Feminist Humanitarian Network Launched

first_imgWomen at the launch of the Feminist Humanitarian Network in Monrovia on Thursday August 22, 2019.-Promote Women’s humanitarian InitiativesThe Liberia Feminist Humanitarian Network, collective of local and national organizations, has launched a network aimed at promoting women’s rights organizations to contribute to Humanitarian responses in Liberia and other parts of the world.The Feminist Humanitarian Network (FHN) is an international collective of local and national organizations, international organizations, academic institutions, and individuals committed to transforming the humanitarian system I a way that promotes a feminist humanitarian agenda.The launch of the FHN was held on Thursday August 22, 2019 at the Millennium Guest House in Congo Town. The program, marked by a panel discussion, brought together leaders of several local and international organizations.The organizations included the National Rural Women of Liberia, the Women in Peace-building Network, Liberia Feminist Forum (LFF), the National Civil Society Council, and the National Union of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities, International Rescue Committee and 50/50 Group of Sierra Leone.Naomi Tulay-Solanke said the goal of the network is to strengthen the agency and amplify the voices of all women most affected by and least supported in humanitarian emergencies.Mrs. Tulay-Solanke, member of the FHN, said they have recognized that the existing humanitarian system does not adequately respond to the specific and disproportionate needs of women in crisis or recognize their leadership.“Together, we are committed to redressing the power inequalities in the humanitarian system by ensuring those who identify as women are at the center of leading and delivering humanitarian action,” Tulay-Solanke said.According to her, the vision is to transform the humanitarian sector at all levels into a sector that is led by feminist principles, that listens to, is accountable to, and is accessible to women and their organizations in all of their diversity and challenges and doesn’t reinforce structural inequalities.She said the network is working to achieve four major objectives: “To proactively encourage and support women’s rights actors and movements to contribute their expertise in humanitarian spaces and responses; to convene women to collectively build feminist leadership and share evidence and learning, which transforms and acknowledges the roles of women in humanitarian spaces and responses; to influence governments and other stakeholders to increase resources to women’s rights actors and movements for work in their areas of expertise; and to work with women’s rights actors and movements to promote humanitarian advocacy based on feminist principles.”Kebbeh Monger, president of the Rural Women Association called on international Non-governmental Organizations to increase support to women, while indicating that “every woman is important and working with Liberian women will bring change.”Madam Monger said in the absence of degrees, Liberian women should be given the opportunity, because they can still play a special role to help in the development of Liberia.“You say Liberian women do not have the capacities to implement programs, but depend on them to give you all he information needed to support your work. You move to the various communities and recruit them to work, yet you refuse to give the funds because, according to you, they don’t have the capacities,” Madam Monger said referencing international organizations implementation programs in Liberia.“We sell our greens and peppers to send you people to school… come and empower us to help ourselves. We are strong and prepare to work if given the chance,” Madam Monger said.International Rescue Committee (IRC) Country Director, Faith Cooper, expressed support to the Liberian women for the establishment of the organization that will give women the space to perform humanitarian services.Madam Cooper said humanitarian response during a disaster is a moral responsibility of every individual, irrespective of their gender.She pledged the support of her organization in promoting humanitarian response but wants the local organizations to increase their visibility to ensure their partnership with international organizations.“If you want to hold the international organizations’ feet to the fire, we are also going to hold your feet to the fire to do more, especially transparency. We have to shift to a new level, especially shift our thinking,” Madam Cooper told women at the launch.Director Cooper said called on both local and international organizations to take ownership of the feminist humanitarian organization by cooperating fully to achieve its goal and vision.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: GARDAI INVESTIGATE DEATH THREATS – ‘GIMME MY MONEY OR DIE’ CLAIM

