“There is a time for everything, and this is the time for Vahun.”These ecstatic (overjoyed) words were uttered by Jimmy Passama, a resident of Vahun, when on Tuesday, February 18, he gave an exclusive interview to our Presidential Correspondent William Harmon. The occasion was President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s first visit to Vahun, Lofa County’s remotest District, situated on the Sierra Leonean border.Mr. Passama was expressing the general feelings of Vahunians, in District No. 2, who truly appreciated not only their President’s first visit to what they had long considered their forgotten town; but also the concrete efforts she had made to reconnect them, finally, to their country, Liberia.Nearly three years ago Ellen had already taken the first reconnection step by mandating her Public Works Minister Kofi Woods to build a 68-kilometer all-weather road from Bolahun to Vahun, connecting them with the rest of Lofa County. The road immediately cut from eight to only two hours the travel time from Vahun to the county capital, Voinjama.In addition, Vahun’s first high school and health center are nearing completion and youth empowerment and capacity-building programs are underway.In his story, Correspondent Harmon also quoted Representative Fofi Sahr Baimba, Sr., who represent’s District No. 2 in the House of Representatives.Rep. Biamba recalled that President William R. Tolbert, Jr. was the first Liberian President to visit Vahun. This was made possible when the President, during a visit to the United States, met Dr. Benjamin Dennis of Michigan State University and a Vahun son. Dr. Dennis told him that no Liberian President had ever visited Vahun. President Tolbert told him the next time Dennis was in Liberia, they would visit Vahun together. That is how that same year President Tolbert with Benjamin visited Vahun. They flew there and President Tolbert promised that his next visit would be by car, which indeed took place a little a while later.Rep. Baimba recalled that as late as the 1970s he and his colleagues had to attend elementary and high school in Sierra Leone because Vahun was totally isolated from Liberia. “Those days we did business with Sierra Leone. Our parents sold their produce and paid our school fees in Sierra Leonean currency,” he said.One can imagine what a great relief the new government school and youth empowerment programs in Vahun will mean for Vahunians.It is important to recognize the progress being made in Liberia. The Vahun visit and recent developments there plus the mini-hydro that brings cheap electricity to Youndohun and environs are tangible signs of development.We hope government will make a deliberate effort to encourage some Vahun elementary graduates to enroll in at the Booker Washington Institute and high school graduates at the University of Liberia.One of Vahun’s early college graduates was Thomas Brima, now Liberian Ambassador to Sierra Leone. After graduating top of his class from Bolahun High, he enrolled at Cuttington in Suacoco, Bong County in 1960. A member of the Class of ’63, Thomas excelled in Anthropology but devoted his life to government service, beginning with the State Department (now Foreign Ministry). He later joined Internal Affairs, serving in senior positions, including Superintendent of Lofa County.Now fully connected with the rest of Liberia, Vahun is set to produce many more talented sons and daughters, like Thomas Brima, Dr. Benjamin Dennis and Rep. Fofi Sahr Baimba.Vahun is not the only remote Liberian town that Ellen has visited. On Christmas Day, 2009 she walked on logs part of the way and became the first President to enter Belle Yella by road. Then in September 2011, against the advice of her security, she crossed a deep stream by car to enter Buutuo, Nimba County. There are many other parts of the country that neither she nor any other President has visited. We hope she will find more such places and bring to them the blessings of roads, schools, health centers and youth empowerment.We cannot close this editorial without asking if Buutuo yet has a modern elementary and high school. We pray that these are in the making.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA — Sterling Middleton and the rest of Team Tardi sadly won’t be playing any more games at the 2017 World Junior Curling Championships.After going 6-3 in the round robin of the tournament, Team Canada played a tiebreaker against Team Norway to determine which of the two teams would face Scotland in the semi-final.It was Canada that got the hammer at the start of yesterday’s game, and Team Tardi jumped out to an early lead as they scored two in the first end, and stole a point in the second. However, the Norwegians answered right back with three points in the third end to tie things up before stealing in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.- Advertisement -Canada briefly regained a one point lead in the fifth end, but Norway rallied with another three points to take a two point lead at the conclusion on the seventh end. In the eighth, Canada tied the game once again at seven apiece, but the Norwegians had a much stronger game compared to their previous loss to the Canadians in the round robin. After blanking the ninth end, Norway knocked out all Canadian rocks with the last stone of the tenth to take the win 8-7.
