Chinese Rubber Company Makes Donation to Ebola Fight

first_imgThe ZiBoHongyeShangqinPlastic and Rubber Co., also known as Hong Chin Plastic and Rubber Co., based in Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China, has made a donation of 50,000 pairs of disposable medical protection gloves to aid in the fight against Ebola virus.The Company made the donation, valued at about 230,000 RMB (approximate 38,000 United Stated Dollars) on Thursday, December 04, 2014, at the Liberian Embassy in Beijing.The General Manager, Mr. James Ren, in his presentation thanked Liberian Ambassador D. Mckinley Thomas for his recent visit to the company’s headquarters in Shandong Province and stated that the decision by the Company to make the donation was in response to the Letter addressed to the World by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, which was shared with them by the Ambassador during his visit. Continuing, Mr. Ren stated: “HongChin Plastic and Rubber Company is a responsible and caring global corporate citizen which would like to demonstrate support for the new Ambassador and his country by helping to stop the Ebola disease from spreading further.“Therefore, in addition to donating these gloves, we will  also pay for their shipment to Liberia.”The Ambassador of the Republic of Liberia to the People’s Republic of China Mr. Dudley McKinley Thomas, receiving the donations, expressed appreciation to the representatives of the company, Mr. James Ren, general manager, and Ms. YanlingJia, deputy general manager, for the kind gesture. He noted that the company’s generosity and empathy with the Liberian people during this difficult period would long be remembered and appreciated by the President, the Government and all of the people of Liberia.The Ambassador further noted that the timely support being received from the Chinese Government and Chinese companies was indeed making a significant difference in helping to win the fight to eradicate the disease from Liberia and the other affected countries.The Hong Chin Plastic Rubber Company is a Chinese Foreign Joint venture Company established in 2003, with 16 production lines and an annual production capacity of about 2 billion pieces of medical and protective PVC gloves, which are exported to many countries around the world, including England, Germany, and the United States of America.The Company has expressed a desire to set up a manufacturing plant in Liberia, to serve countries that make up the ECOWAS region in the very near future.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Parker, Paelay Free of Corruption Charges

first_imgMatilda Parker and Christina Kparbar Paelay were suspended in April, 2015 and were subsequently charged with economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy.Criminal Court ‘C’ has freed former managing director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Matilda Parker and Christina Paelay, the entity’s former comptroller, on corruption charges of awarding a falsified wreck removal contract for US$800,000 to Denmar Martin Flomo of Denmar Enterprises.Madams Parker and Paelay were freed due to state lawyers’ inability to ensure the appearance of several witnesses, who were to testify against the defendants; thereby leaving the judge with no option, but to drop the multiple corruption charges against them.The charges included economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy.“We have reached out to our principal witnesses that we intend to use in these proceedings, and having contacted them, because their testimonies are germane and cogent to the proceeds. In the eleventh hour, we noticed that the witnesses were inconspicuously absent in the courtroom, and that every effort made to establish contact with them yielded no fruitful result,” prosecutors explained to Judge Boima Kontoe.The state lawyers further argued, “we are reminded that these proceedings, which were sent back to this court to start a new trial, should never be delayed by any party as to effect the end of justice.”Immediately after the prosecution’s application for postponement of the case on grounds that they cannot locate and or identify their witnesses, Judge Boima Kontoe said, “given the history of the case dating far back as the first quarter of 2015, the court views the application to be frivolous.”Therefore, Kontoe explained about the Supreme Court’s opinion on the matter, which provides that when the Republic causes an individual or person, natural or legal, to appear in a court of law or any tribunal, the Republic should be prepared to proceed with the prosecution of the case against said accused person(s).He also explained that his second mandate for the case to resume was read on December 28, 2018, and the first assignment for the hearing was issued on March 4, 2019.”This court finds it difficult to understand the legal and factual basis of prosecution’s application for continuance, because the second mandate from the Supreme Court, dated December 28, 2018, said prosecution should prepare their witnesses to testify on their behalf,” the Judge said.“I am taken aback because of prosecution’s assertion in its application for continuance that it contacted its witnesses who were absent from court and, therefore, it is requesting this court to grant continuance,” Kontoe said.“Prosecution in the opinion of this court, has miserably failed to show good cause why this case reminded by the Supreme Court, and the mandate read on December 28, gave such frivolous excuse as prosecution has done in the instance case,”  Kontoe said,” He said the indictment against the defendants was hereby dismissed without prejudice to the state.”Parker and Paelay were suspended in April, 2015 and were subsequently charged with economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy. The duo were arrested on July 21 that same year and released on $1 million bond.They were accused of awarding a falsified wreck removal contract to Denmar Enterprises owned by one Denmar Martin Flomo, valued at $800,000.Former NPA managing director, Matilda Parker 2nd from right) celebrates with supporters Ansu Konneh left) and George D. KennedyFormer President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf suspended Parker following an investigation by the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LAAC).The investigation alleges that Parker awarded contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission on behalf of the NPA for wreck removal projects at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan and Greenville. The grand jury’s indictment also alleges that Parker made fraudulent payments to co-defendant Deneah M. Flomo.The Parker’s case grew in May 2015, when she and Paelay were indicted by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County for “economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy.”The first trial of the case commenced in November, 2015, and subsequently progressed to February, 2016, when prosecution fled to the Supreme Court on a Petition for Certiorari.The petition was heard and the Supreme Court on October 4, 2017, reminded the case and mandated the court to resume jurisdiction.That mandate was read on November 16, 2017, under the gavel of then Judge Blamo Dixon, resident Judge of Criminal Court ‘C.’Later the case again started on September 27, 2018, after the Supreme Court mandate was read, following which the defendants were arraigned and they denied the accusation as contained in the indictment. During that time, the prosecution made a submission requesting that their six witnesses not to be compelled to testify at the second case, and that those testimonies made to form part the new trial records.That request was resisted by the defense lawyer, Arthur Johnson; however, the court denied the request prompting Cllr. Johnson to appeal the judgment to the Supreme Court.The Supreme Court then reversed the court’s decision, but later mandated for prosecution to produce their six witnesses to testify at the new trial, which the government lawyers claimed that they could not locate and identify those witnesses.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Politically divided Spain united by El Clasico rivalry

