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8 Ivoirians Fight Extradition

first_imgJust over four years after the Monrovia City Court sent back home 41 Ivoirians to face multiple charges for their alleged role during their country’s 2012 post-election violence, another eight Ivorian nationals are currently fighting not to be sent home.The eight are said to be among several pro-Laurent Gbagbo militia forces held responsible for a series of attacks that led to the death of seven Nigerien members of UNMIL.They were charged in absentia by their government with murder, rape, arson, illegal possession of firearms, criminal conspiracy and theft of property. Gbagbo is a former La Cote d’Ivoire President who lost the election to current President Alhassan Ouattara.The men were arrested by Liberian security forces in 2012 in Grand Gedeh County and since then, they have been detained at the Monrovia Central Prison awaiting extradition to La Cote d’Ivoire. Their government is pressing the Liberian government to send them back home for trial.At Tuesday’s hearing, defense attorney Amara Sheriff accused the lead state lawyer and County Attorney for Montserrado County, Counselor Daku Mulbah, for not paying his 2016 dues to the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), one of the requirements for practicing law in Liberia.Sheriff’s claim was defeated on Tuesday when Cllr. Mulbah publicly displayed receipts establishing that he met all requirements to press for the extradition of the Ivoirian nationals.Sheriff gained notoriety for successfully winning a case using the same tactic of nonpayment of dues and lack of license to practice law in the country. It was the case involving 15 Liberian ladies who were allegedly taken to Lebanon on false promises and ended up being abused by their hosts. During his argument, Cllr. Sheriff said although there was an extradition treaty between Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire, there is no instrument to show that it was ratified by the Liberian Legislature. “Dismiss the entire proceedings on grounds that the sole basis of the extradition was on the strength of the treaty that was never approved or ratified by the Legislature,” Cllr. Sheriff argued Tuesday.In his counter argument, Cllr. Mulbah said the Liberian government took the action based on an extradition treaty entered into with La Cote d’Ivoire on August 24, 1972, and later ratified it on August 18, 1973, by the Legislature.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Iniesta back in training ahead of Chelsea clash

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta left the pitch with a hamstring problem against Atletico Madrid but could be fit to face Chelsea © AFP / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Mar 12 – Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, trained on Monday ahead of Wednesday´s Champions League second leg against Chelsea.Iniesta took part in some of the session with the rest of Barca first team, boosting hopes he could return for the last 16 match at the Camp Nou. The first leg finished 1-1. “There was further good news as Andres Iniesta, who has been out with a hamstring injury sustained against Atletico Madrid, was able to join the rest of the group for part of today’s routine,” a Barcelona statement read.Iniesta limped off against Atletico Madrid eight days ago and missed Saturday´s 2-0 win over Malaga.Instead the midfielder completed a light session at Barcelona´s training ground and later posted a picture on Twitter with the caption “every day closer”.Also absent from the victory on Saturday was Lionel Messi, who was attending the birth of his son Ciro, but the striker is expected back against Chelsea.Messi trained on Monday and, in celebration of the arrival of his third child, he was given a round of applauds by his team-mates.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Stills Waters

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – From classroom resources to natural resources, conservation is the name of the game this year for freshman science students at Santa Fe High School. This month, these students embarked on a yearlong project to explore how solar energy can be used to purify water through the use of stills, all under the watchful eyes of teachers Lori Rutherford and Ben Balarie. But it wouldn’t have been possible without a $10,000 grant the teachers won from BP America’s A+ for Energy program, which recognizes innovative energy education activities in the classroom. The money was a windfall, said Rutherford, 32, because school budgets are tight, and there hasn’t been any room to buy new lab materials and supplies. But now, their science students will have hands-on experience in water and energy conservation while the classroom inherits new solar stills, reusable probe wear and laptop computers. “If you’re going to do science experiments, you need the materials to do it,” said Rutherford, who began teaching at Santa Fe two years ago. “Anytime that students can touch things in the learning process or keep their own data organized and see it change over time is great,” she said. “They’re already fascinated by it – and we’ve only just begun.” The yearlong project is called “Solar Stills as a Source of Sustainable Water” and was designed by Rutherford and Balarie to meet the requirements of the “A+ For Energy” grant. It’s aimed and helping students determine through the scientific process whether it’s feasible to use solar energy to create clean water. “It allows us to teach students creative problem-solving, and give them awareness of alternative resources,” said Balarie, 30, a former research assistant at the biotechnology company Amgen. “That’s really where the future lies.” Last week, the integrated-science students spread out to different points on campus to measure the intensity of sunlight. They’ll return to these spots throughout the year to continue gathering data to support the project. Then, students will take a trip to a water purification plant in El Segundo, where they’ll be able to see that science at work – and possibly inspire them to seek careers in the science field. Sandra Thorstenson, superintendent of the Whittier Union High School District, said teachers are always challenged to “find a way to make what we teach in the classroom meaningful to the lives of students.” As such, Thorstenson said, the district is grateful for the $10,000 grant because it “allows excellent teachers such as Lori Rutherford and Ben Balarie to incorporate issues of importance to our students into our classrooms.” Neither teacher plans to stop applying for classroom grants – mostly because, Rutherford says, “we don’t have a lot of money, period.” At the same time, Balarie said they want to continue coming up with “new things that are in keeping with our standards, (are) energy-related, fun and instructional – and benefit the school with new equipment.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want 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

Small sum of cash stolen in Letterkenny business burglary

first_imgGardaí in Letterkenny are appealing for information following a burglary on a business last week. A small sum of money was grabbed from a business in the Ballyraine area on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, July 9th and July 10th.It is understood the burglary happened between 7pm on Tuesday and 8am on Wednesday. The thief, or thieves, gained entry to the home via a smashed window according to gardai.If anyone noticed any people/vehicles in the Ballyraine area over the course of Tuesday night into Wednesday morning that arose suspicion then please inform Gardaí on 074-9167100.Small sum of cash stolen in Letterkenny business burglary was last modified: July 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Aston Villa v Chelsea: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgBranislav Ivanovic hit the winner on Chelsea’s last visit to Villa ParkKick-off: 12.45pm, Saturday 2 April 2016Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Preston, Lancashire)Match in a nutshell: Chelsea will be confident of claiming three points to narrow the gap on the European places when they visit rock-bottom Aston Villa.Five key battles: Including Cesar Azpilicueta v Carles Gil Injuries and suspensionsASTON VILLARuled out: Jordan Amavi (knee), Libor Kozak (ankle), Gabby Agbonlahor (club suspension).Fitness tests: Adama Traore (foot), Jack Grealish (ankle).CHELSEARuled out: Eden Hazard (thigh), Kurt Zouma (knee), Diego Costa (suspended).Fitness tests: Willian (match fitness), Oscar (match fitness). Possible line-upsAston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Clark, Cissokho; Westwood, Gueye; Gil, Veretout, Ayew; Gestede.Subs from: Bunn, Bacuna, Lescott, Okore, Richardson, Lyden, Sanchez, Green, Grealish, Traore, Sinclair, Davis.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Fabregas, Kenedy; Traore. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Baba, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Pato, Remy, Falcao. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesAston Villa total: L L L L L (0 points)Home: L L L W D (4 points)Chelsea total: D D W W W (11 points)Away: W W D W W (13 points)Top scorers – all competitionsAston Villa: Gestede 6, Sinclair 6; Ayew 5; Gil 2, Richards 2; Agbonlahor 1, Bacuna 1, Bennett 1, Clark 1, Grealish 1, Gueye 1, Lescott 1, Traore 1.Chelsea: Costa 15; Willian 10; Oscar 8; Fabregas 5, Pedro 5; Traore 4; Cahill 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Hazard 2, Ivanovic 2, Kenedy 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Terry 1.Last five meetings17 October 2015: Chelsea 2 Aston Villa 07 February 2015: Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 227 September 2014: Chelsea 3 Aston Villa 015 March 2014: Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 021 August 2013: Chelsea 2 Aston Villa 1Aston Villa 1 win, Chelsea 4 wins, 0 drawsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Help the govt cut red tape

first_img13 April 2004Frustrated by the many forms and processes that accompany government service delivery? Tired of waiting in long queues?The government has called on citizens, businesses and public servants to help identify the main “red tape” problems that South Africans face, and to make suggestions on how to solve them.The “Red Tape Challenge” was launched by the Department of Public Service and Administration, the Centre for Public Service Innovation and the State Information Technology Agency following the release of a joint study, “From Red Tape to SMART Tape”, in March.The report notes that countries worldwide are increasingly tackling red tape reform, and draws from international examples in proposing a strategy for reducing red tape in South Africa.According to the report, red tape reform can take many forms, some of which require major structural and technological changes. The study also finds, however, that there are “hundreds of improvements that can be achieved quickly and simply” – addressing these “quick-wins” is key to the Red Tape Challenge.Citizens and businesses can e-mail their comments and suggestions to redtapetosmarttape@sita.co.za or post them to Red Tape to Smart Tape, Private Bag X111, Centurion 0046. The deadline for submissions is 31 May.The government has promised that all comments and suggestions will be reviewed, key problem areas prioritised and viable solutions tested.Challenge to public servantsA parallel Red Tape Challenge offers government employees the chance to have their ideas for reducing red tape put to the test – with rewards and implementation support for those who come up with innovative and workable ideas.For more information, public servants should contact Yvonne van Dyk (yvonnevd@dpsa.gov.za, 012 314-7170) or Fakazile Myeza (fakazile.myeza@sita.co.za, 012 672-2855/67).SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

