Our President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in her brief Tuesday evening broadcast to the nation, claimed that Liberia’s democracy and reputation are “under assault.”She also called on Liberians to “continue to respect each other, the rule of law, human kindness and decency.”The one thing we pray for is that she is not accusing Liberty Party standard bearer Counselor Charles Brumskine and other political parties and many citizens supporting them—that she is not accusing them of placing Liberia’s democracy under assault. That would be a travesty (mockery, pretense).Let us quickly recall what has led Counselor Brumskine and his supporters to court. It had nothing to do with Brumskine coming third in the October 10 presidential race. Remember, he came third in the 2005 election, and did not go to court. His case has everything to do with the alleged massive irregularities that took place in the recent October 10 election.First, the ballot stuffing in several places around the country, including District 4 in Nimba County, which led to a rerun of the Representative election. In Nimba’s District 8, there was a recount, and the incumbent Representative who lost in the first counting, won in the second. This was a glaring case of fraud on the part of the NEC staffers who conducted the election.Second, the delay in the starting of the poll on Election Day which, according to Liberty Party, led to the denial of over a half million eligible voters to participate in the election. This was clearly a contravention of the Liberian Constitution, and the denial of those citizens’ constitutional rights.Third, a man named Amos Siebo, who works in President Sirleaf’s office, was caught carrying out voters registration in his private home, a most serious contravention of the country’s Election Laws. Siebo was never prosecuted, and is back on the job in the President’s office. Where, we ask, is the “decency” in that? Did the President know about this outrageous and criminal incident? Just in case she did, what did she do about it in the interest of “decency” and “law-abiding”?That is why we have chosen for the theme of this Editorial, “The Singer, not the Song.”Fourth, all centers at the polling precincts were each supposed to have had 550 voters. But instead, there were in at least one center in Grand Gedeh County 1,500 voters in favor of the presidential candidate George Weah’s Coalition (CDC) for Democratic Change.Remember the overwhelming number excess ballots brought in by NEC Chairman Korkoyah—a development that was seriously questioned by many, including this newspaper, Daily Observer.Fifth, where was the decency, or more fundamentally, the ethics in the President’s holding a private meeting in her private home with NEC Magistrates and Commissioners? Or do we have a President who thinks she can do whatever she pleases, regardless of public opinion or the consideration of decency and propriety (modesty, respectability)?Where was the decency or propriety in appointing a non-Liberian citizen to head the National Elections Commission?Remember, what is most important in human affairs, whether political or otherwise, is “the singer, not the song.”We come now to one of the most touching parts of the President’s Tuesday broadcast, “…We must continue to respect each other, the rule of law, human kindness and decency.”Here, two poignant questions arise. First, did her private meeting with Election Magistrates and Commissioners not look like an “abuse of power”? Otherwise, why was the press not invited?Finally, President Sirleaf’s call in her Tuesday broadcast for “human kindness and decency.” We quickly recall her treatment—or mistreatment—of not only her two-term humble, patient and loyally supportive Vice President Joseph N. Boakai; but also of the Unity Party (UP) that not only rescued her in 1997 when her own party, Liberia Action Party (LAP) rejected her presidential bid. Now what did UP do for Ellen? It fulfilled her presidential dream and carried her twice successfully to the presidency!So how does she now, in the 2017 election, forget all that and ABANDON UP and its presidential candidate and her own Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai? Where, in this heartrending act of crass ingratitude, is “human kindness and decency”?All of this points to the fact that President Sirleaf has more a part to play than anyone else in the “assault” on Liberia’s democracy.The singer, not the song.