MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgDialogue Among Peace Messengers: Political Peace (Part 3)By Gwendolyn S. Myers/Founder &Executive Director, Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP)Over the past week we have seen an increase in the number of youth based activities in support of UNSCR 2250. The Peace, Reconciliation, Dialogue Seminar organized through the Ministry of Internal Affairs with funding support from UNMIL and USAID sponsored Regional Consultation Dialogue on LAVI 2nd project Thematic Window in collaboration with the National Civil Society Council in which two of our volunteer peace messengers were motivational speakers, are great initiatives for the participation and involvement of young people in peace building initiatives.Both programs, held in the sectors of Bong, Buchanan and Tubmanburg, provided the impetus for an action plan necessary for the conduct of peaceful elections in October 2017.Within the past week we have also noticed the frustrations unleashed by regional associations in an attempt to galvanize young people to be more proactive in peace and security matters. While we would like to encourage the involvement, engagement and participation of young people in peacebuilding programs, it cannot be enforced, cloned or coerced. Young people must have a passion for peace to be involved. Young people must also enjoy the cooperation and strong support of traditional players.We have enough issues of women’s underrepresentation in politics across Africa. Not only do we have stagnating pool of women in politics, we have few young people in politics; and for political peace to be assured, we need encouragement and empowerment for youth and women participation, not divisive rhetoric.The involvement of young people in peace consolidation and sustainability should not be competitive but cooperative. The political empowerment of young people, especially young women, is fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Shared and collective approaches and resources should not be concentrated in the hands of multinational NGOs that make paradigm shifts because certain issues such as peace and security are in vogue and well-funded. Available funds and traditional funding mechanisms should not be the yardsticks for funding groups.As a developing youth based organization heavily involved, we must break this congenial habit of political correctness and unsolicited remarks on social media. The objective of our time is to maintain political peace, not political division. We need strong leadership, not weak or chastized followers. The need to build capacity of all young people involved in peace consolidation cannot be overemphasized. This program should not be selective and neither should it be used as a tool for false involvement and participation.The agenda for political peace cannot come true if young people are uninvolved or made to compete against each other and if young people are made to remain outside the peace dialogue while traditional groups implement their programs. We must leverage the inner strength of young people through bringing alive their hidden potentials.On another note, this month’s winner for the writing competition on Peace Dialogue would be announced shortly by the Daily Observer. We take this opportunity to encourage other youths to write. If we want political peace and a peaceful world, we need to join the team of young writers in support of sustainable peace and development.And until next week when we come to you with another interesting article on “An Appetite for Violence,” it is peace above all else, peace first, may peace prevail in our time.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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World’s biggest airliner touches down at LAX

first_imgThe A380’s wingspan measures almost as long as a football field, and its tail rises about as high as a seven- or eight-story building. Airbus officials like to point out that the giant plane is much longer than the distance the Wright brothers covered during their first flight. The A380 came in slowly, lumbering past the hotels and office buildings east of the airport. It seemed to wobble at one point, but the pilot later said he had no trouble and described the landing as easy. “It was an excellent flight,” pilot Claude Lelaie said. “The plane is very quiet; no noise.” Airport police had prepared for tens of thousands of spectators to cram the neighborhoods around LAX. Only about 2,000 showed up, but they broke into cheers and applause as the plane’s 22 tires touched down in a puff of smoke at 9:30 a.m. Los Angeles came in second in the race to welcome the A380 to the United States. One of the planes touched down at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport about 20 minutes before its counterpart landed at LAX. It began with a distant glimmer in the morning gray and a murmur passing through the crowd: Here it comes. The plane took shape as it dropped through the haze toward Los Angeles International Airport – the huge wings stretching across the sky, the oversize body, the sweep of a skyscraping tail. On the ground, hundreds of spectators craned their necks and focused their cameras as the biggest airliner the world has ever seen, the Airbus A380, swooped toward the runway. “Airbus 101 