In Pursuit of PUL’s US$ 100k: Be Resolute!

first_imgMr. EditorThe series of imposing occurrences which have distracted my mind in recent times could not prevent me from expressing my candid viewpoint on the story published on the back page of the Monday, May 5, 2014 edition of the Daily Observer captioned “PUL’s US$ 100,000.00 Case Reawakenens as Journalists Dignity Begins Campaign for George Barpeen’s Prosecution”.Not only do I wish to highly applaud “Journalists Dignity” for this bold step in the right direction; but I am hoping and praying that it will not relent in bringing this matter which has lingered for years now to a close through its persistent and determined efforts.As mentioned in the story, it is obvious that corrupt Liberians will use the misappropriation of the US$ 100,000.00 as a trump card to accuse Liberian journalists – even the innocent and credible ones – of being corrupt themselves. This is why all Liberian journalists should accord serious consideration to ensuring that the US$ 100,000.00 is fully accounted for.The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) must be decisive in bringing this matter to a close. George Barpeen, the construction company or who so ever that embezzled the US$ 100,000.00 must be prosecuted. This case must not be allowed to drag on into eternity.Remember, a good leadership does not weaver but stands resolute in resolving an acute problem.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

West African Leaders Discuss Creation of Anti-Extremist Force

first_imgWest African leaders discussed setting up a force to combat extremists in the region and will send an observation mission to The Gambia before elections, the regional economic body said Saturday.According to the Voice of America (VOA), the decisions were announced after about a dozen heads of state, including presidents from Ivory Coast, Niger and Mali, met in Dakar, Senegal, for the 49th session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).“We must constantly reconcile the free movement of people and goods with security measures,” said the new president of the body, Marcel Alain de Souza of Benin, at the opening of the day-long summit. “The multiplication of the number of zones of terrorism in our space obliges us to share information on all activities and to coordinate and mobilize our resources.”The member states discussed the creation of a regional force, he said later Saturday, without giving further details.The threat of extremism in the region has increased following major attacks by al-Qaida-linked militants in Mali, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. The Nigeria-based Boko Haram, which has declared its support for the Islamic State group, continues to carry out attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.Senegalese President Macky Sall, the outgoing chairman, said resources must be combined.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was chosen to replace Sall on Saturday.The regional body also agreed to send a technical mission to The Gambia ahead of December elections. It called for a free and credible vote, and dialogue with the opposition.“The conference urges the security forces to avoid excessive use of force against citizens,” the leaders said.Gambian activists and politicians have called on ECOWAS to take action against The Gambia for its recent brutal crackdown on rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Dozens of people, including opposition leaders, have been arrested during recent demonstrations, and one leader died from torture while in detention, according to the human rights group Amnesty International.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Queen’s College Old Students’ Association elects new executives

first_imgThe Queen’s College Old Students’ Association (QC-OSA) on Saturday held an Extraordinary General Meeting at Queen’s College, Camp and Thomas Roads, Thomas Lands, Georgetown, Guyana.Dr Arron Fraser, President of the Queen’s College Old Students Association (QC-OSA)The gathering saw approximately 60 former students of the school participating in a much-anticipated meeting in the 175th anniversary year of Guyana’s premier high school.The Returning Officer appointed, Khalil Alli, duly declared the positions vacant and commenced elections to fill 11 vacant spots on the Executive Committee. Following the transparent electoral process, the following persons were elected:Dr Arron Fraser was elected as President while Pauline Chase will serve as First Vice President and Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon as Second Vice President.Martina McDonald-Johnson was elected as Secretary while Bobita Ram will serve as Assistant Secretary-Assistant Treasurer; Nelsonia Persaud Budhram will serve as Public Relations Officer and Kawbina Griffith as Physical Educator & Sports Advisor.Sanjeev Datadin, Samuel Hinds, Devindra Kissoon and Pearson Burch-Smith were elected as ordinary members.The Executive Committee is made up of 14 persons. Mizana Gonsalves is the sitting treasurer while Errol Ramdhanny and James Rajroop are the other two sitting ordinary members of the Executive Committee.The members thanked outgoing Secretary and Chair of the morning’s proceedings, Sharon Singh-Kreuter for her dedication and time, serving over the years.The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association is constitutionally due in March of each and every succeeding year. The Association has not held an AGM in the past three years.The meeting saw the largest turnout of members in over a decade and Dr Fraser was elected unopposed. The College celebrates its 175th anniversary this month, for which several exciting activities are planned in celebration.last_img read more

