400m champ Stone raring to go

first_imgAnd the women’s 400m preliminary heats will take place at 10:50am.  The Central Province man will be lining up in the 400m heat at 11:40am and is aiming to book a qualifying place in the next round.      Stone is the Papua New Guinea national record holder in the 400m event and has dominated the event in the last 5 years in the Pacific Region, but in the XV Pacific Games he has to beat his own country men who have run good times this season.  Kaminiel Matlaun, Veherney Babob, Martin Orovo and George Yamak will also be lining up in the heats.Stone told Loop PNG that his “body feeling is great” and will let his running do his talking.PNG Is ranked favourite to win all medals on offer in the men’s and women’s 400m events.last_img read more

‘Go Teach for 3 Months’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has mandated her appointed officials starting with the Minister and their deputies at the Ministry of Education (MOE) to return to the classroom and teach the students for at least three months. This, according to the President, is to experience the ‘hardship and headache’ teachers across the country endure in the discharge of their duty. The expected exercise, according to the President, is for her appointees, particularly the ministers and their principal deputies at the MOE and educational areas to feel the adversity (hurt, stings) of teaching in the Liberian schools. The President’s pending mandates, an observer believes, is to inspire (move) her officials into action to defend the plights of teachers, who over the years have been protesting and or staging series of demonstrations for salaries and other benefits. At the same time, President Sirleaf has said, she would direct authorities of the University of Liberia to allow graduating seniors from the William V.S. Tubman Teachers’ College to go into the field and teach in the classrooms for at least a semester before they can be qualified for graduation. “If we can allow Peace Corps Volunteers and the ‘Volunteer Teachers’ from the West African State of Nigeria to be assigned in the rural areas, we too should send young graduating seniors to go with the foreign instructors into the classrooms before they are allowed to graduate.” President Sirleaf made the suggestion over the weekend when the Minister of Education, Etmonia David-Tarpeh presented the MOE’s (2014-2016) ‘Operational Plan.’ The ceremony was held at the Monrovia City Hall on Saturday, May 24, on the theme, “Quality Education for All: Redirecting Our Future.” The three-year ‘Operational Plan’ is being launched with the vision to ensure quality, relevant, accessible, and affordable education for all. The cost of implementation within the three-year period is US$180 million, while the cost for implementation for the first year (2014) is around US$59 million. Funding for the Plan is expected to come from the government and development partners, including the public-private partnership. The mission is to also ensure quality, relevant, accessible, and affordable education by establishing appropriate legal and regulatory framework through the development of education systems, policies guidelines, procedures and standards. To also promote, good governance practices among actors by coordinating all education programs and activities within the country’s borders; linking education programs to economic and development needs of the population; and promoting public-private partnerships within the sector.    Before presenting the plan to President Sirleaf, Minister Tarpeh explained among other things that the 3-year ‘Operational Plan’ is based on several documents including the Education Reform Law of 2011, Education Sector Plan (2010-2020), Roadmap for System Transformation, National Agenda for Transformation, among others. She said the plan highlights priorities identified by education stakeholders at several consultative meetings including the National Education Roundtable Conference, 2013 and the Joint Education Sector Review taking account of clear messages that there is a need to reform the education sector and other emerging trends within the system. Additionally, it serves as a catalyst (means, channel) to accelerate the “Education for All Goals.”“It is underpinned by the principles of ownership and accountability that the Plan also proposes a range of strategies and activities for improving the quality of education services to ensure that young people within the country’s borders are fully prepared for a favorable livelihood in a changing regional and global environment.” This Plan covers areas such like the Early Childhood Development/Education, Basic and Secondary Education, Teacher Education, Student Personnel Services, Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), Education Governance and Management.Saturday’s launch brought together an array of government officials, legislators and members of the diplomatic community among them U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘More Confirmed Cases of Ebola in Cape Mount’

first_imgGrand Cape Mount has reported an alarming upsurge of the deadly Ebola virus with 49 new cases registered so far.The Head of the Incident Management System (IMS) and Assistant Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health, Tolbert Nyenswah, making the disclosure yesterday at the office of IMS in Monrovia, said that of the 49 new cases reported, 27 were confirmed, 13 suspected and 9 probable, putting Cape Mount in the Red County Category second to Montserrado in the country.Describing it as unfortunate, Minister Nyenswah attributed the increase to migration of people suspected of the virus and the continuous denial by some residents that people are dying of the Ebola epidemic in the country.According to the Minister, many people are still observing traditional and cultural practices, which undermine the fight against the deadly Ebola virus and stifle efforts made by the IMS and other international and local partners.  “We have people still traditionally preparing the dead body before burial and secret burials are still taking place in the county causing the spread of the virus. We need to desist from these (practices) with the deadly Ebola virus still threatening,” he stressed.There is a high level of complacency and gross disregard for the preventive measures that were laid down by the Ministry of Health and its partners to contain the spread of the Ebola virus, he said.Minister Nyenswah reported that people in Cape Mount were not observing constant hand-washing with soap and chlorine solution. He said that they are also keeping sick people in their communities, getting in close personal contact with them and often do not report suspected Ebola cases.With the alarming number of new cases in the county, the IMS and its partners will open the Ebola Treatment Unit in Sinje and move in with more ambulances and health workers to ensure that the situation is put under control.“We are also installing new Labs in the next two weeks to have more people tested. We will also carry out a massive mobilization of partners to support the county health team in ensuring the IMS does not have any problem of containing this outbreak in the county,” Minister Nyenswah added.The Minister disclosed further that the 49 reported cases from Cape Mount have generated over 200 contacts in and outside of the county, which he said needed urgency to contain the situation. He appealed to local residents to work with health practitioners to address the problem.Monsterrado County remains the hotspot of the Ebola Virus Disease, but the IMS and partners are working to ensure that ‘zero new cases’ is achieved and Liberia is declared Ebola free, he said.He added that Nimba, which has not reported any case for the past 63 days, has now reported one new case, but the IMS is working to guarantee that all measures are put in place to handle the situation there.The Minister emphasized that only behavioral change of every Grand Cape Mount citizen and resident will help to stop the spread of the virus, stating that everybody needed to adhere to all the preventive measures to break the transmission of the Ebola disease.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, February 2

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Manchester United are plotting a sensational deadline day double swoop for ex-Chelsea star Kevin De Bruyne, now of Wolfsburg, and Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels. (Daily Express)Manchester City’s on-loan defender Micah Richards is set to snub interest from Chelsea and Liverpool to complete a switch to Italian giants Inter Milan. (Daily Star)Everton are eyeing a deadline day loan move for Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj. (Manchester Evening News)Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is launching a beat-the-deadline move to be reunited with Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor. The pair worked together during their time at Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)Southampton are hoping to finalise a £5million deal for Feyenoord midfielder Tonny Vilhena. (Daily Mail)Newcastle United facing transfer deadline day competition for Dele Alli, but both Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur have now emerged as rivals to sign the 18-year-old. (Newcastle Chronicle)West Brom weigh up cut price £5m offer for record signing Brown Ideye… as Tony Pulis looks at West Ham’s Carlton Cole and Liverpool forward Rickie Lambert. (Daily Mail)Crystal Palace close to agreeing £1m transfer of Lee Chung-yong from Bolton, and are also in talks with Manchester United about a £6m deal for Wilfried Zaha. (Daily Mail)Winston Reid is set to quit West Ham and join Tottenham for NOTHING in the summer. (Daily Mirror)Darren Fletcher could still leave Manchester United before tomorrow’s transfer deadline, with West Brom ready to resurrect their interest in the midfielder. (Manchester Evening News)last_img read more

Roma enter talks with Arsenal over keeping Wojciech Szczesny for another season

first_imgRoma have opened talks with Arsenal over another season-long loan deal for goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.The Poland international enjoyed a successful spell at the Italian club last season and is keen to continue with Luciano Spalletti’s side rather than deputise for Petr Cech next season.According to Sky Italia, Roma have now entered talks with Arsenal regarding another loan agreement, with the Gunners open to letting Szczesny go for another season.A sticking point had been how much of Szczesny’s wages Roma were willing to pay with Arsenal keen on the Serie A club taking on a larger percentage of his salary compared to last season.But it is understood that both clubs are close to reaching an agreement and a deal is expected to be completed early next week to allow Szczesny to join up with Roma for pre-season. Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is set to stay at Roma for another season 1last_img read more

