‘State of Emergency Offers No Solutions’

first_imgThe Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) has described as a “misstep and poor political judgment” the Liberian President’s declaration of a national State of Emergency.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday declared a “state of emergency” and called for legislative support in accordance with the 1986 Constitution.Addressing a news conference Thursday in Monrovia, IREDD Senior Policy Director Dan T. Saryee, noted that the declaration neither offers any results-oriented solution to the economic reasons cited nor does it provide any direct solution to the eradication of Ebola from “poverty stricken Liberians.”The international research group pointed out that the government’s decision will only exacerbate hardship, escalate vulnerability of the people to hunger and death by curable diseases (malaria, typhoid, diarrhea, etc.) and further deny the country of much needed revenues.  In fact, the consequence that comes with a state of emergency is comparable to shooting oneself in the leg, Saryee said.The research institute believes that the government’s pronouncement is a clear indication that all activities including the operations of concessions, plantations, international NGOs, businesses and market places are hereby “shut down.”IREDD described the President’s decision as a “sad and unprecedented action that demonstrates no iota of good leadership, intended to raise untimely alarm to position Liberia for a handsome share of the funds to fight Ebola in the sub-region.”In finding solution to the spread of Ebola IREDD recommended: “that the National Legislature should deny the approval of the state of emergency required of them by Article 88 of the Liberian Constitution.  Government should urgently take action to prescribe motivational packages such as benefits in insurance, death benefits including education benefits  for children of affected medical practitioners, to ensure they are motivated to make the ultimate sacrifices as required to fight the pandemic.  Government should take concrete actions to re-open all the referral health centers by ensuring that the requisite manpower, technicians, logistics needed to run various testing at these centers are available and accessible.”Relative to the militarization of communities and highways, Saryee asserted that said action was unnecessary, adding; “This only scares away investors.”On the way forward, he said,  government should establish testing centers at every entry point, to ensure that traveler, pedestrians and other commuters are properly screened to prevent the spread of the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Salah to hang around to make history at Liverpool – Henderson

first_img0Shares0000Mohamed Salah has been voted player of the year by his fellow Premier League professionals for his goal-scoring exploits © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 24 – Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is confident Mohamed Salah will not be lured away from Anfield in the same manner the Egyptian was tempted from Roma last year.Salah has surpassed all expectations since his then-club record 42 million-euro (£37 million, $52 million) move back to the Premier League last June and will face his old club in the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final on Tuesday. An incredible return of 41 goals in 46 appearances saw Salah crowned the Premier League Players’ Player of the Year on Sunday.However, unlike Liverpool stars of recent seasons such as Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho, who were attracted by the glamour of a move to Barcelona, Henderson hopes Salah is convinced to stay by the growing momentum at Liverpool and the belief they can compete for major trophies under Jurgen Klopp.“He’s a fantastic player, obviously he’s up there with the world’s best and there will be other clubs that want to take him away,” said Henderson.“But he’s in a great place with a great set of lads, great team, with a great manager, going in the right direction. We want to create our own history here and I’m sure Mo will want to be part of that for many years to come.”Roma co-owner James Pallotta recognised this week that Liverpool didn’t even have to beat off much competition to Salah’s signature, as he had only shown inconsistent flashes of his full potential in two years in the Italian capital.– Klopp’s ‘privileged’ players –Klopp is credited with finding the system to bring the best out of Salah.And having led Liverpool back to the last four of the Champions League for the first time in a decade, Henderson said his team-mates feel “privileged” to work with the German.“He’s one of the best managers in the world. First and foremost tactically it goes without question how knowledgeable he is within the game, you can see that in the performances, the style of play and how we play football,” he added.“Off the field he’s a fantastic human. Very genuine, has a great passion for football and that transcends throughout the team.“He always keeps you on your toes, always looking for more, he never wants the standards to drop no matter who we are playing. He’s an amazing manager and everybody in the squad feels privileged to be working with him.”Roma have had to wait even longer for a European Cup semi-final with their last appearance coming 34 years ago when they beat Dundee United but went on to lose to Liverpool in the final.The manner in which they reached the semi-finals even outshone Liverpool’s 5-1 quarter-final thrashing of Premier League champions Manchester City as Roma came back from a 4-1 first leg deficit against Barcelona thanks to a 3-0 second leg victory masterminded by Roma’s own impressive coach in Eusebio Di Francesco.But apart from their physical similarities, Di Francesco — who is making his debut as a coach in the Champions League this season — believes he has a long way to go to earn comparisons with Klopp.“As Klopp mentioned there are similarities in that we both wear glasses and have a beard,” he joked. “But I very much like his outlook.“I am concerned we play a team coached by such a great manager. Klopp has proved himself, has won already titles, but I have great ambitions.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe plans have been finalised and early bird entries are being taken for the inaugural running of the Donegal Marathon.The Donegal Marathon logo which was designed by LYIT Art and Design student Samantha McGinley from Letterkenny.The marathon, which also includes a half-marathon, will be run on Sunday 24th August and will take place in and around Letterkenny.The event is being run by Letterkenny Athletic club in conjunction with the staff from the former Letterkenny Town Council and the Donegal Sports Partnership. Early bird entries for the very first Donegal Marathon which were due to close today, June 30th have been extended and will now close on the last day in July.This was confirmed at the weekend by Brendan McDaid, of Letterkenny AC, one of the organisers of the marathon.“We have decided to extend it for a few more weeks at least, but it will definitely be closing on July 31st,” explained Brendan.The early bird entry fee is €40 for the full marathon and €25 for the half marathon which are discounts of €10 and €5 respectively on the full entry fees. Brendan McDaid also said that the marathon had generated a lot of interest, especially the half marathon and that a lot of people had intimated they were going to run the race.The August 24th race will be a first Donegal Marathon. It will be also only the second marathon ever run in the county. The one and only other time that the 26.2 mile distance was ran in Donegal was back in 1983. That marathon was a National Championship race.Every level of runner or walker is invited to participate. The 26.2 mile course will take in Letterkenny and the surrounding area.The Full Marathon starts at the Aura Letterkenny Leisure Centre and does a loop around Letterkenny before progressing out Oldtown and on to New Mills. It will then go right at the Glenties Road junction where it joins the Letterkenny to Churchill Road and then returns to the town again past Station House hotel and again out over Oldtown towards Newmills where an extra loop around Glenswilly graveyard is added, finishing at the Aura Letterkenny Leisure Centre.The half-marathon again starts at Aura Letterkenny Leisure Centre and takes the same course as the full race before on the return to Letterkenny, the first time ends at the Aura Leisure Centre. The course is IAAF certified and entries from over 18s only will be accepted online at www.donegalmarathon.ie or by Letterkenny AC officials. EARLY BIRD DONEGAL MARATHON ENTRIES EXTENDED UNTIL END OF JULY was last modified: July 1st, 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:DONEGAL MARATHONearly birdentrieslast_img read more


first_imgCLG An Clóchan Liath Club News: B’iad  2, 4, 7 agus 20 a huimhireacha a lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto.  Beidh €3300 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo.Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann: Maimie Gillespie – Mullaghduff, Maggie Boyle – The Thatch, Eugene Mc Garvey – Kincasslagh, Cathal Mc Cole – Fairhill agus Grainne Sweeney – Meenacross. From all at the club we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our Ulster Minor Champions, Mark Curran who played fantastic on Sunday and Ryan Connors.The seniors and reserves played away to Glenswilly on Friday afternoon. The seniors won on a scoreline of Dungloe 1-14 Glenswilly 2-09. – two vital points for us. Good team performance with some very good scores. The goal coming from Ryan Greene in the opening minutes of the game.The reserves also came away winning in very wet conditions on a scoreline of  3-08 to 3-05. The goals coming from Mark Clerkin, a penalty from Daniel O’Donnell and a superb goal from Damien Hanlon. Well done to both teams!The U21s also played away to Glenswilly in the preliminary round of the Championship last Tuesday. The men won on a score of Dungloe 2-11 Glenswilly 0-05. The goals coming either side of half time from Barry Curran and Luke Neely. They progress now on Wednesday evening to play Ardara at home in Rosses Park at 7:30pm.The U12s played in the Regional County Final on Saturday in Rosses Park V Ballyshannon. – This team have been exceptional all year but just fell short after playing the whole game with a man down. Massive work has been achieved with this young group of players from coaches Paddy McGowan and Hugh White. The result was just unfortunate on the day. DUNGLOE GAA CLUB EXPRESS PRIDE AS MARK CURRAN AND RYAN CONNORS HELP DONEGAL MINORS WIN ULSTER TITLE was last modified: July 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloeGAASportlast_img read more


