Liberian Civil War

first_imgA Liberian photo journalist who extensively covered the civil war in this country is calling on the United States and other governments investigating war crimes here to establish a court to prosecute perpetrators and sponsors.Journalist Gregory Himie Stemn, who has published a book titled “Liberia:  When Darkness Falls,” has told the Daily Observer that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States and the Belgian Government have begun investigating crimes perpetrated against the five Catholic Nuns murdered in 1992 and other crimes committed during the Liberian civil war.He disclosed that the Nuns were killed by a former NPFL General identified as one Vambo, who currently serves as a security guard with a local telecommunications company.Mr. Stemn, whose publication contains about 197 photos about the Liberian civil war, stressed that “There can be no peace without justice,” warns Stemn.   He urged that the U.S. Government and others intensify their efforts to bring to justice perpetrators of war crimes and sponsors of the past war in Liberia.He did not state how far the investigation has gone, but Mr. Stemn said he is sure the U.S. Government would fully investigate, indict and prosecute perpetrators of war crimes in Liberia.Explaining how he was able to capture many horrific photos about crimes committed during the war, Stemn said he accompanied former BBC West Africa Correspondent Elizabeth Blunt around war zones and later he joined the Liberian National Red Cross.“Through this and by the grace of God, I was able to capture the photographs contained in my book, and there are many more in my archive that I want to present to the government for  history,” he said.He told this newspaper that he has lectured on many forums about the Liberian civil war, and through that some friends met him and assisted him in publishing his book about the war.He said he had met and held extensive discussions with several prominent organizations and individuals.  They include UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, John S. and Jane L. Knight of the Knight Foundation, the Press Club in Washington D.C, and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.A letter addressed to him from Secretary of State Clinton states:  “Thank you for sending me a copy of your book, Liberia:  When Darkness Falls, and for sharing your extraordinary photos with me.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness and good cheer, and send my best wishes to you for continued success with your career in photography.”Mr. Stemn expressed the hope that his book,  having been received by some top U.S. and international officials and human rights organizations, will help motivate decision makers to see tangible reasons to push for the establishment of a war crimes court to prosecute perpetrators and sponsors of a war that brought so much killing and devastation to Liberia.He urged Liberians to welcome justice and to not reciprocate with lucrative positions the horrible acts of war criminals and sponsors as is the case in Liberia.Meanwhile, reports about the arrest of some former Liberian war abettors in the United States and Belgium have been emerging.Some months ago reports reached Liberia   that National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) Defense spokesperson, Tom Woweiyou was arrested but is now under protective custody to help with accounts about the war in Liberia.A few months ago another NPFL General, Martina Johnson, was arrested in Belgium but is now released on conditions not disclosed to this paper.Gregory Stem is a former photographer of the Daily Observer newspaper, where he worked and was trained under the legendary Liberian  photojournalist, Sando Moore, who was the Observer’s Photo Editor.Mr. Moore is now publisher of his own magazine, the popular monthly, Sando Moore Images. Other younger Observer photographers of the 1980s at the newspaper’s first headquarters on Broad Street, Crown Hill,  included Folley Siryon,  now Commissioner of  Dewin District, Bomi County; Mozart Dennis, a photographer practicing in the United States, and Arthur James.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Study aimed at brightening blighted Sun Valley

