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Drastic Action Awaits Mercenaries

first_imgMinister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Lewis G. Brown, says the Government of Liberia will not hesitate to drastically punish any Liberian caught in connection with the crisis in La Côte d’Ivoire.In a strongly-worded statement during the Ministry’s regular Thursday press briefing, Minister Brown announced that the Government of Liberia remains committed to the cordial relations between and among countries surrounding Liberia, and will do nothing to undermine those relations.“We realize that there is no abundance of work here, but one can find different things to do besides being a mercenary to fight in another country and disturb their peace.  If anyone is caught, this government is going to very serious action against that person,” Minister Brown said.According to the government’s spokesman, the border between Liberia and The Ivory Coast is well-secured through efforts by the Defense Ministry and other security apparatuses including the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).He said it is monitored to the extent that no group of people will use the territorial confines of Liberia to enter The Ivory Coast to destabilize the government of that country.He repeatedly said that it is time that, if anyone has a relative planning to take part or is a part of the crisis in The Ivory Coast to advise the person to leave because if any Liberian is caught, such person will not receive any mercy from the Government of Liberia.Minister Brown also disclosed that government has launched a full investigation in allegations of forced repatriation of Ivorian refugees in Liberia, back to The Ivory Coast.He declared that Liberia respects every international treaty and is cognizant of the safety and human right of refugees. This government will not be inhumane to forcibly repatriate refugees whose home country is in conflict.In her comment following Minister Brown’s statement, US Ambassador Deborah Malac noted that they are anxiously waiting to hear from the Liberian Government’s results from the investigation related to the forceful repatriation of Ivorian refugees.The instability in La Côte d’Ivoire started in September, 2002, when former military leader Robert Gaui was murdered in Abidjan.Following the killing of Gen. Guei, a rebel group attacked Boakai in the north followed by another attack in Danane, on November 28, of the same year.During the Danane attack, many fighters from Liberia were crossing over to The Ivory Coast fighting alongside rebels to overthrow the government of former indicted President, Laurent Gbagbo, who is currently at The Hague to face war crime charges and crimes against humanity.In 2010, after The Ivory Coast’s disputed election that brought President Alassane Ouattara to power, the civil crisis exacerbated and law and order broke down completely.With the intervention of French forces, President Gbagbo was arrested in 2011 and sent to The Hague to answer to war crimes.Amid the drama, mercenary activities with featured a Liberian connection have often been reported.To iron out the differences between the two countries, Presidents Outtara and Johnson Sirleaf last year held a palava hut discussion in Grand Gedeh County to build confidence and commit to resisting either territory being used by one group to destabilize the other.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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Donegal three arrested as drink driver collides with marked Garda car

first_imgGardaí in Donegal have revealed that they arrested three males on Monday night following a lengthy pursuit of a drunk driver outside Rathmullan. Two units were dispatched and subsequently attempted to stop the vehicle, however, the driver failed to stop and was involved in numerous counts of dangerous driving towards Letterkenny, Gardaí revealed.Further assistance was later required from Gardaí in Letterkenny and the Roads Policing Unit, with a checkpoint put in place and the car eventually brought to a stop when it collided with a marked Garda car attached to Milford. Two of the passengers in question have subsequently been released without charge, while another male remains in Garda custody.If brought to court for drink driving, drivers can face a minimum of a three-year ban for their first offence, or a six-year ban from driving if it is their second offence and if the concentration of alcohol exceeds 66mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. As these are minimum penalties, the judge has the discretion to increase these penalties.The maximum penalty for drink driving is €5,000 or 6 months in prison or both.  Donegal three arrested as drink driver collides with marked Garda car was last modified: May 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:GardaletterkennyMilfordRathmullanlast_img read more

