Ellen Cautions Safety, Tolerance

first_imgAs the campaign for the ensuing Special Senatorial Election begins today across the country, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on Liberians to be peaceful in the process, while at the same time abiding by the preventive measures that have helped to reduce the rate of Ebola infection in the country.The President told the nation in her address last night that after a thorough consultative process, the National Elections Commission (NEC), announced December 16, as the date set for the conduct of the election throughout the 15 counties. This date has been endorsed by the National Legislature and the President.The NEC also set November 20th as the date for the beginning of campaign activities, which are expected to end 24 hours before polls open in three weeks.She further stated that her government, through its requisite institutions, is putting into place stringent measures that will guide the campaign process and ensure that Liberians keep safe during this period.“As campaigning starts on the next day [today], it is my responsibility and my duty to remind you all politicians, voters and election workers that we will put in place stringent measures contained in our health laws that everyone must and will abide by. We all know there is no hugging or shaking of hands.  We mean it and we want people to take it seriously,” she said.The President Sirleaf disclosed that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in collaboration with agencies and partners, under the public health law, will be announcing a number of preventive measures today to ensure that “we all stay safe, especially during this electoral period.”President Sirleaf also indicated that NEC will give out guidelines and protocols that all must abide by. “We can only enjoy democracy when we are healthy and alive. Although we continue to see decline in the number of new cases of Ebola, we must not relent our efforts. We must not lay down our guides and we must not become complacent,” she pleaded.She noted that as much as the measures  are intended to keep Liberians safe, she will endorse all of the preventive measures and will direct that they be strictly followed.She said that the measures are not intended to stop anyone campaigning or interacting with the people, but government wants to ensure that people are protected.“One of the cardinal pillars of democracy is the right for the people to elect their leaders. This is a fundamental exercise that most time take place at certain times,” she added.She recalled that Liberians should have gone to the poll on October 14 this year to elect 15 senators whose terms will expire at the end of the year, but during that time the country was deep in a health crisis that did not allow the process to take place.“These elections are important, but they are being held under very difficult circumstances. We still have the deadly Ebola virus in our country and the neighboring countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone.  This places a new responsibility on all of us to ensure that the political activities that will be carried out during the campaign and the voting do not lead to a resurgence of the epidemic,” she said.President Sirleaf further said, “People will be meeting in places in groups for campaigning. When the times comes to vote, we will line up to vote this could lead to serious risk. While we are sustaining our democracy, we have decided to put in place measures that would safe guide us more.”“We want democracy, we want to elect people, but we want to do so keeping all of us healthy, making sure that we don’t return to those difficult days.”President Sirleaf indicated that Liberians can still remember how bad things were several weeks ago and now there are progresses, but one cannot talk about success as long as there is one case of Ebola.Finally, she told everyone, “True essence of democracy is to compete on the basis of ideas – ideas about how we improve the lives of the people we aspire to lead. This will mean that candidates will disagree. But I know we can disagree and exchange our ideas, as well as afford the voters a chance to understand our values, without resorting to mudslinging or violence.”President Sirleaf wished all the candidates well and urged them to stand up for tolerance which will lend their campaigns to civil discussions through which voters will know them better.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Six times! Liverpool MUST improve this statistic to get their season back on track

first_img Liverpool’s defence has worsened over the past few months 1 Liverpool’s fragile backline cost them yet again on Wednesday night, as the Merseysiders surrendered a 2-1 lead, to draw away 2-2 with European minnows Ludogorets to leave their Champions League aspirations hanging by a threat.While their continental adventure is not over yet – victory over FC Basel will see them progress to the knockout stages – the Reds’ capitulation late on continued the theme of conceding at the death, something that usually denotes a bad team.Indeed, while Liverpool have scored eight times in the last 15 minutes of matches this campaign (including League Cup extra time), they have proven to be even more susceptible to conceding, seeing NINE goals go in during this same period of time.Unfortunately it gets worse for the Redmen, with SEVEN of those goals coming AFTER 85 MINUTES.In all competitions this season Liverpool have been one goal ahead after 85 minutes on SIX occasions, only to LOSE that lead every time.On the occasions that they have surrendered their lead, they have gone on to WIN JUST TWO of those games, one owing to a late winner against Ludogorets and the other via a penalty shootout victory over Middlesbrough.Defensive frailties have been a massive concern to Liverpool this season and while many point to their struggles to score goals, it is the Reds’ backline that has been the biggest undoing.Rodgers invested a small fortune to improve this area of the pitch and while he is yet to get his defenders performing at their best, should he manage to get them purring, he may just save Liverpool’s season.Liverpool fans, do you back Rodgers to fix your defence? Comment below…last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgLA HABRA – A man was found stabbed to death Saturday night inside his car. Officers responding to a call of a possible homicide at 9 p.m. at Walnut Street and Imperial Highway, found 27-year-old La Habra resident John Fisher inside a white four-door sedan parked on the east side of Walnut Street, La Habra police Officcer J. McPhail said. Fisher, the lone occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, McPhail said. Anyone with any information regarding the homicide was asked to call La Habra police detectives at (562) 905-9750. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Activity Center offers movie time Police identified a possible suspect in the stabbing attack as 19-year-old La Habra resident David Elkins, she said. Police would not say whether Elkins was in custody or at large. LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Activity Center welcomes seniors to an afternoon at the movies at 12:30p.m. every Thursday, beginning this week. Free popcorn will be served. Movie showings for June are “Rumor Has It” this Thursday, “The Producers” on June 22 and “The Family Stone” on June 29. The La Mirada Activity Center is at 13810 La Mirada Blvd. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. Supervisor to host anti-con seminar WHITTIER – Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and the departments of community and senior services and consumer affairs is inviting residents to a free seminar to show seniors how to avoid being ripped off by con artists, from 10 to 11:30a.m. Thursday at the Los Nietos Service Center, 11640 E. Slauson Ave. For more information, call (562) 699-9898. Program to offer summer learning LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Homework Club is presenting “Ride the Wave,” a program that encourages students from first to eighth grade to stay academically active over the summer. The program is free and will be held from 1 p.m. to 5p.m. June 26 through Sept.1. It will available Monday through Friday at 13710 La Mirada Blvd. To register or for more information, call (562)902-3155, or visit the La Mirada Family Services Center at 13710 La Mirada Blvd. Youths invited to summer camp WHITTIER – Whittier Village Children’s Center is currently enrolling children from kindergarten to sixth grade in summer day camp. The camp will be held at First United Methodist Church of Whittier, 13222 E. Bailey St., from June 23 until September. Activities will include swimming and field trips. Dance classes, music camp or Bible school are available for an extra fee. Registration is $35. The daily rate is $27; the weekly rate is $135. For more information, call (562) 698-7753. Training offered for medical clerks WHITTIER – Whittier Adult School is offering training classes for medical clerks and related professions. Day classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday., June26 to August 17. Evening classes will be held from 5:30to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from June 27 to August 3. Day classes are $40 and night classes are free of charge during the summer session. Fees are payable in cash at the time of registration. Job placement is available. For more information, call (562) 698-8121, Ext. 1300 or Ext. 1362. – From staff and wire reports160Want 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

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BASKETBALL: PCC FALCARRAGH’S DOUBLE WIN IN FOLENS TOURNAMENT

first_imgPCC Falcarragh Win Folens 1st year Basketball FinalsPCC Falcarragh claimed the Folens 1st Yr. Boys basketball tournament at the Aura on Friday last as they proved too skilful and sharp for a gutsy and athletic Errigal college team.Emmanuel Appaih got Errigal off to a good start when he netted after 20 seconds. Paul Doherty, who was a constant thorn in the Errigal side, replied soon after showing good composure after a nice drive to the basket. Errigal soon restored the lead when Devine Okorogi scored from the edge of the key. PCC soon regained the lead through Doherty, whilst the impressive Nigel Duncan scored twice for Errigal. Okorogi again netted from close in this time as PCC’s powerful forward Kyron Glennon showed great delight in replying with two baskets off offensive rebounds as the Falcarragh schools grip on the game began to take hold. Adam Boyle stretched their lead as the now on fire Doherty scored began to catch fire with a further three baskets to make the score 17-6 after the first quarter. The second quarter began with two fresh fives as is customary for basketball at this level and it proved a much more cagey affair. PCC at this stage had a foothold on the game and based their gameplan on a solid defence. Appaih neatly scored two baskets and a free throw during this period as PCC got into foul trouble with a few ill timed reach ins. Despite Enoch Nyarmo also netting from the free throw line the seasiders maintained their impressive, though now shortened lead through a brace from the elusive Ultan Boyle and baskets from Andrew Doohan and Paraic Sweeney. Half time score 25-9.With the Letterkenny lads now facing an uphill struggle it was in this third quarter that Falcarragh started to press home. Glennon again scored twice as Doherty really tore the hearts from the Errigal college. Time and again they pulled out wide leaving space for point guard Paul Doherty to use his ball handling skills to great effect as he constantly drove at the opposition defence. During this time he added with a tidy ten points. Errigal college refused to lie down however John Ward scoring just inside the three point line, Okorogi with a brace and the impressive Duncan netting another six points. It was a case of the clichéd too little too late as PCC emerged fully deserving winners sparking off jubilant celebrations at full time and they truly celebrated in style.It was commendable to see the high standards that these boys displayed in their first year in school and the spirit in which the game was played and this was helped by the way in which referee Billy Banda conducted the game.Teams; PCC:Fionn Mac Fhionnaighle, Neil Kelly, Shane Corless, PJ Doogan, Diarmuid Coyle, Andrew Doohan (2), Paul Doherty (21), Adam Boyle (3) Ultan Boyle (4), Paraic Sweeney (2), Micheál Mc Hugh, Kyron Glennon (11), Jason Wilkinson. Coach: Stephen Doohan. Errigal College: Enoch Nyarko (1), Dominick Dwyer, Devine Okorogi (8), Anthony Foy, Conor Faul, Jerry Obi, Emmanuel Appaih (7), John Ward (2), Nathan Jordan (14), Nigel Duncan (9).PCC Falcarragh Capture Girls Folens Basketball TitleThe Aura leisure centre was the venue for the Folens First Year Basketball finals day last Friday. P.C.C Falcarragh met local rivals Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair.Clearly P.C.C were the stronger side from the early stages, however the final score 26-10 does not reflect the battle that PSGD created with their strong defence.After the first quarter the score board read 18-0 in favour of P.C.C. The PSGD girls battled it out showing tremendous defence in all of the last three quarters allowing P.C.C to score only 8 points after the first quarters. Both schools and their teachers must be commended on their performances. The atmosphere was electric.Many thanks to the Aura leisure centre for letting us use their facilities and Billy who refereed.A special thanks to Folens Book Company for supplying the cup.BASKETBALL: PCC FALCARRAGH’S DOUBLE WIN IN FOLENS TOURNAMENT was last modified: May 14th, 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:BASKETBALL: PCC FALCARRAGH’S DOUBLE WIN IN FOLENS TOURNAMENTlast_img read more

