At National Symposium on Liberia’s Symbols, Sis. Mary Laurene Brown to Deliver Keynote Address

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Organizers of the upcoming national symposium on Liberia’s symbols and national awards have selected renowned Catholic Sister Mary Laurene Browne, to deliver the keynote address.The symposium is scheduled for Friday, June 6, at the Paynesville Town Hall, outside Monrovia. Friday’s symposium is the first major activity aimed at bringing people together to discuss the essence of the national awards project—the symbols and the possibilities for making a few important improvements where necessary. The symposium will be held under the theme: “Reviewing Liberia’s National Symbols to Help Generate a National Identity.” It is expected to bring together Liberians from all walks of life including, women groups, the media, academia, and others. Other prominent speakers will include the South African Ambassador to Liberia, Masilo E. Mabeta, Liberia’s Ambassador to Senegal, Brahima Kaba, the chairperson of the History Department at the University of Liberia, Dr. William E. Allen, and former Associate Justice and current chairperson of the International Human Rights Commission, Cllr. Gladys Johnson. The one-day symposium, according to a statement, will set the stage for a close and critical look at Liberia’s national symbols and awards. Since the 1970’s, Liberians have been calling for changes in the national symbols and awards to reflect the historical narratives and realities of all of people that the Liberian nation comprised. It has been argued that the current symbols and awards do not represent the cultural breadth and historical depth of Liberians.   In 1974, President William R. Tolbert Jr., through an Act of Legislature, established a commission to review the Liberian Constitution, national symbols, motto, and anthem. The commission was headed by the then Minister of Postal Affairs, Mckinley A. Deshield, and 50 other representatives from the existing counties. The commission concluded that Liberians did not need major changes in the symbols, but suggested changes in the motto and wordings of the seal. Those were not done and have not been attempted up to the present. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, (TRC) took the issue a step farther, referring to some national symbols as divisive. The TRC suggested that somehow, these symbols might have had a part to play in what led to this nation’s 14-year conflict.A TRC-sponsored National Conference had recommended among other things, a review of the national symbols and awards. Liberia’s 15-year development plan, the “Agenda for Transformation and the broader National Vision 2030 Initiative recommend the same in its list of priorities on peace and reconciliation interventions. It also proposed the establishment of “…a forum of Liberians of diverse backgrounds to discuss issues of national history, symbols and identity, and reconciliation.” In reaction to this, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on February 6, this year, launched a National Symbol Review Project under the statutory authority of the Governance Commission with Dr. D. Elwood Dunn as Project Coordinator.This week’s symposium represents several months of doing everything possible to make the project a reality. It is hoped that in the process, this nation’s ongoing constitutional review would be impacted, setting the stage for a new identity for a formerly, dichotomous (divided into two part) nation and people.       last_img read more

