As the status of 276 girls abducted in Nigeria nearly three months ago by the Islamist Boko Haram terrorists still lingers, Liberian students have protested in solidarity with their fellow students.The Liberian students assembled at the Nigerian Embassy near Monrovia to call on Boko Haram to unconditionally release the girls.The students gathered Friday, June 6, with placards bearing various inscriptions against the abduction. They converged in front of the Nigerian Embassy for a few hours chanting freedom slogan and songs, calling on the international community and the Government of Nigeria to pressurize Boko Haram to free the girls.The inscriptions read: “Education is a right. Boko Haram, please free the girls to go to school,” and so on.The students said they will continue to create the awareness until their abducted colleagues are free.Few weeks ago, another group of students, youth and women groups had taken to the street in Monrovia to show their displeasure about the abduction of the girls by Boko Haram, describing the act as inhumane and a human right abuse.Since the abduction of the schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, not much is being heard from the group about their wellbeing or how they can be set free.On May 5 it (Boko Haram) threatened to sell the girls but did not state to whom they would be sold and where, as surrounding countries including Cameroun, Child and Niger have not been suspected of having link with it.A video display of some of the girls on the internet shows them wearing the Islamic veil.Even though the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, had made a public vow to ensure that the girls are freed, observers think that not much action has been taken to prove the reality of what the President has said.In the main time, attention of the Governments of France and United States has been drawn to the problem in Nigeria and they have strategized how to get the girls back from the hands of Boko Haram.At the African Union (AU) level, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma recently said the activities of Boko Haram were posing threat to the stability and integration plan of Africa.Responding to a question of what AU’s role is in the ongoing instability in Nigeria; Dr. Zuma said it was not wise to publicly disclose what AU is planning, but the umbrella organization upholding African solidarity was concerned and doing what it can to help the situation in Nigeria.Meanwhile, condemnations against activities of Boko Haram have spread worldwide; with people of the Muslim faith even joining the fray.Deceased emir of Kano, Al-Haji Ado Bayero who was buried on Saturday, June 8, always condemned Boko Haram while alive, describing the group’s activities as those of non-Muslim. Boko Haram which means “Western education is sinful,” has members who believe that western education and ideologies should be eliminated from Nigeria to adapt Islamic Sharia law.Amidst condemnations from both Muslims and non-Muslims, it raises eye-brow as to whether this group on record for destroying human lives and properties in Nigeria in the name of Islam is really defending the Islamic faith or carrying out the act for different reason under the pretense of Islam.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mann says TransCanada’s buyers have a code to follow.[asset|aid=873|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7dfa2719a710677d1172d100526fb0ec-Sandeep Mann 1_1_Pub.mp3]The project will transport sweet natural gas to a tie-in point in Alberta. Construction is expected to begin in 2010. Map: This map from TransCanada shows the location of the proposed pipelineTransCanada is proposing to construct an 85 kilometer pipeline in the Groundbirch area.- Advertisement -Community Relations Consultant Brenda Walton and Project Manager Sandeep Mann presented the project to the Board of Directors yesterday.Director Hadland is concerned some landowners will be blind-sighted when the pipeline crosses their property.He recommends training the representatives of the company before they come to the landowner’s door.[asset|aid=872|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5b7d0017c2e4c3d410ce8fef4c1c16bd-Director Hadland 1_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisement
The tortoises – Geochelone radiata and Geochelone elgans – are prized by collectors for their brilliant shells and can sell for several thousands of dollars on the U.S. black market. The Madagascar Radiated tortoise is the world’s most beautiful reptile and seductive for the rarefied community of tortoise enthusiasts, according to Crawford Allan, director of TRAFFIC North America, part of the World Wildlife Fund. “Almost like baseball cards, collectors want a full set of a species,” Allan said. “The majority in the U.S. would not consider buying from an illegal source. But there are those who don’t care if it’s smuggled by a crime gang as long as they can add a species they can’t get ahold of to their collection.” Ralph Hoekstra, 69, of Huntington Beach said he put his scruples aside in 2002 when he saw an ad for 10 dwarf Indian Star tortoises on a reptile enthusiast Web site. “I knew I shouldn’t have done it,” Hoekstra said in a telephone interview Thursday. “But at that time, I was interested in the species.” He corresponded with Gin and arranged for a shipment to be sent to his home. Ten days later, a federal Fish and Wildlife officer dressed as a letter carrier made the drop. When Hoekstra accepted the package, several other officers raided his home. Hoekstra was given probation and has since opted to give away all but six of his tortoises.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This is a story about a five-year federal probe of an ultra-secret international smuggling ring that trafficked not in drugs, looted antiquities or slaves, but rare and fetching tortoises. Diamond Bar resident Wai Ho Gin, also known as “Bobby Gin,” and Umesh Kishore Tekani, nicknamed “Mexx,” an alleged accomplice in Singapore, earned more than $70,000 smuggling more than 120 of the protected and endangered Radiated and Indian Star tortoises to U.S. collectors, according to court papers. Gin, 31, turned himself in to federal agents Thursday. He was released on $50,000 bail, and his arraignment was scheduled for Monday. Tekani remains at large, probably in Singapore, authorities said. They each face conspiracy, smuggling and money-laundering charges and, if convicted, sentences of more than 20 years in prison.
Paul Gascoigne believes Steve McClaren deserves the chance to impress at Newcastle.The former Derby manager is set to be named the Magpies chief later this week, despite failing to guide Derby to a play-off spot last season in the Championship.But St James’ Park legend Gascoigne insists the former England manager should be given a chance at the north east side.“When Sven-Goran Eriksson was manager of England I went along to the camp, just to watch, and Steve McClaren took the training,” he told talkSPORT.“Some of the stuff he was doing on the training field was brilliant to watch. I thought, ‘wow, I didn’t know he was like that’. I didn’t realise how good he was as a coach.“As a manager, I don’t think he’s had a fair crack at any job either.”
Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon got a fan’s-eye view of the FA Cup win at Tottenham on Sunday after watching on from the away end at White Hart Lane.Puncheon was ruled out of the game due to a hamstring injury and has not played since the February 2 league defeat to Bournemouth.But the 29-year-old was on hand to celebrate with the Palace fans as Martin Kelly’s strike just before half-time gave the visitors a 1-0 victory and a place in the quarter-finals.Puncheon later wrote (below) on Twitter: “What an experience sitting in the away end…fans where great..good team performance on to the next round”https://twitter.com/jason_punch42/status/701455916114300929 1 Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon
BY TRAVEL EDITOR, TIM HEDGLEY There are few places on earth that hold on to a story like the Loch Ness Monster, which apparently lives in one of the deepest and longest lochs in Scotland.As someone who loves boats, I thought that the month of June 2015 would be a great time to try and see if I could find this elusive creature for myself along with some other fascinating wildlife along the Great Glen. Living as I do in Ireland I had to get across the pond to Scotland. And this time I chose to use the Belfast Stena Line Belfast service. The Stena Line Belfast to Cairnryan service offers a direct link from Northern Ireland to Scotland on the Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII from as little as £10*day return for foot passengers or for single car and driver from £79 (when you book 60 days in advance based on an economy crossing for a car and driver). The crossing time is approximately 2 hrs 15 mins with a choice of up to six sailings a day.Experience the various lounges and Taste restaurant onboard the ships as well as the Curious George kids play area and POD Lounge with iPads and Xboxes so you can stay connected throughout your journey. Customers can upgrade to the luxurious Stena Plus lounge while onboard and indulge in a wide selection of complimentary snacks and beverages or indulge in the Pure Nordic Spa where you can make the most of the only Jacuzzi and sauna on the Irish Sea from £10 per person.Those looking to book a Superfast Suite cabin for their crossing can do so from £20 per cabin. Upgrade to Stena Plus from £12 per person single. To make a booking, click on www.stenaline.co.uk, call Stena Line on 08447 70 70 70, or visit your local travel agent.*£10 day return including coach transfers to Glasgow, available on selected dates from January to December. For the lowest fares, passengers should travel off peak, Tuesday –Thursday and book online at least 60 days before departure.Loch Ness is one of the largest Lochs, which divides the north of Scotland in a diagonal line from FortWilliam to Inverness. There is little doubt Loch Ness or “Ness” as it’s known, is indeed long, 23 miles long and it is pretty deep too, for in places it drops to some 600 feet.Dark peaty water makes visibility somewhat problematic, well except for the creatures that lurk in the deep.Rather than hire a little boat, I felt something more substantial would be far more appropriate, just in case “Nessy” decided to pay me a visit. I decided therefore to take a wildlife tour along the Loch with Caledonian Discovery. Www.caledonian-discovery.co.uk.Caledonian-discovery run a number of cruises and boats up and down the Loch, and there are a plethora of trips to choose from. There are walking cruises where you can walk the 70 odd miles of the great glen, wildlife cruises where a botanist and wildlife expert will answer your questions, and more importantly point out the Buzzards, Eagles, Ospreys and Feral mountain goats, show you some amazing flora and fauna that are native only to this part of the world and teach you about the geology of the area.If that sounds all to classroom botany classy for you don’t worry its hands on out in the great outdoors. If you feel less active then fear not there are plenty of other trips you can consider. Canoeing, wild Loch swimming, cycling, dingy sailing or simply sitting on deck in the glorious sunshine and soaking up the amazing surroundings.I joined my Caledonian-discovery cruise at Fort Augustus and for my first day I was intrigued to see the majesty of 5 locks which dropped our craft, a 45 meter Belgium built barge over 40 feet and into the mouth of Loch Ness, which was our mooring overnight before our cruise along the first part of Loch Ness.Dinner on the Ross Crana is served in the capacious dining room and is taken with the crew; this gives everybody an opportunity to discuss the day’s activities and sightings and an opportunity for Martin the Captain, to discuss the day just finished, and agree the itinerary for tomorrow. AgreementOn many cruises the captain decides the ports to visit and the passengers go along with that. This cruise is inherently passenger led and far more customer focused. The Skipper tells us what’s ahead on the route and gives the passengers the opportunity to choose their preferred activities.If it’s canoeing, sailing, walking, cycling or even swimming you will be accommodated. And that is the beauty of this well planned and thought out cruise.No matter what your activity, you will have a seamless transfer to shore, sea, Loch or boat all carried out by the very experienced crew. Silently a motor rib will be alongside the Ross Crana and canoes will appear ready to be boarded.On my second morning were treated to great Scottish porridge or delightful kedgeree delightfully cooked and prepared by “Tree” our expert chef. Who then produced what can only be described as a smorgasbord of delights. If you want to know what it contained then you have to book a cruise. See www.caledonian-discovery.co.uk After breakfast we set sail at a hearty 4 miles an hour along what is known as the rough side of Loch Ness to spot some wildlife.Nick Picozzi our resident wildlife expert pointed out common buzzard, osprey, kite, feral mountain goat and a few other creatures to boot. We then moored across the right hand side of Loch ness in a little mooring known as Foyers. Nick then led the ramble up the side of Loch Ness to a waterfall known as the “Falls of Foyers”.After a delightful lunch prepared and served by what should be the Michelin Star “Tree”, we were treated to a gentle cruise down the Loch spotting wildlife in abundance.Three hours and lots of sunshine later we moored at Doughgarragh on the upper side of the Loch.Here we were treated to another wildlife walk from Nick who pointed out unseasonably late bluebell and various plants that I could not even spell, let alone pronounce. More buzzard, osprey and cormorant and we were fast becoming potentials to replace David Attenborough.Another sumptuous dinner from “Tree” fresh Sole with a green dill salsa Verdi, roasted sweet potato cubes and a sticky toffee pudding to die for, we were just able to add some delightful red wine and a selection of cheese. Surly after all this open air and sunshine it was time for bed. Indeed it was.Cabins Accommodation on board was superb our compact cabins were expertly designed to maximise space, a full sized power shower was a real treat.A double bed and single above provided great sleeping facilities and there was even room for the suitcase too!The following morning we were off to Inverness and after a bite of lunch at the locks at Inverness we were to head for the salt water of the Moray Firth and the Beauly Firth.Now we were in the briny sea and again the weather had astounded most on board, including Gwen our antipidiean fellow traveller. She was finding it warm enough to remove her thermal layers.For the rest of us the factor 50 was out for the amazing weather we were experiencing. So much so that an excess of 22 degrees caught a lot of us by surprise.Mooring in the Beauly firth just of the coast from Moniak Castle was areal treat. The Ros Cranna sat astride the tide like a dressage horse in competition.After another fantastic dinner of Aberdeen Angus beef slow cooked in local ale and “clooty” a Scottish suet pudding, we were set up for a great nights sleep.But before we retired into our soothing water bed for the night, Martin our captain gave us a debrief on the day’s events and Nick covered the wildlife events of the day.Thursday morning saw us travel out of the Beauly Firth and under the Kessock bridge as we went in hunt of seal, dolphin, porpoise and more bird life.We were not disappointed and true to form dolphin made an appearance near to the coast of Fort George and enthralled us with their blow holes and acrobatics. After an hour or two sitting in the splendid sunshine we moored for dinner and were treated to a specular blessing of the haggis.If you want to know more I suggest you book. Just remember Caledonian Discovery holiday let you wind down into ‘Highland time’. Where you can take in the spectacular scenery of the Caledonian Canal and the beautiful inland lochs of Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy.This is a unique holiday barges experience of the finest quality. ‘Fingal of Caledonia’ and ‘Ros Crana’, will be your Scottish Highland home for the week, whilst their friendly skippers and attentive crews look after you. It’s a soft adventure for people of all ages, so come and relax into the gentle world of life afloat.TRAVEL: A TRUE CALEDONIAN DISCOVERY was last modified: July 29th, 2015 by John2Share 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:BelfastboatCALEDONIANCaledonian DiscoveryholidaysLoch NessScotlandstena lineTim Hedgley
A rare chance to take a historical walk and bus tour around the scenic surrounds of Ards, near Creeslough takes place this Saturday and Sunday.Run in conjunction with the ‘Creeslough View’, life long Ards local, Ben McFadden will act as the tour guide explaining some of the lesser known facts of an area steeped in amazing history. On Saturday they will run three bus tours, departing from Ballymore Church at 10am, 1pm and 4pm, which will take you back in time to explain much of the hidden history of the local Forest Park and more.On Sunday they host the “Grand Ards Historical Walk” leaving from Ards Friary at 10am. This promises to be a fascinating tour and covers little know stories behind the Condemned Road, Mass Rock, Ague Well, the Fairy Hollow, The Three Fork tree and ring forts, as well as many more.Ben points out:”You could travel all over Ireland and you would never find a town land that is steeped in so much history that had, and still does, have so many famous people. For such a small community, this place has it all.”For booking and information contact Gerald on 087 6109331 BEAUTY OF ARDS AND CREESLOUGH TO BE REVEALED DURING WALKING WEEKEND was last modified: July 31st, 2013 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:Ardsbus tourCreesloughwalking tour
Tags: Express FCGeorge SsemwogerereKiryowa KiwanukatopUganda Cup Kiryowa Kiwanuka was named Chairperson of Express FC at the start of last season (file photo)WANKULUKUKU – Express Chairperson Kiryowa Kiwanuka also known as ‘KK’ looks to have broken a host of Express FC’s fans’ hearts.Kiwanuka who was named club Chairperson just under a year ago, came out and assured head coach George Ssemwogerere will remain the head coach of Express until the tactician decides to leeave.“Unless he throws in a towel, he is still our head coach and he has the full backing of the management, Kiwanuka stressed while in an interview with a local Radio Station.This all comes amidst constant cries by several Red Eagles fans, asking for Ssemwogerere to be fired.Ssemowgerere looked to be done and dusted after Express lost to Bright Stars on penalties in the Uganda Cup semifinal earlier this month as fans tried to beat him and was escorted out of Wankulukuku by Police.Ssemwogerere was escorted out of Wankulukuku by Police after Bright Stars eliminated Express in the Uganda Cup.The lanky tactician has since come out and claimed he will be at Express until the person who hired him shows him the exit.Ssemwogerere has been in charge of Express since February when he replaced Kefa Kisala, in the wake of the club’s 2-0 home loss against Police FC.Under him, the Red Eagles have played 17 League and Cup games, winning 7, drawing 5 and losing 5.In the League, Ssemwogerere has overseen only five victories in 13 games, losing 5 and drawing the other three.With KK’s intervention, it looks liekly that Ssemwogerere will remain the club’s head coach at least for now.Comments