President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says her government’s decision to subscribe to the “One China Policy” has paid Liberia huge benefits, indicating that her administration will continue to subscribe to this globally renowned policy.Madam Sirleaf said Liberia is pleased to have resumed diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and to have joined other nations of the world that continue to adhere to that policy.The Liberia leader spoke at a farewell reception for outgoing Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua at the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia.She told Ambassador Zhao that during his tour of duty, he had gone above the call of duty by identifying and making interventions in critical priority areas; some of which are being implemented while others are already completed.The President named the near-completed Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) and the proposed Ministerial Complex as some of the projects Ambassador Zhao ensured were approved by his government.She also recounted interventions made in the areas of human resource development and sports. In the former, hundreds of Liberians had either been trained at the degree-granting level or certificated in various disciplines, and had returned home to contribute their quota to nation- building, while others were still pursuing their studies in China.In the area of sports, the President said that Ambassador Zhao sponsored regular table tennis competitions among Liberian youth, which gave them motivation and inspiration in helping them shape their minds to compete internationally.“We see the transformation of the mind-set as the most important intervention which leads people to change course, to see things differently, to act in a new manner in the interest of the nation,” she said. “This is why we are grateful to the Chinese people for their role in education,” she added.She renewed Liberia’s commitment to a strong bilateral and private-sector partnership, leading to a long-lasting remembrance of the Ambassador’s intervention during his time in Liberia.In his remarks, Ambassador Zhao described his stay in Liberia as rewarding, and he promised to always push Liberia’s development interests in whatever capacity he assumes after his assignment in Liberia. He said the projects being funded by the Chinese Government will go a long way in strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, and serve as a demonstration of China’s commitment to helping rebuild Liberia.Ambassador Zhao said: “Many people ask why does China give so much to Liberia, and the most important reason is that you, Madam President, together with the Government and people of Liberia, have won the respect and trust of the Chinese people and the international community.”Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said since he commenced his tour of duty in Liberia in 2011, the bilateral relationship between the two countries made steady progress and entered a new phase.Ambassador Jianhua: “I’m very proud to say that since I came here, significant progress has been made in the development of our friendship and cooperation. We have further proven ourselves as steadfast and reliable partners bilaterally and internationally. As a result, the relationship between our two countries has entered a new period.”He indicated that politically, the two countries have strengthened mutual trust and the Liberian government is firmly adhering to the One China policy, while at the same time, the Chinese government is firmly supporting Liberia’s peace and stability.The outgoing Chinese Ambassador reminded Liberians that the two countries have common dreams, making reference to Liberia’s “Vision 2030” policy document and China’s “Reform and Transformation Policy,” which aims at improving the lives of the Chinese people in the same way that Liberia envisages for its people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Senior Magistrate Leron Daly on Wednesday remanded a 34-year-old Guyanese woman when she appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to the charge of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.It is alleged that she trafficked four Venezuelans.Fiona Hopkinson denied the charge which stated that between September 1, 2018, and October 31, 2018, at Club Diamond, Georgetown she harboured and transported four Venezuelan women for the purpose of sexual exploitation.Another charge against Hopkinson detailed that she unlawfully withheld an identification card belonging to one of the women.According to Police reports, the four women were arrested during a roadblock operation on November 3, 2018 and were taken into custody, where it was discovered they did not have their identification cards.The foreigners claimed that they were seeking employment when the defendant employed them to work as prostitutes at Club Diamond, Georgetown. They further claimed that Hopkinson was in possession of their identification documents after she took them and promised to return the documents.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh objected to bail noting that the defendant has similar pending matters in another court.Magistrate Daly upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded Hopkinson to prison. The case will continue on February 6, 2019.
