AU Diplomat to Address FSI Ambassadorial Lecture Forum

first_imgAmbassador Harrison Oluwatoyin Solaja, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, is expected to serve as Guest Lecturer at the Ambassadorial Lecture Forum (ALF) of the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute (FSI).The ALF, which is slated for Wednesday, August 26, at 3 p.m., will be held in the C. Cecil Dennis, Jr. Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Ambassador Solaja will be the sixth lecturer of the ALF, which was launched on January 3, 2010. Ambassador Solaja, a Nigerian, born on November 25, 1956, is a 1980 graduate of the University of Ife. Among his rich list of credentials, the AU Diplomat served from 2005 to 2008 as Nigeria’s Minister Plenipotentiary at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, D.C., USA. He also served as Chief of Protocol of his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from September 2009 to July 2011.He assumed the position of Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission to Liberia and Sierra Leone on October 4, 2011. In the first Ambassadorial Lecture Forum held in 2010, H.E. Chief Ojo Maduekwe, CFR, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, served as Guest Lecturer. That lecture recognized Ambassador Charles T. O. King, who served as Liberia’s first Ambassador to the then newly independent Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1961 to 1968.The fifth ALF was held on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. The Guest Lecturer was H.E. Masilo Esau Mabeta, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Liberia. That lecture recognized Ambassador Neh Rita Sangai Dukuly-Tolbert, former Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, France, Spain and Switzerland. Meanwhile, on the day of the sixth ALF, Ambassador E. Sumo Jones will be the honoree. Among the honoree’s many credentials, including serving as Acting Head of State of Liberia for three days in October 1981, he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary accredited to the Republic of Guinea from 2007 to 2012. He had also served as Superintendent and Senator of Lofa County in the 1970s and early 1980. In September 1981, he served as Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs.The Forum highlights Liberia’s former ambassadors’ role and contribution to Liberian Diplomacy and Foreign Policy achievements and also presents an opportunity for lectures on topical diplomatic issues on the international agenda. The outcome of the ALF will be a documentation of activities of Liberia Foreign Service officers, who have made immense contributions to Liberia’s Foreign Policy over the years. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Project lawsuit almost resolved

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“It is involving potential litigation and potentially the sale and purchase of property,” said Interim City Manager Adolfo Reta. The city along with developer Magnus Sunhill have acquired almost all the property needed to move forward with the large scale development project. But development has been stalled since a series of lawsuits were filed. The city filed an eminent domain lawsuit in October against property owners Pin Zu Wu and V.H.D. Investment. V.H.D. investment, Wu, and Bill Chang, who owns the apartments at 150 S. Garfield Ave., filed an open-meeting lawsuit saying the city authorized eminent domain without properly notifying the public. In January, Wu and V.H.D. Investment filed a separate lawsuit against the city for allegedly violating the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act. Calls to Wu’s attorney, Robert Silverstein, were not returned. Once the lawsuits are out of the way, progress can be made on the development. “At this point, they have only one more property to go,” said economic development director Margarita Cruz. Ultimately, the project will consist of 109 condominiums and nearly 71,000 square feet of commercial space. Ray Wan, the project manager for developer Magnus Sunhill, said retail interest has been significant. The location, Wan added, is “great.” “It is in the heart of downtown,” Wan said. The project will feature restaurants, stores and condos. If the project continues, 16 families who now live in apartments, and 11 business owners will need to be relocated. The city has developed a relocation plan, which was released in March. The total relocation cost is projected at $2 million, which will be paid for by the developer, Magnus Sunhill Group, who has so far negotiated with three of five property owners. This is the second significant mixed-use project in the city. The Atlantic Times Square, slated to be open 2009, is currently under construction, Cruz said. jennifer.mclain@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEREY PARK – A lawsuit that has stalled a multi-million dollar redevelopment project is on the brink of being settled, officials said. The Monterey Park City Council at a special meeting today will discuss negotiations about the last remaining property that needs to be acquired before moving forward with the Monterey Park Towne Centre. The two-acre, $38 million redevelopment project will be built at the southeast corner of Garvey and Garfield avenues. City officials would not elaborate on the specifics of the negotiations. last_img read more