first_imgThe pathetic story of seventeen children whose parents died due to the insidious Ebola virus disease in Tubmanburg, Bomi County demands that the Liberian government  establish an Ebola Orphaned Children Secretariat to handle their needs.This proposal was made  by Mr. Anthony L. M. Boakai, executive director of the Forerunners of Children Universal Rights for Survival, (FOCUS), a child advocacy group in Monrovia, following a recent visit to Bomi County. He told the Daily Observer  that the children, both males and females, need urgent intervention in the form of clothes, food, medicine, along with a positive environment to give them hope for their survival.The Liberian government should set up an ‘Ebola Orphaned Children Secretariat’ to provide care for those orphaned by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.“These children must not be allowed to become liabilities on the Liberian society in the future,” Boakai said, “and therefore we must  establish the means of intervention now.”He commended Street Child of Liberia, (SCoL), which is also a child advocacy body, for its urgent initiative to provide food, clothes, toys, medicine, to identified Ebola- orphans in selected areas in the country.Street Child of Liberia began distribution of mattresses, food, argo oil and medicines to the first quota of 30 orphans, from the total of 174 orphans in their data base. According to CHL program director Michael Bull, the beneficiaries included   children in West Point, Monrovia, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, and Banjor in Virginia, Montserrado County.Boakai said SCL’s  intervention is one effective way to prevent more emotional devastation to the children whose parents, became victims of the Ebola scourge.He said from June to October this year, 114 Ebola made-orphans have died in Montserrado County, including 77 males and 37 females, quoting his organization’s statistics.Boakai has meanwhile recommended the involvement of psycho-social counselors, female Ebola survivors and nursery school teachers to cater to the psychological, moral, spiritual, and educational needs of the children.He said it would be a disservice to humanity if stakeholders should wait for the number of Ebola orphaned children to escalate further without adopting any intervention strategy. He was therefore urging the Liberian government to adopt a well coordinated National Program to address the plight of such at risk children in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img“Picture Boy” trialThe trial of double murder accused Cyon “Picture Boy” Collier continued on Tuesday before Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the HighDead: Carl AndrewsCourt.State witnesses, Superintendent Edmund Cooper and ballistic expert Eon Jackson took to the witness stand in the new week to give evidence about the deaths of Ray Walcott, called “Sugar”, and his younger brother Carl Andrews, called “Alo”.Justice Sewnarine-Beharry also allowed cautionary and oral statements given by a number of individuals and ruled that the voir dire (trial within a trial) evidence was admissible.Superintendent Cooper, who is stationed at Brickdam Police Station, outlined his recollections to the jury of the investigation following the murders. At the time of the incident, he was serving as a Prosecutor in the Cove and John Court with Magistrate Sherdell Isaacs presiding.Dead: Ray WalcottCyon “Picture Boy” CollierOn Monday, the other witness, Jackson, who is considered by the court to be an expert in ammunition, ballistics and firearms, gave his testimony. State Prosecutor Narissa Leander led the witness in questions about the evidence he inspected in 2006.Jackson identified all the evidence and confirmed examining the bullets and AK-47 assault rifle submitted to him.Collier is accused of murdering the two brothers in Victoria Village, East Coast Demerara on September 23, 2006. Reports are a group of young men were playing dominoes at the Victoria four-corner when the two brothers were allegedly shot by the accused, who rode up on a motorcycle.The brothers were rushed to hospital, where they were pronounced dead upon arrival.The trial continues on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgCouncilor Lori Ackerman says she agrees with Mayor Lantz. But, she says she is willing to discuss alternative options. [asset|aid=1728|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c44f7668f6ff1ffccf19d2659dfe2621-Ackerman 1_3_Pub.mp3] Councilors received the request for information and say they will be in talks with the organizers about their concerns. City Councilors say they need more time before deciding if the City wants to support a beauty pageant in Fort St. John. Locally-owned Crave Enterprises submitted a request to council, asking that the city support the name “Miss Fort St. John” and “Lil’ Miss Fort St. John.” It also asked that the city acknowledge the two winners as official representatives for the City.The Lil’ Miss Pageant is for girls 10-16 years old, while the Miss Fort St. John pageant is for youth and women from 17-35. – Advertisement -The report submitted by city staff to council, suggested both