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SA to ensure health standards are met

first_img16 August 2012 South Africa’s National Health Amendment Bill, which will enable a number of measures aimed at improving the country’s health system, was approved by the National Assembly in Cape Town on Tuesday. Speaking at the second reading debate on the Bill, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said although success had been achieved in reducing the incidence of HIV/Aids and TB, the country still faced challenges with the effectiveness of the health system. The Health Department identified quality as one of the key areas in dealing with the issue effectively. As such, the new amended Bill has called for an Office of Health Standards Compliance to be established. The Office is modelled on the British Quality Care Commission, and will be made up of three units: an inspectorate, health ombudsperson and supply chain management and asset reconciliation. The inspectorate will be responsible for examining the country’s health facilities and it will be mandatory for every health facility to be inspected every four years. Problematic health facilities will be inspected as often to avoid deterioration. The department has sent 20 individuals to Britain to train as inspectors of South African facilities. Once a particular facility has been inspected, it will be graded on a scale of A to F, and a report will be subsequently released publicly. The second unit of the body will be a health ombudsperson. The public will be able to lodge complaints about negative experiences – including non-availability of drugs and long waiting times – encountered during their visits to health facilities. Motsoaledi said the department had by April this year trained at least 40 individuals and divided them into facility improvement teams. “They have been moving from district to district to help institutions to improve basic standards.” He added that 400 unemployed graduates in the finance, human resources and ICT fields have been divided into teams and dispatched to various provinces to help in supply chain management and asset reconciliation, among others. They started work in April. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame announces inductees

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC) recently announced the 2016 Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees, including John C. (Jack) Fisher of Columbus, J. Richard (Dick) Isler of Delaware, Dr. Keith Smith of Hilliard, and Timothy White of Lancaster. These individuals — who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm community — will be inducted as the 51st class on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, during a special breakfast ceremony at the Ohio Expo Center.“Our Board is extraordinarily pleased to be honoring such an outstanding group of inductees into this year’s class,” said Jim Chakeres, OAC president. “Each inductee stands out individually for his exceptional contributions to Ohio agriculture, but together they represent the passion, creativity and hard work evidenced by their collective decades of unmatched experience.”Induction will take place in the all-new Cardinal Hall on the fairgrounds, which will feature an expanded Hall of Fame display and salute to Ohio’s agriculture community. The following four inductees will join 217 prior recipients named since 1966 when the program began. John C. (Jack) Fisher of ColumbusOften described as a visionary leader, Jack Fisher has served as executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation for two decades. From the farmer and consumer connection to political advocacy on behalf of the community and industry, Fisher’s efforts have helped the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Ohio agriculture shape strong policies that impact all Ohioans.Previously, Fisher served as deputy director and assistant director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, director of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and Marketing Board, executive director of governmental affairs and commodities for Illinois Farm Bureau, and plant manager for Wyandot, Inc. Fisher has served on numerous agricultural boards and committees and has received state and national recognitions for his leadership to the industry. J. Richard (Dick) Isler of DelawareBorn and raised on a livestock farm, Dick Isler has devoted his entire career in service to Ohio agriculture. For more than 40 years, Isler served as the executive vice president of the Ohio Pork Council. Under his leadership, the Ohio Pork Council was considered by many as one of the top state pork association’s in the country. Farmers, 4-H, processors, marketers, elected officials, researchers, fair managers, and consumers have all benefited from Isler’s commitment and leadership to agriculture with an emphasis on swine.Isler has received many awards and recognitions, including the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame, Animal Sciences Department Hall of Fame, and the National Pork Producers Council Executive Professional Award. Keith Smith of HilliardFor more than four decades, Dr. Keith Smith has dedicated his life to engaging and strengthening individuals’ lives and communities through research-based educational programming. His career began as an agricultural science teacher in Brigham City, Utah. Through the years, he has served as professor, associate vice president for Agricultural Administration, the director of The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension, and associate dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at OSU.Serving as the director of OSU Extension for more than 20 years, Smith managed a $68 million budget and oversaw nearly 800 faculty and support staff. Under his leadership, OSU Extension was recognized as one of the best extension programs in the country. Timothy White of LancasterTim White has helped translate the science and issues of agriculture to both farmers and consumers for nearly 40 years. When writing for farmers, his stories about production, policy, economics and industry trends provided valuable knowledge and insight. When writing to consumers, his stories positioned Ohio agriculture as interesting and relevant. As a veteran farm writer for Ohio Farmer magazine, White has been recognized as one of the most admired ag-beat writers in the company’s history.In addition, White has been an active contributor to the agricultural community. He has dedicated his talents to the extended farm family as a supporter of youth development, participant in farm organizations, and as a leader in state and national journalism organizations. Tim is also a recognized leader in the advocacy of land conservation and land use. The annual event is expected to attract 500 guests to honor these four professionals for their lifetime of service and dedication to Ohio’s agriculture community.For further information about sponsorship in honor of the inductees, or to obtain tickets to the Agricultural Hall of Fame induction ceremony, contact the Ohio Ag Council at 614-794-8970 or via email at info@ohioagcouncil.org.last_img read more

