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  • LLA Delegation Meets Several Liberians in Sweden

    first_imgMembers of the visiting Liberian delegation to Sweden posed with some resident Liberians there, shortly after the ceremony.The Liberia Land Authority delegation to Sweden has been holding discussions with authorities at Lantmäteriet and touring their facilities in Gavel and Norrtalji, a release has said. Lantmäteriet, is the Swedish Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authority.The visit is part of a knowledge-exchange tour covered under the inception phase of the five-year Capacity Building Project for inclusive Land Administration and Management in Liberia. According to the release, the implementation of the project is expected to begin in July 2019.The delegation also paid a courtesy call on a cross-section of Liberians who are members of the Liberian Swedish Association (LSA) in Stockholm.The LSA seeks to unite and foster peace, social integration and communal networking among Liberians and descendants of Liberians living in Sweden and Swedes who have lived in Liberia.At a well-attended Easter recreational program organized by LAS for Liberian children and some African nationals living in Sweden, the Land Use and Management Commissioner at the Liberia Land Authority, Ellen Pratt, commended the organizers of the program and encouraged them to remain peaceful and law abiding.She informed them about the land reform processes that have taken place in Liberia over the years and that plans are underway to fully implement the Land Rights Act of 2018, which gives communities the full bundle of rights over their lands.The President of the Liberian Association in Sweden, Mr. David Ford, told the LLA delegation that the primary mission of LSA is to uphold, preserve and educate Liberian descendants born in Sweden through social activities such as traditional Liberian events and identify with community members during difficult times.Mr. Ford also mentioned that the LSA leadership and community members are planning to launch a humanitarian initiative dubbed, “Let Liberians Living in Sweden Help Underprivileged Children in Liberia”.The fifteen-member delegation from the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs are in Sweden upon the invitation of Lantmäteriet, the Swedish Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authority.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • No arrests in Diamond Secondary School fire – Police

    first_imgPolice are still to apprehend the suspect/s involved in the Christmas Eve fire at the Diamond Secondary School which left parts of the building gutted.Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara), Marlon Chapman on Friday confirmed that no one was arrested as investigations are still in progress. “So far, we have no updates, investigations are still ongoing,” Chapman told Guyana Times.Fire Prevention Officer of the Guyana Fire Service, Andrew Holder, had announced that an investigation into the fire has concluded that the building was deliberately set alight.Reports are the guard stationed at the school noticed flames emanating from theThe damaged section of the Diamond Secondary Schoolfront building in the compound at about 02:00h and immediately raised an alarm. With the assistance of public spirited citizens, the fire was contained before firefighters arrived at the scene.The Education Ministry has since said the fire began in the administrative building which housed the head teacher and deputy head teacher’s offices along with the computer laboratory and the library.In November 2018, several persons working at the school were under investigation after a large sum of money, which was collected from students for the school’s graduation ceremony, reportedly disappeared.Guyana Times understands that the money was stored in a secured safe and only a few individuals were granted access.During the probe of that incident, four teachers were taken into custody and questioned at the Golden Grove Police Station. They were subsequently released on station bail.last_img read more

  • Possible habitable world discovered

    first_imgAnd that “just right” temperature is one key reason astronomers think this planet could conceivably house life outside our solar system. It’s also as close to Earth-size as telescopes have ever spotted. Both elements make it the first potentially habitable planet besides Earth or Mars. Astronomers who announced the discovery of the new planet Tuesday says this puts them closer to answering the cosmic question: Are we alone? “It’s a significant step on the way to finding possible life in the universe,” said University of Geneva astronomer Michel Mayor, one of 11 European scientists on the team that found the new body. “It’s a nice discovery. We still have a lot of questions.” There’s still a lot that is unknown about the new planet, which could be deemed inhospitable to life once more is learned about it. But as galaxies go, it’s practically a neighbor. At only 120 trillion miles away, the red dwarf star that this planet circles is one of the 100 closest to Earth. The results of the discovery have not been published but have been submitted to the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. Alan Boss, who works at the Carnegie Institution of Washington where a U.S. team of astronomers competed in the hunt for an Earth-like planet, called it “a major milestone in this business.” The planet was discovered by the European Southern Observatory’s telescope in La Silla, Chile, which has a special instrument that splits light to find wobbles in different wave lengths. Those wobbles can reveal the existence of other worlds. What they revealed is a planet circling the red dwarf star Gliese 581. Red dwarfs are low-energy, tiny stars that give off dim red light and last longer than stars like our sun. Until a few years ago, astronomers didn’t consider these stars as possible hosts of planets that might sustain life. The discovery of the new planet, named 581 c, is sure to fuel studies of planets circling similar dim stars. About 80 percent of the stars near Earth are red dwarfs. The new planet is about five times heavier than Earth, and gravity there would be 1.6 times as strong as Earth’s. Its discoverers aren’t certain whether it is rocky like Earth or if it’s a frozen ice ball with liquid water on the surface. If it is rocky like Earth, which is what the prevailing theory proposes, it has a diameter about 1 times bigger than our planet. If it is an ice ball, as Mayor suggests, it would be even bigger. Based on theory, 581 c should have an atmosphere, but what’s in that atmosphere is still a mystery and if it’s too thick that could make the planet’s surface temperature too hot, Mayor said. However, the research team believes the average temperature to be somewhere between 32 and 104 degrees and that set off celebrations among astronomers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – European astronomers have found the most Earth-like planet outside our solar system, and here’s what it might be like to live there: The “sun” wouldn’t burn brightly. It would hang close, large and red in the sky, glowing faintly like a charcoal ember. And it probably would never set if you lived on the sunny side of the planet. You could have a birthday party every 13 days because that’s how fast this new planet circles its sunlike star. But watch the cake – you’d weigh a whole lot more than you do on Earth. You might be able to keep your current wardrobe. The temperature in this alien setting will likely be a lot like Earth’s – not too hot, not too cold. last_img read more

