‘Pursue Peace’

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai has called for the inclusive participation of all Liberians in preserving and maintaining the peace the nation currently enjoys.Speaking at the launch of the National Palava Hut Technical Forum organized by the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), Vice President Boakai urged every Liberian to bear in mind that the search for reconciliation is a deliberate one that needs to be handled with particular dexterity (skills) and foresight.The INCHR replaces the controversial Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in an effort to implement several recommendations from that body relative to Liberia’s 14 years of conflict.In a quest to find and sustain peace, the Vice President added; “Go to every length possible, not ignoring matters that may even present themselves to be inconsequential.”“Like the good old book admonishes us, let us not only seek peace but also pursue it,” he added.He maintained that fostering the nation’s forward march depends on colossal and meaningful participation of all in the palava hut peace initiative.“We are not mistaken to assure ourselves that if we could, in the midst of all the challenges, maintain 10 solid years of peaceful coexistence, we certainly can confidently move towards achieving lasting peace for nation development and progress,” he said.He considered the quest to having lasting peace as, “a national challenge that does not rest only on the shoulders of government but the entire citizenry.”“We call on every Liberian to pay keen attention to and strongly support all work undertaken to heal our wounds and reinforce the bonds that hold us together. Let the works of your hands serve to set the tune of our national discourse on a positive note. Let us move to stop reminding ourselves and others of the negative past of disrespect, intolerance, and division as occasioned by our conduct; be it in words or deeds,” he admonished.Also making remarks, Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly, committed the Ministry to every part of the palava hut process.He expressed the uniqueness of such a manner in settling disputes in the Liberian culture, adding: “This will help address our differences as people because this had been part of our culture for generations now.”Justice Minister Christiana Tah indicated that palava hut settlement remains the best way for people to address their grievances. “We have not forgotten the TRC report,” she said. “We have to engage every idea necessary to move forward.” 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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12-2! The phenomenal Liverpool record that no other club can match

