14 Jan

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgThe irony of ongoing global events never ceases to amaze me. Over seventy years ago, Europe experienced mass emigration of refugees as a result of the Second World War to United Kingdom and the North America. In 2015, there is a reversal of events, rather than have people leave Europe, the entire of Europe with exception of a few, is receiving refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. What is perhaps of serious irony is the role of the German Government in the refugee crisis across Europe. Historians would have records of events leading to the mass exodus of refugees and deliberate extermination of the Jews as dictated by Adolf Hitler and historians will be compiling records of events of the compassionate role of the German Chancellor-Angela Merkel in receiving almost a million refugees from war torn countries in the Middle East and Africa.While the entire world watches the emerging immigration crisis to Europe, we, as peace messengers are reminded on the roles that young people and Government have to play in ensuring sustainable peace and security. This reminder dove tails the recent Amman Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security adopted in Amman-Jordan by over 500 youth leaders across the globe, August 22, 2015. It also resonates with the theme for this year’s International Day of Peace: “Partnership for Peace-Dignity for All”.In the scheme of events and amidst the tragic refugee situation, we see the need for new approaches to peace building and security as young people continue to constitute the affected majority, not only in their direct involvement but they are also indirectly disproportionately victims of violence, conflicts and xenophobia, in all its forms.According to the UNFPA Executive Director, -Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, “it is time to acknowledge that the vast majority of young people does not engage in violence, even in conflict settings” Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia is of the believe that young people can be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. In the words of Dr. Osotimehin, “Young people-can and must be peace builders”It is based on this foundation, that the Executive Director of MOP-Liberia along with hundreds of other young peace builders across the globe gathered in Amman-Jordon to support the guiding principles on young people and agree on the Amman Youth Declaration on youth, peace and security which calls on government and non-government organizations, associations, and agencies including youth-led civil society to partner with young people to ensure the implementation of four actions points of the Amman Youth Declaration: Youth participation and leadership in issues of Peace and Security, Youth preventing violence and building peace, gender equality and young people’s socio-economic empowerment.The ongoing peace work of MOP-Liberia and other youth led organizations remain largely invisible, unrecognized and even undermined due, largely, to inadequate participatory and inclusive mechanisms as well as opportunities to partner with decision making bodies like the Liberia Peace building Office, UNMIL , UNDP, UNFPA and other international organizations.Our position on this is clear and it is to encourage policy makers and other gate keepers to develop meaningful mechanisms for youth participation in decision making processes that young people in Liberia. We are encouraged in our quest for sustainable peace in Liberia, by the material support provided by NOVAFONE and others. The role of the private sector in building peace cannot be overemphasized and we would like to use this column to advocate for peace partners that equip young people with the ability to engage constructively in civic structures.Until next week, when we come to you dialogues among peace messengers: “Partnership for Peace-Dignity for All-Part 2”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 Jan

Taylor Speedway hosting Lazers Edge Mini Challenge this weekend

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Taylor Speedway will play host to the Lazers Edge Mini Challenge this weekend.The Lazers Edge will still feature Sportsman, IMCA Modified, and Bomber classes but will heavily focus on the minis.“It’s all classes of racing but this is just for the minis this weekend,” said Taylor Speedway President Kelly Hildebrand. “Its total points for two days and the juniors and the seniors will be combined in one race… And the total points will win first, second, and third.”- Advertisement -Hildebrand expects to see 25 total cars at the event with about half of them driving minis.Admission for the races is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free for kids five and under. Admission can be purchased at Taylor Speedway the day of the races.Races start at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.Advertisementlast_img read more

