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Ivory Coast Votes for Parliament, President Seeks Majority

first_imgIvory Coast residents voted yesterday in a parliamentary election that the President hopes will maintain his strong majority despite challenges from the opposition.Voting for the more than 1,300 candidates for 255 seats was slow Sunday, while security was high.President Alassane Ouattara’s ruling coalition promises growth, hoping to seal its majority. The opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), however, is participating in the vote in hopes of a more diversified parliament despite boycotting politics since 2011 after fighting saw its founder, ex-President LaurentGbagbo, and others jailed. The party is putting up more than 180 candidates.Violence after the 2010 elections killed more than 3,000 people when Gbagbo refused to accept defeat to Ouattara.Gbagbo’s fringe opposition is boycotting elections. Gbagbo remains on trial at The Hague.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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“Nobody can stop us from building a law school” – AG

first_imgDespite various contentions surrounding the process by which Guyana is planning to set up a law school, the country’s Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams says that Guyana will go ahead with its plans.Williams is holding out that Guyana has not been refused permission to set up a law school here. As such, preparations are being made to advance this process with the identification of space at the University of Guyana (UG) Turkeyen Campus where the proposed school should be built.Attorney General Basil WilliamsThe AG said, however, while UG has identified 15 acres of the 150 acres that it has, which is close to the area that houses the Forensic Laboratory, that would not be sufficient.“We are right now in the process of the feasibility where we looking at all factors including the criteria in establishing under the auspices of the (Council of Legal Education) CLE … nobody can stop us from building a law school … we are founding members of Caricom and we feel that we have a right … We want to build a law school here,” he added.While the CLE has agreed to establish a law school in Guyana, approval would only be granted after a feasibility study is conducted. Asked to provide an update on this process which extends beyond finding a suitable location, the AG did not have this information readily available for the media.However, this study is being conducted through a joint partnership with the University College of the Caribbean (UCC) and the Law College of the Americas (LCA), and the criteria of the University of The Bahamas, formerly The College of The Bahamas, to offer a law degree have to be applied.Blame gameAgain, Williams attacked CLE Chairman Reginald Armour. “We are saying that no international organisation is driven by the Opposition and we have an email sent from him (Armour) to (Anil) Nandlall assuring him that he will put the item on the agenda without consulting me, the sitting Attorney General for Guyana,” Williams said, explaining that this led to a partial delay in the setting up of the school.However, despite the blame game, the AG said he was not yet ready to inform the CLE of the members of a committee that will meet with that regional body next month. Although naming the members of that committee, Williams said, “We don’t have to submit nothing to no CLE until we are ready. Mr Armour is not in charge of the CLE. Mr Armour is a servant of the Council, including the Council of Ministers who told him that he couldn’t publish no statement that he did and he had to withdraw it.”The Attorney General revealed that the members of Guyana’s committee include the Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag), Yonette Cummings-Edwards; Chief Justice (ag), Roxane George; Retired Justices Duke Pollard, Claudette Singh and Rudolph James; Professor Harold Lutchman, and the Registrar of UG, Dr Nigel Gravesande.Williams maintains that a Review Committee could not overrule a decision taken by the Council in 2017 in regard to the issue of whether Guyana should be allowed to build a law school.The Attorney General had, in early December 2017, said in a statement that the CLE Chairman was relying on a report of a Review Committee to state that the CLE never gave permission to Guyana to establish its own law school after decades of lobbying for an alternative to the three existing law schools currently servicing the Caribbean.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall had queried if graduates of the proposed law school would be eligible to practise anywhere else in the Caribbean or the world, or whether graduates would be qualified to practise only in Guyana.He also questioned the quality-control scrutiny, or steps taken to verify and authenticate the academic integrity and standards of the partners that would be assisting Guyana to set up the school.Government announced in January 2017 it would start a project to establish the JOF Haynes Law School of the Americas.The JOF Haynes Law School is being established through a public-private partnership entered into between the Government of Guyana, the Law School of the Americas (LCA) and the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), and will add to the existing options available to holders of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB).last_img read more

