Dr. Jones Tussles Over Generator at Party Headquarters

first_imgThe party Dr. Jones co-founded has suspended him indefinitely, pending an investigation into reports of misconduct on his partA serious impasse between the standard bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, and the party’s assistant national secretary, James Roberts, has erupted over some of the party’s property in Monrovia.The standoff involving Dr. Jones and his junior official ensued at the party’s headquarters in Congo Town over the weekend.Roberts told journalists that Dr. Jones allegedly issued instructions ordering his security to break into the generator house and take possession of a 7.5 KVA generator that powers the building.“He came in with his security guards to collect the generator but I refused to allow them to enter the powerhouse. While Dr. Jones and I were talking, the other security guard used a rock to destroy the lock on the generator house and he brought out the generator and attempted putting it in Dr. Jones’ car,” Roberts alleged.He said: “I stood up tall and prevented them from putting the generator in the car and that’s how I got wounded in my leg by the other guard while tussling over the generator. I immediately called the party’s vice chairman, Dan Sayeh, who instructed me not to allow anyone to take anything from the party headquarters; and I followed his instruction.”Roberts said his decision to prevent the security from taking the machine was also based on instructions from the party’s chair, Dee-Maxwell Kemayah.He claimed that he hurt his back during the tussle over the generator with Dr. Jones’ security.Robert noted that the said generator does not belong to Dr. Jones, alleging that it was donated to the party by chairman Dee Maxwell Kemayah and his wife.“He was not the one that bought the generator for the party, it was the party chairman and his wife that bought the machine and donated it to the party,” he said.Making an official statement on behalf of the party, MOVEE vice chairman for Press and Propaganda, Robert Sammie, said he was surprised to hear that Dr. Jones had gone to the party headquarters to retrieve the party’s property.“There are procedures in getting things out of the party compound and there are people responsible for that, so it is disappointing to hear that Dr. Jones had gone to burglarize the headquarters of the party and take the generator,” he said.It was reported that there are some internal wrangling between MOVEE officials and their political leader, Dr. Jones, ever since Kemayah, the party’s chairman, announced MOVEE’s pledge of support to the Coalition for Democratic Change for the runoff election.But Sammie denied knowing of any internal wrangling within the party, saying if Dr. Jones had a problem with the majority of the party’s decision, he would have made a public announcement expressing his disappointment.“Everyone in the party was not pleased with the decision to go to the CDC, but we had no option because majority carried the day and we are in a democratic era where decisions are made by the majority,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Jones refused to respond to the allegation levied against him by the party when he was contacted, saying he had better things to think about and did not want to be bothered.MOVEE obtained over 12,000 votes accounting for 0.8% according to official results from NEC.The party has declared its support to the Coalition for Democratic Change of Senator George Weah, an action that is, according to insiders, apparently against the standard bearer’s choice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Parents in battle to name baby ‘Griezmann Mbappe’

first_imgBut if the name was meant as a tribute to two of the players who helped France to World Cup glory this summer, officials were less impressed.Authorities tasked with ensuring children’s names are in their interests have flagged the case to prosecutors, the local mayor’s office told the newspaper.If prosecutors share the opinion that such an eye-catching name could cause the child problems in life, a family court could order the couple to change the name.Such cases have repeatedly made headlines in France.Earlier this month authorities in the eastern city of Dijon launched a legal bid to stop a mother naming her son “Jihad”.Despite her argument that the name does not necessarily have violent connotations in Arabic — it can mean a struggle against sin within oneself — authorities worried the baby would face prejudice.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A little boy born in the central French town of Brive was bestowed with first names honouring Antoine Griezmann (R, pictured October 2018) and Kylian Mbappe, a decision which authorities flagged © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEBRIVE-LA-GAILLARDE, France, Nov 28 – French authorities are seeking to ban a couple of apparently football-obsessed parents from naming their baby “Griezmann Mbappe” after two of the national team’s heroes.The little boy was born in the central town of Brive this month and immediately bestowed with first names honouring Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, regional newspaper La Montagne reported Wednesday.last_img read more

Softball Defeats Evansville, 7-2, in Regular Season Finale for 40th Win

first_img Full Schedule Roster Drake (40-14, 24-2 MVC) earned its second-straight 40-win season and matched last year’s program-record for Missouri Valley Conference victories with 24. The Bulldogs head to Peoria, Ill. for next week’s MVC Tournament as the No. 1 seed and defending tournament champions. They are scheduled to play their first tournament game Friday at 11 a.m. in the first semifinal contest. Watch Live Next Game: Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) drove in two runs with a single in the fifth while Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) just missed her first home run of the season crushing a triple off the wall in the fifth that scored Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa). Roemmich scored two runs and is now tied for No. 7 with 109 in her career. Print Friendly Version ESPN+ It was senior day for Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.), Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.), Newman, Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) and Melissa Schlotzhauer (Pilot Grove, Mo.) as the five played their final home games at Buel Field. Frank and Pena each had one double. Pena’s is the 40th in her career and she is tied for No. 3 all-time with 40. She drove in two runs and passed Dani Tyler (1993-95) for No. 2 all-time in career RBI in school history with 116. Frank drove in one run with a second-inning bases loaded walk that also gave her the new school record in career walks at 112 and later she added one more walk for 113. Jonas added 10 putouts to her career program-leading total and has 1,285. Schlotzhauer drove in a run with a fielder’s choice. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team defeated Evansville, 7-2, Saturday, May 4 afternoon in the regular season finale and on the team’s senior day at Buel Field. Live Stats Story Links PDF Box Score Drake used a six-run second-inning to grab control of the game. Evansville (19-29, 9-16 MVC) collected their first hit of the series with a fourth-inning leadoff double by Eryn Gould off Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.). Newman, who pitched 5.2 innings and allowed just one hit and one walk, exited to a standing ovation with two outs in the sixth inning. She improved to 26-6 on the season, and is now just two wins away from the top single season victory mark in school history.   Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) took over in the circle and allowed a two-run home run to Haley Woolf on the first pitch as the Purple Aces’ scored their first runs of the three-game series. Timmons settled in after the home run and got the final four outs and even collected her first career hit, leading off the seventh for the Bulldogs and smoking a rope to left field. vs. Bradley 5/10/2019 – 11:02 a.m. Previewlast_img read more

3 unsung heroes behind the 49ers’ perfect record

first_imgWhile, … It took a few weeks, but the 49ers have turned skeptics into believers after manhandling the Rams 20-7 Sunday to move to 5-0 on the season.In the Niners’ rise from the team that picked No. 2 overall last year to a bonafide playoff contender, there’s plenty of praise to be passed around.But here are three players that I think deserve more:Jaquiski Tartt(Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)Let’s be real: the MVP of the Niners’ defense is really coordinator Robert Saleh.last_img read more

South Africa: open for business

first_imgWith its top sporting, recreational andhospitality facilities, and a world-classconvention centre, Durban is a perennialfavourite with visitors. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free pictures, visit the image library)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Thandiwe Mathibela  Communications, South African Tourism  +27 11 895 3000 RELATED ARTICLES • Maropeng top evotourism destination • Africa’s greenest hotel for Cape Town • Northern Cape ideal for extreme sports • Table Mountain new natural wonder • SA becomes business tourism hubBongani Evans MtlhavaniSouth Africa is open for business – this is the emphatic message delivered by the Department of Tourism during the recent Meetings Africa gathering.Said to be Africa’s biggest business tourism business trade show, the event took place at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre from 28 February to 1 March, and attracted influential buyers from around the world.It’s a flagship marketing initiative of South African Tourism (SAT), and focuses on the so-called MICE (meetings, incentives, conference, and exhibitions) industry, with offerings that appeal to local and international buyers alike.Meetings Africa 2012 also saw the launch of the National Convention Bureau (NCB) which is going to play a crucial role in harnessing national tourism efforts.“The NCB will add considerable value to the country’s business tourism industry,” said tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, “and will strengthen and support efforts already being made to drive expansion in business tourist arrivals to make South Africa a truly global force.”Van Schalkwyk pointed out that through the successful staging of major events such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the recent COP17 climate change conference, and other sporting, business and tourism events, South Africa has established its credentials as a competent global host.He also said that South Africa has an advantage in that the country has world-class business and conference facilities, but also excellent leisure tourism attractions and hospitable and friendly people.The NCB was established in November 2011 and is headed by executive director Amanda Kotze-Nhlapho, who joined SAT after a successful tenure as head of convention bureau and events at Cape Town Routes Unlimited.“We believe that the industry is ready to contribute to the economy,” she said.The NCB will offer services such as support with the planning of conventions, all aspects of the bidding process, and on-site event services.Welcome to South AfricaA presentation on the first day by Mabeka Makola, SAT’s brand experience manager, gave details about the organisation’s SAT’s Welcome Campaign, aimed at inspiring all South Africans to welcome visitors warmly and so encourage them to return.He said that perception of the country is a crucial factor not only in bringing visitors back, but in inspiring them to spread the word about South Africa back home.“It’s about everyone working together to emphasis the small things that will have a greater impact on visitor perception in the long run.”The initiative is going into its second phase of implementation, which brings the consumer on board. The first phase involved talks with the trade.“We need to partner with small businesses to make sure that this campaign reaches the full potential, because its success relies on partnerships,” said Makola.Significance of the BRICS partnershipA Meetings Africa panel discussion highlighted the role South Africa’s BRICS membership has played in in fuelling trade and investment in the country.South Africa officially joined the bloc of emerging economic powers in April 2011.Representing their countries on the panel were Russia’s Elena Demidova, general director at Expert Avis Marketing; Nandakumar Devarajan, president of India’s largest travel group Kuoni India; Civic Group founder Olivia Ji from China; and South Africa’s Anitha Soni, Brand South Africa chairperson.The discussion was chaired by CNBC Africa business reporter Lionel Skink.Soni told the audience that the move to join BRICS has enabled South Africa to connect with the big growth economies in the world, and tap into their lucrative markets.“President Jacob Zuma has shared that since we joined the BRICS family, our exports grew four-fold into those countries and our imports into the same countries doubled,” said Soni. “It therefore makes business sense to play with the largest growing economies in the world.”She added that to make the most of these opportunities, long-term strategies were needed, and these were in place.Demidova indicated that there is great interest in South Africa from the Russian side. “Russians are interested in what is going on in this country, and are looking at the destination as an event alternative.”She hinted at the possibility of direct flights between South Africa and Russia in the future, likening the concept to the recent non-stop flight to China recently introduced by South African Airways.South Africa and China have set up bilateral agreements in many areas, including transport, education, housing, infrastructure, and water resource management.The introduction of non-stop flights between South Africa and Russia promises to facilitate business and leisure travel between the two countries, said Demidova.She said that South Africa should continue to focus on issues of access to the country, such as visa requirements, flight length and destination promotion. She revealed statistics from Russia which show that since Latin America dropped visa requirements, travel from Russia to that region increased exponentially.Ji shared Demidova’s sentiment, and indicated that the Chinese people want to know more about South Africa and how to do business with the country.“Our focus is on cooperation and looking for a win-win situation,” she said. “We are very open to forming new partnerships and are looking at a long term interest.”Devarajan said that there are a number of elements to consider when planning a MICE tour.“The planner wants a focus on logistics, access and customising an itinerary to suit the traveller, while the tourist wants to see new things, experience new sites and enjoy nightlife and shopping. Corporate visitors want more bang for their buck and are concerned about safety” he explained.In terms of Indian visitors to South Africa, Devarajan said that their numbers would increase if hotels offered more Indian products, such as Indian television channels and cuisine.The bottom line for business tourism, said Soni, is that South Africans need to speak with one voice.“Business, government, society and the media need to communicate accurate messages, and we all need to be ambassadors for our country.”last_img read more

Chef cooks up a way out of trouble

first_imgKelvin Joel (far right) and his group of student chefs at the food garden at the Westbury Youth Center. (Image: Johannesburg Culinary and Pastry School) There is nothing like someone who has done wrong and then turns his life around and does something right to make sure future generations do not walk he path he walked.Such a person is Kelvin Joel, pastry chef, co-owner of the Johannesburg Culinary and Pastry School, and recipient of the South African Chefs Association’s 2010 Achievement Award.A youngster with no guidance, Joel got mixed up in drugs in his youth. But he is now making sure the youngsters in his home suburb of Westbury, in western Johannesburg, do not get enticed by the allure of selling drugs to escape poverty.“Everyone who lived there had challenges at home and school,” he said, “even the community itself. I got an opportunity to change my life.”Joel started his Chefs Project in 2013 to give these and other troubled youth an opportunity to change their lives through cooking, if they wanted to do so. “Basically, cheffing changed my life. There are youngsters out there who would also like to do it, but don’t have the opportunity. So we want to create the opportunity for them to excel.“We just try to guide them to make it easier for them to understand. In the fast-paced industry everyone just works to get their job done, and interns don’t get a chance to ask questions. Now they can see if they really want to be a chef, acquire a skill and then have something to sell.”Watch Joel at explain his childhood and the origins of the Johannesburg Culinary and Pastry School :Are you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Super-Sized PV Installations

first_imgResidential photovoltaic systems often have a capacity of less than 10,000 watts, or 10 kW — which is usually enough to cover the needs of a single family. Commercial PV installations, on the other hand, are big and getting much bigger.At a data center in Maiden, N.C., Apple says it has finished a 20-megawatt array that covers 100 acres of land and produces 42 million kWh of energy per year. The company is adding a second 20 MW array that’s expected to be operating by late this year plus a 10 MW fuel cell.Apple says the PV system is the largest “end user owned” array in the country. In all, the company’s renewable energy production in Maiden will produce 167 million kWh of electricity a year, enough to power 17,600 homes. In Mexico, an even bigger installationIn La Paz, Baja California Sur, a 30 MW solar project is expected to be finished by August, according to an article in Power Engineering International.It is Mexico’s first utility-scale solar project to be built under an agreement between a private company and the country’s federal power company, the publication said.The 132,000 PV modules will be able to produce 82 gWh of electricity per year and will cover about 240 acres (100 hectares) of land. It will be the biggest solar electric facility in Latin America.Power Engineering International said Mexico’s total PV capacity is currently about 13 MW.last_img read more

CES 2013: 5 Things That You Won’t See

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces 3. The Hottest New SmartphonesSmartphone makers are increasingly keeping their mobile secrets hidden at CES. With the Mobile World Congress show just around the corner, HTC, Motorola and the rest generally launch some new mid-level devices in Vegas, but don’t reveal the most earth-shattering stuff until they get to Barcelona.  4. TVs Anyone Would Ever Actually Buy CES is always jam-packed with TVs, but they’re getting better – and vaguely affordable – at a snail’s pace. Companies will continue jockeying for title of the biggest, more pixel-dense displays around, but the impact on consumers in 2013 will be negligible. Ultra HDTV is miles from affordable (who has $25,000 to blow on a TV set?), consumers still don’t really care about 3D and awful proprietary software continues to hamstring most of the ballyhooed set-top devices designed to take over your living room. 5. Apple (Duh)If you’re at all familiar with CES, Apple’s absence is a no-brainer. Content to do things on its own terms, the company that’s defined the cutting edge of consumer electronics routinely opts out of the biggest CE event of the year. (Heck, Apple doesn’t even go to Macworld/iWorld any more!) The Las Vegas convention halls will be generously slathered with iPhone and iPad accessories, but CES just isn’t the Cupertino company’s style these days. Apple loves to casually announce news thatjust so happens to coincide with CES, but it certainly doesn’t bother to visit the desert nowadays. It doesn’t need to.Don’t call us cynical, though. We actually are looking forward to some CES innovations. It’s just that we expect to dig up the really cool stuff in unlikely places, from smart homes and car tech to things we haven’t thought of yet.You never know what to expect when geeks invade Vegas, so stay tuned for plenty of highlights next week.   taylor hatmaker Tags:#CES 2012#CES 2013#events#smartphones#tablets 2013 is shaping up to be a strange year for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the annual tech fête that invades Las Vegas for one grueling week every January. In 2011, tablets were kings of the desert, as manufacturers scrambled to get viable iPad competitors on the scene after Apple went and dreamed up a whole new category of device. Last year wasn’t quite as flashy – previews of Windows 8 trickled out, and we all pretended that ultrabooks were the hot new thing for the better part of a week. In 2013, it’s looking like a free-for-all. It’s anyone’s guess what new devices will capture the hearts and minds of CES attendees.To find out, ReadWrite will be right there on the show floor all week with our finger on the pulse. And while we don’t know yet what devices will capture the attention of the more than 100,000 attendees and worldwide press, we can already tell a few things that won’t be grabbing the headlines in 2013:1. Tablets Following the launch of the original iPad, companies were desperate to get a proper rival in the game – and at CES 2011, it showed. Nobody had quite figured it out yet, but suddenly there were literally 80 tablets floating around, most of them running Android. But by 2012, the tablet frenzy had slowed to a crawl, with Ultrabooks taking the lion’s share of the spotlight. With Amazon and Google driving small tablet prices to the absolute rock bottom, don’t expect other companies to waste much time on tablets this year.2. Microsoft Microsoft announced that 2012 would be its last year at CES – for a while, at least. The company traditionally delivered a big CES keynote early in the week, but Steve Ballmer’s appearance on stage in 2012 was the company’s last – bizarre – hurrah. Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumers Electronics Association (CEA), the group that puts on the show, claims that the lapse is just a pause in the shared trajectory of Microsoft and CES, a relationship that dates back into Bill Gates’s tenure at Microsoft’s helm. We’ll see. For now, the company has pulled its booth too, so Microsoft won’t have a presence on the show floor either. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Temple jewellery returns

first_imgModel Shruti Hari flaunts some antique temple jewelleryTraditional antique jewellery has made its way to the style charts with a bang, quite literally, this festive season.Apart from the typically north Indian Kundan and Jadau styles which Aishwarya Rai made so popular through the movie Jodhaa Akbar, the very South Indian,Model Shruti Hari flaunts some antique temple jewelleryTraditional antique jewellery has made its way to the style charts with a bang, quite literally, this festive season.Apart from the typically north Indian Kundan and Jadau styles which Aishwarya Rai made so popular through the movie Jodhaa Akbar, the very South Indian ‘temple’ jewellery is also becoming a rage among the discerning jewellery enthusiasts. Interestingly, people are quite wanting to go back to the roots and are quite eager to sport antique jewllery depicting the ancient era.”Temple jewellery mainly consists of designs in kemp, uncut ruby and uncut diamond, although kemp is our best seller,” says Anwar Nissar, the store manager at Prince Jewellery, which was one of the first establishments to have introduced Chennai to antique jewellery with their dedicated line, Ancient Secrets. “There was always a demand. But over the last few years, it has increased and our customers are mostly young women,” he grins.Typically, the range begins at Rs 80,000 and can go up to anything. “It depends on the piece,” explains Anwar. “The older they are, the more expensive. We’ve sold necklaces for Rs 15-16 lakhs each,” he shrugs as he takes one out of the display counter. “This is one of our most popular pieces, the maanga maalai. Since it’s authentic, it would sell at roughly Rs 6 lakh.” The paisleys are exquisitely formed, studded with kemp and the rough sparkle of uncut diamonds. “The quality of workmanship is outstanding,” he adds and there really is no argument. Each piece in their collection can only be termed a work of art, an heirloom, a masterpiece.advertisement”It’s not like all these pieces have been previously owned by royalty,” he says, when questioned about the source. “Many middle class people back in the day would have sold jewellery like this without knowing its actual value. Even today, most people don’t understand the concept of antique jewellery,” he rues.”There was much more honesty and integrity back then. You’ll notice that in the quality of the stone, the gold and the design. There were no cost cuts or compromises – artisans just wanted to make a good product. You don’t get stuff like this anymore, which one of the reasons it’s priced the way it is.””I really love temple jewellery,” says Shruti Hari, one of the more popular faces in Chennai’s modelling circuit. “I learned dance when I was young, so I’ve grown up wearing it.” However, the market for the kemp studded earrings and the paisley shaped necklace isn’t restricted to the dancers anymore. There has been a visible metamorphosis not just in demand, but in design as well, particularly where the artificial variety is concerned.Artificial temple jewellery, which had once been regarded as nothing more than cheap imitation, has garnered a massive fan base of late, especially among young women.Apart from the more ostentatious pieces that are used purely for performances, there is a new hybrid collection that combines specific traditional features, such as the maanga with contemporary settings, and is quite a rage today.The design is modern but still manages to retain old world charm. Add to the fact that artificial jewellery doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket the way authentic jewellery does, and you’ve got a winner.There really are no limits when it comes to styling possibilities, either. It complements any skin colour, and can be paired with most outfits.”I’m wearing a piece right now” laughs Shruti. “It goes with anything. It’s subtle, but grand. I love it.”Elegant, beautiful and timeless, temple jewellery transcends fashion trends, making it the one must-flaunt not just this festive season, but any season. “It can never go out of fashion” she declares. We agree to that for sure. Shoppers stopPrince jewellery Address: No.13, Nageswara Raa Road, Panagal Park, T.Nagar, Chennai – 600 017 Phone No : 044 4266 8181 Nathella’s Arcade 37, Tel: 2831111Narayana pearls No 75, Pondy Bazzaar, Next to Univercell, T.Nagar, Chennai -600 0017 Phone: 4212 3226Anokhi 85, “Chamiers”, Chamiers Road, Ra Puram Chennai, Tamilnadu 600028 42030734last_img read more

Stakeholders in St. James Welcome Extension of SOE

first_imgStory Highlights St. James business and tourism interests say they are in strong support of the extension of the State of Emergency (SOE) in the parish, arguing that “Montego Bay and neighbouring communities have never felt safer”. St. James business and tourism interests say they are in strong support of the extension of the State of Emergency (SOE) in the parish, arguing that “Montego Bay and neighbouring communities have never felt safer”.Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis, told JIS News it is clear that the SOE is working, and every effort should be made “to keep a good thing going”.“We have to keep ostracising the criminals… . We can’t give them any breathing space. We have to speak with one voice as a nation and to let them know that there is no place where they will be safe,” he added.On May 1, the House of Representatives unanimously voted to extend the SOE in St. James until August 2, 2018.Mayor Davis said since the SOE, crime has taken a welcomed nosedive and that “the criminals are on the run”.“If they are planning a ‘waiting out’ strategy, we have to show that our resolve is stronger than theirs. We can’t give them any opportunity to regroup… no opportunity to come back and set up shop,” the Mayor said.“We have made some tremendous gains, which in no way we can allow to be reversed. That would be nothing short of a tragedy and something I am sure none of us want,” he emphasised.For his part, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said everything should be done to send the criminals a message that their days of waging terror on the streets are over.“We have to remain committed. We cannot allow the crime situation to get back out of control,” he said.Newly elected President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Winston Lawson, said the Chamber welcomed the extension.“The Chamber lauds the tremendous work of the joint security forces since the advent of the SOE and recognises the significant successes in reducing the crime levels,” he said.“We hope the extension time is used to strategise in transitioning away from the SOE,” Mr. Lawson said. “We have to keep ostracising the criminals… . We can’t give them any breathing space. We have to speak with one voice as a nation and to let them know that there is no place where they will be safe,” he added. Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis, told JIS News it is clear that the SOE is working, and every effort should be made “to keep a good thing going”.last_img read more