Disabled Community Wants Ellen to Reconstitute NCD Leadership

first_imgThe disabled Community, comprising the deaf, blind and other categories of vulnerable groups, is calling on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Sr., to reconstitute the leadership of the National Commission on Disability (NCD).The group recently issued a statement signed by Thompson Wialison, chair of  the Steering Committee of the National Union of Organizations for the Disabled (NUOD).  Mr. Wialison is himself physically challenged.In their statement, the NUOD commended President Sirleaf and Veep Boakai for the generous Season’s gifts presented to them, but said the greatest gift they desire for now is the appointment or reconstitution of the three new directors at the NCD.“The Disabled Community wishes to remind President Sirleaf that on June 4 last year,  the Civil Service Agency (CSA) conducted an interview for the three positions at the NCD— the executive director, deputy for administration, and deputy director for technical services.   [Several qualified] disabled were interviewed and subsequently forwarded by the CSA to the office of the V.P. for onward submission to the office of the President for official appointment.  “Since the process started,”  the NUOD noted, “there have been some “unfortunate” delays among the bureaucrats regarding the submission of the names to the office of the President for appointment of the three new NDC directors.The disabled group is reminding the office of the V.P. to speedily submit the names to the office of the President so that [appropriate action] relative to the appointment of the three new NCD directors would be taken. This said NUOD, will enhance “the future growth and development of Liberians living with disabilities.”The Disabled Community has further congratulated  President Sirleaf and Veep Boakai for their numerous official lobbying initiatives with the international community for assistance to enhance their welfare, especially in the fight against  the Ebola virus disease (EVD)  that has plagued the country since March last year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GPOC warns public of social media scammers

first_imgThe Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) has cautioned the public to beware of persons or organisations intending to execute scams through social media, with the operation of extorting money. On Monday the Corporation stated that the act is being carried out by unknown persons and clearly indicated that they do not have any promotions via Whatsapp, Gmail, Facebook or other social media platforms.The public was requested not to make any payment of fees or other transactions through these mediums since no one has been authorised to collect monies on their behalf for any competition or promotion.The GPOC said that it will take legal action against persons found culpable of this offence. Persons with any information of suspicious actions are asked to contact GPOC through its telephone numbers or email at pro@guypost.gy. Their Facebook Page, Guyana Post Office Corporation, is also active.In recent time, several public agencies have reported scams which have defrauded the public. Just over two weeks ago, Central Housing and Planning Authority sent out a stern warning about a fake Facebook profile under the name of President David Granger, which had been extorting monies from persons in exchange for land.According to the Authority, the sham was set up through a profile named His Excellency President David Granger and has been informing persons that the Ministry of the Presidency is distributing housing units to interested persons. They were asked to make a down payment through the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company’s (GTT) Mobile Money system and the money disappears.The agency had clearly denied their involvement in any such programme under the Ministry of the Presidency or other organisations. Furthermore, legitimate programmes do not require payments through Money Mobile transfers.These operations are carried out primarily on social media, where vulnerable persons fall prey. In June the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) reported a hike in scamming reports from customers in the Mobile Money Department. According to GTT, as a result of the increasing reports of scams, it has taken several measures to encourage customers to stay alert of fraudsters.last_img read more

Former hot-shot Kempes joins Maradona in offering to coach Argentina

first_img0Shares0000Mario Kempes interested in coaching Argentina © AFP/File / JUAN MABROMATABUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Jul 6 – Hot on the heels of Diego Maradona, another Arentine World Cup winner has thrown his hat into the ring to become the next national team coach.Jorge Sampaoli may still be resisting pressure to resign after Argentina’s World Cup debacle and last 16 elimination against France in Russia, but now Mario Kempes has said he wants to take over. “Of course!” he said when asked by current employers ESPN, for whom he works as a commentator, if he would be interested in the job.“There’s a lot of work to do but there’s enough time to come up with a good project to tackle a very interesting challenge, and I’m sure it would win,” said Kempes, Argentina’s star striker during their 1978 World Cup triumph, scoring two goals in the final.His assertion comes just two days after legend Maradona, who lifted the World Cup in 1986, offered to coach the team for free.Maradona spent two years at the Argentina helm from 2008 to 2010 but saw his side crash out of the South Africa World Cup in a humbling 4-0 quarter-final defeat to Germany.The 63-year-old Kempes, though, has not coached since 2002 and his career was hardly glorious, taking in teams in Indonesia, Albania, Costa Rica and Bolivia, as well as lower league sides in Spain and Italy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man City may have to wait 10 YEARS for Atletico Madrid man, says Tiago

first_img Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone 1 Manchester City might have to wait 10 years if they want Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone to be their next boss.Tiago, the La Liga side’s midfielder and former Chelsea man, says the club could tie him down to a new contract for up to a decade.“We would love him to renew his deal,” Tiago said.“There is talk about five years but if it was up to us he should renew for at least ten years.“We players are very happy to work with him and I think you see that. The fans feel the same way, to say that, he could easily sign up for ten years.”last_img read more

‘Ice’ star goes where the cold is

John Leguizamo will arrive by dog sled at an ice-carving festival in Fairbanks, Alaska, to open a park with characters from the upcoming sequel to his film “Ice Age,” officials said. “How often does Fairbanks, Alaska, have a Hollywood star coming here – in wintertime?” said Dick Brickley, chairman of Ice Alaska, sponsor of the annual World Ice Art Championships kicking off Tuesday. Leguizamo will arrive at an ice stage March 12, officials said Friday. The actor will then help Gov. Frank Murkowski cut through an ice ribbon with blow torches. “Ice Age 2: The Meltdown” stars characters voiced by Leguizamo and other actors. Leguizamo has starred in “Moulin Rouge” and “Land of the Dead.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Besides towering sculptures, the monthlong ice festival this year will feature huge carvings of Sid the sloth, voiced by Leguizamo, and other characters from the “Ice Age” movies. The sequel opens March 31. The Hollywood visit means more attention to the yearly ice art festival, considered a world-class competition. The event matches teams racing to create intricate carvings than can be as tall as 30 feet and weigh more than 22 tons. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more

Circus elephant abuse claims edge toward trial

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2They allege that the use of sharpened hooks by trainers, the routine use of chains, the separation of baby elephants from their mothers and other common circus practices add up to an egregious violation of the Endangered Species Act, which covers the Asian elephant and prohibits harm to it. The suit’s goal is a court order halting these practices, which the activists believe would force Ringling to give up elephants altogether. “It’s impossible to have these animals in captivity the way they are without it leading to abuse – traveling in chains in boxcars up to 50 weeks, performing tricks because of force and intimidation,” said Michelle Thew of the Animal Protection Institute, another plaintiff. Ringling shows no signs of bowing to pressure, and has become more outspoken in defending itself since the first-of-its-kind suit was filed in 2000. “We train animals through reward, repetition and reinforcement – based on science,” said former zookeeper Bruce Read, Ringling’s vice president for animal stewardship. “Punishment is not used in the circus.” While the lawsuit protests the use of sharp-ended bullhooks to prod the elephants, Read defends them as “a very accepted tool” developed over many centuries to control the animals humanely. Activists say the implements – which resemble long fire pokers – often inflict scar-causing wounds. NEW YORK – With their colorful headgear and repertoire of tricks, they’re top-billed stars of The Greatest Show on Earth. But away from the arena, the Asian elephants used in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are at the heart of perhaps the most bitter animal-care fight around, one that’s dragged through court for six years already and is inching toward a trial. It’s a heavyweight bout, pitting America’s biggest circus against some of the most influential animal-welfare groups. Ringling insists that its elephants receive state-of-the-art treatment and it’s determined to keep them in its cast. Its adversaries – a group including the Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Animal Welfare Institute – argue vehemently that circus life is inherently cruel to the elephants. Government regulations permit use of chains. Read said elephants are chained in place at night to keep them from foraging their companions’ food, and during train rides to prevent sudden weight shifts that might derail the freight car. More generally, Read said circus life – including 50 weeks a year on the road – is not stressful to the elephants because the social groups around them, animal and human, are stable. He said young elephants aren’t separated from their mothers until trainers are confident of their maturity. “The Asian elephant has been semi-domesticated for centuries,” said Read, citing its use in warfare, farming and various ceremonies. “Our circus brings them to areas where people don’t see such animals very often. That’s not something we should deprive our future generations of.” The first phase of the lawsuit lasted three years, with Feld Entertainment Inc. – Ringling’s parent company – finally losing a bid to have the case dismissed by a federal court in Washington, D.C. Since 2003, the two sides have engaged in a slow-moving battle over the plaintiffs’ access to thousands of Ringling veterinary documents and in-house videos. “They repeatedly claim that their elephants are healthy and well-treated, yet when we ask for documents that would prove that, they fight us tooth and nail in court,” said attorney Jonathan Lovvorn, the Humane Society’s vice president for animal protection litigation. He expects the case will go to trial next year. The lawsuit has coincided with protest campaigns urging a boycott of circuses that feature animals at a time when others, such as Cirque du Soleil, have developed animal-free productions. Fifteen U.S. municipalities, but no major cities, ban animal circuses. Virginia-based Feld Entertainment is privately held and doesn’t disclose circus revenue figures, thus depriving critics of any evidence that the protests might be taking a toll. “Animal rights groups find they get more attention for their cause when they go after The Greatest Show On Earth,” said Feld spokeswoman Amy McWethy. “But according to our research and customer feedback surveys, activists have had no impact on the decision to attend.” She said annual attendance at Ringling’s circuses is more than 10 million, and audience surveys rate elephants as by far the favorite attraction. Of Ringling’s 55 elephants, up to 20 are touring at any one time in the three circus units. Most of the others live at Ringling’s Center for Elephant Conservation, a $5 million, 200-acre facility in central Florida that doubles as retirement home and breeding center. The principal referee in the dispute over Ringling’s elephants is the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Numerous times, agency inspectors have found Ringling in noncompliance of the Animal Welfare Act, but the circus – to the dismay of activists – each time was able to take steps that spared it from being formally classified as a violator. USDA spokesman Darby Holladay said four investigations into Ringling’s animal care remain open, but he wouldn’t provide details. Activists say at least two of the investigations involve deaths of young elephants at the Florida conservation center. Ted Friend, an animal science professor at Texas A&M, said he and his students have traveled with Ringling for research projects and have never observed “overt cruelty” by trainers or handlers. Friend attributes the anti-Ringling campaign to competition among animal-welfare groups for publicity and contributions. “This isn’t about fundraising – it’s about getting the truth to the public,” retorted Michelle Thew. “Ringling Bros. is going to lose not only in court but in the court of public opinion.”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

DONE DEAL! West Ham midfielder joins Hoffenheim for undisclosed fee

first_img Havard Nordtveit made just 16 Premier League appearances for West Ham last season 1 Norway international midfielder Havard Nordtveit has joined Hoffenheim from West Ham for an undisclosed fee, both clubs have announced.Nordtveit, 25, joined the Hammers on a free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer and now returns to the Bundesliga after a year in the Premier League.A statement on whufc.com read: “Havard Nordtveit has completed a transfer to German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for an undisclosed fee.”Nordtveit, who has signed a five-year deal until June 2022, made 21 appearances for the Hammers and described his year in England as “less than ideal”.He told Hoffenheim’s official website, achtzehn99.de: “I obviously know the Bundesliga very well from my years at Gladbach and I’m convinced I will be able to make the impact that TSG are hoping for.”Nordtveit first played in Germany when he joined FC Nurnberg from Arsenal in 2009. He made 152 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach before moving to the Hammers.Hoffenheim director of football Alexander Rosen said: “He is much more than just a strong addition to our squad on a sporting level.“Havard is also a big personality off the pitch. Without his willingness to make a personal financial sacrifice, this transfer would never have been possible.”last_img read more

MLS player comes out as gay

first_img crackers gameday possible xi MLS midfielder Collin Martin has come out as gay, making him the only active professional sportsman in the US to do so.The Minnesota United star, 23, becomes only the second-ever MLS player to come out as gay. How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? predicted ALTERED Latest football news highlights 1 who plays? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics Tonight my team, @MNUFC , is having their Pride night. It’s an important night for me — I’ll be announcing that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer. #soccerforall pic.twitter.com/cOJQXfrBiv— Collin Martin (@martcw12) June 29, 2018“I’m proud that my entire team and the management of Minnesota United know that I am gay.“I have received only kindness and acceptance from everyone in Major League Soccer and that has made the decision to come out publicly that much easier.”The only other only gay man to play in the MLS was former Leeds, Stevenage and LA Galaxy man Robbie Rogers, while the last high-profile American athlete to come out was Michael Sam ahead of the 2014 NFL draft. NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Collin Martin made the announcement on social media How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Martin added: “In light of my experience as a professional athlete, I want to take this moment to encourage others who play sports professionally or otherwise to have confidence that sport will welcome them wholeheartedly.“June is pride month, and I am proud to be playing for pride, and to be playing as an out gay man.” He made the announcement on Twitter ahead of his club’s celebration of gay pride, encouraging others to follow his example.The former DC United man said: “Tonight my team, Minnesota United, is having their Pride night.“It’s an important night for me – I’ll be announcing for the first time publicly that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer.“I have been out as a gay man for many years to my family and friends, and this includes my team-mates.last_img read more

Letterkenny businessman honoured with Hall of Fame Award

first_imgDermot Rainey, a leading estate agent and former Chamber President received the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Letterkenny’s business community over five decades.Dermot, the Managing Director of Sherry FitzGerald Rainey recieved Letterkenny Chamber’s Hall of Fame award at a ceremony in the Mount Errigal Hotel last night.Dermot has been involved in the family estate agency since 1974, said he felt “greatly honoured and humbled” following the recognition by his business peers in Donegal on Friday night. He said: “It’s a huge honour to be recognised by Letterkenny Chamber members for my contribution to business in the town through the years. As many will know, I have struggled with health issues in recent times but I’m now looking towards a bright future for the family business at Sherry FitzGerald Rainey Estate Agents.”Dermot’s Hall of Fame recognition follows Sherry FitzGerald Rainey’s recent return to its original premises at 45 Port Road, Letterkenny after the business relocated to Market Square in 1990 and later to Canal House in 1999.“The Rainey family business has been thriving in Letterkenny since 1949 and – although there have been many ups, downs and moves along the way – we have always enjoyed serving the local community to the highest standard. We’ve now come full circle, having returned to our original home at 45 Port Road – so in that respect this truly touching recognition is very timely.”Dermot added: “I feel greatly honoured and humbled to receive this ‘Hall of Fame’ accolade in the presence of my family, friends and business colleagues. I am deeply grateful to everyone who has supported our family business throughout the years. In particular, I will be eternally thankful to those who assisted in helping me get back on my feet following my recent poor health – not least my wife Mary and our children.” Letterkenny Chamber CEO, Toni Forrester, said: “We are delighted to recognise the sterling contribution that Dermot Rainey has made to the business and social fabric of Letterkenny. The Rainey family is very long-standing in Letterkenny business circles and has weatheredmany storms to come back on top thanks to Dermot’s astute leadership. He is a man of whom Letterkenny is very proud and the Chamber is honoured to welcome him into the Hall of Fame.”Letterkenny Business Awards 2016 was hosted by Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Donegal News, in the Mount Errigal Hotel. The ‘Hall of Fame’ award was sponsored by City of Derry Airport.Overall award winners:Business Person of the Year – Eddie Tobin.Hall of Fame – Dermot Rainey, Sherry Fitzgerald Rainey. Retailer of the Year – R McCullagh JewellersBest Use of Social Media – Rushe FitnessBusiness Excellence – Donegal Oil CompanyBest Start Up – Peadar Jim’s Property Maintenance Growth through Export – Nomadic DairyBest Innovation – SITAExcellence in Marketing – Lottie Dolls (Arklu)Excellence in Customer Service – Joe’s ButchersExcellence in E-Commerce – Petworld.ieLetterkenny businessman honoured with Hall of Fame Award was last modified: November 13th, 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)last_img read more

Donegal ETB: Gartan Outdoor Centre, music service, and all schools closed tomorrow

first_imgAll Donegal ETB schools, Further Education and Training Centres, crèches, Gartan Outdoor Education and Training centre and the music service are closed tomorrow, Monday 16 October, following direction from the Department of Education and Skills because of Hurricane Ophelia.In a statement, the Department of Education say: “In response to the imminent Storm Ophelia, the Department of Education and Skills is now publicly informing all schools, colleges and other education institutions that they are to remain closed tomorrow, Monday 16 October.“This decision has been made following discussions with members of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning and in light of the advice from Met Éireann on this unprecedented storm. “All schools and colleges will be closed tomorrow.” Donegal ETB Schools:1. Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town2. Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny3. Colaiste Chineal Eoghain, Buncrana4. Colaiste na Carraige, Carrick5. Colaíste Phobail Cholmcille, Tory Island6. Crana College, Buncrana7. Deele College, Raphoe8. Errigal College, Letterkenny9. Finn Valley College, Stranorlar10. Gairmscoil Chu Uladh, Ballinamore11. Gairmscoil MhicDiarmada, Arranmore Island12. Magh Ene College, Bundoran13. Moville Community College14. Mulroy College, Milford15. St Catherine’s Vocational School, Killybegs  Donegal ETB Further Education and Training (FET) centres and crèches:1. Adult Education & Training Centre, Ballyshannon2. Adult Education & Training Centre, Buncrana3. Adult Education & Training Centre, Donegal Town4. Adult Education & Training Centre, Gortahork5. Adult Education & Training Centre, Letterkenny6. Adult Education & Training Centre, Milford7. ETB Training Centre, Letterkenny (Ballyraine)8. ETB Training Centre, Gweedore9. Finn Valley Centre for Education, Stranorlar10. Youthreach Centre, Buncrana11. Youthreach Centre, Glengad12. Youthreach Centre, Letterkenny13. Youthreach Centre, Lifford14. Ard Scoil na gCeithre Máistir15. ETB crèches in Buncrana, Gortahork, Letterkenny and MilfordDonegal ETB: Gartan Outdoor Centre, music service, and all schools closed tomorrow was last modified: October 15th, 2017 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:donegalDonegal ETBgartanschoolslast_img read more