Submitted – Northern Health Oral Health Month

first_imgThese references also have some very useful information:  Advertisement Begin Dental Care Early! Lift their lip once per month to check for early signs of tooth decay (chalky, dull white spots or lines)Around age one teach your baby to drink from a lidless cup. Avoid letting your baby drink from a sipper-cup or bottle often throughout the day.Take your child to the dentist by around age 1. The Northern Health Dental programs offer a free, evidence-based fluoride varnish program for young children at risk for Early Childhood Tooth Decay. For more information on oral health, visit your dental office or your local dental health program. – Advertisement -To prevent your child from getting tooth decay, brush their teeth twice a day with a small smear of fluoride toothpaste. For children 6 years of age or older, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, and continue to help them brush their teeth until around age 8, when their fine motor skills are more developed and they can do handwriting. No matter how old we are or whether or not we have teeth, all of us benefit from regular dental check-ups. Research shows a link between the health of our mouth and the health of our body. Keeping your mouth healthy may reduce your risk for heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes or having a premature and lowbirth weight baby. Adults with dentures are also recommended to have their dentist check the health of their mouth. Your dental team can help you learn how to prevent dental disease and they can also check for oral cancers and other dental problems. Northern Health (http://northernhealth.ca/Your_Health/Programs/Dental)Canadian Dental Association (http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health)Canadian Dental Hygiene Association (http://cdha.ca/content/oralcare_centre/facts) Tooth decay, more commonly called “cavities”, can happen as soon as teeth start erupting in a child’s mouth (around 7-12 months of age). Proper brushing and knowledgeable parents can help to avoid this though. Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be within 6 months of their first tooth erupting or around one year of age. By visiting your dental office regularly, small problems can be caught early, before they become big problems. Baby teeth play a key role in your child’s development. They are important for your baby’s jaw and speech development, they help guide the permanent teeth into proper position and they help your child chew food. Advertisement For children under the age of 4, Early Childhood Tooth Decay is a serious disease that can destroy your child’s teeth. However, it can be prevented. Here are some tips:Brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a small smear of fluoride toothpasteKeep your mouth healthy so you don’t pass on tooth decay causing bacteria to your childNever put baby to bed with a bottleAdvertisement Brenda MatsenDental HygienistNorthern Healthlast_img read more

Council approves changing of Chances from gaming centre to casino

first_imgThe approval comes on the heels of a positive public response to the proposal during a public hearing that was held on April 14. At the time Ryan Pomeroy, President of Pomeroy Lodging spoke at the hearing and said the change will increase employment at Chances by 30 people. The only one in opposition at the public hearing to the proposal was Area C Director Arthur Hadland who said, “Gambling is known to be an addictive force that impacts 10 per cent of our citizens. I believe that its impacts are worse than tobacco or alcohol in its long term harm to children, families and our senior population.”That point was countered by representatives from Lottery Corporation as they said in the most recent provincial survey problem gambling affected less than five per cent of the population. – Advertisement -Chances hopes to have the new services up and running in approximately three months.last_img read more

