Senators Enraged

first_imgThe Chamber of the Liberian Senate yesterday witnessed heated debates over the incremental (slow but steady) increase in the exchange rate between the Liberian Dollar and the U.S. Dollar that also serves as ‘legal tender’ (money, cash) in Liberia.At their second-sitting, the Senators vented their anger and disappointment following the reading of a communication authored by Senators George T. Tengbeh and Matthew Jaye of Lofa and River Gee Counties respectively. The two asked their colleagues to look into, act to change for the better and stave-off (ward off, prevent) a worsening of the situation.The communication by the two Senators, dated January 15, said: “We have realized over the past weeks the high rate of one United States Dollar against the Liberian Dollar. This seems to be on the increase on a daily basis. The situation is causing the living conditions of our citizens to become difficult.In view of the above, we recommend that this honorable plenary invites the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia to appear before the Senate plenary on Tuesday, January 21, to explain the high rate of the US Dollar against the Liberian Dollar…”Reacting immediately following the reading of the letter, a member of the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency, Lofa County Senator Sumo Kupee, reminded his colleagues that prior to the Constituency Break, presentations on the micro finance of the country and other financial issues were organized by his committee, and experts then predicted what was then in the making.“We then predicted that if what was happening were not halted by December, the rate would have gone to 85 or 90. My suggestion today, is that the plenary empowers the committee to go back and conclude its work: or things will get worse. If not halted in the next couple of weeks or months, the rate might approach 90.For his part, Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morias condemned the astronomical rise in the exchange rate and warned that if no decision is taken now by the Senate, the situation will cause the people to take to the streets one day.“This is no joking matter; we should mandate our committee to do a thorough investigation of the matter and report to the honorable Senate. Making an input, Senator John Ballout urged immediate action from his colleagues to help alleviate the already worsening conditions of citizens in the leeward counties.“I would like to urge my colleagues here to take a step forward. I will like this committee and the plenary in its judgment to invite the two people responsible in our economy now: Finance Minister and CBL Governor to come and present a wholistic picture of the economy, and let’s see from our own judgment where all of this may be coming from,” the Maryland County Senior Senator suggested.Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley speaking from his Grand Bassa seat recalled that the current situation was forecast months ago by experts who said the exchange rate would have climbed to 90, and that some people personally accused him.“Today, everybody is looking to us for guidance and leadership in this matter, and so it is time for us as a Senate to look at this matter and look at each other in the face and say we have a problem; a very, very serious problem. Is it only monetary policy? I don’t believe so. I think we need to go into in-depth investigations, with experts, who can give us expert opinions and guidance on what is really happening in our country.”Despite their feelings, the Senators voted 19 for; with two against, agreeing that the Banking and Currency Committee make reports to the plenary next Tuesday.The original plan, to bring Finance Minister and CBL Governor before the plenary, did not get any farther.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mbappe is Time magazine’s ‘Future of Soccer’

first_imgMbappe made headlines in September 2017 when he moved from Ligue 1 side Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain for a staggering 180 million euros ($207 million), a deal that saw the then 18-year-old player handed a reported monthly salary of 1.5m euros ($1.8m).But the 19-year-old’s stock skyrocketed during this year’s World Cup, where a series of phenomenal displays drew compliments from Brazil legend Pele on his way to helping France end their 20-year wait to win another World Cup trophy.Mbappe became the youngest French goalscorer in World Cup history when he struck in a 1-0 win over Peru in the group stages.The teenager from the gritty Parisian suburb of Bondy then tore apart Argentina, scoring twice and earning a penalty as Les Blues eliminated the highly-fancied South Americans 4-3 in the last 16 knockout round.In doing so, Mbappe became only the second teenager, after Pele in 1958, to score two goals in a World Cup match.When Mbappe scored with a 25-yard strike in the final, a 4-2 win over Croatia, he became only the second teenager to do so, after Pele, in 1958.With a total of four goals in the tournament, Mbappe received FIFA’s award for Best Young Player of the World Cup.Arguably better still were the plaudits from Pele himself, who said: “If Kylian keeps on equalling my records, I’m going to have to dust off my boots.”Mbappe’s teenage days will end when he celebrates his 20th birthday on December 20.He played a key role for France on Thursday, equalising from the penalty spot in a 2-2 friendly draw against Iceland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s forward Kylian Mbappe, pictured on October 7, 2018, became the youngest French goalscorer in World Cup history when he struck in a 1-0 win over Peru in the group stages © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Oct 11 – Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe’s rapid rise to global fame has earned the teenaged World Cup winner an appearance on the cover of Time magazine’s international edition, to appear on Friday.Time said Mbappe was a global superstar who “is the future of soccer.”last_img read more

