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‘Sexual Violence Remains a Big Challenge’

first_imgFormer President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, during her State of the Nation address, delivered on Monday, January 27, noted that sexual violence remains one of the biggest challenges Liberia is faced with.Since the election of President Sirleaf, her government has worked tirelessly making sure women’s issues are high on the national agenda.Her leadership has continued to prioritize women’s education, empowerment and leadership in every sector of the country.With the collaboration of the Ministry of Gender and Development, the government of Liberia has been able to provide basic education for girls and young women; affording them the opportunity to make decisions for a better future.In addition, women’s groups, organizations and advocates have continued to contribute to women’s empowerment by creating micro-loan schemes, building vocational institutions, and promoting women’s participation in different activities across the nation.She, however, during her address mentioned that the Agenda for Transformation (Aft) identifies a number of hard hitting issues like gender discrimination, child protection, rights of the disabled, youth empowerment, the environment, HIV/AIDS and labor and employment as social problems still being tackled by government.The President said the Ministry of Gender and Development is successfully leading the country to achieving Millennium Development Goal Number 3 on gender equality and the empowerment of Women.She highlighted that out of all rape cases reported from the 15 counties, over 65 percent were children below 14 years.“Last year 10 children between the ages three and 14 died as a result of rape. It is shameful that this continues to mar the image of our country”, she said.She said the law that makes rape a non-billable offense has had limited effect because of families of victims, who are easily compromised by the lack of evidence and by sympathetic judges.In addition, the President said, “I chaired a meeting of women’s leaders and representatives, who are working on a program that will call on religious, traditional and community leaders, parents, teachers, women and youth groups to become agents of change and commit to take action to prevent sexual violence, as this is everyone’s responsibility. We need your support also, to ensure that our children and our women are safe,” she pleaded.She also noted that the country has continued to do well in the enrollment of girls in primary schools.President Sirleaf said in response, the Ministry renovated a dormitory, recruited and enrolled 60 vulnerable and underprivileged girls from Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Bomi and Montserrado Counties’ at Ricks Institute and Bromely Mission to complete their secondary education.“Furthermore, 125 girls, recruited from Nimba, Lofa, Bong and Grand Bassa are enrolled at the newly renovated Victoria A. Tolbert Girls Hostel in Gbalatuah, Bong County,” the President said.Madam Sirleaf revealed that the Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (EPAG) Project has since 2009, increased employment and incomes among 2,500 adolescent girls and young women between ages 16 to 27 in business development skills and job and life skills in Montserrado and Margibi Counties.“A third round of training targeting an additional 1,000 adolescent girls and young women is underway in Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties,” she explained.The President also disclosed that the social cash transfer program, under the social protection component, provided monthly cash transfers to 3,448 households-60 percent of them headed by females- which translate into 14,083 individuals in Bomi and Maryland Counties.Some 5,162 children are benefiting from education grants or school buses under the program.“Also, some eight rural women who obtained solar engineering training have used their skills to electrify 171 houses in communities in Grand Bassa, rural Montserrado, Lofa and Grand Cape Mount Counties.In partnership with Liberia, the Foundation for Women (FFW), a pet program of our Vice president, has since 2007, provided micro loans to more than 10,000 women in 14 of the 15 counties,” she explained.She said an excellent example of the entrepreneurial spirit of women is the story of Madam Ducas Guannu and Madam Wehyee Paikoa, both of Peace Island, Congo Town.“These two market women, both in their mid-sixties, have for several years benefited from micro loans offered by FFW-Liberia. They received their first loan of L$6,000 each in 2009.Having successfully paid back all subsequent loans, they received their fourth loans of L$15,000 each in 2011. They then decided on something unique; they formed a partnership whereby the pooled their finances and opened their own business; a mini-store to sell building materials,” the President declared proudly.In October 2013, when they paid off their sixth loan of L$25,000 each, and were expected to request additional funding, Ducas and Wehyee telling them “We now run our own business; we will manage without the loan”. Their mini-store, whose daily sales cover their family needs and business expansion, cannot compare with bigger stores doing similar business, but we applaud this entrepreneurial spirit, and ask everyone to patronize them by buying from their store”, Madam Sirleaf concluded.The Daily Observer’s Women’s’ desk applauds the President’s efforts, yet feels more needs to be done by private Liberian citizens to educate the nation’s young girls. It would be a good decision if groups that focus on women’s issues pay attention to girls in rural areas rather than the city.I say this because women in rural areas are often abused and suffer more violence than girls and young women residing in cities.It is in such areas where women are subjected to staying at home and taking care of their families. They are often prevented from taking part in family discussions and decision making regarding community issues.Liberia would be a lovely country if men and women have equal rights and treatment all over the country.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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Student Registration Begins Today

