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Twin sisters killed in car accidents on same road 18 years apart

Posted by African Press International on June 30, 2014

Woman Dies on Same Road as Twin Sister 18 Years Later

Crashed car illustration

By:Hyda Tomar

A family in Indiana, relived a nightmare after their two daughters were killed in car accidents on the same road,18 years apart.

Sarah Sanaghan, a 29-year-old single mother of an 11-year-old boy, was tragically killed in a car crash just 500 feet from where her twin sister died in a hit and run, 18 years ago.

Sanaghan died early Thursday morning, when she pulled in front of a semi-tanker truck on a highway near Crete.

The truck hit the passenger side of her Chevrolet Cruze around 5:40 a.m., and Sanaghan, who worked as a nurse, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Dyer, of blunt force trauma to the head.

Sadly, the fatal accident took place just steps away from where her twin sister, Cari Sanaghan, and two friends, were killed on May 26, 1996. Sarah Sanaghan witnessed that accident.

The accident happened when the twins were 11 years old. They had a sleepover at their home, and during the night, the girls sneaked out of the house and were killed while trying to cross the road.

Cari and her friends Courtney Lauer, 11, and Sheena Acres, 12, were killed. The driver of the car was later identified as Richard Devon. He lived three hours away from the girls.

Devon was charged and convicted of leaving the scene of an accident. He served just one year of his 2 1/2 year sentence. He got out early for good behavior.

Published on 3 Mar 2014

In one tragic report, a woman was killed on the very same road as her twin sister. 29-year-old Sarah Sanaghan recently lost her life in a collision in Crete, Illinois. 

In one tragic report, a woman was killed on the very same road as her twin sister. 29-year-old Sarah Sanaghan recently lost her life in a collision in Illinois. 

18 years prior to the fatal accident, Sarah ‘s twin sister, Cari, was killed on the very same road. The deadly incidents occurred approximately 500 yards apart. 

On May 26th, 1996, 11-year-old Cari and a few friends were walking on the street at a little before midnight. They had all snuck out of the house during a sleepover. 

A pickup truck hit the group and left the scene before police arrived. Although the driver was later apprehended, it didn’t offer much comfort, as Cari and two of her friends were dead. 

Sarah’s life was taken just as abruptly and unexpectedly. She had been stopped at an intersection before pulling out in front of a tanker truck. Sarah’s Chevrolet Cruze was struck on the passenger side by the oncoming truck.

She was transported to a local hospital. Sarah was soon pronounced dead from blunt force head trauma. It remains unknown where she had been heading just before the crash. 

Sarah, who worked as a nurse, leaves behind a son. A friend of Sarah’s, named Lori Loya stated “She had a lot going for her… Now she’s with her sister.”

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British troops’ Kenya return delayed

Posted by African Press International on June 30, 2014

  •  June 27, 2014
    A delay in an agreement between the UK and Kenya over British army training in the country leaves 900 troops uncertain of when they can return home. BREAD MORE…

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Nigerian President assures players

Posted by African Press International on June 30, 2014

  • June 27, 2014
    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan contacts the country’s senior players at the World Cup to assure them over bonus payments.READ MORE….

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Fifa ‘tried to stop’ Ghana bonus row

Posted by African Press International on June 29, 2014

  • June 27, 2014
    Fifa says it was prepared to pay Ghana’s players their World Cup bonuses and deduct it from the Ghana FA’s prize money.READ MORE….

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Eritrea faces UN human rights probe 

Posted by African Press International on June 29, 2014

  • June 27, 2014
    The UN’s Human Rights Council sets up a commission of inquiry into Eritrea, seen as one of the world’s most repressive states.READ MORE…

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UK Foreign Office Minister Hugh Robertson welcomes elections in Libya

Posted by African Press International on June 29, 2014

LONDON, United-Kingdom, June 26, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UK welcomes Parliamentary elections in Libya and supports inclusive national dialogue to achieve stable prosperous future.

Foreign Office Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, Hugh Robertson, said:

“Yesterday, the Libyan people exercised their democratic right to elect a new parliament. These elections are a welcome result of the 2011 revolution and I congratulate those who took part. I look forward to seeing the new parliament support the work of the Constitutional Drafting Assembly to complete the next stage of Libya’s political transition to a more stable, secure and prosperous future. A fully inclusive national dialogue and reconciliation process will be vital to achieve this.

