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Morocco Lauded for Upholding African Solidarity

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded the Kingdom of Morocco for the level of support that Liberia continues to receive, especially in the heat of the Ebola outbreak, when that North African country kept its airline open “as others abandoned us and left”.On presenting his letters of credence during a ceremony held at her Foreign Ministry office, President Sirleaf recounted to the new Moroccan envoy, Ambassador Majid Halim,  Morocco’s role in promoting solidarity during the Ebola outbreak by allowing Royal Air Maroc to continue flights to and from Liberia.It may be recalled that in the heat of the outbreak several countries, most especially African states, began to ostracize Liberia and other Ebola-affected nations, denying entry of vessels and airlines emanating from those countries.Many multinational businesses and organizations also left for fear of their staff contracting the deadly virus. But Morocco through its airline, Royal Air Maroc, was among the few that stood by Liberia by helping in the transport sector.  The President described this as “true African solidarity.”President Sirleaf, welcoming Ambassador Halim, acknowledged the strong collaboration between the two countries both at the level of the African Union and bilaterally.The Liberian leader lauded the Moroccan government for the provision of scholarships for over 100 Liberian students currently undergoing studies in Morocco and the construction of a girl’s dormitory at the Tubman University in Maryland County.She also spoke of the establishment of the Liberia-Morocco Joint Commission, which meets alternately in each other’s capital to formulate and determine programs of cooperation between the two countries.Ambassador Halim, conveyed a message of support and solidarity from the King of Morocco during what he called a difficult moment in Liberia’s history due to the Ebola outbreak.The Ambassador who is resident in Conakry, Guinea pledged to stand with Liberia in all endeavors, including the battle to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus disease.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Good news, bad news second round for Kirby Dreher

first_imgIt wasn’t a great start for Dreher who once again teed off from the 10th hole as she began her round with a bogey. She would however rebound nicely with a birdie a couple holes later to get back to even.Dreher would bogey hole 18 just before the turn, and dropped another stroke on the second. The round had a positive ending however as birdies on two of the last four holes, on the sixth and ninth brought her back to even par.Next weekend may be the biggest in Dreher’s young career as she’ll be in Southampton New York for the U.S. Women’s Open. Round one of the tournament gets underway on Thursday.- Advertisement –last_img

N.M. senator denies effort to pressure prosecutor

first_imgA House Judiciary subcommittee last week subpoenaed the prosecutor, scheduled to appear on Tuesday and testify under oath. He also is scheduled to appear before a Senate committee the same day. Domenici refused last week to say if he had contacted Iglesias, insisting in a brief interview with the Associated Press, “I have no idea what he’s talking about.” But in a written statement Sunday, the Republican senator said he called Iglesias last year and asked “if he could tell me what was going on in that investigation and give me an idea of what time frame we were looking at.” Domenici apologized in the statement. “It was a very brief conversation, which concluded when I was told that the courthouse investigation would be continuing for a lengthy period. In retrospect, I regret making that call, and I apologize,” Domenici said. “However, at no time in that conversation or any other conversation with Mr. Iglesias did I ever tell him what course of action I thought he should take on any legal matter. I have never pressured him nor threatened him in any way.” Domenici noted that he had recommended Iglesias’ appointment by President George W. Bush in 2001. He said he subsequently became disillusioned with him and recommended “several months” before the telephone call to Iglesias that he be replaced. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici acknowledged Sunday that he called a federal prosecutor to ask about a criminal investigation several months after calling for his replacement, but insisted he never pressured or threatened his state’s U.S. attorney. The prosecutor, David Iglesias, was fired by the Bush administration in December. Iglesias – like Domenici, a Republican – says he believes he was dismissed for resisting pressure from two members of Congress before last year’s election to rush indictments in a Democratic kickback investigation. Ethics experts said Domenici’s conduct may have violated Senate rules, which generally bar communications between members of Congress and federal prosecutors about ongoing criminal investigations. Iglesias has said he would not name the lawmakers unless asked under oath. last_img read more

