Speaker Tyler Lauds Dr. Logan For Freeing Many from Ebola

first_imgIn support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, the Speaker of the 53rd Legislature of Liberia, Alex Tyler, has lauded Dr. G. Gorbee Logan, the County Health Officer of Bomi, for his efforts  against the terrible disease.Speaking last Friday in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Speaker Alex Tyler said the Bomi Legislative Caucus is pleased to be part of the special reunification and certification of the Ebola survivors, which was achieved through Dr. Logan’s efforts, which have reduced the death rate in county and Liberia at large.According to the Speaker, the fight by Dr. Logan to help save 10 persons’ lives from the deadly Ebola was a task for which no one could pay Dr. Logan and his partners.  The Speaker urged the doctor and his team to continue the fight against the disease.Speaker Tyler said he was confident that Liberia can overcome and contain the disease. He asserted that with Dr. Logan’s discovery of the Lamivudine drug by Dr. Logan, I believe that the Ebola virus has been defeated.”But the Speaker, a native of Bomi, warned that the issues of denial and other cultural practices in community could undermine the fight against the deadly Ebola virus and increase the spread to other community as well as individuals.“I want to expressed thanks and appreciation to the County Health Team for their support and also to the Ebola survivors that made all efforts to come for earlier treatment and their willingness to submit for Ebola medication and today have been saved from the virus.”He called on the County Taskforce to be more robust in identifying people suspected of the virus in various communities, in order to ensure that Ebola is eradicated from the county and Liberia as well.According to the Speaker, Ebola is not a death sentenced for every Liberian and as such everyone will not die of the virus.  He urged the public to focus on observing the preventive measures, including washing hands and reporting of people suspected to ensure that Liberia is free of the deadly virus.Also speaking at the program, the Deputy Minister for Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Isaac Jackson described Dr. Logan as the “Anti-Ebola Warrior” due to his exemplary and highly successful efforts to contain  the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.The Minister at the same time presented solidarity packages of food and non-food items to the Ebola survivors and urged them to be ambassadors of their community in support of the fight against Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Driver dies after being pinned under tractor

first_imgA resident of Moraikobai Village, Mahaicony River, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), was killed in an accident along the Moraikobai trail on Thursday, after he was reportedly pinned by his tractor while providing assistance to a lorry driver. Dead is Malone Antonio, also called “Bill”, who was a tractor operator. The incident reportedly occurred at about 09:30h after a lorry which was heading to Moraikobai, was stuck in the trail. As a result, the driver sought assistance from the 37-year-old tractor operator, who attached his tractor to the lorry with a chain. According to reports, in the process of trying to remove the lorry from the ditch, the tractor turned turtle and flipped backwards, pinning Antonio resulting in his death.E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander, Linden Lord noted that he, along with ranks from the Traffic Department visited the scene and took Antonio’s body to the Linden Hospital Complex, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The body is presently at the Wismar Hospital Mortuary in Linden awaiting a post-mortem examination. The driver of the lorry was later questioned by Police in relation to the incident.Moraikobai is an Amerindian settlement situated up the Mahaicony River. Access from Linden is gained via the sand trail which begins at the Linden-Highway junction.last_img read more

