Mozambique opposition boycotts peace talks

first_imgMozambique’s main opposition party Renamo on Monday boycotted peace talks with the ruling Frelimo for the second time, raising tensions further in the country where sporadic clashes between the army and rebel gunmen have resumed.Peace talks were introduced two years ago after Renamo began low-level insurgencies against the government, two decades after its devastating 16-year civil war with Frelimo ended.A ceasefire agreement was signed last year by former president Armando Guebuza and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama, allowing the latter to run in the October presidential election.One year and around 114 rounds of dialogue later however, the ceasefire still has not been fully implemented with Renamo blaming the government’s failure to integrate rebel soldiers into the army and police.In recent weeks, Renamo has announced the creation of two military bases, and just last week, the opposition party’s Dhlakama announced the creation of a separate Renamo police force, and.Low-key clashes between Renamo and the military have resumed in recent months in the central coal-rich Tete province, forcing people to flee to the neighbouring Malawi.Meditators seem to believe that only a high-level meeting between the president and the Renamo leader will defuse the tension. Dhlakama has however officially rejected invitations sent by the presidency.On Saturday, Dhlakama’s convoy was hit by gunfire as he returned from a rally in the central Manica province but he escaped unhurt.He later declared it a “planned attack” by Frelimo, an accusation which the police denied.last_img read more

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Hoosier deer hunters cautioned about bovine TB found in Michigan

first_imgAnn Arbor, Mi. — Bovine tuberculosis was recently confirmed in a large beef herd in Alcona County. This herd, which is the 73rd cattle herd to be identified with bovine TB in Michigan since 1998, was identified through routine surveillance testing.Bovine TB is an infectious bacterial disease primarily affecting cattle. It is endemic in the free-ranging white-tailed deer population in Michigan’s modified accredited zone, a USDA designation for Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Oscoda counties. Annual surveillance and movement testing are required of cattle producers, which helps catch the disease early and prevents it from being moved off the farm.“In the modified accredited zone, anything shared by deer and cattle can be a potential source of bovine tuberculosis infection,” said Michigan’s Assistant State Veterinarian Nancy Barr, DVM. “Preventing deer from having contact with cattle feed, feed storage or watering areas is crucial for farmers in this area of Michigan and a part of wildlife biosecurity programs being implemented.”last_img read more

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Caribbean boxing officials gather for ‘critical’ meeting today

first_img… AIBA turmoil to be topical discussionCARIBBEAN boxing representatives will gather today at the National Resource Centre in Georgetown, for what president of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) Steve Ninvalle is calling a ‘critical’ meeting, especially with the sport’s global body, International Boxing Association (AIBA) in chaos.“The meeting will be looking at the Caribbean’s approach to AIBA, especially with all that’s going on,” Ninvalle highlighted yesterday.AIBA’s Taiwanese president Ching-kuo Wu was suspended by a disciplinary commission. The organisation has been riven with in-fighting for months, with Wu pitted against most of the executive committee, who failed to remove him through a vote of no-confidence tabled in July.AIBA said that the 70-year-old was served with a provisional and immediate suspension from duties pending the conclusion of a complaint against him.It said the complaint was made by 11 AIBA executive committee members on October 1 who alleged that Wu had “violated and continues to violate various provisions of AIBA’s Statutes and Codes” and demanded his suspension.William Louis-Marie, AIBA’s Executive Director was initially scheduled to attend today’s meeting, but Ninvalle said that the latest development at the sport’s governing body impeded his (Louis-Marie) attendance.The America Boxing Confederation (AMBC) will be represented by its Executive Directors Hernan Salvo and Avasldo Bisbal and, together with the eight representatives of the Caribbean, matters of importance will be addressed.“The AMBC actually wanted this meeting to be rescheduled, but I can’t do that, because, what’s happening in AIBA right now will affect us and we need to meet as a collective and figure out the way forward. We can’t suspend the meeting again, not once I’m playing any part in it and we will move on,” Ninvalle said.Ninvalle pointed out that the turmoil in AIBA could affect December’s Caribbean Championships in St Lucia since they (AIBA) had offered US$25 000 to help the host offset expenses.“That support is huge because it’s the first time AIBA offered any financial support. Usually, we go through it alone and it’s very difficult, and that support would really help in a major way,” Ninvalle commented.Ninvalle is an Executive Director at AIBA and was recently named on the organisation’s Executive Committee Bureau but at today’s meeting, Ninvalle said, “I wear many hats, I know, but today, I’m GBA president. This meeting is very critical in terms of moving the sport forward especially with all that’s happening at AIBA.”last_img read more

