An instructor boots a computer for first time students.The official dedication of a rural computer laboratory that hosts 20 desktop computers with support from Alfalit International Liberia was on November 8, 2018, held at Tailor Ta United Methodist School (TTUMS) in Bong County.Alfalit International Liberia’s Executive Director Reverend Emmanuel J. Giddings, said the computer laboratory project came about when Alfalit International president Dr. Joseph Milton and staff visited the school in their adult literacy organization outreach activity in rural Liberia.He told the gathering that Dr. Milton and team were touched as a result of the appeal made by the students for computers as part of their quest to be at the same level with other students in the country.Rev. Giddings then called on the administration and the students to use the computers to be part of the global community.During the construction period, Rev. Giddings raised the issue of maintenance of the computer laboratory.Rev. Giddings, however, expressed delight about the engagement of the Department of General Education and Ministry of the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (LACUMC).He underscored the need for regular supervision and monitoring of the use of the Computer Lab, and stressed that the computers must always be kept clean and accessible to the students.Students of TTUMS Give a Standing ovation to staff of Alfalit International Liberia at Dedication of Computer Lab in Bong CountyEarlier, the National Program Supervisor of the Liberia Ghana Missions, George S. Stewart, disclosed that the computer laboratory construction encountered some delays due primarily to Ebola outbreak in the country in 2014.Mr. Stewart said the Ebola outbreak affected the mobilization of materials and the movement of staff to carry out the construction work of the annex that now hosts the computer laboratory.He also thanked the staff and teachers of TTUMS for their support and cooperation during and after the construction of the laboratory.Madam Helen Roberts Evans, Associate Director for Supervision, Department of General Education at the Ministry of the United Methodist Church, promised to pay regular visits to the computer laboratory in particular and to the school in general.She urged the students to take interest in their lessons so that they may be able to transform their lives as useful citizens of the country.Pastor Henry Cooper extended gratitude to the leaders and staff of Alfalit International for the computer laboratory.Pastor Cooper assured the donors that the computer facility will be properly managed, and praised the overseas donors for empowering rural Liberian students and teachers in that part of Bong County.Parents of the students appreciated donors for the Computer Lab, and extended special gratitude for what they described as a golden opportunity that will cherish in the years to come.Elders of Tailor Ta told the heads and staff of Alfalit International Liberia that the computer laboratory provided for the the students will strengthen their learning capacity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A cook was on Tuesday remanded to prison at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where she made her first appearance for narcotics trafficking.Tricia Hanes stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, who read the charge which stated that on May 18, 2019, at the Bartica Police Station, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), she had in her possession 576 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. The 40-year-old woman denied the charge.Tricia HanesThe prosecution’s case contended that on May 18, ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Bartica, acting on information, went to the Bartica Ferry Stelling where they conducted a search on passengers. When a search was carried out on the defendant’s handbag, two parcels were found containing stems and leaves of cannabis. The woman was arrested and taken to the Bartica Police Station.Hanes was represented by Attorney-at-Law Trenton Lake, who told the court in his bail application that his client was a passenger in a minibus when the search was conducted. According to the lawyer, when the cannabis was discovered, his client was not present and his client maintained that the bag did not belong to her. In the bail application, the lawyer also noted that it was another passenger of the same bus who claimed that the bag belonged to Hanes. He further stated that the narcotic was discovered at the Bartica Ferry Stelling, not at the police station.Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail based on the fact that the defendant had not provided an address to the police. She was remanded to prison and the case will continue on June 19, 2019, at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.
