Senate Ratifies 14 ECOWAS Conventions

first_imgThe Senate has ratified through concurrence with the House of Representatives 14 ECOWAS Conventions or Protocols signed by the Government of Liberia. The articles were submitted to the Legislature by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last August. Protocols ratified included the one establishing an ECOWAS Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau, which was formulated against the backdrop of various forms of crimes across West Africa and their effects on the socioeconomic development of countries in the sub-region. According to the document, CIIB as a specialized institution of ECOWAS is tasked with preventing and combating crimes across the sub-region, with the main objective of enhancing effectiveness and cooperation of competent authorities in member states to prevent and combat transnational crimes and other related offenses. Also ratified is the protocol to fight against corruption, which aims to promote and strengthen the development in each state effective mechanisms to prevent, suppress and eradicate corruption. The protocol seeks to intensify and revitalize cooperation among states with a view to making anti-corruption measures more effective and promoting harmony and coordination of national anti-corruption laws and policies.The now recessed Senate also ratified the Democracy and Governance Supplementary to the protocol relating to the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peace Keeping and Security. It seeks to supplement the protocol relating to the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peace Keeping and Security signed in Lome, Togo on December 10, 2001. The supplementary protocol contains new provisions that address issues relating to the prevention of internal crises, democracy and good governance, the rule of law and human rights. The lawmakers on the eve of their four-month break also concurred with the House of Representatives on an agreement on the cooperation in criminal matters between the police of member states of ECOWAS. This agreement came against the backdrop of the increase in crime and the need to put in place stringent measures to address “this serious mayhem which constitutes a serious threat to the security, peace and stability of countries in the region,” the release indicated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arellano starts ‘four-peat’ quest; Perpetual tests Benilde

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption LATEST STORIES Denied of the triple crown last year by the Lady Chiefs, the Lady Altas will have the bigger ax to grind against the defending champions.Perpetual coach Macky Cariño said their opening-day match against St. Benilde will be a gauge for their readiness this season, where the Altas will be without Cindy Imbo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Lady Blazers, the only team to break the Lady Chiefs’ dominance the past five seasons, are coming from a fourth-place finish in the recent Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference and also hope to stop Arellano by making their own bid for the NCAA crown.An intact Arellano will begin its campaign against Lyceum right after the opening ceremony. Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas Last year’s runner-up Perpetual and former champion St. Benilde have a shared mission when they start their campaign on Friday in the 95th NCAA women’s volleyball at Filoil Flying V Centre.Stop Arellano’s bid for a fourth straight crown.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ In the men’s division, Perpetual opens its quest for a third straight crown against St. Benilde at 3:30 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Manila hosts BP for first time US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high View commentslast_img read more

Colin Murray and Friends – Friday, May 20

first_imgThis week’s Colin Murray podcast includes England’s Euro 2016 provisional squad announcement and an FA Cup final preview.We bring you the reaction to John Terry’s new Chelsea contract, Liverpool’s Europa League final defeat and MUCH MORE!Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTuneslast_img

Women’s Euro 2017: Lionesses beat Portugal to set up last-eight tie with France

first_imgToni Duggan and Nikita Parris struck early in each half as England made it three wins from three at the Women’s European Championship to set up a blockbuster quarter-final against France.On Sunday, England will be looking to end a winless run against France that dates back to 1974.This 2-1 victory over Portugal in Tilburg ensured the good work in the matches against Scotland and Spain did not go to waste as England sealed top spot in Group D.And although it was far from a persuasive England performance, the fringe players brought in by manager Mark Sampson brought home the three points.Duggan chipped in to punish a goalkeeping blunder, and Parris fired home in the 48th minute to restore England’s lead after Portugal had become the first team to score against the Lionesses at this tournament.It made Sampson’s team the first senior England side, male or female, to take maximum points in the group stage of a European Championship finals.But the watching France coach Olivier Echouafni would have learned little ahead of Sunday’s big match, which will be played in Deventer.Sampson made 10 changes, with only Millie Bright surviving from the starting line-ups that impressively saw off Scotland and Spain.Laura Bassett, the defender whose own goal against Japan in the 2015 World Cup semi-finals ended their title hopes in that tournament, captained the side.In came three players each with over 100 caps, in right-back Alex Scott and midfielders Fara Williams and Karen Carney, while Duggan reached a half-century of England appearances.And Duggan was gifted England’s seventh-minute opener by a howler from goalkeeper Patricia Morais, who slashed a kick out straight at the England striker. Duggan was rapped on the legs by the ball but confidently brought it under control and fired in from 25 yards for her second goal of the tournament, and 17th of her career for England.But they were surprisingly caught out by Portugal in the 17th minute when ponderous defending allowed Carolina Mendes to tap in an equaliser from Diana Silva’s low cross.And Mendes might have had a second moments later but squandered a headed opportunity.England went flat through to the break, worryingly so for Sampson. Of those promoted to the starting XI, there was nobody obviously staking a claim to stay there for the quarter-finals, perhaps with the exception of Duggan.But England restored their lead in the third minute of the second half.Parris collected a flicked ball forward by her Manchester City club-mate Izzy Christiansen and showed persistence in fending off surrounding defenders before jabbing a low finish past Morais.Bright made way for England’s regular vice-captain Jordan Nobbs just before the hour, and the midfielder fizzed a shot just off target as she looked to make an immediate impact.The vim in Portugal’s game from the first half had gone away, and the equaliser that would have seen them accompany England through to the last eight never looked like coming.England will fancy it against France on Sunday, given their own results and soaring confidence, plus the fact Les Bleues only just scraped through in second place from Group C.The big guns, led by captain Steph Houghton and hot-shot striker Jodie Taylor, will be back for that one. England will be looking to end a winless run against France that dates back to 1974 1last_img read more

