14 01 20

first_imgIn the wake of the horrific incident in Nice, France where there was a spectacular attack on innocent civilians with significant fatality on vulnerable and the attempted Coup d’état of July 15 in Turkey where over 50, 000 persons have been arrested and almost two hundred killed following a post-putsch purge. The world, more than ever before is reminded of the need for peace. There could be no better time in our history for peace advocates and the mantle of engagement falls squarely on the shoulders of young people.Much have been said about the involvement of young people in violent extremism and the recent stabbing at the train station in German by a 17 year old Afghanistan refugee is a clear reminder of the need to engage young people in peace vocation.It is for these reasons and more that the Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia chose to organize the first Peace Summer Camp for young people ages 8-18 years in Monrovia, Liberia. The purpose of the camp is to instruct, educate and prepare youth not to keep the old path that others, before them, have trod. The Peace Summer Camp designed for one month for over fifty young people would give instructions in understanding conflict and dealing with it and the implementation of UNSCR # 2250. Young people would be engaged in learning new and different skills, attitudes and knowledge. It is anticipated that they would acquire Language skills in French and Spanish. According to a young camper, “this is the camp that brings young people from different schools and communities together”Guest lecturers would be invited to speak on topics of interest ranging from: The Company you keep, how to select good friends, teambuilding and leadership, integrity and accountability. There would be board games, sports, quiz on Liberian expressions, and excursions. The Peace Camp would be a place for young people to dialogue in order to achieve peace. Young people must be included in all peace building exercise. Last Tuesday, the second day of Camp, fifty youths and five Camp Managers met with the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General-Waldemar Vrey on the involvement of young people in peacekeeping. The Video Tele Conference (VTC) was not only interactive, it was inspiring.As we conduct the first Peace Summer Camp in Liberia, it is our position as Messengers of Peace, that Peace should be our inheritance not our cross. A national movement for peace makes it harder for the minds of young people to be molded for violent extremism.There must be a dramatic shift in violent extremism behavior. We need to inspire friendship among young people and at the end of the camp, one camper becomes a peace advocate, another victory would have been earned. Peace should not have to be bought. Peace should have its own reward.We are reminded daily that “The fear of the Lord-that is wisdom, and to shun evil is-understanding”-Job- The path out of violence is respect for and tolerance to each other. Until next week when we continue with our dialogue and report on our Peace Summer Camp-Part 2, it’s peace first, peace above all else. May Peace Prevail in our time!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

21 12 19

first_imgChelsea are  7/4 with BetVictor to win the Champions League, with Bayern Munich 4/9 favourites.The value is there for Bayern, with Ivanovic, Terry, Ramires and Meireles notable absentees through suspension for the Blues.A night which was inundated with heroics and shocks at the Nou Camp was topped when substitute Fernando Torres scored to seal their place in the final.3/1 to start in Munich.The Spaniard has been under enormous criticism, but no doubt the quality is still there. BetVictor have Torres priced at 3/1 to start the final; could El Nino guide Chelsea to European glory?That said, attention will now be solely focused on their domestic Premier League clash against QPR on Sunday.Chelsea are favourites at 2/5 with QPR at 15/2 . The Hoops will look to replicate their performance which saw them beat Spurs 1-0 last Saturday, and that result can be taken at 18/1.The battle at the bottom could continue to the final game of the season, with five teams in danger of the drop. The R’s are currently 5/4 to be relegated, alongside favourites Blackburn at 1/6, Bolton 6/4, Wigan 3/1 and Aston Villa at 4/1.Fulham face a tricky tough fixture away to Everton at Goodison Park.The Whites have hit form recently, winning three out of their last four Premier League games, and are currently 19/5 to take all three points.The Toffees are odds-on favourites at 5/6 and will look to follow on from their memorable draw last Sunday at Old Trafford.As the World Snooker Championship enters round two, BetVictor are offering a wide range of specials including their ‘Final Frame Insurance’, if any match is decided in the final frame they will refund all losing match bets!For all your weekend odds checkout BetVictor.comFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

