Samukai Apologizes to West Pointers

first_imgAdmitting for the first time that soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) were responsible for last year’s shooting incident in the slum Community of West Point that resulted in the death of young Shaki Kamara, the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai Jr., has openly apologized to the family of the deceased and West Pointers as a whole.Minister Samukai’s apology was made in his statement before an array of government officials led by CIC President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the full hierarchy of the AFL, the diplomatic corps and other foreign dignitaries, and hundreds of citizens who attended the Armed Forces Day program at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia yesterday.Last August a contingent of soldiers assigned to West Point to help manage efforts to quarantine that community to avoid the spread of the virus, got into a confrontation with residents who tried to resist the quarantine.In the melee that ensued, 16 year old Shaki Kamara was shot in the leg and bled to death of his bullet wounds. One other person was taken to the hospital for treatment for a bullet that pierced his abdomen.Following the shooting incident the AFL came under intense public criticism for its contentious first interaction with the public, particularly at the time of the Ebola outbreak in the country.There was initial denial by the Ministry of Defense who claimed Shaki’s wounds were caused by barbed wire.An investigation conducted by a board of inquiry set up by CIC, President Sirleaf, linked a few soldiers to the commission of the crime, accusing them of ‘illegal discharge of fire arms’ among civilian population.  But there were no recommendations to reprimand those soldiers or their commander who were found culpable. Minister Samukai in his apology yesterday explained that during the deployment of the AFL to support the quarantining of West Pointers, “a very unfortunate incident occurred in which Shaki Kamara was shot in the leg, and subsequently bled to death.” “We apologize for this loss, and upon your orders we have taken the necessary After Action Review, and punitive measures to avoid a recurrence.”Minister Samukai did not name those responsible for the shooting or disclose in yesterday’s statement what punitive measures had been taken against them and any compensation awarded to Shaki’s family for their loss. Family members of Shaki are yet to comment on the statement of apology made by Minister Samukai yesterday.  President Sirleaf had on previous occasions made a similar apology to the family on behalf of her government.    Meanwhile in his Armed Forces Day statement, Minister Samukai  said that the AFL had collaborated with the joint security in deploying in seven of the 15 counties during the height of the Ebola epidemic last year, and participated in efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola virus disease (EVD).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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How Will World Bank’s US$40 Million Grant Address Limp Progress on Governance Reform?

first_imgWorld Bank Country Director Larisa Leshchenko spoke in generalities on Tuesday, November 22 when she addressed the media on the Bank’s US$40 million grant for governance reform in Liberia.She touched on many subjects which the grant targets. Among them is, yes, governance reform. But she included quite a few other issues, among them the government’s policy efforts to adjust the “twin shocks” of the Ebola crisis and the slump in commodity prices, especially rubber and iron ore. The grant is designed “to strengthen governance,” she said, “with particular emphasis on transparency and accountability as well as budget execution and oversight. It will address key constraints to growth, including electricity, and improve human capacity development, particularly through improved access to education and health.”The grant will also help create a more transparent government, limit corruption and raise the confidence of citizens and investors.Madam Leshchenko also spoke of support within the next three to five years “towards engaging with various stakeholders, including media, to get inputs.”Errol Graham, the Bank’s program leader, added that the grant “will also strengthen weak infrastructure, which is critical for achieving inclusive growth in Liberia.”Well, that is a whole lot that this US$40 million grant is attempting to help accomplish. The question is, what will be its key focus? Is it governance? Is it transparency and accountability? Is it strengthening media? How?Everyone knows that the Liberian media have many, many constraints, including the availability and high cost of newsprint and bond paper, equipment, such as printing machinery, computers, cameras and transmitters to widen radio and television coverage. Since Madam Leshchenko mentioned “media to get inputs,” we would like to know what she really meant. We raise these questions in order to understand what exactly will be the main focus of this grant. What exactly is it that the grant is intended to fix?In Gbarnga, Bong County two weeks ago, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), held an important two-day forum to engage the media in helping to promote decentralization of GOL services. The MIA also craved media support toward the passage through the Legislature of the Governance Reform Act, which has already obtained Representatives and is awaiting Senate concurrence. But it is unclear how the MIA and GOL could be empowered to meet these challenges. The huge GOL indebtedness to media and the serious difficulties media face in getting various GOL Ministries and Agencies and surprisingly several NGOs to pay the media were among the issues raised by journalists during the Gbarnga forum.Madam Leshchenko did not mention how this US$40 million grant will impact the actual governance reform agenda, including decentralization and the devolution of power, which seems to have taken a back seat recently in the whole governance process. We say that because as recently as November 14, 2016 President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed a number of lower ranking county officials, including assistant superintendents, city mayors and district commissioners. These local government appointments, we submit, lie at the heart of the whole governance reform exercise—the devolution of power from the President to the people. Is the US$40 million grant intended to address that? How? That is why we say that the World Bank Country Director spoke in generalities. The question remains, what will be the grant’s main focus? Is it fisheries? Is it finalizing the actual governance challenge, the devolution of power and decentralization?Or is it electricity and addressing the “twin shocks” of Ebola and fall in commodity prices? How?What particularly is this huge sum of money intended to accomplish? Is there any hope that the media might benefit in any way from it?We pause for answers.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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Arsenal legend Sol Campbell to conduct coaching camp in Kenya

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal legend and former England central defender Sol Campbell will visit Kenya from May23-28 to conduct coaching training camp. PHOTO/courtesy.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11 – Arsenal legendary defender Sol Campbell will be in Kenya from May 23-28 to conduct coaching camp organized by betting firm SportPesa as part of their partnership with the English Premier League titans Arsenal.Campbell, who was part of the famous ‘Invincibles’ Arsenal squad that won the 2003-04 English Premier League title unbeaten, will be accompanied by a team of three Arsenal coaches consisting of Paul Drew Tyler, Mohammed Moaz Awadelkarim and Rupen Shah. In the six day training camp to be held at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, 60 local coaches drawn from the recently conmcluded16 Kenyan Premier League under-20 championships and across the country, will undergo professional training which they will in turn pass on to the players.The other 44 coaches are from the grassroots football clubs in Nairobi, Coast, Nyanza, Western, Eastern, Rift Valley, Central and North Eastern.Sportpesa Chief Executive Officer Ronald Karauri while making the announcement said the objective of the camp is to give international coaching exposure to Kenyan coaches, thus sharpening their skills.“The essence is to develop a local football curriculum based on the Arsenal academy program for our coaches. In our commitment to improving football standards in Kenya, we will be conducting an Arsenal Football Training Camp with 60 of our certified Kenyan coaches,” Karuri declared.“The hashtag we will be using across all our communications is #JengaGame. This is in line with our sole purpose of developing the football standards in the country,” he added.Karauri added that the trained coaches will form the Arsenal Kenya SportPesa talent scouting team and will conduct holiday camps to select players for future training camps.However, monthly evaluation of the coaches will be conducted by appointed talent Management Company.“The coaches will be providing monthly reports on the progress of the players selected,” Karuri stated.The coaching is planned to be in two sessions; theory in the morning and practicals in the afternoon.Amongst the topics to be taught include profile of a good footballer, player centered coaching, how to identify player talent, ways to assess good players, developing players’ strengths and balancing their weaknesses.Campbell, who has 73 caps with the England national football team, is remembered by the Gunners fans for his only goal at the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final where Arsenal lost 2-1 to five-time champions Barcelona.During his stay at Arsenal, the central defender has lifted two Premier League titles (2001-02, 2003-04), three FA Cups (2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05) and an FA Community Shield (2004).Before joining Arsenal in 2001, Campbell spent nine years at Tottenham Hotspur, where he scored 10 goals in 255 appearances, and captaining the team to victory in the 1999 Football League Cup Final against Leicester City.He has also plied his trade at Portsmouth and New Castle United before retiring from football.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘The ideal signing to lift Man United back to where they belong – top spot’

