Cartoon: October 15, 2014

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YMCA Turns Over Royesville High School to Government

first_imgThe City of Royesville in Lower Montserrado County now has its first high school, the US$250,000 Rebecca James Memorial High School, which was recently dedicated and turned over to the government.  Presenting the keys of the school complex to representatives of the Ministry of Education, Liberia YMCA vice chairman for Finance, Abraham Samukai, expressed appreciation to the memory of the late Madam Rebecca James and for her contribution towards the children of Royesville.“The challenges of young people she may have experienced in Royesville owing to the lack of a high school led Madam James in doing what she has done for you all,” Mr. Samukai said. Receiving the keys, outgoing Deputy Education Minister for Instruction, Hawah Goll-Kotchi asked for a minute of silence in memory of Madam James and spoke highly of her worthwhile contribution to the people of Royesville. Madam Goll-Kotchi, through a family member, Momo Lee, thanked Madam James for dedicating her treasure so that the children of Royesville can be educated. It was also learned US$22,000 of the US$250, 000 (9%) came from Liberia YMCA, as a subsidy to the project.  Minister Goll-Kotchie praised Liberia YMCA for the stewardship and results delivered on the project.Speaking to the challenges in the Liberian educational system, she told the gathering that the MOE will not accept volunteer teachers as the ministry wants qualified teachers, citing the mass failure in WAEC Exams.  She reaffirmed government commitment to improving quality education in the country.Earlier, the National General Secretary of the Liberia YMCA, Mr. E. Edward Gboe, described the late Madam James as a true patriot. He praised the support of the MOE, the local leadership of Royesville and the international division of the US YMCA for the successful completion of the educational complex.He said it is good that Royesville now has a high school as many children upon completing junior high school in the township leave to attend schools either in Tubmanburg, Bomi County or Monrovia.Mr. Gboe put the cost of the facility and its associated management and legal fees at about US$250,000 with 9% (or US$22,000) of the total cost subsidized by Liberia YMCA.The Commissioner of Royesville, Edwin Mathies, thanked the YMCA for the construction of the school. “Statistics show that 57 percent of contracts given to Liberian firms are incomplete, but in the case of YMCA, you have completed 100 percent,” Commissioner Mathies said.  He appealed to the MOE and Montserrado Electoral District #7 Representative, William Dikel, to assist the school with equipment and instructional materials. “The YMCA has done its part; now you must fulfill your duty on the tripartite agreement entered into by the YMCA, the MOE and the Township of Royesville.  The YMCA has completed its part,” Commissioner Mathies said.   In remarks, Rep. Dikel praised the Late Madam Rebecca James for her thoughtful consideration of Royesville, – adding, “Even through darker days, there are people who mean well.” He also thanked the elders and people of Royesville and the Parent Teacher Association of the School for their assistance in getting the school constructed and recommitted to advocate for projects, including support to the school, and allocations by the Legislature in the national budget.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spurs will keep Kane and Alli this summer

first_imgThe likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have both been linked with the pair, as Spurs attempt to tie them down to new contracts.But Levy is adamant that the duo will not be allowed to leave White Hart Lane at the end of the season.“I’m 100 per cent confident. Every single player that we want to keep, I can assure you will be playing for Tottenham Hotspur next season,” Levy told Sky Sports News.As for Spurs bringing in reinforcements during the January transfer window, Levy appeared to play down the prospects of new recruits.He added: “Mauricio’s strategy has always been that if an opportunity arises that he thinks can improve the squad then we will need to look at it, but January is always a very difficult window.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000As for Spurs bringing in reinforcements during the January transfer window, Levy appeared to play down the prospects of new recruits.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 12 – Harry Kane and Dele Alli will still be at Tottenham next season after chairman Daniel Levy ruled out a summer sale of the club’s star duo.The English internationals continue to attract interest from clubs across Europe after developing into two of the Premier League’s stand-out players under boss Mauricio Pochettino.last_img read more

