Members of ECOWAS Parliament and citizens of Liberia and Sierra Leone crossing the border-Liberians, Sierra Leoneans, Guineans want ECOWAS Parliament’s InterventionScores of Liberians, Sierra Leoneans and Guineans have explained torment and worries they experience daily at borders during their crossover market trade and movement to each other’s country, describing the treatment meted out to them as “harassment, abuses that result into losses.”In a two-day visit to the Liberia-Sierra Leone border, located between Bo-Waterside and Jendima and the Guinea-Liberia border in Sibita and Ganta, respectively, the citizens also narrated challenges in the exchange rates of the conversion of one currency to another, procedures for clearing both import and export, taxes and tariffs applicable on import/export, relevant documentation (such as Laisez Passé).Other impediments are the lack of electricity in border towns, the disrespect of their countries’ traveling documents, the increment of unreasonable checkpoints and the refusal of country’s voter ID card as part of traveling document.The citizens of the three West African countries expressed their ordeals to the 35-member delegation of ECOWAS Parliament, led by Speaker Mustapha Cisse Lo, during their Delocalized Sensitization and Fact Finding Mission that took place on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29, 2018, respectively.At the Liberia-Sierra Leone border on Friday, the Youth Chairman of Sorogbei Me Chiefdom in Sierra Leone, Mr. Hajid Sheriff, said because of the high price of the Laisez Passe, which is about 100,000 Leones and equivalent to about LD$2,000, some Sierra Leoneans who cannot afford this amount prefer illegal entries that have resulted into drowning of five of their kinsmen – four ladies and a man.Sheriff told members of the ECOWAS Parliament that losing the lives of their kinsmen are annoying and it can only stop if prices of Passe Passe and other traveling documents are accepted and reduced. He also said the Laisez Passé should be valid for a “journey within 90 days.”“Even if you go to Monrovia and make a week and come back to Jendima or Sorogbei Me, the Laisez Passé automatically expires; it’s valid for a trip or journey despite the days you make in less than 90 days,” Sheriff said. “That should not be so; we beg for your intervention.”Members of ECOWAS Parliament and citizens of Guinea and Liberia crossing the borderA Sierra Leonean marketer, Elizabeth Sheriff, said the high conversion rate of Sierra Leone’s Leones to Liberian dollars is creating setbacks to marketers and has caused loss of profit and sometimes their principal (market money). Both Sierra Leoneans reported of loss of goods and lives as the results of the bottlenecks in cross-border trade and movement.Madam Sheriff said she wished there would be one currency in the region; while Commissioner Zwannah Massaley Cole of Liberia said the lack of electricity at the two border towns, Bo Waterside and Jendima, is not helping in the curtailing of illegal entrants, stressing that “electricity is security.”Madam Lucia Sonii of Liberia called on ECOWAS Parliament to give West African market women loans to boost their markets to help their respective countries’ economies.On Saturday at Liberia-Guinea border, both citizens across the borders allegedly accused each country’s security personnel of harassment and abuses.A Liberian marketer, Nya Dolo, said in 2016, a baby mother (a Nimbaian marketer) was flogged by a Guinean officer and also last year a pregnant Nimbaian marketer was also ill-treated; both incidents occurred at Lion’s Gate in Jeaquah in Guinea.The market women, mostly Nimbaians, also recounted their experiences of extortion at the gates involving custom duties and other charges.Citizens voicing out their concerns at Liberia-Sierra Leone borderA Guinean trader, Abu Bakar Barry, narrated that most of them are also harassed at the Liberian border. He said Liberian officers forcibly take money from them as well as some of their goods.“Sometimes we receive slaps,” Barry claimed.Residents across both sides of the border confirmed the treatment meted out against citizens from both countries, describing it as “pay back.”“If Liberian officers know their marketers are badly handled and received the intelligence, they too do the same to Guinean traders,” a female marketer, who begged for anonymity, said.“Both citizens are not experiencing free movement. The last time, each country’s security officers decided to start checking women for whatever reason. I saw men putting their hands in women’s clothes at the two sides in the name of checking,” a male trader said.He added: “Both countries’ security act badly and we are the ones suffering.”Sen. Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County called for “peaceful and free movement” of citizens from both Liberia and Guinea and the message was buttressed by Guinean Ambassador to Liberia.ECOWAS Special Representative to Liberia said to tackle the ID Card scenario, the ECOWAS biometric ID should be introduced and taken seriously, and ECOWAS will hold a workshop on the Protocol of Free Movement between the security personnel.ECOWAS Parliament Speaker Cisse Lo called for an end to harassment, abuses, and losses in the borders and urged ECOWAS citizens to coexist.He assured them of an amicable discussion in their pending sitting of Parliament members and onward discussion with the President of ECOWAS Authority.Speaker Cisse Lo stressed that West Africa and Africa can only be united if they treat one another as brothers and sisters, despite their different countries, religion, and ethnicity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000The ex-internationals, who represented Kenya in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties, said they have been ignored despite playing a pivotal role in putting Kenyan football on the world map.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Thursday met retired Kenyan footballers led by legendary Joe Kadenge expressing the pain seeing the state of their lives.Odinga said he will meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss ways and means of helping the retired footballers get better livelihoods. The ex-internationals, who represented Kenya in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties, said they have been ignored despite playing a pivotal role in putting Kenyan football on the world map.“The current crop of Kenyan footballers are enjoying the fruits of our labour,” said Kadenge who was happy to meet Raila one more time.Former Prime minister Raila Odinga greeting legendary Bobby Ogolla“Mheshimiwa (Raila) you are my long time friend from the fifties when I was playing and I have confidence through you, we, the legends will get recognition,” he added.Raila was excited to have met the legends who were led to his Capital Hill office by former Football Kenya President Sam Nyamweya. The former Prime Minister spoke of his playing days at Luo Union while Kadenge was with Abaluhyia and he maintained that community football was the way to go in building passion for the game.The legends stated their support for the new found working relationship between the opposition chief and President Uhuru Kenya and said the same should be extended to football from the management level to the playing unit.Odinga said he will meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss ways and means of helping the retired footballers get better livelihoods.Among the legends who were present included former Harambee Stars coach Marshal Mulwa, John Bobby Ogolla, Mahmmoud Abass, Victor Onyango, John “Shoto” Lukoye, Josiah Ougo, George Waweru, James Ojiambo and Swaleh Oswayo.The legends recently formed an association to look into their issues. The Sports Stars Foundation’s aim of empowering sportsmen after their active years in sports.The foundation which is open to all sportsmen across all disciplines is mooting a grand plan of forming a Savings and Credit Association (SACCO) in future to financially help the sportsmen.The foundation which is open to all sportsmen across all disciplines is mooting a grand plan of forming a Savings and Credit Association (SACCO) in future to financially help the sportsmen.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
It was an emotional moment for former Leicester star Mahrez just 48 hours after the death of Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash outside the club’s King Power Stadium on Saturday.A sixth win from their last seven league games lifted Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten side back above Liverpool on goal difference.Guardiola hailed City’s Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk last week as the finest display of his reign in Manchester.This was a far more prosaic performance, but it must have been just as encouraging for Guardiola, given the way City subdued a Tottenham side who had lost only two of their previous 21 league games at Wembley.City were rock-solid at the back as they equalled the club record of six consecutive league clean-sheets.It was a dispiriting evening for fifth placed Tottenham, who now trail City by five points after their first league defeat in five games.Mauricio Pochettino this week admitted he is enduring his “worst feeling” as Tottenham boss this season, despite guiding them to their best Premier League start, and this sloppy display will have done nothing to improve his mood.