Turkey Donates 20 Buses to MCC

first_imgThe Government of Turkey through its Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) has donated 20 buses to the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) to help ease the transportation problem in Monrovia and Paynesville respectively.The handover ceremony was held yesterday in the courtyard of the National Port Authority (NPA) where Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai received the buses from the Turkish Government.Upon receiving the buses, VP Boakai expressed gratitude to the Turkish Government for the donation and said it will help solve many of the challenges faced by Liberians, especially the students commuting to school under difficult weather conditions.He said Turkey has been a good friend to Liberia, “because they have made many contributions toward the rebuilding of the country. I retrospect on the signing of three framework agreements to enhance the bilateral relations between both countries in the areas of education, mutual visa waiver for holders of diplomatic passport and an agreement for collaboration between the diplomatic institutes of Liberia and Turkey.”He said the best appreciation Liberians can show for such a gift is to maintain the buses and put into place a code of conduct for drivers who will be assigned to the vehicles. He also praised the strong and longstanding ties between Turkey and Liberia as evident by the many bilateral agreements reached between the two countries in many areas of cooperation including programs in education, the economy, cultural exchange and transportation amongst others.Ambassador Boakai then called on Liberian businesses to invest in the transportation sector because the roads in the country are getting better.Earlier, the Advisor to the Mayor and member of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Assembly, Ismail Hakki Turunc, said the handing over of the buses indicates that the relationship between Liberia and Istanbul has improved. Mr. Turunc said people can get over difficulties by embracing each other, and pointed out that through harmony, world peace and security can be attained.For her part, Monrovia City Mayor, Clara Doe Mvogo, acknowledged the Turkish Government for the donation, and said it will be used for the intended purpose.She disclosed that out of the 20 buses, 16 will go to the National Transit Authority (NTA) for commuting of public transport; two will be used by the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC); while the remaining two will be used by the Liberia National Police (LNP).Madam Mvogo indicated that the buses will be used in Monrovia and not outside of the capital in keeping with the memorandum of understanding signed between the NTA and the MCC.The handover ceremony was attended by an array of government officials, including Madam Mary Broh, Director, General Services Agency; and Cyvette Gibson, Paynesville City Mayor, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

10 Indigenous persons honoured for contribution to community development

first_img…life of Stephen Campbell rememberedTen Indigenous leaders were honoured for their invaluable contributions to community development, at an event on the reflection on the life of Stephen Campbell on Monday, at the Umana Yana, Kingston, Georgetown.First Lady Sandra Granger; Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock; Minister within the Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe; Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman; and Minister within the Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, along with the awardees at the reflection on the life of Stephen Campbell at the Umana YanaAmong those honoured for their contribution in the area of education, health and community development were Johnathan Jarvis, Edwards Anthony Jarvis and Olga Chacon, all of Region One (Barima-Waini); Morris Leyland Jeffery of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Lloyd Andrews and Amanda Mahadeo of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); Sylvie Henry of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); Rudolph Peneux of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); Dianna Abraham of Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and John Medas Alfred and Janet Rema Yaymochi of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) were also honoured.The late Stephen Campbell, Guyana’s first Indigenous Member of Parliament, is widely regarded as a hero by the Indigenous communities, and his achievements are celebrated on September 10 every year as a part of activities to commemorate Amerindian Heritage Month.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock described Campbell as a “Jack of all Trades and Master for the representation of land rights for the Indigenous peoples.” He said Campbell was a visionary and most of what he represented is still relevant today.The Minister encouraged the Indigenous population to use the opportunity to remember all those who would have fought for their rights and contributed to the development of Guyana.Also noting the importance of celebration was Minister within the Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe. The Minister described Stephen Campbell as a “strong man and a fighter for the rights of the Indigenous peoples”.Among his achievements were his efforts towards crafting an Amerindian Act, and improving access to health and education services, and agriculture development. Minister Garrido-Lowe underscored the importance of Campbell’s role in ensuring that the Indigenous peoples were given legal rights of their lands.“Indigenous peoples must remember that their lands are valuable to them… We take for granted that somebody had to make representation for us to have our lands and that person was Stephen Campbell.”Also in attendance of the event were First Lady Sandra Granger; Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman; Public Affairs Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams; and Minister with within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Pix saved as Indigenouslast_img read more

Buckley tops Whittier Christian

first_img leading 67-63 after Tom Granado calmly made two free throws with 1:56 to play, roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA – Whittier Christian High School’s remarkable boys basketball season came to an abrupt end when Buckley grabbed a 69-67 victory over the Heralds in Tuesday night’s CIF-Southern Section, Division IV-A quarterfinal playoff game. The Alpha League champions, not only didn’t score again, and turned the ball over on its next-to-last possession. “A game like that is tough to swallow,” Heralds coach Sherwin Durham said. “Unfortunately, we work to get ourselves set up to make a good run at the finals and we don’t take advantage of the opportunity.” Whittier Christian made just two of 16 shots and trailed, 18-5, after one quarter. The Heralds then put together a spirited rally behind Jake Ries’ 10 points, including two 3-point baskets and eight points from Granado to trail 33-28 at halftime. Granado continued his run with 10 points as the score changed hands six times in the third quarter and Whittier Christian trailed, 48-47, going into the final period. Granado led all scorers with 27 points. Poland had 25. center_img Richie Polan’s put-back basket seconds earlier had given Buckley (23-6) a 68-67 lead and after the Heralds’ turnover, he made one of two free throws for what turned out to be the final margin. Whittier Christian (25-5) brought the ball to midcourt and Randy Oronoz called time out with 6.9 seconds left, but when play resumed, Zach Torres’ last-ditch, 10-foot jumper from the baseline was short and the Griffins got the rebound. last_img read more

Neymar could still face Real, no operation planned: Emery

first_img0Shares0000Neymar still has a small chance of playing against Real, his PSG coach Unai Emery says © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTPARIS, France, Feb 27 – Neymar still has a “small chance” of playing against Real Madrid in the Champions League and there are no plans for an operation on his cracked bone, Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said on Tuesday.“For Neymar there has been no decision to have an operation,” said Emery, denying an earlier report in the Brazilian press that the world’s most expensive player would go under the knife to fix the cracked bone in his foot. “Neymar is the first to want to play every match, he’s very focussed on Real. I think there’s a small chance that he’ll be ready for the match,” added Emery.PSG trail 3-1 from the last 16 first leg in Madrid two weeks ago and the loss of Neymar would be a huge blow to their chances of overturning that deficit at the Parc des Princes on March 6 and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.Neymar suffered a cracked metatarsal in his foot and a twisted ankle in an innocuous looking incident against Marseille on Sunday night.And while Spaniard Emery said there is a possibility he’ll recover by next week, he was more pessimistic than he had been on Sunday night.“Today, after analysing Neymar, it looks less likely than it did on Sunday that he’ll be ready for this match,” said Emery.However, he was clear in his dismissal of a report published by Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte on Tuesday morning that claimed a decision had already been reached for Neymar to undergo an operation, and that he would be out until May.– ‘Tranquility and patience’ –“Last night (Monday) the club issued an official statement: it said how the player was medically,” said Emery.“Things (like operations) aren’t decided like that,” he added, clicking his fingers.“You need discussions with the doctor, the player, his entourage.“To make such an important decision you need tranquility and a bit of patience.“Right now, I don’t think you need anything else. There’s a lot of information from outside, but the truth is what I told you, which is what the doctor told me.”Neymar was visibly in pain before he was stretchered from the pitch © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTWhile PSG’s primary concern is having the world’s most expensive player available for their Champions League match next week, in Brazil it is Neymar’s participation at the World Cup that is most pressing.The 26-year-old captained Brazil to their first ever Olympic gold medal 18 months ago on home soil and is seen as crucial to their hopes in Russia in June and July.Were he to undergo an operation now and return to fitness in May, that would suit Brazil, who could then rely on a fully fit and fresh Neymar for the World Cup. Four years ago, Neymar missed the semifinal against Germany with injury and Brazil were thrashed 7-1.Globo had said Neymar would have a “pin” attached to his metatarsal bone and would be fit to return in May.Recovery from metatarsal injuries usually take weeks, if not months.Just last year, Neymar’s international team-mate Gabriel Jesus was out of action for two months after breaking a metatarsal playing for Manchester City.Former England stars David Beckham and Wayne Rooney spent six weeks on the sidelines with metatarsal injuries in the past.Earlier on Tuesday, AFP spoke to a number of medical experts who all set a downbeat tone.“It would be very risky as it’s a fragile bone in the foot which is difficult to protect,” said Jean-Marcel Ferrat, a former doctor with the France national football team.“(Playing against Real) could compromise the rest of his season.”Parisian osteopath Alain Gosp Server said such injuries normally take “three weeks to heal”.“It will all depend on his treatment but what’s sure is that he wouldn’t be at 100 percent (in eight days),” added Gosp Server.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Unplayable’ Man United star hailed by former coach

