Defense Minister Lauds Nigerian for Support to AFL

first_imgDefense Minister Brownie J. Samukai,Jr., has lauded the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for its continued assistance to Liberia, particularly in the training of personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) at the Nigerian Defense Academy.Minister Samukai made the commendation when the visiting Nigerian Defense Attaché accredited to Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Liberia, Colonel Stanley Nnaemeka Eze, paid him a courtesy call at his Barclay Training Center (BTC) office in Monrovia over the weekend. He informed the visiting delegation that Liberia is aware of the current security challenges Nigeria is faced with as a result of the Islamist insurgency of Boko Haram; a militant group that branded Western education as bad and anti-Islamic.He pledged Liberia’s readiness to assist Nigeria in combating this menace (threat) when the need arises.Minister Samukai further pledged Liberia’s commitment in fighting terrorism, which he noted, has no boundaries, adding, “What affects one country has the potential to spread to another.”He then praised Nigeria for assigning to Liberia one of its finest sons, the former Command Officer- in-Charge of AFL, Major General Suraj Alao Abdurrahman, “whose innovations and leadership skills contributed to the AFL becoming a citizen’s army and a force for good.”Defense Minister Samukai appealed to Nigeria through the visiting delegation to provide more support, training, and mentorship for the AFL.Making remarks, Colonel Nnaemeka Eze expressed gratitude to Minister Samukai for the level of improvement at the MOD. He stated that his visit was intended to introduce himself and his new assignment, as well as inform Minister Samukai and his staff about the new challenges Nigeria is facing with the issue of terrorism caused by the Boko Haram insurgency.He said his country is reviewing a plan to increase more training opportunities for the AFL in Nigerian Military Academies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shopkeeper slapped with illegal gun, ammo charges

first_imgRicoldio Kyte, a shopkeeper of Nutmeg Street, Festival City, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, appeared on Friday before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty to answer a charge detailing that on July 30th last, at Meloge Landing, Cuyuni River, he had in his possession a 12-gauge shotgun and matching ammunition while not being the holder of a firearm licence in force at the time.Police Prosecutor Adduni Innis related to the court that on the day in question, at about 11:15h, Police, acting on information received, went to the location where Kyte resides and operates his business and carried out a search. In the bedroom area of the establishment, they found the gun and matching ammunition.Kyte was told of the offence and, under caution, admitted to ownership of the items found. He was thus arrested, and later charged.When given opportunity to address the court, Kyte explained, “I was a ranger at my father’s place. Recently, we were robbed, and they carry away all our gold; so I purchased the gun to protect my father’s interest and myself.”He also said he has been working in the interior for the past seven years, and is about to get married.After admitting to being in possession of the illegal gun and ammunition, he was found guilty of the offence, and will today (Monday) be sentenced accordingly.last_img read more

