Biden His Time

first_imgThis column by political prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal was posted on Prison on July 24.The candidacy of Joseph R. Biden Jr. for President of the United States has caused multiple reactions across the land. Biden, who enters his 77th year of life, draws warm feelings from Blacks for his relationship and partnership with the nation’s first Black President Barack Hussein Obama.While this casts a warm glow over the eight years of the Obama Administration, it ignores Biden’s long years as a U.S Senator.That long period, which has consumed most of Biden’s life, should give us reason to support, or caution to avoid, a Biden presidency.Biden spent over 30 years as a senator from Delaware, and as such, has involved himself in hundreds, if not thousands, of issues.We will only address a few here.Biden voted to support the notorious Crime Bill of the ‘90s, which sprouted prisons across the nation’s landscape. He supported a remarkable bankruptcy bill that disallowed discharge of college debt. He supported the disastrous Iraq War.Now, people can make mistakes, as all humans do, and Biden has said, if elected, he’ll straighten out some of these errors.But isn’t a presidential election essentially a promotion? And isn’t the time for wisdom and foresight before one votes, not after?Biden’s senatorial career is chock-full of examples of serving the rich and the powerful at the expense of the poor and the oppressed. His positions now are fueled by ambition and Democratic desperation to trounce Trump.It ain’t about the people; it’s about one person  — Biden.Do you elect someone who has failed you for decades, again, again — and again?FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

#BREAKING Limerick motorway closed due to single car collision

first_img TAGScollisionlimerickLimerick City Fire and RescueM7 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Linkedin Email NewsBreaking newsLimerick#BREAKING Limerick motorway closed due to single car collisionBy Staff Reporter – January 2, 2018 6315 Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Emergency services are dealing with a collision on the northbound route of the M7 this Tuesday.The single car collision happened at around 2.30pm near the J28 Castletroy Junction of the motorway.M7 J29 to J28 Eastbound closed due to RTC. @aaroadwatch @Live95fmNews— Limerick Fire (@LimerickFire) January 2, 2018Four units from Limerick City Fire and Rescue are at the scene along with gardai and emergency paramedic members attached to the National Ambulance Service.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The road between Castletroy J28 and Ballysimon has been closed and traffic is being diverted away from the scene. Twitter Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleLimerick hospital was worst for overcrowding in 2017Next articleLimerick council prepares for Storm Eleanor Staff Reporter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

