Players of Monrovia Football Academy and staff of Activa-Liberia assemble at the Blue Field. (Photo credit: Christopher Walker.)By Anthony Kokoi and William HarmonLiberia’s premier insurance company, Activa International Insurance Company (Liberia) Limited, has signed a 3-year partnership agreement with the Monrovia Football Academy (MFA) to undertake comprehensive insurance of all its players and staff.The agreement was sealed yesterday at the Blue Field in the PHP Community in Monrovia. ACTIVA, which conducts its corporate social responsible (CSR) programs through its ACTIVA Foundation has become co-sponsor of the MFA, an ambitious academic and sporting project.The academy provides quality education and professional training and life skills for less privileged boys and girls to break down gender barriers, improve academic performance, and produce well-rounded leaders.It uses football – the most popular sport in Liberia – as a positive-incentive mechanism to encourage student-athletes to attend school and improve academic performance. It also delivers professional coaching and a comprehensive football curriculum that disrupts bad habits, introduces fundamental techniques, and encourages student-athletes to “think the game” at a high level.It is against this backdrop that the company’s CEO indicated that they thought it prudent to form a partnership with the MFA. “This effort is part of our CSR and we are proud to be here for this agreement,” he noted.Speaking at the brief ceremony, Activa-Liberia CEO Saye Gbalazeh said he was impressed with the kind of work MFA is doing in Liberia. “Taking the kids from the communities and providing them these kinds of opportunities and incentives are such great ideas, and we at ACTIVA really appreciate this endeavor.”ACTIVA is a pan-African insurer and the originator of the Globus Network, which is a grouping of insurance companies in 36 countries in Africa. Activa is headquartered in Cameroon, with its holding company in Mauritius.“We as a company exist within a community and that community is Liberia, and we see ourselves as being part of this community. Therefore, we must support positive things that are happening within this community,” he saidThe company provides client services backed by the best international financial security such as Munich Re, Africa Re, among others. Services are delivered by an efficient management system.(L-R) Activa-Liberia Managing Director, Saye D. Gbalazeh, shakes hands with MFA Founder Will Smith (Photo credit: Christopher Walker)Managing director Gbalazeh signed on behalf of his entity, while MFA founder Will Smith signed for his institution in the presence of Activa staff and the kids of the academy.The academy currently has 70 student-athletes (41 boys, 29 girls) aged between 8-12 and aims to build its own facilities so that it can eventually expand to 300 students aged 8-18 from all 15 counties of Liberia.“We are excited to sign a 3-year partnership with one of the biggest companies in Liberia and are proud to have them as sponsors,” Smith said. He added that the company’s logo will be displayed on all MFA distribution materials, including quarterly newsletters, the MFA website, and flyers.Activa-Liberia now serves as MFA’s official provider of staff and student health insuranceMeanwhile the MFA has been actively cultivating global recognition. It recently hosted U.S. women’s national soccer team coach and 2015 FIFA Coach of the Year, Jill Ellis, in Liberia from November 29-December 2, 2016. Ellis was accompanied by the goalkeeper of the team, Ashlyn Harris. Both women visited Liberia as sports envoys sponsored by U.S. Embassy, Monrovia, U.S. Soccer, and SportsUnited, which is the Department of State’s division devoted to sports diplomacy. Ellis was subsequently named as an official Monrovia Football Academy Ambassador.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“25 scandals within 16 months”The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, led by President DavidOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoGranger was elected to office just over 16 months now and the political 6Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has concluded that the coalition Government has already been embroiled in more questionable practices than the PPP/C which ruled Guyana for 23 years.The Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, on Wednesday said it has been diligently monitoring the APNU/AFC Government’s use of public funds and the levels of transparency and accountability; issuing an eight-page ‘dossier’ on 25 “scandals” of the Government over the past 16 months.“The APNU/AFC Government has been exposed with more scandals and corruptions in 16 months than successive PPP/C Administrations were accused of in 23 years,” Jagdeo’s office said, adding that between June 2015 and August 2016, 14 months of the coalition Government, some 16 “scandals” were uncovered.But Jagdeo’s office said that the month of August 2016 “took the cake”with the exposure of the Sussex Street Drug Bond deal, the BK International and Government of Guyana’s $1 billion “out-of-court” settlement and the issuance of two fuel licences to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Water Inc, Dr Richard Van West-Charles.Among the other “scandals” highlighted by Jagdeo’s Office are the questions which still linger over the inauguration of President David Granger, the alleged removal of eight containers of steel by BK International from the Public Health Ministry compound, the dismissal of close to 2000 Amerindian Community Service Officers (CSO), the appointment of 33 foreign honorary advisors, as well as a number of Presidential and Ministerial advisors.The Opposition also listed the selection of a disqualified company to complete the Specialty Hospital, leading to an abandonment of the project.“The first act of the Government was to give themselves enormous salary increases between 50-100 per cent of what the former Government Ministers received. This was quietly done in September 2015 and the parliamentary Opposition had to wage a struggle in Parliament to bring a motion to reverse this. When the motivon was finally heard in December, it was defeated by the Government’s one seat majority,” Jagdeo’s Office said.It also highlighted the D’Urban Park Development project, pardoning of convicted felons, the US$16 million settlement with Surinamese company, RUDISA, the Georgetown “Clean-up Campaign” and debt write-offs for Demerara Distillers Limited and other businesses by the Guyana Revenue Authority and the Mayor and City Council, as well as the controversial Georgetown parking meter contract.The PPP said that for September 2016, there were four new scandals.The coalition APNU/AFC campaigned on a platform of accountability and transparency and to bring and to deep-rooted corruption in public offices.In April 2016, the US Department of State said that corruption continued to be among the leading human rights problems facing Guyana.“There remained a widespread public perception of corruption involving officials at all levels, including the Police and the judiciary,” the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015, released by the Department, said, adding that there were very low prosecution of public officials found to be corrupt.The Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) had concluded that there was facilitating and proliferating of corruption in the country, pointing to a number of questionable appointments by the Government, conflict of interest involving at least one Minister and interference in the work of some autonomous agencies like the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).However, President Granger had distanced his Government from any corruption, stating that critics should look at the Private Sector where corruption is rampant.
Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Domenech 1 Everton are lining up Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Domenech to replace MLS-bound Tim Howard, claim reports in Spain. Howard announced last week that he will join Colorado Rapids at the end of the English domestic season, bringing a 13-year spell in the Premier League to a close. According to Super Deporte, Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been keeping a close eye on Domenech, who lost his place to Australian Matthew Ryan in January. However, Valencia still see Domenech as a future No.1 at the Mestalla and are keen on offering the 25-year-old a new contract. But the player is understood to be concerned about his future in Spain after he was dropped in January and a switch to the Premier League could prove to be an attractive option.
Tourism and hospitality businesses in Letterkenny and surrounding areas are invited to get behind a new tourism partnership for the town. Go Visit Letterkenny aims to market Letterkenny as the heart of the northwest, positioning it as the ideal hub for visitors to the county.Run in partnership with the business community in Letterkenny, the initiative is being supported with a marketing and PR budget, while a dedicated website – govisitletterkenny.ie – will provide visitors with all the information they need to experience the best of rural and urban Donegal. Later this month, the Go Visit Letterkenny group will host a breakfast morning to encourage new members to sign up. Taking place in the Silver Tassie Hotel, Letterkenny on Thursday, 30th March from 9.30 – 11am, the breakfast morning is a unique opportunity for businesses in Donegal to find out how joining the website can benefit them. Anyone interested in working in partnership to increase tourism numbers to Letterkenny and Donegal is invited to attend.Ciaran Brogan has been involved with the group since its formation and he believes Letterkenny and the surrounding areas will benefit from adopting a partnership approach: “2017 looks set to be a bumper year for Donegal tourism and we want businesses in Letterkenny and the surrounding area to capitalise on that. Govisitletterkenny.ie is about giving businesses a platform to showcase their services to tourists and locals alike.“We know that collaborating in this way has worked well in other regions and our vision is to develop the website into a comprehensive resource where visitors to the town can access all of the information they need to experience the best of the northwest.”“We already have some great partners on board and we’re looking forward to growing our membership and building on the work done to date. To this end, I would encourage anyone working in the tourism and hospitality industry, including key stakeholders, to attend the breakfast morning on March 30th to find out how working together in this way can benefit the region,” he added. Last year tourism in Ireland hit a record high with 9.6 million arrivals and Go Visit Letterkenny wants to bring more of these visitors to Donegal. The group believes that the wider economy will benefit from encouraging visitors to experience the heart of the northwest by staying in Letterkenny, including the retail sector, bars, restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions.Guest speaker at the breakfast morning is Shane Smyth of Bundoran Tourism, who will share his insights and experiences of how businesses working together can encourage more visitors to an area.At the event, there will also be an opportunity to speak to a number of local businesses and organisations who have already signed up to the project. Current members include: Arena 7, Letterkenny Activity Centre, Aura Leisure Centre, Sister Sara’s, Dry Arch Complex, Tropical World at Alcorns, Lurgybrack Open Farm, Letterkenny Paintball, Century Letterkenny, Station House Hotel, Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa, Dillon’s Hotel, McGettigan’s Hotel Letterkenny, Clanree Hotel, Mount Errigal Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel, Pulse Venue, Orchard Inn and Voodoo Venue.For more information, visit www.govisitletterkenny.ie or to register your attendance at the breakfast morning, email firstname.lastname@example.org.Businesses invited to support GoVisitLetterkenny.ie was last modified: March 16th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Businessgovisitletterkennyletterkennytourism
1 Ronald Koeman has overseen a huge rebuild at Everton this summer Ronald Koeman feels an Everton spending spree that has included the acquisition of serial title winner Wayne Rooney has signalled their intent to gatecrash the Premier League’s top six.The likes of Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane and Sandro Ramirez had already been brought to Merseyside for a combined total of nearly £100million when Rooney, both Manchester United and England’s all-time record scorer, completed his romantic return to his boyhood club at the weekend.Their arrivals are a declaration of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s bid to upset the top-flight’s established order and while Koeman was unwilling to make any top-four declarations at Rooney’s introductory press conference, he does believe Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United will all have taken notice of the headline-grabbing moves made at Goodison Park.“It is still too soon to talk about top four; what we’d like to do is continue what we did last season,” Koeman said.“Everyone is trying to get the best players. The big six in the Premier League will spend money as well but it is a good signal to everybody that we are on board and will try to give them that competition that we didn’t last season.“Everybody knows you cannot do that in one season. The first season (the aim) was to try to play good football and get good results but now we need to make the next step to get the type of players in who can use that pressure and the qualities we need to improve.“Everybody knows that there was one really big reason for me to sign one year ago for Everton. It was all about this project and I think the club is showing that ambition that everybody likes to have and they are really great, exciting times for Everton Football Club.“Now it is up to the players, the management, the technical staff, everybody to show we are really strong and fight for it. It’s really important to get the fitness right and the team right.”None of the newcomers have the experience of 31-year-old Rooney, who returns to Merseyside as a five-time Premier League champion who has played in three Champions League finals.It is 22 years since Everton last lifted a trophy and Koeman hopes Rooney’s experience of winning multiple trophies can end that drought.“We like to win – we like to win trophies and that is a feeling that not all the players have at Everton,” the Dutchman claimed.“We have a lot of young players and we are trying to get the best team as possible and that experience to win titles is something really important for Everton.“We made already some signings, different ages, and I think we missed a player like Wayne to bring back for the team and to have that experience.“If you come out of the tunnel, you are with Wayne Rooney or you are without Wayne Rooney and that is the difference. That’s what we need to win what we want to win.”
3 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Meanwhile, the Gunners are close to signing Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos and are locked in talks with Freiburg to sign Turkish centre-back Caglar Soyuncu. (Sky Sports)Everton will hold talks this week to discuss the future of RB Leipzig target Ademola Lookman. The 20-year-old forward is not among the players Everton want to offload this summer, but he is said to be keen for a fresh start after struggling for regular football at Goodison Park. (Daily Mirror)Leeds United could land a number of Manchester City’s best young players on loan, with Pep Guardiola reportedly set to help out new Elland Road boss Marcelo Bielsa. Leeds are said to be desperate to land England Under-21 goalkeeper Angus Gunn on a season-long loan deal, while Tosin Adarabioyo, Brahim Diaz and Lukas Nmecha could also be on the list of targets. (The Sun) 3 Liverpool’s have been boosted in their pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio. According to reports in Spain, Los Blancos chiefs are considering selling the 22-year-old to raise funds to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain. (Sport)Roma’s sporting director, Monchi, has said in-demand Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson – linked with a move to Anfield this summer – is not ‘unsellable’. (Daily Express)Jack Grealish is reportedly ready to leave Aston Villa this summer to return to the Premier League, with Tottenham said to be leading the race for the 22-year-old. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea have made a £35million offer for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and hope to make the 23-year-old Italy international Maurizio Sarri’s first signing as manager. (Evening Standard)Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has emerged as a target for Lazio, who are eyeing up the Welshman as a replacement for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Ramsey is out of contract in 2019 and has yet to indicate whether he will sign a new deal. (The Sun) Here are the latest talkSPORT..com headlines:Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: It’s tough to watch England at the World CupDanny Rose may reconsider flying his family out to RussiaAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Jack Wilshere could play for any team in the worldTottenham could get cash and a player from Inter Milan in return for Mousa DembeleBarcelona eyeing up Gabriel Jesus after Antoine Griezmann snubBarcelona withdraw from race to sign Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-SavicEverton want to sign Croatia star Domagoj Vida from Besiktas Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on RANKED World Cup latest on talkSPORT.com targets REVEALED LIVING THE DREAM Here’s a round-up of all the top football headlines and transfer-related gossip from Wednesday’s newspapers and online… targets 3 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS: Marcelo Bielsa is looking to bolster his Leeds squad this summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Could Aaron Ramsey leave Arsenal this summer? Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND Manchester City could activate a £20million buy-back option to re-sign Aaron Mooy from Huddersfield Town. The 27-year-old joined City in 2016 but never played a game for the side before being loaned out to Huddersfield for the 2016-17 season – later making his move permanent. But City are reportedly considering bringing him back to the Etihad following his impressive performances for Australia at the World Cup. (ESPN)Divock Origi will get the chance to resurrect his Liverpool career in pre-season. Jurgen Klopp is said to be keen to assess the 23-year-old striker, who has had an underwhelming loan spell at Wolfsburg, before deciding on his future. (Liverpool Echo)
Tottenham Hotspur’s new £800million stadium will NOT take them to the next level, Piers Morgan told talkSPORTAnd the devout Arsenal supporters reckons he has ‘more chance of becoming pope’ than their rivals do of getting to a Champions League final, let alone winning it.LISTEN LIVE: Tune into talkSPORT on Sunday for EXCLUSIVE radio commentary of Arsenal v TottenhamTottenham are, after a numerous delays, finally looking to move into their newly-built home ground in early 2019, with lucky fans set to get an early glimpse in December.The ambitious club hope the 62,062 capacity arena – bigger than Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, for now – will help Spurs compete for top honours and cement their place as one of the country’s elite teams. Arsenal fan Piers Morgan is sure to annoy Spur supporters with his comments We’ve got 8 matches on @talkSPORT & @talkSPORT2 this weekend 🙌Here’s how to listen:📻 DAB Digital Radio💻 Laptop or tablet: https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD📲 The app: https://t.co/z3wuJfatGR pic.twitter.com/WczLagM0LF— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 30, 2018 “We know the new stadium will be very fancy and great, but rather like with Arsenal’s new stadium, which we were assured would drive us to the pinnacle of world football within a few years, actually had the opposite effect.“I’d go back to Highbury tomorrow!“I think new stadiums are fine for the corporate side of a football club, but I see no evidence that these big, fancy new stadiums make any real difference to performance in the pitch.”Listen back to Piers Morgan on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above 2 How Tottenham’s new stadium looks on November 30. Tottenham have eclipsed Arsenal in recent seasons, finishing above their north London rivals for the past two campaigns, and are enjoying Champions League football for their third straight year.But Morgan has warned Spurs their new ground may actually hinder their progress, rather than boost it – much like when the Gunners moved from Highbury to the Emirates in 2006.Speaking ahead of Sunday’s north London derby, Morgan told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Don’t get too excited.“I have more chance of becoming pope than they do even getting to a Champions League final, let alone winning it. 2
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is to ask the DPP to prosecute a Co Donegal farmer after a donkey was found in an ‘horrific’ state.The seven-year-old brown donkey mare had overgrown hooves, severe rain scald, lice and worms.Just days from death, Shae was very lame, thin and weak when she was rescued. It was recovered in Co Donegal at the weekend and the ISPCA said it is preparing a file for submission to the DPP.The charity has warned it is continuing to encounter widespread equine welfare issues despite the winter weather being mild.Four other donkeys were rescued in Co Sligo and Co Kildare.ISPCA inspector Brendan Hughes said the hooves of the Kildare donkeys had been cut back with a saw or angle grinder and they had not received proper farrier treatment. All the donkeys are currently recovering in the National Animal Centre. CRUEL: FARMER TO FACE CHARGES OVER ‘HORRIFIC’ CONDITION OF DONKEY was last modified: February 21st, 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:CRUEL: FARMER TO FACE CHARGES OVER ‘HORRIFIC’ CONDITION OF DONKEY
Gardai are investigating the theft of 40 sheets of galvanised tin from a company at Stragill in Buncrana.The theft of the large number of sheets took place between the 15th and 28th of August.Gardai say a vehicle and trailer would have been needed to transport the stolen sheets. Any information on the theft should be given to Gardai in Buncrana.Gardai hunt for tin thieves in Buncrana was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranadonegalGardaiTHEFTStin
9 October 2003The Eastern Cape government has welcomed plans by the Makana Municipality to erect a R20-million monument in honour of Nxele Makana, a Xhosa warrior renowned for leading resistance against British invaders during the territorial wars in the Cape in the 19th century.The Makana Municipality includes Grahamstown, famous for hosting the annual National Arts Festival, where the proposed statue will be erected.Makana, one of Robben Island’s first political prisoners, is closely associated with Grahamstown due to his role in the Fifth Frontier War between the British garrisons and amaXhosa warriors in 1819.Eastern Cape Local Government and Traditional Affairs MEC Gugile Nkwinti has urged the municipality and other stakeholders to fast-track the process. “We need to have the Makana Monument in Grahamstown just opposite the Settlers Monument,” he said.“We need to recognise warriors such as Makana who died for their people,” Nkwinti said, adding that historical sites should become museums and sources of information on amaXhosa history.It is also expected that the monument will consist of isiXhosa literature and related artefacts.Makana Municipality’s mayor, Vumile Lweni, said his council needs R10-million to get the project off the ground. “The total estimated amount to erect the monument is in excess of R20-million,” Lweni said.He said consultations with stakeholders concerning the monument were ongoing and that traditional leaders supported the proposals.Source: BuaNews