‘German Payday’ Resurfaces at Red-light

first_imgThe notorious acts being allegedly carried out by traffic control officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) referred to only as ‘German Pay-day’, has resurfaced at the Red-light Market in Paynesville.According to several affected commercial drivers and private vehicle owners, ‘German Pay-day’ is the time police officers allegedly extort money from them during the weekend.Some commercial drivers told the Daily Observer that special budgets are set aside starting Friday of each week for the ‘German Pay-day’ activities at the Red-light, Waterside and Duala Markets.It may be recalled that in June this year, following public outcry against ‘German Pay-day’ at the three major commercial districts in Monrovia, the LNP leadership instituted some measures to remedy the troublesome situation.At the time, several police officers were arrested by their superiors for the alleged extortion and subsequently transferred to different areas in Monrovia and its environs.Petty traders and commercial drivers expressed gratitude to the LNP leadership and urged them to sustain the clamp down on errant (misbehaving) officers operating in the three business districts in Monrovia.Regrettably, at the three crowded business districts in Monrovia, police officers are heard saying ‘bring my German Pay-day now or else.’“Let’s be very frank with our leaders and government that the present salaries will not deter these practices by our police officers in Monrovia and other parts of Liberia,” an aggrieved LNP officer cried out.In some real encounters with LNP officers assigned to Monrovia’s business districts, several of them pointed out that their salaries and incentives are a nightmare.The LNP officers also claimed that for the past several years in Liberia, salaries and essential incentives have remained very low and highly unacceptable by most professional standards in other countries.Correspondingly, the ‘German Pay-day’ activities in Monrovia’s business districts continue to generate anger and frustration among the thousands of petty traders and small enterprise owners.Many small, medium and large business entities have on many occasions complained of the snail pace of conveying goods and services from one end of Monrovia to other areas due to the ‘German Pay-day’ spree.Central Monrovia businessman Thomas Hansen Kollie last weekend told the Daily Observer that commercial and truck drivers conveying goods and services on many occasions encounter LNP officers demanding their ‘German Pay-day’ tokens.“Our goods and services to some parts of Monrovia are delayed owing to the numerous LNP officers encountered at the intersections awaiting their ‘German Pay-day’ and Christmas gifts,” Mr. Kollie complained.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 Ham boss hopeful on Andy Carroll situation

first_img1 West Ham’s Slaven Bilic hopeful Andy Carroll will not be out for more than ‘a couple of weeks’ West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has admitted his disappointment after Andy Carroll limped off in Tuesday’s win over Bournemouth. The Hammers’ comeback victory, which sees them move above Manchester United into fifth in the table, was dampened by yet another injury to striker Carroll.The 27-year-old limped off after just 12 minutes into the 3-1 victory, with a hamstring problem, but Bilic hopes the injury is not too serious.“It is a really bad situation for us,” the West Ham boss said.“After the Liverpool win I said that he is back, he looked sharp, he looked strong and he was covering the whole pitch and terrorising the difference.“So, it is a blow but he has been working really hard. Maybe or hopefully it is not that long. Maybe it is going to be a couple of weeks but we need him.“He is disappointed because he knows he is back but if we have to choose between a knee and hamstring injury it is better to have a hamstring injury.”last_img read more

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Ranji Trophy: Shubman Gill matches Rahul Dravid feat, Hardik Pandya takes 5 wickets

first_imgShubman Gill has stepped an inch closer to scoring his maiden double century in the Ranji Trophy. Gill, one of the stars in India’s U-19 World Cup-winning team this year, was unbeaten on 199 as his superb knocked helped Paunjab reach 308 for 2 in reply to Tamil Nadu’s first innings score of 215 in Mohali.Gill became the second Indian batsman after Rahul Dravid in Adelaide 2003 to remain not out on 199 at the end of a day’s play in a first-class match.The host wrapped up Tamil Nadu’s innings in one over when R Sai Kishore (1) was run out by Baltej Singh, adding two runs to its overnight score.Punjab began their reply in a solid manner as 19-year-old Gill and Jiwanjot Singh blunted the TN pace attack, comprising T Natarajan, M Mohammed and K Vignesh with a mix of caution and aggression.While Jiwanjot showed a lot of patience and kept the rival bowlers at bay, Gill was all elegance as he unfurled numerous shots on both sides of the wicket. Some of the shots, especially the cover drives, stood out as he looked untroubled during his knock.It was a struggle for the Tamil Nadu bowlers as Gill proved unstoppable, hitting shots at will while skipper Mandee Mandeep Singh (50 batting) batted in a calm manner at the other end.Gill and Jiwanjot added 107 for the first wicket as Tamil Nadu captain Baba Indrajith rung the changes in an attempt to get a breakthrough.Sai Kishore got the first wicket for Tamil Nadu when he had Jiwanjot caught by Shahrukh Khan at silly-point.advertisementGill underlined his class, unleashing beautiful strokes and never looked in trouble.Bad light ended his quest for a maiden Ranji double century and Gill would resume on Sunday hoping to extend Punjab’s current lead of 93 and take control of the match.DELHI LOSE 15 WICKETS IN A DAYKerala took a stranglehold of their Elite Group B game against Delhi, bowling out the visitors for 139 in the first innings and then reducing them to 41 for five in the second in Thiruvananthapuram.Experienced all-rounder Jalaj Saxena was the star of the day as he took six wickets for 39 runs to help the host bundle out Delhi for 139 and gain a 181-run lead. Kerala’s first innings ended at 320.Only four Delhi batsmen reached double figures as Saxena ran through the line-up to set things up nicely for Kerala, who are aiming for a spot in the knockouts.The Delhi batsmen did not fare any better in the second innings, slipping to 41 for five at stumps on the second day, as Sandeep Warrier prised out the openers.Resuming at an overnight 291 for seven, Kerala could add only 29 runs, as Shivam Sharma took two more wickets to take his tally to six.Delhi got off to a poor start, losing opener Sarthak Rajan (4) in the first over. Basil Thampi struck in the second over, having Hiten Dalal caught behind by Vishnu Vinod to leave Delhi at 4 for 2.Skipper Dhruv Shorey (30) and Vaibhav Rawal (18) went about repairing the damage before the latter became Saxena’s first victim.HARDIK PANDYA BAGS 5-WICKET HAUL ON RETURNRiding on Vishnu Solanki’s unbeaten century and opener Aditya Waghmodes patient, unconquered half-century, Baroda made a strong reply to Mumbai’s tall first innings total in their Elite Group A Ranji Trophy game in Mumbai. Hardik Pandya bagged a five-wicket haul (Reuters Photo)Answering to the home team’s tally of 465, Baroda had advanced to 244 for the loss of opener and captain Kedar Devdhar’s wicket, 221 runs behind the Mumbai total at stumps on Day 2 of the four-day clash at the Wankhede Stadium.Waghmode and Solanki were not out on 87 and 128 respectively after the early fall of Devdhar to Shivam Dube for 11 against the listless Mumbai attack.While Waghmode was circumspect for the large part and struck 9 fours and 2 sixes in his 237-ball innings, his second wicket partner Solanki was a little bit more aggressive in his 231-ball innings, sprinkled with 17 fours.The duo, who got together when Devdhar was trapped leg before in the second over with 12 on board, have added 232 runs so far.The Mumbai bowlers, eight of whom were used by captain Siddhesh Lad, toiled hard to separate the duo, without success.Earlier, the 41-time champions – overnight 439 for 8 – were dismissed in seven overs this morning.Hardik Pandya, back in action after a near-three month-long injury lay-off, must have pleased the Indian selectors as he packed off overnight batsman Akash Parkar and Royston Dias to finish with an impressive five-wicket haul for 81 runs, by adding to the three scalps he secured on Thursday.advertisementBIHAR BEAT MEGHALAYALeft-arm spinner Ashutosh Aman returned an astonishing match haul of 14 wickets to help Bihar crush hosts Meghalaya by an innings and 71 runs in their Plate Group encounter in Shillong.The 32-year-old had figures of 6/17 in the second innings for a match haul of 14/68, as Bihar skittled out the home outfit for 46 on way to a bonus-point victory with two days to spare.The Services veteran now has 39 wickets to his kitty from eight innings at a jaw-dropping average of 4.79 to be second in the leading wicket takers’ tally this season behind Uttarakhand pacer Deepak Dhapola (42 wickets).This was Bihar’s third win, and all of them have come with bonus points. They now have 21 points from five matches.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Andy Roddick Brooklyn Decker Attend Think It Up Live Pitch Competition For

first_imgThink It Up, the new initiative from the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), joined Brooklyn Decker, Andy Roddick, Austin officials including Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz, and hundreds of local students and teachers on March 10th during SXSWedu for the second in a national series of Think It Up Live pitch competitions.Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker at EIF’s Think It Up Live EventCredit/Copyright: Rick Kern, 2016 Getty ImagesAlongside a panel and booth activation on-site at SXSWedu, the live pitch event was designed to empower students, celebrate teachers and build optimism about what’s possible in America’s classrooms. The event drew students and teachers from 24 traditional district and public charter schools in Austin.Think It Up Live Brings Spirit of SXSW to Local Austin Students and Teachers
At Think It Up Live, student-teacher teams across Austin came together to pitch VIP judges and Austin-based husband/wife couple Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker on their innovative learning ideas. Roddick, the founder of the Andy Roddick Foundation and retired tennis star, and well-known “Grace and Frankie” actress Decker, listened as students put their best ideas forward at this science fair-meets “shark tank”-type event designed to promote empowered, engaged learning.The winning team was selected from a group of 50 teams and came from Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, and received $1,000 to fund their project, which created a produce spoilage tracker to reduce food waste. All participating teams received $100 in funding credits to kick-start their projects.All funding credits are applied once teachers will post projects at ThinkItUp.org – a first-of-its-kind platform available to all public school students and educators (grades 7-12) in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, the popular teacher crowd-funding charity. To help bring to life more student-powered, teacher-led projects, Think It Up covers half each of each proposals total cost by EIF’s supporters, including Ashoka’s Start Empathy initiative, ExxonMobil and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with the rest raised through crowd-funding.The event follows the success of EIF’s inaugural Think It Up telecast that aired in September, and first Think It Up Live event in Denver held in December.Think it Up Debuts at SXSWedu
To spread awareness among education innovators, Think It Up participated in its first panel and expo at Austin’s SXSWedu conference. The “Think Rethink: Crowdsourcing Innovation Panel” on March 8th featured Creative Artists Agency Chief Innovation Officer Michelle Kydd Lee as moderator of a discussion featuring Jennifer Golub from MAL/FOR GOOD and Hillary Moglen from XQ: The Super School and Mike Marriner for Road Trip Nation. The panel discussed the power of crowdsourcing to generate ideas, including how each organization defines the crowd and why is it important to bring broader, mainstream cultural attention to education in the United States.At the SXSWedu convention center, the Think It Up booth brought the pitch competition to the expo, bringing to life the initiative’s excitement for learning by inviting visitors to submit an idea to bring their learning in the classroom to life.last_img read more

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The Mountain Between Us Starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba Fatal Vision

first_imgThe Mountain Between Us (Feature)The Mountain Between Us is based on a novel of the same name written by Charles Martin. The story follows 2 strangers, a man and woman, who decide to take a charter plane after their original flight is delayed due to bad weather. Things go from bad to worse after their charter plane crashes and leaves them stranded on a mountain. Although they survived the crash, the two are forced to work together in order to survive the wildness and temperatures well below freezing.Production kicked off at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on December 5th where, ironically, several flights were delayed due to winter weather conditions.The following day filming took place on a plane and in a hangar at Abbotsford International Airport. Unlike their first day, the weather was clear and beautiful with Mount Baker very prominent in the background. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Nissan and Mobileye are teaming up on ProPilot 20

first_img Intel Nissan Nissan Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 26 Photos 2:57 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car Enlarge ImageProPilot 2.0 allows for hands-free driving on the highway and that ability is powered by Mobileye’s EyeQ4 SOC. Nissan Nissan’s ProPilot Assist was one of the first super-advanced driver-aid suites to be made widely available in an affordable car. It worked well when we tested it, and we were pretty excited when Nissan announced it was working on a Version 2.0.Now we know that Nissan’s not doing Version 2.0 by itself, and that has us even more excited — because it’s working with Intel’s Mobileye to power its hands-off freeway driving feature. Mobileye confirmed the partnership, along with a similar partnership with China’s NIO on Thursday.Specifically, Mobileye’s EyeQ4 system-on-a-chip will be employed by both Nissan and NIO to do some of the computational heavy lifting on the complicated task of safely allowing hands-off, navigated highway driving. Nissan’s version gets a further boost, thanks to Mobileye’s RoadBook system.RoadBook is unique in that it uses aggregated data from vehicles around the world and across a range of manufacturers (so long as they’re equipped with an EyeQ4 system, which Mobileye estimates will be around 20 million vehicles in the next few years) to create high-definition maps for use in self-driving. Nissan will be the first manufacturer to employ the system en masse.Mobileye and Nissan already worked together on a project in 2018 to map all 15,000 miles of Japan’s expressways using an earlier version of RoadBook, and because the maps are being continuously updated and added to in almost real-time, these maps can be used in the development of autonomous vehicles. 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Originally publsihed Aug. 22.Update, Aug. 23: Removes a quote from Mobileye’s CEO at Mobileye’s request.center_img Take an assisted ride with Nissan ProPilot tech on 2018… 2019 Nissan Murano review: Freshened, but not fresh enough 0 Share your voice Tags Intel Mobileye’s autonomous cars in Jerusalem Auto Tech Autonomous Vehicles More From Roadshowlast_img read more

