“UEFA begins to recognize that football is no longer possible this season”

first_imgVan Ranst goes further and considers that it is still too early to talk about dates, he even warns that football will be far from restarting. “How can you talk about downsizing and restarting the competition if we don’t even know if we are on top of the first peak? Soccer is the most important secondary problem in the world. But we must be honest: massive events like soccer games or music festivals will be among the last things we allow again“The UEFA threatened the Belgian Federation and the Jupiler League that if they went ahead with the suspension, Belgium teams could be excluded from European competitions. On April 15, a hearing is scheduled for Belgian football to defend its decision against UEFA. Van Ranst will be present assessing, as a specialist, the consequences of starting football in the short term. Marc van Ranst is a Belgian virologist and professor at the Leuven University. In addition, serving as an advisor to the Jupiler Pro League in the COVID-19 crisisHis reputable opinion allows him to remain in direct contact with UEFA to help him assess the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.“I have the impression that UEFA is starting to see that playing football is no longer possible this season”, has admitted Van Ranst in statements collected by the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.The doctor next week has a telematic hearing with the body, chaired by Aleksandr Ceferin, to support the Belgian league in its decision to definitively suspend the competition. “The peak of infections is far from being reduced. No one can blame the Belgian clubs for making that decision. The Pro League understood that a minimum of three to four weeks of training will be required before matches are possible again. So it is not realistic to finish current competitions“says the Belgian specialist.last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgThe paradox of Ebola epidemic started from onset of the disease outbreak in Liberia. First was the denial. The International medical humanitarian organization Medicine Sans Frontieres (MSF) warned of its devastation and cried for action, very few, took notice.Fear, anxiety and the slow response from Government and the International community were paradoxes ’in the prevention and control of Ebola. Finally, the paradox of Ebola Virus Disease could best be explained by its mode of transmission. Most Liberians lost their lives because of their compassion, love and care for humanity.  Today, we notice the efforts put in place to control Ebola, the disappointment of every Liberia when a new case was identified. No longer are we in the era of denial, fear and anxiety. Control and prevention effort is now placed on stopping stigma and discrimination of Ebola survivors, educating the public about the danger of complacency and ensuring the total eradication of EVD from Liberia.To declare Liberia free of Ebola, we need to identify every person that came in contact with the last positive case and place them in quarantine. The contact tracing programme has to be enhanced.As we seek to implement lessons learned in our fight to defeat Ebola in future outbreak, we urge Government and the International community to focus on reducing the factors that contributed in the first place to the high Ebola mortality.The challenges ahead and the difficult choices that we need to make in the absence of established treatment for Ebola further explain the paradox of Ebola Virus Disease. While a large number of children orphaned by the Ebola virus now receive housing, education and other form of welfare, the country still has to deal with accounting for the huge amount of funds spent to control EVD.There is an urgent need for transparency and the sharing of information as well as data. The need for greater coalition, collaboration and coordination cannot be over-emphasized. We have come a long way and therefore need to remain on course.The Ebola outbreak is not over until there are zero cases in the entire country for 42 days. We should be constantly reminded that our neighboring countries of Sierra Leone and Guinea are not out of the wood yet.  According to Margaret Harris, “No one can make any specific predictions on when the Ebola outbreak will be over” Therefore, the control of our porous borders (Land frontiers must be a priority. The road to safety is long but the destination to an Ebola free country can be reached.To ensure that we are totally free, we need to wake people up and put in place permanent systems. We also need to educate our children through the stories and information we provide them with.Support the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind through your stories or with your generous cash donation.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates- Placing emphasis on Human Social Security”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Real Problem with Education

