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Advocacy Groups Push for Justice In Zayzay ‘Suicide’ Case

Posted in kvziqmgj on January 17th, 2020

first_imgIndependent Human Rights Investigators (IHRI), a local based rights group, and the Liberia Independent Advocates for Human Rights (LIAHR) yesterday held a press conference to draw the attention of the government of Liberia (GOL), through the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), to what they referred to as the “culture of suspicious deaths while in the custody of the Liberia National Police (LNP).” These occurrences, the rights groups said, have raised concerns. The IHRI and LIAHR are both raising “serious concerns” about the questionable suicide of Victoria Zayzay, a resident of Virginia, at the Zone 6, Depot 1 police station on Hotel Africa Road on October 21. “The IHRI and LIAHR are gravely concerned about the undue delay, nearing almost three weeks, by the GOL to establish the cause of death in the case of Victoria Zayzay, who the police claim committed suicide,” IHRI national director, Adama K. Dempster told reporters.“Such a claim by the LNP is troubling because our ongoing investigation of the matter makes it very difficult to believe, considering the size and height of the detention cell in which Victoria was held.”The rights groups said they a similar case of suspicious death occurred on November 11, 2014 at the New Kru Town police depot, with the LNP claiming that the deceased hanged himself with his T-shirt after being charged with “persistent non-support” by the LNP.Announcing their doubts ahead of the government’s pronouncement on the cause of death of the Victoria Zayzay, the groups said that because of “the dimensions of the holding cell at the depot, which is about five feet tall, we find it difficult, if not impossible, to believe that a person of similar height could have committed suicide by hanging on the gate, as claimed by the LNP.”“Electricity supply at the depot in question runs the whole night, so how can we believe that under such bright lights, a young girl like Zayzay could hang herself in clear view,” Dempster said at yesterday’s conference.“As we speak, our previous call to GOL to conduct a clinical and forensic examination to determine the cause of death has not been fruitful. We wish to categorically term the action by government in paying a deaf ear to our call as a deliberate lack of interest in the case of an individual who died under mysterious circumstances in a depot manned by personnel of the LNP,” Dempster said.The rights groups called on authorities at the Ministry of Justice to proceed without delay, using clinical and forensic means, to determine the cause of the death of Victoria Zayzay.The groups said that they believe an investigation will prevent the culture of suspicious deaths while in LNP custody, adding, “(such deaths) will be prevented or addressed swiftly whenever they are reported.” On October 21, Victoria Zayzay, 20, reportedly hanged herself while in detention at Zone 6, Depot 1 police station in Virginia, outside Monrovia. She is mourned by her two year old daughter, Hawa, and a host of relatives, including her parents. Police confirmed to the Daily Observer that she was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby community clinic after the LNP detained her for “disorderly conduct.”Family members said the late Zayzay was detained when she and another lady reportedly fought over spilt milk candy valued at L$1,500. According to the commander at the depot, it was decided that Zayzay should spend the night in police custody to “teach her a lesson.”Victoria’s mother said she pleaded with police to let her take her daughter home and return with her the following morning, but to no avail.Meanwhile, the parents of the deceased said they don’t believe that she hanged herself because she did not carry a lappa into the cell as claimed by the LNP, adding that “she also had people to take care of her therefore, nothing could have led her to hang herself.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

After the fact?

