President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has written the Liberian Senate, nominating her son Charles Sirleaf as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), for his “second and last term.” Mr. Sirleaf was appointed Interim Governor of CBL in 2016 after the resignation of Governor J. Mills Jones, who had completed his term as Governor and needed to do so to enable him to contest for the presidency in the upcoming elections. In her letter read before the Senate plenary during its 15th day sitting yesterday, President Sirleaf informed the lawmakers that: “The Executive Committee of the Central Bank of Liberia has written me on behalf of the Board of Governors to request the reappointment of Mr. Charles Sirleaf as Deputy Governor for Operations.”In keeping with that request, the president’s letter concluded: “I hereby nominate Mr. Charles Sirleaf for consideration of the Honorable Senate for the position of Deputy Governor for Operations of the Central Bank of Liberia. This would be Mr. Sirleaf’s second and last term.” Mr. Sirleaf is an experienced banker, who joined the National Housing and Savings Bank in 1993 as vice-president and became president of the bank in 1998. Before that he worked in Namibia for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).Sirleaf joined the CBL in January 2004 and served in various departments, including banking and finance. He was later named Deputy Governor for Operations. However, August 2012, Charles Sirleaf along with 45 other government officials were suspended on orders of President Sirleaf for failure to declare their assets to the Anti-Corruption Commission. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe packages will include items such as stocking caps, socks, scarves and gloves for cold weather, as well as deodorant, foot powders, baby wipes and lip balm for harsh conditions, and many other items to comfort soldiers far from home. These include everything from magazines and DVDs to batteries, phone cards and travel-size board games. Non perishable food items are also requested. The items are usually small and inexpensive, and can be donated individually. While lip balm won’t save a soldier’s life, it can provide an American comfort hard to find in a Baghdad market. Sylvya Rodriguez, who teaches language arts at Rivera Middle School, said the drive was inspired in part by her former student, Santos Gonzales. Gonzales, now 19, will be leaving soon for his third tour of duty in Iraq, this time in Baghdad. Rodriguez said she hears often from him how any item from America is a prized possession. “He talked about how they really look forward to getting correspondence from home, packages and everything because they’re so lonely,” Rodriguez said. According to Rodriguez, donations are already pouring in, partially because of a friendly competition between sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade classes. The groups compete for points to be named Class of the Year. Teachers are also giving extra credit for exemplary participation, Rodriguez said, in an effort to bring students together over the cause. “For us here, everyone at school, it’s a sense of community,” Rodriguez said. Associated Student Body President Christopher Aguila, 13, said he expects DVDs will be the hardest item to collect for soldiers because of the cost. Christopher encouraged the community to help, however they can. “They can donate food or anything they can get their hands on,” Christopher said. Alexandra said any participation can show caring for soldiers. “Help out, because you never know,” Alexandra said. “They’re part of our community and they’re (looking) out for us, so we should help them.” Rodriguez said her classes are eager to help with the project, sending notes if they cannot bring in supplies. “They’re all writing letters to soldiers,” Rodriguez said. “Some of them have asked for more time and if they can write more than one letter.” For information on how to donate or to drop off supplies, call Esther Celiz at (562) 801-5088 or go to the school office, at 7200 Citronell Ave., between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If soldiers from Pico Rivera can’t be home for the holidays, youngsters at Pico Rivera Middle School will send a little piece of home to them. A few students and teachers are heading an effort to ship 100 gift packages to Iraq, care of a few local soldiers who will hand out the items to their friends. “It’s just to give them a gift for Christmas,” seventh-grader Alexandra Martinez said. “I thought it was a great idea because in a way, it’s like saying thanks to them.” Alexandra, 12, is vice president of the Associated Student Body. She said the goal of the project is to help soldiers while uniting the whole school behind a cause.
