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World Rugby to the rescue

first_imgJamaica Crocs team manager Cherine Richards has said that national player Omar Dixon had a second eye surgery and is in good spirits as he recovers.However, the Jamaica Rugby Football Union (JRFU) still has an issue of repaying world governing body World Rugby, who covered the cost of the surgery.”The need was so immediate that the surgery had to have been done and World Rugby paid for it and we owe them, so we have to reimburse them,” Richards told The Sunday Gleaner.She said that Dixon was told by doctors that he would not be able to fly out of Hong Kong for three weeks. She added that a contact in Hong Kong told her that the player was “actually in pretty good spirits for a young fella who’s been through the wringer”.”Omar is OK. He did the surgery and he’s recovering. We now just need to find the funds to cover the cost,” Richards said.Richards had previously said that the JRFU would be trying to come up with the funds (roughly US$40,000, or JA$5 million) needed to cover the costs and, in doing so, it has launched a GoFundMe account. However, she also made an appeal to the public to contribute to the cause by donating to the JRFU’s Scotiabank account.Dixon was injured during the Crocs’ opening Hong Kong Sevens game against Germany last week when a high boot to the head concussed him, detached the retina in his right eye and cracked its socket.Doctors say once he makes a full recovery, he should be playing again within three months.last_img read more

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BFF Embarks on Mass Awareness for Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

first_imgBetter Future Foundation, BFF, a Liberia-based youth entrepreneurial skills and development organization, has embarked on an intense public awareness campaign for mass participation of Liberian youth and students in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders.The program is scheduled to be held in the United States next year.Through the Fellowship, renamed in honor of former South African President and Nobel Peace Laureate, the late Nelson Mandela, 500 most promising young Africa leaders travel to the United States each year to gain the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories.The program also enables young Africans, under the age of 35, to undergo six weeks of academic and leadership training at top US universities in one of three spheres,  Business and Entrepreneurship, Civil Leadership and Public Management.Speaking Saturday, in the edifice of the YBB Youth Enhancement Center for Peace Democracy & Development on Peace Island, New Hope in Paynesville, James Mlubah, a young Liberian entrepreneur who, in June, 2014,  participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship in the US and performed with credit and distinction, urged Liberian youth and students to strive for the unparalleled opportunities that the fellowship offers for young African leaders.Mr. Mlubah said Liberian youth who would be meritoriously selected to form part of the total of 500 young African leaders for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship, will have the opportunity not only to interact with United States President, Barack Obama, but also participate in a six-week leadership and other mentoring programs at world class American universities.  They will also meet with US government, civic and business leaders among others.Another Liberian youth who  in June, 2014, participated in the program in the USA,  characterized it as immensely resourceful in building the capacities of young Africans to effectively contribute to sustainable peace, development and democratic governance in many countries on the African Continent.Mr. Kamara also encouraged Liberian youths who are the future leaders of the country to embrace the spirit of competition in all spheres of life by developing confidence in their individual abilities and output.Meanwhile, BFF President Augustine S. Arko, the convener of the orientation workshop, cautioned young Liberians to explore opportunities for academic and professional advancement at all times.“As you prepare to apply for the Mandela Washington fellowship, volunteer in the service of your communities, country and the larger society,” Mr. Arkoi concluded.It may be recalled that in 2014, 15 young Liberians were selected after a meritorious vetting process by the US government through its Embassy near Monrovia to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship program.As part of the Young African Leaders Initiative, through which participants also have opportunities to expand their individual businesses and projects via access to millions of dollars for small grant funding, the 15 fellows from Liberia, two of who were members of BFF, joined 485 other promising young Africans to participate in an intensive six-week executive leadership training,   networking, and skills building in the US.Application for the Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to all as applicants and are not being discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.Some of the African countries participating in the fellowship program include Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, central African Republic, Chad,  democratic Republic of Congo, republic of the Congo, Cote d’Iivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea.Others are The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Mali, Nigeria, Liberia, among others. 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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16 Groups Get US Grants for Agriculture, Self-help Projects

