The Auto Parts Dealers Union of Liberia Incorporated (APDULI) has embarked on a US$575,000 building project.The union’s president, Alhaji S. M. Sesay, made the disclosure during an interaction with scores of journalists yesterday. They later toured the project’s site in Clara Town.Sesay said a little over US$125,000 generated from members has been used on the project.The project, he said comprises 70 shops, an office space, a conference room, bathrooms, among other compartments.In order to have the project completed, he said, about US$400,000 more is needed, which the union remains hopeful to get from the government. “We believe that having such business facilities will help to attract government in doing business with the union. We want to benefit from national government and this is one of the best ways for us as a union to have,” Sesay said. He called on the government and partners to support the union as its members are seriously working to raise the much needed funds for the project. He said the project was scheduled to have been completed in two years, which has elapsed.“We want to applaud all our members for their support to this worthy project, which is the first of its kind in the country. Over 1,000 members are committed in paying their dues to ensure that our dream is realized,” president Sesay said.Mr. Sesay called on the government, politicians, local and international partners to help the union to complete the project.Since the union was established in 2012, he said, it has extended its membership to all parts of the country.Also speaking, William T. Bombo chairman on the building committee, said the union is seeking support because of the economic situation in now in the country, which has slowed down the project.Mr. Bombo said the initiative will empower Liberians in the auto parts business as well as improve business relations the government and others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“I want to congratulate both club presidents because there has been a gentleman’s agreement between them,” said Dominguez, head of South American football’s governing body.“In these conditions the game was distorted. One team couldn’t play and the other doesn’t want to play against a rival that isn’t in the right conditions.”Conmebol originally delayed the match more than two hours when Boca players were affected by tear gas and broken glass after their team bus was pelted with “pepper spray, sticks and stones” on the way to the stadium.“It’s a very sad day, there are a few misfits at every club,” said Boca president Daniel Angelici.“This should shame us as a society and I find it very sad that we have to reschedule such an important match.”His River counterpart, Rodolfo D’Onofrio added: “As an Argentine and as a football leader, I find this shameful.”Despite the bus travelling through the streets of the upmarket Nunez neighborhood towards River’s ground under police guard, it came under fire from projectiles thrown by a group of the home side’s fans.After the match was postponed, there were scuffles and several arrests outside the ground between as supporters clashed with police.– ‘Attacked from everywhere’ –After Conmebol’s original decision just to delay the match, Boca veteran Carlos Tevez spoke to Fox television and complained: “We’re not in a condition to play. They’re forcing us to play.”Boca players were left coughing and teary eyed after the attack that shattered several of their bus’s windows.“They attacked us from everywhere,” said Boca captain Pablo Perez, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment before returning to the ground.“Pablo has just returned from hospital and has a bandage on his eye,” added Tevez, a former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus forward.“Other team-mates have cuts. We’ve only just been able to breathe well because we were affected by the gas. We can’t play like this,” said Tevez, who won the Copa Libertadores in 2003 during his first of three stints with Boca.However, organizers later relented.“It’s not easy to take this decision when there are 60,000 people in the stadium and the (television) rights have been sold to a ton of countries,” said Angelici.“But the most important thing is to look after the physical and psychological condition of the team.”D’Onofrio added: “It’s the right decision and we hope to be able to play in peace tomorrow.”It is the first time ever two Argentine teams have contested the final of the Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of Europe’s Champions League and has been dubbed the biggest club match in the history of Argentine football.The two sides are locked at 2-2 from the first leg two weeks ago at Boca’s iconic Bombonera stadium, which was also delayed 24 hours but due to the weather.Conmebol had originally seemed to be insisting the game go ahead and a statement from its medical commission shown on television said some players had suffered “superficial cuts” and that there was no medical reason to postpone the match.– ‘Overwhelmed by vandalism’ –Although central defender Carlos Izquierdoz said River fans had thrown pepper spray as well as sticks and stones, a Boca official told the press that the gas came from the police trying to disperse the attackers.“There was a lack of control in the last streets close to the Monumental. The police were overwhelmed by all the vandalism and had to disperse the River fans with tear gas,” said the unnamed official.“Because of the wind and the broken windows, it entered the bus.”There will be no Boca fans at the second leg as travelling support has been banned at all Argentine football matches since 2013 due to hooliganism.Football-related violence has cost the lives of more than 300 fans in Argentina over the last 50 years, according to figures from the Salvemos al Futbol (Let’s save football) charity.This local encounter is widely viewed as the fiercest rivalry in world football.River have won the Copa Libertadores three times, the last of those coming in 2015.Boca are six-time winners, a record bettered only by fellow Argentines Independiente with seven, but last lifted the trophy more than a decade ago.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alejandro Dominguez, the president of competition organizers Conmebol told FOX television that the two teams had agreed to the postponement and the game will now take place at River’s Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires at 11pm on Sunday.BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Nov 25 – Saturday’s “superclasico” Copa Libertadores final second leg between Argentine arch rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors was postponed until Sunday following a “shameful” attack on the Boca team bus that left players affected by smoke inhalation and broken glass.Alejandro Dominguez, the president of competition organizers Conmebol told FOX television that the two teams had agreed to the postponement and the game will now take place at River’s Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires at 11pm on Sunday.
