A Sapo County: What is the Point?

first_imgYesterday’s lead headline sounded a disturbing alarm concerning tensions brewing in our nation’s South Eastern region. Two prominent members of the Sapo tribe, a subset of the Kru, voiced the alleged desire of their tribesmen to form their own county. Their rationale: greater self-determination through freedom from the allegedly domineering Kru majority. Speaking jointly, Mr. Romeo Quioh, Superintendent of Sinoe County, and Mr. Mobutu Nyenpan, former Sinoe Senator, pointed to fears among Sapos that the Krus would reclaim a key Senate seat currently occupied by a Sapo, in 2017. The solution: the establishment of a Sapo county, to maintain the tribe’s direct representation in the Legislature. But is the ‘representation’ of Sapos really the point of this proposition? Our nation was founded by black people determined to be free from oppression, underrepresentation, and economic distress. But, then, our forefathers turned right around, excluding and subjugating the indigenous peoples from the promise of freedom that Liberia offered. The result: nearly two decades of conflict. The same people, who kept the country to themselves for so long, ended up losing it and running right back to America, begging for green cards. And all because they saw our economy as a rigid, crusted pastry, instead of an expanding pie that grows exponentially when everyone gets a piece. But, is that really the scenario at play between the Sapos and the Krus? We think not! In our view, the Sapos and Krus need no separate representation because their needs and desires are the same. Every Liberian has a right to representation in government – on the basis of citizenship, geographical placement, and county population size. Not tribal affiliation. Because we cannot all participate in day-to-day governance, we elect officials to stand in our place, set the agenda and appropriate public monies according our priorities. That is where voting comes in – rule by the majority – because a nation where everyone always gets what they want, simply does not exist. Anywhere. So (ideally) we celebrate our wins, accept our losses, and try to work with those in office to implement our development agenda. And what is that agenda? For most Liberians, they are five simple words: agriculture, education, health, energy (God help LEC!), and roads. Simple. Pray tell, is that any different for the Sapos? Are their priorities really that different from ours? Space travel, perhaps? No. The truth is that this great and beloved tribe is just being manipulated by two power hungry politicians!Of course, this is no new tactic. Politicians, the world over, who lack the moral fiber to earn public confidence and votes, instead use fear, xenophobia, racism, sexism and religious prejudice to garner support for their ambition. Therefore, the proposition of a Sapo county must be given no credence. Or else, such action would set a dangerous precedent, allowing Nimba – where similar issues exist between the Gios and Manos – to follow suit. And what about Montserrado? Should it be reserved for the settlers only? And what of the half of Liberia’s population that resides here? If we allow this mad proposition, we would then have to double the number of counties, allocate the majority of our land to the most populous tribes, and then leave a small village to the smaller ones – which would incite them to anger. This would tear our nation right back into shreds – this time literally as well as figuratively. The thing to remember is that the Sapos and the Krus are one family, with one present and one future. And the solution for them is not separation, but unity around a real leader and a realistic agenda. Whether they elect a Kpelleh or a Mandingo representative is immaterial. What really matters is that their candidate actually works in the best interest of Sinoe, bringing human and infrastructural development (not destruction) to that impoverished county.Meanwhile, we would encourage Mr. Quioh, who is in the employ of the Executive Branch, to exercise some professionalism and at least participate more quietly in county politics. You were hired to supervise development in your county, and to manage the just ended Independence festivities. You failed at that, and must be held accountable. To Mr. Nyenpan: admit that you have failed both the Kru and the Sapos who elected you. You both need to rebuild your credibility through service, not manipulation. 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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Pouce Coupe Municipal Election Nominations

first_imgLyman ClarkCouncil (4 to be elected)Ken DroverAdvertisement Laura HamannPeter KutGordon MerrickMalcolm Supernault There are 2 candidates running for mayor in the village of Pouce Coupe.Barb Smith will be seeking another term, while Lyman Clark will also try and become mayor this November. There are also 4 spots on council with 5 candidates running. Below is the entire list:Mayor (1 to be elected)- Advertisement -Barb SmithAdvertisementlast_img