first_imgIf all goes well in keeping with the recent announcement by the government directing all schools to reopen early next month, then registration of students paving the way to the reopening of full academic activities will begin today Monday across the country.With that directive, the government has at the same time announced absolute “free registration” of students from the beginning classes to 9th grade, while those in the senior high grade are required to pay the minimum fee of L$350.  This policy only applies to public schools across the country.Whether government will make any provisions for faith-based and privately-owned institutions remains to be seen.  But this is unlikely as the cash-strapped government in this Ebola season might argue that waving registration fees for private schools would be a costly.The government’s policy of “free registration and the payment of minimum fees for registration” stemmed from the backdrop of numerous complaints from parents and guardians about their financial burdens.Some parents have argued that the timing for registration and the subsequent reopening of schools was jamming their pocketbooks, considering the economic damage done by the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD which is still in the country. Some parents are embittered about the economic hardship they are faced with at such a time.Last week the government, through the Ministry of Education (MOE), announced the resumption of basic academic activities with immediate effect beginning today Monday, January 12.Registration for old and new students will be followed by teacher orientation and other preparatory activities.Thereafter, according to MOE authorities, instruction will commence effective Monday, February 2, during which time and subsequently until Liberia is declared Ebola-free, school administrators and students are being urged to strictly observe the Ebola preventive measures.Early last year, schools throughout the country were ordered closed during the second outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) that claimed the lives of many people. The action of the government to have schools reopened is the result of the decline in the number of new Ebola cases. The prolonged academic hiatus has obviously placed a serious financial burden on many of the schools, which are still obligated to their respective teaching staff and other employees as well as supply vendors, banks and other entities that provide services to them.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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Zlatan and Beckham to reunite in Miami?

first_img Zlatan Ibrahimovic with David Beckham 1 Former Manchester United and England favourite David Beckham wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic to join his MLS franchise in Florida.Ibrahimovic’s contract at Paris Saint-Germain expires in the summer and he is reportedly planning to leave the club to take on a new challenge.According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Beckham is hoping to convince his former AC Milan and PSG team-mate Ibrahimovic to join him Stateside.The ex-England captain is in the process of forming a new MLS club in Miami and wants the Swede to be the first big-name player on their books.And Ibrahimovic, who has helped PSG secure three successive Ligue 1 titles, could be keen on the move having recently expressed a desire to play in the USlast_img read more

