Division of AFC members in Region 6

first_imgDear Editor,It seems that some AFC members, infamously known as the ‘Three Musketeers’, are not satisfied with launching personal attacks on Mr Gobin Harbhajan within the confines of the chat group ‘Moving Guyana Forward’, but have now moved to the public domain for more political mileage and damage to his unblemished reputation.The attack on Mr Harbhajan, in a letter titled, ‘PM Region 6 Office being used to fill out visa forms’, is without substance, and is a total fiction, since the PM’s Office is only used to attend to issues affecting the residents of Region 6.It is widely known that the PM’s Representative is not linked to any form of corruption or bribe-taking, unlike some of his AFC colleagues, who go about masquerading as the panacea for all social and economic ills, whether it’s street lights, street-building and repairs, GWI issues, GPL issues, gun licences, export permits, granting of contracts, etc. Of course there is a fee attached, whether it is money or in kind.A few days ago, RDC Councillor Mr H. Yusuf exposed the activities of the ‘Musketeers’ in the press, so it can only be assumed that Mr Yusuf extracted his information from ‘Moving Guyana Forward’ and what transpired there. This irked the ‘Musketeers’ to such an extent that they decided to launch this personal attack.On many occasions, Mr Harbhajan would have been the reason why certain crimes are being exposed, be it murder or rape or theft. He brought to light many other issues, such as the illegal parking on the road shoulders. This man was instrumental in the feeding, caring and eventual freeing of a cow calf which was illegally impounded for months at the #51 Police Station. So, be it humans or animals, this man freely gives his service. There are no bribes involved.Furthermore, Mr Harbhajan has created and maintained vital links to several ministers and their ministries and several Government departments, to resolve many issues affecting businessmen, the farmers and the ordinary man. He treats everyone equally. Only recently, he was instrumental in creating the linkage for the ICT Hub in Black Bush Polder, and arranged for Minister Cathy Hughes to do the opening. This man is the face of the AFC in Region 6.Now, it seems that instead of being honoured by his comrades, unadulterated hate and jealousy have taken total control of their senses. I would like to advise Mr Harbhajan thus: Don’t worry about people who are not happy for you, they probably are not happy with themselves. Maybe it is time to change your association.Yours sincerely,Lakhram Singhlast_img read more

Can Liberia Qualify for 2017 Afcon?

first_imgLiberia was amongst 52 countries placed in one of the 13 Groups in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers draw at the headquarters of the Confederation of African Federation (CAF) in Cairo, Egypt, recently.The Lone Star is in Group A, alongside Tunisia, Togo and Djibouti.The group’s winners and two best second placed teams would join hosts Gabon for the finals.According to CAF’s fixture, the qualifying starts on the weekend of June 12-14, 2015; and Liberia is expected to play away in her debut derby in Lome, Togo against the Sparrow Hawks, dubbed the Les Eperviers.The Lone Star, between the weekends of September 4-6, will play host to the Carthage Eagles, dubbed Les Aigles de Carthage in her second match. The game would be played in Monrovia if the country is declared free of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) before the match-day but on the contrary, there would a neutral ground.On the weekend of March 23-26, 2016, the Lone Star would play her second away game in Djibouti City against the Djibouti national football team, nicknamed the Riverains de la Mer Rouge – Shore-men of the Red Sea.The Shore-men of the Red Sea are expected to play their return leg on the weekend of March 26-29, 2016 in Monrovia (if Liberia is free of the Ebola virus) – which would mark Liberia’s fourth game in the 2017 Afcon qualifiers.Liberia would also play host to the Sparrow Hawks of Togo on the weekend of June 3-5, 2016 and play her last game away in Tunis against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia on the weekend of September 2-4, 2016.However, statistics show that two of the three members of Liberia’s Group have better record over Lone Star.Overall data between Liberia and Togo indicates the two countries have met 15 times – eight in Monrovia and seven in Lome.At home, Liberia whipped Togo four times, lost two and drew three, but have a very bad traveling record – losing six games and drawing one.Liberia’s recent win (1-0) against Togo was on the 6th of September 1994 and Togo’s most recent win was at Tunis, 3-0.Liberia’s statistics against Tunisia showed that both countries played eight games – Liberia won twice, lost four games and drew two.On June 20, 1999 in Monrovia, Liberia defeated Tunisia 2-0; two years later, in the last encounter Tunisia thrashed Liberia 7-2 in Tunis. Lone Star bowed in three of the games played away but drew one but won two of the home-games, lost one and drew one.Liberia has never played Djibouti.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Medicinal Marijuana Factory for Liberia?

