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CDC Avoids Electoral Violence, Though their Campaign Banners Were Vandalized

first_imgChairman Koijee addresses newsmen in Monrovia -Calls on the public to watch out for ‘troublemakers’They might have been perceived as perpetrators of violence in both the 2005 and 2011 general and presidential elections, but partisans of the Coalition for Democratic (CDC), a tripartite collaboration, are this time around distancing themselves from such a perception by championing calls for a violence-free electoral process.The CDC has even resolved to remain sober amidst disheartening occurrences where the coalition’s banners and posters are allegedly being torn down by opposition supporters. In spite of the “direct provocation” over the weekend, CDC chair of the revolutionary youth league, Jefferson Koijee, on Monday called for calm, telling many of its young supporters that the party does not need to go about retaliating.“As the leader of the young people, I have come to let you know that we need to remain peaceful throughout. We should not heed to the provocation that is being perpetuated by our detractors. We need to avoid electoral violence throughout this process because this is not what our political institution stands for. Our political leader is a lover of peace and we must follow his example,” Koijee told his supporters.He told reporters, who were surrounded by his supporters at the intersection of the Slip-Way Field, that the act of tearing down the party’s posters was perpetrated by the CDC’s opponents, who he said are losing a grip on the electoral process.“We have come here to let the Liberian people and the international community know about what is going on here. We want to make them know what is happening to our banners and who are those that engage in violence during election time,” Koijee said. The alleged destroyed banner that raised the anger of the CDCians is located at the Slip-Way and Water Street intersection close to the Liberia National Police Zone #2 Depot-1.CDC members, especially members of the Youth League, were furious upon discovering early Monday that one of their flagship campaign banners bearing the image of Senator George Weah was torn down by unknown persons. They complained that their banners are not protected, considering the proximity of the act to the police station. Koijee (with red cap) talks with LNP officers from the nearby depot“Is this not a concern of the police?” he asked. “I am very disappointed because no one is talking about the ugly act. This act was perpetrated right before public glare,” Koijee said. The tearing down of the CDC banner comes amid a warning from the National Elections Commission to members of the public to stop defacing the campaign materials of political parties. Mr. Koijee said he sees it as a fuss intended to provoke the party’s supporters to anger. “We’ve being informed that our detractors, who are beginning to lose the election, are going from street to street tearing our banners, and I have come to warn you young people not to dance to the tune of their tactics,” Koijee said.Though this is the first incident officially reported thus far by any political party since the start of campaigning on July 31, there have been allegations of tearing down of campaign materials by unknown individuals in and around Monrovia.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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15th Annual FSJPA Oilmen’s 4 on 4 Hockey Tournament Set To Kick Off This Weekend

first_imgFORT ST JOHN, BC- The 15th Annual Fort St John Petroleum Association Oilmen’s four on four hockey tournament is set to kick off this upcoming weekend.The action will be taking place between April 4th-7th at the North Peace Arena.Teams will be created based on individual entries on registration night. Each team is guaranteed five games.- Advertisement -Entry into the tournament also included a stag ticket and three breakfasts.The tournament was limited to the first 110 oilfield personnel to register for the event.last_img read more

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Arrest in slaying of Armenian man

