Chiefs and elders in Totota, Central Bong County, on Wednesday, February 3, honoured the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. J. Mills Jones, as Chief Kolleh Gwee; Kpelle for “bright scholar.” The locals also gowned Governor Jones for his “valuable services” to Liberians.The naming formed part of activities that marked the opening of the Totota Rural Community Finance Institution (TRCFI). “We did not know in the past what CBL can do, but what we are seeing under Dr. Jones’ watch is different. CBL is now impacting our lives at our respective door steps,” said Oldman Kollie, speaking on behalf of the traditional leaders of Bong County.Kollie said further that there are many who have served as Governor of CBL, but never touched the lives of ordinary Liberians. According to him, it is only through the able and dynamic leadership of Dr. Jones that rural residents can now feel the impact of the bank.Oldman Kollie added that giving Governor Jones the traditional name was not a mistake, “because he has proven to them that they too are citizens with added value to their lives.”He then called on Dr. Jones to keep focused and never be deterred by detractors, assuring, “we are with you and anywhere you go we will always be there with you.”In his remarks, Dr. Jones informed the gathering that he and his entourage were in the county in the name of “unity and economic empowerment,” adding that if Liberians work together, they can make bigger things of themselves and their respective communities rather than relying on the international community for help.He observed that if Liberians come together, they can do bigger and better things for the country, taking into consideration that the country has for so long lived in poverty. “We have to succeed together or fail together,” said Dr. Jones told the gathering to a round of applause. He said leaders lead by example, and this is what he wants to do, adding that good policymakers bring development. Jones said that it is because of his good policy that developments such as opening of rural banks are taking place across the country.“The CBL,” he said, “is not for Governor Jones, but for the Liberian people, even though some Liberians continue to have misconceptions about the bank’s economic empowerment policy.”Dr. Jones also assured the gathering that whether he stays at the Central Bank or not, his vision for economic empowerment will still continue, noting, “I believe in equal opportunity for all.”For her part, Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, on behalf of the county’s Legislative Caucus, expressed gratitude to Dr. Jones and his Board of Governors for the project.She described the project as a dream come true because they have been talking about the “Village Savings Loan” for almost two years, “and today that dream has come to fulfilment.”Madam Esther Walker, who spoke on behalf of the chairperson of the National Apex of Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA), assured Dr. Jones of their preparedness to work together in eradicating poverty from the country.She said CBL’s dream to empower businesswomen will go down in history, adding that members of her organization are proud to have Dr. Jones as Executive Governor of the CBL, because without him, they could have suffered from extreme poverty and starvation.Madam Walker also pledged the organization’s preparedness to work with Governor Jones across the country to ensure that his dream and aspirations come to pass.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dreaded dacoit Jagan Gujjar, facing over 100 cases of robbery, kidnapping and looting and carrying a reward of ₹40,000 on his head, surrendered before the police in Rajasthan’s Dholpur district on Friday. Gujjar, 49, involved in criminal activities in three States, was hiding in the Chambal ravines.Police said a .315 bore rifle and five cartridges were seized from Gujjar’s possession. He was earlier arrested several times since 1994, and was released on bail. The police had recently launched an operation to arrest him when reports of his attacks on villagers in Dholpur’s Dang area surfaced earlier this month.Director-General of Police Kapil Garg said the policemen who confronted the dacoit during the operation and forced him to surrender would be felicitated. Gujjar surrendered near a temple in the Basai Dang police station area of Dholpur district.Rashtriya Loktantrik Party chief and Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal had raised the issue of Gujjar’s criminal activities in the Lok Sabha recently and demanded his immediate arrest.In the rural belts of Uttar Pradesh adjoining Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, his trail of loot and terror evoked images of Gabbar Singh, the iconic dacoit of the film Sholay. Gujjar had many cases registered against him in these States.(With IANS inputs)
A day after some BJP workers protested against actress Vidya Balan’s attempt to promote her forthcoming release “Bobby Jasoos” in a get up resembling Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Vadodara, the National Award-winner said here Saturday it was “unfortunate” and “felt bad” that her intention had been “misunderstood”.Bobby Jasoos to hit theatres July 4.The actress, who dons as many as 12 disguises in the detective film, had tried to sport a look that resembled Modi while promoting the film in the leader’s former constituency Thursday. However, irate BJP supporters allegedly stalled her idea of visiting the tea stall from where Modi started his journey.”I am not even aware of this statement (that the BJP are allegedly unhappy)… I don’t want to politicise the issue at all. I was there to promote a film and I play a jasoos (detective) who dons different disguises,” she told reporters here.Vidya clarified that the disguise was meant to be a tribute to Modi.”I just felt that I wanted to pay a tribute to our Prime Minister because Baroda is his city and his is an inspirational story.”I felt bad that my intention was misunderstood… I did not want to hurt anyone’s sentiments which is why I decided not to go ahead with it but really the idea was only to pay a tribute or pay a salaam… Bobby ka salaam or something like that… I don’t know why I got misunderstood yesterday… it was unfortunate,” she said.The detective comedy revolves around a female character who is a private detective. While Vidya plays the female lead, Ali Fazal plays the male lead. The film is directed by Samar Shaikh and is co-produced by actress Dia Mirza and her beau Sahil Sangha.advertisementThe film will hit theatres July 4.
Kirk Herbstreit remains bullish on Ohio State’s football team heading into the season.The ESPN college football analyst did a Q&A with his followers on Twitter late Wednesday night.One person asked Herbstreit, who played quarterback for the Buckeyes, to highlight OSU’s strengths heading into the [email protected] What is going to be Ohio State strength this year. I know we are young but lots of talent. Go Bucks— Chris Lawson (@Law_Dog_osu) August 4, 2016His answer: quarterback play, athleticism and, most importantly, having a team that is “motivated” and “hungry.” Being incredibly athletic, QB is special, and most importantly back to having a team MOTIVATED and HUNGRY https://t.co/b58vCXnU9H— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 4, 2016Ohio State opens its fall camp on Sunday.The Buckeyes open their regular season on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
New Delhi: State-owned power producer NTPC on Wednesday said it has signed a pact with BHEL to set up an 800 MW technology demonstration plant (TDP) at its power plant in Chhattisgarh. The TDP will be set up through a joint venture (JV) company, NTPC said. “NTPC signs MoU with BHEL to set up world’s most efficient and environmental friendly coal-fired power plant India’s largest power generator NTPC Ltd and power equipment behemoth BHEL signed the MoU for forming a JV company, to set up a 800 MW technology demonstration plant (TDP) at NTPC’s existing power plant in Sipat, Chhattisgarh,” NTPC said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe demonstration plant shall be based on the advanced ultra super critical (AUSC) technology which marks a significant improvement in operational parameters over contemporary super-critical technology, it said. NTPC said the plant shall be the most efficient power plant in the world, once it becomes operational, resulting in reduction of carbon dioxide emission by about 20 per cent as compared to the conventional sub-critical technology. “The fructification of the technology demonstration full scale plant shall be a firm testimonial to the country’s climate commitment as it is a voluntary initiative. It will also support fulfilment of the NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) committed by India as part of the Paris Climate Agreement,” NTPC said. Further, there will be many intangible benefits in terms of large number of spin-off technologies being developed, development of a large cadre of technologists, building confidence in home-grown technologies etc. Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC Ltd and Nalin Shinghal, CMD, BHEL were among those present during signing of the MoU.
Geneva: Pakistan on Tuesday demanded an international investigation by the UN Human Rights Council into the situation in Kashmir and urged the world rights body not to remain “indifferent” after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Addressing the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) here, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, leading the Pakistani delegation, said the top UN rights body should not be embarrassed on the world stage by its inaction over the issue. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He said the UNHRC must not remain indifferent to the situation in Kashmir after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5. “Today, I have knocked on the doors of the Human Rights Council, the repository of the world’s conscience on human rights, to seek justice and respect for the people of Kashmir,” he said. Qureshi asked the Council to urge India to immediately stop the use of pellet guns, lift the curfew, reverse the clampdown and communications blackout, restore fundamental freedoms and liberties, release political prisoners and fulfil obligations under the UN Security Council Resolutions and various human rights instruments, as required by international law. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He asked the Council to constitute a commission of inquiry into the situation in Kashmir, as recommended by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. “We must not allow this august body to be embarrassed on the world stage. As a founding member of this Council, Pakistan feels morally and ethically bound to prevent this from occurring,” he said, adding that in order to do so the body should not remain indifferent to the situation that was unfolding. “We must act decisively and with conviction,” Dawn newspaper quoted Qureshi as saying. India last month abrogated the provisions of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. India’s move evoked strong reactions from Pakistan with its Prime Minister Imran Khan making provocative anti-India rhetoric, which India dubbed as “irresponsible statements”. Qureshi said that the Kashmiri people were denied the “basic and inalienable human rights”. Qureshi said the basic amenities and means of communication were not accessible to the people of Kashmir. He claimed that shops and hospitals in the region were running out of supplies and the political leadership of Kashmir had been placed under house arrest or imprisoned. He said that with its actions India was breaching multiple international human rights instruments that it was a party to. He reiterated that India’s unilateral decision to revoke Article 370 on August 5 was illegal under international law. His statement came a day after UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet expressed “deep concern” over the impact of restrictions in Kashmir, and asked India to ease the current lockdowns to ensure people’s access to basic services.
The Kahta Creek fire is burning approximately five kilometres south of another 6.5 hectare fire next to the Alaska Highway north of Buckinghorse River. While firefighters have completely surrounded the smaller fire with hoses, the Kahta Creek fire is currently uncontained, and has burned over 1,000 hectares. Reynolds said that the fire is currently burning in an easterly direction away from the Alaska Highway and not threatening any properties.The Milligan Hills fire, which is around 10 kilometres west of Milligan Hills Provincial Park, has also grown to over 1,000 hectares, though it is also not currently threatening structures at this time. Reynolds said that the Wildfire Service has made a request for two Incident Management Teams to be brought in to Fort St. John to deal with those two fires, which are the largest fires during near Fort St. John.A Conair Aerial Firefighting Avro RJ85 air tanker at the North Peace Airport. Photo by Chris NewtonCrews are also planning to begin attack operations on the Beatton River fire, which is located northwest of Prespatou near Nig Creek and has grown to around 500 hectares in size. Reynolds said that the fire has grown quickly because of windy conditions and the large amount of fuel in the area. Reynolds added that while several fires have grown quickly in size in the past few days, the current situation is much less dire than two years ago, since none of the fires are currently threatening any property. She said that crews are prepared for an anticipated spike in fire activity over the next month, as forecasters are calling for the usual pattern of increased thunderstorm activity heading into June. The Peace River Regional District also announced on its website this morning that it is currently monitoring the situation. It says that no evacuation alerts and no evacuation orders have been issued at this time, but that updates will be posted on the PRRD’s website and Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service will be bringing in more crews today to respond to a number of fires that flared up north of Fort St. John on Tuesday.Amanda Reynolds, Fire Information Officer with the Prince George Fire Centre, says that hot and windy conditions on Tuesday helped to fan the flames of several spot fires sparked by lightning over the weekend. Reynolds explained that two fires in particular have ballooned in size since Tuesday, when their smoke plumes were first noticed by fire crews from the air.A map showing the locations of wildfires burning north of Fort St. John. Photo by BC Wildfire Service.
The days of French culture and language are all set to return to the national capital with the beginning of Francophone Festival. The four-day event (March 13-16) will feature exhibitions, film screenings, theatre, live music, and the much-awaited Francophone Méla.Organised by Alliance Française de Delhi, ‘Semaine de la Francophonie’ or the Francophonie week will begin with a tête-à-tête with Canadian author Frédérick Lavoie. The session will focus on countering fake news and literary journalism as a tool to counter it. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe festival will then move on to the screening of Canadian drama Mommy which debuted at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and won the jury prize. Another Canadian movie Origami, which revolves around an art curator who discovers his ability to travel back in time following a traumatic event, will also be screened. In the evening of March 14, Alliance Française de Delhi will inaugurate an exhibition titled ‘Back from France – Living Outlines’. Organised in collaboration with Raza Foundation, the art show retell the India-France-India story through the works of Reji Arackal. The exhibition will be on view until March 28, from 10 am to 7 pm, at the Gallery Romain Rolland. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”Since 1988, every year French speakers and Francophiles unite to promote the French language and the diversity of Francophone cultures. This will be a one of its kind experience for all those who know no boundaries when it comes to adapting and enjoying different cultures,” said Jean-Francois Ramon, Director of Alliance Française de Delhi. On the third day of the festival (March 15) French accordionist Noé Clerc along with an Indian Classical vocalist Ujwal Nagar and percussionist Zaheen Khan will present various ‘shades of sound’ from the musical series of Alliance Francaise de Delhi In[Chorus] to the visitors at the M L Bhartia Auditorium, 6:30 p.m onward. The festival will culminate on March 16 with the Francophonie Méla, which will witness representatives from different Francophone countries, animating stalls all over Alliance Française de Delhi, sharing information about their cultures, accompanied by delicious food from all over the world. The festivities will begin with various competitions organised for Delhi Schools students followed by a theatre play in the afternoon by the Alliance Francaise de Delhi’s theatre group. On this occasion, the students of Alliance Francaise de Delhi will get a platform to showcase their talent during an interesting segment called ‘AFD’s got talent’. The celebrations will conclude in the evening with an acrobatic performance ‘Via’ – A fusion of Chinese Pole and Kalaripayattu by an Indo-French performing group, at 5:30 pm, followed by a French DJ night by DJ Roli.