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DP Ruto: Jubilee party members supporting Raila should quit

first_imgDeputy President William Ruto says Jubilee party members supporting the candidature of ODM party leader Raila Odinga’s in 2022 should quit the party.Ruto has further urged party members who support him to remain strong in the wake of the ongoing bullying saying they should not be cowed.The DP spoke in Nyali and Mvita constituencies where he held a series of meetings with political and religious leaders in the area.Also Read  President Uhuru to make remarks in the 75th Session of UNGA “Those at Jubilee House who have decided that their presidential candidate is from Orange House should pack and go; what are they still doing at our party’s head office?” He posed.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitiesRuto said he was not shaken by the negative energy emanating from power brokers, who do not want him to vie for presidency in 2022.“We are prepared and fit for the 2022 contest based on our development track-record, issues and policies that will make our Country a better place for everyone,” He said.The DP further expressed his disappointment on the alleged misappropriation of COVID-19 funds saying those fighting him are the same ones who have stolen funds meant for the sick.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauDr Ruto was accompanied by MPs Mohamed Ali (Nyali), Benjamin Tayari (Kinango), Lydia Haika (Woman Rep, Taita Taveta), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga), Wangui Ngirici (Woman Rep, Kirinyaga) Gladys Sholei (Woman Rep, Uasin Gishu) and Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu).The leaders said they will stand with Ruto all the way, saying the 2022 contest shall be decided by the people. He said it was absurd that some of the Jubilee party elected leaders have opted to rally behind a candidate from a rival outfit for the 2022 general elections.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

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Bill to limit flags over Iowa government buildings after transgender flag flown

first_imgDES MOINES — Two Republican senators have advanced a bill to limit the kind of flags that may be flown over public schools and government buildings in Iowa. The proposal comes after a pink, white and blue “Transgender Pride Flag” was flown over the Iowa capitol in November. Republican Senator Roby Smith of Davenport sponsored the bill and discussed it during a subcommittee hearing at the capitol.“We have to draw lines in this building all the time and we’re drawing a line and saying that the American flag, the Iowa flag and the (Prisoner of War) flag,” he said.If the bill becomes law, those are the only three flags which may be flown over schools as well as city, county and state buildings. Senator Tony Bisignano, a Democrat from Des Moines, opposes the bill. Bisignano said he went online and found a lot of people he called “homophobes” who objected to the pink flag flying over the Iowa Capitol on Transgender Remembrance Day.“I don’t understand the disturbance with people that have a problem with the recognition of a day for pride and I don’t mean that in (just) gay pride, ” Bisignano said. “I mean that in pride of anything.”Senator Jake Chapman of Adel, a Republican, said flags at public buildings should be about patriotism and unification.“If we go down this path of allowing all these different flags to fly, we will run into a situation where we’re all uncomfortable, perhaps (people would request) the KKK flag or white supremacy or the Nazi flag (be flown) and so if it’s okay for one, it’s okay for the other,” Chapman said. “…We have to draw that line.”The bill is now eligible for debate in a full Senate committee. Officials at the state universities are seeking some exceptions. “The concern is about the football stadiums where they have numerous flags” Big 12, Big 10, all the affiliations with the conferences,” said Carolann Jensen, a lobbyist for Iowa State University.Only one group — the Iowa Association of Labor — is registered in opposition to the bill.The transgender flag flew over the capitol for about five minutes in late November at the request of an organization called Iowa Safe Schools.last_img read more

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Housewife “punting” at mining camp dies after pit collapses

first_imgA 60-year-old housewife, who was trying to earn an income by “punting” in a gold mining pit is now dead after the walls caved in.Dead is Retta Samuels of One Mile, Arakaka, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini).A mining pit in Guyana’s interiorReports are that on Friday between 15:30h and 16:00h, the woman along with several others were “punting” (trying to find gold from the tail end of a dredge) in the Locus Backdam in Arakaka.Reports are at about 14:00h, Samuels was working in a pit owned by a 45-year-old gold miner. During the process of washing down (final process) the pit walls collapsed.As a result, Samuels became trapped below the mud and water for a lengthy period, and by the time persons were able to dig through to rescue the woman, she was motionless.She was immediately rushed to the Arakaka Health Centre but was pronounced dead on arrival.According to the police, Samuels’ body is at the Arakaka Health Centre Mortuary and arrangements are underway for it to be transported to the Port Kaituma Hospital Mortuary for a post-mortem examination (PME).Just a few months ago, a teenage miner died after the mining pit in which he was working caved in, covering him with rubble.He was identified as 18-year-old Emanuel Narine of La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD).Reports were that Narine had been working along with others in a mining pit at Oko Baramally, Sand Hill Backdam, Region 10, when the pit caved in, completely covering him.At that time, this newspaper was told that the impact of the rubble falling on the teen broke his neck and caused his demise.The teen’s brother, Orwin Narine, took three hours before he was able to reach the police to report the incident. Due to the location and the amount of slush, Narine’s body was left in the backdam for almost two days before it was retrieved. In February, 17-year-old Mazaruni miner Romeo Ruben lost his life when the walls of a mining pit in which he was working caved in at Gold Hill Backdam, Upper Mazaruni.Meanwhile, another miner, 54-year-old Timothy Hunter of Jawalla Reservation, Upper Mazaruni, lost his life on January 31 last.Based on information received, Hunter along with others were working in the pit when a wall suddenly collapsed, covering him in the process. The other workers reportedly attempted to get him from under the debris, but by the time they did, he had already succumbed.last_img read more