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – An 18-year-old man was in custody today in connection with a confrontation last month that led to the slaying of an Armenian man in a street gunbattle, police said. The identity of the suspect was not immediately released and the motive for the confrontation has not been determined. Several other unidentified males, ages 17 to 22, also were being questioned today about their roles in the death of Marat Manukyan, 18, who was shot in the 13100 block of Raymer Street in North Hollywood, said Los Angeles Police Lt. Andy Neiman, who supervises North Hollywood detectives. Members of the Eurasian Organized Crime task force – comprised of federal, state and local investigators – were called to assist North Hollywood detectives in the investigation. “At this point we’re not quite sure what incited this fight,” said Neiman. “At this point it’s an isolated murder. It doesn’t appear to be connected with anything major that we’ve seen yet.” Officers from Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Metro unit fanned out before dawn today to serve search warrants at six locations stretching from Van Nuys to Glendale. At one house in the 6400 block of Matilija Avenue in Van Nuys, police used flash-bang grenades to try to flush out one man. Paramedics were on standby in case anyone was injured. Police cleared the house but found no suspect. They located him later at a friend’s house blocks away, police said. Police have not released the name of the man – described as a “person of interest” – but Hagop Avsharyan, 46, was identified as his father. Avsharyan said today that police were looking for his son in connection with a fight at a coffee shop. He said his son’s friends were fighting but he didn’t know any more details. He said police had a warrant to search his home and wanted to question his son, but police didn’t say what the warrant was for. “I think they are looking for some information from my son,” said Avsharyan, who had been outside his home for several hours while police searched his home. “But I think they (were) supposed to call him and ask him to come to (the) station. I don’t know why they come like this in the middle of the night and put everybody out, put the gas in the house.” Police also evacuated neighbors on Matilija Avenue as a precaution. Rafael Grigoryan, 23, said he was forced out of his home and heard 20 shots as police fired flash-bang grenades into his neighbor’s home. “They said, ‘Come out with your hands up,’” said Grigoryan as he stood outside his home and police clad in flak vests gathered in the street. Grigoryan said police briefly detained him and took some information before releasing him. Police served the warrants three weeks after Manukyan was killed. Neiman said Manukyan and some acquaintances had argued with another group at a Starbucks on Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Victory Boulevard in North Hollywood. Neiman said the group continued its dispute later at 13100 Raymer, a dark and isolated spot near railroad tracks. A gunbattle ensued and Manukyan was hit, officials said. The suspects fled and Manukyan was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Neiman said at least two weapons were involved in the murder. Neiman said he didn’t know if Manukyan had been armed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Man told Garda he was in the IRA and would have him shot

first_imgA man told a Garda he was a member of the IRA and would have him shot.Edward Deery was charged with being drunk and abusive at Paddy Power bookmakers in Letterkenny  on November 25th last at 2.50pm in the afternoon. Letterkenny District Court heard how the 58 year old threatened staff and had called a female staff member a “c***.”Gardai arrived and he threatened them before being arrested.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said the man and a friend had been drinking in Derry all the previous day and had continued when they arrived back in Letterkenny.He stressed that his client, of Legnahoory, Kilmacrennan, had no issue with the Gardai and did not really know what he was saying.He claimed that a small quantity of cannabis herb found in his pocket was not his at all.The man had claimed that he had taken it from some young people in Derry because he was completely against cannabis but had simply put it is his pocket and forgotten about it.Judge Paul Kelly told the accused that if he donated €150 to the Garda Benevolent Fund, that he would strike out the charge when he appears in court again on January 20th.He also fined the accused €250 for using threatening and abusive behaviour and a further €150 on the drugs charge.Man told Garda he was in the IRA and would have him shot was last modified: December 21st, 2016 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:donegalIRAletterkennyPaddy POwershotlast_img read more

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Public unions become state’s new barons

first_imgIf you’re following the November special election, you may have noticed that there are three key groups struggling over its outcome. You may not have noticed that there’s something deeply wrong with that picture. One part of the trio is Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, channeling the spirit of Hiram Johnson, the reformist governor who freed Sacramento’s statehouse from corrupt railroad barons by handing cleanup powers to the voters themselves. Schwarzenegger thinks Sacramento is stinking up the state again, and a lot of us agree. Another player in the trio is the Democratic power base – legislators who’ve controlled the California Legislature nearly every year since 1958. Both of these players were elected by us to make nice and go below the belt and perform all the other dramatics typical of representative government. Which gets us back to Gov. Hiram Johnson. He knew the barons controlled California’s politicians, secretly wrote key legislation, and lined their pockets with public money. Is it so different now? In the summer of 2002, I looked but could not find any in-depth news stories explaining how demands by public unions were a key factor in huge deficits mounting beneath Gray Davis. Then Davis was re-elected, only to admit a few days later to a deficit of more than $20 billion. Unions had heavily influenced the gross overspending, but few Democratic legislators had the nerve to defy them. Back in January, when Schwarzenegger announced his major reform effort, he sounded like Hiram. But he wasn’t prepared to fight the 16.8 percenters. The unions effectively shouted down Schwarzenegger throughout the spring, and the governor badly stumbled in response. None of the reforms Schwarzenegger now seeks is earth-shattering, although each is sensible. He seeks tighter tenure rules, so local school districts can fire incompetent teachers now virtually impossible to fire once granted tenure, which happens after just two short years in California, while teachers are still green. He wants to end politicians’ control over “safe seats” that have perverted our elections to the point of irrelevance. Once upon a time, before safe seats, California had pro-business Democrats in the Legislature. Nowadays, unions pour vast funds into primaries to stamp out independent Democrats who don’t toe the union line. Safe seats mean safe for union fat cats. He also wants government unions to get permission from union members before spending their dues on politics they might revile. Last year, the 90,000-member California School Employees Association heavily lobbied the Legislature to preserve a terrible Davis-era law that forces schools to hire union workers for bus driving and other nonclassroom work. The law siphons $300 million a year from classrooms, according to a coalition of school boards. How many of the 90,000 CSEA workers do not want their dues spent preserving this outrage? Back in January, Arnold said he sought reform “because we don’t want to feed the monster” that public unions have become. To pull it off, he’ll need to channel Hiram. And that means somehow reaching the 83.2 percent of Californians who pay dearly for the harmful desires of government unions, yet don’t even know it. Jill Stewart is a print, radio and television commentator on California politics. She can be reached via her Web site, 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s the third group, which now dominates media coverage as well as this year’s fundraising, that doesn’t belong at the tippy-top of the debates. The ability of government unions to dominate every major discussion is testimony to the power of their mountains of cold cash. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, members of unions of all types make up only 16.8 percent of California’s more than 14 million countable working people. Members of government unions make up an even tinier slice of the 16.8 percent fraction. Yet government workers, who represent so few of us in California, could spend $100 million or more this year, trying to incinerate Arnold’s reforms and possibly blowing all previous spending records in California. Unions should have their say. But they are using up all available oxygen. In California, nonunion everyday workers make up 83.2 percent of workers. But they don’t pay $50 or $100 in monthly dues into a kitty used to spend $100 million on politics. Voters can only hope that with these 16.8 percenters trying to control the debate, the people elected to represent the broader population will argue vigorously on their behalf. last_img read more

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Old-timers rewarded, while young punished

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals My two years serve as a testament to someone who at least gave it the old “college try” – and was left with little choice but to move on. My horror stories are too numerous to recall, but a few come to mind that illustrate what sort of professional and educational environment the LAUSD has become. In a workplace where, after two years, it is virtually impossible to get fired – and steady pay raises come regardless of merit – the result is a predictable decrease in teachers’ motivation. The system punishes young and enthusiastic teachers, who get nothing but grief for their innovation, and rewards the old-timers who grow complacent and are happy to simply collect a paycheck for as little work as possible. Case in point: One Tuesday every three months, my colleagues and I would have a two-hour math planning meeting after school. A UCLA instructor would come in to share tips with us. I loved it, but nine of the other 10 people in the room would eye the clock the entire time. I’d silently muse, “this is their profession, isn’t it?” But staying at work until 3:30 p.m.? This was considered traumatic for many. Likewise, while new teachers like myself would typically come in as early as 7:30, many of the old-timers – the ones who left immediately after the close of class each day – would usually arrive at 8 with the kids. If the principal were to ask a new, probationary teacher like me to come in early for an extra meeting, the answer was always yes – when the boss talks, you listen. But she wouldn’t think of asking any such thing of certain veterans. It would have prompted an angry complaint from the union. As the school year reaches its midpoint, I am reminded of the various reasons why I left the Los Angeles Unified School District for good this past June. While I met many good colleagues, parents, and, of course, students, during my teaching days, teaching was not the profession I gleaned it to be when I finished college. Then I imagined a challenging but rewarding career that was all about enriching kids’ lives, opening up doors of potential and wonder. I was going to change the world, one child at a time. Reality offered something quite different, something for which I was not at all ready. Two years of post-graduate credential classes cannot remotely prepare you for the onslaught of bureaucracies, bizarre meetings, paperwork and union dominance that engulfs you when you teach in Los Angeles. Sadly, the profession is so scripted these days that it leaves little room for creativity. The art of education has been hijacked from young, dedicated teachers like me, with salaries at the bottom of the seniority-based pay scale. It’s no wonder so many young, intelligent, would-be good educators choose not to go into teaching. All in all, the union seems to exist to protect the unmotivated. The teacher next door to me, a veteran, would take as much as a week off of work at a time, putting her way over 10 “mental health days” for the year. She need not worry, though, as the union had given her 90 extra days off at the bargain cost of only half pay. While there were some great veteran teachers in my school, they were few and far between. The tenure system, the pay scale and union politics work to encourage mediocrity, often driving new teachers out of the business or, over the long haul, sapping their spirits should they decide to stick around. With abstruse “pedagogical” programs, probationary teachers (first or second year) in the LAUSD are watched closely. They are required to adhere to proper protocol. In addition to the two math and language arts “coaches,” numerous people were in my room to observe me constantly, usually unannounced. They produced write-ups and evaluations, checked my classroom bulletin boards to make sure that all posted papers were from within the last 20 days, and scanned my “rubrics” (grading criteria). All this, even though students’ thrice-yearly grades were ultimately and solely determined by the LAUSD’s district-generated assessment scores. All this fussing proved to be much ado about nothing. Meanwhile, administrators rarely, if ever, visited the veteran teachers’ rooms on either side of mine. Why should they? The veterans were tenured. Accountability was for the newbies only. And though I was always taught five or six subjects in elementary school as a student just 15 years ago, these days it is all but forbidden to teach social studies in an LAUSD elementary school. It’s not part of the standards. It doesn’t show up on the tests. There is no time for it, and no one does it. Well, I did. I had to “buck the system” now and then. I even created my own exams to test the kids on what I taught them, since history is a passion of mine. But even this little bit of academic rebellion carried its risks. I had dreams of someone from downtown coming into my class one day, a la William Macy’s character in “Mr. Holland’s Opus” and say, “Mr. Kaufman, it has come to my attention that you are teaching the kids social studies!” It was then that I woke up laughing, and asked what the heck I was doing with my life. Dealing with all the extremities, most of which seemed unnecessary and made education more complex than needed, I resigned from the LAUSD in the spring of my second year. I don’t know if I will ever return to public education, either. Teaching truly was far more hassle, and much less rewarding, than I’d imagined. Ari Kaufman, a former LAUSD teacher, lives in Washington, D.C., happily pursuing a career in journalism and politics. 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Nyamityobora sign Denis Otim

first_imgOtim during his unvailingMBARARA – Denis Otim one of Uganda’s fast raising young Goalkeepers has signed at League debutants Nyamityobora FC.Otim has been featuring at Mbarara city as well as the U-20 national team. He featured in the Hippos encounter against Cameroon in Yaounde.The signing has come after Nyamityobora’s first goalkeeper Franco Oringa was indefinitely suspended by the club due to discipline.Otim becomes the first signing at Nyamityobora in the mid season and expect more players to boast and save their league status especially with the current strike by the players.The debutant club currently suffocate in the relegation zone as they lie 14th on the log and will visit BUL FC in their final game of the first round on Thursday 10th January at Njeru Technical Centre.Comments Tags: Denis OtimNyamityobora FCStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguelast_img read more

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Education: New era as LYIT launches its Strategic Plan

first_imgLetterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) has launched its new Strategic Plan.The plan entitled “LYIT @ 50 – Delivering for Our Students and Our Region” was officially launched by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh.Minister McHugh said “LYIT is on a tremendous journey since 1971. A rich legacy of education has created a resilience in the whole of the North West. The North West City Region will be further enhanced with Technological University status for LYIT in the not too distant future. Well done to everyone at LYIT; the future of the Institute is very promising”. For LYIT, this Strategic Plan shows the Institute’s commitment to the Northwest, regional engagement and, most importantly, the Institute’s student focus.Six key strategic domains have been laid out within the plan: Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Student Experience; Quality; Research; Education Partnerships and Regional Engagement; and Leadership, Compliance & Resource Utilisation.Paul Hannigan, President of LYIT, was delighted to host this launch. He reflected “This year recognises the 50th anniversary of our Killybegs campus and the Letterkenny campus will be 50 years old in 2021. The Institute must continue to be a leader within our region and this is reflected through our ongoing activity.“Our engagement with industry has seen significant growth with potential for further development to ensure that the North West City Region continues to develop as proposed. Our cross-border activity is of even greater significance now, particularly given the uncertainty around Brexit. We look forward positively to the next period of the Institute’s development.”In his introduction to the plan, Fintan Moloney, LYIT Chairman said LYIT’s trajectory towards Technological University status is progressing and our aspiration is for a successful collaborative union with our partner institutes in GMIT and IT Sligo.He added “After almost 50 years of experience, LYIT is poised and prepared to take its place within a University environment.”The mission for LYIT is to confirm its significant national profile for excellence in higher education through the continued pursuit of an ambitious development agenda informed by public policy, strong regional engagement, and a fundamental commitment to a student-centred ethos.The LYIT Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023 can be viewed at Education: New era as LYIT launches its Strategic Plan was last modified: October 9th, 2019 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:launchLYITstrategic planlast_img read more

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Cape Town street life makes it the ‘Big Seven’

first_img28 November 2014The City Walk, a new urban attraction in the city bowl, will bring Cape Town’s Big Six tourism attractions – Cape Point, Robben Island, Groot Constantia, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch and the V&A Waterfront – up to seven.“Prioritising the very DNA of Cape Town – its people and street life – the City Walk will see the cultural, economic and social upliftment of the city’s interconnected public space,” says the Cape Town Partnership, which is spearheading the initiative with a number of other stakeholders. It will be rolled out in 2015.Following the pedestrian spine of the city, it starts in the Company’s Garden, proceeds down Government Avenue and St George’s Mall, before turning on to the Fan Walk and ending at the Prestwich Memorial in St Andrew’s Square.It will feature free wifi and the evolution of informative signage to help in peeling back the layers of Cape Town’s hidden stories. “The introduction of more public ablutions, experimental street food offerings, permanent as well as temporary public art, and event activations will form a practical aspect to developing the space as a lively destination.”‘Engaging precinct’Recognised for its safety, liveability and tourism desirability, the Cape Town CBD is steeped in heritage, public art, retail and informal and formal events. The City Walk will thread these elements together across all the layers of the Cape Town CBD story into an informative, engaging precinct to captivate both locals and visitors.More than responding to the growing tourism trend for authentic urban experiences, the partnership says, The City Walk is key to activating Cape Town’s CBD as a 24-hour city.It envisions the route as an extension of the daytime foot traffic in the area, with spin- offs for the surrounding businesses, residents and commuters.“Starting from this point of accessibility, The City Walk will see us diversify the functions of our inner city streets, turning them into a destination for all,” said Cape Town Partnership chief executive, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana.The narrative of the route would include the voices of formal and informal retailers, cultural and historical landmarks and institutions, and organisations concerned with contemporary development and public life, as well as residents, visitors, students, scholars, artists, entrepreneurs and everyone who finds themselves engaging with the city.‘Inclusivity’The project has been endorsed by the City of Cape Town. “For visitors such a route will immediately provide an accessible and coherent means to experience Cape Town as a city destination.“For locals such a route can open up the city, provide a sense of inclusivity and encourage the sense of Cape Town being ‘a crossroads’ or meeting point across divergent histories, cultures and demographics,” said Tim Harris, the head of the city’s investment directorate.As the commercial hub of the city, 40% of Cape Town’s total business turnover takes place in the CBD. Home to a number of provincial and national government offices, it is also the cultural heart of the metropole. Urban and cultural tourism now accounts for 70% of global tourism, according to the partnership.“In a nutshell, the City Walk will see the Cape Town Partnership reviving the energy of the Fan Walk, which we all remember from 2010 as a great moment of unified civic pride, and spreading it down St George’s Mall and through the Company’s Garden,” said Makalima-Ngewana.The first intervention is the piloting of free wifi at the top end of St George’s Mall; eventually, the entire City Walk will be a free wifi zone.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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2019 Corn Planting Cab Cam | Trent Watkins, Champaign Co.

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In this first spring planting cab cam of 2019, Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood jumps in the cab with Trent Watkins of Watkins Farm as they find themselves in the field in a particularly dry valley in northern Champaign County. Watch more in this video, thanks to Homan, Inc.last_img

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