I’m staying at AC Milan! Liverpool target rubbishes transfer talk

first_imgLiverpool target Stephan El Shaarawy has committed his future to AC Milan after scoring a brace for the Italian giants in the mid-season friendly win over Real Madrid in Dubai.The Italy striker, 22, has been linked with a move to the Premier League and Arsenal and Manchester United have joined Brendan Rodgers’ side in the pursuit of the man nicknamed ‘The Pharaoh’.However, El Shaarawy has reiterated his desire to prolong his three-year stay at the San Siro club and help Filippo Inzaghi’s men qualify for Champions League football this term.The former Genoa and Padova hitman struck twice as Milan won 4-2 to end Madrid’s 22-match winning streak on Tuesday evening, and insisted he is happy at the Italian side.“I’ve already said, I’m staying at Milan and I want to do well,” El Shaarawy said.“The win was also very satisfying for the team, we confirmed that we’re doing well after the Roma and Napoli games. From the point of view of the game we did well. It was a great day for me.“We want to start the league well in 2015.” 1 Stephan El Shaarawy last_img read more

Costa leads Atletico rout over Lokomotiv Moscow

first_imgSaul Niguez hit the net with a stunning strike at the Wanda Metropolitano before Costa made it two with an instinctive finish.Koke added a third late on to leave Lokomotiv with a mountain to climb next week.Costa has six goals in 12 appearances since moving to Atletico from Chelsea in January.“In the whole game we were superior,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.Security around the game was ramped up amid fears of a repeat of the fan violence that marred Athletic Bilbao’s match against Spartak Moscow a fortnight ago.Only around 500 Russian supporters were reported to have made the trip to the Spanish capital, however, and there was no visible sign of trouble before kick-off.Lokomotiv sit seven points clear at the top of the Russian Premier League but this is as far as the club has gone in Europe since reaching the Champions League last 16 in 2004.“In no way did I feel embarrassment for the team,” Lokomotiv coach Yuri Semin said.“We do not consider the tie lost.”Atletico, meanwhile, are rated as Europa League favourites with the bookmakers and, on this evidence, they will take some stopping.Lokomotiv managed only one shot on target in the 90 minutes.Both teams stood around the centre circle before kick-off as a minute that began in silence broke into applause in memory of Fiorentina defender Davide Astori, who died suddenly on Sunday.Atletico controlled possession early on but it took a thunderbolt from distance to break the deadlock.Saul picked the ball up 30 yards out and without a better option unleashed a left-footed shot that sailed into the top corner.They should have doubled their lead before half-time. Lokomotiv goalkeeper Guilherme rushed out and was robbed of the ball by Antoine Griezmann on the touchline. With the goal gaping, the Frenchman could only guide his long-range effort wide of the far post.Costa was more precise early in the second half, however, steering home the rebound after Griezmann had seen his close-range finish saved. Saul had provided the brilliant pass.Griezmann was taken off in the 66th minute and Costa followed eight minutes later.But there was still time for a third, when Koke burst into the box and prodded a shot into the corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Diego Costa proved too much for Lokomotiv Moscow’s Portuguese defenders © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Mar 8 – Diego Costa helped Atletico Madrid take a big step toward the Europa League quarter-finals by scoring in a 3-0 victory over Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday.Atletico will carry a commanding lead into the second leg in Russia.last_img read more

Isuza brace sends AFC second on their birthday

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards fans cheering their team. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 14- Whyvonne Isuza struck twice as AFC Leopards overcame two penalty misses to beat 10-man Wazito FC 3-2 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday to move second in the Kenyan Premier League standings, on a day they are celebrating their 54th birthday.Isuza’s second goal with seven minutes remaining came in barely five minutes after Victor Majid had missed a penalty for AFC, one that would have taken them 3-2 up. Ingwe had also missed a first half penalty with Ezekiel Odera seeing his kick saved. Pistone Mutamba scored twice for Wazito coming in between Ezekiel Odera and Isuza’s goals.Wazito were reduced to 10 men three minutes into the second half after Brian Ayacko was sent to the showers after a second yellow card.The victory took the 13-time KPL champions to 13 points, three shy of arch rivals and leaders Gor Mahia FC.It was yet another high scoring, come-from-behind defeat after they came from 3-1 down over the weekend to beat Mathare United 4-3 at the same venue.Head coach Dennis Kitambi picked up his third consecutive victory in charge since stepping into the suspended Robert Matano’s boots, and he has continually shown he can step up to the plate if called upon on a permanent basis.AFC Leopards went the break tied at 1-1, and it was probably a relieving result having lost an early penalty and Wazito going ahead courtesy of Mutamba’s goal.Ingwe had the bulk of the first few chances of the game, first Brian Marita attempting his luck with a shot from distance after a counter attack which however went wide.Two minutes later, Whyvonne Isuza should have done better with a lone header at the edge of the six yard box after being left isolated by the Wazito defense, Marita’s cross landing graciously on his path.-Odera penalty miss-On the quarter hour mark, Ingwe was presented with an opportunity to break the deadlock from the penalty spot after Emmanuel Tienan was adjudged to have brought down Odera as the two attempted to attack a cross from Simon Mburu.However, Odera could not convert after taking responsibility on himself, Wazito keeper Philip Odhiambopushing away the ball with one arm.Ten minutes later, AFC were punished for that miss when the lanky Mutamba rose in the middle of a forest of Ingwe markers to head home from a Joachim Omollo free kick.But, despite going down, AFC still dictated the tempo of the game but could not get the chances at goal with Wazito defending well and in numbers.The home side had two chances back to back in the 41st minute, but none could take them back on level terms. First, Salim Abdallah’s header from Marita’s corner went straight to the keeper.Almost immediately, Odera couldn’t get a decent header after keeper Odhiambo missed the ball going for a Mburu long through, instead brushing the ball over.However, Odera made amends four minutes later when he levelled matters with an easily taken overhead kick after Marvin Nabwire brought down into his path a cross from Yussuf Mainge.Three minutes into the second half, the stars seemed to have aligned in AFC’s favour when Ayacko was sent to the dressing room after a second yellow card for a sinister foul on Mburu who had produced some silk skill to lift the ball over him.From the resultant free-kick, AFC went ahead when Whyvonne Isuza headed the ball into an empty net when Odera beat keeper Philip Odhiambo to the ball from Mburu’s delivery.Ingwe’s joy was short lived however when Mutamba restored parity, coming to the end of a swift counter attack with Joe Waithira breaking away and cutting back the ball for Mutamba to score.Once again, Ouna’s charges coiled back to a disciplined defensive shape, frustrating AFC to the bare minimum of chances.In the 78th minute however, they were found off their feet when David Oswe brought down Nabwire inside the box after a swiftly taken throw-in, referee George Mwai pointing straight to the spot much to the disgust of Wazito players.However, keeper Odhiambo stepped up, punching away Majid’s effort from 12 yards out.But Isuza wiped away Ingwe’s blushes when he struck low inside the box after Nabwire chested down and laid up for him a cross from Ezekiel Odera.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgAre there many managers under more pressure than Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers as the Premier League returns from international break?That’s the question Tom Rennie is putting the former Reds midfielder David Thompson ahead of Manchester United vs. Liverpool from Old Trafford on Saturday.The former QPR, Fulham and West Ham full back Rufus Brevett looks ahead to the Hammers taking on Newcastle on Monday Night Football, the former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour gives us his ‘three to watch’ and Emma Dodds from Dubai Eye (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) plays the predictor game ‘Tom against the World’.last_img

BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL TEENAGERS NAMED EUROPEAN ENTREPRENEURS OF THE YEAR!

first_img.Milseog Na Mara creators, Mary Kate Carr, Ronan O’Hare, Aimee Byrne and Rebecca McShane from Colaiste Na Carriage, Co. Donegal, pictured here after they won the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year 2015. Pic Robbie ReynoldsBREAKING NEWS: A group of Donegal teenagers have been named European Youth Entrepreneurs of the Year 2015 at a ceremony in Budapest.Mary Kate Carr (16), Aimée Byrne (17), Rebecca McShane (16), Paddy McShane (16) and Ronan O’Hare (15) from Carrick won the award for their business ‘Milseog na Mara’, meaning Desserts of the Sea, which offers healthy alternatives to jellies and chocolate mousse using a type of locally sourced seaweed – Carrageen Moss – as the main ingredient.The competition is hosted by YouthStart, European Entrepreneurship Award – an affiliate of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in Budapest, which is run in Ireland by Foróige – Ireland’s leading youth organisation. Earlier this year, the young people were named the Youth Entrepreneurs of the Year 2015 in Ireland and their reward was to represent their country on the European stage.Ireland has now been honoured on the European stage at the awards for three consecutive years.The NFTE programme was founded by US businessman Steve Mariotti in New York in 1987 to prevent at risk young people from low-income communities from ‘dropping out’ of the education system.The programme teaches young people to think like entrepreneurs, to take calculated risks, to be open to learning and be empowered to own their own futures. The programme now operates in countries across the globe, including in the United States where the programme is supported by global star and Bad Boy Entertainment founder Sean “Diddy” Combs. In Ireland, a total of 1,500 participants who set up 600 businesses as part of this year’s Foróige NFTE entrepreneurship programme, generating a collective turnover of €250,000. The programme runs from September to May every year.Research carried out by NFTE among 3,600 young people who participated in the programme found that 70% of all participants have found a job, either as an employee or an entrepreneur. The survey also shows that each NFTE entrepreneur in turn employs an average of 3.5 people. BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL TEENAGERS NAMED EUROPEAN ENTREPRENEURS OF THE YEAR! was last modified: November 13th, 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:CarrickdonegalEuropean Entrepreneurs of the Yearlast_img read more

