Emotions that gripped thousands at the just ended FIFA Brazil World Cup were felt by the world. In Brazil, 200 million people wept as their pride was hurt after the humiliating 7-1 drubbing in the semi-finals by eventual winners, Germany, whose nationals are still celebrating their win against Argentina.Though Liberia was not among the elites, we are lucky to be among the elites of the Amputee soccer sector.On August 9, 2014, Liberia, the three-time African Champions, will take on Team USA at Soccerplex in Germantown, Maryland, USA, near Washington DC.The African champions will test their American counterparts, as both prepare to prepare in the 10th Amputee World Cup in Culiancan, Sinaloa, Mexico from November 30-December 8, 2014.A dispatch from Mr. Duannah Siryon, international coordinator of LAFASA said Liberians in the United States are excited about the friendly match.“We hope the Liberian government will embrace this friendly invitation,” Duannah said, “since we’ll be taking the team to Liberian communities in the USA to generate funds to help the team for their camping and trip to Mexico.”Duannah said Liberia being triple champions of Africa will have a lot to teach their American friends.“Both teams will be going for the World Cup in Mexico,” Duannah said, “and it will be nice to see them test each other.”In Monrovia, the news of the Mexico World Cup has excited LAFASA, and the team has begun what many considered as intensive preparation.“I have no doubt that President Sirleaf is getting excited about her team,” said a longtime follower of the team’s exploits, “with her support Liberia will be there for the friendly match and then be in Mexico.”The Liberia Amputee team is the country’s pride in international football, as the regular Lone Star has failed repeatedly despite huge financial and moral support to in continental competitions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Pres Weah in talks with Director of UNESCO.President George Weah has underscored the progressive and positive impact the internet is having on the new world order, describing it as a platform that has propelled and accelerated innovation in all facets of life.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Weah made the statement in a speech he delivered on Monday, November 12, 2018, at the Internet Governance Forum organized by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France.He said that the internet has bridged communication gaps and made the world a smaller and better place in many ways.He said the World Wide Web is a fulcrum in the drive toward peace and security in the world. “It has enhanced development in the areas of technology, education, health and welfare,” the President told the gathering.President Weah, according to the release, told the forum how the internet has made it easier for farmers to get price updates and better earnings from their produce, while a nurse in a faraway community can get instructions and prescriptions from a doctor on the other side of the globe, and can then be enabled to give proper treatment to patients.He added, “Teachers can use internet-based tools to improve learning outcomes. The valuable power of the internet cannot be over-emphasized.”However, President Weah has acknowledged that amid these positive developments, the world is witnessing in the advent of the internet a dark side — the wrongful and malicious use made possible by the prevalence of various devices such as mobile phones.“This provides great opportunities for exploitation by criminal elements. These elements are using the internet to carry out various cyber-crimes, including terrorism and financial crimes,” President Weah observed.“The internet is also now being used to stoke hatred among our people, and to spread dangerous false information which can lead to violence and the destruction of societal fabric,” he said.The President said it was therefore high time proper structures were put in place to ensure that the internet—an instrument for the advancement of human development—is not perverted into an instrument of terror, hate, crime and destruction.He called for collaboration and networking between governments and civil society actors, international bodies, and technology companies to work toward developing a governance structure that ensures the use of the internet for the good of society, and not for its destruction.He however emphasized that efforts toward eradicating criminal elements must not amount to inhibiting or stifling free speech and expression, not even innovation and development that are essential to global progress.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A porter of Mahaica, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was on Friday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where he was arraigned for stealing $1.24 million in articles from his employer.Charged: Sasenarine NanuTwenty-five-year-old Sasenarine Nanu pleaded not guilty to the charge which read that on December 12, 2019, at Lot 5 Public Road, La Penitence, Georgetown, while being employed as a clerk or servant of Ashraf Ali, he stole a quantity of footwear valued at $592,000 and a number of blankets valued $432,000.The father of five worked as a porter for the Virtual Complainant. However, no facts were presented and no objections for bail were made by the prosecution.As such, Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus granted the defendant his pre-trial liberty of bail in the sum of $100,000.The matter was adjourned to February 14, 2020.
The 39th annual gun show and sportsman show put on by the Dawson Creek Sportsman’s Club will be returning in April. Tickets for the event will go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m.The event will be held April 9 and 10 and organizers are expecting over 200 tables with items such as firearms, knives, archery equipment, ATV’s and more available to be purchased.Advance tickets for those 18-66 are $10, youth tickets are $5, and tickets for seniors are $5. Tickets purchased by adults 18-66 can be bought for $12 at the door the day of the event. Children 10 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult.- Advertisement -Tickets can be purchased by visiting tigerboxofficeplus.ca.
0Shares0000Monaco’s defender Kamil Glik celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match against Toulouse at Louis II Stadium in Monaco on August 4, 2017 © AFP / VALERY HACHEPARIS, France, Aug 4 – Brazilian Neymar may dominate the headlines and bring renewed hope to Paris Saint-Germain but Monaco showed they won’t be giving up their Ligue 1 crown easily with a 3-2 win over Toulouse on Friday.PSG will expect 222-million-euro man Neymar to fire them not just to domestic glory but also European success following his sensational move from Barcelona. But Monaco are the champions and proved in their Ligue 1 opener they will provide a formidable challenge to the mega-rich Parisians with goals from Brazilian Jemerson, Colombia’s Radamel Falcao and Kamil Glik of Poland allowing them to twice come from behind and snatch three points.Toulouse threatened to spoil the party by twice taking a shock lead, the first on six minutes.In what looked like a set corner routine that didn’t quite go to plan, Andy Delort had to back track out of the area to chest the ball into the danger zone, where the unmarked Zinedine Machach had time to swivel and rifle a volley across Danijel Subasic.Monaco may have been forced into selling several stars over the summer transfer window, with Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Bernardo Silva moved on to pastures new, but they were not the top Ligue 1 goalscorers with almost three goals a game last season for nothing.Soon enough, the hosts were turning the screw as Thomas Lemar had a shot blocked on the edge of the area before Kylian Mbappe — the Real Madrid target who could fetch a sum close to Neymar’s — was denied from a tight angle by goalkeeper Alban Lafont.Mbappe should have been celebrating his first goal of the season on 19 minutes but Kelvin Amian got back to to intercept a Falcao cross and deny the teenage starlet a tap-in.– Ball-watching –The inevitable came on 28 minutes, though, and in simple fashion as centre-back Jemerson headed home a near post corner from Joao Moutinho, as Toulouse’s defence stood ball-watching.Monaco captain Falcao had been in the thick of things, although his sights were off as he headed one chance over, saw a left-foot shot blocked and fired a free-kick wildly into the stands.Monaco carried on after half-time with Lemar forcing Lamont into a plunging save from a well-struck free-kick.But there was another sting in the tail as reported Chelsea target Djibril Sidibe gave the ball away cheaply to Jimmy Durmaz, who slipped the ball inside to Delort to turn and fire home a daisy-cutter inside Subasic’s right-hand post.Eight minutes into the second period and Monaco had it all to do again.But they didn’t have long to wait as Falcao got the goal his industry, if not accuracy, deserved on 58 minutes, holding off Francois Moubandje to power home Jorge’s deflected cross.Mbappe was a constant menace down the left but his final ball often left much to be desired, while Amian ensured with one crunching challenge that the teenage starlet would not be allowed an easy ride.But while Toulouse defended staunchly for the most part, their command of the skies was distinctly lacking and a third headed goal gave Monaco the lead as centre-half Glik got the slightest flick of a hair on Mountinho’s chipped free-kick to flummox Lamont.Substitute Guido Carrillo could have sealed the win in stoppage time from fellow replacement Allan Saint-Maximin’s cross but Lafont stood up well to block the Argentine’s shot.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Marie Duffy, right, is a mental health advocate from Creeslough and blogs regularly on all things related to positive mental health on her website http://www.unwindyourmind.ie.As hundreds of Donegal students sit exams this week, in this special article for donegaldaily.com, she talks about how young people can tackle mental health issues. By Marie Duffy “The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them…“And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.” ― Stephen King, Different Seasons Although Stephen King was talking about something else entirely, for me he could be describing perfectly the stigma that exists from having a mental illness.The statistics tell us that one in four people will suffer from mental health problems at some stage of their life. However, despite the fact that mental health problems are relatively common, people experiencing them can often find themselves facing stigma and discrimination.Last year, a study among service users conducted by St Patrick’s University Hospital showed that many people live with the distressing symptoms of mental ill-health for long periods without accessing mental health advice or treatment. This is due mainly to the stigma that surrounds mental health as well as lack of knowledge about mental health problems and sources of help.As Stephen King says, the most important things are the hardest to say, not because there is no one to tell but because there is a lack of an understanding ear.We all need to take collective responsibility to tackling mental health stigma and can start by taking time to talk about mental health with the people around us. Often the fact that it’s difficult to talk about mental health problems can be one of the hardest parts of having mental problems. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Take some time to open up and start your conversation today. Talk to your mum, dad, daughter or son, ask them how they are feeling.At this time of year, young people in particular are at risk due to the stress and pressure of exams such as the Junior and Leaving Cert. This pressure can often be unbearable and can lead to feelings of hopelessness, and even suicide. If you are a young person reading this, or a parent, there are a number of ways you can seek help and support.No matter what the question or the problem, there is always someone that can help. Even if it’s a problem that you are not sure about, it’s better to ask for help or advice than to struggle on alone.Don’t be embarrassed or shy about asking for help. Everybody – yes everybody! – goes through difficult stuff in life. It’s good to ask your family and friends for support and understanding but it is important that if you need to, you seek professional advice and help. Your G.P should always be your first port of call, and if you feel it is an emergency please do go to your nearest emergency department. There are also organisations such as Childline who provide a listening ear to young people under the age of 18. As well as a phoneline service, they also provide one on one online chat through their website which many young people may prefer.There is also a new youth mental health service called Jigsaw which has just arrived in Donegal, and is specifically for 12-25 year olds. It is early in its development stages but hopes to open its doors over the next few months.For those of you who are looking for information on how to deal with exam stress, and to get advice from others who have been in similar situation you should check out the website www.spunout.ie SpunOut is a health and activism information resource and covers everything that a young person aged 16-25 years old needs.It also has an online ‘Find Help’ database which allows you to find health and support services in your area. It also has tips for those currently doing exams. http://www.spunout.ie/about/Blog/Surviving-the-Leaving-Cert-and-Junior-Cert If you need to talk to someone right now then contact one of these organisations for confidential support 24 hours a day- no matter your age or where you are. If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide or self harm, you should immediately contact your local doctor or go to the Casualty unit of the nearest hospital.Samaritans PHONE: 1850 609090(Northern Ireland: 08457 909090)Samaritans provides confidential, non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.ChildLine FREEPHONE: 1800 66 66 66Childline is a 24-hour a day service for young people up to 18. Childline offer support to young people through the listening service over the phone and through the website. You can call Childline for a chat or to talk about any problems you might have. Childline also have an online support service which you can access through www.childline.ieHEALTH: YOUNG PEOPLE NEED TO FIND HELP TO TACKLE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, SAYS ADVISOR was last modified: June 7th, 2012 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:HEALTH: YOUNG PEOPLE NEED TO FIND HELP TO TACKLE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUESSAYS ADVISOR
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – In a move that could bring a merlot low – and make a chardonnay shudder – a state lawmaker is proposing making zinfandel the official wine of California. State Sen. Carole Migden introduced the bill this week, saying the heady varietal is a “quintessential California wine,” dating back to Gold Rush days and versatile enough to stand up to the spicy diversity of California cuisine. “It’s about time we give it the recognition it deserves,” Migden, D-San Francisco, said in a news release. But others say singling out just one varietal would be a cardinal zin. “What’s the basis?” said Doug Shafer, president of Shafer Vineyards, makers of highly prized cabernet sauvignon and merlot. “There’s some wonderful wines, lots of different varietals, from all over California that are all great, including zinfandel.” Preliminary figures for the 2005 grape harvest put zinfandel at 10.4 percent of the crop, behind cabernet sauvignon’s 12.5 percent. Chardonnay was the harvest heavy at about 17 percent. “Growing wine grapes in this state is a beautiful thing,” said Shafer. “Look what you get to pick from.” The bill, SB1253, is headed to committee and could be heard next month. Being the state wine would be a symbolic honor, giving producers a boost of prestige and publicity and putting zinfandel in such august company as the official state color, a combination of blue and gold, and the state insect, the dogfaced butterfly. Carlos Machado, Migden’s legislative director, said the intent is to benefit more than just zin. “I think it brings recognition to all California wines when you do this. It’s like a rising tide,” he said. The bill got a big thumbs up from winemaker Van “the Vanimal” Williamson, who specializes in single-vineyard zins at Edmeades Winery in Mendocino County. Zinfandel may not have the biggest numbers, says Williamson, but it’s uniquely Californian in that it’s been grown in the state for generations by small, independent farmers, many of them immigrants. “It embodies a lot of the spirit of America,” he said. Williamson sees zin as the democrat of wines, full-flavored enough to go with lots of different types of food, pizza and burgers included. Meanwhile, said the avid outdoorsman, “there’s not a better wine to drink out of the bottle, in my opinion. You don’t need fancy stemware.” Red zinfandels pack a punch, with some edging up to 15 percent alcohol and beyond. Lower alcohol levels are found in white zinfandel – often sniffed at by critics but popular nonetheless – which is made from the same grape but with less juice-to-grape-skin contact, resulting in a pale pink color. Williamson doesn’t make white zin, but he doesn’t despise it either, noting that the ’70s boom in the sweet pink wine helped save a lot of old zinfandel vines. Eric Potashner, Migden’s deputy chief of staff, said any issues between red and white zin factions will be “flushed out” in the legislative process. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Michael Carrick isn’t exactly known for his pace.The 35-year-old prefers to patrol things in the centre of the park rather than produce lung-bursting runs.And Carrick’s lack of pace was shown up by his Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford in a training drill.It’s safe to say the veteran won’t be partnering up again with the youngster anytime soon if this evidence is anything to go by.Watch Rashford leave Carrick behind with his searing pace above….
1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic is no longer a Manchester United player It has finally been confirmed: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is leaving Manchester United following the expiration of his contract.The iconic Swedish forward leaves Old Trafford after just one year, having scored 28 goals and won the EFL Cup and the Europa League – all at the age of 35.It was expected Ibrahimovic would be handed an extension to his deal by manager Jose Mourinho, though ligament damage suffered by the forward in April ended his season and ruled him out until someway through the 2017/18 camapign.Due to this spell on the sidelines, the Red Devils decided against offering Zlatan a contract – although he is expected to continue his recovery at United’s Carrington training ground.Manchester United supporters took to social media to react to Ibrahimovic’s departure, and we collect some of the best comments below…
Paris Saint-Germain are back in the race for Manchester United target Alex Sandro.The left-back is considering his options this summer after spending three years at Juventus. Sandro is set to be at the centre of a transfer tug of war 1 He is already being tracked by United, who are putting together a formal offer, as Jose Mourinho is known to be a long-term admirer of the Brazilian.And, according to Tuttosport, PSG are now fighting to Sandro this summer too.The French champions looked at the 27-year-old a year ago, but they then binned plans to sign him during the January transfer window.Now, though, PSG are ready to go back for Sandro by making a concrete offer during the current signing period.Juventus, however, are desperate for the defender to stay and have offered him an improved contract.Sandro has won the league and cup double in all three of his seasons in Italy. The only remaining major challenge for him left to achieve at the club is to win the Champions League, though he has now suffered multiple heartbreaks with Juve in the tournament.