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first_imgMr. EditorWhat can possibly be the rationale of the National Legislature of Liberia to debate for an increment in the budgetary allotment for the County Development Fund (CDF) when enough is already known to prove that funds allocated for the CDF in bygone years to embellish the lives of poor Liberians were instead embezzled or misappropriated by greedy and corrupt government officials?It is therefore prudent that the legislators call off the current debate on the proposed bill to allot 15% of the national budget to the CDF, and divert their attention to putting into place the appropriate mechanisms that would ensure that funds allocated for the CDF are effectively managed?I could not agree more with Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh’s assertion in the story captioned” Honest Management, Not Money, Is the Answer: Dr. Tipoteh” (Published on Page 9 of the Daily Observer’s Thursday, January 16, 2014 edition) that “honest management rather than money is what is really needed to improve the living conditions of poor people in the districts.”While there are justifiable reasons for an increment in the CDF, there are also mounting concerns that such an increment would greatly benefit gluttonous and visionless government officials rather the local people themselves.Let me close by firmly suggesting that the bill to increase budgetary allotment to the CDF be vetoed by President Sirleaf — that is if it passes through the Senate — and reintroduced only at such time when it can be proven beyond all reasonable doubts that funds allocated for the CDF are affectively and efficiently managed for the great benefit of all Liberians.Remember the assertion of Mahatma Gandhi: “On this earth there is enough for everyone’s need but not for their greed.”Jahbulleh C. DempsterShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe most controversial and divisive national issue in Liberia now is the mid-term senatorial elections. “Should they be held now or postponed until Liberia reaches the zero Ebola infection point?” This is the question that divides households, communities, institutions, political parties, and the religious community across the country. My personal and candid opinion is that the mid-term senatorial elections should not be held now under the prevailing Ebola crisis that is affecting every aspect of our national life and survival. I state clearly below why I take this position.We observed the good news that the rate of infection is declining in many parts of the country with some notable exceptions. That phase two is a great opportunity and is at the same time a big risk. This is a great opportunity if we accelerate our gains and kick this deadly virus out of the country and the region, and a grave risk if we become complacent.I added my voice to many calling for an acceleration of our combined efforts (the government, health workers, media, internal partners, inter-religious community, teachers, civil society organizations, traditional leaders, security forces, and communities) to fight and defeat Ebola out of Liberia and the region. Let there be a district to district, community to community and house to house campaign emphasizing the risks as well as the opportunities in phase two of the war against Ebola.How then do elections fit in with the need to heighten our combined efforts to eradicate Ebola? The question of the mid-term elections in Liberia now has two sides and serious implications. Those who want elections now generally use two main arguments. That if we do not have the elections we run the risk of a constitutional crisis. The argument goes that come January 6, 2014, the full bench of the House of Senate will be incomplete and the organic law of the land (the constitution) would have been violated. On account of this some people are even entertaining the idea of an interim government.The other argument is that though Ebola is here and is killing a lot of people yet most offices are still operating, markets continue to function, religious Services take place regularly, entertainment places are open, and people generally move about freely throughout the length and breadth of the country. All of the above activities involve the movement and gathering of people. And these two are some of the key means of spreading Ebola. If they can continue with some controls and success therefore elections can be held with similar controls put in place.Those of us who oppose to elections now do so for the following reasons. Our constitution allows that when there is a state of emergency wherein “there is a threat or outbreak of war or where there is civil unrest affecting the existence, security or well-being of the Republic amounting to a clear and present danger” certain exercises and functions of state and its people such as their rights, freedoms and guarantees may be curtailed or suspended (article 86 of the Liberian 1986 constitution). Most Liberians and international partners agree that Ebola is a form of war that poses a clear and present danger. Can one have elections in time of a civil war raging on? And if we cannot will we be violating a constitutional provision? The answer is no. Necessity dictates that one cannot have elections in time of war.Another reason is that an election of the mid-term kind requires campaigning that in turn involves mass movement of people, gathering in numbers and lots of sweating in some instances. Elections in Liberia and their associated activities more than those of running offices, market, religious and entertainment places, increase the risk of Ebola inflection spread. There is a real danger, which we pray against, that the elections might roll back a little some of the gains we have made in the fight against Ebola!The mid-term elections might send the wrong signal that the Ebola Virus Disease is no longer the threat to national life and existence it was a month or so ago. They might detract from the intensification of the war against Ebola. We are at a critical point in the fight against Ebola when we should be concentrating all our energies on bringing the rate of infection to zero. We should not permit anything to distract us even just a little. Furthermore elections may sound incentive to those who (and their families) are still battling with the onslaughts of Ebola.In my view, if we can accelerate and focus our fight at the community level, employing all of the partners (local and international) and resources available to us, and bring down the spread of the disease to zero then all the other good things shall follow: elections, opening of our learning institutions, and the much needed infrastructural, agricultural and other economy activities. Mid-term elections might just distract and harm the cause of fighting Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RCMP warns of scammer impersonating RCMP Officer