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4 LANTERNS USL: WINS FOR ROVERS, HARPS, CITY AND COCKHILL

first_img4 Lanterns USL Results & Reports 27.04.14ResultsSwilly Rovers 2 1 Fanad Utd. Drumkeen Utd. 2 3 Derry City Res.Bonagee Utd. 1 2 Finn Harps Res.Cockhill Celtic 1 0 Letterkenny Rovers  ReportsDrumkeen Utd. 2Derry City Res. 3The first half of this game was fairly uneventful with the Drumkeen goal the only real highlight.That came on 17 minutes, David Shovlin ran from his own half and then played a good pass to Conor Carlin just inside the penalty area and he made no mistake as he calmly slotted it past the advancing keeper Mihael Lynch. Up to that point and indeed after that it had been scrappy enough, neither side were creating many clear cut chances. Derry’s only chance of note came on 22 minutes when Rory Patterson shot narrowly wide when the ball fell to him following a Derry corner. Drumkeen would have been happy enough going in a goal up at half time, they had a goal and they had managed to keep Rory Patterson quiet apart from that one chance, Patterson had a quiet first half and anytime he did get the ball Ryan Gildea was always in close attendance. The game really came alive at the start of the second half, a Drumkeen free went straight to keeper Michael Lynch, his long kick up the pitch was headed on by Rory Patterson into the path of Nathan Boyle who fired it home from the right side of the penalty box. Derry then had a couple of chances,  Conor McDermott  and Rory Patterson both had efforts saved by Stephen Conroy and Drumkeen then had a chance when Ronan Coyle just failed to get on the end of a Carlin cross from the right wing.Shortly after that the action switched to the other end and Derry took the lead, Nathan Boyle got the ball out wide right, he ran parallel to the end line into the box and shot across the goal into the net at the far post. Drumkeen kept going and got themselves level again 8 minutes later when they were awarded a penalty, Darren Mc Cready stepped up and  converted it to leave it all square again. That situation did not last long as Derry were back in front two minutes later, that man Boyle again. This time he ran through the middle and managed to get his shot away while under pressure from a Drumkeen defender. In the last twenty minutes Drumkeen tried hard but could not create another goal scoring chance for themselves. All the talk was about Rory Patterson before the game but it was Nathan Boyle who stole the show with his hat trick, based on that second half Derry will give everyone a good game and could upset a few more teams before the season is over. That win lifts them up to joint top with Cockhill. A disappointing result for the home team who will now find it very difficult to repeat their feat of last season when they pushed Cockhill all the way. The cup competitions may be their best hope of winning something this year. They now turn their attention to their Knockalla cup semi-final against Letterkenny next week and they are still well placed in the League cup.DRUMKEEN -Stephen Conroy, Michael Carroll, Dean Bonner, Ryan Gildea, Paddy Mc Laughlin, Philip White, Darren Cassidy, Darren Mc Cready, Ronan Coyle, Conor Carlin, David Shovlin, SUBS Eunan Kelly on for Coyle 66 mins, Chris Mc Bride on for White 66 mins, Gary Patton on for Shovlin 76 mins DERRY – Michael Lynch, Michael Barr, Dylan Mc Callion, Shane Mc Eleney, Ciaron Harkin, Ryan Doherty, Connor Barr, Caolan  Mc Laughlin, Nathan Boyle, Conor Mc Dermott, Rory Patterson, SUBS Paul Ramsey, Dylan Harkin, Adrian Mc Cauley,REFEREE- Tommy Mc Aree Swilly Rovers 2Fanad Utd. 1 A victory for Swilly in this local derby in front of a great crowd on this sunny evening. Swilly’s Gareth Colhoun crossed on seven minutes and David Fisher’s powerful header was just over. Fisher was then replaced by Darren Dunworth following a shoulder injury. Fanad’s Brian Mc Veigh went close for Fanad with a low drive on 17 minutes. Calvin Mooney with a delightful lobbed effort and a stunning Michael Mc Hugh 25 yard volley both within a minute put Swilly very much in control. Swilly lead 2-0 at the break. Swilly’s Gareth Wade was sent off on 51 minutes in controversial circumstances. Fanad pulled a goal back on 52 minutes when the impressive Daire Mc Daid delivered