Be Above Reproach

first_imgThe Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has advised the newly inducted Resident Judge of Criminal Court ‘A’, Roosevelt Z. Willie, to be transparent and fair in administering justice in the country.“You have to be guided by integrity, fairness and transparency.  Be impartial, prudent, tolerant and above reproach,” Chief Justice Korkpor added.The Chief Justice proffered these words of admonition last Friday, when he deputized for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the induction ceremony held at the Temple of Justice. Judge Willie replaces the Late Judge James W. Zotaa.Chief Justice Korkpor described Judge Willie as one of the “finest in the judiciary,” disclosing that he had been following Judge Willie’s activities and recognized that he is the best person for the job.“You will now be making decisions that will affect your fellow men. You will be sending people to jail for life,” said the Chief Justice, adding, “You have to take your work very seriously; to do otherwise would reflect poorly on the judiciary.” “Don’t let any one of us Justices tell you what to do. We are only here to review your actions,” were Chief Justice Korkpor’s concluding advice to the newly instated Resident Judge Willie.In his remarks, Judge Willie thanked President Sirleaf for his preferment and promised that “as a true human rights defender he would administrate justice without fear or favor.”Judge Willie further pledged to be indifferent to private, political or partisan influence and administer justice according to the law.   Judge Willie gave the assurance that he will handle his appointment as a public trust.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Premier League to close transfer window before season

first_imgThe transfer window in Europe’s other major leagues runs until August 31, meaning clubs outside England could buy players from English top-flight teams after the new Premier League deadline.“Premier League clubs have today agreed to a rule amendment that will see the summer transfer window in any year end at 17:00 on the Thursday before the start of the season,” the Premier League said in a statement.“This is for Premier League clubs only and has no bearing on other leagues and competitions.”Europe’s other major leagues — Spain’s Liga, Italy’s Serie A, the German Bundesliga and France’s Ligue 1 — now face a decision about whether to fall into line with England.Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta says Serie A’s 20 clubs are in agreement to “set the end of the transfer window on July 31” in Italy.“The transfer window is exhausting,” he said recently. “It’s become a circus.”The French league also suggested it was also in support of following the Premier League’s example.“In principle, the Professional Football League (LFP) is in favour of bringing the closing date forwards to before the start of the championship,” an LFP official told AFP.“The question will be on the agenda at a future board of directors meeting before the end of the year.”But the German league (DFL) said there was no clear consensus among the Bundesliga’s top clubs.“The theme of the transfer window – regardless of the decision of the Premier League – was on the agenda of today’s general meeting of sports representatives of the Bundesliga and the second Bundesliga at the DFL, and it became clear that there is no definitive opinion among the clubs,” said a DFL spokesman.The Premier League’s move was announced following a meeting of club officials and is not believed to have been agreed unanimously.– Wenger approval –Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave his backing to the decision before it was announced.“Even in the games, you sit there before the games and even in players’ minds they have no clarity,” he told reporters at his weekly press conference.“Are they in? Are they out? Are they half in? Are they half out? Are they tapped up in the afternoon of the game by people who want to get them out? It’s not the way to work and it’s uncomfortable.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave his backing to the decision to close the 2018 transfer window early before it was announced © AFP/File / Anthony DEVLIN“Every single manager in the league would agree that it’s time to kick that out before the season starts and not continue to have players in the dressing room who are half out and half in.”England’s Football League — the second, third and fourth tiers — is not affected by the move.Premier League clubs spent a record £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion, 1.5 billion euros) on new players during the 2017 close-season window.The window closed last Thursday, three weeks after the new season had started.Chris Hughton, manager of newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion, welcomed the decision.“That is good news,” he said. “Most managers would say the same. You have a hectic enough time as it is preparing for the season.”Earlier this week, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin gave his support to making the close-season player trading period shorter.Transfer windows were introduced by world governing body FIFA in 2002.In Europe they generally run from the start of June to the end of August, with a shorter mid-season window in January.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The transfer window in Europe’s other major leagues runs until August 31, meaning clubs outside England could buy players from English top-flight teams after the new Premier League deadline © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 7 – English Premier League clubs voted on Thursday to shut the 2018 close-season transfer window before the start of the 2018-19 campaign.Following complaints by managers that transfer activity disturbs their preparations, clubs will not be able to register new players after 1600 GMT on the Thursday before the season starts.last_img read more

