AFL Soldiers Recondition Kebbah Road

first_imgIn their quest to finally end the Ebola danger in the country, soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Ebola Response Team recently impacted some civilian-dominated communities near its Coast Guard Base on Bushrod Island, outside Monrovia. The Team, which was commanded by the AFL Medical Command, created a full awareness on Ebola prevention and protection for the Coast Guard Base community dwellers.The exercise, according to the latest edition of the AFL newsletter, The AFL Guardian, included the distribution of  sanitary materials such as anti-Ebola buckets, soaps and several bottles of detergents. The chairman of the Coast Guard Base Community, Sieh Togbor, termed the awareness exercise as the first of its kind in the community since the Ebola outbreak early last year.“You are the first to teach this community all the necessary steps toward the prevention and protection against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), said Mr. Togbor. He then expressed the community’s gratitude to the AFL for identifying with the residents in the time of need, such as the Ebola outbreak.An influential resident of the community, Abraham Lawrence, also praised the AFL for the road maintenance. He expressed the hope that the soldiers would always return to extend a similar gesture when the need arises, “because the community dwellers were so proud of the military intervention.”Meanwhile, the executive officer of the AFL Medical Command, First Lieutenant Victor Krah, commended the residents for cooperation with the soldiers as they went about implementing the awareness program.  The exercise became necessary when over eight AFL soldiers lost their lives to EVD last year at the Edward Biyan Kesselly (EBK), the home of the 23rd Infantry Brigade, near Camp Schefflin, Lower Margibi County. In a related development, the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) has begun reconditioning the Kebbah Road in Barnersville, outside Monrovia. Kebbah is a settlement in Montserrado County with more than 2,000 inhabitants, including Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., among other prominent citizens. The community is also home to the Liberia Dujar Technical College which has an enrollment of over 300 students.The Ministry, through its engineering department, started the project early last week and is expected to complete it ‘very soon.’ The reconditioning work is expected to cover the stretch of road from the Barnersville Health   Center in Kebbah to the junction leading to   the Barnersville Estate itself.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stars squad to be known 48 hrs to game

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, May 22- Kenyans will have to wait until 48 hours before the kick-off of the Harambee Stars 2014 World Cup qualifier against Malawi to know the 23-man squad to face The Flames at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.Head coach, Francis Kimanzi, told the press on Tuesday that he would only unveil his team two days to the June 2 encounter insisting focus would remain on preparing the side for the match. “We only have a few injuries with the players who featured in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) but everything else is going according to plan.“The important thing is not the squad but the result and we are working to ensure that we play a good game against Malawi who are a tough opponent,” Kimanzi added.His announcement will only build speculation about the composition of his team with outstanding issues such as whether the team’s captain, Dennis Oliech and keeper Arnold Origi will rescind their decision to retire from the team dominating debate.“It is not about individual players but the team. At the end of the day, it is the result that will be the basis of the judgement. I have a job to do and I intend to do it without pressure,” he charged.On the foreign based professionals he would include in the squad to take on The Flames, Kimanzi argued the fascination with overseas players would only serve to create unwarranted distraction in the build-up for the match.“All the players considered for the national team are professionals and they need support from Kenyans to do well for their country. Singling out individuals is not the way to go.“As a technical bench, we believe in conducting our work professionally and selecting the players we need to play according to the strategy we have set for the match, regardless of where they play their club football.”Kimanzi lauded the support the technical bench was receiving from the federation saying although conditions are far from ideal, it was the right path towards re-establishing Harambee Stars as a contender in the continent.“The players are satisfied with the small changes and we can the see the effort towards making better plans for the team from FKF and this is appreciated.”The head coach ruled he would not be compelled to announce his team until when the technical bench has analysed all the players in the camp.“Everyone has a chance to be in the team and it will depend on the effort they put in training and form they are in and after 90 minutes are up, the product of what we are working on will be there for all to see.”Thus far, Kimanzi has 23 locally based players in training camp at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies.The match against The Flames will be the first at the Kasarani stadium that has been closed for over two years for renovations.Latest reports from Malawi say three of their foreign based players have linked up with the team coached by Kinnah Phiri.Striker Robin Ngalande (Spain), defender James Sangala (Angola) and Jimmy Zakazaka (South Africa) have joined the team that has 16 professionals lined-up for the squad.Forward Russel Mwafulirwa, keeper Simplex Nthala and newcomer Zicco Mkanda are others playing outside Malawi expected to report to The Flames camp soon.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, August 31

