong? Is Twitter mostly people talking about themselves and what they ate for lunch?Well, SemanticHacker, the blog of contextual ad platform Textwise, has crunched some numbers and we may have to eat our hat.Parlez vous Twitterspeak?The blog used Twitter’s streaming API to gather nearly 9 million tweets from over 2 million individual users. Before looking at the data for meaning, the company first took a look at the language distribution of their sample. While the SemanticHacker team expressed their surprise at the language distribution, particularly the strong showing of Portuguese, we at ReadWriteWeb couldn’t help but wonder about the 10% labeled as “Unknown/Misclassified.” Are these tweets simply so horribly misspelled that the language-guessing program they used on the data could not venture a guess? Or could it be that 10% of the Twitter populous is now writing in that contracted form of text message Twitter-speak that it could no longer be classified as a recognizable language? (If you’re looking for a good example, find a 12-year-old and exchange text messages or just give Sarah Palin’s Twitter a look.)What We’re A-Twittering AboutThe folks at SemanticHacker then took a random sample of 1,000 English-language tweets and broke them down into eight categories. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#Semantic Web#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… According to their findings, it seems that Twitter really is full of people talking about themselves. A full 57% of the sample falls into tweets about what a person is doing, or private conversations between individuals. That leaves just 43% for other purposes, but when we take a look at that, the findings seem to become even more dismal. If we take away another 8% for “Other Messages” and “Unknown,” and another 8% for “Spam” and “Advertising,” we’re left with a mere 27% of the information on Twitter having some sort of value.Maybe it isn’t as bad as it looks, though. We’re willing to bet that if we wrote down everything we said in a day, the meaningful parts might not even reach the 27% mark. Oh, did I tell you about the tasty lentils I had for lunch today?last_img read more

Colorado MLS Listings to Get Greener

first_imgThe “green fields” in Colorado’s Multiple Listing Service are expanding, a change that will make it easier for real estate agents and home buyers to find energy-efficient properties.As reported on the website of the Residential Energy Services Network, the Colorado Energy Office has been working on the expanded MLS listings so they will include:The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index scoreEnergy Star homesLEED certificationCertification under the National Green Building StandardBoth buyers and sellers will benefit, RESNET said. Buyers will be able to find homes that use less energy and may benefit from loan programs related to energy efficiency upgrades. Sellers benefit because energy-efficient houses get higher sales prices.RESNET praised the move as a “significant push to the mainstreaming of the HERS Index Score,” and said efforts to make energy efficiency information also were underway in other markets, including Portland, Oregon, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.last_img read more

Multi-Colored Paint at Hindu Temple Complex Invites Govt Criticism in Malaysia

first_imgA paint job with bright colors on the steps of the famous Hindu temple complex in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is a hit among social media users but it has also invited the wrath of the National Heritage Department (JWN) officials, who said that no permission was taken for the multi-hued makeover at the national heritage site.The Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple is located at the top of a staircase consisting of 272 steps at the Batu Caves complex. This temple is devoted to Lord Murugan and is a famous site among Tamil Hindus and other Indian ethnic groups in Malaysia. It attracts a large number of tourists every year.The controversy started when the management committee of the temple got the stairs painted in bright colors, drawing disapproval from the JWN. The temple management cited an upcoming consecration ceremony on Aug. 31 as the reason behind the new look of the entrance.Since the temple is a national heritage site listed under the National Heritage Registry in Malaysia, any application for its renovation must go through the heritage department, the Straits Times reported.The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has also asked it to prepare a report for further action, Deputy Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik told the Star.“I am very disappointed with the building management (Tan Sri R. Nadarajah), especially when the department’s officers informed me that they had met his son Datuk N. Sivakumar a few times, advising him that any renovation or painting job within 200m of the heritage site requires written permission from the department,” Wan Chik was quoted as saying.“He was aware that any building registered under the heritage registry must comply with the regulations under the Act,” he said, adding, “In fact, even before the application is submitted to the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS), they need to get the green light from the department first.”The JWN conservators were unhappy because the temple management did not obtain the department’s permission prior to the renovation, which is required under Section 40 of the National Heritage Act 2005, Sentosa assemblyman G. Gunaraj told StarMetro.“I was told that in accordance with the Act’s Section 40 requirements, the temple management must refer to the department to identify best conservation methods when there is any development or renovation work done in close proximity to a national heritage site. This is to ensure the integrity and legacy of the heritage structure is maintained,” Gunaraj said, as per the report.He added that according to his contacts in JWN, the paint works and renovation were not in harmony with the surroundings and the paintjob was actually a “disaster” for a heritage site.“They are disappointed that efforts to get the temple listed as a heritage site might have been in vain, as the paint job could lead to the temple being delisted,” he said.Batu Caves Sri Mahamariamman Temple Devasthanam committee chairman Tan Sri R. Nadarajah was quoted by the Star as saying that they had the necessary approvals for renovations. “The paint job does not require any approval. For the renovation, we had approval from Selayang Municipal Council (MPS). Since we are not constructing any new building, we did not need to seek approval from JWN,” he said.He also told the publication that for the event on Aug.31, all 13 temples of Batu Caves were renovated.Rosli Mohd. Ali, who is committee member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos) Malaysia, said, that although renovations at Batu Caves have been going on for a long time, the management must get consent from JWN for the activities. “The temple committee cannot expect the temple to be on the heritage list and yet do whatever they like,’’ he was quoted as saying.However, several social media users expressed their pleasure with the new look. Related ItemsHinduismMalaysialast_img read more