“Goliaths Will Meet their Davids”

first_imgFormer President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Gbehzongar Milton FindleyGrand Bassa County Senior Senator Gbehzohngar Milton Findley has welcomed the ruling Unity Party’s recent decision to endorse his bid to retain his Senatorial seat in the October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.Senator Findley who is also President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, further welcomed the widespread notion that he will be a mere David among the Goliaths who are going all out to unseat him in the forth coming poll. “At least those with such a notion are also aware that for every Goliath, there is a David, and if the Biblical story is anything to go by, then the end result will favor me,” Senator Findley pointed out.The Grand Bassa lawmaker made the statement recently when he addressed Legislative Press Corps at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.The Senator who celebrated his 54th birthday last Wednesday in Buchanan with an array of fellow lawmakers, family members and friends, expressed the hope that other political parties,  including his county’s archrival, the Liberty Party, must now see it prudent to follow the example of Unity Party.In a joyful mood, Senator Findley told journalists that those who think he has failed in his social contract with the citizens of Bassa who elected him nine years ago, will have the shock of their lives when the same Bassonians renew his contract in October.“I have built my report card over the years and come October, the perceived political Goliaths will cease to exist politically.”Speaking on other national issues, Pro Tempore Findley disclosed that the chapter on the fate of the two dismissed leaders of the National Health Workers of Liberia (NHWAL) remains open, even though the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare failed to carry out a 72-hour Senatorial order to reinstate them over a month ago.The two leaders, Joseph Tamba, president, and George William, secretary general, were among 22 health workers dismissed by Health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale last February, when health workers carried out a nation-wide go slow in protest of poor working conditions and incentives.Senator Findlay told the press briefing, however, that following the failure of the Ministry to carry out their request, the leadership of the Senate wrote the Executive (Presidency), and that the response to their communication will soon be publicly disclosed.On the recent disclosure by Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly that a certain lawmaker had requested US$800,000.00 of the County Development Fund (CDF) to be placed in his/her personal account, Senator Findley said the Minister will again appear before the Senate Tuesday to throw more light on accusations that he placed moratorium on CDF and Social development Fund; and that four Commissioners whose nominations were rejected by the Senate are still functioning in those positions.But when asked whether Minister Dukuly, who on the request of the Senate last Thursday appeared in executive session with his lawyer,  named the lawmaker who requested for the US$800,000.00 to be placed in personal account, the Senator was noncommittal. He reminded journalists that discussions and decisions in executive sessions cannot be divulge to the public.Meanwhile, Minister Dukuly is expected to make another appearance before the Senate tomorrow for more questioning.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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Liberia, EU Sign €279m for Development

first_imgLiberia and the European Union (EU) have signed a €279 million development package under the European Union National Indicative Program (NIP) for EU 11th Development Cooperation in Liberia.The EU cooperation program with Liberia, which covers 2014 to 2020, will seek to address key priority areas that are essential to growth and recovery from the medium to the long-term.According to a dispatch from Brussels, Belgium, at the ceremony, which was witnessed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s National Authorizing Officer and Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara M. Konneh, signed on behalf of the Liberian Government while the European Union Commissioner for International Development, Neven Mimica signed on behalf of the EU. The event took place on the sidelines of the high-level international conference on Ebola.EU Commissioner Mimica, in brief remarks, said the signing signifies the EU’s strong commitment to promoting stability and reconciliation as well as equitable and inclusive development in Liberia. He said the EU’s support targets important areas for sustainable development and growth and stressed the continuation of EU and Liberia’s long-term partnership.Under the Governance Pillar, the EU cooperation will support the overall improvement of the management of the public sector and also address the ability to deliver services as well as focus on the consolidation of peace, democracy, the rule of law and security.In the area of Energy, the program aims to improve access to sustainable and affordable electricity for the general population and for productive activities.The program also seeks to improve the quality of education, equity and accessibility of basic education and technical and vocational education and training; agriculture sustainability, increased agriculture productivity and added value, including improved access to domestic and international markets, and developing nutrition-sensitive production systems.The NIP represents an important step in programming of EU aid with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries through its 11th European Development Fund. The NIPs define the strategies and priorities for EU aid in each country which is done in close cooperation with the partner countries so as to ensure that they support national priorities and reflect the local context.The policy is in line with the EU’s vision for future development cooperation, which calls for resources to be targeted where they are most needed and can be most effective.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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Roles Of An Informed Citizenry In Nation Building

first_imgBy Siddiq KonnehA nation with a weak judiciary, an inactive and uninformed citizenry is an unstable nation.  An informed citizenry and a strong judiciary are two catalysts for sustainable growth and development in any modern nation. For democracy to flourish and for government to be held accountable, citizens must take initiatives and be active participants in every aspect of governance; they must learn those basic democratic principles that are necessary for their survival and the growth of their nation. We must go further by demanding that our leaders also adhere to these democratic principles. Informed citizenry will ensure that before one is put in a leadership position, he/she is adequately prepared and suited to lead them. They will also choose leaders who will have respect for an independent, strong and vibrant judiciary. As brilliantly put by President Andrew Jackson, who says: “All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary”. We can have all the best laws in the world, but if we do not have an impartial judiciary, they will not serve any purpose for the ordinary citizens. These two, informed citizenry and a strong judiciary, must work in sync for any nation to develop and achieve its full potential. Liberia as a nation has never been fortunate to have these two catalysts for sustainable growth and development working in sync, at any point in its 171-year history. We seem to have an abundant of callous leaders with no vision for the country and its people, and an inactive citizenry that gravitates towards these ineffective leaders. A nation is as good as its citizens, everything must center on the furtherance of life, liberty, and social and economic upward mobility of its citizens. According to Adlai E. Stevenson, “…citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end”. There will be no nation without people, and as people we must be informed enough to know that we are in charge of our democracy and we decide who leads us. We must also demand that those who lead us be informed, because they are ordinary citizens like ourselves before they are chosen. It is a disservice to self and country not to seek the best to lead you.  As free citizens under the right circumstances, we decide who leads us, who represents our collective interest and values in and outside of Liberia. When it comes to political participations in Liberia, our choices in leadership are hardly based on tangible leadership qualities; they are often based on short-lived inducements like- few bags of rice and a little cash, tribal and religious affiliations. Aligning with individuals with similar tribal and religious background is not a crime, but when such alignment undermines our ability to appreciate those qualities that a good leader must have, then it becomes a societal issue. We have institutionalized our tribal and religious identities into political parties in Liberia; it has created over-zealous sycophants and cult-like institutions and figureheads. Sometimes out of sheer ignorance, we follow individuals who are not prepared enough to become leaders. These choices have prolonged negative consequences that do not end with us; they trickle down to generations yet to come.One can argue that being an informed and active citizen is part of our civic duties and responsibilities. An informed citizenry sets standards for its leaders, understands the roles of its leaders and how their actions can either positively or negatively impact the lives of every citizen. In countries where citizens are cognizant of their rights and the responsibilities of their leaders, there is peace, stability and development; there is unity and respect for the rule of law. They often keep their leaders in check and hold them accountable. For so long our nation has been led by men and women with selfish agenda; they take advantage of the gullibility of the electorates most of whom are driven by ethnic and religious sentiments, instead of substantive issues that are vital for nation building. That’s why it is important that the few good people don’t sit and let others dictate their affairs. In Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s The Social Contract, he writes: -“As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State “What does it matter to me?” the State may be given up for lost”.  And like my mentor Shaykh Mohammed Ayoud Dukuly always tells me, “When the qualified are not available, the unqualified become the available”. We must stand up and add our voices to others in calling for an end to the devaluation of our identity and nation.We hardly critically engage people who come to us to be our leaders, we don’t ask them hard questions, their views about governance, rule of law and nation building; we do not examine their values and moral uprightness, and past accounts. We cannot move forward and secure a better future for our children if we are bent on electing spineless and clueless individuals to lead us. Thomas Jefferson once said, “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy”. Nations are built by conscious citizens who are informed and able to identify those prepared individuals from amongst themselves to lead them. If we respect and value ourselves, we must select people who will respect and value us. We have to be willing to change our attitudes in order to change our condition. An alien will not come to our aid; we must petition our leaders to govern us justly and with respect.We’ve all heard the saying that goes,” Rome wasn’t built in one day”. Sure, no nation can be built in a day, but neither it is built by unconscionable criminals nor bastardized advocates. Liberia has been around for some 171 years and we are one of the least developed nations in the world. Even though, we have the natural resources that can bring sustainable growth and development to us, but we have never been able to transform our lives and live in peace and harmony. One may ask why? The answer is simple: we have refused to be informed and active citizens; we have surrendered our rights to hold to account our leaders, we have relegated good governance and equal opportunities in exchange for instant gratifications and satisfying our few momentary urges. That’s how low we’ve allowed ourselves to stoop.  In the long run, these actions ferment public discontents and agitations against leadership; they cause conflicts and civil upheavals.Citizens of all great nations go to great length to fully learn and understand the responsibilities of their leaders to them, and they are active participants in the governing process. They petition only individuals who will deliver the most dividends. For them, choosing an effective leader does not begin and end due to similarities in ethnic and religious values, it goes beyond those boundaries. They take honesty, integrity, wisdom and past interactions into account when choosing their leaders. That’s why their leaders deliver on their promises. When these leaders are vetted, it is done not just to offer few jobs to their loyalists but to actually bring social and economic transformations to everybody. The advocacy of a good leader doesn’t begin or stop when they are given the mantle of authority. It is a vocation for them.We all must stand up and engage those of our compatriots who are not informed to be cognizant and actively participate in their governance, because they have the means to change their social and economic condition by being informed and through participation. If you can contribute by writing one sentence or speaking a word, do it. If our actions convince an individual to become an informed and active citizen, I think, that can be counted as a success.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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Teenager faces 4 felony gun charges

