‘This Has Been a Difficult Year’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has frankly declared that 2014 has so far been a very difficult year for the people and government of Liberia as a result of the numerous problems that the country continues to experience.The Liberian leader noted that since the turn of this year, Liberia has been going through difficult times. The country is facing a very serious budget shortfall, depreciation in the exchange rate, flooding as a result of climate change and manmade interventions. The sharp decline in the price of rubber has also taken a toll on the country’s economy by further upsetting the balance of trade.Worst of all the calamities that have befallen the nation, she declared, is the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has already claimed the lives of more than one hundred Liberians.Delivering her Independence Day Message at the 167th Independence ceremony at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia last Saturday, President Sirleaf said the Ebola virus had become a serious tragedy that continues to claim lives on a daily basis.The Daily Observer has reliably learned that latest victim one of Liberia’s most senior medical practitioners, Dr. Sam Brisbane, the chief internist at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) Memorial hospital.  The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, during its latest update on July 20, 2014,  indicated that it had recorded 224 clinical cases of EVD, including 77 laboratory confirmations and 127 fatal cases. All of these cases are from six counties —  Lofa, Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi, Bong, and Nimba Counties.The latest information also has it that the virus is now in Grand Gedeh.“Through the 167 years of our existence, we have come against many challenges and have overcome them,” said President Sirleaf. “This is the proud history of our country.   We lay claim to that legacy today. We will fight against this deadly Ebola virus, not by blaming each other, but by coming together to defeat it. It is real.  It kills, but it can be prevented if we move in unison to resist it,” the President confidently declared.Although the country has faced three years of successive budget shortfalls since Minister Amara Konneh took over the Finance Ministry, this year’s seems to be the worst, as it led, in part, led to the cancellation of the Independence celebrations scheduled to take place in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties.Public Works Minister, Dr. Antoinette Weeks has, on several occasions, complained that the Finance Ministry was not willing to disburse funds for the construction of the Sinoe roads, which was the greatest impediment to the hosting of the celebration. The deplorable condition of the roads which government was unable to rehabilitate, Dr. Weeks said, was the reason for the cancellation.President Sirleaf in her Independence Day Message, said, “We should have been marking this Anniversary in the southeastern counties of Sinoe and Grand Kru. However, we decided on a postponement to ensure that we are better prepared to give the best to our compatriots in Greenville and Barclayville, and the several other cities and communities, which are to benefit from the multiplying effects of hosting these celebrations.”She further stated, “At the same time, we use this platform to remind ourselves that the celebrations are scheduled to take place in Maryland, River Gee and Grand Gedeh in 2015; and in Rivercess, in 2016.  Let us all begin the preparations for those counties right now.”Liberian President said: “Fellow citizens, the hallmark of success of any nation is not the improvement in social and economic infrastructures; it is not in sound policies and law; it is in the love of country. This love must make us brave in times of troubles as well as compel us to reach out to each others in times of distress.” “We must come together as never before inspite of our political, religious and social persuasions. We must show a deep sense of nationalism. We must reach across borders and join our brothers and sisters in the other neighboring countries that are also affected to show a continuing common response,” the Liberian leader pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Important Solar Technology Announcement coming Thursday in D.C.

first_imgAccording to the Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources, Richard Neufeld, Minister Blair Lekstrom and Dawson Creek Mayor Calvin Kruk will make an important announcement regarding the future of solar technology in BC.The announcement is scheduled to take place at 10am Thursday morning at Dawson Creek City Hall. We will have more on just what this announcement is Thursday morning.- Advertisement –last_img


first_imgThe HSE’s National Ambulance Service (NAS) has introduced eight new Intermediate Care Ambulances in the North West as part of its commitment to develop and improve response times to life threatening emergency calls in the region. The introduction of the Intermediate Care Ambulance service is a central part of the improvement of response times for the ambulance service in the North West region. The eight new Intermediate Care Ambulances, costing approximately €200,000 each, will take over roles that were previously carried out by the Emergency Ambulances in the area.These roles include inter-hospital transfers and transporting patients from acute hospitals such as Letterkenny Hospital and Sligo Regional Hospital to set-down facilities, particularly nursing homes.The staff that crew the new Intermediate Care Ambulances are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians and also have been trained in emergency blue light driving.They will form the backbone of the NAS in the North West region, freeing up Emergency Ambulances crewed by paramedics who have up until now been carrying out this work. It is also envisaged that the crew of this service may at times be required to attend a life threatening call if the Control Centre identifies the vehicle as the nearest available resource.Ambulance Control will task them as a first responder to the emergency until the arrival of an Emergency Ambulance that will be crewed by either Advanced Paramedics or Paramedics. They will also play a central role in the event of a Major Emergency in the region.Welcoming the introduction of the Intermediate Care Ambulances, Bill Forbes, Operations Performance Manager for the North West region said, “These new ambulances will look after patients already within the healthcare system, which means that the emergency ambulances will be able to focus on services delivered by the Paramedics and Advanced Paramedics on Pre-Hospital Emergency Care calls.“The Intermediate Care Service is an essential part of how the NAS is modernising, organising and delivering ambulance services by using available resources to their full potential. This is done to ensure the most effective service for patients moving through the healthcare system.” EIGHT NEW AMBULANCES INTRODUCED FOR DONEGAL AND NORTH WEST was last modified: December 11th, 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:AMBULANCESdonegalHSElast_img read more


first_imgMatthew Lafferty: Had bow saw thrown at him by neighbourA MAN who found notorious burglar Matthew Lafferty living beside him lost his temper and threw a bow saw at him, a court has heard.William Kelly (56) from Ballykeeran, Kilmacrennan, was a quiet man who kept himself to himself, a solicitor told Letterkenny District Court. But after serial burglar Matthew Lafferty moved into a rented house next to him outside Kilmacrennan, Mr Kelly found himself a victim of crime.His house was burgled and property stolen.On January 30 last year Mr Kelly was cutting hedges with a bow saw when he spotted Lafferty at the side of the house next door.“He flung it at Lafferty and missed and hit the house, breaking a window,” said defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher.Mr Kelly was charged with the production of article in course of dispute and criminal damage.The owner of the house who rented it to Lafferty has reported the cost of repair at €200.“Although Mr Kelly himself was the victim of burglary and criminal damage he accepts he acted in an entirely inappropriate manner. He is semi-retired and keeps a few horses and has never been before the courts before,” said Mr Gallagher in mitigation.Judge Kelly ordered William Kelly to pay €200 for the damage and to make a €150 donation to the Donegal Hospice.“If he does this by February 17th, I will strike the matter out,” said the judge.MAN WHO THREW BOW SAW AT NOTORIOUS BURGLAR TOLD HIS CASE WILL BE STRUCK OUT was last modified: January 21st, 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:Judge Paul KellyMatthew LaffertyWilliam Kellylast_img read more

Brazen intruders target same Letterkenny house TWICE in same day

first_imgGardai are investigating an incident in Letterkenny where intruders targeted the same house twice in the same day.One of the occupants was in the house in the Gleánn Eadán estate yesterday when the intruders, said to be two females, entered the premises through the front door.Startled by the occupant, the pair made their getaway in separate vehicles. Later in the day, while the occupants were out of the house, the same individuals were spotted by neighbours attempting to gain access.Again, they fled and Gardai were subsequently alerted.Brazen intruders target same Letterkenny house TWICE in same day was last modified: May 11th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:GardaiGlenn Eadánletterkennylast_img read more

What we learned at Raiders HQ: Stopping Cook is Job 1

first_imgALAMEDA — Dalvin Cook is coming, and Tahir Whitehead knows he won’t be hard to find.“They’re trying to run it down your face,” Whitehead said. “You know what you need to stop. The way they look at it they’re going to keep doing it until you stop it.”The Raiders presumably did considerable work Thursday during the closed portion of practice at getting off blocks and sealing off cutback lanes in the zone scheme runs which are the bread and butter of the Minnesota Vikings offense.A lot of …last_img read more

IPL: Delhi eye win against Gujarat to keep play-off hopes alive

first_imgcricket Their losing streak is finally over, as an inconsistent Delhi Daredevils would look to continue the new-found momentum against a struggling Gujarat Lions here tomorrow and keep their slim IPL play-off hopes alive.As has been the case in the past editions, it has not been a good campaign for Rahul Dravid’s men in the tournament so far. They slumped to a five-match losing streak to languish at the bottom half of the table before managing to pull off a win last night against Sunrisers Hyderabad.The win not only lifted Daredevils to sixth position in the standings but also gave them a ray of hope to qualify for the play-offs, although for that to happen, they cannot afford to flounder even once from here on.Mathematically, Daredevils are in the fray but they will have to win all their remaining matches and hope for favourable results from other games.Daredevils’ much-criticised batting came to the team’s rescue against Hyderabad yesterday after its relatively young bowling attack came a cropper.Daredevils’ fine batting helped them stun the defending champions with five balls to spare. Each and every Delhi batsman, who got a chance, contributed in the win.Openers Karun Nair (39) and Sanju Samson (24), Rishabh Pant (34), Shreyas Iyer (33), Corey Anderson (41 not out) and Chris Morris (15 not out) all pitched in to save the day and Daredevils would be hoping for a repeat show tomorrow.But it is Daredevils’ bowling which would be a cause of concern for Dravid.In the absence of an injured Zaheer Khan, Delhi’s pace attack looked listless with the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Morris and Mohammad Shami going for runs.If not for the spin duo of Amit Mishra and Jayant Yadav, who managed to put brakes on the scoring, Sunrisers would have piled up an above 200-run score.Gujarat Lions, on the other hand, are all but out of the race as they are struggling at the second last position in the eight-team tournament with just six points from 10 games.Having finished an impressive third in their inaugural season last year, it turned out to be a disappointing campaign for the Lions in 2017. Only a miracle from here on might see them qualify for the knock-out stages.Gujarat Lions are a batting heavy side with the likes of Brendon McCullum, Ishan Kishan, Aaron Finch, skipper Suresh Raina, Dwayne Smith and Dinesh Karthik in the line-up. But more often than not, it is their inexperienced bowling unit which has cost the side dearly in the ongoing IPL.The likes of Shardul Thakur, James Faulkner, Basil Thampi and Ravindra Jadeja have failed to live upto the expectations of the side.The Lions are coming into the match following consecutive losses, which includes the heartbreaking defeat against Mumbai Indians in a thrilling Super Over finish at Rajkot, which more or less demolished their chances.With nothing to lose, the Lions would be eager to show their might in their remaining games in the tournament.Teams An inconsistent Delhi Daredevils would look to continue the new-found momentum. File Photo   –  PTI SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE An inconsistent Delhi Daredevils would look to continue the new-found momentum. File Photo   –  PTI Published on Delhi Dardevils: Zaheer Khan(C), Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Ankit Bawne, Aditya Tare, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Chama Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Marlon Samuels.Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (C), Akshadeep Nath, Basil Thampi, Shubham Agarwal, Dwayne Smith, Chirag Suri, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Manpreet Gony, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Karthik, Dhaval Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Brandon McCullum, Pradeep Sangwan, Jason Roy, Jaydev Shah, Shelly Shaurya, Nathusingh, Tejas Baroka and Andrew Tye.Match starts at 8pm.center_img COMMENT × Tuesday’s win against SRH not only lifted Daredevils to sixth position in the standings but also gave them a ray of hope. IPL 2017 COMMENTS May 03, 2017last_img read more


first_imgIowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a measure into law that gives her greater control over the way judges are selected and weakening the influence of attorneys.Language making the change was inserted into a larger funding bill approved on the last day of the legislative session.Reynolds signed it Wednesday with no fanfare, announcing her approval in an email that also noted four other bills.The majority of the 17-member state judge nominating commission members will now be picked by the governor – she will chose nine while lawyers will chose eight.The commission nominates finalists for the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals and submits them to the governor, who makes the final choice.Democrats accused Republicans of trying to stack the courts in their favor after losing cases involving abortion and same-sex marriage.last_img read more


first_imgThe horses cross the finish for the first race at the Atokad where live horse racing took place in South Sioux City, NE Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©) Live horse racing returns to the Atokad Park racetrack in South Sioux City this weekend.The sanctioned races will be held on Saturday, September 14th.It’s the fourth consecutive year, Ho-Chunk, Inc. will host the action.In addition to five live races, the event will feature a variety of family-friendly entertainment starting at 1 p.m.Events will include pony rides, face painting, a bounce house and more.For the adults, there will be a tailgate party with college football available on several TVs.The “Crazy Hat Competition” returns for 2019, giving guests the chance to win with their most elaborate and creative race-day hat.The first 200 adults also will receive a commemorative souvenir pint glass.Post time for the live horse race will be at 2 p.m.Guests will be able to bet on horses while enjoying a variety of food and beverages from local vendors.last_img read more

Thayer Evans Takes Down Oklahoma State

first_imgThayer EvansLet me preface all of this by saying that I try to remain as objective and as smart as possible while still giving you what I believe to be an Oklahoma State fan’s view of how all of this is playing out and what all of it means.I know That bothers some of you because you think it means I secretly like OU or am a bandwagon fan, both of which (based on my limited knowledge of the laws of physics and literary criticism) could not physically be further from the truth.Others of you appreciate it and see things for what they really are. And realize that OSU is not going to win every game in every sport they ever play for the rest of time (crazy, I know!).All that to say, I thought Thayer Evans’ piece on Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State (I refuse to link to it again, Google it or check the bullets from this morning if you don’t know what I’m referencing) was one of the most irresponsible, abhorrent pieces of journalism (are we even calling it that?) I’ve ever come across.You want to see how to be critical of a team and its coach and still be fair? Try this beautifully-written piece by Brian Phillips. Or even this mostly fair, well-founded story from Ivan Maisel after the Texas game.The way Thayer did it is not only a crash course in “how to suck at fact-checking” 101 but also a complete indictment on his lack of ability to tell a story the way it actually happened as opposed to the way he thought it should have happened.This isn’t some “oh he said our offense wasn’t as good as Oregon’s” column, this is him personally going after a coach who has done nothing but build a top 5 program from basically nothing and a team that has gone 17-2 over the last two seasons.Let’s look at a few of his quotes.…a meltdown by seventh-year Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is coming just like usual, as evidenced by his sixth-ranked team’s sloppy 38-26 victory Saturday against incompetent No. 22 Texas.What is “just like usual”? Here are the games OSU was favored to win and didn’t since Gundy took over (how much OSU was favored by in parentheses):2005: None (only favored in 2 though)2006: Kansas State (-2) and A&M (-3)2007: Troy (-10)2008: Oregon (-2)2009: Houston (-16)2010: OU (-2)The Troy game was a low point for the program and right in the middle of a QB change. The only other “meltdown” was the Houston game. So basically one game in six years. Okay.Even the rest of the college football world knows Gundy is bound for a debacle. It’s the unspoken reason no one is worried about the Cowboys winning the Big 12 championship, let alone the national title, this season.Does he vacation with Stoops who tells him off-the-record he’s not worried about OSU competing for the Big 12 and national title. I mean, has anyone thought about the lengths you would have to go to to get a behind-the-scenes off-the-record factual quote from another national-title-contending coach to make this a viable paragraph?Everyone is just waiting for Chokie State to once again live up to its nickname under Gundy.No, you’re the only one waiting for that so this paper mache column might cross the border from “I’m only writing columns to get pageviews” to “if you read it 40 times you might glean one good point from it.”When Gundy’s Cowboys were ranked No. 5 in 2009 and considered a national championship contender, they lost their second game of the season to unranked Houston. Later that season, the Cowboys needed just to win at Oklahoma to make a BCS bowl game, but lost.The Houston shot is fair but to say “the Cowboys needed just to win at Oklahoma to make a BCS bowl” might be the most asinine and short-sighted part of this article. Two teams have won in Norman since Stoops took over in 1999. TWO. They’re 75-2 in the last thirteen years and one of those losses was to OSU. So to say all a wounded team whose quarterback’s right arm may or may not have been attached to his chest needed to do was win in Norman is absurd.Last season, Oklahoma State was in the same situation entering its game against Oklahoma, but again choked.Because losing a 6-point game that came down to the final minute to a 12-2 team when you’re a 2-point favorite is choking.Of course, Gundy’s biggest meltdown wasn’t even on a football field. It was four years ago, when he infamously yelled, “I’m a man! I’m 40!” while berating a female newspaper columnist for what she had written.Yet despite his knack for meltdowns, a solemn Gundy managed to avoid one Saturday when asked whether he was haunted by his past failures.“No,” Gundy said. “It’s a new season.”But it’s still the same Gundy, always on the verge of a disaster.He’s 17-2 since last season. He’s won 40 of his last 54. And he did all this in seven years with a team that was fighting Baylor for the rights to the bottom rung in the Big 12. What do you want?Gundy’s players insist he is more relaxed this season than ever, but are well aware of his past meltdowns. They are used to being asked, “Are you guys actually going to win it this year?”Again, show me all these meltdowns. I’ve got the last seven years of schedules pulled up and I see one.And if this season is going to be any different for Gundy, even one of his best players can’t tell you why. When asked why people should believe that Oklahoma State won’t disappoint, Weeden was at a loss for words.“I don’t know,” Weeden said. “We’re not worried about it.”Weeden actually makes a good point. You can’t worry about what’s inevitable.How big of an imbecile do you have to be to ask a quarterback who is 17-2 in his career and never lost on the road “why people should believe that Oklahoma State won’t disappoint”?Again, I don’t have a problem with people objectively questioning OSU’s historically average defense or whether or not they can beat OU (because they haven’t in 8 years). But to fling mud all over a coach who’s building one of the nation’s most outstanding programs and to not-so-discreetly throw one of the winningest college quarterbacks of all time under the bus with a pointed question like that…well, how can I not think you have an agenda?And Thayer, if by some off chance you stumbled across this post, you have an open invitation to join me on our podcast this week to explain yourself.One thing to keep in mind: last year Thayer went after Auburn, and he went after them hard. I believe that ended rather well for them. Here’s to hoping that this evisceration of the best football team Oklahoma State has ever had is nothing but another foreshadowing of what January could hold.I hope I see him in New Orleans.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more