first_imgSENIOR  Garda detectives are today investigating shocking death threats made against a man who worked for Ballybofey-based French businessman Francois de Dietrich, donegaldaily.com can reveal.The innocent employee brought in at least €8M into the scheme run by Monsieur de Dietrich.We understand that he went to Gardai to complain that he had been threatened with death by some of the people who had given him that cash. The man genuinely believes he will be shot dead.His fear follows reports that cars loaded with angry investors have been seen late at night outside premises owned by the man.Last night a friend told us: “He believed in the scheme. He believed it was genuine and that people could make 40% on their cash in just six weeks.“It is OK to look back now with hindsight and believe that no legitimate scheme could make that sort of return; but he is now talking to Gardai about protecting him.” It it is now thought the death threat man could be making statements to Gardai.Yesterday when we tried to contact the man we were told he was on holiday with his wife and children.There is growing speculation that he is co-operating with detectives and helping them to unravel how the scheme worked.Meanwhile Francois de Dietrich will be called at a hearing of the Belfast High Court next week. Having already been sentenced to a term in prison in his absence, if he fails to show another warrant for his arrest will be issued.FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: GARDAI INVESTIGATE DEATH THREATS – ‘GIMME MY MONEY OR DIE’ CLAIM was last modified: January 22nd, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

DONEGAL CREEPER GANG ARRESTED AND THOUSANDS IN PROPERTY RECOVERED

first_imgGardai in Donegal have recovered tens of thousands of euro worth of stolen equipment after smashing what they believe is one of the county’s most-notorious ‘creeper’ gangs.THIEVES: THEY MADE OFF WITH CONTENTS OF BERNIE’S HOUSEThree people, including a woman, were arrested on Saturday and appeared at Carrick-on-Shannon District Court. The arrests follow a year-long investigation by Gardai after dozens of such ‘creeper’ burglaries across the county.The break-ins to people’s homes usual occur when the owners of the house are actually asleep in bed.Two men in their 20s were remanded in custody to appear to Harristown District Court, Castlerea this Friday.The woman, a girlfriend of one of the men, will appear at Donegal Town District Court on Wednesday.EndsDONEGAL CREEPER GANG ARRESTED AND THOUSANDS IN PROPERTY RECOVERED was last modified: May 2nd, 2011 by StephenShare 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:arrestscreeper burglarsdonegallast_img read more

Car thief told only reason he is alive because he stole a BMW

first_imgA joyrider was told he was alive because he stole a BMW car.Thomas McDonagh was thrown into a field after he lost control of the car and ended up in a field before it hit a tree. McDonagh, aged 23, appeared before Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with dangerous driving and theft.The court was told that McDonagh stole the car from the village of Killea on March 18th, 2017.Garda forensic officers estimated the car thief was travelling at a speed of 91kph when he tried to take a bend which was only safe to take at a maximum speed of between 33kph and 44kph.A Garda patrol came across McDonagh after he had left the road and ended up in a field with a serious head injury.Solicitor for McDonagh, Patsy Gallagher said his client was lucky to be alive today.“My client was lucky to be in the kind of car he was in – it saved his life. It was a BMW 520 SE.“He has simply no recollection of what happened.“He had an internal bleed and needed a lot of medical attention and does not remember anything,” he said.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison agreed saying “It is a miracle the defendant is here today.”The court heard that McDonagh, who is on remand at Castlerea Prison, traveled for about a mile and a half before he crashed.He had earlier taken the car after finding the keys on the car’s central aisle.Judge Paul Kelly was told that the owner of the car was out the value of the car but had not been compensated.He said that the crime deserved a sentence of six months in prison but taking into account that McDonagh had no previous convictions, he was reducing the sentence to three months.He also disqualified the accused man from driving for two years and fined him €300.Car thief told only reason he is alive because he stole a BMW was last modified: April 28th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:BMWcar thiefcourtKillealast_img read more

