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first_imgLiberia’s Ambassador to the United States, Mexico and Canada, Mr. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, has been praised for his leadership role in calling on the international community and mobilizing needed items to combat the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) from Liberia in 2014.In 2014, the EVD overwhelmed Liberia’s health practitioners’ capacities and the entire nation nearly collapsed but for the initiatives Amb. Sulunteh and others took to stop the spread of the virus.It is recorded that at least 28,616 probable, suspected and confirmed cases of the virus were reported in the MRU basin, including Guinea and Sierra Leone. Of this number, 15,227 were confirmed positive to having contracted the virus while 11,310 died. Liberia reported most of the dead—4,810, while Sierra Leone tallied 3,956 and Guinea recorded 2,544.This is almost ten times the number of deaths from all other Ebola epidemics combined. But on Saturday, July 1, the head of the Margibi Chapter of the Friends of Sulunteh (FOS), Francis Kparkar, praised Amb. Sulunteh for adequately advocating for Liberia and making sure needed Ebola equipment came to the country.In October 2014 Amb. Sulunteh appeared on the BBC and called on the world to help Liberia. He had feared that his country was nearing collapse.However, before October 2014, he was instrumental in mobilizing and shipping a 40-foot container, loaded with needed materials to help stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. He had told our Health Correspondent that the shipment was paid for by “Friends of Liberia (FOL),” a Washington DC-based organization, through the Liberian Embassy.He further told this newspaper that all the materials and financial support were mobilized by the Liberian Embassy Ebola Response Team, which he headed.In addition to other essentials items in the container that he shipped to Liberia were materials for tent construction, as some of the Ebola treatment units (ETUs) were under construction.Responding after being praised for ably representing Liberia during the Ebola crisis, the diplomat thanked the United States and other governments and individuals for standing with Liberia during the Ebola crisis. Amb. Sulunteh said he was a part of the advance team, which had come to make preparations for the arrival of Mrs. Michelle R. Obama, First Lady of the United States. He stated that he was glad to be a part of the advance team for Mrs. Obama to come and launch the ‘Let Girls Learn’ in Liberia. “The Americans hold us in high esteem. If the Americans value us so much, we should do all to keep earning their respect and value ourselves,” he stated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img“There’s everything to spark your interest so that you’ll go home and try some of the things other people have tried,” Coordinator of the Garden Tour, Jessie Clarke said.Clarke says one of the most extraordinary components of the tour is a massive water feature, which is essentially a large pond with running water, connected to a bridge and leading you onto an island in the middle of it all. Visitors can also look forward to vegetable gardens, flower plots, fruit trees, and breathtaking scenery, including a garden looking over the Peace River.- Advertisement -Clarke also says it’s worth noting the different types of plants local gardeners have managed to grow, some of which are not qualified for our northern climate.“We have mini climates in our yards where the air currents don’t go through, good snow coverage and things do keep,” Clarke explained. “That’s kind of exciting for people to see.”The tour is being held Sunday July 20, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm, with maps being handed out at the Fort St. John Museum.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgConte’s future at Stamford Bridge has been the source of much speculation upon this season, with reports suggesting the Italian is unhappy with the club’s transfer policy.He has in the past refused to answer any questions about his future, but he was more forthcoming on Tuesday while insisting he was focused on Chelsea’s upcoming match against Huddersfield.“I’m very focused on the present, to do the job in the best way for the players and the fans. Our job is not simple, it’s not easy. But I’m totally focused on the present,” Conte said.“There are only two weeks and this season will finish and you will know if there is a different situation or not, if you see me again next season and we start again from the first game speculating about my future.”Chelsea still have a chance of finishing in the top four and a place in next season’s Champions League, but they need to win both their remaining matches, and hope either Liverpool or Tottenham slip up.Conte admitted he was disappointed with the situation: “There is a bit of disappointment because this season we dropped many points in a stupid way.“Now there is not time to regret. We have to play two games, against Huddersfield and Newcastle, and then the final of the FA Cup.“The situation is not in our hands. The only way to put a bit of pressure (on Tottenham and Liverpool) is this, to get three points in every game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his future at the club will be decided soon. Photo/TEAMTALKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 9 – Antonio Conte says his future at Chelsea will be decided at the end of the season.Chelsea’s final game of the season will be against Manchester United the FA Cup at Wembley on May 19.last_img read more

first_img1 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino warns fans of ‘very tough period’ Mauricio Pochettino has warned Tottenham supporters the club’s new stadium means facing up to a lean period of spending similar to the one Arsenal have endured under Arsene Wenger.Spurs chose not to sign any senior players in the January transfer window, despite their almost complete reliance on Harry Kane up front, with only Ebbsfleet United’s 17-year-old midfielder Shilow Tracey joining the club’s academy.It continues a marked change in policy under Pochettino, who has stayed faithful to a strategy of either buying younger players with potential or promoting from within, rather than splashing large fees on higher-risk signings.Son Heung-min and Toby Alderweireld both arrived in the summer for a combined fee of just over £30million, but that outlay was offset by the sale of fringe players including Etienne Capoue, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado.Last month Andros Townsend was sold to Newcastle for £12million.Pochettino maintains he is happy with the balance of his squad, but he also points to Arsenal’s period of prudence before their new stadium was opened in 2006 and insists Tottenham must now go through a similar process.“We have in front of us a very tough period,” Pochettino said.“I hear a lot, because I read a lot, always Google translate English to Spanish, that Arsene Wenger says the most tough period of the club was in the period that we built the stadium.“And now I think that you need to know and the people need to know that this is a very tough period for us.“I think that the people are excited to see how we play and we need to be careful, because we need to arrive to the new stadium in a very good condition to try to fight for everything and try to show that we are one of the best clubs and teams in the world.”last_img read more

first_imgLAPD Internal Affairs officials said Tuesday they are revising how complaints against officers are investigated after an audit found critical shortcomings in nearly half the cases. The Police Commission’s inspector general looked at 46 serious complaints from 2004 and the first half of 2005 and found significant problems with 19 of them. “I think we should all be very concerned about what’s in this audit,” Commissioner Alan Skobin said Tuesday. While Los Angeles Police Department officials questioned the sample size, they pledged to boost training programs for Internal Affairs officers and to revisit some of the flawed probes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The criticisms in the audit range from leads and witnesses left unpursued to discrepancies between taped interviews and written summaries. In one case, auditors criticize investigators for not fully addressing a man’s allegations that an officer injured him by gouging his eye. Based on the flaws it found in the probe, the Inspector General’s Office disagreed with the department’s decision not to present the case for criminal prosecution. Another case involved a motorist’s allegations that officers stopped him because of his ethnicity. He was not cited or given a business card, and Internal Affairs investigators said they could not determine who the involved officers were. Auditors from the Inspector General’s Office, though, identified the likely officers by reviewing field-activity reports. Cmdr. Eric Lillo, head of the Internal Affairs Group, acknowledged that some of the cases present significant problems, and he promised detailed “biopsies” of the cases. However, Lillo said some of the disagreements were “subjective,” and he questioned the scope of the audit, saying the unit handles thousands of complaints against officers each year. “The overall context puts it in a different perspective,” he said. Deputy Chief Michael Berkow echoed those concerns about the sample size while saying he is disciplining some investigators based on the audit’s findings and working to tighten procedures. While Internal Affairs might take thousands of complaints a year, the auditors focused on the much smaller pool of serious allegations like use of force and racial discrimination, said Assistant Inspector General Beth Kennedy. The commissioners supported the methodology, with Skobin saying it appeared the auditors “focused on the meat.” Commission President John Mack told police officials, “It is important that you not diminish the significance of this random sample and the issues that have been raised.” While the inspector general’s audit is a yearly review, Commissioner Shelley Freeman suggested that another one be done sooner to determine whether there has been improvement. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 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

first_imgA Buncrana man is flying after winning his college’s heat of the Red Bull Paper Wings competition.Seamus ‘Red Arrows’ Benson threw a paper airplane a staggering 21.7 metres to claim first place in the University of Ulster’s heat at Magee Campus recently.Now 33 year old Seamus is on his way to University College Dublin to compete in the All Ireland Finals in a couple of weeks time. Seamus, a mature student of sociology and community development (we kid you not!!) said he could not have achieved his goal without the support of his family and friends!“I feel so proud and all the training has paid off. I was blessed with a large right arm and I have been doing a lot of practice lately,” he said.Some might laugh at Seamus’ achievement but he stands to travel to Strasbourg Airport in a few weeks time if he wins the national title.“I feel I have a much longer throw in me. I was down the pub during the week building up my arm lifting pints of Carlsberg. “If I do another few of those sessions, I’ll be ready,” he said.Donegaldaily will keep you informed of Seamus’ progress.Truly an athlete among athletes! RED BULL GIVES OUR SEAMUS WINGS! was last modified: March 14th, 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:buncranaRed Bull Paper WingsSeamus Bensonlast_img read more

first_imgKILCAR singer – and top man all round – Rory Gallagher has been asked to re-write his Donegal anthem ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ – in honour of snooker legend Jimmy White.Rory – now running The Island bar in Lanzarote – said on his Facebook Page today: “I have been asked by a production team from ITV to re-write “Jimmy’s Winning Matches” for a documentary they are doing on the great snooker player Jimmy White!“What a mad world! “I used to love watching Jimmy White and Hurricane Higgins on the old grundig TV at my granny’s in Killybegs in the 1980s, she would be delighted!”  ‘I’M RE-JIGGING JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES FOR SNOOKER LEGEND TV SHOW’ – RORY was last modified: March 27th, 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) Tags:’I’M RE-JIGGING JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES FOR SNOOKER LEGEND TV SHOW – RORYlast_img read more

first_imgThe Hills of Donegal Have Eyes is an anthology movie comprising of 8 different short films, all made here in Donegal by local talent. Although each of the films are very different from one another, they will be shown in sequence for one night only – tonight –  in the RCC Letterkenny.Organised by Jeremy Howard and Emmet Griffin, the purpose of the event was to bring together like-minded, talented, creative people who may not have been aware of each other before.Starting with the theme of Donegal and the horror genre, people were invited with an interest in making a short film to take part. There was a good deal of interest from all around the county, as well as Actors, Writers and Directors from around the country. A pool of talent, all with varying degrees of film-making experience, quickly came together. Entry is to the screening is FREE. It is tonight at 7pm in the Regional Cultural Centre. Although not rated and open to all age groups, we would advise that some of the content may not be suitable for young children.An exhibition of the films and artwork inspired by the films will also be opening in The Glebe Gallery this evening at 9.30pm curated by Jeremy Howard, Adrian Kelly & Aoife O Donnell. Live music on the night will be supplied by Celtic punk rock outfit The Pox Men. FREE FILM FESTIVAL AT RCC LETTERKENNY THIS EVENING was last modified: November 30th, 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:FREE FILM FESTIVAL AT RCC LETTERKENNY THIS EVENINGlast_img read more

first_img When the Angels players convened recently to vote for the Gene Autry Trophy, representative of the team’s MVP, Figgins was named co-winner, along with pitcher Bartolo Colon. “You can talk about Vlad (Guerrero), Frankie (Rodriguez), Bart, go down the list of guys, John Lackey, Scot Shields,” said Scioscia, whose team opens the American League Division Series at home today against the New York Yankees. ANAHEIM – Chone Figgins began the season batting ninth because Angels manager Mike Scioscia wanted to configure the lineup in a way to best “set the table for the big boys,” Vladimir Guerrrero and Garret Anderson. Turns out, Figgins is a big boy himself. “It’s very important to me,” Figgins said of his relationships with teammates. “I got an opportunity to play more because of injuries, and sometimes I make mistakes defensively. But they never get down on me. They always pick me up. They say, `Don’t worry about it.’ To get their vote for team MVP means everything to me.” Figgins began the season as the starting second baseman because regular starter Adam Kennedy was recovering from off-season knee surgery. After Kennedy returned, Figgins found time at third base because of Dallas McPherson’s physical problems. And when center fielder Steve Finley’s troubles at the plate became too much for the Angels to bear, Figgins made his way to center on a more consistent basis. Figgins not only moves around from day to day, but he has changed positions during a game, a couple times in the same inning. He makes it look as easy as a simple change of gloves, but it isn’t. “It’s still tough to this point, having to come to the park ready to play but not knowing where,” said Figgins, who has started 47 games at third base, 45 in center field, 36 at second base, one at shortstop, seven in right field and 12 in left. “In the outfield, you have to know where the cutoff man is going to be, what the `no-doubles’ sign is, know where to back guys up. Then in the infield, you’ve got your bunt plays, and you have to know all the different signs for those.” Figgins has heard the talk that baseball should create a Gold Glove award for utility players, but that isn’t likely to happen. He knows the best way to become an All-Star is to have one position to call his own. But he isn’t about to bemoan his role, even if it continues beyond this season. “It’s helping me become a major league player,” said Figgins, 27. “A lot of people in baseball would love to do what I do. Maybe being a player that plays every position is my role. As long as it keeps me on the field.” Figgins said his favorite position is “on the field,” but with further prodding, he admitted that shortstop is “where my heart is.” Figgins was primarily a shortstop coming up through the minors. “His best position is probably second base,” Scioscia said. “But he’s so athletic and works so hard he’s making improvements everywhere he plays.” Offensively, Figgins hit .290 with eight homers and 57 RBI in a team-high 158 games. He also led the team in hits (186), runs (113) and stolen bases (62). His 186 hits set the Angels record for a switch hitter, and his 62 steals was most in the majors. “The best way to learn is just by being out there,” Figgins said of stealing bases. “But I study a lot of video, watch what pitchers do with men on base. Are they quick to first? Do they use a slide step (to the plate)? Still, the best way to read a pitcher is to take your lead off first base.” Figgins still has a score to settle. He had a rough time in the playoffs last year against the Red Sox, going 2-for-14 at the plate, committing a baserunning gaffe and making two errors in the field. “It’s unfair to talk about Chone because our whole team did not play to the level we hoped,” Scioscia said. “It wasn’t just Chone that had a tough series, a lot of guys didn’t get into their game. In a short series things happen quickly.” “Stuff happens,” Figgins explained. “I played 100 percent and that’s all I can do. We got beat by the team that went on to win the World Series.” Figgins has a World Series ring of his own, but that was when his role was limited to pinch-runner in 2002. This time, he will be in the middle of things. “It’d be fun,” he said. “It’d be cool to win.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Chone, for a number of reasons, sticks out as a reason we’re going to the playoffs. His versatility from day one, all the changes he made, everything he did was so important. Figgy had a helluva year.” Figgins, who is 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds, didn’t last long in the ninth spot, moving up to leadoff. And while his place in the batting order has remained a constant, his locker full of gloves makes it clear he is used all over the field. He began the season as a player without a position, but his “Have glove, will travel” role got him into more games than any other Angel. He won the Major League stolen base crown, he’s the first Angel ever to score at least 100 runs and steal at least 50 bases in a season, and he’s done it while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and first base. “He’s like having three players,” said Angels first baseman Darin Erstad, who admitted he voted for Figgins. “When you can play so many positions, it opens up the roster for more players. It takes a very unselfish guy to do that, and he never complains. It’s hard enough playing one position, and he can play a bunch of ’em well. He’s amazing.” Figgins admits he is humbled by his teammates’ acknowledgement of him. He spends a lot of time talking with Anderson and has learned enough Spanish to make small talk with Guerrero and the other Latin players. last_img

first_imgHappy hour begins at Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top today as they slash prices on fuel!Kelly’s are cutting a whopping 5 cent per litre off all grades of fuel. But hurry! This offer runs only today (Tuesday 5th Sept) and tomorrow (Wednesday 6th Sept) between 4pm and 6pm.So make sure and fill up your vehicle at Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top later this afternoon! It’s going to be busy so get in early. The phenomenal deal is running this week to support customers with kids going back to school. It’s an expensive time of the year, so Kelly’s are lending a helping hand to families on the school run.Fill up the car and fill up on great dealsRemember, there are loads of back to school offers in the award winning Centra to help you spend less. With ample parking, you’ll have plenty of time to get everything you need for the kids’ lunch boxes.Kelly’s American Roadside DinerWe all know how cool the award winning American Roadside Diner is, and this week it has its famous Jakes burger meal deals on all this week and every week. The delicious offer is €9.95 for a 6oz beef burger and fries plus a free drink of your choice. At this price, there’s not likely to be a diner in the country that offers better value for money or greater customer service.So, once you’ve filled up the car why not treat the family to dinner at Kelly’s – which has become a one-stop place for brilliant back to school offers.Visit www.facebook.com/kellys.centramountaintop on Facebook for more fantastic offers!Act Fast! Fuel prices drop at Kelly’s Centra back to school bonanza was last modified: September 5th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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