Liberian feted for role in fighting for justice for child victims…

first_imgLiberian Abraham M. Keita is the winner of the coveted International Children’s Peace Prize 2015 for his role in fighting for justice for child victims of physical and sexual violence in the West African country, where the legacy of wartime rape still lingers.Keita received the award in the presence of the world press in The Hague, Netherlands, from Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee.The teenager was nominated in September alongside Aziza Rahim Zada of Afghanistan and Jeanesha Bou of Puerto Rico.His tireless work as a campaigner, bringing attention to crimes against children and campaigning until the perpetrators are locked away, stood out and convinced the jury. He also played a leading role in the Liberian Children’s Parliament where he successfully lobbied the Liberian Parliament to adopt the Children’s Law to protect children’s rights.last_img read more

Leeds keen to take Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty on loan

first_imgLeeds have enquired about taking out-of-favour Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty on loan. The Northern Ireland frontman was in the form of his life throughout his country’s successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, hitting seven goals in nine appearances, but has been unable to persuade Canaries boss Alex Neil of his value. He has made just two appearances all season, with a paltry 13 minutes of Premier League action. Press Associationcenter_img The 28-year-old knows that cannot continue if he is to reach the finals match fit and said earlier this week he would be forced to reassess his Norwich future if things did not change quickly. And Leeds boss Steve Evans has been first to react. “He’s done terrifically well for Northern Ireland and I have placed a call in to (Norwich boss) Alex Neil to see what the situation is,” Evans told BBC Radio Leeds. “Kyle needs to be playing.” Although out-of-favour at Carrow Road, Lafferty’s availability could be complicated by the departure of Gary Hooper to Sheffield Wednesday. The Irish Football Association told Press Association Sport the matter would be between the two clubs until Friday’s friendly against Latvia, where Lafferty is expected to play a full 90 minutes to help with his conditioning. last_img read more

MSOC : Cribley’s speed aids Syracuse offense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: Ted Cribley’s run at the start of overtime against American on Sunday perfectly describes his style of play: fast.After Syracuse forward Dan Summers dribbled the ball to the halfway line, Cribley, a junior midfielder for SU, came racing downfield.He took a pass from Summers and saw a gap — a chance to give SU the win. He sprinted past the AU players into the open field, but his shot went into the hands of Eagles’ goalkeeper Matt Makowski.Cribley didn’t score the goal, but that display and movement on the play has become typical of what the Orange has seen from him in his first season with SU.‘His best thing that he does is how he gets in behind defenders,’ fellow midfielder Mark Brode said. ‘You could play it over the top, and if he gets in a foot race with the defender, he’s going to get it.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCribley’s speed and dribbling are crucial elements in SU’s (2-2, 0-0 Big East) offensive attack this season. A junior college transfer from nearby Herkimer County Community College, Cribley joins the Orange as a junior. He brings quickness and an ability to see the open field that lead to more goal-scoring opportunities for SU.Originally from England, Cribley came stateside and spent two years at Herkimer. It was there that the midfielder stood out as arguably one of the team’s best players. SU head coach Ian McIntyre took notice, and now Cribley has started every game for the Orange so far in 2011.He’s tied for fourth in the Big East in assists with two, which accounts for nearly half of SU’s five goals scored. But he’s quick to credit his teammates for being in the right place at the right time.‘We’ve all sort of settled in,’ Cribley said. ‘We know what Mac wants us to play.’As Cribley continues to adjust to Syracuse, he and the team expect shot attempts like his chance in overtime against American to end in goals. The Orange offense has struggled to convert its scoring opportunities. Three of SU’s four wins under McIntyre have come on free kicks in overtime.The team wants that to change.Thus, expectations are high for Cribley following two standout seasons at Herkimer. To McIntyre, Cribley has one of the bigger roles on the team. That’s to be expected, especially after McIntyre called getting a player of Cribley’s caliber a ‘coup.’Cribley’s ability to both distribute the ball and run and dribble with it downfield have paid dividends not seen in the box score. He’s given McIntyre a reason to be pleased with his decision to invest in an experienced newcomer to the team.‘We feel like we have some attacking threats, and he’s one of them,’ McIntyre said. ‘And when he’s running a play, he’s a real handful.’The Orange has already matched its win total from last season with two victories just four games into the year. It’s also managed five goals in the process, which is a modest but noticeable improvement from 2010.It’s a change that can be attributed to many of the newcomers, Cribley included.And his downfield action against American last weekend proved that his play will keep the opposing defenses on their toes and the SU offense in games. In addition to his two assists, he’s also tallied six shots.Despite a save by Makowski on Sunday, Cribley knows that everything leading up to the final shot was right. It just didn’t go in.Another time, he said, it could be different.‘In those situations, you try to just get it on target at least and hope the keeper isn’t set properly,’ Cribley said. ‘Most times it will go. That time it didn’t.’But Cribley’s speed should keep providing him with opportunities to score. He constantly whizzes past his opponents and leaves them gasping for air.Brode only had to think briefly before deciding who would win a foot race between the team’s two fastest players, Cribley and freshman defender Skylar Thomas.His conclusion: Cribley would win.‘He’s a really dangerous player,’ Brode said. ‘He’s probably the fastest kid on our team. He brings a lot of speed on the outside, and he’s good with the ball. Ted’s been real important.’rnmarcus@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Victim killed in non-USC shooting near campus

first_imgThe Los Angeles Police Department responded to reports of shots fired Tuesday night at Jesse Brewer Park at the intersection of Vermont and Exposition Boulevard. The suspect fled on the Metro and was taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Department shortly after. One victim, not affiliated with the University,  suffered gunshot wounds and was transported to the hospital, where they passed away, Department of Public Safety Deputy Chief David Carlisle said. Both the shooter and the victim have no connection to USC. DPS issued a Trojan Alert to students and faculty in case the LAPD investigation caused an increase in traffic at the intersection. However, there was never a cause to issue a campus lockdown.“There was an investigation at the crime scene so we expected that the area would be impacted,” Carlisle said. “We were told early on that the suspect had fled and that later on he was captured so at no time did we see a direct threat to USC.”last_img read more

Aussies love the Rockys

first_imgRocky Mountaineer, Canada’s most awarded train journey, has continued to be a hit with Australians, with its local sales office reporting a record year of growth in 2009-10 and 2011 already shaping up to be its strongest season ever. Visiting Sydney, Rocky Mountaineer’s CEO, Randy Powell and Sales Manager, Bob Nicholas, said the Australian market was its second largest behind the US, with some 20,000 passengers taking one of its train journey’s last year.  With an average 90,000 experiencing its core routes, and a further 60,000 taking the Whistler to Sky journey, the company has expanded its offering with a Silver Leaf compartment which, Mr Nichols says hopes to entice a middle-market of travellers following market research.However in Australia, the largest segment of new business has been attributed to latest packages offering more FIT based itineraries providing more flexibility to the ever increasing baby boomers market.”People used to relate Rocky to group tours, now the trend of offering FIT packages with flexible, customised itineraries is proving to be our biggest growth area in Australia,” Sales Manager Asia Pacific, Dianna Schinella said.Mr Nichols concurred with a global trend, saying the fastest growing segment was between 35-44 years of age, with over 55 representing a quarter of its passengers. A focus has also been targeting corporate and incentive travellers, with Rocky Mountaineer presenting at AIME for the first time. Itineraries are based around Canada’s cruising season, with 48 per cent of passengers taking a pre or post Alaska cruise from Vancouver. The company provides the only all-day service through the Rocky’s and is Canada’s largest privately owned rail service. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M Dianna Schinella, Robert Halfpenny,  Bob Nichols, Randy Powell (Rocky Mountaineer), Jo Palmer & Alison Scott (Gate 7)last_img read more