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Ellen Frowns at ‘Abuses’ on Social Media

first_img– Advertisement – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has denounced the spate of abuses that has been posted on social media by Liberians during the recent elections , suggesting that the country’s democracy is at stake if it continues.The President’s statement came yesterday, less than two hours after Jerome Korkoya, chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), declared campaign open for the runoff between George Weah of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai of the governing Unity Party (UP).The runoff, Korkoya said, will be held on November 7, since none of the 20 political parties that participated in the October 10 presidential elections obtained the 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast as required by the Liberian Constitution.However, President Sirleaf said she has observed that a week following the end of the first round of voting on October 10, her attention was drawn to a surge of abuses displayed on social media (mostly on Facebook) by Liberians, which she said are extremely inimical to the survival of the country’s peace and democracy.“We condemn the abuse and misuse of social media through the use of invectives, hate speech and outright vulgarity, which denigrates adversaries with whom we might hold disagreement,” the President said.She said that in light of the progress her government has made, “I call on our fellow citizens to remain civil, responsible and continue to be tolerant of diverging opinions and views that might not necessarily be favorable to ours.”She said further that resorting to profanities on social media contributes nothing to the national discourse, “but only serves to taint our national and international image.“We must all express our indignation to this unacceptable way of politicking and seek to continue the decent democratic values that have brought us this far as a nation and people,” the President said.As Liberians pat themselves on the back for peacefully voting in the October 10 polls, all must continue to demonstrate the same path of love for country by and through each of their individual actions, she said.The President also admonished that all Liberians should focus on how they will consolidate the democratic gains made over the last 12 years by voting peacefully and nationalistically, respecting the law and keeping the peace for the greater good of Mama Liberia.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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LYIT SENDING OUT THE RIGHT ‘SIGNALS’ WITH MAJOR CONFERENCE

first_imgLYIT is hosting the 24th IET Irish Signals and Systems conference where 40 academics and leaders from around the world will present their papers on new applications in this field.This prestigious international conference is traditionally held at universities.So, to choose LYIT as the host, is seen as a reflection of the college’s reputation in developing successful courses in computing and engineering amongst the academic and industry community. The Computing Department within the School of Science at LYIT are running the conference, adding some new topics, such as Secure Coding, a rapidly growing sector.Over the past 24 years, ISSC has become established as the premier conference in Ireland addressing all aspects of signals and systems. The conference focuses on Digital Signal Processing, Control and Communications, and encompasses algorithm and system modeling, design, and implementation, for a broad range of applications.This year additional subjects included Systems and Information Security, Cloud Infrastructures, Mobile Security, Cryptography, Watermarking, Steganography and Digital Evidence/Forensics.According to Conference Chair Nigel McKelvey, Lecturer at LYIT, “The number of delegates has increased in comparison to recent years and the standard of submissions is very high with 33 papers being presented from all over Ireland, Germany, China, Canada, USA, India. It will be an extremely high level event.” Find out about future findings and research visit issc.ie or lyit.ie.LYIT SENDING OUT THE RIGHT ‘SIGNALS’ WITH MAJOR CONFERENCE was last modified: June 19th, 2013 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

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Sadness at death of Pat Gillespie aged 102

first_imgStrabane man Pat Gillespie, who famously never acknowledged the border between Strabane and Lifford, has sadly passed away at the age of 102.He was well known as the King of Strabane, who filled his home with all sorts of inventions.But in October 2017 there was shock and revulsion after a gang of masked make broke into his home. Pat, then aged 100, branded those who robbed him as “absolute scum”.The Strabane legend was pinned to a chair as three men ransacked his home in Railway Street in the town.Police said at the time that the gang forced their way through a window of the back of his home and made off cash. Mr Gillespie described his ordeal as “very, very frightening.”“You could just see their eyes, they were very heavily masked.”Mr Gillespie was watching television at the time of the break-in.“All of a sudden three fairly big, hefty men came buzzing past me,” he said.“Two flew by me and went through the kitchen while the other stood behind me and put his full weight on my shoulders so I couldn’t move.”The pensioner said the man who was holding him “turned my head very roughly towards the television” as the other two men ransacked his bedroom. “After five or six minutes, the other two came back into the kitchen where I was sitting and they searched me, that’s when they got the money,” he said.Mr Gillespie said he felt “powerless” throughout the ordeal.The masked gang also removed his personal alarm before leaving Mr Gillespie’s home.“It just shows how experienced they are,” he said. He described those behind the robbery as “absolute scum”, adding: “It doesn’t matter if you are old or young, to break into anybody’s house is just not right.”Sadness at death of Pat Gillespie aged 102 was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

