I am not under pressure to prove, says Muguna

first_img“I know everyone is looking at me and expect me to deliver but I don’t think I am under any pressure to prove anything. Football is the same everywhere. The same way I played at Stima is the same way I will play here at Gor. I know myself and I know what I can do,” Muguna told Capital Sport.Newly signed Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna in training at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi’s Jericho Estate on January 12, 2017.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe does not expect to find it easy cracking into head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira’s starting team, but he reckons he can work hard enough to get a nod basing on how he has integrated with his new team mates over the last week of training.“Getting to the starting team is the coach’s work. For me is to get into training, work hard and convince him to give me a place in the team,” the midfielder noted.“So far I have enjoyed training and the coach is a really cool guy. He knows how to communicate with players and his methods are good. I feel quite comfortable at the team and hopefully, I can achieve great things with the club,” he added.The 20-year old is expected to slot into a Gor Mahia midfield that was hugely weakened last year especially after the departure of Khalid Aucho.Newly signed Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth ‘Junior’ Muguna in training at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi’s Jericho Estate on January 12, 2017.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHis arrival at the club coupled up with that of Rwandese Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza has already excited the head coach who is confident the two can form a solid partnership to help the club achieve trophies this season.“Muguna is a good player. He is young and hungry and that is what we want here at Gor. I am happy because he has come to the club because in midfield is where we struggled last season,” Ferreira said on the former Stima midfielder.Meanwhile, Muguna has received an invite from Austria for trials and has an agreement with Gor that he will be allowed to leave. The departure to Europe is dependent on issuance of a visa.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Newly signed Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna controls the ball in training under pressure from Meddie Kagere at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi’s Jericho Estate on January 12, 2017.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 13- As he starts his new journey with 15-time Kenyan Premier League(KPL) champions Gor Mahia, reigning player and midfielder of the year Kenneth ‘Junior’ Muguna says he is under no pressure to prove anything despite a burden of expectation on his shoulders.Muguna had a fairy tale 2016 season after joining Western Stima from Kisumu’s Palos FC and his consistent performances not only earned him two huge accolades in the annual KPL awards, but a contract with Gor as well.last_img read more

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Waxman: Prosecutors shortchanged

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. Attorney’s offices in Los Angeles and other major cities are critically understaffed, crippling prosecutors’ ability to handle heavy caseloads, a report released Monday found. The report by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, said nearly 25 percent of the assistant attorney positions in the Los Angeles office remain unfilled because of hiring freezes and budget shortfalls. Meanwhile, basic supplies like binder clips are not replenished, and paper clips are in such short supply in some cities that attorneys must fill out written requests. “The consequences appear to be severe,” Waxman, the leading Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee, and Rep. John Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, wrote to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. “One basic question is, where has the money gone?” Waxman and Conyers noted that funding from Congress to the Justice Department has increased 15 percent over the past five years, adding that “the disparity in increased funding for U.S. attorneys overall and drastic shortages in staff and supplies in individual offices raise questions about Justice Department management.” Throughout the country, the report said, chronic understaffing has forced offices to reach plea bargains more frequently, and forego some prosecutions altogether. In San Diego, Waxman claimed, a U.S. attorney informed his investigators that the agency has been unable to prosecute all of its illegal-immigrant smuggling cases. In addition to the 40 unfilled positions in Los Angeles, the District of Columbia has 40 unfilled assistant attorney positions and Chicago has 25 to 35. Offices in Philadelphia and Virginia have begun charging indigent defendants for legal material that they are constitutionally required to provide because they cannot afford paper supplies. “The picture that emerges is unsettling,” Waxman wrote. “U.S. attorneys have the crucial responsibility of prosecuting federal crimes and pursuing civil enforcement actions. Yet it appears their ability to meet this responsibility has been severely undermined.” Kathleen Blomquist, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney General’s Office in Washington, D.C., issued a statement blaming Congress for the understaffing problems. She noted that every year since 2004, Congress has approved less than President George W. Bush requested to fund the agency. Most recently, in 2006, Congress rescinded $20.5 million and did not fund a separate $8 million for pay increases. “As this trend has developed, we have urged Congress to support the president’s request to fully fund the U.S. attorney’s offices so that we can return additional prosecutors to the courtroom,” Blomquist said. She did not address allegations that the staffing problems have hurt law enforcement efforts across the country. Dennis Boyd, executive director of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys, said there are 382 unfilled U.S. attorney jobs nationwide – slightly less than 7 percent of all the authorized positions. But understaffing problems are particularly acute in larger offices like Los Angeles where turnover is more frequent. “In places like Los Angeles, assistant U.S. attorneys stay a little while to get some experience, and then they go on to higher-paying jobs,” leaving offices with little institutional knowledge, he said. Boyd said his office has not received specific complaints that law-enforcement efforts have been diminished, but he did not dispute Waxman’s findings. However, he said he doubted attorneys would put such complaints on the record. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (212) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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WRI Merilis Data Terbaru Terkait Kebakaran Hutan Di Indonesia