Super … welcome to Los Angeles Airport,” an air traffic controller said just before 9:30 a.m., ushering in a new era of air travel for LAX. “Cleared to land.” Inside, the plane that came to Los Angeles had no cabin, just some temporary seats for the two dozen technicians onboard and some computer equipment. Spools of blue and yellow wires and pink padding lined its unfinished sides. The plane was scheduled to spend its visit in Los Angeles testing gate equipment such as boarding bridges at LAX. The city has spent about $49 million preparing airport gates and taxiways at LAX and L.A./Ontario International Airport for the A380 and other superjumbo jets; it plans to spend at least $72 million more. doug.irving@dailybreeze.com (310) 543-6649160Want 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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Real Madrid begin crunch month with Levante trip

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s head coach Zinedine Zidane talks to Cristiano Ronaldo during a Spanish La Liga match in Valencia, on January 27, 2018 © AFP/File / JOSE JORDANMADRID, Spain, Feb 2 – Zinedine Zidane, whose Real Madrid side go to Levante this weekend, will soon find out if he was right to refuse to add to his squad in the January transfer window.There were no new arrivals at the Santiago Bernabeu, with a move for the Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga the most notable transfer that didn’t happen in La Liga. Kepa signed a new long-term contract in Bilbao after Zidane insisted that he did “not need a goalkeeper”. Instead he will stick with Keylor Navas, who faces his former club on Saturday.Madrid appeared to be in a full-blown crisis after they were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes, but they have won their last two games in La Liga, scoring 11 goals in the process.A 7-1 defeat of Deportivo was followed by a 4-1 win at Valencia last weekend, when Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties as Real moved to within two points of third-placed Valencia with a game in hand.“A crisis for Madrid is losing one game but nobody doubts their quality. All the small teams want to go through the crises that they have,” said the Levante coach Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz, whose team drew 1-1 at the Bernabeu in September.Ronaldo, who has scored four goals in two league games, has been struggling with a calf knock. However, he is expected to play as Madrid begin a month that will be shaped by their Champions League last 16, first leg against Paris Saint-Germain on February 14.– Catalan derby –Barcelona, who are 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top, put their unbeaten league record on the line as they visit Espanyol on Sunday.It will be the third Catalan derby in under three weeks, after Barca won 2-1 on aggregate in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.However, Sunday’s game falls awkwardly for Barcelona, in between the two legs of their Cup semi-final against Valencia. Atletico host Valencia on Sunday night.Among the busier clubs in the January window were Sevilla, future Champions League opponents of Manchester United.They have brought two players back to Spain on loan from England — midfielder Roque Mesa from Swansea City and Everton striker Sandro Ramirez.“Sevilla have been interested in me for a year and a half. They knew how much I wanted to be here,” said Mesa, who endured a difficult last six months at Swansea.“In the end our paths were destined to come together. This is a big club,” he added as Sevilla face Eibar after drawing 1-1 at Leganes in their Copa del Rey semi-final, first leg.Player to watch: Inigo MartinezThe 26-year-old Spain international says he is “proud” to become the most expensive signing in Athletic Bilbao’s history, after they paid his 32 million-euro (£28 million, $40 million) buyout clause to sign the centre-back from Basque rivals Real Sociedad.Athletic swooped for Martinez after seeing Aymeric Laporte move to Manchester City for a reported £57 million, and he could make his debut for his new club in Girona on Sunday.Meanwhile, Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay has hit out at the player, suggesting he should have waited for an offer from “a team that can win the Champions League, or at least get to the semi-finals.” And fans in San Sebastian will be allowed to exchange Real shirts with Martinez’s name on it for another one.Fixtures FridayReal Sociedad v Deportivo (11pm)SaturdayEibar v Sevilla (3pm), Betis v Villarreal (6:15pm), Alaves v Celta Vigo (8:30pm), Levante v Real Madrid (10:45pm)SundayGetafe v Leganes (2pm), Espanyol v Barcelona (6:15pm), Girona v Athletic Bilbao (8:30pm), Atletico Madrid v Valencia (10:45pm)MondayLas Palmas v Malaga (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Another ‘Idol,’ another vote controversy

