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first_imgThe Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa with support from the American Jewish World Service, last Friday, February 13, provided a grant of US$20,000 to eight Ebola taskforce communities in eight of the 15 counties.The 40 participants were drawn from Cape Mount, Montserrado, Margibi, Lofa, Nimba, Bomi, Grand Bassa and Bong Counties.Speaking at the Ebola Outreach Awareness Initiative Workshop in Monrovia, Executive Director Williametta Saydee-Tarr said the grant is intended for door-to-door Ebola awareness messages in the various communities in the counties to buttress government’s efforts in the Ebola fight.According to her, the foundation is interested in providing awareness messages about Ebola virus disease (EVD) to community dwellers and the grant is part of GPFA’s Phase Six Ebola campaign.“We’ve worked with several community-based groups in Montserrado, Cape Mount, Margibi and other parts of the country, and though the Ebola epidemic is slowing down, Liberians should not be complacent about it.“We have to make sure that we keep up our toes as regards safety of our homes and communities,” she pleaded.She also challenged female-led organizations, as well as the media to continue their support in the fight against the virus.Madam Tarr said, “We are more interested in contact tracing and how to stimulate survivors and see how they can be part of the society.“Giving you the funding is to ensure that you can go into the communities to create awareness.  We can’t be complacent; we want to be sure that the virus is eradicated from Liberia.”She also disclosed that the foundation is working with local media institutions to inform other partners about their activities.“Media institutions are involved because we want the public to know the outcome of the grant and how it was used by beneficiaries,” she said, and called on churches to observe the Ebola rules and stop laying hands on the sick.Each group received US$500 and at the end of the seminar, they lauded the Gbowee’s Foundation and promised to use the money for the intended purpose.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgProsecutors complained to the judge in the Phil Spector trial Tuesday that the defense systematically sought to exclude women from the jury that will decide if the music producer murdered actress Lana Clarkson. A hearing on the issue came on the eve of opening statements, minutes before both sides accepted a four-man, two-woman panel of alternate jurors. The regular jury, sworn in last week, has nine men and three women. Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler said he was aware the defense exercised nine peremptory challenges, eight of which removed women. “I’ve been keeping an eye on it,” he said. But he ultimately ruled there was no violation. A number of prospective jurors, male and female, were dismissed for cause when they expressed strong views that Spector was guilty of murder. One man was excused Tuesday when he said his religious faith would prevent him from passing judgment on anyone. The judge said prosecutors privately raised the question of gender in defense challenges last week but did not lodge a formal objection. When defense attorney Roger Rosen asked to remove a woman from the alternate panel, the judge asked him to explain what facts other than gender made that woman and others unsuitable for the jury. Normally, lawyers do not have to specify reasons for removing panelists with peremptory challenges. Rosen recited factors for each woman removed, including domestic violence experiences, losses of family members in killings or suicide and relationships with law officers who are friends or family members. Deputy District Attorney Pat Dixon said some of the men remaining on the jury had comparable issues but were not eliminated because of their gender. The judge said he was “troubled” by the comparisons but felt there were sufficient reasons given to exclude the challenged jurors. At that point, the defense was allowed to remove one woman juror who was then replaced by another woman, an insurance claims adjuster, who was accepted by both sides. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A precedent known in California as Wheeler-Batson prohibits the systematic exclusion of jurors by race, gender, religion, ethnicity or sexual preference. A legal expert said it was not surprising the defense would seek to limit the number of women on the jury. “Women are more likely to identify with the victim in this case,” said Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School professor. “And it’s not just the victim. It’s the fact that the prosecution plans to put on other women as witnesses who claim they had problems with Spector.” She said the defense would most likely be attacking the stories of the women who claimed Spector threatened them with guns and could also attack Clarkson’s character, neither of which would play well to women jurors. The eccentric Spector lives in a rambling “castle” in suburban Alhambra. It was there that he took Clarkson on Feb. 3, 2003. She wound up dead with a bullet wound through her mouth. last_img read more

