Amb. Von Ballmoos Presents Letters Of Credence

first_imgThe Liberian Ambassador accredited to the Holy See and the Sovereign Order of Malta, Ambassador Rudolf von Ballmoos has presented his Letters of Credence to the Holy Father, Pope Francis at the Vatican City and the Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, His Eminence Fra’ Matthew Festing at the Magisterial Palace in Rome, Italy.A dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in the United Kingdom says during separate statements at the two ceremonies, Ambassador Rudolf von Ballmoos extended special thanks on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the Holy See and the Sovereign Order of Malta for the enormous support provided Liberia over the years in the areas of education, health and humanitarian services in support of government’s effort to eradicate poverty and consolidate the peace process.He made a specific request to the Holy See to support a regional education and awareness campaign with specific focus on religious tolerance, noting that “with the spread of different religious beliefs across the continent of Africa, it is prudent for people of different faith to coexist peacefully and tolerate one another”.On the Global scene, Ambassador von Ballmoos noted that “Liberia will continue to support dialogue and non-violence in the resolution of internal conflicts. He said, Liberia is pursuing a long-term national development agenda, The Liberia Rising Vision 2030, which aims to propel Liberia into a middle-income country capable of meeting and sustaining its own development aspirations by the year 2030.Towards, this end, we encourage Foreign Direct Investment in the vast resource based of the country, including the Agriculture and Mining sectors”. In response, the Holy Father, Pope Francis said” the proliferation of weapons of every type leads in the opposite direction of peace that we all speak about. The arms trade has the effect of complicating and distancing us from a solution to conflicts, all the more so since it takes place to a great extent outside the boundaries of the law.Therefore, I consider that, while we are gathered in this Apostolic See, which by nature is invested in a special service to the cause of peace, we can unite our voices in expressing hope that the international community may make new, concerted and courageous efforts against the proliferation of weapons and to promote their reduction”.The Holy Father mentioned that another challenge to peace, which “unfortunately takes on, in certain regions and in certain moments, the nature of a full-blown human tragedy”, is that of forced migration.He commented that it is a very complex phenomenon, and recognised that important efforts are being made by international organisations, States, and social bodies, as well as religious communities and volunteer groups, to respond “in a civil and organised way to the most critical aspects, emergencies, and situations of greatest need”.Pope Francis lamented that the global community cannot limit itself to reacting to emergencies, but rather the moment has arrived to face it with a serious and responsible political outlook, involving all levels: global, continental, macro-regional, in relations between nations, and finally at national and local levels”.Also speaking at a separate ceremony, His Most Eminent Highness Fra’ Matthew Festing said beyond its humanitarian activities, the Sovereign Order of Malta is also committed both to building new bridges of understanding so as to foster dialogue and respect for cultural diversities and to promoting human dignity as the most effective strategy for eliminating inequalities between countries and social groups.”I am certain that the recent accreditation of the first permanent representative of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the African Union will enable an even more effective collaboration among the different countries for improvement in the living conditions of the populations of Africa.In addition to our engagement in Liberia, we have identified new projects relating to the training of dentists and doctors, as well as the fight against epidemics and renewed shipments of medicines and medical equipment for hospitals in Liberia” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

April Fires Up in Prince George Fire Centre

first_imgThere’s confirmation from the Prince George Fire Centre…which includes the Peace Region…that this year fire crews had their second busiest April in the past eight years.Since 2003 the fire centre has responded to an average of 30 wildfires, prior to May first, covering about 300 hectares.However, the numbers for the same period this year are 57 fires, with a burn area of nearly 600 hectares.- Advertisement -In addition, the centre has confirmed that all but one of the fires was caused by human activity.There are fears this could be a very bad fire year in BC, given low snowpacks and the lack of moisture.In fact, open burning has already been banned in the Cariboo region, but for the moment is still allowed in the Prince George Fire Centre.Advertisementlast_img read more

Marseille fans injure two security guards in Spain

first_imgHe said police did not think the object was a knife.A little later, another security guard was attacked by Marseille fans and was also hurt, the spokesman said, adding both injuries were not serious.“The Ertzaintza detained three of the alleged participants in the altercation,” he said.The unrest came as Marseille played against Athletic Bilbao in the return leg of the Europa League last 16.It also comes just three weeks after a 51-year-old Basque police officer died of a heart attack during fan violence in Bilbao on February 22, sparked by “ultras” of Russian club Spartak Moscow.Some lit and threw smoke bombs and garbage cans towards Athletic supporters, before police charged them.Police detained five Spaniards, three Russians and a Polish man over the clashes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000High tension: Marseille fans walk past Basque autonomous police officers outside the San Mames stadium before the Europa League match against Athletic Bilbao © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMADRID, Spain, Mar 15 – Supporters of Marseille attacked and injured two security guards Thursday in Spain’s northern city of Bilbao, police said, only three weeks after an officer died during an unrelated bout of football fan violence.A group of fans of the French team first attacked a guard at the San Mames stadium early in the evening, injuring him in the neck with “a sharp object,” said a spokesman for the Ertzaintza, the Basque country’s regional police force.last_img read more

