A team of criminal investigators and prosecutors from the Liberian government has returned home after a week-long specialized investigative techniques training workshop on Transnational Organized Crimes Investigations in West Africa. The workshop took place in Accra, Ghana at the West Africa Regional Training Center.A Ministry of Justice press release says the workshop was aimed at training criminal investigators and prosecutors in the use of specialized investigative techniques needed to effectively probe trans-national organized criminal activities.Trans-national organized crimes, include drug trafficking, human trafficking, diamond smuggling, forgery, cigarette smuggling, money laundering, arms trafficking, oil bunkering (theft and illegal export) and internet fraud.Investigators were trained in the specific skills needed to successfully conduct controlled deliveries and undercover meetings, including eliciting cooperation from a violator, preparing for and conducting a controlled delivery, preparing for an undercover meeting, use and handling of informants, establishing an undercover identity, surveillance and other techniques.The Liberian delegation led by Assistant Justice Minister for Taxation, Cllr. Aaron B. Kparkillen, included Cllr. Daku Mulbah, County Attorney, Montserrado County and Cllr. Serena F. Galawulo, Senior Legal Counsel. Other members were Officer Siafa Sheriff, Officer Richard Karyea, Bureau of Customs & Excise, Liberia Revenue Authority, Officer Lawrence Saydee, Transnational Crime Unit, Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization, Officer Jerry Kaine, Transnational Crime Unit, Liberia National Police, and Officer Momoh K. Ndorbor, Transnational Crimes Unit, Drug Enforcement Agency.Cllr. Kparkillen has expressed profound gratitude to the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs for the training opportunity. He gave the assurance that the training will be utilized appropriately in the best interest of the Government of Liberia.The training was sponsored and conducted by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Monrovia and the Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs who selected participants from the West African states of Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria with approval from their respective heads of institutions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Lyon have moved ahead of Arsenal in the race for Marcelo Brozovic.The Gunners were chasing the 22-year-old back in January before he opted to join Inter Milan on a one-and-a-half-year loan from Dinamo Zagreb.Arsenal reportedly still hold an interest in the midfielder, who has been dubbed the Croatian Xavi.However, according to L’Equipe, Lyon have now moved ahead of Arsene Wenger’s side in the chase for Brozovic.The French side are big fans of the Inter star and are ready to buy him out of his loan, which still has 12 months to run.Inter, though, are reluctant to see the player leave after they sold fellow midfielder Mateo Kovacic to Real Madrid earlier this week. Marcelo Brozovic 1
‘THERE was just something about Diddler’.The words of Barry Dillon, as he read a eulogy at the Funeral Mass of his brother Paul ‘Diddler’ Dillon this afternoon rang true for the huge crowd of mourners.The skies darkened over Newtowncunningham, with the sun peeking its rays through, as hundreds turned out to say a final farewell to the east Donegal village’s best-known son. The 45-year-old father-of-three from Ballybegley passed away on Thursday evening after a brave battle with Motor Neurone Disease.He had fought the debilitating illness with such courage and had bore his soul during an interview in the summer when he told of how he was learning ‘to do things differently.”He was the athlete, the butcher, the GAA coach, the anything and everything to those who knew him.“Many said that he was one in a million however we feel that there was no one quite like Diddler,” Barry said. “He got on with everybody no matter what their age. He was the life and soul of any social gathering.“If Love could have save Paul, he would have lived for ever.”Staff from Kernan’s Eurospar, where Paul worked, formed a guard of honour, while members of Lifford-Strabane, Inishowen, Letterkenny and Foyle Valley athletic clubs did likewise on the approach to the Church. Paul’s remains were carried through a guard of honour formed by Naomh Colmcille GAA club on the way into the Church.Paul “Didler” Dillon. (North West Newspix)A butcher in Kernan’s, Paul was the bubbly figure whose infectious smile and sometimes mischievous persona made him a popular figure with the scores of customers and the staff with whom he shared a bond that went far beyond the counter.Predeceased last October by his mother, Deirdre, a little under a year ago, Paul is survived by wife Emma, his daughters Lilly-Ella, Heidi and Daisy, his father Tommy, his brothers Gerard, Barry and Raymond, his sisters Caroline and Ciara. Barry remembered in the eulogy: “Diddler was so content with his family and loved his life. He didn’t want for anything else, in his eyes he had it all.”Hundreds – 1,200 in fact – had lined the same streets of the village just over seven months ago.The ‘Dash for Diddler’ drew unprecedented crowds in February to raise funds ad part of a fundraising drive undertaken by a local committee spearheaded by Councillor Paul Canning.Back then, the beads of sweat dripped down the reddened cheeks after the run through the quick course. Paul Dillon after completing a Waterside Half Marathon.Today, many of the same people wiped their cheeks again, this time clearing