January 14

Liberia Makes More Gains in Ebola Fight

first_imgThe leader of the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP), Rev. Kennedy Sandy, says that Liberia has made more gains in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus and must continue.Making the statement over the weekend in the Air Field Community, the LTP leader emphasized that the war against the virus was not over and called on Liberians to ensure that the country is free of the epidemic as the spread of the virus could return.Rev. Sandy observed that, “In the midst of the national health crisis, political tensions had grown very high and continue to rise to exacerbate the health crisis. (While) exercising our political franchise and constitutional rights, we must continue to observe the preventive measures of the virus.”In the process of electing the 15 lawmakers in the ensuing election, he believes it is important  for every Liberian to act in the confines of the law.He explained that the special senatorial election is necessary for the smooth running of Liberia but must not create any condition that would lead to further spread of the epidemic.“It is also constitutionally mandated that the election is held in a free, fair, transparent and credible as well as a peaceful and democratic atmosphere. This will reflect the authentic views and choices of the people of Liberia and a clear representation of each county,” said the LTP leader.He admonished that the efforts and support of the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations, the United States, China, European Union and the Centers for Disease Control as well as other experts around the world, who have risked lives by joining Liberia and contributing immensely to the fight against the Ebola virus must not be wasted.The LTP leader warned the general public against engaging in any act that would undermine the fight against the epidemic, adding that Liberia has gone far in the fight and must continue until it is completed.He urged that the political parties, the election, the Government of Liberia and all senatorial candidates must be responsible to make sure that this election is fully participatory, inclusive, transparent, impartial and free.“As we elect our 15 senators, let us not do any thing that would place the life of our people in danger or put the citizens at risk. Liberia faces constitutional challenges today as we go into this election. The people own the country and have the right to change whatsoever they want to change,” he stressed adding that while Liberia goes through political recuperation, Liberians should show political maturity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12

Several injured in popular nightclub shootout

first_imgPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has ordered a full investigation into the alleged shootout at a Main Street, Georgetown nightclub in the wee hours of Sunday morning.The shooting reportedly left several persons hospitalised, but unfortunately the incident was not reported to the Police.Guyana Times understands that after the shootout, the management of the facility allegedly rushed the injured people to a private city hospital where a few of them were treated and sent away, but at least two remained patients at the medical facility.However, the staff at the night spot were reportedly ordered to collect the spent shells and more so, wipe the floor clean of the bloodstains with the intention of leaving no trace of the shooting incident. The matter was brought to light after one of the injured men contacted Police on Sunday afternoon.He reportedly told the Police that persons were in the nightclub when the sound of gunshots was heard. Several persons were grazed as the bullets went by, but luckily no one was seriously injured, he told ranks. He said that at least two people received gunshot injuries to their feet.After receiving the report, Police went to the location but found neither any spent shells nor bloodstains. However, they came across bullet holes in the walls, which were enough evidence to prove that there was a shooting. The manager and other staff were taken into Police custody as they continue their investigations.Meanwhile, Minister Ramjattan told media operatives that the shooting incident happened and the entity could have its licence revoked with immediate effect. Up to late Monday afternoon, the building was still cordoned off, as Police continued their investigations. Attempts to contact Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum proved futile.last_img read more

