Peace Building Retreat Begins Today

first_imgA two-day National Peace Building retreat organized by the National Council of Chiefs and Elders begins Wednesday, March 16 in Monrovia at the Paynesville Town Hall.The retreat is intended to engage stakeholders including the government, political parties, religious and community leaders as well as civil society organizations and campaigners on ways to sustain the peace in Liberia.About 250 delegates including chiefs and other traditional leaders from across Liberia and the Mano River Union basin are expected to attend. The retreat will discuss among other things, peace and security and the prevailing socio-economic issues in Liberia.Traditional leaders are urging for peaceful coexistence among all sectors of the Liberian population, and continued dialogue to resolve issues. The two-day event will be climaxed with outdoor festivities at the National Council of Chiefs and Elders on 24th Street in Sinkor, Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Germany Assures Continuous Support to Liberia

first_imgAmbassador Jager reaffirms his government’s support to Liberia at a program marking the Day of German Unity celebrated in Monrovia Marks 29th Year of German UnityGerman Ambassador to Liberia, Hubert J. Jager, has reaffirmed his government’s continued support to the Liberian government, despite tremendous challenges and setbacks — the Ebola epidemic being the most formidable. Said support, he said, has come a long way in the past decade and a half.Ambassador Jager spoke on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at the occasion marking the “Day of German Unity” a German national holiday. Thirty years since the Berlin Wall came down, twenty-nine years of German Unity, it is an important annual event for Germans to converge, celebrate and be thankful as well look back with gratitude.This year’s event brought together government officials, the Doyen and members of the Diplomatic Corps, the UN family and Civil Society at a local resort in Monrovia.“Let me, therefore, use this opportunity to again assure you that Germany, in cooperation and coordination with its European and other international partners, will continue to work with the Liberian people to address these challenges,”  Ambassador Jager told his audience and the Liberian government and people in particular.He stated further that Germany will continue to help Liberia to help itself; noting that Liberians have had, and will continue to have Germany’s back on their path for a better future. “Our multi-faceted bilateral cooperation by now goes back over sixty years. Our current portfolio alone comes to more than 240 million Euros covering a broad spectrum of technical and financial support such as road construction and maintenance, energy, health and governance,” he stated.Ambassador Jager, further recalled that as a principal contributor to the European Union (EU) budget and its development cooperation, Germany also remains one of the largest donors to Liberia.“We are looking forward to continuing and deepening our cooperation with the government of Liberia under the leadership of President George M. Weah, a partnership based on genuine needs and mutual respect but also transparency, predictability and proper governance and proper prioritization as well as fiscal responsibility and sustainability by the entire body politic, including the legislature and the Judiciary.”On the occasion, he said it was also important to note that Liberia’s peaceful elections two years ago and the assuring the transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another, the first in almost three quarters of a century, is something Liberia and Liberians, but also the international community should rightfully be proud of.“The heat is definitely on,” he said, acknowledging that times continue to be tough. The task to be managed has been and continues to be one of epic proportions and certainly remains a herculean one.Among these are the individuals and institutions, not only the Germans and Liberians, but the Africans, Europeans and Americans active in official and non-governmental development organizations such as AGEH, Brot Fur die Welt, GIZ, KFW, WHH/German Agro, German businessmen, Government of Liberia employees and, of course, devoted and hardworking colleagues at the Embassy.Henry B. Fahnbulleh, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, described the event as historical, adding that the celebration of the 29th anniversary of the reunification of Germany reminds all of humankind of the immeasurable advancement that sustains unity and peace.Minister Fahnbulleh said as the day is being commemorated, it is important to note that, over the years, the relations between the two nations have marked a genuine friendship and drive toward the social and economic corporation.He also recalled that in 2003, following the Liberian civil war, when the uncertainty of Liberia’s tranquility persisted, Germany was the first European nation to re-open its mission in Liberia with a resident ambassador.“We, as the government and people of Liberia, remain proud of the successes attained in partnership with your country in advancing of freedom,   equality, prosperity and sustainable growth and development,” Minister Fahnbulleh noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Madrid face Champions League qualification fight

first_img0Shares0000Ibai Gomez (L) has been outstanding for surprise package Alaves, but his departure to Athletic Bilbao could be good news for Real Madrid © AFP/File / ANDER GILLENEAMADRID, Spain, Jan 11 – There might have been two clubs toasting Athletic Bilbao signing Ibai Gomez from Alaves on Thursday — Athletic for one, but also Real Madrid.Few would expect the team that has won the Champions League three times in a row to be buoyed by a star player leaving Alaves, whose stadium holds just over 19,000 and who, five years ago, finished 18th in the second tier. But currently it is Alaves who stand between Madrid and La Liga’s top four. Real missing out seems unthinkable, and for now it remains unlikely, but as their title hopes fade, priorities will adjust too.The expectation is Alaves’ remarkable form will at some point drift, particularly now Gomez has gone, his departure to a team placed 17th suggesting he too believed the surge may not last.This, however, is where Real are now, fifth in the table, 10 points behind Barcelona, playing catch-up not just for first place but fourth. And there is a possibility the gap could widen through a run of tricky fixtures this month.First, a trip on Sunday to Betis, who sit one place lower in sixth and have ambitions of their own to claim a European position. Then come third-placed Sevilla, eighth-placed Espanyol and Alaves.– Vinicius ‘taking big steps’ –Santiago Solari would have been encouraged by the 3-0 win over Leganes in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, when Vinicius Junior, in particular, shone.Brazilian starlet Vinicius Junior shone for Real Madrid against Leganes © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSThe 18-year-old’s sumptuous volley was a demonstration of the sort of youthful exuberance a struggling team can rally around.“He is taking big steps,” Solari said afterwards. “We were angry and we let loose,” added Nacho.But in La Liga, Madrid head to the Benito Villamarin on the back of a defeat against Real Sociedad and a draw with Villarreal.Fewer than nine weeks on from his appointment, Solari has already fielded questions about his future and Jose Mourinho’s availability adds an extra layer of intrigue. Fall further away from the top four and those questions will become more frequent.There is still plenty of time for recovery. Twelve months ago, the knives were sharpening for Zinedine Zidane too after Madrid lost to Leganes in the Copa del Rey.Success in Europe made up for everything, even finishing 17 points worse off in the league than champions Barcelona.The coach has changed twice since, but the team has largely remained, save for the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and his La Liga average of 34.5 goals per season.Gareth Bale was expected to step up, only for injuries, again, to disrupt his rhythm. Isco has been sidelined by Solari, failing even to make it into a rotated line-up against Leganes. “The situation is complicated,” said Sergio Ramos on Wednesday.Marcelo has been woefully out of sorts. Thibaut Courtois, Marco Asensio and Toni Kroos are injured.It will take guts, and perhaps a run in the side for Vinicius, to spark Madrid into life, with the unpredictable Betis offering no guarantees — this season, they have beaten two of the top three and lost to two of the bottom three as well.– Barca on rebound –Meanwhile, Sevilla travel to Bilbao, where Gomez is likely to make his debut on Sunday, and leaders Barcelona host Eibar.Barca endured a surprise 2-1 defeat by Levante in the cup on Thursday but Philippe Coutinho’s late penalty leaves them in touch heading into the second leg at home.A much-changed line-up that excluded Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Marc Andre ter Stegen means confidence is unlikely to have been knocked.Levante now face Atletico Madrid, who are five points behind the league leaders. For now, they are their closest challengers.FixturesFridayRayo Vallecano v Celta Vigo (11pm)SaturdayLeganes v Huesca (3pm), Valencia v Real Valladolid (6:15pm), Girona v Alaves (8:30pm), Villarreal v Getafe (10:45pm)SundayAtletico Madrid v Levante (2pm), Athletic Bilbao v Sevilla (6:15pm), Barcelona v Eibar (8:30pm), Real Betis v Real Madrid (10:45pm)MondayReal Sociedad v Espanyol (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sergio Ramos dismisses threat of Wembley backlash after Mo Salah incident