the tears that trickled at the thought of a much-loved man taken much too soon and much too young.Paul was an athlete with Lifford-Strabane AC who ran all distances from 5k locally to marathons.His last race was the North-West 10k in May, 2018.Earlier today, he was remembered by participants at the Donegal East Half Marathon with Lifford-Strabane AC members running the course a little earlier than the scheduled time in order to be on time to pay their respects.Just four weeks ago today, a team of 15 of his friends and family took turns to push Paul, who had used a wheelchair in recent months, around the 13.1-mile course of the Waterside Half Marathon – a venture that helped raise in excess of €8,000.Paul Dillon was a familiar face at the front of the field at athletics events across the North West.Today, some of them carried their brother, friend and colleague to his final place of rest as You’ll Never Walk Alone – the anthem of his beloved Liverpool – rang out.The Church of All Saints was packed to overflowing and the throngs of people who gathered outside was an illustration of the impact, imprint and legacy Paul Dillon has left behind him.Truly, there was ‘just something about Diddler’.Paul ‘Diddler’ Dillon laid to rest as mourners hear how content he was in family and life was last modified: October 1st, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:diddlerFr Ciaran HarkinMNDMotor Neurone DiseaseNewtowncunninghampaul ‘diddler’ dillonPaul Dillon
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceBOSTON — The words reflected DeMarcus Cousins’ genuine concern for another NBA player. It also conveyed empathy after Cousins suffered nearly a year-long injury to his left Achilles tendon.* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * * When the Warriors (35-14) host the Indiana Pacers (32-16) on Monday, Cousins …
6 October 2009BMW South Africa is to invest an additional R2.2-billion at its plant in Rosslyn outside Pretoria, in order to introduce the latest vehicle and production technology at the plant and within the company’s local supplier network.“The investment will enable maximum plant capacity to increase from 60 000 to 87 000 units, while securing production in South Africa for the future,” the German automaker said on Monday.Automotive production and developmentThe investment announcement followed the signing of a letter of commitment with the Department of Trade and Industry, which will honour the investment under the state’s new support scheme for the motor industry, the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP).The APDP will replace the current support programme for the automotive industry, the Motor Industry Development Programme, in 2012.Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane welcomed BMW’s move, saying it would be a major boost for the South African economy. She said the automotive sector remained a key industry in South Africa, and the investment proved that Gauteng province was a first-choice production location.Speaking to Radio 702, Mokonyane said the investment showed confidence by the group in the future of South Africa’s economy, and would not only guarantee jobs but also develop skills in the province.Training, skills developmentAt the same time, the automaker announced a training programme for 1 100 associates at its Rosslyn plant.“The training programme commenced in early September and will run for the next 18 months, providing a Merseta (Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education Training Authority) accredited qualification to the associates,” BMW South Africa said.Source: BuaNews
There are hundreds of dying languages across Africa. In South Africa, there are seven listed as endangered by the Endangered Languages Project. Lost Tongue follows Helena Steenkamp as she learns the ancient language of her ancestors, and in so doing, regains her identity.Ouma Geelmeid explains the flower metaphor in N/uu. (Image: Lost Tongue)Sulaiman PhilipDirector Davison Mudzingwa’s Lost Tongue documentary follows Helena Steenkamp as she learns N!uu, the 25 000-year-old language of her ancestors. Shot over three years, it tells the story of one Khomani San woman as she learns from one of the last three native speakers.Mudzingwa and his cinematographer, Themba Vilikazi, passed through the towns of Andriesvale and Upington in the Northern Cape while shooting a previous short film. What struck him the most was the chosen language of the communities, Afrikaans.“It was shocking to me that people communicated in Afrikaans. I began wondering about the problem of identity when you don’t speak your mother tongue. Then we met Helena. She was asking herself these questions about her own identity. She wanted to speak the language she was meant to be speaking.”For Steenkamp, the N!uu language represents the singular nature of her people. For too long the language was not considered a thing of value. Nobody tried to learn it or pass it on to another generation. As she learns she discovers that her mother tongue is more than just vocabulary. It teachers her deference for her surroundings and gives her an understanding of her ancestry. It enhances her holistic relationship with all of her world.Cinematographer Themba Vilikazi follwing Helena Steenkamp through the Karoo landscape . (Image: Lost Tongue)There is a doomed romanticism in being the last speaker of a language, a sense of empowerment that comes from speaking a mother tongue. As the elderly speakers of native tongues die, Mudzingwa explains, we lose more than a language. Younger generations lose an understanding of an identity rooted in a language they cannot speak.