Ronaldo seeks encore against ‘battle-hardened’ Morocco

first_imgHerve Renard’s men face a monumental challenge, with games to come against Portugal and Spain, but midfielder Faycal Fajr is adamant all is not lost for the Atlas Lions.“If I said that we don’t believe we can qualify it would be a lie,” said Fajr, one of 17 players born abroad in Morocco’s 23-man squad.“I could throw out some examples, like the Argentina draw (1-1 with Iceland). Where there’s a will there’s a way. (The Portuguese) have two feet, two legs and they are humans like us.”“We lost a battle but we haven’t lost the war. We’re not dead,” he added.”Renard lamented that Morocco were “crucified by our own errors” in the loss to Iran, but the Frenchman is used to defying the odds, having led outsiders Zambia to a surprise triumph at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.He then became the first coach to win the continental title with two different teams three years later, guiding the Ivory Coast to glory.Morocco will need Renard to conjure up more magic to prevent an early exit, although Fajr says the mood in the camp remains positive.“Even after the defeat, the atmosphere was terrific,” he said. “We’ve been waiting for this moment for 20 years, all Moroccans have been waiting for this for 20 years. We’re one big family.” It was Ronaldo’s 51st career hat-trick, and the 51st in the tournament’s history, as the Real Madrid star became just the fourth player to score in four World Cups.“I am very happy, it’s a nice personal record to have, one more in my career,” said Ronaldo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“For me the most important thing is to emphasize what the team did against one of the favorites to win this World Cup.”Despite lifting the trophy at Euro 2016, Portugal is not widely viewed as among the favorites in Russia but can take a big step towards the last 16 with a victory over Morocco in Moscow on Wednesday. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Burden falls on Coutinho to keep Brazil going at World Cup Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his side’s third goal during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)Cristiano Ronaldo will attempt to follow up his World Cup opening game heroics for Portugal against a Morocco side licking their wounds after a crushing last-gasp defeat.A hat-trick from the five-time world player of the year snatched a thrilling 3-3 draw for the European champions against Spain in a heavyweight Group B showdown in Sochi.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees “I think we are stronger than Morocco if we compare the two teams, but I’m not saying the game will be easy for us,” striker Andre Silva told reporters at Portugal’s training base.“We cannot underestimate them and must have respect for any opponent. Any game at the World Cup is difficult.”It will be just the second meeting between the two countries, after Morocco beat Portugal 3-1 in the group stage at the 1986 finals.Morocco did not concede a single goal in the final qualifying round as they sealed a return to the World Cup for the first time in 20 years, but their knockout hopes hang by a thread after a 95th-minute own goal by Aziz Bouhaddouz against Iran. ‘We’re not dead’ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