first_imgDari peta-peta ini, WRI telah mentabulasikan jumlah peringatan titik api berdasarkan tanggal, serta mengidentifikasi jumlah peringatan yang terjadi di dalam dan di luar area konsesi. Artikel ini telah disunting untuk mengklarifikasi penggunaan data peringatan titik api NASA. Klik disini untuk mengetahui lebih lanjut tentang system ini. Berikut adalah tabel terbaru yang menunjukkan konsesi yang menjadi lokasi peringatan titik api berdasarkan data konsesi 2013.Observasi BaruData baru menggarisbawahi dua pola kunci:Jumlah peringatan titik api di Indonesia masih tetap tinggi, menunjukkan bahwa kebakaran di lapangan masih menjadi isu yang serius. Sebagaimana ditunjukkan data NASA, jumlah peringatan titik api paling tinggi terjadi pada 19 Juni dimana memang terdapat peristiwa kebakaran hutan dan lahan yang paling tinggi jika dibandingkan dengan hari-hari lain. Hari-hari selanjutnya masih menunjukkan angka peringatan titik api yang relatif lebih tinggi, dengan 21 dan 23 Juni di posisi kedua dan ketiga tertinggi.Persentase peringatan titik api yang terjadi di wilayah konsesi perusahaan meningkat jika dibandingkan dengan beberapa hari lalu. Untuk periode 12-23 Juni, semakin meningginya jumlah titik api diiringi dengan meningkatnya proporsi peringatan titik api yang terdapat dalam wilayah konsesi.Meskipun data baru ini telah membantu ditemukannya pola di atas, data ini masih belum cukup lengkap. Peta konsesi untuk 2013 masih belum dapat diakses publik dan tidak bisa diakses online dengan gratis. Padahal data ini maupun data lain yang serupa, seperti kepemilikan perusahaan, dapat memperkuat kemampuan kelompok-kelompok yang bekerja dalam isu ini, termasuk pemerintah, untuk membuat analisis.Jika pemerintah Indonesia, perusahaan, dan komunitas dapat bekerja sama untuk memastikan ketersediaan data tersebut secara publik, langkah ini menjadi usaha penting yang dapat mencegah krisis kebakaran hutan di masa mendatang, sekaligus memastikan masa depan yang lebih lestari bagi hutan dan masyarakat Indonesia.center_img Cecelia Song, Andika Putraditama, Andrew Leach, Ariana Alisjahbana, Lisa Johnston, James Anderson dan ahli lainnya di WRI juga berkontribusi dalam artikel ini.Read this post in English here.Hari Jumat yang lalu, World Resources Institute (WRI) mempublikasikan data detil terkait lokasi peringatan titik api di Sumatera yang telah menyebabkan kabut asap yang sangat mengganggu dan berpotensi beracun di wilayah Indonesia, Singapura, dan Malaysia. Pemerintah ketiga negara, perusahaan-perusahaan, maupun media semua berlomba untuk mencari data untuk memahami penyebab dan lokasi sebaran titik api, serta memutuskan siapa yang seharusnya bertanggung jawab.Selama beberapa hari terakhir ini, WRI telah melacak lokasi sebaran kebakaran hutan dan lahan yang terjadi di Sumatera, sebuah pulau di bagian barat Indonesia. Dalam perkembangan terbaru ini, WRI menganalisis tren historis kebakaran hutan yang terjadi di Sumatera. Baca analisa sebelumnya.Analisis terbaru dari WRI menunjukkan adanya perkembangan sebaran peringatan titik api di Sumatera dari waktu ke waktu serta kaitannya dengan konsesi perusahaan. Dua data penting dalam analisis ini antara lain:1. Peringatan titik api baru dari Data Api Aktif NASA, yang menunjukkan sebaran peringatan titik api terbaru selama periode 20-23 Juni (sebelumnya hanya pada 12-20 Juni. Data NASA hanya mengindikasikan kemungkinan lokasi ternjadinya kebarakan. Untuk mengetahui apakah ada api atau tidak, data tersebut harus diverifikasi di lapangan. Lihat disini untuk informasi lebih lanjut tentang data NASA.)Peta konsesi dan penggunaan lahan terbaru dari Kementerian Kehutanan Republik Indonesia, tertanggal 2013.Versi terbaru dari Peta Interaktif kami menenunjukkan peta tumpang tindih dari kedua data terbaru tersebut.Catatan: Visualisasi di bawah ini bersumber dari data yang tersedia bagi publik dari NASA dan Pemerintah Indonesia. Para ahli di WRI telah melakukan usaha terbaik mereka untuk melakukan verifikasi terhadap informasi ini, namun tidak dapat mengkonfirmasi akurasi dari informasi awal tersebut.last_img read more

