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West Pointers Elated

first_imgThe Young Men’s Christian Association of Liberia (YMCA) over the weekend turned over a six-room modern pit latrines and a hand pump to residents of West Point Community.Madam Vivien Beh, YMCA Slums Project Coordinator, said the construction of the two facilities is the entity’s contribution to communities in Monrovia.“The projects were initiated with support from COMIC Relief and Y-CARE International, and are aimed at giving back to the people of Liberia,” Ms. Beh said.Addressing beneficiaries during the dedication, Ms. Beh said it is time for Liberians to take ownership of their country by engaging in meaningful activities that will impact the people’s lives.She urged community residents to maintain the facilities well so that they may last long.She further noted that while it is good to question and hold government accountable for management of the country’s resources, Liberians are equally under moral obligation to contribute toward the betterment of their communities.Citizens have the responsibility to clean their environment and maintain the facilities government and other groups provides.The YMCA’s Slum Project Coordinator said, “Not everything government will provide. Liberians must undertake community development projects that will move the country forward, rather than depending on government for all the needs.”She noted that West Point lacks basic social facilities, including public toilets, and it is against this backdrop that the YMCA and its partners decided to construct latrines and hand pumps for over 12,000 inhabitants of that community.“This facility will be managed by the community and not the YMCA; therefore, do not wait for YMCA to tell you what to do or how to manage your facilities,” she stated.She said the YMCA only serves as the technical support arm for the Slum Dwellers Association of Liberia (SLUMDAL), enhancing its capacity to advocate for slum dwellers. The YMCA and its partners have been working in West Point and Slipway communities for one and a half years.“As long as the community continues to support the Liberia YMCA, we will work together to develop the slum communities.” Madam Beh assured.Responding to the gesture, West Point Township Commissioner, Miatta Flowers, said the project was timely, and promised the YMCA that the facilities will be used wisely, and maintained well.Commissioner Flowers thanked the YMCA family and partners for their farsightedness, adding, “This is a clear indication of your love for, and interest in the people of West Point.”She said over the years the township has struggled with the need for latrines and safe drinking water in the community.She then called on residents to maintain the facilities for their own good.West Point is the largest slum community in Monrovia with over 100,000 residents who dwell in clustered houses.Due to a lack of space, most of the houses lack toilet facilities.  Residents therefore used the Atlantic Beach as do other slum communities in Sinkor, until the Liberia Maritime sent in a task force to keep the beaches around Monrovia clean.In the past, those who could not go to the beach used plastic bags to defecate, which then landed over others’ rooftops during the night hours.The YMCA of Liberia, with support from COMIC Relief and Y-CARE International, is implementing the Slums Development Project Titled: “Young People as Agents of Change: Helping to Transform Slum Settlements.”The project is being carried out in two slum settlements in Monrovia—West Point and Slip-Way—and is expected to last for three years.It is aimed at strengthening community residents to improve their living conditions in these communities, and driving young people as catalysts for change.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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6 suspects slapped with gun, ammo possession charges

