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first_img“It’s just one of the milestones of many to get to where we want to be,” Davis said.“All the stuff we’ve been through this season, to clinch number one in the West means a lot but we’re not finished.”It is the 20th time this season Davis has scored 20 points or more in the first half for the side since Lakers Kobe Bryant.Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January,led the team to the NBA Finals crown the last time they were top seeds in 2010.“To be in a category with him means a lot,” Davis added. “I know he’s looking down on us, cheering us on.”Lakers power forward LeBron James finished with 22 points and nine assists.Monday’s NBA’s other fixtures, which are all being played in a bio-secure environment at Disney World in Orlando,saw the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Memphis Grizzlies 109-99.The Raptors, thanks heavily to a career-high 36 points from Fred VanVleet, edged past the Miami Heat 107-103 in their Eastern Conference clash.The Denver Nuggets needed overtime to beat Oklahoma City Thunder 121-113 and remain third in the Western Conference standings behind the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers.While the Indiana Pacers beat the Washington Wizards 111-100 to stay fifth in the Eastern Conference.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Los Angeles Lakers have secured the top spot in the NBA’s Western Conference for the first time in 10 years after beating the Utah Jazz.Anthony Davis scored 42 points as the Lakers bounced back from defeat to the Toronto Raptorsto overcome a stubborn Jazz side 116-108 in Florida.As top seeds the Lakers will face the number eight seed in the play-offs.last_img read more

first_imgThere isn’t much down time between a 7 p.m. game Friday and a 2 p.m. game Saturday. It feels like even less if Friday’s game ended in a loss.The dynamic of the overnight turnaround is not unique to collegiate ice hockey altogether, but it is a concept that this year’s Syracuse team is still working to grasp.‘It’s one thing for me to say that on Tuesday, but let’s see if our team can implement that on Friday and Saturday,’ head coach Paul Flanagan said.Flanagan compared the challenge in hockey to different sports. He said it’s not like football, where all is calculated mentally for one afternoon, and then each team has six days to regroup and reorganize. And it’s not like soccer, where most programs wedge a complementary off-day in between a weekend set. Hockey players are too tough for that. And the good ones, Flanagan said, are quick to adjust.  Syracuse, to this point, hasn’t figured it out. The Orange sits three games below .500.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Good teams figure that out,’ Flanagan said. ‘Look what Mercyhurst does to teams on Saturday. If you look at their scores, they know how to respond. And they quite often win on Friday, too.’Mercyhurst — the best team in College Hockey America, SU’s conference — has lost five games all season, only one of which came on a Friday. And after that loss, the Lakers dropped St. Lawrence 7-3. On Saturdays, Mercyhurst has outscored its opponents 80-23.It is easier said than done, but with a 20-5 record and a commanding lead in the conference standings, the Mercyhurst model for success proves that, simply, it’s important to play well on both Fridays and Saturdays.‘It’s difficult,’ junior forward Megan Skelly said of the turnaround. ‘You know when you step on the ice. The first shift is usually like, ‘Oh, s***, I better get my feet moving.”Skelly has played in all 26 games this season, scoring seven goals and assisting on 10 others. Now one of the veteran members of the team, she has a strong understanding of the pacing of the game and of the series as a whole.‘It’s hard, but it’s definitely changeable,’ Skelly said. ‘You come in the next shift, or you come in between periods and talk a little with the team. And then everyone goes out and works hard.’With eight games remaining in the regular season, Syracuse has actually been pretty consistent throughout its schedule. SU is 5-7-1 on Fridays, 4-5-1 on Saturdays and 1-1-1 on Tuesdays. SU has scored 31 goals on 13 Friday nights and 27 on 10 Saturday mornings, which equates to 2.38 and 2.7 goals per game, respectively. Last season, SU followed four different Friday losses with Saturday victories.This year, the team has accomplished that just once. Fellow forward Isabel Menard has a simple method for avoiding Saturday frustration: repetition.‘Either way, I’m really focused on the goals that I set for myself and for my teammates,’ Menard said. ‘In general, I focus on doing the same thing. And if we’re coming off a loss, doing things a little bit better. … We’re not really a good starting team, but we end pretty good. We just really have to work on being consistent. That’s going to be a key for the rest of the season.’Menard hurt her right ankle in last week’s series against Niagara and will look to return this weekend against Wayne State. SU has four Friday-Saturday series left to finish the regular season.For a team that is working to create a Mercyhurst-type setting of its own, Syracuse is going to have to find some consistency.