Pools drawn for London Sevens

first_imgSouth Africa – series winners and champions in Paris – are top seeds in Pool A alongside USA, Wales and Kenya.Pool B is topped by last year’s London champions, Scotland, who will face France, Argentina and Russia on day one in Twickenham.New Zealand will play Fiji, Canada and Japan while host team England will play Samoa, Australia and Spain. Photo by World Rugbylast_img

School Female League Gets 100 Footballs

first_imgFootball to Develop the Destitute (FODEDE) has received 100 footballs from the YMCA to implement its school league.Presenting the footballs to officials of FODEDE on Monday, the Assistant Secretary General for Development at the YMCA, Timotheus Kamaboakia, said the donation is to “foster community youth sports.”Mr. Kamaboakai urged FODEDE to use the footballs for their intended purpose.Mr. Wallace Weiah, the President of FODEDE said FODEDE in partnership with Child Liberia and the Liberia Football Association, intends to take football to female students to develop the secondary league.For her part, LFA EC member Rochell Woodson hailed YMCA for the donation and described the donation as timely.The Executive Director of Child Liberia, Welleh Bohlen, disclosed that Football for Hope International has approved a grant of US$15,000 to introduce football in schools amongst female students under their program “Students on the Move.”The donation is part of One World Futbol donations to the country through the YMCA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Justice for Liberia, Peace for the Citizens

first_imgSince the civil war ended and Liberia transitioned into a rather fragile peace, it is people of other countries who have been championing justice for the impoverished and war affected people.It is estimated that 250,000 innocent Liberians were killed with nearly the entire infrastructure and social fabric of the nation destroyed.Besides the destruction caused by the war, Liberians appear to have turned on themselves as a result of prolonged exposure to violence and crime and engendered ethnic hatred.For instance, bitterness from the war exists between Gio-Mano on the one hand and the Krahns on the other hand.  Mandingos and the two major tribes of Nimba, the Gio and Mano, are yet to be fully reconciled because of bitterness from the war.The same is with the Mandingos and the rest of the tribes of Lofa County.Amidst this persistent bitterness and animosities rooted in the prolonged civil war, there is an urgent need to do away with bitterness and animosity, but this may prove unachievable until justice takes its course.In order to help relieve Liberians of the burden of hurt and grief and to provide to a significant existence, guarantees of non-repetition, accountability for past abuses should be a must do as a way of undermining impunity and discouraging the settling of old scores which could lead the nation down the path to conflict once again.In this regard, the arrest in France recently, of former battlefield commander of the defunct United Liberation Movement (ULIMO-K), Kunti K, is a welcome development.In 2017, the Belgian Government arrested former National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) Artillery Commander, Martina Johnson for her role in the Liberian war.In Great Britain in 2017, Agnes Reeves Taylor was arrested by the British Government to answer to charges of human rights abuse committed during the civil war.The United States Government had, by then, already convicted Mohammed Jabateh otherwise referred to as Jungle Jabbah, and NPFL former Defense Minister, Thomas Woewiyu who, just a few months ago, faced trial in the United States.Dutch arms trafficker, Gus Kouwenhoven has also been slapped with a 19-year jail term having been adjudged guilty of selling arms to jailed former President, Charles Taylor during the war.The fight for justice in Liberia still continues, however, this time around, with a kind of resurgence never seen since the TRC submitted its report in December 2009. Currently there is a growing wave of international support for accountability for past abuses.Most notable is that received from US Congressman, Daniel Donovan, who has announced plans to introduce a bill seeking the establishment of a War Crimes Court and the implementation of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).The quest is for Justice, both restorative and retributive as recommended by the TRC. So far, the call for justice has centered mainly on retributive justice, or the prosecution of war and economic criminals.This newspaper, however, remains mindful of the compelling need to restore communities to a state of harmony and peaceful coexistence which were ruptured by the conflict, as well as to restore individuals who lost their humanity and committed atrocities during the prolonged civil war.The term justice means rendering to everyone his due or right; just treatment, requital of desert; merited reward or punishment; that which is due to one’s conduct or motives (1913 Webster).This newspaper observes that mounting efforts to ensure that victims of the civil conflict receive justice are being undermined by a few Liberians, mainly perpetrators, using scare tactics to silence calls for justice.They argue that the establishment of a War Crimes Court here means the country will revert to war. As a result of such scare tactics by former warlords, many ordinary Liberians to harbor fears that the quest for justice would serve to undermine peace and foment anarchy.Such negative perception only serves to entrench the culture of fear and impunity and rewards war criminals with lucrative positions in government. To the disappointment of a growing number of Liberians, the CDC-led Government that once advocated for the establishment of war crimes court to prosecute perpetrators now appears to be linking up with the very perpetrators to sweep justice under the carpet.This paper, the Daily Observer, believes that in order for this country to achieve progress, its leadership must tackle corruption, address the culture of fear and impunity, promote unfettered access to cold, neutral and impartial justice to all its citizens without bias or discrimination and create opportunities for self-actualization for all and sundry.We hope the campaign for justice in Liberia will succeed in establishing the Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal for Liberia as recommended by the TRC. This newspaper firmly believes that this is perhaps the best guarantee for non-repetition of the horrors visited upon the Liberian people by individuals who lost their humanity.For to do otherwise will only serve to further undermine the rule of law and entrench a perception of ‘might makes right’, which will ultimately cause immeasurable harm to the nation and its peoples.This newspaper strongly supports accountability and the rule of law. It shall not, never ever bend its knees in deference to those who seek to wave the ‘Sword of Damocles’ over this nation and frighten the people into subservience and fear.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Private Sector wants stimulus package to kick-start economic growth

