‘Arsonists’ Hit Salvation Army School

first_imgThe expectation of over 1000 students attending the William Booth Salvation Army Junior and Senior High School at Paynesville, Red-light was dashed yesterday morning when the compound hosting the school property was destroyed by what was suspected to be the work of arsonists.Salvation Army representative to Liberia, Envoy Momo G. Douwee, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer via mobile phone yesterday, shortly after news of the fire broke out, said the entire Paynesville facility had been burnt to the ground.  He attributed the cause of the fire to the work of arsonists among the gangs of suspected criminals residing in nearby communities.There was no human casualty and up to press time last night, police officers were investigating the cause of the fire. There have been no reports of arrests.Forensic experts from the Liberia National Police (LNP), backed by their counterparts from the various security agencies, including the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), are investigating the cause of the fire.Envoy Douwee told the Daily Observer that at the time of the incident, “There were no electrical appliances, not even a standby generator on, nor was there any lighted candle.”He put the cost of the damage, including computer laboratories, the chapel, a set of modern furniture and the dormitories housing the students to over US$1 million.Staff and watchmen assigned at the compound called him around 9 p.m. Wednesday night informing him that “our school is engulfed in fire and the flames have spread to every part of the compound.”Unfortunately,  two trucks conveying fire fighters from the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) dispatched to save the compound reportedly developed “mechanical faults” and could not arrive on the scene in time.“Fire fighters arrived very late with the excuse that their fire trucks broke down while en-route to the area. They came when the entire compound was gone,” one of the senior students lamented.Most of the students, who turned out for school yesterday, unaware that their school had been destroyed by fire, were seen crying.Like many other schools in the country, the William Booth Salvation Army School reopened for academic 2014/2015 only about three days ago with an encouraging student enrollment, according to information made available to the Daily Observer.Meanwhile, Envoy Douwee has disclosed that though engineers were yet to establish the extent of the destruction, the administration has begun putting up temporary structures to run the school until its International Command can respond to the disaster.“Salvation Army will put up emergency structures until the foundation of the damaged buildings is tested for durability by our engineers,” Amb. Douwee assured.The Salvation Army opened in May 1988 as part of the Ghana and Liberia territory with Major and Mrs. Leonard Millar assigned as Pioneer Officers. This happened after more than ten years of letters being written to International Headquarters by church pastors asking them to become part of the movement.Liberia was given separate command status on January 1, 1997. The Liberia Command is one of the newest churches in the country.  “But because of our holistic ministry, the Salvation Army is ranked among the fastest growing churches with schools being constructed in every part of the country.”“Our education system is ranked among the best in the country. Our social and medical services are also being appreciated throughout Liberia. The Command has recorded a steady growth as a result of our evangelical outreach,” Envoy Douwee asserted.“The mission of the Liberia Command,” he explained, “is to exemplify our love and relationship with Christ in every area of our lives. We will strive to emulate Him in our ministry to mankind in servant-hood and love.“We will discipline ourselves as an evangelical force, determined to build and sustain the kingdom of God and promote the expansion of the Salvation Army into the 15 counties, and surrounding countries and by God’s grace, we will take possession of the land that God has already given to us.”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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DIPCON Judgement: President saves Jordan from serving jail time

first_imgPresident David Granger invoked his presidential powers, on Monday, and issued a Grant of Respite in relation to the judgement in the DIPCON Engineering case against Finance Minister Winston Jordan.Jordan was facing 21 days imprisonment if he failed to pay DIPCON over US$2.2 million by the end of Monday, July 08, 2019. Government is yet to make the payment and it is unclear as to when the court ordered payment will be made.More details in the Tuesday, July 07, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.President David Grangerlast_img read more

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, November 21

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United are weighing up a bid for Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, with the 27-year-old Belgium international said to be unhappy at a lack of first-team action with Spurs. (Daily Mirror) Arsenal are preparing to beat Liverpool to Benfica defender Maxi Pereira. The 30-year-old Uruguay international is out of contract at the end of the season. (Daily Express) AC Milan will rival Arsenal for the signature of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, who has found himself on the bench for much of the season at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star) Queens Park Rangers are in talks with the Argentine defender Pablo Alvarez. The 30-year-old former Catania man is currently a free agent. (Evening Standard) Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 27, has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Bayern Munich. (The Independent) Wigan’s Scotland international winger Shaun Maloney, 31, is wanted by MLS side Chicago Fire. (Daily Express) Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock, 28, has turned down a loan move to Sheffield United. (Yorkshire Post) Arsenal are lining up Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola to replace Wenger. (Daily Star) And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Manchester City look to loan out Argentine midfieler starlet in JanuaryMan United transfer target: £47m star ‘one of the finest players in his position’Starlet shuns Arsenal interest to sign contract with BarcelonaBenfica defender to solve Arsenal’s defensive crisis? Gunners eyeing cut-price Pereira dealMan United transfer update! Strootman has ‘shaken hands’ on Red Devils moveUdinese star’s agent rules out move to Liverpool in the January transfer windowReports – Liverpool set to miss out on Malaga starBlow for Everton! Wolfsburg chief rules out departure of Toffees targetMan United target denies reports he is set to leave GalatasarayBoost for Arsenal and Liverpool as Juventus star rules out move to FiorentinaExclusive – Forget Benitez! Rodgers is the right man for Liverpool, insists ex-Anfield acelast_img read more

