Hart’s future to be decided at season’s end

first_imgManchester City coach Pep Guardiola says that a decision on the future of on-loan goalkeeper Joe Hart will be made in the summer. This follows the England goalkeeper’s statement that he is pretty much surplus to requirements at the club and does not expect to be back at the Etihad Stadium next season. The 29-year-old is currently on loan at Serie A club Torino having lost his place at City following the signing of Claudio Bravo earlier in the campaign. Bravo’s subsequent struggles – Willy Caballero has been preferred to the Chilean for seven of City’s last nine games – have raised questions about the wisdom of this arrangement. Guardiola recently appeared to close the door on the possibility of a Hart return, maybe prompting the keeper’s latest remarks, but the City manager claims nothing has yet been decided. “I have said many times we will explain about all the cases at the end of the season – the cases of the players that are here, the players who are happy or unhappy and the players who are on loan, Guardiola said. “Joe is a player for Manchester City and we are going to decide at the end of the season.” Hart, who has 68 England caps, appears to think his future lies away from City. Surplus to requirements “I’d say I’m pretty much surplus to requirements at my parent club at the moment. “I want to play football, I love to play football. If that opportunity’s not going to be given there then I’m going to have to look elsewhere and I may have to make somewhere else my home. “I don’t know where my future lies, in terms of time-wise, because I’ve certainly had no communication with anyone.”last_img read more

Five-Year Action Plan Launched against Human Trafficking

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reiterated her government’s commitment to fighting human trafficking in Liberia.President Sirleaf voiced that commitment Tuesday, March 25, when she launched a five-year action plan and Anti-human trafficking campaign at the Monrovia City Hall.The five-year action plan on human trafficking strives to enable Liberians to satisfy a fundamental international requirement expected of all countries in the global fight against internationally organized crime.  Its primary aim is to protect Liberia’s national security interest within the context of the sub region approach. The Liberian leader said the five-year National Action Plan on Human Trafficking serves as the role map to joining others in fighting human trafficking in Liberia.“The action plan represents the commitment on the part of Government to match other prior actions it has taken in meeting basic national benchmarks and international obligations by making sure serious action is taken to have zero tolerance in human trafficking,” the President said.“The National Action Plan also makes Liberia a better place on the rights of defenseless people who should always be guaranteed protection.”US Ambassador Debora Malac joined President Sirleaf, who called on all parents to take note of those who come and persuade to give their children on the basis of promises only to find out that they are subjected to servitude.“To further express government’s seriousness to fight this crime, three traffickers have been indicted and taken to prison and waiting trials.  Other perpetrators have been prosecuted, and in one case two individuals were unanimously found guilty for illicit trafficking on December 31, 2013,” the President stated.President Sirleaf described human trafficking as one of the biggest violations of human rights in the world. Labor Minister, Cllr. F. Juah Lawson, disclosed that statistics have shown that women, men and children are victims of the crime either in their country of origin or abroad.Giving a brief history on the five-year action plan on the anti trafficking, Min. Lawson said:  “Emerging from the devastation of 14 years of civil crisis complemented by the gradual but steady restoration of the rule of law, human trafficking among other Transnational Organized Crimes have become a major post-conflict national security challenge. Responding to this situation and recognizing the significance of putting in place the requisite legal frame work to deal with matters of human trafficking in Liberia, the transitional Legislative Assembly of the National Transitional Government in 2005 passed an act that banned and criminalize all forms of human trafficking in Liberia.The Labor Minister continued that the Act specifically established that Trafficking in Person (TIPs) shall mean, “The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of a person by means of the threat or use of force or other means of coercion or by abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or by giving or receiving of payment s or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitations.”In April 2013, the Government of Liberia also amended the Panel Law regarding Extortion, Environmental Crimes, Trafficking in Human Beings and Illicit Migrant Smuggling; thereby re-enforcing the legal framework responsible for deadline with these inter-related internationally organized crime.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wologizi Falls at ATS