first_img1 Liverpool celebrate beating Middlesbrough on penalties Penalties require nerves of steel and that’s just what a bunch of Liverpool youngsters had when they successfully beat Middlesbrough 14-13 from the spot in the Capital One Cup third round on Tuesday evening. But such calmness under pressure from 12 yards is not unusual when it comes to the Redmen as the Merseyside outfit boast one of the finest penalty shoot-out records in history.Liverpool have faced 14 nerve-shredding shoot-out experiences in competitive football, but have buckled under the strain just twice. The first was back in 1993 when they were downed 4-3 on penalties by Wimbledon in a League Cup fourth round replay. No embarrassment there as back then the Dons were a bruising Premier League outfit, who had beaten Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final after saving a penalty from the Redmen.The club’s only other penalty shoot-out defeat was far more embarrassing, coming at the hands of fourth tier Northampton Town in a League Cup third round tie in 2010. The League Two outfit held a second string Liverpool side to a 2-2 draw, during Roy Hodgson’s brief but wretched spell as manager, then triumphed 4-2 on spot-kicks at a stunned Anfield.Those black marks pale into insignificance when you consider just how impressive the Reds have been on the vast majority of occasions they have lined up after extra-time.Going back to their first victory – a 6-5 triumph from the spot over champions Leeds in the 1974 Charity Shield – Liverpool have been calmness personified from the spot, especially on the biggest occasions. Two of the Merseyside club’s European Cup final successes have come via a penalty shoot-out.Joe Fagan managed Liverpool to continental glory in 1984 when, after being held to a 1-1 draw by Roma in the Italian club’s own stadium, his side cooly stuck away four penalties to the Serie A side’s two, in the first European Cup final to be decided by spot kicks.That shoot-out entered football folklore thanks to goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar’s ‘spaghetti legs’ antics, when the Liverpool number one attempted to unsettle Roma’s penalty takers by wobbling all over the place, as if to say, ‘This is how nervous you should be right now!’Then, of course, came the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’, when Rafa Benitez led the Reds to an incredible comeback victory over AC Milan in 2005. A Steven Gerrard-inspired outfit came from 3-0 down at half-time to force extra-time and penalties. With the Italians totally shellshocked, future Chelsea flop Andrey Shevchenko saw his penalty saved by Jerzy Dudek – repeating Grobbelaar’s tactics at the request of Jamie Carragher – as Liverpool won the shoot-out 3-2.There was also a third success on the European stage from the spot just two seasons later when the Reds beat Chelsea 4-1 in a Champions League semi-final shoot-out at Anfield, after the tie had finished 1-1 on aggregate.And it doesn’t end there when it comes to Liverpool’s shoot-out success. The Reds have also tasted glory twice from the spot in winning the League Cup final (2001 and 2012) and once in the FA Cup final (2006), not to mention the FA Cup semi final (1992).So while it may have been a tricky start to the new season for Brendan Rodgers’ side, it is fair to say his team lived up to the weight of history with their phenomenal 14-13 shoot-out win in the Capital One Cup.Liverpool’s penalty shoot-out record:1. WON Leeds – 1974 Charity Shield (1-1 AET) 6-5 on penalties2. WON Roma – 1984 European Cup final (1-1 AET) 4-2 on penalties3. WON Portsmouth – 1992 FA Cup semi-final replay (0-0 AET) 3-1 on penalties4. LOST Wimbledon – 1993 League Cup fourth round replay (2-2 AET) 3-4 on penalties5. WON Birmingham -1995 FA Cup third round replay (1-1 AET) 2-0 on penalties6. WON Birmingham – 2001 League Cup final (1-1 AET) 5-4 on penalties7. WON Ipswich – 2002 League Cup fourth round (1-1 AET) 5-4 on penalties8. WON Tottenham – 2004 League Cup fifth round (1-1 AET) 5-3 on penalties9. WON AC Milan – 2005 Champions League final (3-3 AET) 3-2 on penalties10. WON West Ham – 2006 FA Cup final (3-3 AET) 3-1 on penalties11. WON Chelsea – 2007 Champions League semi-final second leg (1-1 on agg) 4-1 on penalties12. LOST Northampton Town – 2010 League Cup third round (2-2 AET) 2-4 on penalties13. WON Cardiff – 2012 League Cup final (2-2 AET) 3-2 on penalties14. WON Middlesbrough – 2014 League Cup third round (2-2 AET) 14-13 on penaltieslast_img read more

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NASA selects Franklin Changs Ad Astra Rocket for 50 million contract

first_imgAd Astra Rocket, the company founded by Costa Rican scientist and ex-astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz, will develop space propulsion systems for a new NASA project, the company reported this week.Chang’s hi-tech company will be part of a consortium led by Orbital ATK in a five-year $50 million contract for NASA’s Research and Technology for Aerospace Propulsion Systems. Ad Astra’s piece of the contract draws on the company’s expertise in electronic propulsion system, specifically research and development of thrusters and thruster components, the company said in a press release Tuesday.The Houston-based company, which also has research facilities in Liberia, Guanacaste, is participating in three of the six elements of the NASA’s space propulsion project, including propulsion system design and trade studies, electric propulsion and advanced propulsion systems.“We are proud to be a part of the Orbital ATK team. We look forward to contributing our skills and expertise to help advance the technology readiness of electric and advanced propulsion systems,” Chang said.The contract is the second between Ad Astra and NASA this year. Chang’s company signed a $9 million contract with NASA in August to move its VASIMR plasma engine into the testing phase. The contract will focus on long duration tests of the VASIMR engine for periods of up to 100 hours.The good news for Ad Astra continued Tuesday as the company reported an increase in its share price from $6 to $8 on the Costa Rican stock market.“The increase [in share price] is mainly due to developments in the financial support that the company has achieved,” Chang explained after signing the update at the Costa Rican exchange.The technology developed for the VASIMR engine will be on display soon in director Ridley Scott’s new movie “The Martian,” based on the novel by U.S. author Andy Weir. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica to host UN meeting on space technology Ex-NASA astronaut Franklin Chang talks about ‘The Martian,’ Hollywood’s take on his VASIMR engine Photo of Tico astronaut Franklin Chang with Barack Obama among best White House pics of 2015 Franklin Chang’s VASIMR plasma engine readies for key testlast_img read more

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