Posted in kvziqmgj on January 14th, 2020

first_imgThe 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) are over, but its impact has led to the beginning of other things. For starters, thank you meetings are underway across the country and this is seen as the beginning of the 2020 General Elections campaign. It is useful for various reasons, including keeping momentum for the winner and for introspection on all sides to assess loss and how to strengthen weaknesses.Naturally, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) – which won two thirds of the Local Authority Areas (LAA) across the country – will want to build upon that for 2020. On the other hand, the coalition main partners would seek reasons for its poor showing, with the intention of implementing mechanisms for improvement in 2020. Form all reports, they have begun that process.At its thank you meeting in Sophia, Greater Georgetown last week, many senior officials of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), including Ministers, fanned out in the area and interacted with residents to listen to their concerns. Even a clean-up exercise, led by a Minister, was held in an area proposed for a playground. This was captured in a letter to the press by an official of that party.Interestingly, Georgetown’s Mayor Patricia Chase Green, was one of the persons reportedly part of the team to listen to the residents there. It should be noted that the PPP gained five seats in the Georgetown municipality at the recent LGE. Before November 12, City residents lamented, among other things, that the Council, was not listening to their concerns and constantly acted in a highhanded manner. That was the sentiment, especially among vendors.Now, on the heels of the PPP making inroads, time and patience have been found to receive residents’ concerns. While the adage of “better late than never” may offer some comfort, the feeling of “after the fact” cannot be escaped. An assumption is, a review of what led to the coalition losing seats in its stronghold, the City, was done and that a lack meaningful engagement with the residents stood out like a sore thumb.Also, noteworthy as contained in the letter in question, was the promise of a hospital in the Sophia area. Health facilities are always welcomed and as long the services are available and sustained, residents will be comfortable. However, it would be useful to know if this proposed facility was part of the Public Health Ministry’s plan prior to the 2018 LGE.If it is, then it might have been a well-kept secret since it appears that no announcement was made during the campaign. A project as significant as that in a party’s stronghold is expected to be robustly articulated. If any announcement was made, then it probably missed the glare of the media.Assuming that no announcement was made, it brings into focus whether the now proposed hospital in Sophia was a knee-jerk reaction to shore up the base following the party’s poor showing the recent LGE. Prioritising its base is not unusual for ruling parties and seemingly becomes “acceptable” when it’s not overly at the expense of supporters of the Opposition.This brings into question if such facilities are planned for areas believed to be strongholds of the PPP; that is, Better Hope, Enmore, in the context of governing in the interest of all the citizens. This question should be placed to the relevant authorities especially when the Government boasts of having the welfare of all Guyanese at heart.If the Government is on a quest to boost vital healthcare services, especially in populated areas, then the proposed Sophia hospital must be fully supported. So, must similar facilities in other areas not confined to where its supporters generally reside. If the latter is not taken into consideration and implemented, then the Government’s action, through the Sophia hospital, will be seen as deliberate attempts to only cater for its supporters at the expense of everyone else.This would be seen as discriminatory in the provision of much needed social services and could probably send a strong message that party’s patronage is needed in order to have easy access. Part of Guyana’s history, during the repressive period before the return to democracy, is replete with such incidents as many were made to feel inferior to others. Is repetition must not be allowed, for it will negatively impacts all efforts for social cohesion.Ironically, to the Government’s credit, it established the Social Cohesion Ministry having claimed that in the past, under the PPP Administration, its supporters were discriminated against. Coming into Government, it promised an equal hand for all.While it has time to change this worrying perception with regards to prioritising its support base, in the interest of delivering its own mandate for social cohesion, the Government must immediately address this issue with the intention of dispelling fears of discrimination by any section of society. As in the case of some officials now vigorously engaging residents after the LGE, a delay in addressing the issue in question would be seen as just “after the fact”.last_img read more

Hamilton top in crash-marred final practice for British GP

Posted in kvziqmgj on January 12th, 2020

first_imgHe walked away without appearing to suffer serious injury but Sauber later said he had been sent to hospital for a routine check-up after what it described as “a massive crash.”The reigning champion Hamilton, who was fastest in both Friday sessions, clocked a best lap time of one minute and 30.904 seconds to outpace the championship-leading Rosberg by 0.063 seconds on a cool, damp and overcast day at the former wartime airfield in central England.Australian Daniel Ricciardo was half a second adrift in third place ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari and Valtteri Bottas of Williams.Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso continued to demonstrate the improvement of the McLaren team by taking seventh place ahead of Nico Hulkenberg of Force India, Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari and Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso.Rosberg showed no signs of being disadvantaged by missing the entire second practice on Friday and lapped consistently throughout the time available, while the Briton Hamilton was more selective in his timing of laps in the changing conditions.The two drivers, told by Mercedes on Thursday that they face sanctions including fines and suspensions if they disobey revised “rules of engagement”, worked with restraint and there was no visible fresh flashpoint in their strained relationship.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in action during the third practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 9, 2016/PHOTO/AFPSILVERSTONE, United Kingdom, July 9- Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep by topping the times ahead of Mercedes team-mate and rival Nico Rosberg in Saturday’s crash-interrupted final practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.The session, which began gingerly with the drivers making cautious progress in the temperamental conditions, was stopped for 18 minutes in the final period when Swede Marcus Ericsson crashed heavily in his Sauber car.last_img read more

