President George Weah has been wooing a cross-section of business people and organizations in the State of Israel to Liberia’s diverse business opportunities, accentuating his determination to explore every available means that will pull the impoverished majority of Liberians out of poverty, a dispatch from Israel has said.According to the dispatch, President Weah informed Israel’s senior officials and business executives that his mission to cement relations with Liberia’s traditional allies, including the State of Israel, is aimed at actualizing his government’s Pro-poor Agenda for Development (PAPD).The PADP which seeks to give power to the people, create jobs and improve the economy and sustain the peace through good governance and transparency.Weah’s sayings were contained in a statement delivered Tuesday, February 26, 2019, when he visited Israeli’s Agency for International Development, MASHAV in Tel Aviv, the Capital.He hailed the people of Israel for the support rendered to Liberia’s agriculture, health and other sectors, including business.President Weah reiterated his unwavering quest to improve the lives of every Liberia. He termed his election and the democratic formalities preceding it as a clear evidence of the strength of Liberia’s nascent democracy, respect for the rule of law, and the willingness of Liberians to live in harmony with each other.“A sustainable and lasting peace can only be maintained when it is buttressed and underpinned by growth and prosperity for all,” the President said. He continued: “even as we realize this, and begin to formulate policies that would reduce poverty and improve the economic well-being of our people, we find our economy negatively impacted by external economic shocks, including reduction in global market prices for our major export commodities such an iron ore and rubber.”The President added that this has led to an adverse balance-of-payment situation which has seen a depreciation of the Liberian dollar to the US dollar.He told the assembly of Israeli business people and diplomats that agriculture and infrastructure development remain key to Liberia’s economy revitalization as the country is blessed with a small population and a significant endowment of natural resources.He added, “Liberia has one of the highest rainforests in the world.” With MASHAV, the President said, Liberia needs the “Israeli experience.”He said Israel over the years since its founding, has improved its infrastructures, increased food production through agriculture, and is now the leading technology hub. He noted further: “we are here at MASHAV, the Israel Agency for International Development and Cooperation; we are informed that MASHAV was established to assist friendly nations to overcome development challenges by sharing the know-how and technologies which provided the basis for Israel’s own development.”As head of the Liberian Government, President weah said, “we can make tangible millions of dollars pumped in the country’s agriculture sector with shared knowledge in the areas of research and development of improved seeds, adaptation of new high-yield species and varieties, development and implementation of post-harvest practices.”He said Liberia now seeks Israel’s collaboration and support for the purpose of introducing modern technologies and aggro-technical methods in the country. “Such knowledge and skills transfer would increase the levels and quality of agricultural production, and ensure food security and sustainable development,” Weah said.“We are of the strongest conviction that the most effective means to a rapid reduction of poverty in our country is to develop our potential in the field of agricultural,” he said.He also called for agro-financing to the private sector in major priority commodities such as rice, cocoa, coffee, and oil palm, saying, “Israel’s leadership in aggro-technology could also assist Liberia in the rapid transformation of the sector through the use of smart technologies.”Following an overview of MASHAV’s ongoing activities in Liberia, its Director Ambassador, Gil Haskel, has offered to train qualified Liberians at its facilities in Israel in various areas of agriculture.Haskel assured the President Weah and delegation that his organization would prioritize the interests of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Tottenham are real contenders for Europa League glory this season, according to former defender Christian Ziege.Mauricio Pochettino’s side take on Fiorentina in the second leg of their last 32 tie on Thursday night, with the advantage of an away goal from their first meeting in Italy.“Tottenham are having a fantastic season so far,” said Ziege, speaking to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams.“I am really happy about the way they play. In the Europa League you have to have a bit of luck, but I think they are strong enough [to win it].”Listen to the interview with Christian Ziege in full above
Mario Gotze [left] in action for Bayern Munich Juventus are ready to hijack Liverpool’s summer swoop for Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze.The attacking midfielder is set to leave the German champions in the summer as he searches for more first-team football.Liverpool are very keen on landing the 23-year-old and Jurgen Klopp believes he can entice him to Anfield, having worked with him during his time at Borussia Dortmund.However, according to Tuttosport, Juventus are also trying to engineer a summer move for Gotze.The Serie A side are wary that they may lose Paul Pogba at the end of the season and are lining up replacements.Gotze is reportedly top of that list and a bid for the Germany international is expected within the coming weeks. 1
Central midfield: Aaron Ramsey – Midfield is an area the club are blessed, with Jack Wilshere (when fully fit), Santi Cazorla (when fully fit), Francis Coquelin (when fully fit), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (when fully fit) and Mohamed Elneny also available. There are reports Arsenal want Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler but the Bundesliga club want around £55m for him. Earlier reports had suggested the Gunners would be prepared to pay around £40m, but they will have to stump up more it seems.The 22-year-old played as Germany were knocked out by France in the Euro 2016 semi-final and is now free to sit down and discuss his future.If signed, Draxler would add some serious firepower to the Arsenal attack and the strikers, whoever, they may be next season, will be delighted.Here, talkSPORT looks at a possible starting line up next season featuring Draxler. Goalkeeper: Petr Cech – click the arrow above, right, to see a possible Arsenal starting line up next season with Julian Draxler – There are reports Arsenal want Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler but must pay £55m for him, according to reports. Here, talkSPORT looks at a possible starting line up next season featuring the 22-year-old beginning with Cech. The 34-year-old is certain to keep his place in the Arsenal goal next season. Striker: Alexandre Lacazette/ Olivier Giroud – Giroud has been great for France, but Arsenal have still been linked with Lyons Alexandre Lacazette. However, the club will have to pay a reported fee of £42m, so if he is deemed too expensive, then don’t forget the Gunners also have Danny Welbeck (when fully fit)… 11 11 11 11 Central midfield: Granit Xhaka – The club has just spent a huge £30m on the 23-year-old midfielder. 11 Attacking midfield, left: Julian Draxler – Apparently the club are chasing Draxler, who could cost £55m. At club level he has played as part of an attacking front three in both central and wide positions. Left back: Nacho Monreal – Monreal’s consistency is something that pleases Wenger. “Hes 100 per cent committed and I think as well he has improved since arriving and has shown that in many big games as well,” the manager said. 11 11 Attacking midfield, centre: Mesut Ozil – Ozil was king of the assists last season. 11 11 11 Attacking midfield, right: Alexis Sanchez – Sanchez may be the subject of interest from Juventus, but the club will fight hard to keep him and maybe some big money signings can persuade him to stay? Failing that, theres always Theo Walcott 11 Centre back: Laurent Koscielny – Koscielny is definitely the club’s best defender. Right back: Hector Bellerin – Bellerin has been linked with a move to Barcelona after the Spanish champions sold Dani Alves, but it looks like he is staying put. Centre back: Per Mertesacker – As well as Mertesacker, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can also call upon Gabriel and Calum Chambers.
Jonathon Davey has launched an appeal to find this tiny kitten’s owner after finding her on Thursday evening. “I found her in my shed. She is very young and frightened”Jonathon lives in the Oran Hill in the Mountain Top area of Letterkenny. He has been looking after the kitten but is anxious to get her home to her mother as she seems to be no older than 6 or 7 weeks old.The kitten is mainly black with white streaks.If you have any information please don’t hesitate to message Donegal Daily on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.orgTiny kitten found in Letterkenny, can you help us get her back to her mum? was last modified: September 4th, 2016 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:kitten foundkitten lostletterkennyMountain Top
St. Eunan’s Hurlers and Footballers who were part of the U12 Donegal Representation for Go Games in Croke Park recently. Back left to right: Brendan O’Donnell, Cian Randles, Ryan Hilferty, front Conor McWalters, Cathal Kilcullen, Conor Kelly, Patrick Curran.ALL SYSTEMS ‘GO’ FOR ST EUNAN’S UNDER 12S AT CROKER! was last modified: July 22nd, 2011 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)
Tommy Hollenstein watched the school bus pull to a stop in front of the Dream Center in Echo Park, certain the two young boys he was waiting for wouldn’t remember what day it was. He was wrong. They remembered. Eight-year-old Chance Caesh and his 4-year-old brother, Randy, were the first ones off the bus. They took a quick look around, smiling as they spotted their new friend sitting in his motorized wheelchair. “Today’s the day, right?” Chance asked. “Yeah, today’s the day,” the West Hills wheelchair artist said, laughing as Randy climbed into his lap for a ride. “I’ll drop off our books upstairs and be right back,” Chance said, taking off like a shot. A few minutes later, he came back with his mom, Alison, who lost everything she had but these kids when the floods ravaged her New Orleans home after Hurricane Katrina. The Dream Center, a Christian ministry, has been their home for more than a month. Her boys have formed a special bond with the 44-year-old artist who comes by a few days a week to paint with the kids and take them for a ride in his wheelchair – giving their moms a little break during the day. “Ever since they first laid eyes on him, they’ve both just loved being around Tommy,” Alison says, watching Karla Saenz, Tommy’s aide, lower the wheelchair ramp on his van. “He makes them smile, and that’s something all the kids around here can use more of.” Her boys were going someplace special after school Tuesday with their new friend – the Infusion Art Gallery in downtown Los Angeles, a few miles away. Three months ago, I wrote a column on how Tommy’s unique wheelchair art is gaining a big following, and the boys wanted to see for themselves. So, he invited them for a sneak preview at the gallery where he will have an artist’s reception tonight. What the boys didn’t know was that Tommy, a quadriplegic, had a surprise waiting for them. He’s been working on a new six-piece exhibit he’s painting with the wheels on his chair. It’s called “Hurricanes of Life” – the big ones like Katrina, and the little, everyday hurricanes that a couple of kids named Chance and Randy are going through right now. The separation from their family and friends back in New Orleans. The struggles with a new school and a temporary home in an abandoned hospital. The continuous moving from place to place, with little stability in their lives. “The little hurricanes can be as devastating as the big ones,” Tommy says. “And they’re all intermingled by the paths of life that go through them.” He wanted Chance and Randy to take him down those paths on canvas. Maybe, with some luck, he could help them find the paths of strength and courage he found during his own little hurricanes in 1985, when an accident left him a quadriplegic. While Karla painted their hands and feet reds, blues, yellows and greens, Tommy talked them through the hurricane – the twists and turns down the paths to safety and calm at the other end. “This is fun,” Chance said, laughing as his baby brother said the paint tickled. “Can I make a rainbow down my path?” Chance asked. Of course he could, Tommy told him. A rainbow would be great. It went on this way for nearly an hour until the boys were too exhausted to walk down those paths on their hands and feet anymore. Then Tommy and Karla took them out for hamburgers, picking up a few extras for their mother and grandmother waiting for them back at the Dream Center. “Will you be back next week so we can paint some more?” Randy asked. Count on it, Tommy Hollenstein said. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 email@example.com IF YOU GO A reception for artist Tommy Hollenstein will be 6-11 p.m. today at Infusion Gallery, 828 S. Main St., Los Angeles. Call (213) 683-8827 or see www.infusiongallery.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Robert Carey from Cardonagh, Co. Donegal has won €14,000 on the National Lottery’s The Million Euro Challenge game show on RTE on Saturday 16th May 2015. Pictured at the presentation of prizes are from left to right: Eddie Banville, Head of Marketing, The National Lottery; Robert Carey, the winning player; Garry Carey, Robert’s cousin and guest support on the show and The Million Euro Challenge Host Nicky Byrne. The winning ticket was bought from Seamus Kernan, Eurospar, Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyA Carndonagh man scooped €17,000 on last weekend’s TV lotto gameshow – a few months after missing out on a share in a €5 million windfall.Bobby Carey, Cregnahorna, Carndonagh,is an IT Director at Forward Emphasis in Malin Head.Forward Emphasis has been very lucky with the National Lottery. Last year, a 13-strong syndicate from the company shared a €4.9m Lotto jackpot. Unfortunately Bobby was not in the right syndicate!Bobby brought the company mascot – a rubber cow – to the show as a lucky charm!He celebrated his 30th birthday in April and received the Million Euro Challenge Scratch Card as part of his birthday present from his aunt Christine McElhinney.The only son of Jackie and James Carey, Bobby likes music, going to concerts and following motorsports. His cousin Garry Carey, who also lives in Carndonagh, joined him on the show. The cousins have been lifelong friends and have lived close by all their lives. Garry works in a warehouse for the discount Solo stores. His interests include cycling and socialising.Bobby would like to go on holiday to New York with his winnings – he has friends there and has never visited before.Bobby even showed host Nicky Byrne his passport which he had brought in case he won the jackpot.INISHOWEN MAN GETS A SECOND BITE AT A (SMALLER) LOTTO WINDFALL! was last modified: May 18th, 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)
Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued to security forces across States affected by left-wing extremism after drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were seen hovering over a strategically important Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in the worst Naxal-violence affected district of Sukma in Chhattisgarh’s south Bastar region.The directive was issued by security and intelligence agencies at the Centre.As per communication shared by ground forces, “small red and white light emitting drones” were seen flying near the CRPF camp in Kistaram and Pallodi last month at least four times in three days.The drones emitted a “low whizzing sound” that drew attention of the guards, after which an alert was sounded across nearby camps, said sources. However, the mini-UAVs soon disappeared from the sky even before they could be aimed at and shot.The development rang alarm bells in the security establishment leading intelligence agencies to a vendor in Mumbai who is suspected to have sold the drones to some unidentified persons, possibly Naxal cadres. Inquiries in this context are ongoing, sources added. Agencies are particularly concerned as the two camps where these drones were spotted are located deep inside the Naxal hotbed, do not have proper road connectivity and witness regular movements of armed Maoist cadres as the area shares border with Odisha, Maharashtra and leads to the jungle corridor of Andhra Pradesh. “This development is a serious concern. Possession and operation of drones by Maoists is a new challenge which has been anticipated by security agencies for long. The issue has now surfaced,” a top-ranking security official official privy to the development said. He said “shoot-at-sight orders have been issued to security forces all across the LWE affected states to take down such rogue drones or UAVs being operated by Naxals.” A preliminary analysis of the incident estimates that the drones that were spotted were basic variants of a four-legged UAV that is controlled from the ground using a remote control and is used in capturing videos and photos of social events like wedding and public gatherings.
Pullela Gopi Chand was unable to win an Olympic medal himself, but on Saturday he realised a dream as his ward Saina Nehwal clinched a historic bronze medal in London.”It has been a long journey for Saina. It still seems like yesterday she had lost the quarter-final in Beijing and here she is today with a bronze medal for herself and the country,” coach Gopi told Mail Today.Showing almost no sign of emotion, Gopi was extremely happy that a sport which he has been associated with for almost two decades has got glory for the country.”It’s incredible. Winning a medal in badminton in the Olympics is huge and Saina has put in a very good effort,” he said.Asked about the conversation he had with Saina after her loss in the semi-finals to Wang Yihan, the proud coach said: “I told her all was not lost and she should focus on the bronze medal play-off. Today, the entire nation can celebrate the success.”At a time when in almost every sport there is a clamour for foreign coaches, Saina has stuck with Gopi. “It’s a very special relationship with Saina. We have been working together for years and from Beijing to here, it has been a long journey. There are several areas we worked together on, though it’s well known now how she has laboured on her fitness and speed,” said Gopi.So, would badminton become more popular thanks to Saina? “I would be most happy if Saina’s medal can spur on the youngsters, and a whole new generation. There has to be belief that we Indians can do it and more parents should push their children into this sport,” added Gopi.advertisementIn his view, Saina still has a lot more to achieve. “She is still young and has many more tournaments to play this year. But looking ahead, with an Olympic medal to boast of, she can look at those events where she has not done well,” he said.The Asian Games and All England Championship should figure in that list.