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NPA Comptroller Urges Liberians to Preserve Peace

first_imgThe Comptroller of the National Port Authority, Madam Christiana Paeley,  has called on all Liberians to work tirelessly in preserving the peace the country is enjoying today.She made the call over the weekend following the Golden Image Award Women’s Forum held at the Liberia Crusaders for Peace headquarters in Monrovia, proxying for the NPA Managing Director,  Madam Matilda Parker.According to NPA Comptroller “It has taken us decades to reach thus far as Liberia as Nation was built some 166 years ago. Today Liberia needs critical attention and care. The peace we are enjoying today has cost many lost of lives and a breakdown of our societal values,” Mrs. Paeley noted.She further stated that if Liberians don’t make good choices and take responsibility for their actions the peace will be lost.  She, therefore, urged  everyone that they must learn respect for themselves and others, tolerance pursuit of education, making business and pursuing vocational and technical training.“The young generation of women will have to learn to make sacrifices and make the right choices for the growth of themselves,  which will translate to Liberia’s development and the preservation of the peace. You all bear witness that during the civil conflict, while the unarmed men were hiding in the ceilings, under the beds or in the deep forest, the women of Liberia were out doors finding food for our families, moving from one country to the other calling on Nations to help and demanding the leaders of the warring factions to end the war.  There were instances when you women had to fast and pray, sleep on benches and undergo  hardships that we can neither describe nor mention here.  But one thing is clear: Liberia is at peace.”Madam Paeley used the occasion to warn especially the young generation of women to choose not to make merry and live in the fantasy of luxuries at the expense of working hard for education, career,  business and vocational training.She urged the young girls and women not to follow after material things and night clubs.“Those who for get the past, are bound to repeat it,” she stressed as she cautioned the young people not to repeat the mistakes of the past.Several women peace groups attended the forum and explained their stories of how they contributed towards the peace that Liberia enjoys today.  Women who told some interesting stories were awarded certificates.Among the groups that participating in the program were WIPNET, Women against Crime, Rural Women, Liberia Marketing Association, National Traditional Council, Travel and See among others.Cultural Ambassador Juli Endee, who is the executive director of Crusaders for Peace, said that the activity is part of the Golden Image Award Celebration remembering those who have helped Liberia to reach thus far.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ex-boyfriend, cops released from custody

first_imgSchool teacher’s deathThe ex-boyfriend of 22-year-old Kescia Branche, who succumbed at the Georgetown Public Hospital while being treated after she was brutally beaten, along with the four Police Constables who were detained by investigators forDead: Kescia Branchequestioning, has been released.This is according to acting Crime Chief Paul Williams, who told Guyana Times that the ex-boyfriend of the dead woman was released on bail, while the Police Constables have also been released but remain under close arrest.Investigators are now said to be pursuing the driver whose taxi Branche used on the night of the incident.The teacher’s battered body was discovered in an unconscious state on the morning of November 5 and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she later succumbed without ever regaining consciousness.A post-mortem conducted showed that she died of haemorrhaging due to blunt trauma to the head.The teacher of Richard Ishmael Secondary School was found at Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown.Branche, of Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, had left home for a night of partying. (Kizzy Coleman)last_img read more

