The 25-year anniversary of the United Nations Convection on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC) was yesterday celebrated by children who took to the principal streets of Monrovia voicing their anger against what they termed as “frequent violence and injustices” meted against them.The children, under the banner of the “Joint Action Committee on Children,” a collection of child rights institutions, staged the memorial march remembering the late Alvin Moses, 4, and Reuben Paye, 7, who reportedly went missing on December 1, 2015, but were found dead the next day in the trunk of a black Toyota Avalon belonging to Henry O. Nandi, a Nigerian national. The incident took place in the VOA Community along the RIA/ELWA highway.The children took the protest to the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP), where they presented several recommendations to the police hierarchy.The group’s recommendations were read on their behalf by Abraham M. Keita, the 2015 International Child Peace Prize Winner, and called on the police to re-open the late children’s case, and subsequently send it to court.The protesting children recommended that the government constitute an independent team of human rights investigators to probe the case, including the causes of the children’s deaths and arrest suspect(s) for prosecution.They asked that the police make official the exact location and present conditions of Alvin’s and Reuben’s remains, with detailed explanation.The document also recommended an autopsy to be conducted on the bodies to determine what caused their deaths, and asked that Sam Collins, the police spokesman, apologize for his alleged utterance that the events surrounding the death of the kids were “entertaining.”Adopted on November 20, 1989, the UNCRC provides global standards to ensure the protection, survival, and development of all children without discrimination.Liberia, as a signatory, pledged to protect children from economic and sexual exploitation, violence and other forms of abuse and to advance the rights of children to education, healthcare, and a decent standard of living.However, Keita said with all the signatories to international protocols, violence is alive and well to the extent that mysterious deaths continue to reportedly occur in the country.Meanwhile, according to Keita, children in Liberia did not celebrate this year’s anniversary as doing so would mean that they were in favor of crimes perpetrated against children.“We have decided not to celebrate but rather mourn the deaths of our colleagues who are victims of violence and injustice,” he said.“We must never ignore the fact that children are silent victims of violence whose rights can be easily violated.” The disappearance of the kids resulted in mob violence where the properties of the accused, including the vehicle where the kids’ lifeless bodies were discovered, were vandalized.As a result of the violence and calls for action, police conducted an investigation, and deposited the boys’ bodies at the mortuary of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center.Later, police claimed that the kids died from suffocation or asphyxiation due to excessive heat in the trunk of the car in which they were reportedly playing. The police statement came without an autopsy report.According to Keita, scientific research has proven that suffocation leaves no physical or visible marks, or bruises on the outer layer of the skin – the epidermis – and does not cause bleeding through the nose, as in the case of the late Alvin and Reuben.“Our attention is drawn to the delay in justice, lack of autopsy report to substantiate the actual causes of the deaths and safe interment of the remains. Since December 2015 their bodies are still in the possession of the police – for which their parents are in dreamland wondering over the current state of their children’s corpses,” Keita said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
That’s the minor part. The most telling evidence is what lives within you. You’re in a hurry. There is no reason to rush. After all, this is laid-back California. Somewhere in your mind that subway door is closing. When I meet new people they never ask where I’m from. They know. You eat pizza in Redondo Beach and you can’t resist the favorite annoying remark of most New Yorkers: “It’s good but not as good as in New York.” It’s true. But how would you know if you are not from New York? There are thousands of Chinese restaurants in New York that are better than the best ones here. See, a New Yorker’s view. Again, it’s true. And then there are bagels. They look the same but they don’t taste the same. There is nothing like a New York bagel. They say it’s the water. It may be our collective imaginations. Broadway theater cannot be duplicated despite all the music centers, small Hollywood