first_img• Consider a google search for any names or phone numbers provided, which often leads to known telephone scams previously reported onlineThe RCMP is advising to hang up immediately if you receive a call from someone alleging to be a police officer collecting fines or taxes, record the caller’s number and contact your local police and report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1 888 495 8501 or www.antifraudcentre.ca. The RCMP Serious & Organized Crime Unit in Edmonton are investigating telephone calls where the caller identifies himself as a member of the RCMP, demanding the collection of unpaid taxes or fines.“The scammers threaten jail time, legal action and use coercive language to scare potential victims into sending money,” the media release reads. “The RCMP does not contact individuals for the purpose of collecting fines or taxes and NEVER asks the public to make a payment over the telephone.”During one recent call to an Edmonton man, the caller stated he was an RCMP Officer from Manitoba. The caller provided a badge number, phone number, and demanded money for unpaid taxes.- Advertisement -The RCMP recommends the following preventive measures:• Never divulge personal/financial information to unknown callers• If you are not convinced a caller is a police officer, contact your local police service or detachment to confirm their identityAdvertisementlast_img read more

Video: Alonso, Bergkamp and Radford: Check out the FA Cup third round’s greatest goals

first_imgThe FA Cup third round is one of the best weekends in the football calendar, full of amazing tales, giant killing, and incredible goals.And, to whet your appetite, the Football Association has brought out a video of the top five strikes from across the years.So cast your eyes over the clip and see who they’ve given the honour to and appreciate some historical moments from across the decades involving, amongst others, Arsenal and Liverpool.last_img

talkSPORT EXCLUSIVE: No offers made for Liverpool and Man United target Keane

first_imgtalkSPORT have been told NO offers have been made for Burnley’s Michael Keane, despite reports linking him with a summer move to either Manchester United or Liverpool.Keane, 24, has been one of Burnley’s standout performers this season, excelling in the heart of the defence of a team which has secured Premier League survival with relative ease.The centre-half, who made his England debut in March as a reward for his fine form, has earned many admiring glances after a series of superb displays for Sean Dyche’s side.Liverpool and Manchester United have both been linked with moving for Keane at the end of this campaign, with reports on Wednesday claiming the Red Devils were close to agreeing a £25 million deal for their former academy player.Keane left Old Trafford for Turf Moor on loan in 2014, before making the deal permanent in January 2015 for just £2 million.The Clarets are reportedly in line to make a huge profit on the 24-year-old, but chairman Mike Garlick made it clear to talkSPORT that NO offers have been formally made to the club.Speaking to the Weekend Sports Breakfast on Sunday, Garlick said: “All we hear at the moment is lots of talk and noise in the media about different clubs.“No one has formally approached us, so he’s a Burnley player – and will continue to be so.”last_img read more