first_imgThe might of Mount Wologizi in Lofa County could not withstand the persistence of a determined Montserrado County, as Lofa bowed out of the ongoing County Meet in disappointment, but with their heads held high.Lofa County, putting out one of their best performances, proved to hundreds of soccer loving Liberians at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium that Lofa County is not only the nation’s food basket but can also entertain fans with titillating football that sadly could not provide the most important thing in the game – goals.Fighting for a place in the finals, Lofa County put up a grueling fight. And on three occasions, they came near to registering their names in gold. Their attackers met an unyielding defense that for 90 minutes hundreds of spectators could not determine which of the two teams would make Sunday’s finals.Lofa County fought a good fight, many spectators told journalists at the end of the game. But since in every tournament there must be a winner, Lofa County failed to make use of their chances.Playing a composed game, Montserrado County, relying on their recent demolishing of Grand Gedeh during extra time, waited for the opportunity to strike. Even when the game had ended 0-0 and Monsterrado County Senator Edwin Melvin Snowe was asked about who would be the victor, the former LFA president minced no words when he told the LBS that his side would win.With the game at 0-0, and the teams heading into the a thirty-minute go-around, after which would come 5 penalties apiece, Monsterrado County turned the formbooks down and raced ahead with the opening goal inside the first half of extra time.Fear filled many fans of Lofa County, but with at least 15 minutes of second half still left to play, they felt that the team could turn the situation around.Though they were wrong, the fact that Lofa County reached the semifinal stage demonstrated its readiness to change the course of County Meet soccer history in the years to come.Monsterrado County, many fans said, have some tricks up their sleeves. They could not understand their team’s surprising ability to snatch a goal when it was needed.With the team waiting for the winner between Bong and Bassa for the finals on Sunday, soccer fans are betting their hopes on Monsterrado to win the title. But with Bassa coming out of a controversial decision that never was, and Bong waiting to snatch victory if possible, fans must wait for one of the best soccer pairings in County Meet history.Lofa County will play for 3rd place against Friday’s loser in the Bassa-Bong encounter on Saturday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fund Open Source Software Research to Enhance ICT for Development (ICT4D) and ICT for…

first_imgI owe part of my IT education to the Open Source community. I enhanced my programming skills using Open Source programming languages; I garnered a better understanding of operating systems through my study and research of the Linux kernel; I understood the inner workings of software by having access to their code; and in college, I used learning materials from computer science classes made available by MIT Open Courseware. But this article is not about how I benefited from open source software. I only mentioned my experience with Open Source Software (OSS) to stress the plethora of opportunities that it provides and the impact it can have on our ICT sector, and the country as a whole. Hence, the subsequent paragraphs provide insights into the positive impact that Open Source Software can have on a developing country like Liberia. The article is also a call to both the public and private sectors to invest in Open Source Software or OSS in order to enhance Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) and Information and Communications Technology for Dollars (ICT4$). Liberia’s ICT sector has achieved a lot since the end of the civil war. The creation of a liberal market that favors all players, the advent and deployment of the ACE subsea cable and several other achievements have been factors that have driven Liberia’ ICT revolution. Before going further into this discussion, please indulge me while I attempt to inform you of the two types or categories of software in the field of ICT: Proprietary Software and Open Source Software. Proprietary software is software that is generally licensed for a fee and its source code is kept secret. It is often developed by software firms or companies such as Microsoft. Open Source Software or OSS is software whose source code is openly published, made available at no charge, and can freely be modified and distributed. Since the focus of this article is on the impact of OSS on development, I shall not expound further on Proprietary Software.Investing in OSS for development can be done in several ways: as a research program in institutions of learning, or through IT experts and firms in Liberia. Such an initiative can result in an ecosystem of software that can be used in government, institutions of learning, businesses, etc., to enhance economic growth. It will also lead to the creation of software firms that will hire and train talented Liberian ICT professionals to develop software that can be used and sold both locally and internationally. This initiative has the propensity to yield a rapid uptake in OSS use and expertise in Liberia, with a corresponding blossoming of new projects and new commercial ventures based on them. Investment in OSS for development is not a new idea. A lot of countries have been doing this for quite some time. For example, in the United States, the Obama Government is known to have been very pro-open source considering its policies and use of open source software (White House’s Web site is built on Drupal and Open Source CMS). In fact, the United States has been supportive of OSS prior to President Obama’s ascendency to office. Through its agency for international development (USAID), the US Government has been funding OSS development abroad since 2007. Its involvement with the Open Source Development 2.0 challenge a few years ago, and the creation of the Global Development Commons and Innovation Development Agency (IDEA) are few initiatives that demonstrate U.S. interest in encouraging open source software development.The British government is also known to support the use of OSS. Its Gov.uk initiative, a scalable and modular open source platform that supports the needs of citizens across numerous government departments, is evidence of this. France, which has a large market for OSS, has a history of investing in OSS as evidenced by its handing out of 175,000 OSS-equipped memory sticks to high school students in 2007. Through policies and high-profile projects, France has for years been advocating for OSS in government and education.In Africa, over the years many efforts have been made to promote the adoption and use of OSS within academic institutions, companies and governments. The Free Open Source Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) and Open Source Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA) have been strong advocates of open source software development in Africa. Africa is also known for some major open source projects that have originated from the continent. Some of these projects included, Ubuntu, one of the most widely used Linux distributions and the crisis reporting application from Ushahidi. Finally, the continual decrease in the prices of broadband internet services due to the presence of the Africa Coast to Europe subsea optical cable in Liberia, I strongly suggest that investors begin funding OSS research. This will help to put software in the hands of many, reduce ICT spending in government and the private sector, allow Liberians to open businesses that will sell locally developed software, increase ICT expertise in Liberia, and help create content needed to leverage the capacity of the ACE subsea cable. It will certainly enhance our ICT4D initiatives as well as provide the medium for ICT4$. More importantly, it will create the path toward a DIGITAL LIBERIA. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!!!!!!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Record snowfall Saturday in Fort St. John

first_imgBoth topped 67 year old January 11th records of 9.7 established in 1947. They also raised the month-to-date totals to 22.5 centimetres of snow and 20.6 millimetres of precipitation. Both those totals are still on pace to top the January norms of 32.2 centimetres and 26 millimetres. The Saturday dump also raised the amount of snow on the ground yesterday to 72 centimetres. That was just three less than the 1997 airport station record of 75 for the date and just four less than what we had on New Year’s Day. – Advertisement -However, much of it could start disappearing very quickly tomorrow. Environment Canada is calling for an intense front featuring a Chinook wind of 60 gusting to 90 kilometres per hour to cross this region in the afternoon and evening.last_img

How Manchester United could line up with Rojo, Vidal and Di Maria

first_img1 1 talkSPORT looks at how Manchester United could line-up with Angel Di Maria, Marcos Rojo and Arturo Vidal United fans, what do you think of this line-up? Let us know below… Manchester United have completed yet another summer signing after announcing a deal for Sporting defender Marcos Rojo. The versatile Argentinean will be a major asset to Louis van Gaal, who is struggling to field a back line composed of seasoned players at the moment.Rojo suely won’t be the last new arrival of the summer however, with United reportedly eyeing up two stars in particular. Van Gaal has acknowledged he’d love to sign Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria in the past, while the pursuit of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal is no secret.With the three players mentioned above in mind, talkSPORT takes a look at how the Red Devils could line-up should all of the stars end up at Old Trafford.Rojo to rule the left?Marcos Rojo largely played at left back for Argentina at the World Cup, but when playing for Sporting on a weekly basis he tends to operate at centre back. His engine and physical strength make him an ideal candidate to occupy the left of United’s back three, while he also has experience of the role, given he has played in that system with Argentina on occasion.Di Maria the wingback?Angel Di Maria is comfortable playing in a number of positions, making his name as a winger while recently returning to the central midfielder’s role he played in his Benfica days. One position he could be particularly useful in is that of the left wing back. Under Jose Mourinho Di Maria forged a reputation for protecting the full back behind him, often tracking back into more or less the same position as the defender, so his defensive quality isn’t at doubt. Most importantly, his dribbling and crossing would provide plenty of quality at the other end of the pitch in this position.Vidal to partner Herrera?Some United fans seemed to think Ander Herrera was the answer to all of the club’s problems in midfield, but it’s fairly evident that the Basque can’t do everything on his own, and that explains the Red Devils’ continued pursuit of another midfielder in Arturo Vidal. The Chilean is a brilliant all round player, putting just as much work in off the ball as he does on it, and that would make him the ideal candidate to partner Herrera behind Juan Mata. A midfield featuring Herrera, Mata and Vidal would have bags of creativity, allowing Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie to focus on putting the ball in the back of the net.last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Company seeks General Office Administrator

first_imgJob Vacancy: A company based in the Letterkenny area requires a part-time office and accounts administrator. Successful candidates will provide administrative and accounting support within the business.Tasks will include: Organising travel itineraries and booking accommodation.Maintaining project documentation records.Ordering of stock.General office and accounting duties. Eg. Sales Invoice Processing and Credit Control. The successful candidate will work with the current accounts structure and a knowledge of Sage Accounts would be beneficial but not essential.The successful candidate must be motivated, have excellent organisational skills, able to work on their own initiative and be reliable.Closing date for this position will be on Tuesday 6th November 2018.If you think this is the role for you then please send a cover letter, together with your CV and references to john@thebookkeepers.ie Job Vacancy: Company seeks General Office Administrator was last modified: October 26th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Accounts AdministratorOffice AdministratorSage Accountslast_img read more

New Orleans reborn

first_imgAN ordinary thing like a basketball game doesn’t often carry so much significance as the Hornet-Lakers matchup last week. But considering that this was the homecoming of the New Orleans team after it hadn’t played at its home arena in the six months since Hurricane Katrina leveled the city, it’s no surprise that the game was a sold-out show attended by celebrities and the NBA commissioner himself. It was a moment for those remaining residents to show the world their commitment to the reconstruction of the Big Easy, even as they continue to live with the lingering effects of the storm that killed 1,700 and drove more than half the residents out of town. Even the city’s basic municipal functions are still just limping along. The city can’t get it together to pick up` New Orleans neighborhoods for two weeks. Blackouts are a common occurrence across the city as the electrical grid is repaired. Houses destroyed by the flood sit rotting. Scores of people are still missing. Indeed, there’s evidence all around of the historic storm that burst through the city’s protective levees. Yet the spirit of New Orleans, at least as viewed from the outside, is an inspiration to us all. Other cities can learn a lot from the spirit of those New Orleans residents who haven’t let a little thing like the near-destruction of their homes and schools and offices and everything else dampen their spirits for long. The celebration of Mardi Gras last month, for example, was no less jubilant maybe even more than previous years. More than ever, these events are a sign that New Orleans will revive and probably be an even greater city than it was before. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

GAA NEWS: LADIES GAA NOTES

first_imgIt was a busy weekend for ladies football in the county with senior Champions Termon travelling to St Pauls in Antrim and winning by a large margin.The Donegal Champions winning St Pauls 0-10 Termon 2-13. The now meet Down Champions Bryanstown in the next round.The Intermediate Champions Ardara had home advantage against Newtownbutler from County Fermanagh but came out on the wrong side and lost Ardara 1-7 Newtownbutler 2-8 and so ends their Ulster campaign. The third team to play in Ulster were Junior Champions Milford who again had home advantage against Antrim Side St. Josephs and they won very convincingly .The score was Milford 7-6 St Josephs 2-9.Milford now travel to meet Monaghan side Dunamoyne in the semi final.At home the Minor county championship continued with St Michaels girls traveling to Fanad and won fairly comfortably where they didnt play with the same skill in the previous games and now advance to the county semi final where they meet Naomh Mhuire in a Northern game.The score on the day was Fanad 1-3 Michaels 5-4. GAA NEWS: LADIES GAA NOTES was last modified: October 15th, 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) Tags:donegal ladies gaa noteslast_img read more

DONEGAL TOWN FARMERS MARKET COULD BE AXED

first_imgDONEGAL Town council is set to axe the town’s famous farmers market in a row over ‘foreign’ goods.Businesses in the town claim produce other than that grown locally is being sold at some stalls – and is therefore in breach of the spirit of the market.Council officials are set to act on the complaints, donegaldaily has learned. And if produce other than that grown locally – or which competes against rate-paying established businesses – stall owners could be removed or the entire market closed down.A council source told us: “It is now clear that the original farmers market idea has been expanded to goods which go against the spirit of what the market should be.“Inspections will be carried out and orders issued against any stalls in breach of the market’s original plan.”The council held a private meeting yesterday and have agreed with the complaint made by a local businessman. The farmers market in the Diamond is due to go ahead tomorrow but council officials will be there to monitor what is being sold.The Mayor of Donegal Town Tom Connaghan says that in his opinion the current market “is not a real farmers market.”DONEGAL TOWN FARMERS MARKET COULD BE AXED was last modified: July 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegal town marketlast_img read more