Opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has described as “pretentious and not trusted,” recent apology made by Senatorial aspirant Robert Sirleaf, when he appeared on a local radio morning show on November 20.The local media had aired remarks made by Robert in which he vowed to brutalize Liberians who will protest against him and make them “bleed till their stomachs come out of their stomachs.” He made these assertions early this month, at an Ebola awareness event in the Red Hill Field Community in Virginia, outside Monrovia.At a news conference in Monrovia over the weekend, CDC’s National Campaign Steering Committee describes Robert’s apologies as a work of deception, adding, Robert wants to divert attention from his campaign routines that is traditionally accompanied by more gun-toting members of the police than members of the public.”Robert’s apology is pretentious and deceitful, CDC vice chairman for Operations, Mulbah Morlu, said.CDC believes that his apology is a “smoke screen that must be cautiously studied owing to the Sirleafs’ punctuated history, which is replete with continuous disregard for the sanctity of human life and remains insensitive to the struggles and sufferings of Liberians, especially residents of Monrovia.”The party maintained that it holds firm to the belief that Robert’s threat to burst open the stomachs of residents of Monrovia and make them ‘bleed like Ebola patients’ is a threat from the seat of power.“The chilled feelings of uncertainties being generated by this threat to life make ludicrous the Sirleafs’ expectations that [Robert’s] one-line apology would instantly alleviate the fears and insecurities entrenched in his well-pronounced campaign agenda against the young men and women of Monrovia,” CDC vice chairman for Operations stated.Morlu said his party distrusts Robert’s apology, especially when there is evidence that several school-age children were allegedly beaten and brutalized, before being allegedly hustled onto a police pick-up and only released later to nurse their sustained injuries without remorse.CDC believes the Special Senatorial Election throughout the country will be about the patriotic history, professional achievements, moral integrity, and humanitarian records of all candidates, “led by Amb. George Weah’s 25-year selfless service to Liberians at home and abroad; versus candidates of the failed system, led by a pseudo-humanitarian whose consistent advice to his mother and President, and his misgoverning of the national wealth which created the mess the CDC is on a mission to cleanup.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Members of the Barkedu Development Association (BDA) based in the United States of America (USA) are calling on the government of Liberia to quarantine the township of Barkedu located in Quardu Gboni District, Lofa County.The BDA members, through their president Abdullah S. Sheriff, said the move would help contain the Ebola virus that has wreaked great havoc in the area.The township and district have been the hardest hit since the outbreak of the virus in the country. Some 130 people from Barkedu and the district as a whole have been taken to the Foya treatment center. Of that number, 70 people have died.An earlier amount of 34 people also died in the township of Barkedu, including a family of 15 that was completely wiped out.The township is predominantly inhabited by the Mandingo tribe.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, while announcing the state of emergency imposed last month, said that ignorance, poverty, as well as entrenched religious and cultural practices continue to exacerbate the spread of the disease especially in the counties.Mr. Sheriff alleged that all those who died were buried without medical advice and has created many suspected Ebola cases among citizens of the town and district. Barkedu is the largest town and political seat of Quardu Gboni District.The BDA president, according to a communication, said government’s failure to quarantine Barkedu Town after the outbreak of the Ebola virus has exacerbated the situation in the area, something he described as very outrageous and disappointing, especially being one of the towns in Lofa County that has recorded the largest number of deaths from the Ebola virus.The BDA leader indicated that the disease has killed more people in the town and district than any other part of the country due to the Liberian government and its Ministry of Health’s failure to quarantine and open a treatment center in the town, which he believes could have helped to save lives.He disclosed that at present there are 250 Ebola cases in Barkedu Town and the district. He thinks the only way the majority of their people could have survived from the disease was for the government to quarantine the entire district and provide for the people the necessary medical treatments and food.”If President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government should win the “ninety (90) days State of Emergency War” against the deadly Ebola Virus in Liberia, she must do everything possible to open centers in Barkedu which has been singled out to have largest Ebola cases in Liberia.”Meanwhile, Mr. Sheriff has described the State of Emergency declared by President Sirleaf early last month to contain the spread of the virus, as a good move, but added that it would not have been necessary had government been more proactive from the onset of the fight against the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A father of two will now spend the next 18 months away from his children after he entered a car and made off with a cellphone.Twenty-two-year-old Kevin Christopher, of Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD), admitted to Magistrate Judy Latchman that he committed the offence.Christopher stole the Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued $75,000 from Alan Campbell’s car on June 21, 2018.He told the Court that he stole the phone and was going to sell it to buy food and milk for his children.He further relayed that he, however, gave the phone to a cousin at Houston, East Bank Demerara (EBD), where it was found by the Police. He was later arrested and slapped with the simple larceny charge.The young father of two apologised and asked for the Court for leniency as the phone was returned.However, Magistrate Latchman slapped him with an 18-month sentence and warned him not to steal but to “work hard for what you want the honest way – teach your children right”.
IT has been dubbed the ‘World’s Most Beautiful Race’ – and today the organisers of the 2012 Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge announced details of this year’s event.The 10 mile international event which has developed in the two years since the opening attempt in 2010 attracting close to 500 and is confident of increased participants this Easter Saturday April 7th 2pm.A community event which also willl once again have an interested international dimension with a group already signed up. The project being driven by the local Development Assoc. who in addition to rolling out an opportunity for local people hopes to build the atmosphere for participants, in an area renowned for its beautiful scenery, world class golf courses, hill walking, surfing, excellent hotels offering special deals for the period – the complete package for interests over the normally quiet Easter weekend.An added dimension this time round will be a 100m beach run for primary school children – certificates for all and a few Easter eggs.Sunday morning offers a number of led walks from the village . All in all a weekend of activity.Held against the backdrop of the Isle Of Doagh, Lagg, Malin and the local iconic landmark that is Glashedy finishing on Pollan Beach. Run / Walk / Jog this challenge is for all and now is the time to commit as Race Director and London Olympic Team Manager Patsy Mc Gonagle outlined: “Talk right now after the festive season is of getting fitter, healthier, losing weight etc so why not commit bringing your family and friends on board.”Full dertails on www.visitballyliffin.com on which you will find entry form leaving it in with staff at ballyliffin P O, queries if neccessary at email@example.com or help spread the word by logging on to facebook.The race route can be viewed on youtube as can a promo video done for 2011 which gives a flavour – with others on donegaldaily’s Youtube channel.The race which is slowly building a national /international reputation can in 2012 be the best ever, said Patsy.This year’s event also extends an invitation to all voluntary organisations in the Inishowen area and Donegal to use the Coastal challenge as a conduit for raising finance for their club, association etc requiring members getting out there seeking sponsorship which their group then retain. WORLD’S MOST STUNNING COASTAL CHALLENGE LAUNCHED IN BALLYLIFFIN was last modified: January 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Ballyliffin coastal challengedonegal
The community of Glenswilly and the wider GAA community across Donegal is mourning the loss of well-known GAA stalwart Finbar Glackin.Mr. Glackin, from Barrack, Glenswilly, passed away after a long illness today (Thurs).He was the current president of Glenswilly GAA Club and held several key positions at the club over the years including chairman and also manager of various teams. He is survived by his wife, sons and extended family.A spokesman for Glenswilly GAA club said they would like to extend their sympathy to Mr Glackin’s family on his sad passing.Donegal Daily would also like to extend its sympathy to the Glackin family at this sad time.DONEGAL MOURNS LOSS OF GLENSWILLY GAA STALWART FINBAR GLACKIN was last modified: August 20th, 2015 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)
The fifth annual Letterkenny Busking Festival is taking place along Letterkenny’s Main Street on Saturday the 24th of August. Spots are filling up fast for this annual festival so if you would like to take part, we would encourage you to register now.This year’s event is set to be the most competitive yet with various types of performers from Donegal and beyond registered to participate in the competition. But it’s not just about competing. The whole street will be alive with music and performance. This year the Busking festival is taking place during the weekend of the 50th Anniversary of the Letterkenny International Folk Festival so Letterkenny will be full of people who are here for all the various activities and after the busking there will be more live acts on the street.Each act will be in with a chance of winning prizes from the €1000 prize fund but not everyone can win. The acts love the support and can maybe collect a few cents from appreciative audiences. So if you’re out on Saturday 24th August between 11am to 2pm come and see some brilliant acts showcase their talents.Spots are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so it is best to pre-register for the festival and all performers will be visited by the judges.This year a special guest will announce the winners at a prize-giving event at McGinley’s Bar at 2.30pm. The winning act will have the chance to perform on stage at the venue. So while you’re shopping in town, head up to the Main Street and feast your eyes and ears on some great performances. The Letterkenny Busking Festival draws a large crowd each year of both spectators and performers.“Bringing music on to the street on a Saturday afternoon always brings a feel-good atmosphere especially in the Summer”, explains Leonard Watson President of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce that is organising the Busking Festival through its ShopLK Brand.“This year we have a great line up of entertainment building on previous years. With the prize fund on offer we know we’ll have a high standard of acts and we encourage everyone to come out and support the buskers on the day”.“ShopLK is all about enjoying the best shopping experience in Letterkenny and we want our regular customers and visitors to the town to really enjoy what Letterkenny has to offer. This type of event, that is funded through the Retail Promotion initiative from Donegal County Council, makes happy shoppers and creates a real buzz.”Come along on Saturday 24th August to Letterkenny Main Street and see magicians, dancers, street entertainers, trad groups and more celebrating local and national talent. Support our acts and help to bring the main street alive this Summer. To pre-register for the competition and get more information on the competition format, etc, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/letterkennybuskingfestival or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.orgLess than two weeks to go until the highly anticipated Letterkenny Busking festival was last modified: August 9th, 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Producing a bounty of food, fiber for clothes and renewable fuels for cars is a vast agricultural undertaking and one that few consumers today know much about. That’s not surprising, considering that most Americans are three or more generations removed from farming.Although most of us aren’t involved in full-time food production, it can still be fun – and educational – to ponder facts about how modern farmers and ranchers go about their work. That’s where Food and Farm Facts, a publication from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, comes in.“Food and Farm Facts provides the opportunity to learn about the many ways modern farmers produce food to meet the needs of today’s consumers,” explained Foundation Chairman Zippy Duvall, who also serves as president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.The 32-page, full-color book features hundreds of updated agriculture facts and easy-to-read infographics organized into sections: Consumers, Modern Farmers, Trade & Economics, Environment and Production.Fifteen fantastic facts about agriculture to whet your appetite for the Food and Farm Facts book are below.Ninety-nine percent of all U.S. farms are owned by individuals, family partnerships or family corporations.Farmers will have to grow 70 percent more food than what is currently produced to feed the world’s growing population by 2050.Each American farmer produces food and fiber for 165 people annually, both in the U.S. and abroad.Eight percent of U.S. farms market foods locally through farmers’ markets and food hubs.One day’s production for a high-producing dairy cow yields 10.5 pounds of cheese.Women make up 30 percent of today’s farmers.More than 20 percent of all farmers are beginning farmers.There are 257,454 millennial farmers.Texas has 248,809 farms, more than any other state in the nation.About 25 percent of all U.S. agricultural products by value are exported yearly.Careful stewardship by America’s farmers spurred a 44 percent decline in erosion of cropland by wind and water since 1982.One-third of the U.S. or 750 million acres, is covered with trees.Many of the products we use in our everyday lives are byproducts of food produced by America’s farmers and ranchers – everything from detergents and paints to X-ray film and crayons, textbooks, chalk and strings for musical instruments.An acre of land is about the same size as a football field.Biotechnology saved the Hawaiian papaya industry after a virus nearly wiped the crop out.Order the Food and Farm Facts book and related resources online.
Tags:#conferences#Facebook#Semantic Web#SemTech 2010#web Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit At the Semantic Technology conference in San Francisco last week, I met up with two W3C representatives to discuss the current state of the Semantic Web – a Web of added meaning and structured data. W3C, the World Wide Web Consortium, is the official standards organization of the Web and is led by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. I spoke with W3C Semantic Web Activity Lead Ivan Herman and W3C eGovernment Interest Group leader Sandro Hawke.The main takeaway from the conversation was the rapid adoption of RDFa, by big commercial companies such as Facebook and Best Buy. It’s come as a “very pleasant surprise” to Ivan Herman.RDFa Adoption in 2010 RDFa is a simpler version of the primary language of the Semantic Web: RDF (Resource Description Framework). RDF is a complex and production-heavy language, so it has struggled to gain adoption over the past decade. The main purpose of RDFa is to add metadata to existing HTML or XHTML webpages, so it is easier to deploy than RDF.I opened by saying that at last year’s SemTech event, adoption of Open Data was the big theme. This year, adoption of RDFa seemed to attract the most chatter in the hallways. Ivan Herman agreed, saying that it was a “very pleasant surprise [that] there is a buzz around RDFa.” Herman remarked that “RDFa is suddenly picking up and it may become the single biggest source of RDF data, aside from relational databases.” He added that RDFa is “easy to add and when you see Facebook or others adding RDFa data it’s really exciting.”How Facebook is Using RDFa Indeed, Facebook’s adoption of RDFa is exciting. However it should be noted that Facebook is not using pure RDFa; and this is where a new standard called RIF comes in.At SemTech, W3C announced RIF: Rule Interchange Format. According to Ivan Herman, it is “two standards in one.” Firstly, it’s a format for exchanging rules between one rules system and another. For example a set of email spam rules that can be exported for another person to use. Secondly, RIF defines a rule language for semantic web data – similar to what can be done with ontologies. Herman said that it enables “simpler things than major ontologies.”Simplicity is a key attribute in the adoption of RDFa. It’s also something that Facebook emphasizes (which we will explore more in a follow-up post based on interviews with Facebook people).According to Sandro Hawke from W3C, Facebook’s Open Graph platform uses RDFa “in an abbreviated, not really good modeling way.” He said it’s because “they [Facebook] need to make it simple enough that everyone can use it.” He thinks though that Facebook made the right choice. Hawke explained that RIF “is a way to bridge from that [Open Graph markup] to the more standard modeling that we see in the rest of the Semantic Web.”Hawke sees Facebook’s Open Graph as “the real killer app for RIF right now.”Others Adopting RDFa Another example of RDFa adoption is Best Buy adding RDFa to their entire product catalog, which has resulted in benefits in SEO and cost savings. We will write more about this in a follow-up post.UK retailer Tesco is doing the same as Best Buy. Drupal 7 is also adding significant support for RDFa. It’s the next version of Drupal, a publishing system used by websites like the White House and World Heath Organization. So if you’re the manager of a site that runs on Drupal 7, you won’t have to do anything – data will automatically be in RDFa format. Other adopters of RDFa include the Library of Congress and eGovernment.W3C started a new RDFa working group at the end of January, to make a 1.1 version of RDFa. The main goal is to simplify the job of authoring RDFa within HTML. Also, an API for RDFa will be defined.So overall, the W3C is very pleased with RDFa adoption – although Herman added with smile that “we are never pleased enough.”Image credit: Semantic Web Rubik’s Cube, dullhunk The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… richard macmanus
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi broke free from Arsenal’s shackles to score two late goals and put the Champions League holders on the brink of the quarterfinals with a clinical 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.The irrepressible Argentine, along with strike partners Luis Suarez and Neymar, had been subdued for most of the last 16, first-leg tie but came alive late on, clinically finishing off a lightning counter-attack and then dispatching a penalty.”They are 95 per cent through to the quarterfinals certainly,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose side had defended solidly for 71 minutes until crumbling, told reporters.”It’s a shame we didn’t get any satisfaction because we put everything into it.”Luis Enrique’s Barca side extended their unbeaten run to 33 matches and, barring something extraordinary in the return at the Nou Camp next month, will take their place in the last eight for the ninth season in a row. Also read: Winning La Liga will be difficult, not impossible, says Zidane “I liked everything we did tonight,” the Spaniard told reporters.Messi has proved a thorn in Arsenal’s side on each of the last two occasions the teams have met in the Champions League. In 2010 he scored four times in the last 16 second leg to send Barca through and a year later he struck twice in a 3-1 win in Spain after Arsenal had edged the first leg.Messi, Suarez and Neymar had scored 91 goals in all competitions this season heading into Tuesday’s game but none of the feared trident managed an effort on target in the first half as Arsenal’s fans cranked up the decibel levels. Arsenal were patient and should have gone ahead midway through the first half when Hector Bellerin’s scuffed shot fell for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but he scooped his effort straight into the arms of keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.advertisementThe Catalans began to move through the gears though and either side of halftime wasted two glorious chances. Suarez, who has 41 goals in all competitions this term, headed Dani Alves’s dinked cross wide with the goal gaping before Neymar was denied by goalkeeper Petr Cech after being played in by Andres Iniesta.Starved of the ball for long periods, Arsenal still posed a threat and Ter Stegen did well to keep out Olivier Giroud’s close-range header from a Mesut Ozil cross.Arsenal grew in belief but it cost them dear as they committed players forward and got stung on the break. With 19 minutes left they lost the ball near Barca’s goal and Suarez and Neymar combined in devastating fashion, the Brazilian unselfishly picking out Messi who steadied himself before beating Cech for the first time in his career.Suarez then hit the post when he should have scored before Messi scored again, this time with a calmly struck penalty after substitute Mathieu Flamini had tripped him.