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7th Heaven | Bolt wins 2016 National Sportsman of the Year award

first_imgAndre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports Triple Olympics 2016 gold medal winner Usain Bolt is the 2016 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year. As expected, Bolt, who sprinted into the history books with first place finishes in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the Rio de Janeiro Games walked away with his seventh Sportsman of the Year award, adding to his wins in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. He joins boxing great Michael McCallum as the most successful male athlete in the history of the awards. “For me it was an up and down season as always, it was a rough year but with God’s strength and the support I got from my team, my friends and fans, I was able to pull through. It was good season and I got through. The dream was to get the triple triple and it feels good to accomplish it because its what I worked for in my career,” Bolt said. Olympic 110m hurdles gold medal winner Omar McLeod – Jamaica’s first in the event, was announced as the runner-up. McLeod also won gold in the 60m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, another first for the country. West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels was the other nominee. It was the fifth time in the last six years and 14th in the last 16 that a track and field athlete was winning the Sportsman of the Year award.last_img read more

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General Power Threatens Formation of Kru Defense Force

first_imgFlashback: Ex-rebel General Power (a.k.a. Augustine Nagbe) leads riot police and government sympathizers to rescue Freedom FM, following the shutdown of Roots FM.…Says, “I will organize the Kru people to defend Pres. Weah”Augustine Nagbe, alias “General Power,” who is named in the True and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report as  the rebel fighter who forced a woman at gunpoint in the West Point community, outside Monrovia, to eat a whole can of human feces (Pupu), has promised to organize the Kru ethnic group to defend President George Weah.President Weah is also a member of the Kru ethnic group, who hails from Grand Kru county, Southeastern LiberiaGeneral Power added, “I don’t trust personnel of the state security, therefore, I will form a Kru Defense Force to protect ethnic Krus and the President.”The notorious ex-general, on a local radio talk show in Monrovia on Thursday, November 21, 2019, threatened that his ethnic group will form a force that would rise in defense of President Weah if anyone tries to attack him.Gen. Power, who boasted of being a proud Kru man, said he is prepared to use his military training to defend the Kru people, who include President Weah.Though a top source in the National Security Agency (NSA) has confided in the Daily Observer that General Power is the Deputy Director of the agency, he denied working with the government.General Power said he is a Kru warrior, and does not care how anybody takes his position, but said inasmuch as there is a Kru man in power, “I will not allow people to talk to him anyhow.” He maintained that: “President Weah is the Commander-in-Chief of Liberia, so I will defend him, and if anybody tries to molest him, the way they had Lofa Defense Force, you will see the Kru Defense Force.”Up to the publication of this story, the government was yet to react to Power’s threat.In a statement on social media, Representative J. Fonati Koffa of Grand Kru County District #2 had this to say: “I feel compelled in no uncertain terms to condemn my kinsman whose nom de guerre is General Power and urge him to cease and desist from talks of urban militarism. Similarly i condemn all those engaged in incendiary rhetoric in the name of free speech. The Liberian state and people have endured much. Our common challenges must be faced with clasped hands one to another, not clutched fists.”The Lofa Defense ForceHis mention of the erstwhile Lofa Defense Force (LDF) brings to mind the formation of the LDF, which was a rebel group that participated in the Liberian Civil War. It was a local group that crossed the northern border from Guinea to attack armed positions, mostly those of the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy-Kromah faction (ULIMO-K) in early 1994.The LDF was led by Francois Massaquoi, Taylor’s Minister of Youth and Sports, and was formed in 1993.  Massaquoi was from the Lorma ethnic group. The LDF was estimated to have 750 combatants, mainly drawn from within Lofa County and the Lorma ethnic group. Their mission was to protect their Lorma villages from being attacked and looted by armed bands of ULIMO’s ethnic Mandingo fighters. Francois Massaquoi died April 16, 2001, reportedly from gunshot wounds after the helicopter he was flying in came under fire in the troubled northern border region of Lofa county. There were unconfirmed reports at the time that Massaquoi was allegedly shot at close range by General Momo Geebah otherwise known as “Bulldog”. Jibah has since denied the claim.The Liberia Peace CouncilAnother rebel faction, the Liberia Peace Council (LPC), was a group that participated in the Liberian Civil War under the leadership of George Boley, now an elected lawmaker in the 54th Legislature.The LPC emerged in 1993, partly as a proxy force for the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), which was then factionalized. It made substantial gains against the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) in southeastern Liberia, vying for control of commercial operations in timber and rubber.A predominantly ethnic Krahn organization, it drew supporters from the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy (ULIMO) and the AFL, but also from other ethnic groups, who suffered under NPFL occupation.It had about 2,500 militants in its ranks. Like all groups that participated in the civil war, the LPC committed serious human rights abuses, including murder, torture, and looting, particularly of some major investment facilities around the Roberts International Airport (RIA), including facilities of EXCHEM, a multi foreign investment, in an effort to terrorize and depopulate rural areas held by the NPFL. LPC did not only loot or vandalize the company’s facilities, but killed its general manager, Sanford Dennis, Jr., and his production supervisor, Mark Williams.In a related development , General Power had earlier, in response to a story written in the Daily Observer’s October 11th edition, Captioned: “General Power” Leads Roots FM Shutdown, denied any involvement in the closure of the radio station, though he was captured in a photo being heavily protected by plain-clothed security agents during the closure of the radio station, which is owned by Henry Pedro Costa, a fierce critic of the government.Gen. Power, who was captured on video instructing the LNP to violently take the radio off air for “violating section 15 of the Telecommunications Act of 2007, and Chapter 11 section 11.2(d) of the criminal procedure law,” was himself reportedly removing some broadcast equipment, while ordering the police to arrest on sight anyone  making an attempt to defend the station.His action caused a police officer to respond angrily, saying, “Whose instructions are we following today, because our bosses came and told us to do different things, while other people bring different instructions with their own securities protecting them, some of whom we do not even know.”Gen. Power claimed that the station was operating without a valid license as well as illegally using its broadcast equipment to tarnish the good character of the government and its officials.The ex-general declared that  Henry P. Costa, manager of Roots FM, cannot keep using the station to incite citizens against the government while operating illegally.He said if Costa keeps insulting the President and preaching hate massages, “I, Gen. Power, will arrest him to bear the full weight of the law because Liberia is not a lawless country.” Power’s statement was greeted with mixed reactions from curious onlookers, some of whom scolded him while others, mainly government supporters, applauded him.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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House to Grill First Cabinet Minister in Open Session