first_imgBroward County heard from: In what might end up as the biggest voting controversy in “American Idol” history, 3,000 votes from Katharine McPhee’s parents’ house in Sherman Oaks went to Pat Buchanan. Cold cash: Federal investigators searching the home of Louisiana congressman William Jefferson found $90,000 in cash in his refrigerator freezer. While officials are thinking the cash in the freezer may be an indicator of bribe-taking, they have no idea how the 90 pounds of rancid meat got in his safe-deposit box. It’s not my fault: In a scientific breakthrough, researchers have identified the gene that causes people to blame someone or something other than themselves for anything that goes wrong. I was supposed to list this item in my column last week but, um, my dog ate it. Digging Hoffa: While the FBI’s excavations have failed to find the body of former Teamsters chief Jimmy Hoffa, the teams have reportedly turned up what they believe to be the remains of magician David Blaine’s lifeless career. Identity theft: Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to more than 26 million veterans were stolen from the home of a Veterans Affairs employee. Since this may be bad news for those who have bravely served our country, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly have no reason for concern. Maybe it was kissing disease: Boo-boo, the chicken that was saved from drowning by mouth-to-beak resuscitation more than three months ago, died this week. Per Boo-boo’s request, he was cremated … then served, extra crispy. I don’t remember making that call: The National Security Agency’s listening in on Americans’ telephone conversations has had unexpected repercussions, as the White House’s phone bill listed $300 billion in overcharges. The federal budget office complained that the phone bill is so confusing that officials thought the possibly illegal wiretaps were included in the regular monthly charge. What about using frequent flyer miles? Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa has budgeted $200,000 for travel expenses for himself and his staff, which is as much as six times the budget of former Mayor James Hahn. Villaraigosa swears the exorbitant transportation costs are due to the rise in gas prices, meals not included in plane trips, and most importantly, extra baggage for hair gel. A convenient opportunity: Al Gore’s new movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” seeks to spread the word on global warming. If successful, Gore’s supporters see this as a potential effort to recharge his presidential hopes in 2008. The Republican National Committee has pledged to sell out every screening. We owe you big: To every man or woman who ever donned the country’s uniform, thank you! Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” (www.greatfailure.com). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want 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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How every club’s stadium looked when Premier League started vs what they look like now

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 41 There’s not long to go now before Spurs’ new ground is finally opened Spurs played their last ever game at White Hart Lane in May 2017, before it was demolished to make way for their new stadium, which is due to open in 2018. Latest Football News NEWCASTLE UNITEDIn 1992 Newcastle were actually playing in the second tier, but the club won promotion that season to take their place in the Premier League in 1993/94. And St James’ Park looked a lot different when Kevin Keegan’s team embarked on that promotion-winning campaign 26 years ago. Pictured below is the 1980s-built Milburn Stand, which had standing on the lower tier, while there were two uncovered terraces at either end of the ground, reaching an overall capacity of 36,000. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Latest Premier League News EVERTONEverton’s Goodison Park in 1992 – One of the most historic grounds in world football, little has changed at Goodison since the Premier League kicked off 25 years ago, apart from the replacement of standing terraces, and a new Park End Stand, built in 1994. CARDIFF CITYBack in ’92, Cardiff were playing at Ninian Park. It was their home for 99 years before its closure in 2009 and was also used as the home of the Wales national team from 1911 to the late 1980s.It has since been converted into a residential housing estate. Upton Park is no more, demolished in 2016 after the Hammers moved to the repurposed London Stadium. Built originally to host the 2012 London Olympic Games, the stadium underwent an expensive revamp to allow seating to be placed over the athletics track, which had to remain as a condition of West Ham’s tenancy. 41 41 deals gameday cracker Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade After Fulham were promoted to the Premier League in 2001 they were forced to carry out major rebuilding work on Craven Cottage to comply with top-flight rules. Due to restrictions on standing, they were given three years to make their ground all-seated. This meant they had to groundshare with QPR at Loftus Road during the 2002/03 and 2003/04 seasons while Craven Cottage was rebuilt as an all-seated stadium. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1992.Molineux changing-rooms(tin roof) await the players, demolition & live tv @OfficialWolves #wwfc ©stuartroyclarke pic.twitter.com/tPixxT6guM— Homes of Football (@HOMESofFOOTBALL) September 29, 2014Molineux is now a 31,700 all-seater stadium and will host Premier League football in 2018/19 for the first time in six years. BEST OF 41 WOLVESSir Jack Hayward’s takeover of Wolves in 1990 sparked major redevelopment of Molineux, which has been the club’s home since 1889. The North Bank terrace was demolished in October 1991 and the Stan Cullis Stand was completed in August 1992.  