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Rohingya safety citizenship important before repatriation

first_imgRohingya refugees walk at Jamtoli camp in the morning in Cox`s Bazar on 22 January 2018. — ReutersThe UN refugee agency and other groups have urged a rethink of a plan to send Muslim Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar amid fears of forced repatriations without safeguards such as guaranteed citizenship after they fled to Bangladesh to escape bloodshed at home.The calls come as Bangladesh delayed the repatriation of the largely stateless Rohingya to Myanmar that was set to begin on Tuesday, as the process of compiling and verifying the list of people to be sent back was incomplete.“In order for the repatriation to be (done) right, to be sustainable, actually viable…you need to really address a number of issues that for the time being we have heard nothing about,” UNHCR head Filippo Grandi said in Geneva, noting that issues like citizenship had not been addressed.More than 655,500 Muslim Rohingya fled to Bangladesh last year after the Myanmar military cracked down in the northern part of Rakhine state, amid witness reports of killings, looting and rape, in response to militant attacks on security forces on 25 August last year.Many people in Buddhist-majority Myanmar regard the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. The United Nations described Myanmar’s crackdown as ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, which Myanmar denies.Grandi said it was important to set up a monitoring mechanism in Myanmar’s Rakhine state for those returning and noted that UNHCR currently did not have the ability to move freely and perform this role there.Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed earlier this month to complete a voluntary repatriation of the refugees in two years. Myanmar says it has set up two reception centres and a temporary camp near the border in Rakhine state to receive the first arrivals.Human Rights Watch, a non-government organization, said on Tuesday that Bangladesh should suspend the plan entirely as it “threatens the refugees’ security and well-being.”The plan has sparked fears in refugee camps in Bangladesh that people may be forced to return despite a lack of guarantees around their security.One Rohingya man detained on Monday by the Bangladeshi military at the Palong Khali refugee camp following a protest against repatriations remained in police custody on Tuesday and was still being interrogated, officials said.“He was detained for instigating violence. He is in custody for interrogation,” local police chief Abul Khayer told Reuters by telephone.A UNHCR official said the agency plans to bring up the detention with Bangladesh during their next meeting, as the refugees were only staging a peaceful protest.Meanwhile, another Reuters report from Geneva says: More time is needed to prepare the return of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, the UN refugee chief said on Monday, after a Bangladeshi official said the plan to begin on Tuesday had been delayed.“In order for the repatriation to be right, sustainable, actually viable, you need to really to address a number of issues that for the time being we have heard nothing about, including the citizenship issue, the rights of the Rohingya in Rakhine state, meaning freedom of movement, access to services, to livelihoods,” Filippo Grandi told Reuters.last_img
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What Does Houstons Sister City — Leipzig Germany — Have To Teach

first_img X Listen commons.wikimedia.orgThe German city of Leipzig is the most populous city in the federal state of Saxony and has been one of Houston’s sister cities since 1992. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img 00:00 /06:37 Houston Matters tends to focus on subjects that are close to home, whether with the city, the state, or the U.S. But well beyond international borders there are cities abroad that have some kind of effect on — or connection with — Greater Houston. It’s almost unavoidable given how diverse our population is.So how much does that outside world affect us here in Houston?Houston has 18 different sister cities. One of them is Leipzig, Germany. Now, while those kinds of things usually sound more ceremonial than anything, is there anything we could actually learn from one of our sister cities?The Sister Cities International program, part of the Mayor’s Office of Trade and International Affairs, gets at the heart of that.We learn more from Susan Young, the organization’s board secretary, and Steven Braun, the vice president of the Houston-Leipzig Sister City Association. Sharelast_img read more

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