WESTERN BUREAU: Eight records tumbled as St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) returned as double champions at Saturday’s County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA) Western Championships – part of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship – at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, but the undoubted star of the show was the champions’ super athlete, Junelle Bromfield. Bromfield used her scintillating form to send a message to all-comers at March’s Girls Champs and the remainder of the Digicel Grand Prix Championship by blitzing two records. The STETHS athlete shattered the old mark of 54.49 to easily win the girls’ Class One 400m in a time of 52.43. Kimisha Chambers of STETHS and Segale Brown of Petersfield High took silver and bronze, respectively. Bromfield returned later to obliterate the Class One 800m field in 2:07.37, destroying the old meet record of 3:13.53. Shaniq Summerville of The Manning’s School was second and Shaneice Buchanan of Rusea’s High placed third. It marks a triple gold run at these championships for Bromfield, who had already secured the 1,500m title at last Tuesday’s girls’ eliminations at Rusea’s High School. “The feeling is great, but I think I may have disappointed my coach a little because he wanted me to take it a little easier on the first lap. But I pushed myself harder without anyone giving a serious challenge,” Bromfield said. “I was never challenged by the other athletes today. I thought it was an easy victory, and to get not one, but two records in one day, is fantastic,” the usually shy athlete told The Gleaner. NEW FRONTIERS With Western Champs out of the way and having no clear challenge in either the 400m, 800m or the 1,500m, Broomfield is setting her sights on conquering new frontiers. “ISSA Girls Champs is my aim right now; I plan on getting three gold medals there, also in the 800m, where I am gunning for a fourth straight win in that event. Also, I hope to win gold in the 400m flat, as well as the 400m hurdles,” declared Bromfield. Bromfield wasn’t alone in the books as multiple record holder, as Cornwall College’s triple jumper Alrick Ottey twice extended the top mark. His first mark came after leaping 15.56 metres to win the boys’ Class One title, eclipsing the previous meet record of 15.37m held by Odaine Lewis. Ottey later extended the record, this time jumping 15.69m. There were other impressive performances, including STETHS’s Winsome Harris’ record run to win the girls’ Class Three 80m hurdles. Harris clocked 11.64 seconds for gold, beating the old mark of 12.07. Nigel Ellis, another star from the STETHS factory, commanded attention as he made light work of the field in landing the boys’ Class One 100m with a new record. Ellis clocked 10.20 seconds, erasing the old standard of 10.32 seconds. Mathew Brown of Cornwall College and Marquis Jones of STETHS grabbed silver and bronze, respectively. Vanessia Pusey won the girls’ Class One equivalent in 11.28. Aberdeen High School, based in St Elizabeth, broke new ground by winning their first ever medal at Western Champs through 12- year-old Jadau Burke, who won the boys’ Open 3000m. Petersfield High’s Antonio Watson ran into the record books, posting 50.82 to win the boys’ Class Three 400m. His time bettered the old record of 50.87. Munro College’s Devante Heywood was equally impressive in the boys’ Class Four 400m, setting a new record of 52.81 seconds. The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship events include the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x400m, long jump, high jump and discus.
Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy has said Irish vessels could be boarded if they do not stop fishing in the waters around Rockall.The Scottish government last week threatened to take action against Irish vessels that it says are fishing illegally around Rockall.A number of Donegal-based vessels and their crews fish in the area. The uninhabited rocky outcrop lies around 230 nautical miles northwest of Donegal and 240 miles west of Scotland in the North Atlantic.Fergus Ewing, who serves as the country’s Fisheries Minister, said it was disappointing that Irish fishing activity in the area was continuing.Speaking on RTÉ’s This week programme, he said the Scottish government’s threat of action was entirely routine and part of ongoing enforcement of fisheries legislation.Mr Ewing said Irish vessels had never been allowed to fish in this way in the UK’s territorial sea around Rockall. He said that there was a set prescribed process that involves taking appropriate action.Mr Ewing said: “The normal approach is to invite the captain to cease and desist. If that instruction is obeyed, then there’s no need for further action.“If it’s necessary to do more, then the vessel would be boarded and action would be taken in accordance with the law.”However, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine has said he would not be asking Irish fishermen to leave waters around Rockall, despite the threat of enforcement action by the Scottish authorities.Speaking on the same programme, Michael Creed said Ireland had never recognised UK jurisdiction over Rockall and that since Scotland passed the Island of Rockall Act in 1972, it had never sought to enforce a 12-mile exclusion zone. He said that Ireland had a right to fish there under EU common fisheries law and that it had a quota known as Rockall Haddock Quota.He said: “Our fishermen that are there now, and those that are planning to go there, are doing so under EU law.“We believe they are legally entitled to be there and we won’t be asking our fishermen to leave the region around Rockall.”Minister Creed said the Government would exhaust all legal options in the context of defending the interests of the State and Ireland’s fishing industry. He said he believed a sensible solution could be found and that Scotland’s threat of enforcement could be withdrawn.Mr Ewing also said it has always been Scotland’s preference that the Irish Government intervened and advised Irish fishermen to cease and desist.He said it was the expectation of fishermen in Scotland that their government would take steps to enforce the law.When asked about Ireland’s activity in the area over the last number of years, he said that it had never been authorised and that persistence did not make it legal.Mr Ewing said the matter had been repeatedly raised at an official ministerial and diplomatic level, and that it had nothing to do with Brexit.Irish fishing boats could be boarded in Rockall row, warns Scottish Minister was last modified: June 9th, 2019 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)Tags:donegalFishingrockallrow
Former Botswana president Festus Mogaeis the 2008 Ibrahim Prize Laureate. Former UN Secretary-General KofiAnnan, left, and Mo Ibrahim announcingthis year’s distinguished winner.(Images: Ibrahim Foundation)Janine ErasmusBotswana’s Festus Gontebanye Mogae, who stepped down as president of that country in April 2008, has won the second annual Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The prize is awarded by the Ibrahim Foundation to a former African head of state or government who has demonstrated consistent excellence in leadership.The Ibrahim Prize is unmatched in size and scope by any other, and is worth an unprecedented R50-million ($5-million) disbursed over 10 years, with a stipend of R2-million ($200 000) annually for life thereafter. During the first 10 years the winner may also receive, at the Foundation’s discretion, R2-million annually for any good causes he or she endorses.This year’s recipient was selected by a distinguished committee comprising former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan; Nobel Laureate Martti Ahtisaari, former Finnish President; Mary Robinson, former Irish President and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; former Guinean Minister of Education Aïcha Bah Diallo; Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Nobel Laureate; and Salim Ahmed Salim, former Tanzanian Prime Minister and former Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity.The former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano became the inaugural Ibrahim Laureate in October 2007. In its citation the Prize Committee praised Chissano for his “achievements in bringing peace, reconciliation, stable democracy and economic progress to his country”.The widow of another former Mozambican president, Graca Machel, widow of Samora Machel, now wife of revered elder statesman Nelson Mandela and herself an internationally renowned champion for women’s and children’s rights, joins the Prize Committee from January 2009.A worthy recipientThe 2008 Ibrahim Laureate was announced on 20 October 2008 by Kofi Annan at a ceremony in London. Former President Mogae served as leader of Botswana’s government from 1998 to 2008. During his tenure he implemented programmes to develop education and health infrastructure, and privatised the airline and telecommunications industries. He also put into place one of Africa’s most progressive and comprehensive HIV and Aids campaigns.Botswana thrived under his stewardship and grew from being one of the continent’s poorest countries at the time of independence to one of its most prosperous. The country is also regarded as one of Africa’s least corrupt, according to Transparency International.“Botswana demonstrates how a country with natural resources can promote sustainable development with good governance, in a continent where too often mineral wealth has become a curse,” said Annan. Botswana is the world’s biggest producer of diamonds but has not allowed its mineral wealth to become a source of conflict.Mogae was quick to point out that the country was already doing well when he came to power, but that he just consolidated existing democratic practices.The former president has been honoured internationally a number of times, most recently with an appointment in September 2008 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as one of his four Special Envoys on Climate Change.The ceremony to confer the second Ibrahim Prize takes place at the Bibliotheca Alexandria in Egypt on 15 November 2008.Reports say that citizens of Botswana are brimming with pride after the announcement, and that the current government is reacting with great excitement.However, there is dissension from human rights organisation Survival International, which is voicing its displeasure over the Ibrahim Foundation’s decision as it says that Mogae oversaw the eviction of Kalahari Bushmen from their rightful land in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The Bushmen took the government to court and in 2006 the Botswana High Court declared the evictions unlawful.Rating African governanceDr Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim, who inaugurated the foundation and the prize, is a Sudanese-born entrepreneur who wrote his doctoral thesis on mobile communication – in 1974. Ibrahim features on Time magazine’s 2008 list of the 100 most influential people as well as the Forbes rich list. He created the Ibrahim Foundation to further his vision of a better Africa, an Africa that deserves the highest quality of governance.The Ibrahim Prize is linked to the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which was developed with the assistance of political scientist Robert Rotberg and his team at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.The Foundation also sought the input of an advisory council of African academics and business practitioners, including Kenyan Michael Chege, Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Florida University, South African Moss Ngoasheng, Executive Chairman of Safika Holdings, and Sudanese Nawal Nour, Director of the African Women’s Health Centre in Boston.“We are shining a light on governance in Africa,” said Ibrahim, “and in so doing we are making a unique contribution to improving the quality of governance. Africans are setting benchmarks not only for their own continent, but for the world.”First published in 2007, the index ranks the 48 sub-Saharan countries according to their governance performance and provides a holistic and objective status report using 57 indicators in five key areas. These are safety and security; rule of law, transparency and corruption; participation and human rights; sustainable economic development; and human development.Covering issues as diverse as judicial independence, government involvement in armed conflicts, respect for civil rights, business environment, and access to drinking water, the index assesses countries on their performance in these areas.According to the Foundation, the index has a multitude of uses, among them the kindling of debate around issues of governance, and the provision of a diagnostic framework to assess governance in the sub-Saharan region. Civil society will be also able to use it as a tool to hold their governments to account.Keeping tabsThe latest index was published on 6 October 2008, based on data from 2006, which is the most recent year with reasonably complete available information for nearly all sub-Saharan Africa countries. However, even with a two-year lag, says the Foundation, the Ibrahim Index is more up-to-date than many other indices.With an overall score of 85.1, Mauritius is the top-ranked country, while South Africa is fifth on the list with a score of 71.5. The other top five countries were Seychelles, Cape Verde and Botswana. These countries achieved the same rankings in the first index.South Africa improved its rating in economic opportunity, human development, and rule of law, transparency and corruption. The country’s score dropped in the categories of safety and security and participation and human rights.The 2008 index shows that two thirds of sub-Saharan African countries – 31 out of 48 – have improved governance performance, mostly in the areas of participation and human rights. Liberia in West Africa shows the most overall progress, moving up to 38th position and achieving a 10.4 points improvement.The majority of countries showed a notable improvement from the 2005 data used in the first index, to 2006, in all categories except safety and security. The greatest improvements were in the area of participation and human rights, with many countries holding elections that have been declared free and fair by international observers. However, there is still room for improvement across the continent, particularly with regard to women’s rights.Most countries showed improved access to technology, with 40 countries bettering their previous score for internet usage and 44 countries improving their scores for phone subscribers.On a regional basis, the Southern African Development Community, the Economic Community of Central African States, the Economic Community of West African States, and the East African Community all improved governance performance between 2005 and 2006. The only region which recorded an overall decrease is the notoriously poor and unstable Horn of Africa.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on firstname.lastname@example.org.Useful linksMo Ibrahim FoundationBotswana Tourism Government of BotswanaSurvival International
Tags:#hack#Tools Last year Google released an Apache module called mod_pagespeed which automates many of its Page Speed recommendations.Yahoo offers a similar tool called YSlow, which released its Chrome extension recently as well. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? klint finley Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Google has finally released an experimental Chrome extension for its popular Page Speed service. Page Speed, which is already available for Firefox, analyzes Web pages and gives developers suggestions for improving performance.Instructions for installing the extension, which involves enabling support for experimental extensions, are here.
During the trial, prosecutor Tushar Gokani argued that Bhatt’s role in the ‘torture’ of the victim was evident along with other policemen. It may be noted that the case against Bhatt remained pending for years, as the State government did not give the nod for prosecuting him. It, however, gave the permission later.On September 5, 2018, Bhatt was arrested in the drug case, which is under trial. He has been denied bail by the courts. Affidavit in apex courtIn 2011, Bhatt said in his affidavit to the Supreme Court that he was part of the meeting called byMr. Modi following the Godhra train attack case in which Hindu pilgrims were charred to death. He claimed that at the meeting, Mr. Modi asked the administration to go slow on and allow “the majority community to vent out their anger against the minority community.” Subsequent to the Godhra incident, the State plunged into its worst communal riots, in which more than 1000 people were killed. However, the court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by former CBI Director R.K. Raghavan, rejected Bhatt’s allegations pertaining to complicity of Mr. Modi in the riots. It told the court that Bhatt’s testimony was not reliable, and in its final report, found no “prosecutable evidence” against Mr. Modi in connection with the riots. In the 2012 Gujarat Assembly polls, Bhatt’s wife Shweta was the Congress candidate against Mr. Modi in the Maninagar seat. “Never asked police to allow Hindus to vent their anger” A court in Gujarat on Thursday sentenced dismissed IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt to life imprisonment in a custodial death case dating back to 1990 when he was the Additional Superintendent of Police in Jamnagar district. Currently, Mr. Bhatt is in jail in a separate case related to drug planting and falsely implicating a lawyer in alleged possession of drug that goes back to 1996 when he was the Superintendent of Police in Banaskantha district. Bhatt, who filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court in 2011 against the role of then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots in the State, has been a controversial figure and was suspended from the Indian Police Service in 2011 and sacked by the Ministry of Home Affairs in August 2015 for ‘unauthorised absence’ from service and other charges. Constable also gets termThe Jamnagar-based court of sessions judge D.N. Vyas convicted Bhatt and constable Pravinsinh Zala under Indian Penal Code Section 302 (murder) and sentenced them to life in jail. Also read: Gujarat Police officer Sanjiv Bhatt implicates Narendra Modi in 2002 post-Godhra riots | ‘Fought despite knowing it was an unequal battle’ | Relief to Sanjiv Bhatt as High Court holds lower court ruling flawedThe court also convicted five other policemen – sub-inspectors Dipak Shah and Sailesh Pandya, and constables Pravinsih Jadeja, Anopsinh Jethva and Keshubha Jadeja – and sentenced them to two years in prison. On October 30, 1990, Bhatt detained around 150 people following a communal riot in Jamjodhpur town after a ‘bandh’ call against the halting of veteran BJP leader L K Advani’s ‘rath yatra’ for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.One of those arrested, Prabhudas Vaishnani, died in a hospital after his release by the police. Subsequently, his brother lodged an FIR accusing Bhatt and six other police men of killing his sibling by torturing him while he was in police detention. Also Read