50 Motorcyclists Trained in Peace Building

first_imgSome of the commercial motorcyclists, shortly after the workshop ended.The Catholic Relief Services “Connect For Peace” (C4P) project recently conducted a three-day training workshop for about 50 commercial motorcyclists in Ganta, Nimba County.The training was designed to strengthen vertical and horizontal social cohesion between and among citizens, including some of the motorcyclists, with the broader aim of contributing to the country’s peace. Those trained are expected to serve as ambassadors for peace in their respective communities.The motorcyclists, most of whom were young people, were trained to harmonize disputes among themselves as well as to avoid participating in violent acts that would cause chaos and undermine the peaceful co– existence of citizens.The C4P project was designed to apply its principles through people to people training, workshops, consultative public gatherings and social and cultural events by connecting peaceful activities.Ganta’s motorcyclists have over 2,000 registered motorbikes on commercial purposes, the president, through the reading of statistics, has said.The issue of violent activities attributed to commercial motorcyclists remains one of the cardinal factors affecting the society in  post-conflict Liberia.However, at the training, many of the participants were happy as they expressed interest, because they believe that the C4P project will help motorcyclists to constructively address some conflict prone issues without resorting to violence“Activities have been designed to build individual or institutional capacity, and further offer desperate adversarial groups opportunities for reconciliation,” said the chief trainer, Brezhnev D. Paasewe.Additionally, he said, “the project will support the establishment of trust between citizens and state, reinforcing Indigenous Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms so that all members of the civil society, public sector institutions, and traditional authorities can embrace diversity, resolve differences constructively and establish conditions for positive peace in Liberia.”Accordingly, in the project, the positive peace context refers to the restoration of relationships and the creation of social systems that serve the needs of the whole population, while resolving conflict in a constructive way.The project will align with key government policies such as “Liberia Agenda for Transformation, Steps to Liberia Rising 2013, and the Strategic Roadmap for National Healing, Peace Building and Reconciliation in the country.The 4CP project is a 36-month initiative implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), with support from USAID (United States Agency for International Development)’s Conflict Mitigation Management program, while the training of motorcyclists was sponsored by the United Nations Peacebuilding Office.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wardens sell cellphones to prisoners, CoI hears

first_imgDeadly prison riot By Shemuel FanfairAs the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly prison fire which left 17 dead continues, the Commissioners heard on Tuesday that prison wardens are the ones that sell mobile phones to prisoners.“Social media” prisoner Carl BrownInmate Roy Jacobs testifying about deadly eventsCarl Brown, who is currently serving 13 years for murder, took the stand at Tuesday’s session, where he shockingly revealed that prisoners can purchase the mobile devices for $7000 in the Camp Street Prison.The inmate, who is presently on his seventh phone since being incarcerated, often times updates his Facebook account about life in prison. Brown told the Commission that whenever a phone is seized, a fee is paid and the phones is returned.Giving evidence about the night of the fire, Brown told the Commission that assistance was only rendered to prisoners after officers began to “smell human flesh”.Brown, along with fellow Camp Street prisoner Roy Jacobs, told the Commission that the events stemmed from ill treatment of prisoners and lengthy waiting times for sentencing.Roy Jacobs, 38, who is serving a five-year sentence, in his testimony restated the testimony of other prisoners, who posited that Deputy Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels reportedly said that the prisoners should be left to burn.“The heat was so much that he (Kojo, a mechanic) back off, then Samuels said leave them alone, dem set de fire let dem bun,” Jacobs stressed.Commission Counsel Excellence Dazzell questioned Jacobs further on what he observed next after these alleged comments were made. “Mr Samuels went back in Capital B Division, where words were exchanged and bricks were shying; after this, bow!” the prisoner said.Attorney Dexter Todd, who represented two inmates, asked an increasingly agitated Roy Jacobs if he attempted to mislead the Commission due to his previous run-ins with the Deputy Director of Prisons. Jacobs was vociferous in his denial of this assertion.The Attorney also grilled Jacobs on alleged plans which inmates had to start the fires. Todd also posited to Jacobs a supposition that perhaps there was an attempt of suicide.When Jacobs was asked if he had ever heard the inmates planning to “commit suicide” by way to burn themselves to death, a “no” was the response that he posited. The inmate admitted that there have been sporadic incidents of fire over time but noted that those in March were the most serious.CoI Chairman James Patterson made several objections to Attorney Selwyn Pieters’ – who is representing the Prison Service – constant references to video footage of the prison fire which was not available for the Commission to review. In the exchange, Patterson raised concerns over the way in which the video footage was released to the public.In the video footage, which was shown to media operatives on Monday, prisoner Collis Collison and members of a riot forces engaged in an altercation.The CoI was adjourned and Pieters will continue his intense grilling of witness Roy Jacobs at the start of this morning’s session.last_img read more