“Once you lose a native tongue, you lose indigenous knowledge. You are cut free from the identity carried by language. Ancient wisdom dies. You lose a culture and a way of knowing who you are.”That N!uu is endangered is a result of deliberate actions on the part of colonists who, in need of cheap labour, forced the indigenous population to learn and speak Afrikaans. San children were educated in Afrikaans, and catechized into believing in the superiority of Western culture and language.“Something brutal happened to these people. Forced to not speak their own language, they have lost their identity and culture. When we lose our language, wisdom dies. Our way of living becomes alien. We lose sight of who we really are,” Mudzingwa explains.Lost Tongue Trailer from MYA Productions on Vimeo.What we lose when languages die“In general terms we will lose thousands of years of knowledge when we allow a language to die. All that awareness that we transfer orally from generation to generation will be lost.”Science, art and understanding local ecology is lost. Knowledge about geography, agriculture and art are passed on through language. When a language dies, people lose their own creation myths and their sense of belonging to something unique.There are about 7 billion people on the planet; we speak about 7 000 different languages. By the end of the century half of those languages will be dead, heard only on recordings and studied by linguists. Young people are forsaking their mother tongues for, mostly, English, the patois of the digital age.As the world’s population urbanises there is benefit in having a single dominant language. However, we don’t just lose a language; we lose the unique perspectives created by different languages. Robert Holman of Columbia University and the Endangered Language Alliance poetically put it to a New York Times reporter: “Language is consciousness. Everybody wants to speak English, but those lullabies that allow you to go to sleep at night and dream — that’s what we’re talking about.”Why does it matter if a language vanishes? Language is an evolving, living expression of a society. Even English as we know it will be totes dead in a millennium. Social media is changing language. English today is not your grandpa’s English. What was once just text speak is being sounded out in the real world.And new words are being created, a mulatto of English and abbreviations that sound weird to an untrained ear. There are odd sounds in unexpected places. As linguistic researchers Lauren Spradlin and Taylor Jones point out, this new language is not simply about Twitter character limits; it’s about re-arranging sound.Language evolves as the culture evolves. The changes in the English language are not primarily about efficiency. They are, says Spradlin, about millennials being expressive and adding new dimension to words. And it should be celebrated.Technology may still prove able to save dying languages. Or at least preserve them for generations that follow. Mudzingwa points out: “It is chilling the number of dying languages there are. In Canada and New Zealand people are using mobile apps to record the voices of elders. People can now listen and learn right on their cellphones. This is technology that we can utilise across Africa.”There are hundreds of dying languages across Africa. In South Africa, besides Nu/u, there are six languages – !Xun, Birwa, Khoekhoe, Khwe, Korana and Siphuti – that are listed as endangered by the Endangered Languages Project.Language gives us more than just the ability to communicate, says Mudzingwa. It connects us to everything. It is community and a feeling of self. Saving indigenous languages, “…should definitely be one of the top priorities of a community and a nation. Once we lose that bit of language, we lose that history of who we are.”Watch:New York has long been a city of immigrants, but linguists now consider it a laboratory for studying and preserving languages in rapid decline elsewhere in the world.
Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The father-agent said he wants Neymar to play for another 10 years “so it ends like we are today: Happy.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director Brazilian player Neymar, center, watches the friendly soccer match between Brazil and Panama at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)SAO PAULO — Neymar’s father says the Brazil striker is already looking to extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.Neymar da Silva Santos says in an interview published on Monday there is “a very big” likelihood his son will stay at the French club after his current contract ends. Neymar is in the second year of a five-year deal.ADVERTISEMENT Tri-factor duathlon championship SEA Games qualifier Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Neymar’s father, who is also his agent, says “we are already going for an extension with PSG.”“He is always among the (transfer) targets,” Santos told news website UOL. “But that doesn’t mean he is going to one club or to another.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, logistics“His name is part of speculations since age 17, when he had his professional debut. Neymar has two transfers in his life, but it has been 10 years of speculations. The likelihood that he doesn’t leave (PSG) is very big.”Neymar moved from Barcelona to PSG for 222 million euros (about $250 million) in 2017. The 27-year-old Brazilian is recovering from a foot injury and is expected to return in April. 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments