It was the final opportunity for the key officials of the Liberian government meet peacekeepers face-to-face and show appreciation for their contribution to national security before the UNMIL drawdown is complete. The program observing the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was scheduled to commence at 9:00 a.m., May 27, 2016, with military formalities including marching and hoisting of both the UN and Liberian flags to precede the indoor activities.Before 9:00 a.m., officials of UN agencies, UNMIL and foreign diplomats had converged and taken seats with expectation that the program would soon commence.Two Liberian officials, including Deputy Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin and Deputy Justice Minister Wheatonia Dickson-Barnes arrived together with US Charge d’Affaires, Sheila Paskman at 8:54 a.m.After waiting for about 10 minutes, the uniformed officers of the United Nations and Liberia marched and stood in formation to receive the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), Farid Zarif.As the SRSG arrived with expectation that the expected Liberian officials would soon arrive, the master of ceremony and UNMIL Public Information Chief, Russell Geekie, had to repeatedly apologize to guests for the delay on the part of the expected government officials.Most of the foreign guests expressed displeasure by their facial expressions and at the same time murmured over the length of time standing and sitting.The delay then sparked up much murmuring in the corridor of UNMIL headquarter, where both foreigners and Liberians stood to witness the program.Liberians at the program were vocal to speak out.“What is this? They were all given invitations with time on it. Couldn’t they do what they could from 7:00 to 8:30 and be here by 8: 55?” asked a Liberian working with the UN.“I don’t know whether Liberians know that others in the world are embarrassed by their delay. Every time they are invited to a program they will be the last to arrive while respectable people from foreign countries will await them. What is this?” another Liberian national reacted.The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Marshall Band was then asked to keep entertaining the guests while they await the arrival of the Liberian security officials.After 22 minutes of delay, William Mulbah, a senior officer of the Liberia National Police (LNP), as well as Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) Commissioner Lemuel Reeves, arrived and were escorted by SRSG Zarif.They were followed by AFL Chief of Staff, Daniel Ziankan Jr. at 9:24 a.m. and then Defense Minister, Brownie Samukai at 9:37.Procrastination has long been entrenched in Liberia that whenever a program or any form of gathering is scheduled, people usually delay for about 30 to 45 minutes with the notion that “Liberian occasions do not start on time.”As a result of this belief, a program that is to commence at 2p.m., for instance, is announced to commence at 1p.m. to create a one hour room for delay.It may be recalled that in 2014 when China sent a huge consignment of Ebola treatment materials to fight the virus, Ambassador Zhang Yue and Chinese embassy officials waited at the Roberts International Airport for over five and half hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:35 p.m., until an official from the Foreign Ministry, Amb. Sylvester Grigsby, arrived to receive the items on behalf of the Liberian government. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Global Technology Guyana Inc., in collaboration with the Education Ministry (MoE), has extended its arms to youths in remote interior locations as part of its initiative to provide fundamental training in computer science and technology.Trainer Swewram Sewlochan engaging his class in a practical exerciseFollowing conclusion of a two-week session in Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini), the programme was taken to Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), and is presently being executed in the village of Paramakatoi in the North Pakaraimas.Global Technology representative and trainer, Swewram Sewlochan, told Guyana Times on Saturday that it is a delight to be part of such an initiative, which is the first of its kind to be brought into the remote community in the Pakaraimas.Sewlochan says he has been overwhelmed by the rustic ambience of the community, which remains largely untouched and unscathed by technology. He is also pleased with the progress made thus far since commencement of the programme less than one week ago, on November 27, 2017.