Recalled Meat Used in Local Health Facilities

first_imgNorthern Health has issued a notice cautioning that some health facilities under its authority may have served Maple Leaf products contaminated with Listeria. The notice lists a number of local hospitals and long term care facilities which have confirmed that they received recalled products from Maple Leaf Foods, including Fort St. John General and the North Peace Care Centre. Northern Health urges high risk groups – including the elderly, the very young, those with weakened immune systems and pregnant women – to contact their health provider if they believe they’ve consumed the product and are experiencing symptoms such as persistent fever, severe headaches, neck stiffness, nausea and vomiting. More information is available at Northern Health’s website.- Advertisement –last_img read more

‘There goes our top four chances!’ – Liverpool fans react to latest MASSIVE injury blow

first_img1 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool’s injury crisis just got a whole lot deeper after Jurgen Klopp confirmed bad news regarding three more players.Star man Philippe Coutinho is likely to be out until February, meaning he will miss the FA Cup tie with Exeter City on Friday and huge games against Arsenal and Manchester United next week.Klopp also revealed that both Kolo Toure and Dejan Lovren would miss the trip to Exeter – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT – leaving the Reds without any recognised centre-backs.Liverpool now have 12 first-team squad members on the sidelines through various injuries, and the fans can barely believe their bad luck.Some of the best reactions to the news – particularly the Coutinho blow – can be found below:center_img [View the story “Liverpool fans bemoan injury luck” on Storify]last_img read more

INSURANCE TASK-FORCE REQUIRED URGENTLY – PAT THE COPE

first_imgInsurance costs have gone through the roof.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has called on the Minister for Finance to urgently set up an Insurance Task force similar to the previously existing Motor insurance Advisory Board which in the 1990’s successfully lowered insurance premiums by 30 to 40 %.The West Donegal Deputy said the current situation is totally unsustainable with every insurance policy now being increased by anything from 50% to multiples of that amount.This comes in light of the information revealed by Fianna Fail Finance spokesperson Micheal Mc Grath when in a written question to the Department of Finance revealed that insurance payouts in 2014 were €400 million euro less than what was paid in 2011 or 36% less payouts, and similarly the amount paid in 2014 was less than the amount paid in 2012 and equal to what was paid in 2013. Pat the Cope said “The insurance companies were blaming the massive insurance hikes on the increased payout levels experienced by the sector over the past number of years, now as revealed by the Department of Finance figures this argument simply does not stack up – stated Pat the Cope.“The escalating premiums are a major financial strain and burden on motorists and households alike, equally is the case on businesses across the country. The Government urgently needs to take action and establish a task force to identify the real reasons why premiums are rising at unsustainable rates and take the appropriate action to solve this problem which is directly affecting every individual and household throughout Donegal and the country alike.“Motorists are now typically paying twice the amount or several hundreds more than what they were in 2014,” added Pat the Cope.He added the Insurance Task force needs to be established immediately with a clear mandate to investigate these massive insurance hikes, and to report back to the Dáil committee directly within 6 weeks so that this problem can be resolved otherwise premiums for insurance will continue to sky rocket. INSURANCE TASK-FORCE REQUIRED URGENTLY – PAT THE COPE was last modified: June 22nd, 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:car insurancedonegalPat The Cope Gallaghertask forcelast_img read more

MCCONALOGUE DEMANDS IDA MANAGER BE RETAINED IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has stressed the importance of retaining the IDA Regional Manager in Letterkenny.The Fianna Fáil TD has welcomed moves to finally fill the role of IDA North West Regional Manager, and has called on the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and the IDA to keep the role in Letterkenny rather than Sligo.In July last, Deputy McConalogue forced the Government to admit that they were intending to close the Regional IDA Office in Letterkenny and merge its with the Sligo IDA office. Following pressure from Deputy McConalogue, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Burton has now granted an exemption to recruitment embargo to fill the position.“It is a huge relief that this crucial role is finally being filled. This is a key position for supporting employment in the Northwest and attracting investment to create more jobs.“It would have been unacceptable to leave the position vacant for any longer in this climate,” said Deputy McConalogue.“However I remain concerned by Minister Bruton’s indication that this role will now be based in Sligo rather than in Letterkenny, where it has been based for years. “In July, the Government admitted that plans were underway to merge the the IDA offices in Letterkenny and Sligo. They subsequently rowed back on this after strong representations and they committed to keeping the Letterkenny office open.“Any decision to move the Regional Manager role away from the Letterkenny office raises real concerns about the commitment a meaningful IDA operation in Co Donegal. It is crucial that this position continues to be based in Letterkenny in order to ensure that Co. Donegal retains the IDA focus that it has had in the past and that it needs more than ever at this time.”Deputy McConalogue concluded, “We cannot have a situation where the Letterkenny office would be downgraded over time. I will be pursuing the matter with the IDA and with Minister Bruton.”ENDSMCCONALOGUE DEMANDS IDA MANAGER BE RETAINED IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: October 24th, 2011 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)last_img read more

