OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ He has also been unable to find a steady home ever since, as Charlotte will be his fourth team in six seasons—with brief stops with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:NBA: Dwight Howard looks to add 3-pointer to repertoire next seasonADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dwight Howard (left). NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPDwight Howard may no longer be the athletic specimen he once was, but NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets’ owner Michael Jordan believes he could still be effective in today’s fast-paced league.The Hornets acquired the services of the eight-time NBA All-Star this off-season, in hopes of rekindling his earlier dominance, where he averaged around 20 points and 14 rebounds per contest.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Although injuries have been a major concern for the 31-year-old center for the past seasons, Jordan believes that Howard’s struggles could also be attributed to his attitude and demeanor on the court.“Why are you so pissed off?” Jordan asked his new prized center in a phone call this off season, according to Sports Illustrated.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“When you’re pissed, you’re out of control, and you’re not focusing on your shots or your free throws or the right type of defense… Why play pissed when you can play determined?” the six-time NBA champion added.Since leaving the Magic in the 2012-2013 NBA season, Howard has regressed statistically and has struggled to develop new skills that will fit in the league’s new uptempo style. La Salle blows lead, holds off Adamson in Mbala’s return Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:19Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award How to help the Taal evacuees
The re-election rate of members of the House of Representatives for the past elections (2005 and 2011) records 34% being successful and 64% failing to return. With 12 months to the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections, House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay has fears and says he has lost sleep because he suspects many of his colleagues may not be re-elected.Last week Thursday, during an acquaintance meeting with members of the Legislative Reporters Pool (LEGISPOL) in the House’s first floor conference room, the Speaker said among other strategies and objectives that continuity (Re-election of representatives) is a paramount issue.The 48-year-old Speaker said continuity leads to efficiency and effectiveness and it is an overriding capacity builder.He also named reconciliation as a critical factor, and towards achieving that goal, the Speaker formally announced a 4-day Legislative Retreat, in Ganta, Nimba County, from Wednesday, Nov. 2-5.The Speaker noted that the widely publicized 2nd Extraordinary Session has not been finalized with the Executive.He further named image building and coordination as some of the known strategies to rebrand the House of Representatives after over four months internal wrangling to unseat former Speaker J. Alex Tyler.Speaker Nuquay stated that reconciliation among the members of the House of Representatives “is to make amends…bridge the gaps…and let bygones be bygones in order to do to the people’s work.”He said lawmakers should do away with ‘self-interest’ to begin their image building and focus on their primary functions. It has been gathered that the House Press and Public Affairs has been tasked to drive the image building process of the House of Representatives.“Coordination between and among the branches of government is key because it makes us achieve the developmental goal…which is the integral part of our exercises,” Speaker Nuquay said.Sources in the office of the Speaker say he will embark on strategies up to 2017 to ensure he has a good chance of being re-elected, including the post of speaker.The Daily Observer has gathered that among the 73 members of the House of Representatives – only six Representatives are not seeking re-election. They include former Speaker and Bomi County District # 2 Rep. J. Alex Tyler; Grand Gedeh County District # 2 Rep. Morais Waylee; Grand Kru CountyDistrict # 1 Rep. George Wesseh Blamoh; Lofa County District # 5 Rep. Moses Y. Kollie; Maryland County District # 1 Rep. James Biney and Nimba County District # 3 Rep. Samuel Woleh.Since 2005, incumbents seeking re-election to the House and Senate had appalling turnout rates of about 29.4% owing to unfulfilled development promises and several factors that sitting members of the Legislature failed to complete for their people. Other factors include failure to establish district offices and employ adequate staff both in the Legislature and in the Districts and overlooking obligations to attend special events and pay regular visits to their districts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…to be sentenced on June 26Boxing night murder trialVishwantie Ragnauth and her reputed husband Nyron Thakurdyal, who were accused of murdering Ragnauth’s uncle, Sunil Ramsundar, at Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD), on December 26, 2014, were