American Delegation to Empower Women

first_imgTwo members of the delegation: are (l-r) Mrs. Amber Parker and Brian Mullins.  …Partner with Petals of Hope International Girls AcademyA ten-member visiting American delegation is in the country to help build the capacity of girl children attending the Petals of Hope International Girls Academy (PHIGA) located in Schiefflin Community, Lower Margibi County.The delegation is currently working with the vision bearers of PHIGA, Madam Elizabeth Weedor (proprietor), to set up a clinic that will cater to the health needs of the students and make available pipe-borne water at the institution’s facilities for use by both students and community residents. The institution, according to a member of the delegation, has already begun the task of providing quality education for girls in that part of the country.Two members of the delegation, who spoke to the Daily Observer, said they are passionate about helping girl children to develop their full potential.Amber Parker, a member of the delegation, said: “As a woman, hearing about girls who do not have the opportunity to attain education and who do not also know their value breaks my heart.”Elizabeth Weedor, Head of PHIGA.Amber said that education brings dignity and opportunity to those who acquire it to the full, and also provides for anyone, including women, to make sound decisions as well as to know their value and purpose in life.Brian Mullins, another member of the delegation, said other members comprise technicians, who are schooled in different fields, but were in the country to build the capacity of the institution.Already, according to Mullins, members of the delegation on Tuesday, November 6, started working on several initiatives, including medical outreach that treated “free of charge” hundreds of sick people from various communities.Some members of the delegation, who are educators, provided in-service training for instructional staff of the PHIGA all-girls school.For Mrs. Weedor, the school focuses on girls’ education because of difficulties women encountered in pursuit of education.She said her institution was founded with the hope of providing a space for girls to grow and have a life that will be sustainable.Weedor noted that in a society where girls are not given the opportunity for education, they always lag behind in a rather vulnerable state; therefore, she wants privileged Liberians to return home and contribute their quota to national development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police “ought not” to have entered Parliament – Top cop

first_img…says chambers still safe…despite “Santa”, singing woman breachesDays after approximately one dozen ranks of the Guyana Police Force had barged into the Parliament Chambers to remove Opposition Parliamentarian Juan Edghill, acting Police Commission David Ramnarine has stated that the ranks “ought not” to have been in the Chambers.In a statement on the recent events at Parliament, which has raised securityThe woman who invaded the National Assembly dressed as Santaconcerns among Parliamentarians, the acting Top Cop assured that security around the Public Buildings remains intact.In an attempt to physically remove Edghill from the Parliament Chambers, several of his colleague Opposition MPs were assaulted by the Policemen. A huge scuffle subsequently ensued between the ranks and the Opposition Parliamentarians, during which a few of the latter, including former Education and Human Services Minister Priya Manickchand, were punched and manhandled by male officers. Other female MPs were also manhandled.The ranks were then removed from the Chambers and, to date, it is unclear who had summoned the members of the GPF into the Chambers. Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, during a press conference on MondayThe undercover cops in the National Assembly on Wednesdayevening, denied calling in the police to remove the Opposition Parliamentarian.Moreover, the acting Top Cop has posited that while the presence of the Police ranks in the Chambers should not have happened, important lessons have been learnt from the incident.“(The) Police’s presence in the Chambers of Parliament, which ought not to have occurred, but it did, and important lessons have been learnt from such an unfortunate situation,” he noted.Ramnarine went onto say, “It would be good for as to contemplate that, in certainThe singing woman being escorted out of the Parliament Chambers by securitycircumstances, necessity knows no law.”Cops at media deskThis incident was followed by the presence of two plainclothes ranks sitting among journalists at the media desk in the Parliament Chambers on Wednesday. Their presence caused much anxiety not only amongst reporters, but parliamentarians as well.The acting Police Commissioner pointed out that those officers who found themselves “enjoying elite company” gave the distinct impression that the Police had not learnt anything from the previous incident, whereby a female dressed as Santa Claus invaded the Chambers while Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was making his contribution to the 2018 Budget Debates on last Friday.According to the Top Cop, the action of the two ranks further aggravated concerns of security breaches at Parliament.He said “…the two young plainclothes Policemen were not properly nor thoroughly briefed, and also did not follow the specific instructions given; for if they had, they would not have found themselves in the Chambers of Parliament.”To this end, the seniors of these two ranks have been “admonished and reprimanded,” Ramnarine said.Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs, had told reporters on Wednesday that permission was given to have two undercover officers from the Special Branch along with two uniformed female officers in the public gallery at every Sitting of the House. However, he noted that in addition to the officers not being permitted to sit at the press table, they were also improperly attired.Santa invasionMeanwhile, in regard to the Santa invasion incident, Ramnarine opined that it was nothing “more than just a prank”. He explained that the incident could not have been a security breach when enquires have found that the woman’s entry, regardless in whatever shape or form, was authorised.It was reported that the female is the personal assistant of a Government Minister.Singing womanFurthermore, the acting Top Cop asserted that Thursday’s incident, in which an attendee in the Chamber began singing immediately after the House Speaker announced the lunch break, was really nothing near a security breach, since the woman in question was permitted to enter the Public Viewing Gallery by security officials of Parliament Office Security.The woman, who gave her name as Natalie McLennan, was seated in the Parliamentary Chambers behind the Government Ministers. After Speaker Dr Barton Scotland had ended the morning’s session of consideration of the budget estimates, the woman started to sing “God is watching us”. She was immediately escorted out of the Chambers by security. The echo of her voice could be heard as she continued to sing the said song while being escorted out.Nevertheless, Ramnarine said the Police Force, in collaboration with Senior colleagues in Sister Services, has reviewed and enhanced security arrangements in and around Parliament, and is satisfied that the security of Parliament in these times is assured.However, he noted that law enforcement officials sometimes find themselves between a rock and a hard place; and in those situations, they have to contemplate, in a matter of seconds, the ‘dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t’ philosophy of preventive policing.last_img read more