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Midfielder signs deal at Arsenal

first_img Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has signed a one-year contract extension.The Spaniard’s previous deal was set to expire at the end of the season, but Arsenal have moved to offer the 32-year-old with a further year at the club.The midfielder has been a regular in the Arsenal side since joining from Everton in 2011, taking over the captain’s armband in August 2014.Arteta is currently sidelined until April after undergoing ankle surgery. 1last_img

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Woman Marine dies serving in Iraq

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventShe was born in Michoacan, Mexico, and she and a twin sister became U.S. citizens at age 13. She graduated in 2000 from Johansen High School in Modesto, Calif., where she volunteered with special-education children. She showered her three nephews with gifts, Lopez said. “She was like a second mom to my oldest,” Lopez said. “When I told him she died, his face – it just shattered into pieces.” CERES, Calif. – A woman who was inspired to join the Marines after her younger twin brothers enlisted was fatally shot in the head in Iraq over the weekend. Lance Cpl. Juana Navarro, 24, of Ceres was killed Saturday while on guard duty during a mission in the Iraqi province of Anbar, said Marine Capt. Donn Puca. “This was something she always wanted to do,” said her older sister, Beatriz Lopez. Navarro left for duty in May, her family said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Actor who damaged Garda cell cannot pay fine until new acting role

first_imgA court was told that well-known actor Gerard McSorley will not be able to pay a €150 court fine until he gets a new acting contract in January.The 69-year-old Fr Ted star, who has also appeared in a number of top movies, appeared at Letterkenny District Court today. An arrest warrant had been issued for McSorley after he failed to appear in court earlier this week.Garda Inspector Sean Grant told the court that McSorley had originally ben arrested at Letterkenny Bus Station on November 27th last after he was drunk and disorderly.He was taken to Letterkenny Garda station but continued to be abusive to Gardai and members of the public.While in the cell he continually spat at the cell door which needed to be cleaned by a cleaning company at a cost of €50.After he was released from custody, McSorley continued to be abusive and spat at a member of the public in the public area of the Garda station and was rearrested.McSorley, wearing a scarf and hat and using a walking stick, did not address the court.Instead, his solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, explained how his client was a very well-known actor with a “distinguished career.”However, he said that he had a number of issues including alcohol, mental health as well as medical issues.He said he had spoken to his client of Trinity Court, Newtowncunningham, and that he estimated he had spent €80,000 on prescription tablets over the years to cope with his health issues.He added that on the evening in question he had been drinking and had been reminiscing about a number of lost colleagues.“My client is not working at present but is getting a contract in the New Year. He is technically unemployed at present.“He has made contact with his family and is hoping to spend Christmas with them,” said Mr Gallagher.He added that his client was a separated man with three grown-up children.Actor Gerard McSorley in court today. Pic by Northwest Newspix.The court heard that McSorley, of Trinity Court, Newtowncunningham, Co Donegal has a number of previous convictions for public order offences.Judge Paul Kelly fined McSorley €100 for breach of the peace and a further €50 for criminal damage to the Garda station cell.Judge Kelly asked if he had the money but Mr Gallagher said he did not but would have it when he got his next working contract.The Judge gave the accused 6 months to pay the fine and legal aid was granted in the case.Actor who damaged Garda cell cannot pay fine until new acting role was last modified: December 6th, 2019 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:celldonegaldrunkFr TedGardaGerard McSorleyspatlast_img read more

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Brazil sail into last 16 with comfortable victory over Serbia

first_imgThe former Liverpool playmaker was at his sensational best and is making an early charge for the Golden Ball. He has comfortably been Brazil’s best player so far, having a say in each of their three group games. You could argue Brazil would have struggled to progress without him.Moment of the match Silva’s header was emphatic 12 goals to lead Fulham to the Premier League. Serbia’s top scorer in qualifying. But he couldn’t take his most important chance of the season. If he headed the ball either side of Silva to make it 1-1, who knows what would’ve happened in Group E.How Group E looks 5 Brazil booked their place in the last-16 of the World Cup and dumped Serbia out with an impressive victory.Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored to set up a knockout clash with Mexico as the Samba Stars topped Group E over Switzerland. 5 Both nations knew their fate was settled, and the Samba Stars savoured the opportunity to live up to that nickname for the final 20.Neymar, in particular, began to dazzle in the way we expect. However, he couldn’t get that goal he so obviously craved, despite a cluster of chances.Tite’s side miss out on a chance for revenge against Germany, who thrashed them 7-1 at the 2014 World Cup, as Mexico instead finished second in Group F thanks to South Korea’s miraculous 2-0 victory over the Germans.And while Brazil are yet to set the World Cup alight, they appear to be growing into the tournament and will rightly be feared by anyone going forward.Star man 5 5 talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Brazil celebrate their opening goal 5 But it’s heartbreak for Serbia, who could’ve eliminated their opponents with a win, as Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic spurned several opportunities to make it interesting.On a day where both the world champions and the favourites could’ve gone out, Brazil will be delighted to avoid the shock group stage elimination suffered by Germany earlier.A goal made in Barcelona settled any concerns about following the Germans out, as Phillippe Coutinho’s wonderful pass allowed Paulinho to poke past Vladimir Stojkovic on 36 minutes.The Selecao were made to sweat midway through the second-half. Two golden opportunities fell to the head of Serbian hero Mitrovic, but he couldn’t save them this time.And, as so often happens, the Serbs were punished when Silva’s bullet header doubled Brazil’s lead after 67 minutes. Mitrovic’s chance Coutinho last_img read more

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DONEGAL’S CURVY MODEL MAKES HER TV DEBUT!

first_imgLetterkenny student Elaine Sweeney made her modelling début TV3’s Ireland AM programme, having reached the final of a national competition to find a new curvy fashion model to be the ‘Face of Tempted’, the leading plus-sized fashion chain.The 20 year old is studying for a BA in Administrative Management in Letterkenny IT. Elaine loves fashion and clothes, and says that she entered the national plus-size modelling competition to show that being beautiful, fashionable, and most importantly happy, is very much possible, no matter what shape you are!The TV3 modelling session, presented by Sinead Desmond, had stylist Cathy O’Connor talk through the latest range of summer fashion from Tempted, which has outlets in Carlow Shopping Centre, Wexford and Raheny in Dublin.Tempted is one of the leading Irish stores specialising in curvy sizes 16 to 28, and model Elaine Sweeney wore two gorgeous looks that were bang on trend – a dip hem maxi dress, and a fabulous kaftan with linen trousers.The Tempted range can be enjoyed countrywide, with online sales available on www.tempted.ie. Tempted’s Facebook profile charts all the latest curvy fashion trends, and showcases the complete range for style conscious curvy shoppers, which includes highly-affordable dresses, tunics, separates, jackets, knitwear, jewellery, and belts. Labels include everything from casual to dressy, including exclusive Danish label Carmakoma, and the Anna Scholz collection, and Tempted is renowned in the curvy fashion business for sourcing labels not found anywhere else, at very affordable prices.The Tempted model search competition which Donegal’s Elaine Sweeney entered was designed to find a real woman, sized ‘16 plus’, to represent Tempted and the majority of Irish women who don’t relate to the mainstream fashion trend of size 8, and smaller, models.Hundreds of Irish women from all walks of life entered the Tempted competition, which, the organisers say, was hugely empowering for the finalists, and a showcase for the beauty and vitality of curvy women.Elaine Sweeney says that women can be beautiful at any shape or size, and she believes that up-to-the-minute plus-size fashion allows women to embrace their shape and show off their gorgeous curves, confidently, and to maximum effect.“I found modelling in TV3 very exciting, and was very proud to show the Tempted range of clothes to other curvy ladies, showing how it is possible to be trendy, no matter what size you are.“Being curvy and voluptuous, or being super slim, should not stop anyone from wearing whatever they want, as long as they feel good about themselves. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes!” the Donegal finalist says. DONEGAL’S CURVY MODEL MAKES HER TV DEBUT! was last modified: June 1st, 2012 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)last_img read more

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Boost in number of bogus ‘missed call’ scammers striking Donegal

first_imgScammers have targeted Donegal phone users once again with a bogus call scam.More instances of the ‘missed call’ scam were reported in Donegal this morning, with people reporting missed calls from countries such as Tunisia, with the country code +216. Scammers from countries such as Chad and Liberia (+213 and +235) have previously targeted Irish phone users.The scammers will call your phone for a few seconds before hanging up, and when you ring back they will drain your credit. This type of scam, known as Wangiri fraud, can be difficult to detect as they seem like genuine calls.Ireland’s communications regulator ComReg is asking people to be wary of these bogus calls and to report any instances to your mobile phone provider.ComReg advises taking the following precautions:• Avoid answering calls from numbers that you cannot identify, especially if you are not expecting a call.• Hang up immediately, on calls where there appears to be no recipient on the other end.• Be wary of multiple calls being received from the same number.• Do not call back any number that leaves you a blank voicemail message.• Do not provide any personal information for example – banking details/PPS number/credit card details/name and address/passport number etc. Unfortunately there is no way to identify a scam call number, and they can resemble a very normal, familiar, geographical number that we would come across on a daily basis, according to ComReg guidelines.Boost in number of bogus ‘missed call’ scammers striking Donegal was last modified: November 29th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:comregdonegalwangiri fraudlast_img read more

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Gautrain’s Pretoria route rolls out

first_imgGautrain now brings reliable transportfor commuters travelling betweenJohannesburg and Pretoria. Minister S’bu Ndebele said they willnow focus on other infrastructure projects. MEC Ismail Vadi said he found the trainreliable.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Barbara JensenSpokespersonGautrain+27 880 9936 or +27 83 600 4862Bongani NkosiWithin five hours of its launch the Gautrain’s new service between Pretoria and Johannesburg had attracted more than 7 000 commuters.The figure was considered groundbreaking for a public train established to reduce traffic between the province’s two economic hubs.After a few delays, the important city-to-city route was finally opened on 2 August.  The first train, which left Hatfield in Pretoria at 5.26am for the Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank, ferried hundreds of commuters to work.According to Gautrain management, the train had accommodated 2 000 passengers by 7.00am, and just two hours later had added another 5 000 to that number.Gauteng Transport and Roads MEC Ismail Vadi was one of the first passengers. “Within 37 minutes from Hatfield we were in Rosebank,” he said, referring to a trip that could take up to two hours or more in peak traffic.Vadi added that he found the much-anticipated ride to be “smooth, fast, comfortable and safe”. At its maximum allowed speed of 160km per hour, it’s the fastest mode of transport in South Africa beside air travel.Commuter Mphengoa Phoko started using the train on its launch day. She used to drive daily from Pretoria to her workplace in Johannesburg, but said she will ride the Gautrain from now on.“It’s convenient and less stressful,” Phoko said, responding to a question from her seat.  “After a long day at work I won’t have to concentrate on driving.”The Gautrain route between Sandton and OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, which was launched just before the 2010 Fifa World Cup, has already ferried approximately three-million commuters in little more than a year.The Pretoria-Johannesburg route is expected to surpass that figure before the end of 2011, as it attracts thousands of people who commute to work daily.“Gautrain is the future for public transport in South Africa,” said transport minister S’bu Ndebele, hinting that in future the government may look at introducing such high-speed trains elsewhere.The much shorter route between Rosebank and the Johannesburg CBD is expected to go live later in 2011 after completion of outstanding work, bringing on board thousands of new passengers.Gautrain offers a reliable alternative for motorists who were previously not comfortable with the country’s public transport.“Leave your car at home, you can use it over weekend,” Ndebele said.Years of hard workThe Gauteng Provincial Government, then led by former premier Mbhazima Shilowa, launched plans for a rapid rail system in 2004.“We travelled the length and breadth of the world, looking for technology,” recalled MEC Qedani Mahlangu.She said they inspected train stations in densely populated areas like London and Paris, and also visited countries like Spain and Switzerland to gain insight into rapid rail systems.The Bombela Consortium, which comprises international groups Bombardier and Bouygues Travaux Publics, as well as South African civil contractor Murray & Roberts and the Strategic Partners Group, became a private sector partner to Gauteng’s provincial government in 2005.Gautrain CEO Jack van der Merwe told journalists the government’s resolution to complete the project was commendable. “You can’t tackle a project like this without political support, you’ve got to have it,” he said.Up to 8 000 people worked on Gautrain during its construction phase. Mahlangu said the consortium also recruited South Africans who had left the country.Focus on infrastructure Now that Gautrain construction is almost complete, the government can focus on other public rail projects.It is to spend R30.2-billion (US$4.5-billion) over the next three years to improve services of the Metrorail trains, which transport millions of South Africans staying in townships around Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces daily.Ndebele said the government’s plan to upgrade metro trains too is so that “you don’t have a Gautrain that’s comfortable and fast, but have a Metrorail that’s pedestrian”.Another critical project is the Moloto Rail Corridor in Mpumalanga province, which would see Metrorail trains transporting thousands of Mpumalanga residents who work in Pretoria.Ndebele’s department is still conducting feasibility studies on the much-needed project, which was first mooted by former president Thabo Mbeki some years ago.The government spends millions of rands each year on subsidies for private company buses for Moloto commuters.“Already we’re paying. We have to ask if that is the most effective way of using taxpayers’ money,” Ndebele said.last_img read more

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