Burundi has kicked off the week long annual National Prayer Retreat organized by the country’s First Family in the stadium of the province of Kayanza.The crusade was opened by the country’s President Pierre Nkurunziza together with his wife Denise and its objective includes thanking God for his actions in Burundi throughout the year as well as entrusting him with the New Year 2018.Burundi organizes these prayers almost every year with Burundians from all walks of life attending including the high and mighty.The meetings have however come under sharp criticism with a section of Burundians believing that they are a convenient way of pretending that ‘everything is fine’ amidst real difficulties at the political, economic, judicial and human rights levels.“A Christian must give thanks to the Lord, both in misery and happiness,” Burundian blogger Spageon Ngabo was quoted by Africanews.com.Nkurunziza, who describes himself as a born again Christian usually organizes prayer meeting and crusades with reports that he travels with his choir. While assuming office in 2005, he made it clear to leaders in his government that prayer is a priority.His critics have however rubbished his stance noting that his clinging to power, ‘violation’ of the constitution as well as human rights abuses are a direct contradiction to his professions of faith in God.Burundi has been in a political turmoil since 2015 when President Nkurunziza decided to run for office in the April 2015 poll. He was accused of running for a third term, a contradiction to the constitution.The crisis left hundreds of people dead and crippled the country’s economy.The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced in mid-November that it was launching an investigation into human rights violations and crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the government. The country officially quit from being part of the Rome Statute signatory in October this year.
NewsRegional Forecasters predict above average 2017 Atlantic hurricane season by: – May 25, 2017 152 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet MIAMI, May 25 2017 (Caribbean News Service) – Forecasters are predicting that the Atlantic hurricane season which officially begins on June 1, will be above average with 11 to 17 big storms and up to nine hurricanes.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center says the expected absence of El Nino, an ocean-warming trend that tends to reduce the likelihood of hurricanes, is a major reason for the expected rise in number of storms.Other factors include above-average sea surface temperatures and weaker vertical wind shear across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.An average season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes.“The outlook reflects our expectation of a weak or non-existent El Nino,” said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA.Forecasters are predicting a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms that could be tropical storms with winds of 39 miles per hour (63 kilometres per hour) or higher.Five to nine of those storms could become hurricanes, with winds of 74 mph or higher.Two to four hurricanes are expected to be “major,” meaning Category 3 or higher, with winds of 111 mph or more.The eastern Atlantic has already seen a rare, pre-season storm, Tropical Storm Arlene, which formed in the eastern Atlantic in April.The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30. Share Sharing is caring!
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Perbandingan ukuran antara Airbus A380 (depan) dengan Boeing 747 (belakang) milik Qantas. Sumber: Getty Images Belum lama ini, flag carrier nasional Australia, Qantas, dikabarkan sukses mengirimkan armada Boeing 747-400 kedua terakhir ke kuburan pesawat di Gurun Mojave, Southern California, AS. Dengan begitu, praktis, Qantas hanya menyisakan satu pesawat Queen of the Skies (julukan Boeing 747) di barisan armadanya.Baca juga: Sambut New Normal, Qantas Malah Grounded 100 Pesawat dan PHK 6 Ribu Karyawan! 11 Ribu Lainnya NyusulMeskipun perusahaan menyebut hal itu (dikirimnya 747 ke Mojave) dilakukan untuk sementara waktu, namun, tetap saja, melihat kondisi dan kebutuhan, banyak pihak menduga Mojave mungkin akan jadi tempat peristirahatan terakhir bagi armada Boeing 747 terakhir kedua Qantas itu. Dirunut agak ke belakang, sebetulnya, indikasi Qantas ingin mengistirahtkan Queen of the Skies secara permanen sudah dimulai sejak beberapa tahun lalu. Salah satu indikasi terkuat, maskapai yang memiliki nama panjang Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services (Qantas) tersebut sudah mulai menurunkan peredaran 747 ke radar Eropa. Sebagai gantinya, A380 dan 787-9 dikerahkan untuk mengisi pos tersebut (rute Eropa).Dirunut lebih ke belakang lagi, indikasi Qantas untuk mengistirahkan Boeing 747 sepertinya memang tinggal menunggu momen. Sebab, sejak pertama kali berdiri pada 16 November 1920 silam, setidaknya maskapai dengan slogan “The world’s most experienced airline” ini telah memasukan 65 jet 747 ke dalam barisan armadanya.Simple Flying mencatat, kolaborasi Qantas dan Boeing 747 mulai terjalin apik untuk pertama kali sejak Oktober 1971. Kala itu, maskapai yang berbasis di