Bong Citizens Laud Land Commission for Criminal Conveyance Law

first_imgSince the signing into law the Act Against Criminal Conveyance of Land by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in September 2014, as part of the Land Commission’s resolved commitment to institute realistic reforms in the land sector of Liberia, the Commission continues to receive commendations from various sectors of the Liberian society. At a recent community outreach campaign on the Criminal Conveyance of Land Law organized by the Bong County Land Coordination Center, which operates under the auspices of the Land Commission, the citizens of Bong County lauded the Land Commission for being very instrumental in formulating laws that will now punish people engaged with the illegal sale of land regardless of their status.People who attended the community engagement forums expressed the hope that the enforcement of the criminal conveyance law will help minimize the overwhelming land conflicts across the country and put in place deterrent measures for those that have survived on illegal land sale over the years.  “I am not saying the Land Commission has not being working over the years, but I think the   formulation of this law by the  Commission should be figured  out among the many works it has done over the period as an  indelible accomplishment”  Bong County Inspector William Kollie expressed in a celebrated tone.Inspector Kollie also lauded members of the National Legislature for passing the law in the interest of the Liberian people, which did not exclude government officials from being penalized if they abuse their position of trust to influence or compel the conveyance of land illegally.“I strongly believe this law is not selective because it includes punishment for everybody and we hope it will be implemented just how it is written in the book” Samuel Kerkulah youth leader of Gokpalai expressed during one of the community engagements.Participants at the forum prevailed on the Land Commission to increase awareness on the law through vigorous sensitization and education campaigns to enable ordinary people better understand the law, which is relatively new.The Land Coordination Center (LCC) in Bong County as part of its early awareness raising activities on the law,  has distributed over seventy five (75) copies of the Criminal Conveyance of Land Law to several institutions in the county, including  the Gbarnga Regional Justice and Security Hub, Magisterial and Circuit Courts in Gbarnga, among others.   It can be recalled, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed into law the “Act Against Criminal Conveyance of Land” on August 26, 2014 after its passage by both Houses of the National Legislature on Tuesday July 22, 2014 and Monday September 3, 2014, respectively.The Act Against Criminal Conveyance of Land, published into Handbills by authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is an amendment of Chapter 15 Subchapter B, Section 15.21 of the Penal Law of Liberia.The Criminal Conveyance of Land Law states that a surveyor who encourages, persuades, surveys, uses his influence or in any other way participates or conspires with anyone in the sale or purchase of a parcel of land, knowing or being in the position to know that the seller of such land has no lawful title is guilty of a first degree felony punishable by both a fine, a prison term of not less than ten years and a permanent renovation of his license to practice as a surveyor.The law also points out that a surveyor who surveys a land without a notice to all adjoining property owners, consistent with existing law, regulation or executive order or procedure, is guilty of a felony of the third degree.The Law further states that a person guilty of a second degree felony is given a prison term of not more than five years and made to restitute an amount equal to double the gain received from the criminal conveyance of land, for the first offense while a person guilty of criminal conveyance for the second time be given a mandatory five year prison term and required to restitute the amount equal to double the gain received from the criminal conveyance of land.The Law states that a person guilty of criminal conveyance of land shall face a felony of the second degree while a person is guilty of third degree felony if he or she purchases a parcel of land knowingly or have reason to know that the land does not belong to the seller or is being criminally conveyed. A person guilty of third degree felony under this Law shall be punished by both a fine to be determined by the Court, the maximum which shall not be more than double the gain, and a prison term of not more than three years. The Law mandates that any official of government including traditional, local and national leaders or any person holding a powerful position who abuses said authority to unduly influence or compel an individual or group of individuals to wrongfully convey a parcel of land or any portion of land is guilty of a felony of the second degree.The Act Against Criminal Conveyance of Land was formulated by the Land Commission as part of strapping efforts to ensure a comprehensive control, sale and use of land across the country.The Land Commission believes that this Law will minimize the numerous land disputes in the country and promote peace, stability, harmony, unity and national reconciliation as well as economic growth and development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Judge Paegar’s Pop Drink Violation Judgment Goes to Supreme Court

