VPA, EU to Strengthen FDA Operations

first_imgFDA Managing Director Darlington Tuagben (L) and EU Head of Delegation, Amb. Intelmann The Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) will today turn over a building that has been reconditioned in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County for use by the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).The building was initially built by the Liberian government in 1981 and was one of the four structures that previously housed the FDA’s offices in Buchanan, a press statement issued in Monrovia yesterday by the public relations department of the FDA said.To further strengthen the FDA’s law enforcement capacity at the national level, the VPA will provide forest and logistical equipment which include motorbikes, laptops and printers, GPS units, uniforms and cameras for use by the FDA’s regional office.The reconditioning of the building and procurement of the equipment and materials were funded by the EU and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (UKaid/DFID).The refurbishment of the office and the donation of the materials mark the start of a sustainable forest management pilot project that was initiated to enhance law enforcement in the forestry sector through its governance capacity building efforts in Liberia, with the FDA and Ministry of Justice as major players, according to the statement.“Given that about 80 percent of 190 to 199 cubic meters (of forest products) exported from Liberia in 2016 was handled through the port of Buchanan, VPA and FDA agreed on the need to strengthen FDA’s operations in district offices in FDA Region 3 covering Grand Bassa, Nimba and Rivercess counties,” the statement said.It added that the three companies operating in FDA Region 3 are the Forest Management Contract (FMC B) owned and operated by E J & J Investment Corporation; Forest Management Contract (FMC/C), owned and operated by Liberia Tree & Trading; and Forest Management Contract (FMC/K), owned and operated by International Consultant Capital (ICC).The VPA statement pointed out that these companies channel their logs through the port of Buchanan.FDA Managing Director, Darlington TuagbenToday’s ceremony in Buchanan will be led by the Liberian Government represented by the FDA managing director, Darlington S. Tuagben; Charge d’affaires, Mrs. Emma Sundblad of the EU delegation and  British Ambassador, David Belgrove.The EU, the statement said, acknowledges the continued engagement with the Liberian government through the FDA and VPA processes from the civil society community and private sector in the country.It named those actors as the VPA National Multi-stakeholder Monitoring Committee, which comprises the NGO Coalition of Liberia, Liberia Timber Association, National Union of Community Forestry Development Committee, the Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Labor and the Liberia Revenue Authority.The EU and Liberian Government signed the VPA, which has been extended to a number of countries with the aim of assuring the legality of timber exported to EU countries.Liberia has decided to go one step further by applying the VPA principles to all timber exported from Liberia to countries outside of the EU.“Only through legality can we ensure that forests are sustainably managed and communities get their fair share of benefits from their forest resources. And the VPA process would support the whole country through the collection of taxes, thus creating wealth and jobs,” the statement concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tax amnesty smacks of personal deals – Jagdeo

