UN Security Council in session (Courtesy: UN/Evan Schneider).Commends use of legal mechanism for resolution of disputes; wants timely conclusion of electionsThe UN Security Council congratulated the Liberian people and government, as well as political leaders, civil society organizations, and the media, for the peaceful conduct of October 10 presidential and House of Representatives elections.In a release issued in New York, the members of the Security Council commended international partners and UNMIL for their support in elections preparation and applauded the role of international, regional, and domestic election observation missions for their contributions to the transparency of the electoral process.They also commended Liberia’s National Elections Commission’s conduct in an expeditious tallying process and timely announcement of results.The members of the Security Council commended the Government of Liberia, political parties, and the National Elections Commission for the use of established legal mechanisms to address complaints about the conduct of the October 10 election.They called on Liberian claimants and institutions to resolve any disputes, including pending litigation, in an appropriate, fair, transparent, and expeditious manner with a view to permitting the timely conclusion of Liberia’s electoral process and a peaceful transition of power to a new president in accordance with timelines outlined in Liberia’s Constitution.The members of the Security Council called upon leaders of all political parties to continue to refrain from incitement of followers toward any violent action.They noted the importance of a credible and peaceful second round presidential election and called upon Liberians to ensure the elections are free, fair, credible, and transparent, including through the full participation of women.The Security Council reiterated that the responsibility for the preparation, security, and conduct of free, fair and transparent elections rests with the Liberian authorities.They also reiterated their call for international partners to continue to support the Liberian authorities, including through the deployment of international electoral observers, with a view to ensuring the credibility of the second round of elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Save Cancel Text Edit Window College of the Canyons’ baseball team, which went 14-10 last season, will open its season Feb. 27 at the Southwest Conference Tournament, and coach Chris Cota has a good feel for his team. The Cougars finished third in the Western State Conference last season behind Valley and Bakersfield, and Cota expects they will contend this year despite not having a lot of power. “We’re going to have to play catch on defense, throw strikes and manufacture some runs,” Cota said. “For the most part, we’re going to have to do the little things to score runs.” COC is returning two All-Conference players, shortstop Brian Chavez and left fielder Matt Stevens. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Chavez (Quartz Hill High), who was drafted out of high school, will head to the University of San Francisco on scholarship after his sophomore season. “He’s a five-tool guy,” Cota said. Freshman third baseman Kyle Eveland (Palmdale High), who was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks, will add strength in the infield. “I feel fortunate to have players like that on the left side of the field,” Cota said. The Cougars also return catchers Mike Scripture (Saugus High) and Kevin Steinhardt (Chaminade High in West Hills). Cota said they likely will split time behind the plate. Throwing to them will be a solid pitching staff featuring seven left-handers. “We’re really happy about our pitching staff,” Cota said. “We feel comfortable throwing nine or 10 guys out there.” Left-hander Steven Pujol (San Fernando High), at 6-foot-6, provides an imposing presence. “He’s a big, physical kid,” Cota said. “He’s got a good mix of pitches, throws in mid- to upper-80s and just knows how to pitch.” Fellow left-handed pitcher Mike Robbins (Village Christian High of Sun Valley) offers something different. “He’s not so much of a power guy,” Cota said. “He’s really competitive, knows how to pitch also, and I expect good things.” Crunch time: COC’s men’s golf team has completed four rounds of the 17-round qualifier coach Gary Peterson will use to determine his roster. There are 24 players in contention for a spot. Peterson, who expects to make some cuts today, says the windy conditions have tested his golfers. “This is where we can find out who can grind and who can’t grind,” he said. Fundraiser: The golf team will hold a fundraising tournament at Valencia Country Club on Jan. 30. For more information, call Peterson at (805) 320-0376. Nathan Brown, (818) 713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org Save Cancel160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!