The Hope We Share Across the Atlantic Ocean: Our Liberia Beyond 2017 (Part 1)

first_imgBy Samuel Saah KarimuOn Thursday, December 7, 2017, for the first time in history, the nation was all ears, peacefully waiting for the final verdict from the Supreme Court of the land. For little over a month, our nation’s democracy and legal system was tested and proven to the world we’re peaceful, serious and humbled people. Contrary to our revolting past, we demonstrate our commitment and dedication to the transformation of our country and continent bearing in mind that the growth and development of the state is a national credit to all and sundry. Right hand salute to the folks on the ground especially the young comrades who opted to use patience over violence, media over riot, pen over gun, and ballot over bullet.Even as we celebrate this democratic victory, let us keep in mind that there’s a big task ahead of us. A task of progression or retrogression. Peaceful election means the aftermath, that is, the acceptance of results by contenders and supporters. Liberia, in no doubt, is on the right trajectory to national prosperities and transformation but a hole of trust now lies in the outcome of the runoff election.  Whoever wins becomes our president and shoulders the responsibilities of the state with enormous challenges ranging from education, health care, security, infrastructures and protracted balance of payments (BOP) deficits.In last October, we peacefully scrutinized various candidates and sorted out two candidates as majority candidates. Insofar we took to the polls and elected two (Amb. Boakai and Amb. Weah) out of 20 candidates, I’m confident and optimistic we can democratically choose one out of just two. Make no mistake, folks, to allow the politics of the day to ruin the minds against your country and brothers on the other side; we’re all Liberians seeking one objective but with different drivers. The President will be a single person — the face of the nation — but we’re the real engine of growth (productive labor force) in the economy. The President can’t be everywhere at the same time as he will depend on us to demonstrate excellence and quality in service delivery to country. Let’s understand that the productive labor force lies in every Liberian ranging from the janitor to the manager, the shoe shiners to the marketers, the retailers to the wholesalers and the consumers to the suppliers. We (every citizens) remain the true drivers of growth and development so now is the time to unite in our honest disagreements and stand firm to move this country forward.Of recent, I took keen interest in closely following all candidates, especially the two Ambassadors and their activities in the public. Interestingly, the two political leaders share similar backgrounds of humility, hard work, trust and confidence in service delivery. Tell you the truth, both candidates are prepared and ready to take on the mantle from Mrs. Sirleaf and team hence; we remain more optimistic in the future of our beloved country buttressing the words of our late brother Mamadee that the Motherland will never fall.Early last Friday, I became overwhelmingly elated when I saw on the Facebook vibrant and energetic young people from the Unity Party (UP) and Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC) peacefully exchanging ideas for the forward match of our state. In my little corner around the globe, I wept in joy that we’re getting there with time, focus, hard work and civility. From the cross section of ideas, I took confidence in the future of my beloved country and trust the abilities of the young comrades to keep the peace amidst political battles and hurdles as sooner or later, we’ll take over the mantle of authority to drive the agenda of our dear country.Organizational theory teaches us that the strength of the leader is the composition of team. This means, the success of the next Commander-in-chief depends on us, the productive citizens in service and goods deliveries. Let’s remember the president is just a single person probably with a single career managing people in varieties of sectors so the best help you can do for your country, is to either be true to the position of trust or quit the nomination of trust to allow honest nationals to serve. A few patriotic and honest workforce is better than a bunch of hardworking-professional rascals and national looters.And to you, the front liners of our today’s politics, especially the media, we equally charge you with the responsibility to protect the stability and peace of the environment. Note there’s power/influence in words so we advise you to tailor your arguments for the collective good of the Motherland. We understand the objectives of electioneering politics, but hey, we got a stake to protect ‘Young democracy’ amidst our quest for political leadership. This space existed long before our existence and must peacefully exist after our existence so if you can’t construct the bridge, don’t crack the pillar. Constructive criticisms or variations in ideas remain a strong pillar of democracy henceforth, we look forward to healthy-political engagements and campaigns of unity not hate.Judging from the current state of our democracy, I submit to add that the true definition of patriotism is tied to, or will be determined by, the outcome of the Runoff election, mainly through our acceptance, willingness and commitment to serve country against our political interests.In union, strong success is sure we can’t fail. God bless the Motherland and its resilient people.To be continued!The Author:Samuel Saah Karimu is an African writer and poet. He can be reached via email at this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

High School Students Build New Homes

first_imgPhoto: Principal Richard Koop stands in the doorway of one of the newly completed Residential Construction Project Homes -Johanna Henderson/Energeticcity.caTwo brand new homes have just hit the real estate market in Fort St. John — both built by local high school students. The houses are the efforts of the Residential Construction Project, a module that can see students earning over a quarter of their high school credits towards graduation in a single semester. The students also receive their Level 1 Carpentry technical training and write their first year Carpentry exam. Rick Koop, Principal in charge of Special Projects, says the program so far has proved to be a great opportunity for students looking to move into any of the skilled trades involved in construction. [asset|aid=207|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Rick Koop 1_1_Pub.mp3] These homes represent some firsts for the Residential Construction Project, now in its fifth year. This is the first year that the students have built more than one home in a semester. The two new homes are smaller than those constructed in previous years and are aimed at providing affordable housing in the city. The homes are also heated and cooled using geothermal systems. Principal Koop says the district is considering implementing the technology in district schools and offices. [asset|aid=208|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Rick Koop – Geothermal_1_Pub.mp3] The houses, located on 95th Ave, can be found listed for sale on- Advertisement read more

Zarika awarded Head of State Commendation

first_imgThe mother of two, made history last year after she became the first Kenyan woman to win the WBC Super Bantam weight after dethroning Jamaican Alicia Ashley.She is the only sports person in the list of 59. The Awards are made by the President upon the advice of a National Honours and Awards Committee in the Office of the President.The President issues the State commendations in recognition of outstanding or distinguished services rendered to the nation in various capacities and responsibilities.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fatuma Zarika poses before a previous fight. PHOTO/SportPesaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 12- World Boxing Council Super Bantamweight champion Fatuma Zarika is among Kenyans who have been awarded Head of State Commendation during a State Luncheon hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.Zarika, sister to Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars captain Musa Mohammed, two weeks ago successfully defended her world title after out-punching Catherine Phiri of Zambia in an action-packed match held at the Nairobi Carnivore Grounds.last_img read more

Drag racing legend Wally Parks dies in Burbank

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The NHRA’s first sanctioned major drag race was held in April 1953 in a parking lot at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona. The city became the permanent home of the Winternationals and its season-ending World Finals. Parks was president of the NHRA until 1983, then served as chairman of the board until 1999. In the 1950s, he also served as founding editor of Hot Rod magazine, which chronicled the burgeoning sport. As president of the Southern California Timing Association, Parks set the distance of a quarter of a mile as the standard length of a drag race. BURBANK – Wally Parks, an automobile enthusiast who founded the National Hot Rod Association and helped turn drag racing into a legitimate sport, has died. He was 94. Parks died Friday at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center of complications from pneumonia, said Michael Hollander, a spokesman with the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona. As a test driver for General Motors, Parks started organizing car races in Southern California’s dry lake beds in the 1940s. He formed the NHRA in 1951 out of those loosely organized desert races. It grew from a simple car club, with Parks’ wife Barbara hand-typing membership cards, into a governing body events across the nation. last_img read more

‘This Chelsea team is exactly what I wanted to see’

first_img//[View the story “‘This Chelsea team is exactly what I wanted to see’ – New-look Blues as Terry, Ivanovic, Costa and Matic all dropped” on Storify] Jose Mourinho has had a complete overhaul of his Chelsea team for tonight’s Champions League curtain raiser against Maccabi Tel Aviv.John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa all drop to the bench as Oscar, Baba Rahman and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both start.Chelsea team: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill (c), Baba Rahman; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.Subs: Blackman, Terry, Ivanovic, Ramires, Matic, Traore, Diego Costa.See the best reactions to the team news below …  Oscar center_img 1last_img

TRANSFER FIGHT! Arsenal, Chelsea and Juventus battling for Real Madrid starlet

first_img1 Juventus have joined Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for Real Madrid starlet Borja Mayoral.The striker is tipped for a big future in the game and youth coaches have likened him to the great Raul.Arsenal and Chelsea have been tracking the 19-year-old since January and scouts have returned with glowing reports.However, according to Tuttosport, Juventus are now providing competition to the Premier League pair.Mayoral recently signed a new contract until 2021 with Real and they are reluctant to let him leave permanently.But Juventus are hoping that they can broker a deal similar to the one they negotiated for Alvaro Morata two years ago.The Italian champions are proposing to buy Mayoral this summer – but they will insert a buy-back clause into the Spaniard’s contract so Madrid can bring him back in the future if they wish. Borja Mayoral in action for Real Madrid’s youth team last_img read more

Picture Special: Royal Black Preceptory’s Last Saturday march through Raphoe

first_imgThe Derry/Londonderry chapter of the Royal Black Preceptory held their parade in Raphoe this weekend. This is the first time the parade has taken place in Donegal for eleven years.Over 40 preceptories took place in the parade. The parade followed the route through Raphoe to the demonstration field at Sparrow Hill, where a religious ceremony took place. The main celebrant at the service was Sir Knt Rev Joe Andrews, the County Grand Chaplin, and the guest speaker was Sir Knt Ivan Kelly, the Deputy Grand Master of the chapter.The district officers were clad in period-clothing in memory of the previous Sir Knts who perished during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Some of the finest bands in the north west turned out to take part in the Last Saturday march. Photography by Northwest Newspix.Picture Special: Royal Black Preceptory’s Last Saturday march through Raphoe was last modified: August 28th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Battle of the SommeDerrylast saturdayLondonderryparaderoyal black preceptorylast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Northern Board GAA Results Downings Bay HotelU16 League Div 1 Division OneCloughaneely              3.07     0.04     TermonUrris                            2.04     7.19     St Eunans Burt                             2.03     4.09     BuncranaSt Eunans                    2.07     0.04     Cloughaneely    Downings Bay HotelDivision Two Section OneSt Eunans B                3.04     3.08     Milford L/Kenny Gaels            4.08     1.07     GlenswillyFanad Gaels                1.10     1.06     St MichaelsDownings Bay HotelDivision Two Section TwoCarndonagh                4.21     3.06     Robert EmmetsRed Hughs                  2.04     4.14     MalinN Padraig Lifford       3.07     1.08     GlenfinConvoy                       1.03     2.04     N ColmcilleMalin                           2.20     2.04     Convoy Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 1  P          W        L         D         PtsBuncrana                     3          3          0          0          6St Eunans A                3          3          0          0          6 Termon                        2          1          1          0          2Cloughaneely              3          1          2          0          2Urris                            1          0          1          0          0Burt                             2          0          2          0          0Sean McCumhaills      2          0          2          0          0Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 1 P          W        L         D         PtsL/Kenny Gaels            3          3          0          0          6Downings                    2          2          0          0          4Fanad Gaels                1          1          0          0          2Gaoth Dobhair                        2          1          1          0          2St Eunans B                3          1          2          0          2Milford                        2          1          1          0          2Glenswilly                   2          0          2          0          0St Michaels                 3          0          3          0          0 Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 2  P          W        L         D         PtsCarndonagh                3          3          0          0          6Naomh Colmcille        3          3          0          0          6Malin                           3          2          1          0          4Red Hughs                  3          1          2          0          2Convoy                       3          1          2          0          2N Padraig Lifford       2          1          1          0          2Robert Emmets           2          0          2          0          0Glenfin                        3          0          3          0          0 Fixtures Sunday 27th March 12.00 Downings Bay Hotel U16 League Div 1Division OneTermon            v          Sean McCumhaills      Michael MulhernBuncrana         v          Urris                            John FarrenSt Eunans        v          Burt                             Seamus Bradley Downings Bay HotelDivision Two Section OneSt Michaels                 v         Downings         Barry MolloyMilford                        v         L/K Gaels         Paul McGovernGaoth Dobhair                        v         Fanad Gaels     Hugh McGarveyGlenswilly                   v          St Eunans B    Paddy McKeeverDownings Bay HotelDivision Two Section TwoN Colmcille                 v          Carndonagh    Paul CrampsieMalin                           v          N Padraig        Tony FoleyR Emmets                   v          Convoy           Rory McGonagleGlenfin                        v          Red Hughs      Tony GallagherNotes:Vocational Schools FootballCongratulations to Donegal Vocational Schools on winning their All Ireland Final replay against Cork on St Patricks Day in Tuam.Minor FootballDonegal Minor footballers returned from Brewster Park in Enniskillen on Saturday with a narrow one-point defeat in Section B of the Ulster Minor Football League against Fermanagh.  Donegal enjoyed a five-point lead going into the last five minutes of the game, but two late goals for the home side secured the points. Donegal’s next game is away to Tyrone on 2nd April.The minor hurlers also lost out by double scores to Tyrone in Healy Park Omagh on a score line of 2.12 to 1.06.  However there was better luck for the Under 21’s as they progressed to the quarterfinals of the Cadbury’s Ulster Championship last Wednesday night when they defeated Antrim by 0.08 to 0.05 and will now meet Cavan this week in the quarter-final in their bid to retain their title.Clubs are reminded that the minor league begins on Friday 1st April with the following fixtures.Friday 1st April 7.00 pmKelly’s FurnitureMinor Laegue Division OneCloughaneely              v          Ghaoth Dobhair          Don LanganConvoy                       v          St Eunans                    Kevin DohertyMalin                           v          Milford                        Paul CliffordMcCumhaills FreeKelly’s FurnitureMinor Laegue Division Two Section OneCarndonagh                v          Naomh Colmcille        Christy LynchN Padraig Lifford       v          Glenfin                        Tony GallagherBuncrana                     v          Red Hughs                  Sean McLaughlinR Emmets FreeKelly’s FurnitureMinor Laegue  Division Two Section TwoSt Eunans B                v          Downings                    Paddy McKeeverLetterkenny Gaels       v          Termon                        Michael MulhernSt Michaels                 v          Fanad Gaels                Benny TreartyGlenswilly FreeCoaching Session Wednesday 30th MarchThere will be a coaching course under the heading “Games To Develop Football U.10 & U.12” on Wednesday 30th March in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny. All underage coaches in this particular age group are asked to attend.RegistrationsClubs are reminded that all players must be registered before they play.  Registrations for 2011 to be lodged with the Northern Board Registrar Emma McAteer and this is really important as the GAA Insurance System has a no tolerance policy this year due to an increase in claims over the past number of years.Trophies:All trophy winners are asked to return trophies to the Board Treasurer Brid Gallaher at the next monthly meeting which will be held in the clubrooms of St Eunans GAA Club on Monday 28th March commencing at 7.30 pm sharp.ENDSGAA NORTHERN BOARD NOTES was last modified: March 21st, 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)last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur reveal first pitch markings at their new stadium

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium looked on Tuesday, June 19. possible standings ALTERED Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium continues to be built as they prepare for the 2018/19 season and the first pitch markings have been unveiled.It’s not what you might expect, though, as it’s the NFL logo which has been put into place. 😍 🏈 The @NFL shield is laid on the pitch at #SpursNewStadium. 🏟— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 19, 2018The sight will leave Spurs fans even more excited about the prospect of seeing their beloved side running out at their new home against Liverpool in September. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes crackers Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener REVEALED Spurs have a deal in place with American Football’s governing body which will see them host two games per season.This season there will be only one, with Seattle Seahawks facing Oakland Raiders on October 14, as they wanted to test the stadium before moving to the schedule of two.There are just four months left until the match and now Tottenham have revealed the first on-pitch crest.center_img smart causal talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics 👀🏈🏟#SpursNewStadium— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 19, 2018 REVEALED gameday Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice Latest Tottenham Hotspur news gameday cracker punished Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures last_img read more

Community’s disgust as rubbish dumped just feet away from major water supply

first_imgA local Councillor has expressed disgust at the illegal dumping at Lough Keel, which supplies water to thousands of households in the Rosses and Gweedore.Independent Councillor Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig says that he has been in contact with Donegal County Council about the issue and says that they are now working towards identifying the individual responsible.Lough Keel“It’s an absolute disgrace,” Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig told Donegal Daily. “This rubbish was dumped just feet away from a lake that provides thousands of people with water. It’s a show of total disrespect.“Illegal dumping is costing taxpayers a fortune. It’s not the Council that plucks money from a tree – this money comes from us, the people. When people dump illegally on the roadside or at the back of a mountain in hopes of not getting caught it’s costing all of us. The Council has to come out with a lorry and the waste then has to be disposed of. It’s costing a lot of money.”Illegal dumping used to be an issue several years ago at the secluded area near Lough Keel, located just outside Crolly. The issue had been resolved, however the local community now fears the spate of illegal dumping may start again.Fly-tipping has to be part of a wider debate around waste management, Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig says. “I don’t believe that the recycling facilities that we have are adequate, the bring banks need to be ugraded to paper and plastic which will make it easier for people to recycle.“The reality is, each Municipal district has a recycling centre which is privatised and they’re far away for a lot of people. For example, if someone is living in Falcarragh travelling to Dungloe or Letterkenny to recycle is too far away. It doesn’t make sense environmentally for them to make that journey either.“We need to have them locally, and we need to have a waste service paid through general taxation.“Those who produce our waste need to look at it as well and take more responsibility. For example, instead of manufacturing plastic containers for milk it would make more sense to use a glass bottle we could fill up at the shop and then reuse.”Donegal County Council has removed the waste from Lough Keel. Community’s disgust as rubbish dumped just feet away from major water supply was last modified: January 14th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Crollydonegalillegal dumpinglough keelwaterlast_img read more