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first_imgGary Caldwell has backed Malky Mackay to be the new Wigan manager.Latics chairman Dave Whelan has confirmed he intends to interview the Scotsman as he seeks a replacement for Uwe Rosler, despite the recent controversy surrounding offensive text messages between Mackay and former Cardiff director of football, Iain Moody.The furore that followed the publication of those texts scuppered Mackay’s chances of taking charge of Crystal Palace, and saw Moody resign from his role as sporting director at Selhurst Park.But Caldwell, club captain at Wigan, insists none of that should be an issue.When asked if he backed Mackay for the vacant position at the DW Stadium, he told talkSPORT: “Oh yeah. I know Malky from playing with him for Scotland and he’s a great guy, and a stand-up, honest man. I would have no problems working with him and no problems at all speaking to him.“He’s done a great job since he’s been a manager. He’s had that experience of promotion with Cardiff and we want people at the club who know how to get success and get us back to where we want to be, and that’s the Premier League.”last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Iraq shaded Iran in a classic quarter-final at the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia. © AFP / PETER PARKSDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Jan 15 – One of football’s great rivalries takes centre-stage at the Asian Cup on Wednesday when Iran play Iraq still smarting from their controversial exit four years ago.Iran played most of the classic 2015 quarter-final with 10 men after Mehrdad Pooladi’s hotly disputed first-half dismissal but when it ended 3-3 after extra-time, Iraq edged the penalty shoot-out. Iran’s protest that Iraq yielded an ineligible player was dismissed as Carlos Queiroz’s three-time winners were sent packing from the tournament in Australia.Four years on from their clash in Canberra, Iran forward Saman Ghoddos said memories were still fresh as Team Melli take on Iraq in their final game of Group D.“Iraq are tough opponents and I think that this will be a revenge match for us,” said Ghoddos, according to Iran’s Varzesh3 website.“I’ve been waiting for this match ever since the last Asian Cup. We will win this match for the people.”Football is one of the remaining points of contention between the Middle East neighbours, who fought a bloody war in the 1980s in which hundreds of thousands of people died.Relations between the two countries have warmed since the removal of long-serving Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003, but games between the two are not for the faint-hearted.– ‘Political character’ –Iran, the three-time Asian Cup winners, lead Iraq on goal difference at the top of Group D, with both teams already qualified for the next round.Former Real Madrid and Portugal coach Queiroz, linked with a move to the Colombia national team after the Asian Cup, said his prime concern was maintaining Iran’s perfect start.“In football, the most important match is always the next one and every match is like a final for us in the tournament,” Queiroz said.“Iraq are a strong team and they are one of the favourites to win the title. We have to be at our best.”Iran have not won the Asian title since 1976 but they have been the most impressive so far among the 24 teams in the newly-expanded tournament.A 5-0 thrashing of Yemen was following by a clinical 3-0 victory over Southeast Asian champions Vietnam.Iraq, meanwhile, came from behind to beat Vietnam 3-2, and then defeated Yemen 3-0. Facing Asia’s highest-ranked team will be a different challenge entirely, however.“You can’t compare the matches we had with Vietnam and Yemen to the match against Iran,” said coach Srecko Katanec, who took his native Slovenia to the 2002 World Cup and joined Iraq in September.“Vietnam played very fluid football for the first 45 minutes and we came out on top. Against Yemen, we were a little complacent and maybe that’s why we need to play a strong team, on paper, like Iran.”The build-up to the game has been closely followed in both countries, with former Iraqi player Imad Mohammad telling AFP that Iraqi media had played up its “political character”.“Iraq’s audience is looking at this match with a special lens that distinguishes it from all other matches that it played so far or that it will play in the Asia Cup,” said Iraqi journalist Ghazi Shaea.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Diego Maradona, 58, has injured his shoulder and will have to undergo surgery, says the director of a documentary about his life to be screened at the Cannes film festival on Sunday © AFP/File / Ulises RuizCANNES, France, May 19 – Football legend Diego Maradona will not attend the Cannes film festival, where a documentary about his life is being premiered, after he injured his shoulder, its director told AFP Sunday.The Argentinian icon is the subject of a feature-length work by the British filmmaker behind “Amy”, the Oscar-winning look at the tragic life and death of the singer Amy Winehouse. But director Asif Kapadia said Maradona — who had promised to support the film at Cannes — would not be walking the red carpet for the premiere late Sunday.The filmmaker said Maradona, 58, would have to undergo surgery.“He has pain in his shoulder and he will have to have an operation,” he told AFP.Kapadia said the flawed genius, regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, agreed to talk to him because he was a fan of his film “Senna”, about the Brazilian Formula One ace Ayrton Senna who died after crashing his Williams FW16 into a wall during the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994.The film follows Maradona’s remarkable rise from a Buenos Aires shantytown to global adulation.But it focuses mostly on his time with Napoli when Maradona’s magic left foot won the club two Serie A Italian championships and his “hand of God” goal put England out of the World Cup in 1986.It was also in Naples that the star’s use of cocaine made headlines and was the beginning of the end of his career as a player.Kapadia’s film contains a cache of footage of the player partying with dons from the Camorra, the Neopolitan mafia, while at the club.