Liberia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Professor Al-Hassan Conteh, has paid tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in the search of lasting peace and security in the world.A dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja says the Liberian envoy recognized in particular the important role and sacrifices of the Nigerian military in maintaining national and global peace and security.“The Nigerian military has taken a vanguard role restoring peace and stability in West Africa. My sister here [the Sierra Leonean High Commissioner] mentioned Sierra Leone and of course I can mention the same about Liberia. You know the history [about ECOMOG’s intervention],” the Ambassador said. Ambassador Conteh made the commendation when he delivered his goodwill message during the observance of World Peace Day held in Abuja last week at a continental hotel.The program was hosted by the Coalition of Civil Societies in Nigeria with a focus on ‘All Civil Society Conference on Peace, Security and Military Relations in commemoration of the United Nations World Peace Day.’ Speaking on how civil society and the military can collaborate, Ambassador Conteh said the civil-military collaboration must also address problems of abject poverty, extreme hunger, mass unemployment, and political marginalization. Ambassador Conteh insisted that civil society must continue its work with the military to confront insurgencies and armed conflicts which are the causes of wanton global fatalities: “Civil society and the military must complement each other to ensure a stable and violent-free world.” He warned that if this must work, governments must provide the enabling environment for peace to thrive. He also said civil society must be in the vanguard to mobilize other relevant stakeholders to work for peace: “This is a collective responsibility that all stakeholders must steadfastly support.” Ambassador Conteh, who also delivered the goodwill message on behalf of the Dean of the Diplomatic Community, stated that he and his fellow envoys remain unflinchingly committed to supporting and promoting peace and security: “We will continue to work with every segment of the Nigerian society through joint actions and partnerships that are mutually reinforcing to institutionalize the culture of peace in Nigeria, Africa and the world.” Citing the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Armed Conflict Survey, the Liberian Ambassador noted that there are currently 42 armed conflicts around the world, ranging from civil wars, insurgencies to other forms of violent unrests.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Emergency services are attending to the scene of a vehicle on fire on the N13 dual carriageway out of Letterkenny.The Fire Service along with ambulance personnel and Gardaí are at the scene, with the outbound lanes closed.Diversions are in place and there are lengthy tailbacks on the road out of Letterkenny. A jeep caught fire at around 1.45pm.There are no reports of any injuries.Jeep fire causes long delays as diversions in place on N13 dual carriageway was last modified: March 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:DiversionsDual Carraigewayemergency servicesfireletterkennyN13
New revelations that carbon tax would be subject to VAT have come under strong criticism from Donegal TD Pearse Doherty.The Sinn Féin deputy said he has received confirmation that any future carbon tax increases would also attract VAT.This, Doherty said, means that the mooted carbon tax jumps will be even more regressive than anticipated. He said it amounted to “a tax upon a tax”. Speaking today Deputy Doherty said: “Sinn Féin is opposed to the increase in carbon tax because it will disproportionately punish those on low and middle incomes while big business and corporate polluters will not be made to pay their fair share.“The government has failed to provide any meaningful alternatives to citizens to enable behavioural change. It now seeks to pass the buck to households, once again, for their policy failures. The fact that VAT must be applied to carbon tax means the tax will itself be taxed.”Deputy Doherty said that the “catastrophic reality of climate change” must be dealt with in a fair way.He added: “The bills faced by ordinary people are already too big from sky-high rents to inflated insurance premiums. “Government investment can help bring about change such as through free insulation and retrofits, making electric cars affordable and developing the charging infrastructure and through public transport expansion and fare reductions.“These programmes are not on the agenda for the Taoiseach or Minister for Finance as they fixate on increasing carbon taxes even though the evidence does not show that it is an effective way of changing behaviours especially without alternatives being put in place.”Doherty TD criticises VAT on carbon tax as ‘a tax upon a tax’ was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:carbon taxPearse Doherty
OAKLAND — Josh Jacobs scored on an 18-yard run with 1:02 to play and the Raiders gave their late-night fans something to remember them by in a 26-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers at the Coliseum.The last prime time game in Oakland ended when Karl Joseph made a leaping interception of a Philip Rivers pass — the last one a familiar rival will throw in a venue where he came in with a 9-4 career record. It touched off a celebration which found coach Jon Gruden making his way to the Black …