first_imgLands amd Mines and Energy Minister Gesler E. MurrayMines and Energy Minister, Gesler E. Murray, is reportedly facing mounting pressure over an increasing amount of fake mining licenses being issued to so-called miners, and the corresponding effect of illegal mining activities throughout the country.With those reports, the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill has invited Minister Murray for questioning. He is expected to appear before that august body on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in an open session.Minister Murray and his principal deputies, including technicians, are expected to appear before the House Plenary to explain the wave of illicit mining on their respective scopes of operations and give a roadmap as to the way forward to stop the illegal activities.Murray’s expected appearance will mark the first of its kind of a cabinet minister that members of the 54th have invited for grilling.The lawmakers alleged refusal to invite cabinet ministers to grill them in open session, reportedly created rifts between some members of the Independent Legislative Caucus and Speaker Bhofal Chambers.Prior to this death, the late Representative Adolph Lawrence of Montserrado County District #15 became the core fighter and was, on two occasions, thrown out of session, having been accused of vilifying Speaker Chambers for not placing on the agenda, his (Lawrence’s) communications inviting some cabinet ministers for questioningMontserrado County District #10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah, River Gee County District #3 Representative Francis S. Dopoh, II and Grand Bassa County District #5 Representative Thomas A. Goshua, II were also among those lawmakers agitating for being victimized.Besides the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel Tweh, who was questioned in closed session, a proxy represented Labor Minister Moses Kollie before that august body.Plenary’s decision on Tuesday, May 7, during the 28th day sitting was based on a motion filed by Representative Mariamu Fofana (Lofa County District #4), following a communication from Representative Matthew Joe (Grand Bassa County District #3), seeking the acquiescence of the House to invite Minister Murray to explain the cause(s) of the proliferation of the reported illicit mining activities across the country; explain circumstances leading to granting of mining licenses in the categories of class “A & B,” specifically to aliens and Liberians  and state the measures the ministry is doing to stop the alleged illegal activities.The Grand Bassa Lawmaker argued that the proliferation of illegal mining involving aliens is becoming alarming across the country, with specific reference to the Nimba County gold mine disaster where dozens were trapped under the debris at the Gbanepea Gold Mine near Tappita.Rep. Joe said that during a most recent visit to Grand Bassa County, specifically in Districts four and five, respectively, he saw dredges on the Timbo and the St. John Rivers being operated by Ghanaians. When he inquired whether they were licensed, their response was no.He also referenced reports of dredges discovered on the St. Paul River and ongoing illicit mining in Haindii, Fuamah District, Lower Bong County.This proliferation of illicit mining activities, he said, is swindling government of thousands of United States dollars in revenue.The Ministry of Mines and Energy, Liberia . The Ministry of Mines & Energy (MME) was established by an act of legislature to administer all activities related to mineral, water and energy resource exploration, coordination and development in the Republic of Liberia.Also, illegal mining is on the rise in Grand Kru County and at least 2,000 foreigners, especially from Ghana and Ivory Coast are currently estimated to be involved in illegal artisanal gold mining.The illegal miners present huge challenges that need to be addressed from a range of perspectives. It takes place both at abandoned mines and at operating mines, with illegal miners often operating out of desperation and in dangerous conditions.Grand Kru County District # 2 Representative, Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa, confirmed the illegal mining.According to him, foreigners are reportedly bringing dredge machines into the county illegally and mining gold, something he noted, when not addressed urgently, could lead to serious environmental degradation.According to Grand Bassa County Lawmaker, Hon Matthew Joe, the illicit mining taking place in the country is depriving the Government of needed revenue and is damaging the creeks and rivers from which the citizens fetch drinking water.Other officials that are expected to appear before the lawmakers are the Administrators of the Phebe Hospital, including the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Willimena Jallah, to show reasons why Phebe Hospital is underfunded, something which exposes the citizens to risk.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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Differently-abled children benefitting from 5-day skills training camp

