Bill to Criminalize Same-Sex Marriage Under Review

first_imgThe Committee on Judiciary and Gender, headed by Reps. J. Fonati Koffa and Julia F. Wiah, are reviewing a law to make same-sex marriage a criminal offense in Liberia.The proposed law is an act to amend the new Penal Code Chapter 14, Sub-chapter D and to add a New Section 14.80, making same-sex sexual practices a criminal offense.The amended law received its first reading on Tuesday, November 12, 2018, during the 5th day sitting of the House of Representatives and was forwarded to the Joint Committee to report Tuesday, November 20, 2018.Lofa County lawmaker Representative Francis Nyumalin proffered the motion, which was amended by Representative Isaac Roland, that the Joint Committee should consider Same-Sex sexual practices as not only criminal but a first-degree felony – which is non-bailable and punished by imprisonment for life or for any term of not more than 10 years.Lofa County Representative Clarence Massaquoi, the proponent and sponsor of the amended law, said it is intended to preserve the African culture.However, the issue of same-sex marriage remains complex and controversial. It has raised human rights and constitutional law issues, as well as a lot of social, religious, moral and political questions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Malkia Strikers, Starlets battle for SOYA crown

first_imgWomen Premier League champions Vihiga Queens and national women sevens team Lionesses are also in contention for the award in the event that is sponsored by Safaricom with co-sponsorship from County Government of Mombasa, Kenya Pipeline, Communication Authority of Kenya, New KCC, Lapfund, Kenya Power, UBA Bank, Nairobi Bottlers, Kenya Ports Authority, NHIF, NSSF, Kenya Tourism Board and GOtv.Malkia Strikers were nominated for the award after successfully defending the African Games title in Morocco by beating rivals Cameroon in the final to win the gold medal in September.Malkia Strikers left attacker Sharon Chepchumba hits a missile as Cameroon’s Yolanda Juliana Amana and Stephanie Fotso attempt to block during their FIVB World Cup match in Japan on September 29, 2019. PHOTO/FIVBThey went into the final with a mission to beat the Central Africa country who had beaten them at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament which was played in Egypt in July.Malkia were forced to settle for second place at the Africa Cup of Nations despite having gone through the group stages unbeaten.After the African Games in Morocco, Malkia Strikers went to the World Cup in Japan where they faced stiff competition from other established teams. However, they still came back home from the global event having won one match as they once again beat rivals Cameroon.On their art, KPA emerged second in the just concluded Zone V championship losing to JKL from Uganda.They also KPA boasts of having seven players in the national team.The Mombasa-based women also reached the final play-offs of the Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League where they played Equity Bank, losing 3-2 in the best of five series.Meanwhile Kenya Lionesses once again showed why they are a force to reckon with as they qualified for Olympics for the second year in a row. Lionesses also played at the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio.Kenya Lionesses’ Janet Okello sprays out a pass at the 2019 Dubai 7s invitational tournament. PHOTO/CourtesyAt the Hong Kong Sevens, the Felix Oloo-coached side reached the Cup semis after losing 17-5 to eventual winners Brazil.They topped Pool B with victories over Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong and Uganda and in the quarters they beat Argentina.Harambee Starlets will however hope that their exploits at the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) where they won the Challenge Cup will give them mileage over the other four teams.Apart from winning the regional tournament with an unbeaten record, Starlets also did not concede a single goal and also produced the top striker in the tournament in Jentrix Shikangwa.Starlets also reached the penultimate round of the 2020 Olympics Qualifiers, but they eventually lost to Zambia in a two-legged tie.The other football team who will be hoping it will be a good outing for football teams are Vihiga Queens.The girls had a good outing in the Women Premier League, as they won the title by losing only one match and also drawing only once.0Shares0000(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Malkia Strikers players celebrate scoring a point against Korea during the 2019 Women’s Volleyball World Cup in Osaka, Japan on September 27, 2019. PHOTO/FIVBNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 26 – The national women volleyball team, Malkia Strikers, are among the five finalists who will be battling for the top prize during the Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year (SOYA) Gala set for Mombasa County on January 24.The African volleyball queens will battle for the bragging rights to be named the 2019 Team of the Year in the women category alongside Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) basketball team and national women football team, the Harambee Starlets.last_img read more

Phonies flocking to L.A.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsNationwide, $56.2 million in counterfeit bills were passed in 2005, with $14.6 million more seized before it entered circulation. “Nationwide, the levels of counterfeiting don’t constitute an eminent threat to our economy,” said Anthony Chapa, special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Los Angeles field office. “But we want to keep it that way.” The owner of the Studio City club, who asked that neither he nor his club be identified for fear of reprisal, was savvy enough to pick up on the scam. He spoke to the hostess to figure out who used the bill, then talked to his bartender and waitresses to find out if the customer had passed any others. Sure enough, she paid a bartender with a $100 bill for a glass of wine and paid a waitress with another C-note for a second glass. The owner called 911, and police arrived just as the customer was getting ready to leave. In her car, police found $14,000 in fake hundreds, seven stolen Colombian passports and an unloaded gun. The customer, Solange Candelo, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor counterfeiting and firearms charges. The U.S. Secret Service, which investigates all counterfeiting cases, believes Candelo is part of a counterfeiting ring responsible for bringing millions of dollars of funny money into Los Angeles from Colombia. Tracing it from Candelo to the printer could take years, but Secret Service agents in Los Angeles say the results are worth the effort. Just six months ago, a counterfeiting investigation that began in Los Angeles resulted in the dismantling of an operating in Guadalajara, Mexico, that produced millions of dollars of high-quality counterfeit money on an offset press. “We were on pins and needles when (Mexican authorities) were heading there, waiting to see if it was a success,” said Agent William Iseri, who heads the counterfeiting division of the Los Angeles field office. “Taking the head off the snake, we knew everything would fall apart.” Fake bills from the Mexican factory first surfaced in April 2002, Chapa said. Like the Candelo case, the big break came when a savvy business person – a stripper who received $400 for a lap dance – recognized the bills as forgeries and alerted the police. Although counterfeiting has no significant impact on the economy, experts say it is a nuisance for businesses, who get burned when they accept counterfeit money. Sometimes businesses will pass the expense on to the cashier who accepted the bills. “I was in Staples two days ago and saw them doing a pen test on all of their $50 and $100 bills, but they were doing it too late – they had these bills already in the drawers,” said Lones Smith, an economics professor at University of Michigan who has studied counterfeiting. “The businesses are pretty simple. Some have verification machines right there. Others, they’ll just say, `No $100 notes, period.’ “It’s completely too small to have any macroeconomic impact. You could pick a thousand things going on in the United States in a given year that have more of an effect on the economy.” Counterfeiting wasn’t always so insignificant. It was once a crime punishable by death, and the last woman ever executed by fire in Great Britain, in 1789, was convicted of counterfeiting coins. During the American Revolution, Continental dollars were easily counterfeited, undermining the economy of a young America. During the Civil War, counterfeit Confederate bills were often better quality than the real thing. A good counterfeiter is as much an artist as a criminal, and they are rarely violent. When Chapa sits down to interview printers, the villains are usually excited to talk about their craft with someone who appreciates their work. Smith was drawn to counterfeiting, despite its small economic impact, because it seemed like a game. A friend, another professor, received fake bills from an ATM machine in Mexico. Rather than report it, she decided to see how difficult it would be to pass the fake bills. Soon, she and Smith were co-authoring research papers about counterfeiting. “It’s an interesting exercise in finance,” Smith said. “It’s not just the criminals against the good guys. It induces mostly a game of good guys against good guys. Passed counterfeit means one good guy is getting stuck with money that he thought was good.” While the Secret Service investigates counterfeit rings, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing tries to ensure the bills are difficult to duplicate by adding security measures like watermarks, color-shifting ink and security threads in the currency. The government plans to introduce new $20s, $50s and $100s every seven to 10 years. A team of chemists and scientists is always looking for new ways to thwart counterfeiters. “Let me tell you, it’s a whole lot of fun,” said Judith Diaz Myers, associate director of technology at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. “We wash notes, we crumple notes, we do all sorts of tests. “Before we roll out a new design, there’s a lot of research and development and production testing that goes on. We need to make sure that we’re creating something that’s not only aesthetically pleasing, but safe and secure and smarter.” In Los Angeles, the effect is a dollar bill that’s easier to test, so a club owner can sit in his office and figure out within 30 seconds whether a bill is real. “People don’t realize that to a small business, these counterfeiters do damage,” said the owner of the Studio City club. “That’s $300 in change that we’re out on, and she got free product. We get burned. Technically, we’re still burned now. It’s all evidence. The change, that’s evidence.” josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com (818) 713-3669160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In her first 25 minutes at a Studio City nightclub, the customer ordered two glasses of wine, making each purchase with a $100 bill. The club owner noticed right away that something wasn’t quite right with the bill his employee brought him. It had the magnetic strip, and Ben Franklin’s face looked good at first glance, but it lacked the normal grainy feel of real money. “When I looked closer, the face wasn’t as clear as it should be,” he recalled. “The harder I looked at it, the magnetic strip didn’t look embedded but printed. I had to stare at the thing a good 30 seconds before I knew it was fake.” Although most people don’t know it, Los Angeles is the counterfeit capital of the U.S. In 2005, more than $6 million in counterfeit money was successfully passed in the Los Angeles area, and the Secret Service seized an additional $2 million before it was ever used. last_img

DELIGHT FOR DONEGAL ATHLETE AARON MCGLYNN AS HE REACHES EUROPEAN FINAL IN TBILISI

first_imgATHLETICS: Finn Valley AC star Aaron McGlynn has made the European Youth Olympics 800m final after a sensational run earlier today. McGlynn finished second in his heat and goes through to Thursday’s final.What makes the performance from the Finn Valley AC athlete even better is that he is ONE year younger than all his competitors. McGlynn is a talented soccer player and plays for Dungloe Town.His manager Pat Ward expressed his delight at McGlynn’s performance on his Facebook timeline earlier this evening.“Just heard the brilliant news from the Youth Olympics in Tbilisi that young Dungloe Town player Aaron McGlynn has qualified for the final on Saturday coming second in his heat.“This result makes even better reading when you consider Aaron is a year younger than most of his competitors. Brilliant well done Aaron from all at Dungloe Town.On a great day for Donegal athletics, Sommer Lecky and Arlene Crossan also reached their respective finals at the European Youth Olympics.Well done to you all on such incredible performances.DELIGHT FOR DONEGAL ATHLETE AARON MCGLYNN AS HE REACHES EUROPEAN FINAL IN TBILISI was last modified: July 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more

MAJOR RESCUE OPERATION SPARKED AS MAN FALLS INTO SEA AT FANAD LIGHTHOUSE

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A major rescue operation is underway at Fanad Lighthouse after a person fell into the sea from nearby rocks.Fanad Lighthouse is at the centre of a major rescue operation.It is believe they were one of two people taking photographs when they lost their footing and fell into the water.It is understood the incident happened just after 3pm. Two lifeboats from the Lough Swilly RNLI based at Buncrana have rushed to the scene.The Rescue 118 helicopter has also ben dispatched from its base in Sligo.At the moment the rescue services have a visual on the casualty but they can access him because of heavy waves against the shore.A spokesman for the RNLI has said everything is being done to get access to the casualty. We will bring you more on this story as it develops. MAJOR RESCUE OPERATION SPARKED AS MAN FALLS INTO SEA AT FANAD LIGHTHOUSE was last modified: August 17th, 2014 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:donegalfanad lighthousemanRNLIlast_img read more

Emma the Mammoth is becoming a star

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The fossilized mammoth is believed to be 800,000 years to 1.4 million years old and was probably about 46 or 47 years old when it died. The skeleton was discovered nearly intact and the bones were confined to the same area at a housing development site last spring. The discovery prompted a flurry of excitement among city leaders who want to keep the memory of the female creature alive. Since then, Emma has been the subject of an original painting, main character in a children’s book that is expected to be developed and now star of a video. The city has set aside more than $21,000 on an effort to promote the find and educate the public. Ideas include promotional T-shirts, mugs and posters – among other things. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOORPARK – “Emma the Mammoth” is ready for her close-up. A video shoot is scheduled Oct. 28 at the Santa Ana laboratory where the prehistoric giant mammal’s bones have temporarily been stored after construction workers uncovered the skeleton back in March in Moorpark. “I dance in it,” joked Hugh Riley, who doubles as Moorpark’s assistant city manager and promoter of the Ice Age creature. “My job is to make sure we keep the interest level up.” The video is part of an educational program and will be shown in November. last_img read more

Foundation directors add 5 new members

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Ogrin has been an attorney since 1990 and is a partner with the law firm Nicastro, Piscopo & Ogrin, which has offices in Valencia and Orange County. A resident of Valencia since 1994, Ogrin also coaches various local sports teams, such as the Hart PONY League Baseball and Santa Clarita Warriors Football. “We have lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for 11 years, and will continue to do so indefinitely. Education is very important to us,” Ogrin said. Simon is the managing director of Quantum Capital Partners, Inc., which offers comprehensive wealth management and family office services, such as financial planning, real estate consulting and risk management. Simon is a member of the Weizman Institute of Technology in Rehovot, Israel, and sits on the board of directors for the Hepatitis B Foundation and for Hebrew Union College. He wished to become a board member to ensure the constant increase and development of education in the area. Saenger, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is the owner and president of Saenger Associates, a company that engages in executive recruitment of qualified executive managerial and professional candidates across industries in manufacturing, distribution, and professional services. VALENCIA – The College of the Canyons Foundation Board of Directors has inducted five new board members – Mike Dugan, Dan Goetz, Dean Ogrin, Adrian Simon and Gary Saenger – who will actively aid in fundraising activities to meet the financial goals of the college’s foundation. Dugan is vice president and laboratory director for Specialty Laboratories, Inc. a Valencia-based company that provides cutting-edge specialized clinical laboratory testing in fields such as immunology and infectious disease. Dugan was interested in becoming a board member in order “to develop a strong local allied health educational program particularly to address needs in laboratory science, and to serve local and national hospitals, regional laboratories, and the bio-pharmaceutical industry.” Goetz is president of UltraViolet Devices, Inc., a company in Valencia that manufactures air- and water-purification devices. Goetz expressed an interest in becoming a board member in order to continue the education for his company’s employees. Goetz has also been involved with the Santa Clarita Valley School and Business Alliance and the Chamber of Commerce. Saenger, a resident since 1987, is also involved with the local Boys & Girls Club, as well as Big Brothers. For information regarding the College of the Canyons Foundation and how to donate or become involved, visit www.canyons.edu or call (661) 362-3434. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

CELEBRATIONS STATESIDE AS DONEGAL BOSTON WIN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgTHEY’RE celebrating into the wee small hours in Boston tonight as Donegal Boston secured the senior football championship.The Donegal lads needed extra time to overcome arch-rivals Wolftones in an epic encounter.The Donegal team managed by Paul Martin McDaid from Malin included some well-established county names including St Eunan’s stalwart Rory Kavanagh as well as Michael Boyle, Emlyn Mulligan of Leitrim and a number of Donegal under 21 and minor stars. Donegal starting home based players such as Darren Green, Matthew Smyth, Tony McClenaghan and Gavin Gallagher secured the win after extra-time.Donegal led by just a single point at half-time, 1-02 to 1-01.Tones fought back and led by two points with two minutes left but Mulligan levelled with the last kick to send the game into injury time tied 1-07 apiece.Mulligan was again the star in the first period of extra time, hitting Donegal’s scores – one point from the spot – to lead at that break 1-10 to 1-09. Donegal Boston edged it by a point in the end despite having two players sent off. CELEBRATIONS STATESIDE AS DONEGAL BOSTON WIN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: August 31st, 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:ChampionsDonegal BostonGFCwolftoneslast_img read more

Host of Stars Confirmed for Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am

first_imgStars from the worlds of sport, music, TV and film will align up to play in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation Pro Am on Wednesday July 4.This will be the eve of the fourth Rolex Series event of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.Representing the sporting world is former Republic of Ireland, Manchester City and Newcastle United goalkeeper and RTE pundit Shay Given. While Donegal’s GAA Football Captain Michael Murphy will delight the home support just over a week after he leads the county out in the Ulster Football Championship Final. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Media Day at Ballyliffin Golf Club, Co Donegal.Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press EyeHe is joined in the field by legendary jockey AP McCoy, whilst Kerry football star Kieran Donaghy and former Ireland international rugby players Keith Wood and Stephen Ferris will also be present.Completing the sporting representation is ex-snooker World Champion Dennis Taylor and Derry City Football Club players Paddy McCourt, Gerard Doherty and Rory Patterson.Also taking part in the Pro Am is former Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny, professional dancer on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing Anton du Beke and pop singers Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy. Completing the star-studded line up is well-known Northern Ireland actor James Nesbitt.James Nesbitt on the 14th during the Pro-Am of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)“Ballyliffin is a great golf course,” said Rory McIlroy. “It’s always nice to be back home and play in front of the home crowd so I’m very much looking forward to playing the course and also having some fun at the Pro Am before the tournament kicks off.” Fans will also be treated to a festival of music as country star Nathan Carter headlines the ‘Glashedy Sessions’ on the Friday night (6th July) of the tournament. A host of exciting local bands will also entertain the crowds at the Glashedy Stage, including popular four-piece the Logues and regular favourites the Groove Robbers.Tickets for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation are on sale at www.dubaidutyfreeirishopen.com and begin at €20 for Pro-Am Wednesday, with tickets for Thursday and Friday costing €32 and day tickets for the weekend costing €34 each. An adult season souvenir ticket, which covers five days of world class golf from Wednesday to Sunday, costs just €110.Host of Stars Confirmed for Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am was last modified: June 21st, 2018 by Chris CannonShare 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:BallyliffindonegalgolfIrish OpenPro-amlast_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Durban Stadium 2

first_imgLocation: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal provinceCapacity: 70 000 seatsMatches: Germany vs Austria (13 June), Spain vs Switzerland (16 June), Netherlands vs Japan (19 June), Nigeria vs South Korea (22 June), Portugal vs Brazil, Round of 16 (28 June), Semi-final (7 July)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: Irwin Manoim, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Irwin Manoim, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com • Download high-resolution image Photo: Irwin Manoim, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Bungee jumping off the Durban Stadium arch.Photo: Irwin Manoim, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Bungee jumping off the Durban Stadium arch.Photo: Irwin Manoim, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Bungee jumping off the Durban Stadium arch.Photo: Irwin Manoim, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Bungee jumping off the Durban Stadium arch.Photo: Irwin Manoim, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Bungee jumping off the Durban Stadium arch.Photo: Irwin Manoim, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Irwin Manoim, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Irwin Manoim, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more