first_imgIn their place, planners hope to draw high-paying industries, a movie and TV sound studio, a retail village, apartments, a high-tech high school, Metrolink station and a park with lakes atop the old gravel pits. “The area doesn’t have to be a wasteland,” said Bruce Ackerman, chairman and chief executive officer of the Economic Alliance, and a member of the study team. “Somebody’s got to go in there with a plan to rebuild the area so it has some sense of environmental (purpose), generates good jobs and provides decent housing.” The study is expected to take three to six months. The 20-member volunteer study team, led by Pollak, will include architects, attorneys, economic development specialists and an engineer, city planner and real estate agent. About 150 students at the California State University, Northridge, Pierce College and Woodbury University will also contribute plans for the Sun Valley face-lift. “It’s about time,” said Carol Silver, owner of PIP Printing in Sun Valley and past president of the Sun Valley Chamber of Commerce. “I think it’s a great idea. I am totally in favor of positive growth that allows people an opportunity … to be involved. It should work very well for this area.” (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUN VALLEY – A coalition of architects, urban planners and college students is looking at ways to turn Sun Valley – with its gravel pits, auto dismantlers, junk yards and dumps – into a thriving industrial complex. The American Institute of Architects has linked up with the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley to study how to transform the grimy region south of Hansen Dam. “When you look at the existing conditions, it’s ripe for redevelopment,” said Jerry Pollak of the AIA-San Fernando Valley, which helped draw up a municipal blueprint for the turnaround of Panorama City. “The whole aim of our project is to make (Sun Valley) into a vital area – to increase job opportunities, to make it more aesthetically pleasing.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Residents of the northeast San Fernando Valley community have long been victims of industrial blight. Because of a glut of polluting industries, Los Angeles has declared Sun Valley the city’s first Environmental Justice Improvement Area. Sun Valley students suffer asthma at twice the national average. Following the most intense study of its kind in the state, air regulators will soon publish the results of five air monitoring stations in Sun Valley. The group hopes to construct a cohesive plan for 1,500 acres that now include trash and recycling centers, auto dismantlers, parts yards, granite and rock suppliers, industrial painting and chrome-plating shops. last_img read more

Inoel Beato a heavy favorite on Saturday’s Humboldt County Fair racing card

first_imgFERNDALE >> Jockey Inoel Beato deicded to take a “working vacation” to Ferndale three years ago.It was a smart decision.Beato rode eight horses over two days at the Humboldt County Fair, won six races, including the Humboldt Marathon aboard A Thousand Aces, and left town with a hefty paycheck, great memories and had fans who bet on his horses asking for more.That is what they will get today and Sunday when the 29-year-old native of the Dominican Republic returns. Beato is slated to ride …last_img

Raiders fans call for pregame rally, but history is not on their side

first_imgGot plans for Christmas Eve? Of course you do.Change them.That is the plaintive plea from a group called Forever Oakland. The group will be attending Monday night’s Raiders game against the Denver Broncos. But they’ll be front and center in and around the Coliseum parking lot all day, handing out signs and beseeching anyone who will listen that the Raiders a) should not move to Las Vegas, or b) at least leave their name, colors, logo and legacy behind, as the Cleveland Browns did in 1996 when …last_img

San Jose Sharks clean house, fire Pete DeBoer, three assistants

first_imgSAN JOSE — Frustrated by a lack of consistency and seeing a need for a new direction, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson cleaned house Wednesday, firing Pete DeBoer and naming Bob Boughner interim coach in an effort to spark the team back into a playoff position.Assistant coaches Steve Spott, Dave Barr and Johan Hedberg were also let go amid a rare and sweeping midseason purge by the Sharks, who are in danger of missing the playoffs for just the second time in the last 16 seasons.The Sharks …last_img

