LRRRC: ‘No More Sierra Leonean Refugees in Liberia’

first_imgAn official of LRRRC at a recent press conference in Monrovia.Authorities of the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) said there are no more Sierra Leonean refugees in the country. As such, it is taken aback by a protest recently carried out by a group claiming to be refugees from the neighboring country demanding resettlement benefits.The LRRRC in a recent press statement said those requesting for resettlement in a third country should rethink their decision or back off from disturbing public peace whether now or in the future, because the Commission has no more record of Sierra Leonean refugees in the country.According to the press statement,  “In 2008, the cessation clause for Liberians and Sierra Leonean refugees the world over was invoked, thereby ending the refugee status of Sierra Leoneans residing in Liberia.“Also in 2016, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Geneva, Switzerland Office issued a circular informing its offices that all refugees in the sub-region, including Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, will no longer receive international protection assistance from the agency, specifically given the fact that there is a prevailing improved political situation in those countries,” the statement said.The Geneva circular also informed the UNHCR offices in the three war-affected countries to begin working with the case load for possible integration and voluntary repatriation.According to the release, 85 family heads, totaling a number of 295 individuals, including children, were given livelihood assistance from the UNHCR, and they (former refugees) signed appropriate documentation separating them from the status of refugee and became integrated into the communities.The Commission said considering that Sierra Leone has had at least two or more democratic elections, there is no doubt that the sister country to Liberia is safe for not only its citizens but anyone else from around the world.“The LRRRC is pleased to inform the public that UNHCR provided some financial assistance to some of the remaining Sierra Leonean refugees at that time in Liberia upon their presentation of business plans, and since then, this Commission is aware that those who did not return have been integrated in the country already,” the statement said.The Commission said due to some security concerns, UNHCR granted asylum to 65 of the former Sierra Leonean refugees and that they are peacefully residing in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local TELUS employees picking up litter along Community Trail

first_img[asset|aid=1435|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=85a4b80efb025484a6b8161423ead727-Duane Brooks 2_1_Pub.mp3] Volunteers will be picking up litter from 10 in the morning until Noon on Saturday. Staff from a local business will be picking up litter along the Community Trail in Fort St. John. This Saturday, volunteers from TELUS in Fort St. John will be celebrating the ‘TELUS Day of Service’ by cleaning up the trail. Service Manager Duane Brooks says around a dozen members will be participating. He says the area is particularly important to him because he uses the trail. – Advertisement -[asset|aid=1434|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=85a4b80efb025484a6b8161423ead727-Duane Brooks 1_1_Pub.mp3] This is the fourth annual TELUS Day of Service. In the past, businesses throughout Canada focused on poverty, youth initiatives, and environmental volunteering.Brooks says when all the TELUS dealers team up throughout Canada, a big difference can be made.Advertisementlast_img read more