first_img…questions motive for waiving interest, penalties of delinquent taxpayersThe Government’s announcement of an amnesty for all corporate and individual tax defaulters, something likely to cost the State a substantial amount, is being regarded with concern by the parliamentary Opposition.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoFinance Minister Winston Jordan made the announcement of amnesty during his budget presentation on Monday. But during a press conference after the budget presentation, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo questioned the Government’s motive behind the move.“Why now? Why not from the very beginning of their term? Is it that there are a few companies that they know of, who have large outstanding interest and penalties that would accrue to them and they’re trying to help those companies by giving them a 100 per cent write-off on all interest and penalties?” Jagdeo questioned.“Is it that this is a deal in the making? Because if people have taxes outstanding, and they have interest to pay, then this government likes to believe it is fair, then the people should pay their interest in taxes that were outstanding for a while? This smacks of personal deals.”Finance Minister Winston JordanJagdeo raised comparisons between this amnesty and the 2016 Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) deal. This is a reference to the Guyana Revenue Authority’s multibillion-dollar tax settlement last year with DDL over outstanding consumption and excise taxes.The GRA, in defending the settlement, had said that ending the 14-year-old case prevented prolonged litigation. The GRA had pointed out that the matter was already costing the nation significant amounts.But the Opposition has always been against the settlement, expressing concern that other companies would move against the Government and seek refunds based on that case. Subsequently, Banks DIH had slapped Government with a multibillion-dollar lawsuit, claiming in excess of $28 billion in repayment in light of the controversial tax write-off.According to the court documents, the corporate entity paid some $12.8 billion in taxes over the period 2001 to 2006. But since Government granted DDL a $3.8 billion tax write-off from its assessed $5.3 billion owed, Banks DIH calculated that it should have only paid some $3 billion instead of $12.8 billion.The company, therefore, argued that the Guyana Government would be “unjustly enriched” if it retained the approximately $9 billion.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has also demanded answers on who authorised the settlement.“You know, until now we can say this because a deal, made with the GRA and DDL, that could cost the treasury US$400 million or $80 billion Guyana dollars; until now we can’t get answers on (it),” Jagdeo pointed out.“We can’t get answers from Granger, we can’t get answers from Jordan, from this Parliament; they wouldn’t even allow us to entertain the question. Imagine that. So (that is) $80 billion of lost revenue and they can’t find money to keep GuySuCo going.”AmnestyGRA Commissioner General Godfrey StatiaMinister Jordan detailed the proposed amnesty would be granted to taxpayers with outstanding tax returns and payment.This amnesty will be in effect from January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018. Taxpayers who file and pay all principal taxes on or before June 30, 2018 will have all interest and penalties waived.On the other hand, those who file and pay all principal taxes between July 1 and September 30, 2018 will have 50 per cent of interest and penalties waived. The Minister explained that to benefit from this amnesty, taxpayers must file accurate returns, as those found to be in violation would be subjected to an audit.In addition, such persons will have to face the attendant penalties and interest payments. The GRA, Jordan noted, will also be enforcing the income tax laws with increased resources.last_img read more

Llorente bags treble as Spurs crush Tranmere

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente celebrates after scoring their second goal in the rout of Tranmere © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 5 – Tottenham swept into the FA Cup fourth round as Fernando Llorente hit a hat-trick and Serge Aurier struck twice in a 7-0 rout of fourth tier minnows Tranmere on Friday.There are 74 league places between the sides and Tottenham, third in the Premier League, underlined the gulf in class as they demolished Tranmere, who sit ninth in League Two. Mauricio Pochettino’s team took control of the third round tie through Aurier’s powerful strike late in the first half and Spain forward Llorente added to their lead after the interval.Aurier netted again and South Korea winger Son Heung-Min produced a superb solo effort as the goals flowed.Llorente struck twice more to complete his treble before Harry Kane came off the bench to seal Tottenham’s biggest win since a 9-1 thrashing of Wigan in 2009.“It was a very professional performance. I’m very pleased,” Pochettino said.“The first goal that opened the game was a little bit lucky, but I feel the second half was better.“I’m happy because we kept our level and we keep going in the competition.”After the hectic Christmas schedule, Tottenham will be relieved their 11th game in 33 days was a stroll at Prenton Park, especially with the League Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea looming on Tuesday.“It’s so important to manage the squad to try and give some rest to the players in a very busy period,” Pochettino added.Tottenham haven’t won the FA Cup since 1991 and silverware has been in short supply ever since, with the 2008 League Cup their most recent trophy.Although Pochettino is still searching for the first prize of his four-year reign, he admits the FA Cup ranks way behind the Premier League and the Champions League on his list of priorities.— Extra class —With that in mind, it was no surprise to see only Son, Dele Alli and Davinson Sanchez start from the line-up that beat Cardiff on Tuesday.Son was in fine form after scoring six times in his last five appearances and he should have put Tottenham ahead in the seventh minute.Alli’s pass put him clean through on goal, but he shot straight at Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davies.Tottenham finally made their extra class pay off in the 40th minute when Ivory Coast right-back Aurier smashed a swerving 25-yard strike into the top corner for his first goal of the season.There was a hint of controversy about the goal as television replays showed the ball was moving illegally when Son took the quick corner that led to Aurier’s rocket.Tottenham pressed home their advantage with a second goal in the 48th minute as Llorente met Son’s cross with a cool close-range effort.Based in Birkenhead, Tranmere have spent their entire history in the shadows cast by Liverpool and Everton on the other side of the River Mersey.They were playing non-league football last season after crashing out of the four professional leagues and, while they are on up again, Micky Mellon’s side were no match for Tottenham.Aurier increased the visitors’ advantage in the 55th minute, putting the finishing touch to a fine piece of approach play from Son.Serge Aurier scored twice for Tottenham at Tranmere © AFP / Paul ELLISSon’s influential display was rewarded in the 57th minute when he raced through the Tranmere defence before slotting home.Llorente had scored only once this season but he was making the most of his rare chance to shine.In the 71st minute, Oliver Skipp’s pass picked out Llorente and he scuffed his shot past Davies and 60 seconds later he scored again, this time turning in Lucas Moura’s cross.There was still time for Kane to dink in his 19th goal of the season in the 82nd minute as he became the joint fourth highest scorer in Tottenham’s history.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Martin O’Neill suggests he will sign new Republic of Ireland deal