By beating perhaps the greatest player of all time on his favorite surface in the Wimbledon final on Sunday, Novak Djokovic didn’t just retake the No. 1 ranking. He also surpassed his coach and his opponent’s coach by winning his seventh career Grand Slam title.Roger Federer — whom Djokovic beat in a thrilling five-set final Sunday — and Rafael Nadal have set an intimidatingly high standard for success in contemporary men’s tennis. Djokovic has seven Grand Slam titles, an impressive haul but far short of Federer’s 17 and Nadal’s 14, which is tied for second all-time with Pete Sampras. If Djokovic’s Grand Slam career hadn’t coincided with those of two of the all time greats, he might have 12 major titles.Djokovic might never approach the totals of his illustrious peers, but he achieved another significant milestone Sunday: His seventh major title puts him in front of the six won by his coach, Boris Becker, and Federer’s coach, Stefan Edberg. Those two men and Djokovic are among eight in the Open era with between six and eight Grand Slam titles. The other five are Andre Agassi; occasional TV commentators Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander; and Ivan Lendl, Andy Murray’s former coach.Djokovic, 27, is starting to look like one of the best of this impressive group — with several years of his prime likely still in front of him in a sport where age has become an advantage.Djokovic has the highest Grand Slam winning percentage of the group, and isn’t far behind overall leader Connors in tour-level winning percentage. Though he still has years of competition ahead of him, Djokovic already ranks near the middle of the eight greats in Grand Slam titles, finals, semifinals and match wins, plus weeks at No. 1 — a total he’ll add to starting Monday, when he retakes the top ranking from Nadal. He has a more well-rounded Grand Slam resume than most, with titles at three of the events and two finals at the fourth, the French Open. Only Agassi, who won all four Grand Slam tournaments at least once; and Lendl, who reached two finals at Wimbledon, can match Djokovic there. Djokovic doesn’t look as good on overall match wins, titles and finals, though he has already passed Wilander in all three categories. (Stats via ATP World Tour website, Tennis Abstract and tennis-x.com.)Oh, and even before the end of Sunday’s final, Djokovic had the endorsement of Andy Roddick, the most recent American man to reach the No. 1 ranking and win a major:These numbers don’t account for the degree of difficulty of Djokovic’s accomplishment. The seven greats whose company he keeps had to contend with great rivals, but none had to consistently face Nadal on clay, or Federer on grass. As great as Federer is off grass — winning four of every five matches — he has been even greater on it, winning seven of every eight matches in his career. Even at 32, Federer was near his best on Sunday, and Djokovic was better.“To be able to win against him as one of my greatest rivals on this occasion on a court that he’s been dominating for so many years makes it a very special trophy for me,” Djokovic said in his press conference after the match.Djokovic has now beaten Federer and Nadal at nearly every one of the Grand Slams — he’s missing only the long-sought win over Nadal in Paris. If Djokovic gets that win and a French Open title, he’ll start moving to a level beyond the already impressive company he keeps now with his coach.
Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate finishes a dunk in the first half against Appalachian State on Dec. 16, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThe last time a team from the Sun Belt Conference entered the Schottenstein Center two years ago, it handed Ohio State a crushing defeat that ended up being a major factor in keeping the Buckeyes out of the NCAA Tournament.Only four members of the team that lost to Texas-Arlington still put on a Scarlet and Gray jersey, but veterans Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate wouldn’t allow a night like that to occur a second time.Tate scored 19 points and Bates-Diop added 16 with eight rebounds to lead Ohio State (9-3) past Appalachian State (5-7), 80-67 Saturday evening. Freshman forward Kaleb Wesson had 16 points and eight rebounds and redshirt senior guard Kam Williams also was in double-figures, with 11 points.A week had passed since head coach Chris Holtmann’s team last played a game, which triggered thoughts of a possible letdown. The first half provided little excitement, with Ohio State unable to grasp control of the game until Bates-Diop created some momentum before the break.With less than two minutes remaining in the first half, Bates-Diop deflected an attempted pass from Mountaineers forward Hunter Seacat into the backcourt. Bates-Diop dove on the ball and passed it off to guard Andrew Dakich, who drove to the basket and left it for Tate for the two-handed slam.That play was part of a 6-0 run to close the half, and the Buckeyes led 40-27. Holtmann said that play sparked his team and picked the offense out of a drought.“That’s an expectation for an older guy to do that,” he said. “It’s an expectation for all our players to do that and I don’t think we did that every time tonight, which was disappointing. But that was a really, really special play.”Bates-Diop’s lay-in in the beginning of the second half gave Ohio State a 17-point lead. Then, following a fire alarm that caused people inside the arena to evacuate, the Mountaineers cut their deficit to nine with an 8-0 run.Leading 60-47 out of the under-12 media timeout, Wesson finished at the rim, Tate flew in for a dunk and Jackson banked in a 3 to give the Buckeyes a comfortable 20-point lead.Ohio State forced 18 turnovers. The Buckeyes shot 53 percent for the game.Entering the game, Appalachian State guards Ronshad Shabazz and Justin Forrest were averaging 21.8 and 16.8 points, respectively. Saturday against the Buckeyes, Shabazz had 15 and Forrest had 12, shooting a collective 1-for-8 from beyond the arc.“We knew we had to be active because they have a real high-powered motion offense,” Williams said. “So just getting deflections, taking it one stop at a time, one possession at a time. When we put that together, very few teams can execute against us.”Less than three minutes into the second half, prior to a Mountaineers free-throw attempt, the fire alarms sounded at the Schott and fans were told via an emergency response system inside the arena to exit the building. After roughly seven minutes, fans were allowed to re-enter the building and play resumed following a brief warm-up period.The event caused a delay of about 14 minutes.Sophomore center Micah Potter and freshman forward Kyle Young both returned from an ankle injury Saturday, after missing two games and one game, respectively. Potter played just one minute while Young played 13 minutes.Holtmann said Potter told him that his ankle was feeling “as good as it has felt” since suffering the injury on Nov. 19 against Northeastern. Holtmann added that Young played more than anticipated because of Wesson’s foul trouble.Up Next:The Buckeyes are back on the court Tuesday against The Citadel at 7 p.m.
In what could be a slight disappointment for Central government employees, the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations may only happen in mid-2016, according to brokerage firm.”There is no certainty it would happen even in the next six months,” said Rakesh Arora, managing director and head of research, Macquarie India.The implementation of the previous pay panel recommendations was delayed by 2.5-3 years, said Arora.The Seventh Pay Commission, headed by Justice A K Mathur, recommended a 16% hike in basic salary and a 63% increase in allowances for government employees, taking the overall hike in salaries to 23.55%. The recommendations have to be cleared by the Cabinet to become effective from January 1, 2016.”And still there is no guarantee that it is going to be implemented in the next six months, it is still for the government to really consider. So what we are saying is from the timing it can happen by middle of 2016 and not be pushed out too late,” NDTV Profit quoted Arora, as saying.The government’s expenditure on salary payments to employees will go up by a whopping Rs 1 lakh crore upon the implementation of the commission’s proposals.The increase in the government’s salary bill is expected to weigh on its efforts to bring down the country’s fiscal deficit.”A recommended 23.55% increase in remuneration for India’s Central government employees, if fully implemented, would have a significant impact on the government’s wage bill, and add to challenges the government faces in achieving fiscal consolidation targets,” Fitch Ratings had said last month. “The government could seek to cut expenditures in other areas.”
Mahesh BabuTwitterSuperstar Mahesh Babu fans have created a new poster to use as a Common Display Picture (CDP) on the occasion of his birthday and this picture has gone viral with 1.5 million shares on Twitter.It is known that Mahesh Babu enjoys the most enthusiastic fans across the globe. With the superstar’s birthday inching, his fans are left delighted sharing the Common Display Picture (CDP) which was unveiled last evening. The picture picked up a fire within no time with many sharing it all over the social media circles.His popularity has grown to the extent that his fans have made his picture that has become the most tweeted image of the country. This has wiped out all the existing records in just six hours. Mahesh Babu’s CDP was spotted in the list of the top trending topics across the world.Mahesh Babu’s CDP is now the most tweeted CDP of the nation and it is still counting. With over 1.5 million tweets, the superstar has crashed several records days before he celebrates his birthday on August 9. It is another feather for him.The actor, who has been riding high on the success of Maharshi, is unveiling his clothing brand The HUMBL Co tomorrow. He is currently busy shooting for Sarileru Neekevvaru, which is directed by Anil Ravipudi and set for worldwide releases during Sankranthi 2020. His fans are looking forward to watching the star on the big screenSarileru Neekevvaru is the 26th film of Mahesh Babu and he has recently wrapped the first schedule of his next Sarileru Neekevvaru in Kashmir and is back in Hyderabad for his second schedule. The actor will be seen playing an army officer for his upcoming project.