first_imgTemple of Justice Associate Judge Chan-Chan Paegar of the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice has been taken before the Supreme Court to review his judgment in a disputed Pop Drink trademark infringement between BAF Corporation and the Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO), Ministry of Commerce and the H.K. Enterprise, a Lebanese business owned by Housseni Kessell.The justices are yet to decide whether or not they would hear BAF Corporation’s appeal against Peagar’s ruling of 2016, in which he claimed that the Supreme Court’s opinion (Judgment) restricted him from presiding over  that matter.The industrial Property Act of 2002, section 2(2), provides among others that, “There is hereby established a head of  the LIPO, a  Director for industrial property who shall be appointed by the president to effectively manage the affairs of the agency and enforce all the provisions of this Act. For the purpose, he is granted the police power to discharge such duties in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, Commence, Finance and relevant agencies of government.”Section 2 (4) also states that the head as in section 2(2) shall be entrusted with all functions relating to the procedure for the granting of patents and the registration of industrial design, marks, and collective marks and for the administration of granted patents and registered industrial designs, marks and collective marks as specified in this act and the regulations.”Though Paegar had entertained arguments among the parties involved with the infringement accusation, he maintained that he was not clothed with the original jurisdiction to handle the matter.Paegar quoted one of the Supreme Court’s opinions, which says: “In matters over which a government agency has been expressly given original jurisdiction, a court is prohibited from exercising original jurisdiction.“Pursuant to the Supreme Court’s opinion, this court cannot assume and exercise original jurisdiction as has been urged by BAF Corporation,” Paegar  then emphasized.He explained that his judgment was in BAF’s recognition of LIPO’s original jurisdiction that caused the agency to justifiably revoke its certificate issued to BAF.Therefore, the commercial court judge said, “This court will not act to disturb the conclusion of the agency of first instance by a declaration of right.”It was that judgment BAF challenged and appealed to the Supreme Court which is yet pending.Before Paegar’s decision, BAF Corporation in 2015 filed before the Commercial Court a petition to declare their rights in the trademark Pop drink infringement against the Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO), as first defendant, the Ministry of Commerce, second defendant and the H.K. Enterprise owned by a Lebanese businessman Housseni Kessell.BAF’s complaint argued that on March 21, 2010, they applied for the registration of the trademark and having met the requirements of the LIPO Act of 2002, obtained a registration for that trademark.They further argued that section 43 (4) (a ) of the LIPO Act provides that the validity of a registered trademark is ten years. Also, there can only be one owner of a registered trademark in  Liberia.In other words, two persons or entities cannot simultaneously be holders of trademark certificates for the same product under the  laws of Liberia.Contrary to the LIPO Act, HK Enterprise obtained a trademark certificate for Pop drink in 2014, although their trademark certificate for Pop drink was still valid.Later in their complaint they maintained that the issuance of trademark certificate by LIPO to H.K. Enterprise for the same product for which they have had trademark certificate,  had violated the industrial property act of 2003.It was based on this that they filed a complaint with the ministry as the agency of government in charge of commerce and industry to intervene and recognize the validity of their trademark certificate over LIPO’s trademark certificate and not to allow H.K. Enterprise to sell Pop drink on the Liberian market.While the matter was pending at the ministry, the acting director of LIPO wrote them informing them that its exclusive right to the Pop drink trademark had been resolved for the remainder of the ten years.Subsequently, LIPO wrote BAF Corporation stating that it had revoked its trademark certificate  because the manufacturer had appointed H.K. Enterprise as its distributor in Liberia.However, the ministry in making its decision on the complaint sent a letter to BIVAC, upholding the validity of BAF’s right to the Pop drink trademark in Liberia.Upon hearing the information, the then Minister Axel M. Addy on October 31, 2014, wrote BIVAC requesting it to temporarily ban the importation of the Pop drink.Besides, Addy instructed LIPO to restore the rights of BAF Corporation effective as of January 1, 2015.Despite Addy’s letter, some senior staffers at the ministry continued to approve Input Declaration Permit (IDPs) for H.K. Enterprise and LIPO recognized that H.K. Enterprise was by contract the assignee and holder of the exclusive right to use the Pop drink trademark in the country.“They were lawfully appointed by the owner of the pop drink. HK is the only person who has the exclusive right to import and distribute the product in the country and on the market,” LIPO  argued.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Knights of Columbus Flyers to begin playoffs this weekend

first_imgSaturday’s tilt is scheduled for 11:45 a.m., while Sunday if necessary will go at 10:45 a.m.The two teams were separated by only three points in the league standings  as the Flyers finished with 50, and the Barons with 47.A few Flyers had great seasons worth of recognition. Jacob Lang  won the ERBHL scoring title with 43 goals and 34 assists. Adam Bowie was 12th in league scoring, while Austin Crossley had the most points by a defenceman in the league.- Advertisement –last_img

Site C protest moving to Victoria

first_img[asset|aid=3127|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5e3c0e70e9c76c8da2c3b78f3cde868b-Logan 1_1_Pub.mp3] Despite the controversy surrounding the proposed Site C dam project, it is currently in Stage 3 -the environmental review – of a five step evaluation. According to the BC Hydro website, if the project passes the regulatory review phase, the dam should be completed and generating electricity by 2020. [asset|aid=3126|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5e3c0e70e9c76c8da2c3b78f3cde868b-Donaldson 1_1_Pub.mp3] The event will include several notable speakers such as David Suzuki, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, and Susan Howett from the B.C. branch of the Sierra Club of Canada.Two days before the event, a First Nations leadership summit will be taking place in Fort St. John. Those who are from affected communities will be getting together to draft a joint message to the Premier about their opposition towards the dam project.The Province needs to look into alternatives rather than putting in another dam, says Treaty 8 Tribal Chief Liz Logan.Advertisement The fight against the Site C dam is heading to the Provincial Legislature.The ‘Paddle to the Premier’ will be taking place on Sep.19 with a paddle along the Gorge Waterway from the Selkirk Waterfront to Victoria’s inner harbour.- Advertisement -The Wilderness Committee is working in conjunction with the Peace Valley Environmental Association and Treaty 8 to put on the event.The Paddle to the Premier is going to bring the dam issue to the attention of B.C. MLAs, says Sandra Hoffman, co-ordinator of the Peace Valley Environmental Association.[asset|aid=3125|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5e3c0e70e9c76c8da2c3b78f3cde868b-Hoffman 1_1_Pub.mp3] The event will help raise awareness about the impact the proposed dam would have on all B.C. residents, says Tria Donaldson, the Pacific Coast Campaigner with the Wilderness Committee.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man City outcast Nasri in Turkey to join Antalyaspor

first_img0Shares0000Samir Nasri joined Manchester City in 2011 © AFP/File / CRISTINA QUICLERISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug 20 – Manchester City’s former French international midfielder Samir Nasri on Sunday arrived in Turkey to join big spending Turkish side Antalyaspor on a reported two-year deal.Nasri, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla and appeared unlikely to figure in Pep Guardiola’s plans this season, was met at Antalya’s airport by crowds of fans, images showed. Draped in an Antalyaspor scarf, he was guided through the dense crush of supporters into a vehicle by the local security forces.Nasri, 30, will earn an annual salary of four million euros ($4.7 million) plus bonuses at the club in Turkey’s Mediterranean resort city, the NTV Spor website said.The Fanatik sports daily said that Nasri would sign a two-year contract.The Turkish club has yet to comment but reports said that the signing ceremony is expected Monday after a health check.On his Instagram page, the player posted a picture of him grinning broadly and making a victory sign as he boarded a private jet, with no comment except two aircraft icons to show he was travelling and a “…” to show an announcement was expected.Nasri joined Manchester City in 2011 after three seasons at Arsenal, emerging as one of their key players before falling out of favour. He has since also bowed out of international football.Guardiola had been expected to offload Nasri this summer although he did take the volatile Frenchman on a pre-season trip to the United States.Antalyaspor are one of Turkey’s most ambitious sides, despite only winning promotion to the Super Lig in 2015, and want to break the league domination of the Istanbul giants.They were disappointed to finish the 2015-16 season in ninth place but improved to fifth place last term, just missing out on a spot in the Europa League.Antalyaspor’s key player over the past couple seasons has been former Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto’o, who remains at the club despite persistent rumours he is unsettled.This summer the team also signed France international and former Roma and AC Milan playmaker Jeremy Menez from Bordeaux.Antalyaspor got off to a slow start in the first game of the season, losing 2-0 away to champions Besiktas, and will be looking to make amends late Sunday when they host Akhisarspor.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Atletico’s ‘Circus Maximus’ Metropolitano awaits Chelsea

