Read the Writing on the Wall, President Weah!

first_imgThat the George Weah led government is dire straits is open fact. The question is what is this government doing to address the situation given all that is obtaining? From what it appears, rather than devising long term solutions to address the problem, quick fixes are instead being proffered as the solution. But as this newspaper has warned in previous editorials, quick fixes just do not work and this is a lesson which should have been learned from the previous administration which was noted for making policies on the fly.As things currently stand, civil servants are demanding payment of salary arrears else they would stage a go-slow. This is against the backdrop of a planned mass protest set for December 30, 2019. It is being speculated that the GOL has brought in some cash to alleviate the situation. The Daily Observer has sought to no avail confirm reports that Liberian dollar banknotes were printed in Russia and brought into the country recently along with some US dollars believed to have been arranged with help from sources in the US.Whether such will go far enough to assuage angry concerns of civil servants and the public at large remains to be seen. According to Senate President Pro Tempore, Albert Chie, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has promised to provide help not immediately but in February next year. But the caveat to this is the demand placed by the World Bank to have government restitute funds (illegally taken) to the tone of US$11,800, else there will be consequences, which were not specified. But Finance Minister Samuel Tweah is fully aware that failure on the part of any country to meet World Bank benchmarks means the IMF will not provide lending assistance.Thus, It appears unlikely that the IMF will provide the promised assistance in February in the event of failure on the part of this government to the World Bank demands for restitution. In the opinion of the Daily Observer, these are worrying signs which should claim the immediate and urgent attention of this government. However its officials do not appear to be seized of the urgency of the situation. They appear to be more fixed on aborting or taking the wind out of the sails of the December 30 protest that apparently nothing else seems to matter.Already the United States Embassy near Monrovia has announced a placement of restrictions on the issuance of non-immigrant visas but even more dire are reports that the United States Government is pulling out Peace Corps Volunteers from the country. Daily Observer confirmed earlier that the pullout of Peace Corps Volunteers has affected 12 out of Liberia’s 15 counties. From the background of experience, such reports would suggest that such a move is being taken in anticipation of an outbreak of violence in order to mitigate potential risks to the safety of US citizens in Liberia.According to a security expert, the likelihood of violence erupting on December 30 cannot be considered far-fetched because, according to him, government officials at the highest level of government appear to be possessed of a siege mentality. And given that most of the current crop of officials appear to be oblivious of the lessons of recent and contemporary Liberian history, they could encourage the unleashing of violence not being aware of the consequences such would entail.As the countdown to December 30 continues, this newspaper would urge and encourage officials of this government to follow closely developments of the pullout of US Peace Corps Volunteers from Liberia. This newspaper would urge President Weah to place the brakes on hawkish elements in his close company and tread lightly on December 30. He should be mindful that he is about to face a monumental challenge and the longevity of his government may depend on how he responds to these pressing challenges. He should studiously avoid those who encourage him to use the “any bush shake, fire will blaze” approach to the impending crisis.President Weah should read the writing on the wall!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ice house worker creates ruckus in court

first_img…after being remanded on attempted murder chargeA 21-year-old man who reportedly dealt a friend a blow to his head with a piece of wood created a ruckus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was remanded to prison pending trial.Akeem Lammy in tears as he entered the Police lock-ups at the Georgetown Magistrates’ CourtsAkeem Lammy was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. However, as he was being escorted out of the courtroom, he started punching and kicking the Policeman who was accompanying him. Other officers had to intervene and it took five ranks to restrain the man.He began shouting and begging several Police Officers who were restraining him to take his life.He then began to scream, “I fed up of living on the streets; I want to die, ya’ll kill me.” His sister who was in court ran to his assistance, barricading him from several Policemen who had run to the assistance of the officer that was assaulted.The Chief Magistrate, who was still on the bench at this time, adjourned court and retreated to her chambers.Following much struggle, Lammy was taken into the chute leading to the court lockups.It was pandemonium when the man emerged from the chute as he attempted again to fight several officers who were attempting to escort him.His family members, who were looking on as the scene unfolded, were also heard shouting and attempted to force their way into the lock-ups.Lammy, of Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was charged with wounding Johnny Ramdeen with intent to murder him on June 10 at Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown.The Court heard that on the day of the incident, the two men were having an argument when Lammy picked up a piece of wood and dealt Ramdeen a blow to his head which caused him to collapse.He was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was currently hospitalised in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nursing a fractured skull. He will make his second court appearance on June 25, 2018.last_img read more

