100 Victims Still Waiting for Red Cross

first_imgFourteen days after a fire disaster rendered 100 people homeless on New Kru Town’s Karpeh Street, the victims are still waiting to hear from the Liberia National Red Cross Society, LNRCS. The LNRC team conducted an assessment three days after the incident, and informed the victims that help would be forthcoming. “We are still waiting to hear from the Red Cross,” community chairman Joe Carr told the Daily Observer yesterday. Three days after the incident, an official of the LNRC, Christopher Johnson, admitted to the Daily Observer that he had received a letter about the disaster from Mr. Carr. “We will send a team to assess the situation,” Johnson told the Daily Observer in a telephone interview on April 26. However, Chairman Carr told this newspaper during a visit yesterday that, “Red Cross people came here, but since they left, we have not heard from them.” Seven days after the visit of the LNRC team, Carr said the victims are still sleeping outdoors. “They have nowhere and no one to go to for help,” Carr said. “We need urgent help from the Red Cross, particularly since there are 50 children among them.”  Carr said a representative from the humanitarian group, Oxfam, contacted the community, wanting to help. “We are waiting for Oxfam, too,” Carr said. A visit by the Daily Observer yesterday saw disappointed women, children and older men and women sprawled in several areas, near where their zinc houses had stood. “This is where we sleep since the fire destroyed our place,” one of the women told the Daily Observer. “I lost everything and I am not even able to feed myself and my four children.”  She said Chairman Carr has been assisting with money and food. “How long can he continue to do that?” she asked. A Red Cross representative, who asked not to be identified, told the Daily Observer, yesterday, “We have done our assessment and we’ll get to them as soon as possible.” Carr meanwhile said a humanitarian, Mr. Dixon Siebo, last Saturday made a financial donation of LD15, 000 to the community to help the victims. Carr explained that the victims had lost hope that there was someone out there who was willing to help.“It’s been 14 days now since the fire incident and they are still waiting for a worthy organization to help,” Carr complained. With Red Cross’ promise, he said he is convinced that help will come, but appealed that it should not wait too long. “We don’t want additional problems,” Carr said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ON THE BREEZE

first_imgNot as a twig drifting in the chaos of nothingNot as a plastic bag being whirled to nowhereNot as a wooden drum made of hide and sunNot as the live log fallen into the blue oceanOn The Breeze ………..I lay my cares for goodFree of the clutches of climbing forest ropesFree of the million biting ants in the red anthillFree of the chains that bound men to cast ironFree of the cruel brutality of man against manOn The Breeze ……..l direct my sail to glide onComfortable to look around and be at peaceComfortable to see faces flushed in real joyComfortable that equal rights has found a homeComfortable to disembark and walk every slumpOn The Breeze…….. I look above for more grace Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Naomi Osaka consoles teary Coco Gauff after beating her at US Open