Downing Street reveal plans for England flag to fly during World Cup

first_imgDespite strict protocol governing flags that can be flown from number 10, the Prime Minister can enact special rules that override them.In a shock move, the Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell also hinted that the Scotland Office will join Downing Street in flying the England flag during games, on the basis that government departments would do the same for Scotland in 2022.Gareth Southgate’s team recording England’s biggest-ever tournament win against Panama, with the five goals they scored in the first half alone already the most the country had ever scored in a World Cup game.Captain Harry Kane‘s hat-trick puts him on top in the race for the Golden Boot with five goals, having netted a brace in the dramatic 2-1 opening game win over Tunisia. 2 2 The Flag of St George will fly with pride atop of number 10 Downing Street for the remainder of England’s World Cup games, it has been announced.Responding to pressure from the media, Prime Minister Theresa May made the decision on Wednesday to unfurl the flag whenever Gareth Southgate‘s Three Lions are in action. Mrs May revealed the move just hours after the Sun launched a campaign to fly the England flag ‘up and down Whitehall’ during games.England face Belgium on Thursday having already qualified for the World Cup knockout rounds, after thrashing Panama 6-1 last Sunday.The announcement was made to the House of Commons when Conservative MP Nick Boles raised the issue during Prime Minister’s Questions.Mr Boles claimed that the country “seem embarrassed about Englishness” and that the flag should fly above town halls, court houses, police stations and even churches across England during the tournament. England sit top of Group G at the World Cup with two wins from two Expectations are rising for Gareth Southgate and England after a perfect start to the World Cup last_img read more

West Nile derby opens new chapter as Paidha host Onduparaka

first_img Tags: onduparaka fcPaidha Black AngelsStarTimes Uganda Premier League Onduparaka are just 5 points off top four. (File Photos)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeaguePaidha Black Angels vs Onduparaka FC Bar Okoro Stadium, ZomboWednesday, 24-04-2019 @4:30pmZOMBO – It is such a pity that one of the most fiercely contested encounters in the country, will be played with one team already relegated.When Paidha host Onduparaka on Wednesday, the Black Angels will already be thinking about life back in the Big League as they became the first team to be relegated from the top tier this season, close to a fortnight ago.Paidha have had a tough first season in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, one which is compounded by the fact that they have used up to four managers already.Despite the change in management on a frequent basis, their fortunes have not changed, spending most of their time rooted at the foot of the table.Paidha have spent most of their stay in the top flight, at the foot of the table.That however, has not been the case with their arch-rivals Onduparaka who have performed just like they did in their first two season.The Caterpillars who also made two managerial changes this season have once again impressed on several occasions and have not been any closer to the drop than they have been, to the top four.Currently occupying 7th, Onduparaka are just 5 points behind Tooro United who sit in 4th.However, derbies are derbies and form is thrown out of the window once the game starts.Despite Paidha’s relegation and Onduparaka’s assured performances, they game which promises to pull a huge crowd, will surely be hotly contested for the entire 90 minutes and if the hosts can pull off a victory, they at least will have a massive result to go down with.Match FactsThis will be only the second West Nile derby to be contested in the top tier.In the first, Onduparaka had to come from a goal down to defeat Paidha 2-1 at the Green Light Stadium back in December.Going into Wednesday’s game, Paidha have lost all of their last 7 League games, conceding 17 goals in the process whilst scoring only three.At home, the Zombo based side have won only one of their last 7 League fixtures (D4 L2).For Onduparaka, they head into the game having lost only three of their last 9 League games (W4 D2).However, away from home, the Caterpillers have been in wanting form that has seen them win only one of their last 8 games (D1 L6). The only victory in that period came in a 2-1 win away to Mbarara City on February 20th.The other games on Wednesday-URA FC vs Mbarara City FC-Express FC vs Kirinya JSS-Bul FC vs Bright Stars FCTuesday’s Results-Police FC 1-2 Vipers SC-Ndejje University 1-1 KCCA FC-Maroons FC 0-1 SC Villa-Nyamityobora 0-3 Tooro UnitedComments last_img read more

Humboldt B52s unload on 45s, score most runs of season in 15-1 win

first_imgIt’s a wonder the B52s didn’t break the majority of their bats Saturday night. Cody Banks produced nearly a full game’s worth of offense himself, garnering four hits and five RBIs while former McKinleyville High ball player Jacob Smith had three hits including a home run as the Humboldt B52s unloaded on the visiting Redding Colt 45s in a 15-1 blowout win at Bomber Field.In the bottom of the fourth inning with the game tied at 1-1 Smith singled to load up the bases with one out and help set up …last_img read more

