Are Politicians Fooling Us?

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Kollah making remarks The founder and chief executive officer of the Kollah Foundation (KF), Martin S. Kollah, has called on all eligible voters in Montserrado District #6 to be mindful of what he called “too many fake politicians in town.”Serving as the keynote speaker at the re-launch of the Child Welfare United International Program (CWUIP), Mr. Kollah said aspirants and incumbents rarely go around doing good except around election time when they are seeking political power.“Even though I have come to speak at a children’s program the message I have brought is really intended for you adults, who are parents or guardians of these kids. If you don’t decide the right way in October there will be no way by which your lives and the lives of these children will improve,” he said.“During election time, we see many so-called humanitarians who, before this time, hardly let people into their homes, lest we say anything about providing a cup of rice for any family. Now (election season) is the time they come up with foundations and so many different organizations in the name of humanity.”Kollah added that if the present crop of 73 representatives were truly patriotic and working in the interest of the country, Liberians would not be crying for a better and improved education system, sanitation, healthcare, and many other services.“Because of the high poverty rate in our country people get carried away and accept what should not be accepted, or acceptable. We have to learn by now, most especially after going through two crucial elections in 2005 and 2011,” he said.The Montserrado District #6 representative aspirant said his reason for wanting to be in the Capitol Building is not to amass wealth for his personal benefit, but to instead contribute to legislations that will bring about transformation.“Today you have some of them who have returned from America and other parts of the world with people’s money and are passing around renting houses to run their programs. If they fail, do you think they will stay on the ground as we who are always here with you no matter the circumstances? No! That will never happen because it has not happened before,” the Kollah Foundation boss pointed out.Commending CWUIP for re-launching the initiative to provide for the educational needs of children, Kollah promised the program his foundation’s preparedness to provide scholarships for most the kids for the next academic year.For his part, the executive director of CWUIP, Pastor Jefferson Dejay, said his organization is doing its best to help educate the many children of the district whose parents or guardians lack the means, adding that they also provide the children “a Christian education so as to help them learn and value spiritual things.”Beneficiaries of the CWUI-Program singing songs at the launch“We have been in the business of helping children advance in their education and life skills development in this country since 1998, but due to the civil unrest that led to us losing everything, including our office space, we could not continue,” Pastor Dejay said. “But we are back again to continue with our platform to improve the lives of children.”Meanwhile, Pastor Dejay said his organization has acquired 10 acres of land in Grand Bassa County for agricultural purposes.“We are seeking the help of everybody so that we may start our farming project that will provide our children food so we won’t have to look in the market for imported food items. We want to plant pepper, vegetables, fruits and many other produce that will feed us and our kids,” the CWUIP head added.He revealed that his not-for-profit organization presently caters to 250 children from all backgrounds, and is in need of more resources to expand its network to other parts of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Armed Garda squads to be deployed at Border

first_imgArmed Gardaí are set to be posted at the Border to deal with the threat of terrorist violence after Brexit.Extra personnel are being deployed to four Border divisions, including Donegal, to deal with the fallout of the UK dropping out of the EU.The Irish Independent reports that gardaí are being trained to provide 24-hour armed service in the region. At the same time, it is believed that 70 new recruits graduating from Templemore this Friday will be sent to police the Border. The potential threat of dissident attacks, criminal gangs and increased asylum seekers have all been cited as the reason behind increased security.The movements of suspected republican dissidents are currently under surveillance by Garda Special Branch patrols.Donegal is currently served by an armed support unit based out of Ballyshannon, while there have been calls for a second elite squad in the county this year to improve response times.For more, see:  Armed Garda squads to be deployed at Border was last modified: March 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Bayer Loses Third Trial on Glyphosate