first_imgOsaka’s advantages in age and accomplishments — she is a two-time major champion, including at the Australian Open in January — played a role. So, too, did her on-target power, which resulted in a 24-8 edge in winners.“For me, this is the most focused I’ve been since Australia,” said Osaka, who’s had an up-and-down season since earning that trophy and is wearing a black sleeve on the left knee that’s been problematic lately.Addressing Gauff, she said: “I’m so sorry for playing you (with) this type of mentality.”When it ended, after merely 65 minutes, Gauff began to bawl on the sideline. Osaka approached her and they spoke, briefly, then later cried, too, while addressing Gauff’s parents on-court.“For me, it’s crazy to me to see how far she’s come in such a little amount of time,” said Osaka, who was born in Japan and moved to the U.S. when she was 3.Both players are based in Florida now and have known each other for a few years. Their fathers are friends.“She was crying; she won. I was crying. Everybody was crying,” Gauff said. “I was like, ‘You won the match!’”Gauff acknowledged feeling some jitters at the outset, and Osaka produced the match’s initial seven winners.It took all of 10 minutes for Osaka to lead 3-0.When Gauff did claim a game, she did so with a couple of exclamation points in the form of aces at 105 mph, then that one at 119 mph. Osaka slumped her shoulders. The crowd roared. It seemed, fleetingly, that this might be a competitive match. 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LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Totally dominated MOST READ Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption So the tournament’s defending champion and No. 1 seed, who is only 21 herself, comforted Gauff with a hug and words of consolation, then encouraged her to address the 23,000 or so folks in the Arthur Ashe Stadium stands who were pulling for the young American. Knowing how tough it is to lose, Osaka told her: “You need to let those people know how you feel.”So Gauff obliged — a rare instance of a match’s loser addressing the crowd from the court. And was appreciative of Osaka’s gesture.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“She just proved that she’s a true athlete. For me, the definition of an athlete is someone who on the court treats you like your worst enemy, but off the court can be your best friend,” Gauff said later at her news conference. “I think that’s what she did tonight.”It’s that sort of maturity off the court, and a wise-beyond-her-years game on it, that has helped Gauff generate all sorts of attention already. She was the youngest woman since 1996 to win two matches at Flushing Meadows, her follow-up to a captivating run to the second week at Wimbledon in July.center_img No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist In this much-hyped showdown under the lights, Gauff often looked exactly like what she is: an immensely talented player who is still learning her way at tennis’ top level.“We definitely know what we’ve got to work on,” Gauff’s father, Corey, said. “She wanted to win the match. It wasn’t, ‘See how well you can do.’”Gauff pounded serves at up to 119 mph but also double-faulted seven times.She overcame a slow start to get within 4-3 in the opening set but also dropped the last eight games.Don’t forget: The U.S. Open was only the second Slam for Gauff, who was ranked No. 313 at the start of Wimbledon and is now No. 140.ADVERTISEMENT Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son “Next time I play her,” Gauff said, “I’m going to try to come up with a different plan.”Soon enough, Osaka was edging ahead — and then pulling away, showing the same poise and power that carried her to the championship a year ago in a memorably chaotic final against Serena Williams that ended with spectators booing and both women in tears after the 23-time major champion got into a lengthy dispute with the chair umpire.On this evening, Gauff’s body language was getting worse and worse, whether it was a slap of her thigh or raising her racket overhead as if contemplating a spike or the palms-up glare toward her parents and others in a courtside guest box to ask why they weren’t giving her more support.Gauff’s dad said afterward that his daughter might not appear on tour again until next year, because of age restrictions on the women’s tour that limit how many tournaments someone who is 15 may enter.Next for Osaka is a match Monday against 13th-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland with a quarterfinal berth at stake. Other matchups Monday: American qualifier Taylor Townsend vs. No. 15 Bianca Andreescu of Canada, American wild-card Kristie Ahn vs. No. 25 Elise Mertens, and No. 23 Donna Vekic of Croatia vs. No. 26 Julia Goerges.Moving into the men’s fourth round were three-time champion Rafael Nadal and 2014 title winner Marin Cilic, who are the only past Grand Slam champs in their half of the draw and now must face each other. Cilic, the No. 22 seed, overcame his own 17 double-faults and withstood 40 aces from 14th-seeded American John Isner to win 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4. With Isner and Tennys Sandgren losing Saturday, zero American men reached the fourth round.Other winners included No. 6 Alexander Zverev, No. 13 Gael Monfils, No. 24 Matteo Berrettini and unseeded Andrey Rublev, who beat the ever-combustible Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-3.Kyrgios is facing a possible suspension after calling the ATP “pretty corrupt” over a $113,000 fine it levied for outbursts at a tuneup tournament. He was relatively subdued Saturday, other than calling a line judge a “whistleblower” for reporting him to the chair umpire for cursing.There’s always something with Kyrgios, who said afterward his eyes might have had trouble adjusting to the artificial lights in Ashe because he plays too many video games. ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES Coco Gauff, right, of the United States, wipes away tears while talking to Naomi Osaka, of Japan, after Osaka defeated Gauff during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK — Naomi Osaka looked across the net after ending Coco Gauff’s U.S. Open in the third round Saturday night and saw the tears welling in the 15-year-old’s eyes.Osaka also saw a bit of herself in the kid she’d just beaten 6-3, 6-0.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Tourism for all