19 charged in Belgium football fraud probe: prosecutor

first_img0Shares0000Agent Mogi Bayat has been charged with money laundering and conspiracy © BELGA/AFP/File / YORICK JANSENSBRUSSELS, Belgium, Oct 12 – Belgian prosecutors have charged 19 suspects and detained nine in a massive fraud and match-fixing scandal that has mired Belgium’s elite league in scandal, they said on Friday.The charges came after police on Wednesday carried out a massive operation in Belgium, arresting 29 people, 10 of which were released without charges. Among the detained were at least three players’ agents, a referee, and a top executive from a major football club, a statement from prosecutors said.Mogi Bayat, portrayed in the media as Belgium’s most powerful sports agent, was charged with money laundering and conspiracy, the statement said.Bayat was detained pending his next hearing, as were fellow agents Dejan Veljkovic and Karim Mejjati, who were questioned this week as part of the operation targeting Belgium’s football elite.Referee Bart Vertenten was also charged with conspiracy and arrested, while former Anderlecht club lawyer Laurent Denis was charged for both conspiracy and money laundering.On Thursday, another referee, Sebastien Delferiere, was charged but was immediately released on parole.Vertenten and Delferiere were suspended on Thursday with immediate effect by the Belgian Football Federation.The charges against referees are part of a probe into suspected match-fixing by Veljkovic in a failed effort to save formerly top-tier KV Mechelen from relegation to the second division.Club Brugge coach Ivan Leko, whose team is playing in the Champion’s League, was charged with money laundering on Thursday and released.Hearings before the judge were held throughout night with former Anderlecht boss Herman Van Holsbeeck released without charges.The operation led to a total of 60 police searches Wednesday, including the headquarters of leading clubs in the Belgian first division, with Club Brugge, Anderlecht, Standard Liege and Genk among them.The huge operation took place simultaneously in Belgium and six other European countries, including France and Serbia, where an agent was arrested Thursday and awaits extradition.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bush softens stand on children’s health care plan

first_imgWASHINGTON – President George W. Bush signaled a willingness Saturday to spend more than what he had recommended for a popular children’s health program, but provided no specifics on how much higher he would go. The president on Wednesday vetoed legislation that would increase spending for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program by $35 billion over five years. Bush has called for a $5 billion increase. Several Republicans in both chambers have sided with Democratic lawmakers on the issue. “If putting poor children first takes a little more than the 20 percent increase I have proposed in my budget for SCHIP, I am willing to work with leaders in Congress to find the additional money,” Bush said in his weekly radio address. Democratic lawmakers say votes to override the president’s veto will be held in mid-October. That effort is not expected to succeed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe program provides health insurance to children in families with incomes too great for Medicaid eligibility but not enough to afford private insurance. Bush used his radio address to once again make the case that he believes the spending increase sought primarily by Democrats is a step “toward their goal of government-run health care for every American.” “Government-run health care would deprive Americans of the choice and competition that comes from the private market,” he said. “It would cause huge increases in government spending.” While the government does heavily subsidize the health coverage offered through the program, most SCHIP beneficiaries get coverage through private insurers who contract with states. That was a point stressed by Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., majority leader in the House, when he provided the Democratic radio address Saturday. “The truth is, America’s largest private insurance lobbying group supports this bill – as do America’s doctors, nurses, children’s advocates and, most importantly, 72 percent of Americans,” Hoyer said. The president also said the bill moving through Congress needs to move adults off the program. However, his administration has approved waivers that allowed some states to cover adults. “In fact, based on their own projections for this fiscal year, Minnesota, Illinois, New Jersey, Michigan, Rhode Island and New Mexico will spend more SCHIP money on adults than they do on children,” Bush said. “And that is not the purpose of the program.” The bill passed by Congress does call for gradually giving states less federal matching money when covering certain adults. It also says the administration cannot grant any new waivers to states that want to cover adults through SCHIP. Hoyer often cited Republicans to make his point that the bill is bipartisan. “As Senator Pat Roberts, a strong Republican from Kansas, recently said: `I am not for excessive spending and strongly oppose the federalization of health care. And if the administration’s concerns with this bill were accurate, I would support a veto.’ But Senator Roberts added: `Bluntly put, they are not.”‘160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Beef back on the menu for Mercosur says MEP

