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Liberia-China Wushu School Dedicated

first_imgFrom right: Chief Chen Lihua, commander of UNMIL FPU; the Director of the Confucius Institute, UL; Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue. At far left: Minister of Youth and Sports.The Liberia National Wushu Association in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia and the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia officially opened the newly constructed Liberia-China Wushu School and Gymnasium on Saturday, January 6.The president of the Liberia National Wushu Association, Fred J. A. Pratt, said the official turning over of modernized Wushu School marked another milestone in the Liberian sporting arena.According to him, the project was constructed by the government and people of China through its embassy in Monrovia in partnership with the LNWA.The official turning over of the newly constructed Liberia-China Wushu School brought together dignitaries from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of State and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, the Police Inspector General and Foreign Service Director as some of the high profile personalities who graced the occasion.President Pratt noted that the cultural exchange performance between China and Liberia martial arts athletes was indeed a sign of recognizing the people of China for their pivotal role played over the years in the growth and development of Liberia.According to him, Wushu has actively been involved in training and recruiting young Liberians at the SKD Sports Complex. He lauded Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue for his commitment to the exchange of martial arts program to other parts of Liberia.Responding, Ambassador Zhang said martial arts performances between Liberia and Chinese athletes are welcome as they build a strong relationship between Liberia and China, pointing out that the people of China will remain supportive of Liberia’s development and help to strengthen the capacity of the Liberia National Wushu Association.It may be recalled that Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue pledged his government’s continued support to the Liberian National Wushu Association last year during the Wushu awareness competition held on the main campus of the University of Liberia in Monrovia.That program was organized by the LNWA in collaboration with the 4th UNMIL Chinese Police (FPU) and the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia.At Saturday’s program, the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia was one of the major actors during the martial arts performance as the students and their Chinese counterparts performed traditional dances to entertain the large crowd.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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US condemns Guyana’s Govt for honouring convicted terrorist