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Arsenal could be closing in on the signature of Torino’s Alessio Cerci after the 27-year-old forward was left out of the Italian side’s squad to face Inter Milan on Sunday. (Daily Star) Manchester United could see as many as 11 players either leave or arrive at Old Trafford before Monday’s transfer window closes. (Daily Star) Sunderland manager Gus Poyet will be busy before the transfer window closes, with Inter Milan midfielder Ricardo Alvarez, 26, Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, 23, and Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld, 25, all targets. (Newcastle Chronicle) Micah Richards, 26, could be chief among Sunderland’s new signings as Poyet lines up a season-long loan for the Manchester City defender. (Daily Mirror) Hull could shortly have a vacancy in their midfield with Burnley poised to make a £3m move for Scotland international George Boyd. (Mail on Sunday) Real Madrid are ready to test Manchester City by ­making a move to re-sign striker Alvaro Negredo, 29. (Daily Mirror) West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine says he will be making no further signings before Monday’s transfer deadline, after 11 summer arrivals at the Hawthorns. (Birmingham Mail) Listen again to today’s Paper Review 1last_img read more

Belgium national team cancel training following Brussels attacks

first_img1 The Belgian national team have cancelled Tuesday’s scheduled training session out of respect for the victims of the Brussels attacks.Belgium are set to play Portugal in an international friendly at Brussels’ King Baudouin Stadium on Tuesday, March 29, but the fixture is now in doubt following suspected terrorist bomb attacks in the nation’s capital.Brussels Airport was rocked by a double blast on Tuesday morning while another blast was reported by local media at a Metro station in the city. Several people are feared dead with many more injured.A tweet from the Belgian team’s official account, @BelRedDevils, read: “#tousensemble, our thoughts are with the victims. Football is not important today. Training cancelled.”Barclays Premier League players including Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen and Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet have conveyed messages of alarm and support through Twitter.Seventy-four time Belgium centre-back Vertonghen wrote: “Can’t believe I’m reading these things again…” while Mignolet tweeted: “#Zaventem” in reference to the location of Brussels Airport.Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj added: “Horrible to see what is going on in Brussels #Zaventem”Elsewhere, Derdryck Boyata of Celtic wrote: “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims #zaventem”last_img read more

President bears up to turning age 60

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, visiting the White House, also brought birthday greetings and a surprise gift. But Bush found out about it during a joint press conference in the East Room. A Canadian reporter blew the secret. “Before I ask you a question, I’m just curious: What do you think of that belt buckle the prime minister gave you as a birthday gift, and are you wearing it?” the reporter asked Bush. “I hadn’t seen it yet,” the president replied, laughing. “You gave it away.” The reporter continued on with another question but Bush kept talking about the gift. “Anyway, thanks for the belt buckle in advance,” Bush told Harper. WASHINGTON – After months of griping about getting old, President George W. Bush turned 60 on Thursday and decided it wasn’t so bad after all. “Let me just say this: It’s a lot younger than you think,” the birthday boy said with a rueful smile. There were surprises, a spilled secret, a song and congratulatory calls from afar. Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin both wished Bush happy birthday in separate telephone conversations that focused on a less-cheerful subject: North Korea’s missile tests this week. “No problem at all,” the prime minister responded. “Looking forward to getting it,” Bush said. “I figure, if you’re going to be 60, you should get something,” Harper said. “That’s right,” Bush said. “Just hope the belt fits.” There was a surprise ending to the press conference when a reporter noted to Bush that it was his birthday, too. Bush invited the reporter, 54-year-old Raghubir Goyal of the India Globe and Asia Today, onto the stage for a birthday picture. “Anybody else have their birthday today?” Bush called out. Richard Benedetto of USA Today, turning 65, stood up and was summoned to the stage. “Amazing, everybody’s birthday today,” Bush exclaimed. Harper piped up, “I was going to say, if there starts to be any more, I’m going to start to question it.” But there was another celebrant, State Department employee Todd Mizis, who was in the audience. “My goodness,” Bush said. “Today’s your birthday? Awesome.” There was time then for a song: a chorus of “Happy Birthday.” The big celebration of Bush’s birthday had been on Tuesday, when dozens of his friends gathered at the White House. In recent months, Bush, in speech after speech, has referred to himself as the “old president, getting older by the minute,” as one of “the gray-haired folks,” and as just flat-out old. “For many boomers, turning 60 is a fairly significant shock,” said Karl Pillemer, a professor of human development at Cornell University. “The generation that believed it would be young forever clearly will not. … The boomers are having a hard time with the existential reality of life not being one open-ended opportunity after another.”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

