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Nimbaians Dissociate from PYJ’s ‘Coup Plot’ Allegation

first_imgA cross section of prominent Nimbaians, in a strongly worded statement issued late Sunday night, denounced recent allegations made by Senator Prince Y. Johnson implicating fellow Senator, Thomas Grupee, of conspiracy.The statement was signed by prominent citizens hailing from Nimba, including Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr., Dr. Marcus S. G. Dahn, Yarsuo Weh-Dorliae, Peter Z. N. Karmei, Johnson N. Gwaikolo, Dr. Federick Norkeh, Cllr. Zehyee B. Dehkie, Dehpu Zuo, Dr. Kardiker Rex K. Dahn, Saye M. Zarwolo, Madam Estella Flomo Wehye and Ben Matalda.“We the people of Nimba County denounce all forms of insurgency, belligerence, and violence. We are determined to defend the state, sustain security, peace, unification, and solidarity amongst all citizens of Liberia,” the statement said.While it is true that Nimbaians at home and in the Diaspora are disturbed by their Senator’s revelations, they are also concerned and overwhelmed that these utterances are emanating from a senator of a county, who should be laboring with his peers at the National Legislature to ensure peace and progress for Liberia.They have at the same time, reaffirmed their unflinching loyalty to the Liberian state, noting with great satisfaction that the government has made significant progress in sustaining peace, promoting national reconciliation, and in building the state.However, they have called on the government to investigate the allegations by Senator Johnson regarding alleged conspiracy to destabilize the Liberian State.“We urge our government and its security forces to take these revelations seriously; and to conduct full investigation with findings publicly reported to dispel any suspicions and fears amongst the citizens of Liberia,” the statement demands.On Friday May, 29, 2014, a local newspaper reported that Senator Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County, had communicated with the President Pro Tempore of the Senate informing him of allegations made on May 26, 2014, by Senator Thomas Grupee  (also of Nimba County);According to the paper, Senator Johnson indicated that Senator Grupee had averred that the Vice President, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Sr., and others are involved in a conspiracy against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Senator Johnson’s communications called on the Plenary of the Senate to investigate Senator Grupee as such allegations were tantamount to treason and breach of Article 76, Number 4 of the Constitution of Liberia.Liberia Peace Initiative Meanwhile, Nimbaians have also reaffirmed their support to the Liberia Peace Initiative, led by Ambassador George Weah, adding that they are profoundly conscious of the need to enhance national reconciliation and healing amongst Liberians to guarantee “our peaceful existence and collective national growth and development.” By that, they have encouraged Ambassador Weah and his peace building staff to appreciate that peace-building need not begin with the people of Grand Gedeh and Nimba, “because residents of the two great counties have smoked peace pipes and signed peace agreements amongst themselves long before the war officially ended.”According to them, by doing so, they have demonstrated their love for one another through scores of inter-tribal marriages tat ae produed many children since the war; operation of small businesses across boundaries continues to increase; countless peaceful sports matches; and there exists profound love, respect, friendship, and mutual good feelings among the residents of both counties.“We the people of Nimba County therefore caution that persistent attempts by the Liberia Peace Initiative always to call on residents of the two counties for peace conferences reflect the fallacy that they are the sources of conflict in Liberia. This practice must stop. It has the potential to prove counterproductive as evidenced recently by the pronouncement by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, to the effect that once you are known by town members of being a chicken rogue in the community, you will always be accused whenever a chicken gets missing.”Based on those historical facts, Nimbaians said they were therefore, in solidarity with the people of Grand Gedeh, thereby profoundly condemning Dukuly’s reference to residents of Grand Gedeh-and by implication to Nimbaians—as “chicken rogues”.The signers of the Nimba statement disclaimed Min. Morris’ comment; noting that residents of the two counties are not “chicken rogues. We are peace-loving people, working with our fellow citizens nationwide in the pursuit of national unity, economic development and social progress under God’s command.”“While we too acknowledge Minister Dukuly’s apology, we deplore his pronouncement as it significantly undermines peace and reconciliation,” the statement declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Feyissa takes first at Baldonnel time trial

first_imgSix riders from the Blizzard Bike Club took to the pavement yesterday for another running of the Baldonnel time trial. Taking the top spot in last night’s race was Dawit Feyissa with a time of 25:51.Pat Ferris edged Richard Wood for second place as they clocked in with times of 27:29, and 27:31 respectively.Fourth went to Davide Loro in 28:16, fifth was Emily Shaw at 35:48, and sixth was Dian Loro with a time of 37:19.- Advertisement –last_img

