Dialogue Among Peace Messengers: Partnership for Peace, Dignity for All

first_imgAs young Liberians prepare for the International Peace Day and the official launch of the Amman-Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security declaration, Messengers of Peace –Liberia Inc (MOP) would devote its column for the month of September 2015 to the perspectives of youths on Peace and Security Issues.By the way of introduction, Amelia Washington was born on 10th September 1998 to a Christian family; she attends Len Millar High School as a 12th grade out-going senior. She says peace means right, justice, and unity, lawful and free from violence.She joined MOP as Volunteer Peace Messenger to help young people stay away from violence, to educate young people on their rights and to unite youth especially so as to make the country we find ourselves in a suitable place. Amelia is an inspiring young lady. In her own words, Amelia writes:I have never served as volunteer in my community but getting into peace volunteerism is my first incursion to volunteerism. I believe that Messenger of Peace will help me learn about peace, to be a peaceful person to help me build up my career to be outspoken.In the next five (5) years, I see myself as an advocate for peace, a law abiding citizen and independent woman who stands for her word and a devoted child of God that mama Liberia can boost of.I dream of a peaceful Liberia where citizens will inform others about peace so as to transform our country positively.My message to young people is that they should stay away from violence and focus on education because it is the key to success. A biblical quote 2 Timothy 2:15, “ Let me win if I cannot let me be brave to make an attempt cause one day my opportunity will surely come” guides my day.The outcome of the global forum on youth peace and Security Council that was held in Amman Jordan to ensure an inclusive and integrated approach to peace and security motivates me. Young people should be engaged in shaping lasting peace in our communities as positive contributors to peace, justice and reconciliation. We need to work as partners to ensure the implementation of the action point which says that we as young people are essential in transforming conflict, countering violence and building peace yet, our effort remain largely invisible, unrecognized and even undermined due to lack of adequate participatory and inclusive mechanisms. Youth should also dissuade themselves from violence and focus on peace building, gender equality and also the empowerment of youth socially and economically. Amman Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security will serve as a blueprint in the work of MOP-Liberia as it presents a common vision and road map towards a strengthened policy framework to support other organizations in transforming conflict, preventing and countering violence, and building sustainable peace, and recognize the involvement of youths in peace building activities in and around Liberia. Until next week, when we come to you dialogues among peace messengers: “Partnership for Peace-Dignity for All-Part 3”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton on ‘good hunting ground’ at US Grand Prix

first_imgNo need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Filipino duathletes eye podium sweep in SEA Games That makes it an almost perfect spot for more.Win another race and another championship on Sunday and the Mercedes driver will sit all alone in second in Formula One history, with only a short step left to reach the top.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The British driver is on the cusp of securing a sixth career championship that would move him past Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio, the “Godfather” of F1 drivers, and within one of the record seven won by Germany’s Michael Schumacher, who is still regarded as the sport’s greatest champion.Hamilton should have little trouble doing it. All he needs to do is finish eighth or higher on Sunday. 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust MOST READ Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees “It’s been a good hunting ground for me, so very excited to go there and who knows whether we can get the job done?,” Hamilton said. “We’ll hopefully have a good race there.”He’s almost downplaying his chances. There’s not much reason to do that at this point.Hamilton nearly closed out the championship last week with his surprising win in Mexico City , but teammate Valtteri Bottas’ third-place finish pushed the title chase into another week. Bottas is the only driver still mathematically in the championship, but just barely.“I don’t mind,” Hamilton said after not quite closing it out last week. “I love racing.”Hamilton didn’t win the Texas race last year, finishing a third as Kimi Raikkonen took the checkered flag with Ferrari.ADVERTISEMENT Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)AUSTIN, Texas — Lewis Hamilton has a certain love affair with the rolling hills and scrub land in the heart of Texas.It’s easy to see why. The Mercedes driver has been almost invincible here, with five wins at the United States Grand Prix since 2012, including a season championship secured in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Verstappen will be looking to put a bad race in Mexico behind him. He was stripped of pole position in Mexico City because of a penalty for not slowing down while under a yellow flag in qualifying. He then punctured a tire on the fourth lap. A car and driver that had the pace to win finished sixth.Verstappen finished second in Texas last year and won his late-lap duel with Hamilton for the position.“A lot is possible at this track as there are so many good overtaking opportunities, which makes things interesting in the race,” said Verstappen, who will be racing his 100th career grand prix at just age 22.Hamilton, who is driving his 248th, may be wary of talk like that from Verstappen. Their cars touched on the opening lap in Mexico City, and Hamilton said he’s learned to give Verstappen a lot of room to race.“It’s the smartest thing you can do,” Hamilton said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Gago’ LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw But he was in spectacular form last week in Mexico City, getting his 10th win of the season on a track that favored rivals Red Bull and Ferrari.Hamilton is a defacto spokesman for growing Formula One in the U.S. Still young and stylish at 34, an environmental activist on social media , Hamilton is a valuable face and force for promoting the series in America, which hasn’t been as easy as F1 officials hoped when they returned to American soil with the Texas track and race in 2012.Efforts to start other races haven’t been so easy. A dream race in Miami couldn’t take hold in the downtown venue on Biscayne Bay the series wanted and the current idea of racing around the parking lot of the stadium where the NFL’s Miami Dolphins play has run into fierce opposition from locals.The Texas race has been a stronghold and Hamilton still does his part. He was in New York City with an event in Times Square before coming to Austin.Hamilton sees himself — the first and still only black driver in Formula One who comes from a middle class family — as a story that can be inspiring to an American audience.“I think my story and my family’s story is something that a lot of people in different countries can relate to,” Hamilton said.Ferrari and Red Bull could still put up a fight Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas.Ferrari has started on pole the last six races and the U.S. Grand Prix winner has come from the front row every year since the Texas track opened. The recent runs from pole have produced just three victories however, and none since Singapore on Sept. 22.The team is partly to blame for not winning through a series of blunders or being outmaneuvered by Mercedes. In Mexico City, Ferrari put drivers Sebastian Vettel on different pit strategies and both surrendered the lead to change tires at different times.“We certainly want to do better than that,” Ferrari Team Principal Mario Binotto said. View commentslast_img read more

Trading Magnolia-bound Banchero not easy for Alaska coach Cariaso

first_imgLava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Alaska beefed up its forward positions while shipping arguably its best guard in Chris Banchero to Magnolia.PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial on Sunday approved the trade that sent Banchero to the Hotshots in exchange for Rodney Brondial and Robbie Herndon.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s always hard to let go regardless of their stats, letting go of someone or moving someone is always difficult,” said Cariaso. “It’s part of the job, it’s part of the profession so it happens.”Cariaso added that he made sure to talk to Banchero and also to Carl Bryan Cruz, who was traded to Blackwater earlier in the conference, before any whiff of information made it to the media.“The ones I made, I made sure that I called them right away, so they heard it from me first,” said Cariaso. “That’s really important for me.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust PBA approves Ray Parks trade to TNT ‘Gago’ ‘People evacuated on their own’ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahawcenter_img Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES MOST READ “This was a coaching staff’s decision, so I really feel that this trade is going to help,” said Alaska head coach Jeffrey Cariaso after Alaska’s 106-99 win over NorthPort in the Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Chris is a really good player, he’s done a lot for us at Alaska but in all honesty he’s the one the other teams wanted so for me to bring the parts we need we also need to give something up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Banchero was a vital piece to Alaska’s core for several seasons. He averaged 10.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.4 assists for the Aces this conference.Trading Banchero way, however, wasn’t an easy decision for Cariaso. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Nandlall raps Govt over Bank of America withdrawal from local banks

