Special Representative of the Secretary-General Karin Landgren’s Remarks

first_imgThis is a remarkable event and I want to begin, Madam President, Dr. Sawyer; Cllr. Verdier, Madam Intelmann, my colleagues, members of the LACC, by congratulating you on hosting this event and on it being public. That this dialogue be public is extremely important and this is a further indication of the strong political will to go after corruption in all its forms. Going after corruption is important in its own right, as we have heard, but it is also important because this impoverishes Liberia.Corruption keeps Liberia poor; and it fractures Liberians. It creates and deepens divisions among Liberians, and the country can’t afford that either. If Ebola taught us one thing, it taught us about the risks of mistrust; and the mistrust that it showed among people but also in public institutions and I think of this now in particular in the context of UNMIL drawdown. Public confidence in national institutions is the number one need as UNMIL draws down and prepares to close. Yes, it is important to strengthen the LNP. It’s absolutely critical that they perform their functions, but we know that the police are not standing at everyone’s right shoulder, looking over it and keeping them doing the right thing. The police are what you reach for when public order is not being maintained. The police are not our conscience. The police are not going to keep our public institutions functioning as they must.When the UN Security Council met in December and adopted a resolution on Liberia and on UNMIL, they encouraged the Government of Liberia to prioritize combating corruption, promoting efficiency and good governance. The Security Council is also saying how central this is to Liberia’s future stability. The rule of law is central to stability, and it is the opposite of corruption. It is the opposite to the abuse of power. I think Dr. Sawyer’s point on building citizenship is absolutely spot on. This is what will sustain Liberia over time.  So as Liberia continues to strengthen its national integrity institutions, one thing I would like to put on the table for consideration is the possibility of encouraging discussion and development of specific integrity indicators. Many partners here in this room are one hundred percent supportive of your efforts. You know that. But what are the indicators we should all be looking at, in particular, to measure and assess your success in these endeavors?What will success look like one year from now, two years from now? We know and I hear this from Liberians all the time, that there are a hundred things that to be done, a thousand things to be done. They won’t all happen in a year.  Where do you want to be one year from now? What can we support you in most strongly and one question there is whether corruption has yet become socially unacceptable as many speakers have noted. The law is one thing, but people’s own behavior is another. Where are expectations? When is society going to push against corruption?The education system was alluded to – we know from Liberia’s own reports that a high number of students are asked to give money for grades. Or they’re asked to give sex for grades. Is this what we want children to learn in school, that the shadow system, the parallel system is more powerful than the formal system and than the law? That the content of  education, the content of their own study, what they are investing time in, means so little and above all that these demands by their  teachers, by their role models can be made with complete impunity?  That is not a good start in life for children.So, again I encourage the active and public pursuit of accountability initiatives especially around enforcement. I absolutely salute and congratulate the work done to date by the LACC and the Government of Liberia’s determination to see this carried on. And let me conclude by saying that the United Nations is fully with you in this effort. Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Berbice house goes up in flames

