‘Recipe for Chaos’

first_imgThe recent postponement of Voters’ Roll Update by the National Elections Commission (NEC) is a “recipe for chaos” a civil society organization, Campaigners for Change, has alarmed.Campaigners for Change is one of a handful of civil society organizations that championed the failed April 12, 2013 demonstration against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, Chairman of NEC, at the weekend announced that “The Commission is unable to follow the timeline which was drawn for the conduct of the VRU.”The Commission named “delay in the passage of the 2013/2014 National Budget and Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) regulations which have a trickle-down effect on all of our operations and programs” as factors responsible for the suspension.However, in counter-argument to the Commission’s claim, Campaigners for Change’s national director, Vandalark Patricks, Tuesday, 14 January told a news conference in Monrovia that the action by the electoral body sets the stage for confusion and disorder in Liberia.rHe called NEC’s pronouncement a clever attempt to play games with the results of the Special Senatorial Elections leading to the certification of a selected few.Patricks further warned postponing a critical component of the election process without announcing an alternative date for the start of the process shows the inability of the Commission to preside over electoral matters, and as such, “Chairman Korkoya who has the Unity Party DNA in him must resign to save the country from civil unrest.”He maintained that tampering with this critical election in Liberia could mean that the country is on the path to war, something he said the nation is unwilling to experience at the moment.“If you suspend a crucial part of the election process—without telling the Liberian people the new date—shows that the Commission has confirmed that there will be a series of irregularities during the election,” Patricks said.Meanwhile, the local CSO called on President Johnson Sirleaf to quickly intervene in the ongoing situation affecting the University of Liberia.Campaigners-for-Change believe that if the situation is not handled with caution, there’s a likelihood of it degenerating into a bigger problem that could affect national security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ganta – Saclepea Road, others, Turn Deplorable

first_imgThe stretch of road linking Ganta and Saclepea has turned deplorable, hampering movements of goods and services across Nimba and the eastern part of Liberia.The bad condition of the road is causing hiking in prices of rice and other consumable items in the remote part of Nimba.According to travelers plying the road between Ganta, Saclepea and even beyond, dozens of heavy vehicles are said to have shrugged in mud; condition that is causing light vehicles to find it difficult passing to go to another area.Ganta – Sanniquellie Road is also said to have turned very bad in recent days with travelers spending several hours on there before reaching one point.The recent bad road condition is likely to hamper the fight against Ebola in Nimba and parts of Liberia in terms of carrying on awareness and transferring of sick persons.In 2012, these roads became very deplorable and social and economic activities in Nimba and the south eastern counties had to come to a standstill for several months.Even though UNMIL contingent in Nimba is carrying on some minor works on these roads along with the Nimba County Infrastructural Team, the condition is still bad.There has been no active road rehabilitation works on in Nimba since Superintendent Fong Zuagele took office as Superintendent of Nimba owing to the wrangling between the county leadership and the county 53rd Legislative Caucus.Most of the 22 pieces of road building equipment are said to be down.Effort to have them repaired has not been possible as   tussle/argument within the leadership of Nimba has stalled most development activities.The argument led the Superintendent Zuagele to suspend the Project Management Chairman, Mr. Clinton Layweh for allegedly misapplying over US$ 300, 000, something he (Clinton) has always denied.The bad road condition may likely embarrass President Sirleaf’s expected visit to Nimba on 30th September 2014.Accordingly, she is expected to visit Saclepea and other parts of Nimba, but the possibility is yet to be established owing to the bad road.Meanwhile, the meeting held in Saclepea in preparation of President Sirleaf’s visit ended in disagreement.The meeting was called to prepare for the coming of the president, but at the meeting, some chiefs were soliciting signatures in an effort to ask President Sirleaf get out Superintendent Fong Zuagele and Assistant Superintendent for Development, Teeko Yorlay amidst  vote of no confidence passed by the lower House recently.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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D Field residents being neglected