first_imgFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlall on Friday lambasted Government for one of America’s largest banksFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlallsevering ties with local banks and stated that if they do not rectify the deficiencies swiftly, the situation will worsen.With foreign banks, particularly those in the United States cutting relationship with financial institutions in the Caribbean over money laundering concerns, the Bank of America has penned its notice to sever ties with “indigenous banks” in Guyana.On Friday, Nandlall said that when a bank of such magnitude pulls out of a country it will have an impact on that nation, noting that the future between international banks and Guyana does not bode well.“Unless we rectify our deficiencies quickly, the situation will become worse. The government seems incapable of extricating Guyana from the problem they put Guyana in,” he said.Guyana Times was told that the Bank of America sent a notice indicating that it was severing its corresponding relationship with “indigenous banks” in Guyana. The notice was sent about a month ago.This matter was on the agenda for discussion at the 37th Caricom Heads of Government Meeting held in Guyana July 4 to 6, as Caribbean leaders try to tackle the cut-off of regional indigenous banks, referred to as de-risking – a situation that poses ominous costs for the Region, including crushing the wider economy.De-risking is when international banks withdraw from their relationships with indigenous banks because of fears of money laundering and questionable sources of funds which would cause the international banks to receive heavy fines from their regulators.Caribbean banking institutions rely on such relationships in order to allow residents to conduct international financial transactions. However, since last year, the Region has been facing the impact of de-risking and the issue has been occupying the attention of Regional policy-makers, following signals by international banks that they were unwilling to continue carrying the business of regional banks.Nandlall in a statement on Friday stated that during his tenure as Attorney General and Minister with responsibility over Guyana’s AML/CFT compliance regime, he had spent the greater part of three years battling with the Joint Opposition, in vain, to secure their support in the National Assembly to enact changes to our laws to make Guyana compliant with international standards in respect of Guyana’s AML/CFT regime.“We explained at every available opportunity the dangers to which our nation’s financial and commercial sectors will be exposed.We warned of the great volume of background information which will have to be supplied in relation to financial transactions both locally and across borders.We highlighted the unnecessary expenditures which will be incurred to do business across international borders.We emphasised the severance of relations that would take place between banks in other countries and local bank.We predicted that international trade and commerce between local businesses and those across our borders would decline,” he remarked.He noted that although they secured the votes of the diplomatic community, the entire private sector, the labour movement, the religious organisations and almost every civil society organisation of worth the coalition government did not budge.“They refused to budge. They held the nation to ransom. At every meeting their political demands increased. They accused us of creating panic in the country. They claimed that we are crying wolf; that nothing will happen if the Bills are not passed.”He added that in the end the then opposition reduced this deep-seated national issue to that of a “political football”.“They voted down the required AML/CFT Bill twice in the Tenth Parliament. They caused CFATF to issue a series of adverse Public Statements against Guyana, informing the world that Guyana poses a threat to the global financial structures and warned countries to take the necessary steps to protect their financial landscape from the threat posed by Guyana’s financial sector,” he said, highlighting that Caricom and indeed the world took note and implemented countermeasures against Guyana.“It is now a nightmare to transact business with the local banking sectors. Businessmen can relate the ordeal which they endure daily to conduct simple business transactions. As a result, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) begun a review process of Guyana. Thus, Guyana is stained globally as a country that encourages money laundering and terrorism. A year after assuming the reins of Government, this very Joint Opposition, now in government with a controlling Parliament has been unable to extricate Guyana from the morass in which they have dumped us,” he criticised.He opined that Attorney General Basil Williams appears shockingly clueless on how to propel the nation out of this state of international delinquency: “As if he is on a trial and error mission, he piloted four Bills, thus far, through the National Assembly. Instead of advancing out of the process, we seem to be backsliding. The level of incompetence is remarkable. He still, clumsily, blames the PPP/C administration for the technical deficiencies which afflict our system. A few days ago, he boldly informs the nation that we shall soon exit the review process.”Nandlall questioned how is it possible to exit the review process and at the same time a huge bank, like Bank of America, cutting out.“Someone is lying through their teeth. We continue to reel from the consequences of being an AML/CFT delinquent nation,” he said, adding that he disclosed that FATF’s latest Public Statement on Guyana contradicts the impression conveyed by the Attorney General that the country was exiting the FATF review process.The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) quoted a November World Bank survey saying that about 75 per cent of international banks have experienced a reduction in correspondent banking services with the Caribbean being the worst affected.last_img read more

Zara Group teams up with Police Force

first_img‒ to offer UG scholarship programme Four Guyanese students desirous of attending the University of Guyana (UG) have an opportunity to do so free of cost as the Zara Group of Companies partnered with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to launch its first scholarshipSenior Vice President of Zara Group of CompaniesJay Subrajprogramme.Two of the scholarships will be available to the public and the remaining two will be offered to immediate family of members of the GPF to attend either the Turkeyen or Tain University campuses, beginning September 2017.Senior Vice President of Zara Group of Companies, Jay Subraj said the scholarship is the Companies’ way of fulfilling its corporate social responsibility.The scholarships are for a duration of four years and cover 100 per cent of the tuition fee at the University of Guyana. The students are required to maintain a high grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in order to continue benefit from the scholarship.If two or more candidates are eligible, the shortlisted candidates will be selected via a random draw.To be eligible to apply for the Guyana Police Force Zara Scholarship, candidates must have: recently completed the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) 2017 examination, with a minimum of eight subjects (applicants can apply now and email their results after); provide proof of acceptance letter from the University of Guyana; demonstrate need for financial assistance with letter stating parents’ income; be planning to enrol full-time in a bachelor’s degree programme; have letter to show you have completed at least 100 hours community service; submit letter address to the Guyana Police Force-Zara Scholarship Committee on the topic – your future goals and plans to achieve them.Persons interested in applying for the scholarship programme can send an email to: gpfzarascholarship@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, August 23.The Zara Group of Companies was established approximately 30 years ago by a Guyanese family. The company was mainly involved in real estate business and managing apartment buildings in New York City. So far, the company has collaborated with several local organisations including the Central Islamic Organisation and the GPF, in all three counties of Guyana.last_img read more

Indifference of opinion

first_imgThe seeds of Westside overdevelopment and horrible traffic were planted decades before he ever set foot in City Hall. Weiss is just the latest council member to ignore how City Hall’s destructive planning policies have hurt the quality of life in many neighborhoods in favor of his own political ambition. Weiss didn’t make this mess; he just hasn’t cleaned it up. In a perfect world, that would be reason enough for a recall. Council members are elected to office and paid handsome six-figure salaries rapidly approaching $200,000 a year for the sole purpose of representing the 250,000 or so constituents in their district. In the past few years, traffic on the Westside has gotten so bad that people once fiercely opposed to a pricey Westside subway are now begging for one. And it seems that Weiss hasn’t noticed the urgency of constituents’ cries while he’s plotting his next career step. This recall attempt is unlikely to result in the overthrowing of Weiss. It’s tough to whip up an interest in such a politically apathetic populace. IN politics, pandering does pay. And clearly Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss has not spread enough solicitousness around his district. If he had paid as much attention to his constituents as he has to his run for city attorney and to the monied interests in town, he might not be facing a revolt from neglected constituents. The recall posse, consisting mostly of homeowners groups, is accusing Weiss of being responsible for the overdevelopment of the Westside. But, mainly, it seems, they are angry because he’s pandered too much to the developers’ interests and not enough to theirs. It’s really not fair to lay the overdevelopment of West Los Angeles at Weiss’ feet. Indeed, it seems Weiss’ real crime is being arrogant and indifferent to a demanding constituency. But it should serve as a warning to Weiss and other council members that there’s only so long the public will put up with neglect. And it seems that point may have been reached in one part of Los Angeles.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