Ducks earn split with Kings

first_imgNHL: Fight fires up the London crowd as Perry’s two goals lead Anaheim. By Chris Lehourites THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON – When the gloves came off, the British fans got exactly what they wanted. But it wasn’t 10 goals in two days that most of the capacity crowd came to see. Ducks winger George Parros and Kings forward Scott Thornton provided the main entertainment, dropping their gloves near center ice and pounding each other while the crowd stood and roared. Both received five-minute major penalties. “I’m sure they’d heard a lot about North American hockey, and the NHL,” Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger said. “And certainly, you saw the reaction when they did (fight). It was nice to give them a little bit of everything, I guess.” The Kings helped the Ducks in the first period by spending eight minutes in the penalty box, including twice giving the Ducks a two-man advantage. The Kings killed the first one, but Perry scored shortly after Lubomir Visnovsky came back on the ice to make it 5-on-4. Pronger got the puck to Andy McDonald, who then sent a shot toward goal that Perry controlled and redirected past Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera. “We took it upon ourselves to get the puck in deep and get on that forecheck we are known for,” Pronger said. Kunitz made it 2-0 on the power play at 15:29, putting back a rebound with Brady Murray in the box for holding a stick. Perry scored the third goal at 2:53 of the second period, stuffing in a shot from the right. Moen added the fourth at 4:10 by sending a wrist shot past LaBarbera on the glove side. “We got inside, and we established a good grind,” Carlyle said. “That seems to be the mandate for our group to have success.” Cammalleri, who had two goals in the Kings’ opening win, scored at 8:57 of the second with a wrist shot to the glove side. The Ducks now head to the United States for three road games – at Detroit on Wednesday, at Columbus on Friday and at Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Ducks’ home opener is Oct. 10 against Boston. The Kings warmed up for the London series by winning both games in an exhibition tournament in Austria. They have almost a week off before hosting St. Louis on Saturday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A two-man brawl with fists flying midway through the second period drew the biggest cheers and a standing ovation Sunday in the Ducks’ 4-1 win over the Kings. “They liked the physical play,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “They liked the fight.” Corey Perry scored twice to help the Stanley Cup champion Ducks split the NHL’s season-opening series at the O2 Arena, which is owned by Kings owner Philip Anschutz. The Kings won, 4-1, Saturday – the first time the NHL played a regular-season game in Europe. Chris Kunitz and Travis Moen also scored for the Ducks, and Mike Cammalleri got his third goal of the season for the Kings. “It was an entertaining game from a fan’s standpoint,” Carlyle said. “I thought they got to see a little bit of everything over the two games.” last_img read more

