‘Make Use of Regional Remedies on Human Rights Issues,’ Says INCHR official

first_imgParticipants posed at intermission. A Director at the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), Attorney Urias Teh Pour,  has called on Liberians and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Liberia to make use of regional remedies in order to seek redress on human rights issues.Atty. Pour made a presentation on “Special Character of International Human Rights Law and the Process of Domestication,” during a day-two engagement with the INCHR.He said there are remedies provided by protocols signed by ECOWAS, the leadership of the African Union, and other regional organizations; therefore, Liberians should seize the opportunity to take up issues with these regional bodies for redress.Attorney Pour, who is also a senior civil society activist, said they are resolved in pushing both locally and internationally, to ensure that a war crimes court is set up to prosecute perpetrators of crimes that occurred in the country during the crisis periods.Adama Dempster, secretary general of the Civil Society Organizations Human Rights Action Platform, has promised that his fight to ensure that people account for their actions during the country’s civil crisis is not reversible.Dempster said that as part of efforts for a war crimes court, several international experts on war crimes and crimes against humanity will be visiting Liberia to access the possibility of establishing a war crimes court in the country.“Advocacy is about time and chance, therefore, we thought that we could give a space to get the best time and space, and we feel this is the best time to push our advocacy,” Mr. Dempster said.According to Dempster, advocacy for the establishment of a war crimes court could not be pushed during the regime of President Ellen Johnson -Sirleaf, because Madam Sirleaf is perceived as a party to some of the crimes committed against the Liberian people.“The fact that somebody will admit to giving US$10,000 to a warring faction for humanitarian work, is a clear example that advocacy for war crimes court was not the best option during the past regime,” Dempster said.Roosevelt Jayjay said the office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Liberia signed an agreement with the Liberian government on April 1, 2018, with a mandate to promote and protect human rights through different strategies, including technical cooperation arrangements, capacity building, training, awareness raising, technical assistance, human rights monitoring, investigations and documentation.He said violations range from extrajudicial killings reportedly by police; police abuse, harassment and intimidation of suspects and other citizens; arbitrary arrest and detention, most time leading to protracted pre-trial detention; lack of accountability in cases of violence against women and children, including rape, domestic violence and traditionally harmful practices.Jayjay said that on the other hand, impunity remains a serious problem for individuals adversely mentioned in atrocities committed during the civil wars as well as for those responsible for current and continued crimes.The two-day Technical Engagement session with INCHR in strengthening its capacity in engaging with and providing technical guidance to the Legislature on law reforms and bills and human rights advocacy and accountability are among several activities the OHCHR is undertaken.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ex-soldier found guilty of killing friend

first_imgFormer Guyana Defence Force (GDF) officer Alistair Woolford, who was discharged from the Army after shooting his friend nearly four years ago, was on Monday found guilty of manslaughter.Alistair WoolfordA 12-member jury after three hours of deliberation found him guilty of discharging a loaded firearm at Devon Howell with intent to murder him on November 21, 2014 at D’Andrade Street, Kitty, Georgetown.The verdict was returned 10-2 in favour of conviction as Woolford’s friends and family members turned out in their numbers to offer him support. He had little reaction when the decision was read in court. Howell’s relatives were also present. It was only last week that the accused said that Howell’s death was accidental and noted that he was only joking around when he squeezed the trigger.Woolford told the court last week that he trusted that his squaddie, Jonathon Williams, would not have given him a firearm with live rounds inside. He had also expressed that he sincerely believed that the firearm, which was a 9mm silver GDF service pistol, was empty.Howell was hospitalised after the incident, but succumbed to his injuries on December 8, 2014.Woolford’s friend, Jonathan Williams, had testified that he left his service pistol on top Woolford’s fridge before he used the washroom. According to reports back then, Woolford and Howell were taking turns feeling the gun Russian roulette style when Howell was shot in the neck.Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh has given the cause of death as “respiratory failure” as a result of fractures to the spine. He observed a circular wound to the neck. He said that he saw wounds to the front and back of the neck.Howell reportedly received injuries to his upper spinal cord, and died without regaining consciousness. Woolford will be sentenced by Justice Sandil Kissoon when his court resumes in August. The defendant was represented by Attorneys Compton Richardson and Hewley Griffith while State Counsels Mandell Moore and Abigail Gibbs prosecuted the case.last_img read more

