Fear and confusion have rocked Nimba County in recent days over the gruesome killing of a man believed to be in his late 50s in the town of Duogorton in the Yarpea Administrative District.During a radio talk show following the confession of one of the alleged perpetrators, most of the callers expressed fear over the ghastly killing and called for harsh punishment for the killers to deter others.Most of the callers demanded the reintroduction of capital punishment, which means the execution of convicted murderers.On Friday, May 26, a man identified as Arthur A. Baymie was brutally murdered in Duogorton on his way from his farm.The man’s corps shows that he had been brutally attacked leaving several deep wounds to his body, including his head, neck, and shoulder before he was left to die.Officers of the Liberia National Police launched an investigation, arresting scores of citizens from the community. The nephew of the victim, identified as 39-year old Yarlo Dahn, finally confessed to masterminding the killing so he could take over his late father’s cocoa farm.Dahn told police that he hired his friend, one Josiah Quoi, to help him kill his uncle and promised to pay Quoi L$4,000 for his effort.Dahn also admitted to police investigators that he used a machete in the attack, after he had discussed the murder with his friend on the farm.Nimba County has several murder cases that are yet to be prosecuted to give affected families justice. In 2015, a motorcyclist was gruesomely murdered in Ganta, prompting riots that led to the destruction of lives and properties.In March this year, two persons were found dead in their apartment in Ganta. The alleged perpetrators are currently in jail.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has hit back at claims that he is to blame for his old club Newcastle’s league positon.Newcastle have lost their last eight Premier League games and sit just two points above the relegation zone in 15th place.Pardew, who left the Magpies in January, has been criticised by Freddy Shepherd over the situation that the club find themselves in.The former Newcastle owner has suggested Pardew is to blame for the club’s league position, but the 53-year-old has been quick to dispute that.“That is typically unfair of that individual, and also the local paper, who make it really difficult for the manager at Newcastle,” said Pardew“The players that they have are trying their very, very best to get that club over the line.“They are a group at the moment that are short on confidence. I hope John Carver and the team can get over the line on Sunday.“The players at Newcastle have been tremendous over the years and during the time I was there.“My results up until I left were pretty excellent, in terms of where we were.“I’m not here to defend that situation, the only thing I want to state is that I really hope Newcastle win on Saturday – it’s a big game for them.” Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew
Monaco want to complete a deal for Arsenal and Chelsea target Aleksandr Golovin quickly after admitting they have lodged a bid for the World Cup star.The Russian midfielder won plenty of fans across the summer, while Juventus are also big fans. Aleksandr Golovin is one of the most wanted midfielders in Europe this summer. But CSKA Moscow are holding out for the biggest fee possible following Golovin’s impressive form at the World Cup.And now Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev has revealed that the Principality club have presented a formal offer to the Russian side as they bid to win the race for Golovin. three-way race TOP WORK Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM targets IN DEMAND Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 moving on RANKED Latest Transfer News The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST REVEALED Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing He told Russian outlet Sport Express: “We have made an offer for CSKA Moscow for Golovin – a more than generous offer.“The contract length offered is 5 years. I think that a transition in a club like Monaco is best option for him, at this stage in his career.“Everything should be decided in the coming days, maybe even today.“But we cannot wait long. If it does not come off, we will look to another option.” Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A donkey, sheep and goats were among the cast of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Palmdale Stake Nativity pageant. Some 200 members of the Palmdale congregations, plus members of the Lancaster and East Lancaster congregations, participated in pageants enacted six times a night over four nights last week outside the Stake Center, drawing about 1,000 spectators. This was the first year for the live pageants. Organizers plan to repeat them next Christmas. “We hope to make it bigger and better,” organizer Sharon Graham said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The donkey came from Fox Feed in Acton, the goats from Fox employee Juan Suarez and the sheep from the Dunn family, Graham said.
