To succeed in life, a one time greatest boxer of all times, Mohammed Ali said, “ The will must be greater than the skills”. I have come to realize as well that what we become in life is contingent on the choices we make, the opportunities we take and how we react to the challenges we face. The universe would be better places for all if our operating ethos were centered on peace, love, understanding and tolerance. We need to respect the dignity of human beings. As we continue our piece on peace and security from the perspective of young people, we would like to present the views of a young volunteer peace messenger, Nathan N. Gbelee who combines skills, determination and will to succeed. Nathan is 19 years old and is an outgoing senior at the Salvation Army Len Miller High School. Below are his views on the Amman Youth Declaration on Peace and Security-(Gwendolyn Myers-Executive Director/Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc)Nathan N. GbeleePersonally my definition of peace is the ability of living without fear with yourself, your peers, community dwellers and others at large. It is not only the absence of war but living in harmony in societies free from diseases, famine and any form of violence.Peace is very important to me because it is indispensable. We all can’t live without it or co-exist without peace, it is only in a peaceful environment that things get improved, developed or standardized, it is very impossible to have a developed mind or society without peace, therefore peace is very important.On the roles of young people in peace and security, it is important to get involved. In line with this philosophy, I became a volunteer peace messenger because of the need to serve and to live the world a better place for generation after me. I am motivated by the great contribution of men and women like, Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Joan of Arc, Madam Leymah Gbowee and other freedom fighters not only by what they did but the great messages of encouragement put in place. Though I have never volunteered before, Messengers of Peace Liberia will help train me and expose me to opportunities that would unleash my many abilities and create a path or an avenue where I will explore my many abilities. I have an important role to play in my police Academy Community in Paynesville city. To the young people of Liberia, we are people who will be needed to operate state and other important affairs and a prerequisite to that is high level of preparation, one thing we must remember is this, “prepared things are for prepared people”. The messages of peace and participation in peace based initiatives should be the cardinal pillars for young people.In the next five years I dream of a Liberia that will be a place of opportunity for everyone not looking at religions, political affiliation, or status in society, managed and operated by prepared young people.Until next week, when we come back to you with Nathan’s review of the Amman declaration, peace first and May peace prevail in our time! Youth, Peace and Security. #Youth4PeaceShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Besiktas are planning an ambitious move for Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, according to reports in Turkey.The Turkish champions are believed to have a huge transfer war chest this summer ahead of their return to the Champions League group stages and have lined up a £25m bid for the Belgian. City are extremely unlikely to sell their club captain this summer, who is determined to make an impression on new head coach Pep Guardiola. According to Fanatik, Besiktas are still set to go ahead with the bid as they aim to turn Kompany’s head with the view of perhaps signing him in a future transfer window. Kompany has been at City since 2008 and has led the club to two Premier League titles as captain. Vincent Kompany 1
WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Senate heads this week for a vote on immigration reform, Sen. Dianne Feinstein is trying to reshape it with a biometric “orange card.” The proposal by California’s senior senator is the latest attempt to significantly change a compromise bill that would create a tiered system granting green cards to millions of illegal immigrants based on how long they’ve been in the U.S. Feinstein, who has called that approach “unrealistic,” aims to replace it with a single process that legalizes all undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. since January 1, 2006, and also meet other requirements like criminal background checks. “If a bipartisan majority agrees that an earned legalization program is a critical part of a comprehensive immigration reform bill, then the program must work on the streets,” Feinstein said Monday on the Senate floor. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsHer amendment – which could come for a vote today – would require all illegal immigrants to submit fingerprints for criminal background checks and register with the Homeland Security Department for an “orange card” application. Applicants would have to pass a criminal and national security check; demonstrate English language and U.S. history proficiency; pay back taxes; and pay a $2,000 fine. Those who qualified would be issued a biometric card allowing them to live and work legally in the U.S., as well as travel in and out of the country. Then, after six years of provable work history and tax payment, they could apply for a green card. An immigrant’s “place in line” for a green card would correspond to the length of time he or she had been in the U.S., with those in the country the longest considered first. Feinstein estimated it could take eight to 12 more years for final adjustment of status. “Here we have a pathway that requires an individual to show over a substantial period of time that they have been and will continue to be a responsible and productive member of America society,” Feinstein said. “This is not amnesty. Nothing happens immediately. If an individual cannot demonstrate these things, they will not receive a green card at the end of this long pathway, and then at that time they are deportable,” she said. A number of Democrats have expressed support for Feinstein’s plan, including Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. The measure is similar to one that Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., proposed earlier this year. Yet with votes coalescing around the compromise bill known as the Hagel-Martinez legislation (named for its authors Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and Mel Martinez, R-Fla.,) immigration analysts say Feinstein stands little chance. “People have now made a commitment to the compromise,” said Tamar Jacoby, an immigration expert at the Manhattan Institute. She agreed with Feinstein that the tiered approach poses problems, but said it now has momentum behind it and is the vehicle immigration advocates are counting on. The Hagel-Martinez bill requires illegal immigrants who have been in the U.S. fewer than two years to voluntarily leave the country or be deported. Those who have been in the U.S. more than two years would have to leave the country for a background check but then be readmitted. Those who have been here longer than five years could stay in the country while applying for an adjustment of status. [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!