‘The team that loses Friday night has got a different mindset on Saturday,’ Flanagan said. ‘We want to keep heading in the right direction. We’re still trying to find that recipe of putting together 60 minutes and then following it up with another 60.’zoirvin@syr.edu Comments Published on January 26, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgOn a Friday afternoon, Jessica Nathania, a senior majoring in human biology, can be found at California Hospital Medical Center.“The best thing about Remedy is when, after a performance, a patient or hospital member will come up and let us know how much they really appreciated it,” Nathania said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “This happens more often than I thought it would, too.”Nathania is the co-president of Remedy Through Music, a USC student-run group committed to performing therapeutic music for patients in medically underserved areas of Los Angeles.“Remedy Through Music is a service organization aimed to help mitigate the pain and suffering of patients in hospitals, residents in assisted living homes and at-risk children through the use of music,” Remedy Through Music Vice President Shamit Bhatia said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Remedy strives to empower USC students to use their musical talents and help out the local community around USC by providing [therapy] to all. Music has no specific language and is therefore universal.”The organization usually has one performance a week, often on a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning with an occasional performance on Sunday. These performances generally take place at medical care centers, convalescent homes or after school centers for children. Students are also encouraged to play for patients in a more intimate setting, such as their individual rooms.In addition to weekly performances, the group organizes a more formal recital on a semester basis at Kingsley Manor where students are given the opportunity to perform more polished pieces.Members perform any genre of music, ranging from Bach to the Beatles.Most students in Remedy Through Music enjoy using music as a means to express themselves while also appreciating medicine and its positive influence on society. Many students who take part in the organization are majoring in science-related fields or are pursuing the pre-health track at USC.Co-President Brian Zukotynski said he initially joined his freshman year to combine his two passions: music and medicine.“Beyond weekly performance opportunities, Remedy provides me the chance to use the musical skills I have built up over most of my life to give back to my community and fellow students,” Zukotynkski said. “Remedy’s goal is to bring the joy of music to anyone who wants to listen, but primarily for the sick  and elderly.”last_img read more

first_imgThe seconds crept by. Syracuse led by two. Clemson’s Marcquise Reed navigated inside the SU zone but there was nowhere to run. The Carrier Dome was awash with noise. Reed had a game-high 21 points to keep Clemson within reach.With the perimeter largely covered, he took it to the rack. Oshae Brissett swatted his shot. The ball trickled out of bounds, the clock trickling down with it. A “Let’s Go Orange” chant echoed in the building, and the 28,670 fans who had assembled on Saturday afternoon could finally exhale. Finally, they got the reprieve an SU team has offered every season since 1980-81: a win over a ranked team.In front of the largest on-campus crowd this season Saturday, it was supposed to be another home loss. It was supposed to be a seventh loss to a ranked opponent this season. Another anemic first half in which SU scored just 22 points made it apparent the Orange had regressed to its typical offensive efficiency. What it wasn’t supposed to be was a 55-52 Syracuse (19-12, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) victory over No. 18 Clemson (22-8, 11-7) to finish out the regular season with a much-needed signature win to add to its teetering NCAA Tournament resume.The upset would not have come if not for an 11-0 run that afforded the Orange the ability to go the final 8:45 without a field goal and still win. The run also helped the Orange avoid dropping its sixth home game this season. Syracuse finished the regular season having lost four of its last six, and SU will begin postseason play in the Barclays Center on Tuesday for the ACC Tournament. The Orange is 0-3 in ACC Tournament games since joining the conference, meaning Syracuse will need to flip the script and make a deep run to ensure it plays in the Big Dance.“We just have to play and see what happens,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “It’s up to the Committee. It’s a tough call … we’ve got some good quadrant one and two wins, and we have no bad losses, and we won on the road, in tough places, at Louisville and Miami. We’ll see what happens.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFollowing Syracuse’s biggest victory of the year, Boeheim looked back on a season of twists and turns. He looked back to how Syracuse lost Taurean Thompson before the season. He looked back to the losses of guards Geno Thorpe, who left the program, and Howard Washington, who is out for the season due to injury. He reflected on Bourama Sidibe’s play, which has been mostly diminished due to ongoing tendinitis in his knee.“This team’s been playing with six guys,” Boeheim said.Before Boeheim pitched his case for Syracuse’s spot in the Tournament, before he reflected on what was originally supposed to be his final season at Syracuse, the Orange began its win over Clemson by regressing to the play that has proved costly of late. Twenty-seven seconds after tip-off, Boeheim got up off his seat, walked about 10 feet onto the court and gestured for a timeout. The Carrier Dome had gone silent following an SU turnover and Gabe DeVoe dunk. Yet despite almost no contribution from sophomore guard Tyus Battle, Syracuse entered the break down only 25-22. Two of the best defenses in the country played even through most of the first half and into the second, when Battle got going to spurt an 11-0 Syracuse run that allowed the Orange to not score a single field goal over the final 8:45 and still win. He drilled two 3-pointers and hit a floater, giving him eight points in three minutes. His floater tied the game at 30, giving him his 999th and 1,000th career points. Battle’s outburst coincided with Brissett’s, part of the run that put Syracuse up six. “We wanted to get the ball in his hands,” said Brissett, who had 17 points, six rebounds, three blocks and hit 8-of-9 free throws, many of them down the stretch. “We knew it was only a matter of time before he would go on that run. That’s what we want, get him in the flow of the offense. It made it easier for the rest of us.” Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerBattle entered the season well aware his role was to be the alpha male of Syracuse, the identity of a team with only one returning starter: himself. It became clear that he would have to do more than score. For SU to win, he would have to command the ball. Make steals. Compensate for an offense plagued by lack of depth with so-called hustle plays, steals and rebounds. And he knew he would have to generate motion, any sort of energy, for an otherwise flat offense.For most of the final minutes, the two teams jockeyed back and forth, with SU’s lead not exceeding seven and Clemson’s five. After Brissett made two free throws to push SU’s lead to two, junior center Paschal Chukwu made both of his free throws, sending the Dome into joviality. The Orange didn’t score from the field for nearly the final one-fourth of the game, but it didn’t matter, because SU’s run had already afforded it enough cushion. “I will not think that they should have done something more,” Boeheim said of Syracuse. “If anything, I would say they could have done something less than what they did. We’ll get ready. We’ll go to New York and try to play as well as we can.” Comments Published on March 3, 2018 at 4:24 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgIn a ‘multiyear partnership’, esports tournament and league organiser ESEN eSports has announced a deal with Sportradar to ‘collect and distribute audio-visual and data content across competitions’.Joakim Stenberg, ESEN eSportsThis includes the CS:GO King of Nordic tournament. Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System, which analyses betting patterns from more than 600 operators globally, will also be used to monitor all these competitions with the aim being to identify instances of match-fixing. Sportradar will be the exclusive worldwide provider of betting audio-visual streams and transmissions for matches played within ESEN eSports competitions. Sportradar, which operates across numerous sports and is partnered with the likes of the NHL, NFL, the NBA, FIFA and plenty more, will also distribute all the official data from the tournament organiser’s competitions. ESEN eSports CEO Joakim Stenberg had this to say on the matter:  “By establishing this partnership with Sportradar, we have established developed a new source of revenue for the company but we have also unlocked a range of content opportunities that will increase insight and improve engagement in the matches and competitions we are hosting.“I am especially proud to have put the Fraud Detection System in place. This is such a critical piece of the deal and will give priceless peace of mind to players, coaches and our spectators and fans wherever they are watching.”Mark Balch, Esports Product Manager at Sportradar, added: “Following our award for Best Esports Supplier at the end of last year, we have seen a real spike in interest from both esports competitions organisers who want to get broad and credible engagement, as well as betting operators who want the richest mix of leagues, tournaments and competitions in their offering, safeguarded by our peerless Fraud Detection System.“It is an exciting time in esports and we are delighted that key stakeholders in the esports ecosystem recongise our unique propsition and our commitment to safeguarding the integrity of all competitions we work with”.Esports Insider says: Another deal in the bag for Sportradar in the Great War of esports tournaments data rights. ESEN’s King of Nordic tournament is a popular one in, no prizes here, the Nordic region for CS:GO and it has partners including HyperX, Samsung and more so it’s a nice addition for Sportradar.last_img read more