first_imgSome of the children participating in the training programmeOver 25 differently-abled children are engaged in a five-day skills training camp hosted by the Guyana Council for Persons with Disabilities.The annual event saw the partnership of Young Voices Guyana, Access Guyana and various other organisations within the disability community.The children were all introduced to a number of concepts and activities. They were able to visit a fun park, sessions were held teaching them to build self-esteem, and they were thought disability etiquette, public speaking and were made aware of sexual abuse.However, a newly introduced session will see the children being introduced to STEM robotics, a partnership with the Ministry of Telecommunications. This is in preparation for the STEM clubs which the Guyana Council for Persons with Disabilities is presently in the process of establishing in a number of the special schools in Guyana.Other activities planned include swimming, a visit to MovieTowne and a special visit will be paid to Times Media Group Inc.Executive Member of the Guyana Society for the Blind, Ganesh Singh said that the annual programme is important since it enables the children to be better integrated into society.“Because these children with disabilities, as a result of lack of interaction and socialisation and the discrimination they face, their self-esteem is at a very low level so we did some sessions, it cannot be done in one day but we are trying to work with them and to also letting them be aware of what is sexual abuse, how to deal with instances of abuse because there are cases with children with disabilities that are being abused and a lot of it is not reported” Singh explained.Singh called on parents with differently-abled children to positively impact their children by sending them out to the camp. According to him, sheltering these children can hinder them in several ways in the future.“There are many parents who are overprotective of their children and it is to the detriment of that child, it affects their development, their independence and their rehabilitation. I encourage you to be supportive of your children but do not be overprotective and do not fear society. Allow them to face their challenges, support them when they have to face any hurdles or barriers, be by their sides but allow them to go through life as independent beings. If you are overprotective and you shelter them, when they get older, they lack the skills to cope” Singh advised.Guyana Times caught up with a number of the children who were elated to share their experiences.Twelve-year-old Danielle Booker encouraged other differently-abled children to come out to the camp, stating “I would tell them to come because they would learn more and to tell them that they are not different from us and that all of us are one, even though you may have a disability, you are perfect because if God had made everyone the same it would not have been good” she encouraged.“I liked everything, especially yesterday, we went to the fun park so that was fun and we had a lady come in and she spoke to us about public speaking and that is something that I personally needed” Faith, another camper stated.The event is expected to run until Sunday at the Unit for the Blind, Albert Street, Georgetown.last_img read more