Coming Out: Young Donegal man Ayrton Kelly begins his column series with DonegalDaily.com giving an insight into his journey in the LGBTI+ community and life in Donegal.Ayrton (20) from Letterkenny came out as gay in 2016 during his final year at St. Eunan’s College. He is now studying Business and French in UCD and has a keen interest in equality and social justice. Ireland has come a long way in the acceptance of LGBTI+ people, says Ayrton, but there are still times when he has felt different from his peers. In this ‘Coming Out’ series of columns for Donegal Daily, Ayrton will be giving an insight into life as a young gay person in a small town and will look at what the future holds for rural communities. Ayrton Kellyby Ayrton KellyDuring the week running up to Dublin Pride and the launch of the National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy, I wrote a piece for the Journal.ie on growing up gay in Donegal and the difference the strategy would make to the young people of Donegal. But when I was asked to write a piece for Donegal Daily about the same thing, I was a lot more hesitant. I worried that bringing attention to myself at a concentrated local level would mean my work colleagues could look at me differently; I might get stares in the gym or walking around town or that it might even leave me more liable for a beating walking on Main Street after a night out. In truth, these are irrational fears and worries. The probability of such things happening is slim – but not impossible. Ireland has come a long, long way in the past few decades when it comes to human rights, equality and justice but this does not mean that Ireland is exempt of any injustice, bigotry, homophobia, transphobia or racism. I was recently told ‘but LGBTI+ people have all the same rights as everyone else’. This is true but legislation does not change attitudes, or at least it doesn’t overnight. On Saturday, I went out to Voodoo for the first time since Christmas and while I was met with support from 99% of the people there around the Journal article, it just took one experience to dampen the entire night and make me put Emergency SOS on, on my phone, just in case. If you’re young and LGBTI+, you always have to look over your shoulder and mitigate any risks. In the words of Rory O’Neill (a.k.a. Panti Bliss), that felt like oppression.I love Donegal and it’s not my intention to put it down but being LGBTI+ and expressing your sexuality, gender and sexual orientation in urban areas like the Greater Dublin Area is vastly different to expressing yourself in rural areas in Ireland like Donegal, Offaly, Wexford, Kerry, etc.Many years ago, when I was a baby gay, the extent of visibility of the LGBT community in my life was Daffyd Thomas in Little Britain, my older sister’s one gay friend and Boy George. Transgender people were only ever described negatively with words like tranny, transvestite and so on (point of information: transvestite is not the same as transgender). The impact of this is thinking of yourself as inherently different, abnormal and an embarrassment. I went through primary school knowing I was different, but was unable to identify what that difference was until secondary school where I remained in the closet until sixth year. I now know that I am ‘normal’, valued and important. To paraphrase Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice resonates with me from my Junior Cert English days): [LGBTI+ people] have hands, bodily organs, a human shape, five senses, feelings, and passions. We eat the same food, get hurt with the same weapons, get sick with the same diseases, get healed by the same medicine, and warm up in summer and cool off in winter just like a [straight cisgender person]. If you prick us with a pin, don’t we bleed? If you tickle us, don’t we laugh? If you poison us, don’t we die?Check back next week for more from Ayrton, as he shares his own ‘Coming Out’ story.Ayrton Kelly is 20 years old and from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. He is studying Business and French in UCD and before that attended St Eunan’s College. By working with Donegal Youth Service, UCD Students’ Union, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, BeLonG To and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has become interested in equality and Social Justice. Most recently, he was on the Youth Advisory Group and Oversight Committee for the National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy. BreakOut is a project for young LGBTI people, LGBTI Allies and young people that believe in social justice aged 12-30, and is operated by Donegal Youth Service. Currently there are groups meeting up regularly in Letterkenny, Ballybofey, Glenties and Moville offering information, training, one-to-one support and guaranteed craic. If you would like to come along and see what BreakOut is all about contact Sinead Murray on 074 91 29630/086 124 7968, pop in to 16-18 Port Road, or find BreakOut on Facebook.Coming Out: Growing up Gay in Donegal was last modified: July 12th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Ayrton Kellycoming outLGBTI
A competitor in this year’s Donegal Rally who was tipped as a rising star of the sport has died in a car crash.Patrick Kiernan from Bailieborough in Cavan, died instantly when his car was involved in a two-vehicle crash in Stradone. A spokesman for Patrick’s club, Cavan Rally Club, Ruaidhri Nash, recalled what a likeable person talented driver the 23-year-old was. He said: “He was full of life. He was a very nice person and was well know on the rally scene.“He was an absolute gentleman and he was wise beyond his years. He always took the time to talk to you whether he was in the car or out of it, regardless of what he had going on.”A spokesman for the Donegal International Rally described Patrick as “a true gentleman.”Paddy was known all over the country for his success in the class 10 escort and more recently in his class 13 car which brought him as much success with an overall win in the Galway International earlier this year along with a class win in Cavan in May. DONEGAL RALLY STAR KILLED IN ROAD CRASH was last modified: July 30th, 2013 by John2Share 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:DONEGAL RALLY STAR KILLED IN ROAD CRASH
