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Notorious Twe Farm Road Rehab Underway

first_imgResidents of Twe Farm Community, on Bushrod Island, have responded to an appeal by a group known as Concerned Citizens, and are providing materials to rehabilitate the deplorable road leading to the former Island Clinic.Mr. Nelson Oniyama, owner of the Oniyama Specialist Hospital, promised twenty truckloads of laterite, a Lebanese resident made an initial donation of L$9, 000, and more pledges came from earthmoving company, CAT, Latter Day Saints and others. Distant neighbor, Mr. Jerry Carpenter, contributed US$100.Residents, numbering about 1,500, according to acting Twe Farm Community chairman Jerry Williams, will be asked to donate what they can afford for the workforce that will be mobilized for the project.The initiative, recommended by Roosevelt J. Monger and former soccer star Jonathan Armah Baxter, got the blessing of elder Leroy Dunbar, 83, grandfather of Liberian soccer player Omega Roberts, and former resident Karku Gargar.Monger told the Daily Observer in an interview that the project was initiated to ease the suffering residents undergo during the rainy season.“The road is so bad in the rainy season that some residents park their vehicles elsewhere and are carried on the backs of people across the bad road to their homes for a fee,” he said.As a result, and supported by Mr. Baxter, Monger carried out consultations in the community, which led to everyone agreeing that soliciting residents’ support to rehabilitate the road was the best thing to do.Acting chairman Williams told the Daily Observer that the project has been his administration’s dream and commended Mr. Monger and Mr. Baxter for their farsightedness. Williams, who has been acting chairman since 2012, initially opposed the project because he was not consulted by the Concerned Residents, and wanted their subsequent meetings halted.“But in the end, the community leadership is working along with the Concerned Residents of Twe Farm for the success of the project,” added Baxter.Although Williams did not reveal his administration’s next project, Monger, who heads the Concerned Residents, said after the road project, four additional projects remain to be tackled. They include the fencing of the Twe Farm Cemetery, provision of additional street lights, a bridge to connect to New Kru Town, identifying elders and their needs and a community school.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Legendary football commentator Motson to hang up mike

first_imgMotson, who in the days when the gantry was exposed to the elements was viewed shielding himself from pouring rain or blizzards bedecked in sheepskin, says he is sanguine about the end being in sight.“At the moment I’m perfectly balanced and quite cool about it,” Motson told Press Association Sport.“I’m not going to make a really big deal of it — I’ve known since September that this was going to be my last season.”Motson, whose anorak-style knowledge was a perfect foil to the more cultivated approach of fellow BBC commentator Barry Davies, says he has never changed his modus operandi, and his wife Annie has always played a key role.“I’m old-fashioned, I’m a dinosaur,” said Motson, who was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to sports broadcasting by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001.“I don’t work off a computer and I don’t delve into the club websites, my research is based mainly on my wife’s wonderful record book which she keeps dutifully and diligently every day of the season with all the teams, matches, appearances, goalscorers, newspaper cuttings, you name it — she’s got it all in one big volume.”Motson, who among many memorable lines came up with “The Crazy Gang has beaten the Culture Club,” when unfashionable Wimbledon beat star-filled Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final, says it may not be the last one hears from him.“The voice is still working, it’s still strong, so if there is a way I could use it or someone could come up with a route I could go down, I suppose I would have to think about it.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BBC commentator John Motson — and his trademark sheepskin coat — have been a familiar sight in English football for decades © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 12 – Legendary BBC commentator John Motson retires on Sunday after half a century of loyal service that made him and his trademark sheepskin coat a fixture of English football fans’ weekends.The 72-year-old — who has commentated on 29 FA Cup finals and six World Cup finals — will receive a special award from Crystal Palace and manager Roy Hodgson in recognition of his longevity after the final whistle has been blown on Palace’s game with relegated West Brom.last_img read more

