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Bomi Establishes County Security Council

first_imgAhead of next year’s drawdown by United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Bomi County Superintendent, Samuel Folley Brown, said the county has established a Security Council.He said that the exercise is to fill in the security vacuum that would be created in the absence of UNMIL from the county.Superintendent Brown made the disclosure when he briefed the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) of the United Nations in Liberia, Farid Zarif, during his recent visit to the county.He said what the County Security Council need is empowerment in the form of training, logistics and resources to enable it to function effectively.“Security after UNMIL’s withdrawal is of concern to residents of the county, and so we appeal to the international community including the UN to empower Liberia’s security agencies,” LINA quotes Supt. Brown as telling Mr. Zarif.In remarks, SRSG Zarif observed that if there will be any security threats, they will come from persons residing in the country, not from external threats to Liberia.He then assured the audience of the UN’s standby preparedness to react to any and all threats to the country, should there be a need for it.During his first county visit to Grand Gedeh County, SRSG Zarif urged the Liberian authorities to step up efforts to take full charge of the country’s security as UNMIL draws down. The international community, he said, remains committed to help Liberia meet the expected challenges. The UN Security Council recently extended UNMIL’s stay in Liberia until September 30, 2016, but authorized a reduction in the number of its personnel as preparations continue for the security transition to the country’s authorities next year.According to a resolution that was unanimously adopted by the 15 member body, the Council, “affirms its expectation that the Liberian government will assume fully its security responsibilities from UNMIL no later than June 30, 2016, and encourages member states and multilateral organizations to continue to provide financial, technical and other assistance to the GOL (government of Liberia) in this regard.” In his latest report on UNMIL, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that it will be a “historic moment” when the GOL assumes all its security responsibilities from the Mission. “It will be an important milestone, a demonstration of confidence that Liberia has turned from conflict, disorder and dependence to a future of sustained peace, unity and independence,” he wrote.While welcoming the important progress made to date by the GOL with support from UNMIL and other partners, Mr. Ban noted that challenges remain that will require additional assistance on all fronts in order to complete the transition by June 30, 2016.“All stakeholders must sustain their focus on implementing the ambitious transition plan developed by the GOL and also on the national reconciliation and continuing political reforms that are essential for consolidating peace,” he stated.By the resolution, the Council also decided that the mandate of UNMIL will be the protection of civilians; reform of justice and security institutions; human rights promotion and protection and; protection of UN personnel. It also decided that UNMIL shall put “renewed focus” on supporting the GOL to achieve a successful security transition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mourinho pleased as ‘top striker’ Lukaku opens account

first_img0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United trains at UCLA’s Drake Stadium on July 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaSALT LAKE CITY, United States, Jul 18 – Romelu Lukaku bagged his first goal in a Manchester United shirt on Monday as the 10-man Premier League giants labored to a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake in Utah.Lukaku, who joined the Red Devils from Everton in a reported 75 million pound ($98.2 million) transfer last week, fired United ahead on 38 minutes, latching on to a low cross from Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The 24-year-old Belgian international striker had also been involved in United’s equalizer scored by Mkhitaryan in the 29th minute after Luis Silva had given Salt Lake a shock early lead.Lukaku used his strength and physical presence to hold off the Real defense to feed Jesse Lingard, who provided the pass for Mkhitaryan to score.United manager Jose Mourinho was pleased with Lukaku’s display, saying the former Chelsea player was now a “top striker.”“It’s just nice for him, not important for me,” Mourinho said of Lukaku’s first United goal.“Before he scored the goal I told him I love everything you do on the pitch. Don’t be worried about scoring or not scoring. He gets behind people, works and presses well. Like everything he does.“It’s easy to feel it because he was my player four years ago his evolution has been great. He’s now a top striker. The goal is just a detail, not important.”– Red card woe –United’s win was marred by the second-half dismissal of Antonio Valencia for a reckless lunge on Sebastian Saucedo.Valencia was given his marching orders after a lengthy consultation between the match referee and Mourinho.“The referee asked me to change the player and I didn’t because I don’t agree with the card,” Mourinho said, before appearing to suggest Saucedo was to blame.“(He) was really aggressive in the second half. That’s what happens. Some other actions were a bit dangerous,” Mourinho said.“It’s young people with enthusiasm playing against Manchester United but it’s a friendly match and it’s a different mentality. But it’s preseason so no problem. It is good experience or us to play with one player less.”The United goals were the rare highlights of a disjoined first half performance from Mourinho’s side, who had travelled to Utah earlier Monday from their Los Angeles training camp.For much of the opening half United were second best, with their defense being given a torrid time by a team who are languishing near the foot of Major League Soccer’s Western Conference.The lively attacking trio of Luis Silva, Joao Plata and Jefferson Savarino often left United’s defense scrambling to get into position, with Phil Jones finding the movement of the Salt Lake front two hard to deal with.A surging run from Savarino set up Silva’s opening goal on 23 minutes.United however responded swiftly with Mkhitaryan’s equalizer just before the half hour mark.Real coach Mike Petke, with one eye on his team’s MLS fixture in Portland on Wednesday, withdrew his entire starting line-up at the 30-minute mark, and United capitalized to take the lead through Lukaku.Mourinho also fielded a new starting XI for the second half, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading the line for United.United again struggled to impose themselves however, and their frustration boiled over when Antonio Valencia was sent off for a reckless lunge on Sebastian Saucedo midway through the second half.United will face Manchester City in Houston on Thursday in the third game of their US tour.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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