‘Ellen Encouraging Ritualistic Killings’

first_imgThe political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) has pointed fingers at President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for what he believes was her encouragement and promotion of the recent alarming increase in ritualistic killings in the country, saying “apparently she wants it to prosper.”Mr. Simeon Freeman recalled that at the height of the Ebola Virus outbreak, President Sirleaf did something about it by deploying police, “and when the people became uneasy, she brought the army out immediately. Did anybody give her a blue print to go and shoot in West Point?”With the police force poorly equipped, Mr. Freeman said the army is sitting down because nobody is threatening the President. “When she was threatened during the Ebola virus, it became necessary to equip the police, but now that her safety is not threatened, it is the poor people’s children that are dying or going missing. She encourages that.”Mr. Freeman, who spoke in Monrovia yesterday, pressed that instead of being more robust, President Sirleaf decided to go to the Ministry of Gender to launch 18 days of care. “For who? Care for our children that are dying? Let’s get serious,” he added.The MPC leader again reiterated his recent position on the size of the current government, describing it as very large with about US$251 million of its budget spent on salaries alone, with an expected rise next fiscal year by another US$10 million or US$15 million because of the payroll rationalization scheme.“We need to reduce the size of the government to at least 10 ministries and agencies of government, and as part of that cost-saving scheme we will determine who has to own a car and how it would be owned,” he said.Under his administration as President, Mr. Freeman said he would replace most of the country’s embassies with consulates that does the work of the ambassador and also takes away the burden of cost by having an embassy without the associated cost of an ambassador and administrative staff.On what his government will do with the Armed Forces of Liberia, Freeman again recalled that Liberia went to war because of the inequitable distribution of wealth, and reflected that for over 160 years the country never went to war, except when France and Britain came to Liberia and took portions of the land and gave it to Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone, but that the three neighbors have since lived peacefully.The phasing out of the army, Mr. Freeman maintained, will be one major cost-saving scheme he intends to implement if elected president, which will leave the country with 5,000 police officers. “Right now the budget of the police is about US$15 million, of which US$12.5 million is spent on salaries alone, with nothing left to buy uniforms. We can’t be demanding so much from the police when they are poorly capacitated,” he said.With the phasing out of the army, Freeman said the membership of the police force could increase by 20,000 to 30,000 which could be determined by civil structure, and will be fully capacitated by ensuring that every policeman is assigned a motorbike.“So the army is phased out and as part of that cost saving scheme, we will now open companies, encourage the setting up of private structures that will be funded like it was done in America, Britain, China, Russia, South Korea and all serious countries that are developed. We want to use government money that has been saved to redeploy it in a non-existing private sector that will for the first instance assume some of the 30,000 people that will be coming out of government. They will then automatically be employed in the private service,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Two Donegal students celebrate apprenticeship graduation at Sligo IT

first_imgAfter three years of studying and on-the-job training, Donegal locals James Carr and Keara Mc Glinchey graduated last week from The Insurance Institute’s first-ever Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship. They along with 31 other apprentices from all over Ireland, the two students graduated at an awards ceremony in IT Sligo.The apprenticeship is the first of its kind in Ireland and the first apprenticeship to award a Level 8 honours degree. Speaking at the graduation ceremony in IT Sligo, Dermot Murray, CEO of The Insurance Institute, said: “We know from our members that employers in the insurance industry have been struggling to hire talent and, often, once they hire new employees, they are struggling to retain them.“While apprenticeships have long been associated with the trade and craft industries, three years ago, we adapted the apprenticeship model to the insurance industry, and it has been hugely successful so far.“I congratulate all those graduating this week,” he added.“They are Ireland’s first-ever cohort of graduates from this insurance industry apprenticeship.” Two Donegal students celebrate apprenticeship graduation at Sligo IT was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:apprenticeshipeducationlast_img read more

Son of former Oakland Raiders star passes away at 26

first_imgFormer Granada High of Livermore standout Josh Atkinson, the son of legendary Raiders safety George Atkinson, died unexpectedly on Christmas day. He was 26.Atkinson and his twin brother, George III, were stars in high school and were also teammates at Notre Dame, where Josh was a defensive back and also an accomplished sprinter on the Irish’s track & field team.The family has not released any details about his death, which was addressed by his twin brother on social media Monday afternoon.“I …last_img

Are Democrats the Guardians of Science?

first_imgDan Danbom reviewed Chris Mooney’s The Republican War On Science in the Rocky Mountain News.  According to Danbom, Mooney argues “that the Bush administration ignores, subverts, twists and misrepresents science to conform to its political goals.” The review includes these quotes from the book:….in politicized fights involving science, it is rare to find liberals entirely innocent of abuses.  But they are almost never as guilty as the right.Reagan’s self-appointed state board of education had pushed to weaken the teaching of evolution and endorsed creationism…. The Reagan administration’s sympathies with creationism signaled a new development for the Republican Party and conservatism more generally.  From this moment forward, many of the party’s leaders willingly distorted or even denied the bedrock scientific theory of evolution, and encouraged pseudoscientific thinking, to satisfy a traditionalist religious constituency.Danbom calls The Republican War on Science “a book that is as carefully constructed as a laboratory experiment.”  According to the book, Republicans pick and choose among the scientific data in order to support their pet projects.  He concludes his review with, “Mooney challenges the reader to ask just how important unvarnished science is to us, no matter what our political predilections.”The book and the review are exercises in hypocrisy.  Mooney argues that Republicans are more guilty of selective science than liberals (notice that Democrats are not specifically named in the article) who support “bedrock scientific theory of evolution.”  Just how important is unvarnished science to someone who thinks evolution rocks?(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

August 2015 MFLN Family Development Newsletter!

first_imgCheck out the August 2015 MFLN Family Development Newsletter!What’s in it for you? Each issue will provide information about MFLN’s upcoming professional development opportunities, glimpses into what Family Development has in store for the quarter, webinar presenter bios, and introductions to our Family Development team.To access your newsletter, click here.To subscribe to newsletter, click here.Check out what’s new below! This post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img

Vimeo Launches Adobe Premiere Pro Panel

first_imgVimeo comes to Premiere Pro with the all-new panel that integrates with the Vimeo review pages.While Premiere Pro CC is in beta with their own social panel, Vimeo has launched their own publishing panel with a few extra settings that make things a lot easier for creatives.With the Vimeo Premiere Pro Panel you can upload your videos directly to your Vimeo account, customize your upload presets (bitrate, codec, resolution), and choose your privacy settings as you upload — all without leaving Premiere Pro.Perhaps the best thing is the ability for Vimeo PRO and Business users to instantly launch one of Vimeo’s new review pages. Rather than having to export your video, then upload to Vimeo, then create the review page — you can now do all of that from the Premiere Pro panel. Now it’s even faster for you to easily send links to clients for instant feedback.This year we set out to make Vimeo an end-to-end workflow solution for video professionals and today that solution extends to anyone using Adobe Premiere Pro CC. The video editing tools in Adobe Creative Cloud are a go-to source for Vimeo creators, and our new panel fundamentally simplifies their post-production process. — Anjali Sud, General Manager and Senior Vice President, CreatorThis is another great step for Vimeo in their move to really grow their creator platform, and if they want to keep giving us tools that take a few steps out of our repetitive workflow — I am totally on board!You can download the Vimeo Premiere Pro Panel for free now.What are your thoughts on Vimeo’s updates? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Thunder plan to keep Billy Donovan despite playoff struggles

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 APOKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder plan to keep coach Billy Donovan for a fifth year.Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Monday that he doesn’t expect change despite Oklahoma City’s third consecutive first-round playoff exit.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Thunder have reached the playoffs each of Donovan’s four years with the team, but they haven’t won a playoff series since Kevin Durant left for Golden State in free agency after the 2015-16 season. Donovan has a 199-129 regular-season record, but he is 15-19 in the playoffs. Portland rolled past the Thunder 4-1 in their playoff series this season.Presti said he plans to sit down with Donovan and discuss why the team went through a 6-13 stretch from late February to the end of March after a promising first two-thirds of the season. He called the last part of the season “disappointing” after a start that created whispers that the Thunder might challenge Golden State at the top of the Western Conference.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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gregg Popovich negotiating new deal with San Antonio Spurslast_img read more

Virat Kohli’s 38th hundred in vain as India go down to West Indies in 3rd ODI

first_imgVirat Kohli’s hundred in a run-chase ended up in a losing cause for a change as West Indies beat India by a big margin of 43 runs in the third ODI in Pune on Saturday.Chasing 284 for victory, Kohli’s 107 off 119 balls had kept India in the hunt throughout the chase but he kept on losing batting partners and was eventually dismissed by Marlon Samuels in the 42nd over to end the contest there and then.India were eventually bowled out for 240 with Samuels finishing with brilliant figures of 3 for 12 while Obed McCoy and captain Jason Holder picked up two wickets each along with Ashley Nurse who got 2 for 43 from his 10 overs.India vs West Indies 3rd ODI: HighlightsKohli was the top-scorer for India as he smashed his 38th ODI hundred and third successive in the series to become the first Indian to achieve the feat.It was also his sixth in 2018 and fourth consecutive century on home soil in ODIs. It was also his 23rd hundred in a run chase.India vs West Indies 3rd ODI in Pune: As it happenedA hat-trick of centuries for #KingKohliHe becomes the first Indian cricketer to score hundreds in 3 consecutive ODIs. Whaddaaplayaa pic.twitter.com/G08i07ubXoBCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2018The rest of the Indian batsmen failed miserably tonight with only Shikhar Dhawan (35) managing a score of over 30 after Kohli.MS Dhoni takes stunning catch: Fans taunt BCCI over T20I snubThis was also Windies’ first win on this tour after they tied the last ODI in Guwahati where both teams ended up with identical scores of 323.advertisementIt’s all over here in Pune. #TeamIndia all out for 240Windies win by 43 runs.The series now stands at 1-1 with two games to go #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/drnpfUqfHxBCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2018Earlier, a disciplined Indian bowling attack restricted the West Indies to a challenging 283/9 with Shai Hope once again top-scoring for his side.The visitors found a notable contribution from wicket-keeper Hope, who smashed a 113-ball 95 to help his side reach a fighting total.India’s Jasprit Bumrah was the wrecker-in-chief, picking four wickets for just 35 runs, while Kuldeep Yadav bagged two for 52.Put into bat, the West Indies were off to a poor start as Jasprit Bumrah struck twice to dismiss openers Kieran Powell (21) Chandrapaul Hemraj (15) within the first nine overs with the scorecard reading 38/2.Hope, who had come after the fall of Powell, was joined by Marlon Samuels, who too, fell cheaply after scoring just nine runs.Shimron Hetmyer and Hope then added 56 runs for the fourth wicket, taking West Indies past the 100-run mark. Just when the partnership looked settling, Hetmyer, while trying to go big, missed the ball before Mahendra Singh Dhoni made no mistake in dislodging his bails, leaving the visitors reeling at 111/4.Kuldeep Yadav, who dismissed Hetmyer, also got the better off incoming batsman Rovman Powell, who could manage to contribute with just nine runs as the visitors were left at 121/5.Skipper Jason Holder was then involved in a crucial 76-run partnership with Hope before Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck to pack back the former on individual score of 31.The visitors, who were at 197/6, then lost Fabian Allen (5) and Hope soon however, Ashley Nurse chipped in with valuable 40 runs down the order before becoming a victim of Bumrah as West Indies reached 283 runs in 50 overs.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more