first_imgIt was his belief that success is possible that led to David’s various charitable endeavors in Red Bank.  After selling TAS to Bowthorpe PLC, he began to apply the scientific method to the problem of education in Red Bank and developed a new hypothesis: “If all segments of the Red Bank community work together to devise and execute a plan to address the academic, social, and cultural needs of Red Bank children, academic results will improve.”Tarver reached out to parents, teachers, community members, social service agencies and school administrators in an effort to build the connections necessary to improve the school system.In September of 2001, Tarver and the group he called the Red Bank Education and Development Initiative held the first meeting in the organization’s history at the Molly Pitcher Inn.By 2004, the RBEDI had helped to increase the percentage of students who passed the New Jersey eighth grade performance assessment from twenty five to sixty percent.The improvements that came about in Red Bank were due to the efforts of a number of dedicated educators and community members, Tarver stressed..“ I take credit for bringing the community together and for being a catalyst,” Tarver says. “(But) the credit for academic improvement should go to the administrators, teachers, parents, and above all, students, who achieved the results.” While he still visits Red Bank,Tarver returned to his home state of Michigan a few years ago.In a recent interview in Red Bank, Tarver discussed some of the struggles facing children in Red Bank. Speaking of his early days of involvement with the local YMCA, he noted that there were few African American children enrolled in classes and activities at the Y.Tarver, who says he grew up in the “Golden Age of Flint,” with many activities and opportunities available to him, said he wanted to ensure that African American children in Red Bank have access to programs and activities that he enjoyed despite any challenging circumstances they may experience.“It’s not easy when you have a kid who doesn’t have support.”When asked for further insight into how Red Bank can help to continue the work that he began with the RBEDI, he noted that “one of the things parents need is a way to know what to do to support their kids. The people who are a support system for a kid need a support system.”Tarver, who seems to always be on the lookout for an innovative solution, related a story about visiting Healdsburg, Ca. during a week in which local restaurants participated in a charity drive for schools, giving some of their proceeds back to the community.It is this kind of initiative, Tarver believes, that Red Bank needs in order to help children achieve success.And students, he said, can form their own hypothesis and discover where it leads – for example, “If you take a course, show up, behave, do your work, and be curious, what results can you achieve?”The memoir, Proving Ground will be published in June and available at local bookstores and on the web.A special, hardcover edition of the book may be ordered now from www.provinggroundbook.com and will ship in April. David TarverBy Frank AlvarezRED BANK – The name ‘David Tarver’ is a familiar one in Red Bank.From his involvement with the Red Bank Education and Development Initiative (RBEDI), to his service as president of the Count Basie Learning Center Board of Trustees, Tarver has been  a strong advocate for improving the public education system and increasing opportunities for Red Bank children to succeed.His commitment to that cause was built upon the success that Tarver himself achieved with decades of hard work and determination. Before becoming involved in his community,Tarver spent twelve years developing Telecom Analysis Systems (TAS), a company that he and his co-founders eventually sold for millions of dollars.That achievement gave Tarver time – time he chose to invest in his community and to look back on the many roads he has traveled.In his new book, Proving Ground, Tarver relates the story of his success.A keenly inspiring read, Proving Ground starts the reader in Flint, Michigan, where a young David Tarver is losing annual science fairs.  