“Some of them (participants) have never touched computers before…but they are getting familiar (with its use). I am satisfied with the progress, tough it’s slow,” he told this publication.The programme seeks to cover a period of 100 hours, and caters for 30 participants — 15 each in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Training encapsulates fundamental education in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet and Email.Meanwhile, Guyana Times caught up with Paramakatoi resident Romalo Philips, Youth Officer attached to the EDepartment of Culture, Youth and Sport, who dubbed the programme a welcome intervention which would no doubt facilitate and bring abreast the youths of Paramakatoi with the modern era of technology. Participants will receive certificates upon conclusion of the programme on December 11.Several participants speaking with Guyana Times expressed their delight at being a part of such a beneficial initiative.“It’s a breakthrough for everybody…. For most of the participants, it’s been the first time with their hands to a laptop, and although it’s very difficult for them, it’s been such a great experience. It’s very beneficial for everyone, seeing that it’s the first time,” participant Emery Wilson voiced. (Paula Gomes)
The girls put forth a dominating effort in the Provincial’s Division 3, which included 26 other teams, winning a gold medal with an impressive record of seven wins and zero losses.In the Final match up, the ICE defeated the Rally from Taber, Alberta in two sets, thanks in large part to the ICE’s scorching serves.Following the championship, ICE members Jamie Lee and Jessica Maclean were named All-Stars.- Advertisement -After returning home with championship status, the team’s next task will be running a Mother’s Day fundraiser, selling flower pots outside of Dairy Queen Friday, May 11.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John native Jim Hughson has been selected as a recipient for the Foster Hewitt Award.Selected by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, Hughson is best known for his play-by-play work with the Vancouver Canucks and “Hockey Night in Canada,” and is receiving this award for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.Born and raised in Fort St. John, Hughson got his first broadcasting job at a local radio station in the 1970s, broadcasting games for the South Peace Hockey League, and eventually worked his way to become a play-by-play announcer for various roles within National Hockey which included broadcasting games three and four of the 1982 Stanley Cup Finals between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Islanders.- Advertisement -Hughson then moved on to take on the role as play-by-play for the Toronto Maple Leafs and then for the Canucks.For a time, Hughson was also a commentator for the Montreal Expos and then for the Toronto Blue Jays. Hughson called for the Jays’ ’92 and ’93 Division Championship series.Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, says Hughson is an excellent choice as a recipient for the award as he has been an exemplary broadcaster on both the local and national levels.Advertisement “Jim Hughson has been an exemplary broadcaster on both the local and national levels for many years since his days with Vancouver Canucks. Jim is an excellent broadcaster and a very deserving recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.”Hughson will be honoured at the Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards Luncheon in Toronto on November 18, 2019.
It also cited the high forecast electricity demand growth in BC, as making it unclear if BC hydropower options would be able to export large volumes of base load electricity into oil sands operations in the next decade.Meantime, the chair of the now defunct federal-provincial panel, which assessed the Site-C project, believes BC power would cost Alberta more than twice what it now pays producing power with natural gas and its own renewable sources.Therefore the Sun quotes Harry Swain as saying, “The Alberta market is not for real.”However, the BC government counters, that the power line proposal would reduce Alberta greenhouse gas emissions by three to six times helping its NDP government make a stronger world-wide case it is serious about its climate plan.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Prime Minister Trudeau has reportedly left the door open to federal government support of a new grid to send BC electricity into Alberta.The BC government has initiated discussion on what is estimated to be about a billion dollar project to be the jointly funded by the two provinces and Ottawa.The Vancouver Sun has published a story this week saying the Prime Minister has said his government will take a close look at the proposal, which carries a BC objective of improving the economics of the Site-C dam project, while at the same time helping Alberta reduce its dependence on coal and natural gas.- Advertisement -According to the Sun report Mr. Trudeau said, during his visit to Vancouver last week, that anything to get emissions down, by emphasizing hydroelectricity and creating opportunities to get off coal, and where possible, to also get off natural gas is, “Good for the country…good for our emissions profile…and good for the economy we need to build”.However, the Alberta government reportedly expressed an interest in the power line proposal, only if the BC government is prepared to show more support for increased pipeline shipment of diluted oil sands bitumen to the West Coast.The story also draws into question the economics of an expanded BC to Alberta transmission system with the Canadian Research Institute on record as stating this would be a much more expensive option for the Alberta government than is natural gas, to transmit electricity to power the oil sands sector. Advertisement
Marco van Ginkel AC Milan are set to sign Chelsea youngster Marco van Ginkel after Jose Mourinho made a phone call to the Italian side’s CEO to ensure the deal goes ahead, according to reports.The Dutch international joined Chelsea last summer but suffered an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury that sidelined him for the majority of the season.The 21-year-old has returned to full fitness but may be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge on loan to aid his development, with the San Siro looking his most likely destination.It had been reported that the deal was on the verge of collapse but Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Mourinho telephoned Adriano Galliani to resurrect the move.“It was a pleasure to hear from him again,” Galliani was quoted as saying. “I’ve always had respect for him and this conversation just confirmed it for me.” 1
He said he met with PSG’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Antero Henrique and “we decided that we would not continue to work together”.“I’ve told the players,” Emery said at a press conference on Friday ahead of the league match against Guingamp on Sunday.The German Thomas Tuchel, without a club since his tumultuous departure from Borussia Dortmund in May 2017, is seen as the hot favourite to succeed Emery by French media.“His immense passion for football and his commitment to the job have allowed the club to continue to anchor itself among the elite of French and international football,” said Al-Khelaifi in a club statement.“I congratulate Unai for his commitment to our project and I wish him, on behalf of the club, full success in the challenges that await him.”Spaniard Emery arrived having achieved continental success, winning the Europa League three years running with Sevilla.But his track record in the Champions League at Sevilla, as well as with Valencia and Spartak Moscow before that, had left much to be desired and Emery’s time in France will forever be associated with failure in that competition.PSG had previously reached four consecutive quarter-finals following the Qatari takeover of the club in 2012, but Emery oversaw a humiliating defeat to Barcelona in the last 16 a year ago, losing 6-1 at the Camp Nou after a 4-0 win in the first leg.The club then committed to spending 400 million euros ($483 million) on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe alone — the two most expensive transfer deals in history — last year, but Paris were eliminated in the last 16 again this year, going out to Real Madrid.Those defeats suggested that, far from closing the gap to Europe’s elite, PSG were going backwards.– Uncertain future –Under Emery, PSG lost their French title to Monaco before regaining it this season. The club won the French League Cup both seasons. They took the French Cup in 2017 and are back in the final this year where they face third-division Les Herbiers on May 8.“To achieve its number one objective, which is the Champions League, the club first of all needs to be strong in France,” said Emery, 46.“This year we have won the club’s seventh league title and we are only missing one to become the most successful club in France.“I am sure that in the coming years, by continuing to win everything in France, the club will do it.”Asked if he had any regrets from his two years at the Parc des Princes, Emery added: “I am very happy to have had the chance to work here. It is a great experience as a coach.“This has been a good season but we still have the French Cup to left to win.“We lost against Real but they are showing that they are maybe still the strongest team in Europe.”Emery’s future is uncertain, although he has been linked with a return to Real Sociedad, the club from his native Basque Country whom he played for at the start of his career.“I’m going to see what’s best for my future,” Emery said. “I’m very focused for Sunday (and Guingamp) and the final of the French Cup. After that I’ll see.”With four games of the Ligue 1 season remaining, PSG can still become the first team ever to get to 100 points in France’s top flight.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Unai Emery said he will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of a second bittersweet season © AFP/File / NICOLAS TUCATParis, France, Apr 27 – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said Friday he will leave the French club at the end of the campaign after Champions League failures in both his seasons in charge.Emery’s two-year contract ends in June and he had been expected to leave anyway.
A man severed the artery of a Garda Sergeant after a row erupted because he claimed his daughter was mistreated at a nightclub.Carpenter John Boyle attacked the Garda and four bouncers outside Voodoo Nightclub in Letterkenny.Medics had to rush to save Sgt Aidan Doherty after he was attacked with a replica Stanley knife. Letterkenny Circuit Court heard today how blood squirted for up to a metre every time medics took bandages from Sgt Doherty’s arm.He was eventually operated on but the Garda will have a permanent scar on his arm.Details of the savage attack, which happened on August 14th, 2011, were read out in court.After an altercation with bouncers Boyle was removed from a queue and taken to one side.However Boyle, 47, who was charged with four counts of assault causing harm and two of making threats to kill, flipped and stabbed five people.Boyle stabbed Sgt Doherty in the leg and told him “I know where you F****** live and I’ll kill you.”He also said to bouncer after stabbing him in the leg “You’ll remember that the next time.”Three other bouncers noticed later they also all had stab wounds.Boyle, of 14 Leck Cottages, Letterkenny, said he had received a call from his daughter to say she had not been given change from €50 after she bought a drink.When she complained she was removed from the premises and was allegedly told that the club did not want her kind in it.She telephoned her father and he went to meet her and took the knife from her which she had in her handbag.He claimed he went to explain this to the bouncers and things got out of control.Barrister Peter Nolan said Boyle was a hard-worker who was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.He was a settled traveller who had a very difficult upbringing.Judge John O’Hagan said the fact that he is a settled traveller will not influence him in any way.He said whatever was said to him was not an excuse for him to do what he did on the night.Judge John O’Hagan said he did not bring the knife to the nightclub to cut his nails or to cut carpet in the nightclub.Judge O’Hagan said “I have a duty to the public and to members of An Garda Siochana that Mr Boyle will not do this again.“I can’t be seen to be giving people sweets in the light of severity of this assault.“It cries out for a custodial sentence. I don’t like doing this but it has to happen. Be he 47 or 18 under no circumstances will weapons or any other instruments be produced. It will not happen on my watch,” he said.He sentenced Boyle to two years in prison for all six counts and suspended the last six months.MAN WHO STABBED GARDA AND BOUNCERS JAILED FOR TWO YEARS was last modified: November 5th, 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) Tags:GardaiJohn BoyleJUdge John O’HaganstabVOODOO
SIX young cyclists taking part in a mini ‘Tour’ event in Co Donegal have been treated for various injuries after being caught up in yesterday’s freak downpours.All of the cyclists were hurt during falls at the first day of the event around Gartan.All were treated for their injuries – mainly broken bones – at Letterkenny General Hospital. The Errigal Youth Tour will continue today. YOUNG CYCLISTS HURT DURING GARTAN YOUTH RACE was last modified: August 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashcyclistsgartan
Brand South Africa in partnership with its agency, The Odd Number are proud to be recipients of four Loerie Awards at the Loeries awards ceremony held in Durban over the weekend.The Loeries are Africa and the Middle East’s premier initiative that recognises, rewards, inspires and fosters creative excellence in the brand communication industry.Brand South Africa’s creative work won on multi-media platforms – Radio Station Commercials, Newspaper Advertising as well as TV and Cinema Advertising for various campaigns namely; the Play Your Part, Constitutional Awareness and Days of national significance.The Awards are as follows:Bronze Radio Station Commercial for Play Your Part for the “Babakhe” commercial, the message is anchored on promoting road safetyBronze SA Non-English Radio Station Commercial for Play Your Part for the “BVD” commercial, the message is anchored on promoting road safetyBronze TV & Cinema Commercials – above 90s for Constitutional Awareness for the “Dala what you must” web film.Bronze Newspaper Advertising South Africa for Days of national significance campaign (Freedom Day) for the “Amandla” campaign.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said “We are really proud of the work produced by our agency and these awards reaffirm that the work we do, does not go unnoticed. I am confident that a number of opportunities will arise from this achievement, which will help showcase how South Africa inspires in new and innovate ways domestically and internationally”.Another special moment for the organisation was the winners of the Brand South Africa’s young creatives category award, which proved to be a tough judging process for the team. The young winners were announced by General Manager for Communication Ms Thoko Modise.“Our young creatives are David Franciscus from Protagonist Films and Kirstin Uken from Sunshinegun, these young people will go far, we are really proud of the high quality of work produced. The Nation Brand is guided by innovative work especially from the young people, well done to both”, said Ms ModiseWatch the award winning “Dala what you must” web film here