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‘We Must Get Our Independence Back’

first_imgMargibi County Senator Oscar Cooper has told his colleagues that it is about time they got back their independence, adding that “there is no way to do the people’s job without restoring the independence of this honorable Senate.”The Margibi lawmaker, who failed miserably in last Thursday’s race for the President Pro Tempore position, was speaking within the ten minutes allotted to candidates for comments prior to the casting of ballots in the Chambers of the Senate. Senator Cooper, who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Works, intimated that if they have to do oversight as Senators, there was a need for them to be independent in order for them to make informed decisions on behalf of the electorate that elected them.As members of one of the three branches that make up  the government, the defeated Pro Tempore contender maintained that coordination and collaboration can take place, “but we must maintain our independence; that is the only way we can make laws, representation, and oversight on Ministries and other GOL Agencies that we will have committee responsibility for.”  “We need to restore our independence from the Executive.  We cannot sit here year after year and allow this honorable Senate to be held by our nose, pushed around and not do the work of the people.  The Liberian people are looking at us and they are depending on us to do the right thing.”Senator Cooper emphasized the need to work with the Executive, but cautioned that the new leadership work and collaborate with the Executive, but not work for the Executive.  “We will work for the people that elected us to this honorable body, and that is our first and foremost priority, and this is what I offer you, my colleagues, for us to restore  that independence…so that when 15 Senators go we can get them back to continue doing the work for Legislative continuity.” The other area the Senator spoke about was what he called developing the credibility of the Senate: “Fellow colleagues, no longer can we sit here and let people ask us about brown envelopes; we have to restore the credibility of the Senate, and we all have to work hard in doing that.”  Cooper noted that a dynamic and reputable Senate is what Liberians are yearning for and his election would have been the perfect opportunity for achieving that aspiration. He emphasized the need for togetherness, especially through the various committees; both leadership and standing, noting that if that body failed, it would reflect on all Senators, not the Pro Temp alone, because the leadership works together with all Senators.   “I am appealing to you to see   the interest of your country, to see reason and wisdom that we can build this institution’s post-war Liberia. There have been many lapses in the Senate, because we have not been working; we need to earn our living and work for it by manifesting the interest of the Liberian people.”He regretted the Legislature’s delay in making appropriations for restoring the burnt out offices of the Legislative Information Services (LIS), but promised to work with the leaders of LIS and the relevant committees to restore what he described as ‘a great institution.’Cooper further lamented that justice has not been done to the Legislative Budget Office (LBO), where the Executive sends the annual national budget, and suggested that if that office is capacitated, the Senate would be able to do a dynamic job when the budget is submitted to the Legislature.The Margibi lawmaker recalled that the Legislature sometimes passed the budget on leaflets, and that was where there was no tracking system of the final result.  If such is tampered with by the Executive, it would be impossible to know what happened.He hoped that the 2015/2016 budget, when discussed by the Legislature and the Executive on how to make appropriations, would be sent to the LBO to prepare the final draft. When it is agreed upon by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Legislature, then it will be sent back to the Executive so that it is not tampered with.“We need bill tracking. When bills are presented here, how many times do we know that what we passed here is what is published in that bill? We have to set up a system here that will track that bill, from the time it is presented to the Senate, the time a resolution is made on it and the time it is printed into handbills.”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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LAUSD breaks record

first_imgLos Angeles Unified’s massive expansion program got another boost in 2005 when voters passed a $4 billion bond measure that will allow the district to complete the renovation and construction of hundreds of schools. District officials said the money was crucial to completing their ambitious $19 billion construction program, which will add 150 campuses by 2012. The district also was able to open a record 31 schools this year – including 13 on Sept. 6 – which allowed 28 campuses to switch from the unpopular year-round calendars to a traditional fall-summer schedule. “It was an eventful year for us. By the end of this year alone we’re on schedule to complete 55 new schools and that’s huge,” said district facilities spokeswoman Shannon Johnson. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “We’re excited to be able to fulfill our mission to ensure a classroom seat for every LAUSD student on a traditional 180-day calendar by 2012.” Superintendent Roy Romer also pushed forward in his mission to convert larger schools into so-called “smaller learning communities,” where students are able to get more personalized attention from teachers and administrators. And in November, officials announced a $7.4 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to boost their efforts to plan and build the smaller learning communities. Board President Marlene Canter created a special committee to work on breaking up massive campuses with thousands of students into clusters of 500-student learning environments. “We are very anxious to operationalize the small learning communities plan,” Canter said. “It’s a smaller environment for students to learn in, and there’s continuity in the teaching staff and classmates from grades 9 to 12, so they’re able to function in a smaller environment in a larger school.” — Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 naush.boghossian@dailynews.com 160Want 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