first_img…faulty GPL transformer blamedFive persons are now homeless after a fire completely gutted a two-storey, five-bedroom house at Port Mourant, Corentyne on Saturday morning.Reports are that smoke was seen billowing from the upper flat of the building, located at Lot 41 Miss Phoebe, Port Mourant, Corentyne, at about 07:30h; and eyewitnesses claim that moments before the fire, sparks were seen coming from a transformer attached to a utility pole in close proximity to the house.The gutted Port Mourant houseAt the time of the blaze, three children were home; one was asleep and the others were playing nearby. When the fire became evident, neighbours narrowly managed to save the three-year-old, who was asleep in the house.Sonata Ernest, who had oversight of the building, said a family of five had lived in the house, but at the time of the fire, the woman had gone to the market and her husband had gone to work.“When people start holla fuh fire, me son them run over; and the door was locked and dem break in, and they only get to save a TV, because all over was locked,” she detailed.She explained that a faulty wire from the utility pole had been connected to the building. “Because very often you have to call them to come for this post to the house connection, and now is over nine or ten times (GPL had been called) and nobody never come.A GPL worker attending to the faulty transformerThis is a problem we get for eight years. Sometimes you got to shake the wire for current to come, and sometimes it does spark out deh.”She said one fire truck from the Rose Hall Fire Service had responded to the call. “When they come, they could have saved the bottom but they didn’t have water.They had to go and bring water and come back. When you tell dem to use the trench, they say that they don’t have facilities, they got to get a generator to get the water from t trench.”Ernest pointed this publication to a canal which is about 30 feet from the building that was burnt. According to her, the fire unit made several trips to bring water to fight the fire.“They say that is the system. So I tell them that they need to improve the system… They make a lot of excuses. So what they come for?”When Guyana Times arrived on the scene, workers from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) were attending to the transformer, which had a huge black mark, indicating that it was burnt.This publication was told that the occupants of the burnt house had recently purchased a new refrigerator and gas stove.  It was also revealed that the build was renovated one year ago, and extended to include one more bedroom. Moreover, it was recently repainted.Ernest estimates losses to be in the vicinity of $20 million. According to her, the owner of the building is a 70-year-old United States citizen who migrated over 23 years ago.The Guyana Police Force and the Fire Service are both investigating the cause of the fire.Meanwhile, the affected family is expected to be temporally housed at a relative’s home. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Which Donegal restaurant was named in top 10 on TripAdviser?

first_imgA Donegal restaurant has been ranked fourth in the top 10 Irish restaurants by TripAdviser.The Restaurant at Harvey’s Point took the honour and was ranked among Ireland’s best today.Dublin and Dingle are the runaway winners in TripAdvisor’s latest list of its Top 10-rated Irish restaurants.Donnybrook’s Mulberry Garden topped the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2016, with Dublin nabbing four of the Top 10 places. Three restaurants from Dingle also feature in a list based on reviews and opinions collected from users over the past 12 months, TripAdvisor says.The list of Top 10 Fine Dining Irish Restaurants is:Mulberry Garden, DublinIdás Restaurant, DingleChapter One, DublinThe Restaurant at Harvey’s Point, DonegalSabor Brazil, DublinThe Chart House, DingleThe Global Village, DingleDax Restaurant, DublinAn Port Mór, WestportFinns’ Table, KinsaleHarvey’s Point, whose restaurant placed fourth, was earlier this year announced as TripAdvisor’s top-rated Irish hotel for the fourth year running. Nestled in between hills and trees, Harvey’s Point sits on the scenic Lough EskeWhich Donegal restaurant was named in top 10 on TripAdviser? was last modified: October 18th, 2016 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:donegalharvey’s pointrestaurantTRIPADVISERlast_img read more

