President Sirleaf Congratulates President-Elect Van der Bellen of Austria

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to the President-elect of the Federal Republic of Austria, His Excellency Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, on the occasion marking his election as President of that country. According to a Foreign Ministry release, the President, in her message, expressed how delighted she is to extend heartfelt congratulations and best wishes on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia and in her own name. She stated further: “I am confident that you bring to this very demanding office a wealth of experience, particularly after a decade-long spell as leader of the Green Party and a retired professor of economics at the University of Vienna.”“We anticipate that your ascendency will serve as a renewed momentum to enriching the bilateral ties already cordially subsisting between Liberia and Austria, thereby exploring new opportunities for increased cooperation in significant fields for mutual benefit of our people and countries.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ex-gambler’s appeal of 18-year child rape sentence thrown out

first_imgForty-nine-year-old ex-gambler Ray Thomas, of Laing Avenue, Georgetown, will have to serve out his 18-year jail sentence after Judges at the Appeal Court denied his challenge on Thursday.The convicted prisoner has been incarcerated since September 2015 for rape committed on an eight-year-old girl, three years prior.After consideration of legal arguments by Thomas’s attorney, George Thomas; Chancellor of the Judiciary Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Appellate Justice Rishi Persaud and additional judge from the High Court, James Bovell-Drakes determined that they did not find that trial judge Dawn Gregory erred in principle when sentencing Thomas.“It is only when a sentence appears to err in principle that this court will intervene; the section under which the appellant was charged carries life imprisonment … it is within the discretion of the Judge having heard the evidence to impose a sentence that he or she sees fit according to the circumstances of each case,” the acting Chancellor explained.Chancellor Cummings-Edwards, citing case law, also observed that sentences could serve the public interest by acting as a deterrent to others who may potentially commit such crimes. After in-chamber deliberations, the Judges returned and disclosed that they were unable to find that the sentence was excessive.As such, the appeal was dismissed – an announcement which caused the prisoner’s elderly mother to break down in tears. She had to be escorted outside the courtroom.The convicted man had been unanimously found guilty by a 12-member jury of 10 women and two men. The panel of his peers determined that Thomas sexually penetrated the eight-year-old girl’s vagina with his two fingers during the month of February 2012.It was reported that Thomas conducted his own defence after he denied committing the crime at his arraignment. Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Dionne McCammon appeared for the State.last_img read more

Transfer rumour: Sunderland target former AC Milan star

first_img Acerbi linked with Premier League move 1 Sunderland have began talks with Sassuolo defender Francesco Acerbi over a move during the January transfer window.The Wearsiders have tracked the former AC Milan star all season and Black Cats boss Gus Poyet is in the market for a new centre-back.Acerbi has been a key figure for Sassuolo this term and helped Carlo Rossi’s side climb up into a mid-table position in Serie A, but sources close to the 26-year-old have revealed he wants to play in the Premier League.And now, according to Italian website Tuttomercatoweb, a bid of around £5m from Sunderland could test Sassuolo’s resolve to keep hold of one of their most prized assets.However, Poyet will have to move quickly in the transfer market as Greek champions Olympiacos are also monitoring Acerbi’s situation.last_img read more

Manchester United plot £40m swoop to steal French star from Chelsea

first_imgManchester United could be set to wreck Chelsea’s transfer plans for the second time in a week as they plot a £40million swoop for Tiemoue Bakayoko.The Blues thought they had won the race for the Monaco midfielder, but negotiations with the 22-year-old appear to have broken down.And that has opened up the way for Jose Mourinho to step in to potentially steal another player from under Antonio Conte’s nose, just as he did over the weekend with Romelu Lukaka.Newspaper reports on Tuesday morning claim the Old Trafford giants are ready to pay £40m for the Frenchman as Mourinho plots a return to the top four this season.It was expected the Red Devils would sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea once the Stamford Bridge outfit had sealed a deal for Bakayoko, but United now look as though they have switched their attention to the man who helped Monaco win the French league title last season. Tiemoue Bakayoko 1last_img read more


