first_imgThe attention of the Daily Observer is drawn to reports in the local media of the barrage of insults being rained on the Liberia National team (Lone Star) for its defeat at the hands of the team of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the African Cup qualifier on last Sunday.Sentiments being aired on various radio talk shows by some callers placed blame on the team accusing its membership of being unpatriotic and disloyal to the nation with the intent to undermine the leadership of President George Weah. Nothing could be further from the truth.The Daily Observer would like to remind all those posting hate messages on social media accusing the national football team of being unpatriotic and disloyal to stop and reflect for a moment on what it takes to produce a successful national football team.From every indication and from all the available evidence, what it requires to produce a successful national football team is first and foremost is a national program of training and football development. Such program would see the formation of youth teams in categories reflecting age groupings like the Under 13, Under 15 and Under 20.To the best of available information, the perennial problem still remains for there is no planned and organized football development program the country can boast of. The national football league remains dysfunctional and plagued in the past and even now by endemic corruption. For all the millions spent by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) on football development in Liberia, there is hardly anything to show for it.The second basic requirement is resource availability. One cannot expect to produce results in the absence of proper organization, planning and training. To do all this requires resources and, in all truth and honesty, the resources have not been forthcoming in order to deliver the expected results.If one considers how much, for instance, has been allocated to the development of the nation’s prime sport as compared to what is being stolen or siphoned off from the national budget, the gaping difference can be noted. Instead there is evidence of illegal manipulation of the budget after it had been passed into law.For example, over US$1 million allocated to public health institutions in the country was illegally diverted to private health outfits such as the hospital in Ganta owned by the wife of Representative Jeremiah Koung and the St. Francis Health Center run by the Catholic Church. Looking further at the budget, total appropriation for youth and sports development programs is a mere US$2,636,387 constituting 0.47 percent of the national budget.Funding to the National Football Team is $350,000.00, representing 0.0006% of the national budget.  A total of 29 National Sporting Federations and Associations received only $72,700.00. How then can the nation expect the desired victories from the Lone Star football team when little or nothing is being provided to win the victories the nation longs for as it did in past times when President George Weah played on the national football team? And talking about patriotism or the lack of it as the reason for Liberia’s defeat at the hands of Congo is mere idle talk and vicious gossip which can be dismissed in the face of living reality.How can one call those fine and committed young men who made the sacrifice to abandon their professional commitments abroad to risk injury playing for their national team when the President of the nation, a former footballer himself, a former captain and technical director of the Lone Star has his son wearing the colors of the United States of America football team?This newspaper knows of no other footballer of such fame that has his son donning the colors of another country playing for its national team. Those who call the team unpatriotic should remember above all the saying that “charity begins at home”. The excuse that the son of the President was born in the United States of America or that his professional growth and development could become compromised by plying for Liberia is indeed laughable.Both sons of famous Ghanaian footballer Abedi Pele for example play on Ghana’s national team. And both of them play in the English premiership, the foremost football league in the world. How has their playing for Ghana stymied their professional development is the question which begs answers from those attempting to denigrate members of the national football team.Going by such warped logic, what then can explain the failure of the Lone Star team under the technical guidance of George Weah to go to the World Cup when the team needed simply a draw to qualify? On the eve of the football match, the entire team under the leadership of captain and technical director George Weah went outing the previous night.Earlier the goal keeper had sustained injury from an accident which occurred during the wedding of another team mate. At the end the Lone Star lost miserably.  