-NFL damageHis cause wasn’t helped by the presence of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Philadelphia Eagles at Tottenham’s temporary home a day earlier.There were large areas of worn brown turf down the middle and both flanks, while the NFL logo in the centre circle and yard-line markers the length of the pitch were all still visible.But City were unfazed as they raced into the lead after just six minutes.Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier misjudged a long kick from City goalkeeper Ederson, his errant header allowing Raheem Sterling to steal possession and cut past him into the penalty area.Sterling showed tremendous composure as he picked out Mahrez’s run and the Algerian finished the raid with a clinical close-range finish.Mahrez pointed his fingers to the sky in what appeared to be a tribute to Vichai.Following the tragic accident, Mahrez had posted two images of himself with Vichai on Instagram, with the caption: “One of the best person I’ve ever met. I will never forget you. Rest In Peace Vichai.”– Anguished glances –There were plenty of anguished glances at the pitch from both teams when passes went astray, but the surface couldn’t be blamed for some of the miscues.City seemed less troubled by the surface and they scythed through the Tottenham defence with a flowing move that ended with Hugo Lloris pushing Mahrez’s drive onto a post.Sent clean through on goal by Erik Lamela’s pass, Harry Kane had a golden chance to equalise but his poor first touch, which couldn’t be blamed on the turf, allowed Ederson to block with his legs.City had lost just two of their last 101 Premier League games in which they led at half-time and Sterling should have doubled their lead soon after the restart.Bernardo Silva’s pass gave David Silva a clear sight of goal, but he couldn’t get a shot away and instead found Sterling, whose close-range effort was blocked on the line.Sergio Aguero fared no better, the City forward shot tamely at Lloris from just 10 yards out and then saw a more potent long-range strike repelled by the Tottenham keeper.-Dele Alli presenceDele Alli, back after a four-match absence with a hamstring injury, came on for the last 15 minutes and the Tottenham midfielder almost set up an immediate equaliser.Alli’s run and pass picked out Lamela, but the Argentine somehow blazed over with only Ederson to beat.In a fractious finale, Lamela and City’s Benjamin Mendy escaped punishment despite coming to blows.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Riyad Mahrez was Manchester City’s match winner against Tottenham (AFP Photo/Ben STANSALL)LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 30 – Riyad Mahrez fired Manchester City back to the top of the Premier League as the champions won 1-0 in their pitch battle with Tottenham on Monday. Playing on the scarred Wembley turf just 24 hours after it was damaged by an NFL fixture, City’s peerless quality and a predatory finish from Mahrez helped them ignore the pitch problems.
1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on his players to put their recent frustrations behind them by knocking local rivals Tottenham out of the Capital One Cup at White Hart Lane.The Gunners go into the north London derby on the back of successive defeats, losing 2-0 at Chelsea following the away loss in their Champions League opener to Dinamo Zagreb.Wenger believes his men were on the victims of some rough justice in both matches, seeing forward Olivier Giroud sent off in Croatia while there were controversial red cards for both defender Gabriel and midfielder Santi Cazorla at Stamford Bridge following Saturday’s fiery Premier League encounter.The Arsenal manager, though, hopes having another big showdown can help his players get back on track.“I believe we were unfortunate in Zagreb to have a man sent off, and at Chelsea as well, but you want your players to behave in a perfect way and not to show any response at all,” Wenger said on Arsenal Player.“We have shown our frustration a little bit in both situations and you cannot afford that.”Wenger continued: “We want to get back into winning habits and that is why the momentum is even more important for us.“Every single game that you play with Arsenal you want to win, especially this one which is a bit more special because it is always a big meaning.”Tottenham beat Crystal Palace 1-0 on Sunday to move into ninth place, and just a point behind Arsenal.Wenger has been impressed by the development of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.“They had a slow start but since then they have had two good wins, so that will have boosted their confidence,” the Gunners boss said.“It makes you think it will be a very even game tomorrow.” Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger
Rafa Benitez has revealed what he wants to see from his players, as Newcastle prepare to take on Swansea City in the Premier League this weekend.The Magpies host their Welsh opposition at St James’ Park on Saturday, with Benitez hoping to pick up his first win as manager of the Tyneside club.In four games he has claimed just a single point, leaving the club six points off safety, with only six fixtures remaining.Performance levels have not really improved since Benitez replaced Steve McClaren as manager, but the Spaniard has urged his players to give their all against the Swans in search of a much-needed victory.The former Liverpool boss said: “The only thing that I’m asking the players is that they have to give everything and finish the game without regret that they left everything there.“I think everybody expects that. The fans will be behind them if they do that.”The Magpies have had to deal with a host of injuries this season, and they host Swansea without Daryl Janmaat.The Dutch full-back is one of the best players in Benitez’s squad, but he broke two fingers after punching a wall following the 3-1 defeat to Southampton last week.He was willing to play on despite that problem, but the 26-year-old has since been ruled out of the game due to a groin injury.“Because he’s injured, we can’t do anything,” Benitez added.“He’s ready to take the risk, if he has to do it, with his hand, but we still have to find a solution to his groin problem.” 1 Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez
sad day ANALYSIS Denis Law has one of those Law is a fiercely proud Scot and one of the country’s greatest strikers, who scored 30 goals in 55 games and in 1964 became the first and only Scottish player to win the Ballon d’Or. 4 Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 How Hudson-Odoi has performed this season – Are Keane’s comments about him fair? ‘Spain and Italy would have built their teams around Jack Grealish’ – Harry Redknapp RIP LEGEND Members of the club he was playing at, though, knew this great Scotland forward was out on the course while they watched the greatest moment in their football supporting lives.And they were keen to let Law know which team were world champions, holding up four fingers from the clubhouse to indicate the number of goals England had scored as he approached, still smarting from defeat to an inferior golfer.“As I turned the corner at the course, they were all at the window and of course, England had won 4-2. Fans given sneak peek into England’s Euro 2020 kit with images leaked online England announce another friendly to begin preparations for Euro 2020 4 So what did he do when the Auld Enemy were playing in 1966?“I was playing golf in Manchester,” he explained to 1995 BBC documentary Kicking and Screaming, recalling a day he had long since buried among happier memories.“And unlike Manchester it was raining,” he continued in his deadpan style. “And the guy I was playing with was awful. And he beat me.” Tributes to ‘complete gentleman’ Martin Peters following England legend’s death GETTING READY preparation 4 4 How does Euro 2020 draw work? England discover fate live on talkSPORT 2 TALENT England, captained by Bobby Moore, won the World Cup in 1966 “I thought it was the end of the world,” he smiled through gritted teeth.So go easy on your Scottish friends if English dreams become reality, okay?The World Cup semi-final between Croatia and England is live on talkSPORT at 19:00 on Wednesday 11 July. LATEST ENGLAND NEWS Second is best have a look There is a Group of Death at Euro 2020 and here’s how England can avoid it Denis Law scored 30 goals in 55 Scotland games explained England announce Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania drama Law scored 237 times in 404 games for Man United Everyone of a certain age remembers where they were when England won the World Cup in 1966. Denis Law, arguably Scotland’s greatest striker, was playing golf, as retrofootballblog.com explains.Let’s just clear something up. Most – not all – Scotland fans would prefer not to see England win the World Cup. It’s not an anti-English thing. No, it’s just a football rivalry.So spare a thought for Scottish people living south of the border when England beat West Germany to win it 52 years ago because it will have been a pretty hard event to ignore.At least it was for Manchester United‘s Denis Law. Mason Greenwood scores as England U21s beaten by late Netherlands wondergoal