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Disappointed Pochettino vows to repay Spurs fans’ patience

first_img0Shares0000Unimpressed: Mauricio Pochettino is disappointed by the delays in moving to Tottenham’s new 62,000 capacity stadium © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 16 – Mauricio Pochettino believes winning is the only way to keep Spurs fans happy while waiting to move into the club’s new stadium.Tottenham face a logistical nightmare after delaying their move to the 62,000 capacity ground until at least October due to “issues with the critical safety systems”. Pochettino’s men were already due to face Fulham at Wembley on Saturday, but will now also host Liverpool and Cardiff at the home of English football, where they played all of their home games last season.“We all feel disappointed of course with the announcement from the club this week,” said Pochettino.“I feel so sorry for myself first of all, for our fans, the players, everyone, and of course for our chairman.”Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had already been under fire from supporters groups for failing to make a single signing during the transfer window despite a significant rise in season ticket prices.A refund has been offered to fans for the Liverpool and Cardiff matches, but Pochettino understands the fans’ frustration.“We need to be all together. Of course I understand the problems about the tickets, the money and everything, and I feel sorry for them,” said the Argentine.“I want to say thank you and apologise. We’re going to try to reward them by winning games.“It’s the only way we can pay all the effort they are doing and they are going to do for the club.”Spurs hope to open the new White Hart Lane on October 28 against Premier League champions Manchester City.However, contingency plans need to be put in place in case of further delays with Wembley already set to host a NFL game between the Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars on that day.Pochettino isn’t keen on finding another temporary home even if it means playing on a damaged pitch just 24 hours after a NFL game.“If you ask me today if it’s not possible to play in the new stadium, of course it’s about finding a way to play at Wembley because I think to play at another place, maybe three stadiums in one season, will be too much,” said Pochettino.“The day after the NFL game maybe the pitch is not in the best condition, but we need to make the effort and try to play in the end because maybe to find another date will be difficult.”Despite the lack of new faces in Pochettino’s squad, Spurs are set to let winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou join Bundesliga side Mainz on a season-long loan.N’Koudou cost Spurs £11 million from Marseille in 2016 but has not made a Premier League start for the club and spent the second half of last season on loan at Burnley.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Caribbean Financial Action Task Force XLIV Plenary November 2016 – Providenciales Turks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 8, 2016 – This week, the Turks and Caicos Islands hosts for the first time, the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) XLIV Plenary and Working Groups Meetings at the Tropicana Plaza, Providenciales from 7-10 November 2016.By way of background, the Turks and Caicos Islands was unanimously elected as Deputy Chair of the CFATF, the premier Anti-money laundering and combating terrorism financing regional compliance body, at its XLII Plenary in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on 24th November 2015.  Hon. Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles holds that position as Attorney General and Prime Contact of the Turks and Caicos Islands.That election leads to the Turks and Caicos Islands becoming the Chair of the CFATF during this week’s Plenary hosted by the Turks and Caicos Islands on Providenciales. The current chair of the CFATF is Trinidad and Tobago and that position is held by Trinidad and Tobago’s Attorney General Hon. Faris Al Rawi.The CFATF is an FATF-style inter-governmental regional body for the Caribbean which plays a critical role in promoting compliance through monitoring and evaluating member states in an effort to achieve compliance with the FATF Recommendations. The FATF is the premier global inter-governmental organization that sets the standards for preventing money laundering, combating terrorist financing and the financing of weapons proliferation (AML/CFT).  Globally 180 jurisdictions have joined the FATF and FATF-style bodies.Compliance with the FATF internationally endorse standards protect the integrity of the global financial system by increasing the transparency of the financial system (making it easier to detect criminal activity) and give countries the capacity to successfully take action against money launderers and terrorist financiers.The benefits of compliance with the FATF standards include –1) securing a more transparent and stable financial system that is more attractive to foreign investors2) ensuring that financial institutions are not vulnerable to infiltration or abuse by organized crime groups3) building the capacity to fight terrorism and trace terrorist money4) meeting binding international obligations and avoid the risk of sanctions or other actions by the international community5) avoIding becoming a haven for criminalsThe CFATF comprises 26 countries from South and Central America and the Caribbean, with a total population of approximately 80 million persons. These countries include Jamaica, the Bahamas, Venezuela, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands, Belize and the Cayman Islands.The Turks and Caicos Islands was last evaluated by the CFATF in 2008 and will be assessed again under the new FATF standards as to the effective implementation of the AML/CFT public sector and private sector systems in the first half of 2017. Work has begun on the completion of a National Risk Assessment within the Turks and Caicos Islands with public and private sector participation.This week’s meetings will primarily deal with the recent evaluation of Jamaica. About 175 delegates from regional governments and public bodies charged with monitoring compliance with AML/CFT matters have travelled to Providenciales to attend the Plenary and related meetings and events hosted by the Attorney General’s Chambers partnering with the Ministry of Finance, the Customs department, the Ministry of Tourism, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Financial Intelligence Agency, the Financial Services Commission, the Financial Industry Association, the Bar Council and the British Caribbean Bank.The Plenary and meetings are held in closed sessions and are only open to registered delegates, however, there will be an Opening Ceremony open to invited guests and the media scheduled for 9am – 9:45am on Wednesday November 9, 2016 at the Tropicana, the Bight, Providenciales.Braithwaite Knowles said; “It is an honour to accept the Chairmanship of the CFATF on behalf of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This demonstrates the commitment and capacity of the Turks and Caicos Islands to transparency in our financial systems and to playing a key leadership role in regional efforts to achieve compliance with these important standards.”For further information, please contact by email: twilliams@gov.tclast_img read more

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Authorities announce 10K reward for info in mosque arson case

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:55 PM Posted: April 11, 2019center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI) – Authorities announced a $10,000 reward today for information leading to the arrest of whoever intentionally set an occupied northern San Diego County mosque ablaze under cover of darkness last month.“Today we are asking for the public’s help in solving this horrible hate crime,” Escondido police Capt. Ed Varso said. “We cannot do this alone, and we believe that someone has information that will be valuable to our case.”Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque, also known as Islamic Center of Escondido, was torched about 3:15 a.m. March 24. Seven people who were inside the West Sixth Avenue house of worship escaped without injury and were able to extinguish the blaze with a fire extinguisher prior to the arrival of emergency crews.The fire was “quickly determined to be arson,” Varso said this afternoon during a news conference co-led by Suzanne Turner, acting special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Diego field office; and Ernesto Diaz, assistant special agent in charge of the Los Angeles Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.Further evidence of the malicious intent of the crime was graffiti left on the building making reference to last month’s deadly terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.Dozens of state, federal and local investigators, including personnel with the county Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office, have worked to identify the perpetrator or perpetrators but so far have identified no suspects, Varso told news crews during the briefing at Escondido police headquarters.While the case remains unsolved, police have sought to protect the mosque from any further harm or harassment, according to Varso.“As we have been investigating the crime, we’ve also worked diligently to ensure that members of the mosque feel comfortable and safe at their place of worship,” he said. “We are currently working with the leadership of the mosque to improve the facility’s security. In addition, our officers … increased their presence at the mosque immediately following the fire and continue to provide extra patrols in the area.”Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the FBI at (800) 225-5324. Tipsters may remain anonymous. KUSI Newsroom Authorities announce $10K reward for info in mosque arson caselast_img read more

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Heavy rains trigger floods landslides in Northeast 10 dead over 8 lakh

first_imgThe floods, caused by the overflowing Brahamaputra River and its tributaries, have thrown normal life out of gear.Twitter/DoordarshanAt least 10 people were killed and over 8 lakh affected by flood-related incidents, caused by the overflowing Brahamaputra River and its tributaries across Assam. Flash floods across the north-eastern states were recorded.The incessant rains also caused landslides, throwing normal life out of gear. Connectivity via road between north Bengal and Sikkim stayed disrupted by the continuous rainfall on Friday, July 12. The rail connectivity was also disrupted in Assam, with the authorities controlling rail services due to “settlement of tracks”.Officials from Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that three people died in rain and flood-related incidents in Golaghat and Dima Hasao districts on Friday. Two people died due to flood at Bokakhat revenue circle in Golaghat, one died in a landslide in Haflong in Dima Hasao district.At least two people lost their lives in Arunachal Pradesh and three injured due to rain-related incidents. Itanagar, the state capital, has been witnessing landslips, mudslides and road blockades for several days and the district administration has ordered all schools to remains closed till Sunday.Mizoram is also affected by the rain, with two people killed in the state.While heavy rains in the region are expected till July 14, Barpeta in Assam is the worst-hit district with over 85,000 people affected. TwitterThe Kaziranga National Park has been affected too. The animals are reportedly fleeing the park, and authorities set up road barricades on the national highway passing through the park to limit speeding vehicles.The Army was called to assist the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force for rescuing people in Assam’s Baksa district.A soldier helping a citizen during floods in Chirang District, Assam today. The Army has not been officially requisitioned for assistance in this particular area. It doesn’t matter. This is the Indian Army. No call for help goes unanswered. @adgpi pic.twitter.com/F4JDOOzHdD— Major Gaurav Arya (Retd) (@majorgauravarya) July 11, 2019The teams have rescued 1,160 persons in the state since Thursday. They have also distributed 1,281.35 quintals of rice, dal, salt and 1,493.46 litres of mustard oil, besides tarpaulin, water pouch, sanitary napkins, baby food and other essential items.last_img read more

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Lebanese PM Hariri to meet major powers in Paris after revoking resignation

first_imgLebanese prime minister Saad Hariri attends a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace of Baabda, east of the capital Beirut, on 5 December, 2017. Photo: AFPLebanese prime minister Saad Hariri will attend talks in Paris Friday on the crisis triggered by his recent resignation announcement to be attended by US secretary of state Rex Tillerson, France said Tuesday.”The aim is to support the political process (in Lebanon) at a crucial moment,” the French foreign ministry said, minutes after Hariri announced he had rescinded his resignation.”It will send a message both to the various parties in Lebanon and to countries in the region,” the ministry added.The five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China — will be represented at the meeting, along with Germany, Italy and Egypt.French officials said the goal was to shore up Lebanese institutions, by strengthening the army and supporting Hariri’s economic programme, with a view to encouraging foreign investment in the country.Hariri announced he was stepping down on 4 November in a surprise televised address from Saudi Arabia that sent tremors through Lebanon, long a proxy battleground for regional powers.His resignation was seen as part of an intensifying power struggle between the Saudi kingdom — which had long backed Hariri — and its regional rival Iran, which backs the armed organisation Hezbollah.After announcing he was bowing out Hariri, who accused Hezbollah of destabilising Lebanon, remained in Riyadh, sparking speculation that he was being held hostage by the Saudis.French president Emmanuel Macron intervened to try defuse the crisis, inviting Hariri to Paris for talks, after which he returned to Beirut to a hero’s welcome.Two weeks later, following consultations with the various political groups in Lebanon, Hariri announced Tuesday he was withdrawing his resignation.last_img read more

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Dozens of Baltimore Schools Forced to Close Due to Extreme Heat

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comIt was a short first day of school for children at dozens of Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) and about 10 public schools in Baltimore County never opened, because they have no air conditioning.The tweet from Baltimore County Public Schools announcing school closures due to heat. (Twitter)Temperatures climbed into the 90’s once again on September 4, and the forecast calls for temperatures to remain in the 90’s for the rest of the first week of the 2018-2019 school year. The 10 public schools in Baltimore County that closed for lack of air conditioning today are: Bedford Elementary, Berkshire Elementary, Colgate Elementary, Dundalk Elementary, Campfield Early Learning Center, Catonsville Center of Alternative Studies, Dulaney High School, Lansdowne High School, Patapsco Center for the Arts High School and Woodlawn High School.During the winter several BCPS schools were forced to close because of lack of heat; photos of children huddled in classrooms wearing coats and gloves during the winter months went viral. Many BCPS observers argue the decrepit condition of many city schools continue to be a significant obstacle to the education of public school students.We’ll have a full report on how the lack of air conditioning at dozens of hot city schools will affect the first week in the upcoming issue of the newspaper, which will be published on Thursday.last_img read more

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The Grinch Again Tops Studios TV Ad Spending

first_imgImpressions: 402,251,016Attention Score: 90.76Attention Index: 82National Airings: 980Networks: 38Most Spend On: CBS, ABCCreative Versions: 30Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $20.03MStudio: Paramount PicturesStarted Airing: 09/05/18 Impressions: 552,738,157Attention Score: 91.76Attention Index: 91National Airings: 1,831Networks: 48Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 72Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $32.26MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 09/12/18 $5.19M – Green Book $6.95M – Instant Family Impressions: 265,122,471Attention Score: 90.89Attention Index: 83National Airings: 518Networks: 28Most Spend On: FOX, NBCCreative Versions: 11Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $13.33MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 10/26/18 $6.63M – Robin Hood 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 11/05/2018 and 11/11/2018.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention analytics from more than eight million smart TVs, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology. Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tv TV ad placements for Lionsgate’s “Robin Hood” (EMV: $6.63 million), Warner Bros.’ “Creed II” ($5.41 million) and Universal’s “Green Book” ($5.19 million) round out the chart. Notably, “Green Book” has the best iSpot Attention Index (144) in the ranking, getting 44% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV).center_img Popular on Variety Impressions: 288,710,993Attention Score: 95.64Attention Index: 142National Airings: 792Networks: 39Most Spend On: NBC, CBSCreative Versions: 13Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $11.25MStudio: Warner Bros.Started Airing: 10/16/18 $5.41M – Creed II Impressions: 356,600,670Attention Score: 95.75Attention Index: 144National Airings: 827Networks: 36Most Spend On: CBS, NBCCreative Versions: 8Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $16.27MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 09/25/18 In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “The Grinch.”Ads placed for the remake of the Christmas classic had an estimated media value of $7.17 million through Sunday for 1,831 national ad airings on 48 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Nov. 5-11. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Universal prioritized spend across networks including NBC, ABC and USA Network, and during programming such as NFL Football, The Voice and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.Just behind “The Grinch” in second place: Paramount Pictures’ “Instant Family,” which saw 980 national ad airings across 38 networks, with an estimated media value of $6.95 million. $7.17M – The Grinch ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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