LONG BEACH – The CBS broadcast team made the Long Beach State men’s basketball team, its coaches and boosters wait almost 35 minutes Sunday afternoon. Of course, that was nothing compared to the 12 years some of those same folks have waited between the program’s NCAA tournament appearances. But finally, after the 16-team brackets for the Midwest, West and East had flashed across the screen and been discussed by broadcasters Greg Gumbel, Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis during the network’s NCAA tournament selection show – without Long Beach State listed in any of the 24 first-round matchups on Thursday and Friday – those in the on-campus crowd knew they didn’t have to wait much longer. Sure enough, scant seconds later, Gumbel said, “And in South Region games played in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday …” The reaction to what popped up on the screen drew a roar before Gumbel could announce, “No. 5 Tennessee vs. No. 12 Long Beach State.” The adrenalin overload that came with the team’s 94-83 Big West Conference tournament victory over Cal Poly SLO Saturday night in Anaheim – and the 49ers’ first bid to the NCAA tourney since 1995 – was in no danger of vanishing. The Tennessee Volunteers are an at-large selection from the Southeastern Conference with a 22-10 record. Coach Larry Reynolds’ 49ers have won 22 of their past 25 games to take a 24-7 record into the tournament. There is no question they’ll have to play as well, and more likely better, than in any of those 24 wins in order to upset a team that only two weeks ago knocked off defending national champion – and overall No. 1 seed – Florida by 10 points. The 49ers definitely welcomed the challenge they’ll face on Friday. Of course, after 12 years, Reynolds’ players would have welcomed a first-round game with Florida if that was the only way they could get into the tournament. “That \ was a little more heart-wrenching than the Big West tournament was,” Reynolds said. “But I think a No. 12 versus a No. 5 is a pretty good seed for us and I like our opportunity to go to Columbus and play a great University of Tennessee team.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
CALGARY, A.B. — The National Energy Board has issued a preliminary timeline release for the Energy East Pipeline hearing process, which falls outside its established norm.Reviews are typically conducted within a 15-month time limit, but it says this timeframe reflects an extended 21-month limit as directed by the federal Liberal Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr.Given his directive, here’s the time table the NEB expects to follow in considering the amended TransCanada project application.- Advertisement -Filing of the Consolidated Application by Energy East Pipeline Limited is expected to be done by the middle of next month. A Hearing Order should be issued by the middle of June, and then panel sessions will take place in communities along the route from August to December 2016.The written process for participants will go from January to May 2017, with a draft of conditions for comment expected in mid-2017.A final argument would then be expected by November and December of 2017. At the end of the review, NEB’s report to Governor in Council would be in March 2018.Advertisement The proposed 4,500-kilometre underground pipeline would carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick. A few specific locations would be underground, such as fenced valve sites or pump stations.Claiming safety is its top priority TransCanada says it invests over $900-million a year in maintenance and integrity operations to ensure its pipelines are safe.To date, the NEB has received more 2,300 applications to participate in the project hearing process.
Galatasaray have signed Lukas Podolski from Arsenal for £1.4m, according to reports in Turkey.The Germany international is deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates and spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan.The 30-year-old has now reportedly made his move away from north London permanent after Galatasaray struck a deal for his services.According to Turkish newspaper Aksam, Gala will pay Arsenal £1.4m for the forward and personal terms with the player have been agreed.Podolski previously had one year remaining on his £100,000-a-week deal at the Emirates. 1 Lukas Podolski
Wales and Belgium face off on Friday evening, looking to secure their place in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.And they have got there due to the impressive performances of their two star players.Gareth Bale has dragged the Dragons into the quarter-finals, scoring three goals and forcing Gareth McAuley into scoring an own goal which knocked Northern Ireland out in the last round.Hazard has not performed as well, netting just once, but he has grown into the tournament; his best performance was in the 4-0 win over Hungary.Both are incredibly talented individuals, as proven by their form at club level, and you can watch their best goals and skills above to decide who you think is best…
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Commission President Michael Peevey, one of the winning proposal’s sponsors, argued that educating consumers would be more effective in combating abusive behavior than placing restrictions on carriers. “We came down in a fast-changing industry on the side of choice,” Peevey said during the hearing. “The other option is command and control. I respect those who hold that view, but ours is forward-looking; theirs is backward-looking.” Consumer groups and the state’s top law enforcement officials, including state Attorney General Bill Lockyer, opposed the victorious measure on the grounds that it stripped important regulatory power from the state. They plan to ask lawmakers to craft legislation overriding the PUC decision. “We consider this plan abysmally deficient,” said Tom Dresslar, spokesman for Lockyer. The commission initially passed the Telecommunications Consumer Bill of Rights, the nation’s toughest wireless-phone regulations, in May 2004. SAN FRANCISCO – California utility regulators on Thursday approved new protections for wireless-telephone customers that include the creation of a fraud unit to investigate sellers who mislead customers about fees and services. The California Public Utilities Commission voted 3-2 in favor of the new regulations, which also call for a greater state role in educating consumers to prevent contract abuses. The commission’s vote comes a year after regulators suspended rules deemed too onerous for the cell-phone industry. Commissioners on Thursday rejected a rival proposal attempting to resuscitate many key provisions of the suspended regulations, including a requirement that wireless carriers allow dissatisfied customers to cancel their contracts within 30 days of signing up for a service. The reforms required wireless carriers to list all contract terms in 10-point or larger type, to prevent vital details from being lost in the fine print, and to give better explanations of rates, fees and taxes. But eight months after the reforms were passed, the commission voted to suspend them and redraft the regulations. Commissioner Dian Grueneich spearheaded the failed effort to revive key provisions of the original regulations, including forcing carriers to clearly disclose key contract details and, if they advertise in a foreign language, to provide contracts in the same language. Grueneich said she was doubtful the multimillion-dollar education campaign in the approved program would be effective in preventing consumer fraud. “I am skeptical of the efficacy of the program, given that there are no underlying rules to enforce that apply to all carriers,” Grueneich said in a statement. Consumer groups argued that the original regulations should have been reinstated because there was little evidence they would have imposed an extreme burden on carriers or inhibited innovation. “The most shocking thing about this is the reforms we were looking for were so modest,” said Joe Ridout, spokesman for Consumer Action. “They were nothing more than bringing cell-phone companies in line with the standards that consumers expect in their other commercial interactions.” Industry groups said the PUC decision would benefit California consumers with lower prices and better service. Consumers are already protected under federal and state anti-fraud laws, and further regulations would hamper free-market competition, said Joe Farren, an industry spokesman. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“It’s about 20 years too late,” Reilly said. “It’s like putting a Band-Aid on a bleeding jugular. I seriously think it will never be solved until we go to the source of the problem, which is the corrupt Mexican government. Until they clean up their act, these people will keep coming here. You can’t blame them.” Valley Village resident John Goff said he voted for Bush, but was disappointed so far with the president’s stance on immigration. “He’s trying to assuage too many people,” Goff said. “He has no real plan, it seemed to me. I don’t think the National Guard on the border is going to do much. I would prefer to see the border closed completely.” Jack Allen, 74, of Pacific Palisades called Bush’s border plan a bad idea at a time when the U.S. military already is stretched too thin. “If we had a military situation, that would be fine,” he said. “But I don’t think laborers warrant a military response.” President George W. Bush’s call Monday to beef up border patrols with thousands of National Guardsmen but allow some Mexican immigrants to enter the country as guest workers drew mixed reactions from Valley residents. Some questioned Bush’s agenda, saying he presented nothing more than an amnesty plan, while others said it left too many open-ended questions. John Reilly, 58, of Granada Hills said he agreed with the president’s comprehensive plan as well as assigning an additional 6,000 members of the Guard to the border for at least one year. Still, Reilly worried that the measures were not enough. And while he agreed with a temporary guest-worker program, Allen said the president’s version was weak, adding that immigrants should carry identification cards. “The real problem in solving the situation is with employers,” Allen said. “It’s discouraging for employers who want to obey the law to see other employers breaking the law.” Former union activist Myrna Hill, 62, of Sylmar said the only part of Bush’s speech that she agreed with was when he said the vast majority of immigrants were hard-working people who were “part of American life, but beyond reach of American laws.” But she disagreed with his overall plans, saying a temporary guest-worker program would encourage employers to abuse labor laws because immigrants would be at their mercy. She also called the whole argument a distraction to terrorism, which she said was a more important security problem. “I’m one for amnesty, so that people are not hiding in the shadows. What we need is protection from the terrorists, not people who cut the lawn.” email@example.com (818) 713-3664 HIGHLIGHTS OF SPEECH: BORDER PROBLEMS: Bush said the United States does not have complete control of its borders and millions of people who have sneaked across the border have stayed in this country, living in the shadows of society. NATIONAL GUARD: Bush said the federal government will pay for up to 6,000 National Guard troops to be deployed to the Southern border. They will serve in two-week rotations, meaning that over the course of a year a total of 156,000 troops could be involved. He said Guard units will not be involved in direct law enforcement activities; that duty will be performed by the Border Patrol. Guard units will work in support positions. TEMPORARY WORKER PROGRAM: Bush called for a temporary-worker program allowing foreign workers to enter the United States for jobs for a limited period of time. They would be required to return to their home countries at the conclusion of their stay. EMPLOYERS: It is against the law to hire an illegal immigrant, and Bush said employers must be held to account for their employees. He said a tamperproof identification card for every legal foreign worker would help with law enforcement and leave employers with no excuse for violating the law. PATH TO CITIZENSHIP: Bush said it is not realistic to deport the millions of people illegally living in the United States. ASSIMILATION: Bush said Americans “are bound together by our shared ideals, an appreciation of our history, respect for the flag we fly and an ability to speak and write the English language. English is also the key to unlocking the opportunity of America.” APPEAL TO CONGRESS: Bush said he was speaking directly to members of the House and Senate in appealing for a comprehensive immigration bill. “All elements of this problem must be addressed together or none of them will be solved at all,” he said. The House passed a law-and-order immigration bill that would erect fences along the Mexican border and treat people who sneak across borders as felons to be deported. The Senate began debate Monday on a broader bill. – Associated Press CALIFORNIA NATIONAL GUARD The Iraq war has already thinned the ranks of the California National Guard, with about 10 percent of the 20,000-strong force deployed to the Mideast. Another 2,000 are either out on medical leave or not yet trained and available for duty. “We are already stretching and are really under tremendous stress the way things are right now,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday morning before being briefed on the details of Bush’s plan. Schwarzenegger expressed concern that an extended commitment would hurt disaster-prone California, which relies on its Guard in cases of earthquakes, fires and mudslides. But Bush promised to draw down the number of guardsmen the Border Patrol used after one year, though he did not specify by how many. In the meantime, he promised to beef up the number of agents along the Southern border to 18,000 by 2008. Of the border states, California’s Guard strength is second to Texas, which has 200 more guardsmen. National Guard and Border Patrol officials declined to comment Monday on how resources would be divvied up among the states, saying they had not yet gotten orders. – Rachel Uranga160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Thomas McKinley and the victorious Donegal squad brought the Sam Maguire cup to Newtown on Thursday evening. The excellent turnout and fine weather contributed to a wonderful occasion and tremendous atmosphere. Thanks to the team for their time spent in Newtown during their hectic schedule on their triumphant tour of the county.Naomh Colmcille defeated Naomh Ultan at Dunkineely yesterday evening, running out winners by 3-09 to 0-08 in a hard fought match against a side that have always proven difficult opponents. Two goals from Willie Gillespie, and one from the penalty spot from Mark Dowds, helped Naomh Colmcille gain revenge on the only team to have beaten them in the league this year. The result means a win or a draw against Robert Emmets next week will see Naomh Colmcille finish top of Division 4. Our young u13 team concluded their league campaign with an excellent away win over Red Hughs on Friday.Naomh Colmcille Training Schedule this week is as follows· Under 8’s: Training will be this Saturday at 11 am. · Under 10’s: Training on Friday night at 6:00.· Under 13’s: training/match tbc; please check Facebook or club website for updates.· Under 16’s: training/match tbc; please check Facebook or club website for updates.· Under 18’s: training/match tbc; please check Facebook or club website for updates.· Gaelic for Girls training: training TBC.Can all under age players please bring €2, boots, shorts /track bottoms and a drink please.· Senior training will continue this week as per notification via TEXT from Senior Manager Joe Higgins New players are always welcome!!Note: all updates about training and match fixtures will be on the Club’s website (www.naomhcolmcille.com) and Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille GAA.)Naomh Colmcille’s Weekly Lotto: This week’s winning numbers were 24, 3, 11, 2, 10. 11 most correct match three numbers and three winners were Lucy Callaghan, Breda and Karol Friel and Annette Gallagher who won €25 each. Next week’s jackpot is €1,200. The Club would like to take the opportunity to Thank Everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the Club the essential means of continuing to give our local Kids and Adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES was last modified: October 1st, 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:NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES
THE OWNERS of a Co Donegal fish farm have lost 20,000 salmon to a plague of killer jellyfish.Marine Harvest, which operates in Mulroy Bay, lost the fish in a kill off the Co Mayo coast.The firm opted for an accelerated harvest at its Donegal aquaculture farm in order to minimize losses on its farmed stock, it said. Scientists connect the the jellyfish invasion to warmer sea waters. The mauve stinger (Pelagia noctiluca) has killed salmon before off our coasts.It is a phenomenon that has also been observed in other parts of the world.Marine Harvest has been taking preventive measures such as giving its salmon less fish feed to keep them less active with gills covers closed as it worries about strandings of this jellyfish species from Donegal to Kerry. DONEGAL FISH FARM OWNERS LOSE 20,000 SALMON TO KILLER JELLYFISH was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:000 SALMON TO KILLER JELLYFISHDONEGAL FISH FARM OWNERS LOSE 20jellyfishMarine Harvestthe mauve stinger (Pelagia noctiluca)