first_imgMedical Cannabis (Image: iStock / tvirbickis)Reports from Liberia’s consular office in New York, quoting reliable sources, say some United States based pharmaceutical companies have expressed interest in establishing a pharmaceutical plant in Liberia to produce medicines from the marijuana plant.Sources further say a business delegation from the US is expected in the country shortly to begin discussions with relevant officials including officials of the National Investment Commission, the Ministry of Health and those of the National Pharmacy Board as well as with officials of the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority.Speaking to the Daily Observer under condition of anonymity, a local health official noted that there is a general perception that the large percentage of mentally challenged individuals parading the streets of Monrovia, including “Zogos” are drug addicts. He said while this may be true, it is however questionable whether such addiction is actually from marijuana use or the use of hard drugs such as, heroin, codeine, traumadol and cocaine, especially crack cocaine commonly called “dugee.”The health official noted that first time users of marijuana often experience what he referred to as panic anxiety reactions, which make an individual to act as if he/she is crazy. The official cited the report from Talbott and Teague (1969) of an American registered male nurse in Vietnam with no previous history of mental illness after smoking his first marijuana cigarette, became aware of a choking burning sensation in his throat.He thereafter went to a civilian bar began feeling apprehensive, suspicious and fearful that the North Vietnamese meant to harm him. Feeling terrified, he returned to his quarters. But when examined, he was anxious and disoriented to time, but not to person and place and his anxiety about being harmed by nationals was rising and falling like the waves of the ocean. He said, according to Talbott and Teague, the nurse was treated with sedation and released after 36 hours without any symptoms at all.Experiences of such kind the official noted, is common among first time users and could be reasons why marijuana is perceived as a dangerous drug. A long serving former Police officer (name withheld) also speaking to the Daily Observer, observed that hard drug use is currently on the increase among the youth.He observed that in the past, hard drugs were not commonly available unlike now, where easy availability of hard drugs and drug addiction is contributing to increased criminal behavior. He averred that there is a need, given his experience, to establish treatment centers for addicts and tougher laws on hard drugs and harsh punishment for those who trade in hard drugs.As regards the reported increase of marijuana use among youths, the former Police official noted that dealers of hard drugs always tend to take advantage of smuggling networks established by marijuana traffickers as most marijuana consumed in Liberia is imported either from Sierra Leone or elsewhere in West Africa, including Ghana and Nigeria.Meanwhile, a noted economist (name withheld) has told the Daily Observer in an interview that, based on his observations, Liberia is losing millions of dollars each year to an underground network of marijuana smugglers and middlemen which, he said, is not good for the country. The economist, quoting reports from Mordor Intelligence, said, “there is also an increasing use of marijuana as a functional food, with purported health benefits far outnumbering what consumers can get from kale, turmeric, or kombucha”.The report further adds “with the new generation growing up in the United States, where cannabis is legal, new products are found rapidly entering the market, which is expected to grow rapidly over the forecast period. The growth of the market is also attributed to factors such as the trends of producing edible products with cannabis in selected countries. Therefore, marijuana is expected to be included in the 2018 food trends as the drug and its ingredients have been gradually making their way into the public market.Doctors also prescribe medical marijuana to treat muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, nausea, poor appetite, and weight loss, caused by chronic illness, such as HIV, nerve pain, and Crohn’s disease. Thus, with the increasing applications, there is a huge opportunity for marijuana for medicinal purposes as well according to the report.As per the scope of the report, “medical marijuana refers to the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant, or its basic extracts, for the treatment of several diseases and other related symptoms. Scientific studies show that chemical cannabinoids could help treat a range of diseases and symptoms, which has attracted several biopharmaceutical companies, globally, over the past two decades. The market is expected to witness significant growth, owing to legalization in several countries and high demand for both medical and recreational purposes” the report concluded.It is against this backdrop that pharmaceutical companies are expressing interest in securing new markets and sources of supply. Liberia, according to observers with plentiful sunshine and adequate rainfall is ideal for the cultivation and processing of the marijuana plant into medical products, the economist concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Real Madrid parade UCL trophy in front of ecstatic fans