first_img“I know the English fans will treat players as they deserve and I’m not worried about that in the slightest.”After a disappointing exit at the World Cup in Russia, new boss Luis Enrique is trying to make La Roja more dangerous with the ball, and less about tiki-taka.For Ramos however (a man who has won 22 major honours for club and country in his career) the main objective is quite simply, to win.The 32-year-old added: “There is a FIFA ranking and we have gone down a few positions in the last few years. silverware Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Ramos will be playing in England for the first time since his infamous challenge with Mohamed Salah in the Champions League Final left the Liverpool man in tears.Salah suffered a dislocated shoulder during the Final in Kiev, but Ramos insisted he had no intention of hurting the Egyptian King – even comforting him as he left the pitch.Despite Jurgen Klopp calling the challenge ‘ruthless and brutal’, Ramos welcomed getting the reception ‘he deserves’ at the Home of Football.Ramos said: “I never wanted to hurt a colleague on the pitch, of course, so my conscience is really clear about what I did that night. I’m not going to be affected by that at all. Sergio Ramos insisted his ‘conscience is clear’ despite being warned about a bad reception from England fans at Wembley.The Real Madrid captain is set to be at the heart of the defence for Spain against the Three Lions on Saturday night, a game you can hear live on talkSPORT from 7.45pm. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker Most read football stories The Real Madrid captain was in buoyant mood when training at Wembley 2 latest predicted BEST OF Salah fell awkwardly on his shoulder, dislocating it in the process “Our main aim is to go back up of course so we will try to regain this winning philosophy. We all push together to regain this enthusiasm that made the world fall in love with the way Spain was playing.“We have the quality to do so even though we have changed a few players an it is a slightly different generation.” 2 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings SORRY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City tense England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions last_img read more


first_imgCOMMENTS by a Donegal County Councillor about Travellers erupted into another row on TV3’s Tonight With Vincent Browne.A house outside Ballyshannon which was allocated by the council to the Ward family in the town was burned down earlier this year – just weeks after Cllr Sean McEniff hit out at the decision.The councillor, who said Travellers should live together, later gave an assurance to Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin that he would not repeat the comments. Now it has emerged that Cllr McEniff has since met Traveller groupsThe journalist repeatedly challenged Fianna Fail Justice Spokesman Niall Collins over Cllr McEniff’s views.“It was absolutely wrong and we said that,” said Collins.Browne responded: “Did you expel him? Is there a place for racists in Fianna Fail is there?” Collins: “You want to take this centre stage and make one person who expresses an opinion, a racist view, which is a personal opinion and doesn’t reflect the party policy; you want to move that into centre stage and that person to be expelled.”Browne: “I’m saying you didn’t expel him and there is room in Fianna Fail for racists.”Collins: “Look Micheal Martin spoke to the man (Sean McEniff), told him to desist from doing it; he met with the Traveller groups in Donegal and they acknowledged widely that the Fianna Fail party – and that the councillors in Donegal – have been very pro-active in dealing with Travellers’ groups. That man has expressed a personal view. It was a personal view and not a Fianna Fail view and we nailed that at the time and Micheal Martin nailed that at the time and you know that.”Browne responded: “If a councillor in Northern Ireland nowadays in a unionist party expressed similar views about Catholics I think there would be tremendous pressure on either the DUP or the Ulster Unionist Party to expel them. And I think they probably would. But it’s ok in our political culture when a councillor expresses these racist views that there is a little finger-wagging and that’s it.”Deputy Collins came back, saying: “No it’s not ok. And he (Cllr McEniff) was spoken to by the party leader.” Browne went again, saying: “I’m saying that it’s ok; that there is room in Fianna Fail for racists. That’s what that means.”Collins: “No, no, no, no.”Browne said society was riddled with prejudice against Travellers and predicted his show would get a host of text messages and tweets and emails that would be racist.DONEGAL TRAVELLER ROW ERUPTS AGAIN ON VINCENT BROWNE TV3 SHOW was last modified: May 3rd, 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:DONEGAL TRAVELLER ROW ERUPTS AGAIN ON VINCENT BROWNE TV3 SHOWlast_img read more


first_imgMatt Carthy and Pearse Doherty with Management of Elvery SportsSinn Fein in Donegal have met with staff at the local branch of Elvery’s Sports to pledge their support for the campaign to retain 700 jobs in the sports store.Sinn Fein election candidate Matt Carthy and TD Pearse Doherty met with the staff of the struggling sports store this afternoon.Deputy Doherty stated he commended the staff and management of Elvery Sport on a very enthusiastic and passionate campaign to retain the 700 jobs in their stores nationally. “The tireless campaign shows a deep commitment to the company and an admirable team spirit and their online petition has over 1400 signatures to date.“After pledging my support to this campaign, I intend to raise this issue nationally with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to ensure that every effort is made to retain the jobs.“With two branches of the store located in Donegal Town and Letterkenny the decision of the examiner, expected in the coming days, has the potential to affect a number of jobs in the county, with a potential significant knock on effect on the local economy.”He called on the people of Donegal to get behind this campaign by either logging onto the Elvery’s Sports SOS700 Facebook page or by signing the petition to retain the jobs. European Election candidate Matt Carthy said “I was glad to have the opportunity to meet with local management of Elvery’s sports when I was in Donegal.“Elvery’s sports is Ireland’s oldest sports retailer and has been existence since 1847. It has 50 stores located in 23 of the 26 counties. It has a strong brand, a great reputation and unparalleled reach into the sports equipment retail sector.“It has built that reputation on the back of the work of hundreds of staff. It’s important that the jobs, pay and terms and conditions of these staff are front and centre in any future resolution.“With a decision imminent, it is important that the workers of Elvery’s Sports receive our full support and I encourage people to get behind their campaign by calling into the local store, supporting them on facebook or by signing the online petition.SINN FEIN CALL ON DONEGAL PUBLIC TO SUPPORT ELVERY’S WORKERS was last modified: March 21st, 2014 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:Elverys Sport ShopSinn Feinlast_img read more

