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first_imgMr. Knight wants former combatants accused of crimes against humanity being given their days in court.…United Methodist Human Rights MonitorJefferson Knight, executive director of the United Methodist Human Rights Monitor, said his institution remains supportive of the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia, “because it is time to address the culture of impunity in the country.”Knight said if Liberia as a nation must move forward in sustaining peace and stability, it is about time that the government begins to address the issue of impunity which, for far too long, has exempted people accused of crimes, especially heinous crimes, from being punished or free from the injurious consequences of their individual or collective actions against fellow human beings.He spoke to the Daily Observer recently at the end of a two-day workshop organized by the Faith and Justice Network-Liberia. The workshop was held in Monrovia under the auspices of the Faith and Justice Network of the Mano River basin.Mr. Knight told participants that if the culture of impunity is not addressed by the current administration, the country may likely slide into “another dark day.”He said that the country cannot have a lot of people, who committed heinous crimes and also violated International humanitarian laws but don’t have a single word of repentance to ask for forgiveness from the Liberian people.Knight added that as long as some of those suspected of committing rights violation during the country’s civil crisis continue to be in the corridors of power, the issue of impunity will not be of major concern to them. As such, it is incumbent upon civil society organizations (CSOs), and other stakeholders to keep putting the government’s feet to the fire, in order to establish an economic and war crimes court.He said that the best way to move forward as a people and nation is to have the alleged economic and war criminals prosecuted, which would serve as deterrent for those who might think it is all over.“The establishment of an economic and a war crimes court should now be a major priority for this current government,” Knight said.He also frowned on those “war criminals”  for their actions against unarmed civilians during the civil crisis.“Those family members are still grieving because those who committed these crimes against them are seen moving around with impunity,” something which, he said, is unacceptable in the society.As one of the facilitators of the training, Mr. Knight recommended that the training be taken to churches, to intensify their effort in monitoring the justice system and human rights issue in the country.The events brought together human rights monitors from other institutions, including those from the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgSeniors Lodrick Stewart, Abdoulaye N’diaye and Chris Penrose came away with framed jerseys to commemorate their time at USC. Long after the game ended, as Young walked off Galen Center court for perhaps the last time, the crowd chanted “One more year!” “It’s good having them thinking about me at the end of the game and showing me support that they want me to come back,” Young said. “I feel like part of the Trojan family.” Out of Africa: Family members joined Penrose and Stewart for the pregame festivities. N’diaye, who comes from Senegal in western Africa, said his parents hoped to come out for their first USC game but could not get a travel visa. “I’m thinking about sending the framed jersey to my parents back in Africa so they can see what I accomplished,” N’diaye said. “I know they wish they were here tonight, and they’re with me in spirit.” Coaching plans: Penrose, who is scheduled to graduate in the spring with a degree in economics, said he hoped to return to the USC basketball team as a graduate assistant. “Basketball is a love of mine and I’d really like to start my way into coaching,” Penrose said. “But we’ll see what happens.” USC coach Tim Floyd praised Penrose as the ultimate team player, someone who urged on his teammates at practice and hosted nearly every recruit USC has brought in over the past two years. “When I first got here, it was a little dysfunctional at times, and Penny was the one guy I could always count on,” Floyd said. “He’s a big USC guy and will be his whole life. The kid’s going to be a great success at whatever he does.” Going pro? Gabe Pruitt, who said Friday that he planned to return for his senior season, said after the game that he still may attend the NBA pre-draft camp June 4-8 in Orlando, Fla., to see where he stands. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Nick Young watched Saturday’s pregame ceremony honoring USC’s seniors with envy, knowing he may never get the same treatment. The junior has said he will explore his NBA options after the season, and will turn pro if he get feedback that he will be a first-round pick. “That was very emotional coming out there because it could be my last game at Galen,” Young said. “I try not to think about it, but it kind of got to me because I want my jersey hung up like that too.” last_img read more