first_img0Shares0000In Barcelona Catalan flags, including the independence-supporting Estelada, are commonly flown, while the crowd chant in favour of independence in the 17th minute of each match to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714 © AFP/File / JOSEP LAGOMADRID, Spain, Dec 20 – Often symbolised as pitting the pride of Catalonia against Spain’s capital, the ‘El Clasico’ between Barcelona and Real Madrid is a match laced with political and social as much as sporting tension.Even more so this week when the sides face off in Madrid on Saturday lunchtime just over 36 hours after polls will close in local elections in Catalonia that were called over the crisis caused by the region’s drive for independence. “They have a very strong ideological connection,” political scientist Pablo Simon told AFP.“On the one side are Real Madrid, who normally can be said to have a more conservative and nationalist fan base.”By contrast, Simon cites Barca’s ‘more than a club’ motto as being rooted in a sense of Catalan identity.The sights and sounds of their Camp Nou and Santiago Bernabeu stadiums reflect that difference.In Barcelona, Catalan flags, including the independence-supporting Estelada, are commonly flown, while the crowd at Europe’s biggest stadium chant in favour of independence in the 17th minute of each match to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714.At the Bernabeu stadium Real Madrid fans held Spanish flags, while cries of “Viva Espana” rang around following a violent crackdown by police on a referendum on independence called by separatists in Catalonia © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSAt the Bernabeu, Spain flags are splattered across the stadium, while cries of “Viva Espana” rang around on October 1 in the hours following a violent crackdown by Spanish police forces on a referendum on independence called by separatists in Catalonia.However, for all their differences, El Clasico and particularly the fear of losing the matchup should Catalonia gain independence, unites both sets of fans.“It is the derby of Spain and it feels like it is impossible to be neutral,” Sid Lowe, a Spanish football journalist and author of the book “Fear and Loathing in La Liga” on the rivalry, told AFP.“It is a unifying event. No-one wants to lose this game, even in the event of Catalan independence.”– No Clasico not contemplated –La Liga president Javier Tebas has repeatedly warned Barca would not be allowed to continue playing in the Spanish league if the drive for independence is followed through.However, that is a scenario both clubs refuse to envisage with many believing threats from Tebas, who attended a nationalist march earlier in the year, are aligned to his own political beliefs.“I want to tell all members that the intention of the club is to continue playing in La Liga. Right now our participation is guaranteed,” Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu told the club’s AGM in October.A banner demanding freedom for imprisoned Catalan separatist leaders is held up during the ‘Junts per Catalonia’ – JUNTSXCAT (All for Catalonia) grouping final campaign meeting for the upcoming Catalan regional election in Barcelona © AFP / Pau Barrena“I can’t contemplate a Spain without Catalonia, nor La Liga without Barca,” Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told Spanish newspaper El Espanol.Bartomeu’s board has tried to tread a fine line by defending Catalonia’s institutions following the Spanish government’s application of home rule, but also not coming out in favour of independence.Barca played Las Palmas behind closed doors on October 1 in protest at the violence at the polling stations.However, even outspoken pro-independence campaigners like former Barca president Joan Laporta have called for Barca to remain in La Liga.“No one at Barcelona wants to lose this game even though that potentially contradicts their political or social position,” added Lowe.The most-watched football match in the world will attract a potential TV audience of 650 million people who will tune in to see five-time Ballon d’Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo of Real and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.“It paralyses normal life in Spain,” added Simon. “That’s why we always recommend to go to the theatre or the cinema at that time because they will be empty.”Yet, the fact that what could happen to Barca, and by extension El Clasico, has played such a big role in the independence debate is a sign of the match’s deeply-rooted importance to Spanish society as something more than just a sporting event.“On the face of it the fact we are concerned about the impact for football from Catalan independence is absurd because there are so many other things to be worked through,” added Lowe.“Yet, it is the one that has occupied people the most. Will Barcelona still be in the league? Will there still be a Clasico? And no one wants that to be lost.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ronaldo v Neymar as Real draw PSG in Champions League

