Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire to Hold 2nd Joint Commission Meeting

first_imgThe governments of Liberia and La Côte d’Ivoire will hold their second Joint Commission meeting in Monrovia beginning today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said in a release.  The three-day meeting, which will take place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be held in two phases: technical working sessions on August 28-29; and a ministerial meeting on August 30, to be climaxed with the signing of a Joint Commission Framework Agreement by Foreign Affairs Minister Marjon Kamara and her Ivoirian counterpart, Minister Marcel Amon-Tanoh.Liberia and La Côte d’Ivoire held their first Joint Commission meeting in Monrovia 45 years ago in 1972, following which many agreements, including peace and security and economic integration, were signed with the aim to strengthen their bilateral relationship. As members of the Mano River Union basin (MRU) which share natural resources, it was envisaged that both countries will benefit from the comparative advantage that each has. Moreover, their agreements were intended to foster the free movement of people, the exchange of ideas, goods and services, and form a common front in alleviating some of the many developmental challenges faced by the two countries.The two sub-regional neighbors enjoy strong bilateral cooperation particularly in education through student exchange programs; agriculture through farmer cooperative networks and crops exchanges; health through dental and medical professional deployment; as well as very strong cross border trade. However, due to the years of civil crises which engulfed both countries at different intervals, not much was done to implement the principles of the agreement.Nevertheless, based on mutual desire to reactivate the agreement, Liberia, in July 2016, submitted 11 memoranda for cooperation to the Ivorian Government for consideration. The Ivorian Government, while accepting areas for proposed cooperation by Liberia, added nine more areas for cooperation, thereby bringing the total number of memoranda to 20. After a careful review and analysis of the potential areas within the Ivoirian proposal, and given the short lifespan of the administration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, following consultations with line ministries, identified four priority areas.Both countries have now agreed to focus on the general framework of the agreement and five technical areas which include: technical vocational education; sanitation and urban development; agriculture; maritime delimitation; and energy (electricity).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Beyoncé Ross Foundation set up in honour of national cyclist

first_imgThe Ross family who will be the first members of the foundationOne year after the death of national cyclist Beyoncé Ross, family members have set up a foundation in her memory.Beyoncé, who won three gold medals in the 2017 National School’s Cycling Championships, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in February 2018 and passed away a few months later.The late teen’s mother, Yonette, at the launch of the foundation, stated that they do not want others to have to suffer as her daughter did.Beyoncé was getting severe headaches and vomiting in February but was treated for a stomach infection before an MRI indicated a tumour in the middle of her brain.She underwent surgery on April 13 at the Georgetown Public Hospital. It was later revealed that the tumour was not cancerous.However, doctors informed that the surgery could not have been done here and overseas treatment was required. On Monday, May 28, the results of the biopsy, done by a Jamaica-based professor, revealed that the brain tumour was not cancerous.It was on June 6, 2018, that she slipped into a coma and never woke up.“We are at the initial stage of the foundation at this point. We are now trying to form it and are hoping that we can get the intervention of the public. If we don’t do something like this then Beyoncé’s death would just pass like that. That is not what we want for her. She was just 15 years old and full of life and unfortunately, an unfortunate situation arose, so that is why we are forming this foundation in her memory,” her mother said.According to the woman, efforts are being made to prevent others from suffering as the young athlete did. She said the foundation hopes to assist persons who were diagnosed with tumours in the brain at an early stage.Meanwhile, the foundation has organised a cycle road race and fun day for Sunday, July 7, in her memory.The race peddles off from the Rose Hall Town arch at 08:00h and will proceed to the Number 51 Police Station and return to Rose Hall for the finish. The event is open to all cyclists in Berbice.During that period, there will be a foot road race from Rose Hall to Johns and back to Rose Hall.Then at the Area H Ground there will be athletics, cricket, basketball and volleyball. “After Sunday’s event, we are looking to get the foundation up and running in memory of Beyoncé,” her mother told this publication.Former national cyclist Beyoncé Rosslast_img read more