Man Utd knock out Spurs to reach FA Cup final

first_img0Shares0000Sanchez scored his eighth goal in as many games at Wembley.© AFP Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 21 – Manchester United weathered an early Tottenham storm to come from behind to win 2-1 and reach a 20th FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera cancelled out Dele Alli’s opener and ensured that Tottenham’s decade-long wait for a trophy continues. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino played down the importance of winning his first silverware as a coach to back up four years of undoubted progress at Tottenham beforehand, claiming it “wouldn’t change their lives”.However, Spurs started like the side determined to make a statement.Harry Kane and Son Heung-min had already seen shots deflected behind before Spurs went in front with a brilliant team goal on 11 minutes.Davinson Sanchez’s long ball picked out Christian Eriksen perfectly as Paul Pogba failed to track the Danish midfielder’s run down the right.And his cross was inch-perfect for Alli to apply the finishing touch for his 13th goal of the season.Spurs failed to make the most of their early dominance, though, as Eriksen scuffed wide from Kane’s layoff before the England striker just couldn’t reach Son’s viscous in-swinging cross at the back post.Pogba has been a figure of frustration all season for Jose Mourinho, who has often left the £89 million ($125 million) Frenchman on the sidelines.Mourinho said Pogba had shown what he is capable of in Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth after being substituted just four days earlier in a shock 1-0 home defeat to West Brom that handed Manchester City the Premier League title.And having showed the side of his game that Mourinho detests for Spurs’ opener, Pogba demonstrated his combination of physical power and technical ability as he outmuscled Mousa Dembele before delivering a pin-point cross for Sanchez.Pochettino is still to win a trophy in four years as Tottenham manager.© AFP Ben STANSALLThe Chilean has also been much-criticised since reportedly becoming the highest paid player in Premier League history when he moved from Arsenal in January.However, Sanchez has a superb record at Wembley. His third United goal was his eighth in eight games at the home of English football for club and country.Both sides were unfortunate to not take the lead in the dying moments of a captivating first 45 minutes as firstly Michel Vorm got fingertips to a deflected long-range strike from Pogba.At the other end, Eric Dier then drove against the base of the post with David de Gea unmoved.Kane had the first chance of the second period, but saw his shot blocked behind by Chris Smalling as Spurs again started on the front foot.But, once more, they were hit by a sucker punch when Sanchez’s ball across the face of the area fell perfectly for Herrera arriving late from midfield and, despite going in the middle of the goal, his low effort beat Vorm, who was slow to react down to his right.Eriksen came closest to a reply for Spurs with a long-range strike that flew just wide.Spurs will likely seal their place in the Champions League for a third successive season in the coming weeks as Pochettino’s proof that progress is being made.However, with Spurs only three defeats of 2018 now all coming at Wembley against the toughest of opposition in Juventus, Man City and now United, questions remain over Pochettino’s ability to turn Tottenham into trophy winners.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

LEGAL TARIFFS FORCED MAN TO CHANGE PLEA IN SEX OFFENCE CASE

first_imgLetterkenny District Court.A 65-year-old man was allowed to change his plea  after he became ‘overwhelmed by the tariffs’ involved with his case, a court heard.A sitting of the Letterkenny Circuit Court heard that the man was accused of crimes of a sexual nature some 20 years ago, and the accusations caused him “acute distress”. He initially entered a not guilty plea to the charges, but asked to change that plea to guilty on his last day in court on July 18, 2013.Defence for the applicant, Ms. McMorrow, said that the request for change of plea arose after the man raised questions to his solicitor about the tariffs involved with the case.When the possible financial ramifications were explained to him, the man was said to be “overly affected” and made an overnight decision to change his plea.The man became extremely depressed and distressed over the case, and this caused his legal team some worry. He is now in extremely poor health, the court heard.Ms. McMorrow called for the man to face a jury of his peers to determine his innocence or guilt. The court heard how the man maintained his innocence throughout the trial and had no previous convictions.Referring to the man’s age, Judge John O’Hagan said that he is “still in the autumn of his years”. He said that the large crowds in the courtroom can place large amounts of pressure on people and they can become “terribly confused” about proceedings.Judge O’Hagan said that such busy atmospheres can cause a “poor mitigant” to be “absolutely cringing in his boots”. “I couldn’t imagine what is going through the man’s mind as all this is going on,” he said.The probation report stressed that the man was concerned by the hurt and concern that the proceedings were causing for his family and the alleged victims. All the while, he was said to be “shouting his innocence.”The case was adjourned until April 1 and the man’s name was removed from the sex offender’s list.By Rachel McLaughlinLEGAL TARIFFS FORCED MAN TO CHANGE PLEA IN SEX OFFENCE CASE was last modified: February 3rd, 2014 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Letterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

SOCCER NEWS: CAPPRY EARN SUPER 2-0 WIN OVER GLENEA UNITED

first_imgCAPPRY ROVERS NOTES SENIOR TEAMWell done to Cappry Rovers on their great win over Glenea Utd yesterday at Cappry park. The game finished 2-0 with Dylan Ramsey grabbing a stunning goal on the 24th minute and another on the 75th minute after great work and skill from Benny McLaughlin who cut in from the left, beat 2 defenders and picked out Dylan on the right hand side of the box. Dylan made no mistake slamming the ball past Joe Coll in the Glenea nets and secured the 3 points for Cappry.It was a great win for Cappry, but the form of the erratic Gavin Reilly will no doubt worry the management staff.He was out-of-sorts all afternoon, and struggled to cope with the lively Glenea frontline.While he also struggled to find any of his team mates, delivering a series of inaccurate passes throughout the day. Hopefully it was just a bad day at the office for Gavin, and we’re hoping his excursions in Dublin the previous weekend were the reason for his below-par display.Cappry Rovers are back in action again next weekend in the FAI Junior Cup when they host Whitestrand Utd at Cappry Park, kick off at 2pm.Please come out and offer your support to the team.Senior training is on Wednesday evening. Players to be on the pitch for 7.30pm.CAPPRY ROVERS UNDER 16’s Our under 16’s get their league campaign underway this Saturday morning with an away game against Convoy Arsenal in Convoy with kick off at 10.30amCAPPRY ROVERS LOTTOLast weeks lotto numbers were 5, 9, 17, 22. There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was Bernard and Mary Long, Woodland, Dooish. Next weeks jackpot is €800. Remember if you’re not in you can’t win!!UNDERAGE TRAININGTraining for u8’s and u6’s will be on Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon.Training for u12’s takes place on a Monday evening from 7pm to 8pm at McCools astro pitch.CONGRATULATIONSCongratulations to Cahal McGuire who was presented with his 1st prize of 2 season tickets for the Republic of Ireland for the coming season. Cahal was pictured collecting his prize from Niall Patton, Cappry Rovers secretary and his mother Caroline McGuire.SOCCER NEWS: CAPPRY EARN SUPER 2-0 WIN OVER GLENEA UNITED was last modified: September 9th, 2014 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:CappryNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more

IT COULD BE A BUMPER CHRISTMAS FOR DONEGAL’S RORY AS SHARON SHANNON RELEASES HIS XMAS HIT!

first_imgDONEGAL singer/songwriter Rory Gallagher is hoping for a bumper Christmas – and that a Christmas song he penned heads straight for No1.The Kilcar man is unlikely to see snow anytime soon in Lanzarote where he is based.But he is co-writer of ‘Christmas Time Again’ – which has just been released by Sharon Shannon. “It is a lovely simple old fashioned Xmas tune with a Cajun swing,” said Rory.“I hope it does mighty! Keep an ear out for it on the Radio! ho ho ho.”Shannon, on a tour of Japan, is delighted with the song.“At last, here’s our Christmas song,” she told fans on her Facebook page. “I’m sooooooo proud of this. It’s nice lively feel good track. Have a quick listen. . I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. Please keep an ear out for it on the radio in the coming weeks and PLEASE send in requests for it to the radio stations. The gorgeous Wallis Bird is doing the savage vocal on it.” IT COULD BE A BUMPER CHRISTMAS FOR DONEGAL’S RORY AS SHARON SHANNON RELEASES HIS XMAS HIT! was last modified: December 4th, 2013 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:donegalkilcarrory and the islandRory Gallaghersharon shannonlast_img read more

COMMUNITY HELPS POPULAR PRIEST CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ORDINATION

first_imgThe proud community of Glenfinn came together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. Lorcán Ó Searcaigh.The popular priest was originally ordained at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, Annagry, by Bishop Anthony MacFeely on Sunday 9th June 1974. And four decades later Fr. Ó Searcaigh celebrated mass in a packed Glenfinn’s, Our Lady Of Succour Church on Friday evening 6th June 2014.Along with special guests Bishop Philip Boyce were members of Fr. Ó Searcaigh’s family as well as one priest who had made the special journey from Australia. Fr. Eddie Gallagher paid tribute to Fr. Ó Searcaigh during the mass with wonderful stories of the Priest’s Ordination day.A request from the popular priest was that the local School children should wear their Communion costumes and join Fr. Ó Searcaigh on the alter to partake in a section of the mass.Just before the final blessing the packed Church were treated to Irish dancing and Irish traditional music by the young people of Glenfinn. After the celebration mass, people made their way to the parish hall for refreshments to round off an amazing historic event to help celebrate with Fr. Ó Searcaigh his 40 year anniversary.Many thanks to the glenfin.blogspot.com website for the information and  photo. COMMUNITY HELPS POPULAR PRIEST CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ORDINATION was last modified: June 7th, 2014 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:Fr Lorcan O SearcaighGlenfinnordinationlast_img read more