first_img0Shares0000Marcelo and Sergio Ramos are at the forefront of Real Madrid’s Champions League celebrations in the Spanish capital © AFP / BENJAMIN CREMELMADRID, Spain, May 27 – Tens of thousands of ecstatic fans lined the streets of the Spanish capital to greet Real Madrid’s players as they returned home Sunday after winning their third Champions League title in a row in Kiev.Elated fans cheered and waved club scarves as an open-top bus carrying the squad and the trophy made its way to the club’s traditional celebration spot, the Plaza de Cibeles. Some children sat on the shoulders of their parents to get a better look as the bus went by.The giant white bus was emblazoned with the phrase “Campeones 13” and the club’s crest to mark their record-extending 13th European Cup success.Team captain Sergio Ramos and other players waved and filmed the crowd with mobile phones from the top of the bus, which was escorted by police on horseback.Ramos took the walkway set up over the plaza’s fountain and draped the statue of the goddess Cybele with the club’s scarf and flag as the crowd cheered.He and Real Madrid left-back Marcelo then held up the trophy over their heads as white confetti rained down and the Queen anthem “We are the Champions” blared out from loudspeakers.“I had to be here and celebrate this win with them,” Ivan Gonzalez, a 23-year-old student who wore a pink Cristiano Ronaldo jersey and a Real Madrid scarf wrapped around his neck, told AFP at the plaza.– ‘Pride and ambition’ –The bus then made its way to Real’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium where a celebration with fireworks will later be held.Roughly 80,000 people packed the stadium on Saturday night to watch Real’s 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool on eight giant screens.The crowd erupted in delight at the final whistle, breaking out in familiar chants of “Campeones, campeones”.Earlier on Sunday at a reception at the headquarters of the Madrid regional government, Ramos joked that winning the Champions League was “turning into a routine”.Zinedine Zidane joined Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti as the only coaches to lift three European Cup titles © AFP / BENJAMIN CREMEL“In the difficult moments, when people doubted us, this team showed it has pride and ambition, that it does not get tired of winning,” he added.“I think this is the key of this success, along with having a great coach.”Real’s “decimotercera,” or 13th title in the competition, moved them six clear of second-placed AC Milan in the all-time honours list, after lifting the trophy for a remarkable fourth time in five seasons.Former French international Zidane also became the first coach to win three consecutive Champions League crowns, despite having spent less than three years at the helm.– ‘Legendary team’ –The squad also stopped by Madrid city hall where they presented mayor Manuela Carmena with a jersey with the number 13 on the back that was signed by the players.Carmena, who attended the match in Kiev, said Real had won thanks to the “magisterial leadership of its manager and the synergy of all its players”.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, a die-hard Real fan, sent a telegram to the club’s president, Florentino Perez, to congratulate the team for their victory, which he said had “revalidated” the club’s “continental leadership”.“Thank you for this sporting show that filled all sports lovers with emotion and pride, and for once again taking Spain’s name to the highest levels of world sport,” he added in the telegram, his office said in a statement.Cristiano Ronaldo shared a few words with the tens of thousands of Real fans who turned out to celebrate a record 13th European Cup © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZORajoy had planned to watch the match in person in Kiev but he cancelled the trip at the last minute after the main opposition Socialist party filed a no-confidence motion against his government in parliament.Real’s victory made the front page of all main Spanish newspapers on Sunday.“Madrid dominates Europe with a legendary team,” headlined top-selling daily El Pais below a photo of Ramos holding up the Champions League trophy surrounded by the rest of his teammates.“An eternal Real Madrid,” wrote rival daily El Mundo while conservative daily ABC headlined: “A Real Madrid of legend”.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Soaring to success

