Council reveals child-friendly strategy

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Weekend What’s On

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Ellen Holds ‘Necessary Consultations’ with Partners

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has held what she termed as necessary meetings with several development partners in New York, the United States that would help establish the foundation for international understanding of the challenges with which Liberia is confronted. It would also inform partners of the Liberian government’s strategies towards the recovery process, and more importantly, to rally meaningful support and assistance for the implementation of the country’s Economic Stabilization and Recovery Plan (ESRP).Some of those the President met included Japanese Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki Najane, Hedge Fund Manager and Philanthropist James Harris Simon and Under Secretary General and Executive Director of United Nations Joint Program on HIV/AIDS, Mr. Michel Sidibe. The Liberian President also paid a courtesy call on Under Secretary for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsou.All of these took place ahead of the High-Level International Conference on Ebola that was held over the weekend at the United Nations in New York, a dispatch from New York said. While meeting with Vice Minister Najane, President Sirleaf thanked the Japanese Government for their contribution to combat the Ebola virus disease in the three worst-affected countries.She praised the cordial relations subsisting between the two countries which dates as far back as 1970, and the ongoing mobilization to begin the repair and expansion of the Somalia Drive as well as concluding works on a ten megawatts generator which is expected to come online in February 2016.President Sirleaf reminded the Japanese Vice Foreign Minister of the need to establish their Embassy in Liberia so as to strengthen direct contacts between the two countries.Mr. Najane, in return, lauded President Sirleaf’s leadership which, he said, was exemplified in overcoming the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He pledged his Government’s continuous engagements in Liberia’s development drives. He also invited President Sirleaf to the Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s Development (TICA D), slated for 2016.Meeting with President Sirleaf, Hedge Fund Manager Simon said arrangements have been concluded for the installation of two anesthesia machines in the country.An anesthesia machine is the apparatus used to deliver general anesthesia to patients as they undergo a medical procedure. The most commonly used device is the continuous-flow anesthetic machine, which provides a steady flow of air containing a regulated supply of gas.Mr. Simon said the pending installation is in fulfillment of his promise made to contribute to the ongoing health sector recovery. The team from his foundation is expected to arrive in Liberia next week.President Sirleaf welcome the initiative and said the action will help to boost the health care sector in Liberia and identified the Redemption Hospital as an ideal location for one of the machines. She encouraged private investments in the country’s recovering health sector, emphasizing the need to continue the transition from treatment to prevention.Madam Sirleaf also held a brief meeting with the UN HIV/AIDS’s Sidibe who expressed support for Liberia’s recovery program and commended the Liberian Government and people for their bold and courageous stance against the Ebola.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has paid a courtesy call on the Under Secretary for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsou, who expressed confidence in Liberia’s transition process. He said the ongoing UNMIL drawdown testifies to the progress that Liberia continues to make in its development since the end of the conflict. He reiterated the decision of the Security Council to conduct the drawdown in a prudent manner to avoid undermining the gains made thus far.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gunners make improved Suarez offer

first_imgHiguain, meanwhile, has reportedly agreed to personal terms in principal, but has been ordered to attend pre-season training in Madrid on Monday, fuelling speculation the protracted move to the Emirates is on the cusp on collapse.Wenger is under pressure to spend big on a few key targets this summer, but insists he remains committed to a “healthy” balance on transfer fees.“If you look closely, it looks to me that there are very high transfers now,” Wenger told the Guardian.“There is a dual speed now. A very high level or no level at all. That’s a big, worrying truth. Until now [this summer] you had £40 million, £50 million, £60 million [fees] or nothing at all. It’s been under £10 million or around the big numbers. I don’t think that’s very healthy.”Meanwhile, former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes Suarez will be sold this summer.When asked whether he expected the Reds to sell Suarez if the price is right, Hamann was quick to give talkSPORT a definitive answer: “One hundred percent yes, they’ve made that clear,” stated the German.“Liverpool will have a price in mind and if someone comes in and pays it he’ll go. I’m a believer that you shouldn’t try to keep players from leaving for the sake of it. If he doesn’t leave now, who’s to say he won’t leave in 12 months time.“It is probably out of Brendan Rodgers’ hands. He’s made it clear he wants to leave and he’s talked about the options he’s got. He’s a player I would pay to watch because he’s an exciting player, but it’s important to not forget that that he missed 20 games in the past two seasons through suspension.“I would like someone to come in with a big £40 million or £45 million offer for him. I wouldn’t want to see him go but if he wants to I think it’s best for both parties that he does leave.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, July 15- Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to launch a £35 million bid for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez as a deal for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain stalls, according to a report in the Guardian.It is reported the Gunners have contacted Suarez’s current employers to indicate a willingness to pay £30 million for the Uruguay international. However, Wenger has been told an offer would need to be closer to £40 million in order to be accepted.last_img read more