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CattleWomen’s Corner Crock pot beef fajitas recipe

first_img2 large yellow onions, sliced1 red bell pepper, julienned1 orange bell pepper, julienned1 green bell pepper, julienned2 cups tomato salsa This recipe for crock pot beef fajitas comes from diethood.com.2 pounds beef chuck roastSalt and fresh ground pepper, to taste1 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin 10 flour tortillas, warmedSour cream for garnishSeason meat with salt, pepper and cuminPlace in crock potAdd onions and peppers to the crock potPour salsa over meatCover …last_img

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Growing competitiveness, tackling poverty

first_img5 November 2013 To compete successfully in the global marketplace, South Africa must cultivate an investor-friendly environment while continuing to roll out socio-economic infrastructure, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Tuesday. Motlanthe was addressing over 200 high-level representatives of government, business, labour, civil society and academia at the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum in Midrand, north of Johannesburg on Tuesday. “Beyond the competiveness of our products, we need to prove our worth on a number of socio-economic indicators such as political stability, cultivating an investment-friendly environment, greening the economy, transparency, predictability as well as having good macro-economic policies,” Motlanthe said.‘Platform for identifying risks’ The Deputy President congratulated Brand South Africa for initiating and hosting the forum. “As a first of its kind in South Africa, this forum will give leaders from all spheres a platform for debating our country’s competitiveness, as well as arriving at a common understanding of how to improve the competitiveness of our economy. “By acting in concert, this forum may prove to be an invaluable tool in the identification, management and minimisation of risks in governance, delivery systems, institutional arrangements and other existing procedures.” Motlanthe said South Africans had over the years made good strides in positioning the country as a stable democracy with the necessary institutions and mechanisms for attracting investment. This had resulted in significant investments in South Africa’s automotive, manufacturing, mining, petrochemical and other industries.Challenges of poverty, unemployment However, he said, “we have also fallen short of the development trajectory necessary to place us on par with many of our competitors. These glaring challenges show themselves through high rates of inequality, poverty and unemployment, especially amongst young people, who constitute the majority of our population. “Confronted by the challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment, we are acutely aware that improvement in the competitiveness of our nation is proportional to strides in these critical areas that define the character of our nation today.” Motlanthe said the government had gone a long way towards improve the social wage through a raft of measures including social grants and investments in education, health care and human settlements. The government’s interventions were aimed at drastically improving training and skills sets, widening access to productive resources, lessening the burden of disease, and generally trying to improve the standards of living for all. Progress ‘predicated on innovation’ Motlanthe said that societal progress in the 21st century was predicated on innovation, adding that South Africa had to maintain its innovative edge in all key sectors of society, particularly the economy. “In turn, innovation assumes that our research and development capacity as a country is of international standards. Research and Development creates conditions in which innovation can keep thriving at every stage. “Logically, this then suggests that our education system be sound and solid, especially in the key areas of science, mathematics and ICT, all of which are the prime drivers of national development.” At the same time, Motlanthe said, education alone would not in the short-term reduce inequalities and unemployment. “We must therefore, in the short to medium term, implement measures that will lead to more rapid growth and creation of jobs. “Using state levers, we need to support growth and development through sound macro-economic policy, strong industrial policy plans and cultivating an investment-friendly environment.” Motlanthe said the South African Competitiveness Forum was an ideal platform for engaging on the challenge of achieving sustainable competitiveness, noting: “Economic growth activities that occur under fair market conditions and that enhance and restore the health of natural and social systems are the essence of sustainable competitiveness. “This forum is in a good position to contribute to a South Africa that continues to become a better place than it was before 1994.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Raptors rout Magic to clinch series, set up showdown vs Sixers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Magic hadn’t reached the postseason since 2012. That year, Orlando won its opener on the road against Indiana, then lost four straight. The Magic haven’t advanced past the opening round since 2010, when they lost to Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals.Clifford said inexperience wasn’t a factor in his young team’s early exit.