The importance of learning to read

first_imgMusa Mkalipi Some 123- million youths are illiterate and only 87% of females have basic literacy skills compared to 92% of males. Literacy gives individuals knowledge of the world they reside in. It is a key factor for career opportunities.(Images: MediaClub South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Phakama MatotiCentre for the book: Project co-ordinator+27 21 423 2669RELATED ARTICLES• Education in South Africa• Why we need a literate nation• Digital drum boosts computer literacy• Storybook sparks love of readingThe ability to read and write affects our daily lives; it affects the way we think, our income and how we fit into society. Being able to communicate through reading and writing is so important that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has set aside a day each year to draw attention to the status of literacy around the world.“Literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step towards all the new forms of literacy required in the 21st century. We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy,” says Unesco director-general Irina Bokova.The statistics are sobering: globally, 774-million adults do not know how to read or write, of whom 493-million are women. The Unesco Institute for Statistics estimates that some 123-million youths are illiterate and that only 87% of females have basic literacy skills compared to 92% of males. In South Africa, between 7.4-million and 8.5-million adults are functionally illiterate, according to UNESCO’s data. Local records show that between 2.9-million and 4.2-million people have never attended school. But there is some glimmer of hope: the South Africa government states that 160 300 students graduated in 2011, up from 144 852 in 2009 and a low 95 940 in 2001.International Literacy Day falls on 8 September each year, and has been marked in the Unesco calendar since 1966. The intention of the day is to raise awareness and voice concerns regarding literacy around the world. This year, the theme was dedicated to literacies for the 21st century, highlighting the need to provide people with skills and lifelong learning. Literacy is a fundamental tool for the success of individuals as it opens more career opportunities, which will, in essence, improve quality of life. South African interventionsMuch is happening to improve literacy in South Africa. To celebrate International Literacy Day, the Centre for the Book, a unit of the National Library of South Africa, hosted 50 children who are members of book clubs from primary schools in Cape Town townships to an afternoon of fun and education. “The book clubs from around Cape Town held a number of activities, such as taking part in spelling bees as well as reading,” said Phakama Matoti, a project co-ordinator of the Children’s Literacy Programme at the Centre for the Book. All of the activities were taken out of the children’s book, Desert December, by Dorian Haarhoff.International Literacy Day this year coincided with South African National Book Week, which took place from 2 to 7 September. The main events took place at Red Location Museum in New Brighton, Nelson Mandela Bay, in Eastern Cape, but there were satellite events around the country on the programme as well. Also an annual event, National Book Week emphasises the importance of reading, and urges South Africans – particularly young South Africans – to read more.Literacy is also crucial in social and economic development. It expands knowledge and a literate person is more likely to understand and adjust in society. The Unesco Institute for Lifelong Learning runs the Family Literacy Project in southern KwaZulu-Natal. It is aimed at families as a means of addressing the low literacy achievement of many pre- and primary school children, and the parents’ lack of confidence in their ability to support these children. As the parents, or those who take on the role of parents, are the first and most important educators of children, the family literacy approach supports both adults and children.To promote reading among young South Africans, the Fundza Literacy Trust, a non-profit organisation that provides South African reading content to get young people to read, uses the Mxit social mobile app. It publishes short stories on Mxit, which is a social messaging tool on mobile phones, reaching an average of 350 000 readers as well as a million page views each month. Fundza edits and publishes the work on its Fanz section on Mxit. The collaboration has been running since 2011 and according to Mxit, the Fundza stories are not just fun but also talk about crucial issues such as HIV/Aids, cyber bullying and more.Another organisation that works to encourage people to read is the Readers Society of South Africa. Initiatives such as The Nalêdi Initiative focus on children, providing them with lifelong learning and creating a love and appreciation for reading, as well teaching them to be analytical and critical thinkers. There is a plethora of other initiatives around the country, both local and national. Defining literacyLiteracy is not simply the ability to read and write, but it is the ability to use these skills. In the globalised world, literacy has become more diverse than simply being able to pick up a book and read, and understand what is being read. Today, for example, digital literacy is the ability to understand and use information in multiple formats using a computer. It is also the ability to use new media such as the internet to access information.Media literacy is the ability to access, analyse, evaluate, and create media in a variety of forms, as defined by the Center for Media Literacy, an educational organisation devoted to promoting and supporting media literacy education. The Media Development and Diversity Agency also promotes this type of literacy. It aims to give South Africans access to diversified media as well as to create an environment for media development that caters to the needs and aspirations of all South Africans.And then there is culture, which also plays an important role in moulding human beings. Cultural literacy is the ability to understand and appreciate other cultures. It requires a person to examine and understand the different beliefs, values and traditions of others. To be truly literate, an individual must be fluent in all these aspects of literacy.last_img read more

Starcrossed Beauty Vintage 1920s Diamante Q12 Headpiece Great Gatsby Flapper Bridal Headband – Carry some glue around

first_img Looked great on but had to use glue gun on it even before 1st use. Looked great on but had to use glue gun on it even before 1st use. Got it through the post today and was exactly what i was looking for, i have a great hats you inspired dance solo and this was the perfect finishing touch to the look of my costume and have just ordered another to attach onto the actually costume, thank you very much ❤️. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-03-31 08:17:30Reviewed Item Starcrossed Beauty Vintage 1920s Diamante Q12 Headpiece Great Gatsby Flapper Bridal Headband, SilverRating 3.0 / 5  stars, based on  2  reviewsPrice£12.95 Got it through the post today and was exactly what i was looking for, i have a great hats you inspired dance solo and this was the perfect finishing touch to the look of my costume and have just ordered another to attach onto the actually costume, thank you very much ❤️. Looked great on but had to use glue gun on it even before 1st use. Got it through the post today and was exactly what i was looking for, i have a great hats you inspired dance solo and this was the perfect finishing touch to the look of my costume and have just ordered another to attach onto the actually costume, thank you very much ❤️. Here are the specifications for the Starcrossed Beauty Vintage 1920s Diamante Q12 Headpiece Great Gatsby Flapper Bridal Headband:Beautiful vintage style rhinestone/diamante headband!This headpiece is stunning! Featuring silver tone diamantes/rhinestones and faux pearl beading in a vintage inspired design.Perfect for vintage 1920s style hair, bridal hair, bridesmaids, prom, vintage themed events – any occasion you can think of!Measures 5cm at it’s widest. The headband base measures 0.3cm wide and is elasticated at the back to fit.This is also available on a metal alice band style headband in our shop! Got it through the post today and was exactly what i was looking for, i have a great hats you inspired dance solo and this was the perfect finishing touch to the look of my costume and have just ordered another to attach onto the actually costume, thank you very much ❤️. Looked great on but had to use glue gun on it even before 1st use. Reviews from purchasers :Carry some glue aroundlast_img read more

Important nitrogen timing decisions being made

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For some farmers in DuPont Pioneer’s Bradley Ott’s territory in southwest Ohio, corn was planted in such a timely fashion that it is time to side dress the remainder of nitrogen on before the calendar turns to June. Is that too early? For this week’s DuPont Pioneer Seeds Field Report, Ott visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about some things to consider in these situations.last_img

MIT Creates Cloth That Listens

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Cloth sensors could make the Internet of Things fashionable. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Internet of Things#web If my clothes are listening to me, I want to be very sure I know to whom they are repeating what they hear.Where there are sensors, there is data – and where there is data there is analysis, actionable thresholds and functional mashups across data sets and technologies. In this case, that could look like clothes with awareness of ambient sound and a user’s physiological state. Put that data on a usable web interface and the Internet of Things starts feeling closer to the heart than ever before.We wrote this Spring about 10 Smart Clothes You’ll Be Wearing Soon, but Fink’s creation may be the smartest of the smart clothes bunch.All this instrumentation of personal items and objects is going to require some serious deliberation over privacy policies and standards. If my clothes are listening to me, I want to be very sure I know to whom they are repeating what they hear. That conversation has barely begun.Fink’s research was supported by MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). So you can be sure that consumer privacy rights are somewhere on everyone’s agenda. Scientists, of course, are only in charge of creating clothes that can hear – not deciding when they should listen.Photo: Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT/Greg Hrencenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts MIT scientists announced this week that they have created a new kind of fiber capable of detecting and emitting sound. “Throughout their history a key premise has remained essentially unchanged,” the research team wrote in Nature Materials, “fibres are static devices, incapable of controllably changing their properties over a wide range of frequencies.”Professor Yoel Fink and team says they’ve upended that history and have developed a process for making fiber that can act like a microphone or a speaker. As with any new type of sensor, the platform possibilities are intriguing – the degree of personal intimacy (pants with patience, shirts that sass you back) makes this particularly potent.The shirt that knew too much: Cozy, no?“Applications could include clothes that are themselves sensitive microphones for capturing speech or monitoring bodily functions, and tiny filaments that could measure blood flow in capillaries or pressure in the brain,” says MIT’s Press Office. AFP coverage of this was the first we saw. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more