Tomorrow, Friday 29 May 2015, the UN Peacekeepers day would be commemorated in Liberia and in other parts of the world. The theme for this year is “Past, Present and Future” For nearly 70 years since the United Nations was founded, over 125,000 women and men Peacekeepers have been at the frontlines of conflict across the globe including Liberia. While a number of persons, civilians and soldiers alike, have paid the ultimate price in their quest for world peace, the problems seem not to be abating. Rather, it is getting worse and might take a global dimension if the prevailing conflicts in Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Iraq, Mali, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen and the resulting humanitarian crisis are anything to go by.Today’s conflicts are getting more complex and volatile. Environments are vast and hostile and peacekeeping operations would be required to come up with a new and more robust strategy to tackle new threats. According to the UN Secretary General in his message on Africa Day, he said “We know that conflicts breed where people suffer from poor governance, human rights violation, exclusion and poverty”Now, more than ever, we need to reflect on what has gone before as we need the will of the international community to provide a blueprint for international peace and security. It seems to us peace messengers that either present strategy is wrong or under resourced. With the changing nature of conflicts and with the evolution of threats everywhere; we need to remember times past when we were dealing with two axis of power and the aftermath of World War II that paved the way for competition among nations. While we reflect on times remembered and the changing nature of modern day conflict vis a vis peacekeeping operations for which Ebola has now become a part, we need to introduce new technologies that are not only essential but crucial to fighting those multiple axis of power who are enemies of peace in highly politicized environment. We need to educate our children through the stories and information we provide them with on the wonderful activities undertaken by women. There is no one-off receipt for making this happen but Messengers of Peace intend to mobilize young people, especially women to write their own stories and share these stories with the rest of the world. We recall that through the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA), Women’s groups were funded to provide support and from these groups, we would like you to read their stories. How it did all happen and what did we do to make sure we put a halt to the spread of this deadly virus?Here’s a pearl of wisdom for you: “Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him”-Aldous Huxley.Support the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind through your stories or with your generous cash donation. Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates- The roles of Women in the fight against Ebola”, 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)
November 16, 2019
Over 120 people took part in today’s (Wednesday’s) 16th Annual Memorial March to Honor Lost Children.The march focuses on healing and wellness within Sioux City’s Native American community and the memory of children taken from their homes and placed into social services.Frank LaMere spoke at each stop along the 4th Street route:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/MARCHER3A.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………mindful of that. ;16Michael O’ Connor was one of those who marched starting early morning from the War Eagle Monument:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/MARCHER.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….people do care. :25O’Connor says it is important for new generations to learn from the problems of the past to avoid those conflicts in the future:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/MARCHER2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………by those emotions. :23Prayer stops were held at Jackson Recovery Centers on West 4th Street and the Center for Active Generations with the march ending at the Public Museum with a ceremonial meal.
November 16, 2019
Super League Malaysian football risks emulating English football through ASEAN quota Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 15:30 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Azhari Mohd Yusop Super League Premier League Will the addition of an ASEAN foreign player slot in the M-League slot ultimately benefit Malaysian football as a whole? BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter The Malaysian football fraternity last week was taken by surprise with the revelation by FourFourTwo that the Malaysian FA (FAM) president; Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim is mulling over a proposal to add an import player slot for South-East Asian (ASEAN) players in the M-League, beginning next season.Currently, Malaysian clubs in top two tiers are allotted three foreign players slots and one for players from Asian Football Confederation (AFC) countries.If the proposal is given the go-ahead to be implemented next season, it will begin around the same time that the Thai League implements the same move. The difference is that the Thais have afforded their plan a longer time to gestate; it had been confirmed and announced way back in September 2016. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Thai LeagueWhen the 2018 season of the Thai League kicks off around February next year, around 15 months have passed since their announcement was made, but if the M-League’s plan is implemented next January or February, only five months at the most will have passed since the plan was first revealed.One of the chief reasons behind the proposal, according to Tunku Ismail himself is the need to market the M-League in the region.