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid was drawn together with PSG in the tie round in the Champions League last 16 © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIParis, France, Dec 11 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid stand in the way of Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain after the big-spending duo were drawn together in the tie of the round in the Champions League last 16 on Monday.But there were mixed fortunes for England’s five representatives, a record number of clubs from one country to make the last 16, with Chelsea handed a daunting clash with Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur getting Juventus. Two-time defending champions Madrid are looking to become the first club since Bayern Munich in the mid-1970s to win the European Cup three years running.After finishing second in their group to Tottenham, Zinedine Zidane’s side were one of the teams that PSG — themselves group winners — would have hoped to avoid.Draw for the last 16 of the Champions League © AFP / Paz PIZARROThey could have drawn the likes of Basel or FC Porto, but PSG coach Unai Emery said: “I don’t think it’s the worst draw possible. I think we are of a level where we can play against Real Madrid.”PSG came a cropper at the hands of Barcelona at the same stage last season, winning 4-0 at home in the first leg only to fall apart and lose 6-1 in the return at the Camp Nou.Emilio Butragueno, the former Real striker who is now a club director, regretted that one of the favourites would be eliminated so early in the competition.“Luck has worked out this way and one of the two teams will be out at the last-16 stage, which we think is a bit soon taking into account they are two of the contenders for the title,” Butragueno told beIN Sports Spain.PSG strengthened following their Barcelona debacle by signing Brazilian star Neymar for a world-record 222 million euros ($261.5 million) from the Catalans and pipping Madrid to the signature of Monaco prodigy Kylian Mbappe.“Every summer they have signed great players, they get stronger all the time and they have had a nearly impeccable group stage,” Butragueno said.The first leg will be on Wednesday, February 14 at the Santiago Bernabeu, where Real beat Paris 1-0 in the group stage two years ago.– Chelsea face familiar foes –Chelsea, the only Premier League club not to win their group, were drawn against a Barcelona side who have been familiar foes in the competition down the years.UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti (L), former Spain international Xabi Alonso (C) and UEFA head of club competitions Michael Heselschwerdt conduct the Champions League round of 16 draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon on December 11, 2017 © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINITheir most recent meeting came in the 2012 semi-finals when the London side went on to win the title. They will meet in the first leg at Stamford Bridge on February 20.“They are a physically strong team that work very hard on the tactical side of the game and are well-organised,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said of Antonio Conte’s men.Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, the Premier League leaders, were handed a favourable draw in the shape of Basel.However, the Swiss champions have enjoyed some fine results against English sides in recent years, and beat Manchester United last month.“We have to respect FC Basel and we have to be careful,” said City director of football Txiki Begiristain.Jose Mourinho’s United drew Sevilla, while Liverpool and newly-crowed African Player of the Year Mohamed Salah will take on Porto, but last season’s runners-up Juventus were Tottenham’s reward for topping their group ahead of Madrid.“Wembley awaits us, one of the sacred temples of this sport,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri on Twitter, with the second leg in London on March 7.“Spurs are young and talented but if we (play like) Juve, we will make it!”The other Italian club to qualify were Roma, who topped Group C ahead of Chelsea and were handed a tie with Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine.Meanwhile, five-time winners and current Bundesliga leaders Bayern avoided some of the bigger names as they were paired with Besiktas.The Turkish club won home and away against another German club in RB Leipzig in the group stage, so Bayern will not underestimate a side who are on their best run since reaching the European Cup quarter-finals in 1986-87.“We know how strong they are after we followed their games against Leipzig. It will be a difficult task, but we are looking forward to the unusual atmosphere in their stadium,” said Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamdzic.This season’s final takes place in Kiev on May 26.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Nottingham Forest to launch investigation after incident involving Derby’s Bradley Johnson