first_imgEducation is back in the headlines, marred by the Ebola-sized interruption, and by government’s hasty missteps to fill the classrooms after a long, unproductive year. But the Ebola effect is just the tip of a massive iceberg. At the base of this iceberg are thousands of ghost faculty members, in whose names bank accounts are being filled with thousands of taxpayer dollars. Further up the food chain are middle managers at the Ministry of Education who remain lost on the true number of Government teachers, and who don’t care to know, as long as they get their paychecks at month’s end. At the top is a succession of PhDs and Master’s degree holders who could not seem to handle this mess of a sector, even if they wanted to. As with the Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage, it only takes the tip of an iceberg to sink a ship. That is exactly what Ebola did – to our education system, our health system, and the economy as a whole. But the fact is, disasters happen. The key is employing the right strategies to rebuild. The trouble is, our President seems indisposed to make any real headway in the sector. Whether to fill her quota of political appointments; or to avoid protests by angry students or parents; the President has, time and again, compromised the quality of Liberia’s education system. Take, for example, the decision to reopen schools, while Liberia had not yet been declared Ebola Free. While this decision put students and teachers at high risk of encountering another outbreak, angry parents, anxious to salvage what was left of the 2014 academic year, won the fight to reopen schools. And reopen they did… for a few months. Now the same parents are indignant at having to pay full tuition twice this school year.Another example: students rioting at the University of Liberia. The Brownell saga made it clear that Liberia’s flagship university needs to overhaul its admissions process, and scale down student intake to accept only the emotionally and intellectually qualified. As it stands, though, UL is a breeding ground for many a two-dimensional sycophant who talks big, knows little, and fans around Senators calling, “Chief, chief!” Still another example: two successive Nimbaian Ministers with PhDs, hired to be sitting ducks floating easily over the filthy pond that is the education sector. We embrace their tribe, but sadly, it should not have been a criterion for their appointment. And another: the usual story that keeps Liberia in the chokehold of corruption: personnel who refuse to name and shame those who exploit the system.Let’s not forget the occasional protests over salaries by teachers who barely speak enough English to justify their employment. How does the government respond? By paying them… after a payroll cleanup exercise that only massages a problem that requires sandpaper. On the flip side, the new Minister, swelling from his success at the small Civil Service Agency, seems overly confident in his ability to turn the system “from mess to best.” He may impress some with this goal, but we are amused. Firstly, he has only two years to work this miracle – if he lasts that long. Secondly, he is already making all the wrong enemies by snubbing his first budget hearing, and playing hardball with the legislature and students, when he has not yet built the political capital to do so. This is a recipefor disaster. Our only question to him is this: if Mary Broh could not win, what makes you think you can?Evidently, the real problem with Liberia’s education system rests in the politics. Our President, Education Ministers and the personnel further down the chain all fall on the two extremes of the political spectrum: on one side, you have those who cower in the face of public dissent; on the other end are those who have courage but lack wisdom or political acumen.To restore balance to our education system, the leadership in the sector must grow a spine and make the tough decisions; kill their egos and develop partnerships that lead to positive results; stop lamenting about textbooks, just shut up and get the job done, because our future depends on it. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyanese students in China donate to Shaheed’s Girls Orphanage

first_imgMembers of the Guyana-China Students’ Association (GCSA), in keeping with their motto ‘Sowing in China, reaping in Guyana,’ made a monetary donation to the Shaheed’s Girls Orphanage.The donation was part of their first Christmas Community Service Project to help the orphanage recover from the tragic fire on October 20, 2018. The handover of a cheque worth $300,000 took place on Sunday at the Orphanage, in Kitty, Georgetown, where the girls are currently staying.The 26-member team pooled resources and tapped into their personal friendSome of the members of the Guyana-China Students’ Association handing over the cheque to officials of the Shaheed’s Girls Orphanagecircles in both China and Guyana to make it happen, doubling the target. With this act of kindness, it is their deepest hope to be a positive influence to other Guyanese associations and organisations, home and abroad, since they too were inspired by other entities. Even though China may be ten thousand miles away, home is where the heart lies and technology lessens the barriers of time and distance.Anil Tulsie, Finance Coordinator of the GCSA, at the handing over ceremony stated that “Many may not know what it means to be an orphan nor what it means to lose their home; we can only begin to imagine what it means to have experienced both in one lifetime.” The Association wishes to thank all of their families, friends and supporters who all contributed to the success of this project.The Guyana-China Students’ Association is an organisation devoted to the development of Guyana’s greatest resource – its people.The group is currently focused on building a harmonious community of Guyanese in China working together with those who have returned to Guyana to bring about positive changes.last_img read more