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Guyana to focus on building cohesion

first_img…as Interfaith Harmony Week launchedFollowing a proposal taken to the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by King Abdullah II of Jordan, that august body declared the first week of February World Interfaith Harmony Week.This year, World Interfaith Harmony Week is being observed under the love of the good and love of the neighbour banner, with the national theme being ‘Fostering Social Cohesion in Guyana.’Social Cohesion Minister, Dr. George Norton, at the launch of the week ofGovernment Ministers and representatives from the various religious organisations were at the launch of World Interfaith Harmony Weekactivities, commended religious leaders for the role they have played in encouraging religious harmony in Guyana. He told the gathering he believes that Guyana is a model of interfaith harmony, adding that he is proud of the high level of religious tolerance exhibited.“I am confident that if we apply the very tolerance and respect we have for religion to other areas of our lives, then Guyana can become the epitome of peace and love, and a model for the world to follow,” he said.“I want to encourage you to teach your child love for humanity. Children are our future, and they weren’t born with biases; so let us foster their innocence to create a better, more peaceful world,” Norton added.At the launching of the Week was Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, who said the week should be used to pause and reflect on the important message of love for God and neighbour.“We know inherently that we want to live together in peace and harmony, and that confrontation is not a natural inclination. We need moral courage to allow us to go beyond racial prejudices; we must cultivate moral courage,” Hughes stated.According to the World Interfaith Harmony Week’s website, the week is based on the pioneering work of The Common Word Initiative, which started in 2007. The initiative called for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common fundamental religious Commandments: Love of God, and Love of the Neighbour, without compromising any of their own religious tenets.The Two Commandments are at the heart of the three Monotheistic religions, and therefore provide the most solid theological ground possible.The World Interfaith Harmony Week provides a platform upon which all interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill can show the world what a powerful movement their unity is. The thousands of events organized by these groups often go unnoticed, not only by the general public, but also by other groups themselves.World Interfaith Harmony Week will allow for these groups to become aware of each other, and strengthen the movement by building ties and avoiding duplicating each other’s efforts.It is hoped that this initiative would provide a focal point from which all people of goodwill can recognize that the common values they hold far outweigh the differences they have, and thus provide a strong dosage of peace and harmony to their communities.last_img read more

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Denny Morrison leading multi-sport camp in Fort St. John

first_imgThis is the first year the camp is being put on by the Pomeroy Inn and Suites, and PacificSport Northern B.C. Morrison, who is an Olympic speedskater, says the camp will be focused on a number of sports for those who want to take their skills to an elite level.“I’m looking to make it an all sports camp… it’s not necessarily a speed skating camp,” he explains. “The camp is geared towards kids who might be wanting to participate in the upcoming Canada Winter Games.”Morrison notes that the training needed to participate competitively in sports will be one of the main focuses.- Advertisement -“[I’ll] take them through some of the programs that I do for my training for the Olympics off the ice like jump programs, power and agility and things like that and some core stuff, as well as some seminars for mental training and nutrition.”Those interested in taking part can contact Jennifer Gibson of PacificSport at 250-794-3308 to register.last_img read more

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New signs encourage considerate parking

first_imgCouncilor Don Irwin says he is impressed with Slater’s determination.[asset|aid=1723|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a21dea6982e4814293461339044d46ab-Irwin 1_1_Pub.mp3]Slater says illegal parking can include parking without a valid accessible parking permit, or parking in a designated spot, if the disabled individual remains waiting in the vehicle. Photo: The goal of the campaign is to raise awarness about the impacts of parking in an accessible parking stall – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caThere is a new reminder to anyone who illegally parks in an accessible parking spot.Accessibility activist Lori Slater presented placards to City Council on Tuesday evening. The stop-sign shaped cards display the universally recognized wheelchair symbol, along with text that reads, “Imagine being in our place, Please don’t Park in our space.”- Advertisement -When someone is illegally parked in an accessible parking area, community members are encouraged to slip the card under the windshield as a reminder. Slater says she hopes the cards get the message across.[asset|aid=1722|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a21dea6982e4814293461339044d46ab-Slater 1_5_Pub.mp3]Slater says Measuring up the North is working with the Social Planning and Research Council of B.C. to distribute the placards. Slater says SPARC B.C. is a leader in community development around accessibility and inclusion.The group will first distribute the cards to anyone who is illegally parked in a city-operated accessible parking stall. But with the city’s support last night, Slater says she will attempt to distribute the cards in private parking lots.Advertisementlast_img read more