11 Jan

A click away from the kill

first_imgTechnology that enables people to stalk online and kill real prey has alarmed hunters and lawmakers intent on preemptively blocking the practice. About two dozen states already have outlawed the method, which the Humane Society of the United States calls pay-per-view slaughter. “The animal has no chance. There’s no challenge for you – except knowing how to use a computer and push a button,” Arkansas state Sen. Ruth Whitaker said earlier this year while introducing a measure that calls for banning potential cyber hunting in her state. “You never left your tufted sofa. What’s sportsmanlike about that?” The issue emerged in early 2005, when Texas entrepreneur John Lockwood set up a Web site that allowed subscribing hunters to shoot antelope, wild pigs and other game on his 220-acre San Antonio spread via remote control – from anywhere. Lockwood offered to send the animals’ heads to subscribers. During a demonstration, a friend of Lockwood used a computer 45 miles away to shoot a wild hog as it fed at his ranch. But, according to news reports, he only wounded the animal. Lockwood, who was on site, finished the kill. Lockwood’s venture barely got started before Texas lawmakers swooped in and shot it down. Since then, other states have hustled to get something on their books barring the practice. Even die-hard hunters are opposed, saying that shooting an animal via computer isn’t sporting and doesn’t require the element of fair chase in conventional hunting through forest, field or marsh. Some states have posed similar objections to “canned” hunting, during which big game is hunted in captivity as trophies. “We believe sick ideas have a bad way of spreading, so want to make sure we nip this in the bud and ban it in all 50 states,” Michael Markarian, executive vice president of the Humane Society, said of cyber hunting. The group also is pressing for a federal ban. Slouched at a computer, the “hunter” perks up as a 12-point buck eases into view on his screen. Maneuvering his mouse, he swivels the rifle and focuses the cross hairs. With a click of the mouse, the rifle fires a bullet, mortally wounding the animal. Call it hunting by remote control. And though still more concept than trend, lawmakers in several states have set their sights on stopping the practice in its tracks. Illinois state Rep. Dan Reitz has proposed banning such hunting in Illinois, saying such “ready, aim, click” kills, or the prospect of them, push the ethical envelope and violate the spirit of “fair chase” hunts. “I just think it’s wrong,” Reitz said, adding that use of such technology – which features a webcam and a .22-caliber rifle atop a remote-controlled rig – would “give all sportsmen a black eye.” Pro-hunting groups including Safari Club International and the National Rifle Association also oppose remote-control hunting. Gary Harpole, an Illinois hunter who figures he’s killed 100 deer, most with a bow, said such a practice “takes away from what hunting really is all about: getting outdoors, experiencing nature.” Bagging a buck by computer, he said, “is a lazy way of hunting.” But Lockwood has said the technology could help people with disabilities or perhaps servicemen overseas shoot game. And an attendant in the blind with the remote-control rifle can override any unsafe or unethical shots. Lockwood could not be reached for this story, but told The Associated Press last year that legislatures barring the practice “have no clue what they’re passing laws against.” “Ever since we stopped running after our prey and killing with our hands, we’ve evolved by distancing ourselves further and further from the game and making it more and more efficient for whatever reason we want to take it,” he said. Reitz isn’t swayed by such arguments. “There’s a lot of opportunities out there for people with disabilities,” he said. “I just think this is a bad way to do it.” His bill, which was referred to an Illinois House rules committee on Feb. 22, would amend the state’s code to bar a person from operating, providing, selling, using or offering “any computer software or service that allows a person not physically present at the hunt site to remotely control a weapon that could be used to take wildlife by remote operation.” Use of such equipment would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and $1,500 in fines. Those who provided the software or services could face a misdemeanor carrying a possible 364 days in jail and $2,500 in fines. 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

