EPA Holds One-day Dialogue on “Gaborone Declaration” Today

first_imgA High level Panel comprising an international environmental delegation under the Gaborone Declaration Secretariat and the Government of Liberia will today, August 18, hold a one-day formal discussion in Monrovia on the implementation of provisions in the Gaborone Agreement.The Gaborone Declaration ensures that the contribution of natural capital to sustainable economic growth, maintenance and improvement of social capital and human well-being, are quantified and integrated into development and business practice.Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan will deliver a special statement on Liberia’s position at the opening of the meeting, while Finance and Development Minister, Amara Konneh, will speak on behalf of the Liberian Government at the close of the meeting.An EPA release said the executive director of the agency, Anyaa Vohiri, will make presentation on natural resource from the perspective of the environment in Liberia with respect to the Gaborone Declaration Agreement.The forum, according to the release, will seek to present the proposed five outcomes to be pursued under the Gaborone Declaration, present factual baseline information collected regarding national ongoing initiatives that contribute to the Gaborone Declaration action statements, identify country priorities and how the secretariat can support them.It is expected to also encourage the appointment of focal points for countries that have not yet done so, and introduce the secretariat among others.It can be recalled that in May 2012, Liberia, Botswana, Ghana, Namibia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Gabon, Kenya and South Africa signed the Gaborone Declaration reaffirming their commitment to implement all conventions and declarations that promote sustainable development.Meanwhile, members of the Environmental Delegation in Liberia include Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Senior Policy Advisor, Conservation International; Jaco Venter, Senior Technical Director, GDSA Secretariat; Margarita Mora, Regional Manager for Latin America, Conservation Stewards Program; and Lina Barrera, Senior Director, International policy, Conservation International.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘2017: A Threshold for Transition in Liberia’

first_imgThe outgoing Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU), Harrison Oluwatoyin Solaja, has said that the ensuing 2017 presidential and legislative elections are very crucial to the consolidation of peace and democracy that would place Liberia on the right trajectory for economic and infrastructural development.“It is my sincerest hope and wish that holding of successful elections in 2017 through transparent and democratic governance processes would serve as the threshold to transition Liberia from post-conflict situation to a fully fledged democratic country,” Ambassador Solaja said.He spoke on Monday at a farewell reception which coincided with an investiture ceremony held in his honor by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office for Solaja’s “numerous contributions” to the Liberian state especially during the Ebola crisis. The President recalled how Mr. Solaja rallied the continent to bring in medical volunteers, while also mobilizing funds to assist in the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).Monday’s ceremony was graced by an array of government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, members of the private sector and traditional leaders, among others.The departing AU diplomat’s tenure expired at the end of his four-year assignment in Liberia. He arrived in the country on the eve of the 2011 general and presidential elections when political tension peaked – an experience which, he said, prepared him for the task of building up good relationship with Liberia.After being celebrated for his “selfless and invaluable services” rendered Liberia, the AU envoy told Liberians that no amount of disagreement and dissatisfaction should ever lead them to conflict. He further urged Liberians to maintain the peace they have sustained for so many years. “No amount of challenges, disagreement, displeasure or dissatisfaction should ever lead this country again to civil crisis,” Mr. Solaja cautioned.He also expressed gratitude for the level of interactions he had with all state and non-state actors, who helped in the successful implementation of his mandate in the last four years. Ambassador Solaja also spoke of the country’s bright future. He said challenges make life interesting, “but overcoming them makes life meaningful.” “The past cannot be changed, but the future can be molded into any shape or form of ones choice, and that the future lies in the hands of the Presidency, the Legislature, the Judiciary and every Liberian lover of peace,” he said.During the Ebola crisis, the AU diplomat disclosed that the organization spent about US$37 million through contributions from partners including the African Private Sector, which facilitated the rapid deployment of about 850 AU Health volunteers and the provision of needed logistics to fight the EVD in the three worst affected Mano River Union countries.Also during his stay, The AU, through its Permanent Representative Council (PRC) subcommittee on refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons in Africa, also provided the amount of US$50,000 to the United Nations Commission on High Refugee (UNCHR) in Liberia toward humanitarian activities.As a result of his outstanding performance while representing the AU in Liberia, President Sirlead admitted Ambassador Solaja into the Humane Order of African Redemption with the Grade of Knight Official.Before he was conferred the distinction, President Sirleaf praised Solaja for his many accomplishments during his tenure especially in the fight against the deadly EVD. She thanked the AU for contributing over 800 African troops to countries hard hit by Ebola and for placing Liberia on the agenda of the AU. She then wished Solaja well in his future endeavors, noting that as a diplomat, he is always welcomed to visit Liberia at anytime.Meanwhile, at the investiture ceremony, Ambassador Solaj was gowned and given the traditional name of Bonu Musa Kamara of Quedu Gbonni District in Lofa County. Various government entities presented gifts to him and wished him well as he departs the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Guardiola expected to lead Manchester City to title in debut season – Coral DD

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.With the Premier League season approaching its conclusion, the Coral spokesman looks ahead to the 2016/17 campaign.Pep Guardiola will become Manchester City boss in the summer and his appointment has seen City installed as the 6/4 favourites to win next season’s title.Arsenal and Chelsea, who will also have a new boss in Antonio Conte, are next in the betting at 4/1, while Manchester United are 7-1 and Liverpool and Tottenham are 9/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Expansion to swallow snack spots

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Funding is in place, design plans are being finalized and construction could begin within three months on a 35,000-square-foot addition to Florence Avenue Foursquare Church. Briefing residents on the plans at a recent community meeting, church officials announced they will demolish two businesses that now occupy part of the church’s property on Orr and Day Road. A Tastee Freeze and a doughnut shop, Christine’s Donuts, which are popular hangouts for students coming from nearby Santa Fe Springs High School, will be torn down to create more parking spaces for a planned school, officials said. Officials hope to break ground on the project in May. “We greatly appreciate our relationship with Tastee Freeze and Christine’s,” said Terry Risser, senior pastor. “But due to the expansion of the church and the new facility, it requires that we provide ample parking for the people in our congregation and our community.” The church, which has about 3,000 members and visitors, will add a two-story building. Part of the building will house a preschool, but it also will have play areas, stages and a game room for children in preschool through sixth grade. The school will be used during Sunday and Wednesday services and for special events on weekdays, Risser said. The building will feature large open rooms, aquariums and ocean-motif decor. It seems a fitting way to celebrate Foursquare’s 50th anniversary, which is this year, church officials said. The church now has a sanctuary, an office building, the Santa Fe Springs Christian School, a Christian bookstore and coffee shop called The Connection. The new children’s center will replace The Connection. Church officials hope to eventually build a Youth Center for junior high, high school and college students, Risser said. “Children are our heartbeat in this,” he said. “We want to invest in their future.” The church’s fundraising motto for the project has been “Building Our Future, One Life at a Time.” “We set a goal two years ago to raise $2.1 million before breaking ground,” Risser said. “We passed that and then some.” Officials must still secure all necessary city permits. There also needs to be a city traffic study to determine the project’s impact on traffic. Some residents who were among the small group who attended last week’s briefing on the project said they will be glad to see Tastee Freeze and Christine’s Donuts gone. “That corner’s a draw for a lot of kids,” said Gary Hickman, 47, who lives nearby on Roseton Avenue. “I want the Tastee Freeze and all that gone. I think it’s an eyesore.” But Santa Fe High School students who regularly eat at the restaurants were disappointed by the news. “This is `the spot’,” said Christine Gutierrez, 17, a senior at Santa Fe High School. “Christine’s has the best turkey specials. We eat breakfast there in the morning, too. It’s going to \, because there aren’t that many places to eat near here if you don’t have a car,” she added. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img
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