a fine free kick which was glanced home by Adam Seranna. Mc Hugh was denied by a clearance off the line by a Fanad defender on 76 minutes. Ryan Mc Daid then had an effort narrowly wide on 80 minutes. Fanad piled on the pressure in the final ten minutes but the points stayed in Ramelton. Former Swilly legend John Roulstone replaced Wade in the Swilly goal. Match referee was Vincent Mc Laughlin.Swilly Rovers: Gareth Wade, Duncan Patterson, Gareth Colhoun, Martin Boyce, Dylan Hegarty, Columba O’Donnell, David Fisher, Martin Mc Daid, Michael Mc Hugh, Laurence Toland, Calvin Mooney. Subs used: Ryan Mc Daid, Darren Dunworth, John Roulstone. Subs not used: Cathal Diver, Mark Wilson. Fanad United: Shane Graham, Kevin Murray, Daire Mc Daid, Declan Sweeney, James Mc Cahill, Jordan Mc Bride, Oisin Hassett, Conor Blaney, Adam Seranna, Johnny Logue, Brian Mc Veigh. Subs used: Caolan Mc Daid, Dean Mc Carry. Subs not used: Shay Durning, Kyle Burke, Conor Mc Gonigle, Darragh Harper. Champions Win Close EncounterCockhill Celtic 1Letterkenny Rovers 0 Played in near perfect conditions both sides cancelled each other out for much of the 1st half. Both sides struggled to gain a foothold in a scrappy affair. Chances were at a premium with defences on top. Letterkenny’s only chance of the 1st half fell to Stevie Okakpu when he ghosted in behind the Cockhill defence on 15 minutes, with only Cullen to beat he shot over from 15 yards. Cockhill had a major shout for a penalty on 40 mins when a Derek Doherty cross seemed to hit a Rovers defender’s arm but the Ref wasn’t having it. Half time 0 -0.Cockhill started the second half on the front foot and brought the game to Rovers. Mark Moran went close from distance on 50 minutes. Jimmy Bradley missed an open goal on 53 when the young Rovers Keeper misjudged a Gavin Cullen punt up-field. Malachy Mc Dermott seemed to have given the home side a lead on 60 when he connected from a Moran free but Ref Paul Duddy gave a free out for a foul much to the astonishment to the home side. Cockhill continued to press Rovers for much of the 2nd half but couldn’t find a break through a resolute Rovers defence. Cockhill freshened up their attack with the introduction of Gerry Gill and Garbhain Friel on 70 minutes and it was that combination which provided the only goal of the game. Gill swung a free into the box on 82 and the big centre forward rose to power an unstoppable header to the top corner. Rovers piled men forward for the remainder of the game, forcing the home defence to sit back but with Johnny Havlin in outstanding form Cockhill held out for a hard fought victory.Final score: Cockhill Celtic 1 Letterkenny Rovers 0. Harps get Second WinBonagee Utd. 1Finn Harps Res. 2An entertaining game played in the sunshine yesterday afternoon, Finn Harps came away with all three points, but yet again this season, Bonagee will rue a host of missed chances. The home side went ahead in the 19th minute, when a long ball into the area by Mark Harkin was met by the head of Kevin Barr, who scored from 6 yards.  Further chances fell the way of Aidan McLaughlin and Anthony Appiah in the first half, but the score remained one nil going in at the break.  The visitors began the second period brightly and deservedly drew level in the 58th minute, when a free from wide on the left caused confusion in the Bonagee penalty area, and Gareth Harkin capitalised on the hesitation to make the score one each.  Bonagee had an excellent chance to regain their lead, but somehow Appiah blazed over.  Harps got their winner in the 77th minute, when Graham Fisher crossed into the area where Daragh Black side footed home from six yards.  Ref Packie Coll Bonagee: Smyth, Lynagh, Harkin, Frankowski, Breslin, McBrearty, Doran (Murphy), A Harkin (McGee), McLaughlin, Barr & Browne (Appiah)Harps: Patton, Flanagan, McDermott, Scanlon, Gallagher, Curran, Henry, Fisher, Black, Buchanan, G Harkin  FixturesKnockalla Caravans Cup Semi-FinalsThursday, May 1st at 7pmLetterkenny Rovers v Drumkeen Utd. Sunday, May 4thSwilly Rovers v Cockhill Celtic4 LANTERNS USL: WINS FOR ROVERS, HARPS, CITY AND COCKHILL was last modified: April 27th, 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:Cockhill Celticdrumkeen unitedFinn Harps ReservesLetterkenny RoversUlster Senior Leaguelast_img read more

