MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgDialogue Among Peace Messengers: Political Peace (Part 3)By Gwendolyn S. Myers/Founder &Executive Director, Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP)Over the past week we have seen an increase in the number of youth based activities in support of UNSCR 2250. The Peace, Reconciliation, Dialogue Seminar organized through the Ministry of Internal Affairs with funding support from UNMIL and USAID sponsored Regional Consultation Dialogue on LAVI 2nd project Thematic Window in collaboration with the National Civil Society Council in which two of our volunteer peace messengers were motivational speakers, are great initiatives for the participation and involvement of young people in peace building initiatives.Both programs, held in the sectors of Bong, Buchanan and Tubmanburg, provided the impetus for an action plan necessary for the conduct of peaceful elections in October 2017.Within the past week we have also noticed the frustrations unleashed by regional associations in an attempt to galvanize young people to be more proactive in peace and security matters. While we would like to encourage the involvement, engagement and participation of young people in peacebuilding programs, it cannot be enforced, cloned or coerced. Young people must have a passion for peace to be involved. Young people must also enjoy the cooperation and strong support of traditional players.We have enough issues of women’s underrepresentation in politics across Africa. Not only do we have stagnating pool of women in politics, we have few young people in politics; and for political peace to be assured, we need encouragement and empowerment for youth and women participation, not divisive rhetoric.The involvement of young people in peace consolidation and sustainability should not be competitive but cooperative. The political empowerment of young people, especially young women, is fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Shared and collective approaches and resources should not be concentrated in the hands of multinational NGOs that make paradigm shifts because certain issues such as peace and security are in vogue and well-funded. Available funds and traditional funding mechanisms should not be the yardsticks for funding groups.As a developing youth based organization heavily involved, we must break this congenial habit of political correctness and unsolicited remarks on social media. The objective of our time is to maintain political peace, not political division. We need strong leadership, not weak or chastized followers. The need to build capacity of all young people involved in peace consolidation cannot be overemphasized. This program should not be selective and neither should it be used as a tool for false involvement and participation.The agenda for political peace cannot come true if young people are uninvolved or made to compete against each other and if young people are made to remain outside the peace dialogue while traditional groups implement their programs. We must leverage the inner strength of young people through bringing alive their hidden potentials.On another note, this month’s winner for the writing competition on Peace Dialogue would be announced shortly by the Daily Observer. We take this opportunity to encourage other youths to write. If we want political peace and a peaceful world, we need to join the team of young writers in support of sustainable peace and development.And until next week when we come to you with another interesting article on “An Appetite for Violence,” it is peace above all else, peace first, may peace prevail in our time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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After Asia Cup defeat, Bangladesh fans hack Virat Kohli’s website

first_imgBangladesh cricket fans on Tuesday hacked Virat Kohli’s website to protest against Liton Das’s dismissal in the Asia Cup 2018 final.Liton was given out after being stumped by MS Dhoni off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav in the 41st over which left Bangladesh reeling at 188 for 6 and they eventually ended up with 222 on the board after their openers Liton and Mehidy Hasan Miraz had put on 120 runs for the first wicket.The match went on till the last ball with India winning by 3 wickets to clinch their seventh Asia Cup title.ICC is Indian Cricket Council: Bangladesh fans cry foul over Liton Das’s dismissalDas’s stumping was the talking point after the match as replays from multiple angles showed that his foot was probably just on the line and it was very difficult to prove otherwise, and as the rule suggests the belongs to the umpire.Also read – 23-year-old Liton Das smashes historic hundred vs IndiaAfter venting out their frustration on Twitter following Das’s dismissal, Bangladeshi fans went one step ahead by hacking into the website of the Indian captain, who wasn’t even a part of the team in this Asia Cup.Also read – Asia Cup 2018: Hope Bangladesh won a lot of hearts, says Mashrafe Mortaza”Dear ICC, didn’t cricket use to be a gentlemen’s game? Shouldn’t every team have fair rights? Please explain how it was out? If you don’t officially apologize to the whole world and take actions against the umpire then get ready to be hacked every single time you recover the site.advertisementAlso read – Asia Cup: A team like this always makes the captain look good, says Rohit Sharma A group named Cyber Security and Intelligence (CSI) hacked into Virat Kohli’s website (viratkohli.club page screenshot)”And my fellow Indian brothers and sisters, we mean no disrespect to you guys. Please think about it. How would you feel if injustice was done with your team? Every single national team should be treated equally in the game,” read the message from the hacking group Cyber Security and Intelligence (CSI). The hackers demanded an apology from the ICC (viratkohli.club page screenshot) CSI also threatened to hack into the website every single time after recovery (viratkohli.club page screenshot)Fans had also expressed their anger on Twitter after the game and labelled the ICC as Indian Cricket Council following the defeat.Also read – MS Dhoni 1st Asian wicketkeeper to affect 800 dismissals in international cricketLiton Das was clearly not outConspiracy against BangladeshBCCI = ICCREST IN PIECE CRICKET#INDvBAN #AsiaCupfinal pic.twitter.com/E9FAU9YOw6Vijay Salgaonkar (@connect2ns) September 28, 2018When way play with india its never by the rules. Out of liton das. Dear @ICC do you always have to play from behind the scenes for #India #INDvBANM Abdul Qaium (@MQaium) September 28, 2018Dear ICC/ACC, stop sucking India in the public. Have some privacy. Liton Das was not out.#INDvBAN #ICCTahsin Morshed Khan (TMK) (@TahsinMKhan) September 28, 2018Have a Look out of Liton Das ….ICC is a cropped…India is a involved bad jobs… Very sad. pic.twitter.com/oS69fqYrDTSB SAMIR (@sbaruasamir) September 28, 2018ICC = BCCIWe can see clearly from this angle Liton Das, the man who was playing after scoring centuary his foot was behind the line but the umpire gave him out cauze he knows if he don’t gave him out this match may be his last match as umpiring. #INDvBAN #AsiaCup2018FinalTanib Imtiaz (@tanibimtiaz) September 28, 2018This is not the first time that an umpiring decision in a India-Bangladesh match has led Bangladeshi fans to vent out their anger at the International Cricket Council (ICC).During the 2015 World Cup as well, Rohit Sharma was caught off a waist-high full toss which was called a ‘no-ball’. Rohit went onto score a match-winning century as India knocked Bangladesh out in the quarter-finals in Melbourne.Bangladeshi fans didn’t take that in good spirit and blamed the Indians for buying off umpires and expressed their frustration on various social media platforms.Since then, there has always been a sense of anger among the Bangladeshi fans and it gave rise to a strong rivalry between the two sides.last_img read more