first_imgPresident David Granger…Britain, EU stand firm in condemnationJunior Agriculture Minister Valerie Adams-Yearwood moved the motionBritish High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory QuinnUS Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah Ann-LynchLate convicted terrorist and former MP Abdul KadirEU Ambassador to Guyana, Jernej VidetičDays after Government passed a motion in the absence of the Opposition in the National Assembly paying tribute to a convicted terrorist and former parliamentarian, two out of the three ABC countries and the European Union (EU) have joined in condemning the Guyana Administration’s actions.The United States and the United Kingdom made it clear that the motion was inappropriate, with the US Embassy in Georgetown issuing a strongly-worded statement in which it questioned the coalition Government’s commitment to the rule of law.“The US Embassy in Georgetown condemns the resolution by Guyana’s National Assembly, reportedly honouring the life and work of convicted terrorist Abdul Kadir,” the US Embassy wrote. “Kadir was sentenced to life in prison in the United States after being found guilty of plotting a 2007 terrorist attack at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York.”The US statement declared that members of the Guyana National Assembly, therefore, chose to honour a man who “conspired to kill innocent people from across the United States and around the world. This resolution is an insensitive and thoughtless act, which demonstrates the National Assembly’s disregard for the gravity of Kadir’s actions”.The Embassy recalled that while speaking at an International Peace Conference recently, recently-appointed US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch had held up Guyana as “a model to the world on religious tolerance and understanding”.“The National Assembly’s resolution of April 26 draws into question that reputation.  It also comes on the heels of Guyana’s historic cooperation with the United States on the extradition of an alleged murderer.  Members of Parliament have placed this resolution in direct contradiction to the efforts of security cooperation between our two countries.”With this resolution, honouring a convicted terrorist, members of Guyana’s National Assembly have left a stain on their legacy as representatives of the Guyanese people and on their commitment to the rule of law, the Embassy added.InappropriateMeanwhile, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn threw his support behind the US Embassy’s statement, noting in a tweet on Monday that the Government’s actions were inappropriate.“The UK shares the concerns of our US friends about the honouring of convicted terrorist Abdul Kadir,” Quinn wrote in his statement. “Terrorism affects us all and we believe this action was inappropriate.”The EU also came out against the Government’s actions. In a statement on its Guyanese mission website, the EU delegation expressed surprise that the Government would honour someone convicted of terrorism.“The EU Delegation notes with surprise the honouring of former MP Abdul Kadir in the National Assembly of Guyana and believes that eulogising a person convicted of terrorist acts is inappropriate,” the Delegation wrote.After the rising indignation against the motion to honour Kadir, Government released a statement on Monday saying that honouring Kadir is in keeping with “time-honoured convention”.“It is well known that there is a time-honoured convention of the National Assembly to observe, in a standard and solemn form, the work of former Members who are deceased. The observance of this tradition has never been selective, and has included, over the decades, persons of all political parties and persuasions who served in the National Assembly.“The Government of Guyana regrets the interpretation given to the motion passed in the National Assembly on April 26 on the death of Abdul Kadir, a former Member of Parliament. The Government of Guyana asserts that it had no intention of conveying the impression that the motion was designed to honour a former MP convicted of terrorism in another jurisdiction.”According to the Government in its statement, the motion was intended to recognise Kadir’s service as a parliamentarian. Kadir served in the National Assembly as a People’s National Congress (PNC) parliamentarian from 2001 to 2006.Opposition condemnationMeanwhile, the Opposition – People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – have since denounced the act by the Government saying that such a motion is another act of betrayal of democracy and the rule of law.In a stinging statement on Saturday evening the PPP said the move by Government to pass such a motion is clearly not reflective of the will of the people of Guyana.The Party, which boycotted the sitting as the Government’s very legality is to be decided by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which is hearing no-confidence related cases next month, said that the People’s National Congress (PNC) has a” history of honouring and exonerating violent criminals. Linden “Blackie” London, whose reign of terror ended when he was killed in a shootout with law enforcement services of Guyana, was honoured by PNC leaders, who infamously draped Blackie’s coffin with Guyana’s national flag, the Golden Arrowhead. In addition, the five prison escapees who wreaked havoc and were responsible for murder, mayhem and an unprecedented crime wave, were dubbed ‘freedom fighters’ by many leaders of the PNC.”MotionThe motion – Sympathy on the Death of Mr Abdul Kadir, former Member of Parliament – was tabled by newly-transferred Junior Agriculture Minister Valerie Adams-Yearwood in Parliament on Friday.The motion states: “Be it resolved that this National Assembly records its deep regret on the death of Mr Abdul Kadir on 28th June, 2018, and pays tribute to his dedicated service to the Parliament of Guyana as a Member of Parliament, where he served in the Eighth Parliament, from 17th April, 2001 to 2nd May, 2006, and to the people of Guyana.“The people of Linden and Guyana have lost a great man, a stalwart; a bold and courageous man. So I ask this National Assembly that we direct an expression of sympathy (to) be conveyed to his sorrowing widow, children, grandchildren and relatives,” Minister Adams-Yearwood said as she tabled the motion, which was eventually carried in the absence of the PPP/C Opposition.Kadir, a former PNC MP and Mayor of Linden, died back in June 2018 in a penitentiary in the United States of America, where he had been serving a life sentence for plotting a 2007 terror attack at the John F Kennedy International Airport, New York.last_img read more

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Kirby Dreher qualifies for 2013 U.S. Open

first_imgDreher finished the first round at two over par and knew she was near the top of the leaderboard, and a round of one over on the second round helped to solidify her spot.Accuracy off the tee was paramount as course conditions weren’t ideal, but Dreher says she was able to keep the ball in the fairways throughout the day.“It was cold and rainy over the first 18 holes. The course was super tough and you had to hit a lot of fairways because they had the roughs so thick that if you hit it there, you couldn’t go for the green,” she explains. “That was probably the thing I did the best out there yesterday was that I hit a ton of fairways. My driver was definitely my best club in the bag.”- Advertisement -Dreher says her game plan worked perfectly, as she kept a level head throughout the round.“My game plan was to stick to my routine and let whatever happens, happens,” she says.  “36 holes is a ton of golf for everybody and so much can happen, even over nine holes, so whatever I was at, at that present moment I had no clue what anyone else was doing, so I just had to stick to my routine and keep plugging along.”This year’s U.S. Women’s Open will be held in South Hampton, New York. The tournament will tee off June 27 and will conclude on the 30th.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Glendale teen killed in car accident

