ECOWAS Authority Trims Commission

first_imgThe 51st Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government has approved the recommendation for a reduction in the size of the commission from fifteen (15) to nine (9) and for the reduction of the number of Statutory Appointees to seventeen (17) in all Community Institutions as proposed by the Council of Ministers.The authority called on the Ad hoc Ministerial Committee to ensure that each Member State gets at least one statutory position and instructed the President of the Commission to extend the reform to other Community Institutions and take necessary measures to finalize the process.The authority endorsed the seven-member Ministerial Committee established by the council that will, with guidance from the commission, propose modalities for the allocation of statutory positions to the Member States based on a credible, equitable and rotational system, as well as existing Community Rules.According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, these reforms were contained in the Final Communiqué at the end of the 51st Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government held at the Farmington Hotel in lower Margibi County recently.The authority commended the Council of Ministers for its in-depth consideration of all the relevant reports and analyses provided in relation to the ECOWAS Institutional Reform, further underscoring that the core objectives of the reforms are directed at achieving cost efficiency, organizational effectiveness and most importantly, successful implementation of regional integration goals.The authority commended the President of the Commission, Mr. Marcel Alain de Souza, for the steps taken to streamline institutional processes and procedures to guarantee optimal performance of the commission and all other institutions and restore the confidence of the various partners who are committed to working with the organization, and encouraged him to continue in that direction.The authority reaffirmed the importance of peace, security, and stability in ECOWAS for the economic development of the region. It expressed its concern regarding the expansion of terrorist attacks in the region and reiterated its total solidarity with the countries affected by terrorism.It reaffirmed its determination to relentlessly pursue the fight against terrorism and lauded the efforts by the Member States to address and prevent this scourge.The authority applauded the constitution of a joint G5 Sahel Multi-National Force to combat terrorism in the Sahel and welcomed the decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council adopted at its 679th Session on April 13, 2013, which relates to the Concept of Operations of the Joint G5 Sahel Force.The authority urged the United Nations Security Council to authorize the deployment of the force and requested for financial support from the United Nations and the international community to make the force operational.Meanwhile the 51st Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government directed the ECOWAS Commission to further reflect on the implications of the request of the Kingdom of Morocco for ECOWAS membership considering the provisions of the Revised ECOWAS Treaty and to submit the conclusions at the 52nd Ordinary Session of the Authority in December this year.The authority supports in principle the granting of membership to the Kingdom of Morocco, having noted the strong and multidimensional ties it has with the Member States as contained in the Final Communiqué at the end of the 51st Ordinary Session.The authority considered the application for observer status from the Republic of Tunisia, as well as the request for Associate Membership from the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.Regarding Mauritania, the authority noted that pursuant to the directives of the Yamoussoukro Summit held on March 29, 2014, the President of the Commission provided an update on the initialing of the Association Agreement between ECOWAS and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in Nouakchott on May 5, 2017.Taking note of the initialing, the summit called on the Member States to sign the Association Agreement and directed that Mauritania, being a former member of ECOWAS, should speed up the process for full membership to be able to enjoy all the rights and benefits of a Member State.For Tunisia, the authority directed that the country must be granted an observer status to ECOWAS, but directs the commission to ensure that all necessary rules and procedures governing the granting of observer status to Community Institutions are in place. It directed the commission to present this matter at its next summit in Lomé, Togo.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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GARDAI WARN OF DONEGAL TRAFFIC DISRUPTION DURING G8 SUMMIT

