MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgA serious challenge to the stability, peace and security that Liberia now enjoys, is the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. The ECOWAS convention which seeks to curb the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in West Africa was adopted by Heads of Member States ten years ago and since then a number of community based project have been initiated in country for its implementation.The other day, I was reminded by one of the volunteer peace messengers of an old Liberian expression that goes like this, “Baboon will share cola nut” which translates literarily to ‘brutality looms when peace settlement fails.” Similarly, we subject ourselves to crisis, if we keep our small arms and light weapons. Nearly every day, in countries where small arms are not under strict control, people are killed or injured as a result of uncontrolled small arms and light weapons. We are all witnesses to the current happenings in France, Belgium, Mali and Tunisia. Back home, we have noticed the rise in armed robberies and the use of small weapons.The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms, known as LiNCSA is responsible to registering and marking all small arms and weapons. The LiNCSA is established to help keep Liberia safe and secure.In order to prevent large-scale emergencies, we need to strengthen the core capacities of our Army, Police, Immigration (BIN) Customs and Corrections officers to detect and respond rapidly to small arms transfers. Turning blind eyes to small arms and light weapons transfers in particularly porous border crossing, as we most often tend to do with our neighbors is never the way to control small arms. According to the Chairman of LiNCSA, “It is our ardent hope that there will be greater cooperation amongst state security institutions for the consolidation of peace in the country.”The worst sin an individual can commit is to harm others with small arms intended only for trained military personnel. We need to play a role in the control of small arms by reporting it. As young people, it’s crucial that weapons are not transported into Liberia and Liberians should not keep arms in their homes.The challenges ahead are huge but not insurmountable. There is the need to put in place legal and regulatory frameworks for effective small arms control, build capacity of security agencies and hot spot communities as well as manage our border communities. If you observe, hear or see anything that risks the peace of this country, report it to security forces that have the mandate to deal with it. Illicit possession of small arms is illegal and should be strongly discouraged among everyone particularly young people.In the months ahead, it’s particularly important that the lessons learned from other countries and the synergies among participating countries are translated into concrete actions. An awareness campaign is in the offing for the control of small arms and the support of all Liberians would be needed to ensure a successful campaign. The control of small arms and light weapons in Liberia is a matter of national priority.Until next week when we continue our series on the involvement of youth in peace and security issues, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace Prevail in our generation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No impact on Caribbean’s call for reparations – Dr Phillips

first_img…other political and economic ramifications in the pipelineBy Alexis Rodneyguyana Reparations Commission Chairman, Dr Eric Phillips, on Monday said the fallout of Britain’s exit fromGuyana Reparations Chairman, Dr Eric PhillipsOutgoing British PM David Cameronthe European Union will have no impact on Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean in their call for reparatory justice.Guyana has been calling on Britain, and several other EU States to pay compensation for what is said to be the severe impact the Transatlantic Slave Trade has had on the descendants of slaves living in Caribbean.Caribbean countries said European Governments (in addition to being responsible for conducting slavery and genocide) had also imposed 100 years of racial apartheid and suffering on freed slaves and the survivors of that genocide.Slavery ended throughout the Caribbean in the 1800s in the wake of slave revolts, and this left many of the Region’s plantation economies in tatters. Caribbean leaders have said the Region continued to suffer from the effects of slavery today.According to Dr Phillips, Britain is considered a sovereign State when it comes to reparations, noting that its exit from the Union will not affect what the Caribbean countries have been calling for.“We are not addressing the issue as a European Union Issue, so [Barbados] Prime Minister Freundel Stuart wrote letters to several Heads of State. It shouldn’t impact us at all, Britain has its own empire and we are addressing slavery and genocide in Guyana created by the British, not by the EU, so it shouldn’t impact us at all,” he told Guyana Times on Monday.Dr Phillips said, however, that the move would very much have other political and economic ramifications, which, ultimately, may have some long-term impact. “But in terms of us specifically, I doubt,” he affirmed.Dr Phillips also stated that while British Prime Minister David Cameron would leave office, someone else would have to take up the mantle, as the issue is a sovereign one between Guyana and Britain, and to a wider extent, the Caribbean.Caribbean leaders in 2014 had approved a 10-point plan to seek reparations from the former slave-owning states of Europe.These points include those countries providing diplomatic help to persuade countries, such as Ghana and Ethiopia, to offer citizenship to the children whose foreparents were brought to the Caribbean to “return” to Africa; devising a developmental strategy to help improve the lives of poor communities in the Caribbean still devastated by the after-effects of slavery; supporting cultural exchanges between the Caribbean and West Africa to help Caribbean people of African descent rebuild their sense of history and identity; supporting literacy drives designed to improve education levels that are still low in many Caribbean communities; and providing medical assistance to the Region that is struggling with high levels of chronic diseases, such as hypertension and type two diabetes that the Caricom Reparations Commission linked to the fallout from slavery.It has been reported that if the European powers fail to publicly apologise and refuse to come to the negotiating table, the Caricom nations will file a lawsuit against them at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.Governments in the Caribbean have estimated that reparations for the slave trade could cost trillions of dollars and some have floated the idea of debt relief.Some 46,000 British slave-owners, including a distant relative of Cameron’s, were among those compensated at a current-day equivalent of £17 billion (US$36 billion) for “loss of human property” after the country emancipated its slaves in 1833.The issues of slavery and reparations have reverberated in the United States in recent years as well. Ta-Nehisi Coates, a journalist for the Atlantic and recent “genius” grant winner, wrote an influential article in 2014 making the case for reparations.Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Sir Hilary Beckles has warned the Region to brace for the impact of the United Kingdom’s break with the European Union, as he predicted that every aspect of life in the Caribbean would be negatively affected.The Brexit vote last Thursday has already caused ripples across the world, with the value of the pound falling and stock markets dipping.Sir Hilary said the Region’s fragile economic recovery was now under threat and Britain’s exit should trigger immediate strategic regional reactions, even before Heads of Government meet in Guyana for their July 4-6 Summit.“The predictable, highly individualistic action poses both a short-term as well as a long-term threat to the performance of Caricom economies,” he said in a statement issued Saturday.“From trade relations to immigration, tourism to financial relations, and cultural engagements to foreign policy, there will be a significant redefinition and reshaping of Caricom-United Kingdom engagements,” Sir Hilary further warned, as he urged Caricom to use the development to deepen and strengthen its internal operations and external relations with the wider world.“It’s a moment for Caricom to come closer together rather than drift apart. The Region should not be seen as mirroring this mentality of cultural and political insularity, but should reaffirm the importance of regionalism within the global context for the future.”last_img read more

