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Political persecution of state TV director-general

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first_imgNews November 30, 2016 – Updated on December 1, 2016 Political persecution of state TV director-general Follow the news on Gambia January 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en GambiaAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by a wave of arrests and abusive prosecutions of journalists in the run-up to elections on 1 December in which President Yahya Jammeh is running for a fifth term. Credit : Momodou Sabally / Daily Observer News RSF is particularly concerned about Momodou Sabally, who was fired as director-general of Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) on 8 November and was arrested by the National Intelligence Agency later the same day, and Bakary Fatty, a GRTS journalist who was also arrested on 8 November. Both are still held. Their arrests, which came just days after Jammeh warned the media that he would tolerate no criticism in connection with the elections, are clearly the result of the autocratic president’s annoyance over perceived political slights. When Sabally was brought before a Banjul court 11 November, he was accused of causing the state to sustain economic losses when presidential affairs minister in 2014 – a charge that was already brought against him and then dismissed in 2015. He refused to enter a plea when he appeared in court again on 29 November. No charge has so far been brought against Fatty, who has still not been able to see his lawyer. He is now being held in a completely illegal manner because, under Gambian law, he should have been released within 72 hours in the absence of any charges. The state broadcaster’s news coverage seems to have upset the regime. A few days before the arrests of Sabally and Fatty, GRTS ran a story about the opposition, which for the first time has managed to unite by behind a single candidate, Adama Barrow. It replaced a previously scheduled story about an event held by the First Lady. “Aside from the illegality of the methods used, these arbitrary arrests and proceedings are a deliberate political bid to control the main state media outlet just days ahead of the election,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The president is sending a threatening message, an act of censorship of the national TV broadcaster.” There have been other examples of the regime’s current paranoia towards the media. The photographer Alhagie Manka was held from 10 to 16 November for taking photos of members of the ruling party’s youth wing without accreditation. On 9 November – the day that it was confirmed that Jammeh was running for another term – Yunus Salieu, a journalist with the pro-government Daily Observer, was arrested for taking photos with his mobile phone and was held for 40 hours. The security services thought he was going to send the photos to an anti-Jammeh campaign on social networks. Gambia is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. August 6, 2020 Find out more Newscenter_img GambiaAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression Help by sharing this information Organisation to go further Receive email alerts News Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder July 23, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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L.A. County Announces 46 Coronavirus Deaths

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first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The LA County Department of Public Health confirmed 46 new deaths and 1,400 new cases of the Coronavirus on Tuesday.According to a statement, 734 of these cases are from a backlog of tests, and 625 are daily reported cases.To date, 15,140 infections have been identified in LA County, and a total of 663 deaths. Eighty-nine percent of people who died had underlying health conditions.Thirty-three people who died were over the age of 65; four people who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old, and two people who died were between the ages of 18 to 40 years old. Thirty-one people had underlying health conditions including 27 people over the age of 65, three people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and one person between the ages of 18 to 40 years old. Five deaths were reported by the City of Pasadena and two deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach.“Every day as we report the number of lives lost to COVID-19 we are reminded about the need to do everything we can to slow the spread of this disease,” said county health director Barbara Ferrer. “We mourn the loss of members of our collective community, and our hearts go out to their loved ones as they grieve. As we learn more about the virus it becomes clear that there are many asymptomatic people across the county that are capable of spreading COVID-19 to others. Our strategies moving forward need to ask everyone to keep their physical distance from each other, wear face coverings when in contact with others, and stay home as much as possible.”The department continues to receive a backlog of test results. In an effort to expand testing capacity, many new labs are responding to the emergency and Public Health is working with them to ensure that they have the proper reporting systems in place. Until this reporting issue is resolved, there may be periodic increases in positive cases and total cases due to unevenness in daily reporting.Health officials continue to remind everyone that if you are ill, even with mild symptoms, please self- isolate at home for 7 days and until you are fever and symptom free for 72 hours. If you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is presumed to be infected with COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days from your last contact with that individual. Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or are pregnant may be at higher risk of serious illness and should contact their doctor as soon as they are sick.The best protection against COVID-19 is to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, self-isolate if you are sick, practice physical distancing (especially by staying at home) and wear a clean face covering when out in the public procuring or providing essential services. N95 and surgical masks should only be used by healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers providing care for people who are ill.The current Health Officer Order extends the previous Health Officer Order through May 15 and requires essential businesses to provide a cloth face covering for all employees to wear while performing duties that involve contact with other employees and or the public and to post physical distancing plans. The public is required to wear a face covering to enter essential businesses as well. Top of the News Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Business News Community News L.A. County Announces 46 Coronavirus Deaths Officials announce 1,400 new cases, but 734 came from a backlog of tests CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 3:26 pm Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Veros VeroPACE Will Help PACE Lenders With Compliance