It is also harder to qualify for a mortgage now because lending standards have been tightened. Conway expects occupancy rates to average 96 percent across the five-county region this year. When a market’s occupancy rate is higher than 95 percent, it is at capacity, she added. The report also showed that: Valley rents jumped 5.9 percent last year and now average $1,385 a month – an average of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. This follows a 9 percent increase in 2005. The Valley’s vacancy rate averaged 2.3 percent. In the Santa Clarita Valley, the rent increased 2.4 percent last year to average $1,386 and the vacancy rate was 4.5 percent. Apartment rents jumped across Southern California last year and vacancy rates continued tightening, in part because of the housing market slump, according to a report that will be released today by the Lusk Center for Real Estate at USC. Apartment occupancy rates now top 97 percent in nearly all submarkets of Los Angeles County, including the San Fernando Valley, the report said. Meanwhile, rents in the county increased an annual 5.6 percent in 2006, the study said. And steady gains in the overall economy continue to improve the fundamentals for the region’s apartment market. “Stricter lending standards following the subprime mortgage meltdown are causing many potential homebuyers, who now face a larger down payment and higher monthly payments, to find renting more affordable,” said Delores Conway, director of the University of Southern California’s Casden Forecast. In the Antelope Valley, the rent increased 4.3 percent to $1,144 and the vacancy rate was 3.9 percent. Even though sales have fallen since the start of the 2005 fourth quarter, the median home price around the region has stayed flat, although it reached a record in L.A. County last month. “As economic activity expands across the region, steady job growth and high home prices bode well for landlords,” Conway said. “Strong investor interest and favorable long-term interest rates should help sustain sales activity of apartment buildings in all markets even as more units are being built.” The West Los Angeles, Hollywood and Valley submarkets will continue to shine, with more than 6,000 units under construction. Daniel Blake, director of the economic research center at California State University, Northridge, said the housing boom in the first half of this decade tipped things in favor of homeowners. For example, according to the 2000 census, 50.1 percent of households in the Valley owned homes while 49.9 percent rented. A recalculation of those numbers last year found 52 percent owned and 48 percent rented. “I attribute it to the way the federal reserve system fought the 2001 recession – with low interest rates, and the main impact was on mortgage rates and it made a first-time mortgage super cheap,” Blake said. People at the high-end of the rent scale found that it didn’t cost that much more to move to a house or condominium. “When housing prices started soaring, rents were going up less than 5 percent,” he said. “Then we saw rents take off when housing prices stopped going up.” email@example.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Britain’s Mail Online said the Scot, who retired in 2013, was out of a coma and showing promising early signs of recovery following the haemorrhage on Saturday.“Surgery went very well and the 76-year-old’s response to treatment has given encouragement and cautious optimism to those close to him,” the report said.“However, they recognise it will still be a slow road to full recovery as he continues to be assessed.”“The prognosis is good and his closest friends in football are being kept abreast of any developments,” a source told The Sun newspaper.United midfielder Michael Carrick, who played under Ferguson, has spoken of the respect in which his former boss is held.“The whole football world is incredible but outside of that as well, from all corners of the globe and different walks of life, people have shown their support,” he told MUTV.“That’s the effect he had on people. It was the effect he had on everyone. He means a lot to me, as he does to this club.”“We were all praying for him and thinking of him, Cathy and the family,” said Carrick. “It’s a tough time for everyone but I’m thinking positive and hoping he will pull through.”United have thanked the many well-wishers, including Premier League managers Arsene Wenger, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, who have spoke of their admiration for Ferguson.Wenger enjoyed a long, and at times fractious rivalry with Ferguson as they battled for Premier League supremacy in the first decade of the Frenchman’s long reign in charge of Arsenal.However, they later became friends and with Wenger leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, Ferguson presented his old adversary with a memento on his final visit to United’s Old Trafford ground just last weekend.“I was with him on the pitch last week. I went to see him in the box after the game and he looked in perfect shape,” said Wenger, after his final home game as Arsenal boss on Sunday.“He told me he is doing a lot of exercise, and he looked very happy but that kind of accident can happen. We wish him all well and to recover very quickly. He is a strong man and an optimistic man.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alex Ferguson won the Premier League 13 times with Manchester United © AFP/File / Andrew YATESLONDON, United Kingdom, May 8 – Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is sitting up and talking to his family following emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage, media reports said Tuesday.Widely considered to be the most successful manager in the history of British football, Ferguson, 76, won 38 trophies in more than 26 years in charge of United, including 13 Premier League titles and the Champions League twice.
Combining games for Barcelona, Brazil and now Guangzhou, the 30-year-old best known in China as “Violent Bird” — a nod to how his name is pronounced in Chinese and his style of play — has racked up 69 games in the past year and had no off-season.By comparison, fellow Brazilian international midfielder Renato Augusto at Chinese Super League (CSL) rivals Beijing Guoan has played less than 40 matches over the same period, according to the football data tracker transfermarkt.com.Both featured at the World Cup in Russia, but Paulinho played through the winter and spring as Barcelona won the Spanish league and Copa del Rey, while Augusto and the CSL were on a break.While many players in Europe were able to put their feet up after Russia, Paulinho jetted back to China on loan from Barcelona and made his second Guangzhou debut just 11 days after Brazil were knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in the quarter-finals.Little wonder that Paulinho enjoys the kind of adulation in China that he never had at Tottenham, where he had an unremarkable stint in 2013-2015, or at Barcelona.– ‘Violent Bird can still fly’ –After arriving back in China to a hero’s welcome at the airport, Paulinho made light of the number of games he has played since August last year.“I am actually in a very good physical condition and I believe that the coaching staff knows how to use me (sensibly),” he said.He has gone on to play every minute of the six games that Fabio Cannavaro’s Guangzhou have had in the past month, scoring five times and earning another nickname in Chinese media: “Iron Man.”Along with another new signing, his fellow Brazilian Talisca, who is on loan from Benfica, they have almost single-handedly helped rescue Guangzhou’s season — and kept Cannavaro in his job.Paulinho again played all 90 minutes on Wednesday as the reigning seven-time CSL champions thrashed Henan Jianye 5-0 away to leave Guangzhou fourth in the table, six points off leaders Beijing Guoan but with a game in hand.After bringing up a century of games for Guangzhou, one sports commentator wrote online: “Violent Bird — 526 days, 100 matches — can still fly.”Paulinho’s gruelling schedule is a reflection of the problem that Chinese football faces in a World Cup year.The CSL season runs from March to November, bringing it into direct conflict with the summer World Cup.The CSL took a two-month break for the tournament and now is squeezing in games to make up for lost time.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil’s Paulinho (C) has found a new lease of life at China’s Guangzhou Evergrande, where fans have given him the nickname ‘Iron Man’ © AFP/File / KAZUHIRO NOGISHANGHAI, China, Aug 16 – Barcelona fans were delighted that he left and at Tottenham Hotspur they called him lazy, but Brazil’s Paulinho is on a punishing run of matches that has earned him the nickname “Iron Man” in China.The international midfielder re-signed for Guangzhou Evergrande from Barcelona last month after Brazil’s World Cup ended and was pressed immediately into action because, unlike in Europe, the Chinese season was midway through.
Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is much less successful at Arsenal this season, failing to score for a third consecutive English Premier League match.EnglandMOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)The 2017 African Footballer of the Year fired Liverpool to the top of the Premier League with the only goal in a win over Brighton.Salah netted in the 23rd minute with a clinical finish, superbly steering a left-foot shot inside the far post from Senegalese Sadio Mane’s pass.WILFRIED ZAHA (Crystal Palace)Despite scoring, the Ivory Coast forward endured another frustrating trip to Watford, as Palace crashed to a 2-1 defeat.Vicarage Road has been a house of horrors for Zaha, who has been booked on his last two visits for diving.He was memorably taunted by Watford mascot Harry the Hornet in 2016 when he threw himself in front of Zaha after the final whistle to ridicule the Palace player’s diving.PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal)His goalless start to the season extended to three games as he failed to find the net in a 3-1 win over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.Aubameyang was superb in his first few months with Arsenal following a January move from Borussia Dortmund, but he has struggled under new boss Unai Emery, who declared last week that his forward is lacking confidence.ItalyCHRISTIAN KOUAME (Genoa)Ivorian Kouame scored on his Serie A debut with the second goal in a 2-1 win for Genoa over Empoli in his team’s first match since the bridge tragedy in the city two weeks ago.The 20-year-old beat the offside trap to run onto a through ball and scored from an angle after 18 minutes as the crowd observed 43 minutes of silence, one for each of the victims of the bridge collapse.KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG (Sassuolo)Germany-born Ghana forward Boateng converted a penalty with the last kick of the game to snatch a point for Sassuolo after Leonardo Pavoletti’s Cagliari brace.VAR judged Filippo Romagnoli to have handled the ball and Boateng converted the penalty to equalise for a 2-2 draw.It was the 31-year-old former AC Milan player’s first goal for his new club since moving back to Italy from Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany this season.KALIDOU KOULIBALY (Napoli)Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly helped stifle Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain as Napoli fought back to beat Milan. © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLISenegalese defender Koulibaly’s Napoli suffered an early scare after going two goals down before fighting back to beat AC Milan 3-2 at their San Paulo Stadium.But the 27-year-old said he was pleased with how the Serie A runners-up reacted to turn it around for the second week in a row.“It’s a pity that we conceded those two goals, but we’ll learn from the experience and improve,” said the Senegalese. “We know that we can turn situations around, and will go far with this mentality.”GermanyNABIL BENTALEB (Schalke 04)The Algeria midfielder came off the bench to convert a late penalty for Schalke to cancel out John Anthony Brook’s first-half goal before Daniel Ginzcek scored a dramatic 94th-minute winner in Wolfsburg’s 2-1 shock win.Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Bentaleb, 23, made just 12 league starts for Schalke last season and only came on after 83 minutes as last season’s runners-up crashed on the opening day of the season.ANTHONY UJAH (Mainz)The Nigeria striker came off the bench to score Mainz’s late winner in a 1-0 victory over Stuttgart.The 27-year-old was sent on in the 66th minute and grabbed the winner 10 minutes later after a mistake by Stuttgart’s ex-Germany defender Holger Badstuber for his first goal since returning to Germany from Chinese side Liaoning FC in January.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Egyptian star Mohamed Salah was again Liverpool’s goal-scoring hero in a 1-0 victory over Brighton. © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYPARIS, France, Aug 27 – Egyptian Mohamed Salah continued to be the star African performer in the major European leagues, scoring the goal that gave Liverpool victory over Brighton at the weekend.It was his second goal this season for the Reds and 29th in 29 matches in home games at Anfield since joining them at the beginning of last season from Roma.
Clannad star Moya Brennan has revealed her famous family band have always very happy at the success of her enigmatic superstar sister, Enya, who has sold 80 million albums around the globe.Her fame-shy younger sister has amazed industry experts by becoming Ireland’s successful solo artist without ever going on a concert tour and making rare public appearances.In a new BBC series, Beart is Briathar, Moya explains that her Grammy-winning sibling always wanted to go her own way. She said: “She has done so well and is a superstar. People see that she is special.“She toured with us after she left school and she stayed for two and a half or three years. She wanted to do her own thing. She had a more classical than traditional leaning.“She worked so hard on finding her own sound, the way she sings, the way she plays everything on her recordings and it is special and people love it.“We are very happy for her. Her style was self-contained. We respect her for that because that’s how she wants to be known. “We are very close of course but she has her way and we have our way. I have other brothers and sisters too and we all have our own way of going on.”The new Irish language series, fronted by Eamonn Mallie, is set to feature a string of well-known Irish-speaking personalities who have made an impact culturally, politically, religiously or musically.In the series, Moya Brennan reveals how all of her siblings were around her father, Leo Brennan, last year in Donegal in the weeks before he passed away last June.“It was tough but he died at home and we were all there.“We had a few weeks with him, singing, and crying and praying. It was really lovely but we will certainly miss him.” She said the death of her uncle Padraig Duggan, the founder of Clannad, just weeks later was devastating.She said: “People say to me they were sorry about my uncle.“I have to pause because he wasn’t like an uncle to me, he was more like a brother. He was only a few years older than me.“Because he was in Clannad for 46 years we spent a lot of time together so I grieved when my father died but maybe because both deaths happened together I was terribly upset about Padraig. “He was only 67. This was the first member of Clannad to die.”Padraig Duggan was involved in composing the first Irish-language song to feature in the UK charts, the 1982 theme from Harry’s Game.Moya said they were amazed at the success of the song they performed on Top of the Pops.She said: “When we started Clannad we had no plans to make it big or make a lot of money or find a new sound. The sound that merged for Harrys Game was natural and I think that’s what everyone liked.”She also spoke about the band being naïve and being ripped off during their early days.“There were very few people especially at that time who didn’t have people take advantage of them. There are people like Elton John and Sting who all suffered. It happens, but as long as we have our music that is the important thing.”She also opened up about her well-documented battle with drink and drugs when she first shot to fame in Clannad.“You can get into a bad routine and it can happen easily. I was drinking too much and taking drugs. I didn’t look for them. There were always people approaching you and asking you what you wanted. I was always careful of what I took as well. I was always afraid of harder drugs, I followed the wrong path for a while.”But the 64 year also spoke about the years of agony over her abortion at 19 in London which she wrote about in her memoir.“It was very difficult. That is probably why I wrote the book ad why I wrote about it. Perhaps to let other girls know that it isn’t an easy thing to do. I thought I could do it and forget about it. That was part of the reason I took the path that I did afterwards because I didn’t have any respect for myself. I don’t think I had any other option, I was from Donegal and I was very young.”But she said she finally found solace years later during a visit to a chapel in Donegal when she felt she had been forgiven by God.She said: “It may well have been the first time I spoke to God. We are always praying but we don’t actually talk to Him. I had an experience where I knew He forgave me.”It set her on a path of deep spirituality for the rest of her life.“I couldn’t get up in the morning if I didn’t know God was on my side. Of course, I have questions but I believe in God. Faith is a very special thing. Everyone needs spirituality. I believe in Jesus Christ and I know when I get up in the morning He is with me.”She said she has found happiness with her husband and their two children, Aisling and Paul, in the last three decades.She said it was love at first sight when she met the photographer, Tim Jarvis.She said: “He is an amazing man. We fell in love the first time we met. We now have a son and a daughter and I’m very content and proud.”And she said one of her favourites pastimes is housework when she returns from tours around the globe.“When you are off on tour, you’re in and out of hotels, you are on stage in green rooms, in make-up, tuning the harp and doing other things.“I don’t do it every week so I enjoy housework. I enjoy doing, laundry, the ironing, everything, Isn’t that boring? It is therapeutic to me.”Clannad star Moya talks faith, losing her dad, her sister Enya and housework! was last modified: April 10th, 2017 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:ClannadEnyaMoya Brennan
Keeping the old traditions alive at the Kerry Vintage Show. All pics by kind permission of Mary Whoriskey. Some happy faces down Kerrykeel way. KERRYKEEL VINTAGE SHOW BRINGS OUT ALL THE CHARACTERS – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: June 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalKerrykeel Vintage Show
The winter chill is setting in across the county as frost and hail have been forecast for the end of the week.The mild autumn days are almost over and cold nights are in store according to the latest forecast by Met Eireann.Top temperatures today will range from 9 to 11C with light breezes and cloudy conditions. The clouds will ward off the frost tonight in Donegal while the rest of the country could see some grass frost. Temperatures reached below freezing last night in southern and eastern parts of Ireland, and Donegal is going to feel that chill by the weekend.Tomorrow, rain is expected in the afternoon and evening, while fresh southwest winds will veer west to northwesterly.Friday will be a cold, windy and showery day with some more prolonged rain in parts of Donegal. There is a chance of hail showers also.The Atlantic coast is set to endure strong gusty northwest winds on Friday. The highest temperatures are forecast at 8 to 10C, but it will feel much colder due to the high winds. Overnight lows on Friday will reach 1 to 4C, and there is a possibility of frost in sheltered areas.The remainder of the weekend is set to be cold, bright and breezy, while Donegal could see rain and hail showers. Frost is predicted to set in for each night this weekend as temperatures could go below freezing.Brrr-eezy and frosty winter weather on the way to Donegal was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
SAN DIEGO–In the 136-year history of the franchise, the Giants had never been shut out twice in a row to start a season.History was nearly made at Petco Park on Friday, and the Giants were oh-so-close to being on the wrong side of it.After 17 scoreless innings to open the season, third baseman Evan Longoria finally put the team on the board in 2019 with a solo home run to left field in the top of the ninth. Longoria’s homer was much-needed for a discouraged Giants’ offense, but it was a rare …