Ellen Congratulates Nigeria on 55th Independence Anniversary

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a congratulatory message to the Government and People of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the occasion marking that country’s 55th Independence Anniversary, which is to be observed today, Thursday, October 1. In her message to her Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, President Sirleaf on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia and in her own name, extended heartfelt congratulations and best wishes through President Buhari to the Government and People of Nigeria as they celebrate their historic day today. She also expressed Liberia’s gratitude to the Nigerian Government for its enormous contributions to peace and security in Liberia, and the post-conflict recovery including the sending of Nigerian doctors and teachers; an intervention critical to achieving full recovery. “Our bilateral cooperation took a momentous level by the numerous contributions made during the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia”, President Sirleaf recalled. She acknowledged with sincere thanks and appreciation the major role being played by Nigeria in reforming Liberia’s security sector through training. She further stated that Liberia and Nigeria will continue to work together in furtherance of the principles of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations for the promotion of regional and international peace, security and economic cooperation amongst all nations. “As the People of Nigeria celebrate another year of Independence, I entertain the hope that the strong historic and cordial ties of friendship and cooperation that have long subsisted between our two countries and peoples will be further strengthened under your leadership for the mutual benefit of our peoples,” President Sirleaf said. She also prayed that the People of Nigeria will continue to enjoy economic growth under President Buhari’s illustrious leadership and that the Almighty Allah will endow him with abundant wisdom and strength as he leads his people to sustainable peace and greater prosperity.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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Govt, international experts discuss blueprint for oil and gas sector

first_img– at High-Level CaucusPresident David Granger says while many people are dazzled by the prospects of petroleum wealth, there is need for greater understanding and education on how the sector operates.He made it clear that even as the sector was about to take off, his Government would not veer from the ‘green’ development trajectory nor would it stray from delivering on pre-petroleum promises such as removal of the development disparity between the coast and the hinterland, creating an ‘education nation’ andPresident David Granger speaking at the foruma more cohesive Guyana, and empowering people, all of which will translate to a ‘good life’.Speaking at the High-Level Caucus on Oil Sector Strategy on Wednesday, which was organised by the Natural Resources Ministry, the Head of State said, “We need to educate ourselves as a Cabinet, as a Government and as a population as a whole. We have to take a sober approach to the exploitation of this valuable resource. We need to create the organisation, the structure that will manage this resource and even now, as I speak, we are in a state of transition. When the Government came into office in May 2015, it was literally at the same time, almost at the same date, that the announcement of the petroleum find was made. So, we are still putting in place an organisation that is capable of managing this resource and that is one of the reasons why we need this type of advice.”The core objectives of the forum, which was held at the Baridi Benab at State House, were to build awareness on key issues relating to the oil sector; frame the country’s strategic choices to each of the key issues; to align those choices and to provide a blueprint for a sector roadmap. It brought together a mix of international and local experts on natural resources, governance, fiscal policies, finance and economic development.During the deliberations, there were recurring themes such as economic diversification, education, technology and infrastructural development, all of which were identified as priority areas to be pursued in order to transform the country’s socio-economic landscape.  President Granger pointed to the need for legislation and strong oversight institutions to protect citizens from the adverse aspects that could flow from the exploitation of this resource.“We need to mobilise, not only national will but national resources. This is going to be the single largest industry in Guyana. As a country of just about three quarters of a million people, we need to ensure that our resources are mobilised, so that every Guyanese understands the importance of petroleum… We have to protect the rights of investors by establishing the institutions to ensure that there is no abuse or misuse of this resource. Without the institutions, without the judiciary, without the oversight by the National Assembly and without prudent management by the Executive, much of what we are attempting to do will fail,” he said.Meanwhile, Legal Adviser on the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy, Sir Shridath Ramphal reminded the Caucus of the ongoing controversy and the hurdle that the country still has to overcome. “We must not proceed as if that challenge does not exist. At the outset, we cannot afford the luxury of running ahead of ourselves,” he said.Sir Shridath also commended the Government of Guyana’s efforts which resulted in this matter being referred to the International Court of Justice. “What is at stake is two-thirds of the country and if Venezuela had its way, almost all of our maritime space… It is a colossal step forward that Guyana has gotten to Geneva. We sought a judicial settlement for over 50 years and it is finally in hand,” he said.One of the main presenters, Sir Paul Collier, a Professor at Blavatnik School of Public Policy at the University of Oxford, urged the Government to focus on proper policy choices and decisive national leadership. He also spoke of the importance of transforming oil revenues into assets, noting that the oil resource presented numerous opportunities, but the Government must develop a sound strategy to transform those opportunities into tangible benefits for the Guyanese population.Other presenters at the forum included former United States Ambassador to Venezuela, Patrick Duddy; Dr Valerie Marcel, an Associate Fellow at Chatham House; former Manager of the Chilean Sovereign Wealth Fund, Eric Parrado; Peter Harrington, a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and Professor Paloma Mohamed from the University of Guyana.last_img read more

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GAA ACADEMY TO BE LAUNCHED AT LYIT

first_imgLetterkenny Institute of Technology aims to provide an exciting new Coaching Initiative open to current students.The Institute, Donegal Board and the Ulster Council have joined forces to develop and enhance the opportunities for current students in the area of Gaelic games.The Academy will combine current fulltime education with a coaching/training package which gives students the opportunity to develop their coaching/playing skills to an excellent standard whilst gaining academic qualifications. The programme embraces the development of sporting, leadership, personal and social skills which prepare students for a possible future in coaching/playing Gaelic sports.As well as their current fulltime course of study the academy programme will cover –Development of young refereesCoaching qualifications at foundation levelChild protectionCode of best practicePersonal development courses for coaches e.g. planning for a season, strength and conditioning, defending workshop, goalkeeping and place kicking player development etc.Performance analysisFirst AidThe official launch takes place on February 3rd at 11.30am in the CoLab, LYIT campusGAA ACADEMY TO BE LAUNCHED AT LYIT was last modified: January 24th, 2011 by gregShare 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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GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS EARN CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OVER NEASDAN

first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels GAA News:SeniorsThe senior completed the group phase in the senior championship with a win over Neasdan on Saturday in Greenford. After a shaky first half, the Gaels pulled away to record a comfortable win. Semi final fixtures TBC. JuniorsThe Juniors played St Anthony’s on Sunday in Rusilip in the semi final of the junior championship.  St Anthony’s raced into the lead scoring 4 unanswered points before the Gaels registered their first score. Facing a breeze and a stubborn St Anthony’s side, The Gaels found it hard to get a foothold in the game. They managed to reduce the deficit from 5 points to 2 after Killian Butler hit a goal after some great play from McGinley.They were dealt a blow just before half time conceding a goal to go into the break 6 down. The restart saw the Gaels slip to 8 points adrift before they grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. With McGinley leading the line up front, the full back line on top and the midfield starting to get on top they went on a 9 point scoring spree. They were helped when McGinley put the ball on a plate for Butler to tap in.Both teams exchanged leads in the next couple of minutes and St Anthony’s set up a nervy finish, going 1 point ahead. Winning their kick out The Gaels worked the ball up field and McGinley put Kearney through to tap over and set up a reply. Replay next Saturday 19th, at 4.30 in Ruislip.Funeral Arrangements Tom O’Connor RIPFuneral arrangements for our much loved friend, club memberand Youth President Tom O’Connor  are as follows:Thursday, 17th SeptemberRemoval from Ryan & Daughter Funeral Directors49 Oldfield Lane South, Greenford Middx UB6 9LBat 6.15pm, preceded by Rosary at 5pm.Arriving at 7pm to All Saints, Kenton Road HA3 0VQFriday, 18th SeptemberRequiem Mass at 10am All Saints, Kenton Roadfollowed by Cremation at 12noon at Breakspear CrematoriumBreakspear Road, Ruislip, HA4 7SJFamily Flowers only please – Donations if desired toSt. Luke’s Hospice, Kenton.May he Rest in Peace.Bike rideWell done to all who completed the cycle across Ulster over the past week. The group were received with a rapturous welcome in Carrick on Saturday evening with Maurice Carr being draped in the green and gold! They were joined on the last two days by many old friends and teammates from yesteryear. We look forward to hearing all the stories when the team make a full recovery! You can still make a contribution by visiting the Just Giving page, all donations are greatly appreciated: https://www.justgiving.com/TCGcharitycycle/Lottery Results, 10th September 2015Numbers Drawn 2, 8, 9 & 16Jackpot £1,500 – No Winner£25 Lucky Dip WinnersStephen McLoughlin, c/o TCGTom Mohan, c/o TCGPat McClafferty, c/o TinyJohn McNicholas, c/o TCGNext draw Thursday 24th of SeptemberJackpot £1,550Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.com GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS EARN CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OVER NEASDAN was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportlast_img read more

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FIANNA FAIL SET TO ‘SACRIFICE SEAT’ BY REFUSING TO BACK PAT THE COPE

first_imgTHERE is growing anger inside Fianna Fail at the refusal of the party leadership to back Pat The Cope Gallagher in his Euro election bid despite him being ahead in the polls of his party colleague Thomas Byrne.Gallagher is sitting on 10% in most polls – two per cent ahead of Byrne.But the split vote could cost Fianna Fail a seat. However the party leadership in Dublin is refusing to cut its losses with Byrne to back sitting MEP Gallagher.The strategy has been described as “crazy” by Fianna Fail supporters, especially in Donegal where a two-candidate strategy at the last general election back-fired spectacularly.In 2011 the party ran Brian O Domhnaill ran alongside Mary Coughlan in Donegal South West.With the vote split, independent Thomas Pringle took the seat. But Fianna Fail HQ are refusing last minute pleas for them to pull Byrne from the race and urge their supporters to back their best chance of a seat – Donegal politician Gallagher.“Headquarters have messed up again,” said one leading party member today.“It’s not too late to retrieve this but it looks as though Micheal Martin has messed up yet again.” FIANNA FAIL SET TO ‘SACRIFICE SEAT’ BY REFUSING TO BACK PAT THE COPE was last modified: May 22nd, 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:election battkefianna failMEPmicheal martinPat The Cope GallagherThomas Byrnelast_img read more

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All is set for the 2017 East Africa school games

first_imgFriendly fire action between St Mary’s College Kisubi and Namilyango. Schools’ rugby is on the menu at the Secondary Schools’ gamesGulu: A total of 1500 boda boda cyclists and 100 tax drivers have registered to carry students who will participate in the East Africa school games scheduled for next month in Gulu town organizers have revealed.Anthony Ojok, the event’s transport officer, said his team has registered boda bodas and taxis and given them tournament tags to help transport participants from the venues to their residences and vice-versa.He said cyclists and taxi drivers without tags will not be allowed to ferry guests. Mr Ojok said the move aims at protecting visitors from conmen who may want to take advantage of the visitors’ failure to understand the local dialect.Earlier last week, police held a security meeting with hotel and lodge owners in the area as part of preparations for the tournament.Aswa region police spokesperson Jimmy Okema said at least 25 hotel owners attended the meeting held at St Joseph Layibi College on Wednesday.Masaka SS football team. Soccer is one of the games to be played at the East African Schools’ championship. Courtesy photo.Okema assured participants of security but added that those who will stay in hotels and lodges will be cared for by the owners of the business places.He cautioned guests to be careful and ensure safety of their property.“This is a major sporting event that brings together all countries of East Africa, the public should be vigilant and report any threat of terrorism,” Okema said, adding that Al-Shabaab are fond of taking advantage of big gatherings such as sport and rallies to cause mayhem.He noted that about 17 state-of-the-art hotels have been set aside for officials from the different East African countries. He added that 42 ordinary hotels have been registered for other ordinary visitors.St Joseph College, Layibi and Sacred Heart Girls School shall host the numerous schools expected while Pece and Kaunda shall be the main stadia for the games that will range from from outdoor games like Athletics, football, rugby, basketball, netball, handball, hockey, volleyball to the indoor one like chess, badminton and swimming. Last year’s games were hosted in Kenya, Eldoret.Aludo Otto head of Sacred Heart is delighted to host the games.“We are very honoured that we shall be hosting over 100 schools for the secondary school games. This is a big chance to show the world how hospitable Gulu and Uganda is,” Otto said.Over 5,000 people are expected to turn up for the games which start on August 16. Comments Tags: toplast_img read more

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Ugandan Clubs running into blind Alley

first_img Tags: Allan Ssekamatetop KCCA FC need a 4-0 scoreline to overcome Otoho in the CAF Confederations Cup (file photo)On a weekend in which two Ugandan born strikers – Emmanuel Okwi and Meddie Kagere starred as Tanzania’s Simba whitewashed Algerian heavyweights JS Souara 3-0 in a Car Champions League tie,  our own KCCA were blown away by the exact scoreline in Brazzaville by Congo’s Otoho d’Oyo.This is a massive slap in the face for our continental reps, since Vipers were held to a goalless stalemate by Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien at the St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.KCCA’s reverse to Congolese no namers is particularly difficult to take as the Kasasiros had been on an upward continental projectory over the last few years, graduating from Confederations Cup to Champions League group stages in successive seasons.As the lessons of the Brazzaville debacle sink in, we must accept it is time to eat humble pie. Both our reps are trapped between a rock and a hard place. For Ugandan clubs, overturning a three goal deficit is an uphill a task as trips to the Arab Maghreb.Whereas the easier advice to give Vipers FC coach Michael Ouma and his KCCA FC namesake Hillary Mike Mutebi is for them not to give up until return legs are played, the cleverer, more yielding long term approach is for them to advocate for a stricter policy over player transfers.In an ideal football scenario, there is absolutely no reason why Okwi and Kagere shouldn’t be lining up for Ugandan clubs.It’s a given Simba FC pay good money for the services of the aforementioned pair, but its money within the reach of KCCA and Vipers. Last time I followed, the Msimbazi Boys were forking out $3000 in monthly wages for strikers like Okwi and Kagere. That translates into an annual wage bill of $72,000 for the duo. This kind of money is within reach for our clubs if the players can help guarantee them proceeds from reaching continental group stages.Needless to say, KCCA would never have made heavy weather of a tie against complete upstarts like Otoho d’Oyo if they had held onto the services of Derrick Nsibambi and Mohammed Shaban.Vipers FC could have gained even more ground if they had resisted the temptation to flog off Farooq Miya and Kaliisa at the first opportunity.Ugandan clubs must endeavour to hang onto their best strikers for 3-5 seasons if they are to make serious continental impact.Comments last_img read more

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Hurst to compete at indoor nationals

first_imgThis week Fortuna standout Katie Hurst will take the next step in what has already been an impressive career, when she travels to compete at the National High School Indoor Track and Field Championships in New York City.Hurst, a two-time state medalist and Humboldt-Del Norte League record holder in the long jump, is the first athlete from the county to qualify for the prestigious meet.But that won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has followed her brief yet accomplished career, …last_img

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Crop progress report shows corn leveling off, beans still going

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Much of the State received higher than normal amounts of rain last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending June 16. Temperatures slumped nearly 6 degrees below normal. Corn and soybean planted progress increased but were still well behind their 5-year averages. Wheat began to mature and was rated 65 percent fair to good condition. There were reports of hay fields and pastures that were difficult or impossible to mow due to increased soil moisture levels. Operators making haylage found it easier to stay on schedule than those making dry hay. First cutting progress for alfalfa and other hay also lagged behind their 5-year averages. Oats planted progress crept to 91 percent while oats reached the headed stage slower than the 5-year average. From the national scene, USDA reports that 100% of corn is planted, likely indicating that no more planting will take place. Soybeans show 96% of acres planted across the country.The complete report is available here.last_img read more

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