President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has begun pushing for support from high level delegation from the United States attending the ongoing African Union 23rd Summit to help with the implementation of electricity project in Liberia.President Sirleaf’s request for assistance came at the ongoing conference in Malabo when she met with U.S. high level delegation comprising former Ambassadors Liberia Linda Thomas Greenfield, now Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and Donald Booth.The intent for the meeting between the Liberian leader and the US delegation is to identify what the United States should place on its agenda for the US-Africa bilateral meeting expected to be held on August 5 and 6 this year in Washington D.C.A dispatch from Malabo quotes President Sirleaf as saying that her administration’s top priority need for now is sustained and cheap electricity she believes will help in the country’s economic revitalization.She said while her government has already taken some steps in the restoration of electricity to the ountry, she was still opened for partnership intervention in order to solve Liberia’s energy problem.The ongoing rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee hydro plant and the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) are two projects President Sirleaf desribed cardinal.President Sirleaf observes that the WAPP project is moving very slowly and hopes the US would remit some funding to it for its extension to Liberian villages since the country was named by President Barack Obama as one of the five African beneficiaries of the U.S. Power Africa in June 2013.However, Grant Harris, a member of the US delegation told President Sirleaf that while U.S. Government seeks the priority needs of African countries, they have lined up security, trade and investment, health, food security and trafficking of all kinds, and was consulting to see whether the items were equally important areas for African countries.Responding to these concerns, President Sirleaf named Africa’s problem on lack of education and jobs for its youths and believes if Africa is to make progress, these fundamental issues must be tackled; emphasizing that the issue of education, both technical and vocational, be placed on the high table.The Liberian leader reminded the US delegation of the theme of the ongoing AU Summit: “Year of Agriculture and Food Security,” reminding them about the region’s readiness to be self-sufficient in food production and opting to seek partnership in addressing the continent’s food security problem.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has announced the Officer in Charge of the Liberia Media Center as one of its 2015 – 2016 Reagan-Fascell Fellows. The group also includes Hurford Youth and Visiting Fellows.An NED press release named Atty. Lamii Kpargoi among fellowship recipients from Egypt, Ethiopia, Hungary, India, Liberia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Tajikistan.Named in honor of NED’s two principal founders, former US President Ronald Reagan and the late US congressman Dante Fascell, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program seeks to expand the knowledge, broaden the perspectives, build the capacity, and boost the morale of some of the world’s most committed and courageous democracy activists and scholars. The Reagan-Fascell Fellowship program is a highly competitive and prestigious fellowship which allows practitioners and scholars from around the world to spend time in United States’ capital city to do research geared towards improving democracy and governance in their home country.Based at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, NED’s research and publications arm, in Washington, D.C., the program has enabled over 250 fellows from 90 countries to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to work toward democratic change.While in the United States, Atty. Kpargoi is carrying out research on the topic “Strengthening Democracy in Liberia through Public Access to Information”.As part of his research, Atty. Kpargoi will publish a policy brief with appropriate recommendations on ways to strengthen the country’s Freedom of Information law and processes.While in the United States, Atty. Kpargoi is also holding talks with American political, academic and civil society leaders on ways they can assist in strengthening Liberia’s democracy and keeping the country from backsliding to conflict.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Yekeh is among 11 referees that have been provisionally banned. FIFA badge referee Jerry Yekeh has been provisionally banned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) following the release of a video by an undercover Ghanaian Journalist, Anas A. Anas.According to a brief CAF statement, a total of 22 referees have been punished by the African football ruling body. Yekeh is among 11 referees have been provisionally banned pending appearances before a CAF disciplinary board on August 5, 2018.According to the investigation, Yekeh is not filmed accepting cash but is seen entering the room carrying materials where cash was being distributed.Meanwhile the Liberia Football Referees Association has suspended Yekeh from all football activities until after his pending appearance before the disciplinary board scheduled for August 5, 2018.Yekeh is one of the country’s top referees who started his career in 2002 and has won several awards from the Liberia Football Association, such as the Most Prominent referee award in 2007-2008 and the best referee award in 2009, 2011, and 2012.He became an international FIFA referee in 2009 and then started in regional and youth international competitions.The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has also banned Kenyan referee, Aden Marwa, from all football activities for life.The ruling comes after the referee was filmed by Anas Aremayaw Anas accepting money ahead of the Russia World Cup.Marwa, who had been chosen to officiate in Russia, was dropped from the World Cup list following Anas’ investigation.He has denied any wrongdoing in response to the corruption allegations. Ten other referees have been handed bans of between two and ten years. CAF announced the sanctions following a meeting of its disciplinary board.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Dawson Creek Canucks will also be looking to win for the first time in the young season as they dropped their season opening contest at home to Hythe 8-6.The Flyers will be counting on more of the same from Trevor Fitzgerald and Robbie Sidhu, who each had two points in the loss to Grande Prairie.The Flyers have also announced their captains for the current season. Jeff Shipton will wear the captain’s C this year. Meanwhile, the players voted for Jeff Fast, Arlo Hadland, and Mike Shipton as the assistant captains.- Advertisement -Opening faceoff for Saturday’s game is slated for 8:30 p.m.
Tottenham could be forced to play against champions Man City without influential ‘keeper Hugo Lloris and top scorer Nacer Chadli, who has four goals in seven games.Both Kyle Naughton and Walker are out, while Emmanuel Adebayor and Nabil Bentaleb are yet to return from international duty.“Chadli didn’t play for Belgium [against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday],” manager Mauricio Pochettino said.“It’s ok, but we need to test him tomorrow and decide after that if it’s possible for him to be in the squad or in the team.”Lloris, meanwhile, didn’t play for France against Armenia because of a thigh injury and Pochettino is also sweating over his fitness. He will be tested by the Spurs medical team before deciding if Michel Vorm takes his place at the Etihad, the manager added.How do you think Tottenham will line up against Man City? 1 Nacer Chadli and Hugo Lloris
LONDON – David Beckham and wife Victoria visited a hospital where the Galaxy midfielder’s father was in stable condition after a heart attack. A day after arriving back in Britain from the United States, Beckham and his wife spent nearly three hours with Ted Beckham at the London Chest Hospital. Victoria Beckham flew in Friday from Japan where she was promoting a cosmetics firm. The 59-year-old Beckham had a heart attack Wednesday night. He is in stable condition, according to the hospital. “He is conscious and talking, and that’s a positive step,” Beckham’s publicist Simon Oliviera said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DONEGAL businessman Jason Black sets out this week on his toughest challenge yet – a climb up Mount Everest.The Letterkenny man told Donegal Daily he’s hoping to make a bit of history in the next few days.“I’m hoping to make history in being the first Donegal person to summit Mt Everest and just the 15th irish man via the north ridge – and the 38th irish person in total summited Everest north & south routes combined,” said Jason. “I leave on Wednesday and begin the solo ascent to the top of the world on Friday.“I aim to be successful and I’m hoping the mountain gods are good to me.”Jason spent yesterday climbing the much gentler slopes of Mount Errigal with his son and some friends.“It’s going to be a whole lot different in Tibet,” he laughed. * Donegal Daily – First Again with all the BIG storiesFROM ERRIGAL TO EVEREST – JASON PLANNING ASCENT OF WORLD’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN was last modified: April 9th, 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:FROM ERRIGAL TO EVEREST – JASON PLANNING ASCENT OF WORLD’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN
A businessman whose family have been operating a mobile takeaway for 30 years in a seaside town locked himself into his van after being ordered to move on by Gardai.Rory Shevlin was approached by Garda James Marley during the Downings Festival in July, 2016. Garda Marley said that Mr Shevlin’s takeaway food van had two wheels on the footpath and was blocking the flow of people and traffic.He asked the chip van owner to move on and park elsewhere but he refused.Garda Marley called a tow-truck to take the food van away but Mr Shevlin, aged 25 years, then locked himself into the van and refused to come out.He eventually came out and the food van was moved up the street to another location.Mr Shevlin, of Dundoan, Upper Downings, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with endangering/interfering and obstructing at Crockmurleog, Downings on July 29th, 2016.Pictures of the illegally parked van were handed into Judge Paul Kelly.The accused man told the court that his grandfather and father had operated the van in the area for 30 years and never had a difficulty with Gardai.He admitted locking himself into the van but said it was simply not a case of locking up the van and moving on as the van had to be sorted out first.Judge Paul Kelly said he had convicted himself through his own mouth as he said he parked illegally on the road three nights a week.He said the food truck did obstruct the footpath and it did interfere with pedestrians.He fined Mr Shevlin €250.Chip-van owner fined after he refuses to take himself away was last modified: October 24th, 2017 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:courtDowningsJUDGEtakeawayvam chippervan
Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Top transfer stories from talkSPORT.com Juventus have told Liverpool they can sign Marko Pjaca this summer – but they must cough up £22 million.The Italian champions need funds for an overhaul of their squad this summer, and will reportedly allow the winger to leave Turin. Gossip Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Pjaca in World Cup action for Croatia in Russia Juve are looking to to beat Manchester United and Real Madrid to the signing of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but that will cost them the best part of £130 million.As a result, the club needs to boost their bank by selling players and Pjaca is one of those that has been told he can go.The Croatia international is a target for Liverpool and, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, they can sign him for £22 million. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 1 blunder targets The bizarre reason why Man United didn’t sign new Liverpool playmaker Minamino REVEALED targets Liverpool tracking Toulouse youngster ahead of possible January move RANKED IN DEMAND LATEST Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Juve have set the 23-year-old’s asking price and they are hoping to speak to clubs this week about potential offers.Pjaca spent the second half of last season on loan at Schalke but it understood they are yet to make a permanent bid.
‘Let’s Make Cycling Safer and let motorists see cyclists’ – that’s the message from the Donegal Road Safety Working Group as they launch a campaign to encourage cyclists to wear high viz tops.Following research and discussions with local cycling clubs the DRSWG have had cycling gilets manufactured in high viz material with the logo ‘Please Share the Road’ printed on the back of the gilet which will be clearly visible to motorists overtaking cyclists.These gilets will be distributed to cycling clubs as part of the campaign with the central message being “Let’s Make cycling safer”. Pictured at the launch are cyclists representing Letterkenny @24/7 Triathlon Club, Errigal Cyclist and Four Masters from left are Keith Fletcher, Cathal Roarty, Troy Hegarty, Mary Harkin, Mark Gallagher, Donegal County Council Road Safety Officer, Adrian Wasson, Liam Tinney, Aidan Callaghan and Enda Kerr. Photo Clive WassonFifteen cyclists lost their lives on Irish roads in 2017 and 6 have died to date in 2018.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said “The DRSWG has taken the initiative and introduced the high viz gilet in the hope that as many cyclists as possible wear them. We have done this because there is reluctance among some cyclists to wear yellow high viz gear over their jerseys.“The number of fatalities and serious injuries, even minor injuries involving cyclists is increasing and we would like to shift the mentality and attitudes of cyclists to encompass their own safety and take their own safety on board.“While there is bad behaviour by both cyclists and motorists, it is an unequal relationship. The driver is protected by the vehicle while the cyclist is exposed. “Cyclists need to be clearly visible and the distribution of high viz cycling gilets is a step in the right direction to help protect cyclists on the road. We have had very positive feedback from the cycling clubs and the clubs are willing to come on board and promote the idea with the tops being distributed with the assistance of the cycling clubs.“The timing of the launch is also appropriate being National Bike Week this week and we hope to encourage as many as possible to wear the cycling gilets. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians all need to share the road safely. We should all respect each other’s space and ensure that everyone stays safe.”New high viz vests launched to make cycling safer was last modified: June 14th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CYCLINGdonegal road safety working groupsafety