January 14

BYC Needs Nil-tie to Qualify

first_imgLiberia’s lone representative in the continental football party of the CAF Champions Club League is expected to host Real de Banjul on Saturday, March 7, at the KG5 Mini-Stadium in Banjul, The Gambia.The anxiously compelling second-leg match between the two sides would kick-off at 4:30 local time.Statistically, the Liberian football giant, FC BYC, merely needs a nil-tie because of the away goal, or at most a win, to progress to the next level of the preliminary stage to face African champions Entente Sportive de Sétif of Algeria.Many Liberians believe that with the stubborn resistance of the Blues (FC BYC) the odds are in their favor to unleash the magical wand to give Liberians that projected smiles to consummate the gradual victory against the spread of infections of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Liberians are optimistic that the Robert Lartey’s men are well placed to advance to the next stage after Lamin Jabateh netted a vital away goal, and although Modou Lamin Saho’s and Real de Banjul showed enough for BYC to be wary tomorrow.Saturday’s game in Banjul instead of Monrovia is owing to the mandate from CAF delocalizing football from Ebola-hit countries.According to a dispatch from Banjul, the Blues are in high spirit to advance to the next stage.The report stated that Coach Larteh is thinking of attacking, as a way of defending to seal the team’s ambition.Reasonably, a 4-4-2 plot is being anticipated, and if well executed, the red-white-and-blue’s flag would be flown high.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 14

Road Projects on Hold Due to Ebola

first_imgThe tendering of international bid for the feasibility studies on the Ganta to Tapita road project has been put on hold due to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. The government and its international financiers for the project have agreed that there is a risk that they may not get quality companies bidding if they advertised the project due to the Ebola epidemic. During a meeting in the US aside of the ongoing Annual Meeting of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Liberian delegation led by Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh and development partners announced that the feasibility studies on the Tapita to Fishtown road project has also been delayed due to the Ebola outbreak.China Exim, a Chinese company which signed a memorandum of understanding with the Liberian government for the road, has said it won’t conclude terms or predict cost until the feasibility is undertaken. Finance Minister Amara Konneh has disclosed that China Exim will require 15% up front counterpart financing, but the World Bank has advised the government to ensure engineering standards are maintained and asked that the government requires appropriate safeguards from the Chinese company. At the same time, the World Bank’s transport team on the Redlight to Gbarnga Road told the Liberian delegation that it is working hard to prevent contractors invoking of force majeure. But the team noted that the government of Liberia’s supervising consultant, name not mentioned, left the project first thereby creating a possibility of extra costs.On the other hand, the Liberian delegation made headways in negotiating funding from cross section of bilateral and multilateral institutions to help the government fight the Ebola epidemic and restore the country’s economy.In a meeting with the IMF, the delegation landed US$48 million for Liberia under the Fund’s Extended Credit Facility (ECF). It also sought and received commitment to additional funds, specifically work towards accessing Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) as a bridging option with disbursement in early 2015 for a similar amount as ECF, i.e. 25% of the country’s quota. In light of the travel restrictions placed on staff of the Fund, however, the planning detailed discussions in the context of fiscal year 2015/16 budget, ideally around January or February 2015, possibly in Accra, Ghana. In the meantime, the joint team of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) and the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), through an official letter to the Fund has maintained commitment to policy actions under ECF to the extent possible but keeping some focus on maximizing the opportunities under the RCF. The delegate also proposed discussions on a new program to begin from mid next year.  Meanwhile Policy Actions for RCF is proposed around repaying CBL fairly quickly to replenish reserves. Few months ago, the CBL made available US$5 million loan to the government’s Ebola Trust Fund at 1% interest rate to fight the deadly Ebola virus. The issue of the audit surrounding the roads contracts across the country was also discussed, but the government assured the Fund that the audit is ongoing with a push to get it completed soonest.In brief remarks at the meeting with the IMF officials, the Managing Director of the Fund Madam Christine Lagarde suggested more budget support is needed as short-term spending is crucial to keep the economy moving. She acknowledged that running a budget deficit may be a good option. For her part, former Liberian Finance Minister and head of the IMF Africa desk, Dr. Antoinette Sayeh also encouraged the Liberian government to push for grants from partners and more budget support.The delegation also had the opportunity to meet World Bank president Dr. Jim Yong Kim who demonstrated honesty in working Liberia to overcome the Ebola scourge. He encouraged the team not to accept lowered aspirations, but rather ensure that the country pulls all stops to get the required support to help cover its budget gaps and receive optimum support from bilateral and multilateral partners. Dr. Kim promised to champion the cause of the three countries worst hit by the Ebola epidemic. He admonished the donor community not to re-program funds committed to existing programs, but rather provide new funds to fight the epidemic. Prominent among the issues that arose from the meeting with the Bank’s country team, the Bank’s overall commitment of US$400 million made to the region through its crisis window. According to a dispatch from Washington DC, current breakdown would be: Phase I US$105 million including US$52 million for Liberia (grant already disbursed); Phase II will be US$185 million including US$70 million for Liberia; and then US$92 million of budget support. The Bank is currently proposing US$30 million to US$10 million grant and US$20 million credit for Liberia. “We are pushing hard for an increase in the budget support to Liberia, using interventions from the United States State Department and our Executive Director’s office at the Bank, said Finance Minister Amara Konneh. Minister Konneh pointed out that the World Bank’s aim is that US$70 million will be able to wider areas of need during the second phase US$70 million will be able to cover wider areas of need including WASH, essential health, agriculture and social protection.The Liberian delegation also met with Raj Shah of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), who assured that every support will be provided to help stop the transmission of Ebola in the country. During this meeting, the parties discussed and accepted that since only 30-40% of cases will be in ETUs, getting control will depend on community care centres (CCCs) strategy working. But the delegation cited the adequacy of health professionals to staff the CCCs and lack of appropriate logistics capacity to supply the CCCs as major challenges to getting the disease under control. The USAID Administrator was keen to mention, however, that the United States military will not be able to supply all of CCC locations, but could be opened to setting up regional hubs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

