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A Dangerous Development Which Must Be Checked With Great Urgency

first_imgThe reported violent attack by thugs on peaceful children attending a party hosted by Representative Yekeh Kolubah, is a dangerous development which must be checked with great urgency. Also, reports linking Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee to the violence and the lukewarm response of the Police to the situation warrants a public inquiry into these developments with the view to clamping a lid on any future occurrence of similar nature.This is particularly so because this is the second of such violent incidents involving thuggish attacks on individuals perceived to be in opposition or critical of the President or officials of his Government. It can be recalled that Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence and Cornelia Kruah Togba, then aspirant for the District 13 seat, had reported that they were attacked by thugs during a political rally in District 13, November 17, 2018.Sen. Lawrence: “They surrounded my vehicle, but fortunately, residents of the community came to my rescue and took me to a secure location. Distinguished colleagues, I panicked for myself and the crowd especially the children who were escaping the chaotic scene caused by the mayor of the City of Monrovia,” Senator Karnga Lawrence explained in a letter to the Senate.“I was a hostage for about two hours before being escorted by the community dwellers to my vehicle,” she continued. “As a result of the pandemonium and mayhem, we had to use the back road to escape the scene. Pro-Temp and distinguished colleagues, I wish to request an inquiry into this matter which has the propensity to undermine the peace and stability of the country.”Since then then there has been no arrest by the Police and, up to present, it is not known what has become of the promised Police investigation into the November 17, 2018 matter. However, the principal figure named in the fracas, Jefferson Koijee, is reported to have since filed a defamation suit against Senator Karnga Lawrence and Cornelia Kruah Togba. Not much has been heard of the case since. The Senate had declared it was going to launch an investigation into their colleague’s complaint but it is not known whether any progress has been made in this direction.But the recent development on the Old Road, where a children’s party was attacked by thugs and where gunshots are reported to have been fired, is indeed troubling and strongly reminiscent of the days of the Samuel K. Doe National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL), when armed thugs of that party were routinely unleashed on peaceful citizens during political rallies. This newspaper recalls the burning of the Daily Observer and FootPrints newspapers. This newspaper also recalls the burning of the home and library of eminent statesman and former Secretary of State, J. Rudolph Grimes by NDPL thugs.This newspaper is constrained to warn that these developments portend danger for this country and if such is left unchecked, the country runs the risk of a relapse into violent conflict because what the country is now bearing witness to appears indistinguishable from those acts which precipitated the nation’s slide into violent conflict.And judging from hindsight, unleashing armed thugs on peaceful citizens and attempting to smother free speech, are certainly more likely than not to engender resistance. And such resistance as experience from other countries have shown, has great potential to easily snowball into something much beyond the control of the government. We recall for instance the developments in Burkina Faso which ignited a peoples uprising that sent dictator Blaise Compaore fleeing into exile.Coming back to home, this newspaper is constrained to ask just what do officials of this government led by President Weah hope to achieve by attempting to stifle dissent through violent means. As the economic situation continues to worsen by the day, government officials would do well not to arouse the frustration and ire of the people by its failure to address worsening economic conditions but yet at the same time chasing perceived political enemies.This newspaper recalls that during the 12 years of President Sirleaf’s rule, members of the Congress for Democratic Change were her most vociferous opponents. They mounted street demonstrations toting caskets and calling for her to step down. Current House Speaker Bhofal Chambers was perhaps her most vocal opponent. He castigated her unceasingly and even refused to shake her hand when she extended it. Why then and from where is all such displayed intolerance coming from?But again what can one say in defense of President Sirleaf, except for the singular fact that she tolerated free speech and never ever did she unleash or caused to be unleashed, armed thugs on peaceful citizens for expressing divergent opinion. But she may have grossly erred in judgment on generational change. And she did all within her power to ensure that she transitioned power to this new generation of leaders who appear to be conveying the distinct impression that theirs was all about self and not the nation.In the final analysis, this newspaper cannot help but remind President Weah of the dangerous path on which his advisors are taking him. Liberians have suffered so much instability and endured so much and therefore any further signs by this government pointing to a return to the ugly past will more likely than not engender resistance.  Further, the last thing any well-meaning Liberian would wish to see is another intervention by the military in national political life, judging from the experience of the past. Accordingly, it behooves President Weah to stop allowing people to use his hands to draw their roasted palm nuts  from the fire because it is his hands that may get burned instead.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Weather unfavourable for firefighting efforts: BC Wildfire Service

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Four evacuation alerts are in place for the areas north of Fort St. John that could be affected by fires, including one on the area around the Beatton Airport Road fire that was taken out of effect for a brief period.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds said they recommended to the PRRD that an alert could be put back in place as the fire had grown since it was taken out.Meanwhile, windy conditions in the region — reaching up to 60 kilometres an hour — are expected to keep efforts to defeat the fires at bay. Fire Information Officer Emily Epp with the BC Wildfire Service says cooler temperatures are expected.- Advertisement -“We aren’t seeing any significant relief any time soon in the weather forecast,” she said. “We might get a little bit of rain on Sunday, but we’re expecting it to go back to seasonal conditions with no precipitation.”The Beatton Airport Road fire currently has 86 firefighters assigned to it, says Reynolds. It is 85 per cent contained, and still 7,035 hectares in size.The fire started on April 18.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Malibu mountains searched for missing teen

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonGloria Allred, an attorney representing the parents, Nili and Reza Jou, said they were looking for clothing, jewelry or other items that Jou was last seen wearing, including a blue backpack. “We’re just looking for everything and anything that might lead us to Donna,” Allred said. Jou, a San Diego State University biology student, was living with her mother in Rancho Santa Margarita for the summer when she vanished. She was last seen on June 23 on the back of a motorcycle driven by John Steven Burgess and was believed heading to a party he was hosting at his rented house in West Los Angeles. The two met on the Craigslist Web site. Burgess had been in the area being searched “and Donna was last seen at a house that’s not very far of a drive (away),” said Mike Melson, founder and president of Trinity Search & Recovery, a volunteer group that was helping with the search. Allred would say only that searchers received a tip that “she might have been taken to this area” but declined to be more specific. The search was to continue today. Burgess, 35, has not provided information to investigators about Jou’s disappearance. His attorney has said he denies any involvement. Authorities say Burgess remains a person of interest in the case but he has not been charged with a crime. In 2002, Burgess was convicted of three counts of battery and of performing a lewd act against a child the following year. He left California shortly after Jou disappeared. He was arrested in July in Jacksonville, Fla., and returned to California to face a charge of failing to register as a sex offender while living in Los Angeles. In October, Burgess was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading no contest to failing to register and to another charge of failing to file a change of address. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Friends and family scoured the Santa Monica Mountains on Saturday for clues to the disappearance of a 19-year-old college student who vanished while heading to a party hosted by a convicted sex offender. About 100 people searched hillsides and cliff roads for traces of Donna Jou. “I’m hoping to find something, some answer, something that’s related to Donna,” said her mother, Nili Jou, who believes her daughter is still alive. “It’s been six months and I have no idea what happened to my precious baby,” she said. last_img read more

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LETTERKENNY SINGS THE ‘BLUES’ FOR AUTISM – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgDozens of landmarks around Letterkenny turned blue last night to raise awareness of Autism Letterkenny. The group, which was set up in 2009, now supports more than 100 families who have relatives with the condition.Last night’s hugely successful event was aimed to raise awareness of the disorder and o show how people are coping with it.From St Eunan’s Cathedral being turned blue to the release of hundreds of blue and white balloons at Market Square, the event proved a huge success.Thanks to all of you who sent in pictures of the various events. LETTERKENNY SINGS THE ‘BLUES’ FOR AUTISM – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: April 19th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Autism LetterkennyBluelast_img read more

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DDTV: VIDEO OF BRENDAN BOYCE CAVALCADE IN RATHMULLAN

first_imgDDTV: The Brendan Boyce homecoming is underway tonight.The Donegal Olympian broke his personal best in the 50k walk at the London games – finishing 29th…that’s about 30 places higher than he is ranked in the world.Brendan is of course from Milford.But here Paul Deeney captured the noisy reception as he drove through Rathmullan earlier this evening.  DDTV: VIDEO OF BRENDAN BOYCE CAVALCADE IN RATHMULLAN was last modified: August 13th, 2012 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:DDTV: VIDEO OF BRENDAN BOYCE CAVALCADE IN RATHMULLANlast_img read more

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SHATTER APOLOGY: MacLOCHLAINN SAYS MINISTER STILL REFUSING TO ADMIT HE WAS WRONG

first_imgDONEGAL TD Padraig MacLochlainn has slammed Justice Minister Alan Shatter, despite the minister’s apology in the Dail today.Deputy MacLochlainn, Sinn Fein’s justice spokesman, made his comments on RTE’s Prime Time programme.It was on Prime Time last week that Deputy Shatter revealed information given to him by the Garda Commissioner that independent TD Mick Wallace had been spoken to by gardai in Dublin who had spotted him speaking on his mobile phone whilst stopped at traffic lights in his car. Shatter’s comments are now the subject of two investigations.The Donegal TD wanted to know how the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan got to know of the conversation between Deputy Wallace and two Gardai.He also slammed Shatter for his failure to “admit he was wrong.”The Inishowen politician was also questioned on the show on how computer giant Apple was using Ireland to avoid paying taxes. The US Senate found today that Apple was using Ireland as a tax haven.Deputy MacLochlainn said the issue was damaging to Ireland’s reputation, with the Senate committee saying that the loopholes here were costing hundreds of millions of euro “at a time when we are bringing in the property tax for ordinary people.” SHATTER APOLOGY: MacLOCHLAINN SAYS MINISTER STILL REFUSING TO ADMIT HE WAS WRONG was last modified: May 21st, 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:SHATTER APOLOGY: MacLOCHLAINN SAYS MINISTER STILL REFUSING TO ADMIT HE WAS WRONGlast_img read more