Woman killed in car collision

first_imgLAKE HUGHES – A 77-year-old Lancaster woman died and two other people were injured in a head-on collision Tuesday night on Three Points Road. The woman’s name was not immediately released, but coroner’s officials later confirmed her identity. According to California Highway Patrol Officer John Lutz, the woman was a passenger in a Toyota pickup driven by Merlin Pinnell, 53, of Lancaster. Pinnell was southbound on Three Points Road near Pine Canyon Road when a Ford Mustang driven by 17-year-old Lancaster resident David Arteaga traveling north crossed the center divider and hit the truck head-on. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lutz said it was not known why the car swerved in front of the truck. Both Pinnel and Arteaga were injured. The woman was wearing a seat belt and was not ejected. She was pronounced dead at the scene. (661) 257-5252last_img read more

Jackson County Inmate Roster – 10-31-16

first_imgInmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. Booking Date:10-30-2016 – 7:08 pm Booking #:95770 View Profile >>> Gebhart, Lara S Loper, Francis K Booking #:95765 Charges:35-48-4-11 Possession Marijuana/Hashish35-48-4-3.3 Poss of Para , non prior Lane, Lara M Booking #:95764 Bond:$355 View Profile >>> Charges:35-43-5-2 Forgery35-44-3-3 Resisting Officer35-44.1-2-4 False Identify Statement9-30-10-17 Driving/Forfeiture after life Booking #:95768 Charges:35-43-4-2 A Theft Booking #:95768 Booking #:95763 Bond:$705 Charges:9-24-19-2 DWS- Prior Unrelated Violation View Profile >>> Release Date:10-30-2016 – 9:33 pm Booking Date:10-30-2016 – 9:18 pm Booking #:95769 Booking Date:10-30-2016 – 11:43 am Truman, Ronald W Booking #:95766 View Profile >>> Royal, Byron J View Profile >>> Booking Date:10-30-2016 – 6:38 pm Booking Date:10-30-2016 – 5:24 pm Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours. Charges:9-24-18-1 Never Receiving Driver License Mathews, Jeffery R Charges:35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth35-48-4-8.3 Possession of Paraphernalia Royal, Byron J Booking #:95767 Booking Date:10-30-2016 – 12:19 pm Charges:16-42-19-18 Poss of Syringe9-30-10-16 Habit Traffic Violater Ortega-Meja, Jessica L Booking #:95763 Release Date:10-30-2016 – 12:18 pm View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Charges:35-43-4-2 A Theft35-44.1-3-1(b1) Resist LE w/dw w/veh w/risk Bond:$705 Ortega-Meja, Jessica L Charges:9-24-19-2 DWS- Prior Unrelated Violation Booking Date:10-30-2016 – 11:43 am Booking Date:10-30-2016 – 5:55 am Booking Date:10-30-2016 – 5:15 pm Austin, Derek A Bond:$705 Charges:9-24-18-1 Never Receiving Driver License Release Date:10-30-2016 – 9:33 pm View Profile >>> Booking Date:10-30-2016 – 7:08 pm Booking #:95762 Bond:$705 View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Charges:35-43-4-2 A Theft Release Date:10-30-2016 – 12:18 pm Bond:$355 Couch, Carl B Booking Date:10-30-2016 – 9:15 pm View Profile >>>last_img read more

Two Men Shot, One Dead on Salem Bypass

first_imgPolice and Washington County EMS were dispatched to the scene. Officers from the Salem City Police along with deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to the location. When police arrived they discovered two black male subjects on the side of the roadway that had been shot.There was no vehicle at the scene.According to SPD Officer Russell Wilcoxson, one of the victims had been shot nine times in the torso and the leg. The other man had been shot in the back of the head. “They stated they were from Louisville and they were lost and didn’t know where they were at,” said Wilcoxson. “They wouldn’t tell us names or a description of the vehicle they were in.”It is not known if both men were shot with the same gun or with different caliber handguns. Wilcoxson did say the other two men in the vehicle were also reportedly from Louisville.Wilcoxson said “the victims stated that they came up here and the two guys driving the car kicked them out…once they kicked them out, and they were on the side of the road, they started shooting them and then took off.”The victim with multiple gunshots was taken to St. Vincent Salem Hospital. He passed away in the Emergency Room.The other subject was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY by air ambulance with life threatening injuries.Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators along with Indiana State Police Detectives processed the crime scene and know that at least one shooter left the crime scene.The western portion of the bypass between State Road 60 and State Road 135 was closed to traffic for approx. two hours. There are no suspects.“We have officers searching the area right now,” said Wilcoxson. “We’re checking local businesses and stores to obtain camera footage so we can obtain a vehicle description.”Detectives are asking if anyone was on the Salem Bypass between State Road 60 and State Road 135 from 9:15 pm to 9:30 pm Wednesday evening and saw any vehicles or people stopped along the roadside, to contact the Indiana State Police Post at 1-800-872-6743 or 812-246-5424. Callers can remain anonymous.No further information will be released until an autopsy is performed on the deceased at the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, KY.The name of the victim transported by air ambulance to the University of Louisville Hospital is not being released due to lack of a positive identification. Two men from Louisville were shot Wednesday night on the Salem Bypass and one has died as a result of gunshot wounds. Those involved are not believed to still be in the area and police do not think the general public’s safety is at risk.No motive has been given for the shooting and it is unclear whether the victims knew each other. Salem Police Officer Russell Wilcoxson stood watch to keep the Salem Bypass closed to the public between State Road 60 and State Road 135 late Wednesday. Washington County Highway Department trucks were also used to barricade the road at both ends.At approximately 9:26 pm Wednesday evening, a 911 call came into the Washington County 911 center of two men injured on the side of the road on the Salem Bypass just west of State Road 60.last_img read more

Hopeville: a journey of restoration

first_img7 September 2010 New South African film Hopeville spreads the message that even one person, when they have the courage to take action, can make a big difference in many lives. Shot in Waterval Boven in Mpumalanga province and featuring a stellar cast of local actors, Hopeville is directed by John Trengrove and produced by Curious Pictures, with music by producer/composer Murray Anderson. The film opened at 13 Nu Metro and 20 Ster-Kinekor theatres countrywide, as well as a handful of independent cinemas, on 3 September. Free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. A new start Amos, a reformed alcoholic, is a man looking for a new start. When he arrives in the fictional town of Hopeville with his estranged son, who has been put into the custody of his father after his mother dies unexpectedly, he faces a tough battle with corrupt officials and an apathetic community. As part of his custody agreement, Amos has promised to encourage his son’s promising swimming career, but the pool in Hopeville contains only garbage and stagnant puddles of water. Amos decides to clean it up for his son’s sake, and the project soon captures the attention and goodwill of the community, who begin to pitch in. The mayor, however, is not pleased because he and his cronies have decided to build a liquor store on the land, and Amos faces fierce resistance, intimidation and threats. He is going to need all his courage, and the support of the residents, if he is to complete the restoration of the pool. A restrained, dignified performance by lead actor Themba Ndaba (Generations) as Amos contrasts with the over-the-top bad guy portrayals of local comedian Desmond Dube (Hotel Rwanda) as the corrupt mayor, and audience favourite Fana Makoena (Generations) as his shady sidekick. “Amos’s journey will touch a lot of people, as we see somebody trying to put things right,” said Ndaba. Others in the cast include Terry Pheto of Oscar-winning Tsotsi fame, Nat Singo (Beat the Drum) as Amos’s son Themba, Jonathan Pienaar (The Lab), and the ever-popular Leleti Khumalo (Invictus, Cry, the Beloved Country). Hopeville tackles contemporary issues of great relevance to South Africans, such as service delivery, social and moral values, crime and corruption, and the relationships of family and friends.Television spin-off Hopeville was inspired by the 2009 television series of the same name, also produced by Curious Pictures. The series producers considered more than 70 locations before settling on the scenic town of Waterval Boven, sitting on the very edge of the escarpment between the high- and low-lying areas of Mpumalanga. The town is popular for fly-fishing, rock-climbing and hiking, and features a number of historical and national monument sites dating back to the days of the Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansch Spoorweg-Maatschappij, which operated in the late 19th century. The film’s cast is largely the same as that of the series, as is the story. NGO Heartlines, in partnership with SABC Education, commissioned the series as part of its work of using television and film to help South Africans strive towards the values of humility, compassion, responsibility, perseverance, and other positive goals, in their lives. The six-episode series aired for the first time in March 2009, and was re-broadcast in September that year. Recently it was nominated for competition in the Rose d’Or, a prestigious international festival featuring the best in entertainment television. The competition takes place every year in Lucerne, Switzerland. Hopeville is one of 110 shows which made it through to the competition round, out of 515 entries submitted. It will compete in the Drama and Mini-series category. Previous winners of the top prize, the Golden Rose, include The Muppet Show (1977), Mr Bean (1990), Little Britain (2005) and The Eternity Man (2009). “What I love about Heartlines’ work is that they allow us to talk about social issues, which opens up dialogues between different people,” said Jonathan Pienaar, who plays Fred Palmer in the series and film. Beautifully filmed and deftly acted, Hopeville will leave audiences inspired to imitate Amos’s actions and do some good in their communities, even if it is something small, without waiting for someone else to step in. First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. MediaClubSouthAfricalast_img read more

What New Technology is Coming?

first_imgWe’re here to put a dent in the universe.  Otherwise, why else even be here? ~ Steve JobsWith the 2018 HR Technology Conference upon us, all my friends are abuzz…… !What new technology is coming?What’s developing in the AI, Bot and Big Data spaces?What are the new buzzwords?Are the old vanguards still relevant?At HR Tech, exhibitors, entrepreneurs, program managers, bloggers and end users all meet up to find systems to make work better.Having been in the Human Capital Management (HCM) space for over a decade, I see technology from deep in the trenches every day. There are no trends or fancy buzzwords…. just a lot of Human Beings doing really great work across the world.System evolution is always exciting, new bells a whistles are fun, but what really works?Every day we enter the workplace face-to-face with business problems. Our duty is to solve them.In the HCM space there are two distinct paradigms we face every day:How can we engage users in system adoption?What carrots are most compelling at sticks end?Behavioral ModelingLet’s disregard employee engagement and employee experience and performance management and SCARF and holacracy for a moment to answer two very simple questions:What do you want your employees to do?How can you help them do it?Your Employee Value Proposition (EVP) should contain:Work ContentCompensation & BenefitsPersonal GoalsOrganizational GoalsGrowth OpportunityRewards & RecognitionIn order to holistically address the above, we have to focus on 3 areas of application:1. What intrinsic motivators are the life blood of Employee Purpose?2. What dynamics must be inventoried to apply organizational strategy?3. How do we program mechanics to achieve our goals?Engagement Ecosystem Now, let’s apply it…..Two elements of technology are most important when seeking to amplify program adoption:1. Consolidation2. IntegrationEmployee Engagement is not a matter of the ends justifying the means. The process of getting over the rainbow is most important.ALL of the by-ways of your EVP have to be systemic and easy to access.Employees should have the autonomy to select the areas of your EVP that are most important to them, to participate accordingly and to have a weighted motivational scale to help them achieve success.Learning, leadership development, ideation, teamwork, core-value participation and soft skill development are all key components in the challenge of helping your employees become the greatest version of themselves.Whether you are in the exhibitor hall, attending keynotes or finding new engagement avenues in break out sessions at HR Tech; keep the above mentioned in mind.There may not be one all-encompassing technology to assist in every employee adventure but everything should tie into a synchronized workforce vision.Technology doesn’t work without a sensible strategy, ease of administration and an ultimate intent to make everyone better while avoiding unnecessary minutia.Don’t Forget to Remember!Originally published on Dave’s Weekly Thought blog.last_img read more

Altiris and Remote Configuration – ManageFusion lab

first_imgIf you are planning to be at the Symantec\Altiris ManageFusion event in Las Vegas this year (April 8-10), be sure to sign up for the vPro labs. On Tuesday afternoon there will be an operations focused lab. On Wednesday afternoon there will be an Enterprise Provisioning using Remote Configuration.On the enterprise provisioning side, there are mainly three items to keep in mind


  • Authenticate the Intel vPro firmware to the provisioning servicen
  • Obtain the Configuration parameters – provision profile, Active Directory OU, etcn
  • Map the Clients FQDN and UUIDn

The enterprise provisioning lab will discussion and step through each.last_img