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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_imgMore than 1,000 Letterkenny people have signed a petition supporting the establishment of sub-post offices in the Gortlee and Glencar areas of the town.The petition is being organised by Cllr Jimmy Harte, Labour Party General Election candidate, and has been running for the past month.Signatures have been collected at doorsteps in Gortlee and Glencar, while several premises in those areas have also been running the petitions.The petition is part of an ongoing campaign by Cllr Harte to improve the level of service An Post provides to people living in Letterkenny and the surrounding areas.He says it is completely unacceptable that people are being forced to queue for long periods outside the Main Street facility and has mooted the idea of establishing sub-post offices in outlying areas which he said could enhance the Main Street service.Another option is to boost existing services in the Main Street.He added that the level of support for sub-post offices is indicative of demand for increased services among local people, and said it is now incumbent on An Post to make a decision on the issue.He now intends to present the petition to An Post next week and he said he hopes it will force them into action.“Our feedback is that people are frustrated and the staff are frustrated with the ongoing situation. The post office is an integral part of the town centre but unless An Post make a decision the the ongoing situation in the Main Street premises, with queues most days of the week, unacceptable.“But what our team is hearing at the doors, and my own feeling on it for years, is that An Post have been dragging this issue out and the people who are suffering are staff on the Main Street, and the public.“An Post have been given the job of providing services for the public and they are failing miserably in this. Both staff and the public are caught in a situation of An Post’s lack of decision-making and scant regard for both staff and public.“Maybe this petition will get them to make a decision on increased services on the Main Street – either by increasing staff to provide more service, or by including automation for other services – or by providing sub post offices in the outlying areas.“The public are concerned with the current situation and it has been dragging on for years. It is not edifying to see pensioners and mothers with pushchairs standing in the rain just to collect a payment or send a package. By present An Post with these 1,000 signatures I hope they will be motivated to act and we can put an end to the situation as soon as possible.,” he added.EndsMORE THAN 1,000 SIGN PETITION FOR NEW LETTERKENNY POST OFFICE was last modified: February 3rd, 2011 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)last_img read more

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first_imgLagan Harps FC News: Our u/16’s were in league action when they went down 3-1 to Raphoe Town. Jack Parke was the scorer. Our 2001 squad were then in action in the Ulster cup final v Swilly Rovers. Despite a good performance they lost 2-0.Our men’s team are back in action this Sunday when they are away to Castlefin Celtic. The club is running a Christmas draw and tickets can be purchased from players or committee members.Tickets cost €2 or three for €5. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 2,11,15 and 16. Eighteen people had two numbers with Dessie Gibson drawn out and winning €50. Next weeks jackpot is €7400.Soccer News: Lagan Harps face Castlefin Celtic in crunch league clash was last modified: November 29th, 2016 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:Lagan HarpssoccerSportlast_img read more

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first_imgInvitation Primary Schools Cross Country at Finn Valley 2014 ResultsGirls Under 13 School Name1. Gemma McFadden Kilmacrenan2. Molly Page Kilmacrenan3. Andrea Browne Castlefinn 4. Connie Doherty Iosagain5. Ciara McElaine Kilmacrenan6. Katelyn Doherty Iosagain7. Abby O’Connor Convoy8. Maria McColgan Naomh Brid Muff9. Louise Ni Riain Gaelscoil Aohmhain 10.Aaliyah McMenamin Smgs LetterkennyTeam ResultsLarge1. Kilmacrenan 32pts 2. Sc Iosagain 49pts3. Gaelscoil Adhmhain 71ptsMediumDromore 122ptsSmallTiernasligo 337ptsUnder 13 BoysName School1.Oisin Farren Gaelscoil Adhmhain2. James Loughrey Iosagain3. Adian Whoriskey Iosagain4. Carlos O’Reilly Creeslough5. Ciaran Moore Woodlands6. Dean Harkin Tiernasligo7. Oisin Toye Convoy8. Darragh Browne Naomh bhrid Muff9. Dean Quinn St.Mary’s Castlefinn10. Cartha Hughes IllistrinTeam ResultsLargeIsoagain Buncrana 38ptsSt.Mary’s Stranorlar 116ptsLurgybrack 113ptsMediumGaelscoil Buncrana 167ptsSmallTiernasligo 383ptsUnder 11 GirlsName School1. Demi Crossan Lurgybrack2. Tiegan Smith Woodlands3. Elli Crossan Lurgybrack4. Hannah Murray St.Mary’s Castlefine5. Tamara Gill St Muras6. Darcie Crossan Lurgybrack7. Sarah Bradly Gaelscoil Adhmhain8. Chloe Shiels Naomh bhrid Muff9. Brenda Collins Iosagain10.Kevena Barron Brid MuffResultsLargeLurgybrack 18ptsIosagain 45ptsWoodlands 92ptsMediumCarrigart 149ptsSmallTiernasligo Urris 384ptsUnder 11 BoysName Schools1.Oisin Kelly Kilmacrenan N.SRory McGrenra Kilmacrenan N.SMax Roarty Scoil Mhuire CreesloughOran Kelly WoodlandsCole Sheridan IosagainOisin Porter IosagainJimmy O’Donnell St.Bridget ConvoyCian McMenamin TermonCian Page KilmacrenanEoin Kenny St.MurasResultsLargeKilmacrenan 46ptsIosagain 50ptsWoodlands 156ptsMediumMhuire Creeslough 86ptsSmallTaobhog 185ptsUnder 9 GirlsName School1.Bria McGilloway Iosagain2. Jodie Longmey Iosagain3. Serena Barron Brid Muff4. Eimer Breen Creeslough5. Tara Rose Mahon Iosagain6. Siobhan Cameran Kilmacrennan7. Kelsie McGroary SMGS Letterkenny8. Ella McGlinchy St.Mary’s Castlefinn9. Katie Stafford Illistrin10. Riona Doherty St.Mary’s StranorlarResultsLargeIsoagain 24ptsKilmacrenan 127ptsSMGS Letterkenny 132ptsMediumNaomh Muff 74ptsSmallTaobhog Cloghan 196ptsUnder 9 BoysName School1. Dylan McFadden Kilmacrenan2. Liam Carlin SMGS Lifford3. Eoin Scott Glenswilly4. Oisin Scanlon Woodlands5. Caolan Curren Kilmacrennan6. Martin Mbuli Dooish7. Dylan Mulholland Iosagain8. John Kealy Woodlands9. Calum Morris Rasheeny10.Mike Toner GlenswillyResultsLargeWoodlands 69ptsIosagain 87ptsGaelscoil Adhmhain 99ptsMediumSt.Muras Tooban 182ptsSmallScoil Taobhog 324ptsPICTURE SPECIAL AND RESULTS FROM DONEGAL SCHOOLS CROSS-COUNTRY EVENTS was last modified: September 30th, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

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