first_imgU.S. AmbassadorChristine ElderUnited States Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elder, has made it clear to the Liberian Government under the watch of President George Weah that, unlike years before the inception of this administration when the strength of the country’s institutions could enable it overcome confronting situations such as Ebola, there is no question today that Liberia faces more challenges.In her message commemorating the 243rd Independence Anniversary of the United States, celebrated on May 8 ahead of the official July 4 date, Ambassador Elder said Liberians have demonstrated their resilience, courage and dedication in the fight against the Ebola epidemic and commitment to the election process that led President Weah to power fairly and peacefully.However, Ambassador Elder told President Weah that Liberians, having built their trust in him by overwhelmingly voting him in the 2017 election, are looking forward to receiving better services that will enhance inclusion in the building of Liberia’s democracy.On this note, the Ambassador emphasized that having overcome some of its complex challenges, the country through the Weah Administration must seize this day to achieve long-term political stability.“The time is now to reverse corruption and its corrosive and contagious effects; the time is now to strengthen an economy that provides opportunities in more sectors and where open and transparent competition rules the day, the time is now to give women and girls a life free of abuse and an equal chance to apply their talents and bring solutions to their community’s and nation’s challenges; the time is now to offer ideas on how to improve Liberia’s economic situation, not solely criticize or exacerbate the problems,” Ambassador Elder emphasized.She also urged the Liberian Government to remain loyal to recommendations by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) so that Liberia can lay the ground work for future economic productivity and prosperity.She acknowledged that Liberia continues to strengthen the economic, judicial, and political institutions essential for a brighter future, the determination and perseverance summoned to end war, defeat Ebola, and bring about peaceful transition of power, which are now the foundation of the nation.She added that as Liberia charts its journey to self-reliance, it is also imperative to recognize the extraordinary importance of civil society in helping the country to achieve a lasting peace.President Weah giving remarks at 243rd U.S. Independence Celebration in MonroviaAlthough others have continued to lambast the media for not dancing to the tone of their tasteful music, Ambassador Elder acknowledged the media, Non-governmental organizations and dedicated faith based groups for “Central role” they have played in promoting accountability, supporting conflict resolution, and fostering Liberia’s democracy.She further noted that the US could not ask for a better friend in Africa, nor one with whom our history is more closely tied, assuring that in good or difficult times, they will stand proudly in partnership with the government and people of Liberia.Providing a reason for the early celebration of Independence, Ambassador Elder clarified that most of the embassy’s staff will be leaving Liberia soon, having completed their mission, and therefore they were having the celebration as culturally done in such a case for them to meet their Liberian counterparts for the last time.In response, President Weah assured that he remains committed to upholding and defending the Liberian Constitution with an equal weight, but did not state how he would meet the challenge posed to him.He said Liberia remains steadfast to upholding the mutual relationship between it and the US, and his government will respect every citizen’s right, including the right to peacefully assemble.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_imgBREAKING: #CPFC are delighted to announce the signing of striker Emmanuel Adebayor. https://t.co/sImRJ7jlSS pic.twitter.com/aPEoM6bPPe— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) January 26, 2016 1 Emmanuel Adebayor has completed his move to Crystal Palace, the club confirmed on Tuesday.Adebayor has signed on a five-month deal until the end of the season as Alan Pardew looks to solve his goalscoring problems.The Togo international was a free agent following his release from his Tottenham contract in September. Emmanuel Adebayor The move comes after striker Connor Wickham faces a three-game ban for an elbow on Jan Vertonghen on the weekend.Palace have faded following their bright start to the season and have failed to win any of the last six Premier League games.The Eagles’ forwards have been short of firepower this season with midfielder Yohan Cabaye the club’s top scorer with five goals.