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first_img Company News PACE Property Assessed Clean Energy VeroPACE Veros Veros Real Estate Solutions 2018-03-05 David Wharton  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Dworbell, Inc. Adds Eddie Seiler as VP Next: The Opportunities and Challenges of Blockchain in Mortgage Servicing in Featured, Headlines, Journal, News Veros Real Estate Solutions (Veros), a Santa Ana, California-based provider of data, analytics, and technology for the mortgage banking industry, has developed a solution for lenders specializing in PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) loans in the state of California, where new compliance requirements went into effect on January 1, 2018.VeroPACE, available through the VeroSELECT ordering platform, will generate, analyze, rank, and report the multiple Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) now required for PACE lending by California State Assembly Bill 1284 and the companion State Senate Bill 242.”The passage of this legislation significantly changed the valuation process for PACE loans, which are used to finance greater energy efficiency in homes,” said Veros VP of Sales Rob Walker. “Historically lenders could process a PACE loan in California using the results of a single AVM, but they now need three AVMs and must use a new method of calculating the final value.”AB 1284 intends to enhance PACE underwriting by requiring lenders to obtain the three AVMs from a third-party vendor, then choose the one with the highest confidence score and calculate the midpoint of that AVM’s high-low value range. The resulting value, combined in a report with data from the three AVMs, becomes the valuation submitted with the PACE loan application.”Ordering three AVMs on the same property can be difficult,” Walker added. “And because different AVM providers have different methods of producing confidence scores and values, the mid-range requirement has presented some significant challenges for many PACE lenders. Also, if lenders cannot get three AVMs, they have to get an appraisal, which will add time and cost to the loan application process. To combat this, lenders need to achieve high AVM hit rates.””The good news for PACE lenders who are struggling with this new compliance requirement is that VeroPACE handles the entire process for them,” said Luke Ziegenmeyer, Director of Product Management at Veros. “And, if need be, we have an optional add-on for VeroPACE users that can facilitate the request and delivery of appraisals as well.”When VeroPACE is ordered through the VeroSELECT platform, a single data call is made, which generates a “cascade” through which up to 10 AVMs may be run to increase the likelihood of getting a hit. The VeroSELECT system stops requesting AVMs once it has received three valid hits. VeroPACE then determines the AVM with the highest confidence score, calculates the average of its high and low values, and returns it to the lender in a standardized data format. VeroPACE also generates a coversheet with all the data elements that can be put in a file of supplemental information. Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Company News PACE Property Assessed Clean Energy VeroPACE Veros Veros Real Estate Solutions The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Veros VeroPACE Will Help PACE Lenders With Compliance Home / Featured / Veros VeroPACE Will Help PACE Lenders With Compliance Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago March 5, 2018 1,242 Views last_img read more

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20-year credit union partnership brings $150M to CMN Hospitals