first_imgMartin O’Neill is open to extending his reign as Republic of Ireland manager.The 63-year-old is understood to have been offered an extension to the two-year deal he signed in November 2013 regardless of whether he steers the nation to the Euro 2016 finals via a play-off double-header against Bosnia-Herzegovina over the next few days.O’Neill confirmed the Football Association of Ireland wanted him to stay, and he plans to sit down with chief executive John Delaney to discuss a new deal.He said: “Absolutely, I am open to it. We had a conversation after Scotland and John was very supportive, felt as if this is the way we want to go forward, and that was very pleasing to hear.“We haven’t really talked about it since, but I haven’t been pressing because there are actually very important things to deal with.“If we could qualify, that would be great and we would go on to France – I would be delighted to do that if that’s the case. But if we didn’t qualify, we John and myself will sit down and see where we go.“I think John and the board would want it to continue and I have enjoyed it immensely. Sometime in the new year – probably the earlier, the better, maybe get Christmas out of the way – John and I would sit and have a discussion about it.”Skipper Robbie Keane insisted it would be “silly” for O’Neill’s services not to be retained, with he and assistant Roy Keane having overseen a campaign which could yet pay tangible dividends for the efforts over the last two years.The LA Galaxy striker said: “From the very, very start of the campaign, certainly as a group we have grown into it a lot more. It would be silly if the manager didn’t get a new contract – he has obviously done a great job.“But we certainly want to finish this campaign off now with qualification for France, because we started the campaign off having that goal in our minds and it would certainly be disappointing if we didn’t do it.”The Republic face Bosnia-Herzegovina in Zenica on Friday evening and then again in Dublin three days later. Having rekindled their qualification hopes with a shock victory over world champions Germany last month, defeat in Poland saw an automatic berth snatched from their grasp.O’Neill believes progress has been made, but knows there is still work to be done with senior men Shay Given, John O’Shea and front man Keane approaching the end of their international careers.He said: “There is a set of players here well into their thirties who need replacing – they will not mind me saying that – but we want to replace them with really top-quality younger players coming through who can take their place at international level almost immediately. That’s important.“In terms of progress, if we qualify, regardless of what people would say, that very obviously would be progression. But we will see.”O’Neill is still awaiting definitive news on Southampton striker Shane Long’s foot problem and is yet to rule him out of the first leg, but Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot will not travel as he continues to nurse a thigh problem and Sunderland defender O’Shea, who is suspended for Friday night’s game, is making progress.Keane is available for what might could yet prove to be his final two matches as an Ireland player, and he admits a coaching role with his country is something he might like to explore once his playing career has drawn to a close.He said: “Listen, I’d love to, of course. Certainly if something came up in the future to be involved somewhere, assistant manager or manager maybe longer down the road, it’s certainly something that I’d be very, very interested in. But certainly not at the moment.” 1 Martin O’Neill last_img read more

