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‘When the Competent is Not Available, the Non-Competent Becomes Available”

first_imgPresident Weah along with Minister Mcgill departing the RIA: “If you wish for me to fail, how does that help you, will that develop your life?” –President Weah Tells CriticsShortly after returning to the country from the United Nations General Assembly in New York, President George Weah yesterday told his critics that “when the competent is not available, the non-competent becomes available,” referring to his critics who have claimed that he is not competent to run the affairs of the state.Speaking at a brief Intercessory Service at the Dominion Christian Fellowship Center in Congo Town where thousands of his supporters and government officials assembled to give him a warm welcome back home, President Weah said “From 1847, Liberia had had all the scholars from Harvard University to rule the country but Liberia has reached nowhere in development. We need to have our pro-poor government to make sure that we fix all and connect Liberia to the rest of the countries in Africa.”But contrary to President Weah’s claim that since 1847 all former Liberian presidents had been Harvard graduates, history informs us that only Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was educated at Harvard. The rest of Liberia’s 22 presidents, including William Tolbert (University of Liberia), President Samuel Kanyon Doe ( University of Liberia graduate), William V. S. Tubman (8th grade), were not Harvard graduates.President Weah said if he will not achieve anything within the six years given by the Liberian people, he will achieve the building of roads across Liberia.“We need to build this country, because after 171 years children cannot even go to good schools. Today, someone says we don’t know the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but would not find WAEC [fees] in the budget. We do not know the country’s GDP but we are able to find students’ WAEC fees because Liberia has an honest leadership now,” President Weah said.President Weah said he will remain focus in connecting the country through building roads, despite the many challenges, including infrastructure, education, and healthcare. He said it was time for the Liberian people to work with him to utilize the resources provided by the international community to develop the country, as campaign time for elections was over.He said people believe in Liberia and it was time for everyone to work together to give the country a positive image, especially internationally, and not to engage in things that send a negative image of Liberia. “Liberians need to change their attitude, including obeying the law, a situation that will help the nation or state to develop,” he stated.Commenting on the “missing” L$16 billion, President Weah said at the time the decision was made, “I believed that campaign season that it was not necessary to print the money. I did not sign the document authorizing the Central Bank of Liberia to print the money and the records are there.”Regarding those who took the money and have failed to bring it back, he said the law will take its course, adding: “We did not want to be the judge and told you to relax.”“The government that was in power and had the authority to print the money, we don’t print money and you are calling on the international community to put sanction on us. Our government has caused nothing……if you know the GDP to your fingertip and for 12 years, you failed to develop your country. 12 years, Doe community road is not built and does not have electricity,” he said.“We have L$17 billion, the entire money circulating in the country and you saying that someone took 16 billion; it means that there will be serious inflation now,” President Weah said.“If you wish for me to fail, how does that help you, will that develop your life? I am from the school of thought that failure is a learning process for me,” President Weah said.President Weah said it was unfortunate for the entire world to watch when some Liberians were protesting and calling on the world not to help the CDC-led government.President Weah said journalists who unearthed that money was missing will be part of the investigation to provide some information on the money, “They will join our international partners. You will have to help the people.”The senior pastor of the Dominion Christian Fellowship Center, Archbishop Isaac Winker, told President Weah to speedily investigate the “missing” L$16 billion and provide the report to the Liberian people.“The first war in your leadership is the ‘missing’ L$16 billion, so you have to fight to bring the truth out because the people really want to know,” Archbishop Winker said.Winker called on President Weah to ensure that the “missing” L$16 billion report of the investigation is not put under the carpet as some investigation reports have ended up.Mr. Winker said the Liberian people have already declared that the system has failed and hoped that President Weah will revise it, indicating that “All the presidents ruling this country had their own policies and we hope that you have your own policies to study the policies well because some people want to do their own thing.”“Again, leaders are builders. We can do all the talking and criticism but we must ensure that we ride on paved roads to the south, where pastors will go to the southeast to preach for the people and return on Monday morning to carry on their hustle,” Mr. Winker said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies prep for tripleheader this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies are set for a tripleheader this weekend with one game on home ice and two on the road.Up first for the Pups is a visit from the North Peace Navigators whom the team defeated 1-0 in overtime last weekend for their twentieth win of the season. On Saturday the team hits the road for Beaverlodge to play the last place Blades, followed by a date with the NWJHL leading Dawson Creek Jr Canucks on Sunday.The Huskies head into the matchups with 40 points good enough for second place in league standings, three behind the Jr. Canucks but have four games in hand.- Advertisement -“It’s going to be a ride, big weekend against some really good teams,” said General Manager Jeremy Clothier. “I just hope that we can play with the same energy that we have had for the past five periods of hockey. If we can stay focused on the task at hand and play to our strengths we will have a successful weekend.”Friday and Saturday’s affairs with the Navigators and Beaverlodge respectively get underway at 8:00 p.m. Sunday’s affair with the first place Jr. Canucks starts at 1:30 p.m.last_img read more