first_imgRaising the Tourism Sector’s profile and status in Caribbean countries has been the focus of many if not all countries that have a heavy reliance on tourism, which is one of the main economic sectors and also a major source of revenue, foreign exchange earnings, jobs and investment.Guyana, like many other countries, plan and execute national tourism awareness programmes annually, in an effort to achieve the goals of raising the profile of the sector and educating various publics about the positive contributions of this sector.The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates tourism’s contribution to Guyana’s GDP at 8.9 per cent. Whichever it is, it is clear that tourism is making a huge impact on our country and has the potential to be one of the leading sectors and largest employer of especially our young people.As the sector continues to develop, the stakeholders are moving aggressively to accurately measure tourism’s contribution to Guyana’s GDP. In November last year Government established a Tourism Satellite Accounting sub-committee, as they move towards research-based decision-making.Another integral part of the drive to highlight the potential of the industry is the implementation of a robust awareness programme; this year Tourism Awareness Month, which is commemorated in November, will be executed under the theme “Tourism for All – Building partnerships for Tourism Development”.Given the potential of the sector, it has become even more important for everyone to understand their role in the development of the sector and more importantly to understand how they stand to benefit from this cross cutting industry which connects everyone in every community, town, region and by extension, the country as a whole.If Tourism is to be examined under a microscope, one will find that it provides jobs to many across varying sectors; it is a primary source of revenue for several indigenous communities and has a tremendous impact on society.As a people to people industry, it is imperative to forge strong relationships for the development of tourism in Guyana. The Industry consists of a network of stakeholders working hand in hand to achieve economic prosperity; both public and private sector members need to realise and play their roles effectively to ensure the Industry recognises its full potential.It is for this reason that the emphasis this year is on strengthening partnerships and creating new ones for the continued development of the burgeoning industry.Evidently, Guyana has the potential to become a leading destination for Sustainable tourism; in fact research shows that Guyana has a competitive advantage, however time and time again, as Administrations come and go, policies and directions shift and goal becomes all the more elusive.We have seen concerted and dedicated efforts from the Private Sector and the industry leaders who now need to accelerate their efforts in communicating to the populace that there is a concrete plan going forward and that dedicated efforts will be placed on finding solutions to the constraints and challenges, identifying opportunities and setting benchmarks for the growth of the industry.Businesses, investors, service providers, and citizens need to have the confidence that indeed there are benefits of investing their time and efforts in growing the industry.More importantly, they need to know that the Administration is taking the industry seriously. Then and only then will there be the ‘bye in’ that indeed Tourism is for all.last_img read more

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GGDMA boycotting Mining Week 2017

first_img…accusing Govt of failing industryThe Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), along with the National Mining Syndicate, is accusing Government of failing the mining industry.Accordingly, they have decided to boycott Mining Week 2017 activities.The two organisations, in a statement, accused the Government of only taking from the miners, without developing infrastructure or providing adequate services in return.“The spirit of the thousands of miners and their workers are at the utmost low. Many miners are demotivated and wanting to close their operations, while others are not reinvesting and are simply going through the motion to pay their bills. This is what this Government has done to the Gold and Diamond Mining Sector,” the statement read.They highlighted that Mining Week is a time for reflection and recognition of the accomplishments within the mining industry. It is a time for both public and private sectors to together celebrate the progress made, but there is no unity within the industry.“Instead, the local mining industry has suffered the ire of more taxation, more fees, false promises, and the deliberate and continued withholding of cost-saving policies traditionally enjoyed by miners. There is no reason to celebrate. The Association and the National Mining Syndicates (has chosen) not to be a part of a week of activities that is more for the purpose of public relations than for the benefit of individuals involved or interested in getting involved in the sector,” the statement added.The GGDMA accused the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) of irregularities and insubordination. They are also calling on the Government to identify their National Mining Policy, stating that the miners are doing their part and the Government should do its part.They chastised the GGMC for the reintroduction of the six months’ notice for the conversion of a prospecting permit to a mining permit.“The GGDMA finds this policy as outrageous and unacceptable. We therefore ask the question: is the GGMC and the Government of Guyana serious about business, serious about local investors, serious about Foreign Direct Investment? It does not seem so from their policies,” the GGDMA said.The call for better infrastructure and more lands for the mining syndicates were reiterated while the bodies continued expressing disappointment in the way the industry is managed.Mining week 2017 commenced on August 20 and will conclude today.last_img read more