unanimously found guilty of the offence at the High Court on Friday.The duo stood in the courtroom of Justice Sandil Kissoon and had the unanimous verdict read to them.However, sentencing was deferred to June 26, following the presentation of a probation report requested by Attorney for the accused, Nigel Hughes.It was reported that on the fateful night at Patentia, WBD, Ramsundar was killed after he allegedly attempted to settle a dispute between his sister, niece and his niece’s reputed husband.According to Police reports in 2014, the incident occurred at about 22:00h where it was alleged that Ramsundar’s sister was being assaulted by her daughter Vishawantie and Vishawantie’s reputed husband, Thakurdyal.It was reported that the now dead man enquired from his sister the reason for her crying and upon learning that the couple had physically assaulted her, the man approached his niece for an explanation.However, this turned into a heated argument, during which Ramsundar was stabbed about his body. He was pronounced dead on arrival to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.The duo was later arrested and both slapped with the murder charge. During the trial, they continue to maintain their innocence thus giving unsworn statements to the Judge and jury on Tuesday last.Ragnauth, called “Shelly”, admitted that her uncle was indeed cursing her and that their fight got physical. She also admitted that her reputed husband, Nyron Thakurdyal, went to defend her after the late Sunil Ramsundar grabbed her.The accused related that she stopped a car with the intention of making a report at the Wales Police Station, while noting that she did not have a knife or a cellphone in her possession.Thakurdyal’s account of the event was similar as he claimed his reputed wife’s uncle fell to the ground after he restrained him from hitting Ragnauth. During his unsworn statement, the defendant expressed that after he saw Ramsundar holding his reputed wife, he went over and grabbed his hands.“I told him to let her go and when he let her go, he ended up falling towards the fence… we jump in the car and [Vishawantie] holler out to drive to the station,” he noted.“Next thing the Police told me go in the lockup… then a few days later, they brought this allegation of murder against me,” Thakurdyal, also called “One Eye” added.
A Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) businessman was on Saturday afternoon shot by two armed gunmen.Rajendra Prasad, called “Bobby” of “Bobby and Son Boutique” located at Arch Road, Rose Hall Town, was rushed to the Anamayah Memorial Hospital about 15:30h with two gunshot wounds – one to his abdomen and the other grazing his head. He was subsequently transferred to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was being observed by doctors.Meanwhile, Police were on Saturday evening in pursuit of the two perpetrators, who escaped on a CG motorcycle through Reef, Rose Hall into the backlands.An eyewitness told Guyana Times that the gunmen arrived on a motorcycle, and both were wearing full face helmets.According to another eyewitness, the boutique was closed during lunch and had just reopened when the bandits struck. The eyewitness related that persons in the store were ordered to lie face down on the floor. One of the gunmen then approached Prasad, who was in the cashier’s booth and opened fire, hitting him. The intruders then fled.This publication understands that no cash or valuables? were taken, leading Police to launch an investigation into a possible execution plot.In March, Police had nabbed a 24-year-old gunman with a .38 revolver, along with four matching rounds of ammunition.In his confession, the gunman – Cordell Fraser – had told investigators that he was on his way to assassinate Prasad after he was hired by a Jamaican man to carry out the hit.Prasad operates the major clothing and footwear store, and lives on the upper flat of the three-storey building.
It was the lowest-scoring game this season for Indiana, which missed its first 12 shots in the fourth quarter and finished at 35.7 percent. Jermaine O’Neal helped set the ominous tone by missing his first four attempts and finished with just nine points during a foul-plagued 30 minutes. LOS ANGELES – Corey Maggette scored 20 points, Elton Brand added 17 points and 12 rebounds, and the Clippers recorded their best defensive game in franchise history with an 87-64 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. Jamaal Tinsley had 16 points for the Pacers, who lost for the fifth straight time since beating Milwaukee in double overtime on Feb. 21. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Pacers’ offensive futility was underlined by Troy Murphy’s airball on a wide-open 3-point shot from the top of the key with 4:14 left in the third quarter. The Clippers used their 19th different starting lineup, with Daniel Ewing at point guard for the second straight game because of Sam Cassell’s groin strain. They extended a 13-point halftime lead to 19 on Maggette’s 16-footer with 8 minutes left in the third quarter, then blew the game open with a 13-0 blitz in the first 4:34 of the fourth. Chris Kaman ignited the run with seven straight points and finished with 16.
