Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has turned over a 40-ft container loaded with “critical medical and other supplies” to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) and the National Ebola Task Force (NETF).The donation is designed to beef up the fight against the deadly Ebola virus that is claiming more lives in Mano River basin, including Liberia.The container, marked “Ebola Only,” was turned over to the MOHSW during a brief ceremony held at the Freeport of Monrovia and attended by Liberian Government officials.Speaking at the ceremony, VP Boakai expressed thanks to Rev.Trevor Cockings of His Church for the donation. His Church is an international charity based in the United Kingdom, which is devoted to relief and humanitarian work for the donation.This donation will go a long way in the fight against the epidemic, the VP said.Amb. Boakai said the shipment of these supplies to Liberia at the time when the nation is battling the Ebp;a virus, which has so far killed over 2100 persons in Liberia, was a significant contribution to the fight against the deadly disease. He assured the donors that the items would be used for the intended purpose.The other two containers with food and non-food items will go to residents in “quarantined communities” with basic needs, while helping to contain the spread of the virus and the loss of additional lives, he added.However, it is yet unclear what will be done with the two containers, as there are no more communities in the country that are under “quarantined.”Speaking to journalists after the ceremony, Vice President Boakai said he has confidence in the mechanism put into place for the distribution and consumption of the supplies sent to the country by His Church.He acknowledged the roles played by the National Oil Company of Liberia, the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation of Liberia and the National Port Authority of Liberia in underwriting the costs associated with shipment of the containers to Liberia.VP Boakai also praised Liberia’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Amb. Rudolf Von Ballmoos, and his staff for facilitating the process.The VP said the shipment is the first in the series expected in coming weeks. The value of the three containers is put at $1.4 Million United States Dollars.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The West Africa Representative of Accountability Lab, Lawrence W. Yealue, has called on Liberians to develop strong minds, emphasizing that strong minds build a nation.Accountability Lab is a nonprofit organization that scouts for young people with talents in music, journalism and drama. It seeks donor support for the empowerment of these young people to succeed in their career ventures. In his address at the 3rd graduation ceremony of the Shah Tah Ahmadiyya High School in Tweh Farm, outside Monrovia, Yealue said Liberia’s problems should neither be blamed on previous generations nor on the country’s 14-year civil crisis.“Blaming the founding fathers of this nation and the regimes that subsequently followed for its underdevelopment is a complete disservice to us today. If we all agree that they have underperformed, then we need to prove the worth of our existence by doing the right things no matter who or what stands against us for the right we pursue,” Mr. Yealue emphasized.He said all Liberians need are strong minds to reject corruption; no matter who is involved, even if it is the President.Yealue said Liberia’s history is replete with wars of many kinds including the battles between the pioneers and the indigenous in the 1820s.“Liberia is not the only country that has fought wars. Almost every nation in the world has fought some sort of war, and it probably was for independence or something else,” Yealue reminded the 48 graduates.“A statement by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf describing the country’s education system as a mess should not be a defeat, but a challenge and a wake-up call to gain excellence through positive competitions.”Yealue expressed dissatisfaction in what he described as “ruined rural teacher training institutes” (RTTIs).According to him, the RTTIs that are supposed to produce quality teachers for quality service are no longer up to standard due to lack of motivation through salary increment and employment for trainers and trainees.“Parents should not think that paying fees is their only responsibility in educating their children, because they too need to attend PTA meetings and follow the day to day activities of their children, regardless of what may be their ages,” Yealue cautioned.The valedictorian of the class, Alieu Kamara, said young people have a very critical role to play in helping their country to succeed in the midst of challenging crises, especially with corruption being the order of the day.Kamara emphasized that after the adolescent period a young person has the capacity to think critically and can decide to be good or bad.