pageants would judge participants in three categories, including a speech, formal gown fashion show, and a bathing suit competition. During the councilor’s discussion at City Hall on Tuesday night, Mayor Bruce Lantz says he’s not sure if he will support the idea. [asset|aid=1727|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c44f7668f6ff1ffccf19d2659dfe2621-Lantz- beauty pageant 1_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgRCMP officers were called to this collision near McLeod Lake on Tuesday – Photo released by Prince George RCMP detachment.A two vehicle accident near McLeod Lake has left one woman dead. On Tuesday afternoon, the Prince George and MacKenzie RCMP detachments responded to the collision on Highway 97 North, around 20 kilometres south of McLeod Lake. – Advertisement -At around 2:45 p.m., a northbound Chrysler Neon lost control and collided head-on with a southbound Dodge Avenger. The driver of the Crysler Neon was a 24 year-old woman from Prince George. She was transported to the Mackenzie Hospital by ambulance, but succumbed to her injuries.Meanwhile, the driver of the Dodge Avenger, a 26 year-old male from Port Moody, was not injured. Each of the vehicles only had one occupant. Officers say that the woman was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash, and the airbags were deployed. They say they do not believe alcohol was a contributing factor, and that road conditions were slippery. Police continue to investigate what caused the vehicle to lose control and cross the centre line.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img1 Leicester City are considering a January move for Nigel De Jong, according to reports in Italy.The midfielder has been struggling for action at AC Milan ever since new boss Sinisa Mihajlovic took over in the summer.As a result, De Jong is reportedly keen for a move away from the San Siro during the January transfer window.Manchester United have previously been linked with the Dutchman, while clubs in Germany are also monitoring the situation.However now, according to Calciomercato, Leicester have joined the race to snap up the 31-year-old.The Foxes are flying high at the top of the Premier League and while clubs are eying up their star players, the Midlands side are expected to add to their own squad in January. AC Milan star Nigel De Jong last_img read more

first_imgBishop Phillip Boyce will host a special service for soon-to-be mum and dads at St. Eunan’s Cathedral.This unique mass will take place on Thursday the first of September at 7:30pm.All expectant parents are more than welcome to come along to this special event.  Bishop to host special service for couples expecting a baby was last modified: August 22nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Bishop Phillip BoyceletterkennypregnancySt.Eunan’s Cathedrallast_img read more

first_img REVEALED huge blow Scotland ended their excruciating international break with a dire 3-1 loss to a second string Portugal in a friendly at Hampden Park.Manager Alex McLeish made six changes from their woeful 2-1 defeat at Israel in the UEFA Nations League on Thursday night.And they started reasonably well in a half-full stadium but debutant Helder Costa gave the away side an undeserved lead just before the break. McLeish made six changes from their terrible defeat against Israel 4 BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The visitors rested a number of their key players REVEALED 4 4 McKenna and Naismith had headers which failed to trouble Beto before Portugal threatened through Bruma whose deflected drive just missed the target.In the 36th minutes Naismith’s header from a tempting Forrest cross missed the far post by a yard.Five minutes later at the other end, Portugal striker Eder escaped McKenna inside the box and fired in a right-footed drive from 12 yards which was beaten away to safety by Gordon.All the Scots’ good work, however, was undone with two minutes of the first-half remaining when Bruma set up Kevin Rodrigues and his cut-back was knocked into the net from six yards by Costa who got in front of skipper Andy Robertson.Scotland started the second-half positively.center_img ADVICE 4 Latest Football News Craig Gordon, Scott McKenna, Jack Hendry, Stuart Armstrong, James Forrest and Oli McBurnie were brought into the side which was set out in a 4-4-2 formation.However, Portugal were far from full strength.Head coach Fernando Santos was without their talismanic striker Cristiano Ronaldo, midfielder Bernardo Silva and defender Pepe.And only defender Cedric and Ruben Dias retained their places from Thursday’s 3-2 win away to Poland in the Nations League with Wolves forward Costa handed his debut.There was no real hint of a goal until the 15th minute when Portugal captain and keeper, Beto, had to make a fine reaction save from his own player, Sergio Oliviera, after the Porto midfielder had headed towards his own goal after a Forrest cross which had popped up into the air. Bruma scored the pick of the goals silverware Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions However, the 2016 European Championship winners, who had an even more unfamiliar look about them, doubled their lead in the 73rd minute through Eder before Bruma fired in a third with six minutes remaining with Steven Naismith scoring at the death to restore a little bit of pride.Scotland face Albania away and Israel at home next month in their final Nations League Group C1 games and McLeish, whose side have three points from two games, will have to find some answers if they are to reach the play-offs, which offer the chance of reaching the 2020 European Championships.McLeish needed a decent performance to take some heat off following the trip to Haifa.Personnel change was forced upon him as his back-three – John Souttar, Charlie Mulgrew and Kieran Tierney – were unavailable through either injury or fatigue. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Wolves striker Costa gave Portugal the lead just before half-time England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY Callum McGregor and John McGinn both had attempts on goal before McKenna’s diving header from a McGinn corner just missed the target.As the inevitable substitutions began to flow the tempo dropped and the game became disjointed.However, when substitute Renato Sanches floated a free-kick into the Scotland penalty area Eder’s bullet header from 10 yards gave Gordon no chance and there was more misery for the Scots when Bruma raced into the box and hammered a drive high past Gordon, rendering Naismith’s close-range finish a consolation.last_img read more

first_imgThe return of Tara Henn and Kayla Cherland was enough to keep Quartz Hill High girls’ volleyball coach Larry Vocke optimistic after most of last season’s Golden League championship team graduated. The Rebels can repeat with a victory tonight over Littlerock, with which it is tied for first place. “My seniors are so good,” Vocke said. “I’ve had Tara and Kayla for three years. I know what they can do. Its a good blend with the younger players and the seniors.” Stefanni Svieven, another returning player, has been a valuable leader. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Rebels (12-5 overall, 10-1 Golden), who started the season 1-4, have won their past eight league matches, and they haven’t dropped a league game since a five-game loss to Highland on Sept. 29. “We’re passing better and playing better defense,” he said. “We passed so poorly early on, we gave up point after point after point.” Quartz Hill tuned up for its Littlerock showdown by sweeping Palmdale on Tuesday, a victory that lasted less than an hour. Henn had 15 kills and Cherland contributed 24 assists. Quartz Hill swept the previous meeting with Littlerock. Taking no chances: Quartz Hill is back to full strength after Henn’s return from a groin injury, and Vocke has strategies to keep the Rebels healthy. He planned an easy practice Wednesday, looking to avoid anything that might lead to injury before today’s big match. “We’ll work on passing and a few other things,” he said. “But we won’t do any drills or anything where anyone might sprain an ankle.” On the edge: Desert Christian needs a victory in Friday’s finale against Boron to keep its playoff hopes alive. The Knights, coming off a three-game victory Tuesday over Silver Valley of Yermo, is a game behind second-place Boron. Only the Desert Mountain League’s top two teams are assured playoff berths. Champs: After suffering its first match-play loss of the season last week, to L.A. Baptist of North Hills, Paraclete clinched its second consecutive Alpha League title Tuesday by defeating second-place Windward of Los Angeles. Paraclete, which reached the second round in last year’s playoffs, is ranked ninth in Div. IV-AA. Heather Gripp, (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgWith seven Golden Globe nominations in its pocket and best picture honors from the New York, Los Angeles and Boston film critic organizations in recent days, “Brokeback Mountain” is quickly becoming a must-see film. Distributor Focus Features is now utterly confident that the acclaimed drama about two cowboys who fall in love will pack in moviegoers when the film expands from its current five theaters to 57 locations on Friday before a wider release in January. “There is a sense of the film’s commerciality being heightened even more,” Focus Features distribution head Jack Foley said Tuesday. “We’ll look at the results this weekend and assess the situation from there.” Warner Independent Pictures is also staying the course for now with “Good Night, and Good Luck,” which got several key Globe nominations and is currently playing in just over 500 locations. It has grossed nearly $22 million to date. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “We’ll probably do a relaunch in January either in conjunction with the actual Golden Globe ceremony or the (Jan. 31) Oscar nominations,” said Steve Friedlander, executive vice president of distribution for the Warner Bros. specialty film label. “This is just going to be one more tool to go along with amazing word of mouth and fantastic reviews, one more way to reinforce that this is a quality film that deserves to be seen.” “Brokeback” and “Good Night” are among the several independent or art-house films that have gotten the kind of kudos that should give their distributors some powerful marketing tools in the coming weeks as they try to get the attention of movie-ticket buyers and Oscar voters. The Weinstein Co.’s’ “Mrs. Henderson Presents” and “Transamerica,” got several high-profile Globe nods as did DreamWorks’ “Match Point,” Sony Pictures Classic’s “Capote” and the Samuel Goldwyn Films release “The Squid and the Whale.” The three nominations for “Squid” were for best picture, musical or comedy, and best actor and best actress nods, respectively, for stars Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney, who play a couple in the throes of divorce. Samuel Goldwyn Films distribution head Michael Silberman said the company will add 20 theaters on Friday to bring the total theater count for “Squid” to 130, with plans for further expansion in January. “We’re the underdog film,” Silberman said Tuesday. “(Award nominations) are great to build awareness with the public. We’ll continue to support the movie with strong newsprint advertising and strategic placement of ads in the trades. We have to take a much more prudent approach to it.” “Match Point,” which nabbed Globe nods for best picture, drama, and best director for Woody Allen, hasn’t even opened to the public yet. DreamWorks had planned to open it in two theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 28, but might up that to four locations before expanding by about two dozen markets on Jan. 20. “We’re still looking at that right now,” said DreamWorks distribution head Jim Tharp. “We like the movie and obviously are pleased with the nominations.” Focus has planned a careful platform release for “Brokeback” that began with selected screens last Friday in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. It grossed a sensational $547,425 in just five theaters, setting a record per screen average of $109,485. The film added another $103,256 to its till on Monday. “Many of the films that are being recognized are smaller films that were never destined to make tons of money anyway,” observed Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations Co. “But ‘Brokeback’ is one that could break out. If you look at its per screen average, it indicates an incredibly strong interest level among moviegoers. This could be the ultimate crossover movie.” On Friday, “Brokeback” bows in 21 more big cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C., as well as in the smaller markets of Palm Springs, Santa Barbara and Austin, Texas. In all, “Brokeback” will be booked into about 60 theaters by Friday, and Foley said Focus will likely keep the film at that level until Jan. 6, when it is scheduled to expand to 20 additional markets. “What differentiates the indie film world from the mainstream film world is that fans of these movies read reviews and they look at critics’ awards,” Dergarabedian said. “This is an audience who’s very much interested in all things related to these movies. There really is no downside to being recognized as a great film.” Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgMEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has welcomed the adoption of a proposal to end all mobile roaming charges by the end of 2015 in the European Parliament. Mr Gallagher hailed the move as a major step forward for the EU towards reforming the single telecoms market.Since 2007 successive pieces of EU legislation implemented have meant roaming costs for calls and texts have been reduced by 80%, while data roaming has been reduced by 90%. Mr Gallagher said “the direct effects of this vote will mean that as of December 2015 consumers will pay the same prices for data, texts and voice calls as they would at home, regardless of where they are in the EU. This is great news for consumers and anyone who dreads being caught out by extortionate roaming charges when going abroad in the EU “.Specifically on the impact for the border region, Mr Gallagher said it will be great for Donegal.“This excellent initiative by the European Parliament will positively impact communities living along the border. Too often consumers living in the border region are charged excessively for sending or receiving a call or text on a network on the other side of the border.”The proposal is part of a wider “Connected Continent Package” which aims to reform the telecoms single market by ending roaming surcharges, reducing red tape for companies, increasing rights for both consumers and service providers and the first ever EU-wide protection of net neutrality. Mr Gallagher concluded that “mobile roaming charges will soon be a thing of the past and this is yet another example of how EU wide rules can positively benefit the consumer”.Mr Gallagher “I am now calling on the Minister for Communications and the Taoiseach to firmly support the decision of the European Parliament to end roaming charges, in the context of trilogue negotiations and not to water down in anyway the key provisions.” COPE WELCOMES PROPOSAL TO END ROAMING CHARGES BY 2015 was last modified: April 4th, 2014 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:Pat The Cope Gallagherroaming chargeslast_img read more