FDA Rangers Seize Bush Meat

first_imgForestry Development Authority (FDA) rangers assigned at the Clay Checkpoint outside Monrovia over the weekend intercepted some bush meat from traders in Bomi County.The rangers who spoke to the Daily Observer said the Clay Checkpoint has over the years become a transit point for bush meat traders, with rangers making several arrests of the banned commodity. Most of the bush meat they have intercepted and seized the rangers said, are reportedly from Gbarpolu County, where commercial hunting is on the rise.“On many occasions, we have been threatened by some highly placed officials to arrest the meat sellers,” one of the rangers claimed.Sometime last year, a huge quantity of the meat was intercepted and confiscated from a group of businesswomen. The commodity was burnt at the head offices of the FDA in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.This newspaper’s investigation has established that Gbarpolu County has become a hotspot of well-organized commercial hunting, which has attracted a huge number of bush meat traders. When contacted, FDA Deputy Managing Director for Administration, Kederick F. Johnson, confirmed that the rangers intercepted bush meat from some businesspeople at the Clay Checkpoint. Mr. Johnson said the seized bush meat was not of endangered species and of less commercial value.He added that the FDA has launched a nationwide awareness campaign intended to sensitize hunters on the species that may be killed for domestic purposes and the ones they should spare during their hunting expeditions.Johnson said as a result of the awareness campaign, bush meat trade at street corners have reduced.He, however, cautioned citizens and hunters against the mass killing of animals that are not endangered species.“Such illegal acts on the part of commercial hunters and their business partners cannot help to protect animals that could be preserved for future generations,” Johnson added.Meanwhile, Mr. Johnson said the FDA has established five regional offices across the country to protect all endanger species against poaching and commercial hunters.The regional offices are responsible to monitor and supervise any aggression against the endangered animals, he added.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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Stem cell grants get court win

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court cleared the way for the state’s stem cell research agency to distribute billions of dollars in grants Wednesday when it turned back a last-ditch legal challenge by abortion foes and other critics. The state’s high court declined to review a lower-court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The litigation had prevented the agency from doling out $3 billion in research grants. “Today’s action by the California Supreme Court is a victory for our state because potentially life-saving science can continue without a shadow of legal doubt,” said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The state high court was asked by stem cell opponents to overturn the decision of a lower court, which had ruled in favor of the stem cell agency that was created in 2004 when Proposition 71 was passed. Justice Joyce Kennard declined to review the case with no other explanation. The plaintiff, the California Family Bioethics Council, had argued that the stem cell agency is corrupted by conflicts of interest. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Pogba urged to carry on WCup form to UTD

first_imgUnited’s record £89millon signing demonstrated his full potential in the World Cup by helping France to glory in Russia with a series of dominant performances.But Mourinho believes Pogba now needs to concentrate on what he can offer United, and claims the World Cup proved what he can achieve when he focuses on football.READ: Jose Mourinho challenges Paul Pogba to recreate World Cup form with Manchester United: ‘It’s not about us getting the best out of him, it’s about him giving the best he has to give’Paul Pogba with his Manchester manager Jose MourinhoSome at United feel that the former Juventus star becomes too preoccupied with social media and his liking for flamboyant haircuts and dance moves.“I don’t think it’s about us getting the best out of him, it’s about him giving the best he has to give,” Mourinho told ESPN.“I think the World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give the best. Why? Because it’s closed for a month, where he can only think about football. Where he’s with his team on the training camp, completely isolated from the external world, where they focus just on football, where the dimensions of the game can only motivate.”Pogba celebrates his second goal to inspire an famous Man Utd fightback.“During a season, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller, then you can lose your focus, you can lose your concentration, then comes a big match again. In the World Cup, the direction of the emotion, of the responsibility, of the big decisions is always growing up. You are in the group phase, you go to the last 16, to the quarterfinals, to the semi-finals, to the finals.”“This feeds the motivation. This feeds the concentration of a player. So I think it was the perfect environment for him. At the same time, I think players in the World Cup, they really feel that extra commitment with a country, with the people, that extra responsibility that makes them – by the emotional point of view – to be sometimes even over-committed.”“So they play for the team, and only for the team, and the team is the most important thing, and they do everything to try to succeed. So I think it’s the perfect environment for a talented player like him to focus, to full focus on the job.”–By Daily Mail- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba World Cup winner. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdon, July 24 – Jose Mourinho has told Paul Pogba to focus on what he can give to Manchester United, not the other way around.Pogba was known to want a free role in Mourinho’s team on the left-hand side of a 4-3-3 formation last season as the relationship between the two men grew strained.last_img read more

