Dialogue Among Peace Messengers: Partnership for Peace, Dignity for All

first_imgAs young Liberians prepare for the International Peace Day and the official launch of the Amman-Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security declaration, Messengers of Peace –Liberia Inc (MOP) would devote its column for the month of September 2015 to the perspectives of youths on Peace and Security Issues.By the way of introduction, Amelia Washington was born on 10th September 1998 to a Christian family; she attends Len Millar High School as a 12th grade out-going senior. She says peace means right, justice, and unity, lawful and free from violence.She joined MOP as Volunteer Peace Messenger to help young people stay away from violence, to educate young people on their rights and to unite youth especially so as to make the country we find ourselves in a suitable place. Amelia is an inspiring young lady. In her own words, Amelia writes:I have never served as volunteer in my community but getting into peace volunteerism is my first incursion to volunteerism. I believe that Messenger of Peace will help me learn about peace, to be a peaceful person to help me build up my career to be outspoken.In the next five (5) years, I see myself as an advocate for peace, a law abiding citizen and independent woman who stands for her word and a devoted child of God that mama Liberia can boost of.I dream of a peaceful Liberia where citizens will inform others about peace so as to transform our country positively.My message to young people is that they should stay away from violence and focus on education because it is the key to success. A biblical quote 2 Timothy 2:15, “ Let me win if I cannot let me be brave to make an attempt cause one day my opportunity will surely come” guides my day.The outcome of the global forum on youth peace and Security Council that was held in Amman Jordan to ensure an inclusive and integrated approach to peace and security motivates me. Young people should be engaged in shaping lasting peace in our communities as positive contributors to peace, justice and reconciliation. We need to work as partners to ensure the implementation of the action point which says that we as young people are essential in transforming conflict, countering violence and building peace yet, our effort remain largely invisible, unrecognized and even undermined due to lack of adequate participatory and inclusive mechanisms. Youth should also dissuade themselves from violence and focus on peace building, gender equality and also the empowerment of youth socially and economically. Amman Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security will serve as a blueprint in the work of MOP-Liberia as it presents a common vision and road map towards a strengthened policy framework to support other organizations in transforming conflict, preventing and countering violence, and building sustainable peace, and recognize the involvement of youths in peace building activities in and around Liberia. Until next week, when we come to you dialogues among peace messengers: “Partnership for Peace-Dignity for All-Part 3”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What did 49ers Shanahan like most from Mullens in OT win?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Nick Mullens will finish out the season as the 49ers starting quarterback, further convincing Kyle Shanahan of that in Sunday’s overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks, a game the coach thought was Mullens’ masterpiece through six starts.The 49ers (4-10) close with their home finale Sunday against the Chicago Bears before a Dec. 30 visit to the NFC West-winning Los Angeles Rams.Mullens is 3-3 since replacing C.J. Beathard, who was 0-5 after Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending knee …last_img read more

Oakland A’s spring training: key dates, headlines, new faces

first_imgWith the Super Bowl matchup all set, all that really means for some is that baseball is just around the corner.The A’s will look to reach the playoffs for the second consecutive season in 2019, but first comes spring training, which will have its own storylines to monitor.Home stadium: Hohokam Stadium, 1235 N Center St, Mesa, AZ 85201.Key dates: Pitchers and catchers report to Mesa Feb. 10, which is a little earlier than normal with the A’s taking off to Japan a week before the rest of the …last_img read more

Executive order addresses biotechnology

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order designed to simplify the regulatory process for genetically engineered products, help eliminate delays and reduce costs.“Having an updated, transparent and scientifically sound regulatory system for agricultural biotechnology is critical if American farmers and ranchers are to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. I applaud President Trump for his Executive Order that will foster policy to spur agricultural innovation, encourage engagement and alignment at the global level and provide a firm foundation for the future of gene edited crops and animals,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. “Innovative solutions have been a creed for American agriculture for a long time and with yesterday’s action by the President, it ensures a framework and directive for agricultural innovation well into the future.”last_img read more

PBA: Kia halts 16-game skid, upsets Rain or Shine

first_img8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But it appeared like the game was really for the Picanto after the Elasto Painters muffed two free throws and five makable attempts from the field, three of which came in the last 19.5 ticks.Rain or Shine guard Chris Tiu, one of the best free throw shooters in the league, had a couple of splits from the line. He also missed an open triple from the right corner that would’ve given the Painters a one-point lead in the waning seconds.The game got testy late in the second quarter that saw the ejection of Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan and Kia’s Eric Camson after engaging in a fight.Glen Khobuntin filled in for Camson, scoring eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back baskets that gave the Picanto a 96-89 cushion with 1:52 remaining.Mark Yee nearly had a double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds while Rashawn McCarthy and Roider Cabrera led Kia with 14 points each.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Mark Yee. PBA IMAGESKia finally stopped its seemingly interminable slide after stunning Rain or Shine, 98-94, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Picanto ended a 16-game losing skid dating back to last conference. It was Kia’s first taste of victory since pulling off a double overtime win over Phoenix on May 21, 2017.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Brady mum on status for AFC title game after hand injury Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Rookie Rey Nambatac notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Painters, who fell to 2-3. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’m more relieved than anything else because of this win,” said Kia coach Ricky Dandan. “We broke that [16-game losing skid] and this will go a long way in our rebuilding our ball club.”“It was really difficult for us because our confidence were all shot, but we really had no choice but to move forward and look at the positives despite all of those blowout games,” he added. “We really dug deep and our guys really worked hard for this win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKia posted its first win this conference after a 0-4 start but not after surviving an anxious final minute where the Picanto barely avoided a major collapse.Protecting a three-point lead with 55 seconds left, Kia turned the ball over twice. View commentslast_img read more

Delhi schools preparing students for worsening air pollution

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 4 (PTI) Shifting the morning assembly of students indoors, mandating them to wear masks during outdoor activities and distributing gooseberries are among the measures taken by schools in Delhi and adjoining areas to deal with the alarming level of air pollution.With Delhi’s air quality expected to deteriorate further post Diwali, several schools have started taking precautionary measures.”We have quality filters in place because of which all our classrooms receive treated fresh air throughout the working hours and a professional team is monitoring this,” said Deepa Kumar, principal, Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Gurgaon.”We are also closely monitoring and recording PM2.5 (particulate matter) levels, with checks being conducted every few hours. This information helps guide our outdoor activities,” she said.The air quality in Delhi has oscillated between ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ for nearly three weeks now.On Sunday, it showed some improvement to fall in the ‘poor’ category but experts believe the situation is likely to worsen after Diwali. Fine particulates can be a matter of serious health concern than PM10 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 10 micrometres).Kumar said the school administration at times has to cancel outdoor sports activities. “If needed, we conduct appropriate activities inside the classes during the sports hour during the day,” she added.Ashok Pandey, principal, Ahlcon International School in Mayur Vihar, said, “We have shifted the venue of morning assembly indoors and advised parents to send their wards wearing masks so whenever they are outdoors they have limited exposure to toxic air”.advertisementSuraj School in Gurgaon has started an initiative to distribute gooseberries to students, which, according to health experts, minimize effects of air pollution on lungs.”We are advising students to regularly eat the fruit and have also been distributing it in school,” said Kanika Ghai, vice principal of the school.Amita Wattal, principal of Springdales, Pusa Road in Delhi, said the school is organising campaigns to make students aware of the hazards due to fire crackers ahead of Diwali.”We are encouraging students to celebrate ‘green’ Diwali and say no to crackers as they also add on to the pollution. We have shifted sports and cultural practices indoors as post Diwali the air quality usually dips,” she said.Amid a rise in health-related problems due to increase in air pollution in the national capital, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday launched a manual on asthma detailing how school administrations must behave in case of an emergency.Delhi’s Directorate of Education (DoE) is yet to issue an advisory in this regard.”We are waiting for a direction from Graded Response Action Plan, after which an advisory will be issued to all government and private schools,” Sanjay Goel, DoE director, said. PTI GJS VIT ABHABHlast_img read more

Vermont Voters Hope to Block Air Guards Basing Plan

first_imgVoters in Burlington, Vt., on Tuesday approved a non-binding ballot referendum calling for the city council to ask the Air Force to cancel its plan to bring 18 F-35 fighter jets to the Vermont Air National Guard base at Burlington International Airport. Opponents of the Air Force’s basing decision — whose efforts to block the move previously failed in both state and federal courts — say the fifth-generation combat aircraft would be too loud and could pose a safety threat in a densely populated area. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said he would revisit the issue but added the city is “a long way” from making a request to the Air Force to change its plans, reports VTDigger.VTDigger photo by Bob LoCicero Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

DID YOU HEAR… Pickleball Court Construction At Town Hall Has Begun Playground

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Department of Public Works began site work for the Pickleball Courts at Town Hall (Palmer Park) on Monday morning and is expected to continue all week.On Friday, May 11, a crane will be on site for the purpose of removing larger trees.  As a result, the basketball court and playground area will be off limits between the hours of 7am. and 4pm.In the event work is not completed on Friday, work will resume on Friday, May 18.Town Meeting voters approved funding for three pickleball courts at Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting.Unsure what Pickleball is? Learn more about the sport by watching this video from the Wilmington Recreation Department HERE.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Town of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTHE WAIT IS OVER: Pickleball Courts To Open At Palmer Park This Wednesday, September 26In “Community”Wilmington To Build 3 Pickleball CourtsIn “Government”NOW HIRING: Town’s Highway Division Is Hiring An Equipment OperatorIn “Business”last_img read more

TJAM Scholarship Masquerade Gala

first_imgGet out your dancing shoes and wear your masks. It’s time to raise money for scholarships for students attending our great Mississippi HBCUs. On April 8, from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive Greenbelt, Md. 20770, a fundraiser will be held to provide scholarships to students from four Mississippi HBCUs: Tougaloo College, Jackson State University, Alcorn State University and Mississippi Valley State University. For more information go to gwdcjsualum.wixsite.com/tjam2017.last_img read more

Dont give stamp of approval to copycats Designer Masaba Gupta

first_imgThe obsession among Indians with anything that people in the West do, has to stop, says young and popular designer Masaba Gupta, who hopes originality gets a fillip in the country.“We, as a nation, are generally very obsessed with the West and anything that they do. Anything that’s a fad, be it in garments or make-up looks, it immediately translates here,” said Masaba.The new-age designer, a former fashion director at the luxury label Satya Paul, says “People should speak up” against designers who blantantly copy others both from India and the West. “There are so many designers who take India as an inspiration, internationally and do such amazing things…I think people and the media should openly speak up about designers who are copying others because it’s very important that they do not give them that stamp of approval,” she added. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Masaba especially feels that Lebanese fashion designer Zuhair Murad, who is famous for making gowns, and national designers like Gaurav Gupta and Tarun Tahiliani, who have brought the concept of sari gowns on the runway, have been aped the most. She feels designers who copy “should not even get a place in fashion weeks”.“I think for the layman, it’s not plagiarism…for them it is a similar outfit. But people who are in fashion and people who understand it, should stand up and voice it out,” added the designer. Known for her extraordinary and quirky prints like the lipstick, cow and camera print, which have been one of the most copied print in Indian fashion market, Masaba said it is copying the silhouettes that bothers her more than anyone copying her designs. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“I get irritated when people copy my silhouettes…I do not get irritated when people copy my prints because that’s something I cannot control. It is very easy to copy my prints. You can just take a photograph here on the runway and replicate it in the next 10 days. You will have many fabrics in my print, but silhouettes is something original and that should not be copied. But I think designers should not copy the other designers’ style or print,” she said. Masaba, the daughter of actor Neena Gupta and cricket legend Vivian Richards, had launched her eponymous label in July 2009. Talking about how she came up with her famous quirky prints, the 26-year-old said: “I do not think I know anything else… I just know how to take objects, motifs, a certain theme and just turn it around and make it really fun.” Masaba feels that the youth “are biggest influencers of fashion today” and so she constantly tries to make something that can “define their style statement”.last_img read more