theaters and local theaters like we have in Redondo Beach. There is something missing. You can call it tradition, dedication or whatever you like. It’s different. Are you getting the point? New Yorkers remain New Yorkers. And then there is public transportation. There is no place in New York that you can’t go on public transportation. People can live their whole lives in Manhattan and never own a car. A New Yorker’s view of Los Angeles includes millions of people addicted to automobiles. I ride public transportation here as often as possible but I have friends who have never ridden on the MTA or a bus. And there is the periodic refresher course. Once or twice a year I go back to New York to make sure I haven’t lost my touch. The first thing I do when I land at JFK is get in a cab and argue with the driver about the route he is taking into Manhattan. Then I sit there grouching about the crummy condition of the cab. I over-tip the cabdriver and throw a five at the doorman who opens the door and says, “Hello.” This is true New York inflated economics. If I am in New York four days that include Wednesday and Saturday, I try to see six plays – four evenings and two matinees. Of course, I don’t pay full price. I stand in line with the “in” people looking for “two fers” as they say. The theaters send their leftover tickets to the line in the last few hours before curtain. Not all shows are available, but it’s New York. There are tons of good shows. With all this I can hear you saying, “Why doesn’t he go back?” I wouldn’t think of it. The summers are too steamy. The winters are too cold. Everything is too expensive. And it’s too crowded. There I go again being a typical New Yorker. We’ll tell you that it is the only place on Earth and then complain about everything. I’m staying in good ol’ Redondo Beach. Marvin Rosenfeld is a 41-year Redondo Beach resident and a semi-retired publisher. Do you have a story to tell? Submit your column to Lisa Martini, My Turn, Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit to 800 words and include your telephone number. We’ll pay $25 for each column we publish. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I’ve lived in California for 45 years and never regretted moving here. My first day in the state was the day I moved from New York City to West Covina to work on the space program. On that day I decided I would never leave. That was in spite of the fact that, like all New Yorkers, I believed everything west of 11th Avenue is a wilderness. After all this time in California I thought I’d be indistinguishable from anyone else. Not so. First of all, one sentence out of my mouth and some smug expert says, “Where in New York did you live?” If you listen to people when you are in New York, you find that my accent isn’t as bad as the natives’, but it is there. Maybe another 45 years and it will be gone.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But Zidbeck said “there was never information to lead us to believe they knew” the gem was at the store. Edwards and Watkins entered the store first, around opening time, and got the owners to open a safe before tying them up, Zidbeck said. Kirkwood allegedly came in later, the prosecutor said. One of the owners was “able to shimmy over and trigger a silent alarm,” and police had the store surrounded before the robbery was completed, Zidbeck said. The men stuffed the loose gems from the safe and the rings, necklaces and watches from the cases into two bags that were eventually recovered, Zidbeck said. Edwards and Kirkwood, who was allegedly holding one of the bags, were arrested as soon as they ran out a back door, Zidbeck said. SANTA ANA – Two men were convicted Tuesday of stealing $1.3 million worth of gems and jewelry from a Corona del Mar store, which had removed a 13.4-carat diamond from display four days before the heist. Dominic Edwards, 34, and Kenney Dwayne Watkins, 28, both of Los Angeles, were convicted of multiple counts stemming from the Oct. 27, 2004, robbery at Jewels by Joseph in the Corona del Mar Plaza shopping center. Trial is still pending for a third man, Herbert Nelson Kirkwood, 33, who is due in court for a pretrial hearing on June 16, said Deputy District Attorney Scott Zidbeck. Police speculated the men had been attracted to the store by news reports that the American Star, a diamond valued at $2.3 million and described as the “world’s largest, most perfectly cut diamond,” was displayed there. Watkins ran into an adjacent gelato store, pulled a gun and demanded the keys to a car from a store employee, but those inside the store ran outside, according to police reports. The store was surrounded by SWAT officers and Watkins later surrendered after injuring his leg while trying to escape via the attic to other businesses, police said. The other bag of jewelry was found in the gelato store, and some jewels were recovered from one of the defendant’s pockets, authorities said. “The victims said the retail loss was $1.3 million,” Zidbeck said. Some small diamonds may have spilled out from the bags, but “the vast, vast majority was recovered,” he said. Both Edwards and Watkins, who is believed to be a member of a Los Angeles street gang, face sentencing on July 28, after Orange County Superior Court Judge Patrick Donahue holds a separate hearing on whether prior convictions alleged by prosecutors are true, Zidbeck said. Depending on the judge’s findings, the two could face sentences ranging to 30 years or so for Watkins and 17 or 18 years for Edwards, Zidbeck said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Lagan Harps FC News:Our men’s team drew 2-2 with Convoy Arsenal on Sunday. Scorers were Mark Hunter and Chris Toner. They are joint top of the league with Gweedore Utd and we are home to Gweedore Utd this Sunday at 2.00pm. Our u/16’s continued their winning ways with a 1-0 win away to Ballybofey Utd. Jack Parke scored. Our u/14’s lost 5-1 after extra time to Fintown Harps in the League cup semi final. Enda Gallagher was the scorer. Our u/14’s beat Fintown Harps 2-1 in a dramatic league cup semi-final. Dean rodgers had put us ahead but with the game tied at 1-1, Jordan Mc Hugh headed home a winner in the final minutes. Our u/9 boys and girls side took part in the Mc Donalds finals in Abbottstown on Saturday. They played five games against teams from round the country winning three, drawing one and losing one. The kids played brilliantly on the day and their behaviour was excellent. Thanks to all who helped on the day. Thanks also to the organisers and all who attended our quiz in The Grianain hotel on Thursday night, which helped raise some badly needed funds. Congratulations and best wishes to the Manor Scouts who officially opened their new headqaurters on Saturday. Well done to Zoe Green on being selected on the Irish squad for the European qualifiers. Zoe has been an outstanding performer for the club over the past few years. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 4,8,9 and 14. Hugh Gorman, Kilmacrennan, had three numbers and won e50. Next weeks jackpot is now E5875.SOCCER NEWS: LATE WINNER FROM JORDAN MCHUGH SENDS LAGAN HARPS U14’S THROUGH TO CUP FINAL was last modified: October 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:soccerSport
BREAKING NEWS: Downings singer Shane McLaughlin is through to the last ten on The Voice of Ireland.The 31-year-old had battled glandular fever all week to give a gutsy rendition of ‘Valerie’.Kelly won straight through with the public and judges votes from Kian Egan’s team. That meant Shane needed to get a lifeline – relying on the overall public votes to see if he went through to next week.Kian Egan said Shane had “upped his game” and deserved to go through to the final ten.And Shane won the lifeline – to get through to next week on the TV show.Looks like Donegal had been voting! BRAVE SHANE GRABS LIFELINE TO MAKE FINAL TEN ON THE VOICE OF IRELAND was last modified: April 8th, 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:Downingsshane mclaughlinThe Voice of Ireland
DES MOINES, Iowa – A 53rd consecutive sellout crowd of 14,504 fans were treated to a great Saturday of track and field events at the final day of the 109th Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee.Nike’s Sandi Morris won her third-straight Drake Relays invitational women’s pole vault with a clearance of 16-0, becoming the first athlete in Drake Relays history to clear 16 feet in the women’s vault. In addition, Morris ranks No. 2 in the world in the event. Morris, the American record holder in the event, came close to setting a Drake Stadium and American record in the vault as she narrowly missed on clearing 16-5 ¼.In the elite men’s shot put, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser uncorked a throw of 72-2 ½ on his first attempt, the second best in the world this year. Current world leader Tom Walsh of New Zealand finished second and exceeded 70 feet on five of his six throws, ending with a best of 71-7 ¼.Another meet record fell in the men’s discus as Reggie Jagers broke the Drake Relays and Drake Stadium record in the invitational discus with a toss of 211-11. Jagers, a three-time All-American and a four-time MAC champion, topped 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist Mac Wilkins’ meet and stadium record of 211-0 set at the 1978 Drake Relays.On the track, Georganne Moline beat a star-studded field by running 54.86, a time that’s No. 4 in the world this year. Runner-up Dalilah Muhammad, the 2016 Olympic champion, also ran a strong, finishing in 55.08 to rank No. 7 in the world.In the men’s elite 400 hurdles, Jeffery Gibson, who holds the Bahamian national record, won in 49.09 to move into