first_imgDear Editor,I am a native citizen of Guyana. I took the option to seek a happy and comfortable abode in my country. I am part of the electorate. I pay all relevant taxes and abide by the laws of Guyana to the best of my ability.My country allows me the privilege of making contributions to its development in many ways. One of those civic ways is identifying areas that can benefit from social, security, environmental and infrastructural improvement.A few months ago, I identified some problems in the South Turkeyen area. Almost immediately, to the credit of the Guyana Police Force, one of the issues relating to traffic chaos at the junction of upper Dennis Street, D Field South Turkeyen and UG access road was addressed. Since then, traffic ranks have maintained an active presence and the previously prevalent traffic lawlessness there has been almost eliminated.However, the issues of absent road lighting from that junction going South along D Field access road, untrimmed road parapets, and now emerging potholes continues to be a haunt. Apparently, when street lighting was installed in the Pattensen/South Turkeyen Area there was inequitable distribution. My conclusion is drawn from observations that some sections of the community have concentration of street lighting that can only be compared to a floodlit arena while other sections remain in the dark. Compounding that malady is the general attitude that no one seems to be accountable nor interested in the state of affairs there. This is reminiscent of unchecked contractual works under the past Administration, much to the disadvantage and disgust of citizens. I wrote the Public Infrastructure Ministry but there has been no forthcoming response nor action from that end. I also spoke to two City Councillors on separate occasions, one of whom promised to raise the matter at Council meeting. I do not know if the matter was ever raised, but there has been no remedial action over the past three months to suggest that City Hall is in the loop.Recently, a young cyclist was struck by a car on the D Field road after he swerved from a new pothole. Fortunately, he sustained no injuries and apologised to the petrified car driver while frantically gathering himself from the fall. He lamented that his swerving was a belated reflex action, consequent to darkness of the road which severely limited his range of vision. There are several other experiences along that stretch of roadway, including some criminal activity. Reptiles have also joined in the action. One night I cited a huge caiman slowing gliding across that D Field road, from one parallel canal to the next. The reflection of the moonlight in its eyes alerted me to its movement. Only God knows what would have happened if a pedestrian had intersected its path at that time.When, as a citizen of this country, you see and address certain things yet nothing is done to correct them, it only creates apathy, disenchantment, and a sense of betrayal.I trust that the authorities will remember that that section of the city is still a part of their responsibility to serve.Regards,Orette Cuttinglast_img read more

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Agro Entrepreneurs Honored for Contributing to Agriculture

first_imgJohn Selma is being honored by president SirleafTwo agro-entrepreneurs John Selma and Rebecca Kalayi were among several personalities honored on Friday, July 21 in Monrovia by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for their remarkable contributions to Liberia.Held at the Centennial Pavilion the occasion commemorated the celebration of Liberia’s 170 years independence and was attended by top government officials, members of the religious community, the private sector and among others.John Selma is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Selma Agriculture Development Company (SADC) in Voinjama District, Lofa County. Because of his passion for farming, Selma received a micro finance loan of US$100,000 in 2015 to purchase paddy rice from hundreds of smallholder farmers in communities in Lofa. He established the SADC which enables him to increase value addition for rice by processing 704 metric tons (14,080 50kg bags) and supplying 5000 25kg bags of rice to the World Food Program for school feeding, under the Japan-Liberia food aid program. Selma has also been involved in supplying locally produced rice to the Government of Liberia for distribution to government employees and orphanages. Because of his accountability and outstanding leadership skills, Selma has co-invested with the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) to bring to the country an industrial rice processing mill that has the capacity to produce 10 metric tons of rice daily. Rebecca Kalayi is an agro-dealer, social advocate and relief worker, who currently manages an agro-inputs business based in Saclepea, Nimba County. Since 2005, Rebecca has also occupied the position of executive director for the Center for Women Agricultural Program, an organization which assists thousands of rural women, especially farmers in realizing their full potential for sustainable livelihood. She is also the national president of the Agro Dealers Association of Liberia (ADAL) that advocates the need for quality agro-inputs services delivery for smallholder farmers in the agricultural sector.Rebecca Kalayi being honored by president SirleafSelma told journalists at the end of the program that he was thankful to the people and the government of the United States as well as the Liberian Government for building his capacity. “I am not surprised at the honor because I have worked harder in providing an income opportunity for Liberian farmers. We look forward to the industrial rice mill that will require that farmers in Lofa graduate from manual to mechanized farming,” the promised. “For the past five years our activities to working with farmers have led to the reduction of poverty in farming villages and has increased food production,” he added.He said that there are plans to extend processing opportunities to farmers in other parts of the country.For her part, Rebecca Kalayi said that she was pleased about the recognition but asked for more assistance that would further build the capacity of agro-dealers to work with smallholder farmers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Wenger admits to ‘regret and guilt’ over Leicester’s Premier League title win

first_img Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 1 Arsene Wenger has admitted he feels “regret and guilt” at Arsenal not beating Leicester to last season’s Premier League title.Claudio Ranieri’s team of underdogs completed a historic triumph, leaving Wenger and his side second and still without a league title since 2004.Wenger expects this season to be the most competitive ever, with leading clubs assembling what he termed a “world championship of managers”.But the Gunners boss admits he, and many of his peers, will begin the new season with regrets over how the last campaign ended.“Who expected Leicester to be champion last season? Nobody,” Wenger said.“So you would say today to take into account seven or eight teams who can win it. There is always a surprising team, and then you have six or seven big clubs who have the ambition to win it.“All the big clubs experienced last season a regret and a feeling of guilt but that would take something away from Leicester, who had an exceptional season.“When you lose only three games in a season in a difficult league like that, you are a fantastic champion.“[There is] guilt because you would not have predicted Leicester win the league, so all the other teams would say ‘We should have come in front of Leicester’.“You would understand you could lose against City, United, Liverpool or Tottenham – not Tottenham! – the other big clubs, but you should beat Leicester.“But they had an exceptional season and you have to congratulate them.”last_img read more

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GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA NOTES

first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 3, 5, 12 and 28. There were 3 winners of Match 3 Numbers, Barry Cunningham, Portnoo, Eamon Gallagher, Killybegs and Michael Herrity Harbour Bar. They all get €80. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €2,000. Match 3 is back to €60. The Killotto is now online. If you would like to do the Killotto and are not at home, go online to the new website www.killybegsgaa.com and follow the link for the instructions.There was no winner of the Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prizes went to Gracie O’Hara, Killybegs, Rosie Meehan, Killybegs and Barbara Quigley, Dunkineely. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,950 on 49 calls.The under 14’s are playing Naomh Columba in the Southern Division 2 final this Friday 5th of August in Mountcharles. Throw in is at 7 o’clock. Please support the lads. The under 8’s hosted Naomh Conaill and Ardara in Eamon Byrne Memorial Park on Wednesday last. They played some very good football and had a very enjoyable evening of football and fun.This was their final blitz of a busy year. It’s great to see how they’ve progressed over the season. Thanks all the players and their families for their efforts and support throughout the year.Finally thanks to all the coaches who helped during the year especially Margaret and Mairead for the amount of time they put into training this team.Ends GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA NOTES was last modified: August 2nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:killybegs gaa noteslast_img read more

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Only horse trained by a Donegal man to win Grand National dies

first_imgRough Quest, the only horse trained by a Donegal man to win the Grand National, has died.Tributes have been paid to the horse and trainer Terry Casey who was from Downings.Expertly trained by the late Casey and owned by Andrew Wates, he was also placed in the 1996 Gold Cup and in two King Georges. Mick Fitzgerald was aboard Rough Quest for his finest hour when he won the National as the 7-1 favourite.“He won the National like the good thing he was that day, and it’s always nice when the class horses win the National”“It’s very said news. David Arbuthnot (Wates’ trainer) rang me last night to tell me,” said Fitzgerald.“But, if I was a horse, I’d want a retirement like he had. “I’d been down there to see him a couple of times in the last two years and he looked magnificent. He really got to enjoy retirement, unlike some.“He won the National like the good thing he was that day, and it’s always nice when the class horses win the National.“He was very well trained by the late Terry Casey, who was a very underrated trainer.”Only horse trained by a Donegal man to win Grand National dies was last modified: October 21st, 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

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COUGHLAN WAS ‘BRIGHT, ENERGETIC IRISH LEADER’ – WIKILEAKS REPORT

first_imgFORMER Tánaiste Mary Coughlan was described in glowing terms by US Ambassador Thomas Foley in 2008, according to the Irish Wikileaks reports in today’s Irish Independent.Coughlan lost her Donegal South West seat in the Dáil in this year’s General Election as the two candidate strategy of Fianna Fail backfired.But the Donegal politician – nicknamed Sweary Mary by the Dáil sketch hacks – was perceived by many as being a weak link in the most unpopular Government in the history of the State. Ms Coughlan spent nine years in Cabinet and held five separate ministerial portfolios.And she was often the target of horrible attacks by the Dublin media.But not everyone was convinced of Ms Coughlan’s alleged failings – and then US Ambassador Thomas C Foley was glowing in his praise.According to Wikileaks reports in the Irish Independent today, Mr Foley wrote in 22 July 2008 that she was “bright and capable … an intelligent, young and energetic Irish leader.” He went on: “She clearly understands the issues and appears able to hold her own in the rough-and-tumble world of labour, business enterprise and trade.”Foley, who served as the United States’ Ambassador to Ireland between 2006 and 2009, was also largely positive about Brian Cowen.Today a source close to Ms Coughlan said she was ‘delighted’ with the report and said it was ‘a poke in the eye’ to Dublin media who bashed her ‘because she is a woman from Donegal’.COUGHLAN WAS ‘BRIGHT, ENERGETIC IRISH LEADER’ – WIKILEAKS REPORT was last modified: June 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:mary coughlanwikileakslast_img read more

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Sserunkuma strikes late to hand Vipers crucial away goal in defeat to Al Merreikh

first_imgVipers’ Ibrahim Kiyembe (left) in action against Al Merriekh on Wednesday (Photo by Agency)CAF Champions League-Preliminary RoundAl Merreikh 2-1 Vipers SCAl Merreikh Stadium, SudanWednesday, 28-11-2018SUDAN – Vipers SC were defeated 2-1 in their CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg clash away to Al Merreikh on Wednesday evening.On a day that the Venoms struggled to get to grips in the game, substitute Dan Sserunkuma scored what may yet prove to be a vital away goal in the tie.After a goalless first 45 minutes, Vipers defender Livinstone Mulondo handled in the forbidden area and the referee pointed to the spot. Bakri Almadina converted the resultant kick to put the hosts in front with only 11 minutes to play.Two minutes later, Al Merreikh were 2-0 up thanks to Ibrahim Altag and they looked to be headed for a comfortable victory.However, Sserunkuma who had earlier come off the bench to replace Abraham Ndugwa had other ideas as last season’s Uganda Premier League top scorer scored the all-important away goal to ensure the game ends 2-1.Vipers SC will host the return leg on Tuesday December5at St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende aware that a 1-0 score line in their favour will be enough to see them through to the next round.The Vipers IX that started the game:Bashir Ssekagya, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Yayo Lutimba, Halid Lwalilwa, Livingstone Mulondo, Taddeo Lwanga, Geoffrey Wasswa, Moses Waiswa, Abraham Ndugwa (Dan Sserunkuma), Tito Okello (Duncan Sseninde), Noah Wafula (Rahmat Ssenfuka).Comments Tags: Al MerreikhCAF Champions League 2018/19dan sserunkumavipers sclast_img read more

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Report: Four teams seem most interested in Madison Bumgarner

first_imgThe trade market for Madison Bumgarner is taking shape, even if four of the clubs reportedly most interested in dealing for the Giants starter aren’t ready to confirm they’re part of it.The Brewers and Braves, along with the Astros and Twins from the American League, are among the teams most focused on acquiring Bumgarner, according to Monday’s report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.Latest notes: The market for #SFGiants’ Bumgarner; re-assessing the #Cubs; one potential #Yankees target; …last_img

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