16-Day Egypt Trade Fair Opens at YMCA Gym: Ambassador Calls for Improved Trade

first_imgThe first Egypt and Middle East Trade Fair, which opened last Saturday at the YMCA Gym in Monrovia with a display of various products, is meant to encourage Liberian businesses to accept the challenge to increase trade with Egypt, the Egyptian Ambassador to Liberia, Ambassador Alaa Khairta Issa, has said.Speaking at the opening of the trade fair, Issa said the exhibition is to acquaint Liberians with the quality products, including handicrafts, which are produced in Egypt.“We want Liberian businesses to take advantage of products produced in Egypt to develop and also increase trade with Egypt,” Ambassador Issa said.The ambassador called on Liberians to visit the YMCA Gym and examine products made in Egypt and also encouraged business owners to accept the challenge to further develop interest in products from Egypt to increase trade.He noted that approximately 60 Liberians are sponsored to study in various universities in Cairo, Egypt, every year.The 16-day exhibition (May 20-5 June) is showcasing products such as watches, rugs, women and men’s attires, jewelry, among others, the organizers said, are on sale at affordable prices.The trade fair is organized by Pharo Egyptian Exhibition Organization, under manager Yehia Eldakak, who told journalists that the Egyptian products on display are of the best quality.He said he has held similar exhibitions in several African countries, and that the Monrovia exhibition was due to a promise made to the Liberian Embassy in Sierra Leone.“Our having this exhibit is to also show to Liberians the wide range of products that they need to know we produce in Egypt,” Eldakak said.Mr. Lassanah A. Keita, a Foreign Service officer, and former Charge d‘Affairs at the Liberian Embassy in Cairo, said the objective of the trade fair is to encourage foreign businesses into Egypt with the hope that local business owners can strike some arrangements to be able to get such products on the Liberian market.“We want to promote trade with Egypt and we are pleased with the good products at the exhibition and hope our people can take advantage of what (Egypt) can offer them today and in the future,” Keita said.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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Not yet the football I want, says Put after Stars win

first_img“This is not my kind of football we are bringing today. We have to do a lot of work; we need to improve the players. They have talent and quality but there is still a long way to go. But I must say congratulations to the players for the victory. They have shown they are willing to play as a team,” Put told Capital Sport after the match on Sunday in Bukhungu.Among the new players who wore the national team colors for the first time were fullbacks Dennis Sikhayi and Wesley Onguso, midfielder Whyvonne Isuza while George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo made a return after a long while.AFC Leopards youngster Vincent Oburu also got a cameo, coming into the fray for the final five minutes of the game.The Starting 11 of the Harambee Stars team pose for a group photo before Kenya’s match against Rwanda in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on December 3, 2017 in Kakamega. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPut adds that most of the squad selection was handled by Stanley Okumbi and second assistant John Kamau who have been with the team long enough and the Belgian says he trusts them enough to ensure the strongest Kenyan team goes out to play.While he reckons the Bukhungu Stadium surface was not one of the best to play his brand of football, the coach says he was delighted starting off the tournament with victory setting them up to hunt for the title.“What’s important is that it is the first game and it was crucial to get a good result. Rwanda have quality but the will and the motivation of the players was great. It was what we have been asking of them in training the whole week,” the tactician further pointed out.Stars’ next assignment will be against Libya on Tuesday in Machakos and Put hopes they can go on and pick a second win which will more or less put them one foot into the knockout phase.“Libya is a very good team and we should expect a tough game. It is a very crucial and important match for us and the first thing is that we need to ensure we don’t concede,” the coach offered.The biggest items on his to-do list before the second match is ensuring the players remain calm and keep the ball more often, something he said didn’t happen as much against Rwanda.“Whenever they came at us, we panicked and didn’t make good decisions. I was wondering why. But we need to be calmer and ensure we keep possession,” the coach pointed out.-Mohammed pleased-Harambee Stars captain Musa Mohammed walks into the pitch before Kenya’s match against Rwanda in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on December 3, 2017 in Kakamega. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, skipper Musa Mohammed admitted they struggled at some points in the match because they were a new team and were yet to grasp each other’s runs and movements but reckons things will improve against Libya.“We have gotten used to each other abit now and I think things will be better against Libya. We have set ourselves very well and hopefully we can be able to replicate this same performance on Tuesday,” Mohammed who skippered Gor Mahia to the Kenyan Premier League title said.Elsewhere, while his boss Antoine Hey refused to talk to the media after the win, his skipper Eric Ndayishimiye was gracious enough to speak and he said the team though disappointed with the loss will pick up and fight for a semi-final slot.“We have a young team which the coach is trying to build and at times we are bound to make mistakes. It was disappointing to lose but we have to keep our heads high and focus on the next match. I am confident we can get a win,” Ndayishimiye, the most experienced player in the squad said.Rwanda’s next match will be against Zanzibar on Tuesday at 2pm with Kenya facing Libya in the late kick off.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put watches from the touchline during Kenya’s match against Rwanda in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on December 3, 2017 in Kakamega. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAKAMEGA, Kenya, Dec 4- Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put says the team is yet to show the brand of football he wants, but nonetheless accepts that he was pleased with their performance in their opening CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2-0 win over Rwanda on Sunday.The tactician who has been with the team for just a week notes more still needs to be done technically and tactically, but says it will be easy to work considering the quality, heart and desire he has seen the players exhibit during his first seven days.last_img read more

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Italian club leading chase to sign Liverpool and Everton target

first_imgInter Milan are the leading the chase to sign Liverpool and Everton target Caner Erkin from Fenerbahce.The Italian club are unlikely to complete a permanent move for Galatasaray defender Alex Telles, who is currently on loan, so will be on the lookout for a replacement full-back this summer.Liverpool have scouted Erkin this season, and Everton are also said to be keen, but both clubs are still undecided on whether to make an approach for the Turkish international.According to Turkish outlet Milliyet, Erkin is stalling on a contract renewal with Fenerbahce after becoming aware of the interest from abroad, and could be on his way to Italy on a free transfer.Both Merseyside clubs want to wait until after Euro 2016 before making up their minds on Erkin, but that will open the door for Inter to swoop before the tournament starts. Caner Erkin in action for Turkey 1last_img read more

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Short-handed UCLA dealt another injury

first_img Centers Michael Fey and Ryan Hollins are still out, although Hollins (groin pull) could return today for as many as 15 minutes. Even when Fey and Hollins played, Howland couldn’t seem to find a consistent presence in the middle from them. Mata emerged the last three games (19 points, 18 rebounds, five blocks). Freshman Ryan Wright will get the start. “He’s been playing the best basketball of his career over the course of the last few games,” Howland said of Mata. “He was getting better and improving. It’s a tough break for the team.” Beware if you’re wearing sneakers, have any college athletic eligibility left and attend UCLA’s game against Washington today. UCLA coach Ben Howland might pluck you from the crowd and ask you to grab a few rebounds. Of course it sounds laughable but who knows what Howland will resort to after another injury and more unfathomable news Friday. UCLA center Lorenzo Mata is out for six to eight weeks with a fractured right tibia. The South Gate High graduate injured the leg on a collision under the basket with teammate Jordan Farmar in UCLA’s win over Washington State on Thursday. Ten of UCLA’s 13 players have sustained injuries this season but the 11th-ranked Bruins (14-2) have marched on and are first in the Pacific-10 Conference. This injury, however, will surely take a toll. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita It wasn’t the only one. This is Mata’s second injury in a week. He fractured his nose last Saturday against Arizona State and played Thursday with a facemask. Josh Shipp was ruled out for the rest of the season on Tuesday because of pain resulting from September hip surgery. Cedric Bozeman (torn cartilage in left shoulder) has been out for 17 days and won’t play today, either. There’s been no update as to whether he’ll return and he was playing well at several positions. “I’ve never heard of anybody having this many injuries,” Howland said. “If you go through the chronicles of all the (UCLA) injuries sustained before practice until now, it’s a litany of injuries. It’s an unbelievable amount of injuries. The players have done a great job continuing to deal with the adversity.” center_img 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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OPEN PRISON SHAMBLES: THREE MORE PRISONERS ESCAPE

first_imgTHREE more violent criminals have escaped from the same open prison where Garda killer Martin McDermott walked out of, it has been revealed.Just weeks after Justice Minister Alan Shatter was forced to apologise over the bungling decision to put Raphoe man McDermott in Loughan House in Co Cavan, it has emerged that three more prisoners with dreadful criminal records were staying there – until they went on the run this week.McDermott killed Gda Gary McLoughlin in 2009 near Burt after deliberately ramming his patrol car. There was uproar from colleagues, family members and the general County Donegal public when they discovered McDermott was even in the open prison in Blacklion despite serving a seven year prison sentence for manslaughter.Now the Irish Prison Service has admitted the latest escapees (although recaptured) were:* Meath man, 28, serving four years for violent disorder* Louth man, also 28, serving three years for a robbery in which he threatened people with blood he said was contaminated. * A 19-year-old from Dublin serving 4½ years for theft.The three men climbed over a fence and left the prison leading to yet another cross-Border police operation.All were recaptured within three hours and transferred to more secure prisons.Two have been sent to Wheatfield Prison, Dublin, while the teenager was sent back to St Patrick’s Institute.The Irish Prison Service insists all three were “nearing the end of their sentences”. OPEN PRISON SHAMBLES: THREE MORE PRISONERS ESCAPE was last modified: April 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Garda killer Martin McDermottGda Gary McLoughlinOPEN PRISON SHAMBLES: THREE MORE PRISONERS ESCAPElast_img read more

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LEADING SOLICITOR SLAMS PLANNED CLOSURE OF HOSPITAL CHAPEL

first_imgA leading Donegal solicitor has strongly condemned plans to remove the Chapel at Letterkenny General Hospital and replace it with a ‘Peace Room.’ Since the hospital was flooded in July, the Chapel has been closed because of severe damage.But it has now been revealed that the Chapel may not re-open. Letterkenny-based solicitor Cathal Quinn has condemned the plans saying this is not the first time the HSE have acted the wishes of the Catholic population.“It should come as no surprise to us that the latest Catholic target of the HSE is our Chapel in Letterkenny General Hospital (LGH), and with it the permanent public presence there of the Blessed Sacrament for the adoration and immeasurable consolation of its Catholic staff, patients, their loved ones, and those bereaved.“Many of us have not forgotten that it was the HSE that compelled the Catholic Chaplains of the LGH to remove a tabernacle housing the Blessed Sacrament from a “shared” prayer space for those of all faiths in the Donegal Hospice, claiming that its presence there was inconsistent with their notion of such a shared space.“And what does the HSE now propose to substitute for our Chapel in the LGH – why, a shared prayer space for the use of those of all faiths, of course, where, once again, and in keeping with the HSE’s idea of consistency, there will prove to be no room for Jesus in the reserved Blessed Sacrament. “If nothing else, the HSE’s announcement might be considered seasonal,” he said. LEADING SOLICITOR SLAMS PLANNED CLOSURE OF HOSPITAL CHAPEL was last modified: December 19th, 2013 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:Cathal QuinnchapelHSEletterkenny hospitallast_img read more

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MANORCUNNINGHAM SCOUTS AND GUIDES BRING PEACE LIGHT TO DONEGAL

first_imgThe Peace Light from Bethlehem is a continuous light, from the Grotto of Christ’s Birth in the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem, carried throughout the world by Scouts & Guides. Each year numerous scout groups bring the Peace Light to their area and celebrate by hosting a service where members of the local community can share the Peace Light.12th Donegal (Manorcunningham) Scout Group have brought the Light to Donegal for the past number of years and are hosting a service the local Community Centre for anyone wishing to collect a light. On night they will also collecting for WE CARE LK FOOD BANK and would appreciate if those attending could bring along something they would be very grateful.Foods required are;• Powdered Milk• Tinned Food • Washing Up Liquid• Washing Powder• Tea/Coffee• Sugar• Rice/Pasta • Biscuits• Soup etc.I hope that you can help me this year, to spread the word about this very simple and humble Service, light refreshments will be served afterwards. Please bring a candle.MANORCUNNINGHAM SCOUTS AND GUIDES BRING PEACE LIGHT TO DONEGAL was last modified: December 21st, 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:guidesmanorcunninghamPeace LightScoutslast_img read more

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COUNTY COUNCIL ANNOUNCE CLOSURE OF OFFICES IN BUNDORAN AND BALLYSANNON

first_imgDonegal County Council has revealed wishes to advise that the former Bundoran and Ballyshannon Town Council offices will close to the public.Donegal County Council confirms that it will continue to provide an outreach service in Bundoran and Ballyshannon through the library service in these towns.Th offices will close from Monday, February 16th next. This outreach service will be provided through the existing Library services in both towns and will result in the opening hours in Ballyshannon Library being increased from one half day per week to three half days per week.Bundoran Library will continue to open Tuesday to Saturday each week and will provide a link to Council services on an outreach basis.This outreach service is being provided on a pilot basis so as to allow the Council to determine the level and extent of services required in both towns. This will help tailor services to meet the needs of the people in both Bundoran and Ballyshannon.COUNTY COUNCIL ANNOUNCE CLOSURE OF OFFICES IN BUNDORAN AND BALLYSANNON was last modified: February 10th, 2015 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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30 years after Warriors bust Chris Washburn was banned by NBA, his son did him proud

first_imgOnce upon a time the Warriors couldn’t get out of their own way. They were a laughingstock. And the poster boy of their All-Tear-Your-Hair-Out team was Chris Washburn.A 6-foot-11 sculpted amalgamation of jaw-dropping physical gifts, Washburn had it all. Except discipline. And desire. And maturity. His 41-game stay at North Carolina State was marred by his appropriation of a stereo that wasn’t his. It took some doing, but the Warriors ignored the flashing red lights and selected him with the …last_img read more

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Parasites Can Help the Ecology

first_img(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A parasitologist suggests that parasites don’t just rob and steal; they usually do good as functional players in an ecosystem.Maybe it’s because Tommy Leung is a parasitologist that he can see the good in anything, but in The Conversation, the lecturer on parasitology and evolutionary biology lists 3 examples of good things that creatures we might find repulsive do to help the community of organisms.A tiny worm helps stream fish feed on nutritious crickets by getting the bugs to jump into the water.  He calls this a kind of “fast food delivery service” that provides half the fish energy intake in some watersheds.A fluke that infects shellfish helps deposit them on seashores where birds can eat them, and barnacles and limpets and live in the shells – increasing the biodiversity of a shore that would normally have only sand.Mistletoe increases leaf litter in a forest, without which bird diversity decreases by 25%.“Parasites are thought of as free-loaders, but many contribute as much as they take,” Leung says. “They service the ecosystem. From an ecological perspective, they are more like tiny, hidden architects that are overlooked by most people.”  The nasty parasites, he claims, have an explanation: “Some parasites do have a negative impact on an ecosystem, especially when they are introduced to a new and unfamiliar environment.”Leung’s short essay, though filled with spelling errors, is thought-provoking.  It adds to growing evidence that our categories of natural evil need rethinking (see also our 2/04/12 entry, or search on “parasites” in the search bar).  This is not to minimize the pain and suffering human parasites cause, or to suggest we should not seek to eradicate those that cause harm.  But it wouldn’t make sense from either an evolutionary or design perspective if a parasite killed off all its hosts, would it?  Then the parasite would perish with its vehicle, while the host proliferated without checks and balances.  This is similar to predation; the predator helps prune the prey population, while taking benefit for itself at the same time.  It’s a bit like a market economy: you only earn a profit if you provide a valuable service.Creationists see a functional ecosystem as evidence of design, but it’s a design fit for a fallen, sin-cursed world.  Maybe we need to step back and see the big picture before casting judgment.  Since crickets will die anyway, and have no spirit, why not use some of them for a fast-food delivery service for fish, if it will benefit the ecology as a whole?  Aren’t people predators on animals, too?  The Bible teaches God can turn evil for good; maybe some of these are living illustrations.  Would you have considered parasites as “tiny, hidden architects” of biodiversity that run a service business?  Human beings, as caretakers of the world, should avoid mucking things up by introducing parasites where they cause only harm to the ecosystem, or where they cause pain and suffering to the environmental stewards God created in his image to “care for the garden, and keep it.”  It’s a garden with thorns and sweat, but it’s still an intelligently designed garden.last_img read more

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