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On-loan Liverpool star will become a ‘hero’, claims team-mate

first_imgAC Milan defender Ignazio Abate says on loan Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will be a “hero” at the San Siro.Balotelli returned to Milan after a hapless season at Anfield and looks likely to make a permanent move back to his homeland at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.The striker made his second debut for the Serie A giants in Sunday’s Milan derby but couldn’t prevent his side from a defeat against their city rivals.Abate praised Balotelli’s attitude since his arrival and wants the 25-year-old to extend his stay in Italy.“Mario has been great in training and he played well in the derby,” Abate told Milan Channel.“I’m sure that from here to the end he will be our hero, although he shouldn’t be burdened with too many responsibilities.“He must be able to find continuity, something that has been lacking so far in his career.” Mario Balotelli 1last_img read more

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CHRISTMAS STARTS EARLY AS SHOPS REPORT UPTURN IN SALES

first_imgBOOMING: Letterkenny is thriving this ChristmasChristmas has arrived early in Donegal with shoppers deciding to plan ahead and spend now, according to Letterkenny Chamber boss Toni Forrester.Ms Forrester told Donegal Daily that all indications are that the retail sector is ahead of schedule with four weeks left to December 25th.She said the strength of sterling and the variety of shops in Letterkenny means the town is now attracting by local and cross-border shoppers. “People have definitely gone out and started early. A lot of people already have their Christmas shopping done.“That is great news for traders and hopefully people will continue to spend as much as they can.“We appreciate Christmas is a tough time for many people but any money that is spent locally stays locally because it supports local jobs,” she said.Letterkenny Chamber Chief Executive Toni ForresterShe added that people no longer need to flock across the border to shop. And with many shops offering up to €1.29 on sterling, shoppers are now coming from the opposite side of the border.“That trend has stopped because you have both value and variety now in Letterkenny and other towns across Donegal.“With the price of fuel, the strength of sterling and the variety here, there is really no need to go across the border,” she said.The real countdown to Christmas starts this Friday at when Santa arrives in the Cathedral Town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights from 5pm onwards.Traders have got into the festive spirit and will be giving out everything form mulled wine to mince pies on the town’s Main Street. “It’s going to be a great occasion and we’re hoping it will officially kick-off the Christmas cheer,” added Ms Forrester.And for those of you stuck for s Christmas present idea, there is always the Shop LK voucher scheme which are accepted in dozens of shops across the town.CHRISTMAS STARTS EARLY AS SHOPS REPORT UPTURN IN SALES was last modified: November 27th, 2012 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:CHristmasLetterkenny ChamberToni Forresterlast_img read more

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HARPS FURY AT REFEREE AFTER BRUISING LOSS TO LIMERICK – BUT ALL TO PLAY FOR

first_imgMichael Funston was denied a clear penalty.FINN HARPS players must wonder what it takes to get a penalty these days – as they were denied a clear spot kick by the referee in tonight’s 1-0 defeat at Limerick in the Promotion Play-off first leg.The Donegal side were un-done by a Donegal player – Killybegs native Shaun Kelly netting what turned out to be the winner on the half hour mark.Before that the hosts had also hit the woodwork; and after the break Harps also had their chances. And in the 68th minute Michael Funston was taken down in the Limerick penalty area but somehow, the referee waved off the protests.Travelling Harps fans’ and the bench vented their anger at the decision – or lack of one.And there were more eyebrows raised when goalscorer Kelly made a brutal challenge on Tony McNamee six minutes later.But when the referee produced a card, it was yellow instead of red. In the 79th minute sub BJ Banda had a glorious chance to level but somehow pulled his shot wide of the target.Limerick pushed forward looking for a second goal to take into this Friday’s second leg in Ballybofey but the Harps defence stood firm.Expect a large crowd in the Twin Towns on Friday night. Harps are very much still in this tie and may feel aggrieved to be 1-0 down but now have every opportunity of taking the next step to the top level next season. HARPS FURY AT REFEREE AFTER BRUISING LOSS TO LIMERICK – BUT ALL TO PLAY FOR was last modified: November 2nd, 2015 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) Tags:finn harpsLimerickpromotion play-offlast_img read more