Guyanese worried about free and fair elections – Jagdeo

first_img…says Party is constantly fighting attempts to rigOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says that during interactions with Guyanese, both here and abroad, many have expressed concerns about next year’s March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections being free and fair.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoSpeaking at his weekly press conference on Thursday, Jagdeo pointed out that while persons are confident that the PPP will “sweep” the upcoming polls, they are nevertheless worried about the electoral process.“The biggest concern is would the elections be free and fair and so I’m confronted with this question everywhere… I want to say to people that it’s not unreasonable, as I said before, to think that the PNC (People’s Nations Congress – the largest party in the APNU fraction of the governing coalition) will attempt, this APNU cabal, will attempt to tamper with the elections but the opportunities to do so are limited in the new environment,” he stated.According to Jagdeo, already the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Opposition has been constantly fighting off such efforts to rig the upcoming polls.“All long, their plans have been stymied because of a vigilant public, a free press and our struggles – of PPP – to expose attempts to prepare for such an eventuality.”This, the Opposition Leader noted, started with the unilateral appointment of Justice James Patterson at the helm of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Jagdeo reminded that they had to move to the courts to have the hand-picked Chairman removed, which was done in June after the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) had ruled that the appointment was flawed.“So an attempt to tamper with the elections, because with him there highly unlikely we would’ve had free and fair elections. But that attempt was thwarted. Secondly, they attempted to do a House-to-House (H2H) activity that was to replace the NRR (National Register of Registrants) that shouldn’t have been done because it was started even after the former Chairman was removed on a basis of an order he signed. Again, we had to go to the court and the court stopped that activity and declared that it was unconstitutional to remove the names of people from the NRR simply because you did not find them,” he pointed out.More recently, Jagdeo continued, the Government-nominated Commissioners at GECOM also attempted to disenfranchise thousands of Guyanese who failed to uplift their national identification (ID) cards as well as contaminating the voters’ list by merging the unverified data obtained during the H2H exercise with the NRR. He noted that while the PPP managed to thwart these efforts, they were also faced with a similar attempt only last week when they wanted to use a flawed sampling system to verify the approximate 20,000 new registrants.But with the persistent efforts of the PPP Opposition, Jagdeo said GECOM recently decided to conduct a field exercise to verify these new names before they are added to the list. This exercise is expected to last between four to five days, but according to the Opposition Leader, this could have been done weeks ago when PPP-nominated Commissioners at GECOM first named the suggestion.He went on to outline that his Party has also stepped in to foil efforts aimed at preventing external oversight at GECOM leading up to the elections.Nevertheless, he assured that they will continue to fight off any such attempts by the coalition.“I want to say to all of those people with fears that APNU will continue to try to tamper with the process given their history but every attempt will be carefully examined and they will not succeed. We have a different environment. We have a free press and people within [GECOM] who have some integrity and there shall be oversights,” Jagdeo asserted.Going forward, the Opposition Leader pointed out that the Party will now have to look at polling day activities, the training of staff, transparency of information and voters’ education, the placement of staff and so on. He noted that they want these to be professionally done and will be pressing for this.However, Jagdeo explained that these efforts to thwart their attempts at rigging the elections are making the coalition “desperate”. This, he said, is evidence in the fact that the PNC called the PPP riggers when, in fact, there are documented evidence with the international community of rigging under that party.last_img read more