Ma Nature’s talc soothes San Andreas crack chafing

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The same soft powder used to prevent painful chafing between the thighs of marathoners, on babies’ bottoms and in new hiking boots may also be easing friction along the San Andreas Fault. Geologists at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park discovered talc, the softest known natural mineral, in a 2-mile-deep hole drilled into the fault near Parkfield in Central California. The discovery could explain one of the fault’s most puzzling features – a 100-mile-long zone that slowly creeps along rather than sticking for years and then slipping suddenly, as other sections of the fault do. “It’s really one of those questions we would all love to know the answer to, the question of why (some) faults creep and why most faults don’t creep,” said geophysicist Roland Burgmann of the University of California at Berkeley, who was not involved in the study. “You wouldn’t believe how many theories there are.” The research by USGS geologists Diane Moore and Michael Rymer, reported today in the journal Nature, is part of a project in which researchers have been drilling into the fault near Parkfield for four years with the aim of better understanding what causes earthquakes. Creep happens on many faults, as in Hayward, Calif., where the evidence is in slowly deforming roads and sidewalks. Understanding the phenomenon could shed light on some fundamental aspects of faults and earthquakes. The San Andreas Fault is the seam between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates. The Pacific plate is moving northward relative to North America at a rate of about 2 inches a year. Many smaller faults, such as the Hayward and Calaveras faults, help accommodate some of that movement, but the San Andreas deals with much of it.last_img read more

Protest rally to be held in Knight High arrests

first_imgAli said race is involved in the Palmdale case. He said other black parents have complained about mistreatment and a double standard at Knight High and other Antelope Valley high schools. “This situation of black students being beaten and mistreated by racist high school staff members is reminiscent of the Old South,” Ali said. “We are seeing a continued national pattern of black students being abused, whether it’s the Jena Six or whether it’s the Palmdale Four.” karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The students were suspended from school, and Majors spent the night in jail before being released by deputies the next morning, Majors said. Organizers said they expect more than 100 parents and students to be at the protest scheduled for 7 a.m. at the school. Antelope Valley Union High School District officials said they could not comment specifically on the incident, which is being investigated. “Our goal (today) is to make sure kids can get into school and into class and make it a normal school day,” Assistant Superintendent Tim Azevedo said in reference to the protest. Organizer Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic Hope, referred to the four arrested as the Palmdale Four, reminiscent of the Jena Six beating case in Louisiana where the arrest of six African-American students sparked a debate about racism. PALMDALE – A rally to protest the arrest of three Knight High School students and a parent who scuffled with a security guard over spilled birthday cake will be held today at the east Palmdale campus. Protest organizers said a security guard twisted the arm of 16-year-old Pleajhai Mervin behind her back and slammed her against a lunch table, breaking her wrist. The fight was reportedly caught on videotape by a student. “I’m hoping a lot of people will show up so we can stand up for our rights,” said Mervin’s mother, Latrisha Majors. “This is not fair. We can’t allow security guards to abuse our children.” Majors, her daughter, the student who taped the incident and his sister were arrested on suspicion of battery Sept. 18. last_img read more

Man City captain Vincent Kompany to be assessed after limping off in CL

first_img Vincent Kompany has been hampered by calf injuries this season Manchester City were dealt a blow on Tuesday evening as Vincent Kompany limped off in their Champions League game with Dynamo Kiev.The 29-year-old captain has been hampered by calf problems this term and it was just his seventh appearance since returning to action. The Etihad clash was less than ten minutes old before the Belgium defender was forced to leave the pitch with another suspected calf problem. After pulling up, he immediately signalled to the bench to be taken off. Manuel Pellegrini’s staff will assess Kompany in the next 48 hours to see the extent of his problem. He has made just 18 appearances for his club this season and three for Belgium.He was not their only casualty either, as Nicolas Otamendi also had to be replaced shortly after the 20-minute mark. 1last_img read more