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DONEGAL FISHING COMPANY ‘POTS’ AN AGE OLD PROBLEM TO BED!

first_imgMcBride Fishing, Donegal, get on board with the WiSAR Lab, LYIT who are developing a new wireless system that will track crab pots deployed at sea. L-R:Brian McBride, Captain, Dr. Jim Morrison, Head of Electronics & Mechanical Engineering LYIT, Dr. Nick Timmons, Principal Investigator WiSAR Lab, Pete McBride, Sufian Al Aswad, WiSAR Lab Centre Manager.An innovative solution is being developed by the WiSAR Lab at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) that has potential to revolutionise the Irish Fishing industry.The loss of crab pots during the fishing season is a recurring problem for the industry.This wireless system is designed to monitor the entire crab fishing process, by recording the number of fishing pots deployed during the hauling operation. The system also counts and records the number of caught crabs, in addition to record seabed temperature, location and depth readings using various wireless and GPS technologies. It has been part funded under Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Partnership.McBride Fishing Ltd, a family business form Downings, experienced an on-going problem of losing crab pots which has major implications for cost and efficiency.The company approached WiSAR Lab at LYIT in 2012 to investigate if there was a way where technology could be used to solve this problem. After a number of discussions, WiSAR Lab identified a new wireless solution.Peter McBride Jnr, of McBride Fishing speaking about the new project outlined some of the systems’ potential uses for them. “When completed this technology will generate daily/weekly reports that will create a stocktake of our crab pots allowing us to maximise man hours, as previously this would have been a manual process.“This technology will allow us to gauge both the lifespan of the crab pots and of our ropes, which in turn lets us focus on the best equipment available thus both keeping costs and wastage at a minimum.“This technology will also count the number of crab coming into the vessels and also returned to sea alive giving us exact percentages of caught crab so we should be able to see where the more beneficial fishing ground are and to focus on them saving fuel, bait etc.”The company says it is a very exciting venture, particularly for the younger members of our team as they will be able to see the statistics form in front of them giving them a better fishing database/knowledge.He continued, “Getting the backing of Enterprise Ireland has made this all possible, and we would like to thank all involved. It’s also fantastic to have WiSAR LAB on our doorstep, and nothing seems to be a problem that can’t be overcome. It’s a new exciting time for us and the engineers involved.” Sufian Al Aswad, WiSAR Lab Centre Manager explains, “The introduction of wireless sensor technology into the fishing industry is in itself innovative. Developing an accurate counting system for fishing pots, caught crabs, sea bed temperature readings and GPS mappings, is going to play a major and a vital role assisting the Irish fishing industry in shaping future strategies.”“It’s great to see cutting edge technology being applied in a novel way,” adds Michael Gallagher of Bord Iascaigh Mhara commenting on the McBride Project, “If a solution is found within this project then it should have wider applications. McBride Fishing Ltd. is constantly innovating both on board their vessels and onshore to improve their business.“This is key to their success, as they are marketing a challenging product-essentially they have to get their living product to as far afield as China! I think there is real scope for the fishing industry to develop further projects with WiSAR Lab and other high tech solution providers to resolve many issues and add real value to the sector”.DONEGAL FISHING COMPANY ‘POTS’ AN AGE OLD PROBLEM TO BED! 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:DowningsMcBride BrothersWiSARlast_img read more