first_imgVAN NUYS – One teenager was killed and two others were injured when their vehicle crashed on the southbound Hollywood Freeway (170) late Friday, the California Highway Patrol said today. The driver, identified only as a 17-year-old male from Glendale, died at the scene. The victim was driving a 2006 Nissan south on the freeway near Chandler Boulevard about 10:15 p.m. when he tried to change lanes and lost control, officials said. The Nissan struck a light pole and several trees. An 18-year-old male from Sherman Oaks suffered major injuries and another 17-year-old male from North Hills suffered minor injuries. 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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Qatar ploughs ahead with World Cup plans despite crises

first_imgIt is highly unlikely that any visitor to the World Cup is going to see rushed last-minute preparations.With four and a half years until the 2022 World Cup kicks off, Qatar is ahead of schedule when it comes to venues, related major projects and even paint.Of the eight stadiums it will build or renovate for 2022, one — Khalifa International — is already open and will host the World Athletics Championships next year.Two more, Al-Wakrah and Al-Bayt stadiums, are expected to be finished by the end of this year and officially opened early in 2019.Work is also well underway on Lusail Stadium, where the World Cup final and opening game will be played in 2022.Construction across Doha — the 2022 World Cup is effectively a one city tournament and the longest distance between venues just 55 kilometres — progresses despite the Gulf political crisis.– Swiftly replaced –In the 13 months since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies froze all relations with Qatar, World Cup organisers have proved resilient.The embargo, in place since June 5, 2017, cut off the supply of construction materials from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, but they were swiftly replaced by imports from Malaysia and China.New roads, hotels, museums, neighbourhoods even towns — including the estimated $45 billion Lusail — have been built.Doha’s first metro system, costing $36 billion, is on track to open in 2019.Qatar expects up to 1.5 million fans to attend in 2022 and they will be housed in a combination of hotels, Airbnb properties, tents and some 12,000 on cruise ships.Doha has proved very sensitive about accusations there will not be enough hotel spaces with claims it will fall short on the 60,000 hotel rooms FIFA requires a World Cup host nation to provide.Designated fan zones will be put in place as well as regulated areas where fans can drink.Qatar, a conservative Muslim country, permits alcohol but only under regulated circumstances.Where the teams will stay in Qatar — and if all will stay in Qatar — for the moment is not clear.Iran has offered its Kish Island as a base for teams and use of that could depend on the tournament remaining a 32-nation World Cup or if FIFA brings forward plans to increase it to 48 sides.For security, Qatar will use foreign police officers to try and combat hooliganism, say organisers, as they aim to deliver “the safest World Cup in the world”.British Typhoon fighter jets bought last year by Qatar for $8 billion will help provide security and patrol the skies during the event.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The already-completed Khalifa International Stadium in Doha will host the World Athletics Championships next year © AFP / KARIM JAAFARDOHA, Qatar, Jul 19 – Last year, Qatar’s finance minister Ali Sharif Al-Emadi said his country was determined to have everything ready for the 2022 World Cup well before fans started landing in the Gulf.“We don’t want to be painting while people arrive in the country,” he said, before going on to reveal Qatar is spending almost $500 million (430 million euros) a week on infrastructure projects for football’s biggest tournament.last_img read more

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BC Coroners Service seeks public assistance to identify male

first_imgMOBERLY LAKE, B.C. – The BC Coroners Service and the RCMP ask for the public’s assistance to identify a male who was found deceased on Nov. 1, 2019, near Moberly Lake. The male was found in a farmer’s field in the 1100-block of Boucher Lake Road, which is located approximately 10 kilometres northeast of Moberly Lake. This individual’s death has been determined as non-suspicious by the RCMP and is believed to have occurred earlier this year. – Advertisement -Anyone with information that may help identify this individual is asked to contact either the Fort St. John RCMP at 250 787-8140, or the BC Coroners Service’s Special Investigations Unit at 1 877 660-5077 or by email at bccs.siu@gov.bc.cacenter_img He is an adult male, most likely under 40 years of age and approximately 180 centimetres tall (5-11). At the time of his death, he was wearing what appears to have been a camouflage-style shirt, blue “True Religion” brand jeans, and size 11 Nike Air Max running shoes.last_img read more

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STRANORLAR STUDENTS KNOW WHO THEY ARE AS THEY LAUNCH UNIQUE BOOK

first_imgA group of transition year students from St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar have launched their book on cyber bullying, confidence and self esteem titled ‘Be Who You Are’. The book is targeted at the 5-12 year old age group and narrates scenarios of cyber bullying, self esteem and confidence issues felt by children within this demographic. The book centres around a ‘Good Will Fairy’ named Lana, who visits 4 children affected by cyber-bullying and confidence issues. The book was developed by the transition year students, in the hope that teachers, youth workers and parents could read the book with children, so as, to enhance their confidence and enable the children to understand that there is hope when you feel despair.This book has been written and illustrated by children for children. Cyber bullying, issues of low self esteem and confidence are key problem areas for many children in Donegal and beyond.The launch night took place in Stranorlar Parish Centre and was endorsed by Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher, MEP who attended the launch. Pat spoke at length about the merits of the book and the fact that the book had been written by peers for their peers. He outlined his delight in being associated with the book and highlighted the need for a European approach to tackling issues such as those highlighted in the book.A large attendance was at the launch and it is hoped that the message of the book is far reaching. He commended Aoife Kelly, Roisin Doherty, Tamara Bradley and Siobhan Mc Menamin from Stararts Mini Company, St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar on their hard work in getting this book from a simple idea to a reality. Niall Mulrine, CyberSafetyAdvice.com also spoke at the event and warned parents on the importance of being vigilant about children’s online usage. He highlighted the importance of communication with your children and has endorsed the book as a ‘must read’ for all parents of young children.Anyone interested in purchasing this book can do so through Amazon.com, The Bookshop, Ballybofey or Books and Charts, Dungloe. The book is priced at €5 and a percentage of the money raised in the sale of this book will go to the Bluestack Foundation. STRANORLAR STUDENTS KNOW WHO THEY ARE AS THEY LAUNCH UNIQUE BOOK was last modified: March 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LOST POOCH SUSIE RE-UNITED WITH OWNER

first_imgA DOG found by a reader in Lismonaghan, Letterkenny, last night has been reunited with her owner. Turns out she’s called Susie – and her owner is “delighted” she’s back home.Thanks to all readers for your responses.   LOST POOCH SUSIE RE-UNITED WITH OWNER was last modified: December 28th, 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)last_img read more

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LETTERKENNY WOMEN’S CENTRE TO GET NEW NAME ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

first_imgThe launch of a new name for Letterkenny Women’s Centre plus a celebration of women who’ve made outstanding contributions to the Donegal community will be featured at an International Women’s Day event on Monday, 9th March, which the public is invited to attend.Management and staff of the Letterkenny Women’s Centre ahead of an International Women’s Day event that the Centre will be co-presenting with NCCWN-Donegal Women’s Network on Monday, 9th March: (front, l-r) Roisín Kavanagh, Vera Sweeney; (back, l-r) NC Britton, Eilish McArt, Mary Maguire, and Breid Kelly-McCollum.The event, which is being co-presented by the Centre and NCCWN-Donegal Women’s Network, will take place from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at the centre on the Port Road in Letterkenny. Participants are encouraged to wear something purple, which is the official colour of International Women’s Day.The event will include opening remarks by Finola Brennan of NCCWN-DWN and addresses by women whose own accomplishments reflect the International Women’s Day 2015 theme of “Make It Happen”, including Mary Crossan of the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Ann Friel of Donegal Travellers Project, and Roisín Kavanagh of the Letterkenny Women’s Centre. The Centre will then be formally re-named as the “Donegal Women’s Centre”, a name which better represents the county-wide range of services that it offers.“The Centre was 25 years last year, during which some of our services have expanded throughout Donegal,” said Ms. Kavanagh. “People were thinking the services of the Centre were only for people living in Letterkenny, so changing our name is just a natural progression as we now cater for women in Inishowen, South Donegal, West Donegal, East Donegal, and Aranmore Island, as well as the Letterkenny area. We’re delighted to be able to offer outreach services, including to rural women who are at high risk of social exclusion and marginalisation.”Current Centre outreach services include a Sexual Health Education Project which is run at schools and Youthreach Centres throughout the county. The six- to eight-week programme, which was delivered to more than 1,000 young people last year, was developed in response to a 2004 research report by Ms. Kavanagh that documented the sexual health education needs of 17- to 26-year-old women in Donegal.The Centre also runs the only Dedicated Domestic Violence Counselling Service in Ireland at locations throughout the county, offering long-term counselling for women affected by domestic violence. The service, which works closely with Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service, additionally runs educational presentations about domestic violence for men. “Usually the domestic violence counselling offered to women is on a short-term basis, but because of the level of trauma and dissociation involved a long-term approach is actually required,” said NC Britton, one of two service counsellors. “One result of the service has been a massive rise in awareness of the trauma and neglect experienced by children in domestic violence situations.”The Centre has also recently begun a “Let’s Get Talking, Donegal” general counselling service for women and men over the age of 17 on an outreach basis and at its welcoming and wheelchair-accessible Letterkenny location.Other services offered at the Centre include a Women’s Health and Family Planning Clinic, the Ilash Young Women’s Sexual Health Drop-in Clinic, Crisis Pregnancy Counselling, a Listening Service, a Breastfeeding Support Group, a Letterkenny CDP START Project addiction programme, educational courses, and more.Funders for Centre services include Donegal ETB, the HSE, the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme, the Irish Family Planning Association, Tusla, and Victims of Crime.“The fact that we can deliver services on an outreach basis is a major break that we are only able to do because of the funding we get,” said Eilish McArt, Co-ordinator of the Centre’s Sexual Health Education Project. “We also have a lot of dependence on volunteers; without them we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.” One long-term volunteer, Vera Sweeney, who started out answering phones and attending courses at the Port Road rental premises where the Centre was based before moving into a building of its own in 1996, explained the role that the Centre has played in her life.“I was like a wilted plant when I came here,” she said. “Through being here I received water, which helped me lift up my head and get out there again.”More information about Letterkenny Women’s Centre is available by ringing (074) 91 24985 or online at www.lwc.ie.LETTERKENNY WOMEN’S CENTRE TO GET NEW NAME ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY was last modified: March 6th, 2015 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

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Kawhi stars as Raptors defeat Bucks in game 6, reach first ever NBA finals

first_img Tags: Giannis AntetokounmpoGolden State WarriorsKawhi LeornardMilwaukee BucksNBAToronto Raptors This will Raptors first NBA finals appearance.(PHOTO/AGENCY)Kawhi Leonard finished with 27 points and a career high 17 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in their history with a 100-94 win over the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.The Raptors won the series in six games as Saturday’s contest at Scotiabank Arena was a mirror image of game five, featuring a strong start by Milwaukee before Toronto came back in the fourth quarter to close it out with several clutch plays down the stretch.The Raptors reached their first finals in their 24-year history where they will face the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.Game one of the best-of-seven final is Thursday in Toronto.“I just took it one possession at a time, Leonard said after game 4.“We kept fighting all game. The calls were not going our way, but we kept striving and striving.Leonard won the head to head battle against Giannis Antetokounmpo, even dunking over the mighty “Greek Freak” with six minutes left in the fourth to give Toronto a 87-79 lead.Leonard also hit another dynamic three-pointer from his favourite corner spot on the floor with three minutes left to make it 95-90.He shot nine of 22 from the field and had seven assists for the Raptors, who roared back to win four straight games after falling into an 0-2 hole to begin the series.Pascal Siakam tallied 18 points, Kyle Lowry finished with 17 and Fred VanVleet came off the bench to score 14 points in the win.Toronto was down by 15 points at one stage in the third quarter before Leonard’s supporting cast sparked the comeback to start the fourth.“We thrive at it. We enjoy the moment, Leonard continued.“My teammates have my back. I was on the bench to start the fourth quarter and they came back. It was a collective effort.Antetokounmpo tallied a double double with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who lost in the NBA playoff semi-finals after finishing with the best record in the regular season.Comments last_img read more