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I’m asking all of our residents to jump in and make a difference,” Ledford said. In their opening remarks, Lackey and Knight both said their fathers inspired their interest in public office. Lackey’s father, Bob, was a school board member in Boron for 16 years, and Knight’s father, Pete, served as Palmdale mayor and later as an assemblyman and state senator. Knight said he believed his deceased father was looking down on the evening’s proceedings. “He’s probably getting a real kick out of this,” Knight said. Lackey and Knight both said residents can expect them to vote on what they believe is right for the city. PALMDALE – Tom Lackey and Steve Knight were sworn in as Palmdale’s newest council members during a meeting that included goodbyes to the men they were replacing and a vote to switch meeting nights back to Wednesday. In a special meeting Monday night, Lackey and Knight started their four-year terms as councilmen. Jim Ledford was sworn in for his eighth two-year term as the city’s mayor. “The big challenge will be public safety,” Ledford said. “I guarantee you this council will be focused on this issue.” Ledford noted the difficulty the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is having in hiring deputies to fill vacant positions and said it will take public involvement to address the crime issue. “You will see a genuine person here who will vote his conscience,” Lackey said. In its first action, the reorganized council voted unanimously to change meeting nights back to Wednesday. The change, which requires a second vote by the council at its Dec. 12 meeting, would take effect in January – with the first Wednesday meeting Jan. 11. “This gives us more than a day to get back to staff to get answers,” said Councilman Steve Hofbauer. “It serves the public to allow us time to absorb this material.” The council had changed its meeting day from Wednesday to Monday in 2004 to accommodate Richard Loa, who was appointed to a position in the Schwarzenegger administration. The meeting also served as the farewell ceremony for Councilmen Loa and Jim Root. Neither had sought re-election. Loa, who served one term on the council, is moving to Sacramento. Root, who served 14 years on the council, wants to focus on coaching football. Ledford noted that he and Loa had some heated debates from time to time. “The city is a better place because of good debate,” Ledford said. “I tip my hat to you.” Ledford said Root seems like a brother. They started out in city politics together. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 email@example.com 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake However, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has praised the panel as an influential force for reform, and civil rights leader Mack has been a prominent local voice on the issue of racial profiling. The panel voted to forward its comments to the City Council, which will decide how to proceed. The independent monitor overseeing the federal consent decree governing the LAPD said last week that stop data has been difficult to decipher but that racial and ethnic minorities may be subject to disparate treatment. The monitor, Michael Cherkasky of Kroll Inc., suggested adding cameras to all LAPD patrol cars, something the department has long considered but found too costly and logistically difficult. Meanwhile, the city has paid $300,000 to Analysis Group Inc. to crunch the stop data. A new city report recommended narrowing the scope of work to save money and focus on research areas where clear results are more likely. Commissioners Shelley Freeman and Anthony Pacheco both said that the money could be better spent on police car cameras, although installing video equipment in every LAPD car could cost $25 million. Barbara Garrett of the Chief Legislative Analyst’s Office said the data is potentially revealing. “I think a statistical analysis can help you identify things people wouldn’t necessarily complain about, where you’re identifying a pattern or practice,” she said. “I believe it will be a value. I don’t believe it will answer the question yes or no.” The Police Commission also heard an update on the status of the computer system for tracking misconduct – a key component of the consent decree compliance. The system, known as TEAMS II, should be in full use by next May, officials said. A federal judge will decide in June whether to extend the consent decree, but oversight officials have said they want to see reforms like TEAMS in place for a substantial period of time before signing off. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles should abandon its long-running effort to analyze reams of data on traffic and pedestrian stops and find a better way to determine if the LAPD engages in racial profiling, several Police Commissioners said Tuesday. Charging that years of costly number-crunching is producing results of questionable value, the commissioners said the money could be better used putting cameras in police cars. “I don’t think we’re anywhere close to where we need to be getting on this issue,” said John Mack, the commission president. “Are we going to continue to go down this slippery slope?” The LAPD’s stop-data analysis is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office and City Council, so the Police Commission does not have jurisdiction over the project.