Fall time change is a killer, researchers find

first_imgThe risk for pedestrian deaths at 6p.m. is by far higher in November than in any other month, the scientists said. The danger declines each month through May. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety of Arlington, Va., in earlier studies, found that the switch from daylight saving time to standard time increased pedestrian deaths. Going to a year-round daylight saving time would save about 200 deaths a year, the institute calculated, said spokesman Russ Rader. “Benjamin Franklin conceived of daylight saving time as a way of saving candles,” Rader said. “Today we know it saves lives.” The risk at 6p.m. in November, after daylight saving time ends, is 11 times higher than the risk for the same hour in April, when daylight saving time begins, according to the Carnegie Mellon researchers. Fischbeck and Gerard used federal traffic fatality data that they’ve incorporated into a searchable database for different risk factors. Their analysis was not peer-reviewed, nor is it being published in a scientific journal. But it does jibe with other peer-reviewed studies that looked at raw fatalities. A 2001 study by John M. Sullivan at the University of Michigan looked at national statistics from 1987 to 1997 and found that there were 65 crashes killing pedestrians in the week before the clocks fell back and 227 in the week after. Fischbeck and Gerard found that the increase in fatality risk after the end of daylight saving time is only for pedestrians. No such jump was seen for drivers or passengers in cars. Once everyone “springs forward” to daylight saving time in April, there is a 78percent drop in risk at 6p.m., they said. But overall for the evening rush hour, turning the clock back is a killer. In seven years there have been 250 more deaths in the fall and 139 fewer deaths in the spring. “This clearly shows that both drivers and pedestrians should think about this daylight saving adjustment,” Gerard said. “There are lives at stake.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – After clocks are turned back this weekend, pedestrians walking during the evening rush hour are nearly three times more likely to be hit and killed by cars than before the time change, two scientists calculate. Ending daylight saving time translates into about 37 more U.S. pedestrian deaths around 6p.m. in November compared with October, the researchers report. Their study of risk to pedestrians is preliminary but confirms previous findings of higher deaths after clocks are set back in fall. It’s not the darkness itself, but the adjustment to earlier nighttime that’s the killer, said professors Paul Fischbeck and David Gerard, both of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Fischbeck, who regularly walks with his 4-year-old twins around 6p.m., is worried enough that he’ll be more cautious starting Monday. “A three-times increase in the risk is really dramatic, and because of that we’re carrying a flashlight,” he said. Fischbeck and Gerard conducted a preliminary study of seven years of federal traffic fatalities and calculated risk per mile walked for pedestrians. They found that per-mile risk jumps 186percent from October to November, but then drops 21percent in December. They said the drop-off in deaths by December indicates that the risk is caused by the trouble both drivers and pedestrians have adjusting when darkness suddenly comes an hour earlier. The reverse happens in the morning when clocks are set back and daylight comes earlier. Pedestrian risk plummets, but there are fewer walkers then, too. The 13 lives saved at 6a.m. don’t offset the 37 lost at 6p.m., the researchers found. last_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! Chelsea eyeing £25m deal for Benfica star

first_img Victor Lindelof in action for Sweden Chelsea are ready to activate the £25m release-clause of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.New Blues boss Antonio Conte is on the hunt for a centre-back this summer but he has so far failed to land any of his targets.Chelsea have been priced out of a move for Juventus stalwart Leonardo Bonucci, while Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is proving equally expensive.As a result, according to Portuguese newspaper Record, Conte is now ready to go all out for Lindelof.The 22-year-old enjoyed an impressive season for Benfica last year and he is tipped for a bright future.The Swede has a release-clause of £25m and Chelsea are now ready to activate it in an attempt to push through a deal as quickly as possible. 1last_img

Wow! Here’s how Messi and Ronaldo’s goal records compare season-by-season

first_img 2010/11 season: Messi scored 53 goals in 55 appearances for Barcelona, while Ronaldo scored 53 goals in 54 appearances for Real Madrid – click the arrow above, right, to see how the duo compare over the past seven seasons 7 2012/13 season: Messi scored 60 goals in 50 appearances, while Ronaldo scored 55 goals in 55 appearances 2011/12 season: Messi scored 73 goals in 60 appearances, while Ronaldo scored 60 goals in 55 appearances 7 2014/15 season: Messi scored 58 goals in 57 appearances, while Ronaldo scored 61 goals in 54 appearances 7 2013/14 season: Messi scored 41 goals in 46 appearances, while Ronaldo scored 51 goals in 47 appearances 2016/17 season: Messi has scored 51 goals in 50 appearances, while Ronaldo has scored 39 goals in 44 appearances – And counting… 7 2015/16 season: Messi scored 41 goals in 49 appearances, while Ronaldo scored 51 goals in 48 appearances 7 Cristiano Ronaldo has set yet another new record.The Real Madrid forward surpassed Jimmy Greaves’ tally of 366 goals in Europe’s top five leagues, netting his 367th and 368th in a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo in La Liga on Wednesday night.Record aside though, plenty remain split between determining who is the better player: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.While comparisons distract from the spectacle of watching two of the greatest ever footballers in action, we couldn’t help but see how the two compare in front of goal in recent years.Video: Cristiano Ronaldo bags record-breaking brace to move Real Madrid closer to title gloryScroll through the gallery above to see how the goalscoring form of Messi and Ronaldo over the past seven seasons compares.Goals scored are from all club competitions only. 7 7last_img read more

GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH MAN BARRY TRAVERS SHOWS HE HAS ‘BOTTLE’

first_imgFootballWell done to the Donegal minors and our representatives on the team, Nathan Boyle, Shane McGrath and Oisin Rooney, on a convincing 3-15 to 2-12 victory in the Ulster MFC semi-final in Breffni Park on Saturday evening. They will face Derry in the Ulster final on Sunday July 17th. We also wish Peter Boyle and his senior colleagues the very best of luck when they look to finish the job against the Farney men back in Breffni this Saturday, throw-in 7pm. Barry has bottle!Barry Travers won the Donegal jersey correctly guessing there was €514 in The Bridgend bottle. Thanks to everyone who  contributed to the bottle and those that bought lines. Thanks also to Mick McGrath and Sean O’Mahoney for their assistance and running this fund-raiser.Aodh Ruadh were down to face Naomh Ultan this Saturday, but with the Ulster SFC replay on Saturday that will be rescheduled. Keep an eye on the club Facebook page for updates on that one.Aodh Ruadh under 21s are out in the first round of the championship this Wednesday at 7.30pm away to Cloughaneely. Good luck to manager James O’Donnell and the team. All support would be very much appreciated. The minors will be out against Kilcar in their first round, first leg championship opener next Monday, 4th July. Throw in at Towney will be 7.30pm.The under 12 Southern Board League Final against Dungloe takes place on Saturday morning in Dungloe with the first game throwing in at 11am.Players and parents / guardian are to meet at the Park at 9am to arrange transport with departure for Dungloe at 9.15am. We’d encourage as big a Ballyshannon support as possible to make the trip down to get behind the boys as the bid bring silverware back Erneside. Training on Friday will just be from 5.15pm to 6.15pm.Under 10, under 8 and under 6 training continues as usual this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. This Friday’s session will be the last under 6 training session of the year and will go ahead irrespective of weather conditions. This will be followed by prize-giving so we’d like to have all players present.Donegal Children’s Board invite all members who wish to have an input to be part of the upcoming Workshops. These will be set up in the next few weeks to identify areas for restructure and modification for all youth games and activities in Donegal from 2017 to 2022. The areas identified for consideration so far are: 1 Competitions; 2 Coaching; 3 Administration; 4 Public Relations; and 5 Recruitment of referees. If any Children’s Board members wish to become involved in any of the proposed Workshops please notify Chairman Mick McGrath as soon as possible.A referee training course has been fixed for Friday 8th July. The course lasts three hours from 7pm to 10pm. The Southern Board are having difficulties with the shortage of referees so we urge to club members to consider attending this course. The underage footballers will are busy filling their Euroshot Challenge cards and honing their shooting as the days count down to the big event on Saturday July 10th. Please support generously.LadiesThere will be an under 14 challenge match against Glenfin on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Players are to be at the dressing rooms for 6.45pm.Under 12 girls training continues this Thursday 6pm and Saturday 10am. Under 8 and under 10 training continues at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Mondays from 6-7pm.HurlingAodh Ruadh sank to a morale sapping 1-3 to 3-14 defeat in Ulster Táin League Division 2B against Sean Treacy’s on a wet Sunday morning in Garvaghey. Aodh Ruadh trailed by 0-6 to 0-2 coming up to the interval, but a sloppy goal left the Ernesiders playing catch-up. Things fell apart in second half as many players let the game pass them by and there was considerable wastefulness in front of the posts. Anthony Coughlin was Ernesider’s most economic player and he struck for goal in the second half. Ballyshannon fielded short a