ECONEC, OSIWA Strengthens Cooperation on Consolidation of Democracy in W/A

first_imgNigeria donated voter registration kits on arrival at Guinea Bissau’s international AirportThe ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) have reaffirmed their commitment to the pursuit of credible elections towards consolidation of democracy in the region.This was the focus of a meeting in Abuja on Thursday, 4th October, between Prof Mahmood Yakubu, President of the ECONEC Governing Board, and the newly-appointed Senegal-based OSIWA Executive Director, Ms. Ayisha Osori, according to a press release yesterday.After formally congratulating the new Director on her appointment, Prof. Yakubu, who is also Chair of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), briefed the OSIWA delegation on ECONEC’s programme of activities since he assumed office in March 2017.He expressed ECONEC’s gratitude to OSIWA for being a major provider of financial and technical support to ECONEC since its formation in 2008, as the umbrella organization of election management bodies, promoting free, fair and credible elections in the region.Ms. Osori, who assumed office last month, assured OSIWA’s commitment to continued partnership with ECONEC.She commended ECONEC for its work and contribution to improving the electoral processes, noting that electoral assistance is a positive step towards the consolidation of democracy in the region.Ms. Osori was accompanied on the visit by Mrs. Catherine Angai, Programme and Advocacy Coordinator at the OSIWA National office in Nigeria.ECONEC’s activities under Prof Yakubu’s leadership include Needs Assessment, election Follow-up/Mid-term Review and Solidarity Missions to many of the 15 ECONEC members, as well as impactful advocacy that has resulted in critical support to members holding elections.The latest outcome of the advocacy is the Nigerian government’s provision of voter registration kits to Guinea Bissau at the request of that country’s National Electoral Commission and facilitated by ECONEC following a recent visit by the Prof. Yakubu-led delegation to Bissau.The kits were officially handed over by Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, Ambassador Geoffrey Onyeama, to Guinea Bissau’s Prime Minister Aristides Gomes, in Bissau.Also, with ECONEC’s advocacy and at the behest of their electoral commissions, technical and logistics support were provided to Liberia and Sierra Leone during their recent national elections.There has also been enhanced bilateral cooperation among ECONEC members, and in pursuit of its mandate to support its members through experience and information sharing, peer collaboration and research, ECONEC has undertaken a study on the Cost of Elections in West Africa.The outcome is expected to result into the reduction of spiraling electoral expenses, to make elections and democracy more cost-effective, participatory and inclusive.Similarly, in response to emerging challenges to the conduct of credible elections, ECONEC, in collaboration with INEC and the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), also organized in Abuja last April an International Conference on the use of Technology in Elections, the release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Public Health Ministry hosts health fair for GPF

first_imgMembers of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) benefited from a health outreach hosted by the Public Health Ministry on Wednesday. The event, which was held at the Guyana Police Officers Training Centre, saw a huge turnout from the ranks.A policeman being advised on balanced nutritionServices such as blood testing, dental checkups, vaccination, BMI tests, nutritional advice, mental counselling, and HIV testing were conducted by the Public Health Ministry personnel.According to Police Welfare Officer Jewel Sullivan, the initiative is a vital one for the ranks’ well-being.“The health and well-being are of the utmost importance to the administration of the Guyana Police Force and so today we saw it fit to have this health fair for our ranks and their immediate relatives.”This rank donates blood during the health outreachThe medical fair forms part of the Ministry’s focus to ensure all Guyanese have access to quality health care. Also, it is part of the Ministry’s health promotion strategy to advertise and promote health services on all fronts by collaborating with other Ministries, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and private bodies to host health fairs throughout Guyana.last_img read more

No surprise that terrorists targeted L.A.’s tallest building

first_imgSuspected 9-11 terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s admission that he planned to destroy the West Coast’s tallest building comes as no surprise to Los Angeles authorities, who say it is still one of the nation’s top terrorist targets. Mohammed told U.S. authorities this past week that he had planned attacks that would have destroyed Los Angeles’ US Bank tower, Chicago’s Sears tower and New York City’s Empire State Building among others. The attacks were planned as a second wave of violence following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York and Washington. “We knew that we’ve been a target since 9-11,” Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon said Thursday. “We know that we’re one of the top three targets in the nation. The fact that he admitted to that doesn’t change anything.” None of the secondary attacks Mohammed mentioned in a lengthy statement read at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were carried out. Last year, President George W. Bush credited the cooperative efforts of several countries with foiling the planned attack on the US Bank building, which towers 73 stories above the downtown Los Angeles skyline. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bush said at the time that Mohammed began planning the attack a month after Sept. 11 and planned to have terrorists with bombs hidden in their shoes blow open the cockpit door of a commercial airliner. They would then fly the plane into the building. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa complained at the time that he had been given no particulars of the plot, learning of them only from watching the president’s speech on television. Villaraigosa had no comment Thursday, a spokeswoman said. Vernon said local authorities still consider the building a key target, adding that it is one of several protected by stepped-up security measures. He declined to elaborate. Another is Los Angeles International Airport, which was the target of a failed attack planned for New Year’s Eve before the millennium. “One of the things we’ve learned in dealing with al-Qaida-type terrorists is once they get fixed on a target they tend to stay fixed on it,” Vernon said.last_img read more

Fort St John RCMP looking to return found dirt bike to rightful owner

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP are looking to return property to its rightful owner.On October 6, RCMP say they located a small Yamaha dirt bike at an apartment building in Taylor and believe it to be stolen.If you are the owner of this dirt bike, you are being asked to contact the police with colour, serial number, or any other form of proof of ownership.- Advertisement -The Fort St. John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident, to contact them at  250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img

Zidane jumps at chance to rekindle Real Madrid love affair

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid´s newly appointed French coach Zinedine Zidane © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Mar 11 – Zinedine Zidane said he never had any doubts about returning to Real Madrid after he replaced the sacked Santiago Solari as coach on Monday.“When the president called me the first thing I thought was: go,” Zidane said at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu. “I could not say no, I never had any doubts about going back.” Zidane has been given a contract until June 2022, just nine months after he resigned at the end of last season, having led Madrid to an historic third consecutive Champions League triumph.Solari’s dismissal was expected after three consecutive home defeats – to Barcelona, twice, and Ajax – deemed Madrid’s season all-but over before the middle of March.But Zidane coming back, with only 11 games left in La Liga and almost nothing to play for, is a surprise, particularly after he left on the incredible high of yet another European triumph.Zinedine Zidane with his wife Veronique and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez ( © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU“I left because a change was needed at the end of last season, for the good of everyone, after winning so much,” Zidane said.“I returned because the president called me. I love him and I love this club, so here I am.”Zidane inherits a squad that has evolved even in the short time he has been away, with Cristiano Ronaldo gone and the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Vinicius Junior and Sergio Reguilon all enjoying greater prominence this season.The challenge will be for Zidane to oversee a period of change in the summer, when older players could be replaced and younger talents brought through.“I do not want to forget what we won but I also do not forget all the things we did badly last year,” Zidane said.“We lost in the league and cup, we won the Champions League, fine, but I know where I am.“We will change things, for sure, for the years to come. But now is not about that – the important thing is I am back. We will have time to talk with the president, with the club, about what we can do.”— Bale question —Immensely popular with most of the players, Zidane’s appointment will almost certainly lift morale in the dressing room, following a week in which Sergio Ramos has argued with the club’s president Florentino Perez and been involved in a spat with Marcelo.Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale is under p[ressure at Real © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOGareth Bale was one of the few to suffer during Zidane’s previous spell in charge, with the pair barely on speaking terms in the run-up to the Champions League final.Bale’s future now appears in serious doubt unless their relationship can be quickly repaired.Instead it was Ronaldo that departed and Zidane now takes over a team missing the Portuguese’s goals and in need of reform.On the possibility of Ronaldo following him back to Madrid, Zidane said: “That is not the issue for today. We have 11 games to play, then we will see. We all know Cristiano, his history at this club is one of the best. But today is not for talking about these things.”Despite Madrid’s dominance in the Champions League, there is ground to make up in La Liga, where Barcelona are on course to seal their eighth league title in 11 years.Madrid sit 12 points adrift of them in the table despite a 4-1 victory over Real Valladolid on Sunday, which proved to be Solari’s final game in charge.Familiar problems, including a lack of goals and a leaky defence, resurfaced in February as a defeat at home to Girona was quickly followed by losses to Barcelona in the league and cup, and humiliation by Ajax in the last 16 of the Champions League.“I do not blame anybody,” Zidane added. “(Julen) Lopetegui and Solari wanted to do the best for the club. It went how it went. The only thing now is to look forward.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chelsea v Arsenal player ratings: Which Gunners struggled to make an impact against the Blues?

