Pres. Sirleaf Consoles People of Togo, South Korea

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extended condolences to the peoples of Togo and South Korea for the catastrophic accidents both countries have experienced in recent days.The President’s messages of condolence to these countries are on behalf of the people of Liberia and the Government. They are meant to register the deepest regrets and sorrow of the nation for the misfortune facing these two countries who share close diplomatic ties with Liberia.In her statement of condolence, President Sirleaf said, “Government received the tragic news of both incidents with profound shock and deep sorrow.”Making a reference to each country, the Liberian President prayed that God would grant the Government and People of Togo, especially the bereaved families, with strength, courage and fortitude as that nation goes through this period of national mourning.Recently, there was a head on collision between a bus and a truck on the national highway of Atakpame, North of Lome, killing 48 people and injuring 16 others.In South Korea, a ferry capsized and divers are still recovering bodies, President Sirleaf expressed deep regrets and extended her heartfelt condolences to the Government and People of that country over the tragedy.The ferry went from the South Korean Port of Incheon to the Holiday Island of Jeju. It sank while en route, leaving one hundred and ninety (190) people missing.The latest reports suggest that over 113 bodies have been recovered and divers were finding it difficult to get to people concentrated in certain areas of the vessel.The Sirleaf administration is committed to strengthening Liberia’s Foreign Relations; an initiative that began since 2006 when the President first took office following years of war and loss of international image.As a result of this post-war venture, over US$4 billion worth of debt Liberia accrued has been cancelled, making the country debt free; enabling it to borrow loans for development purposes.President Sirleaf’s condolence messages to Presidents Faure Essozimna  Gnassingb of Togo and Park Geun- Hye of South Korea, are not only a humanitarian reaction to tragic situations in both of these countries, but also a way of admitting that the President and the country are committed to maintaining strong relations that exist with both of these nations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ramsaroop calls on voters to reject PNC rule of City Hall

first_imgLocal Government Elections 2018…if they want to see Georgetown truly develop & flourish Economic Advisor to the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), Peter Ramsaroop, is calling for the outright rejection of a Peoples National Congress (PNC)-led City Hall at the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE).The PPP/C’s flyer for local elections stated that the PNC rule of the City Hall has been characterised by 52 years of incompetence, maladministration and blatant mismanagement, which have led to disastrous consequences for the people of Georgetown.Ramsaroop, who has proposed numerous improvements to the City Hall’s management in various columns over the last decade, has noted that it is critical that the current managers of City Hall are completely removed at this election.He told Guyana Times on Sunday, “One just has to look at the physical condition of the world-famous City Hall building and wonder how it is safe for residents of Georgetown to conduct business there. It’s a disaster waiting to happen.”Ramsaroop believes the PPP/C candidates and programmes are ready to take Georgetown to a new level. Areas of economic growth, he said, must be seen in the wharf areas, the seawall, and the development of new access roads across the city utilising overpasses, among other things.Given the chance, residents of Georgetown will see significant improvement, he said. The PPP/C is calling for accountability and transparency. The party has stated its non-support for parking meters, and has called for justice for vendors. Ramsaroop said the mistreatment of vendors alone should be an indicator that voters need to take note of.The PPP/C advisor has since also called on PNC supporters who dominate the constituency to reject their leadership this round and allow the new team to take the capital city to new heights.He said, “Many would say the PPP/C had their chance in Government, but this was never the case with the City’s management, which has been under PNC rule for many decades.”Ramsaroop, along with PPP/C candidate for Constituency Number Three, Dimitri Ali, and Charles Ramson, Jnr, and other party executives, were engaged in a recent walk around.Just last month following a plethora of complaints against City Hall by residents, vendors and members of the business community, the Local Government Commission (LGC) was given no choice but to launch a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the operations at City Hall.Financial mismanagement continues to be chief among the complaints, in addition to the bullying tactics employed by the officials; which Ramsaroop has pointed out continues to be the hallmark of PNC rule.So far, the CoI has heard from current and former employees who appeared to testify that their benefits and contributions to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) were not paid.In addition, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) told the CoI that it has been awaiting payments from the City Hall for rates and taxes dating back to 2016; while there has also been examination of pension payments to a broker insurance company that has not been paid for the past 19 months.Further, many businesses have come forward and blasted City Hall for failing to approve numerous applications for respective properties for construction and other purposes.Evidence of financial improprieties uncovered at City Hall by Consultant Ramon Gaskin since 2012, when he conducted an audit there, will also be presented at the CoI. Gaskin is expected to provide the evidence to substantiate his recommendations based on that audit, where he recommended criminal charges.Prior to the announcement by the LGC to launch a CoI into the operations at City Hall, Town Clerk Royston King was sent on administrative leave. Both King and City Mayor Patricia Chase Green are expected to testify at later hearings. Both individuals are members of the PNC.The Inquiry is expected to conclude on October 31, 2018, when the necessary recommendations will be submitted after all evidence has been presented before the Commission.Headed by Retired Justice Cecil Kennard, the CoI is seeking to investigate the nonpayment of benefits, a rejected no-confidence motion that was filed against Town Clerk Royston King by Councillor Sherod Duncan, contracts that were awarded, and the mismanagement of funds, among other areas.Justice Kennard has sought to point out that letters in the media will not be taken into account as testimony. Hence persons would have to take the stand under oath to submit their evidence.last_img read more