“The UK remains committed to supporting Libya’s transition through a range of programmes, including through supporting the UN support mission to provide expert advice to the Libyan High National Election Commission.”

 

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United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Norway congratulates Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova on EU association

Posted by African Press International on June 29, 2014

‘Norway congratulates Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia on the signing of their association agreements with the EU. These agreements will bring these countries an important step closer to European integration,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

Through the Eastern Partnership, the EU is promoting closer integration with six partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The countries that are showing a clear willingness to strengthen democracy, human rights, respect for the rule of law, good governance and the development of a market economy are being offered more support and closer integration with the EU.

‘The fact that Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia have today signed association agreements with the EU shows that these countries want to implement reforms and work towards realising the values and development goals that both the EU and Norway consider important. The next important step will be to implement the agreements in practice,’ said Vidar Helgesen, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Norway supports the EU’s Eastern Partnership and cooperates with the EU on concrete projects in the partner countries, for example on the implementation of reforms.

‘Closer association and integration with the EU for countries in this region is also in Norway’s interest. I believe that this could enhance stability and welfare for all,’ said Mr Helgesen.

In Ukraine, major popular protests in support of European integration started after the then President Viktor Yanukovych decided not to sign the association agreement that had been negotiated with the EU in November 2013. In March this year, the new Ukrainian leadership signed the political part of the agreement, and today President Poroshenko signed the rest of the agreement.

‘When visa-free travel was awarded to Moldovan citizens in April, this was a clear example of how the integration process produces concrete results. It is now important that Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia show a willingness to continue the reform process,’ said Mr Brende.

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Kenya: One on One with Lady Jay Dee, Radio and Weasel

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2014

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NGWIRI: Dear Raila, I speak to you from the heart; listen and end this madness

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2014

Dear Raila, I speak to you from the heart; listen and end this madness

PHOTO | FILE Cord leader Raila Odinga addressing the press in the past..

Cord Leader Raila Odinga. “…how sure are you that these things are happening due to misrule by the Jubilee administration? In any case, except for the terrorist attacks, what else is new in Kenya?” PHOTO: FILE  NATION MEDIA GROUP

Dear Sir, since you have made writing open letters to superiors both acceptable and respectable, I write one to you in the hope that you will at least read it, even if I dare not insist you respond in kind.

Just in case you wonder where I am coming from, I was born in Gatundu just before independence, and……….. READ MORE…….

 

Source: NATION MEDIA GROUP

 

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Central African Republic: ICC Investigation Needed / National and International Judicial Efforts Needed for Stability

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2014

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 26, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor should accept a request from the Central African Republic government to open a new investigation into serious crimes committed in the country, Human Rights Watch said today.

On May 30, 2014, the interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza, formally asked the ICC prosecutor to open an investigation, acknowledging that Central African courts are not in a position to carry out the necessary investigations.

“Everyone involved in the horrific crimes in the Central African Republic should know there is a price to pay for committing atrocities,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The ICC prosecutor should accept the government’s request, investigate crimes by all parties, and help provide a sense of justice for the victims.”

The Central African Republic has been in a state of acute crisis since March 2013, when the Seleka, a predominantly Muslim rebel coalition, seized power and began killing civilians, burning and looting homes, and committing other serious abuses. In mid-2013, a group of predominantly Christian and animist fighters calling themselves the anti-balaka came together to attack the Seleka, but have committed large-scale reprisal attacks against Muslim civilians. Insecurity still reigns, with killings on an almost daily basis.

Over the course of 12 research missions to the Central African Republic since March 2013, Human Rights Watch has documented serious crimes by all parties to the conflict. The crimes include murder and summary executions, deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on the civilian population, torture, cruel and degrading treatment, the destruction of entire villages or neighborhoods, forced displacement, recruitment of child soldiers, and targeting on an ethnic or religious basis. There have also been credible reports of sexual violence, including rape. The crimes have affected hundreds of thousands of people and are serious violations of international law falling within the jurisdiction of the ICC, including crimes against humanity.

In February, the ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, announced that her office had received sufficiently serious allegations of crimes within the court’s jurisdiction to trigger the opening of a preliminary examination. In May, her office sent a team to assess the situation, but she has yet to respond to the interim government’s request.

The ICC already has one case pending in connection with alleged crimes committed in the country between 2002 and 2003 by Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, a Congolese national and the former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo who was invited to the Central African Republic in 2002 to help resist a coup attempt by François Bozizé, who later became president. The case against Bemba is insufficient to address the current situation.

While Central African Republic government institutions were weak and mismanaged before the Seleka coup, judicial and security structures disappeared almost completely after the rebel coalition seized power in March 2013. When interim President Samba-Panza took office on January 23, 2014, there was not a single properly functioning detention center in the entire country, and courts had stopped working.

Despite efforts to re-establish law and order, law enforcement authorities still lack the authority and means to carry out arrests and there are almost no appropriate and secure detention centers for male suspects. A small prison with 12 female inmates is still functioning in Bimbo, near Bangui.

Many judicial authorities have been unable to resume work. Most courthouses and detention facilities outside the capital, Bangui, have been destroyed or looted, and court and security officials have either abandoned their posts or are not working due to lack of pay or threats to their lives. In November 2013 a senior judge, Modeste Martineau Bria, was gunned down in a street in Bangui by former Seleka fighters. In Bangui, court officials are slowly beginning to return to their posts but are struggling to resume work in unsecured and ill-equipped facilities.

On April 9, interim president Samba-Panza issued a decree that establishes a special investigative cell to investigate crimes committed in the country since January 1, 2004. The unit, which will consist of prosecutors, investigative judges, and police investigators, is tasked with identifying people responsible for crimes and building cases against them for trial. Its initial focus will be on the most recent crimes. Establishment of the specialized unit is an important step toward ensuring accountability, Human Rights Watch said.

The government appointed senior staff for the unit on June 20, but it still needs resources and logistical support to begin its work. It also needs adequate security and sufficient independence to look into abuses committed by both the Seleka and the anti-balaka.

“There can be no durable peace in the Central African Republic unless law and order are restored,” Bekele said. “The government of the Central African Republic should cooperate with any ICC investigation. The UN and international donors need to provide urgent financial and technical support to assist the interim government in restarting the country’s judicial system and get the special investigative cell up and running.”

On April 10, the UN Security Council approved the deployment of a peacekeeping force, MINUSCA, to the Central African Republic. It is to become operational in mid-September. The peacekeepers should help the government document crimes, apprehend and detain suspects, and carry out investigations and prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said. Until then, French, African Union, and EU forces should help the government with basic law-and-order functions.

“A commitment to accountability will reassure victims that justice will be done, not by lynch mobs on the streets, but under the law,” Bekele said. “Trials will not happen overnight, but the government and international community need to send a strong signal that ongoing abuses will not be tolerated.”

 

SOURCE

Human Right Watch (HRW)

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IMF Deputy Managing Director Min Zhu Unveils Africa Training Institute in Mauritius

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2014

PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius, June 26, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today opened the Africa Training Institute (ATI) in Ebene, Mauritius, adding an important regional center to a global network of centers helping to develop countries’ policymaking capacity by transferring economic skills and best practices.

The institute’s key objective is to contribute to improved macroeconomic and financial policies through high-quality training, which will ultimately support sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa.

“This is a new type of institution and it embodies the IMF’s new integrated approach to capacity development,” IMF Deputy Managing Director Min Zhu told ministers, central bank governors, development partners, diplomats and senior Mauritius government officials at the opening ceremony.

Mr. Zhu said the ATI was strategically located right next to the Fund’s Africa regional technical assistance center (AFRITAC) AFRITAC South in Ebene, which already provides technical assistance to 13 countries in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean.

“Africa now benefits from a whole network of regional technical assistance centers – in addition to the AFRITAC South, there are two AFRITACs in the West, one in the East, and one in Central Africa. The ATI will be a welcome addition to this network. Because it develops synergies between training and technical assistance, the institute will fit into this network, which will greatly enhance capacity development in Africa,” said Mr. Zhu.

Mr. Zhu recognized contributions to the set-up of the ATI from the host country of Mauritius and also from the Australian Agency for Economic Development (AusAid) and the People’s Bank of China.

The opening of the ATI comes at a time when growth in Africa continues to average more than 5 percent, and with some countries also showing improvements in governance, private sector growth, and improved health and education. However, there are still many risks and challenges.

“Some of these risks are driven by external factors, such as global financial conditions, but others – such as rising fiscal imbalances and elevated current account deficits – are driven by domestic policies. African countries are also facing the challenge of making growth more inclusive so as to ensure that it benefits all African people,” stated Mr. Zhu.

“In partnership with African governments, partners and all stakeholders, the IMF will ensure that the ATI’s program aligns with the challenges faced by the region, by providing practical training in support of sound macroeconomic policies,” he added.

Some key components of the training program already go in this direction, with training on issues of importance for many sub-Saharan African countries, such as inclusive growth policies; financial inclusion; macroeconomic management and natural resource management; and economic and monetary integration.

For additional information see:

IMF Launches Institute for Capacity Development

 

SOURCE

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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Pistorius evaluator has heart attack

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2014

  • June 27, 2014
    A psychiatrist who evaluated Oscar Pistorius has suffered a heart attack, days before the Olympic athlete’s murder trial resumes.READ MORE…..

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EU leaders offer Cameron hope after Juncker vote defeat

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2014

The leaders of Sweden and Germany have offered encouragement to David Cameron after his defeat in a vote on the new European Commission president.

Britain forced a vote to block the selection of Jean-Claude Juncker, seen as a backer of closer political union, but EU states voted 26-2 in his favour.READ MORE….

 

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Statement by an IMF Staff Mission on the 2014 Article IV Consultation with Ethiopia

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2014

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 26, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by S. Kal Wajid visited Addis Ababa June 11-25 to conduct discussions for the 2014 Article IV Consultation with Ethiopia.1

At the conclusion of the mission, Mr. Wajid issued the following statement:

“The Ethiopian economy continues to experience robust growth and single-digit inflation. The mission projects real GDP growth in the 8-8.5 percent range for 2013/14 and 2014/15. The expansion in economic activity has contributed to poverty reduction and progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Deterioration in the trade balance this year was partly offset by higher net inflows from services and transfers. Strong external loan and higher foreign direct investment, however, allowed for a modest increase in gross international reserves. Sizeable investment spending of public enterprises continues to absorb a large share of domestic financing and constrain credit available to the private sector.

“Going forward, the mission recommends continued cautious monetary policy stance that keeps money growth consistent with preserving the gains on inflation and achieving robust economic growth. The stable inflation conditions are ripe for developing market-based instruments of indirect monetary control. In this respect, there is a need to gradually raise nominal interest rates to activate the Treasury bill market for more flexible liquidity management. There is scope for improving the market functioning and price setting mechanism for the exchange rate. This may entail greater exchange rate flexibility not only to help to clear the foreign exchange market but also to promote the competiveness of the traded goods sector. The mission supports the National Bank of Ethiopia’s objective of gradually raising foreign exchange reserves to 3 months of imports.

“The mission stresses the importance of obtaining comprehensive financial information of major public enterprises for establishing an overall fiscal anchor. The consolidated fiscal position is required to assess the fiscal policy impact on macroeconomic developments and debt sustainability. The continued large borrowing of the public sector with large share from domestic banking system is crowding out the private sector. In this respect, to further support private sector development and employment creation, there is a need to reduce public sector borrowing by either prioritizing investment projects or attracting more external financing at appropriate terms.

“Ethiopia’s public sector led development strategy has delivered robust growth and rising living standards. To sustain these achievements, adapting policies to provide greater scope for the private sector will be important. In terms of the next Growth and Transformation Plan, consideration should be given to mitigating constraints to private sector development and improving export competiveness. Concerted efforts are needed for improving efficiency of trade logistics, increasing access to financial services, ensuring a competitive exchange rate, and providing a predictable regulatory environment for businesses. Harnessing the transformation power of private enterprises will be increasingly important as Ethiopia transition from agricultural to industrial based economic growth.

“The IMF Executive Board is expected to complete the 2014 Article IV consultation in September 2014.”

1 The mission met with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia Teklewold Atnafu, State Minister of Finance and Economic Development Abraham Tekeste, Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister Newai Gebre-ab, other senior officials, as well representatives of the private sector, the international community, and civil society

 

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International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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Kenya: Power Breakfast Interview – State House Digital Strategy

Posted by African Press International on June 27, 2014

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