first_img1 Nottingham Forest will launch an investigation after Derby’s Bradley Johnson was jostled by a pitch invader after Friday’s Sky Bet Championship encounter.Nelson Oliveira’s early strike proved the difference at the City Ground as the Reds ran out 1-0 victors against their in-form rivals.It ended Forest’s eight-match winless streak and led to celebrations spilling on to the pitch after the final whistle.One of the fans made a beeline for Derby midfielder Johnson, who was forced to push him away forcefully, and Forest have promised to investigate the incident.Earlier on Friday, Preston were hit with a £10,000 fine by the Football Association following the crowd trouble at their play-off game against Chesterfield last season.Chesterfield defender Ian Evatt, who used to play for Preston’s fierce rivals Blackpool, was assaulted by a supporter who was later given a three-year ban from football. Nottingham Forest’s eight-match winless streak was ended and post-match celebrations led to celebrations spilling on to the pitch after the final whistle last_img read more

Edinson Cavani open to Chelsea move in the summer – Reports

first_img Edinson Cavani is apparently fed up at Paris Saint-Germain 1 Edinson Cavani is coming round to the idea of moving to Chelsea in the summer, according to reports in France.The former Napoli forward is expected to depart Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the campaign, having failed to establish himself ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s as the club’s main frontman.Ibrahimovic is also set to leave the Parc des Prince once the season is up but that will not stop Cavani from listening to offers from elsewhere, with PSG already lining up external alternatives rather than placing their faith in the Uruguayan.Arsenal have been heavily linked with Cavani in the past, but according to Le 10 Sport, Chelsea are now hot on his trail and will compete with Juventus to land the 29-year-old.Cavani was originally thought to be opposed to a move to England due to the language barrier, instead favouring a return to Italy.But with the amount of TV income Premier League clubs are due to receive next season, a big-money move to England is now firmly on Cavani’s agenda and he is ready to listen to what Chelsea have to offer.last_img read more


first_imgA CLASSICAL music treat is in store this Sunday as The Donegal Chamber Music Society presents the first of five concerts during the first half of this year as part of “Sundays in Conwal 2014”.The opening concert – at 3pm on Sunday – will be played by the accomplished Donegal Camerata, the resident ensemble.An International Ensemble of professional players based in Donegal, the Donegal Camerata will continue their eclectic and attractive chamber music recitals, offering a program with cardinal works from the string repertoire along with some pieces in a more light-entertainment vein. For the first recital of the year they will present music by W.A. Mozart, P. I. Tchaikovsky, Antonín Dvořák, Josef Suk and Béla Bartók. As before, in each concert they will present a new work by an Irish Contemporary Composer. The work chosen from the Contemporary Music Centre Library for this recital will be a piece related to Donegal, Ian Wilson’s An tIarthar, composed in 2010 for the Donegal Chamber Orchestra.The Donegal Chamber Music Society Quartet – made up of younger Donegal musicians –  will also perform on Sunday.“Sundays in Conwal 2014” 1st Concert26th January, 3pm. Conwal Church. Letterkenny ProgrammeW.A. Mozart (1756-1791): Divertimento in F Major, K. 138/125c (1772)P. I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11 (1871)Ian Wilson (b.1964): An tIarthar (2010) (CMC)Louis Laporte (ca.1850 – 1922): Intermède-pizzicato for string quintet (1901) Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904): Slavonic Dance in e minor, No. 2 Op. 72 (1886-7)Josef Suk (1874-1935): Ella-Polka (1909) from EpisodesBéla Bartók (1881-1945): Romanian Folk Dances (1917) Sz. 68 BB 76Admission €10/5. Tickets will be available at the door. CLASSICAL MUSIC AT ITS BEST AT CONWAL CHURCH THIS SUNDAY was last modified: January 25th, 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:String ensembleSUNDAYS AT CONWALTHE DONEGAL CAMERATA STRING ENSEMBLE IN INISHOWENlast_img read more