Survey: Latinos more unified on immigration

first_imgIn the wake of mass pro-immigration rallies and harsh public debate, a survey released Thursday shows Latinos feel more discrimination but also more politically united. “Clearly both the marches and the immigration debate have made deep impressions on Latino public opinion,” said Robert Suro, director of the Pew Hispanic Center and co-author of the study on Latino attitudes toward immigration. The national survey of 2,000 Latinos – taken by phone between June 5 and July 3 in both English and Spanish – provided a peek into the varied feelings Latinos have about immigration. While splits remained among different ethnic groups’ generations and natives versus non-natives, nearly two-thirds believed the marches ushered in a new social movement. And about three-quarters – regardless of birthplace – said it would inspire political participation in the November elections. “This is terrible news for Republicans. Their Hispanic outreach policy is headed to being dashed on the rocks,” said Antonio Gonzalez, president of William C. Velasquez Institute, a nonpartisan think tank on Latino voting patterns. House Republican backing of an immigration bill to build a 700-mile wall along the border and criminalize illegal immigrants has spurred distrust among Latinos, the fastest growing portion of the electorate, he said. Latinos likely will make up 6 percent of votes cast nationally during the midterm elections, but in key states such as California – home to some of the largest pro-immigrant street protests – their share could be as much as 20 percent. But some say the report masks deep political divisions. “I am very skeptical of the report,” said Al Rodriguez, a second-generation Mexican/Puerto Rican who founded You Don’t Speak For Me, an anti-illegal immigrant group supporting tighter borders. “This report makes it look like we are supporting illegals and we are working to have them stay here. We are not.” Among those surveyed, nearly half supported allowing more immigration from Latin America. But among native-born Latinos, there was far greater support for beefing up border patrols, building fences and creating a government database for employee identification. Moreover, twice as many native-born Latinos said illegal immigration harms the economy – and Puerto Ricans and Cubans were twice as likely to agree as Mexicans and other Latinos. Despite the differences, nearly half – 44 percent – of native-born Latinos and two-thirds – 66 percent – of those foreign born said they would participate in a march if it occurred in their hometown over the weekend. “There’s this ethnic consciousness rising,” said Fernando Guerra, director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. “People fail to realize that U.S. born-citizens feel that when people are picking on immigrants, they are picking on Latinos.” Manuel Pacheco, a 44-year-old Guatemalan immigrant, said the immigration debate has sparked some tensions at work, where he hears co-workers talking about immigrants taking away their jobs. “Everything, starts with the color of your skin. To them, we are all the same.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“There’s a certain sense of unity that came from the marches, seeing that people can come together,” said Ana Ortiz, a 32-year-old Puerto Rican-born waitress living in Los Angeles. “This was like you got to take care of your brothers.” But Gabriel Escobar, co-author of the report, said it’s unclear whether the momentum will translate into votes come November, with the outcome largely depending on community groups’ ability to harness the momentum. A quarter of respondents said neither Republicans nor Democrats had the best position on immigration. Sensitive to the sway Latino votes could have, dozens of immigrant-rights groups have launched summer voting drives while key Republicans, like Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and White House strategist Karl Rove, are reaching out to Latinos. But the survey shows though political affiliation has changed little, those who believed the Republican Party had the best position on immigration dropped from 25 percent to 16 percent. last_img read more

E. coli woes may be due to wild pigs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system WASHINGTON – Wild pigs may have spread deadly bacteria onto a California spinach field, sparking an outbreak that killed three people and sickened more than 200 others nationwide, investigators said Thursday. They also said the outbreak appears to be over. No one has become ill from eating contaminated spinach since Sept. 25. “All evidence points to this outbreak having concluded,” said Dr. Kevin Reilly of the California Department of Health Services. State and federal investigators narrowed their focus to the ranch, where boar trampled fences that had hemmed in a spinach field. Samples from a wild pig, as well as stream water and cattle on the ranch, have tested positive for the same strain of E. coli implicated in the outbreak, Reilly said. Still, investigators continue to look at three other ranches in the area. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pic Special: Buncrana Pier Tragedy family host memorial walk in aid of Evan McGrotty Research Fund

first_imgA memorial walk was held in Derry in memory of the five people who tragically perished when their jeep slipped into Lough Swilly on March 20th last year.The tragedy claimed the lives of Sean McGrotty, 49, his young songs Mark, 12, and Evan, 8, his 59-year-old mother-in-law Ruth Daniels and sister-in-law Jodie Lee Daniels, aged 14. Their jeep had skid on algae on the pier, leading to the vehicle entering the water.Four-month-old Rionaghac-Ann was rescued by former League of Ireland footballer Davitt Walsh when her father Sean passed her out to Davitt through the window. The walk raised funds for the Evan McGrotty Research Fund for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Louise and Sean had been raising funds for the condition since little Evan was diagnosed at the age of three.Louise and Sean dedicated their lives to raising funds to assist clinical research for their son and other children who suffer from the same condition.In Evan’s name, Louise set up the Evan McGrotty Research Fund. The walk began at 6pm last night at Sainsbury’s, with participants walking through St. Columb’s Park and ending at Ebrington Square.Along the route, there were five points where the walkers stopped and took a moment to pay a short symbolic tribute to each member of the family.Organisers of the event said; “Thank you to everyone for coming out tonight to support the memorial walk. It was fantastic to see the people of this city come together once more and we couldn’t have done it without all the help from the local companies who sponsored us, the volunteers, St Johns Ambulance, Danny Meenan and Martin Daly and the whole event team and thanks to Martin Bradley our speaker, you all volunteered to help us carry this off and we couldn’t have done it without you.”An anniversary mass also took place at The Holy Family Church in Ballymagroarty, Derry, concelebrated by Fr Noel Brown, Fr Joe Gormley and Fr John Walsh.The church was filled to capacity for the mass as the community gathered together in memory of the family.Bishop of Derry Donald McKeown and staff and pupils of Evan, Mark and Jodie Lee’s schools; St Eithne’s Primary School, St Joseph’s Boys’ School and St Mary’s College, were also in attendence. A statement, released by Fr Michael Canny on behalf of the family, says: “Louise, The Daniels and The McGrotty family are deeply grateful for the prayers and support over the last year. As the Anniversary of the terrible tragedy approaches they would welcome space for privacy at this time.”Pic Special: Buncrana Pier Tragedy family host memorial walk in aid of Evan McGrotty Research Fund was last modified: March 25th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:anniversaryBuncrana Pier Tragedyduchenne muscular dystrophyevan mc grotty research fundmemoriallast_img read more

South Africa: unite against Aids

first_img1 December 2008 The South African National Aids Council (Sanac) has called on South Africans to “recapture the spirit that defeated apartheid” by uniting against HIV/Aids and taking action to prevent new infections and deaths from the epidemic. Sanac also called on every South African “to ensure that they know their HIV status” so that, if they were HIV-positive, they could start receiving treatment before they got sick. Hogan said the government would be involving all sectors of society – including business, public servants, the youth, students, trade unions and the religious sector – in campaigning for the prevention of TB and HIV/Aids. Anti-retroviral therapy (ART) works, Sanac said, and together with good nutrition would “greatly prolong and improve the lives of those living with HIV.” Sanac urged South Africans to curb the spread of HIV by having safer sex, “which means reducing the number of sexual partners and consistently using condoms.” Outlining her priorities after taking office in October, Hogan said these were undoubtedly the biggest challenges facing the country’s health care sector. Sanac is a national body established to advise the government on HIV/Aids, to monitor and evaluate the government’s HIV/Aids strategy, and to create and strengthen partnerships for “an expanded national response to HIV/Aids in South Africa.” Sanac also urged HIV-positive adults to take their children for HIV testing, saying that children with HIV had the right to receive anti-retroviral therapy and, like adults, responded well to such treatment. South Africa’s new minister of health, Barbara Hogan, who was appointed by President Kgalema Motlanthe in September, said her department would be focusing on improving the quality of South Africa’s health care services and tackling tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/Aids.center_img “It means a recommitment to the five-and-a-half million people in South Africa who live with HIV that we will make health and support services available so that they do not die of Aids.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material It is headed by Deputy President Baleka Mbete. SAinfo reporter The council said South Africans also had a duty to ensure that children from households affected by HIV/Aids were “protected and enabled to complete their schooling.” “We want to avoid quick fixes and promises,” Hogan said, adding that she wanted to steer clear of politics and “give something solid to the nation”. “World Aids Day is not a day for celebration,” Sanac said in a statement on Monday, World Aids Day. “There are still too many deaths; HIV is still beating us.” World Aids Day “recommits us all to take action,” Sanac said, adding: “In South Africa, that means personal recommitment to ourselves, our loved ones, our friends, our comrades.last_img read more

