Liberia to Host Major Board Meeting on Climate Change

first_imgEPA Executive Director Nathaniel Blama, Sr.Liberia has been selected to host next year’s Board Meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), a release has said.According to the release, the decision was arrived at on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the 24th Session of the Board of Directors of the GCF in Songdo, South Korea, where Liberia was overwhelmingly selected to host the GCF’s Board Meeting on February 5-7 2020.The selection of Liberia to host the upcoming Board Meeting, the release said, signifies a major leap in attracting donor supports to address environmental and climate change challenges; improve the quality of living for Liberians and give boost to the economy.GCF is a new global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change.It helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and adapt to the impact of climate change.One hundred and ninety-four countries who are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), set up the GCF in 2010 as part of the Convention’s financial mechanism.It aims to deliver equal amount of funding to mitigation and adaptation, while being guided by the Convention’s principles and provisions.While the GCF Informal Board Meeting will focus primarily on finalizing the Fund four year Strategic Plan, it will offer a perfect opportunity for Liberia to engage with World Bank, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), African Development Bank (AfDB), European Union (EU), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and other development partners how to scale up Climate Action in Liberia consistent with UN Secretary- General, António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres’ call for ambition climate Action to support vulnerable communities and people.The GCF is governed by a Board of 24 members representing developed and developing countries equally.Therefore, Liberia’s selection will bring together about 300 international guests into the country, which will attract enormous economic benefits in the country, amid visible impact of climate change in Liberia.The Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) in partnership with the UNDP submitted a funding proposal to the GCF for the Monrovia Metropolitan Climate Resilient Project (MMCRP).The Board will decide on the grant support under which seeks to address the coastal erosion problem in West Point Community in the tune of about US$40 million grant.It can be recalled in July 2018, President George Weah, together with the Legislature and cabinet ministers agreed sourcing funding to address the impact of climate Change on the Liberia shores, while contributing to achieving sustainable development.The Government of Liberia through the EPA welcomed the decision of the global community (Green Climate Fund, a Financial Mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), and looks forward receiving the Board members and Alternates, Advisers, Secretariat Staff and International Guests to Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senior Flyers dominate Athletics from start to finish with 6-3 win

first_img“I thought we had a few lapses in the second period and when they scored their third goal. Other than that I can’t take anything away from them. They played well; they played hard. We’re the only team that beats them. It’s just a matter of us putting consistency together and beating Spirit [River] and Dawson [Creek].”Scoring in order for the Flyers were Kyle Leahy, Jeff Shipton, Robbie Sidhu, Mike Shipton, Bryce Novak, and Adam Horst. Troy Hunt got the start in goal for the Flyers and stopped 18 out of 21 shots.Next for the Flyers is a game on Friday night at the North Peace Arena against Hythe at 8:30 p.m.Advertisement The Flyers controlled the pace of the the game right from the opening faceoff, and did a great job defensively in the first period limiting Grande Prairie to only three shots on goal. Despite limiting the Athletics attack, they were able to score once, but Fort St. John led 2-1 after the first period.Fort St. John again controlled the second period despite trading goals in the frame. Shots in the second were well in favour of the Flyers once again as they led 3-2 heading into the third.The game was put out of reach in the third as Fort St. John scored three goals in a five minute span to lead 6-2. Grande Prairie would add a marker late to round out the scoring at 6-3.- Advertisement -Head Coach Gerard Dicaire says having a full bench was key in the win along with solid play defensively.“We had a full squad tonight with four lines and six defenseman. It helps when guys can run our system and skate and not have 10 guys on the ice,” he explains. “I think the guys played hard in our d-zone. I know that was something we talked about fixing before Christmas and it’s slowly coming around.”Dicaire says aside from a couple of mistakes in the second and third period, he was happy with how the Flyers played throughout the contest. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sectarian killings escalate throughout Iraq