‘When I watch Joao Teixeira, I see another Philippe Coutinho’ – Liverpool fans rave over Portuguese youngster

Posted in kvziqmgj on December 30th, 2019

first_img1 Brendan Rodgers has left, Jurgen Klopp has arrived and things are looking a lot brighter for Liverpool fans.And it is looking even brighter after Klopp introduced three Reds youngsters to the Anfield faithful during Wednesday’s League Cup game against Bournemouth.Cameron Brannagan and Connor Randall both started but it is Portuguese starlet Joao Teixeira who has left Liverpool fans purring the most.See below for the reactions to the 22-year-old’s performance on social media … Joao Teixeira last_img read more


Posted in kvziqmgj on December 30th, 2019

first_imgFollowing the launch of business lobby IBEC’s local campaign for a Yes vote in the forthcoming referendum, independent socialist republican activist Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has called on the people of Donegal to reject the pro-austerity agenda of big business and vote No.Responding to IBEC’s pro-austerity launch, Mac Giolla Easbuig said, “It comes as no surprise that leaders and supporters of big business are calling on people to vote Yes, as it is in the interests of big business that this treaty is passed”.‘If passed, this Treaty will lock us into a permanent cycle of austerity, low wages and privatisation. It will not, as the pro-austerity side falsely claims, bring either recovery or stability. We only need look back to the Lisbon 2 referendum campaign to understand how the big business lobby is willing to make entirely bogus promises to influence the vote. Lisbon 2 was, we were told, all about job creation. Well IBEC, where are all the jobs that you promised? There are well in excess of 400,000 people unemployed in the Twenty Six Counties and Donegal has the highest rate of unemployment in the state.” Speaking to the small indigenous business on the ground, who are not supporting IBEC’s pro-austerity campaign, Mac Giolla Easbuig said, ‘We all know that more austerity measures will mean that ordinary people will have less money in their pockets, and therefore less money to spend in local businesses. The knock-on effect of this is more closures, more job losses and more hardship.’‘I very much understand the concerns of small indigenous business as I can see the effect on the ground of the damage that is being done to our local communities. These small companies and businesses are the backbone of our local economy and their concerns must be listened to. IBEC does not represent the views of small local indigenous companies here in Donegal who witness the devastation that has already been caused by the austerity measures’.In conclusion, Mac Giolla Easbuig, called on the people of Donegal to reject austerity and vote No, ‘austerity measures are not only causing untold hardship in our communities, but economically make no sense.“The cuts are reducing growth and killing off the local economy. This Treaty will place pro-austerity measures directly into the Constitution. They will force us to adhere to restrictive budgetary measures, which will see the government impose a further €6 billion in cuts this year, to bring the debt to GDP ratio into line with the right wing strictures of this Treaty. “It is an extremely dangerous proposal that will force our people into a future of continuing austerity. It must be resisted and rejected. By voting No to the Austerity Treaty, we will send a powerful message to the Dublin and European elitesthat the ordinary people have had enough of cuts and austerity’.‘IBEC – WHERE ARE ALL THE JOBS?” – MACGIOLLA EASBUIG CHALLENGES PRO-AUSTERITY BIG BUSINESS LOBBY was last modified: May 8th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Coutinho latest: Liverpool star ‘seen crying’ after Barcelona move broke down

Posted in kvziqmgj on December 27th, 2019

first_imgREAD MORE: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu faces no confidence vote amid struggles to sign Philippe Coutinho 1 Philippe Coutinho was apparently distraught over his failed dream move to Barcelona center_img Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho was ‘seen crying’ by his Brazil team-mate after learning that his proposed move Barcelona had broken down.According to reports in Spain, the 25-year-old learned his dream move to the Nou Camp was off on Friday while on international duty.Coutinho is now set to stay at Anfield for at least one more season after Liverpool rejected a number of mega-money offers from the LaLiga giants.READ MORE: Neymar says wantaway Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho ‘filled with sadness’ after Barcelona target scores for BrazilBarcelona’s final bid reportedly came in at around £136million, but even that was not enough to tempt the Reds into letting their star man go, having insisted earlier in the transfer window that he was not for sale at any price.Coutinho was said to be desperate to join the Catalan club, who were eying the Brazilian maestro as a possible replacement for Neymar following his world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.He had handed in a transfer request to try and force the switch, but his plea was ignored by the Liverpool hierarchy.And, according to reports from Calcio Mercato, the Liverpool star was spotted crying by his international team-mates after he was made aware on Friday – the final day of the Spanish transfer window – that the move wasn’t happening.Coutinho has not appeared for Liverpool this season due to complaints of a back injury, however that didn’t stop him being selected for the Brazil squad for this international break and then passed fit to play in Thursday’s game against Ecuador.The 25-year-old showed little signs of discomfort as he scored in the 2-0 victory, and team-mate and close friend Neymar admitted after the game that Coutinho is living with a ‘very great sadness’ after his dream move failed.Watch Coutinho’s goal here: last_img read more

Stephen Allen Crowder, 62

Posted in kvziqmgj on December 22nd, 2019

first_imgStephen Allen Crowder, 62, Paoli, IN, passed away Saturday, August 20, 2016, at his home.  He was born July 16, 1954 in Salem, IN to Norman and Marilyn Archer Crowder.  He was preceded in death by his father, brother Toby Ray Crowder, grandparents Zenes and Sophia Crowder, and Victor and Edith Myers.He was a member of the Paoli United Methodist Church and attended services at the Mercy Center in Paoli, IN.Stephen owned Fort Half Moon Antiques and several antique stores in Corydon, IN.  He was also employed as a policeman at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center in Louisville, KY. He was an avid fan and supporter of the Paoli Rams and the Pride of Paoli Band.  Stephen will be greatly missed.  He was type of person who would give you the shirt off his back and ask for nothing in return.Survivors include:Mother:                                                   Marilyn Archer                                   Paoli, INSisters:                                                      Tonda Vance                                      Paoli, INDebra Flick                                         English, INTammy Marshall                               Paoli, INCindy Marshall                                  Paoli, INChristy Haley                                     Paoli, INStep-sister:                                               Beth Slayton                                      Paoli, INHalf-brothers:                                         Scott Crowder                                    Orleans, INJason Crowder                                    Paoli, INStep-brother:                                           James Slayton                                    Paoli, INAlso surviving Stephen are his many dearly loved nieces and nephews.Visitation will be held Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 2:00 PM at the Dillman-Scott Funeral Home, 226 West Campbell Street, Paoli, IN 47454.  Interment to follow at the Paoli Community Cemetery, Paoli, IN.Online condolences may be made at read more

African economies on the rise

Posted in kvziqmgj on December 19th, 2019

first_img15 November 2007Many African countries appear to be on a path of faster and steadier economic growth, but more has to be done to diversify exports and create an environment conducive to increased private investment, the World Bank reports in its 2007 Africa Development Indicators.Speaking in Johannesburg at the release of the indicators this week, World Bank country director Ritva Reinikka said African economies’ performance between 1995 and 2005 reversed the collapses between 1975 and 1985 and the stagnations witnessed between 1985 and 1995.“Average growth in sub-Saharan economies was 5.4% in 2005 and 2006. The consensus projection is 5.3% for 2007 and 5.4% for 2008,” she said. “Leading the way are the oil and mineral exporters, thanks to high prices, but 18 non-mineral economies, with more than a third of the sub-Saharan African people, have also been doing well.”In his presentation of the indicators, World Bank Africa region chief economist John Page explained that African economies could be divided into three groups: slow growth economies such as Zambia, Guinea and Zimbabwe; diversified economies with gross domestic product (GDP) growth of about 4% a year such as Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Ghana; and finally oil exporting countries like Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Chad and Sudan.Favourable policies, higher growthWith the development report questioning whether Africa’s steady growth had to be attributed to good policies or plain luck, Page said that in his opinion it seemed to be a bit of both, referring to the Albert Einstein quote: “Fortune favours the prepared mind”.However, he said that countries with the correct policies were more likely to experience stronger economic growth.Page pointed to one of the worrying factors highlighted in the report as the lack of export diversification in many African economies, despite good growth in exports. “Many of these countries’ exports that were important in 1975 are still important today.”In addition, he said that while the actual GDP growth of many African countries had in many cases experienced real growth, the volatility of Africa’s actual growth remained a problem, with growth across the continent barely topping 2% over the last decade.“There have been several episodes of growth acceleration, but acceleration was usually followed by growth collapses,” he said. “Thus the very slow long run growth cycles in which growth and then collapse preceded each other in an almost predictable pattern.”‘Good times for the continent’Since 2005 however, economists have noticed that the frequency between what he referred to as the “good and bad times” had started to shift in favour of the good times for the continent.Explaining the term “good times”, Page said it is when savings and investment are higher, trade is substantially greater, and policies and institutions, including the government, function effectively.He pointed out that despite Africa managing to grow in tandem with many of the world’s developed economies, the fact that the continent was a natural resource hub for the rest of the world made it increasingly vulnerable to outside shocks and changes in commodity prices.It was therefore crucial for countries to improve their investment climate, bolster infrastructure, spur innovation and build the institutional capacity to increase private investment, which is crucial to accelerate growth on the continent.Regarding the cost of doing business on the continent, Page explained that Africa was still a “high cost, high risk place to do business as opposed to East Asia and the Pacific”.He added however, that structural policy changes on the continent were improving growth forecasts, adding that it was good policies that would build the basis on which Africa could grow further.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Social media: A complaint box streaming live, online