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Meetings 5/21

first_imgWinnetka Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. June 12, Valley Village, 20830 Sherman Way, Winnetka. Call (818) 676-9766 or see www.winnetkanc.com. Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. June 12 in the assembly room at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. June 12 in the multi-purpose room at Woodland Hills Academy (formerly Parkman Middle School), 20800 Burbank Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 484-3270 or see www.whcouncil.org. Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. June 13, Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Ave., Sunland. Call (818) 951-7411. North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. June 14 in the recreation room at the Park Plaza Apartments, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 982-2174. Arleta Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. June 19 in the auditorium at Beachy Elementary School, 9757 Beachy Ave., Arleta. Call (818) 892-2457. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. today, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see www.resedacouncil.org. Tarzana Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Tarzana Elementary School, 5726 Topeka Drive, Tarzana. Call (818) 345-1966. Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Canoga Park Community Center, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 346-4892. Encino Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 255-1040 or see www.encinocouncil.org. Panorama City Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, in the second-floor meeting room at the Mission Community Hospital medical building, 14860 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City. Call (818) 785-9355. Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. May 30 at Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 360-4346 or see www.ghnnc.org. Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. June 6, Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3511 or see www.chatsworthcouncil.org. North Hills West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. June 6, in building 22 at the Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613 or see www.northhillswest.org. West Van Nuys-Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council, 7:30 p.m. June 6, 7412 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 374-9883 or see www.wvnlbnc.org. last_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL ON RELAY FOR LIFE SUNDAY IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgRELAY For Life weekend is coming to an end – with an appearance by Daniel and Majella O’Donnell.Photographer Joe Boland is there to capture the day.  PICTURE SPECIAL ON RELAY FOR LIFE SUNDAY IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: May 31st, 2015 by John2Share 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:letterkennyRelay for Lifelast_img read more

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Torres ‘set for axe’

first_imgFernando Torres faces the axe for tonight’s game against Manchester City despite scoring twice at the weekend, The Sun say.Torres ended his five-month wait for a goal during Sunday’s FA Cup win against Leicester, with Chelsea’s interim boss Roberto Di Matteo declaring afterwards that he hoped the striker had turned a corner.Has Torres turned the corner?But Di Matteo is tipped to leave Torres on the bench at Eastlands and start with Didier Drogba.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report that Chelsea have been told they have no chance of landing Jurgen Klopp, who has been touted as a possible new manager for the club.Borussia Dortmund seem ready to reject any approach for their highly-rated coach.And a number of papers pick up on Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore’s insistence that Chelsea’s John Terry and QPR’s Anton Ferdinand should shake hands when their teams meet at Stamford Bridge next month.“It’s not a handshake that says everybody loves everybody else,” Scudamore said.“It’s a handshake that says ‘Whatever c**p’s gone on before now and whatever c**p will go on after this game is over, for the next 90 minutes, let’s just play a game of football’.“It’s nothing more symbolic than that, which is why, in our view, they should continue. Period.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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QPR v Birmingham: Chery starts

first_imgTEAM NEWS: Changes for #QPR… @WestLondonSport pic.twitter.com/9av0MxDdhi— Nick Reinis (@nickreinis) February 27, 2016Tjaronn Chery is given a starting place for QPR’s game against Birmingham City at Loftus Road.Junior Hoilett and Sebastian Polter are also included in the starting line-up by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who has won just two of his 15 matches in charge.Daniel Tozser drops to the substitutes’ bench, where he is joined by Alejandro Faurlin, who is back in the squad after a thigh problem. Paul Konchesky is again left out.Meanwhile, Birmingham striker Nicolai Brock-Madsen is still out with a thigh problem but Jonathan Grounds has recovered from a knock in time to play.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Perch, Henry, Luongo, Phillips, Chery, Hoilett, Polter.Subs: Ingram, El Khayati, Konchesky, Tozser, Washington, Petrasso, Faurlin.Birmingham: Kuszczak, Shotton, Robinson, Morrison, Grounds, Kieftenbeld, Gleeson, Cotterill, Fabbrini, Maghoma, Donaldson.Subs: Legzdins, Vaughan, Toral, Spector, Davis, Buckley, Caddis.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Why All-NBA voting cost Warriors’ Klay Thompson $30 million

first_imgOAKLAND — The Warriors’ unassuming star rarely complains about his numbers. Yet, Klay Thompson could not help but convey his annoyance both with words and body language over not being named on an All-NBA team.First, Thompson rolled his eyes when informed that Charlotte guard Kemba Walker made the All-NBA third team over him. Then, Thompson questioned his exclusion, which will cost him an extra $30 million he could have earned as a free agent this summer.“I can’t control it. But do I think …last_img read more