first_imgBotched robbery…1 jailed for 8 years, fined $800,000The six men who were reportedly found with a quantity of firearm and ammunition while travelling in a stolen car, after allegedly attempting to commit a robbery a week ago at Supply, East Bank Demerara (EBD) were on Tuesday arraigned at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.The men being escorted by Police ranks after their appearance at the Providence Magistrate’s CourtMark Prince, 39, a taxi driver of Parfaite Harmonie, WBD; Nabadingi Gobin, 24, of Georgetown; Leonard Khan, 31, a fish vendor of Albouystown, Georgetown; Edward Skeete, 30, of Albouystown; Marvin Blackman, 27, a fish vendor of South Ruimveldt and Steve Hercules appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce.The men, with the exception of Hercules, all denied the 10 charges that were read to them.According to the prosecution’s case, on April 10, 2018, while in the vicinity of Grove, EBD, the men had in their possession six live .32 ammunition, 11 rounds of 9mm ammunition, two 9mm black pistols, and a .32 black Taurus pistol.Another charge stated that the men attempted to commit a felony on April 10, 2018.The prosecution applied for the case to be tried at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.This application was granted by Magistrate Scarce.The prosecution also objected to bail on the grounds that the men were all known characters to the Police.As such, Gobin, Khan, Skeete, Blackman and Prince were remanded to prison until May 10, 2018.Hercules was additionally charged with fraudulent conversion of a vehicle’s identification mark.It was alleged that on April 10, 2018, at Grove, EBD, he changed the identification plates of a grey Premio motor car registered as PVV 6204 to HC 4543.Hercules admitted to nine of the ten charges and told the court that a customer of his offered him $50,000 to transport the vehicle on April 10, 2018, to Georgetown from Soesdyke, EBD.Hercules said prior to him delivering the vehicle, he was told of its contents, but still agreed to transport it.He explained that on his way to the city, he collected the five men. The men, he argued, did not know about the gun and ammunition.“While I was coming down, I decided to pick up couple passengers to cover me while I was coming down from there,” he told the court.Hercules was sentenced to an $800,000 fine and eight years in prison.The six accused were nabbed after they reportedly attempted to rob a Supply poultry farmer, Michael Chang Yuen.Four of the men reportedly entered the man’s yard and an alarm was raised. The men subsequently quickly returned to the waiting motor car, which was parked some distance away, and fled the scene.However, the Police were alerted, and a roadblock was set up in the vicinity of the Grove Public Road, which saw the four men, along with two others in the same car, being captured.A search carried out on the motor car unearthed, in addition to the weapons and ammunition, one sledgehammer, two pairs of latex gloves, and trade plates.last_img read more

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Marchisio calls time on 25-year Juventus career

first_imgJuventus agreed to terminate the 55-times capped Italian international’s contract by “mutual consent” before Friday’s transfer deadline in Italy.“A thousand thoughts and a thousand images accompanied me throughout the night,” wrote Marchisio in an Instagram post accompanied by a photo that showed him playing for a Juventus youth team as a child.“I can’t stop looking at this photograph and those stripes on which I wrote my life story as a man and a player.“I love this jersey to such a degree that, despite everything, I am convinced that what is best for the team comes first. Always. On a tough day like this, I cling tight to that principle.“You are the most beautiful part of this marvellous story, so for that reason, in a few days we’ll be able to say goodbye in a more special way.“After all, 8 (his jersey number) is nothing but an infinity sign looking upwards.”Marchisio’s only time away from Juventus was a season’s loan to Empoli in 2007-2008, but he had been increasingly sidelined after a serious knee injury in 2016.“Having had the opportunity to accompany him on this path, to discover a homegrown champion, day by day, was quite simply a privilege and an honour. Thanks for everything Claudio,” Juventus said in a statement.Marchisio made his first-team debut for Juventus in August 2006 and scored 37 times in 389 appearances in the black and white jersey.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus’ goalkeeper from Italy Gianluigi Buffon (C) hugs teammate Juventus’ midfielder Claudio Marchisio at the end of the Italian Serie A football match Juventus versus Verona, on May 19, 2018 at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. Italy great Gianluigi Buffon played his last game with Juventus team today after 17-year with the Serie A champions. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Aug 17 – Italian international midfielder Claudio Marchisio has called time on his Juventus career after 25 years spent with the Turin giants.The 32-year-old, nicknamed The Little Prince, joined his hometown club at the age of seven and won seven Serie A titles and four Italian Cups.last_img read more

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Compromise on health care within reach

first_imgGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrat legislative leaders face the challenge of coming up with a health care reform package that can win broad support in their special session. What’s notable about the competing packages is not how different they are, but how similar. Both start with the same premise of insuring the more than 6 million uninsured Californians, subsidizing those who can’t afford it and offsetting the costs with a fee on businesses, while at the same time making health care cheaper and better. It’s on the details that they differ: Who pays – and how much? Doctors and hospitals, as well as all employers, would pay under the governor’s plan, while employers would pay under the Democrats’ plan. The size of the fee would be 4 percent in the governor’s plan; 7.5 percent in the Democrats’ plan. Considering how politically centrist both plans are, there’s no reason a compromise can’t be worked out. And there’s very good reason one should: cost. The current health care system has tremendous costs that hurt both individuals and businesses. That’s why the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce stepped forward Monday to back Schwarzenegger’s plan. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton recognizes that as well, and she unveiled a centrist health care reform plan Monday strikingly similar to the one Schwarzenegger has been pushing for the state. It makes insurance mandatory, subsidizes costs for poor people with a fee on employers within the framework of the current health care system – and is in stark contrast to the more drastic one she proposed as first lady. What all these plans have in common is that they are essentially workable and pragmatic. They don’t destroy employers or health care providers, and the costs are shared by everyone. Health care becomes accessible to everyone. Health care is the most important domestic issue in the country, and the politicians have run out of excuses for putting off a solution. 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

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Agbonlahor’s Aston Villa future under threat as Garde hints at post-Christmas clear out

first_img1 Aston Villa manager Remi Garde is ready for a post-Christmas clear out as he looks to steer the club safe from the drop.The boss is keen to overhaul his struggling squad after admitting it is not healthy to have players out of the picture at Bodymoor Heath.Long-serving Gabby Agbonlahor could leave while Libor Kozak, Charles N’Zogbia, Joe Cole and Philippe Senderos are also likely to go.Agbonlahor, who made his Villa debut in 2006, has played just one minute under Garde and has not scored since March.Leicester’s Gokhan Inler and Bordeaux winger Wahbi Khazri interest Garde but he is also prepared to let players leave.Ahead of Saturday’s visit of West Ham he said: “There are some players who are here who haven’t been playing for a long time and I think it’s not very healthy for the group or for themselves.“As a player you want to play and I can understand they are frustrated and they are not happy about their situation. We will have to find a solution.“I can’t tell you how many players but there are a few.” Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor last_img read more

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LIFE’S A BEACH FOR THE MARYS FROM DUNGLOE

first_imgSURE, THE WEATHER’S GREAT: DUNGLOE MARYS TAKE TO CARRICKFIN BEACHTHE contestants of the Mary from Dungloe have certainly being busy this week.And their latest stopover has included Donegal airport – and it’s wonderful beach next door.Yesterday the girls popped into Falcarragh. Thanks to readers for the pix:You can send your story, picture, festival details or event to info@donegaldaily.com.SURE, IT WAS LIKE SPAINPERFECT LANDING AT DONEGAL AIRPORTDUNGLOE MARY’S AT DONEGAL AIRPORT TODAYTHE MARYS IN FALCARRAGH   LIFE’S A BEACH FOR THE MARYS FROM DUNGLOE was last modified: August 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Two girls testify in slain cop hearing

first_imgNORWALK – Two young girls gave gripping testimony Tuesday in the preliminary hearing for accused cop killer Jose Luis Orozco. Six-year-old Jasmine and her 9-year-old sister Angelica testified via closed-circuit TV in Judge Philip Hickok’s Norwalk courtroom. Deputy District Attorney Lowell Anger and Defense Attorney Stanley Perlo agreed that because of the girls’ ages, it would be better for them not to have to come into the crowded courtroom, where dozens of sheriff’s deputies and the family of the accused sat. Prosecutors allege the 29-year-old Orozco, a Hawaiian Gardens gang member and parolee, killed Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Ortiz on June 24, 2005, after Ortiz tried to stop him while investigating an attempted murder. Many of the witnesses who have testified thus far were relocated to ensure their safety in the high-profile case and Judge Hickok has asked the media not to use witnesses’ last names to protect their identity. The 6-year-old was the first to take the stand Tuesday. Although she did not understand several of the questions asked of her, she spoke clearly when describing Orozco’s entrance into her mother’s apartment and talked about him standing “in back of the \ door.” “Did he have anything in his hand?” the district attorney asked. “A gun,” the 6-year-old answered. She went on to say that Orozco stayed behind the door, watching Ortiz “through the crack” in the door as the deputy spoke with her mother. “What happened when the cop came to the door? Do you remember, Jasmine?” Anger asked. “Sepe shot him,” she said after a long pause, referring to Orozco’s gang name. Both girls described the gun as black, but Angelica went on to say it also had brown wooden parts and “it had those things that stick out and you turn them and put the bullets in there.” Ortiz, a gang enforcement officer and 15-year veteran who was assigned to the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station, was investigating a drive-by shooting from four days before, an attempted murder in which Orozco was believed to be the triggerman. When Orozco ran from Ortiz down an alley around 3 p.m., the deputy gave chase, tracking him to an apartment complex in the 12200 block of East 223rd Street in Hawaiian Gardens. It is the same apartment building where Orozco had been arrested a year before. Testimony in the preliminary hearing is expected to wrap up today. tracy.manzer@presstelegram.com (562) 499-1261 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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

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PROGRESS WELCOMED ON ROAD SAFETY FEARS AT DONEGAL SCHOOL

first_imgMagherabeg National School in ManorcunninghamAction is being taken to address serious road safety concerns at Mahgherabeg National School in Manorcunningham.Local county councillor Paul Canning has met with roads engineers and the NRA and has given them a detailed report with drawings on behalf of the school parents.The response back from the relevant bodies have stated that an application will be made for a set of variable speed limit signs showing reduced speed limits at the appropriate times along with a long term plan to purchase land and construct a car park. The NRA safety officer has looked at all other options that have been presented by Cllr Cannings report and the concerns raised by the parents but feels that they cannot be addressed within the Road Safety Guidelines.Cllr Canning has spoken with the landowner concerned in relation to the upgrading and enlargement of the school car park.Fianna Fail election candidate Charlie Mc Conalogue has also met and spoke with the principle of the school offering his assistance in working with the Department of Education to avail of any funding.PROGRESS WELCOMED ON ROAD SAFETY FEARS AT DONEGAL SCHOOL was last modified: February 18th, 2016 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:donegalMagherabeg National SchoolmanorcunninghamPaul Canningsafetylast_img read more

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Search for missing racer

first_imgWEST HILLS – Relatives of a young man killed last month in a fatal collision pleaded Friday for information about the street race that led to the crash. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information about the other motorist involved in the race that led to the death of Jonathan McGinnis, 19, of Van Nuys. He was killed at 8:45 p.m. May 16, when he lost control of his 1994 Honda Del Sol in the 24000 block of Vanowen Street in West Hills. “I’d just like to ask that person to please come forward,” Crystal McGinnis, the victim’s 23-year-old sister, said at a news conference near the crash site. “We just want to know what happened.” A photograph and a poem of McGinnis still remains taped to the streetlight near where he died. Pillar candles sit in clusters at the foot of the post. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Although a grainy videotape of the race exists and there are leads in the case, police need information. “Sadly, the other individual is still driving around,” said City Councilman Dennis Zine, a retired Los Angeles Police Department traffic sergeant. “What we want to do is bring the family closure.” Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Valley Traffic at (818) 364-1930. Street racing has been a concern in the San Fernando Valley for years. The area’s wide streets lure speeders, said Zine, which is why he is pushing for more motorcycle police to patrol the area. But the number of races has dropped since 2003, when the City Council passed an ordinance allowing police to seize and destroy cars involved in races. Still, excessive speeds have been a problem on Sherman Way, Vanowen Street and Roscoe Boulevard. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want 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