Calendars & The Consumer Cloud: Still Too Messy

first_imgrichard macmanus Tags:#Apple#cloud computing#Series#The Consumer Cloud#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Yesterday we started a new series about the Consumer Cloud, defined as an online repository for your content and applications. These services, such as Apple’s new iCloud and Amazon’s Cloud Drive, are becoming increasingly important in the multi-device world we live in.One of the applications for which the Consumer Cloud is particularly relevant is the calendar. Unless you still carry around a paper diary, you likely use a digital calendar service such as Google Calendar, Apple iCal or Microsoft Outlook. You probably want to access your calendar while you’re out and about, for example on your smartphone or tablet. While there are many ways to sync your calendar to your various devices, they’re typically fairly technical or fiddly to set up. In this post we’ll explore how calendar sync has evolved… or has it?Oops, Apple Hasn’t Got This Right YetIf you use Apple’s new iCloud, you have an option to turn on calendar sync. But the user experience is less than ideal. In fact it’s downright messy. I use Google Calendar for my personal and work lives. The first problem I experienced with iCloud is that you have to choose between iCloud and Google Calendar sync. iCloud won’t let you integrate the two. In other words, if you turn on iCloud to sync calendars – it will only sync iCal ones.I was frankly confused by this at first, because when I had iCloud turned on to sync calendars I noticed a bunch of my old iCal calendars – that I’d long ago stopped using – show up on my iPhone and iPad (see screenshot to the right). What’s more, they began to send me notifications on those devices! I eventually figured out that iCloud calendar sync was useless for me, as I was using Google Calendar and iCloud doesn’t support it. So I turned off iCloud sync for calendars.That meant I had to set up Google Calendar separately on each device that I own. I’d actually already done that a while ago. But the point is I thought iCloud would replace that process, so future devices would be easier to sync. It didn’t.I wasn’t the only one to have problems with iCloud and calendars. Danny Sullivan blogged about his experiences trying to merge Outlook and Google Calendar with iCloud. Sullivan concluded that for calendaring, “iCloud isn’t solving my cross-platform issue at all.” Indeed, he felt it is “more invasive” than Google’s calendar sync.Other SolutionsThere are other ways to sync calendars. For example ReadWriteWeb webmaster Jared Smith uses ActiveSync, a Microsoft technology, to sync iCal with Google calendar.I asked my Google+ followers which calendar they use and if/how they sync it. Most people do sync across devices, but their methods vary.Bob Adams commented that he uses Google for his personal calendar and Microsoft Exchange at work. He said that both are “merged on my Android calendar app.”Rob Michael’s comment is more proof that Apple hasn’t figured calendar sync out yet. “I started syncing calendars/contacts on my PalmPilot,” said Michael, “then moved to Mac iCal/ AddressBk for syncing to iPhone. Now I’ve moved everything to Google Cal and access/ sync via Android/browser cloud. I love Google’s offline functionality too. In some ways, the old Palm Pilot is my favorite for its ease of use and speed. My least favorite was the iPhone set-up.”Lest we forget, there are other calendars out there other than by Apple, Google and Microsoft. Hubert Wagner commented that he uses Lotus Notes calendar, which he said is “available on my laptop via Lotus Notes and browser [and] Notes Traveler and browser on Android.”Ahhh, if it were only this easy… Apple’s marketing of iCloud for calendars.Calendar Sync Still a Work In ProgressWhat all of these solutions – including iCloud – have in common is that they require a bit of technical set-up. None of these calendar sync solutions is the kind of simple, painless sync that Consumer Cloud services should be providing.Google has the best solution so far, because it’s all hosted in the cloud to begin with. Unlike Apple’s iCal or Microsoft’s Outlook. But other than on Android, which it has a large degree of control over, Google is reliant on device software from the likes of Apple and Microsoft. Apple does allow sync of Google Calendar onto its devices, but as mentioned above it’s a fiddly process and needs to be set up separately on each device.Perhaps one day iCloud and other consumer cloud services will make it a simple, one time only process to set up calendar sync across all devices. But that day is not here yet. Let us know your thoughts on calendar sync in the comments. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Cloud 2012: More Data. More Efficiency. More Devices.

first_imgPlease note: This blog originally apeard as a sponsored blog post in the Cloud area on InformationWeek.com.I often get asked for my thoughts on cloud computing and other data center trends. While I’ll stop short of calling anything a prediction, I can tell you what is top of mind for me and many of my colleagues this year.Unrelenting data growth will continue.There’s no stopping data growth. IDC predicts that by 2015Opens in a new window, the amount of information managed by enterprise data centers will grow by a factor of 50, and the number of files the data center will have to deal with will grow by a factor of 75. Mobile data traffic alone will increase 26 times between 2010 and 2015, reaching 6.3 exabytes per monthOpens in a new window by 2015, when nearly 70 percent of InternetOpens in a new window users will use more than five network-connected devices.As enterprises face an avalanche of data triggered by social media, application growth, and a proliferation of mobile devices, they need cost-effective ways to turn bits and bytes into meaningful information. Moreover, with 15 billion connected devices by 2015, the amount of data for manufacturing, retail, supply chain, smart grid, and many other applications will require new approaches to both batch and real-time analytics. Driven by this need, many organizations are developing distributed analytics platforms based on frameworks such as Hadoop.An open-source framework for the distributed processing of large datasets across server clusters, Hadoop enables fast performance for complex analytics through massively parallel processing. It also allows database capacity and performance to be scaled incrementally through the addition of more server and storage nodes. This approach is not without challenges as the usability and scalability of distributed analytics frameworks currently inhibit broad adoption.Best practices will drive efficiency gains.Cloud computing is one of the keys to dealing with massive amounts of data in a cost-effective manner while creating a more agile IT infrastructure.That’s the case at Intel IT, where our enterprise private cloudOpens in a new window is up and running and has already realized $9 million in net savings to date. More than 50 percent of our servers are now virtualized. We’ve reduced provisioning time from 90 days to 3 hours, and we see the day coming where provisioning will take place in minutes.Efficiency isn’t important only in the software and compute layers; it’s also a focus for best practices at the infrastructure and facility levels. One such best practice is high ambient temperature (HTA) data center operation. HTA raises the operating temperature within a data center to decrease operational and capital costs for cooling and enable energy savings to be used to power servers.Unfortunately, however, it’s not as simple as turning off the air-conditioning. The system design, rack and facility controls, and even technology component choices are critical and part of the reason that we’ve developed a blueprint of best practices that we share openly.Client-aware computing will become essential.In response to the proliferation and wide-array of devices, client-aware computing will be key focus in cloud data centers. In a client-aware environment, cloud-based applications both recognize and take advantage of the capabilities of the client device.Rather than providing services that are dumbed down to a lowest common denominator-or the capabilities of the most basic client devices-the cloud service adapts to deliver optimal service based on the device at hand, making full use of the capabilities of both the client and the server. Understanding the compute, graphics, battery life, security, and other attributes of the device can greatly improve the user experience while efficiently using data center and network bandwidth.Technology refresh will reinvigorate data centers.Organizations will refresh data center technology to pack more computing power into each square foot, drive down power and cooling costs, and increase the security of data and applications.With those goals in mind, I’m excited by the technology we’re delivering in our new Intel® Xeon® processor E5 platformsOpens in a new window. We’re introducing new technology for the performance and scale of big data, power management for data center efficiency, and Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) to address some of the security requirements of cloud datacenters.I believe 2012 is going to be a year of tremendous growth and innovation enabled by cloud computing. At Intel, we are thrilled to be a part of it.Follow @IntelITS for more news.last_img read more