first_imgNational Patriotic Party (NPP) senatorial aspirant Saah Richard Gbollie has assured citizens of Margibi County that there will be no secrecy in the management of the County’s Development and Social Funds if he is elected Senator on Saturday, December 20.The NPP candidate told hundreds of supporters that the citizens of the county are not feeling the impact of the CDF and SDF from China Union and other companies owing to secrecy among the county leadership.  He said he would immediately tackle this problem upon his election to the Senate.The former Margibi lawmaker said he would also seek a review of the Firestone concession agreement to further improve the livelihood of citizens and residents of the county.“Where is your US$1m from China Union? You won’t know because there are a lot of secrets going on, but when you elect me, you will know about all your money,” Mr. Gbollie said.He gave the assurance on Monday when he was invited by the leadership and members of the Elders Itayee Center and the Forum for Intellectual Discussion Itayee Center, located in Harbel Market on the Firestone Plantation.The 2011 defeated Senatorial candidate also assured the people of Margibi of sustainable development, good health, women’s empowerment and human   resource capacity building.“Vote for me for proper representation, accountability and leadership,” the former Margibi lawmaker said.In the Margibi County senatorial race, Mr. Gbollie and 12 other candidates are contesting for the lone seat, occupied by incumbent Senator Clarice Jah.The head of the secretariat of Saah Gbollie’s campaign team, Ebenezer Wilson, said his candidate’s senate race is based upon his past records.According to Mr. Wilson, nationally, from 2006 to 2012, Mr. Gbollie was credited as the lead lawmaker for the Security Sector Reform process for leading major reforms in the Liberian Security Sector thru the crafting and sponsoring of key legislative instruments, including the New Defense Law.He said that Mr. Gbollie became known among his peers as forceful and a floor fighter in his stance on national issues.“At the District and County level, he supported and is still supporting scholarship, tuition aid and youth exposure schemes. He built a medical facility and constructed modern bus stops along the Harbel – 15 gate routes to shelter commuters waiting for commercial vehicles. He also facilitated broad based Economic Empowerment Initiative for his constituents,” Mr. Wilson said. “Rep. Gbollie used his oversight to advocate for reform in Firestone; something which saw direct benefits to the people of Firestone thru quality medical service, education and improved housing for employees and dependants of the Firestone.”He added: “Harbel Multilateral received direct support from the Renegotiated Firestone Agreement because of the argument proffered by Gbollie and his peers and for the first time in 80 years, Firestone runs a functional and well equipped high school; second to none in the Republic.”A female supporter, Ruth Nah,  said: “We have followed SRG (as he is affectionately called) and those things he did never happened through natural means, because as the man in whose district these things became visible, he had to make laws, represent his people and use his oversight responsibility for their protection and benefit. That he did and that I am sure he will do more if given the chance by the people of Margibi County this year.”Meanwhile, prior to Mr. Gbollie becoming a lawmaker, he served as senior police personnel during the regime of former President Charles Taylor. He was one of Taylor’s leading generals who participated in the civil war.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMoose FM, the EnCana Events Centre and the Harlem Globetrotters present a winning weekend!Listen Saturday April 18th and Sunday April 19th for your chance to win tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters in Dawson Creek.Both days every hour between 10am and 5pm when you hear the Harlem Globetrotters theme song be caller number 3 and you’ll win.It’s that simple….listen all day this Saturday and Sunday for your chance to win from the Harlem Globetrotters, the EnCana Events Centre and Moose FM.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img19 January 2015Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France – the first African team ever to do so in 101 years.The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued – including one to the South African team.This year will be the first time in the race’s 101 year history that a team from Africa will participate.‘Historic moment’“To receive a wild card for the Tour de France is a dream come true for the entire MTN- Qhubeka p/b Samsung team, while it is also a historic moment for World and African cycling,” MTN-Qhubeka says on its website.“We are extremely proud to be able to represent South Africa and Africa on one of the biggest stages in world sport.”The other four wild card recipients are Europcar, Cofidis, Bretagne-Seche Environnment and Bora-Argon 18.‘Support of the whole continent’The 2015 Grand Depart will take place on the 4th July, starting with a 14km time trial in Utrecht. The riders will tackle 21 stages, covering 3 344km in total before the 2015 Le Tour finishes in Paris, on the Champs Elysees, on 26 July.The ASO has also included the South Africans in the Criterium du Dauphine, which starts on 7 June, and which is “vital in our Tour de France preparation”, the teams says.“I have been waiting my whole life for this news,” said Douglas Ryder, the team’s principal. “The pressure over the years of getting partners and riders to believe in this dream is finally a reality.”He said that the would not only ride in the Tour, they would compete “and we will have the support of the whole continent behind us”.Daryl Impey became the first South African to ever wear the yellow jersey in 2013.The team helps raise awareness of the work done by Qhubeka,a charity that gives bicycles to children in Africa to attend school.According to their website, 8-million children walk to school every way, with more than 2-million walking more than 30 minutes each way.Read more: Qhubeka: changing lives through bicycles“Qhubeka would like to congratulate Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung on their Tour de France Wildcard entry,” said Sarah Phaweni, Qhubeka’s executive director.“This is proof that any dream is possible if you keep moving forward. The team has supported and raised awareness for the work we do as a non-profit for many years. It is great to have the chance to return the favour as we cheer for an African Team in the Tour de France.”Teams for 2015 Tour de France:AG2R-La Mondiale, Astana, BMC Racing, Etixx-QuickStep, FDJ, IAM Cycling, Lampre- Merida, Lotto-Soudal, Movistar, Orica-GreenEdge, Cannondale-Garmin, Giant Alpecin, Katusha, Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Team Sky, Tinkoff-Saxo, Trek Factory Racing, MTN- Qhubeka, Bora-Argon 18, Cofidis, Europcar and Bretagne – Seche Environnement.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgBy Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT[Flickr, Melissa and Dan by Rachel Adams, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Many of our previous posts have discussed the stressors and risk factors associated with military couples. It is well known that military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have prompted lengthy deployments as over 2 million US military service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks and 173 thousand military personnel were still stationed overseas as of December 31, 2012. These prolonged separations can have adverse effects on relationships as many military couples suffer from the loss of their loved ones’ affection, companionship, support, co-parenting, and so on. Furthermore, stressors experienced by military couples tend to place them at risk for other relationship struggles such as infidelity and mental health issues. Today we highlight recent studies that look at how military couples are faring compared to civilian couples, despite their increased vulnerability. Couple Communication:A recent study explored couples’ perceptions of their everyday discussions, perceived stress within the relationship, and topics that couple’s avoid [1]. The researchers found that of the 118 military couples and 94 non-military couples surveyed, military couples placed more importance on everyday interactions and talk than their civilian couple counterparts. Furthermore, the types of topics that both military and civilian couples avoid were found to be similar (i.e. prior dating experiences, negative behaviors within the relationship, and topics that cause conflict), however, it was civilian couples in the study who avoided these topics more frequently. Findings also revealed that communication patterns influenced how much stress military couples reported.Marital Status:Another study [2], analyzed military personnel records from male active duty service members between 1995-2005 and compared them to data from the 1998-2005 Current Population Surveys to explore the marital status of military and civilian men. In their attempt to ensure an accurate comparison, the researchers matched participant data from each group (military and civilian) in racial/ethnic composition, employment status, and educational level. Findings revealed that service members are more likely to be married when compared to civilians. Divorce, however, was not found to be more likely for military service members when compared to their civilian counterparts.Relationship Transitions:Other studies have explored stressful transitions within military (e.g. post-deployment, diagnosis of mental health issues) and civilian (e.g. infertility, diagnosis of terminal illness) couples that impact relationship dynamics. Findings suggest that transitions within a relationship can disrupt communication patterns leading to less openness, indirectness, and withdrawal within the relationship [3]. In addition, relationship transitions have been associated with more aggressive communications styles and increased criticism between partners [3]. In one study [3], 220 military service members experiencing post-deployment transitions were surveyed. Findings revealed that relationship uncertainty and interference (or when partners impede on each other’s goals) predicts whether couples engage in open or aggressive patterns of communication. Professionals working with military couples can be instrumental in promoting strength and resilience in those with whom they work. Having an awareness of the latest research that examines unique struggles and strengths of military couples allows for professionals to examine current practices used and tailor them to meet the unique needs of military couples they serve.References[1] Frisby, B., Byrnes, K., Mansson, D., Booth-Butterfield, M., & Birmingham, M. (2011). Topic avoidance, everyday talk, and stress in romantic military and non-military couples. Communication Studies, 62(3), 241-257.[2] Karney, B., Loughran, D., & Pollard, M. (2012). Comparing marital status and divorce status in civilian and military populations. Journal of Family Issues, 33(12), 1572-1594.[3] Theiss, J., & Knobloch, L. (2013). A relationship model of military service members’ relational communication during reintegration. Journal of Communication, 63, 1-21. This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist. She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

first_imgTimely flow of intelligence and planned action by security personnel led to the peaceful conduct of polling in the Maoist-affected district of Malkangiri in Odisha on April 11.A month before the first phase of the Lok Sabha election, the district police had reliable information about entry of one military platoon of the outlawed CPI(Maoist) organisation from Chhattisgarh for violent activities during the polling process.Malkangiri Superintendent of Police (SP) Jagmohan Meena said that a week before the polls, intelligence reports hinted at Maoists concentrating in the Dandakaranya region, including areas of Malkangiri and Dantewada in adjoining Chhattisgarh. Death of a BJP MLA and five security men in a landmine blast triggered by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh on April 9 also enhanced caution in Odisha.All sensitive polling stations were sanitised before polling parties reached there. Helicopters were used to transport polling parties and EVMs to the erstwhile cut-off area of Balimela reservoir. There were reliable inputs about Maoists’ plan to ambush polling parties for the Mudulipada area, where six booths had been clubbed for security reason. Two days before the start of polling, Special Operation Group teams reached the area to keep a watch from tactical positions.To reduce vulnerability, polling teams were sent to Mudulipada booths on April 10 night. On April 11, at 2 p.m. while polling was on, Malkangiri SP received information about the Maoists’ plan to ambush and loot EVMs between Mudulipada and Khairaput during the return journey of the polling parties. In this remote hilly jungle terrain vulnerable to IEDs, it is hard to secure road after evening.After discussing with the administration, the Chief Electoral Officer and the police officers, a route map was drawn for safe return of the polling parties on foot, Mr. Meena said. The SOG teams received coordinates of the path through satellite phone. They had to walk this 15 km least treaded hilly jungle path with polling parties and EVMs. The team’s movement was continuously monitored from the district police headquarters. On April 11 late night, the team started its return journey from Mudulipada.As it is hard to walk through the hilly jungle at night, the polling teams took shelter at a safe place. On April 12 early morning, they started walking to the safe region and reached Khairaput at 10 a.m. to be transported to Malkangiri town. During the Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections in Odisha in 2014, Maoists had looted EVMs from 15 polling booths in the district. Due to their threat and abduction of officials, panchayat elections could not be held in remote areas of Chitrakonda block in 2017.last_img read more

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday shunted out the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of Sonbhadra, besides ordering action against 13 other officials after they were indicted in an inquiry into the killing of 10 Gond tribals last month over a land dispute.‘FIRs against guilty’ Addressing a press conference at his residence, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said FIRs will be registered against several police and administration officials for alleged irregularities and members of the Adarsh Krishi Sahkari Samiti, Umbha, on charges of land grabbing. The disputed land in Umbha and Saphi villages will also be transferred back and registered in the name of the gram sabha, he said, while announcing that a Special Investigation Team will look into the matter. Mr. Adityanath said departmental proceedings have been initiated against Sonbhadra District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agrawal and Superintendent of Police Salman Taj Patil for taking “one-sided decision” against the villagers. Directives have been issued to attach Mr. Agrawal and Mr. Patil to the Personnel Department and the DGP Headquarters, respectively, he said. S. Ramalingam has been made the new District Magistrate of Sonbhadra, while Prabhakar Chaudhary is the new Superintendent of Police, officials said. “The entire matter will be probed by an SIT. The SIT will be headed by DIG SIT J. Ravindra Gaud and will have Additional SP Amrita Mishra along with three inspectors. DG SIT R.P. Singh will be monitoring the work of the SIT,” the Chief Minister said. He said another team will be set up under Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Renuka Kumar to look into the issue of land grabbing by “fake” societies in the last 60-70 years in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra.‘No action on report’ “Fake societies in Sonbhadra and Mirzapur have grabbed more than one lakh acre of land. In 1972, the then Chief Minister Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna had constituted a probe committee under Mangaldev Visharad. However, no action was taken as a number of Congress leaders were involved,” Mr. Adityanath said.last_img read more