first_imgDespite the fact that EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, said in May that beef was “off the menu” in Mercosur trade talks and notwithstanding the removal of Tariff Rate Quotas from the exchange of offers, the EU Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, has told Independent MEP Marian Harkin that this is not the case.In a written question to Commissioner Malmström, MEP Harkin asked if “beef could still be added to the trade offer at a later stage, or if beef is completely ruled out from any trade agreement with the Mercosur Countries?”.In her response, the Commissioner stated that “it is unrealistic to expect Mercosur to conclude negotiations with the EU without obtaining any improvement in their access to the EU market for beef” and that to reach an agreement with Mercosur will require making “market access concessions on partner countries key export interests”. Marian Harkin, MEPCommenting on the Commissioner’s answer, Independent MEP Marian Harkin said that “this is very worrying for Irish beef farmers who are already experiencing an extremely difficult income crisis. If large quantities of Brazilian or Argentinian beef were allowed to be sold in the EU it would automatically have a detrimental impact on Irish farmers and may even put many out of business”.She continued by stressing that “Irish farming organisations must react quickly to this statement and continue to pressure the Irish Minister for Agriculture and the Commission to not conclude any agreement with Mercosur if sensitive agricultural products, such as beef, are on offer.”“The Irish Government needs to consider the impact that cumulative trade deals have on Irish farmers, who increasingly have to compete with other producers that do not have to fulfil the same high regulatory standards that Irish farmers do. I am therefore calling on the Minister for Agriculture to confirm his position with regards this very important issue,” Marian Harkin concludedBeef back on the menu for Mercosur says MEP was last modified: September 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:beefcecilia malmstromEUmarian harkinMEPmercosurTradelast_img read more


first_imgNot very Christian….Jens Christiansen going into custodyTHIS is the Danish tourist caught after stealing a poor box from a Co Donegal church.He is Jens Christiansen, from Ledegardskov, Graasten – and he was nabbed with hundreds of euros of other coins – when he was spotted at Grainne’s Gap on October 9. Garda Paul Lynch told Carndonagh Court that the 61-year-old was very nervous when he asked him what he was doing there.There were bags and bags of coins in the hire car which Christiansen had hired at Dublin airport.“He said he had brought the coins into Ireland in his hand luggage which wasn’t credible because there was so much of it. It had been bagged and marked,” said Garda Lynch.During the search of the car, Gardaí found a collection box which had been stolen from Linsfort chapel in Buncrana.They also found three screw drivers, gloves, a hacksaw and a torch.“At that stage the accused admitted stealing the box from the church and that he was about to use the hacksaw to break it open,” said Detective Lynch.The stolen box contained €379.71 and Stg£60.08 while Det Gda Lynch said they also recovered a further Stg£1,374 and €579, all in coins.Judge Paul Kelly asked the accused what he was doing in Ireland and stealing church collection boxes to which Christiansen replied: “It was a bad idea. I am a tourist.”Judge Kelly ordered that the church collection box and its contents be returned to the church and ordered that all the other coins be forfeited to the State, but allowed the thief to keep €355 in cash to allow him to return to Denmark on his Norwegian Airlines flight on October 27.He jailed Christansen for three months but back-dated the sentence to October 9.However, he suspended the rest of the sentence from October 26 for a period of two years on condition he does not return to Ireland.TOURIST BANNED FROM IRELAND AFTER STEALING CHURCH POOR BOX was last modified: October 21st, 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:CarndonaghcrookDENMARKdonegalInishowenJens Christiansenthieflast_img read more

Hull City must respect Sunderland and not take them likely, says Marco Silva

first_imgHull boss Marco Silva has banned talk of goal difference ahead of his side’s potentially crucial Premier League clash with already-relegated Sunderland at the KC Stadium on Saturday.The Tigers head into the game two points clear of relegation rivals Swansea but with a two-goal disparity which could yet prove crucial if the two clubs conclude their run-in sitting level on points.But Silva is adamant his players must not get distracted by the idea that David Moyes’ men could be there for the taking after their relegation was confirmed following last week’s home defeat to Bournemouth.Silva said: “We will prepare to win the game and if we win 1-0 it is good for us – I don’t want anybody to think it is easy or we will get the goals, because then it is a big mistake for us.“We need to win but we need to respect a lot the Sunderland players, and I don’t permit my players to think like this.“Everyone knows their position and where they will play next season, but this is a dangerous game for us and we have to respect them even more and go about it the right way.”Victory over the Black Cats would – temporarily at least – give Hull a five-point advantage over Paul Clement’s men who do not kick off against Everton until Saturday evening.But Silva also dismissed the suggestion that his side might hold a psychological advantage as they look to complete what would be a great escape since Silva’s arrival in January.He added: “It’s only important to win and to take the three points, and then we will see what the (Swansea) score is.“Our home form gives confidence to our players, but this is a new game. We are more comfortable at home in front of our fans and we want to win more than our opponents.“We want to do our best and control what it is possible to control – the game, our opponents and our players. Anything else is impossible to control.”Silva does not expect any new injury concerns, but the game will come too soon for defender Omar Elabdellaoui who has returned to training following a back problem.Dieumerci Mbokani could come back into contention after a hamstring problem, but Ryan Mason, Moses Odubajo and Will Keane remain absent.Striker Oumar Niasse is set to start again up front and admitted he is relishing his time at the KC Stadium after Silva ended his disappointing spell at Everton by making him one of his first signings in January.Niasse said: “I was in a difficult situation at Everton and I knew that it wasn’t me doing something wrong – it was just life and football is like that.“The manager (Silva) gave me the opportunity to play football and I took my chance and things are going well – but we need more because the next three games are crucial for us.“I have a long way to go. I have to give my best to finish the season and also next season, because I need to show again that I deserve to play in the Premier League.” Marco Silva insists his team must stay focused 1last_img read more

Three Lions ready to roar in Russia after great performance against Costa Rica

first_img 3 The England players celebrate with Marcus Rashford after his incredible strike 3 3center_img England continued their perfect World Cup preparations with a comfortable 2-0 win over Costa Rica at Elland Road.A wondergoal from the impressive Marcus Rashford and a smart finish from substitute Danny Welbeck made it two out of two for Gareth Southgate before he takes his side to Russia.After dispatching Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley last weekend, the Three Lions boss will have been delighted to see his young side keep a clean sheet and not pick up any injuries.Ruben Loftus-Cheek was bright in the early stages, bringing the ball forward from midfield with authority and playing a neat first-touch pass off his in-step after venturing to the edge of the Costa Rica box.A seventh minute free-kick in a dangerous area promised much, but when Delph hung a cross towards the far post Harry Maguire was judged to have fouled Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas.Delph’s delivery from the corner flag earned England another chance to attack and Phil Jones’ stooping header almost caught Navas off his line.If that was a warning, the Real Madrid man did not heed it.With 13 minutes gone, Marcus Rashford collected the ball in an innocuous looking area, but the Manchester United man had spotted Navas drifting forward and whipped a brilliant strike towards the top corner.The shot sailed over the keeper’s head and struck the net sweetly, with a nonchalant celebration suggesting this was not Rashford’s first time.After a cagey start to the second half, England began to find their rhythm again, with ht slickness in their passing dragging the Costa Ricans all over the places.Gareth Southgate made a host of changes and it effectively killed the game off for the Three Lions.Dele Alli and Danny Welbeck combined perfectly for the second goal of the night, the Tottenham Hotspur man setting up his Arsenal counterpart with a delightful cross to head home emphatically.Gareth Southgate’s men begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18, a game you can hear live on talkSPORT.STAR MANHe may have faded slightly in the second-half but Rashford was the game’s outstanding performer.The striker was certainly up for the contest tonight, producing an incredible flip-flap early in the game before his unstoppable long-range strike had Navas beaten all ends up – giving England a crucial lead.After this performance Southgate may just be tempted to put Rashford up front alongside Kane for the tournament.Rashford sends England fans into meltdownMOMENT OF THE MATCHThey say it’s a team game but it was Rashford’s goal of pure brilliance in the first-half which was the best moment of the match.He picked up the ball before sweetly striking the ball into the top corner giving Navas – who is Real Madrid’s first choice goalkeeper – no chance.Who has boosted their World Cup chances?WHAT THE FANS ARE SAYING LINE-UPSEngland: Butland (Pope 65), Jones, Stones (Cahill 65), Maguire, Alexander-Arnold, Loftus-Cheek (Lingard 79), Henderson (Alli 64), Delph, Rose, Vardy (Welbeck 61), RashfordSubs not used: Heaton, Pickford, Walker, Dier, Kane, Sterling, Trippier, Young, Lallana, LivermoreCosta Rica: Navas, Waston, Gonzalez, Calvo, Gamboa (Smith 72), Guzman (Tejeda 69), Borges, Oviedo (Matarrita), Venegas (Bolanos 61), Campbell, UrenaSubs not used: Pemberton, Moreira, Acosta, Duarte, Ruiz, Colindres, Wallace, Azofeifalast_img read more

Valencia girls must ace tests

first_img Keeping tabs: Former College of the Canyons golfer Jasmine Koehler shot 79 for the low round for Cal State Northridge in the Heather Farr Invitational at Omni Interlaken Resort in the Matadors’ first match of the season. … UCLA sophomore Brandon Christianson, the Daily News Boys’ Golfer of the Year as a Valencia junior in 2003, shot 78-73-82 for UCLA in the Chico State Invitational. … Valencia resident and PGA Tour winner Jason Gore, a 1992 Hart High graduate, shot 65-70-71-69 to tie for 29th in the PGA’s Michelin Championship. Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Valencia (21-2), 10th in last year’s Southern Section final, returned every starter and is led by senior Stevy Loy, a U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier this year. The Vikings cannot afford to look past today’s league match. Hart – winner of the first two league tournaments – is on the verge of clinching a title in a two-team championship chase. If Valencia finishes ahead of Hart at the fourth Foothill tournament, the Vikings and Indians will enter Monday’s final league tournament (10 a.m. at Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills) tied for first place. More pressure: The team competition is not the only close race in the Foothill League. The jockeying for the league’s three individual postseason berths starts Monday at Knollwood and concludes Oct. 26 at De Bell. Nearly a dozen players are in contention. Loy, Michelle Mannix, Andrea Ferris, Jasnin Samson and Kristin Tayo have been medalists for Valencia this season. Hart’s Tessa Harp, Ashley Windsor, Ashley Redmond, and Eleanna Tan also are capable of a top-three finish in a two-round competition. Others who figure to be in contention: Saugus’ Alyssa Wohlfeiler and Wynne Shatkus, and Burbank’s Amanda Keith. Already forced into must-win mode in Foothill League play, the top-ranked Valencia High’s girls’ team has a little extra pressure this week. Weather permitting, the Vikings play today at 1:30 p.m. at Vista Valencia Golf Course in Valencia in the fourth of five Foothill League tournaments, needing to finish ahead of Hart to remain in realistic contention for a second consecutive league title. On Thursday, Valencia faces No. 2 Granada Hills at Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland. The nonleague matchup, which begins at 2 p.m., pairs two strong section team-title contenders and showcases two of the premier players in the area. Granada Hills (10-3), which has won the past four City Section titles, is led by sophomore Angela Villela, who finished third in the City last season and won the Magnolia Park Optimist Club tournament two weeks ago at De Bell Golf Course in Burbank. last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S Senior Ladies made it four wins from four with a super win over Kildare today.It was a particularly special day for Amber Barrett in the match played at her home club in Milford.And she played a star role, hitting three of her side’s five goals in the 5-19 to 1-02 victory. Donegal had led by just six points at the break after a late Kildare goal just before the whistle.But there was to be little cheer in the snow – and the sunshine – for the visitors as Donegal’s lovely passing game saw they rip the Kildare defence apart again and again.So by the time Amber hit the back of the net for the third time, her punch to the air was more in celebration of a great day out at her home club than anything else.Eilish Ward and Niamh Heraghty were the other goalscorers on a day when everyone on the team shone, Nicole McLaughlin superb in defence, Shannon McGroddy seemed to be almost everywhere and Roisin Curran’s vision and passing a joy to behold.  AMBER STARS ON HOME TURF AS DONEGAL LADIES BEAT KILDARE was last modified: March 1st, 2015 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:Divison 2donegalkildareLadieslast_img read more