Peerless Gor thump Nzoia, stretch KPL lead

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia beat Nzoia Sugar 3-0 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu to move six points clear at the top of the logNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 17- Kenyan Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia continued to show their class, making an easy afternoon off Nzoia Sugar to beat them 3-1 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu and move six points clear top of the standings with four matches at hand.Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge struck a brace with midfielder Humphrey Mieno adding the other as K’Ogalo continued with their unbeaten streak into the 16th game. brian Otieno’s header in injury time was too little too late as Gor had already closed shop.In the other matches played on Sunday afternoon, Sofapaka moved to second place in the standings with an assured 3-0 win over relegation fighting Thika United at the Narok Stadium while in Nairobi, Tusker were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Wazito at Ruaraka.In Nakuru, Ulinzi Stars’ winless streak continued as they played to a 0-0 draw against Bandari at their Afraha Stadium backyard.Head coach Dylan Kerr fielded his strongest squad for the tie, showing clear that he was never going to take it easy against Nzoia. The only regular left on the bench was Francis Kahata and his place was taken by former Nzoia boy Boniface Omondi.Gor Mahia fans dance the afternoon away during the SportPesa Super Cup final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNzoia started with more pace but ultimately, Gor settled and they had a brilliant opportunity in the 13th minute when Meddie Kagere was played through by Tuyisenge, but the forward shot wide from a tight angle.Tuyisenge turned his goal scoring hunt in the 22nd minute when he broke through to face Nzoia keeper Benson Mangala one on one, but he could not beat the shot stopper who produced a brilliant stop.But in the 34th minute, he made no mistakes after going through on goal again, this time placing the ball beyond Mangala, making amends for the earlier miss.K’Ogalo needed just two minutes into the second half to stretch their lead, Mieno nodding home a cross with Mangala left in no man’s land.Tuyisenge completed his brace on the hour mark when he rose to power a header past Mangala from Kagere’s cross.Nzoia scored their consolation deep in stoppage time when defender Otieno headed past Boniface Oluoch a free kick from skipper Edgar Nzano.Sofapaka FC head coach John Baraza issues out instruction to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sony Sugar on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAt the Narok Stadium, Piston Mutamba marked his debut in superb fashion, scoring the opener as Sofapaka went off 3-0 winners against Thika with three second half goals.The lanky ex-Wazito FC forward put Batoto ba Mungu in the lead after 65 minutes with a low finish inside the box with substitute Kevin Kimani sending them 2-0 up two minutes later from the penalty spot after Dennis Odhiambo handled inside the box.Elli Asieche then put the icing on the cake 15 minutes from time when he connected a freekick from Kimani after a Thika defended poorly.In Ruaraka, Tusker FC were headed for a 1-0 win against struggling Wazito FC after Timothy Otieno gave them an early first half lead, but Justin Omary scored in his own net two minutes from time to deny Robert Matano’s side maximum points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Suspects arrested in skateboard thefts

first_imgPhoto Gallery: Skate shop robbery bust WHITTIER – Three juveniles and one 18-year-old man were arrested for multiple burglaries of a Whittier skateboard shop, according to authorities. The suspects allegedly hit the Two Felons Skate Co. on Sept. 6, 9 and 12 and stole clothing, 103 skateboards, 30 pairs of shoes, backpacks and skateboard accessories. Travis Swope, who owns the store with his brother, Brandon, estimated the stolen merchandise and damages totaled $10,000. They were arrested early Monday morning after allegedly robbing the shop, at 14125 Lambert Road, one last time, said Whittier Police Officer Diana Salazar. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Police were tipped off about suspicious activity in nearby Santa Fe Springs, and the tip led to police finding the suspect’s car, full of skateboards, according to Salazar. Police are still investigating whether the suspects also burglarized Diversion boardshop at 1417 W. Whittier Blvd. in La Habra.last_img read more

