Reconnecting Buutuo

first_imgWho can ever forget Buutuo? It is the Nimba town on the border with the Ivory Coast which Charles Taylor and his National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) entered on December 24, 1989 to fire the first shots of their invasion that ignited the 14-year Liberian civil war.That invasion led to the overthrow and execution of President Samuel K. Doe and scores of his closest associates, mostly from his Krahn ethnic group. Buutuo is also remembered because in 2011 the brave and daring President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, against the advice of her own personal security, waded through water to enter with her official vehicle. It was in fulfillment of her promise to the people ofBuutuo that she would visit them before the end of her first term.The grateful Buutuo people did not forget that first visit by a sitting Liberian President to their town. They and the Nimba people, just as they had done in 2006, gave the first term candidate Sirleaf their resounding endorsement for a second term.But what did they get in return? Is there anything tangible in their town, one of Nimba’s most remote, that they can point to in terms of development—a tangible reward for their historic endorsement of her to win two presidential terms?Our former Nimba Correspondent, now Assistant Editor C.Y. Kwanue, himself a native of Buutuo, confessed that no, there is not much to show.Not even the road leading into the town, which is now riddled with even bigger puddles of water than Ellen braved to enter Buutuo on September 26, 2011.In his story on Tuesday, Editor Kwanue quoted many, including Old Lady Annie Quelleh, who said that GOL had “totally neglected Buutuo.” We all can imagine and know the great hardship any town, in this case Buutuo, suffers when deep puddles prohibit anything or anyone from entering or leaving there. No way to take pregnant women or other patients to the nearest clinic, which is so many miles away; no way for either trucks or pick-ups (taxis are completely out of the question) to take Buutuo’s farm produce to the market. The Buutuo people live on their cocoa production. Without roads, they sell nothing, compounding the hardship. There is also no way to bring in urgently needed food items, nor medicines to the lone clinic in the town of 40,000 people; no way for textbooks and other school materials from the Education Ministry to reach Buutuo’s schools; no way for businesspeople to travel to or from Buutuo to do business.We are not talking of people like C.Y. Kwanue, who lives and works in greater Monrovia and has to travel to Buutuo to see his aging relatives there. We are talking about issues that are much more serious than vacationing or visitations—although these, too, could be critical for aging or sick relations. What kind of life is that, to exist in a place that is impossible to reach? When we talk about abject poverty and deprivation, that is it right there.We know of five persons who can make an immediate difference in Buutuo right now to bring urgently needed relief to its people. The first is President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She can order the second person, Public Works Minister Gyude Moore to deploy his engineers and yellow machines to go fix the road leading into Buutuo.The third person needed to rescue Buutuo is the politically powerful Nimba Senator Prince Y. Johnson. Everyone, including Ellen, knows that when Prince Johnson speaks, Nimba speaks! We know of no Liberian politician that can afford to ignore a call from Senator Prince Johnson.The fourth person relevant to this Buutuo conundrum (challenge, problem) is Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, himself with Nimba roots—his mom, Naankouh, is from Buutuo, and he speaks the languages, too, in addition to his paternal Kissi. Minister Samukai could easily engage his Engineering Battalion to go to Buutuo and help fix that road.The fifth person that can help toward making Buutuo accessible is Finance Minister Boima Kamara, who must come up with the money needed to empower Public Works and the Defense Engineering Battalion to come forward and fix the Buutuo road.Yes, Christmas and New Year are over, but the people of Buutuo remain critically trapped. All of us, but most especially the government, must come forward and DO something to bring speedy and urgent relief to Buutuo and our people who live there. 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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GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS U16’S DEFEAT KILCAR IN A CRACKING GAME IN TOWNEY

first_imgFour Masters GAA News:Lotto Result: There was no jackpot winner in Week 39 of the 2014/2015 season draw held in the Abbey Hotel on Monday April 13th.The numbers drawn were 5, 9, 16 and 17. The four consolation winners were Thomas McNulty, Townawilly; Marcus Meehan, Letterbarrow; Martin Gilespie, Driminin; and Larry Walsh, Doonan. Each will receive €25. Come Cook With Us Fundraiser: The Ladies and Bord an nOg are hosting a joint fundraiser on Friday 8th May in the Abbey Hotel, starting at 8:30pm. The fundraiser is a night of comedy and cooking with chef Joe Shannon and comedian Frank Forde hosting the evening, which has proven to be a big hit access Ireland with other clubs. All club members, parents, players, and locals are encouraged to attend the night, with tickets available from any underage coach/manager. Tickets cost €20 for the night, with all monies raised being reinvested in our teams. Topaz Cash for Clubs: the club has signed up for the Topaz Cash for Clubs competition, you get a stamp for every €40 or more you spend on fuel in Topaz. The club needs 300 stamps to be entered in the cash prize draws which total €200,000. Our club code is 10203, a completed stamp book can be given any senior club officer or contact Pauric Harvey (0860523905).Gluvs GAA Gloves: the TY mini company are currently selling GAA Gloves called Cluvs with our club crest and colours. If interested in purchasing a pair contact Tom O’Grady (0867358134).Social Media: The club has set up a new Flickr photo sharing page to share photos. The club can also be followed via Twitter, Facebook, TeamApp, ClubAppLive, Instagram and Youtube. Our website www.fourmastersgaa.com is currently getting updated after it was hacked last week, it be up and running again later this week.Training Times:Boys Football•U8 boys football – Thursday night (6pm to 7pm) in Tir Conaill.•U10’s on Wednesday (6:15pm to 7:30pm)•U12’s on Tuesday (5:30pm to 7pm) •U14’s on Monday (7pm to 8pm)•U16’s on Friday (5:30pm to 7pm) and U16/Minors on Monday (6:15pm to 7:15pm).Hurling•U8/U10’s on Friday (6pm to 7pm) and U12’s and above on Friday (7pm to 8pm) will return next week. Hurling contacts are Lorcan O’Toole (0871354564), U12s contact Fergal McAllister (0873445981) and U14/16 contact Mark Sweeney (0868107678). Camogie (Fridays)•U8s – Rosemary Myers 6-7pm•U10s – Breege O’Keeney 6-7pm•U12s – Laurence Doherty – 7-8pm•U14s – Michael Feeney 7-8pm• U16s/U18s – Laurence Doherty 8-9pm and Fridays 7-8pm on WednesdaysLadies Football•U12 girls football is on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm and U10 girls football starting this Thursday from 5pm to 6pm in Tir Conaill, with the Senior Ladies on Thursdays from8pm.Senior Men’s•The Senior men’s teams are currently training on Wednesday (7:30pm) in the Rugby Club and Friday nights (9:30pm) in Tir Conaill.Managers should contact Paddy Muldoon to make pitch/training bookings.Minor Boys Football: the minors lost out to Aodh Ruadh last Wednesday in the minor shield semi final by three points.U16 Boys Football: The U16’s beat Kilcar 3-09 to 2-11 in a very close game in Towney last night. They are scheduled to play Aodh Rudah at home next week in their final league game.Senior Men’s Football: the senior and reserve men’s teams lost to Naomh Conaill on Saturday night in Tir Conaill Park. The seniors lost out 4-07 to 1-07 against a very clinical Noamh Conaill team and an inexperienced reserves team lost out 4-12 to 0-06. Both team play away to Dungloe this Sunday, throw ins at 1:30pm and 3pm. All support welcomed for the lads.Camogie: well done to the the U8, U10 and U12 camogie teams that took part in the Carndonagh blitz last Saturday. Thanks goes to Rosemary Myers, Bredge O’Kenney and co for their good work in promoting the game within the club.Ladies Football: Well done to the senior ladies team who got back to winning ways on Sunday against Buncrana in the league.Donegal GAA: Karl Lacey played for Donegal in their four point defeat to Cork on Sunday in Croke Park. Well done to Donegal minors who won again on Saturday 1-06 to 1-03 against Antrim in the Ulster League, they now play Down this Saturday in Ballybofey at 12 noon. Good luck to Dylan Kennedy who is part of the minor squad. Well done to Laurence Doherty who managed the Donegal minor C camogie title against Wicklow on Saturday. Club players Aine Gilespie, Rebecca Faulkner, Sophie Doherty, and Niamh Doherty were all part of the winning squad. Well done girls!Easter Camp: Thanks goes to all the coaches, volunteers, and helpers who helped out at last weeks three day Easter Camp. Photos from the camp can be see on our Facebook page. All parents will text out when their child’s top or t-shirt arrives into All Sports.Coaching Academy: the 2015 coaching academy for 4-7 year olds boys and girls will start back this Saturday (April 18th) from 11am to 12:30pm in Tir Conaill Park and will run every Saturday morning until late June and again in September and October. Registration will take place this Wednesday night (April 15th) from 6pm to 7pm in Tir Conaill. There will be a parents information evening on Thursday night (April 16th) from 7pm to 7:45pm in Tir Conaill, with all parents asked to attend. Registration for the academy costs seven euros for the year and €2 each Saturday. There will also be a weekly mini league for this group in the Summer which will take place on a weekday and consist of all games.Virtual Sod: the virtual sod fundraiser is ongoing in the club with lots of members signing up so far. The cost of the virtual sod is €20 with all people signed up receiving a certificate and their name going on a large wall display in Tir Conaill. Contact Eamonn Gorrell (08766740053) or Deborah Rose (0879869192) if you wish to support the club in this fundraiser. All money raised goes towards the ongoing pitch developments in Tir Conaill.Scoil an Linbh Iosa 5km: the parents association from Killymard are holding 5km run/walk this Sunday at 2pm, with registration costing €5 per person or €10 per family.Pieta House Darkness into Light: the upcoming race/walk will take place early on Saturday May 9th from the St John Bosco at 4:15am. All club members are encouraged to support this fantastic event.Well done: congratulations to clubman Jason Carr who won player of the year for Plymouth Raider University Basketball team last weekend. Jason has recently broken into the senior Plymouth team which plays in the BBL across England.Club Notes: any club managers, mentors, or members who wish to have information included in the club notes should email pauricharvey@hotmail.co.uk before Monday to ensure they are included.GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS U16’S DEFEAT KILCAR IN A CRACKING GAME IN TOWNEY was last modified: April 14th, 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:four mastersGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

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