The Government of Liberia, through the Liberia National Police and the Justice system, has ordered the closure of all beaches until Liberia is declared free of Ebola Virus disease in the country.“The Liberia National Police with the consent of the Ministry of Justice, would like to inform the general public that pursuant to the power and authority granted the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare under chapter 30 of the Executive Law, Title 12, Liberia Code of Laws Revised (1972) and Part ll, Chapter 11,13,14,17, and Part V, Chapter 52 of the Public Health Law, Title 33, Liberia Code of Laws Revised (1972), all beaches are to be closed on November 29, 30 and onward,” Ssaid Director of Police, Christopher Massaquoi.The LNP Director made the disclosure last Friday following the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism press conference in Monrovia.According to Director Massaquoi, the measure is in line with the government of Liberia’s Anti-Ebola Regulation acknowledging that bodily contacts between persons provide a direct mode for the transmission of the EVD. Therefore, all public rallies during the campaign and elections period, including beaches, except for political rallies during the campaign and elections period, are hereby prohibited until the government of Liberia is declared EVD-free.“Notwithstanding all political rallies shall be held only in keeping with the guidelines and regulations of the National Elections Commission and the measures put in place by the Liberian government. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this regulation, shall upon conviction be liable to a fine or imprisonment as provided under the Public Health Law through the police and the Ministry of Justice,” he warned.The LNP Boss asserted that there will be a robust enforcement of the banning order and any beach owner and/or individuals who violate the order will be arrested and forwarded to court for prosecution. “The police will not entertain any protest against the banning order,” he said, “and will deal very effectively with any individual or group of individuals who may choose to use any violent means to resist the execution of the banning order.”He called on all Liberians to adhere strictly to the government’s pronouncement. All LNP personnel, including ERU and PSU officers, have been instructed to enforce the order within the entire Republic.Meanwhile, the LNP Boss assured all candidates and their supporters across Liberia that the police are ready to provide protection and security for all candidates and supporters accordingly.He however warned candidates and supporters against violation of the rules governing both the campaign and election processes bordering on the violation of the rights of other candidates, supporters and citizens. He said violators will be brought to the attention of the police who, in conjunction with the National Elections Commission (NEC), will seek remedy to such complaints.“I wish to restate that the police are prepared to provide full security protection for all candidates and their supporters in the senatorial race without discrimination or favor. We therefore, encourage everyone to go about their campaign programs in the most orderly and disciplined manner so as to maintain the peace and have an orderly and successful campaign for the December 16, 2014 senatorial election.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LAS VEGAS–The Winter Meetings are billed as the ultimate destination for baseball’s deal-makers, a hub where executives and agents lock themselves in hotel rooms late into the night to negotiate, strategize and take care of business.The reality, however, is far different from the public perception.If you’re the type that enjoys exchanging pleasantries, shaking hands and discussing over-priced restaurant options, the lobby of the Mandalay Bay resort and casino was the place to be this week.The …
Zimbabwean author Masimba Musozda isadvancing chiShona, with the publicationof the first sci-fi novel in that language.(Image: Dread Eye Detective Agency)MEDIA CONTACTS • Lion Press marketing department+44 784 985 9804RELATED ARTICLES• Young writer to publish 18th book• The Axe and the Tree• Local author gets top sco-fi award• Giving Zimbabwe’s diaspora a voiceMark ReidZimbabwean literature has taken a step forward with the publication of author Masimba Musodza’s book MunaHacha Maive Nei?, the first science fiction novel in the chiShona language.ChiShona, one of Zimbabwe’s two main languages, is Musodza’s mother tongue.The novel, also described as a horror/thriller, is the first in chiShona available for purchase as an ebook on Amazon.com’s Kindle store.This achievement is expected to promote, not only chiShona, but all African languages in the modern world of information technology