Liberia Excluded from Handball Tournament

first_imgLiberia has been excluded from participating in the African Junior Handball Tournament, from 28 July to 4, August, 2014 in Lome, Togo, due to the presence of Ebola in the country.The LHA was expected to send both male and female teams to the Lome Tournament but was excluded from the tournament by the International Handball Federation (IHF).LHA president J. Mayson Saweler told the Daily Observer that the IHF requested an Ebola Clearance Certificate, just before the two teams’ departure.The Clearance Certificates were not part of the requirement for participation, he said, but with the increasing number of Liberians who have been affected and even lost their lives, the IHF decided to finally exclude Liberia from the tournament.“Even Nigeria has also been excluded due to the reported death of a Liberian with the disease in that country,” Saweler said.Liberia is in Zone 3 along with Ghana, Togo, (host), Burkina Faso, Benin and the Ivory Coast.“Since we are the first organization to suffer from traveling abroad,” Saweler said, “I think it is necessary that we work along with other sports organizations to create more awareness against this deadly disease.”“We play handball with bare hands,” Saweler said, “so we will demonstrate to all that we must obey preventive measures from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as we fight the disease.”He announced an Ebola Awareness Campaign last Saturday involving more than 50 athletes at the Sports Commission.He also used the occasion to appeal to UNESCO, UNDP and UNICEF to support his organization’s effort to provide awareness to handball players, who are mainly students, throughout the country.At its awareness campaign on Saturday, Liberian musician, Ms. Emma Smith, who had donated jerseys to the association, was expected to be in attendance to entertain the players and the crowd.He meanwhile made an appeal to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to allow his association to give a handball performance before and after the end of the forthcoming National County Meet.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Non-Lawyers Serving on Key Judicial Committees Hailed

first_imgJust over a year after appointing non-lawyers to two key committees within the Judicial Branch of government, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor has acknowledged that those serving on both the Judicial Inquiry Commission and the Grievance and Ethics Committee have done exceptional work to restore faith, public trust and confidence in the justice system.“In order to further ensure judicial transparency and accountability thereby increasing public confidence in the disposition of justice, we determined that it was necessary to include civil society’s representation on the two committees,” the Chief Justice said.Based upon that, Chief Justice Korkpor said he appointed prominent Liberians from diverse backgrounds, who graciously accepted to serve and are now serving with credit in the Liberian Judiciary.The Chief Justice made the disclosure last Monday when he delivered his message at the opening of the March 2015 Term of the Supreme Court.“Doing that required the amendment of the Rules of Court which ,” he said, “limited the membership of the two judicial bodies to only judges and lawyers.”Accordingly, he recounted, “On November 2013, the Supreme Court issued another Judicial Order #6 authorizing the Chief Justice, in consultation with other members of the Court, to increase the composition of the Judicial Inquiry Commission and the Grievance and Ethics Committee to a number not in excess of nine for each body, and appoint people from the civil society, who are not lawyers.”The non-lawyers appointed on the Grievance and Ethic Committee were Attorney   Oscar Bloh of the Search for Common Ground, Imam Ali Krayee, acting chief imam of Liberia, Mr. Francis A. Dennis, president of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, Rev. Keturah York Cooper of the African Methodist Church and A.M.E. University, former Information Minister, Rev. Emmanuel Bowier, Liberian Educator, Sis. Mary Laurene Browne and Kenneth Y. Best, publisher and managing director of the Daily Observer newspaper,.In his swift intervention, Cllr. Theophilus Gould, president of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), admitted that the Bar had initially opposed the decision to allow non-lawyers to probe lawyers and judges, especially those on the Judicial Inquiry Commission which, he said, circumvented the amendment of the Rules of Court.“Your Honor, we agree with you that the appointment of non-lawyers was a step in the right direction, because we have worked with them directly and the non-legal guardians are helpful in the dispensation of justice,” he confirmed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Now see, hear: Eagle Scout aids seniors

first_imgIn all, he and his team of assistants spent a collective 600 hours gathering, sorting and installing the material. It paid off. Last month, Benjamin received his Eagle Scout medal, Scouting’s highest honor. To earn Eagle status, a scout must first earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, plus organize and successfully carry out a community project that benefits a local nonprofit organization. Benjamin earned a total of 26 merit badges, including badges in astronomy and cycling, two of his favorite pastimes. At his Eagle Court of Honor, where he was presented the Eagle medal, Whittier City Manager Steve Helvey and Councilman Joe Vinatierri were on hand to congratulate him. “The job of an Eagle Scout is to help younger scouts be where we are right now,” Benjamin said. Benjamin, who has been in scouting since he was 6 years old, said his experiences as a Boy Scout were valuable life lessons that will stick with him into adulthood. He wants to attend Northern Arizona University, where he would like to major in business management. Someday, he said, he would like to open his own motorcycle shop. WHITTIER – For his Eagle Scout project, Benjamin Andrew Dugan set out to help the elderly residents of the Michigan Park area of Whittier. But the result was “way more” than he ever expected, the 15-year-old said. “It was only supposed to be videos at first,” Benjamin said, “but the project kept growing and growing.” In all, Benjamin, with help from other Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and scout leaders he recruited, collected more than 3,500 items, including video and DVD movies, music CDs, audio books and cassettes. Then the team distributed them to the Parnell Park Senior Center, the Intercommunity Blind Center, the local Salvation Army’s transitional living center, the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter, and the Whittier Senior Center, where Benjamin and his helpers built oak cabinets to house a new media library. “I can tell the difference when I walk around school – who is a Boy Scout and who is not a Boy Scout. They are usually the first ones to help when something comes up,” he said. Benjamin believes he is carrying on a family tradition; his father and brother were Boy Scouts. “I don’t think he had a choice,” said his mother, Sherry Dugan, only half-jokingly. “In our house being a Boy Scout is just something we do.”160Want 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

Snowfall warning issued for B.C. North and South Peace

first_imgSnowfall warning issued for:   B.C. South Peace River, B.C. (087310)    B.C. North Peace River, B.C. (087320) Current details: 15 to 35 cm total snowfall by Thursday morning.This is a warning that significant snowfall is expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.- Advertisement -An intense frontal system from the Gulf Of Alaska will spread Pacific moisture over a cold Arctic airmass over the BC Interior tonight and Wednesday. The result will be heavy snow over portions of the Central Interior and the BC Peace River region. The heavy snow will begin tonight and continue through Wednesday night. Total snowfall accumulations with this storm are forecast to be generally in the 15 to 25 cm range although as much as 35 cm is possible in the Williston region.The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.Advertisement Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada read more