GEEK CULTURE

first_imgStone designed it after a stereotypical jewelry ad, knowing the audience he targets would get the joke. “We’re like the `Clerks’ people,” he said, referencing the 1994 Kevin Smith comedy about convenience store clerks. “We get all the Kevin Smith jokes and the ’80s jokes.” What Stone means by that is his store in Lomita doesn’t exactly fit into a normal niche. Its shelves are not full of just comic books and collectors items, although there are a few. Instead there are Web cameras shaped like stuffed animals, USB coffee mug warmers, toys that poke fun at pop-culture, and the T-shirts Stone designs to do the same. “We want to only carry stuff you can’t find,” Stone said, while wearing a T-shirt with The Hulk’s face on it with “GRRRRRR” underneath. “Anything I think is weirder than you’d see.” Stone, 29, opened the store in June, after running an Internet store and services out of his home; he still does some of the same services such as Web design, virus sweeps, and VHS-to-DVD conversions. That mix of services, unique merchandise and humor is something Stone says customers will not find elsewhere. “Even our competition doesn’t fall into what we are,” he said. “You could go to Spencer Gifts at the mall, but that’s the 50-year-old guy who thinks he knows what’s going on.” Stone says Living Geek is more aware of culture than chain stores like Spencer Gifts but is also more approachable than comic book stores that can be overwhelming for someone who doesn’t know what he is getting in to. When Stone opened the store with the help of his wife, Miriam, they knew the word geek would give customers an idea what the store was about. So after trying a few combinations they settled on Living Geek. “It’s the geek lifestyle. You’re living geek,” Stone said. Of course, the response to “geek” hasn’t been all good. “A few people have been offended by the word geek,” Stone said. He was approached once at a comic book convention and asked why he would use that particular word. “Of course, I wasn’t about to admit I was a geek and wanted to do something I know about.” The downside is not everyone knows as much about it as Stone. “A lot of people walk into the store and don’t really know what it’s about,” he said. To gauge whether someone would understand the store, Stone has a simple test. “If you come into Living Geek, you should not watch `American Idol,”‘ he said with a chuckle. But Stone believes the geek culture is growing and that companies have just begun to cash in on it. Microsoft reported its video game “Halo 3” made $170 million in its first day on sale in the U.S. “It opened like a movie,” Stone said. “Ten years ago you didn’t see people standing around a building for a phone or a video game. “It’s like a whole new emergence of a lifestyle.” jeremiah.dobruck@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Jeremiah Dobruck STAFF WRITER Whispering softly, a sultry female voice coos, “Living Geek, elegant. Living Geek, striking,” as the camera fades from Superman action figures to video game controllers to T-shirts with slogans such as, “What would Jar Jar do?” Living Geek is a store in Lomita best summed up by its owner and operator, Greg Stone, as one full of inside jokes, and his commercial airing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim and on Spike TV is no exception. last_img

DONEGAL COUNTY CHILDCARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES THIS CHRISTMAS

first_imgThe staff team at Donegal County Childcare are upping their efforts this year to make the Presents for Percy Appeal an even bigger success than last year.The team have launched the appeal for Christmas 2012 which aims to help local families in need of a little help with meeting Santa requests for their children at Christmas. The Presents for Percy Appeal aims to collect a range of toys for children 0-14 years across County Donegal in time for Christmas.Avril McMonagle, Manager of DCCC stated that ‘the Presents for Percy Appeal has been initiated by the DCCC team as a practical way of making a contribution to children and families in need of a little extra support at Christmas.“We have enlisted the help of a number of family support agencies to act as distributors of donations to the Presents for Percy Appeal. Not only will this make a valuable contribution to the work of local agencies working with children and families, it will ensure that all donations are targeted to those most in need of support,” she said.The DCCC Team have been working with organisations for the past month where children themselves have been drawing up their ‘wishlist’ for Christmas. The various ‘wishlists’ have been collated and are now widely available. Agencies that will be distributing donations on behalf of the DCCC Presents for Percy Appeal will cover all areas of the county and include Parentstop, Carndonagh, Letterkenny and Donegal Town; Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service; St Vincent de Paul and a range of Family Resource Centres across the county.People can either purchase presents from the list or alternatively you can donate money which will be used to purchase the more expensive items. The Presents for Percy Wish List is available on the DCCC website www.donegalchildcare.com and the DCCC facebook page and has been placed in the following stores across the county:• Foys, Ballybofey• Smyths, Letterkenny• Proper Price, Donegal Town• Bikes and Toys, Carndonagh & Bridgend The County Childcare team are urging all early childhood services, schools, businesses, parents and children to get behind the appeal to make a real difference to children in your local area. No contribution will be too big or too small!DONEGAL COUNTY CHILDCARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 19th, 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:Donegal County ChildcarePresents for Percy Appeallast_img read more