Dave Stockton gets off to a poor start

first_imgSan Bernardino native and Redlands resident Dave Stockton figured he’s experienced just about everything on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. But he added a new feat to his illustrious professional career last week at the Champions Tour’s Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, held at the TPC Tampa Bay in Florida. On his first hole of his 2007 season debut, Stockton earned a triple bogey, and later added another triple bogey, en route to a 10-over-par 81. “The worst opening round and worst start in my career,” said Stockton, who began his professional career in 1964. “The funny thing was I started the round with six balls and lost three of ’em in the first three holes. I didn’t know if I was going to run out of balls before the end of the round.” Luckily, Stockton didn’t. Although the round wasn’t his best, he recovered the following day with a second-round 70, then finished with a rugged 80 on Sunday, where temperatures in the Tampa Bay area hit the low 40s with winds that reached more than 30 mph. “It really was miserable for golf, but what are you going to do,” he said. “Set all sorts of personal worsts, but it happens.” Stockton played a sporadic 2006 season as he spent much of last season with his wife Cathy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. He played 14 events and plans on playing about the same amount this season. “Cathy had her last chemo treatment on Jan. 11 and we have six weeks of radiation ahead of us,” he said. “We tolerate it the best we can. She walks two miles a day, and when she doesn’t, she spends a lot of time in the garden.” Stockton turned 65 this past November, but doesn’t plan on retiring. He needs to play a minimum of 11 events to qualify for the tour’s benefit plan. center_img “That’s become pretty important to us,” he said. “Playing at least 11 is a priority. After this year, I can see playing the minimum. “Obviously, I’m not shooting to win tournaments, but to play competitive golf means a lot to me. It really comes down to enjoying myself with my friends. I’m not ready to give that up.” The Champions Tour makes its annual Southern California appearance with the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach (March 9-11) and the AT&T Champions Classic in Valencia (March 16-17). Plan on Stockton playing in both events. Already this season, the 50-and-over Tour has been influenced by the younger entrants. Earlier in Hawaii, rookie Fred Funk won at Turtle Bay with the largest margin in Champions Tour history That group of newcomers has built an excitement for fans who follow the senior circuit. Although, Stockton would like to see some of the young guys take their time at enjoying success. “It’s an exciting year with an influx of new people,” he said. “We really have an interesting cross section of players. (Mark) O’Meara, (Nick) Price, (Scott) Hoch … I would’ve liked to have seen Funk struggle a bit instead of playing so well right off the bat. “But, O’Meara (who fired an 82 on Sunday in Tampa Bay) struggled a bit. Good to have him humbled. We don’t want to have those guys have too much success right away.” And when playing isn’t on his agenda, he and sons David and Ron are heavily involved in corporate events. The three plan on working several events this year. They also are involved in a golf and residential development in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. “It’s a spectacular site,” he said. “Tom Fazio has 36 holes that he’s designed. David’s working on real estate and a smaller course will be a golf school that’s ours.” SENIOR STROKE PLAY Thomas Herzan of Findlay, Ohio, fired a final-round 5-under 67 to win the fourth annual Callaway Golf PGA Western Senior Stroke Play Championship, held at PGA of Southern California on Tuesday at Beaumont. Herzan won the 54-hole event by one shot over Ronald Stelten of Palm Desert and Chris Starkjohann of Encinitas. A SENIOR CALLING San Bernardino Golf Club will play host to the San Bernardino County men’s amateur championship March 26-27. The format features individual gross and net champions. Age groups are 50-60, 61-70 and 71 and over. Cost is $85 and includes green fees, award ceremony with dinner and a free practice round. Deadline is March 18 and the field will be capped at 100. For information, contact (909) 885-2414. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

REVEALED! Van Persie was told to find new club at Man United golf day

first_img Robin van Persie and Louis van Gaal 1 Louis van Gaal has revealed that he informed Robin van Persie he had no future at Manchester United during the club’s annual golf day in May.The Dutchman has agreed a three-year contract with Fenerbahce, with the Turkish side finalising a fee with United before officially confirming his arrival.The move has come as something of a surprise given that just 12 months ago, Van Persie was Holland captain under the 63-year-old at the World Cup.But Van Gaal once again exhibited his ruthless streak by deciding to sell the 31-year-old after he scored just 10 goals for the club last term.And Van Gaal revealed at a press conference in Seattle on Wednesday night that he delivered the news to Van Persie at the club’s end-of-season golf day two months ago.The United boss said: “I had the conversation at the end of the season, so he knew already what was coming.“I told him in a conversation with him and we have to keep it like that. He knew that from the day we played golf, we spoke about the prospects of him at United.”The decision may have been ruthless, but it was one Van Gaal made with something of a heavy heart.“Every decision is difficult to sign and let them go,” the Dutchman added.The former Barcelona coach believes Van Persie has chosen his next club wisely, though.“I think he did a very good choice,” Van Gaal added.“When I was (Holland) coach, I watched Fenerbahce because of (Dirk) Kuyt and I was always received in a very warm way.“I think Robin will like it, to be in that warm club. I wish him all the best and I have also texted that to him.”last_img read more