first_img… says some sectors facing troubleThe coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government cannot continue with its ‘hodge-podge’ approach to managing the economy; it must present a stimulus for growth in the declining sectors of the economy, without abandoning traditional pillars of economic growth, since the oil industry is still a developing one.Finance Minister, Winston JordanThe frank views were articulated by President of the Georgetown Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Deodat Indar, this past week during an interview with members of the local media corps, where he called for a stimulus programme to be introduced by the sitting Government in order to kick-start growth in Guyana’s tradition industries.Indar was at the time giving the Private Sector umbrella body’s views on the troubling figures released by Finance Minister Winston Jordan when he recently released the mid-year report on the national spending expenditure, savings and earnings.“We can’t have a ‘hodge-podge’ thing… We need something proper, something broad to look at all segments facing some level of downturn and to make sure we put stimulus in place to kick-start some of those things,” according to Indar.The GCCI President told journalists gathered at the Georgetown Marriott for an Audit Office Capacity Building forum that “based on last numbers coming out of Central Bank, there are some sectors facing trouble… Our members are complaining.”He pointed to the mid-year report for 2017 and observed that while there was some good news for smaller sectors such as construction, other crops, and transportation, the traditional pillars of the economy in addition to other major contributors have been on a steady decline.He noted that in addition to the negative performances returned by sugar, timber and other sectors’ growth in some areas are being somewhat misconstrued.According to the GCCI President, while growth is reflected in the manufacturing sector, this is only due to the performance of one commodity under that economic rubric, namely rice.Indar told journalists that were the rice figures to be removed from the equation, then a non-rice manufacturing sector would reveal that the industry is in fact facing troubling times, since it would then reflect a negative growth.According to Indar, the current state of affairs will inevitably lead to greater job losses which would in turn lead to reduced consumption.The GCCI President pointed out that reduced consumption by a populace stricken by reduced or lost income will lead to reduced revenue companies and this would mean reduced taxes.He warned that in such a situation where the tax base is reduced, it will ultimately lead to a budget deficit which means Government will either have to increase taxes or “have to borrow money to run the country.”The GCCI President opined this to be an undesirable situation adding “we want to see the real sector kick-start.”He noted that oil and gas sector is still in its developmental stage and the country already has well established sectors of the economy already.Indar was firm in his conviction that these tradition sectors require urgent assistance on the part of the Administration in order to maintain economic gains until that time comes when there can be an influx of additional revenues from the oil and gas sector.“We have some traditional sectors and we should not abandon them,” he cautioned. Meanwhile, as it relates to the imminent presentation of the budget for the coming year, Indar told journalists the grouping has not yet met with the Minister but do look forward to an invitation to be consulted.The mid-year report – which was released by the Minister before the National Assembly – went into recess had also highlighted Government’s continued failure at using its annual budget for the provision of services to the nation, this, even as the country’s export earnings continue to decline and gold joining the list of commodities on the decline.In that report the Minister has also had to revise his overall projection for national growth downwards again.Of note in the report is that while many of the traditional sectors, such as sugar and forestry, continue to perform poorly, the gold sector which has been credited with keeping the economy buoyant in recent years, has now also begun to decline in terms of production and earnings from sales on the international markets.last_img read more

Brandt Tractor Dispute

first_imgThe three week Brandt Tractor labor dispute is headed for binding arbitration.The ruling by mediator Mark Atkinson brought to an end a strike, which began on June 11th and, employees at all BC locations returned to work yesterday.The ruling put in place on July first a tentative deal reached on June 27th, which includes wage hikes of 22 percent over four years.- Advertisement -It also calls for increases in tool and boot allowances, shift premiums, meal allowances and pension contributions.Brandt Tractor is located in thirteen BC communities, including Fort St. John and Fort Nelson in the northeast.It’s workers are members of the International Union of Operating Engineers, local 115.Advertisementlast_img read more

Property tax policy report delayed for two weeks

first_imgDr. Stanley Hamilton has been given a two week extension to present his recommendations to City Council. He was scheduled to present his Property Tax Policy Review Commission Report to council on March 9th, but will now give his report on March 23rd. Dr. Hamilton will be making his 10 minutes presentation at the regular council meeting at 3:05p.m.- Advertisement – The comprehensive report will be presented on March 23rd at the Committee of the Whole open meeting. It will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.last_img read more

Man Utd great Giggs named Wales boss

first_imgThe former winger, 44, has been out of football for 18 months since leaving the coaching staff at Old Trafford when Jose Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal in 2016.“I’m tremendously proud and excited to be the next Wales manager and I can’t wait to get going,” Giggs said at his official unveiling in Cardiff. “It’s a great opportunity and I’m excited.“I played 64 times for my country. I’d like to think I’ll be the same kind of manager as I was a player, with professionalism but also a little bit of fun along the way.”Giggs said he had picked the brains of his former boss at Old Trafford, under whom he spent almost his entire career.“I’ve spoken to him over the last 24 hours and I’ll speak to him in more depth but obviously I want to be my own manager,” he said. “I was itching to get back into football, that’s where I belong.”Giggs’s first fixture in charge of Wales will be in the 2018 China Cup against the hosts in Nanning on March 22.He had been the clear favourite for the Wales job since he declared his interest last month and the Welsh FA was keen to make the appointment before the UEFA Nations League draw, which takes place in Switzerland on January 24.Giggs, who was in charge of United as caretaker for four games at the end of the 2013-14 season after David Moyes was sacked, spent two seasons as Louis Van Gaal’s assistant coach.His departure from Old Trafford ended a long association with the club where he made a record 963 appearances as a player, scoring 168 goals.Giggs knows his status as one of Wales’s greatest players is no guarantee he will succeed as the national team’s boss.“It opens doors but so many times it’s been said having a good career as a player doesn’t make you a good manager,” he said.“I’ve got a great group of players to work with who have been so successful over the last four or five years. Who can forget watching us at the Euros? I want to get us back there.“I think there’s a good balance. There’s experienced players and good young players coming through and I can’t wait to work with them.”Coleman spent nearly six years as Wales manager before leaving to take over relegation-threatened Sunderland in November.He became the most successful manager in Welsh football history when he guided the country to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 — Wales’s first major tournament for 58 years — only to suffer the heartache of missing out on this year’s World Cup finals in Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ryan Giggs has been the clear favourite for Wales job since he declared his interest last month © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFCardiff, United Kingdom, Jan 15 – Former Manchester United great Ryan Giggs said Monday he was “itching” to get back into football after being unveiled as the new Wales boss — his first permanent managerial post.Giggs, who replaces Chris Coleman, revealed he had sought advice from his former United manager Alex Ferguson over the job.last_img read more

Monaco under fire after ‘most boring F1 race ever’ claims

first_img0Shares0000Monaco’s narrow street circuit gives little opportunity for overtaking © AFP/File / Andrej ISAKOVICMONACO, Monaco, May 28 – The Monaco Grand Prix faced a growing barrage of criticism on Monday after Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton described it as “probably the most boring race ever”.Daniel Ricciardo’s winning performance on Sunday in his power-reduced Red Bull may have boosted his value in the drivers’ market and given him an outside tilt at the title, but the dull procession behind him was widely condemned as a spectacle. Two-time world champion Alonso, twice a winner on the narrow street circuit in the Mediterranean principality, was not the first or only driver to complain after a contest lacking incident and excitement.It was the first Monaco race without the deployment of a safety car since 2009.That Ricciardo could win from pole position in a car that had had its power reduced by 25 percent confirmed both his maturing talent and the enforced tedious mediocrity of the racing.Alonso, of McLaren, was only echoing what championship leader and defending champion Hamilton had said after finishing third behind Ricciardo and fellow four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.“Extremely boring. I mean, this is probably the most boring race ever,” said Alonso. “Without a safety car, without yellow flags, I think the sport needs to think a little bit about the show because this is very disappointing.Daniel Ricciardo’s victory in Monaco proved he is a growing force © AFP / Andrej ISAKOVIC“So I think we probably need to give something to the fans at the end of the race just to pay the ticket back a little. I think it is Monaco -– the way it is. It think it is quite boring. We just start in our qualifying position and we run to the flag in that position.”Finn Kimi Raikkonen, in the second Ferrari, started and finished fourth.“Qualifying decides everthing here,” he said. “Not a lot happens. Everyone drives around behind each other and whoever is in front dictates the speed.”Hamilton had set the tone among the senior drivers when he said: “The tyres were not great, but we were all driving so slow… it was not an attacking race — we were just cruising. It was not racing.“I will be shocked if anyone was awake at home while it was on, because I would have been asleep on the couch.”– Headache for Liberty Media –The predictability of the Monaco race is normally forgiven if there is some incident to enliven the glamorised choreography of what is a largely corporate festival, but this year’s contest plumbed new depths of mediocrity.It has presented F1’s new American owners Liberty Media with a major problem as they grapple with the task of brightening up the show without losing its traditional values.Hamilton suggested looking over the Atlantic for inspiration to create a closer race.“You look at NASCAR, they put in a bunch of safety cars for no reason at all to bunch the pack up. There’s like 100 yellow flags in the race to bring them all together.”The main problem, this time, appeared to be the new “hyper-soft” Pirelli tyres.They produced stunning one lap speed, but lacked durability and, as a result, in a one-stop race on a tight street track where overtaking is virtually impossible, drivers were instructed to be conservative and make their alternative “ultra-soft” tyres last the distance.“We must decide what we want… If they want to push, we must produce more consistent tyres, less sensitive to over-heating,” Pirelli racing chief Mario Isola said.“But if we go softer, it is the other way and there is overheating and then they have to cruise.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgGary McCullagh presenting Tony Ryan from the Irish Kidney Association a cheque for €500 for the Irish Kidney Association Hostel at Beaumont Hospital. The money was raised from a bake sale held During the recent Tea Day in Raphoe.The organisers of the Tea Party in aid of the Make a Wish Foundation held recently in Raphoe have hailed the event a massive success this week after they presented two cheques of the proceeds to different organisations.A total of €4,565.13 was raised on the day for the Make a Wish Foundation, while a bake sale held on the same day raised €500 for the Irish Kidney Association Hostel at Beaumont Hospital.The Tea Day on May 28 in Raphoe Boxing Club was attended by a huge number of people from the local community, while sports stars Jason Quigley and Finn Harps captain Kevin McHugh were also in attendance on the day.Organiser of the event, Aileen McCullagh, said she was overwhelmed by the success but said it would not have been possible without the help of so many people. “We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped out in any way on the day, all the businesses who donated baking and vouchers. Thank you to everyone who couldn’t make it but have sent donations and last but not least, thank you to everyone who came along on the day to make it such a big success. We really appreciate all the help and support that was given.”Christian McCullagh pictured presenting a cheque for €4,565.13 to Barbara Kilbride from the Make a Wish Foundation, proceeds of the recent Tea Day held in Raphoe. RAPHOE TEA DAY A MASSIVE SUCCESS was last modified: June 14th, 2016 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:donegalRaphoetea daylast_img read more


first_imgDonegal supporters have vented their anger at the criticism aimed at the Donegal management and players by ‘bandwagon’ fans following Sunday’s Ulster SFC final defeat to Monaghan. Some sections of the s0-called Donegal support blasted the Donegal players and management after their narrow one-point loss.The ‘bandwagon’ fans took their social media timelines on Facebook and Twitter to have a pop at most of the players with some even saying manager Rory Gallagher wasn’t up to the job. The scathing criticism drew an angry reaction from the majority of Donegal supporters appalled at how these so-called ‘fans’ can turn on their team so quickly.Donegal fans were quick to remind the forgetful ‘bandwagon brigade’ of the joy and euphoria the team has given us over the last number of years.Donegal supporter Conor Comack posted on his Facebook timeline, “I cannot get over what I am reading.“Some people should be ashamed of themselves for turning on our team. “They had on off day in the shooting department, is there anybody that is slating them great everyday?“Get behind your team folks and be proud to support the green and gold.“If we get to the final the people slating the team and management will be first in the queue for tickets I bet. Donegal Gaa Abú.Donegal supporter Frank McGettigan posted the following powerful message on his Facebook timeline.“For all of you have been so openly critical of our Donegal footballers today I’m very proud of you. They took us all to Clones (Again) and deliberately lost. “Let’s blame the manager, or blame the referee, and the players while were at it.“Sure Murphy was rubbish, so was Lacey, and even the McGees were useless. How dare they take us all the way to Clones on such a good day with a promise of a life hereafter?“We could have gone to the beach or had a barbeque; instead we were ge…tting up at the crack of dawn and sitting in traffic jams drinking warm water while getting our arses stewed. “We even had to pay for the pleasure. As for Monaghan, how dare they. What makes them entitled to win our Ulster final? They’re useless and never even won an All Ireland in their lives. “The late soccer legend Jimmy Greaves was wrong when he said “Football is a funny old game”, I’m sure he meant Gaelic. “The world didn’t end yesterday, nor was anyone useless. Some players may have been below par yet can we begrudge them that on a hot day and in bodies and legs that have given so much, taken so many hits and indeed countless operations. Didn’t they give us almost five of the most wonderful exciting years in our footballs history? Didn’t they give us pride to wear our gold jerseys as we travelled up the road to Clones and a Croke Park that’s almost become a second home? “Is eaten bread so soon forgotten? Did we forget in a day the heroic majestic Murphy who has pulled so many rabbits out of his hat when we needed them most? “Or Lacey turning over the best in the land or putting over that insurance point against Cork in 2012. The McGee’s, the rock on which all our dreams were built. How easy it is to forget what and who made us proud. “For these heroes yesterday didn’t start at two pm. It started before Christmas last in the dark, in rain and hail in countless locations as we sat with our feet up watching Coronation ST. or Eastenders in front of a blazing fire. “They were at home nursing their injuries while we were out socialising like normal human beings. That’s where we expected them to be if they were not at work. “Sure didn’t they have an Ulster Final to win for us on the way to Croker for another All Ireland shot? We have our pride to think on after all, do they not realise that? Isn’t it worth all the sacrifice and pain? “Don’t we have they right to slag them off if they fail? Sure didn’t we give up a day at the beach to go and support them? Now that I think about it, I might just not bother going to support them any-more; sure they’re hardly worth it. Anyway, don’t we have fair bit of pride to be getting on with. Five Ulster finals in the same amount of years, two All Ireland finals, and a semi-final a quarter final and who knows yet. I might actually go back once more but they better not let me down this time. DONEGAL GAA FANS BLAST ‘BANDWAGON’ SUPPORTERS was last modified: July 21st, 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:BacklashBandwagonFans. DonegalGAAnewsSportlast_img read more