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Win during the Hair Bin’s 12 Days of Moose-mas

first_imgIf you do, you’ll qualify for that day’s daily prize.  We’ll pick one winner each day.Listen each weekday and Saturdays between Dec. 9 and Dec. 23, and you’ll get the chance to win.  On the final day, one person will win a $500 prize from The Hair Bin, in total over $3,000 prizes are up for grabs.The Hair Bin 12 Days of Moose-mas is brought to you by Backcountry, Michael So Jewellery, Smarti Pantz Kids Clothing, Trail Blaz’n Power, Needful Things, Merwin Optical, Rivers Animal Hospital, Marc Joseph and the EnCana Events Centre.- Advertisement –last_img

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Guardiola promises rise in Sterling after City put six past Saints

first_img0Shares0000Raheem Sterling, pictured scoring Manchester City’s fourth goal, was in superb form as the Premier League champions returned to the top of the table with a 6-1 thrashing of Southampton © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 4 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted there was still room for improvement from Raheem Sterling after the forward’s astonishing performance in a 6-1 win over Southampton that returned his team to the top of the Premier League.The defending champions remain on course to better last season’s record-breaking tally of 106 goals after another emphatic display that leaves them with a plus-29 goal difference just 11 games into the new campaign. Sterling was the pick of the attacking talents during Sunday’s match at the Etihad Stadium, scoring two goals and providing three assists as City raced into a 3-0 lead inside 18 minutes.“He is a top player but still he is so young to be considered the world’s best,” said Guardiola when asked to rank Sterling among the game’s current leading players.“He is in incredible form, he is sharp, fast, clever, fighting, decisive, he can play both sides and can play in the middle and receive the ball between the lines and commit the centre-banks with a lot of aggression.His performance means Sterling has now been directly involved in 40 league goals — scoring 24 times and making 16 assists — since the start of last season, and Sunday’s was a timely individual display given that the 23-year-old England forward this week agreed a new five-year contract with the club, worth a reported £300,000 a week.“It was an incredible performance but still with the young guys like him and Leroy (Sane) I would feel he can improve,” added Guardiola.“Still, he loses simple balls, like the Tottenham game when he made an amazing assist in the first few minutes but then lost a lot of balls.”Wesley Hoedt turned Sane’s sixth-minute cross into his own goal before Sterling laid on the first of his assists, crossing for Sergio Aguero to claim the 150th Premier League goal of his career — putting the Argentine equal-eighth with Michael Owen in the division’s all-time goalscoring list.– ‘Difference in his head’ –Sterling crossed for David Silva to volley in number three and, after Ederson’s foul on Danny Ings allowed the Southampton forward to score from the penalty spot, Sterling scored in first half injury-time after Aguero gamely kept a loose ball in play.Aguero set up Sterling for the fifth, from a wide angle, in the 66th minute and Sane completed the rout in the dying seconds from 18 yards after Sterling’s third assist.It was a devastating display from Sterling, who only managed to score seven league goals in 2016/17, Guardiola’s first season in charge.“The difference is in his head,” said Guardiola. “The first season, he was scared, he was looking, who is the guy I am going to pass the ball to?“He was not looking where the keeper was. We spoke about that and said try to score goals, it doesn’t matter if you miss it, be aggressive.“I have the feeling he is now enjoying scoring goals and making assists. He is becoming a winning player. He is stable and is focused on what he has to do to become a better player.”Ever the perfectionist, Guardiola still saw enough to demand improvements.“Of course, the way we played the first 20 minutes, yes,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager when asked if City’s title rivals would be frightened by the latest victory.“But the team sent me some signals today that in some positions, some actions, we are not stable enough.“But it is good. Improving after winning is so much easier than improving after losing!”It was a view with which Southampton manager Mark Hughes, winner of just four of his 19 league games in charge of the south coast side, would doubtless agree.“We were more than a little bit too passive defensively,” said Hughes.“This game isn’t going to define our season and we need to make sure we are better when we play teams that aren’t as good as City.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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MET EIREANN ISSUES ‘YELLOW STATUS’ SNOW WARNING FOR DONEGAL

first_imgMET Eireann has issued a snow and ice warning for Co Donegal.The forecaster says heavy thundery showers will increasingly turn wintry, especially over higher ground with some accumulations likely over hills.The warning is valid until 10am tomorrow. It comes after heavy hail storms overnight which have continued this morning and into the afternoon.Strong winds are also making driving conditions very difficult.Gardai say their officers are on patrol – and Donegal County Council grifters lorries will be in action this evening and overnight.It is bitterly cold across the North West with accuweather saying the real-feel temperatures are of -4C.  MET EIREANN ISSUES ‘YELLOW STATUS’ SNOW WARNING FOR DONEGAL was last modified: December 7th, 2014 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:snowweather alertlast_img read more

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Young Donegal man scoops prizes at Oireachtas Festival

first_imgConor Ó Gallachóir, from Gortahork Co.Donegal, got 2nd place in the 15-18 Seán-Nós Singing competition and went on to take the 2nd prize in the 15-18 Public Speaking competition at the recent Oireachtas Festival in Kilarney, Co.Kerry.The annual Oireachtas Festival is a mecca for lovers and performers of the traditional arts and this year’s competitions again received a huge number of entrants aged from 6 years to 68. The range of competitions included storytelling, sean-nós dancing and singing, and the famous Lúibíní competition in which two people perform a rhyming story through song.The highlights of this years festival included the newly composed piece by Peadar Ó Riada, entitled I gCuimhne Laochra (Remembering Heroes), that was commissioned by An tOireachtas as part of their 1916 commemorations. A central theme in this years festival was the future of Irish language drama. This years programme featured an exciting and innovative line up of radio plays as well as a forum on the future of Irish language Drama.Donegal was well represented this year as Clíodhna Ní Ghallachóir, from Gortahork, a student at Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, won the first prize in the 15-18 Public Speaking competition.“The creation and performance of Irish Language Drama is a very important aspect of Irish culture” says Liam Ó Maolaodha, Director of An tOireachtas.“In this Centenary year when we think of the effect that play writes such as Lady Gregory, Yeats and O Casey had on this country, it is vital that we keep this dramatic torch burning brightly, as a way of exploring, expressing and entertaining ourselves.” Young Donegal man scoops prizes at Oireachtas Festival was last modified: November 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

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Divers hospitalised after fears they surfaced too quickly off Donegal coast

first_imgTwo divers have been hospitalised after fears they may have suffered from ‘the bends’ while diving off the Co Donegal coast.The men were diving off Culdaff on the Inishowen Peninsula when it was feared they surfaced too quickly just after midday.The Malin Head Radio coastguard was alerted and they contacted Greencastle Coastguard and the Rescue 118 helicopter. The two divers were collected from Bunagee Pier and were taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.A spokesman for Malin Head Radio coastguard said the divers were not showing signs of ‘the bends’ but were taken to hospital as a precaution.‘We tasked Greencastle Coastguard to prepare the area for 118 and they were taken by helicopter to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry for observation,” said a spokesman for Malin Head Coastguard.The spokesman added that they did not know if the divers were from the area or were visiting at the time. Divers hospitalised after fears they surfaced too quickly off Donegal coast was last modified: April 12th, 2018 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:Bunagee PierculdaffdiverdonegalInishowenlast_img read more

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Spotlight shines on African cuisine