President and the general secretary of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL)The extravagant lifestyle of the president and the general secretary of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), and the lack of transparency in disbursing funds, have not gone down well with the BCL leaders and activists.They are also unhappy about the anomalies regarding control of tenders and the tenure of the central committee.In Wednesday’s general meeting of the BCL, its joint general secretary Sayem Khan demanded an explanation regarding the allegations and a heated debate ensued.To make things worse for the ruling party’s student wing, two factions of its Sylhet MC College unit swooped down on each other on Thursday, forcing the authorities to close the institute sine die.BCL president Saifur Rahman told Prothom Alo that Sayem Khan has apologised to him for his remarks, but the latter has denied this. “I was asked to apologise, but what I said was right. I just demanded that the funds be utilised in a systematic way. Why will only the president and the GS have all the fun? They have to look after the other leaders as well,” Sayem said.BCL president Saifur and general secretary SM Zakir Hossain came under fire from a number of senior leaders of the wing at the general meeting. They alleged the duo have an extravagant lifestyle and misappropriate BCL funds.When asked, Saifur said, “It does not really matter if one or two people say things like that.”BCL leaders present at the meeting told Prothom Alo that Saifur had said they receive the money from the prime minister. Zakir said they get Tk 230,000 from the PM.Sayem then retorted that he should get a share of that money as well.Besides Sayem, vice-president Mehedi Hasan, Aditya Nandi and Maksud Rana also brought a number of allegations against the two top leaders.On 13 January, Saifur came under severe criticism for flying to a convention in Ishwardi, Pabna by helicopter.Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader also slammed the BCL president for this.The present BCL committee will expire on 26 July. The questioned was raised at the BCL general meeting as to whether there will be a general meeting and whether the tenure will be extended.Saifur told Prothom Alo, “The convention will be held the day the honourable PM wants.”Following a meeting of the AL’s presidium members on Thursday, Obaidul said, “The country has been hit by floods. It won’t be that long before the convention is held.”A number of BCL leaders also asked the meeting why steps would not be taken against leaders for their unethical actions.Clash, infighting across the countryThe year did not start well for BCL as there were infighting at Sylhet University of Science and Technology (SUST) and Comilla Medical College units.The ruling party’s student wing made newspaper headlines in the next six months for their involvement in 37 incidents, including clash over controlling tenders, mugging, beating cops, abusing teachers, infighting and murders.Of those, 12 were related to establishing supremacy and financial affairs. Infighting killed three in Chittagong, Comilla and Chuadanga in the last six months.In a meeting with BCL men on 11 June, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said, “You must not be part of any misdeeds for the want of money. Come to me if you need money. I shall talk to the party president [Sheikh Hasina].”On 21 January, BCL men fought among themselves to take control of the extorted money from business outlets around Dhaka College. The central committee expelled 19 including Nur Alam Bhuiyan, convener of then Dhaka College BCL committee. Nur Alam, however, went to visit Laxmipur with central committee president in March.Dhaka (South) unit BCL general secretary Sabbir Hossain and Wari Thana unit general secretary Ashiqur Rahman were expelled after they were seen firing gunshots in newspapers photos during eviction of hawkers from footpaths at Gulistan on 9 February.Three leaders of Begum Rokeya University unit BCL were excluded for confining varsity’s vice chancellor AKM Nur-Un-Nabi for 14 hours on 3 May for not giving jobs to the party activists.On 11 February, infighting over taking control of drug peddling killed BCL activist Yasin Arafat at Reajuddin Bazar in Chittagong. Eight were injured as the supporters of Chittagong University unit BCL president and general secretaries locked in a clash on 4 May. Besides, they were reported to be involved with many other crimes.A clash with cops left 25 BCL men injured after they had opted for vandalism to stop the construction work of a swimming pool at Chittagong Outer Stadium on 18 April.Besides, BCL leaders were reported to have been involved with several crimes at Rajshahi University, Keraniganj of Dhaka and Dhaka University dormitories.Regarding these incidents, the BCL president told Prothom Alo, “We have taken organisational actions against those found involved with such misdeeds. We haven’t supported them.”*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan and Shameem Reza
At least 30 people including five policemen were injured on Saturday during a clash between two groups of ruling Awami League over establishing supremacy in Kolaroa Upazila Parishad Chattar in the district.Officer-in-charge of Kolaroa police station Biplob Kumar said two groups of AL men locked into dispute over delivering speech during a rally organised to celebrate the recognition of the historic 7 March speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as a world documentary heritage by UNESCO.The two groups hurled bombs and attacked each other while several chase and counter chase took place among them for at least one hour.Later, police fired 15 rounds of shotgun bullets and charged baton on the agitated AL activists to control the situation.”The agitation left 30 people wounded including five police members. Among the injured five were in serious conditions,” he said.Additional force was deployed in there to fend off any further unwanted situation, OC added.