first_imgU.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elder, has told Liberian small businesses and farmers receiving grants from the embassy to demonstrate sincerity and make impact in their respective communities as she will be following them to assess their productivity. She made the statement on October 26, in the multipurpose room of the embassy, where 16 different groups received a total of US$105,000 in grant money to help enhance various projects they are undertaking in their communities.In a prelude to signing the grant, Ambassador Elder said, “Each of you here today represents the commitment to use your hands to make this country stronger. The U.S. Embassy is proud to support the work each of you is doing for the betterment of your communities and for Liberia. I look forward to visiting some of you in the field to see the impact we will make together through the self-help grants and the projects you implement across the country.”There were two categories of disbursements; those receiving support from the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund and others benefiting from the United States African Development Foundation (ADF).The Special Self-Help Project was allotted US$80,000. The recipients include the following groups from 10 counties: Apoliabo Women Development Initiative of Gbason, Sinoe County US$4,600; Belle Yellah Youth for Development, Gbarpolu County; Community Volunteers Network in Kpain, Nimba County, US$6,500; and Forkpoh Youth Development Association, Grand Kru County, US$5,390.Others are Grassroots Agency for Social Services in Jueh, Rivercess County, US$5275; Hands of Faith Health Center in Voinjama, Lofa County, US$9,760; Lawalazu Youth Action, Lofa County, US$6,240; Prison Fellowship Liberia, Montserrado County, US$9,200; and Rural Development Initiative Facilitator in Kakata, Margibi County, US$7,058.Additionally, the Sheriken Women Empowerment Association in Woloken, River Gee County received US$5,229; Swakamore Development Association in Montserrado got US$4,625; while the Thinkers Village Community Clinic in Montserrado County received US$9,623.For the African Development Foundation Fund, recipients included Bakuma Self Help Farmers in Lofa County received US$5,890; Grassroots Agency for Social Services in Gaynamah, Gbarpolu County received US$6,550; Ganedu Vulnerable Women Organization in Lofa County got US$5,800; and Youth At Heart in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County got US$6,760.The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund was established in Togo in 1964 as an experimental and modest self-help program for Africa.It is a grassroots assistance program that allows Ambassadors to respond to small community-based development projects that promise to have immediate and positive impacts on the communities where they are implemented.Since it began in Liberia in 2004, the Special Self-Help program has funded 173 projects in 15 counties, disbursing over US$800,000 and impacting more than 264,000 Liberians.The U.S. African Development Foundation program has been here since 2009, and has contributed between US$25,000 and US$50,000 to fund similar small-scale projects in Liberia to promote food security.A U.S. Embassy release noted that over 100 proposals were received for small grants and 16 projects were selected. Twelve of the projects were funded through the U.S. Department of State’s Economic Support Fund and the four through the ADF grants.Recipients’ proposals show that the grants will be used to facilitate projects including agriculture, skills training in soap making, tailoring, carpentry, tie-dyeing, animal husbandry, improve access to water and healthcare, and provision of cassava grinders.A beneficiary, Jerry S. Peters, expressed gratitude on behalf of the recipients and urged his compatriots to live up to their respective commitments.The Development Superintendent of Rivercess, Ruth Sawmadal, also commended the US government for the grants and told recipients to meaningfully use them to impact their respective communities.Like Ambassador Elder, Superintendent Sawmadal said as local authorities they will follow up with recipients to ensure that the grants meet the intended purposes.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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Countrywide teacher strike looms over Govt’s inaction