Deal to boost Africa’s power

first_imgThree African countries are planning tobuild a new 400 megawatt power lineto boost trade in electricity and ensuresecurity of supply across the continent.(Image: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Hon.William NgelejaThe United Republic of TanzaniaMinistry of Energy and Mineral+255 2211 7153-9madini@africaonline.co.tzNosimilo NdlovuZambia, Tanzania and Kenya are planning to build a new 400 megawatt power line to boost trade in electricity between them, and ensure security of supply across the continent.Officials from the three countries are currently securing funding for the project, which is due to start in 2011.Teddy Kasonso of the Zambian energy ministry confirmed that Zambia’s counterparts in Kenya and Tanzania have been authorised to sign the agreement and letters of introduction to formally present the project to potential lenders and donors.The power line will run from a sub-station in central Zambia, through Kasama in the northern part of the country, to Mbeya and then Arusha in Tanzania en route to Nairobi.The project, expected to cost R6.4-billion (US$860-million), will boost trade in electricity between the Southern African Power Pool and the East African Power Pool, which incorporates Ethiopia and Sudan.Kasonso said technical, economic, and financial studies have been completed and each of the countries would be equal partners in the project.The project management unit, incorporating staff drawn from all three countries, will be established in Lusaka later this year.Africa’s energy crisisOver the last few years many African countries – such as South Africa, Zambia, Uganda and Ghana – have experienced sweeping power blackouts, also known as “load shedding”.A combination of factors – including rapid economic and population growth, conflict, poor planning and drought – have been blamed for the shortages.In the past South Africa, with its large stocks of coal, enjoyed cheap and reliable electricity supply, and was able to export power to its neighbours, like Zimbabwe and Mozambique. But this has changed over the last three years.Government’s decision in 2001 to prevent the country’s electricity utility, Eskom, from building any new power stations meant that Eskom had to run its existing plant too hard, so the rate of breakdowns rose.This was compounded by a difficult relationship between the utility and the state, and leadership problems within Eskom. By the end of 2007 the country was experiencing a crippling shortage of power and by early 2008 widespread blackouts plunged the country into chaos.In January 2008 Eskom temporarily suspended its power supply to Mozambique and Zimbabwe to address the acute domestic shortages.Eskom and government have responded to the crisis by announcing a massive programme to expand power-generation capacity.These plans include spending a projected R343-billion (US$46-billion) over the next five years to fund new power stations, with the first one to start operating in 2013. Eskom has also started work on two new coal-fired power stations to meet rising demand.Zambia, by contrast, still has poor power-supply infrastructure. Only 17% of urban households have access to electricity, while in the rural areas it’s as little as 3%. Kasonso believes the new venture with Kenya and Tanzania will help provide more power for the people of Zambia.In Uganda and parts of West Africa recent droughts have depleted rivers, meaning less of a force of flowing water to generate hydroelectricity in those countries’ dams. This has led to further shortages and power outages.Ghana has resorted to using massive gas generators to produce emergency power following widespread load shedding, which has had a serious impact on the economy.The new project is expected to help avert the crisis by also encouraging investment in new hydropower schemes in Zambia. This will generate surplus power that could be exported to other African countries, like Ghana and Uganda.last_img read more