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first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The iconic Credit Unions for Kids celebrates a major milestones in 2016: 20 years of fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals), an effort that has produced more than $150 million in donations.Since becoming a fundraising partner in 1996, more than 3,000 credit unions and numerous business partners across the United States have become the third-largest corporate fundraising partner for CMN Hospitals.To honor America’s credit unions, CMN Hospitals has launched a year-long Credit Unions for Kids initiative to celebrate the life-changing work of credit unions over the last two decades. Campaign highlights will include a major presence on social media; a special anniversary video and an exciting contest open to the entire credit union movement as well as the public.“We are extremely proud of our partnership with CMN Hospitals and the amazing success of the Credit Unions for Kids program over the past 20 years,” said Jim Nussle, Credit Union National Association president/CEO. “Throughout our history, credit unions have always played a vital role in giving back to the local community and there is no better example of ‘people helping people’ than what we have done through the CU4Kids program.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Messi and Aguero in Argentina Copa America squad

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first_imgMessi is backBuenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and the returning Sergio Aguero headed the 23-man Copa America squad announced by Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni on Tuesday.Paris Saint Germain winger Angel Di Maria was also included but there was no place for striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is on loan at Chelsea from Juventus.“These are the best players in an important time for the national team,” said Scaloni ahead of the tournament hosted by Brazil, which begins on June 14.Argentina will play in Group B alongside Colombia, Paraguay and guests Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts and current Asian champions.Messi, who only returned to the Argentina squad in March after an eight-month absence following the World Cup in Russia, will turn 32 during the competition.Di Maria, like Messi, made his post-World Cup return in March ahead of friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco, but Manchester City’s Aguero had not been called up since Argentina’s 4-3 last 16 defeat to eventual champions France in Russia.Another high-profile omission was Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, who has been left out of the Italian team’s line-up for the last two months over a dispute regarding a contract renewal. “Keeping everyone happy is difficult,” admitted Scaloni, who said he’d had “doubts right until the end” over the final squad make-up.Argentina have not won the Copa America, or any major international tournament, since 1993, losing in the final in four of the last five editions of the continental showpiece.Squad:Goalkeepers: Agustin Marchesin (America Mexico/MEX), Franco Armani (River Plate), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors)Defenders: German Pezzela (Fiorentina/ITA), Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City/ENG), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax/NED), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Renzo Saravia (Racing Club), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal/ESP), Milton Casco (River Plate)Midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria (both Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Guido Rodriguez (America Mexico/MEX), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis/ESP), Roberto Pereyra (Watford/ENG), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese/ITA), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate)Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/ENG), Paulo Dybala (Juventus/ITA), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan/ITA), Matias Suarez (River Plate)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Curley Censured over Complaints of Alleged Sexual Harassment

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first_imgBy John Burton and Jay Cook |FREEHOLD — “Brash.” “Brusque.” “Independent.” “Bully.” These were some of the terms members of the public used last week to both show support for and to disparage embattled Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley as the remaining four members of the board voted to formally admonish the combative Curley for his alleged comments.The freeholders, all Republican, voted unanimously on Friday, Dec. 8 to officially censure fellow Republican Curley. In the authorized resolution, they accused him of taking actions that were “…reprehensible, offensive, unbecoming of an elected official, and compromise the integrity of Freeholder Curley’s office and the Board as a whole…”Curley did not appear at the hearing.The freeholders’ action, however, is far from the final word on this matter, as Curley’s lawyer vowed to continue the legal struggle. Last week Angelo Genova, the attorney representing Curley, had gone to federal court to file a civil rights violation suit.Angelo Genova, the attorney representing Freeholder John P. Curley, challenged the Monmouth County Freeholder board before action was taken censuring Curley amidst claims he used salacious claims to county employees.In addition, Genova successfully convinced the judge to block some of the freeholders’ actions, especially the release of findings from a five-month investigation conducted by an unnamed retired Superior Court judge and a restriction on Curley being able to return to work. The judge overturned some other prohibitions put in place in light of the report, such as preventing Curley from using county property or speaking with county employees which essentially kept him from his office and assistant.Genova told the freeholders last Friday he would look to expand his lawsuit on behalf of Curley, alleging the freeholders violated the judge’s order by incorporating portions of the report that is presumably under seal into their censure resolution.“It is my opinion,” Genova told the county officials, “you have violated public ethics law.”Genova went on to allege of the county officials’ action, “This is not due process. This is a charade.”Monmouth County Freeholders (L to R) Serena DiMaso, Thomas A. Arnone and Lillian G. Burry listened to numerous county residents defend John P. Curley at a special public meeting held in Freehold on Dec. 8.While not present, a defiant Curley offered a statement, distributed through his attorney, saying essentially that, serving as the only full-time freeholder in Monmouth County among the five, “I am proud to support all people regardless of race, creed, religion, political party affiliation, and to help all with just receiving a phone call or email.”Curley went on to criticize his Republican colleagues and county Republican chair (and county sheriff) Shaun Golden for their alleged lack of concern for their constituents, calling the action “a slap in the face to all of our residents.”“This is about basic respect and human dignity,” Freeholder Director Lillian Burry said of the Board of Chosen Freeholders’ steps of invoking censure, as well as ordering a review and updating of existing county guidelines for sexual harassment.“This type of behavior is just wrong and must not be tolerated,” Freeholder Thomas Arnone concluded.County residents supporting Freeholder John P. Curley donned stickers reading “I Stand With John” as a special public meeting aimed to censure Curley came to a close on Dec. 8 in Freehold.According to the resolution of censure read by the county’s special legal counsel Jonathan Testa, there are documented complaints about Curley’s alleged behavior that expose the freeholders to legal action as he “likely engaged in angry, vulgar outbursts causing female employees to flee their offices…”The resolution goes on to say Curley “made many other salacious and vulgar statements” to county employees. He’s accused of using sexually charged expletives; of saying, “I’ll show you a snake show, sit on my lap and I’ll show you a show”; telling one female, “Oh, that’s you I wanted to bend over and take”; to publicly calling male employees derogatory homosexual slurs, among other alleged examples. “If proven to be true,” the resolution stated, these complaints, “are disgusting, reprehensible, shocking, and should never be made by anyone, let alone a County Freeholder…”Since the investigation commenced, “more and more stories have emerged” regarding Curley’s alleged behavior, Burry acknowledged.The audience was full of members of the public, many of them wearing “I Stand With John” stickers, offering their support and willing to overlook these and other alleged transgressions, seeing Curley as a sort-of champion of the electorate and taxpayer.Spring Lake Heights resident James Martin showed solidarity with Curley. “What you said to me did not sound like worthy of censure, but maybe of mild criticism,” Martin said to the freeholders. “Over the years, I’ve seen good ones and I’ve seen bad ones,” Martin continued, “and I’d say John Curley is at the top of the list,” of the good ones. “He may be a little brusque, that’s true, but sometimes brusque is appropriate,” he said. “He’s done some very good things.”William Meyer is a Tinton Falls resident with a law practice in Red Bank and was a volunteer for Curley’s unsuccessful 2006 Red Bank mayoral campaign. He compared Curley to a plumber who uses salty, colorful language, but in the end, gets the job done. “I have seen him be brusque where he takes a passionate approach to something where at first glance you think he’s over the top,” Meyer said, “then only to research things and find out he was way ahead of the curve, absolutely correct and he had something we wish every politician had done back in the day.”Vincent LePore, a long-standing Long Branch political gadfly, said, “I urge Freeholder Curley to dump the corrupt party political system and run as an independent in 2018…and he will win.”On the other hand, Pamela Murphy, Freehold Borough, is a county employee, who had worked at one of the two nursing homes the county had formerly owned. “This is not a good person,” she said of Curley, calling him a “bully.”“I witnessed it,” she said. “He may have done good things but that doesn’t make him a good person.”“What is this? Alabama?” asked Mike Beson, Ocean, referencing the Roy Moore controversy. “Wake up, guys, wake up to the new world we live in.“You have to take care of every single employee,” he told the freeholders.Genova raised a number of legal points, arguing against the validity of the investigation and report and the freeholders’ actions. Genova said Curley does not intend to resign. “Mr. Curley plans to continue to serve the people of Monmouth County,” the lawyer said. And he plans on continuing his federal lawsuit, Genova added.This article was first published in the Dec. 14-21, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Leafs, Rebels play to 1-1 tie