Justices toss suit against the CIA

first_imgSUPREME COURT: Rejection seems to endorse argument that U.S. secrets were at risk. By Mark Sherman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A German man who says he was abducted and tortured by the CIA as part of the anti-terrorism rendition program lost his final chance Tuesday to persuade U.S. courts to hear his claims. “We are very disappointed,” Manfred Gnijdic, el-Masri’s attorney in Germany, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his office in Ulm. “It will shatter all trust in the American justice system,” Gnijdic said, charging that the United States expects every other nation to act responsibly but refuses to take responsibility for its own actions. El-Masri’s claims, which prompted strong international criticism of the rendition program, were backed by European investigations and U.S. news reports. The U.S. government has neither confirmed nor denied el-Masri’s account and, in urging the court not to hear the case, said that the facts central to el-Masri’s claims “concern the highly classified methods and means of the program.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Supreme Court rejected without comment an appeal from Khaled el-Masri, effectively endorsing Bush administration arguments that state secrets would be revealed if courts allowed the case to proceed. El-Masri, 44, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, says he was mistakenly identified as an associate of the Sept. 11 hijackers and was detained while attempting to enter Macedonia on New Year’s Eve 2003. He claims that CIA agents stripped, beat, shackled, diapered, drugged and chained him to the floor of a plane for a flight to Afghanistan. He says he was held for four months in a CIA-run prison known as the “salt pit” in the Afghan capital of Kabul. After the CIA determined it had the wrong man, el-Masri says, he was dumped on a hilltop in Albania and told to walk down a path without looking back. The lawsuit against former CIA Director George Tenet, unidentified CIA agents and others sought damages of at least $75,000. last_img read more

Everton and Newcastle United joined in battle for £8.5m Ligue 1 star

first_imgLyon have joined Everton and Newcastle United in the race for Montpellier star Ryad Boudebouz.The attacking midfielder has bagged 11 goals in Ligue 1 this season and is a wanted man ahead of the summer transfer window.Swansea City failed with an approach for the 27-year-old in January, while Everton and Newcastle United now have their eyes on him too.Lyon however, according to Le Progres, are also working hard to land Boudebouz this summer.The French club are big fans of the Algerian and they have been alerted to his potential availability.Montpellier are reportedly willing to let Boudebouz go if an offer of around £8.5m is made by one of the interested clubs. 1 Montpellier star Ryad Boudebouz is a wanted man last_img read more

DDTV: VIDEO OF STAG BEING SHOT IN DONEGAL

first_imgIT is a video on YouTube that may horrify some readers.To others it’s a normal part of the hunting season. What do you think?You can leave your comments below:DDTV: VIDEO OF STAG BEING SHOT IN DONEGAL was last modified: September 4th, 2011 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:deer hunt in Donegallast_img read more

Men’s Basketball To Take On Weber State At Gulf Coast Showcase

first_imgESTERO, Fla. – The Drake University men’s basketball team plays its second of three games in three days at the Gulf Coast Showcase on Tuesday’s against Weber State. Tipoff against the Wildcats is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST and will be broadcast on YouTube. Click here to watch the game. The Bulldogs advanced to Tuesday’s game via an 81-79 overtime win over Western Kentucky on Monday evening. That win saw Kale Abrahamson score a career-high 41 points on 13-of-23 shooting. In addition to setting a Gulf Coast Showcase record, that total tied for the seventh highest total in school history and the highest since 1981.Weber State, a perennial Big Sky Conference champion and the league’s preseason No. 1 pick, opened up the Gulf Coast Showcase with a 63-60 comeback win over Central Michigan. The win improved the Wildcats to 2-2 on the season. Joel Bolomboy had 19 points and 15 rebounds in Weber State’s win for his fourth-straight double-double to open the season.The Wildcats are coached by Randy Rahe, a native of Bancroft, Iowa, and a Buena Vista grad. Rahe was also a member of Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti’s staff at Utah.Tuesday’s game will be the second meeting between the two programs. They last met on Nov. 27, 2010 as part of the Great Alaska Shootout. Weber State won that meeting, 82-81, when future NBA star Damian Lillard hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Fischer Wins MVC Cross Country Championship