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Ballmer’s Microsoft: All MBA, No Developer Soul

first_imgThis despite churning out more profits in a quarter than most companies make in their entire corporate existence. But this is part of the problem: Ballmer has shown an exceptional propensity for milking the company’s cash cows —Windows and Office—while studiously neglecting the future.Listening To CIOs, Missing Out On DevelopersThe problem for Ballmer is that he doesn’t know what the future looks like. While Tim O’Reilly advises us to look to the alpha geeks to spot the future of technology, Ballmer has spent the last 13 years gazing in the rearview mirror at the alpha CIOs. They tell him how to evolve Microsoft’s existing tools to their needs, resulting in great but unexciting technology like SharePoint.CIOs, inherently risk averse, have nothing to tell Microsoft about the future.In the process, Ballmer’s Microsoft completely missed developer trends toward server-side programming languages like Node.js, modern NoSQL database technology and cloud-based development and deployment. Each of these is a function of the biggest shift in technology over the past decade: the emergence of the open-source developer. Open source freed developers from the shackles of enterprise procurement, allowing them to experiment with new technologies without getting permission.Ballmer, fiercely protective of his cash cows, fought open source vigorously… and alienated the very people that could have helped maintain Microsoft’s relevance. The recent revamp of Microsoft’s developer site, MSDN, is just one example of a company long on marketing and short on developer credibility.Blinded By ProfitsInstead of tapping into the rising developer class, Ballmer has spent the past 13 years living within this insular cocoon of CIO feedback and healthy profit margins. In so doing he has completely failed to appreciate his rising mobile and web competitors. Take, for example, this classic fail when Ballmer dissed the iPhone for being too pricey and not business-friendly enough:Despite the fact that at that time Microsoft was, as he notes, “selling millions and millions and millions of phones each year,” and had an early hold on business buyers, as soon as Apple released its iPhone Microsoft’s phone business was dead in the water. It turns out the future of phones wasn’t to be dictated by CIOs, but rather by ordinary consumers. The Path ForwardSee also Microsoft’s Best Bet For Next CEO Currently Runs Another Giant CompanyWith Ballmer on his way out, Microsoft’s best hope is to promote or hire an engineering-focused CEO, one with a keen appreciation for developers. And not just any type of developers: Microsoft needs to treat open source as a first class citizen. While the company has made significant strides toward allowing developers to work on its platforms, it has yet to fully embrace open source.Take the Kinect, for example. While the company opened up the platform somewhat to hackers, it was also quick to assert that no one was actually touching the Kinect’s proprietary code. “Tinkering,” not “hacking,” is what Microsoft was willing to allow.This may be the extent that Steve Ballmer will allow, and it’s a losing strategy for the 21st Century.  Microsoft has seen better days. The company, once a high flier, has spent over a decade on the skids, milking profits from Windows and Office while missing out on tectonic industry shifts like social, web and mobile. Not surprisingly, Microsoft’s better days ended in 2000 A.B. (After Bill), when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took over from Bill Gates. Perhaps more than anything else, this reflects a shift in the company from a technology-driven CEO to a business-oriented CEO.The results have not been pretty.With Ballmer announcing his retirement in 12 months, Microsoft must return to its developer roots. To do this, it must become truly involved in open source across its product line.A Decade Of StagnationOf course Gates didn’t disappear overnight, but as his influence over the company waned, so did the stock price: Tags:#developers#Microsoft#Steve Ballmer IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Matt Asay Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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How to Make a 30 for 30 Style Documentary

first_imgWhat if I told you that the most popular sports documentary franchise follows a formula and style that is as instantly recognizable as it easily recreatable?All images via ESPNThis is the story of ESPN’s acclaimed 30 for 30 series and how you too can achieve documentary greatness. Find RedemptionRelationships which were introduced then ignored at the documentary’s beginning are now given a chance to develop. A particularly poignant report sums up the subject’s highs and lows with as a folksy lesson which we should all learn from. Now, things are looking up.The athlete is at peace with his or her better-for-worse legacy and their role in sports culture’s collective consciousness. They find time to give back to the people and the community which supported them in the first place — and we fade out looking forward to the next generation of sports documentary legends. Establish a SettingWe travel back to 1970s Marlborough, Massachusetts where a young Bill Simmons is born to a local school administrator and doctor. Retrograded stock footage is edited together with personal home video snippets to create a scene and establish a nostalgic connection with the documentary’s subject.Simmons, a precarious youth who quickly fell in love with sports and stories, would grow up to become a prominent sports journalist with ESPN — where a small idea for a television series would change the face of sports documentaries forever. Create ConflictIcons of achievements, celebrations, and excesses are built up in the edit at a pace that leads to an inevitable crash. Interviewees suddenly have nothing to say; long pauses are awkwardly held on screen only to be summed up with a sigh. Seldom-seen footage from broadcast reels show the characters differently than the spotlight usually captured.Present-day footage reveals has-been subjects revisiting the spots of their glory days, staring with watery eyes at empty seats.center_img Build a CharacterWith smart, staccato interview soundbites, we piece together a narrative about the documentary’s subject as told by the friends, family, and local sports journalists of the era.A narration, either by voice over or text on black screen slates, gives context to archival sports footage, often heavily edited and enhanced to focus on the athletes’ blurry faces looking to develop deep expressions. Magazine and promotional photos whip-zoom across the screen to show the heights of success. What’s your favorite 30 for 30 style trope? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Netflix alternative Tubi TV begins global expansion

first_img See it Disney Plus: Preorders, launch dates, prices, movies and shows to expect Apple TV Plus: Everything to know about Apple’s planned streaming service 10 best free movie streaming services: Netflix alternatives for 2019 10 best free movie and TV streaming services Amazon Google Netflix Samsung Apple Apple See It Apple 2019 movies to geek out over Best Buy Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaming Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) See It See It Crutchfield Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Apple TV 4K TV and Movies Media Streamers Mobile Apps Mobile Australia is the first of many global launches for Tubi. Tubi Netflix alternative Tubi has announced its expansion to Australia. The US-based video streaming service will launch in Australia on Sunday and will be free and ad-supported. There’s going to be 7,000 movies and TV series at launch, Tubi said Thursday. Headquartered in San Francisco, Tubi joins the streaming services already available in Australia including Netflix, Stan and Foxtel Now. Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus are set to launch down under later this year, too.At launch, Tubi will have movies and series like The Blair Witch Project, Kickboxer and Stranger Than Fiction. It said “many more titles” will be added later, including The Grudge, Dirty Dancing, Reservoir Dogs and Saw. It already claims the largest free streaming selection in Australia, but aims to hit 15,000 titles.Australia is “the first of many launch initiatives to advance our global footprint,” said Tubi CEO Farhad Massoudi.Customers can use a Telstra TV, Tubi.TV, Samsung smart TVs, Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, phones, tablets and gaming consoles to access the service.In June, Tubi announced that it passed 20 million monthly active users in the US. Stateside, it offers 15,000 movies and TV shows including content across Lionsgate, Warner Bros, NBCUniversal, MGM and Paramount.center_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 2:38 $179 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 77 Photos Read more on streaming services reading • Netflix alternative Tubi TV begins global expansion Tags Share your voice Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better $169 See All $179 Comment 1 Now playing: Watch this: $179 Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demandlast_img read more