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Parlour Ramsey will be a great catch for Ronaldo Juventus

first_imgArsenal legend Ray Parlour highlighted the main reasons why Aaron Ramsey will prove to be a great signing for both Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus.After over a decade at Arsenal, Ramsey is set to leave this summer as a free agent after talks over a new contract broke down between the player and club.With just six months remaining on his current deal, Ramsey is free to enter negotiations with clubs outside of England over a pre-contractual agreement and he’s reportedly agreed to join Juventus for the start of next season.Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan were all linked with moves for the Wales international this month.Despite the uncertainty surrounding his own future, however, Ramsey has not allowed it to affect his performances on the pitch for Arsenal with manager Unai Emery praising him for his commitment.The 28-year-old’s latest exploits saw him produce a brilliant performance in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Chelsea last Saturday and he’s continued to leave the club’s highest earner Mesut Ozil benched.Speaking on Ramsey’s future, Parlour praised the Welsh star’s professionalism and added what he thinks makes him a great signing for Juventus.“It is very disappointing from an Arsenal perspective,” Parlour told Goal. “Arsenal fans would love to have seen him sign but it is also exciting for Ramsey.“He is going to a different culture and league. Obviously, Juventus have a great history in the Champions League.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“He will be playing with Ronaldo, I wish him all the best. He has been a great servant to the club and I really praise him for the Chelsea performance.“That’s exactly how you should act when you know you are leaving the club, to give your all for the players and fans.“He showed he will play for his shirt until the end of the season. You have to give it all for the fans. He scores some vital goals in big games. His energy is excellent.“He is decent on the ball, gets about the pitch and he makes good runs. What he has done well for Arsenal is that he makes that run into the back four which allows [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang or [Alexandre] Lacazette to find that little gap. That’s what Ronaldo and company will be getting.“He gives that space for the opportunity because he takes defenders away. So, that’s what he will bring to the team.“Hopefully, he will be in the team for Arsenal on Friday (against Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round) because he deserves to be.“It is a shame because I would love to see him stay but I am not negotiating his contract. Arsenal want the best deal for themselves, Aaron’s representative wants the best deal for him. In the end, they came to this agreement.”Ramsey will likely start in Arsenal’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium tonight with kick-off set for 20:55 (CET).last_img read more

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Jimmy Durante Boulevard reopens just ahead of San Diego County Fair

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – Jimmy Durante Boulevard reopened Wednesday night in time for the San Diego County Fair.The barrier is up and the “road closed” signs have been taken away. Crews have been cleaning up and making repairs ever since a bluff collapsed during Easter weekend.The reopening comes just in time for the San Diego County Fair which opens on Friday. Jimmy Durante Boulevard reopens just ahead of San Diego County Fair Posted: May 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom May 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Time Inc EVP and CFO Jeff Bairstow Stepping Down