first_imgFischer, a senior who finished as the MVC runner-up a season ago, held off Bradley’s Michael Ward by more than seven seconds to win his first MVC title. Behind Fischer, the Drake men’s team finished seventh with 155 points while Bradley took the team title with five top-10 finishes. Freshman Kyle Brandt (Maple Grove, Minn.) was 35th in his first MVC meet in 26:38.7 followed by junior Chris Kaminski (New Lenox, Ill.) in 40th in 26:49.0. Brandt was one of four freshmen on the men’s team competing in their first MVC Championship. Story Links Drake’s women’s team finished ninth with a lineup comprised of one junior, three sophomores and four freshmen. The lone junior, Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) led the Bulldogs again with a 28th place finish in 18:36.8 on the women’s 8k course. Freshman Morgan Garcia (Marion, Iowa) was 48th in 19:24.3 in her first MVC race.   MVC ChampionshipOct. 29, 2016 – Cedar Falls, Iowa – Pheasant Ridge Golf Course Drake Individual Men’s Results8k – 69 runners1. Reed Fischer, 24:31.835. Kyle Brandt, 26:38.740. Chris Kaminski, 26:49.041. Matt Cozine, 26:50.342. Josh Yeager, 26:51.251. Kyle Cass, 27:15.557. George Webb, 27:54.664. Xavier Lechleitner, 29:11.4 Complete Results With the win, Fischer became the 13th Bulldog to win the men’s championship and the first since his former teammate Brogan Austin did so in 2011. In total Bulldog has won the MVC Championship 16 times in the league’s history. Drake Individual Women’s Results5k – 80 runners28. Bailee Cofer, 18:36.848. Morgan Garcia, 19:24.354. Meghan Kearney, 19:33.557. Olivia Rogers, 19:39.460. Paige Nicholson, 19:51.069. Mykaela Cole, 20:20.072. Theresa McAlister, 20:35.975. Kayla Giuliano, 20:59.5 UNI won the women’s team title on its home course with 52 points. “While we didn’t get the team results we were looking for, the efforts were there across the board and it will pay dividends for our upcoming NCAA Regional Championships as well as the track season,” said Drake head coach Dan Hostager. “Of our 16 student-athletes competing today, one two were seniors and many were running in their first MVC Championship. They gained some valuable experience as a group and have the work ethic to do some really amazing things in the future.” Men’s Team Results1. Bradley, 242. Wichita State, 823. Indiana State, 844. Illinois State, 1085. Loyola, 1316. Northern Iowa, 1327. Drake, 1558. Southern Illinois, 2079. Evansville, 280 “It’s great to be part of such an elite group of MVC Champions at Drake and to leave a mark on this program and its history,” Fischer said. “Brogan Austin was the last to do it and he was here cheering me on and giving me some great advice. I was second last year and have had a few near misses on the track, so it was good to have a finish in my favor.” “I did a couple of test surges early to see how the field would respond at 4k and 5k knowing that there were some big finishers in the field,” Fischer said of his title-winning strategy. “Ward took the lead at 5k and I just sat back to prepare for a final surge at about the 7k mark. I knew it was flat after that and that I needed to build up a big enough gap to hold off his kick. I have to give credit to Coach [Dan] Hostager for that strategy.” The Bulldogs return to action in two weeks at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship in Iowa City, Iowa, on Nov. 11 where Fischer and the Bulldogs will aim to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship field. Women’s Team Results1. Northern Iowa, 522. Bradley, 643. Wichita State, 824. Indiana State, 865. Illinois State, 996. Loyola, 1677. Southern Illinois, 1988. Missouri State, 2239. Drake, 23810. Evansville, 251 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) etched his name into the Missouri Valley Conference and Drake University history books by winning the MVC Cross Country Championship on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Fischer held off the talented field to win the 8-kilometer race in a course-record time of 24:31.8. “Reed has put in a lot of work to get to this point, but there’s certainly more things for him to accomplish this fall,” Hostager said. “All of his training this year has been geared for the opportunity to qualify for NCAAs.”  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