Mascot, Sydney, Australia ini memesan empat 747 dengan mahar sebesar US$85 juta, angka yang cukup besar di masa itu. Keempat pesawat dengan kode pabrik VH-EBC, VH-EBD, VH-EBE, dan VH-EBF -yang pengirimannya rampung dua tahun berselang- langsung menjadi andalan Qantas untuk rute-rute transpasifik, khususnya rute Singapura-Mumbai-Bahrain-London.Sukses dengan empat pesawat, Qantas pun semakin bernafsu mengekspansi dunia dengan menambah puluhan armada 747. Ekspansi Qantas bersama Boeing 747 pun juga diikuti dengan inovasi kuliner on board, mulai dari lobster, daging sapi panggang langka, hingga Pavlova (makanan penutup berbasis meringue khas Rusia).Selain dikerahkan dalam urusan komersial, 747 Qantas juga biasa dilibatkan dalam urusan kemanusiaan, seperti menjemput 674 penumpang setelah Topan Tracy menghancurkan kota pada Malam Natal, hingga yang terbaru, melakukan penerbangan repatriasi warga Australia akibat lockdown negara-negara di dunia.18 tahun kemudian, Boeing 747-400 pertama bergabung dalam barisan armada Qantas. Setelah lebih dari 30 tahun mengabdi, jaringan 747 Qantas di Eropa lambat laun berkurang drastis, seperti Roma, Athena, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, bahkan rute gemuk Qantas London dan Manchester.Boeing 747-400 Qantas dikabarkan menjalani penerbangan transpasifik (Sydney-San Fransisco, jaringan internasional Qantas yang sudah terjalin sampai 50 tahun) terakhir pada akhir Desember tahun lalu dan memulai kehidupan pada rute short haul point-to-point.Qantas nampaknya lebih mengandalkan beberapa pesawat twin engine long haul terbaru serta Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner sebagai salah satu langkah strategis perusahaan di masa mendatang, salah satunya dalam “Project Sunrise”.Sebagaimana yang sudah umum diketahui, pada pekan ketiga bulan Oktober tahun lalu, Qantas mulai menguji coba penerbangan Project Sunrise yang menghubungkan Sydney dengan New York. Dengan terpaut jarak sejauh 16.200 km ini, penerbangan transpasifik itu ditempuh dalam waktu 19 jam 16 menit dengan menggunakan Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.Baca juga: 3 Desember 2019, Boeing 747-400 Qantas Lakukan Penerbangan Trans Pasifik TerakhirPenerbangan tersebut pun mematahkan rekor penerbangan langsung terjauh di dunia yang sebelumnya dipegang oleh Singapore Airlines, dengan total durasi perjalanan kurang lebih 18 jam, menghubungkan Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) New York dan Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).Selain menghubungkan Sydney dengan New York, Project Sunrise juga akan menghubungkan Melbourne dan Sydney, Australia dengan New York, Amerika Serikat dan London, Inggris.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedDear Boeing Lovers, Qantas Lakukan Penerbangan Penumpang Terakhir Boeing 747-400 Sebelum Pensiun! Catat Tanggalnya15/07/2020In “Featured”Maskapai Mana yang Paling Lama Operasikan Boeing 747?07/08/2020In “Featured”Ada Gambar Logo Kanguru Qantas di Langit dalam Penerbangan Boeing 747-400 Terakhir23/07/2020In “Featured”
Jordan Stone scored her second goal of the year in UWF’s 5-2 win over Mobile (Photo by Jim Hogue) Share No. 20 West Florida Overpowers Mobile in 5-2 Win PENSACOLA, Fla. – The offense kept rolling in No. 20 West Florida’s 5-2 win over NAIA opponent Mobile in non-conference women’s soccer action at the UWF Soccer Complex on Tuesday night. Sophomore Jodi-Ann Robinson (Richmond, British Columbia/Palmer Secondary School) notched her third multi-goal performance over the last four games and extended her team lead to 14 goals this year.UWF (8-2) saw four different players score, as senior Shakira Duncan (Kingston, Jamaica/Darton) scored her 11th of the year and junior Jordan Stone (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Fort Walton Beach HS) and sophomore Tori Fish (Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire HS) each scored their second of the season.Fish put the Argonauts on the board first, scoring off a rebound of a shot by Duncan in the 11th minute. Duncan picked up a second assist on the team’s second goal at the 29:46 mark, as she crossed the ball inside to Robinson open for her first goal of the day. Mobile (5-4-1) scored their first of the night with seven minutes left in the first half when Kassie Ruff controlled the ball off a failed clearance and scored inside the left post.After halftime, the Argos got back on track when Robinson drew a foul in the box, leading to a penalty kick goal by Stone at the 58:05 mark. Robinson then scored her second of the game in the 66th minute off an assist by freshman Kaitlyn Kutemeyer (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Choctawhatchee HS). After a goal by Mobile’s Brianna Simmons in the 76th minute, UWF fired back with Duncan’s goal at the 87:57 mark after the senior dribbled through multiple Rams defenders.UWF finished the night with a 17-10 shot advantage, and junior Ali Ryan (Batemans Bay, Australia/Darton) made four saves in goal for the Argos. Mobile goalkeeper Lorna Brownlie stopped six shots on goal from the Argonauts.The Argos will return to Gulf South Conference play to face Christian Brothers at Brosnaham Park on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 12:30 p.m. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version
