SWAL Urged to Uphold Legacy

first_imgSports writers in the country have been urged to uphold the legacy of the founding fathers and ensure that critical but balanced stories and articles are produced to ensure the positive development of sports.Speaking earlier this week at the official launch of SWAL’s membership drive in Monrovia, Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe reflected on the beginning of the association and paid a glowing tribute to SWAL’s founding secretary general Omari Jackson for the vision to set up the organization.“I urge all of you to identify yourselves with SWAL,” Minister Nagbe said, “by getting involved in its activities.”He said SWAL is one of the most effective PUL auxiliaries, to show a positive direction, as a specialized body.“Go out there and identify players and support every sporting organization in the country,” he said.He told the gathering of SWAL members that the association is a partner to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.“SWAL,” he said, “is not an appendage but a critical partner in the promotion and development of sports.”Meanwhile, Minister Nagbe made a cash donation of Ld25, 000.00 and co-launcher and ex SWAL president Malcolm W. Joseph donated Ld8, 500.00Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The Liberian Presidency in Review (2013)

first_imgThe Presidential Black-outA major issue that took center stage during 2013 occurred between the Liberian President and the Liberian media—something that still remains to fully heal. The media, through its umbrella organization the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), unanimously agreed to place a “Black-out” on the Presidency, for what the PUL labeled the President’s perpetual silence on a nationally important issue.The Black-out was the result of a threat to journalists by the President’s security chief, Othello Warrick, branding Liberian journalists as “terrorists.” Mr. Warrick threatened to “move on them,” (journalists) if they questioned the President’s integrity.Mr. Warrick, who is head of the Executive Protection Service, (EPS) made many strongly worded statements, saying “Be careful in questioning the integrity of Liberians. Be careful, because you have your pen and we have our guns. And if you incriminate the character or integrity of Liberians, like me, we will come after you.”He made the threats against the journalists in the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, where scores of local journalists converged for what was expected to be an exciting and reflective World Press Freedom Day celebration. Director Warrick was one of several panelists at the event.In response to the threats, after the President had remained silent for what the PUL termed as “longer period of time” they finally met and resolved to issue a ten-day block-out on the President.On May 9, 2013, PUL said it was outraged and alarmed that since the “reckless comments that brought into question this government’s commitment to upholding press freedom, democracy and the rule of law, there had been nothing but silence from President Sirleaf and others in her government.”“Journalists,” the PUL said, “saw this development “as risky and troubling; it indicated what was considered wanton disregard for journalists and the free expression of ideas and opinions.”Scores of local journalists attending the meeting said they “feared that the lack of response to such a threat from a senior security person suggested approval by the President.”The PUL therefore imposed a news blackout on the Liberian presidency until expressed and established guarantees for the freedom and safety of journalists across the country were put in place.  The PUL was also exploring the possibility of legal action against the EPS chief for “terroristic threats.”The PUL then urged all independent newspapers to print black front pages with appropriate inscriptions “to protest the threats and insults by Mr. Warrick and the insensitivity shown by the President to the public up to that point.”The PUL said that the blackout was only one of several initial measures taken in response to the EPS’ threat. It promised more in the future.All radio and TV stations were urged to express their protest by suspending broadcast for 2 hours daily: from 9:00 – 11:00, to be followed by replays of Warrick’s threat and the PUL response. The media body also ordered that all presidential correspondents assigned by media houses to the Executive Mansion be withdrawn because journalists no longer felt safe in the presence of presidential guards who had threatened the lives of journalists.In response to the media blackout, the Liberian leader noted on state radio that she was enjoying the action and didn’t care whether the blackout was lifted or not.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) As we conclude 2013, we pause to reflect on the events that shaped the presidency over the year. As the head of the Liberia’s second branch of government, the President faced pressure-packed periods as well as progressive and eventful times.Here is a glimpse of some of the issues the Presidency faced in 2013, with a focus on the Presidency and media relations, the Ellen Step-down Campaign, as well as other remarkable events.last_img read more

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St. Teresa, Len Miller for Debate Finals

first_imgSt. Teresa’s Convent defeated Seventh Day Adventist in the on-going Devine Events and Consultancy Inter -High School debate 95-84 points to qualify with Len Miller for the finals.The two finalists will meet at the Monrovia City Hall on September 13, while SDA will be going against G.W. Gibson for the third place slot the same day.In the St. Teresa’s Convent and SDA encounter, Convent forced SDA to make slight blunders, presenting their argument on the topic: “Is Civil Disobedience a Moral Weapon against the Fight for Justice?”SDA’s argument was not always convincing and they were always behind their opponents and not able to close the gap.SDA’s final speaker came up with a weak-closing statement that couldn’t narrow the wide margin that was already created by the previous speaker.The audience was in high anticipation that SDA could put out an eye-catching performance to upset St. Teresa’s Covent, but SDA could not live up to expectation.When the judges announced the results, the crowd shouted, “The clash of titans,” since the two were the best teams in the tournament.“The defeat was a collective failure, but we have recognized areas of our faults,” SDA captain John Massaquoi said.He added that they were not deterred by the defeat, because it would also help to strengthen their resolve to improve their academic qualification in several other areas.Olivia Livingstone became the outstanding captain for St. Teresa’s Covent.“We knew that the school we will meet in the final has intelligent members but we have developed a plan that can upset them,” student Livingstone assured.Meanwhile, Len Miller became one of the tournament’s favorites, defeating St. Mary’s Catholic High School on the topic: “Are Both Parents Responsible for the Financial Upkeep of the family?”In another encounter, Len Miller High School narrowly conquered G.W Gibson High School to secure their place for the final, with 85-82 points.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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VP Taylor to Launch National Debate Championship

first_imgThe organizer of Liberia’s premier debate competition, Youth for Change (YOC) Incorporated, has announced Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor as the official launcher of the upcoming 15-county debate championship.Youth for Change Incorporated, formerly Devine Event and Consultancy, is an education-oriented organization that has been organizing the competition since 2015.The upcoming competition, which is the first of its kind in the country to feature 120 high schools from across the 15 counties, is expected to kick start a week after the Vice President launches the program in Ganta, Nimba County on January 23, 2019, and is declared it open by Education Minister D. Ansu Sonii.YOC, in a press statement, said the debate championship, which has been in existence for the last five years, has brought to prominence young intellectuals like Nathan Gbee, Satta Sheriff, a child rights advocate, Olivia Precious Livingstone, John Singbae and Beulah Nimene, an emerging poet.YOC founder and executive director, Alex Devine, said the debate competition offers a unique opportunity for students to acquire new skills and express themselves about topics relevant to society.Devine added that through the debate competition, more than 2,000 students across the country will become in-depth researchers, who will improve their public speaking skills with well-informed, logical and persuasive arguments.The competition, according to Mr. Devine, presents a golden opportunity for the older generation, who are currently ruling the country to connect with the new generation, listen and learn about their views as well as their visions about the country’s future.“The overall objective of the competition is to improve students research, and intellectual skills to formulate their own arguments on national issues in a way that solves problems. What we are doing is a great initiative to get students, who are the future leaders of this country, to engage in a dialogue with their peers, which provides an open forum for celebrating new ideas that will help us work towards a sustainable future,” he said.Mr. Devine: “Since it inception five years ago, the competition has provided students a unique opportunity to participate in professional coaching on public speaking.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Wedding guests face tough World Cup choice

first_imgThis has prompted the Reverend Sandra Millar, head of “life events” for The Church of England (CofE), to issue guidelines for those attending the ceremonies and advocating anyone caught sneaking a look at their mobile phone should be sent packing.“For those attending a wedding service at 3pm (1400 GMT), I’d strongly encourage you to make sure you are fully on-side with the happy couple and switch off your mobile phone in advance,” she told the Daily Telegraph.“For those getting married on Saturday, like England fans you might experience a few nerves, but you can be sure that it will also be the best day of your life, with memories to cherish. Who knows, come 6pm, that may be something you share with the rest of the nation too.”Some couples who are tying the knot have adapted their special day.Matt Yeo, who is marrying Sophie Wood — whom he says had to take a lot of convincing to accomodate those guests who are football fans as she is not one — has ordered a satellite dish for the post-ceremony reception.However, the match will be filmed ‘live’ at 1600 GMT — posters are to be placed banning mobile phones being switched on so people know the score — as speeches are due at the time of kick-off.“It has changed our plans quite dramatically,” he told the Telegraph.“I’m having to order an aerial satellite, a projector, a TV and all the cables in a very short timeframe.”Gary Snoad tweeted prior to the final group game with Belgium he hoped England would top the group so if they made the quarter-finals their game would be on the Friday as a clash with his wedding “won’t go down well with the Mrs to be.”However, now it is clashing he is laying the blame on others.“My own wedding clashing with the big game on Saturday — what have I done? Apologies to the English contingent, definitely the Welsh family side that picked the date.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000As many as 24.4 million people watched England win the penalty shootoutLONDON, United Kingdom, July 5 – World Cup fever in England will not extend to weddings round the country on Saturday with those tempted to glance at their mobile phones during the match with Sweden facing a red card.England’s first World Cup quarter-final in 12 years, following their nerve-wracking penalty shootout victory over Colombia, takes place at 1400 GMT when many weddings or post-ceremony receptions will be taking place.last_img read more

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Men’s and Women’s Soccer to Host Doubleheader Friday Night

first_imgStory Links The Drake women have challenged themselves with a difficult schedule early in the year, having already faced three NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. The Bulldogs most recently lost 3-0 at Saint Louis on Sunday, Sept. 1. The Rebels have lost in overtime in both of their matches to begin the 2019 season. They lost 2-1 in double overtime at UC Santa Barbara to begin the year before falling to San Diego State, 3-2, in overtime in their most recent match. Forward Leroy Enzugusi scored Drake’s opening goal of the season in the 79th minute against Oral Roberts. The Marion, Iowa, native leads the Bulldogs in points, shots, and shots on goal. Enzugusi paced Drake with team-bests in goals (eight) and points (17) in 2018.Live stats and live streams are available for both matches. Scouting UNLV Men’s Soccer Live Stream UNLV was picked to finish fifth in the WAC’s preseason poll and will return seven starters from last season’s team which finished 10-10-1. Three Rebels – junior forward Marco Gonzalez, senior midfielder Timo Mehlich, and senior defender Tyler Allen – picked up preseason all-conference honors. Senior midfielder Carina McLennan is another player to watch for the Jackrabbits, having been named a second-team all-conference performer last season. Scouting South Dakota State Gonzalez led the WAC last season with ten goals and 23 points. He was a first team All-WAC selection and was also named to the All-West Region third team. The men’s team is looking to build on a solid performance in its home-opener Monday against Milwaukee. The Bulldogs controlled 60 percent of the possession and gained a 14-6 advantage in shot attempts but dropped the match 2-0. The Jackrabbits opened the year with two victories over Utah State and Idaho State before dropping their last two matches to Creighton and Kansas State. South Dakota State was picked to finish second in the Summit League behind Denver University this season. SDSU boasts three returning players who earned spots on the All-Summit League team in 2018. Senior goalkeeper Maggie Smither is the two-time defending Summit League Goalkeeper of the Year. She posted 10 shutouts last season and helped the Jackrabbits limit opponents to 0.71 goals per game. Men’s Soccer Live Stats Women’s Soccer Live Stream Junior goalkeeper Kelsie Stone is building on her All-MVC performance in 2018 as she has already recorded 16 saves this season, including a career-high nine against No. 21 Baylor. Senior forward Leah Manuleleua is a two-time Summit League honoree and led SDSU with 14 points (five goals, four assists) in 2018. She has netted a team-best two goals so far this season. The Jackrabbits posted a 12-6-1 (7-1 Summit) record in 2018 en route to their second consecutive regular season conference title. Women’s Soccer Live Stats DES MOINES, Iowa — Both of Drake University’s soccer teams will be in action at Cownie Soccer Complex on Friday night with the women’s team hosting South Dakota State at 5 p.m. before the men take on UNLV at 7:30 p.m. Mehlich is a two-time All-WAC honoree who posted 10 points a year ago off three goals and four assists, and Allen is a stalwart on the Rebels’ backline, having started 45 games over the past three seasons.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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HSE ISSUE STATEMENT ON DANGERS OF CONSUMING ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES

first_imgThe HSE Public Health Department in the North West has become aware of a number of people with serious illness requiring medical treatment/intervention as a result of taking substances including an ecstasy like substance known as Double Cross and/or Double Black. The Public Health Department is advising that people should not take these substances and if their friends are in possession of these that they should not be consumed.Those who take drugs should be specifically warned of potential dangers linked to these substances or using drugs in combinations. It is important that anyone displaying negative side effects following the use of drugs seek medical help immediately.HSE ISSUE STATEMENT ON DANGERS OF CONSUMING ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES was last modified: May 26th, 2014 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:healthHSEnewsNoticeslast_img read more

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EASTER CAMP FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AT MAC CUMHAILL’S GAA CLUB

first_imgSean Mac Cumhaill’s Upcoming Easter campThe club are hosting their annual 3 day Easter camp for boys and girls aged 6 to 12 years from 10.00am to 2.00pm on Tuesday the 7th to Thursday the 9th of April. Activities include: Gaelic football, Camogie, Hurling, Handball, Obstacle course, quiz and lots of fun!The cost for the full 3 days is €25 for the 1st child and €20 for each subsequent child. This camp is open to both members and non-members. For inquiries contact 086 101 5001.  EASTER CAMP FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AT MAC CUMHAILL’S GAA CLUB was last modified: April 2nd, 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:EASTER CAMPGAA clubMac Cumhaillslast_img read more

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Ballon d’Or 2018: Bale, Kane, Messi, Ronaldo, Salah, Pogba, Aguero among nominees

first_imgIscoMidfielderSpainReal Madrid Sergio AgueroForwardArgentinaManchester City Paul PogbaMidfielderFranceManchester United Comments 2009Lionel MessiCristiano RonaldoXavi Gareth BaleForwardWalesReal Madrid AlissonGoalkeeperBrazilLiverpool 2010Lionel MessiAndres IniestaXavi Edinson CavaniForwardUruguayParis St-Germain Karim BenzemaForwardFranceReal Madrid 2008Cristiano RonaldoLionel MessiFernando Torres 2016Cristiano RonaldoLionel MessiAntoine Griezmann Roberto FirminoForwardBrazilLiverpool Sadio ManeForwardSenegalLiverpool Raphael VaraneDefenderFranceReal Madrid Jan OblakGoalkeeperSloveniaAtletico Madrid N’Golo KanteMidfielderFranceChelsea Hugo LlorisGoalkeeperFranceTottenham Mario MandzukicForwardCroatiaJuventus Antoine GriezmannForwardFranceAtletico Madrid Kevin de BruyneMidfielderBelgiumManchester City NeymarForwardBrazilParis St-Germain 2011Lionel MessiCristiano RonaldoXavi Sergio RamosDefenderSpainReal Madrid Mohamed SalahMidfielderEgyptLiverpool Luka ModricMidfielderCroatiaReal Madrid Eden HazardForwardBelgiumChelsea Cristiano RonaldoForwardPortugalJuventus Ivan RakiticMidfielderCroatiaBarcelona Luis SuarezForwardUruguayBarcelona 2014Cristiano RonaldoLionel MessiManuel Neuer What is the Ballon d’Or?The Ballon d’Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, with former England international Sir Stanley Matthews the first winner.The list is compiled by the editorial staff of the French publication, with the winner voted for by journalists from around the world, with one representative per nation.For six years it combined with world football’s governing body to become the Fifa Ballon d’Or.However, Fifa ended its association with the award in September 2016.At FIFA’s awards in September, Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was named the world’s best male player, while Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta won the best female player award. Thibaut CourtoisGoalkeeperBelgiumReal Madrid MarceloDefenderBrazilReal Madrid Ballon d’Or winners: Ronaldo & Messi dominate since 2008 BBC SPORTS – Wales forward Gareth Bale and England striker Harry Kane are among the nominees for the 2018 Ballon d’Or.The 30-man shortlist is dominated by Champions League winners Real Madrid, who have eight players nominated.Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne are among 11 Premier League players on the list.The Ballon d’Or, first presented in 1956, is given to the best player of the year.A ceremony to announce the winner of the prestigious award will take place in Paris on 3 December, when a women’s award will also be presented for the first time.Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is a contender, as are Liverpool keeper Alisson and forwards Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.Paul Pogba, of Manchester United, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris are also selected.Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, won last year’s Ballon d’Or and is again a contender along with five-time winner Lionel Messi.Tottenham’s Kane, 25, who is shortlisted alongside team-mate Hugo Lloris, helped England reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia, while 29-year-old Bale scored twice for Real Madrid in the Champions League win over Liverpool.The shortlist: Lionel MessiForwardArgentinaBarcelona 2018 Ballon d’Or nominees Harry KaneForwardEnglandTottenham Kylian MbappeForwardFranceParis St-Germain 2013Cristiano RonaldoLionel MessiFranck Ribery Diego GodinDefenderUruguayAtletico Madrid 2015Lionel MessiCristiano RonaldoNeymar PositionCountryClub 2017Cristiano RonaldoLionel MessiNeymar 2012Lionel MessiCristiano RonaldoAndres Iniesta Tags: Ballon d’Orlast_img read more

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Leo Finnegan Memorial Run to raise funds for Donegal Hospice

first_imgA 3km walk and 5km fun run in memory of Leo Finnegan will take place on Wednesday, September 27th at 7pm. Registration will take place at 6pm in Diver’s Hyundai Garage on Canal Road.There is no entry fee but donations in aid of the Donegal Hospice will be greatly appreciated. Tea and refreshments will be served afterwards in the Hyundai Garage.Everyone is welcome to come along and support this worthy cause.Leo Finnegan Memorial Run to raise funds for Donegal Hospice was last modified: September 6th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:3K5kleo finneganletterkennylast_img read more

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