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Minister Says Government Making Strides to Deal with Health Challenges

first_img Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Government is making strides in advancing its infrastructural readiness to cope with the challenges of the health profile of the population. Story Highlights “I think we are on the right track, and, indeed, from a government policy perspective, over the past year or so we have articulated and seen the need for expanded infrastructure. We are doing it in a very holistic way, so it is not an isolated institution,” he said. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Government is making strides in advancing its infrastructural readiness to cope with the challenges of the health profile of the population.Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of High Dependency Units (HDUs) at the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital on May 17, Dr. Tufton said there are plans to ensure that over the next three to five years, the necessary resources are in place to build out and expand the critical-care institutions across the island.Dr. Tufton says the breaking of ground for the HDUs represents a great start for the other critical-care institutions.“I think we are on the right track, and, indeed, from a government policy perspective, over the past year or so we have articulated and seen the need for expanded infrastructure. We are doing it in a very holistic way, so it is not an isolated institution,” he said.“It’s an attempt at looking at the full spectrum of hospital services and infrastructure, and developing a range of specialisation that will see us as a country being able to respond more readily and efficiently to the needs of our population,” the Minister added.The facility, being funded by the European Union (EU) at a cost of $230 million under the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC), will include a neonatal HDU, which will include eight beds and two neonatal isolation suites and a maternal HDU, which will include five beds, and maternal isolation suites.They will be equipped with highly specialised radiographic technology, digital computerised radiographic imaging systems, critical-care ventilators and specialised patient-monitoring equipment.Dr. Tufton said the infrastructure will only become important and effective when people support and utilise the facilities in the right way. In this regard, he highlighted that there is still work to be done in sensitising Jamaicans about the importance of managing their own behaviours in the interest of their own personal health and their unborn child.“Given that we have a solution with the help of the EU and others, in terms of the required infrastructure, we have to now get to a point where we develop a series of policies and programmes to change behaviour,” he said.The Minister lauded the EU for their efforts and resources in assisting to develop the Jamaican health sector.“We value the partnership, we see tremendous opportunities in improving our infrastructure and it’s always a work in progress, so we will now have to ensure that with your support, we provide the leadership and guidance to expand and extend the benefits to the people that we serve,” he said.PROMAC is aimed at reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. Under the project, a total of nine HDUs will be established at the Victoria Jubilee, Cornwall Regional, Spanish Town and St. Ann’s Bay hospitals and the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of High Dependency Units (HDUs) at the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital on May 17, Dr. Tufton said there are plans to ensure that over the next three to five years, the necessary resources are in place to build out and expand the critical-care institutions across the island.last_img read more

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