That puts her one ahead of former Bayern Munich and Lazio striker Miroslav Klose in the all-time rankings, and the veteran attacker said the goal was more than just a personal triumph.“The feeling is a joyful one, definitely, not only for breaking the record but for being able to represent women in doing so,” she said.“And for being able to help my team which is what matters most, qualifying for the next stage of the tournament.”Marta’s record-breaking spot-kick wasn’t enough to secure second place in the group however, as Sam Kerr’s incredible four-goal haul in Australia’s 4-1 hammering of Jamaica saw the Matildas leapfrog Brazil on goals scored as three sides finished on six points.It means they could face either France or Germany in the next round, a tough test for a team that has at times spluttered in the group stage.“I think that when you play a big competition like a World Cup, you can’t choose who you play,” insisted Marta.“We have this thing now, we need to do what we need to do to keep this thing going in the competition and then whoever we have to play we will be prepared.”The Aussies will play Norway in Nice in the next round on Saturday after they made sure of qualification on Monday with a scrappy 2-1 win over eliminated South Korea that came thanks to two penalties.Having lost their opening match with Italy they looked dead and buried as they headed towards half-time against Brazil two goals down, but clawed back to win 3-2 before comfortably seeing off the Jamaicans, who finish the group stage with no points to their name despite Havana Solaun scoring the Reggae Girlz’ first ever World Cup goal four minutes after the break.Kerr became the first Australian woman to score a World Cup hat-trick when she tapped home in th 69th minute following two first half headers, and her fourth was the goal that secured second spot.Italy meanwhile will take on one of the four best third-placed finishers after topping the group ahead of Australia on goal difference, while Brazil have to wait to know their opponent.“It’s hard to think of such a thing as a ‘good defeat’, but you could say that we’re happy for qualifying and finishing first in the group,” said Italy coach Milena Bertolini.England take centre stage on Wednesday as they attempt to match Italy in finishing first in Group D when they take on Japan, while Argentina look to squeeze into the next round when they take on bottom side Scotland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marta is the leading scorer in the history of the men’s and women’s World Cups © AFP / Philippe HUGUENVALENCIENNES, France, Jun 18 – Marta said she was representing women in football after becoming the leading scorer in the history of the men’s and women’s World Cups on Tuesday by firing home the penalty that downed Italy and secured Brazil’s place in the last 16 of this year’s tournament in France.The 33-year-old, widely considered the best player in the history of the women’s game, slammed home from the spot in the 74th minute against Group C winners Italy to secure qualification and take her World Cup tally to 17 after Debinha was bundled over by Elena Linari.
7 Getty Images – Getty *Points are awarded depending on major trophy won: Three points for a European Cup/Champions League or Premier League/First Division title, two points for a Europa League/UEFA Cup/Fairs Cup or FA Cup, one point for a Cup Winners’ Cup or League Cup. No points for one-off Charity/Community Shields, Super Cups or Club World Cups.Manchester United’s 4-2 derby win against Manchester City sent the Red Devils four points clear of their local rivals as they attempt to re-assert their superiority in the north west.The past four Premier League titles have been exchanged between the Manchester clubs, but United’s win was only good enough to keep them in third in this season’s table, while City ‘languish’ in fourth.Instead, the title seems certain to be heading to West London, while Chelsea’s capital city rivals Arsenal hold second spot and are on course to retain the FA Cup they won in 2014.So which city has the right to call itself the football capital of England?talkSPORT decided to take a look, devising a points system offering three points per European Cup/Champions League crown and per top-flight title, two for FA Cup glory and UEFA CUP/Europa League/Fairs Cup success and one point for every League Cup and Cup Winners Cup, to definitively answer this question.Click the arrow on the right to see which city is the English capital of football.What do you think is the number one city for football in England? Comment below… 5. Sheffield – 30 points* (13 trophies won – eight by Sheffield Wednesday, five by Sheffield United) Click the arrow to see the top four cities – The steel city has been hit hard in football terms over the last 20 years, with the last success coming with Wednesdays League Cup win in 1991. You have to go way back to 1930 for the last of the Owls’ four title wins, while the Blades haven’t won a major trophy since their fourth FA Cup win in 1925. Both clubs would settle for a return to the top flight in the near future. 