This newspaper recalls that virtually the entire nation became livid with some individuals raining insults on technical director Weah.His supporters would later justify in the view that a victory for Liberia would have elevated President Charles Taylor from his pariah status. Similar views about the team’s alleged unpatriotic performance have been expressed in the wake of the Lone Star’s recent defeat. Those espousing such views ought to realize that President Weah rode to the presidency on the fame of his exploits on the football field.President Weah should also realize that there are huge expectations of a successful Lone Star under his watch. And the logic is, if he cannot deliver the Lone Star from its state of backwardness, he certainly cannot deliver the nation from the morass into which it has sunk. As roots singer Jones Duopu puts it, “don’t place blame on where you fell, place blame instead on where you stumbled and fell.Don’t blame the Lone Star!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA Venezuelan national and another man were arrested on Sunday following the discovery of a firearm, matching ammunition and a quantity of ganja at Waiamu Landing, Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).According to information received, Police ranks on duty at the location observedThe gun, ammunition and cannabis found during the searchtwo males under a shop acting in a suspicious manner.One of the men, an 18-year-old Venezuelan national was reportedly seen handing over a multi-coloured bag to an operator.However, the duo was confronted by the ranks who requested to carry out a search on the bag. During the search in the presence of the two men, a .45 calibre Taurus pistol and five matching rounds of ammunition as well as a quantity of cannabis were unearthed. The men were questioned and subsequently taken into custody as investigations continue.last_img read more

first_img5. Illegal immigration and faithAs Congress debated how to reform immigration law, a similar discussion was raging within the religious community. The Catholic Church fought efforts by Congress to make it a crime to help or hide illegal immigrants, while Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony declared from the pulpit that priests in his diocese had permission to break the law if Congress made it illegal to offer sanctuary.6. Pro-democracy protests by Buddhist monks in Myanmar after the country’s military dictatorship cracked down on dissidentsThe Dalai Lama received an award from President Bush.7. Conservative Episcopalians aligning with bishops in the South AmericaAngry and upset over the election of an openly and actively gay priest as bishop, an Episcopal diocese based in Fresno voted earlier this month to split with the national denomination. The San Joaquin Diocese, in a later vote, accepted an invitation to join a conservative South American congregation of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. The Episcopal Church is the U.S. member of the global Anglican Communion.8. Supreme Court rulings involving religion, including the upholding of a ban on certain late-term abortionsThe 5-4 ruling in April raised questions about the court’s willingness to someday reconsider the basic right to abortion guaranteed in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case.9. The deaths ofreligious leadersIncluding: the Revs. Jerry Falwell and D. James Kennedy, co-founders of the Moral Majority; author Madeleine L’Engle; Ruth Bell Graham, an author and the wife of evangelist Billy Graham; televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker Messner; Jewish leader Teddy Kolleck; Islamic leader Ilyas ba-Yunus; and Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, a Catholic convert from Judaism who became a voice for interfaith dialogue.10. The cost of the Roman Catholic Church U.S. sex abuse crisis surpassing $2.1 billionThat total includes $660 million paid by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to settle lawsuits filed by more than 500 people who said they were abused by priests and other clergy.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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonCheck out the rest of the top 10 on Page B43.3. Ongoing divides over gays and lesbians in clergyAs the Vatican formally banned most gays from Catholic seminaries and from ordination as priests, other faith groups – Episcopalians, Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans and Jews – continued to debate the ordination of gays and lesbians as leaders of their congregations.4. Global warming’s emergence as areligious issueClergy and congregations nationwide have identified a connection between ecology and faith and are mobilizing behind efforts to reduce the effects of global warming. From staff and news servicesEvangelical struggles to settle on a Republican presidential candidate and Democrats’ efforts to reach religious voters led the Religion Newswriters Association’s list of top religion stories of 2007.The results were based on votes from 80 active members of the association – reporters from around the country who cover religion in the general- circulation media.The No. 1 issue encompassed the heated debate over the role of faith and politics and the public scrutiny of Republican presidential hopefuls about their religious beliefs. Baptist minister Mike Huckabee’s surge in the polls, Mitt Romney’s need to speak about his Mormon faith and John McCain’s claim that the U.S. is a “Christian nation” underscored the evangelical community’s potency in the political arena.Close behind as the No. 2 story were efforts by Democrats to win over voters by showcasing their faith. Barack Obama, a member of the United Church of Christ, and John Edwards, a Methodist, have unveiled Web sites devoted to faith and moral values. Hillary Clinton, also a Methodist, plans to do the same.last_img read more

first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 2, 3, 7 and 30. There was no winner of match 3. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €4,450 and Match 3 is €120. The team selling Killotto this week is Rita Nolan, Pauric Conaghan, Peter McGinley and Anthony O’Hara. Next week sellers are David Conwell, John Murray Pauric Gallagher and Ciaran Conaghan. You can now do the Killotto online. Visit and go to the Killybegs page.There was no winner of the Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prizes went to Denise McGuire. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,550 on 47 calls. Killybegs seniors had a good win against Cloghaneely while the reserves drew against Cloghaneely in the league last weekend, Results: Seniors 0-13 Cloghaneely 0-08; Reserves 3-05 Cloghaneely 2-08  RACE NIGHT – Bord Na nOg Race Night takes place in the Tara Hotel, Killybegs on Friday 13/7/2012 @ 9.30pm, as well as the races there will be some super spot prizes, always a great night’s fun!!! C U there…!!! The under 10’s travel to Kilcar this Saturday for a blitz. The bus will leave the Niall Mor at 10am. First game is at 11am. Best of luck to both teams.Last week the under 10’s hosted Naomh Ultan in a challenge match. There was some great football played by our young boys and girls throughout the match.We would like to thank Killybegs Seafood’s Ltd. for their king sponsorship of new jerseys for the team. Hopefully the children will have many memorable days in them.  The ladies play their first round championship match against Robert Emmet’s with a home game on Sunday in Fintra at 12 o clock.  Please come along and support. Ticket orders for Ulster Final must be placed in the Book in the Tara reception. Orders must be placed before 1pm on Thursday. People will have to source there own tickets after this deadline. Club members will be given priority over tickets.  GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: July 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

first_imgATHLETICS: The participation in organised sports events provides children with an opportunity to develop their physical and social skills leading, building character and providing young people with energy and strength.The finals of the Donegal Sports Hall Athletics for large primary schools held in the Aura Sports Centre Letterkenny on Wednesday last integrated a high octane high energy event with quite an amount of athletic talent on view. The participating final schools had all come through their regional events before Christmas and were there on merit.Sports Hall Athletics is a growing sporting activity among Donegal Primary Schools so much that the organisers also delivered a small schools programme in the latter part of 2015 in order to give children in that sector a chance to experience indoor athletics.The organisers Donegal Sports Partnership, Donegal Athletics Board and Athletics Ireland are happy with the development of the schools programme in Donegal and hope to continue the development in future years.“It’s an introductory athletics programme which acts a gateway for children to experience indoor running events, throwing events such as foam javelin and ball throw as well as the jumping events such as standing long jump, triple jump and vertical jump which supports  children with their athletic development. These physical literacy skills also compliment many other sports as well so it very much a fundamental or base programme to introduce sports to children” said Brendan O’Donnell Chairman Donegal Athletics Board. Sixty Primary Schools participated the Sports Hall programme in late 2015 from all across the county with the four category finalists in the large schools section having another day in the impressive Indoor Athletics Arena in the Athlone Institute of Technology in March (provisional date 9th March).Those schools representing Donegal in March having achieved the highest points total will be from the Letterkenny and Buncrana areas with the Girls titles going to Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Letterkenny and Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana in the 3rd and 4th class and the 5th and 6th class Girls categories respectively.It was a clean sweep of the Boys titles by Scoil Colmcille, Letterkenny winning both the 3rd and 4th class and 5th and 6th class boys titles.Myles Sweeney from Donegal Sports Partnership is also keen to highlight the partnership and support of the athletics community in Donegal.“Without the support of Athletics Ireland, the Donegal Athletics Board, the local clubs and their coaches and the teachers who prepare and coach the children and indeed the many parents who come along to support we would not have a Sports Hall Programme” He also paid tribute to the LYIT and the Errigal College, Letterkenny who provide students for the various events.DONEGAL SPORTS HALL PRIMARY ATHLETICS FINALS – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: February 12th, 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) Tags:athleticsauraDonegal Primary SchoolsnewsSportSportshalllast_img read more

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Watford are reportedly eyeing up a £10m move for goalkeeper Ben Foster, who was recently relegated from the Premier League with West Brom.According to the Sun, Foster could yet grab a top-flight lifeline with the Hornets, a club he previously played for as a loanee between 2005 and 2007. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The Vicarage Road side are currently looking to offload Costel Pantilimon to Nottingham Forest or Aston Villa and hope Foster will put aside his Baggies loyalties and join them this summer. RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND 1 TOP WORK LIVING THE DREAM targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Foster wants first team football center_img three-way race LATEST Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED Transfer News targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Manchester United and Manchester City have considered Foster as a potential second choice goalie for their 2018/19 campaigns, but it is understood he wants to play every week.The 35-year-old may be tempted by Premier League contract as he will have a cut in salary at Championship West Brom.last_img read more

first_imgST.EUNAN’S CROWNED UNDER 12 HURLING CHAMPS was last modified: September 6th, 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:buncranaHURLINGSt EunansUnder 12s championship St Eunans under 12s were crowned County Hurling Champions tonight in a thrilling game with Buncrana at O’Donnell Park.Both teams displayed all the great skills of hurling with St Eunans securing the win in the final ten minutes on a scoreline of 3.5 -0.5 last_img read more

first_imgIreland’s most famous amateur weatherman has said the country’s current cold snap could last until the end of February.Postman Michael GallagherCo Donegal postman Michael Gallagher warned in December that the country would be covered in snow for the start of the New Year.And although his prediction of a white Christmas never came to pass, he is convinced the sleet and snow is here to stay. Mr Gallagher, who uses the behaviour of plants and animals in the Bluestack Mountains to make his predictions, said all the indications are that we’re set to shiver for another six weeks.“I was a little out with the Christmas prediction but I knew it was only a matter of time before snow arrived early in the New Year.“All the classic signs were there that the temperatures were going to dip.“The trees were laden with berries for the birds and foxes were spotted coming into outhouses to shelter. “The plants and animals react to nature. Previous generations used all these signs so it’s nothing new,” he said.People across the North-West awoke today to another heavy fall of sleet and snow.Met Eireann are predicting the cold snap will last until next Wednesday but say they cannot forecast beyond that accurately.However, postman Michael added “That’s certainly not the end of the snow.“In fact, we’ll have more this weekend and next week. It may clear up a little but we’re going to have a series of cold snaps with plenty of snow right up until the end of February.” POSTMAN MICKEY CLAIMS COLD SNAP WILL LAST UNTIL END OF FEBRUARY was last modified: January 17th, 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)Tags:donegalMichael Gallagherpredictionsnowlast_img read more

first_imgThe air rifle shooting hall at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London had a fair sprinkling of Indians. Apart from coaches, competitors and a large media presence, there were fans who came in after purchasing tickets.To those not so conversant with shooting, this was billed as a battle between Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang. At one stage, the packed hall was choking and supporters of both Bindra and Narang were hoping that both would be in the final.In fact, it seemed possible at one stage before Bindra lost his rhythm. I was sitting next to one of the officials of an Indian private sports promoter and joked how Indian Olympic medallists never are able to reproduce the same form at the next Games.Take the cases of Leander Paes, Karnam Malleswari, RVS Rathore and now Bindra. After winning medals in Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing respectively, they have been unable to produce the same magic four years later.By the time Leander was competing in Sydney after his bronze medal effort in 1996, he had to give up singles in tennis.As for Malleswari, she had a “dead lift” in Athens after her Sydney bronze, prompting critics to say that she may have tanked for strange reasons.And as regards Rathore, he blew it up in Beijing, after his silver showing in Athens. In four years, he had actually become aloof and was not competing the same hard way as Olympic champions do.Rathore did try to get into the London Olympics as one quota place was being surrendered by the National Rifle Association of India but the fact remains he is past his prime.In London, for two days in a row, the question which I had to answer repeatedly was why India had still not won a medal.Now that Gagan Narang has opened the tally, we can expect the pressure to ease off. If someone like Bindra says he has been under pressure, you can well imagine what it takes to win a medal.Coming back to the shooting hall today, it was nice to see the arena packed. On Monday, the LOCOG said at some empty venues, tickets would be resold if they did not fill up.There is obviously some reason why this has happened because in London, everyone talks of wanting to buy tickets and there being none.One man who has been around and watched several Olympics as a shooting coach in India is Sunny Thomas. He is a man with limited technical skills and is lucky to have got the Dronacharya Award.As a manager, he does his role well. After Gagan Narang’s victory, “Sunny” was being chased for quotes. Even Narang was looking for Sunny Sir. “Arree, he has been praying hard for me, I have to think him,” said Narang just before the medal ceremony.At a time when athletes like Leander Paes talk of this being their sixth Olympics, Sunny has also been around for a long time.He knows his limitations and helps out the shooters whichever way he can. There was a funny incident in London today when a local TV reporter asked Sunny for his number.Like most of us here, he did not remember it and checked his cell phone book. Sure enough, Sunny China, Sunny Korea, Sunny Germany numbers were popping up in his phone!While he is not one of those who likes to collect sim cards as a hobby, by the time the reporter got Sunny’s London number, it was a nice wait. She was impressed Sunny travels so much.Others joked as to how Sunny has a thick passport and it could be worth photographing.Even as people joke with Sunny, he remains serious while doing his job. I am sure one day when I decide to write a book on Indian shooting, Sunny will be able to give me a lot of dope!advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgRio de Janeiro: Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan on Thursday said her maiden senior World Cup medal will be a “great confidence booster” as she seeks to scale greater heights in coming years.The fast-rising Elavenil finished on top in the women’s 10m air rifle competition, pipping fancied compatriots Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil, in the ISSF Rifle-Pistol Stage 4 World Cup here. The 20-year-old is only the third Indian to achieve the feat after Anjali Bhagwat and current world number one Chandela.”I am happy and this win will give me great confidence going ahead into other national and international competitions,” said the youngster, who trains under Project Leap and is supported by Olympic Gold Quest.Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang has played a part in Elavenil’s progress and the shooter did not forget to thank him.”I am really thrilled with this achievement and want to thank my mentor Gagan sir, my coach Neha ma’am & my mental trainer Kirtika ma’am who have trained me so well and without their correct guidance, this would not have been possible.”Mentor Narang was equally proud saying “such performances were the real rewards”, adding that Elavenil made it “doubly special” as Gun For Glory celebrated the twin success.#NationalSportsDay gets sweeter. @elavalarivan wins her first senior World Cupon the day GNSPF’s efforts are recognised through the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar! Thanking the universe! @narendramodi @KirenRijiju @Media_SAI @RaninderSingh @OfficialNRAI— Gagan Narang (@gaGunNarang) August 28, 2019″Elavenil has made a beautiful transition from the junior level to the senior. We have worked very closely on her all these years and her success marks a special day for all of us at Gun For Glory. She is a smart shooter and has the capability to perform consistently,” said Gagan on his ward.In her debut year at the senior level, Elavenil shot 251.7 in the finals to help India extend their new-found dominance in the event, leaving behind Seonaid Mcintosh of Britain, who won silver with an effort of 250.6 on Wednesday.A student of English literature and one who loves to go on long drives, Elavenil is a junior World Cup gold-medallist besides being an Asian champion.It has been remarkable progress for the young shooter who held a gun for the first time as a 13-year-old in native Ahmedabad. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Anjum Moudgilapurvi chandelaElavenil Valarivangagan narang First Published: August 29, 2019, 6:10 PM ISTlast_img read more