Civil Society Group Condemns Violence in Sinoe

first_imgThe Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Liberia along with its working group on concessions has condemned the recent violence at Butaw in Sinoe County. The CSO has therefore called on the Independent Human Rights Commission to conduct an investigation into the incident.The Civil Society Council’s view in a statement about recent attacks at the Golden Veroleum oil palm plantation in Sinoe County notes that it is troubled by the wave of violence in the country leading up to the withdrawal of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).The council in the statement called on state institutions, particularly the Liberia National Police to use the law to bring perpetrators of the violence to book and to ensure that the rights of every party are observed under due process.The Civil Society Council in its “non-judgmental” view also urged communities to exercise restraint, avoid all forms of violence and seek peaceful redress to their grievances.Given the many violent instances between concessions and host communities, the council called on government to devise alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to find solutions to the emerging problems.It also called on UNMIL to intervene by increasing security to the LNP in order to prevent the problem from escalating further.Meanwhile, violence has been creeping into the country over time raising concerns as to what Liberia will become when UNMIL leaves the ground.On April 16 there was a wave of violence in Monrovia between motorcyclists and the LNP, which led to the burning of police depots in Paynesville.About two weeks ago, there was violence that arose from an accident leading to the death of a motorcyclist in Ganta, Nimba County, and a truck was set ablaze by angry motorcyclists.In the past a wave of violence had stormed communities in which Sime Darby operates in western Liberia.These incidents of violence coupled with accusations of police brutality leaves the public wondering where the country will be in the aftermath of UNMIL’s departure.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies earn back-to-back wins over weekend

first_imgWith back-to-back wins, the Huskies improved their record to .500 (8-8-0-0) and sit in the middle of the NWJHL standings.The sled dogs will next take to the ice on Friday, Dec. 2, when they are back in Beaverlodge for another clash with the Blades. On Friday, Nov.25, the Huskies found themselves in enemy territory, taking on long-time rival the Junior Canucks. Despite a 1-0 Dawson Creek lead after one period, the Huskies evened the game in the second while on the power play. Cody Hildebrand scored with the man advantage, with assists going to Robbie Sidhu and recent addition to the Huskies roster, Cody Poggenpohl.Although, the Junior Canucks would score again later in the second frame to conclude the period with the Huskies down 2-1.Fortunately, the Huskies were not discouraged trailing after two periods, and would once again benefit from the man advanatage. Robbie Sidhu tied the game on the power play roughly four minutes into the third period, and Jamie Watson scored the Huskies’ third and game winning goal, once again while on the man advantage. Poggenpohl and rookie leader Dave Marshell would earn the assists on the game winning goal.- Advertisement -Sidhu, Captain Cody Hildebrand and newcomer Cody Poggenpohl all finished the game with two points.Saturday, Nov. 26, the boys were in Beaverlodge to take on the not-so-sharp Bades. To the surprise of many, Fort St. John only led by a single goal after one period, as they entered the second up 3-2. Head coach Gary Alexander must have said something during the first intermission to spark his club, who put on an eight goal performance in the remaining two frames, to earn an 11-3 victory.Robbie Sidhu would finish the game with a 7 point (2 goal, 5 assists) performance under his belt. Forward Cole Calliou also registered 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) and Brighton Campbell lit the lamp three times for a hat-trick. Multiple other Huskies finished the game with multi-point games.Advertisementlast_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, August 24

first_img1 Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, August 24 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Manchester City have dropped their interest in Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 20, after being told he will cost a minimum of £50m. (Sunday Mirror) Manchester United are close to signing Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, 26, for a British-record transfer fee that could be worth up to £56m. (Sky Sports) United have made a second bid for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, 27, which also includes an unnamed player going the other way. (Daily Star Sunday) Mario Balotelli, 24, could become a Liverpool player in a £16m deal on Monday – but the Reds have ended their interest in former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o, 33. (Liverpool Echo) Eto’o is thought to have demanded £100,000 a week to join Liverpool but is now understood to be in talks with Everton, although the Toffees could face competition for his services from the Middle East. (Sunday Mirror) Balotelli will not sign a special code of conduct clause at Anfield. The striker’s representative Mino Raiola claims the contract will be no different to any other future Liverpool deals and says Balotelli’s move should be finalised before Tuesday. (Sunday Express) Arsenal are considering Atletico Madrid’s Toby Alderweireld, 25, as replacement for Thomas Vermaelen, who was recently sold to Barcelona. (Daily Star Sunday) The Gunners are also tracking Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas, 23, who featured for Greece at this summer’s World Cup and is also interesting Manchester United. (Sunday Express) Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 33, is set to leave the club after losing his place to Thibaut Courtois. (Mail on Sunday) Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini wants England international James Milner to sign a new deal but the 28-year-old winger will make City wait. (Sun on Sunday)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Balotelli will give Liverpool ‘completely new dimension’, says former Reds aceExclusive – Redknapp reveals remarkable Balotelli taleExclusive – Former Liverpool star admits fears over Balotelli dealTransfer Insider: Liverpool plan second striker swoop and Madrid star to reject Man United moveExclusive: Federico Fazio ‘practically a Tottenham player’Ex-Manchester United midfielder set to snub Premier League duoArsenal transfer boost: Blanc admits PSG starlet could leaveSwansea face fresh competition in fight for FrenchmanReal Madrid plot shock loan move for Man United defenderWest Ham target set for Swansea switchWest Ham and Sunderland target keen on moveNapoli to land West Ham targetlast_img read more