Exclusive – Man United should forget about Bale, claims former coach

first_imgFormer Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen believes the club should forget about trying to tempt Gareth Bale back to the Premier League.The Red Devils are reportedly eyeing the Welshman, and it has been suggested they are even prepared to use star goalkeeper David De Gea as a makeweight in the deal.The shot-stopper is being eyed by the Spanish giants as a possible long-term replacement for 34-year-old Iker Casillas, with doubts remaining about Keylor Navas.But ex-Old Trafford coach Meulensteen believes Louis van Gaal’s side should turn their attentions away from Bale and focus on other transfer targets.“I’m not sure Gareth Bale wants to leave Real Madrid yet,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “You can see it in his performances.“It was a dream move for him to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and other world class players. He’s very happy where he is and it would be very difficult to tempt him away.”And Meulensteen added that Man United should brace themselves for a mega-money bid for De Gea in the summer.“A lot of fans wouldn’t like to see him go,” he continued. “Especially because of the season he’s having.“He took his time to settle in but this year he’s matured into a top goalkeeper who can handle the Premier League.“These things happen in football though and, if there’s an interest, then clubs will test the market.“The most important thing for Man United to do is reassure him that he is the No.1 at the club. They can give him a new and improved deal, because he’s earned that.“That’s what the players want, when they work hard for it.”last_img read more


first_imgEUROPEAN Senior Boxing Champion Jason Quigley is back on Irish soil after arriving home at Dublin airport last night – to a sizeable crowd of family and friends who were there to greet him.There were incredible scenes at the arrivals halls as the ten-member Irish team returned home with two golds and two silvers – and one gold belonged to Donegal middleweight Jason.A Donegal homecoming party will be at 7pm at the Finn Valley Centre on Monday. Jason’s proud dad and coach Conor Quigley watched all his sons bouts on TV as he couldn’t get a visa in time to travel to Belarus.Jason has already won two golds at juniors and U-23 level – his win on Saturday completed a unique treble…the first by an Irish boxer.“He has become a triple European champion,” said dad Conor.Said Jason: “When the tricolour went up at the medal ceremony it was a very proud moment for me. “That was years of hard work; that started when I was a seven year old. It’s been a lot of hard work but it has really paid off.”Tommy Murphy, President of the IABA, hailed the performances of Team Ireland in Minsk.He said: “The Irish team have once again done Ireland proud against the very best. It isn’t even a year since we were welcoming home our team from the London Olympics.“This time we’ve taken home another four medals from another top tournament and tremendous credit must go to our boxers, coaching staff and everyone involved with the squad and the clubs and coaches up and down the country that put so much time and effort into our sport.“The Irish Amateur Boxing Association have put the structures in place that yielded the success we’ve seen in Belarus this week. Our teams are now the best prepared in the World when they go into competition. “We will be sending our women’s team to the European Union Championships in Hungary later this month and I would be confident that they will do well at that tournament.“Once again, congratulations to everyone involved for another fantastic tournament for our sport.”John Joe Nevin at Dublin Airport said: “All of the team gave it their all right through and that’s all you can ask for. I’m delighted to have won gold and the Best Boxer award.”Joe Hennigan, Irish Team Manager in Belarus, added: “The Irish team performed magnificently in Minsk. The European Championships is always and very competitive tournament and to take home four medals is a tremendous achievement by any standard.” Ireland finished in second spot in the rankings tables behind Russia at the tournament.Irish boxing has now claimed 52 medals, 15 of which were gold, from the men’s and women’s European Championships since 1939.The Donegal homecoming for Jason will be at the Finn Valley Centre at 7pm on Monday.Said Patsy McGonagle: “This is one of the greatest ever achievements by an Irish boxer and by a Donegal boxer and we’re all looking forward to welcoming Jason home.”BOXING HERO JASON BACK HOME AS TWIN TOWNS GET READY TO PARTY was last modified: June 10th, 2013 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:BOXING HERO JASON BACK HOME AS TWIN TOWNS GET READY TO PARTYlast_img read more


first_imgTHE GAA has this evening confirmed the venue for the Ulster Senior football semi final between Donegal and Down.It will take place on Sunday, June 23 and is fixed for Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan.The players seem happy. Mark McHugh tweeted: “Just heard the Donegal v Down game fixed for Cavan Briffni Park! Great spot for a game with great atmosphere!”BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL TO PLAY DOWN AT BREFFNI PARK was last modified: June 9th, 2013 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:BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL TO PLAY DOWN AT BREFFNI PARKlast_img read more


first_imgNaomh Ultan GAA NewsRoyal Flush Lotto –The Royal Flush Draw results for the weekend of the 24/08/2014 were 8, 12, 16 & 22 there was no winner of this week’s jackpot of €3520. Consolation prizes went to Damien McIntyre, Kathleen Erskin, Gilbertstown and Bill Nesbitt.Adult Football –The senior team have drawn Moville in the Semi Final stage of the Championship, the fixture will be played in the coming weeks.Our reserve side are in Championship Semi Final action this Saturday evening in Glenties where they face off with Glenswilly. Throw-in for the game is 7pm. All support would be greatly appreciated. Safe travels to all club members making the journey to Dublin on Sunday, and of course good luck to Jim and the Donegal team.Super Valu kits for clubs – Rooney’s SuperValu, Killybegs and Kavanagh’s SuperValu, Donegal Town have offered to help clubs receive a free O’Neill’s training equipment kit through SuperValu Kits for Clubs.Every time you spend €20 in a single transaction in the above two stores you will receive 1 voucher.The till operator will hand you this pre-printed voucher along with your till receipt at time of payment.Drop this voucher in the Club entry box located at the customer service desk in store. When 1,000 vouchers have been collected, SuperValu will send our Club the kit for free. GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN DRAWN TO FACE MOVILLE IN SEMI-FINAL OF JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: August 26th, 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:GAANaomh UltanNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgJames McHugh (left) pictured with current Ireland’s newest golf star Paul Dunne.GOLF: Ireland’s newest golf sensation Paul Dunne has already made an impact on the European tour since turning pro – and he is being guided by a Donegal man! Dunne hit the headline again last week, when he led the Alfred Dunhill Links after two rounds which also seen him hit a stunning hole-in-one.However, Dunne is being helped on his path through the ruthless and competitive world of professional golf by Donegal man James McHugh. Dunne came to prominence at The British Open last year when he led the competition after three rounds when he was still an amateur.His talent is unquestionable and many feel he has the ability and quality to win a MAJOR in the next couple of years.His caddy James McHugh from Buncrana has been an integral part of his journey through the amateur ranks to the European tour.His advice and mentoring has aided Dunne greatly, and the pair enjoy a close relationship. McHugh will be hoping Dunne can continue his fine start to life as professional golfer and will be hoping he becomes a MAJOR name on the circuit!  IRELAND’S NEW GOLF SENSATION HAS A DONEGAL CADDY! was last modified: October 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Oliver Tambo’s vision of diversity

first_imgArts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordaan this week paid homage to former African National Congress (ANC) leader Oliver Tambo, saying his vision of embracing cultural diversity was the key to South Africa’s collective strength.A statue of Oliver Tambo, president of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1967 to 1991, is one of the first at the National Heritage Monument. (Image: Mayor of Tshwane, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterSpeaking during a special joint sitting of Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, Jordaan referred to the words spoken by Tambo on Radio Freedom on 8 January 1979.“Let us in South Africa learn to stop being Bantus, coloureds, Indians and whites,” Tambo said. “Let us be what we are, Africans in Africa.“Let those who are committed racists, who came to this continent determined to keep Africans in chains, to be perpetual masters over blacks – let them persist in their role as foreigners on African soil.”Jordaan said Tambo’s profoundly anti-racist ethos was rooted as much in his politics as in his deeply held Christian values.Underscoring the foresight of Tambo, Jordaan cited the notion of cultural diversity as defined by a group of independent experts set up by the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (Unesco).Under their definition cultural diversity is “the manifold ways in which the cultures of social groups and societies find expression”.As such, cultural diversity, in which the cultural heritage of all South Africans is recognised and affirmed, is South Africa’s collective strength, and one which could “benefit the entire world,” Jordaan said.South Africa’s cultural heritage is drawn from three continents, Jordaan told Members of Parliament, and “[h]umanism, that affirms the dignity and worth of all people, based on our human capacity to reason, is the connecting thread among these traditions.”Jordaan described how Tambo, who led the ANC from 1969 until his death in 1993, established South Africa’s first African legal practice with Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg in December 1952.This was after Tambo gave up teaching mathematics and science to study law in 1948. The practice came to an end when Tambo was arrested, along with 155 others, on charges of high treason on 6 December 1956.Soon afterwards, Tambo was instructed to travel abroad and establish an external mission for the ANC and to mobilise international support for the movement’s struggle for freedom.He led the ANC from exile as well as in South Africa, spending the following decades building up a powerful and progressive movement that was eventually to create a democracy now shared by all South Africans.Source: BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Spain-Bafana showdown draws the media