Donegal only county to suffer price decline in recent months

first_imgA survey has shown that Donegal is the only county to suffer a decline is house prices in the last three months.The national survey was carried out by the Real Estate Alliance.According to local REA agents, the price of the average three-bed semi in Donegal has dropped -1.73% to €85,000 since Brexit. The REA Average House Price Survey concentrates on the actual sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an up-to-date picture of the property market in towns and cities countrywide to the end of Q3 this week.The Brexit effect has been most keenly felt in traditional holiday home spots such as Bundoran where the average three-bed semi has dropped by -3.41%.REA agents in other holiday home areas such as west Cork reported an immediate slump post the Brexit announcement but feel that the market has bounced back over the past month.The average three bed semi nationally now costs €200,093, an increase of €4,732 (+2.42%) since the end of June. This is a rise of 6.37% against the same time last year. Prices in Dublin city grew by +2.75% to €373,333 since June – almost twice the growth experienced in the same area in Q2 as buyers chase a scarce supply of suitable housing.Prices in the tier containing commuter counties and the main cities of Cork and Galway have risen by an average of just under €3,000 to €217,176 (+1.21%) while those in the rest of the country have increased by nearly €5,000 to €133,268 (+3.55%).“We are seeing little or no increase in supply nationally, with an increase in funded buyers fueling the market in the short-term,” said REA Chairman Michael O’Connor.“Many of our agents are now reporting some buyers are returning to the market having achieved a level of savings, and that there is an increase in mortgage-funded purchases.“The average amount of cash buyers has fallen by 3% to 33% nationwide, but in Dublin city that figure is down by 7% in three months, with 72% of transactions now mortgage-funded. “The early effects of the Central Bank restrictions had previously seen prices drop in the capital in the year to Q1 2016, but a combination of a longer time period to save and pressure on supply is manifesting itself in price growth.“Our agents are also reporting that many first-time buyers seem to be holding fire in the hope of increased incentives in the upcoming budget.”“The Central Bank’s mortgage deposit rules are still being keenly felt in the commuter areas, with most rises occurring in towns where three-bed semis are available for under the deposit threshold of €220,000.”Donegal only county to suffer price decline in recent months was last modified: September 26th, 2016 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

GARDA REINFORCEMENTS CALLED IN AFTER FIGHT BETWEEN NIECE AND GODMOTHER AT GAA CLUB

first_imgGardai were forced to call for back-up and had to use pepper-spray and batons after a young woman and her godmother fell out at a GAA Club.Gardai had to draw batons during rowSharieen McCrudden and her aunt Michelle Gallagher fell out when the pair met at Sean MacCumhaills GAA Club in December 2011. There had been bad blood between the pair for some time before after an incident following the death of Ms McCrudden’s brother.Gardai were called to the disturbance at the Ballybofey venue but were forced to call for reinforcements when other fights broke out.Ms McCrudden, 21, appeared before today’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court.McCrudden, of Kinletter, Ballybofey, was charge with assault, a breach of the peace, affray and being drunk and disorderly on December 11th.Solicitor Lisa Finnegan told the court that there was a lot of history to the case.She said there had been bad blood between the pair since Ms McCrudden’s brother Gavin had taken his life by suicide.There had even been a difficulty when it came to buying funeral wreaths, she said.She said her client had been on medication for depression and when this had been mixed with alcohol it had caused her problems.She said the events of the night had sounded a lot worse than they were and not all the disturbances involved her client.She pleaded with Judge Denis McLoughlin to be lenient as Ms McCrudden was doing a course in childcare and any conviction would damage her chances of future work.Judge McLoughlin adjourned the case until December 16th for a probation report and said he may take a ‘certain approach’ if McCrudden behaved herself.GARDA REINFORCEMENTS CALLED IN AFTER FIGHT BETWEEN NIECE AND GODMOTHER AT GAA CLUB was last modified: April 15th, 2013 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:BallybofeyGardaiMichelle GallagherrowSharieen McCruddenlast_img read more

Some Man United fans are inconsolable after what Ronaldo did after scoring

first_imgWith what seemed like 1,000 abdominal muscles rippling, plenty of fans took to Twitter to poke fun at Man United fans who thought he would not celebrate at all.Check out the hilarious Tweets below! Most Popular Football Stories The former darling of Old Trafford shocked some of his former fans scrap targets revealed Ronaldo sprinted off after scoring an incredible volley past David De Gea to open the scoring Cristiano Ronaldo was once the darling of the Manchester United fans, transforming himself from scrawny speed merchant to one of the greatest to ever play the game.Many hoped the Portugal legend would one day return, although his lucrative move to Juventus in the summer almost certainly put an end to any faint rumours. Man utd fans after watching Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate his goal pic.twitter.com/fyKAuZqT2X— FootyStreams (@FutbalStreaming) November 7, 2018 “Ronaldo is our Legend”“Ronaldo loves Man Utd” “Ronaldo will never celebrate against us”Ronaldo: #JUVMUN pic.twitter.com/1aoXr4aIyg— Ibadan Lord (@degosTee) November 7, 2018 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ gameday cracker LATEST Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder gameday cracker They said Ronaldo will not celebrate against them Ronaldo: pic.twitter.com/haqkqFH6pG— FELA IN VERSACE (@ADEDOTUNNN) November 7, 2018 MAN U fans watching Ronaldo celebrate 😁 pic.twitter.com/iXsMqHXrmI— LOU IS 🔕 (@louisfrim) November 7, 2018 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF RANKED 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img Although the 33-year-old may never play for the Old Trafford outfit again, he is still revered by his former fans for his exploits during his six years.Until now it seems.After scoring what can only be described as a belter during the Old Lady’s 2-1 loss to United in Turin, fans fixated their gaze firmly onto Ronaldo expecting to see a muted celebration like the time he scored against the Red Devils for Real Madrid in 2013.Never one to follow anyone else’s example, the forward ran off in jubilation before lifting up his shirt to reveal his Adonis-like torso. Watching Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate a goal against us… #mufc pic.twitter.com/HNyEE9MRMW— United Xtra (@utdxtra) November 7, 2018 Latest Manchester United News Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January tense Manchester United fans: Bet C.Ronaldo won’t celebrate if he scores against usC.Ronaldo: Hold my beer 🍺 pic.twitter.com/t5JgLeovrN— 10 (@sadioo10) November 7, 2018 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Bit harsh of Ronaldo to celebrate against his parent club— Jack (@jackmaguire94) November 7, 2018 boost The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 deals IN DEMAND Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Out of respect surely #Ronaldo will not celebrate scoring a goal against his parent club #ManUtd pic.twitter.com/oO6GRaD5rT— Anfield Talk (@Anfield_Talk) November 7, 2018 latest United fans looking at Ronaldo whipping out his six pack to celebrate pic.twitter.com/Owhd3VVCQd— Naż (@NabardWaissi) November 7, 2018last_img read more

VIEWPOINT: WHY AUSTERITY ISN’T WORKING FOR DONEGAL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily welcomes viewpoints from readers. You can send yours to info@donegaldaily.com, or leave a comment below.By Joe Murphy, Donegal Action Against AusterityWe watched in horror as the shocking truth about what happens behind closed doors at our privately owned creche’s. Now the Council for Special Education has announced a 10 per cent cut in teaching hours for children with special needs from September. And here’s a laugh for those of you that can laugh in this time of austerity. More waffling from our Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh. He has called for a review of last year’s decision to means test Farm Assist – like he cares! All this on top of health cuts, income levy, universal social charge, domicile levy, insurance levy, water tax (pending), household charge, carbon tax, pension levy, property tax, and VAT up to 23%. And the list goes on and on. Don’t forget, we have another austerity budget to come in October. Who will bear the brunt of this? Will it be our politician’s? Will it be the wealthy? Will it be the banks? All of them have some blame to share. No! It will be the working families, the sick, the disabled and the children going to school, our hospitals, our care homes and the elderly. Austerity measures usually target the following spending programs:Limiting the terms of unemployment benefits.Extending the eligibility age for retirement and health care benefits.Reduce government employees’ wages, benefits and hours. Cut programs for the poor.Austerity will not get us out of the mess we’re in. Government claims it is achieving the targets it agreed with the troika. Unfortunately, it has done so on the backs of the Irish people and on our children’s futures. Taking even more money out of the economy is simply going to make matters worse. . The problem with this seriously flawed policy of austerity is, while it might help to “balance” the budget, it creates longer term, even endemic, problems. It not only affects growth on which jobs will be created but also results in long-term societal change and enduring health issues which will cost the economy dearly, well into the future.Do Austerity Measures Work? They usually don’t work, because they also reduce economic growth, often making the debt worse. In 2012, the IMF released a report that stated the Euro zone austerity measures may have slowed economic growth and worsened the debt crisis. However, the EU defended the measures, saying they restored confidence in how countries were being managed. However, the timing of austerity measures is everything. When a country is struggling to get out of recession, then lowering government spending and laying off workers will reduce economic growth while increasing unemployment. That’s because the government itself is an important component of GDP. The best time for austerity measures is when the economy is in the expansion phase of the business cycle. That will slow growth down to a healthy 2-3% rate, and avoid a bubble. At the same time, it will reassure investors in public debt that the government is fiscally responsible.Sadly that did not happen Joe Murphy PRO DAAA VIEWPOINT: WHY AUSTERITY ISN’T WORKING FOR DONEGAL was last modified: June 21st, 2013 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:VIEWPOINT: WHY AUSTERITY ISN’T WORKING FOR DONEGALlast_img read more

Yom Kippur begins today at sundown

first_img Everyone wears white, symbolizing purity and joy, at Yom Kippur services at Temple B’nai Hayim, said Olins. It is also customary not to wear leather shoes, in empathy with animals, and to refrain from wearing perfume or makeup. At this evening’s service, called Kol Nidre, meaning “all vows,” Olins said she will be emphasizing that, despite worldwide natural disasters and other worrying news, God is in the world. “What made so many people run to New Orleans to help or people to give money?” Olins said. “There is a God. We have the spark of God in us. We find out and love God through outreach.” Emphasizing the positive actions that individuals are taking to help others in the community is what Benson is planning for his Yom Kippur message to his Conservative congregation. “Yom Kippur puts us into a frame of mind to be more careful of what we say and do,” Benson said. “God has given us our free will and the opportunity all year to change, but instead of putting it off and putting it off, we have a powerful tool during these 10 days to improve. The ‘gates of repentance’ are always open.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Fasting, confessing sins and asking forgiveness from God are ways that Jews will observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, that begins at sundown today. “The holiest day of the week is the Sabbath, and Yom Kippur is known as the ‘Sabbath of Sabbaths,”‘ said Rabbi Aaron Benson of Congregation Beth Meier in Studio City. “Through prayer and fasting, we are able to concentrate on what we should be doing all year long – making atonement for our misdeeds to other people and to God.” The Day of Repentance, another name for the holiday, is the culmination of 10 days of personal introspection that began with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. During that time, observant Jews review their actions over the past year, seek forgiveness from those they have wronged and resolve to act with more understanding and kindness in the new year. “The word ‘sin’ in Hebrew means ‘missing the mark.’ You can fast all you want, but if you don’t change (for the better), it means diddly-squat,” said Rabbi Sally Olins from Temple B’nai Hayim in Sherman Oaks. “You can go back and try to hit the mark. We think, ‘I have the ability to change. I can be better than I was last year.”‘ center_img Yizkor, a memorial service, is considered a big part of people’s observance on Yom Kippur. “What Yom Kippur says to people is that Judaism is a livable, realistic religion. I love the concept of change,” said Olins. “We don’t just say things, we do things. We are a religion of action.” Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 holly.andres@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Abbey VS pupils cooking on gas as they win place at Big School Cook Off final

