Can Kojo Prove Prophetic against Meteors on Saturday?

first_imgNational U-23 head coach Thomas Kojo is an optimist in the face of what others would describe as a burden, and I admire him for that.Losing 2-0 to Ghana’s Black Meteors last Sunday at the Tamale Sports Stadium in the first leg of the Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers, Kojo told journalists in Ghana that he is hopeful of qualification. Kojo will be inspiring his boys for the return leg at the same venue on Saturday, May 2. Kojo said his team’s overall output in the first encounter was good except few mistakes. “We have a good side. All our plans went well except…few mistakes that led to the two goals.  “Technically, we got what we wanted. Our approach, not hundred per cent though, overall we are impressed.” I am not sure Kojo is arguing that losing 2-0 was the objective of the match but it made sense to speculate that he had had the premonition of losing more than two goals. News reports indicated that Kojo adopted the 4-5-1 system. “The 4-5-1 system is both defensive and offensive,” Kojo admitted. It means that in the first leg, he had four players at the defense, five in the midfield and one on the top. Clearly, concentrating on defense with a player on the top would not threaten their opponents and it was the reason that Black Meteors had a field day, with their domination. But Liberia’s best period game in what a reporter described as, “during the dying embers of the game.” That was after Jr. Lone Star broke away from the 4-5-1 system and began to attack. Though the system may have prevented more goals against Jr. Lone Star, it did not help to threaten the Ghanaians. And though striker Sporo Somah, Prince Saydee, Herron Berrian and goalkeeper Allengton Sembeh proved outstanding, playing the 4-5-1 will hurt Jr. Lone Star on Saturday. Fact is that now the team must score 3-0 to qualify, and with the Ghanaians enjoying a comfortable 2-0 lead, Kojo’s hope to qualify sounds anything but a big HOPE. Another difficulty Kojo encountered was blending the foreign based players with the locals. His reason? “I never had the time to see them play together,” Kojo said of Sporo, Herron and Cooper. Then of course during the game when Jr. Lone Star could not make use of the few chances they created.“We created some good chances but we were robbed by poor finishing; we will indeed work on our scoring techniques,” was Kojo’s promise, all within a week? Kojo’s positive outlook on the two-tie game in Ghana should give his boys the fighting spirit beyond Saturday’s game.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ELBC Workers Union Draws Attention to Dilapidated Building

first_imgThe President of the Liberia Broadcasting System’s Workers Union has called on government and the general public to contribute towards the renovation of houses on the ELBC compound.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer, Mr. Moses G. Dorbor said the dilapidated conditions of the buildings have reduced space for various functions at the station, leading to workers being restricted to one building.“I am moved as a leader and a citizen with an intelligent mind to say that ELBC needs to experience better postwar benefits. For a little over 10 years now we have had peace and continue using this state broadcaster to inform, educate and entertain people of all walks of life, but we still see these buildings continue to lie in ruin since the civil war ended,” he said.“Holding all factors constant that this is our ‘Nation’s Pride,’ the government needs to see reason to prioritize the renovation of these buildings,” said Dorbor.LBS sources estimate that about US$1.5 million is needed to address the infrastructural problems of the state run broadcast entity.“Veteran media practitioners who served ELBC and every Liberian are encouraged to contribute towards the rebuilding of the offices and staff quarters at LBS that are important to the running of the station,” he continued.According to him, the daily intake for services at the station cannot amount to the sum that can possibly mitigate the pressing challenges.The LBS Workers Union president said though donors sympathize with ELBC, they are not responsible to do it all.“The international media institutions that come to help us,” he said, “have business oriented motives and are not prepared to do everything.”He said International media like BBC, CCTV and RFI collaborate with foreign media entities in order to get their frequencies active worldwide, but are not responsible to do everything for the station.Meanwhile, Mr. Dorbor appealed to the government to increase the budget of LBS from US$800,000 to an amount that will meet the present economic realities, because the current allotment cannot meet the needs of the station. He said maintenance of the generator, salary payments and stationery, among others, are basic pressing needs of the station that the above amount cannot totally address.He praised all his LBS colleagues for their level of cooperation in realizing successes thought to be impossible in times past.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Otiesha” charged with rape of teen boy

first_imgOtis “Otiesha” Pearson was on Friday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly on a charge of engaging in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 years. This incident allegedly occurred on December 24, 2017.The 40-year-old Pearson, of Lot 61 Station Street, Kitty Georgetown, was not required to plea to the indictable charge. He was placed on bail in the sum ofOtis “Otiesha” Pearson$300,000, and is expected to return to court on June 19.RECAPOtis Pearson was arrested by Police on March 6, 2018 after the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) had closed its investigation into the alleged rape of a child in February.According to CCPA Head Ann Greene, the Agency had gathered statements from a number of persons, including the child in the middle of the controversy.The investigation was launched when Pearson was reportedly heard in an interview reporting that he has “a little boy for every day of the week.”The statement quickly became a serious matter when a photo of Pearson hugging a lad was leaked on Facebook.Investigations revealed that the lad was indeed below the age of 16, and was being bullied after the photos were leaked.last_img read more

PPP lashes out at PNC for fabricating story of “fake birth certificates” in Lethem

first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has labelled the recent claims of its Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Essequibo) office issuing fake birth certificates to persons as not only false, but noted that it shows the desperation of the APNU/AFC coalition Government as elections looms.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOn Friday the State’s newspaper published an article in which the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) – the leading party in the APNU fraction of the coalition – Region Nine Chairperson, Wendella Franklin alleges that the PPP Region Nine office is issuing fake birth certificates. However, in a statement on Friday, the PPP pointed out that this “false accusation” is demonstrative of the Government’s increasing desperation since the successful passage of the December 21, 2018, No-Confidence Motion (NCM).“Having failed abysmally in office through unbridled ineptitude and corruption and having failed in its sinister plan to disenfranchise thousands of Guyanese through House-to-House Registration, the caretaker Government will continue to fabricate scenarios to distract from its unrestrained violation of the Constitution and the rule of law,” the party contended.It went on to say in the missive that the taxpayer-funded State newspaper has been usurped as the mouthpiece of the dominant party in the coalition, the PNCR, which will spare no effort to wantonly spread misinformation to deliberately mislead and to create a sense of uneasiness as election looms. To this end, the PPP called on Guyanese not to be misled by the increasingly desperate APNU/AFC caretaker Government.“The PPP urges that Guyanese not succumb to the deviousness of this most desperate APNU/AFC caretaker Government,” Friday’s missive stated.Only on Thursday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo accused the caretaker coalition Government of misleading Guyanese with the conduct of House-to-House Registration.According to reports, Public Relations Officer attached to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Yolanda Ward had said the matter would be looked into. However, efforts by this newspaper to solicit an update from her on the matter to ascertain whether these claims were true or not proved futile.These new allegations come as the controversial House-to-House Registration comes to an early end today. The exercise, which the PPP had long opposed saying it would delay the hosting of early elections, was scrapped by the Justice Claudette Singh-led Elections Commission on Tuesday.GECOM said that the information gathered thus far via the H2H exercise will be merged with the existing National Register of Registrants (NRR) database. The Commission said too that it will be moving to an extensive Claims and Objections exercise but no date was set for this.However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday argued that the merging of the data will not only create duplication within the database but will further delay the hosting of General and Regional elections to April 2020, which is what the PNC-led coalition wants.Jagdeo noted that there is a much simpler way of ensuring that everyone, including new registrants, gets on the voters’ list. He explained that of the 285,000 registrations that were obtained during the H2H exercise, only approximately 2000 are new registrants.As such, instead of adding the more than 280,000 registrations to the existing National Register of Registrants database, which would cause massive repetition, the Opposition Leader said GECOM should filter out those new registrants and have them re-register at their local divisions.This, he added, will save some three months off the merging process.“With this merger, the optimistic scenario is to go to Claims and Objections in November because the merger will make about three months and then elections on the 27th April, next year. So you understand this merger will not improve the database. It’s a delaying tactic once again,” Jagdeo stressed.last_img read more


first_imgONE of Donegal’s biggest farms is set to be auctioned off by its owners – and could fetch up to €20M.The 2,400 acre An Grianan Estate at Burt is one of Europe’s largest organic farms – it has 1,900 acres of prime farmland and 500 acres of lakes.It is currently owned by the agri-good business Donegal Investment Group – the new name for Donegal Creameries. The land was all reclaimed from Lough Swilly and includes its own pump house and extensive drainage system.It has a 500-cow herd.Auctioneers Savills has been appointed to handle the land sale with anything between €15M and €20M expected.Dublin-listed Donegal Investment Group saw pretax profits fall by more than 10 per cent last year despite a rise in turnover. The food group, which rebranded from Donegal Creameries in 2013, operates across agri-inputs, produce, property and other investments. It has operations in Ireland, the UK, Holland and Brazil.Donegal recorded full-year pre-tax profits of €3.7 million versus €4.2 million in 2014 on revenues that were up 2.7 per cent from €81 million to €82.9 million. Operating profit increased from €900,000 to €1 million.The group said that as with 2014, last year saw continued challenges for its produce seed potato business and further progress for its speciality dairy division.Donegal’s balance sheet remained reasonably strong with shareholder funds of €60.7 million.Net debt reduced by €4.6million, primarily due to the proceeds of the sale of the Ballyraine Halls student accommodation in Letterkenny. MASSIVE DONEGAL FARM GOES ON MARKET WITH €20 MILLION PRICE TAG was last modified: June 5th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:auctionBURTDonegal CreameriesDonegal INvestment Groupfarmlast_img read more

Iran says negotiation possible

first_img “We chose our way wisely. We have solutions for all situations that may develop. Referring Iran to the Security Council will definitely harm the other party more than Iran,” Asefi said. 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Issue as many resolutions like this as you want and make yourself happy. You can’t prevent the progress of the Iranian nation,” he said in comments carried by the official Islamic Republic News Agency. “In the name of the IAEA they want to visit all our nuclear facilities and learn our defense capabilities, but we won’t allow them to do this,” Ahmadinejad said. In the past, Iran had allowed short-notice, intrusive inspections of its facilities, including military sites. But parliament passed a law last year requiring the government to block intrusive inspections of Iran’s facilities if the country were brought before the Security Council. It also required the government to resume all suspended nuclear activities, chief among them, uranium enrichment. Asefi reiterated that Iran would cooperate with the IAEA within the framework of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and the Safeguard Agreement. TEHRAN, Iran – Iran said today that it was still willing to negotiate with the international community over its nuclear program and dismissed its referral by the U.N. nuclear watchdog to the Security Council. “The door for negotiations is still open,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told a morning press conference. “We don’t fear the Security Council. It’s not the end of the world.” The International Atomic Energy Agency on Saturday reported Iran to the U.N. Security Council over fears it wants to produce nuclear arms. Iran responded by saying it would restart full-scale work on uranium enrichment and no longer allow intrusive IAEA inspections of its facilities. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad mocked the IAEA referral. last_img read more

Antelope Valley Weekend

first_img“Robin Hood” will be performed, 7 tonight and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $12 adults and $5 ages 17 and younger. Call (661) 723-5950. Like Father, Like Son will perform, 8 p.m. Saturday in the Black Box at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. All seats $14. Call (661) 723-5950. Quartz Hill High School students will perform the Halloween comedy “The Creature Creeps,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 28 and 29 in the 200 quad cafeteria at the campus, 6040 W. Ave. L, Lancaster. Tickets: $4, or $3 for Quartz Hill High students with Associated Student Body cards. “Samuel Beckett Gets The Blues” will be performed, 8 p.m. Oct. 28, 29 and Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12; and 2 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Black Box Theatre at Antelope Valley College, 3041 W. Ave. K. Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military; and $5 for students and AVC employees. Call (661) 722-6300, Ext. 6728. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Pride and Prejudice” will be performed, 8 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $15 adults and $10 for ages 17 and younger. Call (661) 723-5950. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 7-10:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Desert Inn, 44219 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 942-8401. Ranger-led nature hikes will be held at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester at (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 160Want 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

Dozen arrested in gang sweep

first_imgLANCASTER – Twelve people were arrested Tuesday at duplexes and apartment units where sheriff’s deputies say gang members were selling drugs. Coming on top of 15 arrests over the past two weeks, the arrests are part of a crackdown on gangs that have concentrated in neighborhoods to sell drugs, deputies said. “We identified certain gang sets that had taken over areas,” said Sgt. Steve Sylvies, who leads Lancaster’s LAN-CAP unit that concentrates on crime in rental housing. “This is something we haven’t had a problem with in Lancaster and the Antelope Valley before. Before, the gangs weren’t claiming territory. We’re trying to disperse them and not allow them to get rooted into the area.” Lancaster Community Appreciation Program and Target Oriented Policing deputies, plus 40 other deputies from Palmdale and from gang and narcotics units, on Tuesday served eight search warrants at apartments in the 44100 block of Engle Way and duplexes in the 45400 blocks of Cedar and Corkwood avenues. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week All the homes searched Tuesday were occupied by people connected to each other by family and gang ties, Sylvies said. Ten people were arrested on suspicion of felony offenses, including possession of rock cocaine and marijuana for sale, possession of illegal sawed-off shotguns, and possession of firearms by felons. Two people were arrested on suspicion of misdemeanors. Four guns were confiscated and four pit bull dogs were taken away by animal control officers, deputies said. Three children were taken into protective custody because their guardians were arrested. During the first week of November, eight people were arrested on narcotics charges during searches at six apartments in the 1300 blocks of West Avenues J-2 and J-3. One of the searches was at an apartment building outside of which a convicted drug dealer, paroled from prison a week earlier, was found shot to death Oct. 13. Seven people were arrested last week during searches at two apartments in the 44300 block of Beech Avenue, where deputies said they found marijuana, methamphetamine and rock cocaine, plus three shotguns. last_img read more


first_imgThe annual Little Angels Remembrance Service which will take place this coming Sunday,26th April at 4pm in St.Eunan’s Cathedral,Letterkenny. This is an Inter-Denominational Prayer Service, an annual day of Remembrance for all those who have suffered the loss of their Babies through Miscarriage, Still Birth or Neo -Natal Death.A warm welcome is extended to all from the Management and Chaplains of Letterkenny General Hospital. ANNUAL LITTLE ANGELS REMEMBRANCE SERVICE TAKES PLACE THIS SUNDAY was last modified: April 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)last_img read more

Librarian saves ancient African manuscripts in Timbuktu

first_imgWhen al-Qaida invaded the historic city of Timbuktu, Malian librarian Abdel Kader Haidara worked under the cover of night to save thousands of ancient manuscripts – documenting African knowledge in astronomy, poetry, religion and science – from the extremists. The bravery of Abdel Kader Haidara and his colleagues in the Timbuktu Library Association helped prevent the destruction of the city’s 400 000 ancient manuscripts. (Image: The Library of Congress)• African folklore explored in animated short film• Kenya’s take on Adele’s “Hello”• African history gets animation treatment• Infographic: Africa’s best brands• New video game developed in Africa Priya PitamberThe story of Abdel Kader Haidara, a book collector and librarian from Timbuktu in Mali reads more like a classic spy novel than an academic work.When African affiliates of the Islamic militant group al-Qaida occupied his city in April 2012, he began to fear for the content of libraries and depositories which housed thousands of ancient Arabic manuscripts. So he set up a meeting with his colleagues in the Timbuktu Library Association.“We need to take out the manuscripts from the big buildings and disperse them around the city to family houses,” he told them, as he recalled later in an interview with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). “We don’t want them finding the collections of manuscripts and stealing them or destroying them.”Serendipitously, Haidara had already received a grant of US$12 000 (about R179 000) from the Lagos branch of the Ford Foundation to study English at Oxford. With the manuscripts under threat, he asked if he could use the funds to protect them instead.He managed to recruit people all over the city, including family members. What happened next was a heist worthy of the Hollywood blockbuster Ocean’s Eleven.Haidara and his team bought 50 to 80 metal and wooden trunks a day, and identified possible safe houses around the city and its outskirts, and in the Malian capital of Bamako. During the nights, they quietly packed valuable books and manuscripts into trunks, and transported the items by donkey and cart to safe places.In eight months, Haidara’s efforts saved countless documents. They braved al-Qaida checkpoints, and Malian soldiers in government-controlled areas. When French troops entered in January 2013, it was discovered that radicals had only managed to destroy a fraction of manuscripts – about 4 000 out of nearly 400 000.“If we hadn’t acted,” Haidara said, “I’m almost 100% certain that many, many others would have been burned.”Haidara’s own collection of manuscripts is kept at the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library. It includes a Quran dating back to the 12th century, the script written on fish skin parchment and decorated with droplets of gold. His rich manuscript collection covers subjects as diverse as astronomy, poetry, mathematics, occult sciences and medicine. Some of the manuscripts date back to the 12th century, when Timbuktu was a vibrant trading post and a centre of knowledge. (Image: Wikipedia)‘Fragile cultural heritage’In 2014 Germany awarded the librarian with the German Africa Prize for his work to preserve Africa’s cultural heritage.“It isn’t about me personally,” Haidara told Deutsche Welle, a German international broadcaster, when the award was announced.“I only played my role. We know how important and how fragile cultural heritage is. Once a manuscript has been destroyed it is lost forever.”He said his devotion to the cause is not for himself, and not only for Mali, but for all of humanity.“This is a huge honour, not only for me, but for the all people who worked with me as well,” he said. “It is a big honour for our country Mali. It makes me very proud.”Africa’s rich written historyA few of the oldest Timbuktu manuscripts date as far back as the 11th and 12th centuries, when the city was a vibrant trading post, a place where scholars met to document their discourses. After Mali gained independence from France in 1960, the world found out about the rich, recorded history.“A lot of people were surprised because they had been told, even at school, that there were no written African historical records,” Haidara explained. “But we have hundreds of thousands of these documents in Arabic and in African languages.”Timbuktu was once a centre of Islamic scholarships under African empires, according to National Geographic. The city had an estimated 25 000 universities and madrasahs that “served as wellsprings for the spread of Islam throughout Africa from the 13th to 16th centuries”.Preserving the manuscriptsThe Ford Foundation, the German foreign office, Unesco and other interested parties are active in preserving the manuscripts. The foundation is also helping to find proper storage facilities, repairing the fragile documents, and having the collection digitised.See more about the work being done to preserve the ancient documents: Twitter users have applauded Haidara’s actions. Journalist and author Joshua Hammer has also written a book about the remarkable mission to save the manuscripts, titled The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu.“They smuggled manuscripts out of Timbuktu by road & by river, past jihadist checkpoints” -a hero of saving heritage— Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (@gaylelemmon) April 16, 2016The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer is about saving priceless manuscripts …— Heather (@Dvmheather) April 29, 2016Read an excerpt from the book:Click on the image for a larger view. (Image: Screengrab via Simon and Schuster)last_img read more