A Letterkenny based family are looking to recruit an experienced childminder to mind in family’s own home, from January 2015. The chosen candidate will be expected to work from Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm (times may be adjusted slightly).The ideal childminder would be responsible for 2 children, aged 4 and 2. The childminder will be required to bring and collect 4 year old to and from pre-school each morning.Gaelic speaking childminder preferred.Some light housework required and own car essential.Interested candidates should apply with CV or note of experience by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 12th December next. JOB VACANCY: LETTERKENNY BASED FAMILY SEEKING TO RECRUIT EXPERIENCED CHILDMINDER was last modified: December 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BabysitterchildminderexperiencejobsnewsVacancy
South African film Life, Above All hastaken the Cannes film festival by storm.(Image: OutNow) MEDIA CONTACTS • Stephen LanInternational press agent+49 172 200 6686 or +1 416 923 6327RELATED ARTICLES• South African film wins at Tribeca• New film tackles race with humour• Mandela Day now a global event• 2010 opportunities for SA filmJanine ErasmusSouth African production Life, Above All was the talk of the 2010 Cannes Festival after receiving a 10-minute standing ovation at its world premiere there on 18 May. The film delivers a power message about the country’s HIV/Aids burden from the perspective of a young girl whose family is deeply affected by it.The movie is competing in Cannes’s Un Certain Regard (translated as “a certain outlook”) section for world cinema. This has been a part of the festival’s official selection since 1978, and takes place at the Debussy Auditorium.Introduced two decades after the section’s inclusion in the festival, the top prize is the Prix Un Certain Regard, which rewards innovative young talent with invaluable exposure and financial assistance for distribution in France. The prize, worth €30 000 (R293 000), has never been won by a South African film.In fact, only three African films have ever taken honours in this section – Morocco’s A Thousand Months which took the Prix Le Premier Regard or First Glance Prize in 2003; Moolaadé from Senegal, which scooped the big prize in 2004; and Burkina Faso’s Delwende, which took the Prix de l’Espoir or Prize of Hope in 2005.Life, Above All is the only South African film showing as part of the official selection this year. It received its second and third screenings on 19 and 20 May. The trailer can be viewed on the Cannes website.With a lot of Cannes’ attention going to the forthcoming Winnie Mandela movie, unjustly in the opinion of some as it stars American actors, it is hoped that the increasingly popular local drama will wrench back some of the focus onto the real South African film industry.South African talentLife, Above All is based on best-selling Canadian author Allan Stratton’s young adult novel Chanda’s Secret, about a 16-year-old girl dealing with HIV/Aids and the accompanying stigma. The subject is particularly poignant in light of South Africa’s huge HIV/Aids burden, which has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands and left countless children orphaned.The screenplay was adapted by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Dennis Foon (The Longlight Legacy trilogy, Little Criminals). The film is marketed in France as Le Secret de Chanda.Stratton has since written a standalone sequel titled Chanda’s Wars, which focuses on the humanitarian issue of child soldiers in Africa.Life, Above All is a South Africa-German collaboration, directed by Cape Town-born Oliver Schmitz, the son of German immigrants. Schmitz is no stranger to Cannes, with two of his earlier films, Mapantsula (1988) and Hijack Stories (2000), making it to the prestigious competition. The former film was banned in South Africa at the time, but Cannes was eager to view it.Schmitz was humble about his achievement. “It is the fourth time I am in selection in Cannes but you don’t get blasé about it because it’s the cream of what’s happening every year in the film world,” he said.His previous works have featured the talents of well-known South African entertainers such as Rapulana Seiphemo, the late Dolly Rathebe, Darlington Michaels, Robert Whitehead, and Tumisho Masha.However, this time it was young first-time actress Khomotso Manyaka who stole the show with her portrayal of Chanda. Manyaka’s performance has caused a sensation and has been described as “commanding” (ScreenDaily), “stellar” (Times Live), and “stunning” (film distributor Bavaria International).The cast is entirely South African and includes Lerato Mvelase (Chanda’s mother Lillian), Harriet Manamela (the neighbour Mrs Tafa), and Keaobaka Makanyane (Chanda’s friend Esther).Accompanying Schmitz to Cannes were South African Minister of Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana, National Film and Video Foundation CEO Eddie Mbalo, the film’s co-producer Grieg Buckle, and cast members Mvelase and Manamela, as well as young Manyaka.Renowned film critic Roger Ebert gave the film two thumbs up, noting in his Cannes blog that it was warmly received by the notoriously difficult Cannes audience, who are not known for holding back their favour – or displeasure. Ebert added that even the renowned Jean-Luc Godard, whose latest offering Film: Socialisme showed before Life, After All, managed only a trickle of applause.The lengthy ovation bestowed on Life, Above All is a sure sign of approval – “At Cannes, audience satisfaction can be measured by the length of ovations,” blogged LA Times journalist Steven Zeitchik.“The film is about deep human emotions, evoked with sympathy and love,” wrote Ebert in his glowing review.A modern South AfricaLife, Above All is set in the community of Elandsdoorn near Johannesburg. In the book the action takes place in the fictional town of Bonang, somewhere in Southern Africa. Lead actress Manyake is from the real town of Groblersdal, which is located in the Sekhukhune district of Limpopo province.The film’s central character, 12-year-old Chanda, is first seen as she makes preparations for the burial of her baby sister Sara, who has died. Her grief-stricken mother takes ill and her stepfather is drinking heavily, although nobody talks openly to Chanda about these problems. The child is left with no choice but to take over the care of her two younger siblings.Rumours begin to spread through the close-knit community that the baby died because her mother and father have HIV/Aids – which nobody wants to acknowledge – and the family is shunned. Chanda’s mother flees the village and the young girl looks for answers but finds none. She courageously decides to tackle the situation head-on, leaving her home and school to seek her mother, challenge the gossip, find healing in truth, and restore her family’s name.The film paints a tragic picture of the devastating effect that HIV/Aids has had on many families in South Africa, particularly because of the Thabo Mbeki government’s inexplicable denial of the link between HIV and Aids, and delay in rolling out antiretroviral treatment.Children, whose parents have died of HIV/Aids, are often left to look after the younger ones in the family, trying to survive through any means they can find. In the film Chanda’s best friend Esther, for instance, sells herself into prostitution to earn money for herself and her siblings, becoming infected in the process.However, with President Jacob Zuma’s new HIV /Aids action plan, announced on World Aids Day and brought into effect in April, the situation in South Africa is looking somewhat brighter. Patients will receive more extensive treatment, and all pregnant HIV-positive women will receive antiretrovirals at 14 weeks. Zuma also urged South Africans to get tested for HIV, and to live responsibly.
1 July 2010While the World Cup has brought the greatest football teams on the planet to South Africa, the Football for Hope Festival 2010 will assemble 32 teams that represent the power of the game to bring about social change.From 4 to 10 July, 32 mixed teams of boys and girls aged 15 to 18 years from across the globe will be in Alexandra, in northeastern Johannesburg, for a festival of football. The participating teams will represent organisations that use football to tackle issues such as ethnic violence, environmental pollution, HIV/Aids education, landmine education and gang culture.For the first time ever, the social dimension of the game will be integrated into an official Fifa World Cup event. Football for Hope is more than just a football tournament; each team has been selected not for their skill on the pitch but for their contribution to social change in disadvantaged communities around the world.During their stay in South Africa, they will not only play football but will also take part in workshops and activities where they will learn from each other and improve their work.50 organisations, 32 countriesThey represent over 50 organisations from 32 countries, including traditional football powers like Germany, Cameroon, Brazil and Argentina, as well as others such as India, Lesotho, Tahiti, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Australia, Zimbabwe and Rwanda.The festival will include a programme of cultural celebration by the international visitors and their South African hosts. The City of Johannesburg, which has organised the festival along with Fifa, Streetfootballworld and the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee, hopes that it will help write a new chapter in the history of Alexandra, a suburb of Johannesburg.According to Fifa’s Henry Nasale, the director of the Football for Hope centres, the 2010 World Cup has never just been about football, economic gains or increased figures for the country, although those are all effects of the tournament.Ever since South Africa won the bid to host the 2010 tournament, the main focus of the event and its organisers had been to create an African tournament and awareness of the issues that the continent faced, he said.Football for Hope CentresWhile the Football for Hope Festival is not just about Africa – it is about tackling issues across the world – Fifa says it is on track to roll out about 20 Football for Hope centres on the continent after the World Cup ends. These are a major legacy the world football governing body wants to leave behind after the first World Cup in Africa.The centres will feature a mini-pitch, along with classrooms and healthcare facilities, providing the youth with access to counselling, health and educational services.