first_imgThe organisers of the annual Danny McDaid 15k road race in Letterkenny hope to see participation for this year’s race exceed 200.Launching last years Danny McDaid 15k road race are from left Brendan McDaid, Danny McDaid, Siobhan Doherty-Barrett, Station House Hotel and Neily McDaid.Now in its ninth year, the race will take place on August 11th.Last year saw 140 runners take part in the Letterkenny Athletics Club organised event, and it is hoped that the continued growth of running in the town and the county in general will see even more take part. The race, named after the Newmills 1972 and 1976 Olympic runner, was established as a preparation for those preparing for marathons and half marathons later in the year.Speaking at the launch of this year’s event at the Station House Hotel, which is sponsoring the race for the fourth year, Mr McDaid said the numbers keep increasing.“It is at the right time for people who are thinking of longer distances,” he said. “People have been doing that many 5ks now that it is a nice change and it gives them a feel of where they are at in their training.“Before people used to just want to exercise but they did not want to go to the line to compete but today that is not a problem.” Chair of Letterkenny Athletics Club, Brendan McDaid, hopes the participation can exceed last year’s race, which was the biggest to date.“There are a lot more people doing fun runs. Every race this year has seen an increase. More and more people are being active and keeping fit and running is one of the cheapest ways of doing that.”Siobhan Barrett-Doherty of the Station House Hotel said the hotel was delighted to be associated with such a beneficial local event.“This is an event with strong local affiliations and we like to be able to support local initiatives as a local home-gown hotel,” she said.Registration swill be accepted right up until the morning of the race. Anyone interested can email: DANNY McDAID 15K TO ATTRACT RECORD NUMBERS was last modified: July 31st, 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:15kDanny McDaidlast_img read more

Villa host resurgent Kirinya at Namboole

first_imgVilla are winless in their last three games (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueSC Villa vs Kirinya JSSMandela National Stadium, NambooleWednesday, 06-03-2019 @7:30pmNAMBOOLE – After taking 7 out of a possible 12 points at the start of the second round, SC Villa have dipped in form of late as they are currently winless in their last three.The 4-2 loss away to KCCA FC in their last game ensured that Douglas Bamweyana’s side have taken only two points from their last three games, drawing 1-1 with both Bul and Police in the build up to their game away to the Kasasiros.The tie at home to Kirinya JSS is one that the Jogoos will be hoping to get maximum points from on Wednesday evening. It being a flood-lights’ game, it promises to be a thrilling spectacle on the eye and hopefully that is the case on the field of play.Mugisa Albert, Kiggundu Moses, David Owori and John Adriko have all returned to the fold which will be a major boost for the Jogoos.Coming up against the Students will be tough for Villa, especially after the Jinja based side have won all of their last two games.Kirinya defeated Nyamityobora 2-1 last time out, four days after they had downed Mbarara City by the same score line.However, both of those victories came at home and with their away from worrying as they have picked only a single point out of a possible 15 on the road, Kirinya should have some concerns.Match Facts:This will be the 6th ever competitive meeting between the two sides.In the first 5, Villa have won two, lost one with the other two ending in stalemates.This fixture has not seen an away victory in history but Villa have won all the two games they have hosted, scoring four goals and conceding none.The reverse game last season ended in a 2-0 victory for the Jogoos while when the two sides met in the first round, the match ended 2-2.Villa heads into the game having won only two of their last 11 games in all competitions (D5 L4).At home however, the Jogoos have won three of their last six games (D2 L1).For Kirinya, they have lost only one of their last six games (D2 L1).However, away from home, they have won only two of their last 9 games (D2 L5).The other games on Wednesday @4pm:-Tooro United vs KCCA FC-Paidha Black Angels vs URA FC-Bul FC vs Police FC-Maroons FC vs Bright Stars FCComments Tags: kirinya jssSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetoplast_img read more

Nothing beats a Donegal mammy’s cooking!