first_img Additional responsibilities have also been added to the plates of Erik Moreno and Jaison Blair. Moreno who was EVP, business development, will now hold the title of EVP and president, corporate development, new ventures & investments. Blair, whose title was SVP, investor relations and corporation communications, will now hold the title of SVP investor relations, finance & corporate development. Moreno will report to Battista, and Blair will report to D’Emic. One of the last remaining Time Inc. c-level executives who began 2016 with the company is now moving on, too. Today, CEO Rich Battista announced that EVP and CFO Jeff Bairstow will  step down next month after three years on the job. “Jeff has led many of our key initiatives, beginning with our separation from Time Warner and securing financing from the investment community, to the monetization of real estate assets, driving key acquisitions and divestitures, growing our India operation to an industry-leading center of excellence and working closely with Marcus Rich to drive the successful turnaround of Time Inc. UK,” Battista says in a statement. Jeff Bairstow Replacing Bairstow will be Sue D’Emic, who has been serving as SVP, controller since 2013. This latest leadership change rounds out a reboot at the top of the company. Battista, of course, replaced Joe Ripp last month. Other changes this this year have included CTO Colin Bodell, who was let go back in May during a major restructuring. He was replaced by president of digital Jen Wong, who was later named to the newly-created COO position. Norm Pearlstine stepped down as chief content officer in July, and is now vice chairman. He was replaced by Allan Murray. The summer also saw the departure of several other executives, including EVP Evelyn Webster. “Sue brings more than two decades of public company finance and operations expertise and a deep understanding of our industry and company,” Battista says about her in the same statement. “I am confident that she will be a strong financial and strategic partner as we continue to aggressively execute on our transformation.” Sue D’Emic Battista also announced the appointment of a new c-level title. Greg Giangrande, EVP and chief human resources officer, will add chief communications officer to his business card. He will continue to report to Battista.last_img read more

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GACs Entranze concept is a slick EV with room for seven

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago Concept Cars Electric Cars Tags See All Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show Detroit Auto Show 2019 Post a comment China’s GAC Motor first made its main-floor debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Now, in its third year, the automaker came to Detroit to show off a brand new concept.GAC Motor on Monday unveiled its Entranze EV concept at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. Loaded with the kind of tech you expect in a concept these days, GAC created this seven seater with the great American road trip in mind.The Entranze looks similar to Chrysler’s Portal minivan concept from CES 2017. The front lights follow the form of the front end closely, while the rear lights are tucked up under the glass. There are some big ol’ openings on the sides that make ingress and egress a breeze. Since the Entranze is electric, there’s no internal combustion engine to take up a bunch of space. And the wheels are pushed to the extreme ends of the body, allowing for even more space inside the vehicle.Enlarge ImageSliding glass doors and a front bench seat? Yep, I love it. Steven Pham/Roadshow The interior is the focus of this concept. Since it’s woke to use environmentally friendly materials in 2019, GAC claims the Entranze’s interior is made from more than 90 percent sustainable materials, including cork. The interior’s 3+2+2 configuration is atypical, but you’ll never hear me gripe about a front bench seat. The rocker panels on the side unfurl into steps, but they can also act as benches for just hangin’ out on the roadside. The interior looks like a work of art, with interesting blends of materials, colors and textures.The tech isn’t anything to shake a stick at, either. There are OLED screens all over the darn place — there are two little screens flanking the steering wheel, two screens at each front corner and a massive screen directly in front of the passenger. Those screens will be necessary to keep boredom at bay because, like many newfangled concepts, the Entranze is also capable of autonomous driving.While the Entranze is unlikely to make it to production, at least without a slew of changes, GAC does intend to bring its products to the US. However, it’s unclear when that will actually happen. Nevertheless, it’s nice to have some extra eye candy in Detroit. Share your voice 0 More From Roadshowcenter_img GAC Entranze concept debuts in Detroit Detroit Auto Show: Check out all the latest reveals.Concept cars: Soak in all the highfalutin tech and design. 39 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value reading • GAC’s Entranze concept is a slick EV with room for seven • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend Detroit Auto Show 2019 Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad starlast_img read more

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Man killed in Cumilla gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and police at Raipur in Daudkandi upazila in Cumilla early Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Rubayet Hossain Babul, son of Imam Hossain of Madhabdi upazila in Narsingdi district.Daudkandi police station officer-in-charge Mizanur Rahman claimed a team of police arrested two robbers Babul and Maruf Ahmed from Dhaka’s Uttara area on Monday in connection with their alleged involvement in mugging a covered van of export oriented fabrics from Daudkandi area.Later, police along with two others conducted a drive on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Raipur area around 3:00am to nab their associates.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, associates of Babul opened fire to police prompting them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight.Babul caught in the line of fire while he was trying to flee the scene and sustained bullet injures.Later, he died on the way to Cumilla Medical College Hospital, police said.Four policemen including Nurul Islam, sub-inspector of Daudkandi police station, were injured during the gunfight.Police also recovered one pipe gun and a bullet from the spot.Babul was wanted in 22 cases field with different police stations in Narayanganj and Narsingdi.The news agency UNB reported on Tuesday that five people were killed in separate alleged gunfights with police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in three districts.The law enforcement’s version of the events was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.last_img read more

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