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe Nuggets were missing Chucky Atkins, who had a strained right groin, and didn’t dress Nene or Eduardo Najera. Atkins is expected to miss one more exhibition game. Clippers starters Cuttino Mobley, Sam Cassell and Chris Kaman did not play. Mobley sat out with a strained calf muscle. Garnett meets his old team Kevin Garnett will face his past before he gets on with his future. The 2004 MVP and 10-time All-Star, who left the Minnesota Timberwolves to join the Boston Celtics in a huge offseason trade, will play against his former team for the first time today in an NBA preseason game at the O2 Arena in London. From news services Carmelo Anthony and Von Wafer each scored 17 points, leading the host Denver Nuggets to a 119-107 victory over the Clippers on Tuesday night in the first exhibition game for both teams. Marcus Camby had 13 points and 23 rebounds for Denver. J.R. Smith scored 15 points, but was 0-for-7 on 3-pointers. Tim Thomas led the Clippers with 19 points and Guillermo Diaz added 16. First-round draft choice Al Thornton had nine points and six rebounds. “I haven’t really thought a lot about the past,” Garnett said. “I’m enjoying this journey. … That’s the focus now.” Garnett came to the Celtics in a 7-for-1 deal – the NBA’s biggest trade for a single player. Ray Allen, another former All-Star, joined Boston in a separate deal, raising hopes that the team can add to its record 16 NBA titles. All that is good news for Paul Pierce, the five-time All-Star from Inglewood High who has been Boston’s star player in recent years. “I don’t have to score as much this year,” said Pierce, who led the Celtics with 25 points per game last season. “I don’t have to handle all the pressure every night.” Garnett spent 12 years playing for the Timberwolves, leading Minnesota to the Western Conference finals in 2004, but he’ll face a team today that has very few familiar faces. “A lot of players are gone now,” Garnett said. “It makes it a little more easy just knowing that a lot of people I did grow with are not there.” Around the league Kings: Rookie center Spencer Hawes will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today. No timetable was given for his return. Hawes, the Kings’ top draft pick selected 10th overall out of Washington, will have the procedure done in Seattle by his personal physician, Lawrence Holland. Last week, Hawes had a second MRI exam on his knee, which he twisted during a conditioning drill late last month. The injury eventually forced him to miss training camp workouts. Knicks: Eddy Curry doesn’t need surgery on his sore right shoulder, and the center will be re-evaluated in one week. Team orthopedist Dr. Answorth Allen agreed with an original diagnosis of a labral tear with no rotator cuff damage. Curry will have treatment and rehab the injury. Curry was hurt late in the Knicks’ training camp in Charleston, S.C., and sat out their victory over Philadelphia on Monday night in their exhibition opener. He will also miss Thursday’s game against Maccabi Tel Aviv.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_imgAnother great start by Pittsburgh has the Panthers in the Top 25. A great weekend by Arizona has the Wildcats ranked again. Pittsburgh, off to a third undefeated run in as many seasons under coach Jamie Dixon, moved into The Associated Press’ men’s basketball poll at No. 22 on Monday. Michigan State, Gonzaga, Louisville and Washington rounded out the Top Ten. The Panthers (11-0) are somewhat of a surprise with three freshmen playing key roles, especially up front. Their 73-64 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday knocked the Badgers out from No. 24 and made Dixon 27-0 in December as a head coach. The Panthers started 18-0 in his first season and 10-0 in 2004-05. “We’ve been pretty good in all the months, but I guess that one stands out,” Dixon said Monday. “We had a lot of confidence in the freshmen, but I am surprised at how well they have played defensively. That’s always the toughest thing for freshmen and they still have a long way to go.” Pittsburgh was ranked for all but the final poll last season, and that team finished 20-9 and lost three starters up front. “Our whole thing has been to continue to improve,” Dixon said. “Not a lot was expected of these guys by people but they have been gaining confidence and we’re continuing to improve.” Arizona (9-3) can now chase its own record streak for regular-season poll appearances. When the Wildcats dropped out two weeks ago, a run that started at the beginning of the 1987-88 season ended at 312 consecutive regular-season polls 329 of 331 including preseason Top 25s. The non-preseason streak was 105 weeks longer than the next best, UCLA’s 207 from 1966-80. “I’m happy that we moved up and can start a new streak,” Arizona coach Lute Olson said Monday before planting his tongue firmly in his cheek. “After winning our last three road games at Utah by 30 and at Washington State and Washington this past weekend, I wasn’t sure if that was going to happen. I’m relieved to be back in the poll.” The Wildcats’ losses were to Connecticut and Michigan State in the Maui Invitational and at Houston. They not only swept the two games in Washington, their 96-95 double-overtime win in Seattle snapped the nation’s longest home winning streak at 32 games. The big win over Utah ended the Utes’ home-winning streak at 21 games, the fifth-longest in the country. Duke, which beat North Carolina-Greensboro 102-69 in its only game last week, received 63 first-place votes and 1,789 points from the 72-member national media panel. Connecticut (11-0) was No. 1 on seven ballots and had 1,727 points. Villanova (9-0) received the other two first-place votes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Arizona, which swept its Pac-10 weekend in Washington, returned to the rankings at No. 21 after a two-week absence that broke the longest regular-season run in poll history. Duke (12-0) stayed No. 1 for the ninth straight week with Connecticut and Villanova remaining second and third for the fourth straight poll. Memphis, Florida and Illinois held the fourth through sixth spots for a third straight week. last_img read more

