LNRCS Celebrates World Red Cross Day

first_imgThe Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) Thursday, May 8, joined the International Committee of the Red Crescent and Red Cross (ICRC) in observance of activities marking the celebration of the 153rd anniversary of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Monrovia. Thursday’s activities included a parade through the principal streets, which was followed by an indoor program held in the Slipway Community as well as sporting events that brought together several interesting local teams. In the historical highlights, the secretary-general of the LNRCS, Fayiah Tamba, reminded the audience that the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement celebrates the month of May each year as a moment for reflection of its humanitarian works that highlight the critical humanitarian issues, which affect the different categories of “vulnerable people.” According to Mr. Tamba, most of the vulnerable people are women, children and the developmentally or physically challenged people as well as use the occasion to voice out imperative to address the needs of vulnerable peoples both within and outside the country’s boundary. This month’s celebration, accordingly, is of significant importance, “because it marks the occasion of the 153rd anniversary since the Movement was founded in 1861; a dream of one man, the Swiss humanitarian, visionary and philanthropist, Jean Henri Dunant.”      The activities coincided with the celebration of the 150 years of the first Geneva Conventions that grew out of a diplomatic conference held in Geneva, Switzerland. For his part, ICRC head of delegation, Jean-Jerome Casablanca, underscored the importance of the day for the RCRC Movement, “because, around the world, literally millions of RCRC Movement staff and volunteers celebrate the birth of an ambitious (determined) idea.” In 1863, what are today’s Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the ICRC, the Federation, and National societies, was born.151 years later, the RC and RC Movement has remained the largest humanitarian network around the world, providing relief to millions of vulnerable people and victims of unforeseen circumstances (natural disasters). Yesterday’s event coincided also with the 95th anniversary of the creation of the LNRCS, which was established in 1919. Meanwhile, Mr. Casablanca has said that despite the landmarks made so far by the LNRCS, there remain many challenges. With that, he said, LNRCS needs the support of all, to accomplish its mission and fulfill its mandate.   According to him, this year is important as well, as it marks the 150th anniversary of the first Geneva Convention—the first international humanitarian law treaty that aimed at mitigating the effects of armed conflicts on the civilian population, and on those who don’t or no longer participate in the conflict, particularly the wounded and the prisoners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

I express my thoughts through art – budding artist

first_imgThroughout history, art has been a unique medium for expressing oneself. An individual may choose to translate his or her inner thoughts by means of a magnificent painting, sculpture, or some other amazing work of art.In this modern age, it would seem that less emphasis is being placed on self-expressing art, primarily amongst young people. There are a few, however, who, despite the many challenges, have defied the odds and charged on with their brush or rasp in hand.Alex Anthony Blair is no exception. This youngster, who is just 18-years-old, hails from the quiet community of Vergenoegen on the East Bank of Essequibo. Alex, who is better known to many as “Flexx,” has grown quite popular over the years for his marvellous paintings, and just recently works in tie-dye.To most who may know this intriguing young man, he may appear to be somewhat shy. Nevertheless, his paintings are quite reflective of the person he is on the inside; giving us a glimpse of his beliefs. In one of his paintings entitled, “the dream world,” a single tree that appears in contrasting environments is illustrated. In the first environment, the tree appears to be withered under darkness and negative energy. In contrast, the second environment illustrates the tree flourishing under light and positive energy.During an interview with Guyana Times, Alex described a piece by saying, “It’s an abstract painting done from my imagination of the two main aspects of life/art ‘darkness and light.’ It was my idea of, I guess you could say, heaven and hell. Showing that there is a thin line between righteousness and unrighteousness and the two can easily mix. If you look closely at the painting, you will see that the root from in the dark is crossing over to the light”.As Alex reflected on his early days in art, he explained that he developed a liking for drawings and paintings from a tender age. “I was a child who always had pencils and crayons in my hands. I can remember trying to draw everything I see around me. I always drew for the fun of it.”Like any caring parent, Alex said that his mother and father always complimented his drawings, even though at times they never looked like the object he intended to draw. Their encouraging words, he said, motivated him to develop a compelling love for art.For a majority of us, as we grow older, our love for painting and drawing may dwindle. Alex, on the other hand, explained that as he grew older, his love for art deepened. “I then went on to further my secondary education at Leonora Secondary School. There, I realised artistry was more than just drawings. I then decided to challenge myself and did my first painting. I was only 15 when I painted an oasis. The responses I’ve got from both my teachers and classmates were overwhelming. I was even surprised at my work. The feeling was surreal,” he explained.Alex said that during his journey through high school, he was privileged to have met two amazing friends, Shanice Wilson and Seon Babb; two intelligent minds like himself, who both shared the love for art.In 2018, Alex graduated as the best visual art student and was even named the best performer for visual arts in his region. “I was overjoyed, but yet I remained humble for my hard work had finally paid off.” The eighteen-year-old continues to excel in his art, and recently mastered tie-dying, which he always saw as a challenge. “Well, I wasn’t actually into tie-dye that long. I always saw it as a challenge that I needed to surpass.”Today, Alex looks forward to doing much more with his talent in the art form, now that he is a part of a support team; the Queens of Queens (QOQ) and Kings of Kings (KOK) family.“My successful journey this far could not have been possible without my support team.” He said. While some may turn to other means of self-expression, Alex noted that he will continue to express himself through even more creative art pieces in the future. (Kizzy Coleman) Alex Blairlast_img read more