first_imgA Donegal mother will be appearing on RTE’s Tastes Like Home tonight to show that home cooking is the best, no matter where you are in the world.Ann McClay, who lives at Grianán of Aileach in Burt with her husband Jim, has four children. Two are now living in the US who were both in need of a taste of home.With the help of celebrity Chef Catherine Fulvio, Ann was able to pass on her best dessert recipes for her daughter and son to enjoy in Maine and New Hampshire. Tastes Like Home airs tonight (Monday) at 7.30pm on RTE One.Catherine Fulvio and Ann McClay on the summit of Greenan Mountain – Tastes Like HomeThe programme will begin in Donegal, with Ann meeting Catherine to tell her about her daughter Monica, who emigrated from Ireland over 20 years ago and James, who moved over 7 years ago.Ann agrees to teach Catherine Fulvio, how to make her children’s favourite anytime “Apple Pie”, as well as their childhood Christmas treat “Snowballs”.Ann’s Snowballs and Apple Pie – Tastes Like HomeCatherine then travels to Portland to meet James, a Child Protective Services worker, and experience the local food culture. They hit the road to the next door state of New Hampshire to visit James’ sister Monica, who lives in Pelham and is an accomplished chef and School Nutritionist Assistant. Talking food and family on camera was an unforgettable experience for Ann McClay. She said: “I would just like to say as far as the show is concerned I loved every minute of it, it was a great experience one I will never forget you guys were so nice and made me feel so at ease a great team to work with and Catherine is a gem it felt I just had a bunch of friends in my home.”Monica Cote, Catherine Fulvio and James McClay on Tastes Like HomeAnd having a taste of mammy’s baking from thousands of miles away was a special moment for James and Megan.James said: “I had an absolutely amazing time filming Tastes Like Home. Catherine and the entire crew were wonderful and made the experience so much fun. The food was out of this world, it was like they delivered the apple pie straight from my Ma’s kitchen.”Megan added: “My time spent on Tastes Like Home was a great experience. I was a little anxious at such a great chef Catherine Fulvio coming to my home but the whole team made me feel relaxed straight away. We had lots of fun all day and, then, getting back home to the aromas I knew from childhood in my mother’s kitchen being recreated here in mine was truly magical. Finally, we enjoyed Apple Tart like mammy’s in America! Thanks Tastes Like Home.”Nothing beats a Donegal mammy’s cooking! was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RTEtastes like homelast_img read more

Chelsea Ladies boss targets new signings

first_imgChelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes says further signings are on the way as she looks to build a team capable of winning the Women’s Super League next season.Hayes was speaking as her squad was preparing to depart Tokyo, having reached the final of the International Women’s Club Championship before losing 4-2 to Japanese league and cup champions INAC Kobe Leonessa on Sunday.Recent recruit Rachel Williams was the Blues’ star player in Japan, scoring one and making one in the final as Chelsea almost pulled off a remarkable comeback having trailed 3-0 to their impressive hosts after 80 minutes.Williams has been joined in west London by her fellow England international Laura Bassett, with both opting not to sign new deals at Birmingham City Ladies in favour of the move south.And despite the tournament in Japan only just endingm Hayes revealed she has no plans to take a break, instead putting her time and energy in to building a side capable of topping the WSL pile next year.New signing Williams impressed in Japan.“We have big expectations for next season at Chelsea and I think once everyone sees the signings we bring in you will see that we have very serious intentions to compete and win our league next season,” said Hayes, who oversaw a 3-2 win over Sydney FC in the semi-final in Japan.“I think once we complete the signings of a few more players we will add good quality to the team. But we also have some good youngsters coming through and I think you will see a much more competitive Chelsea next season.“Being here has allowed us to build a spirit, which is the most important thing. We will have more time to train when we are back in England and we will use this trip as a motivation for the players as it has been a massive success on and off the pitch as we have had time to spend in the community in Tokyo and Okayama.’INAC Kobe were the big favourites for the game and opened up a 3-0 lead before Williams and Hannah Blundell pegged them back, only for the hosts to catch Chelsea on the break in injury time.And Hayes believes running a side packed full of internationals so close during what is effectively pre-season for Chelsea will stand her players in good stead for next year.“We knew it would be a difficult game against a top team and due to the time of the year we didn’t have the fitness levels to play a high-pressing game,” she added.“In general I think we had good opportunities, we hit the bar and had a one on one but we missed those chances at crucial times and as we didn’t convert 3-0 was too difficult a score to come back from.“‘But the team showed great character second half and I think if we played them again during our season we would give them an even better game.“INAC are a team that have played together for a long time and that is the difference. We have similar philosophies and they have top players but the time together was the main difference.’See also:Chelsea Ladies sign duo from ArsenalChelsea Ladies snap up Dutch 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New funding for Neotel network