Rock ‘n’ roll footballers? ‘It’s been pretty dull since Cantona’

first_imgEach week a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. And this week’s it’s Mark Collins from The Charlatans…What’s your favourite talkSPORT Show and why?Any live football show. I like football.talkSPORT gives you your own show, what’s it’s called and what’s it about?Balls. Football and cricket.Who are the greatest football team in the land?Manchester United, of course.Who is the most rock ‘n’ roll player playing the beautiful game right now?It’s been pretty dull since Eric Cantona.If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live?Rolling Stones.Who’s gonna sing the National Anthem?John Lydon.What track are the players walking down the tunnel and onto the pitch to?Death Or Glory (The Clash).What’s on the stereo in the dressing room to psyche the players up?Motorhead.You build your own rock ‘n’ roll five-a-side team, who’s in it?70s Elvis in goal, Van Morrison, Morrissey, Debbie Harry and Prince up front.You get to pick one footballer to work as roadie with your band. Who is it and what do you have them doing? Lionel Messi, making tea.What’s going on with the band/for you as an artist at the moment?Playing festivals, writing songs, playing more shows and recording…..Ace! ‘It’s been pretty dull since Eric Cantona’ – The Charlatans’ verdict on rock ‘n’ roll footballers 1last_img read more

GAA: DONEGAL NEW YORK GFC NEWS

first_imgDonegal NY’s Senior panel took a stride toward Knockout silverware Sunday with a 3-10 to 0-3 hammering of Armagh.Conor Lynam took Man of the Match honors with his 2-03 scoring bits, helped along by Steven Lynch, Enda Gaffney (0-3), and Sean Manley. Micket Annett added a goal and Shane Boyle, Mike Molloy, and PJ Flanagan also scored.Next up for Pat McGill’s lads is Cork on Sunday 19 May at 530 pm. The Tir Conaill team has already bested Cork in a championship game and the Rebel County won the right to face Donegal with a forfeit victory over a shorthanded Tyrone squad following Donegal win over Armagh.  GAA: DONEGAL NEW YORK GFC NEWS was last modified: May 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: DONEGAL NEW YORK GFC NEWSlast_img read more

Women ‘living in fear’ at asylum seekers’ residence in Donegal

first_imgConcerns have been raised about the treatment of asylum seekers staying in emergency accommodation in Portsalon.Approximately 11-12 women and children have been staying in a B&B residence in the seaside village for the past number of weeks.But problems have been reported with the accommodation which led to a visit from a representative of MASI, the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, this week. Women have complained about being shouted at and there have also been allegations that they were told they could not leave the house.Some women claim they were threatened with deportation if they complained about issues.Lucky Khambule, the co-founder of MASI, visited the house on Saturday following reports of mistreatment.He told Donegal Daily that two women have already been removed from the residence as a result of the issues. “The main thing the ladies are concerned about, which is really frightening to them, is the way that they are being spoken to in the centre.“They are being made to feel that they need to beg for everything.“And when they try to address an issue, they are being shut down.”Mr Khambule continued: “When you speak to a person, you can see their body language, you can see the fear from these ladies.“They said there was a meeting with the owner last Tuesday but it was more like a telling session. “They were threatened that if they complained the police would be called and they would be deported,” Mr Khambule said.Children and babies as young as 7 months old are also being housed in the residence.“Our concern is the people that are there have experience of torture and now they have come here. They think they are going to be safe, when something like this happens, it brings back all the memories of their home,” Mr Khambule.Mr Khambule said MASI is currently preparing a report for the government Reception & Integration Agency (RIA) on the Portsalon residence and on other cases across the country. “The RIA is responsible for the accommodation of asylum seekers, so they are responsible for whoever they put to take care of the people,” he said.“I visit a lot of centres and not many of them meet any criteria of care.“Donegal Senator Padraig MacLochlainn, who was made aware of the claims this week, said an investigation must be carried out to determine the truth.“The Department of Justice needs to investigate this immediately.“I would withhold judgement on the truth of the allegations, but they have to be investigated,” he said.Senator MacLochlainn said he is opposed to the Direct Provision system and to asylum seekers being sent to the far reaches of the country.He said that it is unfair to asylum seekers and to communities when people are brought to far-out areas.“The key asylum seeker organisations at a national level have made it clear that they are totally opposed to this policy of asylum seekers being a long distance from Dublin,” Senator MacLochlainn said.“All of their business is in Dublin – their legal applications and supports. The system that is in place is not in the best interest of the asylum seekers themselves.”“We have had a serious depletion of resources in the Fanad peninsula for so many years – our post offices, garda numbers and health services. Fanad is a wonderful place to live for sure, but to send people involuntarily such a long distance away is deeply unfair.”Mr Khambule of MASI added that housing asylum seekers in a location such as Portsalon, far from main towns and public transport, is not suitable.“We suggest that RIA find a new place for those people. There is no future there, they will never find work and they will ever be able to integrate. They are just isolated and there is no progress in their lives.“It took me almost five hours to drive from Dublin to go there (Portsalon). How do you put people who are not even familiar with the country in a place like that.“The only option is to remove those people there and find a place somewhere else,” Mr Khambule said.Women ‘living in fear’ at asylum seekers’ residence in Donegal was last modified: August 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:asylum seekerscomplaintsdonegalPortsalonlast_img read more

Three big things: Tradition beats innovation as Giants down Rays

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–The game of baseball is changing before our eyes.No team exemplifies that better than the Tampa Bay Rays. Perhaps no franchise struggled to accept that more than the San Francisco Giants.But as baseball evolves and the sports embraces modern analytics, technology and strategies, there’s still a place for tradition. In a 6-4 win over the Rays on Saturday, the Giants were able to prove that for at least one day, their approach can still work.As the Giants improved to 3-6 and …last_img read more

Galaxy-Spangled Banner Unfurled

first_imgThe Hubble team has unveiled a new deep field image of distant galaxies, the “Hubble Ultra Deep Field Infrared WFC3/IR.”  The image, available at the HubbleSite, was taken with the new Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) installed during the latest servicing mission.    It’s been 5 years since the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (03/09/2004; see APOD) and almost 14 years since the initial Hubble Deep Field (1996; see APOD) that awed the world with revelations of the wonders to be found in a tiny patch of blank sky.  The new image, which took 4 days and 173,000 seconds of exposure time to produce, hones in on a portion of the 2004 Ultra field at infrared wavelengths.  The press release explains what is seen:NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has made the deepest image of the universe ever taken in near-infrared light.  The faintest and reddest objects in the image are galaxies that formed 600 million years after the Big Bang.  No galaxies have been seen before at such early times.  The new deep view also provides insights into how galaxies grew in their formative years early in the universe’s history.Space.com and PhysOrg posted information on the image, with a video on the latter zooming into the field of view.    The fact that we can see galaxies so far back presents another problem.  New Scientist reported that “The universe is far more transparent at high energies than we thought.”  Astronomers are perplexed that distant blazars are brighter than they should be if theories of how high-energy photons interact with infrared photons is correct.  It seems to suggest that the infrared background left over from star formation in early galaxies is at the lower limit of expectations.  “The amount of infrared is really right at the minimum you would expect from what we know about star formation and evolution,” says Rene Ong (UCLA).  “It’s becoming a problem.”We are blessed to live in a privileged time, when high-technology telescopes are bringing sights like this home (compare with this stunning naked-eye view on APOD).  If the heavens declared the glory of God to the shepherd boy David, how much more do they today?    Notice that the astronomers seemed surprised to see whole galaxies existing just 600 million years after the Big Bang.  It’s another confirmation of the “lumpiness problem” in cosmology, in which structure appears abruptly as far back as we see.  And the amount of infrared light expected from “what we know about star formation and evolution” (where know means thought we knew) is out of sync.  What’s at fault: theory, or observation?  Astronomers tend to get cocky about what they think they know about star formation (example at PhysOrg).  Science should favor observation.    What about all this talk of billions of years, though?  What do Biblical creationists do about the light-distance and time problem?  First, recognize that it’s a problem for the Big Bang theory as well (see CMI article).  Second, a Biblical solution may be simpler than you think.  Consider one example: an explanation by Dr. Jason Lisle posted by 4th Day Alliance.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