first_imgScoring also comes as no problem to Pogba, particularly if he is able to break forward as he so regularly does for Juventus. Once he gains a head of steam, he’s immensely difficult to stop and if the opportunity presents itself, chances are the France international will try his luck at goal, particularly from distance. Only Napoli pair Gonzalo Higuain (5.2) and Lorenzo Insigne (3.6) had more shots per Serie A game last term than Pogba (3.5), a figure that was again more than any United player. 1 Football stats experts WhoScored.com assess what could be the biggest transfer of the summer…On July 5, Jose Mourinho re-announced himself to the Premier League with his first press conference as Manchester United manager. The Portuguese was brought in as Louis van Gaal’s replacement and he quickly went about his business in front of the assembled media, dropping soundbite after soundbite for the press. There was one snippet that will have had Red Devils supporters salivating, though. With regards to the club’s summer transfer targets, he said: “From these targets we have three, until we have the fourth we are working hard on that.” Comparatively, that was more than any other player for Manchester United in the Premier League last season, though that in part was due to Louis van Gaal’s possession focused demands, thus limiting the creative personnel in the squad. With Mourinho at the helm, the players should be freed from the regimented approach that made United so monotonous to watch in the last two seasons. As such, a player of Pogba’s ilk would greatly improve United’s chances of rediscovering their best form. Seven goals from outside the box in the last two Serie A seasons was second only to Miralem Pjanic (8) in that period. When taking into account United scored just 12 goals from outside the penalty area in the same period a direct threat from deep is somewhat essential. All in all, Pogba is considered the ideal midfield player required to help United back to the summit of England’s top tier.  However, he could be about to go full circle if reports are to be believed and it goes without saying that Pogba would provide the necessary drive from midfield that United currently lack. Indeed, only Franco Vazquez (3.5) and Bruno Peres (3.1) completed more successful dribbles per game than Pogba (2.9) in Serie A last season, reinforcing his statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘dribbling’. center_img With Ibrahimovic acquired and Mkhitaryan expected to follow suit, United boast the offensive options required to hurt any team. With Pogba operating in a deeper role, the duo would thrive in the final third. An average of 1.5 key passes per game was one of the better returns in Italy’s top tier last term, while no player registered more Serie A assists than Pogba (12). He would be able to at least match that return in the Premier League given the offensive personnel that would operate ahead of him for United. The Old Lady will be keen to retain the services of her prized asset, but with a host of teams across the continent showing their interest, it will become increasingly difficult to hold onto the 23-year-old this summer. Those close to United can already testify to his ability as Pogba came through the ranks before departing to Juventus in 2012. They will have been watching his development with their head in the hands having witnessed the youngster go from strength to strength in the years following his exit. A world record £100m bid is supposedly in the pipeline, but United have to spend big in order to re-establish themselves as the Premier League’s best side and the capture of Pogba would go a long way to ensuring they find themselves back atop England’s top tier for the foreseeable future.For more stats on Paul Pogba, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have already been confirmed, while the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan is widely expected this week. The fourth player, though, remains to be seen. Reports this week strongly suggest Paul Pogba is on the verge of a sensational return to Old Trafford. The France international, who gained a better WhoScored.com rating (7.81) than any other player in Serie A last season, has been strongly linked with a move away from Juventus for the best part of 12 months now.last_img read more

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First-time test takers excel, but racial gap still exists

first_img naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want 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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAlso, statewide, the first-time passing rate for English learners dropped 4 percent in English and one percent in math. “This is concerning to us&.There’s no clear explanation for why this drop occurred. I will continue to monitor this subgroup more closely.” At Los Angeles Unified, 86 percent of the Class of 2006 passed both parts of the California High School Exit Exam, which is required to graduate. About 71 percent of the class of 2007 – current 12th graders – have passed both parts and in the class of 2008, 52 percent have passed both parts. The overall performance lagged behind that of the state. The district continues to provide intervention to help students pass the exam in the form of after-school and weekend classes and tutoring services. More first-time test-takers in LAUSD passed the state high school exit exam, although a disturbing gap continues to exist between white students and Latino, African-American and those who are learning disabled, according to results released today. Among the Class of 2006, some 88 percent of 10th-grader passed the English portion, compared with 57 percent for Latinos, 60 percent for blacks and 20 percent for the learning disabled. The wide disparity in passage rates at LAUSD reflected a statewide trend. “I remain troubled by the persistence of the achievement gap,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said during a teleconference. last_img read more

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Double danger

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles Now entering their junior season, Justin and Ryan McKillop are expected to help anchor the Centurions’ 3-4 defense. The almost-identical McKillop twins bring plenty of speed and aggressiveness. Both standing at 6 feet and with wavy long hair, they look like rugged, trash-talking linebackers. But at 220 pounds, Justin is an inside linebacker with quiet demeanor. He lets his run-stopping tackles and hard hits do the talking. His brother, a slightly slimmer 200-pound outside linebacker, is of the same cloth. Justin and Ryan McKillop can almost always be found together and are often referred to by one nickname. Teammates and coaches call the pair “The Kills.” Together, the 16-year-old brothers sit through their first three classes, watch film during lunch hour and go everywhere. To their father’s advantage, they share a car: a white Cadillac Escalade. On the football field, the twins seem to think alike. They can often be found making a tackle together. “With their long hair, they look like they should be in a rock band,” said Jason Bornn, Saugus’ fourth-year head coach. “But they are a couple of blue-collar workers who are not into vanity. They’re quiet, and they have to be put into a position of leadership.” The McKillop brothers have accepted taking the leadership position. After a sophomore season in which Ryan led the team with 50 tackles and Justin registered a team-leading five sacks, the McKillop brothers want to help the Centurions reach the playoffs and win. “We got to be the team that beats the other teams, instead of being the Saugus that came so close against Notre Dame (of Sherman Oaks),” Justin McKillop said. “I think this year we all, as a team, set a goal to be the one that beats the Notre Dames, the Harts and Valencia.” In Bornn’s mind, the twin linebackers are capable of leading the team and together rank among the best in Division II football. Foothill League rival Canyon High’s Coach Harry Welch agrees. “I think these kids can play in any team,” Welch said. “They work hard and play well in a high level of competition.” For the McKillop brothers, taking their young talent to compete at the varsity level proved less challenging than making the choice. “It took me awhile to decide,” Justin McKillop said. “But I knew if (Ryan) went, I was going to go too.” ivan.orozco@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAUGUS – After their freshman football season, Justin and Ryan McKillop had to make a choice. They could be assured of playing time as starters at the junior-varsity level, or jump to varsity and risk sitting on the bench. The Saugus High linebackers picked a shot at varsity. All it took was some fatherly advice. center_img “I told them if they played three years of varsity, it would give them a little edge,” said John McKillop, the twins’ father. “I wouldn’t be able to live with them on a team and they didn’t play. I knew they were not guaranteed to play, but I thought it would help them in their last two high school seasons.” The risk paid off. It didn’t take long for the twin brothers to see varsity action. Both earned spots as starting linebackers their sophomore year. They were named to the all-Foothill League team that same season. Ryan McKillop earned first-team defense honors, and Justin McKillop made second-team defense. last_img read more

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January Kicks Off With Cool Hires in Tech