Berahino ‘really regrets’ West Brom strike threat

first_imgWest Brom striker Saido Berahino has broken his silence and admitted he regrets his strike threat. The forward has apologised for his actions after trying to force a move away from The Hawthorns last year.He issued the warning to chairman Jeremy Peace on Twitter after Albion rejected two deadline-day bids from Tottenham. In September he tweeted: “Sad how I cant say exactly how the club has treated me but I can officially say I will never play Jeremy Peace.”In total the Baggies rejected four bids from Spurs in the summer – the final one rising to £23million – while Newcastle also made an offer in January. But now the England Under-21 international has said sorry for his misguided tweet.“It is something I look back and I really regret. I should never have said that. I am human like you know,” he said.“I make mistakes and I hold my hands up and I say it was a mistake from me and I just apologise to all the fans out there that have always supported me and also the club that has always believed in me.“I have missed a lot of football and I am just trying to get myself back into match fitness and sharper again like I was last season so my focus is mainly on getting back to what I was last season and finishing really on a high.”Berahino has scored six goals in 25 games for Albion this season with boss Tony Pulis critical of his form and fitness.He netted 20 times for the Baggies last term and Berahino believes the goals will return.He told the club’s official YouTube channel: “They are bound to go in sooner rather than later so it is all about getting yourself into good positions and not trying to think too much about scoring, and are you going to miss or not. I am patient with it. I know if I get myself in a good position the goals will come.“So I just stay patient and work hard for the team and try and push on.” 1 Saido Berahino regrets last year’s strike threat last_img read more

Retail’s December chill

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – In the days leading up to Christmas, the nation’s retailers worked up a lather to attract last-minute shoppers to salvage what has been a mediocre December. Department-store operator Macy’s Inc. slashed prices, and Toys “R” Us offered price cuts of up to 75 percent. At stake are retailers’ profits for the year and perhaps even the strength of the economy. While consumers jammed stores at the start of the season for big discounts and shopped early for Nintendo Co.’s hard-to-find Wii game console, popular video games like “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” and Australian sheepskin UGG boots, they waited until the end for most everything else, to take advantage of the best deals amid a challenging economy. The biggest disappointment comes from women’s apparel, extending a downturn that’s grown deeper in recent months and serving as an ominous sign for the health of retailing in general. Women do the primary shopping for the family, so analysts say it’s troubling that they are spending less time in the stores. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“I have no money or time to shop,” said Tina Morabito, who started her holiday shopping Friday morning at a mall in Providence, R.I. She was buying greeting cards and mint chocolates but didn’t plan to buy clothing. “There’s been a malaise” among women’s clothing sales and “it has spread to other areas,” said Dan Hess, chief executive of Merchant Forecast, a New York-based research firm. “The panic button has been pushed, particularly in department stores.” And even with an expected sales surge over the weekend, which traditionally accounts for about 10 percent of holiday sales, Lazard Capital Markets analyst Todd Slater expected that the last-minute spending would be too little, too late.last_img read more