first_imgFormer Everton captain Alan Stubbs has praised the impact of Marouane Fellaini at Manchester United this season.The Belgian had a poor first campaign at Old Trafford following a £27.5million transfer from the Toffees but has become an influential figure for Louis van Gaal.And Stubbs, who coached Fellaini at Goodison Park believes the midfielder will only get better.He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “When Fellaini went to Manchester United everybody knew what an influential player he was and he’s still only 27. It probably took him quite a bit to realise how big the club is and to settle in.“Everyone now is talking about Fellaini being such an important player under Louis van Gaal and what a good player he is. It’s amazing he wasn’t that good under David Moyes but now he’s good under Louis van Gaal.“He’s quite a quiet guy. He’s a brilliant professional and he’s always in doing extra work after games, he’s very good that way. He’s a nightmare to play against because he’s so big. He’s got a great touch, his close control is very good and he’s got an eye for a goal.“Fellaini can be as good as he wants to be. He’s only going to get better”last_img read more

GAA PLAYER JAILED AFTER VICIOUS ATTACK LEFT MAN WITH LOSS OF SIGHT IN EYE

first_imgA young GAA player, who drank all day to build up the courage to dress up for a club fundraiser, has been jailed after attacking another man.Victim Jamie O’Brien lost the sight in one eye after being struck with one punch by Noel Kelly.Kelly, 23, had been drinking all day with his team-mates from Gaoth Dobhair GAA team. The men had gone to Dodge Nightclub in Gaoth Dobhair on July 24th, 2011 but Kelly had been ejected from the premises for horseplay.Outside the premises he had words with Jamie O’Brien and ended up striking the then 20 year old once.Other people tried to intervene and Kelly ended up punching two other women Natalie McGee and Nicola McFadden.He was told to leave the area by bouncers from the nightclub but returned minutes later and ended up striking another man, Peader Woods, who was operating a chip van.Mr Woods’ brother Joe, who had taken the previous three victims to see a local doctor, returned and he was also assaulted by Kelly.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard that Kelly of Meenaniller, Derrybeg, who pleaded guilty to five separate assault charges, was an excellent footballer and had played at Under 16 level for Donegal and plays senior football with Gaoth Dobhair.Among the references in court for Kelly was one from his own club and from the management team of the Donegal senior football team.The accused man’s father, Declan Kelly, said his family were shocked by his only son’s actions.Noel Kelly told the court that he “messed up” and said he would like to genuinely apologise to Mr O’Brien.“I am sincerely sorry. I messed up that night and I’m ashamed of what I did. I drank too much and got myself into a shape that I should not have. I regret what happened.“I have not drank since and I have no plans to socialise,” he said.Kelly’s barrister Peter Nolan said his client had been drinking all day.“He had been drinking all day in a bid to build up the courage to dress in a wig and a dress.“It was fundraiser and he needed a bit of Dutch courage, if you like, to go out on stage in drag,” he saidThe court also heard that Mr O’Brien’s medical bills so far were in the region of €15,000 which the Kelly family had offered to cover.Judge O’Hagan recommended that €5,000 be paid to the O’Brien family but said he did not see it as compensation but as costs towards their medical bill.The accused father said his son was working five days a week at his business and three days of this pay was going towards paying off the €15,000In a hard-hitting address to the court, Judge John O’Hagan slammed the culture of drinking and fighting in Donegal.“What are we going to do in our society – flutered drunk and beating the lard out of eachother. What are we going to do?“I get it all the time. I dealt with 11 or 12 sentences this week and every single one have drink. It’s very sad that our society is going down this road,” he said.Judge O’Hagan said he had no question that Kelly came from a very respectable family and he thanked Mr Kelly Snr for apologizing to the O’Brien family.However, he said the matter was too serious not to impose a custodial sentence.“I shudder to think how much you paid for the drink. You would have been better giving it to the GAA donation box,” he told Kelly.He sentenced Kelly to two years imprisonment for the Section 4 assault on Mr O’Brien and suspended the last six months of the sentence.He also sentenced him to one year in prison for each of the Section 3 assaults while the two Section 2 assaults were taken into consideration with all sentences to run concurrently.Members of Kelly’s family including his mother and sister wept in court as he was led away in handcuffs.GAA PLAYER JAILED AFTER VICIOUS ATTACK LEFT MAN WITH LOSS OF SIGHT IN EYE was last modified: February 2nd, 2013 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:attackdodge nightclubJamie O’BrienJUdge John O’HaganNoel Kellylast_img read more

