The Senate has ratified through concurrence with the House of Representatives 14 ECOWAS Conventions or Protocols signed by the Government of Liberia. The articles were submitted to the Legislature by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last August. Protocols ratified included the one establishing an ECOWAS Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau, which was formulated against the backdrop of various forms of crimes across West Africa and their effects on the socioeconomic development of countries in the sub-region. According to the document, CIIB as a specialized institution of ECOWAS is tasked with preventing and combating crimes across the sub-region, with the main objective of enhancing effectiveness and cooperation of competent authorities in member states to prevent and combat transnational crimes and other related offenses. Also ratified is the protocol to fight against corruption, which aims to promote and strengthen the development in each state effective mechanisms to prevent, suppress and eradicate corruption. The protocol seeks to intensify and revitalize cooperation among states with a view to making anti-corruption measures more effective and promoting harmony and coordination of national anti-corruption laws and policies.The now recessed Senate also ratified the Democracy and Governance Supplementary to the protocol relating to the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peace Keeping and Security. It seeks to supplement the protocol relating to the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peace Keeping and Security signed in Lome, Togo on December 10, 2001. The supplementary protocol contains new provisions that address issues relating to the prevention of internal crises, democracy and good governance, the rule of law and human rights. The lawmakers on the eve of their four-month break also concurred with the House of Representatives on an agreement on the cooperation in criminal matters between the police of member states of ECOWAS. This agreement came against the backdrop of the increase in crime and the need to put in place stringent measures to address “this serious mayhem which constitutes a serious threat to the security, peace and stability of countries in the region,” the release indicated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Long Beach State women’s water polo team came on strong to finish up its opening weekend of the regular season, beating Princeton and Cal State Northridge on Sunday in the Triton Classic in La Jolla. The 49ers (3-1) ran their winning streak to three under new coach Catharine von Schwarz and took ninth place in the tournament. Against Princeton, Cecilia Canetti scored three goals and goalie Kim Hayes made a career-best 12 saves to lead the 49ers to an 8-7 triumph. Marina Canetti – Cecilia’s sister – and Megan Winchell each had two goals in the win. Against the Matadors, Christina Wensman tallied three goals and Hayes totaled 10 saves in a 9-5 triumph. LBSU also got two goals apiece from Keala O’Sullivan and Rochelle Denaro against CSUN. “We came into the tournament with a lot of first-game jitters, but came out as a single team,” von Schwarz told reporters. “A couple of our goals were to improve with every game and every quarter, and we did that.” The 49ers play at Hawaii on Saturday. Softball Arizona State 6, 49ers 5: Long Beach State built a 5-0 lead before the Sun Devils rallied to win in a Kajikawa Classic game in Tempe, Ariz. Jessica Beaver hit a two-run home run and totaled three RBI for the 49ers (1-4). Also for LBSU, Brianna Goad went 2 for 4 and Whitney Radcliff went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Brooke LeSage had the other RBI for LBSU, which led 5-0 after 3 1/2 innings. The 49ers resume play Friday in Santa Barbara in the Softball by the Beach tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!