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first_img 9 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional St Vincent opposition leader writes to interim government in Libya by: – September 23, 2011center_img Share Share Opposition leader Arnhim EustaceKINGSTOWN, St Vincent — St Vincent and the Grenadines opposition leader Arnhim Eustace has written to the National Transition Council (NTC) government in Libya noting the “heroic struggle of the Libyan people to throw off the yoke of dictatorship and oppression”.Eustace’s letter on Wednesday came less than one week after Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said that his Unity Labour Party administration would “wait and see” before recognizing the NTCThe NTC is a political body formed by anti-Muammar al-Gaddafi forces to represent Libya during the 2011 Libyan civil war, which has pitted these forces against Gaddafi’s regime, which came to office 42 years ago.“The situation is still in a state of flux and will resolve itself completely, sooner or later. Let’s understand this: St Vincent and the Grenadines has diplomatic relations with the state of Libya,” Gonsalves told reporters last week.However, Eustace, in his letter to NTC chair Mustafa Abdul Jalil, said that while the NDP is in opposition the NTC could “be assured of our solidarity”.“In government, we look forward to working with a democratically elected administration of the Libyan people in the promotion and consolidation of shared values of freedom, democracy, national development and respect for fundamental human rights,” Eustace said of the NDP, which lost the December 2010 general elections, the third in a row.The former prime minister said that his party has been following the developments in Libya, where citizens on February 15 began protesting against Gaddafi and his regime, which came to office in a 1969 coup.Eustace described the on-going situation as “the continuing heroic struggle of the Libyan people to throw off the yoke of dictatorship and oppression, under which they were governed, with steadily increasing severity and impunity, for more than four decades”.He said that Vincentians “cannot cease to marvel how a regime, from a state blessed with ample resources, and which projected itself as a progressive and benevolent force for good in the developing world, could be so brutal and heartless in the suppression of its own people.”“It reminds us of one of our traditional sayings: ‘Come see me, and come live with me,’ is two different things!’” Eustace added.The NDP, Eustace said, “empathise fully with the long-suffering Libyan people, and share with you, and all freedom-loving people of the world, profound sentiments of appreciation for the humanitarian and protective role of NATO forces operating in your country, under the rubric of the United Nations mandate.”“It is, in our opinion, ‘a finest hour,’ when the resolve of the struggling forces of freedom and liberation in a country is matched by the principled solidarity and support of the international community,” he added.Eustace, on behalf of his party, saluted “the courageous Libyan people” and congratulated the NTC for its “leadership of the revolutionary struggle … and the notable successes … in the important tasks of establishing order, and anchoring democratic governance” in Libya.Gonsalves said last week “recognition or non-recognition of a government is a matter which always requires careful thought”.His statements came even as many of SVG’s traditional allies have recognised the NTC as the legitimate government in Libya and even as the whereabouts of Gaddafi are unknown.Gonsalves noted that CARICOM had not made a statement regarding recognition of the NTC, adding, “so it’s a wait and see operation” and that “this is not something that you rush into…”“If in fact they become the established government and they are there with their solidity, we will then say at that point, you are recognizing a practical situation,” the prime minister said.The UN Security Council on September 16, ahead of the 66th General Assembly underway in New York, agreed to deploy a mission to Libya to support the country’s transitional authorities in their reconstruction efforts after the end of the conflict.The mission will help with restoring the rule of law, drafting a new constitution, promoting reconciliation and preparing for elections.by Kenton X. ChanceCaribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more

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first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 6 January 2016 – Brand South Africa congratulates the Matric Class of 2015 on successfully completing their formal school career. Obtaining a matric certificate is considered to be one of life’s highlights that leads to a new chapter filled with opportunities to build a better the future.In congratulating the Matric Class of 2015 Brand South Africa’s CEO, Mr Kingsley Makhubela said, “When young people claim their right to health, education and decent working conditions, they become a powerful force for economic development and positive change. I applaud each of the 799 306 candidates who registered for and wrote for the 2015 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations – for your commitment to playing a positive role in moving our country forward.  Thank you for playing your part in building our nation.”Mr Makhubela added, “We would also like to thank all teachers for providing South Africa’s learners with a solid education and investing in them to enable them to reach their full potential. As teachers you are responsible for shaping the future generations of our country. You have once again, encouraged our country to work hard and steadily in order to accomplish our goals as outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP).”“We acknowledge that our young people are facing many challenges in modern day society, hence the NDP is formulated with a youth-centric lens. With over 54 million South Africans, 18.5% are between the ages 10-19; and 24% are aged 15-24. These statistics indicate that our young people must really be prioritised in terms of our developmental agenda so that they can be equipped with the skills and education to move our country forward,” concluded Mr MakhubelaThe 2015 matric exam national pass rate declined from 75.8% in 2014 to 70.7%.  The Western Cape was the best performing province in the 2015 National Senior Certificate examination with an 84.7% pass rate. Gauteng followed closely with an 84.2% pass rate. The Free State was the third-best performing province with an 81.6% pass rate, followed by North West with 81.5%.last_img read more

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first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Curry was hit with a technical at the 3:20 mark of the first quarter for an elbow to Tyler Johnson while the Golden State star drove to the basket.Both teams were cold shooting in the early going — Golden State 29.2 percent in the first quarter to 38.1by Miami, which committed seven of its 23 turnovers in the period.WHITESIDE’S MINUTESHeat center Hassan Whiteside played just 16-plus minutes, shooting 1 of 9 for three points and six rebounds and sat most of the second half.“This is one game, he understands how important he is to our team to play at a high level, high energy level, so we’ll move on to Phoenix and look to have a much better game,” coach Erik Spoelstra said.KERR ON GUN CONTROLShootings touch Kerr personally. His father, Malcolm, was murdered on Jan. 18, 1984, as the President of American University of Beirut.Kerr offered condolences and thoughts to victims of the Texas church shooting that killed 26 — not to mention a strong message on gun control.“It’s just awful, and that’s the prevailing sentiment from all of us today,” Kerr said. “To solve it, I think we almost have to look at it like a public health issue. Too often, I think we get caught up in political rhetoric, Second Amendment rights, NRA stuff. We have to look at this it has nothing to do with partisanship or political parties.“This has got to be a public safety issue, a public health issue. We have to somehow get our government to cut through all the crap and get right to the point — the point of fact which is safety, which means a lot of things we can do without taking away people’s Second Amendment rights. Let’s do the sensible thing.”TIP-INSHeat: Spoelstra received a technical for arguing late in the first half. … Miami lost its fourth straight on the Warriors’ home floor. … Starting G Dion Waiters is still away from the team after he returned to Miami for the birth of his daughter Sunday morning. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I thought it was our best defensive effort of the year,” Kerr said. “It was a grind-it-out game and I thought we did a good job of staying with it. We held them to 80 points. That’s kind of a playoff style win where you have to grind it out, nothing’s easy.”Curry added 16 points and Klay Thompson 13. The Warriors shot just 36.8 percent and 11 for 32 from deep. Durant added six assists and three blocks, making all 10 of his free throws as the Warriors shot 22 of 24 from the line.“I just feel that’s East Coast basketball. If we want to be a great team we’ve got to play different ways,” Durant said. “It’s a good test for us.”James Johnson scored 21 points off the bench and Goran Dragic contributed 19 points for Miami a night aftersqueaking out a 104-101 road win against the Clippers.Thompson missed his first four 3-point tries before connecting late in the first half as Golden State took a 50-37 lead into intermission. Curry was 1 for 9 in the first half and Durant 3 for 8 — and they went acombined 0 for 7 from deep — before Golden State got going a bit after halftime.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kevin Durant had 21 points and eight rebounds to help the Warriors overcome their shooting woes and beat the Miami Heat 97-80 in a rare low-scoring outing Monday night.“It’s a good feeling to know if we focus on taking care of the basketball and playing solid defense and focus in on that end really hopefully regardless of how our offense is we’re going to be in good position to win games,” Stephen Curry said. “Tonight was kind of a testament to that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDraymond Green scored 18 points with a season-high four 3s to go with nine rebounds as the defending NBAchampions won for the seventh time in their last eight games, including three straight in lopsided fashion on their recent road trip.The Warriors had scored 100 points in every regular-season game since their second-to-last matchup last season, a 105-99 defeat to Utah as the regulars rested or played limited minutes ahead of the playoffs. Golden State is 3-11 over the past three seasons when held below 100 points. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors: C David West had a night off for rest. “It’s a routine we’re going to follow all year,” Kerr said of spelling West, Andre Iguodala and other veterans as needed. … Warriors great Al Attles is expected back at Oracle on Wednesday night, one day after his 81st birthday. Attles was hospitalized and missed a night honoring him Oct. 27. … Golden State has 10 or more 3s in all 11 games so far — something the team did 14 consecutive times last season.UP NEXTHeat: At Phoenix on Wednesday night.Warriors: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Injured Gordon Hayward shoots free throws from chair MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) passes away from Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Warriors won, 97-80. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Shots were contested, and so many missed the target.The Golden State Warriors had to get defensive and grind out a win — and coach Steve Kerr appreciated that kind of push for the defending NBA champs.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Chinese basketball officials were investigating on Wednesday after reports that former Houston Rockets player Aaron Jackson was racially abused by opposition fans.The 32-year-old American guard is said to have been targeted during the Beijing Ducks’ 117-103 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) playoff victory at the Shanghai Sharks on Tuesday evening.ADVERTISEMENT ONE: Danny Kingad still confident even against Pancrase flyweight champ LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Broadcast footage of the game showed an agitated Jackson being ushered along the sidelines of the court by a Ducks team-mate and an official instructing the crowd to sit down.A reporter at the game posted on social media that a fan near the Beijing bench shouted a racial slur at Jackson, who had a stint last year with the NBA’s Houston Rockets but has spent most of his career overseas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We are investigating. The spectators did say something to Jackson, but we have to ascertain what was said,” a CBA spokesman told AFP.The Sharks, where Yao Ming made his name before starring in the NBA, said they were unaware of any incident and had not received a complaint from the visiting Ducks. It is second time in three months that Sharks fans have created unwanted headlines.In December, supporters taunted their Nanjing opponents with a death chant on the anniversary of the 1937 massacre of Nanjing, triggering outrage and an investigation.With the match going to the wire, home Shanghai supporters were accused of shouting: “Why didn’t the Nanjing massacre kill your team?”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Neskonlith Indian Band in British Columbia has issued an eviction notice to the mining company responsible for last week’s massive tailings pond breach before a similar mine is developed on their land.Chief Judy Wilson says Imperial Metals, through its subsidiary Ruddock Creek Mining,  is seeking approval for a mine in their territory but accuse the company of failing to protect lands and point to the Mount Polley tailings pond breach Aug 4.“(Mount Polley) could have been prevented if Imperial Metals had proper risk assessment and management practices in place; and the provincial and federal governments had properly assessed and monitored the mining operation,” says Wilson in a statement.The Secwepemc is made up of 17 First Nations.Wilson says they have a responsibility to protect their land and waters.“Our people made a declaration opposing the Ruddock Creek mine and held water ceremonies to protect our water and salmon. Our council stands with our elders and people, we oppose the proposed Ruddock Creek mine by Imperial Metals and hereby evict Imperial Metals from our territory,” she says.” If Imperial Metals does not comply, Neskonlith will also block access to the Ruddock Creek Mine to ensure it is closed indefinitely.”last_img read more

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first_imgRENO, Nev. – The head of one of the nation’s largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler’s Super Bowl ads “glorified” the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to off-road thrill-seekers.It’s the second time ads by the automaker have drawn complaints since the Feb. 4 game.Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood said Wednesday that one ad gave the impression a Jeep Cherokee was splashing down the middle of a wild streambed.Fiat Chrysler is defending the ads but says there are no plans to run them again. It says the spot with the Cherokee was shot on a flooded county road and another with a Jeep Wrangler was filmed in a man-made lake with a man-made waterfall on private land.Wood said many of his group’s 300,000 members and supporters own Jeeps, but the images were upsetting.“Fish are tough and resilient critters, but they don’t do well with several-thousand-pound vehicles driving over their spawning grounds, tearing up the gravel where they lay eggs,” he said. “Why someone would want to put out the idea that you should buy a Jeep so you could drive it up a creek is incomprehensible to me.”The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported the ad flap last week. Pam Harrington, Trout Unlimited’s Nevada field co-ordinator, told the newspaper she was upset because she’s worked with ATV clubs in Idaho repairing damage caused by irresponsible drivers.Stream habitat improvements are part of the decadeslong efforts to protect endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest, where research shows riverbank disturbances and sedimentation chokes off fish eggs.Wood said he didn’t learn until this week that much of his membership was upset over the Jeep ads. He said he had already written a personal letter of complaint Feb. 6 to Fiat Chrysler CEO and Chairman Sergio Marchionne after Wood’s son noticed the ad during the game.The automaker also came under fire last week for another Super Bowl ad featuring a Ram pickup set against audio of “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago.The 60-second spot included images of the truck with people helping others and hugging loved ones. Critics said it omitted King’s words in the same speech guarding against advertisers exploiting consumers, including when the civil rights icon said, “In order to make your neighbours envious you must drive this type of car. … And you know, before you know it, you’re just buying that stuff. That’s the way advertisers do it.”A company spokeswoman said that ad “was selling the message of serving in your community.”Wood, who worked as chief spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service under the Clinton administration before joining Trout Unlimited in 2001, said Fiat Chrysler apparently “got some bad marketing advice” on the Jeep campaign.He said there are plans to connect with a Jeep branch representative for a “broader conversation.”“Hopefully something good will come of this, and we can begin a dialogue with Jeep to promote smart use of off-road vehicles as well as conservation of natural resources,” Wood said.last_img read more

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first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire Service is asking the public for help to prevent wildfires this long weekend.While the wildfire activity so far this year has been relatively normal, the Wildfire Service says the month of August is typically the most active part of the province’s wildfire season.They say human-caused wildfires are the leading factor, which is preventable but makes up about 58 percent of this year’s wildfires in B.C. “Human-caused fires are completely preventable and unnecessarily divert crucial firefighting resources from naturally occurring wildfires. From April 1 until noon on July 31, 2019, the B.C. Wildfire Service responded to 579 wildfires throughout B.C., 58 percent of which were human-caused.”While campfires are currently allowed in all areas of the province, the Wildfire Service is reminding British Columbians to practice responsible fire use by assessing their environment and keeping an ample supply of water nearby to fully extinguish any recreational fire they light.For up-to-date wildfire information, you can visit gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has sought a report from the District Magistrate of Nadia, on the statements made by Trinamool Congress MLA from Chakdah Ratna Ghosh Kar.The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has asked the District Magistrate to submit a detailed report in this regard soon. The BJP leaders in the state had earlier moved to the CEO’s office, demanding action against the TMC MLA. Kar found herself embroiled in controversy after she made some objectionable remarks on the Central Forces. It was alleged that during a closed door party meeting, she had appealed the party cadres to “chase the Central Forces away.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe video of the same had gone viral on social media. In the video, she was allegedly found requesting the members of the Mahila Morcha, the women organisation of Trinamool Congress, to pick up broomsticks and ‘chase the Central Forces away’ if there is a need. She allegedly said that there is nothing fair or unfair when it comes to winning elections, instructing party cadres to win the elections by any means. She had also reminded the party workers that during the 2016 Assembly elections, Central Forces had beaten up the workers. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, another television actor from Bangladesh, Abdun Gaji Noor, triggered controversy after he allegedly took part in an election rally at Dum Dum in favour of TMC candidate Saugata Roy. The incident comes a day after Bangladeshi film actor Ferdous Ahmed was asked by the office of the Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh to leave the country and go to Bangladesh. Ahmed was dragged into controversy after he attended election rallies in Raiganj constituency areas on April 14. The actor was seen seeking votes for Trinamool Congress candidate Kanaia Lal Agarwal at campaign rallies across Hemtabad and Karandighi, near the Indo-Bangladesh border.last_img read more

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first_imgShyam Sundar Co Jewellers announced Ushoshi Sengupta as the face of ‘Adi-kriti’ – their brand of high-fashion gold jewellery, at an event in a premier city hotel, recently.Inspired by the tribal culture of India – ‘Adi-kriti’, an exclusive collection of designer handcrafted gold jewellery was launched by Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers in December 2008. The brand came into force with the support of ‘World Gold Council’, which recognised the project as a ‘Unique in the world’ project. Also Read – The Puja carnivalIn the following year itself, the brand went on to win the attention of Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), and also got a national award for its concept and design. The brand position of ‘Adi-Kriti’ is ‘tell-tale tribal jewellery, retold in gold’ and the product proposition a jewellery collection that is ‘simply beyond the wildest imagination’ Talking about the decision of the brand, Arpita Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers said, “All these years, ‘Adi-kriti’ was present in the market without a human face because we didn’t find one that would do justice to the brand. And now, with Ushoshi Sengupta, we have found a personality that really goes with the brand.” Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraRupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers informed that Ushoshi had also walked the ramp for ‘Adi-kriti’ during the launch of the brand in 2008.So, it is really a homecoming for both the brand and Sengupta. Incidentally, Ushoshi Sengupta won the ‘Miss Universe India’ title in 2010 – when ‘Adi-Kriti’, was beginning to expand in the gems and jewellery trade and industry in India, after winning a national award in Mumbai. And now, the brand and Sengupta, both are ready to rule the fashion world together.last_img read more

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