“Our friends who get addicted to drugs, those who forsake learning and seek things that often leave them with only regrets should stop blaming other people for their conditions,” Alieu said.The head of the Ahmadiyya Mission in Liberia, Maulvi Nasir Ahmad Kahlon, explained among other things that the Ahmadiyya family is in Liberia to help rebuild the country’s broken education system.He said the Ahmadiyya family believes that education is a compulsory need for the development of any nation, noting that “this is why we decided to leave our respective countries in Asia such as Pakistan and come to Liberia to form part of the system to develop the country’s education program.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Frankie Fredericks suspended by IAAF over disgraced Diack paymentParis, France, Jul 17- Former world champion sprinter Frankie Fredericks has been provisionally suspended from his role in athletics pending an ethics investigation, the IAAF said Monday.Fredericks was suspended from his role as member of the IAAF’s ruling council amid a probe by the IAAF’s integrity unit led by former English Court of Appeal judge Sir Anthony Hooper, the IAAF said. Fredericks stood down himself from his role as head of the IOC’s evaluation commission for the 2024 Olympics, but the IAAF said it felt it had no choice but to officially suspend him too.“The order for provisional suspension does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation which the athletics integrity unit is carrying out,” the IAAF said.In March the French daily Le Monde said the former sprinter received Sh30mn ($299,300 dollars) from Papa Massata Diack, son of ex-IAAF president Lamine Diack, on October 2, 2009, the day Rio de Janeiro was awarded the right to host th 2016 Olympics.The widely popular Fredericks insists that the payments were for promoting athletics events and the IAAF said Monday the suspension was not a presumption of guilt.Fredericks says the payment had to do with a contract that had been signed in March 2007 for promotion services between 2007 and 2011.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
It’s not been the best of starts to the new season for Liverpool, but the prospect of a new Steven Gerrard emerging through the ranks has been cause for some excitement around Anfield.Jordan Rossiter, 17, was handed his senior debut in the Capital One Cup penalty shoot-out victory over Middlesbrough and quickly made an impression, scoring the opener with a long range strike to make him the Reds’ second youngest ever goalscorer behind Michael Owen.So just who is this tyro midfielder seeking to break into the Liverpool first-team? talkSPORT’s Talent Spotter takes a look.Name: Jordan RossiterDate of birth: 24 March 1997Position: MidfielderClub: LiverpoolInternational appearances: One (England Under-18)Did you know?1) Just like Ian Rush, Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen, Rossiter is an Evetonian, but was picked up by Liverpool’s academy at just six years old and has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks.2) The combative midfielder has always been years ahead of his age group and made his debut for Liverpool’s Under-18s on his 15th birthday in 2012. The following season he was captaining the side.3) The Liverpool-born prospect stepped up to the Reds Under-21s last season, making 19 appearances and finishing the season with three goals and two assists to his name, while also earning a spot on Brendan Rodgers’ bench for a couple of senior games.4) Rossiter signed his first professional contract at Anfield in March, shortly after his 17th birthday, and continued his brilliant year by being named Liverpool’s Academy Player of the Season in May.5) Robbie Fowler has already likened Rossiter to Gerrard and the two do share many similar attributes. Comfortable on the ball, the youngster has a keen eye for a pass, can break past opponents at speed and is tenacious when it comes to making a tackle. Liverpool have high hopes for the teenager.6) At international level, Rossiter played a key role for England Under-17s as they finished runners-up in the Algarve Tournament behind Germany this year. The midfielder also made his Under-18s bow for the Young Lions in the 4-1 win over the Netherlands earlier this month.He says: “To score on my debut, I couldn’t have asked for any more. It’s a dream come true to be honest… I know I need to keep my feet on the ground and keep on improving. If I do that then hopefully I’ll get more appearances in the future.” – Rossiter after his impressive debut against MiddlesbroughThey say:“I like the look of him. He’s got a bit of character and steel that me and Stevie have had. He’s a great talent.” – Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher on Rossiter“It is easy for him to go to Melwood because that’s how he trains all the time. He’s getting better all the time. He’s a pleasure to work with and is someone who dedicates himself and works ever so hard. He listens and learns and I don’t think there