LOVE IS ‘BREWING’ THIS VALENTINES WEEKEND AT POPULAR DONEGAL BAR AND RESTAURANT

first_imgTHE BREWERY BAR have launched a sensational Valentine’s themed menu this weekend for all you love birds out there! They’re offering a superb four-course meal for just €60. (Check out the delicious menu above) So if you’d like to treat your better half to something special this weekend, then visit The Brewery Bar and avail of this superb special offer.Since re-opening under new management The Brewery Bar has won plaudits from all over for its incredible food and brilliant customer service.Travel website TripAdvisor is awash with positive feedback towards the bar – so find out this weekend for yourself why it’s No.1.However, if you want to secure a table, you ought to get booking NOW – as tables are being snapped up fast! There are still some reservations available for next Saturday and Sunday in the restaurant, but time is running out.To book a table call to bar to reserve your table today on 0749127330.   LOVE IS ‘BREWING’ THIS VALENTINES WEEKEND AT POPULAR DONEGAL BAR AND RESTAURANT was last modified: February 12th, 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)last_img read more

COLGAN HERITAGE WEEKEND TO FEATURE JOHN WATERS

first_imgThe Third Colgan Heritage Weekend takes place in the Colgan Community and Resource Centre, Carndonagh, Inishowen this weekend from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July.All members of the committee have worked diligently to prepare a packed and attractive programme of activities to suit all ages over the weekend.On Friday evening at 7pm there will be a presentation of prizes to school children for folklore competition work. This will be followed by offical opening and book launch by Irish Times Journalist and writer John Waters. John is eagery anticipating his visit. This event will be followed by music and a reception.Once again the hikers will enjoy a most invitorating walk with Dessie Mc Callion as guide at 9.30am on Saturday morning. Bus will leave the Colgan Hall and booking is essential at the Colgan Hall (phone number 074 93 29377)as this attraction proved very popular last year. Please wear comfortable footwear and clothing.There will be Folklore exhibition at 11am on Saturday in the Colgan Hall. This attraction will be of great interest to adults and children alike.There will be a display of work from the 1937 school collection and also a display from present day school folklore competition work of children from all the local schools. A presentation will be made to people still alive who contributed to the 1937 collection. There will also be readings by Carndonagh Book Club. Locals will be able to reminise at times gone by with the photo display and school reunion book display. The Carndonagh Book Store, Malin Road, is also open for business over the weekend and have an extensive range of books to suit everyone.Carndonagh was once a market town where housewives and farmers met and finalised deals on buying a selling home produce. We are having a street market at 12noon on the Saturday with lots of interesting stalls. Feel free to dress up in your shawl and bonnet. Another highlight on the saturday is the Carnival parade through the town at 4pm. This will be a colourful and spectular parade full of Celtic imagery, inspired by the inhabitants of Inishowen down through the ages, from pirates and pagans to farmers and fisherfolk. The evening closes with a film – The Way with Martin at 8.30pm in the Colgan Hall A special and exciting addition to the Colgan Heritage Weekend programme this year is a contribution by ‘The History Links Project.’ Stephen Mc Namee is Project Coordinator of the History Links Project and will present a two hour media workshop on oral recording on Sunday 1st July from 12 noon to 2pm. Participants will learn how to use the recorder, interview skill and editing recorded data. Places are limited, so for more information contact Jeanette on 074 93 29377.The programme will resume at 4.30pm after the Blessing of the Graves. Stephen will give a comprehensive lecture on oral recording. Entitled ‘Reminiscences are Part of History’ Stephen will portray how our memories of life in the ‘recent past’ are now a valuable source of local history. Later there will be an interesting film on smuggling which will give a witty insight on smuggling across the border when we had the customs and excise patrol.The afternoon will conclude with a very concise and comprehensive talk by Professor Paul Mc Kevitt of Magee University. Paul’s lecture will be entitled ‘Digital Storytelling meets Creative Technologies’ and is a very suitable conclusion to our afternoon. Paul is no newcomer to the Heritage Weekend having presented valuable research over the past two years which was very well received by packed audiences.The grand finale will be a concert the Colgan hall at 8pm. on Sunday, entitled Memories of the Musicals. The concert will be a feast of local talent from past musicals and this production will be in the capable hands of Kathleen Morris, Dr Helen Haughey and Margaret O’Kane. This will prove a very enjoyable night out. COLGAN HERITAGE WEEKEND TO FEATURE JOHN WATERS was last modified: June 28th, 2012 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:Colgan Heritage WeekendJohn Waterslast_img read more

CARNIVAL OF COLOUR PLANNED TO LAUNCH DEELE’S 50TH CELEBRATIONS

first_imgColourful characters from the 1960s like Batman and Robin, JFK and Jackie and John Lennon will all form part of Friday’s fantastic parade to launch the 50th Anniversary Celebrations for Deele College.Autumn colours are set to get even brighter in Raphoe this Friday morning when Deele College launches its 50th Anniversary celebrations with a spectacular carnival of colour.Students and teachers from the school will don their best 1960s costumes as part of a fantastic parade from Deele College to the Diamond, where there will also be terrific 60s-style music and dancing.The local school was established in Raphoe in 1964 as Raphoe Technical College, later changing its name to Raphoe Vocational School and after that to Deele College. Friday’s dazzling display will now mark the official start of the school’s 50th Anniversary celebrations with more fantastic school events planned before the end of this year.Indeed, a special weekend of celebrations is also in the pipeline for March 2015, fifty years after the school’s official opening.“The launch parade and event will be an impressive array of colour and music highlighting the very best of Deele College and we are thrilled to bring it out into the local community where the school has played such a pivotal role over the past 50 years,” school principal Joe Boyle said.Local Primary School and Playgroup pupils are expected to join in the celebrations that are certain to bring an atmosphere of fun and excitement to the town as the students get ready to break for mid-term. “Everyone has put in a huge effort into organising what we are sure will be a really special day for Raphoe. We have had great assistance from the local community and local Gardai as well.Now we’d love as many people as possible to come out on Friday now to watch the parade and come along to the Diamond for the fun and music afterwards,” Mr. Boyle added.Friday’s parade is due to get underway from Deele College around 11am and you can keep up to date with all of the events planned for the school’s 50th Anniversary celebrations on their Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/DeeleCollege50 CARNIVAL OF COLOUR PLANNED TO LAUNCH DEELE’S 50TH CELEBRATIONS was last modified: October 22nd, 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:50th anniversary celebrationsdeele collegedonegallast_img read more

GAA NEWS: COLAISTE AILIGH OVERCOME FINN VALLEY AT PITCH OPENER

first_imgThe Colaiste Ailigh and Finn Valley captains meet before the game.Colaiste Ailigh win their first game on the new pitch against Finn Valley yesterday in a mens senior league game.Colaiste Ailigh opened the scoring through a point from Sean MacAtsaoir. Colaiste Ailigh were on top for the majority of the first half and Brian MacAtsaoir scored the opening goal.The teams went in at half time with Colaiste Ailigh 3-8 to 0-3 with corner forward Corrie-Lee Bogan scoring 2 of Finn Valleys points. Shortly after halftime the corner forward added to his tally with a smashing goal.Colaiste Ailigh held Finn Valley off for a comfortable victory in the end.Thanks to referee Gearóid Mac Aoidh and umpires Cathal Mac Grianna, Uinseann Mac Fhloinn, Prionsias Ó Dubhlaoich, Adreain Ó Shiail also lines men Conchur Ó dochartaigh and Riann Mac Diarmada.#theresnothinglikebeingthere The Finn Valley team The Colaiste Ailigh teamGAA NEWS: COLAISTE AILIGH OVERCOME FINN VALLEY AT PITCH OPENER was last modified: September 26th, 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:Colaiste Ailighdonegalfinn valleyGAAMatchlast_img read more

MICHAEL BLACK WINS TOUGH BALLYLIFFIN COAST CHALLENGE

first_imgATHLETE Michael Black won today’s Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge.The fitness guru beat the 10-mile course record in a new sub-56 minute time.More than 650 people took part in the race – a 50% increase on last year. And once again local people opened up their homes to set up water and toilet stops for those taking part.Even Britain’s Queen Elizabeth was there as our exclusive picture, left, shows!A northerly wind and constant rain – as well as an incoming tide on Pollan Beach – didn’t deter those taking part.Then it was off to the Strand Hotel for some fantastic local hospitality including some warm soups and Jazz music. Donegaldaily.com health and fitness columnist Michael led runners into the Atlantic for a dip after the race.And then he donated his winning cheque to Relay for Life cancer charity.Brave stuff indeed.                      MICHAEL BLACK WINS TOUGH BALLYLIFFIN COAST CHALLENGE was last modified: April 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:MICHAEL BLACK WINS TOUGH BALLYLIFFIN COAST CHALLENGElast_img read more