As Barclays Premier League Begins: Must GOL Close All Video Clubs?

first_imgSince the auspicious year of 2002 when Liberia practically handed its chance of going to the World Cup to Ghana, Liberian football has lost its prestige; and today, thousands of Liberian football lovers visit video clubs to satisfy their craving for the global sport.Interestingly, we live in challenging times where the deadly Ebola virus has forced the Liberian government to order changes in our way of life.Though the ravages of Ebola have been felt in three countries, and acknowledged by the United Nations, with thousands of dollars pouring in for rescue, there are still some Liberians who doubt Ebola’s presence in the country.The seriousness of the Ebola virus compelled the Liberian government to order a 30-day compulsory vacation for workers, and followed it up with a 90-day State of Emergency, with further restrictions. Buses and taxies have reduced the number of passengers they carry, and all schools are closed in the country.The gravity of Ebola’s effect in the wake of these restrictions should not be lost on any of us, and therefore it goes without saying that everyone must be willing to go with the measures to remove this killer from our country. And as far as Liberian football lovers are concerned, there is a glaring challenge.The European League that they love so much began on Saturday, and football lovers will be visiting the various video clubs in their respective communities in droves across the country. It means they will gather in large numbers, which is against one of the rules of the fight against the Ebola virus.Video clubs are not spacious enough to let viewers avoid touching each other; and since the spread of the virus is through physical contact through a gathering of a large body of people, it makes sense that football lovers become aware of this. In plain language, football lovers must not sit in their large numbers in overcrowded rooms, a characteristic of almost all video clubs in Liberia.Sadly, we’re not living at a period where such discipline is adhered to voluntarily. Therefore, aware of the seriousness of the fight against the Ebola virus, it makes sense for the Government of Liberia to impose some stringent measures to ensure conformity.Those who may not be in favor to this suggestion will claim that for the GOL to order video clubs closed, would mean denying some Liberians their source of daily bread. Granted! But such people must be told that considering all the measures taken by the GOL mentioned above, it makes sense for football lovers and video club operators to join the fight against the elimination of Ebola in the country. What other sacrifice can they offer in this direction?It is only the living that can watch football games. What sense will it make when the Ebola Virus is stalking us at our every move, if preventive measures are not dutifully enforced to an indiscipline bunch of football lovers whose major pre-occupation is cheering a football match playing thousands of miles away?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Ebola Is Winning”

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Civil society organizations Taskforce on Ebola has observed that ‘Ebola is wining’ in Africa, especially in Liberia and have called on the United Nations (UN) and other international bodies to accelerate the deployment of much-needed resources to stem the threat to regional peace and security.Reading the press statement on behalf of the group in Monrovia Wednesday, September 10, the chairman of the group, Mr. Oscar Bloh said more than 2,100 people are believed to have died from the current epidemic in the country, with hundreds more deaths in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone.Mr. Bloh noted that many health workers are striking or have abandoned their clinics; relief workers are ill-equipped to contain the virus, and communities lack basic preventative measures like clean water and soap.“Our hospitals are over-run and under-staffed, fear and panic is sparking violence. Our borders are shut and ships are avoiding our ports. We are running out of food, supplies, everything,” he said.He continued: “This is the worst ever outbreak of one of the world’s deadliest disease and we cannot tackle this. We urgently need far more help to halt the Ebola epidemic before it spreads further.”After months of inaction, he said, a number of donor pledges have finally been made, but they fear that it will take too long for government promises to translate to hands-on help.Moreover, Mr. Bloh indicated that Medicines San Frontiers, also known as Doctors without Borders, is on the frontline of Liberia’s battle with Ebola, but limits on resources mean that its operations are stretched, with only five case management centers and around 400 beds across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.According to him, the United Nations, African Union and all donor countries must provide immediate support to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal while working in a coordinated manner to support medical charities on the ground.“Donors should provide substantial resources to ensure that infected people are identified, isolated from the rest of the population to curtail the spread of the virus, and given the best quality treatment to help them recover from the virus,” he emphasized.The United Nations Mission in Liberia should increase police presence alongside the Liberian police to ensure that national security forces implement measures in a responsible manner, which acknowledges and respects Human Rights and humanitarian concerns, he appealed.“This is crucial to avoid a repeat of the unfortunate death of a teenager who sustained gunshots wounds in recent riots in Monrovia’s West Point community.”Finally, support should be provided to Liberian civil society initiatives to scale up community education, sensitization and support efforts. This will enhance the capacity of Liberian civil society organizations to contribute meaningfully to slowing down and reversing the spread of the virus.last_img read more

UG’s backlog of financial reports causes for concern – Auditor General

first_img…says preparations continuing for auditWhile preparations are ongoing for the Audit Office of Guyana (AOG) to commence an audit into the University of Guyana (UG), the backlog of years UG did not complete its audited financial statements is a cause for worry.Auditor GeneralDeodat SharmaThis is according to Auditor General Deodat Sharma in an interview with this publication on Wednesday. According to Sharma, they are moving full steam ahead and an auditor has been contracted to assist with the audit.“Remember the PS had asked me not to go ahead. I did indicate that. But we are going ahead. I have a contracted auditor that’s working on that. And we’re formulating a plan to do that investigation, regardless.”“The issue [is] UG’s audited [financials] were up to 2017. They’ve now submitted financial statements for 2015. So we still have 16, 17, and 18 due. So until you get those statements and audits up to date, you really can’t do a proper audit, unless you do a special investigation in particular areas.”Sharma, whose agency audits Government’s public accounts on an annual basis, went on to note the importance of having those accounts up to date up to 2018. He was not convinced about the UG administration’s sincerity in clearing this backlog.“They’ve just submitted the 2015 [report]. But we’re still awaiting 16, 17 and 18. So I don’t think they are taking very serious steps,” the Auditor General remarked.UG’s administration has previously been accused of wanton spending— including hosting several events, standing the expenses of meals and accommodation for guest speakers, as well as hiring select individuals, paying them super salaries, and sending large delegations overseas, all on the University’s bill. Former Vice Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith had always denied those claims.The University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) and University of Guyana Workers Union (UGWU) have levelled these accusations, in particular. The Unions had joined forces to question why monies were allocated in previous budgets to entities which do not exist and what became of those funds.They had also demanded answers from the administration on how much money was spent on nonessential events within the last two and half years— which included, but were not limited to, the Law and Society series, the Turkeyen-Tain talks, and the Vice-Chancellor’s installation ceremony.They had argued that while these monies were being spent, the core units of the University, which include faculties and schools, had been informed that no money is available for essential repairs and payment for stationery, among others.The Education Ministry had previously supported and, in fact, asked that the Auditor General conduct a probe into the University. But mysteriously, the Ministry had withdrawn its request for the probe. Stakeholders had urged that the AG conduct his probe anyway.In his 2016 Audit Report, Sharma had found that $209 million had been unaccounted for from the University of Guyana’s Science and Technology Support Project, funded by the Government of Guyana (GoG) and the International Development Association (IDA) under Credit Agreement No 4969-GY.However, the University had insisted that the monies were used for infrastructure projects on the campus, including a fibre optic cable to provide students with Wi-Fi. It had also noted that some of the monies were used to renovate the faculty buildings.last_img read more

Jury to hear final arguments in grisly kidnap-for-ransom case

first_imgLawyers will make their final arguments today in a federal courthouse in front of a jury which will figure whether to recommend the death penalty for a Ukrainian man convicted in a grisly kidnap-for-cash scheme that left five businesspeople dead. The jury will weigh whether to recommend death for Petro Krylov, 34, who has been convicted on charges including conspiracy to take hostages and three counts of hostage-taking resulting in death, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. His co-conspirators, Iouri Mikhel, of Encino, and Jurijus Kadamovas, of Sherman Oaks, have previously been convicted and have been sentenced to death for the killings. The men targeted Russian emigres in late 2001 and early 2002 and made promises to the victims’ loved ones that they’d be set free. Both were ringleaders of a gang that sought to amass a fortune by kidnapping four men and one woman — including three from the San Fernando Valley — and extorting $1.2 million from their families. Three other defendants have pleaded guilty. The victims were lured to business meetings, where they were suffocated with plastic bags. Their bodies were then weighted and tossed from a bridge into the New Melones Reservoir near Yosemite National Park. The money went to buy expensive homes, mink coats for girlfriends and other luxuries. Kadamovas had told one henchman that he hoped they would collect $50 million and dump enough bodies until they “were stacked up on top of each other” in the reservoir. The victims were Meyer Muscatel, 58; banking mogul George Safiev, 37, of Beverly Hills; Safiev’s accountant, Rita Pekler, 39, of West Hollywood; Nick Kharabadze, 29, of Woodland Hills, Safiev’s business partner in a fledgling movie production company; and Alex Umansky, 35, of Sherman Oaks, owner of a car-stereo store. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

AFC beat Tusker to set up perfectly for Gor

first_img0Shares0000Tusker FC forward Paul Odhiambo goes down under a tackle from AFC Leopards defender Dennis SIkhayi during a Kenyan Premier League clash at Nyayo Stadium on August 24, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 24- Samuel Ndung’u’s 83rd minute goal handed AFC Leopards a vital 1-0 win over 10-man defending champions Tusker FC in a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Nyayo Stadium on Wednesday, giving them a vital bounce of confidence ahead of this weekend’s Mashemeji Derby.The match was headed for a dull 0-0 draw by Ndung’u’s low finish inside the box from an Alex Kitenge cross from the right propelled Ingwe all the way to 12th in the log from 15th, resuscitating their slim hopes of a top half finish. “It was a good game today Very tough but we managed to fight till the end. That is what is important and I am pleased we won today,” a smiling Robert Matano roared after the match, clearly ecstatic with the performance of his charges.Tusker’s hopes of a title defense suffered a major blow, less than a week after they were dumped out of the GOtv Shield by National Super League side Vihiga United.Having been deducted three points for an administrative error where they failed to produce players’ cards in a match against Zoo Kericho, the further loss to Leopards was a hard pill to swallow for head coach George Nsimbe.Tusker FC forward Stephen Owusu vies for the ball with AFC Leopards defender Mike Kibwage during a Kenyan Premier League clash at Nyayo Stadium on August 24, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It is very disheartening to lose again and seeing the gap grow. But we will not give up. We will fight till the end. At least today we were better than last weekend, only that we can’t be able to score,” Nsimbe said after the game.It wasn’t quite a spectacle of a game between the two giants who have between them 24 league titles. AFC Leopards’ Aziz Okaka and Victor Majid both had shots from distance well picked out by Duncan Ochieng in the Tusker goal in the only meaningful chances.Tusker’s best was in the 43rd minute when Stephen Owusu’s header from an Anthony Ndolo cross glided over the bar by inches.In the second half, the pace of the game wasn’t ever going to pick up. Nine minutes after the restart, Tusker were reduced to 10 men when Marlon Tangauzi was shown red for a second yellow after a high tackle on Harun Nyakha.The chances were little and far in between. In the 63rd minute, Boniface Muchiri’s shot after cutting into the box went over while on the other end, Whyvonne Isuza wasted a glorious chance, placing a header wide unmarked inside the box.Tusker FC winger Boniface Muchiri vies for the ball with AFC Leopards defender Dennis Sikhayi during a Kenyan Premier League clash at Nyayo Stadium on August 24, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the 75th minute, Hashim Ssempala attempted his luck with a low shot from distance but Gabriel Andika proved equal to the task with a decent save.Tusker were giving Ingwe a push despite being a man down, but they found themselves trailing seven minutes from time conceding from a counter. Kitenge broke out on the left before crossing low with Ndung’u who had come on just a few minutes earlier shooting low into the bottom right.Tusker almost made an immediate response with a quickly taken corner kick by Muchiri, but Mike Khamati’s clever flick at the near post went over.Danson Kago had a brilliant opportunity at the death after being accorded space on the right but he blasted a shot wide with a clear view of goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Miami awarded Beckham-backed MLS team: official

first_img0Shares0000David Beckham addresses an event to announce his Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, Florida on January 29, 2018 © AFP / RHONA WISEMiami, United States, Jan 29 – English football superstar David Beckham was officially awarded a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami on Monday, but fans were left in the dark over a range of key details surrounding the venture.Beckham took center stage in a glitzy spectacle to announce the deal, which included chanting fans and a videotaped welcome from a galaxy of stars including Serena Williams, Neymar, Usain Bolt, actor Will Smith and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. Key details — when the team would debut in the league, the team’s name, the team’s logo — were not revealed.But the omissions did little to dampen the euphoria surrounding the announcement, which came after a tortuous near decade-long journey studded with false dawns and setbacks.“It’s been a hell of a journey,” Beckham told his audience.“I’ve got to be honest, it was very difficult. There were times when I sat back and thought, ‘This isn’t going to happen. It’s too difficult, too hard, too many bumps in the road.’ But I don’t give up. Nothing in my career came easy.”Monday’s award is the most definitive development yet on the saga of when and where Beckham would launch his team.The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England star was granted a cut-price $25 million option to buy his own MLS franchise under the terms of the deal which brought him to the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007. Normal franchise licenses cost more than $100 million.– Logistical roadblocks –In 2014, Beckham announced his plans to launch a team in Miami, but the project rapidly became mired in logistical problems.David Beckham’s group secured land on which to build a privately developed, 25,000-seat state-of-the-art stadium in the heart of Miami © AFP / RHONA WISESeveral failed stadium sites delayed his consortium’s efforts, with Beckham’s team unable to find an agreeable place for a specially built venue.The pieces began to fall into place last year, however, after Beckham’s consortium secured a land deal for a proposed stadium project. Earlier plans for a waterfront site and others near the Miami Marlins baseball stadium and NBA Miami Heat arena fell through.The Beckham group, bolstered by the presence of local tycoons Jorge and Jose Mas, has now secured land on which to build a privately developed, 25,000-seat state-of-the-art stadium in the heart of the city.“They say that great things come to those who wait… we thank you for waiting for this day,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber told the audience, which frequently broke into loud cheers.Garber said Beckham had helped transform MLS in the decade since he arrived as a player, accelerating the league’s expansion and popularity of the sport.“The League has grown, and a lot of that can be traced back to David’s arrival in MLS,” Garber said. “Thirteen teams and 14 stadiums have appeared since his arrival in 2007.”Launch of the new Beckham-backed team will mark the second attempt to start a Miami-based MLS franchise.– Home-grown talent –The Miami Fusion, which made their debut in the 1998 MLS season, played for four seasons before being cut from the league after the 2001 campaign amid low ticket sales and the lowest revenues of any team in the competition.Soccer fans chant during an event to announce David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, Florida © AFP / RHONA WISEBeckham, 42, retired in 2013 after a 20-year career that saw him win league crowns with Manchester United, Real Madrid, the Galaxy in North America and Paris Saint-Germain in his farewell matches. He also played for England from 1996 to 2009, winning 115 caps.In 2014, Beckham had hinted at targeting high-profile European stars to help launch the Miami franchise.However, on Monday, he said he would place equal weight on developing home-grown talent in Florida.“I have had calls from so many players, top players saying, ‘I am in,’” Beckham said. “Yes we want to bring in top players from all over the world but we are most interested in home-grown players. “We want to build an academy, to bring players through, young kids from the area. To watch them develop as players. That’s when we will sit back and say ‘Job done.’ That we are proud of this time. We have to invest into the hotbed of talent in this city.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Autopsy set for mother of rapper Kanye West

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Preliminary information indicated she died from “complications of surgery,” Lt. Fred Corral told The Associated Press. An autopsy was expected to be conducted by Wednesday, Corral said. The Kanye West Foundation referred calls to a publicist who did not immediately respond to messages for comment. Patricia Green, a consultant who has worked as a publicist for West in the past, had previously told news agencies that West died after cosmetic surgery. She backed away from those comments in later interviews with the AP, saying she was not sure of the cause because she had received conflicting information. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An autopsy was scheduled for the mother of Kanye West after preliminary information suggested she died of surgical complications, a coroner’s investigator said Monday. What kind of surgery Donda West had was not immediately clear. West had approached a plastic surgeon months ago about a procedure, but he never performed it because she did not return with a medical clearance for a pre-existing condition that concerned him, the surgeon’s publicist said Monday. West died Saturday night at age 58 at Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center in Marina del Rey, where paramedics took her after she stopped breathing at her home, according to Deborah Ettinger, a hospital vice president. “We tried to resuscitate her, but were unsuccessful,” Ettinger said, adding that she did not have surgery at the hospital. last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal-born professor is lobbying Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan over her Department’s handling of the school bus service in Urris on the Inishowen Peninsula.The Curadmir at Mamore Gap.Professor of Industrial Relations Jimmy Donaghey has written a strongly-worded letter to the Minister in which he says he is shocked and saddened by the Department of Education’s stance on the issue.And he challenges Minister O’Sullivan to take a ride in a 52 seater, tenth year old bus over the Mamore Gap! This is his letter in full which he has also sent to Donegal Daily. Dear Minister O’Sullivan,I am shocked and saddened to hear about the way in which the government is completely disregarding the needs and wishes of the people of Urris, Clonmany, Co.Donegal. Though now working in England, I am a native of Urris and frequently visit Urris. As you will know, parents of people from Urris are being given the choice of paying up to €650 to send their children to Carndonagh Community School or else send their children to School in Buncrana through the treacherous route over Mamore Gap. The route is completely inappropriate for bussing students to school- one side of the Gap is a corkscrew route, the other side is a 2km, steep gradient drop, only passable by cars going one way at a time. At Christmas when I was at home visiting my mother, a native of Urris who was married and living on the other side of the gap in Desertegney died and all the people from Urris attending the funeral had to go the longer route through Clonmany as the Gap was impassable due to frost. Many natives of Urris never use the road due to its nature. Are you prepared to risk the safety of school children going over a mountain road like this during winter? If an accident occurs, will you be willing to take responsibility for the welfare of these students? If this route is not used, then Carndonagh is much closer than Buncrana.However, this is not just a problem for the people of Urris but demonstrates a threat to life in rural Ireland being posed by the current government. Urris is one of the most economically deprived rural areas in Ireland. Historically, lower numbers from Urris go onto University than from local towns like Clonmany, Carndonagh and Moville. I realise you came from a different social background and attended a fee paying school, but as someone who completely depended on state support to go to School, I believe it is the duty of the Minister for Education and Skills to facilitate the education of people from economically deprived areas, rather than placing hurdles in their path. I ask you to stop this nonsense and stop the anxiety your Department’s actions are causing for the parents and children of Urris. As Minister for Education and Skills, the buck stops with you. To blame Bus Eireann is nonsensical and hiding behind the cloak of bureaucracy: Dysfunctional bureaucracy is the fault of the ultimate designer, not the implementer. As a final point, if you refuse to stop this nonsense, you owe the people of Urris one thing- you should come to Urris with other government TDs and Senators and go over and back Mamore gap in a 52 seater coach of at least twenty years old to show that you believe the route is safe for the children of Urris.RegardsJimmy DonagheyProfessor of Industrial Relations,University of Warwick, CoventryCV4 7ALStudent of Carndonagh Community School, 1989-1994DONEGAL PROFESSOR CHALLENGES MINISTER TO TAKE A BUS RIDE OVER MAMORE GAP was last modified: April 27th, 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)Tags:InishowenMamore gapprofessorlast_img read more


first_imgA super line-up of top-class talent is on offer at the 2015 Earagail Arts Festival.Expect tickets to sell fast for the events which run from July10th to July 26th and include music, drama, comedy, dance, visual arts and many family performances.Among the artists taking part in the annual festival are Altan & Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Unthanks, Moyà Brennan and Cormac De Barra, RTE Contempo Quartet, Mundy and the Balkan Riu Sound System.This years brochure is now available with lots more information about the two week programme.Volunteers are needed to ensure everyone gets to enjoy what’s on offer at the various events.Volunteers play a key role in the success of the Festival while working as part of a large artistic team. Roles can include ushering, box office, technical support, administration, documentation and research across a range of discipline.To find out more about how you can get involved, contact Orlaith at and visit the Volunteers Facebook page for updates on Information days.CALLING VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS YEAR’S SUPERB EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL was last modified: May 16th, 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:Eargail arts festivalfeile na earagailvolunteerslast_img read more


first_imgTHE MAYOR of Letterkenny Gerry McMonagle is said to be furious tonight after a DUP MP in the North used British parliamentary privilege to accuse him of murder.The MP for Strangford Jim Shannon complained to the House of Commons in London that too many people suspected of IRA attacks in the past had never been brought to justice.He said that Mr McMonagle was behind the 1982 murder of Huge Lexi Cummings, from Artigarvan near Strabane in Co Tyrone. Mr Cummings who was shot dead by the IRA.Mr Shannon said he wanted to know why William Gerard McMonagle didn’t stand trial. But Mr McMonagle was cleared.He told the Commons: “There are too many questions which the family deserve an answer to.“They turn on the news and they see the Mayor of Letterkenny Gerry McMonagle, having ran from justice in Northern Ireland, having been proven to having been there will gun powder residue on him, embracing his freedom and position in life. “The family visit the grave of a true gentleman Lexi Cummings with questions in their mind and grief in their hearts.“Who can answer these questions and give the family closure.”Mayor McMonagle said he was studying the comments. He was tried for the killing but was cleared.Sinn Fein sources say he is ‘livid’ with the claims which he was said were ‘lies.’“He (Shannon) wouldn’t say this outside parliament because he knows he would be sued,” said one source. © 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on UNIONIST USES BRITISH PARLIAMENT TO ACCUSE LETTERKENNY MAYOR OF MURDER was last modified: March 8th, 2012 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:DUPgerry mcmonaglejim shannonSinn FeinUNIONIST USES BRITISH PARLIAMENT TO ACCUSE LETTERKENNY MAYOR OF MURDERlast_img read more