Organisers of the ‘Bring Back the Love After Labour football fiesta, which is scheduled for Constant Spring Complex this Monday (Labour Day), will team up with the Dr Elizabeth Ward-led Violence Prevention Alliance (VPI) – a non-government organisation based at the University of the West Indies (UWI) – to promote the message of love and togetherness, especially among our young men.The organisation is celebrating 10 years and has been spreading its wings in the football fraternity, having worked with Premier League and Manning Cup teams in the past, Ward expects their affiliation with the Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell-organised initiative.LIFE WITHOUT VIOLENCE”We have been around 10 years and we have gathered data and the data told us every young boy wants to play football and if you want to have an influence on their behaviour support them and be there for them. So it’s getting them to learn through football so that they can manage the game and life without violence,” she told The Gleaner.”The scheme of the whole thing with ‘Bring Back the Love’ is to show that we can handle differences between people,” she told The Gleaner.”This can make us live better together and less with the horrors of violence, which is so preventable, but it takes all of us together understanding,” Dr. Ward further explained. “But this event brings celebrities together and if celebrities understand the issues and use it as a mechanism it can make the country more peaceful and much better.”She added: “We have seen if things like this are properly done it can have a tremendous impact as they are socially and culturally relevant. If we play our football games friendly and have a message to go with it then we will see a difference in the communities and the country.”The ‘Bring Back the Love’ fiesta is in its 20th year and takes place on Monday at Constant Spring, with the Entertainers Invitational down to take on a Sponsors’ Invitational, starting at 5 p.m.The game will feature local celebrities such as Aidonia, Chris Martin, Wayne Marshall Agent Sasco, Ricardo “Bibi’ Gardner, Charley Blacks, Iba Mahr, Jermaine Mason, Nomadz, Ian Wilkinson, Ian McNaughton, Damion Gordon, Audley Boyd, Rudolph Speid, Hugh ‘Bingy’ Blair and Michael “Jah Mikes”, among other former football stars and celebrities.
… promote equal rights of men and womenBy Devina Samaroo in LondonUpholding unity in humanity and understanding that morality trumps all are some of the major messages being promoted by Muslim leaders as the 50th Jalsa Salana continued on Saturday in Hampshire, United Kingdom.Representatives from various countries underscored the need to put differences aside and work together to promote peace and harmony among all mankind.One of the female students receiving an award from His Holiness Mirza Masroor AhmadHead of the Nigerian Jama’at Fashola Mashhud Adenrele explained that everyone needs to unite now more than ever as the world is going through great turmoil.“The world is going through so many crises everywhere and we believe that it is with the grace of God Almighty that we can overcome these crises. We can work hard but we also need to pray,” he stated during an interview with Guyana Times at the Jalsa Salana.In this regard, the Nigerian leader emphasised the significance of the annual gathering of the Ahmadiyya Muslims at the convention in promoting love, peace and unity.“This event promotes unity in humanity, all across the world from various tribes and various countries people come together and what we are emphasising is not sectoral differences or religion differences but the unity in humanity and the moral values that bond our humanity, we are emphasising the principle of love for all, hatred for none,” he expressed.He also remarked that it is time to break to stereotype cast upon the Muslim community, particularly the Ahmadiyya group, and show the world that its sole purpose is to encourage peace among mankind.“Ahmadiyya is trying to tell all groups that God does not look at what you call yourself, whether you call yourself Christian, Ahmadis or Muslims. That’s not what God’s after, God’s after your heart. Are you sincere, are you patriotic, or are you dutiful. If your words do not agree with your heart, you are just wasting time. Moral values can unite all mankind,” he stated.The religious leader continued that, “religion should unite us because all religion is teaching the same thing, righteousness, mercy, and help for the poor. So why are we fighting each other, we should come together to demand service to humanity.”Also during an interview with this publication, the Head of the Jama’at in Belize reiterated that unity can coexist with the many differences in society.