IRL down to its lone engine?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Indy Racing League might be making its final appearance at California Speedway on Sunday. The Fontana track, site of the IRL season finale the past two years, was not included on the 2006 schedule. If and when the IRL does come back to California Speedway, there’s a good possibility Honda might be the only engine manufacturer in the series. It’s a scenario Robert Clarke, president of Honda Performance Development, is reluctantly anticipating. Chevrolet is leaving the series at the conclusion of the 2005 season. Toyota will be leaving after the 2006 season. Both engine manufacturers have highly competitive NASCAR engine programs. Part of their reasons for leaving the IRL is to concentrate on NASCAR. That would leave Honda as the lone engine provider for perhaps as many as 25 drivers in the IRL. It could be as many as 33 drivers for the Indianapolis 500, the highest-profile race in the series. “For all we know right now, we will be the sole supplier,” said Clarke, who oversees the operations of the research and development facility in Santa Clarita for all of the Honda-powered teams. “Moving forward, we feel it’s very important because the series from our point of view is actually showing some improvement in popularity with Danica Patrick. It’s definitely getting more exposure than it has during the three years we’ve been involved with the series. For them to leave right when it’s doing particularly well, it’s very unfortunate because it kind of puts a negative spin on many things.” Clarke would rather see Toyota or Chevrolet stay. Not so much to share the success the IRL has recently discovered with Patrick, the only woman in the series who drives for the Honda-powered Rahal Letterman Racing team. Clarke said Honda would like to have at least one other engine manufacturer with which to compete. “We’re not looking to leave or we’re not looking for any excuse or reason to leave,” Clarke said. “Many of the objectives we have for being involved in racing are centered around competition. The fact that we may not have competition is something that’s concerning to us and something we will have to ultimately come to grips with as we want to proceed.” Although unlikely, lack of competition could also drive Honda away from the IRL, Clarke said. One of those directions is to NASCAR, following Toyota, which made its debut this year in the Craftsman Truck Series and will join the ranks of the Nextel Cup Series in 2008. “We look at anything and everything all the time,” Clarke said. “It’s kind of an ongoing process to keep an eye on all the racing series and what they’re doing.” Clarke did not say Honda is looking specifically to move into NASCAR, but he did say branching out into another racing series is a possibility. “From the beginning of HPD, we’ve always been focused on one singular program,” Clarke said. “First that was CART. Now it’s the IRL. But going forward, with the resources that we have, we’re looking at diversifying into more than just one series.” Before that day comes, though, Clarke would like to see another engine manufacturer join the IRL. Apparently in an uncharacteristic move, the IRL has openly solicited engine manufacturers to join. Even though the IRL has only been around since 1996, it has never had to ask engine suppliers to join the league. “In the past, it just happened,” Clarke said. “They have not solicited or recruited manufacturers. They just come. I know that was in our case. But I also know that recently the IRL has sent out solicitation letters to manufacturers trying to get their interest in coming to the series to participate.” And the invitation was not well received. “They either didn’t get a response or the response was no,” Clarke said. The future is very uncertain for Honda and the IRL. At a time when the IRL is generating a new-found audience, it’s losing two of its strongest supporters: Toyota and Chevrolet. Plus, it’s putting a tremendous burden of one of its strongest assets: Honda. Clarke said given time, Honda will have the resources and the capability to provide the IRL with as many engines as it needs. It looks like Honda has decided to remain committed to the IRL even under the most adverse of circumstances. “We’re in it already,” Clarke said. “All I can say, it’s being strongly considered that we do stay and that we do our best to help the series, to help it grow and make it better so ultimately more manufacturers are lured to it.” Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3715 or INDY RACING LEAGUE Toyota Indy 400 Site: Fontana. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 3 p.m.; Sunday, race (ESPN, 12:30 p.m.). Track: California Speedway (D-shaped oval, 2 miles, 14 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 400 miles, 200 laps. On the Net: NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES UAW-GM Quality 500 Site: Concord, N.C. Schedule: Today, qualifying (Speed Channel, 47 p.m.); Saturday, race (NBC, 4 p.m.). Track: Lowe’s Motor Speedway (quad-oval, 1.5 miles, 24 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 500 miles, 334 laps. Next race: Subway 500, Oct. 23, Martinsville, Va. On the Net: NASCAR BUSCH SERIES Dollar General 300 Site: Concord, N.C. Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 11:30 a.m.), race (TNT, 5 p.m.). Track: Lowe’s Motor Speedway (quad-oval, 1.5 miles, 24 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps. Next race: Sam’s Town 250, Oct. 22, Memphis, Tenn. FORMULA ONE Chinese Grand Prix Site: Shanghai. Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 10 p.m.); Saturday, race (Speed Channel, 10:30 p.m.). Track: Shanghai International Circuit (road course, 3.387 miles, 16 turns). Race distance: 189.672 miles, 56 laps. On the Net: 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