More resources to combat Aids

first_img“We are budgeting to extend screening of pregnant mothers coming into the public health system and to phase in an improved drug regimen to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission,” Manuel said in his 2009/10 Budget speech. The state’s tuberculosis programme also received additional resources. 12 February 2009 He said a new unit to address the quality of service provision was included in the government’s health spending proposals. “This will be named the National Office for Standards Compliance and it will set and audit norms and standards for hospitals and primary care centres.” Manuel acknowledged the complexity of the challenges facing the country’s health services, and the strain on resources associated with a rising disease burden. South Africa’s state anti-retroviral programme now covers 630 000 people, and the medium term expenditure framework provides for an increase to 1.4-million people by 2011/12. “The development of a National Health Insurance System is aimed at improving the equity of health care financing and enhancing the quality of care for all South Africans,” he said. He said policy interventions supported in the Budget focused both on health facilities and services, and on more aggressively combating the causes of ill-health. Manuel said the department would receive 18 new hospitals in the next three years. “A total of 31 hospitals are under construction, 18 of which will be completed over the next three years.” The 2009/10 Budget makes provision for further improvements in the remuneration of South African health professionals and for the continued expansion of the country’s hospital revitalisation programme. Source: BuaNews An extra R932-million will be added to the Health Department’s HIV/Aids grant in 2009/10 to extend the screening of pregnant mothers, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel told Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday. Manuel also announced an additional R1.8-billion to introduce three new child vaccines to reduce deaths from pneumonia and diarrhoea.last_img read more

South Africa’s Standard Bank “Most Innovative Investment Bank in Africa’

first_imgGlobal finance magazine The Banker has named South Africa’s Standard Bank as the Most Innovative Investment Bank from Africa, citing the bank’s “sector expertise, skill and relationships across the continent’ as central to its winning the accolade.The win is a decided plus for the country’s financial services sector, which in 2012 counted “over R6 trillion in assets, of which, the banking sector assets represent just over 50 percent’. According to the Banking Association of South Africa, the sector “contributes about 10.5% to gross domestic product (GDP), taxes amount to over 15% of GDP and employment represents about 4%’.Since the Banks Act was introduced in 1990, the sector has boomed, with new banking licences being issued. By the end of 2001, the number of registered banks in the country had grown to 43.The early 90s were a volatile time for the industry, but consolidation, technology and legislation has meant the fittest have survived to contest the space, with the banking system comparing well with those of industrialised nations. This makes the country a “strategic gateway’ and has led to foreign banks establishing offices in South Africa, making the local landscape more competitive.According to the World Economic Forum, “SA banks are rated 2nd out of 144 countries for soundness, while the country was rated 3rd for financial sector development.’ The sector is also leaps ahead in technology, with major banks releasing mobile and desktop banking applications, along with text-based mobile apps and payment systems to reach lower-income consumer bases.Most Innovative Investment Bank from AfricaDavid Munro, chief executive, corporate and investment banking (CIB), Standard Bank, said of the award, “We truly appreciate receiving this prestigious award. It is an external, objective assessment of what we are trying to achieve at CIB – ensuring that large global multi-national corporations, and South African companies, are able to do business in Africa; and providing access for African companies to the international capital markets.”The Banker’s statement on the win says that “The group of judges was particularly impressed with Standard Bank’s role in Seplat IPO, Osun State’s sukuk in Nigeria, Aspen Pharmacare’s $2.7bn-worth of loans and Johannesburg’s R1.46bn green bond.’ Standard Bank further says that its Investment Banking franchise played a role in key deals in the continent’s mining and metals, oil and gas, and power and infrastructure sectors.Transactions the bank has been involved in include the largest debut bond in sub- Saharan Africa to date: the Republic of Kenya’s $2-billion debut sovereign bond. Judges for the award included senior editorial staff from The Banker and executives from a range of Africa-focused advisory firms and investment companies.According to The Banker, Standard Bank’s top six markets are said to be South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola, Mozambique and Ghana.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more