Nadal reaches Toronto quarters with win over Wawrinka

first_img0Shares0000Rafael Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory over Stan Wawrinka on his second match point © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Vaughn RidleyTORONTO, Canada, Aug 9 – A 45-minute rain interruption did little to stop the progress of Rafael Nadal on Thursday at the Toronto Masters as he defeated Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the quarter-finals.The halt in proceedings came 63 minutes into the opening set, after Wawrinka saved a Nadal set point for 5-all, with the Spaniard then holding serve for 6-5. When the weather passed, the pair returned, with Nadal wrapping up the set on his second chance.The second set was a battle as the Swiss, a three-time Grand Slam champion, fought back from an early break down, took a 2-1 lead, with the pair again trading breaks in the fifth and tenth games.Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory on his second match point.“It was a good match, a very positive victory for me over a tough opponent,” Nadal said.“I’m happy to see Stan playing well again. We had a good quality of tennis.“I’m very pleased, I needed a match like this. It does much for the confidence.”Nadal’s win was his 17th from 20 played against Wawrinka.Second seed Alexander Zverev, the holder, lined up a re-run of last week’s Washington semi-final as he again takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas.The Greek who turns 20 on Sunday knocked out his second seed in as many matches, stunning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.Zverev rolled over Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 in 52 minutes while never facing a break point.Tsitsipas called his knockout of Djokovic, “the best match of my career. I knew I was playing pretty good today.”The number 27 will play the first Masters 1000 quarter-final of his career.“He played very well and deserved to win without a doubt,” Djokovic said. “I just played not that great.“I didn’t return well. It wasn’t that great of a match.”Bulgarian fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov laboured for almost two and a half hours to subdue Frances Tiafoe of the United States 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4).He next faces Wimbledon runner-up and fourth seed Kevin Anderson who defeated Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5, 6-3 to also make the last-eight.Sixth seed Marin Cilic continued his quiet progress, beating Argentine 11th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2.Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov went down to Robin Haase, losing 7-5, 6-2, ending local interest. The Dutch winner will take on Karen Khachanov, who beat eighth seed John Isner 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/1)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Exclusive – Wenger will be an impossible act to follow at Arsenal, claims Dein

first_imgFormer Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein claims Arsene Wenger will be an impossible act to follow at the Gunners.The Frenchman has revolutionised the north London club, since his arrival in 1996, but has come in for criticism from some sections of the team’s fanbase for an apparent lack of ambition in recent seasons.Wenger has won three Premier League titles and five FA Cups during his time with Arsenal and Dein, the man who took him to the club, insists the 64-year-old is unique.“Arsene Wenger won’t be a difficult act to follow, he will be an impossible act to follow,” he told talkSPORT. “He’s just a one-off.“He is a very special guy.”last_img read more

Council split on pay raises in face of city financial crisis

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “The real issue here is why are judges being paid so much?” said Zine, who plans to give his raise to charitable organizations in his west San Fernando Valley council district. “We have no control over this. It’s the state that decides salaries for judges that determines our pay.” Salaries paid to key Los Angeles city officials have been tied to judges’ pay since 1990 when voters approved Measure H, an ethics-reform package that prohibited elected city officials from earning money other than their city salary. At the time, the City Council decided to tie salaries to those of Municipal Court judges – $86,000 a year then – compared with council members’ pay of $62,000. The new formula stated that the controller would get 10percent more than a judge’s salary; the city attorney 20percent more; and the mayor 30 percent more. Even as Los Angeles faces severe financial problems, city officials were sharply divided Monday over whether to accept a recently announced pay raise that would boost their annual salaries to $178,000 or higher. The 4.16 percent raise, retroactive to July 1, is their fourth major salary hike in two years because of a policy that ties the pay of City Council members – as well as the mayor, city attorney and controller – to judges’ salaries. Seven council members and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said Monday that they will accept the raise. But four council members, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Controller Laura Chick said they will reject the extra money. Meanwhile, Councilmen Dennis Zine and Jose Huizar said they will accept the extra money, but donate it to charities in their districts. Two council members – Bernard Parks and Greig Smith – did not return calls. But as California in recent years has sought to boost judges’ pay, city officials have also seen their salaries soar. The most recent increases approved by the state would bring Villaraigosa’s salary up by $8,283, to $232,425. Chick also is rejecting her increase of $7,855, which would boost her salary to $196,667. Delgadillo’s salary will rise $8,569, to $214,546, and council members’ salaries will rise $7,141, to $178,789. Councilman Richard Alarcon – who will accept the raise – said he believes it should not be a political issue. “I’m not going to issue some politically patronizing statement about this,” Alarcon said. “If I do a good job, the people will re-elect me, regardless of what the salary is. If I’m doing a poor job, I will be out of office. “I work very hard for my district, seven days a week, every single holiday and most nights of the week. If voters feel it is inappropriate, they will let me know. If they like the work I do, they will return me to office.” Alarcon said he has heard comparisons of Los Angeles’ officials pay to other cities, such as New York or Chicago. “But the fact is we are a much smaller council and cost less than New York City and represent far more people,” Alarcon said. The budget for the 51-member New York City Council is $34.2 million. The Los Angeles City Council budget for this year is $26.4 million. New York council members are paid about $90,000 a year, although committee chairing and other leadership stipends can add up to $20,000 more. In Chicago, 50 aldermen make about $98,000 each. Other council members who say they will accept the increase are Ed Reyes, Tony Cardenas, Tom LaBonge, Bill Rosendahl, Jan Perry and Herb Wesson. Those rejecting it outright are Wendy Greuel, Janice Hahn, Jack Weiss and Council President Eric Garcetti. Zine, who also draws an $80,000 annual pension from his years as a Los Angeles police officer, said he has made a practice of donating $25,000 a year from his own pay to organizations in his district. “This year, I’ll be able to add a little more to it,” Zine said. Aides to Huizar said the councilman and his wife will be determining which groups will receive his donations. The raise comes at an awkward time for the council as the city budget faces at least a $75 million shortfall this coming year and the council is asking voters to continue a telephone users’ tax. The council also is weighing rate increases for both water and electricity that have been proposed by the Department of Water and Power. Late last week, Chick urged the City Council to look at developing a new way of setting the salaries. While her suggestion has received some support, no one has yet come up with a specific proposal other than to say it should be determined by a group separate from the City Council. “I think the last thing we want is the City Council in charge of setting salaries,” Perry said. “I think we have to be extremely cautious about having us determine the salaries.” And that would include linking the pay raises of officials to whatever contracts are negotiated for city workers. Delgadillo, through his spokesman Nick Velasquez, said the city attorney agrees with Perry. “He believes in the current system approved by voters,” Velasquez said. “But (he) believes it may be time to look at different systems of setting salaries, so long as the council and mayor don’t set their own.” WHERE THEY STAND ACCEPTING THE RAISE: City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo; council members Ed Reyes, Tom LaBonge, Bill Rosendahl, Jan Perry, Herb Wesson, Richard Alarcon and Tony Cardenas. REJECTING THE RAISE: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Controller Laura Chick; council members Wendy Greuel, Janice Hahn, Jack Weiss and Council President Eric Garcetti. DONATING THE RAISE: Councilmen Dennis Zine, Jose Huizar. DID NOT RESPOND: Councilmen Bernard Parks, Greig Smith.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

‘Ronald Koeman could go into Arsenal tomorrow’, talkSPORT told

first_imgSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman has the ability and experience to be the next manager at Arsenal, according to Ray Wilkins.Some Gunners fans are once again calling for a change in the dugout after seeing another Premier League title charge go up in smoke under Arsene Wenger.Wenger, however, is proving stubborn and insists he will not leave the club before his contract expires, and it seems the Frenchman is likely to get his wish from his loyal club board.But angry supporters are already making their suggestions for their next manager, and Wilkins believes former Barcelona player Koeman would be a perfect fit at the Emirates Stadium when Wenger eventually leaves.The Dutchman guided the Saints to a seventh-place finish in his first season in charge and is on course for a similar result again this term.And, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, former England star and Premier League coach Wilkins said: “Ronald Koeman could go into Arsenal tomorrow.“I’ve been so impressed with him. He’s built two teams at Southampton, and he’s been mentioned for the Manchester United job in the past.“He’s done a wonderful job there.“He loves to play the younger guys as well, he gives them an opportunity to play regular first-team football“And of course he has the experience of being with some massive clubs as a player.” Could Ronald Koeman be the man to take over from Arsene Wenger at the Arsenal helm? 1last_img read more


first_imgGAA fans from across the county may just be looking forward to a long summer on the road after Jim McGuinness’ team impressed once more again today.Donegal brushed aside the challenge of Cavan in poor conditions at Breffni Park on a scoreline of 2-14 to 1-8.Just under 10,000 fans travelled to Cavan for the game with many still refusing to pay €27 for a covered stand seat. Now that Donegal are on a roll with wins over both Antrim and now Cavan, fans may get behind their side when they face Tyrone in the Ulster Championship semi-final in just two weeks time.However the big talking point of today’s game was the sending off of star forward Michael Murphy after just 13 minutes for allegedly striking his marker.Despite Murphy’s dismissal, Donegal stuck to their task and were value for their 1-6 to 0-3 lead at the interval.Although this was not a vintage Donegal display, there were several individual performances which suggest McGuinness is getting the formula right. Although many may have thought his best football was behind him, Colm McFadden again put in a fine performance taking five fine points.Goals from Patrick McBrearty and Rory Kavanagh and three points from Dermot Molloy made sure Cavan were never going to get back into this game.But despite going behind to an early Cavan point, it was Donegal who made all the headway.Cavan did try to rally a little in the second half with a goal from Brennan but they never had enough in the tank to trouble Donegal who also had plenty of strength on their bench.Tyrone will be a different kettle of fish come two weeks time. But post-match interviews had one notable thread running through them – nobody within the Donegal team was talking themselves up.Others might believe the hype, but McGuinness is keeping his team’s feet firmly on the ground.EndsNO HEATWAVE BUT MCGUINNESS’ MEN TURN UP HEAT IN ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE RACE was last modified: June 13th, 2011 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

USL confirms next two months of League fixtures

first_imgTHE 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League resumes action this weekend following the Christmas break and the fixtures January and February have been announced.Three games – Cockhill Celtic v Swilly Rovers; Derry City Reserves v Finn Harps Reserves and Letterkenny Rovers v Fanad United – are down for decision this Sunday afternoon.Letterkenny Rovers will be playing their home matches at the Aura Leisure Centre for a period from this Sunday afternoon when thet face Fanad. Cockhill, the defending champions, hold an eight-point lead at the top of the table, and host a Swilly side still seeking its first win of the season.The Knockalla Caravans Senior Cup – organised by the Ulster FA – first round is expected to be played in February while the semi-finals of the Donegal News USL Cup will also be played in February.The confirmed 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League fixtures are available on the League website,   USL confirms next two months of League fixtures was last modified: January 5th, 2017 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

‘Roy Keane is taking the p*** out of Irish football and should be sacked’