7 2. Liverpool – 135 points* (56 trophies – 41 won by Liverpool, 15 won by Everton) Click the arrow to see which city is number one – The city of Liverpool may have been in Manchester’s shadow for a while, but the combined history boasted by both sides of Stanley Park is enough to put United and City in the shade. At one time, Everton were the most successful club in the city, but Liverpool eclipsed their neighbours during a golden period in the 1970s and 1980s. That said, Everton were more than a match for Liverpool during the mid-1980s, although it is now approaching 20 years since the Toffees last lifted major silverware. Liverpool are dreaming of winning the 2015 FA Cup, which would be their first silverware since 2012. 3. Manchester – 122 points* (52 trophies – 39 won by Man United, 13 won by Man City) Click the arrow to see which city is second – Manchester has arguably been THE capital of English football in recent times, as Man City rose to rival Man United for the title. Indeed, the past four Premier League titles have been won by United and City, following the Red Devils’ dominance of the 1990s and 2000s. Prior to the Premier League era, United and City also had success, but it has certainly accelerated in the modern era. 7 7. Nottingham – 19 points* (10 trophies won – nine by Forest, one by Notts County) Click the arrow to see the top six cities – Nottingham has a proud football history, with Notts County the oldest professional football club in the world, and founder members of the Football League way back in 1888. Neighbours Forest have been more successful, however, with remarkable back-to-back European Cup wins, making them the only club to have won more continental titles than domestic championships. Sadly, their last major success came in the 1990 League Cup, but adding Forest’s nine trophies to Notts’ one major honour, an FA Cup win in 1894, makes Nottingham Englands seventh most successful football city. 7 4. Birmingham – 45 points* (22 trophies won – 20 by Villa, 2 by Birmingham) Click the arrow to see the top three cities – For decades, Aston Villa were right up there when it came to English football’s most successful clubs, and while they have been left behind by Man United, Liverpool and Arsenal, with Chelsea coming up on the rails too, Villa’s silverware haul is enough to put the second city in fourth on this list. Villa who won the European Cup in 1982 haven’t won a trophy since the 1996 League Cup, which rivals Birmingham City picked up when they stunned Arsenal in 2011. 1. London – 145 points* (71 trophies – 28 won by Arsenal, 20 won by Chelsea, 16 won by Tottenham, four won by West Ham, one by QPR, one by Charlton and one by Wimbledon) – The capital city is also the capital of trophies. London has been mocked in the past for its lack of success compared to the north west, but in reality the sheer size of the capital and the number of professional clubs it boasts means it has seen plenty of glory down the years. Granted, it took until 2012 for London to boast a Champions League winner, but there is no denying that Chelsea have helped to boost the city’s football profile in recent years and look well placed to add another Premier League title in 2015. Arsenal continue to lead the way in league titles (13) and FA Cups (11), while Spurs (eight FA Cups and three European trophies) have chipped in with plenty of cup victories. West Ham fans will tell you that the Hammers won the World Cup, too! 7 6. Newcastle – 26 points* (11 trophies won) Click the arrow to see the top five cities – Newcastle last tasted success in the FA Cup in 1955 7 7
“It’s the end of an era,” said Robert Gustafson, who heads the media management area at California State University, Northridge. “The issues that are at hand are the issues of a new chapter of television.” Two decades ago, Hollywood writers fought for more creative control and higher residuals during a 22-week strike that cost $500million. Now, as audiences for broadcast network television dwindle, writers want more money from DVD sales and shows shown on the Internet and on cell phones, known as new media. A contract covering the writers expired a week ago and last-minute negotiations failed Sunday. Writers were slated to meet Monday evening to discuss their options. The fate of the writers’ negotiations could affect contracts covering actors and directors, which expire in June. It also will have an immediate impact on the local economy and the thousands of people who work behind the cameras. In an interview Monday with the trade magazine TV Week, the president of the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers said producers would not be rushing back to the negotiating table. In a historic fight over revenue from the digital revolution, Hollywood writers went on strike Monday for the first time in nearly 20 years. Picket lines sprang up in New York