and new media.The print edition is due for imminent publication by Coventry-based Lion Press Ltd, an independent publishing house that focuses on Zimbabwean and African literature.Young talentBorn in Zimbabwe, or Rhodesia as it was known then, in 1976, Masimba Musodza developed his interest in the written word at an early age, as both his parents encouraged him to read. He honed his skills by writing in the school magazine, youth magazines and other outlets.Musodza moved to the UK in 2002, and is now based in the Yorkshire town of Middlesbrough. He is the owner and CEO of production company Oriit Films.A member of the Rastafarian faith, Musodza published his first book in 1997, a short story collection titled The Man who turned into a Rastafarian, and is perhaps best known for his Dread Eye Detective Agency series which feature a Zimbabwe-based Rasta brother and sister.Although only recently coming to public attention as an author, Musodza has gained a reputation for his film and television screenwriting, having sold his first screenplay in 2002. His writing covers many genres, reflecting his diverse influences and his own interest in the world around him.He uses science-fiction, drama, horror, mystery, and satire to explore issues close to his heart. These include social development, history and politics, religion and spirituality and the human condition in general.Musodza lists the Dune books and film, the Star Wars film series, and the 1993 South African comedy There’s a Zulu on my Stoep among his favourites.Blending the modern and traditionalMunaHacha maive nei? is a thrilling tale that blends African folk beliefs and the modern world of globalism, sustainable development, genetically modified agricultural produce and political manipulation.Chemicals from a research facility conducting illegal biological experiments contaminate the local ecosystem, causing birds and animals to mutate. Soon a child is attacked by a giant fish, but the villagers, not having the remotest concept of chemical mutation, believe the creature is a mermaid – in their tradition this is the guardian of nature.Because the guardian is obviously angry, they try to appease it according to their traditional beliefs and practices – but in vain, and the situation gets worse.Boosting marginalised languagesAlthough Africa is scattered with hundreds of traditional languages which vary widely from country to country and community to community, the colonial languages of English, Portuguese, French and Spanish – and localised variations thereof – are still the dominant forms of communication in many nations.The promotion of endemic languages is a controversial subject throughout Africa. Some academics are opposed to it and prefer to conform to western standards.Others think it’s time for Africans to promote their cultures and languages without apology and be proud of their heritage. South Africa, too, is one of these countries, with its national Department of Arts and Culture embarking on a drive in the mid-2000s to promote the use of the mother tongue in writing and publishing.The department also launched a multilinguism campaign in 2010, to strengthen the situation of all the country’s official languages.Musodza is a supporter of Kenyan academic Ngugi wa Thiong’o‘s Decolonising the Mind, and firmly believes that African authors need to use their own languages in order to advance their literature rather than the language of their colonial legacy.He says that his target audience is anyone who finds the time to read, and dispels the notion that it is impossible to write “complicated stuff” in a language that is often shunned by the educated back home.
Yuvraj SinghCricketer Yuvraj Singh is likely to campaign for the BJP in the forthcoming Assembly elections in Haryana, sources said on Friday.The decision, sources said, was taken in a meeting Yuvraj had with BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi on Friday.The cricketer from Chandigarh is considered to be popular in Haryana, where the BJP hopes to topple the two-time chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of the Congress.Elections to the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly will be held in a single phase on October 15 and the counting of votes will be done on October 19, the Election Commission announced on Friday.For the beleagured Congress, the upcoming polls in the two states currently ruled by it are an opportunity to make a comeback and shed its losing streak after the Lok Sabha humiliation when the party was reduced to an all-time low 44 seats.The Assembly elections, to be held shortly after the BJP’s spectacular victory in the Lok Sabha polls in May, will also check if the Narendra Modi wave still persists or has subsided.The Maharashtra Assembly has 288 seats while Haryana has 90.
