Compensation for violence must be eliminated

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first_imgThis is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.“We all come from many traditional societies, and we have traditional ways of dispute resolution – but compensation has never been one of them,” he says.O’Neill says eliminating compensation is a great challenge for the country however he says It is simply a matter on which we cannot afford to fail.“The goal set by UN Members, including Papua New Guinea, is not just to reduce violence against women and children, not just managing violence, not just focusing on violence – but the elimination of violence,” he added.He also says the country needs to make the elimination of violence against women and children a primary goal and a top priority in our country.last_img

Air Cote d’Ivoire Adds Liberia to 19-Nation Route

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first_imgRegular travelers between Liberia and la Cote d’Ivoire may be sighing with great relief at the new and only alternative to braving the intense, unpaved terrain between the two countries as they have for nearly a decade, since Air Cote d’Ivoire added Liberia to its 19-nation continental route. Announcing its 19-nation route at a major press conference at the airline’s Abidjan hub over the weekend, CEO Mr. Rene Decurey pledged to make Air Cote d’Ivoire’s the leading airline in West and Central Africa.  Established on May 15, 2012 with the help of current Ivorian President Al Hassan Ouattara, the airliner’s initial capitalization of US$5 million investment has already increased ten-fold to US$50 million and is poised to reach US$130 million by the second half of 2014, Mr. Decurey disclosed.  According to him, Air Cote d’Ivoire is a joint venture between the Government of Cote d’Ivoire (65%), Ivorian private company Golden Rod Investment (15%) and Air France (20%).The CEO said the Ivorian leader made it clear to Ivoirians that the development of their country definitely needed a reliable airline that would be able to take passengers in and out if Ivory Coast.  He said, President Outtara asked the company’s chairman Abdoulaye Coulibaly to work along with him (Decurey) to put the airline together which they did; and the airline is now taking passengers into several countries in Africa.Their major challenge, said Decurey, is to build a lasting and profitable company through the continual quest for customer satisfaction, the cohesion and professionalism of their personnel, the destiny of their hub, re-enforced by solid alliances. The challenge requires the company to be flexible, innovative and to engage in corporate social responsibility.The Air Cote d’Ivoire fleet is composed of three Airbus A-319S (equipped with 12 seats in business class and 96 seats in economy class) and 1 Embraer 170 (equipped with eight seats in business class and 60 seats in economy class). The airplanes are destined for the regional network and company plans is to increase its fleet with seven more aircrafts over the next five years. In 2014, the company foresees the acquisition of two Bombardier Q400s for its domestic network and one additional airbus A-319.The company begins its Liberia operation with three flights weekly but the CEO promised to increase the number of flights before the end of 2014. Responding to flights flying to Liberia, he said “Liberia is a neighboring country with Ivory Coast and currently there is total peace in the country.” He used the medium to thank President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, describing her as “a loving President” that cares about other countries. He disclosed that the airline is now flying to Liberia four times weekly and that he hopes to expand his flight weekly in Liberia. Other officials of the company include Patrick Kone, Jean-Pierre Chonavel, Director for finance and Human Resources and Laurent Loukou, Director General for Commercial and Marketing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt nixes Nagamootoo’s decision to reinstate Sherod Duncan

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first_imgPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s authority to order the reinstatement of Sherod Duncan at the Guyana Chronicle was undermined by the APNU faction of the coalition Government.Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon has made it clear that Duncan, who was found guilty of several financial breaches, remains fired – in accordance with a decision taken by the company’s Board of Directors.“The Government’s position is that Mr Duncan is off the job,” Harmon boldly told reporters during a post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday.This position significantly undermines the clear instruction issued by the Prime Minister to the Board’s Chairperson, Geeta Chandan-Edmond, for Duncan to be reinstated as General Manager.Nagamootoo, in his May 31, 2019 letter, blasted the Board of Directors for dismissing Duncan, labelling the move as “arbitrary, capricious, and unlawful”.The Prime Minister’s interference in the work of the State Board has resulted in the Chairperson and three Board Members resigning, leaving the Board with only three Directors currently.Harmon has since explained that Duncan remains off the job until and unless a new Board decides to reinstate him.“We, as I said earlier, respect the independence of these Boards, once these Boards are appointed. And my understanding is that the Board took a decision with respect to the termination of Mr Duncan and therefore it will require another Board to determine whether Mr Duncan will return to work or stay dismissed,” Harmon pointed out.The decision by Nagamootoo – a member of the Alliance For Change (AFC) arm of the coalition Government – was supported by party leader Raphael Trotman and Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan.Trotman had previously expressed that the decision to fire Duncan was too “harsh” while Ramjattan said it was too “extreme”.In fact, only recently the AFC Chairman said Duncan should have been reinstated a long time ago.Meanwhile, Harmon said the issue will come up for further discussion at Cabinet’s next meeting.An independent audit found that during Duncan’s probationary tenure as General Manager at the State newspaper company, there were several breaches of financial regulations.In one instance, Duncan took an overseas trip costing over $700,000 even though there is no documented approval for such an event and to date, documents were not brought forward to support these expenditures.Duncan’s management style has also been called into question, especially by the staff who had petitioned to President David Granger against his return at the newspaper company.In the petition, Duncan was described as a bully. The petition stated: “Mr President, we respect Mr Duncan as a person but Mr Duncan attitude as a manager is nothing more than that of a bully. He listens to no one and acts as though he is law unto himself.”Duncan, who previously served as Deputy Mayor of Georgetown, worked as General Manager from June 1, 2018, to April 1, 2019. However, during that period, he spent several months on administrative leave pending an investigation into reports of wanton spending under his watch.He was fired with immediate effect in April 2019, following a decision by the Board of Directors, by majority vote.last_img read more

Senior Flyers defeat Canucks 6-4

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first_img“I like to keep that Fitzy, Leahy, Horst line together, and then Fasty and Shipton and I’ve been rotating either Novak or Scheps in with them. I just run whoever shows up underneath them. I had to sit a guy tonight, I haven’t had to do that for a long time. It’s tough when you get four lines.”Scoring in order for the Flyers were Jeff Shipton, Kyle Leahy, Robbie Sidhu, Matt Shuya, Jeff Shipton, and Jeff Fast.Troy Hunt was between the pipes for the game. He stopped 19 of 23 shots in the game.The Flyers are currently on their winter break and will return to action on January 2 as they travel to Dawson Creek at 8:30 p.m.Advertisement The Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, but penalty trouble got the better of the Flyers in the frame and Dawson Creek was able to tie the game at 2.Fort St. John was able to restore the lead in the opening minute and a half of the second, but the Canucks responded again and took a one goal lead after scoring two mid way through the second. The Flyers took the opportunity to issue a response of their own as they scored twice in 1:05 in the final six minutes to take a 5-4 lead to the dressing room after 40 minutes of play.The third period was relatively quiet with both teams trying not to make a mistake, but the Flyers were able to add one goal to round out the scoring.- Advertisement -Head Coach Gerard Dicaire says that while it may sound odd having a full lineup was different for the team and it took them awhile to adjust to playing lesser minutes. It was also a frustrating to play the kind of hockey Dawson Creek forces their opponents to play.“We’ve only had 12 guys coming out on the road so I don’t think the guys were use to playing four lines. It’s hard when you’re playing 30 minutes a night and going down to 15,” he explains. “Dawson sucks you into their vortex of hockey. They suck you into a run and gun game. It’s tough to play against.”Having a full roster was also a challenge for Dicaire when it came to putting the lines for the evening together, but he stuck with his big guns with Kyle Leahy, Adam Horst and  Trevor Fitzgerald and they rewarded him with three points during the game.Advertisementlast_img read more

Bolt fumes over drug test notice

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first_imgSharesOlympic sprinter Usain Bolt scored twice in his first start for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners. © AFP / PETER PARKSSYDNEY, Australia, Oct 15 – Sprint legend Usain Bolt says he’s stunned after being handed a drug testing notice despite retiring from athletics and having no professional contract as he bids to launch a football career in Australia.The 100m world record-holder quit athletics last year and is yet to be offered a deal by Australia’s Central Coast Mariners, where he is currently on trial. “So guys I’ve retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this,” Bolt said Monday via an Instagram video as he zoomed in on the notice.The demand for the out of competition test — to collect urine and blood — appears to have been issued by Football Federation Australia.“How am I going to get a drug test today? I’m not even a professional footballer yet. Seriously,” said Bolt.“So I asked the lady, ‘Why am I getting drug tested when I haven’t signed for a club yet?’ and she said they told her I’m an elite athlete so I have to get tested. Okay then.”Despite his displeasure, it appears the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority guidelines mean he is eligible to be tested.Their legislation defines an athlete as a “person who competes in sport” if “the sport has an anti-doping policy”.The eight-time Olympic champion, who dominated sprinting after taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, is now bidding to become a professional footballer.He made his case on Friday by scoring two goals for the Mariners in a pre-season friendly.The superstar, a massive Manchester United fan, has been handed a chance to train with the A-League side for an indefinite period in order to pursue his dream.Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Exclusive – Robson questions Van Gaal’s training methods at Man United

