San Jose, CA–A 23-year-old Liberian was shot dead on June 14, 2016 near the American River in Northern Sacramento, California, according to West African Journal. The victim was identified as Boakai Konneh, son of J. Siaka Konneh, former president of the Association of Citizens and Friends of Liberia (ACFLi) in Sacramento.The sad news was relayed to Mohamed Konneh, a family member, by officers of the Sheriff’s Department in Sacramento hours after discovering the body. The lateBoakai lived within the neighborhood of Marconi and Fulton near the American River, according to Mohamed Konneh in a phone interview. No details were provided about circumstances surrounding his death.The body of the late Boakai Konneh was deposited at the Coroner’s office for autopsy since this is a homicide case.Meanwhile, there was a tentative family gathering on Friday, June 17 to discuss this tragic death in the community. The father, J. Siaka Konneh, relocated to North Dakota four months ago. He has arrived in Sacramento, along with the rest of the Konneh family. The community will be informed about further arrangements and the family can be reached by calling Mohamed Konneh 961-912-1192, Latin Konneh 701-226-3375 and Siaka Konneh 701-226-6817.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As regional stakeholders gather in Georgetown to discuss the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) initiative over a two-day session, they were urged to look at what was done wrong in the past and urged to correct them so that the Region can foster going forward.Addressing a gathering of regional stakeholders at the Ramada Princess Hotel on Friday, Director of the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Economic Department, Dr Justin Ram said the Region needs to move away from the old way of doing things and focus on the new way of working to move the CSME initiative forward.Former Jamaican Prime Minister, Bruce Golding; Caricom Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRoque; St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister and CDB’s Economic Director, Dr Justin Ram at the opening of the CSME consultation“We really need to step back today and take a look at what we’re doing in the Region so that we can jump better into the future… I think that we can flip those challenges and boost the resilience of our Region,” he posited.The CDB representative urged that the over 50 participants from around the Region leave the consultations with a major focus on implementing the CSME.The two-day consultation session will feature presentations from key personalities in the Region, including St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves; and former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding.The ex-Jamaican leader believes some member states are of the view that the CSME in its full implementation is likely to do them more harm than good, and as such, he noted that there needs to be a serious and frank discussion.“The impact of the CSME in its full implementation on each member country, Mr Secretary General, needs to be carefully analysed to identify the benefits, the opportunities, the risks and the downsides. That would lead us to a more informed position whether to get out of it, whether it encourages the enthusiasm that it requires or whether to say to the Caribbean people look… ‘it is not going to work’”, Golding asserted.He went on to point out that hardly any excuse or explanation proffered by a member state for the lengthy time taken to fully implement the CSME. Golding added too that matters which have been pondered on for decades are less challenging than the matters to which the Region is yet turn its attention to. These include areas such as economic conversion, free movement of people, free circulation of goods – matters that are central to the existence and functioning of a Single Market and Economy.On the other hand, Prime Minister Gonsalves in his presentation outlined that while the CSME has many aspiring components for the long-run, emphasis should be placed on what can be done now.“The currency convertibility and the freedom of movement… I don’t think they are going to happen in five years, I don’t think they are going to happen in my lifetime so I believe that we should keep those as aspirational and do many practical things that we can do immediately and in the foreseeable future,” Prime Minister Gonsalves posited.Continuing on the trend of implementing the CSME initiative, Caricom’s Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRoque opined that while the Region has achieved a lot under the CSME initiative, there is still so much more to be done.However, he bemoaned the slothfulness at which policies are being adopted and implemented by member states.“We need to move agenda along a lot faster. The time we take to get things done is a cost to the Private Sector and is a cost in terms of credibility to the community at large… We have things now on the agenda for eight, nine, 10 years; it’s not acceptable and we have to be honest about it. Either we get it done and we find a way of getting it done or we move onto some other issue,” Ambassador LaRoque noted.The two-day consultation session will allow a series of panel discussions on what the CSME objectives and priority measures should be; a more and effective CSME; the free movement of persons and public awareness.The findings and recommendations from this engagement will be considered by the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) and also to inform the review of the CSME being undertaken by the Caricom Conference of Heads of Government Conference at its upcoming meeting next month.