Police report due on use of force at May Day rally

first_img“What we want to have is real learning and consequence. Nobody needs to sugarcoat what happened. We all saw it,” said Angelica Salas, an organizer who was at the pro-immigrant rally in the park when police swept in. “I think that what we are expecting is concrete, institutional changes.” In addition to demoting two commanders and setting up a special crowd-control unit, LAPD Chief William Bratton has apologized for the conduct of his officers and begun crowd-control training for all officers. A preliminary report on the melee blamed a breakdown in command structure and poor officer communication. The report due out Tuesday is authored by head of the department’s consent decree bureau, Gerald Chaleff, and the new crowd control bureau deputy chief, Michael Hillman. “It’s a first step in the analysis,” said Anthony Pacheco, president of the police commission that oversees the LAPD. Five months after LAPD officers drew scorn by firing rubber bullets into crowds of women and children and roughing up journalists at a peaceful May Day rally, the department is expected to release its long-awaited report this week on what went wrong. Widely seen as an overreaction to a few troublemakers, the LAPD’s response at the May 1 MacArthur Park rally prompted more than a 100 lawsuits and claims, two demotions and creation of a special LAPD crowd-control unit. The report is expected to detail the LAPD’s account of what happened at the rally and why. So far, LAPD officials have refused to discuss its content, saying only that it will not name officers involved. But critics say the LAPD’s response to the May Day melee has further strained the department’s relationship with the immigrant community. They want to see rank-and-file officers punished, and they say the report will be a key indicator of whether the LAPD is serious about reform. Though Pacheco said that as of Friday he had not seen a draft of the Tuesday report, he said it should “give a level of transparency that is unmatched in the city’s history.” “My expectation is that this will drill down a lot further on what is the thinking going on and the role of the department.” But he said he is withholding judgment on officer punishment and further inquiries until he sees the report. The fracas, which police have said was caused by agitators, created immediate public outcry in the immigrant community. Images of abusive police behavior were repeatedly broadcast – partly because journalists themselves were subject to some harsh treatment by LAPD officers. The incident forced Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to cut short a trade tour in Mexico and Central America. For weeks after, Bratton did damage control, reaching out to members of the media and Latino community and calling the incident regrettable and an “aberration.” The preliminary report described a chaotic scene in which officers clad in riot gear forced thousands of people from the park, poking many with batons and firing rubber bullets. Dispersal orders could not be heard over the roar of a helicopter and when police barked orders in English many of the Spanish-speaking crowd could not understand. There was no media safety zone, as is LAPD policy, and it was unclear who provided commands to sweep everyone from the crowded park. Carol Sobel, who is representing more than a dozen clients in a lawsuit against the city over the incident, said the report should conclude that the LAPD failed to adequately notify the crowd to disperse and that nothing could have justified the aggressive officer response. “Anything less than that would be dishonest,” she said. The Office of the Inspector General, which oversees police handling of complaints of misconduct by officers, will complete its own report on how the LAPD handled the incident and its follow-up investigation. “I would hope that what we see is a frank and candid assessment of what occurred,” said Andre Birotte, the inspector general. “That includes pre-planning, implementation and where errors were made in accountability.” Councilman Ed Reyes, whose district includes the park, said he wants people to be held accountable. “I look forward that changes are being proposed,” Reyes said. “The department recognizes its weaknesses.” Part of that, says longtime LAPD observer and civil rights lawyer Connie Rice, should be rethinking the elite unit that was in charge of crowd control that day. “They need to have a ruthlessly aggressive analysis of Metro which has not been touched by Bratton,” she said. “Metro is one of the last bastions of the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite that does what it wants and how it wants.” Still, even some critics say that the LAPD has turned a corner, responding quickly to the crisis and acknowledging mistakes. “For people who already had serious doubts about the department and its fairness for people of color, it’s just going to reinforce it,” said Police Commissioner John Mack, a longtime civil rights leader. “But I feel comfortable, up until this point, that Chief Bratton has been forthcoming about the terrible, terrible incident from the very beginning, acknowledging a lot of things went wrong.” Villaraigosa, who praised Bratton for his quick response, is expected to hold a news conference immediately after the report’s release. “The mayor looks forward to a full and comprehensive review of the errors made by the department on May 1 so that those errors can be corrected and never again repeated,” said Matt Szabo, a mayoral spokesman. 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first_imgDD HEALTH: TRADITIONAL CARD GAMES JUST AS GOOD AS VIRTUAL REALITY GAMES IN STROKE RECOVERY, SAYS STUDYPlaying simple card games, such as snap, can help stroke patients with their recovery, according to Canadian researchers.Around 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke every year, including 10,000 in Ireland. The scientists found it improved patients’ motor skills.Playing Jenga, bingo or a games consol like Wii worked equally well.They told the Lancet Neurology journal that the type of task used for motor rehabilitation might be less relevant, as long as it is intensive, repetitive and gets the hands and arms moving.The researchers designed their study to test whether virtual reality gaming, which is increasingly being employed as a rehab therapy for stroke patients, is any better than more traditional games for honing upper limb motor skills. The Canadian team recruited 141 patients who had recently suffered a stroke, and now had some impaired movement in one or both of their hands and arms.Approximately half of the patients, at random, were then allocated to the Wii rehab, while the rest were asked to do other recreational activities, such as playing cards.All of the patients continued to receive usual stroke rehabilitation care and support on top of the 10, one-hour sessions of gaming or card playing for a fortnight.Patients in both groups recorded a 30-40% improvement in motor performance two weeks after the intervention, and four weeks later.Importantly, both groups fared equally well, say the researchers. While it’s not clear from this study how much of the improvement was from the regular stroke care the participants received, other research suggests adding in more therapy is beneficial.Investigator Dr Gustavo Saposnik, from St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, said: “We all like technology and have the tendency to think that new technology is better than old-fashioned strategies, but sometimes that’s not the case. In this study, we found that simple recreational activities that can be implemented anywhere may be as effective as technology.”A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off either by a clot or a bleed.This can cause symptoms such as drooping of the face muscles, slurred speech and numbness and weakness of the arms. Stroke is a medical emergency that needs urgent attention and treatment.People may need a long period of rehabilitation to regain independence.Some will have permanent impairment.DD HEALTH: PLAYING CARDS AS GOOD AS Wii GAMES FOR STROKE RECOVERY was last modified: July 1st, 2016 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:cardsstroke recoveryWiilast_img read more