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“I know Landon pretty well now and he gets itchy feet if he’s not around the game,” Yallop said. “And he wants to get back and see his buddies.” Forward Nate Jaqua also ran with the team after his U.S. team stint. Goalkeeper Joe Cannon and defender Chris Albright are still expected to make their preseason camp debuts Thursday, although now they might be feeling a little pressure from Donovan. “I’ll give ’em crap,” Donovan said, laughing, “but this was my choice. I was thinking about coming in (today), then I realized it was Valentine’s Day so I asked Frank if I could come in today and take tomorrow off, which is nice.” Cutting edge “It’s nice just to see some faces get back on the field, and see a lot of new faces,” said the 24-year-old Donovan, who clearly had the edge on his teammates in terms of conditioning. “I’ve played two games now to their none. I’m going to be ahead of them. It’s a good feeling for me, because you’re pretty much fully fit and you’re not tired from being the end of the year yet.” It wasn’t a surprise to coach Frank Yallop that his star made an early return. The Galaxy just began their second week of camp and don’t have to make roster moves until March 1, but Yallop said he’s already close to knowing his roster will shape up. “I’ve got a pretty good idea already what guys we’re definitely going to keep, ones we’re going to maybe slide into the developmental side of things, or even let go,” Yallop said. “We’ll figure that out in the next week or so. “I don’t want to keep guys hanging on when I kind of think I know now.” Schedule update The Galaxy will begin their preseason schedule in Bermuda with a Feb. 22 game against the New England Revolution. They will play again the next day against a Bermuda All-Star select team. The team also announced two other preseason matches – on March 10 against the Fresno Fuego of the PDL in Fresno and on March 18 against the Columbus Crew at Cougar Stadium in Santa Clarita. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CARSON – He wasn’t due to arrive until Thursday, but Landon Donovan just couldn’t wait to get on the field with his Galaxy teammates Tuesday. Donovan, who had spent the previous five weeks with the U.S. national team, went through drills with the team in the morning and played in a game situation in the afternoon.
The CSB said that although the Texas City plant had several fatal accidents over the past 30 years, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration had done only one process safety management inspection at the refinery – in 1998. The report said OSHA made other, unplanned inspections after accidents, complaints or referrals – it didn’t say how many – but that those visits were typically narrower and shorter than planned inspections. The CSB recommends that OSHA increase both the number of comprehensive safety inspections and the number of people to do them. “OSHA’s national focus on inspecting facilities with high injury rates, while important, has resulted in reduced attention to preventing less frequent, but catastrophic, process safety incidents such as the one at Texas City,” the report said. HOUSTON – The U.S. agency responsible for worker safety failed to inspect plants with enough care and frequency to prevent an accident like the 2005 explosion at BP’s Texas City refinery that killed 15 people and injured 170, the worst U.S. industrial accident since 1990, a government report said Tuesday. Companies have plenty of safeguards for individual workers’ safety, but have a potentially deadly lack of sound procedures to measure process safety, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, which released the report. “Process safety programs to protect the lives of workers and the public deserve the same level of attention, investment and scrutiny as companies now dedicate to managing their financial controls,” CSB Chairwoman Carolyn W. Merritt said at a news conference on the agency’s final report into the March 23, 2005, explosion in Texas City. The 335-page report also blamed BP, the London-based oil giant, for cost cutting that left the plant vulnerable to catastrophe. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A family living without basic services including running water have succeeded in reversing Donegal County Council’s decision to defer offering them social housing support.Brian and Eileen Ward and their five children had sued the council after it decided not to offer them housing support on the grounds they presented an unacceptable risk of anti-social behaviour. The family are members of the Irish Travelling community and are currently living in a caravan at Shore Front, Bundoran. Two of the Ward children have medical needs,The Irish Times report the family had challenged the council’s decision in the High Court, claiming it was flawed because irrelevant considerations had been taken into account.The matter returned before the High Court yesterday, when barrister Mark Lynam, who appeared for the Wards with solicitors for the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, told Judge Anthony Barr that the council had agreed to reverse its decision and will reconsider the Wards’ application for housing support.Fintan Valentine, counsel for the local authority, said the order could be quashed on consent and that his client had acted “with expedition” after the case had been brought to court. The judge then struck out the proceedings.Previously, the High Court heard the family, supported by the Child and Family Agency, which voiced concerns over the Wards’ living conditions, had applied to Donegal County Council for social housing support.They currently have no running water and a limited use of a generator and had tried unsuccessfully to secure private rented accommodation.In March last, they had been told by the council they were at risk of engaging in anti-social behaviour and any offer of housing had been deferred.Donegal family have council’s decision on house reversed was last modified: September 20th, 2017 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:bundorancouncilcourtdonegalHIGH COURT
Tir Chonaill weekly notes: (Move cursor over each picture to see captions:)Rooney, Morris and Ward excel at National Masters Tir Chonaill masters athletes, Marie Rooney, Brenda Morris and Paul Ward, made a successful journey to Nenagh last Sunday. The occasion was the Irish Masters Indoor championships and all three competed ‘out of their skins’ to bring back a total of six medals to the North West.Marie Rooney, a role model in the Tir Chonaill club, was impressive in winning the 1,500m walk and followed up with silver medal performances in the 1,500m and 3,000m.Brenda Morris, new to the indoor circuit, surprised even herself in finishing 2nd in the 400m and 3rd in the 60m. Paul Ward, one the top middle distance master athletes in Ireland at the moment, following a most competitive 1,500m came home with an excellent silver medal performanceMary Mc Loone impresses The Athletics Ireland Indoor Games at Nenagh, the opening senior competition of the season, held last Saturday found club athlete Mary Mc Loone winning the Triple and Long Jump impressively and running 7.98secs in the 60m sprint. Mary experienced a few problems with her run up in both jumps disciplines but will iron these out as she progresses towards the Irish Indoor c/ships in the Odyssey, Belfast on 19/30th Feb.Club Athletes honouredTír Chonaill athletes were honoured on Friday night January 21st at a most enjoyable 2010 County Board Awards Function in the Finn Valley Centre. Presentations were made by double Olympian Danny McDaid, Co. President Eamon Giles and Co. Chairman Neil Martin to the following overall winners.Senior Male: Darren McBrearty, Letterkenny AC; Senior Female: Mary McLoone, Tír Chonaill AC; Junior Male: Mark English, Letterkenny AC; Junior Female: Louise Harvey, Tír Chonaill AC; Master Male: Pauric McKinney, Letterkenny AC; Master Female: Sinead McLaughlin, Finn Valley AC; Each of the ten clubs in the county nominated two juvenile athletes for recognition. Karl Griffin and Kate McGowan were the Tír Chonaill AC recipients.MC’s for the night were Brendan O’Donnell and David Doherty. The Tír Chonaill athletes’ citations read as follows,Mary McLoone During 2010, Mary represented Ireland in the Europa Cup and was a winner at the home countries Indoor International in Cardiff. She won National Indoor and Outdoor Triple Jump titles and led Tír Chonaill AC for the 3rd time during the decade – 2003/2009/2010 – at the European clubs finals in Bern. She smashed County records in the 200m and Long Jump. She cannot be with us tonight as she is traveling to Nenagh for tomorrows Athletic Ireland Indoor Games. Jackie Harvey accepted the award on Mary’s behalf.Louise Harvey During 2010, Louise competed in the Celtic International – 300mH; Won Irish age group titles i.e. U18 Indoor 60mH; Outdoor 100mH and 300mH; finished 2nd in the Irish schools Senior Girls 100mH and 400mH. She was honoured as Ulster and Athletics Ireland Donegal Juvenile Athlete of the year 2010. She was a member of the Tír Chonaill Team at the European Clubs in Bern – Louise has a best time of 62.8secs for 400m Hurdles. Karl Griffin During 2010 Karl was a winner of U16 Indoor and Outdoor Athletics Ireland and Irish Schools U17 800m titles. He won schools U16 Indoor International in Cardiff and finished 2nd in the schools outdoor International in Glasgow. He ran an outstanding 1min 53.22secs for 800m at a BMC meet in Belfast in July and recently – last weekend ran 50.61secs for 400m at the ‘Irish Junior Indoor Championships’ in Nenagh. Kate McGowan Best Girl – During 2010 Kate won the Irish outdoor U14 80m hurdles title, finished 2nd in the 60m Hurdles Indoors and also medalled in Long Jump and 200m. This multi-talented girl was also a member of winning Tír Chonaill Indoor and outdoor All Ireland winning U14 and 15 relay teams. Kate also traveled as part of Neil Cullen’s Donegal Sportshall Team to the British finals in Birmingham and was a member of the winning Donegal sprint relay team. Other outstanding performances during 2010 included winning individual medals in Long Jump at the National Community Games finals in Athlone and in the 2 lap sprint at the Sportshall finals in Birmingham.Next weekAnother busy week ahead for club officials and athletes. Club members and the general public are invited to the official launch of the Cara Bundoran 10 mile challenge. The venue is the library in Bundoran –time 8pm. Those who attend will be given the opportunity and an incentive to register for the race on the night. The race sponsored and supported Cara Pharmacies and a host of local public and private sponsors and promoted by Tir Chonaill athletics club in partnership with Athletics Ireland invites walkers, joggers, fit4life athletes and elite runners to the sea side town on Sat 5th March. Some of the highlights for entering the race includeChip Timing; Mile Markers – Split Times given at Every Mile; Water Stations Souvenir Technical Fabric T-Shirt for all finishers ;High Quality Goodie Bag for all finishers; Course Accurately measured using the Jones Method To get more information log into http://www.bundoranrun.com/Child protection course Tír Chonaill AC is hosting a Child Protection course for coaches on Saturday 29th January at 11am at the Abbey vocational School, Donegal Town. The course is open to all coaches from all clubs. Please contact David Doherty on 0868011540 for a place. Also on Saturday five young club athletes will contest the Athletics Ireland multi events in Nenagh – we wish them every successJuvenile Club Presentation Night 2010 The rescheduled ‘Juvenile Club Presentation Night 2010’ will now take place on the Sunday 30th January. The occasion has a unique venue. A two hours trip on the Donegal bay waterbus will be used for presentation of awards and will have the added incentive of a relaxed social occasion. Sailing is at or Donegal Town training.2:00pm and tickets can be purchased [€5 each] from any of the coaches at Bundoran/BallyshannonClub monthly meetingFriday night the clubs monthly meeting takes place in McGinley’s, Ballyshannon.TIR CHONAILL ATHLETICS CLUB: LEGEND McDAID MAKES PRESENTATIONS was last modified: January 26th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
Naomh Padraig GAA News: CLUB LOTTO There was no jackpot winner in last weeks lotto there was one winners of €100 the numbers drawn were 4-7-1-3-2-6-5. The winner was as follows: Gerard Grant, 410 Grove Cottages.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime. If any kids would like to start selling lottos each week feel free to contact their coach for more information.Next Weeks Jackpot €800SENIORSThe seniors suffered defeat away to Na Rossa on Sunday evening. This week sees the start of the Championship and our seniors are at home to Letterkenny Gaels on Saturday evening while our reserves are also at home to Glenswilly on Sunday. UNDERAGEUnder 6 and Under 8 training is on every Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Ture this is for boys and girls born in the year 2007,2008,2009, and 2010 all new faces welcome and can all boys and girls bring a water bottle and cost of session is €2 for info contact Daniel on 0862072745..Under -10 training will continue this Friday in Ture from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. This is for boys and girls born in the years 2005 and 2006. All new players welcome can all boys and girls bring water bottle and cost of the session is €2. For info contact Kevin on 0863576713.Under 12 Training for the 2015 season has started and will continue every Saturday in ture from 10.30am to 12pm. Please bring Trainers, Gum Shield, Water Bottle and €2. This is for players born in 2003 and 2004. New players welcome. Contact Damian for more info 087 7963559Under-14 training is on every Sunday from11.30am to 1pm and every Wednesday aswell for details contact neil on 0863855855Under 16 and Minor training will take place every Monday and Friday evenings at 7pm to 8.15pm in ture. Well done to the U-14s who won the Inishowen B final against Malin on Sunday evening in Moville.CLUB APPOur new club app is now live on the App Store and google play store In the app you can play the clubs lotto every week through the games section and keep up to date with club events and wats happening within the club. Also there is direct links to Facebook and twitter. You can also share your photos of games you are at via the app. So get downloading and have a look for yourselfCLUB GEARThe club has a range of club gear for sale and are placing a order soon with O’Neills. If any one is interested in ordering new gear or purchasing some for details contact Dermot Mc Colgan on 0879978968As always keep up to date with club activities through Facebook,Twitter,Club APP and through are website on www.naomhpadraig.com GAA NEWS: BLOW FOR NAOMH PADRAIG AS THEY LOSE AWAY TO NA ROSSA IN DIVISION FOUR was last modified: June 29th, 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:GAANaomh PadraigNoticesSport
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum has today announced Dr Angela Byrne as the new DFAT Historian-in-Residence at the Dublin centre.Dr Byrne, who is from Culdaff, has been selected to conduct pioneering research in the field of Irish migration and diaspora studies at the interactive EPIC museum in Dublin’s Docklands. The role has been created in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.Dr Angela Byrne has written, researched and lectured on a range of subjects including the diaspora, the Irish in Russia, the history of travel and exploration, and women in the sciences. Angela holds a PhD in History from the National University of Ireland Maynooth, and has held lecturing and research positions at Ulster University, the University of Greenwich, National University of Ireland Maynooth, University of Toronto, and the Royal Irish Academy. She is author of Geographies of the Romantic North: Science, Antiquarianism, and Travel, 1790–1830, and will publish her second book later this year.Angela Byrne says: “I’m looking forward to communicating to a wider audience even more stories of the exceptional Irish people that have made their mark on the globe. I’m especially interested in women in the Irish diaspora and celebrating their achievements.”EPIC Ireland. Photo: Rachel McLaughlin Neville Isdell, Founder and Chairman of EPIC, says: “This role is an exciting development for the museum as it will allow us to further connect with stories of the global Irish. We are delighted to have the generous support of DFAT and Minister of State for the Diaspora Ciarán Cannon. Angela’s experience and depth of historical knowledge will be an excellent addition to our ongoing work at EPIC.” Minister of State for the Diaspora, Ciarán Cannon, T.D., welcomed the appointment, saying: “I am pleased that my Department is sponsoring this new position at EPIC. This is an area of research that fully merits our support and Dr Byrne’s work will be an excellent resource, both for EPIC and for the Department, to grow our reach and connections with the Irish diaspora.”Achieving Infamy exhibit at EPIC IrelandThe historian-in-residence will develop relationships with the global Irish community and develop engagement with the diaspora worldwide. They will also promote greater awareness and understanding of our shared history by researching and developing a series of exhibitions, plus a programme of workshops and lectures.EPIC Ireland appoints Donegal historian to pioneering new position was last modified: June 27th, 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)
A walker has been airlifted to safety after becoming injured on Errigal today.The alert was raised after 5pm, when Donegal Mountain Rescue volunteers were tasked to find a female walker.The Rescue 118 helicopter was then called to assist the operation. The woman was successfully located and placed on board the helicopter shortly after 6.30pm. The extent of her injuries is not yet known.The DMR team has been stood down. Injured woman airlifted off Errigal was last modified: June 22nd, 2019 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)
Arcata >> For the second straight season Humboldt State football has a representative on the Associated Press Little All-America Team. Offensive lineman Alex Cappa was announced as a member of the Second Team Friday.The junior was tabbed an American Football Coaches All-America First Team pick almost two weeks ago and has received numerous postseason honors. Cappa is a three-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year and three-time unanimous All-GNAC First Team …
Arcata >> The Humboldt State women’s basketball team showed flashes of what they could be on Friday against Cal State East Bay. Unfortunately for them, they didn’t show it consistently enough.HSU, which fell behind by as much as 25 points in the game, mounted a furious fourth-quarter comeback but it was too little, too late as they fell to the Pioneers, 79-71, Friday at Lumberjack Arena.“It’s been about four or five games now where we dug ourselves a whole and had to fight like cats and dogs …