The warning is in effect from March 25 to March 28.- Advertisement – FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Parks Canada, Avalanche Canada and Kananaskis Country are issuing a special public avalanche warning for backcountry users for the coming long weekend:The warning applies to Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, and Jasper National Parks, Kananaskis Country, and Avalanche Canada’s Purcells and the North Rockies regions.The main issue is a deeply buried weak layer that has recently produced large human-triggered and natural avalanches. While not obvious to the eye, large human triggered avalanches are possible, as are naturally occurring avalanches with triggers such as cornices or daytime warming.Backcountry users without experience or training in avalanche safety and terrain recognition should avoid avalanche terrain this weekend. For those with experience and avalanche safety training, be extremely cautious in areas with thin snowpack, and limit your exposure by avoiding large slopes.Avalanches can be initiated from a distance and can propagate across entire mountain features.It’s also very important to avoid slopes threatened by cornices. Pay particular attention to where your group stops to group up and ride in avalanche terrain one at a time.Everyone in a backcountry party needs to have an avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel. A two-day Avalanche Skills Training 1 course is the minimum training recommended for travelling in avalanche terrain. For current conditions, check www.avalanche.ca.Advertisement
But the latest round of matches also highlighted some potential weaknesses in Liverpool’s title challenge after they were held to a draw by Arsenal.Below AFP Sport looks at five things we learned in the Premier League this weekend:Leicester start healing processFootball was a side issue when Leicester returned to action on Saturday but it felt appropriate that Claude Puel’s side emerged as 1-0 winners at Cardiff, a week after the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash.Demarai Gray, a member of the Leicester squad that won the Premier League in 2016, scored the only goal of the game, revealing a T-shirt that read “For Khun Vichai” before he was mobbed by his teammates.Following the match, players and staff flew to Bangkok to attend a mourning rite for Vichai.“It was a difficult game, they did their best,” said Puel. “We deserved to win and it is for the chairman.”Liverpool lose groundLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was frustrated by a 1-1 draw with Arsenal © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASStill unbeaten after 11 league games, Liverpool picked up what in normal circumstances would be a valuable point from an enthralling 1-1 draw at Arsenal on Saturday.Yet, this is no ordinary season with three unbeaten teams at the top of the table and Manchester City showing no signs of a drop in standard from their record-breaking 100 point campaign last term.Victories for City and Chelsea on Sunday saw Liverpool slip to third place, two points behind the champions.All six of Liverpool’s dropped points so far this season have come in draws against top-six sides.Yet, with so little margin for error, wins are now required from even the toughest tests to keep pace with City.Morata makes his markChelsea striker Alvaro Morata continued his goal-scoring run against Crystal Palace © AFP / Ben STANSALLEden Hazard’s fine early season form had masked an obvious flaw in Chelsea’s unbeaten start under Maurizio Sarri — the lack of a goalscoring centre-forward.Alvaro Morata, signed for a then club record £60 million from Real Madrid last summer, was meant to be that man.However, the Spanish international had scored just twice in 20 Premier League games before netting late on in a routine win at Southampton last month.That goal, though, has seen Morata’s confidence come back and his double against Crystal Palace took his tally to four goals in his last four league games.Spurs’ squad strength put to testWith a crucial period in Tottenham Hotspur’s season looming large, the last thing manager Mauricio Pochettino needed was more injury worries.But that is exactly what he got from a 3-2 win at Wolves that raised more questions about his team’s ability to challenge for the title after they almost squandered a three-goal lead.With crucial Champions League ties against PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan in November, as well as London derbies against Crystal Palace and Chelsea, Pochettino was forced to do without Eric Dier who was declared unfit, while Mousa Dembele limped off in the first half.Game of two halves for UnitedWho are the real Manchester United? The nervy first-half version at Bournemouth or the more assured team that completed a 2-1 win after the break?Jose Mourinho’s team once again needed to dig deep after falling behind on Saturday — the third time in four Premier League matches they have shown their curious Jekyll and Hyde character.United looked nervy at the back from the whistle and Bournemouth could have been out of sight before Anthony Martial scored the equaliser in the 35th minute.But after the break they were a different team and a late Marcus Rashford winner means they have now taken 10 points from their past 12 in the Premier League.Things are looking brighter at Old Trafford but Mourinho must sort out the conundrum.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leicester Demarai Gray revealed a message which read “For Vichai” when he celebrated his goal at Cardiff © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 4 – English football came together to join Leicester in mourning the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash while Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League table with a 6-1 rout of Southampton.City are two points clear of Chelsea, now second following a 3-1 win at home to London rivals Crystal Palace.
WASHINGTON – Air travelers face a high risk of a catastrophic collision on U.S. airport runways because of faltering federal leadership, malfunctioning technology and overworked controllers, congressional investigators said Wednesday. The investigators gave the Federal Aviation Administration credit for reducing runway safety incidents from a peak in 2001. But they said the agency’s “runway safety efforts subsequently waned” as the number of incidents settled at a lower level. Then, in the 2007 budget year that ended Sept. 30, the incidents spiked to 370 – 6.05 incidents per 1 million air traffic control operations. That approached the level in 2001, when there were 407 runway incursions and 6.1 rate. An incursion is any aircraft, vehicle or person that goes where it should not be in space reserved for takeoff or landing. At this time, “no single office is taking charge of assessing the causes of runway safety problems and taking the steps needed to address those problems,” the Government Accountability Office said in a report requested by Rep. Jerry F. Costello, D-Ill., and Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThen-Federal Aviation Administrator Marion Blakey stepped into that leadership void in August by calling an industrywide conference to produce ideas for quick action. In October, the FAA reported progress on recommendations from the conference, including speeding improved runway markings and pilot training. The GAO report approved of those moves but also recommended more leadership from the FAA, better data collection and less overtime required of controllers. “This report makes clear that the Bush administration is cutting corners and failing to put passenger safety first,” Lautenberg said. “The FAA is taking too many chances and ignoring too many red flags.” Serious incursions, where a collision was narrowly averted, declined to a record low 24 in 2007, compared with 31 the year before. But the report said they have stayed high enough to pose “a high risk of a catastrophic runway collision.” In response to the report, the FAA said it had reached its goal of reducing the most serious incursions by almost 25 percent in 2007. The agency said the overtime was a short-term issue that could be resolved through stepped-up hiring. Hiring is focusing on two dozen facilities with high overtime or six-day work weeks, according to the FAA, and a working group is studying whether scheduling changes could minimize fatigue. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said runway safety is a priority and the agency “is safely staffing all of its air traffic facilities.” To Costello, “When there is great public attention and attention by the Congress, then the FAA acts. As soon as the attention goes away, the FAA reduces their attention.” He is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on aviation. Costello and Democratic Rep. James Oberstar of Minnesota, the full committee chairman, urged quick approval of a House-passed FAA bill that would provide $42 million for incursion reduction and $72 million for runway lighting; require an FAA runway safety and technology plan; and force the FAA to reopen contract negotiations with controllers. The Bush administration opposes that provision. Since 1990, 63 people have died in six U.S. runway collisions. The FAA’s previous definition did not classify some serious runway errors as incursions, including an Aug. 27, 2006, crash in Lexington, Ky., of a Comair jet that took off from a too-short runway, killing 49. This year has seen dramatic near-misses: On Aug. 16, two commercial jets carrying 296 people came within 37 feet of colliding at Los Angeles International. A Delta Boeing 757 touched down in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on July 11 and had to take off immediately to avoid hitting a United Airbus A320 mistakenly on its runway. A Delta Boeing 737 landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on July 5 narrowly missed a commuter jet mistakenly cleared to cross its runway. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating those incidents, two others in Denver and one in San Francisco. The GAO endorsed a board recommendation that the FAA reduce mandatory overtime for controllers. Since the FAA imposed a contract on the controllers’ union in 2006, experienced controllers have retired much faster than the agency predicted. The FAA also cut controller staff to respond to traffic pattern changes from airline mergers and bankruptcies. The union says the cuts are too deep and reduce safety; the FAA says air travel has never been safer. The GAO said 52 percent of controllers at the nation’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, regularly work six-day weeks. Overall, between 20 percent and 52 percent of controllers at 25 FAA facilities, including seven of the 50 busiest towers, are on six-day weeks. Nevertheless, “agency officials indicated that they had no plan to mitigate the effects of air traffic controller fatigue,” according to the report. The president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Patrick Forrey, noted the concerns by the safety board and the GAO about fatigue. “How much more do we have to hear before the FAA is held accountable for the blatant disregard for safety it is showing by understaffing its facilities, working controllers past their breaking points and refusing to work with us to settle an ongoing contract negotiating impasse that has created the largest mass exodus of both veteran controllers and trainees we have seen since 1981?” he asked. The GAO found that radar the FAA installed at 34 of the busiest airports to monitor aircraft on the ground does not work well when needed most – during heavy rain or snow. FAA’s more advanced ground-control radar, operational at only eight airports, issues false alerts of impending collisions – 41 from June 7, 2006, to May 16, 2007, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International. The FAA’s Office of Runway Safety has not produced a national runway safety plan since 2002, went two years without a permanent director and had a 45 percent staff cut over the past four years, the GAO found.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard shared a video of players cowering on their team bus after it came under attack from West Ham supporters on Tuesday night.Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Adnan Januzaj were among those captured diving for cover after missiles were thrown, causing significant damage to the bus.Lingered, meanwhile, called out for his mummy! Watch the amazing footage below… 1
National Geographic have uploaded a short film about Dungloe’s most famous mascot: Sally the seal.When she was just a baby in 1994, Sally was found washed up in Dungloe by veterinarian Frank Mulreany, and quickly the pair became inseparable.Dutch photographer Marian Van De Veen filmed several videos of Sally, and recounts happy memories spent with Sally and Frank. Although Frank knew very little about seals when he first found Sally, he quickly nursed Sally back to health and tended to other orphaned baby seals all along the west coast.Sally became a part of Frank’s family, and enjoyed lounging in her favourite armchair, flipper draped over the armrest.Locals in Dungloe would often venture down the Quay road, where Sally would often be seen having a dip in the bay. Nat Geo feature amazing video of Dungloe’s Sally the Seal was last modified: October 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegaldungloeFrank Mulreanysally the sealSealvetwildlife
Former Arsenal winger Robert Pires says Gary Neville was the toughest full-back he ever faced in the Premier League.Pires joined the Gunners from Marseille in 2000 and spent six years battling Man United for supremacy, recalling that Neville made it hard to play against them.“When he was on the pitch they were physically, but also mentally, difficult fixtures,” he told the June issue of Four Four Two, adding the United defender would do anything to provoke him.“He was not a dirty player – he was just a good right-back,” he said.Pires won two league titles and three FA Cups during his time in north London and was part of the Arsenal side who remained unbeaten for the entire 2003/04 Premier League season, but admits Neville usually won their duels.“To be honest, he usually got the better of me during our battles. I would say it was probably about 60-40 in favour of Gary Neville.” Robert Pires says it was tough playing against Gary Neville 1
DONEGAL’S GAA clubs have agreed to delay next year’s county championships until after the county team has completed its season.It’s not what county manager Jim McGuinness had asked for during a meeting with the clubs last Friday.He had suggested rounds in April and May and then the postponement of further rounds until after Donegal had completed the Ulster and All-Ireland series. However the clubs, meeting in Ballybofey tonight, rejected that suggestion and say they don’t want any championship games at all in the spring.They voted overwhelmingly to back the new proposal – with just six clubs voting against the idea.It’s thought McGuinness will be happy with the clubs’ decision as it goes further than he had asked.The Glenties man is in Glasgow this evening after spending the day at work at Celtic’s training ground. He is expected to confirm he will remain on as manager after the club vote.“We’d be surprised,” admitted one county board member.“I think everyone has worked extremely hard to keep both clubs and county happy and tonight’s vote is an honourable compromise.” CLUBS AGREE TO DELAY CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES UNTIL AFTER COUNTY TEAM FIXTURES COMPLETED was last modified: September 10th, 2013 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:county voteJim McGuinness
Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Giroud wants to fight for his place targets RANKED REVEALED IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 1 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Olivier Giroud is staying at Chelsea despite interest from Marseille, according to reports.The Frenchman only joined the Blues from Arsenal last January, however he has been strongly linked with a move away since the arrival of new manager Maurizio Sarri. targets LATEST TRANSFER NEWS LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Giroud knows he will face stiff competition from Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi next season and several clubs have attempted to lure him away from Stamford Bridge.According to the Daily Mail, the 31-year-old has held talks with Ligue 1 club Marseille in the past month but decided to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place in the starting line-up.Giroud has been enjoying some time off after winning the World Cup with France and is yet to join up with Sarri’s new-look squad for pre-season. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer