2014 Sports Review: Painful Milestones and a New Start

first_imgSoccer: If there is anything worth remembering about Liberian soccer in 2014, the clear cut answer is that there was nothing much.This was simply because in the third month of 2014 (March), Liberia was engulfed in a fight against an insidious disease, Ebola, that began to reap a grim harvest.And the Liberia Football Association as a consequence suspended all its activities as part of the national effort to fight the Ebola virus.As if that was not enough, former LFA Vice Chairman, (under President Samuel K. Doe), Willis D. Knuckles died on Monday, July 29. His shocking demise shocked relatives and friends, as well as the sporting community.Known as Bob Willis, he headed the re-organization of football administration in the country, as vice chairman of the Liberia Football Association in 1982. He was supported by a star cast of actors, leading Liberian clubs to participate in continental tournaments. His administration re-started a regular soccer league as well as the LFA-Sub Committees and Associations program that sought to identify future talents for the regular league.He was ably supported by Assa-Mady Kaba, known then as ‘Chairman,’ who headed the Central Monrovia LFA-Sub Committee, to set up the Union of Liberia Football Association Sub-Committees (ULFASCOM). It was also during his administration that the LFA toured all the counties and established LFA Sub-associations that are integral part of today’s football development. Personalities included the late M. La-Marks Kerdoe and Mohammed Sherrif of Logan Town.The tragedy of Knuckles’ passing was still fresh under the year under review when broadcast journalist Zoegar Quinn James died two months later. The circumstances leading to Zeogar’s death was evidently the broken healthcare system, where Zeogar was reportedly rushed from hospital to another without success.Though Zoegar lived a simple life, and mostly it was his friends who helped to transport him here and there, many Liberians were shocked when the Liberian government Gazette, issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, described the deceased as ‘Honorable Zeogar Q. Jaynes.’The Gazette, originally issued when tragedy hits any prominent Liberian, explained in details the deceased’s remarkable contributions towards Liberia’s growth.Zeogar’s death was also still fresh when Joseph Cooper, Office Secretary at the Liberia Football Association during the administration of Mr. Willis D. Knuckles also died.Cooper, a resident of Caldwell, was as efficient in his dealings with soccer, as the late Willis D. Knuckles was to administration and the two men struck a relation that developed beyond their respective times at the LFA.“They were together till the end,” said someone who followed the activities of the two men.As the struggle to contain the insidious disease receded in the year under review, the Liberia Football Association’s technical department, under Henry Browne put up a program to restart the rebuilding of the national soccer team, Lone Star and its junior teams.After nearly three weeks seminar, and practical at the Antoinete Tubman Stadium former national team players, including James Salinsa Debbah, Kervin Sebwe, Thomas Kojo, Janjay Jacobs, Washington Blay, Christopher Wreh, Joe Nagbe, George Gebro, Varmah Kpoto, and Oliver Makor—received the blessings of the Liberia Football Association for a fresh start.“The dissolution of George Weah X1 in 2002,” LFA boss Musa Bility told them, “was done poorly that afterwards there were no role models for the next generation.”Hence, it became necessary to allow former players who went professional to now take over the national soccer teams: Lone Star, Junior Lone Star, U-23 and U-17.“We’ll provide you with every support,” Bility told the coaches, “we want you to build national teams with players with commitment to Liberia.”It means that the new coaches have the challenge to begin a new, with new players to develop the various national teams for regional and continental assignments in 2015 and beyond.It will not be an easy task but thank God, Soccer Legend, George Manneh Weah made a triumphant entry into the Liberian Senate for Montserrado and the LFA and sports lovers are crossing their fingers to get Ambassador Weah’s exceptional support for financial and moral support to run a smooth national football program.Weah’s senatorial success, said some of his admirers, “is a success for sports.” Their hope is that with Ambassador Weah’s commanding presence at the senate, he would mobilize support to put Liberian soccer where it belongs on the world and the continental stages.And hopefully, other sports may benefit after all.Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts: While Liberian boxing has suffered greatly, there was news from the United States that all was not lost.And so as Ebola virus weakened every segment of our public life and cancelled all sporting activities, in 2014, far away in Atlanta, Ga in the United States, Liberian boxer Archie Weah was knocking doors with glorious feats.Weah turned professional in the United States and won two Golden Glove Awards. And remarkably he gained the blessings of five-time WBC champion American Evander Holyfield. The Liberian now wants to represent his country in the next Olympic Games in Brazil.“What a chance opportunity for Liberia to at least make history at the next Olympics,” someone who has followed Archie Weah sent a text to the Daily Observer sports.One of the vice president’s of the Liberia National Olympic Committee Malcolm Joseph is following Archie Weah’s development with interest, he told the Daily Observer in a phone conversation recently.And though with Liberia bruised by Ebola and rejected by the world another Liberian was making waves in the United States as well.  Hitting headlines in the United States in 2014 was Mixed Martial Artist, Dwight Jaytee Joseph, a sensation in a sport that seemed to favor the Liberian.He has dominated the division and with his increasing success, it is hopeful that 2015 will see the Liberian achieve major successes to help promote his country’s image.Joseph made a contribution in the 2014 Ebola fight when he set up a website to solicit funds to help defeat the Ebola virus.“Showcasing the prowess of Liberia has always been an added impetus as I participate in competitions and don my country’s flag,” Joseph said recently after overcoming an opponent in one of his latest fights.Other sports: It is encouraging to note that in the year under review sporting federations, including taekwondo, handball, lawn tennis, golf, basketball and table tennis ceased all their operations and joined the united fight against the Ebola, and with the virus continuous decline, as latest reports have indicated, Liberian sports would have better standing in 2015 and thereafter. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Waiting on payment from Govt since 2017

first_imgDear Editor,I am the owner of Hyper Soundz Music system. I played on September 8, 2017, for the Education Department for the activity Literacy Road March. The said activity commenced from the Jaigobin Tarmac in Henrietta to Anna Regina Multilateral Secondary compound, Essequibo Coast. For this activity, I had to hire a lorry with a generator and my cost was $35,000. So far, I have great embarrassment in my efforts to collect my money.On Monday, December 19, 2017, I visited the Education Office in Cotton Field, where the education officer informed me that the contract is missing, and I will have to sign another one. I was assured that payment would be made before the end of 2017. No other contract was prepared for me to sign.After constantly checking with the Education Department and the regional system I was given a royal run-around.On Monday, February 12, 2018, I communicated with the Regional Chairman, Devanand Ramdatt, who promised to follow up on this matter. However, his efforts were to no avail.I checked with some finance officers in the region’s accounting system and they have told me my contract passed through the system and payment should have been made.Editor, it is very disconcerting that many have played music after me and have been promptly paid. On the other hand, I have experienced, to my mind, deliberate attempts to deny me payment.As an elected Councillor of the Anna Regina Town Council and Cotton Field being part of my constituency, I had a confrontation with the Regional Executive Officer, Rupert Hopkinson on November 11, 2017. The REO is the last person to sign my contact. It is my firm belief that I am being victimised. The ridicule in securing my money is a shame to the notion of social cohesion Government is trying to promote. However, at the end of the day, I must be paid. I shall continue to vigorously pursue this matter.Sincerely Yours,Herman Persaudlast_img read more

Vendors outside Stabroek Market to be temporarily relocated

first_imgSome 400 vendors who ply their trade around the Stabroek Market area, in down town Georgetown, will be temporarily relocated as City Hall launches a clean-up exercise in the area.The vendors were called to a meeting on Thursday morning at the Georgetown City Council where they were informed of plans to have them temporarily relocated.Town Clerk Royston King told the vendors that the move was part of an overarching plan to secure the integrity and health of the Stabroek Market and the surrounding areas.In the agreement, it was stated that a “massive clean-up” exercise will take place on Sunday May 1 and vendors, who have stalls in the municipal markets, were asked to return and occupy those stalls. Should these vendors fail to do so,it will result in the “repossession of those facilities.”Hundreds of vendors who will be temporarily relocated from Stabroek Market Square and its immediate environsKing noted that vendors who are operating around the Stabroek Market will be relocated at a vacant lot South of Parliament Buildings.“Vendors, who are plying their trade at the Stabroek Market Square and contiguous areas would be temporarily relocated to a plot of land South of the Parliament Buildings. The Council would provide lighting, 24-hour security, and sanitary facilities,” the Council added.The Town Clerk noted that this move would last for four months. The empty lot where the vendors will be relocated is where one of the Royal Castle’s fast food outlets once stood on Hadfield and Lombard Streets.At the meeting, King told stakeholders that land is adequate to take off all of the vendors especially those who are on the immediate periphery of the square. He also noted that the Stabroek Market Square location is “very iconic” and rich in history and as such, “a new set of energies” need to be created so that its beauty can emanate.On the converse, some vendors related that they would be affected by the move while others deemed it “unfair” and likened the proposal to “disrespect”. Concerns were also raised with regard to the plot of land identified for relocation. Some questioned if there would indeed have enough space for everyone to ply their trade.In City Council’s statement however, it said that all vendors present supported the plans.last_img read more

‘Nigerian Soldiers Coming, But Not For Elections’

first_imgCOAS Lt/Gen. Buratai briefs newsmen during the Nigeria Army Combat Arms training week in Bauchi, Nan.Defense Ministry: No soldiers for elections but they will come ahead of elections under UNMIL and stay until after inauguration. Coincidentally.The Defense Ministry in Monrovia yesterday confirmed the deployment of Nigerian soldiers to Liberia, but said, “The soldiers are being deployed to carry out regular rotation of its troops, (and) that has nothing to do with the upcoming elections.”In a release issued yesterday, Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs, David Kadiker Dahn, said contrary to Wednesday’s report of the deployment of 230 Nigerian soldiers to beef up security during and after Liberia’s upcoming elections, the deployment of the Nigerian contingent is instead under the banner of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).The deployment, according to the release, is a normal and regular part of UNMIL’s troop rotation. The Nigerian troops will land in Liberia on August 12  and will remain until the end of their tour of duty in March 2018, thereby sealing the official rotation of the Nigerian contingent in Liberia under UNMIL.The Ministry categorically refutes all earlier quotations ascribed to Assistant Minister Dahn, adding, “Being fully aware of (compartmentalization) within the security sector, Minister Dahn, during a telephone call placed to him by reporter Cewhy Kwanue on August 2 regarding Nigerian troops expected in the country for elections, advised the reporter to seek direct clarity from Brownie J. Samukai, the Minister of National Defense, but unfortunately the reporter did not contact the minister, but rather went on to publish concocted information.”A recent edition of Nigeria Vanguard newspaper reported, however, that the Nigerian Army is to deploy 230 personnel, comprising 19 officers and 211 soldiers, to Liberia to “maintain peace and stability” during the upcoming October elections. The paper quoted that country’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, who allegedly made the disclosure while briefing journalists during Nigeria’s Army Combat at Arms Training Week in Bauchi, Kaduna, the state capital of north-western Nigeria.He is reported to have charged the soldiers to shun acts that have the ability to tarnish Nigeria’s image while on their tour of duty in Liberia. “You must observe human rights, and respect the cultural and religious sensitivity of Liberians,” Buratai is quoted as having said. According to the Vanguard, the army chief said since 1960, Nigeria has deployed over 20,000 troops to 40 peacekeeping missions in Africa, including Liberia, and across the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

THE SECRET BEHIND DONEGAL SQUAD’S SHARP-DRESSED MEN

first_imgTHE attire of Donegal’s conquering heroes has certainly been turning heads this week.And when Jim McGuinness and his triumphant men returned home to Donegal Town last night, everyone wanted to know where they got this cool outfits.Evolve Menswear in Letterkenny say they are “proud” to have fitted out the Ulster Champions this week. Above is the offical photo of the Ulster Champions all fitted by the one and only Evolve Menswear.“We are just proud to be assosiated with such fine footballers, talent and the with the Donegal GAA as a whole,” said Evolve’s JP McCloskey.“We want to pass on a massive congratulations to all players, management backroom staff, members of the county board and the very excellent suppoters who were as good as the extra man on the day.”   THE SECRET BEHIND DONEGAL SQUAD’S SHARP-DRESSED MEN was last modified: July 23rd, 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:THE SECRET BEHIND DONEGAL SQUAD’S SHARP-DRESSED MENlast_img read more

COMMUNITY NOTICE: YOGA EVERY THURSDAY AT NIALL MÓR CENTRE

first_imgCommunity Notices: Niall Mór Centre1 Day Pediatric First Aid Course July 2015 9.30am – 4.30pm. 1 Day Safe Pass Course July & August 2015 dates to be confirmed J C Fitness classes Monday – Saturday contact John:  087 9617436Yoga with Zia Thursday evenings:  087 6463956Yoga with Eileen every Wednesday morningEmail:  Southwestdonegalcdp1@gmail.com Courses:6 week Digital Photography8 week Beginners SpanishArt Classes6 week Cookery Class3 Day First Aid FETAC Level 5Basic ComputersLetterkenny Women’s Group have a counselling service every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Centre contact Breid:  07491 24985COMMUNITY NOTICE: YOGA EVERY THURSDAY AT NIALL MÓR CENTRE was last modified: May 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Community NoticeFeaturesNiall Mor CentreNoticesYogalast_img read more

Vest replacement under fire

first_img Corrections spokeswoman Elaine Jennings rejected the union’s claims, saying the agency started buying the replacement equipment early this year, long before the U.S. Justice Department’s latest warning. With police agencies across the country also looking to exchange vests, manufacturers can only deliver so many at once, she said. “As soon as we found out there was a problem with the quality of the vests we made a move to replace them,” Jennings said. “It wasn’t a matter of funding. … We have moved to replace them as a fast as humanly possible.” A spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger referred calls back to the corrections department. The Department of Parks and Recreation expects to swap roughly 300 Zylon vests still being used by its public safety officers in five to seven months, agency spokesman Roy Stearns said. Questions about the safety of Zylon vests arose in 2003 after a Pennsylvania officer was wounded in the stomach when a .40-caliber bullet pierced his vest. The same year, an Oceanside, Calif. officer, Tony Zeppetella, was shot and killed while wearing a vest made with Zylon. Those vests were made by Second Chance Body Armor Inc. The Michigan-based company is the target of lawsuits by various state and federal officials. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating allegations that the company sold defective bulletproof vests for President George W. Bush and others, then waited nearly two years to alert customers of a possible hazard. California agencies bought their vests from two different companies – Tennessee-based Protective Apparel Corporation of America and Massachusetts-based First Choice Armor, Bender said. Messages left with both companies were not returned Friday afternoon. Under California’s contract with the companies, the Protective Apparel Corporation of America vest costs about $234 and the First Choice model $575, Bender said. Tom Dresslar, a California attorney general spokesman, said the state has not joined nationwide lawsuit against Second Chance, though it has filed a claim seeking restitution for local police agencies and others in the company’s bankruptcy case. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – The Schwarzenegger administration is moving too slow to replace hundreds of bulletproof vests that the federal government has warned could put law enforcement officers’ lives at risk, a union official charged Saturday. “It’s despicable,” said Chuck Alexander, vice president of the prison guards’ union, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. “It’s already a dangerous job. With defective equipment, it just makes it that much more dangerous.” Earlier this month, the California Department of General Services began collecting the suspect vests after notifying state agencies of the potential danger, said department spokesman Matt Bender. The move came after an August advisory from the U.S. Department of Justice. Body armor with the Japanese-made fiber Zylon might degrade faster than expected and allow bullets to penetrate, “creating a risk of death or serious injury,” federal officials cautioned. 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 About 5,890 vests containing Zylon were purchased by California agencies in recent years. Although they didn’t have precise figures, state officials estimate that hundreds remain in use. The California Highway Patrol, which began buying new gear before the latest advisory, has replaced “the majority” of its 4,390 Zylon vests and ordered a final batch of substitutes in November, spokesman Tom Marshall said. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has replaced 1,300 of its 2,100 Zylon vests, worn by parole agents and other officers. Alexander said he voiced concerns about the equipment to state officials last year. “They told me a year ago they were going to fix the problem,” he said, adding that the $50 million California spent on last month’s special election could have gone toward vests. last_img read more

State certifies rescue squads

first_img 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’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Two local fire departments belong to the state’s newest Regional Urban Search and Rescue Task Force teams.The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services announced the certification of the two new teams this week. Santa Fe Springs, Montebello, Downey and Vernon fire departments comprise one team. The Long Beach Fire Department makes up the other group.There is only one other such team in California, and it’s based in Marin County, according to Greg Renick, information officer for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.“These are lighter and quicker task forces than our eight 70-member US&R teams,” said Kim Zagaris, OES fire and rescue chief. “These teams will mobilize into a disaster scene within 45 minutes and begin initial search operations and lay the ground work for our large teams that respond within several hours.”Renick said there are 28 national urban search and rescue teams; eight are in California. The national groups have 70-plus members while the regional teams each have about 29 members.Renick said the need for the regional task forces was identified after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.Santa Fe Springs fire Chief Neal Welland said California created mini urban search and rescue teams.“This is a brand new concept,” Welland said. “In 30 minutes, it can gather 29 people from the jurisdiction, get equipment and go on the road.”The regional task forces are designed to respond to disasters within the regional Southern California area, but can also be sent to other parts of the state.Santa Fe Springs, Montebello, Vernon and Downey belong to Area E, one of the disaster response territories. Area E cities have different committees, including one for urban search and rescue, said Welland, who is also the operations chief for Area E.The urban search and rescue committee discovered the state’s idea for the regional teams and suggested they form one.“We went to the state and said we want to be a regional urban search and rescue team,” Welland said.The state Office of Emergency Services certifies the team for training and equipment.“A department or group of departments come to us and tell us they have the resources for a team,” Renick said. “We evaluate the program to see if they have the required equipment and training for the job.”The cost for the team will be borne by the four agencies, Welland said. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718last_img read more

FORMER DONEGAL U21 STAR SELECTED ON MIDDLE EAST GAA TEAM FOR WORLD GAMES

first_imgFormer Gaoth Dobhair player James Carroll in action for Al Ain GAA club.Former Donegal and Gaoth Dobhair GAA player James Carroll has been selected on the Middle East representative team for the inaugural World Games which takes place in Abu Dhabi next month. Men’s and ladies teams will travel from Argentina, Asia, Australasia, Canada, New York, North America, Europe, South Africa and from around the Middle East to compete in the inaugural competition.Carroll played on the Donegal U21 side that won the Ulster title in 2010 and that were defeated by Dublin in the All-Ireland final later the same year. The team was managed by Jim McGuinness, and their success ultimately led to McGuinness being appointed as Donegal Senior team manager in 2011.Carroll was a pivotal figure in that side and had been on the fringes of the Donegal Senior squad during McGuinness’s tenure.Carroll was a mainstay in the forward line for his local club Gaoth Dobhair before he was forced to emigrate in search of employment.Carroll is a qualified teacher and moved to the UAE in 2013. Carroll plays for Al Ain GAA club and has been selected on the representative side along with his teammate Neil Quinn.Al Ain GAA club posted the following on Facebook, “Congratulations to the two boys who have been chosen to play on the Middle East team for the World Games.“We look forward to supporting all our representatives at the World Games in March. ‪#‎MiddleEastGAA‬ ‪#‎AlAinAbú FORMER DONEGAL U21 STAR SELECTED ON MIDDLE EAST GAA TEAM FOR WORLD GAMES was last modified: February 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Al Ain GAA ClubGAAJames CarrollMiddle EastnewsSportWorld Gameslast_img read more

DONEGAL TEENAGER SAYS WHO NEEDS THE LEAVING CERT, I’M ON FIFA!

first_imgA Donegal teenager disappointed he never completed his Leaving Certificate has taken solace from the fact he is on FIFA 15 to dilute the disappointment of his academic achievements.Talented goalkeeper Michael Lynch 19, is from St. Johnston and plays for Institute FC. He recently helped Derry City U19’s win the Foyle Cup and had regularly featured on the bench for Peter Hutton’s first-team squad before leaving the club a fortnight ago.However, unlike his schoolmates Lynch won’t be able to revel in the delirium associated with getting good grades on the important state examination.Social media outlet Facebook was awash with users expressing their delight at their results.Lynch was unable to share in the joy and relief of getting good grades, but took comfort than NONE of them are on FIFA 15. Lynch posted images of him playing for Derry City in real life and image of him playing on the FIFA 15 computer game on his Facebook timeline accompanied with the following caption!‘F**k your Leaving Cert, I’m on FIFA.’You can’t argue with that. 🙂  DONEGAL TEENAGER SAYS WHO NEEDS THE LEAVING CERT, I’M ON FIFA! was last modified: August 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more