HEROIC BUS DRIVER SAID HE THOUGHT BUS WAS GOING TO EXPLODE

first_imgA heroic bus driver who saved 34 pupils from a burning bus says he feared it was going to explode.Modest hero Brian McLaughlin. Brian McLaughlin took only a few seconds to get the terrified pupils off the coach in Letterkenny yesterday morning.The frightening incident took place just after 8.30am as pupils were traveling to a number of different schools in the Letterkenny area. The 61 year-old driver from Creeslough thought he had smelled smoke just seconds earlier and had stopped the bus to ask some of the students at the rear of the bus did they notice a smell.But when nobody got the smell he drove on for another few hundred yards.However, suddenly smoke began to engulf the outside of the coach, which belongs to Marley’s Buses, forcing Brian to pull over and evacuate the bus.Brian revealed, “All of a sudden I noticed smoke outside and then flames were coming up around the bus. “I needn’t tell you it was frightening because when you see flames you just never know what can happen.“The pupils were very good with a lot of the lads getting out the back door while the girls and those up the middle and front of the bus got out the front.“In all it took about 12 seconds because I was shouting so much at them to get out.“The main thing is that they all got out safely and nobody was hurt but it was frightening all the same,” he said.Brian McLaughlin managed to get all the pupils off this burning bus in just seconds. Pic by Donegal Daily.Brian ushered the pupils down the road away from the case in case it exploded. But, not thinking of his own safety, he returned to the burning bus to check if there was anybody left on board.“You just never know. Somebody could have fainted or returned for their bag or phone as some of them did drops phone I think.“But there was nobody on the bus and I asked a man to call the fore service and Gardai then,” he revealed.Gardai and the fire service at the scene of the bus fire. Pic by Donegal Daily.None of the pupils from the nearby Loreto Secondary School or St Eunan’s College were hurt in the blaze which destroyed the bus. The Gardai and the fire service were on the scene in a couple of minutes and brought the blaze under control.A full investigation has now been launched into the cause of the blaze.One theory is that an electrical fault may have led to the bus catching fire.Bus driver Brian, who has been driving buses for sixteen years without any kind of accident before, is also a well-known musician.“I might write a song about it but I certainly won’t be singing ‘Ring of Fire’ for a while,” laughed Brian who put on a brave face despite his experience.HEROIC BUS DRIVER SAID HE THOUGHT BUS WAS GOING TO EXPLODE was last modified: November 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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 MCLAUGHLINbusdriverfireheroHome-page NewsHorrorlast_img read more

This is Mine 2 GC14EEQ GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 17, 2011

first_img SharePrint Related”La dent du Turc” GC1PP6C GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 18, 2011April 18, 2011In “Community””Down the Rabbit Hole” GCXQ5C GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – December 28, 2010December 27, 2010In “Community””Manuel Antonio National Park Geocache” GCJ7WN GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 27, 2011June 28, 2011In “Community” This is Mine 2Near the top of the world the islands of Svalbard rest inside the Arctic Circle. The archipelago is home to a couple thousand hearty Norwegians. It’s also home to more than two dozen geocaches.The traditional cache, “This is Mine 2” (GC14EEQ), collected the most Favorite Points among them. The difficulty two, terrain four geocache was hidden in 2007 by TVE & Martin L.The hunt for this geocache leads adventurers back into the island’s coal mining past. Construction on the mine started in the early 1900’s – and is marred by deadly coal explosions and bombardment by World War Two battleships.  The mine is now vacant and sealed for safety.The cache page encourages cachers to be courteous, “Remember that all these old buildings and artefacts are important parts of the cultural heritage of Svalbard and treat them with respect!” More than fifty geocachers have already logged smileys on the small-size cache.This is Mine 2 – geocacheOne geocacher who logged “This is Mine 2” wrote on the cache page, “What a place! Thanks for placing the cache up here, otherwise we probably would have missed this interesting place, even though it was visible from our room window. The climb up and back down was not that easy but surely rewarding. Took a lot of pictures and did some investigation.”This is Mine 2 – cache page photoContinue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the globe. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com. If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache and the GC code to pr@groundspeak.com. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Key tech players create non-profit AI alliance