Colchester set to loan Ipswich youngster

first_imgColchester are closing in on the loan capture of Ipswich starlet Jack Marriott.The 20-year-old striker has been recalled from his loan at Woking and is now expected to seal a move to League One Colchester.Marriot, who scored four goals in 19 Conference outings for Woking, was supposed to stay with the club until April after an extension was agreed earlier this month.But, having been recalled early, he is now expected to head to Essex as part of the deal which took Freddie Sears in the opposite direction to Ipswich. Jack Marriott 1last_img

Campaign trail rife with possibilities for local gaffes

first_imgAnd in South Carolina – where the H is silent in Horry Country – the names matter. Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who mastered most of the names during her husband’s campaigns, goofed by calling the state’s coastal area “the lowlands” rather than the preferred “Lowcountry.” To be sure, campaigning in the early voting states is an art. Voters want to see would-be-presidents at their neighborhood store, serving up ice cream as Romney did in Kingston, N.H., awkwardly tossing a bright green T-shirt over his dress shirt and tie. “Oh gosh, I’m not as strong as these girls,” Romney said, sliding behind the counter for a photo opportunity. “Just have me do some soft serve.” Such campaign stops are meticulously choreographed, with crowds assembled, stickers in hand and pledge cards ready. “Part of the problem is that everyone tries to be so disciplined, golly, you worry about the spontaneity,” said Kathy Sullivan, a former Democratic chairwoman in New Hampshire. When Republican Fred Thompson stopped by a Manchester, N.H., sports bar recently, the customers were more interested in watching the New England Patriots than shaking hands with the “Law & Order” actor. “Down in front,” one voter joked to the former Tennessee senator as the 6-foot-5 candidate blocked his view of quarterback Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots. The disruption – he and the throng of journalists standing in front of a big-screen television – prompted Thompson to take his cheeseburger back to his bus and forced his host, Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta, to offer up his untouched light beer to a nearby table. The event was not long after Thompson’s trip to the Iowa State Fair, where the Republican rode around in a golf cart and wore Ferragamo shoes. Republican Sen. John McCain raised eyebrows among South Carolina GOP voters, who are overwhelmingly religious conservatives, by saying he considers himself a Baptist and attends a Baptist church at home in Arizona. For decades McCain had publicly identified his religion as Episcopalian. His follow-up that he “didn’t find it necessary” to be baptized in his adoptive Baptist church further puzzled voters, many of them Southern Baptists. There are plenty more `don’ts’ on the list: Don’t schedule a trip without looking at a map, as aides to former Sen. John Edwards apparently did when they promoted a campaign swing through New Hampshire’s North Country, but included stops far from that region. Don’t forget where you are, as Giuliani apparently did when he referred to “the people here in Massachusetts” during a speech in New Hampshire. Not quite as bad, Obama repeatedly called New Hampshire’s Belknap County “Bell Camp” during an early trip. Don’t get the governor’s name wrong, as Thompson did with South Carolina’s Mark Sanford. (Thompson called him Sandford.) Don’t get the name of the party chairman wrong, as Romney did with Fergus Cullen at a New Hampshire Republican gala. Romney called him Angus, a name Cullen has embraced as a joke. Don’t assume food comes ready to eat, as candidates in South Carolina have done. In that state, political barbecue means roasted pig and hands-on messiness. “You peel shrimp and shuck oysters,” said Romney political consultant Warren Tompkins. More than 20 years later, some remember when Walter Mondale didn’t peel and got more than a mouthful. Sports are another pitfall, as 2004 Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry learned at least twice. Kerry called the Green Bay Packers’ famous Lambeau Field “Lambert Field” and talked about the Ohio State Buckeyes while in Michigan, home of the Buckeyes’ archrival. But Kerry’s biggest of-the-people mistake was visiting South Philadelphia and ordering a cheese steak – with Swiss. It was a punchline for weeks. Giuliani, aware of that particular challenge, ordered his Geno’s sandwich with provolone and onions. At the packed event, he wore a suit and tie.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“How about the lobster?” he asked, never loosening his tie. “Everybody has the lobster.” Fellow Republican Mitt Romney went through the same hazing ritual, tie tight and lobster in hand. Laughter – including from wife Ann – followed. Democratic Sen. Barack Obama tried talking business with farmers in Adel, Iowa, in August to demonstrate empathy and win votes. But then he referred to a high-end organic food chain that has no stores in Iowa. “Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?” said Obama, who lives in Chicago. “I mean, they’re charging a lot of money for this stuff.” SEABROOK, N.H. – Thou shalt not wear a shirt and tie at a lobster shack near a New Hampshire beach. Thou shalt not invoke upscale grocery stores while campaigning in farm-rich Iowa. And thou shalt not call South Carolina’s Lowcountry “the lowlands.” For every must-do, must-see tradition or place in the critical states that kick off voting for the presidential nominations, there is an equally important list of must-avoid steps. Some candidates, however, apparently didn’t get the memo about what’s incongruous or sometimes annoying to voters in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani made a trip this summer to a tourist-filled lobster shack in Seabrook, N.H. In sweltering heat, the Republican rolled up in his black SUV wearing a bold red tie and crisp white shirt. As guests with flip-flops on their feet cracked lobster bodies with their bare hands, Giuliani got a laugh by rolling up his sleeves, grabbing a live lobster from a tank and holding it aloft. last_img


first_imgGlenties Community Action Group will hold its AGM on Monday February 16th @ 8pm in the Market Hall.As always this is an important meeting and a chance for new faces to come on board and have their say and an input into how we can make Glenties a better place.With that in mind the Action Group is looking to see what matters the people of Glenties want us to pursue, as you know we are already involved in Mullantyboyle Bridge but there are many other matters we could also address. We want to hear your views and opinions on what we do, or what we could do.Have you an opinion on the festivals we organise? are there infrastructural matters such as roads, footpaths, street lighting that you want us to highlight? are there any ideas about how to boost tourism in Glenties? We want to hear any views or ideas you think the Action Group should take responsibility for and we will shortly have 3 suggestion boxes in the Co-Op, the Paper Stop and the Post Office where you can drop in your ideas or thoughts, just write them on a piece of paper and drop into one of the boxes or of course you can leave any suggestions on our Facebook page or email me at This is your opportunity to have your say, don’t let it slip by all comments, ideas or thoughts will be raised at our meeting and discussed. COMMUNITY NOTICE: GLENTIES COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP WILL HOLD ITS AGM NEXT MONDAY NIGHT was last modified: February 10th, 2015 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:AGMFeaturesGlentiesNoticeslast_img read more

‘My mom’s the best’

first_imgACCORDING to the wonks at, who recently crunched the numbers and compared salaries for people doing similar work, stay-at-home moms should be paid $134,121 a year. That just goes to show how little wonks know. The work moms do is priceless and no one understands that better than kids themselves. A few weeks ago, a manila envelope from Lupe Bailey’s second-grade class at San Jose Street Elementary School in Mission Hills found its way onto my desk. Inside, written with the classic candor and exuberance of children, were eight beautifully crafted, personally illustrated essays, each one a testament to motherhood. Mrs. Bailey’s students know full well that it would take a dozen ordinary people to do all the jobs Mom does in a single day, and that a mom’s value in the life of a child is simply incalculable. For starters, mom is the household spirit-lifter. Or, as Celese Gutierrez, age 7, puts it: “My mom is the best because when I am sad she cheers me up.” Antonio Martinez, age 8, writes, “When I’m not happy (Mom) asks me why I’m sad and we talk about it. Next we play or read together and she gives me hugs and kisses.” For most families, Mom is also the chef a role too often disparaged by some women’s libbers, or taken for granted by some of us insufficiently grateful dads, but one which children hold in properly high regard. Michael Neff, age 7, recognizes that the hand that cooks the dinner ought to be revered. “My mom is the best because she cooks the greatest meals in the whole wide world!” Michael enthuses. “She cooks all different meals every day of my life! My mom cooks big, small, large, wide, and long meals. She likes her job which is cooking food for my big family. She cooks whatever I want! My mom makes me happy by cooking!” Now that’s gratitude. And why not? Children understand that in providing three squares, parents are meeting fundamental needs that they can’t meet for themselves. “My mom is the best,” Ara Ramos, age 7, explains, “because she cooks meals for me because I can’t cook.” There you have it. “My mother is the best because she gives me a big meal when I am starving!” writes the wise-beyond-his-7-years Johnny Parada. Johnny knows the importance of a full stomach: “Food is special so I will not die.” And not just any food. Johnny salutes not only mom the cook, but also mom the nutritionist. “My mom is the best because she lets me eat more vegetables than junk food!” (Yes, they even appreciate the green beans. Who knew?) They also appreciate the discipline. In homes with multiple siblings, moms are the peacemakers a role not lost on Megan Carbajal, age 7. “My mom is the best because she tells me what to do when my sister and I are fighting,” notes Megan. “When we fight she helps us apologize to each other. Then I feel happy that my mom helped my sister and I work things out. Then my sister and I play together fairly.” Of course, sometimes sibling spats or other rites of childhood can be physically painful, which is why it’s a good thing moms also double as family-health practitioners. “My mom is the best because when I get hurt and get purple bruises, she hugs me and kisses me,” says Peter Inzunza, age 8. Family health care, by definition, includes spiritual health. As Peter explains: “One time when I was next to thorns I fell in the thorns and I went to the hospital. While I was in the hospital, my mom prayed for me because she wanted me to feel better.” Thank God for moms. Above all else, they give kids what kids need most, and that’s love. “My mom is the best,” observes Pablo Lorenzo, age 8, “because she loves me. She loves me by kissing me when I need it.” Even youngsters recognize that love isn’t so much about emotions, kind words or feel-good gestures, but the sort of sacrifice for which moms are famous. “She also shows her love for me when she watches over me,” Pablo writes. “For example she gave me her own lunch today because I’m allergic to some school cafeteria lunches. She is the best because she loves me.” Indeed, she is. Chris Weinkopf is the Daily News’ editorial-page editor. Write to him by e-mail at AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want 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