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Best leaves Blackburn for Championship rivals Derby

first_img Leon Best in action for Sheffield Wednesday last season 1 Derby County have snapped up Blackburn striker Leon Best on loan.The Republic of Ireland international, who started his career at Southampton, has joined Rovers’ Championship rivals on a season-long deal.Best managed only five league starts for Blackburn last term and was also shipped out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday.The 27-year-old has previously spent time at Bournemouth, Yeovil Town, Coventry City and Newcastle United.last_img

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VIDEO: Watch Man United flop Bebe channel his inner Ronaldo with this strike

first_img Bebe’s time with Manchester United was not a success Check out this thunderous strike from Manchester United flop Bebe!The Portuguese signed for the Red Devils in 2010 for a reported £7.4m – despite Sir Alex Ferguson admitting to have never seen him play.He only managed two appearances in four years at Old Trafford before moving back to Portugal with Benfica and now on loan at Rayo Vallecano.However, he showed a glimpse of why Carlos Queiroz recommended him to Ferguson with this stunning strike against Espanyol on Monday night. Watch the video and let us know what you think in the comments section below! 1center_img Getty last_img read more

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‘He is not a bad lad… his ability is up there with the best around’

first_imgHarry Redknapp has urged Ravel Morrison to seize his ‘last chance’ and earn a contract with Birmingham City.The 24-year-old started a month-long trial with the Championship side on Monday.Once regarded as one of England’s brightest talents, Morrison has struggled to fulfil his promise and has spent the last two years as a largely unused squad member at Lazio.Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT on Tuesday, Birmingham boss Redknapp said he hopes the former Manchester United starlet can get his career back on track at St Andrews.“He’s such a talent,” said Redknapp, who previously managed Morrison at QPR. “His ability is up there with the best there is around.“I said to him yesterday: ‘Ravel, listen, there is only one mug in this country that will take a chance on you now and that is me’.“I have taken him for a month on trial and said to him: ‘come and show what you can do, earn yourself a contract, don’t waste all that fantastic ability, and prove to people that you can produce and behave’.“He is not a bad lad. He is not a nasty boy in any shape or form. He has been easily led by the wrong people, but he trained yesterday and some of the stuff he does is fantastic. I love watching him play.”last_img read more

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POLICE HOPE CCTV FOOTAGE WILL HELP THEM SOLVE REASON BEHIND CAOLAN’S DEATH

first_imgPolice are now trawling through CCTV footage to determine if tragic teenager Caolan Page was attacked before he died.The 19 year old Donegal man died as a result of serious head injuries in Altnagelvin Hospital yesterday.Caolan, form Kildrum Upper in Carrigans, was found around 2am in the early hours of Saturday morning outside a licensed premises. It was initially thought he may have fallen but police began to become suspicious when they realised the former St Columb’s, Derry student had head injuries.A post-mortem examination is being carried out later on today.It is understood he had gone out with friends on Friday night and had become separated from them.It is possible that he was attacked or that he fell from the city walls. Police said they had “obtained CCTV images from the surrounding area and are studying footage to determine what happened.“While these lines of inquiry are being progressed, detectives are still very interested in talking to anyone who may have information about the incident.“Police are particularly keen to speak to people who saw a man collapsed in Magazine Street around 2am on Saturday or who were in the Waterloo Place area around the same time or who came into contact with Caolan.”The principal of St Columb’s College, Sean McGinty, said Caolan was a student of tremendous talent and potential.“Our thoughts at this time are with Caolan’s parents, grandparents, extended family and many close friends who have suffered such sudden and traumatic loss,” he said. “We would ask that you keep Caolan’s family and friends in your prayers at this difficult time.“May Caolan rest in peace.”Foyle DUP MLA Willie Hay said the death was an “awful tragedy”.“People have been contacting me to express their shock at what has happened. “Our thoughts and prayers are very much with the family at this time.“There are people out there who know exactly what happened.“I would appeal to them, irrespective of what information they may have, to come forward so police can find out what happened to this young man.”Messages in tribute to Mr Page have been posted on a social networking site.Mr Hay appealed to people to wait for the findings of the police investigation before commenting on the circumstances of the teenager’s death.“There are so many rumours out there about what happened.“It does not help the family. I would ask people that until police have pieced together what did happen, not to spread rumours.”POLICE HOPE CCTV FOOTAGE WILL HELP THEM SOLVE REASON BEHIND CAOLAN’S DEATH was last modified: October 17th, 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:Caolan PageCCTVdeathPSNIlast_img read more

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TOP CLASS AMERICAN MUSICIANS TO PLAY AT EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL

first_imgTwo of the most prolific and internationally recognized urban musicians from the USA will arrive in Donegal this weekend as part of Earagail Arts Festival.Master percussionist Ralph Rolle (drummer with Nile Rodger’s Chic) and multi-instrumentalist Selan (side musician and collaborator for Adele, Louie Vega and many others).They will work with musicians from the traditional Irish background to create a soundscape that will explore shared musical concepts. From RnB to Soul, Jazz and contemporary music.It’s all part of The Melting Pod, a unique musical collaboration between musicians from two distinct musical disciplines and equally atypical localities.Run in association with Inishowen Traditional Music Project and McGrory’s of Culdaff, the project will lay the groundwork for future collaborations between musicians from Donegal and the USA.The finale will feature Ralph and Selan in performance with musicians from Donegal and the Inishowen Traditional Music Project, with events being recorded for a forthcoming documentary film by leading director of photography Brendan Galvin. The workshops and master-classes take place on Thursday 17th at 11am, Saturday 19th July at 2pm and 4pm, with the finale on Sunday 20th July at 8pm in McGrory’s Backroom, Culdaff.Tickets cost €10 for masterclasses and €15/€12 for the finale.Also taking place this Friday is ‘Output’, a series of panel events developed to bring local, national and international music and creative industries’ practitioners to key cities and towns.“Output” is a partnership between Generator Northern Ireland and Honeycomb – Creative Works.Having previously visited Belfast, Derry~Londonderry and Newry, Output has proved to be a great opportunity for artists, labels, managers and digital content creatives to meet, network and learn together. Featured speakers include Andrew Ferris, who runs Small Town America, a record label and publisher based in Derry.Tommy McLaughlin Villagers / Attica Audio Recording, Keith Johnson, head of membership and marketing for IMRO and Stephen McCauley, a DJ and broadcaster who presents Electric Mainline on BBC Radio Foyle, along with award winning artist, Julie Feeney.Output #07 will place focus on the opportunities within the Irish music industry.Be it from record labels, recording studios, artists or royalty collection organisations – this is your opportunity to find out from the experts how it’s done. Output will be held in The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on Friday the 18th of July, from 2.00 – 4.00pm.Admission is free and open to all. Register for free for Output #07 on the Generator NI event page (http://generatorni.com/events/output-07-earagail-arts-festival-letterkenny/) or by emailing info@generatorni.comFor full details on the Earagail Arts programme visit www.eaf.ie.Earagail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council.TOP CLASS AMERICAN MUSICIANS TO PLAY AT EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL was last modified: July 16th, 2014 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:Earagail Arts FestivalEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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N. Korea: U.S. pressure threatening nuclear talks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “The basic spirit of the joint statement of the talks is mutual respect and peaceful coexistence,” the North Korean news agency said. “The pressure campaign launched by the U.S. under the groundless pretexts of ‘human rights abuse’ and ‘illegal trafficking’ defying this spirit is little short of annulling the statement.” It said such U.S. pressure could heighten tensions and “hamstring the process for denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.” North Korea delayed the start of the September round of talks by two weeks, citing anger over joint U.S.-South Korean war games and Washington’s appointment of a special envoy on the communist nation’s human rights status. The U.S. Treasury Department on Oct. 21 targeted eight North Korean companies suspected of being overseas fronts for Pyongyang’s sale of missiles and nuclear and biological weapons. The action bars transactions between the companies and U.S. citizens and freezes any of the firms’ assets under U.S. jurisdiction. North Korea also has accused the United States of using the six-nation talks to trick it into disarming before launching a nuclear attack. The United States, which has some 30,000 military personnel in South Korea, has denied plans to attack the North. Hu, who arrived in Pyongyang on Friday for an official visit, is the first Chinese leader to go to North Korea since 2001. Kim, who rarely travels abroad, last visited Beijing in 2004, when he studied Chinese economic reforms. China is under pressure from the United States and other governments to use its leverage as North Korea’s main aid donor to push Pyongyang for concessions in the nuclear talks. The chief U.S. negotiator, Christopher Hill, was to arrive in Seoul today for talks with his South Korean counterpart, Song Min-soon, to discuss the next round. China’s point man on Korean affairs, Li Bin, met with Song on Saturday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea said Saturday that U.S. pressure over human rights and other issues threatens the future of international talks on an agreement to end the communist regime’s nuclear arms program. The comment, carried in a dispatch from Pyongyang by the official Korean Central News Agency, came one day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Il promised visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao that his regime would participate in the next round of six-nation nuclear talks. North Korea promised in September to give up its nuclear arms work in exchange for aid and security guarantees. It tempered that pledge almost immediately, saying it first wanted a civilian nuclear reactor for generating electricity – a condition Washington calls unacceptable. The two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the United States agreed in a joint statement Sept. 19 to convene a fifth round of nuclear talks in the Chinese capital sometime in early November. No date has been set. last_img read more

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Donegal author inspired to pen four adventurous children’s books

first_imgA Moville-based author is set to publish a new children’s book this month filled with adventures and humour.The Boy Who Fell Upstairs follows a boy called Ned who does everything the wrong way around. The book will be published on 29th March by Olympia Publishers.This is just the first of four books to be released in the next 12 months by Gulladuff resident Pat Mc Laughlin. Pat was born in Derry, then went to university in England, before embarking on a life spent travelling and living across the world in his profession as a teacher and lecturer in some 42 countries across areas of Scandinavia, the Middle East, Africa, the USA and Asia.Pat now lives in Donegal with his wife. Together, they have three daughters, three son-in-laws and four grandchildren who keep them very busy, though this has not stopped their travelling. He now works as a freelance consultant with involvement in countries such as Turkey, Thailand and India.Pat McLaughlinSpeaking to Donegal Daily, Pat said he always had a passion for literature: “Writing has always been part of me. Reading was encouraged and supported at home by both my parents, with Charles Dickens an early an enduring influence.“Later, as a teacher, I was always been fascinated by the process involved in helping students learn to read and write but always in the context of learners being helped to think and work things out for themselves. “From an early age, I recall that I always wanted to write and I went on to write poetry and short stories while at school in Derry – mostly this was for self enjoyment only with no thoughts of publication and I suppose that this honed some of my future writing skills.“Some 30 years ago, I had three children’s books published by Oxford University Press, one of which was adopted by the Sultanate of Oman as a State reading book. During that period, I also had a story broadcast by the BBC World Service.“As much of my career has involved writing academic reports, I stopped writing creatively until recently. Being told as well as telling stories has always been important for me and the joy that children derive from listening to a well-told story was the inspiration behind me writing for the agile mind of the young listener/reader.”Pat’s first book of the year, ‘The Boy Who Fell Upstairs,’ is based on observation of children and, in particular, his grandchildren.The Boy Who Fell Upstairs will be sold in bookshops including Foyles and Waterstones, through Amazon, as well as in local outlets. The Boy who Fell Upstairs: Olympia PublishersThis book is to be followed by ‘The Five Cousins of Gulladuff,’ set in Donegal, which is due out in 4-5 months.Pat said he has two further books near completion: ‘The House with Two Faces,’ is also Donegal-based and the ‘Leopard Never Changes Its Spots,’ is set in India where he recently completed a four-year assignment in the south east tribal region of the country.Looking ahead to the new release, Pat added: “I will be conducting a number of readings locally in libraries and elsewhere, as well as in London, where I shall be talking to schools about story-writing. I hope to be able to do the same in local schools hereabouts as well.”Donegal author inspired to pen four adventurous children’s books was last modified: March 14th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:children’s bookspat mclaughlinthe boy who fell upstairslast_img read more

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