first_imgTal Afar was a stronghold for insurgents until a U.S.-Iraqi offensive drove them off without a fight in September 2005, leading President George w. Bush in March to cite the operation as an example that gave him “confidence in our strategy.” But attacks inside the city have continued. Enraged by truck bombings that killed at least 80 people and wounded 185 Tuesday, Shiite militants and off-duty policemen went on a killing spree that lasted into Wednesday and left as many as 70 Sunnis dead in the streets, many executed with a gunshot to the back of the head. Shiite militants and police roamed Sunni neighborhoods through the night, shooting at residents and homes, according to police and a local Sunni politician. Witnesses said relatives of the Shiite victims of the truck bombings broke into Sunni homes and killed the men inside or dragged them out and shot them in the streets. Outraged Sunni groups blamed Shiite-led security forces for the killings. Al-Maliki’s office ordered an investigation and the U.S. command offered to provide assistance. Ali al-Talafari, a Sunni member of the local Turkomen Front Party, said the Iraqi army had arrested 18 policemen accused in the shooting rampage after they were identified by Sunni families. Shiite militiamen also took part, he said. Tal Afar isn’t alone. Over the past week, supporters of a Shiite militia, the Mahdi Army, clashed with gunmen from Fadhila, a Shiite party, in the southern city of Basra, raising the prospect of a wider Shiite-on-Shiite conflict in a region of Iraq that had been relatively quiet under British control. In the three mixed towns south of Baghdad – Iskandriyah, Haswa and Mahaweel – Shiite and Sunni mosques have been hit in tit-for-tat attacks. At least 13 people were killed, including 11 who perished in a suicide truck bombing at a Shiite mosque Saturday. Quiet has returned to the towns, but fliers plastered to Sunni front doors, warning them to leave Iskandriyah or be killed, portend more violence. Security in the three towns, near one another and about 30 miles south of Baghdad, is extremely important. They sit at the gateway to the Shiite south, astride roads used by millions of pilgrims headed to the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf. “All the requirements of a civil war are in place,” Mustafa al-Ani, a Dubai-based expert on Iraq, said in a telephone interview. “Civil war practices already are taking place, but the war will formally start when the Americans fail in Baghdad and begin to disengage.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Security, as you can see, is still deteriorating in the country and sectarianism is unfortunately prevailing,” former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a Shiite, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. U.S. and Iraqi officials have said that ridding Baghdad of its relentless sectarian violence would have a calming effect on the rest of the country, giving Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki breathing room to impose government authority in hot spots outside the capital. But the U.S.-Iraqi security sweep through Baghdad, which has had modest success since its launch Feb. 14, appears to have forced Sunni insurgents, al-Qaida in Iraq fighters and Shiite militiamen to take their fight to regions where there are fewer U.S. and Iraqi troops. “The security plan in Baghdad has fragmented the terrorist network,” said Reda Jawad Taqi, a lawmaker and a senior leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the country’s largest Shiite political party. “It’s like a beehive: When disturbed, the bees fly everywhere.” The violence in Tal Afar, a city populated largely by ethnic Turkomen, was the most ominous sign that sectarian violence may be taking root outside Baghdad, where it had been largely contained. BAGHDAD – A spree of revenge killings Wednesday after bombings in a mixed Shiite-Sunni city was the latest – and most ominous – sign that sectarian and tribal warfare is spreading across Iraq, opening new fronts for U.S. and Iraqi forces already stretched thin by efforts to calm Baghdad. The carnage in Tal Afar, about 260 miles northwest of Baghdad, was a piece in an alarming and increasingly complex bloodletting nationwide: Sunnis fighting Sunnis west of Baghdad, Shiites battling Shiites in the deep south and Shiites against Sunnis in three towns on the southern fringes of the capital. Tal Afar, in Iraq’s northwestern wheat belt, and the three towns in the fertile band of land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers south of Baghdad had no history of major Sunni-Shiite strife until the U.S.-Iraqi security crackdown in the capital began six weeks ago. The recent outbreaks of sectarian bloodshed marked what could be a significant acceleration of Iraq’s slide toward a full-fledged internal war among Sunni and Shiite extremists. last_img read more