Civil society continues protest for Govt to resign

first_imgMembers of the civil society group, Mass Action Peoples Movement (MAPM), gathered in front of the Ministry of the Presidency again, calling on the APNU/AFC coalition Government to respect the Constitution of Guyana, resign, and set a date for elections.The protestors standing in front of the Ministry of the PresidencyThe civil society group slammed the Government for what it believes is a violation of the Constitution and the rule of law of Guyana.Don Singh, member of the MAPM, said that the group is ready to keep up the protests until the Government resigns.“Our Constitution is being disrespected, whether we like it or not, whether we think Charrandass is a treacherous or a hero; that does not matter, all the judicial processes were followed and here we are. It is the President’s mandate to dissolve Parliament and to call elections…we just want adherence to our Constitution. I mean, we have so many things that are awaiting, like Local Content Policy, we hearing all the time, we can have that, but until we have legislation enacted to give teeth to that, then it’s all for naught. We have the new oil companies at our gates and if we keep fighting among ourselves and not do what the rule of law of our country says then we are lost,” Singh lamented.Johnathan Yearwood, another protester who joined the call for the first time, opined that Government is presently setting a bad example for the Guyanese people.“They need to resign, they must abide by the Constitution. If our Government does not honour and obey the supreme law of Guyana, what example are they setting for our children? What example is being set for the school children in Guyana? They will now look at it and say that they don’t have to abide by the laws. When the President doesn’t abide by the law, when the Police stop somebody on the road they can drive away and say ‘who are you to stop me?’” the protestor opined.Maria Nadir, wife of former Minister Manzoor Nadir, described the situation as unfortunate and also made a resounding call for the Government to respect Guyana and to do what is lawfully mandated.The Constitution says that following the passage of the No-Confidence Motion, the President and Cabinet must resign and elections held within three months.That deadline elapsed since March 21, 2019, with Government having spent much of this time in court seeking to overturn the motion, rather than ensuring elections were held.last_img read more

Ghana forward has his heart set on joining Liverpool

first_img Andre Ayew 1 Ghana forward Andre Ayew has his heart set on joining Liverpool as speculation continues to surround his future Marseille.The 24-year-old, who netted twice for his country at the World Cup, is considering leaving Marseille and is eyeing a dream move to Liverpool according to French newspaper L’Equipe.Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers needs a replacement for Luis Suarez but it is believed another Ligue 1-based player, Ezequiel Lavezzi, is his primary target at the moment.Should Rodgers failed to register his interest in Ayew, the forward could instead look to revive a move to Newcastle, who wanted him but failed to sign him last summer.Ayew, who is the son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele, is comfortable leading the line and playing from the left wing and has scored 34 league goals in the past four seasons.last_img read more

Sterling booed as he collects Liverpool’s Young Player of the Year award – Fans react

first_img1 Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling It’s been quite a few days for Liverpool fans.As if seeing club hero Steven Gerrard end his Anfield career with a whimper wasn’t enough, with Crystal Palace beating the Reds 3-1 on Saturday, Raheem Sterling’s recent revelation was an added kick in the teeth.News emerged on Monday night that the England winger will refuse to agree a new deal with the club, and will tell Brendan Rodgers this week that he wants to leave in the summer.Supporters were pretty peeved, therefore, when the club named him their Young Player of the Year less than 24 hours later, leading to fans within the Echo Arena Liverpool booing the young star when he went to collect the award.As timing goes, that isn’t the best. See how fans reacted below…*Other winners on the night included Philippe Coutinho [Player of the Year, First Team Players’ Player of the Year and Goal of the Season], Gerrard [Outstanding Achievement] and 22-year-old Joao Teixeira [Academy Players’ Player of the Year].last_img read more

British power handover in Iraq symbolic

first_imgBAGHDAD – Britain’s weekend handover of Basra province will have a limited effect on security in Iraq’s biggest oil region because rival Shiite warlords and local officials have been wielding the real power in the area. The British have never sought to maintain the same level of control as the Americans did over the provinces the U.S. oversaw after the 2003 invasion. Since elections in 2005, southern Iraq has been under the domain of religious Shiite parties and their militia allies. All of which means the British are handing over something local power players already possess. “I don’t think there is a handover. You’ve never had real British control of Basra or the area,” said Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “What you are really watching is a sort of nominal transfer of authority to the central government and Iraqi forces.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champStability in Basra and southern Iraq is key not only to security, but also to whether the all-important oil industry will grow and attract vital international investment. The region contains most of Iraq’s proven oil reserves. If bloody fighting between Shiite factions returns, it will be hard to persuade companies to invest. Security problems could also open the door to even greater influence by neighboring Iran and threaten land routes used by the U.S. to bring ammunition, food and other supplies from Kuwait to American forces to the north. Last Wednesday’s triple car bombing, which killed at least 25 people in Amarah, shows how fragile security in the south is. “I don’t know that there is going to be a security vacuum more than there has been,” said Frederick Kagan of the American Enterprise Institute. “The British haven’t been patrolling very aggressively anyway. The situation is never going to go back to the status before because all kinds of things have changed.” Even though Britain had long seen its influence over events in southern Iraq diminishing, the mere presence of substantial British forces offered assurances the situation in the strategic area would not spiral out of control. British officials have said they will retain the ability to help Iraqi troops quickly if widespread violence erupts, but they are also reducing the number of troops in the country from 4,500 to 2,000 by spring. In the months soon after Saddam Hussein was toppled, there were about 40,000 British troops in Iraq. The main players in Basra and southern Iraq are the powerful Shiite entities – the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army militia; Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the largest Shiite political party and the Badr Brigade militia, which has largely been absorbed into the Iraqi security forces; and the Fadhila party, which also has its own fighters and a member as Basra’s governor. Michael O’Hanlon, a senior analyst at the Brookings Institution, said Shiite rivalries notwithstanding, the security situation is not so dire as it sometimes appears. “It is more like the Wild West, or a region of competing mafia dons,” he said. “That’s not good, of course, but it’s also not horrible.” With few troops in the south, the Americans have little choice but to hope the Iraqis can handle any surge in violence or that political deals among the Shiite power brokers can prevent a blowup.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

CIARAN COLL RE-SIGNS FOR FINN HARPS AHEAD OF NEW CAMPAIGN

first_imgCiaran Coll has re-signed for Finn Harps FC ahead of the 2015 season.Ollie Horgan has re-signed talented full-back Ciaran Coll ahead of their forthcoming 2015 Airtricity League First Division campaign.Coll has made 141 appearances for Finn Harps since making his debut in 2009 against Kildare County.Coll is regarded by many as one of the most talented full-back in the First Division and is a huge fans favourite at Finn Park. He’ll be hoping he can help Harps push for promotion next season following the solid foundations built by Ollie Horgan last season.Ollie Horgan expressed his delight at acquiring the services of Coll to the Finn Harps FC official website, Horgan said, “Ciarán is a natural footballer who can combine defensive duties with an attacking threat from wide positions.“Next year is a big year for both Ciaran and the present squad so with a lot of hard work he has got the ability to help us progress.Ciaran Coll also expressed his delight at signing back for the club he’s supported since he was a boy. “I am delighted to have committed to Finn Harps for another year as I think next season could be an exciting time for the club.“I think it’s well known that I come from a family of Finn Harps supporters so it’s incredible to think I will be approaching my seventh campaign.” I am already focused on getting down to hard work and getting a good pre-season under my belt. My aim is to have my best season to date. CIARAN COLL RE-SIGNS FOR FINN HARPS AHEAD OF NEW CAMPAIGN was last modified: December 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Finn Harps FCnewsOllie HorgansoccerSportlast_img read more

GREAT SUCCESS FOR LORETO SWIMMERS

first_imgSwimmers from Loreto schools countrywide gathered in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin on Thursday last for the annual inter Loreto Schools Swimming Gala.With only 11 swimmers able to travel on the day and competing against some of the top swimmers in the country the Letterkenny girls gave of their best both in individual events and in the relays.Emma Harvey, Emma Vaughan and Cara Nulty all secured gold in their individual events and many other team swimmers secured placings thus gaining points for their team. The relay races were nail biting and were won on the last length so close were all the swimmers.The Junior relay team of Cara Nulty, Aoibheann O’Grady, Victoria Lee and Eadaoinn Kelly won silver, the Intermediate team of Sinead O’Kane, Sarah Duffy, Chloe Tinney and Eadaoinn Kelly swam very well and were unfortunate not to qualify for the final but they gained valuable team points.Last up were the Seniors and as winners of this event last year there were great expectations and a degree of nervousness having seen the high standard of the competitors in the indivdual events but the girls from Letterkenny did themselves proud and regained their trophy again.The team were Emma Harvey, Ellen Doherty, Emma Vaughan and Emma Tinney. When the total points from all events were added the girls from Letterkenny were overjoyed when they were declared as third overall school out pf seventeen Loreto schools competing.It is now preparation time for the Ulster Secondary Schools competition will take place in Ballymena after Christmas. GREAT SUCCESS FOR LORETO SWIMMERS was last modified: December 21st, 2014 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:donegalletterkennyLoreto swimmerslast_img read more

Garoppolo surgery ‘was a good repair, they’re very optimistic’

first_imgNFL Pick ‘Em: It’s you against Smash MouthClick here to make your 49ers-Cardinals & Raiders-Chargers predictionsSANTA CLARA — General manager John Lynch received “a great report” Thursday from the unnamed surgeon who performed Wednesday’s procedure on Jimmy Garoppolo’s left knee, which involved a torn anterior cruciate ligament and no other reported damage.“He was very pleased with the way it went,” Lynch told KNBR 680-AM. “It’s one of those deals where it looked better – because sometimes …last_img

F2 Logistics sets up PSL Grand Prix finals showdown vs Petron

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lindsay Stalzer F2 over Sasa Devanadera and Jasmine Nabor PLDT. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–It’s going to be Petron against F2 Logistics after they finished off their respective semifinals opponents in similar sweeping fashion Thursday night in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Center.F2 Logistics disposed of PLDT, 26-24, 26-24, 25-17, in Game 2 of their best-of-three semis series.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess San Miguel back in PBA Philippine Cup finals anew after ousting Phoenix View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles That earned the Cargo Movers a spot in the finals, squaring off with the Blaze Spikers for the finals for the fifth time. Game 1 is slated Tuesday.But unlike Petron, which scored an easy 23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-21 win over Cignal HD, F2 Logistics faced set points in the first two sets scrambling plays before cutting down PLDT.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe frustration proved unbearable for PLDT coach Roger Gorayeb who went off the court in the third just as F2 Logistics was making the decisive move.last_img read more