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Sunnis charge fraud in parliamentary elections

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – Sunni Arabs and a key secular party charged Tuesday that parliamentary elections were tainted by fraud, and demanded an inquiry into preliminary results showing the governing Shiite religious bloc with a larger-than-expected lead. With politicians barely containing their hostility toward each other, the bitter climate raised questions about U.S. hopes that the Dec. 15 vote would lead to a more inclusive government involving Sunni Arabs, the minority group that formed the core of Saddam Hussein’s government and is now the backbone of the insurgency. The complaints focused mainly on Baghdad, Iraq’s largest electoral district and one that has large numbers of Sunnis and Shiites. With 89 percent of ballot boxes counted, the Shiite bloc United Iraqi Alliance was leading in the province with about 59 percent of the vote, while the Sunni Arab alliance, the Iraqi Accordance Front, trailed with 19 percent. Adnan al-Dulaimi, head of the Sunni Arab alliance the Iraqi Accordance Front, listed several complaints, including voting centers failing to open, shortages of election materials and reports of multiple voting. By the latest count, the Iraq National List received 14 percent of the votes in Baghdad province, a distant third. Adel al-Lami, the general director of Iraq’s electoral commission, told The Associated Press that officials did not announce the results of the remaining 11 percent because of complaints of irregularities. The Iraqi Accordance Front, a coalition of three Sunni groups, rejected the results, warning of “grave repercussions on security and political stability” if the mistakes were not corrected. Al-Dulaimi said that if changes weren’t made, Sunni Arabs “will resort to other measures” that he did not specify. A senior member of the United Iraqi Alliance, Jawad al-Maliki, retorted that the Sunni minority should accept the will of the majority. “We cannot ignore the facts on the ground,” al-Maliki said. “Democracy means accepting the opinion of the majority. They should accept the other and the outcome of the ballot boxes. The Sunnis need to take this into consideration.” Sunni Arabs fear being underrepresented and marginalized. Most estimates say they make up about 20 percent of the country, though al-Dulaimi claimed they comprise about 40 percent – a common Sunni assertion. Preliminary results from 11 of the 18 provinces showed the United Iraqi Alliance winning strong majorities not only in Baghdad but in the largely Shiite provinces in the south. A senior member of the Alliance, Hussain al-Shahristani, predicted that the bloc would receive about 130 seats – 10 fewer than it has now. But unlike last January’s elections, which most Sunni Arabs boycotted, this time the Sunnis voted in large numbers. Kurdish parties were overwhelmingly ahead in their three northern provinces, while results from one of the four predominantly Sunni Arab provinces, Salahuddin, showed the Sunni Arab minority winning in a landslide. But even the Kurds, the junior partner in the current government, were leveling accusations of irregularities. Iraq’s Kurdish president, Jalal Talabani, said 25,000 residents of Sulaimaniyah, 160 miles northeast of Baghdad, were not on the rolls despite having voted in the previous election. The accusations came as the U.S. ambassador warned that sectarianism only increases the risk of violence and said Iraq needs a governing coalition that bridges the divide. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “There are many violations and there is forgery,” al-Dulaimi told The Associated Press, saying his group would demand a new vote in Baghdad if the problems are not addressed. Electoral commission official Farid Ayar said he has received more than 1,000 formal complaints, 20 of which were serious, or “red.” He said he did not expect that the complaints would change the overall result, which is to be announced in January. U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said “final results will not be announced until those red complaints have been looked at.” But a secular coalition charged that the election commission was a tool of the religious Shiite-dominated government. “The elections commission is not independent. It is influenced by political parties and by the government,” said Ibrahim al-Janabi, an official with Iraqi National List, which is headed by former prime minister Ayad Allawi. last_img read more

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EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: ARE YOU AN EMOTIONAL EATER?

