Last week, August 12, several countries, including Liberia, commemorated the International Youth Day to honor the actions of young people around the world to improve their well-being and that of their communities. During the said week, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia in close collaboration with the Catholic Media Center, Radio Veritas launched ;“Youth Media Education Program”(YMEP).In sic with the theme for this year’s IYD: “Youth Civic Engagement” and in preparation for the Conference on Youth Involvement in Peace and Security, Amman-Jordan, to which the Executive Director of MOP-Liberia has been selected from a list of over ten thousand applicants across the globe, MOP Liberia organized schools debate on highlighting the role as well as the meaningful involvement of young people in peace and security. The theme of the debate: “Should young people be involved in peace and security issues?”We agreed that in actualizing the role of young people in peace and security, it is essential to deal directly with the issues of poverty, cronyism and corruption. Youth should first ask themselves if they are part of the problems or the solution and if they have done enough for their school and society, whether their attitudes and behaviours are in tune with national development.We also agreed the only way to defend peace is to sustain it. Young people, they argued play a cardinal role in maintaining peace and security, therefore, should be meaningfully involved.We concluded our debate and dialogue on the motion that for peace and security to prevail over conflicts, violence and war, government, policy makers and implementers must invest in social security and commit to a strategic partnership with young people.We must teach young people to live in peace and promote a culture that engages youth in poverty alleviation programmes, such as vocational and literary skills development. The issues of corruption, cronyism has to be dealt with at all level. We must also educate the population, especially those in positions of authority on what to do to take the lofty SDGs from rhetoric to reality. As Aristotle said: Good habits formed at youth make all the difference”Messengers of Peace (MOP) – Liberia is keen to empower young people to unleash their potentials and form habits that put them in the right position. We cannot and must not be seen to encourage corrupt practices. Young people must be proud of their achievements and strive for excellence.Peace and Development in Liberia, especially as we cope with the aftermath of Ebola and the countdown to an Ebola free country is essential and achievable if we address issues of poverty, cronyism, bribe and corruption.Our Ebola Educates programme continues and we seek your support. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to the very important visitors to new MOP office located on Broad Street and look forward to others as we partner to eradicate Ebola from our country.Until next week, when we come to you with our concluding article on: “Ebola Educates: Poverty, Cronyism, Corruption and Development-Part IV”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
At around 3 a.m. this morning, national flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) initiated the biggest logistical operation in aviation history, moving from its old base Atatürk Airport to its new home, the enormous Istanbul Airport. London best pest control Many highways between the two airports are closed to traffic so the shifting process, which will take a continuous 45 hours, can be completed safely just before midnight tomorrow.The civil aviation adventure undertaken at Atatürk Airport, which has served for more than 80 years, says goodbye with the pride of having accomplished its mission successfully.Besides having made a big contribution to the country’s tourism and cargo transportation, the airport was also home to Turkish Airlines’ rise in global aviation.“We’re happy, we’re proud, but we’re also a little bit sad. We are about to launch an aviation emigration from Turkey’s biggest airport that has been a home to us, millions of our passengers and hundreds of thousands of our employees and has shared with them their memories, happiness, joy, everything, to the world’s largest airport,” THY Chairman İlker Aycı told reporters at a conference yesterday, elaborating on the latest developments and plans prior to the move.He said that they had completed all the preparations for strategically important works with international consultants, local authorities and all institutions and organizations with professionally prepared relocation plans. Aycı noted yesterday that 25 percent of the whole transfer, which had been in the process partially for some time, was completed, and that they were left with the large part.On the other hand, it was said yesterday that transportation planning was to consist of 686 trucks that night, while 1,386 other vehicles, accompanied by 700 THY vehicles, were also scheduled to participate.According previous statements, during the shift, equipment weighing around 47,300 tons will be carried to Istanbul Airport from Atatürk Airport. The load, consisting of over 10,000 pieces of equipment, from an aircraft-towing apparatus weighing 44,000 tons to extremely sensitive materials, is equivalent to a 5,000-truck volume.The trucks will carry this load a distance of 400,000 kilometers in 45 hours. Thus, the trucks will travel the equivalent of 10 times around the world. Over 1,800 personnel will work during the operation.“The last flight from Atatürk Airport will be made to Singapore. We will have completed our flights here with the Singapore flight,” Aycı said.The last plane to carry passengers from Atatürk Airport will fly to Singapore tomorrow at 2 a.m. Flights at Istanbul Airport will increase gradually as of tomorrow at 2 p.m. The first flight after the big move will be to Ankara’s Esenboğa Airport, Aycı noted.Now, Istanbul Airport will have a big mission to contribute to Turkey’s tourism and its rise in global aviation, according to the THY chairman.“Istanbul will be the most important route for transit passengers. With our fleet that will grow even more with our new wide body aircraft, we will fly to new destinations from the new airport,” said Aycı. He also said that they would provide new cities flights to Istanbul though Turkish Airlines with renewed agreements with countries and airline companies that do not fly to Turkey.“There are airline companies from China among those who will fly to Istanbul. We are also waiting for Japanese airline companies,” Aycı added.Once all stages are completed, Istanbul Airport will be the world’s biggest international airport, covering 76.5 million square meters. The “world’s new hub” officially opened on Oct. 29, 2018, the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic. The grand opening ceremony was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish ministers, officials and heads of state from around the world.The airport has the potential to welcome 90 million passengers annually, and following the second phase of construction, expected to be completed in 2023, this number will reach about 200 million. The airport will operate flights to about 350 destinations worldwide, thus becoming one of the main aviation centers in the world.