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Kapil Sharma Show Archana Puran Singh reveals how she was brought onboard

first_imgArchana Puran Singh, Navjot Singh SidhuTwitterIt has been close to four months since Navjot Singh Sidhu left (or was asked) to leave The Kapil Sharma Show and Archana Puran Singh was brought onboard. From being there in place of Navjot for just two weeks to now becoming a permanent fixture on the show, Archana Puran Singh has had quite a journey.Talking about the same in an interview, Archana revealed what exactly transpired and how she was brought on-board when Navjot Singh Sidhu left. Archana revealed that when The Kapil Sharma Show started, she was still judging Comedy Circus, where she had seen Kapil Sharma earlier. She revealed that since she was judging that show, makers brought on-board Navjot Singh Sidhu.”When Sidhu went away for about two weeks, Kapil called me for two episodes. When he had to leave again for his election campaign, I was called for a couple of episodes. I was excited to be back because the backstage and onstage teams are pretty much the same as Comedy Circus. It was a sort of reunion and a lot of comfort working with Kapil and the team,” she told DNA.Talking about how Krushna Abhishek and Kapil Sharma make fun of her and keep pulling her leg on replacing Sidhu, Archana revealed, “This joke has been going on since Comedy Circus days. I was the judge and there were two others — from Satish Shah to Shekhar Suman to Arbaaz Khan, Johny Lever and Rohit Shetty — who kept changing; but I was constant. They used to make fun of me saying, ‘Yeh judges ko kha jaati hai’.”In an interview with HT, Archana Puran Singh had also spoken up about how different she is from Sidhu. She said, “We are two very different individuals. He has earned a name for himself and so have I. Our personalities are very different and both of us are happy in our own space. It’s just a coincidence that I am here and he is not and it goes on like that in our industry.”last_img read more

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Christmas celebrated

first_imgChristmas celebratedThe Christian community celebrated Christmas Day in the country as elsewhere across the world on Monday, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, reports UNB.Christmas, the biggest religious festival of the Christian community, is the celebration of rebirth, new beginning, forgiveness and peace, and renewing relationship with God and human beings.Decoration of Christmas trees with colourful lights, special prayers and distribution of gifts among children and exchange of pleasantries are the main features of the day’s festivities.Christmas carols and hymns were sung before and after the prayer sessions at the churches.President Abdul Hamid exchanged greetings with members of the Christian community at Bangabhaban on the occasion.At that time, the president called upon all to play an effective role from their respective positions in upholding the country’s glorious tradition of communal harmony and brightening it further.Cardinal of Bangladesh Patrick D’ Rozario, ambassadors and representatives from different foreign missions, distinguished persons of the Christian community, religious leaders and professionals joined the reception.A group of singers performed the Christmas carol at the reception.Later, president Hamid cut a Christmas cake with members of the Christian community.Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar and different private TV channels and radio stations aired special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.last_img read more

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Houston Diversion Program To Benefit LowLevel Offenders And Bayous

first_img#CleanAndGreen is a public private partnership with @AmerYouthWorks that will clean records & our environment pic.twitter.com/ehGC3biAVj— Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) April 4, 2018 The Clean and Green program “creates one more tool to reintegrate offenders into the community” and saves taxpayers $, says @SheriffEd_HCSO pic.twitter.com/cWyuPNHTOZ— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) April 4, 2018 Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public Media Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.In lieu of a jail sentence, the Clean and Green diversion program allows eligible non-violent offenders to clear their criminal records by cleaning up Houston’s waterways. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said prosecutors will decide who is eligible for the program. Defendants facing charges of any violent crime cannot participate. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he sees many benefits to the program, like freeing up jail space and reducing recidivism.“To us this is a no-brainer,” said Gonzalez. “We operate the largest jail complex in the State of Texas – the third largest in the entire country – and, in fact, right now we are pretty much at capacity.”The program will also cut costs. “This helps saves some taxpayer dollars that would otherwise go into a costly incarceration system or a very costly prosecution system,” said Gonzalez.   The Harris County District Attorney’s Office estimates $240,000 in yearly benefits from manual labor through community service. The announcement of the program marks the official partnership with the Texas Conservation Corps at American YouthWorks, which will supervise participants.Clean and Green announcement https://t.co/dr28UfjVff— Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) April 4, 2018center_img Sharelast_img read more

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