first_imgPortugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, World Cup finalist Luka Modric of Croatia and Egyptian Mohamed Salah, who enjoyed a stunning campaign with Liverpool last season, were the three players nominated by FIFA for the world ruling body’s top prize.Now grouped within the FIFA Best awards, it will be presented on September 24.For Griezmann, who helped Atletico to Europa League glory as well as playing a pivotal role in France’s World Cup win, FIFA’s choice was unwarranted.“We had a really good World Cup campaign, the whole team deserve to be awarded: (Kylian) Mbappe, (Raphael) Varane, (N’Golo) Kante, who had an amazing World Cup even though no-one talks about it, or even myself.“But that’s the way it is.”The snub has galvanised Griezmann’s ambition to land the Ballon d’Or, the prize awarded by France Football magazine to the world’s top player as voted on by journalists around the globe.“I think the Ballon d’Or has more prestige, a richer history,” said Griezmann.Conceived in 1956, it has been won by Ronaldo and Lionel Messi a record five times apiece. By contrast, the FIFA Best award has been a stand-alone award only since 2016, having spent the 2010-2015 period merged with the Ballon d’Or.He added: “It’s on my mind and I’ve got three months to give it everything (to win it). We’ll see what happens.”Asked if he felt comfortable “sitting at the same football table” as five-time Ballon d’Or winners Messi and Ronaldo, Griezmann said: “Yes, I think so, although other players would be there as well.“I’m enjoying being at this table, although I know I can do better.“I’m at the summit but I know I can improve, I want to be the most complete player possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Having helped France to the World Cup, Antoine Griezmann has set his sights on personal glory: winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or award © AFP/File / Franck FIFEMADRID, Spain, Sep 17 – Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann says he still can’t fathom why he was not voted one of the world’s top three players by FIFA — but hopes winning the “more prestigious” Ballon d’Or will make amends.“It’s a prize from FIFA and it seems a pity that no World Cup winners were nominated,” Griezmann, who helped France to World Cup glory in Russia this summer, told Spanish sports daily AS.last_img read more


first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – North District RCMP have laid charges against a Dawson Creek man.According to RCMP, on January 3, members of the North District RCMP, in cooperation with the Dawson Creek and Fort St. John Detachments arrested 24-year-old Devin Daniel Calliou of Dawson Creek on an un-endorsed arrest warrant.Police say Calliou has been charged with 19 counts, including Discharge Firearm with Intent, Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Forcible Confinement, Robbery and Pointing a Firearm among others.- Advertisement -Calliou is scheduled to appear in Dawson Creek Provincial Court on January 7, 2020.RCMP Corporal Madonna Saunderson says the RCMP remains committed to the enforcement efforts directed at reducing gun violence in the community.Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is being asked to contact their local police detachment or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Jurgen Klopp watches Liverpool’s draw with Newcastle 1 Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool have acted in the correct manner with their handling of Mamadou Sakho after his failed drugs test.The France international did not play against Newcastle at the weekend and did not travel to Villarreal for their Europa League semi-final second leg after the club were alerted by UEFA to an alleged doping violation.Klopp, the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group and the player himself all decided it was best he did not feature for the team while the issue is still ongoing – which has effectively ended his season.It is believed Sakho has accepted the breach, with no plans to have his B sample tested, and although the club have refused to comment on his current situation as his response and subsequent course of action is confidential as it pertains to the individual himself and not the club, Klopp said he believes they have acted appropriately.“At this moment there is really nothing else to say,” he said.“I think what they are all doing now is collecting information to clear the situation as much as possible.“Then we have to wait for the next steps. It is not that we could do anything or we could not force anything, we have to wait.“Until now we did what we thought was right, there is nothing else to say.”Klopp also shared his view on the Hillsborough inquest verdicts, praising the victims’ families for their unbelievable work in discovering the truth and bringing justice to the victims.“What I could see it was a very, very big moment for all the families. I’m really pleased for them, I am really happy for them,” he said.“They finally got the justice they wanted. I’m really happy.“Twenty seven years is an unbelievable long time but it shows all of us if you’re ready if you fight for the truth, and patient enough to wait for the moment, then it can happen.“I’m really pleased for all the fans, it was a great moment.”last_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The county Regional Planning Commission will continue hearings onWednesday to define the airpark’s decades-old expansion permit. It includes an extended runway, 55 aircraft storage hangars and four service hangars. Many residents fear a larger facility would bring more planes – even jets – and more noise to this rural town of 4,000 between the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys. But Flath’s attempt to reach out Tuesday fell flat. Spears declined his invitation through his attorney Stuart A. Simke, who said in Dec. 29 letter that his client’s and the community’s views have been presented to the planning commission. “The time and place for the resolution of this permit modification proceeding is now January 11, 2005, at the next Regional Planning Commission hearing,” the letter said. Then at Tuesday’s meeting, Town Council member Mary Johnson and others accused Flath of violating the bylaws when he invited Spears without consent of the entire group. The special meeting ended with no resolution. “The Town Council is not allowed to write letters or make statements without the Town Council itself,” said Dee Holland, a resident and airport supporter. “There