December 29

KILLYBEGS ARTIST SHARKEY CAUSES UPROAR WITH ELTON JOHN ‘BREASTFEEDING’ PICTURE

first_imgKILLYBEGS artist Kevin Sharkey has caused a storm after drawing a picture depicting Elton John breastfeeding his new baby son.However the well-known artists said he didn’t set out to offend anyone with the image and hoped the singer would see the funny side.He said he was inspired by John and civil partner David Furnish having baby Zachary, adding: “It’s set off a new era of gay men having kids. What Elton and David are doing is very admirable.” He admitted: “I must admit I did have a little laugh to myself while I was doing it but I know Elton has got a good sense of humour.”Mr Sharkey has attracted controversy before over his work, most notably for his 2009 image of Katie Price merged with Moors murderer Myra Hindley.And last year his image of the Pope conducting a gay wedding also caused outrage after the artist claimed it was inspired by the Catholic leader criticism of homosexuality.Mr Sharkey called the Pope’s remarks “an outrage and a disgrace”. He said: “What a load of old b*****s.“Preaching intolerance is a dangerous thing to do. That comes down onto the streets – drunk thugs kicking the f**k out of ‘queer f**kers’.”EndsKILLYBEGS ARTIST SHARKEY CAUSES UPROAR WITH ELTON JOHN ‘BREASTFEEDING’ PICTURE was last modified: March 1st, 2011 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

December 26

Gary Neville explains why Jose Mourinho should not drop Romelu Lukaku

first_img“You play them through those bits of bad form and continue to give them that belief because you know full well they’re still contributing when they’re not playing well.“I think that unless a player like Lukaku is feeling so down that he feels as though a break will do him good, you do try and keep them playing.“But the top players tend to play through those dips in form.”Neville went on to suggest a reason for Lukaku’s blanks is due to a lack of creativity in midfield. gameday cracker deals boost 3 Neville believes continuing to play Lukaku is the only way he’ll get over his slump 3 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED REVEALED “What I would say is the quality through central midfield at United isn’t good enough,” he said. “The speed of play, lack of inventiveness.“The play through midfield is predictable. When I see midfielders play it out to full-backs, that is the easy pass. Some player would always give to the full-backs. The reality is that should be the last option. The first option should be to play through the lines, to the feet of a striker or a winger.“To play to Ashley Young or Luke Shaw means effectively starting the attack again. That’s the safe option. That’s when the game stops for me.”United take on Lukaku’s former club Everton on Sunday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT from 4pm – and Neville called for a consistent level of performance.“Jose Mourinho must be pulling his hair out,” he said. REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland center_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Latest Manchester United News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Gary Neville says Romelu Lukaku must keep playing for Manchester United despite his recent bad form.The striker has not scored in his last eight games for the club, most recently failing to find the net in United’s Champions League defeat to Juventus. 3 Neville also believes a big reason for Lukaku’s lack of goals is due to his lack of service from United’s midfield targets Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho admits Lukaku is struggling with all parts of his game but Neville believes the Belgian is going through a minor slump in form.“He’s got to keep playing,” Neville said at the launch of former team-mate Ben Thornley’s book.“The longest period I had was six months after the Vasco da Gama game [at the Club World Cup in 2000] when I made the two mistakes.“I lost my confidence for the six months going into the European Championship but I kept on playing through that period and in the end I came out of it at the other side. Lukaku was dealt with relatively easily by Juve’s defence IN DEMAND “He is a manager whose career is prided on consistency. He has been that for 14 years. Now he hasn’t got a team that is consistent. Every weekend is different, Brighton, Watford away, West Ham, the second half at Chelsea.“Even within games, their form is different from one half to the next. The first half against Tottenham, incredible. Best 45 minutes of football I’ve seen at Old Trafford for five years. The next 45 minutes, desperate. Then you are back down again.”last_img read more

December 25

CAPTAIN COLEMAN: ‘WE WANT TO WIN NEXT GAME FOR KING’

first_imgSeamus ColemanKILLYBEGS man Seamus Coleman has spoken of his pride in captaining his country against Germany last night.The Everton player and his team were on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat in Cologne.But he says the side is determined to win against Kazakhstan on Tuesday – for interim boss Noel King. “It was very special (to be captain), it came as a shock really. Obviously Robbie Keane wasn’t playing so it was up for grabs I suppose. But I was delighted to get the honour and my family back home will be delighted. It’s what you want as a kid,” said Seamus.“It’s a massive honour to lead your country. Robbie spoke to me before the game and just said, ‘Play your normal game.’ That’s what I did and I really enjoyed it.”He’s hoping he might get to keep the captaincy when a new permanent manager is appointed.“We’ll see. We’ve got a lot of leaders in the team and I’m sure you know Robbie will be about for a while yet. But if the opportunity came up and I was offered it, obviously I’d be delighted to take it,” he said. On the match itself, the Donegal man said: “It was a tough night. Brilliant team, Germany, with world-class players. Obviously a disappointing scoreline but there was some positives. We had a couple of chances that we could have taken, but we didn’t tonight. Hopefully on Tuesday night we can take some of those chances.”Looking forward to Tuesday he added: “For Noel, who’s come in for the two games, it would be nice to get a victory for him. As players as well, you want to win every game you take part in and hopefully we can on Tuesday night. CAPTAIN COLEMAN: ‘WE WANT TO WIN NEXT GAME FOR KING’ was last modified: October 12th, 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:CaptainCologneGermanyIrelandseamus colemanlast_img read more

December 24

EURO BATTLE: THE COPE AND HARKIN AGREE MASSIVE RECOUNT AFTER DEADLOCK

first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher is in a battle for that final seat in Europe.PAT The Cope Gallagher is in the race for the last seat in Europe – after a massive recount was ordered.The Donegal politician and Marian Harkin are just a few hundred votes apart.And after Fianna Fail asked for a recount, every single 663,703 votes cast in the 15-county constituency will be recounted. Officially Gallagher is around 250 behind Harkin after sweeping up transfers from Thomas Byrne.But that’s very small when set against the massive vote.Representatives for both candidates agreed to call for a full recount which is expected to get underway at 9am.Earlier Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy was elected to the third seat in the Midlands Northwest constituency joining Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness and Independent Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan. “The days of the Fianna Fail/Fine Gael stranglehold on politics in this State is long over and good riddance to be quite frank,” said Carthy.“I just want to thank the membership of Sinn Fein for entrusting me to be the public face of the party for this campaign and to say that I hope that I don’t let them down and I hope that Sinn Fein doesn’t let those people who entrusted us with their vote down, I don’t believe we will. I think we are seen ever increasingly as a party that stands by those communities that need support and we intend to deliver for those communities,” he added. EURO BATTLE: THE COPE AND HARKIN AGREE MASSIVE RECOUNT AFTER DEADLOCK was last modified: May 28th, 2014 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:CastlebarPat the Copelast_img read more

December 21

Convoy Community Park to offically open today

first_imgThe Convoy Community Park is set to have its official opening today at 11am and it is being greatly received by the community. Funding for the park was sanctioned following an application to the council through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.Cllr Liam Doherty, who is on the Convoy Environmental Committee, was among the Environmental Committee members Liam Mailey, Caroline Mailey, John Toner, Brian Duffy and Josephine Cowan gave Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty a tour of the beautiful newly opened community park. Commenting on the park, Councillor Doherty said he was delighted with how it turned out for the local community.He said: “I am so happy with our beautiful park here in Convoy, it gives me great pride to see such a wonderful development here in my home town and I know the local people who share my pride will get great enjoyment out of the park.“I would like to thank Donegal County Council for funding this project, all councillors who supported it and everyone involved in the development of the park.”Convoy Community Park to offically open today was last modified: May 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:convoylast_img read more

December 21

Council set to purchase additional land to expand Inishowen’s Swan Park

first_imgNegotiations for Donegal County Council to purchase additional land that could result in an extension to Swan Park are underway, it has emerged. It is understood that local landowner has approached the council with an opportunity to purchase land close to the site.Donegal County Councillors for Buncrana and Carndonagh were briefed on the potential purchase at a private sitting of the Municipal District of Inishowen on Monday last. The successful purchase of the lands would result in a major enhancement of the park and to the town of Buncrana.Restoration work began on the Inishowen park in August following the allocation of €1.7million funding from the government.The much-loved community park was destroyed in the severe flooding of August 2017.Since then, community campaigners have worked tirelessly to save the park. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was presented with an open letter signed by nine local groups calling for funds during his visit last September.Council set to purchase additional land to expand Inishowen’s Swan Park was last modified: September 15th, 2019 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)last_img read more

December 20

Will Smith signs with Atlanta Braves, Madison Bumgarner expected to reject Giants’ qualifying offer

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Atlanta Braves are expected to be one of the teams that pursues former Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in free agency this offseason.On Thursday, the Braves announced they signed another high-profile left-hander who was a big part of the 2019 Giants’ pitching staff.Atlanta agreed to terms with former Giants closer Will Smith on a three-year deal worth $39 million that includes a club option of $13 million for the 2023 season. The deal was completed minutes before MLB’s …last_img read more

December 18

South Africa celebrates Arbor Week

first_img3 September 2012 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Northern Cape Agriculture MEC Norman Shushu launched South Africa’s Arbor Week on Saturday by planting fruit trees, establishing vegetable gardens and distributing seed packs and seedlings to local communities. Shushu visited a communal organic vegetable garden in Platfontein outside Kimberley, where he planted vegetables which will assist in alleviating poverty and contributing towards food security in the area. Two hundred households within the Xun and Khwen communities were also given vegetable seed packs and seedlings.Backyard gardens ‘can beat poverty’ Shushu said the establishment of vegetable gardens would help rural communities produce food in their own backyard gardens and thereby fight soaring food prices. “It is less expensive for communities to produce their own food through backyard gardens, as this can help to fight the current high food prices. Most importantly, we also want our people to understand the role that trees play in our environment and the role they play in our lives,” he said. At Galeshewe stadium outside Kimberley, Shushu participated in the planting of 20 olive trees before addressing the main Arbor Week launch event. About 2 000 more fruit trees were planted and distributed in the Sol Plaatjie Municipality. “The destruction of the environment is leading to the destruction of humanity, so if we are to have a sustainable future, it means we must look after our trees, our forests and our environment,” Shushu said. “Without the protection of the environment, there is no future, that’s why all of us are encouraged to join government and our partners to ensure that we make our cities and townships green.”Arbor City Awards Another highlight of the launch of Arbor Week was the Arbor City Awards, introduced to promote the greening of cities and towns in the 283 local and eight metropolitan municipalities across South Africa. The award is given to cities and towns that “go the extra mile” to green the areas under their jurisdiction The Khara Hais local municipality, which governs the town of Upington in the Northern Cape, won the local municipal category, while the City of Johannesburg won in the metropolitan category. Both the City of Johannesburg and Khara Hais received a R300 000 cash prize, trophy and certificate.‘Our Forests – Our Future’ Arbor Day was first celebrated by South Africa in 1983. The day has since been extended from Arbor Day to National Arbor Week, held in the first week of September. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Our Forests – Our Future”. It affords the government, the private sector, non-governmental and community-based organisations and the public to be involved in greening their communities. Greening refers to an integrated approach to the planting, care and management of all vegetation in urban and rural areas, to secure multiple benefits for communities. In the South African context, greening takes place in towns, townships and informal settlements specifically because in the past these areas were disadvantaged in terms of planning for parks as well as tree planting in streets and open spaces. The government and its partners will use National Arbor Week to undertake a major national awareness programme that will bring attention to the value of trees, especially in the many disadvantaged communities who often live in barren and water-stressed areas. Trees play a significant role in social and economic development, poverty alleviation and job creation. Planting gardens and fruit trees may also improve access to nutritious food, encourage healthy diet choices and play a significant role in household food security when integrated with other programmes. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more