To Control Proliferation of Arms, Defense Ministry, Small Arms Commission Sign MOU

first_imgAuthorities of the Ministry of National Defense and the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). Under the MOU, both parties have recognized the need to put in place mechanism to control and properly account for weapons to support an effective arms-making, recordkeeping for tracing regime. In the MOU, the LiNCSA and the MOD/ Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) both members of the Peace, Justice, Security and Rule of Law Pillar recognized the need to put in place mechanism to control and properly account for weapons to support an effective arms-marking, recordkeeping and tracing regime. The parties also recognized the obligation of Liberia to adhere to Article 77 of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) Treaty relating to sanctions applicable in cases where a member state fails to fulfill its obligation to the country. Another point is that the parties recognized the need to ensure full compliance of Article 9 of the Treaty to create a National Database and Registry of Small Arms and light weapons. At yesterday’s ceremony at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) on UN Drive in Monrovia, Deputy and Acting Defense Ministers, Joseph F. Johnson signed on behalf of the Ministry, LiNSCSA Chairman; James M. Fromayan signed for the institution. The exercise, according to Mr. Fromayan, requires that state-owned arms such as the ones assigned to security personnel including the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) are mark within the Mano River Basin.For his part, Minister Johnson expressed gratitude for the occasion, because it aims to uncover several would be hidden small arms around the country and at the same time, to curtail the proliferation of arms.  The signing ceremony was witnessed by top brass of the AFL headed by the Chief of Staff (COS), Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankahn.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tobacco-sale rules proposed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“If there’s a community anywhere in this county that needs to have tobacco issues addressed, especially on their impact on youth, it’s the Antelope Valley,” Javier Flores, Pueblo u Salud’s executive director. Flores said he believes Lancaster should enact further regulations that would give it the authority to bar new tobacco retailers from locating closer to schools. “We believe it can be stricter,” he said. The No. 2 and 3 causes of death in the Antelope Valley are emphysema and lung cancer, for which the main risk factor is smoking, and the No. 1 is coronary heart disease, in which smoking is among the risk factors, according to a 2002 Los Angeles County study. Antelope Valley’s death rate from emphysema is the highest in Los Angeles County, twice the overall county rate, the study found. LANCASTER – City officials have proposed requiring a new city license for stores that sell cigarettes and other tobacco products, as a way of gaining authority to crack down on retailers that sell to juveniles. The ordinance introduced at last week’s City Council meeting does not impose new restrictions or duties on businesses that sell tobacco products, officials said, but is a way for the city to make sure stores comply with state and federal laws after a recent test found that 20 percent were willing to sell to juveniles, officials said. “It’s a matter of coming up with means of enforcing state law. Obviously the law isn’t being enforced if we have a rate of sales that high,” Councilman Andy Visokey said last week. Controls on tobacco sales and smoking in public places are being pushed by a nonprofit organization called Pueblo y Salud, which also supports Palmdale’s new ban on smoking in several places in Palmdale parks and favors a complete ban on smoking in city facilities. The valley’s death rate from lung cancer is the third highest in the county, about 30 percent higher than the county average, the study said. The Antelope Valley also has Los Angeles County’s highest rates of asthma among children and adults. Antelope Valley Chamber of Commerce leaders have not taken a stand on the license ordinance but are expected to review the proposal this week, president Steve Malicott said. Malicott said he assumed legitimate retailers would not object since the license seems to be aimed at enforcing existing federal and state laws. “We didn’t receive any feedback from any business that would be impacted,” he said. Lancaster School District trustee Diane Grooms said she supports licensing tobacco retailers because smoking is starting among middle school students. “It’s very easy for them to access tobacco products by saying, I’m buying it for my mom,” Grooms said.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