“We are definitely on track and we want to complete the centres by 2012. In fact, work on three of the centres will start in Nairobi and [the rest of] Kenya in the next three weeks,” said Nasale.‘We are receiving a lot of support’“We are receiving a lot of support from the governments and local communities, so indeed our work is progressing and people will be seeing these legacy centres very soon. It’s just a matter of time.”Five of the centres will be built in South Africa, with one already operational in Khayelitsha, in Cape Town. It is used as a vehicle to promote education, health and community development in the township.Nasale said each centre was designed in close collaboration with its community to ensure that the infrastructure was consistent with local needs. Football-based activities would take place at the centres to provide an out-of-school learning experience for young people.Lucas RadebeFormer Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe, who was a leading light for Leeds United for many years, has lent his name to Football for Hope. He believes football should go beyond the pitch.“I think the time has come for football to make an impact in the lives of people,” he said. “Many of us have become role models through football and many kids look up to us so it only makes sense that we are involved in some kind of community development.“The centres emphasize what we refer to as the power of football because with this game you can do anything. And what better way to use the power of the sport than investing in community upliftment? I’m happy to be part of this.”Radebe will travel around the continent helping Fifa set up the centres.Source: City of Johannesburg
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New Delhi, Apr 13 (PTI) Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today condemned the definition of a “perfect female body” in a class 12 textbook as “sexist” and has ordered action in the matter even as the private publisher has decided to stop the printing and sale of the book.Excerpts from the Physical Education textbook defining “36-24-36” as the “best body shape for females” yesterday created an outrage on social media with critics demanding that the text be withdrawn.The book titled “Health and Physical Education” written by V K Sharma and published by Delhi-based New Saraswati House, is taught at various schools affiliated to CBSE.CBSE, however, clarified that it “does not recommend any books by private publishers in its schools”.”I condemn the remarks in the book as sexist. The text is non-defendable and unacceptable. We have taken serious note of it. I have instructed the officers to take appropriate action in this regard,” Javadekar told reporters.”It is not an NCERT book but by a private publisher and action will be taken against them. We are also asking CBSE schools to follow NCERT books rather than private publishers in interest of earning profit,” he added.The publishers also announced that they have “stopped the printing, selling and distribution of the revised book with immediate effect”.”We do review our books from time to time but some points have remained uncorrected due to an oversight and hence the book will again be reviewed by our editorial board and any inconsistencies found will be corrected,” the publishers added.advertisementThe excerpt from the chapter “Physiology and Sports” which is going viral read, “36-24-36 shape of females is considered the best. That is why in Miss World or Miss Universe competitions, such type of shape is also taken into consideration”.Various Twitter users shared picture of the mentioned text and demanded that the publishers withdraw the content and schools replace the book in their curriculum.In a statement, the CBSE had said, “Schools are expected to exercise extreme care while selecting books of private publishers and the content must be scrutinised to preclude any objectionable content that hurts the feeling of any class, community, gender, religious group. Schools have to take responsibility of the content of the books prescribed by them”.The Human Resource Development ministry had last month said that CBSE has no mechanism to evaluate the quality of textbooks of private publishers and it has no mandate to prescribe or recommend textbooks other than those published by NCERT. PTI GJS KUN
Twice Wimbledon semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga breezed into the second round on Monday with a 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory over British wildcard Cameron Norrie, whose first grand slam appearance ended in a swift and painful exit.Tsonga, the 12th seed, was dumped out in the second round last year but was never forced out of second gear as he swatted Norrie aside on Court Two.The Frenchman began in his usual languid fashion before cranking up the pressure to break twice and take the first set against the South African-born Norrie, who has only recorded one tour-level victory.While Norrie had weapons, principally a decent serve and a whip-crack forehand, they were all too often firing off target, allowing Tsonga to move through the gears at key moments.The match became increasingly one-sided in the second set as Norrie double-faulted to hand Tsonga a break in the sixth game before tamely netting a backhand to fall two sets behind.Tsonga broke twice again in the third set to wrap up victory in one hour and 23 minutes.