Zucker rebuffs advances from Vegas

first_imgLAS VEGAS – It looked like love at first sight for Bruton Smith. Not so much for California Speedway president Gillian Zucker. Smith, the eccentric 80-year-old billionaire whose company owns Las Vegas Motor Speedway, was holding court with the media on Friday and bad-mouthing Zucker’s track in the process. Smith began what he termed as “negotiations” with Zucker in front of about 20 media members. With his arm around the 37-year-old Zucker, he whispered softly in her ear, stroked her left cheek with his knuckles and brushed her hair back, occasionally rubbing her shoulder. “Are you in a negotiating mood?” Smith asked gently. A reporter had suggested to Smith moments earlier that perhaps International Speedway Corp., which employs Zucker, would sell one of its two NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race dates to Smith’s Speedway Motorsports Inc. Currently, SMI’s Las Vegas track only has one Cup race per year. Smith has made it known he wants two. Zucker happened to walk into the room around that time and was told of Smith’s remarks. Having never met the owner of the Fontana track’s biggest competitor, she waded into the horde of media and introduced herself to Smith. The next 10 minutes were bizarrely funny and a little uncomfortable, but certainly memorable. center_img “He said something about your interest in selling,” said Smith, with his arm around Zucker. “Absolutely not,” answered Zucker, her arm around Smith’s waist. “Why would we be selling something that’s growing?” Las Vegas has already sold more tickets for today’s second-tier Busch Series race at the track than California Speedway sold for its Nextel Cup race last month. An estimated 70,000 fans attended the Auto Club 500 at Fontana; the Vegas track has announced a sellout crowd of 160,000 for Sunday. Those numbers have caused many in the national motorsports press to question if California Speedway is deserving of two race dates. Zucker was a good sport, laughing with Smith and trying to navigate her way through the promoter’s quick wit and jabs. Before Zucker entered the room – and the fray – Smith was asked about California Speedway’s lackluster attendance. “I need to know more about this track. Where is it located?” Smith said seriously. Told that it was in Fontana, he claimed to not know where that was, either. “Fontana? I know where L.A. is. I’ve never been (to Fontana), I don’t know anything about it.” Later, Smith said sarcastically that since his track had already sold out, he’d be willing to “send one or two fans over” to California Speedway. The tracks theoretically compete for fans since the events are just two weeks apart, and back-to-back on the racing schedule. “Maybe you want to sell it,” Smith said, taking a strand of Zucker’s hair and pushing it back behind her ear. “Would you talk to the owners, would you consider it?” “No, we’re very pleased,” Zucker said. “What if you wake up tomorrow morning and you’re not pleased?” Smith pried. Later, he told Zucker he’d triple her current pay to step away from the speedway, then offered to throw in a $50,000 shopping spree at Neiman-Marcus. “I’ve got the most awesome job and the most awesome opportunity,” she replied. “You couldn’t buy me out of it.” Eventually, the show began to fizzle and Smith said he’d plan on hearing from Zucker on Tuesday. “I won’t be calling,” she said. “& I think that you’re wonderful for the sport. You’re interesting and fun.” Moments later, Zucker said it was a strange encounter. “I walked into it,” she said. “I could have stayed back. I’m not afraid of a challenge. “He’s a showman. He’s the ultimate promoter and obviously could use an opportunity like that to have some fun.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Nyong’o hosts Chapa Dimba Champions Plateau Queens

first_img0Shares0000Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o hosted Girls Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom champions Plateau Queens.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 – Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Girls champions Plateau Queens were on Tuesday hosted for a lunch by Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o after their success in the inaugural youth football tournament that took place over the weekend at Bukhungu stadium.The Plateau Queens who represented the Nyanza region defied all the odds to edge out favourites Tartar Girls from West Pokot 4-3 in post-match penalties to be crowned champions, pocket Sh1mn prize and a trip to London for a week-long training and a metorship with the tournament’s brand ambassador Victor Wanyama. “I want to thank the coaches who have natured these girls who have made our Kisumu county proud. We wish you all the best when you go to United Kingdom get the skills so that you can shine in your career,” Nyong’o said.The match had ended 1-1 after Tartar’s late equaliser through Cheyesh Jeniffer who cancelled out an own goal that had sent Plateau ahead in the 66th minute.Plateau goalkeeper, Judith Osimbo won the Golden Glove, Mercy Akinyi scooped the Golden Boot award after netting five goals while Beryl Eshiteku from Plateau was named the Most Valuable Player.Osimbo was the heroine when she saved one kick before a Tar Tar player blazed over as her corresponding counterpart from TarTar rescued one.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Burmese community rallies to support protesters