South Africa still to set price for nuclear build

first_img15 July 2015The government still has to negotiate the price for the procurement of nuclear power in South Africa, according to the Department of Energy.It had completed various technical studies, including in depth studies into the cost of nuclear power, funding and financing models and economic impact of localisation, among others, deputy director-general for nuclear energy Zizamele Mbambo said yesterday.“It is important to note that government is still to negotiate the price tag in the procurement process which is why exact figures for the study cannot be made available to the public at this stage. These studies were done to ensure that South Africa is a knowledgeable customer,” Mbambo said at a press briefing in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal on the status of the country’s new build nuclear energy programme.The procurement process would start in the second quarter and be completed by the end of the 2015 financial year with the selection of either a single or a group of strategic partners, he added.Six to eight nuclear power plantsThe first new nuclear power station would come on line in 2023. The government intended to build between six and eight nuclear power plants, and the bid invitation specification and related evaluation criteria would be finalised by the end of July, Mbambo said.“It is important to note that government is still to negotiate the price tag in the procurement process which is why exact figures. cannot be made available to the public at this stage.”Mbambo gave examples of the current world experience, saying the current world experience for quoted numbers for real export would indicate an overnight cost of about $5-billion per 1 200 megawatts, which is equivalent to $4 200 per kilowatt per reactor in new comer states.“In countries with established domestic construction programmes, such as China, South Korea and India, the prices in order of $2 500 per kilowatts are being quoted. Among the 70-plus reactors in the world, there are a number of projects where because of the local market and political conditions the project costs are higher than these figures.”The government was expected to complete its financing arrangements for the new build programme shortly.Mixed energy planIn March 2011, the Cabinet approved and promulgated a 20-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2010-30), which is the government’s electricity plan. It has a mixed energy agenda that puts nuclear at 23% (9 600 MW) of energy source by 2030.The briefing followed the submission of the Inter-Government Framework Agreements on nuclear co-operation to Parliament.These agreements laid a foundation for co-operation, trade and exchange of nuclear technology as well as procurement, according to the department.Going forward, Mbambo said, the government planned to follow the approved procurement process that would include a competitive, transparent bidding process that was cost effective and in line with legislation.Infrastructure reviewWork already done towards the nuclear build programme was extensive. Over and above the inter-governmental agreements, the International Atomic Energy Agency has conducted an Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission, which is an assessment of the country’s infrastructure as it relates to readiness to start purchasing, constructing, and operating nuclear power plants.Of the 10 recommendations made by the panel, several have been completed; others are being reviewed. Strategies have been drawn up in line with the recommendations.The department has also undertaken study tours to various nuclear vendor countries to learn about the technologies they use and the lessons they have learned in using nuclear energy.Vendor parades have been held, with South Africa professionals from government departments, state-owned entities and universities interrogating the vendors’ technological offerings.“The vendor parade workshops provided a platform for South Africa professionals to exchange views with their peers on the nuclear new build programme.”Skills developmentIn addition, in preparing for the nuclear new build programme, national skills development is being undertaken.Mbambo said 50 trainees from the government, entities and industry were sent to China for Phase 1 nuclear training in April. “Plans are under way to send an additional 250 trainees to China this year. Additionally, a memorandum of agreement on skills development was entered into between Necsa [South African Nuclear Energy Corporation] and State Nuclear Power Technology Co-operation of China.”Russia had offered 10 scholarships for Master’s degrees in nuclear technology. A memorandum of understanding had also been signed covering the training and development of 200 South Africans at Russian universities and educational organisations.South Korea had an existing programme to train South African students for Master’s degrees in nuclear engineering; already three students had graduated.Finally, France had put in place 14 bursaries for young people from previously disadvantaged groups to study a four-year engineering programme at various universities.“The negotiations on Nuclear Skills Development with the French government are at an advance stage that could see an establishment of a nuclear campus in South Africa,” Mbambo added.“Government remains committed to ensure energy security for the country, through the roll out of the nuclear new build programme as an integral part of the energy mix. Government remains committed to ensuring the provision of reliable and sustainable electricity supply, as part of mitigating the risk of carbon emissions,” he said.The nuclear new build programme would enable the country “to create jobs, develop skills, create industries, and catapult the country into a knowledge economy”.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Sukma attack: Police question 11 suspects

first_imgThe Chhattisgarh police on Thursday took 11 persons into custody from various villages of Sukma district for “questioning” in connection with last month’s Maoist attack in which 25 CRPF personnel were killed.“We have apprehended 11 suspects from Sukma. They are being questioned,” Abhishek Meena, Superintendent of Police, Sukma district, told The Hindu.“They [suspects] belong to various villages between Chintalnar and Chintagufa. Some of them have accepted that they were involved in it [the April 24 Maoist attack on the CRPF] and they are also giving details about it. It will take some time to bring them to Sukma from Chintalnar and Chintagufa,” the SP added.However, P. Sundar Raj, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Dantewada range), said the suspects had not been “detained.” “They are only being interrogated. If there is any evidence of involvement, they would be arrested and produced before court,” the DIG said.The April 24 Maoist attack on the CRPF, one of the biggest attacks on the security forces in Chhattisgarh in last seven years, had resulted in the death of 25 CRPF men and injuries to 7 personnel.Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir visited Chhattisgarh on Thursday and spent time with policemen at Pollampalli station on Dornapal-Jagargunda road of Sukma.last_img read more