first_imgRED HUGHS CLUB NOTES Dance with Johnny BradyCountry music star Johnny Brady will play in Jackson Hotel this Friday 17th May with proceeds going to Red Hughs GAA. Doors open at 9.30pm. There will be a Jiving Competition on the night also from 10.00pm. Tickets are currently on sale from any executive member and in Bradley’s shop priced at €15. All supporters, club members and non club members are welcome to attend this evening of music, dance and craic. Lotto & 100+ ClubThere was no jackpot winning sequence in this weeks Lotto draw but Brid Alexander, Ballinacor matched 3 numbers 8,2,3 to win €50. Numbers drawn were 8,2,3,5,7,4,6,1. Next weeks Lotto jackpot is €2,300. The Lotto sellers in the coming weeks are: 18th May – Tommy McGlinchey, 25th May – Gerard McColgan, 1st June – Samuel Patterson and 8th June – Liam Kelly. The winner of the 100+ Club draw this week was Cliodhna Muldoon who wins €100. Thanks to all for their continued support of the weekly Lotto & 100+ Club.Seniors & ReservesThe two sides played N. Padraig, Lifford at home on Saturday evening with both teams winning their games. The reserves put in an impressive performance in their game. They lead from start to finish and dominated the game. The goals came from Damien Wilson and Christopher Bonner with some great displays by some of the young players. Final score: Red Hughs 2-11 N Padraig 2-4. The seniors started their game very well and lead by four points at half time. The lads then did enough to grind out the win in the second half to take a vital two points. Peadar McGlinchey, Damien Browne, Calvin Bradley and Martin Bonner got the scores with solid displays throughout the team. Final score: Red Hughs 0-8 N. Padraig 0-4.Both teams travel to Mountcharles to take on St Nauls next Sunday 19th May with the senior at 3.00pm and reserve at 1.30pm. All come out and support the teams.Senior LadiesThe ladies have no game fixed for this weekend.Minor Board There is an U8 blitz in Glenfin this Saturday 18th May with bus leaving the pitch at 10.30am.The U12 A & B teams take on Buncrana at home next Monday 20th May at 7.00pm.The U14 boys take on N. Colmcille, Newtown at home this Wednesday 15th May at 7.00pm.Underage training continues this Saturday from 11.00-12.00 noon for all other children. U12 girls training is also on Saturday from 11.00-12.00 noon. All new players are still welcome. U14 girls training continues at the pitch on Wednesday from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. All girls are asked to attend. All new players still welcome.Weekly NotesAny items or news to be inserted in these notes should be sent to or (087) 9742266 by 9.00pm every Sunday. Match reports or details of fixtures from underage managers should also be sent in by this time.GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 13th, 2013 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:RED HUGHS GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgSHARKEYThe death has taken place in Glasgow of James Sharkey, formerly of Annagry West. His remains will arrive at Larne Harbour today, Wednesday, 12 noon, and on to the residence of the late Henry Sharkey, Annagry, arriving at approximately 4pm. Removal from there on Thursday 6.30pm to arrive at Star of the Sea Church, Annagry at 7pm. Requiem Mass on Friday at 11am, followed by burial in the adjoining cemeteryMcLAUGHLIN The death has taken place of William James McLaughlin, 11 St Canice’s Close, Eglington, Derry and formerly of Glenagivney, Greencastle. Funeral from his home today, Wednesday, at 10.30am for Requiem Mass in the Star of the Sea Church, Faughanvale at 11 o’clock. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.HUGHESTHE death has taken plae of Norman Hughes, Cashel, Rossnowlagh. Suddenly. Funeral Service in his residence at 1pm today, Wednesday. Burial afterwards in Drumhome Graveyard.. Family flowers only, please.OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10TH was last modified: August 10th, 2011 by gregShare 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:death notices august 10 2011 donegallast_img read more


first_imgFormer Liverpool and Real Madrid striker Michael Owen has agreed with Finn Harps goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher’s assessment that he is a better goalkeeper than Simon Mignolet.Gallagher who recently signed back for Finn Harps after a brief spell at bitter rivals Derry City made the claim on social networking site Twitter.Mignolet has come in for some severe criticism due to his lacklustre performances over the last number of months. The Finn Harps No.1 is a lifelong Liverpool supporter, and like many of the club’s supporters is growing impatient with the Belgian shot-stopper poor performances.Gallagher claims that the former European Footballer of the year responded to a tweet in which he proclaimed he was a better keeper than Simon Mignolet.Owen tweets Gallagher back saying ‘Can’t argue with that @ciarangall1.’Gallagher took to Facebook and posted a screenshot of the tweet (pictured above) with a caption that read. ‘His response when I tweeted saying I’m a better keeper than Mignolet! He knows the Craic’.However, the original tweet by Gallagher is nowhere to be seen and Owen looks like he was just responding to Gallagher’s five-a-side team selection.It was a nice try from Gallagher, however he could be in hot water with Ollie Horgan.Gallagher makes no secret of the fact he’s attempting to engineer a move away from Finn Park to Anfield in January.If the talented and affable shot-stopper doesn’t make the move to Liverpool in January, he’s probably earned himself extra running in pre-season next month. 🙂 FORMER EUROPEAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR THINKS FINN HARPS KEEPER IS BETTER THAN SIMON MIGNOLET was last modified: December 4th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Ciaran GallagherFinn Harps FCMichael OwennewsSimon MignoletSportTwitterlast_img read more

Donegal Youth Service welcomes new Erasmus+ volunteers

first_imgDonegal Youth Service has six new full-time volunteers over the next 2 years thanks to their successful application to Leargas for an Erasmus+ Volunteering Project.The new volunteers are from Spain and Romania, and they will be working with the Donegal Youth Council, LOFT and the Letterkenny Youth Information Centre (YIC) bringing unique skills and insights from their home countries. The project has been funded from June 2018 until May 2020.This project is also of great benefit to the young people of Donegal. Volunteers are sought on the basis of certain skills and their educational backgrounds such as media work, video editing, photography, graphic design and drama. Skills which support the work of Donegal Youth Service, and that can be shared with young people over various groups and projects. It is also a great opportunity for local young people to learn bits of a new language, meet people from other countries, and learn about a different culture which broadens their horizons.Left to right: Donegal Youth Service EVS Volunteers Maria Curecheru (Romania), Maria Gnad (Spain), Marta Rovira (Spain)Gareth Gibson, Letterkenny Youth Information Centre Coordinator said: “We are delighted to have received funding for the next two years for our Volunteering project. Since 2007 DYS has been hosting volunteers from all over Europe, and we look forward to seeing what the new volunteers will bring to our organisation and the young people of the county over the next few years.” Donegal Youth Service is also an approved Volunteering sending organisation. Young people aged 18-30 can take part in all expenses paid projects which last from 2 weeks to 12 months in different organisations across Europe. It looks great on your CV, and for many it really is the experience of a lifetime. The Letterkenny Youth Information Centre offers a service for young people and those who work with them. They offer support and information about job-seeking, accommodation, training, grants, opportunities, cyberbullying and internet safety workshops and lots more. For more information contact them on 074 91 29630, email, or pop in to 16-18 Port Road. Donegal Youth Service welcomes new Erasmus+ volunteers was last modified: June 26th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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 Youth Serviceerasmusvolunteeringlast_img read more

Chelsea closing on signing of £5.5m Celta Vigo striker – report

first_imgThe Sun report that Chelsea are closing on Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas.Reading are apparently also keen on the striker, who is said to be available for £5.5m.Arsenal are looking to steal West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame, The Sun say.QPR have made a bid for Diame and hope to hold talks with the 25-year-old, who is expected to return from a hamstring injury in the Hammers’ FA Cup replay against Manchester United.It is claimed Arsenal will watch him in that game and plan to make their own offer.The Daily Mail suggest Chelsea are also interested in Diame.QPR boss Harry Redknapp has clinched the £8m capture of striker Loic Remy from Marseille and the £7m signing of Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, again according to The Sun.Related West London Sport story: QPR set to table formal bid for French starThe Sun also say Redknapp faces a hostile reception at West Brom tonight after trying to sign Baggies duo Jonas Olsson and Peter Odemwingie, and that R’s star Adel Taarabt is in hot water for sending abusive texts after being left out of Morocco’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.The Daily Mirror say QPR are willing to hand Odemwingie a bonus and an automatic 12-month contract extension if they avoid relegation and have offered Remy a salary of £70,000 a week.Meanwhile, Barnsley right-back John Stones, 18, is set to cost Fulham £1.5m, according to The Sun, who also say Hull are planning a £3m bid for Whites keeper David Stockdale.The Mail, meanwhile, say Fulham have had a £1.5m bid for Stones rejected and that Southampton also want him.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fiba Asia Cup: Hot-shooting Gilas beats Qatar, sweeps Group B

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes SEA Games gives Malaysia tourism a big push Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next READ: LOOK: Filipinos in Lebanon go all out in support of Gilas Pilipinas Already missing the services of June Mar Fajardo (strained calf) and Christian Standhardinger (stiff neck and shoulder), the Philippines also had to deal with Raymond Almazan’s foul woes and Calvin Abueva’s sprained ankle after he slipped in the paint at the 2:01 mark of the second quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCalvin Abueva being helped off to the bench. Photo from Fiba.comBut the Phoenix rookie came to the rescue as he drilled seven triples to finish with 25 points for the Philippines, which awaits the winner of the playoff between Japan and Korea for its next match up. He also had four assists.The quarterfinals are slated on Wednesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Romeo struggled to get his offense in the game, but made a living from the charity stripe, canning six of his seven freebies to finish with 10 markers, three assists, and two rebounds in the win.READ: Gilas Pilipinas routs Iraq, stays unscathed in Fiba Asia CupQatar remains winless in its three outings.Elhadary paced the Qataris with 23 points, six assists, three rebounds, and three steals in the losing effort, while Saad got a double-double of 18 markers, 11 boards, three dimes, and two steals.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 80 – Wright 25, Cruz 13, Norwood 10, Romeo 10, Castro William 6, Pogoy 5, Almazan 4, Aguilar 3, Abueva 2, Jalalon 2.QATAR 74 – Elhadary 23, Saad 18, Erfan 9, Abdelhaleem 8, Al-Muftah 6, Mohamed 6, Mohmmed 4, Abdelkawy 0, Al-Darwish 0, Al-Rayes 0.Quarters: 25-16, 41-27, 59-47, 80-74. View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Matthew Wright. Photo from Fiba.comBanking on its torrid three-point shooting, Gilas Pilipinas snared the top seed in Group B with an 80-74 victory over Qatar Sunday in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.Matthew Wright compensated for the Filipinos’ problems up front and caught fire to help them sweep Group B of the continental tilt, which also included China and Iraq.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Gilas PH squad underdog no moreWright wasn’t the only one who got going from downtown as the team shot 15-of-42 from three.Carl Bryan Cruz added 13 markers on a 3-of-9 shooting from three, while Gabe Norwood shot 2-of-4 from beyond the arc to wound up with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks.Norwood’s three-pointer at the 7:49 mark of the third quarter gave the Philippines a 20-point edge, 49-29, but Qatar leaned on Mansour Elhadary and Abdulrahman Saad to slice the lead down to as low as five, 75-70, with 2:06 to play.Photo from Fiba.comHowever, Wright was there to restore order as he banged a corner three, followed by the dagger floater from Terrence Romeo to seal the deal for Gilas.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more