United win to ease pressure on Mourinho

first_imgBut Juan Mata pulled a goal back in the 70th minute with a fine free-kick, Anthony Martial equalised six minutes later and Alexis Sanchez scored in the 90th minute to end United’s run of four games without a win.Victory saw United move up into eighth place in the table but still left them six points adrift of leaders Manchester City, who are away to Liverpool on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Relief for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho© AFP Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 6 – Under-pressure Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho saw his side score three goals, including a late winner, as they beat lowly Newcastle 3-2 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.Amid newspaper speculation he could be sacked this weekend, Mourinho’s side fell 2-0 behind as early as the 10th minute after goals from Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto fired the visitors — who haven’t won in the league this season — into a shock lead.last_img read more


first_imgParents in Donegal have been urged to supervise children playing on trampolines as more children are brought to Emergency Departments with injuries linked to their use.The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine issued guidelines to help parents and warned that the number of children being injured increases during the summer months.In a statement, the IAEM said:”Garden Trampolines are a popular piece of recreational apparatus in Ireland and their use has become a means of ensuring that children have fun but also keep fit. “The injuries associated with trampolines in children have also become increasingly frequent and many victims of such injuries present to Emergency Departments (EDs), particularly during the summer.“International evidence suggests that trampoline-associated injuries have doubled in the past decade and elsewhere there have been deaths associated with trampoline use, mainly from head and high spinal cord injuries.”Due to the lack of a national Emergency Department Information System (EDIS), the exact number of trampoline-associated injuries presenting to Irish EDs is not known but it is known the number is increasing.It is estimated that for every child admitted to hospital, 12 are seen and treated in the ED without the need for orthopaedic follow-up. Previous work suggests that up to 40% of children who require orthopaedic involvement will need surgery.Most falls (60%) occur while on the bed of the trampoline not as a result of a fall off the trampoline and are entirely preventable.In 35% of cases the injury was related to the presence of others on the trampoline. The injured child was supervised by an adult in only 40% of cases.Adults may also sustain or cause trampoline-related injuries particularly when alcohol has been consumed.The statement added: “Because of deaths and serious injuries in the USA, the American Academy of Paediatrics recommends that trampolines not be bought for children and that parents do not allow their children use a trampoline elsewhere. “Indeed, the American Medical Association recommends that children do not use trampolines, even with adult supervision”.As trampoline use is so common here, IAEM recommends the following minimum safety precautions to make their use safer:only one child at a time should use the trampoline;children should be supervised by an adult at all times while using the trampoline;trampolines should be surrounded by appropriate safety netting to stop both ingress and falls from the trampoline; andthe trampoline should never be used while under the influence of alcoholFollowing these precautions will reduce, but not eliminate, injuries that otherwise might spoil a child and family’s enjoyment of this common recreational activity, said the statement. PARENTS WARNED TO SUPERVISE THEIR CHILDREN ON TRAMPOLINES AS INJURIES INCREASE was last modified: June 6th, 2016 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:donegalinjuriesreporttrampoline dangerslast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Click on the video above to watch St Eunan’s College star Michael Miller score perhaps the quickest goal in the history of the GAA.Well-known GAA commentator Jerome Quinn was on hand to film the goal and the former BBC man believes that Miller may well have scored the quickest goal ever in the GAA. The goal came after just NINE seconds of play in the MacRory Cup play-0ff game between Miller’s St Eunan’s College side and St Patrick’s of Armagh.St Patrick’s recovered well from their horror start and the game finished level at the end of full-time.St Eunan’s rallied in extra-time to secure a brilliant win which sees them advance to the next round of the competition.County Minor star Miller’s goal could now ensure he etches his name in the history books by scoring the fastest ever goal in the association’s illustrious history. However, it was apparently all part of the plan according to Miller who said “When it’s Miller time, it’s Miller time, you can’t do anything to stop it. 🙂 DDTV: IT’S MILLER TIME – HAS ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE STAR SCORED THE QUICKEST GOAL IN GAA HISTORY? was last modified: February 3rd, 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:DDTVGAAMichael MillerQuickest goal ever?St.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more


first_imgA man has pleaded guilty to 15 different charges of indecently assaulting another man.The man, who cannot be named, was charged with the offences at various dates between 1984 and 1987.All the offences took place in West Donegal. The man, who wore a blue jumper, only spoke to plead guilty.Barrister Desmond Murphy SC, said his client was currently in jail and wanted all matters dealt with as soon as possible.“He accepts what he did and he wants to get on with it,” he said.The case has been put forward to the next sitting of Donegal Town Circuit Court for sentence.MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO 15 CHARGES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT was last modified: October 29th, 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:INDECENT ASSAULTLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