Every 2018/19 Premier League home kit rated and ranked

first_img 10. Arsenal 6. Huddersfield Town silverware Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 3. Wolverhampton Wanderers Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT ALTERED The red and white lines are obviously a nod to Chelsea’s history, but there were surely so many better ways to implement the colours than the one chosen, which is known in the trade as ‘child wearing a blindfold uses crayons for the first time’. Didn’t your primary school teacher ever tell you to never use black on a red background? Clearly United’s kit designers missed that lesson, and as a result, they are making my eyeballs vomit. No, not bleed… vomit. 20 Yes, I know stripes are not really Watford’s thing, and this kit is a clearly favouring black over the club’s natural yellow, but they are the Hornets. Hornets have black and yellow stripes, remember. I wonder where the inspiration for this one came from… Brilliant football, vulgar kit. Man City are lamb dressed as mutton, when the mutton comes from a sheep left to rot in a field for six months, during which time it was savaged by crows. Those stripes are just gorgeous. It’s just a shame they decide to ruin them with a huge logo. predicted England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 11. Cardiff City West Ham are always going to be ranked high simply due to the brilliant claret and blue colour combination. It’s a shame there’s so little of the latter this time around though, and the logo is obscenely huge. NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Now we’re onto the good’uns. Just take a look at that effort from Brighton; it’s suave, sophisticated, and simple without being the worst of all crimes when it comes to fashion – boring. 20 20 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 20 12. Bournemouth 20 20. Manchester United How bloody hard is it to make a plain white shirt? Leave all the fads and flights of fancy to others, Tottenham, and iron a club badge on a white t-shirt from the pound shop. See, I’ve just designed a better shirt than the one you’re stuck with for the next 10 months. But we know what you’ve all been waiting for:’s official ranking of all the 2018/19 Premier League home shirts.Well, we’ve obliged to the public’s wishes, and you can see all 20 kits rated and ranked, from worst to best, below… 18. Everton 20 Puma, can you please do away with this ghastly skin-tight fit you insist on using? The Arsenal players, to paraphrase the great P.G. Wodehouse, look as if they’ve been poured into their clothes and forgotten to say ‘When!’. 20 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 9. West Ham United 7. Newcastle United 4. Brighton and Hove Albion Dressed as if they’re about to defend the world in some futuristic, good vs evil anime, Palace definitely win the ‘most likely to give you a seizure’ award. Still, it’s ruddy glorious. 16. Chelsea Aesthetically pleasing colours ruined by a huge sponsor that takes away from the best part of the shirt – the V pattern running from right to left. 20 revealed Urgh. You know that set of pyjamas you have with the button-up collar that’s too tight? Of course you don’t know that, because something so stupid has never been invented! Plus, who’s idea was it to hire Angry Birds as a sleeve sponsor? Probably the same person who thought it was a good idea to spend £50million on Richarlison. 17. Manchester City It’s a classic, if lacking invention. Manchester United, this is how you combine black and red in a manner that doesn’t bring on severe nausea. 2. Crystal Palace 20 Wolves have somehow managed to secure a sponsor whose logo actually improves their shirt. That huge ‘W’ is really quite pleasing to the eye, even if the registered trademark logo is next to it. You can’t really go wrong with that brilliant shade of gold though, can you? Perhaps the smoothest kit released this season. This is the three piece suit of football shirts; simple, sharp and aesthetic, if a little on the boring side. smart causal It’s certainly not as nice as last year’s elegant number, but Liverpool have come out with another jersey that combines modernity with a retro touch in the most perfect manner. Even such a big sponsor cannot take away from just how lovely this shirt is. Newcastle really hit the jackpot when they decided upon a black and white striped home kit back in 1894. 20 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 20 20 latest 20 20 gameday cracker 20 13. Southampton 20 When blandness is the order of the day, you know who to call: Leicester City’s kit designers. We have finally reached that stage of pre-season when every Premier League team has released their home kit for the new campaign.Some away jerseys still need to be unveiled, but all 20 sides have revealed what they will be wearing when they run out to play on their own patch.Some shirts have been praised from all corners, while others have been ridiculed – quite correctly it must be said. 20 14. Leicester City With a horrid sponsor and a bizarre, ill-fitting collar, Huddersfield’s shirt is this high simply because they have an actual dog on the kit. Yes, the Terrier is back after almost 50 years, and, by Jove, it is wonderful. 20 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP 1. Fulham SORRY Most read in Premier League Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 20 8. Liverpool 19. Tottenham Hotspur 5. Watford 20 15. Burnley Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Topping the rankings by a serious length, it’s…… Fulham! Well done, fine sirs; the stripes are wonderful, the badge is wonderful, the sponsor is wonderful, and, oh, that black bar across the centre – there are too few superlatives in the world to describe just how good that looks. I’m getting all hot under the collar just looking at it.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL has been hit by an earthquake.Reports of the tremor in towns along Lough Swilly came in to us shortly after 1am.Thunder was ruled out in the past hour as the cause of the eight second rumble which shook homes in Buncrana, Rathmullan and Ramelton. We will have more once it is confirmed later today. BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL HIT BY ‘EARTHQUAKE’ was last modified: January 27th, 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:donegalearthquakelast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: HE’S always got something to say. And now Noel Sweeney has done it again.After years listening to men lamenting the abilities of women on the road, Noel decided to weigh up the situation, and how better than in a song!It might leave some of our readers a bit hot under the bonnet!Click to watch and enjoy!   DDTV: NOEL SWEENEY’S LATEST SHOCK VIDEO – ON WOMEN DRIVERS! was last modified: June 27th, 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:DDTV: NOEL SWEENEY’S LATEST SHOCK VIDEO – ON WOMEN DRIVERS!letterkennySwilly Grouplast_img read more