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: This week’s article stems from a question that I was asked at my talk last Friday for Enterprise Week.The question was about emotional eating, and the person who asked the question was fully aware that during times of stress, she turned to food as a way to deal with her emotions.As it was during a Q&A session, I didn’t feel that I could elaborate enough on the topic for her, so I will delve a little deeper into why we comfort eat. Our cravings for certain types of food seem to always appear when we are at our weakest emotionally.It may happen consciously or unconsciously. Many health and dietary goals have been hampered by emotional eating.There are differing types of stresses; financial, relationship, unemployment, workplace, health or even fatigue.When it comes to emotional eating, it isn’t as simple as saying, ‘if you want it bad enough’ or ‘all you have to do is….’ Or any other of the hundreds of memes that pop up on social media. These mindsets simply don’t work. If they did, there wouldn’t be a problem.With emotional eating, we have to look at what the actual triggers are that are causing the problems and take steps to address these.Once these issues have been addressed, the cravings and weight loss issues can be addressed also.Tame your stress.
 If stress contributes to your emotional eating, try a stress management technique such as yoga, meditation or relaxation. Stress balls are proven to work as a sensory tool.Have a hunger reality check. 
Is your hunger physical or emotional? If you ate just a few hours ago and don’t have a rumbling stomach, you’re probably not really hungry. Give the craving a little time to pass, drink a large glass of water or some coffee. Keep a food diary. 
A food diary is something that I mention frequently in my articles. It is simply the best way to hold yourself accountable for what you put in your mouth. 
Write down what you eat, how much you eat, when you eat, how you’re feeling when you eat and how hungry you are.Get support. 
You’re more likely to give in to emotional eating if you lack a good support network. Lean on family and friends. Let them know that you are trying to make changes and ask for support. You would be surprised at how people can unknowingly hamper your goals.Fight boredom. 
Instead of snacking when you’re not truly hungry, distract yourself. Take a walk, watch a movie, listen to music, read, surf the Internet, call a friend, go to the gym; the list is endless.Take away temptation. 
Don’t keep supplies of comfort foods in your home if they’re hard for you to resist. If they are not there, you can’t eat them. 
Also, don’t go food shopping when tired, hungry or emotionally stressed. Don’t deprive yourself. 
Do not aim for 100% when trying to lose weight, you WILL FAIL. Instead, aim for 90%. 
This will give you some leeway throughout the week to have a ‘free meal’ where you can eat what you like guilt free.Snack healthy. 
Snack on fruit, chopped veg sticks and small portions of nuts. They are a quick, simple and easy way to snack.Finally:Do not beat yourself up about setbacks with your diet. Everyone falls off the wagon. Everyone makes mistakes. The important thing to remember is that you have to have a healthy relationship with food first. Once that is in place, the weight will take care of itself. 
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#TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: ARE YOU AN EMOTIONAL EATER? was last modified: March 30th, 2015 by John2Share 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:emmet rusheemotional eatingfitness columnlast_img read more

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Afcon 2013 ‘another SA hosting success’

first_img13 February 2013South Africa has once more proved that it is a destination of choice for major sporting events after hosting a successful 2013 Africa Nations Cup (Afcon), says SA Football Association (Safa) president Kirsten Nematandani.The three week-tournament concluded at Johannesburg’s National Stadium on Sunday with Nigeria being crowned champions of Africa for a third time after beating their West African neighbours Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final.“In terms of the size and behaviour of the crowds, standard of play, organisation and general atmosphere, the tournament has set a benchmark for future Afcon tournaments,” Nematandani said in a statement on Monday.‘The atmosphere was electric’“The atmosphere at the final was electric and being beamed across the globe; it again demonstrated Mzansi’s ability to host major tournaments.”Nematandani thanked President Jacob Zuma and Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula for giving the tournament their unqualified support.“To the CEO, Mvuzo Mbebe and his Afcon team, I would like to extend my special thanks. It is also vital to acknowledge the contribution made by the volunteers and all of the fans who supported the event.“Finally, I would like to acknowledge the contribution of the media who played their part in the excellent coverage of the tournament.”Crowd supportThe Safa president said despite Bafana Bafana being knocked out in the quarter finals, South Africans continued to support the tournament until its conclusion, as was witnessed in the subsequent final four games.“As a nation, we did a great job in creating a hosting environment that made all of Africa feel welcome.“This morning I woke up as a proud South African, and am now looking forward to doing it all again in 2014 when South Africa hosts the African Nation Championships.”African Nations ChampionshipThe African Nations Championship (CHAN) is played every two years, alternating with the Africa Cup of Nations. It includes national teams that feature only players who are playing in the domestic leagues of their home countries.The first tournament was hosted by Cote d’Ivoire in 2009 and won by the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2011, the tournament was held in Sudan and won by Tunisia.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Ohio FFA members rock National Convention with drum line routine

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Felicity Franklin FFA drumline started out with a mission to diversity the state competition. Today, they found themselves on the National FFA Talent stage. This National FFA Convention coverage brought to you by Wilmington College.last_img

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