Though the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease seems to be getting to the finish-line, yet global support continues to be forthcoming with the latest coming from the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.The Liberian government and her Mauritanian counterpart signed for the provision of a LD$37 million grant to assist in the fight against the Ebola virus disease. The signing ceremony took place in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia on Monday.The signing of the grant agreement was part Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdul Aziz’s, two-day solidarity visit to the country. The Mauritanian leader is also the current Chairman of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government. He had arrived from the Republic of Guinea on a similar visit.The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr. Amara Konneh, signed on behalf of the Government of Liberia, while the Mauritanian Minister of Economic Affairs and Development, Mr. Sidi Ould Tah, signed on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, an Executive Mansion statement said.Prior to the signing of the LD$37 million grant agreement, the Mauritanian President, in a joint press stakeout with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said his government would work with Liberia to consolidate the relations between both countries.“We will work to consolidate the relations between our two countries,” he assured, urging President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to join him to further strengthen the bilateral relations that have existed.President Abdul Aziz said that this Ebola challenge being experienced by countries in sub-region, and by extension the region, should consolidate African solidarity and mutual support toward each other. He noted that though it has been a serious challenge, this will help countries in the region come out more determined to unite through our bilateral relations which had been very strong in the past.He expressed his country’s support to Liberia during this very difficult period of the country’s history; and expressed the AU’s commitment and support to President Sirleaf’s heroic leadership and the unyielding determination of the Government and people of Liberia against the Ebola virus disease.“You can count on the support of the AU and we are sure and certain that you will defeat this epidemic,” he declared.The Mauritanian President noted the serious losses that Liberia is experiencing in both human and economic terms due to Ebola and used the opportunity to express his heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Liberia for their losses.He also expressed his admiration for the remarkable and dignified attitude of Liberians in battling the disease, most especially the healthcare personnel of both Liberia and the AU who have come to assist their African brothers and sisters.The current Chairman of the AU Heads of State and Government expressed gratitude to the international community for the support provided Liberia and the other worse affected countries in fighting the Ebola virus disease.He expressed profound gratitude to the government and people of Liberia for the warm hospitality accorded him and his delegation during the two-day visit to Liberia.Earlier, President Sirleaf welcomed the Mauritanian leader to Liberia and recalled the relationship between both countries which predate Mauritania’s independence. She indicated that Liberia’s and Mauritania’s Heads of State have exchanged numerous visits as well as signed communiqués, cooperation agreements and protocols. “This visit gives us the opportunity to once again strengthen and deepen that relationship,” she stressed.“The visit to Monrovia marked the first by the Mauritanian leader during her administration intended as a show of solidarity with the Government and people of Liberia in the fight against the Ebola virus disease,” she said.President Sirleaf particularly thanked the Mauritanian President for the leadership he has exhibited as current Chairman of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union and the personal efforts made to mobilize resources to support the three countries worse affected by the Ebola virus disease.“As a result, we now have 30 African health workers working with Liberia against the Ebola disease as well as received financial assistance that has been mobilized by the AU,” she recalled.On behalf of the government and people of Liberia, President Sirleaf thanked the Mauritanian President for the bilateral support his government provided Liberia through the Memorandum of Understanding in the fight against Ebola. “Thank you so much for the support,” the Liberian leader said.The Liberian President, late Monday evening, hosted a dinner in honor of the Mauritanian President at the Royal Grand Hotel.He departed Liberia on Tuesday, January 6, for Sierra Leone in continuation of his visit to the three worse countries affected by Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Layvin Kurzawa Paris Saint-Germain are set to beat Manchester United to the signing of full-back Layvin Kurzawa.The French giants have moved swiftly to find a replacement for the outgoing Lucas Digne, who is edging closer to completing his move to Roma.United had been tipped to lure the Monaco defender to the Premier League but, according to L’Equipe, PSG have submitted a bid of just over £14m and are now favourites to land the Frenchman.Monaco are keen to keep hold of the 22-year-old but are open to the possibility of selling the defender and would prefer to offload him to a club from a different country as they look to challenge PSG for the Ligue 1 title.However, the mooted bid tabled by PSG is likely to be too good to turn down for Les Rouges et Blancs, although manager Leonardo Jardim wants to select Kurzawa for their upcoming Champions League play-off game against Valencia.