first_img…decisive actions only way to mitigate strikeThe Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) is accusing Government of sidelining and disrespecting it as a representative body, and is threatening a countrywide strike that could commence as early as next week if the Ministry of Education, and by extension the Government of Guyana, fails to take decisive action to address its concerns.From left: First Vice President Leslyn Collins ; General Secretary Coretta McDonald; President Mark Lyte and Field Officer Lancelot BaptisteGTU President Mark Lyte told a press conference on Thursday that the administration continues to disrespect the union by refusing to take any decisive action in regard to its proposals for salary increases and other benefits. In retaliation for this inaction, the union has said, GTU would be calling out its members to engage in strike action that would basically shut down the entire public education system.The planned strike could become a reality as soon as next week. Asked if the GTU would enjoy the backing of the 6,000 plus teachers it represents, Lyte unhesitatingly assured that teachers would be on the frontline of any strike action initiated.“The Guyana Teachers’ Union will be calling teachers out of the classrooms. The Guyana Teachers’ Union feels that we have no other alternative. It seems as though we have been taken for granted. We will be calling our teachers out of the classrooms not to protest, but we will be calling our teachers to strike if there are no swift actions; and this can be as soon as next week. I am saying to the powers that be that the talk time should end,” he warned.“Every teacher is desirous (of a salary increase); every teacher is desirous of clothing allowance; every teacher wants to see added incentives given for qualifications; every teacher wants to see an increase stated to be given to teachers. We haven’t seen this in the last two years, and having said this and gone around to the various branches, they have said to me in no uncertain terms that, ‘If the Union calls us out, we will be behind you’,” Lyte detailed.Lyte warned that the only way the strike action could be averted is if the Ministry of Education decides to take decisive action in regard to the GTU issues, since the time for talking is over.The issues of concern to the union range from the stagnated negotiation between the GTU and the Ministry of Education for increased teachers’ remuneration, to the matter of outstanding payments. Additionally, the union is concerned about the recent memorandum that could see teachers having to work during their designated lunch period.Lyte said that, after more than two years, officials at the Ministry of Education remain reluctant to have a sit down with the Union and discuss debunching payments. He noted that the teachers are becoming more frustrated by the day, and warned of the consequences if the teachers decide to down tools to make their voices heard.“Another budget would be presented and we have not come to an agreement for the proposal. We believe that this is disrespectful and comes in direct contravention to the labour agreement (in effect) between the Ministry and the Union, and it is a clear fact that this administration is not seeking to properly remunerate our teachers,” Lyte said.Meanwhile, General Secretary of the GTU, Coretta McDonald, has said teachers have recognised that they are not being treated with the respect they deserve. She added that the union has been submitting, resubmitting, discussing, and having long vacations in regard to the welfare of teachers.“We are here most recently to talk about the salaries proposal we have submitted to the Government since November of 2016…We have been talking to our counterparts, and it seems as though some of those words have gone on deaf ears; and so we want the public to understand the plight we are finding ourselves in, and the situation our teachers are finding themselves in. In some cases, they are being placed in a box or being backed into a wall,” she said.“The Guyana Teachers Union believes that due process must be executed, hence the reason for the discussion. We are committed to the task of making things happen in the education sector. We cannot continue to push if the teachers are not comfortable. We don’t want to go down the line (of) having the worst-case scenario, where we have to call our teachers out of the classroom. That is the last stage where we would have to go to; but, again, if nothing is going to happen, and it means that we will have to force the hands of the powers that be, then we will have to go down that line,” McDonald added.In 2011, President David Granger, as Opposition Leader, wrote to former GTU President Colin Bynoe, promising to value the work of teachers among a whole host of other things. However, the Government, although comprised of several former teachers, is yet to address the concerns of teachers.last_img read more

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LETTERKENNY WOMAN TO TACKLE PARIS HALF-MARATHON FOR A GREAT CAUSE

first_imgA young Letterkenny woman has taken it upon herself to complete the Paris Half-Marathon with the aim of increasing awareness about mouth cancer.Aoife CannonAoife Cannon is in her fifth and final year of Dentistry in the University of Dundee, Scotland.The Donegal runner will undertake the run whilst raising money for The Ben Walton Trust www.benwaltontrust.org. The charity that does a lot of great work raising awareness about mouth cancer, funding research and encouraging appropriate palliative care.Aoife said “I have been heavily involved in ‘Mouth Cancer Awareness Week’ and in particular the ‘Ben Walton Trust’ throughout my five years of university. This year I’ve decided to take positive action myself. Not many people have heard about oral cancer however worldwide it is the sixth most common cancer with new numbers rising each year. Because of late diagnosis, the 5 year survival rate is only about 50%! Early detection is vital!“I want to make people aware of the signs and symptoms whilst raising money for a great cause. Signs and symptoms’ include: ulcers that do not heal, red, white or mixed patches in the mouth, lumps and persistent soreness – remember most oral conditions are not cancerous!“Traditional risk factors include smoking, regular high alcohol intake, poor diet and poor oral hygiene. To reduce your risk you should have regular dental checks, look after your oral health and if in doubt, check it out with a dentist or doctor and have it referred to a specialist department of a hospital with experience of treating oral cancer. I am running the Paris Half Marathon on the 8th of March 2015 alongside another dental student, Tory Lawson. We have been training hard over the past few months – not even the cold Scottish elements could dampen our spirits. Our motto is: Beat our Times – Beat Oral Cancer!!” Please check out my JustGiving Page if you wish to make a donation: https://www.justgiving.com/victoria-lawson3/ LETTERKENNY WOMAN TO TACKLE PARIS HALF-MARATHON FOR A GREAT CAUSE was last modified: March 4th, 2015 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:Aoife CannonletterkennyParis half-marathonlast_img read more

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COAST GUARD PAYS TRIBUTE AS PATSY RETIRES FROM MALIN HEAD STATION

first_imgHE has saved ships from disaster and helped rescue countless souls at sea.And today Patsy Canning hangs up his hat on his final day at Malin Head Coast Guard station.Patsy has worked through hurricane storm winds, Christmas Days and even on his birthday to help keep people safe not just around Ireland but way out into the Atlantic Ocean. “We’d like to wish Patsy all the very best on his retirement and thank him for his many years of dedicated service,” said a Coast Guard spokesman in Dublin.Coast Guard crews from Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal and from the North have sent him their good wishes.Enjoy life without those night shifts Patsy!Follow the leader – https://twitter.com/DonegalDaily   COAST GUARD PAYS TRIBUTE AS PATSY RETIRES FROM MALIN HEAD STATION was last modified: August 29th, 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:donegal daily newsMalin Head Coast GuardPatsy Canningretirementlast_img read more

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MARATHON WOMAN MARIA ON TOP OF THE WORLD AFTER OLYMPICS SUCCESS

first_imgA Donegal woman has qualified to run for Ireland at this summer’s Olympic Games in London.Well-known Letterkenny athlete Maria McCambridge qualified after breaking the qualifying time of 2.37 at the Rome Marathon earlier this morning..Maria, who is married to well-known athlete Gary Crossan had just a few seconds to spare finishing in a time of 2.36.37. The Letterkenny AC athlete and mother-of-one was delighted by her performance.Maria, who is originally from Dublin, has already represented at the Olympic Games in in Athens back in 2004.She said “I am just so delighted to have qualified. I’m really looking for to the Games but there’s going to be a lot of hard work between now and then.”She is the third Irish woman to run the qualifying time. Dublin’s Linda Byrne, competing in her first marathon in Dublin, qualified for London 2012 after finishing sixth & Ava Hutchinson achieved the qualifying time at the Houston Marathon in January.  MARATHON WOMAN MARIA ON TOP OF THE WORLD AFTER OLYMPICS SUCCESS was last modified: March 18th, 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:London OlympicsMaria McCambridgelast_img read more

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SEAMUS DOHERTY MURDER: GARDAI MAKE APPEAL ON ANNIVERSARY OF BRUTAL KILLING

first_imgCrimestoppers has today launched an appeal for information in relation to the murder of Seamus Doherty on 16/17th June 2012 at Drumacanoo, Churchill, Co. Donegal.Mr Doherty’s body was discovered at his home on the morning of 17th June 2012.On 16th June 2012 Mr Doherty made a purchase at 12.30pm from McFadden’s Pharmacy, Lower Main Street, Letterkenny. He then returned home and at 5.08pm he presented to the Accident and Emergency Department at Letterkenny General Hospital.He was discharged at 8.22pm. From the hospital he walked down Main Street, Letterkenny where he got a taxi (Black Renault Taxibus) from outside the Cavern Bar, Main Street, Letterkenny which took him home arriving at approximately 9.25pm. At 1.41am on 17th June 2012 a 999 call was made following the discovery of his body in the bathroom of his home.Speaking today, Detective Inspector Pat O’Donnell said that: “We are anxious to speak to anyone who has information in relation to the murder of Seamus Doherty. Perhaps you were aware of suspicious activity this weekend last year and thought nothing of it at the time? Even the smallest piece of information, which may seem insignificant, may help with the investigation”.Anybody with information can call Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25. Calls to Crimestoppers are anonymous. Callers do not need to leave their name or address. You may receive a reward for information which significantly assists the investigation. SEAMUS DOHERTY MURDER: GARDAI MAKE APPEAL ON ANNIVERSARY OF BRUTAL KILLING was last modified: June 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:SEAMUS DOHERTY MURDER: GARDAI MAKE APPEAL ON ANNIVERSARY OF BRUTAL KILLINGlast_img read more