A Summerland man will be in court today after being arrested behind the wheel of a pickup reported stolen from Fort St. John.Yesterday, an officer in Penticton became suspicious of a Ford F-350 Truck he noticed while on patrol. The officer called in the license plate of the vehicle and found that the truck had been reported stolen from Fort St. John about a week earlier.- Advertisement -Police pursued the truck in unmarked vehicles for about 15 minutes, before the driver stalled the truck in an intersection. Police then moved in and arrested the sole occupant, an 18-year-old man from Summerland, without incident.A charge of possession of stolen property over $5000.00 is being recommended.Advertisement
Arsenal’s season is threatening to unravel — they are 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League table and look set to miss out on Champions League football for a second consecutive year.They are out of the FA Cup and will face Italian giants AC Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League, which is their only remaining chance of winning a trophy this season.Arsenal’s limp display led to stinging criticism from former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville as well as former Gunners Ian Wright and Thierry Henry.But Wenger, speaking at his pre-match press conference, responded with apparent shock when asked if the result meant his long tenure was now under increased threat.“I am just amazed that I have to always answer things that are exactly the same,” said the 68-year-old.“I am here for 21 years, I turned the whole world down to respect my contracts. So I am still amazed that I still have to answer these types of questions.“My position is my position. Honestly, that’s the last worry I have at the moment. My worry is to focus, to get the team ready for tomorrow’s game.”The Frenchman defended the performance of his players at Wembley, where several were labelled as “spineless” and a “disgrace” by match commentator Neville as they were shown walking when out of possession.“You can always get out pictures from a game that justifies what you think, you find in every single game, on both sides, moments where a player doesn’t track,” he said.“After you have to analyse why, has he made two runs before to go in behind and was exhausted, or did he not track because he didn’t want to? That is different.“I believe we have to live with that criticism and respond together like we always do.“We didn’t play against a poor team in the semi-final, we played against Chelsea and we have shown that we can fight. You have to acknowledge as well that Man City are a quality team.”Wenger’s hopes of avenging the Wembley defeat have been further hit by the announcement that Nacho Monreal will miss the game through injury.The 32-year-old defender had been one of Arsenal’s better performers this season before a back injury forced him off less than half an hour into Sunday’s final.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“What is interesting in football is the performance, it is the game you will see on Thursday night. All the rest maybe makes headlines but it is not really interesting.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 28 – Arsene Wenger on Wednesday said he was “amazed” at fresh speculation over his future as he prepares his team to face Manchester City just days after Arsenal’s League Cup final humiliation against Pep Guardiola’s men.The Frenchman has come under sustained fire since an abject display in Sunday’s 3-0 hammering at Wembley but must now lift his team to take on the Premier League leaders on Thursday.