It wasn’t until he took a judge’s advice to heart and applied the scientific method to his projects that Tarver began to succeed.The cover of Tarver’s memoir, Proving GroundWhat he learned in Flint became the foundation for his professional life, and he uses that experience to illustrate how the kid from Flint made himself into an international businessman.The scientific method also played a role in his decision to go into business for himself.The initial hypothesis was based on his belief that it was “possible for three young black men to create and run a successful high-tech company,” Tarver said.Tarver had a clear view of his aims, and Proving Ground tracks the struggles and successes he experienced right up to the moment when he was able to confirm his hypothesis.center_img With an education in electrical engineering, David moved to New Jersey to work for Bell Laboratories in 1976, at a time when it was at the pinnacle of technological development.It was there that he began to develop the ideas that would lead to the creation of Telecom Analysis Systems. For twelve years, Tarver and TAS co-founders Charles Simmons and Steve Moore, built TAS up, transforming it from a small operation headquartered in Tarver’s basement into a multi-million dollar company.Tarver’s tone is casual and endearing as he walks the reader through the risks associated with leaving one’s job to pursue a long-held dream, but the details of the story are striking.  A truly self-made man, David Tarver’s story shows exactly what it takes to achieve success.last_img read more

first_imgLikewise, UEFA has also suspended Juventus-Lyon, which was due to be played next week in Turin.. In this case, it was even more mandatory after the positive for Rugani coronavirus, defender of Juventus, which has forced Juventus to be quarantined. UEFA has yet to rule on the two remaining matches of the Champions League round of 16: Bayern-Chelsea and Barcelona-Naples. The case of the first is more doubtful, but the second will almost certainly be suspended, since Direct flights from Italy to Spain are canceled and that would hinder the arrival of Naples in Barcelona. It is official that Manchester City-Real Madrid due to be played next week will not take place, due to the quarantine that the white soccer team is undergoing after the positive for coronavirus of Thomkins, player of the basketball section. The English team made the suspension official on its website and shortly afterwards UEFA issued a statement confirming the postponement. It is specified that the new date will be announced, although without reference to when it could be.last_img read more

first_imgPHILADELPHIA, PennsylvaniaJamaica’s Kellion Knibb broke her own national discus record at the Penn relays yesterday.Knibb who attends Florida State University, had a best throw of 62.07 metres to improve on the previous mark of 61.59 metres. Isheeka Binns of the University of the West Indies (UWI) took second with 56.05m while her teammate Venique Harris was third with 55.87m.Carlington Moulton of the UWI also posted a good win in the college men’s high jump when he cleared 2.12 metres.In college relay events G.C. Foster, Mico and the University of Technology (UTech) have advanced to finals of their events scheduled for today’s final day.G.C. Foster clocked 1:21.91 to be the fastest qualifiers in the men’s 4x200m event. They are also in the 4x100m final after winning their heat in 38.73 seconds.UTech also advanced to the final after winning their heat in 39.83.Mico will contest the 4x 400m final. They won their heat in 3:08.06 to be the fourth fastest qualifiers while UTech also advanced as the sixth fastest with 3:08.62. Auburn with Akeem Bloomfield and Nathan Allen are the fastest qualifiers with 3:07.13.Mico finished fourth in the college women’s sprint medley final in 3:48.79. University of Oregon won in 3:39.05.last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Azkals give up two late goals, yield to Vietnamese LATEST STORIEScenter_img Nani served as Portugal’s captain after Cristiano Ronaldo was hurt during the first half of the extra-time victory over France in the 2016 European Championship final. He has 24 goals in 112 international appearances, including a goal against the U.S. at the 2014 World Cup.He has played for Sporting Lisbon (2005-07, 2014-15 and 2018-19), Manchester United (2007-14), Turkey’s Fenerbahce (2015-16), Spain’s Valencia (2016-17) and Italy’s Lazio (2017-18). He won four Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League with Manchester United.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments FILE – In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, Lazio’s Nani, top, and Udinese’s Bram Nuytinck go for the ball during a soccer match in Rome, Italy. Former Manchester United winger Nani has become the latest 30-plus star to join Major League Soccer after a career in Europe, agreeing to a three-year contract with Orlando City. The team said Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, that Nani was given a free transfer from Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon and will be a designated player who counts only partially against the team’s salary cap. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)ORLANDO, Florida — Former Manchester United winger Nani has become the latest 30-plus star to join Major League Soccer after a career in Europe, agreeing to a three-year contract with Orlando City.The team said Monday that Nani was given a free transfer from Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon and will be a designated player who counts only partially against the team’s salary cap.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerslast_img read more

