Executive Mansion press secretary Sam Mannah has been reappointed as deputy managing director for administration at the National Insurance Corporation of Liberia (NICOL).Presidential Press Secretary Sam Mannah has responded to demands by people calling themselves ‘Sons and Daughters of Grand Gedeh County’ to redirect their political agitation because, according to him, President George Weah is not appointing people to positions based on tribal connections or geographical locations, but rather on their qualification and honesty.Weah, Mannah said, wants an all inclusive government that will be void of tribal sentiments and class system, noting, “Liberia is bigger than a county.”Mannah told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that the government has already appointed the Minister of Gender, a Grand Gedean, and others including the superintendent, who will in turn formulate the county’s governance body in consultation with the county’s caucus.Over the weekend the ‘Sons and Daughters of Grand Gedeh County’ expressed discomfort with President Weah’s silence in addressing their call for equal opportunities regarding appointments in government.Their expressed discomfort came in the wake of President Weah’s appointment of almost all the ministers and a deputy ministers at various ministries to the exclusion of Grand Gedeans even though there are a good number of them who are said to be well-educated and qualified to hold some top positions in government.D. Kelvin Clay, president of Grand Gedeh youth and student movement, at a recent press conference in Monrovia, said the citizens are not happy with President Weah’s exclusion of the people from Grand Gedeh in his administration.To that, Mannah said the President appreciates all who supported him during the campaign period, “but let them be aware that the campaign is over, and it’s about time to focus on rebuilding the country with all, irrespective of specific place of origin.”“We don’t need a group of oversea Grand Gedeans to occupy government positions, because we have qualified citizens from the county on ground who, during the campaign processes, delivered the county to the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC),” Clay said.Clay recalled that during the 2017 representative and presidential elections, Sen. Weah (then) promised to give the country back to the common people, “so this is why we all stood the test of time when former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf deliberately excluded us in some ways from the benefits of her administration, including road connectivity. We vigorously campaigned in 2017 ensuring that Weah got the presidency, but today we are about to be left by the wayside again.”While Clay acknowledged, however, that Weah has appointed Kai G. Farley (former Representative) as Superintendent of Grand Gedeh, he noted that that lone top county position is not sufficient in comparison to the sacrifices the people of the county made to ensure that Weah won the presidential runoff election.“We the youth and students as well as a lot of our elders had sleepless nights and tough days in ensuring that our voter registration cards were safe and protected from evil-minded people. We saw Weah as the best alternative for our beloved country, more so having followed you carefully from the days of former President, Samuel Kanyon Doe, a Grand Gedean who was murdered,” Clay said.In a related development, journalists from the Liberia Media Initiative (LMDI) recently paid a visit to Tuzohn, the home town of slain President Doe and sought the views of the residents on President Weah’s pro-poor governance policy.Majority of the speakers at the LMDI dialogue said they were becoming impatient with Weah for his failure to appoint people from their county, who are said to be qualified, to top governmental positions.One lady, who claimed to be a sister of President Doe, said her brother contributed to making Weah who he is today, and that the people of Grand Gedeh consider Weah as their own son.She wants Weah to pave the major roads in the county and provide jobs for the people of Grand Gedeh in return for the sacrifices they have made over the years to make him become president.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
An early morning operation on the East Coast of Demerara shore led ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) to a quantity of cocaine and marijuana in a fishing vessel.The raid occurred about 04:00h on Saturday morning at the Mon Repos Channel, East Coast Demerara (ECD). According to reports, CANU ranks were conducting an operation along the ECD whereby several locations used for docking of fishing vessels were reconnoitred.During the exercise, a fishing vessel was observed approaching a docking station at the Mon Repos Channel and was eventually intercepted. Two males were seen in the vessel; however, the boat captain, who is known by the alias “Dive and Shoot” of Mon Repos Foreshore, managed to escape and is currently at large.Nevertheless, the other suspect, of Phase 1, Good Hope, ECD, was arrested. His wife has also since been detained.They were arrested after a search of the vessel unearthed a quantity of narcotics suspected to be cocaine and cannabis. The substances were later weighed and amounted to 91.132 kilograms of cocaine (82 parcels) and 56.008 kilograms of cannabis (98 parcels).CANU said that several other persons of interest, including Venezuelans, are at large.Only last week, CANU officials busted 19-year-old Anisha Hardy, of South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, with 702 grams of cocaine at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) as she was about to travel to the United States. She later excreted 119 cocaine-filled pellets and gave investigators the identities of two known drug traffickers, who exploited her.Based on information obtained, CANU ranks carried out an operation at a location on the ECD during which they unearthed some 279 suspected cocaine pellets. Three additional persons were detained for questioning and were later released. However, the two suspects, Mark Sauers, called “Marcus”, of Ogle and Liliendaal, ECD, and his cousin, Kelvien Sauers, called “John”, of Success, ECD, are still on the run.It was reported that Mark Sauers was charged back in 2016 for recruiting drug mules; however, the case was later dismissed after the victims refused to give evidence against him.