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade MONEY Former Manchester United captain Keane is alleged to have squared up to Walters and called Arter a “p****” and a “c***” after they sat out training on medical advice.Arter, who is on loan at Cardiff City from Bournemouth, subsequently made himself unavailable for Thursday’s 4-1 Nations League defeat by Wales and Tuesday’s friendly in Poland.Boss Martin O’Neill has defended Keane, describing his number two as “brilliant”, and said he will remain part of the Ireland set-up.But Liam Brady and Johnny Giles, two heroes of Irish football, say Keane is not fit for the role of an assistant boss and O’Neill or FAI chief John Delaney should take the strongest possible action.Brady, one of the most gifted players of his generation, said: “The thing that strikes me about Roy Keane and it has for many years now, is that I don’t think he likes football and I don’t think he likes players.“When you hear him speak about football in his punditry role, it comes across that he doesn’t like modern-day footballers. I think this thing is boiling inside of him.“He’s damaging a squad that’s weak in many ways anyway and we can’t afford to lose any players. Two Republic of Ireland legends have called for Roy Keane to be axed as assistant manager of the national team.A WhatsApp recording of Stephen Ward has been leaked in which the defender described the details of a row between Keane and two of his Ireland teammates, Harry Arter and Jonathan Walters, during the summer. REVEALED “Every time there is an Irish game there was a story about Roy Keane, whether he was having a go at somebody or whether he was launching another book of his.“I can’t even understand how Martin O’Neill could put up with that. He’s got an international match and Roy Keane decides to launch his book the week of an international game.“It’s crazy, it’s mind-boggling and it’s really taking the p***, isn’t it? It really is taking the p*** out of the Irish soccer team.“Martin O’Neill, or the powers that be, John Delaney, has to say enough of this. This has got to stop.”O’Neill has attempted to play down the row, insisting it is something that happens regularly in football and the players will move on. 3 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack But Giles, a legendary figure in his playing days and a former Republic manager, insisted there can be no justification for Keane’s foul-mouthed rant at Arter and Walters.“I knew there was a row. I didn’t know what the details were,” said Giles.“It shouldn’t happen. Roy Keane is assistant manager of the Irish team and he is there to assist the manager.“Players who are injured, unless they are really kidding on, need a lot of sympathy and a lot of help. We’ve all been injured as footballers and there is nothing worse than being injured and you can’t play.“In Arter’s case, if Martin O’Neill felt Arter was kidding on then he shouldn’t be picked. If they feel that he’s not, then he needs sympathy and support.“This is nonsense. This is very, very serious stuff. Latest Football News highlights Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move smart causal Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won possible standings center_img impact ADVICE silverware Roy Keane has sparked controversy with his rant at two Ireland players Harry Arter has made himself unavailable for Ireland following the row with Roy Keane Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “Morale in a football team is very fragile and the rest of the players would have known exactly what happened and that doesn’t help the spirit of the team.“This is wrong, whatever way you look at it, it’s wrong.“As assistant manager he should be helping Martin and in the Arter case he hasn’t helped him at all. In fact, Arter has said he doesn’t want to play, That’s being destructive.“If you talk about being equipped to be an assistant manager? Definitely not.” How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Roy Keane has the backing of boss Martin O’Neill 3 3last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Town Council is to be asked to call on the Minister for the Environment to pull the €70,000 in funding for the Irish Business Against Litter group.The call is to be made by Cllr Dessie Larkin at next Monday’s meeting of the council.It follows a survey in recent days which left Letterkenny close to the bottom of the list of tidy towns in Ireland. Cllr Larkin said the survey has the potential to do untold damage to the Cathedral Town.Cllr Larkin questioned the tactics used by IBAL to collate their list which even included a reference to he picnic area in Manorcunningham – miles from Letterkenny.Cllr Larkin pointed to the fact that the Cathedral Town is pushing to win the National Tidy Towns Award and yet has been found one of the most littered towns in Ireland by IBAL.“How can Letterkenny be pushing for Ireland’s cleanest town in a recognised competition like the Tidy Towns and be so poorly marked by IBAL. “I know the organisers and judges of th Tidy Towns have their own criteria but I have serious concerns that this will reflect badly for us.“Letterkenny Main Street is cleaned 364 days of the year and so much hard work goes in to preserving our image.“I would be the first to say something if we were falling down but I think we have ben treated badly by IBAL and it’s not the first time,” he said.He said the criteria set down by IBAL was poor and said the €70,000 spent in Government funding on the group would be better spent somewhere else.“I know form talking with my fellow councillors that they feel they same way and I will be hoping for their full support at Monday night’s meting,” he said. FURIOUS LARKIN ASKS COUNCIL TO SUPPORT CALL TO CHOP FUNDING FOR LITTER GROUP was last modified: January 14th, 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:Cllr Dessie LarkinIrish Business Against LitterLetterkenny Town CouncilTody Townslast_img read more