Veteran South African player Hashim Amla feels that the IPL has become a lot more accommodating for ‘orthodox’ batsmen like him and says that one can score big runs in T20 format with proper cricketing shots.Kings XI Punjab opener Amla hit a brilliant 104 off just 60 balls, which was studded with five sixes and eight fours, though for a losing cause as his side lost to Gujarat Lions by six wickets on Sunday.As his wont, Amla, a Test-mould player, mostly stuck to traditional cricketing shots to score the ton. This was his second century for KXIP this season, the previous one being against Mumbai Indians.When told that many think T20 cricket is all about hitting fours and sixes almost every ball, Amla said the format forced every player to get a way out to “maximise each ball”.”Everybody who plays T20 cricket has to find a way of how to maximise each ball they faces. You will find many examples of better cricketers who have been successful in T20 cricket without necessarily looking agricultural, as they say. They have played good cricketing shots and managed to get runs,” Amla said at the post-match press conference.”So, I think over the ten years of IPL and T20 cricket around the world, I know it comes up every time someone who has got his runs who is not known or is not a massive six hitter. But this has been happening for many years now. I think guys are becoming a lot more accommodating for players like that,” Amla said.advertisement”Obviously, it is very disappointing to lose, target of 190 was a pretty decent score. But you’ve got to give credit to Gujarat, in the way they came out and they played so positively and managed to kind of negate whatever advantage we had earlier on,” Amla said.KXIP were also sloppy in their fielding, giving two lives to Dwayne Smith, who hit a 39-ball 74 to help Gujarat Lions win the match, but Amla said dropped chances were part of the game.”Dropped catches are part of game, it’s going to happen now and then. Before this game, we have done exceptionally well on the field and had great fielding efforts throughout the campaign. But this is one game when we haven’t been at our best and that happens.”Guys who drop catches, you know how brilliant fielders they are, so it’s only natural that they are allowed to drop couple here and there. But I said it’s part of the game.Unfortunately in this game, it (the result) didn’t go in our favour,” he said.Asked about his side’s inconsistency, Amla said, “We know any team that is going to be successful has to be consistent.I like to think that our bowlers have done exceptional job at times, but you’ve got to get credit to Gujarat. Defending here in Mohali is very difficult, it’s a big field, the wicket was playing pretty good. I will not be too critical about our bowling unit, I like to acknowledge Gujarat’s fine batting display to get to a good score.””We were not at our best against Gujarat. It’s just about finding consistency. We are still in the competition, which is a wonderful thing. If we manage to win the remaining of our games, cause some upsets here and there, then we get to reach the final four,” Amla said, exuding hope that KXIP can still make it to the play-offs.KXIP’s upcoming match will be against Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR openers Sunil Narine (54 of 17 balls) and Chris Lynn (50 from 22 balls) destroyed the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling attack to seal their eighth win from 12 matches.Asked how would rate KKR, Amla said, “We watched that innings in the change room before we went out to play. It was great to see those guys bat like that. Every ball seemed like either four or a six, which is quite entertaining. In T20 cricket, that’s what happens. There are certain things when you play attacking cricket, you end up with some brilliant performances like these two guys (Narine and Lynn)”.
Looks like Google is going out of its way for its third generation Pixel phones. Earlier rumours said that the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL launching this year will come in mint and pink colour besides the usual white and black. A new report coming from Android Headlines now reveal the fifth colour variant of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. It’s the Sand Pink colour. Google will be launching the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL at its Made by Google event on October 9 in New York. The company is also expected to launch a third phone called the Pixel Mini, this could actually be the toned down version of the Pixel 3. There’s no official word on the phone from Google yet.The renders of the Sand Pink colour Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL reveal the complete design of the phones. The renders are in line with the previously leaked pictures. The pictures show the phones in sort of a Pale Pink colour with the side power and volume buttons slightly rich in colour so that they stand out from the body of the phone.As noted, the renders re-confirm the past rumours and reveal that both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL will come with dual selfie cameras. The Pixel 3 will come with symmetrical bezels, while the Pixel 3 XL will have an iPhone X style notch, but it seems the notch on the Pixel phones will be slightly wider in comparison. On the rear panel, both the Pixel phones come with single camera setup paired with LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is also placed on the back cover right below the camera setup followed by the Google brand logo.advertisementAs far as the design of the phones is concerned. The Pixel 3 will look a lot like the Pixel 2, but the Pixel 3 XL will see a lot of design change over the Pixel 2 XL. Both the smartphones will come with glass body which increases the chances for wireless charging support.Ahead of the launch we already know a lot about the two Pixel phones. The Pixel 3 may get a bigger 5.5-inch screen this year compared to the Pixel 2 from last year, while the Pixel 3 XL is said to sport a massive 6.7-inch display with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution, 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a screen-to-body ratio of 94.4 per cent. Both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and run Google’s latest Android 9 Pie.ALSO READ: Nokia 7.1 with 5.84-inch PureDisplay, Zeiss-branded cameras launchedThe official prices of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are yet to be revealed by Google. But, rumours suggest the Pixel 3 XL will be priced around $750, which roughly translates to Rs 53,000, while the Pixel 3 will cost $650, which roughly comes around Rs 45,000. In India, expect the starting price for these phones above Rs 60,000.