Preston Manning advises B.C. Energy Conference on gaining public support

first_imgHe had four suggestions on what can be done to “earn” the necessary support, including having the industry make an effort to integrate environmental conservation earlier in the process, and not as an apparent afterthought. “The greatest public objection to petroleum development of all kinds centres around their environmental impacts,” he says, and points to the province’s youth as being the most hostile. “In their thinking they integrate, rather than separate, resource development and environmental conservation every step along the way.”To ensure what he calls “full cost accounting” for energy projects, he proposes determining what the environmental impacts are for each stage of a project when designing it, adopting the best practices to mitigate those impacts, and be prepared to have the cost of those mitigation measures integrated into the ultimate price. – Advertisement -Manning advised government officials to identify the population that is undecided on resource development, or the “mushy middle”, and work to convince them of its urgency. “That there’s not an unlimited amount of time, and an unlimited opportunity for them to make up their mind if the benefits of the proposed project to be realized,” he told the audience. “There’s a fairly narrow window for proceeding with these various energy projects proposed for British Columbia and western Canada. The Americans are moving closer to energy self-sufficiency, and becoming less dependent, rather than more dependent, on imports from Canada.” Advertisement Another of his points was to not “over promise” resource development benefits, as that’s an easy way to lose the public’s trust. “It’s important that energy projects be given the time to get into a profitable, sustainable position capable of attracting more investment to the sector before leaping all over them with excessive taxes or royalty regimes in order to meet overblown promises of what they will contribute to provincial revenues, to provincial tax reduction, or provincial debt reduction.” Lastly, he urged communities to find a unique individual that is qualified to work with both the public and industry, that can act as a mediator between the two sides. The Energy Conference continues Wednesday and Thursday with further discussions.Advertisementlast_img read more

Bank of America to cut 3,000 jobs

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bank of America Corp. said Wednesday that it will eliminate 3,000 jobs, an announcement that came less than a week after the nation’s second-largest bank reported a huge drop in earnings for the third quarter. The cuts will affect less than 2 percent of the company’s staff. Most of them will be from Bank of America’s investment banking unit, the company said. The Charlotte-based bank also said Wednesday that it is launching a strategic review of its investment banking business. Gene Taylor, head of Global Corporate and Investment Banking, will retire at the end of this year and be replaced by Brian Moynihan, who ran the company’s Global Wealth and Investment Management business. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“While some of these changes are a direct result of our underperformance, others have been contemplated for a number of months as we looked at how we could operate more effectively,” Bank of America Chief Executive Kenneth D. Lewis said in a statement. “We must have a platform that operates profitably for both our company and our clients.” Bank of America said last Thursday that its profit fell 32 percent in the third quarter as trading losses and write-downs on a wide variety of loans offset solid revenue growth in most businesses. Net income declined to $3.7billion, or 82cents per share, from $5.42 billion, or $1.18 per share, a year ago, and revenue fell 12percent, to $16.3billion. The dismal performance was a major setback for Lewis and his goal to build a major investment banking presence on Wall Street. “I’ve had all of the fun I can stand in investment banking at the moment,” Lewis said last week after the third-quarter results were announced. “So to get bigger in it is not something I really want to do.” The job cuts, which the company said come “in light of market conditions and strategic imperatives,” are throughout the bank, but the majority are investment banking-related in areas such as business lending, treasury services, and capital markets and advisory services, as well as support staff. Investment banking is largely based in New York but has a Charlotte presence. Last week, Chris Hentemann, head of Bank of America’s global structured products unit, left the company. Hentemann had been in charge of products such as mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities and related trading. Such investments – especially subprime mortgages made to borrowers with weak credit – plummeted in value this summer as rising defaults and foreclosures discouraged investors and led global credit markets to seize up. The layoffs at Bank of America are among the largest at the bank under Lewis, who took the helm in 2001. The bank cut 12,500 positions after it acquired FleetBoston Financial in 2004, and an additional 4,500 in a follow-on restructuring. Upon his purchase of credit card issuer MBNA Corp. last year, Lewis cut about 6,000 jobs. The bank plans to eliminate 4,000 jobs in this year’s purchase of LaSalle Bank Corp. Bank of America announced Wednesday’s cuts after stock markets closed. The bank’s shares fell 26cents in extended trading after falling 30cents to end the regular session at $47.48. Most major banks reported a tough third quarter. Charlotte-based Wachovia Corp., which saw its third-quarter profit fall 10percent due to unrest in the nation’s credit markets, said Friday that it planned to eliminate about 200 jobs within its investment bank by year end. Shares of Wachovia hit a new 52-week low Wednesday after a Banc of America Securities analyst downgraded the stock, citing challenges for the investment bank and the potential for above-average credit burden going forward. Wachovia shares traded as low as $44.22, before closing at $45.40, a 57-cent loss, with heavier-than-usual trading. At Citigroup Inc., the nation’s largest bank, third-quarter profit fell 57percent, to $2.38billion. New York-based Citigroup announced before reporting its earnings that it was combining its investment banking and alternative investments units into one business. Several executives left the bank. The newly combined unit will be led by former Morgan Stanley executive Vikram Pandit, who has been running Citigroup’s alternative investments unit.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

Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers you should make in gameweek 37

first_img 12 12 Out: Danny Drinkwater (Leicester) – £4.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – After his sending off at Old Trafford last Sunday, Danny Drinkwater is suspended and will miss this week’s match against Everton. 12 In: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £10.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Eden Hazard has now scored three goals in his last two games, who ever doubted him? However, signing Hazard could be a risk as there is no guarantee he will play in both of Chelsea’s fixtures this week and there is certainly no guarantee he plays to the best of his ability now Chelsea’s season is essentially over. In: Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) – £4.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – With Sakho suspended, one of the few defensive places Liverpool will struggle to rotate is centre-back. Therefore, your best chance of securing a Liverpool defender who will play in all three of their remaining games this season is Dejan Lovren. 12 Out: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Jamie Vardy returns from suspension this week and given Leo Ulloa has scored three goals in his last three games while Shinji Okazaki has netted none, common sense would suggest Okazaki is the more likely of the pair to lose his place. 12 We’ve reached the penultimate week of the season and for some it’s a double gameweek.West Ham, Manchester United, Norwich, Watford, Sunderland, Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea all play twice this week and so including their players in your teams could prove crucial in the race for your mini league titles.For those of you who still have any of your ‘bench boost’, ‘all out attack’ or ‘triple captain’ bonuses left, now is probably the time to use them.For that reason, we have also written this article, which gives you advice on who to triple captain this week.Check out the Fantasy Premier League transfers you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above… Out: Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) – £5.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Crystal Palace’s final two games of the season at home to Stoke and away at Southampton do provide decent chances for clean sheets, however there are far cheaper options available, some of who play three games instead of two! Out: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) – £7.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin has revealed Gylfi Sigurdsson will probably not play again for Swansea this season after picking up a shoulder injury. He will certainly miss this week’s match. Out: Shane Long (Southampton) – £5.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – He may have three goals in his last four, but we do not expect this streak to continue for Shane Long this week as Southampton face a Spurs side still challenging to secure second place. Other double gameweek strikers are available… In: Mark Noble (West Ham) – £5.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice – In his last two fixtures Mark Noble has scored four goals. At a cost of only £5.6m, and with his team playing two home matches in this double gameweek, you’d be silly not to consider him for your team! 12 Out: Robert Huth (Leicester) – £4.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Having been awarded a three-game suspension for his hair-pulling tussle with Marouane Fellaini last weekend, Robert Huth will now miss the rest of the season. 12 12 12 12 In: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) – £5.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – One of these double gameweek strikers available is Jermain Defoe. Sunderland have two home fixtures this week against Chelsea and Everton and will certainly be more committed to both games than their opponents. Sunderland are fighting to survive while both Chelsea and Everton now have nothing but pride to play for. In: Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham) – £4.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Angelo Ogbonna has played every minute of every league game for West Ham since 13 February and so is a pretty safe bet if you’re looking to put one of their defenders in your team ahead of their two home fixtures this week. 12 12 In: Andy Carroll (West Ham) – £6.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – With five goals and one assist in his last four games, Andy Carroll will be looking to take his recent run of form into this week’s games. If he manages that against Swansea and Manchester United, he will easily prove to be very good value for money.last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Sunderland sign Manchester United duo for £5.5million

first_imgSunderland have completed the signings of Donald Love and Paddy McNair from Manchester United.The Black Cats have paid a combined fee of £5.5million to take the defenders, both 21, to the Stadium of Light.Central defender McNair, a Northern Ireland international, made 27 appearances for United and played under new Sunderland boss David Moyes during his brief spell in charge at Old Trafford.Scotland Under-21 international full-back Love, meanwhile, tasted both Premier League and Europa League action with United last season after a successful loan period with Wigan.They have both put pen-to-paper on four-year deals with Sunderland.Moyes said: “Paddy is a young, athletic player who is improving all the time. He has experience for Northern Ireland and we want to bring as many international players to the club as we can.“Donald comes highly recommended and is another young player who I hope can develop and improve here.“I want to add some young players to the squad as well as some senior players and both of them have got really good potential and the opportunity to improve.“I want to bring in players who are here for the long-term as well as the short and hopefully these two are here for the long-term.”Love and McNair are the second and third signings made by Moyes since his appointment as manager earlier this summer.Papy Djilobodji was the first arrival in an £8m deal last week. Donald Love and Paddy McNair 1last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny’s newest eatery, Uptown Cafe and XL Shop was a hive of activity at its official launch on Valentine’s Day.Manus Kelly and Seamus Doherty were joined by family, friends and customers as they cut the ribbon to officially open their new business.The cafe launched with a family fun day, which attracted strong crowds all day. Children and adults were entertained with face-painting, balloon modelling, bouncy castles, music and dance performances as well as a visit from Mickey and Minnie Mouse.Rally enthusiasts were treated to an exhibition of rally cars at the launch and the special guests included 2014 Irish Tarmac Champion Declan Boyle and his Subaru Impreza WRC and 2014 National Modified Rally Champion Declan Gallagher with his white Toyota Starlet.Donegal Sports Star Team of the Year 2015, Termon ladies also called in to wish Seamus, Manus and the Uptown team all the best for the future.There were free treats from the Uptown Cafe menu which guests enjoyed throughout the day. A talented bunch of young dancers, coordinated by Manus’s sister, Kelda Kelly, entertained the crowds with several performances and Manus and Seamus even got in on the act, joining the ladies in a dance off.An impromptu solo performance by local musician, Maria Mc Cormack, was another highlight of the day.Maria sang a number of songs, including one that she wrote specifically for Letterkenny’s Church Lane and Cathedral Quarter.Following the success of the launch, the Uptown Cafe and XL team welcomed TV3’s, The Restaurant chef, Gary O’Hanlon to the cafe on Pancake Tuesday.The Ramelton native had a lovely morning talking to Uptown Cafe customers and even bumped into his third and fourth class teacher, Mrs. Phil Friel, formerly of St. Mary’s NS Ramelton. Uptown Café is located on the Justice Walsh Road and is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and on Saturday’s from 8am to 5pm.Call the café on 074 91 64779 or keep up to date with the latest news on the Uptown Café Facebook page.PICTURE SPECIAL AS UPTOWN CAFÉ XL SHOP LAUNCHES IN STYLE was last modified: February 19th, 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:BusinessFeaturesManus KellynewsOfficial launchpicture specialUptown CafeXL Shoplast_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps face their final away league game of the season when they make the long trip to Ferrycarrig Park on Tuesday evening to take on Wexford Youths (kick-off 8pm).And, they will travel to the south coast with a vastly depleted squad which has been hit with injuries, suspensions and players unavailable because of work commitments.It’s no secret that Harps boss Ollie Horgan was disappointed with the timing of the fixture – the last thing he wanted was a near six hundred mile round trip in midweek before their FAI Cup semi-final meeting with St. Patrick’s Athletic next Sunday. When you look at the list of what is unavailable to Horgan, you can see that his humour wouldn’t be any better for a game against a team who is still very much in the shake-up for a play-off spot.Kevin McHugh and Keith Cowan are definitely out through suspension. Tommy McMonagle, Damien McNulty and Michael Funston are all unavailable due to work commitments while Darragh Black, Brian McGrory, Josh Mailey and Gareth Harkin are unlikely to be risked having picked up knocks in recent weeks.“Tuesday’s game is not what we would want, of all weeks, this week,” said Horgan. “Basically it means that lads miss a night’s sleep on Tuesday night, having played against one of the fittest and strongest sides in our Division down there and then try and recover for Sunday.“Our squad will be very light travelling on Tuesday,” he continued. “With suspensions, work commitments and injuries, we will have up to eight players unavailable. We would have preferred to play this game the midweek after the cup game but wasn’t to be.” Harps will go into the game though full of confidence after beating Shelbourne 3-2 at Finn Park on Friday night and putting a huge dent in the title hopes of the Dublin side.“It was a much better performance on Friday night,” said Horgan of the victory after Harps had gone into the game on the back of a three game losing streak in the league.“Although we played well, we still made too many mistakes and got punished for some of them with the two goals.“We would like to have that level of performance every week but that hasn’t happened. We would need to repeat that display and more to have any chance of competing against Wexford and Pats this week.”Tuesday’s game will be the fifth meeting of the season between the two sides. There hasn’t been much to separate them with all three league games finishing in draws, while the FAI Cup meeting at Ferrycarrig Park last month finished in victory for Harps. That win was Harps’ first in Wexford for three years. HARPS MAKE LONG JOURNEY TO WEXFORD FOR LAST AWAY GAME OF SEASON was last modified: September 29th, 2014 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:donegalfinn harpswexford youthslast_img read more

Belated WWII medals given

first_img Karen Robes160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Hopefully, someday we can bring him home,” said Sanchez’s sister, Faye Gutierrez. Linda Sanchez made the presentation of Airman Sanchez’s long-overdue Purple Heart possible. Along with the former Whittier man’s medal, Sanchez was able to secure never-bestowed medals for two other WWII soldiers, also presenting them at Friday’s ceremony. Symbols and words marked Friday’s event. Brass buttons gleamed from military uniforms. Military flags waved. And the familiar refrain, “For the land of the free and the home of the brave,” was sung by all. “I remember fathers, grandfathers – people,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief P. Michael Freeman said. “That’s what Veterans Day is about – people. Men and women doing the extraordinary.” U.S. Army Pfc. George Kuestner of Lakewood also received a belated Purple Heart. Kuestner was part of the 41st Calvary Reconnaissance unit and was wounded during an enemy attack. U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Lawrence Vera of Artesia received a Bronze Star for leading his men through roadblocks and difficult terrain in the thick of enemy territory. ARTESIA – Former Whittier resident Joe Ralph Sanchez, a U.S. Army Air Corps staff sergeant and a gunner for the 391st Bombardment unit during World War II, was ordered to attack a target in Germany during the Battle of the Bulge. Sanchez succeeded in his mission, but his B-26 Marauder was shot down. He remains listed as missing in action. But a visible reminder of Sanchez’s bravery and sacrifice finally came home to his family on Friday. As officials and residents gathered at a Veterans Day ceremony in Artesia, remembering dozens of area veterans, Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, presented a Purple Heart to Sanchez’s family. last_img read more


first_imgA FEW weeks ago no-one gave Tabby a chance….found with his paws burnt after being chucked onto a fire.But thanks to the volunteers at Burtonport Animal Rescue, he was able to spend Christmas with an adopting local family.The story of what happened the kitten caused outrage in Donegal. Someone had thrown him into a fire and hot plastic burnt his paws. He still needs more care, but has recovered well enough so far.“Tabby was finally allowed home from the vets just in time for Christmas,” said a spokeswoman for Burtonport Animal Rescue.“Over the coming weeks we will continue to clean and dress his back paw daily. Tabby finds this a painful experience and he gives out little meows of protest but he will sit still and let you tend to him.“The vet is still optimistic that his paw can be saved. The next challenge is to groom Tabby’s coat. Because he is long haired, it is a little mated and he still has wee bits of plastic tangled in it. This we will do over the next few days. “Despite everything this wee boy has been through, he is very trusting of people and loves nothing more than to snuggle up and have cuddles.“We would also like to say a big thank you to Heidi and Ludwig who have taken such good care of Tabby and to everyone who has sent good wishes and donated towards Tabby’s veterinary fees.” MIRACLE KITTEN CHUCKED ONTO FIRE GETS HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 27th, 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:burntburtonportcrueltydonegaltabbylast_img read more