Championship round-up: Wolves beat Preston to stay top, Leeds end losing run

first_img1 Queens Park Rangers 1-1 BoltonIdrissa Sylla scored a stylish equaliser as QPR denied bottom side Bolton Wanderers a second straight win.Wanderers led when Gary Madine knocked down Josh Vela’s corner into the path of Darren Pratley, who headed in.Vela missed a good chance to double the lead when he shot straight at Alex Smithies from a tight angle.QPR pressed hard for an equaliser and were finally rewarded thanks to Sylla’s flicked finish from Luke Freeman’s cross. Brentford 3-3 Sunderland:Brentford came from 3-1 down at the break to deny struggling Sunderland a third Championship win of the season.The Black Cats had only picked up four points from their past 10 matches and trailed to a Nico Yennaris tap-in.But Lewis Grabban struck an equaliser, Bryan Oviedo’s corner was fumbled in by keeper David Bentley for number two and Grabban’s penalty made it 3-1.Florian Jozefzoon’s stunning effort got the Bees back in the game and Neal Maupay’s deflected shot earned a point. Derby County 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday:The pressure increased on Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal after his team were beaten 2-0 at Derby and had skipper Glenn Loovens sent off.The Owls have now won only one of their last six games and they were struggling from the fifth minute of the game, when Loovens brought down Matej Vydra and the forward scored from the penalty spot.Wednesday did at least show some spirit and stayed in the match until the 86th minute, but substitute Bradley Johnson sealed Derby’s victory with a late strike. Bristol City 0-3 Leeds United:Leeds United returned to winning ways as they emphatically ended hosts Bristol City’s 12-match unbeaten run.Going into the match on a three-game losing streak in the Championship, Leeds needed a good start to boost confidence, and they got it when Saiz struck twice in the first-half – first in the fourth and again in the 14th minute.Pierre-Michel Lasogga completed a convincing and overdue victory with a second-half header, before both sides were reduced to 10 men.Leeds full-back Gaetano Berardi and City substitute Matt Taylor were shown red cards for a 79th-minute confrontation.Taylor went down clutching his face, but was judged equally guilty and the incident sparked trouble between the two benches, with stewards getting involved. Aston Villa 2-1 Fulham:Former Chelsea and England captain John Terry scored his first Aston Villa goal to help them beat Fulham and move into the Championship play-off places.The defender headed in a fine Conor Hourihane delivery, but Stefan Johansen equalised with a curling free-kick.Villa regained the lead when Jonathan Kodjia’s miss-kick fell for team-mate Albert Adomah to net at the back post.Steve Bruce’s Villa side are yet to lose at home in the league this season and rose to fifth place, while defeat ended Fulham’s four-game unbeaten run and left them in mid-table. Barnsley 0-1 Hull:Fraizer Campbell scored a late goal as Hull beat Barnsley 1-0 in the Sky Bet Championship to secure a first away league victory since August 2016.The result at Oakwell pushes the Tigers up to 14th in the table and leaves Barnsley in 19th, hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone.Substitute Campbell broke the deadlock with a goal from a corner in the 77th minute, ending the visitors’ miserable run of away form which had seen them pick up just six points from a possible 72.center_img talkSPORT bring you the highlights of another eventful afternoon in the English second tier…Wolves 3-2 Preston North End:Wolverhampton Wanderers remain top of the Championship table after holding on to beat Preston at the Molineux, with North End finishing the game with ten men.Portuguese forward Ivan Cavaleiro fired the hosts in front on the stroke of half-time, with Leo Bonatini netting from the spot on 59 minutes to make it 2-0.Bonatini scored again just four minutes later to give Wolves a 3-0 lead, but Preston hit back immediately through Jordan Hugill’s header.An own goal from Conor Coady then gave the Lillywhites hope of a comeback with 15 minutes remaining, but Alan Browne’s dismissal for a late second yellow card dashed their chances of a late equaliser, and the hosts rode out eight minutes of added time to record a valuable three points. Sheffield United 2-1 Reading:High-flying Sheffield United made it four wins out of their last five games with a 2-1 victory over Reading.Paul Coutts and Billy Sharp put the hosts 2-0 up at the interval with Roy Beerens pulling a goal back for Reading late on. Middlesbrough 0-1 Cardiff:Cardiff kept up the pressure on leaders Wolves as Joe Ralls’ late penalty secured a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough.Ralls drilled home from the spot in the 84th minute after substitute Adama Traore was penalised for a reckless challenge on Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.The win keeps Cardiff in second position in the table, two points behind Wolves, and saw Neil Warnock’s side bounce back after picking up just one point from their previous two games. Bonatini was lethal for Wolves last season Nottingham Forest 2-0 Burton:Second-half goals from Barrie McKay and Eric Lichaj helped Nottingham Forest see off hard-working Burton and ease some of the pressure on Mark Warburton with a battling 2-0 win.Nigel Clough looked set to enjoy his return to familiar territory, with his Burton side on top for the first 45 minutes.But Forest, who had suffered four Championship defeats in their previous five outings, rolled up their sleeves to grind out a victory that left Burton still stranded in the bottom three.last_img read more

Clint Hill said he ‘got away with it’, says Celtic boss

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has said that Rangers defender Clint Hill admitted Celtic should have had a late penalty against his team.Hill scored the equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Celtic Park but was involved in late controversy when he tackled Leigh Griffiths in the box as the striker was ready to shoot. Referee Bobby Madden didn’t give a penalty and Griffiths said the mistake cost his side three points.Rodgers said he believed it should have been a spot kick and Hill admitted as much to him after the final whistle.“We obviously should have had a penalty right at the death,” the Celtic boss said. “It was a clear cut penalty. “It’s very [frustrating]. Especially when Clint Hill tells me that he got away with it on the pitch, so that’s even more so.“Clint’s a good guy, an honest fella and I know when he says it, he knows he got away with one. Probably everyone’s seen it apart from the referee.”Despite his frustration at the penalty call, Rodgers said he was proud of his team’s efforts. “It’s always disappointing if you lose [an equaliser] late on like that,” he said. “Especially the manner of it. “I thought we defended the first part of the free-kick well and created a space of our own making for the second phase.“But that’s the way it goes sometimes.“I’m proud of the team today, it was a tough game. We weren’t so good in the first half, I didn’t think. I thought the commitment was great but we lacked positioning in our possession of the ball.“We made a change at half-time to try and give us a bit of superiority and I thought we took control of the game then. In the second half I thought it was maybe a matter of time before we got the second goal but when it’s at 1-0 there’s always that little moment that can happen.That’s the way it goes. We want three points but we’ll take a point.”last_img read more

Second post mortem carried out on Danielle with results to be known in days

first_imgA second post mortem has been carried out on the body of tragic Buncrana woman Danielle McLaughlin with the results expected in the coming days.The procedure was undertaken in Dublin by the Coroner’s Office last night at the request of Danielle’s family after her remains arrived at Dublin Airport yesterday morning.A family source said they were not happy with how the Indian authorities handled the case in Goa. That first post-mortem found that Danielle died as a result of brain damage and constriction of the neck caused (possibly strangling) her death, police said.The post mortem also claimed she had been raped.The results of the new post mortem are expected to be made known in the coming days.The same family source said that if the findings of the new post mortem are different then this will pose major issues for Danielle’s family. The family have now changed their legal representatives and are using a legal firm based in Derry.It has also been revealed that Danielle’s body has now been taken to a medical centre in Belfast for further treatment before it is reunited with her family in her hometown of Buncrana in Co Donegal.It is hoped Danielle’s remains could be back in Co Donegal by Monday and Tuesday at the latest, depending upon how long it takes for the new medical treatment to be carried out.No firm arrangements have yet been made for Danielle’s funeral.Hundreds of people attended a candlelit vigil for the 28 year old in Buncrana on Tuesday evening last to show solidarity with her family. Danielle’s mother Andrea said she will not fully accept that herdaughter is dead until she holds her hand.Second post mortem carried out on Danielle with results to be known in days was last modified: March 25th, 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)last_img read more

Susan Belcher recognized for her advocacy work with WCU’s Trustees’ Award

first_img“Upon Dr. Belcher’s appointment as chancellor in 2011, he informed the WCU campus community that it was getting a true dynamic duo. He described his wife as ‘a full partner in a leadership team,’ and credited her with being responsible for ‘grounding, challenging and supporting’ him. ‘Cullowhee, you are going to love her. I want you to know that,’ he declared. ‘That’s not a directive. That’s just clairvoyance,’” Kaemmerling said. “Dr. Belcher was correct. We, indeed, have loved her. And we still do.” Past recipients of the Trustees’ Award are Wallace Hyde, E.J. Whitmire, Barbara B. Coulter, Ruth C. Shuler, Burton B. Fox, Judy H. Dowell, Rich Kucharski, George “Chuck” Wooten, Clifton B. Metcalf, Dianne C. Lynch, Tom Apodaca, Mary Ann Lochner and Terry Welch. “Susan Brummell Belcher has proven to be a passionate advocate for Western Carolina University and a true friend of the university, helping to enhance relationships between the university and the community and region it serves,” said Kaemmerling. “She has been the university’s most vocal cheerleader, and she continues to advocate strongly for WCU.”             Dabbing tears from her eyes, an emotional Belcher thanked the board for the unexpected award. “I love you all and I love this university so very much. It has been an honor to have been able to work with this university, which does so much good in the world,” she said. The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees presented one of the university’s highest honors to Susan Brummell Belcher in recognition of her ongoing contributions as an ambassador for WCU during the seven years her husband served as chancellor, her support unwavering even after his passing last June. Kaemmerling harkened back to the time Belcher’s relationship with WCU began, when her husband, David O. Belcher, was approved by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors as WCU’s next leader. She also supported the arts by sharing her talents as a professionally trained opera vocalist – who just so happened to be married to a professionally trained pianist – and by sharing her time as a volunteer for WCU’s Friends of the Arts organization, Kaemmerling said. And, when his brain cancer progressed to the point where it became difficult for him to speak publicly, she took to the podium on numerous occasions to share his words, including at his final WCU commencement ceremony in December 2017, Kaemmerling said. In October 2017, a few weeks before Chancellor Belcher’s brain cancer that was initially diagnosed in spring 2016 forced him to announce his plans to step down from his position at that year’s end, she joined him to announce their personal pledge of $1.23 million, in the form of cash donations and an estate gift, toward the university’s “Lead the Way” campaign in support of scholarship assistance for deserving WCU students. With the bestowing of the honor upon her during the board’s quarterly meeting Friday, Dec. 7, Belcher became just the 14th person in WCU history selected to receive the Trustees’ Award. The Trustees’ Award is presented only on rare occasions in recognition of exemplary service to the university, said Patricia B. Kaemmerling board chair, in making the presentation.             Belcher said that her husband, during his final days, repeatedly asked her this question: “What are you going to do?” She told him in reply: “I will do my best to carry your work forward. I will try to continue to help people have the opportunity for a great education and a better life.”             Belcher also said that she would protect their personal pledge and estate gift, which will provide scholarship assistance for future WCU students. During her time as WCU’s first lady, Belcher had an impact that ranged from transforming the Chancellor’s Residence into a “warm and welcoming environment” to joining her husband as “the Catamounts’ most vocal cheerleaders at WCU sporting events,” Kaemmerling said. She has “built bridges between the university and the towns of Sylva, Cashiers, Highlands and Dillsboro and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.”last_img read more