A foreign expert appointed by the former Government has been accused of doing a hatchet job for Sri Lanka.Rodney Dixon, who is now part of a commission appointed by Zimbabwe, has been accused by a researcher of being paid by Sri Lanka to clear the allegations against the Government. “It is not your CV that worries me, but things that you have done. Like I told you, I am a researcher and I know that you participated in a commission similar to this one in Sri Lanka,” he said.“There was an outcry when you and other members of your team were paid $400 million and with your coming here, taxes have been raised. Tell me how much you are being paid because you are not here for free? I am concerned that you might just be here to cleanse the atrocities of August 1.” Researcher Makomborero Haruzivishe attacked the credibility of the commission, particularly Rodney Dixon, whom he accused of doing a hatchet job for the government of Sri Lanka during a similar commission, Zim eye reported. Dixon had attempted to assure Haruzivishe that his CV, which states that he speaks on behalf of army commanders, governments and politicians, would not affect his work as a commissioner. (Colombo Gazette) Dixon is part of a Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate violence which broke out in Zimbabwe in August.

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first_imgCarnival Cruise Line today released the first in a new video series featuring heartwarming meet-and-greet opportunities between seven-time GRAMMY-award winning country superstar Carrie Underwood and U.S. military families recognized through the Honor. Family. Fun. program benefiting Operation Homefront.Video: Carnival’s Honor Family Fun Surprise with Carrie Underwood – The Vaughn FamilyIn the first video, Underwood surprises the Vaughn family, whose patriarch Phillip served in the U.S. Army, at a pre-concert event in Washington, D.C., during her Storyteller Tour. Underwood thanked Vaughn for his service to our country and invited his family, which includes his wife Jung Sun and kids Tara and Jeremy, to her special private concert for military families pierside aboard Carnival Vista in New York on Nov. 4, 2016. Carnival Cruise Director Butch Begovich then awarded the Vaughn family a free Carnival cruise.“This initiative with Carrie and Operation Homefront has been extremely rewarding and this first video in the series featuring the Vaughn family shows how Honor. Family. Fun. is positively affecting so many people,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “The men and women of our military deserve our respect and admiration and we hope that Carnival’s small role in their lives will show them how much we value what they do for our country,” she added.Carnival and Underwood have partnered on the year-long Honor. Family. Fun. initiative which is designed to support U.S. military families through Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit that builds strong, stable and secure military families.The Vaughns are among dozens of military families recognized during 10 stops on Underwood’s Storyteller Tour. During the pre-concert events, military families, chosen in partnership with Operation Homefront, were treated to a personal meet-and-greet with Underwood who then invited them to her exclusive concert aboard Carnival Vista.“Meeting the Vaughn family was touching for me and I hope they are as excited to come to my concert in New York as I was to surprise them with the invitation,” said Underwood. “This program has afforded me the opportunity to personally thank these soldiers for all that they do, and I am grateful to be a part of something so positive and rewarding.”Driving the effort to raise funds for Operation Homefront, supporters will have the opportunity to donate by clicking on the “Donate Now” button on carnival.com/HonorFamilyFun. Commemorative dog tags also are also available for purchase at merchandise stands at all The Storyteller Tour stops as well as throughout Carnival’s fleet with all proceeds going to Operation Homefront.Carnival has also launched a new shipboard military appreciation program. Each ship is hosting a special event onboard to recognize active and retired military personnel and their families and kicks off with a welcome video featuring Underwood. The country music superstar also will join the Carnival LIVE! roster of artists in early 2017, with further details to be announced at a later date.Carnival’s most family-friendly ship, Carnival Vista, will set sail in Europe in May 2016 and make her stateside debut in New York in November before repositioning to Miami for year-round service later that month.last_img

Rabat – Eid al-Adha, the “sacrifice festival,” is one of the most important celebrations in the Islamic calendar. Expected to take place this year between August 11 and August 13, it is celebrated by slaughtering sheep, goats, or cows.On July 24, the Moroccan Secretary of State for Sustainable Development, Nezha El Ouafi, will launch the “Clean Eid Al Adha” campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness on the importance of keeping slaughter areas clean, collecting and sealing slaughter residue in closed bags, and avoiding dumping residues in drains. A similar campaign was launched last year, to prevent the uncontrolled dumping of the waste from the slaughtering, such as the organs not suitable for human consumption, skins, and bones.This year’s campaign also promotes environmentally sound behavior but has a new dimension. It is also calling on Moroccans to preserve the skins of the sacrificed sheep, so that they can be collected and treated, then used in the leather industry.“85 % of skins are in a deteriorated condition and cannot be used,” the State Secretary for Sustainable Development said about previous Eid years, in a press release on July 22.The new measures seek to counter this.Read also: Documentary: Fez, Leather’s Capital“Pilot projects will be launched in the four largest cities of the Kingdom: Rabat, Fes, Marrakech, and Tangier, and the projects will then be generalized to the rest of the country,” she added.The measures will include educational campaigns by environmental groups across Morocco on hygiene and slaughtering, and the broadcasting of an educational video on TV, news websites, and social media.The skins of slaughtered sheep will be collected and sorted after Eid.The “Clean Eid Al Adha” campaign is organized in collaboration with the Moroccan Federation of Leather Industry (FEDIC).

Calling all pedal pushers: Brock is seeking participants for Canada’s largest mental health bike ride.Niagara’s fourth annual Ride Don’t Hide takes place on campus Sunday, June 24. In addition to being a venue sponsor this year, Brock has entered two teams — the Walkie Talkies and Brock University — and is currently seeking participants and donations in support of them. Funds raised will support the Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara’s (CMHA) crisis services.“Mental Health is so important in everyone’s lives,” said Marissa Marinaccio, Niagara Ride Don’t Hide committee member and Employee and Labour Relations Advisor with Brock’s Office of Human Resources. “My friends and family extremely close to me have been affected by mental health and I have felt the struggle of others when they are seeking support.”Participants will have the option of riding or walking a five-kilometre route on Brock’s campus, riding a 15-km route through beautiful rural scenery along Decew, Cataract and Holland roads or riding a 25-km route that includes both the rural route and campus.Brock’s Walkie Talkie team will be walking the five-kilometre route, while members of Brock University team will have the option of walking five kilometres or riding the 15- or 25-km routes.Participants who sign up before Saturday, June 23 can take advantage of a reduced $40 registration fee before it is increased to $50. Children under the age of 12 are free. Registration includes a T-shirt and food voucher. There will also be water-filling stations, on-site massages and a children’s play zone with activities like face painting, a themed bouncer, hoola hoops and other sports equipment.Lunch will be provided by food truck company Curbside Events and will include the option of a beef burger, vegetarian burger, sausage, hot dog, chicken tenders or vegetarian falafel with french fries and a drink.Last year’s Niagara Ride Don’t Hide event raised more than $30,000 in support of vital mental health programs and initiatives. In addition to paying the registration fee, participants are encouraged to fundraise online or collect cash and cheques with paper pledge forms.“The stigma of mental health needs to end,” said Marianccio. “By participating in Ride Don’t Hide, I want people to know that it’s OK to ask for help.”To support Brock’s teams by registering or donating, visit Niagara’s Ride Don’t Hide website.

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