Q&A with founder of Champion South Africa

first_imgWell-known radio host Ashraf Garda challenges South Africans to change their mindsets to become champions in everything they do. Read more about his initiative, Champion South Africa.Ashraf Garda, co-founder of Champion South Africa, says he wants to multiply the number of champions in the country to help turn South Africa into a champion nation. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanSouth Africa will become a champion nation when the government, business and civil society synchronise their efforts towards the goal of becoming individual and collective champions. This is according to Ashraf Garda, who is the co-founder of Champion South Africa.“Champion people build champion people and only champion people build champion nations,” he says.The movement, launched in November 2015, is currently asking: What are you doing to build your country?Several local leaders, such as Vusi Thembekayo, Khanyi Dhlomo and Yvonne Chaka Chaka, were chosen to be part of Champion South Africa, so they too can spread the message and urge more people to become champions.Brand South Africa sat down for a question and answer session with Garda about Champion South Africa.Watch Ashraf Garda motivate an audience to help build Champion South Africa:Melissa Javan: Tell us about the journey of Champion South Africa.Ashraf Garda: The Champion South Africa concept started after I had many conversations with people on the talk show I host on Radio SA FM. [We would] talk about their aspirations and moving the country to another level.I kept hearing “If you have an idea, just start with it.”My son, Zaahid, is in marketing and owns a start-up called Student Photography. We talked about my idea and worked together to start Champion South Africa. We are the founders.Zaahid GardaMJ: What is the aim of Champion South Africa?AG: Firstly, as Champion South Africa we want to change the mindset of South Africans. We currently have a mid-table mindset, but we want to change it to the “okay is not good enough” mindset.Collectively and individually everyone should be champions in whatever they are doing. This is so that the country will have more champions. The country needs us to become a champion nation. That’s why you need the change in the mindset of the people.Secondly, we have to change the mindset of the country. Champion is a noun; we want the world to think about a champion nation when people think about South Africa.There’s no world cup of nations – there is no competition like that. If there ever was one, then the vision would be that the United Nations secretary-general would in the future announce South Africa as a champion nation.To achieve this, we need to increase the number of champions we have in the country.Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is congratulated as 2017 Miss South Africa in March this year:This is @DemiLeighNP SA’s newest champion #MissSA2017 @Official_MissSA ! #ChampionSouthAfrica @MIssKunene— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 26, 2017MJ: What is the aim of Champion South Africa’s Twitter campaign #BuildChampionSouthAfrica?AG: We decided we would have a campaign that would last a few weeks. With the #BuildChampionSouthAfrica campaign we ask: “What are you doing to build South Africa?”It’s a tactical campaign that talks about the personal actions of each individual South African. We want everyone to have the licence to say “My mission is to build a champion South Africa.”Well-known people such as social cohesion advocate Yusuf Abramjee talk about why they are building a champion South Africa:This how @Abramjee wants to #BuildChampionSouthAfrica— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 25, 2017Hang on to this message to #BuildChampionSouthAfrica from @DrRidwanMia – Share this and send us your video about your nation building plans— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 24, 2017Energized by human rights makes @Abeyphonogenic determined to #BuildChampionSouthAfrica @OgilvyCT @OgilvyJoburg @OgilvyCT— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 25, 2017MJ: In a recent radio interview you spoke about a 10-point plan, saying it speaks about the attitudes you should have as a nation. Can you elaborate?AG: We are busy drawing up a 10-point plan, still busy drafting it. We welcome the public’s feedback. You can give suggestions about what you think are the things that are going to make a shift [in the country].For example, what specific goals do you think we should have as a nation and secondly, as individuals?Champion South Africa recognises people, such as actress Connie Ferguson, who receive international acknowledgement for their hard work:???@Connie_Ferguson you living legend #AWA2016 #ChampionSouthAfrica #SABCNews— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) December 6, 2016MJ: You also said mentorship was linked to nation-building. Why is mentorship important for Champion South Africa?AG: Mentorship is critically important. The one-on-one connection can impact on a person completely. There are many forms of mentorship. You can get mentorship through watching someone on television or YouTube.If someone is an 18-year-old, that person needs a Champion South African to mentor him.We’ve had requests from people who want to volunteer. If people are interested in being Champion South Africa volunteers, a form of mentorship can be done, such as talking at schools or to their community, spreading the message of being Champion South African. We school them on how to do it.Last year, we asked more than 20 people to be Champions South Africans. All of them said yes. They are people such as Khanyi Dhlomo, Kass Naidoo, Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Snowy Khoza and Yusuf Abramjee.We’re going to have four tiers of Champion South Africa. We want to identify up to 40 people in each level.The first tier is the Champion South Africans. The second tier is called Future Champions. They are people who have a potential to become Champion South Africans. Thirdly, you’ll get the student champion, and the fourth tier will be the community champion.MJ: On Twitter you started the hashtag #TeamOfTheWeek in which you ask people to nominate people who had done great things. Tell us about #TeamOfTheWeek.AG: We choose a person for #TeamOfTheWeek because it was someone who had done something remarkable within of period of seven days.Just because you are in the #TeamOfTheWeek does not mean you are a Champion South African but it does mean your contribution will help to build a nation of champions. A Champion South African is someone who is formidable and is a globally known player.What can South Africans do if they want to be part of Champion South Africa?People such as Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada were Champion South Africans. We need to honour them by ultimately becoming champions like them. They passed on the baton to us.Our grandchildren will reflect on us. If we are not producing new champions, then we are not making a significant shift in the country. Remember, champion people build champion people. Champion people build a champion nation.Each one of us is on the field of play. You have to commit to be the best person for your country.You need to up your game to be in one of those tiers of Champion South Africa. If you change your mindset [to be a champion in everything you do], then you are already part of the Champion South Africa movement.The Champion South African listOn the first tier are the Champion South Africans:1. Felicia Mabuza-Suttle – well-known television host, businesswoman and motivational speaker.2. Snowy Khoza – CEO of Bigen Africa and the founding chair of Knowledge Management South Africa.3. Dr Thandeka Mazibuko – healthcare practitioner and businesswoman who specialises in the treatment of cancer. She also heads up Women of Magnitude.4. Janine Hills – CEO and founder of Vuma Reputation Management.5. Thebe Ikalafeng – global African branding and reputation architect, adviser and author.6. Douglas Kruger – professional speaker, business author and innovation strategist and the only speaker in Africa to have won the Southern African Championships for Public Speaking a record five times.7. Wendy Luhabe – social entrepreneur, mentor and author.8. Leanne Manas – host the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s News breakfast show, Morning Live.9. Abey Mokgwatsane – CEO of Ogilvy & Mather South Africa.10. Kass Naidoo – South Africa’s first female cricket commentator, sports anchor on Radio 2000 and founder of GSport for Girls.11. Imtiaz Sooliman – founder, director and chairman of Gift of the Givers, the largest disaster relief organisation of African origin in Africa.12. Themba Baloyi – founder and executive director of Discovery Insure, a short-term insurance company.13. Michael Jordaan – former CEO of First National Bank who now heads a private investment company, Montegray Capital.14. Farah Fortune – publicist and founder of African Star Communications.15.Carolyn Steyn – founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, executive producer of film Mandela’s Gun, Tongue in Cheek host on SABC3.16. Yvonne Chaka Chaka – internationally recognised South African singer, songwriter and entrepreneur.17. Gil Oved – an entrepreneur who is the co-founder and co-CEO of advertising agency The Creative Counsel.18. Vusi Thembekayo – South African based global business speaker, author, investor and serial entrepreneur.19. Jeremy Sampson – founder of the Interbrand Sampson Group.20. Khanyi Dhlomo – founder and CEO of Ndalo Media and Ndalo Luxury Ventures, as well as a TV host.21. Riaan Manser – pioneering explorer who was the first person to circumnavigate the coast of Africa by bicycle, a distance of 37,000km, through 34 countries over two years and two months.22. Yusuf Abramjee – consultant, social cohesion advocate and Play Your Part ambassador.23. Phuti Mahanyele – businesswoman, former CEO of Shanduka Group and executive chairperson of Sigma Capital.24. Dr Ridwaan Mia – leading plastic and reconstructive surgeon.25. Buyane Zwane – motivational and inspirational speaker, student and leadership development practitioner and business owner.26. Conrad Koch / Chester Missing – South Africa’s top ventriloquist and a double International Emmy nominated comedian, best known for his puppet character, Chester Missing.Stay up to date on Champion South Africa on Twitter:#ChampionSouthAfrica Tweets Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Placenta Harbors Bacteria, May Impact Fetal Health

first_imgResearchers have discovered a small community of bacteria living in a most unlikely place: the placenta, the organ that nourishes a developing fetus through the umbilical cord. The finding overturns the conventional wisdom that the placenta is sterile. The study also suggests that these microbes may come from the mouth, affirming that good oral hygiene may be important for a healthy pregnancy.The placenta is a pancake-shaped mass of tissue on the side of the uterus that provides oxygen, food, and waste removal to a fetus. Medical experts have long assumed that any bacteria found in the organ must have been picked up when it passed through the vagina after delivery. But more recently, researchers have realized that a baby has a community of bacteria in its gut when it is born. And these bacteria don’t match those in the vagina, suggesting some other source, such as the placenta, says fetal medicine specialist Kjersti Aagaard of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.Aagaard and co-workers are collaborators on the U.S. Human Microbiome Project, which is studying microbiomes—communities of bacteria, fungi, and viruses—that live in various places on and in our bodies. They looked for a placental microbiome by analyzing carefully collected placentas from 320 pregnancies. The researchers extracted DNA from the placentas and sequenced it for snippets and entire bacterial genomes in order to identify and quantify microbial species and the genes they carried. This analysis revealed low levels of a diverse set of bacteria, mostly nondisease causing strains of Escherichia coli, which dominate our intestinal tracts, but also others from five broad groups, or phyla. 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The researchers think the microbes may get to the placenta from the mother’s mouth through her bloodstream, perhaps when she brushes her teeth and dislodges them into the blood. That possibility is intriguing, because there’s a well-known correlation between gum disease and preterm birth. Indeed, the array of bacteria in the placenta differed in women who gave birth early, before 37 weeks.“This reemphasizes the importance of oral health” during pregnancy, Aagaard says. In fact, women may need to pay attention to their teeth even before they may become pregnant, because the placenta develops early in pregnancy, she says. That may be a challenge for low-income women who can’t afford dental care, Aagaard adds. The team also found a correlation between the composition of the placental microbiome and urinary tract infections, which suggests that such illnesses or antibiotics taken to treat them could alter the microbiome in unhealthy ways.“This study is the first to suggest that all placentas contain a small amount of bacteria,” says perinatal researcher Roberto Romero of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development campus in Detroit, Michigan. “These bacteria may live there and have a specific purpose,” such as seeding the fetus’s intestinal microbiome or building its immune system, adds biologist Indira Mysorekar of Washington University in St. Louis, who has reported finding bacteria inside certain placental cells.However, Romero and others caution that it’s too soon to say exactly how the placental microbiome got there and what it’s doing. The bacteria could have been in the uterus before pregnancy and evolved to resemble those in the mouth, Mysorekar says. Despite these unknowns, says microbiologist Seth Bordenstein of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, the discovery of a placental microbiome “continues to build the snowball that no tissue in the human body is sterile.”last_img read more

Plea in HC for putting on hold DDCA elections

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 22 (PTI) A plea was today moved in the Delhi High Court seeking a stay on the elections scheduled to be held on June 30 for selecting the managing committee of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).The petition came up for hearing before Justice A K Chawla who said that since the issue of elections in the cricketing body was earlier dealt with by a division bench, a similar bench should hear the instant matters. It listed the matter for hearing before a larger bench on June 25.The petition by Ravi Mehra has sought that the DDCA elections should not be held till the finalisation of the constitution of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Mehra claimed that after finalisation of the BCCI constitution, changes may be required in the DDCA’s amended Articles of Association (AoA) which were proposed by court-appointed administrator — former Supreme Court judge Vikramajit Sen — and approved by the high court on March 23.Besides this plea, two separate petitions were moved by persons whose candidature for the post of Treasurer in the cricketing body was rejected in accordance with the amended AoAs which provide for a cooling off period after demitting a post in DDCA.The two petitions were moved by Ajay Sharma and Dinesh Saini seeking that they be permitted to contest the DDCA polls.Advocate Pradeep Chhindra, appearing for the administrator, contended that the two petitions were not maintainable.In the elections to be held on June 30 to select the cricketing body’s executive committee, former India Test player and Delhi legend Madan Lal Sharma, noted journalist Rajat Sharma and senior advocate Vikas Singh are vying for the post of President.advertisementPushpendra Chauhan, the younger brother of former India Test opener Chetan Chauhan, is contesting for the post of joint secretary, while Rajan Manchanda, younger brother of former treasurer Ravinder Manchanda, is also a contender for the same post.The high court on April 15 had directed the DDCA Administrator to convene the cricketing body’s annual general body meeting and hold elections for its managing committee by June 30.The administrator for proper functioning of the DDCA was appointed during the hearing of a 2010 petition of the cricketing body seeking occupancy certificate from South Delhi Municipal Corporation to hold matches at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.The DDCA is yet to obtain a final structural stability certificate for its Feroz Shah Kotla stadium’s old club house also known as R P Mehra block.On March 23, the high court had dismissed the objections raised by members of the controversy-ridden DDCA against amendments, like the abolition of proxy voting, to the AoA proposed the administrator.The proposed amendments also included making players’ representatives and women a part of its governing body, laying down eligibility conditions for being appointed as an office-bearer or director and affiliated clubs being required to provide details of disbursement of funds provided by DDCA and submit accounts to it.DDCA’s general body, at a meeting held in September last year, had in a resolution rejected almost all the amendments proposed by the administrator.Rejecting the DDCA general body’s objections to the amendments, like capping of tenure of posts at nine years, the high court said the objective of ensuring that the same people or a clutch of individuals do not maintain their control over sport bodies like cricket associations “is to encourage budding talent and promote fresh blood, not only in the sport, but also in the management of its affairs”. PTI HMP RKS ARC ARClast_img read more

Tajinderpal Singh Toor’s father dies before seeing son’s Asian Games gold

first_imgTajinderpal Singh Toor’s Asian Games 2018 gold medal in shot put was India’s first in athletics and the boy from Punjab achieved the same by smashing the Games Record and the National Record in his fifth attempt with a throw of 20.75.After the victory, Toor had dedicated the gold medal to his father, who he relieved had been battling with cancer for the past two years. He had said, “A lot of sacrifices have been made by my family and friends and all those have paid off today [August 25].”Toor wanted to meet his ailing father and fulfil his wish of holding the gold medal earned by his son for the country. However, in a heartbreaking turn of events, Toor’s father Karam Singh passed away right before his son would have made it to him.Toor reached the Delhi airport on Monday night and was on his way to the hotel when he received the sad news of his father’s demise.READ – Father battling cancer but my family allowed me to chase my dream: Tajinderpal SinghAfter winning the gold medal, Toor had said, “Now I will meet my dad but I will be there for only two days.” Unfortunately, he could not make it to his father in time.Toor was aware of his father’s ill health and was in a hurry to reach Moga, Punjab but the news reached him before that.Athletics Federation of India (AFI) took to Twitter to express their condolences to Toor and his family.advertisement”AFI is in deep shock.We received Tejinder Toor,our Asian Shot Put Champion Gold Medalist at the airport last night & as he was on his way to hotel, sad news of his father’s demise reached us. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Our heartfelt condolences to Tajinder & his family,” AFI said.AFI is in deep shock.We received Tejinder Toor,our Asian Shot Put Champion Gold Medalist at the airport last night & as he was on his way to hotel, sad news of his father’s demise reached us. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Our heartfelt condolences to Tajinder & his family. Federation of India (@afiindia) September 4, 2018Toor’s gold medal was the eigth for India in men’s shot put in the history of the Asian Games.Also read – Asian Games 2018: Tajinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shot put with Games RecordThe 23-year-old is also Asia’s highest ranked shotputter and produced an inspired throw of 19.96 in his very first attempt and then followed it up with a throw of 19.15. He though failed in his third attempt but he was not done and had three throws left. He shot 19.96 in this fourth, and in his next broke the game and national record. He capped off a fine performance with another throw of 20.Yang Liu of China came second with a best throw of 19.52 (in his third attempt) and Ivan Ivanov of Kazakhstan finished in third with a best of 19.40.Toor had won silver at the Asian Championships held in Bhubaneswar back in 2017 and had finished eight in the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast in Australia.last_img read more