Joe Gomez has made quite a start to his Premier League career.The 18-year-old full back has been the surprise star of Liverpool’s season so far after a move from Charlton in the summer.Gomez, traditionally a centre-back, has excelled in an unorthodox left back role and his consistent performances have kept Spanish international Alberto Moreno out of the side.His displays have been a key factor in a third clean sheet in succession as Liverpool remain unbeaten, and he was brilliant again in the lively 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Monday night.Liverpool supporters appear to have identified a new fan favourite, and some of them took to Twitter to laud the England youngster: 1 Joe Gomez
On the 27th, 28th, and 29th December,1881, 13 families were evicted from their homes in the village of Carrowmenagh, Co. Donegal. Not able to pay the rent, mothers, fathers, children and grandparents were all flung out from their simple cottages or long houses onto the road by agents of the landlord. Some found refuge with relatives locally, others left for America. Evictions like these were common in Ireland from Famine times right up to Independence and even today eviction, losing your home, is still highly emotive and a most traumatic event in anyone’s life.The Challenge of 1881 or DÚSHLÁN 1881 – is to bring this history to life. Two families live for 3 days and 3 nights as their ancestors would have lived in the late 19th century. We tell the story of eviction through their experiences.For this series – we have traced descendants of the original evictees and one family – the McLaughlin’s return from America to take up this unique challenge to live in the footsteps of their own ancestors. For some of them, it’s their first ever visit to Ireland. For all of them it is an emotional reconnection with their family’s past.The other family, Muintir John Ghráinne have a shorter journey, travelling only from Rann na Feirste, but nevertheless, they typify the hardy families who were forced onto poorer land, an internal migration which so often has been forgotten. Those made landless and displaced within the country often had to find alternative ways of earning what was a subsistence living. Muintir Uí Ghráinne want to explore their own family history and honour the resilience and ingenuity of their forbearers. Presented by popular Donegal broadcaster, Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí, and filmed at The Ulster American Folk Park, Dúshlán 1881: Living The Eviction is scheduled to broadcast on RTÉ One as a landmark series of Seachtain Na Gaeilge and is part funded by the Irish Language Broadcast Fund.Experts from a range of disciplines from across Ireland specialising in 19th Century history, provide the context of the evictions, trace the history of the families and how they would have lived at the time. They provide the historical narrative to the lived experiences of our 21st Century families living the lives of their 19th Century great, great, great grandparents. This unique primetime Irish language series will tell the amazing story of one village and its inhabitants whose descendants return for the most challenging and rewarding experience of their lives.RTÉ ONEMONDAY 11TH MARCH, 19.30FRIDAY 15TH MARCH, 20.30MONDAY 18TH MARCH 19.30 FRIDAY 22nd MARCH 20.30RTE SERIES TO TELL THE STORY OF DONEGAL EVICTIONS was last modified: February 28th, 2013 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:CarrowmeenaghevictionfamineRTE
New Burnley signing Steven Defour Burnley have broken their transfer record to sign Belgian midfielder Steven Defour from Anderlecht.The 28-year-old, who has won 46 caps for his country, has joined the Premier League new boys for a fee of £7.5m and has penned a three-year deal.The deal eclipses the initial £6million the Clarets spent on striker Andre Gray last summer.“I hope I can bring my experience to the team and the club to stay in the Premier League,” said Defour.“I’m looking forward to every game. The atmosphere around the league is fantastic and everyone across the world has seen the Premier League, so I am very proud to be a part of that. “It is a new challenge for me, but I like that.” Defour is Burnley’s fourth signing of the transfer window, following Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Nick Pope and Jon Flanagan [loan] to Turf Moor.It is a welcome boost for manager Sean Dyche after his side lost their opening game back in the Premier League to Swansea on Saturday.Dyche has been searching for an experienced central midfielder since Joey Barton left for join Rangers earlier this summer.Defour has won titles in his homeland with Standard Liege and in Portgual with FC Porto and was part of Belgium’s 2014 World Cup squad.Dyche said of his new signing: “Steven was a target of ours and it’s been a hard deal to do, but we got there in the end. “He’s a good player with a depth of experience at international level and also Champions League. “Steven is new to the Premier League but has a real thirst and desire to be successful in this campaign.” 1
These two lads certainly enjoyed the fun at the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary Open Day in Raphoe. All pictures by Joe Boland at Northwest Newspix.GREAT OPEN DAY AT DONEGAL DONKEY SANCTUARY – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: June 14th, 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)