“Commercially, the move will help because instantly Malaysian football gets more eyeballs from the region. Finances are something that needs to be addressed because there is very little now and this could be a way,” he told the publication.Although there is no denying that the M-League needs to be marketed more extensively in order to generate a bigger revenue which can then be used to fund the development of football in the country, many fans have described the step as too far a leap that skips a few more necessary steps in the progression.It is undeniable that the way the Thai League (or Thai football in general) is run needs to be emulated if we want to improve, but it must be noted that not everything can be transferred directly south across the Malaysian-Thai border.One glaring difference between the two leagues is that there are 36 clubs combined in the top two tiers in Thailand, whereas there are only 24 in Malaysia’s Super League and Premier League.The Thai League only allows the clubs to field four foreign players at the same time. Even if all 36 clubs start their with the maximum allowed four foreign players on one hypothetical matchday, that means there will still be 252 local Thai players on the pitch alongside the foreigners.If M-League’s ASEAN slot plan happens and the clubs are allowed to field all five players at the same time (at the moment they can field only all four), assuming that on one matchday all 24 clubs start with all five foreign signings; that means only 144 starting places are left for local Malaysian players.Indonesia star Andik Vermansah has been with Selangor as their AFC foreign player since the 2014 season, and is among the few ASEAN players already plying their trade in the M-League. Photo by CSNOne major drawback of this proposal is that it will bring about a reduction in the number of places in top-level domestic competitions available to local players, which will in turn affect the size of the pool of players who can represent Malaysia at the international stage.Such an effect has been cited as one of the reasons behind England’s inability to succeed at the World Cup, despite the fact that the English Premier League is arguably the most popular domestic league in the world.A local coach, who asked Goal not to reveal his name, agrees that the plan will disrupt the development of local players, on top of putting an additional strain on the clubs’ finances.With just four foreign players at the moment, we have the imports occupying all the important central roles; as centre backs, central midfielders and strikers.”If this plan happens, how can our national team improve? And that’s before mentioning their huge salaries,” said the coach.However, that’s not to say that the ASEAN foreign player slot is ultimately a bad plan. An argument can be made that should other ASEAN countries’ domestic leagues follow suit, there will soon be places available abroad for Malaysian footballers to branch out, on top of the possibility that the M-League will catch on among fans in the region, thus generating the much-needed revenue needed by FAM.Perhaps a happy medium can be found for the implementation; such as by restricting the number of foreigners that can be fielded at the same time by each club in domestic matches to just four, or maybe even three.Another suggestion has been made by Malaysian football’s most prominent fan and critic; Alfadli Awaludin. Writing on his Facebook page; Alfadli suggested that if the ASEAN slot be made available to clubs, then teams competing in the Malaysia Cup should be made to field at least five Malaysian players aged 22 and below in each Malaysia Cup match, as the cup title does not offer a place in any continental competitions, unlike the Super League and the FA Cup.”We must use it (Malaysia Cup) as a platform for our young players to gain competitive playing experience, and to avoid them from becoming mere benchwarmers.”This regulation should be implemented if the power that be insists on adding another foreign player slot,” he suggested.Tunku Ismail clarified with FourFourTwo that no part of the plan has been finalised yet, and one hopes that there is still time to reconsider and postpone it for a few more years, or at least to come up with measures that will ensure that more local players will get to play regularly in the M-League, for the sake of Malaysian football as a whole. 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October 23, 2019
zoom Dutch banks ABN AMRO, ING Bank and NIBC, together with the Scandinavian counterparts SEB and DNB, announced today at NOR-Shipping in Oslo that they are all introducing Responsible Ship Recycling Standards (RSRS) for their ship financing.The announcement was made during the biannual industry gathering with the aim of including more banks into the initiative. The Norwegian fund, KLP, which in 2016 commissioned a report by the International Law and Policy Institute on shipbreaking, had also already taken a stance to reject beaching practices.The collective move to include ship recycling conditions on loans by leading banks and financial institutions with large shipping portfolios has been described as a positive step to imposing responsible practices on shipowners by NGO Shipbreaking Platform. “When there is pressure for change coming from shipping financers, who understand that they have a direct tangible impact on the shipping industry, shipowners, rather than finding crafty loopholes in the law, will feel the bite if they do not choose to recycle responsibly off the beach,” the NGO said.“We welcome the leading role taken by the banks to ensure a departure from the unnecessarily dirty and dangerous practice of beaching, and expect that investors and clients of shipping that are increasingly pushing for higher standards for ship recycling will join the initiative,” said Ingvild Jenssen, Founder and Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.Majority of ships are still scrapped in South Asia to beaching yards notorious for their low working standards and high incident rates.A total of 128 end-of-life ships were sold for scrap to the South Asian beaches during the first quarter of 2017, according to the data by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.The number represents 65 percent of ships which reached the shores of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, out of a total of 196 vessels sold for demolition worldwide during the three-month period.
September 30, 2019
Kevin Durant rejected the notion that Dwyane Wade is one of the top 10 players in the NBA.In an interview with CineSport, Durant was discussing Sports Illustrated’s list of the NBA’s top players, and stated that his former teammate Harden should be on the list. The Oklahoma City forward Durant is ranked No. 2; Miami guard Wade landed in the No. 8 spot.When asked who should have been left out to make room for Harden, Durant replies hastely that, “Dwyane Wade” didn’t deserve to be on the list.That sparked a rebuttal from Wade, who responded immediately via Twitter and Instagram:“Don’t believe me just watch,” he posted along with an image.Durant tweeted Wade back saying:“Show me don’t tweet me..”The NBA season starts in six weeks, so the Heat’s Wade and the Thunder’s Durant will get to ‘show and prove’ when they face off in January.
September 30, 2019
Derrick Rose tweaked his right knee during Friday night’s 98-95 loss to the Portland Trailblazers in Portland.The Chicago Bulls star, who sat out last season following surgery on his left knee, drove to the basket anticipating a pass from teammate Joakim Noah, which was picked off. On his way back on defense, Rose’s right knee buckled. He limped off the court and did return to the game.He appeared in pain as he limped to the sideline and was checked by team trainers on the bench for several minutes before being assisted to the locker room.Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said he was concerned about Rose’s health and said he would undergo an MRI on Saturday.“He has pain and it felt like he couldn’t push off his right knee,” said Thibodeau, who balked at speculating any further on the extent of the injury.Rose led the Bulls with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists before leaving the game late in the third quarter.
September 17, 2019
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 22, 2016 – National Health Insurance is having problems and staff there took industrial action yesterday which resulted in the office being shut down. Magnetic Media was told that there is a list of demands from the employees, who among other things want a pay increase promised. In two media statements, the N.H.I.P explained that they were far too short on staff to open to the general public but that they will manage emergencies, on call.The workers staged a sick out at the country’s social health care plan office; N.H.I.P is also responsible for medical care referrals for all workers and their children, in the country. N.H.I.P, following an emergency board meeting, said employers can still make their payments through the online bill paying system and that the office will reopen on Friday. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:emloyees of NHIP took industrial action and staged major sickout, employees calling in sick causing NHIP to be closed to the public, NHIP to reopen on Friday, sick out at nhip Sick out at NHIP today
September 17, 2019
Carlo Cudicini recalled his time alongside Petr Cech at Chelsea where they competed with each other for the number one goalkeeping jerseyBefore Cech’s arrival in 2004, Cudicini had been the undisputed number one at Chelsea for the last four years and was even named the Premier League’s best goalkeeper of the 2002/03 campaign.But once Cech was at Stamford Bridge, Cudicini was instantly demoted to the bench as the Czech enjoyed record-breaking success with Chelsea.Cudicini spent the following four and a half years being Cech’s backup before he left for Tottenham in January 2009.However, the Italian only has fond memories of his time alongside Cech who announced his retirement this week from football at the end of the season.“We were fighting for one place and we always gave 120 per cent because we knew if we weren’t able to do our job somebody else would have stepped in,” Cudicini told Chelsea TV.“I tried to push Petr very hard when he was playing, trying to make sure his concentration was always top, and I’m sure that he thought to do the same when I was playing in cups and other games.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“It’s easy to get along well with Petr because he’s such a smart guy, an intelligent guy.“He has so many hobbies so we developed a friendship which is still there, still strong and hopefully it will carry on to be like that.”Cech’s first season at Chelsea was especially remarkable given his quick adaption to English football which saw him only concede 15 goals and make a record 21 clean sheets in the Premier League at the age of 22.“If you think, in his first season he was still very young,” said Cudicini.“I said many times that it’s never easy to make the transition between other leagues and the Premier League and he was unbelievable. He had the record for clean sheets and it was a brilliant season.”Nowadays, the Italian has retired from playing football and works as an assistant coach back at Chelsea.
September 17, 2019
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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Southwestern College is getting ready for the spring semester with several new features on campus.Southwestern College Governing Board President Roberto Alcantar stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the new Math and Science Building, the next phase of construction for the Performing Arts Center.Southwestern is also about to expand their Veterans Center on campus and build a brand new Dream Center.Alcantar also discussed the Governor Gavin Newsom proposal for a second year of free tuition at all community colleges to supplement the first year of free tuition that students already receive. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, New semester, facilities and initiatives at Southwestern College Posted: January 23, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 23, 2019