It may be one of the most important good news for basketball fans and teams at the beginning of 2014 as one of the long serving and passionate promoters, Abraham Samukai, is likely to lead the Liberia Basketball Association as its president.Information reaching the Daily Observer yesterday said there is a consensus among basketball leaders to petition Mr. Samukai to lead the leadership of the Liberia Basketball Association.“Samo has been a good leader, considering his support to the K-Delta Basketball Team, and leading the LBA will demonstrate his commitment to push basketball to another level,” a long time follower of basketball told the Daily Observer yesterday.He said the K-Delta Basketball Team has education and healthcare assistance for its members and with sports and education being encouraged in the country; his presence will bring fresh ideas to Liberian basketball.Another former basketball player said Samukai was in the administration of former president Tarr Harris, when the organization was known at the time as Liberia Basketball Federation, LBF.“It was one of the most successful administrations in basketball history,” he said.It is therefore no understatement that with all things being considered, Abraham Samukai could be the man to infuse new blood into the administration of basketball in the country.Meanwhile, a source from Samukai informed the Daily Observer that basketball owners need corporate support to ease the financial burden on private team owners.During a recent interview with the Daily Observer, Mr. Samukai said the Government of Liberia must also make sports development a priority.“The government,” he said, “has a commitment to develop the physical abilities of the young people and therefore with sports’ intrinsic values of fair play and respect for rules, it is in the government’s interest to make their development paramount.”He said much must be done in both the public and the private sector to move Liberian basketball to another level.Meanwhile, a source close to Samukai yesterday said he may consider any request by the members of the LBA to consider leading the LBA in a quest to improve on the game in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
To enhance her chance of winning the upcoming senatorial race, a cross section of Lofians at home and abroad have petitioned one of their outstanding daughters to contest for that prestigious seat at the National Legislature.Authorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) have scheduled the special senatorial election for October this year. The exercise will accordingly, take place in all the 15 counties.In their petition to Gladys, copy of which is in possession of this newspaper, the Lofaians have acted in solidarity with women’s participation in politics, and decision-making, thus encouraging Mrs. Beyan to officially contest during the October midterm election for Lofa County.Mrs. Beyan was a presidential candidate in the last election, standard bearer of the Grassroots Democratic Party of Liberia (GDPL).Over the years, she is said to have contributed in several other ways to the development of the Lofa County, including her participation in the 2011 Presidential race, lobby for the building of roads to connect major towns in Zorzor and Salayea, reconciling and maintaining peace and unity among the Lorma, Kpelle and Mandingo tribes.The senatorial aspirant also lobbied for and provided vacation jobs for Lofa students in the county and Monrovia, and assist the Curran Lutheran Hospital to receive a Government subsidy. She is also a contributor to the welfare of Lofa University students, including the provision of scholarships.Meanwhile, Madam Gladys G.Y. Beyan is the founder and political leader of the GDPL. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
VP Jewel Howard Taylor Several Bong Local Officials “dismissed” for not Joining the partyMany local officials in Bong County have lost their jobs and have now been replaced by stalwarts of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) allegedly on orders of electoral district #3 Representative, Josiah Marvin Cole. Their dismissal comes in the wake of recent veiled threats by Vice President Taylor to dismiss non party members from positions in government.Some of those replaced by CDC partisans are the Labor Commissioner of Bong County, Jackson Kwegbian replaced by CDC Sayblee Weyea, Agriculture Coordinator for Bong County, Roland Varkeh replaced by CDC Kollie Nah, the County Inspector, replaced by CDC Victor Wesseh and Commerce Inspector replaced by CDC Pauline Sarlie.“The fact that some of you who sitting here, are not members of the Coalition, but we have nothing in our hearts against you because I would have removed everybody, replaced you with people I trust and believe would work with us, because you would have done same to me had you been in power” adding, “this is my time, because I served as opposition for 12 years,” Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor told the residents recently in emotionally charged remarks.Residents believe it is because of the Vice President’s inclination to dismiss local officials who are not part of the CDC that Rep. Cole gained strength to replaced those he had targeted. Some maintained that the Vice President has the Constitutional right to bring on board those she satisfied with.The Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor has also asked local chiefs to join the ruling CDC or be replaced.Mrs. Taylor who also suggested that it is biblical, unacceptable, why two cannot walk together if they do not agree; asking members of the local government in Bong County to either join the ruling CDC or be replaced. In justifying her stance on the matter, Vice President Howard Taylor sought reliance from the Scriptures, quoting from the Book of Amos 3:3, which states, “can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?”Mrs. Taylor informed the chiefs that the CDC will be holding political meetings and these gatherings must be attended only by the partisans. Mrs. Taylor further told those inducted officials that it is unbearable for the government to work with people with whom she does not share the same political philosophy.“The Bible says can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction. For us to agree, we must be on the same side so if you think you cannot make it, tell us, we will find somebody else to replace you.Similar actions were taken during the Unity Party (UP) regime where people were made to join the ruling establishment at the time. “You all will join because other people joined the UP so I am waiting for you to travel to your districts to tell me you have joined the ruling party,” Mrs. Taylor ordered the chiefs.She maintained that trust is paramount and she would not be confident to express herself in the midst of non-members of the Coalition.It was shortly after the VP statement, that Rep. Cole took the decision to unilaterally remove those officials from their respective posts, thus sending a clear message of competing poles of power with President Weah on one hand and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor on the other hand.According to a prominent lawyer (name withheld), the power to appoint and dismiss public officials rests squarely in the purview of the President and not that of the Vice President nor that of a member of the Legislature, the lawyer observed. It can be recalled that Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor publicly apologized to President Weah following reports that she and President Weah had been at odds over her unapproved frequent travels abroadBut with this latest dismissal action which some Bong County officials claim is instigated by Vice President Taylor without the approval of President Weah, it appears that Vice President Taylor’s apologies to President Weah, may have been insincere according to the officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Junior Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings on Tuesday said that the Chief Executive Officer of the New Amsterdam Hospital, Dr Samantha Kennedy, is still on the job.In a missive to the media, the Minister stated: “I would like to categorically state that to the best of my knowledge, the CEO of the New Amsterdam Hospital was never dismissed by the Ministry of Public Health”. Several media outlets have published that Dr Kennedy was fired on Thursday last after the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) was informed by the Chairman of the Regional Health Committee, Zamal Hussain, that the CEO was dismissed.With respect to reports about the NA Hospital CEO being granted leave two days after her appointment to the post; the Minister said that Kennedy along with Dr Carlos Martin travelled to Israel to read for a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Systems Management at the Galilee International Management Institute.On Monday, residents of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) staged another picketing exercise outside of the New Amsterdam Hospital following reports that the CEO remains on the job even after the RDC had announced that she would be removed.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Regional Health Committee, Zamal Hussain warned that the region will not sit idly by and allow the New Amsterdam Hospital to be mismanaged. The issues at the New Amsterdam Hospital were highlighted some weeks ago when frustrated residents in the region took to the streets to protest, among other things, poor services at the facility, drug shortages, the death of a resident and the nonfunctioning mortuary.
Donegal piers and harbours are to receive over €920,000 in funding under the 2015 Fishery Harbours Capital Investment Programme.Dinny McGinley TDThe news has been welcomed by Fin Gael TD Dinny McGinley.He described it as a real boost to our fishing industry. Minister Simon Coveney has announced increased funding of €5 million for a number of projects under the 2015 Fishery Harbours Capital Investment Programme, bringing the total capital investment under this programme in 2015 to €22.9 million.Deputy McGinley said “I am delighted that as part of this funding, Killybegs Harbour is to receive €845,000. €500,000 for the Small Craft harbour, €120,000 for additional cradles for syncrolift, €110,000 for electrical works, €70,000 for safety works and €45,000 for traffic management.“Donegal County Council is also to receive €82,500 in funding for repairs to Burtonport Quay Wall and construction of beacons at the clutch and barr rocks, as well as the installation of new light and solar equipment at Insihirrer Island and Ravedy Island.“This funding comes just one month after the announcement that local authority piers and harbours are receiving €1.6 million in state funding under the Local Authority Harbour Development and Marine Leisure programme. “Our fishing, marine and tourism industries depend so much on this infrastructure around the coastline of Ireland, and the local community here in Donegal really depend on Killybegs Harbour.“Fine Gael is standing up for rural Ireland and working to ensure the fruits of the economic recovery are felt right across the country. Our fisheries sector is really integral to that economic recovery in Donegal and Fine Gael in Government will continue to prioritise and resource the sector.”DONEGAL HARBOURS TO GET €920,000 IN FUNDING was last modified: July 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