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Japan – South Africa Business Council launched

first_imgJapan – South Africa Business Council launches at second SA Investment Conference (SAIC 2019)JOHANNESBURG, 6 NOVEMBER 2019: The establishment of a Japan-South African Business Council, announced at the second South Africa Investment Conference (SAIC 2019), will help strengthen trade and investment relations between the two countries.The signing of the agreement follows South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s discussions with Prime Minister Abe a few months ago.Japanese companies committed to investing more than R6.8 billion at last year’s inaugural South Africa Investment Conference.  Japan’s Ambassador to South Africa, Mr Norio Maruyama said at SAIC 2019 Japanese government and private sector investors would commit to a further investment of US$20bn across the African continent, a proportion of which would be committed to the South African economy.#InvestSA #SAIC19 https://sainvestmentconference.co.zaENDSMedia contacts:Mmemme MogotsiOverall Media LiaisonEmail: mmemme@gcis.gov.zaCell: +27 72 856 4288Ayanda HollowInternational Media RelationsEmail: holo@gcis.gov.zaCell: +27 61 488 0634last_img read more

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Avian influenza detected in Alaska

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey is encouraging poultry owners to ensure they are following recommended biosecurity practices after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that a highly contagious strain of avian influenza was detected in wild birds in Alaska. No other recent cases have been identified in the country.“While this finding is not cause for any immediate concern, it is a good reminder for poultry owners to develop and employ a strong biosecurity program on their farm, regardless of their size or production model,” Forshey said. “This will help them protect their flocks from this influenza as well as other diseases that can affect their birds.”Good biosecurity practices for poultry owners include the following:Monitor flocks for unusual signs of illness such as “snicking” (sneezing,) a 1% or more decrease in egg production, or an increase in mortality. Other signs to look for are wheezing, lethargy, and depression.Practice personal biosecurity and avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.Keep unauthorized visitors from having contact with poultry, a good practice whether there is a disease threat or not. Authorized persons should be required to wear protective clothing and shoes before entering a commercial poultry house.Avoid contact between your birds and wild birds whenever possible due to the likely migratory nature of this influenza. These virus strains can travel in wild birds without them appearing sick.Clean and disinfect farm vehicles or equipment before moving them on and off your property.Sick birds or unusual bird deaths should also be immediately reported to the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health at 1-614-728-6220 or through USDA APHIS’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on biosecurity from USDA APHIS for backyard flocks can be found at http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov or by visiting www.ohioagriculture.gov.The Ohio Department of Agriculture works closely with the state’s poultry producers and USDA APHIS to closely monitor the health of poultry in the state. Detailed plans and protocols are in place to allow for a quick and coordinated response in the event of an avian influenza detection in Ohio.last_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS Have You Seen This Missing Wilmington Teen

BREAKING NEWS Have You Seen This Missing Wilmington Teen

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, a Wilmington teenager has been missing since May 19, 2018.Kathrine Morona, who also went missing in March and was found safe, is a 16-year-old Hispanic female with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5’3″ and 130 pounds. Her nose is pierced and may be wearing glasses. Kathrine may be in the company of an adult male.If seen, please call 911, 1-800-THE-LOST, or the Wilmington Police Department at 978-658-5071.Kathrine MoronaLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMISSING CHILD: Have You Seen This Wilmington Teen?In “Government”BREAKING NEWS: Have You Seen This 14-Year-Old Girl Missing From Wilmington?In “Breaking”PHOTO OF THE DAY: Have You Seen These 2 Missing Billerica Children?In “Photo of the Day”last_img read more