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DONEGAL GAA FANS BLAST ‘BANDWAGON’ SUPPORTERS

first_imgDonegal supporters have vented their anger at the criticism aimed at the Donegal management and players by ‘bandwagon’ fans following Sunday’s Ulster SFC final defeat to Monaghan. Some sections of the s0-called Donegal support blasted the Donegal players and management after their narrow one-point loss.The ‘bandwagon’ fans took their social media timelines on Facebook and Twitter to have a pop at most of the players with some even saying manager Rory Gallagher wasn’t up to the job. The scathing criticism drew an angry reaction from the majority of Donegal supporters appalled at how these so-called ‘fans’ can turn on their team so quickly.Donegal fans were quick to remind the forgetful ‘bandwagon brigade’ of the joy and euphoria the team has given us over the last number of years.Donegal supporter Conor Comack posted on his Facebook timeline, “I cannot get over what I am reading.“Some people should be ashamed of themselves for turning on our team. “They had on off day in the shooting department, is there anybody that is slating them great everyday?“Get behind your team folks and be proud to support the green and gold.“If we get to the final the people slating the team and management will be first in the queue for tickets I bet. Donegal Gaa Abú.Donegal supporter Frank McGettigan posted the following powerful message on his Facebook timeline.“For all of you have been so openly critical of our Donegal footballers today I’m very proud of you. They took us all to Clones (Again) and deliberately lost. “Let’s blame the manager, or blame the referee, and the players while were at it.“Sure Murphy was rubbish, so was Lacey, and even the McGees were useless. How dare they take us all the way to Clones on such a good day with a promise of a life hereafter?“We could have gone to the beach or had a barbeque; instead we were ge…tting up at the crack of dawn and sitting in traffic jams drinking warm water while getting our arses stewed. “We even had to pay for the pleasure. As for Monaghan, how dare they. What makes them entitled to win our Ulster final? They’re useless and never even won an All Ireland in their lives. “The late soccer legend Jimmy Greaves was wrong when he said “Football is a funny old game”, I’m sure he meant Gaelic. “The world didn’t end yesterday, nor was anyone useless. Some players may have been below par yet can we begrudge them that on a hot day and in bodies and legs that have given so much, taken so many hits and indeed countless operations. Didn’t they give us almost five of the most wonderful exciting years in our footballs history? Didn’t they give us pride to wear our gold jerseys as we travelled up the road to Clones and a Croke Park that’s almost become a second home? “Is eaten bread so soon forgotten? Did we forget in a day the heroic majestic Murphy who has pulled so many rabbits out of his hat when we needed them most? “Or Lacey turning over the best in the land or putting over that insurance point against Cork in 2012. The McGee’s, the rock on which all our dreams were built. How easy it is to forget what and who made us proud. “For these heroes yesterday didn’t start at two pm. It started before Christmas last in the dark, in rain and hail in countless locations as we sat with our feet up watching Coronation ST. or Eastenders in front of a blazing fire. “They were at home nursing their injuries while we were out socialising like normal human beings. That’s where we expected them to be if they were not at work. “Sure didn’t they have an Ulster Final to win for us on the way to Croker for another All Ireland shot? We have our pride to think on after all, do they not realise that? Isn’t it worth all the sacrifice and pain? “Don’t we have they right to slag them off if they fail? Sure didn’t we give up a day at the beach to go and support them? Now that I think about it, I might just not bother going to support them any-more; sure they’re hardly worth it. Anyway, don’t we have fair bit of pride to be getting on with. Five Ulster finals in the same amount of years, two All Ireland finals, and a semi-final a quarter final and who knows yet. I might actually go back once more but they better not let me down this time. DONEGAL GAA FANS BLAST ‘BANDWAGON’ SUPPORTERS was last modified: July 21st, 2015 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:BacklashBandwagonFans. DonegalGAAnewsSportlast_img read more

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Murdered priest with links to Lough Derg on the path to sainthood

first_imgA murdered former priest that served in Donegal is set to be made a saint, it has emerged. Fr Ragheed Ganni, who served on Lough Derg, is set to be one of the first formally-recognised martyr of modern Iraq.Fr Ganni, 34, was murdered along with three sub-deacons by Islamist militants in Iraq in 2007. Former President Mary McAleese has previously described Fr Ganni as a reminder of “the cost of freedom and the price of service to others”.Mrs McAleese, who befriended Fr Ganni after originally meeting him when he was volunteering at the Donegal Christian sanctuary as a young seminarian, said when he finished his studies in Rome she asked whether he would contemplate returning to Ireland only to be told he was determined to serve the Christian community in his troubled homeland.Speaking last month, Mrs McAleese, said: “I was one of a number of people, good friends of his, who tried to persuade him not to do that.“He knew better than any of us how dangerous it was, but he was quite determined that his vocation and his mission lay among his own people, his own family, in bringing them pastoral help and comfort. Fr Dick Mohan, who was Prior at Lough Derg when Fr Ganni worked on the island, said  he was “delighted to hear that news because Ragheed was a very special person, and many, many people who were privileged to meet him in Lough Derg and to hear him and become friends with him will be happy to know that his goodness has been recognised.”Murdered priest with links to Lough Derg on the path to sainthood was last modified: September 16th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