January 10

Mexico book World Cup berth, US in jeopardy after loss

first_imgMexico join Brazil, Japan and Iran alongside hosts Russia as the teams to have confirmed their places in next year’s finals.Friday’s win saw Mexico go top of the six-nation final qualifying round in CONCACAF, with 17 points from six games.The result means they are guaranteed one of the automatic World Cup berths awarded to the top three finishers in the group.But while Mexico celebrated, arch-rivals the USA were left contemplating a road to Russia that has suddenly become much more uncertain following their 2-0 loss to 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica in Harrison, New Jersey.The win left Costa Rica second in the standings on 14 points, while the USA continue to hold on to the third automatic qualifying place with eight points from seven games.The Americans however are level on eight points with Honduras, who host the US next week in what promises to be a tense duel in the Central American nation.Costa Rica striker Marco Urena was the hero at the Red Bull Arena, where a large contingent of Costa Rica fans in the 25,000-seat stadium made the fixture feel like an away tie for the USA.Urena scored twice to give Costa Rica their first World Cup away win over the USA since 1985.San Jose Earthquakes forward Urena exposed slack defending in the US back four in the 30th minute to fire Costa Rica ahead at the Red Bull Arena.Urena then pounced on another sloppy piece of US defending eight minutes from time to complete a miserable night for the hosts.The defeat — the first in a competitive fixture since coach Bruce Arena took over last year — leaves the US campaign to reach the 2018 finals in Russia in the balance.Arena must now somehow turnaround his team’s display for next week’s clash with Honduras.“We’ll take a day to reflect on this and come up with a plan,” Arena said. “But clearly walking away without any points tonight is very disappointing.“We’ll move on. This is how you deal in competition sports. You don’t win every game.– ‘Not our night’ –“Tonight was not our night. We didn’t play well, but we still have three games left in the competition. We’re still in position to qualify for the World Cup.”Urena grabbed his first on the half hour mark, when a poor clearing kick from goalkeeper Tim Howard was headed back towards the US territory.The US defence was caught out of position and Urena burst through the middle before angling a low shot across Howard into the far corner to make it 1-0.As tension mounted in the second half Costa Rica’s Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas twice pulled off superb saves from Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore to preserve the visitors lead.With the US pushing forward Urena then grabbed his second, punishing another blunder to stroke home his finish past Howard.In the day’s other game, Honduras grabbed a precious win over Trinidad and Tobago, downing the Caribbean side 2-1.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mexico’s Jurge Damm battles for the ball with Panama’s Luis Ovalle during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match in Mexico City © AFP / PEDRO PARDOMEXICO CITY, Mexico, Sep 2 – Mexico became the fifth team to guarantee their place at the 2018 World Cup on Friday as the United States crashed to defeat at home to Costa Rica to place their qualification campaign in jeopardy.A Hirving Lozano header on 53 minutes was enough to give Mexico a 1-0 win over Panama at the Azteca Stadium as the CONCACAF heavyweights reached the finals for a seventh successive occasion.last_img read more

December 28

CHURCH LANE GETS MAKE-OVER THANKS TO BIG-HEARTED JOHN

first_imgANYONE who has wandered up or down Church Lane in Letterkenny recently will have noticed that it’s looking a lot better – thanks to a local community group.Well now it’s looking even better, thanks to some sponsorship and the busy hands of local teenagers.The Cathedral Quarter group has thanked John Watson of Watson Hire for his generous sponsorship of paint for buildings on the Church Lane. The paint was applied onto No. 1 Church Lane and the gable end of No. 11 Church Lane by students from Letterkenny Youthreach on their work experience. CHURCH LANE GETS MAKE-OVER THANKS TO BIG-HEARTED JOHN was last modified: September 8th, 2015 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:Church LaneJOhn WatsonletterkennyWatson Hirelast_img read more

December 27

Mom pleads not guilty to charge of murdering baby

first_imgSAN FERNANDO – A woman believed to be the mother of a newborn found dead in a trash bin at a Newhall mobile home park pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and related charges. Jacquelin Linaras, 22, also was charged with assault on a child causing death during arraignment in San Fernando Superior Court. If convicted, she faces 25 years to life in prison, Deputy District Attorney Carolyn McNary said. Linaras’ boyfriend, Jose de la Cruz Depaz, 43, also pleaded not guilty to being an accessory to murder, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison if convicted, McNary said. Commissioner Gerald Richardson set bail at $1 million for Linaras and $500,000 for Depaz. A preliminary hearing for is set for June 7. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Linaras was arrested May 16 at her home at the Polynesian Mobile Home Park, about two weeks after a woman searching the trash there for recyclables found the body of a baby girl with the umbilical cord still attached. The girl was the third infant found abandoned and dead in Los Angeles County so far this year, despite a state law allowing unwanted newborns to be left at fire stations or hospitals within 72 hours of their birth, no questions asked. In response to the incident, the county Fire Department and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital have organized two community workshops on the Safe Surrender program. Officials scheduled a session in Spanish tonight because the baby girl was discovered in a primarily Latino neighborhood. An English-language session is slated for June 8. “We just wanted to make sure we are specifically communicating with the Hispanic community so they understand the resources that are available,” said Stephanie English, a county fire community services representative. “We’re going to discuss how to approach a fire station. … There’s a doorbell, and at 2 o’clock in the morning, you can ring it and they’re there to help.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (661)257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 17

Twitter’s Psychologist Strikes Again: Analyze Your Lists

first_imgjolie odell The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos When I looked at results for the list of women I follow, I saw they tweet a lot about sex, themselves, the past, anxiety and negative emotions, in that order. It was like watching an episode of Sex and the City flash before my eyes. They tweeted very little about money, learning, control (including self-control) and constructive behavior. Keep in mind, this isn’t a generalization about the state of womanhood on the Internet; I follow a very limited and eclectic group of ladies, all of whom I find very charming in their own fashion.Of course, I had to check out the stats on the ReadWriteWeb crew. We seem to tweet a lot about leisure and activities other than work. Uh, don’t tell the boss? However, tweets about work finished a close third, right behind tweets about ourselves. As a group, we don’t tend to tweet about personal things, such as money, sex or emotions.Other interesting hypotheses can be drawn when examining “social media” and “technology” lists. Many geek-centric lists I examined were shockingly devoid of tweets about leisure, positive or other emotions or physical sensations and dominated by tweets about learning, the self and control. Perhaps this is due to our realization that the personal and professional are quickly merging and our perceived need to present a reasonably consistent face and least objectionable programming-type content.At any rate, Zarrella’s given us another insightful peek into how Twitter reveals interesting snippets of information about various demographics and sociological segments.Give the new lists function a spin, and let us know your findings in the comments! Tags:#twitter#web And my lengthy list of San Francisco/Bay Area people on Twitter gave evidence of a complete lack of interest in celebrities and a preoccupation with self, the future and control.But when I looked at my “Southern Comfort” list of geeks south of the Mason-Dixon line, I got a very different picture. These folks are using the social web to tweet about their emotions, the passage of time, themselves, and dreams of unconscious thoughts, while they tweet less than others about celebrities, sex and money. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Dan Zarrella has long impressed us with his discourses on the science of retweets, as well as his psychoanalytic apps that scan and parse Twitter streams – one for general analysis and one for dreams.His latest project, TweetPsych for lists, is an enlightening and often amusing look at what your lists are talking about, how they view the world, what turns them on (or off), and more. Depending on how you group your Twitter friends, you can make interesting generalizations or conjectures about society as a whole. What do the denizens of L.A. or San Francisco tweet about most? What about women – what’s got them buzzing? Read on for more on precisely that cross-section of the Twittersphere.My “I Heart L.A.” list, a curation of tweets from the L.A. tech scene, shows a hilarious preoccupation with sex and a lack of tweeting about work, for example. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more

December 16

Milestone: The Web (Finally) Surpasses Newspapers As Source for Americans’ News

first_imgaudrey watters Tags:#news#NYT#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The report points to another milestone in 2010 as well: For the first time, more money was spent on online advertising than on print newspaper advertising. Online advertising overall grew 13.9% to $25.8 billion in 2010. Ad revenue at newspapers, however, fell over the same period by 6.4%.The declining revenue and subscriptions for newspapers have resulted in many closures and layoffs. Indeed, newspaper newsrooms are 30% smaller than they were in 2000. But according to the survey, most Americans don’t seem terribly concerned by the loss of this news source. Twenty eight percent said the loss of their local newspaper would have a major impact on their ability to keep up with local information; 30% said it would have minor impact and 39% said it would have no impact.In a report that accompanies the State of the Media report, Pew finds that more people are turning to their mobile phones for local news; 47% of Americans report they get at least some local news from their cellphone, although their interests seem to be in information that’s practical and in real time: weather and restaurant information, for example.Interestingly, while nearly half of Americans say they get their local news via a mobile device, just one in 10 use an app to do so. And of those, an even fewer percentage pay to use those apps. This raises questions for the news industry as it’s unclear whether people are willing to pay for online content, even if their local newspapers disappeared.Nonetheless the Pew Research Center insists that, “Local news remains the vast untapped territory.” “While local has been the area of greatest ferment for nonprofit startups,” reads the report, “no one has yet cracked the code for how to produce local news effectively at a sustainable level.” Photo credits: Flickr user Daniel Blume Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Although digital technologies have been changing the face of the news for at least the last decade, we have finally reached a important milestone: more people now get their news from online sources than they do from physical newspapers.That’s according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, which has just released its latest report on the “State of the Media.” The study finds that, “By several measures, the state of the American news media improved in 2010,” but that improvement did not extend to one important sector – newspapers – which continued to see a decline in revenues, readership and newsroom jobs.According to the survey, 46% of people now say they get their news online at least three times a week, surpassing newspapers (40%) for the first time. Only local television is more popular among Americans, with 50% indicating that’s their regular source for news.last_img read more

December 2

Police Chief’s Son Among Two Teenagers Arrested Over Assault on Elderly Sikh Man in U.S.

first_imgA police chief’s son was among the two teenagers arrested on Aug. 8 for allegedly assaulting an elderly Sikh man in California earlier this week. Tyron McAlister, the 18-year-old son of Bay Area Police Chief Darryl McAllister, was arrested along with a 16-year-old teenager for allegedly attacking the 71-year-old Sikh man on Aug. 6, the Manteca Police Department said in a statement. The arrests were made after the police received numerous tips from the public and examined surveillance video footage from the site of the incident, which assisted in the identification of the suspects. Both the suspects have been charged with attempted robbery, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon. The police is still investigating if the attack was a hate crime. Surveillance camera footage from a nearby house released by the police shows the two teens, wearing hoodies, confronting Sahbit Singh Natt, who was taking his daily morning walk along Greystone Park on Turquoise Way. The video shows one of the individuals, identified by the police as suspect McAllister, suddenly kicking Natt, who falls to the ground, and his turban comes off. The video then shows him trying to get up but the attacker kicks him again, and Natt falls on his head. McAllister and his companion then walk away, while the Sikh man lies writhing in pain on the ground. The suspect, identified as McAllister, then rushes back and kicks Natt three times. He then starts leaving again, but turns around, and spits at Natt before fleeing the scene. One of the two suspects also might have waved a gun in the air, police said, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.Natt was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and released, the report added. He told detectives with the help of an interpreter that his assailants “asked him for some type of money” before attacking him.   The incident has raised concerns within the Sikh community about being targeted as victims of hate crimes. “That is a hate crime,” Natt’s son-in-law Manjeet Singh Virk said, Fox40 news reported. Natt’s family has said that the old man will no longer continue his early morning walks but they are touched by the community support. In a statement, Darryl McAllister said that the family is devastated to hear the news of his son’s involvement in the crime. He released a statement through the police department’s Facebook page: “Words can barely describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and I feel right now. Violence and hatred is not what we have taught our children; intolerance for others is not even in our vocabulary, let alone our values. Crime has never been an element of our household, our values, nor the character to which we hold ourselves.” This incident happened within a week of another attack on a Sikh man in the United States. Surjit Malhi, 50, was hit in the head with a rod several times while his attackers uttered racial slurs, saying “You are not welcome here,” and “Go back to your country.” The details of the incident were shared on the social media by an acquaintance of the victim. Malhi later said that his turban saved his life.   The Sikh community has expressed anguish over the recent hate crime incidents. “We are disturbed and appalled by the recent attacks on Sikh-Americans,” National Sikh Campaign co-founder Rajwant Singh said, PTI reported. “The fact that Sahib Singh was assaulted and had his turban ripped off his head should be a peaceful call to action for our community and the many supporters of our campaign — Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike. This situation serves as a painful reminder that there is still much work to be done in bringing Americans of all faiths, colours, and communities together.”  Related ItemsCaliforniahate crimeSikhismlast_img read more

November 28

Sheila brought the Games on track: UK CWG chief

first_imgEngland, Scotland and Australia were close to pulling out from the Commonwealth Games, but for the last-minute intervention of Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, a top English Games official has revealed. “She really did kick shit,” is how Dame Kelly Holmes, president of the Commonwealth Games England, put it.”Every day, for two weeks, we had board meetings and conferences. It was close, of course it was,” The Guardian quoted the official as saying on how close the team was to pulling out of the competition. “It was only when Dikshit got involved with the organisation of the Games at the last minute that England made the decision to go ahead,” Holmes said.Until then, she said, the England team was close to withdrawing because of persistent reports of mismanagement, unhealthy living conditions in the Games Village and potential security hazards. Scotland and Australia were also on the brink of deciding to withdraw.Holmes thinks England’s decision to go ahead led other countries to follow suit. In retrospect, Holmes said if the Commonwealth Games operations, structure and chain of command had fallen in place a week earlier, it would have been the best Games ever. The English official lamented that a last-minute rush to give finishing touches to the Games arena as well as security concerns had led to a number of top British competitors crying off.”It is a shame as a lot of athletes pulled out because of what they heard,” she said. But it was not all brickbats from Holmes, who after Thursday’s dazzling closing ceremony, said: “The bond these athletes have got now reminds me of Sydney in 2000.”advertisement–With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

November 28

Sania breaks into doubles top-10

first_imgIndian tennis ace Sania Mirza has broken into the doubles top-10 for the first time in her career.The Indian gained a place after the US Open, where she made the third round along with Russian partner Elena Vesnina.Sania is now the fourth Indian player from the current lot to feature in the doubles top-10.Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi and ever-improving Rohan Bopanna figure in the top-10 in the ATP doubles ranking chart.Sania won three doubles title in the current calendar to take the overall number to 12 trophies.She triumphed at Indian Wells and Charleston with Vesnina and at College Park with Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova.last_img read more