first_imgTelkom’s microwave telecommunications tower in Bloemfontein, Free State province. (Image: Graeme Williams, For more freephotos, visit the image library.) reporterDespite the worldwide economic crisis, South Africa’s new telecommunications operator Neotel has secured a $4.4-billion (US$455.5-million) loan from a consortium of local lenders to finance the expansion of its network, supporting the continued growth potential of the country’s telecoms market.Launched in 2005 after the liberalisation of telecommunications in South Africa, Neotel has brought much-needed competition to the sector by breaking the monopoly of parastatal telecoms giant Telkom.The consortium financing the deal, announced on 10 December, is made up of Nedbank, Investec Bank, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation and the Infrastructure Finance Corporation.“What makes this deal significant is the fact that a limited recourse deal of this size has been concluded … despite the current global economic climate,” says Arun Gupta, chief financial officer of Neotel.The deal concludes a two-year programme to raise long-term financing that has secured R7.5-billion of total funding, replacing all existing bridging finance, made up of a combination of new equity and debt.“On the 12th of December 2006, we signed a bridging finance facility to the value of R2-billion to get the process started of building our network,” says Ajay Pandey, MD and CEO of Neotel.“At that point already we made history as it was the largest non-recourse facility for a start-up telecommunications project in the region, and one of the largest in South Africa then.”Neotel has been aggressively rolling out its new-generation converged network across the country to provide services to its business clients. It launched its consumer services during the course of 2008.“We are still regarded as a greenfield project as there have been a number of false starts in the past,” says Gupta. “The fact that the financial institutions have provided this facility on project finance, limited-recourse terms highlights the belief the lenders have in what Neotel is bringing to the market and that we’re on the right track.”The financing terms will range between seven and 10 years.“The ability to pull off a financing of R4.4 billion under current financial market conditions is testament to both the belief in the offering, which will change the shape of telecommunication services in South Africa, and in the strength of the shareholder grouping, led by Tata Communications Limited of India.” said Mike Peo, head of infrastructure project finance at Nedbank Capital, who has led the process over the past two years.Part of the funding comes from the Development Bank of Southern Africa, an institution set up by the government to finance development projects in the region.“Neotel signifies the momentous changes taking place in telecommunications sector,” says Lucy Chege of the bank.“Neotel will bring positive developmental impact and effectively address government’s key priorities through reducing backlogs in the telecommunications sector thereby improving much needed access to services and enhancing service delivery. This is in line with our objective to support economic growth and development.”Herc van Wyk, managing director of Kagiso Financial Services, Neotel’s financial adviser, said the transaction was a milestone in the current difficult financial markets. When potential financiers were initially approached during the first quarter of 2008, he said, the financial landscape was vastly different, and the fact that a transaction of this magnitude could be signed despite the credit crunch was testimony to the commitment of the parties involved. Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at articlesInfrastructure development in South AfricaSA internet use skyrockets Better broadband for Africa South African web use surges South Africa’s economy: key sectorsUseful linksNeotelTelkom NedbankInvestec BankDevelopment Bank of Southern AfricaIndustrial Development CorporationInfrastructure Finance Corporationlast_img read more

The Bright Future of Online Banking

first_imgTechnology has facilitated all aspects of life – transport, cooking, shopping, studying, entertainment, you name it. Long gone are the days of going through much trouble to do. You can watch a movie with 3D characters stepping out of the screen and cook a healthy super fast meal in under ten minutes. Then, you’ll need to add about 60 seconds for googling the recipe online. You can do your shopping online, in two clicks. You can take online courses whenever you like. Do you even want to drive anymore without satellite assistance? AI personal assistance is now your trusty companion wherever you may go, with a sole purpose of making your life much more comfortable. Furthermore, now you can stop wasting time in a painfully long queue in a bank to pay your bills. With online banking, you can do everything on the go, or in the comfort of your own home just by having the right app and an internet connection. Finally! Theodora is a passionate blogger from Sydney and she is someone you would call an IT nerd. Also, she takes great interest in psychology and helping people deal with their mental and anxiety issues. Besides that, she loves martial arts and enjoying the nature. The perks of online banking. What online banking can do for you is amazing. Besides paying your bills, you can save, transfer, borrow, calculate. The banking industry has evolved so dramatically that now you have online-only banks which are becoming increasingly popular. This only goes to show that the future of online banking is a bright one. So many have chosen to tap their screens to get things done, the need for an actual brick-and-mortar facility is slowly but surely fading away. What makes this such an attractive option is the cost. There are no monthly fees to pay if you fail to meet specific criteria, which is often the norm with traditional banks. It will even help you avoid fees altogether, especially those that can add up fast and sneak up on you. Furthermore, they offer mobile platforms where you can do absolutely all you need, from looking up your balance to taking out a loan. Predict the future with online banking tools.Well, online-only banks are indeed not the only ones that can offer such a user-friendly service. Almost every bank that wants to remain competitive in this fast-paced high-tech world needs to provide an e-option to its customers. Let’s say you want to take out a loan. There are so many factors to consider. How much you earn, how much you owe, your equity, predictions concerning your financial future. Undoubtedly a time-consuming process, whether you’re doing it alone or with the assistance of a bank clerk. Fortunately, now all that can be done for you, over the internet, by using online calculators and financial tools. All you need to do is go to the chosen lender’s website and select the calculator that suits you. Should you wish to figure out what your borrowing power is, click on the icon and begin a short, step by step process towards your property goal. Calculate what your monthly home loan repayments may look like, find out how much you could save by having an offset account, or how much equity you might be able to access from your home loan. Not only can you calculate your home loan, but you can also get it approved then and there – online, with detailed guidance. Online mortgage buyers are indeed at an advantage since they do not have to spend time visiting different banks and flipping through countless portfolios of mortgage options. They have the freedom to browse, cross-reference and compare at their own pace, to make a well-informed decision in a short period of time. There are often fact sheets, how-to videos, FAQs and the like to help the whole process go smoothly. Even if you experience some problems managing your finances and feel you could use some assistance at that particular moment, e-banking has got you covered. The evolution of the system has enabled customers to have a real-time client chat within the website itself. An AI chatbot will provide personalized support to clients 24/7, including consultations or advice anytime you need it. It can even answer hundreds of customers at the same time, so there’s no more waiting in line. Mobile banking.Today, everything is going mobile. There’s no other way for a modern bank to have a leading position on the market with only a website. A well designed user-friendly mobile application is a priority. This has many benefits for both customers and banks.A winning banking mobile app has to be a versatile tool to suit all customers. There are certain fundamental features that you should be using in order to have a stress free online banking experience. Firstly, what you need is a simple, yet secure sign-in. Biometric authentication technology can verify a person by recognizing voice patterns, typing rhythm, even gestures. With a good management feature, users can monitor their accounts, balances, transactions, and transfers. If you feel you can’t resist the urge to splurge, a saving goal option will do wonders for your budget. An ATM locator will save you heaps of time, so you don’t have to wander around looking for a place to withdraw funds. These are only a few perks you get to enjoy by always carrying your bank with you on your mobile. What the future holds for online banking.You’ve heard the name blockchain enough to notice it is becoming increasingly popular, especially when it comes to banking. But what is it exactly? Blockchain is a system in which a record of transactions made in a cryptocurrency is maintained across multiple computers so it functions as a ledger that numerous parties can access at the same time; it can’t be altered and is almost impossible to hack thus it operates as a single source of truth. As far as banking is concerned, fraud reduction would be one of its significant contributions to the sector. Besides its indisputable security aspect, it minimizes the number of intermediaries which could reduce processing costs by billions. It has been speculated that blockchain technology will be the end of money as we know it since we’ll be using cryptocurrencies, which can spell the death of traditional banking. A word of caution.It all sounds incredibly appealing, having all you need online and managing your finances with a click of a button. However, you shouldn’t mindlessly throw yourself into the wonders of cyberspace without being aware of what might happen in a worst-case scenario. In other words, once your sensitive data like your account number are out there, they become a potential hacking target. Hackers are tirelessly working on bypassing security systems, and it still is a seemingly never-ending game of cat and mouse. Mobile apps can be compromised, and reliability of service is not 100% guaranteed. You never know when a bank’s online services might go down. The safest thing to do if you are using online banking is to regularly check for malware, use unique usernames and passwords and avoid checking accounts on a public Wi-Fi. You can never be too careful when it comes to your life savings.The Bright Future of Online BankingOnline banking will grow on you. Who can resist saving precious time by using a mobile app or a computer to do something that would otherwise take forever to complete? Instead of doing your finance-related research on foot marching from bank to bank in order to find the best deal, you’ll be sitting at home, sipping coffee and clicking away to compare and contrast all the benefits banks today are competing to offer to you in particular. Being well informed about all the benefits and drawbacks of online banking will help you make the right decision as well as prepare you for all that might occur. Whatever the future may hold, one thing is certain – it will be a better one for sure. Theodora Evans Related Posts Tags:#Banking#finance technology#online banking center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology 6 User-Interface Musts for Personal Finance Apps The Top 5 Issues Faced by Futuristslast_img read more