LETTERKENNY IT TO PLAY TALLAGHT IN TRENCH CUP

first_imgLETTERKENNY IT are to play IT Tallagh in the first round of the Trench Cup – the GAA colleges competition.The full draw is below:Trench Cup – Round 1 – Mary Immaculate College v IT Blanchardstown; Letterkenny IT v IT Tallaght; Waterford IT v BMC; St. Pat’s, Drumcondra v Dundalk IT; UU Coleraine v Limerick IT. Quarter-Finals – Mary I/ITB v UUC/LIT; LKIT/ITT v WIT/BMC; Trinity College v St. Pat’s. Drumcondra/DKIT. LETTERKENNY IT TO PLAY TALLAGHT IN TRENCH CUP was last modified: December 14th, 2011 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)last_img read more

Glenfin U16’s lose Division Three semi-final

first_imgLotto Lotto winning numbers for 25/10/2016 are 3-1-4-2-8-7-6-5. No Winners. Jackpot for the 01/11/2016 is €4550.00. Well done to the U13 girls who had a great victory over Naomh Columba on Saturday last. The won 13.08 to 3.03.Hard luck to the U16 boys who lost out to Robert Emmetts on Saturday in the Division 3 Semi FinaL This brings an end to their season.The Senior team brought the curtain down on their season with a good won over St Nauls. Both teams were under strength but goals from Ronan Carlin 2, Michael McGlynn and Liam O Meara 1 each secured the points for Glenfin on a score Glenfin 4.12 – St Nauls 0.07. Hard luck to the 3rd team who lost out by a point away to McCools on Saturday evening.The Adult players have organised a Night at the Races on Saturday 3rd December in the Reelin Bar. Frank McGlynn, Gerard Ward, Hugh Foy, Andrew Walsh and Martin McGlynn are taking the lead in making this happen. All adult players are asked to sell 10 horses at €10 each. You can get your sheet from any of the above. Sponsorship of €100 per race is also needed. If anyone would like to sponsor a race please contact one of the boys. All players need to make the effort to ensure that this fund raiser is a success. Club Gear is available in all sizes. To order contact Kate McGlynn on 0877952880, Sean Bonner on 0872608539, Francie F Marley on 0872414714 or Jakie OMeara on 0871222112 .Any club member or manager wanting to put information into the Club notes can do so by sending it to seamusward61@gmail.com or texting 0872052481  Glenfin U16’s lose Division Three semi-final was last modified: October 31st, 2016 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:GAAglenfinSportlast_img read more

TRAGIC SUICIDE GIRLS’ MUM SAYS DAUGHTERS WOULD STILL BE ALIVE BUT FOR CHAT WEBSITES

first_imgThe mother of suicide victims Erin and Shannon Gallagher has claimed her daughters would still be alive but for internet sites like Ask.fm.The late Erin and Shannon GallagherLorraine Gallagher was reacting to claims by the owner of the Ask.fm website that teens often post comments about themselves to get attention.Ms Gallagher said she was disgusted by the website bosses’ claims which she said were “disrespectful” to her dead daughters. The 37 year old mum, who gave birth to a baby boy just two weeks ago, also revealed she is seeking legal advice on the claims through her solicitor.Ask.fm chief executive Mark Terebin said 90% of teens who claim they are being cyber-bullied are actually posting the comments themselves.He claimed “Kids lack attention mainly because parents are doing other things such as watching TV, drinking beer and reading the tabloids.“When they come to sites like these, they start trolling themselves so that their peers start protecting them. I this absurd way, they get the attention.” However, Lorraine Gallagher has slammed the claim saying Terebin is blaming teenagers while he profits on their misery.Ask.fm claims to have 50 million users around the world.Lorraine, from Ballybofey, lost her two daughters in a seven week period at the end of last year.Erin, 13, took her own life amidst claims that she was being bullied on the ask.fm site while sister Shannon also took her own life seven weeks later.Lorraine said at the time that Shannon simply could not go on without her little sister by her side. Reacting to Terebin’s claims, Ms Gallagher said that but for sites like ask.fm, her daughters would still be alive today.“The internet is such a horrible place and sites like these allow people to hide behind a wall and throw all sorts of vile allegations against young teenagers.“They are vulnerable and they believe what they read and go over it again and again.“In the end it just gets too much for many of them and it pushes them over the edge. “Why would teenagers write nasty things about themselves and push themselves to the edge and over the edge.“None of this makes any sense and he (Terebin) is just using this as an excuse while he gets rich off of the problems of teenagers,” she said.She added that he has never shown any compassion or remorse for the damage his website has caused to teenagers around the world.“He doesn’t care that I lost my girls or that thousands of other young teenagers have been hurt by the vile claims on his website.“He will have to live with himself knowing that he is operating a gateway of hatred that is only causing harm and doing no good whatsoever,” she said.TRAGIC SUICIDE GIRLS’ MUM SAYS DAUGHTERS WOULD STILL BE ALIVE BUT FOR CHAT WEBSITES was last modified: May 30th, 2013 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:ask.fmErin GallagherLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagherlast_img read more

MYSTERY DONEGAL PLAYER SCOOPS €60,000 ON TELE BINGO!

first_imgSomebody in Carrigart has got off to the perfect start to the New Year after scooping €60,000 on the Tele Bingo gameshow.The winning ticket was bought in Boyce’s Centra store but so far nobody has claimed the prize.The winning ticket was drawn on yesterday’s live television draw on RTE. A spokesman for the store said that nobody has yet come forward to reveal their identity.“They won’t be able to retire but it’s a lovely sum of money to win , especially at the start of the New year.“It will pay a lot of bills and there will be a nice few euro left over for a holiday or something like a new kitchen.“Nobody knows who won it as nobody has come forward to claim it. “But we’re delighted for them and we hope they spend the money wisely and it brings them plenty of happiness and enjoyment,” said a spokesman. MYSTERY DONEGAL PLAYER SCOOPS €60,000 ON TELE BINGO! was last modified: January 17th, 2014 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:Boyce’s CentraCarrigartTele-bingolast_img read more

Feds’ cash for jailing aliens falls way short

first_img “This funding goes a long way toward ensuring that the federal government lives up to its responsibility to pay for incarcerating criminal aliens,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein. But, she said, “There is no question that far more funding is needed.” Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 lisa.friedman@langnews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Los Angeles County will get $12.5 million from the feds next year to lock up illegal immigrants who commit crimes, but local leaders said that’s barely enough to pay for their prison jumpsuits. The money is part of $285 million Congress approved last year for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, and which the Department of Justice allocated Monday. California prisons will get $121.1 million, with $85 million going to the state. “That’s it?” said Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections, which oversees 16,178 prison inmates with immigration “holds.” At an average yearly cost of $33,581 to feed, house, clothe and provide medical treatment for each prisoner, the state tab for imprisoning illegal immigrants exceeds $543 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Thornton noted that the $85 million goes into the state’s general fund and not directly to the Department of Corrections. Regardless, she said, “It’s just a fraction of what is spent.” Steven Whitmore, spokesman for Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, agreed. The county received $12.5 million, he said, which is what it expected. “But our costs are $80 million to $90 million a year, so it falls way short.” Ventura County will get $564,000; Riverside County, $1.2 million; and San Bernardino County, $407,580. Lawmakers noted that a 2006 funding bill that President George W. Bush is expected to sign significantly amps up reimbursement money to $405 million, and they vowed to push for more. last_img read more