first_imgForeign Minister Marjon V. Kamara has told Liberians that the withdrawal of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from Liberia by June 30, 2016, puts the nation at a crossroad. “We are being closely watched by the international community, to see if the years of reform and investments in democratic processes, including security sector reform will indeed yield sustainable peace,” Ambassador Kamara said. “Our partners have high expectations of us.”Minister Kamara made these remarks on Thursday, February 11, when she served as the Keynote Speaker at Liberia’s 59th Armed Forces Day celebrations, held at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) in Monrovia.She, however, expressed her confidence that Liberia can provide security and maintain peace after the inevitable departure of UNMIL. “I believe sincerely that we can and, indeed, we must,” she added.The new Foreign Minister nevertheless warned that the security of the state and the maintenance of peace in the post-UNMIL era will not and should not rest with the military alone. Reflecting on history, she said, sustainable security and continuing stability in this country will be defined more by the efforts all Liberians make – as a government and as a people – in addressing national challenges such as youth unemployment, reducing inequalities in income and opportunities, reconciliation and national healing, decentralizing social and security services, improving the quality of education and maintaining an enabling environment for investment. She indicated that cooperation and coordination between military and civil law institutions are key in the post-UNMIL environment; noting that the military can be useful in multidimensional ways in that environment.The Foreign Minister noted that some Liberians do not believe that Liberians have the ability to secure the country. “We must make our people understand – even if it means communicating in our local dialects – that there will remain a reduced UNMIL presence of military personnel and civilian police beyond June 30. However, security responsibilities once performed by UNMIL will now be solely in the hands of state security,” she clarified. Reflecting on the military in the past, the Minister said today’s Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has evolved to become the most educated in the nation’s history with specialized skills in many disciplines.“Our men and women in uniform reflect high quality and standards, integrity, loyalty and commitment not to any particular ethnic group but to the nation. They are being trained not only in national defense but also in strategic institution building and civic responsibilities,” she told the audience. She stated that the military has also moved beyond its traditional role to being more civil and has become true to its mandate, as enshrined in the National Defense Act of 2008, in building a respectable track record for supporting civil authority. “The Health Department of the Ministry and the Medical Command of the Armed Forces have been providing medical examinations, treatment and HIV/AIDS counseling as part of their outreach to communities,” she said.She thanked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is also Commander-in-Chief (CIC) of AFL, for her able and farsighted leadership and direction of the country and for the orientation of the nation’s security architecture, which began when she served as Chairperson of the Governance Reform Commission.Among other things, the Foreign Minister said that she is particularly impressed with the progress that the military has made in integrating women. “I understand that seven female officers and 73 enlisted women currently serve in the military, and that the Ministry of National Defense desires to reach a goal of 20 percent female enlistment.”Minister Kamara urged the Defense Ministry and the AFL to attain this target, which will contribute to the national objective of gender mainstreaming. “We congratulate the AFL for all of these exemplary works and the continuing dedication to helping breach capacity gaps and render assistance where it is needed. In the presence of UNMIL, the military has demonstrated that, in addition to its statutory responsibility to defend the territorial integrity of the state, it can provide effective support to civil authority. We expect them to do no less in the post UNMIL environment,” she added. The Foreign Minister reminded Liberians that they should not lose sight of the fact that the military is a part of the broader security architecture of the country that encompasses the police, immigration and other agencies. She asked these security agencies to collaborate under a well-coordinated framework to build synergies for the protection of Liberians within safe and secure borders. Ambassador Kamara also called on Liberians to envisage a post-UNMIL environment with a strong, well-trained, equipped and people-friendly national police force, decentralized and deployed throughout the length and breadth of this country. Following her speech, the Commander-In-Chief of the AFL, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf conferred upon her the nation’s Distinguished Service Order (DSO).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more