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first_imgAround 100 countries send their heads of armed forces to UN Headquarters to discuss strengthening of UN peacekeeping. (Photo UN PhotoManuel Elias)Brigadier-General Prince C. Johnson III, the Armed Forces of Liberia’s (AFL) Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS), has described the just-ended Chiefs of Defense Conference as a great learning experience for Liberia.The 2017 Chiefs of Defense Conference, which brought together heads of about 100 countries’ armed forces, and held under the theme, “Meeting the Challenges,” took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York from July 6–8, 2017.Brig/Gen. Johnson and AFL Chief of Operations – Headquarters, Colonel Daniel Holman, represented Liberia.The conference also included the participation of military representatives from the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as the Force Commanders of the UN peacekeeping missions in Mali (MINUSMA), Central African Republic (MINUSCA), South Sudan (UNMISS) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).According to a dispatch from Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, the conference, among other things, discussed issues surrounding the rapid deployment of troops, training, soldiers’ conduct, discipline and the need to increase the number of female peacekeepers, which is placed at approximately six percent.Liberia is currently contributing a company strength of 75 peacekeepers, including eight female personnel, to MINUSMA following its service as a platoon under the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA).“We went under AFISMA serving as a platoon with Nigeria and Togo in June 2013. AFISMA was transformed to MINUSMA; and as of February 2017, Liberia has company strength of 75 personnel operating independently,” DOS Johnson explained.Johnson said experiences shared by other contributors especially Uganda, who has an all-female platoon in the DRC, will help Liberia, who recently rejoined the peacekeeping efforts after nearly 60 years to strengthen its peacekeeping capacity.He added that on the margins of the conference, he used the time to negotiate on behalf of Liberia and secured a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United Nations that details the number and types of military personnel as well as equipment and logistical services that will be provided by the country’s armed forces.The AFL Deputy Chief of Staff said that it is a standard procedure that every contributing country including Liberia funds the deployment and upkeep of its soldiers including the provision of major logistical support and services and gets reimbursed.“We are not alone. Based on the new regulations of the UN, some changes have been done. Other countries are also negotiating their MOU. The UN has two agreements – the ‘dry lease’ and ‘wet lease.’ Liberia’s deployment is under a ‘wet lease’ agreement where we go independent and take care of our troops and then the UN reimburses us,” Johnson explained.He added that when the MOU is completed, it will state how Liberia will be reimbursed for major equipment, maintenance, troop deployment and welfare.Meanwhile, Johnson disclosed that more AFL personnel are eager to serve peacekeeping missions in accordance with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s quest “to give back”; but cannot do so now due to the terms of the negotiated MOU.“The motivation is high; the soldiers are eager; we are hopeful that after the signing of the MOU, we will be requesting an increment to a full company size of 150 peacekeepers. The military is about service, and the soldiers are ready to serve. It is just that our MOU gives us a set number,” he noted.Meanwhile, Liberia’s permanent representative to the UN, Amb. Lewis G. Brown, met with Brig/Gen. Johnson during a visit to Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. On behalf of his colleagues, Johnson thanked Amb. Brown and staff for all the support during the MOU negotiation process.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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first_imgFollowing their final night of round-robin games, which produced two absolute shockers, the Limacol Knockout Football tournament has reached the pinnacle of competitive playing, as players are now preparing to enter into the tenser quarterfinal round.Northern Rangers controlling possession of the ballIn the last round of play, on Saturday evening, Group ‘A’ action saw Mahaica Determinators and Northern Rangers meeting in what would be a crucial match for the latter team. Having already won two out of two matches, the young Mahaica Determinators team were sitting in a cozy position to move on to the qualifying round. However, Northern Rangers, with only one win, would have benefited well from the second.As such, the experienced Northern Rangers played all their trump cards on Saturday with the intent to advance to the final round. As fate would have it, the match-up was indeed intense, with both teams unable to penetrate the opposing goal.Frustration soon took over, which resulted in stray kicks and off-mark shots. After a quite uneventful period, the Mahaica Determinators, fuelled by the cheers and shouts from the crowd, found their winning goal. It came off of Dellon Charles’s boot in the 75th minute to seal a clean streak for the East Coast team and purchase Northern Rangers’ ticket home.Another deciding matchup came up next, with Campton challenging Buxton Stars. Buxton had gotten off to a shaky start in the competition, losing their first matchup, but returning to dominate the second. On the contrary, Campton had begun in the winning fate.They knew they would have to work hard to surpass Campton’s experience, but Buxton were set on securing their quarterfinal spot. Similarly to the first half in the previous match, spectators were treated to thrills as a result of near misses, but that was soon to end.The second half began in the best way possible for Buxton — goal from Kenaz DeCambra in the 46th minute. The encouraging fans were treated to another goal from Buxton’s Shamar Scott in the 85th minute. Knowing that time was no longer on their side, Campton seemed to immediately give up on their quarterfinal hopes.The quarterfinal action will get underway at the Ministry of Education Ground on Carifesta Avenue on Tuesday, September 25, with Riddim Squad and Beacons FC sparring in the first encounter. Police and Georgetown Football Club (GFC) will play to decide their fate right after.The competition will rest until Thursday, September 27, when the Mahaica Determinators will face off with Pouderoyen. Later on, Santos FC and Buxton Stars will take to the field for their shot at the semis.The semifinal of the Limacol Knockout Football tournament 2018 will go down on Sunday, September 30, whilst the final is scheduled for Friday, October 5. The competition is being sponsored by the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Company (GPC) under their Limacol brand. The winner of this year’s competition will walk away with $600,000.last_img read more

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first_imgAer Arann Executive Chairman Padraig O Ceidigh, Dragon’s Den star Bobby Kerr and Jim Power, Chief Economist and Economic Advisor to the Friends First Group are just some of the high-profile speakers at this week’s Enterprising Donegal Business Week.Organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board, the aim of the week-long programme of events is to inspire and motivate people to consider the idea of starting a business and to provide a learning and networking forum for those already in business. Running from today, Monday 7th March through to this Friday March 11th in venues across the county; the theme for the week is “Back to Basics – key building blocks for growing your business”.“We have secured some really excellent events and speakers this year”, said Michael Tunney, Chief Executive of Donegal County Enterprise Board. “There are seminars and workshops covering everything from how to drive up sales to developing new products and managing cashflow.”The week kicks off in Letterkenny at lunchtime today with Bobby Kerr, star of RTE Dragons’ Den and Chairman of Insomnia Coffee, who will be guest of honour at the official launch of Enterprising Donegal Business Week.Later today Jim Power, the high profile Chief Economist at Friends First, will host an evening seminar.Events continue tomorrow morning (Tuesday) with a Marketing workshop hosted by Suzanne Hill of Handel Export Consulting with contributions from Michael Faulkner of EuroXchanger and Seed-Ups, Seamus McAdams of i2 Total Marketing and Niall McKeown of Ion Technologies Ltd. On Wednesday Padraig O Ceidigh of Aer Arann will be guest of honour at a business lunch in Lettekenny.  Earlier that day there will be a morning workshop on Branding hosted by Carton Le Vert including a case study by Lynn Temple of Magee Clothing.There will also be a seminar on Lean business processes hosted by Enterprise Ireland with a case study on Inishowen Engineering.Wednesday evening will see some of the top names in the Irish Food sector coming to Letterkenny to attend a major seminar “Food – finding your way to the customer.”Guest speakers include Mary Ann O’Brien of Lily O’Brien’s chocolates, Alan Kingston of speciality food producer Glenilen Farm and food industry consultant James Burke, former board member and Trading Manager at Superquinn.On Thursday morning there will be a special workshop on effective sales techniques hosted by Stephen Friel of Friel Consulting and a workshop on Social Intelligence by Mark Keightley, MD of the UK consultancy Mind Associates. The Enterprise Board is also hosting a lunch on Thursday in association with the Donegal Women in Business Network, with guest speaker Nicola Byrne, the award-winning founder of directory enquiry service Call 11890 Limited.The week wraps up on Friday 11th with a workshop on starting your own business hosted by Padraic O Maille with contributions from Malachi Eastwood, MD of Gartan Technologies, and Brian Sweeney, MD of the Swilly Group.For further information about Enterprising Donegal Business Week 2011 contact Celine Carroll, Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 or email ccarroll@donegalenterprise.ie Alternatively, you can visit the Donegal County Enterprise Board’s website at www.donegalenterprise.ie.TOP GURUS ARRIVE FOR DONEGAL BUSINESS WEEK was last modified: March 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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first_img CFPB Equal Credit Opportunity Act 2017-03-24 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Servicing The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a proposal to amend certain regulations in the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). The intent is to provide additional flexibility for mortgage lenders in the collection of consumer ethnicity and race information. The proposed amendments should provide greater clarity to lenders regarding their obligations under the law, and according to the CFPB will promote compliance with rules intended to ensure customers are treated fairly.”This law is a key part of the government’s commitment to root out discrimination,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “This proposal will help industry comply with the law and help protect consumers against illegal discrimination.”The ECOA was enacted in October 1974 to make it unlawful to discriminate against any credit applicant based on race, race, color, religion, national origin or sex, except in certain circumstances. The CFPB’s proposal to amend regulation B of the ECOA would provide compliance flexibility for individual mortgage lenders, and would also support the broader mortgage industry’s ability to use consistent forms and compliance practices. The proposal would allow more lenders to use application forms with expanded requests for information from a consumer regarding ethnicity and race.Creditors may have to collect and retain certain information about applicants for certain loans under Regulation B, and in some cases, financial institutions may be required to report applicant information under Regulation C. The CFPB had previously issued amendments to Regulation C in October 2015, including changes to the collection of ethnicity and race information from applicants. The proposed amendments to Regulation B would give credit institutions additional flexibility in how it collects applicant information, so that they may better align with Regulation C.The proposal would allow creditors to collect information from applicants in situations when they would otherwise not be required to do so.The entire proposal can be found here. CFPB Proposes Regulation Changescenter_img March 24, 2017 605 Views Sharelast_img read more

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