Posted in kvziqmgj on November 19th, 2019

first_imgSocial media can be a complaint box put online, streaming in real time, for all to see. For that reason, it’s a good idea to check it early and often. I was reminded of this as recently as last week, when an internal mix-up at work led to a complaining Tweet going unanswered long enough to cause a problem. This in turn reminded me how important it is to:1. Be listening for criticism online – at a minimum with Google alerts and Twitter monitoring, as well as regular inspection of your Facebook page. Put someone in charge of it.2. Unless the criticism comes from an unbalanced person with no followers, reply right away, wherever the criticism happened (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Show you’re listening and don’t be defensive. If there’s a problem, say what you’ll do to fix it.3. Thank the person for their input, even if it was unpleasant to hear or nastily delivered. You only benefit from taking the high road publicly and learning from feedback. For example: “Thanks for letting me know you don’t like cake” is better than, “You’re an ungrateful idiot.” I know that can be hard to do, but it’s what works best when you’re put on the spot, in the spotlight.Cartoon Courtesy of HubSpotlast_img read more

Virat Kohli visits Mumbai tattoo studio for consultations. See pics

Posted in kvziqmgj on November 18th, 2019

first_imgVirat Kohli loves tattoos and after conquering South Africa on their soil, Kohli returned home to India and visited Alien Tattoo in Bandra for consultations on a new tattoo.Kohli already has a ‘God’s eye’ tattooed on his left shoulder and it has been learnt Kohli visited the Mumbai studio for consultation on a new tattoo. He is yet to get the design inked.WATCH The Indian captain already has multiple tattoos all across his frame, with a monastery on his shoulder, his Test cap number of 269 and ODI cap number of 175 and the names of his parents — Prem Kohli and Saroj Kohli tattooed in Hindi.On Thursday, Kohli attended the special screening of Anushka Sharma-starrer thriller Pari with his wife’s family in Mumbai. The star couple tied the knot in Tuscany, Italy, in December in an intimate ceremony.Kohli is currently taking a small break form cricket after his record breaking sojourn in South Africa where he smashed 871 runs across the three formats. That is the most amount of runs scored by an Indian captain on an away tour.The previous most for India was by Rahul Dravid who made 645 runs on West Indies tour in 2006. Overall, It’s the second most by any captain behind Graeme Smith’s tally of 937 against England in 2003. Kohli scored 27 in the two first two T20Is, 558 in the ODI series and 286 in the three Tests.Kohli, after landing in India, looked relaxed with a cup of black coffee a couple of days back. He posted a picture on social media for his fans. He was recently in Goa to cheer his team from the stands as his co-owned team FC Goa thrashed Atletico de Kolkata 5-1 in an Indian Super League encounter earlier this week.advertisementHe has also been rested for the T20I tri-series in Sri Lanka this month. The run-machine will next be seen in action for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.last_img read more