first_imgAtletico have fallen to Real in the quarters, semis and twice in the final in the past four seasons, but there is a sense of optimism flowing through the red and white half of Madrid as Chelsea travel to the Spanish capital for the Wanda’s Champions League debut on Wednesday.“Right now it is the best stadium in Europe,” said Atletico president Enrique Cerezo ahead of its opening in a tense 1-0 win over Malaga 10 days ago.“On the outside it is spectacular. On the inside it is the business.”Fears that Atletico’s form could slump due to the move in a manner suffered by the likes of West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur in recent times have been blown away by back-to-back wins over Malaga and Sevilla.Atletico Madrid’s head coach Diego Simeone (R) gestures as Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez (L) fights for the ball with Atletico’s Koke during their Spanish La Liga match, at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, on September 23, 2017 © AFP/File / CURTO DE LA TORRE“The more and more the fans adjust and involve themselves the stadium will be tremendous,” said Simeone as the decibel levels soared after goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann saw off Sevilla on Saturday.“When the fans shouted it was tremendous, down there it appears like the Circus Maximus.“It made me emotional. I am very moved.”If Atletico are to finally land a first ever Champions League, maintaining their sensational European home form under Simeone at the Calderon is essential.In 23 Champions League home games under the Argentine, Atletico have won 18, lost only once and kept 18 clean sheets.Chelsea were one of the few sides to escape without defeat with a 0-0 draw in the semi-final, first leg between the sides in 2014. Atletico, though, had the final say as Simeone famously charged down the Stamford Bridge touchline in celebration during a 3-1 second leg win for the Spaniards.– ‘Pressure cooker’ –A modern new home is a symbol of how much Atletico have grown on and off the field since that last meeting between the sides.Chinese conglomerate Wanda, who bought a 20 percent stake in the club in 2015, have paid for the naming rights to help with the 310 million euro ($370 million) bill.But the club have tried to maintain links to Atletico’s history by also adding Metropolitano, their ground prior to the Calderon, to the name.“It has a different concept in terms of technology and digitalisation,” continued Cerezo.The stadium design aims to match modern convenience with an intimidating atmosphere.It is the first in the world to be fully LED lit and counts on far greater leg room for supporters than at the Calderon.However, despite initial plans for the stadium being tied to Madrid’s unsuccessful bid for the 2020 Olympics, the stands hug the touchline.“This will be a pressure cooker because the fans are glued to the pitch,” added Simeone.UEFA have even given their sign of approval by awarding the Wanda the 2019 Champions League final.A fiery atmosphere could be fuelled even further by the presence of Diego Costa in the stands fresh from ending his standoff with Chelsea to force through a return to Atletico.Costa can’t play until January, but his move for a club record fee is a further sign that Atletico feel they now belong among Europe’s elite.Despite the cost of the stadium, Atletico rejected lucrative offers and tied Griezmann, Saul Niguez, Koke and Simeone down to new contracts in recent months.“For me it is the best stadium I have played in, and I don’t just say that because it is my club,” said Griezmann fresh from netting the Wanda’s first goal.A spectacular fireworks show followed the inaugural match in an unusual show of bravado from Atletico.Griezmann and co will be charged with providing the spectacle on Wednesday to ensure the Wanda’s European bow isn’t a damp squib.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000View of Atletico Madrid’s new home, Wanda Metropolitano stadium © AFP/File / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, Sep 26 – It may lack a final lick of paint but “it appears like the Circus Maximus,” crowed proud Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone at the special atmosphere already produced by his club’s new Wanda Metropolitano home.The opening of the 68,000 capacity stadium marks heady days for a club that has traditionally lived in the shadow of neighbours Real Madrid, none more so in the Champions League in recent years.last_img read more

Leyton Orient keen on Italian striker branded ‘The Beast’

first_img Gianvito Plasmati 1 Leyton Orient are interested in out-of-contract striker Gianvito Plasmati, according to reports in the striker’s native Italy.The former Ragusa, Andria BAT and Foggia man left Siena in the summer when the club declared bankruptcy and has been looking for a club ever since.The 31-year-old has had a nomadic career around the lower echelons of Italian football but has now been linked with a move to the League One London side because of Italian owner Francesco Bocchetti.Plasmati has played for over a dozen clubs and was nicknamed ‘The Beast’ during his brief spell at Vicenza Calcio.last_img read more

Pile your film plate with picks at theater buffet

first_imgMOVIE CASH: I love free movie tickets. If you plan to see the drama “Lions for Lambs” starring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise when it opens next month, here’s a free movie cash tip: If you buy the “Best Picture Collection” on DVD or any other UA gift set from Best Buy, you get two free movie tickets to see “Lambs” that can be used anytime between Nov. 9 and Dec. 30. ARE YOU AN INSOMNIAC? Well, the Regency Theatre in the Fairfax District has Friday night midnight movies! This is kinda cool because they are a real random mix of popular films from the past that you may not have ever seen on the big screen. Tonight, “The Exorcist” will screen, followed in subsequent weeks by “Shaun of the Dead,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “The Goonies.” The price is $7 and there are plenty of seats at the three-screen theater at 7907 Beverly Blvd. For more information, go to or call (323) 655-4010. (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.RACE FOR SECOND PLACE: “Comebacks” should fare slightly better than the others and could gross as much as $12 million as it targets the coveted young male crowd; it’s playing in almost as many theaters as “39 Days.” “Rendition,” also starring Meryl Streep, should get the adult crowd and take in about $10 million. Playing in fewer theaters, the Ben Affleck-directed “Gone” will be fortunate to earn more than $5 million, while “Fire” will likely earn even less. DEBUTS AND EXPANSIONS: The Sean Penn-directed “Into the Wild” will be far easier to see now that it has expanded to 658 locations, as will the Brad Pitt western “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” and the Wes Anderson-directed “The Darjeeling Limited,” starring Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody, is playing in just over 200 spots. The animated film “The Ten Commandments” is booked into 830 theaters and “Sarah Landon” is in 1,115 locations. Debuting smaller are the drama “Reservation Road” with Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Connelly (13 theaters) and the unique Ryan Gosling flick “Lars and the Real Girl” (21 locations). SNEAKY DAN: If you just cannot wait another week to see Steve Carell’s latest comedy, “Dan in Real Life,” check out your local movie listings and see if you are near one of the 400 theaters that are screening a Saturday night “sneak peek” of the flick. DOUBLE PLAY: If you are planning to see “The Comebacks,” keep your eyes open for the feature film debut of Bill Buckner. He was my favorite player on the Dodgers when I was a kid but became best known for mishandling a crucial play during the 1986 World Series when he was playing for the Boston Red Sox. He re-enacts his historical `moment’ that likely cost his team the title. I don’t really like buffets because I can never decide what to eat. That’s what this weekend sorta feels like at the multiplex. First, it’s a buffet of movie offerings that include six new wide releases of various genres battling for supremacy. The horror flick “30 Days of Night” will be on nearly 3,000 screens and looks to have the best shot at finishing in first place in the $15 million to $20 million range. “It’s a love story with vampires,” one of the film’s stars, Melissa George, told me this week. “The movie is seductive and the vampires are unbelievable. I’m in every shot so hopefully you’re not bored!” The rest of the field is comprised of a sports spoof (“The Comebacks”), a thriller starring Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Rendition”), dramatic-thrillers (“Gone Baby Gone” and “Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour”), and a Halle Berry-Benicio del Toro drama, “Things We Lost in the Fire.” last_img


first_imgThe staff of Letterkenny’s Educate Together school.Letterkenny Educate Together National School is celebrating its 8th birthday with a newly-appointed principal, Áine Fabisiak and a new school building.The multi-denominational school opened in September 2006 with 35 pupils and two teachers.The school has now grown to over 210 pupils with 13 teachers and four special needs assistants and this year our first junior infant class are now leaving our school as active and responsible citizens. With its rapid increase in enrolments, the school has achieved great success in its short lifetime.It has been awarded two Green School flags, a Discover Primary Science award, an Active School flag and a number of Pushkin awards, to name a few.The school has been praised for its wide range of after-school programmes including athletics, soccer, art classes, dance classes and keep-fit classes.Like most Educate Together schools, Faith Formation classes are organised in the school, after school hours, by a group of Catholic parents. During these classes, students prepare for First Communion and Confirmation, and this is done on an opt-in basis just for those who wish to take part. The Department of Education have confirmed that they will be building a 24 classroom state-of-the-art school in 2015.Announcing the new building, Minister Ruairí Quinn said that “the new school building will cater for the growing population of Letterkenny and its surrounding areas.”Letterkenny Educate Together is moving towards the future with a new Principal, Áine Fabisiak (née O’Herlihy).Áine, a Letterkenny native, takes the reins from Máire Lynam who retired in June. Áine will be accompanied on the school’s management team by the newly-appointed Deputy Principal, Catherine Lal.A past pupil of Loreto Convent, Letterkenny, Áine said, “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed to this important post this year and look forward to working with the Letterkenny Educate Together community. “I am honoured that the Educate Together board has entrusted the leadership of Letterkenny ETNS to me and my role as Principal now will be to ensure that the school continues to be the space for dynamic, happy, community-centred learning of which we are all very proud.”LYIT’s president Paul Hannigan, who is also Chairperson of Letterkenny ETNS said, “I feel privileged to be the Chairperson of Letterkenny ETNS and I wish Áine every success in the future. I look forward to working with Áine in continuing the progressive, inclusive ethos of Educate Together. The Letterkenny ETNS has worked hard to raise its attainment and profile. We will build on that progress to ensure that Letterkenny ETNS pupils achieve all that they are capable of and have a really successful future. “The school’s Community representative on the Board of Management, Pat Harvey, whose grandchild attends Letterkenny ETNS said “I am looking forward to working with Áine, her staff and the school community. Letterkenny ETNS is a very vibrant centre of learning which will encourage, guide and most importantly empower each and every one of its pupils to live the best lives they can.“I am particularly happy with the commitment to the multi-denominational and co-educational, child centred philosophy that characterises Educate Together and its approach. I am also delighted with the manner in which democratic principles underpin the delivery of learning in Educate Together. It’s the way forward for all of us…. to learn together and to live together in Ireland.” NEW PRINCIPAL AND NEW SCHOOL FOR EDUCATE TOGETHER! was last modified: May 7th, 2014 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:donegalEducate Togetherletterkennylast_img read more