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Dunfanaghy Junior Golfers play impressive game against Ballyliffin

first_imgJunior GolfOn Sunday the 4th September, our U16s team hosted their Ballyliffin counterparts in the semi final first leg of the Donegal Boys Fourball Championship. The first pair of Conor Hanna and Luke Kelly fought their way back from a 3 hole deficit to draw level on the 17th however they were foiled by a great birdie from their opponents on the last.The second pair of James T Sweeney and Tom McClintock played some great golf including 4 birdies to win 4&2. The final pair of Carlos O’Reilly and Kyle McGarvey won 6 of their last 7 holes to win 5&4. With a lead of 2-1, our boys head to Ballyliffin next Saturday the 10th September for the second leg. Good luck to all the boys. It would be great to see you in the final. In our Saturday morning competition for the juveniles, we had a three ball scramble. It turned out to be very close contest but the winners by one shot were the team of Conor Neely, Cormac Hall and Michael Dolan. Cormac played some fantastic shots on his way around as did Michael however, it was Conor Neely who sank a nerve jangling eagle putt on the last to secure victory. In the cadets section, Caolan McFadden played some fantastic golf winning both first prize and shot of the day.Jack Druce won putt of the day.Club notes With summer at an end, one would expect scores to go southward however the standard of golf on display this weekend was of the highest quality. The big competition of the weekend was the Kilbrae Cup played on Sunday the 4th September. The winner, playing off a handicap of 5, with a terrific score of 43 points was none other than our President Keith Lapsley.Keith’s score of 2 under par gross was one of the best scores of the season and could even have been a few shots better had he sunk a number of 10-12 foot putts on the way home. In second place with a great score of 41 points was Colin Higgs. Paul Kelly won the gross while Andy Murray was third.In Saturday’s Open Singles Stableford, Graham Cummings had another victory to add to his summer collection with a great score of 41 points. Paul Smyth was second with 39 pointsIn Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford, one of the Club’s most consistent golfers, Joe Langan took first prize with 3 shots to spare. In second place was David Johnson from Letterkenny GC. Winner of the gross was Alan Simpson from City of Derry while the ever youthful Roger Green was third.Competition Results:Wednesday Open – 31 st August 1 st Joe Langan 38 pts2 nd David Johnston L/K 35 ptsGross Alan Simpson 25 gross pts3 rd Roger Green Snr 35 pts bot Open Single Stableford – 3 rd SeptemberGraham Cummings 41 ptsPaul Smyth 39 ptsKilbrae Cup GOY1 st Keith Lapsley 43pts2 nd Colin Higgs 41 ptsGross Paul Kelly 29 gross pts3 rd Andy Murray 40 ptsEvents for the Week Ahead:Wednesday Open Stableford: €15.00 for visitors and €7.00 for members.Saturday and Sunday holds an Open 4BBB Competition any combination to “jazz it up” for Jazz & Blues Weekend.Senior Open Competition (50Plus)Monday 19 th SeptemberOpen to Ladies and GentsLadies and Gents PrizesMembers €5.00 Visitors €10.00Complimentary Tea/Coffee on arrivalTelephone 074 9136335/ 0877671299 to book a slot or book onlineThe Vardon Lounge will be now only open for foodFriday 3-8Saturday 12-8Sunday 12-8There will be a special menu available this weekend in conjunction with the Jazz & Blues Weekend so call in and see us.Dunfanaghy Junior Golfers play impressive game against Ballyliffin was last modified: September 6th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Dunfanaghygolf clubJuniorslast_img read more

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GEORGE TO DELIVER A REAL ‘RIGHT HOOK’ IN DONEGAL

first_imgNewstalk’s George Hook will travel to Rathmullan House in Donegal for a live broadcast as he goes to explore part of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’.George Hook is coming to Donegal!George will be joined on the show next Wednesday, June 25th, between 4.30 and 7pm by a number of people from the area to talk about Donegal as one of the key destinations along the Wild Atlantic Way.There will be some special guests in front a live audience. They include Joan Crawford of Fáilte Ireland, Rick La Vert of Kinnegar Brewing, and Ian Millar of Unique Ascent to talk about available activities such as sea stack climbing, hiking, abseiling, coasteering, sea kayaking and wild camping.  GEORGE TO DELIVER A REAL ‘RIGHT HOOK’ IN DONEGAL was last modified: June 19th, 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:donegalGeorge HookNewstalkRathmullen Houselast_img read more

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UP FOR THE MATCH! KILLYBEGS GOING GAA GAA WITH NEW SHOP FOR COUNTY FINAL

first_imgThe boys from KillybegsKILLYBEGS is going Gaa Gaa – all for the county final.Support in the town is so strong, the club is being forced to open up a shop this weekend to meet demand for hats, scarves and headbands!The fishermen beat Malin by a point in the semi-final at the weekend and now take on Glenswilly in the final for the right to be crowned County Champions 2013. Na Ceala Beaga GAA shop will open in Anvil Court in the town this Saturday.And everything will be red and white!T-shirts, hoodies and even special Killybegs iPhone covers will be available.And of course all funds raised will be ploughed back into club.  UP FOR THE MATCH! KILLYBEGS GOING GAA GAA WITH NEW SHOP FOR COUNTY FINAL was last modified: October 8th, 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:glenswillyKillybegskillybegs gaa shoplast_img read more

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Barca star Messi ill ahead of Champions League clash with Chelsea

first_imgBarcelona talisman Lionel Messi has been ill ahead of his side’s clash with Chelsea but will be fit to play in the big game.Messi was laid low by a stomach upset at the weekend but was able to train with his team-mates at the Nou Camp on Monday.Chelsea, meanwhile, will assess Didier Drogba before interim boss Roberto Di Matteo names his team for the Champions League semi-final second leg.Drogba, who scored against Barca in last week’s first leg, has been nursing a knee problem.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Building 20 Centres for 2010

first_imgThe official 2010 Fifa World Cup™ charity aims to raise US$10-million to build 20 Football for Hope centres across Africa, marking the first time that the world’s biggest football event will harness the power of the game itself to inspire positive social change.Five centres will be located in South Africa – the first is due to open in the Cape Town suburb of Khayelitsha in December 2009 – and a further 15 across the continent.Each will feature a mini-pitch along with classrooms and health care facilities, providing youngsters with a place to play as well as access to counselling, health and educational services.The campaign follows on the success of social upliftment campaigns associated with previous World Cups – Say Yes For Children (2002), and 6 Villages for 2006 – while marking “the first time that the world’s largest football event will harness the power of the game itself to inspire positive social change,” Fifa says on its website.20 Centres for 2010 will be conducted within the framework of the Football for Hope Movement, a key element of the strategic alliance between Fifa and streetfootballworld, a centre of expertise that supports a global network of local organisations in the field of development through football.Football for Hope partners, all successfully established local non-governmental organisations, will provide the education and health care services for the 20 centres, while also encouraging “the social integration of minorities and disadvantaged populations in their respective communities”.To get the ball rolling, Fifa – supported by its six partners Adidas, Coca-Cola, Emirates, Hyundai, Sony and Visa – has committed to contributing $500 to the campaign for every goal scored during the more than 800 World Cup qualifying matches – amounting to a donation of at least $1-million.Fifa aims to raise the remaining amount through targeted alliances and cooperations.20 Centres for 2010 “emphasizes the power of football far beyond the boundaries of the pitch,” Fifa President Sepp Blatter said at the launch of the campaign in 2007. “We want to … leave a lasting legacy for the benefit of African youth after 11 July 2010.”Article last updated: November 2009SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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