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s pretty exciting,” Silva said about completing the project and becoming an Eagle Scout. With the help of 30 friends, Silva dug a 50-foot trench and lined it with cement to create a flow channel from a pond into a larger lake. It took them seven hours. “I was very happy to see the water flow,” he said. “It was a success.” Silva, who is also on Whittier High’s wrestling team, joined the Scouts at age 12 as part of the Webelos Scouts, a year-round family- and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills. He said he gets the same satisfaction from the Scouts as he does wrestling. “I am part of a larger group of people,” Silva said, “but ultimately, I have to depend on myself.” Silva, a member of Troop 497 in the Rio Hondo Chapter of the council, said his time with the Scouts has helped him mature. “It certainly has trained me for the real world,” he said. “It’s taught me to be a leader.” All he has to do is look at fellow Eagle Scouts, including former President Gerald Ford, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former Olympian and world record holder in the triple and long jump Willie Banks and former Senator and NBA star Bill Bradley, to confirm his assessment that the Scouts breed leaders. “The fact that a young man is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance as he enters higher education, business and community service,” Zuniga said. “It’s a special achievement for him.” For Silva, his future is in literature. He’s written several short stories and even a novel. “I’m inspired by real life and the struggles I have with family and school,” he said. “My writing gives me clarity to help solve the situations.” sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH EL MONTE – Whittier High School senior Justin Silva recently joined an elite group that includes senators, Olympians and Pulitzer Prize winners. By finishing his Eagle Scout project at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, Silva, 16, achieved the highest rank a Boy Scout can reach. “To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills,” said Victor Zuniga, public information officer for the Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Only 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earn the rank, he said. last_img read more

THE BBC IS COMING TO MAC’S MACE LOOKING FOR SAM!

first_imgBBC Radio Foyle is bringing its Breakfast programme to Letterkenny this Friday morning for a two hour All Ireland special.Presenters Enda McClafferty and Eric White will be taking over a corner of Macs Deli on the High Road from 7am to 9am.They’ll be looking forward to Sundays showdown with a host of guests, including some of the 92 All Ireland winning side as well as hearing from members of the current squad. There will be plenty of colour and craic too with the fans who have painted the county green and gold.Enda McClafferty said: “Macs Deli is an ideal location because it attracts a huge GAA following and it’s the place where every match, every controversy and every big story is discussed over and over again.“Eunan MacIntyre has kindly agreed to let us avail of his premises and people are welcome to drop-in during the show – and remember you don’t even need a ticket!”The programme is broadcast on 93.1FM and 792MW   THE BBC IS COMING TO MAC’S MACE LOOKING FOR SAM! was last modified: September 20th, 2012 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:BB Radio FoyleEnda McClaffertyEric WhiteletterkennyMacs Macelast_img read more