GAA AND SOCCER HEROES TO FEATURE AT OPTIMAL FITNESS KIDS SUMMER CAMP

first_imgLOCAL gym Optimal Fitness are planning a summer kids camp with a difference – and some stardust!Michael Black says his activity camp in Letterkenny will be loads of fun.“We had a lot of requests to run a fun activity camp and we have organise a week of great activities from Monday July 22,” he said. “It is open to boys and girls 8-12 years of age. Activities include Fitness fun, football, Tri-fitness and Gaelic,” said Michael.During the camp, special visitors will be popping in to say ‘hello’ – including members of the Donegal Senior football team, and players from Finn Harps. GAA AND SOCCER HEROES TO FEATURE AT OPTIMAL FITNESS KIDS SUMMER CAMP was last modified: July 2nd, 2013 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)last_img read more

MEN ON BALLYBOFEY BRAWL CHARGES FOUND NOT GUILTY

first_imgJudge Paul KellyTWO men accused of assaulting two other men on a night out in Ballybofey have been found not guilty at their trial in Letterkenny.Keith Flynn, who is 29 and from 13 Railway Ave Killygordon and Ciaran White, who is 24 and from Dreenan in Ballybofey denied a January 2011 attack on two local men – Don Moss and David Russell. The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday January 6th that year.Defence lawyers accepted that Mr Moss and Mr Russell were attacked, but insisted it was a case of mistaken identity.A Garda officer told the court that his patrol car was flagged down after 3am in Glenfin Street and two men – Mr Moss and Mr Russell – reported they had been assaulted by a group of males and had facial injuries.Their friend – and Mr Moss’s sister-in-law – Linda Doherty said she had witnessed the assault and identified Mr Flynn and Mr White as the assailants.In June 2011 both men were arrested but refused to give statements.Mr Moss told Judge Paul Kelly that he had left a disco at Jacksons with his friend Mr Russell to go to Main Street for food and a taxi.“We were walking up Glenfin Street when a group people walked past us. Words were spoken – someone said something about ‘yous old men shouldn’t be out’,” said Mr Moss.Mr Moss said he backed away, fell to the ground and he was kicked repeatedly in the face, chest and head. He lost consciousness.He didn’t know who his assailants were.Mr Russell said the men who attacked them had said something like: “Boys your age shouldn’t be out at this time of night.”He said he was held whilst Mr Moss was kicked on the ground.Linda Doherty gave extensive evidence and viewed CCTV footage.She said Mr Flynn and Mr White repeatedly kicked and punched Moss.“I screamed at them to stop. I was told to stay out of it; to not get involved,” said Ms Doherty.She said two girls who were with the alleged assailants walked on.“One of them told Davy: ‘I’m going to slit your throat’,” she alleged.“I shouted ‘Please Keith stop this’; they were roaring at him (Mr Flynn) and kicking him in the head.”She was asked if she had had a relationship with Keith Flynn.But she said she knew him ten years and admitted once kissing him saying: “It was just kissing – he was always a gentleman.”She said she had known Ciaran White for around three years.The victims and Ms Doherty said Mr White and Mr Flynn were together on the night when the incident happened.However Mr Flynn and Mr White, backed up by separate witnesses, said they had even been together that night.Mr White said he hadn’t been out that night and had arrived at the scene by car along with friends Michael Lafferty and Derek Robinson.He said he saw people fighting in Glenfin Street, but didn’t know who they were.Mr Flynn told Judge Paul Kelly that he had been in Jacksons with his girlfriend, a friend and his friend’s girlfriend.He said he remembered being accused by Linda Doherty of striking somebody, but he hadn’t and told her she was confused.He said his friend Aaron Neeson got struck in the back of the head and he had gone back to see if he was ok.He said there were 20 people in the area at the time.“There was some sort of scuffle, but I didn’t see anyone getting kicked on the ground. She (Linda) was accusing me of being in a fight.“We had walked up the street and my friend had been struck and we went back to see what happened.”Mr Neeson also gave evidence and largely confirmed what Mr Flynn said.Aileen Holmes – girlfriend of Keith Flynn – told the court: “Linda was roaring at Keith. She was accusing him of hitting somebody. He hadn’t hit anyone. There was a lot of roaring and shouting going on.”Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian argued before the judge that it was clear that two men had been assaulted on the night in question but it was completely unclear as to who had carried out the attack.There were a large number of people leaving Jacksons Disco and the evidence of defence witnesses had made it clear that neither of them were involved.Judge Paul Kelly said there was “a considerable amount of confusion” about what had happened on the night.He said Ms Doherty and Ms Holmes in particular had given what they believed to be clear evidence.“But they both can’t be right,” said the judge.“There were considerable conflicts in the evidence; I have just about sufficient doubt not to proceed to convictions in this matter.”The assault charges were dismissed.MEN ON BALLYBOFEY BRAWL CHARGES FOUND NOT GUILTY was last modified: November 7th, 2013 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:MEN ON BALLYBOFEY BRAWL CHARGES FOUND NOT GUILTYlast_img read more

