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first_imgDead: Ryan SergeantThe Police are following new leads in the Rio strip club shooting which left a 19-year-old dead and another teen critical at the Georgetown Public Hospital, according to A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Clifton Hicken.Commander Hicken on Tuesday confirmed that the Police were developing some footage and new footage has surfaced. He noted that investigators were diligently pursuing the case. However, the Police are yet to make an arrest.Ryan “Harry” Sergeant, 19, of Lot 2530 Layon Street, North Ruimveldt, Greater Georgetown, was shot in his head and dumped at a private city hospital after a predawn shoot-out.It was reported that the young man’s friend, Jeffrey Farrel, also of North Ruimveldt, and the shooter were involved in an argument about money and girls, which went terribly wrong.According to a source, Farrel and Sergeant along with the shooter were kicked out of the strip club after the argument escalated. However, that did not deter them and the argument continued near the club.During the argument, the shooter pulled out a gun and opened fire on the two young men. Farrel, who was shot to the neck, remains in critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital.It was also reported that Farrel was involved in a quarrel with one of the suspects who in turn left the nightclub with another friend and a female companion. Further reports stated that after the trio left, they were followed by Farrel and the now dead man and the argument resumed.This newspaper was informed that the Police are on the hunt for two men after reviewing the surveillance footage. One of the men was identified as a former bodyguard of a well-known drug lord.The source indicated that based on the surveillance footage taken from the nightclub, the two men were seen leaving the club with guns in their hands.Sergeant only returned from the USA recently and was in the habit of partying with friends. The Police in a release stated that they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting.last_img read more


first_imgLocally produced rice and beans and Bunadin, Nimba County, ready for sale to WFP for school meals. The Home-Grown School Meals Program – known for its integrated agriculture, nutrition, education and social safety net approaches – is a WFP and Government of Liberia’s innovative and multifaceted development effort, which benefits both the food security and education sectors through the production of nutritious food commodities for use in school feeding.School administrators are lauding the effort as “extremely wonderful and good for improving education.”  Principal Joseph S. Adjei of Liberia National Red Cross High School in Saclepea could not hold back his admiration for the home-grown school meals program. “We have changed from vegetable oil to palm oil and to country rice and eddoes – you name it – and the students love it,” he said.Mr. Adjei outlined the immediate benefits of the new meals program in his school. “Right now we have 560 students. When we started in September, it was less than that but when the feeding started in October, the news spread and more students came,” he said.WFP-supported Community Grain Reserves (CGR) in Nimba County are also supporting the school meals program by selling local rice and beans to WFP. CGR are owned and managed by rural women farmer groups that WFP trained and provided with initial amounts of milled rice for use as loan to other farmers and community residents during the peak of the hunger season.Sampson Toko, secretary-general of the Gleyeekwa-doo (the residents of Gelyee are one) farmers group in Bunadin, said their CGR was milling at least 300 bags of 25kg rice for sale to WFP. “We are providing WFP school feeding people with rice, beans and red oil that we ourselves produced. We are going to produce more, because there is market to buy from us. One year from now we will increase our paddy rice production field from six to eight hectares.”Up to 2017, WFP, in collaboration with authorities of the Ministry of Education, provided daily school meals to over 120,000 students in 577 rural public primary schools in nine counties.Additionally, over 4,000 school-going girls received monthly rations of rice and oil under the WFP Girls take-home rations, which is aimed at boosting girls’ enrollment, attendance and retention. The support was provided in areas where girl child enrollment was noticeably low as compared to boys.In late 2017, WFP experienced huge financial constraints that forced the organization to suspend school meals program in early 2018. The resumption of school meals program in October 2018 was made possible through a multilateral donor support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Mr. Bhutto serves some of the students at Ylamba Public School in Sacleapea.The World Food Program (WFP) and the Government of Liberia (GoL), along with other partners, continue to demonstrate commitment by providing nutritious and locally produced rice to school children. This is evidenced by some 20,000 students in 62 public schools in Nimba County, who are currently enjoying the daily rice produced by local farmers.The rice is being purchased by WFP as part of plans to directly support smallholder farmers, in order to boost production, improve school children’s nutrition and education status as well as develop social and productive safety nets.Recently, a high-powered WFP-Liberia team headed by its deputy country director, Asif Bhutto, visited two schools in Nimba County where WFP and partners are also implementing the school feeding program.Bhutto, who spoke to students and school administrators, said that WFP is pleased to support the school meals program with food commodities bought from local farmers as a way of supporting them to produce more food instead of buying the food from overseas.He said the organization’s activities throughout the country are in line with the government’s development plan as articulated in the Pro-Poor Agenda.Under its Home-Grown School Feeding Program, the WFP, in collaboration with the ministries of Education and Agriculture, buy rice, cassava, eddoes, potatoes, vegetables, and palm oil from smallholder farmers in the country and then supply these to selected schools.last_img read more


first_imgPPP 2020 presidential candidate …selection process to be fair, determined by Party’s Central CommitteeAny candidate who considers himself or herself a front runner for the post of presidential candidate for the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) at the upcoming 2020 elections could find themselves facing malicious, trumped up, or spurious charges for dubious offenses following directions handed down by the ruling APNU/AFC Coalition Government.This is the view expressed by Opposition Leader and PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo as he responded to questions raised by the media in regard to the likelihood of the next PPP Presidential candidate being singled out for charges.“I won’t put it past them…They can charge anyone, make up any charge,” Jagdeo responded, as he said the party’s Central Executive Committee (CC) would have to decide on the way forward if such a situation were to arise, and it would cross that bridge if and when the time comes.His comments come at a time when the Government has been accused of utilising several independent agencies, including the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and senior persons at various levels to achieve political objectives by charging and arresting former PPP MPs, ministers, and other professionals perceived to be PPP.Jagdeo refused to endorse any candidate or state whom he supports or favours for the post, as he said it would be unethical for him to do so publicly and prematurely, as there is a process to be followed internally.He also said he would not be inclined to make any such pronouncements publicly, as these are sensitive matters which must be thoroughly determined and debated internally by the PPP and its leaders.The PPP General Secretary avoided the temptation of also stating whether or not he felt there was anything wrong with people declaring their candidacy in the public, but he did say that careful attention has to be placed on how this is done, and what is said as well as the timeliness of any pronouncements.Jagdeo insisted that while everyone would have an opportunity to make their case to the party’s executive following the determination of the process to be followed, candidates should be mindful of the statements they make about other would-be competitors, and exactly how much they are willing to divulge to the public to suit the partisan agendas of others, including those anti-PPP elements.He said the PPP’s Central Executive would be tasked with finding the suitably qualified and experienced candidates to consider for the top post, and not him individually.“People have an interest in personalising these things, so it seems like I am telling people to toe a particular line,” he said as he warned that his job as GS was merely to state what the PPP position is on particular issues.“Every candidate will have an opportunity pursuant to that process to make their claim or to pursue…their ambitions”, Jagdeo said sternly.He made it clear that he was not against anyone declaring an interest in the job, but he argued even more cautiously that respect must be shown for whatever selection process is agreed upon.The former president has said he does not want to say whether he prefers someone who is from the ‘new or old school’ PPP, but he insisted that his track record and fluid support for youths at every level of the party’s leadership is clear.“My record as president saw the youngest Cabinet in the history of Guyana; and as General Secretary, saw the youngest Central Committee and Executive Committee in the history of the PPP”, he reminded media operatives.Jagdeo also explained that he was in favour of all young people accessing opportunities, as he called on all Guyanese to show decorum and civility in the comments that they are making about public officials and those who aspire to high office.He maintained that the next PPP presidential candidate must also be someone who has the right temperament and qualities to lead the next Government, as he exuded confidence that the PPP will be victorious at the 2020 elections. (Michael Younge)last_img read more


first_imgThe 26-year-old winger’s move follows Stoke’s relegation from the Premier League.“I’m very happy to be here. It’s a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach (Jurgen Klopp),” Shaqiri told liverpoolfc.com.“As a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football. A few years ago I wanted to come too, but it didn’t happen. I’m really happy that now I’m finally here.“I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles. That’s what I’m here for.”Shaqiri, who was born in Kosovo but moved to Switzerland as a child, has just returned from the World Cup in Russia where his country were eliminated in the last 16 by Sweden.He sparked controversy by celebrating his goal in the 2-1 win over Serbia in the group stage by making a gesture with his hands to represent the two-headed eagle of the Albanian flag with which many Kosovars identify.FIFA, which bans political symbols at stadiums, fined him and teammates Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner for the goal celebration but they all avoided two-match suspensions.Shaqiri is Liverpool’s second major acquisition of the summer after Brazilian midfielder Fabinho joined from Monaco.The Champions League finalists have also strengthened their midfield with the pre-arranged arrival of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Xherdan Shaqiri shone for Switzerland at the World Cup in Russia © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 13 – Liverpool have signed Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City, the English Premier League giants announced Friday.The Reds said he had signed “a long-term contract”, with British media reports saying Shaqiri had arrived at Anfield in a five-year deal for £13 million ($17 million, 15 million euros).last_img read more


first_imgAfter 12 games, Fulham sit bottom of the pile with just five points and one win from 12 games.Ranieri, who famously led Leicester to a fairytale Premier League title in 2016, was a free agent after being sacked by French Ligue 1 club Nantes one game before the end of last season.He has been given a “multi-year” contract by Fulham chairman Shahid Khan.“It is an honour to accept Mr Khan’s invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history,” Ranieri told the club’s official website.“The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League. We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed.”Khan thanked Jokanovic, the first managerial casualty of the season in the Premier League, for his work at the club.“I wasn’t anticipating having to make this announcement related to Slavisa and wish the circumstances were such that I didn’t have to, but our path this season has led me to make what I know is the correct decision, at the right time, for our players, the club and our supporters,” said the Fulham chairman.“Slavisa will always have my appreciation and respect for everything he did to return Fulham to top-flight football.”– ‘Capable of better’ –Ranieri’s appointment comes only weeks after his former boss at Leicester, club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, died with four others when his helicopter plummeted into a car park outside the King Power stadium shortly after a match against West Ham.“I was terribly shaken by the news,” Ranieri told Sky Sport Italia two weeks ago.Slavisa Jokanovic has taken just five points in 12 Premier League matches © AFP / Lindsey PARNABY“He was a good man and always had a positive word for everyone.”Italian journeyman Ranieri has previously coached Napoli, Fiorentina, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Valencia, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan and the Greek national team.But winning the title with Leicester two years ago remains the affable 67-year-old’s biggest career achievement.Leicester started that 2015-2016 league campaign on odds of 5000-1 to win the Premier League crown. Ranieri faces a similarly formidable challenge if he is to lift Fulham out of the doldrums.But he believes the Londoners can be competitive again. He will take charge of his first game in 10 days’ time when Fulham welcome fellow strugglers Southampton to Craven Cottage.“This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table. I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage,” added Ranieri.Ranieri will then face former clubs Chelsea and Leicester in successive games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Claudio Ranieri during his ill-fated spell with French Ligue 1 side Nantes. © AFP/File / LOIC VENANCELONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 14 – Fulham appointed Italian veteran Claudio Ranieri as manager on Wednesday after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic in a bid to beat the drop from the Premier League.Jokanovic led Fulham back into England’s top flight in May 2018 but the 50-year-old Serbian has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League.last_img read more


first_imgBafetimbi Gomis wanted to carry on playing against Tottenham Hotspur despite fainting on the pitch in their 3-2 defeat, Swansea boss Garry Monk has revealed.The French striker fell to the ground at White Hart Lane following the hosts’ opener and was tended to by medics from both sides before being stretchered off the pitch.But Monk, who insisted the player is in a good condition after the incident, admitted Gomis wanted to return to the field after being checked over.“He is fine,” Swans boss Monk said. “Coming off the pitch he was fine, talking and he actually wanted to stay on the pitch.“It’s something that we’re well aware of and it’s part of his history, but obviously he’s had all the checks.“We knew about this when he came to the club. He’s had all the medical checks that you can possibly do and it’s just part of his life. It’s to do with low blood pressure.“I didn’t actually see the situation. Our physios went onto the pitch and they relayed the message but he was fine.“Coming off the pitch, he was talking. He actually wanted to stay on the pitch but obviously precautionary wise, we have to make sure that we double check everything but we’re well aware of the history.”Monk is not sure whether Gomis, a summer acquisition from Lyon, lost consciousness or not in the incident which stems from a long-standing vasovagal condition.“We’re all well aware of it,” he said. “He’s had every single medical check that you can possibly have, and he’s fine. It’s just part of his life.”Despite that knowledge, the overriding feeling was still one of relief after the incident proved far less serious than first feared. Gomis has now gone to hospital as a precautionary measure, but Monk foresees “no problem whatsoever” with him playing their next match against Liverpool on March 16.“We’ll clarify now with the club doctor and see what we do from here, see whether we pick him up or he gets his own car back,” the Swans boss added. 1 Bafetimbi Gomis is stretchered from the White Hart Lane pitch last_img read more


first_img1 Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny looks set to extend to loan deal at Roma after the Italian club’s new goalkeeper Alisson insisted he is relishing competing for the No.1 jersey with the Pole.Szczesny impressed for Luciano Spaletti’s side last term and has already confirmed he would be open to staying in Serie A for another year, with his chances of featuring for Arsenal next season expected to be few and far between.And new Roma stopper Alisson has insisted he is not worried about the competition between himself and the Poland international.“As for Szczesny, I’ll say again that it’s not an important matter,” said Alisson.“He’s strong and he did well. There’s going to be a fair rivalry with him.“I chose Roma for a simple reason, for the faith that they had in me from the beginning. They offered an excellent working project and this is the right choice for me. My family and I will be very happy in Rome.” Wojciech Szczesny could remain in Italy for the forthcoming season last_img read more


first_imgIf you live in Ardara then you can consider yourself very lucky today.The Donegal town is amongst the short-list of 25 places in Ireland named by The Irish Times as ‘The Best Place To Live.”Although most of us consider Ardara a town, it has been entered in the village category. It is the only place in Co Donegal to make the final cut of 25 of places divided into villages, towns, suburbs and cities.Other places around the country short-listed by the judges include Westport, Athlone, Cork, Sandymount (Dublin), Greystones (Wicklow) and Sligo Town.Ardara was chosen for the final short-list after an entry by local resident Jenny McHugh.Jenny said of Ardara “There is surely no better place to live than Ardara, which is probably why generations of other people like myself have chosen to raise our families here, safe in the knowledge that there will always be a smiling face or a helping hand around the corner.”  WHY LIVING IN ARDARA CAN BE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH! was last modified: June 11th, 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:ArdaraBest Place To LiveIrish Timeslast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S World-beating Irish dancer Gerard Byrne has been given a hero’s welcome home in Donegal tonight – after returning home with his SECOND world title in three years.Family, friends and supporters packed into The Diamond to greet the dancer from McNeilis Cunningham Boyle School of Dance.“I’m over the moon at winning back my world title and I still can’t believe it,” said the Abbey Vocational School student. “I want to thank to my dance teachers Claire Mc Nelis, Isobel Cunningham, Déirdre O’ Reilly and Eilis. I couldn’t of done it without them,” he said.Friends from the local soccer club and Four Masters GAA club joined the crowds along with hundreds of others.Gerard’s fame after his victory in London has caught the imagination of the people of Britain.He was one of two world dancing champions to give an exhibition of the art form on the BBC2 show Newsnight. Presenter Jeremy Paxman introduced Gerard and Julia O’Rourke from New York at the end of his TV show last night when they performed a hard-shoe reel.The World Irish Dancing Championships are taking place in London this week for the first time in its 44-year history.And it’s one week young Gerard will never forget.Maith thú.You can watch Gerard on Newsnight here: HERO’S WELCOME HOME FOR WORLD IRISH DANCE CHAMP GERARD was last modified: April 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Gerard ByrneWorld Irish Dancing Championlast_img read more


first_imgA gutsy performance by Finn Harps ended in the cruelest of ways when they were beaten by Derry City in the League Cup in a penalty shoot-out at Finn Park.Over the years Derry have had a stranglehold over Harps in competitive games.And once again it was the Candystripes who opened the scoring after 17 minutes. Harps failed to clear the ball and Rory Patterson hit the back of the net from the edge of the area with a snap shot.Patterson went close again for Derry in the 38th minute while Matthew Harkin’s shot whizzed past the Derry post a couple of minutes later.The game was heading for half-time when a teasing cross from Johnny Bonner saw Aaron O’Hagan rise highest to head into the Derry net to make it 1-1.Both side continued to trade chances in the second half. Shane McEleney hit the Harps post while Mark Forker’s effort was blocked by Derry ‘keeper Doherty.Stewart Gracean also went close for Harps.Derry were reduced to ten minutes with fifteen minutes to go when goalscorer Patterson got his marching orders for a second bookable offence.Derry battened down the hatches and the game ended in stalemate after 90 minutes.Extra time could separate the sides and it went down to the cruelest of decisions – penalties. Lady Luck just wasn’t on Harps’ side and they were eventually beaten by the narrowest of margins 6-5.But it was a superb performance by Harps; Hutton bringing in eight new faces from the side which beat Mervue.Mark Forker and James Bonner were superb in midfield against the Premier League outfit.GUTSY HARPS BEATEN ON PENALTIES BY DERRY IN LEAGUE CUP was last modified: May 21st, 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:derry cityfinn harpsLeague Cuppenaltieslast_img read more