Baby hearing follow-ups neglected

first_imgThe nation has made great strides in screening newborns – 95 percent are tested, up from 3 percent in 1989. And there are signs of success with follow-ups, too. It used to be that just half of babies received diagnostic evaluations; now, two-thirds do. When babies show difficulty with the initial screening – typically done in hospitals with a machine – they should be referred for further testing. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that follow-up take place by three months of age, though White recommends by one month for healthy babies. In the diagnostic test, babies listen to clicks or tones through earphones. Electrodes measure how the sound travels from the ear to the brain to see if the nerve is functioning. White said pediatric audiologists, who perform the diagnosis, can be hard to find. And physicians may be ill informed, advising their patients that children cannot be tested until they are older. Almost all American newborns have their hearing tested. But of the babies who show signs of hearing loss, one-third don’t get follow-up tests – putting them at risk for language, social and learning delays, according to data released Wednesday. The figure alarms Karl White, director of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management. The Logan, Utah, center tracks newborn screening for the federal government. It also crunched the numbers. “There’s good research showing the earlier these babies get intervention, the better they will do,” White said. Most children whose hearing loss is caught early and who receive help – such as hearing aids or cochlear implants, listening and speech training – will catch up with their peers and won’t need special education services, he said. “Pediatricians might say, `Why don’t we wait and see?’ That’s exactly the wrong thing to do now, but it was the right thing to do 25 years ago,” White said. “You want to try to follow up with the child as soon as possible,” said Faye Mitsunaga, audiologist at Mountain West Hearing Center in Salt Lake County. “There is that critical period for speech and language development.” Today’s deaf adults, who didn’t get them, read at a fourth-grade level on average, White noted. INFANT HEARING LOSS FACTS How do your child’s hearing and language compare with developmental milestones? BIRTH TO 3 MONTHS: Blinks or jumps when there is a sudden, loud sound. Quiets or smiles when spoken to. Makes sounds like “ohh” and “ahh.” 3 TO 6 MONTHS: Looks for source of sounds. Starts babbling. Uses many sounds, squeals and chuckles. 6 TO 9 MONTHS: Turns head toward loud sounds. Understands “no-no” and “bye-bye.” Babbles. 9 TO 12 MONTHS: Repeats simple words and sounds you make. Correctly uses “mama” and “dada.” Responds to singing or music. Points to favorite toys and objects when asked. BY 24 MONTHS: Has a word for almost everything. Uses 2-3 word sentences. BY 36 MONTHS: Strangers are able to understand much of what the child says. Uses verbs ending in “ing” such as walking or talking. Source: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management – The Salt Lake Tribune160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Militant takes terror to Web