DONEGAL EA COUNT FINISHED – SIX ELECTED

first_imgIndependent candidate John Campbell has been re-elected alongside Fine Gael Councillor Barry O’Neil and Sinn Féin candidate Noel Andrew Jordan. Shock has been expressed that Fianna Fáil Councillor Brendan Byrne has lost his seat in the Donegal EA.Independent candidates Niamh Kennedy and Tom Conaghan were elected earlier in the evening. Fianna Fáil stalwart Sean McEniff won re-election to the council chambers in Lifford also. DONEGAL EA COUNT FINISHED – SIX ELECTED was last modified: May 25th, 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:newsPoliticslast_img read more

JOB VACANCY: FAMOUS DONEGAL BAKERY LOOKING TO RECRUIT QUALITY ASSURANCE OFFICER

first_imgJOB VACANCY: One of Ireland’s most famous businesses Gallagher’s Bakery are looking to recruit staff. Management are seeking to recruit a ‘Quality Assurance Officer’ to become part of their dynamic, innovative and hardworking team.Due to the growth of the company it has become necessary to recruit a Quality Assurance Officer. The QA Officer will be reporting into the QA Supervisor.Job Responsibilities will include: Daily Checks on the floor including metal detection verification, weight verification, correct packaging used, correct date coding information used and quality checks on final product to include colour texture and size.Collection and retention of samples for use in investigation of customer complaints and shelf analysis this will be for every production run.Collection of samples for microbial and nutritional analysis under the direction of the QA supervisor.Monitoring Factory Hygiene and GMP on a daily basis.Issuing and following up non-conforming issues to ensure effective close out and ensure that data is available for trending and improvement.Collation of data regarding environmental conditions such as temperatures for trending and statistical control purposes.Swabbing of machinery and employees to ensure cleaning is effective under direction of QA supervisor.Collection and monitoring of factory floor paperwork to ensure completion.Shelf life assessment of products.Key Skills:A food qualification or food industry experience would be desirable.Good interpersonal skills.Good team worker.Flexible with working both day and nightshifts on rotation.Can work on own initiative .Please email your CV to Margaret Kelly/Christopher Gregg at mkelly@gallaghersbakery.ie or cgregg@gallaghersbakery.ie by the 10th of June 2015.  JOB VACANCY: FAMOUS DONEGAL BAKERY LOOKING TO RECRUIT QUALITY ASSURANCE OFFICER was last modified: June 3rd, 2015 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:jobsnewslast_img read more