Big BreakOut reunion celebrates project for LGBTI youths

first_imgThe Donegal Youth Service are hosting a reunion for all young people who benefited from the county’s first LGBTI youth group on Saturday 9th September.It’s time to get the BreakOut gang back together 8 years after it all began. Participants old and new will be coming together on Saturday, September 9th at 2pm in DYS, Port Road Letterkenny.It’s going to be an afternoon of sharing memories, as well as some announcements on new developments, but most importantly it’s going to be loads of craic. From humble beginnings come great things. And that is certainly true for the BreakOut project at Donegal Youth Service. It all began back in 2009, with four young people around a table and has since grown into a project which provides a lifeline for young LGBT people all around the county.Sinead Murray, BreakOut Coordinator shared how she feels about the reunion “I’m so excited to see how the young people are doing and what they are at. BreakOut was the first ever LGBTI youth group in Donegal and it has grown from strength to strength.“I feel very privileged and honored to work with LGBTI young people over the years in the county. “Through the years I’ve experienced young people feeling like they don’t belong and a sense that they were ‘different’ to their friends until they came to BreakOut and I witnessed before my eyes how they changed when they attended. They realised that there were so many young people going through the same emotions and the peer support they got from other young people was so positive.“BreakOut has changed the lives of so many young people and will continue to do so for many years to come.”The demand for the service is ever increasing. Large numbers of referrals are coming from across the county. With young people speaking of their isolation, fear of ‘coming out’, ridicule, and not being accepted by their families and wider community. It offers a space for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to relax, have fun and express themselves in a world that isn’t always so welcoming to who they are.BreakOut now operates a weekly drop-in space in both Letterkenny and Ballybofey, as well as both group and one-to-one support.If you are interested in finding out more about BreakOut and what it can do for you please contact Sinéad Murray at Donegal Youth Service on (074) 91 29630, visit or find BreakOut on Facebook. Donegal Youth Service are a registered charity. Charity No. CHY 15027.Big BreakOut reunion celebrates project for LGBTI youths was last modified: September 7th, 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) Tags:breakoutDonegal Youth ServiceLGBTIlast_img read more

Collision causes traffic chaos on one of Donegal’s busiest roads

first_imgThere is traffic chaos on one of the busiest roads in the county this morning following an accident.A collision between a lorry and a car just after the Dry Arch roundabout on the way into Letterkenny has caused severe tailbacks.There are long delays out the dual carriageway and on the road in from Ballybofey. Considerable damage was done to the car involved, but there are no serious injuries reported.Collision causes traffic chaos on one of Donegal’s busiest roads was last modified: June 27th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Eureka falls 4-2 to Terra Linda

first_imgEureka softball played what would become the final game of its 2018 campaign Saturday, losing 4-2 to visiting Terra Linda in the quarter final round of the North Coast Section Division III playoffs.“It’s disappointing to make it this far and then come up short,” Eureka head coach Katelyn Graeser said. “We definitely feel like we had a longer postseason run in us. But, it’s the playoffs so it’s anybody’s ballgame on any given day.”Tournament No. 3 seed Eureka (14-11) took an early lead over …last_img