first_imgFamilies, athletes of all ages, local and world class, walkers and joggers have been coming together for 40 years plus for the annual St Stephens Day 5k at Finn Valley Centre Stranorlar.Rugby star Larissa MuldoonIt’s a community event in the wider sense those home for the holiday period meet up . A run/walk, a community social occassion and as such has attracted as many as 800 to come out after the Christmas festivities for a breath of fresh air and take the opportunity to meet up .Yes its a race at one level when you consider Olympic champions Mo Farah and Vivian Cheryuiot, Kenya hold the records but it’s a peoples event and therein lies the success and longevity of this . Each year Finn Valley have been privileged to have a prestige personality to fire the start gun and set them on their way at 2pm .Jason Quigley ,Philip Deignan ,Frank Mc Glynn, Sinead Jennings ,Catriona Jennings from the world of sport.Others have included local lady Cora Harvey while Mayor of Donegal (a competitor on this occasion), former MEP Pat the Cope Gallager and local personality Mickey the Post to name but a few.Getting the crowd off Dec 26th is local sporting heroine Larissa Muldoon from Cappry . Larissa scrum half member of the Grand Slam winning squad and on that historic group that reached World cup rugby semis a graduate of Cardiff University where she now teaches .Event organisers are delighted to announce that Larissa will be present while her Mum is participating .So it’s Stephens Day at 2pm its as the banner indicates a fun family event and while entry is open until 1-30pm on the day. Organisers would invite as many as possible to pre-enter RUGBY STAR LARISSA TO SET RUNNERS OFF ON FINN VALLEY ST. STEPHEN’S DAY 5K was last modified: December 13th, 2014 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