first_imgMONTEREY PARK – More than 200 members of the local Burmese community gathered at a park Sunday to show support for demonstrators in their home county now fighting for democracy. Over the past week, a military junta has led a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters. The protests began Aug. 19, when the government sharply raised fuel prices. The protests mushroomed into the junta’s largest challenge in decades when Myanmar’s revered monks took a leading role. In Monterey Park on Sunday, signs reading “Stop supporting brutal regimes,” and “Promote democracy in Burma,” were hung around Barnes Park, 400 S. McPherrin Ave., as pro-democracy groups, religious organizations of various faiths, and refugees of Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – sang, chanted and gave speeches in support of their cause. Many wore red T-shirts as a sign of solidarity with the protesters. Win said he had not seen his wife or children for 11 years until he was able to reunite with them in the United States in 2001. Prior to his election to parliament, Win said he was jailed for four years beginning in 1976 due to his involvement with a democratic student movement. Win said his struggle, however, is not an unusual one in Myanmar. Most student leaders and politicians have similar tales, he said. The recent protests in Myanmar are a continuation of a 45-year battle against the repressive regime, Win said. Representatives of Buddhist, Muslim and Christian religious organizations led prayers prior to the vigil. Head monk Gunnissara Ashin of the Dhammajoti Mediation Center in Baldwin Park said he believes the long struggle may be coming to an end. “This is our time for peaceful dem- ocracy in our country,” he said. The Rev. Than Oo of Covina’s Adoniram Judson Memorial Baptist Church said he believes the nation’s long fight for democracy may be nearing its end. He credited international attention. “The whole world is watching Burma,” he said. Many at Barnes Park said they viewed their support of Burmese democracy as an obligation. Organizers of the event also encouraged demonstrators to attend ongoing protests at the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles in order to pressure China to stop its support of the junta in Myanmar. “Those on the outside have the opportunity to speak – we must speak,” said longtime Burmese activist Louisa Benson Craig. “We hope for change,” she added. “We hope this is a point of no turning back.” The Associated Press contributed to this story. crime@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A day’s worth of discussions and activities was brought to a close at 5 p.m. with a candlelight vigil in support of democratic protestors. U Mya Win, chairman of the Canyon Country-based organization National League for Democracy, said the cause in his home country has been a lifelong struggle for him. Elected to the Burmese parliament in 1990, Win was imprisoned for nine years when the reigning military junta decided not to let a democratically elected government take control, he said. “They accused us of high treason,” said Win. last_img read more

Day laborers begin cross-country awareness run

first_imgSANTA MONICA – Twelve day laborers began a run across the country Saturday to raise awareness about workers’ contributions and to call for citizenship for undocumented immigrants. About 50 people attended the start of the run near the Santa Monica Pier. Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Labor Organizing Network, said the runners would be joined by supporters along the route as they run to New York City. On a route that includes a stop in Washington, D.C., the laborers plan to visit other workers, labor unions, churches, community groups and American Indian reservations to call on the federal government to provide permanent residency and eventually citizenship for immigrants. The run will also send a signal to anti-illegal immigration groups, including the Minuteman Project, that immigrants want to live in harmony with others. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “We can send a message of peace to them, a message of reconciliation,” Alvarado said. “Nobody can take away our humanity.” Because they often stand out in public areas while looking for work with contractors or homeowners, day laborers have become the public face of immigration, Alvarado said. The laborers are continuing an American Indian tradition of running, he said. “Running is a ceremonial act that indigenous nations used to do and continue to do,” he said. “We’re re-creating that tradition.” Stephen J. Eichler, executive director of the Minuteman Project, said the group had no dispute with day laborers as long as they were in the country legally. “The day laborers that are here illegally are the ones that we have a problem with. They have negated our laws,” he said. “It’s not a matter of can’t we all just get along. It’s a matter of they’re breaking the law.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

NOTHING ‘SHEEPISH’ ABOUT SAMMY AND MOSS’ ALL-IRELAND WIN!

first_imgSammy and his dog Moss.Congratulations to Sammy Long from Carrickmagrath, Ballybofey and his Dog Moss winners of the Singles Championship at Irish National Sheepdog Trials 2015 held in Tullyvolty, Johnstown, Kilkenny.This was a three day competition with 150 competitors in the singles section.Sammy also competed in the Brace Section of the competition with his pairing of ‘Moss & Sam’, after holding the lead for two days they finished in the runners up spot. Sammy with ‘Moss & Sam’ have been Brace Champions in 2009, 2010, 2012 & 2013.Sammy & Moss will now Captain the 15 Strong Irish Team to compete at the International Sheepdog Trial to be held in Lockerbie, Scotland in September. Joining them on the Irish team are fellow Donegal men James McGee (Ballybofey) & James McCloskey (Carndonagh).We wish Sammy & Moss and The Irish Team all the very best at the 2015 International Trial.Sammy Long with Grandsons Sam (on the Right) & Joe (on the Left) & his Brace Dogs: Moss & Sam – lead the field for 2 days finishing in the Runner-Up spot. They will also represent Ireland in the Brace Section at the International in Scotland in September.   NOTHING ‘SHEEPISH’ ABOUT SAMMY AND MOSS’ ALL-IRELAND WIN! was last modified: August 18th, 2015 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:BallybofeydonegalSammy Longshepdog trialslast_img read more