first_imgUSL Results & Reports 08.09.134 Lanterns USLLetterkenny Rovers 1 6 Cockhill Celtic Swilly Rovers 0 7 Drumkeen Utd.Kildrum Tigers 0 3 Finn Harps Res. (Thurs)Letterkenny Rovers 4 4 Derry City Res. (Wed.) ReportsCockhill and Drumkeen Remain on course for Title ShowdownCockhill Celtic and Drumkeen Utd remain on course for a winner takes all title showdown after both teams registered comfortable wins on Sunday over Letterkenny Rovers and Swilly Rovers respectively. Both teams were away from home but avoided any potential banana skins as they romped to easy wins over the two Rovers who are battling for 3rd place in the final standings. Both teams registered early goals to ensure they would not be under pressure late in the game and though both games were still delicately poised at half time and though the Letterkenny men registered an early second half score to put the Inishowen lads under some pressure, they both added to their goals for tallies in impressive second period performances that leaves just two points between the two sides with two games remaining including a mouth watering showdown at The Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds.Letterkenny Rovers 1Cockhill Celtic 6Cockhill Celtic travelled to Leckview Park on Sunday and collected all three points in a comprehensive 6-1 victory over Letterkenny Rovers. Celtic took an early lead when Aidan O’Donnell fired past Quinn in the Rovers goals in the 10th minute. They increased their lead on 17 minutes when the powerful Garbhain Friel hammered home a low drive from just inside the 18 yard box. Gerry Gill and Friel came close to increasing their lead before half time, but the score stood at 2-0 going in at the interval.To Rovers credit they started the second half well and made it 2-1 when Steve Okakpu scored from close range and Jonathan Minnock rattled the crossbar with a free kick., but their good start was to no avail as Cockhill won lead the Ulster Senior lead by 2 points added 4 more goals in the second half through a second from O’Donnell, two from Jimmy Bradley and Malachy McDermott.Up next for the League leaders in a Cup Final against their title rivals Drumkeen United next Sunday afternoon in Bonagee.Referee: Packie Coll Swilly Rovers 0Drumkeen Utd. 7An emphatic victory for the Drumkeen men in a very one-sided affair at Swilly Park. Goals from Conor Carlin, Chris McBride (2), Eunan Kelly (2), Seimi Nanny Friel, Ronan Coyle sealed the win for Drumkeen. Drumkeen led two-nil at the break and strolled to a very comfortable victory in the second half. Swilly were minus regular goalkeeper Gareth Wade, while Ronan Curtis and Jordan Toland were transferred to Derry City U19s during the week. They also have been ravaged by injuries in recent weeks, with several regulars out injured. However on this display, Drumkeen deserve to be title contenders and will fight Cockhill every inch of the way for the title. Despite Swilly being depleted, this was a very impressive display from Drumkeen. They even had a rich array of talent on the substitutes’ bench.Match Referee: Vincent McLaughlinROVERS FIGHTBACK TO EARN POINTLetterkenny Rovers 4Derry City Res. 4Letterkenny Rovers staged a dramatic second half comeback to earn a 4-4 draw with Derry City in a pulsating encounter at Leckview Park last Wednesday evening.The home side trailed 4-1 with less than 20 minutes to go but a stirring late fight back – which included two goals from top marksman Darren McElwaine – ensured the home side a share of the spoils as the visitors were left stunned by their late collapse.This was a match full of entertainment with some outstanding goals on view and the point earned at the conclusion may prove crucial for Trevor Scanlon’s men in their bid to secure a third place finish. The defending league champions looked well course to continue their recent run of form but the manner in which they threw away their winning position will upset team boss John Quigg.The visitors led 2-0 at the break courtesy of a brace from Nathan Boyle. The lively winger opened the scoring as early as the sixth minute combining with Tony McNamee to steer his shot beyond Jason Quinn in the Rovers goal. Kevin McGrath drew an excellent save from Seamus Houghton midway through the first half before Boyle doubled Derry’s advantage with another clinical finish just before the half-time interval. Derry appeared to wrap up the contest ten minutes into the second half when substitute Conal Kelly headed home a Conor Harkin cross. However the home side showed renewed vigour in the second half and when Aaron Scanlon’s long range shot was diverted home by substitute Anthony Doherty it reduced the deficit to 3-1. Darren McElwaine produced an outstanding point blank save from Seamus Houghton and the visitors went straight up the other end to restore their three goal adavantage courtesy of another Kelly goal. But the Rovers revivial really took off in the final half an hour. Oisin McMenamin showed some wonderful individual skill to hold off the challenge of several defenders before steering a low drive beyound Houghton to make it 4-2.The comeback really looked on the cards when substititute Kieran Gorman headed down for McElwaine who turned and shot inside the six yard box to make 4-3 with less than ten minutes remaining. And with Rovers pilling on the pressure they grabbed a dramatic equalsiser when Gorman again caused mayhem inside the Derry box before releasing McElwaine who thumped home a superb equaliser form an acute angle.Letterkenny Rovers – Jason Quinn, Kieran Doherty (Anthony Doherty 65 mins), Jonathan Minnock, Ruair Kelly, Glenn Gallagher, Jason Doherty, Gareth Doherty (Oisin Grant 48 mins), Darren McElwaine, Kevin McGrath (Kieran Gorman 78 mins), Oisin McMenamin.Derry City – Seamus Houghton, Michael Barr, Shaun Curran, Caolan McLaughlin, Dylan McCallion (Conal Kelly 45 mins), Conor Harkin, Ryan Doherty, Raymond Foy, Aidan McCauley, Tony McNamee, Nathan Boyle.Referee – Tommy McAree.FixturesThursday, September 12th at 6:30pmKildrum Tigers v Swilly RoversRef. V. McLaughlinSunday, September 15th4 Lanterns USL at 1:30pmBonagee Utd. v Letterkenny RoversRef. T. McAreeDonegal News League Cup FinalAt Bonagee kick-ff 5:30pmCockhill Celtic v Drumkeen Utd.Ref. C. McLaughlin; Assts. P. Coll & P. DuddyUSL Inter Provincial Squad NewsThe USL Squad for the Inter Pros Tournament at the end of the month will hold another training session this Tuesday, September 12th in the Aura at 6:45pm. The Schedule of fixtures and venues for the weekend have been announced. They will open their campaign against Leinster on Friday night at Strand Celtic Community Park with an 8pm kick-off. On Saturday they will take on hosts Connacht at Forthill with a 1pm kick-off before taking on holders, Munster on Sunday morning again at Strand Celtic Community Park, kicking off at 10:30am.Intemediate Cup Draw below……Intermediate Cup DrawThe 1st round draw for the 2013/14 Umbro FAI Intermediate Cup was made in Dublin during the week. Two time winners Fanad Utd. will host bottom of the table Bonagee Utd. in the first round with all other USL teams receiving a bye into round 2. The tie will take place on Sunday, September 22nd. The 2nd Round is set for the weekend of October 27th.ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: COCKHILL AND DRUMKEEN ON COURSE FOR TITLE SHOWDOWN was last modified: September 8th, 2013 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:ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: COCKHILL AND DRUMKEEN ON COURSE FOR TITLE SHOWDOWNlast_img read more


first_imgWE’VE all seen the signs popping up across County Donegal in recent months.Now a Government minister will be in the county later this week to unveil almost 200kms of cycling routes – after an investment of close to half a million euro.Minister for State Alan Kelly will be in Letterkenny Public Services Centre on Wednesday to make the formal announcement. The Cycleways Project, funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to the value of €497,000 is a 195.5km on road cycling route.This route starts in Donegal Town and links Mount Charles, Inver, Ardara, Leitirmacaward, Dungloe, Burtonport, Crolly, Dunlewey, Gortahork, Dunfanaghy, Creeslough, Glen, Milford, Ramelton, Letterkenny, Manorcunningham and finishes in Newtoncunningham. MINISTER SET TO UNVEIL €500K DONEGAL CYCLING ROUTE was last modified: June 10th, 2013 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:ArdaraburtonportCreesloughCrollyDonegal Town and links Mount CharlesDunfanaghydungloeDunleweyglengortahorkinverLeitirmacawardletterkennyManorcunningham and finishes in Newtoncunningham.MilfordMINISTER SET TO UNVEIL €500K DONEGAL CYCLING ROUTERameltonlast_img read more

Play, grades hard to beat

first_img Her focus at the moment is on leading Lancaster to its first league title. The Eagles were third last season despite victories over co-champions Antelope Valley and Palmdale. One game separated the teams in the final standings. Bobic is hoping to bring some of what she learned from playing on the intensely competitive Northridge travel team, which played in major national tournaments in Memphis, Tenn., and Atlanta. A first-team all-league selection last season, Bobic’s strong perimeter shooting and ability to break a press and spot open teammates has Lancaster feeling good about its chances. “She’s a smart girl,” Lancaster coach John Gallen said. “She understands the game, and she knows how to make other people around her better. She leads our team in scoring and in assists.” Teammates say Bobic’s unselfish play and vocal leadership energizes them. “She’s always there to give us enthusiasm and pump us up,” Maxted said. Gideon Rubin, (818) 713-3607 gideon.rubin@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The Eagles also count on senior guard/forward Jasmine Thomas, senior forward Jessie Maxted and junior Morgan Dawson, a 6-foot-1 center. Bobic and Maxted are four-year starters. Dawson is an Antelope Valley transfer. League favorite Palmdale is led by guard Brittney Lloyd and center Kimberly Brandon, a Lancaster transfer. Other league standouts include Highland senior guard Sattur Potter, Knight junior forward Jahne Williams, and Quartz Hill senior center Stephanie Sveiven. Bobic is receiving looks from several top academic schools, including the University of Chicago and Harvard, as a result of club ball and excellent grades. She plans to major in sports medicine, an interest she developed after suffering a season-ending torn ACL just weeks into her sophomore year. LANCASTER – Somewhere between leading the Lancaster High girls’ basketball team into Golden League title contention and a hectic offseason of travel ball and playing in tournaments across the country, Andrea Bobic has found time to compile a 4.125 grade-point average while taking three Advanced Placement courses. Bobic has had to manage her scarce time creatively, studying on bus rides and between tournament games. Her priorities come from an understanding of the role sports play in her life. “Sometimes I’m surprised that I’m able to do it all, but I know I have to concentrate on my schoolwork, because basketball isn’t always going to be there for me,” Bobic said. “I’m not going to play in the WNBA.” Bobic, a versatile senior guard/forward, leads a Lancaster team that poses a threat to Palmdale’s three-year Golden League title reign. last_img read more

Men’s Soccer Has Two Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Honors

first_imgTo be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable). Tuominen, a defender, owns a perfect 4.00 GPA in health sciences. He transferred to Drake from Clayton State prior to the 2016 season. Tuominen played in 36 career matches with 32 starts in his two seasons as a Bulldog. Junior Ryan Merideth (East Moline, Ill.) and senior Aleksi Tuominen (Helsinki, Finland) of the Drake University men’s soccer team were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI men’s soccer team, the organization announced Thursday, Nov. 9 morning. The two first-time honorees join five others from the Missouri Valley Conference who are now eligible for the Academic All-America ballot.  Merideth, who holds a 3.86 cumulative grade point average in biochemistry & molecular biology, played in 19 matches, scored two goals and tallied two assists. The forward has played in 55 career matches for the Bulldogs.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

TNT’s Reggie Miller & Chris Webber chime in on the Warriors’ success, free agency speculation & Stephen Curry’s ankle injury

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!Through the NBA’s 82-game schedule that spanned nearly seven months, the Warriors had a season-long soap opera that featured some complacency, some injuries, some infighting, some rampant free-agency speculation and some learning curve on integrating five All-Stars.All of those issues may have left some dirt on the Warriors’ shoulder. But just like Jay-Z, the …last_img read more