first_imgGARDAI have warned of traffic disruption for people in south Donegal due to the G8 summit – and disruption to people travelling through the county and through the NorthSaid a Garda spokesman: Whilst there is no event in relation to the G8 Summit taking place in the Republic of Ireland, An Garda Síochána is conscious of the close proximity of the event to this jurisdiction and are working with our colleagues in the Police Service of Northern Ireland to address any policing or security issues that may arise prior to, during and post holding the Summit.“As with any high profile event attended by world leaders, there is a heightened threat/risk, however An Garda Síochána will have appropriate resources in place to ensure the security and wellbeing of the delegates and the community of the North West Region. “In the event of any protest, our focus will be to facilitate peaceful protest and ensure the safety of all concerned. Gardaí would urge any organisation that plan to protest to contact the local Superintendent in the area in advance in order to facilitate their peaceful protest.“Every effort will be made to minimise any disruption to the local community in carrying out their day to day business and activities in the border region. We will work closely other agencies and with everyone involved and seek the support of the community in cooperating with Gardai and stewards during the event.“At the present time there are no plans in place in respect of road closures or diversions in this jurisdiction.“We are advising persons residing or travelling through the Region, particularly in the areas of South Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan to be aware of the possibility of vehicle security checks on roads leading to the event site, to expect delays and to adjust their travel arrangements accordingly. While no significant traffic delays are expected, we would urge people travelling during the weekend and on Monday and Tuesday the 17th & 18th of June to allow extra time for their journey,”  GARDAI WARN OF DONEGAL TRAFFIC DISRUPTION DURING G8 SUMMIT was last modified: June 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GARDAI WARN OF DONEGAL TRAFFIC DISRUPTION DURING G8 SUMMITlast_img read more

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Flood maps show danger

first_imgCAMARILLO – New federal flood plain maps suggest thousands of residents of Camarillo and Moorpark are in danger of being flooded during the next big storm. The updated maps, expected to be publicly released this month, more than double the size of the 100-year flood plain in the two cities. Broader boundaries mean more people will have to buy flood insurance, and developers’ multimillion dollar projects could be delayed or even scrapped. “This will have a significant impact on our residents and the developers who plan to build here,” said Barry Hogan, director of Moorpark’s Community Development department. The maps, which are expected to go into effect next summer, use new rainfall data and runoff calculations to update the flood plain boundaries in the Calleguas Creek watershed, which encompasses 341 square miles and four of the five fastest-growing cities in the county. Besides Camarillo and Moorpark, the watershed includes Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley, which saw little change to their existing flood plains. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week New rainfall studies have been completed on the Ventura River watershed, and another is scheduled for the Santa Clara River zone, which includes Oxnard, Santa Paula and Fillmore. The results of those studies will be submitted to FEMA to update those cities’ existing flood maps. Some officials question the accuracy of the new maps but all agree the revisions are long overdue. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s last official flood maps were issued in the 1980s. “There’s a lot more water, and it’s running a lot faster,” said Jeff Pratt, director of the Ventura County Watershed Protection District. last_img read more

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Spectacular Fanad Lighthouse to host Shine A Light on Summer this Saturday

first_imgThe opening of Fand Lighthouse Visitor’s Centre and Accommodation has been a huge success story for Donegal tourism. This Saturday, May 5th, sees the lighthouse host its Shine A Light on Summer open day.If it’s a Bank Holiday family day-out you’re after then look no further. As well as face-painting, music, traditional game and crafts and tower tours, there will be a host of other attractions.These include:10:00am – A Coastal Walk with the bus leaving lighthouse at 10am, €5 donation towards bus.1:30 – Seaweed cooking demonstration, Wild Strands, (must be pre-booked, €10 additional charge) 2:00pm – Basket making with Colin McAteer2:30pm – Talk: diving the north coast by Dearn McClintock, Sheephaven Diving3:00pm Films & talk: Slices of Time & Space by Aisling O’Beirne7:30pm Oíche Airneáil, ceol & comhráTo book cookery demo or for more information: info@fanadlighthouse.com or call 083 8091199. The day costs €5 per adult or €10 per family. The lighthouse is now open for tours every day except Monday but from June 1 we will be open 7 days.Tours are every half hour and we have just launched online booking for tours on www.fanadlighthouse.comThis year we have added a new space to the exhibition, a picnic area and of course car parking and washroom facilities recently opened. Visitors can also book to stay in the 3 original light-keeper’s cottages all year round.Spectacular Fanad Lighthouse to host Shine A Light on Summer this Saturday was last modified: May 2nd, 2018 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:donegalfanad lighthouseopen dayShine a Light on Summertourslast_img read more

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Frustrating triumph

first_imgLyceum finally put a lock on the No. 2 spot with another big game on Friday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.But instead of feeling delighted, Lyceum coach Topex Robinson showed his disdain for officiating.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m really frustrated with the way the calls have been made,” Robinson said after his Pirates prevailed over the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers, 77-64, for a 13th win that cemented their position behind the unbeaten San Beda Red Lions going into the semifinal playoffs.Robinson whined that referees turn a blind eye on the brutish physicality teams apply on Mike Nzeusseu, Lyceum’s brawny 6-foot-7 center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“We’ve sent video clips; they should see what they have done to Mike. He’s a level-headed import, but the officiating out there is trying to get into his head,” Robinson said. “I hope it won’t affect the essence of the game. With this message, I hope officiating improves.”Despite the noncalls on Nzeusseu, the Pirates remained focused and again squeezed out the best from Jaycee Marcelino, who tallied 23 points that combined perfectly with Nzeusseu’s 15-point, 10-rebound effort. “I told him that I will not use him anymore. He probably got scared and played his usual game,” said Letran coach Bonnie Tan in Filipino after the Knights notched their 11th win in 17 games, a record that already merited a semifinal spot.“We want to be in peak form in time for the semifinals. I really went all-out in this game,” said Ular, who surpassed Tan’s target of 15 rebounds every game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gutsy finish Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ John delos Santos had 19 points and Ronnie Aguilar added 16 for the Bombers, who dropped to a 4-12 record.The Pirates will wrap up their elimination round on Thursday, when they battle the Red Lions—their tormentors in the finals twice in a row.“It’s a big game for us as we play for momentum going into the homestretch of the season,” Robinson said.Rugged forward Ato Ular showed his usual lethal self by controlling the boards to help the Letran Knights defeat the Perpetual Altas, 88-69, in the other game.Ular had 17 points and 16 rebounds, nine of them on the offensive end, in an assertive performance that the Knights missed in their past two encounters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View commentslast_img read more

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US Sends JVs To World Hoops

first_imgBILBAO, Spain — The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest.Some stars couldn’t play. Others wouldn’t. Then the losses really started piling up for the U.S. national basketball team.Kevin Love pulled out while awaiting his recently completed trade to Cleveland. Paul George broke his right leg in a horrific collision that shook up teammates and perhaps the future of international basketball.Finally, Kevin Durant, the Americans’ best player and the NBA’s MVP, changed his mind about taking part in the FIBA Basketball World Cup.The U.S. team that remains is good enough to win but vulnerable enough to lose — perhaps to the Spain squad that was so close against much more powerful Americans in the last two Olympics and could get a third shot on its home court.“We still have a goal and that’s to win gold, and we can’t (say), ‘Oh, Kevin dropped out, Paul got hurt, so this is going to be tough for us,’” U.S. center Anthony Davis said. “We hear everybody saying that. We’re trying to prove that wrong.”The former world basketball championship begins Saturday at four sites throughout Spain and the Canary Islands. The Americans start a fairly benign group here in Basque Country against Finland, with Spain facing the most powerful pool in Granada, joined by European champion France, Brazil and Serbia.Eight teams will advance to Barcelona and the other eight to Madrid for the knockout rounds. The gold-medal game is Sept. 14 in Madrid, the only time the U.S. and Spain could meet.The Americans held off the Spanish in Olympic thrillers in 2008 and 2012, fueled by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. It would now be up to a much younger U.S. squad — its youngest featuring professionals — led by Davis, Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.And if they win, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said it would be even sweeter than the Olympic victories.“When you have expectations based on what you think you had, and you get dealt those blows and you recover and you’re able to still get the job done, it’s sweet,” Colangelo said. “That’s why I said what I did.”Other contenders are also short-handed.Tony Parker is taking the summer off instead of playing for France, and Spurs teammate Manu Ginobili can’t suit up for Argentina because of a lingering leg injury. Lithuania starting point guard Mantas Kalnietas was lost to a shoulder injury Tuesday in an exhibition game, weakening a potential semifinal opponent for the Americans.That could leave Spain as the team arriving in the best shape, a skilled and veteran unit featuring Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka up front and Jose Calderon, Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernandez and Juan Carlos Navarro in the backcourt. The 2006 world champions went 8-0 in exhibition play.“It’s a very special opportunity to try and achieve something big, which is nothing other than to be world champions again,” Pau Gasol told FIBA.com recently. “It would be incredible to achieve this at home but in order to do that, we need to follow a lot of steps, compete at the highest level, give everything and enjoy every moment.”The Americans were beaten by Greece in the semifinals of the 2006 worlds but haven’t lost since, running off 54 straight victories. They are the only team deep enough to withstand the kind of player losses they’ve faced and still be considered by many the team to beat.“They have a great team and I think they are the favorite in this world championship,” Slovenia’s Edo Muric said after the Americans’ 101-71 exhibition victory in the Canary Islands on Tuesday.But they are young, with an average age of just 24.08 years, about a half-year younger than the 2010 championship team that featured holdovers Curry, Rose, and Rudy Gay. That might seem old in the future if NBA owners, in the wake of George’s injury, push to re-examine the policy of allowing veteran players to compete internationally.For now, youth is another obstacle the Americans face as they try to repeat as world champions for the first time. “I feel old. I’m like the third-oldest guy on the team compared to back then,” the 26-year-old Curry said.“We were all 21 and 22 year olds, couple of vets, so we’re all at different parts of our career right now. More experienced, and having that experience in Turkey to rely on for myself, D-Rose … and Rudy hopefully can lead this team where we want to go.“We definitely have high expectations for what we’re trying to do.”(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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TESTIMONY BEGINS IN TRAN WALKER MURDER TRIAL