City and from Burbank to Studio City on Monday morning. Late-night comedy and talk shows – Jay Leno, David Letterman and others – were the first casualties and couch potatoes worried about their shows going into reruns as producers were left with few complete scripts. Some 12,000 members of the Writers Guild of America started picketing outside 15 different studios at 9a.m. Monday in a struggle to determine how the industry divvies up new revenues such as Internet downloads that are changing the face of television. “At some point we’ll be back at the negotiating table, but it won’t be for quite a while,” Nick Counter said. In a statement Sunday, the alliance said it made attempts to meet writers’ demands on a number of key areas such as new media. “Ultimately, the guild was unwilling to compromise on most of their major demands,” the statement said. With writers on strike, little can move forward in Hollywood. Late-night television shows that depend on writing about current events will start broadcasting reruns immediately. Networks are expected to stretch out new episodes of prime-time shows by running more movies and current-events shows in case the strike lasts for months as some have predicted. New shows such as “Pushing Daisies” and “Private Practice” could lose momentum or be canceled because of a lack of reruns to show. Reality shows will not be affected because they do not rely on union writers, one sticking point in negotiations. The strike could be a boon to cable networks and Internet channels such as those on YouTube if viewers get bored of watching reruns on the broadcast networks. By most accounts, both sides are prepared for a drawn-out battle. Studios have stockpiled scripts and some are prepared to air new reality shows. Jimmy Kimmel might attempt to do his show without his writers, an ABC representative said Monday. Writers in red union T-shirts carrying protest signs outside studios across Los Angeles said they were prepared for a long strike. At the main entrance to CBS Radford Studios on Radford Avenue in Studio City, a few writers pointed out that the feast-or-famine nature of their job prepared them for a strike. “Every job I have worked on, people said save your money,” said Patti Carr, a writer for the television show “‘Til Death” and a picket coordinator. Carr, 38, of Studio City gets paid about $10,000 per episode. In a great year she writes 22 episodes, but in a slow year she might only write five. Carr would not say how much she saved in case of a strike, but said she could go for months without income and still pay her mortgage. Hollywood writers are used to being out of work for weeks at a time, said Kal Clarke, who wrote for “Show Me the Money” until it was canceled last December. A normal schedule for Clarke, 47, who owns a home in Toluca Lake and has two children in private school, could mean working for seven weeks until a show is canceled, then being out of work for twice that long. When a show strikes a chord with audiences, he could have a steady paycheck for two years. “We’re used to pinching,” said Clarke, whose wife earns a steady paycheck. Outside the Disney lot in Burbank, the creator and executive producer of “Lost,” Damon Lindeloff, 34, of Studio City was among about 40 pickets at the Alameda Avenue gate. “I think we all feel very strongly about why we’re here and we’re digging in for the marathon, not the sprint,” he said. Screenwriter Larry Karaszewski, 45, of Hollywood wore a corduroy jacket with a T-shirt bearing a newspaper headline reading, “Viacom’s profits were up 80%.” “I was here for the ’88 strike and I’ve never seen our union more together,” Karaszewski said. Elected officials approached the strike gingerly. A spokeswoman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he did not want to intervene in an issue that is currently being handled by federal mediators. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, issued a statement that walked a fine line. “When technological advances help transform one of California’s signature industries, it’s important to ensure that the benefits of those advances are shared appropriately within that industry,” Nu ez said. The strike’s impact should illustrate the need for more long-term reforms to prevent runaway production, said Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, D-Glendale, an entertainment-industry attorney and chairman of the Assembly’s Select Committee on Preservation of California’s Entertainment Industry. “If even a short-term disruption has a dramatic impact on the local economy,” Krekorian said, “how much more of an impact will we feel when these jobs permanently leave California because of the incentives offered by other states and foreign governments?” The Associated Press and Staff Writers Susan Abram, David Kronke and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles and Harrison Sheppard in Sacramento contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DONEGAL LADIES came within a whisker of