SWAL Adopts Constitution at Mini Congress

first_imgOfficers and members of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia last Saturday adopted their constitution at Raji’s Farm, Brewerville, near Monrovia.At the roll call, 40 out of 70 registered members were present. Three members sent in excuse and 27 were absent.The members went through the document and made additions to ensure that the document serves the collective interest of every journalist who reports on sports.Before the review, SWAL president Roland Mulbah commended the 5-man Constitution Committee, headed by Vincent T. Yelegar and co-chaired by Mr. Hilary J. Colnoe for their work.Other members included Omari Jackson, who served as secretary, Henry Flomo and Malcolm Joseph, former SWAL presidents, as members.Also at the occasion was former SWAL secretary general, Akosa Ike, publisher of the West Africa Pilot and the president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Mr. Kamara A. Kamara.In brief remarks after the successful adoption President Mulbah urged the members to remain committed to the association, as they forge ahead to ensure the promotion of Liberian sports for all.Contributing, PUL President Kamara A. Kamara argued that while cricket is the world’s number one sport, since it is played in the most populous country, India, along with Pakistan and others, soccer holds its position as the most popular sport in Liberia.He noted that while soccer’s major role in Liberia is undisputable, there are other sports that need to be promoted, mentioning basketball, table tennis, boxing, lawn tennis, taekwondo, karate and wushu that need much attention for their development.He assured SWAL members that the PUL will always stand by the association in its efforts to ensure the development of sports in Liberia.During the official discussion and before the adoption, SWAL members freely made suggestions that characterized the positive trend of a professional organization.The members commended Mr. Mustapha Raji, president of LISCR FC for providing them the venue and refreshment to host and honor the occasion.Meanwhile, the Constitution Review Committee received authorization from the members to complete the additions and subtractions and resubmit it to president Mulbah’s administration for the body.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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Assistant Minister for Budget Is Dead

first_imgThe Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) is mourning the death of its Assistant Minister for Budget, Augustine Kaifa Blama, who died yesterday at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia.According to an MFDP announcement, Blama will be buried today, in line with his Islamic faith, in Nyandiayama, Lofa County, after prayers for the departed.Finance Minister Boima S. Kamara, who led a senior management team to the deceased’s residence yesterday, described Blama’s death as a void left in the Ministry’s workforce, especially the Department of Budget and Development Planning, which he served with diligence and absolute loyalty.While consoling Mrs. Blama and members of the bereaved family, Minister Kamara called on them to keep faith in the Lord, as he assured them of the Ministry’s full participation in all of the events before, during and after his burial.Also sympathizing with the bereaved family, MFDP’s Deputy Minister for Budget and Development Planning, Tanneh G. Brunson, who served as immediate supervisor to the late Assistant Minister, indicated that he was one of her technicians who always executed his tasks and was in readiness to perform additional duties. Meanwhile, MFDP staff described the late Minister’s sudden death as a shock, with many employees calling on the bereaved family to accept the death as the will of God.They stated that some of the MFDP employees, who were either supervised by or directly interacted with the late Assistant Minister, indicated that he did not only serve as the nucleus of the budget section, but was always receptive and provided the needed guidance and encouragement to ensure that they acquired the requisite knowledge.Prior to his appointment as Assistant Minister of Budget in 2014, Blama, who started working for the government in 2000, served in various positions in the securities sector, as well as the research and budgetary policy sector.Some of the posts he held included Research Analyst; Budget Staff Analyst; Chief Senior Analyst; Controlling Principal Analyst; and Assistant Director General, Research Department at the erstwhile Bureau of the Budget, Ministry of Finance. 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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Logger granted bail for ammo possession

first_imgA 45-year-old logger of Alliance Road, Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Wednesday found himself before the court, slapped with a charge of possession of unlicensed ammunition after reportedly being busted during a Police roadblock.Sunil Roopnarine appeared before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman and denied the charge which stated that on November 10, 2018 at Bamia, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, he had in his possession 10 live 12-gauge cartridges without being a licensed firearm holder.The prosecution contended that on November 10, the defendant was a passenger in a bus destined for Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) which was searched, and the ammunition was found.Magistrate Latchman released the defendant on $60,000 bail. Roopnarine is expected to make his next court appearance at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on November 21, 2018.last_img read more

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Parika man stabs wife, mother-in-law; attempts suicide

first_imgBY SHEMUEL FANFAIRA fisherman from Parika, East Bank Essequibo, stabbed his common-law wife several times and wounded her mother during an altercation, after which he ingested a poisonous substance in a bid to take his own life. Thirty-seven-year-old Bhawanie Harrinarine is currently under Police guard at the West Demerara Regional Hospital.Bhawanie Harrinarine receiving treatment after ingesting a poisonous substanceGuyana Times was told that the woman and her mother are admitted patients at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC). However the seriousness of their injuries is not yet known. The alleged stabbing incident occurred on Wednesday evening.According to reports, the fisherman and his reputed wife had separated sometime ago, but Harrinarine would often visit the woman at her parents’ Greenwhich Park home. Wednesday evening was one such visit; however, it took a turn for the worst when the two ended up in an argument.This publication understands that during the argument, the fisherman allegedly stabbed his wife and her mother. He then fled the scene and consumed a poisonous substance.Relatives told this newspaper that earlier on Wednesday, they saw Harrinarine with the poison but were unaware of his intention to consume it. The man’s brother, Deonarine Harrinarine, recalled that his brother was seen with the poison and he reportedly claimed that he was keeping it for his boat captain.According to information received, the captain related that he did not request poison from the fisherman. Guyana Times was also told that the man’s daughter was killed in an accident at Huston, East Bank Demerara last week and will be buried sometime today.Police investigations are continuing.last_img read more

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DD Motoring: LDV V80 steals the show

first_imgTaking over as one of the leaders in its sector, the van featured this week is called an LDV V80 which stands for Leyland Daf Vehicles. Even the horrendous traffic jams didn’t dampen my driving experience in Letterkenny this week even though it took an hour to get from one side of the town to the other.When I eventually got to the other side of the town, while I was waiting at DLV premises I stepped around the garage and the forecourt of Top Spares which is one of the newest agents for the LDV range in Ireland. Advertisement “Daisy”Sitting on the street ready to go was a lovely new long-wheelbase high roof version of the LVD van which had company branding of its new owner beautifully placed on the side of it.The New LDV V80 in Donegal Creameries signage ready for the road delivering milk daily in Donegal . Photo Brian McDaid“Daisy” was smiling out from the back quarter panel of this new Sligo registered van. The van obviously was for the Donegal Creameries.Photo Brian McDaidReading between the lines I felt very proud of a newly locally appointed van agency in Letterkenny which has secured the sale of a new van to a company as big as the Donegal Creamery. Advertisement A far cry from a Fordson Major tractorWhere the new LDV agents are now located once was a green field site. Charlie O’Donnell who was one of the main bakers in Letterkenny decided to move his bakery from Lr. Main St. to the new industrial hub of Letterkenny at the times out beside the newly built creamery.It’s hard to believe now but there was no one making concrete blocks in Letterkenny in those days on a big scale, so there was a demand for blocks to be made by hand. My late father who was out of work at the time, decided to make blocks in the front garden of his home in Corkey, Manorcunnigham which were used for building of the bakery.His brother Hughie was driving Stevenson’s Fordson Major tractor and trailer which was on hire drawing milk in from the farms to the creamery in Letterkenny. Hughie would get a loan of the tractor in the evenings and would draw out sand and gravel and cement to Corkey where my father Fred would mix the concrete by hand and fill them into wooden moulds.When he had a trailer load of blocks made, my uncle and my father would take a tractor load of concrete blocks into Letterkenny to compliment the supply of blocks to build the bakery.Fred and Hughie McDaid with their friend Hughie Mc Guigan (Centre) who made concrete blocks by hand for the building of the O Donnell’s Bakery and also for Mc Clean and Mc Laughlin’s Garage in Letterkenny.Now Charlie O Donnell’s grandson also Charlie is in the same premises that once housed his grandfather’s bakery, and instead of selling bread they are selling bread-vans and buses and milk vans and builders vans, all of which are part of the VDL range.Outside, the new LDV V80 looks good, classic styling that’s freshened up with a new front end incorporating daytime running lamps within the bumper whilst the headlamp clusters have LED side lighting and the heated electric wing mirrors are treated to side indicators. Air conditioning, remote central locking and electric windows are all part of the standard package and with three seats up front the V80 is comfortable enough, the driver’s seat comes with an armrest making the driving position spot on.Photo Brian McDaidMore affordable and with a longer warranty than its rivals the LDV is sure to be a class leader with its 5 year warranty and roadside assistance which will cover up to 200,000 kms/125,000 miles.A view of the central dash in the New LDV with Air con Cruise Control and Bluetooth as standard. Photo Brian McDaidThis is staggering for such a new and unknown quantity and demonstrates the confidence LDV Motor’s have in the brand.The van that we drove is fitted out with a fridge which was purchased by Donegal Creameries but it will give you some Idea how much room in in the new LDV V80 High roof long wheel base. Photo Brian Mc DaidIn summing up this van which I drove this week I think it has hit the road running in Ireland. There is a small upturn in the economy and anyone buying a new van is not only looking for a good deal; they also want something that is easy run. It’s not just the small business man that is considering this. An Post done a survey on their transport fleet and looked at everything, especially the running cost of the their fleet. They ended up buying 270 of these new LDV to add to the fleet of bigger sector vans throughout Ireland.The van starts at €16995 plus VAT in Ireland, which is cheaper that most of it rivals in this sector. Add to this that all the V80s come standard with the powerful 136 BHP Diesel engine and this van seems to offer you all the ingredients for a good purchase.Happy motoring folks DD Motoring: LDV V80 steals the show was last modified: April 19th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:LDV V80motoringlast_img read more

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Arsenal transfer BLOW! Arda Turan to STAY at Barcelona this summer, says agent

first_imgArsenal target Arda Turan will NOT be leaving Barcelona this summer.That is the revelation by his agent Ahmet Bulut, amid intense speculation about a move away from Spain.The Turkey international has struggled to establish himself as a key first-team player at Barca since his arrival in July 2015.As such it was suggested that he could be allowed to leave during the summer window and Arsenal have been extensively linked.But now his agent has poured cold water on those rumours and insisted his client is staying at the Nou Camp.Bulut told NTV: “Arda will stay at Barcelona.“He has three years on his contract, and he will be part of the pre-season training that starts on July 12. There’s nothing new.” 1 Arda Turan will remain athe the Nou Camp this summer last_img

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SO WHO DO YOU THINK WILL WIN THE MASTERS? FANCY WINNING €500?

first_imgWill Rory just do it?FANCY pocketing €500 – and not even having to predict who is going to take the famous green jacket at Augusta in this week’s Masters?St Eunan’s GAA club are giving you a chance to win €500.You just have to come up with a combination of three golfers who between them get the best score. The rules are simple… pick 3 golfers, whose odds must add up to at least 150/1.The winner will be the person that finishes with the best “under-par” total.The top prize is €500! With super runner’s-up prizes of a hotel break and a night on the town.Among those already signed up for the competition is Donegal player Eamon McGee. Follow the link below to see the golfers, their odds – and to sign up for the Masters Golf competition. €10 per entry.https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/St_Eunans/Membership#MembershipOptions SO WHO DO YOU THINK WILL WIN THE MASTERS? FANCY WINNING €500? was last modified: April 6th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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GUTH GAFA FESTIVAL PREPARES FOR INFLUX OF FILM LOVERS FROM ACROSS GLOBE

first_imgOrganisers of Donegal’s largest film festival have completed its final selection this week for the five-day multinational event.Competition among leading directors for a place on the packed “Guth Gafa (Captive Voice) International Documentary Film Festival” schedule has been extremely strong.The festival gives a prestigious platform that promises the chance of widespread recognition both within the film-making community worldwide and by film goers at large as well. The festival, now in its sixth successive year, opens in Gortahork in mid-June and will highlight several themes that organisers consider important in today’s society including political activism, environmental concerns and ethics and corruption in corporate life.Festival co-director David Rane said the reaction to the festival from around the globe has been remarkable.“We have had submissions from almost every country you can mention, from Paraguay to Canada, from Mexico to New Zealand.“And the diversity of subjects has also been overwhelming. Together, this creates one of the greatest challenges facing us –that of selection. “As it’s just not possible to show them all in the time-frame we have, we have spent hundreds of hours over the last few months pouring over movie offerings, trying to make the best decisions we feel will bring most enjoyment to all the people who come to watch.“And I mean people travelling not just tens and hundreds of miles from within Ireland but literally thousands of miles from across the globe,” said Mr Rane who established his own film company Soilsiu Films 14 years ago.Film lovers be able to watch fascinating on-screen treatments of subjects as wide- ranging as the disappearance of islands from the face of the earth due to climate change (Sun Come Up, USA 2010, Oscar-nominated) to the highs and lows of living virtual lives offered by tantalizing software programmes (My Avatar and Me, Denmark, 2010).But they can also listen and learn from directors, producers and others involved in the entire process who will travel from almost every continent to this rural Gaeltacht area to offer their insights and experiences and answer audience questions.Co-director Neasa Ni Chianain says one of the conditions of entering the festival is that directors agree to come to Donegal. “Aside from the fact that we host the only film festival in Ireland devoted exclusively to the genre of documentary making, the other extremely important aspect is that we bring the directors here for discussions.“In fact, it is one of the conditions we lay down for selection. It costs us a lot more money and takes a lot more effort but we feel it is well worthwhile for our audience to understand the context of the films and the challenges and successes of making them.“That’s why audience participation is so important. It creates an added vibrant dimension to the whole festival experience,” she said.Further information, including a description of all films, is available on www. guthgafa.com EndsGUTH GAFA FESTIVAL PREPARES FOR INFLUX OF FILM LOVERS FROM ACROSS GLOBE was last modified: May 11th, 2011 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

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LET’S GET VOTING TO BRING TODAY FM ON HOLIDAY TO DONEGAL!

first_imgYour county needs you!Donegal can get some excellent publicity by bringing Today FM here on holiday.One of the country’s leading radio stations will bring its outside broadcast unit to Donegal – but only if we vote for it. At the moment we are a few votes behind Dingle.But everybody knows our giant basking sharks are much better than Fungi the dolphin!We all also know that we have better scenery, a cooler accent and a much better GAA team!You need to vote here. Please Share this with all your friends! http://www.todayfm.com/Shows/discoverirelandvote2/kc.aspxLET’S GET VOTING TO BRING TODAY FM ON HOLIDAY TO DONEGAL! was last modified: May 28th, 2013 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:donegalTODAY FMlast_img read more

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Gerrit Cole, powerful Astros hammer Nats 7-1, lead World Series 3-2

first_imgCole looked exactly … By BEN WALKERWASHINGTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros went to Washington, hoping to snap out of their funk and bring the World Series back to Minute Maid Park.Not only are they heading home with more games to play, now they’re just one win from another crown.Handed the ball for what was supposed to be a high-stakes showdown against Max Scherzer, Cole gave Houston a firm grip on the Series by beating the Nationals 7-1 Sunday night for a 3-2 lead.last_img

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