Twenty-seven lawmakers have threatened to sue the New Dawn newspaper for “maliciously publishing a story,” allegedly accusing them of receiving US$4,000 each to thwart their intention to remove Speaker J. Alex Tylers Sr. amid his indictment by Criminal Court C, if the newspaper fails to retract the story and apologize, according to the House’s Press Director Isaac G. Redd.Director Redd said the publication was intentional and demonstrated the New Dawn newspaper’s level of “hateful lies, and the practice of yellow journalism.”A press release signed by Director Redd said the lawmakers have expressed their disappointment and annoyance and would seek legal redress on a “misleading story, published on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, with the title, ‘Tyler Shares Over US$100, 000’ on the front-page of the newspaper.”He further said the newspaper consciously misinformed its readers that the Chairman of Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning, Moses Kollie, was seen with bags of money that he gave to minority members of the House. Director Redd indicated that the newspaper showed a level of “falsehood, by calling one of the Representatives, Alfred Juah, who received the imaginary US$ 4,000.” “For the record, there is no Representative called Alfred Juah. And the House and Press and Public Affairs Bureau is reminding the media that lack of news headlines for commercial purposes is no incentive to create lies at the detriment of other people’s character,” the release said.“The House of Representatives has admonished its Press and Public Affairs Bureau to work with the Independent Media group, (Legispool), to employ means to weed out imposters and scammers, who are masquerading the corridors of the Capitol Building using the ‘media’ as a source of extorting money for news items,” it said.Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has already made a formal complaint to the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) against the reporter, Nathaniel Dayegbor, and the New Dawn newspaper for the erroneous story.The letter states: “We are constrained to enjoin your office to kindly investigate and thereafter institute the necessary penalties against such practice of yellow journalism.“Mr. Kamara, please be informed that the House of Representatives or individual members of the House reserves the right to bring lawsuits against the New Dawn newspaper for such malicious diabolical fairytale.”The House’s Press Director, however, dismissed reports that the reporter, who is also the president of LEGISPOOL, has been banned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
At least five persons, including a Venezuelan, were on Monday arrested by Police who conducted several “stop and search” exercises in A and G Divisions.The .38 revolver along with the live round and spent shellAmong the items found during the exercises were guns, ammunition and narcotics.Reports are Police ranks intercepted a car with three occupants about 14:30h on Monday along the Charity Public Road, Essequibo Coast. A search of the vehicle unearthed two 9mm pistols, three magazines, and 58 live rounds.The two 9mm pistols along with the magazines and live roundsMeanwhile, Police also intercepted a minibus during a roadblock at Linden-Soesdyke Highway Base Outpost about 19:30h on Monday.During the subsequent search carried out by the officers, a male passenger of the minibus was found in possession of an unlicensed .38 revolver with one live round as well as a spent shell.Meanwhile, another car was also stopped along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway by another Police patrol and an occupant was found in possession of 63 grams of cannabis. All of the suspects are being processed for court.
0Shares0000Yaya Toure only played five times for Olympiakos © AFP/File / Aris MessinisPIRAEUS, Greece, Dec 11 – Former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure has left Olympiakos for a second time, after only playing five times, the Greek Super League club announced on Tuesday.Toure, 35, joined Olympiakos three months after originally making his mark in Europe with the Greek side during the 2005-2006 season. “Olympiacos FC and Yaya Toure would like to announce to the fans that they have mutually agreed to end their cooperation,” an announcement by the club said.“Yaya is leaving as a friend and the doors at Olympiacos will always be open for him,” the announcement added.A Champions League winner with Barcelona in 2009, Toure only started three games since returning to Greece as a free agent in September.Toure was one of Manchester City’s key signings that helped the club win three Premier League titles but was released at the end of last season.Toure has made 101 international appearances and scored 19 goals for the Ivory Coast.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The decision is the latest in a series of actions by the commission under Kevin J. Martin, chairman of the commission, to put pressure on cable companies to lower their rates and make their markets more competitive. In December, in a 3-2 decision, the commission approved a proposal by Martin to force municipalities to accelerate the local approval process for the telephone companies to enter new markets. Martin has also pressed the cable companies to offer so-called a la carte plans that would permit subscribers to buy individual channels, or groups of channels, at lower rates than they now pay. The change would be an abrupt reversal for the commission, which only four years ago ruled that such exclusive agreements sometimes actually promoted competition by giving landlords the leverage to negotiate for the best terms. WASHINGTON – The Federal Communications Commission, hoping to reduce the spiraling costs of cable television, is preparing to strike down thousands of contracts this week that shut out competitors by giving individual cable companies exclusive rights to provide service to apartment buildings, the agency’s chairman says. The new rule could open markets across the country to competition. It would be a huge victory for Verizon Communications and AT&T, which have challenged the cable industry by offering their own video services. The two phone companies have lobbied aggressively for the provision. They have been supported in their fight by consumer groups, satellite television companies and small rivals to the big cable providers. Commission officials and consumer groups said the new rule could significantly lower cable prices for millions of subscribers who live in apartment buildings and have had no choice in selecting a company for paid television. Government and private studies show that when a second cable company enters a market, prices can drop as much as 30 percent. The change, which is set to be approved Wednesday, is expected to have a particular effect on prices for low-income and minority families. They have seen cable prices rise about three times the rate of inflation over the last decade. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Living in fear of being attacked as well as financial and health worries top the list of concerns for older people across Donegal, a local survey has shown.A personal alarm is recommended for elderly people across Donegal.The research was carried out by the local Good Morning Service which provides a daily phone call service to hundreds of elderly people across the county.Recent attacks on the elderly are a major concern of those interviewed by the group which has centres in Buncrana, Donegal Town, Falcarragh, Letterkenny, Lifford, and Burtonport. The Good Morning Service co-ordinator, Frances Browne, said they are trying to reassure the elderly people of Donegal that help is at hand.“Our team of volunteers provide a supportive, friendly voice that reassures our clients that, thankfully, these robberies and break ins are not widespread. We let them know there are measures they can take to make their homes as safe as possible.“We will be sending our Spring Newsletter to our clients in the next few weeks, and it will provide helpful information (from An Gardai) about carrying out a security check on your home.“In Donegal, there are many excellent community groups who provide personal alarms to people over the age of 65. We work with them daily, on behalf of our clients, to ensure they each have a personal alarm,” she said. The service supports over 400 older people in the county, with over 120 volunteers making more than 900 calls to them per week.The calls are made at an agreed time and can be daily or once a week, depending on the preferences of the client. The service also advocates for older people and refers clients to health services and any other organisation that may be of help in relation to each individual’s concerns.In Inishowen, the service also provides the Friendly Face Befriending scheme that matches a volunteer with an individual who feels isolated or vulnerable, alongside the Care & Repair service offering older people help with home maintenance; light repair work; shopping; transport and social services.The three issues of most concern to those surveyed include:• Personal safety worries, particularly fears in relation to burglaries, break ins and attacks on older people around the county. Some older people say they can’t sleep at night with worry about the attacks. The Good Morning Service works to ensure older people have a panic alarm and helps resolve any telephone problems. • Personal health difficulties, in which the Good Morning Service regularly supports older people in contacting or travelling to appropriate health professionals, as well as regularly talking with older people who are lonely or isolated.• Financial concerns, such as the difficulty of making ends meet on a pension; the high cost of prescriptions; and the challenge of staying warm when fuel is now so expensive.The calls are made at an agreed time and can be daily or once a week, depending on the preferences of the client. The service also advocates for older people and refers clients to health services and any other organisation that may be of help in relation to each individual’s concerns.The Good Morning Service has centres in Buncrana, Donegal Town, Falcarragh, Letterkenny, Lifford, and Burtonport. The Service supports over 400 older people in the county, with over 120 volunteers making more than 900 calls to them per week.In Inishowen, the service also provides the Friendly Face Befriending scheme that matches a volunteer with an individual who feels isolated or vulnerable, alongside the Care & Repair service offering older people help with home maintenance; light repair work; shopping; transport and social services.If you are over the age of 60, and facing any of these issues, remember you are not alone. You can contact the Good Morning Service for support:• The Good Morning Service’s phone call with a volunteer offers a chat, advice, referral to supports, or a chance to talk about any concerns you might have.• The Service is free and available to anyone over the age of 60 living in County Donegal.• To register for the service, contact the Buncrana office on 074-9321598074-9321598.Would you like to support older people in Donegal?• Contact 074-9321598074-9321598 if you are interested in volunteering.• You can also help by making time to talk, and listen to, any older person who might be feeling lonely, isolated, or needing support. Just a smile and the offer of a chat can make a big difference in the life of someone who is living alone.BEING ATTACKED IS THE NUMBER ONE FEAR FOR OLD PEOPLE IN DONEGAL, SURVEY SHOWS was last modified: March 14th, 2014 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:attacksdonegalfearsGood Morning Servicesurvey
Swilly Seals swimmers had a brilliant weekend representing Donegal at the national finals of the community games. The swimmers started a seven week training block at the start of the Summer and it paid off!All swimmers gave a good account of themselves including Aoibheann Sheridan, Emma Bonar, Conal Bonar, Marius Giddey and Eadaoin Kelly.Swimmers who made it to the finals (top 6) were Molly Nulty, Grainne Russell, Cara Nulty, Bronagh Sheridan, Aoibheann O Grady, Sinead O Kane, Eoin Bonar, Conor Shiels, Marius Giddey, Cian Mulligan and Conal Bonar. Medals were won by Chloe Shiels, Silver u12 Breaststroke. Cody Dunnion, Silver u12 Breaststroke and Cian Mulligan Silver u14 Breaststroke.The Letterkenny u13 boys freestyle relay squad won Gold, the team include Cody Dunnion, Oisin Sheridan, Johnny Lambe, Eoin Bonar and subs Peter Coyle and Shay Maloney. Marlins of Ballyshannon had a fine weekend also with Darragh Summerville winning Gold in the u10 Freestyle, Cian Rooney 4th u14 Butterfly, Cora Rooney Silver u12 Backstroke and the Ballyshannon Girls u13 relay squad also claiming Gold.These swimmers will now get a short break before the normal swim season begins at the start of September.Swilly Seal Swimmers put on great performance at National Championships was last modified: August 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Championshipsswilly seal swimmers
A JUDGE has adjourned the sentencing of a Celtic fan accused of sectarian chanting in Letterkenny in which he called a lone Rangers fan a ‘Hun’.Edward McLoughlin, 20, from Ard Na Ri, Long Lane Letterkenny, was accused of threatening behaviour, failing to follow the direction of a Garda and being drunk in a public place.Neither Judge Paul Kelly nor McLoughlin’s solicitor Frank Dorrian had heard of the ‘hun’ phrase before, they told the court. Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that McLoughlin had been warned by Gardai about the use of sectarian language during the incident in Letterkenny on August 4 last year.Mr Dorrian told Judge Kelly that Mr McLoughlin had a number of friends and “one of their pals had taken to wearing a Rangers shirt when they were out and about.”The defence solicitor went on: “He (McLoughlin) was leading a sing-song; there was only one Rangers supporters there. Gardai intervened.“I didn’t know myself what this reference was.”He said his client, who is unemployed, had too much to drink on the night in question.Judge Kelly warned the 20-year-old: “I don’t want to hear any more of that behaviour Mr McLoughlin.”The accused man assured the judge that the incident would not be repeated.Judge Kelly adjourned sentencing in the case until Jan 28 for reports “to see if he can behave himself over Christmas.”CELTIC FAN CALLED RANGERS SUPPORTER A ‘HUN’ – COURT HEARS was last modified: October 23rd, 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:CelticCELTIC FAN CALLED RANGERS SUPPORTER A ‘HUN’ – COURT HEARSletterkennyRangerssectarian
Warriors beat writers Dieter Kurtenbach and Mark Medina break down the “scheming” plays the Los Angeles Clippers performed to expose concerning weaknesses in Golden State’s second unit. From the unconventional decision to make Patrick Beverley guard Kevin Durant to DeMarcus Cousins being consistently frustrated by the Clippers’ pick and roll plays, the pair also review some changes coach Steve Kerr may consider making going into game two.5:00: Do second unit struggles warrant more Andrew …
AirAsia A320 An Airbus A320, registered PK-AXC with Indonesia AirAsia, operating flight QZ8501 with 162 passengers and crew aboard went missing on Sunday December 28. It left Surabaya at 5.20am local time and was due to arrive in Singapore at 8.20am.Before communication was lost, the pilots asked to deviate left of the planned flight route and to climb to an altitude of 38,000ft to avoid severe thunder storms.Indonesia air traffic control agreed to the request but shortly afterwards at 7.24 am contact was lost as it flew over the Java Sea near Belitung Island.Weather radar images of the area where contact was lost show intense thunderstorm activity.However pilots believe that the crew in trying to avoid the thunderstorm by climbing somehow have found themselves flying too slow and thus induced an aerodynamic stall similar to the circumstances of the loss of Air France Flt AF447 to crash in 2009. This could be caused by a variety of different factors. However, with a sophisticated aircraft such as the A320 this should be impossibleOne former A320 pilot who spoke to AirlineRatings.com said the A320 was flying far too slow when it disappeared and it “may have been in a stall.”“Flying slow at high altitude is very dangerous,” said the pilot. The A320 was shown on radar at 36,000ft at 353kts over 100kts too slow for the altitude and wind conditions. AirAsia and Airbus yesterday confirmed the plane was missing. “At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of the Indonesian Civil Aviation Authority,” AirAsia said.The nationalities of those on board are 155 Indonesian, three are South Korean, one French, one Malaysian one Singaporean and one Briton.CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam said there was very bad weather in the area. “We still had lines of very heavy thunderstorms when the plane was flying,” Mr Van Dam said.AirAsia has been in business as a low cost carrier since 2001 and has carried more than 217 million passengers.Until flight QZ8501, it had a perfect safety record.AirAsia’s Chief Executive Tony Fernandes, who flew yesterday to Surabaya, told media; “We don’t want to speculate but right now of course the plane has been missing for 12 hours and there’s a deep sense of depression here.“This is a massive shock to us and we are devastated by what has happened. It’s unbelievable.”Mr Fernandes said the A320 captain was very experienced with more than 20,500 hours and almost 7,000 of them with AirAsia.Sunu Widyatmoko, CEO of AirAsia Indonesia said, “We are deeply shocked and saddened by this incident. We are cooperating with the relevant authorities to the fullest extent to determine the cause of this incident. In the meantime, our main priority is keeping the families of our passengers and colleagues informed on the latest developments.”“We will do everything possible to support them as the investigation continues and have already mobilized a support team to help take care of their immediate needs, including accommodation and travel arrangements. A briefing center has also been set up in Surabaya for the families.”AirAsia has established an Emergency Call Centre available for family or friends of those who may have been on board the aircraft.The number for the hotline is +622129850801.A multinational search will resume at first light Indonesian time on Monday December 29. Singapore, Malaysia and Australia are assisting in the search.
A convergence of weatherization and home performance professionals (aka “Roomful of Geeks”) met in Kansas City at the end of April for the annual ACI Advancing Home Comfort Conference. This event, formerly known as Affordable Comfort, brings together industry leaders and practitioners to teach, learn, and share ideas about the industry. The educational sessions I attended were generally solid, if somewhat dry and technical, but that is to be expected. I struggled to stay attentive (and occasionally awake, but I take personal responsibility for that) at some of them, but I am happy to report that I gained at least one, if not more, solid pieces of information at each presentation. Most of the presenters were very knowledgeable in their field as well as interesting speakers, but every one that I saw could benefit from training in public speaking and creating visual presentations. My most common complaint is a lack of flow.Death by PowerpointPresentations should be like term papers: State your hypothesis, then prove it, succinctly, in the allotted time. The Powerpoint presentations were challenging to read and understand. How about larger type, fewer words, and crisp charts and photos, folks? Oh, and let’s try darker backgrounds to reduce eyestrain. If you can’t read it easily from 20 feet away, it isn’t effective. Nobody I saw was terrible, but there is a lot of room for improvement, just as there is at any conference.My favorite bad presentation of all time was by some poor guy at Greenbuild several years ago who was apparently thrown in at the last minute to take over someone else’s slot—each of his slides was packed with words written in 8-point type and completely illegible charts, which he proceeded to read in heavily accented English. I didn’t last long.I do a lot of speaking and training, and while I acknowledge that my style is not to everyone’s (or anyone’s?) liking, I always do my best to keep it interesting, make the story flow, and finish on time.Hot under the collar about cold climate biasMy primary complaint is that most of the conference focused on cold climates. While this is understandable, considering that its roots lie in the northern states, sometimes it seems like hot and humid climates don’t even exist. I understand that people are comfortable teaching what they know, and the majority of the presenters come from cold climates. It is time, however, for ACI to pay more attention to the South. A common thread running through several sessions went something like, “Well, you would do it differently in a hot and humid climate, but…” and then the talk went back to heating degree days, extra wall insulation, and thermal breaks.Trade show goodiesThe swag (Stuff We All Get) wasn’t bad; in fact there were two different sizes of foam CFLs available for me to take home and add to my collection. Not a single thumb-drive give away to be found, unlike Greenbuild, where they were a dime a dozen, but no good foam toys in sight. Thermal imaging, or infrared cameras were the belle of the ball, with about a half dozen vendors hawking theirs as the best on the market. I expect that lots of people in the industry, including me, will be purchasing one of these soon. Not only are they a useful tool, but man, are they way cool!I’m off to the AIA Convention in San Francisco, likely to be about as different from ACI as a conference can be. Probably lots of Corbu glasses and bow ties. I’m also hoping for some good swag.