Mt. SAC routs Chaffey

first_imgWALNUT – It was Chaffey College that gave Mt. San Antonio College its closest win of the season, a 54-50 win in the Mounties’ fourth game of the season. Ultimately, it was the Panthers whose season ended against No. 1 seed Mt. SAC. The host Mounties dominated play from the outset and led 40-7 at halftime on their way to a 68-31 win in the second round of the Southern California Regionals. “Our energy was really good tonight,” 12th-year coach Laura Beeman said. “We jumped on them pretty quickly. I’m really proud of the way we got after them.” (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2213 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img An energized Mt. SAC team, coming off a first-round bye, turned up the pressure against the Panthers and scored the last 14 points of the first half. Sophomore forward Chari Smith scored a game-high 12 points and sophomore guard Tay Hester had 10 for the Mounties (33-1), who will host No. 8 seed Antelope Valley, a team they’ve already beaten this season, on Saturday at 7 p.m. “Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve really worked on our defense and our rotations,” Beeman said. “Our ball pressure was really good.” The second half began much how the first half ended, with Mt. SAC extending its lead with a 23-12 run that made the score 63-19 with 5:51 remaining. Sophomore guard Adrienna Hooks and freshman guard Jazlyn Davis each scored eight points for the Mounties, who had 13 players score. last_img read more

Former Daily News general foreman Tyni dies at age 78

first_img(818) 713-3708 A funeral will be held Friday for Glen Tyni of Van Nuys, a former printer and general foreman at the Daily News. Tyni died Wednesday of emphysema at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. He was 78. Glen Jacob Tyni was born March 9, 1929, in Minneapolis, and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He began working in 1961 in the composing room of what was then the Valley News and Green Sheet and retired 30 years later as general foreman. He and his wife, Shirley Ann Nelson Tyni, had four children. “He quietly touched people’s lives,” son Todd Tyni said. “He was always jovial. He was a wonderful guy.” In addition to his wife of 46 years, Tyni is survived by sons Todd and Wayne; daughters Linda Miller and Laura Voets; and 10 grandchildren. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at The Church at Rocky Peak, 22601 Santa Susana Pass Road, Chatsworth. Burial will be at Oakwood Memorial Park, 22600 Lassen St., Chatsworth. Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity. last_img read more

TALENT! The clubs that produce the MOST homegrown players in football

first_img 7 7 Homegrown talent. It is a huge discussion point in football – particularly in England – as Three Lions bosses look at ways of unearthing the next generation of player that is going to hopefully one day play for the national side.In a timely report the Football Observatory of the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) have explored just which clubs from Europe’s top five leagues currently boast the most homegrown talents, a study that has yielded some very interesting results.Click the arrow on the right to see which clubs feature. 7 7 3. Real Madrid – 34 homegrown players currently playing in Europe’s top five leagues – Click the arrow for more – Much like PSG, Real Madrid may have a reputation for splashing out on the planet’s finest stars, but Los Blancos’ youth set-up, know as ‘La Fabrica’ or ‘The Factory’ still manages to churn out talents and nurture developing players brought to the club in their teenage years. Currently Madrid have eight homegrown players in their first-team squad and a massive 26 have gone on to other sides. 2. Man United – 36 homegrown players currently playing in Europe’s top five leagues – Click the arrow for more – Alex Ferguson was fiercely proud of Man United’s record of developing young players, and they boast Europe’s second highest yield of talent, with 36 homegrown players operating across the continents’ five biggest leagues. Of the Red Devils’ first team squad, 12 have come through the club’s ranks, with a further 24 having been school by United before moving on to other sides. 5. Paris Saint-Germain – 27 homegrown players currently playing in Europe’s top five leagues – Click the arrow for more – Despite being known as a cash-rich club that attracts super star players, PSG still manage to bring through talent, 27 currently playing at an excellent level in fact, with the Parisians having five on their books and 22 spread across Europe. 7 7 Joint 6th. Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Stade Rennais – 24 homegrown players – Click the arrow for more – Two fiercely traditional sides, Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad lay claim to 24 homegrown players in one of Europe’s top five leagues, as do Ligue 1 side Rennais. Both Athletic and Real boast 15 each currently in their squads and nine elsewhere, while Rennais only have five on their books and another 19 playing for other sides. 1. Barcelona – 43 homegrown players currently playing in Europe’s top five leagues – There should be no major surprise as to who is number one, but the sheer volume of talents to have been influenced by Barcelona is nonetheless staggering. 43 players currently playing at an elite level have come from the Catalans’ famous La Masia academy, of which 13 are still at the club. A staggering 30 players to have learned their craft at Barcelona populate a number of clubs around Europe. 7 4. Lyon – 33 homegrown players currently playing in Europe’s top five leagues – Click the arrow for more – Another French side with a strong tradition of producing top quality players, Lyon currently have 15 homegrown players in their squad and a further 18 playing elsewhere. Joint 9th. Arsenal, RC Lens, Atalanta and Bordeaux have produced 22 homegrown players currently playing in Europe’s top five leagues – Click the arrow to see which clubs have produced even more talent! – We kick off with the quartet above, all who boast 22 homegrown players operating in Europe’s top five leagues currently. Of the four, Bordeaux currently have the most homegrown players on their books (11) at time of writing, with a further 11 operating elsewhere. Arsenal have seven in their current first team squad and 15 playing elsewhere, while RC Lens boast nine at the club and 13 at other clubs and Atalanta five at the club and 17 playing for other sides. last_img read more

Newcastle and Tottenham told they can land Barcelona youngster for £8million

first_img1 Barcelona would be willing to sell Newcastle and Tottenham target Sandro Ramirez – if a club meets his £8m asking price.The forward is highly-rated by coaches at the Camp Nou and has been tipped for a big future.However, the 20-year-old is struggling for first-team opportunities and Barcelona are now willing to let him leave to free up funds.According to Sport, the Spanish champions would be willing to sell to Newcastle or Tottenham if they splash out £8m.Any deal would also have to contain a buy-back option, as Barca are keen to keep tabs on the Spaniard’s progress.Sandro scored four times in 12 appearances last season and it is said he would welcome a move to England. Sandro Ramirez last_img read more

Wayne Rooney: What options does the Manchester United legend have this summer?

first_img 1. Stay at Manchester United – Click the right arrow above to see what other options Wayne Rooney has… – The 31-year-old, despite what you would consider a poor season by his standards, has found himself on the pitch a surprising amount given his obvious regression. Still, in all competitions, he’s managed 22 starts and 12 substitute appearances, while notching a career low seven goals, so far. There is no doubt remaining with the Red Devils will see him lose even more game time next season, unless he attempts again to become a deep-lying midfielder in the mould of Michael Carrick. This though, is highly unlikely, especially given tactics in the Premier League are evolving in such a way that high intensity central stars like Idrissa Gueye and N’Golo Kante are blossoming. Manchester United are also sure to sign another forward, and central midfielder during the summer so all his paths to the first-team are almost certain to be blocked. It has been a tough season for Wayne Rooney at Manchester United.He may have, finally, become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, beating Sir Bobby Charlton’s tally of 249, thanks to a strike against Stoke City, but other than that it will be considered a year of regression.The 31-year-old has been a bit part player for the majority of the campaign, playing just 1272 minutes of Premier League football, netting four goals and assisting five.And, whether Manchester United seal a place in next year’s Champions League or not, his playing time is only likely to be further reduced.Rooney himself this week insisted he wanted to stay at Old Trafford, despite interest from China and America earlier in the year.Questioned about his future he said: “I’ve been at this club 13 years, of course I want to play football.”And when asked ‘here?’ he replied: “Of course.”But what are the options for England’s all-time leading goalscorer this summer? Click the right arrow above to see what we think his options are… 5 5 5 5 4. Return to Everton – It’s the kind of move that might make even the least sentimental people get misty-eyed. Once a Blue, always a Blue, a Rooney return to Goodison Park is a brilliant narrative, and would bookend end his career superbly. But, football is no Hollywood script, even if Everton do sell current star striker Romelu Lukaku. Given the kind of team Ronald Koeman is currently trying to mould on Merseyside, it’s very unlikely Rooney would fit into their system. The club haven’t rubbished reports, with the Dutchman and director of football Steve Walsh both insisting they would be open to any deal. But, realistically, he would be used in a limited role, possibly as a back up to a younger striker, like Malaga’s Sandro Ramirez, who could also join in the summer. The main reason for landing Rooney could well be to change the mentality in the changing room and providing someone to look up to for some of their talented young stars. 5 3. A switch to the Chinese Super League – Moving to China, like Oscar, Ramires, Axel Witsel, John Obi Mikel, Carlos Tevez, and Paulinho, also is an option for Rooney. But currently, with limited foreign players spots available, he may be forced to wait for a transfer if none are available. After recent huge moves, the CSL is doing its all to ensure talented homegrown stars develop and improve their national team. 2. Move to Major League Soccer – It appears both Rooney and some franchises Stateside are keen on a deal to move the player across the pond. Reports suggest Los Angeles FC could attempt to land the 31-year-old as one of their designated players, which would keep him outside of their salary cap. Kaka, Sebastian Giovinco, and Bastian Schweinsteiger are the current calibre of player in this role. If Rooney did move to LA he wouldn’t start playing in the MLS until 2018, which means further questions would be raised about his fitness. It should also be noted the rapidly developing league is already moving away from signing ageing stars, and moving towards young prospects with Atlanta United impressing by landing South American starlets Miguel Almiron, Josef Martinez, and Hector Villalba, rather than opting for ageing European names on big contracts. 5. Remain in the Premier League – If not Manchester United or Everton, Rooney may have other takers in the English top-flight. It’s very likely that West Ham, who haven’t had the best luck with strikers lately, could be intrigued by a deal, especially with the owners’ scattergun approach to transfers. But it would mean Rooney decreasing his wage demands by a fair amount; if it worked out, though, it could see him experience a renaissance and possibly prolong his international career.last_img read more


first_imgUNDER 8 Coaching will take place on Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm and on Saturday from 10am to 11am. Parent please note the extra session going ahead and have players there on time.The under 12s training is Monday and Wednesday next week at 7. The minors are away to Four masters this Thursday with a 7pm throw in. Loads of information and pictures on the Naomh Mhuire Bord na nOg facebook page – make sure to check it out.Last weekend was a free weekend for the senior teams. They were due out in championship this weekend but that has been reschedule to early August and a league fixture has been scheduled. Check press for details of fixture.A Suicide Awareness course is taking place in Gweedore GAA club, on Tuesday the 10th of July. All our club members are encouraged to attend this talk. Naomh Mhuire and Gaoth Dobhair GAA Clubs are combining to host an evening course in SAFETALK- a suicide awareness programme. The course will be run in ClubTeach, Gaoth Dobhair on Tuesday July 10th at 7pm to 10pm. Anyone is welcome to attend. You do not have to be a club member.Monthly Club meeting will take place on Thursday the 5th of July at 7:30pm.Ulster Final will more than likely be All ticket, there is no breakdown of prices or packages yet, but all orders for tickets will have to be with Declan by Wednesday the 11th of July, as the order has to be in on the 12th to County Board. The club will only be allocating ticket to club members, so if you have not paid your membership, please get it to the treasurer ASAP to be in with a chance to get a ticket for the final and any matches afterwards.Ladies/u16 and minor girls training are 8pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and a request to get all players out training. There was a good response and good days activities for the club surf day last week. Well done to all involved.Lotto details for week 20th June. Jackpot 2180 euro. No jackpot winner and two match 3 winners: Danny Dunlevy – Mullachdubh, Brid Doherty – Carraig a choill. Numbers drawn were 4-7-9-13.Lotto details for week 27th June. Jackpot 2240 euro. No jackpot winner and two match 3 winners: Nóra Bhán – Rann na feirste, Tina Gallagher – Dobhair. Numbers drawn were 2-14-20-21.100 Club June draw: €4OO; Dee Byrne – Bún na mbean. €200; Mary Sweeney – Meandoire ná slúa. €100 each: Hugh Bonner – Coilcheim, John Anthony O’Donnell – Anagaire. €50 each: Sean McFadden – Coilcein, John Boyle owen – Coilceim, Danny McGinley – Mullachdubh, Sarah Sharkey – Ranamona, Shay McBride – Meandoire ná slúa agus Anne Boyle – Cúlacrick. 100 club is still open for membership. Great monthly cash prizes. This is a great way to support your local club, its membership and only for €20 a month. Half that raised is paid out in prizes and the other half helps continued development at the Club to help promote games.Check out details on GAA NEWS: NAOMH MHUIRE CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Naomh Mhuire Club noteslast_img read more


first_imgTHREE nightclubs in Bundoran may have enforced a new minimum price on booze last night – but that didn’t stop young people filling up on cheap drink.In a landmark case, Judge Kevin Kilrane ruled that a minimum price of €2.50 should be imposed on all alcoholic drinks in licensed premises in the Donegal seaside town.It follows a recent drinks war in Bundoran which saw some alcholic drinks sold for just 50 cent while another premises offered a free bar to patrons for a €20 cover charge. But last night the same punters who were availing of the bar wars were able to fill up on even cheaper drink – by buying it in the supermarket instead.“Sure we spilt a bottle of vodka and we reckon that works out at about 35c to 40c a shot, though we’ve poured some big ones,” said Barry, 21, who was with five friends who were deciding where to go to afterwards.“I heard about the judge’s ruling but it just means we’ll drink more outside before we go in,” he added.His friend Sean (also 21) said the decision left him with mixed feelings. “I can drink as much as I want here and then go into the club,” he said, “I’ve a few friends who work in the bars in Bundoran and the drink was over-priced.“If it was the same price in the pubs as it is in the shops, then it might save a few of those jobs. For now we can’t afford the pubs so we’ll get most of our drink now in the off licence or supermarket,” he added.Amy, who is 22, feared the ruling could hit one or more of the clubs in Bundoran.“We change around and like to go from one to the other on different nights. It would be awful if any of them closed,” she said.“I understand what the judge is doing and I agree with him, but sure you can just go and get the drink in the shop instead. At least in a bar it’s controlled. We got a bottle of vodka tonight for €18. “It annoys me that a few idiots who can’t handle their drink destroys it for the rest of us. Boys who get into trouble will get into trouble anyway.”The ruling may also be challenged legally, though this could not be confirmed last night.It was welcomed by campaign groups.But it was clear from young people in Bundoran last night that only a uniform across-the-board minimum pricing has any chance of curbing excessive drinking. One club in the town was advertising new prices on Facebook; all above the judge’s minimum price. Their poster is below.BOOZE WARS: JUDGE RULING DOESN’T STOP 40c-A-SHOT NIGHT OUT was last modified: July 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:BOOZE WARS: JUDGE RULING DOESN’T STOP 40c-A-SHOT NIGHT OUTlast_img read more

Reporters from around the world get first peek at panda cub

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “He’s just a fantastic little bear,” said Lisa Stevens, the zoo’s assistant curator for pandas. “He’s climbing all over his cage.” The news preview followed special viewing sessions for members of the zoo’s support organization, Friends of the National Zoo, and other financial backers. The cub gets his first visitors from the general public Dec. 8, when those who nabbed tickets during the zoo’s online ticket giveaway are permitted in the panda house. Those 13,000 tickets were exhausted about two hours after they became available last week. Zoo officials announced that people could only use the tickets that they can prove they reserved themselves after the tickets started showing up on eBay for hundreds of dollars apiece. The visits aren’t just planned to satisfy the public’s demand to see the panda, officials said. They also give the cub a chance to get used to having people around. Tai Shan (pronounced tie-SHON) means “peaceful mountain.” The name, one of five proposed for the cub, received 44 percent of an estimated 200,000 votes cast on the zoo’s Web site. Tai Shan now weighs 21 pounds, two pounds more than he did just one week ago. He won’t be weaned off mother Mei Xiang’s milk for another year or so.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – Tai Shan, the giant panda cub, showed Tuesday that he is a quick study, prancing about in his den and otherwise mugging for hordes of camera crews in this city that’s a veritable fishbowl for celebrities. More than 100 reporters and camera crews from around the world got their first look at the fuzzy creature as they filed past his indoor enclosure in five different shifts. And the 4-month-old cub did not disappoint. He chased his zoo keeper around, trying to nibble at the hems of her jeans. He pulled himself over the ledge of the habitat’s rocky centerpiece. He tumbled onto his back, and he gummed at the bamboo stalks that will someday form his diet. Cameras snapped wildly every time he did something especially cute. last_img read more