Caricom/UN Women sign MoU on Gender Equality and Empowerment

first_imgThe Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with United Nations Women to support the Community’s work on gender and regional statistics.L-R (sitting): UN Women representative Tonni Brodber, Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, and Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister and Chair of the Community Council, Carl Greenidge. L-R (standing) Neville Bissember and Barbara Vandyke, Office of the Secretary GeneralThe MoU on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women includes collaboration in the provision of Caribbean-wide data, statistics and analysis on the implementation of the gender dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action, known as the SAMOA Pathway.In his remarks, Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque thanked the UN system for its continuing role in assisting member states’ development and in advancing the work of the Secretariat.The Secretary General said that some of the work would focus on developing model legislation and Region-specific tools to address behaviour change to tackle the root causes of gender-based violence and to ensure strong evidence-based advocacy.The UN Women representative, Tonni Ann Brodber, in her remarks, drew attention to the financial and health costs of gender-based violence, one of the most egregious forms of gender inequality, which she said countries could not afford.Thirty to 50 per cent of all murders are intimate partner violence related and it is not just gender-based violence, but the fact that we are not tapping into the potential of our young boys and young women, she emphasised.Brodber commended Caricom for its leadership on the issue and reiterated the support of UN Women.The signing took place during the official opening of the 39th Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers.last_img read more

Mourinho outlines ‘stupid’ ambition

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is keen to sell midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger as he puts his mark on United’s squadLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – While he admits it is unlikely, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho revealed he wants his side to win every match they play this season in all competitions.The former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss has already claimed his first piece of silverware for the season in the Community Shield and has clearly made some interesting signings, not least of which being the £89million capture of Paul Pogba on Monday. Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles team of 2003/04 is the only side to go unbeaten through an entire Premier League season and Mourniho wants to better them this term.And speaking after the 2-1 win over last season’s Premier League winners Leicester, where new boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winning goal in his first competitive match for the club, Mourinho said he intends to continue his winning ways at Bournemouth.He said: “My ambition is a stupid ambition, I have to confess, because it is an impossible ambition. My ambition is to win every game, so my ambition now is to win against Bournemouth.“That will be very difficult. Can we win? We have to think about that. After Bournemouth, it doesn’t matter about the result, we will play against Southampton and we want to win.“We want to win every game. It is a very stupid motivation but if you look in a different perspective then it is what we have to do – improve, improve, improve and every match we will try to win.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Manchester United midfielder joins St Johnstone on loan

first_img“I’m really please to get 21-year-old Matty who has been on loan at FC Utrecht,” he told the club’s official website. “He is a midfielder who possesses a lot of qualities, very comfortable on the ball, physically as well. He’s comfortable playing as a holding midfielder or attacking midfielder.“When you get someone who’s gone through the academy at Arsenal and Man United he’s going to provide real quality in the midfield for us. “He will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s game at Hearts.” St Johnstone have completed the signing of midfielder Matty Willock on loan from Manchester United.The 21-year-old’s previous loan spell at Utrecht was cut short, allowing him to move to Perth and join Tommy Wright’s squad.Willock has come through Manchester United’s youth system and has been on the bench for Jose Mourinho’s side.St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright said that the midfielder’s background, including spending his early years at Arsenal, was a mark of his pedigree and what he could bring to the side.last_img read more

SA to set up mines, labour task force

first_img20 August 2012 A task force will be set up to look into labour issues in South Africa’s platinum industry after last week’s violent clashes near the Lonmin mine in Marikana, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said on the weekend. The task force will consist of representatives from the mining industry, unions, government and traditional leadership. Forty-four people, including two police officers and 34 mine workers, were killed and scores injured in violent clashes in the mining town of Marikana outside Rustenburg, North West province last week. Shabangu and Labour Minister Mildred Olifant met with the Chamber of Mines, business and organised labour in Johannesburg on Saturday to discuss and agree on an action plan to address the violence at Lonmin’s Marikana mine and share practices applied by other mining companies. The management of Lonmin, the Chamber of Mines and other mining executives gave an account of what challenges they faced relating to engaging with labour organisations and employees generally. Both ministers then met with organised labour to get their account and what they perceived as the source of the conflict. Olifant reminded all parties of the legal processes pertaining to labour organisations and how they needed to operate as required by the law. Shabangu also put to all stakeholders the need to agree on how the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) would be engaged going forward, as long as their operations were within the confines of the law. Shabangu reiterated the need for all role players to uphold the spirit of tripartism as the image of the country’s mining industry was being tarnished after the sector, working with the government, had gone out to the world saying that the South African mining sector was open for business and encouraging investors to invest in the sector. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

SPORT-GOLF-EURASIA 2 LAST

first_imgChawrasia won his very first hole, but lost the next as Chawrasia won his very first hole, but lost the next as the lanky Woods caught up and pulled ahead with birdies on next two holes. Wood stayed 1-up till the 15th, by which the two players had twice bogeyed and parred rest in tandem. Then another bogey saw Chawrasia fall two back, only to see Woods give back a hole with a bogey par-5 16th. Wood hung on for a 1-up win in a scrappy match. Chawrasia said, “I kept hitting to the right and just couldnt putt today. I putted well on Saturday but it didnt work well today. Still it was a great experience and In enjoyed playing under Jeev.” The motivation for the Asian team could well be that the Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, who gave away the EurAsia Cup to the winning team, committed to Malaysia hosting the third EurAsia Cup in two years time. On Saturday being told he was up against Ian Poulter, Danny Chia had joked, “Ian, who?”. The same Poulter gave the Europeans a great start with a 4&3 win. Chia, when asked what the Englishman said at the finish, laughed and said, “He told me his name is Ian Poulter.” Once Poulter had set the tone, the floodgates opened, Danny Willett beat Byeong Hun An 3&1 and in Match 3 Any Sullivan trounced the 2014 captain Thongchai Jaidee 4&3 to put Europe 12-3 ahead. Then veteran Westwood, who was in Match 7, finished before others to get the winning point as he raced ahead to demolish Nicholas Fung 7&6, the shortest contest of the week. Westwood was six-under for 12 holes, with five birdies, an eagle and a bogey and Fungs only respite was Westwoods bogeyed on par-five sixth. Europe kept moving ahead as Matthew Fitzpatrick, who was taken all the way, won 2-up against Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who had severe shoulder pain. Kristoffer Brobergs beat Shingo Katayama 5&4 win; Soren Kjeldsen beat Prayad Marksaeng 3&2 and Wood outlasted Chawrasia 1-up and finally Victor Dubuisson, who had been held to halves on first two days, held on for a 1-up win against Wu Ashun. PTI Cor PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool quartet star in PL Team of the Week

first_imgPremier League Premier League Team of the Week: Liverpool quartet star after West Ham rout Goal 04:00 26/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Emre Can Liverpool Getty Images Premier League Liverpool Sadio Mane, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Emre Can and Andrew Robertson make the cut after the Reds rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Hammerslast_img