Next came the demolition of the Waterloo Road Stand, with the new Billy Wright Stand opening in August 1993. After more than a decade of playing at an athletics venue, the Withdean Stadium, and two years ground sharing with Gillingham (75 miles away in Kent), Brighton moved into the impressive Falmer Stadium in 2011. Now known as the Amex for sponsorship reasons, it hosted Premier League football for the first time in the 2017/18 season. Certainly a contrast to life at the Goldstone in 1992. MONEY no dice While Spurs have faced serious issues which have delayed them moving to their new stadium until next year at the earliest, the north Londoners’ new arena still looks mightily impressive.And despite being built on the same ground White Hart Lane once stood, the new stadium is unrecognisable from their old home.To reminisce and remember what football used to be like, talkSPORT.com have been trawling the archives to see what the stadiums of the clubs competing in the 2018/19 top flight season looked like back when the Premier League began all those years ago, and how they compare to their grounds today. 41 41 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The Rous Stand remains, but has now been renamed after the Hornets’ legendary manager, the late Graham Taylor. In the meantime, the terraced ends were replaced in the 1990s by the Vicarage Road and Rookery Stands, while the Elton John Stand replaced the dilapidated Main Stand in 2013. 41 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BRIGHTONDavid Beckham made his professional debut for Manchester United at the Goldstone Ground in September 1992, but not in a Premier League game. The Seagulls had just been relegated to the third tier and faced the Red Devils in the League Cup, and top flight football seemed a distant prospect at that point. Financial woes led to the sale of the Goldstone Ground in 1997, without a new home lined up. Despite having seen better days, the old ground was loved by Brighton fans, with its open East Terrace pictured above, set against the backdrop of nearby houses. REAL DEAL huge blow REPLY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions In the mid-1990s the old terraces were replaced by the James Hargreaves and Jimmy McIlroy Stands, leaving Turf Moor as a smart, historic home for the Premier League Clarets. 41 41 With Maine Road requiring extensive redevelopment and becoming a drain on City’s meagre resources, the club jumped at the chance to move in to the new Eastlands Stadium in 2003. It had been built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and was brilliantly designed to be repurposed after the event to host football, not least by removing the athletics track. In 2015, with City having won two Premier League titles in the previous three years, the club added another tier to the South Stand, taking the capacity up to 55,000, with another tier to be added to the North Stand in future. 41 Cardiff City Stadium has been Cardiff’s home since 1992. It is the second largest stadium in Wales with a capacity of 33,280. tense 41 CHELSEAThis is what Stamford Bridge looked like when the Premier League kicked off in 1992. The Blues were founder members of the breakaway division, and have been there ever since, but their home ground has almost completely changed. Only the three-tier East Stand, built in the 1970s at a cost that nearly saw Chelsea go bust, remains today. Otherwise the sweeping bowl terracing, what remained of the old greyhound track, and the notorious West Stand with its concrete benches, have all disappeared. The Bridge bowl was replaced in the 1990s, when the new Shed End and Matthew Harding stands were built, followed by the new West Stand in 2001. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BOURNEMOUTHA third tier team in 1992, Bournemouth’s Dean Court was a small ground with terracing on three sides, including the compact stand pictured below. Some of them weren’t quite so impressive back then…ARSENALThe Gunners kicked off the inaugural Premier League season with a shock 2-4 home defeat to Norwich, but that wasn’t the only surprise greeting fans on the opening day. Where the old North Bank terrace had stood, fans were greeted with a giant mural of the soon-to-be-constructed new North Bank; a two-tier, all-seated stand in keeping with the art deco splendour of the East and West Stands. The Holmesdale Road terrace was replaced in 1994/95 with the impressive double-decker stand pictured below, while the Whitehorse Lane terrace at the opposite end, with its executive boxes perched on top, was roofed and made all-seater in 1993. The much maligned Main and Arthur Wait Stands remain on either side of the pitch. Palace were recently granted permission to build a new main stand at Selhurst Park that will increase capacity from 26,000 to more than 34,000. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 41 41 41 41 FULHAMCraven Cottage has been Fulham’s home since 1896. In 1992, when the Premier League launched, the Hammersmith and Putney stands were terracing and the lower section of the Johnny Haynes stand was also a standing area. 41 41 The Dell was consigned to history in 2001, when Saints moved to the larger St Mary’s Stadium. The capacity is currently 25,700 but will soon be boosted by more than 4000 with the development of a new £80million Riverside Stand.HUDDERSFIELD TOWNIn 1992 Huddersfield were a third tier side, playing at their old Leeds Road ground, which the had called home since 1908. By then the capacity was around 17,000, despite boasting a large terrace on the ‘Popular Side’. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 41center_img BURNLEYBurnley’s home since 1883, in 1992 Turf Moor was a ground dominated by terracing, including the Longside Stand (below, left) and the uncovered, brilliantly named Bee Hole End. WEST HAMThe Hammers had dropped into the second tier by 1992, but would gain promotion to the Premier League that season. Upton Park, meanwhile, was on the brink of major redevelopment. In 1992, the old South and North Bank terraces remained behind the goals, soon to be replaced by double-decker seated stands. The old main West Stand (below, right), with its pillars obscuring views, towered over the ground, though it would be demolished in favour of the new Dr. Martens Stand in 2001. Huddersfield left Leeds Road in 1994 for the new McAlpine Stadium, now known as the John Smith’s Stadium. When the stadium opened in the summer of 1994, only two sides were ready, with the South Stand not completed until December of that year, while the North Stand didn’t open until four years later. Each stand features a curved roof, and the stadium hosted Premier League football for the first time in the 2017/18 season. The Foxes left Filbert Street in 2002 for their new home, now known as the King Power Stadium, which witnessed the making of, not just Leicester, but world football history, when the club incredibly won the 2015/16 Premier League title. huge blow CRYSTAL PALACEOn the opening day of the Premier League in 1992, Selhurst Park played host to a thrilling 3-3 draw between Palace and Blackburn, with Rovers’ British record signing Alan Shearer scoring twice and the home side notching a 90th minute equaliser. Back then, Selhurst featured a large open terrace at the Holmesdale Road end. shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining 41 41 41 41 MANCHESTER UNITEDUnlike other historic English football grounds, in 1992 Old Trafford had been developed with an overall masterplan in mind. First the United Road Stand was built in the 1960s, with a cantilever roof meaning there were no pillars to obstruct fans’ views. This was extended to the East Stand in 1973, then the Main Stand, so that three sides of Old Trafford formed a continuous bowl. Only the old Stretford End terrace broke the uniformity, at a time when English football grounds were renowned for being a mishmash of designs. By 1992, with all-seater requirements looming, United demolished the Stretford End, and kicked off the inaugural Premier League season with an open end and reduced capacity of initially around 32,000, although the completion of the bowl lifted this to 44,000 by the season’s end. Everton’s Goodison Park in 2018 – The Bullens Road and Gwladys Street End (pictured right and left, respectively), designed by legendary British football stadium architect Archibald Leitch in the 1920s and 1930s, remain at Goodison, with their distinctive balcony trusses. As does the towering Goodison Road stand, completed in 1971. How long the Toffees remain at Goodison is questionable, though, as the club look to the future and a possible move away. 41 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? With all-seater requirements reducing Highbury’s capacity to 38,000 and little room to manoeuvre due to neighbouring housing on all four sides of the ground, Arsenal said goodbye to their beloved stadium in 2006. The Gunners moved a short distance across Islington to the Emirates Stadium, with its 60,000 capacity and vastly more profitable corporate facilities. TOTTENHAM HOTSPURWhite Hart Lane underwent extensive renovation in the 1980s, including a new East Stand in 1989. Financial constraints meant the roof was built with pillars, at a time when this was already an outdated practice. That wasn’t the only controversy surrouding the redevelopment, because the installation of new executive boxes had led to the removal of the East Stand’s much loved ‘Shelf’ terrace, though standing places remained in the lower paddock. Fans could also stand in the Park Lane and Paxton ends, though the roofs only covered seated sections at the rear. 41 The ground was completely rebuilt in 2001, with the pitch rotated 90 degrees from its original position. Now known as the Vitality Stadium due to sponsorship, it remains a small ground, with an all-seated capacity of just 11,464. Plans to build a new stadium in Kings Park are currently being drawn up by the Cherries. 41 41 41 Anfield is much changed since 1992, though the Centenary Stand remains – albeit now named after club legend Kenny Dalglish. The old Kop was demolished in 1994, and replaced by a 12,390 all-seated Kop. Meanwhile, the Anfield Road end become a two-tier stand in 1998, and most recently a huge new Main Stand was opened in 2016, taking overall capacity to 54,074. ADVICE REVEALED MANCHESTER CITYMaine Road was once the largest club ground in England, but by the early 1990s was showing its age. The Main Stand and its distinctive roof was built in the 1970s, with the giant Kippax terrace opposite. The Platt Lane end was rebuilt during the first Premier League season, complete with executive boxes, and renamed the Umbro Stand. Little did City fans know back then that Maine Road’s days were numbered, while a major turnaround in the club’s fortunes was on the horizon. 41 41 WATFORDA quarter of a century ago, Watford were a second tier club playing in a ground dominated by terracing, apart from the Rous Stand, which had been opened in 1986, thanks in part to a loan from Elton John. REVEALED 41 41 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star 41 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars SOUTHAMPTONThe Dell was Southampton’s home for more than 100 years. It was converted into an all-seater in the early 1990s with the erection of two new stands at either end. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT If you had told a Man United fan in August 1992 that the Red Devils would win 13 league titles in the next 25 years, they probably would have said you were mad. And that crazy run of success came with an astonishing redevelopment of Old Trafford. When the original Theatre of Dreams masterplan was completed in 1992/93, the capacity was just 44,000 – the lowest it had ever been, as all-seater requirements reduced the number of fans who could see United play. So the club promptly added another two tiers to the North Stand in 1996, taking capacity to 55,000. The East Stand and Stretford End also received additional tiers in the next six years, making a total of 68,217 seats, then the north-west and north-east quadrants had tiers added in 2006. Capacity now stands at just over 75,000, with only the single tier Main Stand (now known as the Bobby Charlton Stand) remaining from the ground as it was in 1992. LEICESTER CITYThe home of the Foxes since 1891, Filbert Street was a rather lopsided affair in 1992. The two-tier South Stand (pictured below, right), towered over the East Stand and the North Stand at the opposite end, with its executive boxes perched on top. The Main Stand was demolished and rebuilt in 1992/93, replaced by a large, two-tier structure. REVEALED 41 41 LIVERPOOLLiverpool celebrated the club’s 100th birthday in 1992 by opening a new two-tier stand on the Kemlyn Road side of Anfield, naming it the Centenary Stand. It is pictured above next to the old standing Kop, a vast concrete bank which had changed little since having a roof added in 1928, although safety restrictions had reduced the capacity of the famous terrace from around 30,000 at its height to 16,000. The Anfield Road end – last rebuilt in 1965 – was already all-seater, as was the 1971-built Main Stand. Capacity stood at just below 45,000, and this was the last season Anfield was the best attended stadium in English football, albeit courtesy of a reduced capacity at Old Trafford, as Manchester United carried out redevelopment of their stadium. REVEALED 41 The Milburn Stand is now a huge three tier structure, joined in the late 1990s by the equally imposing Leazes End, while the Gallowgate End was turned into an all-seated, covered stand in 1993. All the corners were filled in, and only the East Stand – built in the 1970s, on a side of the stadium where the club are unable to build higher due to a row of Georgian terraced houses behind – remains from 1992. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 41 41 41 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 41 RANKED 41 41 Since the Premier League began in 1992, football stadia in England have completely changed.Almost every one of the 20 top-flight clubs have redeveloped their stadium or built a new one, with Tottenham the latest to have spent huge sums on transforming their home. no dice whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer?last_img read more

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MINISTER ARRIVES IN DONEGAL TO SURVEY GORSE FORE DEVASTATION

first_imgJunior Agriculture Minister Shane Mc Entee arrived in Donegal today to see first-hand the devastation caused by the recent gorse fires.Minister McEntee is visiting a number of fire stations and will speak to fire officers about the experiences during the wildfires.He rtavelled to Glenties Fire Station before visiting a number of fire sites before arriving at Dungloe Fire Station. He was accompanied by Junior Gaeltacht Minister Dinny Mc Ginley, who says part of the reason for this visit is to ensure that lessons are learned.The fire services responded to an estimated 400 call-outs during which an estimated €10 million worth of damage was caused.As the clean-up begins, the Minister for Agriculture has announced the introduction of measures aimed at preventing further similar incidents.Simon Coveney’s pledged to introduce an enhanced system to notify the Department of forest fires. He’s also launched a nationwide publicity campaign, warning farmers and land-owners about the dangers of wild-firesCoilte, the state forestry board, estimate that more than €2.5 million worth of forestry in Donegal was destroyed during the fires.There have also been renewed calls made for compensation packages for farmers and landowners who lost livestock and had property destroyed in the fires.EndsMINISTER ARRIVES IN DONEGAL TO SURVEY GORSE FORE DEVASTATION was last modified: May 7th, 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)last_img read more

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MEP HARKIN ANGRY AS GOVERNMENT REFUSES DISPOSAL PAYMENT FOR HORSES

first_imgThe decision by the Minster for Agriculture not to introduce a payment to horse owners for the disposal of surplus animals not permitted into the food chain has been strongly criticised by Independent MEP Marian Harkin.Speaking as she officially opened the Ballinasloe Horse Fair today Sunday, September 29th she said that the decision not to introduce an incentive scheme for the disposal of surplus horses raised serious questions about the Department of Agriculture’s commitment to animal welfare and to Ireland’s image abroad which had been severely damaged internationally by stories based on the ill treatment of horses last winter. She said: “The brand image of Ireland Inc was severely damaged last year by stories which went around the world concerning the treatment of surplus and starving horses. This should have served as a warning to the government that the surplus horse problem needed to be effectively tackled. “However the working group set up by the Department of Agriculture, according to reports, has washed its hands of the problem and instead of implementing a payment to assist in the disposal of surplus animals they have apparently decided to do nothing.“This is sheer dereliction of responsibility by the Minister for Agriculture Mr. Coveney who makes many speeches and allocates €millions to propagate a good image for Ireland’s agricultural output.“If there is no an immediate and effective move by the Department of Agriculture to facilitate the disposal of surplus horses it could again create a situation which will be hugely damaging to our country’s image and to those horsemen and women all over Ireland who have nothing but the best interests of their animals at heart.“On a brighter note what is most heartening in Ireland today is how the voluntary sector fills so many of the gaps left by the failure, or incapacity, of government to serve the needs of citizens. The voluntary effort of volunteers in Ballinalsoe is exemplified in their involvement in the organising and administration of Ireland’s greatest horse fair. “This fair in the early 1800s was described by no less an oracle than the ‘great thunderer’ the London Times as the largest in Europe and the ‘greatest in the British Empire’. Whatever about no longer being a standout in the Empire, Ballinasloe is still a force to be reckoned with. Whether it is in organising this great fair and many other voluntary initiatives or highlighting wrong headed actions by the HSE the people of Ballinasloe are prepared to put in the necessary major voluntary effort.“Volunteering whether it is carers, meals on wheels, the IFA, the Tidy Towns or taking to the streets to make a point, volunteers are at the core of every community. It is volunteers such as you who make this great fair possible, who help to make life bearable in these very difficult times in communities across the country.“It would be no harm if our national politicians recognised the enormous economic value represented by volunteering and I say with no exaggeration that this country would grind to a halt both economically and socially if volunteers were not there to plug so many gaps”, Marian Harkin added. MEP HARKIN ANGRY AS GOVERNMENT REFUSES DISPOSAL PAYMENT FOR HORSES was last modified: September 29th, 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:horse disposalmarian harkinMEPlast_img read more

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Emergency rooms swamped with flu patients

first_imgThe flu season is hitting harder and earlier this year, as authorities said area hospitals are seeing a surge in patients with flulike symptoms.Around the county, patients are overloading emergency rooms, prompting some hospitals to send ambulances elsewhere, health officials said.The number of people seeking treatment in emergency rooms is significantly higher than last year, said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health.Some of the 74 public and private hospitals with emergency rooms in Los Angeles County have been diverting ambulances to other hospitals, said Kay Fruhwirth, assistant director of Emergency Medical Services.In the past five days, 57 percent of emergency rooms have diverted ambulances for periods ranging from a few hours to most of a day, Fruhwirth said.At Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, the increase in numbers hasn’t prompted the hospital to send people away, although wait times are much longer for some patients, according to James Baker, emergency department chief.“We have just been swamped,” Baker said. “We’ve had long waits in the emergency department, up to four to five hours. We’ve had patients in the hallway on gurneys, lots of paramedic traffic,” Baker said.Normally, Kaiser’s emergency department sees 180 people a day, but since early December, about 240 patients come in daily, Baker said.Greater El Monte Community Hospital’s emergency room has also seen a 25 percent increase in patients – about 15 more people daily – because of the flu, according to spokeswoman Samantha Wang. Although the increase in patients is similar to last year’s, the flu season started two weeks early, instead of late December or early January, as it usually does, Wang said.Wait times are also 1 1/2 hours longer than normal, Wang said.Jodie Galli, administrative director of patient care services for Citrus Valley Medical Center, said patients with flu-like symptoms began coming in the end of October and have only continued to increase.Pharmacist Jim Law of Maxson Pharmacy in West Covina said he’s seen about 20 percent more customers, mostly with respiratory flu symptoms. Emergency room doctors have also told him they’re “really jammed up with people.”“This year, the flu vaccine is really short in supply,” he said. “The regular doctors are not giving out flu shots. And those doctors giving out flu shots are giving it to the high-risk patients.”Flu-like symptoms include runny noses, coughs, colds, body aches, fever, nausea and vomiting. Other patients have come in with flu-related illnesses, such as pneumonia, dehydration and asthma and emphysema exacerbations, Baker said.Because emergency rooms treat people with more serious and severe illnesses first, patients with mild cases can expect longer wait times.“Patients with flu-like symptoms such as high fever, cough, sore throat and body aches are encouraged to see their doctor for treatment,” Fielding said.If patients do not have a primary care physician, they can call the Health Department at (800) 427-8700 for information about low-cost clinics.Some of the best ways to avoid catching a virus is by washing your hands and face, taking vitamins and drinking plenty of orange juice for the vitamin C. Baker recommends people with upper respiratory symptoms from the flu to have plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, take Tylenol or Motrin for body aches and fever, and take over-the-counter cough syrup or decongestants.Residents can find a clinic providing the vaccine by visiting the Health Department’s Web site at www.lapublichealth.org.City News Service contributed to this story esther.chou@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2513 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want 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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Man appears in court after break-in to Letterkenny car dealership

first_imgA man has been remanded in custody following a break-in to a car dealership in Letterkenny.The man appeared before Judge Kevin Kilraine at a special sitting of Sligo District Court. An application for bail was refused and the man is to appear by videolink before Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court tomorrow morning.The man’s appearance follows an incident in which a jeep was stolen from Diver’s Hyundai in Letterkenny and used to ram the gates of the premises.Man appears in court after break-in to Letterkenny car dealership was last modified: May 6th, 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:break-incourtDiver’s HyundaiGardaGardailast_img read more

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HSE embargo on jobs is ludicrous, says Pat the Cope Gallagher

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has branded as completely ludicrous the manner in which the present Government embargo on HSE recruitment is being implemented at present.He said he was specifically referring to the recruitment of new Laboratory scientists for Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH).Interviews have been held and replacement staff approved, but the posts cannot be filled due to the staffing embargo at present, he claims. Pat the Cop added “In the meantime, the service for checking the bloods is to be outsourced at an enormous cost to the Hospital, equivalent to several times the annual salary of employing staff in-house, and furthermore logistically the reports are provided in hard copy only which means they have to be manually entered and scanned into GP patient records.“This will create significant disorder inpatient GP records, and difficulty in comparing new results with old, and will certainly impact negatively on patient care,” added Pat the Cope.He added “The blunt approach of across the board recruiting embargo, simply does not work and in this instance is actually costing the hospital in the long run, notwithstanding the potential concerns there is about outsourcing something as critical as the testing of bloods and similar tests.”He said he is now calling on the Minister for Health to remove the recruitment embargo in terms of the medical scientists and to fully staff the medical laboratory at LUH, in order that they will be able to provide a full service at the hospital. “I am also calling on the Minister to immediately cease outsourcing of testing and to ensure that tests such bloods be conducted in house stated Pat the Cope.“The Minister has a duty of care, and recent events in our health service sector must have taught us the essential and critical lesson that adequate staffing is key for the delivery of an efficient and effective service to all patients.“This is what we require in this instance rather than reducing services available to the public and further privatising services by outsourcing them concluded,” added Pat the Cope.HSE embargo on jobs is ludicrous, says Pat the Cope Gallagher was last modified: June 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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