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first_imgNelson played to its second tie in as many games Sunday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition play in Castlegar, playing the Rebels to a 1-1 draw.The game is the third in four preseason contests for the Green and White. Nelson concludes the exhibition season Tuesday at the NDCC Arena against the same Rebels.Head coach Frank Maida reduced the roster following a two-game set last week against Beaver Valley.The same two teams open the KIJHL regular season Friday at the NDCC Arena.Game time for both games is 7 p.m.last_img

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Orlando Pirates capture PSL title

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first_imgGoal differencePirates’ 60 points trumped Ajax’s 60 by four goals on goal difference. Interestingly, Chiefs, in third, had a better goal difference than either team, and Sundowns, in fourth, had the best goal difference in the league, further underlining how tight the title race had been. PromotedJomo Cosmos, after only a year in the First Division, are headed back to the PSL after beating Bay United 5-4 in a penalty shootout at the Makhulong Stadium on Sunday. Black Aces, who will be playing in the First Division next season, ended their campaign with a 2-0 home loss to Moroka Swallows. Vasco Da Gama, meanwhile, thumped fellow Cape Town club Santos 3-0. Despite the win, they still finished second from bottom on the log and will go into the promotion/relegation playoffs. Ajax will be gutted to have missed out on the title after managing only one point from their last two matches in which there were six points on offer. A 4-0 defeat at the hands of Chiefs in their penultimate match was regarded by many as a temporary setback as they faced Maritzburg United, who had barely escaped relegation, in their final game, with home ground advantage. Cosmos topped the Inland Stream of the First Division by a healthy 10 points over Pretoria University, while Bay United edged Thanda Royal Zulu by a single point in the Coastal Stream. In other results, BidVest Wits and Platinum Stars drew 1-1, while three-time champions SuperSport United finished their season on a high with a 1-0 win at Free State Stars. Pirates’ coach Ruud Krol told the club’s website that the victory was one of the finest moments of his coaching career. He said: “From my experience the teams who are on top of the log heading into the last match never win their last matches and that happened today. It was good for us. Of course what it means is that I’m happy and I’m happy for my players. RockyHowever, less than 20 minutes into the second half their chances of finishing top of the table looked decidedly rocky after Maritzburg United took a 2-1 lead. The Urban Warriors appeared on course for the title, and a fairytale ending for coach Foppe de Haan in his last match before retiring, when they took lead in the 43rd minute through Khama Billiat. When the dust had settled on a fascinating day’s action, the Buccaneers were the champions on goal difference over Ajax, with Chiefs only a point behind them and Mamelodi Sundowns two points off the pace. PSL CHAMPIONS The Sea Robbers had taken the lead in the 38th minute through Bongani Ndulula, but it lasted only three minutes. Collins Mbesuma, a nemesis for Pirates in the past while with their great rivals Chiefs, headed past Senzo Meyiwa to level matters. Pirates’ victory and title suddenly leaves the club with the possibility of a season for the ages. They have won the PSL title and earlier in the season claimed the MTN 8 crown. Next up, they face First Division side Black Leopards in the final of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday. Win and they will secure a sparkling treble.center_img “I saw my team this season bouncing back after some big defeats and we were coming back in the race for the championship and only big teams can do that and that is the consistency that you need to win something.” One of the most famous sayings in sport is attributed to New York Yankees’ legend Yogi Berra, who said: “It ain’t over till its over.” And so it proved on a thrilling final day of the PSL season as Orlando Pirates came from behind to snatch the title from Ajax Cape Town on Saturday. 23 May 2011 Heading into the final round of matches, three teams were in with a shot at claiming the honours. Ajax were in the pound seats, leading Pirates, in second, by two points, while Kaizer Chiefs were three point adrift and needed the two front-runners to trip up to lift the silverware. ‘We deserved it’“I told my players that we deserved it because we worked hard. They worked hard for 11 months. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Chiefs, Sundowns victoriesChiefs finished their season with a victory away from home, downing AmaZulu 2-1 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Fourth-placed Sundowns completed their season with a 3-1 win over fifth-placed Bloemfontein Celtic at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. The Urban Warriors pulled one back in the 87th minute through Sameehg Doutie. It wasn’t enough, however, as Pirates claimed a 2-1 win over Golden Arrows at the Orlando Stadium. Late goalThe game was decided only six minutes from time by a stunning long range shot from Isaac Chansa. 2010/11: Orlando Pirates2009/10: SuperSport United2008/09: SuperSport United2007/08: SuperSport United2006/07: Mamelodi Sundowns2005/06: Mamelodi Sundowns2004/05: Kaizer Chiefs2003/04: Kaizer Chiefs2002/03: Orlando Pirates2001/02: Santos2000/01: Orlando Pirates1999/00: Mamelodi Sundowns1998/99: Mamelodi Sundowns1997/98: Mamelodi Sundowns1996/97: Manning Rangers Gert Schalkwyk pulled the visitors level after goalkeeper Hans Vonk made a mess of a back pass and eight minutes later, in the 63rd minute, Maritzburg were awarded a penalty when a shot by Schalkwyk struck Nazeer Allie’s hand. Diyo Sibisi netted against his former club to seriously dent their title hopes.last_img read more

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SA crime-busting tools get global nod

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first_imgRay Maota Crime Line with support from the police has since its inception been responsible for over 1 400 arrests and R41-million in seizures. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For  more free photos, visit the image library) Yusuf Abramjee, the head of Crime Line, said that the initiative was humbled by the honours and would like to thank all tipsters and their partners in fighting crime. (Image: Flickr) MEDIA CONTACTS • Yusuf Abramjee  Head: Crime Line  +27 82 441 4203 RELATED ARTICLES • SA toughens fight against crime • Direct access to top cops’ numbers • New campaign for a better SA • SA gets tough on traffic crimeSouth African crime-prevention and tip-off services, Crime Line and Crime Stop, have been recognised internationally for the role they play in combating criminal activity.Crime Line and Crime Stop received three awards during the 32nd Crime Stoppers International (CSI) conference held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from 23 to 26 October 2011.The two initiatives also scooped three awards at the 2010 CSI conference for outstanding print, radio and television advertising campaigns.Michael Gordon Gibson, CSI president, said: “South Africa is leading the way on many fronts and we are extremely proud of their achievements, especially over the past year.”Yusuf Abramjee, head of Crime Line, said: “The world has recognised our achievements and it’s something that South Africa should be proud of. We thank the thousands of anonymous tipsters and our partners for the successes.”Abramjee also thanked the South African Police Service for acting on the tip-offs, which have led to many arrests and seizures.South Africa will bid to host the 2014 CSI conference. It is being held in Las Vegas, US, in 2012 and will be held in Europe in 2013.Abramjee said he is confident the country will win the 2014 bid.Fighting crimeCrime Line is a Primedia Group initiative launched in 2007 and is aimed at preventing, decreasing and ridding the country of criminal elements.It was the first programme of its kind to introduce text-message technology for whistle-blowing.Individuals in South Africa can text-message their tip-offs to 32111 for R1 (US 14 cents) any time, day or night. Crime Line also has a website that features the photographs of wanted criminals and lists numbers of who to contact with a lead.Since its inception, Crime Line has been responsible for over 1 400 arrests and R41-million (US$5.3-million) in seizures.Crime Stop is a police initiative, which operates call centres around the country aimed at receiving tip-offs of criminal activity. The local toll-free number for tipsters is 08600 10111.Both these initiatives promise anonymity for information supplied, thereby protecting the whistle-blower.Abramjee, Major-General Vinesh Moonoo and Colonel Dr Attie Lamprecht from the police service were added to the CSI’s board of directors in 2010.Lamprecht said: “We are proud of our achievements and the successful partnership we have with Crime Line.“The CSI awards mean a lot to us and we are delighted. We will continue to spread the message and encourage communities to blow the whistle on crime.”Awarding excellenceThe crime tip-off bodies won the Productivity Award for the number of arrests and recovered stolen property in communities with over 5-million inhabitants.They also won two Media Awards for their special TV reports on criminals and criminal activity, and for their special print campaigns urging the community to speak out about known crime.Abramjee said: “We are delighted to have won the top awards again. We are humbled and we thank the public and our partners for the support.“We also salute the production team at Primedia Broadcasting that resulted in us winning the television-audio visual category.”The production teams from Primedia’s radio stations, including Talk Radio 702, 94.7 Highveld Stereo, 567 Cape Talk and 94.5 Kfm, produced a special report of the initiative’s achievements during its anniversary earlier this year.A few months ago Crime Line ensured that newspaper photographs were published of men wanted by police for a spate of ATM bombings, and this led to arrests within days.CSI has praised a group of newspapers from the Independent Group for supporting Crime Line.Leading from the frontNot only does Abramjee promote civic participation in the fight against crime, he has also been involved in a police sting operation, leading from the front.This operation came after Abramjee uncovered a multimillion-rand school subsidy scam and was offered a bribe to keep quiet about it.The reverend who ran the two schools, and was allegedly pocketing the state subsidies, offered Abramjee R7-million ($905 000) for his silence.When Abramjee went to “collect” the first instalment of the bribe, he took police officers with him and they arrested the man on the spot.He is now facing charges of fraud and corruption.last_img read more

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South Africa A to face England Lions in 2015

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first_img “This is a very important agreement for us,” Cricket South Africa’s General Manager Corrie van Zyl said in a statement. “It continues our policy of enabling our second best team to test itself against some of the strongest cricket playing countries in the world. “What is particularly important is that our A side will now tour England in 2017, at the same time as our senior squad is in that country. “England is always an out-of-season tour for us and it will help a lot to know that our back-up players are match-fit in case of need.”‘An excellent opportunity’ 17 April 2014 Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday announced a reciprocal agreement in terms of which the England Lions will tour South Africa in the 2014/15 season and South Africa A will tour England in 2017. The England Lions, England’s A team, will play two four-day test matches and five 50 overs limited overs matches against South Africa A in January and February 2015.‘A very important agreement’center_img ECB Performance Director, David Parsons, commented: “The Lions tour to South Africa will be an excellent opportunity to take on some very tough opposition in a challenging environment. “It will also offer us an opportunity to test the players at the very highest level and allow the players to ultimately learn a great deal from the trip. “We are look forward to visiting South Africa early next year.’ ENGLAND LIONS 2015 TOUR ITINERARY5-7 Jan: SA Invitation XI v England Lions, UJ Soweto Oval11-14 Jan: SA A v England Lions, Boland Park, Paarl18-21 Jan: SA A v England Lions, Chevrolet Park,, Bloemfontein25 Jan: 1st ODI, SA A v England Lions, Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein28 Jan: 2nd ODI, SA A v England Lions, Diamond Oval, Kimberley31 Jan: 3rd ODI, SA A v England Lions, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom2 Feb: 4th ODI, SA v England Lions, Mamelodi, Pretoria5 Feb: 5th ODI, SA A v England Lions, Sahara Willowmoore Park, Benoni SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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