Live Blog: Interview with Parker Harris, Co-Founder Salesforce.com

first_imgTags:#cloud#news alex williams Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… I am in a meeting with Parker Harris, the co-founder of Salesforce.com. We have 30 minutes. I am live blogging our discussion. We are starting the conversation with a chat about activity streams.3:35 p.m.: Where we will go – activity stream is more about business and work. it is moving into workflows and a user interface. Salesforce. com is working on ways to use activity streams with task management, activity management — working with activity streams around customer service. Parker compared it to threaded discussions. Customer service as an e-mail stream is a threaded discussion. A forum is a threaded discussion. These are all ways to interact ina service world. Salesforce.com is working how to bring together the different processes in an organization into the UI that comes with activity streams. It will be a common interface. In its beginnings, Salesforce.com looked to Amazon and other consumer Web properties. Today, the influence is Facebook. It’s Cloud 2. It comes to me in an activity stream. The system is intelligently telling me what is going on. That intelligence will be increasingly important.3:43 p.m.: We are now talking about the way multiple presence applications are running at once. Harris is talking about the collaboration that can happen and how they see it at Salesforce.com. People are geo-located all over the world. That’s where DimDim fits in. It can be used in tandem with activity streams and other collaboration tools.3:47 p.m. How does Radian6 fit in? Salesforce.com acquired Radian6 last week. He says Radian6 is less about collaboration. It is more about social monitoring. You can ask: “Are there issues, are there complaints? Is the marketing campaign getting the right response?” Salesforce.com launched its Super Bowl ad and the free version of Chatter. They wanted to see how people were responding. How do you see the activity around an event like the Super Bowl? How do you know what is going on? Radian6 is monitoring what is going on. You can start to see what is going on. Are customers asking for this? Parker says Radian6 has a business for this. There is definite demand. For example, Dell is a customer. They started using a light offering. Dell wanted to step up to something more on an enterprise scale. They started using Radian6. And they love it. Radian6 is a a product is more for the mid-market and enterprise. 3:53 p.m.: I think that is impying we are not doing other things, Harris said when I asked about Dennis Howlett’s post that questioned the Salesforce.com strategy. in the post., Howlett said that Salesforce.com is not talking about in-memory technology. Harris said there is a reason the company is going toward Chatter. People are looking for new ways to communicate. Chatter has been a game changer for Salesforce. To Dennis Howell point – Harris said the company still has amazing technology that is not in production. it is more about memory than in disk. He sad he is happy to buy Dennis a beer and discuss. I said to please include me as well.3:57 p.m.: I asked how is database.com coming along. The company is exposing database.com to Heroku so anyone can use it. It is being developed so you can write Ruby code and plug into the database. You could write code anywhere for that matter, he said. Choose your language, choose your tools. You will take data from Force.com. To Dennis point, maybe in-memory is important. There’s the bell from the Port of SanFrancisco. And we have to go. Thanks, Parker!4:03 p.m. That wraps things up with our brief interview. Parker had to go to a meeting with Robin Harris, Dell’s CIO and I have to get to Doc Searls talk at Sugarcon. We’ll be back soon!center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