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The most expensive squads in the Premier League – where does your side rank?

first_img 20 2. Manchester United – €533million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 20 20 20 20 20. Bournemouth – €36million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 1. Manchester City – €560million 17. Leicester City – €72million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 20 6. Tottenham – €231million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 16. Stoke City – €74million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 20 5. Arsenal – €305million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 14. West Brom – €84million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 13. Crystal Palace – €97million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 20 20 20 20 20 10. Everton – €141million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 20 18. Norwich – €55million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 20 20 20 20 11. Sunderland – €130million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 20 20 7. Southampton – €182million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… We all know about the millions spent this transfer window – but how do Premier League teams’ squad cost overall.It can take years of spending to get yourself into the top flight, let alone to challenge for the title.So how much have the best 20 teams in England spent on their current set of players? Well, the CIES Football Observatory took a look at the figures.Click right to see how much money Premier League clubs have splashed out… 19. Watford – €49million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 12. Aston Villa – €126million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 8. Newcastle United – €157million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 4. Liverpool – €344million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 20 9. West Ham – €143million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 3. Chelsea – €407million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… 15. Swansea City – €81million – Click the right arrow to find out which team has the most expensive squad in the Premier League… last_img read more

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NEW APPROACH TAKEN AT AGM OF DONEGAL CARE OF THE AGED

first_imgThe Annual General Meeting of the Care of the Aged Committees was held recently at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar.A new approach was introduced at this meeting with information stands available to the Care of the Aged Committees.These stands included the following: Fair Deal – Nursing Home Support SchemeAlzheimer`sCitizens InformationGood Morning Service Elder Abuse Social Worker.Psychiatry of Old Age.Carers Development Officer Continence CareGrant Aid Agreement Application Forms For Funding, 2015A total of 19 Committees were present on the night and there were 48 attendees in total. . The AGM was organised by Susie Houston, Staff Officer, Older Peoples Services under the Service Manager, Gwen Mooney.Susie stated “This was the first time that we have had information stands available at the AGM of The Care Of The Aged Committees.“The feedback we have received has indicated that attendees felt this was a positive development and contributed towards and enjoyable and informative evening.“Therefore this is a practice that we hope to continue at future AGM’s. A special thank you goes to Kathleen Doherty, Director of Nursing at St. Joseph`s Hospital, Stranorlar and her staff for the use of the dining room area and in particular for the tea, coffee and sandwiches provided on the night.’ NEW APPROACH TAKEN AT AGM OF DONEGAL CARE OF THE AGED was last modified: September 22nd, 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)last_img
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GATEWAY TO HELL MUD RUN IS BACK! ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?

first_imgGATEWAY TO HELL: It’s that time of year again at Extreme Adventure Letterkenny when things go a little crazier than normal, Its time for Gateway to Hell Mud Run part 2. The event will take place at The Old Foundry Letterkenny on the 23rd of July and online registration is now open. The event is a chance to get down and dirty while pushing yourself to either try and win it or just doing it with friends and family for the sheer fun of it.Extreme Adventure, formerly Letterkenny Paintballing, are offering both a 5k and 10k course for those who dare sign up to get waist-deep for parts of the day,Both courses offer an array of testing obstacles that must be negotiated, with some tricker and certainly stickier than others.You can also do it for a Charity, Club or for any good cause by simply getting sponsorship cards from Extreme Adventure and raising money while having the time of your life. You can go at your own pace and the enjoy the challenge of completing the course or enjoy the thrill of trying win the event, either way you won’t be disappointed.As well as first male and female home, there will also have a team prize so you can make some lasting memories with friendsTo add to the event, Extreme Adventure have once again teamed up with The Pulse Night Club and The Orchard Inn and after you successfully complete the course you will have earned the right to hot food served at The Orchard Inn Bar and also a free pass to The Pulse Night Club.All entrants will also receive a Free T Shirt which you can wear with pride and let the World know you have completed the Gateway to Hell Mud Run.To register please see http://www.extremeadventure.ie/gateway-to-hell-mud-run-2016/Or for further information please call (074) 9128086 or email info@extremeadventure.ie GATEWAY TO HELL MUD RUN IS BACK! ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE? was last modified: June 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EXTREME ADVENTUREFeaturesGATEWAY TO HELLnewsOld FoundrySportlast_img read more

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DONEGAL LOTTO WINNER: ‘IT DEFINITELY WASN’T ME,’ SAYS LOCAL GIRL

first_imgTHIS is the Moville girl who…well…DIDN’T win €2.6M on the lotto.Keeva McGeoghan, 23, was widely tipped as the winner of the lottery in the Inishowen town yesterday.And she was inundated today with calls, texts and messages to her Facebook Page. But she insisted a short time ago on her page: “Went to bed a ‘millionaire’ and woke up with a 10er in my purse and a hangover!!..Sorry to say peeps it wasn’t me that won the lotto im still skint!”At one stage even her brother thought she was in the money.He told her: “Dear sister, I am aware of rumours u have won the lotto, this money will destroy you so i am willing to take on the burden and blow the whole lot for you. i know it is a heroic act but i feel i can do this,possibly Las Vegas will be the best option. I am booking flights now so drop the ole lotto ticket down to OGV asap, cheers duck.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDONEGAL LOTTO WINNER: ‘IT DEFINITELY WASN’T ME,’ SAYS LOCAL GIRL was last modified: December 4th, 2011 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:donegal lotto winnerlast_img read more

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Weather: Heavy downpours lead to spot flooding in parts of Donegal

first_imgHeavy rainfall has been causing issues for motorists in areas of Donegal this Thursday morning. Met Eireann have warned of a risk of hail and thunder in the north west today, while torrential showers are flooding sections of roads and car parks in areas including Letterkenny.The rain is expected to clear by the evening, leading to a dry early night with cloudy and misty weather bringing rain later on. Friday will have outbreaks of heavy rain in the morning and early afternoon. Drier weather is forecast for the evening with brighter spells locally.Road users are reminded that it takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads, so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. Weather: Heavy downpours lead to spot flooding in parts of Donegal was last modified: August 16th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Giants remain 0-for-September, lose sixth straight

first_imgMILWAUKEE–If the season played out as the Giants front office expected, Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria would be the leaders of a revitalized offense, Buster Posey would still be catching and Derek Holland would be finishing up a nice year as a long reliever.Expectations called for the Giants to contend in September, but instead the club is 0-6 in its final month and a season-worst six games under .500 after dropping a 4-2 series opener to the Brewers.Little went according to plan for the …last_img read more

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