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GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S STAR PEADAR MCGEEHIN WINS DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS SKILLS CHALLENGE

first_imgST EUNAN’S GAA NEWS:There will be a general club meeting in the Clubhouse this Thursday, June 18th at 7.30pm.This meeting is open to all members and all are welcome.Members wishing to order tickets for the Donegal v Derry Ulster SFC semi final on Saturday June 27th can do so by sending their name by TEXT only to Charlie on 087 2668633 before 6pm on Friday June 19th. Congratulations to Eunan O’Donnell, Gordon Randles and our brilliant U-14 Hurlers who secured the League and Championship double by winning their County Final over MacCumhaill’s with an 8-12 to 2-03 victory.  Match report on the Club website.Well done to young St Eunan’s player Peadar McGeehin from Scoil Cholmcille who was the winner of the Donegal Primary Schools GAA Skills Challenge last week in MacCumhaill Park.The Ulster Féile takes place this weekend in O’Donnell Park.  Our U-14 Hurlers will compete against clubs from Wexford, Waterford, Derry, Roscommon and Limerick  . Please come along to the Park and support our teams on what will be a memorable occasion for the Club.The St Eunan’s Féile committee would like to thank everyone who so kindly supported the Club during the ‘Four 4 Féile’ fundraising campaign over the last few months.  The generosity of all businesses and individuals who supported the Club is greatly appreciated. Please note that due to Féile and the Donegal Rally, the Friday Hurling Aademy will not take place this weekend but will resume as normal on Friday 26th June.  The Century Cinemas Football academy will go ahead this Sunday morning as usual.New members are always welcome to our Football, Hurling and Camogie Academies.  For more information, please contact Ciaran Maguire, 087 4133372, Eugene Duffy, 086 8430240 or Eunan O’Donnell 087 6775637.The Senior Hurlers were defeated 2-13 to 2-05 by Aodh Ruadh in the Táin League on Sunday last.The Junior Footballers match against MacCumhaill’s was cancelled at the weekend.  They travel to Ardara this Saturday evening, throw in 7pm.Good luck to our U-14 girls footballers who take on Red Hugh’s in the Championship tonight (Tuesday) at O’Donnell Park, throw in 7pm. The Under 14 boys footballers recorded comfortable victories over Gaoth Dobhair and Fanad Gaels is in their recent league games to stay 100% for the season while the Dev. team were defeated by Glenswilly in a high scoring game.The Under 12 Dev. team recorded a comprehensive victory over Convoy to maintain their recent run of good form.The Minor Boys Football team are hosting a table quiz in the Clubhouse on Wednesday June 24th at 9pm sharp.  There will be loads of prizes and spot prizes to be won on the night in what will be a great night’s craic.  Entry is only €20 for a team of 4 or €5 per person, payable at the door.  All support will be greatly appreciated and everyone is welcome to come along.St. Eunan’s GAA Club were amongst the winners in the recent Topaz Cash for Clubs draw, winning €1000.  Thanks to everyone who supported our efforts in this initiative.  Special thanks to Club supporter and sponsor Eddie Tobin and his team at Tobin’s Service Station for all their assistance during this promotion. Well done to the Donegal Senior team and particularly Maxi, Eamonn, Sean and Conor on their comprehensive Championship win over Armagh on Sunday.Congratulations to our 7 girls on the County U21 panel, Kaneshia Mc Kinney, Rose Boyle, Lauren O’Connell, Sadhbha Medlar, Sinead Hession, Clodagh Brennan and Lauren Harper and to Alan O’Connell and John Hession, who are part of the management team as they defeated Roscommon to qualify for the All Ireland Final.Well done also to manager Greg Harkin and our 5 players on the U-14 Donegal girls team, namely Claire Doherty, Niamh Walsh, Katherine Kelly, Niamh Harkin and Lee Walsh who also won their All Ireland semi final against Roscommon.Please note that the Training Pitch at O’Donnell Park remains closed until after this weekend’s Féile.Lotto results will be sent by club email as soon as available.Sympathy is extended to the Gormley family on their recent bereavement.GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S STAR PEADAR MCGEEHIN WINS DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS SKILLS CHALLENGE was last modified: June 16th, 2015 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:GAANoticesSportSt Eunanslast_img read more

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