Finn Harps are still looking for their first win of the season after an action-packed encounter against Monaghan United at Finn Park last night ended in stalemate.The Ballybofey side’s second home fixture of the season was a replica of the first and they finished with 10 men and a 2-2 draw.Goals from Kevin McHugh and Ray Foley earned the share of the points but there was a dark cloud when Tommy Bonner was needlessly sent off with 11 minutes remaining for pushing Sean Brennan in the face. So, as it was against Limerick FC on opening night, there was a sense of frustration but unlike Mark Forker’s dismissal in that game, the normally placid Bonner had little cause for debate.A McHugh penalty on the stroke of half-time put Harps ahead after John Reilly was adjudged to have fouled Raymond Foy, who replaced the suspended Forker.Monaghan exploded into life in the second half and were level 10 minutes after the restart when Ciaran Gallagher spilled a free-kick from Sean Brennan as Shane Grimes nicked in and Foley tapped home from a couple of yards out.Harps appeared to be losing their way but had to be credited for edging their noses in front again on 65 minutes. From a throw-in by James Doherty, the Harps frontman turned in a flash and stroked the ball into the far corner for an excellently-taken goal. But the see-saw nature of the encounter continued and on 73 minutes the teams were level again when Ciaran Coll’s clearance fell to Foley, whose belter got the better of Gallagher from all of 25 yards for a real scrapbook goal. The central midfielder couldn’t have hit the shot any better.It took 20 minutes for either side to make any sort of chance in front of goal and following a corner from Conor O’Grady, McHugh’s header was blocked and the follow-up from Bonner also collided with the mass of bodies. Then, a minute later, Marc Brolly’s header drew a save from Sava following a neat Gareth Harkin centre.New Monaghan manager Roddy Collins has promised to make Monaghan a more cohesive attacking unit but it was the defence that looked like it required maintenance as the visitors struggled to deal with a number of O’Grady’s corners into the area.After Sava denied Harkin, the Monaghan netminder was fortunate to keep his sheet clean after an unconvincing punch from the resultant O’Grady and the ball flew over the crossbar.After the break, though, there was much more sense of direction for Monaghan and goals went in at the both ends. Bonner’s sending off meant that Harps were perhaps more content with a draw than gambling for a win. But at 2-2, with six minutes left, Paddy McLaughlin blew a glorious opportunity to turn one point to three when a Harkin free, which Mailey flicked on, was well wide of the mark. Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; James Doherty, Packie Mailey, Paddy McLaughlin, Ciaran Coll; Raymond Foy, Conor O’Grady, Tommy Bonner; Gareth Harkin, Kevin McHugh, Marc Brolly (Oisin McMenamin 69).Monaghan United: Gabriel Sava; Conor McMahon (Shane Fitzgerald 46), Dave Rodgers, Aidan Collins, Shane Grimes; Paul Whelan, Eric Foley, John Reilly, Alan Byrne (Kevin Loughrin 64); Sean Brennan, Jason Marks.Referee: Phil Cascera.HARPS STILL LOOKING FOR FIRST WIN AFTER THEY DRAW WITH MONAGHAN was last modified: March 19th, 2011 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)
The agent of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has urged the Blues to let him secure a dream move to Real Madrid.Courtois, the Belgium international, has been linked with a transfer to the Bernabeu for much of the summer, and he has hardly shied away from such rumours. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The 26-year-old’s two children live in Madrid, with Courtois setting up roots in Spain’s capital while playing for Real’s rivals Atletico Madrid on loan from Chelsea between 2011-14.Courtois is due to return to Chelsea training this weekend after helping Belgium finish third at the World Cup and being voted the best goalkeeper at the tournament.However, the glovesman’s agent, Christophe Henrotay, said Courtois wants to seal his move to Los Blancos this summer. Courtois is due to return to Chelsea training this week RANKED moving on 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST LIVING THE DREAM targets REVEALED targets three-way race Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 2 Courtois hopes to move back to Madrid for family reasons “I don’t know in the future. It depends on the club. It depends especially on him, I think.“But, I hope that Courtois will be our goalkeeper. It’s very important for us to keep the top players.” Henrotay told the Sun: “I have been reading everywhere that Chelsea are saying it is up to Thibaut, but he has made it clear to the club that the best option for him is to move to Madrid.“For him this is a big decision because he wants to be near his family, and there is an offer in place for Chelsea to accept.”Courtois has a three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son from a previous relationship.Henrotay added: “It is understandable people might be upset because he wants to leave the club, we accept that.“But this is a human decision based on someone wanting to be close to his children – and that is a reasonable thing too.”Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said on Friday: “At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of the club, of Chelsea. TOP WORK Latest transfer news Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer