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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_imgDonegal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has said the large scale job losses and cutbacks at An Post and Eircom amount to yet another attack on rural Ireland.Senator Ó Domhnaill has raised serious concerns about the impact on communities in the North West of 1,500 redundancies at An Post and the 2,000 job cuts at Eircom.The Donegal Senator has said these massive cuts, along with the closure of local AIB branches, come as a major blow to communities in this region. Senator Ó Domhnaill said, “Over the past year we have seen a series of decisions made a national level that will have serious consequences for rural Ireland. The closure and downgrading of small garda stations, cuts to small schools that will result in forced amalgamations, bed closures at community hospitals and nursing homes, cuts to community health resources, cuts to rural transport links and the closure of local amenities like bank branches and post office. The list goes on.”“Now the news of large scale cuts at An Post and Eircom means more job cuts and the loss of more amenities in Donegal and across the north west. At what point will this Government start standing up for rural Ireland?” he asked.The Donegal Senator has accused Fine Gael and Labour of having ‘no strategy whatsoever’ for the protection of rural communities.He said the reality is that since coming into office, the coalition has actively pursued policies that have already had a damaging effect on communities in Donegal and across the North West of Ireland. “Over the past year, Fine Gael and Labour have shut and downgraded dozens of small rural garda stations across the country and are now planning a second attack on community garda resources that will lead to the closure of stations in this region.“They have introduced policies that will force the closure of small schools in Donegal and across the North West in the coming years, while other small schools here will suffer dramatic reductions in resources and staffing levels. They have slashed our community health services, closing beds and threatening services. They have rowed back on commitments for local transport projects and have consistently sidelined Donegal and this region in funding announcements.“Now, Fine Gael and Labour are presiding over the closure of local post offices and bank branches. This means the removal of yet more local services from and the loss of local jobs.“We need to support communities and encourage growth instead of making things even more difficult for families and local businesses. The Government’s attack on rural Ireland and the North West in particular must stop,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.AN POST AND EIRCOM JOB CUTS WILL IMPACT ON DONEGAL SEVERELY – O DOMHNAILL was last modified: November 6th, 2012 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:An PostEircomjob losses?Senator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

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first_imgNeil Gorsuch, named Tuesday as President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, is known for his clear, colloquial writing, advocacy for court review of government regulations, defense of religious freedom and skepticism toward law enforcement.Gorsuch is a Colorado native who earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in three years, then earned a law degree from Harvard. He clerked for Supreme Court Justices Byron White, a fellow Coloradan, and Anthony Kennedy before earning a philosophy degree at Oxford University and working for a prominent Washington, D.C., law firm.He served for two years in President George W. Bush’s Justice Department before Bush appointed him to a seat on the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006.He is the son of Anne Gorsuch, who served as EPA administrator during the Reagan administration.Gorsuch has contended that courts give too much deference to government agencies’ interpretations of statutes, a deference that stems from a Supreme Court ruling in a 1984 case. He sided with two groups that successfully challenged the Obama administration’s requirements that employers provide health insurance that includes contraception.David Lane, a prominent Denver plaintiff’s attorney who frequently clashes with law enforcement, praised Gorsuch as fair and open-minded. Lane won a $1.8 million jury verdict against the Denver Police Department in a brutality and wrongful arrest case. The city appealed and the case ended up before Gorsuch. Lane said the judge tore into the city’s lawyers and urged them to go to mediation rather than drag out appeals for years to deny the plaintiffs their reward. The mediation led the case to be settled for $1.6 million.last_img read more

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first_img More At RBC, total loans rose around 9 per cent, while at TD, they rose 3 per cent, with all home, personal and business loans showing growth.Smaller bank Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, which reported its second-quarter results on Wednesday, posted negligible growth in total loans. Its residential mortgage loans fell.Net income at RBC’s personal and commercial banking division, which provides loans and other financial products across Canada, rose 6 per cent from a year earlier, while TD’s domestic retail banking income rose 5.6 per cent.Trading rose at RBC on “improved market conditions and increased client activity,” while at TD, the overall trading fell due to “challenging market conditions and reduced client activity.” CIBC says drop in big-city mortgage markets has been larger and longer than expected CMHC says Canadians’ debt levels hit record highs even while mortgage growth slowed The Bank of Canada is pushing a private mortgage-backed securities market — but is anybody buying? Markets trading was the only bright spot at CIBC.Top U.S. investment banks reported huge losses from equities trading in the most recent quarter as tepid markets, due to the U.S.-China trade war, crimped activity.RBC’s adjusted net income available to shareholders rose 6 per cent to $3.16 billion, or $2.23 per share, beating analysts’ estimates of $2.21 per share, according to Refinitiv IBES data.TD’s net income, excluding special items, rose 6.7 per cent to $3.27 billion, or $1.75 per share, ahead of analysts’ estimates of C$1.67 per share, according to Refinitiv IBES data.Smaller rival CIBC on Wednesday missed quarterly profit estimates. © Thomson Reuters 2019 Related Stories May 23, 20198:54 AM EDT Filed under News FP Street Facebook advertisement Twitter Share this storyRoyal Bank of Canada, TD Bank beat expectations, powered by loan growth Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Reddit Sponsored By: RBC hunts for bigger deals with U.S. investment-banking push What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank beat expectations, powered by loan growth Higher interest rates also a boostcenter_img Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank beat analysts’ estimates for quarterly profits on ThursdayFile Photo Comment 0 Comments What the spring real estate market will tell Canadian banks about their whole year Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank beat analysts’ estimates for quarterly profits on Thursday, as strong loan growth bolstered their retail banking businesses and interest income.Higher interest rates in Canada and the United States also gave a boost to net interest margins at Canada’s two biggest banks, as they earned more from loans than they paid out on deposits.Since July 2017, the Central Bank of Canada has raised key interest rates five times, while the U.S. Federal Reserve has increased rates six times. Banks face fresh wave of skepticism on fears loan losses will grow Join the conversation → Email Featured Stories Reuters ← Previous Next →last_img read more

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