was no meeting held to authorize him to send the letter.” Flath said he sent Spears the e-mail inviting him to the meeting as a private citizen. His opponents held firm, though, even threatening to sue the panel. Both Johnson and Holland, along with council member Richard Dyer, had won a lawsuit last year against the group, alleging violations of state open meetings law. “If the Town Council does violate the bylaws and the (Ralph J.) Brown Act, I would be more than willing to bring them another lawsuit,” Holland said. Town Council member Peg Spry said she was disappointed by the result. “This was an opportunity to sit down and calm down and attempt to come to some resolution,”she said. Holland said forming a committee could help “educate” residents – including those who have alleged airborne violations against the pilots – on airport operations and flying procedures. “Both the pilots and the community have to be educated,” she said Wednesday. “The complaints are out there because they don’t know what they’re talking about.” But for airport expansion opponents, it’s about preserving the rural quiet and way of life. Jim Jennings, a former Town Council member and now president of the Agua Dulce Civic Association, explained his concerns by stepping outside on the frigid, dark night. “You don’t hear nothing,” said Jennings, who resigned amid the Brown Act lawsuit. “When you have a plane out, it’s a major event.” “Once the ruralness is gone – it’s gone,” Spry said. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AGUA DULCE – A proposal by a Town Council member intended to diffuse long-running distrust between opponents and supporters of a small rural airstrip seeking to grow was a nonstarter Tuesday, after one member objected and the airport’s owner gave the meeting the cold shoulder. Council president Mark Flath proposed at a special meeting Tuesday to form an ad hoc committee of three local pilots who fly out of the Agua Dulce Air Park, and three residents who have complained of noise, aerobatics and other problems. He invited airpark owner Wayne Spears to meet with the public and address its concerns over expansion. It would be a step to build consensus and resolve a long-running feud over the proposed airport expansion that has split the community for decades, said Flath, who was elected in August to the panel charged with advising 5th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich on local policy. “The purpose is for the pilots to work with the people,” he said after the meeting. “If we can’t start working together now, when the commission hands down their decision, it’ll have explosive implications for the community.” last_img read more


first_imgDoran, a fifth-year wide receiver from Germantown, Wis., earned all-district honors for the second consecutive year. Doran, who has 12 catches for 195 yards and one touchdown, owns a 3.53 GPA as a physics and astronomy double major. Jergens is a senior defensive linemen who has started all nine games. He leads the team in sacks with three and forced a team-leading two fumbles. This is the first academic all-district accolade for Jergens, who holds a 3.98 GPA in finance. Bacon, a senior offensive lineman from Hastings, Minn., is on the all-district team for the second-straight year and went on to be named an Academic All-American in 2018. Bacon has started eight of nine games and helped protect freshman quarterback Ian Corwin and helped Drake running backs rush for 1,529 combined yards and 14 touchdowns. He graduated with his bachelor’s degrees in actuarial science and finance. Bacon is enrolled in Drake’s Masters of Business Administration program and holds a 4.00 grade point average. The five are now eligible for Google Cloud Academic All-America honors. Another first time honoree, Kent-Schneider is a fifth-year senior, who has also started eight of nine on the offensive line with Bacon. Kent-Schneider graduated with degrees in environmental science and secondary education. He is enrolled in the STEM Education master’s program with a 3.98 GPA. Jacob Bacon, Steven Doran, Victor Jergens, Isaiah Kent-Schneider and Danny Morales have been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Football Team, as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America. Morales, a sophomore defensive back, has had an outstanding second season. He is second on the team in tackles with 52. Morales owns a 3.74 GPA in health sciences clinical applied. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jon Miller, Fairfield CountyWe ran a little on Thursday and got rain on Friday. We had a pretty good day on Saturday before a rain came through in the evening. The good ground has good yields, but the soil types have made a huge difference so far. The lighter soils really took a hit with the stretch of dry weather this year. We are not running yet today. It was a pretty heavy dew this morning but we will hopefully get back out here soon.I don’t think the standability is going to be very good this year if we get any type of wind event. Some of the corn that died prematurely already fell over. We had pockets of corn already down here and there.Yields were a little lower than expected. It was still good corn, but lower than what we were thinking. It is too early to get a handle on yield numbers, but moisture-wise we were around 21% to 26%. For this early in the season that is not bad so we’ll hit it pretty hard this week if the weather cooperates. We have 300 to 400 acres of 108-day corn and after that if we stay dry and warm we’ll just keep at it.I expect the beans ought to do fairly well, but I don’t want to get my hopes up too high. It will be a week and a half or two weeks until beans are ready. The double-crops look pretty good too. The first crop beans are laid over pretty bad so they are tough to walk through right now.We’ll plant wheat this fall. I’d plant more if the price was more promising. We’ll stick with our normal rotation because of our straw market and the potential for double-crop beans. Otherwise wheat won’t pay the bills, but corn is not looking so great at paying the bills either.We did some test plots in some of the corn we ran. They are tough to learn much from so far. I think running out of water trumped anything we did to add bushels with fertility.For the rest of this week”s reports click here.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Steve Culman, Ohio State University ExtensionTwo new factsheets summarizing key components of the work to update the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations are now available. Updated Grain Nutrient Removal RatesHow many pounds of nutrients are removed with every bushel of corn, soybean and wheat harvested? This factsheet reports new numbers and shows how nutrient removal rates in harvested grain have decreased over the past 25 years.For more information: go.osu.edu/grain. Converting Soil Test Values: Mehlich-3, Bray P, Ammonium AcetateThe updated Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations will use the Mehlich-3 extractant as the new standard for fertilizer recommendations. This factsheet provides simple, standardized conversions that allow users to convert back and forth from these different extractants.For more information: go.osu.edu/mehlich.last_img read more


first_imgShare with your Friends:More It’s more fun. ‘Nuff said. RandolphAgarn and I camped out to (sneakily) watch the FTF in action.2 x 2 Makers and Hiders UniteIt takes all kinds to make geocaching the quirky, wonderful, interesting hobby/game/community that it is right now. Some like to solve puzzles, others like to trek across mountains; some are serial geocache finders, and others are serial geocache hiders. Altogether, these different types make for a healthy (and fun!) geocaching ecosystem.Within this geocaching ecosystem, I’ve always considered myself your everyday, traditional finder—like moss (a little bit boring), but surely important for some unknown, ecological reason. That is, I used to think of myself like moss. Then, a few months ago, I attended a Maker Madness event hosted by Geocaching HQ. I walked out of the event knowing that I too wanted to create great geocaching experiences for others to enjoy… But I didn’t want to hide just any old geocache. I wanted to hide the Mona Lisa of geocaches.There was, however, one small problem. When it comes to any and all geocache making skills…well, I don’t have any. I never took woodshop. I don’t know anything about Arduino computers. And (much to my puzzle-loving grandfather’s disappointment), I cannot solve the Monday crossword puzzle, let alone design a worthwhile puzzle of my own.Hiding without MakingSo how does one hide a masterpiece geocache without having any relevant Maker skills?Luckily, I discovered that geocache hiding, like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, has a built-in Phone-a-Friend option. You see, like the broader geocaching community, geocache hiders come in all shapes and sizes. There are the Makers, who imagine (and implement) the future of geocaching containers; then you have the location hiders, who have a knack for finding breathtaking hiding spots; and finally, there are folks like me.  I am nothing if not reliable, which as it turns out, is a key ingredient to a great geocache. (Ahem, you’ve heard of a little thing called geocache maintenance? No one likes a soggy log.)RandolphAgarn makes final adjustments to our geocache.So, I used my Phone-a-Friend card to call up my friend and Geocaching HQ mobile developer Arne Moen (Username: RandolphAgarn). He is everything that a Maker should be: creative and innovative with more than a few DIY tricks up his sleeve. And fortunately for me, he enjoys making geocaches more than maintaining them, so we formed a geocache hiding partnership. He built the container and I will be in charge of maintaining his creation going forward.RandolphAgarn and I were so excited/nervous about putting our geocache out in the wild that we decided to sneakily camp out on a nearby bench to watch the FTF (first-to-find) in action. Given our geocache’s proximity to Geocaching HQ (home to 70 plus geocachers with instant notifications set up), we weren’t shocked to see the FTF go to a couple of HQ staffers within 20 minutes of publication. ScatterMyCaches and ReidSomething were pumped to earn their first FTF (but less excited to FTF the giant spider that had been quick to make the geocache its home).  A big congrats also to MedicineManOfSeattle and TrailGourmet for the STF (second-to-find).Okay, so our geocache may not be the Mona Lisa of geocaches, but it sure feels good to have played a part in creating a quality experience that many will be able to enjoy.  And, unlike moss, it’s nice to know that we all have the ability to choose what role we’d like to play in our geocaching ecosystem.3 reasons to hide a geocache with a friend You can share the workload. From building a container to maintaining it, hiding a geocache can be a lot of work! Splitting up or sharing responsibilities makes it a whole lot easier.Collaboration inspires creativity. The brain is a wonderful thing. Two brains are even better.The FTF team!RandolphAgarn and I talked the FTF’ers into taking a celebratory selfie with us!Early finders Jwlatona and COOP. What’s the story behind your first geocache hide? SharePrint RelatedGeocaching HQ joins in the Maker MadnessApril 13, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”New Video: How to Hide a GeocacheApril 7, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”Makers’ Secrets Revealed: Blueprints for 3 Amazing Geocache HidesApril 4, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”last_img read more