first_imgSt. Eunans retained the James Gallagher Cup today in very wet and windy conditions at O’Donnell Park.They came through the group stages at the expense of Ardara and a very determined Buncrana side. In the other group, Fanad Gaels emerged victorous as they saw off the MacCumhaills and Robert Emmets challenge.The final was of a very high standard and the lead changed hands on a couple of occasions in the first half. St. Eunans started the second half leading by a single point but with the aid of the elements, they pulled away to win the game fairly comfortably in the end.The clubs would like to thank Brian McCormick for sponsorship of the medals and to all who helped out on the day. ST EUNANS RETAIN JAMES GALLAGHER CUP was last modified: June 16th, 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:JAMES GALLAGHER CUPSt Eunanslast_img read more


first_imgMichael Ferry, right, being taken into court in Donegal Town in December.Review: Micheál Ó Fearraigh: Feall i ndiaidh FillOver two years on from the conviction of Gaoth Dobhair paedophile Michael Ferry TG4 last night broadcast a programme about the affair.Ferry committed sickening attacks on young boys in the parish over a 20 year period, some of those attacks continuing after his 2002 conviction for similar offences. Most of the attacks took place at the Ardscoil Mhuire premises in Derrybeg where Coláiste Cholmcille ran courses for Irish language students.But last night’s TG4 programme, whilst reminding us all of the horrific story, failed to deliver any new material.In fact the documentary’s entire focus was on the unanswered questions on the affair, and it failed to answer any of them.It was a real shame as witnesses who saw Ferry driving a school bus in Dunlewey as late as 2006 – with children on board – were never interviewed for this programme. It was very much an historical documentary, rather than an investigative one.Questions which do need answered will only come once the DPP takes a decision on whether any new prosecutions are warranted; then we will have either another court case, or the release of a HSE report into the affair.Whatever the conclusion, it has taken far too long for this horrific affair to have an ending. REVIEW: TG4 DOCUMENTARY FAILS TO SHED NEW LIGHT was last modified: January 13th, 2014 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:GardaiHSEMichael FerryTG4last_img read more


first_imgAll the movers and shakers getting ready for the International Sheep Shearing Championships which takes place in Burt.All roads will surely be leading to Burt on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May for what promises to be Inishowen’s biggest and most awaited event of 2015.That’s because the All Ireland, International and Six Nations Sheep Shearing Championships are returning.Many will remember their last visit to Burt in 2009 when over 20000 made their way to the Grianan Estate for the now legendary festival of music, rural crafts, family fun and, of course, sheep shearing!This year’s plans are for an event as ambitious as, or even more ambitious than, the 2009 festival. Work has been ongoing for many months and final preparations are underway at the Estate.As in 2009, a new Grianan Queen has been crowned and this time the much coveted title has gone to Burnfoot’s own ever charming Arlene Arbuckle. Arlene will be tasked with formally making the presentations to some of the world’s best shearers following a gruelling set of competitions which will attract competitors from all over the world.Festivities kick off in earnest on Friday night with a concert by the one and only Mike Denver in the ‘Big Shed’. Tickets are priced at €15 and can be bought at the door.On Saturday visitors will be treated to a host of rural craft displays, fun fair, face painting and balloon modelling, falcon display, petting farm, cooking demonstrations by the inimitable Brian Mc Dermott, gourmet food quarter and hundreds of trade stands as well as a range of side attractions too numerous to mention.The sheep shearing competitions will run all day in the yard itself while families will have the opportunity to enjoy a marathon of live music and entertainment in the ‘Big Shed’ right through the afternoon and into the early evening. There will be no shortage of refreshments with fare for every taste available all day.Ample parking is available and each pass will entitle the holder to come and go freely over the course of the day. Saturday night rounds off with a concert by the ever popular Jim Devine and, again, tickets are priced at 15 euro and are available at the door.On Sunday we will do it all again, this time with sheepdog trials included, while the shearers battle it out for a host of winning titles including the All Ireland and Six Nations contests!If first class entertainment and a memorable experience second to none is what you’re after, don’t miss this opportunity to savour the delights on offer at the Grianan Estate this June Bank Holiday weekend.SHEAR ENTERTAINMENT AND GREAT FUN PROMISED IN BURT FOR BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND! was last modified: May 21st, 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) Tags:BURTChampionshipsdonegalsheep shearinglast_img read more

