At least 45 killed in ethnic fighting in South Sudan –…

first_imgSPLA soldiers At least 45 people have died in fighting between ethnic groups in South Sudan’s northern state of Western Lakes, a local official said, in a new source of violence in a country already devastated by a four-year civil war.SPLA soldiersShadrack Bol Maachok, the state’s information minister, said the clashes in Malek county started after a group of young people from the Ruop ethnic group attacked rival youth from the Pakam tribe on Wednesday and Thursday.Early on Friday, the Pakam fighters launched a revenge assault on the Ruop, with the fighting still raging late into the day.“It was a very heavy fighting, it has left more than 45 people dead and many injured,” he said.The death toll is likely to climb as the area is remote and officials are still trying to gather information on the incident, he said.In the clashes, houses were burned down and properties destroyed, Maachok said, adding that South Sudan’s military, SPLA, had deployed troops from the state capital Rumbek to try to stop the violence.The UN mission in South Sudan UNMISS estimated the death toll at more than 50 and said it had dispatched a military patrol to the area to establish the level of destruction and the impact on civilians.“We hope to engage the leaders of the fighting parties to press the need to refrain from revenge attacks. We will also intensify patrols to deter further violence,” UNMISS said.South Sudan was plunged into war in 2013 after a political disagreement between President Salva Kiir and his former vice president Riek Machar escalated into a military confrontation.The fighting has killed tens of thousands, uprooted about a quarter of the country’s population of 12 million people and left its small, oil-dependant economy moribund.Violence between rival communities is common in parts of South Sudan, often triggered by quarrels over scarce grazing land and cultural and political grievances. But the death toll is rarely large.The minister said this week’s skirmishes stemmed from disputes dating back to 2013 but it was not clear what exactly sparked the grievances.last_img read more

Dumfries Gets Set For 36th Half Marathon Event

first_imgMarie Curie Community Fundraiser Georgia Ramplin said, “Marie Curie are really looking forward to getting involved with the Dumfries Running Club this year. By choosing us as their benefitting charity for the Half Marathon, the funds raised will make a huge difference and will allow our nurses to continue to provide care for people living with a terminal illness.” The event, which is in its 36th year, which takes place on Saturday 10th September and begins at Dumfries and Galloway College. South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has been asked by Marie Curie to carry out the official start of the race and award medals at the end. The race, which will attract entries from across the UK, will take runners from the College at the Crichton towards Bankend before climbing past the Dovecotewell animal rescue centre with superb views over to Criffel. The runners will then return to the Crichton via Glencaple and the tricky climb back close to Bankend. The final four miles see the runners retrace their steps with a welcome final downhill mile back to the College. South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said: “It’s a real privilege to be carrying out the race start on behalf of Marie Curie and awarding the medals. In my work as Vice-Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Palliative Care Group I have seen at first hand Marie Curie do to support families at an incredibly difficult time and it’s great that Dumfries Running Club have recognised this work”. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries Running Club, Marie Curie, Dumfries and Galloway College and South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth have come together to encourage as many people as possible to join in the fun and take part in the Dumfries Half Marathon. “I would encourage as many people as possible to take part in the half marathon which caters for all levels and to as many members of the public to come along and cheer on those who will be running. People will know that by taking part they are supporting the fantastic work Marie Curie do to support people in our area”. This year’s entrants will also be helping a good cause, after the running club today announced that Marie Curie will be this year’s chosen charity to benefit from any funds raised from the race. Beverly Armstrong  from Dumfries and Galloway College said, “Dumfries and Galloway College looks forward to hosting the Dumfries Half Marathon again this year.  The event is always an enjoyable one and the college wish all runners the best of luck “. Mark Johnston from Dumfries Running Club said; “This will be the 36th race and every year we pick a different charity. We are very proud to support Marie Curie and a number of smaller groups who volunteer in the organising and operation of the run. We know the good work that Marie Curie do locally which is why we are delighted to back them in this way.”last_img read more

Finance receives highest budgetary allocation

first_img Tweet LocalNewsPolitics Finance receives highest budgetary allocation by: Dominica Vibes News – July 26, 2016 274 Views   one comment Share Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Minister of Finance and Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt SkerritThe Ministry of Finance will receive the highest allocation of $134.9 million of the recurrent budget whilst the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development will receive the second highest allocation of $68.0 million or 15.3 percent.The 2016/2017 National Budget was presented by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at the First Meeting of the Second Session of the Ninth Parliament under the Commonwealth of Dominica Constitution on Tuesday July 26, 2016.In delivering the budget Prime Minister Skerrit who is the Minister of Finance noted that the sum of $134.9 million includes an amount of $77.2 million to facilitate payment of interest, sinking fund and debt amortization. “Interest payments are estimated at $25.1 million, while the sum of $52.1 is expected to be spent for debt amortization and sinking fund contribution.”“The amount of $32.0 million is allocated for retiring benefits to public officers, gratuities to officers on contract, the payment of compassionate allowance and to meet payment of non-contributory pensions to senior citizens over the age of seventy.”Mr Skerrit noted that the expenditure on education will increase in 2016/17 due to increased provision for maintenance and repairs to both primary and secondary school buildings. He said government will also continue to provide support to education at all levels from early childhood to tertiary level.“The Ministry of Health and the Environment will receive $54.8 million or 12.3 percent of the total. Provision is being made for filling a number of positions, in an effort to provide improved quality health services.”He also announced that Ministry of Justice, Immigration and National Security will receive an allocation of $46.9 million or 10.6 percent of the total, whilst the Ministry of Public Works and Ports is allocated $31.0 million or 7.0 percent of recurrent expenditure.“The Ministry of Social Services is allocated $22.4 million or 5.0 percent. Government is allocating an amount of $4.2 million to provide for payment of displacement allowance to people who were displaced by tropical storm Erika.”Prime Minister Skerrit informed that the largest component of the recurrent budget in the amount of $160.4 million is for meeting personal emoluments, which is made up of salaries, wages and allowances.Goods and services account for $108.9 million or 24.0 percent of the total. The sum of $93.1 million or 21.0 percent is estimated for transfers and subsidies inclusive of retiring benefits.“This year, the Government of Dominica will be contributing the sum of $2.0 million towards the capitalization of the Eastern Caribbean Asset Management Company (ECAMC). This is in keeping with a regional initiative to address issues relating to the banking sector in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).”Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton will present his rebuttal to the 2016/2017 National Budget on Wednesday27 July from 10AM.last_img read more

EPL: Chelsea punish Kepa over Carabao Cup final exchange with Sarri

first_imgChelsea have fined goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga one week’s wages, after his bust-up with Maurizio Sarri during the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, Sky Sports reports.The two men held talks on Monday over the keeper’s public display of defiance towards the end of extra-time of the match, which the Blues lost to Manchester City on penalties.Both men brushed it off as a misunderstanding at full-time, but Arrizabalaga has personally apologised to Sarri, his team-mates and the club in full acknowledgement he made “a big mistake”.His wages will go to charity, and he said: “I have thought a lot more about yesterday’s events. Although there was a misunderstanding, on reflection I made a big mistake with how I handled the situation.“I wanted to take the time today to apologise fully and in person to the coach, to Willy, my team-mates and to the club. I have done this and now I want to offer the same apology to the fans.“I will learn from this episode and will accept any punishment or discipline the club decides is appropriate.”Sarri said: “Kepa and I have spoken about the incident. It was a good conversation. There was a misunderstanding yesterday but he realises he made a big mistake in the way he reacted. He has apologised to me, his team-mates and the club.“It is up to the club if they want to discipline him according to the club rules, but for me, this matter is now closed. The team performance as a whole was extremely positive and it is a shame to see how this incident has overshadowed our efforts in what was a very competitive cup final.“Everyone’s focus is now on the next game and we must all now put this behind us.”last_img read more

Kenai Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce Talks COVID-19: “I Need Your Help”

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce took to social media on Monday morning to ask residents for help in curbing the spread of COVID-19. He proposed the use of preventative measures and efforts to slow the spread. He expressed his desire for the economy to keep going uninterrupted, as well as the importance of seeing schools re-open next month, but hopes to see behaviors on the peninsula that will be conducive to reducing the spread. He concluded his message with a challenge to residents of the Kenai: “Here’s your challenge, here’s your task, should you choose to accept it: take personal responsibility for yourselves. Let’s help protect each other and get these numbers down on the peninsula.” He also compared the COVID-19 outbreak to previous illnesses, such as flu outbreaks or H1N1, but acknowledged that this time is different primarily because there is no COVID vaccine to help slow the spread this time around. His message serves as a call-to-action for Borough residents to use CDC standard practices more aggressively: “There are three tools that the CDC has given us from the very, very beginning. Wash extensively, clean surfaces – so we have that washing component that hopefully we’re all practicing every day throughout the day – it’s not just once a day, it’s multiple times throughout the day. Second, we were told to social distance about six-feet. There are these little particulates, droplets, that we emit when we talk and these droplets actually go out and you can’t see them but the virus could be in those droplets.” As of Monday morning, there are 256 reported active cases of COVID-19 among residents of the Kenai Peninsula. In early-May, Mayor Pierce said on social media that the Borough was “open for business,” openly inviting people from around the state to come to the Kenai. On Monday, he acknowledged his purpose in doing that: “It hasn’t been that long ago, I came to you and said we were open for business. My motivation for doing that was to help save the small businesses that operate here on the Kenai Peninsula. There are many of them. I said you are essential and I think you are. You are essential. All of us here on the peninsula are essential.” With regards to masks, the third CDC guideline the Mayor referenced, he echoed Governor Dunleavy’s remarks from last week which called for Alaskans to utilize masks but to do so without the need of a government mandate: “I want to help protect you from me. When I’m in close proximity to you, or I’m in a meeting and I can’t social distance, I’ll wear a mask. I don’t think we need mandates to tell us to wear a mask or not to wear a mask. Put one in your pocket. Carry it with you. If you need it, have it readily-available.”last_img read more

INSIDE AFCON 2019: Peterside Calls For Rohr’s Sack After Eagles Semi-Final Defeat (AUDIO)

first_imgFormer Nigeria goalkeeper Idah Peterside wants head coach Gernot Rohr sacked after the Super Eagles were beaten 2-1 by Algeria in the semi-finals of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday.Riyad Mahrez’s last gasp free-kick condemned 3-time champions Nigeria to an agonizing defeat after Odion Oghalo had drawn Rohr’s men level with his 4th goal of the tournament from a VAR-assisted penalty after an own goal by William Troost Ekong gave the Algerians the lead before the break.The former Sharks and Moroka Swallows shot stopper reckons that the Franco-German coach lacks the technical and tactical savvy to lead the Eagles, and should be relieved of his duties as a result.“We (Nigeria) need someone that has ideas,” Peterside, a former spokesman of the Super Eagles, said on Channels TV on Monday. “At the World Cup, I was there in Russia, and I bled. I bled because our coach (Gernot Rohr) didn’t know what to do when it is required. You don’t learn your job; you don’t learn how to be a coach of the national team, you prepare before you come here.“When a coach doesn’t know what next to do….you know we all saw how tired (Alex) Iwobi was in the game, you pull him. Even the (Samuel) Chukwueze you removed, you brought (Henry) Onyekuru, you brought him to play from the right side, and he is a striker.“So, there are little things: (Ahmed) Musa was absolutely out of the game yesterday, you would have removed Musa. So, these are little, little things but that’s why we pay him (Rohr), and that’s we are able to sack him because he didn’t do his right job.“For me, he has come to the end of the road. It will be surprising to me if we keep him,” the 44-year old Pastor said.In January, the former Burkina Faso and Gabon coach signed a new 2-year contract extension that will keep him on the job till 2021.RelatedINSIDE AFCON 2019: Rohr Gives Reasons For Super Eagles Failure to Defeat AlgeriaJuly 14, 2019In “AFCON”Ahmed Musa Indicates Support For Rohr Contract Extension (AUDIO)November 13, 2019In “AFCON”Inside AFCON: Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr Preaches Humility to SquadJune 19, 2019In “AFCON 2019”last_img read more

Deschamps extends contract with France

first_imgPARIS (AP):France coach Didier Deschamps has extended his contract until 2022, giving him a chance to defend the World Cup title. Since taking charge after the 2012 European Championship, the former France captain has guided Les Bleus to the Euro 2016 final on home soil before winning the World Cup in Russia last year. That made him one of only three coaches in football history to have won the World Cup as both a player and a coach, along with Mario Zagallo (Brazil) and Franz Beckenbauer (West Germany). ‘Proud and honoured’ “I’m proud and honoured to be the France coach. You know the attachment I still have for what this jersey represents,” Deschamps said yesterday. “We are world champions (and) you are judged on your results. If France has not had good since results since 2012, I wouldn’t be sitting here now.”Deschamps has formed a close relationship with French Football Federation president Noël Le Gräet, and they recently celebrated his national record-extending 100th game in charge. He has the highest number of wins (65) of any France coach, ahead of Michel Hidalgo and Raymond Domenech (tied on 41).“It seems important for French football that Didier Deschamps stays in charge of the national team until December 31, 2022, in other words until the end of the World Cup in Qatar,” Le Gräet said. “Furthermore, there is no arguing with his results (so) it’s a very logical decision.”France will again be among the favourites at Euro 2020, with Le Gräet setting Deschamps the usual target of reaching at least the semi-finals. “Our team is among the best in the world today, second in the FIFA rankings,” Le Gräet said. “It wouldn’t be very serious not to have high expectations.”Deschamps is also unique in having both played for and coached France at least 100 times, making 103 international appearances as a gritty but technically assured central midfielder with outstanding leadership and organisational skills. Since replacing former France teammate Laurent Blanc after Euro 2012, he has taken those same qualities into his coaching.But his new contract is unlikely to be good news for Karim Benzema, the Real Madrid striker who remains sidelined since falling out of favour with Deschamps four years ago in a bitter fallout following Benzema’s alleged involvement in a sex-tape scandal.Deschamps has shown both great loyalty and a ruthless streak, in keeping his faith in striker Olivier Giroud – despite Giroud being left out of the Chelsea side this season – and maintaining his hardliner position in overlooking Benzema despite his outstanding performances for Madrid.“I’m happy in my job,” Deschamps said. “I have the best French players with a remarkable team spirit. There are many great things still to be done.”last_img read more

South Carolina’s Mitchell AP’s SEC women’s player of year

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — After leading South Carolina to a top seed in the NCAA Tournament, Tiffany Mitchell was selected Tuesday as the Southeastern Conference women’s player of the year by The Associated Press.She was joined by plenty of familiar faces on the All-SEC team.The first team also included South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson, who picked up the award as the top freshman. Alaina Coates and Aleighsa Welch of the Gamecocks claimed spots on the second team.Vic Schaefer of Mississippi State was voted coach of the year.Mitchell, a 5-foot-9 junior guard, leads the Gamecocks in scoring at 14.4 points per game and was one of just two qualifying players in the conference to make more than half her shots (50.5 percent).No. 3 South Carolina (30-2) shared its second straight regular-season title with Tennessee, captured the SEC Tournament for the first time, and will host 16th-seeded Savannah State on Friday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.“I think my years have their own stories, from my freshman year to my sophomore year to now. All three have been completely different seasons on how people played me and how game plans were (developed) for our team,” said Mitchell, who earlier won the coaches’ player of the year award for the second season in a row. “Coach (Dawn) Staley’s done a great job of telling me to stay the course again and stay true to our team. Don’t do anything different. She said my shots are going to come, just stay within what we do and it’s going to come.”Also making the first team were Mississippi’s Tia Faleru, the only unanimous selection, along with Kentucky’s Makayla Epps and Texas AM’s Courtney Walker.The league’s top scorer, Mississippi State’s Victoria Vivians, was a second-teamer.Wilson, a 6-5 forward, made quite an impact in her college debut after picking the Gamecocks over Connecticut, Tennessee and North Carolina. She is averaging 13.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.“Last year I was home on my couch, sitting and watching,” she said after celebrating the team landing a top seed Monday night. “Now, being here with my girls at South Carolina and all the fans, it’s a great feeling.”In his third season at Mississippi State, Schaefer guided his team to school records for overall wins (26-6) and league victories (11-5). A third-place finish in the conference matched the best in school history.The Lady Bulldogs are seeded fifth as they make their first NCAA appearance since 2010, facing Tulane in the opening round Friday at Durham, North Carolina.“I’m certainly thrilled for my players and my staff and my university for being able to go to the NCAA Tournament, to go 26-6 in year three,” Schaefer said. “In most games, with two freshmen, two sophomores and a senior on the floor, we’re a really young team.”Faleru, a 6-1 forward and lone senior on the first team, leads the SEC in rebounding (10.3) while averaging 14.7 points. Epps, a 5-10 sophomore guard, is among the league leaders in scoring (14.5) and assists (3.0). Walker, a 5-8 junior guard, is averaging 14.4 points a game.Mitchell, Faleru and Walker were repeat selections to the first team.The second team included a pair of Tennessee players, center Isabelle Harrison and forward Cierra Burdick, along with LSU guard Danielle Ballard and Arkansas forward Jessica Jackson. Harrison was a first-teamer in 2014.The 19th annual AP All-SEC women’s team was selected by a regional media panel.___AP Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli in Columbia, South Carolina contributed to this report.___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at read more

Parker bemoans ‘clear as day’ offside after Fulham draw

first_imgSee also:Blow for Fulham as Kongolo is ruled out for rest of season Fulham boss Scott Parker insisted Millwall’s equaliser against his side should not have stood.The Whites drew 1-1 at The Den, where a win would have taken them above Leeds into second place.AdChoices广告Aleksandar Mitrovic put them ahead after just three minutes but Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s goal five minutes later was allowed to stand despite what looked like a clear offside.“I’ve just seen it back and I honestly don’t understand. It (an offside) was as clear as day,” said Parker.The hard-earned point still leaves Fulham in a strong position as they look to win promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.They almost snatched a victory when substitute Neeskens Kebano’s injury-time effort hit the bar.Parker said: “That’s six unbeaten for us now. It’s a tough place to come against a disciplined back five who are tough to break down.“Games like this are always going to be limited in chances and when one falls your way, like the one that hits the bar at the end, you like to think it drops in. It wasn’t to be.”[scriptless] Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

“They choose the wrong clubs” – Suggestion signing for Wolves a…

first_imgLeander Dendoncker’s move to Wolves, and how it isn’t working out perfectly yet for the footballer, is the subject of almost daily articles in the Belgian media. Tuesday’s edition of Het Nieuwsblad has a feature on Zakaria Bakkali and how his career stalled after a good start, and manages to bring in Dendoncker, so called transit clubs, and Jorge Mendes.Aad de Mos, a former manager, is a mouth on a stick in the Belgian media. Always happy to share his opinions and put himself across as an absolute expert on countless issues in football.The Dutchman has given five reasons why Bakkali’s career stalled, and when it comes to number four, Wolves and Mendes get a mention.De Mos explains: “I’ve known him since he arrived at PSV at the age of 12. The boy thought that he was better than anyone else, because he was once voted the best youth player by Nike and that kind of nonsense.”It’s stated that Bakkali, now 22 years of age and at Anderlecht, joined forces with Mendes and moved to Valencia in 2015, on which De Mos says: “Those top agents have ten such boys, in the hope that one breaks through, but they choose the wrong clubs, like Leander Dendoncker, who also plays at such a club, Valencia was a transit house at that time too.”Now, Wolves doesn’t seem to be much of a transit house at the moment. All clubs buy and sell players, but the summer window saw little meaningful outward action for Nuno Espirito Santo.For some reason, and this isn’t first time similar has been said in Belgium, the club has been painted poorly in the country, which may have a lot to do with the palpable dislike for Dendoncker.It’s all a little Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameWill You Build The Most Beautiful City?Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndolast_img read more