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GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS

first_imgResults from last night’s greyhound racing at Lifford Stadium were:Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Tydon Marquis 4/1; 2, Lacey Girl 4/1. Time: 19.20. Distance: 4.5 lengths.Race 2 Buy a Buster 350 (350 yards): 1, Backdoor Bucko 4/1; 2, Confident Zig 5/1. Time: 19.10. Distance: 7.75 lengths. Race 3 The Booking Office 525 (525 yards): 1, Deerpark Carol 4/5 fav; 2, Edenvale Maeve 5/1. Time: 28.74. Distance: 8.75 lengths.Race 4 The Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal 525 (525 yards): 1, Psycho Bob 3/1; 2, Shanmoyle Legend 2/1 fav. Time: 29.10. Distance: 2.75 lengths.Race 5 The Lifford €15 Special 525 (525 yards): 1, Drumsna Pearl 28.88; 2, Fridays Maybe 9/4. Time: 28.88. Distance: 1.25 lengths.Race 6 The An-Cu Venterinary 525 Round 1 Heat 1 (525 yards): 1, Fridays Brett 2/1 fav; 2, Drumbee Shadow 4/1. Time: 29.29. Distance: 1.25 lengths. Race 7 The An-Cu Venterinary 525 Round 1 Heat 2 (525 yards): 1, Quare Lemon 3/1; 2, Fridays Warsaw 9/4. Time: 28.97. Distance: 2 lengths.Race 8 The An-Cu Venterinary 525 Round 1 Heat 3 (525 yards): 1, Turbine Tulip 6/4 fav; 2, Tahina Sonya 5/2. Time: 28.78. Distance: 6 lengths.Race 9 The An-Cu Venterinary 525 Round 1 Heat 4 (525 yards): 1, Ballyhill Zest 5/1; 2, Sunrise Belle 2/1. Time: 29.24. Distance: 1.5 lengths.Race 10 The Ultimate Dining Experience 350 (350 yards): 1, Mongys Flyer 5/2; 2, Tyrgal Charlie 3/1. Time: 18.76. Distance: 1.75 lengths.Race 11 “Like” Us on Facebook 575 (575 yards): 1, Dynamo Millar 5/2; 2, Collins 4/5 fav. Time: 31.88. Distance: 1.75 lengths. Race 12 The Getting Out 575 Bumper Stakes (575 yards): 1, Ballybun Glen 6/4 fav; 2, Lillie Mais Boy 5/2. Time: 32.23. Distance: a head.GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS was last modified: July 13th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:greyhoundLiffordResultslast_img read more

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How Your Brain Conducts Itself at Attention

first_imgThe conductor taps the stand.  All the musicians, who had been warming up or conversing with neighbors, suddenly hush and rivet their attention on the conductor.  The downbeat comes, and a marvel of coordination comes to life, each skilled player contributing to a unified yet diverse exhibition of harmonious sound.    Something like that occurs in your brain every time you are jolted from distraction to attention by a stimulus.  “Paying attention sets off symphony of cell synchronization,” writes EurekAlert based on work from Northwestern University.  A research team monitored EEG brain scans from subjects.  Here’s how Ken Paller, a co-author of the study, described what happened when the subjects were asked to focus their attention on objects displayed on a computer screen.  “When you need to dig deep to summon that extra ounce of attention,” he said, “it’s as if you engage a symphony of brain activity that can come to your rescue as millions of neurons together make the music that represents a vivid conscious experience.”  That was the grand finale of this short but lively scientific performance.Symphony: that’s intelligent design language.  Some ID thinkers have compared creation to a living symphony instead of a mechanical clock.  We hope you were paying attention.  If you were, you just got a free concert without the need for headphones.  You may now applaud the Composer (12/11/2006).(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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