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CLICK HERE FOR LATEST UPDATES A Qantas Boeing 747-400, operating Flt QF29 from Melbourne to Hong Kong has been involved in what the Australian Transport Safety Bureau calls a serious incident which caused minor injuries to 15 passengers on April 7.According to the ATSB, the 747 was about to enter a holding pattern at Flight Level 220 (22,000ft) about 110km (60nm) southeast of Hong Kong at a waypoint called BETTY when the aircraft’s stick shaker activated.The stick shaker is a mechanical device that noisily vibrates the pilot’s control column or yoke (the stick) to warn of an imminent aerodynamic stall.(An aerodynamic stall occurs when the angle of attack of the wing causes the air moving over the upper surface can no longer remain attached to the surface and the flow breaks down causing a loss of lift and control.)However, Boeing warns that “a stall must not be confused with the stall warning that alerts the pilot to an approaching stall. Recovery from an approach to stall is not the same as a recovery from an actual stall. An approach to stall is a controlled flight maneuver; a stall is an out-of-control, but recoverable, condition.”The Qantas crew immediately disconnected the aircraft’s autopilot and recovered the aircraft manually, the ATSB said.“While holding at flight level 220, the flight crew received a stick shaker activation and detected airframe buffeting,” it said. ” The flight crew disconnected the autopilot and manoeuvred the aircraft in response. Fifteen passengers received minor injuries.”The 747 in question has continued to operate flights normally since the incident.Qantas confirmed that passengers on QF29 experienced “unexpected turbulence’’ about an hour before landing.The airline said the incident lasted about two minutes and the captain called for an ambulance to meet the aircraft on arrival.The injuries were minor but one passenger was transferred to hospital for a precautionary medical assessment and later released.“We notified the ATSB of the occurrence, and our own teams are also reviewing the event,’’ the airline said in a statement. “These investigations need to be completed before Qantas can comment further.”
Members of Goa civil society and women’s collectives under the umbrella of Aam Aurat Admi Against Gambling (AAAAG) have objected to the addition of casinos on the Mandovi river instead of removing the existing ones.In particular, AAAAG has demanded that a new casino named Big Daddy be removed forthwith, said Sabina Martins, the convenor of the organisation opposing gambling. AAAAG condemned the decision to bring in casinos and reiterated its long-term demand that all Goa’s legislators must repeal the amendment made to the Goa Gambling (Prevention) Act to permit casino operatives.“The Bharatiya Janata Party government had promised that the casinos would be removed from the Mandovi. (late) Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had categorically stated that within four years of his tenure, the casinos would be phased out. Instead of phasing them out, the term of the existing casinos has been extended by another six months,” Ms. Martins said.The group has pointed out that till date, no Gaming Commissioner, as long promised by the BJP government, has been appointed, while the power to complain to lower courts has been removed by amending the Act. “Amendments and regulations are made to favour casinos. While the world over, regulations govern casinos on the percentage of money to be given back to players, in Goa the casinos are having a field day looting them as no such regulations are implemented. There are no accountability mechanisms to check whether those employed are free from exploitation and addiction,” said co-convenor of AAAAG, Anand Madgaoncar.In the past few years, a cost-benefit analysis of casinos indicates that the industry has negatively impacted the lives of people in the State, said second co-convenor Rui Fereira. Addiction to gambling has increased, while prostitution and alcoholism have become rampant. There are increased incidents of crime and public property like footpaths, jetties and rivers are privatised, said Mr. Fereira. He also said while the properties are being sold to pay off casino debts, crime over property within families has increased. The casinos, he alleged, have amassed huge properties all over Goa, especially adjacent to river banks and the proposed Mopa airport in North Goa.Ms. Martins warned that the State’s economy is being pivoted on casino tourism, which will be Goa’s death knell.Ms. Martins said their organisation is urging the people of Goa to put pressure on elected representatives to repeal the amendment. Goa has six offshore casinos while around 10 onshore casinos are restricted to resorts belonging to five and seven-star hotels.
At a recent opening for a friend’s art show in Delhi, I was asked to stand aside while a small group photo was being taken. A local photographer was covering it for his newspaper, and was under explicit instructions to photograph only those who had paid the requisite fee for the Page 3 slot.So blatant was the commercial angle to the page that the photographer was under quite some strain to weed out the non payers, though he could as well have edited them later in Photoshop.Newspapers today make no pretence of selling out. Some years earlier papers started tentatively placing half page ads on the front page to test if the public would notice the change. It didn’t. Soon enough, ads became bigger, more colourful, and began to bleed into the text. Newspaper headlines and lead stories shrunk to accommodate the new demand. When business houses wanted bigger ads and were willing to pay, editors gave in, quietly and without fuss.Some readers may have noticed that former Prime Minister Gulzari Lal Nanda’s death could not be covered because Colgate and Coke had both given full page ads that day. Editors went so far as to request the Nanda family to postpone the death by a day, but Nanda, being an obstinate politician, carried on with his original plan; his death was a two line obituary below an oversize Coke bottle. But that was long ago.ContrastToday every paper comes coated front and back with commercial space. When only half a page ad is sold the paper comes cut in half. Try holding a half paper in your hand along with the morning cup of tea. And you’ll know the real power of commerce.advertisementAt the other end of the spectrum is news coverage by Doordarshan . A wooden mouthpiece reads the day’s news in a DD board- approved monotone. Without fuss, you will learn that an overloaded Himachal state bus with 78 on board plunged down a gorge in Kangra district, killing all 160 passengers and injuring 30. Of the 52 people who died 12 were children and the other 67 were adults. The driver who was watching a movie at the time of the crash, is currently absconding to Pathankot to finish the rest of the film. India’s winning 5 Nobel Prizes, or the President’s sudden assassination will be conveyed with the unsentimental appeal of a mannequin in a shop window.Compare the same story on a private news channel, and you will quickly realise the value of monotony. First, for bus accidents, melodramatic music will create the sombre mood. The camera will be tilted to show that it is the work of a cameraman who is at heart an artist. And before long, the TV anchor will switch to ‘ our correspondent Saraswati, at the site of the gruesome accident’. Even though Saraswati is a full time paid employee of the channel, she will be welcomed with a ‘thank you so much for joining us’ from the anchor. And Saraswati is already searching amongst the rocks in the gorge for signs of life to conduct a heartfelt interview with one of the willing dead. There is a perennial emotional backlash to any interview of a tragedy.So insistent are the networks on trying to outdo each other in the coverage of the dramatic events, that something like a bus accident will have swarms of teary eyed reporters hanging around dead bodies, to show their keen involvement in the task.IssuesTo be fair though, media actions in the last few years have acted as a national conscience to weed out the corrupt and inept; the painstaking and fearless ways in which television and newspapers have conducted sting operations and meticulously exposed every detail or misdemeanour is a true credit to the profession. In a country where the judiciary, the police, the bureaucracy need serious reform, the media’s daily output on their misdeeds needs to be applauded. I for one have no qualms with the substance. My grief is with style.First, the self- importance attached to editorial views is an increasing irritant in papers and magazines that insist on carrying the photo of the writer. In a story like this, why does my picture need to appear? Does it give greater insight to the discussion when the writer is glaring at the reader? Some newspapers go so far as to give full dress portraits of their contributors, as if their sartorial sense and bodily stance will give added weight to the message.advertisementThe second unfortunate thing is the inability of the networks to restrain the use of available technology. So overblown and exaggerated is the graphic presentation, it has the perennial appearance of a Punjabi wedding gone wrong. The screen is littered with simultaneous information displayed in a design mismatch so eccentric, it is impossible to focus. A main story above, BREAKING NEWS below, company market figures in continuous baseline movement, cricket scores in one corner, borrowed picture credits in another. Needless outlining, fade in and out and flashing. 12 people in separate boxes participate in TV discussions, of which eight speak simultaneously; the moderator screams himself hoarse trying to get the other four to also shout.Plagued by commerce, infatuated by technology and clearly incapable of restraint, the results are despairing and mediocre. Excessively emotional correspondents, editorialised and personal news stories, and an imbecilic reverence to commerce make media offerings a minefield of uncertainty. You tread cautiously, hoping to pick out something of value in a shoppers stop of journalism. Disjointed movement from one incomplete story to the next, leaves the viewer exhausted and willingly returning to the more placid Doordarshan mannequin.FormulaIn the world of formula journalism, where fight for commercial space is the final frontier the selling of success is equivalent to the success of selling. The formula is simple: Start with a freewheeling interview with Shah Rukh Khan. Ensure that Shah Rukh Khan gets full coverage at the Kolkata Knight Riders’ match. And follow it up with a few ads for Skin Whitening Cream by Shah Rukh Khan. When Shah Rukh Khan is in town to open a new coffee outlet, give it full coverage. If Shah Rukh Khan is not in town to open a new coffee outlet, invite him to town to open a new coffee outlet. You won’t regret it. Throughout the day, bring in a story or two about Shah Rukh’s harassment at US immigration, ending the day with a movie starring Shah Rukh Khan?.. Switch to Aishwarya Rai the next day in the same sequence. The formula will ensure high TV ratings.Of the more serious flaws of Indian magazine, newspaper and television journalism is the unfortunate use of the commercial American media as a model: The New York Times , Wall Street Journal , Time Warner, Rupert Murdoch, business tycoons and media moguls mixed in a starry Hollywoodish light. Blighted by commerce, the world’s markets – US, Western Europe, Japan and the Far East are desperate commodities. Everything is on sale or rent or lease. Just the way newspapers are all ads and little substance; just the way sports revenues come from sponsorship rather than sporting display, and Hollywood films need to be sold before they can be made, even architecture and city space is a noisy neon- ridden ‘ Times Square’.Many professions are today seeking a reprieve in under- development. Architects and urban designers are looking to cities of Eastern Europe and North Africa for work and ideas that aren’t blemished by commerce. So too are artists and writers. The more successful NGO work is coming out of places as diverse as Cuba and Brazil. Are Doordarshan , Pravda and the Budapest Times the only models left of the old journalism?advertisement