New outpatient skin treatment service to open at LUH

first_imgAn outpatient phototherapy service will be up and running at Letterkenny University Hospital in the coming weeks.The news has been welcomed by Donegal County Councillor, Ciaran Brogan.Phototherapy is a treatment option using Ultraviolet light, administered on the referral from a consultant dermatologist. It is an effective method of treating many skin conditions, the most common of which is psoriasis.“For far too long people have had to travel to Sligo Hospital and Altnagevlin Hospital for phototherapy, so this is great news for the patients affected,” said Cllr Brogan who is a member of the HSE Regional Health Forum.“I welcome the investment by the HSE in this area. I have been informed that the phototherapy equipment has arrived at Letterkenny University Hospital. Staff training is currently underway and guidelines are being developed,” he added.“It is hoped that the pre-phototherapy skin assessments will take place at the end of May or at the beginning of June, with patients receiving full phototherapy treatment before the end of June. A clinical nurse specialist and two other nurses have been recruited to staff the new service.” The new outpatient service at Letterkenny University Hospital is being provided as part of a Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT) Funding Cross-Border Project.New outpatient skin treatment service to open at LUH was last modified: May 22nd, 2019 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:conditiondonegalluhphototherapyskinlast_img read more

DeGale weighs in ahead of title defence

first_imgJames DeGale was bang on the 12-stone super-middleweight limit at the weigh-in ahead of his European title defence against former world champion Cristian Sanavia in Frederikshavn, Denmark.The West Londoner faces a tricky task against the 37-year-old Italian, who was a couple of ounces lighter.It will be DeGale’s first defence of the belt he won by beating Poland’s Piotr Wilczewski on points in October.Sanavia is the mandatory challenger for the title and has won 45 of his 51 fights.Advertising on West London SportSee also: DeGale to defend title in DenmarkDeGale is crowned European championFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Catch the Play Your Part Roadshow in Free State

first_imgGuests coming to join us at the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre on the day are urged keep an eye out for our bright yellow play Your Part Cube.Play Your Part, along with Leadership 2020 Seminars and One Day Leader, invites you all to join us in Bloemfontein on 26 October to learn how some South Africans are stretching the limits to help develop our country for the better.Other partners include the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), the Youth Chamber, the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and a number of entrepreneurs based in the Free State.The Play Your Part Roadshow has already visited the Limpopo and Eastern Cape provinces, and the Free State is the next destination on Play Your Part’s journey through the country.Bloemfontein is the hub of the Free State and is South Africa’s legislative capital.If you’re in Bloemfontein on Wednesday 26 October then come down to the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre and hear some of the inspirational stories that our guest speakers will be sharing.The seminar is designed to empower, motivate and influence change in the lives of young South Africans. They will also be given the relevant tools, tips and strategies needed to become successful and prosper.MORE ABOUT OUR HOSTSThe seminar will be hosted by DJ and entrepreneur Sbu Leope alongside One Day Leader finalist Seadimo Tlale. The two hosts will be joined by a number of guest speakers and Play Your Part ambassadors.Twenty-two-year-old Seadimo is completing the final year of her law degree at the University of the Witwatersrand and is a member of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship.Currently, Seadimo balances her academic life with her responsibilities as a host on SABC 1’s Rise Talk Show.The talk show is a Soul City initiative that looks to change the behaviour of young women aged between 15 and 24 years old – who are most vulnerable to new HIV infections –  through engaging dialogue.The busy varsity student also earned herself the first runner-up position in the second season of SABC 1’s One Day Leader television show, and is the current holder of the Free State Youth Activist award.        The seminar will be hosted by DJ and entrepreneur Sbu Leope alongside One Day Leader finalist Seadimo Tlale. The two hosts will be joined by a number of guest speakers and Play Your Part ambassadors.THE GUEST SPEAKERSGuest speakers include Thato Mokhothu and Motlapele Morule who is also known as Mo’ Molemi.Mokhothu has made significant strides as an entrepreneur, being the owner of both RTT Construction and RTT Canteen, the latter an eatery at a well-known bus-line in Bloemfontein.Mokhothu is also a shareholder in Tyremart and the founder of a women’s association called I Am a Phenomenal Woman.Morule, or Mo’ Molemi, is a prominent South African hip-hop artist and farmer who is bringing his love for agriculture together with his profile as a musician.Both speakers will be sharing their stories in hopes of igniting the vast potential that South African youth possess.GET INVOLVEDYoung people are invited to come and Play Their Part and engage with #PYPCUBE. The roadshow is bound to inspire young adults to do more after hearing the success stories of others who play their part in society.Guests coming to join us on the day should keep an eye out for out bright yellow PYP Cube to take part in the #PYPCUBE experience.The cube has everything you need to take your picture, make your pledge to be an active citizen and upload your picture with your pledge on Facebook and Twitter for all to see.Join us, make your pledge and help drive South Africa to greater heights.last_img read more