Bruins get upset over Sun Devils

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson It’s entirely too early to call this weekend a turning point for the UCLA women’s basketball team. There’s still a tough three-game road trip beginning next week, a home date against Stanford in three weeks and the Pacific-10 Conference tournament in early March. But after a disastrous weekend in the Bay Area last week, when the Bruins were upset by California and blown out by Stanford, a split with Arizona and Arizona State wasn’t going to cut it. In order to stay in the top tier of the conference, only a sweep would do – which the Bruins accomplished in their 77-69 victory over No. 9 Arizona State in front of 1,407 Sunday at Pauley Pavillion. Recent history wasn’t on UCLA’s side, though. The Bruins lost three times to Arizona State last year. And the Sun Devils (12-3, 3-2), a starless but scrappy team, had just moved into the top 10 of both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN coaches polls. Some said UCLA’s up-tempo, high-scoring team didn’t match up well with Arizona State’s physical style. As another player in the conference put it, ‘I’m sore for three days after playing Arizona State.’” But the Bruins were determined to prove they should still be considered among the conference’s elite. “You get tired of losing to the same team over and over,” said UCLA senior guard Lisa Willis, who finished with 23 points and seven rebounds. “Arizona State’s style of play is really aggressive and lot of people say that we’re not, so we wanted to show that we are aggressive as well. “I’ve got a nice bruise on my biceps that might last me two or three days, but for the most part, I’d like to think that I did some of the banging today.” Willis and junior guard Noelle Quinn paced UCLA (9-4, 4-2) with 47 combined points. The two seemed to feed off of each other during a 14-0 run toward the end of the first half where UCLA rallied from a 20-18 deficit to take a 32-20 lead. Willis scored eight points during the run, Quinn had six. Quinn finished with a game-high 24 points, tying her season high. Freshman center Chinyere Ibekwe continued to impress in a reserve role, scoring seven points, grabbing four rebounds and forcing two steals in just 13 minutes. Sunday’s victory was UCLA’s first upset of a top-10 team since last year’s 63-60 victory over then-No. 4 Texas on November 28. Arizona State lost both games in Los Angeles. The Sun Devils lost 58-50 to USC on Friday night. USC also completed a sweep for the weekend with 76-60 victory over Arizona at the Sports Arena on Sunday. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com 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

Real Madrid ‘announce’ Lionel Messi signing as hackers strike again

first_imgReal Madrid’s official Twitter account has been hacked, after a post welcoming Lionel Messi to the club appeared on their feed.Just days after Barcelona’s account was taken over by hackers OurMine, which announced Paris St Germain’s Angel Di Maria had joined the club as a hoax, the group was at it again, this time on the Champions League winners’ accountAt 5.30am BST, accompanied by a video of Messi scoring for Barcelona against Real Madrid, a post on Real’s Twitter said: “Benvingut Messi! ¡Bienvenido Messi! Welcome Messi! Bienvenue Messi! #Messi.”The group, which has hacked a series of high-profile accounts over the past 12 months, then followed it up with a series of tweets claiming responsibility for the hacking, saying: “Internet security is s*** and we proved that.”The post went viral, with over 27,000 retweets in the first 45 minutes of it being up.The tweets remained public for around 90 minutes before they disappeared from Real’s Spanish and English language feeds, though one post still remained on the club’s Japanese account at 7.30am BST. 1last_img read more

Kathleen Janet Nifong, 70

first_imgShe was a member of the Lakeville United Methodist Church in Lakeville Indiana.Survivors include: son, Jeffrey T. Nifong of South Bend, Indiana; daughter, Christine R. (Christopher) Morris of Salem,Indiana; brother, Robert (Alice) Hebel of DeForest, Wisconsin; Joanne (James) Ripp of Oregon, Wisconsin; 2 grandchildren,Kathleen and Benjamin Morris of Salem; several nieces and nephews.There will be a memorial service at a later date in Arlington Wisconsin.Hughes-Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.Online expressions: www.hughestaylor.net Kathleen Janet Nifong, age 70, of Salem, formerly of Lakeville Indiana, passed away on September 16, 2015 at the SalemCrossing Nursing Home. Born on December 15, 1944 in Poynette, Wisconsin she was the daughter of the late Clarence AugustHebel and Lillith Irene (Curtis) Hebel.last_img read more