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It’s a long wait until Aug. 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCThere is a lot of uncertainty in the market right now. There are many reasons to be bullish and bearish. Below are some of the issues I see that could really impact the markets over the coming weeks and months. Strong disagreement of the June USDA report continuesIt’s been a month since the June USDA acreage report and many still say the corn acre estimates are inaccurate, while few seem concerned that bean acres estimates were lower than expected.The June corn estimate was only 1 million to 2 million acres below the March intentions report. After the prolonged and widespread planting issues and flooding, it’s easy to see why many disagree with the June report. However, after digging into the numbers in late June, I expressed my concern that the USDA may have been on to something that many market participants missed.For the last 3 years, total corn and bean planted acres have been around 179 million. The June USDA report estimated 172 million, so maybe 7 million prevent plant acres are already being considered. So, with recent discussions suggesting prevent plant acres could be around 8 million for corn and 2 million to 3 million for beans, the USDA may be closer than the many in the market had estimated. How could the June planted acres estimate be so close to March predictions?I’ve been getting this question a lot. I think when corn prices approached $4.40 in late May, farmers pushed hard to get their corn planted to take advantage of the increased prices. Especially since beans were still at $9, an unprofitable price for most farmers. So, farmers may have been on track to plant 97 million corn acres, and if the 8 million prevent plant corn acres is close, the USDA June report may be more accurate than many expect.However, if the June USDA results were inaccurate and substantially less acres were planted, I expect a very quick and large rally after the Aug. 12 report. Weather will be a big focus after the August reportAfter the Aug. 12 report has been released, the market will start placing bets on the late-planted corn yield and September weather. An early frost could have a huge impact on the market. One weather forecaster is showing the frost threat is a 50/50 shot right now. Normally frost is not that big of a concern to the market and we haven’t really had to trade that type of threat in the last 10 years.The two-week weather forecasts don’t look very threatening to most of the Corn Belt concerning heat and precipitation, but September weather will matter more than usual this year. Labor Day may be the equivalent of July 4th in a normal marketing year. If 2-week forecasts after the holiday weekend look cool, there may be upside potential in the market. A warm 2-week forecast may mean prices are topped out until harvest yields start to roll in. More than 50% of this crop planted well after Memorial Day, and usually late planting means lower yields. Why did the market drop this week?One of many reasons given was that because the Federal Reserve cut interest rates because they perceive inflation is under control. This likely caused some funds who were using the commodities as a hedge against inflation to exit those positions and take the board lower.Another potential reason was that collectively funds seem to think planted acres will be high, weather conditions are good and frost is unlikely. Also, corn technical charts are not currently bullish, so funds likely were exiting their long positions. Historically, the market often moves excessively in either direction when there is widespread uncertainty, but it’s difficult to see that when you’re in the middle of the market swings. Maybe the market went too low and a rebound is around the corner. Maybe not. What about the trade war and exports to China?The President threatened to increase tariffs on China last week trying to get them to negotiate. The market did not like the optics of that tweet and sold off. It seems unlikely the trade war will be resolved before the election next fall.African Swine Fever looks to have reduced China’s hog herd by around 40%. This could be a long-term problem for corn and bean demand, unless China can find a replacement protein source that will consume the corn and beans. What about basis?Basis levels dropped 5 to 15 cents throughout most of the Corn Belt last week. However, basis prices are still better than over a month ago. There is still a lot of old crop corn stored away, especially in the western Corn Belt where there were much fewer planting issues. Farmers there may start clearing out bins to prepare for harvest, and this movement could suppress basis through harvest. Obviously, an early freeze could change that, but that won’t be known until harvest is nearly upon us.It will be a long wait for everyone until Aug. 12. Please email jon@superiorfeed.com with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.last_img read more

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3 Secrets of Trackable Racing Revealed

first_img SharePrint RelatedTrackable Do’s and Don’tsJune 16, 2014In “Learn”Five reminders about trackablesAugust 28, 2018In “News”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar post You’ve joined the HQ Duck Dash and you’re in it to win it — “it” being global recognition and eternal bragging rights of course.Like competitive sports everywhere, trackable racing has its insider secrets. So what is the “carb-loading” (marathon running) or “jaw-xercising” (competitive eating) equivalent of trackable racing?It all comes down to collaboration and communication! While not immediately obvious, the HQ Duck Dash is a team sport — you’re just playing with people you’ve most likely never met. Your job, as trackable team captain, is to get all your faraway teammates on the same page. Here are 3 tips to get you started:TB Tip #1: Establish a clear goal for your trackable. With five very different categories, it’s unlikely that you’ll sweep them all. Pick and choose your strengths!TB Tip #2: Communicate your goal clearly on the trackable page so that other geocachers can help your trackable along. The trackable mission statement at the end of this blog post can be used as a sample for your own trackable racer. Make sure you tailor it to the HQ Duck Dash categories you’d like to compete in — and don’t forget to include the part about ending at an International Geocaching Day event on August 20!TB Tip #3: Send encouraging messages to your fellow geocachers using the Message Center — encouraging being the key word here. Trackable racing is a polite sport!Sample Mission StatementEvery trackable entered into HQ Duck Dash will receive a special digital icon, helping to identify it as part of the race.This trackable is competing in the HQ Duck Dash!This trackable is racing in the HQ Duck Dash 2016. To be eligible for global recognition and eternal bragging rights, it needs to make it to a geocaching event on International Geocaching Day (August 20, 2016). You can find a list of events here: https://www.geocaching.com/calendar/ is competing in the following race categories: Most Geocaches InvolvedMost Story-Worthy Moment (Best Log)Please move this trackable to its next geocache and leave a nice log about your experience to help it meet its goal! Thank you!Go here to learn more about the HQ Duck Dash.What tips do you have for trackable racing success? Tell us in the comments below.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Custodians Rush to Sebi Over Curbs on NRI Investment in FPIs

first_imgForeign and local custodians, which function as the vital link between foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) and the Indian stock market, have rushed to the markets regulator to figure out the fate of several offshore funds linked to non-resident Indians (NRIs). These funds have been impacted by a new rule by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) curbing NRI investment and control on FPIs. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

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