“We weren’t afraid, we didn’t play well enough,” he said.Lowry scored Toronto’s first nine points and had 12 in the opening quarter. Orlando missed 10 of its first 11 shots and went 0 for 7 from 3-point range in the first. Toronto was up 35-19 after one.“Kyle played great tonight,” Leonard said. “He got us all going with that amazing first quarter. We all just fed off his energy.”The Magic missed 11 straight from long range before Fournier connected at 7:55 of the second. Toronto answered with a 6-0 spurt, opening a 50-29 lead with 6:48 to go until halftime. Leonard and Siakam each had seven points in the second and the Raptors held a 67-47 lead at the intermission.Toronto took a commanding 99-70 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSMagic: Vucevic missed his first four shots and had three fouls in a scoreless first quarter, playing only five minutes. Vucevic scored his first basket at 9:54 of the third, when Orlando trailed by 26. He shot 3 for 10 and scored six points. … Khem Birch led Orlando with 11 rebounds.Raptors: Toronto had 19 assists on 23 baskets in the first half, a Raptors record for a single half of a postseason game. They finished with 34 assists on 41 baskets, a team playoff record. … G Fred VanVleet led Toronto with 10 assists while Lowry had nine. … Five games is the quickest Toronto has ever won a seven-game series. … F Chris Boucher (back) was not available. Toronto will host Philadelphia in Game 1 of the second round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Long scores quickest Premier League goal at 7.69 seconds Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates with teammates after being pulled from the game against the Orlando Magic during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO— The Toronto Raptors turned in another dominant defensive effort, extending their playoff winning streak to a team-record four and clinching a berth in the second round.Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam added 24 and the Raptors routed the Orlando Magic 115-96 on Tuesday night, winning their first-round playoff series in five games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ STREAKINGToronto won three straight playoff games against Milwaukee in the first round in 2017. The Raptors also won three straight in 2001, two against the New York Knicks and one against Philadelphia.POINT THE FINGERLowry left at 2:41 of the second quarter and headed to the locker room after jamming the ring finger on his right hand while deflecting a ball. He returned to start the second half, and was wearing a splint after the game.“It popped out but it’s fine,” Lowry said. “I popped it back in. I’ve got a couple of days to get it back and recover. It will be better by Game 1.”MILESTONESLowry reached 1,000 career playoff points, while Toronto’s Danny Green became the eighth active player with 200 3-pointers in the playoffs.TOO LITTLE, TOO LATEDown 115-78 with 5:13 left, Orlando scored the game’s final 18 points.UP NEXT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Kyle Lowry scored 14 points as the Raptors finished off the Magic with ease, bouncing back from a Game 1 defeat to win by double-digits in three of the next four. Toronto led by as many as 37 in the clincher, their biggest-ever margin in a playoff game.“We kind of figured it out and made a good adjustment after Game 1,” Lowry said. “We were a little bit too soft in coverages and we figured it out really quickly, what we wanted to do, how we needed to help each other and how we needed to play. To figure it out that quick is a really good thing for us. We’ve just got to continue to build off it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsToronto will face Philadelphia in the second after the 76ers eliminated Brooklyn Tuesday. It’s the fourth straight year the Raptors have reached the second round.“Should be a great series, man,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said of facing the Sixers. “Obviously, it’s a team with tremendous size, starting right off the bat with (Joel) Embiid inside. But they’re big all over.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Leonard made 8 of 11 shots, including 5 of 5 from 3-point range, as the Raptors jumped on Orlando early and never trailed. Leonard also made all six of his free throws. He checked out to cheers of “MVP, MVP” with 8:05 to play and Toronto up 105-75.D.J. Augustin scored 15 points, Terrence Ross had 12 and Aaron Gordon 11 for the Magic, who won 104-101 on Augustin’s late 3-pointer in Game 1 but never again topped 96 points, and twice finished with 85 or fewer.“We were never able, after Game 1, to handle the ball against their defense the way we needed to,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford said. “To me, that was the biggest factor.”Orlando made 32 of 83 shots Tuesday, including 9 of 34 from 3-point range.“We’re obviously disappointed that we didn’t put up a better fight, especially tonight,” Magic center Nikola Vucevic said.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

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