Sterling is doubt for the Champions duel against Madrid

first_imgThe Manchester City English player Raheem Sterling has suffered a hamstring injury that will force him to be away from the “few weeks” game grounds, as explained by his coach PepGuardiola.This reason could prevent Sterling from being able to play the first leg against Real Madrid, belonging to the round of 16 of the Champions League, which will be played at the Santiago Bernabéu on February 26. The return will be in Manchester on March 17. The 25-year-old was injured in the defeat of City last weekend against Tottenham and medical tests have confirmed the damage produced in the tendon of the left leg. “It takes weeks, but I don’t know how long at this time,” Guardiola added to the media.Manchester City, which ranks second in the Premier League, 22 points behind the Liverpool leader, he plays this Sunday against West Ham, the second-to-last classified. His next league commitment will be against Leicester City, a key duel to maintain second place.last_img read more

10,000 Farmers May Abandon Rice Farming in Lofa If…

first_imgOne of Lofa County’s leading buyers of farm produce, particularly rice, Mr. John Selma, has warned that over 10,000 farmers may decide to engage in other activities if the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) does not develop a system to buy the tons of rice they produced in the county.In an interview with the Daily Observer last Monday at Kpadeh Village, a rice producing town in Voinjama, Mr. Selma said buying huge quantities of rice from farmers last year encouraged them to increase production in commercial farming activities across the county.As we speak, farmers in Lofa County are making serious progress in helping to make Liberia food secure and the government must attach urgency to support these farmers in Lofa County and the country at large. “Over one million tons of rice will be produced, followed by other commodities this harvest season and therefore unless farmers get people to buy what they grow, they will not be happy to continue to grow rice,” he said. “We didn’t complete the purchasing of rice for last year but farmers still have remained encouraged to increase the production of rice this year. I have been faced with the challenge on how to negotiate with the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure that there are buyers for the rice. I cannot motivate the farmers to increase farming activities and remain mute without finding buyers,” he maintained.Mr. Selma said Lofa County farmers have been very sad and did not celebrate the festive season due to the lack of buyers for their rice.The Liberian government must increase the Ministry of Agriculture’s (MOA) budget that would see the MOA encourage farmers through the buying of their annual harvests, said Selma.“Many farmers are worried on how to pay their children’s school fees because the buyers are yet to visit the various centers or farms. We were encouraged by MOA and other partners in previous years to buy from farmers then they will come to buy from us,” Mr. Selma explained. He said the county is also engaged in the production of huge quantities of cassava, despite the low local consumption rate in Lofa County, which calls for a market system that will allow other counties to utilize their surplus.Mr. Selma said there is currently a plan by the farmers, particularly those in the production of cassava, to negotiate with the government and other partners for the provision of processing machines that will increase their production.“This county produces pepper, eddo, cassava, potato and rice in huge quantities. The government needs to provide more support if farmers are to continue to make Liberia food secure. They need to have access to equipment and finances because they have to handle other issues,” he contended.K. Boakai S. Hiamah Jr, another buyer of rice in Lofa County, hailed farmers of Lofa County for making farming a priority but expressed hope that the government will continue the buying of rice as a way of encouraging them.Mr. Hiamah has been engaged in farming for more then three years, which he said has tremendously changed his living conditions for the better. “We are left in a complete dilemma and we are confused. Because of the purchasing of rice last year, some of farmers doubled and others tripled their previous farms with the anticipation that they will get involved into construction,” Mr. Hiamah said.According to him, buyers will only buy if the government through the MOA can signal to all of its buyers to buy from the farmers. A group of farmers who spoke with the Daily Observer over the weekend in David Selma Town, Lofa County said they have been using farming to improve their living conditions and bring development to the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local Fishery Company Impacts Fishing Communities

first_imgOne of Enisul Fisheries processing machinesRobertsport City, the capital of Grand Cape Mount County, Liberia’s eighth populous county, is one of the country’s most known fishery cities. Most of the city’s residents, catch fish from the Atlantic Ocean and the famous Lake Piso, also known as the Fishermen Lake.But the city has had its share of fish post-harvest issue, affecting Liberia’s 144 artisanal fishing communities that employ approximately 33,000 fisher folks. The sellers and fishermen in the city, smoke and dry their fish to reduce excess fish spoilage.Moreover, fish sellers from nearby counties who traveled to Robertsport to buy fish, said they have been adjusting their buying schedules to avoid the sale of rotten fish which affects their profits.However, major change that is now impacting the rest of the city’s artisanal fishery communities, came two years ago when the Enisul Fisheries Company was established.The young company is the first, but also the only Liberian-owned fish processing and packaging company in Robertsport that supplies bulk of its packaged fish to the sellers, hotels and restaurants across the country. They process about six tons of fish daily.Despite its popularity among the local fishery communities, the company is also redefining trade concept among the local fishery communities. It supplies local fishermen with fishing gears, a strategy that has resulted to improvement in catch among local fishermen.Fabolia Kamara, CEO of Enisul Fisheries, told the Daily Observer that he made the decision to supply fishing materials to fishermen after he undertook a feasibility study of the fishing landscape.“The issue of fishing materials is one of the problems confronting our local fishermen. Fishermen get everything from outside the country. Businesses that bring these materials triple the prices,” said Kamara.“What is even worse, is that most of these fishermen in Robertsport cannot afford the price of materials. What I do is that, I purchase some fishing nets, canoe motors and produced ice that I gave to them to take on sea. They paid for some of the items by installment, but it does not stop me from buying the catch,” Kamar said.Martin Noni, a fisherman in Kru Town, Robertsport termed the operation of Enisul Fisheries as a timely intervention, adding that fellow fishermen were experiencing lots of challenges.“The presence of this company means a lot. It is helping everyone that is involved with fishery in this community. Before, we had nowhere to store our fish and we lost lots of money, because women were not willing to buy the rotten fish. If they are willing to buy, then we have to reduce our price. But now, things are a bit different to the extent that at least, we have a place that we can go to get fishing materials and also sell our [catch] a price little bit better,” said Noni.Local fishmongers from near counties preparing for their fish for the marketAlso, Princess Konnah, a resident of Bomi County, who traveled to Robertsport to buy fish for the past years, told our reporter that the presence of a Enisul Fisheries has improved her earnings.“This is the nearest fishery community to my county. If you are not here early, you will not have fish to sell or you will get fish that are already rotten,” said Konnah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linden professionals renew calls to end stigma, discrimination against mental health victims

first_img– as Mental Health Awareness Month concludesHealthcare professionals attached to the Mental Health Department of the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) have renewed calls to end the stigma and discrimination against mental health sufferers, as Mental Health Awareness Month wrapped up on Friday last.From left: Professionals attached to the LHC Mental Health Department: Trained Mental Health Nurses Hanna Longhorne, Tricia McKenzie, Dexter Holder and Dr AnangurenAs part of the planned month of activities, officials attached to the Mental Health Clinic hosted a “Day of Pampering” for patients and their caregivers.During the activity, they were awarded hampers and prizes were awarded to patients for “Best attendance”, “Most Improved” as well as the “Most Consistent Caretaker”.Mental Health patients were also treated to a cultural programme which included tributes, songs, poems and several dance routines. This was followed by a session of manicures, pedicures, hairstyles, facials, makeup, dental and eye care services.The objective of the event was to have patients and their caregivers feel loved and appreciated as they were also offered words of encouragement.The LHC Mental Health Clinic presently has over 400 patients, and as such, staff members are in the process of converting a space at the former hospital into a more comfortable facility.Upon completion, it will be equipped with beds and rooms for examination, as well as to facilitate one on one discussions and a pharmacy.Owing to the number of patients, the issue of mental illness is quite prevalent in the community, as the staff continues to work to put an end to the stigma attached to the illness.In this regard, a Mental Health Awareness rally is planned for June 14 aimed at expanding ideas to the community in an effort to fight against discrimination as it relates to mental conditions, including suicide, as it was stressed that this issue not only affects the Linden community but the entire country.“Some persons, unless they get a victim in their family, they don’t understand the importance of mental health, so we would like to sensitise them… first of all, [we will] try to eradicate the stigma at every level…in our homes, with our friends, in the hospital environment, all over. Most of the patients who don’t feel free to come here is because of the stigma…Secondly, it’s important to let the relatives know the importance, to encourage the patients to come to the clinic and to come on time”, Cuban Consultant/Psychiatrist attached to the Clinic, Dr Sandra Gilart Ananguren stated.Dr Ananguren also stressed that follow-up visits to the clinic are also important, noting that oftentimes relatives stop taking affected family members after a few visits. In such cases, she explained that patients can suffer a relapse and the consequences could be worse.“It’s for the patients’ own benefit. Some disorders, illnesses can be treated, well since the beginning, with the proper treatment permanently for a certain period of time and some patients, once it’s not a chronic condition, it can be reversible. They can go back into the society, which is another one of our objectives in the clinic,” she explained.Dr Ananguren also noted that it is very important to have community involvement and encouraged the public to report to the relevant authorities if they feel someone may need help.Officials have noted that a lot of caregivers tend to go into a state of depression due to the frustration of dealing with relatives who suffer from mental health issues. In this regard, they believe that the clinic is there to lend support.The officials also conduct home visits and medical outreaches in addition to an ongoing anti-bullying school campaign.Trained Mental Health Nurse, Tricia McKenzie told Guyana Times that through the assistance patients receive from the clinic, some patients have had a complete transformation.She noted that some have even taken up jobs at the hospital and other places as security officers.“We have some long-standing patients that were able to hold down jobs because they were consistent with coming to clinic. Some were able to start a family, build a house…there is life after an attack of a mental breakdown. You just have to come to the clinic, get the medication on time, every time, and they can live a normal life”, she said.McKenzie, who has been working in the mental health area for years, said a lot of work is needed in the region with regards to mental health. She said there is a need for people to be more educated on its issues, as she too alluded to the stigma.Officials have noted that the most prevalent form of mental illness seen in the community presently is substance-induced psychosis, a condition caused by substance abuse which leads to hallucinations and which causes the sufferer to go into a psychotic state.They posited that this issue is more common among young people between teenage years to their early twenties.According to McKenzie, discrimination is presently a very sore point for mental health as she stressed that sufferers need love, care and support.“We need to embrace them and let them know that we love and care for them and that there is help. A lot of people suffer silently”, she noted.McKenzie further indicated that the clinic is strategically located in a secluded area which makes it safer and private.“We open our arms…we don’t shun any of our patients. We love them, we show them that we genuinely care and we want them to get better, to live a normal life. If there is anybody with a patient suffering from mental illness, bring them in”, she encouraged.The Department also plans to conduct a televised panel discussion on general aspects of mental health. It also hosted a public consultation which kickstarted the month of activities last month. The programmes are a collaborative effort between the Mental Health Department, Public Health Ministry and Regional Health Officer Dr Pansy Armstrong. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

Trapped worker rescued from NoHo trench

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – Firefighters rescued a construction worker Wednesday who was trapped in dirt up to his chest in a deep trench for almost two hours, authorities said. The 40-year-old worker and a colleague became trapped in the 15-foot-deep trench at a construction site at 11000 Oxnard Street near Vineland Avenue about 3:07 this afternoon. His colleague was removed shortly after becoming trapped. Both were in fair condition at local hospitals. “It was terrifying just to look at,” said Greg West, Los Angeles City Fire Department Assistant Chief. West said about 70 firefighters responded to the call, including members of the department’s Urban Search and Rescue team who are trained for trench rescues. The team used plywood and other material to shore up and stabilize the dirt surrounding the man while using a Department of Sanitation diesel-powered vacuum truck to suck out tons of dirt. “That dirt caves in, it puts pressure on his chest so it makes breathing difficult,” West said, explaining why the man might have been seen flaying his arms trying to scoop dirt away from himself. The trapped worker was given an oxygen mask and a hard hat and spoke with firefighters throughout the tense ordeal, West said. Los Angeles Police Department officers responding to what proved to be an erroroneous assault with a deadly weapon call involving men with shovels, were the first emergency workers on scene. The workers with shovels “were obviously trying to help their buddy out,” said Officer Matt Ethridge, one of the first to arrive. Ethridge said he saw about a half-dozen workers shoveling dirt out of the hole using a rope with a bucket tied to the end. He said he and five other officers used the rope to pull the man’s colleague out of the hole. Firefighters arrived on scene shortly after. The first man rescued was taken to Providence Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, where he was also listed in fair condition. The second man was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. The workers were digging holes for footings and had used a back hoe earlier in the day, officials said. It was not clear what type of construction was going on at the site.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

Shaquille O’Neal makes AMAZING celebration video for Northampton Town

first_imgShaquille O’Neal is a legend in the world of basketball, but the NBA great is not a name many would associate with football.However, it turns out he is a surprising fan of Northampton Town, who have recently secured the League Two title.Cobblers’ chairman Kelvin Thomas has been in business with Shaq, and the 2000 MVP pledged his support for Chris Wilder’s men earlier in the season.It turned out to be a good decision for O’Neal, who has seen his adopted team clinch the League Two title, securing promotion to League One.In celebration, the NBA great decided to make a video of himself singing a rendition of Queen’s 1977 hit ‘We Are the Champions’ – and it has gone down a storm.You can watch the ridiculous video above…last_img

LAX shift may cause cops chaos

first_imgSACRAMENTO – A state Assembly bill that would transfer power from specially trained LAPD units to LAX police would create confusion and uncertainty over who would be in control during a major terrorist strike at the airport, LAPD officials said. In a move some say would jeopardize public safety to settle a political turf battle, Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Glendale, has penned a bill that would give police at Los Angeles International Airport new responsibilities over specialized functions ranging from explosives handling to traffic tickets – duties now mostly handled by the Los Angeles Police Department. Los Angeles police say the bill would essentially give two agencies primary jurisdiction over the airport, creating a conflict over lines of responsibility. “It puts them on equal footing with LAPD and gives them primary jurisdiction at the airport,” said LAPD Assistant Chief Sharon Papa. “You cannot have two agencies with primary jurisdiction policing the same entity. It causes confusion.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2LAPD brass and its union say they are the best trained to handle specialized situations and they should retain primary authority over all property and facilities within city limits. Airport police argue that the change is necessary because they have added concerns about security and terrorism. “All it will do is allow the (airport) police officers to do their job post-9-11 – a job that’s very different in terms of responsibilities,” said Fred Lowe, business manager for the union representing airport police, Laborers International Union of North America, Local 777. Current law restricts airport police from handling explosives to train dogs in bomb detection; accessing law enforcement databases to conduct background checks on airport personnel; seizing firearms and other weapons from a disturbance at the airport; issuing traffic citations and removing vehicles from the roadway. But officials from the LAPD and its union say they have been in discussions with the airport and its police union to reach an internal agreement to more clearly define the responsibilities of each department – and say the issue should be resolved at the local level, not through Sacramento. Bob Baker, president of the LAPD union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, called the bill an “end-run” by the state Legislature around what should be a local issue. The airport police union requested Frommer author the legislation after feeling the local discussions were not proceeding to their satisfaction. Frommer could not be reached for comment. LAPD’s Papa said the department has primary jurisdiction over the airport, as it has over all territory within the city, with airport police having concurrent jurisdiction. The LAPD needs to retain primary responsibility for major incidents such as homicides and terrorist attacks, she said. The city Board of Airport Commissioners supports the change. Board officials noted that police at airports and ports throughout the state have the additional powers, and Los Angeles is the only major city whose airport police do not. Jack Driscoll, a former Los Angeles World Airports executive director who is now a consultant to LAX police, noted that last year voters rejected a measure to merge the two departments, thereby supporting the concept of a strong, independent airport force. He also said the City Charter gives airport police primary jurisdiction, not the LAPD. “Why is the union and management of LAPD not supporting this? It gives our police officers additional authority and they can put more of their people on the street,” Driscoll said. The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training released a feasibility study of the proposal last year that recommended the change. LAX police have 793 personnel, including 332 sworn officers, according to the study. The airport contracts with the LAPD to provide an additional 35 to 40 full-time officers to help with patrol. The LAPD also provides officers to help with traffic control during federal terrorism alerts and for special security, bomb detection and crime task forces. Airport police also patrol an area near LAX, where some residents live on land purchased by the airport as part of a noise-reduction settlement. LAWA police handled nearly 57,000 calls for service in 2003, according to the POST study. The majority of crimes handled by airport police were robbery and burglary, followed by drug and weapons violations. The City Council has not taken a formal position on the bill. Councilman Jack Weiss, chairman of the public safety committee, opposes the bill. The issue, he said, should be resolved at the city level. “At the end of the day, there are certain decisions that ought to be made in Sacramento and there are decisions that ought to be made in (Police Chief William Bratton’s) office,” Weiss said. (916) 446-6723160Want 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


first_imgGOLF NEWS: Organisers at the scenic Cruit Island Golf Club are busy preparing for their annual club classic which takes place next weekend. Club President Gerard Dickey hopes that the incredible success of the Pierce Purcell Competition which the club held a few weeks ago will attract players from all Donegal to participate in the competition. Gerard told Donegal Daily, “The Pierce Purcell qualifying competition we held recently was a huge success for the club.“We had a huge turn-out for the event and it was a fantastic weekend for all involved.“We’re hoping many visiting players will return to Cruit for our annual club classic.“The course is in fantastic condition and if the weather stays good it should be a cracking event. “The timesheet will be busy, so to secure a time contact Jimmy or Aine in the Clubhouse ASAP.The Cruit Island Golf Classic kicks-off next Saturday June 20th.HUGE CROWD EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN CRUIT ISLAND GOLF CLUB CLASSIC NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: June 12th, 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:newsSportlast_img read more


first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: The 2015/16 season presentation of awards for the u18 age group took place following a dinner at the Silver Tassie Hotel on Thursday 23rd June.The whole squad deserved awards for an outstanding season but the distribution had to be limited following some tough decision making by the coaches Gordon Curley and Denis Faulkner. Club President Charlie Robinson was on hand to present the awards on an evening when the current coaches announced they will be continuing in their roles for the forthcoming season.The club would like to thank them for the huge contribution along with the assistance of Peter Brookes, Colin Farrell, John Lynch, Martin Mortimer and Ben Russell.Awards were presented by club President Charlie Robinson. Letterkenny Rugby Club in association with main sponsor Kelly’s Toyota, Port Rd., Letterkenny. LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUB U18 PRESENTATION NIGHT – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: June 29th, 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) Tags:LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBpicture specialSportlast_img read more

Things to Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Newhall Art Walk will feature original works of art displayed in retail stores along San Fernando Road in Old Town Newhall through Oct. 31. Call (661) 286-4018. Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for the SCV Special Olympics, 5-9 p.m. today at The Elephant Bar, 27063 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-2121. Music Department Fall Revue, 7 p.m. today in the multipurpose room at Saugus High School, 21900 Centurion Way, Saugus. Tickets: $4. Call (661) 297-3900. Choral Department Fall Concert, 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in the auditorium at Hart High School, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. “Welcome to Johnny’s Diner” will be presented, 7 p.m. Friday at Rio Norte Junior High, 28771 Rio Norte Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $15 (includes dinner). Call (661) 295-3700. “Little Shop of Horrors” will be presented, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $12 for adults and $6 for students, seniors and children under 12. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit “I Sincerely Doubt That This Old House is Very Haunted” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. “The Mousetrap” will be presented, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. “Frankenstein” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. L.A. Hardy and Jody Milkes will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12, or $22.99 for dinner show. Call (661) 259-2291. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Animal Acres Farm Animal Shelter grand opening will feature farm animals, live music and vegetarian food, noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Animal Acres Farm Sanctuary, 5200 Escondido Canyon Road, Acton. Admission is free. A VIP dinner will take place, 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $150 and $250. Call (661) 269-0986 or visit Homecoming barbecue and game, 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Cougar Den at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $20 for adults and $10 for children. Call (661) 362-3435. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504“ Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Lou-Lou’s Blues Band will perform, 8 p.m. Saturday at Howie’s Pub, 31579 Castaic Road, Castaic. Call (661) 295-8755. Breakfast with the Gibbons will feature a continental-style breakfast, silent auction and guided tour, 8:30 a.m.-noon Sunday at the Gibbon Conservation Center, 19100 Esquerra Road, Saugus. Cost: $30 for adults 18 and up, $15 for ages 13-17, $10 for ages 3-12, and free for those under 3. Call Patricia Dahle at (661) 943-4915. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.last_img read more