4 October 2010Speaking at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Africa India Diaspora Conference in Durban on Saturday, South African President Jacob Zuma invited Indian companies to do more business with South Africa.“South Africa is the gateway to the one billion-strong African market,” Zuma told delegates at the conference, held to mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in South Africa, and to acknowledge the Indian community’s contribution to the fight against apartheid.“Our trade and investment opportunities for the Indian business sector lie in environmental technologies, ICT, transport equipment, capital equipments, creative industries and financial services,” Zuma said.Investment from India into South Africa is roughly R45-billion, while trade from South Africa to India is an estimated R21-billion. Bilateral trade is said to have surpassed R53.9-billion, and is expected to reach R70-billion by 2012.Zuma noted the robustness with which both India and South Africa’s economies had weathered the recent financial crisis.Developing countries on the rise: GordhanFinance Minister Pravin Gordhan, addressign a business session at Saturday’s conference, said South Africa and India should brace for more business activity as investors took note of the human capital and currencies of developing nations.He urged the two countries to investigate the potential that existed for further investment and business opportunities.Gordhan said the global economy was projected to grow by 4 to 6.7 percent in the next few years, and that developing countries like India, China and Brazil would be largely responsible for the growth.However, he cautioned that fair trade conditions were needed in order to avoid a repeat of the recent global recession, adding that the right balance had to be struck between global and national interests.Common visionThe President said the political, social and economic ties between India and South Africa had grown from strength to strength, with much bonding the two countries, including their shared vision of peace, impartiality and prosperity.“We also share a common approach on a number of global issues, including reform of the United Nations, the future of multilateralism, climate change and South-South Cooperation,” Zuma said.He highlighted the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, prominent politician and medical doctor Monty Naicker, and political activist Dr Yusuf Dadoo for the crucial roles they played in helping to build a free South Africa.Noting that both India and South Africa had large youthful populations, he urged both countries to invest in youth development, saying it was key to continued economic growth.Source: BuaNews
A 2007 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer was found dead on Wednesday morning outside a State guest house in Lucknow.Anurag Tewari’s body was found by the road near the Meera Bai guest house in the heart of the city. Wednesday was Mr. Tewari’s 36th birthday.A native of the Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Tewari was posted as the Commissioner, Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Bengaluru. He was in Lucknow for a few days as part of phase 3 training for IAS officers. According to the post-mortem report, Tewari died of asphyxia, a police statement said. The visera and blood has been preserved for chemical analysis and heart for histopathologic examination to know the exact cause.Earlier, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)-Lucknow, Deepak Kumar had said it was difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of death. Prima facie, it did not appear like murder but death “due to a traumatic injury”, he had said, before the body was sent for post-mortem.“The reason given by the doctors is that it is a traumatic injury, which could be due to a heart attack or a sudden convulsion. He has no injuries on any part of the body apart from the chin. It could mean two things: an accident or traumatic injuries,” Mr. Kumar said.Mr. Tewari’s body was spotted on the road by a local, who dialled the emergency 100 police services. The officer, who was not carrying his mobile phone with him, was identified by the identity card in his wallet.Mr. Tewari was out for a morning walk and had barely walked a few metres when he is believed to have collapsed. He had been staying at the Meera Bai guest house for the last two days with Prabhu Narain Singh, vice-chairperson of Lucknow Development Authority, his batch mate.‘Untimely demise’Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah expressed his shock at the “unfortunate demise” of the officer. He also deputed a senior officer to Lucknow to monitor the situation. “In constant touch with UP Govt,” tweeted the handle of the Karnataka CM. The IAS Association also said it was, “shocked at the sad and untimely demise of our colleague Anurag Tiwari, IAS 2007 KN in Lucknow”.An electrical engineer from Lucknow University, Mr. Tewari had also been posted as Deputy Commissioner of Bidar district earlier.