first_imgHow Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Tags:#AI#Amazon#artificial intelligence#Deep Mind#Elon Musk#Facebook#Google#IBM#Machine Learning#Microsoft Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Related Posts center_img Tech giants Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, Google’s DeepMind, Facebook have joined forces to create a non-profit alliance called Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society that will work to advance public understanding of artificial intelligence technologies (AI) and formulate best practices on the challenges and opportunities within the field.Academics, non-profits, and specialists in policy and ethics will be invited to join the Board of the organization.The objective of the partnership is to address opportunities and challenges with AI technologies to benefit people and society. Together, the organization’s members will conduct research, recommend best practices, and publish research under an open license in fr areas such as ethics, fairness, and inclusivity; transparency, privacy, and interoperability; collaboration between people and AI systems; and the trustworthiness, reliability, and robustness of the technology.The organization’s founding members will each contribute financial and research resources to the partnership and will share leadership with independent third-parties, including academics, user group advocates, and industry domain experts. There will be equal representation of corporate and non-corporate members on the board of this new organization.Eric Horvitz, Technical Fellow & Managing Director, Microsoft Research said:“We’re excited about this historic collaboration on AI and its influences on people and society. We see great value ahead with harnessing AI advances in numerous areas, including health, education, transportation, public welfare, and personal empowerment. We’re extremely pleased with how early discussions among colleagues blossomed into a promising long-term collaboration. Beyond folks in industry, we’re thrilled to have other stakeholders at the table, including colleagues in ethics, law, policy, and the public at large. We look forward to working arm-in-arm on best practices and on such important topics as ethics, privacy, transparency, bias, inclusiveness, and safety.”Who’s in…and who’s outInterestingly it does cialisgeneriquefr24.com not intend to lobby government or other policymaking bodies, yet members will presumably include legal professionals. After all, it’s likely that there will be significant challenges to the rule of law, at least in the developed world, as AI advances into all echelons of society and policy in a broad range of areas from health care to military analytics. The law in general has traditionally struggled to maintain pace with the rapid advancements of technological innovation.Notably absent are Apple and Open AI, the non-profit research think tank created by Elon Musk in 2015, though it’s possible they will be late additions. It’s foreseeable that as AI develops as the next industrial revolution, preceded by IoT, that a number of watchdog organizations will develop to respond to the challenges of AI particularly in regard to changes to the workforce in some sectors and the social challenges like robotic ethics. The next few years will be a time of fascinating research and discussions for all. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Cate Lawrencelast_img read more

Manny Pacquiao throws shade at Floyd Mayweather with his New Year’s resolution

first_imgStephen Curry, Golden State Warriors torch Phoenix Suns TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next (L-R): CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe, WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, and Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum pose during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and Pacquiao will face each other in a unification bout on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKI / AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKIMANILA, Philippines—Years have already changed but the rivalry between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather has not.After Mayweather destroyed Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in exhibition-boxing match in Japan on New Year’s Eve, Manny Pacquiao couldn’t let it pass.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READcenter_img Pacquiao threw shade at Mayweather’s latest conquest with a new year’s resolution.READ: Floyd Mayweather clobbers Japanese kickboxer for TKO win FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“Here is an early New Year’s resolution. To continue to only fight experienced opponents who are my size or bigger,” tweeted boxing’s only eight-division champion who’s busy training for his WBA World welterweight title defense against Adrien Broner.Clearly, Pacquiao wasn’t talking about himself. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Pacquiao’s tweet was meant for Mayweather and a retweet that featured a video of a goat knocking down a kid captioned “The Mayweather/Tenshin fight is the funniest thing I’ve seen” immediately followed up Pacman’s tweet.READ: Manny Pacquiao teases Floyd Mayweather rematch Mayweather, Pacquiao, and Broner are all welterweights while Nasukawa, who’s fighting in his first boxing match, weighs 121 lbs and is lighter by 26 lbs than the three boxers.Needless to say, it was a fighting farce between Mayweather and Nasukawa.Mayweather, a five-division World champion, floored Nasukawa thrice in the opening round prompting the Japanese fighter’s corner to throw in the towel.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View commentslast_img read more