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — The hits keep coming for Bayer’s Roundup glyphosate herbicide, as a California jury on Monday awarded $2.055 billion in damages to a couple that has battled cancer after decades of using the product. It’s the largest of three awards juries have handed out since the company acquired Monsanto last year.Alva and Alberta Pilliod of Livermore, California, used Roundup for more than 30 years to landscape their home and other properties. The couple, both in their 70s, were each diagnosed with the same type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.In a lawsuit filed in Superior Court of California in Oakland, the Pilliods claimed their cancer diagnoses were a result of exposure to glyphosate, and accused Bayer of fraudulently representing that the product is safe.In a statement following the verdict on Monday, the Pilliods’ attorney R. Brent Wisner said the jury did its job.“They were given an incredibly difficult task having to analyze the highly complex scientific issues in this case,” he said. “They took detailed notes, asked incredibly thoughtful questions and in the end, came to understand that the science shows there are serious health hazards associated with Roundup and that Monsanto did nothing to warn people about the risk.“The jury saw for themselves internal company documents demonstrating that, from day one, Monsanto has never had any interest in finding out whether Roundup is safe. Instead of investing in sound science, they invested millions in attacking science that threatened their business agenda.”The verdict comes just 12 days after an EPA interim review of glyphosate found no human health risks associated with its use and that the herbicide is not a carcinogen. However, the agency did acknowledge glyphosate poses some ecological risks.It is the third time Bayer has lost at trial on glyphosate. The latest jury ruled there is a design defect in the product and that the company failed to warn consumers of risks.At the end of March, a California jury awarded $80 million to a man with non-Hodgkin lymphoma who had used glyphosate at an animal refuge for nearly 30 years. Last year, another jury in the state awarded $289 million to a groundskeeper with cancer who used the chemical. The award was later reduced to $78 million.In a statement following the verdict, Bayer said it will appeal the decision that it says “conflicts directly” with EPA’s recent decision.“We have great sympathy for Mr. and Mrs. Pilliod, but the evidence in this case was clear that both have long histories of illnesses known to be substantial risk factors for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), most NHL has no known cause, and there is not reliable scientific evidence to conclude that glyphosate-based herbicides were the ‘but for’ cause of their illnesses as the jury was required to find in this case,” the company said.“The contrast between today’s verdict and EPA’s conclusion that there are ‘no risks to public health from the current registered uses of glyphosate’ could not be more stark,” Bayer said in its statement. “EPA’s conclusion is based on a database of more than 800 studies on glyphosate and Bayer’s glyphosate-based herbicides that relate to human and mammalian health, and its 2017 cancer risk assessment also examined numerous studies in the open literature. In contrast, plaintiffs in this case presented the jury with cherry-picked findings from a tiny fraction of the volume of studies available, and that failed to adjust for exposure to other pesticides, did not have statistically significant results, had very small exposed populations and/or are at odds with the full body of science.”Bayer said the plaintiffs in the latest case relied heavily on a 2015 assessment of glyphosate by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a World Health Organization agency. The IARC concluded glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic.”Bayer said EPA’s cancer assessment was “more robust” and “more transparent” than IARC’s review, which “considered only a subset of published studies included in EPA’s evaluation. IARC’s opinion remains an outlier among international health regulators and scientific bodies.”IARC UNDER FIREIARC came under fire as a result of its broad declarations about what is carcinogenic in detailed summary reports known as monographs. The agency, for instance, drew scorn in 2015 for a monograph classifying processed red meats such as bacon as carcinogenic.The IARC’s glyphosate finding set off a series of reactions. The EPA released and retracted a report refuting the IARC’s conclusion in 2015.Agricultural crops genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate have greatly expanded the use of the chemistry since 1996. Glyphosate also is used in forestry, urban, lawn and garden applications. Bayer also had glyphosate in its portfolio before acquiring Monsanto.That broad use has drawn worldwide attention to the herbicide and to its safety.Though glyphosate was developed by Monsanto, it is off-patent and sold by many agriculture companies as one of the most widely used herbicides in the world. It came to market in 1974 under Monsanto’s Roundup label for control of perennial and annual weeds in non-crop and industrial areas. In 2018, California regulators failed in an attempt to label glyphosate products as “known to cause cancer.”Earlier in April, Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development banned the import of glyphosate after a series of legal defeats for Bayer in U.S. civil lawsuits alleging the weed killer caused cancer.At the end of December 2017, EPA announced in its draft risk assessment of glyphosate that the herbicide is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.At the end of November 2017, the European Union approved a five-year extension of glyphosate’s use.BAYER STOCK VALUE DECLINEFollowing the verdict on Monday, Bayer’s stock continued to decline. Since purchasing Monsanto last year, Bayer has seen its stock price drop by about 40%. Stockholders have been concerned about the company’s pending legal liability with glyphosate, as more than 13,000 additional trials are pending.Bayer has seen its stock price plummet 40% since it purchased Monsanto last year for $63 billion. At its recent annual meeting, a shareholder revolt ensued, with more than half of the shareholders voting against absolving management for its decision to acquire the St. Louis-based seed and pesticide company.Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

FIR registered against JNU student leader

first_imgThe U.P. police on Friday registered an FIR against Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union vice-president Shehla Rashid, based on a complaint from the Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union alleging that she had made derogatory and objectionable statements against the Prophet in a Facebook post. Ms. Rashid, maintained in subsequent posts that she had quoted Hindutva abuses against the Prophet to highlight hate speech and blasphemy. Ghazala Ahmad, a member of the AMUSU, who filed the complaint with the Civil Lines police station here, told The Hindu that the JNUSU vice president had used “inappropriate and objectionable words against the Prophet and against other religions”. Ms. Rashid, clarified that she was misunderstood by the AMUSU about her post, where she quoted statements and arguments used by Hindutva leaders and trolls, to make a distinction between hate speech and blasphemy. “In the allegedly blasphemous post, I am making a distinction between hate speech and blasphemy. In fact, it is my topic of research to accurately define hate speech in India. However, some people are hell bent upon insisting that I insulted the Prophet (SAW). This is not true,” she wrote on her Facebook wall.“I have posted, in an earlier post, 11 screenshots where right-wing RSS trolls are abusing me by abusing the Prophet (SAW) using a certain word. If I’m quoting these tweets as an example of abuse, how does it become my statement? It is the abuse that I receive because I support Muslim rights,” she further wrote on Facebook. The controversy has led to several members of the AMUSU coming out in support of the JNUSU leader, condemning the AMU students’ body “for missing out a basic point about language and semantics”. Ms Ahmad’s complaint comes just ahead of a leadership meet in AMU where the AMUSU had invited Ms Rashid meet to speak on ‘The role of student leaders in building contemporary society’. The meet, which was scheduled for Saturday, has since been cancelled by the AMUSU.last_img read more

10 months agoEmery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrasco

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrascoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has approved a move for Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco.The Belgian winger, formally of Atletico Madrid, has been heavily linked with the Gunners over the past few weeks.The 25-year-old has been playing in the Chinese Super League since 2015, but could now be set for a sensational return to Europe.Foot Mercato says Emery is a big fan of the winger and has given his permission for Arsenal to launch a bid for the Belgium ace.However, Arsenal will have their work cut out as Dalian Yifang are unwilling to part with the man who has scored seven goals in 26 appearances this season. last_img read more

Cincinnati Apparel Company Has Hysterical New Ohio State Shirt Featuring Depressed Michigan Fan

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan State fans are not the only ones delerious with joy after Michigan’s last play collapse on Saturday. Ohio State fans aren’t afraid to revel in any loss by the “Team Up North.” “Cincy Shirts,” an Ohio apparel company, printed a new shirt called “The Disappointment Up North” after the game, featuring the depressed Michigan fan that went viral after the Wolverines’ loss. It is pretty perfect.Sorry folks, but we had to! Depressed Michigan Fan shirt now available!Get yours here –> by Cincy Shirts on Saturday, October 17, 2015The shirts are available for order at We expect a few Buckeye fans will be interested in them.[]last_img read more

Search for Denny Poole this Thursday

first_imgWhistles, bear bells, bug spray, reflective vests, water and snacks will be supplied by Horne.Horne is hoping someone can help with Walkie-talkies and an elder that could help smudge the group and say a prayer before the search.To view the FB event page; CLICK HERE DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Jessica Horne shares she would rather have a search party than a Birthday party this Thursday, July 25, 2019.Horne shares further the search party will meet at the brake check on the Dawson side of the Kiskatinaw Bridge at noon and will proceed to search until 5 pm.last_img

People dont verify fake news before sharing

first_imgMost people do not verify whether a new piece of information is accurate or fake before sharing it on social media, regardless of age, social class or gender, a study has found. Researchers at Ohio University in the US found that several factors can be used to detect misinformation, otherwise known as “fake news,” on social media. The study, published in the journal Behaviour & Information Technology, found that, by looking at certain factors, it is possible to predict if someone is likely to share misinformation based on the same factors. “This is a pioneering study that helps understand why individuals would share misinformation on social media using a theoretical lens and information literacy factors,” said a professor at Ohio University. “Fake news and misinformation could be rightly termed as the major issues of our time. Almost every other study in this realm falls short of highlighting the vital role of individuals in halting the spread of misinformation,” he said in a statement. To test the research hypotheses that predict the sharing of misinformation, he extended his work from a US framework to gather data in Indonesia. Indonesia is not only one of the largest social media markets in the world, the country has caught news headlines for fighting misinformation and hoaxes, especially during its election season, researchers said. The study asked participants to rate their perceived internet skills, self-esteem and internet experiences as well as their attitudes towards fact-checking online information, belief in reliability, and how often participants shared information without fact checking. There were 396 participants in the study, which found that age, social class and gender did not play a huge part, but rather media and information literacy was found to be the biggest factor in recognising misinformation. Those who have a strong belief in the reliability of the information are more likely to share information online without verification, researchers said. The study found that people from lower education levels, lower income and those newer to the internet would benefit most from learning additional information literacy.last_img read more

BJP will win this Lok Sabha election on proincumbency sentiment Ashish Sood

first_imgIn an exclusive interview with Abhinay Lakshman of the Millennium Post, BJP’s South Delhi Lok Sabha in-charge Ashish Sood said that the saffron party will win this election on a pro-incumbency sentiment that runs deep within the country. Excerpts: How is this year’s campaign going to be different from the one BJP ran in 2014? You see, last time we did not have the achievements of Narendra Modi. So, as a result, this time around we have a huge base of beneficiaries who have reaped the advantages of various government schemes introduced in the last five years. This sentiment is very strong among people, so this will be our poll plank for MPs and party activists. We now have a class of voters to whom we need not showcase what we will do. They are already satisfied with our government’s work. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDo you really believe there is no anti-incumbency sentiment running through the country? Look, the pro-incumbency runs deep this time around. And the reason anti-incumbency has been a feature in every other election is there used to be an opposition that was after the blood of the incumbent government on a list of corruption issues. This time, with this government, you don’t have that in hand. The opposition only has fake issues. Five years down the line, what they are charging us with is: this is a dictatorial government. They are presenting themselves as saviours of democracy. If we have not done the work in the last five years, then the opposition must come out with the issues instead of misleading voters. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWill your campaign then only focus on the work your government has done? In Delhi, what our MPs have done, what the Central Government has done, and it could have done will be showcased. As a result, it will also be important to show the inability of the incumbent Delhi government to deliver on what they promised their electorate. For example, we could have and we wanted to give Ayushman Bharat to the poor of Delhi. It was denied. These will be the issues. The Delhi government made promises they knew they couldn’t keep, and hence they are now raising issues such as the demand for full statehood in the Capital. BJP had also made demands on statehood. What do you think made the party switch its stand? We have not switched our stand on it. Look the statehood issue was addressed in 1991 when Delhi became a National Capital Territory and a resolution was adopted. No doubt we were asking for more powers for the state but parties always can change their stand. And moreover, no one else except the present AAP govt is responsible for harming the cause for full statehood when they tried to stop Republic Day celebrations. Do you believe that any parliament will grant full statehood if these kinds of scenarios are created? You see, we still want more powers to be granted to the state government. In terms of grievance redressal of people, the multiplicity of governance should be changed. But more importantly, some kind of uniformity in the system of governance is required. The basic idea is to solve governance issues created by the complicated system in Delhi and not fixate on wanting autonomy. What are the challenges in campaigning this time? The biggest thing we would want to implement is door-to-door campaigning (like mera parivaar, bhajpa parivaar). And reaching out to more of the electorate who at the time of anti-corruption agitation of Anna Hazare had stood by Kejriwal. More and more of those households have to be reached so that the present AAP government is exposed. As South Delhi in-charge, what are your plans for the campaign in the constituency? There is only one plan. The plan is to reach out to the beneficiaries, reach out to workers and make sure they vote at the earliest on the voting day. See, what we are going with in this election will be to highlight the failure of AAP to deliver even after getting 67 seats in the assembly. The only points will be about the 500 schools, the CCTV cameras, and the jobs that were promised. We won’t let them go scot-free for their failures on these issues. Do you think the proposed alliance may affect the way you run your campaign? You see, we are not worried about that. Regardless of whether it actually happens or not, it won’t change the fact that the opposition has failed to deliver. And even if it does come through, it just goes to show the hypocrisy of opposition members. A gentleman who had once vowed to fight corruption in Sheila Dikshit’s government is now ready to ally with her. BJP govt in the Centre and we in Delhi are wanting to contest the election on the achievements of our central government. Is AAP contesting on their achievements of the last four and half years? All they have to show for themselves is their failures and then they go as far as blaming it on the absence of full statehood.last_img read more