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Witchcraft Activity Resurfaces in Nimba

first_imgAnother episode of witchcraft activity is said to have resurfaced in Nimba County, this time involving a 13 year-old boy and several others around the LPRC Community in Ganta.In this latest witchcraft activity, the teenage boy confessed of bewitching many young ladies and obstructing several development initiatives in their community.The 13 year-old boy (name withheld) told the gathering that in performing witchcraft, he sometimes placed a spell at a neighbor’s  doorstep or in their yard and whenever someone steps on it, it causes serious foot problems that may lead to the person’s death.He appealed to their landlord, one Mrs. Gbarpoe, for pardon because, according to him, he was responsible for the landlord’s daughters not getting married.He confessed to having taken the ladies’ underwear (panties) into the dark world, where their futures were transformed, causing them to appear dull to any men that came across them. Last year, witchcraft activities flared up across Nimba County involving several younger and older people.Most of those involved were transferred to the zoes, where they were given oaths of disinitiation or discontinuance of the practices for the rest of their lives.In April last year, dozens of citizens of Blunh Town on the Saclapea Road were taken to the Buu–Yao town called Dahnplay to take oath for their alleged involvement in witchcraft activities.Although, trial by ordeal is no longer practiced in Nimba, yet witch doctors are busy arresting people accused of being witches.In this latest case in Ganta, it was one Papa who arrested the 13 year-old and some other elderly women accused of being witches.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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West London duo weigh-in ahead of clash

first_imgRyan Toms and Steve O’Meara comfortably made the 11-stone light-middleweight limit as they weighed-in ahead of Friday’s clash of the two West Londoners.Defending southern-area champion Toms, from Northolt, was a shade over 10st 13lbs and challenger O’Meara was a pound lighter.Toms, 29, is unbeaten in his nine professional bouts, while O’Meara, 27, has won 13 of his 15 contests.They squared-up at Planet Hollywood in Piccadilly, where Hammersmith’s George Groves was also present to promote his forthcoming defence of the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles against Paul Smith.O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, believes he can outbox the hard-hitting Toms, who has pledged to “break down” his opponent and maintain his unblemished record.The winner of the fight, which takes place at Bethnal Green’s York Hall, could be in line for a shot at the British title.last_img read more

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Media tour boosts China-Africa link

first_imgOlive Hou, currently visiting South Africa, is the international relations manager for China Entrepreneur magazine. (Image: Ray Maota) China Entrepreneur reporter Susan Qin chats to George Lo of Standard Chartered Bank at a business dinner in Sandton. Michael Duncan of Alexander Forbes speaks to Olive Hou during the business dinner. (Images: Nicky Rehbock) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa-China trade ties to strengthen • China injects R1.7bn into Malawi • Trade fair to boost SADC-China ties • Telkom secures R902m loan • China deal: a new day for AfricaNicky Rehbock and Ray MaotaA group of Chinese business journalists are currently touring Africa to investigate investment opportunities, share lessons from existing Chinese businesses on the continent and strengthen the sense of mutual understanding between African and Asian cultures.Brand South Africa is hosting the group during its final leg of the tour, following visits to Ethiopia, Chad, Algeria, Zambia and Kenya.The China Entrepreneur reporters’ findings will be published in their magazine’s African Focus issue at the end of November 2011.The fortnightly publication boasts a circulation figure of 150 000 and is the Chinese equivalent of Fortune – according to Olive Hou, the magazine’s international relations manager.“South Africa is the last stop on our tour to see what strategies these countries have in place to foster trade with China and if there are investment opportunities for China’s entrepreneurs in those countries,” Hou said.Today China is South Africa’s biggest trading partner, with the total value of trade between the two nations nearing US$16-billion (R125-billion) in 2010.Tshepo Nkosi, Brand South Africa’s communications manager, said: “We have structured the tour so that the group will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the different industries in South Africa and the opportunities that exist within those sectors.“After this tour, the group will have been shown how our trade and investment policy acts as an enabler to foreign investment.”And with South Africa’s recent inclusion in the BRIC economic bloc of Brazil, Russia, India and China, the tour comes at an opportune time.“So far we have observed a diversity of Chinese business interests in Africa, including construction projects in Kenya and Algeria, mining along Zambia’s copper belt and telecoms in South Africa – to name a few. Either directly or indirectly these are a boost to local economies,” Hou said.The range of Chinese investments in Kenya was particularly interesting for the team.“There we discovered a plastics-manufacturing firm, and vegetable and poultry concerns run by Chinese. We even discovered a Chinese-owned digital satellite pay-TV group which, in addition to Kenya, operates in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.”Hou says the tour has helped develop a sense of respect for Chinese working culture.“We want there to be a better understanding of China’s position in Africa and this can be brought about by healthy media coverage. Sometimes there is negative publicity because people aren’t seeing the bigger picture.”Hou adds that the tour will help the Chinese journalists put together a balanced report on African trade opportunities.“We want our Africa report to be neutral and to cover all experiences and challenges we’ve found in Africa. We don’t want to create propaganda. The report needs to be constructive and show the experiences of people who are having success working cross-culturally.“There must also be advice on how to overcome challenges such as the language barrier and difficulties with local legal systems. China has vast experience in industrial development, which it can bring to Africa.”Policies beneficial to Chinese investmentThe journalists visited the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) in Sandton, Johannesburg, to learn more about local policies which can help boost Chinese investment.The NEF was established in 1998 as a way to promote and facilitate black economic participation in the newly democratic South Africa.Some years later South Africans of Chinese descent were given full benefits in terms of the country’s employment equity and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) policies to correct exclusions during apartheid rule.This means that South African Chinese are now eligible to be empowered under BBBEE, which the NEF supports.This empowerment strategy could be seen as advantageous to China-based investors who have ties with South Africans of Chinese descent.Zwelibanzi Sapula, head of strategic funds at the NEF, said: “Although we do not necessarily go out and look for Chinese investment, we have appointed a financial service provider which shows potential foreign investors all our projects and how they could benefit from being involved.”Sapula added that there are three ways foreign investors can become involved in a project: at a funding level, project level or both.At the funding level, the investor will only make monetary contributions, while at project level the investor will play a more active role in the investment, such as bringing in the technology needed to make the project successful.Sapula cited an NEF-backed project, which involves using Chinese technology to convert discarded tyres into consumable oils. According to the NEF, Chinese involvement at both funding and project levels could have helped speed up implementation as there was a lack of interest from financiers.Entrepreneurial lessons from SasolDuring their time in Johannesburg the journalists also visited fuel manufacturer Sasol’s headquarters in the suburb of Rosebank, where they were shown how innovative business models can boost entrepreneurship.One of the examples is the ChemCity initiative, which aims to make it easier for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) to become established in the chemical, energy and related industries.Phase one of the ChemCity Eco-Industrial Park in Sasolburg offers entrepreneurs a space to construct environment-friendly premises with 24-hour security and exemption from paying rates and taxes until 31 December 2018. It also offers competitive rates for the renting or selling of sites.Since July 2004 the ChemCity initiative has helped establish 262 SMMEs and create 3 000 jobs.Hou said: “I see how the South African chemical energy sector is thriving and there are many viable opportunities for Chinese investors in this sector.”last_img read more

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Odisha’s border disputes with four States remain unresolved

first_imgOdisha continues to have unresolved border disputes with four neighbouring States in its eight out of 30 districts even decades after Independence.Dialogues to resolve disputes with Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand were in different stages and efforts were on to find permanent solutions, the Naveen Patnaik government told the Assembly recently.“Fourteen of the 30 districts share borders with Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Except disputes over Kotia villages in Koraput district bordering Andhra Pradesh, there is no major border conflict,” said Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi.Odisha has a long history of disputes with Andhra Pradesh which shares border with the State in five districts — Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Gajapati and Ganjam.Joint inspectionsAlthough joint inspections have been conducted by both the States in 21 villages and one reserve forest in Ganjam district, its report has not been prepared yet and hence no progress has been made in resolving the dispute. Similar is the situation in Gajapati district where joint inspections have been completed in 16 villages.The State government, however, admitted to have unresolved disputes with Andhra Pradesh in regard to 21 villages under Kotia gram panchayat in Koraput district.Recently, an Assembly committee headed by Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro recommended the government to open a police station in Kotia gram panchayat. It also emphasised on non-shifting of schools despite low enrolment rate.Odisha is trying to settle border disputes with West Bengal on the basis of revenue maps drawn by then Balasore District Collector in 1938. Now, the Collectors of Balasore district of Odisha and Purba Medinipur of West Bengal have been advised to resolve the dispute amicable. The two States make claims over 27 plots.Joint inspections have been completed in eight villages of Mayurbhanj district and Director of Land Records and Surveys of West Bengal has been intimated to make necessary changes, Mr. Marndi said.The border dispute between Odisha and Jharkhand arises due to change in course of river Baitarani. A joint inspection by the two States is proposed while there is no other disputes, said the Minister.last_img read more

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first_imgEx-Spurs boss Redknapp: Why’d Pochettino want to start again at Man Utd?by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has questioned whether Mauricio Pochettino would want the Manchester United job.The rumours have understandably upset Spurs fans, although Redknapp believes it is far from guaranteed that Pochettino will accept a move to Old Trafford.“It’s a difficult one,” Redknapp told BBC 5 Live. “He’s obviously getting very, very well paid where he is. It’s a good club, they’ve got a great training ground. They’ve got a brand new stadium coming.”He’s got a good team. He’s got to go and build a team at Man United. For me they’re still way short of being a team that could win the league again. I think the back four needs absolute surgery there.“I still think they’re quite well short of where they want to be. So I don’t know — does he jump ship and go and start again and look to rebuild there where he’s absolutely loved at White Hart Lane?”It’s a difficult situation for him I’ll be truthful I would think his life’s pretty good at the moment. He’s absolutely there idolised by the fans. I think it would be difficult for him to leave personally. Even though Man Utd is an amazing football club, we all know that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Theresa May Awards Outstanding Young UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Theresa May has recognised Muzoon Almellehan, from Newcastle, for supporting children uprooted by conflict to access education.Muzoon became the youngest ever UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador last year at 19 and is the first person with official refugee status to take on the role. She has been campaigning for children’s education in emergencies since she was forced to flee Syria in 2013 with her family.Muzoon started her campaigning in Jordan, where she was living as a refugee in camps for three years, including 18 months in Za’atari. As part of a Unicef-supported back-to-school campaign, Muzoon advocated for more girls to go to school and went from tent to tent speaking with parents of children who were at risk of child marriage or early labour. Over the next two and a half years she became synonymous with standing up for the rights of children, particularly girls, to stay in school and accompanied Malala Yousafzai on two visits to the camp.Muzoon offers a powerful, credible, authentic voice on education in emergencies and has travelled with Unicef to Chad and back to Jordan to promote understanding of the challenges children affected by conflict face in accessing education.Muzoon is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.In a personal letter to Muzoon, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Your work advocating for the education of the world’s most vulnerable child refugees is truly inspiring. As the youngest ever Unicef Goodwill Ambassador you are changing lives for the better, preventing child marriages and supporting young people uprooted by conflict to be able to go to school.”Muzoon Almellehan, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador said: “Thank you so much to the Prime Minister for this award and for recognising the importance of helping children affected by conflict get access to quality education. We must all raise our voices on behalf of these children who have been silenced for too long – and who simply hope to have a safer and better future.”Mike Penrose, Unicef UK Executive Director said: “Muzoon is a shining example to us all, so it is very fitting that she has been recognised with the Points of Light award by the Prime Minister. This acknowledgment reaffirms our country’s commitment to supporting the education of children who have been affected by conflict around the world.”Muzoon is the 966th winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA. Over 6,000 Points of Light have been awarded in the USA, and former Presidents have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK. There is a similar cross-party approach to the UK programme and MPs from different parties often present their constituents with their Points of Light awards.Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Points of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.last_img read more

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Football Ohio State remains at No 2 while Michigan drops to No

OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett huddles up with teammates prior to the Buckeyes 30-27 double-overtime win against Michigan. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorSaturday’s win for the Ohio State football team over Michigan in double overtime solidified the Buckeyes as a playoff contender. In Tuesday’s latest installment of the College Football Playoff poll, OSU finds itself at the No. 2 spot, awaiting to hear whether they it be playing in the Peach Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl.Alabama remained at the top spot, and will be playing No. 15 Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship. At No. 3, Clemson moved up to replace Michigan following the Wolverines’ loss to the Buckeyes on Saturday. Washington rounds out the playoff spots in No. 4. Michigan dropped to No. 5.No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 7 Penn State will compete in the Big Ten Championship game, and both hope their respective performances are good enough to convince the committee to give them a spot in the playoffs.In the top six spots, the Big Ten has three teams, so the conference will have at least one representative in this year’s playoff. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball getting contributions from more than just DAngelo Russell

Senior forward Sam Thompson (12) drives toward the basket during a game against Purdue on March 1 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 65-61.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith just two games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team is in a full sprint toward the finish line.The Buckeyes have rattled off back-to-back wins at home, including coming back from 12 points down to beat Purdue on Sunday night, 65-61.The win put the Buckeyes in a three-way tie for fourth in the Big Ten conference and was sparked by freshman sensation, guard D’Angelo Russell.Russell scored 17 of his 28 points in the second half of the game, and while it looked like the Louisville, Ky., native did most of the heavy lifting, he received ample help from three experienced seniors.While it might not have always been in the scoring column, center Amir Williams, guard Shannon Scott and forward Sam Thompson all contributed in their own way.Williams, who took on the Big Ten’s leading shot blocker in Purdue’s junior center A.J. Hammons, matched the 7-footer in rebounds and blocked shots, the last of which helped seal the win for OSU.While Williams has been known to be inconsistent at times, Matta said he was pleased with how his senior played against the Boilermakers.“I thought Amir, with three blocked shots, was as good as he could be,” Matta said after the game.Then came Scott, who has become known for his defense more than anything in his four years in Columbus. While he didn’t light up the scoreboard against the Boilermakers, recording just one assist, block and steal each, it was what didn’t show up on the stat sheet that impressed his coach.“Shannon, nobody would ever see it, but he did some things defensively tonight via scouting that was tremendous and really disrupted them,” Matta said.Scott scored just five points in the win, all coming at the free throw line, three of which came in the final minute to help seal the Buckeye win.Finally there was Thompson, who recorded 14 points in the win while hitting all six of his free throws, three per half.With games against Penn State and Wisconsin remaining before the start of the Big Ten Tournament, Thompson said his performance and the win were important moving forward.“This is the type of win we need to get, especially in the month of March,” Thompson said. “It’s too late for us to be taking steps backwards, and it’s our time to hit our stride, get going and to put together a run.”While Russell still is stealing the show, ranking second in the conference in scoring, he credited his fellow Buckeyes for the team’s success after the win.“My coaches put me in a great position to facilitate for my teammates,” Russell said. “Coaches kept running the same play, and we kept making the best out of it.”And although Russell hasn’t yet played in a postseason basketball game in his college career like most of his teammates have, he said he has already gotten a taste of things to come and wants more of it.“I could get used to this. This is great,” Russell said. “Every win counts and any win can trigger a run, and just getting this win on our home court is great going down to Penn State.”The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are set to tip off at 6 p.m. Wednesday in State College, Pa. OSU won the first matchup between the two teams, 75-55, Feb. 11 in Columbus. read more

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