Foreign Minister Honored by Youth

first_imgA youth group named, Youth Organized for the Promotion of Good Governance (YOPGG), has honored Foreign Minister, Augustine Ngafuan, as Minister of the Year for what they described as his pivotal and impactful role during the height of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.The Secretary General of the group, speaking on behalf of his colleagues, noted that the decision honor Minister Ngafuan is in recognition of the pivotal role he played in not just rallying the international community to Liberia’s aid but also because of his strong advocacy for his country and compatriots during the height of the Ebola crisis. SG Williams, presenting the certificate, noted that the Minister was the voice of Liberia in the international community when Liberians were being stigmatized because of the Ebola virus.”When Liberia was so troubled, and most of our friends including some of our African brothers were rejecting us because the Ebola disease had befallen our country, we can recall that Minster Ngafuan was the voice of Liberia in the international community”, Williams said.Reflecting on Minister Ngafuan’s presentation and impact at the recent United Nations General Assembly, Williams recalled, “We remember, Minister Ngafuan particularly at the United Nations General Assembly presenting the case for Liberia, ensuring that millions of dollars in cash, kind and in human capacity came to the rescue of this country.And we can proudly say that his intervention, along with his team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, into the Liberian situation has played a very key role in our country and remains indelible in the minds of Liberian youth, nurses, doctors, and the health workers”.The organization says it views President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s continuous confidence in the Foreign Minister as an inspiration to the young people.The group held a moment of silence for Liberians, especially young people  who lost their lives to the Ebola virus.Minister Ngafuan, in his response, described the day as a great day in his personal life and that of the Foreign Ministry. The Liberian chief diplomat underscored that public servants should proceed with their work without any expectation of an honor, but stressed that when honor comes, it should be appreciated. “To note that you have been evaluating us for the past 12 months and that your judgment is one of commendation, we are grateful. Civil society organizations often condemn officials of government when we do condemnable things. It is good to see you commending an official of government for what you consider commendable deeds”, Minister Ngafuan stated.The Foreign Minister stated that he was dedicating the honor first and foremost to all Liberians whom called the real masters: President Sirleaf, for her leadership and guidance in the Ebola fight and the entire Ministry of Foreign Affairs family whom he described as real giants whose contributions were critical to his success.He also dedicated the honor to the memory of the late Mrs. Sharon Washington, his Administrative Assistant who died during the height of the Ebola crisis: “I dedicate this honor to her memory for her dedicated service to the Ministry and the country for almost 20 years.”He then gave the assurance that the Foreign Ministry will commit itself to working hard to do its part in contributing to the Government’s agenda. “So, you have given us more reasons why we should work for the Liberian people. You have given us a charge for this New Year. You have given us gasoline for our tanks for the New Year.”YOPGG, a peace-building civil society organization, honored the Foreign Minister yesterday at his Foreign Ministry office.The organization was founded in 2010. It speaks out against excesses in the society as Liberia strives to strengthen its democracy and recovery process.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New morgue to cater for high murder rate in Baramita

first_imgA morgue will be constructed in 2018 in the Amerindian village of Baramita in Region One (Barima-Waini) to cater for the high murder and suicide rates in that particular community.Vice Chairperson of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region One, Sarah Browne, made this disclosure during a recent interview with Guyana Times.Browne said this is part of the capital works to be undertaken in Region One inRegion One RDC Vice Chairperson, Sarah Browne2018. “And that is part of our upgrade. Last year we would have focused most of our capital resources towards that area since we all know the situation, that Baramita has a high murder and suicide rate,” she said.In addition to this, the regional official also pointed out that the community, which is located in the Matarkai Sub-district, is also faced with high school drop outs and teenage pregnancy.“They also have different sorts of violence including rape, exploitation,” Brown explained, while noting that women in particular are taken advantage of by persons in that community.The RDC official said an entire complex within a compound was constructed, and extensions were done to the hospital, the schools, and the doctors and nurses quarters to improve the services offered.“We will be upgrading staff quarters at Mabaruma Hospital, constructing a doctor’s quarter at Waramuri and Moruca and that is to house a resident doctor to serve additional satellite villages.”Upon assuming office in 2015, the regional Vice Chairwoman of Region One said the issues were too much for the RDC to take charge of, since it does not have responsibility for social services.“So we would have engaged the Minister of Social Protection on this issue, as well as the Minister of Amerindian Affairs. Subsequently, a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) was launched into Baramita, which we were a part of and which we would have also gone out to the areas,” she explained.The CoI found that children were not attending school because of the reports of constant violence in the village. Parents in particular were afraid to send their children to school because of complaints. Hospital records also prove that there were large influxes of patients treated for lacerations.She said, “Alcoholism is also very rampant in that community and we are hoping that once we have these facilities in place, we are going to make the school child-friendly. We would have already invested in the 2017 Budget to purchase a minibus. That would take students to and from school.”Browne told Guyana Times that the RDC has also received credible information that proves that mining plays a major role in the violence that is taking place rampantly in Baramita. “We find that coast landers are coming into Baramita and more or less exploiting the people since we have them mining gold and we have persons being exploited, the women particularly raped and so forth.”The RDC has raised these issues with the Police in F Division (Interior locations) and as a result of the discussion, there is now a higher Police presence and more female ranks were stationed at the Police outpost.Reports in 2015 stated that Baramita had recorded 48 suicide cases in four years before that time and from 2007, over 73 Carib persons from the community have committed suicide by hanging.In that same year, a six-year-old attempted to end his life. One year later, an 11-year-old boy succumbed after being given “high wine (high proof alcohol) and Banko (wine),” to consume. Additionally, there is the issue of mistreatment of women and children, which also requires urgent measures.Amerindian Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock has noted the issues facing Baramita and acknowledged that the suicide rate has increased over a short period of time, which could be caused by the abundance of alcohol distributed within the village by business people.last_img read more

Medical books from UCLA are bound for Iraq

first_imgThe call for medical books came through an e-mail from U.S. Army Maj. Laura Pacha, a 1998 UCLA School of Medicine alumna serving in Iraq. In a letter to the UCLA Medical Alumni Association, she asked if any books could be donated to Iraqi physicians and nurses to “help open the doors to education” and more up-to-date information. Most of those in the medical field in Iraq are taught English, so the books are a perfect fit, organizers said. “The war and ongoing fight against the insurgency has severely strained Iraqi medical sources,” Pacha wrote. “Sectarian issues divide hospitals as well, and doctors have been moved, sometimes to entirely different provinces, in order to reduce tensions.” Upon receiving her request, members of the UCLA Medical Alumni Association and those from other health-related professional schools on campus donated their textbooks. The medical books and journals, some published more than a decade ago, were of little use to their owners – who had long gone on to become physicians and surgeons, nurses and social workers. So on Thursday, the 2,000 textbooks were carefully boxed, labeled and piled at the University of California, Los Angeles, ready to be loaded into a Humvee and bound for Iraq. “I happened to witness some of the looting that happened there and I thought this was a great idea,” said Capt. George Zuniga, a professor of military science at UCLA’s Reserve Officers Training Corp program. Zuniga served in Iraq for 14 months, he said. And on Thursday, the 33-year-old Woodland Hills resident helped in the effort to collect and transport books to Iraq as part of a Books Without Borders Project. Dr. Patrice Healey, an alumni association board member, said the goal is to help Iraqi physicians and health care workers replenish their libraries and knowledge. The texts and journals, which will be taken to Pennsylvania then loaded onto aircraft, are expected to arrive in Tikrit by Oct. 1 to be distributed throughout the country, said Lt. Col. Christopher Talcott, who has served three tours of duty in Iraq. “I think this speaks to the fact that Iraqi professionals are taking charge of their facilities,” he said. “This is just a start.” (818) 713-3664160Want 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 band Mojo Gogo have thanked their fans – after hitting the top of the charts.Their single ‘Like The Sun’ has been getting 1,000 views every day on YouTube.But better than that, the single has gone into the iTunes chart at No3! Said Jordan Carty: “We’ve had a brilliant reaction to the single. We’d like to thank everyone who has downloaded the single.”So get buying folks – and let’s get them to No1!You can do so on the link below: Upcoming Shows:28th November: Tommy Hilfiger, Fashion Show, Clockwork Orange2nd December: T.B.A5th December: Sandinos Venue13th December: Brubakers, Jagermeister Freezer Sessions 27th December: The Abbey HotelListen, Love, ShareMojoDONEGAL BAND MOJO GOGO THANK FANS WHO SENT THEM TO TOP OF THE CHARTS was last modified: November 19th, 2012 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 BAND MOJO GOGO THANK FANS WHO SENT THEM TO TOP OF THE CHARTSMOJO GOGlast_img read more

Conservation groups to sue Army Corps

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Most of the river remains in a natural state. Creatures are still living there. We don’t think it’s too late,” said Ileene Anderson, an ecologist with the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the groups filing the lawsuit. “It’s not like we’re asking for no development. We’re just asking for smart development, where we can build things without putting concrete in the river.” Army Corps of Engineers officials said they couldn’t comment on the anticipated lawsuit, but did defend their permitting process. “Our focus is protecting wetlands. We have a difficult job of trying to strike the right balance between environmental concern and human development,” said corps spokesman Jay Field. “Sometimes people have to look at the other side of the coin that property owners have some right to do what they seek to do with their land.” Regulatory Branch Chief Dave Castanon explained that the agency has recognized the development pressure on the river, and refused to issue permits to The Newhall Land and Farming Company a decade ago until the company developed a long-term plan to protect the river as it prepares to build the 21,000-home Newhall Ranch. “We have a lot better handle on (the cumulative impacts) than we’ve ever had before,” he said. The corps is also a partner in an $8.2 million study looking at how best to protect the 1,600-square-mile Santa Clara River watershed. But river advocates warn that the study could come too late. They say the corps and other water quality agencies are allowing developers to build in the floodplain and in areas too close to the river – opening the door to flood-control issues and storm-water pollution problems. “(Development) can be done in a way that doesn’t cause negative impacts, that doesn’t put us in the situation we’re in with Los Angeles,” said Melanie Winter with The River Project. “We just had to pass a half-billion-dollar Proposition O bond for water quality, and that’s just the first of many half-a-billion-plus bonds. (Santa Clarita) can avoid those problems and the money it costs to fix those problems.” The lawsuit is to be filed today in the U.S. District Court’s Central Division in Los Angeles by the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Santa Clara River and the Wishtoyo Foundation/Ventura Coastkeeper. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Worried that the Santa Clara River could end up as paved and polluted as the Los Angeles River, a group of environmentalists plans to file suit today charging that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has rubber-stamped development along the natural waterway without studying the ecological impacts. Running 100 miles from the hills of Acton to the ocean near Oxnard, the Santa Clara River is one of Southern California’s last natural waterways. But in the past few years, the corps has issued 120 permits to fill wetlands, build over the floodplain and pave the sides of the Santa Clara River in concrete. Environmentalists contend that the corps has not studied the cumulative impact of all that construction in and along the river. They believe the changes damage the habitat of rare and endangered plants and animals, and can reduce the amount of river water that seeps into the groundwater basin. last_img read more

Sharon’s leadership officially terminated

first_imgJERUSALEM – With his chair empty and a small brown gavel lying untouched in front of it, ailing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was declared permanently incapacitated by Israel’s Cabinet on Tuesday, officially ending his five-year tenure. Sharon, 78, suffered a devastating stroke Jan. 4 and has been in a coma since. After the stroke, Sharon’s deputy, Ehud Olmert immediately stepped in as his temporary replacement. Olmert has since won national elections as leader of the centrist Kadima Party, and has become the designated prime minister, assigned the task of forming a coalition government. Tuesday’s declaration was largely symbolic in nature since Olmert has been Israel’s de facto leader since January, and because medical experts believe Sharon’s chances of recovery are slim. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventUnder Israeli law, an ailing prime minister can only have a temporary replacement for up to 100 days before an official successor must be named. That deadline expires Friday, but because the weeklong Jewish Passover holiday begins today, the declaration of permanent incapacitation was moved up to Tuesday. “Today, we realize that he is not with us anymore in the political arena, that he could not see the results of what he initiated, the Kadima Party,” said Cabinet minister Meir Sheetrit of Kadima. Cabinet Secretary Israel Maimon noted at the beginning of a special Cabinet session that Friday marks the end of the 100-day period. Sharon has been lying unconscious since his stroke. Last week, surgeons reattached a portion of his skull removed in a previous surgery. It was his eighth operation since he fell ill.last_img read more


first_imgAt the launch of the Runegal 10k on today Sunday the 15th are county players Colm Mc Fadden and Martin Mc Elhinney and senior and reserve team captains Antoin Mc Fadden and Danny Langan along with Committee members Liam Mc Elhinney Nicola Ferry, Annmarie Kelly, Sean Langan, Patricia Kelly and Maisie McFadden. Missing from photo is Suzi Roarty and Andrew Coll.The Runegal in Donegal (The Hornhead Challenge) 10k sponsored by Molly’s Bar and Grill and Boyce’s Centra in Dunfanaghy will be held on Saturday 12th July at 2pm with registration from 12.30pm at St. Michael’s Clubhouse.Entry is Adults €10 and children €5. There will also be a fun day also at the St. Michael’s GAA Club grounds with Bouncy Castle, Face Painting for the children, DJ, BBQ after the race with prizegiving in the Clubhouse. Changing and shower facilities available. Further information on runegal in Donegal on Facebook and Twitter. For more information contact Andrew on 0879274892. GAA NEWS: ST MICHAELS TO HOST RUNEGAL FUNDRAISING EVENT was last modified: June 16th, 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:donegalRunegalSt Michaelslast_img read more

Jose Mourinho charged by FA for allegedly swearing in Portuguese

first_img Mourinho spoke into a TV camera as he left the pitch following a game which may have saved his Man United career Footage shows Mourinho saying something, apparently in Portuguese, while at one point looking into a camera, as he headed towards the tunnel after the final whistle.He also made a gesture with his right hand while speaking, pointing with his little finger.The 55-year-old, who claimed after the match that he was the subject of a media “manhunt”, said when asked about the gesture: “It is a finger. Smaller than the others, but it is a finger.” Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had been charged by the Football Association over comments he made following Manchester United’s victory against Newcastle United in the Premier League.The Red Devils boss appeared to speak in Portuguese as he addressed a TV camera after watching his side come from behind to win 3-2 at Old Trafford earlier this month. The FA alleges Mourinho’s language was “insulting and/or abusive and/or improper” and the boss has until Friday to respond to the charge.Mourinho could potentially face a touchline ban if found guilty.An FA spokesperson said: “Jose Mourinho has been charged following Manchester United’s game against Newcastle United on October 6, 2018.“It is alleged that his language at the end of the fixture, as captured by the broadcast footage, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.“He has until 6pm on October 19, 2018 to respond to the charge.”After the incident it was claimed Mourinho swore in his native tongue, which prompted the Fa to launch an investigation and apparently hire a team of lip-reading experts find out what the United boss said.It is alleged Mourinho muttered, “fodas filhos de puta”, which translates to, “F**k off sons of b*****s”, in Portuguese.Newcastle’s visit to Old Trafford was played amid a tense atmosphere, with the club having denied reports from earlier in the day that Mourinho was going to be sacked that weekend regardless of the result.United recovered from 2-0 down to complete a dramatic comeback with a 90th-minute goal from Alexis Sanchez. The victory ended a run of four games without a win. 2 2 Mourinho has been in a surly mood for weeks amid ongoing speculation over his future at Old Trafford last_img read more


first_imgStencils produced by young people of themselves and the writer to promote Equality and DiversityA DONEGAL writer helping to build peace in England’s troubled inner cities has offered to help settle neighbour disputes in his home county.Rathmullan writer, Patrick Kearney, is leading a major creative writing and visual arts project in some of the more deprived cities and towns in England in the aftermath of the riots there in 2011.‘People Make Cities Not Buildings’ will run for three years and involve hundreds of young people. Patrick told us: “There was serious unrest among many young people in England prior to the street riots in 2011. And contrary to what the press and media said, not all of them were unemployed and from ethnic communities.“Indeed, many were indigenous white English, middle-class, and in full employment. Speaking with them, I discovered that most were angry at what they perceived to be blatant acts of corruption and abuse by politicians, bankers, celebrities, and the religious, for which no one was seemingly held accountable.“Stoking their anger too was the increasing levels of unemployment, the rising costs of living, and huge amounts of public money being spent on ‘white elephant’ projects whilst at street level society was fracturing.“To make an immediate and direct intervention to defuse street tensions and the likelihood of further riots, my project takes place on street corners and in back alleys where young people hang-out. “When, at the start of the project, one rather hostile young fella demanded to know from me, ‘Why are you over here…what do you know?’ I think I successfully broke the ice by replying, ‘Well, being a Belfast lad, I thought I’d show you lot how to riot properly!’“Once securing the trust of the young people, the other project workers and I have enabled the young people to refocus and redirect their amazing energy, talents, and aspirations into positively promoting themselves and other young people as valuable and active citizens with much to contribute to society.“Now, through their street poetry and art, the young people are promoting Human Rights and Fairness for young carers caring for relatives with Dementia, young people experiencing homelessness, disenfranchised from wider society, volunteering in communities as peer mentors in peace-building. This experimental project has been such a success so far, it will be rolled-out to other locations in the UK and Ireland in the future – and that can only be for the common good.’”If you are a community group in the Border Region and would like to discover more about the intervention work that Patrick Kearney does to build better communities experiencing civil conflict including gang warfare, anti-social behaviour, disputes between neighbours or family feuds, please contact the writer via: / HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE NEIGHBOURS? DONEGAL WRITER OFFERS TO HELP was last modified: September 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:disputesdonegalpatrick kearneyRathmullanlast_img read more


first_imgA SIX-year-old boy is being treated in hospital for injuries after an accident on Tory Island.The child was taken by Coast Guard helicopter yesterday evening to Letterkenny General Hospital, it has been confirmed.The alarm was raised around 6.30pm after the farm accident. The little boy is from a well-known familyHowever both Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority will investigate, which is normal procedure after such incidents.“Thankfully he’s doing well,” said a family friend tonight.  BOY (6) HURT IN TORY ISLAND FARM ACCIDENT was last modified: July 29th, 2012 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:BOY (6) SERIOUSLY HURT IN TORY ISLAND FARM ACCIDENTlast_img read more