first_imgWitness testimony began quickly in the first degree murder trial Thursday of 19-year-old Tran Walker in Woodbury County District Court.Neither attorney gave an opening statement in the bench trial presided over by Judge Tod Deck and ten witnesses took the stand before the noon break.Walker is charged with two counts of first degree murder for allegedly stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend, 17-year-old Paiten Sullivan and an acquaintance, 18-year-old Felipe Negron Jr., after an argument in the Cecelia Park area of Morningside in January of 2018.The first witness called was Stevie Sullivan, Peyton’s stepmother, who testified that Peyton was dating Tran Walker in the summer of 2017, and that Peyton had runaway on several occasions before deciding to end her relationship with Walker:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/WALKER1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….. yes she did. :10Stevie Sullivan also said Peyton began keeping a knife under her pillow at home.Peyton’s father, Shannon Sullivan testified that he told his daughter to block Walker, whom he had never met, from her social media, and that he thought she was staying overnight at a friend’s house in South Sioux City the night of her death.Edwina Rodriquez, the mother of the second victim, Felipe Negron Jr, testified that her son called her after he was stabbed to tell her he loved her:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/WALKER2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………something wrong. :11Luis Bernal was one of two men standing outside a nearby bar who testified they saw an argument between Walker and Sullivan in a nearby parking lot and ran to her aide when it appeared she was in trouble:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/WALKER3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….fell to the ground. :14Bernal testified that Felipe Negron Jr. then told him that Tran Walker had stabbed them.Also testifying during the first day of the trial were Sioux City Police and E-M-S Fire Rescue personnel who treated the victims.They described the severity of the stab wounds and blood loss and how the two teens had stopped breathing before they were transported to the hospital.Hospital Emergency Room personnel testified in the afternoon that neither teen was responsive or had a pulse when they arrived at Mercy Medical Center.last_img read more

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Mother of baby killed in Edmonton fire thankful for support looking ahead

first_imgEDMONTON – The mother of a five-month-old baby boy who died in an Edmonton house fire says she is touched by the support she is receiving from everyone.Angie Tang says in a brief statement that she is especially thankful for a GoFundMe page that has been set up for her and her son Hunter.She also says she is aware of the arrests that have been made and is beginning to consider decisions around Hunter’s final resting place.Hunter died in a fire last week that police have said was purposely set.Firefighters rescued Tang and Hunter, but the boy died of smoke inhalation and Tang is in hospital.Cordell Brown, the baby’s father, has said he was sleeping on the main floor and that his wife was asleep on the second floor with their son when the fire broke out.Two people face several charges, including second-degree murder and arson, and are to appear in court on Friday.last_img read more

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East Timors Assembly receives first draft of constitution UN mission

The UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) said the 12 political parties represented in the Assembly held internal meetings to go over the draft and discuss its 151 articles. Plenary debate on the Constitution is expected to begin in the days ahead.At a press conference today, Assembly President Francisco “Lú-Olo” Guterres, who distributed the drafts, said he was confident the text reflected the aspirations of the East Timorese people.The Assembly’s Committee on Systemization and Harmonization completed the draft on Tuesday after molding sections prepared by thematic groups into one cohesive text. read more

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