A New Guide for Net Zero Builders

first_imgThis post was UPDATED on May 15 to include more recent data from the Net Zero Energy Coalition. Building details for everyoneEdminster said the guide is aimed not just at California architects, but the entire building community, and should be relevant well beyond the state’s borders.“In simplest terms, ZNE is nothing more than a very efficient building with photovoltaics on top,” Edminster writes. The guide outlines how architects can address the three keys to meeting net-zero requirements: building an efficient thermal enclosure, choosing highly efficient mechanical systems, and installing solar energy systems.Complaints from architects about the new energy standards and solar requirements have been muted.“Anybody who’s been paying any attention knows this has been coming for quite a long time,” she said. “We’ve had a dozen years since the original pronouncement and the implementation, which still falls fairly significantly short of that aspiration. So I don’t think anybody’s really startled.”Even the building industry’s trade groups, which normally might be digging in their heels at new requirements, have found the new codes “pretty reasonable,” she said.One exception: architects who cater to the wealthy. It will be harder and harder for them to get away with floor-to-ceiling glass in the houses they design, Edminster said, because plans can’t swap more PV for lower building efficiency.“There will be some resistance,” she said. “But they will cope.” Zero-Energy Construction is ‘Set to Explode’California Poised to Require Solar PanelsTo Net Zero and Beyond The Department of Energy Chooses a Definition for Net ZeroBuilding a Low-Cost Zero-Energy HomeRevisiting Net Zero Energy RELATED ARTICLES center_img California’s steady move toward net-zero energy construction has prompted the publication of a new guide for architects called the Zero Net Energy Primer.Written by Ann V. Edminster, an architect (and a member of the GBA advisory team), the ZNE Primer was published by the American Institute of Architects, California Council and financed by Pacific Gas & Electric. It comes against a backdrop of increasingly stringent requirements in Title 24, the state’s efficiency code for buildings.California has the largest concentration of net-zero homes in the country. A 2017 report from the Net Zero Energy Coalition said that 5,279 of the 13,906 net-zero residential units in North America are located in California. More will be on the way in the wake of a vote by the California Energy Commission earlier this month to require single-family to include solar panels beginning in 2020.“Significantly, more than 90% of these homes are in developer-initiated, multi-unit projects, demonstrating that these pioneering developers believe that ZNE makes solid business sense — and not just at the high end of the market,” Edminster’s introduction reads. “The inventory includes thousands of units of ZNE workforce housing and production homes, in a wide range of US climates. The takeaway is that ZNE is highly affordable when you know how to do it.” Net-zero for electricity useExactly what “net zero” means often depends on who you ask. Loosely speaking, a net-zero energy house is one that produces as much energy as it uses over the course of a year through a combination of energy-efficient building design and on-site energy production. But definitions can include both “site” and “source” energy and require designers to calculate energy equivalencies between various types of fuel and where the energy was generated.In this case, the 2019 version of Title 24 requires builders to include a large enough PV array to offset typical electrical loads, Edminster said in a telephone call. Mixed-fuel houses — houses that burn natural gas as well as use electricity — won’t have to include solar panels that generate the equivalent of gas-produced energy. But the next version of Title 24 may be different, and by 2030 the state could be imposing net-zero standards on commercial buildings as well.California will require that architects submit their designs, along with a Title 24 report, showing how the building complies with the code. But it doesn’t require any documentation on actual energy use after occupants have moved in. Compliance grows more complicated with the addition of “time-dependent valuation” that’s designed to set the relative value of energy based on when it is produced and when it’s used.Although challenging in some of the details, Edminster calls the code changes “ZNE light, or ZNE-ish,” far from the intent of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s original and sweeping net-zero pronouncement back in 2006.last_img read more

Trupti Desai alleges death threat ; to seek police protection

first_imgBhumata Brigade leader Trupti Desai on Monday said she would be seeking police protection after having allegedly received a string of death threats since she announced her intention to worship at Sabarimala temple in Kerala following the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the temple.Ms. Desai said she had received more than 200 posts of an extremely offensive nature — several among them threats to her life — since Friday last week on her Facebook page threatening her with dire consequences if she attempted to visit Sabarimala. “Since I approved of the SC verdict and announced my decision to visit the temple, I have been bombarded with a continuous stream of death threats and expletives. My fake pictures are circulating on social media in a bid to tarnish my reputation. While I have received threats in the past, the magnitude and the incessant profanities in the posts this time is appalling,” Ms. Desai told The Hindu.She said she would be requesting the Pune Commissioner of Police to grant her protection in Pune as well as during her visit to the temple in Kerala.“We have not yet fixed the date for the Sabarimala visit, but it would probably be sometime after Diwali,” she said, adding that she was undeterred by the threats, and was more than ever determined to offer worship at Sabarimala.Ms. Desai’s highly publicised temple-entry ‘crusades’ over the past few years to demolish gender barriers at shrines across Maharashtra has led to temple trustees opening the inner sanctum of the historic Shani Shingnapur Temple in Ahmednagar district to women in April 2016.She had also mounted a campaign to seek entry for women in the core area of the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai. Ms. Desai had written more than once to the Sabarimala trustees, demanding entry to women of all ages.“It is patently unjust to debar women for a whole month, owing to their menstruating cycle. We strongly challenge these outmoded notions of purity and deem it a gross injustice to devotees of Lord Ayappa,” Ms. Desai had said in a letter in 2016, exhorting the trustees to take “an historic decision” by ending the gender discrimination once and for all by lifting the ban.In December last year, she had announced her decision to visit the temple, but called it off owing to a potential law and order situation.last_img read more