“Diego Maradona” is showing in the festival’s official selection but out of competition for Cannes’ Palme d’Or top prize.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img Zeljko Buvac with Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp has been confirmed as the new Liverpool boss.Much is known about the brilliantly charismatic coach, but what about the men set to join him at Anfield?talkSPORT takes a look at his two trusted peers who will be alongside him on Merseyside.Zeijko BuvacA former Mainz team-mate of Klopp’s at Mainz, Buvac has always been a part of his friend’s coaching set-up since he took charge of their former side in 2001.The attacking midfielder spent his early career in what was then Yugoslavia before moving to Germany, where he played for Rot-Weiss Erfurt, Mainz and then Neukirchen.Like Klopp at Mainz (see all you need to know about Klopp by clicking here), Buvac became head coach at the club where he ended his playing days, Neukirchen, immediately after finishing his playing career, spending three years as boss before joining Klopp’s Mainz revolution.The duo got the club promoted to the Bundesliga and even got them into the 2005/06 UEFA Cup, thanks to their Fair Play record, but they were knocked out by Sevilla in the first round. They couldn’t stop the side being relegated at the end of the 2006/07 season and failed to get them promotion back the next campaign.That’s when Dortmund swooped and Buvac continued alongside Klopp, with the German praising his friend’s ability as a coach, naming him ‘The Brain’, which he admits he doesn’t mind, while Klopp has also admitted he learns from the Bosnian every day.The pair are considered the perfect combination, with Klopp an eloquent and inspiring orator with Buvac the crafter and creator alongside him.Borussia Dortmund midfielder, and ex-Liverpool loanee, Nuri Sahin said: “Zeljko Buvac is basically Klopp’s twin, and he’ll be on the bench. Both of them see football in exactly the same way.”It was also rumoured Liverpool were interested in handing Buvac a coaching role in the summer before it was given to Gary McAllister.Peter KrawietzIf Buvac is the brain, Krawietz is the eyes of the trio.He never played professional football but that hasn’t stopped him being one of Klopp’s trusted Lieutenants.The German was a sports student at Mainz University before joining up with the duo at the local pro club, then went with them to Dortmund, despite taking some time to think about the move.And thinking is a huge part of his job, with Krawietz admitting thinking about football is all he does from his first waking moment. Krawietz is a video analyst, studying both his own team and the opposition for Klopp, while also playing the role of chief scout.“I also liaise with the amateurs and youth squad,” he explained, “and tell the people in charge what’s important to the head coach.”Of the trio, former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Paul Lambert said: “They are an excellent team. You can see on the pictures just how close they are. If the three of them come over, then I think they will be a great fit for Liverpool.” 1last_img read more

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first_imgAGUA DULCE – Acton and Agua Dulce churches will host the annual Easter sunrise service using Vasquez Rocks as a backdrop for a pageant of Roman soldiers, apostles and Jesus of Nazareth’s crucifixion and resurrection. For the first time, a matinee Saturday afternoon will accomodate some of the 2,500 to 3,000 worshippers who crowd the county park every Easter morning. “We actually overflow the park,” said Pastor Mike Sheridan of Family Community Church, one of the host congregations. Hosted by the Alliance of Churches of Agua Dulce and Acton, the matinee Saturday is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday’s service starts at 5 a.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe pageant mixes live music with a re-enactment of the Biblical story of Jesus’ last hours. Because parking is limited, organizers suggest worshippers arrive early. Special parking is available for elderly and handicapped persons. Eight hundred chairs will be set out for worshippers on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizers suggest worshippers bring blankets. Admission is free, but a collection will be taken. The park is located at 10700 Escondido Canyon Road, north of the Antelope Valley Freeway. From Santa Clarita or the San Fernando Valley, worshippers can get off the freeway at Agua Dulce Canyon Road and drive north 1.5 miles to Escondido Canyon Road, then turn right. From the Antelope Valley, worshippers can get off the freeway at Escondido Canyon Road, then drive west three miles to the park entrance.160Want 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