Mourinho says current Chelsea side have potential to be better than his title winners

first_imgJose Mourinho says his current Chelsea side have the potential to surpass the team he built and led to back-to-back Premier League titles during his first reign.The Blues face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime and Mourinho’s table-toppers could go 15 points clear of the Reds after just 11 games.“The other team won titles, won everything – not just with me but after me with the same basic team. They were European champions,” Mourinho said.“This team is a good team that plays well and has conditions and evolutions to keep going and get better than the previous team. But the reality is this team has done nothing yet.”Mourinho’s first spell in charge saw him guide the club to domestic titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06, as well as the League Cup in 2005 and 2007 and FA Cup in 2007.The Blues will face Liverpool having had 24 hours less to prepare than their hosts.Chelsea are hoping to repeat last season’s win at AnfieldChelsea played out a 1-1 Champions League draw in Slovenia against Maribor on Wednesday, while Liverpool opted to rest several key players for their 1-0 away defeat against Real Madrid on Tuesday.“We will be mentally right, even if physically the players could have a problem. But mentally is more important (than physically). We have to be ready for it,” said Mourinho, who also insisted he will be looking for a win and not playing for a draw.“Our intention is to win. When we have the ball, we want to try to score and when they have the ball we have to try to stop them.“It is the ABC of football.  I will do this to my last day.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

2010: over 650 000 tickets sold

first_img11 November 2009Tickets to the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ are in big demand, with 650 527 tickets having being sold so far, says the 2010 Organising Committee (OC).OC chief executive Danny Jordaan said that of these tickets, 345 894 had been bought by South Africans and 304 633 by overseas fans. He said the United States had so far bought the most tickets with 82 603, followed by the United Kingdom with 48 926 and Germany with 23 924.The figures included bookings made as of 28 September.Speaking to a parliamentary committee in Cape Town this week, Jordaan said that ticket sales to Southern African Development Community (SADC) and other African countries were disappointing. “We are very disappointed by our neighbouring countries, because it’s not what we anticipated,” he said.However, Jordaan expected that there would be an increase in demand for tickets after the Final Draw of the teams, which will be held in Cape Town in December.As the excitement surrounding the World Cup gains momentum, tickets have been in high demand worldwide which have led to illegal ticket sales, he said, adding that Fifa was working closely with international authorities to crack down on illegal tickets.“While genuine tickets were sold online exclusively via the official website, unscrupulous individuals are taking advantage of the great appeal of this event by trying to use the internet to sell tickets they do not possess,” Fifa said in a statement.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA, Indonesia look to increase trade

first_img17 October 2012 South Africa and Indonesia have agreed to step up their interactions in order to increase trade between the two countries, following the second meeting of the two countries’ Joint Trade Committee in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, who co-chaired the meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Gita Wirjawan, said afterwards that it was important for emerging economies to seek each other. “It is through the strengthening of the relations between the emerging economies that we can actually realise the number of objectives which we are setting ourselves. These will enable us to develop our economies, create employment for our people, and raise their living standards,” Davies said in a statement issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Davies added that South Africa was committed to strengthening regional integration across different regional economic communities. SA an Africa ‘gateway, not gate keeper’ He said South Africa was a potential gateway for investment in the African continent, while adding: “We make a distinction between being gate keepers and gateway. We do not try to say that any other player has got to relate to other countries on the African continent through [South Africa]. The African continent is a continent of growth.” According to the DTI, the main issues discussed in Tuesday’s meeting were market access and import regulation. “The South Africa side raised concerns relating to the designation of ports of entry for imports of fresh produce agricultural products, and the introduction of an import licensing regime for imports of horticultural products,” the deparment said. The meeting also discussed sectoral cooperation, including trade promotion and capacity building for small businesses, “with particular interest in jewellery design and special economic zones”.New Asia-Africa Strategic Partnerships Indonesia proposed cooperation under the New Asia-Africa Strategic Partnerships (NAASP) framework. “Under this framework, Indonesia will work together with South Africa in order to assist other countries in the African region as a form of attention and solidarity,” the DTI said. Indonesia is the largest economy in South-east Asia, with gross domestic product (GDP) of around US$1-trillion. According to the DTI, trade between South Africa and Indonesia grew between 2007 and 2011, with SA ranking 23rd as a destination for Indonesian exports, and Indonesia ranking 26th for imports from SA. South Africa’s exports to Indonesia “mainly consist of raw materials, and there is a need to diversify them to include value-added products,” the DTI said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more