President Sirleaf Extols Kenya’s Support in Ebola Fight

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extolled the government and people of Kenya for their selflessness in supporting Liberia in the fight of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).According to a dispatch from Nairobi, President Sirleaf was speaking at State House when she led a high-level delegation for bilateral talks between the two countries. President Sirleaf said Kenya indeed proved to be a true friend to Liberia when the East African nation sent medical staff to assist Liberia in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease. “You will always know your genuine friends when passing through tough times,” she told the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and delegation, adding passionately, “Kenya stood with us when we were confronted. We will always remain indebted to you.”In his response, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said the State Visit by President Sirleaf provided an opportunity to rejuvenate the enormous potential between the two countries, build on a foundation of common values of mutual cooperation and interests.He said the level of engagement between Liberia and Kenya, particularly in trade, has been very low but holds much promise. As a manifestation of the two leaders’ commitment to forge closer cooperation, they signed an agreement for the establishment of a Joint Commission for Cooperation and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Political Consultations.Acting Foreign Minister, Mr. Elias Shoniyin, signed on behalf of the government; while Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Amina Mohammed, signed for Kenya.Acknowledging the signing, President Uhuru Kenyatta said it will provide the necessary legal and political frameworks for enhancing mutual beneficial commercial, cultural and diplomatic exchanges. He challenged both countries and their delegations to “move with speed, identify potential sectors for cooperation and develop strong and sustainable frameworks in order to accrue tangible benefits for our citizens.”Meanwhile, both leaders also signed a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) to revitalize the air transport connectivity between the two countries. The Kenyan leader also singled out agriculture as one area where his country can share its experiences with Liberia. “Kenya,” President Kenyatta said, “can leverage its vast knowledge, particularly in the livestock sub-sector, to provide capacity building, share best practices in disease and pest control and cooperate in research and technology transfer.”President Kenyatta said Liberia, which is home to the second largest maritime registry in the world, has a wealth of experience in maritime affairs that Kenya could benefit from. He then thanked Liberia for its decision to join the World Trade Organization (WTO), the main decision-making body in the global trade system. “Kenya,” he said, “looks forward to working closely with Liberia and other African countries within the WTO to ensure that the needs of the continent are addressed.”Also making remarks during the bilateral talks, President Sirleaf said she was in Kenya to attend the WTO meeting and to make her country’s voice heard at that world body. She conceded that the time was ripe for Liberia and Kenya to explore new areas of engagements to benefit their citizens. Madam Sirleaf cited great strides Kenya has made especially in the education sector, adding that this is one area of cooperation Liberia was keen to develop. Kenya, she observed, has excelled in providing quality education to its young people and as such Liberia intends to borrow a leaf from Kenya.Later, President Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta hosted a luncheon in honor of the visiting Liberian Head of State and high-powered delegation at State House, Nairobi. In a related development, President Sirleaf and delegation were later taken on a guided tour of the flower farm at Karen on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi, and the Kazuri Beads Project. The flower farm exports natural flower to several industrialized nations including the United States and Germany. The Kazuri Beads Project aims to empower women through sustainable employment opportunities. The project began as an initiative by Lady Susan Wood and two African women and soon discovered that there were many other women in villages around Nairobi, most of who were single mothers, who were in great need of regular employment. Driven by the desire to provide such opportunities, Kazuri has grown and today has a large workforce skilled in the manufacture of handmade jewelry. Kazuri Beads is specialized in the design and production of pottery ware, which reflects the culture and wildlife of Kenya.Meanwhile President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was presented Kenya’s highest award – Chief of The Order of The Golden Heart of Kenya (CGH) – at a colorful ceremony held at State House in Nairobi, Kenya. She was given the topmost Kenyan award at an Investiture Ceremony following elaborate celebrations marking the East African country’s 52nd National Independence Anniversary, in ardent recognition of her enormous undertakings in both private and public life spanning over national and international careers.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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Mother Edwards-Rogers Loved, Cared for All

first_imgFamily, friends and sympathizers on Wednesday, January 6, gathered at the Tubman United Methodist Church (TUMC) in Paynesville to remember a woman they described as “loving, caring and an educator.”The late Mother Eileen Dolly Edwards-Rogers was born to the union of Dr. and Mrs. Solomon T.R. Edwards on October 22, 1924, and died on December 20, 2015 in Monrovia. She was 91.“Mother Edward-Rogers was the best mother anyone could ever ask for because she taught everyone how to love, and shared with her neighbors,” mourners said in their tributes during the service.“Darlie,” as she was affectionately called by family and friends, immigrated from the United States to Liberia with her parents and two older siblings at the age of five. Rev. Dr. Laurence K. Bropleh, in his homily called on the family to take solace in the Lord.He told the congregation that the passing of Mother Edwards-Rogers had left a vacuum in the family, but that all will be well with them.He described the deceased as “a woman of great strength, drawn from her relationship with her Lord and Savior. Aunty Darlie loved her family, and time and space did not make a difference to her.”The late Mother Edwards-Rogers’ educational pursuit began as a home schooled child. She was taught by her father, Dr. Edwards, through junior high school and she enrolled at the College of West Africa and completed two years of studies before transferring to the then Liberia College. Mother Rogers later enrolled in a nursing program in Monrovia with the hope of caring for the poor and needy upon completion.Her loving and caring personality was the driving force that led her to embark on a career in nursing, mourners were told.Auntie Darlie was joined in holy matrimony to the love of her life, James Michael Rogers, on July 26, 1955, and relocated to Sanniquellie, Nimba County, to begin their life’s journey together in 1956.Unable to continue her nursing program, she sought direction from her Maker regarding her new life.Mama’s “heart of a servant” attitude led her to yield to her calling in the world of primary education, a career she remained dedicated to for over thirty years, said daughter, Ruby Edwards Martins, who read her mother’s life sketch. “In 1964, our parents relocated to Yekepa, Nimba County, to work with the LAMCO Joint Venture Operating Company. Teacher Rogers, as she was called, held that position for thirty-three years,” she said.Ruby said her mother embraced the Christian faith at a very young age, adding: “Her Christian upbringing embedded some core values that resulted in her outstanding personality.”“Her love for mankind was an outward manifestation of her love for God. She exemplified the ‘Golden Rule’ in her daily walk with man.“She took God’s work seriously and was very instrumental in the establishment of the United Methodist Church in Yekepa, Nimba County.”Aunty Darlie leaves to mourn her loss, her children, Roselind C. Roger-Jones (Casey Jones), Patricia Rogers, Eric Rogers, Jestina Massa Rogers, Louise Trobel and Matari Avery; grandchildren, Jere Earley, Jasie Kanneh and Zoey Rogers; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.Her husband, several of her children and her siblings predeceased her.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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CDC $47,000 closer to expansion

first_imgPrince George/Peace River MP Jay Hill announced on Thursday the Child Development Center will receive 47 thousand dollars from the Federal Government. The money will go towards the building’s new Life Skills Centre, an environment where children with disabilities can learn new skills. Hill says around 600 people with disabilities in the community will benefit from the project.- Advertisement – [asset|aid=971|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1af99d06f09dc7f2c9d21b27ccfe62c8-CDC Jay Hill 1_1_Pub.mp3] The money comes from the Enabling Accessibility Fund. Over the next three years 45 million dollars will be distributed to organizations throughout Canada. Senator Richard Neufeld celebrated the announcement and encourages the community to contribute to the CDC.Advertisement [asset|aid=972|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1af99d06f09dc7f2c9d21b27ccfe62c8-CDC Richard Neufeld 1_1_Pub.mp3] The announcement comes at an appropriate time. February is CDC month, and the organization is fundraising for a building expansion.last_img read more

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Accused Blythe Street gangster arrested in 2006 nail clipper stabbing

first_img But Martinez said Alma Alvarez was violating a gang code by fighting with someone who was with child. “The gang code is that you don’t fight with anyone when they are with their kids,” he said. “It’s not considered manly. With girls, they’re supposed to follow the same guidelines.” Police arrested Alvarez on Blythe Street near her home. She was being held at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood with bail set at $540,000. Detectives connected Alvarez with an October 2006 nail clipper stabbing after hearing that “Flaca” was involved. Detectives re-interviewed the victim, who has since recovered from cuts to her face and arm, and she identified Alvarez in a photo array as the suspect in the attack, Martinez said. The suspect apparently extended the nail file on the clipper to use as a knife, Martinez said. Her cousin, Catalina was held on narcotics related charges. A man identified as Jorge Larios, 31, also an accused Blythe Street gangster, was arrested on a misdemeanor gang injunction violation. Blythe Street was the first gang to be targeted by the Los Angeles City Attorney in an injunction barring members from associating with each other, among other things, in the 90s. ——————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PANORAMA CITY – An accused female member of the Blythe Street gang has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a 2006 nail clipper stabbing of a 17-year-old girl in a beef over a boy, police said this morning. The woman, identified as Alma “Flaca” Alvarez, 19, was arrested on Labor Day, after she had been fighting with a former schoolmate who was three months pregnant and was shopping for clothes for her baby at a store in the 9800 block of Van Nuys Boulevard, said Los Angeles Police Detective Marc Martinez. The fight started inside the store and spilled outside, Martinez said. Alvarez’s cousin, Catalina, also 19, noticed the woman was pregnant and tried to stop Alma from fighting with her. But Alma got mad and punched Catalina to try to prevent her from interfering, police said. There were no serious injuries. The baby and the mother, who suffered bruises, were fine, said Martinez.last_img read more

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Video: NO SMOKING! Naughty football fan hit in the face by thumping shot

first_imgHow’s this for an anti-smoking message?This football fan got a bit of a shock, and a sore head, at a Danish Superliga game at the weekend.Appearing just about to spark up a cigarette in the stands, an errant thumping shot flew past the goal and hit he straight in the face – serves her right I suppose!Check it out in the clip below! 1 LOOK OUT! last_img

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Corridor’s future discussed

first_imgSUNLAND – More than 50 government officials and local environmental, recreational and advocacy groups met Saturday to discuss the future of the Rim of the Valley Corridor. The goal, conceived more than 30 years ago, is to interlink parks, trails and other green spaces throughout the San Fernando Valley, allowing hikers, bicycle riders, horse riders, runners and others to enjoy the area and let facilitate wildlife movement. “We want to start building some momentum,” said Deb Baumann, with the Tujunga Watershed Council. “This thing has been stalled for too long, and too many people want it.” Currently, the Rim of the Valley Corridor is a state designation of ecologically-significant areas that include parts of the Santa Monica, Santa Susanna, San Gabriel and Verdugo mountains, the San Rafael Hills, and connector areas to the Los Padres and San Bernardino national forests. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The designation encompasses more than 645,000 acres, including more than 153,000 acres of the National Park Service’s Santa Monica National Recreation Area, and 190,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest. Saturday’s meeting, at Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel’s Sunland-Tujunga field office, was organized by the Los Angeles Trails Project, the New Heaven On Earth Ranch Foundation, the Tujunga Watershed Council and the Valley Horse Owners Association. U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff has introduced legislation that would direct the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to study the feasibility of expanding the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor, but the bill is stalled in the House Resources committee. Organizers said the legislation gives perhaps the best hope of moving the project forward. Assemblywoman Cindy Montaez echoed other speakers’ concerns that Los Angeles has some of the lowest amounts per capita of green space, and noted that it corresponded with rising rates of obesity among youngsters in areas with the least access to parkland. “It needs to be pursued aggressively,” Montaez said, adding that it would also require bipartisan cooperation in government. Representatives from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the State of California Department of Conservation, California State Horsemen Association, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Chatsworth Equine Cultural Heritage Organization, San Fernando Valley Audubon, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, and other groups also attended the meeting. Attendees also included Los Angeles City Councilman Alex Padilla, Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste, and representatives for U.S. Reps. Brad Sherman, Howard “Buck” McKeon and Schiff, Assemblyman Keith Richman, state Sens. Richard Alarcon and George Runner, Calabasas Mayor Barry Groveman and Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith. Baumann stressed that the organizations invited to Saturday’s meeting were not the only groups welcome to participate. People or organizations who wish to get involved with the effort are encouraged to send an e-mail to: info@latrailsproject.org Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com 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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CASE OF MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING SENATOR BRIAN O’DOMHNAILL ADJOURNED AGAIN

first_imgThe trial of a man accused of allegedly assaulting Senator Brian O’Domhnaill has been adjourned again until April.Dungloe District Court was told this morning that instructions are still awaited from the Director of Public Prosecutions in the case.The charge against Jim Sharkey of assaulting Senator O Domhnaill and causing him harm at Meenacuing, Gweedore, last August 22nd has now been put back to be heard on April 12th. Sharkey, who has an address at Bayside, New York, is also accused of breaching the peace with threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour at the same place on the same date, and with damaging a plastic seat belt cover from a Ford Transit minibus belonging to Neil Gallagher.Garda Inspector Sylvie applied for the adjournment for the decision of the DPP.He told an earlier hearing that a fairly elaborate investigation was carried out by Gardai into the case.Judge Denis McLoughlin agreed to an application by defence solicitor Jacqui Sharkey that her client, who lives in New York, could be excused from the next hearing when a decision on the prosecution process will be made by the DPP.EndsCASE OF MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING SENATOR BRIAN O’DOMHNAILL ADJOURNED AGAIN was last modified: March 8th, 2011 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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ATHLETICS: LETTERKENNY AC NOTES

first_imgLetterkenny AC will hold its annual Goal Mile Challenge at the Danny McDaid Track at the Aura Centre tonight, Friday, between 6.30 pm and 8 pm. Everyone is invited to come along and walk or run a mile for the charity organisation.Fionnuala Diver maintained her good winter form at the weekend when she finished second woman (52nd overall) in the North West cross country championships in Derry on Saturday. The mother of two was runner-up to Gladys Ganiel O’Neill from North Belfast and can be well satisfied with her end of year performance. Paddy Ward won his age category when taking victory in the over-55 section (110th overall). Well done to both.Also in action in Gransha in a race which attracted 224 competitors and won by City of Derry’s Declan Reed were Ciaran McBride (34th) Aidan McKenna (75th), Padraig Friel (78th), Brian McBride (153rd) and Richard Raymond (156th). The Christmas Day run will take place at St. Conal’s/Letterkenny Town Park on Tuesday at 10.30 am. Everyone is welcome to come along and run a few miles before tucking into the turkey and ham!The club’s next race takes place on Sunday, January 6th when it holds the New Year 5 Mile. The race has a 11 am start and registration will be taken from 10 am at the Aura Centre. Before that, runners can look forward to the Tir Chonaill AC jinglebells charity 5K this Sunday, December 23rd in Donegal Town at 11 am and the 5K at Finn Valley on St Stephen’s Day which has a 2 pm start. Lifford AC are holding a three-race series in January, so there certainly won’t be a shortage of choice in the weeks ahead.The numbers drawn in the weekly lotto were 8, 18, 20 and 21. The four match four winners were Noel McGuigan, Martin Hunter, Paddy McIntyre and Gerry Meehan. This weekend’s jackpot will be 620 euro.  ATHLETICS: LETTERKENNY AC NOTES was last modified: December 21st, 2012 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:Letterkenny AC noteslast_img read more

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Sweden World Cup star could face doping ban

first_imgSweden sit on identical records with Germany after the second round of group games, with three points, two goals scored and two conceded.Separating the two sides may be harder than it first appears.If they both win their final games 1-0, there will be a three-way tie at the top of Group F with Mexico, and with head-to-head also level, disciplinary records would have to be taken into account.Draws in both games would see Sweden miss out on the knockout rounds by virtue of their defeat to Germany. 2 This angered the waiting staff and according to Swedish outlet Expressen he has been reported to Fifa for his conduct and warned about delaying tests again.Berg, who plays for Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates, was substituted in the 90th minute against Germany, shortly before Toni Kroos’ stunning late free-kick saw the holders come from behind to rescue their World Cup chances.It is reported that instead of going with the doping team immediately, Berg took time to speak to the press, which is against Fifa doping protocol.The report also says that Berg is unlikely to be banned due to this being a minor offence, but he could still be handed a suspension for Sweden’s crucial final Group F game against Mexico in Yekaterinburg on Wednesday. Sweden World Cup striker Marcus Berg could be in hot water with Fifa after delaying a drug test, according to reports.Berg, 31, was selected at random by the doping team following his country’s 2-1 defeat to Germany on Saturday, but chose to conduct press interviews first rather than take the test. 2 Berg was adamant he should have had a first-half penalty against Germany after going down under the challenge of Jerome Boateng Berg has 59 caps for Sweden, scoring 18 goals last_img read more

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FREE SWILLY SEALS! RESCUED ANIMALS TO BE RETURNED TO THE WILD

first_imgTWO seal pups rescued off the coast of Co Donegal have “fallen in love” at a seal sanctuary in Co Kerry – and are to be returned to the wild together tomorrow.Grey seal Sheeba and Common seal Robbie were rescued at different times and in different places here in the county.But when they ended up sharing a pen together at the Irish Seal Sanctuary in Dingle, they became best friends. And Irish Seal Co-ordianator Hilary McMenamin says the pair will be released back into the wild this Saturday in Rathmullan at 3pm.“They became best friends, even though they are different species. It’s as if they have fallen in love,” she said.“Maybe they knew they were both from Co Donegal!”Robbie was found in Ramelton in July and was less than three weeks old. Sheeba was found at the beach at Rossbeg in September was about five days old. Both have been restored to full health.Said Hilary: “We would invite anyone who wants to come along on Saturday at 3pm to Rathmullan to see Robbie and Sheeba returned to the wild. It is a great success story and a tribute to the people who found them and looked after them.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comFREE SWILLY SEALS! RESCUED ANIMALS TO BE RETURNED TO THE WILD was last modified: December 2nd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:irish seal sanctuaryRameltonRathmullanrosbegsealslast_img read more

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