first_imgRobert Meyer of La Habra, who allegedly gave the weapon to the teen, also faces an arraignment today in Whittier Superior Court. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies identified Meyer, 25, as a known gang member and an ex-felon. The boy recently joined a gang, according to Lt. George Zagurski of the Sheriff’s Department’s Operation Safe Streets Bureau, its anti-gang unit. He said the teen told deputies he brought the gun to Katherine Edwards Middle School last week for protection. Deputies found the loaded firearm hidden in a planter on campus and arrested the boy. Another student had overheard him talking about the gun and told school officials. No one was injured in the incident, officials said. WHITTIER – Prosecutors filed charges Monday against a 14-year-old Whittier boy accused of bringing a loaded gun to his middle school last week. The unidentified minor was charged with possession of a gun on school grounds, possession of a firearm by an active gang member, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office. All four charges are felonies, she said. The eighth-grader is scheduled to be arraigned today at Los Padrinos Juvenile Court. He remains at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, Robison said. Zagurski said subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Meyer on May 11. The incident generated much concern at the middle school, where students were kept inside their classrooms and were dismissed two minutes later than normal as a safety precaution, Whittier Union High School District Superintendent Carmella Franco said in the statement last week. She called it an isolated incident but added that officials were being “extra vigilant.” Deputies found the gun around 2 p.m. The small automatic was inside a bag of some sort that had been placed in the planter, said Lt. Jeff Cavanaugh of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station. Edwards Middle School Principal Monica Sena called the boy who reported the gun to officials “courageous.” ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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MAJOR ADVENTURE RACE ANNOUNCED FOR GAOTH DOBHAIR

first_imgGaelforce Events, Ireland’s leading adventure race organisers, are delighted to announce that they are adding a new event to their calendar for 2011, Gaelforce North, which will take place on the 4th of June in Gaoth Dobhair.Gaelforce Events is an adventure race company based on the West Coast of Ireland. They run a number of adventure races including Gaelforce West, which over the last 5 years has grown to become the largest event of its kind in the world and brings over 9000 people into the region each year.They have recognised the great potential that the Donegal region has for the adventure tourism market and are hoping to enable a huge number of competitors to discover all that the region has to offer from scenery to hotels, accommodation and activities.  “I spent all my childhood summers in Donegal. I love the area and when we decided to run a race a different region of Ireland, I knew straight away that Donegal had everything we would be looking for” states Mona Purcell, Gaelforce Events Director, “With the added backing of Failte Ireland we are hoping to bring a huge amount of people into the area and boost the tourism for 2011 and for the coming years”Gaelforce North will be the sister event of Gaelforce West and includes cycling, running and kayaking over a 61 km course. Competitors will take in parts of the Glenveigh National Park, Gartan lake, a cycle around the Derryveagh Mountains, climbing Errigal and finishing with a cycle back to Bunbeg.For the first year, Gaelforce Events are hoping to bring at least 1000 competitors plus 2000 supporters into the region for the June Bank Holiday.Entries are now open for the event. For more details visit www.gaelforceevents.com. MAJOR ADVENTURE RACE ANNOUNCED FOR GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: February 27th, 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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GOLF: CENTRAL BAR GOLF SOCIETY NEWS

first_imgThe first outing for this year’s Central Bar Golf Society begins in Ballyliffen this Saturday.The society was founded in 1991 and is captained this year by none other than the great Joe Coyle, pictured on the left here.Anyone interested in joining this well established society should check out Central Bar Golf Society on Facebook. The society is littered with ulster cup legends, musicians, storytellers and a great days golf plus craic is guaranteed. Favourites for the captains drive in include, Shiels, Dunleavy, Margey, Neilis & Gallagher as well as the captain himself Joe Coyle!!! GOLF: CENTRAL BAR GOLF SOCIETY NEWS was last modified: November 14th, 2012 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:GOLF: CENTRAL BAR GOLF SOCIETY NEWSlast_img read more

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STUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL: IAN MILLER’S GREAT OUTDOORS: UMPHIN ISLAND

first_imgIn this forth article on the Donegal great outdoors, hidden gem series Ian Miller visited Umphin, a little known and rarely visited uninhabited island living far off the Gweedore coastline in Western Donegal.Umphin Island FilmLiving a shade over 3 kilometres out into the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Donegal and 1.5 kilometres from the seaward side of Inismeaine, Umphin Island sits in a very exposed nautical location just to the north of the much larger and better known, Gola Island. Umphin Island is approx. 250 square meters in size and 42 meters high above sea level at its highest point, running though the eastern flank of the island is a deep tidal channel.This channel separates Umphin mainland from the smaller outlaying Tornacolpagh Island.This tidal channel provides the only sheltered landing spot on the island at the superb raised shingle beach on the Umphin side of the sea way.Getting to the island is by far best savoured by sea kayak with Port Arthur providing the nearest public slip and easiest launch point. Sea conditions need to be uber calm with minimal westerly motion as the mass of Umphin Island is not large enough to provide enough lee for a safe sea passage.Another excellent and perhaps safer way for the less nautically minded to visit the island is by RiB (Rigid inflatable Boat) with Selkie Sailings providing island tours by RiB during the summer months.Landing on Umphin and simply walking to its highest point is like making a visit to the land time forgot.With no human inhabitants and with the western side of the island a carpet of over 1000 ground nesting sea birds it is a truly surreal experience to be in the company of such a rare glimpse of remaining wilderness.A walk around the cliff tops on the seaward side of the island takes you around, over and through many of the islands sea sculptured blowholes, sea caves, cliffs and stacks. The western side of the island is sheer with a continual band of 20 meter high granite sea cliffs protecting the rest of the island from the huge winter westerly seas.It is on the tops of these sea cliffs that the hardier Guillemots and Gannets have made their homes.Perhaps one of the more unusual sea birds calling the island home is the common Fulmar, get too close to its nest and it will spit a huge amount of semi-digested fish at you as its form of defence.With this in mind it is probably not the best time to visit the Island during the nesting season. STUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL: IAN MILLER’S GREAT OUTDOORS: UMPHIN ISLAND was last modified: November 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesGreat OutdoorsIan Millernewslast_img read more

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DARKNESS INTO LIGHT EVENT TO START IN MAGHERY IN MAY

first_imgThe Darkness into Light event is a worldwide suicide and self-harm awareness event and fundraiser held to support Pieta House Crisis Centre. Specifically, the event is a public 5K charity walk beginning 4:15am and ending at approximately 5:30am – 5:45am on Saturday 9th May 2015 in Maghery, County Donegal, with all proceeds going to Pieta House.Participating locations span across the globe; from Phoenix Park, Dublin, to Sydney, Australia. The concept of walking together as a group from the darkness of night time to the breaking of daylight symbolises the journey many people experience when they suffer from poor mental health.This event is held in Maghery village on the coast of the North Atlantic, which is sure to contribute to the character of this special event.In previous years the closest Darkness into Light event for people in the Rosses has been Letterkenny, but with the establishment of the event more locally, people do not face the risks associated with travelling to and from the event so late / early in the morning.“We encourage those from beyond the upper and lower Rosses – where it might be both safer and more feasible – to attend the Maghery event. We really appreciate your support with this very important fundraising event for mental health. Testimonials from people who have participated in the event in previous years report that the event is special in many ways.“Therefore, we hope this event will be no different and we look forward to helping to start the conversation and raise awareness about mental health locally,” said a spokesman. Please Like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dilmaghery to keep up to date with details and plans for the event, the 5K route, or to make general inquiries. Alternatively, inquiries can be sought at the e-mail address: dilmaghery@gmail.comDARKNESS INTO LIGHT EVENT TO START IN MAGHERY IN MAY was last modified: February 21st, 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) Tags:Darkness into LightdonegalMAGHERYlast_img read more

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Arsenal star Sanchez fears Gunners will block £50m switch to Manchester City

first_imgAlexis Sanchez fears Arsenal will block his move to Manchester City and force him to move abroad if he leaves the Emirates this summer.The Chilean forward has been unable to agree a new deal with Arsenal and had his hopes set on move north to City.But the Gunners are determined to not allow him to join a Premier League rival, leaving the way clear for Bayern Munich to make their move, according to The Mirror.Sanchez has just one year left on his current £130,000-a-week deal and Arsenal will do all they can to avoid allowing him to run down his contract and leave for free in 12 months’ time.City are willing to pay up to £50million and could easily afford his £300,00-a-week wage demands.But with Arsenal willing to dig their heels in, a move to the continent may be Sanchez’s only option.If Sanchez were to move to the Etihad, he will join a long list of Gunners to head to Manchester.Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure and Robin van Persie have all swapped the red of Arsenal for the Blue of City or red of United in recent seasons. 1 Sanchez hasn’t agree a new deal at Arsenal and is linked with a move to City last_img read more

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Could this be Donegal’s tallest snowman?

first_imgA father and daughter team in Donegal have been spending their snow days hard at work building a monstrous snowman called Big Olaf the Second. Standing at an incredible 14ft, this gigantic creation was the work of Redcastle dad Kristian Shortt and his daughter Abbi. At this stage, Big Olaf the Second is in the running as one of Ireland’s tallest of the year.Kristian and Abbi got to work on Thursday after the heavy snowfall blanketed Inishowen, and within two days they had built the snowman so high that they needed a ladder to continue the construction. Kristian estimated that it took three tonnes of snow to build. While most families need twigs for snowman arms, this one has full-on branches! Now that’s a Beast!Photos by North West NewspixKristian and Abbi Shortt with their 14ft Snowman. Photo: Northwest NewspixKristian and Abbi Shortt with their 14ft Snowman. Photo: Northwest NewspixKristian and Abbi Shortt with their 14ft Snowman. Photo: Northwest NewspixSend in your snowman photos and snow fun videos to info@donegaldaily.com to be featured.Could this be Donegal’s tallest snowman? was last modified: March 4th, 2018 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:redcastlesnowmanlast_img read more

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