Gor crowned champions as Mathare survive relegation

first_imgHowever, focus was at the bottom where three teams were fighting to stay in the top flight league.Meddie Kagere celebrating after netting a brace against Sony Sugar during the season ender at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on 18th, November 2017. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAWith Mathare only needing a point to assure themselves a place in the 2018 season, they exactly got it after holding Posta Rangers 2-2 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi’s Jericho estate.Thika survived the chop after beating Bandari 1-0 to finish 16 th with 38 points.Western Stima who despite winning 1-0 away to Chemelil could not survive the axe as they joined Muhoroni Youth in the National Super League next season.Cash-Strapped Nakumatt FC finished 15th on 39 points.Sony Sugar parading the gourd of honor for Champions Gor Mahia at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on 18th, November 2017. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAt the Moi Stadium that was attended by Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, Meddie Kagere grabbed a brace in space of five minutes to put K’Ogalo ahead against a resilient Sony side.He found the back of the net in the 28th minute to cancel out George Abege’s opener that was scored two minutes before completing his brace in the 33rd minute.However, Yemi Mwana spoiled K’Ogalo’s party in the 71st minute to ensure the spoils were shared as the Sugar Millers finished the season 11th with 43 pints.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia have been crowned the 2017 KPL champions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 18 – Gor Mahia were officially crowned the 2017 Kenyan Premier League Champions while Mathare United survived relegation as the season concluded on Saturday.Despite being held to a 2-2 draw at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, Gor won their record 16th KPL title having accumulated 74 points, 19 above second placed Sofapaka who beat Zoo Kericho 1-0.last_img read more

THE KILLYGORDON SHOW IN PICTURES!

first_imgThe annual Killygordon Show was held at the weekend and as usual the event had something for everyone.Hundreds turned up for the show which saw a mixture of everything from classic cars to classic tractors!Here are just a few pictures from the show. All pictures by EMG Photos.Ends**********************************************************************************************THE KILLYGORDON SHOW IN PICTURES! was last modified: August 9th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Killygordon Showlast_img read more

‘Sheep stealer’ is worst a farmer can be called in Donegal – solicitor

first_imgA solicitor has told a court that to be called a “sheep stealer” is the worse thing a farmer can be called in rural Ireland.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher was speaking at Falcarragh District in Co Donegal after his client had been charged with handling 35 stolen lambs. John McBride (47) of 11 Firmount pleaded guilty to a total of thirty-five sample charges.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court there was a “stigma” attached to the offence saying “To be called a sheep stealer in rural Donegal is the worst.”Garda Enda Jennings said that in April, 2017, when he had been approached by a local farmer, Michael Cullen who informed him that 76 of his lambs had been stolen.He had carried out an investigation and lambs had been traced to a location atCarrownagannonagh, in Milford and after getting a warrant they seized 37 lambs.McBride claimed the sheep and lambs were his and told Gardai that he had bought the lambs from a man who he had failed to identify.He said he bought the lambs for €20 each although the court was told that lambs cost €50 each and the accused should have known the real value.Defending solicitor, Patsy Gallagher said his client, who was on Social Welfare, had paid the money for the lambs but there had been no suspicion that he had been involved in the theft of them. He had bought them with the intention of selling them on.Pointing out that McBride was “deeply remorseful” for his actions, Mr Gallagher repeated that he had had “no hand or part” in the theft of the livestock.Referring to the “stigma” to such incidents within the farming community, the solicitor claimed: “To be called a sheep stealer in rural Donegal is the worst.”Judge Paul Kelly said there might have been more sympathy for the defendant if he had assisted the Gardai with their investigation initially. “He is dealing with the consequences of failing to cooperate.”Taking to the witness stand, Mr Cullen told the court he had 76 lambs stolen in total.He went on to claim that Mr McBride had been working at the mart in Milford and was not unemployed.On the 35 sample charges before the court, Judge Kelly sentenced the defendant to three months imprisonment suspended for two years on his own bond of €250.He also ordered the defendant to meet the costs incurred by the Gardai in transporting the lambs, totalling €3,300, and also the costs of €6,423 to the Department of Agriculture in the case.‘Sheep stealer’ is worst a farmer can be called in Donegal – solicitor was last modified: October 18th, 2018 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:courtdonegalGardaihandlinglambsMilfordsheeplast_img read more

TWO MINES FOR DONEGAL AS GOLD RUSH BEGINS

first_imgTellus Border Project Gold Map of Donegal – Released October 2013. Experts say we could get two working minesDONEGAL could get two gold mines as part of a €600M hunt for the precious metal along the BorderGlencolmcille, Termon and Glentogher, outside Carndonagh, have all been identified as having the potential for mining.The Glentogher site is in the same area where a tin mine operated until the 1920s. It’s thought these could be underground mines, as opposed to open cast mining which would be fiercely opposed by environmentalists.Similar open cast mines in Tyrone led to years of protests.Koen Verbruggen, director of the Geological Survey of Ireland, says Donegal will eventually get a couple of mines.Prospecting companies will spend many months deciding which areas are best to mine. Tellus found high concentrations of gold in Donegal, particularly the Inishowen peninsula, in Glentogher and in Glencolumcille and Termon. TWO MINES FOR DONEGAL AS GOLD RUSH BEGINS was last modified: November 30th, 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:donegalGlencolmcilleGlentogherGoldTELLUSTermonlast_img read more

JIM’S STEAMY WINDOW FINGER PAINTINGS PUT HIM IN THE FRAME

first_imgA Donegal artist has struck gold after drawing a picture on a steamy window at his brother’s 50th birthday bash.Jim’s window picture entitled Band of Brothers’.Artist Jim Osborne was boiling the kettle at his brother’s home when he had an idea for a picture.He sketched it onto the steamed up window and when it was captured by incoming light, Jim thought the result was perfect. He took a picture of the steamed-up sketch and the results are breathtaking.Now his Steamy Windows collection has caught on and is even being sold by art dealer Charles Saatchi for €350 each.Not bad for a man who also earns a living with his window-cleaning company Shammy’s Window Cleaners!Jim also works in other forms including watercolours. But his name is graducally beginning to take off as the man behind steamy windows.His current steamy windows art can be view at An Grianan Theatre in Letetrkenny JIM’S STEAMY WINDOW FINGER PAINTINGS PUT HIM IN THE FRAME was last modified: March 12th, 2014 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:artdonegalJim OsbourneSteamy Windowslast_img read more

Letterkenny students know where the beef is!

first_imgStudents Scott Thompson and Daniel McMullan certainly know where the beef is.The transition year students from Saint Eunans College have made it through to the final stage of the Certified Irish Angus Beef schools competition in Croke Park on the 14th of March 2018.The Certified Irish Angus Beef schools competition is run by the Irish Angus Producers group along with ABP Ireland and Kepak Group. The aim of the competition is to encourage second level students to gain an understanding about the care and attention that is required to produce and market the highest quality beef for consumers.During the final stage of the competition (Stage 3) 5 finalist school’s are selected to win 5 six month old angus cross calves.The competition then coincides with their Leaving Cert Agricultural Science Project when the finalists rear them through to slaughter and visit processing and retail facilities to understand how the food chain works. Daniel and Scott began their journey back in October of 2017, when they entered the competition by way of a three-minute video.The video began with an introduction to themselves and the school, they then explained the role of agricultural science in the college and explained their understanding of the three main sponsors of the competition, ABP Ireland, Kepak group and Certified Irish Angus Producers Group. The boys then talked about their plans for the promotion of the Certified Irish Angus Beef brand if they were successful in the final stage and winning 5 six month old angus cross calves. Scott and Daniel also interviewed two local farmers for their video.The first being Noel McIntyre, a Pedigree Angus Show breeder. Noel shows cattle all over the country and has won many awards for his cattle so he was very helpful in telling the boys everything about angus show cattle.The second farmer they interviewed was John Graham who is the owner of Ballyholey farm shop in Raphoe. John keeps angus beef cattle and he was happy to tell the boys everything about rearing angus beef cattle.Scott and Daniel would like to say a huge thanks to John and Noel for their help throughout the competition. They were delighted to find out that they had made it past the first stage and were booked in for an interview in Mullingar Park Hotel in Co.Westmeath on the 17th of January 2017.During the first week in February the boys got word that they were successful yet again and were heading for the final stage of the competition in Croke park on the 14th of March 2018. They are busy preparing their display which they hope will help them win the competition and the ultimate prize of the 5 Angus Cross Calves.Letterkenny students know where the beef is! was last modified: March 5th, 2018 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:beefdonegalletterkennySt Eunanslast_img read more

Sharks, Blues react to controversial ending to Game 3

first_imgSan Jose Sharks’ Erik Karlsson (65) celebrates his game winning goal with San Jose Sharks’ Joakim Ryan (47) against the St. Louis Blues in the overtime period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo., on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington slammed his stick against the glass as he and some of his teammates started to surround referees Marc Joannette …last_img read more