first_img15 November 2013A strong contingent of 44 Spanish journalists will be flying in to South Africa to cover the international friendly between Bafana Bafana and reigning world and European football champions Spain at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday.It will be the first time the world number one ranked Spanish return to South Africa since they clinched the World Cup in 2010 after an extra-time victory over the Netherlands at the same venue – then known as Soccer City – thanks to a goal in the 116th minute by midfielder Andres Iniesta.Journalists representing radio, online, print and television from 14 different media establishments in Spain will be in attendance, reflecting strong international interest in the game, which will be screened live throughout Europe and elsewhere.Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has selected South Africa’s strongest possible side, including nine foreign-based players, for the game. Veterans such as Bafana skipper Itumeleng Khune, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bongani Khumalo and Kagisho Dikgacoi will line up alongside emerging players such as Bongani Zungu, Ayanda Patosi and Kermit Erasmus.Spain’s squad for the match includes 13 World Cup winners. Crowd favourite Andres Iniesta, who scored the winning goal in extra time in the 2010 final against The Netherlands, Cesc Fabregas, David Villa, Alvaro Negredo, Juan Mata, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso will be some of those in action.“It is a dream come true for many soccer fans to once again see the likes of Iniesta and Xavi in action at the venue where they made history by lifting their first World Cup trophy,” South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan said when the match was announced last month. “This is going to be a block-buster of a game.”Bafana Bafana have met Spain twice previously, with both matches taking place during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup in South Africa.Playing in Bloemfontein, the European champions recorded a routine 2-0 victory over South Africa in group play, but a shock loss to the USA, which ended their record unbeaten run of 15 matches, relegated them to the playoff for third and fourth against the hosts.The game turned out to be a cracker, with Spain edging it 3-2 after Katlego Mphela’s second goal forced the game into extra time.Tickets for Tuesday’s match are on sale at Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Shoprite/Checkers stores countrywide. They cost R50 for the top tier; R200 for the middle tier and R100 for the bottom tier. There are also suite ticket packages available for R895 and R1 650.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Dale Steyn named world’s leading cricketer

first_img10 April 2014South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has been named the leading cricketer in the world for 2013 in the Wisden Cricketers Almanack. Founded in 1864 and published annually ever since, the Almanack is regarded as the bible of cricket.‘Lethal’Editor Lawrance Booth wrote in his citation: “South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for 2013, a year in which he took 51 test wickets in only nine games at an average of 17. Steyn was scarcely less lethal in one-day internationals, claiming 27 at under 16.“Most remarkable, perhaps, for a man of his pace, was his meanness: an economy- rate of 3.65 was comfortably the lowest among bowlers to have sent down 100 one-day international overs in 2013. Fast, penetrative and parsimonious – it was some combination,” Booth wrote.“He shows no signs of slowing down or losing his enthusiasm. ‘I enjoy taking wickets more than most people can understand,’ he says. ‘I’m addicted to that feeling. I live in the moment, but I hope there are many more years of it to come.’“Steyn is the second South African to be selected as Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World, after Jacques Kallis in 2007. In 2013 he was selected as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year.”‘A singular and great honour’Cricket South Africa (CSA) congratulated Steyn on the achievement, with CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat saying in a statement: “This is a singular and great honour for Dale, who has deservedly won just about every accolade available to him in the sport of cricket.“The whole of South Africa can be proud of what he has achieved today as Wisden’s leading cricketer, and the humility he shows is perfect for the world’s youth,” Lorgat said.“Other than for a brief period earlier this year when he was overtaken by his colleague, Vernon Philander, he has been the world’s leading Test match bowler for the past five years and has been an obvious choice in the ICC select Test XI.VersatilityLorgat also spoke about Steyn’s versatility, saying: “His selection in the two limited overs formats for the Proteas has been constrained by his large work load, but he showed during the recent ICC World Twenty20 that he is invaluable to the Proteas in these formats as well.“His epic last over against New Zealand was the making of legends.“Wisden has become known as the ‘cricketer’s bible’ – and with good reason. It has certainly stood the test of time in the world of cricket,” Lorgat said. “The fact that Jacques Kallis is the only other South African to have received this prestigious recognition speaks volumes for Dale Steyn’s international standing.“This is indeed an achievement for all South Africans to celebrate.”6 for 8Among Steyn’s achievements in 2013 was arguably his most devastating spell of bowling in a distinguished career when he captured 6 for 8 against Pakistan at The Wanderers in February. He finished a match haul of 11 for 60.Since making his test debut in December 2004, Steyn has played in 72 tests, capturing 362 wickets at an average of 23.01. While that record is excellent, his most outstanding statistic is that of strike rate, with the Proteas’ spearhead capturing a wicket every 42.1 balls.Only four bowlers in history enjoy a better rate. Three of them played between 1886 and 1914, when pitches were far less friendly to batsmen and bowlers were dominant, while the fourth bowler, Shane Bond of New Zealand, played as recently as 2009, but appeared in only 18 tests, taking 87 wickets.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more