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

Justice expected to turn pro

first_img Bout on shaky ground The much-discussed middleweight title fight between Jermain Taylor and Winky Wright is on shaky ground after negotiations appeared to have broken down Monday. Lou DiBella, Taylor’s promoter, made an offer last week that would have paid Wright about $3 million for a live fight on HBO. Taylor would have received around $4 million. On Monday, Wright’s team asked for a 50-50 split, and DiBella responded by saying the fight probably won’t happen. “We are not going to be bullied by Winky Wright’s people,” DiBella said. Taylor (25-0) beat Bernard Hopkins in July to win the middleweight championship, then beat him again last month. After that first title defense, Taylor’s team said it wanted his next fight to be in his home state of Arkansas he’s fought before at North Little Rock’s Alltel Arena. But the WBC ordered Taylor to make his next defense against Wright (50-3). Had DiBella’s offer from last week been accepted, the fight would have probably been held in Memphis, Tenn. UT celebration set Texas will honor its national championship football team with a celebration Sunday at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas won its first outright national title since 1969 with the a 41-38 Rose Bowl victory over top-ranked Southern California. On Monday, state Rep. Corbin Van Arsdale asked the school to retire quarterback Vince Young’s No. 10 jersey. Young, 30-2 as a starter, scored three touchdowns against USC, including the game-winner with 19 seconds left. Ski chief upset The head of U.S. skiing on Monday called Bode Miller’s comments about drinking and racing “unacceptable” and “irresponsible,” and he plans to meet with the champion skier. Bill Marolt, the president and chief executive of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, released a statement in response to the profile of Miller broadcast on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday night. He said Miller’s remarks “relative to alcohol use in conjunction with competition are unacceptable within the values expected of U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association athletes.” Marolt, who is based in Park City, Utah, is making an unscheduled trip to this week’s World Cup races in Switzerland to speak to Miller to “work with him to both recognize the seriousness of his comments and to reach a positive outcome.” Ruling on its way A New York Supreme Court judge will not decide until at least today whether to grant embattled U.S. skeleton coach Tim Nardiello’s request to have his suspension temporarily overturned, a delay that hurts his chance of joining the national team at a World Cup race this weekend. Essex County Supreme Court Judge James Dawson listened to 75 minutes of arguments in open court on Monday, and said he needed time before making a decision, which attorneys said was likely to come by e-mail and fax on Tuesday. InterLiga at HDC Guadalajara stands two games from a return trip to Copa Libertadores, South America’s club soccer championship, and needs only a tie and maybe less tonight against Necaxa at Home Depot Center to reach an InterLiga final. Guadalajara, which reached the Copa Libertadores semifinals last summer, is atop Group B after two rounds of InterLiga play in Texas. Doubleheaders tonight and Wednesday at HDC will determine four finalists, and Sunday’s games at HDC will decide Mexico’s final two entrants in the South American championship. — Scott French Fulham goalkeeper Anthony Warner plans to join Trinidad and Tobago’s national soccer team. Warner, who was born in England, agreed to join the Soca Warriors after meeting Sunday in London with officials from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, T&TFF spokesman Shaun Fuentes said Monday. Warner said he last visited Trinidad in 1995 and did not yet have a Trinidad passport, but that his father, Clyde, was born in the country and emigrated to Britain 44 years ago. Briefly New York City Marathon officials feel they have the best thing going for them in their bid to host the U.S. men’s Olympic trials: New York itself. The New York Road Runners submitted a plan to U.S. Track and Field on Monday, outlining their efforts to host the marathon trials on Nov. 2, 2007, two days before the New York City Marathon. Former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Dwayne Goodrich was sentenced Monday to five more years in prison for three counts of failure to stop and render aid in the 2003 hit-and-run deaths of two good Samaritans. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’ll make an announcement around the end of the week,” Justice said. Smith said Monday he would announce his intentions today, but told Carroll he would return, according to sources. “I talked to Steve today and I don’t think he’s going to go,” said former USC wide receiver Mike Williams. “A lot of guys his size are going in the draft. He could benefit from another year.” Meanwhile, tailback Reggie Bush said he was not sure when he would make his announcement to turn pro. Bush is currently trying to pick an agent and has re-opened the process after narrowing the field to three finalists. — Scott Wolf The status of those three players, along with junior safety Darnell Bing, are the top priority for Carroll this week as he looks toward next year. Justice met for an hour with Carroll on Monday morning and Carroll tried his best to convince the junior lineman to return for another year. However, it appears Justice will enter his name in the NFL draft. He is projected as going somewhere between the 10th-and-20th pick of the first round. center_img USC offensive tackle Winston Justice is expected to turn pro but won’t make an official announcement until the end of the week while his teammate, wide receiver Steve Smith, is expected to announce today he is returning for his senior season. Tailback LenDale White is also expected to make himself available for the draft after skipping a meeting with USC coach Pete Carroll on Monday. last_img read more

It’s full steam ahead on the inaugural Donegal Railway Excursion

first_imgMaking Tracks Day Out in Donegal, May 2018The success of the first ‘Making Tracks Day Out’ in Donegal was off the rails! On the 30th May a group of 28 got together at the Old Station House Donegal Town, previously knows as Donegal Town Railway Station, to enjoy the much-anticipated excursion. The idea for the excursion developed when the new manager for County Donegal Railway Restoration (CDRR) CLG, Donna Maskery visited local service providers and realised the potential for excursions that linked and promoted local places of interest in rural towns and village locations.The excursion started at the Railway Heritage Centre housed in the Old Station House, Donegal Town and visited St Connells Museum Glenties and the Isaac Butt Heritage Centre before enjoying refreshments and music at McKelveys pub in Ballybofey and returning to Donegal Town through Barnes Gap. Making Tracks Day Out in Donegal, May 2018Making Tracks Day Out in Donegal, May 2018The sun was shining and the temperature was 24 degrees when a full bus left the railway Heritage centre in Donegal Town with two local tour guides in full period costume.  The two guides Niamh and Cathal, volunteered their time on the day as well as the weeks before the trip researching information and gathering local stories to inform, engage and entertain en-route.Making Tracks Day Out in Donegal, May 2018Making Tracks Day Out was a team effort with CDRR spearheading the project but was only made possible with everyone working closely together. The day was a great success and work is now underway to scope out the next excursion.Making Tracks Day Out in Donegal, May 2018Some of the comments included:“We had a wonderful day, very informative and enjoyable I hope it really takes off.” “I think you have a real winner with this type of full day tour. It would be great day out for visitors to the area and locals alike. Well done and thank you”.“The heritage centre looks fantastic.  It’s the first time I have been in since it was done up.  Its more spacious and bright and everything is very well displayed.  Well done!”“Our guides were brilliant, informative, helpful and lovely”“They both really made our day!! Very colourful in costume and entertaining.”To keep up to date with events and learn more information, visit donegalrailway.com It’s full steam ahead on the inaugural Donegal Railway Excursion was last modified: June 18th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:County Donegal Railway RestorationDonegal Railway Heritage CentreMaking Tracks Day OutOld Station House Donegal Townlast_img read more