“You don’t have to become a Muslim to find peace. Peace is there in all of the prophets, if you look at the teachings, they are all from the same source which is God Almighty… In each of the religious teachings, if you go to the original scriptures, you will find peace there. So, one message you can take from this convention is find peace from your own teaching even if you aren’t inclined to Islam,” he encouraged everyone.Meanwhile, at day two of the Jalsa Salana, the world leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, his Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad addressed the large gathering of women, who sat separately from the men.In his charge, His Holiness emphasised that women’s rights are equal to men’s rights, dismissing the popular perception that females are being suppressed under the faith of Islam.“The blessings being given to men are the same blessings being given to women. Nowhere is it written that ladies are going to get less than that… The Holy Quran made it clear that the sentiments of the ladies are as same as the man and the desires of the man are the same as the ladies,” he stated, noting that any effort to inflict harm or deny women their rights should be boldly forbidden.Moreover, His Holiness explained that the segregation of men and women in relation to their seating arrangements at the grand event is by no way an indication that women are viewed of lesser value than men.“Their greatest allegation against us is why men and women are seated separately,” he pointed out, noting that Islam establishes the rights of all people, men and women alike.At the ceremony, a number of female students were presented with awards of excellence for their performances at universities across the world.His Holiness also delivered another address to the gathering of men, once again spreading the message of love for all and hatred for none.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has recorded its largest failure in the 2016 Senior High School category in four years. This year, 22,671 out of 46,927 students who registered for the exams, failed. According to WAEC 2016 results released, those failed constitute nearly half (48.46%) of the total number of students registered. Despite several efforts instituted by authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE), including distribution of text books and additional deployment of teachers in some counties, WAEC still recorded its poorest results among senior high students since 2013. In 2013, WAEC recorded 7,884 failures (29.49%) out of 26,993 registered, while in 2014, WAEC recorded 13,651 failures (49.37%) out of 27,881 registered. The Minsitry of Education suspended the WAEC exams in 2015 as the nation struggled to recover from the Ebola epidemic and that interrupted the academic calendar since 2014. Discussing the results yesterday at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing on Capitol Hill, John Gayvolor, head of WAEC Monrovia’s National Office, said 16,072 (34.48%) students passed the examinations. He said results for an additional 7,870 students are being withheld for collusion because of irregularities, including suspected spying.In previous WAEC examinations, he said, students whose results were withheld simply did not pass the examination.According to Gayvolor, 21,961 females sat the tests and 7,200 passed, while 3,868 of their results were withheld. Out of 24,789 males who sat the tests, 8,872 made a successful pass, while 4,002 results were withheld for suspected collusion and other malpractices.He said a total of 30,824 students at the junior high level made a successful pass out of the 49,771 that sat for the exams, although 53,213 candidates registered for the junior high tests.“We have 16,809 or 54.53 percent males who made successful passes and 14,015 or 45.47 percent females made it as well. Only six results are being withheld for the junior high level across the country,” he said. Mr. Gayvolor attributed the mass failure to some of the misinformation propagated by media houses that students were writing the same tests cancelled in May this year.Mr. Gayvolor further praised his team at the WAEC for working tirelessly to ensure that the results are available in the first week of August, as promised.The complete table of the results, including passes, failures and those that were withheld.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Fort St. John Midget Fastpitch Blue Jays are working their way to Winnipeg.Earlier this month, the team won the Provincial B division title, and qualified for the Western Canadian tourney taking place early next month.The team needs your help to raise funds to help travel to the tournament. One way you can help is by visiting a car wash the team is having this Saturday at 11 am at the Shell Station by the Totem Mall. Or you can Click Here and e-mail the team and show your support.- Advertisement –
Euronut player scoring a penalty against Ombek Red Devils. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONTo reach the last four, Kapenguria Heroes bundled out Mwingi Juniors from Eastern 4-1 while Ombek survived scare to edge out Euronut from Central 5-4 on post-match penalties.The Boys semis will be played on Saturday at the Bukhungu StadiumMukumu Boys celebrating after winning 3-1 against Shimba Hills from Coast. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONTo enter the last four, Mukumu from Western spanked Shimba Hills from Coast 3-1to set up an eagerly awaited semi final against favourites Gor Youth.Mukumu found their goals through skipper Alvin Mangeni in the 13th minute who opened the scoring with a fine finish from a tight left angle before Leonard Kasembeli doubled the scores in the 25th minute to enable the Western team lead 2-0 at the break.On resumption, Mukumu, enjoying a home crowd, added a third goal through Brian Chala who smashed home from a close range.Bakari Kishombo scored the consolation for Shimba Hills.Mukumu Boys captain Alvin Mangeni in action during their quarterfinal match against Shimba Hills from Coast. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONIn the Gor game, the K’Ogalo juniors finished with 10 men after one of their player was handed a second yellow card.Mathew Mwendwa broke the deadlock for Gor on the quarter-hour mark before Otieno Selassie netted a brace in a span of two minutes in the 40th and 42nd to send Gor Youth 3-0 up at half time.Dickson Omwenga competed the rout in the 62nd minute.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Two Gor Mahia Youth FC players (from Left) Otieno Selassie and Chris Alpher celebrate after scoring a goal during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba at Kakamega High. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONKAKAMEGA, Kenya, Mar 22 – Gor Mahia Youth will take on Mukumu Boys in a mouth-watering semi final of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom after the junior K’Ogalo thrashed Al-Hayat from North Eastern 4-0 in the quarters.In the other semi final, Ombek Red Devis from Nyanza will battle it out with Kapenguria Heroes from West Pokot.
ROSEMEAD – If a judge for the California Public Utilities Commission gets his way, Southern California Edison will pay $200 million in fines and ratepayer refunds for rigging customer satisfaction surveys – a move that allowed the utility and its employees to collect larger bonus payments. Administrative Law Judge Robert Barnett outlined his proposed penalty during a public hearing Thursday held by the California Public Utilities Commission. Barnett said Edison, California’s second-largest utility, should return $160 million in financial incentives, paid by its customers through their electricity rates as a result of the falsified surveys. Edison should also pay a $40 million fine, Barnett said. The utility – a unit of Rosemead-based Edison International – disclosed in 2004 that an in-house investigation found some employees had rigged the surveys. At the time, Edison told the commission that knowledge of the survey-rigging scheme did not appear to go higher than middle management, one of four groups eligible for the performance bonuses. The company has argued penalties against it should be limited to the nearly $50 million in bonuses and a $2.5-million fine. Barnett, one of two officials who presided over the probe into Edison’s actions, has yet to formally issue his judgment against the company. Once he does, it becomes final after 30 days, unless there is an appeal or a member of the commission seeks further review of the case. Barnett also suggested the commission should consider compensating Edison employees who blew the whistle on the scheme. SCE addresed the problem in a variety of ways prior to the CPUC investigation. Actions taken include: An internal investigation of information SCE received of employee misconduct The decision to broaden the investigation to ensure the reliability of other reporting systems Self disclosure to regulators and the public Disciplinary actions where appropriate Organizational changes made to ensure the problems would not reoccur Employee training initiatives The commitment to return to customers $49.5 million in financial awards The Utility Reform Network, a watchdog group that “stands up for consumer rights, affordable rates and a more livable California,” says the judge’s proposed penalty is just. “The judge is the one who heard all the evidence, read all the filings and analyzed all of the arguments,” TURN spokeswoman Mindy Spatt said. “We believe he’s come to a very good decision.” Staff writer Kevin Smith contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On Friday, Edison spokesman Gil Alexander said the utility preferred to reserve comment until the commission issues a written decision. The company has argued penalties against it should be limited to the nearly $50 million in bonuses and a $2.5-million fine. Under the CPUC’s performance-based rate-making mechanism, the results of customer satisfaction surveys are used, in part, to determine whether SCE receives an incentive reward or penalty. To bolster the outcome of Maritz Corp.’s independently conducted customer satisfaction surveys, SCE workers falsified client telephone numbers – and in some cases inserted their own phone numbers – so they could pose as clients and give SCE glowing reviews, Stephen Pickett, SCE’s senior vice president and general counsel, said in a June 2004 interview with this newspaper. Some SCE field workers also failed to record negative encounters with customers, he said, which should also have figured into the survey results.
Recent Results, The U-14 Boys had a good win against Four Masters on Monday evening. On Sunday the Ladies lost to St. Nauls on a scoreline of 3-9 to 1- 5. On Sunday the Seniors lost away to Kilcar 2-6 to 0-7, the Reserves lost to Kilcar 0-14 to 0-10, On Friday St Johns Minors lost away to Glenties 2-12 to 1-8.Upcoming Fixtures, the Ladies team are away to Carndonagh on Sunday, The Seniors and Reserves are due to play St Michaels at home and Four Masters away this weekend, the U14 boys are away to Naomh Columba at 7.30 on MondayU14 boys training starting Saturday at 10.30 in Fintra, U14 girls training Tuesday at 5.30pm in Fintra. U8 Training Thursday at 6.00 in Fintra, U10 training at 6.00 in Fintra. The Killotto had no winner this week. Numbers were 10, 13, 18, 27. Maire McGuinness won the match 3 at €240, Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €6,400. There was no winner of the Bingo Jackpot. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,700. GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 16th, 2013 by StephenShare 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) Tags:killybegs gaa notes
SENIOR AND RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP Q/F & RELEGATION PLAYOFFS VENUES AND DATESSaturday 18th October at 2.30pmVenue Tir Conaill Park ReserveArdara V KilcarRTE Radio na Gaeltachta Senior ChampionshipNaomh Conaill V Ardara Time 4.00pmSaturday 18th October at 6.30pmVenue MacCumhaill ParkReserveSt Michael’s V St Eunan’s RTE Radio na Gaeltachta Senior ChampionshipTime 8.00pmFour Masters V St Eunan’sSunday 19th October at 1.30pm Venue O Donnell ParkReserveGlenfin V GweedoreRTE Radio na Gaeltachta Senior ChampionshipTime 3.00pmGlenswilly v TermonSunday 19th October at 5.30pmVenue MacCumhaill ParkReserveNaomh Conaill V DungloeRTE Radio na Gaeltachta Senior ChampionshipTime 7.00pmDungloe V St Michael’sChampionship relegation playoffsSunday 12 noon Tir Conaill ParkBundoran V KillybegsVenue 12 noon GlentiesGlenfin V Naomh MuireGAA: VENUES AND DATES FOR SENIOR, RESERVE QUARTER-FINALS AND RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS was last modified: October 12th, 2014 by John2Share 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)
FINN Harps have sacked manager James Gallagher this morning.A statement from the club issued at 10am said that Gallagher and his assistant Anthony Gorman have parted company “with immediate effect.”The chairman and the board of directors thanked both men for their efforts and commitment to the club. And the statement continued “The Board will begin a recruitment process immediately to identify suitable candidates and appoint a new manager.”The Ballybofey club finally lost patience with Gallagher after his side slumped to their third defeat in seven days after being beaten 2-1 by Longford Town at Finn Park.The hoem defeat left Harps with just three points form a possible 21.Longford Town showed no mercy as they inflicted a fourth league defeat on Harps who are struggling all over the park. First half goals from Jacques Morley and Austin Skelly helped the Flancare Park outfit pick up their fifth win of the season and consign Harps to their third defeat in seven days.EndsBREAKING NEWS: JAMES GALLAGHER SACKED AS FINN HARPS MANAGER was last modified: April 23rd, 2011 by StephenShare 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)
Thabo Mbeki speaking at the opening ceremony of the World Association of Newspapers conference in 2007.South African President Thabo Mbeki announced his resignation on Sunday night, following a request that he do so by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Saturday.The NEC’s decision to “recall” the president is widely seen as a result the 12 September ruling by Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Chris Nicholson that Mbeki, or members of his executive, might have interfered with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) decision to charge ANC President Jacob Zuma.Judge Nicholson suggested there was an inappropriately close relationship between the NPA heads and the justice ministry, and that Mbeki and the Cabinet should take responsibility.“I would like to take this opportunity to inform the nation that today I handed a letter to the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Honourable Baleka Mbete, to tender my resignation from the high position of President of the Republic of South Africa, effective from the day that will be determined by the National Assembly,” Mbeki said in a televised address.He will remain in office until the National Assembly accepts his resignation and determines the date of his departure.Speaking at a news conference in Johannesburg today, Zuma said Mbeki “remained a comrade”. “After careful debate and discussion the NEC decided to recall comrade Thabo Mbeki. This was one of the most difficult decisions the NEC has ever had to take in the history of the ANC. “We fully understand that the decision comes with a degree of pain to comrade Mbeki, his family, friends, members of the ANC, ordinary South Africans and members of the international community with whom we interact. “Comrade Mbeki has devoted decades of his life to the ANC and our country. The decision to recall him was not taken lightly, but it has to be taken in the interest of making the country move forward.”Mbeki has been a member of the ANC for 52 years, having joined what was then a liberation movement at the age of 14. He was appointed deputy president after the ANC won South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, and succeeded Nelson Mandela as president in 1999.He was due to stand down after his second term of office after South Africa’s next elections in April 2009. According to the country’s Constitution, individuals may not hold the presidential office for more than two terms.The ANC is expected to announce its nominee for acting president shortly. Once elected by parliament, the acting president will convene the Cabinet in terms of the Constitution. Today, Zuma hinted to journalists that the acting president may be ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.“The transition will be managed with care and precision,” Zuma said. “We will announce the name of our candidate in Parliament at an appropriate moment. We have in cabinet many experienced ministers, including the deputy president of the ANC, Kgalema Motlanthe. I am convinced that if given that responsibility, he would be equal to the task.”The marathon of public officeMuch of Mbeki’s speech last night was spent on thanking his party and his people.“I would like sincerely to thank the nation and the ANC for having given me the opportunity to serve in public office during the last 14 years as the Deputy President and President of South Africa,” Mbeki said.“Indeed the work we have done in pursuit of the vision and principles of our liberation movement has at all times been based on the age-old values of Ubuntu, of selflessness, sacrifice and service in a manner that ensures that the interests of the people take precedence over our desires as individuals.”He likened public office to a marathon of long roads, steep hills, loneliness and uncertain rewards at the end, and urged South Africans to cherish the freedoms gained by many years of anti-apartheid struggle.“We should never be despondent if the weather is bad, nor should we turn triumphant because the sun shines,” he said.He traced the achievements of his office, including transforming the economy “resulting in the longest period of sustained economic growth in the history of our country,” spurring social progress and winning South Africa the right to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Mbeki was popular with investors, who praised his pro-business policies.But, he said, problems remained.“Despite the economic advances we have made, I would be the first to say that even as we ensured consistent economic growth, the fruits of these positive results are still to be fully and equitably shared among our people, hence the abject poverty we still find coexisting side by side with extraordinary opulence.”He said he was convinced that the incoming administration would improve on the work done so far in South Africa’s 14 years of democracy.‘No interference’In his speech, Mbeki insisted that neither he nor his Cabinet had interfered in the work of the NPA, despite Judge Nicholson’s ruling.“I would like to state this categorically that we have never done this and never compromised the right of the National Prosecuting Authority to decide whom it should prosecute and not prosecute,” he said.“This applies equally to the painful matter relating to the court proceedings against the president of the ANC, Comrade Jacob Zuma.”He said that since the attainment of freedom in 1994, the government had acted consistently to respect and defend the independence of the judiciary.He assured the nation that the successive governments since 1994 had never acted in any manner intended wilfully to violate the Constitution and the law.“We have always sought to respect the solemn oath of office each one of us made in front of the Chief Justice and other judges, and have always been conscious of the fact that the legal order that governs our country was achieved through the sacrifices made by countless numbers of our people, which included death.”For this reason, he said “our successive governments have honoured all judicial decisions, including those that went against the executive”.However he said this did not mean that the executive did not at times have strong views which “we would have publicly pronounced upon”.“The central approach we adopted has always been to defend the judiciary rather than act in a manner that would have had a negative impact on its work.“Indeed, on the infrequent instances when we have publicly expressed views contrary to those of the judiciary, we have done so mindful of the need to protect its integrity.”Mbeki concluded his speech by thanking the people of South Africa, in all 11 official languages.“Once more, I thank you most sincerely for affording me the opportunity to serve you and to serve the people of Africa,” he said.Read the full text of President Thabo Mbeki’s speech on the Presidency of South Africa website.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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