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Panel backs group for pact to fight gangs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Advancement Project proposes to draw in experts from academia, law enforcement and public health while examining successful programs in other cities. Consultants will seek ways the city can hone its gang-prevention and intervention efforts, currently spread across dozens of programs costing $26 million a year. “I think it’s long overdue to look at the preventive strategies,” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said. Gangs are “a growing problem” in her east San Fernando Valley district, she said, and she asked Rice to be sure to consult with Valley experts. While the contract is for six months, officials have indicated a willingness to consider extending it. Rice said she wants to examine whether Los Angeles and neighboring cities are getting their fair share of state money to fight youth violence, an undertaking she said could take a year. The consultant’s findings will help officials decide whether to pursue a proposal to consolidate all the prevention and intervention programs into a single anti-gang agency. The Advancement Project has also drawn the approval of the city’s ad hoc committee on Gang Violence and Youth Development. The contract now goes to the full City Council for a vote. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A nonprofit group seeking a $465,000 contract to develop a comprehensive anti-gang strategy for Los Angeles won the endorsement Monday of the City Council’s budget panel. The consulting project is part of the city’s wider effort to evaluate the tens of millions of dollars spent each year combating gangs and trying to keep young people away from violent lifestyles. “What the city has is a whole bunch of uncoordinated, unsynergistic programs, some of which do some very good work but not to scale and not together,” civil-rights lawyer Connie Rice told the Budget and Finance Committee. City analysts picked the Advancement Project, a nonprofit policy and legal advocacy group run by Rice, to evaluate the programs and create an anti-gang road map for the city. last_img read more

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Crowded bus bombed in Sri Lanka; 64 dead

first_imgKABITHIGOLLEWA, Sri Lanka – Suspected Tamil separatists attacked a crowded bus Thursday, triggering a pair of hidden bombs that killed at least 64 people – the worst violence since a 2002 cease-fire began unraveling in recent months. With peace talks largely abandoned, the attack edged this tropical island nation off India’s southern tip further toward all-out war in a conflict that killed 65,000 people before the truce. The government quickly launched retaliatory airstrikes on rebel areas. Today, the air force launched a second day of aerial attacks on the rebel-held north, a senior insurgent leader said. “They are carrying out attacks, at least eight bombs have been dropped since dawn today” around the rebel-stronghold of Kilinochchi, Seevaratnam Puleedevan told The Associated Press. Police said most of the victims were Sinhalese, the group the rebels accuse of discriminating against Tamils. Officials said many passengers were headed to the funeral of a policeman killed Monday in another attack blamed on rebels. Thursday afternoon, the wrecked yellow bus still lay on its side as heavily armed soldiers stood nearby. The roof of the bus was stained with blood. Shoes, a mobile phone and women’s purses were scattered around. At the hospital, relatives wept. “They are all gone,” screamed Bandula Gamini, who lost his wife, son and mother-in-law in the blast. Gamini said he was standing three rows behind his family when “there was this blast and I recall being trapped.” He was pulled from the bus by two policemen.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The dead from the bus attack included at least 15 children, their blue school uniforms coated with blood and gore as authorities laid out corpses at a hospital in the island’s north so relatives could identify them. At least 78 people were wounded in the attack. The rebels, a well-armed movement that began fighting in 1983 to create an independent homeland for the ethnic Tamil minority, denied responsibility for the attack. They suggested it was done by shadowy forces they accused of trying to create unrest. But Sri Lanka’s government, which is dominated by the majority Sinhalese, insisted rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam movement were responsible. “This is a barbaric act of the LTTE,” said government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella. “Their aim is to provoke a backlash.” The bus was blown up with a pair of land mines hung from a tree and detonated by remote control, said a military spokesman, Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe. Rigging bombs to trees or bicycles is a common rebel tactic, so the ground does not absorb much of the blast, officials say. last_img read more

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Roll up, roll up! 8 new schools join 1for1@1 challenge