number of players, but the team available on the night will be disappointed with their performance. This Sunday sees Aodh Ruadh on the road yet again as they travel to Letterkenny to take on Saint Eunan’s at 4pm in the Ulster Táin League. That will be the last game ahead of the senior championship opener Buncrana the week following.Congratulations to Paul Sheridan and the Donegal senior hurlers who beat Monaghan 5-13 to 2-14 to win the Ulster SHC Shield final.Best of luck to the Donegal under 21s who are out against Tyrone in Letterkenny on Saturday in the All-Ireland C Hurling Championship. Aodh Ruadh are well represented in the squad with Kevin Loughlin involved in the management and Tommy Gillespie, Ciaran Rami, Eddie Lynch Jr, Stephen Connolly and Matt Ahern all part of the panel. Throw-in is at 2pm in Letterkenny.The under 12 and under 16 leagues began last week. On Thursday the under 16s were at home to Letterkenny Gaels. Injuries and holidays meant we only had the bare minimum of 11 players. But these 11 lads showed great commitment and fought for every ball and despite being up against a physically stronger Letterkenny team they ran out worthy winners 1-10 to 0-4. We’ll have pictures from this game up on aodhruadh.org over the course of the week. With such a small panel we are in for a difficult season, but hopefully we’ll field for all the games. This Thursday we’re away to a strong Four Masters team.The under 12s travelled to Carndonagh on Friday evening with a panel of 17. Seven of these lads have been playing with the under 14s this season and the experience they gained from that showed and was a great benefit to the squad as they ran out convincing winners over the Carn lads.Training as normal at 12 noon on Sunday for all age groups.Aodh Ruadh Summer CampThe 25th Aodh Ruadh summer camp takes place during the first two weeks of July. Week 1 runs from Monday 4th to Friday 8th July. Week 2 runs from Monday 11th to Friday 15th July.Each week the camp will cater for all ages from 6 to 14, boys and girls. Activities include skills training, fun and games, football, camogie, rounders, hurling and swimming. Applicants should bring a packed lunch as no one will be allowed to leave the camp during the day. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm. Cost per week. One child €70; Two children €120; Three children €170; Four children €200. For further information contact Sylvester Maguire 086-0532495.Ice Cream Fun DayThe organisers thank everybody who attended the Ice Cream Fun Day and Coffee Morning in aid of Down’s Syndrome and Creevy National School on Sunday. Despite the poor weather it was the most successful Ice Cream Funday so far. Thanks to Breesy Centre, Whoriskey’s Cashelard, McGrath Bouncy Castles, and to our raffle sponsors, Sandhouse Hotel, Teresina Barrett, Finn Valley Leisure Centre and to Gabrielle Doyle for the wonderful cake. Thanks also to all the ‘crew’ who worked hard on the morning and all those who donated home baking. The total raised so far is a wonderful €1,340.Abbey Centre BingoThe June big bingo jackpot of €800 was won by Mary Butler, Ballyshannon. Bingo as usual at 9pm this Friday at the Abbey Centre. There was no winner of the game seven summer snowball, so it now stands at €300 on 46 numbers or less. Books priced at just €10.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €5,100. The winning numbers drawn were 3, 6, 7, 10, 12 and 14. In the lucky dip €20 went to Caroline Patton, Creevy; Ciaran Patton, Creevy; Marie Gallagher, Erne Street; Pauric McGlinchey Laghey; and Louis Boyle, Saint Benildus Avenue. Next draw is on Sunday in Owen Roe’s with a Jackpot of €5,200 on Sunday at 8.30pm.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra Saturday is: SENIORS HURLERS.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to info@aodhruadh.org.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH MAN BARRY TRAVERS SHOWS HE HAS ‘BOTTLE’ was last modified: June 28th, 2016 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:Aodh RuadhGAASportlast_img read more