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first_imgNEW YORK, (CMC): Two-time doper and controversial American sprinter Justin Gatlin has vowed to defeat the World’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, at the Rio Olympics later this year. Gatlin is seeking revenge after Bolt put a troubled build-up behind him to beat the American and retain his world 100m and 200m titles in Beijing last year. The prospect of another clash between Bolt and Gatlin sets the tone for an epic 100m showdown during the summer Olympics in Brazil from the 5th to the 21st of August. “I’m going to win. We are bringing it (gold medal) back to the USA. We are going to bring it back to the USA, to LA to New York,” declared Gatlin in an interview with TMZ sports. “We are going on a tour around the country with it around my neck like a gold chain.” Although Gatlin came into the final in Beijing last year on a 28-race unbeaten run, Bolt beat him at the death to snatch victory by one hundredth of a second. Gatlin says he considers himself the closest threat Bolt has ever had and he is working hard to be even better. “It’s my duty to beat the biggest rival possible to make it one of the most epic races in Olympic history, so I got to stand up to the duty. So I am working very hard around the clock,” said Gatlin. “Last year was a nail-biter to the finish line at the world championships. He won over me by a hundredth of a second, so I am the closest threat he has ever had. So right now, I am working to be better than that.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe 70th birth anniversary of former Health and Social Welfare Minister Martha Kau Sendolo Belleh was a memorable celebration graced by family, close friends, professional colleagues and schoolmates gathered at the enchanting Kendejah Resort near the Atlantic Ocean on the Robertsfield Highway. Her name became a household word in the 80’s when the then head of State, M/Sgt Samuel K. Doe left her in charge of his Cabinet for four days while he attended the funeral of the mother of the late Ivorian President, Félix Houphouët-Boigny.“I thank God because not too many persons have been able to reach this age. But looking back at the past, I remain grateful to God for bringing me from Ganta, Nimba County to Monrovia where I earned my high school certificate from the College of West Africa,” Mrs. Belleh recalled. Her 70th anniversary, she said, was organized by her two children, Saye and Kau (names of male and female first born according to the Mano tradition from which Martha hails). “They organized the ceremony to make me happy just like any other parent who has ascended beyond three scores and ten. This is why I was posturing during the peak of the occasion,” she said. Those who attended the festivity had something to remember as they were entertained by a live band that rendered lively music including traditional Nimba favorites requested by Mrs. Belleh as her guests enjoyed the sumptuous food and drinks.There were many speakers on that occasion.  The invocation was delivered by United Methodist Bishop Innis.  Kenneth Y. Best, publisher of the Daily Observer newspaper, and husband of Martha’s CWA and Cuttington classmate, Mae Gene Traub Best, recalled his first interview with the new Minister of Health shortly after she was appointed by President Doe to succeed Dr. Kate Bryant, who resigned for health reasons and later departed for the United States.Mr. Best recalled that Martha was the first nurse probably in the whole of West Africa to be appointed as Minister of Health and Social Welfare, a position in which she served faithfully until 1990 when the civil war broke out.  It was on April 25, 1990 that Martha left the country for the United States, on the same flight with Best.  What prompted her departure, Mr. Best said, was not only the fact that the regime was killing many people, most especially her people in and from Nimba County, the Gios and Manos; but most especially some 200 children who having lost their parents, were being taken from Nimba to be placed at the Children’s Village in Monrovia.  But en route to Monrovia, the two truckloads of children disappeared and were never seen again.  They were believed to have been buried alive on some beach, Mr. Best said, most probably near the military barracks in Schiefflin.“That,” Mr. Best said, “was too much for Martha; she felt she could no longer serve such a regime.”Other speakers included former Chief Justice Henry Reed Cooper, Martha’s CWA schoolmate, Dr. Wilfred Boayue, MD, who was Deputy Health Minister at the time and was instrumental in getting Martha appointed Health Minister.  He said the Doe government had told him they wanted a woman to serve in that position.  He and his colleagues had mentioned several names, but when Martha’s came up Doe asked, “Why didn’t you mention that name first?”  She was immediately accepted.Several other of Martha’s CWA schoolmates graced the occasion.  They included Mrs. Arabella Keller Greaves, Ms. Ruth Doe and two of Martha’s CWA classmates, Mrs. Juanita Neal, former Deputy Minister of Finance and wife of dentist Taylor Neal, and Mrs. Mae Gene Best. EducationalAs the first Mano woman to complete college education, Martha was also the first Ganta, Nimba County woman to serve at the cabinet level as Minister of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW) under the government of the People’s Redemption Council (PRC).  As a former chairperson of the West African Health Community and Foundation fellow of the West African College of Nursing, she filled in temporarily as president of Liberia when M/Sgt Doe had to travel to other African countries, particularly in 1987. She was Public Health Officer assigned in Nimba County prior to her appointment as minister of health following the 1980 coup. She finished junior high education from the Ganta United Methodist Girls Hostel and subsequently enrolled at CWA in Monrovia from where she entered the Cuttington College (now university.)At Cuttington she studied Nursing, obtaining the B.Sc.  She then traveled to the United States where she attained her Master’s in the field.  Following her return home, she taught at the Cuttington/Phebe Nursing School, where she rose to chairperson.Madam is the author of a book entitled “The Years of My Life” which is personal memoir of her life in Nimba County, Monrovia, USA, including the various positions she held throughout her career as a professional nurse.Mr. Best earlier commended her for writing the book documenting her life experiences.  He called on other Liberians to follow her example and share their own experiences and leave their personal records for posterity. 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_imgIT specialists and officials of LIBTELCO, Hak Tech and ISA Ltd.Twenty-seven (27) Liberian IT specialists from public and private sector institutions have completed an intensive three-day training in ‘Cyber Security Level 1.’The training was held from October 30 to November 1 at the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO) on 18th Street in Sinkor to build the technicians’ capacity in the fight against hacking – currently one of the major threats in the computer generated world of technology.The cyber security training was organized by LIBTELCO and facilitated by Hak Technology and TechMedia International in collaboration with the Information Service Architects Limited.Cyber security is intended to strengthen the ability of IT specialists to detect, prevent and contain potential cyber security threats like data breaches, unauthorized access and phishing against hacking networks and other electronic equipment.Desmond Israel, an IT specialist who also served as a lead consultant from the Information Service Architects Ltd in Accra, Ghana, facilitated the training. He was assisted by a Liberian IT specialist, Edmund Nah Kloh, General Manager of Hak Technology and TechMedia International-Liberia.Kloh praised the participants for successfully completing the Information Systems Vulnerability Management (ISVM) training. The ISVM is ‘lite edition’ requirements and a recognized Secure Information Systems Users Level 1.Level 2 of the course will be organized in six weeks and would be an in-depth instruction of how to detect and prevent hackers, Kloh said.He spoke of the importance of the cyber security training to secure and protect the network systems and assets of organizations, and to also teach the technology users against ‘negligent behavior’ that can create countless opportunities for hackers to compromise an organization’s security.“Effective knowledge and information sharing is vital to any organization. Content management solutions are intended to help businesses manage and distribute information faster and more efficiently,” Kloh said.He said that Hak Technology is an effective knowledge sharing and information organization, whose content management solutions are intended to help businesses manage and distribute information faster and in a more effective way.The participants were Moses Dwana from the Ministry of Health and Leonard Dagbui from the Liberia Electricity Corporation. Others were drawn from the Central Bank of Liberia, Liberia Bank for Development and Investment, National Port Authority, Orange-Liberia, the Liberia Immigration Service and Security Expert Guard Service.LIBTELCO General Manager Darren Wilkins said, “It’s imperative that efforts are made to sensitize, raise awareness and impart skills on cyber protection. The training of IT personnel from government, the banks and from the private sector is to obviously promote Cyber security awareness.”He said that as of Wednesday (Nov. 1) there were about 19 million hacking cases globally.LIBTELCO head of cyber security Al-Hassan Sheriff said the training aims to sharpen the minds of the participants and their institutions about the importance of cyber security, which is timely in protecting technological important materials for all institutions.For Desmond Israel, the use of cyber security in Liberia would help to ensure the maintenance of revenues, productivity and institutional integrity.He said that being  ignorant of cyber security could affect the integrity of institutions from cyber attacks by hackers who are prepared at all times to cause serious network damage, thus causing problems for institution and individual networks.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_imgA 37-year-old carpenter and his alleged 24-year-old accomplice, who are both known to the Police, on Friday appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly after they were slapped with a joint charge for possession of an unlicensed firearm along with matching ammunition.It is alleged that Lloyd Sadloo of Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara; and Seon Bourne, of High Street, Georgetown, had in their possession a .38 pistol along with four live matching rounds of ammunition without being licensed firearm holders on January 7, 2019 at Vlissengen Road, Georgetown.Sadloo was represented by Attorney George Thomas while Bourne was represented by Attorney Adrian Thompson, who both made bail applications on behalf of their respective clients.According to the prosecution’s case, the duo was intercepted by patrolling ranks in motorcar PWW 5460, which was parked in the vicinity of the 1763 Monument.A search was conducted and the firearm and ammunition were found inside the car. Both men denied knowledge of the illegal weapon and were arrested and charged for the offence. Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh informed the court that Bourne is wanted for two counts of armed robbery and simple larceny. Magistrate Daly remanded both men to prison. The case will continue on February 15.last_img read more

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first_imgThe North American Life Insurance Company Limited (Nalico) and North American Fire and General Insurance Company Limited (Nafico) has opened their newest branch and its seventeenth location at Enmore, East Coast Demerara.The insurance company is encouraging residents of the area and nearby villages to visit the newest branch located at Area “L” Foulis Public Road (inside Motor Trend Service Center) to handle all Life, Fire and Motor insurances inclusive of renewals for existing policyholders.Nalico/Nafico newest branch located at Enmore, ECDTo celebrate the launching of its newest location, the insurance company is offering its customers 20 per cent discount on all new comprehensive motor insurance policies. Along with additional discounts to customers who take out third-party insurance policies, insurances for fleet and fire insurance for building, furniture, stocks etc.last_img read more

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first_imgFormer Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd has called on Mike Ashley to hand John Carver the manager’s job on a full-time basis.The long-serving coach has been in caretaker charge since Alan Pardew’s defection to Crystal Palace and has made no secret of his desire to become permanent boss.“I just hope John gets the job. I think he is worth giving the chance,” said Shepherd, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He is an experienced guy, he is a Geordie, and I think he should be given the chance.“It would be good for the club and good for the country because we are getting too many European managers in.”last_img

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first_imgThe hugely popular travel agency Liberty Travel has scooped a prestigious award at the annual Travel Centres Ireland conference. Liberty Travel was awarded with the coveted ‘Agent of the Year’ award at the glitzy ceremony last weekend.Liberty Travel has established a stellar reputation over the years for providing fantastic customer excellence for its clients and this award is recognition for the superb service it consistently offers. The award has no doubt strengthened Liberty Travel’s position as the North-west’s leading independent travel agencyThe Travel Centres Ireland conference took place at Killashee House in Naas County Kildare, where the great and the good of the travel industry gathered to mark the past years achievements.Carolyn Davis, Director of Liberty Travel told Donegal Daily, “Travel Centres Ireland is the largest consortium of independently owned, licensed and bonded travel agents with over 80 outlets located throughout the country.“I am delighted to be the recipient of this award which recognises the hard work and commitment of my outstanding team. “It’s recognition that we provide absolute excellence consistently to our customers, and they trust us because we continually deliver what they expect.   LIBERTY TRAVEL AWARDED WITH AGENT OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesLiberty Travelnewslast_img read more

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first_imgTHE BREWERY BAR have launched a sensational Valentine’s themed menu this weekend for all you love birds out there! They’re offering a superb four-course meal for just €60. (Check out the delicious menu above) So if you’d like to treat your better half to something special this weekend, then visit The Brewery Bar and avail of this superb special offer.Since re-opening under new management The Brewery Bar has won plaudits from all over for its incredible food and brilliant customer service.Travel website TripAdvisor is awash with positive feedback towards the bar – so find out this weekend for yourself why it’s No.1.However, if you want to secure a table, you ought to get booking NOW – as tables are being snapped up fast! There are still some reservations available for next Saturday and Sunday in the restaurant, but time is running out.To book a table call to bar to reserve your table today on 0749127330.   LOVE IS ‘BREWING’ THIS VALENTINES WEEKEND AT POPULAR DONEGAL BAR AND RESTAURANT was last modified: February 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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

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first_imgA man currently in custody in Castlerea Prison has been refused bail after he allegedly threatening a witness in his forthcoming trial.Patrick McLaughlin, with an address of 15 C, Lower Main street, Letterkenny denied the allegation at Letterkenny District Court.The court heard how the witness who is a relation of McLaughlin made a statement to Gardaí claiming that he told her he would ‘cut her to ribbons’. Mr McLaughlin is in custody facing a serious assault charge.His trial for that alleged incident will take place in April.However, he appeared before Judge Paul Kelly seeking bail.The court heard how the witness lives in fear of Mr McLaughlin and would be terrified if he were granted bail.Solicitor on behalf of Mr McLaughlin Patsy Gallagher said that his client would sign on twice-a-day at Letterkenny Garda station.He also said his client, who is originally from Scotland, wasn’t a flight risk as Gardaí already had his passport and he wouldn’t seek it if he were granted bail.Mr McLaughlin then addressed the court and said he would avoid all parties involved in the incident if he were granted bail.He also agreed to move back in with his parents if it appeased the court.Inspector Goretti Sheridan also revealed that during a search of Mr McLaughlin’s apartment five blades and ten knives were recovered along with two scalpels.Mr McLaughlin admitted to having the ‘crabbing’ knives for designing and crafting small trains and planes.Judge Paul Kelly denied Mr McLaughlin bail on the basis that the witness was living in fear of him.He remanded Mr McLaughlin until his trial on April 28th.MAN REMANDED IN CUSTODY AFTER ALLEGEDLY TELLING WITNESS HE’D ‘CUT HER TO RIBBONS’ was last modified: March 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:courtdonegalPATRICK MCLAUGHLINwitnesslast_img read more

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first_imgAsking a bride to do anything on her wedding day is a risky business.But asking the lady to work in her wedding dress is risking life and limb – even if you are the boss.However that’s exactly what happened to Noreen Toye when she called in to see her colleagues at Swilly Drive in Letterkenny. As the wedding party made their way from the idyllic church in Creeslough, to the reception in Ballybofey, they were diverted to Swilly Group headquarters where staff had organised a champagne reception.But little did Administration Officer Noreen think she would be called on to work on her big day!Being one of the largest providers of Driver CPC training for professional truck & bus drivers and with the annual deadline of 10th September fast approaching, the guys at Swilly Group are busier than ever accommodating drivers & operators nationwide.While enjoying the unplanned diversion, telephones were ringing as normal and a client, unaware of Noreen’s wedding, asked for Noreen. And without hesitation the blushing bride slipped into her chair and dealt with the client as if it was a normal day – even in her wedding dress!“Perhaps I’ll get an extra day’s holiday for working on my wedding day,” laughed Noreen.Swilly Group founder, Noel Sweeney, greeted Noreen as her very own personal waiter dressed in full uniform, black wig and in a thick French accent while orange juice a plenty was laid on for all the designated driver.The management and staff of The Swilly Group wish Noreen and new husband Denis Sheridan well in their married life and look forward to Noreen coming back from honeymoon.In future all staff have agreed the only way to avoid Noel in drag is not to book weddings during the Driver CPC rush! As Noel always says “Don’t say you weren’t tould!”For more information on The Swilly Group or the services it provides check out our website www.swillygroup.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.ENDSNOREEN BACK IN THE DRIVING SEAT EVEN ON HER WEDDING DAY! was last modified: September 1st, 2011 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:Swilly Drivewedding Noreen Toyelast_img read more

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