The Supreme Court on Monday said the Special Investigation Team of the CBI conveyed an impression that it was not serious about probing the alleged fake encounters by the Army, the Assam Rifles and the police in the insurgency-hit Manipur.A Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and U.U. Lalit ordered the DIG incharge of the investigation to appear personally before it on January 16 along with a status report of the progress made in the probe.“It appears to us that the matter is not being taken up by the CBI and the SIT with the seriousness which it deserves.” It found that the SIT had registered only 11 FIRs of the 92 cases.The court had on July 14 last year set up the SIT comprising five CBI officers and ordered registration of FIRs and probe the extra-judicial killings. It asked the CBI Director to nominate the team and complete the investigation by December 31.During the hearing, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves for petitioners, said the SIT was dragging its feet. He submitted that a former head constable Herojit Singh, who was an eye witness to the fake encounter cases, had filed an application in the court.He said the CBI team raided Mr. Singh’s residence in 2010 and seized three diaries in which he had recorded the details of the fake encounters. Mr. Gonsalves also said the SIT had not yet recorded the statements of witnesses.
The Metropolitan (Met) Opera of New York suspended its former music director and longtime conductor James Levine on Dec. 4, following accusations of sexual abuse leveled against him by an Indian-origin man and two others when they were teenagers. Yet another man, Albin Ifsich, came out to say later on Dec. 4 that Levine abused him for years.Rumors about Levine’s sexual misbehavior had been floating around, but they were not investigated until Ashok Pai came forward in 2016 and lodged a complaint with the Illinois police.Other famous music organizations, which have been associated with Levine for decades and have contributed to his reputation, have severed ties with him.The complaint by 48-year-old Pai came nine years after the statute of limitation for reporting such crimes was over. Pai had called a former Met board member Beth Glynn who told him to go to the police. Glynn also spoke to the Met Opera general manager about the phone call.Our statement on James Levine: pic.twitter.com/9iJOY24ysc— Metropolitan Opera (@MetOpera) December 4, 2017Statement from the @BostonSymphony pic.twitter.com/9y0lT1Tb75— Boston Symphony (@BostonSymphony) December 3, 2017“Based on recent accounts in the media regarding James Levine, Ravinia has severed all ties with (him),” the statement issued by Ravinia Music Festival said. “Ravinia maintains a zero-tolerance policy and culture on sexual harassment. We are deeply troubled and saddened by the allegations and sympathize with everyone who has been hurt.”Glynn told Lake Forest Police Detective Wendy Dumont that there were “always rumors” about Levine “because he was socially awkward but he never had any issues at the Metropolitan Opera House for 40 years,” according to the police complaint, which the New York Post quoted.The abuse continued from the 1960s to 1980s. Pai first met Levine as a 4-year-old at the Ravinia Music Festival, where he was taken backstage to meet the conductor by his parents. He began going backstage alone when he was 14 years old.“He started holding my hand in a prolonged and incredibly sensual way,” Pai wrote in his complaint. “I was not aroused as I never was during my relationship with him as I am a heterosexual individual. But there were some feelings of affection and mostly confusion. … I was very uncomfortable with the hand holding.”In later years, the abuse increased and he was also fondled multiple times. Another man who spoke out against the abuse was Chris Brown, who said Levine abused him in 1968 when he was a 17-year-old student and Levine was a 25-year-old teacher at a summer program in Michigan. The third man was James Lestock, who said he was abused in 1968 at the summer program when he was 17 years old.The fourth man, Albin Ifsich, said that Levine abused him for years beginning in 1968 when he was 20 years old. Ifsich was a student at the Meadow Brook School of Music in Michigan at the time. Related Itemschild abuseNew YorkUnited States