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Bad Governance Triggers Tragic Reversal in the Trans Atlantic Voyage

first_imgOne of the saddest, even most tragic phenomena (occurrences) facing Africa today is the reverse in the trans-Atlantic voyages taking place. This time it is not across the Atlantic Ocean, but across the Mediterranean Sea, claiming thousands of lives.Do we Africans understand or come to grips with what this really means? Have we forgotten what happened to us Africans – 15 million of us – in the 15th through the 19th centuries?It was called the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade when millions of Africans were captured, chained and held in the bottom of ships, mostly from England and America, and shipped to the Western Hemisphere as slaves.Yes, this was one of history’s most despicable, inhumane and tragic incidents, which went on until March 1807, when William Wilberforce and others successfully pushed through the British Parliament the Anti-Slave Trade Law that ended slavery in Britain and all of its colonies. But slavery continued in the southern United States, provoking the American Civil War. The southern states, determined to continue slavery, seceded from the Federal Government, challenging President Abraham Lincoln. But the Federal Government won the war and in 1865 President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in America. But this was followed by Jim Crow by which the southern whites instituted vicious racism and segregation against blacks that lasted more than a century. But the faith of the black people, expressed in Negro Spirituals and the Civil Rights Movement, led by the NAACP and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, ended the legality of racial discrimination throughout the USA.The struggle was climaxed eight years ago with the election of Barack Obama as the first Black President of the USA. He won a second term. But now Donald Trump, a white American billionaire, has been elected the new President, backed mainly by white Americans. It is too early to tell whether this election is a “white-lash” against President Obama’s political success. But already, Trump has selected as his Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor a man known by many to be a white supremacist. What kind of signal Mr. Trump seems to be sending remains to be seen.Why must we go through all this? It is simply because we in Africa seem to have forgotten our horrific past.For here we are today, with the entire continent free and independent, yet faced with terrible governance in so many parts of the continent—from West to East, from North to South. This situation is forcing Africa’s young people to flee the continent for Europe, not in chains this time, but of their own volition, taking dangerous, even suicidal risks to cross the Sahara Desert into Libya only to reach the Mediterranean Sea for the cross over into Europe. In the process, thousands of these young Africans have drowned in the Mediterranean. Why are they dying in the Mediterranean graveyard? Only because they have lost hope in Africa and have decided to vote with their feet, running away from their beloved homes in their dear Mother Africa to hopefully seek a better life in Europe.Why? Because too many African countries have failed them and so they—the young people—have lost hope. The main problem is bad governance. Take oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, the son of whose president is behaving like a billionaire. Just recently the police in Switzerland found in his garage eight expensive sports cars, each costing at least US$400,000. This is how the ruling family is squandering the nation’s money while its people are languishing in poverty?One of Liberia’s most lucrative state enterprises, the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) became bankrupt under the watch of the Liberian President’s son Robert Sirleaf, with over US$30 million lost? It is an extraordinary blessing that Liberian youth are not among the Africans perishing in the Mediterranean. Or are they?Travel across West Africa and to the East and see how an Ethiopian minority government has marginalized the nation’s two major ethnic groups, the Amhara and the Oromo, threatening a civil war.There is yet next door, Eritrea, whose leader has inflicted upon his people one of the worst tyrannies found anywhere. Tens of thousands of Eritreans have fled to Ethiopia and abroad because of this unbearable existence.In Southern Africa, President Jacob Zuma has damaged the legacies of Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress. Such a rich and promising country is going downhill because of one corrupt, greedy and selfish man! Go further to Zimbabwe, whose president, now in his nineties, is still holding on to power, and doing so in oppressively brutal fashion as though it was he alone who fought the war of liberation from white minority rule.These are but few examples of bad governance in Africa that is forcing our young people to flee their beloved continent to cross the Mediterranean into Europe, thousands of them dying in the process from the dilapidated or tattered boats in which they traveled.There are some powerful African Organizations, such as the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union, that are watching all these things happening and saying and doing nothing about them. What have these organizations to say about bad governance in Africa? Or are they the same ‘Old Boys Club’ that treat with benign neglect the corruption and mismanagement plaguing the continent and frustrating the hopes and aspirations of African youth?Will these organizations rise up and do something to save Africa and restore the hope of our youth?That remains to be seen. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ellen’s Mo Ibraham Award Elates MRU Secretariat

first_imgFormer President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The Mano River Union (MRU) has congratulated former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the award of the most prestigious and converted Mo Ibrahim prize for leadership in Africa, a press release from the MRU Secretariat in Freetown, Sierra Leone has said.According to the release, which was dispatched on Friday from the MRU Secretariat in Freetown, the Secretary General, Medina Wesseh, expressed immense pride and joy in the selection of Africa’s first woman elected president for this continental prize in good stewardship and leadership.The committee also said during her 12 years as president of Liberia, Madam Sirleaf  exemplified transformation in leadership.The MRU is convinced that the sub region of the four member states are living testimonies of the veracity of transformation, where the image of region has positively changed itself into a region of peace and general stability from the immediate distant past when the world saw only chaos and insurrection.“Under her watch the then Liberian president made it a cornerstone of her foreign policy that no inch of Liberian soil would ever again be used to cause instability in any of its neighbors,” the release said.Sirleaf not only ensured peace within her country, but when she chaired the MRU and beyond, encouraged dialogue and discourse in the governance and development agenda of the member states toward regional integration.The MRU believes that the award will not only help to strengthen the democratic culture of governance and peace building, but will be highlighted in every country in the MRU Basin to encourage all and most especially women leaders to emulate the life and works of the former president of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GM, owner defend moves

first_img“We set out to strengthen the club this offseason and while we did it differently than we originally planned, the bottom line is winning games and we think we’re going to win a lot of them,” Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said. “Our strength is in our pitching and we think we improved that by signing Justin Speier, who will add depth to our bullpen, and we strengthened our defense greatly by signing Gary Matthews Jr. to play center field. “People always talk about us not getting that big bat but this is my eighth year and I remember not too long ago, we had fourguys hit 30 or more home runs in the same season and we had an awful year. It really does take 25 guys to work together and a strong pitching staff to win.” After taking a year off, the Angels held their third Fan Fest in the past four years in the Angel Stadium parking lot. Between 25,000 and 30,000 fans came out to meet and greet their favorite players before they leave for spring training. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Wednesday to Tempe, Ariz. ben.villa@presstelegram.com (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANAHEIM – Angels officials defended their offseason moves at the team’s Fan Fest on Saturday. Many of their fans were disappointed the team’s they didn’t acquire a big bat in the offseason to protect Vladimir Guerrero. center_img Last season, the Angels had trouble scoring runs on their way to a second-place finish in the American League West behind the Oakland A’s. But before the 2006 season ended, owner Arte Moreno guaranteed the Angels would do something big this offseason. While the Angels did not get that big bat the fans expected, they weren’t inactive, either. In addition to Speier and Matthews Jr., who batted .313 lastseason with 19 home runs and 79RBI, the Angels also signed Shea Hillenbrand, who batted .277 with 21 home runs while splitting last season between the Toronto Blue Jays and SanFrancisco Giants. Matthews (Granada Hills High/Mission College) is expected to bat leadoff. Hillenbrand can play first and third base or be the designated hitter. “We offered Alfonso Soriano $118 million to come here but it didn’t work out,” Moreno said. “And after I made that guarantee last year, I learned that maybe I shouldn’t put my foot in my mouth anymore. But I told Bill, if you want to make a move during the season that will improve the club, don’t worry about the budget. Money won’t be a problem.” last_img read more

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Defensive effort leads Miller girls

first_imgPracticing defense takes up most of Miller’s practices, and the repetition paid off Wednesday night as the top-seeded Rebels earned a 69-32 victory over La Canada in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs. Miller earned its 17th consecutive victory, improving to 27-2, and advanced to play Corona Santiago, a 65-64 winner over Harvard Westlake, on Saturday night. Wilkins also substituted five players at a time twice in the opening quarter with the hope of wearing down La Canada. “I knew their team wasn’t that deep, so I figured we could keep fresh legs in the game early,” he said. Freshman Chloe Wells led all scorers with 21 points, while junior Briana Hall added 19. “I just felt confident tonight and I knew we would win,” Hall said. “I just felt it.” La Canada (17-11) was led by Emily Ballard’s 11 points. The Spartans kept things close for the first 10 minutes, but Wells and Hall each had four points in the final 3:30 of the second quarter to lead 31-16 at halftime. The Rebels removed any lingering doubt by scoring the first seven points of the third quarter. Wilkins said the playoffs are a lot about the mental attitude, but said his team would probably have to do a better job of rebounding to make a long run in the postseason. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Rebels, winners of the Citrus Belt League with a 14-0 record, have held their opponents under 36 points for the last 13 games. “We go over defensive sets and try to get easy baskets off our defense,” Wilkins said. “Defense is all heart and attitude, and we take it to heart that we don’t get beat.” The Rebels pressed from the opening tipoff to the final buzzer, and they scored the first six points while forcing turnovers in the backcourt. Miller’s press is unique in that one of their tallest players, 6-foot junior Kenisha McKee, guards the inbound pass. “They are bigger and very athletic, and we have two 5-foot-2 guards in the backcourt,” La Canada coach Tamar Hill said. “They swarm the ball and anticipate well.” center_img FONTANA – The guiding philosophy espoused by Miller girls basketball coach Mel Wilkins is simple. “Defense is not an option,” Wilkins said. last_img read more

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MP Bob Zimmer appointed to Natural Resources Standing Committee

first_img“I am honoured to have been chosen by the Prime Minister and our Conservative Government to be part of this important committee,” says Zimmer. “As we all know, natural resources are a key driving force for our national economy, and I look forward to continuing to consult with local stakeholders and to be able to provide a voice for Northeastern B.C.’s natural resource community here in Ottawa.” The Standing Committee on Natural Resources is responsible for looking at and reporting on matter related to the federal Department of Natural Resources and related organizations.Zimmer is also Chair of the B.C. Pipeline Caucus and sits on the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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German FA boss rejects Ozil racism charge, but admits mistake

first_img“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil, who has Turkish roots, wrote Sunday in his lengthy farewell statement that unleashed a racism storm in Germany.But Grindel rejected the charge four days on and has not yielded to calls for him to quit.“I say this openly that the personal criticism has affected me,” he said.“I am even more sorry for my colleagues, the many people working on a voluntary basis and the employees in the DFB, to be branded in connection with racism.“For the federation as well as for me personally, I firmly reject this.”But Grindel acknowledged that he should have stepped in firmly to end the abuse against Ozil over a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which led some to question the footballer’s loyalty to Germany.– ‘Unbearable, unacceptable’ –“On hindsight, I should have clearly said what is obvious to me personally and to all of us as a federation: any form of racist hostility is unbearable, unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.”“That’s valid in the case of Jerome Boateng, that’s valid for Mesut Ozil, and also valid for all players who have a migration background,” he said.In 2016, far-right leader Alexander Gauland took aim at defender Boateng, who was born in Berlin to a German mother and a Ghanaian father.“People find him good as a footballer, but they don’t want to have a Boateng as a neighbour,” Gauland said.Words from Grindel’s past have come back to haunt him.As a backbencher in 2004 in the Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, he said that “multiculturalism is in truth a mess”.Mesut Ozil (L) arrives for training in Singapore with Arsenal on their tour of Asia while a political storm continues back in Germany over his resignation from the national team. © AFP / Roslan RAHMANIn Ozil’s scathing critique of Grindel, the Arsenal star said he tried to explain his “heritage, ancestry and the reasoning” behind the Erdogan photo to the DFB boss.But Grindel was “more interested in speaking about his own political views and belittling my opinion”, said Ozil.The playmaker has walked away from international football after a career that included a World Cup win in 92 appearances, 23 goals and 40 assists for Germany.– Three-stage plan –Meanwhile, Grindel has outlined how the DFB can move forward in the wake of the Ozil saga and the World Cup debacle after Germany crashed out following the group stages in Russia.“Firstly, we need to take the ongoing debate on integration as an opportunity to develop our work in this area and to ask where and how we can give new impetus,” Grindel wrote.“Second, as a consequence of the disappointing World Cup, there must be a sound analysis, from which the right conclusions are drawn in order to play enthusiastic, successful football again.“Thirdly, we all have the common goal of winning the bid for the hosting of the European Championship 2024.“For all these projects, we must work together in the coming weeks and months with great commitment.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Reinhard Grindel, the president of the German Football Association (DFB), has strongly rejected allegations of racism aimed at him by Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who retired from international football last Sunday. © AFP/File / Daniel ROLANDBERLIN, Germany, Jul 26 – The chief of the German Football Association (DFB) on Thursday rejected accusations of racism by Mesut Ozil, but admitted he should have done more to protect the midfielder against discriminatory abuse.In a four-page statement announcing his decision to quit playing football for Germany on Sunday, Ozil singled out football federation (DFB) boss Reinhard Grindel with harsh words.last_img read more

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Ex-England star Rio Ferdinand to visit Kenya

first_img0Shares0000The former Three Lions defensive rock will follow up a visit by another English Premier League legends Thierry Henry who visited the country last December also in a partnership with the beer brand.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27 – Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand is set to visit Kenya later in the year after being unveiled as the Guinness brand ambassador on a one-year partnership.The former Three Lions defensive rock will follow up a visit by another English Premier League legends Thierry Henry who visited the country last December also in a partnership with the beer brand. The ‘Guinness Meet Rio Ferdinand’ national consumer promotion will offer lucky consumers a chance to interact with the legend during his visit.“Guinness is a bold beer, for extraordinary people, so we are delighted to be working with Rio Ferdinand this year as he was a player who certainly demonstrated his creativity, imagination and confidence on the pitch,” Kenya Breweries Limited Marketing Manager, Guinness, Nduku Wamakau said.Sher further added; “His visit will be crucial in finding and celebrating those Kenyan fans who prove themselves Made of More. These are the fans who live and breathe football – whose support, knowledge and bold acts of dedication demonstrate their unique passion for the beautiful game.”-Consumer campaignAs part of the campaign, Guinness has launched a new consumer promotion, giving consumers the opportunity to win an extraordinary experience with Ferdinand when he visits Kenya.Guinness will roll out promotional bottles with a code which consumers will be asked to send to 22110 for an opportunity to land the lucrative opportunity of meeting the English legend.Twelve lucky winners will win Sh1mn plus the chance of spending time with Rio in Kenya.There will also be promotional activations in select outlets where random winners will be picked for the opportunity to meet Ferdinand as well as walk home with Sh1mn.Early in his career, Ferdinand who went on to be capped 81 times for England made the bold decision to follow his dreams and become a footballer.Having the courage of his convictions meant that he regularly appeared in youth teams with London clubs. He was just 19 years and eight days when he earned his first England cup in a game against Cameroon in 1997, making him the youngest defender to play for England at the time.During his time playing professional football, including 12 years at The Red Devils, the 39-year old centre back was regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation, and as one of England’s best ever centre-backs.-LeadershipHis determination and leadership skills both on and off the pitch, as well as his confidence and creative play, ensured he stood out from his team mates.During his career at The Red Devils he won 14 trophies including six Premier League titles and the celebrated Champions League. Since hanging up his boots in 2015, he has continued to curve his own path as a broadcaster, entrepreneur and philanthropist with the same confidence and flair he showed on the pitch.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Appleby closes in on history

first_imgKAPALUA, Hawaii – Whether they change the greens or change the calendar, it doesn’t seem to matter to Stuart Appleby. Whenever he gets to Kapalua for the Mercedes Championships, he looks unstoppable. On another blustery day that severely tested the 28-man field of last year’s PGA Tour winners, Appleby was steady as ever Saturday and birdied three of his last six holes for a 3-under 70 and a two-shot lead over U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonJim Furyk, a past winner at Kapalua, birdied on the two par 5’s coming in for a 72 and was at 3-under 216. Only a half-dozen players were under par, and only one Kapalua rookie was in that mix. Lucas Glover needed some magic getting there, with a hole-in-one on the 203-yard eighth hole – for a 70 to finish at 217. Vijay Singh (74) and Sergio Garcia (73) each birdied the last hole to get to 218. “If you just miss it, you’re going to hit it way worse than you think,” Singh said. “It was a grind. Putts like 3 or 4 feet it’s like, `Please, hit a good, solid stroke.”‘ Scoring has always been low at Kapalua since the tournament moved here in 1999, with the highest winning score coming in 2000 when Tiger Woods beat Ernie Els in a playoff after they finished at 16 under. Appleby was an inch from the green on the 663-yard closing hole, gently rolled a putt to tap-in range for birdie and walked off the Plantation Course at 6-under 213, in prime position to become the first player in nearly 50 years to win the winners-only event three straight times. Campbell overcame a sluggish start by playing bogey-free over the final 12 holes and shot 71, putting him in the final group with Appleby for the second straight day. center_img This looks more like a U.S. Open – on the scoreboard and inside the ropes. Not even the crashing surf below can put these guys at ease, as they battle wind that makes it difficult to stand still and greens that are firm and fast, making it tough to get the ball close to the hole. That hasn’t stopped Appleby. The Australian walked off the course wondering why he left so many shots out there, although he had few complaints about a 70, which matched Glover for the low round of the day. The average score was 75.04, the second-toughest behind Friday’s average of 75.5. “I don’t think anybody was expecting this kind of a battle the first week of the year,” Mark Calcavecchia said. “I certainly wasn’t. I’m exhausted.” On grainy greens or smooth greens, breezy conditions or gale-force wind, Appleby is proving to be the king of Kapalua. Appleby dropped only one shot Saturday, that coming on the par-3 second hole with a three-putt from 50 feet. Appleby made seven straight pars to hold his position, then gave himself some separation with birdies on Nos. 13 and 15. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Man’s driving brought him to the attention of gardai

first_imgA man whose manner of driving brought him to the attention of gardai has pleaded guilty to charges of drink driving.Conor Tinney of Goldrum, Termon was stopped by Gardai at High Road, Letterkenny on May 1, 2015 after they observed him turning a corner sharply. He subsequently provided them with a breath specimen which returned a reading of 65mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.Letterkenny District Court heard the 22-year-old defendant has just finished studying business and marketing at college in the USA and has applied for a visa to return.His solicitor, Kieran Dillon, asked Judge Kelly to postpone any disqualification until February 1, next year in order to give Tinney time to get his affairs in order.Judge Kelly agreed to the postponement, imposed a fine of €300 and disqualified the defendant from driving for a period of two years.Man’s driving brought him to the attention of gardai was last modified: September 7th, 2018 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)last_img read more