  • ‘Proud’ Silva calls time on Spain duty

    first_img“I leave proud and happy, bringing an end to a time full of emotions and memories, like of the figure of Luis Aragones, a maestro who will never be forgotten” he said in a message on social media.“I lived and dreamed with a team that will forever be remembered.“I’ve spent days and weeks considering this. The national team gave me everything and helped me grow as a player and a person.”Silva’s announcement follows on from the international retirement of centre-back Gerard Pique last week.Pique’s former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta ended his time with Spain after this summer’s disappointing World Cup finals campaign in Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Silva won the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships with Spain © AFP/File / Roman KruchininMADRID, Spain, Aug 13 – Manchester City midfielder David Silva on Monday called time on his distinguished 12-year international career with Spain.Selected for the first time in November 2006, the 32-year-old helped his country be crowned world champions in South Africa in 2010 and won two European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012.last_img read more

  • Exclusive – Hodgson has faith in England’s youth, says Southgate

    first_imgEngland Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate has hailed Roy Hodgson’s faith in the nation’s young stars.The Three Lions boss named 11 players under the age of 25 in his squad for the victories over Norway and Switzerland, with nine of them getting game time.And Southgate reckons the 67-year-old’s trust in the next generation of players, and his Under-21 side’s depth, is evidence the national game is beginning to show green shoots of recovery after a humiliating World Cup exit in Brazil.He told Hawksbee and Jacobs: “Roy Hodgson has moved a lot of the England Under-21 players into his team over the last year. He worked with this team last August just before I took over so he had an insight into quite a few of them.“He feels some of the younger players in this country are our best and that has been shown in the squad he selected for Brazil and the team he selected against Switzerland and I can’t argue with that.“It’s brilliant to see those boys get their chance and the pleasing thing for me in Moldova this week was that we made five or six changes to our team from the previous game but the team just kept playing in the same style with lots of young players coming into it.”Meanwhile, England’s Under-21s have been drawn against Croatia in the qualifying play-offs for next year’s European Championship finals in the Czech Republic.Southgate’s side will meet the Croatians over two legs between October 8 and October 14, with the first leg taking place at home at Molineux.last_img read more

  • Memorial set to honor victims of Sylmar quake

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nurse Betty Van Decar had just signed off on “a quiet night” at San Fernando Valley Veterans Hospital when her world collapsed in a pile of twisted rubble. The Sylmar Earthquake struck at dawn. The time, frozen onto clocks across the San Fernando Valley, was 6:01 a.m. The date: Feb. 9, 1971. That’s when Van Decar witnessed Ward 5 and its inhabitants vanish into a cold dark morning. “It buckled down, caved in, the whole building. There was an awful sound – you could hear the ground rumbling,” recalled Van Decar, 83, of Granada Hills. “I thought: They’re not going to make it.” Many didn’t. When the dust cleared on what scientists call the San Fernando Earthquake, 58 people were dead – including 49 at the Veterans Adminstration complex – and 2,000 more were injured. Thousands across the Southland awoke to topsy-turvy homes and businesses and more than $500 million in property damage. The Sylmar Earthquake will be remembered today, its 35th anniversary, at memorials and scientific round tables as the 6.5-magnitude temblor that triggered a slough of new safety standards for hospitals, buildings, dams, freeways and land-use planning statewide. “It was a milestone earthquake,” said Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center and a professor at USC. “\ led to significant actions …to deal with the earthquake problem.” Jordan, the first person to arrive at the Caltech seismic lab after the quake, will address the California Seismic Safety Commission in Los Angeles today on lessons learned since the Sylmar quake. At the VA, two main buildings at the circa-1926 hospital collapsed. At Olive View, the psychiatric ward crumbled as day-room towers flanking the the newly built hospital peeled away. Pacoima Dam experienced a record 1-gravity jolt. And Van Norman Reservoir, which threatened to burst, caused the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. Residents were forced to endure without water, gas and power for weeks as the Salvation Army doled out trucks of hot food. “We had camping gear, with canteens and stoves, for five weeks,” said John Brooks, 75, of Sylmar. Fred Iversen of Valencia, a former San Fernando police officer, had thought the nation was under nuclear attack as he sat in his patrol car beneath a crumbling church. “Bricks were bouncing off the police car and the sidewalk like popcorn – I actually thought it was the end of the world, that the Russians had hit us.” Then he saw a VA nurse calling to him for help. He saw a mother cradling a small boy. “Out of the shadows a woman emerged with what looked like a rag doll,” said Iversen, 59. “She said, `Help, my baby. Help, my baby!’ “He was about 5. I could tell he was dead.” Iversen recalled the earthquake from the center of Veterans Park, an idyllic glade of shorn grass, towering pines and mature palms whose rock walls appear to be the only trace of the VA hospital. To honor the dead, Iversen has organized an informal service for 10 a.m. today in the center of the park. “They were all brave people,” said Mary Gilman, 78, of Sylmar, a former VA charge nurse who’d worked 20 years at the Sylmar hospital on the hill. “I’ve prayed for these people and their families all these years.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730last_img

  • Charlie Adam wants Scotland ‘unrest’ to ease after Nations League promotion

    first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Charlie Adam The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 LATEST Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos BEST OF Alex McLeish RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions gameday cracker latest PAYBACK James Forrest netted a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Israel last night SORRY Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 3 tense revealed LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “You’re playing for your country, you should enjoy it. That’s the pinnacle. Getting to a major tournament is what they should be driving for.“Hopefully, these back-to-back wins can settle the squad down and ease the little bit of unrest because there’s definitely something inside the camp.“Hopefully, Alex can get that sorted and we can move forward.”McLeish was under huge pressure heading into these two Nations League games after losing in Israel last month.And these back-to-back wins could have saved his job.“If he hadn’t got these two wins, there would have been a bit of an ambush to get him out because people were divided when he came in,” Adam, 32, added. 3 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3 But it hasn’t been easy for Alex McLeish’s stewardship with players’ commitment being questioned due to the high number of withdrawals in recent months.Kieran Tierney, John McGinn and Tom Cairney pulled out of this month’s games through injury, while Matt Ritchie has made himself unavailable “for the foreseeable future”.And, Adam, whose last Scotland cap came in June 2015, hopes his country moves forward after their Nations League success.“There is a bit of unrest, players aren’t happy with the positions they’re playing or the formation that’s being played,” the Stoke midfielder told talkSPORT.“Every camp, there seems to be a different formation. Some are unhappy playing four at the back, some are unhappy playing three at the back – you’ve just got to get on with it. Charlie Adam wants unrest surrounding the Scotland national team to ease after their Nations League promotion.The Scots secured vital back-to-back wins against Albania and Israel to win their group, gaining a Euro 2020 play-off place. “It is what it is. He’s a good man, everyone knows that, he’ll be happy going into the next set of games in the New Year.” Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion scrap Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decadelast_img read more

  • DONEGAL PRIESTS’ HILARIOUS ‘SELFIE’ GOES VIRAL ON THE INTERNET

    first_imgGod’s Selfie….RELIGION is a serious business.But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a fun side to it.As this photograph of five Donegal priests has proven in the past few hours. The west Donegal clerics are all hugely popular in their parishes…and perhaps this is why.They know how to have a bit of craic.Certainly Father Brian O Fearraigh, Father Pat Ward and Father Nigel Gallagher are all having a good laugh.We’d never thought we’d see Father Brian making rabbit ears behind a fellow priest. Fr Michael Herrity, PP Anagaire is the priest with the new ‘Rabbit Ears’. And they are joined in the laugh by and Fr. Matt McAnerney who is retired in the Diocese and helps out in Dungloe parish!All good craic!And it’s certainly getting a load of traction online. DONEGAL PRIESTS’ HILARIOUS ‘SELFIE’ GOES VIRAL ON THE INTERNET was last modified: November 14th, 2014 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:Donegal priestspriestsSelfielast_img read more

  • Planting the seeds of knowledge at Scoil Cholmcille

    first_imgThe students and staff of Scoil Cholmcille in Letterkenny welcomed Joe McHugh TD for a special event yesterday.The Fine Gael TD took the chance to sharpen his gardening skills by planting a tree in honour of National Tree Day. Minister McHugh was joined by Mrs Anne McGowan from the Letterkenny Tidy Towns Committee to meet the young gardening experts of the Green Schools Committee, who work under the direction of Ms Ita O Sullivan.   Planting the seeds of knowledge at Scoil Cholmcille was last modified: October 4th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Activities for all at the ‘Camp 4 champs’ at Finn Valley Centre next week

    first_imgA five-day ‘summer camp 4 champs’, for boys and girls aged 4-12 will be held in the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar next week.The camp runs from Monday to Friday next week, from 10am to 2pm daily.Kids can have a blast on Ireland’s largest inflatable fun area. Activities will include soccer, Gaelic, athletics, Olympic handball, dodgeball, obstacle races, hockey, arts and crafts.Cost will be €50 per child for the week. Family rates apply: first child – €50; second child – €40; third child – €30 etc. Daily rates, at €10 per day, are also available.Activities for all at the ‘Camp 4 champs’ at Finn Valley Centre next week was last modified: July 26th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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