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3 Liberians Get ‘Impact’ Awards

first_imgThree Liberians have received awards for making a difference in the lives of underprivileged people in the country.Those awarded were Barkue Tubman Zawolo, Steven B. Lavalah and Stephenie Duncan.These Liberians received the award at the second annual charity program of the Checago Bright Foundation (CBF).The program was held Saturday, April 12, at the Paynesville City Hall, outside Monrovia and was attended by scores of government officials and well-wishers.CBF is a non-governmental organization that is engaged in community initiative in the country. The organization met on Saturday to highlight its accomplishments and to honor community leaders for their roles in helping less fortunate Liberian citizens in realizing their potentials.Speaking at the program, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CBF, Checago Bright- Sawo said that his organization was not only into community development but was involved in recognizing the efforts of other Liberians citizens, who are lifting the life of others.“We recognized the contributions of others who are doing something welcoming in the communities as a way of bringing their works to the public. This is all about transforming our nation to a better one,” he said.He said that in 2013, they were able to undertake projects, such as the construction of a modern latrine, provide safe drinking water, among other things.“The CBF intends to also generate resources for the upcoming 2014 projects in Liberia. The project has already started in Bong and Margibi Counties,” he disclosed.   Responding to the honor at the program, the head of the African and American Women for Peace (AAW Peace), Barkue Tubman-Zawolo said she and her fellow awards recipients were committed in making the difference in the lives of youths in the community.“Our goal is to experiment with young women to empower them economically. We believe that young girls when empower can develop their own plan to reduce poverty and stop depending on others,” she said.AAW Peace is a youth promotion program that endeavors to empower the youths to achieve their goals. According to her, young girls in Liberia need the opportunity to develop their potentials for better exposure.“As many of our young Liberian females are lacking of outside exposure, we recently send two of our young ladies abroad to attend leadership conference that will educate them,” she added.She disclosed that they have opened a library in Totota, Bong County that will carter to will help solve the research needs of students, adding that these initiatives are supported by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other philanthropists.Also speaking, the executive director of the Youth Exploring Solutions (YES), Steven B. Lavallah, said that he was highly proud of the award.“Growing up, I have always dreamed of making impact in the lives of people. I started volunteering at the age of 7 in my community. We wanted to take action that every Saturday we went into the community to engage in cleaning up.”“In 2007, I really wanted to make impact of the lives of others so we established an organization to reach the lives of others. This was a very difficult task at the beginning when I stated mobilizing young people of like mind. Our organization makes sure that young people’s problem-solvers as well as critical thinkers.”For her part, Ms. Stephanie Duncan, founder and CEO of the Association of the Advancement of Liberians Girls said that she humbled of the honor.“The association comprises of a small group of Liberian females working to make a difference. We do not have big donors but we usually find our own money to support.Ms. Duncan said that her organization was involved in guiding girls against sexual exploitation and providing reading opportunities.“What is most important to us is to create reading program and guild girls against sexual exploitation through awareness. We are intending to create more recreational education for our children.Meanwhile, in her key note address, the Chairperson of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), Angelique Weeks stressed the need for Liberians to get involved in community services.“Happiness is what many of your citizens need and so it is incumbent upon all of us in this country to contribute to the wellbeing of others,” she cautioned.She mentioned that Liberians will not move forward if they are not willing to serve one another.Madam Weeks used the occasion to thank all those Liberians who are involved in in making the lives of other citizens better.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weah, Kaipay Elected to Int’l Bodies