Ohio Pork Council names Emily Bir director of communications

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council announced Emily Bir as the director of communications, effective immediately. Bir will serve as the media relations contact and manage all internal and external communications efforts on behalf of the Ohio Pork Council.“We are pleased to have Emily join the Ohio Pork Council as the communications director and are confident her professional abilities will benefit the Council, and its members,” said Bill Knapke, Ohio Pork Council president. “We look forward to what Emily’s knowledge and experience will bring to the Ohio Pork Council and working with her in this position.”Prior to joining the Ohio Pork Council, Bir served in numerous communications roles in Ohio, Michigan and New Hampshire. Most recently, she worked for Strategic Public Partners, a Columbus-based public relations firm, where she managed media relations and grassroots engagement for clients in Ohio, and across the country.Bir began her career in Michigan where she led communications efforts for several political campaigns and offices, including the Michigan Senate Majority Leader’s office.Bir is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.last_img read more

Specify area prohibiting stone crushers: NGT

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Directorate of Environment, Haryana, to specify the distance from educational institutions within which stone crushers cannot be permitted. Following a plea that sought for a direction to state the distance from educational institutions from which stone crushers will be prohibited, a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “Some States have issued notifications laying down distance from educational institutions within which no stone crusher can be set up… in view of above, we direct Directorate of Environment, Haryana, to take initiative to specify the distance within which a stone crusher is not allowed to operate.” The directions came while the green panel was hearing a plea that said “in the sitting policy of the State of Haryana, for the stone crushers, there is no prohibition against setting up of stone crushers near educational institutions” which contributes to noise pollution. The Bench further observed that according to relevant noise pollution rules, the specified area of 100 metres around educational institutions and hospitals, had been increased to 250 metres by a 2017 notification. “There is also requirement for precautions for protection of forest, water bodies, health treatment units,” the Bench added.last_img read more

Black wants Meralco import Lawal to focus on making his teammates better

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. James Yap leaves game vs Phoenix due to groin injury MOST READ The Bolts, however, have been mediocre this conference and another setback came on Sunday in a 93-89 loss to Alaska that dropped them to 3-3.And as great as Lawal has been, Black said his 6-foot-9 big man still has work to do as far as getting his teammates involved and limiting his turnovers are concerned.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Gani’s been productive, let’s not kid ourselves, but at the same time he has to do a better job of making his teammates better because tonight he had one assist and eight turnovers and that’s really been the ratio since he’s been here,” said Bolts head coach Norman Black.Lawal was once again magnificent for the Bolts putting up 27 points and 26 rebounds but the next best scorer for the Bolts was Baser Amer who finished with 11 points. View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Gani Lawal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Meralco has one of the best imports in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup in Gani Lawal, who can dominate games on both ends of the floor.Across the Bolts’ first six games, Lawal is the No. 4 scorer in the league averaging 28.5 points while also sharing the top spot in the rebounders’ list with Blackwater’s Alexander Stepheson with both big men grabbing 22 rebounds a game.ADVERTISEMENT Baser and Lawal were the only players from Meralco who scored in double figures against the Aces and the only other Bolt to come close was Nico Salva, who had nine.Black said that although Lawal is getting his numbers, his big man needs to pass the ball better especially when he gets double-teamed underneath.“While he does he get his points and he does get his rebounds, he also has to focus on how he can make his teammates better,” said Black. “He has to make sure that when he’s double-teamed he gives up the ball efficiently. I think eight turnovers are just way too many.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more