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Live updates: Ravens outlast 49ers in rainy Baltimore

first_imgFollow along Sunday morning for in-game insights and analysis when the 49ers and Ravens wage what should be an epic battle in Baltimore. GAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (10-1) vs. Ravens (9-2) at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday at 10 a.m. (PT).TV: FOX-TV (Ch. 2), Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst), Pam Oliver (reporter). Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.center_img ODDS: Ravens -6. OVER/UNDER: 47.5.SERIES: Ravens lead …last_img read more

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Ending Country Cap In Green Cards May Allow India, China To Dominate Path To US Citizenship: Report

first_imgEliminating the country quota from the most sought-after Green Cards will end the current discrimination in the US labour market, but would allow countries like India and China to dominate the path to American citizenship, according to the latest Congressional report. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

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Premier League: Manchester United settle for 3rd straight draw, Romelu Lukaku stretchered off

first_imgManchester United’s frustrating run during the festive period continued as they settled for their third straight draw to drop further behind in the Premier League title chase.Mourinho was under scrutiny for the first time this season after Southampton walked away with a point from Old Trafford on Sunday.A lackluster drew 0-0 with the Saints to slip to third place in the league and fall 14 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City, who play Crystal Palace on New Year’s eve.ALSO WATCHThe attitude around the stadium after the final whistle was negative as fans booed off the ground an former players questioned the players’ ability to perform under crunch situations and Mourinho’s ability to get the best out of them.Troublingly for the Portuguese coach, United also has a striker shortage in the immediate future after Romelu Lukaku was carried off on a stretcher after a clash of heads in the first half against Southampton. Mourinho later said back-up striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be out for a month with a knee injury.The boss has revealed that @Ibra_official will be out of action for #MUFC for one month. pic.twitter.com/qrb60A3tU4- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 30, 2017Mourinho’s post-match press conference was typical Jose as he kept focussing on referee Craig Pawson’s decision to not award a penalty for a handball against Southampton defender Maya Yoshida. The air was tense and you could sense pressure building on the Special One.The pressure is ramping up on United and Mourinho ahead of a match against Everton on Monday. United’s other results over Christmas are 2-2 draws against Leicester and Burnley. While they conceded a 95th minute late equaliser against the former, they came back from being 2-0 behind against the latter to earn a point. With 14 points away from the top, United’s main task might now be holding onto a place in the top four with Liverpool three points back in fourth.advertisement”We have to bounce back, we have to wake up and get back to winning.”#MUFC’s Paul Pogba speaks to #MUTV following tonight’s game. pic.twitter.com/SYHunzZFxr- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 30, 2017And United’s record signing Paul Pogba was perhaps the first one to admit about the pressure after Saturday’s result.”The pressure is coming from behind,” United midfielder Paul Pogba said, “but we have to forget about everyone else and focus on ourselves.”United took a while to regroup after losing Lukaku and struggled to open up a visiting defense that produced an embarrassing display in conceding five goals against Tottenham four days earlier.Lukaku fell to the ground when Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt’s head went into the back of the striker’s head in an aerial challenge. After a break of at least five minutes, Lukaku was carried off to applause from both sets of fans.Jose Mourinho has provided an update on Romelu Lukaku’s injury: https://t.co/PSRj5Ykbjj pic.twitter.com/7Ro6buMB6v- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 30, 2017″When you see a player leave the pitch like he did, it is usually two games at least,” Mourinho said.Marcus Rashford was sent on as a replacement but his final ball proved as poor as his teammates, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan — back in the starting lineup for the first time since Nov. 5 — having a poor game.On the occasion Mkhitaryan did deliver a good cross, Jesse Lingard headed narrowly wide. Lingard was then livid after flicking the ball up and seeing it strike the arm of Yoshida, only for the referee to say play on.At the other end, James Ward-Prowse forced David de Gea into a save from a free kick and an unmarked Hoedt headed wide following a corner. Shane Long looked set to end a goal drought stretching back to February early in the second half, but De Gea saved with his feet.In the final stages, Pogba tapped the ball into the net from close range after a goalmouth scramble, but the flag was raised for offside. If Pogba hadn’t applied the touch, the ball might have been heading in anyway.”That is not United,” former United midfielder Gordon Hill tweeted after the match. “I don’t care what people say. Horrible.”(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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