Judge opts against custodial sentence for sexual assault accused

first_imgA District Court Judge said he was not imposing a custodial sentence on a Donegal man charged with sexual assault as it would not ‘benefit the victim or society in general’.The man, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to the charge arising out of an incident that happened in March 2015. Both parties in the case were minors at the time of the offence when the victim was 9 and the defendant 16.In a victim impact statement, the victim’s mother said her son was ‘reluctant to speak, broken down and nervous leaving the house, especially leaving family’.She said in the written statement: “He has prescribed medication to overcome the problems. He has nightmares and is embarrassed getting dressed or changed in front of people. We are extremely protective and are worried when he is not with us.“The medication has placed an additional financial strain. The whole experience has had a negative impact on the family as a whole.”The victim, now 12, and his family were not present in court.Letterkenny District Court heard that the accused, who is now 18 and who was accompanied in court by his parents, had to leave education and has been unable to resume since.“In a way, he has been living a sentence as well,” his Barrister said.,“No mater what way he turns, the door appears shut.”The defendant’s father said that his family apologised for what had happened.“We understand the gravity of what happened,” he said. “It has been a nightmare for us, socially, mentally and physically. We wish it had never happened.“24/7 supervision is very difficult, but that’s the only option available. I don’t think anyone can expect a father and mother to supervise a child 24/7.“He understands the gravity of the situation too. It has taken a while to grasp it. He does realise that the actions and what happened were totally wrong.”Inspector Goretti Sheridan said there should be nothing to percale the defendant from being named, but Judge Kelly noted that Judge Mitchell placed a reporting restriction on the case.Judge Paul Kelly said the conviction would ‘form part of life’ for the defendant going forward and that allegations of a ‘serious sexual nature’ would have ‘all sorts of connotation’.Judge Kelly noted progress in his engagement with the probation service, but had serious concerns around his ‘intellectual situation’. He praised the efforts of the defendant’s parents, whom he said had been ‘greatly distressed’ but who had supported him ‘to an extraordinary high level’.Passing sentence, Judge Kelly said he had to mark ‘the seriousness and impact on the victim’.He directed that the accused enter a bond to keep the peace for two years in his own bond of €500. The bond was subject to conditions: that the continue attending for treatment; that he attend a psychotherapist weekly; that he attend any education, training job or training programme that is acceptable; that he have no unsupervised contact through social media or phone with persons under 18 or vulnerable adults; and that he be placed on the sex offenders register for five years from May 2017.Judge opts against custodial sentence for sexual assault accused was last modified: February 3rd, 2018 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) Tags:Judge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

Datebook

first_img The Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association will have a holiday toy drive, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Goodway Printing, 15121 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUESDAY: Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council will meet, 7 p.m., Toluca Lake Elementary 4840 Cahuenga Blvd., Toluca Woods. The Los Angeles Lakers will host a Wish Night With The Lakers charity event, 7:30 p.m., Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. WEDNESDAY: Yarno Chiropractic Health Care Clinic is sponsoring a food drive for the Valley Food Bank for the months of December and January. Donations can be dropped off Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., or Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 12626 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood. For information, call (818) 980-0200. Beckford Elementary is having a Toys For Tots toy drive, 8 a.m., 19130 Tulsa St., Northridge. last_img read more