Europe Observes ‘Moment of Silence’ for Victims of France Terrorist Attacks

first_imgThe continent of Europe is expected today to observe a minute silence at 11:00 a.m. GMT as a mark of solidarity with the government and people of France, following terrorist attacks against innocent civilians on Friday night in Paris, the nation’s capital. The barbaric attacks, which killed at least 129 persons, injured more than 350 others with 99 on critical list, occurred on the night of Friday, November 13, in Paris.According to French security, eight gunmen carried out the attacks in a series of suicide bomb explosions and shootings at six locations around Paris. The Bataclan Theatre, the venue of a concert that evening, had the most casualties – nearly 90 – among the locations attacked. The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility the following morning for the attacks, as retaliation for air strikes carried in IS strongholds in Syria by French forces. However, French President François Hollande has vowed to “ruthlessly deal with” those responsible. The French Embassy in Liberia is flying its national flag at half mast. In a message to her French counterpart on behalf of Liberia, President Sirleaf extended deepest condolences to Mr. Hollande, and through him, to the government and people of France, particularly the bereaved families, for the irreparable loss sustained as a result of the tragic attacks. “During this difficult period, I wish to, on behalf of the government and people of Liberia and in my own name, convey deepest condolences to you personally, the people of France, particularly, families of the victims,” she said.The President noted that the people of Liberia are very saddened by the outrageously gruesome events leading to the deaths of dozens of peaceful French residents and other nationals.She further assured her French counterpart of her fullest support and solidarity as he and the people of France go through this period of national mourning.President Sirleaf then prayed that the Almighty God will grant President Hollande strength and courage as he leads the French people through this difficult period of national tragedy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 5 Councillor calls for mechanisms to be in place to make roads safer

first_imgIn light of the tragic accident that claimed the lives of five people on Wednesday, Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO) of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) Sherwin Wellington has challenged Councillors to ensure mechanisms are in place to make the roads safer.Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO) of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Sherwin Wellington“I was on-site [at the accident] and it was not a nice scene, people were screaming. We have to put a stop to this because one of our medics, in fact, two health professionals — a medic and a nurse who was pregnant— both lost their lives”.The medic was nine months pregnant. Both she and her unborn child perished.As such, Wellington explained that the Administration had planned to have its Christmas party on December 23 but it will be rescheduled.“We cannot have a party when our staff is mourning,” he said.Meanwhile, acting Regional Chairman Rian Peters also noted that the RDC has lost one of its former members.Seechan Chandilall, who was the driver of the minibus involved in Wednesday’s accident, previously served as a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Councillor on the RDC. The house observed one minute of silence in honour of the former Councillor.Wellington reiterated that too many lives are being lost on the roadways as a result of irresponsible driving. This, he said, is the main cause for road deaths because the drivers are using the roads as a race track.“I am concerned and I know that we need to do something to send a message to the drivers. Only recently on social media, we saw a driver and a conductor behaving in a lawless manner; fortunately, they were charged and placed before the court for their behaviour.Those of us who travel in minibuses which might be overloaded and you’re not comfortable should get out of the bus. Ask the driver to slow down if the bus is going too speed. If they don’t want to reduce the speed it is your right to get off the bus and report the matter to the Police,” Wellington related.Meanwhile, coalition Councillor Dillon Crawford called for the grieving families to receive support.On Wednesday, persons were killed and four others seriously injured following a collision between a minibus and a lorry on the Fairfield Public Road, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Dead are minibus driver Seechan Chandilall, 48, of Lot 102 Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice; Keon Sealey, 33, of Farm, Mahaicony; Alana Vaughn, 31, of Farm, Mahaicony, Ewart Reynlods, 64, of Calcutta Mahaicony, and Maxwell Disreali Thom, 76.Police stated that on the day in question, the minibus was proceeding west along the southern side of the road when it experienced a ‘blowout’ of the left side rear wheel. This caused the driver to lose control and collided with the left front portion of the lorry that was proceeding east along the northern side of the road.Also injured were Cecil Gordon, 46, of Farm, Mahaicony; David Jacobs, 60, and Angela Jacobs, 15, both of Moraikobai, Mahaicony, and lorry driver Sherlon Wills, 46, of Helena, Mahaica. They were all initially taken to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital where they were treated and then transferred to GPHC where they were admitted.last_img read more

Huskies set for 2010/11

first_imgAt the club’s AGM on June 15th the club filled many of the organizational vacancies for the upcoming year and elected a new executive.- Advertisement -Past President Carolyn Krauss says there are still a few positions that need to be filled, but the operational team is strong heading into the summer.Sylvester Apsassin will be returning as Huskies president in the coming year, while Mary Doyle has offered to take over as secretary. Clayton Verchere, Carolyn Krauss, and Bill Snow are also all returning as directors. Krauss says she thinks the Huskies have also found someone to fill the key treasurer’s role left vacant by the departing Karen Sparling.Krauss says the Huskies got less money from provincial gaming grants this year than in the past, but she says the club’s finances are in good shape. She says the team is ready to begin selling advertising packages for the upcoming season. “We just hope the community supports the Huskies like they have in the past” she adds. The Huskies are in good shape heading into the 2010/2011 season.last_img read more

Gray area

first_imgRelated story: Gibson coming homeVideo:Elie Seckbach SAN JOSE – There was black-and-blue style ruggedness and incredible intensity and game-planning on defense. The offensive side was rarely pretty, but the results could not be argued. That is how coach Ben Howland built UCLA. And before that, it is how Howland built Pittsburgh, with the help of then assistant and now Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon. There are certain similarities so striking – such as the same verbiage used to call some plays – many billed today’s meeting between the second-seeded Bruins and the third-seeded Panthers in the NCAA Tournament West region semifinals at HP Pavilion as a mirrored matchup. However, the offensive side appears to be a contrast in styles. Since Howland’s arrival from Pittsburgh four seasons ago, UCLA has been a guard-oriented offense which often forgets NCAA rules permit its center to post up and score. Meanwhile, back in the steel city, the Panthers’ offensive focus was mastered around 7-foot, 270-pound senior center Aaron Gray. “We have different personnel,” UCLA wing Josh Shipp said. “They emphasize defense just like we do. I can see where people get the similarities from, but it’s different personnel that is used differently.” Pittsburgh point guard Levance Fields said he often watched UCLA on television and said, “you can call out the plays,” but rarely does a Bruins possession end with its center scoring on a low-post move. Afflalo said: “We are striving to become a better inside team, but our guards have really dominated our scoring. We are a little different.” Howland spent four seasons developing Pittsburgh into a nasty group of defensive artists and rebounding fools. Offense was the Panthers crutch in the NCAAs, and Gray is trying to make sure that is not the case again. He is averaging 14 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, and again the ability to double-team a talented big man will be central to the success of the smaller Bruins. Gray attempted a team-leading 350 shots, converting on 56.9 percent of them. Despite Howland’s declaration in the minutes after the second-round win against Indiana that UCLA is “going to be left one-on-one with Aaron Gray a lot because he passes so well,” the Bruins are ready to double team him with 6-9 center Lorenzo Mata and 6-8 power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. Secondary to Gray’s scoring is the perimeter play of guards Antonio Graves, Fields and Ronald Ramon. Pittsburgh’s top three outside threats combined to shoot 38.9 percent in Big East play. “I think our team is so deep, it’s pick your poison,” Pittsburgh 6-10 senior power forward Levon Kendall said. “You can double-team Aaron, but he’s a good enough passer, a smart enough guy, that he can open things up. We’ve dealt with that all year.” UCLA’s double teaming of Gray will be different than what UCLA employed against Indiana’s big man D.J. White, who wasn’t double-teamed until he dribbled and turned his shoulder toward the basket. “(Gray) has to be double-teamed,” UCLA reserve power forward/center Alfred Aboya said. “He’s big. We will have to double team, and it will be tough to double team him because he’s a great passer. “We have to be aggressive. We can’t give him any room to dribble, or throw the ball. “He’s very quick. With D.J. we had to wait. But with him, we have to double as soon as he catches the ball.” While the Panthers’ first look is always inside, the Bruins often fail to even acknowledge Mata, who is averaging 4.4shots (145 total) and scoring 6.8 points per game. Instead, the perimeter-oriented Bruins rely heavily on their backcourt for scoring. Afflalo leads the Bruins with 16.7 points per game and has attempted nearly threetimes as many shots as Mata. Shipp (327 shots) and point guard Darren Collison (285) are UCLA’s next two leading scorers at 13.2 and 12.8 points per game and dwarf Mata’s shot attempts. Even reserve wing Michael Roll (160 shots) took more shots that Mata. “They’re probably a little bit taller than us, and that’s something we haven’t seen,” Collison said. “We have to get over it, and we have to play with our brains and play smarter because we have to match their physical intensity.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA young Manorcunningham woman is to celebrate her 21st birthday – by doing a charity skydive for suicide prevention.Maria BonnarMaria Bonnar will turn 21 on July 4th next.And she will spent part of it with her head literally in the clouds to raise funds for Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland. “Youth suicide is something which has hit our small county of Donegal hard over the past few years. Many families in Donegal have been affected by the loss of a young loved one due to youth suicide.“The money raised by this skydive will help to fund education and helpline services to prevent this for our future youth,” said Maria.The link to my donation page is : MARIA’S HEAD WILL BE IN THE CLOUDS FOR HER 21ST! was last modified: June 20th, 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:donegalmanorcunninghamMaria BonnarSkydiveSUICIDElast_img read more


first_imgOne of the dogs rescued from the pound by Animals in Need.The Donegal County Vet has said a commitment to responsible dog ownership is a must for any potential dog owner in the county.Charles Kealey was speaking following the publishing of the Dog Control Statistic for 2015.The County Vet explains that whilst the number of dogs going through the Donegal County Council Dog Shelter is still high it does demonstrate an improvement in the attitude of dog owners who can no longer care for their dogs in that they are more likely to take the responsible decision to bring their dog to the Shelter. He said “A commitment to responsible dog ownership is a must for any potential dog owner.”The statistics show that the number of dogs going through the Donegal County Council Dog Shelter in Letterkenny has reduced by more than 40% in the last five years from 869 in 2011 to 497 in 2015.The number of stray dogs seized by the dog wardens has reduced from 548 in 2011 to 156 in 2015 a reduction of over 70% while the numbers of dogs surrendered i.e. given in voluntarily by members of the public is unchanged (341 in 2015 and 321 in 2011).Therefore the number of strays in the county has reduced significantly in the 5 year period and the higher percentage of dogs going through the Shelter are due to people leaving their dogs in (68% of the dogs in the Shelter were surrendered in 2015 as opposed to 37% in 2011). “The reasons why owners leave their dogs in the Dog Shelter is not always given but an analysis of the 2015 figures shows that, where given, the main reason was changes in the circumstances of the owner. These are social reasons such as a death or birth in the family, old age, moving house or emigration. The other main reason given is behavioural including biting, displaying aggression and livestock worrying. Animal welfare was the third most frequent reason including old age, illness and injury”.“Most of the owners leaving dogs into the Shelter did request that their dog be re-homed. Overall, this is an improvement in behaviour by dog owners in the county who are now more likely to take the responsible decision to leave their dog in to the Donegal County Council Dog Shelter when they can no longer care for it. This improvement in attitude of dog owners in the county is to be welcomed”.There still remains the difficulty of finding suitable homes for these dogs. The valuable work of local and national dog welfare groups is recognised by Donegal County Council. It is hoped that this cooperation will continue in the future.Dogs are available for re-homing to members of the public directly from the Dog Shelter.However, the County Vet is urging people to be responsible saying “always consider whether or not you can give the necessary commitment to be a responsible dog owner before re-homing a dog. Veterinary Ireland has introduced Ten Commandments for Dog Ownership and further information can be found at” “If you are then sure that you are in a position to re-home a dog please contact the Dog Shelter (074 9125159) to arrange to view dogs currently available. Remember all dogs must have a licence and since April of this year must also be microchipped. Details are available from the Dog Shelter or at”.DONEGAL DOG OWNERS MUST COMMIT TO BEING RESPONSIBLE – COUNTY VET was last modified: July 5th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Incredible! McElhinney’s win prestigious e-Commerce award in New York!

first_imgBUSINESS: THE family run McElhinney’s of Ballybofey has won another prestigious international e-Commerce award.The department store’s website came up trumps at this year’s finals of the Landy Awards which were held at a glitzy ceremony in New York City last night night. McElhinney’s took top prize along with its agency, Wolfgang Digital, for Best Overall Search Engine Management (SEM) Initiative in the small business category.More than 200 entries were received from across the globe for the awards which recognise excellence in search marketing. The award comes just five months after McElhinney’s beat off some of the biggest companies on the planet to receive a Commendation at the Drum Search Awards in London.Ms Roisin Woods, Senior Manager for eCommerce and Marketing at McElhinney’s, said everyone at the store is delighted with the award.“To win the Best Small Business SEM award at the Landy is so exciting for all the team. To be recognised amongst the best search marketing campaigns, individuals and agencies from all over the world really is exceptional,” she said.“As a family owned independent business we must work harder, be more creative and innovative to compete with the larger global brands, proving with the right people anything is possible. We have an amazing team working instore and we are simply delighted with the nomination.” McElhinney’s have won numerous eCommerce awards in the past four years, the latest in February for Best Search Marketing Campaign 2015.The company has shipped to over 63 countries since launching their online business, creating up to ten new positions.More jobs are expected later this year when work is completed on a €2.2 million, four-storey extension to their landmark store.The massive new development will be used primarily for their internet sales business.Founded by John McElhinney in 1971, the store now employs more than 190 full and part-time staff and is a major draw to the Twin Towns. Over the years, it has grown and now operates from a 90,000 sq ft building, and has more than 1,500 suppliers, many of which are Irish. While his son, Martin, is the General Manager, John McElhinney is still actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business.Incredible! McElhinney’s win prestigious e-Commerce award in New York! was last modified: September 29th, 2016 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:digitalE-CommerceInternationalLandy AwardsMCELHINNEYSNew York CitySEMlast_img read more

‘Spurs need to be more transparent over new stadium delays’ – talkSPORT host

first_img Tottenham’s new stadium has been delayed – AGAIN talkSPORT hosts Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist have called for Tottenham Hotspur to be more transparent with supporters over the ongoing troubles with their new stadium.Spurs have apparently been dealt another big blow in their hopes to move into their yet-to-be-completed new £1billion home, and face spending the ENTIRE SEASON at Wembley Stadium. 2 Sports Breakfast host Brazil has had enough of the constant speculation surrounding the new Tottenham ground, saying it’s time Spurs fans were told the TRUTH by their club.Alan said on Thursday morning: “This is bad!“Now, I don’t know if the FA or the Premier League can implement this, but can’t they make Tottenham stay at Wembley?“Can’’t they say to Tottenham: ‘I’m sorry, but you’re messing around too many teams and too many fans – you will play at Wembley for the rest of the season’?“I just think Tottenham have got to come out and be more transparent!”Listen to what Alan and Ally had to say on Tottenham’s new stadium situation below… 2center_img Tottenham were initially due to play their first Premier League game at the ‘new White Hart Lane’ in two weeks’ time, against Liverpool on September 15, but the club had to move that game to Wembley following a number of construction delays.More games soon followed suit, and it appears supporters will be watching their team at the Home of Football for the foreseeable future.Reports emerged on Thursday claiming Spurs have extended their Wembley deal until December as a ‘safety net’.But it is also suggested club officials have been warned there will come a point where they MUST commit to playing all their home games at the national stadium this term. Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is coming under fire following their new stadium’s delays. ‘Supporters deserve transparency!’🏟️ #THFC could be ordered to play their entire season’s home games at Wembley by the Premier League!🗣️ Alan and Ally McCoist say whatever happens with the new stadium, the Spurs fans must be told the truth by the club!— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) September 6, 2018last_img read more

Wayne Rooney will NOT start final England game against USA, confirms Southgate

first_img 5 5 Rooney will not start his farewell game for EnglandThe 33-year-old has been given the opportunity to come out of international retirement to make his 120th and final appearance for the Three Lions.The Football Association have officially dubbed the game ‘The Wayne Rooney Foundation International’ in support of the record goalscorer and his charity.But, bizarrely, the Manchester United legend will not be named in the starting XI.It is understood he will make a brief cameo towards the end of the game instead, which will give supporters the opportunity to give the former captain a send-off.Reports this week claimed the striker would be given his old number ten shirt for his final appearance, but Southgate has revealed this will not be the case.“He wouldn’t wear the No.10 because he won’t start the game,” the manager said on Thursday after naming his 28-man squad for the USA friendly and UEFA Nations League clash with Croatia. Rooney is also the most-capped outfield player in England history – only Peter Shilton has more with 125 Rooney became England’s record scorer during a Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland in September 2015 And the manager revealed talks over the legendary striker’s involvement have been going on for a year, ever since his international retirement, and says he deserves a fitting send off after ‘everything he has given to his country’.“There have been ongoing discussions since Wayne retired about paying tribute to him and his England career,” said the Three Lions boss.“Those discussions started 12 months ago. We have an opportunity with the game at Wembley to pay tribute.“I am still able to look to the future with the squad we’ve picked, but we’ve talked a lot about the history of the shirt and honouring former players“We have brought former players back to speak and present shirts. I think all the players respect Wayne’s contribution and that he deserves the best possible send-off. The game has been renamed in honour of Wayne Rooney, but he will not start for England 5 “We’re a strange country in that we bemoan the fact we haven’t achieved as much as we like, and then we have a player who should be held in the highest regard and we’re justifying including him.“I’m sure the crowd will give him the treatment he deserves.”center_img Southgate has backed the idea to give Rooney a fitting send-off at Wembley 5 Wayne Rooney will NOT start for England in his farewell game against the United States, Gareth Southgate has confirmed.But the manager says Rooney deserves the tribute match and has not ruled out the possibility of the former captain pulling on the armband again when he eventually enters the pitch. 5 “I understand that’s its’ caused a lot of debate and conjecture but, for me, I think it’s a small way of appreciating what he’s given to his country.”Most of that debate and conjecture has centred on opinion that giving Rooney one last game devalues the achievement of earning an England cap.But responding to those claims, Southgate said: “The value of caps is very difficult to be precise on.“You can come on with two minutes to go because you need a change; I’ve played when we’ve changed the whole team at half-time.“We have the game with Croatia which is important to us; there are many things you’re trying to get out of these fixtures, and I hope Wayne gets the appropriate response, because he’s been a tremendous servant. Getty “As the manager, my involvement was: ‘Am I happy for him to play a part in the game?’ Yes.“But I’m still able to look to the future in terms of the squad I was able to pick and the things I want to see.“In terms of the captaincy, the last game he came on [as a substitute] with me, Jordan Henderson gave him the armband as soon as he ran on the pitch.“So I guess that will depend on the circumstances around the game and the players that are on there but I have no issue with that at all.”Southgate added that Rooney declined an opportunity to be honoured ahead of the World Cup, so as not to take the attention away from those going to Russia.last_img read more


first_imgJIM McGUINNESS has insisted he hasn’t been offered any positions at Celtic or Liverpool, but wouldn’t rule out considering any offers if he was given them in the future.The Donegal manager has been linked in various newspapers with jobs in soccer in Britain since winning the All-Ireland.The sports psychologist told the Shaun Doherty Show today that he has had no approaches from any teams but found the links “very flattering.” “I was invited over to Celtic a few weeks ago to a Champions League match and I went to the training grounds. It was a fantastic set-up,” he said.But there were no offers of jobs, pointing out that he would look at any that were made.“I suppose if Highland offered me a position you’d have to sit down and talk to them,” said McGuinness.“If a professional football team and came in and said they were interested in talking to you then it is something you’d have to consider. I am a young man with three children and you would consider it,” he said. The All-Ireland winner said he had worked with golfers, Derry City and Finn Harps but added: “If something came up I’d talk it over with my wife – that would be the approach.”Jim is a big Celtic and Arsenal fan – and he praised Neil Lennon for how he ran his team in Glasgow.The manager gave a wide-ranging interview on the success at Croke Park.Asked if he realised that he was being hero-worshipped by Donegal fans all over the world, he said: “It’s not something I’m even aware of because you live in your own wee bubble.”He said he had heard all sorts of stories about fans before and after the match and how they had celebrated. But he said he had never experienced Donegal as a supporter – always as a player or as a manager.McGuinness spoke again of his satisfaction in seeing his players climb the Hogan Stand to lift the Sam Maguire, a satisfaction shared by his assistant Rory Gallagher and the rest of the backroom team.Asked about walking out of the Croke Park press conference until Declan Bogue – the journalist – had left, the Donegal manager again referred to Bogue’s book and insisted he had got several things wrong.“If you are a Christian you have to forgive people; it was about people wanting the bread buttered on both sides. There were things that weren’t true in his book,” he said. “This fella can write x, y and z and then expect to come in to fill their back pages on the back of our All-Ireland success….I wasn’t happy to do that interview.”McGuinness said it was now “water under the bridge”.“Even if there was a full page apology the people who read the book wouldn’t see the apology,” he said.He went on: “You have to have your principles and you have to stand up for yourself.”The Donegal manager also praised his team members for their dedication to the county.He also promised fans abroad that they may take the Sam Maguire to Boston and New York in the coming months.Asked about the Late Late Show visit – which was just four minutes – Jim refused to become embroiled in the controversy.He said they had been in RTE for three or four hours and the team enjoyed the experience and meeting other guests.“It was a good experience for them (the players),” he said.He said people in Donegal probably wanted more on the programme because the appetite was so strong.The manager said he wanted to say ‘thank you’ to all of the fans for their support and messages of congratulations.JIM McGUINNESS: ‘I HAVE NOT BEEN APPROACHED BY CELTIC OR LIVERPOOL’ was last modified: October 8th, 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:CelticDonegal GAAJim McGuinnessLiverpoollast_img read more