11 Jan

Bush says he’ll meet, not negotiate

first_imgWASHINGTON – President George W. Bush offered to talk with Democrats about the standoff over war funding, but he made it clear Tuesday he will not embrace any timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal. Democrats said there was no point in talking if Bush refused to negotiate. “We can discuss the way forward on a bill that is a clean bill – a bill that funds our troops without artificial timetables for withdrawal, and without handcuffing our generals on the ground,” Bush said in a speech to an American Legion audience in nearby Fairfax, Va. On the one hand, Bush extended an offer to meet with lawmakers Tuesday. On the other, the White House bluntly said it would not be a negotiating session. The president said if lawmakers don’t send him a bill he will sign – one that does not include timetables or money for pet projects in their home districts – it would be Congress, not the White House, that will have to answer to troops. “What the president invited us to do was come to his office so that we could accept without any discussion the bill that he wants,” Pelosi said at a news conference in San Francisco. “That’s not worthy of the concerns of the American people, and I join with Senator Reid in rejecting an invitation of that kind.” Bush said the Defense Department will soon send Congress a request to transfer $1.6 billion from other military accounts to cover funding for troops – a move needed, he said, because lawmakers have delayed his emergency spending request. He warned that continued delays would undermine troop training, slow the repair of equipment and force soldiers to serve longer tours of duty. Bush got an assist for his argument on Tuesday from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who said he saw no need to set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. His comments in Japan came a day after tens of thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of two Shiite holy cities, demanding that U.S. forces leave the country. Meanwhile, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton wrote to Defense Secretary Robert Gates questioning whether additional National Guard units named Monday for possible deployment to Iraq will be properly trained and equipped before they leave. The Missouri Democrat also said he was concerned about another proposal revealed Monday that could keep five active duty brigades in Iraq beyond their planned late-summer homecoming. “I must ask you, Mr. Secretary, where does this end?” Skelton said in his letter Tuesday. Bush has asked Congress for more than $100 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this year. The House and Senate have approved the money, but their bills aim to wind down the war by including timelines for troops to come home – something Bush won’t accept. The Senate bill would require a U.S. troop exit in Iraq to begin within 120 days, with a completion goal of March 31, 2008. The House bill orders all combat troops out by Sept. 1, 2008. Bush also opposes the bills because of what he calls pork-barrel spending on matters unrelated to the war.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The bottom line is this: Congress’ failure to fund our troops will mean that some of our military families could wait longer for their loved ones to return from the front lines,” Bush said at American Legion Post 177. “Others could see their loved ones headed back to war sooner than anticipated. This is unacceptable.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected the terms set by the White House. “Congressional Democrats are willing to meet with the president at any time, but we believe that any discussion of an issue as critical as Iraq must be accomplished by conducting serious negotiations without any preconditions,” they said in a joint statement. “With his threat to veto such a plan for change in Iraq, President Bush is ignoring the clear message of the American people: We must protect our troops, hold the Iraqi government accountable, rebuild our military, provide for our veterans and bring our troops home. The president is demanding that we renew his blank check for a war without end.” Jim Manley, a spokesman for Reid, said Bush must drop his conditions on the meeting before Reid would attend. Pelosi agreed. last_img read more

29 Dec

UFC Fight Club podcast on talkSPORT 2: July 11, 2016

first_imgJoining Gareth A. Davies is a round up of the UFC 200 card with leading MMA journos, Adam Hill, Lance Pugmire and Heidi Fang.last_img

26 Dec

Newcastle players boycott media over bonuses dispute with club

first_img 2 2 Newcastle players are locked in dispute with the club Benitez has made five signings – Fabian Schar, Kenedy, Ki Sung-yueng, Martin Dubravka and Yoshinori Muto – but has missed out on a number of his top targets.Having seen his side beaten by Braga and Augsburg in pre-season, Benitez has said publicly he wants another four more additions before the transfer window closes on Thursday.It looks unlikely that he will get that but a deal for Salomon Rondon, which will see Dwight Gayle swap places with the West Brom striker, is understood to be close. Newcastle United’s players are boycotting the media over an ongoing row with club bosses.The Magpies squad, captained by Jamaal Lascelles, have been unable to agree a bonus package for the new season. The bonus scheme proposed by the club has not been deemed good enough for the players and they are now refusing to fulfil their duties with the press until the dispute is resolved.The boycott could lead to financial punishment for the club.Following the 1-0 loss to Augburg at St James’ Park on Saturday, players declined to stop in the mixed zone after the game for interviews.And on Monday they refused to carry out their pre-match walk-ons which show up in Sky Sports’ formation graphic, despite being contractually obliged to do so.Newcastle have endured a difficult summer, with manager Rafa Benitez making it clear he is unhappy with the club’s business in the transfer window. Rafa Benitez’s future at Newcastle looks far from secure last_img read more

26 Dec

FPL tips: Top bonus points scorers, including Liverpool, Chelsea, and Man United stars