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Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019 Hockey live stream India fixtures preview and

first_imgMarch 24Japan vs Malaysia6:05 PM March 26Canada vs Japan1:35 PM March 27Canada vs India3:35 PM The 28th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup commences on March 23 and the 2019 edition of the annual hockey tournament will be played at the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh, Malaysia. When do the matches start and where to watch itNone of the matches will start before 4:05 pm local time, 1:35 pm IST and 8:05 am GMT. The specific time of every match is listed below under the ‘Full Schedule’ section.There is no live television coverage of the tournament in India and neither will the tournament be officially streamed. Astro-Go will provide live streaming of the tournament in Malaysia. Sultan Azlan Shah Cup preview  India men’s hockey team at Asian Games.Ryan Pierse/Getty ImagesThe defending champion of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is Australia but the team from Down Under will not be participating in this edition of the tournament and neither has runner-up England travelled to Ipoh. This opens up the field significantly for India. The Indian team finished fifth last time but courtesy their ranking compared to the other participating teams, they are the firm favourites to lift the trophy. India will take on Japan in the opening encounter of the tournament and they have the wood over the Japanese team. Although the Samurais did not travel to Ipoh last year, the two sides last met in 2017 when India won the thrilling encounter 4-1. Since then, the two sides have met on four occasions and India has got the better of the Japanese hockey team on every one of them. The six teams that will participate in this edition of the tournament are India, Japan, Canada, Malaysia, Poland and South Korea. The format of the tournament is such that each team will play every other team once to determine their respective positions on the points table. The team that will finish as the top two will go on to play the final and decide the champion. The two teams following the top two will battle it out in a third-place match while the remaining two teams will clash to avoid the wooden spoon.  The Indian Hockey Team singing their national anthem before the first match of the 2018 Hockey World CupMcQuillan/Getty Images for FIHThe final of the tournament will be held on March 30 at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium.Full Schedule DateDateMatchMatchTime (IST)Time (IST)DateMarch 23MatchIndia vs JapanTime (IST)1:35 PMDateMarch 23MatchCanada vs South KoreaTime (IST)3:35 PMDateMarch 23MatchMalaysia vs South AfricaTime (IST)6:05 PMDateMarch 24MatchIndia vs South KoreaTime (IST)1:35 PMDateMarch 24MatchCanada vs South AfricaTime (IST)3:35 PMDateMarch 24MatchJapan vs MalaysiaTime (IST)6:05 PMDateMarch 26MatchCanada vs JapanTime (IST)1:35 PMDateMarch 26MatchSouth Africa vs South KoreaTime (IST)3:35 PMDateMarch 26MatchMalaysia vs IndiaTime (IST)6:05 PMDateMarch 27MatchSouth Africa vs JapanTime (IST)1:35 PMDateMarch 27MatchCanada vs IndiaTime (IST)3:35 PMDateMarch 27MatchSouth Korea vs MalaysiaTime (IST)6:05 PMDateMarch 29MatchIndia vs South AfricaTime (IST)1:35 PMDateMarch 29MatchSouth Korea vs JapanTime (IST)3:35 PMDateMarch 29MatchMalaysia vs CanadaTime (IST)6:05 PMDateMarch 30Matchteam 5 vs Team 6Time (IST)1:10 PMDateMarch 30MatchTeam 3 vs Team 4Time (IST)3:35 PMDateMarch 30MatchTeam 1 vs Team 2Time (IST)6:05 PM March 27South Korea vs Malaysia6:05 PM March 23India vs Japan1:35 PM March 30Team 3 vs Team 43:35 PM DateMatchTime (IST) March 29Malaysia vs Canada6:05 PM March 24Canada vs South Africa3:35 PM Close Unified hockey team can change peoples impressions says coach March 29South Korea vs Japan3:35 PMcenter_img March 26South Africa vs South Korea3:35 PM March 27South Africa vs Japan1:35 PM March 29India vs South Africa1:35 PM IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:09/0:54Loaded: 0%0:10Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:45?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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German woman missing in Kerala wanted to visit Amritapuri Ashram