first_imgAfrica’s food is as rich and diverse as its people, yet its culinary offerings are not that well known. Filmmaker and foodie Tuleka Prah wants to change that. She has started to chronicle traditional recipes made by ordinary people on her website, African Food Map. One day, she would like to create an African Food Dictionary. Jollof rice is one of the West African dishes Tuleka Prah features on her website chronicling African cuisine. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)• South Africa in top 20 best places to raise children• Suzelle’s DIY takes South Africa by storm• South African foodies cooking up a storm• Projects aim to empower women in agriculture• South African television Priya PitamberThe world over, people have heard of or eaten food such as pasta or stir fry. Yet as one of the largest continents, Africa’s cuisine tends to fly under the radar.Enter Tuleka Prah, filmmaker, traveller and foodie, who started to document the making of African dishes on her website, African Food Map.“African Food Map is literally a combination of the things I love because it includes food, travel and making films,” her website states. “It’s an authentic collection of the most popular recipes from around the African continent. It is the start of a growing record of African recipes just as they are made, by people who love to eat them, and who prepare them every day.”Born in England, Prah has lived in various countries in Africa – Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Lesotho, and Namibia. She now lives in Berlin and is studying towards her doctorate. According to the Design Indaba website, her online food offering helps her to “keep in touch with her gastronomic roots”.Speaking to fashion and lifestyle website Fashion Africa 254, Prah recalled how inspiration for her African Food Map started. “I was looking for a recipe for kontomire, a dish my Dad would make using spinach and either fish or beef,” she said. “I knew his recipe was – well, his recipe! And so I was looking for I guess a more ‘true’ version of it. I was looking at the pictures online, which weren’t so nicely done, and I thought ‘Wow, someone really needs to do this properly.’”Prah saw her chance, and took it.South AfricaPrah lived in South Africa for seven years, where she felt the country both nurtured the enjoyment she got from cooking as well as challenged her in other aspects.She could not understand the social expectations (and implications) of apartheid categorisations, and how she fitted into it all. Nevertheless, she writes on her website: “South Africa had the best range of food that I had, up until that point, experienced. I often loved what I ate and what foods were introduced to me there. I would even go so far as to say that this country nurtured the pleasure I now take from cooking and eating.”Prah describes South Africa’s bobotie as the ultimate “so-and-so-makes-it-best” dish. “The dish – a bold flavour-assembly of ingredients – has its roots in the Western Cape’s slave history, and is likely derived from a combination of ‘leftovers,’” she writes. “I ate mine with yellow rice and it was absolutely delicious.”Watch Chef Mako prepare his version of this popular dish – he adds coriander for flavour:She describes one of South Africa’s favourite dishes, samp and beans (in isiZulu, isitambu and in isiXhosa, mngqusho), as comfort food. She has only eaten versions without meat, Prah says, although meat is usually added, and the grains need to be cooked until they are really soft.“This popular dish is very easily tweaked and adjusted to suit personal tastes and is therefore a highly variable dish.”See the recipe:KenyaPrah and her family moved to Kenya in the early 1980s, and she returned for a visit in 2013. “My experience of Kenyan food at the time, largely consisted of ugali and a lot of leafy vegetables,” she writes.She got Diana Chipo Munanairi, a chef, entrepreneur and mother, to make sukuma wiki, a spinach dish that is a “common accompaniment to most meals”.Watch Munanairi whip up the dish:“Most people actually overcook sukuma wiki,” cautioned Munanairi. “So it turns the colour and it becomes something totally different because of over-cooking. We’ve tried to maintain the colour.”Ghana“For me, being in Ghana is synonymous with being around great food,” Prah writes on African Food Map. “With a coast, a tropical interior and a desert-like region to the north, the range of food in Ghana is very diverse and always exciting.”While in the country, she and her aunt, Cynthia Prah, made jollof rice, a one pot meal consisting of meat, vegetables, and well, rice of course.See the recipe:Optimistic feedbackThrough her website and videos, Prah has reached an audience that might not have otherwise known what African cuisine is all about.“What a great idea to give the world a glimpse of the rich African culinary traditions,” Constanze Klee writes on My African Food Map’s Facebook page.“What a discovery!” writes Giulia Aldrovandi‎. “I love your YouTube channel and I know absolutely nothing about African food despite having looked for some books in the past without much success… I am very determined to reproduce your recipes in my kitchen! Thank you for sharing them (beautiful photography as well I have to say).”What’s next?Prah would like to expand her work to create something to the effect of an African Food Dictionary.“I want it to be the go-to resource for African food,” she told Design Indaba. “I want to go to every country I can and collect and share as much as I can – everything from the recipes, to the ingredients, to the preparation, to the histories, to the quality of flavour.”If she has her way, food such as bobotie and jollof rice could become as globally popular as pizza, for instance.last_img read more

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Woest Willem – Geocache of the Week

first_imgLocation:Noord-Holland, NetherlandsN 52° 55.927′ E 005° 00.071′ SharePrint Related Woest Willem is inspired by a popular Dutch children’s book of the same name. Willem is a crusty old pirate that lives alone in his house that he built with his own hands. One day, a terrified boy mistakenly climbs up the roof and Willem begrudgingly rescues him. They become friends and start building a boat together. Eventually, Willem has to admit that he never learned to swim, so the boy teaches him how, strengthening the bond between two unlikely mateys.The cache is located in the Netherlands on the outskirts of a small hamlet called Vatrop. Placed with permission of the property owner, it resides in a large wooden box attached to the property. Opening the box reveals a secret treasure chest Willem hid here after his retirement. It is a true pirate treasure, filled with doubloons and other valuable trinkets. Once you sign the logbook take a few minutes to explore the surrounding area as there are many interesting and unexpected art installations close to the pirate’s home. Rumor has it that Willem got into art after his retirement, but we might never find out if that is the truth. Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More TraditionalGC4Y3F1by De Bosmannetjescenter_img What do geocachers and pirates in common? They both treasure the treasure. Avast ye landlubbers! Join us for another wild ride and learn more about the adventures of Woest Willem (Wild William), a once fierce scourge of the seven seas in our Geocache of the Week. Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5last_img read more

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