will be many first-year scholars who play a full season in the under-21s. That is some achievement.” – Liverpool Under-21s boss Alex Inglethorpe on Rossiter being called up to the senior squad in March 2014“Jordan Rossiter could walk to Anfield from where he grew up. He showed wonderful composure. Opportunity is the biggest thing a young kid can want and they know that I will always look to them. My job is to grow young talent otherwise there is no point having our academy.” – Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on Rossiter’s performance against Middlesbrough.Video evidence:Rossiter’s individual highlights on his senior debut against MiddlesbroughLiverpool fans, what do you think of Rossiter? Can he fill Gerrard’s boots? Comment below. Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter 1
0Shares0000Kimani secured a 2-1 aggregate (decided on golden goal rule after 1-1 draw in first leg) victory over Boniface Maina to walk away with the prestigious trophy and Shs 50,000 in prize money.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – Kenyatta University student Phillip Kimani overcame 150 competitors to claim the Jumia FIFA gaming tournament, at the Thika Road Mall, over the weekend.Kimani secured a 2-1 aggregate (decided on golden goal rule after 1-1 draw in first leg) victory over Boniface Maina to walk away with the prestigious trophy and Shs 50,000 in prize money. Maina received Sh 10,000, while second runners up Joseph Macharia pocketed Sh 5,000 in the one-day inaugural event.“I’m extremely happy to be the first winner of this Fifa tournament. It’s a great feeling having beaten one of the toughest opponents in the final. I’m truly lost for words, but it’s my hope that I will keep getting better and better,” said Kimani.“It’s a very tough game. It reached a point I almost gave up, but I kept holding on until I won it. As far I am concerned, this is the best event I have seen so far: from display to features.“I will use the money to buy a console to help me continue practising in order to win in future events. Research shows that many people abroad have taken Fifa gaming as a career, winning large amount of money. I think here in Kenya, we are also on the right path.”Close to 500 Fans, who turned out in large numbers, were also not left out as lucky ruffle tickets winners went back home with give-aways courtesy of Jumia partners Dell, Hisense, Asus and Game Changer.Jumia Head of Category Kwenhui Tawah said: “The great turn out shows the power of gaming in Kenya. This is just but the beginning because we are still in the early days for the sport.“This was a great opportunity for the youths to show case their skills as well as celebrate the FIFA 19 on the back of the world cup. Based on the turn out we’ve seen that there is great demand for this type of programs in Kenya and as a result we are going to make this an annual event.”Reflecting on the tremendous growth of E-sports in Kenya, Dell Brand and Category Manager Central and Eastern Africa Peter Mbiti said: “We are focused on helping E-sports in Kenya and supporting the youths in this initiative. I was really impressed with the turn out. The future of E-sporting is pretty bright and it would be awasome if they make a career out of it.”Resan International Sales and Marketing Manager Manishi Dhami added: “It’s really nice to see the response of the event in terms of turn out. We look forward to continue partnering with Jumia in promoting E-sports in the country.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “It’s an affordable way to make and distribute commercials,” said Robert W. Beth, co-founder and chief executive of VizzVox. “We think this is an opportunity for individuals to create ads and level the playing field with big companies.” Real estate agents who use the service upload digital photographs and video clips to the VizzVox site, turn on a microphone and talk about the selling points of the home and the neighborhood. After they describe each visual, software smoothly stitches together the images and narrative. The program has a remix feature, so agents can create variations on each commercial, including views of dog parks for one prospective buyer, and local schools for another. The presentations can be made and viewed both on Macs and PCs, preferably with broadband connections. Traffic is driven to the site with signs, ads and real estate listings. Drew Neisser, chief executive of Renegade Marketing in New York, who is in the business of inventive online marketing and Web site development himself, was intrigued with the service. “It’s extremely cost effective,” he said. He looked at two VizzVox commercials and liked them: “They told a lovely story about each home – I was ready at the end to call my wife and tell her we were moving to San Mateo.” If you’re shopping for a new home, it’s easy to take a virtual stroll through the ranch house at 640 Hobart Ave., San Mateo, asking price $1,049,000. The house has its own Web site, complete with a soundtrack (www.640hobart.com). Click on it, and a real estate agent welcomes you in the voiceover, as crisp digital photographs of the sunny rooms flow past on the screen, with each photo neatly dovetailed to the narration. The commercial might make you want to move in instantly. But, too bad, that house is sold. Joanne Norris, an agent at Alain Pinel Realtors in Burlingame, who created and narrated the commercial, found a buyer within a week of advertising it that way. She sold another house, too, within a few days of posting a Web commercial, despite an overall slowdown in the local housing market. To make the commercials, Norris used a new Web-based service, VizzVox (www.vizzvox.com). For $149 a year, VizzVox offers a package that includes domain name registration for the property, hosting of the commercial on the Web site for a year, and the use of the Web-based software that lets real estate agents create the presentation. The service may provide an attractive alternative to more complicated and expensive approaches used to sell homes: such as high-definition video or 360-degree panoramic photos. Creating a high-quality video is fairly expensive. Mike Raspatello, director of marketing at Richter Studios in Chicago, which does videos for real estate brokers, said the cost for a three-minute high-definition video of a single home typically ran $6,000 to $15,000. Neisser says the VizzVox commercials “are a convenient way to get a quick and reasonably accurate tour.” But however attractive some of the commercials may be, he said, he doesn’t think do-it-yourself programs such as VizzVox are a threat to more traditional marketing services. “The problem with a technology like this is that you are putting semiprofessional tools in the hands of an amateur,” he said. “One of the reasons folks like us are still in business is that we are professional storytellers. I can’t imagine that your average real estate agent has the quality of voice and ability to draft a narrative that is compelling and interesting.” To meet that challenge, VizzVox offers professional production assistance. For example, real estate agents can provide images and notes on a property, and VizzVox will produce a script and a voiceover artist to read it for $120. In addition to real estate programs, VizzVox also sells a general service for $149 a year that lets individuals create presentations, store them on a company server and display them by way of a link. Parents, for example, might use the service to create a narrative celebrating the birth of a child. Artists might show off their portfolios, and business owners might create commercials about their products. Links to the presentations can be placed anywhere on the Web, pasted into a MySpace page, for instance, or at the end of e-mail messages. Another VizzVox service lets individuals create up to 10 presentations free at its site, but their creations will be shown with ads: After the slide show, for instance, there may be an ad asking viewers to shop at an online retailer. A new San Francisco company called Goldmail, at www.goldmail.com, also hopes to increase the value of e-mail and Web pages by adding a soundtrack to them. “This is a simple way to bring messages to life by adding your voice to anything you send or post to the Internet,” CEO Guy Longworth said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A day after the first major crash on the Metro Orange Line, Los Angeles-area officials pledged Thursday to make the new busway as safe as possible, while riders turned out in good numbers amid calls by critics to shut down the transit line. Commuters woke up to slower buses and beefed-up law enforcement, including white-gloved traffic officers stationed at 13 Valley intersections, all part of the precautionary steps taken in the aftermath of Wednesday’s collision that sent 15 people to the hospital, one with a severe injury. The collision, one of two Wednesday, was caused by a 78-year-old motorist who ran a red light, possibly while talking on a cell phone. Transit officials said more traffic warning signs will be posted around the busway as they weigh longer-term changes like railroad-style crossing gates or flashing lights. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Riders offered their own suggestions for orange “Busway” signs, red “Do Not Enter” signs, warning lights and horns, and even seat belts on the buses. “We’re not going to be deterred. This is a great line. It’s a line that makes sense for people,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at an afternoon news conference that followed a closed-door meeting called to consider busway safety measures. “We’ll implement whatever we have to do to make this as safe as possible.” Among the sharpest critics Thursday was state Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys, who called for the immediate suspension of Orange Line service until further safety measures are installed. “It is now clear that the Orange Line constitutes a significant new hazard for motorists and passengers. The MTA’s liability for these types of accidents, many foreseen by experts and citizens, will only get worse,” Alarcon wrote in a letter to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “I believe that the Orange Line is unsafe at any speed at the present time.” But the mayor, who is also chairman of the MTA board, dismissed the senator’s remarks as “ridiculous.” “Richard Alarcon’s a good friend. But I would suggest that he get more information before he makes a suggestion like that. It’s ridiculous, pure and simple.” Buses were running a few minutes slower Thursday after drivers were ordered to slow to 10 mph through intersections. On Thursday, the trip between North Hollywood and Warner Center was taking between 42 and 44 minutes, about two to four minutes longer than before, officials said. The MTA said daily ridership Tuesday and Wednesday exceeded 11,000 boardings, and that Thursday was on track to be stronger. Morning commuters, meanwhile, were mostly unfazed by the collision. “You have to think about how many accidents there are on the freeway every day,” said commuter Amy Delisio, heading from Burbank/Fulton to her job as a nutritionist at a community health center in Watts. “I’m sure it was scary at first, but this is the first week, so I’m sure they’re going to work the kinks out.” Harold Brown, who was en route from his home in Hollywood to his job as a security guard near the Tampa Avenue Station, suggested lights or bells at intersections. “Once people get used to it, it’s going to settle down.” But Paula Solomon, heading back to Warner Center after class at Valley College, said she purposely avoided the Orange Line and took her old city street bus after hearing about the crash. “They just had this already one week and we’ve already had accidents. That’s why I didn’t take it this morning. I was afraid,” she said. But on the way home, the promise of a 25-minute trip versus her usual 40-minute bus ride drew her back to the Orange Line. City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who called Thursday’s meeting, reiterated that all safety measures are on the table. Officials have previously said crossing gates are not needed because buses must stop at some intersections, unlike trains. Buying gates now would cost more than $10 million, could take up to two years to install and could cause a noticeable jam-up in north-south traffic as the arms go down for buses passing every five minutes during rush hour, city officials said. The city’s Department of Transportation – responsible for engineering nearly three dozen at-grade street intersections on the busway’s 14-mile path – will report at Greuel’s next Transportation Committee next week about alternatives. Immediately, DOT plans to put up additional warning signs at some intersections, paint more “Keep Clear” signs on the roadway and retime the signals to hold the red lights a few seconds longer to clear intersections. Other items under consideration include: Electronically lit “No Right Turn” signs. Flashing “Do Not Cross” signs over the busway. Strobe lights on buses and at red lights. Photo enforcement cameras. Grooves in the pavement before intersections. “Busway Ahead” signs before intersections. Virtual crossing gates made from laser lights. Residents who sued the MTA to halt the busway in 2002 had steadfastly maintained that there should be crossing gates, pointing to the Miami-Dade, Fla., busway, the nation’s first, which had to slow its buses down after numerous crashes. Officials there are now considering adding gates. Former Los Angeles transit official Tom Rubin, who advised the residents in their lawsuit, said gates should be installed when buses are going 35 mph or more, as is required for trains. He said the MTA’s order to slow the buses down would also work, adding that’s one item the residents had proposed in their settlement offer to the MTA in late 2004, which the agency declined. The group ultimately settled a short time later with the MTA for $300,000 in attorney’s fees. “If they’re doing 10 mph (at intersections), it would be hard to see the need for gates,” said Rubin, who had worked for the predecessor to the MTA. “Knowing MTA as I know MTA, I think there is a not unreasonable chance that 10 mph will not be adopted as the long-term plan.” MTA officials said Thursday that they hope to get back to normal operating speeds. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said the MTA has 4,000 bus incidents a year countywide; 2,000 of them, about six a day, are considered serious and involve either passenger cars or pedestrians. “What we have here is a new game in town, a new kid on the block,” he said. “We’re all going to get used to it.” Staff Writer Rick Orlov contributed to this report. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