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first_imgLouis van Gaal’s double training sessions at Manchester United could be the cause of the club’s injury crisis, reckons Bryan Robson.The Red Devils’ season has been punctuated by several key absences as the likes of Angel di Maria, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Radamel Falcao have all suffered muscular problems.And the club’s former captain reckons Van Gaal’s methods may well be to blame for their woes.“I don’t think you can ever say you’re unlucky when you’re getting a lot of injuries,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast. “I think, when you’re a coach, you’ve always got to assess [why they’re happening].“Manchester United had a long pre-season and they came back with quite a few injuries. Maybe it was because of the travelling and everything they got a lot of muscle injuries early on in the season and I think he [Louis van Gaal] had to adjust his training a little bit but he did want to do double sessions which the players, under Sir Alex Ferguson, were not used to.“So maybe it’s because of those double sessions players have picked up muscle injuries. The only way you can say you’re a little bit unlucky is if you’re getting twisted ankles like Michael Carrick and Luke Shaw, they got ankle injuries and there is nothing you can do about that.“When you’re getting a lot of muscle injuries yourself and your staff have definitely got to look at your training and see if you’ve got to adjust to make sure you can get your best players out on the pitch.”last_img read more

Colchester allow Thompson to extend his Tranmere loan deal

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first_img1 Josh Thompson in action for Colchester Colchester have allowed Josh Thompson to extend his loan at Tranmere until January 24.The 23-year-old centre-back joined Tranmere in October and has made six appearances so far.And now the Birkenhead side have managed to persuade Colchester to let him stay until the end of this month.Thompson started his career at Stockport before Celtic paid £250,000 to land him back in 2009.He has since had spells at Rochdale, Peterborough, Chesterfield and Portsmouth before joining United permanently in November 2012.last_img

Kenya kicks off Olympics football dream

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first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars Under-23 and AFC Leopards winger Jaffary Owiti in action during training. PHOTO/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 14 – Kenya’s dream of a first ever appearance in the Olympics for the football team will begin on Wednesday evening when the Under-23 team takes on Mauritius in the first round of a long road to qualification for the 2020 showpiece in Tokyo, Japan.For a country that has ruled the games every four years especially on the athletics track, Kenya will be hoping to add one more medal prospect in a field that most do not associate it with, football. But, the path to picking a ticket to Tokyo is not a simple one.A three-round qualification process will pick out the best seven teams to join hosts Egypt for the Africa Under-23 Championship to be held in Cairo with the top three teams qualifying for Tokyo.Kenya begins the first round against Mauritius and a win from this stage will book them a ticket against the winner between the Sudan and Seychelles tie.A further win from the second round will book the Emerging Stars a third round ticket where they play the winner between Libya and Nigeria and a further victory at this stage will see the team qualify for the eight-team Under-23 Championship.Head coach Francis Kimanzi who has been working alongside senior team boss Sebastien Migne says the team is ready for kick off and adds they want to ensure they finish the job at home before the second leg on Sunday November 18.Harambee Stars Under-23 head coach Francis Kimanzi watches on during training. PHOTO/FKF“We have a very positive progress in training because we have a full squad fit and healthy and most importantly motivated and ready. This is a very important match and we cant underrate Mauritius because the dynamics in African football are very different now,” Kimanzi noted as he prepared the team for the tie.Kimanzi has boosted his squad with the arrival of two English born Kenyans, Jonah Ayunga and Henry Ochieng. Ochieng turns out for English national league side Braintree Town while Ayunga turns out for third tier side Sutton United.While Ayuinga has previously been called up to the team two years ago, Ochieng will be making his maiden cut and he hopes to catch not only Kimanzi’s eye, but Migne’s as well with next year’s African Cup of Nations now already a reality.“I am glad to join up with the rest of the squad and training was great. The intensity is really good and I like the level at which they are playing. The thing now is to work hard and try win a place in the team,” Ochieng who arrived in the country Monday morning said.Harambee Stars Under-23 defender Joseph ‘Crouch’ Okumu vies for the ball with teammate David Owino during training. PHOTO/FKFKimanzi says this will be an opportune time to test the players and see their ability with the Under-23 also seeing several new players called in.The squad features several foreign based players including Sweden based Ovellah Ochieng, defender Joseph ‘Crouch’ Okumu who plays in the USA as well as the England based duo.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Smugglers skirt penalties

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first_img“This is an example of a kid who knows the system,” the report says. “What is true is that he will probably never be prosecuted if he only smuggles only one or two bodies at a time.” The report also cites a Mexican citizen who was caught in Arizona and California driving with illegal immigrants and was released each time to Mexico. He was prosecuted the fourth time, when two illegal immigrants in his van died in a crash, and sentenced to five years in prison. U.S. Attorney Carol Lam in San Diego said about half her 110 attorneys work on border cases in an area where the Border Patrol made nearly 140,000 arrests last year. She said she gives highest priority to the most serious cases, including suspects with long histories of violent crime or offenders who endanger others’ lives. “We figure out how many cases our office can handle, start from the worst and work our way down,” she said. Lam said many suspected migrant smugglers are prosecuted instead for re-entering the country after being deported, a crime that can be proved with documents. Smuggling cases are more difficult to prosecute because they require witnesses to testify. The Border Patrol, which would neither confirm nor deny the document’s authenticity, said prosecutors in San Diego recently agreed to prosecute a Top 20 list of smugglers if they are caught. The Justice Department in Washington declined to comment. However, at a congressional hearing last month, Rep. Ric Keller, R-Fla., told Attorney General Alberto Gonzales that Lam’s record on migrant smuggling was “a pathetic failure.” Gonzales replied that he was urging U.S. attorneys to more actively enforce laws but noted that immigration cases were “a tremendous strain and burden” along the border. Peter Nunez, a former U.S. attorney in San Diego, said prosecutors along the border struggle with limited resources and a huge caseload of immigration cases. “This is not an indictment of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, because you have to deal with the realities of the caseload, but it is an indictment of how badly Congress and presidents have handled the immigration system,” he said. The report says immigrants in the area paid an average of $1,398 to be guided across the border in 2004. “Smugglers are making lots of money breaking the immigration laws, and there is not much incentive for them to stop these illegal activities,” it says. “The smugglers know that even if they are caught, it will be difficult to punish them.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe report raises doubts about the value of tightening security along the Mexican border. President Bush wants to hire 6,000 more Border Patrol agents and dispatch up to 6,000 National Guardsmen. He did not mention overburdened courts in his Oval Office address Monday on immigration. The report was provided to the AP by the office of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who has accused the chief federal prosecutor in San Diego of being lax on smuggling cases. Issa’s office said it was an internal Border Patrol report written last August. It was unclear who wrote it. The lack of prosecutions is “demoralizing the agents and making a joke out of our system of justice,” said T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, which represents agents. “It is certainly a weak link in our immigration-enforcement chain.” The 41-page report says federal prosecutors in San Diego typically prosecute smugglers who commit “dangerous/violent activity” or guide at least 12 illegal immigrants across the border. But other smugglers know they are only going to get “slapped on the wrist,” according to the report. The report cites a 19-year-old U.S. citizen caught three times in a two-week period in 2004 trying to sneak people from Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego in his car trunk, two at a time. SAN DIEGO – The vast majority of people caught smuggling immigrants across the border near San Diego are never prosecuted for the offense, demoralizing the Border Patrol agents making the arrests, according to an internal document obtained by The Associated Press. “It is very difficult to keep agents’ morale up when the laws they were told to uphold are being watered-down or not prosecuted,” the report says. The report offers a stark assessment of the situation at a Border Patrol station responsible for guarding 13 miles of mountainous border east of the city. Federal officials say it reflects a reality along the entire 2,000-mile border: Judges and federal attorneys are so swamped that only the most egregious smuggling cases are prosecuted. Only 6 percent of 289 suspected immigrant smugglers were prosecuted by the federal government for that offense in the year ending in September 2004, according to the report. Some were instead prosecuted for another crime. 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