Wayne Rooney joined DC United from Everton in June and took the side from the bottom of the Eastern Conference into the MLS play-offs.He ultimately missed a penalty in the shoot-out which saw them eliminated by Columbus Crew, yet was still very proud of the side’s recovery during the regular season. Gazza gave Rooney ‘going out’ money at Everton and made sure he was repaid years later Man United team of the decade shows how far they’ve fallen in the post-Fergie era The Three Lions’ record goalscorer will make a late cameo on Thursday to win his 120th and final cap, however it’ll be his final professional appearance in the country.“I made the decision to obviously go to the States,” Rooney responded when quizzed about rumours linking him with a Premier League return.“When I make a decision, I tend to stick to it. It’s important that I give my full commitment to DC United.“I’ve seen talk about a loan move back here but I’m not prepared to do that. I will finish my career there.” what we loved ROLE MODEL An Everton win could stop Liverpool winning the title, Rooney believes star in the making raring to go Adrian Durham names Fergie’s best Man United signings – but excludes two legends ‘That’s what I want to be,’ says Greenwood as he names idols growing up star-studded Solskjaer draws comparisons between Mason Greenwood and Wayne Rooney ROO WHAT? 1 RETURN RED ICONS debt Ronaldo landmark, Woods’ triumph, Salah’s goals and De Bruyne brilliance Mersey Mischief Derby star excited for Wayne Rooney arrival as legend prepares for first game Wayne Rooney insists main role at Derby is as player Tevez or Rooney? Adrian Durham’s combined Man City/United team of the decade Wayne Rooney has insisted he is fully committed to DC United and intends to finish his career with the club.The former Manchester United and Everton man was asked about his future at a press conference ahead of England’s friendly against the USA – during which he will play a special role with the international squad. Wayne Rooney attended a presser for his one-off England return Wayne Rooney Latest
The HSE has revealed that the Out-Patient Rheumatology Clinic will be re-established at Letterkenny General Hospital when the new Emergency Department and Medical Unit is opened at the Hospital.The commitment has been welcomed by Senator Brian O Domhnaill.The Fianna Fail politician said the current 180 miles round-trip faced by Donegal patients to Manorhamilton for treatment was just not on. “I have been strongly arguing for the need for the clinic to be to be re-established given that Donegal Patients have to currently travel to Our Lady’s Hospital, Manorhamilton to attend the outpatient clinic – a situation which is totally unacceptable.”“I have been informed by HSE Management that Rhuematology Services have been significantly developed in the North West over the past two years, which involved the appointment of two permanent Consultant Rhuematologist in Mid 2010 who are responsible for delivery of the service for the region i.e. Counties Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.”“The HSE must restore Rheumatology Services to Letterkenny General and I will be monitoring progress in this regard very closely over the coming weeks, given that Donegal Patients cannot be expected to continue to travel up to 180 Miles round trip to attend an outpatient appointment in Manorhamilton Hospital.”ENDS HSE CONFIRM RETURN OF OUT-PATIENT RHEUMATOLOGY CLINIC AT LETTERKENNY was last modified: August 2nd, 2011 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:Letterkenny General Hospital
SIX out of seven so-called ‘experts’ have today tipped Kerry to beat Donegal in the All-Ireland Football Final.Among a panel in today’s Irish Independent tipping Kerry is former Mayo manager James Horan.Only Colm Keys on the panel has gone for Donegal, predicting a 1-14 to 0-14 win. All the rest however have gone for Kerry.Horan, who quit after the replay semi-final defeat to Kerry in Limerick, said Kerry would win by a point 0-14 to 1-10.Martin Breheny gives it to Kerry on a scoreline of 1-17 to 1-15, Eoin Liston says it will be Kerry 1-13, Donegal 0-15 and Vincent Hogan gives it Kerry 1-16, Donegal 0-15.Tomas O Se also goes for Kerry on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-10 and Eugene McGee gives it Kerry 1-16, Donegal 1-14. All of the pundits had tipped Dublin to beat Donegal in the semi-final.Only Keys from that result is going for Donegal this time around.Horan however insisted: “Because they are such good technical footballers, Kerry just have an ability to adapt to situations in games. It’s why I think they will win it. Their rate of progression can surpass where Donegal are.” COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: ‘EXPERTS’ INCLUDING JAMES HORAN TIP KERRY FOR ALL-IRELAND GLORY was last modified: September 20th, 2014 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) Tags:ALL IRELAND COUNTDOWNall-irelanddonegalKerrypredictions
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Microsoft Corp. unveiled a new strategy Tuesday to move software and services online, seeking to fend off a growing threat from Google Inc. and other nimble upstarts born on the Internet. With a new Web site called “Windows Live,” Microsoft hopes to create a new platform that will unfasten some of its applications from computer hard drives. The site, available at www.live.com, repackages some of the features Microsoft already offers at its heavily trafficked MSN.com, adds more customization tools and makes it easier to view the same products and services at any time from any place – whether it be a home computer or a mobile phone in a shopping mall. “It’s a revolution in how we think about software,” Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told reporters and industry analysts Tuesday. “This is a big change for .. every part of the ecosystem.” Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft also provided a preview of “Office Live” – a Web site that will provide online access to nearly two dozen applications designed to appeal to the estimated 28 million small businesses with fewer than 10 employees. That site will be offered on an invitation-only basis early next year. Likewise, many of the Windows Live services were not yet available on Tuesday. Microsoft’s online push represents its most ambitious attempt yet to adapt to the challenges and opportunities posed by the Internet while protecting its core franchise of licensing software for installation on a single computer – a business that made it one the world’s most profitable companies. But Microsoft’s long-running dominance is being threatened by rapidly growing companies like Google and Yahoo Inc., which are offering more Internet-based applications and services for free, blurring what’s being hosted on the Web and what’s stored on a computer hard drive. The trend makes a computer’s operating system less relevant to consumers. “This is all about Microsoft really pointing all its resources at Google,” said technology industry analyst Rob Enderle. Microsoft brings plenty of muscle to the battle, with $40 billion in cash. The company’s flagship Windows operating system, which controls most computers, gives the company a huge foundation on which to build an Internet platform. But Microsoft’s past could haunt the company, particularly if enough people resent its historic efforts to bully potential rivals – a strategy that spurred a high-profile antitrust battle with the federal government. With Windows Live, Microsoft “is asking people to entrust a lot of their lives in the hands of Microsoft,” said Forrester Research analyst Charlene Li. “Trust is a loaded word for Microsoft.” Microsoft will also have to prove that it will be able to assure people that data they entrust to its Internet-based servers is always available, Enderle said. The perils of relying on Internet connections became painstakingly apparent as Microsoft tried to unveil Windows Live Tuesday. The demonstration was delayed several times when the service lost its connection to the Internet. Industry analysts say Microsoft has little choice but to shift more of its business online because the Internet is steadily becoming the preferred computing platform for households and businesses. Google and Sun Microsystems Inc. last month provided another reminder of this shift when they announced would work together on online services, including office productivity software. Neither company, however, would discuss any details beyond a vague collaboration deal. Microsoft was slightly more clear in its announcement. Gates said its online push is meant to complement – and not replace – Windows and other popular applications that reside on individual hard drives. Office Live won’t offer word processing or spreadsheets, but will include 22 applications that will help automate accounting and project management. MSN.com will continue to operate, too, although Windows Live offers many of the same features. Microsoft plans to eventually move MSN’s e-mail, as well as its free Hotmail service, to Windows Live. Windows Live will be offered for free and try to make money from the rapidly expanding online advertising market that has been fueling the explosive growth of Google and Yahoo Inc., providing them with the financial and intellectual firepower to mount their challenge. Microsoft plans to charge monthly fees for some of the Office Live features aimed primarily at small businesses – a subscription model that has been a boon so far for online software pioneers like Salesforce.com Inc., NetSuite Inc. and RightNow Technologies Inc. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!