Possible Iraq civil war probed

first_img Both Abizaid and Rumsfeld cited progress in the training of Iraqi security forces. Abizaid said more than 100 Iraqi battalions are now conducting counterinsurgency operations, compared with only five in 2004. He did not mention that the number of Iraqi battalions rated as capable of operating without U.S. military assistance had recently dropped from one to zero. During an extensive question-and-answer session with committee members, some Democrats including Byrd and Sen. Herbert Kohl of Wisconsin sharply criticized the war, but the overall tone of the hearing was not hostile. Rice’s opening statement to the committee was interrupted by a man in the audience who stood and shouted, “How many of you have children in this illegal and immoral war? The blood is on your hands and you cannot wash it away.” As he was escorted from the room by security officers, the man also shouted, “Fire Rumsfeld.” An AP-Ipsos poll released Thursday shows that 77 percent of Americans think civil war is likely to break out in Iraq. They’re evenly divided on whether a stable democratic government can survive in Iraq. More than half of Americans continue to disapprove of President George W. Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq. Abizaid, who frequently visits Iraq and has overall responsibility for U.S. military operations there, cited the dangers of rising sectarian violence. 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “The plan is to prevent a civil war, and to the extent one were to occur, to have the – from a security standpoint – have the Iraqi security forces deal with it, to the extent they are able to,” Rumsfeld told the committee. He did not elaborate on the implication of his remark: that at some point the Iraqi security forces might be overwhelmed by a civil conflict and ask the Americans to get involved militarily. One of Rumsfeld’s chief critics in Congress, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., issued a statement after the hearing urging the administration to explain more fully what it would do in case of a civil war. “Obviously, it’s not realistic to depend on the Iraqi security forces, which are not yet able to fight on their own,” Kennedy said. “So Secretary Rumsfeld is basically saying that if the prevention strategy fails and Iraq plunges into civil war, U.S. troops will inevitably be deeply involved.” Rumsfeld said the key to avoiding civil war is for Iraq’s political leaders to form a government of national unity. WASHINGTON – Dealing with a civil war in Iraq would be the responsibility of Iraq’s own security forces, at least initially, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress on Thursday. Testifying alongside senior military leaders and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Rumsfeld said he did not believe that Iraq would descend into all-out civil war, though he acknowledged that sectarian strife had worsened. Gen. John Abizaid, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, said the situation in Iraq had evolved to the point where Sunni-Shiite violence was more of a threat to U.S. success there than the insurgency, which continues taking a deadly toll on Iraqi and American troops, and to impede efforts to stabilize the country. Rumsfeld previously had been reluctant to say what the U.S. military would do in the event of civil war, but in an appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee he was pressed on the matter by Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL AS LETTERKENNY GETS BEHIND ST EUNAN’S CAMOGIE FÉILE GIRLS

first_imgThe Feile Camogie at O’Donnell ParkIT always takes a huge effort to get a team ready to represent their county in a Féile competition.And businesses in Letterkenny have come out to support St Eunan’s Camogie team as they embark on their 2015 Féile adventure this weekend.Manager Joe Kealy says the sponsorship of local businesses has been vital as they prepare to host the Oran club from Co Roscommon and travel to Owenbeg in Co Derry on Saturday for the competition – the annual festival of gaelic games. Tobin’s, The County Seat, The Quiet Moment and The Glencar Pharmacy have all stepped up to the mark.Eddie Tobin, Yvonne Phillips (mentor) and Joe Kealy (head coach)Mr. Brendan McGlynn at The Quite Moment, Letterkenny with St Eunan’s Camogie players Michaela Galvin, Ailbhne Finn, Courteney Gallagher and Aine McBrearty. Mr. McGlynn kindly supported the Camogie Feile team.Mr. Brendan McAteer County Seat with mentor Breda Mulgrew and players Claire Doherty, Niamh Harkin and Katherine KellyMr. Stephen Hood and staff members at Glencar Pharmacy and Feile Camogie players. Mr. Hood kindly donated a fully stocked First Aid bag.PICTURE SPECIAL AS LETTERKENNY GETS BEHIND ST EUNAN’S CAMOGIE FÉILE GIRLS was last modified: June 19th, 2015 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:2015FeileSt Eunan’s Camogielast_img read more

DONEGAL RELAY FOR LIFE – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgDONEGAL RELAY FOR LIFE – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: May 27th, 2012 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

Hollywood star says Donegal bar is best pub in the world!

first_imgHollywood star Jamie Dornan has revealed that a popular Donegal bar he regularly frequents is best pub in the entire world! Jamie Dornan loves holidaying in Donegal and visits our beautiful county every single year.He says his primary reason for coming to Donegal is play golf on our array of stunning courses, although he admitted his handicap isn’t up to ‘scratch’. Dornan was being interviewed by Ireland AM presenter Ciara Doherty when he said that The Olde Glen Bar is ‘maybe the best bar in the world.’To view the clip simply click play in the video below.Hollywood star says Donegal bar is best pub in the world! was last modified: September 26th, 2016 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)last_img read more