a tie for fifth on the world list while Michael Stigler took second in 49.24.Kendra Harrison won her third-straight Drake Relays elite 100 hurdles in a wind-aided time of 12.37 seconds, which would have been a Drake Relays record if the wind was under 2.0 meters per second. Harrison, the 2018 IAAF World Champion in the 60 hurdles, is the first hurdler to win three-straight invite events at Drake since Lolo Jones won four straight from 2005-08.Drake saw a trio of men break the 4-minute barrier in the invitational mile as Eric Avila won in 3:58.81, which ranks fourth in the world this year. Drew Hunter, an up and comer after an outstanding high school career in Virginia, was second in 3:58.83 and Brannon Kidder ran 3:59.80 to finish third. With those three performances, Relays fans now have seen 34 sub-4-minute miles, a feat first accomplished at Drake by Steve Scott in 1979.In the college events, the Purdue women won the Hy-Vee Cup after winning the 4×100, 4×200, sprint medley relay and the 4×400 relays on Saturday, becoming the first school to win those four events at the Drake Relays. The Boilermaker quartet of Chloe Abbott, Brionna Thomas, Symone Black, Jahneya Mitchell broke the Drake Relays record in the 4×400 with a time of 3:28.42.In addition, Purdue’s Savannah Roberson won the 100 hurdles, Justin Veteto won the men’s 110 hurdles and Janae Moffitt won the women’s high jump on Saturday following victories by Brionna Thomas in the women’s 200, Micaela Hazelwood in the women’s discus and Rahman Minor in the men’s high jump. Results (PDF) Iowa State’s Jhoanmy Luque became the first athlete to sweep the women’s long jump and triple jump in back-to-back years. Luque went 44-11, the best jump at the Drake Relays in 15 years, to add the triple jump title to the long jump crown she won on Friday. Cedar Rapids Prairie won both the boys’ 4×800 and shuttle hurdle relay and cross-town rival Cedar Rapids Jefferson won the boys’ sprint medley relay and the 4×100. Results (TXT) Ohio State also had a successful Saturday at the Blue Oval, winning the men’s 4×100 while Zack Bazile won the long jump, becoming the first Buckeye to win the long jump at Drake since Jesse Owens did so in 1935. Freshman Anavia Battle won the 100 and sophomore Annie Ubbing won the women’s 800 meters. Results (HTML) Quotes Photos – Morning Notes Photos – Afternoon At the high school level, Linn-Mar’s Payton Wensel broke 10-year-old meet record when she won the girls 400 hurdles in 1:00.25. That’s No. 2 on the state’s all-time list and No. 6 in the country this year. Wensel returned to the track later in the day to help Linn-Mar win the 4×100 in 48.18. Wensel’s big meet also included a second-place finish in the 800 and a great leg on Linn-Mar’s Drake Relays sprint medley relay on Friday. Iowa won its second-straight Hy-Vee Cup on the men’s side as the Hawkeyes closed out the Drake Relays with a win in the 4×400 relay after finishing runner-up to in-state rival Iowa State in the sprint medley relay. Iowa City West’s Austin West ran the fastest 400 hurdles time in the country this year for his school’s first Drake Relays title in the event. West finished in 51.96, which is No. 9 on the state’s all-time list and just off the Relays record of 51.94 set 24 years ago. Story Links Crestwood’s Ellie Friesen completed a Drake Relays double by winning the 1500 in 4:31.11 after winning the 3000 on Thursday night. Central Lyon’s Gable Sieperda repeated Friesen’s feat in the boys division, taking home the 1600 title in 4:15.68.A total of 38,178 fans streamed through the Drake Stadium gates for the 109th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. 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Uganda will play two AFCON 2021 qualification games in November 2019. (PHOTO/File)AFCON 2020 qualifiersNovember 13th: Burkina Faso vs Uganda – OuagadougouNovember 17th: Uganda vs Malawi – KampalaMENGO – The Uganda football national team-the Cranes’ head coach Jonathan McKinstry has summoned a total of 25 players for the AFCON 2020 qualifying fixtures in November 2019.Uganda is slated to take on Burkina Faso on the 13th of November before hosting Malawi four days later at Mandela National Stadium.The summoned team was confirmed during a press conference held at FUFA House in Mengo on Wednesday, October 30.The squad features 5 local-based players, three from KCCA FC and two from Vipers SC.KCCA FC will be represented by goalkeeper and captain Charles Lukwago, midfielder Nicholas Kasozi and forward Allan Okello.The two from Vipers SC are unsurprisingly captain-Halid Lwaliwa and current Uganda Premier League (UPL) top scorer Fahad Bayo.Nineteen (19) players have been retained from the squad of 23 that featured at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt where Uganda was eliminated at the round of 16.Having missed the above-mentioned tournament due to injury, Swedish based forward Alexis Bbakka returns to the fold as one of the four forwards.Uganda’s preparations will be boosted with the fact that they will travel via a chartered plane to Ouagadougou and return in time to prepare for the game against Malawi at Namboole.Relatedly, it has been revealed that Abdallah Mubiru will be McKinstry’s assistant coach.The Police FC head coach has been in charge of the National team on interim basis, ever since Sebastien Desabre left.The others on the Cranes technical team will be Livingstone Mbabazi who will work as the second assistant to McKinstry and Fred Kajoba who will be tasked with the goalkeepers’ coaching role.The squad of 25 that was named on Tuesday morningGoalkeepersDennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Odongkara (Horoya AC, Guinea), Charles Lukwago (KCCA, Uganda).DefendersRonald Mukiibi (Ostersunds FK, Sweden), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Murushid Jjuuko (Wydad Casablanca, Morocco), Timothy Denis Awany (Sport Club Ironi Ashdod, Israel), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Isaac Muleme (Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, Democratic Republic of Congo).MidfieldersMichael Azira (Chicago Fire, USA), Khalid Aucho (Misr Lel Makasa, Egypt), Tadeo Lwanga (Tanta, Egypt), Nicholas Kasozi (KCCA, Uganda), Allan Okello (KCCA, Uganda), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Farouk Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey), Abdu Lumala (Pyramids, Egypt), William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karaganda, Kazahstan).ForwardsEmmanuel Arnold Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Patrick Henry Kaddu (RS Berkane, Morocco), Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United BK, Sweden), Fahad Bayo (Vipers, Uganda).Comments Tags: AFCON 2021 Qualifiersallan okellocharles lukwagoFahad BayoFUFA HouseHalid lwaliwaJonathan McKinstrynicholas kasoziUganda Cranes
[vemba-video id=”van/ns-acc/2019/10/15/IN-92TU_CNNA-ST1-10000000056ff4e2″]Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.LOS ANGELES — Speaking with the media for the first time since Rockets general manager Daryl Morey sent a since-deleted tweet supporting protests in Hong Kong, Lakers forward LeBron James made it clear he thought Morey’s actions were reckless.“I believe he was either misinformed or not educated on the situation,” James said in a rare press …
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A day after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reiterated his demand for grant of special status to Bihar, Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav claimed that it was merely a pressure tactic to bargain with alliance partner BJP. He said Mr. Kumar was now looking for an opportune moment to “betray the BJP”.“By demanding special status for Bihar, Nitish Kumar is playing pressure tactics to bargain politically with the BJP, but the people of the State are aware that he is looking for an opportune moment to betray the BJP and change sides again. In fact, Nitish Kumar is looking for a chance to walk away from the BJP-led NDA,” Mr. Yadav told journalists in Patna.Taking potshots at Mr. Kumar, he said, “It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had promised special status for Bihar and not the 15th Finance Commission to which Nitish Kumar has written a note.”On Tuesday, Mr. Kumar had reiterated his demand for special status and asked the 15th Finance Commission to locate resource gaps and support backward States like Bihar that were trying to catch up with the developed States. Chandrababu exampleCiting the example of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Mr. Yadav said that Mr. Kumar should learn from him. “Are Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi asking for special status from Donald Trump? Are you afraid of asking PM Modiji? Nitish chacha (uncle), you should grow a spine like Chandrababu Naidu. We’re asking for Bihar’s right and not charity,” he said.Earlier this month, the JD(U) had expressed displeasure at the Centre’s attitude towards Bihar and accused it of doing injustice to the State. In March, Mr. Kumar had said he had not given up the demand for special status “even for a second” since he first raised the issue in 2005. JD(U) MP and a close friend of Mr. Kumar, R.C.P. Singh, said: “Demanding special State category for Bihar has been our right and not a battle between the Centre and the State.”Meanwhile, RJD leaders have slammed the JD(U) for raking up the issue of special category status from time to time. “They keep raising this issue for political gain and bargain. Now, they have raised the issue to exert pressure on the BJP to bargain for more seats in the upcoming parliamentary polls,” said RJD MLA and party spokesperson Bhai Birendra.