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran – Iran threatened today to end all cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog if the agency refers it to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions over its controversial nuclear program. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Europeans will lose opportunities they currently have in dealing with Iran and will force Tehran to block snap inspections of its nuclear facilities, state-run television reported. “In case Iran is referred to the U.N. Security Council …, the government will be obliged to end all of its voluntary cooperation,” the television quoted Mottaki as saying today. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want 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_imgDonegal Youth Service and Donegal Youth Council are combining to complete a special project to launch Connecting for Life Donegal – the new county suicide prevention action plan.‘Connecting for Life Donegal has been prepared in response to the new national strategy to prevent suicide ‘Connecting for Life’.The action plan will encourage a better understanding of suicide, suicidal behaviour and self-harm; implement targeted approaches for those who are vulnerable to suicide; improve access, consistency and integration of safe and high quality services and the care pathways between services and support communities to prevent and respond to suicide and suicidal behaviour. The new strategy will be launched on July 13th in LYIT in Letterkenny. Donegal Youth Service along with Donegal Youth Councillors are combining to create a unique photography and film project to help launch the strategy in Donegal and raise awareness but we need your help!We are going on a road trip over the next two weeks and we want people and communities to “start connecting” and show your support for Connecting for Life Donegal and to start working together to prevent suicide. We will be taking photos of people with the new “Connecting for Life Donegal” logo in landmark locations around the county and we want you to share your thoughts on what good mental health means to you. Come help us “Get Donegal Connecting for Life”!!You can get involved and meet the team to participate at the following locations at the dates and times listed:MONDAY 29th JUNE An Grianan Aileach – 10.30amBuncrana (Swans Park Bridge) – 11.30amCarndonagh (The Cross) 12.45pmMalin Head (Banba Crown) 2.30pmMoville (Spire at the Town Pier) 4pm TUESDAY 30th JUNEBundoran (Seafront behind Waterworld) 3.45pmBallyshannon (Rory Gallagher Statue) 4.30pmWEDNESDAY 1st JULY 2015 Glenveagh Castle 10.30amMount Errigal (Cark Park) 11.30amDungloe (Library) 12.15pmBurtonport (Pier) 1pmGweedore (Bad Eddie’s Boat) -2.30pmFalcarragh (The YARD Youth Project) 3.15pmDunfanaghy (the Workhouse) 4pmLough Salt – (Viewing Point) 5pmMONDAY 6th JULYDonegal Town (Donegal Castle) 10.45amKillybegs (Pier) 11.30pmSliabh League 1pmGlencolmcille Folk Village – 2.30pmArdara (Johnny Doherty statue) – 3.30pmGlenties (St Connells Cultural & Heritage Museum) – 4.15pmGlenswilly GAA – 5.15pmTUESDAY 7th JULYLetterkenny (Market Square) – 10.15amLetterkenny (Letterkenny Town Park) – 11.15amBallybofey (Marriage Tree /Entrance to McCumhaill Park) 12.15pmConvoy (Butterfly Garden) 1pmRaphoe (Diamond) – 2.15pmCastlefin (Whitehouse Garden) 3.45pmLifford (Old Courthouse Visitors Centre) 4.30pmFOCUS ON SUICIDE: DONEGAL YOUTH GROUPS TO COMBINE TO ‘CONNECT FOR LIFE’ was last modified: June 29th, 2015 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)last_img read more

first_imgATHLETICS: Geneva, Switzerland was the venue for this year’s ETU European Triathlon Championships, which saw a 49 strong Irish Team compete against the best  triathletes in Europe.The championships include sprint distance (750m swim / 20km bike / 5km run) and Olympic distance races (1500m swim / 40km bike / 10km run) and were held from 10th – 12th July. The swim starts took place from the ‘Bains De Paquis’ on the shores of Lake Geneve, with the iconic ‘Jet d’eau’ in the background.The bike course was along the shores of the lake and included a sharp 2km climb up the famous ‘I’Imperatrice’ forcing riders out of their saddle up the 11 degree climb.Finally the run section was through the ‘La Perle Du Lac’ Park to the north of the city centre.The Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club had three members competing for Ireland: Clara Quigley (25 – 29 Female AG Sprint), Hugh Gallagher (40 – 44 Male AG Olympic) and Donagh O’ Sullivan (45 49 Male AG Olympic). With precision timing, the Swiss race officials led each wave of swimmers down to the starting platform and with a quick “MARK, SET” and a blow of the horn, the competitors were off.Clara’s was first off on Friday morning in the sprint race with a 16:32 swim, a solid 44:30 on the bike and a 23:31 run, giving a finish time of 1:29:17 and 23rd in her age group.She commented afterwards, “It was a tough race, the bike course was technical and it was really hot (up to 38 degrees) but I’m happy with my overall performance.Donagh O’ Sullivan was next to the start line in the Olympic distance race at 7:18am on Sunday morning, a 31:50 swim was followed by an excellent 1:05:19 bike and a 47:40 for the 10km run, finishing in a time of 2:28:54.“I’m happy with my performance and I’m proud to be representing my country today’.Team member Hugh Gallagher took to the Olympic distance start line at 7:25am on Sunday, a good 26:09 swim was backed up by a hard 1:06:24 bike and an impressive 39:56 run, giving an overall finish team of 2:16:33, 35th in his age group. “It’s been 8 months of solid training and I’ve peaked at this weekend, I’m delighted with my performance” commented the Arranmore native.“A huge thank you has to go to all the Irish supporters along the race routes, they were fantastic and it gave the Irish athletes a huge mental boost”.Donagh and Hugh now turn their sights to the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Chicago from 15th – 20th September.“The Worlds Championships will see the race standard raise even higher as there will be strong teams competing from the USA, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, but that’s exactly what we want, to race against the best in the world” stated Gallagher. “The Olympic race in Chicago will be very different from Geneva, a lot more technical, with half of the 40km bike route following subterranean roadway / tunnels, which is a first for triathlon”.For a full list of all the race results, please visit www.triathlonireland.comLETTERKENNY 24/7 ATHLETES PERFORM WELL AT EUROPEAN TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: July 23rd, 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:athleticsletterkenny 24/7NoticesSportTriathlonlast_img read more

first_imgAt the bottom of this story you can click to see all the results from the weekend’s Even Ages Cross Country Championships held in Stranorlar.With all clubs from the county in attendance and nearly 300 juvenile athletes competing, a big thank you to everyone who came out yesterday. Thanks also to the Finn Valley club for hosting these Championships.Next week, the Uneven Ages and Novice Championships will be held in Burt, hosted by the Inishowen AC club.  The initiative shown by the Inishowen club to provide another venue for cross country running in the county is very welcome.  By bringing Donegal athletics into the heart of their community, it helps to promote athletics further in this part of the county which in turn should provide a boost to the local club.  We hope all clubs turn out in big numbers again next week to support these Championships. For your information, the course is beside the Burt GAA club with toilets, changing, etc provided at the GAA club.  This is located along the main Letterkenny-Derry Road (on the left hand side coming into Burt).  There will be signposting.To see all the results simply click here:Donegal Juvenile Cross Country Championships Even Ages 2011DONEGAL JUVENILE CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS – EVEN AGES was last modified: October 3rd, 2011 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:DONEGAL JUVENILE CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS – EVEN AGESlast_img read more

first_imgMinister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has announced a second major school building project today with the green light for St Mary’s NS, Stranorlar to go to tender for a new school.Fresh out of a visit to Scoil Cholmcille, Letterkenny to confirm its major redevelopment, Minister McHugh joined staff, pupils, parents and board of management and principal Eoghan Roarty and past principal Fintan Keating school to celebrate the big news.“I was in Glenswilly NS just two weeks ago, and I’m just out of Scoil Cholmchille and now I have the great privilege of marking another step forward for St Mary’s Stranorlar,” Minister McHugh said. The school received confirmation from Minister McHugh that it is moving to tender to source the building firm to carry out the major redevelopment of the school.“What all this means is that next year the diggers will be on site, the builders will be making progress on getting a three storey 24 classroom school for the town and its people.“We are talking about a school building of the best standard and from an environmental point of view it will have a near zero energy rating.“Huge credit has to go to principal Eoghan Roarty and retired principal Fintan Keating for their great focus, determination and patience over the last while. I also want to thank all the staff and everyone on the board of management and the local school community for sticking with us on this.” Fine Gael councillor Martin Harley added: “It is a first class day for schools in Donegal. I am glad to be able to share it with the minister. Before we know it we will be watching construction and getting ready for a grand opening.Minister McHugh said: “St Mary’s, Scoil Cholmcille, Glenswilly, the progress of St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny through the fast-track Adapt programme, upgrade works at Moville Community College and many others are all shining examples of this Government’s commitment through Project Ireland 2040.“Other communities are waiting and I want to assure people that we know how important each project is; that each one is a priority in each school community and I am determined to see them make good progress.”Stranorlar given green light for new school by Education Minister was last modified: September 27th, 2019 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)last_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND — Long before Franklin Barreto and Gleyber Torres shared the same big league field for the first time earlier this week — when the A’s took two out of three from the New York Yankees — they were roaming the streets of Venezuela together.Barreto, the exciting second base prospect recalled to the majors by the A’s on Sept. 1, and Torres, the Yankees’ second baseman on the shortlist of Rookie of the Year candidates, both grew up in Venezuela’s capital city of Caracas.Similar in age — …last_img