first_imgToday’s ‘Relay for Life Donegal’ Schools 1for1@1 Challenge roll call has added 8 new names to the list.These schools join yesterday’s list of 26 schools, so an incredible 34 schools are now taking part in the ‘1for1@1 Challenge’!We are delighted to add you to our list and it’s great to see schools from different parts of the county coming on board – today we add Cloghan, Raphoe, Inishowen, Dungloe and four schools from our islands of Arranmore and Tory, thanks to one and all. Is your school up for the challenge? To be included in the next ‘Roll Call’, simply email us your school’s name and your contact details to relayforlifedonegal@gmail.comScoíl Phádraig Dobhair, An BhunbeagLoreto Secondary School, LetterkennyScoíl Olibhéir Pluincéid, Rann Na FeirsteGaelscoil Adhamhnáin, Leitir CeanainnScoíl Mhuire , Doirí BeagaSt. Saffons NS, CastlefinnScoíl Chonaill, An Bun BeagScoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin, LetterkennyScoíl Naomh Dubhthach, Machaire Uí RabhartaighSt. Bernadettes School, LetterkennyLetterkenny Educate TogetherScoíl Naomh Diúgh , AnagaireNaomh Colmcille NS, Drumoghill, ManorcunninghamPobal Scoil, Ghaoth DobhairSt. Baithin NS, St. JohnstonScoíl Adhamhnáin, An LuinnighLoreto Community School, MilfordScoíl Náisiúnta, Mhín an ChladaighMulroy College, MilfordScoíl Náisiunta, Gort an ChoirceScoíl Fhíonáin, An FalcarrachPobail Scoíl Chloích Cheann FhaolaScoíl Chnoic na Naomh, Doire ChonaireScoíl Eoín Pól, Loch an UirRoyal and Prior School, RaphoeScoil Roisin, An Clochan LiathSN Taobhóige, An ClochánColáiste Phobail Cholmcille, Baile Ur Oileán ThoraíScoil Naomh Cholmcille, Oilean ThoraíScoíl na Léibe , Leabgarrod, Arranmore IslandScoíl Cholmcille, Arranmore IslandRaphoe Central National SchoolScoil Mhuire, Dristernan, Gleneely, InishowenDungloe National SchoolWhat’s the challenge?From now until Friday, May 19th, we are asking schools to pick one challenge and on their chosen day to carry it out at one-o-clock. Relay for Life Donegal are doing this fun challenge in association with Donegal Daily to raise vital funds for cancer survivors.Every student takes one euro into the school (hence the name 1for1@1) Every single euro raised for Relay for Life this year goes directly to the extensive research programme for cancer survivors presently ongoing at Letterkenny University Hospital. Unfortunately, cancer does affect every family and we are asking ‘’ALL SCHOOLS’’ to please consider taking part as every euro is so important to us.WATCH: Illistrin NS are the first to get active in 1FOR1@1 ChallengeDonegal DailyWe at Donegal Daily have joined forces with the Relay for Life Donegal committee to promote the Schools Challenge for this most worthy of causes.We are asking schools to do a one minute video of your challenge and send it to relayforlifedonegal@gmail.com.As you can appreciate, it would be impossible for us to show all videos sent in but we will put up a selection of them over the next two weeks. If you can also send a photo of the students taking part in their challenge to the same address we will put that photograph up for viewing. Remember that on the weekend of Relay for  Life Donegal  27th/28th May at Letterkenny LYIT, all of the videos sent in will be shown on the ‘Big Screen’. So keep in touch with Donegal Daily and with the Relay for Life Donegal facebook page during the challenge!Roll up, roll up! 8 new schools join 1for1@1 challenge was last modified: May 4th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:1for1@1Relay for Lifeschools challengelast_img read more

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Carndonagh Business Watch meeting planned to end recent attacks

first_imgA series of attacks on local businesses in Carndonagh has prompted the establishment of a Business Watch scheme.The first meeting will be held tonight (Tuesday 27th June) in the Colgan Hall, at 7.30pm.Recent criminal attacks and break-ins in the town will be top of the agenda. Sergeant Paul Wallace, the Garda Crime Prevention Officer, will be in attendance and is expected to provide advice on security to help businesses to prevent further incidents. Local representatives Cllr Albert Doherty, Cllr Jack Murray and Senator Padraig MacLochlainn are inviting all business owners and interested parties to attend.Carndonagh Business Watch meeting planned to end recent attacks was last modified: June 27th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BusinessCarndonaghcrimelast_img read more

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Upgraded Charges Filed In Cullowhee Shooting

first_imgCharges have been upgraded from attempted murder to first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Western Carolina University student.Jacob Ray was shot just before midnight on Friday October 6th near Tucks Tap and Grille in Cullowhee. He died on Monday October 9th at Mission Hospital. Ray was a junior at the university. Aja Makalo, 19, who was also a student at WCU and Zavion Southerland, 17, are accused of shooting Ray. Both were arrested in Gastonia by the State Bureau of Investigation. Southerland is being held without bond. Makalo is being held under a $500,000 bond.Search warrants indicate drugs could be a possible motive in the shooting. The killing remains under investigation.last_img read more

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