first_imgA week after electing Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zolu Jallah President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, that body yesterday in fulfillment of its Standing Rules, elected chairpersons of its Statutory Committees and representatives to three international bodies.Though conducted in an open, free and fair atmosphere, the election like most electoral proceedings did not go on without some drama and surprises.It all started when new comers to the Senate Conmany B. Wesseh (River Gee), and Daniel Flomo Naatehn (Gbarpolu) together with Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif were named as candidates for the committee on Executive, which is one of the coveted statutory committees.However, Senator Naatehn immediately announced that he was withdrawing from the race, saying it would not be prudent for him to participate because he and Pro Tempore  Jallah hail from the same county and that the Executive committee post is a leadership one as is the Pro Tempore.Senator Wesseh who was called on to make a five-minute pre-election comment, in a surprise move, announced that he was not available for the election, meaning that he was no longer a candidate even though he voted for other candidates who vied for other posts.The River Gee lawmaker said he had hoped that in the name of reconciliation, individuals would have been appointment to positions the Senate believes they are competent and qualified to ably perform and not through elections.The two withdrawals left Senator Doe-Sherif as the lone candidate, and Bong County Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor cast the white ballot to elect her the new Chairperson on Executive.In a close race, the Senate voted 15 for Grand Cape Mount County Senator Edward Boakai Dagoseh, against Grand Gedeh County Senator G. Alphonso Gaye as the new Chair of the Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget.For the post of Chair on Rules, Order and Administration, the lone candidate Lofa County Senator George Tamba Tengbeh received the white ballot cast by Senator George Manneh Weah.Another interesting drama during yesterday’s proceedings occurred when River Cess Senator Francis Saturday Paye who had earlier announced his candidacy for the post of Chair on the committee of Internal Affairs, Governance and Reconciliation, mysteriously disappeared from the Chambers and failed to appeared when his name was announced by the Secretary of the Senate to mount the podium for pre-election comments.His name however, remained on the ballot and in the voting process he was massively defeated 18-3 by Nimba County Senator Thomas S. Grupee.For elections of three representatives to international bodies, Grand Bassa County Senator Jonathan Kaipay, the ‘David who beat Goliath’, former Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley, was voted on white ballot to represent the Senate at the Inter-Parliament Union (IPU).Montserrado County Senator and Congress for Democratic Change political leader George Weah, and Nimba County political godfather Prince Yormie Johnson were nominated and unanimously voted to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament; while River Cess Senator Dallas A.V. Gueh was elected to represent the Senate at the Pan African Parliament.Election for arguably one of the most important statutory committees, the committee on Judiciary, Claims, Petitions and Human Rights chaired by Sinoe County Senator Joseph N. Nagbe was postponed as it was discovered that the lone candidate, Matthew Zargo of Lofa County, had withdrawn.All eyes may now turn to the most recently certified Grand Cape Mount County Senator and Chairman of the ruling Unity Party, Cllr Varney Nabir Gboto Sherman, whom from all indications, is the sole favorite to replace Senator Nagbe who is not contesting to retain that post.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Blatter regrets at overstaying FIFA tenure

first_img0Shares0000Sepp Blatter served as FIFA chief from 1998-2015 © AFP / Michael BuholzerGENEVA, Switzerland, Jul 2 – Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, forced out as head of world football’s governing body amid a corruption scandal in 2015, admitted on Sunday he regretted not stepping down earlier.The 81-year-old was banned over ethics breaches, bringing an end to his 17-year reign as FIFA chief, following a suspect two million Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.8 million euro) payment to ex-UEFA president Michel Platini. “I should have stopped myself earlier,” Blatter said in an interview published by Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick, adding that his ousting as FIFA boss was “a relief”.Blatter, who was re-elected for a fifth term in May 2015 before promptly announcing his plans to resign, recalled the editor-in-chief of a Swiss magazine warning him the role of FIFA president had an expiration date.“‘At your place the date is 2014’, he told me, and I said to him that sometimes it’s written that the product can be consumed beyond this date if it’s stored in a cool place,” Blatter said.Blatter was also asked about a report in German newspaper Der Spiegel that current FIFA chief Gianni Infantino had feared being dismissed as the subject of another ethics committee investigation.Infantino was cleared last year by FIFA of ethics violations after investigating him over his use of private jets, personal expenses, hiring methods and a contract dispute.But FIFA assured last month “no investigation” had been opened into Infantino after sources said his role in the Confederation of African Football’s presidential elections was being looked into.“I don’t know about that, I only know that former FIFA colleagues addressed themselves because of him to the ethics committee and that three or four weeks later, they were thrown out of FIFA,” Blatter said.Ethics chiefs Hans-Joachim Eckert and Cornel Borbely were replaced in May at the annual FIFA Congress, with Borbely calling the decision “a setback in the fight against corruption”.Blatter also spoke out against the introduction of the video assistant review (VAR) system, currently being trialled at the Confederations Cup in Russia.“The game loses attractiveness… You have to leave referees to make mistakes, what FIFA are doing is delicate and dangerous,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jesus faces long Man City lay-off with ligament injury

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus heads the ball during their match against Leicester City at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on November 18, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 2 – Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus could be facing up to three months on the sidelines after the club revealed he had suffered a knee ligament injury in Sunday’s draw with Crystal Palace.The 20-year-old Brazilian — who sat out two months of last season with a metatarsal injury — will undergo a scan to ascertain the severity of the ligament damage. Serious ligament injuries can see players miss three months with less serious ones requiring three to six weeks to heal.Jesus, who went off in tears early in the first half of the 0-0 draw with Palace that brought City’s Premier League record 18-match winning streak to an end, remained upbeat.“Today (Monday) I went through an image exam on my left knee that diagnosed a small medial collateral ligament injury,” he wrote on his Instagram account.“Thank God it is not very bad and I won’t have to go through any surgery. Promise to be back as soon as possible!”The injury to Jesus and a less serious one to Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne prompted Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to criticise the crammed match schedule over the festive period.“If you tell me that technically, physically it’s good for the players: no, it’s a disaster,” said Guardiola, who had the luxury of winter breaks in both Germany and Spain when he coached Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively.City play their fourth match in 11 days later Tuesday at home to Watford.However, the Spaniard, whose side hold a 12-point lead over Manchester United ahead of the Watford clash, conceded that despite his criticism it wouldn’t make any difference to the scheduling.“It’s a tradition. I have to adapt,” said the 46-year-old.“Sometimes you have three days’ recovery, sometimes four, sometimes two, everybody is the same.“Last season we had less recovery than this season, maybe next season we will have a little more.“It is what it is. This kind of thing I can give my opinion, but do you believe I am going to (get the authorities to) change something? No way.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Everton on the verge of signing AC Milan midfielder

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LIVING THE DREAM Bertolacci could be on his way to Goodison Park Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED Everton are reportedly close to completing the signing of AC Milan midfielder Andrea Bertolacci.New boss Marco Silva is keen to stamp his authority on the Toffees and is eyeing several new additions ahead of the Premier League season. LATEST TRANSFER NEWS IN DEMAND targets REVEALED LATEST targets 1 moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Bertolacci, 27, spent last season on loan at fellow Serie A side Genoa and impressed, helping them finish comfortably in mid table.However, upon his return to parent club Milan, Bertolacci has reportedly held talks with boss Gennaro Gattuso and his time at the San Siro appears to be up.Everton are looking to pounce and, according to TuttoMercato, the Toffees are ready to splash out £5m to bring the midfielder to Goodison Park.Bertolacci will be offered a five-year deal and could earn a further £1.5m in bonuses should the deal be completed. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

COMMUNITY ALERT: PONIES MISSING IN GLENCAR

first_imgMissing: “Chesney) above and “Bambi.”The owner of two ponies missing in the Letterkenny area has appealed for help in finding them.The Shetland ponies went missing in Glencar last night.“Chesney” is a chestnut coloured stallion and “Bambi” is a white and chestnut filly. If anyone sees them or has any information about them, they are asked to telephone 0863240577.COMMUNITY ALERT: PONIES MISSING IN GLENCAR was last modified: August 31st, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:bambichesneyglencarLetterkenymissingponiesshetlandlast_img read more

TWO SWIMMERS RESCUED ON DONEGAL BEACH

first_imgTwo swimmers were recused by an eagle-eyed passer-by in Bundoran today.Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat crewThe two swimmers got into difficulty close to the diving board area.The member of the public managed to get a ring buoy to the swimmers. Members of Bundoran Lifeboat crew assisted by the Rescue 188 helicopter were also on hand shortly after the incident happened.The rescued swimmers are believed to be fine but shaken by their ordeal.TWO SWIMMERS RESCUED ON DONEGAL BEACH was last modified: May 16th, 2015 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)last_img read more

DONEGAL GAA CLUB GETS IRISH LANGUAGE GRANT FOR NEW LAWNMOWER

first_imgMinister of State, Joe McHugh€3,950 ceadaithe ag an Aire Stáit McHugh d’Fho-Chumann CLG na Rosa, Co. Dhún na nGall.Dé Luain, 12 Deireadh Fómhair 2015—Tá fógartha ag an Aire Stáit do Ghnóthaí Gaeltachta, Joe McHugh T.D., go bhfuil deontas de €3,950 ceadaithe aige d’Fho-Chumann CLG na Rosa chun cabhrú leo lomaire féir a cheannach.Ag fógairt an deontais dúirt an tAire McHugh go raibh sé ag cur an deontas seo ar fáil ar an gcoinníoll go gcuireann an fo-chumann plean réadúil Gaeilge i bhfeidhm a bheas aontaithe leis an Roinn i bhfeidhm dírithe go háirithe ar bhaill óga an chumainn.  €3,950 sanctioned by Minister of State McHugh for Fo-Chumann CLG na Rosa, Co. DonegalMonday, 12th October 2015—Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh T.D., has announced that he has sanctioned a grant of €3,950 for Fho-Chumann CLG na Rosa to enable them to purchase a lawnmower.Announcing the grant, Minister McHugh said that he was providing this grant on the condition that the club implement a realistic Irish language plan which will be agreed with the Department and which will focus on the younger members of the club.  DONEGAL GAA CLUB GETS IRISH LANGUAGE GRANT FOR NEW LAWNMOWER was last modified: October 12th, 2015 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:GAA clubIrish language planLawnmowerNa Rossalast_img read more

Donegal designer awarded for creative rethinking of airline uniform

first_imgA Donegal fashion student has proven that her creativity is anything but ‘plane’ after being highly commended in the prestigious Professional Clothing Awards.Marguerite Cowburn from Bruckless redesigned the Aer Lingus cabin crew uniform to fly into the Top 10 finalists in Europe.Marguerite Cowburn’s AER Lingus design at the Professional Clothing Awards 2019The 10th annual PCA awards took place on the 19th of June in London. Marguerite’s design was modelled in front of 300 guests in the grand surroundings of the Montcalm Marble Arch Hotel in London. The event was hosted by Strictly Come Dancing Star Anton Du Beke.Marguerite’s vision for a vintage-look uniform is a wonderful blend of heritage, sustainability and practicality. She used Magee of Donegal Tweed, linens and velvet for the three piece look.Marguerite’s fashion career began with Donegal Design in Dublin and she recently decided to return to the craft and is now going into her final year of a BA in Fashion with Promotion at LYIT. Lecturer Sharon Maxwell proudly joined Marguerite at the PCAs last month, which celebrated style, function and innovation.Marguerite Cowburn highly commended at the Professional Clothing Awards 2019Marguerite Cowburn’s AER Lingus design at the Professional Clothing Awards 2019Practicality and tradition were a main focus of Marguerite’s as she dreamt up the design. She explains: “I went with a sleeveless tunic with green salt and pepper Magee Tweed. I went very much for sustainability and our landscape. When you are flying into Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn, those colours were a big influence.”Marguerite swapped the Aer Lingus skirt for green linen trousers, with slits up the front for an elegant feel and a little velvet piping up the seams.The linen top is an off-white shade for a vintage look, with a faint shamrock print down the sleeve to tie in the Aer Lingus logo. A velvet cap brings the retro look together in an edgy way.Marguerite’s design was one of 10 Highly Commended pieces on the night.After a hectic year, she said she is enjoying her summer break before returning to complete the Bachelor of Arts degree in September. Donegal designer awarded for creative rethinking of airline uniform was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:ba fashion with promotiondesignFashionMarguerite Cowburnprofessional clothing awardslast_img read more

Rip Van Winkle Revives

first_imgA man in a coma 19 years has regained some brain function, surprising scientists.  Terry Wallis is relearning how to count and speak, and thinks Ronald Reagan is still president.  The story of his remarkable recovery has been reported widely in the news (see Fox News) and was featured on both News@Nature and Science Now.  What was surprising was that “his brain slowly regrew the nerve connections that were devastated as a result of his accident,” said Michael Hopkin for News@Nature, forcing neurologists to reconsider the dogma that hopes for recovery decrease over time.    Although scientists caution against raising hopes for other patients, the case of Terry Wallis shows that the idea that there are hopeless cases may need to be reconsidered.  Most of the reports claimed that patients in a persistent vegetative state (PVS), such as that alleged in the highly-publicized case of Terry Schiavo, are in a different category than that of Wallis.  News@Nature ended, however, with a surprise finding even for PVS patients:Neurologists are reluctant to declare that PVS, the condition at the centre of the controversial debate over US sufferer Terri Schiavo, can ever be truly permanent.  Earlier this year, researchers made the bizarre discovery that some PVS patients could be roused with a simple sleeping pill (see ‘Sleeping pills offer wake-up call to vegetative patients’).A report on World Net Daily says that Terry Wallis is able to tell jokes and, according to his father, “seems almost exactly like his old self.”The brain’s capacity to repair itself may be more remarkable than realized.  The ScienceNow article stated, “the brain regions that survived Wallis’s accident forged new connections, perhaps in an attempt to re-establish contact with regions that were damaged.”  It’s remarkable how much of his memory remained intact during nearly two decades out of touch with reality.  This should give medical care professionals and family members pause when tempted to think a comatose patient is beyond hope.  It also raises questions why a brain would try to repair itself, if reproductive success is the be-all and end-all of natural selection.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more