first_img5= Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) – DEF – £6.0m – Five points points this season5= Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – FWD – £11.0m – Five points points this season5= Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City) – DEF – £6.4m – Five points points this season5= Richarlison (Everton) – MID – £6.6m – Five points points this season 10= Troy Deeney (Watford) – FWD – £6.3m – Four points points this season10= Daryl Janmaat (Watford) – DEF – £5.0m – Four points points this season10= Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – FWD – £11.3m – Four points points this season10= Jean Michael Seri (Fulham) – MID – £5.4m – Four points points this season Spain star Alonso is doing just as well in a back-four as he did at wing-back. RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions highlights smart causal Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more MONEY possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 5 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack ADVICE Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 5 silverware Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade No matter how good your Fantasy Premier League team is, you’re going to need a bonus point or two along the way to boost your scores.Superstars are awarded either three, two, or one point if their results are deemed good enough by the FPL’s bonus points system – which you can learn more about here. 5 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 10= Michael Keane (Everton) – DEF – £4.9m – Four points points this season10= Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – MID – £10.7m – Four points points this season10= Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) – MID – £5.6m – Four points points this season5= Roberto Pereyra (Watford) – MID – £6.3m – Five points points this season REVEALED BEST OF impact England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Fulham star Jean Michael Seri is impressing in the Premier League. 5 Latest Football News He may have seen red against Bournemouth but he’s already a star at Goodison Park. Thanks to the algorithm, some players are more prone to nabbing those extra scores, which could be the difference between pain and glory in your mini-league.So who should you be snapping up to help you out? Check out the top bonus points scorers, so far, below. 3= Jose Holebas (Watford) – DEF – £4.8m – Six points points this season3= Andy Robertson (Liverpool) – DEF – £6.1m – Six points points this season2. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – MID – £10.0m – Eight points points this season1. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – DEF – £6.8m – Nine points points this season Eden Hazard, Troy Deeney, and Sadio Mane have all racked up bonus points in Fantasy Premier League this season. 5 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Argentine ace Pereyra has been in fine form at the Hornets start the season excellently. last_img read more

25 Dec

LADIES GAA: TERMON MAKE IT THREE-IN-A-ROW IN GAELTACHT FINAL

first_imgTermon  6–14  Glenfin  0–7COUNTY star Geraldine  Mc Laughlin produced  a  five  star  display  to  earn Termon  three  consecutive Donegal  Gaeltachta  titles  at  a  sun  drenched  Magheragallon today (Sunday).Mc  Laughlin  who  started  at  centre half  covered every  inch   on  the  famous Gaoth Dobhair  grounds , ably supported by Roisin Mc Cafferty  and  Emer  Gallagher. Termon  give Glenfin  a lesson  in clinical finishing.Karen  Guthrie, Grannie  Huston, Marie  Herron put in  a  wonderful  hour  for Glenfin but  it  was  to  be  Termon’s  day  and  as  Mc  Laughlin  may  have  been  the  star  in scoring, the Mc Cafferty’s and  Dara  Kelly  for  Termon all  played a  big  part  in this victory. LADIES GAA: TERMON MAKE IT THREE-IN-A-ROW IN GAELTACHT FINAL was last modified: May 6th, 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:LADIES GAA: TERMON MAKE IT THREE-IN-A-ROW IN GAELTACHT FINALlast_img read more

25 Dec

DDTV: DOLPHIN SHOCKS ANGLERS – BY POPPING UP IN RIVER AT LIFFORD!

first_imgDDTV: When angler Danny Hunter went fishing on the River Foyle near Lifford yesterday, he would have been happy seeing a salmon.What he found however was a dolphin, happily playing in the river – 24kms from the ocean. Click play to watch and listen to Danny talking through the video. DDTV: DOLPHIN SHOCKS ANGLERS – BY POPPING UP IN RIVER AT LIFFORD! was last modified: July 21st, 2014 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:dolphinsLiffordriver foylestrabanevideolast_img read more

24 Dec

WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL COMMUNITY ACTIVIST JOINS SINN FEIN

first_imgBrian Carr is welcomed into the Sinn Fein party.Brian Carr is welcomed into the Sinn Fein party.Well-known Glenties-based community activist Brian Carr has joined Donegal Sinn Féin.Brian, who had previously contested last year’s local elections as an Independent Candidate for the Glenties Electoral Area, was warmly welcomed into the party during the party’s Convention last Monday.Speaking on the night, the Glenties native said that he is incredibly proud to now have joined the party and that he is now looking forward to his future as a party activist. “I am of course incredibly proud to announce that I am now a member of Sinn Féin – the most supported party in Ireland today.”“I decided to join Sinn Féin for a number of reasons; the party is the only political organisation in Ireland which has shown that there is a better, fairer way and Sinn Féin offers a viable and comprehensive alternative to the failed, austerity driven politics of other parties.”“I can honestly say that I am committed one hundred per cent to Sinn Féin and I look forward to being heavily involved with the party going forward.”At the Sinn Féin Convention on Monday night, during which Deputies Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn were selected as the party’s forthcoming General Election candidates, both Deputies welcomed Brian to the party and praised him on being a committed community activist and for his wilful commitment to Sinn Fein.  WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL COMMUNITY ACTIVIST JOINS SINN FEIN was last modified: February 26th, 2015 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:Brian CarrGlentiesSinn Feinlast_img read more