causing a massive upset in the All-Ireland Qualifiers today, Kerry needing extra time and some luck to put the Tir Chonaill girls out.First half goals from Geraldine McLaughlin and Emma McGrory had given Donegal a sensational one point lead at the break, 2-04 to 0-09.Donegal added five more points in the second half, but Kerry hit six – leaving the sides all square at the final whistle 2-09 to 0-15. Katie Herron was in sensational form for Donegal, hitting a number of superb points from play.Kerry nipped back into the lead at the start of the first period of extra time but Donegal squared it again from a free after Geraldine McLaughlin was flattened in a poor challenge and Geraldine converted from the free.McLaughlin then worked a goal chance for Orla Carr but the Kerry keeper somehow kept out the effort.Donegal then wasted good possession and Kerry then registered three unanswered points to lead 0-19 to 2-10. Louise Galvin then hammered home a goal to stretch Kerry’s lead to six points; and it was so undeserved, Donegal had been the better side for much of the first period of extra time.McLaughlin broke free to score a point to reduce the deficit to 1-19 to 2-11 but Kerry pulled ahead again and won out in extra-time 1-22 to 2-14.But Donegal Ladies – and their coach Davy McLaughlin – can hold their heads high after being written off by all the pundits before this game.With that sort of performance, Donegal’s Senior Ladies can push on from this and come back even stronger next season. PROUD DAY FOR DONEGAL LADIES AFTER HEARTBREAKING EXTRA-TIME DEFEAT TO KERRY was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalKerryLadies GFA
Bathandwa Mbola and Nthambeleni GabaraPresident Thabo Mbeki has called for the recent attacks on foreign nationals living in South Africa to come to an end.Anger over unemployment and crime sparked an outbreak of xenophobic violence in Gauteng province, leaving at least 22 people dead. Up to three million foreigners are thought to be in living in South Africa.Some 6 000 people, many of them Zimbabweans, have been displaced after being evicted from their homes by mobs. Many have sought refuge in police stations, churches and community halls.“Citizens from other countries on the African continent and beyond are as human as we are and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity,” Mbeki said in a statement on Monday.“Our humanism as a people enjoins all of us to respect, care, cooperate and act in solidarity with others regardless of their nationality.”Mbeki said the police would do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to book. “Nothing can justify it. The law-enforcement agencies must and will respond with the requisite measures against anyone found to be involved in these attacks.”The police have been forced to use rubber bullets to bring crowds to order, and have maintained a heavy presence in hot spots, including Katlehong, Diepsloot, Thokoza, Thembisa, Vosloorus, Makause, Hillbrow, Honeydew, Primrose and Ramaphosa informal settlements.The attacks have also spread to KwaThema, Tsakane, Wattville and Daveyton.After a meeting with the management of the South African Police Service (SAPS) on Monday, Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Perumal Naidoo resolved that decisive police operations would be launched to counter the attacks.Acting National Police Commissioner Tim Williams said strong action would be taken against perpetrators, and that any person or group convening meetings with the intention of inciting violence and criminality would be arrested and prosecuted.Additional police service members with experience and training in high-risk situations would be deployed in Gauteng, Williams said.The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality is currently accommodating 11 000 displaced people at civic centres throughout the metro area. They are being provided with security, blankets, food and health services.The municipality has formed a joint operation centre with key departments, including the Metro Police, SAPS, disaster management, health, infrastructure services, housing and emergency services to closely look at the violence and future interventions.The Salvation Army, Red Cross, Gift of the Givers, various churches and other organisations, as well as the Gauteng provincial government, have been providing blankets, food, and sanitation to help alleviate victims’ suffering.Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town’s Metro Police said on Monday that they would act firmly against anyone who participated in attacks against foreign nationals. Bongani Jonas, Chief of Metro Police, said the law enforcement agencies had a duty to protect the lives and property of all who resided in the country.“We have noted with great concern that the perpetrators of these attacks did not hesitate to use live ammunition against unarmed and defenceless people,” Jonas added. “Such acts will be met with the full might of the law.”Source: SouthAfrica.info and BuaNews