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South Dakota State Edges Drake Women’s Soccer, 1-0

first_img“We had several positives including the play of several underclassmen,” Horner said. “Our ability to connect with our forwards and combine was much improved, which led to our penalty chance, and several dangerous moments in the second half.  I’m excited to see how we respond as a group to help each other, how we take accountability of our growth at an individual level, and how these changes impact our performance this coming weekend.” Manding scored her second goal of the season for the Jackrabbits (2-2) as Drake (1-3) dropped its second straight 1-0 decision. Manding’s game winner came in the 27th minute (27:58) after she played a long pass from Sunniva Dunagan and beat Bulldogs’ goalkeeper Kelsie Stone with a shot to the lower right of the goal. Watch Live Drake had a chance to stake an early lead from a penalty kick by sophomore Olivia Bruce (Lakeville, Minn.) in the seventh minute. However, South Dakota State keeper, Maggie Smither made a save and then seconds later tallied another save on a shot by junior Cassie Rohan (Palatine, Ill.). BROOKINGS, S.D. – Karlee Manding scored for South Dakota State in a 1-0 win over the Drake University women’s soccer team Sunday afternoon at Fishback Soccer Park in Brookings, S.D. Live Stats Preview Next Game: “Early this season we are going to encounter growing pains, and today that was apparent,” said head coach Lindsey Horner. “Our capacity to solve problems in the run of play, direct each other, and communicate on the field was not at the level we need it to be to go on the road and win games.” center_img PDF Box Score  Print Friendly Version In the second half, the Bulldogs had six shots with four by freshman Allison Walls (Kansas City, Mo.) and two by Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.) but couldn’t get the equalizer. Walls finished with a team-high five shots, including two on goal. As a team, Drake recorded 13 shots with five on goal. Story Links Full Schedule Roster Drake continues its season-long six match road trip to start the season, Friday night, with a contest at UMKC. First kick with the Kangaroos is scheduled for 8 p.m. at UMKC 8/31/2018 – 8 PMlast_img read more

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Lawyer claims jury “pressurised” into finding man guilty after weather warnings

first_imgLawyers for a Donegal man jailed for indecently assaulting a babysitter almost 40 years ago have claimed the jury were “pressurised” into returning a guilty verdict.Patrick Patton, of Cashelard, Ballyshannon, had pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecently assaulting the then 14-year-old babysitter in his home in July 1980. Patton today launched an appeal against his sentence with his lawyer arguing the jury were “pressurised” into the verdict on a Friday evening when weather warnings were in place.He pleaded not guilty to a third count of indecently assaulting another young female between June 1981 and August 1982.A jury at Donegal Circuit Criminal had unanimously found Patton not guilty on counts two and three but returned a 10-2 majority verdict in respect of count one, following a four-day trial.He was accordingly sentenced to 14 months imprisonment by Judge John Aylmer on April 4, 2019.Patton moved to appeal his conviction today in the Court of Appeal where the judgment was reserved.For full story see……https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/jury-pressurised-into-finding-man-guilty-of-abusing-babysitter-due-to-weather-warning-lawyers-argue-928913.htmlLawyer claims jury “pressurised” into finding man guilty after weather warnings was last modified: June 10th, 2019 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:appealBallyshannoncourtguilty verdictPatrick PattonPressurelast_img read more

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