People who refuse to pay their water bills will have the charges deducted from their dole or wages under plans being finalised by the Government today.But after weeks of negotiations, the move will not include the threat of jail on those who do not pay.A major distinction is being made between those who ‘can’t pay’ and those who ‘won’t pay’, senior government sources have said. Those who can’t pay will be invited to enter into payment plans with Irish Water and are likely to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, according to the Irish Independent.But those who refuse to pay their bills will have money deducted from their wages or social welfare payments.The prospect of court action is not being completely ruled out, but it will only apply to a small minority of cases who overtime refuse to settle their bills.The water plans dealing with no payment will also include thresholds in order to ensure those on lower social welfare payments are not pushed into poverty. Government sources described these as “poverty protections”, saying there is an absolute desire to ensure families who can’t pay are at the forefront of considerations.The proposals surrounding Irish Water coincide with overall plans to deal with debt collection being spearheaded by the Department of Justice.GOVERNMENT PLANS TO DEDUCT IRISH WATER CASH FROM DOLE OR WAGES was last modified: May 6th, 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) Tags:doledonegalGovernmentIrish Waterwages
Donegal County Council has announced it is to grit all primary road routes across the county tonight as temperatures plunge once more.It comes as temperatures across the country look set to dip with wintry weather and even snow forecast during next week.Snow could hit parts of the country next week as our freezing cold winter begins. Sub-zero temperatures will prevail in the nights ahead, before rain turns to sleet and snow as early as Monday.Meanwhile, cold and wet condition are expected in the coming days.A Met Eireann spokesman said “Tonight showers will continue for a time before dying out later. Under clear skies fog and frost is likely to form away from Atlantic coasts. Lowest temperatures of -1 to +3 degrees. Winds will ease overnight.“Sunday will be dry and bright at first with some sunshine. Later in the day, cloud will thicken from the west followed by rain in the late afternoon or evening here. “The rain will spread across the country during the evening. Highest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees. Light southeast winds will increase moderate to fresh as the day goes on with strong winds along Atlantic coasts by evening.”“Wednesday will start mostly dry but rain will move in from the west later in the day. With low afternoon temperatures, the rain could turn to sleet or snow on higher ground.”ALL routes will be gritted across the county from 9pm until 9am tonight and tomorrow morning.The routes include:06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana TownLT: Letterkenny Town Roads to be gritted tonight as snow forecast later in the week was last modified: November 9th, 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:donegalgrittersnow
Portsmouth are interested in taking Shaun Derry back to Fratton Park, according to The People.Pompey are expected to be given the green light by the Football League to make signings and are said to be ready to offer a deal to the midfielder, who played for the south-coast club between 2000 and 2002.Linked with Pompey return.The People also say QPR are planning a £6m bid for Celtic’s Korean star Ki Sung-Yeung as well as competing with Liverpool for the signing of Barcelona’s Spain Under-19 striker Gerard Deulofeu.Meanwhile, Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Fulham’s Moussa Dembele and believe they can land the Belgium star before the start of the season, The People suggest.Dembele has been consistently linked with a move from Craven Cottage. It is claimed that Fulham will demand at least £15m for him.The People also say Whites boss Martin Jol is keen on Marseille’s Alou Diarra, 31, but only if he can sign the France midfielder on a free transfer.The Sun on Sunday say Fulham have clinched the signing of striker Romelu Lukaku on a season-long loan from Chelsea.Gabby Agbonlahor has told The Sun he will definitely shake John Terry’s hand when Aston Villa play Chelsea and believes all players will do the same.The Villa forward was reacting to speculation that some black players may snub the Chelsea captain in the wake of Terry’s clash with Anton Ferdinand.Terry was cleared in court of racially abusing the QPR defender during last October’s west London derby at Loftus Road.“Players like me have to set a good example to kids,” said Agbonlahor.“A lot of kids love their football and watch us all the time — that’s why we have to be good role models. That’s definitely more important than political points-scoring over an opponent“I don’t think there will be players who won’t shake his hand. I think they’ll all do it. When thousands and thousands are watching, you’re not going to refuse someone’s hand easily.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook