Critic of Zambia president Lungu to face fraud trial

first_imgA former Zambian minister and fierce critic of President Edgar Lungu will face trial after pleading not guilty to fraud charges on Monday following his arrest last week.Zambia ex-foreign minister Chishimba KambwiliInvestigators accuse ex-foreign minister Chishimba Kambwili of forging a signature on an official document. He appeared in court surrounded by hundreds of police officers who blocked access to the hearing.“I understand the charges your honour and I plead not guilty,” lawmaker Kambwili, 50, told the court, denying the alleged offences which court documents showed date back to October 2013.Magistrate David Simusamba set the trial date for March 6.Kambwili has previously accused Mr. Lungu of corruption and theft and, while still a member of the president’s party, he supports the breakaway National Democratic Congress bloc. “Lungu is drunk with his corruption and he is getting confused day by day, and those saying Lungu is not corrupt are foolish,” Kambwili said following his arrest on Tuesday.“I want to tell you Lungu – I know you are listening – all those monies you are getting, you will not enjoy it. We know you, Lungu and your family, and we are watching you.”Lungu has denied accusations that he is creating a dictatorship in Zambia and has accused rivals of trying to overturn last year’s election results.The southern African nation was last year rocked by soaring tensions that also saw a spate of arson attacks, some opposition legislators boycotting parliament and the barring of an overseas political observer.“I am extremely excited that the matter has come to court. As you know there has been so much mud thrown at me,” said Kambwili.last_img read more

Nationwide strike averted in Barbados

first_img Sharing is caring! VICTORY: NUPW officials (from left) general treasurer Asakore Beckles, acting general secretary Roslyn Smith, and president Akanni McDowall join hands with BWU general secretary Toni Moore (right). (Photo: Barbados Today)BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday July 15, 2015 – The Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) has given into the demands of the island’s largest public sector trade union and reinstated workers it forced into retirement last month, narrowly averting a national strike that was set to begin as early as today.The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) yesterday declared victory after the BIDC agreed the 10 employees would go back to work. The statutory body will also hold further consultations with the NUPW and its planned court action will be halted.The reinstatement offer from the BIDC was put on the table during a meeting of the sub-committee of the social partners. The acceptance by the union staved off an islandwide shutdown that would have been phase three of industrial action which started last Monday with a protest march through the capital and intensified with Sanitation Service Authority workers going on strike and Customs and Immigration workers embarking on a go-slow.When the BIDC retired the 10 workers a month ago, it said it had invoked its right under the Statutory Boards (Pensions) Act to retire officers reaching the age of 60, but the NUPW insisted the move was illegal and demanded the reinstatement of the workers or payment until the age of 67.Speaking at a joint media conference, top officials of the NUPW and the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) which gave its support throughout the impasse, said the development was a victory for workers all across Barbados.But even as the BIDC and the NUPW reached agreement, the union served notice that it was also expecting that similar letters sent to other public sector workers would be withdrawn.“It is hoped that the decision of today’s meeting will inform all other decisions of statutory boards and central government which are aimed at similar action,” NUPW president Akanni McDowall said.“With today’s precedent, unions are therefore calling on the government to rescind the letters to the QEH [Queen Elizabeth Hospital] and Customs Department employees and to workers employed by any other government-run organization that we may not have heard to date.”During the industrial action, the unions had insisted that they were protesting not just the BIDC matter but the administration’s disrespect for and failure to consult with trade unions, and breaches of the Barbados Social Partnership protocols.Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on Monday blasted the trade unions, accusing them of using blackmail and bullying tactics.But the unions hit back yesterday in a joint statement, saying that the administration’s reluctance to engage in meaningful consultation with the workers representatives has contributed, “in no small measure”, to the volatile industrial relations climate in the country. 38 Views   no discussions BusinessNewsRegional Nationwide strike averted in Barbados by: Caribbean 360 – July 15, 2015 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Protests against apartheid; West Indies team wearing this logo

first_imgJAMAICA: West Indies cricketers are seen wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo in support of blacks in a jersey against England in the Test series. The move by the West Indies team is a sign of protest against the color spectrum of the sport.Worldwide, protests against people of color have erupted in the wake of the killing of black man George Floyd in the United States.“We believe it is our duty to support and raise awareness of this,” said West Indies captain Jason Holder. “This is a historic moment for the sport, for cricket and for the West Indies,” Holder added.” We came to England to retrieve the Wisden Trophy. But we are aware of what is happening in the world for justice and equality. As a team of youngsters, we know about the rich and diverse history of West Indies cricket. “We are the patrons of this great game.”The logo designed by Alisha Hosanna has been recognized by the ICC. All 20 Premier League football clubs wear the same logo.Content Highlights: West Indies team to wear Black Lives Matter logo during the England Test serieslast_img read more

Song lyrics, photos combine for holiday decor

The holidays are a great time to pull out the old photos and reminisce, but there’s no need to huddle around a dusty album. There are a variety of ways to get them out in the open by making them part of your holiday decorations.In this photo taken on Dec. 2, 2013, a simple series of black and white pictures becomes an elegant holiday wreath when glued to a cardboard ring and embellished with a bit of faux holly. The holidays are a great time to pull out the old photos and reminisce, but there’s no need to huddle around a dusty album. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)Make a bold, modern statement by printing 4-inch-square photos, connecting them with small plastic clips in a grid shape and hanging it on the wall. A large square is striking, but the clips allow for endless possibilities. A Christmas tree shape, perhaps? Keep things bright with a series of color photographs, or go for a more elegant look with black and white. WALL GRIDMaterials:• 21 4-by-4-inch photos• photo clips (mine were called “fotoclips,” purchased from• 1 sheet of card stockInstructions:1. Use word processing or photo editing software to create an 8.25-inch square. Fill with red or the color of your choice. Add white text that reads “through the years we all will be together.” Print and trim to size.2. Arrange photos in a 5-by-5 grid, with the text box positioned in the lower right-hand corner, one row and column in from the edge.3. Use the clips to attach the pictures to each other.PHOTO WREATHMaterials:• 12 or more 4-by-4-inch photos• large piece of cardboard, at least 16 inches square.• craft knife• double-stick tape• faux holly or other greenery (optional)Instructions:1. Use word processing or photo editing software to create a 4-by-4-inch square, filled with red. Add white text that reads “through the years we all will be together.” Print and trim to size.2. Cut a 16-inch circle out of cardboard. Cut another circle in the middle to create a ring that is approximately 3 inches wide.3. Arrange pictures around the ring, including the text box. Try to keep them in a circular shape, while avoiding overlapping key parts of any image.4. Once the pictures are in position, carefully tape them to the ring and to each other.PILLOWMaterials:• 15 scanned photos, each 3.5-by-3.5 inches• 4 sheets of printable fabric• 14-inch-square pillow insert• fabric for pillow backInstructions:1. Use word processing or photo editing software to create a collage of photos in a 4-by-4 grid. Make one of the squares a solid box, filled with red, with the text “through the years we all will be together” in white. You can position the text box wherever you like; I put mine in the third row and third column.2. Since the pillow front is larger than the sheets of printable fabric paper, you’ll need to divide your collage into four quadrants and print one per sheet of fabric. Follow the instructions on the fabric sheets to make sure you use the best settings for your printer.3. Trim each printed quadrant, leaving a quarter-inch border around all four sides.4. Leaving the paper backing on the fabric sheets will make it easier to cut and line up the fabric for sewing. Sew the top two quadrants together, carefully lining up the edges. Use a seam allowance that is just a hair wider than a quarter inch to make sure you are sewing right along the edge of the pictures and not on the white border. Repeat with bottom two quadrants.5. Sew the top two quadrants to the bottom two quadrants to complete the square, and then peel off the paper backing from the fabric. Press seam allowances open.6. Cut two rectangles of fabric for pillow back, each 14-by-9 inches. Fold over one of the long edges on each piece by 1/4 inch and then again by 1/2 inch to enclose the raw edge; sew along the long edge.7. Lay the backing pieces flat, with the wrong side of the fabric facing down and the pieces overlapped to make a 14-inch square. Lay the pillow top over the backing, right side down, and pin around the edges.8. Sew around the entire pillow with a quarter-inch seam. Turn right side out and insert pillow form. read more

Former Steelers great Bennie Cunningham dies at 63

first_imgIn this Jan. 6, 1980, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Bennie Cunningham (89) leaps to catch a Terry Bradshaw pass in the end zone for a touchdown in the second period of the AFC championship game against the Houston Oilers, in Pittsburgh. (The New York Times via AP, File) Cunningham was an All-American in the mid-1970s. His seven scoring catches in 1974 set a school record for a tight end that stood for 37 years. Current Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called Cunningham one of the program’s greatest players.The Steelers drafted him with the 28th pick in 1976. He caught a touchdown pass in Pittsburgh’s victory over Houston in the 1979 AFC title game and had two more receptions in a Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams two weeks later when the Steelers captured their fourth championship in six years.He retired after the 1985 season and returned to Clemson, where he earned a master’s degree in secondary education and served as a guidance counselor in Westminster, South Carolina.___For more NFL coverage: and CLEVELAND (AP) — Bennie Cunningham, a versatile tight end who starred at Clemson and won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has died. He was 63.The university says Cunningham died of cancer Monday at the Cleveland Clinic.Cunningham played 10 seasons and caught more than 200 passes with the Steelers. He was named to their all-time team in 2007 in conjunction with the franchise’s 75th anniversary.last_img read more

Kids get the picture

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Goals Arrest The Garda Challenge As NUI Galway Record Win In Senior Football League

first_imgA nervous outing to Templemore ended with a ultimately comfortable seven points win against a competitive home side who gave the visitors much to think about before two goals in as many minutes decided the contest.Fielding a sizable number of players from last years Sigerson campaign NUIGalway exchanged early blows with the Garda college managed by long time former Clare senior goalkeeper Joe Hayes. Indeed for an early season foray both sides were intent on securing the league points that would defer relegation fears.A sizable attendance in the Templemore grounds had to wait until the fourth minute for NUIGalway centre forward Owen Gallagher to open the scoring. Kildare’s Jack Robinson added to this opener before Headford’s Enda Tierney (2) and Patrick O Donnell left the winners (0-5) to (0-2) clear as Galway starlet Paul Mannion was impressive for the Garda College.Aaron Brady in the NUI Galway goal was quick off his line to deny Paul Mannion just before Kevin Quinn was also stopped from hitting the game’s first goal at the other end. Mannion added two scores and with seven minutes left in the first half the sides were level.Both sides were guilty of errors in front of goal more so Maurice Sheridan’s men. Indeed a scoretaker of renown Sheridan would have worried more for NUIGalway in this aspect as they hit 18 wides over the duration of the outing. Kieran Molloy even though named at 15 was sweeping all over the well prepared Tipperary venue.Enda Tierney edged his side a point clear before three scores from Garda sent them into the lead. This was as good as it got for the trainee’s as Tierney (2) and Kevin Quinn were on the mark to leave NUI Galway ahead by the odd score in 17 at the interval.Two early second half scores by Garda left them ahead by the minimum and indeed NUI Galway were under the cosh before Kevin Quinn with two scores and one response from Garda left the sides deadlocked at (0-11) apiece and one feeling the NUI Galway had retaken the initiative in the contest. The result was effectively decided between the 41st and 45th minute with NUI Galway hitting (2-1) opposed to a solitary score from Garda. Patrick O’Donnell and Owen Gallagher were the goalscorers as Jack Robinson added the minor.The final quarter saw (1-2) more from NUI Galwayy as Garda kept plugging away with Fionan O Laoi the scorer from the penalty sport after he won the free. NUI Galway move onto Round 2 to play IT Sligo at 6pm in IT Sligo next Wednesday evening.NUI Galway: Aaron Brady, Stephen Brennan, Sean Mulkerrins, Ciaran McCloskey, Patrick O’Donnell (1-1), Ruairi Greene, Nathan Mullen, Cian Darcy, Kevin McDonnell, Donal Shanley, Owen Gallagher (1-1), Enda Tierney (0-4), Jack Robinson(0-4), Kevin Quinn (0-3), Kieran Molloy.Subs: Fionan O’Laoi (1-1). By Michael O Connor NUIGalway GPO NUI Galway 3-14 Garda College 0-16center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Leafs clinch Murdoch Division Title with OT win over Bruins

first_imgThe infraction not only cost the Leafs a man on the ice for two minutes, but Thompson for the rest of the game as the penalty carries a game misconduct.In the third the Leafs caught a break when Smoler was also ejected from the game following a five-minute head contact penalty.Hunt, running his consecutive point streak to 13 games, was able to tie the game for Nelson before Cooper snapped home the winner in the extra frame.Nelson finished the game out shooting the Bruins 43-30 with Josh Williams registering the win in goal.Former Leaf Quinn Yeager took the loss for the Bruins between the pipes.Nelson concludes its five-game home stand Saturday when Castlegar visits the NDCC Arena.The Rebels lost 6-5 in overtime to Spokane Braves.Castlegar rallied from a 5-2 deficit, scoring three times in the third period.However, Trail Thompson scored the winner in the second overtime to pull the Braves to within five points of fourth-place Grand Forks in the race for the final Murdoch Division playoff spot.BLUELINES: Captain Sawyer Hunt has registered 20 points during his 13-game streak. . . . Hunt joins Zach Morey, Josh Williams and Nicholas Wihak as Nelson grads playing their final home game when Nelson hosts Grand Forks. . . . Williams currently holds down top spot in KIJHL goalie stats, tied with Levi Mitchell of Creston Valley with a 1.80 goals against average. Williams leads the league in wins with 20. For a time, Friday night at the NDCC Arena, it appeared the Nelson Leafs were willing to simply back into the Murdoch Division Title.After 40 minutes, potential first-round playoff opponent, Grand Forks Border Bruins held a slim 2-1 lead against the Green and White.However, this Leaf team is not like some squads from the past.After Leaf Captain Sawyer Hunt tied the game in the third period, Ryan Cooper sent the home crowd away happy by scoring the game-winning goal in overtime sparking Nelson to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins.The victory, the sixth straight, clinched the Murdoch Division Title for the Leafs — the first for the Heritage City franchise since 2014.Nelson opened the scoring in the first period when affiliate call up, Marty Ingram scored an unassisted goal early in the opening frame. It was Ingram’s first goal of the season for Nelson.The Bruins erased that lead when Riley Smoler scored twice in the second period on the power play — the go-ahead marker coming after Leaf defenceman Dash Thompson was whistled for a checking-from-behind penalty.last_img read more