first_img[Representational Image]TwitterThe Kerala Police are investigating a missing woman case after receiving a complaint about the disappearance of a German citizen from the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram.Lisa Weise came to Kerala three months ago in March and went missing soon after her arrival. The Thiruvananthapuram police registered a case after the complaint was forwarded to Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra by the German consulate.The complaint filed by Lisa’s family stated that she left for Kerala on March 5 and arrived on March 7. It is reported that she was travelling with a UK citizen named Muhammed Ali. Both of them were headed to the Amritapuri Ashramam in Kollam district but no one has heard from Lisa while Muhammed Ali went back on March 15.The police are collecting information from Muhammed. Her travel documents state Amritapuri as her destination, but the Ashram officials said that she did not report there. They said that the details of all the people entering the Ashram are recorded by them.While Lisa’s visa was supposed to expire on May 5, the police are yet to ascertain if she left the country from any other transit points. Her grandmother claimed that she has not heard from Lisa since her departure from Germany, reports The Hindu.The Valiyuthura police have formed a special team and are investigating over the matter. The team headed by Assistant Commissioner R Ilango is checking travel documents all around the country to get a lead on the missing woman.last_img read more

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My performance of the Twelve Etudes Op10 by Chopin holds a special

first_imgVladimir TiagunovPR HandoutAll maestros have one thing in common. They love their art above everything and practice it till they are near-perfect at it. Achieving a maestro status is no easy feat. You need to dedicate yourself to the art, train hard and have enough perseverance to ensure you are the best at it. The same was the case with Vladimir Tiagunov—acclaimed pianist, chamber musician, and piano professor.Tiagunov was lucky to be trained since the tender age of 6. His father, an engineer by profession, had a good ear for the piano and taught his son the basics. His parents also encouraged him to build his mastery of the piano and practice on his own. And as fate would have it, Tiagunov fell in love with the piano and was very interested in excelling at it.He enrolled in the Nizhny Tagil College of Music in Russia where he would begin his lifelong journey with the instrument. Just three years later, at the age of 9, he would perform a solo piece for the first time.Tiagunov’s passion for playing the piano grew as he learnt to convey a range of emotions through music. He went on to further his musical education at the Chelyabinsk State Academy of Culture and Arts, Russia, under the tutelage of the world-famous musician, Professor Yevgeny Levitan. He completed the course with flying colors.However, as luck would have it, his path to success was paved with many obstacles. His professional studies suffered due to problems surfacing in his personal life. This hampered his concentration and affected his studies, but he rose above these problems and excelled at his education thanks to his undying passion for playing the piano.All of that hard work paid off in 2010 when Tiagunov won his first award at the international level – the ’21st Century Art’ International Music Competition in Ukraine, just as he turned 21. After this feat was achieved, there was no looking back. He went on to acquire a Master’s degree and then moved to New York, to hone his skills.He won many accolades and performed at several important performance venues along the way. He joined the Artist Diploma program at the Long Island Conservatory of Music in Albertson, New York, under the expert guidance of Professor Tamara Poddubnaya.Vladimir Tiagunov has travelled all over Europe, Russia and the United States as a solo performer and chamber musician. He performed complicated pieces like Mozart’s Fantasy No. 3, Bach’s Partita No. 2, Wanderer Fantasy by Schubert, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14 and Chopin’s 12 Etudes Op.10. He especially had the pleasure of performing the most difficult of Chopin’s Etudes one after the other.He quotes, “I’ve played the etudes a few times at recitals, including my graduation concert at Chelyabinsk State Institute of Culture in Russia.” This revolutionary style of playing the piano has changed Tiagunov’s life. Although many acclaimed pianists have attempted the etudes by Chopin in their repertoire, only a few can perform all 12 Etudes Opus 10 in a cycle at a concert, simply because it is immensely challenging to do so.Tiagunov started his teaching career when he set out to be a solo pianist. He currently spends his time between performing and teaching. He teaches at the Long Island Conservatory, ensuring the magical language of music continues to enrich others’ lives.last_img read more

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Death toll in Malaysia landslide rises to 11

Death toll in Malaysia landslide rises to 11

first_imgRescues workers search for victims of a landslide at a construction site in Tanjung Bungah, a suburb of George Town. ReutersEleven foreign workers were killed in a landslide at a construction site in northwest Malaysia on Saturday, authorities said.Earlier estimates had put the George Town death toll at 14, but three workers had managed to escape, said Ervin Galen Teruki, deputy operations head of the Fire and Rescue Department in Penang state.A seventh body was found on Sunday morning.Fire officials earlier identified the victims as foreign workers from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan. The construction site supervisor, a Malaysian, remains missing.The landslide occurred on Saturday morning at a site where two 49-storey condominium towers are being built. The cause has yet to be determined.A stop-work order had been issued for the development, pending investigations, according to the Penang Island city council mayor Maimunah Mohammad Sharif.Several residential and commercial towers are still under construction in the area.Local media reported anger among residents and activists, some of who said they had previously protested against the increasing development of hillslopes around the area.last_img read more

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FBI Wont File Hate Crime Charges Against Urbanski in Collins Murder

FBI Wont File Hate Crime Charges Against Urbanski in Collins Murder

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comThe Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) did not find sufficient evidence to file federal hate crime charges against former University of Maryland student Sean Urbanski, in the suspected 2017 murder of U.S. Army Lieutenant Richard Collins III in College Park according to broadcast reports.In a story that was first reported by WTOP-FM, the FBI’s investigation couldn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that hate motivated Urbanski, who is White, to kill Collins, who is Black.  Despite the discovery of racist cartoons and posts that were found on a since deleted White supremacist Facebook group page, the Bureau’s investigators didn’t find enough evidence through forensic testing, digital investigation and interviews to prove it.Despite information proving he belonged to a White supremacist Facebook group, the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not find sufficient evidence to file federal hate crime charges against former University of Maryland student Sean Urbanski, in the alleged 2017 murder of U.S. Army Lieutenant Richard Collins III in College Park. (Courtesy Photo)Collins was a student at Bowie State who was leaving a visit with his friends on the University of Maryland’s College Park campus when he was killed on May 20, 2017. He was stabbed while he and two others were waiting for an Uber ride at a nearby bus stop. It became an emotional time on both campuses because Collins died just days before his graduation, after he was commissioned as a U.S. Army second lieutenant.Urbanski still faces state charges in Maryland for first-degree murder and committing a hate crime that resulted in death.  The maximum penalty in Maryland for first-degree murder is life in prison with no chance of parole. There is also an additional 20-year sentence for a state hate crime conviction.Defense attorneys began laying the foundation for Urbanski’s defense when he first appeared in court on May 22, 2017.  Their argument has been that Urbanksi was heavily intoxicated at the time of the incident and his impaired judgement made it difficult for him to meet the intent required for a first-degree murder conviction.  One defense motion seeks to dismiss the hate crime on the basis of the First Amendment, while another requests the judge sever the hate crime from the murder count.Reports say there is surveillance video which captured the killing. In addition, Urbanski’s blood alcohol content proves he was legally drunk.“Alcohol and substance abuse may have played a significant role in all of this,” his co-counsel William Brennan reportedly told the court during that first appearance.Under Maryland law, first-degree murder is a deliberate, premeditated and willful killing. WTOP reported prosecutors have remained firm on the first-degree murder count, despite offers by Urbanski’s lawyers that he would plead guilty to second-degree murder. Second degree murder carries a minimum sentence of 30 years.Urbanski could avoid trial by pleading guilty to first-degree murder, although both sides could make their cases for an appropriate sentence, during that phase before a judge. State and federal prosecutors have not said whether Urbanski would face additional federal hate charges that could make a defendant eligible for execution.The trial has been delayed three times, but is now scheduled to begin July 22.   Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks was initially the lead prosecutor in the case when she was the County’s State’s Attorney.  Alsobrooks, who was been replaced by newly elected Aisha Braveboy, previously said, “the defendant purposefully chose to stab Mr. Collins, over anyone else at the bus stop that night, because Mr. Collins is an African American.”Advocates for the Collins family have insisted that the ongoing delays with the legal proceedings are an emotional detriment to them making it difficult to overcome this tragedy.  “The family of the victim has been and continues to be severely impacted by this crime,” wrote Pauline Mandel, of the Maryland Crime Victim’s Resource Center, on behalf of Richard and Dawn Collins, the victim’s parents in November 2017.last_img read more

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