Mauro Icardi 1 Manchester United failed with a January bid for Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi, according to reports in Italy.The 22-year-old was one of the best performers in Serie A last season and finished up as the league’s top scorer.Several clubs tried to sign the Argentina international in the summer but Inter rejected all enquires.According to Corriere dello Sport, United also failed to land Icardi in the January transfer window.The Premier League giants are said to have bid £23m for the striker but Inter immediately turned the offer down.The Serie A side have no plans to part with Icardi and want to keep hold of him long-term.
DONEGAL County Councillor Dessie Larkin took on RTE and Met Eireann in 2012 – because of their reports about rain in Co Donegal.Now it turns out Dessie was right. The councillor lodged a formal complaint with the station, insisting that the channel always reported rain in the North West….even on dry days.Now in its climate and weather annual report Met Eireann said Donegal had just 92% of its normal annual rainfall, the lowest in the country.And the county also set a new record for sunshine in a single day!The majority of stations recorded their sunniest day of the year at the end of May, with the highest daily sunshine of the year of 15.7 hours recorded at Ballyshannon (Cathleen’s Fall), Co. Donegal on May 27th, equalling its highest annual daily sunshine since 1988 (24 years). It wasn’t all sunshine and picnics though.Malin Head reported 50.9 mm of rain on June 22nd, its highest annual and June fall since 1987 (25 years).The highest gust of the year was 91 knots (168 km/h) was also recorded at Malin Head on January 3rd recorded as a low pressure centre of European Windstorm Ulli moved near to Ireland.It was the joint highest January gust ever recorded at the station, since wind records began in 1956 (56 years). DESSIE WAS RIGHT – DONEGAL HAD DRIER YEAR THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN IRELAND! was last modified: January 3rd, 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:DESSIE WAS RIGHT – DONEGAL HAD DRIER YEAR THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN IRELAND!
1. @jobrelatedtweet: How does Tom Cable still have a job?If he can’t get this year’s Raiders offensive line to be any good, then he’ll be shown the door. He had two rookie tackles and an array of … With about a month and a half until training camp (and Hard Knocks) kicks off in Napa, let’s run through one last mailbag before everyone goes on vacation.In this edition we talk everything from rookies to potential surprise cuts to pass-rushing improvements.Let’s have some fun.
In the second week of March, M. Pradip, Superintendent of Police of Thoubal district, Manipur, got an SMS on his mobile phone, tipping him off about a drug trafficker at Moijing village in the district. The man was allegedly manufacturing opium and heroin in an improvised mobile unit. The informer had switched off his phone when Mr. Pradip rang back, but the information appeared authentic.A raid was immediately ordered. But the intelligence network of the drug traffickers, it turned out, was efficient too. They had time to flee, taking the drugs with them. The only things they could not cart away were sackfuls of opium, manufacturing equipment, utensils and chemicals such as ammonium chloride and lime.“The lone person around was an aged and sick woman, who appeared disoriented,” Mr. Pradip told The Hindu.It was the same story in subsequent raids as well. The villagers do not welcome police and security personnel in their areas. There have been instances when they destroyed Army jeeps or viciously attacked police personnel who went in search of drug pushers and other criminals.Golden triangleManipur, which is contiguous with Myanmar and falls in the golden triangle, is a fertile ground for poppy cultivation. Farmers grow them in vast areas of the valley and the hills.The occasional destruction of the verdant poppy plants has not impacted the thriving business. “The poppy-growing season does not clash with paddy crop. And the income from poppy is huge,” an anti-narcotics official say. “Anti-narcotics officials can do little, because the department is understaffed and officials have to work by the book. They cannot destroy the vast cultivations.”Women bring in the stuff in sacks of vegetables, charcoal and other items. They sell the poppy fruits in the villages in Thoubal district.EC warningAhead of the March elections in Manipur, the Election Commission of India had informed the government about the presence of mobile drug laboratories producing opium, brown sugar and heroin. But the kingpins, who allegedly get huge funding from drug barons across the country, are still at large.Most of the villagers resent raids and see them as an anti-Muslim move. But officials suspect that some protesters backing stone-throwing and firings may actually be beneficiaries of the drug cartel. The possibility of moles in the force is not ruled out since drug traffickers always seem to be many steps ahead of the police.Opium, brown sugar and heroin are smuggled out to many States. As thousands of vehicles ply daily along the highways passing through Manipur, it is easy to transport drug packets without being noticed.Informed circles say the local drug production in Manipur has not affected drug smuggling from across the border. Huge quantities of prescription drugs are smuggled out for drug production. Some years ago, the police nabbed members of a gang engaged in such drug smuggling. The last catch was worth over ₹30 crore in the local market. One ranking Army officer and the son of a prominent politician were among those arrested. Huge consignments of prescription drugs were sent through post offices, air cargoes and private couriers. Despite many seizures, no significant arrests were made.The police are now trying to create awareness among the villagers. Mr. Pradip says that the grim reality has sunk in.Anti-narcotics officials feel that drug smugglers have found their movement restricted after the Assam Rifles manning the 358 km long Manipur-Myanmar border stepped up vigilance against militants.
Bhim Army, on Sunday, hit out at Milind Ekbote, demanding that the right-wing leader be detained ahead of the 201st anniversary celebrations of the 1818 Koregaon-Bhima battle on January 1 to prevent him from aggravating social tensions.Milind Ekbote, prime accused in orchestrating the Bhima-Koregaon clashes, had earlier written to the Bhima-Koregaon inquiry panel urging them to deny permission to Bhim Army’s rally in Pune on December 30.“Who is Ekbote, who is named in an FIR as the chief instigator of the Bhima-Koregaon riots and is out on bail, to deny us permission? He has always disturbed the peace in the past with his inflammatory remarks. We urge the Pune police not to give importance to his affidavit and place him under house arrest till the January 1 ceremony passes off peacefully,” said Datta Pol, the outfit’s Pune district president, speaking to The Hindu on Sunday.The Dalit outfit is planning to hold a ‘Bhima-Koregaon Sangharsh Mahasabha’ at the city’s SSPMS grounds on December 30. Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ is expected to speak at the event.Mr. Azad, who is scheduled to reach Maharashtra on December 28, will be speaking in Mumbai, Latur and Amravati as well.Threat to public peace and order, says EkboteEarlier this week, appearing before the two-member Bhima-Koregaon inquiry commission, Mr. Ekbote submitted that the Bhim Army’s proposed rally constituted a “new threat” to public peace and order.Mr. Ekbote claimed that a rally held last year had “provoked” people and “promoted hatred and social division”.“The Jaysthambha [victory pillar at Bhima-Koregaon] is not only being treated as a religious place for worship, but a false historical narrative is being constructed by the political leaders from the Dalit community,” Mr. Ekbote said in his plea.Mr. Ekbote, who heads ‘Samasta Hindu Aghadi’, had vehemently opposed the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ held last year on December 31, a day before the clashes erupted at the village of Bhima-Koregaon.Police permissionSlamming Mr. Ekbote, Mr. Pol denigrated his claims as “ridiculous”, commenting that the Bhima-Koregaon Ranstambh (victory pillar) was not a ‘religious place of worship’ and used to be frequented by members from the Dalit community even before Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s visit there in 1927.Mr. Pol further said that the process of getting police permission to hold the rally was on and that a few formalities needed to be completed.“The Bund Garden police, under whose jurisdiction our proposed event falls, has asked us to submit documents pertaining to the arrangements at the venue. We are in the process of submitting the same,” he informed.Meanwhile, the Ramdas Athawale-led RPI (A) has urged the administration to deny permission to rallies being held within 500 metres of the victory pillar in a bid to maintain order during the celebrations.“We further appeal to individuals and parties to desist from spreading misinformation through social media and posters or uttering provocative speeches and statements calculated to cause discord between castes or communities,” said RPI (A) leader Ashok Kamble.While lakhs of Dalits converged on the victory pillar (Ranstambh or Jayastambh) each year to pay their respects, the celebrations this year were marred by riots that left one person dead besides aggravating social tensions across Maharashtra.Since then, there have been two investigations into the affair. The Pune Rural police has lodged an FIR against right-wing Hindutva leaders Sambhaji Bhide ‘Guruji’ and Milind Ekbote, naming them as the orchestrators of the violence.The Pune City police have conducted multi-city crackdowns across the country and have arrested ten noted intellectuals and activists including advocate Surendra Gadling, Professor Shoma Sen, poet P. Varavara Rao and Sudha Bharadwaj among others for their alleged links with Maoist outfits and for their roles in the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon clashes.
For the past several months, tensions have been simmering between the Indian community and police in Edison, N.J., home to one of the highest concentrations of Indians in any township in the United States. Nearly 20 percent of Edison residents are Indian; Middlesex County, where it is located, has the distinction of having the highest proportion of Indians in any county in the country.Tensions flared over the July 4 arrest of a 30-year-old resident Rajnikant Parikh during an illegal fireworks display. Parikh alleges he was roughed up by a police officer, who, in turn, cited him for resisting arrest, inciting a riot and assault. We will likely never know what actually transpired during that incident. However, an internal police investigation cleared the police officer. Unfortunately, the unwillingness of City Hall to undertake an impartial investigation by an external agency and the subsequent downgrading of the charges against Parikh to disorderly conduct undermines the credibility of their “internal” inquiry.For most immigrants, what is even more disturbing occurred one month later when federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took Parikh into custody as he marched outside the municipal building with a “Racism Must End in Edison” poster at a public rally called on his behalf to protest police brutality. Although both the Edison mayor and police chief deny they had prior knowledge of Parikh’s arrest, critics charge that some police officers connived with ICE to have him arrested at the rally in an attempt to intimidate and harass him because of his public advocacy. Immigration officials have confirmed that they coordinated their efforts with local police.Any role by Edison police in orchestrating Parikh’s arrest has to be independently investigated and publicly disclosed. If police officials conspired with ICE to avenge Parikh’s criticism of them, it is a gross abuse of their power to scare not just Parikh, but any immigrant who has the temerity to exercise free speech rights in the country. The public has a right to expect that police officers will not abuse their position to persecute and terrorize them.During the past few months, there have been tense standoffs between Indian and non-Indian residents. In one particularly notorious incident, opponents taunted Indians at a public rally as “cockroaches” and “animals.”At press time, almost two months since his second arrest, Parikh remains in immigration custody pending a deportation hearing. Although married to a U.S. citizen, Parikh is reportedly in previous violation of immigration laws and possibly under an existing deportation order.However, Parikh’s immigration status is entirely irrelevant to any police abuse. Edison, like most municipalities, operates under an unwritten code barring officials from sharing information on an individual’s immigration status with federal officials. In several regions, such as New York City and San Francisco, for example, law codifies the prohibition.The Parikh incident demonstrates the need for just such a policy. Anything less invites abuse: whenever their primary case is weak or to cover up their own abuses, local officials would turn to federal immigration agents to exact vengeance against immigrant critics.Parikh’s affairs – both the charges of disorderly conduct, as well as his immigration status – should, and no doubt will, be resolved by the judicial process. But there needs to be public accountability if local and police officials in Edison abused their position to violate the civil rights of a vociferous critic to discredit and intimidate him.ICE officers also need to explain and halt their Gestapo-style storm trooper tactics of arresting Parikh at a public rally one month after the widely publicized incident, when the arrest could as easily have been affected by them weeks earlier instead of at a public forum, especially one in which serious First Amendment rights are implicated.Parikh may well prove to be out of status. But so too may ICE and Edison police officials. Parikh’s penalty is deportation from the United States. The punishment for the local and federal officials found to have abused their trust to violate his civil rights ought to be expulsion from their official positions. Related Items
SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ Chaos ensues as McIntyre wins NXT title in NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III Crawford (32-0, 23 knockouts) was in his home state for the fifth time in nine fights but for the first time in Lincoln, 45 minutes from his Omaha base.Indongo (22-1, 11 knockouts) was fighting for the first time in the United States after winning bouts in Russia and Scotland to win his titles.Crawford entered the ring to roars from the Pinnacle Bank Arena sellout crowd of 12,121 after coming down the steps from the arena concourse. He wore a red No. 140 Nebraska Cornhuskers football jersey, a nod to this city being home to the University of Nebraska.With fans on their feet and chanting his name, the 29-year-old Crawford seized control early. When his final blow took down Indongo, the decibel level increased even more, and Crawford jumped in the air in the middle of the ring in celebration.Indongo couldn’t get up.ADVERTISEMENT Terence “Bud” Crawford celebrates his victory by knockout over Julius Indongo in the third round of their junior welterweight world title unification boxing bout in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)LINCOLN, Neb. — Terence Crawford stopped Julius Indongo in the third round Saturday night to become the undisputed world champion at 140 pounds.Crawford sent Indongo to the canvas with a right to the body in the last minute of the second round and just missed with a massive left hook before the bell. Midway through the third round, Crawford caught Indongo with a left hook to the body that put him down writhing in pain.ADVERTISEMENT “When he hit me, it hurt so bad,” he said. “When he hit me like that, my mind was gone.”On the undercard, 20-year-old Shakur Stevenson scored a unanimous decision over Argentinian David Paz in a super featherweight bout. Stevenson (3-0, 1 knockout) flashed superior speed and finesse throughout the six rounds and knocked down Paz (4-4-1) late in the fifth.Stevenson, of Newark, New Jersey, is considered a rising star in the pro ranks after earning a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics.“I feel like the competition stepped up this fight and I feel like I put on a good show, a good boxing display,” Stevenson said. “I was really trying to get the knockout, and I was trying to get him with a good hard punch. I was trying to hit him with my left hand and my hook. I do need to use my jab a lot more.”Light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KOs) of Ukraine stopped Craig Baker (17-2, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas, at 2:40 of the sixth round. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The fight was the first four-belt unification bout since 2004, when Bernard Hopkins stopped Oscar De La Hoya to claim all the belts in the 160-pound division. Crawford came in with the WBC and WBO belts; Indongo, from Namibia, was the WBA and IBF champion.“It means everything,” Crawford said. “I’m the only one who can I’m the undisputed champion of the world. That’s big because there’s nobody else who can they’re undisputed in their weight division.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPromoter Bob Arum of Top Rank said the plan is for Crawford to go with him to Australia for the expected November rematch between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao. Arum wants Crawford to fight the winner.“I’m all for it,” Crawford said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension
London, May 28 (PTI) Pitbull and Becky G have teamed up to give the official anthem of the 100th anniversary of the Copa America soccer tournament a Latin flavour.”Superstar”, which was written by the rapper, has been released a week before the big events kick-off at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, California, reported Contactmusic.”Music is the universal language, and soccer is the worlds sport,” said Pitbull.”Its an honour to team up with Copa America Centenario and an upcoming superstar like Becky G, who Im very proud of.”This isnt Pitbulls first soccer anthem – he shared the stage with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leite at the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony in Brazil, singing “We Are One (Ole Ola).”Meanwhile, his new singing partner Becky G, who is reportedly dating Los Angeles-based soccer star Sebastian Lletget, said, “I grew up watching the Copa America with my grandfather, so to say Im excited to perform at this world-class soccer event, in my home country, is an understatement.” PTI JCH ARK