DDTV: FORGET old-fashioned tourism brochures.Amateur drone operators are showing Donegal off to the world in a whole new light. Dozens of YouTube aerial videos have been around the county in the past few months.And it’s all helping to bring more and more tourists to our shores.The most incredible new footage is that taken above by Sean Curran of Kinnagoe Bay in Inishowen.The area is steeped in history, scene of a Spanish Armada shipwreck – and home to one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. There’s also a stunning glen leading down to the sea, seen by very few – but you can see it too in this wonderful footage.“It was all filmed with my Phantom 3 Professional and shot in 4k. It really makes the area look fantastic!,” says Sean.And it sure does.Click play to watch.And if you have super drone footage of a favourite Donegal destination, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org DDTV: STUNNING DRONE FOOTAGE SHOWS DONEGAL IN ALL ITS GLORY was last modified: July 31st, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalInishowenKinnagoe Baytourism
Pep Guardiola is demanding a response from his Manchester City stars.The Premier League champions head to Germany to face Hoffenheim, who are embarking on their first Champions League campaign. MONEY FOOTBALL LATEST Guardiola had to watch his side lost to Lyon from the stands Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 1 Following the shock defeat to Lyon, City have won three games on the spin and look to have recovered from the setback.But the hosts picked up a decent point against Shakhtar in the opener but will be desperate to cause another shock.What time is kick-off?You can catch this Champions League group game on Tuesday, October 2.Kick-off is at 5.55pm UK time.It’s the first competitive meeting ever between the two sides.Which TV channel can I watch it on?BT Sport 3 is the place to head if you fancy watching the game live.Coverage starts at 5.30pm for some tea time action.To stream, log into your BT account and watch through your laptop, mobile or laptop. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED RANKED ADVICE Getty BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions STARTELF! 💥Das ist unsere #TSG im ersten #UCL-Heimspiel gegen @ManCity!#TSGMCI pic.twitter.com/02w66jQ0Bp— TSG Hoffenheim (@tsghoffenheim) October 2, 2018 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move What is the team news? silverware How we line-up tonight in the #UCL! 🙌City XI | Ederson, Walker, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Laporte, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva, Sane, Sterling, Aguero Subs | Muric, Danilo, Stones, Bernardo, Mahrez, Jesus, Zinchenko#tsgvcity #mancity pic.twitter.com/uMAC3CbpgE— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 2, 2018
A judge has ordered a probation report into a young Co Donegal woman who went on a shoplifting spree over a three year period.Theresa Stokes has pleaded guity to stealing goods from a number of premises across Ireland including LIDL, Boots, Heatons, TK Maxx, TEMPEST in Donegal as well as a number of locally-owned shops in Waterford.Letterkenny District Court heard how the 23 year old mother-of-two stole bed linen, shoes, groceries and clothing during the shoplifting spree. On one occasion she even had her hair done at a Letterkenny hairdressing salon and left her purse in there, claiming she was going outside to get her laser card from her car.However when she went outside the premsises she fled and the owner of the premises found there was nothing in the purse.On another occasion she was caught stealing more than €500 worth of make-up products from Boots Chemist in Letterkenny.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Stokes of 7 Gaeltex, Letterkenny had been brought up from an early age to steal goods.“It was a lifestyle to her. She was under the influence of others. Most of us start of life at a certain rung of the ladder but she started at the very bottom rung of that ladder,” he said.However he said she had been through a lot, had been married at an early age but the marriage had broken up.But Judge Paul Kelly said he did not accept any excuses.“She is a premeditated, calculated, systematic thief. There was a string of warrants but she appeared to go on happily continuing her thefts,” said Judge Kelly.He adjourned the case until September for a probation report but warned Stokes not to come before the courts before then or she could face a ‘severe punishment’.EndsDONEGAL WOMAN WENT ON THREE YEAR SHOPLIFTING SPREE was last modified: June 28th, 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:shopliftingTheresa Stokes
A CARDIAC screening session is being held at St Eunan’s GAA club this Saturday – with players from around the county invited to attend.It’s on in the clubhouse on Saturday starting at 10 am and the cost is €45. It is being carried out by a company called Healthy Hearts/Healthy Lives.It is open to male and female players from the age of 14-35 (under 18’s need parental consent) The procedure consists of (1) the filling in of a questionnaire. (2) an E.C.G. which takes approx 7 mins.An Echocardiogram (ECHO) if required. An ECHO can cost up to €350, but is included in the price, again if required.(3) Consultant cardiologist’s report on ECG. (4) Referral to appropriate medical facility if required.People interested can contact the club Health &Wellbeing officer on 086-2498263 and leave a message. *St. Eunans GAA Club shall have no liability to any person availing of the service provided by Healthy Hearts /Healthy Lives for any injury /loss or damage howsoever arising from any negligence/breach of statutory authority on the part of Healthy Hearts/Healthy Lives in any other way out of or in connection with the performance of its service including cardiac screening. OPEN INVITATION TO CARDIAC SCREENING SESSION FOR GAA PLAYERS THIS SATURDAY was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 by John2Share 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:cardiaco’donnell parlScreeningSt Eunans
“People thought I was either crazy or an impossible dreamer because I entered science competitions,” Sir Stuart Ntlathi (Image: Stuart Ntlathi) • Sir Stuart Ntlathi The SNSETinstitute +27 72 238 4925 email@example.com • The sky is not the limit for African astronaut Mandla Maseko • Ellis uses sport to build a better world • David Ross Patient: ‘ARVs need to be taken daily’ • Cheesekids help the less fortunate • From Daveyton to New York, Lira’s still singing her heart out Sulaiman PhilipAs a 13-year-old Sir Stuart Ntlathi looked at his world and decided he needed to know how it worked. Fourteen years later, his after-school science club owns patents to a battery-operated shoe polisher with changeable colour cartridges, a 14-in-1 microwave combo, and an auto-cooling umbrella. As a 13-year-old he recycled old appliances and developed a microwave-griller combo.Sir – his given name – has earned the honorific. The Stuart Ntlathi Science, Engineering & Technology Institute (SNSET) in Klerksdorp is driving a renewed interest in math and science among South African school kids, a tough challenge in a country where just about 20% of matriculants achieve a 50% pass in the sciences.Ntlathi is sparky, charming and all smiles when he talks about the reasoning behind the institute. It has had to adopt ingenious ways to catalyse an interest in science in an environment where mathematics and the sciences are not well taught, nor well regarded.The institute’s annual summit, held in Klerksdorp, is one such endeavour, and where the best school science pupils compete against each other to create projects. One year they were challenged to build and launch their own rocket. “If you want kids to enjoy what they’re doing, you have to put a bit of fun into it,” Ntlathi told City Press.Ntlathi, who grew up in rural North West, overcame the hurdle of being taught by a science teacher who barely understood his subject. Bad teachers, Ntlathi has often argued, do not inspire young people to an early interest in science, nor to dream that they can follow science-based careers. “The curriculum in SA is irrelevant. That’s why we’re not winning the battle. You don’t want to be teaching out of textbooks. Science requires specialised focus and motivation.”What the education system needs are more teachers like the late Ernest Setlaleng, Ntlathi’s seventh grade teacher. Unlike other teachers at Arefadimeheng Secondary, Setlaleng encouraged his interest in science, telling him that he could achieve anything he set his mind to. “Other teachers would tell me that science was a no-go area for black people. He taught me how to use the internet. He didn’t have the resources, but he tried his best. He believed in me. He was my inspiration.” “I spent my entire childhood tinkering with electronics and in the library on the internet,” Sir Stuart Ntlathi (Image: Capitec Bank) From that belief grew the Stuart Ntlathi Science, Engineering & Technology Institute, with 14 employees and a dream to build a headquarters – Infinite Park. These headquarters, Ntlathi hopes, will become a centre where budding scientists can congregate, share ideas and work together on projects.Ntlathi believes that the science club that met after school and grew into the SNSET Institute shows that South Africa’s scientific future is robust. He does not need a crystal ball to prove it when he says, “South Africa is pregnant with ideas, solutions and young people are asking for a platform to make these ideas a reality.”Ntlathi built the platform he will launch his dreams from and now he is sharing it with South Africa’s youth. When he was younger, he had told his grandparents that one day he would leave rural Klerksdorp and float above the Earth. In that childhood fantasy lay his life philosophy – the Infinity Dream – a demand to always strive for what seems unattainable: “Never put your dreams on hold because of money. Put your efforts into your dream, build on your dream and money will come as the cherry on top. Money comes as result of your dream, so never never deny yourself an opportunity because of money.” Watch Sir Ntlathi and other inspiring South Africans on the Play Your Part TV series every Sunday at 9pm on SABC2.