In major policy shift, Jokowi orders transparency in pandemic fight

first_imgPreviously, on March 14,  Jokowi acknowledged that he was deliberately holding back some information on COVID-19 cases to prevent the public from panicking.“Indeed, we did not deliver certain information to the public because we did not want to stir panic. We have worked hard to overcome this, since the coronavirus outbreak can happen regardless of the country border,” he said at the time.The about-face came shortly after Jokowi declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national disaster on Monday, giving him a legal basis to grant the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) a greater degree of authority and flexibility to mitigate the disaster.The declaration was made after the President was informed that confirmed coronavirus cases had been detected in all provinces across the country. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has now called for greater transparency in how the nation is handling the coronavirus outbreak, ending his previous policy to withhold some information regarding the outbreak to prevent mass hysteria.    The President ordered that all information regarding the pandemic in the country be integrated in a single channel managed by the nation’s COVID-19 task force. The integrated data, he said, should include information regarding patients under treatment (PDP), people under surveillance (ODP) in every region, positive cases, fatalities and recovered patients, and should be updated on a daily basis. “[It should] cover all and be made transparent so that everyone can access the data,” Jokowi said during a Cabinet meeting on Monday.   Following the President’s order, Achmad Yurianto, the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19 affairs, revealed for the first time on Tuesday the number of suspected COVID-19 patients in the country. As of Tuesday afternoon, Indonesia had had 4,839 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 459 fatalities and 426 recoveries, he said, adding that the government had tested 31,628 people for the deadly virus and was monitoring 139,137 people with ODP status and 10,482 people with PDP status.Yurianto claimed that the COVID-19 task force had integrated all of the data related to the disease under one system. “After [the outbreak] was declared a national disaster, all of integrated data from villages, districts, cities, provinces, all the way to the central [government] are under one system,” he said on Tuesday. “So that all [data] could be seen and accessed openly and transparently.”On Wednesday, the Health Ministry’s website,, added a new feature revealing the number of people under surveillance (ODP) and patients under treatment (PDP) in the country.The website previously only revealed the number of specimens collected by the ministry, confirmed cases, negative results, death toll, recoveries and cases under treatment. Previously, only local administrations would announce the number of people under surveillance and patients under treatment in their respective regions.On the government’s official website,, the task force also now shows the data of both national and provincial cases, including confirmed cases, fatalities and recoveries, along with charts highlighting the national trends of additional cases, fatalities and recoveries.Critics have slammed the government for not being transparent in handling the outbreak from the get-go, saying that such a policy would only undermine efforts to contain the deadly disease.  Some scientists have complained about the difficulty of creating a reliable mathematical model to predict the peak of the outbreak due to the dearth of information regarding COVID-19 cases in the country. The BNPB, which heads the country’s COVID-19 task force, admitted on April 5 that there were discrepancies between COVID-19 case data in central and regional government. The governors of Jakarta and West Java, the two regions of the country hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak, have suggested that the numbers of people infected and killed by the disease in the country are significantly higher than the central government’s official count.They have said the Health Ministry has not been swift enough in testing potential COVID-19 patients.On Monday, the President also called on the Health Ministry and the COVID-19 task force to conduct more polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, saying that they should aim to conduct at least 10,000 tests a day.Experts have welcomed the policy shift, saying that transparency is key to gaining public trust during this pandemic. The government should disclose how many people were tested on a certain day and how many people were confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 from the tests, considering there was a backlog of samples that were waiting to be tested by the labs, said University of Indonesia (UI) epidemiologist Pandu Riono.“[The data] should include not only ODP, PDP and fatalities, but also how many people are being treated in hospitals and of those people, how many have been tested,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Etisalat U-15 School Cup Enters S’Final Stage

first_imgThe on-going National Finals of the season three of the Etisalat U-15 School Cup has entered the semi-final stage with the four qualified teams set to battle for the two tickets to the final to be played tomorrow at Campos Square, Lagos.The four semi-finalists include the school teams representing the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Enugu, Kwara and Enugu states.The Kwara team represented by Socrates Secondary School, Ilorin andFOSLA Academy representing the FCT capped their impressive run in the tournament with a 2-1 victory over Kwara to top the group with nine points while Kwara takes up the second spot.In the second group, Oyo leads with nine points followed by Enugu with six points from three matches. In the first semi-final match to be decided at the Digital Bridge Institute Stadium, Oshodi, FOSLA Academy of the FCT will come up against New Layout Secondary School, Enugu while Oyo takes on Kwara in the second semi-final match.The national champion of the 2016 edition will receive the Champions Trophy and a cash prize of N2 million educational award while its players will go home with N50,000 each. The second-placed team will go home with N1 million with the players pocketing extra N30,000 each while the third-place winner will have the sum of N750,000.00 for its efforts with its players receiving N20,000.00 each.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

KIJHL’s two hottest teams Leafs, Rebels keep the drive alive

first_imgBut the lead was short lived as James Sorrey scored on the power play 19 seconds later.Nelson took the lead in the second when Seth Schmidt rocketted a shot past James Mousseau in the Nitros net.The Leafs then added two insurance goals in the third by Aaron Dunlap and Dallon Stoddart to secure the win.After an even first period, Nelson took over the play out shooting Kimberley 40-27, including a 12-5 margin in the third.The Leafs continue its road swing through the Eddie Mountain Division Saturday in Golden against the Rockets.Nelson defeated Golden 5-3 last week in the Heritage City in an entertaining affair.The Leafs conclude the three-game swing Sunday in Invermere against the Columbia Valley Rockies.ICE CHIPS: A second period power play goal by Hunter Jenerou proved to be the winner as Castlegar won for the eighth straight time 3-2 over Chase. Dominick Hodges and Bryan Lubin also scored for the Rebels. Jordan Gluck stopped 22 of 24 shots to register the win in goal. Castlegar visits Kamloops Storm Saturday before finishing up the road trip Sunday in Armstrong against the North Okanagan Knights. . . . Beaver Valley Nitehawks dropped its fourth straight game 8-3 to Creston Friday. The Kimberley Dynamiters kept the league’s hottest scorer Colton Schell off the sheet Friday night.However, the Nitros couldn’t stop the supporting cast as Nelson scored four unanswered goals to dump the host squad 4-1 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action in the Bavarian City.The win allowed the Leafs, winners of 11th straight games, to remain ahead of the Castlegar Rebels in the Murdoch Division.The Rebels edged Chase Heat 3-2.Schell entered the contest with 20 points in the past eight games to move into top spot in the KIJHL scoring race.And the Dynamiters were well aware of the New Westminster product, keeping the Leaf sniper under wraps and scoring the game’s first goal late in the first period as Jason Richter beat Brent Soles in the Leaf nets.last_img read more

Leafs run out of gas during Eddie Mountain road trip

first_imgPlaying without a full roster of skaters finally caught up to the Nelson Leafs during a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League road trip through the Eddie Mountain Division.Jason Richter had a five-point night to power the Kimberley Dynamiters to 5-2 victory over the Leafs Saturday in the Bavarian City.Friday, Nelson saw a 3-0 lead disappear in the third period as Golden Rockets escaped with a 4-3 overtime win.Despite losing twice, Nelson maintains a slim one-point advantage in Murdoch Division over the Castlegar Rebels.However, the Rebels host Spokane Braves Sunday in the Sunflower City, and could leapfrog past Nelson into top spot in the division with a win.Saturday, Kimberley took advantage of power play opportunities to score twice with the man advantage in the second period. Keenan Haase and Jesse Wallace each scored on the power play to erase a 2-1 Nelson lead.The goals came in less than a minute late in the second period.Nelson pressed for the equalizer in the third, but, with goalie Joey Karrer pulled for an extra attacker, Richter scored twice into the empty net to secure the win.Matt MacDonald, Nelson’s game star, and Aaron Brewer scored for Nelson.Kimberley out shot the short-staffed Leafs 27-23 to make a winner out of goalie Tyson Brouwer.Friday, Nelson took a 3-0 lead three minutes into the third period on goals by Rayce Miller, Robson Cramer and Aaron Dunlap — the latter two coming on the power play.However, Golden scored three times in the final eight minutes of the game, the tying marker coming with three seconds remaining in the third period, to send the game into overtime.Nic Noseworthy ended the game at 3:37 of extra time giving the home side the comeback win.Golden out shot the Leafs 41-35, including an 8-1 advantage in overtime.ICE CHIPS: Nelson played the two weekend games with only 15 skaters, including Castlegar Midget Rep affiliate player Matthew Brind’Amour. The lack of players is due to a rash of major injuries to key players that has hit the KIJHL franchise. . . . Kootenay Ice traveled to South Surrey this weekend to play the Valley West Hawks. Kootenay scored a 4-4 tie Saturday against the Hawks. . . . The two losses in goal dropped Joey Karrer’s record with Nelson to 3-4. . . . Kimberley defeated Nelson for the second time this season. The Nitros defeated Nelson 4-2 September 26. . . .Nelson travels to Grand Forks Friday to face the Border Bruins before returning home Saturday to face Spokane Braves. Nelson hosts Grand Forks Friday, December 19 before beginning the Christmas holiday break. The Leafs are back on the ice for a home-and-home series beginning December 30 in Fruitvale against defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Nelson then hosts Beaver Valley in the traditional New Year’s Eve game at the NDCC Arena at 2:30 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgOne game was played in the Ulster Senior League last night- A local derby between Fanad United and Swilly Rovers played in Tri-A-Loch saw the Rameton men managed by Jason Gibson come out on top by 3 goals to 0.Goalscorers for Gibson’s charges were Terence Shield(2) and Laurence Toland.Also last night there were two games played in Group A of the USL Cup. Bonagee United drew 1-1 with Cockhill Celtic at Dry Arch Park. Cockhill took the lead through Aidan McLaughlin on 27 minutes  but United equalised shortly after thanks to Darren Ashmore.The other game played in Derry saw Drumkeen United come out on top by 3 goals to 1 against Derry City Reserves.It’s all to play for to see who joins Group B teams Fanad United and Letterkenny Rovers in the semi final.Kildrum Tigers host Bonagee United and Derry City travel to play Cockhill Celtic in the remaining games in Group A. RESULTSDONEGAL NEWS LEAGUE CUP- GROUP ABonagee United 1-1  Cockhill CelticDerry City Res  1-3  Drumkeen United 4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE Fanad United  0-3  Swilly RoversFIXTURESSATURDAY JUNE 9TH DPD COURIERS USL DIVISION ONE Letterkenny Rovers  V  Drumkeen United Kildrum Tigers  v    Bonagee UnitedWEDNESDAY JUNE  13TH  4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUEDerry City Res  v  Bonagee UnitedBuncranna Hearts  v  Drumkeen UnitedKildrum Tigers  v  Cockhill CelticSOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND-UP: UNITED SEE OFF ROVERS was last modified: June 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND-UP: UNITED SEE OFF ROVERSlast_img read more

Call to action for a green economy

first_imgSouth Africa’s state power utility Eskom isinvesting heavily in wind and solar energytechnologies to reduce the country’sreliance on coal.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library) Panellists at the roundtable discussionincluded, from left, Chamber of Mines CEOBheki Sibiya, City of Johannesburg MayorParks Tau and Eskom’s executive directorof resources and strategy Dr SteveLennon.(Image: Kathryn Fourie)MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122Kathryn FourieBrand South Africa and the Financial Times hosted a roundtable discussion at COP17 on 2 December 2011, highlighting the importance of working towards a green economy by setting emission reduction targets with strong implementation plans.Under the theme of “Opportunities and challenges of the Green Economy”, the event comprised a panel discussion between government and business leaders, including Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, City of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau, Eskom’s executive director of resources and strategy Dr Steve Lennon and CEO of the Chamber of Mines Bheki Sibiya.The panel was chaired by Andrew England, Southern Africa bureau chief of the Financial Times.The discussion was attended by various stakeholders from business, academia, government and civil society.Complex balancing actAt the heart of the COP17 negotiations are drastic changes in projected and real climate patterns and the increasing levels of carbon emissions which cause it.Reducing these emissions is a key component of worldwide strategies to combat climate change. Broadly termed “greening the economy”, reduction efforts are characterised by governments trying to balance the needs of their economies, people and the health of the planet – far from a straightforward business.Minister Molewa opened the event with a keynote speech highlighting the importance of working towards a green economy by setting emission reduction targets with strong implementation plans.This is directly in line with the National Green Economy Accord that was signed in Pretoria recently. The accord focuses on the move to a low-carbon economy, while creating substantial employment within this transformation.Figures around the 300 000 mark have been mentioned in terms of job creation, linked to a time frame of 10 years to make this a reality.During the discussions England posed a question around the feasibility of the targets set in the accord.South Africa is aiming for a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025. Fourteen years to reduce carbon emission by almost half the current levels, without compromising on employment rates and economic profit, is a tall order – further compounded by the fact that 90% of the country’s energy today comes from coal.Molewa stressed that while targets were high, they were based on sound study. “We will be getting into sustainable development that talks to our people, our economy and takes care of our environment,” she said.Cleaner coal and more renewable energyDr Lennon of state power utility Eskom was quick to defend government strategy in utilising a variety of energy production methods in its steps of transformation, and insisted that coal burning is not prioritised over other methods of energy production.While the government is investing heavily in wind and solar energy, with a resultant expansion in job numbers in these sectors, Lennon pointed out that Eskom is also investing in technology to produce more efficient and cleaner coal-based energy. Additionally, 20 000 new jobs will be created when the Medupi Power Station in Limpopo province comes online in 2012.Employment and the expansion of the job market is heavily linked to the greening of the economy, and in countries like South Africa – currently battling an unemployment rate of about 25% – it’s highly necessary that the government’s ambitious planning pays off, without compromising on the environment.last_img read more