Benitez to take charge of Chinese side Dalian Yifang

first_img0Shares0000Rafael Benitez managed Liverpool to the UEFA Champions League crown in 2005 and has been in charge at European giants like Inter, Chelsea, and Real Madrid © AFP/File / Paul ELLISSHANGHAI, China, Jul 2 – Champions League-winning manager Rafael Benitez said Tuesday that he will join Chinese top-tier side Dalian Yifang, just days after his three-year reign at English club Newcastle United came to an end.“After a long path… We start a new challenge! I’m happy to begin this new project with Dalian Yifang,” the Spaniard wrote on his verified Twitter account. Benitez, who guided Liverpool to the UEFA Champions League crown in 2005 and has managed at European giants like Inter, Chelsea, and Real Madrid, parted ways with Newcastle last week.The 59-year-old becomes the latest big-name foreign manager to try his luck in the Chinese Super League (CSL), which have included the likes of Brazil’s World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, and Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro, who remains in charge at CSL powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande.Dalian Yifang, who are currently in joint 10th place in the CSL, also confirmed his appointment.“Dalian Yifang Football Club is honoured to have Mr. Rafa Benitez,” the club said on its social media account.“We believe that through his efforts, he will be able to rebuild the glory and realise the expectations of the majority of fans.”The club, which did not divulge terms, has never won the Chinese league title.Unconfirmed reports have said previously that Benitez had been offered a contract worth £12 million ($15 million) per year by Dalian Yifang.Benitez was a hugely popular figure at Newcastle after leading the club to promotion in his first full season and stabilising Newcastle in the Premier League over the past two years.Early in his coaching career, Benitez won two Spanish La Liga titles at Valencia, the come-from-behind Champions League title with Liverpool in the “Miracle of Istanbul”, and was twice named UEFA Manager of the Year.He never won the English Premier League with Liverpool, however, but subsequently won some hardware at Chelsea and Napoli.Benitez didn’t last a full season before Real Madrid dismissed him early in 2016, however.Joining Newcastle shortly after, he was unable to save the team from relegation, but became hugely popular with fans by earning promotion straight back to the Premier League the following season.Newcastle finished well clear of relegation this season, raising hopes for the club’s future.But Benitez has said that differing visions over strategy with club owner Mike Ashley prevented them reaching an agreement on a contract extension.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgGet voting for CalypsoThis incredible entry into Junk Kouture from three students at Coáliste Ailigh in Letterkenny is already winning hundreds of online votes – but needs more for a chance to win in the grand final.The dress is the work of Kirsty Nic Giolla Bháin, Jessica Ní Ghallachóir and Aoibhinn Ní Mhuimhne.So don’t just sit there – get voting again for Calypso. Other entrants from around Ireland are sneaking ahead in the vote – so we need Donegal to get behind them. Voting closes at midnight, Friday 25th April, with the Grand Finals taking place in the O2 arena Dublin, Friday 2nd May 2014.Here’s how to vote:  GET VOTING FOR DONEGAL GIRLS’ SUPERB JUNK KOUTURE DRESS was last modified: April 22nd, 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:CalypsoJunk Kouturelast_img read more


first_imgLETTERKENNY GOLF CLUBCOMPETITION UPDATES! Results from the cat 4 competition played 29th Sept.:[9 holes]1st Paul Doherty 18 pts; [BOT]2nd Michael McDaid 18 pts;3rd Jim Toner 17 pts; CATEGORY 4 JOHN J. DOHERTY MEMORIAL CUP ENDS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SEASON!Congratulations to cat 4 member PETER MC GINTY who took the most auspicious trophy on the cat 4 calendar, the John J. Doherty Memorial Cup.Playing today Sunday 5th, in gale force winds and intermitten showers, Peter managed his way to a winning 37pts, two points ahead of his nearest rival Paul Doherty, who finished on 35pts.In third place was Joe Diver with 31pts, one point ahead of fourth placed Columba Crawford, 30pts, while Michael Mc Daid and Dermot Higgins won the “nines” prizes.All winners, on behalf of all cat 4 members sincerely thanked cat 4 convenor Gerry O’ Sullivan for his hard work and dedication in keeping the competitions running so smoothly for them throughout the year.PAUL IS 2014 CATEGORY 4 GOLFER OF THE YEAR! Congratulations are extended to PAUL DOHERTY, cat 4 Golfer of the Year. Finishing the season on 100pts.Paul’s dedication to the cat 4 competitions was always appreciated and he was duly awarded with his title.Well done Paul!The following table finishers in the Cat 4 Golfer of the Year! Paul Doherty: 100 ptsHugh Kelly: 82 ptsGarvin Mcgahey:79 ptsMichael McDaid: 79 ptsColumba Crawford: 77 ptsAlbert Strain: 66 ptsAidan O Neill: 58 ptsJim O Sullivan: 57 ptsSean Gilroy: 48 ptsLiam Rogers: 48 ptsGOLF NEWS: PETER MCGINTY WINS THE JOHN J. DOHERTY MEMORIAL CUP AT BARNHILL was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BarnhillgolfletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more

Pellegrini tears into West Ham flops after Bournemouth defeat

first_img How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Javier Hernandez also got the nod in attack and it was the Mexican who won the penalty after Nathan Ake left a foot in as he cut inside.Arnautovic stepped up ahead of regular penalty-taker Mark Noble and drilled a shot low past Asmir Begovic.But the game turned on the hour mark when Wilson picked up the ball near the halfway line and begun to weave through West Ham. Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping his bubble has not burst already in east London Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Manuel Pellegrini feels his West Ham United players do not trust each other after they slipped to defeat against Bournemouth.Despite spending £100million on nine new signings over the summer, some familiar failings resurfaced as the Hammers allowed the Cherries to leave London with all three points. 3 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures “First of all we need to forget last season and recover the trust of the club. Is last season still on their minds? Yes. That’s why in the second half we tried to keep it 1-0. It’s a lack of confidence.“I don’t think they have fear to play here, what they need is to work the 90 minutes in the way we did the first 45 minutes.”Pellegrini had reacted to last weekend’s 4-0 thumping at Liverpool by omitting Declan Rice, Michail Antonio and new signing Ryan Fredericks, none of whom were injured, from his squad.Instead there was a surprise start for Robert Snodgrass, who was so far down the pecking order last season he spent most of it on loan at Aston Villa. smart causal gameday ALTERED They were leading through Marko Arnautovic’s first-half penalty but Callum Wilson’s solo goal and Steve Cook’s header condemed the hosts to a second straight defeat.West Ham won only seven matches at the London Stadium last season and need their new faces to gel quickly if they are to avoid another torturous campaign.“I was happy with the first 45 minutes but in the second half I felt the team did not trust trying to score another goal,” said Pellegrini.“We made some mistakes with both goals, the first was one player against four of ours, and the second was a set-piece.center_img 3 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Latest Premier League news REVEALED The West Ham United players cut frustrated figures all afternoon NEW ERA silverware 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings Callum Wilson prived to be the catalyst for the Cherries The striker shrugged off challenges from Noble, Balbuena, Pablo Zabaleta and Angelo Ogbonna before rolling in his fifth goal in five appearances against the Hammers.Five minutes later Ogbonna fouled David Brooks in the cormer and from Ryan Fraser’s free-kick, Cook stole in to thump a downward header past Lukasz Fabianski and make it two wins in two for Bournemouth.last_img read more

Rangers cult hero makes Scottish Football Hall of Fame

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 Gascoigne joined Rangers from Lazio in the summer of 1995 and won both Scottish player of the year awards in his first season, just before scoring against Scotland at Euro 96. He left for Middlesbrough in March 1998.Another two former Old Firm stars, Brian Laudrup and Henrik Larsson, were previously included in the Hall of Fame ranks alongside a host of Scots. Inductees are chosen by a panel made up from the football and media worlds following nominations from the public.Julie Fleeting, Scotland’s top women goalscorer, had previously been confirmed as a new entrant and three more will be announced at a Glasgow dinner on October 21. RANKED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won MONEY Gazza was loved at Rangers Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Paul Gascoigne will be inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame this month, organisers have announced.The former Rangers midfielder follows former England team-mate Terry Butcher in receiving the honour. huge blow center_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade silverware last_img read more


first_imgThe following are the questions and answers put down at last night’s meeting of Letterkenny Town Council.QUESTIONS FROM CLLR. J. LYNCH (i) When will plaque re Mayors be erected in Town Council Chamber?ANSWER: This matter was not pursued having regard to prohibited cost associated with same at the time. This matter can be reviewed if Members so wish.(ii) When will information plaque re Cathedral Square and environments be erected?ANSWER: The information for this plaque has still to be finalised prior to agreeing a location beside the existing plaque already in this area. QUESTIONS FROM CLLR. J. KAVANAGH(i) Could the Council provide “Resident Parking Only” signs at Binnion Avenue?ANSWER: The Council will order these signs and erect them in due course.(ii) Could the Council provide directional signage for the Lawn Bowling Facility at Bernard McGlinchey Park?ANSWER: A sign can be erected at the entrance to Bernard McGlinchey Town Park for the bowling club.(iii) Have the Council any plans to trial the “big belly solar compactor bins” which many other Councils have recently introduced? ANSWER: The Council are due to retender the full street cleaning service in the next couple of weeks and will investigate this system as part of the review of the service.QUESTIONS FROM CLLR. T. CULBERT(i) What is the up to date position regarding the Yellow Box at the traffic lights I previously brought to the attention of this Council. Have the Gardai been notified about out concerns and what action have they taken to alleviate an absolutely chaotic situation?ANSWER: The layout of this junction ie 3 main routes accessing one route ie Upper Main Street means that delays are inevitable especially if there is a hold up on Main Street, which can and does happen and is unavoidable. This prevents the traffic getting away at the lights. As far as the Council is aware the problem generally resolves itself within a reasonable period, hence any Garda call out wouldn’t be practical. The Council will investigate the matter further to see if there are any minor improvements, which could be made. (ii) What plan of action is envisaged to solve the intolerable parking at Bernard McGlinchey Town Park?ANSWER: There is a bye-law for this car park which allows for a maximum stay of 2 hrs. Cars parking longer than this period will be liable for a fine from the Traffic Wardens. The matter will be brought to the attention of the Traffic Wardens.(iii) What is the up to date position re my motion of the branding of Town Council vehicles and signage of works undertaken by the Council?ANSWER: The Council hope to have signs to this effect visible in the next 2 weeks.QUESTIONS FROM CLLR. D. LARKIN(i) Will the Council update the Members on our proposed application for an outdoor Basketball facility and any other application we are assisting on?ANSWER: Following a number of site visits and a review of possible locations on public lands the Council can report as follows;McGlinchey Park: Whilst a feasible location was discovered, the current lease of the park from the HSE does not meet the Department criteria to allow an application to be made ie the current lease is less than the minimum requirement of 15 years. This is therefore not an option at present.AURA: The only feasible location is behind the astro turf pitch and is only accessible through AURA controlled lands and as such would not be available as a free public open space.Ballyboe Park: There are lands available at the top ie accessed via Sliabh Sneacht / Meadowbank.Gartan Field: The upgrading of the existing court to a more acceptable level to meet proper standards.On this basis the recommendation would be to apply for an upgrade of the Gartan Facility if this is acceptable, however the Council is open to looking at any other suggestions which the members may have. Contact was made with a number of local groups but no applications have emanated from these discussions.(ii) What action has the Council taken in relation to the illegal dumping in and around the Ballymacool Town Park?ANSWER: A Spring clean up was coordinated with the Residents Association in the last couple of weeks where the residents cleaned the area and the Council collected and disposed of the bags. If a further clean up is deemed to be required the Council will facilitate this by providing and collecting bags etc(iii) Have all outstanding issues been resolved for the takeover of services in the Maples and Hillview Estates?ANSWER: A Managers Order recommending the takeover of the lights at The Maples will happen before the end of this month. There is an outstanding technicality with regard to the lights at Hillview ie the Council never received the MPRN No. from the developer, this will be discussed with Airtricity. There is no record of an application for full takeover of these estates having been received by Donegal County Council.QUESTION FROM CLLR. C. BROGAN(i) What works have the Council programmed in respect of the first Tidy Towns adjudication?ANSWER: The Main Street has recently been power washed and a programme for chewing gum removal is also being arranged in the next couple of weeks. The usual painting, cleaning, planting and landscaping is underway and the Council are working closely with the Tidy Towns committee in this regard to ensure a high standard is reached in time for the first adjudication.(ii) When will the Council reduce the speed limit on the Windyhall road?ANSWER: The Council are currently investigating the procedure to reduce the speed limit from 80kph to 60 kph on the Windyhall road, which will involve a bye law procedure. It is also intended to introduce traffic calming similar to the Kirkstown Road ie centre lining and road markings where feasible to do so.QUESTION FROM CLLR. T. CROSSAN(i) Could the Council look at parking issues at the Gael Scoil?ANSWER: This matter has been investigated on a number of occasions. There is an unavoidable bottle neck at the junction with the Glencar Road. However there is a new layout plan which has been agreed at planning permission stage to improve the accessibility for vehicles and pedestrian safety in the vicinity of the main entrance, as part of the new extension for the school.PARKING, MARKET SQUARE, MAYOR’S PLAQUE AND TIDY TOWNS – LETTERKENNY TOWN COUNCIL WRAP-UP was last modified: May 15th, 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:Letterkenny Town Councillast_img read more