The home of rice farmers, Naziran Hussain, 60, and her 70-year-old husband, Lomas ParagGunmen on Tuesday morning invaded the home of a Black Bush Polder, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), family robbing them of over $1 million in cash and jewellery.Reports are the gunmen entered the Lot 172 Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder home by breaking one of the windows.The home is owned by rice farmers, Naziran Hussain, 60, and her 70-year-old husband, Lomas Parag.Speaking with this publication, Hussain’s niece said that she was awoken at about 02:00h and confronted by the men, who ordered her not to scream.The 60-year-old woman recalled that the men covered their faces with rags. She said that they then woke her other relatives and tied them up before demanding that they hand over cash and jewellery.The teen said that her aunt was beaten by the men after she refused to hand over her valuables. She recalled that her aunt was kicked by one of the gunmen, who demanded that they hand over the money they withdrew from the bank. She added that her teenaged brother was also beaten after he rebelled. However, Hussain finally gave in to the bandits’ demand and handed over US$600 and $200,000 along with a quantity of jewellery. The gunmen also rode away with a motorcycle which was later found abandoned.The teenager recalled that the family endured the frightening ordeal for about an hour at the hands of the six bandits. She said that after the bandits escaped, they raised an alarm and the police were called.An investigation has since been launched.In December, the Guyana Police Force had said that there was an increase in gun robberies in Berbice. Only last week, four armed men broke into 63-year-old Rene Kumarie Bhagwandin’s Bloomfield, Corentyne, Berbice, home and pushed her off of a roof-like structure while robbing her of jewellery, phone cards, and cash.Reports are that at about 01:30h on Thursday last, Bhagwandin was in her bedroom with her husband when she heard a noise followed by banging against the door at the entrance of her home.The woman hopped out of bed to determine what was happening and was confronted by four masked men, who by then had managed to kick down the door. The bandits robbed the woman of two gold rings, a silver bangle, $63,000 in Digicel and GTT phone cards as well as $23,000.
Photo: What’s left of a home in Pouce Coupe after a fire Sunday morning – Submitted Phyllis KalmbachThe two homes in the community of Pouce Coupe have been destroyed by fire.- Advertisement -At approximately 7:30am Sunday, Pouce Coupe Fire Crews were called to the scene of a house fire on 51st avenue. The home was built more than 50 years ago and crews believe the fire was caused by some type of electrical failure.The fire spread quickly to a neighbouring mobile home which suffered a large amount of damage to the roof. Thankfully, a neighbour rushed to the mobile home and woke up the residents after spotting the fire next door.No one lives in the home where the first fire started, but a young family did live in the mobile home. That family will be staying with relatives in the community and has already received assistance from Emergency Social Services. The Salvation Army will also be providing the family with clothing and other house old items. If you’d like to make a donation to the family, you can contact the Dawson Creek Salvation Army on Monday.Pouce Coupe volunteer Fire Fighters were on the scene for over 5 hours with the temperature as low as minus 42.Advertisement If you have any photos or video of the fire, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgPhoto: More pictures of the damage in Pouce Coupe – Submitted Phyllis KalmbachView Pouce Coupe Fire in a larger map
Silver Swallow returned $4 and $2.80, while Cash Included was another length back in third and paid $2.60 to show. Rags to Riches is a daughter of 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy. ARCADIA – Rags to Riches won the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks by 5 1/2 lengths Sunday, the largest margin of victory in the race 10 years. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Rags to Riches covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:42.84 and paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A bird-lover is traveling to Co Donegal after his rare missing bird of prey was spotted on Tory Island.Karl Lawlor has spent the past two weeks and a considerable amount of money looking for his rare falcon which escaped for his home in Slane, Co Meath.He even hired a plane in a desperate bid to locate the valuable bird (pictured right) but couldn’t spot it around Meath. Karl, 50, then got a lucky break when a holiday-maker spotted the rare bird which has a silver ring and a bell strapped to its claws.Owen Clarke, from Letterkenny, contacted Donegal Daily after he came across the bird while out walking on Tory Island.We then contacted Birdwatch Ireland in a bid to discover the species and origin of the bird.The organisation identified the bird as a rare hybrid falcon – a cross between a Gyrfalcon and a Saker Falcon. Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland then recalled how such a bird had gone missing and contacted Karl who couldn’t believe his luck.Karl is today was making the 160 mile journey form his home to the remote island, nine miles off the mainland, to catch a ferry in a bid to recapture his beloved bird.“I can’t believe I might be able to get her back now. I have searched high and low since she disappeared. Nobody knows how much this means to me,” he said.Many of the island’s 150 inhabitants, including the King of Tory, Patsy Dan Rodgers, have also been put on alert for the bird which has been spotted several times in recent days.The island is rich in rabbits which the falcon is surviving on. Owen Clarke, who spotted the bird, revealed how he almost caught her.Owner Karl told Owen how to call the bird using a whistle and some baited meat.“I was only a matter of inches from it before it flew away. I honestly thought I had caught it for Karl.“He’s coming up himself now so hopefully he’ll have a little more luck than the rest of us,” said Owen. EndsBIRD-OWNER TRAVELS TO DONEGAL AFTER RARE FALCON FOUND ON TORY ISLAND was last modified: August 17th, 2012 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:Birdwatch IrelandFalconTory Island
Read the latest on what is being said about Diego Costa’s future 1 Will Diego Costa stay or go? That’s what Chelsea fans will be anxiously wondering as the season nears its end.The top scoring striker has been heavily linked with a move to the Chinese Super League since January and here, talkSPORT.com looks at the latest developments.Tianjin Quanjian owner and president Shu Yuhui revealed the club was working on buying a ‘foreign, world class striker’, with reports suggesting the player in question is Costa.It is said any move would eclipse the £71m Shanghai Shenhua paid for Carlos Tevez and Costa would earn £25m-a-year.The 28-year-old, and agent Jorge Mendes were recently pictured meeting executives believed to be from the club, as seen in The Sun, which forced the Chinese side to make a statement about the speculation.“With regards to the current widespread rumours of Chelsea player Diego Costa joining Tianjin Quanjian, the club would like to make clear that no discussions have taken place regarding the transfer.”Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has also had his say on the speculation, insisting every one of his players must focus entirely on the title run-in.“I think now it’s very important for every single player, for every single person that works at Chelsea to be focused on the present,” he said as recently as Friday.At the start of the year it was reported that the pair fell out over Costa’s apparent flirtation with a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.Chelsea do not play until Monday night and rivals Tottenham have the chance to close the gap on them to one point when they play West Ham on Friday.
The Under 16 B Championship Hurling Final was played on a damp Thursday evening in Burt GAA pitch.St Eunan’s the B League Champions took on a strong determined Carndonagh team, the defending champions. St Eunans opened brightly with a point from David Ireland and a brace from star forward Niall O Donnell.Carndonagh then rocked the Letterkenny lads with a goal and point from Cathal Doherty on the ten minute mark. Carndonagh held this narrow lead with a great defensive display for ten minutes before Niall O Donnell levelled with a great point from play followed quickly by another point from the same player to retake the lead. St Eunans then broke through the Carndonagh defence to score two crucial goals as half time approached. The score at the break was 2.06 to 1.01 to St Eunans. The second half was a very tight affair with both teams raising the intensity level.St Eunan’s Conor O Grady scored the opening point of the half on 32 minutes however with both defences on top it was twelve minutes before St Eunans scored with three points in succession from Niall O Donnell, Shaun Halvey and David Ireland.Carndonagh then threw everything they had into attack but despite coming close they were unable to breakdown St Eunan’s defence ably led by Stephen Doherty and Caoimhin O Lionnáin.St Eunans then closed out the game with three points from Niall O Donnell in the last ten minutes. The match was a great advertisement for Donegal hurling full of passion, skill and bravery from both teams with all scores coming from play. Best for Carndonagh were Cathal Doherty, Danny Monagle and James Monagle, whilst Niall O Donnell, David Ireland, Aaron O Connell and Stephen Doherty stood out for Eunans. Final score was 2.12 to 1.01.The Trophy was presented to the St Eunan’s Captain David Ireland by Manus O Donnell who refereed the match. He thanked the both teams for the great game and Burt for the generous use of their facilities.Referee: Mr Manus O DonnellTeams:St Eunans: Ryan Mc Grannaghan, Des Kenny, Caoimhin O Lionnáin, Sean Campbell, Ryan Duggan, Stephen Doherty, Ryan Hilferty, Aaron O Connell, David Ireland (0.2), Conor Kelly, Conor O Grady (0.01), Niall O Donnell (1.08), Kevin Kealy (1.0) Shaun Halvey (0.01), Pauric Neeley, Cian Durak, Conor Fitzgerald, Cathal Kilcullen, Eoin Mc Laughlin, Anthony Horgan, Sean Tourish, Brian Mc Intyre, Patrick Curran, Conor F Kelly. Carndonagh: James Monagle, Brian MacGiolla Ceannaigh, Ferghal O Brolchain, Eamonn O hEarcain, Sean O Neill, Diarmaid O Dochartaigh, Chroistoir McCormaic, Marc Mac Duibhir, Maitiu Poirteir, Danny Mc Carron, Cathal o Dochartaigh (1.01), P.J. MacSiulai, Donall O Maonghail, Ferghal O Dochartaigh, Endan o Ceallachain, Liam O Ceallachain, Sean MacGreanor, Ronan O hArtain, Thomas O Brien, Ciaran de Faoite, Tomas O Suilleabhan, Liam O Sionnaigh, Michael O Dochartaigh, Keenan O CeallachainEUNANS WIN UNDER 16 B CHAMPIONSHIP WITH STRONG SECOND HALF was last modified: September 21st, 2012 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:CarndonaghSt EunansUnder 16 B hurling
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Drake University track and field team opened up its 2018-19 indoor season with a pair of wins in the men’s mile and 3,000 meters Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Jimmy Grant Open in Iowa City, Iowa.Competing against Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois State and UNI, the Bulldogs collected a total of 12 top-five finishes to open the season.A pair of distance runners led the way for the men as Kevin Kelly (Kilcok, Ireland) won the mile in 4:09.99 while Joshua Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) won the 3,000 meters in 8:32.15.Kelly’s win led a trio of Bulldogs in the top five as Matt Cozine (Mt. Prospect, Ill.) and Rylee Miller (Jefferson, Wis.) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the mile.The women’s team had similar success in the 3,000 meters with Rachel Selva (Lenexa, Kan.) finishing third in 10:22.63 while Olivia Rogers (Centennial, Colo.) came in fifth.In the sprints, Kundai Maguranyanga (Glen Norah C, Zimbabwe) opened his season by taking second in the 300 meters in 33.52. Mariah Crawford (DeSoto, Texas) was fourth in the women’s section of the event.Lexie Chapman (Pekin, Ill.) made her Drake debut by finishing fourth in the women’s weight throw with a toss of 57-11 (17.65m).Saturday’s competition is the team’s lone competition in 2018 as the team breaks for final exams and the holiday break before returning to competition at Nebraska’s Graduate Classic, Jan. 11-12.Jimmy Grant OpenIowa City, IowaDec. 8, 2018Drake Men’s Results60 Meters – PrelimsDQ – Aokbakwe MalauDQ – Aaron Chier300 Meters2. Kundai Maguranyanga, 33.525. Victor Peka, 35.1812. Angelo Romagna, 36.74600 Meters16. Simon Perrotin, 1:28.461,000 Meters4. Xavier Lechleitner, 2:30.539. Alec Bognar, 2:45.70Mile1. Kevin Kelly, 4:09.993. Matt Cozine, 4:23.594. Rylee Miller, 4:39.903,000 Meters1. Joshua Yeager, 8:32.157. Kyle Brandt, 8:54.409. Joe Romain, 9:05.1110. Kyle Cass, 9:07.384×400-Meter Relay6. Maguranyanga, Moses, Malau, Peka, 3:19.37High JumpT6. Forest Moses, 6-2.75 (1.90m)Pole Vault7. Alex Klosterman, 13-5.25 (4.10m)Long Jump3. Cloud Masibhera, 23-1.25 (7.04m)Weight Throw7. Joey Harkins, 52-01.25 (15.88m) Drake Women’s Results60 Meters – Prelims9. Sophia Jackson, 7.9610. Keaton Kester, 7.99300 Meters4. Mariah Crawford, 42.706. Erin Haugh, 43.307. Kirstin Skriver, 44.16600 Meters12. Ellie Mendlik, 1:42.551,000 Meters6. Meghan Kearney, 3:06.933,000 Meters3. Rachel Selva, 10:22.635. Olivia Rogers, 10:31.647. MyKaela Cole, 10:49.64Mile9. Elizabeth Aho, 5:28.4410. Lindsey Rowat, 5:39.9960-Meter Hurdles – Finals6. Victoria Coombe, 9.0660-Meter Hurdles – Prelims7. Victoria Coombe, 9.0312. Bryce Lang, 10.224×400-Meter Relay7. Coombe, Crawford, Haugh, Skriver, 4:10.36Shot Put14. Lexie Chapman, 39-5.75 (12.03m)15. Katelyn Williams (38-5.5 (11.72m)16. Bryce Lang, 33-5.25 (10.19m)Weight Throw4. Lexie Chapman, 57-11 (17.65m)13. Katelyn Williams, 52-0 (15.8 Print Friendly Version
Arcata >> Experience on a basketball team is a valuable asset to posses, and the Arcata High School girls basketball team has it in spades.After the Eureka Loggers tied Arcata at 38 early in the second half, the Tigers relied on their experience to pull away from the Loggers and claim a 74-54 victory on Friday at Arcata High School.“I think for us, our experience showed tonight. I thought Vanessa (Holland) and Ashley (Quigley) responded, and I thought Kaylie (McCracken) did a good job …