first_img 11 Theo Walcott – 5 – His pace should have caused Chelsea problems. Instead his game was littered with heavy touches and was barely seen. 11 Gabriel – 3 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Foolishly walked into Diego Costa’s trap and got sent off before half-time. 11 Santi Cazorla – 5 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Two bookings saw the diminutive Spaniard sent off with 11 minutes to go. Alexis Sanchez – 5 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Nowhere near his best again. Fluffed chances and seems off the pace, as he did in the Champions League on Wednesday. 11 11 Arsenal’s week went from bad to worse on Saturday as they were beaten 2-0 by London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.The Gunners had Gabriel and Santi Cazorla sent off in a fiery clash but even with all 11 on the field looked ponderous and wasteful.Defeat leaves Arsene Wenger’s men just three points ahead of the Blues, who have been struggling this season.So how did the Frenchman’s starting XI do against Chelsea? talkSPORT takes a look. Nacho Monreal – 4 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – The Spain star was poor at Stamford Bridge. 11 Francis Coquelin – 6 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Lasted just 45 minutes after an injury curtailed his afternoon. Had looked decent. 11 11 Petr Cech – 6 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Some good saves but possibly could have done better with Kurt Zouma’s header. 11 Aaron Ramsey – 4 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Another poor showing from the Welshman who, in truth, offered barely anything. Laurent Koscielny – 5 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Handled Diego Costa OK, and did well to keep his cool in tough circumstances. Hector Bellerin – 5 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – His attacking forays were limited, especially after Gabriel’s red card – did OK defensively. 11 11 Mesut Ozil – 6 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Showed he does possess a good work ethic as he tracked back well, couldn’t do much in the attacking third, though. last_img read more

BANKS CRISIS: BREAKING NEWS…BANKS NEED ASTONISHING €24 BILLION

first_imgThe Central Bank has this evening published stress tests on the Irish banks showing that an astonishing €24bn will be needed to be put into the banks to help them cope with potential losses.The main points of the report in the past few minutes gives a break down of how much each bank will need with AIB at the top of the credit list.The breakdown is as follows: A total of €24bn needed for Irish banking systemAIB will need €13.3bnBank of Ireland will need €5.2bnEBS will need €1.5bnIrish Life & Permanent will need €4bnAnd there’s even more bad news as the Central Bank assessment found that the banks could face losses of €37.7 billion over the next three years under the worst-case, or ‘stressed’ scenario.The tests found that banks would need €18.7 billion in new capital to meet new Central Bank targets, but the bank also added another €5.3 billion to bring what it called ‘a layer of resilience’ in case of possible further losse after 2013.Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan also set targets for how far the banks must reduce in size, through a combination of run-downs of assets and sales of assets.Professor Honohan said the aim was to create a sustainable Irish banking system through a combination of recapitalisation, deleveraging and reorganisation. Prof Honohan said smaller, but sounder, Irish banks should be in a better position to provide loans and other financial services to households and businesses to support the Irish economy.In the worst-case scenario, the four banks could lose €9.5bn from home mortgage loans over the next three years.Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has told shocked TDs in Dail Eireann his proposals for restructuring the banks.He said there will be two universal, full-service banks and a restructured Irish Life & Permanent.What he called the ‘first pillar’ bank will be based on Bank of Ireland, with the second one a combination of AIB and the EBS building society. BANKS CRISIS: BREAKING NEWS…BANKS NEED ASTONISHING €24 BILLION was last modified: March 31st, 2011 by gregShare 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

Young brothers awarded €30,000 after car hits lampost

first_imgTwo brothers whose car struck a lampost have both been awarded €15,000.The accident happened in Letterkenny on St Stephen’s Day in 2014 when the car in which they were back-seated passengers hit the lamp-post. The boys suffered soft tissue injuries to their necks and shoulders and were preventedThe boys, who are now aged 12 and 13, appeared along with their father at Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court.Offers of €13,000 were initially made to the boys but this was deemed a “little light” by the boys legal team and renewed offers of €15,000 were made.The boys did not suffer any long-term injuries but were restricted from physical activities for a term.Judge Martin Nolan agreed to recommend the offers which he described as “very good offers.”He also awarded costs to the boys’ counsel.Young brothers awarded €30,000 after car hits lampost was last modified: February 8th, 2017 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)last_img read more

Senegal v Colombia: Preview, confirmed line-ups and commentary

first_imgColombia clash with Senegal in Group H’s final fixture on Thursday afternoon, with both sides battling to secure a spot in the last 16.The African nation are in second place ahead of the showdown in Samara, level on goal difference and goals scored with leaders Japan and a point ahead of third-placed Colombia. German icon blames Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and another star for World Cup exit LATEST WORLD CUP NEWS UNITED Stadiums revealed for 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada The game will take place in the Samara Arena Where can I stream live coverage of the game?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT.What’s the team news?Senegal XI: KH. Ndiaye; Gassama, Sane, Koulibaly, Sabaly; Sarr, Kouyate, Gana, Mane; Keita Balde, NiangColombia XI: Ospina; Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica; Uribe, C. Sanchez; Cuadrado, Quintero, Rodriguez; FalcaoWhat does Group H look like ahead of the game? 3 World Cup 23 Senegal just need a point to progress to the latter stages of the tournament.Colombia need to win to be sure of reaching the last 16, although a draw would be enough if Poland beat Japan.When is Senegal v Colombia?The game will kick off at 3pm UK time.The match will be played at the Samara Arena, which has a capacity of around 44,000. REVEALED Japan confirm Russia 2018 squad, including ex-Manchester United man Colombia face Senegal on Thursday 3 ‘THEY FAILED’ 3 England’s expected starting line-up for World Cup opener v Tunisia 10 amazing football facts you won’t believe are true talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

PERVERT PREYED ON NEPHEW OF WOMAN WHO FOSTERED HIM

first_imgA PERVERT sexually abused the young nephew of the Co Donegal woman who fostered him.The 63-year-old had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 35 charges of indecent assault of the boy on dates between 1966 and June 1974. He was six years older than the victim.He was convicted by a jury however of 31 of the charges by a majority 10-2 verdict of the jury after three hours and 36 minutes of deliberation but was acquitted of four of the counts by unanimous decision. The abuser cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim.Mr Justice Paul Carney ordered the man to be put on the sex offenders’ register and remanded him in custody until June 24 next for sentencing.He thanked the jury of five women and seven men before excusing them from further service for life.The now 57-year-old victim earlier told Caroline Biggs SC, prosecuting, that he remembered that it was the accused that taught him the facts of life.He said the then teenager forced him to perform certain acts and told the court there was always the threat of violence if he did not comply.He said a similar pattern of activity continued over a number of years.The victim said his abuser would lie in between himself and his brother in bed. He said that the teenager had a domineering personality and was taller than him.He described him as being “top dog”, “higher up in the pecking order” and would give him a punch here, a shove there and twist his arm behind his back.“I didn’t have the capacity to fight back,” the victim told the court.He was asked if he had consented to the incidents.“I thought it was blindingly obvious that I didn’t consent to the activity. I never consented from the age of seven to 15 or 16 years old, to either the physical or sexual abuse visited upon me by this man, never,” said the victim.PERVERT PREYED ON NEPHEW OF WOMAN WHO FOSTERED HIM was last modified: May 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:PREVERT PREYED ON NEPHEW OF WOMAN WHO FOSTERED HIMlast_img read more