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DONEGAL ICE ROAD TREKKERS UPDATE – WE’RE ON OUR WAY WITH THE NORTHERN LIGHTS ABOVE US

first_imgDonegal Ice Road Trekkers are go! Pic Paul DohertyPIX PAUL DOHERTY IN ALASKA: Just setting off now on our journey Southbound. We will be out of coverage for 2 days again.This is an amazing place and we feel very privileged to be here..We spoke to a few Truckers this morning and they are expecting the journey back to be a lot tougher than the way up because of the weather and extra traffic. We are delighted to say that we have successfully travelled from the most northerly point of Ireland to the most northerly point of America!!On Saturday morning we got up at 6am to prepare the jeep for the long journey, we had planned to have it prepared from the day before however with the bags arriving so late we were unable to. After a few hours getting prepared we set off to meet Jon Norton, of Carlile Transport which is the Ice Road Truckers is based on, where he gave us a run down on the Dalton Highway and on CB radio etiquette and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him.After leaving Carlile transport we headed off on the long journey ahead… We initially had a 83 mile drive on the Elliot Highway to the beginning of the Dalton which we could only describe as ‘a real handy road’ in comparison to what we were about to face! As we began driving the Dalton Highway we noticed it clear from snow at the beginning but still very rough gravel which is caused by the wheel chains of the trucks digging into the road, this soon changed and we had a mixture of snow and ice to contend with.The road itself has some very dangerous hills/corners/cliffs along the way but the real danger lays in meeting oncoming Trucks; Before reaching any corner of hill you MUST radio ahead and let the other drivers know we are on the road and visa versa… this took us a while to get used to but the Truckers here are like a big family and all look out for each other and people like us who are known as ‘4 Wheelers’. Driving on up the road we came on the Yukon River which was covered in a 4ft Ice sheet which allowed us to drive over without any major problems, there was a bridge there too but we thought it would be better craic to take the old road! On doing this Paul walked up onto the bridge to Photograph and Video the jeep and while he was up there he was immediately surrounded by Dalton Highway Security and was almost arrested for walking on the bridge but Paul said straight after “I would do it again, that was some picture!”. Overall driving across the Yukon River was an unbelievable experience!Further up the road after a few ‘hairy’ moments we arrived at Coldfoot where we would be staying the night. This was far from the quality hotels we have in Donegal but it did the job for a nights rest and a bite to eat.Up early on Sunday morning we refuel, leave Coldfoot and drive to a small town called ‘Wiseman’, which Denis thinks was named after him! After this we drove on, meeting some very interesting characters along the way, driving by some wonderful scenery. The next big challenge is known as Chandalars Shelf along Mt Snowden which is 5700ft above sea level, this extremely dangerous part of the journey was drove by Leslie who kept his nerve and keep cool throughout. After this we had another big challenge, possibly the biggest challenge of the entire road, was the Atigun Pass… the highest point the road crosses 4800ft and it was basically like driving up and over a mountain. This task took Denis who was driving and Leslie, on the CB, full attention as the constant danger of driving on snow and ice with massive cliffs along the road. Needless to say we stopped at the highest point and had lunch which not only kept us fed but also nearly froze us!!From there on we drove along the Tundra… this we can only describe as being like a snow desert, there was literally nothing but flat land covered in +10ft of snow.. this became very windy and blew the snow off the road and left it with a sheet of pure Ice, stopping on this road was next impossible but the skillful driving of both Denis and Leslie ensured we stayed on the road…. most of the time!Arriving at Prudoe bay for sunset in -30 temperatures and finally getting phone coverage back is great and thanks to everyone who messaged and gave us well wishes on Facebook. Tonight we will be watching the Northern Lights for and getting a good nights sleep before the long and challenging drive back down the road. Wish us luck for the journey Southbound…And don’t forget what this is all about. See below: DONEGAL ICE ROAD TREKKERS UPDATE – WE’RE ON OUR WAY WITH THE NORTHERN LIGHTS ABOVE US was last modified: April 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL ICE ROAD TREKKERS UPDATE – WE’RE ON OUR WAY WITH THE NORTHERN LIGHTS ABOVE USlast_img read more

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