21 12 19

first_imgLONDON — The Raiders keep finding innovative and embarrassing ways to lose this season, and their latest act was by far the worst yet.An utter humiliation at the hands of the mediocre Seattle Seahawks at Wembley Stadium on Sunday night sent the Raiders to 1-5, their 27-3 blowout defeat the latest page in a book that keeps getting worse and worse.With the Raiders entering the bye week before facing the 1-5 Indianapolis Colts at home, here is your Week 6 report card. Passing game: …last_img

3 12 19

first_imgKolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Monday told the Supreme Court that the CBI tried to forcefully enter his residence on February 3 without valid papers.In separate affidavits, West Bengal Chief secretary Malay Kumar De, DGP Virendera Kumar and Mr. Kumar refuted the allegations levelled at them by the CBI of obstructing the apex court-ordered probe into ponzi scams including the mutli-crore Saradha chit fund case.However, in case the court prima facie felt that their action was contemptuous as alleged by the CBI, the three officials said they were tendering an “unconditional and unambiguous apology.” The officials from West Bengal also accused the CBI of levelling vague allegations against them without cogent evidence to back them up. For instance, they submitted that no police officer was part of the protests organised by the Trinamool Congress Party and led by State Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee.The CBI, represented by Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, had argued before a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi that uniformed police officers had participated in the protest.Mr. Kumar said “his presence, adjacent to the site of dharna” was to “discharge his duties”. He said both the Director General of Police and Inspector General of Police, West Bengal, had come to the protest site, which had also served as a makeshift secretariat/camp office of the Chief Minister.The police official said he had been at the location to ensure that no unforeseen situation arose in a ‘volatile and evolving situation’, adding that 76 cases had been lodged in connection with the chit fund scam.Mr. Kumar is walking a tightrope as the apex court had on February 4 said that “if the police commissioner is even remotely trying to destroy evidence, we will come down so heavily on him that he will regret.” Mr. Kumar was also questioned by the CBI in Shillong on the apex court’s orders.In his affidavit, Mr. Kumar denied having acted in any manner so as to protect the ruling party’s leaders involved in the scam. He said he did not possess exclusively any evidence against them. Nor had he done anything to subvert the orders of the apex court.“Materials have either been in the exclusive custody of the various Investigating Officers as part of the investigative units under their supervisory officers across the State and/or the appropriate courts in accordance with applicable law,” Mr. Kumar submitted.On his role as part of West Bengal’s Special Investigation Team (SIT), which had probed the ponzi scams before it was transferred to the CBI by the apex court, Mr. Kumar said he was only acting as an “administrative and logistic coordinator” in the team.Mr. Kumar said there were Assistant Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police and Joint Commissioner of Police rank officers for closer and direct supervision of the investigation of cases in Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, where the deponent was posted as Commissioner of Police.Mr. Kumar also asserted that it was “very intriguing” as to why the CBI chose the last working day of then interim CBI Director M. Nageswara Rao to question him.“It seems very intriguing as to why such a major decision could not wait even for a single day for the new Director CBI to join, especially when the last notice was issued to the answering respondent, after a gap of more than a year,” he said in the affidavit.Mr. Kumar contended that the CBI’s bid to question him was against the Calcutta High Court’s order of abeyance.The apex court is scheduled to hear the case on February 20.last_img read more

28 11 19

first_imgEngland beat India by 196 runs in this 2000th Test match at Lord’s on Monday, which was also the 100th Test between India and England. Score | PhotosIndia started the day with an overnight score of 80/1 with VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid at the crease as a target of 458 runs loomed large. Eventually, the target proved too massive for injury-hit India.In the morning session the visitors lost their opener Rahul Dravid when a James Anderson ball took a thick edge off his bat to land in the keeper Mat Prior’s gloves. He fell for 36 and India were down to 96/2.Post Dravid’s wicket Laxman and Gautam Gambhir became overtly cautious, playing on the deliveries that were coming straight to the bat and leaving the rest. They didn’t have a choice and they needed to stay in the middle for long to save the Test.Gradually, the two started chipping away from the massive 458-run target. But the partnership eventually came to an end when Anderson came around to get rid of Laxman on 56. Laxman went for a pull and ended up getting caught by Bell.In the next over England spinner Graeme Swann struck Gambhir on the pads and he was adjudged LBW on 22. India were 135/4 at the stage and were looking down the barrel.Once again Sachin Tendulkar stepped in and once again his fans cutting across nationalities started praying for his elusive 100th international century.Tendulkar’s partner in the middle was left-hander, Suresh Raina.At lunch India were 142/4, with Tendulkar and Raina at the crease and the visitors needed a massive 316 runs.advertisementA few minutes had gone by into the second session when England bowlers got the man they wanted. Sachin’s fans were again left disappointed when a James Anderson delivery trapped the batting maestro plumb in the front of the wicket when he was on 12.This was after he got two lives. First a Stuart Broad ball trapped him leg-before when he was on 11, but he was saved as the DRS is not being used for leg-before decisions in this series. And then, a ball before Anderson got him, he was dropped in the slips by Andrew Strauss. So Tendulkar’s highest at Lord’s continues to be 37.Post Tendulkar’s fall, Raina and skipper MS Dhoni batted with resolve to avoid defeat. The two Chennai Super Kings team-mates could be seen sharing a good partnership in the middle. At tea, the two were going steady at the crease and India score was 218/5.But the third session had a different tale to tell. Minutes into it, skipper MS Dhoni was seen walking back with Chris Tremlett claiming his first wicket of the innings when the India total was 225/6.Post that wicket it was a matter of time before England players were out there celebrating their win. The biggest hurdle in front of them was Suresh Raina and James Anderson scalped him to increase his victims tally to five and provided England with a fine win 196-run win.Raina scored a dogged 78, but could not save India from the jaws of defeat. Kevin Pietersen won the Man of the Match for his unbeaten double hundred.last_img read more

24 10 19

first_imgThe Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) will be observing Disabilities Awareness Week from November 25 to December 3, under the theme: Jamaica: Removing Barriers…Creating Access. Public Relations Officer at the JCPD, Adrienne Pinnock, said this year’s observance will seek to promote the rights of persons with disabilities and the fact that they too, are entitled to the enjoyment of full and equal human rights. “We want to demonstrate that persons with special needs are equal citizens and should be included in the economic, civil and political processes of our country,” she told JIS News in a recent interview. She said the occasion will also be used to inform Jamaicans of the integral role, persons with disabilities play in national development. “Persons with disabilities are capable of reaching their fullest potential, and their efforts should be recognised as valuable contributions towards nation building. With the celebrations, we will be highlighting the skills, achievements, and contributions that persons with disabilities have made over the years,” she noted. She told JIS News that in keeping with the Jamaica 50th Independence theme: ‘A Nation on a Mission’, the week will also highlight the achievements of the Council over the years, as well as new initiatives for 2013/14. “This year’s celebration takes on added significance in this jubilee year. As voices of the disabled community, we are going to be using this opportunity to highlight our achievements over the years, through a number of communication channels, such as public forums and sensitisations sessions island-wide. We aim to show Jamaica the direction in which the Government is moving as it relates to securing the well-being of the disabled community,” she informed. She noted that the JCPD, which falls under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, continues to work to meet the needs of persons with disabilities through a number of interventions. The week gets underway tomorrow (November 25) with a benefit performance hosted by the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD), at Stages Theatre, Knutsford Boulevard, starting at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $1,400. The JAD will stage its 34th Annual General Meeting on Tuesday (November 27) at the Alhambra Inn, 1 Tucker Avenue, starting at 3:30 p.m. The meeting, under the theme: ‘Realizing the Vision of Deaf Excellence’, will provide a platform for the JAD to highlight and reflect on its achievements, and to chart a course in moving forward. On Wednesday (November 28) the Special Education Unit in the Ministry of Education, will be hosting an exposition at Caenwood Centre, 37 Arnold Road, starting at 10:00 a.m. The event will showcase products and services offered to persons with disabilities, as well as provide information on disability issues. Church services and sensitisation sessions will be held at various locations throughout the week.  Activities will conclude with the observance of International Day for Persons with Disabilities on Monday (December 3), with a public forum, at a venue to be announced. Disabilities Awareness Week has been observed in Jamaica since 1994.last_img read more