DDTV: DONEGAL SINGER KEDAR’S STUNNING VOICE OF IRELAND BLIND AUDITION

first_imgDDTV: A singer from County Donegal has left judges speechless after an incredible blind audition on RTE’s The Voice of Ireland. Kedar Friis-Lawrence sang ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ by Oasis in his own unique way on the hit TV show tonight.Kedar, from Glen and a Leaving Cert pupil at St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny managed to get Jamelia and Bressie to turn around.Jamelia begged the Donegal teenager to join her team saying she’d fallen in love with him!And Bressie accused his fellow judge of trying to turn the show into….Take Me Out. Torn between the two judges Kedar – a member of Conwal Singers and the North West Opera Society –  came up with a rather fun/cruel way of choosing coaches.He tossed a coin!And Bressie won.Click Play to Watch the video from tonight’s show. DDTV: DONEGAL SINGER KEDAR’S STUNNING VOICE OF IRELAND BLIND AUDITION was last modified: January 13th, 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:BressieDDTVFriis-LawrenceKedarVoice of Irelandlast_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 1 Bolton 1

first_imgMatt Mills equalised for Bolton after Kurt Zouma had scored on his Chelsea debut to put them ahead in the Capital One Cup third-round clash at Stamford Bridge.Andre Schurrle had been at the heart of the early action as the Blues dominated, firing wide and then seeing an in-swinging left-wing free-kick palmed to safety by Andy Lonergan.Bolton keeper Lonergan then did brilliantly to tip Schurrle’s 16th-minute free-kick onto the bar as Chelsea continued to attack.And the German went close again when he cut in from the left and sent a low shot wide from near the edge of the penalty area.The breakthrough for Chelsea eventually came when Bolton were unable to clear Oscar’s corner and after headers from Gary Cahill and then Loic Remy, Zouma fired into the net from close range.Mohamed Salah then almost doubled with the lead when he curled wide from near the edge of the penalty area.Chelsea seemed to be in complete control but were suddenly pegged back when centre-back Mills rose to head home Liam Feeney’s free-kick.Loic Remy is making his first start for Chelsea, whose line-up also includes keeper Petr Cech, who is captaining the team, Mohamed Salah and Nathan Ake.Dutch youngster Ake would have put the hosts back in front in spectacular fashion had Lonergan not managed to push away his 30-yard effort shortly before the break.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill, Luis; Mikel, Ake; Salah, Oscar, Schurrle; Remy.Subs: Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Hazard, Drogba, Matic, Christensen, Baker.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers camp: Scouting the defensive depth chart

first_imgSANTA CLARA — After a record-low two interceptions and five takeaways, the 49ers defense got an offseason makeover with scheme adjustments and revamped personnel. Here is how the depth chart looks heading into training camp, which begins Friday:Kansas City Chiefs’ Dee Ford (55) celebrates after sacking Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) in the fourth quarter of their NFL game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. Kansas City defeated Oakland 26-10. (Jose Carlos …last_img read more

Reversing India’s Student Exodus

first_imgThe GoI’s recently launched ‘Study in India’ programme is a welcome step in the right direction despite arriving late. Apart from setting targets, it aims to make India a global education hub, improve its soft power and reduce the export – Import imbalance in the number of International students. But the larger question remains: Can the scheme be implemented successfully at a time when demand for foreign education is at an all-time high? Related Itemslast_img