first_imgThe economy is depressing but there’s no shortage of cool new individual hires in tech to report already this year. Mozilla, Dell, AOL Sports and some of our favorite startups have picked up new engineers and executives this week. The biggest tech job news of the New Year, though, may be that Lifehacker’s long time editor Gina Trapani announced yesterday that she’s leaving her position.Check out some of the young year’s first highlights in tech hiring as reported by our site Jobwire below. Jobwire is sponsored by VisualCV, which is a service for job seekers. Jobwire reports on 10 to 15 completed new hires in tech and new media every weekday.Changes at LifehackerAfter four years at the helm of the wildly popular productivity blog, lead editor Gina Trapani announced yesterday that she’s “stepping down from the site lead position to work on Some New Stuff.” Will that be Lifehacker work? Gawker work? Something entirely new? We’ll see! Read our full coverage of Gina’s announcement.Mozilla Developer Tools Lab Adds a Crew MemberWho in web tech wouldn’t love to work in the new Mozilla Developer Tools Lab? That’s what Kevin Dangoor gets to do now, we found out this week.AideRSS Grows Its TeamOne of our favorite companies on the web, AideRSS/Postrank, has hired two more engineers. Fresh from a new round of funding, we’re really excited to see what kind of technology they develop. See our coverage of this Canadian startup’s new additions.Old Media and New Media Make a TradeFormer Chicago-Sun sports columnist Jay Mariotti got scooped up by AOL Sports and Talking Points Memo blogging star Greg Sargent has come on board the Washington Post.Louis Gray Joins SocialToo as AdvisorWeb 2.0 uber-early-adopter Louis Gray took an advisory position at an otherwise unknown startup, he announced this week, and in comments Gray explains exactly what he’ll be doing for the company.Head on over to Jobwire to find out about other new hires at RedHat, MindTouch, Stack Overflow and more. We’re reporting on 10 to 15 new hires in tech and new media every day at Jobwire. From executives to engineers, if you’ve got a new job or your company has made a new hire – let us know! 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Features#news#web marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Data and Analytics: Trends for 2019

first_imgGartner has announced their list of top ten trends in the Data and Analytics market: Donald Feinberg, Gartner vice president , said that “the size, complexity, distributed nature of data, speed of action and the continuous intelligence required by digital business means that rigid and centralized architectures and tools break down. The continued survival of any business will depend upon an agile, data-centric architecture that responds to the constant rate of change.” Augmented Analytics – Analytics enhanced by business intelligence, machine learning and data science Augmented Data Management – Automation of data/metadata management tasks Continuous Intelligence – Real-time analytics integration into standard business operations and processes Explainable AI – Justification to supplement how AI algorithms derived their results Graph – Analytics that allows the exploration of relationshipts between organizations, people and transactions Data Fabric – Seamless data sharing and access across a distributed data environment NLP/Conversational Analytics – Analytics will be more accessible with a more human interface with voice and natural language. Commercial AI and ML – Open Source options will lag commericial ones to fill the gaps in open source. Blockchain – Decentralization of trush of information Persistent Memory Servers – Cost-effective mass memory for high-performance workloadslast_img read more

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With a “Deprecated” Java for Mac OS, What’s Next for Java Developers?

first_imgaudrey watters How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Last week, Steve Jobs took the stage and Apple unveiled its new OS, a sleek new MacBook Air, as well as a Mac App Store. But with much less pomp and circumstance, the company also issued an announcement that Java had been “deprecated” on Mac OS X. According to the release notes from the latest update to Java for Mac, “As of the release of Java for Max OS X 10.6 Update 3, the version of Java that is ported by Apple, and that ships with Max OS X, is deprecated.”“This means that the Apple-produced runtime will not be maintained at the same level, and may be removed from future versions of Max OS X. The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products.” The company also announced that applications using deprecated technologies will not be allowed in the Mac App Store.With Oracle’s patent infringement lawsuit against Google over the latter’s use of Java in the Android platform, and now Apple’s move to deprecate Java on the Mac OS, Java developers might feel a wee bit pinched. One Java developer – a “big Apple fan” – wrote an email to Jobs, asking for more insights on the future of Java on the Mac OS, and Jobs responded: “Sun (now Oracle) supplies Java for all other platforms. They have their own release schedules, which are almost always different than ours, so the Java we ship is always a version behind. This may not be the best way to do it.”The comments from Jobs elicited a response from “father of Java” James Gosling who says that Jobs’s assertion “simply isn’t true.” Gosling points out that IBM, HP and the like all supply Java for their own platforms.But whatever the truth, for Java developers who love their Macs, it looks like there will be some difficult decisions ahead. Develop on Ubuntu? Keep the Mac and ditch Java?What will be the result of Apple’s decision to deprecate Java for Mac OS X? Is this the nail in the Java coffin? Or will the Java community take over the development of Java for Mac?If you’re a Java developer (and even if you’re not), we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Tags:#hack#Tools Related Posts center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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