LYIT ON ‘COURSE’ FOR A RANGE OF NEW CAREER OPTIONS

first_imgLYIT has added a range of new courses in growing sectors such as Cloud Computing and Animation.And the even better news is that there’s still time to apply for available places. The ideal time to drop in and see all LYIT has to offer is at its Information Day at its campus’ in Letterkenny and Killybegs on 23 August from 10 am – 3 pm.The LYIT continues to expand its curriculum with a view to offering programmes which prepare students for careers in rapidly expanding sectors. This year the college added exciting other new courses including Culinary Arts, Dental Nursing, Fire Safety Engineering, Animation and Sports Coaching. During 2012, LYIT completely refreshed its curriculum to reflect the latest academic and industry trends.There are four academic schools at LYIT – Business, Science, Engineering, and Tourism in Killybegs – which provide a broad range of entry level degree programmes, matched by growing opportunities in postgraduate Masters and PhDs. There are over 75 courses to choose from. The college also has a number of programmes for those wishing to return to college or change career direction.LYIT is located on 2 campuses in Letterkenny and Killybegs, both are dynamic and vibrant with excellent facilities, including a floodlit outdoor playing field, a refurbished cookery demonstration classroom, state-of-the art science labs and the only Wind Energy Training Tower in Ireland. Killybegs offers highly respected courses in tourism, hospitality and culinary arts, with an ambitious European and US exchange programme.Registrar Billy Bennett explains, “We’re focused on continuing to offer relevant courses to meet a changing market with a particular emphasis on emerging areas like Cloud Computing. Students who study at LYIT are choosing courses which will open up future career opportunities and equip them with skills for future success.” For more information on courses and what is on offer, visit www.lyit.ie or even better drop in to see us next week at our Information Day on Thursday, 23 August, from 10 am – 3 pm. There’s still time to secure a place. Or contact Grainne on 074 9186129. LYIT ON ‘COURSE’ FOR A RANGE OF NEW CAREER OPTIONS was last modified: August 16th, 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:Billy BennettcoursesLYITlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA MINOR GIRLS TO TAKE PART IN BLITZ COMPETITION THIS WEEKEND

first_imgGaeil Fhánada Lotto resultsNo jackpot winner. Numbers drawn were 01,06,11,12,15. Bonus 06. €100 winner Brid McAteer, Fanad Lodge, €50 winner Collette Shiels, Tria Locha. Next week’s jackpot €4,150.Gaeil Fhánada Gear (& New Strip) Anyone interested in any Gaeil Fhánada (Fanad Gaels) gear (tops, hoodys, training tops etc.) please call in to Michael Murphy Sports in Letterkenny and put your order in with Martin asap (esp. if needed for Christmas).Donegal Ladies Gaelic – Minor ‘B’ competitionNorthern Section – These games will take place as a blitz competition in St Eunan’s on Sunday 7th Dec at 10am.Buncrana St EunansCloughaneelyGaeil FhánadaGaeltacht Beo FhánadaTráthnona thar barr a bhí againn san Ionad Lae, tráthnona Dé Domhnaigh seo chaite chun céiliúradh an Gradaim Náisiúnta a bhuaigh Gaeltacht Fhánada san chomórtas Mórtas Ceantair Pride of Place! de bharr an obair iontach atá ar siul thar na blianta fada, go hairithe na daoine siúd a bhfuil páirteach i gclubanna anseo sa ghaeltacht agus iad siúd go bhfuil suim mhór acu an ghaeilge agus an chultúr a choinneal beo anseo i bhFánaid. Tá muid fíor brodúil anseo i bhFánaid. Tá an Gaeltacht Beo. Tá ár spiorad beo. Fánaid Abú ! Come along and see Gaeil Fhánada’s Christmas Tree at Christmas Tree Festival in Rosnakill run by Clondevaddock Parish from this Saturday 5th – 7th December. There will be dozens of trees prepared by local groups and lots of exciting events for all ages. This will be a very big event for our parish, with exhibits, teas, crafts, a concert, carols and more. Every Day – it starts Friday 5th at 11a.m. with an official opening. That evening Pio McCann will play a session of seasonal music. On Saturday 6th Santa will be visiting from 3-5p.m. and at 8.00p.m. there will be a special concert in concert on the evening with – The McCafferty School of Irish Dancing, The Omagh Youth Choir, Rev. David McBeth, Brian McNamee (vocal soloist) and Paul Hughes (singer/songwriter), Sunday 7th at 7.30p.m. there is a ‘Community Carols’ with local musicians.Tesco Homegrown All Ireland Club Champions 2014Comhghairdeas mór chuig mna An Tearmainn i dTuaim, Co. na Gaillimhe sa Chluiche Ceannais Peile na mBan . Bhain siad 3:12 v Mainistir na Mona 1:13 .Gaeil Fhánada would like to say a massive congratulations to the Termon Ladies last Sunday on a great achievement winning the All Ireland Senior Club Championship Final in Tuam, Co Galway. 3:12 v Mourne Abbey, Co Cork 1:13. Well done to management and all the ladies from everyone here at Gaeil Fhánada C.L.G. We’re all very proud of you! GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA MINOR GIRLS TO TAKE PART IN BLITZ COMPETITION THIS WEEKEND was last modified: December 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:fanad gaelsGAANoticesSportlast_img read more