Ambassador Lewis Brown highlights US$17m for the implementation of NEC activitiesLiberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Lewis Garseedah Brown, II says government is growing concern about a US$17 million funding gap for the implementation of the activities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) and is seeking continued partnership and support to sustain its peace and continued needed reforms.“So far, out of the US$45 million requested by the NEC, the Liberian government has committed to the payment of US$20 million and the international community has committed about US$8 million. The difference is yet to be committed,” he said.According to a dispatch from Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, briefing the United Nations Security Council Tuesday, June 27, on the Thirty-Third Progress Report of the Secretary General on the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Ambassador Brown said Liberia has concluded the inclusive development of a Peacebuilding Plan consistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2333, but needed support for its implementation.The Peacebuilding Plan among others things identified key actions to be taken before March 30, 2018 when UNMIL’s mandate ends; as well as actions to sustain the peace when UNMIL leaves.Amb. Brown, however, observed that political will of the Government of Liberia may not necessarily be enough to see the process through and urged the international community to continue its support to ensure that Liberia presents a success story with peacebuilding as it did with peacekeeping.Liberia’s top diplomat at the United Nations described the successful conduct of peaceful democratic elections as crucial to the sustenance of peace in Liberia and assured that the Government and people of Liberia are committed to ensuring a smooth transition.“The mere exercise of the choice to freely and fairly elect the leaders of our country, with a sense of growing regularity and confidence in both the electoral processes and the associated outcomes, meaningfully contributes to deepening a new culture of peace, lends itself to democratic governance and expressions, empowers ordinary citizens and keeps the elected leaders duly accountable,” the Liberian Ambassador to the UN stressed; adding, “We intend to continue along this path – resolve the attending irregularities, improve upon the imperfections and deepen public confidence not only in the usefulness of democratic elections but also in the sustainable values of democratic transitions and governance.”Amb. Brown acknowledged that the sub-region is increasing the space for democratic governance and the peaceful transition of power. “Given the shared history and sociology of our region which makes it relatively easy to experience the spread of conflict and misery across our borders, so too, is peace and a renewed commitment to democratic governance, admittedly with obvious challenges, overtaking the sub-regional space of ECOWAS.Consequently, a successful conduct of peaceful democratic elections in Liberia will continue to pave the way for other important successes in expanding the democratic space across the West African sub-region as well as significantly impacting the consolidation of regional peace and security,” Brown stressed.He further stressed that Liberia intends to continue along the path of peace; evidenced by the latest actions taken by the NEC to resolve irregularities, improve upon the imperfections and deepen public confidence not only in the usefulness of democratic elections but also in the sustainable values of democratic transitions and governance.Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Farid Zarif appealed to the UN system and other international partners to increase and consolidate their investment in Liberia to support the country during this crucial transition and beyond.SRSG Zarif told the Security Council that while Liberia has remained stable with no major threat envisaged during the October elections, the country still faces considerable challenges that weigh heavily on efforts to sustain peace and advance national reconciliation.He noted that critical legislative reforms that could address the root causes of the civil conflict especially the Land Rights Bill, Local Governance Bill and Domestic Violence Bill were yet to be enacted.Mr. Zarif informed the Security Council that sustaining peace in Liberia will require long term investment in national institutions that are inclusive, accountable and responsive to all Liberians.On the pending presidential and legislative elections, the SRSG disclosed that UNMIL has intensified its engagement with the NEC, political parties, presidential candidates, government and civil society to prevent diffuse tension and advocate for credible and peaceful elections.He observed that Liberia’s future as a stable democracy will hinge upon the successful conduct of the October elections and a smooth transfer of power.The Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), Ambassador Olof Skoog of Sweden, also spoke of the need to ensure that the October elections are successful.Amb. Skoogs, who recently concluded a visit to Liberia, acknowledged that the country currently has limited fiscal space to drive reform and urged that the issue of the funding gap for the conduct of the elections be addressed with urgency as well as controversies surrounding the Code of Conduct.Other speakers including the Permanent Representatives of Senegal and Uruguay, Fode Seck and Elbio Oscar Rosselli Frieri respectively, also echoed the need for support to Liberia’s electoral and peacebuilding processes.This was the UN Security Council’s first formal meeting on Liberia since the adoption of resolution 2333. The negotiations leading up to the adoption of that resolution were difficult and unusual in that both France and the UK joined Russia in abstaining on a US-drafted resolution, which received the support of 12 Council members. During the negotiations on the draft, the US maintained that UNMIL should remain in Liberia until the beginning of 2018, which would ensure the mission’s presence during the October 2017 presidential elections and the subsequent transition of power to a new president. France, the UK and Russia advocated a more immediate withdrawal of UNMIL, given that they shared the view that the situation in the country does not pose a threat to peace and security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Trinidadian-based transparency activist, Afra Raymond, has stated that Guyana needs to have a “proper” Access to information Act, as he highlighted some of the snags in the current legislation.During a public lecture in Guyana to observe World Press Freedom Day, Raymond pointed out that while Guyana has access to the Information Act in force, there are a few striking contents of the legislation.He went on to outline that among those is the 20-year cap for the disclosure of Cabinet documents.“The documents that are submitted to Cabinet are exempted from disclosures for 20 years, in Trinidad and Tobago its 10 years. I think 20 years is way too long, it should be disclosed in a fast time scale. Something that is 20 years old is literally an old dried up historical document, and that provision needs to modernise,” he posited.Another issue the transparency activist raised is the noticeable absence of judicial review laws, which he insisted must be addressed.“The opportunity to judicially review an administrative decision doesn’t exist in Guyanese law. You don’t have a Judicial Review Act that has been implemented. That is how I made my legal challenges in Trinidad and Tobago; because a public authority receiving an application for information under the Freedom of Information Act has to respond in accordance with the law.”He noted that if they fail to respond in accordance with the law, then “you then have grounds for a judicial review but you have to have a Judicial Review Act that gives you a channel to go to the court and say, this authority did not comply with the law. And without the judicial review avenue, you don’t have much of a channel.”Guyana’s Access to Information Act allows for persons aggrieved by a decision of the Commissioner of Information to apply to the High Court for a review of that decision.Meanwhile, President of Transparency International Guyana Inc, Troy Thomas, too had echoed similar sentiments about strengthening and improving the Access to Information laws. He noted that the conversation on transparency and anti-corruption cannot be had without the proper access to information.“You can speak (about transparency and corruption) but what would be the supporting evidence about which you speak. And our Access to Information Act, TIGI has concluded recently, can be used to restrict access to information instead of facilitating access to information and that is something that needs to be addressed,” Thomas said, adding too that, “While you can collect information from individuals, you should be able to access documents but we have an access to information Act that does not facilitate that or depends on the Commissioner and what he thinks about what you would have requested.”This, according to the head of the transparency watchdog body, is not appropriate nor the standard that should obtain.The Access to Information Act was passed in the National Assembly on September 15, 2011 and was assented to by the then President on September 27, 2011. However, it was not until May 2013 that the Commissioner of Information was appointed, thereby bringing the Act into operational effect.The Act sets out a practical regime of right to information for persons to secure access to information under the control of public authorities in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government and public authorities.The Commissioner of Information is former Justice Charles Ramson Sr, who has held the position since its creation. Last year, he complained of being stifled of resources by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who is the Minister of Information.
– First Lady at 22nd International AIDS ConferenceFirst Lady Sandra Granger has said collaboration among all sectors of society must be stepped up so that there is universal respect for human rights, particularly in regard to rights for persons affected with HIV/AIDS. She noted that the world cannot be complacent when it comes to fighting this epidemic.The First Lady was at the time delivering the feature address at the 22nd International AIDS Conference which is currently underway in Amsterdam, Netherlands.“Rights remain a perennial issue associated with AIDS. There continues to exist, in some countries and communities, a reluctance to recognise and respect the equal rights of people infected with AIDS. Even in some countries where this equality may be recognised under the law, some persons charged with enforcement (of those rights) act according to their own personal biases and deny those rights.“Yes, some progress has been made: the number of persons dying from AIDS hasFirst Lady Sandra Grangerdeclined; the rate of infection has declined; more people have access to antiretroviral therapy; mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) is going down; we in the Caribbean are particularly proud that seven of the fourteen member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have been certified as having zero MTCT; there is viral suppression; and we have welcomed pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). And yet challenges continue to beset us,” she is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.Noting that Caribbean Community member states still struggle to endorse PrEP as they seek to strengthen responses to threats posed by migration due to economic hardship and political repression, the First Lady noted that a migrant population poses its own challenges to detection, care and treatment, while women and girls who are raped and trafficked may also be unable to access care and treatment.“We are unable to adequately address STIs such as syphilis, which can lead to congenital syphilis due to mother-to-child transmission. Treatment must address both infections. The number of young people being infected is rising. This is partly due to the fact that youth may not have access to comprehensive health and family life education, and to sexual and reproductive health services.“Added to this, there are some who still refuse to be tested for AIDS. Key populations continue to encounter stigma and discrimination, hence the disparity in prevalence when compared to the general population,” she noted.Granger said this demands a concerted effort at the universal, national and community levels to ensure that no one — regardless of age, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation — is stigmatised or discriminated against, and has equal access to care and treatment, once diagnosed.“It also demands age-appropriate, comprehensive health and family life education from the nursery level, so that our children learn about themselves and are made sensitive about the differences that make up the human kaleidoscope. This includes community involvement. In some parts of the Caribbean, we have a high number of adolescents and young people who have dropped out of school and are both illiterate and innumerate. We have to reach out to them in language and through media that they understand and to which they will respond, so that they, too, may know their rights and source adolescent-friendly health services free from fear or opprobrium. Myths and misconceptions must also be addressed,” the First Lady said.She noted, too, that legislation which protects the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS must be enforced, so that no person infected with HIV is stigmatised or marginalised in the community, in the workplace, or anywhere.According to its website, the International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health issue in the world. First convened during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1985, it continues to provide a unique forum for the intersection of science, advocacy, and human rights. Each conference is an opportunity to strengthen policies and programmes that ensure an evidence-based response to the epidemic.
Chris Ball suffered brain damage, after he was attacked around 100th Avenue and 100th street, July 22nd 2012. Ball passed away after being taken off life support 11 days later. Joel Marchand of Prince George is facing charges of manslaughter and assault causing bodily harm.- Advertisement – Marchand faces a trial by judge and jury.
This year’s participants ready to depart Maggies.All Images by Máirtín Mac Crábhagáin.More than 90 tractors braved the wind and rain of storm Desmond as they departed Maggies Tavern Carrickmore St Johnson to take part in the annual Santa Tractor run organised by Tony Rodgers.Robbie, Mathew and Jordon Porter all dressed and ready for the off.This event proves popular each year on the vintage tractor scene and a bit of rain wasn’t going to dampen spirits.Tony would like to thank everyone who took part in this years run and was delighted to present a cheque for €1610 to Principal of The Little Angles Mrs Angela Keane. Tony Rodgers and Patricia Allen presenting Mrs Angela Keane Principle of The Little Angels Special needs School Letterkenny with a cheque for €1,610 from the recent tractor run, also pictured is Mrs Kennedy Vice Principle and Staff and students of Mr Diver’s class.CRAIC IS ’90’ AS TRACTORS LINE OUT FOR ANNUAL SANTA RUN was last modified: December 17th, 2015 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)
Left Wing – Felipe Anderson How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Right back – Pablo Zabaleta REVEALED 12 The club’s record signing will relish the battle with fellow speedster Hector Bellerin Centre Back – Issa Diop Right Wing – Andriy Yarmolenko Must improve after last weekend’s awful performance smart causal Cool and calm on the ball, his work off it is imperative to the Hammers’ chances Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes possible standings Has looked bright in his two cameo appearances from the bench so far Manuel Pellegrini will take his West Ham United side to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Saturday, knowing full well defeat will only increase speculation surrounding his future.Despite only arriving in the summer, the former Manchester City boss has spent well over £100million on revamping West Ham’s side. 12 12 REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Centre Midfield – Jack Wilshere Centre Back – Angelo Ogbonna 12 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Fabianski will almost certainly keep his place in goal 12 Holding Midfield – Carlos Sanchez Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 12 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener ALTERED Left Back – Aaron Cresswell The experienced Argentine should keep his place ahead of Ryan Fredericks 12 Pellegrini knows he has to spark an upturn in fortunes 12 Centre Forward – Marko Arnautovic With captain Mark Noble injured, Carlos Sanchez could make his debut Latest Premier League News Must keep his emotions in check against his former side, his play from deep will be crucial 12 Gets the nod ahead of Masuaku because of his superior defensive abilities huge blow 12 12 gameday silverware However, a thrashing at Anfield on the opening weekend was followed up by a disappointing home defeat to Bournemouth last Saturday.As a result, the Chilean is under pressure.The Hammers come up against London rivals Arsenal, who are also in the embryonic stages of new leadership.Unai Emery is also yet to win a Premier League point from his opening two games, and will feel confident when facing a West Ham side which has conceded six soft goals from their opening two games. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade So how could West Ham line up on Saturday and will it be third time lucky for Pellegrini or Emery?Goalkeeper – Łukasz Fabiański Holding Midfield – Pedro Obiang 12 The France Under-21 international could make his West Ham debut ahead of Fabian Balbuena Got off the mark last weekend, will look to bully a nervous Gunners defence
Letterkenny Chamber and Shop LK have a surprise for those who attend the Halloween Fest on the 31st of October on the Main Street.Rumour has it that close to 4pm something evil could be lurking in the dark. Not quite under moonlight, (although with time going back it could seem that way) you may see a sight that almost stops your heart.John Watson Chamber President commented “We have gone all out this year with the help of Letterkenny Town Council, to organise Halloween in Letterkenny and we feel the surprise is the icing on the cake. “Secret rehearsals have taken place over the last six weeks and costumes are being put together as we speak. We hope there will be a great turn out for it, it’s something you won’t want to miss”.As well as the surprise there will be music with DJ Scoop from 1pm piped up and down Main Street, we are encouraging families to come out dressed in their best costumes to trick or treat in participating shops. They might get a chance to meet Dracula, have their face painted and hear some ghostly stories. It’s all going to be good family fun.To find out what the surprise is, and to join in all other activities come down to the Main Street from 1pm on Wednesday the 31st, there’s sure to be a thrill in the air. SOMETHING LURKING IN THE DARK IN LETTERKENNY THIS HALLOWEEN was last modified: October 24th, 2012 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:HalloweenLetterkenny Chamberthriller
Former 2FM DJ Nikki Hayes has revealed that getting the boot from RTE helped her fall in love with her Donegal boyfriend.Nikki and FrankNikki revealed it was the need to make money after she was ditched by RTE which saw her end up working in Donegal.It was while in Letterkenny that Nikki met Frank Black, a soldier whom she has since become engaged to. Nikki revealed “The only reason I was up there in Letterkenny that night was a one-off. I needed the money, and that’s where we met.”Now Nikki says she thinks Frank is the man for her.“I’ve gone through so much crap with guys, I’ve met some rotten guys.“I know me and Frank have only been together for a year and a half but when it’s right, it’s right,” she aid. GETTING BOOT FROM RTE HELPED ME FIND FRANK IN LETTERKENNY – DJ NIKKI was last modified: December 9th, 2012 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:2FMfrank blackletterkennynikki hayes
Tags: Abby BogereBusoga Unitedmatia luleproline fcUganda Premier League Proline are bottom of the table with no points. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier LeagueProline FC vs Busoga UnitedStarTimes Stadium, LugogoTuesday, 08-10-2019 @4pmLUGOGO – Proline, they have had a mixed start to the season and will be hoping for victory when they take on Busoga United on Tuesday afternoon.Matia Lule’s side are into the CAF Confederations Cup play-off round after negotiating their way through the first and second rounds but have been struggling on and off the pitch in the league.They are currently bottom of the pile with zero (0) points following a deduction of six (point) by FUFA after they failed to honour their match-day three fixture at home to SC Villa.Their latest fixture saw them lose 1-0 away to Vipers SC, their third loss in the league. They had earlier lost to both Mbarara City and SC Villa.In the loss to the Venoms on Saturday, the duo of Mahad Kakooza and Edrisa Lubega was denied the license to play and it remains a mystery whether they will be cleared on Tuesday.For Busoga United, they are currently on a poor run of form as they have not won in three.However, they avoided defeat in their last game as they drew 1-1 at home to SC Villa. The draw was their first point in three games having lost to both Onduparaka and Mbarara City prior.“We are going to play one of the teams which play a good brand football but we have good history over them,” said Busoga United head coach Abby Bogere ahead of the game.“Against Villa, we got a lot of chances which we failed to convert, but have tried to rectify on those mistakes.“I hope we are going to put up a good performance against Proline on artificial turf which we are familiar with, and I hope the boys are going to give it all.”Match FactsThis will be the fifth meeting between the two sides.In the previous four meetings, Busoga has won two, Proline one with the other ending in a draw.Last season, Busoga did a double over Proline including a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture.Proline head into the game with just two victories in their last 10 league games (D2 L6).At home, they have also won only two of their last six games (D1 L3).For Busoga, they have won only two of their last 7 league games (D1 L4).Away from home, Bogere’s side have won only one of their past six games (D1 L4).The other games to be played on Tuesday-Proline FC vs Busoga United @4pm-Bright Stars vs Tooro United FC @4:30pm-Kyetume FC vs Express FC @4:30pm-Onduparaka FC vs URA FC @4:30pmComments
The Donegal Domestic Violence Service is set to benefit from a €500 donation from the Scotsman’s Bar in Donegal Town.The generous donation was made by the bar owners Joseph Breslin and John Mc Groary this week on behalf of the Donegal Town Women’s Group.The group gathered at the pub last Friday for a special morning with Donegal Domestic Violence Service Manager Marie Hainsworth. The event was an opportunity for the women and the Scotsman’s team to present the cheque and to learn more about the charity. Ms Hainsworth was delighted with the donation and added that the funds will be used to support their 24hr refuge accommodation service and helpline. Women or agencies can contact the service and receive support and advice on 1800 262677.€500 donation presented to Donegal Domestic Violence Service was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)