Study links better graduation rate, lower crime rate

first_img• Dropout report: Read the report and look up county-by-county statistics PASADENA – Raising high school graduation rates by just 10 percent could reduce homicides and aggravated assaults by 20 percent statewide, according to a report released Thursday that links graduation rates to crime rates. A 10-percent increase in the number of high school graduates could translate into 500 fewer murders and more than 20,000 fewer assaults in California each year, according to the report, “School or the Streets: Crime and California’s Dropout Crisis.” In Los Angeles County, that would mean 214 fewer homicides and 7,241 fewer aggravated assaults, the report compiled by Fight Crime said. Fight Crime is a nonprofit organization made up of police chiefs, prosecutors and other law-enforcement officials. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champCalifornia needs to do more “to give students the tools to make an honest living,” said Brian Lee, Fight Crime’s deputy director and the lead author of the report. Nationally, 68 percent of prison inmates never graduated from high school, the report noted. Lee said the findings illustrate “an urgent need to act now” to improve education. The reforms suggested in the report included encouraging more children to attend high-quality preschools and increasing the number of small learning communities within high schools. Two studies cited in the report showed high school graduation rates increased by as much as 44 percent when students attended preschool. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Edwin Diaz and other officials discussed the report and its findings Thursday at Blair High School, where officials have pioneered programs to retain students who are on the verge of dropping out and help those struggling to improve low grades. “The key is getting kids started on the right track as early as possible and then making sure the schools do what is needed to help succeed and graduate,” Baca said. “We do not want to see more young people go to jail,” Huntington Park Police Chief Michael Trevis said. According to the report, high school dropouts are more than three times more likely than graduates to be arrested, and more than eight times as likely to be in jail. Diaz noted that programs like the BlairLEARNS after-school credit reclamation course and Blair High’s health careers academy help keep students in school. Both programs were highlighted in Fight Crime’s report. Blair’s credit-reclamation program, now in its third year, has helped raise the school’s graduation rate by 30 percent, said Bill Fennessy, school site coordinator. “Kids are given an opportunity to succeed, and they are self-motivated,” Fennessy said. Seniors Sari Peralta and DeJuan Chambers, who are enrolled in Blair’s credit-reclamation program, said it is helping them raise their grades. Peralta said the program is giving her a chance to raise a C minus she received in an Advanced Placement history class she took in her junior year. Removing that blemish from her academic record will increase her chances of attending a four-year college, she said. Chambers is taking the program in order to improve two D’s – in English and Advanced Placement world history. He said several of his friends also are enrolled in the program. “It is six hours a week, but it is worth it,” Chambers said. caroline.an@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4494 www.insidesocal.com/schools 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

DEAL CLOSE? Euro 2016 winner ‘confirms’ transfer as Leicester chase £55m duo

first_imgLeicester are closing in on completing a £55 million double deal, with Sporting CP midfielder Adrien Silva ‘confirming’ he has accepted a move to the King Power Stadium.The 27-year-old Portugal international, who was part of the squad which won Euro 2016, has been linked with a transfer to the Foxes, along with Sporting teammate Islam Slimani.The duo are reported to be available for a combined £55 million fee, and it appears as if one half of the deal has been completed.Silva, speaking to O Jogo in his homeland, admitted he had accepted the proposal from Claudio Ranieri’s men, with the move to the Premier League set to be confirmed in the coming days.He said: “Yes, I confirm this proposal. Leicester is very interesting and corresponds to my career goals.“After the past 15 years at Sporting, this opportunity is something exceptional for me and can allow me to express and impose myself in another championship, and also to evolve in the Premier League, which is a stunning league.“I love Sporting as a family and I dedicated myself to the club since I was 12 years old.“With Sporting I lived many moments of happiness. I can say that I grew up with the club. At 27 years old, and after so many years of loyalty, I think that no one will criticise me for wanting to embrace this challenge.”The signing of Slimani, scorer of 48 goals in 82 games for the Liga NOS club, is still not completed, although the Foxes have reportedly agreed to pay the £34 million fee for him, and the striker left the pitch in tears at the end of Sporting’s derby win over Porto on Sunday. 1 Adrien Silva has scored one goal in three games this season last_img read more

Everton flop seals loan return to Spain

first_imgEverton forward Sandro Ramirez has joined Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season, subject to a medical, the Premier League club have announced.The summer arrival from Malaga has failed to live up to expectations on Merseyside, not managing to score a league goal.The 22-year-old netted only once in 15 games in all competitions, in the Europa League.Sevilla also confirmed the imminent completion of the transfer.In a statement on their website, the LaLiga club said: “At just 22 years old the Canary Island native has the chance to recapture his spectacular growth in past seasons and find a place in Vincenzo Montella’s attacking line-up. Sandro has left Everton 1last_img