first_imgA London man arrested on terrorism charges in October, Younis Tsouli, is believed to have played a critical role in spreading al-Zarqawi’s messages, which authorities believe have helped incite homegrown terrorist plotters in many countries, including the 17 men arrested last week in Canada. “While Osama bin Laden traditionally relied on Al-Jazeera and the media to disseminate his propaganda, Zarqawi went straight to the Internet, which enabled him to produce graphic videos that would never have been shown on the mainstream media,” said Rita Katz, director of the SITE Institute. Footage that showed a masked al-Zarqawi beheading an American businessman in Iraq, Nicholas Berg, in 2004, became a gruesome model for others seeking similar notoriety. Videos later posted in Thailand showed people being beheaded by militants “who looked into the camera and said one word: `Zarqawi,”‘ Kohlmann said. Since his first message appeared on a jihadist Web forum in April 2004, al-Zarqawi’s media operation has posted hundreds of others, often with video clips. Lasting only a minute or two, the clips gave jihadist rhetoric far more immediacy: masked snipers shoot at American soldiers; a suicide bomber’s car speeds toward an armored personnel carrier before disappearing in a fireball; a bomb detonates amid a truck convoy with drivers fleeing the flames. Bruce Hoffman, an analyst at the Rand Corp. who wrote “Inside Terrorism,” said al-Zarqawi’s mastery of the Web would be “part of his legacy.” “He started a process that will be very difficult to stop,” Hoffman said.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 flood of Web tributes, their tone more defiant than sorrowful, reached an audience that al-Zarqawi greatly expanded, experts on terrorism said. While other militants, from the Chechen rebels to Hamas, had created Web sites to spread their message, al-Zarqawi and his aides were the first to take full advantage of the new technology. Al-Zarqawi’s Web propaganda created, and probably embellished, his own reputation in the Iraqi insurgency. But it also helped secure the Internet as a virtual center of terrorist recruitment and instruction, partially supplanting the role of now-destroyed al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan, according to counterterrorism officials and analysts. In recent months, his video messages and dramatic footage of violence have been posted on multiple computer servers to avoid downloading delays, with one version designed for viewing on cell phones. “I would call him the Alexander Graham Bell of terrorist propaganda,” said Evan F. Kohlmann, who follows extremist Web sites at “It’s a new day for these groups because of him.” In April, when al-Zarqawi posted a video that showed his face for the first time, sympathizers within hours had posted translations of his speech into English, German, French, Dutch and other languages, experts said. WASHINGTON – Over the last two years, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi established the Web as a powerful tool of the global jihad, mobilizing computer-savvy allies who inspired extremists in Iraq and beyond with lurid video clips of the bombings and beheadings his group carried out. On Thursday, the electronic network of jihadists that al-Zarqawi helped create was abuzz with commentary about his death, with supporters posting eulogies, praising what they called his martyrdom and vowing to continue his fight. One al-Qaida ideologist who calls himself Lewis Attiya Allah declared that al-Zarqawi’s death was a “victory” for Islam, saying “Allah chose him” and “We are all al-Zarqawi,” according to the SITE Institute in Washington, which tracks jihadists’ Web postings. An online jihadist publication called Sada al-Jihad, or Echo of Jihad, declared, “Our nation can provide more sons,” adding that “the day of revenge is coming soon, very soon.” last_img

Man who took €250 car on test-drive hit pole and then fled

first_imgA man took a €250 car on a test-drive and then hit a pole before fleeing the scene leaving his passenger in the car.James Tierney, from 3 McCann’s Corner, St Johnston took the vehicle for a test-drive on November 18th last but hit a ditch and lost control of the car at Derry Road, St Johnston. The 23-year-old, who admitted a charge of hit and run, then left the scene leaving his female passenger in the front seat of the car.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client had bought the car for €250 on DoneDeal and he was taking the car to his brother’s to have him look at it.He said he made an unfortunate choice but said the passenger was unhurt as a result of the crash.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until November for a Probation Report into the matter.Man who took €250 car on test-drive hit pole and then fled was last modified: September 20th, 2017 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:crashdonegalhit and runSt JohnstonTEST DRIVElast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Here are edited video highlights from the weekend action in the Donegal Senior Football Championships.Footage courtesy of jacksonsmediatv. DDTV: Click to play DDTV: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WEEKEND QUARTER-FINALS IN THE SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: September 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

Arsenal beat Chelsea, Wolves win? Stats reveal how PL games should have ended

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 11 Maurizio Sarri won his first home game as Chelsea manager The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed silverware Should a team end with a higher xG than actual goals scored, it is probable they were wasteful in front of goal due to poor finishing or an in-form opposition goalkeeper. If the real goals scored is higher than the xG, the team may have been lucky to score so many in that match, or come up against a poor defence.So, how did every team perform compared to their xG in the second round of Premier League matches? Find out below thanks to shot-based expected goals statistics from… Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Real result: Burnley 1-3 WatfordxG result: Burnley 0.8-1.7 Watford gameday cracker whoops smart causal Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United predicted Burnley v Watford 11 Real result: Leicester City 2-0 Wolverhampton WanderersxG result: Leicester City 0.2-1.0 Wolverhampton Wanderers Real result: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 FulhamxG resul: Tottenham Hotspur 3.1-1.3 Fulham Cardiff City v Newcastle United How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers Arsenal have lost their first two games in a season for the first time in 26 years, but the biggest crisis is at Manchester United, where Jose Mourinho seems to be walking on a tightrope after Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Brighton.Other impressive results over the weekend included Watford securing a 3-1 win at Burnley to make it six points from an available six, while Leicester claimed their first points of the season by beating top flight new boys Wolves.But were the real results the correct results?Last season we saw the rise of ‘expected goals’ (xG) with it becoming a household term thanks to Match of the Day following extensive use by the football analytics community. Most read in Premier League 11 Real result: Chelsea 3-2 ArsenalxG result: Chelsea 2.2-2.5 Arsenal 11 Real result: Brighton and Hove Albion 3-2 Manchester UnitedxG result: Brighton and Hove Albion 1.6-1.6 Manchester United How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings center_img Real result: Cardiff City 0-0 Newcastle UnitedxG result: Cardiff City 1.2-1.8 Newcastle United Manchester City v Huddersfield Town Chelsea v Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had an xG of 0.99 against Chelsea, but failed to score the goal he should have 11 Real result: Everton 2-1 SouthamptonxG result: Everton 1.9-1.8 Southampton SORRY We are only two games into the Premier League season, but it’s already been a thrilling campaign.Reigning champions Manchester City have quickly returned to the top of the table after recording two wins by a combined score of 8-1, while Chelsea are close behind under new manager Maurizio Sarri. Real result: West Ham United 2-1 BournemouthxG result: West Ham United 1.1-1.8 Bournemouth Everton v Southampton possible standings Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 11 ‘Expected goals’ is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match, with every shot taken given an ‘expected goal’ value based on the difficulty of the attempt.Based on a number of factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders, the ‘expected goal’ value reveals the likelihood a specific shot will end in a goal; the higher the value, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shotThe ‘expected goal’ value of every shot in a game is used to calculate the ‘expected goals’ of a match. Click here to find out more about the calculations used to work out xG. 11 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? West Ham United v Bournemouth Real result: Manchester City 6-1 Huddersfield TownxG result: Manchester City 4.5-0.7 11 Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 11 11 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 11 latest changes last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL County Council may be forced to close a “state of the art” reservoir just 12 years after it opened, it was claimed today.The Tirconaill Tribune reports that residents in Rathmullan and the surrounding area have been forced to buy bottled water or travel to Milford and Letterkenny to fill up.“”The dogs won’t drink the water in Rathmullan,” Ray resident May McFadden tells today’s paper. The Environmental Protection Agency has ‘condemned’ the water supply, asking the council to connect the seaside town to the Milford mains, it is reported.Residents today said they had been assured the water from the Meenreagh reservoir is drinkable.The Environmental Protection Agency says the Rathmullan supply will have to close due to contamination.  COUNCIL MAY BE FORCED TO CLOSE RATHMULLAN RESERVOIR – 12 YEARS AFTER IT OPENED was last modified: March 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:COUNCIL MAY BE FORCED TO CLOSE RATHMULLAN RESERVOIR – 12 YEARS AFTER IT OPENEDlast_img read more

Vulnerabilities show in Houston Astros’ rout of A’s

first_imgEvery ball a Houston Astros batter knocked out of Minute Maid park is met with a symphony of fireworks, train whistles and echoed cheers. That symphony turned into a raucous cacophony throughout Homer Bailey’s short-lived second start for the Oakland A’s, culminating in a 11-1 loss on Monday night in Houston.Related Articles What A’s winter ball performances can tell us about the second base race Former Oakland A’s lefty Brett Anderson finds new home …last_img

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