first_imgTwo pupils from Abbey Vocational School have been named regional finalists in the 2018 Mount Charles Big School Cook Off. Chloe Boyle and Aimee Gallagher will be progressing to the grand finale in March after being selected as county winners. The Mount Charles Big School Cook Off, in association with the Irish News and Business in the Community, was created to inspire young people to think about healthy eating and food provenance, and to encourage them to consider a future career in the hospitality industry.Almost 200 entries were shortlisted down to 52 teams of 11-14 year olds, who all participated in regional heats across the country to secure their place in the final of the cookery competition, which will take place at Belfast Metropolitan College, Titanic Quarter Campus, on 21st March. Chloe and Aimee, Donegal’s winning duo, cooked a dish of Killybegs salmon with a gazpacho salsa and saddleback garlic potatoes, beating off stiff competition from Scoil Mhuire, Milford, to win the Donegal heat.Head of the Home Economics Department at Abbey Vocational College Gladys Stewart said: “We are incredibly proud of Chloe and Aimee for winning the county heat of the Big School Cook Off and making it to the final.“The girls have really enjoying taking part and the competition has provided great experience for their Junior Certificate practical exam which takes place in a few weeks.“They have demonstrated excellent teamwork and have been incredible under pressure! We are all very excited about the next stage of the competition and we cannot wait to see what the other counties will be cooking up! The full list of the eight school teams that have sliced, diced and cooked their way to a place in the final are as follows:Abbey Community College, DonegalAquinas Diocesan Grammar School, BelfastBallymena AcademySt Aidan’s High School, DerrylinSt Catherine’s College, ArmaghSt Mary’s College, DerryHoly Cross College, StrabaneBanbridge AcademyCaitriona Lennox, Big School Cook Off Ambassador at Mount Charles, commented: “The competition at each of these regional heats was fierce, and the teams that have reached the grand final of the Cook Off should be proud for beating such stiff competition!“Each team was asked to cook a main course for two people, based on local produce and with a budget of £5 per meal. We had a wonderful variety of dishes from Tayto-topped fish pie to Killybegs salmon to Gracehill black Pudding, all demonstrating what can be achieved on a tight budget and with just an hour to prepare, cook and serve a dish.“We’re in the business of catering and I can honestly say we have some future chefs in our midst – the creativity, knowledge and skill on display was fantastic to see. Good luck to all of our budding chefs in the final this March, I’ve no doubt we’re going to see some serious talent on display,” she added. Irish News Marketing Manager John Brolly added: “The Irish News are delighted to be involved with Mount Charles in such an exciting initiative. It was amazing to see the students balance so many different skills – attention to detail, teamwork and time management as well as workflow.“It also shows the passionate interest there is for food and cooking among students, their imagination and knowledge was inspiring and all finalists should be very proud of the high standard of their work.”Each county winning team has won £200 for their school and a masterclass in cookery from Mount Charles Group Development Chef, Simon Toye, previously Executive Chef at the Michelin-starred Deanes restaurant in Belfast.The overall winning team at the grand final will win £300 for their school as well as a treat for their family, with a meal at the award winning George’s of The Market restaurant and family tickets to see the Belfast Giants ice hockey team at the SSE Arena. Abbey VS pupils cooking on gas as they win place at Big School Cook Off final was last modified: February 6th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:abbey vocational schoolBig School Cook Off finallast_img read more