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Wellington police notes: Friday, Oct. 11 – Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013

first_imgSunday, October 13, 2013•12:36 p.m. Officers took a report of children in need of care in the 1300 block E. 16th, Wellington.•1:12 p.m. Officers took a report of a family domestic dispute by a known subject(s) in the 300 block S. F, Wellington.•10:10 p.m. Mandi D. Knox, 29, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended. Saturday, October 12, 2013•12:19 a.m. Injury accident, hit and run in the 100 block W. 15th, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Dillan M. Bowlby, 18, Winfield, and juvenile male, 17, Oxford.•12:19 a.m. Dillan M. Bowlby, 18, Winfield, Ks was issued a notice to appear charged with reckless driving and failure to report an accident.•12:19 a.m. Juvenline male, 17, Oxford was issued a notice to appear charged with Reckless Driving, false reporting an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.•12:19 a.m. Officers investigated reckless driving, false reporting an accident and leaving the scene of an accident in the 100 block W. 15th, Wellington.•10:14 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 2100 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•9:55 p.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended and defective headlamps in the 200 block S. Elm, Wellington.•10:08 p.m. David L. Crawford, 28, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended and defective headlamps.•10:50 p.m. Officers took a report of a civil incident in the 1400 block Michigan, Wellington. Wellington Police notes for Friday, Oct. 11 to Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013: Friday, October 11, 2013•8:10 a.m. Cari C. Martin, 29, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large.•8:49 a.m. Officers took a report of a suicide attempt of a known subject in the 800 block E. 7th, Wellington.•10:02 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of an electric meter in the 600 block E. 4th, Wellington.•2:04 p.m. Craig R. Boatright, 54, Wellington was arrested and charged with battery.•On October 7, 2013 at 2:29 p.m. Officers investigated criminal use of a financial card of a known suspect in the 1600 block W. 16th, Wellington.•3:26 p.m. Officers took a report of found wallet in the 500 block N. Washington, Wellington.•4:25 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of gasoline in the 700 block S. Fair, Wellington.•5:23 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary of medication in the 200 block N. F, Wellington.•On October 10, at 5:40 p.m. June L. Hearlson, 83, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with three dogs at large.•6:30 p.m. Officers investigated a known suspect making a false information in the 200 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•7 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block W. Botkin, Wellington.•10:35 p.m. Officers investigated possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 800 block W. Hillside by a known suspect from Wellington.last_img read more

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Rematch in two-lap event

first_imgLast year, it seemed certain that mercurial Javauney James of Saint Elizabeth Technical High School would make a run at the Class Two 800 metres record during the course of the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. That mark – 1 minute 52.27 by Aldwyn Sappleton – had stood since 1997 and James, the reigning champion, seemed to have prepared well. The evidence appeared at the Gibson-McCook Relays when he ran a 4×800 anchor leg in 1.51.5. The record attempt fizzled when James added the 400 metres to his championships programme. He defended his 1500m title on Champs Friday and was a good fourth in the 400m the following day. When challenged by Leon Clarke of St Jago High School two hours later in the 800m final, he had no energy to resist and had to settle for the silver medal. While he concentrated mostly on the 400 metres hurdles after that, Clarke, the tall St Jago boy, reached the finals of the 800m at both the World Youth Championships and the Commonwealth Youth Games. On the way, he lowered his personal best from 1.51.33 at the National Senior Championships to 1.50.70 at the World Youth event and finally to 1.50.49 at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Both have decent speed. James covered 400 metres in 48.33 seconds at Champs last year. Clarke’s fastest time in the one-lap event is 48.70 seconds. James, whose 800m win streak dated back to his days in Class Three, will want to regain the ascendancy. If he and the long-legged Clarke, now in Class One, are both fresh, they may stretch defending champion Paul Tate, also of Saint Elizabeth Technical, with the ensuing battle drawing them close to the 1.50 barrier, with three other 2015 finalists -Shemar Walker of Jamaica College, Shevon Parkes of Bellefield, who is the 2015 1500m champion, and Rojay Granston of Holmwood all in the medal picture. LOFTY THRESHOLD No one has breached that lofty threshold at Champs since 1990 when Clevon Clair of Jamaica College and Mike Williams of St Jago clocked 1.49.51 and 1.49.96, respectively. James’ teammate Shemar Salmon ran a 1.52 flat 4×800 relay split last week at the Central Hurdles and Relays. He ran three individual events, the 800m, 1500m and 5000m in Class Two last year, possibly in pursuit of valuable Championship points. The gambit failed as the lad ended in a non-scoring ninth place in the 1500m final, after being tipped to medal in an event where he had beaten James earlier in the season. He was third in the 800m and second in the 5000m. Girls often do the 800m-1500m-3000m triple, but the 800m-1500m-5000m combo is rare. While the girls’ 3000m has been contested as a straight final for many years, the boys’ 5000m always has a preliminary round race. That makes for a particularly tough Champs Thursday with the first round of the 1500m at 9:35 a.m. on the 2015 schedule, the 800m semis at 4:30 p.m., and the 5000m preliminaries at 5:20 p.m. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980.last_img read more

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