Occidental twins dive into success

first_imgWhat started as a whim quickly turned serious, and now the diving neophytes are a huge success. At last weekend’s NCAA Division III championships in Houston, Jon Dohring became Occidental’s first national champion in diving since 1942 when he won the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events. To make the weekend even more special, Robert Dohring finished a close second to his brother in both events. “Basically all year we’ve been finishing one-two in events,” Jon Dohring said. “There’s been a small margin between us all year, and it usually comes down to the last one or two dives.” That’s what happened in Houston. Robert Dohring led both events after the preliminary rounds, but Jon overtook him in the finals by margins of 457.45-453.70 (1-meter) and 531.00-524.80 (3-meter). Both events remained undecided until the final dives. In the 1-meter event, Jon Dohring edged his brother on the final dive. In the 3-meter event, the brothers did the exact same dive in their final attempt, and Jon maintained his narrow lead and took first place. There was no dramatic sibling rivalry, only celebration. “I was genuinely happy for him,” Robert Dohring said. “There wasn’t any jealously involved, just maybe a little disappointment on my part, because I felt I could have done my dives a little better.” There isn’t much disappointment though, because the brothers understand how far they’ve come. It was less than three years ago when the brothers, now 23but then freshmen, showed up in the office of head coach Peggy Carl and inquired about joining the team, even though they were starting from scratch. “I really didn’t know what to expect,” Carl said. “They said they hadn’t dove since they were 13 and I said, `OK.’I knew that gymnasts tend to have an easier time transferring to diving.” The transition went well. The Dohrings quit diving at age 13 because it conflicted with gymnastics, but a trip back to the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center revived their interest in the sport. Since Division III schools cannot offer athletic scholarships, Carl welcomed the twins with open arms and began their diving education. As gymnasts, they already had the flexibility and body control that is so important in diving, but molding them into divers took long hours with diving coach Roland King. “We definitely started at square one,” Robert Dohring said. “In gymnastics you’re told to never land on your head, for obvious reasons. And a diving board is much different than a springboard, but once we got a hold of that, we saw that we could spin a little faster in diving and we loved it.” Robert Dohring picked things up faster, became a conference champion in his freshman and sophomore years and qualified for nationals last year, but his brother took a big step forward this season. Jon Dohring swept the diving events in the conference championships and twice edged his brother in Houston. The brothers are competitive with each other, but appreciate being able to push each other. “When he learns a new dive, I learn a new dive,” Jon Dohring said. “We’re happy when we beat each other, but it’s not that we’re happy about the other doing poorly. We want to see each other do well.” rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The hardest part? Learning to land on your head instead of your feet. That’s the main obstacle Jonand Robert Dohring, twins from Glendale, had to overcome when they joined the diving program at Occidental College in 2004, mostly as a way to entertain themselves. At that point, the brothers had scant diving experience, limited to a six-month stint with a club team at age 13. Gymnasts by nature, they knew how to twist and flip, but the nuances of the sport remained foreign. last_img

Stoke boss Hughes rues ‘missed opportunity’ in QPR draw

first_imgStoke City manager Mark Hughes was left to lament a “missed opportunity” to claim all three points at Queens Park Rangers, as the Potters failed to make their dominance count in a 2-2 draw.Summer signing Mame Biram Diouf put the visitors in front after just 11 minutes, but a series of misses allowed the hosts to level against the run of play as Steven Caulker nodded in before the break.Peter Crouch then re-established Stoke’s deserved lead, the striker netting his first league goals since March, but the Potters switched off, with Nico Kranjcar’s late free-kick claiming a share of the points for the under-par Super Hoops.And Hughes, who returned to Loftus Road for the first time since being sacked as QPR manager in 2012, believes his former side didn’t deserve the draw.“On the positive we’re looking good away from home. We’ve got another point on our travels, which was a struggle for us last year,” said the Stoke boss.“So we’re happy enough in that regard, but the overriding is that it was a missed opportunity.“In the first half we had a number of good chances where we just couldn’t find that killer pass.“I was pleased enough until the last five minutes of the first-half. I thought we were excellent, but we switched off at a set piece and allowed them back into the game, when really I felt they didn’t deserve it.“It was a disappointment going into the break level, but to concede again after getting our noses back in front, that’s the real disappointment.“Overall we were the better team on the day, I think everyone in the ground accepted that.“But you’ve still got to get the job done and take your chances when you’re in control, and we didn’t do that today.”last_img read more

World Cup hangover lingers over Premier League kick-off

first_img0Shares0000Quick turnaround: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is one of many Premier League stars who could miss the opening weekend due to his World Cup commitments © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – There is little time for the Premier League’s stars to shake off a World Cup hangover as less than a month on from Russia’s summer showpiece, the chase to catch champions Manchester City begins in earnest on Friday.On top of the quick turnaround from the World Cup, a shortened transfer window that closes 24 hours before the season kicks off has left many sides scrambling at the last minute to strengthen their squads, none more so than Manchester United. The Red Devils raise the curtain on the campaign at home to Leicester on Friday night hoping to put a troubled pre-season dominated by manager Jose Mourinho’s outbursts behind them.Mourinho has rounded on the club’s hierarchy for failing to sufficiently strengthen in his opinion despite the signings of Brazilian international midfielder Fred and Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot.As United dither, Liverpool have emerged as second favourites for the title behind City after splashing over £170 million ($220 million) on goalkeeper Alisson and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.“The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and already have fantastic teams. Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody,” warned Mourinho.“If we don’t make our team better it will be a difficult season for us.”United are further hamstrung with a host of key players including Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford involved in the later stages of the World Cup limiting their pre-season preparations.– Fast start for Liverpool? –Missing piece? Liverpool have strengthened by signing Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker © AFP / Paul FAITHBy contrast, Liverpool are well-placed to hit the ground running ahead of Sunday’s kick-off at home to West Ham as Virgil van Dijk, Keita and Fabinho missed out on the World Cup, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane bowed out at the group stage with Egypt and Senegal.Jurgen Klopp’s men demonstrated their ability to beat City on the big occasion last season, winning three of the four meetings between the sides, including a 5-1 aggregate win in the Champions League quarter-finals.However, they finished 25 points back in the league as Pep Guardiola’s men romped to the title with a record 100 points.“The players from last year are responsible for the excitement, and then we brought in a few new players as an icing on the cake,” said Klopp on the club’s promising pre-season tour in the States.“It’s not just that we have to be more consistent, we have to create circumstances where we can be more consistent,” he added. “Nobody is consistent with 11 players. What we are working on is the depth of the squad because you need it.”– City still favourites –Ominous start: Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City cruised to victory in the Community Shield © AFP / Glyn KIRKCity haven’t dipped into the deep pockets of their Abu Dhabi owners as significantly as Guardiola’s first two summers in charge, but have still strengthened with club record signing Riyad Mahrez.No side since United nine years ago have retained the title with Chelsea twice and Leicester failing to even make the top four in past three seasons.Despite missing a host of World Cup stars, City looked in ominous form as they dismissed Chelsea 2-0 to lift the Community Shield at the weekend but face a tough start as Arsenal begin the post-Arsene Wenger era at the Emirates on Sunday.Unai Emery has enjoyed the luxury of having most of his squad available for pre-season with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette forming a fearsome front four.Chelsea also have a new boss but are already playing catch-up with Maurizio Sarri only appointed a month before the start of the campaign.However, the Blues swung into action late Wednesday when they agreed to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in a deal which paved the way for Athletic Bilbao ‘keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to move to Stamford Bridge on a seven-year deal worth an estimated £71 million.Kepa becomes the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.In contrast to the change across London, Tottenham Hotspur have yet to add a single signing ahead of their first season in a new 62,000 capacity stadium.Yet, based on the World Cup performances of Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen among others, there is still plenty for Mauricio Pochettino to look forward to.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FIFA open disciplinary action against Cameroon

first_img0Shares0000FIFA investigating Cameroon over misconduct in England match © AFP / Philippe HUGUENPARIS, France, Jun 26 – FIFA has announced disciplinary proceedings against Cameroon for misconduct and offensive behaviour in their women’s World Cup match against England.England won Sunday’s last 16 tie 3-0 but the game at Valenciennes was marked by Cameroon players’ furious response to several refereeing decisions,. At one stage they apparently threatened to walk off the pitch.A spokesperson for football’s ruling body confirmed “proceedings have now been opened by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee against the Cameroonian Football Association.”He added the investigation focused on “alleged breaches related to article 52 (team misconduct) and article 57 (offensive behaviour and fair play) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code”.England coach Phil Neville said after the encounter he was left “utterly ashamed” by the behaviour of the Cameroon players.Cameroon coach Alain Djeumfa said his team had been the victims of an “injustice”.Their anger reached boiling point when Ellen White’s goal to make it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time was initially disallowed for offside before being awarded after Chinese referee Qin Liang consulted with the Video Assistant Referee.Their players surrounded the referee, pointing to the big screen replays of the goal and seemingly threatening to walk off.Further confusion came just three minutes after the restart when Cameroon thought they had pulled a goal back to make it 2-1, but Ajara Nchout’s effort was eventually disallowed for offside after the referee had again consulted with the VAR.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA motorist drove at a Garda sergeant in a ‘mirror image’ of another incident in which a Garda died.Owen Orr dropped a gear and then drove at Sgt Eunan Walsh, Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal heard yesterday.Orr, 20, was given a three-year jail term which was suspended for three years if he kept out of trouble. Sgt Walsh said he recognised Owen Orr during the terrifying incident at Foxhills, Letterkenny in 2010.Orr, who was then 17, was charged with endangerment after Sgt Walsh had to jump into a garden to avoid being mowed down.Judge John O’Hagan had delayed sentencing from last autumn to see if Orr, who had 19 previous convictions, could ‘behave himself.’Garda Sgt John Durcan revealed how he heard the car “drop a gear” and speed towards them.“If he hadn’t got out of the way he would have been seriously injured or killed,” said Sgt Durcan.Judge O’Hagan said previously that he case was a “mirror image” of an incident in which another Garda was killed while on duty in Co Donegal.Garda Robbie McCallion died when he was struck by a car during an attempted car robbery in Letterkenny in March 2009.When asked at a previous hearing what he thought of the man who tried to run him over, Sgt Walsh said “He has had a troubled upbringing and I don’t think he knows much else.”Judge O’Hagan had remarked at the last hearing: “This is a very similar incident occurred here in Co Donegal and a Garda lost his life. The car didn’t miss – it hit him. He (the driver) was convicted of dangerous driving causing death.“Here we are in September 2010 and we have a young man practically carrying out a mirror image.”Yesterday the judge said he had read probation reports and had been assured that Orr had not come to Garda attention since.Suspending a three-year sentence for three years, the judge said: “He’s under the microscope now.”When asked if he knew what that meant, Orr told Judge O’Hagan “Yes judge, I have to keep my nose clean.”MAN WHO ENDANGERED GARDA’S LIFE GIVEN SECOND CHANCE BY JUDGE was last modified: January 30th, 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:endangermentGarda Eunan WalshJUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit CourtOwen Orrlast_img read more


first_imgTwo young men who tied up and robbed a young woman after watching a movie have been remanded in jail by a judge to allow him time to consider their punishment.Letterkenny Court.Lee McLaughlin, and James Leedham, were part of a three man gang who terrorised two young women in a house robbery in Inishowen. The gang forced their way into the house at The Mullins in Carndonagh in broad daylight on September 29th, 2013.The men had their faces hidden and had also brought an imitation firearm to the house.Two young women in the house were watching television at around 1.45pm in the afternoon when the gang struck.One of the women Shannon Doherty managed to escape through a window but another woman, Danielle Doherty, who was 20, was held captive by the raiders.McLaughlin, 20, tied Ms Doherty’s hands with a cable-tie and put duct tape on her mouth to stop her from screaming.The gang tried to put her into a wardrobe but she refused to go into it.They eventually stole 36 packets of cigarettes, 6 packets of loose tobacco and €58 in cash which they put into a rucksack which they had brought with them.However the men were chased by some neighbours who had ben alerted to the robbery by Ms Doherty who had escaped earlier.They managed to flee through fields but were eventually apprehended by Gardai.The court heard the gang had planned the robbery after watching a video the previous night.One of the men, Lee McLaughlin of Station Road, Carndonagh, said he did not even smoke and did not know why he carried out the robbery.He knew Ms Doherty from a young age but could not remember her but said he was deeply sorry for what he had done to her.Barrister Charlotte Simpson told the court that McLaughlin had suffered at the hands of his father who had been very violent towards his, his other siblings and their mother.He had held a gun to their heads and had stubbed cigarettes out on them.Because his mother could not cope, he had been placed in foster care and had done quite well but did have mental health issues.James Leedham, 18, of Allendale Park, Buncrana, said he had been refused entry to the army on health grounds at he time of the robbery and was having serious issues accepting this.Leedham’s father Daryl gave evidence of how his son’s arrest for the crime was like being stabbed in the heart because he had never been in trouble before.He said he had relations in the UK in the hotel industry and his son was planning to get employment there if he got a second chance from the courts.Both Leedham and McLaughlin had pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and aggravated burglary.Another member of the gang, Jason Bonner of Aghilly, Buncrana, had been jailed for 30 months but had that sentence suspended for 3 years, when he appeared before Judge Matthew Deery.Victim Danielle Doherty told Letterkenny Circuit Court she was still suffering from the attack and had to lock all the doors in her house if she was home alone.Judge John O’Hagan said he was in disbelief at the men’s actions.His said the situation was ‘comical and ludicrous’ but did not take away from the fear suffered by Danielle Doherty.He added that the fact that the offenses carried carried a maximum sentence of life in prison reflected how serious they were.He said he would take time to read the reports on both men and said he would remand both men in prison until Friday to allow them to reflect on their actions.GANG WHO TIED UP AND ROBBED WOMAN AFTER WATCHING A MOVIE REMANDED IN JAIL was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 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:buncranaDanielle DohertydonegalInishowenJames LeedhamJUdge John O’HaganLee McLaughlinrobbedlast_img read more

Valon Behrami receives death threats after rough treatment of Neymar

first_img Neymar was fouled by the Switzerland players an incredible 10 times in Rostov Former West Ham United and Watford midfielder Valon Behrami has received death threats after his extreme treatment on Brazil superstar Neymar.The Switzerland was tasked with marking the Paris Saint-Germain star in their Group E opener on Sunday night. Tipped as the danger man for the Selecao, the 26-year-old was instead marked out of the game by Behrami.And it helped the Swiss claim a potentially vital point against the tournament hosts in Rostov.Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring with a superb curling effort before Steven Zuber’s powerful header earned a point for the underdogs.After being fouled 10 times during the game, Neymar’s fans posted vicious messages on Behrami’s Instagram account. 2 Behrami was eventually booked for his rough treatment of the PSG star While some of the messages cannot be repeated, many were upset at the news Neymar faces a race to be fit for Brazil’s next game against Costa Rica on Friday.One fumed: “If you ever come to Brazil we’ll get you.”Another user claimed: “I’m going to knock that grin off your face.”Others wrote “Anyone who tangles with Neymar tangles with us all” and “You are on Brazil’s blacklist”.Trolls even blitzed the account of Behrami’s girlfriend, Swiss skier Lara Gut, with insults.However, the Udinese midfielder retorted by saying:  “Neymar always tries to provoke you. He’s always going to ground.“I just tried to do my job, and we got a good result.”Behrami ended a three-year spell with West Ham in 2011. He made 63 appearances, scoring five goals.The midfielder joined Watford in 2015, and played 49 times without scoring before a move to Udinese last year. 2last_img read more


first_imgHUNDREDS are expected to flock to the ninth annual Finn Valley Vintage Rally and Threshing Day which takes place next Sunday, August 7, at Crossroads, Killygordon.There will be a large number of events and attractions on the day including stationary engines, bale rolling, tractor balancing and childrens’ sports including a free bungee jump, a ‘Gladiators’ show, and of course, traditional threshing.A large number of fine examples of vintage farm machinery and cars will also be on display with entrants expected to travel from all over the North West. One unique new event expected to create a lot of interest this Sunday will be the tractor building demonstration.This will include a mens and and a ladies team stripping down a tractor to its nuts and bolts, then completely rebuilding it.Organised by the Finn Valley Vintage Club, the Rally has raised tens of thousands of euro for local charities over the last decade.According to the organisers, the idea of the Rally is to promote agricultural, vintage and other items of heritage and also provide a venue suitable for the enthusiast to show items of yesteryear. Club Chairman, Thomas McKelvey, said they also wanted to allow the public the opportunity to view such rare treasures.He said they are expecting another bumper crowd on Sunday at the Cross.“We have been putting a lot of hard work and time in to organising this event over the past year. The weather is expected to be good on Sunday so hope to get as many people through the gates as possible.This is a very worthy event and more than €10,000 was raised last year alone,” Mr McKelvey said.Gates open at 12 noon and admission will cost just five euro for adults and two euro for teenagers. Younger children will be admitted free of charge. For further details contact 086 3764067.EndsFINN VALLEY SHOW TO ATTRACT THOUSANDS AT KILLYGORDON was last modified: August 1st, 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)Tags:Finn Valley ShowKillygordonlast_img read more