€600,000 grant package announced for childcare in Donegal

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has revealed that more than 20 creches and childcare centres in Donegal are to receive grants under a €600,000 funding package from Government.Mr McHugh, Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, said this vital funding will provide dozens of new childcare places for youngsters of school age and younger.He said “Every parent knows the importance of high-quality, affordable and reliable childcare. “It’s about giving our youngsters the best start in life and increased funding like this – double what creches and childcare centres in Donegal secured last year – takes us a long way on that road.“The Fine Gael Government has taken a radical and dedicated approach to improving subsidies for childcare, knowing full well the difficulties that it places on families, especially in the recession years.“We will continue to push this agenda and improve and reform the system in a bid to ease the burden on hard-pressed working families.”The grants from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) will be provided across five strands to cover extra childcare places for early years and school age children, for essential maintenance and repair and natural outdoor play areas. Among the projects which are being notified of successful bids for funding are Spraoi and Sport in Carndonagh, Naíonra Chnocfola, Naíonra Ailt a Chorráin in Letterkenny and Drumkeen Community Childcare in Ballybofey.Mr McHugh said: “There are more than 20 creches and centres in Donegal on the list for this round of funding. I want to congratulate them all. This funding and the work they do is of immeasurable benefit to children and their mothers and fathers.“The Fine Gael Government has produced a raft of extra childcare supports from the universal childcare subsidy, of up to €1,040 per year, to welfare supports for lower income families, worth up to €7,500 a year for kids to the age 15, in order to assist parents who are joining the workforce.“The Government also extended free pre-school year packages under the ECCE scheme – saving families about €4,000 per child and we also introduced paid Paternity Leave for the first time in the history of the State.“This is a Government that is putting the needs of hard-pressed families first.” Mr McHugh added: “I would like to thank Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone for her focus on funding in this area and for the efforts to improve childcare facilities in Donegal.“With Fine Gael in Government we will continue to seek increased investment in this area in order to increase capacity and deliver the highest quality of childcare for families in Ireland.”A total of €6.87million is being funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) to provide 2,700 new childcare places to be created nationwide and improve facilities and play areas.EndsQueries to Ed Carty, media adviser to Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh 086 4178175. The approved Early Years and School Age Capital funding for 2018 will be made available to childcare centres, crèches and other childcare facilities across five strands, as follows:Strand 1 (Early Years): New placesNine projects with funding totalling €424,489 – Kool Kids Killymard; Glenties Community Playgroup Ltd; Clares Little Stars Preschool Ltd; Busy Bee Playschool; Little Toby’s Playschool; Niall Mór Community Childcare; Drumkeen Community Childcare Centre; Naíonra Ailt a Chorráin; Cockhill Community Pre-school.Strand 2 (Early Years): Essential maintenance & repair (community only)Three projects with funding totalling €51,959 – Child’s Play Pre-school; Stepping Stones Playgroup; Creeslough Community Childcare Services Ltd.Strand 3 (Early Years): Natural outdoor play area (0-50 capacity services only)Ten projects with funding totalling €59,760 – Rainbow’s Pre-school; St Gabriel’s Pre-school; Naíonra Chnocfola; Kool Kids Killymard; Naíonra Ailt a Chorráin; Rosie and Jim’s; Aurora’s Hobbits; Busy Bee Playschool; Little Learners Pre-School.Strand 4 (School Age): New placesThree projects with funding totalling €48,770 – Kool Kids Killymard; Spraoi agus Sport; Niall Mór Community Childcare.Strand 5 (School Age): Essential maintenance & repairTwo projects with funding totalling €9,835 – Convoy Playgroup; Spraoi agus Sport Family Centre Ltd.Pobal will now begin the process of notifying all applicants of these decisions. Details of successful applications will be published in the coming days.€600,000 grant package announced for childcare in Donegal was last modified: June 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:childcaredonegalgrantslast_img read more