These are all borough residents and in our view the assembly has a duty to consider this issue and convey to the city its support of these residents’ concerns, wrote Pierce and Blakeley. The resolution will be introduced by Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, and Assemblymember Norm Blakeley, at the meeting on September 4. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will be looking at a resolution opposing the City of Soldotna’s plan to annex adjacent properties without voter approval. The Soldotna City Council recently approved a resolution which directs the City Administration to prepare a draft petition for annexation of seven areas according to the policies and procedures of the Local Boundary Commission for Annexation by Legislative Review, which would not allow the residents to vote on this issue In a memo to the assembly, while we recognize that the City of Soldotna has devoted a lot of time, funds, and effort into considering and developing its plan to annex adjacent property, we oppose implementing the plan without seeking voter approval. The affected property owners are not all voters, but all voters in the existing limits of the City of Soldotna and who reside in the proposed areas for annexation will be impacted by the annexation if it is approved.
World football governing body, FIFA has banned the former head of the Liberian Football Association and executive member of Confederation of African Football Musa Hassan Bility from football for 10 years alongside a fine of $507,000, citing corruption, including misuse of funds intended for an Ebola awareness campaign and “conflict of interests” as reasons.An investigation targeted at Bility was launched in May 2018 concerning the “misappropriation of the funds granted under FIFA’s ’11 against Ebola’ campaign,” according to FIFA’s independent ethics committee.The Ebola campaign was initiated in 2014 and had football stars promoting awareness measures against the pandemic which had ravaged over 11,000 lives across Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.FIFA also said it discovered Bility (who had attempted running for office to replace Sepp Blatter but was barred after failing integrity tests) was guilty of misusing other resources sent to Liberia’s FA alongside diverting money to businesses controlled by him or his family.The apex body in charge of Football around the world reportedly released the detailed verdict of Bility’s case almost immediately after issuing the ban, unlike past ethics cases that took months.Earlier in the week, Bility had described the appointment of Fatma Samoura, FIFA’s Secretary-General, as a FIFA General Delegate for Africa as “illegal and an attempt by the world governing body to meddle in the affairs of CAF,” and threatened to have the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) find the ‘cooperation agreement’ between CAF and FIFA of no effect.He had alleged the agreement to let Samoura spearhead the affairs of CAF was a leeway to hide CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad’s sins.“It is clear to me, and many others, that the cooperation agreement, as currently structured, has the sole purpose of shielding and cleansing CAF President Ahmad Ahmad from the crimes he has committed – financial impropriety, sexual harassment, and nepotism – since his ascension to the Presidency,” he said.A statement from @PaoloTorchetti, @hhbility’s lawyer, concerning his client’s 10-year ban by the Adjudicatory Chamber of @FIFAcom’s Ethics Committee. 👇🏾 https://t.co/8bg3lPvu3s pic.twitter.com/KN0qwenHfk— Osasu Obayiuwana (@osasuo) July 24, 2019On Wednesday, BBC’s Osasu Obayiuwana reported Bility’s lawyer Paolo TOrchetti had taken a step to make the threat of former LFA’s head, flesh and blood by filing a case against CAF and FIFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sports on Tuesday.Busybuddies understands Bility’s legal counsel is aware of FIFA’s decision and is currently examining the verdict. RelatedVitoloJune 30, 2017Similar postFIFA Ends Six-Month CAF TakeoverFebruary 3, 2020In “Africa”FIFA Unveil Blueprint For New Peace Plan After Sierra Leone VisitOctober 1, 2017In “Africa”
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The Airline Lady Vikings and Haughton Lady Bucs won volleyball matches Thursday.Airline rebounded from a tough loss to Ruston on Tuesday with a straight sets District 1-I victory over Captain Shreve at home, 25-8, 25-9, 25-17.Haughton posted a non-district victory over Loyola College Prep, 26-24, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, at Loyola.In another District 1-I game, the Parkway Lady Panthers lost a heartbreaker to Natchitoches Central on the road.The Lady Panthers lost the first set 25-14 then rallied to win the second 25-15. The Lady Chiefs took the third 25-20. Parkway forced a decisive fifth set with a 25-23 victory in the fourth. But Natchitoches Central won a tight fifth set 17-15.Megan McCarty had 16 kills, one ace and one dig. Jordan Glanville had one kill, five aces and two digs. Jasmin Washington had three kills and three aces. Madison Collins had three kills and one block. Melanie Willis had four kills. Alyssa Colvard had two aces. Paris Washington had one kill. Kyra Kingfisher had one dig. Parkway, which downed Northwood and Huntington in straight sets in non-district games Monday and Tuesday, dropped to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in district. The Lady Panthers are playing in the Many tournament Saturday. Natchitoches Central improved to 6-2 and 2-1.At Airline, Gabby Patronis had 15 aces, nine kills, one block, one assist and five digs for the Lady Vikings. Zahria Lloyd had two aces, seven kills, 17 assists and 11 digs.At Loyola, Mia McWilliams had three aces, two kills, 13 assists and two digs for the Lady Bucs. Reanna Crumpler had three aces, three kills and six digs. Taralyn Sweeney had eight kills. Taylor Williams had six aces and 12 assists.Arielle Emanuel had three kills and seven digs. Ashlyn Gilmore had one ace and four kills. Cathrine Hudson had one ace and three kills. Kaylee Swiger had one ace, nine kills and one block.Airline (9-5, 2-1) and Haughton (4-5) are both playing in the Ruston tournament this weekend.The Benton Lady Tigers (3-5) fell to Byrd 25-10, 25-9 and 25-10 in a non-district match at Byrd.NOTE: Game statistics provided by coaches.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPersonal Loan | Search AdsGetting a Loan in Hong Kong Might be Easier Than You ThinkPersonal Loan | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo
Doug Boles, President of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, right, estimates $50 million of the company’s $90 million revitalization project is tied to work that must be completed before May 1.Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles has been barnstorming of late, conducting meet-and-greets in various Indiana towns and making a visit last week to Washington to gather with state representatives.The subject: Next year’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.It’s still only October, but Boles is operating at May speed because he knows the pressure to deliver is on.“I don’t sleep well; I really don’t,” he said this week. “It’s (because) of what the Indianapolis 500 means to some of our fans who have been coming 40, 50, 60-plus years. In their minds, (the 100th) is a huge celebration, and it needs to feel like a huge celebration.”Thus, planning led by former Indiana Sports Corp. president Allison Melangton is in high gear as facility construction races at an even faster pace during what largely has been a glorious late summer and fall. New fencing around most of the oval track is being installed. The upper sections of the front straightaway grandstands are in the midst of their wholesale makeover. There will soon be a new look to the main entrance on 16th Street.Boles estimates $50 million of the company’s $90 million revitalization project is tied to work that must be completed before May 1.IndyCar: TV played big role in 2016 scheduleBut as important as next year’s race is to the Speedway, IndyCar and this community, it remains a difficult sell to many on the outside of the niche. The NFL is in full swing, and the NBA launched a new season this week. NASCAR is culminating a championship. Soon there will be a countdown to Christmas.May at Indy? That’s seems like forever from now, and some of Indiana’s legislators reflected that. While Boles said more than half of the delegation has the historic event on the calendar, a few hadn’t given it a second thought.“That might highlight (the) problem a little bit,” Boles said.Boles is trying to keep expectations in perspective.When visiting Terre Haute for Hulman & Co. business, Boles enjoys going upstairs to the preserved office of the late Tony Hulman, who led the purchase of IMS in November 1945. Hulman kept scrapbooks from those formative years, and Boles has pored over them.“(Mr. Hulman) was pretty diligent every year at sending letters to all the governors in the U.S., and he went to the White House a couple of times to make invitations,” Boles said. “Even then he would get responses that (the 500) is really cool for Indiana, but he didn’t get that sort of national buy-in then.“I don’t know if a president would have come to the 50th (500 in 1961) necessarily. But (the president) knew about it.”IndyCar 2016: Five things to know about scheduleThe White House is sure to receive another invitation, although Memorial Day weekend is often a busy one for the nation’s leader.Many details about the 100th 500 celebration will be revealed as spring approaches and thoughts of outdoor events heighten. Much of what has been dreamed up will be put in motion once the company’s 2016 budget is set.Now is the time for groundwork to be laid, and that’s what Boles is doing, particularly as it comes to a guest list.“People know the Indy 500 when you invite them, but the idea that it’s the 100th has created more dialogue, I think,” he said. “Whereas before it would be, ‘Yeah, thanks for the invite,’ (now they want to know) if we’re doing anything special. ‘How can we get involved?’“It keeps the door open longer to have conversations with people about why it’s important to come (here) in May. Hopefully we’ll be able to deliver on that.”Follow Star reporter Curt Cavin on Facebook and on Twitter: @curtcavin.
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