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first_imgOISIN DOHERTY’S Buncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 21st JulyThe Ulster Final Fry: Set yourselves up nicely for the Ulster Final this Sunday morning with the return of our hugely popular breakfast event. We are going with the Big Breakfast again this weekend starting from 8.30 to 11am – only €5! Bord na nÓg: There will be a Bord na Og meeting on Thursday the 25th July at 9pmin the clubhouse and all managers and interested parties are asked to attend.Ulster Final Tickets: Tickets ordered through Club can be collected Thursday 8-8.30pm. Anyone still looking for tickets, they can be bought at County Board Office in Ballybofey up to lunchtime on Thursday. Girls Football: Girls football training is on Monday night at 7.00pm sharp. Open to all girls from the ages of 9 to 16 years of age. New players are also welcome. Please bring your own water bottle.U5 and U6 Gaelic Games: There is no U6 Session on Saturday the 20th July 2013 as we are away. On Saturday the 27th July 2013 at 11.00am we will have our Presentation Day for the Under 6 children at the Clubhouse at the Scarvey.The Club will hold a free fundamentals summer camp for 5 & 6 year olds only at the Scarvey on Wednesday the 24th July 2013, Thursday the 25th July 2013, and Friday the 26th July 2013 from 10.30am to 1.30pm each day. Please ensure your child/children have a healthy snack and a drink. Any Queries please contact Declan: 087-0916662 or Jim: 087-9933420”U8 Football: U8 Football will continue on Friday at 6.30pm, new members are always welcome.U9/U10 Football: U9 Football (for children born in 2004) and U10 Football (for children born in 2003) is on Friday evenings in the Scarvey from 6:30pm. New players are always welcome. Last weekend our teams played in Dungiven against Dungiven, Drumsurn and Craigbane. Thanks to parents for all who attended and supported.U12 Football: The training times are as follows: Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm and Friday 7.00-8.30pm. League matches are held each Monday evening. Mouthguards are now compulsory for all training as well as matches. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and learn the basic skills of Gaelic football in a fun, safe environment.U14 Hurling:Lotto: The winning numbers in the lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 17th July in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 8-11-23-31 There was no jackpot winner this week, however prizes of €20 go to each of the following participants:Thomas McClay, KinnegoKevin McLaughlin, Munagh, LinsfortPat McMyler, Pairc An Grianan Tom Clare, SledrinJohn McBride, CarolinaClub Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa, or visit our website www.buncranagaa.com.GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB SERVING THEIR TRADITIONAL ULSTER FINAL FRY was last modified: July 17th, 2013 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:GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB SERVING THEIR TRADITIONAL ULSTER FINAL FRYlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Donegal Road Safety Working Group is setting out to score key points about road safety with GAA fans this weekend.The group are joining forces with the Ulster GAA to highlight road safety through a new campaign at the Tyrone V Donegal semi-final in Breffni Park this Saturday.The ‘Live to Play’ campaign will reinforce the message with several activities during the Tyrone V Donegal Ladies game and the Tyrone V Donegal – Ulster Senior Championship Semi-Final. There will be a Road Safety article in the match-day programme, a public announcement about the campaign at half-time of the Senior game and a Live to Play jersey will be carried out onto the pitch by Donegal Youth Council volunteers.Live to Play (LTP) merchandise will be handed out at FanZone and at other entrances, with the assistance of Donegal Youth Council volunteers.Jamie Brennan and Neamh Woods are acting as Donegal and Tyrone LTP Ambassadors on social media in the run-up to the game this week.Jamie Brennan promotes the Live to Play Road Safety campaign. Photo by Clive WassonBrian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said “This is a great opportunity to remind all road users about their road safety responsibilities. Far too many communities in Donegal have suffered the loss of a loved one as a result of a road traffic collision and we hope this initiative will help to prevent further deaths. The support received from Maura McMenamin, Community, Health & Wellbeing Manager, Ulster GAA, “CLG Dhún na nGall and Donegal player Jamie Brennan for this campaign has allowed us to highlight that road safety is a shared responsibility and this responsibility must be the number one priority for all road users.“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and ultimately it is up to all road users to be aware of the dangers and to treat the roads with the respect they deserve. Too often motorists take a risk and make the wrong decision. Is that risk worth a life?”Kevin Mills, Chairperson, County Health & Wellbeing Committee stated, “This road safety campaign is supported by Donegal GAA Health & Wellbeing committee in association with the Ulster Council, Donegal Road Safety Working Group and the Alcohol Forum.”Road Safety a top goal for summer football season was last modified: June 6th, 2019 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) Tags:donegal road safety working groupLive to Playlast_img read more

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first_imgChelsea youngster Todd Kane’s loan at Blackburn has been extended until the end of the League season.The defender, 19, has played five games since he returned to Ewood Park for a second loan spell with the Championship club.Rovers wanted to keep him as they battle against relegation, while Chelsea are keen for him to continue playing first-team football.Kane has played nine times for Blackburn in total and made five appearances while on loan at Preston earlier in the campaign.Chelsea’s Marko Marin appears to have shaken off a thigh strain and could be available for Wednesday’s derby against Fulham.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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